1. So very cool! Thanks for sharing this information and for all of your research. This leads us to ponder the spiritual meaning and symbolism. “Draw near unto me, and I will draw near unto you” comes to mind. There are so many scriptures which use the terms “Cleave”, “Bind”, “Secure” and “Hold” to describe what we must do to keep Jesus Christ close to our minds and hearts.

  2. Concerning crowns of glory:
    I found that in D&C 63:66, where it speaks of an exceeding “weight” of glory.
    The Hebrew word for glory is “kabowd”, and it literally means to be heavy.
    But the Lexicon I was reading pointed out that in other tenses, the word can mean:
    To multiply, to have in abundance, to be numerous.
    It then has effects on the meaning of the “weight of glory” in D&C 132:16.
    The “crown” is a numerous posterity.

  3. Bryce,
    Kudos for spotting that. But here’s a little more to chew on: All hats stem from the same source, in spite of their multitude of variations and incarnations. They began as sacred furniture, but evolved into practical or decorative items outside sacred precincts.

    The key is to discover the origin of the hat and its original, sacred meaning. (Hint: It stems from the same religious tradition that gave us halos over the heads of saints, sun disks over the heads of pagan gods and the ornate crowns of kings, potentates and rulers of any sort.)

    The wheel is another such example. It began life as a sacred symbol, but was quickly pressed into service for its utilitarian value. Some Mesoamerican cultures refused to debase what they considered a sacred symbol by using a wheel on the ground, thus committing a sacrilege by profaning a sacred icon. Yet, their religious iconography was full of wheels.

    Few cultures felt so inclined where the hat was concerned. They became ubiquitous. By wearing that sacred symbol, a man could be seen as pious. Hence, Catholics (zucchetto) and Jews (kippah), among many other cultures, adopted hats for that purpose. Moreover, they were prescribed for use during all sacred ceremonies, rituals and holidays (holy days).

  4. This may be irrelevant, but MormonSoprano’s comment reminded me of a hymn that seems to talk about the whole concept of ascension in some verses:
    “There let the way appear,
    Steps unto Heaven…”
    “And if on joyful wing,
    Cleaving the sky, sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly…”

    Anyways, just me rambling. Great post Brother Hammond.

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