TEMPLE BUILDING IN THE LATTER DAYS
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Doctrine and Covenants 94-97
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Doctrine and Covenants 93
10 The worlds were amade by him; men were made by him; all things were made by him, and through him, and of him.
10 He was in the aworld, and the bworld was cmade by him, and the world dknew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own areceived him not.12 But as many as areceived him, to them gave he bpower to become the csons of God, even to them that believe on his dname:
16 And of his afulness have all we received, and bgrace for grace.
D&C 93 tells us that John also saw the resurrected and glorified Christ who had a fullness of glory, and that we also can obtain a fullness of glory, through Him.
19 I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and aknow what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness.
21 And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the abeginning with the Father, and am the bFirstborn;
22 And all those who are begotten through me are apartakers of the bglory of the same, and are the cchurch of the Firstborn.
23 Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is aSpirit, even the Spirit of truth;
24 And atruth is bknowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;
25 And whatsoever is amore or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a bliar from the beginning.
26 The Spirit of atruth is of God. I am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He breceived a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth;
27 And no man receiveth a afulness unless he keepeth his commandments.
28 He that akeepeth his commandments receiveth btruth and clight, until he is glorified in truth and dknoweth all things... (italics added)
Skipping down to verse 36, we find a truth that defines our theology:
36 The aglory of God is bintelligence, or, in other words, clight and truth.
In Section 88 we learned that truth, light, knowledge, power, glory, and joy are all expressions of the same thing: being one with God. (Here's that link again.) This is what we will experience in heaven: a fullness of glory, intelligence, light, truth, joy. It's going to be awesome!
Learn and Grow, While Living By Faith
There can be few people in this dispensation who studied the gospel, Church history, and world religions more thoroughly than did BYU professor Hugh Nibley. Hugh Nibley's book, An Approach to the Book of Mormon, was actually the Melchizedek Priesthood manual in the 1950s. My father loved this book and loved the other writings of Hugh Nibley. My own testimony has been strengthened by reading Nibley's books and watching his rambling lectures on YouTube.
A few days prior to his death at age 94, Brother Nibley "visited the other side" or had a near-death experience. His colleague, Brent Hall, asked if he would share what he saw there.
Brother Nibley responded,
"Well, it's really very simple. It comes down to two scriptures: One is that 'The glory of God is intelligence' and the next one is that 'Man is that he might have joy.' When I was there, I knew everything. Because of that, I was really happy."
We must all keep learning and keep growing in grace. In this life, we will never know the last thing, however, even if we are Walter Scott, Sidney Rigdon, Brigham Young, or Hugh Nibley, because as we are we required to learn, we are also required to live by faith. And thus we grow in grace.
(You can watch Brother Hall tell the story here.)