The (Fullness of the) Gospel According to:
What is the “fullness” of the gospel of Jesus Christ? To understand the mind of God for His children, we should be able to identify a pattern throughout the scriptures that teaches and demonstrates the true doctrine of the fullness, and the way set out for us to achieve it. I believe God has shown us repeatedly through all the books of scripture and in the ordinances of the gospel, the exactness and pattern of the way. Some of the patterns that I have discovered are outlined below. In the Old Testament Jacob recounts a dream of a ladder to heaven. I, like Jacob, know that the way and pattern is a series of step like the rungs of a ladder that must be climbed one at a time. As we climb the ladder or staircase to heaven we can achieve salvation and exaltation back into God’s presence. But, during the journey, and it is an intentional and sometimes rigorous journey, he does not leave us comfortless but provides an ever expanding resource of comfort, peace and knowledge as we progress along the way.
The endowment repeatedly reminds that “We invite all to receive it!” But, you “… must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.” D&C 9:8. Perfection is not required, only a humble heart and a willing mind. D&C 64:34 “Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.”
Take what I have discovered and have experienced to be true, and expand on it in your own personal discovery. The journey is not without significant desire, effort and even tears on our part. It can only be traveled and experienced individually, but those who have gone before can point out the way in hopes of making the path more discernible. This is my loving intent. If you have questions and if you desire, come talk to me and we can discuss these things to whatever detail you desire. However, I am still learning and expanding in my understanding as fast as I am able to absorb the greater light and knowledge Father continues to pour out upon His diligently searching children.
Study the patterns broken down below. Seek to understand, ask, pray and discern by the spirit, as Father tests your knowledge “through the veil.” (The pattern starts at the bottom left and progresses to the top right, in a stair step fashion, in each of the following instances.)
2 Ne 9:10 “O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way…” Psalms 92:5 “O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.” 2 Ne 4:30 “Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation.” This is my testimony. It is my invitation to you. All are invited, all are capable. It simply requires taking the first step …, and then another …, and then another …, until we find our calling and election among the assembly and Church of the First Born “made sure” by His word and embrace “through the veil”, and we continue to be directed in all things that we should do to assist in bringing about Jehovah’s “… work and His glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (and woman!), until at the end of our journey the veil is parted, our Savior reaches forth, and we hear the words “Let him/her enter” and we are received into the presence of the Lord.
“And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good. And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness. And I pray the Father in the name of Christ that many of us, if not all, may be saved in his kingdom at that great and last day.” (2Ne33:10-12)
In the name of Jesus Christ, the very Eternal Father,