The word “Mysteries” repeatedly comes up in the scriptures, that once understood, can unlock the barriers to our ascension, to becoming a King or Queen. It was through the process of making Kings and Queens that God’s kingdom would roll forth like a stone cut without hands. That process progresses through ordinances, accountabilities (penalties), and the changing of names. All who would receive it can do so, but it must be through God’s way (Christ). For God’s ways are not our ways.
Originally, Joseph Smith intended to establish the kingdom of God by making Kings and Queens. Then he would send those Kings and Queens forth to establish their own kingdoms. They were given the charge to create more Kings and Queens, etc. This pattern of making Kings and Queens would roll forth to eventually fill the earth. The stone cut without hands to fill the earth refers to this method of creating kingdoms. It would not be a single kingdom through a hierarchical catholic type of establishment, who depended upon offices, and mechanically being commanded in all things, like we have today. Instead, the kingdom of God would be made up of many kingdoms, made of many Kings and Queens. The three sequential facsimiles in the Book of Abraham witnesses to this.
The stone cut without hands is created through the process of individual ascension. When one has ascended, …then they are a personal “special witness” of Christ, and can now be considered as …built upon a rock. That rock being Christ. That is how a Kings and Queens are created. Christ is the maker of Kings and Queens. Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Our current organization within the church is very much hierarchical, even though our clergy are not monetarily being paid for what they do. There is power in the offices of our hierarchy, because men give it power through the process of a sustaining vote. That was intentionally given to us so that we can be judged properly, just as the children of Israel were judged for wanting Samuel to give them an earthly king. God’s power, however, is significantly more than the vote of men. Let me illustrate with an example:
The veil is a divider between our physical world and, what I’ll call, the meta-physical world (things that are thought to exist, but cannot be seen). To pass through the veil is to understand the unseen workings of God. Those who are able to pass through the veil were given that privilege through Christ, because Christ hires no servant at the veil. It is him alone (2 Nephi 9:40).
“The mantle” was made of the same cloth as the veil. Those who wore the mantle could move between physical and meta-physical by covering themselves with this cloth. One with the mantle had super human powers over the elements. They could smite the waters and they would part, etc. Elijah repeatedly did so with his mantle.
When Elijah was taken up in a “fiery chariot,” his veil fell from the sky to Elisha. Elisha tore his own garments as a symbol that it had no power, picked up the mantle from Elijah and now could do the same as Elijah.
The real mantle represented the power of God that parts waters, walks through fire, etc. This mantle was not just an office of hierarchy, but the power to freely use the powers of creation, …because the one who had that power would not do anything contrary to the will of God. However, in our day we have associated a “mantle” with an “office.” Therefore, we justify the hierarchy that created the office.
Joseph Smith offered ordinances to give men a literal mantle, not tied to a hierarchical office. He told the saints to build the Nauvoo temple in “sufficient time” and Christ would dwell there among them collectively, and they would never be moved from their place, …but they did not. So Joseph did as Moses did, and left ordinances for the saints. When the saints were ready, those ordinances would lead them to pierce through the veil into the presence of Christ, individually. However, since the time of Joseph our ordinances have changed and have been adjusted to make the saints feel comfortable within the confines of what is acceptable to the world. We have suffered a significant loss because of it. Despite those changes, the Lord’s arms are still reaching out to those who would receive it. There is still enough for us to find our ascension, if we know where to look.
King Benjamin drops a big hint for us in Mosiah chapter 1 that teaches where we must look. You have to remember a few things in order to understand the hint. You have to remember that the brass plates are the records taken from Laban, by Nephi. The records of the brass plates were the original Old Testament, before the Jews tossed out 96 books (that we know about), including the book of Enoch and other Ascension texts. The brass plates taught the sons of Mosiah the “mysteries.” Another big thing to remember is that mysteries are the temple ordinances and sacred rituals. We need both Book of Mormon and the records from the original Old Testament to ascend. Now read these two verses:
Mosiah 1:3, 5
“3. And he also taught them concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, saying: My sons, I would that ye should remember that were it not for these plates, which contain these records and these commandments, we must have suffered in ignorance, even at this present time, not knowing the mysteries of God.
5. I say unto you, my sons, were it not for these things, which have been kept and preserved by the hand of God, that we might read and understand of his mysteries, and have his commandments always before our eyes, that even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief, and we should have been like unto our brethren, the Lamanites, who know nothing concerning these things, or even do not believe them when they are taught them, because of the traditions of their fathers, which are not correct.”
(Cross-reference to Alma 12:10-11 where we are promised to know either all of the mysteries of God (in full), or know nothing of the mysteries of God)
In the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood (D&C 84:55-58), we are taught that we can escape the condemnation that the whole church is under by reading the scriptures. It is through the medium of the scriptures that ancient Kings and Queens try to share their wisdom on how we can become as they are.
The kingdom of God that Joseph was building had only two levels:
- those who loved God with all their heart, mind and soul
- and the neighbors
Those who loved God this way, became Kings and Queens, and were then sent out to love their neighbors as themselves. If you are not a King or a Queen, then your focus ought to be on loving God with all your heart, mind and soul so you can become one (King/Queen). Those seeking to love God this way will naturally do good works and will not need to be commanded to do so.
Rather than trying to save others, we ought first to focus on being saved by entering into the presence of Christ ourselves. Then, how great shall be your joy when you have been brought into his presence and redeemed from the fall. Then …If your joy be great having entered into Christ’s presence yourself, how great shall be your joy if you bring many souls back into the presence of Christ? That is the way this scripture is to be read (D&C 18:15-16).
Those who have become Kings and Queens are referred to as “the Fathers.” These are the fathers in whom the hearts of the children (us) must turn, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse (Malachi 4). It is their promises that we must connect to. They have left their records behind for Lehi and the Nephites to ascend and become Kings and Queens. The Book of Mormon and the the Bible was left for us to become Kings and Queens, just as they were for the sons of King Benjamin.
Those who fail to read them are condemned, not as a punishment, …rather because they choose not to accept the greatest of God’s gifts. These are left in the dark (with their hierarchical offices). The mantle was not intended for only one man. The mantle was for all men and women who are Kings and Queens.
God desires all to receive these blessings. If you are going to receive it, you are instructed to “arise” …in order to receive what he offers! Feast upon the words of Christ, for the words of Christ will tell you all things what you should do!