What the World Needs is More Babies

When God wants to change the world, he sends a baby! Each year we Celebrate this beautiful plan when we remember the life and birth of Jesus Christ into this Earthly World.

The Christ Child | Light the World (comeuntochrist.org)
As God first gave Adam and Eve the ability to procreate and have babies, we see His plan to change the world come into action by giving each of us the ability to continue His “house” or family here. Every single baby, then, has the potential to literally change this world by bringing new divine souls into it.

In more recent births, from the year 1254, with the birth of Marco Polo, to the year 1637 of Father Jacques Marquette, God sent over 20 babies to Italy, France, Spain, England, and Portugal, to accomplish the discovery of the New World. Yes, those babies followed their hearts inclinations and families' traditions as they turned to the sea to expand Westward across the great Atlantic ocean. 

Although, sadly, harm came to the inhabitants of the Americas because of it, the good they did for the world in setting into action events of the Gentile people moving into that land, was World changing. God knew what He was doing for He is the one who sent those Explorers. From the birth of John Smith in 1580, or Elizabeth Tilley in 1607, these Fathers and Mothers birthed men and women who established the freest nation and government the world has ever known. And, it was all because of the birth of a whole new age of babies like the Heroic Madelon in 1678, James Otis and Crispus Attucks in 1725, and George Washington in 1732.
And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood. (recorded as instruction from the Lord given to Joseph Smith in the Doctrine and Covenants chapter 101 verse 80)
Frank William Boreham, born in 1871 in England, noticed this Divine Pattern as well. He stated:

“In 1809 men were following, with bated breath, the march of Napoleon, and waiting with feverish impatience for latest news of the wars. And all the while in their own homes, babies were being born. But who could think about babies? Everyone was thinking about battles… In one year between Trafalgar and Waterloo there stole into the world a host of heroes: Gladstone was born in Liverpool… Oliver Wendell Homes in Massachusetts, and Abraham Lincoln in Kentucky. 

“But nobody thought of babies, everyone was thinking of battles. Yet, which of the battles of 1809 mattered more than the babies of 1809? We fancy God can manage His world only by the great battalions, when all the while He is doing it with beautiful babies.

“When a wrong wants righting, or a truth wants preaching, or a continent wants discovering, God sends a baby into the world to do it.”
What might your reason be for coming to this Earthly World? How might that be contributing to the continuation of God’s House and Family?

F. W. Boreham knew it was babies who really changed the World; babies sent from God. From Adam to Abraham, from David to The Christ, these special babies had a mission to continue God’s family of believers and be a witness for thousands of years of His-Story of continuation and redemption of the World. As he wrote on The Quality of Mercy, in The Heavenly Octave, p. 87, he said,

"As a result of fifty generations of Christianity, something of the spirit of Jesus has become ingrained in the very blood of the race, and it would take a thousand years of atheism to get it out again."

If I could have any influence in this world, it would be to keep atheism and secular humanism from taking root in my lineage and to have it be etched away and daily battled against in the communities in which I reside. My heart's desire on how that can be accomplished, is summed up in a Hebrew parable written after the pattern of generations of families who carried on traditions of righteousness. We can read the story from which I feel the words of this parable was inspired, in the 18th chapter of Genesis when Abraham prayed for righteous people who lived in the city of Sodom and Gomorrah to not be destroyed just yet:
If there are 20 right-doing men in the world, my son and I will be among them.
If there are 10 right-doing men in the world, my son and I will be among them.
If there are 5 right-doing men in the world, my son and I will be among them.
If there are 2 right-doing men in the world, they will be my son and I.
If there is one right-doing man in the world, I will be that man.

Like this ancient parable, I can be that woman who carries on the right-use of truth by showing and nurturing my children in the way they can go and in mentoring them in following their heart's desires. I can trust God has planted in those hearts that Divine seed of potential which He sent them here to blossom forth to this world.

Henry Ossawa Tanner (American, 1859–1937), 
Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures, ca. 1909. 
Oil on canvas, 48.8 × 40 in. Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas.

How might this Spirit of Jesus continue to be ingrained in your generational line? What can you do to continue God’s story here in this sinful world? Will you be among those right-doing women and men?

And, who will be with you if not your own babies?

  • Read more about the amazing Frank William Boreham
  • Watch/Read Ted Callister's video presentation in The Mayflower Promise Conference
  • Read/Listen all about the Explorers in Libraries of Hope's, My American Story Book
  • A modern address, echoing the words of F.W. Boreham, was recently delivered to the US Congress. Although satirical in nature, it carries the same profound message.  See this address here.
  • Learn about Seed in The Early Semitic Pictographic Alphabet book.  

Climb out of the MainStream

Are you in the mainstream? Do you know where it is heading? Could it be going off a cliff?

It occurred to me the other day that if we are floating along downstream in the main stream of water, we are technically heading downward. Downward to where? Is the “stream” we are floating in heading off the highlands and over a waterfall, or, could it be heading down and out to the vast chaos of the sea?

What if our source of drinking water comes from the mainstream after it has traveled over a length of miles over fields of cow pastures, pesticide-disrupted farmland and artificial hormone-filled human waste plants? Is the water really pure enough to drink or soak in?

If we could all clearly see the effects of hanging out in the mainstream or drinking the water from downstream, we may choose to not want to be in it or to drink from that source. However, the effort it takes to turn around and head upstream to find safer sources of water, just makes the journey seem too hard. The truth is, the way up stream is harder. It takes a lot more effort and may not seem worth it at first.

However, wouldn’t we much rather be nourished from the spring of fresh water up the mountain, instead of staying acclimated in the downstream? Wouldn’t we want to get our source from the pure spring of truth?

Reality tells us it’s time to make the effort to climb out of the mainstream. This well-traveled course is heading off a cliff and the “drinking water” there is no longer safe for human consumption. As I think more on it, is it even prudent or safe to sit and hang out in it at all? If what is coming down the mainstream is corrupted or poisonous, drinking or being immersed in it would not only be unsafe physically, but also mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.

A great leader and a modern Apostle of the Lord, Jeffrey R. Holland said this:

“We are witnessing an ever greater movement toward polarity. The middle-ground options will be removed from us as Latter-day Saints (or any Saints and Christians). The middle of the road will be withdrawn.

“If you are treading water in the current of a river, you will go somewhere. You simply will go wherever the current takes you. Going with the stream, following the tide, drifting in the current will not do.

“Choices have to be made. Not making a choice is a choice. Learn to choose now.”
From the source of the Spring, comes forth a depth of principles and laws given by our Creator. The Hebrews call it the Language of Creation (symbolism, poetry, art, etc.) This bold statement attributed to Martin Luther gives us a glimpse into the value of drinking from the source of the Spring.

Drinking from the mainstream is almost worse than drinking or learning from the Latin/Roman’s puddle, because since that time, we’ve had 2000 years of Westward expansion (from the Roman Empire to the United States today). Could there be anything of substance left in the puddle? Many things could have been changed, perverted or corrupted in between all those years.

It is time.

Let’s head to the hills and search for the water springing out from the mountain-top source. It is pure and oh, so refreshing! “Drinking” from the most original sources is where to find truth as well as associate with others who drink from that source.

Note: I awoke with these thoughts this week and drew this picture of people drinking from the mainstream. I am planning on drawing it on my whiteboard, which we use in our family room, to place on display, and then, to let my children ask me about what this is so we can discuss it together.

Symbolism of the Cry of the Shofar

The Shofar

Written by Michael A. Hansen

The Shofar is the Jewish calling voice. It was used in ancient Israel to announce the New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) and call people together.

It is heard in the Bible during times of joy and war and in the temple. The Shofar is related to the ‘forgiveness and mercy’ month. It is blown in every Israeli community during Rosh Hashanah (New Year).

This horn is believed by the Jewish faith to open up the gates of heaven. There are three main types of shofar blasts — tekiah, shevarim and t’ruah.
  • The tekiah blast is one long note that acts as a kind of summons. Others have suggested that it is the sound of a king’s coronation. On Rosh Hashanah, Israel is traditionally called to reaffirm God’s sovereignty.
  • Shevarim literally means “breaks” or “fractures.” The shevarim blast is three medium-length notes that have been compared to the sound of weeping.
  • The t’ruah blast is a series of very short, staccato sounds that have been compared to an urgent alarm, calling us to rouse from our spiritual slumber.
The blasts of the shofar are wake-up calls. Rosh Hashanah is the time to shake-out of our spiritual slumber, reconnect to our Source, and recommit to our divine mission in this world. It is considered a mitzvah (commandment) to hear the shofar blown.

The text sung on the following page is taken from the Kedusha, shacharit prayer for Shabbat and Holidays.

An ancient Jewish prayer - Mi’mekomcha 
by Rabbi Carlebach, 
performed by Yamma Ensemble  (click here to listen)

מִמְּקוֹמְךָ מַלְכֵּנוּ תּוֹפִיעַ⁠

Mimkomcha malkeinu tofia

From your place, our King, may you appear 

וְתִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵינוּ, כִּי מְחַכִּים אֲנַחְנוּ לָךְ⁠

V’timloch aleinu, ki m’chakim anachnu lach. 

And reign over us, for we are waiting for You. 

מָתַי תִּמְלךְ בְּצִיּוֹן, בְּקָרוֹב, בְּיָמֵינו 

Matai timloch b’tzion, b’karov, b’yameinu

When will you reign in Zion? Soon, in our days, 

לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד תִּשְׁכּוֹן

L’olam va’ed tishkon.

Forever may you dwell there.

תִּתְגַּדֵּל וְתִתְקַדֵּשׁ בְּתוֹךְ יְרוּשָׁלַיִם עִירְךָ

Titkadal v’titkadash b’toch y’rushalayim ircha,

May You be exalted and sanctified within your city Jerusalem.

לְדוֹר וָדוֹר, וּלְנֵצַח נְצָחִים

L’dor vador ul’netzach n’tzachim.

Generation after generation, and for all eternity.

וְעֵינֵינוּ תִּרְאֶינָה מַלְכוּתֶךָ

V’eineinu tirenah malchutecha,

May Your eyes see Your kingdom.

כַּדָּבָר הָאָמוּר בְּשִׁירֵי עֻזֶּךָ

Kadavar ha’amur b’shirei uzecha.

As this matter is expressed in the songs of Your might.

עַל יְדֵי דָּוִד, מְשִׁיחַ צִדְקֶךָ

v’al yedei David, meshiach tzidkecha.

And by David, the Messiah of your Justice.

מִמְּקוֹמְךָ מַלְכֵּנוּ תּוֹפִיעַ⁠
וְתִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵינוּ כִּי מְחַכִּים אֲנַחְנוּ לָךְ⁠
מָתַי תִּמְלךְ בְּצִיּוֹן
מָתַי תִּמְלךְ בְּצִיּוֹן
בְּקָרוֹב בְּיָמֵינו
לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד תִּשְׁכּוֹן
תִּתְגַּדֵּל וְתִתְקַדֵּשׁ בְּתוֹךְ יְרוּשָׁלַיִם עִירְךָ
לְדוֹר וָדוֹר וּלְנֵצַח נְצָחִים
וְעֵינֵינוּ תִּרְאֶינָה מַלְכוּתֶךָ
כַּדָּבָר הָאָמוּר בְּשִׁירֵי עֻזֶּךָ
עַל יְדֵי דָּוִד מְשִׁיחַ צִדְקֶךָ

How could listening to this Shofar remind you of your obligations to return to Christ through recognizing, reflecting, releasing, reforming and restoring?

“Now I would that ye should remember that God has said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also.” Alma 60:23

Why am I holding a retreat at this time?

Why am I holding a retreat at this time and year?

For several years from 2001-2009, I was asking myself, and God, and searching for what it was He wanted me to do. Life-Mission has been a focus in our home educational plan over the last 20 years, so it was a natural question I was asking. "Why did He send me here? What was it He wanted me to Be & Do?"   I was also very concerned about our future. A future day like Today! I observed and noticed how people were preparing for a day like what we very well could face in the future. One person was preparing by getting 5+years food supply, one person by preparing a private honeymoon suite, another by preparing a birthing center. I didn't want to just copy others preparation. I wanted to know how I could prepare! What is it God wanted my husband and I to have ready for a day like today? I was very concerned we didn't have more support for our old brick house, that we didn't have a back up water system, etc.

I received Heaven's help in several ways, but one was a dream in 2009 where I was shown, that I didn't have to worry about having every single thing prepared (like I was worrying), and that He would help me. I had the very strong impression that there is a place prepared for me; that He didn't want me to prepare that way.  

Within a few months, I awoke with the words "The Hebrew Way" in a triangle shape and drew it into my notebook. I went forward in holding a retreat with that theme, in classes based on the articles on my blog, in teaching a class I was feeling I needed to create. It kept going...

When I saw some family also preparing and telling me interpretations of others' dreams and prophecy, I began asking them, "What could that mean symbolically?" I knew there were symbolic interpretations of my own dreams and visions and could see within myself and others around me, that there was a limited ability to see "poetically and symbolically," as well as being able to see more deeper meanings. Hmm... "That "Hebrew Way"... is this what God wants me to do to prepare?" I wondered.

It became quite evident when everything around me was manifesting of these ways, that there was something to this "Hebrew way" thing. I came to know God was leading me and answering my questions of what He wanted me to Be & Do. Yes, I had to get this "Hebrew Way" thing a part of my being, so God gave me a project to learn through it. This is what God wanted me to do. Honestly, I didn't want to do so much since I had a 3 year old in the beginning, but the more I followed my heart and took baby steps forward, the more vision I could see. Then, it was almost too late. How could I not do what He had shown me to do??

For 6 years, I have worked in my spare time to get the foundation set up to hold the vision of what I was shown. I tried prematurely and failed, yet learned more. After a huge life-altering trial which corrected a major faulty foundation stone and root system in my house/tree, and a move, and my oldest leaving to Russia, and a trip to Israel, all within 3 weeks of each other, all the pieces of the "what" He wanted me to do were almost thrown into the air.

Slowly, month by month, I have felt led to rebuild and release the old, and reform & restore what may have been what God wanted me to do from the beginning. I had to learn so many lessons foreign to my soul. Although, these last 3 years I have seen the hand of God in this endeavor just as much as I did from the beginning and through the most intense parts. Everything lined up to January 2020 with the creation of the right team being very possible, and we came together to prepare for this September 17-19th 2020.

We are holding a space and place for those who are called to prepare to nurture through Creation's Arts ~ The Organic Environments & Materials. From the beginning when I gained a vision of WHY a retreat was needed to transfer "The Hebrew Way," I could see the cultures around were nourished by these arts and that Creation's Arts, had helped preserve Nations. For example, Singing preserved the nation, story & culture of Estonia during 50 long hard years of Russian invasion. This taught me deeply.  We too will be facing these kinds of times and we too will need to preserve our story & culture.   

When I saw what was happening in America, I knew we were preparing at the exact right time God wanted us to! THIS is what we need as a people right now. Our homes need to be mini retreat learning centers, restoring our Original culture & story and preserving more original Godly ways. This is about restoration.... and preserving...., and awakening to ways we didn't even know existed. This is what I feel I was created to do, and, my family and I are going to do our best to see these ways restored in our communities as well. Just one thing at a time.

This is why we are going forward according to plans from a seed that was planted within me a decade ago. Our culture will not be canceled in my neck of the woods! God has given us the tools to know exactly what to do. We have been prepared and we are ready to serve. If we cannot be gathering in our official women's organizations, then we will privately. We are creating a deliberate nurturing environment that will be felt deeply, in order that the women can walk away and transform their homes, creating this beauty within the communities in which they reside. It is a training and very much a healing center. (see all the words I feel describe this.)

See all the things we have been building here.  There are links to read more on each one there as well.

Preparing Women to Restore Our Original Culture

How am I doing this?
With the help from God and many others, I have built a not-for-profit organization, called Foundation Builder Guide, to help prepare and train Women for helping restore original holistic ways of nurturing, learning and healing in our homes & community. In the days ahead, we are going to need women who can see in a balanced whole, connected, and principled way to live, learn and become. 

Are you called to prepare in these ways?

Through a Symbolic Women's Retreat Training:
As women, we believe we were made for relieving the poor, mournful, hungry & thirsty, persecuted... in society. Come join us in preparing to nurture the wounded in this time of turmoil. Many will be gathering in groups around us and our need to increase in our ability to see truth and have "eyes to see" ~so that we can nurture them~ is upon us. We believe it is time. It's time to restore these ways. It's time for this restoring event.
Begin your leadership training through these essential Principles of Creation today.  See here.

Registration closes August 14th for the pre-retreat prep.

Through Symbolic-Study for Women:
This incredible study for women, of the Hebraic Principles of Creation, strengthens and fortifies foundation in our mind & heart clarifying all truth. The immediate benefit is ~ increasing our ability to make connections ~ and it gives THE framework for a lifetime! These God-centric principles become the Guide.  Women's and Mothers, this program is powerful.

Here are some images of our two study resources - The Principles of Creation Study Guide & Companion Workbook, and online study site.

To learn more about this Hebraic Study, begin by taking the Intro Principles of Creation Class ~ The Pilgrim's Course Tutorial.  Click here to learn more

Symbolic-Learning at Home Resources for Mother's:
Building foundation in the home couldn't be more easy with our Symbolic-Learning at Home Resources!! If you are concerned more about your children's lifetime learning path of becoming a person of character and choosing Godly directed life-mission choices, then what you need is to help set their foundation on character-based principles and learn all the subjects out from there.
Foundation Builder Guide's discovered Hebraic Principles of Creation, helps set and correct foundation on how it really ~is.
This non-profit effort is a gift to the world to help the mothers prepare their children for their role in the next "Founding" phase of America, after this Crisis. Come participate in these incredible Symbolic-learning Resources!! Learn more here about these resources for Mothers!

If you act fast and come join us in our Intro class, you will be prepared to join our 1st annual in-person Women's Retreat Training THIS September 17-19th! (Registration closes August 14th) Yes, we are preparing to help the learning, in the homes in all ways of true Nurturing.

NUR'TURE, verb transitive
1. To feed; to nourish.
2. To educate; to bring or train up. ~ He was nurtured where he was born.

To learn more about the Unlocking the Chambers Women's Retreat.

Foundation Builder Guide’s Mission:
To nurture our roots through the Organic Principles, Environments, Materials & Skills, which build foundation & unlock the chambers within, for Christ-centered Women, Sisters, Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, & Daughters called to assist in the awakening of Israel in their homes and communities. Foundation Builder Guide mentors The Hebrew Way - our Original Culture, through Tutorials/Workshops, Retreats and Celebrations.

Foundation Builder Guide’s Vision:
Through nurturing and empowering Principal Mentors of the home with the wisdom and understanding of the Organic Principles, Environments, Materials, and Skills, Mothers will be prepared to stand ready to nurture the communities in which they are called to serve, thereby restoring the original ancient nurse-midwives of Israel, for the purpose of “relieving society.”

Come join us!!

Our Hebraic Symbolic-Learning and Study Resources

"A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week."
~ Henry Ward Beecher
This quote illustrates a deep essence of the Hebraic Principle of Creation #7 and the Early Semitic Pictograph symbol of the Mattock we are learning this month in our Symbolic-Study for Moms in the Foundation Builder Guide.

Within this study, a whole new world of seeing opens up. Ever so softly, known truths become new with so much more depth and meaning than were comprehended before. That which is unseen becomes seen in the hearts of the learner, and every step, taken a transformation occurs.

If you have been considering joining us there, I want you to know, the nature of this Symbolic Hebrew language comes with a natural protective system - it being discerned only through the "hidden" level of reading Hebrew (part of The Hebrew Way which is mentored). This language is built with an agency-based learning process where the only way to discern it's depth is by exerting faithful effort.  I have seen it time after time in my students over the last 8 years.  If you feel called to learn more of what we offer in Foundation Builder Guide, I am excited for the growth which will come into your life because of your effort and want you to know of our 2 options.

  1. A monthly Symbolic-Learning at Home option to learn with your children/grandchildren and positive affirmation stories, songs, dances, resources and many discovery experiences. https://houseofthebook.org/learn-the-principles/foundation-builder-guide/symbolic-learning-at-home
  2. A monthly Symbolic-Study for Moms with 3 Level options including the Level 2 training at our upcoming Unlocking the Chambers Women's Retreat (for an additional cost).   https://houseofthebook.org/learn-the-principles/foundation-builder-guide
    Check out the testimonials of mothers from these above links.

    If you are in any of these programs, you will be ready to experience our upcoming transformational Unlocking the Chamber's Women's Retreat training on Sept. 17-19th

    You will not want to miss it!

What's included?  Nurturing through all 8 of the Organic Environments & Materials. 
More images of the private cabin location on 2000 acres coming soon.

The First Steps of Discovering Truth

"In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions," of virus and death numbers, media images, uncertainties in the economy, business losses, Dr.'s whose experiences with the people contradict the gov't authority... "I often said to myself: What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it?" ~ Joseph Smith Jr. Today, "if any person needed wisdom from God," it is us. Let us determine to use our God-given receiving and discovering skills and abilities and ask of God to find the truth.
Observe the many statements you've heard. Is there anything you've heard that seems to contradict? Explore more. Notice the small wonderings which come, and the questions you are asking yourself: What about...? When does this...? Why does that....? Ask more. What do you notice? Compare what you are finding back to what you already know to be true. If you feel you already have a full conclusion, could there be room for more truth? Keep that "file" open in your mind and keep observing, exploring and asking! As you do, the truth will be made manifest to your heart and mind and eventually, if not right now, you will know the truth.

This process is the first step of The Hebrew Way of learning and it is foundational to all discovery of truth. It is also the original way, symbolic way, natural way, unseen way, artistic way, organic way, universal way, and the way God made our brains to be able to weed through the many unknowns and obstacles we find here. Resources to learn more: -Read Joseph's Smith's full canonized account here, and all four accounts here -See these Ask, Seek, Knock verses in the New Testament Book of Matthew 7:7 -Learn more about Hearing the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit -To get more practice in understanding these God-given skills, read my Nurturing Our Skills of Discovery article
    "While I was laboring under the extreme difficulties caused by the contests of these parties of religionists, I was one day reading the Epistle of James, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible. At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. I at length came to the determination to “ask of God,” concluding that if he gave wisdom to them that lacked wisdom, and would give liberally, and not upbraid, I might venture."  Joseph Smith - History

Understanding the Holy Feasts as Signs in the Times

Since Biblical times the months and years of the Jewish calendar have been established by the cycles of the moon and the sun.
The length of days and hours vary by the season, controlled by the times of sunset, nightfall, dawn and sunrise.  Though the months follow the lunar cycle, the lunar months must always align themselves with the seasons of the year, which are governed by the sun. Thus, the Jewish calendar is "Luni-Solar." The discrepancy between the solar year (365 days) and the lunar year (354 days) was resolved by every so often adding a thirteenth month to the year, to form a "leap year."  This is the permanent calendar according to which the New Moons and festivals are calculated and celebrated today by Jews all over the world. ~ Introduction to the Jewish Calendar
This original calendar as a way to keep the times, with it's systematized calculations between the moon and sun cycle, is a beautiful concept because it allows the original families of Israel a way to look to and keep their lives centered around the Lord's sacred Holy Feasts for which they were commanded to keep.

John Pratt's Uniform Hebrew Calendar - JohnPratt.com
In Leviticus chapter 23 is reads:
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations (an assembly) even these are my feasts. 
"Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, and holy convocation: ye shall do not work therein: it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings."   Leviticus 23: 2-3
How many Sabbaths are there in a year?  At least 52.  This Sabbath feast is the "Weekly Feast" and Holy convocation.  
These are the Feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons:
  1. Passover:  “In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord's Passover.” Leviticus 23:4-5  (takes place in the early Spring, and is called Pesach in Hebrew)
  2. Feast of the Unleavened Bread: And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of the Unleavened Bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread..., but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation…” Leviticus 23: 6-8 (takes place in the early Spring - began and lasted for seven days)
  3. Feast of the Firstfruits:  “When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the Firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:  and he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord to be accepted for you...ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish..., and a meat offering..., an offering made unto the Lord...  Leviticus 23: 9-14 (takes place in the early Spring celebrated on the day after the Sabbath on a Sunday)
  4. Feast of Weeks: “And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath..., seven Sabbaths.... Even unto the morrow after the seven sabbath shall ye number fifty days and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord."  This is also called Feast of Pentecost or Harvest, or Shavuot. Leviticus 23: 15-22 (takes place in the end of Spring)
  5. Feast of the Trumpets: “In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.”  This takes place at the “Head of the Year,” or in Hebrew phonetically translated to English, Rosh Hashanah.  Leviticus 23: 23-25 (takes place in the Fall)
  6. Day of Atonement: Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.  And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a Day of Atonement (or in Hebrew phonetically translated to English, Yom Kippur), to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God.  For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.”  Leviticus 23: 26-32 (takes place in the Fall after the Feast of the Trumpets, at the Head of the Year)
  7. Feast of the Tabernacles: “The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of the Tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord.  ...It is a solemn assembly...  Beside the Sabbaths of the Lord, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the Lord..in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath, and ye shall take the goodly tree branches of palms, and the boughs of thick trees and willows of the brook... and ye shall dwell in booths seven days: that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”  Leviticus 23: 34-44 (takes place in the Fall after the Feast of the Trumpets, Day of Atonement at the Head of the Year)
It is important for us to understand that this "Luni-Solar" calendar, used to mark time, is marking (see Two Sticks Crossed, in my Early Semitic Pictographic Alphabet book) our history with God and also the patterns for following the instructions of the Lord since the Creation (Rosh Hashanah - when Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden). Knowing this, we can then look at these patterns of the original calendar, or of the original Feasts, for the markings and signatures upon the events of our day and history in order to see for ourselves and make prophetic connections. This awareness brings us into the light as to what is really happening.
John Pratt's Jubilee Calendar - JohnPratt.com
John Pratt's Millennial Calendar - JohnPratt.com
Using the ancient “time marker” of the Holy Festivals gives us the ability to see more of that which is unseen.

Here are just a few things which have happened over the years on these special Feast/Festival Days that are significant to me.  With the resources below, feel free to look up other dates that may be significant to you:

  • March 26, 1820 - on the 10th of Nisan - The Great Shabbat, or Shabbat Hagadol, the Sabbath before the Passover, God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ visited a young farm boy to begin the Restoration of His Organization and Authority to the Earth. 
  • September 21-22, 1823 - on the 16th of Tishri - The Feast of Tabernacles - Joseph Smith Jr. was visited by the Angel Moroni regarding the Ancient records of the lineage of Joseph, as recorded by John the Revelator.
  • April 3, 1836 - on the 16th of Nisan - The Passover, the Savior, Moses, Elias and Elijah appeared to restore the Priesthood keys to officiate in the ordinances of the Lord in His Holy House.  
  • During 2015 - 2016 - The Sabbatical Year - Shmita/Shemitah (relates to the Feast of Sabbaths, every seventh year there is a release and rest as in the seventh day) - Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ emphasize honoring the Sabbath
  • September 22-23, 2017 - on the 2nd of Tishri - Rosh Hashanah - Revelations 12:1-2 prophesy fulfilled - "Women clothed with the sun, moon at her feet, and upon her head crown of 12 stars." 
  • September 9, 2018 - on the 29th of Elul - Feast of the Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah - An Apostle of Jesus Christ speaks from the first Melchizedek Temple and introduces the story of Saints.  
  • October 5-6 2019 - on the 6th of Tishri - Shabbat of Returning - a Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - The Worldwide General Conference held.
What’s to come:

  • April 4, 2020 - on the 10th of Nisan - The Great Shabbat, or Shabbat Hagadol, the Sabbath before the Passover…  The Worldwide General Conference held, a Hosannah Shout performed
  • October 3-4, 2020 - 15th of Tishri - The Feast of the Tabernacles, or Sukkot...  The Worldwide General Conference will be held, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Sept 2021 - Sept, 2022 - The Feast of the Trumpets, Rosh HaShanna - the next Sabbatical Year, or Shmita... 
  • September 30-October 1, 2023 - 15th of Tishri - The Feast of the Tabernacles, or Sukkot... The Worldwide General Conference will be held, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

Enjoy knowing more how to discern the times and center your lives around Christ and these Holy Feast days given of Him in the Old Testament and Ancient days.
~Katie Hansen