Our Temporal Progression

“Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.” D&C 130:18-19

“Knowledge and intelligence” are two interesting choice of words from the prophet. Most people today would conflate those words to mean how much information and brainpower has been acquired; but it is far more. “Knowledge” is a reference to our relationship with the Lord. That relationship will determine the level of “intelligence” that we receive.

The level of intelligence we obtain is the same as how much light and glory we are given. This is how “grace” is received from God. Not by our own power, but by God’s mercy; thereby, we are given opportunities in life to receive more knowledge and intelligence. All these mercies are made available to those who make covenants with the Lord; either before they are born or hereafter.

In these links I will lay out a portion of the Plan of Salvation in a way to help you see the broader picture of mortality. This is a part of the Everlasting Covenant, but I will only go as far as what is needed during this life for those who will be the Servants of the Lord.

Premortal Experience

Virtues of Godliness

Entering Mortaility

Understanding the Terms

Holy Spirit / Holy Ghost

Holy Spirit of Promise

Baptism of Fire

Gift of the Holy Ghost

Calling and Election

Calling and Election Made Sure

The Second Comforter

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10 Responses to Our Temporal Progression

  1. Nate says:

    Thank you for sharing! I’m very much looking forward to applying this. Your chapter on the C&E Made Sure say it’s to have the Lord make yiur mission known during a Second Comforter experience. What do you make of people who claim to get revelation sealing them up to etereal life and saying their C&E is made sure?…. just a mental revelation/words, not a vision. Joseph Smith say’s that the C&E comes before entering the Lords presence.

    TPJS, pp. 150-51 “After a person has faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins and receives the Holy Ghost, (by the laying on of hands), which is the first Comforter, then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son, thou shalt be exalted.

    When the Lord has thoroughly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve Him at all hazards, then the man will find his calling and his election made sure, then it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter, which the Lord hath promised the Saints, as is recorded in the testimony of St. John, in the 14th chapter, from the 12th to the 27th verses.”

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  2. It is false to think another can pronounce this upon you. It is from the Lord Himself in a personal and tangible visit. I know this contradicts what many believe, but it is what I understand.

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  3. Nate says:

    You say the Second Comforter is the beginning of our mission, you also say that 4th estate beings are those with missions. What mission would a 2nd or 3rd estate being look forward to, or is this reserved only for the 4th estates and Great and Noble Ones?

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  4. A Second Estate has a mission if they have made the Everlasting Covenant before birth. Those missions can be varied. A Third Estate is as the “angels of God,” to serve the Lord to save souls according to the Lord’s will. The fourth estate make their additional covenant before their birth as well, but it is to assist the Lord in gathering Israel. The Great and Noble include those who are 4th estate, but also play key roles such as heads of dispensations.

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  5. does a 2nd estate can become a 4th estate in this life? or a can he only progress to 3rd estate only on this earth?

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  6. During mortality a person can only go from 2nd to 3rd estate. Other progressions take place after.

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  7. Nate says:

    Will 3rd Estate beings “angels of God” partake in the Gathering with the sealing power and be translated?

    Not yet sure which estate I am, I’m seeking knowledge from the Lord on what my mission involves. But the idea of helping aide the Lord in healing broken souls, protecting the weak and bringing them to Zion brings joy to my heart.

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  8. They assist. The difference between the Levites and the Sons of Aaron.

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  9. Nate says:

    How do they assist? Baptisms?

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  10. Yes, with the temporal ordinances and affairs. Eventually, all will experience it. Even if at a later time.

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