Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Redemption

I was reading in a book1 and, in a list about some LDS teachings, the author wrote: “As sinners we cannot be redeemed without Jesus." She wrote this as if it was a bad thing. And I began to think about that. According to a man2 who has seen Jesus in Gethsemane, Jesus suffered two things: He suffered the horrors of those who had hurt others when they finally realized how bad their actions really were, and then he came to peace with God, thus knowing how to lead them back to God. He also suffered the physical and nonphysical pains of the victims, including their resentments and anger, and came to peace with God.

From what I understand, the redemption consists of Jesus teaching us to follow the path he trod with each of us in Gethsemane. Because he lived each of our experiences and found his way to peace with God, he can tell and show us how to do the same thing. It has nothing to do with harming us or making us subservient to any organized (or even unorganized) religion or to taking away our freedoms to choose.

(I would recommend reading Luna’s book. Honestly, though, I don’t think it’s worth owning. She has a lot of truth in there, but she also has a lot of misunderstandings about God. Like the organized churches, she conflates their doctrine with God’s. For example, we should be obedient to God, but that equates to obeying the leaders. In fact, obeying him often puts one at variance with organized religions and their prideful (and often greedy for money and power) leaders.

The point of this post, though, is that the redemption is not there to limit our freedoms, but to teach us to come to peace, in ourselves, with God. The thing she does not understand is that God loves us an incredible amount. If we listen to him and not to men, we will get farther. Yes, he does send messengers when the people as a whole have gone astray. At the same time, true messengers will teach that we need to connect with God. Also, true messengers are human and can screw up. Because of that we each need our own connection with heaven, and, like I said in an earlier post, all of us have that connection because Christ literally stepped out of time and walked our paths with us. Also, him being "in and through all things", and by him "all things were created," means that we also have that connection with him. We can ignore it. We can refuse to follow it, but it is there.

To follow our own soul’s connection to God is not slavery, but freedom.



1 Recovering Agency – Lifting the Veil of Mormon Mind Control, by Luna Lindsey, an epub book.
2 Denver Snuffer Jr.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Atonement and Me

The atonement and me. The atonement is me. Did you ever think of the atonement of Christ as being that personal?

I was listening to this podcast on the atonement of Christ a couple of nights ago. I'd read the words before in a book called Come, Let Us Adore Him, but something struck me that I hadn't quite thought of before. I thought on it, I pondered on it. I want to share what came to me, and I hope that I make sense. This taps into a science we don't have access to at this time.

During the atonement, Jesus stepped outside of time and felt for every human being who had ever been born on this planet and who ever would be born here (or who had their ancestry here). We don't have a science that can replicate that, as far as I know. I'm not talking about woo-woo science nor subjective experiences. I'm talking about something that can be provably replicated.

This is what I understood: Jesus stepped outside of time and essentially became one with each individual. He walked in our shoes. He lived our lives with us (whether we had been born or not). He is with us now because of that crack in time that allowed him to go into eternity and somehow merge with each of us along the timeline of the earth.

He lived our illnesses, our wounds. He lived our hurts and our hurting of others. He lived our denial that we have hurt others. He lived our anger and vengeance toward someone who had victimized us. He lived our cruel pranks (on both sides). He knows because he has lived it, right alongside us, inside us as it were.

It sounds like some sort of science that says we are all living everything at the same "time" but not the same time. (How's that for not making sense?)

As he tapped into every soul, he overcame the darkness that is in every soul. Because of this act (which we can't seem to fully comprehend) he is literally with each one of us each day of our lives. Only a heartbeat away, willing to take away our pain and sorrows because he has already done so, from our birth to our judgment. He did it and he overcame, and because he was each one of us and overcame, he can fill us with his love (which is the thing he used as the tool to overcome) so that we, also, can overcome. Anything. We can overcome anything if we are willing to do so.

But he won't force us to turn to him. He won't force us to recognize that he is always with us (always, because he stepped out of time and followed timeless a rule to do so). We can choose to ignore him, if we wish.

I am seriously thinking that the light of Christ that enlightens every human was put there when Christ paid the price for sin in the garden of Gethsemane, that it stretched backward from him and forward from him. That is why we are connected to him. That is why we can turn inward and access God.

Bottom line: The Lord is with each one of us all the time in a very real way (even if angels or "the Spirit" is grieved and leaves). He has felt our sorrows, illnesses, pains, and sins in a very real way because he became us - each one of us.

I find it an interesting bit of science, and I find that it brings me closer to Christ. It makes me trust him more. It makes me have more faith in him.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Beautiful Read

I was given a book for my birthday, The Complete Wallace D. Wattles. Within it I found a couple of writings about Christ; A New Christ and Jesus: The Man and his Work. They present a different perspective on Christ. I did a search for these works online since they are in public domain and found one. Yea! Along with Wattles works are a couple by a Henry Drummond. Thus far I am finding them simply sublime.

I leave the link here for those that desire to investigate further.

http://trueacu.com/A_New_Christ

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Sign in the Heavens

Genesis 1:14

14 ¶ And God said, Let there be alights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for bsigns, and for cseasons, and for days, and years:
Today, we have seen a sign in the heavens. A total solar eclipse that could be seen across the country. It happens at the beginning of the days of repentance on the Hebrew calendar. 
It is a call to the gentile nation to repent. Repent and return to Christ. Come unto Him. For in him is the only safety we will find in these coming days. 
Repent now. There may not be a later. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Honoring God

What does it mean to "honor God"?

When I asked God, he told me that we honor him by loving each other, by not accusing each other.

What does "honoring God" mean to you? It might be something worth pondering. And, please, I'd love to hear your thoughts on what this means to you.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Preparatory-Vs-Fullness

Preparatory-Vs-Fullness

Preparatory Gospel

In my studies and with much fasting and prayer for a better understanding of the gospel I have been brought to an understanding of the difference between the  preparatory gospel and the actual fulness of the gospel. Although they are the same they are different portions of it.There is a very distinct difference in the two different portions of Christ’s gospel, the first portion is to teach, and the second portion is actually being received into God’s rest.

The purpose of the preparatory gospel is to prepare God’s children to return unto His presence. The current definition of preparatory is “pertaining to training that prepares for more advanced education”, and the 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary defines preparatory as “previously necessary; useful or qualifying; preparing the way for any thing by previous measures of adaptation”.

These two definitions tell us that the preparatory gospel is to train us for more advanced education, and that it is necessary to qualify us for the fullness. There are certain commandments and  ordinances that we must first learn, accept, and apply to our lives through the preparatory gospel before we can advance to anything of greater purpose. Although we receive these ordinances outside the temple the teachings within the temple through symbolism give us a more thorough understanding of them.

We then come to the reception of the law of the gospel, the preparatory gospel of “repentance and of baptism, and the remission of sins, and the law of carnal commandments” (D&C 84:27). We first put our robes on the left shoulder. This is symbolic of the physical baptism by water – and though this does cause a change, it is not the change necessary to entering the Terrestrial law.

Remember that we are not saved by the law. By the water we keep the commandments but it is by the spirit that we are justified. Here we take our shoes off; that’s what we do when we are baptized by water. Notice later though, when we change our robes to the right shoulder we leave our shoes on. Baptism by fire doesn’t happen in a font. It might happen at work, in the car, on the couch, on a mountain, etc. The point is, your shoes might be on.

After putting the robes on the left shoulder (being baptized by water), and receiving the second token, a process is started called “justification”. We are now being washed by the spirit. At this stage in our lives we feel the influence of the Holy Ghost, and it truly is a gift. However, we have not yet experienced “the mighty change” that will cause the Holy Ghost to be our constant companion. This process of justification has started. (The Journey-Receiving Our Endowment, Jeremy Oakes 2013)


The temple ordinances are meant to teach us the true path to the fullness, we are supposed to take those teachings and make them an actual living ordinance in which we receive from Christ.

The preparatory gospel as well as the lesser priesthood are what God has given to His children to prepare us for the greater blessing of receiving the fullness of His gospel. The lesser priesthood which is just a portion of the priesthood (TPJS pg.180) is given us that we may perform and receive the ordinances that prepare us for our journey to the fullness. The preparatory gospel is full of rites and rituals that are designed to teach us that which is necessary for us to understand what is required to receive a fullness of Christ’s gospel. The temples of ancient Israel and those that currently operate today provide the rites and rituals that help us grow, they are not the end but rather the beginning of the journey.

The preparatory gospel has an exact order which we must follow in order for us to be able to return back to the presence of the  Father. We first must have knowledge of the existence of God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ, for without this knowledge it is impossible to receive light and truth.

We then must develop in ourselves faith in Christ, because it is through faith that all things are made possible (Lectures On Faith Chapter First). After gaining knowledge in the existence of a deity and faith in Christ we offer unto Him a broken heart and a contrite spirit, we then accept Christ’s teachings and start the repentance process for the remission of our sins, this remission comes not because of our worthiness but by and through the blood of Christ’s atoning sacrifice,  it is at this point in which we qualify to receive baptism by immersion, the Spirit has started our cleansing and justification in order for us to receive the baptism of fire (receive the Holy Ghost) which is the first comforter.

This process can take a very short time to complete or a very long time depending on the person. It is uncommon for anyone to receive all the knowledge and ordinances that are required to complete the process of the preparatory gospel very quickly for most it will take a long time. Joseph Smith however although he still had to grow grace by grace completed the process fairly quickly.



Fullness of the Gospel


The fullness of Christ’s gospel is to actually return into His presence and for Him (Christ) to present you unto the Father, this ordinance is received during mortality (D&C 93-1, 76:116-118).

After receiving the baptism of fire, the Lord will test you and qualify you for the greater blessings and ordinances of His gospel. During the testing and qualifying you continue to grow in knowledge, and light and truth by the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

Once you have proven to the Lord that you will follow Him without fail, and regardless of the persecutions and trials you will face, and you will defend truth to the taking of your own life Christ will bless you by making your calling and election sure. “Calling and election is the pre-existent conditional promise of eternal life. Making it sure is securing a promise from God in mortality that one will be exalted (A White Stone, D. Michael Bingham, 1992)”.

After receiving a revelation telling you that your calling and election have been made sure then you will receive the Second Comforter, this is having Christ appear to you,  and minister unto you while you are mortal.

“The other Comforter spoken of is a subject of great interest, and perhaps understood by few of this generation. After a person has faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins and receives the Holy Ghost, (by the laying on of hands), which is the first Comforter, then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son, thou shalt be exalted.

When the Lord has thoroughly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve  Him at all hazards, then the man will find his calling and his election made sure, then it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter, which the Lord hath promised the Saints, as is recorded in the testimony of St. John, in the 14th chapter, from the 12th to the 27th versus.
Note the 16, 17,18, 21, 23 verses:
“16. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;
“17. Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
“18. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
“21. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
“23. If a man love me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
Now what is this Comforter? It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself; and this is the sum and substance of the whole matter; that when any man obtains this last Comforter, he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him, or appear unto him from time to time, and even he will manifest the Father unto him, and they will take up their abode with him, and the visions of the heavens will be opened unto him, and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God; and this is the state and place the ancient Saints arrived at when they had such glorious visions-Isaiah, Ezekiel, John upon the Isle of Patmos, St. paul in the three heavens, and all the Saints who held communion with the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn (TPJS pg. 150-151)”.

After receiving the Second Comforter and being endowed on high with pure knowledge, having been washed clean through Christ’s blood, you become a member of the Church of the Firstborn, then  the Lord will present you unto the Father. This is the fullness of Christ’s gospel, is for all men and women to be able to enter into God’s presence while in mortality to receive the fullness of the priesthood and the powers of Heaven.

Rodney Aldrich

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Seek the Face of Christ - Literally

The restoration through Joseph Smith was not to create a New Testament church. It was to prepare a people to see the face of Christ, no matter what religion they professed. It was not to bring people into a legal corporation, to follow a myriad of regulations or be cast out.

This is what the Lord was attempting to do:

1  VERILY, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am

(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 93:1)

19  And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God.

20  Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.

21  And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;

22  For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.

23  Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God;

24  But they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence; therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory.

25  Therefore, he took Moses out of their midst, and the Holy Priesthood also;

26  And the lesser priesthood continued, which priesthood holdeth the key of the ministering of angels and the preparatory gospel;
Doctrine and Covenants 84


63  Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

64  Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you;

65  And if ye ask anything that is not expedient for you, it shall turn unto your condemnation.

66  Behold, that which you hear is as the voice of one crying in the wilderness—in the wilderness, because you cannot see him—my voice, because my voice is Spirit; my Spirit is truth; truth abideth and hath no end; and if it be in you it shall abound.

67  And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.

68  Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will.
Doctrine and Covenants 88
10  And again, verily I say unto you that it is your privilege, and a promise I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and humble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the veil shall be rent and you shall see me and know that I am—not with the carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual.

11  For no man has seen God at any time in the flesh, except quickened by the Spirit of God.

12  Neither can any natural man abide the presence of God, neither after the carnal mind.
Doctrine and Covenants 67

Know. Not merely believe. An actual knowledge. It is possible. We should be seeing angels (and for a whole lot more than genealogy). We should be seeing the Lord. We should be allowing Him to prepare us to see the Father, then seeing Him, also.

Where are our fruits? Where are our secret acts of kindness? We should not be patting ourselves on the backs, telling each other in our publications and meetings how wonderful we are. We should be helping those who need our help, those we have the means to help. All of us can give something, even if it is just a listening ear and fervent prayers in behalf of the suffering.

Let us seek after our Lord, not letting anything come between us and Him. There need be no obstacles. Someone once said that obstacles are what one sees when one takes one's eyes off the goal. Let us keep our eyes on the goal and move forward, firmly, not looking back. Let us count the cost and move forward with the faith that if God asks us to sacrifice all (see Lectures on Faith), it will be worth it.

Nothing is more important than fidelity to our Lord and seeking His face. Not money, fame, power, belongings, friends, relatives, nor any organization we may align ourselves with. Let us cast aside our fears and pride. Let us face the enemy of all righteousness courageously. We are already in the battle.Don't let them shoot you in the back. Go forward fearlessly, seeking only truth no matter how much it may contradict what we currently believe.

Then, we shall begin to see the fruits. Then we shall see the miracles and gifts of the Spirit that don't need acrobatic techniques to convince us and others that they are genuine, bona fide miracles and gifts.

This is a "reprint" of a post from LJn's Voice