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GREG - I was telling someone a lesson i learned in sunday school. i told him i learned the lord was born april 6,ressurected april 6, and established his church april 6. i thought this was pretty cool untll he pointed out 666. i know 7 is a complete or perfect #. he seems to think 6 is wicked or something. i know 2-6's make twelve. that is a good #. people seem to make things bigger than they are, but in reality, it did make me think, and feel bad. help me find the positive in #6.

JOEL - Numerologists reason that since six falls short of the numerical perfection found in the number seven, it symbolizes incompleteness in the sense of representing man without Christ. Many scriptural scholars do agree that the number six represents the weakness of man and associate it with things that are incomplete or come short of perfection. But guilt by association with a number or anything else is one of those logical falacies that could be made up about anything. If six is supposed to be so bad, how about these scriptures:

"And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days:" (Exodus 24:16)

Why did God choose six days of cloud cover to represent His glory and presence on the mountain?

The number six was important in making the tabernacle in the Old Testament:

"And for the sides of the tabernacle westward thou shalt make six boards. (Exodus 26:22)

Noah was 600 years old when the floods came (Genesis 7:6).

God created the universe in six days.

Aaron was commanded to wear two onyx stones each with six of the names of the tribes of the children of Israel (Exodus 28:10).

Christ's first miracle (water to wine) was performed on six waterpots (John 2:6).

The armor of God, as described by the Lord and the Apostle Paul, consists of six pieces: the girdle, breastplate, sandals, shield, helmet, and sword (see Ephesians 6:1418)

Even though the number six may often be associated with imperfect man I don't see any reason to worry about your list of dates that occur on the 6th. Actually the only date we are certain of in that list is the date of the organization of the Church. The April 6 date for the resurrection is based on some possibly incorrect assumptions. And as for Christ's birth date, traditionally in the Church, April 6 has been specified as the date based on the following scripture:

"The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April-" (D&C 20:1)

However, many LDS scholars believe that the opening phrase in that scripture was not intended to fix the year of Christ's birth but was simply an oratorical way to express the current date, although most all agree that it did happen sometime in the spring.



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