I ran across that passage in Alma recently and marveled. I thought to myself, "Why should this be, as the Taliban aren't known to have marked themselves, right?" At any rate, I was somewhat awed and wondered about the saying. I think I am storing up things to ponder in my heart.


At 12:06 PM 11/21/2002 -0700, you wrote:

>>> Gary favored us all with: >>>
>There clearly is a symbolic level to the marks. But often there
>are both physical and spiritual parts of a symbol. Babylon, for
>example, is an actual city in antiquity. It also symbolically
>represents the telestial world, built on greed and power.
>Although not all the wicked may have the physical mark on
>their hands/foreheads, it is possible that many will; while all
>will have the spiritual mark of Babylon/Satan on them. I believe
>we will see a physical mark put into place in Europe before long,
>as part of the EU.

One thing my dad taught to me (and is confirmed in the Book of Mormon -
see Alma 3:13-19) was that people who are disobeying the commandments of
God typically "mark" themselves. It could be in the way that they dress,
piercings, tatoos, or any number of ways. He explained that while he was
on his mission in Germany during the late 60's (early 70's), he and his
companion found and began teaching a man and woman the Gospel. They were
both decked out in the style of the time, with the woman wearing
clothing that were not modest, and they were both unkept and dirty.
While the man was not interested in the message, the woman was, and as
she progressed through the discussions the woman's appearance began to
change. She did away with the fashion of the day, cleaned herself up,
and dressed modestly. She felt the Spirit and was converted. The
missionaries never mentioned to her that she needed to change her
dressing habits, but she was taught what she needed by the Spirit. She
was eventually baptized.

Perhaps this is why the Brethren insist that we dress modestly, avoid
the fads of the day, and be clean in appearance. Perhaps it is so we can
"let [our] light so shine before men, that they may see [our] good
works, and glorify [our] Father which is in heaven." (Matt. 5:16)
Perhaps this is one of the ways that we mark ourselves unto
righteousness and show the world that we are the servants of Christ.

What do you think?

Your brother,

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