Mysteries, secrets, symbolism, enigmas, conundrums, tricks, puzzles, and riddles: The Beauty of Mortal Life.

This Marvelous Work and a Wonder® is hardly accepted by the people in this world.  There are only a very few who accept it as a source of Real Truth.  Of the few who do, none has ever come to a complete understanding of the Real Truth on their own … because it’s impossible.

Mortals were not meant to know the Real Truth.

Why would a mortal want to?

Consider a magician’s trick.

When we observe the trick, the experience is heightened by the intrigue and mystery of not knowing how the trick is done.  The harder it is for the audience to figure out the trick, the more value the magician receives.

The audience does not come to a magic show to see tricks that are easy to figure out.  People attend magic shows that wow and intrigue them, exciting their curiosity. How boring would it be to know how a magician does every trick?  Why attend the show if you already know the tricks?  The more the audience is confounded, the better the show and the more often they will return.

How fun is it to attend a magic show to figure out how a trick is done, compared to attending to simply enjoy the show?  The former spends all his or her time concentrating while the latter is enjoying the time.

Think of mortal life as the greatest magic show ever!

However, the magic is not performed by a magician.  The show is the magic.

The stage on which the show is presented, along with different, ever-changing scenery and props, provide a very magical show.  The props react magically to the changing scenery on the stage.  The most marvelous and wondrous part of the show is that there is no magician, no stage hand, no producer or director.  The people in the audience are the only people in the theatre.  They react to what is seen, heard, smelled, tasted, and touched on the stage.

Because of how the stage is set up and operates, the audience doesn’t know what the next scene is going to be.  There might be some who figure out how the props work in one scene, but these “scientific-minded ones” don’t have a clue what the next scene is going to be.  These aren’t there to simply enjoy the show, but to prove how smart they are because they think they can figure it out.

One of the things that enhances the intrigue of a magician’s trick is audience participation, but only IF the audience member is not part of a prepared act.  More often than not, most magicians have planted helpers among the audience members.

The beauty of mortal life is that any member of the audience can volunteer to go on stage and participate without being chosen or pre-selected.  As the rest of the audience watches one of their equals on stage acting and reacting to the magic of the scenery, the show is both entertaining and enlightening.  The non-participant audience members can vicariously experience the volunteer’s acting and reacting.  Our minds allow us to put ourselves in the volunteer’s shoes and perceive the magic of the production through their actions and reactions without ever going on stage ourselves.

For this very reason, mortals love movies, sports, and other entertainment venues in which we do not actually participate ourselves.  Watching others acting and reacting in these venues causes our physical senses to react similar to what we are seeing and hearing on stage.  Very soon, with the advanced technology that is coming, the audience will not only be able to see and hear the production, but smell it, taste it, and feel it.

Few mortals get paid more in money, accolade, popularity, and praise than those who act and react upon a stage set up with scenery and props that create a certain experience for the audience.  A man or woman who has never played football can become just as vicariously* excited and physically stimulated by watching a professional football player acting and reacting on a stage (in this case, a football field) as the actual football player does.  If your chosen team wins or loses, the feelings are just as positive or negative as the players’ and coaches’.

*Vicarious: experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person.

Very few people can sing like a professional.  When one writes a song, the songwriter is expressing his or her own emotions through music.  Vicariously, we get to feel their feelings.  The more the songwriter’s feelings are similar to our own, the more we are emotionally affected by the song.

Music is one of the most stimulating expressions of emotion, but few sounds are more stimulating and soothing than the sounds of nature.  Although each life form produces different sounds for different reasons (to attract a mate or warn a predator, for example), to the human ear (perception) they are heard as soothing music, but animal sounds do not produce the stimulating forms, harmonies, and expressions of human emotion.  By using unnatural forms of nature (materials from which we construct instruments), we have learned how to express our emotions … for good and bad.

Before we had developed language on Earth, we communicated with each other through different forms of music.  Ancient tribes could tell the emotional state of a competing tribe by listening to their enemy’s distant drumbeats.  If war between the tribes was imminent, the drumbeat would announce it.

Mortals appreciate and value vicariously experiencing things through the feelings or actions of another person.  This is why we pay a lot of money to athletes, artists, and entertainers.  We can sit back in the comfort of our own space and experience things that we would not normally be doing or are not capable of doing.  Most of our mortal daily life is rudimentary, monotonous, and boring, but by doing nothing more than just sitting and observing what is happening on a particular stage before us, we can experience many things that involuntarily stimulate our senses.

The same thing happens when we read a book.  If the book is written well enough, the reader vicariously enters the pages of the book and is physically stimulated by the story’s plot.  We cry, we laugh, we express all kinds of emotions while reading a good story, usually one that is entirely fictitious.  Compare reading a work of fiction to reading a text book. Which one excites our emotions more and makes us want to read?

Certainly not the one that contains Real Truth.

Because our advanced minds do not want to be, nor are able to become a professional athlete, artist, or actor, our True Self depends upon, and greatly values, our mortal Self to do what it does … vicariously! *

*Vicarious: experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person.

“Experience in the imagination” is the key to understanding mortal life.

Mortal life is occurring in and by the imagination of our True Self.  Because our highly advanced and powerful brain deals with emotions and the physical responses associated with our emotions much differently than our mortal brain does, the imagined experience of mortality feels, tastes, smells, sounds, and is seen VERY REAL!

Nothing is more important to our True Self than the magic that happens in our advanced brain that creates the stage upon which our advanced vicarious experiences are produced, directed, and acted out.  The headliner of the magic show is our mortal Self.  As the magical act of mortal life is produced, directed, and acted in and by our highly advanced imagination, WHY would we ever want to know how the magic tricks are performed?

And the most marvelous and wondrous part of the act, especially for the headliner (the main actor) is acting with, dancing with, singing with, and cooperating with other actors to put on such an incredible show!  Without other volunteers joining us on stage, we would find ourselves in a very lone and dreary world.

Participating with other advanced humans with our shared highly advanced imaginations greatly enhances the experience for each of us.  Because each of us acts and reacts to the scenery and props differently, and we have the ability to vicariously experience something that others experience, the more people involved in the production … the better.

While watching an extraordinary magic show of unprecedented wonder and awe, a lone man sits in the audience and says,

“I know how all the tricks are performed.”

What would be the general response of the other audience members?

What if you were watching a movie and some loudmouth was sitting by you and telling you what was going to happen next?

What if someone gave you a book and told you what the ending was before you started reading it?

How much excitement would you get out of watching a sporting event if you already knew who is going to win?

What if you visited a haunted house to be scared and excited by the unknown, by the scenery, the props, and the actors who pop out of nowhere to startle you?  What if you went to the haunted house with a guy who told you all along the way what was going to happen next?  Wouldn’t it be more exciting to go through the haunted house with someone as clueless as you are?

A True Messenger is one of the most hated and less-appreciated actors during mortality.  It is a natural, mortal response to reject and hate him for what he does.  But he wouldn’t be doing what he does if there weren’t actors and players (members of the audience) who were controlling everything that the other audience members were doing.  He wouldn’t be necessary if a few of the participants on stage weren’t guiding the other participants through scene after scene instead of letting each volunteer experience the show on their own.

Sometimes a member of the audience, who is equal to all others, claims to know how a trick is performed.  If he or she is able to awe and wow other audience members to believe in his or her claim and pay him or her money, then a True Messenger is needed to counter the false claimant.  Otherwise, the other audience members stop acting and reacting to the scenery and props on their own.

How many people upon this earth act and react to Earth’s environment according to their own, unconditional Free Will? Few.

How many are controlled by others?  A lot.

How many are allowed to emotionally respond to life the way that they want to, instead of the way that another wants them to?  Few.

If the audience of a marvelous and wondrous magic show is being misled by a single audience member who has convinced others to follow and experience the show the way that this one, single person does, the audience will never gain from the experience what they paid good money to see.  A True Messenger then becomes the most important audience member of all!

There has never been a True Messenger who has been allowed to know the Real Truth who likes his job.  All wish that they never had to be chosen to know.  Without them, though, the purpose of mortal life would never realize its potential or measure of its creation.  Free Will must be restored to the audience or the show cannot go on.

There was a True Messenger who tried to warn other audience members that they were being deceived by a few who claimed to know how the tricks were being performed and were stealing their money because of these false claims.  He tried to explain that the religions and gods of this world were deceiving the people and misguiding them, taking away their Free Will to act and be acted upon as each audience member should do on their own, of their own volition.

When he tried to explain the Real Truth, his friends mocked him and said, “My dear friend, I am sorry for you.”

He knew his former friends were going to kill him, so before he died, he wrote a play and presented the Real Truth through the symbolism of the play’s characters and presentation.  He assigned a character he called the Preacher to represent his family, friends, and peers who had been deceived by the religions of the world.  One of the other characters he invented he called Adam.  “Adam” represented a sincere person’s desire to know the Real Truth.

Early on during the play’s presentation, when the character Adam was living in the mortal world (presented as a “lone and dreary world”), this True Messenger playwright presented another character he called Lucifer.  Lucifer represented the “natural man, an enemy of God since the beginning.”  (He referenced the Lucifer character’s symbolism from a book that we had him write: Mosiah 3:19.)  In other words, Lucifer represents mortal human nature.

During the play, the Adam character hasn’t a clue why he’s in the mortal world, where he came from, or how he got to where he found himself.  Through his imagination, he feels a natural pull towards something better or someone higher outside of his mortal self.  Adam tries to talk to the person that he senses inside of his heart and head.  He is searching for answers that he doesn’t know or understand.  He is searching for someone to tell him why he exists, where he came from, and how he got to where he is in the “lone and dreary world.”

Here is an excerpt from this part of the original play:

ADAM: Oh God, hear the words of my mouth.  Oh God, hear the words of my mouth.  Oh God, hear the words of my mouth.

(As Adam prays, Lucifer approaches from behind out of the shadows.)

LUCIFER: I hear you.  What is it you want?

ADAM: Who are you?

LUCIFER: I am the god of this world.

ADAM: You, the god of this world?

LUCIFER: Yes. What do you want?

ADAM: I am looking for messengers.

LUCIFER: Oh, you want someone to preach to you.  You want religion, do you?  I will have preachers here presently.

(Lucifer turns his head as a preacher approaches.)

LUCIFER: Good Morning sir!

PREACHER: Good morning!

(The preacher turns and looks out into the audience.)

PREACHER: A fine congregation!

LUCIFER: Yes, they are a very good people.  They are concerned about religion.  Are you a preacher?

PREACHER: I am.

LUCIFER: Have you been to college and received training for the ministry?

PREACHER: Certainly! A man cannot preach unless he has been trained for the ministry.

LUCIFER: Do you preach the orthodox religion?

PREACHER: Yes, that is what I preach.

LUCIFER: If you will preach your orthodox religion to these people and convert them, I will pay you well.

PREACHER: I will do my best.

(Lucifer guides the preacher to Adam and Eve, who stand nearby.)

LUCIFER: (Indicating Adam.) Here is a man who desires religion.  He is very much exercised and seems to be sincere.

PREACHER: I understand you are inquiring after religion.

ADAM: I was calling upon Father.

PREACHER: I am glad to know that you were calling upon Father.  Do you believe in a God who is without body, parts, and passions; who sits on the top of a topless throne; who His center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere; who fills the universe, and yet is so small that He can dwell in your heart; who is surrounded by myriads of beings who have been saved by grace, not for any act of theirs, but by His good pleasure?  Do you believe in this great Being?

ADAM: I do not.  I cannot comprehend such a being.

PREACHER: That is the beauty of it.  Perhaps you do not believe in the devil, and in that great hell, the bottomless pit, where there is a lake of fire and brimstone into which the wicked are cast, and where they are continually burning but are never consumed?

ADAM: I do not believe in any such place.

PREACHER: My dear friend, I am sorry for you.

(End of play excerpt.)

In the play, Adam never finds the Real Truth he is searching for, UNTIL he encounters a True Messenger.  Adam couldn’t figure out anything about Real Truth on his own, no matter how sincere he was, no matter how hard he searched.

The corrupt religion that dissected this True Messenger’s original script took out the Preacher character.  Why?

Because the members of this particular religion were the audience!

Later on during the presentation, the character that represents a True Messenger eventually finds Adam, Lucifer, and the Preacher together on stage.

Remember above when,

(The preacher turns and looks out into the audience.)

PREACHER:  A fine congregation!

LUCIFER:  Yes, they are a very good people.  They are concerned about religion.

(The True Messenger turns to Lucifer.)

True Messenger: How is your religion received by this community?

(Lucifer turns and looks out into the audience.)

LUCIFER: Very well!

The ONLY audience that watches this former True Messenger’s play is the very religion who changed the play and corrupted its meaning.  The members of this audience belong to one of Earth’s major religions.  In fact, it’s one of the fastest-growing and wealthiest religions in the world.

Lucifer’s and his Preacher’s religion was received “very well” by this community … by this audience.

Although it is right in front of their eyes and ears each time they watch the play, this particular audience hasn’t a clue what it all means.  They continue to believe in a heaven and a hell, in a Heavenly Father who hears each of their prayers, as they pray in their heart and mind, a god that is all powerful and has given His (god’s) power to these audience members through priesthood authority.

They were searching for answers, praying with the words of their mouth to find them: “Oh God, hear the words of my mouth!”

They were answered by the only god that hears and answers prayers in this world.  They were given the religion that they wanted.

A religion that they can’t comprehend.

That’s the beauty of it.

They feel “very sorry” for those who cannot comprehend their beliefs, and who listen to and believe our True Messenger … VERY SORRY!