Women’s Conference Parking

A little story which may or may not be true.

BYU recently held Women’s Conference. Parking was crazy. Some people had to walk a good little way. Someone living fairly close to the event had a great idea! They began to allow people to park on their large lawn for a mere $10. How Christ-like and wonderful!

I like to imagine what Christ would say to someone like that on judgement day. Wise as a serpent. Profit off those women looking for spiritual uplift. $300.

Hey, I wish I had $300.

Dream Last Night

Last night I had a noteworthy dream.

I stood in a courtyard. Two men were being beaten and mocked, John the Baptist and Jesus.

At length, they decided to kill John the Baptist. A man drew his sword and beheaded him. They paraded his lifeless body on a horse before Jesus, continuing to flog it.

Jesus stood still with his eyes closed, but not out of fear or disgust. There was a firm resolve in his face. He could not look at this wickedness with the least degree of allowance, therefore he simply did not look.

When the men saw their efforts to cause fear and intimidation had failed, they took John’s body out and led Jesus away.

The Sealed Portion

The Sealed Portion is blank!

PoScroll1

This is an idea I’ve been bouncing around for a while. You don’t need to believe it, I certainly don’t, but maybe you’ll learn something by considering it.

Ether 4: 6-7

For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord. And in that day that they shall exercise faith in me, saith the Lord, even as the brother of Jared did, that they may become sanctified in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them all my revelations, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of the heavens and of the earth, and all things that in them are.

So at the end of the day, what’s the point of having the record?

If you can see what the brother of Jared saw, why would you want to read about it?

Even worse, why would you want to read about it, probably in KJV-esque prose? (yuck!)

It’s unfortunate that this offer has been on the table since 1830, but we prefer to fantasize about another book. What could be in there? Why is it sealed? Did Joseph Smith really appear to the brother of Jared on the mount and reveal his true nature as Heavenly Mother? [Without a pinch of blasphemy, this post just wouldn’t be true to the way I think].

What if the Sealed Portion is simply blank, and by it’s mere existence God invites us to go beyond the pages of scripture and become a seer for ourselves?

The Dragon Scroll!

Lion of Judah

Weep not! Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. (Revelation 5:5)


 

A bit of speculation regarding lions. This involves sexual conflict and infanticide observed in nature, so it is a bit disturbing. But then again, you probably didn’t bat an eye when reading about valiant Nephi decapitating his blacked-out kin.

When a male lion takes over pride, he kills all the infant lions born to the previous male. While nursing the female lions will not become pregnant. By killing the infants, the females will more quickly be able to reproduce with the new head of the pride. Read more here.


 

What does this have to do with Jesus?

Damn, Aslan . . .

What does it have to do with this post?

What does it have to do with Malachi 4:1?

Am I just over-thinking things again?

Maybe, but I think this would make for a fun gospel doctrine lesson.

Cheers!

 

Bodies Celestial

There are heavenly bodies, and earthly bodies, but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is of one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is of another. One kind of splendor belongs to the sun, another to the moon, and another to the stars; yes, one star differs from another in splendor. It is just like this with the resurrection of the dead.

(1 Corinthians 15:40-42, Williams New Testament)


It was confirmed by revelation to Joseph Smith that Paul was teaching of gradations of glory in the resurrection. We assign them labels – Celestial, Terrestrial, Telestial. Differentiating between the Terrestrial and Telestial is a rite of passage for Mormon youth (at least it felt that way for me).

The heavenly symbols themselves have largely been neglected. I find it odd that we try to pick apart parables and read into the symbols, but neglect pondering the heavenly images God has fixed before us.

I’m going to play an imaginative game with myself and allow you to overhear some of my thoughts on the sun, the moon, and the stars. I’m going to view this from the perspective of the earth and generally ignore scientific knowledge as I play my game.


 

The Telestial

In the heavens there are many stars. Not every star is the same. Some are so faint, they possess hardly any light. Others are much brighter, but still hardly cut through the darkness that pervades where they reside.

These stars are a reflection of us and our state (the world and kingdom in which we presently reside). We should be humbled as we ponder the difference between the glory of a star (even the brightest of them) and the glory of the sun.

Around and around the stars go. When the are buried under the horizon, they rest for a season. Later, they reappear, emerge from their horizon tomb, and return to their dark estate.

This is not all, some stars fall from the heavens. What faint light they possess, is engulfed in the blackness as they fall. Often others will follow falling stars and meet the same fate as they cast themselves to the earth. It is futile to move independent of the course and path God has fixed.

The Terrestrial

Just as some stars are faint and others are bright, the moon is not static. It either waxes or wanes in its glory, one small degree at a time. Like the stars, there is the same potential to be swallowed up in the darkness. That risk should be recognized.

Unlike the stars, which are independent, the moon borrows it’s light directly from the sun. The light it imparts in the darkness is reflected sunlight.

Unlike the stars, the moon is a body which has assumed the shape of sun, though only possesses a fraction of the sun’s glory. The identical shape important, because it allows for two unique phenomena.

The first of these is a red moon. The moon can at times be stained as by blood (we should be reminded of sacrifice and covenants).

The second of these is when the sun and the moon at last meet in the sky. They overlap and become one. The moon is crowned at last with the glory of the sun. The infrequency of such an event should be noted.


The Celestial

The sun is far above the glory of the sun or moon. When the sun enters the scene, the stars fade, and cannot bear its presence. They are in effect burned up, while the moon remains. The darkness which pervades in the heavens, cannot coexist with the sun’s glory. This operates as a prophecy of future events where the Son of God will return in glory and burn the wicked inhabitants of this world. Every day the heavens testify of that day and what it will bring.

The sun is unique in that it is both singular (unlike the stars which are many) and uniform (unlike the moon which waxes and wanes). Often however, it is veiled behind the clouds to us.

The fact that these symbols are repeated should emphasize the cyclical nature of the eternities. The sun may visit, but will depart after a season, darkness will reemerge, and stars will dance in futile circles yet again.

Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

Stairs

Josh awoke in the dark of night.

The cries of his newborn did not go unheard.

He descended the stairs, to comfort his child.

When the child was still, the father returned upstairs.