This entire blog was and is purposed to point to the words of Christ. The words of Christ is purposed to soften the hearts of those who study them out, to know the mind and will of God. Eventually, those who have planted the seed of the words of Christ in their hearts, now can turn their hearts to the Fathers (those who’ve obtained their calling and election made sure- Enoch/Abraham/etc.), and their hearts will turn to us, so that they can teach us how to make our own ascension into the presence of Christ. Then we too have kept the first and great commandment, obtained our calling and election made sure, and became a wise-one. Then we too can love our neighbor as ourselves by teaching others how to make their ascension. This is the real meaning of bringing souls to Christ!
The more we seek, the more we are given finer and finer distinctions. I learned something really cool tonight about the word “mystery.” As soon as I learned the definition of the word, multiple scriptures were unlocked in my mind, that produced more specific instructions concerning the ascension. The word mystery comes from the Greek word Mis-te-ri-o, which doesn’t mean mystery at all. It means ordinances. All covenants offered by God come through ordinances.
D&C 84: 21
“21. And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;”
Nephi states in the first verse of Nephi that because he knows of the goodness and the Mysteries of God, therefore he wrote his record. Nephi is trying to teach us the ordinances that will produce the greatest blessings available, an ascension. It’s no wonder why the first thing Nephi tells us about is his fathers ascension.
Alma 12:10 tells us that the more we read the word, the more our hearts are softened, until we know all the mysteries of God, until we know them in full. Reflecting upon my new definition of mysteries, we are being told that as we read the scriptures, we can know all the ordinances that produce the greatest blessings from God… our ascension.
Now I can understand why the Lords prayer states that what is done in heaven is done on earth. Ordinances produce the conduit for our connection to the heavens as we perform the ordinances done in heaven, on earth. But when those ordinances have been changed, the ancient prophets say that we are damned.
“15. For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant;”
Straying from the ordinances is what breaks the everlasting covenant. The mysteries are God’s. When we perform the proper ordinances, with understanding, we keep the everlasting covenant, and are given the power of godliness. The rights of our priesthood will be inseparably connected to the powers of heaven. We will be connected to heaven.
Currently, we do not have all the ordinances available. The ordinances that we currently perform in the temple was not all that was initially offered to us in Nauvoo. We were offered more! The Lord promised the saints that if they built the temple in “sufficient time” they would receive a greater endowment, the Lord would enter therein and make His abode with the Father, and the saints would never be moved from their place, and no army or weapon could be formed against them.
However, if they did not complete the temple in sufficient time, then they would be cursed to be scattered and to pushed to and fro. The temple ordinances that are currently performed in our temple today is what Joseph Smith gave the saints in the red brick store, before he died in 1844. At the time of his death the first floor of the temple had not been completed. The saints were side-tracked by the monetary success on the mississippi. The temple construction was still incomplete when the saints were being attacked. Brigham Young returned to finish the temple and dedicate it before leaving. After the saints dedicated the temple and closed the door, they took off in fear of their lives. The temple was burned. Later, a storm destroyed it even further. Finally, the community members dismantled the temple so that not one stone was left upon another. Many saints were killed at Hans mill during this time. The saints were forced into the desert, and it took them 40 years before they could complete the Salt Lake temple.
This is not intended to be critical of the early saints, but instead to express the importance of studying the words of Christ, to learn the mysteries (ordinances) of God. If we fail to understand the words of Christ, then we too may be side tracked by monetary success as well. It’s in the ordinances that the power of Godliness is manifested. The Lord doesn’t answer our prayers to escape debt in the likeness of the world, by producing some kind of money machine. Yet that is what we typically emphasize. It is through the ordinances that the power of Godliness free’s us. We ought to find our solutions like Nephi, by desiring to know the mysteries of God:
1 Nephi 2:16
“16. And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers.”
We commonly seek to make God fit our lives, to be convenient to our lifestyle, so that we can plant one foot in Zion and the other in Babylon. When we do so, we get sidetracked by the things of this world and fail to come unto Christ, or we are so attached to the things of this world that we cannot go to a higher place because we cannot let go of the treasures on earth. What we must do is seek to know the mysteries of God. Perhaps we might obtain the greater endowment offered to the Nauvoo saints. If our bodies are a temple, perhaps the invitation is still available to you to build your temple in “sufficient-time.” Perhaps that endowment is being offered to you as a mystery.
You will never know what is being offered to you until you seek to know the mind and will of God. Seek the words of Christ, for the words of Christ will tell you all things what you should do (2 Nephi 32:3-4).