Someone wrote me the following:
"Is part of getting into the presence of God, that a person overcome a big physical test? Was there one significant test you passed that cracked the heavens for you?"
One good place to look for this is "The Glory of God is Intelligence."
Here is a snippet from page 41:
Law, glory, light, and truth are all intimately tied together. Any time you have one, you have all the others, and any time you lack one, you lack all the others.
Reconciliation to the law of the level of truth you possess sanctifies you, or makes you able to receive the glory pertaining to that kingdom, or all the blessings reaped as a natural consequence of living the truths at that level: “that which is governed by law is also preserved by law and perfected and sanctified by the same.” (D&C 88:34)
There is a range of light and truth corresponding to a given kingdom. There is a minimum and a maximum. Everyone who possesses the minimum amount can dwell in happiness in that kingdom.
While the degree of light and truth in a kingdom exists in a range, the degree of trust required for each kingdom is a fixed amount. A descriptive analog of how this works can be found in how the quantum states of atoms operate. Each atom’s nucleus is orbited by one or more electrons. These electrons can absorb energy. Under a certain fixed threshold of energy, an electron’s orbit will be normal. If it is exposed to a higher band of energy, it will assume a larger orbit. While each atom has different energy bands and orbit sizes, the general behavior is the same: the electron can absorb any amount of energy within a band and still have the same fixed orbit. It is only when the energy passes the threshold that the electron will take the larger orbit, and no orbits exist in between. Interestingly, these thresholds do not occur in even spacing. The radius of each orbit is much larger than the previous one.
To sum up, our trust in God exists at quantum levels (like whole numbers), while our awareness is continuous (like decimal numbers), and greater awareness requires far greater trust in God.
And here I will reveal to a secret so great that it carries with it the greatest possible cost to learn and be able to sincerely say:
We are created in the image of God. Our design affords much more than the potential to visit with God. We are designed with the potential to become like him. We are his children, and we are meant to be his heirs. And the title of kings and queens in God's kingdom is no arbitrary honorarium. Thrones come through the character qualities of the holder, and cannot be transferred in any other way, which is why the Lord said: "I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images." (Isaiah 42:8)
The Lord will reveal himself to you by visiting you if you are true and faithful to all you presently know and what he will teach you as you remain this way. But if you react to what he shows you of himself by becoming that way yourself, you will have his presence with you at all times and in all places, because you will be like him. Then, if you were ever placed in the same circumstances he was, when the Father's presence was veiled from him in the greatest possible darkness, you will still see his face, because you will see his light shining in the darkness--not from an external source--but from within you. This is the full meaning and cost of seeing the light that shines in the dark.
The Lord wants you to come into his presence, but more than that, he wants you to become his presence.