Category Archives: Symbolism

Temple Imagery in the Book of Mormon

Temple Imagery in the Book of Mormon The word atonement appears only once in the New Testament, but 127 times in the Old Testament. . . . In the other Standard Works of the Church, atonement (including related terms atone, … Continue reading

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The Tabernacle

I like to teach Exodus 25-31 by first starting out talking about why the Lord wanted them to have a tabernacle in the first place, and then liken this to our day to show why the Lord has us build … Continue reading

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Jacob 5 The Allegory of the Olive Tree (part 2)

The longest allegory in scripture is Zenos’ allegory of the olive, which is found in Jacob 5. In Jacob 5:3, Zenos explains to his hearers that the tame olive tree represents the house of Israel. From this interpretation, we can … Continue reading

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Jacob 5 The Allegory of the Olive Tree

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Joseph of Egypt as a type of Christ

Joseph served as a type for Christ in the following ways: Both were granted a new name: Joseph was denominated Zaphnath-paaneah by Pharaoh (Gen. 41:45) Jesus’ divine name was Christ. Both were good shepherds. Both were known as the most … Continue reading

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Joseph as a type of Jesus Christ

I believe that as we read the Old Testament, looking for ways that the events and stories therein show a similarity to the Savior Jesus Christ, that we are reading the text as Nephi directs when he said,  “Behold, my … Continue reading

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Jonah as a type

Jonah as a type: Jesus Christ The book of Jonah serves as a type for several ideas taught in scripture.  A type is a symbol that looks forward towards a future fulfillment.  It can be defined as a “preordained representative … Continue reading

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