Power Beyond This World

This is a General Conference Odyssey post.

 

We live in a world where money and power are flaunted around to accomplish instant glory, selfish works, and worldly praise. President Kimball spoke of “Our Great Potential,” which shows us how minuscule man’s idea of power really is. It was a beautiful exercise for me to contemplate the powers of a God.

 

President Kimball explains that the following “ordinances and administrations that must be administered beyond this world” will be given to us when we become gods. 

Resurrection

Creation

Creating spirit bodies

Giving life or combining the spirit with its body

Fashioning kingdoms

Organizing matter

And then, quoting Brigham Young, he said: “There are many more.”

 

If we follow the pattern given to us on earth, we can see how these ordinances may be given to us in the world to come. These ordinances come after a husband and wife have proven themselves worthy and have been sealed for time and all eternity. Together, they will share the responsibility of these ordinances forever.

 

Priesthood keys, when used in righteousness, offer us the authority to perform the necessary saving ordinances, which must be performed here on earth, such as:

Baptism

Confirmation

Washings and Anointings

Endowment

Sealings

When God deems us worthy to receive additional ordinances in the world to come, how great will be our joy when we are able to use priesthood keys to create worlds without end.

 

One idea that President Kimball spends some time on is the idea of creating the spirit and the body of a living thing. This would include people as well as plants, animals, etc. To mortals, God has given us the power to procreate (create a physical body), which is a divine ordinance. But we do not have the power to create spirit bodies or to give life when the two are combined.

 

No wonder chastity is so important.

 

The final thought President Kimball leaves us with is that we must teach and train our children the truths of the everlasting gospel. This is very heavy doctrine, but we are encouraged to teach it to our children so they can order their lives and fight with power and knowledge against the adversary.

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Jan Tolman

Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.

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Jan Tolman is a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of seven. She is a writer, as well as speaker, on the history of the Relief Society at www.ldswomenofgod.com. Several articles, written by her on Relief Society history, have been published in the Deseret News. She has taught Institute and served as a docent at the Church History Museum. She urges everyone to learn something new about Church History, and especially about the incredible women of LDS faith.

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