“For strait is the gate, and narrow the way that leadeth unto the exaltation and continuation of the lives, and few there be that find it, because ye receive me not in the world neither do ye know me. But if ye receive me in the world, then shall ye know me, and shall receive your exaltation; that where I am ye shall be also. This is eternal lives—-to know the only wise and true God, and Jesus Christ, whom he hath sent. I am he. Receive ye, therefore, my law.”
1832 - Joseph Smith and his family were living in the home of John and Elsa Johnson in Hiram, Ohio. While working on the inspired translation the Gospel of John, particularly John 5:20-40, the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon receive a vision that comprises Doctrine and Covenants 76. There may have been as many as 12 men in that room with them who saw the glory but not the Vision. In the vision, they see the Savior on the right hand of God, events in the premortal life, and the three degrees of glory. (History of the Church, 1:245-252).
“The great principle that we have to come to is the knowledge of God, of the relationship that we sustain to each other, of the various duties we have to attend to in the various spheres of life in which we are called to act as mortal and immortal, intelligent, eternal beings, in order that we may magnify our calling and approve ourselves before God and the holy angels, and if we obtain knowledge of this kind, we shall do well, for this is the greatest good of the whole, it embraces everything that we want” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor, p. 95).
Here we are at the beginning of another year. There is anticipation of what the new year will bring. For me, it is a time to reflect on the year that has past and the year that lies ahead. The past year had experiences of pain, sorrow, and difficulties, but also joy, happiness, and wonderful memories.
After what must have been several inappropriate, and possibly illegal, vehicular actions, my poor mood got the best of me. Slamming on the brakes as a young lady pulled out in front of me, I yelled out to myself, “Are you sure these people can become gods?”