Back and Forth (229 Words)

Ma, we go Back and Forth, you for your truth “without” accountability, and me for truth “with” accountability. The church you have born testimony of has amputated the accountability by removing penalties from their temple ordinances, to be less offensive to the members who would prefer positivity, without addressing wo’s and condemnations. That is the robes you choose to put on and defend. The Lord is bound when you do what “HE SAYS.” Changing the ordinances to fit your comfort-zone makes the words within them NOT HIS WORDS. Therefore, it has no promise, …IF you believe the scriptures you read (D&C 82:10). As you testify of the church, you also testify against the church. Mor-mon literally means more-truth. You testify of a church that reduces truth to fit the comfort of the saints, to paint a pretty picture of the awful situation by which you are bound, …and that is anti-mor-mon. You might see faith and hope in positivity, but my faith and hope include the accountability of living up to the wo’s and condemnation for not living as I believe, for not living as the scriptures teach, …in exchange for corrupted ideas, and false traditions of unbelief. You might have a “glass half-full” sort of attitude, and “making lemonade out of lemons,” …but for me, I would prefer a “full-glass,” …and to “…not drink the kool-aid.”

Aloha Ke Akua!

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Choose a Robe (838 Words)

The first university was the temple. Satan corrupts truth for his benefit, at our expense. You are free to Choose a Robe that fits you.

The first university was the temple, because within the temple was taught the universe and the heavens. Within the temple was a collection of knowledge of the heavens that was accessible to all patrons who chose to enter their. The ceremonies of wearing white robes symbolically represented learning, putting on knowledge, increasing in intelligence, …of the things of the heavens, …of the things of light. Therefore, the robes of the temple were white, to symbolically represent being clothed in light. The ceremony instructed the big picture, and the library offered sources of knowledge to literally be clothed in light, to apply that knowledge. Thus, rather than “doing endowments” or “going through the temple,” …you were required to be literally clothed in light (being endowed means to be clothed) by applying the knowledge you have acquired.

Satan corrupts the truth for his benefit, …and at our expense. Universities have been corrupted to only teach secular knowledge. Very little emphasis is given to the universe and the heavens in our modern education institutions. The library of modern education institutions are filled with secular books, and few books of the heavens. Graduation commencement marks a new beginning as being enlightened in secular knowledge. Originally, the robes of that university was black, and not white. Secular learning for the ambition within this world is appropriately symbolized by putting on black robes, representing being clothed in darkness. Graduation commencement is a ceremony of beginning anew, similar to temple ceremonies, sending graduates forth into the world to apply their knowledge. Those who succeed in the world governed by the black robes, move forward with ambition, to win the game of digging pits for their neighbors, claiming all is well in Zion, …when in fact it is not well, and you are not Zion, so how would you know? You have only faired sumptuously in the world of the black robe.

You must Choose a Robe that fits you. No man can serve two masters, and there are only two masters. If your master isn’t Christ, you wear a black robe. If your master is Christ, you are hungering and thirsting for righteousness, to accumulate and live in white robes. Some are unaware of another option, so they follow the crowd lining up wearing black robes. I recommend white robes. How you literally put on white robes is by making a commitment to study the words of Christ, and allow them to tell you all things that you should do. If you have problems understanding it’s instructions, wait upon the Lord, pondering and asking for clarity. By the power of the Holy Ghost he will manifest the truth of it unto you. Christ is the one who literally does the clothing. Not the ceremonial clothing, but the real clothing with light. He is the one who atoned, and he is the only one who can clothe you in the robes of the holy priesthood. Pick the white robe over the black robe, and let the Lord free you from the death lock grip the black robe world has upon you.

Conclusion: Ka’ua asked, “So, do you think that just because you have removed someone’s debt, that they will suddenly turn to God?” The answer is NO! However, if you have done your best, making room in your current life, for a serious study of the words of Christ, every free moment you have you find yourself pondering the heavens, and you take every opportunity to act upon what you know and are learning about the words of Christ, seeking in prayer guidance from Christ, …then if your debt was removed, it will be unmistaken that you will continue searching to clothe yourself in robes of light. However, if you didn’t care about light when you were in bondage, why would you ever care for light if you are relieved of bondage? Those who are unwilling to remove the black robes and put on white robes will find no relief from God.

You might say, “Well, you have a degree, and your wife has four of them. Aren’t you clothed in the black robes?” Having taken the words of Christ seriously has provided light sufficient to exercise the faith unto repentance, such that we have been in transition, exchanging our dark for further light and knowledge. I recommend you begin now. When the trial is upon you, the time for preparation has passed.

A little bonus: Those who are clothed in light, and live to the age of a tree, are twinkled because the transition is from a robe of light to another robe of light. That is how someone lays up for themselves treasures in the heavens. Those robes of light are not corrupted by moth or rust, and thieves cannot break through and take it away. Choose a Robe, and choose wisely padowan!

May the force be with you!

Part 3: Your Faith is Your Steel! (1276 Words)

Engineers get paid to test materials by tearing them apart, bending them, and crushing them, and measuring how the material reacts under those pressures, and at what point it fails. Sometimes the only way for your love of God to be tested is to require the ultimate sacrifice, all things. Out of all the possible things you can imagine as tithes or offerings, the only acceptable offering is your faith. Your Faith is Your Steel.

Laban’s sword was of such great craftsmanship that Nephi kept it and pattern swords after it. It survived into the restoration, as it was found buried with the plates. Testing the quality of a steel blade, to know if it will flex, crack, or hold an edge, has been done for thousands of years. As an engineer, I took a class called “Strengths of Materials.” Although I utterly failed the course, we did lab work, placing multiple computer sensors on different grades of steel, and pulled them apart, bent them and crushed them, to measure how the materials reacted under applied pressures. We measured how the material behaved under pressure, how it deformed until it failed, and at what point it failed. The results are collected and put into tables, so that when buildings, bridges, or roads are designed, …designers can evaluate the most effective materials to use for the purpose. Tests like these have been performed over, and over, and over again, to be certain of the attributes of materials. As I barely graduated, probably with the lowest GPA in the history of BYU Engineering department, with the most credit hours, my experience under the stresses and strains of school did little to prove my ability to others. Resumes don’t tell the story of the internal lattice of my ability to endure the test. Letters of recommendations cannot begin to assess my performance under pressure. To others, my degree, my experience, my recommendations, are anecdotal. To others, they are simply words on a page, but to me, …I was proven to MYSELF. I had a glimpse of what I was made of.

Sometimes the only way for your love of God to be tested is to require the ultimate sacrifice, all things. Light is the treasure of the heavens, that moth and rust cannot corrupt, and thieves cannot break in and steal. God is the source of that light. Through His Son, all can receive light. The amount of light you are able to bare is determined by your sacrificial offering, or the price you are willing to pay for light. In this earth, satan reminds us, you can buy anything with money. The Lord’s servants always ask, Do you sell your tokens for money? Depending on the price you pay, the Lord promises light. And He always delivers on His promises (D&C 82:10).

D&C 1:38

“38. What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.”

To Abraham, all things meant sacrificing Isaac. Historically, Abraham’s story is told in two ways. The most popular is the version where the sacrificed is stopped, and an arrested sacrifice (a substitute sacrifice) is offered instead, using a ram in the thicket. Symbolically, the arrested sacrifice was a type and a shadow of the ultimate arrested sacrifice, Christ. A less popular version states that Abraham actually completes the sacrifice of Isaac, killing him, …but brings him back to life, in similitude of Christ’s resurrection. Both the one making the offering, and the one being offered were given the ultimate test, and proved their grade of steel by their faith. Some, like Abinadi who burned, Isaiah who was sawn in half, Peter who was crucified upside down, etc. require their grade of steel to be proven through death. Others had roles that needed them to continue to live, but they too were positioned, such that they faced offering the very same sacrifice, and passed the test.

Nephi, retrieving the plates from Laban, put it all on the line, and passed the test, offering all things. He did it repeatedly throughout his life, but let’s look at the example of him retrieving the plates. Prior to having to get the plates, Nephi cried unto the Lord, and the Lord did visit him, to make Nephi soft to all the words that his father said, such that he believed his father, and did not rebel against his father, like unto his brothers (1 Nephi 2:16-17). This is a key. Next, in chapter 3, Nephi and his older brothers are tasked with getting the records of Laban. Lots are cast, Laman is chosen, but Laman did not have the Lord visit him. So when Laban rejected Laman, calling him a thief and a robber and chasing him out, Laman did not have the confidence to exercise sufficient faith. Laman attempted to abandon the operation. Nephi, however, does not. The try buying the plates with gold and silver, and that planned was such a mess, Laman and Lemuel take it out on Nephi, beating him with a rod. An angel appears, confirming Nephi, and reaffirming Nephi’s visitation by the Lord, causing Nephi to act, not knowing before hand what he should do. The ultimate test, in this event, was the cutting off of Laban’s head, taking a man’s life, rather than laying down his own. It’s your faith that is being tested. Your Faith is Your Steel.

Laman’s faith was insufficient to make the same offering. Laman abandoned the effort, beating his little brother, even when lots represented God’s will, he was the oldest brother, and the lot fell upon him. Every indicator pointed the test in Laman’s direction. But he abandoned the test, threw in the towel, called it quits, and his faith was insufficient. Laman proved to himself that he wasn’t of the same grade of steel as Nephi. This was the fork in the road, where Nephi proves himself far more capable of withstanding the pressures of the test, …and most importantly, he proved it to himself. He would reflect on this experience, and accumulate more and more light through continual sacrifices, in exchange for greater experiences with heaven. Out of all the possible things you can imagine as tithes or offerings, the only acceptable offering is your faith. Your Faith is Your Steel.

Conclusion: The faith required in all time and all eternity is the same. How it is applied is specific to you. It requires sacrifice. The first comforter teaches you the truth of all things, bringing everything the Lord has taught you to your remembrance. However, the second comforter is their to apply that to your specific circumstance. It is the second comforter alone who has descended below all things, and ascended above them all.

Christ alone has the power to teach Men of Steel how to make an offering in similitude to the offering He himself performed. Christ is the only one who can increase the grade of your Steel by infusing Carbon with Iron, through the heat (Steel = Carbon + Iron). Your Faith is Your Steel.

Nephi sets himself apart in the task to retrieve the plates by receiving the second comforter. He was softened to the words of the patriarchal fathers, those fathers in whom the covenant is offered, for your and my salvation. Christ alone deserves your faith. All will be proven. Seriously study the words of Christ, obtain the first comforter, receive the truth, and seek the second comforter. Your Faith is Your Steel!

 

Part 2: Men of Steel (431 Words)

Reiterating yesterday’s post, Steel = Carbon + Iron. High Carbon Steel can withstand greater trauma without deformation because intense heat fused greater amounts of Carbon within the steel’s chemical makeup (or lattice). If the combination of carbon and iron is steel, we are all Men of Steel, question is what grade are you.

There are multiple grades of steel, and they all depend on the amount of carbon, or life within them. Understanding carbon as representing life, …in metal more carbon produces greater strength, while less carbon produces low strength. Likewise, more light introduces greater strength to us, Men of Steel. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) are regulatory bodies that set standards of steel, controlling the ratio of carbon to steel, so that engineers who specify steel are certain of their characteristics. Poorer countries do not have the same confidence, as their steel isn’t held to the same standard, and cannot be relied upon to bear the engineered load. Heaven is the one setting the standard, because they are certain of the characteristics necessary to make any of us sufficient to bear the burdens that will be placed upon us.

High Carbon Steel can withstand greater trauma without deformation because intense heat fused greater amounts of Carbon within the steel’s chemical makeup (or lattice). Likewise, we learn from temple ordinances that when light (life) is infused in us, clothed in the robes of light, we are able to withstand greater trauma without deformation, as heat fuses the light to us. That is how we are forged like steel.

We are all Men of Steel. The question is, what grade are we? There are three grades of carbon steel: low carbon steel, medium carbon steel, and high carbon steel. The strongest being high carbon steel. It has the greatest amount of carbon or life. How much light are you willing to receive? We are all in question.

Conclusion: All of us will be proven in this life, to determine the quality of our steel. Those who know and trust in the Lord’s voice will be given greater light, eventually being able to overcome the world, as Christ did. The same faith of the ancient fathers are required of you today.

We view the scriptures looking backward, after the events occurred. We are foolish to think that Lehi knew how life would play out for him before exercising his faith, that Nephi understood it all prior to exercising his faith, or that anyone can be certain, without first exercising your faith. Faith is not  only required, but it is the only way through the difficulty ahead.

Part 1: Steel= Carbon + Iron (555 Words)

The use of steel, described in scripture-symbolism, has much to uncover about this life. Steel is a mixture of carbon and iron. Since all life-forms on earth are carbon-based, and our blood is a mixture of iron, our lives are a good comparison with steel. This life was meant as a probationary state, where decay and death is inevitable. Consider the process of iron oxide, or rust, as a process of decay for steel. Likewise, when oxygen mixes with iron in our blood, the blood turns red for the exact same reason, it is rusting. It is an indication that our bodies face constant decay. This world suffers a condition scientists call entropy, the constant movement into disorder. And that is why this world is a great place to test the quality of your steel, to know what you are made of.

There are different types of alloys, or grades, of steel. When iron is mixed with high quantities of carbon, it is called “high carbon steel,” and has the attributes of high strength, hardness, and can hold an edge under high striking pressure. Lower grades of steel have a low percentage of carbon, like barbed wired, or tie-wire, etc. They are soft, cheep, and cannot hold an edge. Damascus steel is made by mixing carbon, such as coal, with a lower grade of steel, using intense heat, to create a bond, making the strongest blades of the ancient world. I wouldn’t be surprised if Laban’s sword was a type of Damascus steel. In keeping with the analogy comparing mankind and steel, it is easy to observe that mankind comes in all types of alloys, or grades, of steel. Those of the high-carbon, Damascus steel quality were the noble and great ones.

We learn in Abraham that, prior to this life, there were some who were noble and great ones. However, having passed through the veil, it is almost impossible to tell who the noble and great ones are, unless they are thoroughly tested like steel, …forged in a refiner’s fire. A forge heats the steel up to high temperatures, beats it with a sledge hammer on an anvil into shape, constantly removing impurities, until it’s final form is taken. In the construction of a blade, such as Laban’s sword, …when a blade is sharpened, the most expensive knives must undergo rigorous testing, to see if the blade will keep an edge, or if the blade will crack and shatter on impact, or if the blade will bend and loose it’s shape. Once a blade has passed all the tests, only then can it’s creator benefit from it’s value.

It is only through the forge of the refiner’s fire, and through the rigorous testing, that you can obtain a knowledge of the quality of your steel. It is not for the benefit of the master forge, but for the benefit of the blade, for the confidence of the metal, to know and not merely believe.

Conclusion: I’m going somewhere with this idea of steel being forged in the refiner’s fire. This will have two more parts. Most import is making the connection with steel = carbon + iron. This world is intentionally engulfed in decay and death to test what we are made of, what alloy, and what grade we are. Christ is the master forge.

 

Point of the Temple (600 Words)

The Point of the Temple is connected to the atonement and abiding. William Tyndale invented the word atonement. It comes from the Greek word “katalage” (ka-ta-la-gay), meaning a process of making one, in other words at-one-ment. The word abide, as in abide in me, also comes from the Greek “meno” (may-no), literally meaning to tie into inextricably, or impossible to separate. These two words at-one-ment and abide give better insight to the intent of our Lord and Savior. Christ seeks you personally.

There is a real price to pay to know God. There is a key to surviving the end-times, offered in your temple endowment. Too many things have been altered, making the temple endowment unable to produce salvation itself, …but it has a message that can benefit those who are seriously seeking to pay the price to know God.

Those who have the first comforter can receive correct understanding of that instruction, if they are willing to ask sincerely. However, the ceremony alone isn’t sufficient. You must act accordingly, and that requires the assistance of the second comforter. Joseph Smith not only offered an endowment, he and Emma lived the endowment. Since the time of Adam, all who would be saved, were, when they walked the same path. Advice: go to the temple, pay attention, learn what it is you are being instructed to do. Then when you leave the temple, go to work living it. By living the endowment, you must not sell your tokens for money, but instead seek further light and knowledge by conversing through the veil, and literally entering into the Lord’s presence. It is through the difficulties that this literal endowment clothes you, the initiate, in real light, rather than ceremonial robes. That is how you will be able to attend the wedding feast, because you will be clothed in light, or in other words, you will have on a wedding garment.

Joseph Smith said, “If I can get you to know God, I can bring you to Him.” Joseph Smith not only offered the endowment, to teach all to know God, he has been through the endowment literally. Joseph Smith has lived the endowment, literally being clothed in light instead of ceremonial robes, …and he offers those who will receive the endowment the instruction so that you can get it for yourself.

Conclusion: The School of the Prophets were intended to prepare you for the temple endowment, so that you can understand the instruction there. Within the school was taught the King Follet discourses that teach of multiple probations, ascension, and entering into the Lord’s rest. Once you have been endowed, you must now begin your journey to understand the instructions the endowment offers, so that you can apply them properly. The first comforter explains things to you heart and mind, and the second comforter assists you to apply it, until you have not only been ceremonially endowed, but you have actually been clothed in light.

Joseph Smith offered the school of the prophet as preparation to understand what goes on in the temple. The temple instructs you in the knowledge of the heavens. The Lord’s presence was necessary to apply the temple instructions, and clothing you in light.  Moses tried to sanctify his people to come into the presence of the Lord. They wouldn’t do it. Instead they instructed Moses to go up the mountain. No one can do the work for you. You cannot be saved as a congregation, in a group, or by someone else’s works. Unless you act upon what you know, it serves only as your condemnation.

Repetition (1436 Words)

The trick about repetition is, the more you repeat something, the greater confidence you get in that thing. Repetition does not mean understanding. It is only a way to solidify a concept. The concept might be wrong, and repetition will preserve that unbelief in concrete, like a fossil. For years the saying, “No pain, no gain” has repeated a false idea that pain equals gain, when wrong action produces a lot of pain, with no return of gain. Likewise, just because we have repeated teaching about baptism for what seems to be hundreds of years, and a child gives you the courtesy of believing you, it doesn’t mean what you have taught is true. Mom recently posted:

“Wow! I just gave a talk on baptism at Aleijah’s baptism. She is 8 years old. It was plain, simple, full of love and direction. She understood. As I read this, I don’t see how she would be able to comprehend what you are saying. Yet, Christ wants us to bring little children unto Him. In fact, he wants us to be as little children when we accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. With you it seems so unforgiving, so exact, so mandatory with little, if any, compassion, emotion, or room for improvement or growth.”

We underestimate the clear slate children offer, and we overestimate our own intelligence. What Mom labeled plain, simple, full of love and direction is only a description of her repetition. Mom doesn’t see how her grand daughter (8 years old) could understand something that she (70+ years old) is only now being introduced to, …something that hasn’t been repeated, that isn’t familiar, …and therefore a child couldn’t understand if an adult doesn’t understand it, right? The concept of baptism being a sign from the earth to the heavens, …of a rebirth, …is quite easy for an 8 year old to understand. It is your sign, showing the heavens that you are working to know the words of Christ, …if someone would only teach it to you correctly, rather than simply rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, etc.

When baptism is properly taught as a sign to the heavens, of your seriousness to know Christ, …scripture study is a natural follow-up to act according to the sign of baptism, to not only say, but to do accordingly. Baptism, in and of itself, has no value if it doesn’t lead to the action of studying with the spirit, and then acting according to what the spirit has taught. It too can be made into something that is vain and repetitious, depending on how it is used. Thus, the saints have suffered condemnation for this very reason, saying, but not doing (D&C 84:55-57). Complacency is a result of repetition.

Entering the Lord’s rest is a process of the creation. Matter is organized, land is separated from waters, light is placed for signs, vegetation appears to feed, animals come after vegetation, and human life takes care of the creation, before entering into the rest of the Lord. The Lord’s rest offers confidence, thus someone entering there need not depend on repetition, but instead they acquire understanding. With access to the Lord, they are able to teach and learn simultaneously, as circumstances arise. Keeping the sabbath day holy can be “performed” with stringent rules, repeated with exactness, so mandatory with little, if any, compassion, emotion, or room for improvement or growth, …and still miss the mark of the Lord’s rest because of philosophies of men mingled with scripture, in vain, or without effect.

Repetition may produce in you “familiarity,” …but familiarity doesn’t necessarily indicate understanding. Ignorance is familiar in our day. Hugh Nibley wrote an article called “Zeal Without Knowledge.” At the time he delivered the talk, the BYU administration were angry, but could not respond, knowing that Nibley had the understanding to defend his argument. From that talk:

“The quality in which the Saints have always excelled is zeal. …We have zeal but not the knowledge, so to speak. And this the prophet Joseph considered a very dangerous situation in the Church. Speaking to the new Relief Society, ‘he commended them for their zeal, but said sometimes their zeal was not according to knowledge.’ What good is power, he asks, without real intelligence and solid knowledge?”

 

“There are a great many wise men and women too in our midst who are too wise to be taught, therefore they must die in their ignorance (TPJS pg. 309). I have tried for a number of years to get the minds of the Saints prepared to receive the things of God; but we frequently see some of them… that will fly to pieces like glass as soon as anything comes that is contrary to their traditions; they cannot stand the fire at all (TPJS pg. 331). ”

 

“I… go into an investigation of anything that is not contained in the Bible, …I think that there are so many overly wise men here, that they would cry ‘treason’ and put me to death.” (TPJS pg. 348) But, he asks, “Why be so certain that you comprehend the things of God, when all things with you are so uncertain?” (TPJS pg. 330)

 

True knowledge never shuts the door on more knowledge, but zeal often does. One thinks of the dictum, “We are not seeking for truth at THE BYU, we have the truth!” So did Adam and Abraham have the truth, far greater and more truth than what we have, and yet the particular genius of each was that he was constantly “seeking for greater light and knowledge.” (Abraham 1:2)

Hugh Nibley hit the nail on the head describing Mom’s frustration with what she has read here on my blog, compared to what she was able to convey in her own talk, of what has been repeated to her, and by her, for years. There is a lot of zeal, but knowledge is left wanting. The Holy Ghost’s role is to disseminate pure knowledge. As we study the words of Christ by that spirit, the same spirit animating the author of the text, knowledge is promised to those who sincerely seek. Each blog recommends one thing, “Read the words of Christ.”

Conclusion: You must produce sweet fruits, or run the risk of being pruned off. This isn’t my warning, it belongs to Zenos, and was re-told by Jacob, preserved in the Book of Mormon in Jacob 5, the Allegory of the Olive Tree. The condemnation of the early saints is your inheritance. You have inherited a tradition of saying, but not doing. You must repent of that failure by studying to obtain knowledge, and then act and produce sweet fruit by applying that knowledge correctly.

Just as baptism is a sign tied to the first comforter, partaking of the sacrament is a sign tied to the second comforter. Baptism indicates rebirth and a time of learning. Sacrament indicates purification by acting according to the mind and will of the Lord, producing sweet fruit (Alma 32:42). Having His spirit to always be with you, serves a purpose of putting into action the truths given you by the first comforter. The condemnation of the saints began as they took lightly the words of Christ, failing to lay hold upon the gift of the Holy Ghost, trapped in ignorance, and then projected forward to rejecting the second comforter, not acting and producing sweet fruits.

To perform a baptism or take the sacrament, thinking that doing so will be sufficient, is a foolish and vain repetition. It will not produce the results you think they will produce. They are simply a sign, indicating something you intend to act upon. YOU MUST ACT …according to the sign you give, to develop confidence in the Lord’s rest, …otherwise the sign becomes a lie, offering a horrible condemnation, leaving you to your own circumstances, without the protection of the Lord.

The forces of destruction are being released. Only when you have entered the Lord’s rest can you stand firm, unwavering, immovable, …through the destruction all around you. In His rest you will not be immune to the effects of the fall-out, …instead you will have greater confidence THROUGH the fall-out, being given more and more light, to survive the darkness. Your relationship with Christ is not just a good thing, it’s the only thing that will provide your survival. You cannot develop a relationship with Him, based upon false traditions of unbelief, lies, compensation, and foolish and vain repetition. Baptism must lead to the first comforter and sacrament must lead to the second comforter, resulting in entering the Lord’s rest. That is your life line, if you will receive it.