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Heavenly Ascent in Jacob’s Writings in Second Nephi: Addressing the Question of What the Plan of Salvation is in the Book of Mormon

TitleHeavenly Ascent in Jacob’s Writings in Second Nephi: Addressing the Question of What the Plan of Salvation is in the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2024
AuthorsSmith, Skyler
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Volume60
Pagination137–182
KeywordsHeavenly Ascent; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Plan of Salvation; Temple Worship
Abstract

Heavenly ascent describes the process of an individual (or community) returning to the presence of God. Though various elements exist within heavenly ascent literature, general patterns can be discerned. This project uses one such pattern as a hermeneutical tool to examine what can be learned about how Book of Mormon prophets may have understood the plan of salvation. Specifically, Jacob’s understanding of the plan of salvation will be analyzed by examining his writings in 2 Nephi 9–10. The evidence from this study suggests that some Book of Mormon prophets (at least Jacob and Nephi) viewed the plan of salvation through the lens of heavenly ascent.

URLhttps://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/heavenly-ascent-in-jacobs-writings-in-second-nephi-addressing-the-question-of-what-the-plan-of-salvation-is-in-the-book-of-mormon/