Monday, March 9, 2015

Search for ARTIFACT, Part 13: Exchange with black friend

Posted: Monday, 9 March 2015  
(Continued from Part 7)
Updated: Wednesday, 18Mar15

See Part 7

On 9Mar15, Friend wrote:

I've read many documents concerning the curse of God against his people, which I feel is the gist of what your document is implying and the justification/argument for the position that the black man has found himself within the global community of men.  I had to read it several times to make sure I understood the underlying tone of the document but I believe I got it now.

To add to the document, some would say that our long enslavement and suffering in the new world is a part of the continuation of the curse.  Given the length of suffering and destruction of culture that black people have endured, I can't say this is not the case.  Nevertheless, I found many articles that have supported my position but, I'm posting one that provided a fairly good argument and gives support for your document in this email to you by taking a historical and a biblical stroll by using simple  reasoning about who we are from a biblical prospective and the Curse. 

Please comment as necessary but I would ask as a personal favor that you to keep this discussion between you and [me] so as to not offend any persons who are not as open minded on the subject matter as yourself and I: 
And the sons of Ham, Cush & Mizraim &  Phut & Canaan.   "Genesis 10:6"
For years, scholars, theologians (with political prostitution from elected officials) and archaeologist/historians (some who have been silenced) have debated the answer to the question, "How did the ancient Israelites look physically?"  
Although the scriptures and other historical documents have left a lot of evidence that confirms the physical appearance of the Israelites, much of this information is still unknown to the masses or used to confuse or hide the facts in order to serve a greater agenda.  The popular belief today among Christians, scholars, politicians and theologians, is that the people known as "Ashkenazi Jews" are the direct descendants of the ancient Israelites. But, can this be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt!
The scriptures which will be used here as the main source, supported by history and archaeology suggest that the modern day Jews are not the physical descendants of the ancient Hebrew Israelite nation.   In addition, we might be able to suggest who potentially are the true descendants of ancient Israel. The answer may surprise you and give your document some additional support...

On 10Mar15 ENK replied:

Thanks for this response. It's got a lot in it to talk about! I'll restrict what I post on my blog, as you request. In any case, I don't identify you, but have used a pseudonym.  

Maybe we can talk on the phone again soon, because there are parts that I'd like to ask you about. OK?

To which Friend responded the same day:
Thank you!  If you're going to use a pseudonym, I'd prefer being called "Friend".  It's very generic and it speaks to our relationship ...

To be continued...

Sunday, March 8, 2015

"Sometimes ah gits discurraged..."

Posted: Sunday morning, 8 March 2015
Updated: Thursday, 12 Mar 15

I love it when these kinds of things happen! 

Front Cover

While walking to the nearby medical center this morning (8 Mar), both for exercise and to leave a note for Nurse Julie, who has been on my mind for weeks (I'd been her patient at the hospital shortly before last Thanksgiving), I felt prompted to drop by my black neighbor friend's house to get an update on our recent conversation about the ARTIFACT. He apologized for being too busy and that he'd get it done this week for sure. Then, to my surprise and delight, he gave me a book to read about his uncle Ike.

When I got to the medical center and sat down to rest, I glanced at the back cover and noticed that Uncle Ike was about my age, but a few months younger. In examining the first few pages to determine when Ike (Isaiah) was born, the date jumped out at me. It was July 24!  Mormon Pioneer Day: the very day the Book of Isaiah set the scene for the ARTIFACT to come into my consciousness early the next morning.

Back Cover
 Then, when I got to the nurses station to leave my note for Nurse Julie, to my surprise there she was! Even though she doesn't normally work on weekends. I had felt prompted to tell her about Lorna Byrne's book "Angels in my Hair". She was glad to see me.

I walked home with a new bounce in my step and smile on my face and, when I entered the back door to my house, a line from a famous Negro Spiritual that I used to sing in concert came to mind. And I sang it out loud with thanksgiving and gladness to the HS: "Sometimes I get discouraged and think my work in vain, but then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again...."

 On 9 March Anonymous wrote: "I love it!"

Also on 9 March, son Nick texted: 
 "Your life is one blessed sequence of artistic synchronicity"

On 12 March I read aloud to Birgitta at breakfast the first chapter of Ike's Story: "Death of Andrew" and wept for half an hour. This story has that kind of power! A simple, naive rendition of a life well and intensely lived. We want copies of this book for friends and family.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Search for ARTIFACT:, Part 12: U of Utah library change

Posted: Monday, 2 March 2015
Updated: 11 Mar 15

J. Willard Marriott Library, U of Utah

On Monday, 2 March 2015, I responded to the curator archivist for the University of Utah Special Collections manuscripts. 

"Thanks for responding, Liz,
It seems to me that our mix up originated when you told me on the phone in January that the ARTIFACT could not be transferred to my collection at the Marriott library archives if it existed anywhere in LDS Church records, since it would be their legal property. That didn't dawn on me until days after we talked.
"Nevertheless, yes, I'd like your suggestions for a student researcher to continue the project on a business basis, should their services be needed regarding my collection at the university. If I may suggest qualifications for an acceptable candidate, here is a list:
1. Grad student (any age) in history, archeology and/or anthropology (undergrad OK if highly motivated).
2. LDS background: a. returned missionary (foreign, domestic or stake); b. familiar with independent Mormon publications such as Dialogue, Sunstone, Mormon History Association, Mormon Stories, etc.
3. Female or LGBT preferred
Interested parties may contact me at my home number below or via email.
"Thank you again for your help.

Eugene Kovalenko
Eugene N. Kovalenko, Ph.D.
(505) 661-9713"

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Correspondence with U of Utah library Special Collections
Tuesday, Mar 3, 15. See here for previous exchange with  student helper at U of Utah library. I am willing to continue on this track with future student investigators on a business basis.

On Wednesday, 11 Mar 15 I talked to Curator Liz about another student helper. She told me that she's put out a notice and that I ought to hear from someone during the up-coming university spring break. Also, she had been unclear that the reason I wanted to find the original document and not a copy is to determine if it still exists. She suggested inspecting David O. McKay's records and was surprised that the Church History Department had found, scanned and sent me a copy of my poem Nathan's Cry, which refers to the ARTIFACT.

When I mentioned to Liz that DOM would most likely have received the ARTIFACT from Stake President Ferren L. Christensen in 1968, which would have been long before FLC shredded his ecclesiastical records shortly before his death in March 2007 (which he told me about in one of our last two phone calls earlier that year or late 2006), she agreed that FLC probably would not have destroyed or disregarded it, given FLC's and my personal relationship and that he had earlier (1957) personally introduced me to DOM in the Laguna Beach ward when FLC was its bishop.

11 Mar 15, 3:30 PM. While writing the above, son Nick called to catch up on this search process. He asked if I'd read the two links he'd found and sent about the church's 1978 announcement, which I'd only gotten a piece of. (There must have been an electronic glitch.) So, he said he'd send them again later today. (See Part 11 for that update.)