“Whereas the bird is at home in the air, we are clearly not at home in time- because we belong to Eternity. Time, as much as any one thing, whispers to us that we are strangers here.” Neal A. Maxwell
When out of the body, I learned without restraint that I was eternal, that I existed before I came here to this earth. This reality was so very strong and clear and present before me. I knew in an instant that I understood the spirit body so unmistakably and completely that I again possessed. I knew how to use it and I rejoiced in this reunion with this extraordinary spirit body, given to my intelligence as a gift from God. The concept of time and space were all around me. Yet it was a new time and the parameters associated with this time I was now experiencing had changed. I quickly learned and felt familiar with the new (once clearly understood) process of time and space, which I again was being allowed to encounter. I believe this is why I felt free to wander and explore my environment so freely. Time had changed; however, there was no learning curve needed to fully understand it and operate within its new structures and order.
I soon realized that we come from other regions, other nations, which if revealed anew to our minds the reality of these recovered memories would make time here seem as tinkling brass and sounding cymbals. We have forgotten so much of the Order and time we all once experienced, loved and lived so vibrantly in. Time was once our beloved friend and companion. Our spirits, seem to long to return to the time we once enjoyed. To be there all felt so much like coming home. For these reasons and others, this place where we now reside is referred to as the lone and dreary world. Here, there is shared governance and we are subject to laws of men, the influence of Satan, and the veil of forgetfulness often complicates our remembering and knowing what we once knew so freely and once enjoyed so fully.
To say I enjoyed this reunion and remembering would be such an understatement. I gloried in it and loved the reality of God the Father and His son no longer being an object of belief or faith. Their existence was a held law, a moment-to-moment reality, and this reality permeated all that was in this place, and all that this glorious habitation was about. It was the glue, the order, and the kingdom of God that made this place what it was. All things praised them, spoke their names and gladly followed their order, laws and commands. “Zion” is the word that expresses all that this Eternity was, is and will ever be. We have fallen so far and the veil keeps us from remembering the peace, contentment and joy that permeates from these regions and precincts.
The Reckoning of Time
Let’s turn to the Doctrine and Covenants to hear anew an answer to the question, “Is not the reckoning of God’s time, angel’s time, prophet’s time, and man’s time, according to the planet on which they reside?” Joseph’s answer was, “I answer, Yes. But there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who do belong or have belonged to it. The angels do not reside on a planet like this earth; But they reside in the presence of God, on a globe like a sea of glass and fire, where all things for their glory are manifest, past, present, and future, and are continually before the Lord. The place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummim.” (D&C 130:4-9)
What an amazing amount of information is given to us here. What is a great Urim and Thummin? From my experience, I learned that it is all the light and truth one can see, comprehend and all things are held in this great repository of light, information, experience and truth. All things “past, present and future…are continually before the Lord.” So after the Earth reaches this glorified state, all things pertaining to an inferior kingdom, all time associated with this kingdom or kingdoms will be manifest to those who dwell on the glorified earth. All lights and perfection, all ability to bring to light hidden things are manifest. All that the Father and Son have ever thought, done, experienced, lived, created or ordered is contained in these structures. Can you get your mind around this concept? For to me it is as broad as Eternity and as comprehensive as all that the Father hath!
Joseph Smith said the celestialized earth serves a revelatory purpose, providing those who inhabit it with knowledge about lesser worlds or planets. Thus, if a man or woman has the opportunity to spend five minutes in these regions and precincts, he then remembers, and learns of things once only dreamed of.
When angels visit the Earth they must adjust to our earthly time. They live in a different time structures than we do. All heavenly being sent hear to do a work for the Father and the Son must leave their abode and morph if you will into our time and condition. Can you see why their feet often do not touch our soil unless they are changed or they condescend to it to experience once again our fallen condition and gain renewed sympathy for our plight in this lone and dreary world?
As an example, I remind you of a visitor who came to Joseph Smith whom we are all very familiar with. The master teacher Moroni came to Joseph in his bedroom to reveal eternal truths. What we may learn from his visit? Joseph was calling upon God and discovered a light appearing in his room. It started small and increased in brightness until his once dark room was brighter than noonday. Moroni stood near his bedside, his feet not touching the floor.
In my experience, discussed in ‘Visions of Glory’, my companion and I never needed to be introduced, for all of that social contrivance proceeded us, so wherever I was directed to go by my guide, the information of who we were and why we were there went before us and the light that accompanied our presence proceeded us and introduced us before we arrived. The information regarding introductions and social formalities were contained in the light that preceded us. All about us was known in the light. The why, what and when of the situation was held in this light that went before us.
Albert Einstein postulated, and it has been confirmed, that light travels toward us or away from us at the constant speed of 186,282 miles per second. No matter how fast we ourselves may be moving, light will always pass us at the full speed of light. Nothing else that we know of acts that way — only the otherworldly gift that we call light.
Recall that Jesus is the Light of the world, and that we were called the Light of Truth (D&C 93:30) All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence.
“Behold, here is the agency of man, and here is the condemnation of man; because that which was from the beginning is plainly manifest unto them, and they receive not the light. And every man whose spirit receiveth not the light is under condemnation. For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy; and when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy.” (D&C 93:29-34)
It appears that we must receive this light, for in it is that which enlightens our mind and brings us back in line with the understanding and knowledge we once possessed. However, we have now lost our direct connection with the light, and all that the light has to teach us and help us remember. Note that the light represents Christ and the Father, just as the seed did in Alma’s testimony to the Zoramites.
So when I read of these accounts in Joseph, our beloved prophet’s life, in light of my own brief experience, I think, “What additional information was given to the Prophet Joseph about the Father and the Son, and about Moroni, Mormon, Abraham, Elijah and Paul and all the other Prophets that were sent to him as he was directed and taught in the restoration of this the last dispensation of the fullness of times?”
If I, in my great weakness, was allowed to see the little that I received, imagine what the Prophet Joseph might have seen, learned and beheld as these resurrected beings, just men made prefect and other realms of heavenly beings instructed and spoke to him throughout his life as our dispensational Prophet, Seer and Revelator. I am sure he learned so much about times, seasons of times, how each of them lived and the order of these times and how they each operated within their God-given missions as they carried out the orders of times and seasons given unto them.
I cannot begin to express what is learned while in their presence. Remember that when we are permitted to see them, we see them as they see themselves and know them as they know themselves. All this added information is before them, behind them, through them, above them and under them and spills out as you watch them operate, speak and interact with you and the other spirits, angels and beings you encounter.
Joseph states regarding Moroni, “His whole person was glorious beyond description.” He said he then learned his name was Moroni and explained the work Father had for him to do. Moroni quoted scripture to him and Joseph could begin to see his role in these ancient scriptures. The old scriptures were now seen in the light of this time (the fulness of times) which Moroni was foretelling while quoting ancient scripture to Joseph, he for whom these scriptures were written of. Joseph could see as Moroni spoke of the book that was hidden. He states, so deep were the impressions made on my mind that sleep had fled and I lay overwhelmed in astonishment at what I had both seen and heard. This was repeated three more times, imprinting this knowledge onto Joseph’s mind that it would never be taken from Him. In verse 54, Joseph concludes, “I went at the end of each year, and at each time I found the same messenger there, and received instruction and intelligence from him at each interview. Respecting what the Lord was going to do, and how and in what manner his kingdom was to be conducted in the last days.
“Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? Are not his days also like the days of an hireling?” (Job 7:1)
Joseph’s days were known, just as your days are know to Father. We must “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8)