A reader pointed out that Joseph Smith established the priesthood of the Mormon church with the following numbers in the various quorums:
12 Deacons, 24 Teachers, 48 Priests, 96 Elders, 70 Seventies, 7 Presidents of Seventies, 12 Apostles, 3 Presidents, 1 Patriarch, etc.
The natural question is: Were these potential molecules?
The answer is yes. They are all possibilities. The number twelve and any multiple thereof has molecular potential as well as the numbers seven and three.
Was there a possible link to make the connection with the Hierarchy?
Yes. If Joseph Smith is to be believed he received revelation and instruction from Christ who is a definite link.
Were molecules created then?
The answer is that they were partially successful for a time.
Let me elaborate.
To create a successful molecule one must start with a correct molecular number in the group. Secondly, each of the members must have soul contact and a degree of group consciousness.
Thirdly, the molecules must be linked up to the Christ either directly or through a master.
Let us assume that Joseph had a link of some type with the Christ. Were molecules then created?
There is substantial evidence that a significant amount of spiritual power flowed through some of the members of the early groups. The apostles and some other members performed some impressive miracles and even raised the dead. Ignored by church history is the fact that miracles were also performed by some females in the early church.
Unfortunately, no really stable molecule was formed for group soul contact came and went somewhat randomly. This caused spiritual power to be available at times and missing at other times.
The problem with the attempted creation of a church with many molecular numbers is that rarely was it the case that the various quorums could maintain group soul contact. There were generally a couple souls in each potential molecule who were not in harmony with the group and the soul.
There was one occasion, however, where soul resistance was dropped by the various groups and a great spiritual manifestation occurred. This was at the dedication of the Kirtland temple in Ohio.
On March 27, 1836 at the dedication of the Kirtland temple we find a similar occurrence: “Brother George A. Smith arose and began to prophesy, when a noise was heard like the sound of a rushing mighty wind, which filled the temple, and all the congregation simultaneously arose, being moved upon by an invisible power; many began to speak in tongues and prophesy; others saw glorious visions; and I beheld the temple was filled with angels, which fact I declared to the congregation. The people of the neighborhood came running together (hearing an unusual sound within, and SEEING A BRIGHT LIGHT LIKE A PILLAR OF FIRE RESTING UPON THE TEMPLE), and were astonished at what was taking place.” DHC 2:428 (Parentheses in the original)
Notice here that the fire was so real that the neighbors who were non members also saw it and were “astonished”. We have another interesting account of this event: “In the morning Father Smith prayed for a Pentecost, in the opening of the meeting. That day the power of God rested mightily upon the saints. There was poured out upon us abundantly the spirit of revelation, prophesying and tongues. The Holy Ghost filled the house; and along in the afternoon a noise was heard. It was the sound of a mighty rushing wind. But at first the congregation was startled, not knowing what it was. TO MANY IT SEEMED AS THOUGH THE ROOF WAS ALL IN FLAMES. Father Smith exclaimed, ‘Is the house on fire!”’ WOMEN OF MORMONDOM Pg 208
We are also told that “The angels of the Lord appeared unto them and cloven tongues of FIRE sat upon many of them and they prophesied and spoke in tongues.” ERASTUS SNOW SKETCHBOOK Page 1.
In addition Eliza R, Snow gives this account: “There we had the gift of prophecy – the gift of tongues – visions and marvelous dreams were related – the singing of heavenly choirs was heard, and wonderful manifestations of the Elders, were witnessed. The sick were healed – the deaf made to hear – the blind to see and the lame to walk, in very many instances. It was plainly manifest that a sacred and divine influence – a spiritual atmosphere pervaded that holy edifice. Yes, indeed, for the Son of God, in His glory, had honored it with His royal presence… I will relate one more remarkable circumstance which transpired in that interesting season – a circumstance which was not confined to either section of the Temple, but was witnessed by the many who were congregated on that day; and certainly all now living who were present on that occasion will remember. It is a testimony of answer to prayer that never can be forgotten . Father Smith presided over the meeting in the northwest section of the Temple, and after the meeting was opened by singing, he was mouth in prayer, and in course of supplication he very earnestly prayed that the Spirit of God might be poured out as on the day of Pentecost-that it might come ‘as a rushing mighty wind.’ Some time after, in the midst of the exercises of the forenoon it did come; and whether Father Smith had forgotten what he prayed for, or whether in the fervency of his heart, when praying he didnot realize what he prayed for, I never ascertained; but when the sound came and filled the house with an expressipn of great astonishment he raised his eyest exclaiming, ‘What! Is the house on fire?’ But presently he comprehended the cause of his alarm, and was filled with unspeakable joy.” (Eliza R. Snow, Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow, pi 11,14)
This has never again been duplicated in the church. What was the reason that these miraculous events happened at this point in time?
The reason was that for a small moment a fairly large group contacted the soul and all resistance to spiritual energy melted away allowing the flow to proceed. One of the interesting ingredients that allowed this to happen (especially since we are talking about Mormons) is that the group drank a significant amount a wine before the manifestations occurred. Because some of the members were a little tipsy this caused some of the enemies of the church to believe the supernatural occurrences were merely imagined by a drunkened crowd.
We have physical evidence, however, that this is not the case for the local townspeople, many of whom were enemies of the church saw the pillar of fire upon the temple. In addition to this the local newspaper reported the temple had burned down because of these reports. Many were surprised to later find the temple intact with no fire damage.
The wine assisted because it lowered the resistance of the people and made them more accepting to whatever was about to occur.
While it is true that the lowering of resistance by alcohol can also produce negative results it is also true that there is a positive aspect to this release of resistance and in moderation can assist a group to merge into the group soul. This is one of the reasons Jesus drank wine with his disiples.
The problem with that time period is that the spiritual flow seemed to manifest periodically, but not consistently. None of the potential molecules were securely grounded.
Then after the death of Joseph the link was no longer available. This is evidenced by the fact that there were virtually no spiritual manifestations at the dedication of the Nauvoo temple. The membership was very disappointed.
The most effective molecule in recorded history was the apostles of Jesus. His approach in the creation of a molecule was more logical for he concentrated in stabilizing a single molecule before attempting much expansion. This produced good and bad results. The good was that there was great spiritual flow in the small group, but the bad is that they were killed off and not replaced.
Joseph had a different problem in that he had a larger and more diverse group that was not killed off, but continued in organization. The trouble was that a solid anchor of spiritual flow was not established so the link was severed and the powerful spiritual flow ceased to be available.
The reader mentioned that he had attended modern LDS meetings where the various quorums were separated and he felt a flow of power. Does this mean they are molecular?
There are a number of organizations that use molecular numbers in their various groups who do not have soul contact or a molecular link. Even so, there can be a significant flow of merged heart and solar plexus energy within the group causing a sharing of energy. This can be impressive to participants, but the experience is far removed from the potential spiritual power that can be manifested through a truly molecular organization.
The key to success in this age is to take whatever time it takes and create a successful molecular foundation so spiritual power will be anchored and then bring in additional human molecules so we will have the quantity as well as quality to insure that this time the link between humanity and the kingdom of god will remain for the age.
“Though I am Unborn, the Soul that passes not away, though I am the Lord of Beings, yet as Lord over My nature I become manifest, through the magical power of the Soul.” Gita IV.6.
Dec 3, 2003
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