A Daughter’s Journey
From Before to Beyond
Shane R. Brown
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Beautiful Life, Ashes and Strife
Chapter Two: Returning to Separate
Chapter Three: Invasion, Persuasion – Casting Out Casts
Chapter Four: Fruitful Beginnings
Chapter Five: A Penitent Offering, A Great Divide Crossing
Chapter Six: The Unbecoming of Age
Beautiful Life, Ashes and Strife
We all lived in heaven, with everyone there, Father, Mother, brothers and sisters. We loved it there. So many friendly faces, so much to do.
I loved spending time with Father. He would hold me in His arms and say, “Sharloma, you are one of my special children, my precious daughter. One day you will be like me.”
“Be like you?” I would ask.
“Yes.” He would always say. This always gave me such great comfort and joy. I always wanted so much to be like my Father. He had a body that was so fascinating. He could feel, and generate warmth. Father also knew anything I would ask Him.
Then one day, Father called a meeting for all to attend. Everyone came, to hear Father’s words, feel His love, and learn of His plan, the plan that everyone had begun talking about.
“Please listen, all my precious children.” He began, “I have thought long and hard about how I might help you my children experience greater happiness. As you know, I have had the experience to have a body, and raise you my children. This has brought me so much great joy. I so much want this for each of you, but there is only one way to do this, and the way is very hard.
“I will, however, give you your choice. You do not have to accept my plan for your happiness, but if you do not, you will find no other way to receive these great blessings.”
After telling us many things about the plan, its test, and our bodies, among other things, Father closed the meeting with sharing His beautiful personal testimony, and we all went back to our homes, praising His name.
It wasn’t long however, before I could hear some voices out on the street. Not knowing what was going on, I looked out my window and saw my brother Lucifer, talking with some of his friends. He was talking something about a better way. This bothered me.
“What better way could Lucifer know than Father?” I thought to myself.
Then, along came my closest friend of all my siblings, Jehovah.
“Let us not be confused.” He stated, “Our Father, is only giving us the only possible way, to obtain all the happiness and blessings He desires to give us.” He then looked at Lucifer and stated, “Brother, I hope we can work this out. I love you, and l want you to be happy. Please, be more obedient to Father. He only wants what’s best for you.” Then He walked on.
The next day, we were all talking excitedly about the plan from last night, and we didn’t notice those from the street last night, go into the Gallery Social Hall, and begin their own meeting.
Later that day, Father called everyone back in, for more instruction on the plan, and to reveal important assignments. Everyone was there, including Lucifer, and those that had been with him.
As the meeting went on, some of us didn’t seem to be happy with what was being said. Some even appeared to be angry. Even a boy from my language class looked irritated.
I began to cry. “Why won’t they understand?”
Then I looked up, and saw my brother Jopana there, raising his hand to be permitted to speak.
Father called upon him and said, “Let us hear from our musician, Jopana.”
Jopana then spoke, “Father, I just wanted to know, will we still have our families on this earth, as we have here?”
“Yes Jopana, you will have a family. I have given you the chance to pick who you want to be with, along with my guidelines for who will be best, and you can rest assured, that I will send you to where you need to go. Anything else Jopana?”
“No Father. Thank you.”
Then Lucifer stood up and spoke. “Friends and family,” he began, “I have discovered, that the plan of our Father, won’t bring everyone back home, in the way He promises. I have been thinking, and I believe that I have found a better way.”
Some of the others began to applaud. He continued, “I have come up with a plan, that will save all of us, but I must be the one who makes it all happen. What do you think Father?”
Father paused compassionately, and then stated to him, “Dearest Lucifer, I know that you are only trying to help, but this way is not in harmony with the laws of our eternal government. My plan, is one that will allow my children to appropriately choose their path. That is the only way to freedom, the freedom to choose the right; agency.”
Then defeated, Lucifer sat down.
When the meeting was almost over, Jehovah stood up and spoke, and said, “I am in favor of our Father’s plan, and I will support Him in it, and do whatever He requires of me.”
Then we sang a song, and departed.
That night, and a little worried, I went over to visit my brother Jopana, who lived in the school housing at the music school. When he opened the door, he looked very weary, but when he saw me, he lit up.
“Come in Sharloma! What’s going on?” he asked.
“Well, I’m sort of scared Jopana.”
“Yes. I don’t know what’s going on with everyone. Some people don’t like our Father’s plan.”
“I know how you feel.” said Jopana, “It’s kind of gotten me down a little too. I’ll tell you what, why don’t we go tomorrow, and ask Father what we should do, OK?”
“Now, how about we both go for a quick walk, as I take you home my sister?”
“OK Jopana, I’d like that.”
Returning to Separate
My first thoughts as to what my stand in my plan was, that I be the chosen recipient of all the glory therein. I knew that many had already given me allegiance, and would support me in it, but I feared that I was not chosen.
Father’s plan was one that I could not accept, and so I then settled on the declaration, that I must be the first man in Father’s plan, to inhabit a physical body. This, of course, was denied, perhaps because of my own personal agenda in mind. I knew that Father knew all my intents, but I thought that maybe, if I could gather in enough support, that even He would support my plan as well. Well, I was wrong. He was completely against it, and commanded me to let go of all such ideas, but by then, it was too late. The state of my heart, and that of my followers, was one that would not back down, and so, we began the war, with me at the head, of one third of all heavenly beings.
Back in the quiet quarters of the Father’s room, He privately interviewed His son Jehovah, for the plan’s perpetuation.
“My dearly Beloved son, Thou, who art most precious and sacred above all, this plan of Mine, is one that We have both known from the beginning. We have both worked together from the beginning of Your birth as my Son, to prepare You for this plan to come about. I have foreseen the end from the beginning, and I know all. I also know, that You are the very greatest of all, being my First Born, and birth right Son, and so Your love, like Mine, is also endless.
“But the sacrifice of Thyself, for Your brothers and sisters, is above all that which You can comprehend, even until You have actually experienced it. You will be pained to the very center, from all eternity to all eternity. You must be completely innocent of all sin. Your sacrifice will include the pains of every kind, of all creations and their spirits, and all of My holy justice, with its punishments for sin.
“All of this will try Thee even to your very limit. You understand that this sacrifice will leave You with nothing left to give, for you must sacrifice all you have and are to complete it.
“Because of this, Thou art the only One set apart as My Lamb, and the example of My worthy will. With this experience, Thou wilt be enabled to truly redeem all mankind through their repentance and our mercy and grace.
“It is because of your begotten birth, and sinless life, that you will have the power to not die, but to voluntarily leave your body, commending yourself to Me. And because of this, you will then also be able to heal, and re-enter your body, through the resurrection ordinance. My power over life and death is given to You, that you may draw all mankind unto me, through the power of the resurrection, to be judged.
“Through your sacrifice, you will bring all to me to be judged, and for all who will repent and submit to Me, they must bring their own sacrifices of themselves and wills, to become even as Me also, as a God, thus fulfilling our plan, and My work and glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”
“Yes Father, I understand.”
“Now go my Son, and encourage Michael and his forces to fight against the dragon of perdition. All will be well. I Love You.”
Invasion, Persuasion – Casting Out Casts
“Now! Let’s go!” cries Lucifer, “We will destroy them all, and they will all bow to me!”
“Yes my prince!” Screamed Mohakim, Lucifer’s next in line of command, and most evil beside himself.
Lucifer and his captains, with all their forces, go forth in rage to destroy the Father, and all His glory.
“We are going to destroy all of them now!” shouts Lucifer, with his bitter hatred as the two forces meet.
“Not so evil one.” cries Michael, with his valiant forces, “We will banish you, and your plans will be no more!”
“Never!” retorts Lucifer.
Then, with prophetic foreknowledge, Michael gives before all to hear. “Even you, with all the cunning given you, through deceit and wicked perdition, cannot destroy us. You can only harm us, but all those you injure, will be healed, and born whole and innocent, into our bodies, which we will have on earth.”
Then Lucifer cries out from the depths of hell, “We will see who the real ruler is! ATTACK! NOW!!”
And they go. The battle between good and evil commences, while the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, knowingly watch on.
The troops of Michael are led by many strong, valiant, and noble spirits of the Father’s choicest sons and daughters, including Jopana and Haslom, a family brother of Sharloma and Jopana, and Marlbro, a friend. These are all well prepared for the battle, but the fierceness of the dragon is so determined, that it takes all, and the very best for Michael’s forces and the Father to win.
Haslom and Jopana had always been the best of brothers, consistently depending on each other for support, friendship and love. Haslom would love spending time with Jopana, always thrilling in what was going on in his life. In turn, Jopana relished and loved the time and attention spent with Haslom. The two would work together to bless and inspire the lives of many of their other brothers and sisters.
At times, however, Haslom would feel lost in all the crowd, with so many others. He loved them all, but he sometimes felt, like he didn’t know them well enough. It was in these times, that he would begin to doubt himself, and would then go to Jopana to help work things out.
Jopana saw in Haslom, many great gifts and strengths, which he seemed not to recognize or understand. Jopana tried to help him see this, and with time, Haslom nourished these strengths, and his confidence grew.
Jopana told him, that in some ways he felt Haslom was stronger than he was.
Haslom began to go out, and develop his own life, knowing that he could do it. Haslom had never been shy, but he was just unsure of himself.
Jopana was so pleased with Haslom, for he went out and did it all, having so many friends, who all depended on him for strength and love.
Truly Haslom was a brave and valiant warrior for Elohim.
Jopana eagerly acknowledged this, and helped to build him up.
One day, Haslom came to see Jopana, with exciting and happy news!
“Jopana! I just met this awesome girl today! I think that she is the one I want to be my eternal companion on earth!”
“This is wonderful Haslom! What is her name?” Jopana excitedly inquired.
“Mingadro?” questioned Jopana.
“I know her! She is awesome! I hope she knows the great man she is getting, and the wonderful care you will take of her.” Relates Jopana, “She deserves a special man like yourself. I am so proud of you Haslom.”
Then, with tears in his eyes, Jopana reveals something to his faithful brother, which had been weighing down on his heart and mind for some time.
“Haslom.” he begins.
“Father has told me something that is very scary to me.”
“What is it?” asks Haslom with great concernment.
“Father wants me to be a prophet on the earth.”
“Yes…but not just any prophet, he wants me to be the final prophet of the last days.”
“Oh my!” responded Haslom.
“Yes Haslom, and I am afraid. He has told me some things about our earthly family that are very unnerving to me.”
“Like what?” asked Haslom, somewhat disturbed.
He said that our immediate family, would not be prepared for earth life, the way you and I will be. He said that it was up to us, to help them prepare down on earth, to face their lives. He also spoke to me about the immense pain that I must endure.
This is a calling however, that is more than I can now bare, but our Father Elohim, has promised that before I go, He will personally prepare me for it, so I must trust in Him.”
“Yes Jopana! You are going to make it! I will help you, the way you helped me! Remember, we are going to the same family.”
“Life just isn’t carefree anymore.” Lamented Jopana, “I don’t know what to do.”
“Everything will be fine, remember, I will help you.”
“Thank you for your support Haslom.”
Then the two brothers lovingly and warmly embraced, and said, “I love you.”
“Yes, and I love you both too.” Said a nearby voice, one, oh so familiar.
“Father, You’re here!” Cried Jopana.
“Yes Jopana. I knew that you were hurting, so I came to comfort you. Remember, you will never be left alone. Even in your darkest times.” Said the Father.
“I have a great work in store for you to do, some of which will even be through your music.”
Then the three of them privately spent the rest of their evening, bonding, consoling and enjoying one another.
“I love you Father.” said Jopana, to which the Father replied, “I love you too Jopana.”
And now life on earth begins. We all watched on with grand interest, as our hero and friend, Michael, or Adam, along with his valiant, noble, and special companion, Guadra, or Eve, now inhabited their bodies.
They were innocent and full of all life and love, fresh and new. Father had breathed into them life, and instructed them relative to their commandments and duties. Then he opened the gate for them, to enter into the Garden of Eden, and they went inside.
Once inside the magnificent garden, which was prepared for them, Adam and Eve were filled with wonder.
“Adam, everything is so beautiful!” proclaimed Eve.
“Yes!” Adam responded. “Let’s go exploring, and see all that our Father has created for us!” he said, excited that he now had an helpmeet to share in his joy.
“Ah, Adam and Eve, but first, I’ve got something special for each of you. Please, come closer.”
And they did. Then, Father took Adam, and placed His hand on his, and Eve brought up hers. Then, the Father performed the highest, most perfect, glorious, sealing covenant, which set forth the standard, that would then feed down through the generations, unto the restoration of souls, in the which men and women would be sealed up in the last days, and during the millennial reign, back into the family of God.
After this most hallowed sealing, the two were excited to now be together, hand in hand in matrimony, to explore their new home.
Adam and Eve didn’t remember their lives before coming to the earth, but as a blessing, our Father allowed them to partly retain an open channel, to remember the language they had learned before this life, that they would speak once born in the flesh. Thus they could learn about the world around them, and converse with each other, and with the Father and Son.
Father called it the Adamic language, and it was clean and pure.
Adam and Eve immersed themselves in their surroundings, like little children in a peaceful dream. Then, much later, Father told Adam that it was time to start giving names to all the creatures and plant life, to which Adam was given dominion over.
Father called forth all the creatures unto Adam for him to name, and only now, did Adam struggle for the words, as he sought out the predestined names of each creation, and his memory of them, calling spiritually upon the Father for help, and to Eve’s surprise, he did remarkably well.
Eve listened intently, trying to remember all of the creature’s names, as their new world unfolded, and soon, every creature was satisfied with its name.
Then, it came time for Adam to name all the vegetation and plant life, to which Eve came along and accompanied him. They traveled deeper and deeper into the garden, and when finished, Eve was so pleased with Adam’s faithfulness in finishing our Fathers instructions, that she told him, “I love you Adam.” To which he replied, “I love you too Eve.” And they were one.
Back in heaven, I Sharloma, had mostly learned English, which was to be the first language I would speak, when my turn on earth came.
My brother Jopana was so very good with this language, that he used it everywhere he went, in writings, stories and in publications, in heaven, and on earth.
Jopana started his life on earth very modestly. Not at all like his life was in heaven, but Father said this was the best way for him.
Father also told me, that one day I would understand why this was, when Jopana would bear his testimony to me on earth, about our Father’s plan for him.
Father had warned Adam and Eve of what would happen to them, if they were to eat from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He said that they could eat from every tree of the garden, but that one. Adam and Eve both understood what Father meant, and were agreed.
Then, one day, Eve went off exploring on her own, promising Adam that she would rejoin him soon.
“OK Eve.” said Adam, “I’ll be somewhere around this river Euphrates.” He innocently stated.
Having just started out as a curiosity, Eve now wanted to go and examine the forbidden tree.
As she drew closer, she felt a stronger desire to see it, but still knew she was forbidden to even touch it. When she arrived however, she was not at all fearful, but was at ease in its presence.
“The fruit in the tree looks like other fruits in our garden.” She said to herself.
“Yessssss.” said a voice, somewhat near her.
Startled, Eve turned around to see who was there.
“Who are you?” she questioned this strange serpent which had just spoken to her.
“I am a creature of knowledge.” he replied.
“Oh!” gasped Eve.
“Yes. You see, I know all the secrets that eating this fruit will give you.”
“But I am not to partake of this tree.” defended Eve.
“Then are you to never know the things that your Father knows?”
“Well, no, but He told me not to eat it. I’ll die!” She said to him.
“You will not die,” said the serpent, “but you shall gain knowledge. Father wants you to be more like Him, doesn’t He? And this is the only way. Look,” said the serpent as it slithered down from the forbidden tree, and closer to her, “this fruit is very delicious and sweet, and it is your only chance. You must partake of it, to know the difference between good and evil, the way your Father knows it. You won’t die Eve.” Said the serpent, sure that he’s got her more and more convinced.
Then, she left. After much time and pondering, waiting and thinking on the Lord, while staring at herself in her favorite pool of smooth water, wanting to be wiser, and believing some of what the serpent told her, Eve then finally succumbed.
“Now go,” said the serpent to her, and give to Adam of the same.” He said, sure that he’d set his plan into action.
Immediately Eve began to feel differently inside, not sure what was taking place. But as she traveled to Adam, her mind began to expand, and the things which she felt, but could not put into thoughts, began to come to her mind, and she knew that this was in consequence of her action.
“Adam,” said Eve, “I want you to have some of this fruit.” she told him.
“But Eve, isn’t that the forbidden fruit?” said Adam.
“Yes, it is, but I have already had a taste. It is delicious, and I am beginning to know more because of it. You need some too, so we can both know the difference between good and evil Adam.” Eve tells him.
“No Eve, I will not eat that.”
“But it is the only way to become more like our Father.” Eve replied.
“Who told you that?” asked Adam, still afraid of what has taken place.
“One of the creatures of the garden.” she told him. “Father said that we would die and look, I’m still alive.”
“Eve, our Father is not a liar. Surely you know this?”
“Yes, but surely this is the only way, Adam. I am now enlightened, and I’m beginning to understand the difference between right and wrong. Surely Father wants this for us, doesn’t He?”
“Yes, but I don’t know all His plans for us.”
Then enters the serpent and says, “Adam, I know the Father’s plan, and this is very well a part of it. Why would Father plant this tree in the garden, if he did not want you to eat of it? Surely it is for his own purposes.”
“Yes Adam, you must partake of it. We must follow our course,” said Eve.
After much pondering, and counseling with his wife, Adam also partook of the fruit.
A Penitent Offering, A Great Divide Crossing
Because they had disobeyed Father, Adam and Eve were driven out of His presence, and the earth they lived on was also changed. Now, instead of their fruit trees springing up on their own, by the hand of our Father, Adam and Eve had to take of the seeds therein, and plant them in the soil to make them grow. This is what Father had told them they must do from now on, until they died, adding more sorrow unto them, which was brought into the world through their disobedience.
Eve was Adam’s helpmeet, which meant that she strengthened him, and helped him in their labors, as equals, to sustain the life of their bodies, which had also changed.
Both knowing that they would die, and losing their Father, the two of them were very sad, and would often cry out to Him in disparity.
Then, one day, three angels visited Adam, and asked him about his sadness.
“I have lost my Father, and I am going to die! I will never be happy anymore!”
“Oh, but I bring you good news.” said the first angel.
“What is it?” asked Adam, still not very cheery.
“You and Eve will live again.”
“But how?!” asked Adam, not sure who these were, or what they meant.
“We are angels, sent from the presence of God, and He has sent us here, and He has given us the earthly charge, to help you make it back home to Him.”
“But I am a sinner, and I cannot dwell in the presence of a perfect God.” replied Adam.
“But do you not know of our Father’s love for you, Adam?”
“Yes, I know that He loves me, but I have shamed Him, and have brought sin and death into the world.”
“Yes Adam, but this is still all part of our Father’s plan. He is in control, and He has already made a way for this fall to be reconciled. You are given this very time, to prove yourself worthy and ready, to become even like your great Father in Heaven, and live with Him again.”
“But how?!” Adam asked, hopeful, but very unsure, for a new chance and purpose.
“Your Elder brother Jehovah is the way. He is the truth, the light, and the life. He will give you the strength to do what you need.
“Do as we ask, as guided by angels and the Holy Ghost, and you will be blessed to receive more instruction.
“For now, just know that our Lord, commands you to offer up unto Him, sacrifices of burnt offerings, and call on our Father in His name. This is what you must do, in order to begin your journey back home.”
“Yes, I will do it!” cried Adam, very happy and grateful for this wonderful and exciting news, and a greater prospect of his life and its meaning.
Adam then rushed back to Eve to share these glorious tidings.
Both Eve and Adam did greatly rejoice in this most glorious of news, and began to prophesy great and wondrous things about their posterity, in a language pure and clean, powerful and profound, none of which I, during my earthly sojourn, would have the opportunity to hear, until my resurrection on the first morning of restoration. However, my brother Jopana, was to be given a gift, in which he could almost translate the meanings of the holy soul of speech, across the veil, and into the medium of English, our first earthly language. Or in other words, he could get the same concepts across, still using the most fallen of languages on the earth. A language which took origins of words from many other languages.
Now, as Adam and Eve pondered the path ahead to choose, Eve brought up the very and only way to begin and end their journey home successfully.
“Jehovah?” said Adam, “Yes, He is the way, but I don’t know how we are to return, other than by what we have been instructed thus far. The angel said we must offer burnt offerings of the first born of our flocks, and that it ought to be the best, unblemished and clean; perfect!”
“Yes Adam, and have you inquired more?” said Eve, his companion, and equal in every way.
“No, but very wise to do so. Thank you, Eve.”
“Yes, and maybe you will be shown how.” Proclaimed Eve.
The two were quite unsure as to how to proceed, but then the night came, and they retired to bed.
Adam lay awake, not wanting to disturb Eve, pondering in his heart and mind, upon this matter which he most earnestly desired to know more about. Then, not sure of what to do, He arose, stepped outside of their tent habitation, which was built to keep out the cold, wind, and rain, and then began to walk out a long distance, until he reached the foot of a large mountain. Then, feeling a strong desire to draw closer to His Father, Whom he knew resided in the heavens, he began to climb it.
Adam climbed until he could see the morning sun, rising in the East, and then he kept on going. Finally, he reached the top, and when he did, he collapsed, tired from his nightly sojourn. When he awoke, however, he was startled, for right there before him, was a cloud.
“Adam,” said a voice from within the cloud, “I am Jehovah, your Savior.”
Immediately, Adam fell down to the earth before Him, and worshiped Him, for who He is, and what He does.
“Adam, I am the Christ. I have been ordained to be a sacrifice for the world. I will be afflicted by the sins of all men and women. I will be broken and slain, and my blood and body sacrificed, for their redemption. I promise to send you the priesthood, that you may offer up these sacrifices in my name, in the similitude of my ultimate sacrifice. This will be an ordinance before Me, of the cleansing of the bodies, of all those who offer up their sins as a sacrifice unto Me, upon a holy alter in this manner. These sacrifices must be done in the way in which I will cause them to be revealed to you, by my angel, the same angel who has previously made his visit to you, here on this earth. You must receive the Holy Priesthood, which is the power and authority to act in the name of God, your Heavenly Father, to do these things.
“Adam, it was you and I, who together created this earth, on which you stand, by this holy power. Now, you need to receive this power in the flesh. You were with me at the time we created this earth, and you will be with me again, if you will do all that you are required to. I will instruct you by My voice, by the voice of my servant messengers, and by the voice of the Holy Ghost, who is also with me. The Holy Ghost is a part of the Godhead too, and is a spirit, and together, we are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, one in purpose, but separate as individuals. Adam, you will be made the first prophet on this earth, for the first dispensation. This means, that you will have children, and it will be the first time that the gospel is upon the earth. You will receive the powers and authority, to administer in all of the ordinances of the gospel, including these sacrifices and burnt offerings.
“I love you Adam, and I will visit you from time to time. Although you cannot see me, in time, if you are faithful, you will see me, before you die. The Holy Ghost’s role now, is to teach you the truth, and guide you. He will be with you always, as you follow Me. You must be baptized, which is a requirement for all those who would be saved. Then, the gift of the Holy Ghost will be sealed upon you, and be your constant companion, as you are worthy of Him. You will know more about this in time. These things I speak to you now, and ask you to ponder them in your heart and mind, and when you are ready, you will receive more. I leave you now my son. Be patient in all that you suffer, and you shall receive your reward.”
Then Jehovah, the Great I Am, ascended into the sky, back into the heavens, and left His brother Adam, with a longing thirst, for his Saviors presence.
The Unbecoming of Age