Greetings all my relations,
On this great day let us consider the temple covenants …
And I would that you understand that, although the relation speaks of but one man and one woman, behold, all men and all women are represented in this figurative. The relation does speak of the journey that all men and women must make toward that measure and stature of which the Peacemaker, even the Christ, is the ensample. Yea, and it is for this cause that we do consider ourselves, each one, Adam and Eve, First Man and First Woman, when we enter the High Place to do ordinances there.
CREATION…temple ordinances TEACH US ABOUT OUR ETERNAL FAMILY … OUR STORY IS A LEGACY OF LOVE AND SACRIFICE…AND ETERNAL PROGRESSION AND PRO-CREATION… THE FAMILY OF MAN…
CONSIDER YOURSELVES ADAM AND EVE
We will be studying from the ancient Book of Memish Akekt (732 A.D.)
Memish gives his genealogy back to Adam and provides a short history of Night Voice Woman. Teachings of the High Place are expounded upon. Families leave the Menintah Valley.
In the seventh generation from Mor Honayah (Moroni), even seven hundred and thirty two years from the blessed time when the Peacemaker walked among our people, the Council of Mentinah called upon me to take up the seat of high priest of the city.
Behold, I am Memish Akekt, even the husband of Espowyes Mene Akekt, and I begin the record of my stewardship. And my father was Waylhimnotkits and my mother was Pahnah Tahnich, the daughter of Chichtenah and Ponet Akekt.
1) Now, the relation of the creation of the world is told in another place.
Wherefore, I will not repeat it here, for I have little space left upon the plates which I have cast. But I shall speak of the understandings that must be obtained from that relation.And I beg all who might read of my writings that you might have patience with the works of my hands. For, they are feeble works and by no means perfect. Yea, there are faults in my expressions and I know not if all of the mmay even be useful to any who might read them in
times far sundered.
2) Nevertheless, the Spirit does constrain me. For I have seen that in the last days before the Lord shall come again to heal the earth one last time, there shall be those among my descendents who shall read my words.
Wherefore, I hope to make for you an ensample. And if I may only put down my own thoughts and understandings regarding the High Place and its ordinances, then I shall count myself blessed. For, this is a thing of great worth unto you.
3) Wherefore, I continue with my discourse.
4) Now, when the days of the creation were far spent, yea, when all who had taken part in the creation of Heaven and of Earth were about to set themselves down to take rest and to review and take counsel over the works of their hands, behold, one last thing remained undone.
5) And the Father asked the question: Is Man found on the Earth?
6) And the Son answered him, saying: Man is not found.
7) And the relation tells us that First Man and First Woman were placed upon the earth in the last day of the Creation of All Living.
And behold, the relation tells of how First Man was given his name, and it was one of the names whereby the Father was also called.
And the Father asked Adam what he would call his wife, and he answered Him, saying:
She is First Woman. Therefore shall she be called the Mother of All Living.
8) Now, I would ask you, is the relation of the Temple to be taken literally?
Are we to understand that Adam and Eve were indeed the very first man and the very first woman to walk upon the footstool of God?
I know of a certainty that they were not.
Yea, I say unto you, I know this of a certainty.
9) Do not think me unfaithful because I say that I know of a certainty that the thing written in the holy books cannot have been.
For the Spirit whispers to me that the relation of the High Place is figurative with regard to First Man and First Woman, as I suspect it is figurative in a very many things.
10) Consider the relation of the Temple of the Nephites.
(also Mormon Temples)
In that relation, the man and the woman are placed in a garden called Eden.
Howbeit, in the relation of the High Place of the Nemenhah, they are placed in a valley.
Does that signify that the one relation is to be deemed more reliable than the other?
I think not.
For the first habitation of First Man and First Woman, be it garden or valley, was all taken up to form the Way.
Wherefore, can it be said that the garden or the valley was made of stuff that mortals can even describe?
Wherefore, the figurative may not be taken literally, but as an ensample unto us.
Let us consider that ensample.
Behold, it has been said that the valley in which Adam and Eve were placed was a paradise, protected from all evil things.
But is that verily so?
I say unto you, Nay!
For did not the Tempter have access to it also?
Did not the serpent tempt them from within the valley?
Wherefore, how was it a paradise?
How can we esteem that place like unto the place where unto we shall go when this life is over?
Is this the paradise of God?
It is not, for evil made its abode there just as surely as did righteousness.
Therefore, do not be deceived and think that the Eden in which they were placed was a place of idyllic perfection, for such was not the case. For, in that place did evil come and in that place was evil intention manifest.
13) And again I ask you, were the man and the woman perfect in that place?
Most assuredly they were not!
For, they had not at first the capacity to learn and to grow past that which they were told.
They had not yet the ability to discern a good thing from a bad thing.
Of a certainty, they had the capacity to learn, for they had only the best of mentors, even the Father and the Son.
But, for a time, they could only learn what was and what had always been.
This is the way of progression.
We pass from line unto line and we walk from precept unto precept.
14) And I would that you understand that, although the relation speaks of but one man and one woman, behold, all men and all women are represented in this figurative.
The relation does speak of the journey that all men and women must make toward that measure and stature of which the Peacemaker, even the Christ, is the ensample.
Yea, and it is for this cause that we do consider ourselves, each one, Adam and Eve, First Man and First Woman, when we enter the High Place to do ordinances there.
Yea, we were all present and we did all see clearly the path that our lives must take in order that we might at some time and place enter into the Terrestrial World.
Behold, even as we were all present in that Great Council wherein the New and Everlasting Covenant was made manifest unto us, and wherein we did cast our lot to enter into it;
so also were we present in that valley which the Creator did set apart for us, yea, even that garden place.
And this is the reason that I ask of you?
Is the man and the woman to represent only Adam and Eve in the place of their first habitation?
I know not of a certainty, but the relation of the High Place leads me to believe that the man and the woman is a phrase that represents all men and all women.
Wherefore, think not only of Adam and of Eve when you sit in the Temple and contemplate the progression of man and of woman.
For it is your story as much as it is theirs.
Nay, think not that it is a fanciful history of beings who lived in times out of memory, for the Holy Ghost does bring all things to your remembrance and this remembrance is yours as much as it was theirs.
Nay, do not believe that you may stand back and judge Adam and Eve for their errors, nor praise them for their victories, without that you realize how much your lives mirror theirs.
Know that the reason that their life feels like a memory unto you is that the relation is your relation as well.
17) And we did learn and grow in the valley, just as Adam and Eve did learn and grow.
Yea, we did learn and grow beside them in the valley.
And the valley was great enough to serve us all in that capacity.
18) And Eve did bring unto Adam all the living things from the earth and he did give unto them names of power.
Yea, the things of the earth did know their own names because of the calling of Adam. And he did organize them into their families and all their science was understood by Adam because of that gift and talent in him.
19) Yea, Eve was first to go abroad in the valley and she did discern all things and discovered all that dwelt in the valley.
And she did bring them again unto Adam and he did sit in his place and he did give them names whereby man might know them. But Eve knew them first for their essence before that Adam had named them.
20) And because Eve was inquisitive, it was she who first found the boundaries of the valley.
Yea, she it was who walked to the edges of that perfection and wondered what lay beyond the borders thereof.
But because Adam was weighed down with a burdensome task, it was Eve who first saw the frontier of the valley and it was Eve who first gave thought to that which might exist beyond them.
21) And also, when Eve brought the living things unto Adam, that he might name them and organize them, she it was who reported unto him the nature of the living things and how they lived. And behold, she told him of their manner of living and what they ate.
She told him of their procreation and of their associations with others of their kind and of their interaction with others not of their own kind.
And all this did Adam write down and it became part of the language and science of the valley.
22) Now, because of this knowledge, yea, even because of the understanding that Eve obtained of the manner of living of all living things within the valley wherein the man and the woman had been placed, she also foreknew that the place was limited in its capacity to bear men and women.
Yea, she knew that the land could only bear so many and no more, for it was a place with boundaries and limitations.
Eve knew these limitations because, in discerning the nature of all things living, she also knew that the valley had only a set number of each.
And there never grew more of one thing or another.
Yea, there never was more of one thing and less of another in one generation than there was in that generation in which the man and the woman were placed in the valley.
23) And the man and the woman bore no child, but lived continually as they were in the valley because there was no room in it for more than were placed there.
And it was this condition which caused some confusion of ideas in the mind of our first mother, even that woman whom Adam called Eve.
For she was not unintelligent in the day that the Creator gave them commandments and taught them.
Yea, her eyes were open and her mind was active in that day.
24) Wherefore, she remembered always that the Creator commanded the man and the woman to tend and till the valley, and to take good care of it. Wherefore, to take good care of the valley meant that they could not overburden the earth with too many people, or rather, with more souls than the earth could bear up.
And yet, the Creator also commanded them to multiply and replenish the earth. How could this be?
For there were boundaries set upon the man and the woman.
Yea, she walked to and fro in the valley and she learned all things concerning life in it, but she could ascertain no manner in which the man and the woman could fulfill the commandments of God.
25) For behold, to take good care of the blessed valley meant that they could not multiply;
For the space was restricted and could not bear more than the men and women already present, even all the True Sons and Daughters of God.
AND ALSO THE VALLEY WAS NOT THE EARTH
for Eve did discern the borders and the boundaries of the valley and also that there was much that lay beyond them.
How could the earth be replenished if they were to remain in the valley always?
Behold, this was the confusion that began to develop in the mind of our first mother.
And she did sit often upon the border of the valley and ponder that which lay beyond and wonder.
And behold, it was upon one such occasion that a man did stand beside her, an aged man full of wisdom.
And she did discuss with this old man the things that did trouble her heart.
And the man told her of things which could not be, so long as the man and the woman remained penned up in the valley.
Yea, and he did recount unto her how great the world was and how much space remained to be encountered.
27) But behold, our first mother knew that such talk was a waste of breath because that there were boundaries placed upon the man and the woman. Yea, they were commanded that of all the plants of the valley they might freely eat, but only of the valley. Yea, they were free to go and do all that they could do within the boundaries which had been set for them. But there was one thing in the valley that they were not to approach, yea, one tree of which they were not allowed to eat, for it came from without, and it was a tree of knowledge.
For behold, to eat of it would cause a change to take place in the body of the man and the
woman and this change would actuate in them that which existed beyond the protected place. And they would surely die.
28) But the wisened one told her that they would lose the valley but gain the wide world, and that they would thereby win knowledge like unto the Gods.
And behold, this one woman longed so much to get on with the thing which the Creator had commanded the man and the woman, that she did listen unto the enticings of the old man and she went even unto the tree and she did eat of its fruit.
29) And behold, when she had eaten of the fruit, she immediately knew that she could not remain in the valley.
For she at once knew that the boundaries that kept the man and the woman within the valley were only their own fears and ignorance of the world.
Yea, for her, the boundaries were broken and the wide world burst in upon her mind and her imagination.
And she was suddenly aware of the greater nature that existed in and through all things.
Yea, she knew her Creator in a way impossible to her before.
30) And behold, she did go even unto her husband, our first father whom we call Adam, and she did explain the matter unto him.
But he was at first confused and frightened by her speech and he reasoned with her for a long time.
For she did not bring him one living thing to name and to organize. Rather, she brought him the wide world, and he was overcome with it.
Wherefore he did reason with her.
31) But behold, Eve determined that she must go out of the valley in order that they might fulfill the commandment of the Creator.
Wherefore, our first father did also stretch forth his hand and partook of the fruit, or rather, he did also seek to activate that within him that might break down the boundaries of his understanding.
Now, our ancestors did write these things in a manner that is difficult to understand.
Yea, they wrote in a manner metaphorical and allegorical.
But we desire to understand things as they really are.
Behold, when the Christ came to the Nemenhah and sat down with them and reordered their Temple;
He did explain much unto them about the writings of the ancients and how to understand them.
And He did also teach with parables wherein He did convey an understanding of a precept through the relation of a story or parable.
Behold, the relation of the High Place is such a teaching.
Wherefore, think not of it, nor of those things written in the holy books concerning it, as a literal narrative of things as they really took place, but rather consider the inner meaning of the allegory.
33) And are we also to understand that because our ancestors wrote or did a thing in a certain way that we are to also speak and act in exactly the same way?
For behold, in the Temple Writings of Ougou, the order of the Laws are given in different order than that order which we use today. Yea, the Law of Obedience is coupled with Sacrifice and comes before the Law of the Gospel in Ougou’s work.
But now the Law of Obedience is coupled with the Gospel and the Law of Sacrifice comes after it.
34) Was Ougou a false prophet then?
I say unto you, Nay.
But he wrote the order in a way that harmonized with the Temple as it was known unto the Nephites in the Land Southward.
But we have learned the error
in many of their ways.
Yea, we have witnessed their utter destruction.
Wherefore, we prefer to learn the Gospel and to be obedient unto our Master before we undertake to offer up our sacrifices.
For, we would be commanded of Him instead of any other and we would receive of Him; His commission personally and rely upon no man to give it unto us.
35) And do we esteem Ougou any less because he did things differently in his generation?
Behold, we know that he sought the will of the Peacemaker and the confirmation of all things.
And also, we know not but what the Lord had need of Ougou and his writings in order that He might teach a later generation to have greater understanding of that which might come in among them in their day.
Behold, I say unto you, this teaching has been of great use in the councils of the people regarding the Tucantorhah and their teachings.
36) Now, when Eve and Adam had partaken of that which was forbidden, they stepped out of the valley, for there was a veil placed upon them that separated them from the very presence of God. And all the people went with them and followed them.
Wherefore, the Creator took up all the element of the blessed place from off the earth and he hallowed it and built with it a place whereby, if men and women emerge out of the world, they might walk with Him and talk with Him face to face.
And this place we call the Way.
Now, do not believe that we know all there is to know about this place,
for its science is a mystery to us.
But we understand its purpose.
For behold, it is made of stuff set aside in the last day of creation, stuff that is not subject unto the ravages of time.
Yea, that living thing which does dwell there does not change
as mortal things do, but are preserved in its original state.
And of this matter the valley was created wherein the man and the woman were placed.
38) And in the valley, men and women could not progress, but must have remained forever as they were.
Is this the plan of God?
Or is this the purpose of our existence?
I say unto you, Nay.
Do you see how the relation of the High Place does repeat itself in this matter of progression?
In the first instance Elohim Heavenly Mother looked out into the deep and wondered. Then Eve looked out onto the wide world from her place of habitation and wondered.
Each of us must also look out from our place of beginning;
Even our garden or our valley, and wonder, or there shall be no progression in us.
39) Yea, because of the movement of our first parents, we begin in a place of protection and we dwell in a state wherein death and the deaths rule. Now, this may seem the opposite to our first parents, but be not deceived. Though we die, yet are matters precisely alike.
The continuation of the deaths is our valley and our garden. It is not until we stand at the boundaries of our understanding and look out at a wider universe that we, as Eve and Adam, step out of our valley and our garden, into the lone world. Only then can we do that which is necessary to emerge back into the presence of our Creator and walk and talk with our ancestors.
40) In this we are like unto our first parents and we walk in a way unchanging. Yea, and if we die in this state, we do come back again to live in that same state, continuing along that same path. Yea, we are placed again in this, our valley, even as Adam and Eve did remain in their valley until they could willfully decide to progress.
41) Behold, their transgression was not sin, but rather, it was independent decision which did away with the sameness of their lives. Yea, and this is why it is wickedness to suggest that we today must be judged and punished for Adam’s sin. It is wickedness that shall dwell in the hearts of men that shall reduce the woman to a thing of property because of Eve’s emergence.
42) But know this, when our first mother Eve and our first father Adam did stretch forth their hand to become part of the wide world, they did of a surety disobey one commandment in order to obey another.
Wherefore, was it sin?
Were they cast out?
Did the heavens forever close themselves up?
Did creation forget them?
I say unto you, Nay!
43) Behold, they did depart from out of a static condition. They did look upon that which was not as all things had always been, just as Pa Elowe did ponder the deep and wonder.
And they did decide to embark outward from the place of sameness, just as Elohim did take Their journey away from all that they had known, worlds without end. We must also emerge from the place of our sameness even as they did.
Wherefore, when we make our emergence, we do also cease to return and live again according to mortality, but a change is made in us, even a mighty change, and we begin to live according to immortality because of the new thing covenanted in heaven.
1) Behold, when the Creator took back up unto Himself all the matter with which
He had made the valley in which our first parents dwelt;
He did make of it a new thing, a new creation.
We call it the Way.
Now, see here also a metaphor for our lives.
It is because we strive to do that which is pleasing in the sight of the Creator that we may take of this corrupt thing and become with it a new creation.
But we cannot do it by sitting in one place dreaming about a bigger world.
to be continued…amen cj
What do the temple covenants do for you?
First Man , First Woman
In the ceremony of the High Place, Adam & Eve represent all of us figuratively.
They are also known as First Man and First Woman.
When the Lord visited the Nemenhah of Corianton,
He introduced Corianton (the son of Shi-Muel) and Pa-Sabel as First Man and First Woman (2 Shi-Muel 6:12).
Those who become like unto Adam and Eve, like unto Christ and like unto Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother are also called First Man and First Woman
(Manti 3:25, Minisourit 1:31, 39, O&C 4:4)
See: “Adam”, “Eve”, “Corianton (the son of Shi-Muel)” and “Pa-Sabel”
References (First Man): Temple Writings 1:7, 2:32, 2 Shi-Muel 6:12, High Place 1:207, 2:3, 1 Appendix 1, Manti 3:25, 1 Pa Natan 2:15, Mor-Honayah 9:6, 57, Memish 1:10, 4:20, 5:7-10, 14, 8:15, 9:2, 10:2, Momet 4:4, Minisourit 1:31, 39, 2 Wahshahshay 3:4, 8, O&C 4:4
References (First Woman): Temple Writings 1:7, 2:32, 2 Shi-Muel 6:12, Manti 3:25, 6:14, 1 Pa Natan 2:15, Mor-Honayah 9:6, 57, Memish 4:20, 5:7-10, 14, 8:15, 9:2, 10:2, Momet 4:4, Minisourit 1:31, 39, 2 Wahshahshay 3:4, 8, O&C 4:4