Prerequisite Knowledge (801 Words)

Entrance into Zion requires Prerequisite Knowledge. Chastening has everything to do with it. Only those who love God, love God’s chastening.

I know, I know, I know, …Who died and made you God’s spokesman. Relax! I have never offered you any kind of recommend for professing me as a prophet, seer, and revelator. All I have ever done is quote scriptures, in correct context, and expected myself to be held accountable to the very same scripture as all of you. The only difference between us in the past has been, I have  made a serious effort to study them, and few of you have even taken the time to read them at all. Now, don’t get all offended and act like I am standing on a soap-box, holding myself above you, as if I am the big man, and you the little man. Truth is, once we can all take a serious effort to study, you’ll quickly learn how little we have been taught about the gospel of Christ, despite the decades of our collective memberships. And the sooner we take a team effort to acquire the missing knowledge, the sooner we can be redeemed of our ignorance, together! We must recognize that Zion requires Prerequisite Knowledge.

In D&C 95, the Lord declared that He chastens those in whom He loves. In His chastening, He offers an escape route. We ought not to fear the chastening of the words of the Lord, otherwise we will reject our escape route.

D&C 95:1

“1. Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you whom I love, and whom I love I also chasten that their sins may be forgiven, for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation, and I have loved you—”

Only those who love God, love God’s chastening. They will receive it with glad hearts and with good cheer, recognizing that in the chastening, we are being redeemed from the fall. Eternal Life was only found through knowing God and Christ, and how better to know them than by constantly being chastened, until our mind and will is precisely their mind and will, and when they appear we will know them, because we will be like them.

D&C 105:1-6

“1. Verily I say unto you who have assembled yourselves together that you may learn my will concerning the redemption of mine afflicted people—

2. Behold, I say unto you, were it not for the transgressions of my people, speaking concerning the church and not individuals, they might have been redeemed even now.

3. But behold, they have not learned to be obedient to the things which I required at their hands, but are full of all manner of evil, and do not impart of their substance, as becometh saints, to the poor and afflicted among them;

4. And are not united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom;

5. And Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principlesof the law of the celestial kingdom; otherwise I cannot receive her unto myself.

6. And my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience, if it must needs be, by the things which they suffer.”

Hawaiians, lets drink from the gentle waters, available to us now, before the floods come. We must recognize that the early saints failed. They did not succeed, otherwise they would have been “…redeemed even now.” Let’s not repeat their mistakes, and take the words of Christ lightly. We must be “…united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom…” and nothing less. Zion cannot be built without the “…principles of the law of the celestial kingdom…” The celestial law is not optional for Zion, it is Prerequisite Knowledge.

Conclusion: My Ohana, you have seen my efforts as everything but correct, and that is fine. But don’t disregard the words of Christ. I have quoted them, in context, and I expect to be held to the very same rule. Yasmine asked me the other day, “If God said to go back to church, would you?” I would! But if God were to tell you that the LDS church has gone astray and fallen into complete apostasy, I ask you, “Would you believe it?”

I don’t care how you spend three hours of your sabbath, wether in the LDS church, serving, or observing the heavens on the beach, for a greater understanding of God’s patterns. That’s your choice. What matters to me is that we don’t take the necessary Prerequisite Knowledge, found in the words of Christ, lightly, as did the early saints. What matters to me is that we are ONE! Lokahi is the effort towards oneness, and that is what I desire to be with you.

We all have value, and I need you. No rush, …but HURRY UP ALREADY!

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!

Consideration- Response to Mom (816 Words)

Mom, I value your responses, as it has given me something to tack against, providing traction, …and that has produced progression in my thoughts. I believe that your recent response has stimulated revelation to me. So, I will use our recent exchange as the subject of this blog.

Mom: “I would like to see you make your point – ANY point without using the Mormon Church in it as the bad example or as a comparison or attacking its history. Leave the church alone and if it is YOUR thing, YOUR testimony, then own it as your own and not because the church this and because the church that. LEAVE THE CHURCH OUT OF THIS! If this is about Christ, then talk about Christ. If this is about the scriptures, then talk about the scriptures. It seems you cannot state anything unless you somehow turn to the church and criticize it or “prove” it wrong. Enough, already! Worship our Redeemer. Serve our Lord. Testify of Christ who is full of hope, light, and truth. Mom”

 

Me: “I recognize that you value the “Church” and would prefer that I leave it alone, and stop attacking it, so that I can share my perspective with you concerning light. I get that you are defensive towards the church because you have benefitted from it’s teachings, and that it has been the best tasting fruit on the market. You see the principles of tithing that you have lived and have been blessed from it. You have witnessed the whisperings of the spirit, and have a testimony of certain truths. And for that, you have established your footing upon the principles it teaches. But what you haven’t recognized is that you have established your foundation upon an institution, and NOT upon Christ.

 

You have assumed that the separation of the wheat from the tares would occur just as you have assumed. Christ has warned us that our ways are NOT his ways. This was to disassociate you from an institution, through a worthy test of separating wheat from tares, requiring nothing less than a witness of Christ to claim success. The institution will claim knowing a man as that success, but Christ requires “knowing HIM” alone as success. In other words, if you don’t know HIM, you have failed to be associated with the wheat, and are now grouped with the tares.

It’s a perfect test, if you’d consider it.

 

Considering, though, is very difficult, when you think you’re right. I have come to learn that fighting to be right, only produces contention, and necessarily rejects consideration. Faith is not threatened by consideration. So you ought not fear considering what I am saying. Fear, however, is threatened by consideration. Because consideration just might expose you to being wrong!

 

Despite the fact that you will profess being wrong on many occasions, you have established a position that “ON THIS OCCASION” you will die, before being wrong. And that attitude has always produced PRIDE, while consideration has ALWAYS produced humility! So, before you put words in my mouth, I’ll say it, “You suffer from a bad case of PRIDE, and because of it, you will not TRULY CONSIDER what I am saying.” That is the disease of the Gentiles, and you ought not associate yourself with them (unless they are the gentiles that are repentant. But that means that you would CONSIDER.)

 

Our family is very much at one, when it comes to the heart. We have screwed up many things, and Satan cannot seem to win at breaking us apart. We dislike many attributes of one another. We fight like savages at times. We have offended deeply. But, …you cannot tell me that we would not come together and work, and bear one another’s burdens, and suffer, …if any one of us needed help, was bearing a burden alone, or suffering. Waika’s death, the dramas upon us now, and all the skeletons in all of our closets are all tragic. But our bond of love, in this family, is stronger now than it has ever been. I would witness to anyone that our bond is stronger than the chords of death itself, and the powerful thing is, we all know it! What we lack, is the unity of mind! And that is because we will not consider, and are full of PRIDE.

 

It’s the truth, and you know it. Don’t fight it, take the chastening now while the waters of Shiloh are gentle. What is just around the corner will be difficult. It’s hard to quench your thirst, when you’re drowning. The very act of drinking, in the midst of drowning, will cause death. So drink freely from the living waters now, while the waters are gentle, instead of procrastinating your day of repentance until the floods are upon us.

 

See me as more than just “your boy.” Because I AM!”

Conclusion: PEACE!

The True Vine (548 Words Short)

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Being connected to The True Vine is what produces fruit. The quality of fruit requires offensive pruning. All who produce sweet fruit will be nourished, pruned, and preserved by God.

The Vine: Christ has said that He is the true vine; which means He is the head of the family of God. God the Father is the husbandman over His family; or in other words He is the cultivator, or the farmer, of the vineyard. Those who are connected to Christ are the branch. (Side note: Anciently, there was no difference between an orchard or a vineyard. Both were referred to as a vineyard.)

The Branch: You have the opportunity to be a Branch. Every branch connected to the vine (Christ) must produce fruit. If it does not produce fruit, the branch is “cut-off.” (Side note: Anciently, being “cut-off” was a penalty). But don’t think that just because you produce fruit, that you are acceptable to God. Every branch that produces fruit will be pruned back, …to be able to produce BETTER fruit.

Stay Connected: Christ advises all who will be His branch to stay connected to Him. By staying connected to Christ, you become a part of the heavenly family. Christ promises all who are connected and part of His family that He will personally nourish you. An unconnected branch cannot produce fruit, unless it’s connected to the vine. Just as well, you cannot bear fruit unless you are connected to Christ. If you are connected to Christ, and Christ is connected to you, Christ promises that you will be abundantly fruitful. Those without a connection to Christ will perish.

“If a man looses connection to me, he is merely a withered branch. And men take the withered branches, cut them away, and burn them. If you stay connected to me and my words live in you, you will ask according to my will, and you will be given the ability to accomplish my will.”

Those who produce abundant fruit will please God the Father, and prove to all others, vindicating God’s word. Producing fruit and vindicating God’s words are proof that you follow Christ.

The Husbandman: God the Father loved Christ, and Christ’s connection to the Father produced fruit abundantly. Likewise, Christ loves His branches, as God the Father loved Him, and desires that we too produce fruit abundantly. If we practice Christ’s teachings we will always maintain connection to Christ, just as Christ has kept the Father’s teachings and has remained connected to the Father.

Conclusion: My message is for you to read the words of Christ, to establish a connection to the true vine. That is how the natural branches of the olive tree are grafted into the original tree. Staying connected to the vine is the graft taking hold of the moisture from the roots of the vine. That is the only way for a branch to produce fruit, to have their fruit preserved by God.

Study the words of Christ, so that the graft takes hold, by re-establishing your connection to Christ. Nourish that connection with Christ by receiving moisture from the roots. Produce fruit, and allow God’s offensive pruning, so that you can produce even better fruit. I offer you a drink from the living waters, in the words of Christ.

The Path (737)

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The Path is ascension. It keeps being offered, but then rejected. When will we learn our lesson?

We all know the story of Moses floating down the river in a basket. He was raised as Egyptian royalty under the rule of the Pharaoh of Egypt. At the age of forty, Moses barely escaped Egypt with his life, finding himself at a well in Midian, by the daughters of Jethro. Moses repented and was brought back into the presence of the Lord. At the age of eighty (40 years after leaving Egypt), Moses was called upon by God to free the entire House of Israel from the bondage and captivity of Egypt, as he was freed. He rescued them by persuading the Pharaoh with miracles. But it wasn’t until Pharaoh’s first born was killed by the angel of death, “passing over” the House of Israel, that he permitted Israel’s departure. The waters of chaos was cleared as the Red Sea parted, allowing the safe passage, to a new life with God. However, unlike Moses, the House of Israel refused to repent, awake, and arise, returning back into the presence of the Lord. They rejected ascension, and was required to wander in the wilderness another 40 years, before Moses was taken by the hand of God. The House of Israel lost their opportunity to ascend.

Ascension continued to be offered, in the symbolic form of the tabernacle. The tabernacle was positioned facing the east, and the traveler would journey from the east towards the west, following The Path of the sun. The sacrificial animal was a symbolic representation of the individual who brought the offering. The individual placed himself on the altar, using the substitute offering, representing the individual covenanting to lay his life on the altar. The offering was washed and pronounced clean in the court yard, before going into the Holy Place. Sacrament was taken within the Holy Place, to sanctify the offerer, changing it from a clean animal, into a man. This was represented by the changing of the robes, from earth colored robes to white robes, symbolizing sanctification and purity. Having been washed clean, and made pure through the process of sanctification, the animal became a man, prepared to enter into the presence of the Lord by traveling through the veil, into the Holy of Holies. That is The Path of the sun. It is also The Path of the Son. The Path of ascension is an invitation for all men to return into the presence of the Lord in the flesh.

You would think that we would learn our lesson, since Moses’ story is so well known. Nope! The early saints were instructed to build the Nauvoo temple, in sufficient time. Christ promised that if they succeeded, He would come into it and give them higher ordinances. But if they didn’t, they would suffer plagues and being scattered, …and that is precisely what happened. They had a legitimate opportunity. They had the material and the labor, but they sought after the things of the world, disregarding the need to be sanctified by the finishing of the temple. The Mountain of the Lord was rejected, the Tabernacle was rejected, and the Temple was rejected. When will we ever learn?

Conclusion: I am involved in the effort to raise money for the building of a temple. I have consecrated my time, talents, and everything I have towards that effort. However, when I relate my efforts to you, you consider me an apostate. Even though you have a temple, you fail to take advantage of attending and learning what it is communicating. If you did, you would see this pattern of The Path being rejected by the House of Israel, by the early saints at Nauvoo, and by you. Closing your eyes will not make it go away.

Rather than following the pattern of those remaining unredeemed, and cut-off from the Lord’s presence, …instead: repent, awake, and arise! Instead of claiming my scriptures as uninspired, go ahead and seriously read your own for a change. Rather than expressing concern about my temple efforts, try attending your own temple weekly, or bi-weekly, rather than bi-annually, or every other year (oh, and stay awake for a change). It was through the study of your scripture, and the attendance of your temple, that I recognized The Path of ascension. It has always been the doctrine of Christ since the time of Adam.

 

 

Horses and Chariot (1528 Words if you dare! + 1000 for the picture= 2528 words;)

elijah-fierychariotIsaiah was written at about 800 BC, during the time of King Solomon’s temple. King Solomon was 900 BC, and Elijah was between the two, at about 850 BC. Within two hundred years from Isaiah (600 BC), King Solomon’s temple had been gutted: the tree of life removed, the ark of the covenant lost, the sun-dial demolished, and the Horses and Chariot destroyed. Although these were only some of the deformations of the temple, the one I want to focus on is the symbol of the Horses and Chariot. 

The scriptures are so subtle, that if your mind wanders, you will miss key elements, that seem small, but are highly significant. Lets start in the Old Testament, where all of us are so unfamiliar, in the story of Elijah’s ascension.

2 Kings 2:7-14

“7. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

8. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. [Moses wasn’t the only one to part waters of chaos]

9. ¶And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

10. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

11. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

12. ¶And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

13. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;

14. And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.”

 

Side Note: We use the label of “the mantle” loosely in our church. It comes from this story. Elisha rolls up the mantle, smites the water, and the water parts. When Elijah ascends, he tosses the mantle to Elisha, and Elisha smites the water with the veil, and parts it like Elijah. Elisha tested the mantle and it worked. Today we don’t test it. Testing is falsely considered lacking faith, when the ancients didn’t think so.

Consider the Horses and Chariot of fire, that took Elijah up by a whirlwind into heaven. That refers to Elijah’s ascension into heaven without death. When reading about Horses and Chariots in the words of Isaiah, and in the Book of Mormon, your mind ought to say “the fiery ascension into heaven.” Another way it is presented in the Book of Mormon is to say a “pillar of fire.”

Covenants to the Fathers: The scriptures were restored by Joseph Smith so that the children could turn to the promises (or covenants) made to the fathers (JSH 1:39). When their hearts are turned to the promises, only then can their hearts turn to the fathers who obtained those covenants. The Horse and Chariot points to the “ascension” into the heavens, which is necessary for anyone to qualify as “a father.” Again, this is subtle.

Everyone remembers the story of Ammon “dis-arming” the lamanites. Ammon, after cutting off the arms of the lamanites to protect the flocks of King Lamoni, returned to his duties. Pay close attention to what he was doing:

Alma 18:8-10

“8 And it came to pass that king Lamoni inquired of his servants, saying: Where is this man that has such great power?9. And they said unto him: Behold, he is feeding thy horses. Now the king had commanded his servants, previous to the time of the watering of their flocks, that they should prepare his horses and chariots, and conduct him forth to the land of Nephi; for there had been a great feast appointed at the land of Nephi, by the father of Lamoni, who was king over all the land.

10. Now when king Lamoni heard that Ammon was preparing his horses and his chariots he was more astonished, because of the faithfulness of Ammon, saying: Surely there has not been any servant among all my servants that has been so faithful as this man; for even he doth remember all my commandments to execute them.”

In this story, if your eyes are opened, their is a far deeper symbolic story being told. Symbolically, the flocks are not animals, but “people.” They are being given “waters of life” by the King’s servants. A true servant, Ammon, preserves the flock, by cutting off the covenant arm of those who seek to unrighteously injure the flocks of the King, …wresting their priesthood. The true servant then prepares the Horses and Chariot of the King, for the King’s ascent. The feast Ammon prepares the Horses and Chariot for is the feast of the King of Heaven! Not the earthly king. Lamoni passes-out and ascends, along with his wife, and his servants. Upon their awakening, they have been given a covenant, qualifying him as a father.

Consider the Curse of the Gentile: Nephi uses the words of Isaiah to testify of the last days (our day). At this point in the timeline the Gentiles are cursed for rejecting the fullness (ascension). And the fullness is taken from the Gentiles and returned to a remnant of the House of Israel (US). If you understand the Horse and Chariot to represent the ascension into the heavens, being brought back into the presence of Christ, to receive a covenant, becoming one with the fathers, than consider the meaning of Isaiah’s words:

3 Nephi 21:11-14

“11. Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him [Joseph Smith] to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him [Joseph Smith] power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant. [the fathers]

12. And my people who are a remnant of Jacob [Jacob is Israel] shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep [lamb and lion lying together without any ire?], who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

13. Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off.

14. Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots;

The Gentiles will not ascend.

Conclusion: In the star constellation of Pisces, the stars tell a story of a throw-net being cast. It captures two kinds of fish: big fish, and little fish. It was the same net that caught both types of fish. The big-fish constellation goes around, and around the earth, but never rises up to the North, which is the hidden place where God presides over His creation. However, the little fish slowly rises to the North. It is the little fish who ascends to the hidden place where God presides. God always works with the little fish. But the big fish, the Gentiles, will never rise up.

Joseph Smith identified the church as the Gentiles. His efforts were to bring the gospel to the Lamanite people, to whom the Book of Mormon was written to. He was killed before accomplishing this task. He fulfilled his calling by returning the promises made to the fathers, by printing the scriptures, so that the hearts of the children can turn to the fathers. You cannot turn your hearts to the fathers without first turning your heart to the promises made to the fathers (scriptures). Search the scriptures, and then turn your hearts to the fathers, so that they can turn their hearts to you.

Although the Gentiles will never rise up, as their Horses and Chariots have been cut off and destroyed, you must not take these scriptures lightly and get caught up with the big-fish. Those who do not seek the face of Christ are the big-fish in the church, and the big-fish will never rise to the North in an ascension. Be the little fish, and rise up to the North. Then, you will find prepared for you Horses and a Chariot, for your ascension into the hidden place of God.

 

 

Maturity Adds More! (1,000 words Med)

A snake sheds it’s skin for a new skin. The snake isn’t a different snake. It’s the same snake. It’s just that the dead skin is left behind. However, the snake continues forward, renewed! God is the same today, tomorrow, and forever, …and he can only reveal to you and I only as much as we are able to currently bear, offering to renew us. When we have matured, and are ready to receive more, then we are added upon, and are given new skins. And our capacity to bear more increases. Therefore, Maturity Adds More!

First Vision: I have taken notice of the different accounts that Joseph Smith wrote of “The First Vision.” Although the event Joseph is writing about is the exact same event, his maturity increases, and Joseph is able to understand more from the exact same event. Each recording shows a renewing of Joseph’s understanding. Consider the change in emphasis from his first written entry, to the last one recorded in our Pearl of Great Price, and what you will see is how maturity is additive:

  • 1832- Joseph emphasized his personal salvation: “Joseph, thy sins are forgiven thee…”
  • 1835- He emphasized the combat with Satan: wrestling with an unknown power.
  • 1838- A Cosmic Salvation was the focus: all religions are wrong/ all are corrupt/ they teach commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof/ join none of them

Joseph’s maturity did not change the event of “The First Vision.” He was added upon, as he first reflected his personal salvation. Then he was able to see that his salvation demanded a face-off with Satan, as all saved beings must combat the same. And finally teaching all men what is necessary to overcoming the world, to obtain a cosmic salvation. Join none of them, make your personal contact with heaven, let no man stand between you and God, was his most matured message.

Ordinances: Ordinances, just like The First Vision, was not intended to remain complete all at once. They were intended to mature the initiate, progressing them  from one rung of the ladder, on to the next, until we have climbed the entire ladder of eternal progression. That is why Jacob’s dream is called “Jacob’s Ladder.” The Lectures on Faith states that we are to climb, following the prototype of a saved man (Christ), until we become precisely what He (Christ) is!

Anyone believing in an eternal progression must expect the ordinances to be added upon, and yet remain unchanged, just like The First Vision. Joseph’s salvation did not become less important. Added to his personal salvation, Joseph was able to extend the exact same salvation to us. The foundation was always salvation. Likewise, the few ordinances that have been revealed were intended to be added upon, expanded upon, and growing into more, so that all initiates would have the the kingdom of God, in them!

However, foundational portions of the original ordinances have undergone change, and must be repaired, in order for more to be added. Failure to fix the foundation would be the same as building more upon a termite rotted support beam, it cannot bear the weight of the Kingdom of God, being built upon it. When we know that the ordinances are preparing a foundation for a Kingdom, only then will we reflect upon the foundation. Only then will we recognize that our changed ordinances cannot sustain what God intends to build upon it.

Scriptures: Joseph studied and applied the promise given in James 1:5. He felt he lacked wisdom, and did not know which church to join. So he asked God, knowing that God wouldn’t reprimand, scold, or upbraid him for asking. God promised to give it to him because he asked. However, before Joseph got the Book of Mormon, God had a work to do, to prepare Joseph to receive more. And that work was maturity. Joseph asked, and God did the heavy lifting of preparing Joseph to receive. Joseph submitted to being changed, and God filled in the blanks.

Once the Book of Mormon was complete, more scriptures were given, in the form of the inspired translations of the Bible. The lectures on faith were also added to the Doctrines and Commandments. And the Pearl of Great Price and the Joseph Smith history ends what we were given through Joseph. Not that the Lord didn’t want to give us more. He promised He would. We stopped receiving. We refused being matured.

No more has been added to our canon since. We now claim that all talks from General Conference is added scripture, for the next six months. But, it doesn’t come close in comparison to what Joseph Smith revealed. The scriptures themselves promise more scripture to come, …but Joseph complained that the saints fly to pieces like glass when they are taught new things that go against their traditions. They weren’t able to get more. It was the saint’s inability to receive more that stopped more, not God’s willingness to give it. We suffer from the same immaturity today. We don’t read what we have, and we aren’t seeking for FURTHER” light and knowledge. We don’t want more!

Conclusion: Our family cannot simply maintain what we always have been, if we are to be united in Zion. We cannot continue the same way, expected another result. A degree of maturity has progressed us to this point, but pride will put an end to our progression, when God’s intention for us is EXPANSION! We must be a people willing to humble ourselves before the Lord, so that the Lord can do the heavy lifting to make us His! The AT-ONE-MENT was intended to make, those who will be, His. He makes us one-with Him. I pray that we can understand this concept, and realize that Maturity Adds More!