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Test Footnotes here

ber of articles with footnotes [1] that I wanted to post to my site, but I didn’t want to reformat them all and manually add the needed html. So I tried a number of footnote plugins like FD Footnotes, Footnotes for WordPress, WP-Footnotes and the YAFootnotes [✔] Plugin, but none of them were exactly what I wanted.

I wanted a footnote plugin that would dynamically display the footnotes when you hovered or mouseovered the footnote link[✔]. I also wanted to be able to put the footnote text either inline OR at the bottom and have the plugin dynamically put them together

footnotes example

JQuery Hovering Footnotes

I have a number of articles with footnotes [1] that I wanted to post to my site, but I didn’t want to reformat them all and manually add the needed html. So I tried a number of footnote plugins like FD Footnotes, Footnotes for WordPress, WP-Footnotes and the YAFootnotes [2] Plugin, but none of them were exactly what I wanted.

I wanted a footnote plugin that would dynamically display the footnotes when you hovered or mouseovered the footnote link[3]. I also wanted to be able to put the footnote text either inline OR at the bottom and have the plugin dynamically put them together at the end of the article. So I pulled together some of the work from YaFootnotes by stratos, as well as this great javascript code combined with this (both using jQuery).

Usage

In order to use the plugin just add double braces around the footnote link like this {1}[4], and then add corresponding double bracketed numbers around the actual footnote. [1]My Footnote[1] (except double of course).

Look very closely at the below ‘Footnotes Test’ example image. At least half of the questions I get from people who cant get the plugin to work right, are because they are not formatting properly with TWO curly braces around the footnote link and TWO brackets around the footnote number before AND after the footnote text. (SEE EXAMPLE). It bassically follows the format of YaFootnotes. You would enter your footnotes according to the following format into the wordpress editor.

Then the php script reformats the code to spit out the following html in your page.

Which the browser then interprets with the javascript to add the dynamic popup. The plugin is also nice because you can put the footnote text either inline (right after the link), or at the bottom all together. Either way, the php code will parse it out of the body and stick them all together in a list in the footer. Then it uses jQuery to pull the footnote text out of the footer and dynamically stick it into the hoverbox so the user doesn’t have to go down to the footnote to read it (and so you don’t have to type it twice).

Also note, the ‘return to text’ symbol right now is just the ansi $crarr, but you could easily swap this out for a little image or just the words ‘back’. I will likely get around to adding this to the GUI some time[5], so you don’t have to delve into the php file to do it.

Also be aware that the plugin does reference jquery, as well as its own small javascript and css file. If you would like to make changes to the pop-up styling, you can do so in the css file. Also, if you are concerned with these 3 files loading on each page, you could cut and paste the css into your theme style sheet and then comment out the load reference in the main php file. I plan on adding the capability in the back end to disable the loading of these external files and the dynamic popup capabilities that the files provide.

Download it here.

If you have a feature request you can leave a comment below, or if things are busy for me you may have better luck by dropping a small donation to encourage me to help. (Or if you love the plugin and just want to say thanks)

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I actually have footnotes hidden in my blog, but if I didnt this is how the footnote list would look here at the bottom of the page. (and the links would work right)

Footnotes    (↵ returns to text)

  1. Such as this one.
  2. I liked YaFootnotes because it was so simple and had very compact code
  3. Like a lot of the jQuery footnote packages I’v seen out there.
  4. I cant put double braces here, or it would become a footnote, and I didnt want to go to the work of making a picture of an individual example. So please just picture double braces and brackets instead of the single ones you see here.
  5. This is a work in progress.

Footnotes Plugin

This page is a compilation of all the wordpress footnote plugins. I need to pick the features I like best and try and combine them in a plugin that fits my needs.

YAFootnotes Plugin
http://www.stratos.me/wp-plugins/yafootnotes/

My Favorite because it is the only plugin that does footnotes that are NOT INLINE with the text. So I can keep them at the end of the article where they belong. Now if I can just edit it to use javascript to give mouseover/hover text & a admin page it would be perfect.

1. Usage: NOT Inline, after text. inline footnote link is double braces/curly brackets [1]
2. Linkage: no popup, no hover text, no superscript, just a link in brackets [1]. CAN be formatted to be superscript, and some other things.
3. bottom link is double brackets

WP-Footnotes
http://www.elvery.net/drzax/wordpress-footnotes-plugin

1. Usage: inline, double parenthesis, it numbers them ((This is a footnote))
2. Linkage: nice hover text box
3. Admin Page with lots of options.

FD Footnotes
http://flagrantdisregard.com/footnotes-plugin/

1. Usage: inline, single brackets, you number, [1. This is a footnote] 2. Linkage: super-script, no pop-up, just a link.
3. No Admin, cool back arrow on back-links

Footnotes for WordPress
http://projects.radgeek.com/wp-footnotes/

1. Usage: inline, [ref name=”source2″]Source[/ref] 2. Linkage: crazy formatted pop up with scroll bars
3.

Simple Footnotes
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-footnotes/

1. Usage: inline, [ref]Source[/ref] 2. Linkage: crazy formatted pop up with scroll bars??????
3.

Also check out:
http://mormonuniversalism.com/wp-admin/plugin-install.php?tab=plugin-information&plugin=netblog&TB_iframe=true&width=640&height=755

http://netblog.benjaminsommer.com/

http://blog.purepistos.net/index.php/cre/

LDS Scripture reference… http://www.dearscriptures.com/linker_wp

example: http://gospel-doctrine.com/lessons/old-testament/beware-lest-thou-forget/

LDS SCRIPTURES IN WORDPRESS

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/scripturelog/

IM ALSO TESTING PICASA PLUGINS FOR WORDPRESS. we’ll see how this works.

The Anti-Christs (Demiurge)

There are three divine beings. The true Gods (the I AM’s), the false gods/idols (the demiurge/anti-Christs), and the dark lords (Satans). The Satans live in the realm of darkness (hells), the true gods and false gods both live in the realm of light, but the false gods become the Devils of the next cycle.

The true Gods are what they are. They do not crave or like worship. They are simply the beings of the higher levels who do their best to serve and help those of the lower levels progress (because that the type of people they are).

The false gods (demiurge/anti-christs) are created by the people in the same way that Israel disobediently created Saul and David to be their kings. The blind masses want a celebrity to worship. They want a king to rule them. They want a golden calf to dance around and they create these in their own minds… then an egocentric individual steps into the mold created by the masses. If he does not live up to the mold, he is overthrown from office and a new sycophant is inaugurated. They pretend to rule the masses, but in reality, the masses rule them. They are puppets.. the puppet rulers of the true Gods. The true Gods oversee and have power over all mortal and immortal existence. But they wish for people to rule themselves and always do their aiding and managing in a laissez-faire manner. But when the people want a king or god… they give the people what the want. They let them select some poor puppet and allow the people to carve them into what the masses crave, all the while knowing that the fate of all idols is the axe and the fire.

So then what is the difference between a true God and a false God (demiurge)? Simply put, one wants to be God and is thus directed from below (the masses), and the other has no real desire to be God and thus is humbly directed from above. One is slave to his subjects and the other is subject to his father only. Look at the difference in attitude between Jesus and Lucifer…

1 And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor.
2 But, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me—Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.
3 Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down;
4 And he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice.

The Church of the Devil (Satans) is the whore of all the earth. But the anti-christ/demiurge is a whore too. It is one who offers sexual union with only the flesh. One who masquerades at-one-ment with only one aspect of their being. The flesh is not the soul. It is only one aspect of the soul… a covering that hides spirit. Both man and God have many layers and to “know” God or another individual is to know and love all their layers. Because of the law of one, it is often true that a person with a beautiful body has an opposite and equal ugliness to some aspect of their spirit being. True union in the marriage chamber entails accepting and embracing the whole individual both beautiful and ugly. A whore offers only the flesh in a union that is far from oneness. It is a selfish union where energy transfer is not equal. It drains and distorts.

So it is with the demiurge. He offers one aspect of the ONE TRUE GOD and says I am GOD, know me and gain eternal life. And yet he does not reveal his whole self nor does he give it. He selfishly takes and leaves his “subjects” drained and violated. His does not offer true at-one-ment for he has not yet truly at-oned himself. He does not reveal both his “good” and his “bad” nor does he lift his brethren up with him. He does not tell man that he was once like them and that they are one step behind being his equal. He does not unclothe his first and his last, his beauty and his uncomelyness nor his wrath with his patience.

It’s no mistake that the same Hebrew & Greek words that Christ uses in John 17 saying that life eternal is to “Know” God, is also used to describe procreation in the Bible. Knowing God is like “knowing” a man or a woman. It is a very sacred and deep parallel. Man is hidden beneath clothing because his glory is too much for the innocent. But both Man and God were initially clothed with the intention of being revealed. Those who are afraid of reading another’s religious texts or scripture are like those who are afraid of seeing another uncovered. To unclothe God is to play with fire and one must take care not to get burned. But if we seek truth to be our bride then we must get past the covering which has been placed on her to truly know her. We will not change the truth by uncovering it. The fear of “false doctrine” is like the fear of falsely judging a bride to be. A fool-hearty youth may be allured to marry fine clothing only to find that it covers hideous tattoos and blemishes. She may marry a handsome body only to find it covers a hideous soul. But in the end, one must learn that clothing, body and soul are all aspects of that individual, and to love the individual one must know and accept all of its aspects. So it is with God and his truth. A fool-hearty youth may be led to many false judgments about God by judging the appearance of one of his coverings. But in the end, to “know” God is to know and see ALL of his coverings and to learn all aspects of his being. It is to see the meaning and beauty of how the “good” and the “bad” (by our skewed judgments) work together to form his I AM. He IS. BEING HE IS BEING. And to know him one must play with fire… for the ALL CONSUMING FIRE is his name.

There are ample types of the three divine ones in the scriptures. The first born, the last born and the middle. Whether it be Cain/Abel/Seth or Japeth/Shem/Ham or Esau/Isaac/More or Reuben/Judah/Joseph or Laman/Lemual/Nephi/Sam/Jacob, in nearly every instance the firstborn who believes he has earned the right to the birth-right is rejected and the middle-born receives it. The first becomes last and the last becomes first. Scripture suggest that this type plays true for even Lucifer and Christ. The Son of the Morning being the “first born” believed it was his right to rule this world, so when the Father rejected him and his rule declaring Christ to be the firstborn before him, he revolted and took a third of the host of heaven with him.

The secret is that those that make themselves first always are rejected causing a fall to become last. While those who make themselves last are made first by the law of justice… and if they then sacrifice that first estate on the cross, they fall to the middle and become exalted in the center of it. They become the first AND THE last, the alpha AND omega. The true Gods who have at-one-ed the opposites.

So can you solve the mystery? Who is the demiurge? Who is the anti-Christ or the demiurge that will reveal themselves in the last days? The one who is to become the “Master Mahan” of the next cycle?

These are the deep mysteries intended for the inner circle. For the rest of us, we shouldn’t dwell too much on them. Just live a good life and press forward in faith.

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  • Nameless For Now 

    August 17, 2017, 11:22

    My story I’ve spent a lot of time over the last dozen years wondering why I am what I am.  Why I desire what I desire, and how I should be. What aspects of…

  • Historic Theophany Accounts (Prophetic Visions of God) 

    April 10, 2017, 16:03

    Many LDS people don't realize that Joseph Smith's first vision experience was not particularly unique. Many individuals both in recent and ancient times have…

  • Reexamining the Pride in the LDS Only True Church Doctrine 

    March 14, 2017, 11:15

    67 Behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church. 68 Whosoever declareth more or less than this, the same is…

  • Book of Mormon Places (Gazetteer) 

    March 3, 2017, 10:51

      Ammonihah, Land of  -It was 3 days travel on the north of the land/city of Melek (which was west of Sidon by the west? wilderness) ,  (Alma…

  • Never Glorify Murder or Violence 

    February 13, 2017, 23:04

      In LDS theology, it's quite common for leaders and teachers to use biblical examples of murder and genocide as example's of the faithfulness of…

  • Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo (notes on the LDS Gospel Topics Essay) 

    February 7, 2017, 13:23

    This is a ver batem, yet annotated version of the article Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo at lds.org. Spin notes are derived largely from Mormonism…

  • Disavow Priesthood Racism 

    January 28, 2017, 09:13

    With the recent Church Essay regarding Blacks and the Priesthood, this reform is now done! The LDS Church needs to completely disavow it's historically…

  • Why Do We Need Reforms 

    January 27, 2017, 09:23

    The LDS Church can be a pretty amazing and beautiful system in a persons life. Because of this, most Latter-day Saint members haven't even considered why…

  • Comparing Book of Mormon Geography Models 

    January 26, 2017, 18:04

     . Issues in the heartland Model The Book of Mormon heartland model is a model proposed by Rod Meldrum which places the entirety of Book of Mormon…

  • Work to Eliminate Any Cult-like Behaviors 

    January 24, 2017, 10:20

      Reform Action #1 of 20   (see overview page) The word "cult" typically has a fairly derogatory meaning. So most of us Latter-day Saints really…

  • Disavow Polygamy 

    January 23, 2017, 16:54

      Reform Action #2 of 20   (see overview page) The church needs to come to grips with the fact that Joseph's Polygamy was not of God. In this…

  • Understanding The Times and Seasons 

    January 13, 2017, 09:10

    Introduction Uncontacted primitive tribes like this one currently living in Brazilian rainforest help us to consider how our world might also be just like…

  • Create a system to promote activism and unsolicited volunteerism 

    January 6, 2017, 16:13

    Create a system of activism and unsolicited volunteerism. Perhaps a system of self appointed callings? (or something to this effect). Reasoning: For…

  • Reform Monetary Policy 

    January 6, 2017, 16:12

    Create transparency in Church monetary policy. Take steps to decentralize the monetary system and allow stakes far greater latitude in deciding how much…

  • Reform the teachings and strictures concerning sexuality, health and substance abuse 

    January 6, 2017, 16:11

    Greatly reform the teachings and strictures concerning sexuality, health and substance abuse in the Church. Leave the specifics to the patriarchal order…

  • Reform institutionalized temple worship & especially temple preparation 

    January 6, 2017, 16:10

    Reform institutionalized temple worship. The current system of pressuring youth into temple initiation, and covenant making, without even knowing…

  • Stop excommunicating or marginalizing dissidents 

    January 6, 2017, 16:08

    Stop excommunicating or marginalizing dissidents. Excommunication should conform strictly with the principles delineated in D&C 42:20-28 and D&C…

  • Emphasize that ordinances are symbols, not ends of themselves 

    January 6, 2017, 16:00

    Stop teaching that LDS temple and ordinances are required to make it to the Celestial Kingdom and start emphasizing that these things are important…

  • Stop being dishonest concerning their witness of Jesus Christ 

    January 6, 2017, 15:59

    LDS members and Apostles need to stop bearing false witness by being dishonest concerning their witness of Jesus Christ, God and the truth of the church.…

  • Put a greater emphasis on service, humanitarian work and giving 

    January 6, 2017, 15:58

    Put a greater emphasis on service, humanitarian work and giving. (I think we're making progress?!) Reasoning: It's funny how quickly people sense…

  • Teach and encourage the practice of economic equality through the Law of Consecration 

    January 6, 2017, 15:58

    Teach and encourage the practice of economic equality through the Law of Consecration in its proper framework under the United Order. Completely…

  • Be completely transparent about church history 

    January 6, 2017, 15:57

    Be completely transparent about church history. (we're making huge progress on this!) Reasoning: I believe Mormonism has done itself an enormous…

  • Reform exclusive truth & priesthood claims 

    January 6, 2017, 15:56

    Reform Action #3 of 20   (see overview page) Reform the church's unscriptural exclusive truth & priesthood claims.  Stop promoting false dichotomies …

  • Eliminate autocracy by balancing consensus rule with top down guidance 

    January 6, 2017, 15:53

    Reform Action #4 of 20   (see overview page) Reform governance in seasoned regions of the church, working to eliminate autocracy & "divine dictatorship"…

  • Decentralize and pull down the power, which has become too lofty and autocratic 

    January 6, 2017, 15:52

    Reform Action #5 of 20   (see overview page) Decentralize and pull down the power, which has become too lofty and autocratic for seasoned members. Church…

  • Remove the doctrine of muted prophetic infallibility 

    January 6, 2017, 15:51

    Reform Action #6 of 20   (see overview page) Remove the muted doctrine of prophetic infallibility from our scripture and teachings. ("Muted" meaning on…

  • Book of Mormon Stories Unearthed - Bibliography 

    October 7, 2016, 08:06

    Ancient Maya Sharer, Robert J.; The Ancient Maya, Fifth Edition; University of Stanford Press, 1994. Ancient Kingdoms Davies, Nigel; The Ancient…

  • Economic Socialism in LDS Scripture 

    September 21, 2016, 21:14

    The socialistic systems advocated in LDS scripture are not necessarily "socialism" per se, in the most accepted modern economic definitions. Production did not…

  • Making Sense of the Numbers of Genesis 

    September 14, 2016, 07:40

    Among the greatest stumbling blocks to faith in the Bible are the incredibly long ages of the patriarchs and the chronologies of Genesis 5 and 11 that seem to…

  • The Sin Next To Murder 

    August 12, 2016, 12:02

      The hallmark of religious fundamentalism is promoting a worldview that does not accord with reality. In fundamentalist religions things that…

  • A Closer Look at D&C 1:30 and What It Says About the Only True Church 

    August 2, 2016, 09:59

     30 And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and…

  • LDS Scripture Supporting Universalism 

    August 1, 2016, 15:31

    LDS Scripture fully supports a version of Religious Universalism.  Despite many traditional exclusivist teachings from its leaders (going all the way back to…

  • Finding the Book of Mormon Narrow Neck. 

    May 4, 2016, 09:18

    Sebastian Munster (1448-1552): Novae Insulae XXVI Nova Tabula (1540) . Another example of the rudimentary spatial relationships inherent in pre-modern…

  • Redefining the LDS (Protestant) View of the "Great Apostasy" 

    April 27, 2016, 23:11

    In this article I hope to unravel some of the confusion caused by the current LDS perspective on the "Great Apostasy", which I believe is for the most…

  • My Testimony of the LDS Church & Religion (Part 2. My Beliefs) 

    April 25, 2016, 16:00

    This article is a continuation of the article, My Testimony of the LDS Church & Religion (Part 1. Supernatural Experiences)   My Faith in…

  • An Answer to the CES Letter & Mormon Truth Claims 

    April 21, 2016, 20:40

    The CES Letter is a popular summary of arguments made by critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was written by Jeremy Renold's---…

  • Separating Religious Faith from Objective Proof (choosing our Foundations of Faith) 

    April 21, 2016, 08:28

    I've come to realize over the years that well meaning LDS leaders have led many members to base their faith and worldviews on false dichotomies and binary…

  • Why I Stay LDS (with tips for challenging, and handling challenges to your faith) 

    April 18, 2016, 15:51

     

  • The Two-Party Illusion 

    March 7, 2016, 09:56

    by Jeff Thomas, Editor, International Man “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under…

  • Understanding the Mormon God 

    January 13, 2016, 12:17

      Mormon's often boast that our concept of a God with a body is more true than other religion’s concept of a God without a body. But I believe…

  • Bridging the Homosexuality Divide- An LDS Perspective 

    June 29, 2015, 11:02

    Homosexuality and the church has again entered the public eye. I'm hoping I can throw some compassion on this polarizing topic here by reminding LDS…

  • A Thoughtful Response to the LDS Temple Recommend Questions 

    June 3, 2015, 11:00

    Introduction Temple recommend questions were first instituted by Brigham Young a decade after the Saints came to the Salt Lake Valley (1857) and have…

  • Clearing up Misunderstandings in the LDS View of the Afterlife 

    June 3, 2015, 09:21

    This article is Under Construction. It is an excerpt from our larger treatise on Eternal Progression, Degrees of Glory, and the Resurrection: A Comparative…

  • Notes on Joseph Smith's Polygamy: A Timeline 

    May 21, 2015, 12:22

    a time line of Joseph Smith's Polygamy, and events surrounding the breakup of the Nauvoo experiment. The history of polygamy in the LDS Church is certainly…

  • The Priesthood of God & Its Relationship to the Only True Church Doctrine 

    February 19, 2015, 15:40

    45 “No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood..." (D&C 121:45).   Like many modern books and movies I…

  • Re-examining what LDS scriptures say about the 'Only True Church' doctrine 

    February 11, 2015, 09:09

    67 Behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church. 68 Whosoever declareth more or less than this, the same is…

  • Open Letter to LDS Apostle Jeffrey Holland 

    November 26, 2014, 09:37

    Note from the Blog Authors. This letter was written by Bob McCue, a questioning ex-Mormon bishop who eventually departed from the LDS communion. I add it…

  • Needed Reformation in the LDS Church - Specific Actions 

    November 25, 2014, 14:47

    I'm an active Mormon, and I care quite a bit about my faith (maybe too much!). As I've looked deeply at Mormon history over the last decade, it seems to…

  • On the Great Whore & Counterfeits in the Church. 

    November 19, 2014, 11:13

    I don't like to label things as evil. I like the detached scientific view where everything on earth is working together in a balanced ecosystem…

  • The Law of Love Vs. Special Privilege. A discussion on Homosexuality, Morality and Religious Law 

    September 16, 2014, 16:30

    Over the last few years I have put a lot of thought into the dualism of justice and mercy, or more particularly between Christ's law of love vs. the concept…

  • Christ as the Only Path to the Father 

    September 2, 2014, 12:52

    Does one have to be Christian to be saved?  Did Christ teach that you had to believe in him in order to go to heaven? Could a Buddhist get to heaven through…

  • Book of Mormon Geography Scriptures & Notes 

    August 20, 2014, 10:31

    Aaron, city/cities of Alma 8:13; 50:14 Ablom Ether 9:3 Agosh Ether 14:15-16 Akish, wilderness of Ether 14:3-4, 14 Alma, valley of Mosiah…

  • MesoAmerican/Mayan influence on Mississippian Culture 

    August 14, 2014, 12:34

    reblogged from http://globalwarming-arclein.blogspot.com/2012/01/mayan-influence-on-mississippian.html In this case it is taken as a given that the…

  • An LDS perspective on the 'Law of One' Material 

    August 5, 2014, 10:33

    The Law of One is kinda crazy. I include it in my list because of its profound and cohesive cosmology. It can be hard to read at times because of its strange…

  • Behind the Veil: The Purpose of Religion, The Purpose of This Life 

    July 31, 2014, 14:04

    -the movie wizard of oz teaches a deep truth, that all which the masses perceive as reality is really just fire, smoke and mirrors and that there is an…

  • Forget Ordain Women... 

    July 28, 2014, 15:11

    In my discussions with LDS women concerning the topic of male domination and misogyny in the LDS church, I am surprised at the amount of resistance I hear…

  • Seeing The Face of God... 

    July 2, 2014, 14:20

    Introduction There are many, many, many people in this world who honestly claim to have seen God or Christ. The vast majority of these occurrences hap…

  • Multi-dimensionality and the relativity of fundamental units in physics 

    June 4, 2014, 11:07

    Introduction Although my degree is in geology & geophysics, and not nuclear or astrophysics, I'v always had a keen interest in physics and would…

  • My Testimony of the LDS Church & Religion (Part 1. Supernatural Experiences) 

    May 29, 2014, 09:16

    I believe that "all truth can be circumscribed into one whole".  All religions fit together in my worldview. To me each seems to be just a different…

  • Bible & Book of Mormon Chronology / Kings of Israel 

    May 28, 2014, 11:18

    Biblical Timeline from Abraham to Hoshea, through the Kings of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. See Bible Chronology / Timeline from Adam to Zedekiah for more…

  • Book of Mormon Chronology / Timeline of Jaredites 

    May 28, 2014, 10:26

    Timeline Chronology for the Jaredite culture from the Book of Ether in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon Jaredite King List gives only 7 exact dates…

  • Needed Reformation in the LDS Church- A Rant 

    May 23, 2014, 08:15

    Introduction With both religion and politics in order to create a group that can really make a difference in the world (or as I presume be exalted in the…

  • Arguments Against Unrestricted Free Speech & Bad Behavior 

    May 21, 2014, 08:40

    Society has placed certain restrictions on the availability and use of certain addictive or harmful drugs for very good reasons.  The use and distribution of…

  • Sectarian Scum 

    May 21, 2014, 07:56

    - I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said "Stop! don't do it!" "Why…

  • Ask Sister Christensen: How Can I Make My Prayers More Powerful? 

    April 30, 2014, 08:12

    reposted from The BunYion Dear Sister Christensen, I’m in desperate need of your help! You see, I’m relatively new to the church and my Bishop…

  • Ordain Children Movement Gains Momentum 

    April 30, 2014, 08:06

    reposted from The BunYion SALT LAKE CITY — Another group protesting for ordination was turned away from General Conference over the weekend: not…

  • The Rameumptom 

    April 30, 2014, 07:47

    A narrative from the pages of Dialogue:A Journal of Mormon Thought: (minor edits by me) See http://mormonuniversalism.com/5922/scriptural-commentary-on-o…

  • Emanuel Swedenborg and Mormonism 

    April 22, 2014, 12:58

    Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was a Swedish philosopher and scientist who, at 56, had a spiritual awakening and wrote numerous books on his theological views…

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LDS Eternal Marriage & its Relation to Sexuality

As commonly occurs when I pray or ponder about a question for a time, the other morning I woke up with a very clear picture of the following concepts.  I hope I can pass the principles on as well as they were given to me. It had to do with the simpleness of the concept of the LDS doctrine of eternal marriage”. I was shown how teachings from several different sources all fit together in one simple and common-sense picture of what eternal marriage is all about, and how the current LDS view of it approximates the truth, but with misunderstanding.

As with all revelation, the principles given to Joseph Smith and recorded in the LDS Doctrine in Covenants regarding the “New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage” or “Eternal Marriage” as it has been dubbed, have to do with profound teachings on the nature of exaltation (or being raised to higher levels of heaven and consciousness ) which have been revealed to many mystics over the years, but were a bit distorted or colored by the early Saint’s culture, backgrounds and sexual proclivities.

As a summary this is basically it.

-as Oashpe teaches, admittance into the 3rd heaven or “Etherean realms” or what LDS doctrine calls the Celestial Kingdom, you must learn to work together as a perfectly harmonious group.  Most Mormon’s believe from D&C 131:2 that a person must be married to one or more women in order to obtain the highest level in the Celestial Kingdom.  This is a misunderstanding of the principle, because the “new and everlasting covenant of marriage” is not marriage as we know it on earth.  It is not simply two “worthy people” being married in the temple in a certain ordinance by some certain authority. This is all symbolism pointing disciples to the truth which is more profound, and concerns groups being bound in “marriage relationships” of perfect harmony.

-When the necessary harmony is achieved, Oahspe details the manner in which the group is “translated to Jehovah” as “brides and bridegrooms of Jehovah” in a process symbolized by the “marriage supper of the Lord”.

-These groups are formed in this Telestial World, and harmonized in the terrestrial glory (2nd heaven or 2nd resurrection or 4rth density). As the ‘Law of One’ specifies, individuals in that environment can see each others thoughts and intentions and through increasing levels of psychic and spiritual connection they reach the necessary level of harmony (as specified in D&C 10?:?).

-This process if further explained in the gnostic pearl where it is symbolically called ‘the bridal chamber’.

-The eternal consequences of Non traditional sexual arrangements such as polygamy and homosexuality are best understood in the framework of the group exaltation system.  Those who are carnally minded and only comprehend the biological and pleasure seeking aspects of sex are not ready for this type of arrangement.  A good, long lasting marriage on earth is one of the quickest ways to come to understand the nature of terrestrial sexual arrangements.  Sex in these systems need not even have a physical dimension as the harmonization brought about by the melding of mind and soul is the key component.

-In the lowly telestial world the primary purpose of sex is procreation or reproduction, but as an individual raises their consciousness and spirituality closer to terrestrial levels sex becomes more an act of psychic connection, energy exchange and spiritual harmonization. Terrestrial Sex after death and even after resurrection is different in many ways. J.S. Ward explains how it is different. the law of one also explains how in the spirit world energy transfers occur without the necessity of ‘sex’ as we know it.

-The ‘Law of One’ details that the 4th Density (Terrestrial Resurrection or Millennial Era of Mormonism) is a time where spirits worthy to “come forth in the First Resurrection” will be incarnated on earth through sexual reproduction the same way they are now. However, this 4th density earth is not the earth we know now (“There will be a new heaven and a new earth which is like unto the old, save the old has passed away”). Thus contrary to some LDS beliefs, those of the terrestrial resurrection will have sex and have babies. (This is not the case for 3 kingdoms of the Spirit World, since procreation does not exist there and sex is quite different—see degrees of Glory article for a lengthy description detailing the prevalent misunderstandings of how D&C 76 describes the Spirit World vs resurrected states) Those in the “resurrected terrestrial earth realm” will be able to communicate telepathically and have many abilities we do not now have. The purpose of that incarnation (where translation often ends the incarnation instead of death) is to harmonize groups into harvestable units.  And as Christ teaches in Matthew 22, marriage as we know it will be very different.

-So this is important, because if you understand that the ‘harmonious union’ of a group that has to occur to be exalted to the celestial kingdom is a kind of marriage relationship between a large group where all members share a group consciousness, see each other’s thoughts, and learn to act so harmoniously that they could be described as ‘one’ and also understand how their minds and spirit meld in a union which is symbolized as most like ‘sex’ in this life then you can see how gender attraction will become somewhat meaningless. As explained above, sex here is primarily to make babies and raise families and that is why it is important to maintain marriage & family relationships which work best for that here. Its also something that is not going to change in the terrestrial resurrected world. BUT, same gender attraction and even same gender sex (in the psychological sense) will be a non-issue in the next life because true celestial marriage requires ALL in the group to be ‘married’ and to be united in a unified group of love, harmony and psychological union.

So is homosexuality in this life OK? well, turning this into a black and white issue is harmful and misleading. Wisdom, understanding and harmony will never come from approaching it from a polarized view. There is a large continuum of human sexual attraction and proclivities. Contrary to some naive popular belief there is no magic ‘gene’ which makes you either straight or gay; but your inherited genes play a large role in determining where you fit on the various continuums.  The environments you are raised in, and programming incurred in your first sexual experiences also play a role. All humans are born with differing hormone balances which largely determine sexual traits and attractions. Some are born hormonally polarized and some are hormonally neutral. Some are even born with both male and female sexual organs (see androgyny/ intersex). When guiding culture and spiritual progression, politician and spiritual leaders must try to set guidelines which promote the greatest good to the greatest number of people, so it should not be hard to see why traditional sexual arrangements which bare offspring should be encouraged and non-traditional arrangements perhaps slightly discouraged (depending on the population & social conditions). Spiritually there are also other very subtle and complicated advantages and disadvantages to sexual orientation, so each earthly religion is prompted different levels spiritual inspiration to make rules to achieve certain purposes according to their unique goals and perspectives. Some religious orders promote celibacy, androgyny or monastic life for this reason. But sexuality is a very personal matter, and personal inspiration is definitely the most important factor in achieving personal balance and happiness. One should follow this common sense direction from God concerning following personal inspiration and revelation over second-hand or indirect inspiration as a general rule for happiness.

34/9.1. Man I created with capacity to distinguish My direct from My indirect inspirations, says Jehovah.
34/9.2. And My angels gave him rules, by which he could make manifest the difference between the two.
34/9.3. Man has said: Behold, any man may say: Thus says Jehovah! || One kills his neighbor, saying: I was thus inspired by Jehovah. Another practices all goodness, and his words are wisdom and comprehension, and he says: I was inspired by Jehovah!
34/9.4. I say to you, O man: In this I also gave you liberty; therefore, judge for yourself as to which came from Me, and which from his surroundings.
34/9.5. You shall be your own judge in all things.
34/9.6. Behold, I sent My God to judge you; but you shall also judge the judgments of your God; and afterward, you shall judge yourself in the same way.
34/9.7. I created you a perpetual judge, not only to judge yourself and all the world besides, but you shall judge Me, your Creator.
34/9.8. I have given you many sacred books, and I said to you:
34/9.9. Unless you judge them, you shall be caught in a snare; I charge you, you shall accept nothing from men, angels, or Gods.
34/9.10. But you shall rely on your own inspiration from your Creator.
34/9.11. Such is My word which I speak to your own soul.
34/9.12. What comes to you from a man is indirect inspiration; what comes from an angel is indirect; and what comes from the Gods is indirect.
34/9.13. No direct inspiration by Me can come to you from a book, or a sermon, or from anything in all My creations, but only from Me, your Creator.
34/9.14. Though one man receives direct inspiration from Me, and he writes it in a book, yet, when it comes to you, it is indirect inspiration, and is not binding upon you, except only so far as My direct inspiration upon you moves you to receive it.
34/9.15. Yet, I did not create all men with the same clearness to perceive Me, and to frame My wisdom in words.
34/9.16. Only a few will turn away from the inspiration of the world, and come to Me.
34/9.17. Many profess Me in words, but they do not fulfill My inspiration in practice.
34/9.18. My words come easily to the pure in heart; and My wisdom shows itself in the frame of their speech.

ADD ILLUSTRATIONS OF DIFFERING CONTINUUMS.  (everyone is on different parts of a large continuum, the issue of sexuality & sexual desire is not black or white/ gay or straight)

sexual attracted to                                                                                               sexually attr to
opposite gender                       little or no sexual attraction                          same gender

–|—————————————|———————————————|—

-hormones during development and puberty determine physical sexual attributes

male attributes                               neutral/both                                                   female attributes

–|—————————————|———————————————|—

 

 

 

Teachings on Eternal Marriage from a variety of witnesses

We should all be acquainted with the New Testament quote that many use to try and prove that eternal marriage is unscriptural…

From the New Testament (Gospel of the Holy Twelve Version)..

7. Then came to Him certain of the Sadducces, who deny that there is a resurrection, and they asked him saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, if any man’s brother die having a wife and leaving no children, that his brother should take his wife and raise up seed to his brother.
8. Now there were six brethren, and the first took a wife and he died childless: And the second took her to wife and he died childless: And the third, even unto the sixth, and they died also leaving no children Last of all the woman died also.
9. Now in the resurrection, whose of them is she, for the six had her to wife.
10 And Jesus answered them saying, whether a woman with six husbands, or a man with six wives, the case is the same. For the children of this world marry and are given in marriage.
11. But they, which being worthy, attain to the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage, neither can they die any more, for they are equal to the angels and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

 

The Life beyond the grave experiences of British Medium J.S.M. Ward witness to a similar situation in heaven of singleness for non-progressed spirits and increasing oneness and “eternal marriage” for more progressed and exalted souls.

“Yes, there are plenty of women here [in the Spirit World], but the sexes do not mix much in these realms. At first they are separated almost completely. It is desirable, as far as possible, to eliminate the old ideas of sex, ideas right and necessary on earth, but no longer needed here, otherwise spiritual progress would be rendered almost impossible by the old carnal feelings. Thus it is, of course, true that here there is ‘no marrying and giving in marriage’; but, on the other hand, as the last grains of earthly passion are eliminated, the male and female spirits begin to draw together again, for each is the complement of the other spiritually, just as they are on earth physically. The further we progress, the nearer together the two sexes draw, so that we understand ultimately there comes about a mystic union in spirit between one man and woman. This is the real spiritual union of which marriage on earth is a true symbol or sacrament. This consummation, this blending of two spirit entities, so that each becomes part of the other and yet retains its own individuality, cannot be fully understood even by us, much less by you. The earth marriage at its highest and best does give you some faint idea of what we really mean.

“This spiritual marriage, if so I can call it, takes place at a stage far above us—it may be in the fifth plane, or even higher. At least this is certain—it does not take place on our plane. Nevertheless, as we progress, we mingle more and more, first, with members of our own sex, and then with members of the other sex. It does not necessarily follow that we always marry spiritually the same woman as we did on earth, but we do marry someone who is our complement.”

from “Gone West” http://www.angelfire.com/ne/newviews/gonewest1d.html

Another witness is given in the gnostic writings of the Pearl…

7…We gained form when we were born to our Divine Parents, They Who Have Life In Themselves and increase that Life through producing spirit children. They give form to the Light so that the great wealth that is hidden in it can be revealed. Because they are Love, they produce the fruits of Love, which are their spirit children.

8. “These spirits have form, but it is still not of the same nature as the form of their Parents. Without their Parents’ intervention, they could never become like them. So the Parents descend. They fall. They become anthropos, mortal in their nature, so that they can produce physical bodies for their children to inherit. This is their second act of Divine Love. Through these two acts of Love, we have come from formlessness to form, so that we can assist in the sacrificial act of Divine Love, converting darkness into Light and increasing the power of Truth. Whoever is able to understand the nature of the Infinite will understand what I am saying. (Saga of Sophia & Christ 5:7-8)

“5. The Divine Ones have infinitely more progeny than mortals. Mortals produce a finite number of children and die, but the immortal Eloheim produce progeny forever because they never die; they are Eternally Begetting and Always Begotten. Parents produce children, but children cannot produce children. Children acquire siblings, but Parents acquire children. This is according to the Law of Relative Relationships. (Principles of the New Covenant 7:5)”

“I stood in their presence, trembling at their majesty, but one of them spoke to me. “Approach us, Enoch,” he instructed, “and hear our holy word.” Then I was lifted up, and approached their seat of power, but I hardly dared look at them. One of them spoke to me again. “Look at us, Enoch,” she said, “for we are the Eloheim, male and female, even as we have begotten mankind in our own likeness. But this is the great secret, Enoch. We are not different from each other, but different manifestations of the same reality. The Eloheim are Eloheim; they may appear to you to be male or female, but if they were either, they would be halves, not whole, and wholeness is the attribute of Deity. The Eloheim are not male or female, but Eloheim. The sanctified are not male or female, but sanctified. All of mankind are incomplete, as long as they view themselves as male or female, for half of their reality is veiled from them. You must see beyond the illusion of separateness to the essential oneness of Being, in order to perceive Truth. Until then, you cannot relate, in a proper manner, with the rest of creation. Look at us, Enoch, and perceive Truth.” Then they opened up to me a great mystery, and I saw the meaning of what I had heard. (book of Enoch 6:7)

gospel of the holy twelve …..the descending and ascending into matter, etc…

 

 

Oahspe teaches of the group nature of exaltation to the 3rd heavens (5th density or celestial glory)

05/13.8. Hear me, then, O my beloved: From this day forward you are denied individual ministration with individuals, but you are now a unit with many, and your labor, love and wisdom must be in concerted action with these.
05/13.9. From now on you must no longer say: What can I do for this man or that man, or this woman or that woman, or this child or that child? || For this is individual labor; and on the earth such ministration belongs to the ashars; and in atmospherea, it belongs to the asaphs. But you shall minister to organic communities who are composed of individuals…

05/14.2. Now is the beginning of the second resurrection. Even as the corporean puts off the corporeal body, and is born a spirit, becoming the first resurrection, so are you, in putting away individual self and becoming an organic community, the beginning of the second resurrection.
18/6.23. I commanded My etherean hosts, saying: Go to the lower heaven and teach them there is no such thing as individual resurrection. And they came proclaiming My word, showing all people that any number of individuals were as nothing unless united, which is the salvation I provided to all My worlds.
18/6.24. For I created progress to be in compact [an organic group]; nor did I give to any person individual salvation or resurrection. So that men could learn the advantage of compact, I caused mortals to have corporeal languages, and to live in cities. So that you in atmospherea could learn the All Perfection of being one with one another, I gave you the second resurrection; teaching you, through My Gods and Lords, to abnegate self aspiration, for self aspiration is at the expense of others; but commanding you to learn to assimilate with one another.
18/6.25. And I gave rites and ceremonies, among which was the oath of service to Me and My kingdoms, and to none other, in which many bound themselves, which was, and is, the beginning of liberty. Touching this matter, I created types (of rites and ceremonies) on earth and in the lower heavens, so that even the unlearned might understand Me and My works.
18/6.26. For to him who begets children I gave bondage, to them and to him conjointly. But this is a bondage that does not circumvent liberty in time to come, for they can ascend to heaven, and progress conjointly, better than alone

 

04/7.16. At the termination of the dominion of My God and his Lords, they shall in these, My bound heavens, gather together all those angels who have been prepared in wisdom and strength for resurrection to My etherean kingdoms. And these angels shall be called Brides and Bridegrooms to Jehovah, for they are Mine and in My service.
04/7.17. And in the time of dan I will send down ships from etherea to God, his Lords and the Brides and Bridegrooms; by My etherean Gods and Goddesses, these ships shall descend to these heavens to receive God, his Lords and the Brides and Bridegrooms, and carry them up to the exalted regions I have prepared for them.
04/7.18. All those who ascend shall be called a Harvest to Me, through My God and Lords. And the time of My Harvests shall be according to each dan, which is two hundred years, four hundred years, six hundred years, and five hundred years; and these shall be called My lesser cycles, because they are the times of the tables of prophecy which I give to My servants.
04/7.19. But at no other times, nor in any other way, shall My Harvests ascend to My emancipated worlds in etherea.

 

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In my opinion, D&C 132 is given after the saints rejected the true “new and everlasting covenant” or “higher law” much as the children of Egypt did in the wilderness.  As a result, they were given up to be ruled by the lower law or a “schoolmaster” of lower gods (oahspe details how this seems to happen in most dispensations).  Much like the “God” of the old testament, we see in D&C 132 God threatening obedience or destruction over and over. In fact D&C 132 contains nearly half of the entire Doctrine & Covenants references to “destruction”.

41 And as ye have asked concerning adultery, verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man receiveth a wife in the new and everlasting covenant, and if she be with another man, and I have not appointed unto her by the holy anointing, she hath committed adultery and shall be destroyed.

52 And let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph, and who are virtuous and pure before me; and those who are not pure, and have said they were pure, shall be destroyed, saith the Lord God.

54 And I command mine handmaid, Emma Smith, to abide and cleave unto my servant Joseph, and to none else. But if she will not abide this commandment she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord; for I am the Lord thy God, and will destroy her if she abide not in my law.

63 But if one or either of the ten virgins, after she is espoused, shall be with another man, she has committed adultery, and shall be destroyed;

This next verse, which I think is the best example of the nature of the God or spirit influencing D&C 132, somewhat unintelligibly says that if one of the Brethren explain to their wives that they or God wants them to take additional virgins as polygamous wives and the first wife says no, God will destroy her.

64 And again, verily, verily, I say unto you, if any man have a wife, who holds the keys of this power, and he teaches unto her the law of my priesthood, as pertaining to these things, then shall she believe and administer unto him, or she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord your God; for I will destroy her; for I will magnify my name upon all those who receive and abide in my law

This smiting God not only threatens the women, but according to Hyrum and several other testimonials, threatened Joseph and many other early church brethren that they needed to take additional virgins or God would “slay” them.

Joseph was commanded to take more wives and he waited until an angel with a drawn sword stood before him and declared that if he longer delayed fulfilling that command he would slay him.”  (Hyrum Smith, Elder Benjamin F. Johnson’s Letter to George S. Gibbs, 1903— There are many corroborating testimonies of this smiting angel coming to both Joseph Smith and others to force polygamy)

It kind of reminds me of the Back to the Future scene where Darth Vader comes to Marty Mcfly and tells him if he doesn’t take Lorain to the dance, he’d melt his brain. Given these aspects of the revelation, it is fairly easy to see that we are dealing with the lower priesthood here, and the doctrine of celestial marriage explained here is one of the lower heavens, administered by very strict “schoolmaster” Gods. Even so, the revelation is true within its own sphere, and points to the profound principle (explained best in Oahspe) that only groups progress to “godhood” (usually 6 generation family groups).

 

D&C 132:16–18
116 Therefore, when they are out of the world they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are appointed angels in heaven, which angels are ministering servants, to minister for those who are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory.
17 For these angels did not abide my law; therefore, they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity; and from henceforth are not gods, but are angels of God forever and ever.
18 And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife, and make a covenant with her for time and for all eternity, if that covenant is not by me or by my word, which is my law, and is not sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, through him whom I have anointed and appointed unto this power, then it is not valid neither of force when they are out of the world, because they are not joined by me, saith the Lord, neither by my word; when they are out of the world it cannot be received there, because the angels and the gods are appointed there, by whom they cannot pass; they cannot, therefore, inherit my glory; for my house is a house of order, saith the Lord God.

 

Oahspe 37/7.21-23
137/7.21. The Father has given this sign: That in marriage, man and woman become the first testimony before mortals, that self can be abnegated without ‘the loss of self’ experiencing a loss in fact. And this is the smallest possible number that can unite on earth or in heaven. Let the single man or the single woman stand, therefore, as a type of the lowest of the heavens (first resurrection or telestial glory); and let marriage stand as an type of the second resurrection (terrestrial glory); for those of the first es grade are as individuals, but those of the second es grade are as the beginning of association, and the committing of one’s self to the combination of many.
37/7.22. Es said: Jehovah has given to men a sign of the third resurrection (celestial glory) by which they shall be known, which is: that self shall not be manifest except in the union of many. For, as the first resurrection may have marriage between two persons who in time become as one (second resurrection), so too, families of the second resurrection who unite themselves together as community (third es grade), become in time as one (third resurrection), and so, similarly, those of the third resurrection become Brides and Bridegrooms of Jehovah, being fitted for ascension into etherea at the [times of] dan harvest (after having redeemed their heirs, if any, to the sixth generation). So that those practicing the third es grade manifest in families of tens, or twenties, or hundreds, or thousands, who, in time, are also as one. Nor do they have any other king, chief ruler, God, Lord, or Christ (that is, they have grown beyond any bondage to [sectarianism or the schoolmaster idol-gods of the telestial kingdom]).
37/7.23. For these reasons then, if a man says: I have no faith in these things, because they are impractical, you may know he belongs to (has bound himself to) the beast [or idol-god of the telestial or terrestrial glories], and so does not belong to the third.

Prophesy

The restoration of Judah is underway.

Nearly four thousand of years ago, I believe a higher dimensional group created the tiny nation of Israel to stand as a symbol, archetype or template for the current precessional cycle, of the guidance which heaven invisibly gives to all humanity. Prophets like Moses, Daniel & Zechariah were given symbolic patterns and even actual dates foretelling the length of Israel’s existence, their destruction and the eventual passing on to the Gentile Church of Europe the job of being a symbol and light to the world — and a civilizer of the uncivilized. The time is upon us when the higher dimensional beings who guide our evolution will pass the torch back from the Catholic Church and Europe to Israel and the Middle East.  And eventually back from the Western World in general, to China and the Eastern World.

But before that happens, prophecy predicts a storm on the horizon between western political hegemony and the arising Islamic world. There are many wise people on earth who see it coming, and I believe what occurs will be the fulfillment of misunderstood biblical and extra-biblical prophecy given thousands of years ago. I also believe higher beings are currently choosing many prophets and other spiritual mystics to alert people as to what’s coming; and to join in on a coming spiritual movement which will greatly influence the next thousand years of human history.

I’m a strong proponent of the worldview alluded to in most religions and advanced in the channeled book Oashsp. That cosmological phenomena break world history into yugas, baktuns or ‘times and seasons’ where the veil that separates dimensions thins (possibly as a result of galactic gravity waves) and allows our dead ancestors, higher dimensional beings and perhaps even our future selves to reach through the time continuum and subtly influence the human drama. Small events occur every 250-350 years. Large events occur on cycle’s closer to 3500-4500 years. We are on the cusp of one of these events.

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Prophesy in the Book of Ben Kathryn

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In light of all that is going on nationally and internationally I felt I should write this to help others try and get a perspective on the possible future of our nation and world. As I talk to friends and family, I find that very few grasp the gravity of our nation’s financial insolvency

Zion Communities

In short, a Zion Community is a Utopian community or society.

But more importantly, I believe the zion community is the beginning and end of the gospel program.  It is the purpose of religion, and the test of whether a religion is alive or just a dead idol. It is the fruit of one’s faith, and the testing grounds of one’s study.  A religion which fails to promote and create unity, love, understanding and cooperation is as dead as faith without works. Many revelatory texts suggest sectarian religion as we know it does not exist in the “higher heavens”, but instead COMMUNITIES do. The community IS their religion, and the community’s collective harmony and joy IS the measure of the people’s righteousness, and the deciding factor on their ability to ascend to yet higher spheres. True “righteousness”, then, is a groups ability to joyfully get along without alienating, deceiving or subjegating each other.

For Mormons and many other millennialists it is the type of community which will exist in the Millennial Nation of Zion. In the bible Zion is used to describe both Jerusalem and Israel in general, which John’s book of Revelation makes clear is a type for the heavenly city of God, or archetypical “heaven” where the righteous will dwell with God. This is the highest ideal of religion which Joseph Smith along with many other restorationalists came to teach. It is the testimony of many, many life after death experiences. It is the detailed meaning of the LDS Article of Faith, “We believe … that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth…”

I believe the key to building the most powerful, sustainable nation in history (Zion), is to put all political power and focus into building and maintaining small individual Zion communities, and let the nation simply be an amalgamation of its parts; Just as the key to building the most powerful, sustainable culture in history is to put all focus on the family and let the culture be a reflection of that fundamental unit.

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The Principles of a Zion Community

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Sooner or later we're going to get around to writing the hundreds of pages that are sitting in my head nagging me to share.Stuff on historical attempts, early church implementations, forgotten principles, political structuring, urban planning, population planning, principles of ethics, pre-millennial implementations based on existing organizations and cities, how heaven is structured and how to mirror that structure. etc, etc. etc.

Scriptural Science

Like hundreds of other LDS religious nuts out there, this section throws my Book of Mormon geographic model into the mix.  😉

I guess the only real difference is that personally, I’d much prefer to hold the view that the Book of Mormon were a simple channeled religious text like so many others that has great spiritual truths but not necessarily a factual history. The problem is that the model these dang voices in my head have given me have too many remarkable correlations to just dismiss.  In fact, I think its the only model out there that could actually be plausible. Unlike the Heartland model (which is a joke), and the typical Mayan models (which have some pretty interesting cultural correlations but essentially no great ‘city’ correlation–and a lot of really significant problems), this model essentially matches every major Book of Mormon city and culture with essentially the biggest and most influential archaeological sites, cultures, migrations and societal collapses on the ancient North American continent. It suggests that “Mormon” (as a spiritual author channeling to Smith) was trying to summarize over a thousand years of history of an entire continent— and that he introduced a boatload of religious and cultural bias as well as significant human error and cultural distortion in the psychic hand-off to Joseph Smith. The main problem most will have with my model, is the ‘narrow neck’ (which defies conventional wisdom on the matter).  But that’s an explanation which requires a paper of its own.

Unfortunately, I really haven’t had time to get in and write down the volumes of information I have floating in my head. What I have written, I’m not sure is really ready for public consumption yet.  So for now, I’ve just got a few odds and ends available here.

I also offer many novel correlations between modern secular geological evidence and the highly symbolic biblical stories of creation and catastrophe.

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Book of Mormon Archaeology Story Map

This application is still under construction. It dynamically walks the user through the Book of Mormon Narrative using an interactive map application which show both archaeological sites as well as their Book of Mormon analogs. Simply click the arrows to advance through the tabs and images to understand how current archaeological findings correlate with the Book of Mormon narrative. (old version)

North American Archaeology Explorer

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Use this interactive Google Map to explorer the archaeological sights on North America. This map draws from an extensive database of North American Meso-american and Paleo-Indian sights. Slide the time-slider to animate the map showing sites as they are settled and abandoned.