The Virtue that Parts the Veil


There is an almost universal misconception about translation, which is that it only occurs to perfect people. When we meet someone who is wonderful and we want to pay them a great compliment, we often say something like “I’m surprised you’re not translated yet,” suggesting that they are perfect enough for translation.

Many years ago I had a spiritual experience that left me pondering why it had happened to me. I knew my weaknesses, my flaws and sins. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed like the heavens had picked the wrong person. It almost made me wonder if the experience was valid.

As these thoughts poured through my mind, I’m sure with help from our spiritual enemy, the Spirit awakened my mind and simply said, “No, you’re not perfect, but you are obedient.”

It was then that I realized that the Lord did not require me to be perfect to obtain the blessing I was seeking. In that case, for that blessing, He required that I be obedient.

God does not measure us by the standard of perfection. God actually gave us our weaknesses. (Ether 12:27) Weakness is engineered into us. As long as we are mortal, we will manifest mortal flaws. The purpose of these engineered weaknesses is so that we come unto Christ and humble ourselves. When we manifest humility through willing obedience, then His grace will make those weaknesses become strengths.

If someone knows in their heart that they should seek the blessings associated with Zion, and they set themselves up to seek perfection, they will be on a very long and harsh pathway that cannot be completed in mortality. The good news is that the requirement for translation is not perfection. It is purity.

We know this because the divine pattern is that persons must request this glorious gift of translation directly from Jesus Christ. This is the prototype laid forth in the scriptures. And, since “the pure in heart shall see God” (Matthew 5:8), purity becomes the virtue that parts the veil.

I have Un-Blogged several times about purity.  A pure person is not only obedient, but they are obedient for untainted reasons. Through the atonement of Christ, they have become saintly, sanctified, and their desires, their hopes and motivations in everything they do have become pure – including why they desire to be a part of Zion.

Here is the key: Translation has a purpose. It is not just winning the spiritual lottery. It has a very specific purpose. You can easily find what that purpose is by studying the people of Enoch, and ascertaining what the desire of their heart was. It was this desire that motivated God to take up their entire city into heaven. They could not accomplish this righteous desire in the dispensation wherein they were born, so God extended their lives to give them the ability to fulfill their heart’s desire when the last dispensation finally came. They have been working to that end all this time. 

John the Beloved and the Nephite Three likewise stated this same pure desire as their reason for requesting this gift. We can likewise seek and obtain these glorious gifts, and in our seeking we will find that the desire of our hearts, that which we return to the veil to request, is the same pure desire which all have requested who have entered into the Zion condition.

Brother John

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3 Responses to The Virtue that Parts the Veil

  1. cheyenne brashear says:

    Brother John, what a comforting message this is. What you said in your message makes me think of the scripture in Moroni 10:32-33.”Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins that ye become holy, without spot.” For years I used to see this scripture completely backwards; I used to think somehow that it said,”Be perfect,deny yourself of all ungodliness, then come unto Christ, and finally his grace will be sufficient for you.” The part about “loving Him with all your might, mind, and strength before His grace is sufficient for you”,used to bother me alot also. I didn’t realize that even this is only possible through the goodness and grace of God. I know now that when a person begins to come unto Christ in humility with a broken heart and contrite spirit, He begins to manifest to them His love and goodness; they begin to see the massive difference between how they are when His Spirit is with them, and how they are when His Spirit isn’t. Soon, we start to become very aware of our weaknesses and character flaws because we start to know of His greatness, and our own nothingness in our lost and fallen state. We become more sincere in our prayers, and more desirous to yeild to His will so that we can learn more of Him. Loving Him with all of our might, mind and strength isn’t that much at first, but becomes increasingly greater because our cup(heart)keeps getting bigger. As we seek Him, He gives us of His love which we gladly give back to Him and as we do, He gives us more until we receive a fulness. I also know now that being perfect in Christ doesn’t mean being perfect in the typical way of thinking. 1 Corinthians 13, and 1 John 4:17-18 teach that charity is that which is perfect,and through this perfect love we become perfect in Christ. We still live in an imperfect body, but our love and desire to be obedient to His will becomes perfect. My greatest desire in this life is to stand in the presence of Christ and request of Him this blessing and gift of translation. I know that a translated being isn’t limited in the ways that we are now. I know that a translated being has a greater capacity to have charity because of their enhanced state. I know that a translated being has greater priesthood power because they hear the voice of the God perfectly and they always speak and act in the name of God, so much so that the very elements obey their voice. I know that these beings words have sealing power. These are the angels mentioned by the Savior in St. Matthew 13:30(JST footnote) and verse 41 of that same chapter. I’m certain that 144,000 of these beings will depart from Zion, being directly comissioned and ordained by God to gather the wheat into the barn(Zion), while the tares are bound in bundles to be burned(D&C 1:8-10). These individuals do not see through a glass darkly, but they see as they are seen, and know as they are known;
    they see and know God as He really is, they see and know themselves as they really are, and they see and know everyone else as they really are(Satan’s lies don’t blind their hearts and minds). These beings are after the order of Enoch, therefore, they have the same power of language that God gave to Enoch….the power to establish Zion in the hearts of the people. ” And so great was the faith of Enoch that he led the people of God, and their enemies came to battle against them; and he spake the word of the Lord, and the earth trembled, and the mountains fled, even according to his command; and the rivers of water were turned out of their course; and the roar of the lions was heard out of the wilderness; and all nations feared greatly, so powerful was the word of Enoch, AND SO GREAT WAS THE POWER OF THE LANGUAGE WHICH GOD HAD GIVEN HIM”. (Moses 7:13)….”And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever”. (Isaiah 59:20-21). Last of all, “Now Melchizedek was a man of faith, who wrought righteousness; and when a child he feared God, and stopped the mouths of lions, and quenched the violence of fire. And thus, having been approved of God, he was ordained an high priest after the order of the covenant which God made with Enoch, It being after the order of the Son of God; which order came, not by man, nor the will of man; neither by father nor mother; neither by beginning of days nor end of years; but of God; And it was delivered unto men by the calling of his own voice [see also D&C 84:42], according to his own will, unto as many as believed on his name. For God having sworn unto Enoch and unto his seed with an oath by himself; that everyone being ordained after this order and calling should have power, by faith, to break mountains, to divide the seas, to dry up waters, to turn them out of their course; To put at defiance the armies of nations, to divide the earth, to break every band, to stand in the presence of God; to do all things according to his will, according to his command, subdue principalities and powers; and this by the will of the Son of God which was from before the foundation of the world. And men having this faith, coming up unto this order of God, were translated and taken up into heaven. And now, Melchizedek was a priest of this order; THEREFORE HE OBTAINED PEACE IN SALEM, and was called the Prince of peace.” (JST Genesis 14:26-33). It is my great desire to be such an instrument in the hands of God to also be called after that Holy Order and to be given the power to establish peace in the hearts of my fellow man as Enoch and Melchizedek did in their days with thier people. To come to people with such a great message of hope during such great times of despair. Thanks again brother John for sharing these messages of great hope with us. Sincerely, brother Cheyenne

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  2. Donald says:

    Hello John,
    How can we study more about the people of Enoch? I have kept (and read) a copy of “The Book of Enoch” translated by R.H. Charles next to my bed for years. Are you famliar with it? If so, do you have any feelings about it? And of course we have the writing of Enoch in The Pearl of Great Price…. what a treasure.

    Donald

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