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Re: Creative Mormon Mythology

Post by moksha » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:34 pm

The Proof of Adieu and the Art of Apologetics

You probably have never given much thought to the usage of the French word Adieu in the Book of Mormon, but its existence along with Schryverian Encoding and the discovery of a tablet bearing the letters NHM, stands as a preeminent proof that the Book of Mormon is true.

The derivation of the French word Adieu is actually a compound word taken from the Reformed Egyptian words: Ahd meaning “have an excellent or adequate” and Eew meaning “leave-taking or farewell”.

This word was introduced into the 18th Century French language by one of the emeritus holders of the Office of Holy Ghost and his three assistants Nephite companions, Arthos, Porthos and Aramis. These adventures were first written about by one Gatien de Courtilz de Sandras in his book Mémoires de M. d'Artagnan, Capitaine lieutenant de la première Compagnie des Return y Reporte. In this book, M. d’Artagnan takes leave of his father at the start of the story, by uttering the words Ahd Eew, with promises to return and report his findings.

Later, French author Alexander Dumas was captivated by the tale and with a few alterations such as changing the names of some characters such as Fanny Miranda to Milady de Winter and substituting the Cardinal Richelieu in place of the ogre Emma the Unreasonable, introduced it into the French language and called it The Three Musketeers after the three Nephites.

On balance, the Dumas serialization of this Nephite adventure is an excellent read as well as providing the third cornerstone of indisputable proof for the historicity of the Book of Mormon.
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Re: Creative Mormon Mythology

Post by RubinHighlander » Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:59 pm

moksha wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:34 pm
Ahd meaning “have an excellent or adequate” and Eew meaning “leave-taking or farewell”.
Pay Lay Ale bro!
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Re: Creative Mormon Mythology

Post by Corsair » Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:32 pm

moksha wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:34 pm
The Proof of Adieu and the Art of Apologetics
Careful now, dear penguin. If you continue in such a creative and faith buttressing way, FairMormon will be attempting to hire you to write for them full time.

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Re: Creative Mormon Mythology

Post by moksha » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:16 am

Celestial Room at the Reformed Egyptian Temple of Amarna:

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How could Dr. Hugh Nibley have known unless he caught a glimpse of this splendor while decked out in Reformed Egyptian garb or was introduced to the mysteries by the Rosicrucians?

Through the Veil:

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The idolatrous god of Elkenah or Libnah or Mahmackrah or Korash:

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Re: Creative Mormon Mythology

Post by moksha » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:42 pm

Finian's Rainbow and the Three Nephites

Seventy-one years ago on June 1, 1946, the Three Nephites finished the main song for the award-winning Broadway musical Finian's Rainbow. The main song was entitled, "How are Things on Hill Cumorah". Below is a snippet of the original lyrics:

I hear a bird, a Hill Cumorah bird.
It may well be he's bringing me a cheer'in word.
I hear a breeze, a River Sidon breeze.
It may well be it's followed me across the seas.
Then tell me, please.

How are things on Hill Cumorah?
Is the sacred grove still standing there?
Does it still run down to Palmyra?
Through Angora, Onidah, and Zara-hem-la?
How are things on Hill Cumorah?
Is that willow tree still weeping there?
Does that Lamanita with the twinklin' eye
Come whistlin' by
And does she walk away,
Sad and dreamy not to see me there?


It seemed a masterpiece. So in 1947, Nephi's Rainbow opened on Broadway. Unfortunately, during the intermission of the first-afternoon performance (known as an intermezzo in Reformed Egyptian), the audience was murmuring about the strange concepts presented in the play. The audience wondered if the play had been set in Upstate New York due to the main song. E.Y. Harburg realized right then and there that if the play was to be successful, changes had to be made before the theatre critics had a chance to see it during the evening performance. The theatre went dark and when it reopened two weeks later many changes had been made. The critics loved it!

The title had been changed to Finian's Rainbow. The main characters came from Ireland rather than ancient Israel. Speaking parts for women were introduced (the character Susan the Silent was kept, but she was no longer from the Indian tribe of Lamanites). Yucatan was changed to Leprechaun and the Plates of Gold became a Pot of Gold. The part of Amalickiah was changed to Senator Rawkins, but changing the color of the character's skin as part of divine retribution remained. The background cast was changed from Nephites to sharecroppers. The major song "How are things on Hill Cumorah" was changed to "How are things in Glocca Morra". The song "Old Devil Waters" was changed to "Old Devil Moon".

If you have not seen the later movie of Finian's Rainbow starring Fred Astaire and Petula Clark, you really should treat yourself to it. However, keep an eye out for what might have been if the original script by the Three Nephites had remained unaltered.

Ironically, the point of Senator Rawkins turning black, upset people throughout Utah and the American South when the movie was released back in 1968. They failed to see the close retelling of the Lamanite story and realize it was authored by the Three Nephites.

The play's background remains an enchanting piece of Broadway history.

Here are a few minutes from the movie (in English, but with Lamanite subtitles). Can you imagine how glorious it would have been if they kept the original script by the Three Nephites?!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbjEkST6fcA
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Re: Creative Mormon Mythology

Post by moksha » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:52 am

Memorable Moments in BYU History

This particular moment happened in 1968 at a dance in the Wilkinson Student Center. It was in the ballroom and young couples had stepped onto the dance floor for an ever popular polka. Polka music was very popular at BYU since many other forms of music were under scrutiny due to Elder Ezra Taft Benson proclaiming the hip gyrations of Elvis Presley were "part of the international communist conspiracy" a decade earlier.

The second song of the evening was the Cabbage Rolls and Coffee Polka performed by the Schmenge Brothers, which had become a number one hit on the Lawrence Welk Show. Yosh and Stan Schmenge finished singing the second verse about how they loved cabbage rolls and coffee when, Elder Stirling H. Holtzwenger, the presiding authority for the dance stepped to the microphone and halted the dance.

Elder Holtzwenger admonished the planning committee for allowing a song that mentioned coffee to be performed on the campus of BYU. He told the students to reflect on the truths found in the Word of Wisdom and how it was given to them so they could attain eternal life if they followed its teachings. "You are not following it well if you dance to such music," he said. Elder Holtzwenger stopped to confer with a couple of other administrators then stepped back up to the microphone. "Because it is only 7:30 PM, we have decided to let the dance continue for another hour, after that you are to go straight home to bed. We expect all of you to be at your wards tomorrow and reflect on the lessons learned here tonight." He added, "If any of you feel an urge for cabbage rolls and coffee then we further expect you to promptly report this to your bishop".
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Re: Creative Mormon Mythology

Post by Corsair » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:27 am

moksha wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:52 am
The second song of the evening was the Cabbage Rolls and Coffee Polka performed by the Schmenge Brothers, which had become a number one hit on the Lawrence Welk Show. Yosh and Stan Schmenge finished singing the second verse about how they loved cabbage rolls and coffee when, Elder Stirling H. Holtzwenger, the presiding authority for the dance stepped to the microphone and halted the dance.
Good heavens, someone actually filmed this event. Too bad they cut out before Elder Holtzwenger interrupted the festivities.

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