Welcome to the new home of Mormon Mysticism.
The phrase “Mormon Mysticism” brings all kinds of images to the minds of readers. The problem is almost none of those images are of the same thing. The topic of Mormon Mysticism has a large problem with nomenclature. Even the words used to describe “mysticism” mean different things to different people.
When I speak and write about Mormon Mysticism I am using it in the context that Hugh Nibley described:
“...[B]ut that is what Christ meant by the mysteries of the kingdom. He meant ordinances, which were necessary; and these he revealed to the apostles during his very confidential teachings of the forty days after the resurrection. The purpose of such ordinances is to bridge the space between the world in which we now live, the telestial world, and that to which we aspire, the celestial world.” [Hugh Nibley, Temple and Cosmos: Beyond This Ignorant Present, Deseret Book, pg. 28.]
From antiquity “mysteries” have been associated with the temple. The study of the fragmented and corrupted remains of earlier gospel dispensations has sparked an almost endless speculative debate about the meaning of mysteries.
Some equate mysteries with seeking some unobtainable and forbidden knowledge, but that is not what is meant in scripture. In scripture we are invited to the mysteries, and they are an obtainable worthy goal.
“Seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.” [D&C 6:7]
I invite you my readers to participate in this discussion that is meant to further understand the things of God.