Sunday, July 26, 2015

There are those individuals who are unconvinced that it is possible to see God while in mortality and they say that, "if it's not in the scriptures, I won't believe it."

Here are 62 scriptures which not only verify the possibility of seeing God, but some of them  maintain it is our responsibility to seek his presence.

John 14:21 "he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and will manifest myself to him."
Matt. 5:8 (3 Ne. 12:8) the pure in heart shall see God
JST-Matt. 11:27 "and no man knoweth the Son but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son and they whom the Son will reveal himself; they shall see the Father also."
Heb. 12:14 "follow peace and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."
Gen. 12:7 Lord appeared unto Abraham
Daniel 10:5,6 Daniel sees the Lord; describes his appearance.
Ezek. 1:1 Ezekiel sees "visions of God."
Acts 7:55 Stephen sees "God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God."
Gen. 26:2 Isaac sees the Lord.
Gen. 28:13 Jacob sees the Lord in a dream.
D&C 67:10-12 Faithful elders shall be quickened by the Spirit and see the face of God.
It is your privilege
A promise to those that have been ordained unto this ministry
Inasmuch as ye
strip yourself from jealousies, fears
humble yourself before me
the veil shall be rent, you shall see me and know that I am
not with carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual
No man has seen God at any time in the flesh except quickened by the Spirit
Neither can any natural man abide the presence of God, neither after the carnal mind.
D&C 88:67,68 eye be single to my glory, whole body filled with light, no darkness, comprehendeth all things, sanctify yourselves, days will come . . . you will see him, he will unveil his face, in his own time, own way, own will
Gen. 31:24 "God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night"
Gen. 32:30 Jacob: "I have seen God face to face"
Gen. 35:9 "God appeared unto Jacob again."
Exodus 3:2 Moses "angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire" "the bush burned with fire [but] was not consumed."
Exo. 24:9-17 Moses, Aaron, Nabab, Abihu, 70 of the Elders of Israel, and nobles of the children of Israel "saw God . . . and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone; and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness." "sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel."
1 Kings 3:5 "Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night."
2 Chron. 1:7 "God [did] appear unto Solomon."
D&C 84:20-24 By power of Melchizedeck priesthood is the "power of godliness manifest" ordinances and authority thereof, without which no man can "see the face of God, even the Father, and live." Moses taught this to the children of Israel, sought to sanctify them, they hardened their hearts, could not endure his presence, God's anger kindled; they should not enter into his rest (while in wilderness); rest is fullness of his glory.
D&C 93:1 forsake sins, come unto Christ, call on his name, obey his voice, keep his commandments, "shall see my face and know that I am."
D&C 97:15,16 Do not suffer unclean things to enter the temple, my glory will rest on it, my presence shall be there, I will come into it, all pure in heart who enter shall see God.
D&C 101:38 "And seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life"
D&C 109:5 "Build a house to thy name [temple] so that the Son of Man might have a place to manifest himself to his people."
Num. 11:25 "Lord came down in a cloud"
Num. 12:6,8 "If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream . . . and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold."
Num. 22:9,20 "God came unto Balaam."
Num. 23:4 God met Balaam
1 Sam. 3:21 "And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh" to Samuel
Ezek. 1:26-28 Ezekiel sees throne of God, sapphire stone, as the appearance of a man, brightness of a fire, as the appearance of a rainbow around.
Amos 9:1 Amos sees the Lord
Acts. 7:2 God appeared to Abraham
2 Chron. 18:18 Micaiah said, "I saw the Lord sitting upon his throne, and all the hosts of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left."
D&C 110:1 Lord appears to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery.
D&C 110:7,8 "I will manifest myself in mercy unto my people in this house." will appear to my servants and speak unto them, if they keep my commandments, do not pollute the holy house.
Alma 12:29 "[God] send angels to converse with them, who caused man to behold of his glory."
D&C 136:37 "Ye are not yet pure; ye cannot yet bear my glory; but ye shall behold it if ye are faithful in keeping all my words
Moses 7:4 Enoch sees the Lord
Abr. 1:15 Abraham sees Jehovah
Moses 8:22 Shem, Ham, and Japeth "walked with God"
JST-Gen. 14:30,31 "everyone ordained after [the order of the Son of God]. . . should have power . . . to stand in the presence of God."
Mormon 1:15 Mormon sees the Lord at age 15
Ether 9:21,22 "Emer executed judgment in righteousness . . . he saw the Son of Righteousness, and did rejoice and glory in his day; and he died in peace."
Alma 36:22 Alma saw God as Lehi did and the numberless concourses of angels and longed to be there.
Ether 12:39 Moroni said Jesus "talked with me face to face, . . . he told me in plain humility, even as one man telleth another in mine own language, concerning these things."
Daniel 7:9 Daniel "beheld...the Ancient of days...whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool: his throne was like a fiery flame...thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand [100 million] stood before him: the judgment was set"
Daniel 3:22,25 after Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fire, the king's counselor said, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire . . . and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."
Moses 1:5 "No man can behold all my works except he behold all my glory, and no man can behold all my glory, and afterwards remain in the flesh on the earth."
1 Ne. 2:16 the Lord "visits" Nephi.
2 Ne. 2:4 Jacob "hast beheld in thy youth his glory"
1 Ne. 1:8 Lehi "saw God"
D&C 107:49 "and [Enoch] saw the Lord, and he walked with him, and was before his face continually."
D&C 107:53,54 Lord appeared unto Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah at valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman.
2 Ne. 25:14 "after the Messiah hath risen from the dead, and hath manifested himself unto his people, unto as many as will believe on his name..."
Ether 12:12 The Lord shows not himself to the children of men until after their faith.
Alma 19:13 king Lamoni said "I have seen my Redeemer, and he shall come forth, and be born of a woman, and he shall redeem all mankind who believe..."
Alma 36:22 Alma "saw, even as our father Lehi saw, God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels, in the attitude of singing and praising God."
Alma 36:26 "because of the word that [God] imparted to me [Alma], many . . . have seen eye to eye as I have seen, therefore they do know of these things of which I have spoken, as I do know."
Mormon 1:15 Mormon "being 15 years of age and being somewhat of a sober mind, therefore I was visited of the Lord, and tasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus."
2 Ne. 10:2,3 Jacob (Lehi's son) and Isaiah "have seen my Redeemer even as I [Nephi] have seen him."
Other references found since the above compilation:
Rev. 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
3 Ne. 11:8 (3 Ne. 11:1-28:15) "they saw a Man descending out of heaven; and he was clothed in a white robe; and he came down and stood in the midst of them..."


Monday, July 13, 2015

This testimony comes from a sister known only as Mary on the internet.

-Receiving Calling and Election and the More Sure Word of Promise-  
My husband came across the doctrine of Calling and Election while on his mission.  Before and after we were married we read all we could find about it and studied the Gospel in general, but still had many questions which weren't answered in our searching.   Some of the things we read were accurate, some were not.  Here is my story...
     I had some business in Salt Lake City, Utah, home of the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  I had wanted to go to the Temple the night before but instead babysat for the friends with whom I was staying and cleaned some messes the children had made.  I felt sad that I hadn't been able to attend that night and when I went to bed I was very prayerful about it.  I told my friends that I would be attending an early session the next morning.  I had many questions on my mind, one of which being, "Where is the Holy of Holies?"  We had been told that in order to make one's Calling and Election Sure, there had to be a call from the prophet inviting us to the temple where he would escort us to the room called the "Holy of Holies."  There we would be privileged to meet with the Savior.  This was heavily on my mind as I drove through the rain storm which the morning brought.  I went alone.    The Spirit was very strong in the car all the way to the Temple and it continued to be very strong as I dressed and then waited in the Chapel for my session to begin.  I had felt the Spirit most of my life, but this morning it was exceedingly strong and bright.  The Spirit was increasingly stronger throughout the endowment session and as I entered the Celestial Room.  I wanted to sit and pray and commune with the Lord and so my eyes panned the room to find the spot where I would feel comfortable as I did this.  My eyes fell on a single chair which was on the far side of the Celestial Room, by itself on the left looking from the Veil and close to the corner.  I sat in that chair and began to pray.  As I was praying a voice came to my mind as if it were verbalized out loud, but it spoke to my soul, spirit to spirit.  It was like Enos' description of the voice he heard.  
     I was first told to look to the left.  There were three rooms there with closed doors.  There was a large urn in front of the one in the center.  I was told, "This room is the Holy of Holies."  I was then told, "Thy sins are forgiven thee and thou are acceptable unto me."   I thought, "How can this be?", but I knew the Lord would not lie and I felt peace and more joy than I had ever felt before.  It was so sacred to me that I told no one until I got to my home, though there were no instructions given to keep it secret. 
     I told my husband when I was home again.  He wondered what this could have been.  How could I have been given this priceless gift without all the fanfare that we believed was necessary?   I KNEW  the Lord loved me despite my sins and shortcomings and that I could be with Him again if I were acceptable to Him and I had been told just that!   I dared not hope that I had received the More Sure Word of Promise, even though I had, indeed.  It was September, 1989.
      Moving into the future, in 2007 I was given a vision while I was sleeping.  In my vision I was in the Monticello, Utah Temple.  I was in the Terrestrial room, about 3 rows back from the front, and was the only one in the room.  The room was lit brightly as it always is.  As I sat there it was made known to me that I was to rise and go to the veil.  I have been told by the Spirit not to reveal intimate details more than I will write here except in person as the Spirit dictates, but I can say that the nail marks in the Savior's hands are  much larger than I expected.  There is much scar tissue in the center of His right hand.  His voice permeated my soul, soft and kind and loving.  When I was face to face with Him, He looked down at me with such deep love! (I am 5'2" and He is much taller than I am.)   His love permeated my whole soul and I felt love like I had never felt before in this mortal probation.  He embraced me and I knew that I would someday be with Him forever and ever, never to go out, no more pain or sadness.  When I woke I wanted to tell everyone but I didn't.  I relayed it only to my husband.  I pondered it in my heart.  
     I have heard since that it is common to first hear that you will receive, then after a period of time, which is different for each individual, the presence of the Lord is given. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

This also came from, "Experiencing The Mighty Change"...

While we do not know personally the individual in this story, his story has impressed us deeply. A man had been praying for some time to meet one of the three Nephites. The Spirit spoke to him and said in substance, “Why pray to meet one of them? Why not pray to meet the Savior?" So he began to pray to meet the Savior. Not long thereafter his new prayer was answered at which time his calling and election was also made sure. This man subsequently explained to my friend who told me this story that the Savior loves us so much, it's like a child who wants a new bike that costs $150 but the child only has $1. Simply by putting forth a sincere effort and putting up the $1, the Savior then makes up the difference. We think it also worth noting that the Lord did not simply appear to him, HE HAD TO ASK FOR IT before the Lord appeared. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Prior to having Couples Prayer tonight, I mentioned to Carol, "My body is craving ice cream and my spirit is craving Calling and Election Assured".   So she wisely said,  "Why don''t you have both at the same time?"

So I am eating some rocky road ice cream as I post this about Calling and Election after which I will study this document and have mighty prayer before retiring.

These 2 paragraphs come from a book entitled,  "Experiencing The Mighty Change"  and can be obtained on line by typing in  Experiencing the mighty change-shalyce    on Yahoo for free.  It is the 4th one listed.   The authors are Hal Wilcox and G. Randall Klimt.      These 2 paragraphs come at the end just before the appendix.     The appendix consists of recorded experiences of those who  "received it".

As we mentioned earlier, since January 1993 when we began distributing this book, we have met something like half a dozen people who we know have had their calling and election made sure. We have also heard of many others. Only one or two of those we know of are at the end of their lives. Most are middle aged or younger and most have yet to serve in any major leadership position, such as Bishop, etc. Most will not say a word about what they have received, but once in a while, by listening very carefully to what is said, one can put the pieces together. Those that we are certain about we have known well enough that they have been more open with us.

The real lesson is not only that this blessing is real and available, but that it is happening to people right now, today, all around us. And the number of those receiving it will only increase as events proceed ever more rapidly to the divinely decreed crescendo that seems to be so very near, even at the door. So for those who truly and earnestly desire these blessings, there is no better time to begin the quest than right now. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

It is very common to doubt. Many people even receive the promise and don't realize it for years. The nice thing is that you can go to God as many times as you need for reassurance and witness.

C&E is like baptism. And 8 year old child can know enough to be baptized and then spend a great deal of his life learning more about it, what it means, how it works, why we do it. So it is with C&E... You don't get it because you read all the books and memorized the scriptures. You don't get it because you attended church that 10,000th time or got 100% on your home teaching or lived all the commandments perfectly. It isn't about what you did or do at all. And this is what seems to trip people up more than anything, they are so focused on what to do that they miss the point which is who to be?

Mormon tells us in Moro. 7 that and evil person can do no good and that a good person can do no evil. He tells us that if an evil person prays and a good person prays, then one is blessed and the other cursed, even though they DID the same thing. It is the WHY and the HOW and not the WHAT that makes all the difference. 

And as you experienced, God IS LOVE. First we receive love and then give love. All the scriptures and all the meaning of things will come as you explorer your blessing from this context, looking back on your life and seeing the path you have traveled and the path you will travel. Now that you have the blessings is the time to begin to understand it. You have learned the true Order of Prayer and conversed with the Lord through the veil. You have received the name of the Second token of the Melchizedek Priesthood, from the Lord through the veil. Go back to the Lord with the desire to enter His presence and let him pull you through...

Peace and love Brother,