What are we to take away from the papers on the reconciliation of the soul and God’s condescensions? For one thing, our soul is not limited to the spirit which inhabits our physical mortal tabernacle of flesh and when coupled with an understanding of eternal lives, it’s apparent we have existed for a very long time on this path of light. The other more important matter to remember is that God condescends many times to come into His vineyard to labor with His children just as Zenos prophesied and Jacob quoted in the Book of Mormon. The Father’s work and the Father’s covenant provide everything to lift and succor the souls who come into these worlds to gain light!
These fundamental teachings of the prophets turn everything right side up and throw down modern western religion that gives us only one mortal life with a fleeting opportunity for victory in gaining the paradise of God. Therefore, despite two millennia of Christian redefinition of Christ’s doctrine, and nearly two centuries of Mormon kingdom building and wresting scripture, the Holy Scriptures provide a PRISM OF LIGHT rather than the prison of darkness our great and abominable churches hold over us. Perhaps the greatest lesson we can take from these papers is an appreciation to read and really understand the words of the true and holy prophets and apostles for the sumptuous feast they were giving us.
If ever there were more prophetic words written regarding these matters, we are unaware of their whereabouts. The selections below summarize with sublime simplicity the PRISM OF LIGHT we’ve set before you in contrast to the prison of darkness and chains with which you are bound! Most people won’t believe the blazing light contained in the prophetic words we share, preferring to remain in the delirium of darkness with which they are comfortably familiar. If the recent posts regarding reconciliation and God’s condescensions have not pricked your hearts with a desire to know these mysteries in full, then perhaps you’re in the wrong place and should return to your comfort zone. If however, these things fill your heart with gladness and joy unbounded, then our efforts have been worth every mile and every minute spent searching the scriptures diligently.
1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 5)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (2 Corinthians 5)
Paul tells us in the verses above that we have “a building of God,” the HOUSE for our spirit (the KA) “eternal in the heavens.” We desire with all our heart to be clothed upon with this house. To return to it. To live in it. This poor mortal frame is not our home— no wonder we groan burdened with such a poor miserable house as this body! And Paul’s words CAN ONLY be understood if we understand the concept of the reconciliation of the spirit within us (the Ba) with the higher self (the Ka). Paul specifically mentions that some are reconciled with God because they are aspects or instances of God! Could there ever be greater news for the children of men than these words of the apostles?
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1)
Peter expounds these same deep mysteries that are to be revealed “in the last time” if we have eyes to see and ears to hear!
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (1 Peter 2)
Surely you can understand Peter’s words now— that we as lively stones (the Ba’s) are built up into this spiritual HOUSE (being reconciled together into our KA) through the chief corner stone whom the builders of the churches disallowed. They will be offended when the Son of God, the Servant, stands up among them to teach these ineffable things and they will stumble in the darkness and refuse the marvelous light!
Returning to Paul we read:
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. (Eph 1:1-14, 20-23)
Did you notice these provocative phrases above from Paul; “According as he hath chosen us in him…” and “…the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself…” also “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:” and these words, “ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession…”
These are Paul’s words telling us about those who are instances of God who will be reconciled with God when the fullness of times come. Why have we lived for untold generations as Christians and no one has ever taught us these things before? It’s more proof that by searching the scriptures diligently the mysteries of God are unfolded!
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: (Col 1:11-27)
So much of what Paul writes is so deeply profound. He knew the mysteries of godliness and he wrote about them in great detail. In our posts on the Strong Delusion we outlined all of the things taught in the Mormon Church which none of the true prophets and apostles ever taught. Stay with the Holy Scriptures and you’ll be on safe ground. Stay with the mysteries described in the scriptures and forget everything else!
Turning to John as another witness of these things, he writes:
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. 6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John 17:4-12, 21-23)
Our final witness comes from the Book of Mormon. The prophet Alma tells us:
7 Behold, he changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God. Behold, they were in the midst of darkness; nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word; yea, they were encircled about by the bands of death, and the chains of hell, and an everlasting destruction did await them. 8 And now I ask of you, my brethren, were they destroyed? Behold, I say unto you, Nay, they were not. 9 And again I ask, were the bands of death broken, and the chains of hell which encircled them about, were they loosed? I say unto you, Yea, they were loosed, and their souls did expand, and they did sing redeeming love. And I say unto you that they are saved. 10 And now I ask of you on what conditions are they saved? Yea, what grounds had they to hope for salvation? What is the cause of their being loosed from the bands of death, yea, and also the chains of hell? 11 Behold, I can tell you—did not my father Alma believe in the words which were delivered by the mouth of Abinadi? And was he not a holy prophet? Did he not speak the words of God, and my father Alma believe them? 12 And according to his faith there was a mighty change wrought in his heart. Behold I say unto you that this is all true. 13 And behold, he preached the word unto your fathers, and a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts, and they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living God. And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore they were saved. 14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts? (Alma 5)
The apostles and prophets know the truth. They know the plan and covenant of the Father. And in their words we find comfort in the final relief that comes to all who hold tightly to The Word of God. The Great and Marvelous Work (GMW) is intended to help us awaken from the bands of death and shake off the chains with which we are bound. The scriptures exist in their present form as a roadmap to help us find our way to the truth. When the Isaiah Story begins to unfold as John arrives on the scene, those who have taken the scriptures as their guide will be much better off than those who have followed the arm of flesh and precepts of men. The GMW will try every soul and divide the sheep from the goats. There are only two churches at that day and we want to be found in the Church of the Lamb of God. Then the day will come when the journeys we are walking will come to an end and we will go no more out!
25 And may the Lord bless you, and keep your garments spotless, that ye may at last be brought to sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the holy prophets who have been ever since the world began, having your garments spotless even as their garments are spotless, in the kingdom of heaven to go no more out. (Alma 7)
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (Revelation 3)
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (Revelation 3)
Our belief in the Bible and Book of Mormon was taught to us in our youth by good people we looked up to and trusted without understanding they were teaching us the same precepts of men they had been taught.
Generation after generation it had been the same story with our glorious Mormon pioneer history mixed with a careful selection of scriptures and wrapped in the ordinances of the church to make a delicious banquet to satisfy the soul and make one feel content and truly happy at the good fortune of being part of the Mormon community. Our faith and belief in The Word of God was based on ignorance and a handful of verses taken out of context and we called it the gospel of Christ. The ordinances seemed perfectly acceptable because everyone else was doing it and why should we question our parents and youth leaders and our beloved bishop? Since Joseph was God’s prophet and everything had been given through him then all was well. We had a continuance of prophetic authority handed down from one prophet to the next and the church was growing and flourishing to fulfill scripture as we all anxiously awaited the Second Coming of Jesus.
There was just one issue— as the Book of Mormon was studied more closely with a particularly qualified friend, questions began to arise about its teachings and doctrine compared with Smith’s Doctrine and Covenants, and it didn’t require an advanced degree in religion to see that the two books did not agree! Something was wrong; something was terribly wrong! Moreover, within the first few years of a serious plunge into the earliest documents of Mormon history, it quickly became apparent that the stories we had been told at church were not the end of the story. In fact trouble was brewing more and more the deeper we looked at everything and not only was the version of history taught at church incorrect, but we discovered that the doctrine of Mormonism itself had undergone radical transformations decade after decade beginning in the 1830’s and continuing every decade thereafter UNTIL the doctrines were systematized and arranged under the correlation program in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
It was as though they drew a line in the sand and decided that whatever was being taught at that point in time would become the doctrine of Mormonism. Forget whatever had been taught and modified and changed and contorted and twisted and distorted for the prior century and a half! As we studied all of the sermons ever given by every member of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve from the dawn of the church to the present time, it was simply astounding to witness firsthand the dramatic differences in doctrine decade by decade. At first we chalked it up to a general apostasy from the founding doctrines. Only much later when a systematic survey of the Holy Scriptures was undertaken did we realize the full extent of the fraud that had been foisted upon the believers of the Book of Mormon. It’s a tragedy of terrible proportions which we’ve outlined in sufficient detail on this blog with evidence from the scriptures to support every point. We have left no stone unturned.
Admittedly at first it was the issues and problems in Mormon history which first caught our attention because nothing added up… Every stone that was overturned in hopes of discovering the answer to the dilemma we saw (so we could set aside our concerns and settle back into contentment as believing Mormons) proved elusive as one vulnerability after the other surfaced until the collection of problems was insurmountable. We found an Achilles’ heel at every turn and the best and brightest among us were finding the same cracks in the foundation of our faith. This was no overnight phenomenon, rather the process required decades of concerted effort and searching. All else of a mundane nature was set aside in life because the quest for truth demanded our full attention and we required answers and nothing but the truth would suffice.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1 Corinthians 13)
Overcoming generational indoctrination is no easy task. To stand up against family tradition, peers, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and ward members who continue to drink the Kool-Aid is to stand alone in the truest sense of the word. While you’re hard-rock mining for truth with tremendous toil and sweat, everyone around you is basking in their sure salvation and forever family because they’ve given away their soul entrusting everything to the arm of flesh by following the prophet, writing those tithing checks, fulfilling their callings, and doing temple work. Yet they know next to nothing about the scriptures and what the true and holy prophets and apostles have written. They are enjoying a tremendous social and religious life while you forgo sleep in order to study and pray!
2 Now these sons of Mosiah were with Alma at the time the angel first appeared unto him; therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.
3 But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God. (Alma 17:2-3)
Friends, this is the only way that you’re ever going to know the truth. You have to do the same thing that every seeker of truth before you has done. Search the scriptures day and night. Pray and fast like your life depends on it. Explore, seek, examine, hunt, investigate, study, observe, ponder, check, recheck, survey, consider, ask, audit, research, appraise, sift, weigh-out, assess, measure, meditate, test, assay, analyze, think, judge, scrutinize, reflect, probe, inspect, inquire, read, evaluate, gauge, calculate, weigh, contemplate, and deliberate every precept of men you were ever taught and lay them side by side against the Holy Scriptures and see for yourselves what The Word of God has to tell you. If you will do this with an honest heart and be true to yourself and yourself only, then you’ll find the truth and the truth will indeed make you free! Everything else is bondage. The other system clasps chains on you and keeps you shut behind prison doors. The intent of the Great and Marvelous Work is to free you from prison. The intent of this blog is to awaken you to the fact of your life as a prisoner!
The title of this post is, “A Prism of Light” and our heartfelt prayer is that you can seek the light in your own life and journey toward the truth! We each have a choice to make with regard to choosing a prism of light or a prison of darkness. This is the doctrine of the two ways clearly set forth by Jesus and the prophets. The choice is up to you!
4 Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark. (2Nep 32:4)
Perhaps now these words of Jesus will finally resonate in our souls as He intended them to be understood:
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine ownwill, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
59 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
60 Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
66 ¶From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
67 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. (John 6:28-69)