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


19 Responses to Our Temporal Progression

  1. Tomi Day says:

    So I was up till the dawn hours reading all of this and have been totally blown away. It makes my heart so happy, to receive an understanding on this level. Is there anywhere that you have printed this information in totality so as one can study it without needing to have the computer up? Thank you for all you do in helping those of us on this path…i feel so inadequate… it seems so daunting, but such joy fills my heart when i read all of this it makes it seem as if even i could achieve this great blessing. Thanks again. Tomi

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  2. I only have the first book in printed form now. In the future I will do the rest for those who want a hardcopy. Any PDFs are free to have printed yourself.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    The Spirit literally directed me here. I have been loving reading all of the Book of Mormon chapters and didn’t realize you had put this book up. I would love a completed PDF version if available and putting in my order for the hard copy. Have read quite a bit tonight and can’t wait to finish. The comments and questions add much as well. Will you be putting those into the book version? [It will be in a book version with comments some time next year. PR]

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  4. Nate says:

    So when one receives the Gift of the Holy Ghost and becomes a 3rd estate being, the become a Holy Ghost?

    Why does the Lectures on Faith say the Hg is the mind of God? [These questions are answered in my link, “Our Temporal Progression,” in the sub links “Holy Spirit / Holy Ghost” and “Gift of the Holy Ghost.” PR]


  5. Nate says:

    So when one receives the Gift of the Holy Ghost and becomes a 3rd estate being, they become a Holy Ghost?

    Why does the Lectures on Faith say the Hg is the mind of God? [The Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit are often used interchangeably. It is literally the mind of God, or the power of God’s will, truth, love, and knowledge that fills the immensity of all creation. The Holy Ghost gift has more to do with a change inside of us. Again, refer to the links in “Our Temporal Progression” on the title bar of the homepage for more information. PR]

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  6. tekoraa says:

    Is there a difference between the light of Christ and the Holy Spirit? [They are a part of the same, but the Light of Christ is referring more to all things created in this world and His power. PR]

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  7. tekoraa says:

    So is the light of Christ kinda like a lesser portion of the Holy Spirit? [Not lesser, just of a different name and purpose. PR]

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  8. tekoraa says:

    What does the word “personage” mean in D&C 130, and where did the idea that the Holy Ghost was a being or person come from? Was this a misinterpretation by Jospeh’s Scribes, or was this Joseph’s belief that the spirit was a person who has yet to receive a body? [It means “individual.” This is accurate, like saying “The President is an individual who has been elected by the people. PR]

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  9. tekoraa says:

    From your section on the Holy Spirit:

    “In scripture, the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost are often thought of as a single individual; this is not a correct interpretation. The word from the Greek translation could be used interchangeably from ghost to spirit to mean the same thing. When we hear the word “ghost” we think of an individual without a body. This is correct, but is not a clear picture of what the words are meant to describe.”

    I don’t quite understand why the word “personage” or “individual” is used in the teachings of Joseph Smith. The nature of the Holy Spirit has got me confused more than ever. So far I understand it as the power and glory shared between Heavenly beings (Father, Mother, Christ, messengers). [The Holy Spirit is the mind of God, as it is described in the Lectures on Faith. The Holy Ghost term can be used in the same way. This power is the glory of God shared amongst His servants. The Holy Ghost gift is a change of one’s spirit to a higher level of glory. The personage is either the soul after it has received the glory, or the Spirit being exercised by someone. PR]

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  10. Nate says:

    Why does D&C 76 say that we become equal with the Savior in power, might and dominion? The Church of the Firstborn in verse 94 are those with the Gift of the Holy Ghost and Second Comfort, is that correct?… I believe these verses have been used to create pride and deception, to remove our depenance upon Jesus Christ. But I’m not sure what these scriptures mean exactly. The King Follette Discourse also says that we are co-equal with God, what does that mean? [Those who inherit this degree become like unto the Father, but this is not some sudden burst of power. It reads, “he makes them equal in power, and in might, and in dominion.” One cannot be made anything without going through the process that requires such. The entire purpose of the Church of the Firstborn is to prepare them to go beneath all things that they may rise above all things and bring glory to their Father and save the souls of the House of Israel in this world and the next. PR]

    D&C 76:94-95
    94 They who dwell in his presence are the church of the Firstborn; and they see as they are seen, and know as they are known, having received of his fulness and of his grace;
    95 And he makes them equal in power, and in might, and in dominion.

    King Follette Discourse/Sermon, April 7th 1844.
    “The mind or the intelligence which man possesses is co-equal [co-eternal] with God himself.” [Like a seed contains the potential to become like the tree that bore it, we too have the same intelligence (capacity of light) to become like God. PR]

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  11. Nate says:

    “The entire purpose of the Church of the Firstborn is to prepare them to go beneath all things that they may rise above all things and bring glory to their Father and save the souls of the House of Israel in this world and the next.”

    Do you mean this happens in future estates, and not this earth cycle?…. are 3rd estate just as much members of the Church of the Firstborn as 4th estate are? [We enter this association when we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, but most do not associate with the full glory of this calling until they have ascended to the Throne of Heaven. PR]

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  12. Nate says:

    D&C 76 also says that those who inherit celestial glory are the Church of the Firstborn. Does everyone who has received their Gift of the Holy Ghost/joined the Church of the Firstborn and ascend to the Throne of God, inherit the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom? [Celestial, yes; but it is a process to receive exaltation, which is what you might consider the highest degree. PR]

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  13. Nate says:

    What does the scriptures when mean it says we will be saviors in Moumt Zion, or that we will become saviors? [This phrase is a reference to the 144k, the fourth estate, whose work is to assist the Lord in saving the House of Israel. PR]

    Also, what does it mean to be annointed a King and Priest to rule over the House of Israel?… is that something we obtain in this life? [This is a reference to Melchizedek level priesthood, which is given to the members of the Church of the Firstborn when they rise to the fourth estate. PR]

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  14. Nate says:

    When we are born again in the Gift of the Holy Ghost we receive a new heart in Christ. But why do some even them continue to sin or fall?… the desire to sin leaves, it’s no longer in your heart. [Every person who is born again will continue to sin. It is the nature of living in a mortal body. However, they have a new spirit within them that is claimed by Christ and cannot be lost except by denying the Holy Ghost. When they continue to sin they are subject to the buffetings of Satan. PR]

    Ezekial 36:26-27
    I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
    And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.


  15. Nate says:

    Christ means Annointed/Messiah, as I understand it. So when D&C says we become Christs, is that meaning we Annointed/Messiahs? The Bible says Cyrus was a Messiah. Why? [Cyrus was an anointed king who saved the people. The word can be used in such a manner too. PR]

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  16. Nate says:

    What is the”law of carnal commandments”? [The Ten Commandments given to Moses for the Israelites. PR]

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  17. Nate says:

    Was animal sacrifice also considered a carnal commandment?… sacrament replaced animal sacrifice as an ordinance, so is that also a carnal commandment?

    Why are the 10 commandments called carnal? [Carnal commandments related to telestial for the purpose of overcoming the flesh so we can ascend to a higher level. The Sacrament is not considered carnal, as it refers to the spiritual covenant of the Lord. PR]


  18. Nate says:

    What law would the Israelites with Moses had received instead? The Doctrine of Christ in Third Nephi? [A more intimate covenant where the people would have been able to enter the presence of the Lord.This would have allowed them to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, which is the purpose of the New Covenant given after Christ’s Resurrection. PR]

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  19. Nate says:

    Why is this called Temporal Progression if it deals with our spiritual progression? [Temporal, meaning what can be received in this life. PR]

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