Junior Ganymede
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Imagining the Scriptures

July 11th, 2017 by G.

A guy once said something like mankind is just a bunch of method actors, all stuck inside their part. He said it like it was a bad thing.

Reading the scriptures for content is good. Reading for story is good. Imagining the story may be better.

Now, just a few words to you young men. Have you ever imagined yourself to be the Prophet Joseph Smith when he was fourteen and received his glorious vision? Or David when he was playing his harp for King Saul? Or Joseph who had dreams and visions and saw in a dream how his father and mother and all his brothers and their families would bow down to him? Have you ever thought of yourself as being Nephi, who, under very difficult circumstances, defied his rebellious brothers and went into the city of Jerusalem and singlehandedly obtained the plates which were vital to the posterity of Lehi and his family? Have you ever thought of yourself as being the young Nephi who gave leadership in large measure to his older brothers and to his father’s family?

Can you think of yourself as being Nephi who heard his father excitedly call attention to something he had found just outside the door of his tent?

Elder Kimball.

Salvation starts with playing a part.

Zeno’s paradox doesn’t work. Not only is space not infinitely divisible, but if it were, infinitely divisible time would allow all those infintiely small gaps to be crossed. But what about character change? What are the units of change in the soul? How does what I am become what I am not?
Imagination and pretense is what bridges the otherwise impossible gap.

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July 11th, 2017 07:30:17
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Zen
July 11, 2017

Excellent, G.

But just a pedantic physics point, we have no idea if space is infinitely indivisible or not. It would have significant repercussions if it did or if it didn’t. Of course, fixating on this is rather missing the point, but I thought you should be aware.


Mark Andrew Clifford
July 11, 2017

“the pioneering work of Max Planck (1858–1947) in the field of quantum physics suggests that there is, in fact, a minimum distance (now called the Planck length, 1.616199(97)×10?35 metres) and therefore a minimum time interval (the amount of time which light takes to traverse that distance in a vacuum, 5.39116(13) × 10?44 seconds, known as the Planck time) smaller than which meaningful measurement is impossible.”


Zen
July 11, 2017

The Planck length/second is the smallest our theories and measurements can accommodate, but do smaller things exist? We don’t know.

Infinities (and the infinitely small) are notoriously tricky to deal with.


Bookslinger
July 11, 2017

Time and space are one. It is a temporary bubble in something bigger that we call eternity.

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