Posted in Theocosmology by Mike Stay on 2007 June 14

This is the first in a series of posts on my interpretations of various scriptures relating to the nature of existence.

Spirit and Element

First, we’re materialists:

D&C 131:7-8
There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter, but it is
more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes. We cannot see it;
but when our bodies are purified we shall see that it is all matter.

Spirit matter is real stuff, interacting via some physical law with the stuff we see. D&C 93 refers to these two domains as “element” and “spirit.”

D&C 93:33-34 For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy; and when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy.

That implies there’s some kind of physics governing spirit. I think this verse is relevant:

D&C 29:34 Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal.

Also, in Satan’s statement,

“Yes, a new world, patterned after the old one where we used to live,”

the phrase “patterned after” suggests the laws of element are homomorphic to the laws of spirit.

In future posts I’ll be examining concepts that appear in both domains.


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