CONTENTS:
The Hand of Providence
Gospel Truth Embedded In Polynesian Culture
General Authority Quotes About Polynesian Latter-day Saints

LINKS:
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 1
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 2
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 3
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 4
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 5
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 6
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 7
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 8

WARNING: If you have not seen the movie yet, this series of posts is full of spoilers. I had to assume that readers had already seen the movie in order to write it.


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My original Unpublished Rough Draft written on 26 Jan 2018,
but not publicly released “as is” until 21 Jan 2019.

It has been a few months now since my impassioned project of recording all my thoughts and feelings about Disney’s Moana. I really appreciated my family’s support during that time, especially that which was given by my husband. He tended to many of the tasks and duties I usually handle so that I might have the time and freedom to write. I had to write. I just had to. It was important. Even while juggling a new baby, that urge to record would just not go away. I wrote my six prior Moana posts because I was afraid I would forget the great lessons and insights I had gained. I didn’t want to forget because I hoped to actually utilize these ideas in improving my acts, words and deeds… and especially my thoughts, because thoughts are what lead to the rest. I continue to be inspired by Moana. I also wrote those six posts because I wanted so much to share these things with my people: the household of the House of the Lord, the Latter-day Saints and the literal descendants of Lehi, wherever they may be, especially the Hawaiians and my dear friends among the Blackfeet.

Well, time goes on, and so does learning. Today I have some more thoughts to share about even more things I have learned from the movie, Moana.

THE HAND OF PROVIDENCE WORKING THROUGH THE POLYNESIANS
It is my conviction that the film is a miracle, a miracle that happened despite the studio’s best efforts for or against or even in ignorance of faith and issues of faith. Truth is just like that, sometimes. It stubbornly sprouts up where the Lord wills it to pop up and He protects it in its growth (Isaiah 55:8-11). I think Moana is the best animated film that has ever been made. I think a large part of its success was Disney’s own choice to focus on authenticity; to actually research and be true to all that is good and beautiful in Polynesian culture, traditions and beliefs. We Polynesians are reputed worldwide for our kindness and generosity, our loving acceptance of all, our joyful and beautiful music and dance, and for our special spiritual and emotional sensitivity. These we must have inherited from our ancestors, who gave us so many of our beautiful symbols and traditions. I know that there were many Polynesians were directly involved every step of the way in the creation of the film. The joint eternal principles of the power of counseling with our councils and of true unity is clearly illustrated in this masterpiece of animated film creation too. Disney carefully considered and sincerely valued the input and participation of my people. It wasn’t their film as much as it was our film, all together. This made a huge difference on outcomes, too. A tiny part of me also can’t help but quietly, gleefully wonder how many of the people involved were LDS. 🙂

GOSPEL TRUTH IS ALREADY EMBEDDED IN POLYNESIAN CULTURE
Many times the meaning or truth behind a culture’s tradition is lost, while the tradition remains. For example, I ask my endowed LDS friends if they have ever wondered why people join hands in greeting? The world would say that shaking hands is just social practice, a cultural tradition. Yet, how did it start? Where did it come from and why did we originally start to do that? Furthermore, why did the Native Americans practice the tradition of greeting a stranger by raising their hand to the square and voicing a cautious interrogative word as a greeting? What about other traditions, such as in marriage? Why do both Jews and Hindus get married under a canopy or pavilion of sorts while the more mercenary traditions of Westerners have brides walk down aisles and fathers give them away to the groom? Why does everybody hold hands during marriage? There are symbols, and then there are the meanings of symbols.

Sometimes, in addition to losing it’s meaning, a tradition might get corruptions attached to it, both in connotation and denotation. For example, very few people in Germany names their child Adolf anymore. It is Germanic for Adalwulf, a moniker which means “noble wolf” and used to be the name of many past kings. Well, we know the reason for it’s current disuse is because the name now has a connotation: all that anybody can think about is Hitler and the Nazi regime. Good thing this didn’t happen with the first names of Stalin, Mussolini, and other tyrants. Cultural changes in denotation happen too: I distinctly remember that my first grade reading book, a rather worn-out tome, was called Happy and Gay. At that time, in 1980, the word gay was just beginning to take on the now-common meaning of homosexual, but when the book was originally written (1970?), the only thing gay meant was merry or jovial (see Webster’s 1828 dictionary).

I think the reason why Moana is so thrilling to me is because the Polynesian symbols speak to my soul. It is like I can see, hear and feel the lost part, the origin of a symbol or tradition, which I believe always pointed to and led back to Christ. It may seem strange to some that I can see my God through the veneer of the traditional gods. This is because I believe that the One True God – the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – was the original god of the Polynesian people. Other peoples may have joined them, just as they do today. Yet I believe a large migration of people voyaged to the Islands under the direction of a man named Hagoth, as recorded in the Book of Mormon. (If you haven’t seen it yet, Wayne May’s video lecture about the voyage of Hagoth is absolutely thrilling. It is called Hagoth: Book of Mormon Evidences, and I saw it on truenorthtv.org )

 

GENERAL AUTHORITY QUOTES ABOUT POLYNESIAN LATTER-DAY SAINTS
There is something special about Polynesian Latter-day Saints. This has long been recognized within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Matthew Cowley, April 1952
To you in the isles of the sea, I say unto you, were it not for you, I would not be standing here this day.

To you in New Zealand, and when I speak to you I speak to all those who dwell on those beautiful isles, were it not for you, implanting within my heart as a seventeen-year-old boy your simple faith, your knowledge of God, your demonstration that the veil between God and man can be very, very thin, I wouldn’t be standing here today at the hub of Zion, speaking to you way down under, in this capacity. This is not my calling alone, you good Maori people; this is yours.

You in the Hawaiian Islands who have had come to your shores missionaries, one only in his sixteenth year, who later became the leader of this Church a noble prophet, seer, and revelator: I tell you that on that island of Maui where he and President George Q. Cannon had their great theophanies and experiences, there is a spirit and an atmosphere, which I have felt nowhere else in all the world.

To you in Tahiti, who were the first in the isles of the sea to receive the gospel in this dispensation, my heart goes out. For more than a hundred years you have been listening to this message of regeneration. You have contributed of your tithes and your offerings, your widow’s mite (Mark 12:42-44) and not one of you has yet come to a temple of God. You are worthy. God will reward you for your faithfulness and devotion. His principles are eternal, and in his kingdom and his presence, that which you have been denied in this life will be added unto you. Great has been your contribution to the building up of this Church.”

theophany – (from Ancient Greek (ἡ) θεοφάνεια theophaneia, meaning “appearance of a god”) refers to the appearance of a deity to a human.

worthy –  1. Deserving; such as merits; having worth or excellence; equivalent; with of, before the thing deserved. She has married a man worthy of her. 2. Possessing worth or excellence of qualities; virtuous; estimable; as a worthy citizen; a worthy magistrate.

 

Elder Clifford E Young, April 1955
It was my privilege to be down in Honolulu at the time President McKay and Sister McKay and Brother Murdock were there, one of the outstanding experiences of my life. As we met in meetings in Honolulu, in the Oahu Stake conference, Sunday, we had three assemblies. At one of them we had nearly four thousand people present. All nations, all people of the Polynesian Islands were represented: Hawaiians, Samoans, Maoris, Tahitians. We had a Samoan choir of a hundred people sing, beautifully, on Sunday morning and then Sunday afternoon an Hawaiian choir. I have never heard more impressive music.

In that assembly were Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, and I repeat again, people from all nations.

Brethren and sisters, as I looked over that assembly I thought, here is an example of the gospel being preached to all nations. The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is ultimately to leaven the lump (Gal 5:9).  The Lord promised that an angel should fly through the midst of heaven, preaching the everlasting gospel to every nation that dwells upon the earth (Rev 14:60) and then he said the end should come. He did not mean the end of peoples, he meant the end of wickedness, the end of unrighteousness. And I thought I saw reflected in that assembly the purposes of the Almighty being accomplished—no hatred, no animosities, no class prejudices, no racial hatreds, but all assembled under one great banner, of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and dedicated to one holy purpose!

As you think of that with me, can you not see how ultimately peace will come to the world? And it will only come through the gospel of the Son of God, his great message of eternal truth, and it is our responsibility, my brethren and sisters, to proclaim it.

 

 

President Henry D Moyle, April 1963
“President McKay visited Laie in Hawaii in 1921 with President Hugh J. Cannon [of the Liberty Stake.] This was part of their world tour. It was the flag-raising ceremony at the little school in Laie that inspired President McKay to improve the educational facilities of the Islands. He saw Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Caucasian children and mixed racial strains. They all with fervor saluted our flag without a trace of racial disparity.

A little Japanese boy, it is reported, stepped into the center of the circle and with his hand over his heart pledged his allegiance to the flag of the United States. It was at that moment that President McKay was inspired ultimately to see to it that a college would be built at Laie. This spot had already been dedicated as a spiritual center, and President McKay was inspired with the desire to dedicate it as an educational center also…”

 

 

Elder Spencer W. Kimball, “To You, Our Kinsmen”, October 1959.
(My mother was 15 years old when this address was given.)

“In the few moments at my disposal I should like to address my remarks to our kinsmen of the isles of the sea and the Americas. Millions of you have blood relatively unmixed with Gentiles. Columbus called you “Indians,” thinking he had reached the East Indies. Millions of you are descendants of Spaniards and Indians, and are termed “mestizos,” and are called after your countries, for instance: Mexicans in Mexico; Guatemalans in Guatemala; Chilianos in Chile.

You Polynesians of the Pacific are called Samoan or Maori, Tahitian or Hawaiian, according to your islands. There are probably sixty million of you on the two continents and on the Pacific Islands, all related by blood ties.

The Lord calls you “Lamanites, a name which has a pleasant ring, for many of the grandest people ever to live upon the earth were so called. In a limited sense, the name signifies the descendants of Laman and Lemuel, sons of your first American parent, Lehi; but you undoubtedly possess also the blood of the other sons, Sam, Nephi, and Jacob. And you likely have some Jewish blood from Mulek, son of Zedekiah, king of Judah (Hel. 6:10). The name “Lamanite” distinguishes you from other peoples. It is not a name of derision or embarrassment, but one of which to be very proud.

You came from Jerusalem in its days of tribulation. You are of royal blood, a loved people of the Lord. In your veins flows the blood of prophets and statesmen; of emperors and kings; apostles and martyrs. Adam and Enoch sired you; Noah brought you through the flood; in the sandals of Abraham you walked from Ur of the Chaldees to your first “promised land”; you climbed in faith with Isaac to the holy mount of sacrifice; and you followed the path of hunger to Egypt with your father Jacob, and with Joseph you established, under the Pharaohs, the first great known welfare project. [Note: These Lamanite ancestors — Adam, Enoch and Noah — are all dispensational heads, and were formerly known as Michael, Raphael and Gabriel (McConkie, Ensign April 1980). ]

You are the children of Ephraim and Manasseh, Joseph‘s sons and of Judah, his brother. Your fathers crossed the Jordan River with Joshua, and after centuries’ absence you were again in your first “promised land.” [Joseph and Judah are the birthright sons of Jacob’s two wives, Rachel and Leah. Therefore, the Lamanites are among the birthright children within the House of Israel, and entitled, on conditions of righteousness, to all the blessings of that birth right.]

. . .

The Genoese Italian boy, with his three ships from Spain, thought he had discovered a new world, but he was thousands of years late. Your people were on the shores to welcome Columbus and his men. Cortez, Pizarro, and their contemporaries, conquerors, exploiters found your “old people” already decadent intellectually, culturally, and spiritually, but populous in your wealth and poverty. Norwegian Vikings are said to have discovered this land before Columbus, but your people were already scattered from the Arctic to the Antarctic before there was a Norway or Vikings.

When your prophet Lehi led you out of Jerusalem about 600 years B. C., you brought with you the best of the culture of Egypt and Palestine and of the then known world; also the written language of your fathers and the holy scriptures from Adam down to your own time, these engraved upon brass plates. You brought with you an absolute knowledge of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and maintained for a long time thereafter open vision and clear, unobstructed lines of communication with your Lord.

In the new “promised land” the seeds you brought from Palestine multiplied and brought to you great prosperity on the extensive lands you farmed. In your explorations you found gold, silver, copper, and iron, and processed brass and steel. Your factories turned out machinery and tools for agriculture, architecture, and road building. And with those tools you builded cities, such as you knew in Egypt and Palestine, highways which would carry your traffic, and temples after the order of the world-famed Solomon’s Temple.

Your culture was beyond the imagination of moderns. In your prosperity you wore “silks, scarlets, fine-twined linen, and precious clothing” (1 Nephi 13:7).  You bejeweled yourselves with ornaments of gold and silver and other metals, and with precious stones. You were fabulously wealthy in your day.

In the long years of prosperity and righteousness, your wealth graced temples and synagogues. You read, quoted, and lived by the teachings of the books of Moses and the inspired writings of the prophets. Your people knew faith such as has seldom been found upon the earth. There were years of conflict and wickedness, but also years of peace and unparalleled goodness.

You produced prophets of stature. There were your Lehis, Nephis, and Jacobs; your Almas, Abinadis, and Mormons. Your Lamanite prophet, Samuel, who prophesied of the Christ, had few peers and perhaps no superiors. Your scientists and teachers and engineers were able and efficient, and left notable monuments.

Then was the transcendently important coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to you. Many of you retain this experience in your traditions. Your people gathered about their temple en masse to hear the words of life from the lips of their Redeemer, who had so recently experienced death, resurrection, and ascension in the Holy Land, as recorded in the New Testament. As they sat with bated breath and eyes uplifted, he came to them from the clouds of heaven as he had so recently left his Saints in Judaea. As they looked into his kindly eyes and wondered about his wounds, he told them of his birth and ministry. He repeated to them the vital and priceless sermons on the mount, on the Sea of Galilee, in Samaria, in Jerusalem. He taught them the power of faith, of the battle between truth and evil. He told them of the voice of God, his Father, at the time of his baptism, and of the special endowments to Peter, James, and John on the Holy Mount of Transfiguration, when they also heard the voice of God, the Father. Now Nephite-Lamanite ears were to hear the same voice of the same God, introducing the same Jesus them: “Behold my Beloved Son” (3 Nephi 11:7).

He told them of his Church in Jerusalem, and displayed to them his hands, his feet, his side, torn by nails and spear and the hands of his own. He healed their sick, their lame, their blind, as he had in the Holy Land, and blessed their little children around whom fire came down from heaven to glorify. He called his twelve disciples apart to carry on his Church, then ascended into heaven again.

Your Lamanite ancestors   were not   more rebellious than their Israelitish forebears, but their way of life guaranteed eventual decimation. You had a rugged history with many tribulations, but you have a brilliant future. You are a chosen people; your destiny is in your own hands, your friends’, and the Lord’s. You were scattered in the great dispersion six centuries before Christ, and again on this continent in the pre- and post-Christian eras, and your more complete dispersion came since Columbus, and the explorers and the colonists.

Someone has said that “the darkest hour is just before the dawn,” and your shades of night are giving way to the brighter day. Yesterday you roamed the wilderness in feast or famine; today you are finding security in education and industry; and tomorrow your destiny will be brilliant in self-sufficiency, faith, fearlessness, and power. Like the Israelites released from Egyptian bondage, you have been promised deliverance from your foes of superstition, fear, illiteracy, and from the curses of want and disease and suffering.

Yesterday you traveled uncharted oceans, wandered over trackless deserts, lost your high culture, your written tongue, and your knowledge of the true and Living God. Today you are arising from your long sleep and are stretching, yawning, and reaching. Tomorrow you will be highly trained, laying out highways, constructing bridges, developing cities, building temples, and joining in inspired leadership of the Church of your Redeemer.

Historians have written about your past; poets have sung of your possibilities; prophets have predicted your scattering and your gathering; and your Lord has permitted you to walk through the dark chasms of your ancestors’ making, but has patiently waited for your awakening, and now smiles on your florescence, and points the way to your glorious future as sons and daughters of God. You will arise from your bed of affliction and from your condition of deprivation if you will accept fully the Lord, Jesus Christ, and his total program. You will rise to former heights in culture and education, influence and power. You will blossom as the rose upon the mountains. Your daughters will be nurses, teachers, and social workers, and, above all, beloved wives and full-of-faith mothers of a righteous posterity.

 

chasm – 1. A cleft, a fissure; a gap; properly, an opening made by disrupture, as a beach in the earth or a rock. 2. A void space; a vacuity

awakening – A revival of religion, or more general attention to religion, than usual.

florescence –  In botany, the season when plants expand their flowers

blossom– to put forth blossoms or flowers; to bloom; to blow; to flower. 1. To flourish and prosper.

influence– noun [Latin influens, influo, to flow in; in and fluo, to flow.]
Literally, a flowing in, into or on, and referring to substances spiritual or too subtil to be visible, like inspiration.

1. In a general sense, influence denotes power whose operation is invisible and known only by its effects, or a power whose cause and operation are unseen.
2. The power which celestial bodies are supposed to exert on terrestrial;
3. Moral power; power of truth operating on the mind, rational faculties or will, in persuading or dissuading, as the influence of motives, of arguments, or of prayer.
4. Physical power; power that affects natural bodies by unseen operation; as, the rays of the sun have an influence in whitening cloth and in giving a green color to vegetables.
5. Power acting on sensibility; as the influence of love or pity in sympathy.
6. Spiritual power, or the immediate power of God on the mind; as divine influence; the influences of the Holy Spirit.
(Source: Webster’s Dictionary of 1828)

mountain – a scriptural symbol for the high place where God meets man; the temple is called the Mountain of the Lord.

 

Your sons will compete in art, literature, and medicine, in law, architecture, etc. They will become professional, industrial, and business leaders, and statesmen of the first order. Together you and we shall build in the spectacular city of New Jerusalem the temple to which our Redeemer will come. Your hands with ours, also those of Jacob, will place the foundation stones, raise the walls, and roof the magnificent structure. Perhaps your artistic hands will paint the temple and decorate it with a master’s touch, and together we shall dedicate to our Creator Lord the most beautiful of all temples ever built to his name.

Sad have been your experiences of the last sixteen centuries. From the unexcelled righteousness of the post-Christian era, your ancestors slipped into an apostasy which has brought centuries of suffering and distress to their posterity. Fabulously wealthy, they forgot their God. They divided into tribes and clans and went to war with each other, driving and plundering, till the continent was a pulsating war camp.

You had great warriors like Ammoron, Helaman, and Mormon, who in cunning strategy and leadership rivaled the Cyruses, Alexanders, and Caesars. Your downfall came when your people walked the way to war. Revenge and hatreds made cold wars flame into hot shooting ones. Baptismal waters became rivers of blood. The parched earth policy was followed, and enemy armies surged back and forth across the land, tramping down crops, squandering livestock, and changing a stable people into nomads.

When armies march and people fight, education suffers, art languishes, buildings crumble, forests are exploited, farms return to desert, and orchards to jungle. Fighting men build temporary bridges, forts, and towers instead of homes, public buildings, and observatories. There is neither time nor inclination to carve statues, paint landscapes, compose music, or record history. Communities on the march or in retreat have no schools nor teachers. Priceless records are destroyed with the buildings and cities which are burned and pillaged. Artists, scholars, writers, and clergy alike shoulder arms, stalking enemies, and laying siege to cities. Plunder replaces honest industry. Cattle, goats, and poultry are devoured by voracious soldiers. Calves, kids, and piglets are eaten as are the seed-corn, and the wheat. Fruit is devoured, and trees are burned for wood. Today’s insatiable hunger swallows tomorrow’s plenty. Armies carry movable tents and abandon homes and churches. Temples fall in ruins and are overgrown by vegetation. With ever-decreasing flocks to shear, no weaving or knitting is done, and clothes are replaced with short skin girdles, and heads are shaven. Plowshares are turned into swords, and pruning hooks into spears. The manufacture of farm implements is turned to the making of the scimitar, the ax, and the sword. Life becomes a sordid existence, bloody, with little purpose except to survive.

Mormon said: “. . . they are led about by Satan, even as chaff is driven before the wind, or as a vessel is tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor, or without anything wherewith to steer her” (Mormon 5:18).   

In all this prolonged period of war and drivings, your immediate ancestors lost their written language, their high culture, and worst of all their knowledge of God and his work. Faith was replaced by fear, language by dialects, history by tradition, and a knowledge and understanding of God and his ways by idolatry, even to human sacrifice. Your priceless thousand years of history, laboriously engraved on plates of metal, and the brass plates of the Old Testament, were hidden by your inspired prophet-historian in the sacred hill in a stone box, to remain undisturbed until a wise Heavenly Father should bring them forth for you, their resting place known only in heaven.

In the business of killing human beings, there could be little inclination to face a Creator and a gospel of peace; the many-times restored gospel of Jesus Christ was lost; and spiritual darkness enveloped the whole world.

When Columbus came, your tribes had covered the islands of the Pacific, and the Americas from Tierra del Fuego to Point Barrow. Every school child is familiar with that period of history when your more recent ancestors were pushed from the Appalachians to the Sierras, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. All know about the four hundred year “battle of America,” wherein a disunited multitude of small Indian tribal nations retreated constantly with much bloodshed to far corners, and then on reservations in areas unwanted.

In all this distress your greatest miracle was aborning. When you were decimated by war and disease and all seemed lost, and you were spoken of as “the vanishing American,” then hope discovered a star. The colonist, the Gentiles, took your lands, your streams, your forests, but brought something to you immeasurably more valuablethe Holy Bible with its glorious truths, and a written language and progressive schools, scientific development, and intellectual progress.

Centuries earlier your prophets saw in vision and foretold the coming of Columbus and the colonists, of the Revolutionary War, of the creation of the great Gentile nation of the United States of America; of your scattering, and, above all, and most important to you now, of the gathering of your people and their restoration. Prophecies emanating from our Lord never fail, and the oft-predicted miracle of the “marvelous work and a wonder” was soon at hand (Isaiah 29:14).  The war brought independence to the struggling colonies, and a mighty nation was born with a divinely inspired Constitution, granting to its people religious freedom. Early in the nineteenth century preparations were complete for the marvelous miracle. The long-sealed heavens opened. God, the Father, came down with Jesus Christ, whom he introduced to a young modern prophet, Joseph Smith, saying: “This is my Beloved Son” (JS-H 1:17).

Your Redeemer, who ascended in the clouds in the Holy Land eighteen centuries earlier, and who had soon thereafter visited your ancestors on this continent, was now back upon the earth for a stay long enough to open a new dispensation, and charge his new prophet with responsibility, and to introduce the successive events which were to be world-shaking. His visit was brief but momentous. The gospel was returning. The wondrous work continued. Your priceless records, having lain in a vault for centuries, were revealed, Moroni, fourteen centuries dead but now resurrected, led the Prophet to the place. He removed the soil, took from the stone box the golden plates, and blessed with supernatural power gave to you and to your contemporaries the English translation of the miracle book written for you, preserved for you, and dedicated to you.

For you there were prayers of numerous prophets, including Nephi: “For I pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes water my pillow by night” (2 Ne 33:3)

Enos said:

“. . . I prayed unto him with many long strugglings for my brethren the Lamanites . . . [and] that the Lord God would preserve a record of my people . . . that it might be brought forth at some future day unto the Lamanites, that, perhaps, they might be brought unto salvation.”

“And I had faith, and I did cry unto God that he would preserve the records and he covenanted with me that he would bring them forth unto the Lamanites in his own due time” (Enos 1:11, 13, 16)

Many moderns, lay and trained, have speculated on the origin of the early Americans. Your history sets at rest that question. Many people have questioned the divinity of the Holy Bible. Your record establishes it as the Word of God. Many have denied that Jesus was the very Son of God. Your record leaves no doubt. With its companion scripture, the Bible, there is proof for every honest soul that God lives, that Jesus Christ who was begotten by him is the Redeemer, the Savior. It establishes the truth of the exalting gospel which now came rapidly from the throne of God to the Prophet, to you and to us. Missionaries are now teaching the true gospel to you and your children. You heard today [October 1959] of the organization of the first Lamanite mission in the southern hemisphere—the Andes Mission.

Your record, the Book of Mormon, named after one of its chief historians, makes clearer the numerous predictions of the Bible. Other plates will have their seals broken, and additional truths will be revealed. It tells of your brethren, the Ten Tribes of Israel, who disappeared from Babylon into north countries when your people headed west to this world. They will return with their prophets, and their sacred records will be a third witness for Christ. They, the Ten Tribes, you, the Lamanites, and the believing of us, also carrying the blood of Israel, will jointly build the city to our God, the New Jerusalem, with its magnificent temple. The end of time will come; the millennium will be ushered in; the Lord, Jesus Christ, will return to lead his people; and the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

My Lamanite brothers and sisters, we love you. Our bringing the gospel to you is “likened unto their being nourished by the gentiles and being carried in their arms and upon their shoulders” (1 Ne 22:8).  Your God has performed many miracles to get the story written by his prophets, to preserve the records against threats of enemies and the ravages of nature, and to get them translated into a language you can understand, and bring to you this second witness of Christ. Your Book of Mormon record is as a voice from the dust, messages from the dead, warnings from the Lord:

“Return unto me and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts”  3 Ne. 24:7

Our Lord cries, “Wo unto him that spurneth at the doings of the Lord; yea, wo unto him that shall deny the Christ and his works!”  3 Ne. 29:5

You have been preserved to this epochal day, and the gospel is available to you now. Wash your souls in the blood of the Lamb. Cleanse your lives, study the scriptures, accept the gospel and ordinances.

These predictions can be fulfilled and come to you through one channel only, the path of righteousness and faith; else all these promises are but empty, unfulfilled dreams.

May God bless you that you may accept the truths now revealed to you, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”


UPDATE 21 Jan 2019:
I never wrote a conclusion or summary section to wrap all these thoughts up into a nice little package with a bow on it. Considering all that has happened to me in my faith journey since last year, I don’t think I could compose that conclusion now in anywhere near the spirit that I would have written it a year ago. So I won’t even attempt it. 

– K.L.M.

 

And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.

Behold, this is the promise of the Lord unto you, O ye my servants.

D&C 68:45

But ye are commanded in all things to ask of God, who giveth liberally; and that which the Spirit testifies unto you even so I would that ye should do in all holiness of heart, walking uprightly before me, considering the end of your salvation, doing all things with prayer and thanksgiving, that ye may not be seduced by evil spirits, or doctrines of devils, or the commandments of men; for some are of men, and others of devils.

 And to others [is given the gift of] the discerning of spirits.

D&C 46: 7, 23



LINKS:
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 1
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 2
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 3
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 4
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 5
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 6
Moana – A Parable of Christ – Part 7
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