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I was reading my Yahoo News this morning and came across a very interesting article called “What Happens When We Die?”

In this article, Dr Sam Parnia describes a study he’s been conducting for the last 10 years on out of body experiences from his patients who come back to life after the body is clinically dead.  He also describes how they conduct the study in a way so they know it’s not a figment of the people’s imagination, because they describe certain things in such detail after returning.  For more information on his research, click here or visit this site.

This reminds me of a story of one of my relatives who died on the operating table and left the body.  She described how free she felt and how good it felt to be free of pain.  She then turned and saw her family crying and she felt that she wanted to return back to her body to help them.  When she returned, pain instantly came over her again, but she described everything in precise detail: what the doctors were saying, her children and husband…everything. 

Similar references are found in this interesting article and you can read it here.

I was browsing around on line and saw the following “possible” photographs of Joseph Smith.  In my opinion, the first one looks pretty legit at least compared to the oil paintings of the prophet.  The second video includes some pictures I’ve seen before claiming to be of the prophet, but then threw me for a loop at the end.  I thought it was amusing.  Anyways, here are the videos:

Now, compare these videos with the following images:

                                                                 

 

I believe these images are verified as accurate.  According to these images, I would say the first video looks like an actual photo of the prophet…not the second video.

Does anyone know anything about the accuracy of the first video of whether or not it is truly the prophet?

Last Sunday I went with my family to an exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum called “Illuminating the Word.”  It was very, very interesting.  This project was a re-creation of the St John’s Bible as it would have originally been created with colligraphers.  In addition, there were artists who depicted their feelings from the Bible in paintings and writings on the pages next to the colligraphy as well.  I was very impressed and inspired as to how many people the Bible has touched and continues to touch and how the Lord has preserved His word through the Bible.

The translation the artists chose was the New Revised Standard Version because it most accurately alligns with the King James Version but is written in modern-day language.  I thought it was very interesting how the artist who wrote Genisis chapter 2 decided to include on the side an excerpt from 2 Corinthians 3:18 as written in the NRSV version.  It reads as follows:

…and all of us with unveiled faces seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another…

Now, for those of you who have been through the temple, this will be very interesting.  First, I found it interesting she decided to insert this verse in the Adam and Eve story and secondly the verses themselves reflected the temple ceremony and purpose as well.

Most LDS people use the King James Version of the Bible, so I decided to take a look and see what the KJV said in this verse.  It reads as follows:

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, I also found a site that has about 10 other translations of this particular verse here.

Personally, I like the NRSV version best because it has such clear imagery and accurately describes one of the main purposes for me in attending the temple.

What are your thoughts?

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