Plate 13 - Mountain of God
I'm fascinated by mountains in the scriptures. Jesus often goes to a mountain apart to pray. The transfiguration takes place on a mountain. Nephi's vision was on "an exceedingly high mountain." Jacob saw God on a mountain. The list goes on and on. A mountain is a temple in the wilderness.One mountain seems to dominate the ancient scriptural text: Sinai. Everything about this mountain feels holy. It is extremely remote. The red granite is massive and ominous. It takes great effort to get here.We hiked Mount Sinai beginning at 1:00 AM, guided only by starlight, to make it to the summit by sunrise. We made it, got our sunrise pictures and thought we were done--then I turned and looked to the north. This is what I captured.Somewhere, perhaps in the confines of this photograph, the Great Jehovah said: "And...the Lord called unto [Moses] out of the mountain, saying...tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation."