2. The peacable things of immortal glory.
These seven equivalents are the Holy Ghost. It is this which “dwelleth in you.” (D&C 130: 22.) Seven being the number of perfection. The Holy Ghost being the Third Member of the Godhead. And, of course, we hope to join them in exaltation.
Finally, Christ promised the Holy Ghost would “teach you all things” and “bring all things to our remembrance.” (John 14: 26.)
Christ truly said: “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.” (Luke 17: 21.) That is, of course, so long as you have taken the step of “receiving the Holy Ghost.” You were admonished to do that by someone with authority at your baptism. The power of doing so (as President Packer pointed out in General Conference last Saturday) is entirely left to you.
Words have unique meanings when used in scripture. The Lord has given us great insight into word usages in D&C Section 19: 4-12. He uses words as proper nouns which then change meanings.
Part of the question raised concerns the word “destroy” as used in Section 132. I have described the meaning of destroy or destruction in footnote 225 on page 161 of Nephi’s Isaiah. It does not mean annihilate. It means to divest of government or control. In the context of Section 132 to be “destroyed” does not mean to be killed, or obliterated, but rather it means to lose your order, your government or covenant. The form of government that will endure into eternity is the family. Without a family connection, you remain separate and single, without exaltation. Therefore to be “destroyed” is to be severed from the family unit, or marriage relationship which the section of the D&C is establishing.
This brings us to some details that need to be understood. The clarifications in verses 41-44 were a result of the “mechanics” of how the practice was implemented. The various efforts to “fulfill the law” while still keeping up Elizabethan appearances included performing a “sealing” for time and eternity to one man, while the woman was married for time to another man. This relieved the eternal husband/companion of any duty to have conjugal relations with, or provide financial support for the woman while here. It allowed her to live a “normal” married life with her husband, while still committed eternally to another. A sort of nod in the direction of the plural wife revelation, without any real commitment to actually practice it here. There were other forms of compromise attempted, as well.
Look, we should have compassion and empathy for these people. They didn’t want it any more than a normal, mature and moral person living today would want this. They were draftees, not volunteers. It was quite hard for them and even harder on them.
There was a question about Section 132 received after this post. The previous post on D&C 132 did not address the underlying subject of the section. I only discussed the text divisions and timing of the document’s creation. The question I received asks about the substance of the revelation, and in particular, the status of women in plural marriage.
2. Some, initially less than all, will know Him, and others will, initially, believe on their words. But if the others who believe on their words follow the same path as those who know Him, they will also grow to know Him as well.
D&C 93:1 says “every soul” not just a few. Not just a select group. But “every soul.” I believe it means all. Not just a few; while others are relegated to believing on their words.
I was asked the names of the various Presiding Patriarchs of the church.
The time is indeed far spent.