7 Heavens in the Kingdom of God (1500 words Long)

Our tradition of three degrees of glory has placed a significant chip on our shoulder, as Mormons, …producing in us some pride when talking about kingdoms of terrestrial/ telestial/ and celestial. But that chip is soon crushed, when we come to learn that in the highest kingdom, God’s kingdom, there are seven heavens. And Joseph Smith claimed to have been “…caught up to the seventh heaven.” Perhaps, in a state of humility, we might remove that chip, to seek further light and truth, by conversing with the Lord through the veil, to once and for all become a redeemed people (Zion).

Complete: The popular, and yet highly discouraging scripture, states that salvation requires us all to “Be ye therefore perfect!” Our first mistake is to read that passage with modern eyes, where “perfect” is equated to “without flaw.” That was not the intention of the author. The word “perfect” is a transliteration (translated into a different language simply by sound alone). The word it was transliterated from came from the Latin word “perficio.” Broken into parts, per: through or thoroughly through, and facio (fa-key-o): to do, or to make. Put both parts together, and “perficio” means: to do thoroughly,” or “to make complete.” A definition far from our current understanding of “perfect,” being “without mistakes,” or “flawless.” The Latin Bible came from the Greek translation. The Greek word, originally used, was “teleos,” meaning the same as “perficio,” which means “to come to an end,” or “be complete.”

Ascension: So now that I’ve established that “Be ye therefore perfect,” really meant to come across as “Be ye therefore complete,” what does it mean to be complete? It means to Ascend. There are multiple symbols of ascension, or being complete, pointing to the end of progression. Those who’ve become complete have followed the path of the prototype of a saved man, Christ. The process of ascension requires a guide, none other than Christ Himself. Christ describes himself as “The Way.” But, not knowing what Nephi meant by “The Way,” the Nephites wondered in their hearts what happens after entering the way? (2 Nephi 32:1). Nephi sadly realizes that his people missed the point of the lesson on ascension he just taught.

The most commonly known imagery of the process of ascension is Jacob’s ladder (with seven rungs). Another is the image of Mount Zion, or the mountain of the Lord, that one must climb, or ascend, to have a part in Zion. In the Book of Revelation, the seven cities are located at gradually higher and higher elevations, again indicating an ascension.

The number (7) was itself a symbol of ascension and completion. Forgiving “seven times seventy,” wasn’t a cue to forgive a count of 490 times, but rather to forgive completely. When John the beloved teaches of Christ’s return, Christ is depicted as coming out of seven oil lamps, where oil is light, and seven is complete, which our savior certainly is (complete). (Rev 1:12). The seven day creation, points to a completed creation: when the the Lord fills the entire earth with light, the still awaited burning of the earth (which makes this creation incomplete). And that completed creation is an individual creation, as the Lord fills you with his light completely, also called “The Fullness.” This points to the necessity for your individual ascension, into the the heavens. This is the instruction being conveyed in our scriptures.

Pattern of Ascension Instructed: Many have claimed that whatever a prophet says is scripture, but this is simply not true. Scriptures are the tool used by Christ to instruct man to make an ascension into the heavens. They aren’t random attributes of improvement. They are direct instructions to make Kings and Queens, Priests and Priestesses, and gods and goddesses. No man can produce that, only God. And that’s what makes scripture, scripture!

Joseph Smith told the saints that they must make their ascension, their completion, or their calling and election sure. It was by obtaining this more sure word of prophecy, that they were sealed in the heavens, that it became an anchor to the soul. Through the thunder, lightning, earthquakes, and war, this knowledge would support the soul in every hour of trial, trouble, and tribulation (Paraphrasing TPJS Pg. 298). Someone with an ascension fears no man, nor any circumstance.

The scriptures offer instructions to those with eyes that can see, and ears that can hear the voice of the Lord, teaching through ancient prophets. Although it isn’t a checklist, the more subtle indicators of ascension, completion, and calling and election made sure, is hidden in lists of seven. The beatitudes, for instance, from the sermon on the mount weren’t random attributes, but a coded instruction for an individual ascension. Consider the list as a progression process of an individual, accumulating and aggregating (adding upon) each attribute in order:

  1. Poor in Spirit
  2. Those who Mourn
  3. The Meek
  4. Those who Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness
  5. The Merciful
  6. Pure in Heart
  7. The Peace Makers

In our modern revelation, Joseph Smith describes the building of God’s kingdom as “a house of God” (D&C 88:119). Consider the seven building blocks he uses to describe the making of the house of God. This also was intended to point us to ascension:

  1. A House of Prayer
  2. A House of Fasting
  3. A House of Faith
  4. A House of Learning
  5. A House of Glory
  6. A House of Order
  7. A House of God

All of these lists of seven point to obtaining an ascension, making a man perfect or complete, and receiving a more sure word of prophecy with your calling and election made sure. It all points to the seven heavens in the Celestial Kingdom of God.

Seven Heavens: Paul speaks of three heavens. Joseph Smith taught three degrees of glory as one of the stars, one of the moon, and one of the sun. But very few knew that Joseph Smith claimed to have visited the seventh heaven. He said of Paul’s experience, “Paul said he knew a man who was caught up to the third heaven. But,” [said Smith], “I know a man who was caught up to the seventh heaven.” He was speaking of himself.

What is this seven heavens? It was known to the ancient Egyptians, Hebrew, and Christians, but why are we so unfamiliar with this in our day of modern prophets? Because we have become filled with traditions of unbelief, that we forfeit the ascension, in exchange for a salvation based on obedience to men, to the laws of the flesh, rather than to the laws of heaven, and the Kingdom of God.

Conclusion: The word “Cosmos” originally meant, not the universe, but the harmonious order of God’s kingdom in the seven heavens. This referred to the seven heavens of the celestial glory. Once restored to the pattern of ascension, any person could read John’s Book of Revelation, Isaiah’s prophecies, and Nephi’s visions …plainly. Joseph Smith said that the Book of Revelation was the plainest book ever written. Nephi exclaims, after quoting Isaiah, that his words were plain, as plain as word can be (2 Nephi 32:7). And Nephi’s vision, of the condescension of Christ, although a key element to the knowledge of the pattern of ascension, goes missed as merely a future prophesy of Christ’s coming to earth.

Our pride as Mormons is stopping our progression, by limiting our understanding to foolish traditions of unbelief, that we fail to see an even bigger picture being offered in the “cosmos” or the seven heavens of the celestial kingdom. We have put our trust in the arm of flesh for so long, that we have cast aside developing the skill of seeing patterns of ascension, in exchange for the interpretations of foolish and blind guides (Helaman 13:29). In our ignorance we have developed a curriculum of being good, while remaining incomplete. This is a lukewarm condition, ready to be spat out by God.

“Awake and Arise” is the invitation being offered.

  • To Awake is to open your eyes to see the patterns of ascension being instructed in the scriptures.
  • To Arise is to follow those instructions and to literally Ascend through the seven heavens of the celestial Kingdom of God.

Feast upon the words of Christ, they tell you all things what you should do. It is through that feasting that we come to understand what it is we do, once we have entered in by the way. We must not be confused about this, as were the Nephites of old. We can become angels, and speak with the tongue of angels, which is to speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, to speak the words of Christ. (2 Nephi 32). That is how we become complete, become perficio, that is what it means to “Be ye therefore perfect!”


The Making of a Son of God- Temple Symbolism (800 words Short)

The ancient Hebrew temple was intended for Christ to dwell among men, to participate in the process of Making Sons of God. The making of Son’s of God is the work and glory of Christ. So, to summarize this topic, I’ll separate it into four areas of interest. They all connect in sequence:

  1. Temple Proportions: The ancient Hebrew temple was exactly proportioned, outlined after the cosmic order in the heavens (the Kingdom of God).
  2. The veil: a divider between the Earth and the Kingdom of God.
  3. Robes of the High Priests: The priest who entered the Holy of Holies dressed according to what side of the veil he was on.
  4. Son of God: When the priest returned with a message from God, he was now a Son of God

Consider the symbolism still echoing from the dust of the ancient Hebrew temple, to see the pattern being offered to us still. The Lord’s arms are still stretched out, but His wrath is kindled against our foolish traditions of unbelief. Let us put them off and humble ourselves, through the serious study of the words of Christ.

Temple Proportions: In the building of the ancient Hebrew temple of Solomon, the proportions were exact. Any distortions of the temple were considered a distortion in the society, representing disobedience to the voice of God. In Hebrew the word for distortions and iniquity was derived from the exact same word (natah). It literally means the twisting, distorting or wresting from true meaning. What I find interesting is that John the Beloved was commanded by God to measure the temple as a method of measuring them that worship within the temple:

Revelation 11:1

“1. And there was given me a reed like unto a rod [probably an ancient DeWalt tape measure]: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.”

The condition of the temple was tied to the condition of the people. As they distorted or changed the temple, that was an indication of the iniquity and distortions of the people. For this reason everything given in the temple had to be maintained unchanged, and to exact proportions. Looking back at the different periods of apostasy, the temple has become desecrated, the ordinances changed, and the people have resorted to outward appearances, while inwardly they have become filthy.

The Veil: The veil of the ancient Hebrew temple was not only white, as ours is today. It had four colors: Scarlet Red/ Linen White/ Blue/ and Purple. The colors represented the four elements that make up the creation of the Earth (fire, earth, air, and water respectively). The veil separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies. The Holy Place represented the creation of the material things on Earth so the colors exemplified that side of the veil. However, the Holy of Holies represented the seven heavens of the Kingdom of God, in the hidden realms of the deep, and only the color white could enter there. To travel through the veil, into the Holy of Holies, was symbolic for ascending, up the mountain of the Lord, into the Kingdom of God, up into the seven heavens.

Robes of High Priest: Just like the veil, robes identified on which side of the veil the High Priest was on. The robes the High Priests used in the tabernacle was different from the robes that he wore in the Holy of Holies. The difference in the robes were symbolic of the different bodies the High Priest occupied, depending on what side of the veil the High Priest stood. Just like the veil, the robes of the High Priest was colorful, when representing work done in the world, on the Earthly side of the veil. However when entering the Holy of Holies, the High Priest was dressed in white alone. This was how angels and gods were represented, having bodies of light. When the High Priest returned with a message from God, he was no longer a man.

Son of God: Not every High Priest officiating in the temple have actually made contact with the heavens. However, to the ancient Hebrew High Priest, the expectation to make contact with heavenly beings was always there (unless in apostasy of course). When the High Priest establish contact with the heavens, in the Holy of Holies, he was no longer a man. He was a messenger, who carried a message of good news (gospel). The Greek word for messenger is angel. Those who, in the flesh, can travel through the veil and back, are of the order of angels. They are “POWERS.” These are those called “Sons of God.”

Conclusion: The apostate condition of the Jews, the apostate condition of the early Christians, and the apostate condition of the Mormons, are all patterns of the doctrine of two ways. There is God’s way, and then there is everything else. It is true for Mormons, Christians, and Jews alike. Just because we were once associated with a chosen people doesn’t make us chosen. Just as the Jews and ancient Christians, we too have temple rituals, where we are invited to walk through the veil. But, for a people who claim to value the veil of the temple so highly, we have lowered our expectations to enter the heavenly veil only after we die, instead of now.

I hope to stimulate in you a remembrance of the temple, to rekindle the hunger and passion for passing through the veil, while in the flesh. Then, when a big enough reason like this awakes in you, you will see the value of reading the words of Christ, to seek out your own ascension. Then might we all become equal heirs with Christ, even Sons of God!


Ecclesia, Not “Church” (950 words Short)

This Sunday the gospel doctrine teacher followed the manual, teaching the symbols of the Book of Revelations, pointing out all the parts of our current church as the prophesy of John the Beloved. The problem is that the church at the time of John the Beloved and the church that we have today aren’t the same.

Ecclesia: William Tyndale was burned to death for translating from Greek into English, the word ecclesia. The leaders of the Catholic church wanted it to be translated as “Church” (a form of institution). But the correct translation had nothing to do with an institution. It was as simple as “a gathering,” or “a congregation,” or “a small group of people.” 

The original set up of the church at the time of the apostles was a form of congregational gathering. The apostles were special witnesses of Christ and traveled around declaring themselves as personal witnesses of Christ in the flesh. People didn’t meet in church buildings, they met in homes. There was no hierarchy, as we read into the passage “a house of order.” The spirit was the lead of every ecclesia, and was intended to reconnect men with heaven, so that all men would be special witnesses of Christ (apostles).

Moroni 6:9

“9. And their meetings were conducted by the church after the manner of the workings of the Spirit, and by the power of the Holy Ghost; for as the power of the Holy Ghost led them whether to preach, or to exhort, or to pray, or to supplicate, or to sing, even so it was done.”

There were no formal structures as we follow today. Their meetings were led by the spirit. It wasn’t the same predictable, boring, three hour meeting that we sit through today. Their meetings had life. Alma taught at the waters of Mormon, and later on the hill Oneida. Christ taught in the mountains, on the boat, at the seashore, etc. Ammon gave his lesson at the waters of Sebus, and all the while the spirit directed all of their works. This was an ecclesia, where the spirit governed their actions.

It wasn’t until the apostasy that church buildings, officers, and hierarchy became necessary to maintain control. And with all that control, a correct translation of the word ecclesia became a threat. Therefore, William Tyndale suffered the death of a heretic (heretic: not a main stream believer).

Joseph Smith, at the beginning of the restoration (before Kirtland) operated simply as a congregation, or an ecclesia. The only building Joseph ever built was a temple. There were no churches, stake houses, etc. It wasn’t until Sidney Rigdon and his congregation of campbellites, who came seeking a New Testament church, that influenced Joseph Smith to set up offices and ranks. Initially Joseph rolls with it, but at the end of his life, Joseph reverts back to a patriarchal model similar to the ancient patriarchs of Adam, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham. Read D&C 107, and you can see a very distinct difference between the campbellite influence and the ancient patriarchal order at Adam-Ondi-Amon. Our church follows the campbellite order, and not the ancient patriarchal order.

The Status Quo: In order to maintain the power and control of the church today, we do as the catholics did. We put to death anyone translating scriptural passages differently, by excommunicating them as apostates. We teach false symbolisms in the Book of Revelation, calling the seven cities a symbol of “the church of Jesus Christ.” We teach that the seven stars are the seven bishops, representing our latter-day leadership. And we call the leadership, angels, …and we do this to maintain that we are the chosen people of the Lord. Even our law of consecration has changed, as saints covenant to give everything to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, instead of to the Lord.

In a church maintaining the status quo of a people who have never seen Christ in the flesh, anyone claiming to have that personal revelation, outside the ranks of church officers, are crucified socially, and called heretic. Those seeking a personal witness of Christ are considered a threat, and on the road to apostasy. Office distribution becomes a tool of institutional acceptance, worthiness, and righteousness. The higher the office, the more acceptable the individual. Thank God, none of it has anything to do with the Book of Revelation, written by John the Beloved.

Apocalypse: The original language that John the Beloved wrote the Book of Revelation was in Greek. It is only called the Book of Revelation in English. All the other languages keep it’s Greek title, “The Apocalypse of John.” The word “Apocalypse” translates into English as “the unveiling away” or “the removal of the veil.” Some justify that revelation is to reveal something, but the unveiling away describes the process of ascent most accurately. The first step to all ascent is to remove the veil.

The Book of Revelation is a lesson to us about ascension. It doesn’t outline our current churches position of offices as the Lord’s organization among men. It teaches the ecclesia how all men can have the veil removed for them, so that they may enter into the presence of Christ in the flesh. That is apocalyptic. That is the good news, or “the gospel.”

Conclusion: We must have eyes that can see the truth, and ears that hear the voice of the Lord. That takes training, constant practice, and familiarity with the material. Feast upon the words of Christ, and you too will begin to see the patterns of ascension. It is as plain as word can be, but it is our responsibility to be familiar with the word in order for it’s plainness to come through.

Baptism Oversimplified (1900 words- four short topics combined)

Boy do we miss the point when it comes to baptism. Getting the right symbolism of baptism requires the correction of the story of the flood of Noah. And getting the flood of Noah right requires correcting the Garden of Eden story. And correcting the Garden of Eden story requires the correction of the Creation story. Although many remnants (or parts) of the symbols of these stories still remain, we have changed their meanings, and completely confounded the language of the stories, making them fiction and a really bad distortion of reality (an abomination). That is the signature of the great deceiver and accuser, Satan (or Diablos- they both mean the same, “the accuser.”)

Joseph Smith tried correcting these types of things, which has been messed up for almost two thousand years before him. Changing two thousand years of traditions would be like fighting  against Christmas-season marketing in our day, there’s too much momentum to stop the marketing of Christmas (Home Depot and Costco have been selling Christmas trees for a month now). The early saints couldn’t bear the truth because they struggled with deeply rooted traditions, that still exist in us. But I’ll give it a go here. Although, at first glance, the “rabbit-hole” of new information will seem too deep. However, a little familiarity with the material will suddenly produce a clearer view of how baptism in water serves a significant purpose, far better than the concepts of our false traditions. But familiarity must begin somewhere, so let me be the first to try.

All Summed Up: There’s no way for me to shorten the concept, while wearing sensitive gloves to avoid offending, and thoroughly covering all the material. So I hope by now we have some trust, and since we’ve gone many rounds in the past years, I hope your skin is thick enough to bear the truth, unlike the early saints. I’ll do my best to sum up the story of the Creation, the Garden of Eden, and Noah’s flood, to shine light on the symbols of baptism.

The concepts that I will share is a a glimpse through the ancient cultures from the times of the Book of Mormon, the Old Testament, and before. I have been studying these topics for over three years now. So what I am doing is really summing it all up. Good luck, right?!

Creation: The creation story is where the mess up begins. Corruptors of the book of Genesis began the work of changing the records well before the time of Lehi, some 200-300 years before Lehi. Isaiah prophesied during this time about what was going on, and was rolled up into a carpet, and sawn in half with a wood saw, while he was in vision and cursing those who fought these true principles, until the moment of his death. The Jews, prior to Lehi messed up the Genesis story, and tweaked the records before Lehi and his sons got their hands on it. Those corruptors changed the creation story to replace the need to ascend with a salvation based on obedience to laws, generated by man’s translations.

PROBLEM: The creation story was not about the materials of the creation being combined to form a 6,000 year old earth (way too young). The creation story is not describing organizing materials like separating land and water, forming vegetation,  animals (fish/bird/domestic/wild), and men. Scientists love to use the “material creation” theory to refute Biblical religion altogether. They cling to the age of dogs, or carbon dating, or other scientific methods that speak contrary to the material creation story. And since we’ve been falsely taught the creation as a “material creation,” many have left religion, as science reveals that the “material creation” theory doesn’t hold water. In this paradigm the creation is complete. But, is it?

CORRECTION: Rather than a material creation, it was a functional creation. The Lord’s prayer expresses the function of the creation. The first three days being the functioning of the heavens. The next three days being the functioning of the earth. When what is done in heaven is as it is done on earth, then comes the seventh day, when God fills the temple with His light (the fulness/ eternal burnings). The creation is still in process, until God restores the fulness. Only then will it be complete (perfectus).

 The Garden of Eden: The garden story was manipulated to put women below men, and to focus the minds of the saints on sin, rather than light and knowledge. Light and knowledge was a good thing, but consider the current story of Garden of Eden, and that story would suggest obedience to law as higher than knowledge.

PROBLEM: Partaking of knowledge was identified as bad. Obedience was much higher than knowledge. Women introduced sin, so they suffer the tribulation of childbirth. The sin of Adam is the problem that Christ came to solve, to make us clean from sin. Now that Christ’s job is done, we have no need to seek Him in the flesh. Satan is not “as bad” of a threat, since “self discipline” can overcome temptation.

CORRECTION: In the beginning, the original Adam and Eve sewed corruption into the creation. They convinced angels, with bodies of light, to have intercourse with women of the flesh, producing Giants (Moses 7). With the help of the fallen angels and giants, the original Adam and Eve could rule over men on earth, using compulsion. “Our” Adam and Eve replaced the original, who became “the accusers” (Satan and Diablos both meaning “the accuser”). At this point Satan (or the accuser) tempted men to follow him. And since then, men became carnal, sensual and devilish (Moses 6:49).

Since the original Adam and Eve had planted corruption, they were unable to remain in the Garden of Eden, and was cast out. However, the replacement Adam and Eve were not cast out, but were given instructions to prepare a people, by their labors of preaching the gospel and repentance, to be preserved in the upcoming destruction. This began the battle between Satan and his hosts, and Adam and his hosts. This earth is a battleground, and all that are here are warriors for one side or the other.

The Flood: The story of the flood proposes many different problems, that get ignored by traditions, and get attacked by science. While I am not an advocate of turning to science for all the answers, I don’t trust in, and am not satisfied by, primary stories. Just because the gospel is simple, I don’t think it alright to oversimplify.

PROBLEM: The flood being water covering every inch of the earth at once. The ark being a boat that carries animals.

CORRECTION: The great destruction that the new Adam and Eve labored to prepare a people for was the flood. The flood was a falling of the Earth out of the heavens, or the cosmos, which were anciently called “the deep.” Thus, the symbol of waters was never as simple as “lots of rain.” It was far more drastic than that. It was the world in a climactic chaos, that wipes out the entire corrupted creation. Falling from a place of great light into the dark abyss is the correct symbol of the flood

The gospel of Christ was taught before the flood so that men could finish their faith. Those who had done so, would be taken up to a high mountain, and wrapped in a large white cloud, and preserved with an ark of the covenant. This was not a boat! By this time Enoch had already taken a group in a long white cloud, preserved with an ark, into the heavens. Enoch was given a promise, in Moses 7, that his posterity would be preserved through Noah. Those with Noah were taken up to a high mountain just the same, and preserved with a an ark of the covenant.

Were there floods caused by the falling out of the heavens? Yes. However, it wasn’t a static body of water, covering the earth. Because of the greatness of the drop of the earth from it’s original orbit, this event was a time of great climactic upheaval. The waters were shifted violently, weather became volatile and changed rapidly, and land masses were deformed. Although Enoch and Noah were given a covenant by the Lord that he would never again flood the earth, each time a dispensation ends in apostasy, the cosmic covenant is broken, and the climate becomes violent, volatile, and deforming all over again.

Baptism: Those who volunteered to come to this earth, at this time, knew very well that they were coming in a state of being, of the earth under water. We are still under water, and the earth groans for its purification, when it is lifted out of the water again, and placed back into the heavens from whence it came (Moses 7). When the earth comes forth out of the water, to return to it’s heavenly orbit, the light in the heavenly orbit will have a burning effect, such that the whole earth will become a sea of glass, as prophesied. The earths fall out of orbit, and it’s return into the heavenly orbit is the symbol of baptism.

When Christ came to earth, he condescended to be here, and descended below all things. From that point of condescension, Christ ascended above all things through the process of atonement and resurrection. And since Christ had the ability to rise above all things, He has the ability, through the process of “at-one-ment,” to restore man and the entire creation into heaven. Christ’s baptism was a symbol of the atonement process. Those following Him must do the same. Interestingly enough, when coming out of the waters of baptism, we are promised the light of the Holy Ghost, as a refiners fire.

Read about Adam’s baptism in Moses 6 and it follows the pattern of Christ and the future of the earth. No one laid hands on Adam’s head for the Holy Ghost. He was enlightened and began prophesying. Read about Joseph Smith’s first baptism, and you’ll notice that no one laid hands on his head to receive the Holy Ghost. It fell upon him and he prophesied.

Our baptismal traditions have become hollowed out. The emphasis now is on the program talks, songs, invitations, program outline, choosing witnesses, and clumping all baptisms to make the logistics work out for the “poor” presiding authorities. None of that matters! Baptism was before God and the angels as witnesses. And more importantly than the choice to get immersed in water, was the light that was supposed to be sought, so that the candidate (or initiate) could be taken up to a high mountain, and preserved by an ark of the covenant, preparatory to entering into the presence of light. No one expects prophesies at a baptism any longer. No one expects the immediate reception of the Holy Ghost. These symbols are quite ignored.

Conclusion: If you thought I was nuts before, you are certain now, right?! It’s written in the scriptures though. Only those familiar with the scriptures will have the ability to understand this stuff. If you are satisfied with following the leader, and justifying the way you read your scriptures to make your leaders right, then this stuff will make no sense to you. But, I have stated this from the beginning, the scriptures were intended to right the wrong ship Zion, to set it on the right course.

Feast upon the words of Christ, for they will tell you all things what you should do.

Overview of Oct 2015, Gen. Conf. Day-1 (1500 words Long)

Since I have taken genuine interest in the words of Christ, every April and October I look forward to hearing the General Authorities address the membership. The more I studied, the more I understood what was being said. My studies have gone from one hour a day, to constantly resting on my mind all day, and sometimes those thoughts generate dreams based on what I’m currently studying. Last night I dreamt about the commonalities of Abraham and Adam, for instance. But, rather than finding myself increasingly loving General Conference, my study has heightened my sensitivity to the words of Christ, such that I am now able to hear things I wish I didn’t hear. Nonetheless, I listen more now than I have ever listened before, not to be critical, but to figure out what is being taught to the general population, that may become an obstacle to the words of Christ. I share this post intending to continue an open dialogue with my family, where I am completely transparent, and so no one need guess what I’m thinking. Perhaps, more conversations can be drawn as to what I see, and how the scriptures portray such topics, and all can be edified (including myself).

AM Session: Initially, the first two talks from Uchdtdorf and Ballard started things off on the wrong foot for me. What struck a bad chord for me was the emphasis on following the leaders, associating salvation to staying in the church, and not rocking the Old Ship Zion. A few talks were flat-liners (boring), and a few I thought was surprisingly impressive.

Elder Uchtdorf began by laying out his argument as “us vs. them,” stating that “millions of stars” are believable, but “wet paint” must be touched by people who can’t trust the leaders! A very subtle beginning, but it continued in his injury story. He used himself as the bad example of not trusting the doctor, and using Google to find a better solution, to rush the process (a bad thing to do). He then led up to expressing that those looking too far into the matter of Christ’s presence in the flesh, makes the gospel too complex, when it is simple. Then it got worse when he said that leaders are to protect the saints from the over-complex (c’mon now, we’re adults). He followed up with an overly complex quilt design that was unnecessary. And finally, contradicted himself, advising us to start where we are, and then study all we can, because intelligence and exaltation is our goal.

I couldn’t understand how someone like me, who has studied as advised, can be categorized with having to “touch the paint,” or overcomplexefying the simplistic, by following the latter advice. Besides, I don’t think that you can tell people to follow the leader, and maintain leniency and openness for being humanly flawed. What about, follow Christ and I’ll tell you all I know about Him?That would be much better. Then we aren’t using compulsion and recommends to manipulate results. Besides, everyone knows the right answers to the questions of the temple recommend interview.

As for Ballard’s talk, I really don’t like the Old Ship Zion talk from last time, and he just added to it this time. I get that the Lord must be at the helm of your life, but the problem I have is the regulation the ship’s mates make on how I know the savior myself. There’s no pecking order between you and Christ. Christ wants a personal relationship with you.

I really liked the part of Elder Mayne’s talk about the field that covered over the kingdom of heaven. The character in the story sold all he had to buy that field so that he could obtain the kingdom. He referred to Lamoni’s dad who was finally willing to give up all he had, and all his sins to know God. The king was not afraid what his peers would think, or how it would impact his financial standing. They eventually submitted themselves to their enemies to top it all off. All, …to know God. I like that!

Larry Lawrence also made a great point, that when we learn, we improve, and become more sanctified, and become more perfected. He spoke of constant scripture study being improvement. He referenced the rich man’s failure as being humble enough, but unable to act, because he was not faithful enough. According to my definition, humility comes through study, faith comes through asking questions about the mind and will of God concerning the study, …and then acting upon that answer. So I liked his advice. The other talks were kind of middle ground, monotone, and safe, for me, so I don’t have much to say about them. I took notes, but they wouldn’t make my morning session highlight reel.

PM Session: Elder Hales had some good “life counsel” to share. We’ve heard it before, but I like the emphasis: get out of debt, get married, raise kids on faith and not money, and the best preparation was to reach up to heaven, not across to men.  You can understand why I liked that last piece of advice, …because I believe that reaching up is possible.

Holland’s talk was patterned after our mom, so that one was a personal favorite to me. I even called mom, and we both had a good laugh at that. I had mixed feelings about Vern Stanfill’s talk, because there were elements of connecting to heaven, but also messages of do what your leaders tell you to do, mixed in. In my opinion that’s philosophies of men mingled with scripture. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a leader complex, I just have a problem seeing my salvation through not knowing Christ personally, yet expecting to find salvation through knowing and trusting in fallible leaders. But, I must say, he ended pretty good when he stated this pattern of growth: study/ confidence/ determination/ comfort/ and know Christ! I like the fact that it begins with study, and ends seeing Christ personally, knowing Him.

If there was a talk that I liked, it would be James Martino’s. He advised us to follow Nephi by studying the words of Christ (sounds like a common pattern for the talks I like, right). He used Laman and Lemuel as examples of people who went through the trials and sacrifice, even saw an angel, but since they had no knowledge of God, it cursed them and they did not have confidence. He even said that questions lead to faith. Now days, we are directed to strategize our questions, so that you never loose your place on the Old Ship Zion.

However, I was pleasantly surprised with Elder Oaks’ talk on the use of the atonement. He did a great job describing the depths of Christ’s ability to succor and raise up anyone who would come to Him. And, to make it even more surprising, Oaks didn’t place his position of apostle or the office of prophet between us and accessing the atonement. He was clear that we go to Christ himself. As it should be, since Christ alone was the one to atone.

Priesthood: Elder Anderson began well with faith, and strengthened the idea further by recommending we seek further light and knowledge through study (the pattern again-study). But, he still needed to add the twist of following the brethren, obeying the commandments that they teach, etc. Throughout this and past conferences, that has been the most distasteful to me. I don’t like it so much that I cringe when I hear the primary song, “Do as I’m Doing, Follow, Follow Me!”

Elder Uchtdorf started out good with Daniel, in Nebichenezer’s court, but went back to focusing his disapproval toward people he termed “Cynics.” He hints at something by stating that they (meaning all the men behind him- General Authorities) believe in God “because of what they know, that they can’t explain in worldly terms.” As if to say that it is too sacred to say. But, why not say it in heavenly terms then? The prophets of all times did, over and over again. In fact, Nephi, although he was unable to say it directly, uses Isaiah’s words to do it.

He further expresses doubters as “people who don’t study.” He says to them, if they studied then they wouldn’t have a problem obeying their leaders and being cynics. He says that they have unplugged themselves and are now complaining about why there’s no light. But, …what about the failure to produce light, as in the times of the prophets of old, …by people who actually do study?

Are they just cynics? Are they simply not getting in line with their obedience? I get mixed feelings here because I like Elder Uchtdorf, I like Daniel’s stories, but I don’t like the institutional salvation mentality that categorizes those who study, with sincerity and real intent, with people who are merely cynics.

Conclusion: By now you know what I like and don’t like. As for fruit of the lips, there was nothing offered that taught us how to break through to the heavens, or that anyone has lately. Elder Uchtdorf came closest to claiming something unique, but spoke away from further detail, as to draw attention away from seeking more information of seeing Christ in the flesh. But, most of the fruits from the lips of those who spoke were more like administrative advice, and counsel to maintain the course we are on, no need for drastic change and repair, because the good Old Ship Zion is on course. That is bitter to me.

If we continue to do what we do, we will on get more of what we got. And what we got right now is not confidence in Christ, in the least. The prophesy states that, in that great day, no man need say know ye the Lord, for all will know Him. How do we claim to serve a master in whom we do not know? People can help us know about Christ, but knowing about Christ is different from knowing Christ!

Peace Out!


The Seventh Day of Creation (1100 words Medium)

Since Genesis describes the creation story in a sequence of days, we currently reconcile our seventh day worship to reflect the seventh day of creation, …we sleep. The problem we seem to overlook is what is the point in God’s sabbath worship, or seventh day? Since seven is a symbolic number, meaning complete (often mistaken for perfect- perfectus in Greek), we must consider the connection between the day of rest and complete. Then we can begin to see the purpose of God’s sabbath.

The Creation: The creation story has generated debates between religion and science. When the creation story is viewed as a material creation, scientists can easily show a pattern of evolution to discredit religion’s seven-day creation. However, when the creation story is viewed as a functional creation, religion envelopes science, and there is no conflict. Following a functional creation, materials are given purpose and can follow that plan to reach it’s full potential. Rather than telling a story of a material creation, Genesis is expressing a functional creation, giving the creation a purpose to unite, combine, exist.

If the creation was reduced to being material only, then there is no more need for the creator, since the material-work was complete in the beginning. But, if the work of the creator is functional, then the creator’s role is not only to combine materials (material creation), it also includes instructing (functional creation), and maintaining that creation (maintenance creation), until it’s purpose is fulfilled (the day of rest, the day of completion).

When the creation has fulfilled it’s ultimate designed purpose, by being organized by function, united in material, and maintained until complete, …the creation is now ready to enter into God’s rest. Another way of putting it is, on the seventh day, God enters the creation, filling it with light. Which leads us to the seventh day of creation.

The Seventh Day: Seven is symbolic for “complete.” We often get confused between “being perfect” and “being complete.” Perfectus is Greek for “complete.” It did not mean perfect, as the King James Version translates it. It meant to be complete. The way anything is complete is when it has fulfilled the purpose that it was given by the creator. Once that purpose is fulfilled, the subject is ready for God to enter it, and fill it with light.

Thus, the seventh day points to God filling His completed temple. With God guiding the activities of the temple, that temple is now at-one with God, …and is a God. This is the symbol of the seventh day. It suggests, to those with eyes that see, the preparation of the temple being complete and ready to receive God into it, to dwell among them.

To have Christ “abide” in you, means that you have a constant, unbroken connection to Christ. It is the tearing down of the veil in you, and the presence of God with you constantly. “Immanuel” literally means “God with us.”

Other Seventh Day Symbols: In Jewish culture Shabbat was the 7th day (where we get the word Sabbath), and it was considered “the day of rest.” Shemitah was the 7th year, and was considered “the year of release” (all the debts were released as a form of cleansing). And the Jubilee was the end of the 49th year, and was considered “Pentecost.” Pentecost being the point at which the Spirit of Truth descended to abide with the apostles. Each one of these seventh day symbols all point to connecting with the heavens, to have God fill you up, so that you may always “abide” in Him, never to be separated. In other words the reuniting of you with God (opposed to the second death- separation of our spirit and God). This is exaltation and salvation.

The creation was done in seven periods of time. Jacob’s ladder had seven rungs. The beatitudes have seven components. The instruction for us to build a house of God has seven components as well. The sacredness of seven always pointed to a temple ritual of instruction. And the temple was intended to be a mirror reflection of the heavens on the earth, from which the living waters could go forth and fill the earth. Only when the temple/ or tabernacle of flesh has fulfilled it’s intended purpose, then God can fill it, completing the creation’s seventh day. Until this is done, the creation is not yet complete.

Conclusion: The ancient Jews have twisted the seventh day into a law. When we follow that law, we are just as apostate as those who crucified Christ. However, when we see through the mind and will of the creator, then we can begin to fulfill the purpose of the creation, so that we too may be brought back into the presence of the Lord, and then to our Father in Heaven. Then we can be filled in our seventh day creation.

We are so steeped in our traditions that the only way to escape this facade of unbelief is to search the scriptures and ask God for the truth to be revealed to you. If your heart is sincere, and you earnestly expect to act on whatever answer God gives you, then He will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. However, if you limit your answers from God, by your false traditions of unbelief, you will be left to your own logic.

Man was not created for the sabbath, but the sabbath was created for man. It was created for the salvation of man. It was intended to fill you up with the presence of deity, and nothing less. Napping, sedentary lounging, preparing lessons for church assignments, home/visit teaching, and speaking quietly have little to do with the immense rushing power that God wants to fill you with. And once you have obtained it, it doesn’t go away. It is constantly with you.

The idea of one day set aside for worship is so false, and so deceptive. Those believing this way have missed the mark, they have looked beyond the mark, and cannot obtain the full purpose of their creation. But those who get it, will seek to constantly clean their tabernacle, prepare it to receive light, and will be ready to receive the seventh day.

Question your traditions. Knock on the gates of heaven, by studying the words of Christ. The effectiveness of your knocking will be evident in the quality of the questions you ask. Ask and you will receive. The proper way to ask requires listening through deep pondering and prayer. And once you have received, seek and you will find. It is in the seeking that you act upon what you have received, in confidence. I pray for your confidence, not in flesh, but in Christ.

Revelation In Opposition to Evolution

Revelation is in opposition to evolution. Those seeking an evolution are left to trust in the arm of flesh. Revelation depends on the arm of God. Those seeking revelation are instructed to ask, seek, and knock. Instead of slowly evolving, those who have been given revelation will experience a jump in intelligence.

Evolution: Evolution is a process of gradual growth through trial and error. The evidences of evolution is piles of mistakes. Piles of mistakes show groping in the dark, uncertainty, and blindness. Evolution depends on the arm of flesh, to try one thing, then another, until he is satisfied with the end result. Saints who agree with evolution see “line upon line, precept upon precept” as a process of slowly evolving into an eternal being. They somehow believe that there is no time constraint for acquiring knowledge, so they procrastinate studying the words of Christ.

Another indicator of evolution is unsteadiness. Constant evolving has no direction (objective), so it meanders through time, never really obtaining what they are looking for, …because no one really knows what they’re looking for.

2 Timothy 3:7

“7. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Those who see coming to the truth as an evolutionary process, place their trust in the arm of flesh. They disregard the arm of God to spontaneously produce light to the mind. Intelligence is the glory of God, and no man can be saved in ignorance (D&C 93:36, and D&C 131:6), thus the necessity for revelation.

Revelation: Revelation is in opposition to evolution, because it trusts in the arm of God to reveal truth, to make of us “new creatures.” When it comes to revelation, it is the heart of men that is in question, not God.

What we ask for, seek for, and knock on will determine the condition of your heart, in preparation to receive revelation. It is human nature to ask amiss, based upon the lusts of our hearts, which are rooted in the world. What we ask for is usually what we seek out. What we do all day is what it is that we seek. Those who ask and seek amiss, usually end up barking up the wrong trees, and knocking on wood, rather than approaching the veil to knock. Those who do must perish in the dark.

2 Nephi 32:4

“4. Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.”

When our heart is broken and our spirit is contrite, we will show it by asking, seeking, and knocking in alignment with the mind and will of God. Thus we will ask not amiss. Our asking will be as we have been instructed in the Lord’s prayer (on earth as in heaven, forgiveness of debts, and for Him to lead us in the flesh). This produces a spiritual creation. Having our hearts right, our time will be filled with is seeking to make the spiritual into physical. No one will take advantage of their neighbor, nor hold themselves above the next, or dig a pit for their neighbor. They seek the welfare of mankind. Finally, they will knock at the veil, of the heavenly temple, for that veil to be opened unto you.

Those exposed to light, and revelation experience a jump in intelligence. Joseph Smith said that he could gaze five minutes into heaven and know more than any book ever written on the subject. He also said that if he told us all he knew, we’d get angry and try to kill him. In this manner, even the simplest of men, can receive greater and greater light, until they become at-one-with Christ.

Conclusion: Language and the written word did not evolve. Otherwise language and the written word could not have remained constant for thousands of years. Language and the written word were originally founded at the time of Adam, in the book of remembrance. It was in every restoration that language and the written word returned in its true form, to once again bless the world. It is no surprise that since 1830, the world has come out of the dark ages, into more light. Evolution did not provide it, Revelation did!

When considering salvation, I would recommend against an evolution approach, and would suggest a revelatory approach instead. The process for obtaining a revelatory approach might seem to evolve slowly, due to the condition of your heart. It is the heart that makes it so slow, and seemingly evolutionary. Soften your heart, and suddenly you will be given revelation, and your mind will think thoughts that you’ve never before thought of. That is the condition that Joseph Smith was in, as a 14 year old boy, and that is the condition we too must be in, to obtain the same kind of visitation.

Ask not amiss. Seek to purify and sanctify your hearts with the words of Christ. Pray the prayer that want to be said, rather than asking it upon the lusts of your hearts. Right your desires to align with God. When your heart is right, what you seek for will follow suit. Seek for gifts of the spirit, that produce life. Finally, you will be led to the veil by an angel, who will reveal it to you. And then you can knock, and it will be opened unto you. Evolution will never produce eternal life. Revelation will.

Start with the heart. Feast upon the words of Christ. The words of Christ will tell you all things what you should do.