Good morning all my relations,
It is with great honor, and a feeling of happiness for all of you…that I continue with;
The Ancient Book written by The American Indian Prophet Shi-Tugohah…
contained within the Mentinah Libraries…
This book called; The Ways and Customs of the Ammonites
Shi-Tugohah, a Lamanite, fought against Captain Moroni until he was given an opportunity to join the Ammonites by covenant.
He recorded the ways and customs of the Ammonites in marriage, in blessing of children, in coming of age, in baptism, in purification, in healing, in Council of Mothers,in ordination, in Sabbath worship, in celebrations…and in living the Law of Consecration.
But I do exhort you, all who would receive my words, make good advantage of the knowledge of the works of the Ammonites, and strive also to do like unto them.
For I know, by the testimony of the Spirit that has been given unto me;
that you shall not have received these things, to ponder them in your hearts,
except you do receive them in the time of great need.
Yea, it has been revealed unto me that my writing shall only arise from the dust in a time of great refreshing, and in a time of greatest necessity.
Wherefore, take not these things lightly.
Howbeit, they may be the means of your salvation.
1) Behold, the Ammonite people are a happy and delightsome people, walking uprightly before the Lord in all things.
Yea, they did rejoice in the Lord in all things. Rather than fail to acknowledge the Lord’s hand in all things, they did raise the hands and sing and dance in rejoicing and praise at every instance or occasion.
Yea, I observed them in their homes and they did lift up their voices to the Lord. And also I did observe them in their shops and their conversation was ever filled with praise and honor to the Lord. And I did work with them in their fields, and again, their discourse was one of courtesy toward one another and praise toward their God.
Would I that such things might be seen among the Nephites.
2) Yea, so oft were the people of Ammon want to break into the praise of their Lord that the Nephites were often of two minds concerning them. Either they wondered at them for their spiritual excess and praised them, or they distrusted them, thinking their constant praise of God but feigned and a counterfeit.
This caused some division in feeling toward them, some Nephites being drawn by the power of their customs, and others being repulsed by them.
3) But behold, I testify to you that these customs, celebrations, ceremonies and ordinances of the Ammonites are good and righteous, notwithstanding they be different somewhat than the ways of the more sober Nephites.
For, I have lived among both the Nephites and the Ammonites and I see the truth in the ways and customs of both.
4) And there is no wrong in that the Nephites and the Ammonites both worship the same God, yet in different manner.
Yea, the Nephites worship in a spirit of stately and formal reverence, even as the fathers did before them. And this thing is good and brings about much good among them, yea, and the Lord is with them and does bless them.
And the Ammonites does He also approve and bless, though they worship in a tumultuous, spiritual abandon.
5) Wherefore, judge not either people right or wrong because they worship differently, but search out the motive and intent of a thing.
For, I believe that all things that create good must be inspired of the Spirit that fills the Universe and moves upon all matter for good.
6) And would it not be very like unto the denial of the Spirit to declare my works for good an evil thing because they be different than yours?
Be instructed by the Spirit then, and judge not good for evil and evil for good.
7) For such judgment is not sound, but is more like to pride than to wisdom.
And if man’s judgment turns to pride, then it were far better that men refrain and leave off judgment altogether.
For pride is but vanity and if judgment turn to pride, then wisdom is become vanity also.
8) But that which is sown and yields well must be adjudged good and some is kept back to be sown again.
Behold, this is held by all husbandmen to be a wise practice, and none there be that contend with it because the fruit derived from its exercise is proof ample enough to impeach all argument. Even so the smith does temper the iron, for experience has proven that the sword so tempered keeps its edge in battle.
9) Howbeit, the youth upon whom the village heaps gifts just because he has reached an age when he must begin to earn his own keep, yea, and for no great occasion, is so moved upon by the custom that he turns again and gives back much of what he received?
Some look upon this custom as folly. But I say it is not so.
For, here is a youth who, as a man, will look differently upon riches than his fellow in Zarahemlah who, lacking such a wanton custom, learns to esteem riches above all things.
And here is a youth who learns to honor the giving as much as the getting.
Yea, here is a youth who, seeing poverty and want, will readily and freely give of his substance and think nothing of the loss to himself.
10) And again, shall the young woman who, as a young bride,is so accepted and lavished by her village, ever turn her face from the refugee?
11) Behold, the customs of the Ammonites, though they be different from those of their neighbors and benefactors the Nephites, do bring to pass great good and much righteousness.
Wherefore, it is because of this that I dedicate myself to the recording of all their customs.
For I believe that these customs will someday be the salvation of all the people.
1) And now I resume my observations of the customs of the Ammonites.
2) Behold, the People of Ammon believe on Jesus Christ, whom the prophets say
must come, even that Son of God who shall redeem His people Israel, and they
believe in baptism, even the baptism taught to them by Ammon.
3) Whenever they baptize in the name of Jesus Christ, this is the manner in which they do it:
4) The father of the person to be baptized calls upon the Peli, for the Peli are Levites either by birth and thereby legal right, or by adoption, and have received the authority to baptize by the Spirit under the hands of the Lord’s anointed.
Yea, the father or patron of the person to be baptized arranges matters with the Peli, for it is his office.
5) Then the person who wishes to be baptized goes down into the water with the Peli and both of them raise their hands above their heads and clap them together three times, and speak the person’s name clearly.
6) Then the Peli clearly declares his right and authority to speak and act for and in behalf of the Christ who will come.
He then declares to all creation that he baptizes the person in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
7) When he has said these things, he submerges the person in the water so that every bit of him is under the water and no part of him is exposed to the air.
Then he quickly raises the person up again and all present clap their hands.
8) Thus, the person begins a new life and a new covenant, and the covenant is sealed upon him by that Holy Spirit of Promise because of that covenant made by the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost before the world was.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Hopi Children Stories Tie Hopi History to People of Ammon (Anti Nephi Lehies)
In some of my recent reading I stumbled across Zula C. Brinkerhoff’s “God’s Chosen People of America” Zula was very close to the Hopi she was actually adopted into the Turtle Clan and given the name of Gah Het Tut (Little Mother) in July of 1975. Zula was also an active member of the LDS Church.
In her book Zula Brinkerhoff’s adopted Hopi father David Monongye shares different Hopi traditional stories that are used to teach the children life lessons as well as the history of their own people.
I would like to share one in particular which directly links the Hopi to the People of Ammon (The Anti Nephi Lehies). Its called the “Story of the Bow”
“Let me tell you about the bow. There’s a story on the bow. During the month of February when the small children are initiated, they get the bows and arrows, and the little girls small dolls to play with.
I want to tell you now, there is a lot of meaning to it. There is a lot of different colors on the bow and a few places you seen dots and then right in the center of it all is white.
Now, to the Hopi people, it means peace, so these are given to the small boys and when they receive this bow they hold it in the middle where it is white.
Simply holding a whit flag which means peace and on the sides there are different colors means all of the vegetation on the earth. Like the flowers, trees, and animals and all things that live on this mother earth.
And the dots on there represents the rain drops. When it rains on this mother earth it helps the plants to grow and it waters them.
And the string is stretched on top. Now that string, it sets this way-one is pointed toward east and the other toward the west. An the string is stretched to it.
And then on that string, as we all know the sun rises from the east, and when the sun rises from the east and it travels on this string overhead and fertilized all the plant life and animal and human life upon mother earth, and it gives heat to all living things, such as trees, and everything that lives upon mother earth.
And then the sun sets in the west, and then there is a little feather that hangs on the side and that means it represents the breath of this bow.
And so that is what it means, you know when a boy receives his bow. He holds it in the middle where it is white so when they grow up they will grow up in Hopi ways that they would respect and would not molest anyone, because way back before the Great Star appeared in the sky, the Hopi have buried their weapons so that if ever war came up, they will not participate in any kind of war because they have buried their weapons deep in the earth.
And so they were instructed not to take up arms and go forth against any other nation to kill any people, because this is a great warning to them by the Great Spirit.
So this is what the bow means.
And the small dolls that is given to the girls, they take care of them and they are like babies. They are preparing themselves when they grow up so when they become of age they can marry and have children.
And they must take good care of their children, just the way as their mothers do. They are preparing themselves to take care of these dolls, and they put them in little cradles, and sing to them. They get them to sleep.
That is the way they are preparing themselves to become mothers in the future
Now this is what it means.”
In the Book of Mormon in Alma chapters 23-25 the converted Lamanites (actually Ishmaelites) buried their weapons of war and covenanted with their Lord never to take them up again.
Their swords had been stained with blood and in burying their weapons of war they were (the people that is) washed clean in the sight of God and they suffered themselves to die by the sword when other Lamanites who were not converted attacked them rather than take up their weapons of war again and break the covenant and lose the forgiveness and promises they had received.
This act of faith and courage actually brought more converts from the Lamanites than those of the converted group (later called the Anti Nephi Lehies or People of Ammon) who had died during this attack.
From this time forward they were considered a “Peaceful People” and after a four year proving time period in the Land of Jershon they were eventually accepted by the Nephites (although they did not consider themselves Nephites) and obtained a promise of protection by the Nephites. In return they gave the Nephites part of their crops as a good token of friendship.
Later on when the Nephite armies were having problems with the Lamanites the Anti Nephi Lehies considered taking up their weapons to help in the battle.
They were persuaded by their leader (who actually went by the name Anti Nephi Lehi) and a captain of the Nephite army by the name of Helaman not to break their covenant.
At this point their children (2000 young men) decided to help the Nephite armies because they had not made the covenant (it was their parents) plus they had faith in the teaching of their mothers.
They experienced many miracles while helping the Nephites.
With this said I think it is easy to see how the story of the Anti Nephi Lehies and the Hopi go hand in hand.
They both are a peaceful people and had buried their weapons of war and held the family unit extremely important (especially the mother and her teachings).
Thus he reason for the bow and arrows and the Kachina dolls being used to teach these key principals of their important past and the covenants they made with their God.
to be continued…cj