Hugh Nibley

Hugh Nibley Notes

principally taken from his Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price coarses. More detailed references to come.

-Brigham Young said we need to cease childishness and become philosophers.

-Brigham Young said ” we would be a happier and a wiser people if we ate less, wore less clothes and worked less.””

– “Fasting is to keep self within bounds, not to exhaust self. We like to eat ’till we burst, but we must fast daily. It is to have an attitude towards God and to not have more than enough, because more than enough is just that, more than enough.

-Two things we can do perfectly are repent and forgive.

-Christ’s prayers did not focus on obtaining diplomas, etc. They focused on forgiveness for others.

-We share particles with each other as we interact and hence change the universe.

-The honest person will say how he feels.

-A BYU registrar, Brother John Hayes, knew all the individuals he checked into the university by name. He knew details about their lives. He cared for and had intimate friendships with each. Twenty five years later, he still remembered their names. God can and does know us all personally, like a parent’s love for each individual child.

-Happily ever after is usually at the end of a play, but there is where the play should begin. The world does not know what we will do in the hereafter. We will do things like travel from planet to planet sharing scientific knowledge and will increase in posterity and we will create forever. God’s work and His glory is to share. (Moses 1:39).

-When all know God, they have a common friend, and hence are friends.

-Minister means converse, not merely lecture. This is the root word of minister.

-Learn Latin and you will learn the rest much better.

-During WWI they had bibles in their pockets. During WWII they only had luck charms like rabbits feet. There was no faith in God.

-The three greatest gifts God has given man are life itself, progeny, and time to repent.

-Everything you teach must square with the scriptures-Joseph Smith

-Brigham Young said, “Prophecy is not an office. It is a gift. For example, Eliza Snow was one of the people who was most notably blessed with it. We ought not to neglect it.

-Science does not explain, it only describes.

-Intelligence is problem solving ability.

-Moroni broke an oath out o charity for his people to alleviate their suffering.

-A true scientist or artist does what he does for love.

-In the book of Moroni, the best gifts are listed first, those of intelligence. We need a clear mind in order to do all. Today, we are going brain dead.

-What is the filthy gift spoken of in the New Testament and the book of Moroni? Money.

-One translation of “to know” as in “to know God and His Christ whom He sent is life eternal” is “covenant,” hence He says He has only know the House of Israel.

-The Book of Mormon teaches about how the Jaredite, Nephite, and Jewish Nations were destroyed. It speaks of what led to that destruction. This is a very serious message to us in our day.

-A messenger may be an embessary like a case in the New Testament, an  Apostle says he can’t argue their points on the law, he must only give the message he was sent to give.

-Angels cooing represent God and come at critical times and it is as though God had personally come via them.

-The Book of Genesis, Bereshith is what it’s called in Hebrew, the word translates to premarital council.

-Brigham Young said, “This earth is patterned exactly after the world God lives on.”

-When you know of the hereafter, nothing can discourage the righteous.

-Nephi said he lived after the manner of happiness, which means they were happy all the time and so should we be.

-The Zohar states, we like God may create and destroy worlds if we qualify.

-Angels keep worlds coordinated under the same law, the Pearl of Great Price teaches.

-Like some generations being destroyed, some worlds’ citizens have not qualified for God’s visits and were destroyed.

-Ancient religion promised followers unlimited worlds.

-Democritis said God would make more worlds, seeing has how this one works.

-The Pearl of Great Price says that Adam walked into another time system when he left Eden.

-The world was created not in time, but with time. Time began existing with this earth.

-Kolob not near center of earth, only that group of stars. God over His system.

– Adam was a great man. He first man on the earth, like how you start a university with great men and hope it stays that way not start one with stupid men and hope it becomes great. The current status in society is not always the best! Just because we live later than people before us does not mean we are better than they were!

-Men not carnal sensual and devilish until they began to act that way. They are born good.

-Cain’s offering to the Lord was not acceptable for Satan said to do it to him; Cain was acting out of love for Lucifer.

-Lucifer asks people to make offering to the Lord; for example Adam and Cain. He wants to be leader and wanted to save souls, but not in God’s way. Now he seeks our misery.

-Adam and Eve had many children before Cain and Abel. They went astray. Cain was a great hope for them.

-Brigham Young said “it’s the work of the temples that set the bells of hell ringing like nothing else and I want to hear them ring again!”

-Brigham Young says how he could weep like a whipped child when he thinks of how far the saints fell short of their possibilities and opportunities.

-There is no end to what we can and will receive so long as we don’t reject it.

-Shakespeare was right about this world being a dross and sleep, but when the gospel in fullnes you find, all else is cast aside, it’s not just fine arts where you look at the menu, it’s the feast.

-Brigham Young said he felt his bones in him would consume lest he preached the gospel once he had found it, and left all temporal things so to do. He said he is not bound back by wife and child or nothing, but is living for the gospel. He said “I want you to ware your selves out (for the gospel cause).”

-5 times Brigham Young was driven out entirely. He said let ’em burn the temple the earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof. Let go of all and go worship. Things will care to themselves. Nothing has worn to me a gloomy aspect since I got the gospel. Even facing mobs. All works toward the good of the Kingdom.

-Never you find a sad true Saint. Joy to each needed measure. Brigham Young saw the temple burning and said “Good. 3 cheers.” What the Lord lets go, we do too, with joy. All that matters is the work the Lord has for me to do today. This is what Brigham Young was known to say.

-Visions of minds being opened isn’t like a symphony, but much more.

-Brigham Young said let none be known as privileged. He said this while giving his grains to the poor.

-Who live as they should constantly see glimpses of eternity.

-Brigham Young said there are no inexhaustible resources, and was an earth conservasionalist. This is the earth the Saints will receive, keep it well and love it. Don’t pollute it he said as they got to Salt Lake City.

-Brigham Young said if we would be nice to all animals, the snake would become tame.

-Brigham Young said when you hate something try to bless it and you’ll be well.

-Brigham Young said that the indians know just as much about the Lord as anyone else.

-Brigham Young said I think myself a coward. Theres more trouble when we think of ourselves as brave;  But don’t be sentimental about it.

-Brigham Young said indians aren’t to be trusted and neither are we. Only God trust.

-Brigham Young said animals will be exhausted. The armies of the Lord. Let them eat your crops so long as you have enough.

-Brigham Young said if I’m going to build a house or a temple I never count the cost if the Lord deem it let it be. I never insure my property. My insurance company is in heaven.

-Brigham Young became practical by not being practical.

-Lucifer one of the highest ones in heaven fell, so don’t think you can’t.

-Brigham Young said There is no life of more importance than this one.

-Brigham Young said the man who honors their Priesthood will be exhausted.

-Rather you live in wagons than be set on your homes. Be as ready to leave your nice homes as you would a dugout.

-Brigham Young said We aren’t, never have been, nor ever will be in danger. The only thing in this life is to resist evil, an inner thing. Never fear being afflicted, rather living not as you ought is what you need to fear. Aside from that there is no problem.

-Brigham Young said you shall worship the Lord even when you think you can’t say 1 good thing about him.

-Brigham Young said I am more afraid of covetousness than of all the hordes of hell. God will make victor of his people.

-Brigham Young said if we love our religion, we will increase faster than they (as a people).

-Brigham Young said the most despicable man on earth is worth worlds.

-Brigham Young said all satan can do is destroy, so lets not imitate him. Brigham Young was known to be a builder.

-Brigham Young said I won’t bring a railing opposition against Satan, for he is fulfilling his calling manfully.

-Friend and enemy alike, no soul ever said that Joseph Smith ever did an unkind thing.

– When asked how to confront the scandal words against his character, Brigham Young said he knew not weather he had any character, he never stopped to ask.

– Brigham Young said When men are oppressed it’s in their own hearts and feelings.

-Brigham Young said the main problem with people who see ill in others is how they find lack in themselves.

-Brigham Young said the kingdom doesn’t need you- don’t try to steady the ark unless called upon. A dark spot in yourself there is when you seek such.

-Brigham Young said The secret of mine is to never worry. I never do. Also, Joseph Smith came to Brigham Young oft and said don’t be in a hurry.

-Brigham Young is filled with awe in the presence of his fellow men, even in addressing children.

-Brigham Young said there is no place in the kingdom of God for worldly ambition.

-Brigham Young said never show your political views with the gospel. We want no contention with any man, nor nation.

-Brigham Young said mind own business, never ask to see how great you are. Never seek a leadership calling!

-Brigham Young said I’de rather go to the humblest of homes and speak of the gospel than to go to 50 fancy parties.

-Brigham Young loathed how people wanted him to be governor.

-30 years even in the church and we are not ready to see visions of eternity.

-Brigham Young said many of the Saints are glued to material things. They say “this is mine.” Mankind hold to the earth as if it was their all. God is who gives all sustainment. No power for the Saints until they are prepared to wield it.

– Brigham Young said If Saints rely on the world they’ll work wearily to death, and a future generation will forsake what was in store for them.

-Brigham Young said Lust after the world has destroyed the greatest nations ever. Oft Saints want to get very rich before helping the church instead of helping now.

-Brigham Young said some Saints magnify one scripture and leave others excusing themselves, especially as they acquire land.

-Brigham Young said just like Babylon, some Saints trade and traffic with each other, and like the people in the world who are in a sea of confusion. Trying to take advantage of the Gentiles.

-If you are a Saint, you know this world is a wicked one.

-Temple ordinances are everywhere in the Book of Mormon if we know where to look for them.

-Greek tragedies show what life is like without the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

-All holy men must be alien to this world.

-Joseph Smith said a righteous man back in the day had better chance at being righteous than a righteous man of today does.

-Nothing more important than preserving the sanitary gap between what is holy and what is profane (we need to know what each are).

-Before the Lord all things are manifest past present and future.

-Grass shrubs trees in that order appeared on this earth in the creation. Elephants then lions came.

-Adam’s real career didn’t begin until he was married in the covenant.

-Earth not made at same time as all other creation.

-“New earth” of Adam said to him when he there, it was formed long before he got there.

-Dominion over animals does not equal extermination but leadership.

-We must love and be concerned for all of God’s creatures because he does. This is the commandment.

-1st thing Moses taught the children of Israel was the free will offering, totally required, to see if they would pass like Abraham, giving the amount they chose.

-Humor is intelligent poking at how our society is etc. It’s not light mindedness. Joseph Smith had a laugh that shook his whole frame.

-To receive a new name is to receive a new persona or role or societal role. There may be a name only a parent knows a child by.

-Timothy read an ancient thing saying in council in heaven when Adam chosen to be in the Presidency of creation, Lucifer would not recognize him and said Adam should worship him Lucifer for he was before him. At this point Christ had him kicked out and told the angels to remove his sign of words from off of his right hand and remove his protective armor. The angels were hesitant to do so to one so high in authority. He and his followers had to leave. He was pierced through shoulders removing 1/3 of his strength, hence his attacks would always be by stratagem and not by physical personal strength.

-Brigham Young said The Law of Consecration is the most easy to understand, so when the Saints ignore it, they do it consciously.

-Drink water, never eat candy, such is for children.

-Joseph Smith used word endow (get a gift) and endew (put on robe or a calling) interchangeably.

-The watchers, angels from God sent to help Enoch’s people, but they fell from grace for the daughters of men, and giants were born. They had ordinances and thought to set up false Priesthoods as Adam predicted. Their punishments were to be rejected like Cain from both heaven and earth.

-On revealing unlawful sacred things, one merely gives up his integrity.

-Veil not a wall is used to suggest we can pass into and hear from heaven if we wish.

-the Shabako text is oldest of all religious writings. It speaks of temple, etc.

-Joseph Smith said Secretarian religion is the apostate religion. Masonry was Priesthood, but now is apostate all though much of what they do is perfect.

-Some respect for Catholicism going back a ways.

-Joseph Smith said I advise all to go on to perfection and continually seek the mysteries of Godliness. I find new things for my hearers, I always try to find new things for my hearers.

-Joseph Smith said never aspire, accuse, contend, or coerce.

-Brigham Young said the only read world is Zion.

-May our anxiety be upon our purification. At a casino a Saint is out of place.

-Nixon wrote faith without strength is nothing, but really faith is strength. Nixon said sword is best defense, but Ammon knew gospel preaching was.

-What I like most about The Law of Consecration is that there is no economics.

-Brigham Young said competitiveness halts us from bettering our minds, which is why we are here (on earth).

-Abraham never drove a hard bargain.

-Having an enemy hinders creativity.

-At war time don’t turn to military but to God.

-When the earth is a Celestial globe, a sea of glass, will it be boring? No. The Urim and Thumim can cause our surroundings to be a mountain, a beach, whatever we will.

-According to the Law of Moses, a newlywed man was not to join the army for the first year of their marriage, but was to stay home and cheer his wife during that time.

-Adam walked with the Lord in the evening in the garden of Eden, and conversed oft with angels there. Also the company of his wife and caring for the land kept him  in a splendid state.

-Adam’s past Eden mission in life was 1. search the scriptures 2. the work of the kingdom 3. till the land.

-Employer God pays for our food etc and says take no thought for it, you’re here to learn. Satan wants our employ, and wants us to study only how to get bigger and better lunches. “Sufficient for our needs” is nothing to him (Satan), he wants us to milk our employer or employee for all they are worth. Brigham Young started BYU to get people to not be obsessed with “lunch”, to negate or put down the philosophy that we are here to take advantage of each other and that such is our right. Brigham Young said theres plenty of schools who teach what scientists say but don’t dare preach the gospel, and BYU is to not be that way.

-Law of Moses forbid not letting oxen eat corn while they plow; Moses cursed people who covered their trees forbidding the birds their lunch. Passing by beggars was also forbidden.

-One reason the ancients lived longer was from eating better food.

-Brigham Young said Joseph Smith not as good at management and economics, but the wisdom of God is greater than that of men.

-Brigham Young said down with common Mormons. Cliche Mormons. I want diversity!

-How tell if something is of this world? The test is weather you can have it for money. If not, it does not belong to this world.

-Not well to limit what missionaries can read or listen to to an extent.

-Brigham Young wouldn’t sign a thing saying what his virtues were for he knew them.

-Einstein said in his book “The world as I see it” that daily he considered 100 times how he depended on the world of others on his outside and inside, them that went before him game him so much he has to work always to give back and contribute similarly in his day, yet Einstein was one of the most aloof or reclusive people you would know, and here he says he depended totally on his society (Nibley speaks of Einstein in positive light referring to him as exemplary).

-Brigham Young said no two worlds are alike, similarly to how he (BY) never built two houses to look exactly alike.

-When we seek to expand our property, we take one step further from Zion.

-Zion isn’t here, it’s in heaven. It’s perfect. When offended it  like a chase virtuous woman flees.

-Brigham Young said we must not wait for Enoch or angels to bring Zion but need build Zion so we are ready (for when Enoch and his city come to us).

-Brigham Young said who think “how can I get richer or get this or that?” Can’t make it into the Celestial Kingdom and isn’t magnifying his Priesthood.

-Plato said rhetoric is the art of making false seem true, and true seem false.

-Respectability is a mask of Babylon.

-Idoler in Zion not eat means the big whig capitalists should not be able to live better than others. We oft interpret it to mean that lazy people don’t deserve bread, but neither do those who sit around in big corporate chairs taking advantage of their constituents!

-“These are mine for I earned them” is getting into anti-Christ.

-To take more than we need is to take what does not belong to us (BY or Nibley said this).

-Legality is excuse for immorality people say.

-People call institutions “Zion’s bank, Zion’s cars sales, etc” and it’s Babylon in Zion’s name.

-Ancient Seric story of the pearl writing and Baruch writings etc. show treasure in heaven is a real treasury we can add to by good works. There is a robe there for us etc.

-President J Fielding said Jacob 5 is one of the best and most powerful parts of the Book of Mormon.

-The Lord’s people are ever referred to as the poor; this some 30 times in the Book of Mormon.

-when the Apostles failed to cast out devils in an instance in the New Testament, the Lord lost his patience with them because he knew they could do better than that. The devils in this instance are also referred to as “it”.

-Brigham Young said someone is out to destroy our minds by having us think of what we ought not.

-Joseph Smith said learning of eternity makes the most zeal in a person.

-Count cost to build tower Jesus said we all do this. Jesus is saying why can’t we take our eternity more seriously? You count the cost of a tower before you build it lest you fail, then why can’t you do something similar for you spiritual welfare? We are too economical.

-Brigham Young said I don’t like the world at all and don’t like being associated with them of the world (referring to the wickedness/ungodly).

-Devils who have more knowledge than us have power oeuvre us so we need revelation.

-We can only think of 1 thing at a time. Scientists know not why. God can think of many things at once.

-Leave devils employ then what? Simple. Trust God.

-Brigham Young said if Gods liked knowledge for power they would cease to be Gods.

-Joseph Smith said Hebrew learn; we need scripture original languages because can’t get it all by revelation.

-Psychologists teach that the mind without knowledge will make things up because the mind craves knowledge like the body does food.

-The secret is found in the Book of Mormon, remember your own nothingness at all times, and remember the goodness of God at all times, and you’ll always rejoice. See ______.

-Mosiah 4:11-12 is the key, always remember your own nothingness and the goodness, of God, and you’ll always rejoice! (Nothing + Good = good!)

-At the BYU they don’t burn the candle light for scholarship like at other schools, no, you’ll see none of that at BYU. You need to shape up BYU, and study longer! You can’t go to bed till 3 am. Perhaps 2 am will suffice for you.

-The sermon of King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon fits perfectly with what they would do in those days, the king would traditionally get up and teach the people that he was not their real king, that God is, and that they should obey God.

-There was always a gathering of the year, where they celebrated the creation, and sang the creation song, which is the song we sang in premortality. They did representations of the creation, acting it out. This happened in the ancient world.

-The Pearl is an account of a man who is in heaven, and is sent off by his heavenly parents to go to earth to find a pearl. This is not LDS or Christian mind you, this is way before Christ. The man’s mother is the last to bid him goodbye as he goes. He goes and on earth is met by a serpent at a type of hotel. He thinks he will get the best of that serpent, but he should just stay away from the serpent. The serpent tricks him. Angels (messengers) are sent to tell the man that he needs to stay focused and get the pearl so he will not loose his inheritance. He finds the pearl and returns to heaven where his heavenly parents greet him and he gets the family robe and ring, showing family membership and inheritance.

-He reads the newspaper regularly, most every day.

-He has a Dr. degree in world history, though he started out in sociology.

How to write an anti-Mormon book: adapted from a speech on that:

-To write an anti-Mormon book all you have to do is say things like “the Mormons do so many horrible things, oh do they ever, I can’t even begin to mention how many!” Then change the subject.

-To write an anti-Mormon book, some take the approach of “I’ve lived among them in the more Mormon populated areas, and so let me tell you the insiders story of what those Mormons are really like, the which those of you who don’t live in highly populated Mormon places could not possibly know!” Others take the approach “I’ve lived on the outskirts of the Mormons, not where the majority of them live, let me tell you the secrets of how the REALLY behave, the which you couldn’t possibly know living in the places where they are more populous!”

-To write an anti- Mormon book, you put in your fare share of blatant lies about how we behave.

-To write an anti-Mormon book, you take things out of context and blow them up to extreme and ever more unrealistic proportions.

The Hopi Indians

-The Hopi Indians are a good example of how a people can refuse to take up arms and yet survive longer than other peoples. They are wonderful people.

-Among the Hopi Indians, if one has corn, they all have corn.They share with each other.

-To the Hopi Indians, there are 2 types of people: White men, and Mormons. Mormons they view as being a mix of the white man and the Hopi’s.

-The Hopi Indians celebrate with a massive party every weekend, this is good.

-The Hopi Indians have been offered their children to go off to live in a nice home with all you could ever want, but that to them is Babylon; all that is being offered them is money. They rather carryout their lives and teach their children in their own homes.

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