Hymn #111: Rock of Ages Difficult because we “know not concerning the manner of prophesying among the Jews” (2nd Nephi 25:1). Words are “plain unto all those that are filled with the spirit of prophecy” (2nd Nephi 25:4). “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelations 19:10). In the days they are fulfilled, “men shall know of a surety, at the times when they shall come to pass” (2nd Nephi 25:7). 2 Nephi 27:14-20 February 1828, Joseph Smith had copied out some characters and translated them. Martin Harris visited prophet in Pennsylvania and obtained a transcript of the characters. He went to New York and contacted Professor Charles Anthon. Harris left and went to Dr. Mitchell who also confirmed the characters and translation. September 21, 1827 – Joseph Smith receives the plates Oct. to Dec. 1827 – Early and preliminary efforts at translating Dec. 1827 to June 1828 – Joseph, with Martin Harris’ help, translate the 116 pages July 1828 – Joseph loses his gift of translation Later 1828 – Gift of translation restored Fall/winter 1828/1829 – Faltering, intermittent attempts to translate April 5, 1829 – Arrival of Oliver Cowdry in Harmony, PA April 7, 1829 – Translation begins in earnest starting at Mosiah July 1, 1829 – Translation of Book of Mormon completed (89 days) To the Jews 2 Nephi 25:11-20 9 verses To Nephi’s Seed 2 Nephi 25:21 to 26:11 20 verses To people in the last days—US! 2 Nephi 26:12 to 29:14 103 verses 2 Nephi 25:23 Grace Dictionary = Unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification. Bible Dictionary = Grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life. And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece Six water pots Each holds 2-3 firkins Firkin = nine gallons (18 to 27 gallons) If you had a three gallon container you would need to make 36-54 trips to the well. A two gallon container would require 54-81 trips. 108-162 gallons Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles [signs] did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.