Our spiritual progression, symbolically represented by Jacob's ladder and the temple, can have 3 principal steps. Step 1: Telestial Understanding – Receive the Holy Ghost – Follow Christ. Step 2: Terrestrial Understanding – Receive the Son – Meet Christ. Step 3: Celestial Understanding – Receive the Father – Know Christ. This book suggests that Step 2 can occur in this mortal life. Topics include: the progression of faith, hope, and charity; the endowment as a mental-spiritual map; sacrifice; passive salvation; calling and election made sure; one eternal round as an endless spiral.
The ordinance commonly referred to as "the sacrament" is one of the ordinances of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that has a fixed wording. The same words are obviously important enough to be read on a weekly basis to everyone in the Church. Every word is there for a reason. Certain words are left out for a reason. This book is mainly written to suggest that much can be learned by prayerfully pondering the ordinance. Some topics addressed include: - Existence of God - Spiritual heart transplant - Atonement and bitter cup - Spiritual blood transfusion - Omnipresent Spirit of the Gods - Gift of the Holy Ghost - More sure word of prophecy - Fulness of the Holy Ghost - Why the word "always" is not at the end of the prayer for the water
Addresses the “mental-spiritual level” (one of many symbolic levels), & its key symbolism: the earth represents our mind. Discusses the plan of salvation as it is symbolized by one eternal round. As the earth journeys through the Days of the Eternal Round, so may our mind. Selected topics include: trees in the garden of Eden, the Book of Mormon & the battlefield of the mind, cherubim & a flaming sword, the 2 spindles of the Liahona, Zenos’ allegory, Book of Abraham Facsimile No. 2. Day 1: Council of the Eternal God — Premortal mind. Day 2: Creation — Innocent mind. Day 3: Fall — Accountable mind. Day 4: Atonement — Converted mind. Day 5: Second Coming — Awakened mind. Day 6: Judgment — Active mind. Day 7: The rest of the Lord — Transcendent mind.
Some people have claimed to have met the Savior. Some of these people may be deceiving. Some of these people may be delusional. Some of these people may have been deceived. Some of these people may be telling the truth. Ultimately, what others say regarding their experiences does not have direct bearing on our own individual salvation. However, hearing about authentic experiences may be a source of encouragement for some.
Brigham Young said that Deity "is in every person upon the face of the earth. The elements that every individual is made of and lives in, possess the Godhead” (JD 1:93). This book examines the fifth Lecture on Faith, explains the Godhead on one other layer of symbolism, and discusses the concept of multiple arbitrary levels of spirituality, understanding, laws, and reality itself.