The Poor Among You (811 Words)

Considering the different degrees of glory, and the accumulation of knowledge, practice, and mastery, …theres something more to say about The Poor Among You. Perhaps The Poor Among You is defined based on the degree of glory you have acquired. All of God’s knowledge is accumulative and complimentary, but not destructive or contradictory. Consider my point.

If there is knowledge, practice, and mastery in the telestial, terrestrial, and celestial, …then the absence of knowledge would describe The Poor Among You. Yes, …that’s right, …”ignorance” is poverty. The Priesthood was given to reverse the effects of “ignorance,” by increasing “light.”

“Although there are two priesthoods, yet the Melchizedek Priesthood comprehends the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood and is the grand head, and holds the highest authority which pertains to the Priesthood- the keys of the Kingdom of God in all ages of the world to the latest posterity on the earth- and is the channel through which all knowledge, doctrine, the plan of salvation and every important truth is revealed from heaven.” (Joseph Smith dictated to his scribe R.B. Thompson, RE Section 48, pg. 130).

Joseph Smith taught that you can be saved no faster than you gain knowledge, and if a man gain more intelligence than another, it will be to his advantage in the life to come (D&C 130:18-19), …then our first step is clearly to acquire knowledge! So, …if we read between the lines, …if “knowledge” comes through priesthood, …then, there is a priesthood in each degree of glory. Priesthood was intended to elevate one another, to eliminate poverty, so that there are no poor among you. If you consider priesthood an association, then in the telestial, it is an association with producers, who like to work, like among our family, and the project we have been working on for almost a year now. In the terrestrial, it is an association with ministering angels (D&C 84:26-27), who bring further light and knowledge from the presence of the Lord. And in the celestial, it is an association with the mysteries of God, in the presence of Christ and God the Father, in the flesh (D&C 84:19-22).

Since all of God’s knowledge is accumulative and complimentary, but not destructive or contradictory, as we increase in glory, we are added upon, and added upon, until we are filled with light. Those who seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness are promised that all these things- clothes, food, and shelter- will be added unto you (3 Nephi 13:33). We are also taught that if your eye be single to the glory of God, your whole body will be filled with light (3 Nephi 13:22). If you harden your heart, you’ll be given a lesser portion of the word, until you know nothing of the mysteries of God, but if you soften your heart, you’ll receive the mysteries of God, until you know them in full (Alma 12:10-11). It’s all additive and complementary.

When the philosophies of men get mingled with scripture, the truth of the laws get eroded, corrupted, and withers away. For instance, telestial law naturally generates: producers, industrious people, that are anxiously engaged in a good cause. Their efforts lessen the burdens of life in the world, providing: better transportation, communication, building materials, etc. And people will pay the price tag, if it is mutually beneficial to them. Naturally, the byproduct is “financial rewards.” And financial gain equals “free time” to pursue a higher law, to study the words of Christ, and acquire a terrestrial law and glory. …However, crooks, thieves, and bullies, rob, steal, and force people to pay them, producing the same counterfeit financial result. Their purpose is to hoard, not considering the higher laws or glories. They prefer winning in the telestial over eternal progression. They sacrifice the power of creating worlds without number, for worldly aspirations and the glory of men. In ignorance they have sacrificed the greater for the lesser law and glory. When philosophies of men are mingled with scripture, men are fooled into selling their birthright of godliness, for a mess of pottage.

The work needing to be done with The Poor Among Us is very real. It begins with the correct knowledge, continues in a path unique to each of us, and progresses to higher laws and glories. That is our work and our glory.

Conclusion: The Poor Among Us must awake and arise to the awful situation by which we are held captive. The bondage we are all in (debt and sin) requires our combined effort to escape. We cannot skip steps, working in the terrestrial when we have failed to unite in the telestial. I consider us lucky that our parents have written upon our hearts the value of work. Lets finish this project as one, freeing up some time, to invest in the knowledge of a higher law and glory, by the study and discussions upon the words of Christ.

The Light of the Body (1560 Words)

In the ascension of Isaiah, there were levels of the heavens described, with a throne in the center, angels on the right, and angels on the left. The concept points to the New-year Rite, specifically the Ritual Combat between light and dark. If you use The Light of the Body as your eye, you may see the path being laid out for your own ascension.

The Ascension of Isaiah is a short record, found in apocrypha texts. It describes Isaiah’s ascent, similar to 1 Nephi 11-14, when Nephi is taken up to a high mountain. In the heavens, Isaiah describes that there are thrones in the midst of each level of the three heavens, with angels on the left, and angels on the right. The left was symbolic of descending, and the right ascending. The idea of left being a position of descending, and right being the position of ascending, drew my mind to consider robes on the left shoulder as descending robes, and robes on the right shoulder as ascending robes, as a symbolic lesson of body types. Consider that Mom (on the left) is the provider of your body of descending, a body for your time on earth. Then consider turning your hearts to Dad (on the right), which offers a promise of a renewal of your body, in preparation for your ascending into the heavens (hearts turned to the fathers). Suddenly we are reminded once again of the temple New-Year Rite.

The concept points to the New-year Rite, specifically the “Ritual Combat” between light and dark. The New Year Rite consists of three elements: Creation/ Combat/ and Ascension. The main event is the Combat. The combat was always identified with the foot games, wrestling, jousting, and sword or spear fighting contests, etc. The King would participate, and would find himself loosing, and left for dead. However, he would change wardrobes, receive a renewal of life, and make a comeback from the dead, to win the entire tournament. This was the main event of all ancient culture’s New Year Rite, implemented at the New Year, or in other words, one of the corners of the earth.

The corners of the earth are a reminder of the Ritual Combat between the light and the dark. Light and dark are equal at the Equinoxes, Light overpowers the dark at Summer Solstice, and Dark overpowers the Light at Winter Solstice. Annually, we are reminded of the battle between light and dark. The waxing and waining of the moon (increasing in light and decreasing in light) is a monthly reminder of this Ritual Combat of light and dark. The daily rising and setting of the sun is a daily reminder of this Ritual Combat of light and dark as well. With all these reminders of the battle between light and dark, the Ritual Combat, it puts great emphasis of the importance of the changing of robes from the left shoulder to the right, for you to successfully overcome the dark once and for all, as a victorious King.

3 Nephi 13:22-24

“22. The Light of the Body is the eye; if, therefore, thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

23. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If, therefore, the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

24. No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.”

The Light of the Body is the eye? This doesn’t mean that your physical eye-ball is the light of the body. It isn’t referring to your physical eyes at all. It refers to using the spirit of the body as your eye. God has given us all light, and offers to give us more if we harken (or in other words: HEAR & KNOW) ….to the voice of the Lord (D&C 84:46). And if your eye is single to God, Nephi promises that God will fill your whole body with light! Can you see the changing of the robe (or your body), being offered, from the left shoulder to the right? Or from descending to ascending? We must be wise and use the light of the body as our eye, and have it’s single focus as the glory of God, or in other words intelligence, …or light and truth (D&C 93:36). Consider the eye being the windows of heaven, and suddenly the promise of tithing takes on an entirely different meaning, as the windows of heaven pours out a blessing, such that you have not room enough to receive it. It refers to being filled with light, not some financial anecdotal relief.

If you use The Light of the Body as your eye, you may see the path being laid out for your own ascension, and you’ll find your blindness replaced with sight. Sight is directly related to your ability to perceive light. Blindness is the inability to perceive light. If you cannot see light, you are in darkness, and you are blind!

D&C 50:24-25

“24. That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

25. And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you;”

The path of God is to be filled with light. When you are filled with light, there is no room for darkness in you. The natural consequences are that your sins are remitted, because the source of sin is darkness, and darkness no longer exists in you. When you are filled with light, you have eternal life. Consider how Nephi puts it:

2 Nephi 17-19

“17. Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.

18. And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive.

19. And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.

20. Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

The path required of us is the path Christ has walked, and it’s result is eternal life. Christ is the prototype of all saved beings, according to Joseph Smith. If any of us expect to be saved, it will be done by walking the same path as Christ walked. And who better to advise you than the only person on earth who has walked that path, Christ! If you are to walk this straight and narrow path, you must do so by first obtaining a personal relationship with Christ. Verse 20 suggests “feasting upon the words of Christ.” I echo his suggestion. It will grow in you: “a perfect brightness of hope.” It will increase in you: “a love of God and of all men.” And it will be added unto you: “eternal life.”

Conclusion: Isaiah’s ascent unveil’s angels on the left descending, and angels on the right ascending. It points to robes on the left shoulder as a body of descending, and robes on the right shoulder as a body of ascending. In the New Year Rite, the Ritual Combat is a constant reminder of the battle between light and dark. But, more importantly, the changing of robes required for the King to overcome the world and ascend. With the robe on the correct shoulder, being filled with light, you are now prepared to overcome the world. It is done by feasting upon the words of Christ.

The Light of the Body is your spirit. Use your spirit as your eye, and fill it with light by exposing it to more and more light offered in the words of Christ. If you receive more of the word, your heart will soften, and you will be given a greater portion of the word, until you know all the mysteries of God, in full (Alma 12:10). Change from these tattered rags of ignorance, in exchange for bodies of light. They are being offered in the words of Christ right now. You don’t have to wait until the 2/3’s sealed record is translated. It’s available NOW!

The Changing of Robes (1330 Words)

John the Baptist

John the Baptist

The tradition of The Changing of Robes are so common amongst diverse cultures that it goes unnoticed and disconnected, not only from other cultures, but also from their original intent. The original intent is directly related to the “Ritual Combat Ceremonies” that have transitioned into many different cultural year-rite celebrations. Central to the “Ritual Combat Ceremonies” is the resurrection of the King, expressed by The Changing of Robes.

The tradition of The Changing of Robes are so common amongst diverse cultures that it goes unnoticed and disconnected, not only from other cultures, but also from their original intent. Anyone attending a graduation commencement, have witnessed graduation robes and caps, and the changing of the tassels. It all indicates the end of their old life of ignorance, and commences, or begins, a new life of enlightenment. In old Hawaii the “kihei” (a rectangular tapa garment worn over one shoulder and tied in a knot) was changed from the left shoulder to the right shoulder, when becoming a Kahuna (High Priest). The original source of The Changing of Robes, originate from the temple, as part of the rites given to Adam to direct his return from the fall.

As Adam partook of the fruit, all men die, but through Christ, all men can be made alive. The temple rites given from Adam, and passed through the patriarchal lineage of fathers have preserved instructions for all of Adam’s posterity to make their return from the fall. The original intent of the temple and it’s rites is directly related to what is called the “Ritual Combat,” …and over the centuries it has transitioned into many different cultural new-year-rite celebrations. The roots of Hawaiian Makahiki is a return to the new-year rite. The Native American “Sundance” also ties to the new-year-rite. The merry-go-round (carousel) has it’s origins in the Trojan new-year-rite. To explain it, I’ll break down the “New-Year-Rite” into three parts:

  1. The Creation
  2. The Ritual Combat
  3. The Ascension

The New-Year-Rite was done at different times, for different cultures, but were commonly observed on one of the four-corners of the Earth (Equinoxes or Solstices). It began with a drama of the creation of one form or another, with all the world being tied together. Matter was organized, land and water separated, lights separated to communicate signs, plants introduced prior to animals, and then lastly men. When this part of the dramatization was complete, the games began (the olympics has the same origin, as light begins the ceremony). The games began as events of combat were represented by athletic games, like: wrestling, foot races, spear throwing, sword fighting, etc. In Hawaii, surfing played a huge role in the Makahiki. The King participated in the games. Ritually, the King was killed, but then he put-off his “common-robes,” changing Into “heavenly-robes. and conquered the entire Ritual Combat. Once the games had ended with the King’s victory, the people threw a huge luau in the honor of the King’s victory. It was a sacred last meal before the King departed into the heavens, in an ascension.

The may-pole and the carousel are symbolism that ties men to a tree of life. They go around and around in combat, clockwise (meaning ascension) or counterclockwise (meaning defeat or descending). The Blackfoot Okhan similarly ties the ritual participants to the symbolic tree, and they dance in a ritual combat in a similar fashion as the Scandinavian May-pole, and Trojan Carousel. In all cases, through the ritual combat there was a Changing of Robes.

The Changing of Robes from common-robes, into heavenly-robes, was the key to the successful come back of the King. Thinking in terms of great movies, it was the training scene, where there was a physical change in the main character. Or it was the psychological change that gave the main character drive to overcome all. It all points back to The Changing of Robes. But what does it really mean?

D&C 84:33

“33. For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.”

I have studied the Book of Enoch, the Ascension of Isaiah, the Assumption of Moses, and other pseudopigriphal and apocryphal texts, …studying The Changing of Robes, …only to find out that it is right there in scripture. I just did not understand it. The common terms that are used are: garments, robes, coats, and cloaks. When these words show up in your next scripture study, your minds should point to the New-Year-Rite, and the ritual combat. Consider the following:

  • Nephi slays Laban, and then puts on his robes
  • Nephi, Jacob, and King Benjamin washes their garments clean of the blood of their people
  • The mighty change of heart of Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah was another robe change
  • When the prodigal son returns, the father puts a ring on his finger and a robe or a cloak on his shoulders

But, that still doesn’t tell you what it means, does it? It should, however, give you a hint that this is a game-changer, right? The renewal of the body is a direct connection to the promises of The Changing of Robes. It is accompanied by being healed, miracles, prophesying, and gifts of tongues (gifts of the spirit). Common examples of robe changes include: the blind whose sight was restored, the lame man who was able to walk, and Lazarus who was raised from the dead. Each of them turned to Christ, and their robes were renewed as they followed Christ. This is the change required through the sanctifying and purifying fire, in order to prepare one for returning into the fulness of the glory of Christ. This is the cleansing of the temple. Your body, being the temple, set apart from the world, doing the will of God.

The Changing of Robes, if stuck only in symbolism, becomes a tool of unrighteous dominion, controlling, coercing, and manipulating the minds and will of men on earth. However, if The Changing of Robes are properly understood as the changing of a person from a fallen state, to being filled with the glory of God, it will produce in you the ability to sacrifice all things, including your life, and to overcome all by faith, having been sealed by the holy spirit of promise. It matters!

Conclusion: The picture above is my rendition of John the Baptist. I messed up on how old he looks, as he was only a few months older than Christ, and Christ was in his early thirties when he was crucified. However, I intended to make him look sunned, rugged, and wild looking, but happy, …as he was described as living off of locusts and wild honey, wearing a camel skin, with a leather girdle to cover his waist (Matthew 3:4).

Funny enough, while The Changing of Robes is the subject of this blog, tattered robes were the signature of true prophets, because how the world views clothing meant little or nothing to those whose treasures were in the heavens, where moth and rust doth not corrupt. John the Baptist’s clothing was described as a coarse pile of camel hair (Matthew 3:4). Elijah’s mantle was made from sheep skins (Kings 2:8). Others wore goats hair or coarse wool. Costly apparel was always associated with the wicked, because what they wore outwardly reflected emptiness inwardly, while prophets did exactly the opposite. (Side note: Now reflect on Joseph who was sold into Egypt, and ask yourself what the coat of many colors really meant, concerning the person Joseph was?)

Awake, and arise, O Isreal. Shake off the dust from your garments. Arise, sit down, …meaning: arise into the heavens in ascension, and be seated upon the throne of God, that your garments may be cleaned from the blood and sins of this generation. Put aside your ignorance of the things of God, by taking a serious effort to study the scriptures for yourselves. Repent.

I’ll Count to Three, and Then… (1678 Words Long)

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A Three-Count and the Ten Virgins

In the good old days, children were informed, “I’ll Count to Three, and Then…” Once you were given the Three-Count, your warning was sufficient, before suffering the penalty. The parable of the ten virgins echoes a similar warning. Five of them were wise, and five were foolish; which are you?

Three-Count: Three-Count was what we all needed to get our attention, knowing very well what comes after the Three-Count would not be good. We knew that being raised in Hawaii, this was a universal concept, because at family gatherings we all compared who got the worst “lickens.” Our last family reunion in 2013, I shot a video specifically called “Lickens,” where each of you told the camera who gave you the most “lickens” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnn2n2t5UxQ). However, if anyone would argue that our parents were negative, none of us would agree. We’d all say that, it was the concern of a loving parent.

Likewise, when Christ introduces the necessity for baptism, he uses a 1 to 3 ratio of (1) positive to (3) negative warnings. One good reason to be baptized, …and a Three-Count to describe the penalty for not complying. The 1:3 ratio regarding baptism can be summed up in 3 Nephi, chapter 11, as follows:

  • Positive: Be baptized, and you’ll be saved and inherit the Kingdom of God (v33)
  • Negative #1: Not baptized, and you’ll be damned: meaning stopping your forward progression (v34)
  • Negative#2: Not baptized, and you’ll NOT be visited with fire and the Holy Ghost, and will NOT be made one with the Father and the Son (v35-37)
  • Negative#3: Not baptized, and you’ll never inherit the Kingdom of God (v38)

In Christ’s appearance to the Nephites, He used a Three-Count. If anyone would argue that Christ was negative, anyone who KNEW Christ would NOT agree. We’d all say that, it was the concern of a loving parent.

The difference between our parenting and God’s parenting is, …our penalties offer nothing but PUNISHMENT. Whereas God’s penalty offers a hidden message of knowledge, inviting all who repent to obtain a great blessing. Consider the hidden message in the negative consequences, and you might see the Lord still trying to bless you, even in His condemnation, as all parent’s warnings ought to do. It tells you:

  1. How baptism continues your progression
  2. How baptism prepares you to receive fire and the Holy Ghost, to be made one with the Father and the Son
  3. How baptism provides you the ability to inherit the Kingdom of God

While our parents did their best, this example is how a Father in Heaven would properly implement a Three-Count, so that even His condemnation still offers a blessing.

Ten Virgins: The parable of the Ten Virgins offers another Three-Count lesson that we can all learn from, similar to the one above. I have recently learned that there are three major parts to a Jewish wedding: The Proposal/ The Preparation/ and The Wedding. Here’s a brief explanation, so that you can see how it relates to the big picture we call the plan of salvation:

  • The Proposal: This was a negotiation, just like Johnny Lingo’s eight cows for Mahana. The terms of the agreement were established, and accepted by both parties. The groom paid the full-price “up front,” and then left to prepare their home, and for the bride to make her own preparations.
  • The Preparation: The groom went away to build their home. The bride was made pure (a virgin) by washing and anointing, and accumulating a reservoir of oil, or light, as her dowry. When both were prepared, they awaited the Father’s signal for the return of the groom. While they waited, the bride was to maintain her purity as a virgin.
  • The Wedding: It wasn’t until the wedding day that both parties proved that they kept their end of the bargain. The groom had already paid the price, and had the choice to receive the bride, simply by returning. The bride, however, still had something to prove. She had to prove her purity and cleanliness by the oil in her lamp. Only the virgins with oil in their lamps, at the return of the groom attended the wedding. At the wedding, those without sufficient oil failed to perform what was negotiated, and were locked out of the wedding. All who were inside were washed, anointed, and clothed in a wedding garment …by the groom. They all partook in the wedding feast.

Five Foolish: The five foolish virgins were washed and pronounced clean, but failed to maintain their purity by accumulating oil. They procrastinated “paying the price” to get more oil, while they had the chance. The wise virgins advised them to quickly go and purchase more oil. But because of their late effort, their window of opportunity closed. While they were paying the price in exchange for oil, the groom came, and the foolish virgins were locked out in the darkness.

The oil is symbolic of light. It is light that dispels the darkness. Without light, the darkness overcomes even those who are pure and clean, or in other words: a virgin.

D&C 93:36-40

“36. The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.

37. Light and truth forsake that evil one.

38. Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning; and God having redeemed man from the fall, men became again, in their infant state, innocent before God.

39. And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers.

40. But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth.

The wise had used their probationary state, their preparation, to “pay the price” for their oil, …prior to the wedding feast. When the groom locked the door, the wise were locked in (sealed), while the foolish were locked out (cut-off). Which are you?

Conclusion: Years ago (in a High Priest Group meeting, surprisingly) , a man I consider a close friend had the gall enough to tell me that giving my kids “lickens” was unacceptable to God. It wasn’t the way he presented the proposal, but the Spirit that accompanied it, that pierced me to the center. I KNEW that it was true. I told him, “The Spirit has testified that what you’ve said is true. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to obey. You’ve only told me what NOT to do. You haven’t told me what I SHOULD DO INSTEAD.” He wasn’t able to offer me any oil. He too was struggling to know what to do instead. Since that day, I have sought out the missing light, to fill the vacant lot I call my head.

The search went on for years. I listened to other people’s opinions, but all of them focused only on WHY NOT. None of them offered me a good replacement. Mom has told us that her dad NEVER hit them, although I wonder if some of them could’ve benefited from a good “lickens.” Others have expressed a time of physically disciplining their child, and feeling immensely hurt, within themselves, when their child pierced them with hurt eyes. I can honestly say that I have never experienced that, as I felt justified, knowing what I did was for their benefit. Yet, others have advised walking away, and letting the natural consequences teach the lesson. But that seemed like a parent who didn’t care at all, …until I was given more light.

I discovered light as I examined how God uses the Three-Count. It directly relates to the Jewish wedding. As parents we must counsel our children in Light and Truth. Although the blessings are significant, they must know the consequences that accompany poor choices. But within those consequences, a parent also invites their children to receive blessings, that are hinted at within the penalty. Giving children knowledge of Light and Truth is how children begin to Grow.

Growth is only a beginning phase. A huge part of development is that we parents must leave for a time, to allow them to work things out, …just as Adam and Eve were left alone in the garden to choose for themselves. Being left to their own choices, to the parents, means that when you get back, your house could be burned-down. That’s a risk you must take, because mistakes are a part of the developmental process. This was the tough lesson I had to learn: “Mistakes don’t authorize compulsion.” Beating-out mistakes actually stops forward action, it stops the increase in learning by experience, and stifles all future development, until the parent dies, forcing the child to travel alone. Children increase through mistakes, to gain Further Light and Truth.

This work cannot be hastened, but requires the constant investment of time, talents, and all that you have for their progress. Time was intended as a probation, a proving period. God commands and waits, through our probation, for us to obey. If a child has accumulated light, they have kept the negotiation. Parents are required to give them their inheritance. That is how children are Added Upon.

Our parents did best with what they knew. We chose right in the pre-existence to come to them and to us. We all have accepted the terms of the negotiation before coming to this earth. Christ has paid the ultimate price in advance. Our parents have offered us growth by introducing us all to the gospel of Christ. In my preparation phase, or in other words my probation, I have increased by making a lot of mistakes, fixing them, being washed and anointed, and accumulating oil. Since being cast out of church I have been further added upon, as my accumulation of oil extends beyond the compulsion of the church, and I am left standing upon the rock of my salvation, Christ! The midnight hour (the judgement hour) is upon us, and a voice is crying out, that the groom is returning. Go, quickly, and fill your vessels with oil, so that you will be sealed into the wedding, washed, anointed, and clothed by Christ, instead of locked out of His presence.

 

The Atonement and Salvation (920 Words Medium)

God gives everyone “weakness.” Weakness was given for the intention of filling the gaps, until you become precisely as Christ is. The Atonement and Salvation are inseparable.

Weakness is part of the plan of salvation. God gives everyone “weakness.” The plan doesn’t just give weakness, it also provides the solution in the atonement of Christ, for those who are sufficiently humble, who come unto Christ.

Ether 12:27

“27. And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Our weakness is given so that we may be humble. Our weakness was meant to bring us to our knees. It wasn’t meant for us to resolve on our own. Our individual weakness requires the personal relationship with Christ’s atonement to overcome. That is what is meant by overcoming by faith:

D&C 76:53-55

“53. And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.

54. They are they who are the church of the Firstborn.

55. They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things”

If we are humble, it is through the atonement of Christ that we can be instructed to acquire the knowledge necessary to make weak things strong. And it is Christ who does the instruction, because it is Christ who atoned. He descended below all things, and rose above all things, therefore Christ is able to instruct all who humble themselves and come unto HIM. The instruction He gives is His grace being expressed to us, and it is more than sufficient.

Weakness was given for the intention of filling the gaps, until you become precisely as Christ is. The prototype of a saved being is Christ Himself. The lectures on faith teach that we must be precisely what Christ is, or else not be saved. Scripture teaches that we will know Christ and the Father because we will be like them. John the Beloved wrote that Christ grew grace for grace, and from grace to grace. That is why God the Father could know for certain, before the foundation of the earth, that Christ would not cave under the responsibility of the atonement. Christ was proven in lives past. Christ had all His weakness made strong. Each time we come to an earth like this, God gives us weakness. As we overcome weakness through Christ’s atonement, we accumulate within us (over lifetimes or eternities) greater light and knowledge, and grow from grace to grace, just like Christ.

Christ was prepared to atone for all men who would come unto Him. Those who do will have the weakness they’ve been given, made into strength. That’s how Christ fills the missing gaps in us, to perfect us, so that we too can learn wisdom and eventually become precisely what Christ is. That is how men become saviors on mount Zion, having come to know God and Christ intimately through the overcoming of all weakness through faith!

James 1:5-6

5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. [this kind of asking requires the knowledge of scripture] For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

The Atonement and Salvation are inseparable. The atonement is more than removing sins, it is the filling of the vacant lot, so that light occupies entirely, and there is no room for darkness in you. Cleaning people of sin is easy. Filling them with light is where the real work is. That is how we prepare to meet God, so that in His presence we do not burn from exposure to His light, His fulness, the fulness of His glory. When we are able to endure His presence, he will come unto you in the flesh, and this is salvation, this is redemption.

Ether 3:13

“13. And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.

Physical death is the separation of the body and the spirit. Christ overcame physical death through His resurrection. Spiritual death is the separation of us from the Father. Christ offers His atonement, the knowledge base he acquired by descending below all things and ascending above all things, to overcome spiritual death and bring you back into the presence of the Father. While the resurrection is available to all, overcoming spiritual death requires your humility, so you can be instructed by the only person who has provided atonement, Christ. The Atonement and Salvation is being offered to all who would receive it. In order to receive it, you must awake and arise!

Conclusion: No man can offer the atonement. Thus, DO NOT trust in the arm of flesh, or don’t make flesh your arm. Christ alone provides salvation. He hires no servant at the gates of salvation. It is Him alone that has the power to redeem. The Atonement and Salvation is being extended to you through the words of Christ. Follow no man. Follow Christ!

Mercy Cannot Rob Justice (807 Words Medium)

In order for God to be God, Mercy cannot rob Justice. Repentance in our day is understood from only one perspective, ours! While we want everyone to be merciful, and forget our wrong-doings (when we are the offenders), we equally demand justice when we are wronged, and offended. Both parties have legitimate arguments, but can’t both be right, …right?

First, lets get repentance straight. The origin of the word repent is Latin. The Latin root of repentance is: Re-poena-tentia. It literally means: to punish again, and again, and again. However, it was a mistranslation from the Greek word: Metanoia. Metanoia means to simply “change directions.” Since there are only two masters, there are only two directions, or two ways. Thus, to Metanoia means to follow a different master, and change your direction. Anciently, the gospel was called “The Gospel of the Two Ways.” The early Christians, at the time of Christ, didn’t call themselves Christians at all. They called themselves “followers of the way.” Christ refers to himself as “the way.” So, to properly repent is as simple as changing direction. That is as easy as it gets. Repentance is so simple, and Christ forgives quickly.

While God’s quick forgiveness, makes you clean every whit, Mercy cannot rob Justice. Put in simple terms, sin causes a loss of light, and an increase of darkness. Forgiveness, although it provides a clean slate, doesn’t replace lost light. To regain light requires work. So justice is the work required to fill the darkness with light. Justice is the work of regaining and accumulating more light, until a just man is filled with light, and is considered by God: “justified.”

So mercy allows forgiveness to be given, and your sins, though they were scarlet, can be white as snow. Forgiveness provides a clean, vacant lot, ready to begin the work of building. But work is required to fill that empty lot, to regain the light that was lost, and to be filled with light, in order to be considered “justified.” Simply being forgiven of sin does not, and cannot, skip the work of accumulating further light and knowledge. Therefore, no man can be saved in ignorance. And he that gets more knowledge in this life, it will be to their advantage in the world to come. Mercy can never rob justice.

Conclusion: Both mercy and justice are gifts from God. Christ atoned, that he might show mercy to those who choose to “Metanoia” (change directions). The words of Christ, Angelic Ministers, and Christ’s personal relationship (in the flesh) was intended to “justify” mankind, by filling them with light. Therefore we are counseled to seek further light and knowledge by conversing with the Lord through the veil. It is only through that communication that man can repent, be justified, and enter into His rest, which is “The Fullness.”

Confession: For the longest time, I have battled with insecurities regarding past transgressions of another. The offender has long since repented of their mistake, producing a very clean vacant lot. However, it wasn’t until that vacancy was filled, that my insecurities have been displaced by light, and justice was satisfied. I am now justified, or filled with light, where the darkness of insecurities once occupied. Repentance produces a degree of relief, but it cannot have it’s greatest effect, until light replaces the darkness completely. Forgiveness is Christ’s. Our work is to seek and acquire more light. Light is what justifies.

I am grateful to all who have expressed their support of me and my wife, in our most recent confrontation with our ward leaders. I plead to God for mercy for my wife and I, as we aren’t short of mistakes. We desire to be completely justified by the grace of God. However, I do not think that any of us, have the “convenience” of denying, fallible men, of Christ’s mercy. We would not want to be denied Christ’s mercy in our offenses. We too can make room for others who don’t know better. I ask that you reserve final judgement for a later time, and not now. Who knows, they too might “metanoia.”

We all must repent, then place our trust in Christ’s words, and seek daily to understand them, to become justified of Christ (being filled with light). Those who deny themselves of repentance, judging others harshly, failing to forgive, rejecting more light and knowledge, cannot be justified. They will be dealt with, by God, “justly.”

I hold no animosity towards any of the members of the bishopric who recently exercised their judgement unrighteously. Doing so would deny them of the gifts of God, offered to all men, of Mercy and Justice. It is everyones choice to judge. How we judge, so shall we be judged. I will choose to FOLLOW CHRIST, and be merciful, by quickly forgiving.

Mercy cannot rob Justice!

 

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!