Skip to comments.The Doctrine and Covenants [132:17: Non-abiding 'angels' remain with Mormon god, said Smith]
Posted on 10/29/2013 2:38:26 PM PDT by Colofornian
17 For these angels did not abide my law; therefore, they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity; and from henceforth are not gods, but are angels of God forever and ever.
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This chapter unleashed in a broader way polygamy upon the entire Mormon enterprise. Joseph Smith had already been taking other women for a dozen years prior to its unveiling...which was purposed to convince his original wife, Emma, about its practice.
What's particularly interesting about D&C 132:17 is about how it gets absolutely ZERO focus by either Mormons or those who critique Mormonism.
Yet the verse spells out it that "angels" who failed to "abide my law" (in other words, DEMONS) would "remain...in their saved condition, to all eternity" as "angels of God forever and ever."
ONLY Joseph Smith would frame angels as flesh-and-bone resurrected humans who as spirits sinned in heaven and thus would get "demoted" from their trek toward godhood, but who would still not get kicked out of the Mormon god's heaven!
Hence, these sinful demon-'angels' serve the Mormon god -- as delineated in this "revelation" considered to be "scripture" as much (or more) by Lds as any Bible verse!
* "...we were all in the presence of the Father as spiritual children. Lucifer was one of us..." Joseph Fielding Smith [who became a Mormon "prophet"], Religious Truths Defined, Bookcraft, 1959, p. 67.
* "...we knew Lucifer; all of those beings [including Lucifer] we knew very well." Sept. 9, 1949 Bountiful Third Ward Chapel "Celestial Life" (lecture title)...Book title: Life Eternal: A Series of Four Lectures Lynn A. McKinlay, Deseret Book Co. 1972, p. 261 [Please note: Deseret Book Co. is owned by the Mormon church]
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