"There is so much more in the Book of Mormon than we have yet discovered. The book's divine architecture and rich furnishings will increasingly unfold to our view, further qualifying it as 'a marvelous work and a wonder' ...The Book of Mormon is like a vast mansion with gardens, towers, courtyards, and wings. All the rooms in this mansion need to be explored..."
-Neal A Maxwell

Monday, September 8, 2014

Prophets as symbols of Christ: The Brother of Jared and the Mount of Transfiguration

The Brother of Jared Sees the Finger of the Lord, by Arnold Friberg

In previous posts, I have suggested how EtherNephi₁ and Nephi₂ may have served as types of Christ; as part of their prophetic missions to testify of Him, each experienced an event in his life that closely mirrored an event in the life of the Savior. In this post, I propose how the brother of Jared might also qualify as a symbol of the Messiah. The following juxtaposition will compare the brother of Jared's vision of the premortal Christ at Mount Shelem and the experience Christ Himself had at the Mount of Transfiguration. The facets of this parallel, I’m finding, are seemingly endless. What I present here, then, will merely be a summary of three of them, each to be examined in more detail later. Future posts will also explore other additional dimensions.