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The Bible Slam: Leviticus Chapter 08

Moses practices what he just preached in the last few chapters by killing a bull and a ram, doing the wave offering, sprinkling blood all over, burning dung and fat and so on.

Aaron and his sons, selected as priests, are given their holy garments, including special linen underwear, girdles and bonnets.     Aaron gets a special breastplate adorned with the Urim and the Thummim.

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For a succinct version of the long-winded sacrifice descriptions in Leviticus, Skeptics Annotated Bible does it all in just a few sentences:

Moses does it all for God. First he kills an animal; wipes the blood on Aaron's ears, thumbs, and big toes. Then he sprinkles blood round about and waves the guts before the Lord. Finally he burns the whole mess for "a sweet savour before the Lord."

As pointed out at SAB, the Urim and Thummim were allegedly used by Joseph Smith when he translated the Book of Mormon.

The Mormonism Research Ministry explains Joseph Smith's divination methods and what his witnesses said in the video below.

Summary of the Video, as posted on YouTube . . .

The founder of the LDS Church, Joseph Smith, claimed an angel named Moroni visited him in September of 1823. This heavenly messenger is reported to have told him about gold plates that contained a record of "former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang." The plates were said to contain "the fullness of the everlasting Gospel" as it was "delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants." In order to translate the language contained on the plates (a language called "Reformed Egyptian"), two stones in silver bows, called the Urim and Thummim, were included with the plates (Joseph Smith History 1:34,35). According to Smith's testimony, four more years went by before the angel allowed him to retrieve the gold plates.

Joseph Smith said, "each plate was six inches wide and eight inches long, and not quite so thick as common tin. They were filled with engravings, in Egyptian characters and bound together in a volume as the leaves of a book, with three rings running through the whole. The volume was something near six inches in thickness, a part of which was sealed" (History of the Church 4:537).

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  • These Leviticus chapters seem to help us understand the reasoning behind why the latter-day saints build temples everywhere they go.

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      You have a point there. I don't think they do the heave offering, though!

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