In the LDS Church this phrase is seldom used, but many suppose it is related to God’s Plan of Salvation. We’ve all seen the chart with the circles and rectangles explaining God’s plan for us to get to the Celestial Kingdom. Where did this chart come from? Who created it? Did Joseph Smith draw out this diagram? If anyone knows the origin of this, please share. Much of this diagram is based on men’s interpretations of Joseph’s revelations; but there are many gaps in the interpretation.
To understand the mysteries of godliness is to understand the three questions.
- What is my relationship with God?
- Who was I before I was born?
- What is God’s plan for my eternal progression?
In my journey to understand these mysteries I have trusted in the Lord to reveal these things in more detail.
For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round. (1 Nephi 10:19)
About a year ago I began to pray about these questions more earnestly. Since having my visits with the Lord have been shown much on this subject. I have learned the importance of the Law of Asking, as an eternal principle, which as applied opens to us the knowledge of God.
If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal. (D&C 42:61)
The following chart is a more accurate view of the Complete Plan of Salvation, or as we may call it, “The Principle of Eternal Lives.” I have been given permission to reveal this and have purposefully been vague in some places. Why be vague? Some mysteries are withheld because it may be harmful to some to receive a fullness if they are not prepared. For this reason, I am instructed to withhold a detailed explanation of the nature of the estates beyond the Third Estate. These you will need to ask the Lord directly and He will answer you when the time is appropriate. This diagram will help you to formulate the questions to ask the Lord.
For a better understanding of this diagram, “The Complete Plan of Salvation,” refer to the link: Translation of the Book of Moses
. . . open your ears that ye may hear, and your hearts that ye may understand, and your minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view. (Mosiah 2:9)