Most of the shadows in this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Question #91096 posted on 04/03/2018 10:12 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

There are some obscure things I remember hearing from some teachers or leaders in Church at some point which may or may not be true. Two of those such things I was hoping to get some help tracking down either a source for the information or getting some confirmation that they are not true.

First, I remember a teacher telling a story about a child who was excited to go listen to a prophet (maybe Joseph Smith, but I'm not certain?). The event, though, was outside and when the prophet was starting to address the people something happened that distracted everyone (I think a flock of birds flew over, but again, not certain) and the prophet said something to the effect of "If you're more interested in that than the word of the Lord then I will conclude" and the child was disappointed that they didn't get to hear the prophet.

Secondly, I recall a bishop on my mission saying that "Mormon" means "covenant", a tidbit I had not heard before (or since). He then specifically noted that the waters of Mormon, then, would mean the waters of covenant. (I remember it wasn't just drawing an analogy about baptism and saying the waters of Mormon were waters of covenant. He explicitly said that "Mormon" means covenant.)

Any help you can give in verifying these things is greatly appreciated.

-My Name Here


Dear nameless,

I have definitely heard the first story before, though I can't remember if Joseph Smith eventually did give the lecture. Alas, despite my hours of searching google and HBLL, I can't find the story. I'm guessing it was written in some obscure book that missed the advent of the internet. If any readers know where it's from, please leave a correction!

If Wikipedia is to be trusted, Mormon actually means "more good." However, there is some argument on that page if it means that or "restoration of the covenant." So your bishop might be right!

-guppy of doom

posted on 04/03/2018 1:06 p.m.
The goose story is right here: You can find a few other sources for the story if you google "Joseph Smith geese."
posted on 04/04/2018 7:45 a.m.
It is possible that the reader's bishop is thinking of D&C 84:57 which instructs the saints to "repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon," though in my reading of the scripture, the word Mormon does not literally mean "covenant" so much as the Book itself symbolizes a set of covenants that we can now make as a result of the restoration. Still, this could be what he were referring to.

-The Man with a Mustache