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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Eternal Life vs. Exaltation

So today during my Gospel Doctrine lesson I got called to the carpet by a gentleman after I stated there is a fine line between Eternal Life and Exaltation. He just wanted to clarify that there is NO difference between Eternal Life and Exaltation. So once I got home I started to study up a bit.

Personality I believe that eternal life is with Jesus Christ, while Exaltation is life with God the father. Here is that the definition from the reads on Eternal Life:

"Eternal life is the phrase used in scripture to define the quality of life that our Eternal Father lives. The Lord declared, "This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). Immortality is to live forever as a resurrected being. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, everyone will receive this gift. Eternal life, or exaltation, is to live in God's presence and to continue as families (see D&C 131:1–4). Like immortality, this gift is made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. However, to inherit eternal life requires our "obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel" (Articles of Faith 1:3). "

While the entry for Exaltation reads: "See eternal life"

So I have adjusted my believe to be as follows. Eternal life and Exaltation are the same. Just like Elders Quorum and High Priests are the same Melchizedek Priesthood. Exaltation is just a higher part of eternal life. The same concept can go like this, all rectangles are squares, but not all squares are rectangles.

If you are exalted you will have already have achieved eternal life, but it is just a higher step.

Any thoughts?

Thursday, April 23, 2009


So the missionaries in my area have been teaching someone in my department at work. Due to schedule changes and such I really don’t know the person, but they have been trying to get me to go out on a discussion with them, however when ever they schedule a time where I can go, the appointment seems to get cancelled. This has gotten me to thinking about what could I share with someone investigating the church that might be beneficial. I mean I’d rather talk to a member who has been reading anti-Mormon literature, verses the person learning about the gospel any day! This soul searching has gotten me to think about my testimony. What is it exactly that I believe? This is what I have so far:

I believe that Jesus is the Christ and by living his teachings we are better off in the world and can find peace. I believe the Bible and Book of Mormon contain truths that when followed lead to greater happiness in life. I hope that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the correct church. I can not say that I know this, nor can I say it is the only true church on the earth but I really hope it is so. However I have made the decision after much thought and prayer that this is where I am going to worship, and I can’t really think of a better church to raise a family in. This not knowing about the true church makes me feel weak and that if I where more righteous I could “know” that the church is true.

I believe Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he revealed much to the earth. I also believe that like the great prophets before him people never fully understood as much as he did. Therefore we practice differently that the way the church was first set up. This does not mean that we are in a state of apostasy, we are still lead my the spirit. It just means that there are great truths that are lost and will not be preached from the pulpit, but can be understood through personal revelation.

I believe in the concept of eternal rounds, Multiple Mortal Probations, Remortalization or whatever you want to call it. (Just as long as it isn’t reincarnation!) This is one of the only ways that I can see a system of line upon line precept upon precept that would be consistent through out the eternities. I also believe that if I were to teach this publicly I could loose my membership in the church.

Well I’ll just leave it at this for now, but as I think of others I will add them.