Monday, November 25, 2019


Over the past few years, I have had many people ask me questions in regard to the name of God as revealed to the House of Israel and a modern revelation of the name of God as revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith. It is well established that the name of God as revealed and used for thousands of years among the House of Israel is:

In many of my articles you will notice that I often refer to the four letter name of God using the English letters YHVH (Yod Hey Vav Hey). It is often referred to as Adonai, Ha Shem, The Name, the Tetragramaton, etc.  The pronunciation of the name is greatly debated with varying camps usually taking sides along various phonetic pronunciations  such as YeHoVah, Yahuah, YahWeh, Yahveh, Yahu He, etc.  The four letter name of God carries with it the numerical equivalent of 26 (in Hebrew the letters of the alephbet also have numeric values which are part of an ancient system of teaching). 

With the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and other revelations, a revelation was penned by the Prophet Joseph Smith around March 20, 1832 called Sample of Pure Language as cited below:

A Sample of pure Language 
given by Joseph the Seer as copied by Br Johnson1
Question What is the name of God in pure Language
Answer Awmen.2
Q The meaning of the pure word A[w]men
A It is the being which made all things in all its parts.
Q What is the name of the Son of God.
A The Son3 Awmen.
Q What is the Son Awmen.
A It is the greatest of all the parts of Awmen which is the Godhead the first born.
Q What is is man.
A This signifies Sons Awmen. the human family the children of men the greatest parts of Awmen Sons the Son Awmen
Q What are Angels called in pure language.
A Awmen Angls-men
Q What are the meaning of these words.
A Awmen’s Ser◊◊◊ts Ministerring servants Sanctified who are sent forth from heaven to minister for or to Sons Awmen the greatest part of Awmen Son. Sons Awmen Son Awmen Awmen

(see The Joseph Smith Papers, Sample of Pure Language)

Here the name of God as revealed by Joseph Smith in the "pure language" is Awmen or as later penned by Orson Pratt- Ahman.  We can see its' usage in D&C 95:17 as follows:

"And let the higher part of the inner court be dedicated unto me for the school of mine apostles, saith Son Ahman..."

To many modern Christians the usage of the name Ahman/Amen is foreign. At first glance, to the Western Gentile mind the names YHVH and Ahman appear to have no connection. The usage of the name Ahman (Awman) as found in many revelations and varying talks among early Church History has led many to question the veracity of the the revelation even to the extreme of some saying that Ahman is another God altogether.  I have received many questions asking how then can we reconcile this revelation regarding "Ahman" and the Hebrew Name of God YHVH.

First reference to the great Ahman (Awman) or Amen is not unique to the restoration.  John in the Book of Revelation makes reference to this name as well:

"And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God" (Revelations 3:14)

In fact we see this ancient tradition of using the word Amen in many places in scripture as well as in the closings of prayers both ancient and modern.  While many have translated the name as a statement meaning "So be it" or "let it be done" there is actually a hidden mystery that goes much deeper.  

In Hebrew the word Amen sometimes pronounced Ahmain in some Jewish sects is written in Hebrew as follows:

Here we see the word Amen constructed by the letters Aleph, Mem, and Nun.  The word itself carries the numerical equivalent of the number 91 (Remember this for later)!!!

Sometimes, however, some of the greatest of mysteries are hidden in plain sight with the intent to both reveal and conceal.  It is true that the name of God as revealed to Moses and used in the scriptures is YHVH. The name is considered so sacred that according to some it was not meant to be spoken aloud.  Instead the Hebrew word Adonai (meaning Lord) was often used in its place.  We see this carryover in the translation process as demonstrated below:

"Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:' (Isaiah 26:4)

The word Adonai as written in Hebrew as follows:

Adonai (or LORD) carries the numerical equivalent of the number 65.

A Great Mystery Revealed:

By combining the numeric value of YHVH or 26 with the numeric value of Adonai (65) we reach the sum of the two Hebrew words at:


 The Hebrew language often reveals and conceals many mysteries both the Hebrew Letters and the numeric value of the letters:

Adonai + YHVH = AMEN =91

How's that for spiritual algebra!

The secret of the Amen/Ahman being a combination of the names of God in Hebrew. With Jesus Christ being referred to as the Son of God or Son of YHVH etc. then the usage of the term Son Ahman or Son of YHVH Adonai is a correct name or title?

There is a great mystery concealed in the names of God- YHVH, Adonai, and Amen.  In examining the underlying Hebrew we see an ancient connection and equivalence with the name YHVH and the Name Amen/Ahman:

"For I am the LORD (YHVH), I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." (Malachi 3:6)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Mystery of Nephi's Broken Bow

"Now, all these things were said and done as my father dwelt in a tent in the valley which he called Lemuel." 
(1 Nephi 16:6)

Interwoven in the stories we read in the Book of Mormon are ancient Israelite teachings designed to communicate essential principles of salvation. The story of Nephi and the breaking of his bow is one such story.  This portion of Nephi's account begins with a description of the ball or Liahona leading them in the wilderness along the more fertile paths.  

The symbol of the wilderness represents our journey of correction like the Children of Israel who were lead into the wilderness by Moses on their ascent to the Mountain of The Lord. The Liahona as a symbol of the Tree of Life and the 32 Paths of Wisdom serves to direct an individual through this wilderness journey. (See article: The Mystery of the Liahona & The Paths of Wisdom)

Nephi then records:

"And it came to pass that we traveled for the space of four days, nearly a south-southeast direction, and we did pitch our tents again; and we did call the name of the place Shazer." (1 Nephi 16:13)

The mention of the four days journey directs the reader to the creation account as recorded in Genesis 1:14-19):

"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

And the evening and the morning were the fourth day." 

The mention of the the sun, moon, and stars as mentioned are associated in ancient thought not only with eternal principles of astronomy but also are a prophetic marker highlighting a wisdom teaching. The mention of "south-southeast direction" being tied to the endowment and development of the attributes of mercy (chesed) and beauty (tipheret). The usage of the word Shazar connected to the Hebrew word sazar meaning twist or intertwine as would be depicted by the twisted or intertwined path of the Tree of Life:

Nephi then goes on to record that as he went forth to slay food he broke his bow:

"And it came to pass that as I, Nephi, went forth to slay food, behold, I did break my bow, which was made of fine steel; and after I did break my bow, behold, my brethren were angry with me because of the loss of my bow, for we did obtain no food." (1 Nephi 16:18)

The mentioning of the bow of fine steel is also meant to connect the reader to the Song of David in 2 Samuel 22:31-37 when he was delivered our of the hands of Saul:

"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places. He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.

This Psalm containing a very ancient Israelite teaching of YHVH as the rock (Malkuth) of our redemption and our source of strength (gevurah) and power (hod).

The Bow of Hope

In the minds of The Fathers, Hope was not mere wishful thinking, but an expectation based on a promise. To claim the fruits of the promise, certain conditions had to be met. This condition was a condition of the soul wherein the heart of the person resonated with the conditions that existed in the Heavens- As Above, So Below, As within, So Without.  In order to connect with God, the disciple had to be in a true alignment with the center pillar or “The Way”.  It was a condition where the heart, mind, and desire of the disciple were in a state of oneness with God.  The more aligned a person was with God, the greater the connection.  In ancient Israel prayer is equated with a bow and arrow.  When the disciple’s intention or desire was aligned with Heaven their prayer like an arrow shot with a bow would reach the Throne of God.  The diagram below depicts this relationship:

In this teaching regarding the Bow of Hope, the "holder of the bow" was termed The Maggid or teacher while the group who followed the teacher was said to hold the arrow of intention or desire.  As Nephi relates, the journey toward the Promised Land does cause fatigue and hunger just as the Children of Israels journey in the wilderness caused much fatigue and hunger.  Nephi and Moses as a Maggid must realign the arrow of intention or desire from one of complaining to one of humility and hope which can hit its' mark-Judgment without criticism and Mercy without over indulgence leading to true charity.

"And it came to pass that he did inquire of the Lord, for they had humbled themselves because of my words; for I did say many things unto them in the energy of my soul.

And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came unto my father; and he was truly chastened because of his murmuring against the Lord, insomuch that he was brought down into the depths of sorrow." (1 Nephi 16:24-25)

In so doing, they obtained the necessary chastisement, mercy, and instructions to obtain food and deliverance with Nephi's ascent up the mountain being a symbol for his ascent into the Heavens to obtain food (prophecy, instruction, revelation) for his group. 

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did go forth up into the top of the mountain, according to the directions which were given upon the ball.  And it came to pass that I did slay wild beasts, insomuch that I did obtain food for our families.

 And it came to pass that I did return to our tents, bearing the beasts which I had slain; and now when they beheld that I had obtained food, how great was their joy! And it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord, and did give thanks unto him. (1 Nephi 16:30-32)

Instead of just a story of "What's for Dinner?" and "I am starving to Death Dad!" we see that the ancient teaching of the Bow of Hope becomes instruction for how a teacher like Nephi and his followers must  not only follow the paths of wisdom, but must also have the correct intention to launch the arrow of desire to it's target and obtain the food from Heaven they so desperately need. 

"The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me, And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore." (2 Samual 22:47-51)