The Symbolism of Numbers Found in the Scriptures

Here is what I have written in my scriptures from my seminary days:

Number Scriptural Symbolism
1 God, Genesis, beginning
2 Christ, opposition, deliverance
3 Holy Ghost, Godhead, solid, divine protection
4 Earth (North, South, East, and West; 4 elements; divisions of day; seasons, and etc)
5 Grace (4+1)
6 Man’s imperfection (6 times, Savior is charged with having a devil inside, serpent in Hebrew has 6 names)
7 Oath, spiritual perfection
8 Abundance, Covenant, beginning, new
9 Judgment
10 The Law, Order (10 Commandments)
11 Discord, disorder (12-1)
12 Priesthood authority, governmental perfection (quorum of 12 holds all Priesthood keys)
20 Expectancy (i.e. 20 years Jacob waited to get wives and payment)
30 The right moment
40 Probation, trial, renewal (40 days ark)
200 Insufficiencies

General Petraeus: Top 10 Reasons BYU Graduates Make Great Soldiers

Recently, General David Petraeus, the commanding general of the U.S. Central Command and not a member of the Church, began his remarks at BYU by reading the below list. His light-hearted top 10 list was welcomed with laughter and applauses from the BYU students. The list proves just how good the general is at recon with an unfamiliar religious group =).

General Petraeus laughing with BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson. Image Credit: Jason Olson

General Petraeus’ Top 10 reasons BYU grads make good soldiers:

10 — They have already been on many a mission.

9 — Army chow is no problem for folks accustomed to eating green Jell-o and shredded carrots.

8 — It’s not a problem if they don’t know what rank someone is, they just refer to them as Brother or Sister so-and-so.

7 — They never go AWOL. They just call it being less active.

6 — They will seize any objective swiftly if you tell them refreshments will be served.

5 — They know how to make things happen. In fact if you ever need a base built quickly in a barren wasteland, stride out to where you want them to start, plant your walking stick down and say in a loud voice, “This is the place.”

4 — They have innovative ideas for handling insurgents — like assigning them home teachers.

3 — They always have a years’ supply of provisions on hand.

2 — They are the world’s most reliable designated drivers.

1 — They understand how far Iraq has come over the last seven years, and they think that Iraq’s old spot in the “Axis of Evil” can now be filled by the University of Utah.

Source: Deseret News