If The World Only Knew What They Were Missing
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If The World Only Knew What They Were Missing
Here we are living in ‘a great and dreadful day’ with higher learning and so many comforts of life. We have access to so much information and can advance so fast in society. Yet, there are still so many who struggle and suffer, especially for knowledge and truth about their origin and destiny. One of the most important needs we have is the knowledge of who we are, why we are here and where we came from; religion.
If people would just stop and think about life and see those that are truly happy, they will find it is because they have searched their hearts with prayer and in their minds with studying and reading good books, have found peace within knowing that God is there; realizing He has provided the way to return as His children with with an eternal plan where marriages and families can be together forever! May I share?
Over the history of this world, there have been many religious leaders who felt inspired and caused many people to follow. Each of us has the right to learn with the freedom and power to choose ’The Way’ we wish to live our lives and believe. That’s why we came here. They also become set and immoveable and will not hear or listen to many truths that have come forth. If the world only knew what they were missing!
Here are 10 facts about 12 major religions.
These pages summarise the main features of the 12 largest world religions, which together are followed by almost 80% of the world’s population. These beliefs are described without passing any judgment on their truth or otherwise. Not included here are so-called “tribal” and African religions (6%), spiritism, the Eastern religions Cao Dai and Juche (less than 1% in total) and non religious (16%). Source for numbers is www.adherents.com.
Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism and Islam
||K’ung Fu-tzu (Confucius)
||Brahmins – the priestly class of the invading Aryans
|Place & time
||Middle East (Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria), 1860s CE
||Nepal, 500 BCE
||Palestine, 30 CE
||China 500 BCE
||India, about 1500 BCE
||Arabia, 620 CE
|Local religion at the time
||Judaism & Roman polytheism
||Evolved from more primitive beliefs
||Writings of Baha’u'llah & others – principally Kitab-l-Aqdas
||Teachings of the Buddha written down much later & not treated as revelation
||Bible, especially the New Testament
||K’ung Fu-tzu’s writings
||Many writings, mainly the Vedas (1000 BCE) & Upanishads (500 BCE)
||Qur’an, written down by Muhammed
|No. of adherents worldwide
||400 million (combined with Taoism)
|Nature of religion
||Monotheism with revealed teachings – fulfils Judaism, Christianity and Islam
||Dharmic. Way of life to achieve enlightenment
||Monotheism with revealed teachings – fulfils Judaism
||Taoic. Social & political ethics
||Dharmic. Devotional rituals & tradition to achieve release from cycle of rebirth.
||Monotheism with revealed beliefs – mixture of corporate & personal worship and ethics
|Nature of God(s)
||Monotheistic, ethical, personal
||Pantheistic & impersonal – life force (Brahmin) and many gods/aspects
||Monotheistic, personal, ethical
|How to please God(s)
||Eightfold Path between extremes of asceticism & materialism
||Repentance & faith in Jesus
||Devotion, good works, knowledge & yoga to reduce karma (caused by bad behaviour) & maya (illusion)
||Five Pillars – profession of faith, prayer/worshp, alms, fasting, pilgrimage to Mecca
|Rewards & punishments
||Life is a preparation for the next life (does this mean everyone enters afterlife?)
||Life of acceptance & Nirvana
||Life with God in this world and the next (or not)
||Cycle of rebirth until karma dissolved & released.
||Paradise for believers
||Prayer & meditation leading to action – little emphasis on ritual (no churches or priests). Informal meeting every 19 days + festivals
||Meditation, disciplined living to reduce suffering (recognising “impermanence, suffering & no-self”)
||Weekly meetings, sharing faith & serving others
||Respect for ancestors
||Temples as homes to deities & shrines,
priests & rituals, individual holy men
|Five Pillars, Friday prayers at mosque, ritual washing and prayers
||Rational behaviour, peace, equality, tolerance, justice
||Detachment, acceptance, meditation
||Love your neighbour, humility, peace, justice
||Cohesion of society. Living in harmony with environment
||Do right, acquire wealth, enjoy pleasure, achieve release
||Five Pillars, Jihad (holy struggle)
Jainism, Judaism, Parsees/Zoroastrianism, Shinto, Sikhism & Taoism
||Mahavira (“great hero”)
||Abraham & Moses
||Zarathustra (not sure if he was a real person)
||Lao-Tzu (& Chuang Tzu)
|Place & time
||India, 550 BCE
||Iraq, 2000 BCE
||Iran, date unclear, 1200 or 600 BCE?
||Japan, 0-1000 CE
||India, 1500 CE
||China 300-600 BCE
|Local religion at the time
||Hinduism & Islam
||Less refined version of same ideas
||Scriptures, written 100 years after Mahavira
||The Law (Torah given by God) & the prophets. The Talmud
||Avesta (Zarathustra’s teachings, written centuries later)
||Guru Granth Sahib (Nanak’s & other Gurus’ teachings, written down later)
||Writings of Lao-Tzu (Tao Te Ching) & Chuang Tzu
|No. of adherents worldwide
||400 million (combined with Confucianism)
|Nature of religion
||Dharmic. Soul is imprisoned in matter – cycle of rebirth until achieve release, at length, by intense discipline.
||Monotheism with revealed beliefs – mixture of corporate & personal worship and ethics
||Monotheism but dualistic. Ethical, personal.
||Taoic. Shinto = “the way of the gods”. Mixture of polytheistic mythology & practical living. Little dogma. Co-exists happily with Buddhism
||Dharmic. Practical religion about living in this world (not ascetic like some other eastern religions). Cycle of rebirth.
||Taoic. Tao = “the way”. Mythical religion with strong ethical component, yin & yang. A way to live with little dogma.
|Nature of God(s)
||Distant, unclear – close to atheism
||Monotheistic, personal, ethical
||Ahura Mazda (all powerful God) is oposed by Angra Mainyu & supporteed by 7 created immortals.
||Spiritual force manifested in “Kami” (nature, many gods or spirits, or ancestors)
||Present everywhere in creation, unknowable, without form, beyond dogma, found in the heart. merciful.
||Spiritual force (there is some polytheism in popular Taoism)
|How to please God(s)
||Ascetic life as a monk. Lay people can only hope to achieve being a monk in the next life
||Obey Law – sacrifices for forgiveness of sins
||Worship at shrines
||Grace enables recognition of God’s word & hence ability to live ethically & devotionally and so earn salvation.
|Rewards & punishments
||Salvation = release from karma & cycle, then union with one’s true self
||Pleasing or displeasing God
||Life after death
||A peaceful pure life?
||Mystical union with God (on earth and in afterlife?)
||Fasting & extreme asceticism. Temples & images to assist meditation.
||Worship & sacrifices in temple (but not since temple destroyed in 70 CE) & meetings in Synagogues
||Ritual prayer & washings, fire ceremonies (fire is the symbol of God’s truth)
||Worship, prayer & offerings at shrines to various Kami
||Egalitarian, respect for other religions
||Meditation, exercise (tai chi & Kung fu), detachment, festivals
||Do no harm (non violent & vegetarian), abstain from sex & worldly goods
||10 Commandments, plus many detailed laws in Law and writings
||Education, devotion, righteousness, non-violence, cleanliness
||Purity & cleanliness
||Love your neighbour, humility, peace, justice
||Sensitivity, peacefulness, live in harmony with nature.
For more information on the terms “monotheistic”, “darmic” and “taoic”, see the different types of religions.
With all of this confusion in the world and deciding what to believe, is there any wonder why there are so many religions today? It is not God’s fault but man’s.
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
1 Corinthians 14:33
At some point in each of our lives we will each ask these questions:
Who am I?
Why am I here?
Where am I going?
When God created this world, he gave Adam and Eve all of the knowledge they needed with answers to these questions. He even walked and talked with them in the Garden of Eden. Many of those truths have since been lost, distorted, and misinterpreted over time causing so many people in the world to have no religion at all; athiest.
Many precious parts were taken out of the Bible during the days of Constantine about 300-400 AD and are missing. But are those truths lost? No.
Jesus Christ gave his words to all that would hear. And for that, He was Crucified. But, after Jesus rose from the dead, He ascended into Heaven, which is Paradise; a holding place where we go after death until judgement day. He also returned and visited several peoples (or ‘sheep‘, He being the Shepherd) of various nations around the world and gave them His word and covenants, letting them know that He was also their Savior and Redeemer. He commanded them to write His words as a record to come forth at such a time as this when He knew there would be much confusion.
Some records have come already come forth and several others will soon be coming forth.
Those records or books have and will reveal many of the ‘lost’ promising truths and covenants, and blessings for which many religions have no answers.
God Created all things spiritually BEFORE He created them physically.
“And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them.” Moses 2:27
“… And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew. For I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth. For I, the Lord God, had not caused it to rain upon the face of the earth. And I, the Lord God, had created all the children of men; and not yet a man to till the ground; for in heaven created I them; and there was not yet flesh upon the earth, neither in the water, neither in the air;” Moses 3:5
“And I, the Lord God, formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul, the first flesh upon the earth, the first man also; nevertheless, all things were before created; but spiritually were they created and made according to my word.” Moses 3:7
Many ‘Plain and precious truths and doctrines’ of the gospel have been restored:
||Scriptures in the Bible
||Scriptures Given through Joseph Smith
Physical nature of
Our creation in
Apostles and prophets
Mode of baptism
The gift of the
Baptism for the dead
The three kingdoms
to become like Heavenly Father
‘We are NOT human beings having Spiritual experiences.
We ARE Spiritual beings having human experiences.’
It is my testimony that God lives and that He created this world with its Creation, Fall and Atonement of Jesus Christ, and worlds without number along with God-given laws, ordinances and doctrines. His plan makes it possible for all people to be exalted and live forever with God (2 Ne. 2:9), a glory of the celestial, which excels in all things – where God, even the Father, reigns upon his throne forever and ever. D&C 76:92. The scriptures also refer to this plan as the plan of salvation, the plan of happiness, and the plan of mercy.
We lived before as spirit children of God and battled in heaven over good and evil. One third of those spirit children followed Satan and were cast out of heaven with Satan into everlasting darkness. Those that won that war chose to come to this earth, to progress and become more like our Heavenly Parents by gaining a physical body and becoming creators of life ourselves.
We are here on earth to be tested as a ‘natural man’ (which is an enemy of God), to gain intelligence (which is the Glory of God), and to be tempted by Satan once again over good and evil and to make choices that will directly effect one’s future; and mansion in heaven where one goes to live after we die, and are judged on condition of living forever in a resurrected state, not subject to physical death. Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 1 Corinthians 3:13
This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, John 17:3 (D&C 132:24). We must fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life. (1 Tim. 6:12) People are free to choose liberty and eternal life, (2 Ne. 2:27) (Hel. 14:31). To be spiritually minded is life eternal. (2 Ne. 9:39) Then are ye in the narrow path that leads to eternal life. (2 Ne. 31:17–20) God gives eternal life to the obedient, (Moses 5:11).
To believe in Christ and endure to the end is life eternal, 2 Ne. 33:4 (3 Ne. 15:9). He that hath eternal life is rich, D&C 6:7 (D&C 11:7). Eternal life is the greatest of all the gifts of God, D&C 14:7 (Rom. 6:23). The righteous will receive peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come, D&C 59:23 Those who endure to the end shall have a crown of eternal life, D&C 66:12 (D&C 75:5). If the marriage of a man and a woman has been sealed in the house of the Lord, they and their offspring will be together eternally as a family.
All who die without the gospel who would have received it had they lived are heirs of the celestial kingdom, D&C 137:7–9. This is all a part of God’s eternal Plan of life for His children because “God’s work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, Moses 1:39; ’man’ refers to all mankind, both male and female. All men and women are the literal, spiritual offspring of a Heavenly Father. When they are born into mortality, they receive physical, mortal bodies. These bodies were created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26–27). Men and women who are faithful in receiving the necessary ordinances, keeping their covenants, and obeying God’s commands will enter into their exaltation and become as God. And if thou art faithful unto the end thou shalt have a crown of immortality, and eternal life in the mansions which I have prepared in the house of my Father. D&C 81:6.
Have you ever seen a baby chick that didn’t become a chicken? A pony always becomes a horse? We as children become like our parents. ”Like Father like son; like Mother like daughter”.
I hope this has made you think about what you might be missing and that you will reach within for answers that are real. Again remember, ‘God is NOT the author of confusion’. I invite you to pray with real intent that you may enter into the rest of the Lord. The Spirit of Christ can be with you and enable you to know good from evil. Satan persuades men to deny Christ and do evil. The prophets manifest the coming of Christ with faith, miracles are wrought and angels will minister unto you. All mankind shoud hope for eternal life and cleave unto charity always doing good.
This I know to be true,
Strengthening The Family – Spiritually
“Joseph Smith has produced more scripture than even Moses and has been instrumental in bringing forth the word of the Lord in this dispensation.”
This World Still Lives On – Truth Is Light
By Alan on Dec 22 in Blog tagged celestial, children of God, eternity, Glory of God, intelligence, light, moon, physical body, resurrection, spiritual body, stars, sun, telestial, Terresterial, time, truth | Comments Off
No, yesterday was NOT the end of the world.
More light must be shed on the end of the world.
Truth Is Light
The resurrection is the reuniting of the spirit body with the physical body of flesh and bones after death. After resurrection, the spirit and body will never again be separated, and the person will become immortal. Every person born on earth will be resurrected because Jesus Christ overcame death. 1 Cor. 15:20–22
“In my Father’s are many : if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.”
“There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars:
for one star differeth from another star in glory.” (or intelligence)
1 Corinthians 15:41
. . . So Also Is The Resurrection.
“That bodies who are of the kingdom may it forever and ever; for, for this was it made and created, and for this intent are they .
And they who are not through the which I have given unto you, even the law of Christ, must inherit kingdom, even that of a terrestrial kingdom, or that of a telestial kingdom.
For he who is not able to abide the of a celestial kingdom cannot a glory.
And he who cannot abide the law of a kingdom cannot abide a terrestrial glory.
And he who cannot abide the law of a cannot abide a telestial ; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory. Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory.
And again, verily I say unto you, the abideth the law of a celestial kingdom, for it filleth the of its creation, and transgresseth not the law—”
All people will not be resurrected to the same glory (1 Cor. 15:39–42; D&C 76:89–98), nor will all be resurrected at the same time (1 Cor. 15:22–23; Alma 40:8; D&C 76:64–65, 85). Many Saints were resurrected after Christ’s resurrection (Matt. 27:52). The righteous will be resurrected before the wicked and will come forth in the first resurrection (1 Thes. 4:16); the unrepentant sinners will come forth in the last resurrection (Rev. 20:5–13; D&C 76:85).
May we all continue to learn more truth and light until we have received the fulness of truth and live what we have learned so that we may be able to live in the Celestial Glory where God dwells for time and for all eternity. God is not the author of confusion. Nor can God dwell in a place where there is anything unholy or wicked. Just like levels of light, they are all truth, but the fulness of truth AND LIGHT, you will attain the highest kingdom of Glory just as the glory of the sun which is the fullness of light. ”Seek and ye shall find.” ”Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.“
“Strengthening The Family – Spiritually”
For The Family
The Race Of Life
By Alan on May 27 in Blog tagged after this life, another room, celestial, children of God, death, disease, divine attributes, earth, Endure To The End, finish line, God, good and evil, Jesus, kingdom, life=threatening, many mansions, mortal life, mortal mission, our father, pathway, Plan of Salvation, prayer, President Thomas S. Monson, purpose of life, race, resurrected, savior, scriptures, seasons of life, teach your children, telestial, Terresterial, The Book of Mormon, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The race of life, The Spirit, travel, treasures, victory over the grave, Where are we going, Where did we come from, why are we here, your heart | Comments Off
The Race of Life
By President Thomas S. Monson
Where did we come from?
Why are we here?
Where do we go after this life?
No longer need these universal questions remain unanswered.
My beloved brothers and sisters, this morning I wish to speak to you of eternal truths—those truths which will enrich our lives and see us safely home.
Everywhere people are in a hurry. Jet-powered aircraft speed their precious human cargo across broad continents and vast oceans so that business meetings might be attended, obligations met, vacations enjoyed, or families visited. Roadways everywhere—including freeways, thruways, and motorways—carry millions of automobiles, occupied by more millions of people, in a seemingly endless stream and for a multitude of reasons as we rush about the business of each day.
In this fast-paced life, do we ever pause for moments of meditation—even thoughts of timeless truths?
When compared to eternal verities, most of the questions and concerns of daily living are really rather trivial. What should we have for dinner? What color should we paint the living room? Should we sign Johnny up for soccer? These questions and countless others like them lose their significance when times of crisis arise, when loved ones are hurt or injured, when sickness enters the house of good health, when life’s candle dims and darkness threatens. Our thoughts become focused, and we are easily able to determine what is really important and what is merely trivial.
I recently visited with a woman who has been battling a life-threatening disease for over two years. She indicated that prior to her illness, her days were filled with activities such as cleaning her house to perfection and filling it with beautiful furnishings. She visited her hairdresser twice a week and spent money and time each month adding to her wardrobe. Her grandchildren were invited to visit infrequently, for she was always concerned that what she considered her precious possessions might be broken or otherwise ruined by tiny and careless hands.
And then she received the shocking news that her mortal life was in jeopardy and that she might have very limited time left here. She said that at the moment she heard the doctor’s diagnosis, she knew immediately that she would spend whatever time she had remaining with her family and friends and with the gospel at the center of her life, for these represented what was most precious to her.
Such moments of clarity come to all of us at one time or another, although not always through so dramatic a circumstance. We see clearly what it is that really matters in our lives and how we should be living.
Said the Savior:
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”1
In our times of deepest reflection or greatest need, the soul of man reaches heavenward, seeking a divine response to life’s greatest questions: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go after we leave this life?
Answers to these questions are not discovered within the covers of academia’s textbooks or by checking the Internet. These questions transcend mortality. They embrace eternity.
Where did we come from? This query is inevitably thought, if not spoken, by every human being.
The Apostle Paul told the Athenians on Mars’ Hill that “we are the offspring of God.”2 Since we know that our physical bodies are the offspring of our mortal parents, we must probe for the meaning of Paul’s statement. The Lord has declared that “the spirit and the body are the soul of man.”3 Thus it is the spirit which is the offspring of God. The writer of Hebrews refers to Him as “the Father of spirits.”4 The spirits of all men are literally His “begotten sons and daughters.”5
We note that inspired poets have, for our contemplation of this subject, written moving messages and recorded transcendent thoughts. William Wordsworth penned the truth:
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!6
Parents ponder their responsibility to teach, to inspire, and to provide guidance, direction, and example. And while parents ponder, children—and particularly youth—ask the penetrating question, why are we here? Usually it is spoken silently to the soul and phrased, why am I here?
How grateful we should be that a wise Creator fashioned an earth and placed us here, with a veil of forgetfulness of our previous existence so that we might experience a time of testing, an opportunity to prove ourselves in order to qualify for all that God has prepared for us to receive.
Clearly, one primary purpose of our existence upon the earth is to obtain a body of flesh and bones. We have also been given the gift of agency. In a thousand ways we are privileged to choose for ourselves. Here we learn from the hard taskmaster of experience. We discern between good and evil. We differentiate as to the bitter and the sweet. We discover that there are consequences attached to our actions.
By obedience to God’s commandments, we can qualify for that “house” spoken of by Jesus when He declared: “In my Father’s house are many mansions. … I go to prepare a place for you … that where I am, there ye may be also.”7
Although we come into mortality “trailing clouds of glory,” life moves relentlessly forward. Youth follows childhood, and maturity comes ever so imperceptibly. From experience we learn the need to reach heavenward for assistance as we make our way along life’s pathway.
God, our Father, and Jesus Christ, our Lord, have marked the way to perfection. They beckon us to follow eternal verities and to become perfect, as They are perfect.8
The Apostle Paul likened life to a race. To the Hebrews he urged, “Let us lay aside … the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”9
In our zeal, let us not overlook the sage counsel from Ecclesiastes: “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.”10 Actually, the prize belongs to him or her who endures to the end.
When I reflect on the race of life, I remember another type of race, even from childhood days. My friends and I would take pocketknives in hand and, from the soft wood of a willow tree, fashion small toy boats. With a triangular-shaped cotton sail in place, each would launch his crude craft in the race down the relatively turbulent waters of Utah’s Provo River. We would run along the river’s bank and watch the tiny vessels sometimes bobbing violently in the swift current and at other times sailing serenely as the water deepened.
During a particular race we noted that one boat led all the rest toward the appointed finish line. Suddenly, the current carried it too close to a large whirlpool, and the boat heaved to its side and capsized. Around and around it was carried, unable to make its way back into the main current. At last it came to an uneasy rest amid the flotsam and jetsam that surrounded it, held fast by the tentacles of the grasping green moss.
The toy boats of childhood had no keel for stability, no rudder to provide direction, and no source of power. Inevitably, their destination was downstream—the path of least resistance.
Unlike toy boats, we have been provided divine attributes to guide our journey. We enter mortality not to float with the moving currents of life but with the power to think, to reason, and to achieve.
Our Heavenly Father did not launch us on our eternal voyage without providing the means whereby we could receive from Him guidance to ensure our safe return. I speak of prayer. I speak too of the whisperings from that still, small voice; and I do not overlook the holy scriptures, which contain the word of the Lord and the words of the prophets—provided to us to help us successfully cross the finish line.
At some period in our mortal mission, there appears the faltering step, the wan smile, the pain of sickness—even the fading of summer, the approach of autumn, the chill of winter, and the experience we call death.
Every thoughtful person has asked himself the question best phrased by Job of old: “If a man die, shall he live again?”11 Try as we might to put the question out of our thoughts, it always returns. Death comes to all mankind. It comes to the aged as they walk on faltering feet. Its summons is heard by those who have scarcely reached midway in life’s journey. At times it hushes the laughter of little children.
But what of an existence beyond death? Is death the end of all? Robert Blatchford, in his book God and My Neighbor, attacked with vigor accepted Christian beliefs such as God, Christ, prayer, and particularly immortality. He boldly asserted that death was the end of our existence and that no one could prove otherwise. Then a surprising thing happened. His wall of skepticism suddenly crumbled to dust. He was left exposed and undefended. Slowly he began to feel his way back to the faith he had ridiculed and abandoned. What had caused this profound change in his outlook? His wife died. With a broken heart he went into the room where lay all that was mortal of her. He looked again at the face he loved so well. Coming out, he said to a friend: “It is she, and yet it is not she. Everything is changed. Something that was there before is taken away. She is not the same. What can be gone if it be not the soul?”
Later he wrote: “Death is not what some people imagine. It is only like going into another room. In that other room we shall find … the dear women and men and the sweet children we have loved and lost.”12
My brothers and sisters, we know that death is not the end. This truth has been taught by living prophets throughout the ages. It is also found in our holy scriptures. In the Book of Mormon we read specific and comforting words:
“Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.
“And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.”13
After the Savior was crucified and His body had lain in the tomb for three days, the spirit again entered. The stone was rolled away, and the resurrected Redeemer walked forth, clothed with an immortal body of flesh and bones.
The answer to Job’s question, “If a man die, shall he live again?” came when Mary and others approached the tomb and saw two men in shining garments who spoke to them: “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.”14
As the result of Christ’s victory over the grave, we shall all be resurrected. This is the redemption of the soul. Paul wrote: “There are … celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.”15
It is the celestial glory which we seek. It is in the presence of God we desire to dwell. It is a forever family in which we want membership. Such blessings are earned through a lifetime of striving, seeking, repenting, and finally succeeding.
Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go after this life? No longer need these universal questions remain unanswered. From the very depths of my soul and in all humility, I testify that those things of which I have spoken are true.
Our Heavenly Father rejoices for those who keep His commandments. He is concerned also for the lost child, the tardy teenager, the wayward youth, the delinquent parent. Tenderly the Master speaks to these and indeed to all: “Come back. Come up. Come in. Come home. Come unto me.”
Our thoughts will turn to the Savior’s life, His death, and His Resurrection. As His special witness, I testify to you that He lives and that He awaits our triumphant return. That such a return will be ours, I pray humbly in His holy name—even Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Redeemer, amen.
President Thomas S. Monson
How Will You Be Judged When You Die?
By Alan on Jul 26 in Blog tagged celestial, glory, how will you be judged, Howard W. Hunter, judging others, Kingdoms of Glory, telestial, Terrestrial, the familiy, theFamily | Comments Off
Judgment is an important use of our agency and requires great care, especially when we make judgments about other people. All our judgments must be guided by righteous standards. Only God, who knows each individual’s heart, can make final judgments of individuals.
Sometimes people feel that it is wrong to judge others in any way. While it is true that we should not condemn others or judge them unrighteously, we will need to make judgments of ideas, situations, and people throughout our lives. The Lord has given many commandments that we cannot keep without making judgments. For example, He has said: “Beware of false prophets. . . . Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matt. 7: 15-16) and “Go ye out from among the wicked” (D&C 38: 42). We need to make judgments of people in many of our important decisions, such as choosing friends, voting for government leaders, and choosing a spouse.
The Lord gave a warning to guide us in our judgment of others: “With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother: Let me pull the mote out of thine eye—and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (3 Ne. 14: 2-5).
In this scripture passage the Lord teaches that a fault we see in another is often like a tiny speck in that person’s eye, compared to our own faults, which are like an enormous beam in our eyes. Sometimes we focus on others’ faults when we should instead be working to improve ourselves.
Our righteous judgments about others can provide needed guidance for them and, in some cases, protection for us and our families. We should approach any such judgment with care and compassion. As much as we can, we should judge people’s situations rather than judging the people themselves. Whenever possible, we should refrain from making judgments until we have an adequate knowledge of the facts. And we should always be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, who can guide our decisions. Alma’s counsel to his son Corianton is a helpful reminder: “See that you are merciful unto your brethren; deal justly, judge righteously, and do good continually” (Alma 41: 14).
“At the end of your lives you will not be judged by academic successes, the degrees or diplomas earned, the positions held, the material wealth acquired, or power and prestige, but rather on the basis of what you have become as persons and what you are in conduct and character.” – President Howard W. Hunter
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14: 2
All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is
one, and the glory
of the terrestrial is
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.” 1 Cor. 15: 39-41”
“That bodies who are of the celestial kingdom may possess it forever and ever; for, for this intent was it made and created, and for this intent are they sanctified.
And they who are not sanctified
through the law
which I have given unto you, even the law of Christ, must inherit another
kingdom, even that of a terrestrial kingdom, or that of a telestial
For he who is not able to abide the law
of a celestial kingdom cannot abide
And he who cannot abide the law of a terrestrial
kingdom cannot abide a terrestrial glory.
And he who cannot abide the law of a telestial kingdom
cannot abide a telestial glory
; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory. Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory.” D&C 88: 20-24
Help Me Find “The Way”!
By Alan on Mar 29 in Blog tagged apostles, authority, celestial, conditions, Elijah the Prophet, eternal life, everlasting death, heaven, Help me find the way, James, Jesus, Jesus Christ, John, John the Baptist, Joseph Smith, keys, Living Prophet, man kingdoms, marry, ordinances, Peter, physical body, Plan of Life, pre-existence, quickened, Satan, sealed, telestial, temple, Terrestrial, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the way, Thomas S. Monson, War in heaven | 1 Comment
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I’ve had some requests, to “Help me find the way! “
The Lord has made it very clear throughout time as to which “Way” we should go and to whom we should follow.
“Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life.” 2 Ne. 10: 23
In our pre-existent life, before we came here, there was a war in heaven. Jesus presented to us a Plan of Life that we could choose where we would come to earth and get a body of flesh and bones, in order to become more like our Heavenly parents, and to be given sacred powers to create life in order to have everlasting joy. Jesus knew that we would make mistakes and offered to come down to earth and show us “The Way” to retun back to heaven once again. He was also willing to sacrifice Himself and die for our sins so that we may live again and help us pay the debt for those sins we would make and to redeem us so that we could be forgiven.
Satan stepped us and presented his Plan of Life in which he would make us all obey so that we would qualify to return to heaven. But, he wanted all of the praise and the glory for it.
There was war and one third of the spirit children in Heaven chose Satan’s Plan. This caused those One Third to be cast out of heaven along with the devil and were denied ever having a physical body.
Everyone that has ever been born chose Jesus’s Plan of Life.
Well, Jesus came and did what He said he would. He established The Church of Jesus Christ which was short lived because He and His Apostles whom he gave his authority to act in His name, were all killed. Thus ended His Church and any authority on the earth.
In the 1830′s Heavenly Father and Jesus returned to earth to restore The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John, as well as Elijah the Prophet return and give to Joseph Smith those keys and authority to the priesthood and redeeming the dead to re-establish Jesus’s Church.
We now have the fullness of the gosel once again on the earth today with the same organization that existed with the primitave church with a Living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, Twelve Apostles, Patriarchs, Bishops, Missionaries, and hundreds of Temples or Houses of the Lord, where sacred ordinances can be accepted and performed to advance oneself in God’s kingdoms and where the work for the dead can be performed so that those who never heard of Jesus, can be taught in the Spirit world, or Paradise, after they die and continue on with their eternal progression!
The important thing is to learn truth and light, and then to choose!
Jesus said, “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.”
What you chose in heaven determined where you are today. What you choose today will determine which Mansion in heaven you will be able to live in after you die, and to live forever as everyone will.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14: 2
(Outer Darkness, .Telestial, . Terresterial, . Celestial Kingdoms.)
Light is truth. When we are willing to live the truth, which are the laws of God, we can attain the mansion of our choice. In a way, we will judge ourselves at judgment day by which laws and ordinances we are willing to live!
Covenants, or promises made with the Lord are important! These promises are two way promises. We promise the Lord certain things and in return, The Lord promises us certain things.
“For notwithstanding they die, they also shall rise again, a spiritual body.
They who are of a celestial spirit shall receive the same body which was a natural body; even ye shall receive your bodies, and your glory shall be that glory by which your bodies are quickened. (After the resurrection.)
Ye who are quickened by a portion of the celestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
And they who are quickened by a portion of the terrestrial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
And also they who are quickened by a portion of the telestial glory shall then receive of the same, even a fulness.
And they who remain shall also be quickened; nevertheless, they shall return again to their own place, to enjoy that which they are willing to receive, because they were not willing to enjoy that which they might have received.
For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift.
And again, verily I say unto you, that which is governed by law is also preserved by law and perfected and sanctified by the same.
That which breaketh a law, and abideth not by law, but seeketh to become a law unto itself, and willeth to abide in sin, and altogether abideth in sin, cannot be sanctified by law, neither by mercy, justice, nor judgment. Therefore, they must remain filthy still.
All kingdoms have a law given;” D&C 88: 27-36
In order to attain the highest Mansion, or Glory of God, one must make promises, or covenants, with the Lord, and obey certain laws in order to attain the highest kindom of Glory where God dwells. Not all are willing to live certain laws and thus is why other various kindgoms with lesser laws and ordinances were given so that where ever you are, you will be happy.
“And now, I say unto you, my brethren, that after ye have known and have been taught all these things, if ye should transgress and go contrary to that which has been spoken, that ye do withdraw yourselves from the Spirit of the Lord, that it may have no place in you to guide you in wisdom’s paths that ye may be blessed, prospered, and preserved—
And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.”Mosiah 2: 36, 41
There is much confusion and wickedness in the world today. We are living in the last days when it will be “a great and dreadful day”. A Great Day for those who have made sacred covenants and promises with the Lord, Jesus Christ, and A Dreadful Day for those who have not but choose to live in sin and serve Satan and his ways.
“And verily I say unto you, that the conditions of this law are these: All covenants, contracts, bonds, obligations, oaths, vows, performances, connections, associations, or expectations, that are not made and entered into and sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, of him who is anointed, both as well for time and for all eternity, and that too most holy, by revelation and commandment through the medium of mine anointed, whom I have appointed on the earth to hold this power (and I have appointed unto my servant Joseph to hold this power in the last days, and there is never but one on the earth at a time on whom this power and the keys of this priesthood are conferred), are of no efficacy, virtue, or force in and after the resurrection from the dead; for all contracts that are not made unto this end have an end when men are dead.
And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them—Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths—then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man marry a wife according to my word, and they are sealed by the aHoly Spirit of promise, according to mine appointment, and he or she shall commit any sin or transgression of the new and everlasting covenant whatever, and all manner of blasphemies, and if they commit no murder wherein they shed innocent blood, yet they shall come forth in the first resurrection, and enter into their exaltation; but they shall be destroyed in the flesh, and shall be delivered unto the buffetings of Satan unto the day of redemption, saith the Lord God. D&C 132: 7, 19, 26
” All kingdoms have a law given;
And there are many kingdoms; for there is no space in the which there is no kingdom; and there is no kingdom in which there is no space, either a greater or a lesser kingdom.
And unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions.
For intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; mercy hath compassionon mercy and claimeth her own; justice continueth its course and claimeth its own; judgment goeth before the face of him who sitteth upon the throne and governeth and executeth all things.
He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him; and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things; and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.” D&C 88: 36-41
I encourage all to “choose ye this day whom ye will serve”. ”As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
You can also talk with someone who can help you to know how to come unto Christ, HERE.
He is "The Way".
I testify in the name of Jesus Christ that these things are true and I pray that those who know me or have read these words, will take immediate action because even though no one knows when Jesus will return, the “signs of the times” are upon us and when the Lord returns, he will destroy all wickedness and then dwell with us on the earth for a thousand years of peace as Satan will be bound!
JESUS, IS THE WAY!
If you need me to help you move forward with your choices, write to me at email@example.com.
You ALL are constantly in my prayers,
For The Family
How To Get To The Highest Kingdom Of Heaven When You Die.
By Alan on Feb 19 in Blog tagged baptism, celestial, create, creator, God, greed, he way, heaven, hell, Holy Ghost, How to get to the highest kingdom, Jesus, mansions, physical body, pleasures, power, repentance, Satan, spirit body, telestial, teresterial, the natural man, The Plan, worldly | 3 Comments
HELL – OUTER DARKNESS
TERESTERIAL – Like The STAR
TELESTIAL – Like The MOON
CELESTIAL – Like The SUN
Our world is constantly battling for power, glory, money and riches, and seeking for more worldly pleasures despite those commandments we have been given that help us fulfill our earthly purposes here on earth.
Those who wish to be successful in this journey of life are those who realize and remember who created us, this world, and everything that is upon it, and whose Plan of Life we chose before we came here, only to remember who we are, why we are here, and where we are going.
We are children of God and with spirit bodies, came to this world to receive a physical body to become more like our Heavenly Parents with the God given powers to create life and become like our God, as creators! We chose Jesus’s Plan of Life, the God of this world, and even went to war in heaven against Satan and his plan to have the freedoms to choose and determine where we want to live forever after this earthly test by proving ourselves worthy.
I feel that too often we get caught up with pride, greed, and the limited focus and desire to be accepted of the world more than trying to remember what is important and be in the world but NOT of it! “The Natural man is an enemy of God”.
We MUST remember that we are NOT Human beings having Spiritual experiences! We ARE Spiritual Beings, even children of God, having Human Experiences!
We are at the final stages of this world. We were saved for this day as we were the strongest, the most valiant spirits that our Heavenly Father had who could withstand the temptations and distractions of the evil one and to return to heaven after this world to claim our graduation from this school of life. We came to prepare ourselves to become exalted spiritual beings like our parents as children do, and to live forever in the mansion of our worthiness for all eternity and become even more like our Heavenly parents!
This is why we are here. We are in a “school of learning“ and we are being ‘tested’ and will be graded at judgement day by the choices we have made. It is basically as simple as that. Have you ever gone to a school where you were not tested? Our memory of who we were and what we did before we came here was temporarily blocked from our minds as it would not really be a test if we had all the answers in front of us.
I wish to point out that those important choices that each and every person must remember as we decide which way we will choose to follow and where we want to end up after this life!
- There were two ways, or plans of life. Jesus’s and Satan’s. Jesus would show us the way and the Glory be god’s. Satan would make us follow his Plan and he wants all the glory for himself for doing so. We chose Jesus’s Plan, and that’s why we are here. One third of the spirits children in heaven went with Satan’s plan and were denied a physical body. You chose Jesus’s way and now have a physical body.
- Jesus is the God of this world. He was the God of Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Noah, and is still the God of this world today.
- Satan’s influence is still here. There are opposites in all things.
- God talks to us through His prophets. He has given us commandments to follow which are still valid today.
- There are kingdoms or mansions of heaven where we will go after we die where entrance will be based upon our being able to live those laws that are affiliated with each kingdom. God says, “All that I have is thine.” We are the ones that decide in which mansion we will dwell for eternity based upon those laws we are willing to live. There is a mansion or glory like unto the sun, a mansion or glory like unto the moon, a mansion or glory like unto the stars, and there is hell, a glory of everlasting darkness. So also is the resurrection.
- Children are innocent until the age of eight. Those who die before the age of eight need not to be baptized.
- We were commanded to multiply and replenish the earth and to seek marriage, which is ordained of God, and to keep those creative powers sacred while experiencing the act of being co-creators with God by bringing children into this world. To progress and be a creator after this world you will need a partner so get married for all eternity and not just till death do you part. Your children will automatically be sealed to you forever if done in the temple, the House o the Lord. This life is a trial run if you will in becoming like our Heavenly parents, creators of life. Any misuse of these powers is sin and future use of these powers will be denied.
- Everyone will live again because of Jesus’s sacrifice for us. The body and the spirit will be reunited eternally after this life.
- To live in the highest kingdom of heaven, one must have repented of past sins and be washed clean by being baptized by one who has the authority. He or she then needs to receive the Holy Ghost as a constant companion to help guide and direct their lives.
- Just as the choices we made in heaven affected who we are here on earth, the choices we make here on earth will affect the place or mansion in heaven we will live forever in the next life.
- The fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has been given to us. We must receive and perform those sacred ordinances in this life in order to reach the highest kingdoms, or not.
- Those who died without the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His gospel are being taught in the spirit world after they die. Should they accept His ways, their ordinances must be performed by proxy here on earth in the Holy Temples or Houses of the Lord. This is the great work of Elijah that is going on in the Lord’s Temples today.
We know how this world is going to end. Prophets have revealed it to us. It will be a great and a dreadful day. If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.
Choose ye this day whom ye will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
I feel badly for those that don’t.
The wars and troubles that we see today are all because of bad choices and in not following Jesus’s Plan of Life. Satan is very much alive today and is still trying to fulfill his Plan of total control of our lives with limited freedoms and claiming all the glory and riches for himself. You can see this evil pattern in the world today.
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