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Engraven on Brass

Posted: November 10, 2010 by joelmartin in Latter Day Saint (Mormon) Interests
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Anyone familiar with the story of the Book of Mormon will know the phrase, “plates of brass.” These plates are one of many sets of plates that we read of in the book. We encounter them early on, in I Nephi 3.3:

For behold, Laban hath the record of the Jews and also a genealogy of thy forefathers, and they are engraven upon plates of brass.

I came upon one possible inspiration for this idea last night as I read I Kings in the King James Version. In the section describing the building of Solomon’s Temple, I read:

And every base had four brazen wheels, and plates of brass…and also upon the mouth of it were gratings with their borders…For on the plates of the ledges thereof, and on the borders thereof, he graved cherubims, lions, and palm trees…
[I Kings 7]

Now the plates mentioned in Kings are of a very different nature than those in the BOM, but the phraseology is the same, and could easily be the kernel of an idea: the Jews worked in brass, brass would endure unlike scrolls and could preserve an ancient record. Also, the well-known interest of Masons in Hiram of Tyre and Joseph Smith’s interest in temples suggest that he would know this passage of Scripture with some familiarity.

I admire Glenn Beck’s love for country, but there is more than meets the eye behind all his rhetoric. He conflates religion with America because the LDS Church believes that Jesus came to America, that God blessed the “Jews” who responded to Jesus here in America (none of this has been historically or scientifically substantiated). They also believe that the Garden of Eden was placed in none other than, MO. Creation began with America, quite literally in the middle of America (http://www.utlm.org/onlineresources/gardenofeden.htm).

Mormons also believe in a millennial reign of Christ at His second coming, where He shall come and establish His reign in…you guessed it, America. Quoting their statement of faith:

We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisaical glory.

Not to mention that the whole LDS Church is founded on the premise that the Christian Church had been in apostasy since Christ and needed to be restored. Guess who it was restored to? Yep, an American in America. Go figure. Jesus founds His “pure” Church and entrusts the “purer” scriptures in America.

So there you have it, God started creation in America, placed the Garden of Eden in America, Jesus visited America, restored the true and “pure” church by visiting an American in America, entrusting Smith with “purer” scriptures (which were published and promulgated from America), and is coming back to America to establish His kingdom. All of this will help explain why Beck’s patriotism is much more than meets the eye and why Evangelicals have good reason to resist much of his rhetoric.