Thursday, September 25, 2014

1 Nephi 4:1

I am in School Again!
I am supposed to "further knowledge" of principals found in the Book of Mormon. If you have a good idea, or want to further my knowledge I want to hear it.
The Japanese word Kamikaze is usually translated as "divine wind" (kami is the word for "god", "spirit", or "divinity", and kaze for "wind")*.
I watched a documentary about a man who explored the story of the “divine wind” that blew away the invading Mongol horde off the coast of Japan.  The story goes that this huge Mongol fleet had parked off the shore of Japan and the Samurai warriors had put up a superb defense but knew on the morrow they would die, as they didn’t have any more resources. Evidently there were many pleads to Gods and in the early morning hours a “divine wind” blew the army away.  This man used many means of science to verify the story and found a bay with many anchors buried under sand; they were all turned one way indicating the boats had been pushed (by the wind), snapped off their lines and the boats probably sank. After further research he concluded the boats were not meant for sea travel but had been river boats impounded for naval use and that ‘strong winds’ were typical of that area.
The timing of a natural event in my opinion is the miracle. The ‘strong wind’ didn’t come two days later; it came when it was desperately needed.
Grace – “divine means of help or strength”. Nephi counted on the grace of God when he said, “Let us go up again unto Jerusalem, and let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; for behold he is mightier than all the earth…”

I think if I were truly a knowledgeable student I would know how to look up that documentary and cite it........anybody know where to look?