Point of the Temple (600 Words)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Comfort (773 Words)

Comfort has escaped my understanding, disguised as a lullaby. Only when I discovered that Comfort was given through light and truth, did I see the pattern of increasing light with each comforter. What surprised me even further was the idea that the fear of God offers greatest Comfort.

Our traditions have failed us once again, thinking that comfort is a lullaby, to lull us into sleep. We have confused sleep with Comfort. Many who desire to avoid seeing the truth in their history, close their eyes, suck on their thumbs, and repeat the words in their minds, “Just go to a happy place, go to a happy place!” In our state of ignorance, we’d prefer to close our eyes and our minds, to not understand what’s wrong, so that we aren’t so uncomfortable. The Lord calls this sinning a grievous sin, walking in darkness at noonday (D&C 95:6). Our darkness keeps us asleep, ignorant of our surroundings, and afraid of what we don’t understand. As light enters, darkness is dispelled. Those who will not awake and arise, will lull themselves to sleep, and will not awake and arise.

Only when I discovered that Comfort was given through light and truth, did I see the pattern of increasing light with each comforter. Comfort is nothing more than light and truth. It is given only as you are able to bear it, or as you desire it. The Holy Ghost is the first comforter. Those who receive the Holy Ghost, seek diligently light and truth. Light dispels darkness, filling what seems to be empty space with understanding. Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space. One must govern, and the other must leave. You choose which will govern you. Since the role of the Holy Ghost is pure knowledge, receiving the Holy Ghost is to receive more light and truth, while dispelling darkness. It is called the first comforter because pure knowledge is the beginning of Comfort. The second comforter is Jesus Christ. And what does His presence bring? It brings further light and knowledge, or more Comfort. There is a maturity that is required as light and truth are increased, and that maturity is simply being willing to cast out darkness, letting go of false traditions of unbelief, to make room to be filled with light.

What surprised me even further was the contrasting idea that the fear of God offers greatest Comfort. It seems contradicting that any fear offers Comfort, but God is funny like that. You cannot receive a fulness of light, unless you receive all the light and truth God offers. Fearing God is to keep His commandments. The Lord taught that “…in nothing doth a man offend God, or against none is His wrath kindled, save those who confess not His hand in all things, and obey not His commandments.” (D&C 59:21). God reveals Himself through His commandments. The commandments are intended to move our lives into harmony with God, with higher intelligence. We cannot be in tuned with higher intelligence without first bringing our own lives into conformity with something higher. Commandments are the guide, and within the scriptures are where we learn how to receive and keep commandments. Thus, the fear of God is nothing more than fearing being left out of God’s presence. The third comforter is never mentioned as this, but my mind seems to think that if the Holy Ghost is the first comforter, Christ is the second comforter, …than the Father must be the third comforter. I have said this before, and it is good to repeat it, …there is only one revelation, …and it is God.

Conclusion: To receive the Holy Ghost requires that you open your eyes to the awful situation which we find ourselves in, in darkness, without much light at all. Our day is prophesied of by the ancient fathers to be likened unto the days of Noah. There are two angles to see the days of Noah. One angle can describe the wickedness and darkness, such that the whole earth would be better off sweeping off the wicked. Another angle can also describe the offering of a covenant. Those who would receive Comfort through the darkness are offered a place in the ark, through a covenant. It is the only Comfort available in the storm to come, but you must put off your traditions, receive the light being offered, and enter the ark. The tares are ripe. All that the Lord needs is for the wheat to ripen, so that the tares can be bundled and burned. You are the wheat, but you must awake and arise, otherwise be confused with the tares.

Philosophy, Science, and Revelation (1219 Words)

Since the apostasy, Philosophy and Science have battled for control, ignoring Revelation. Through the apostasy people were ruled over by Philosophers, until the people got fed up with being oppressed, and rebelled. The people debunked oppressive traditions with Science, but everyone has totally forgotten about Revelation.

The word “dogma” has nothing to do with the mother of a dog (dog-ma, …get-it), …that would be a bitch- a female dog, wolf, fox, or otter (not being crude, but that just goes to show you how what might seem obvious may not be so obvious. Besides I never thought that I’d ever use the word bitch). Dogma is a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as “incontrovertibly true.” This sets the stage for the battle of the renaissance (1400 AD-1800AD).

Philosophy represented “religion,” and held the power over the perceptions of people’s minds for over a thousand years. Catholic Priests leaned toward the teachings of philosopher Aristotle, who defined God by stating what he knew that God wasn’t (or at least thought he knew). For example, we can’t say that God exists, all we can safely say is that God is not nonexistent, …or we should not say that God is wise, but we can say that God is not ignorant. They defined God by saying what He isn’t, rather than knowing what He is. The Priest was considered the mouth piece of God, and could expound the scriptures, making the translation “incontrovertibly true,” …and none could refute, despite that they were wrong. Priests settled the matter by stating their authority, and pounded in their stakes to make their claims.

The argument that has discredited religion, in favor of science, was based upon the reading of the scriptures. Priest’s claimed that their authority gave them power to expound the scriptures. They used their authority to expound scripture, claiming, the Bible says that the Earth is the center of the universe. This perspective was labeled Geocentric, or Earth-centeric. However, scientist Galileo, read the same scriptures a little differently than the Priests. He stated that the Bible could be read to express an Earth point of view, and nothing more. And then Galileo turned his telescope to the sun, moon, and stars, proving that Earth wasn’t the center of the universe. Priest’s, rather than repenting and fixing where they were wrong, they cast out Galileo’s theory, and called it heresy.  Today, it is common knowledge that the Priest’s were wrong, and Galileo was right, proving that a priest’s authority doesn’t control the correct understanding of scriptures. Scientists have used this case to support that there is no God, …only the natural laws of science. The battle between Philosophy and Science continues, as no one pays much attention to revelation. God has become an argument between religionists and scientists, who have never been in God’s presence.

Revelation flies under the radar of the brightest minds, only appearing in simple men like Abraham, Moses, Joseph Smith, etc. The philosophy’s of men mingled with scripture has never produced the presence of God. And despite the sophistication of machines, computers, and programming, scientists have never blasted off into outer space, to place an American flag in the presence of God either. Yet, we occupy most of our lives trying to balance between Philosophy and Science, never knowing God, never ascending, remaining cast out of His presence, rather than returning. Revelation is available to all, if they would receive it.

To receive it, revelation requires a pure heart, and purity is always tested. The veil is over our senses, not over our feelings. The heart governs feelings or desires. As our desires are to God, our hearts become purer, and our feelings can lead our actions, until our senses catch up. Revelation grows from feelings, to hearing, to seeing, to touch, etc. The scriptures refer to the heart as being the source of healing the deaf (those who cannot hear the Lord’s voice), the blind (those who cannot see His face and know that He is), and the lame (those who cannot walk back into His presence). All of it refers to revelation.

There is only one revelation, and it is the unveiling of God, the source of all light. The heart’s purity must be tested at every step, before more revelation will be given. The purification-work to hear the Lord’s voice is the effort we give to study the scriptures. The test comes, when a servant speaks with the voice of the Lord, disguised as a stranger, a bum on the street, or a son/brother, …can you hear the voice of the Lord and act? Acting upon His voice produces another test, as the Lord requires your actions to go against the logic and understanding of the world. For instance: Abraham sacrificing Isaac, Joseph being sold into slavery, the brother of Jared crossing the ocean, Moses parting the Red Sea, Lehi/Nephi leaving Jerusalem, etc.  Each of their hearts were tested at a higher degree, and the revelation they received matched. Ultimately, all of them offered all things on the sacrificial altar. Rather than a symbolic offering, a son or daughter of God must offer all things on the sacrificial altar, in exchange for walking back, for ascending, for the final unveiling, the one revelation, the unveiling of the source of all light, walking back into the presence of God.

Conclusion: Zion is a people who are of one heart and one mind, with no poor among them. I am certain that we have hearts of great potential. But our hearts are stuck on the things of this world, following after the traditions of men (philosophies of men mingled with scripture), depending upon science for our conveniences, that our efforts to balance our lives between philosophy and science have left our family outside of the presence of God!

The presence of God doesn’t remove the problems of the world, it offers a completely different paradigm that makes the problems of the world so insignificant, and produces power to overcome the world by faith. Moses’ problems with Egypt never disappeared, but God parted the Red Sea. Enoch’s problems never disappeared, but the city of Enoch was taken up. Noah’s problems never disappeared, but within the ark Noah was preserved. Moses, Enoch, and Noah had a paradigm shift by entering into the presence of the Lord. That has been available to all who would have a pure heart, hear the voice of the Lord, see His face, and walk back into His presence.

You have been invited to the wedding feast. You must have on a wedding garment, or else be bound hand and foot and thrown out. The sign in the heaven on Sept 23, 2017 is the sign of Jupiter and Virgo, crowned with a crown of 12 stars, standing on the moon, clothed in the sun. Symbolically, it refers to the family of God, built upon revelation (moon = wisdom or revelation), clothed in the robes of light (the sun), crowned with the glory of the heavens (12 star constellations represented by a 12 star crown).

We are required to see the things we learned in the temple as instructions. We must receive those instructions and find our way back. We must access the power of our family to do the work of knowing the words of Christ. Lets work!

Certified Mormon! (1323 Words)

In the efforts to write a document that states governing principles, I have discovered what I think ought to be the minimum (…and only) requirements to be considered a Certified Mormon! The eclipse cutting through the United States of America, on Thomas S. Monson’s 90th birthday (tomorrow, Aug 21, 2017) symbolizes to me a sign in the heavens that represents the end of the day of the Gentiles. It is an indication of judgement as the moon cuts off the light of the sun. Although the movement I am involved in have theoretically drastically differing opinions, The Standard & Guide (outlined here) is what I will hold myself accountable to, before God, angels, and you witnesses. It is also a statement of unity for those who will minimally observe and keep them, with the potential to produce Zion: one heart, one mind, and no poor among them.

Explained: There are two portions: standard and guide. The standard alone is sufficient to produce a seed of unity. The guide gives a little more information of how things can be done, in this dispensation, to produce one heart and one mind, with no poor among us, …allowing all to be free of being ruled-over, being able to govern ourselves, willing to be held accountable for our own flaw and error if we fail to come to Christ. Read and consider the following:


A STANDARD & GUIDE

STANDARD: We believe that every individual seeking to know God, through His son Jesus Christ, can be personally instructed by the Holy Spirit, to obtain greater light and truth. We believe that the words of Christ (past, present, and future) is the standard by which all followers of Christ should govern themselves. We relinquish any desire to have an institution, hierarchy, or strong-man lead us, being willing to be personally accountable to repent and turn to Christ, or answer for our own sins.

GUIDE: The following is a guide for the application of The Doctrine of Christ, Fellowships and Ordinances.

THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST:

Faith is having an assurance of unseen things. To exercise faith is to act in alignment to correct belief. Faith is the principle motivation of action and power in both mortals and in God. Having faith in Jesus Christ is: to believe in Him, to learn of Him, and to act according to a correct understanding of Him. Exercising faith in Jesus Christ will gradually turn action into power, producing unwavering faith in Him.

Repentance requires correct knowledge of Jesus Christ. With correct knowledge, an individual is able to recognize and turn away from personal error, facing Christ instead. Light dispels darkness and sin is quickly forgiven. Ultimately, repentance leads to being redeemed from the fall, being brought back into Christ’s presence.

Baptism is required of all who believe in Jesus Christ and repent. Baptism must be performed by immersion, by one holding proper authority, and when possible, in living water such as a river, lake, stream, or sea. Our Lord gave the following instructions:

Behold, ye shall go down and stand in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize them. And now behold, these are the words which ye shall say, calling them by name, saying: “Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.” And then shall ye immerse them in the water, and come forth again out of the water.

The Holy Ghost is the promised gift of the Father to those who have faith in His Son, repent and receive baptism. The Holy Ghost is a connection to God and will give you access to more light and truth through your heart and mind.

FELLOWSHIPS:

Believers are encouraged to freely gather together in fellowships to worship, partake of the Lord’s supper, and serve and strengthen one another. All are equal before God and everyone has value because of their unique gifts and abilities. Fellowships provide an environment for light and truth to be shared and experienced.

Tithes can be freely gathered individually or within each fellowship for the purpose of helping the poor among them. No one is to be paid for their participation in a fellowship. After the needs of the poor in the fellowship are met, excess funds can be donated to help with the temple.

ORDINANCES:

Gospel ordinances, including baptism and the Lord’s Supper, require priesthood authority in the man performing them. To receive and exercise authority within his family, a man must be ordained by another man who has authority, and ask for and receive power directly from God. If the man wishes to provide priesthood ordinances outside his own family, he must also be approved (sustained) by at least seven women in a fellowship. If he is married, his wife must be one of the seven women who approve. The women should sign a certificate proving the man’s sustained authorization to provide ordinances in fellowships.

The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper consists of bread and wine and is offered to all who have been baptized. The bread should be broken into pieces by the man who is officiating, then all should kneel while the man says the following prayer, exactly as written:

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

The blessing on the wine, also given by the man who is officiating while all kneel, should then be given exactly as follows:

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

The officiator and all who are participating should then eat the bread and drink the wine.

Marriage is between one man and one woman only, to reflect the image of God. Marriage is a required sacrament for the exaltation of both the man and woman. Marriages that are sealed by the Lord’s oath in a sacred place, will endure beyond death and into the Father’s Kingdom.

Those who are married according to their local laws, traditions or customs, should seek to have their marriage sealed by the Lord’s word. To prepare for this event, women and men should seek to emulate the Savior’s teachings in their marriage and their treatment of each other.


Conclusion: What I have written above is a fundamentally simple statement, upon which all who claim to be followers of Christ (anciently called followers of “The Way”) can come to mutual agreement and find unity, without constricting individual worth and expression through over regulation. As all truth is circumscribed into one great whole, this statement reflects the importance of accumulating all truth, to allow the truth to shape us, rather than reshaping the truth to fit our limitations, foolish understandings, and our desire to control one another. By this standard, salvation requires nothing less than all truth, including the mysteries of God, in full. This statement is my declaration of how I choose to live my life, and by what standard I expect to be judged. Any who can live this way, I believe, ought to be considered in every way a Certified Mormon! 

Love Christ! (896 Words)

I recognize that Christ is in all things, including the plants, the animals, and in each person. The act of loving Christ positions us near to Him in proximity. The power of godliness is to know Christ, and when we know Him, all things testify of Him.

Christ is the creator of the world. He is in all things, and gives life to all things.

D&C 88:6-13

6. He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth;

7. Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made.

8. As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made;

9. As also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by which they were made;

10. And the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you stand.

11. And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;

12. Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space

13. The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.”

Christ is in the light of the sun, moon, stars. He is in the Earth and the very light that gives you life, enlightening you, and making your understanding “quickened,” or sanctified, or Holy. So that you are able to understand things, not only on Earth, but also into the world of glory, into the eternities. It is Christ’s light that is called the power of God.

The act of loving Christ positions us near to Him in proximity. The BOM message is to position yourself near Christ, such that every prophet’s account invites you to enter into Christ’s presence in the flesh, literally removing the distance between you and Him. The redemption of Christ was to return you to Christ’s presence.

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.

The power of godliness is to know Christ, and when we know Him, all things testify of Him.

Helaman 8:22-24

“22. Our father Lehi was driven out of Jerusalem because he testified of these things. Nephi also testified of these things, and also almost all of our fathers, even down to this time; yea, they have testified of the coming of Christ, and have looked forward, and have rejoiced in his day which is to come.

23. And behold, he is God, and he is with them, and he did manifest himself unto them, that they were redeemed by him; and they gave unto him glory, because of that which is to come.

24. And now, seeing ye know these things and cannot deny them except ye shall lie, therefore in this ye have sinned, for ye have rejected all these things, notwithstanding so many evidences which ye have received; yea, even ye have received all things, both things in heaven, and all things which are in the earth, as a witness that they are true.

To Love Christ is to know Christ!

Conclusion: The two great commandments come in a specified “ORDER.” Love God with all your heart, mind and soul is the first. Those who love God, know God. Just as to Love Christ is to know Christ!

When we know God and Christ, only then can we keep the second commandment to love our neighbor. Since Christ is in all things, and through all things, and is the light and life that animates all things, …the reason we love our neighbor only after we love God is because …we see God in them! Those who haven’t loved God first, will find it difficult to see God in their neighbor, because they never knew God.

Satan rejects God. The destruction of the wicked killing the wicked is because the wicked have rejected God too. Accusations fly rampant, contention thrives, and the hearts of men run cold, because they have wandered in the dark, rejecting the light of this world. Rejecting Christ.

This shall all men know, ye are Christ’s disciples, if you have love, one to another. You can love others because you have first loved Christ. You can love Christ because He first loved you.

John 4:18-21

“18. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

19. We love him, because he first loved us.

20. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

21. And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

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.

Phase Changes! (698 Words)

The Path of God

The properties of water offer great instruction. The direction of phase changes offer even more understanding about revelation. When our minds are aligned with God, science suddenly becomes less academic, and more reality.

Water is unique as an element because of the deep symbolism it houses. Christ refers to himself as the waters of life, that if we drink, we would never thirst. There are three kingdoms: Telestial (this earth), Terrestrial (a Paradisiacal Glory), and Celestial (seven heavens). Look at the picture above, and you can see the three different levels. Joseph Smith prophesied, having seen into the seventh heaven (seven being complete), and the eighth level, being the hidden place where God dwells (represented in the image above by the eight pointed star of Melchizedek). That sets the stage so that we can learn something new about the significance of water.

Water is made up of two molecules, one part hydrogen, and two parts oxygen. The sun is made up of 91% hydrogen. Without oxygen, life on earth could not exist. Consider the symbolism in the make-up of a water molecule. Hydrogen (light from the sun), combined with two oxygen particles (man and woman), to form water. Maybe this is true, or maybe it’s just me, …you’ll have to decide for yourself if there’s any merit to this concept. Oxygen is also the eighth element on the periodic chart, by atomic weight. This seems to be pointing to the potential of man to become God, residing in the eighth heaven, or the hidden place. While these characteristics of water may or may not be symbolic, and may just be speculation on my part, I am certain that phase changes are a physical property that directly relates to the heavens!

Phase changes of water travels in two directions. The first direction is adding heat. Heat makes ice change from a solid, into a liquid (water). When more heat is added, water goes from a liquid to a gas (steam).  The second direction is reducing heat, or cooling. When cooled, steam distills, and becomes water. Morning dew on grass is an example. Moisture in the air, touches a cool blade of grass, causing the moisture from the air to phase change, from gas (steam), into water (dew). Further cooling turns water into ice. Frost is an example (something you Hawaiians don’t get much of- thank goodness). When seasonal temperatures drop, dew freezes, creating frost. In the mainland we scrape frost from car windows, so we can see when we drive, as temperatures begin dropping. A lot of money is spent on frost scrapers every year.

Here’s the spiritual application of one direction (heating). Consider yourself ice when you are hard hearted. With sufficient heat from the source of light (God), you will experience a melting into water. Water can take the shape of any container it is placed in, and is easily directed, as opposed to ice. Add even more heat from the light of God, and water can ascend into the heavens. Scriptures call heating “QUICKENING,” as molecules are quickened into excitement, representing heat!

Here’s the spiritual application of the other direction (cooling). When revelation comes to you from the heavens (gas phase), it is going from a high temperature (God), to a low temperature (you). That is why God refers to it as a distilling. It is not just water, it is pure water, clean water, …representing pure knowledge. And it appears out of what seems to be nowhere, distilling upon your soul as the dews from heaven. It doesn’t flood you. It simply appears at the right time, and in the right place.

When our minds are aligned with God, science suddenly becomes less academic, and more a reality. Knowing God lifts you up to become equal to Him. All men who are meek and lowly of heart (soft) can have their molecules excited by the increase of light offered from God, and phase change the hell out of here!

Conclusion: You have complained about my perspective on the gospel that offends. Heat is offensive to ice. Your responses have been cold. But, I’m not done with you yet. I’m just warming-up!

WORD!