Onions of Eternity

Onions of Eternity

Shakespir Edition

by Ilyan Kei Lavanway

Copyright 2017 Ilyan Kei Lavanway

Published by Ilyan Kei Lavanway at Shakespir


Foreword by Sonja Lorrigan Hopkins


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Dedicated to the Stake Presidency and my Brethren in the Stake High Council of the Cadiz Philippines Stake:


President Ricardo Portilla Sombilla

President Eric Mercado Guillermo

President Renato Doloyas Sipe


Brother Rolando Mirasol Amarante, Jr

Brother Marwel Naingue Arnaiz

Brother Alan Longno Catadman

Brother Mario Aying Ceniza

Brother Roman Fermales Felices

Brother Joseph Blancaflor Geronga

Brother Melvin Manayon Mata

Brother Manuel Villareal Nonato

Brother Eduardo Banay Valero


Stake Clerk, Brother Romeo Barranco Panhilason III


Stake Executive Secretary, Brother Sidro Mata Elivera




Foreword by Sonja Lorrigan Hopkins

Knit Together as One

God is in the Details

Faith Precedes a Miracle

Curtains, Chandeliers, and Mirrors

Onions and Brains


About the Author

Written Works by Ilyan Kei Lavanway

Connect with Ilyan Kei Lavanway



by Sonja Lorrigan Hopkins


“Ilyan Kei Lavanway is an amazing man I am proud to call my friend. I taught him in seminary when he was in high school. (I was not aware that he became a licensed pilot in high school.)


“I reconnected with him on Facebook [during July 2016] and I am deeply grateful for the jewel I ‘re-discovered’!


“I am reading several of his books and I am amazed at the many insights he shares. His books are not quick reads to skim through. They are treasures that deserve your time to ponder and gain insights of your own.


“In his writings, Kei combines his passion for flying, and his knowledge and love of the gospel with knowledge gained from his masters degree in space study in ways that warm my heart and stretch my mind.


“I encourage you to step into his world and enjoy the journey!”


Knit Together as One


My Dad had shared with me a few years ago his own observation of how the lace on the alters in the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may represent the inseparable integration of spaces and kingdoms, but I had forgotten about it (see Doctrine and Covenants 88:37).


In a recent email conversation, he reminded me of that, and further confirmed my thoughts with his own, that the lace is also a testimony of stellar interconnectivity.


God is in the Details


I think there is a lot of symbolism in the details of the temple structures and decor that teach eternal truths to those seeking deeper understanding. The Holy Ghost can open our minds to see what has been right in front of us all along. I think the furnishings adorning the temples are teaching tools and are inspired works of art, not mere decorations.


I had an experience in the Cebu Philippines Temple along this line of reasoning. This may be unique to the Cebu Temple, but surely can be discovered in other ways. I had gone on a stake high council temple trip for three days, the week before Christmas 2016. There was a tropical depression threatening to strand us in Cebu longer than we had intended to stay.


I had left my family in the place we have been living in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines, which is about a ten to twelve hour trip by bus and ferry (it should be only eight hours, but there are always delays). On Wednesday afternoon, I had told my traveling companions I would return home Thursday morning rather than risk being stranded until Friday or later.


Faith Precedes a Miracle


If I would have returned home Thursday morning, I would have missed the morning session at the temple, which my brethren were going to attend before going home. Later Wednesday night, I repented of my lack of faith.


I determined to attend the Thursday morning session with my brethren, placing my trust in the Lord that if I did get stranded away from my family, he would take care of them. I remembered how the early missionaries left their families for two years or more and served in foreign lands, trusting their families to the care of the Lord. An extra day or two should be no challenge of faith for me.


That Thursday morning session was the single most enlightening experience I have had out of all the temple trips I have ever attended in my life. Heavenly Father opened my understanding of the Endowment more than ever before, and then led me to discover more truths illustrated in the furnishings of the Cebu Temple, which details I had never before noticed (I had been to the Cebu Temple more than a year prior).


Curtains, Chandeliers, and Mirrors


In the Terrestrial room, there are three layers of curtains in front of the veil. There is a short curtain, then a longer curtain, and then a curtain that reaches the floor, which is raised to uncover the veil (there is symbolism in that alone), but even when raised, it hangs longer than the two curtains in front of it.


My mind immediately caught upon the idea that the three curtains could represent our intelligences, our spirit bodies, and or bodies of flesh and bones, and then there is the veil through which we pass into our exaltation after being raised from the ground in our resurrection.


The previous day, I had been helping with some sealings. I sat waiting my turn at the alter in the sealing room. I was looking at the chandelier, and a thought occurred to me. I noticed the sphere of crystal suspended at the bottom center of the chandelier and understood that it represents the throne of God (see Doctrine and Covenants 130:6-9).


Then I thought, if I count the rings of crystals arranged concentric to and extending upward from the spherical crystal, I guess in advance, even without counting, there will be fifteen concentric rings.


So, I counted them. Several times, just to be certain. Sure enough, there were exactly fifteen rings. My thought was that if there were fifteen rings, they must represent the fifteen fixed or governing stars, starting with Kolob, arranged around the throne of God (see Facsimile 2 in the Book of Abraham).


It also became clear to me that the chandelier is arranged from Heavenly Father’s perspective, not mine. The crystal sphere I see as being at the bottom of the chandelier would actually represent the highest point.


The orbits of the fifteen governing stars are then situated downward and outward from throne of God (from his perspective), Kolob being nearest to his throne. Interestingly, one of the concentric rings is stretched out, more like a tube or a tunnel, yet it is a distinct ring.


Then, I looked in the opposing mirrors, and it was obvious that this pattern is repeated infinitely many times, demonstrating that Heavenly Father has infinitely many thrones, each throne situated at the center of fifteen governing bodies – which, incidentally, further validates my books, Thought Log,1 Circumscription Hypothesis,2 and Intelligent Universe 3 – and suggesting a far more comprehensive scope than that of Dr. Lynn M. Hilton’s Kolob Theorem,4 in which Dr. Hilton posits that the Milky Way Galaxy alone pertains to our Heavenly Father, and that our Heavenly Father’s throne (singular) is at the galactic center, and that every other galaxy pertains to a different heavenly father (not our Heavenly Father), each with a throne at the respective galactic center, and that all the creations of any given heavenly father are limited to and contained within a single galaxy.


I respect Professor Hilton’s thoughts, but I cannot resolve in my mind and heart the myopic scope of the notion that our Heavenly Father would have only one galaxy, and that his heavenly father would have just one galaxy, and that his heavenly grandfather would have just one galaxy, and that his heavenly great grandfather would direct the creation of only one galaxy, and so on. Such a notion does not seem consistent with scripture or with the whisperings of the Holy Ghost in my own soul.


We can number the stars in any given galaxy, yet the scriptures clearly state that our Heavenly Father, through his Son, Jesus Christ, has created worlds without number. If his creations cannot be numbered by man, then he must have countless galaxies, not just one.


Our Heavenly Father must have presided over, and surely continues to preside over the ongoing creation of entire universes, even entire cosmologies that cannot begin to be counted by mortal man (see Moses 1:33, 35, 37-38; Moses 7:30; Doctrine and Covenants 76:23-24).


And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea, millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations; and thy curtains are stretched out still; and yet thou art there, and thy bosom is there; and also thou art just; thou art merciful and kind forever;” (Moses 7:30).


“… thy curtains are stretched out still …” Sounds to me like expansion fronts of infinitely many, ever more rapidly expanding universes, all belonging our Heavenly Father.


And the same goes for every other heavenly father. These are the patterns of eternal increase, the tapestry of eternity, having the fundamental driving purpose of facilitating the bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of human intelligences through the clothing them in spirit bodies, and then affording those spirit bodies the opportunity to be born into mortal bodies of flesh and bones, experience a mortal probation, and then be resurrected to an exalted, celestial state, wherein they are made equal to the god who gave them life, and are then free to carry on in like manner for their own spirit posterity, choosing and covenanting with whichever intelligences are willing to gather to their lineage (see Moses 1:39; Doctrine and Covenants 76:92-95; 88:107; Abraham 3:21-23; 2 Nephi 2:27; 10:23).


I cannot accept the notion that creations are limited to, or bound within, one galaxy for each heavenly father. A galaxy, even a cluster of galaxies, is a spec of dust in the grand cosmic scale of promises pronounced in the sealing ordinance by which husband and wife are joined in eternal marriage.


Onions and Brains


I think the whole of all creations of our Heavenly Father is more like an ever growing onion. The distinct layers of the onion are distinct universes, each of them ever expanding at an accelerating rate, the outermost layers (universes) being the oldest and fastest expanding. The bigger they get, the faster they expand.


Within each universe there can be infinitely many galaxies, with new ones being created in ongoing operations, each with a throne of our Heavenly Father at its galactic center.


There must also be a grand center place at the core of the onion, the place from which all of our Heavenly Father’s infinitely many universes are born and sent forth in their ever expanding, eternal growths.


I think if we examine the skin of each layer (expansion front of each universe), we might discover that it is not smooth, but undulating in patterns similar to the surface of the human brain (see Intelligent Universe).


I believe each heavenly father has an onion of eternally increasing creations, similarly patterned, with infinitely many universes containing infinitely many galaxies – infinitely many thrones, all being added upon forever and ever, without end (see Abraham 3:26).


And every onion is interconnected with every other onion. Such interconnectivity is part of the eternal family ties that unite husbands and wives, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, parents and children (see Alma 13:7; Doctrine and Convents 131:1-4).


Remember, “thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths” (see Doctrine and Covenants 121:29; 132:19). Plural, when speaking in an eternal perspective, means infinitely many and ever increasing.


It was reaffirmed to me that a person does not need an advanced degree in scholarly fields to gain a profound understanding of Gospel truths. The fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is freely available to all, and it is simple and easy to understand (see 1 Nephi 14:23; Doctrine and Covenants 76:114-117).


Oh, and by the way, the tropical depression dissipated, and my brethren and I made it home safely. We did not get stranded.






1. Lavanway, Ilyan Kei. Thought Log 2015.08.17.1900. CreateSpace, 2016. Print.


2. Lavanway, Ilyan Kei. Circumscription Hypothesis. CreateSpace, 2015. Print.


3. Lavanway, Ilyan Kei. Intelligent Universe. CreateSpace, 2014. Print.


4. Hilton, Lynn M., PhD. The Kolob Theorem, New Edition with Added Chapter: A Mormon’s View of God’s Starry Universe. CreateSpace, 2012. Print.


About the Author


Ilyan Kei Lavanway served two years as a full-time missionary in the Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from 1986 to 1988. During his mission, he learned the importance of Home Teaching in the Church.


Brother Lavanway and his wife and son are United States citizens. They have lived abroad in the Philippines for more than two years. Brother Lavanway’s wife is from the Philippines. They were pen pals for three years, from 1997 to 2000. They were sealed in the Seattle temple in April 2000.


Brother Lavanway served as a temple ordinance worker in the Bismark, North Dakota temple for a few months, starting when it first opened in 1999. Later, he served two years as a temple ordinance worker in the Orlando, Florida temple, from 2012 to 2014.


On Sunday, 18 October 2015, Brother Lavanway was ordained a High Priest and set apart as Second Assistant to the High Priest Group leader in the Victorias First Ward, Cadiz Philippines Stake. He served faithfully in that capacity for almost eleven months. Then, on Sunday, 11 September 2016, he was set apart as a Stake High Councilor in the Cadiz Philippines Stake.


Brother Lavanway grew up in Wenatchee and Waterville, Washington State. He is the oldest of eight siblings, seven of whom are living. He spent his high school summers driving wheat trucks and combines during harvest, earning cash to support his first love, the love of flight.


He was an avid private pilot in his teens. However, for all his love of aviation, Brother Lavanway’s fourteen years in the United States Air Force never landed him a flight crew assignment.


He pulled 24-hour alerts two or three times a week in a subterranean concrete capsule beneath the North Dakota plains as an ICBM launch officer for his first four years of service, followed by a year of really uninteresting work in a vault on base. His next two years took him up near the Canadian border, to the giant, phased array, early warning and space surveillance radar site outside Cavalier, North Dakota. Then, he was off to California. Academic assignments filled the final seven years of his military service.


By the time he left active duty, Brother Lavanway had discovered his passion for writing. Since life has thrown him a few curves that make it impractical for him to return to flying airplanes, Brother Lavanway has poured his soul into writing.


His education includes a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in space studies. Brother Lavanway’s aptitudes for aviation and sciences show in many of his books, both fiction and nonfiction. His works offer readers rich depth of thought.


Written Works by Ilyan Kei Lavanway


Onions of Eternity (2017)

The Grandeur of Christmas and The Son of God (2016)

Paradise and Spirit Prison (2016)

Dreams of the Last Days: Psychokinetic Flight and Pyrokinesis (2016)

What Happens at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? (2016)

The Lowliest of Callings (2016)

Families are Meant to Last Forever (2016)

Thought Log 2015.08.17.1900 (2016)

Dream Log 2015.09.18.0900 (2015)

Thought Log 2015.08.09.2100 (2015)

Baptism by Immersion in Water and in the Spirit of God (2015)

Likening My Life to the Apostle Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf (2015)

If Christ had not Suffered (2015)

Honoring His Namesake (2015)

FEMA Camp Parent Trap (2015)

Dreams of the Last Days: Marked and Messaged (2015)

Dreams of the Last Days: Machines and Machinations (2015)

Dreams of the Last Days: Where are all the Stars? (2015)

Marriage (2015)

Relying on The Lord in the Last Days (2015)

Circumscription Hypothesis (2015)

An Aviator At Heart (2014)

Intelligent Universe (2014)

Sevenfold (2013)

Post Omerican Easter (2012)

The Modern Day Gadianton Golden Boy (2012)

Out of the Picture and Into the Picture (2012)

Platypus Boy on the Duck Farm (2012)

Duck Boy on the Platypus Farm (2012)

Earth Sink (2010)


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Onions of Eternity

Onions of Eternity is a brief and thoughtful book that expounds upon a few concepts addressed in my books, Thought Log 2015.08.17.1900, Circumscription Hypothesis, and Intelligent Universe. Onions of Eternity invites readers to explore a simple visual model of how ongoing creations of universes may be organized by our Heavenly Father, and by his heavenly father, and by his heavenly grandfather, and so on. It suggests parental ties weave an infinite tapestry of cosmic interconnectivity between each creator and his fellow creators and all creations; an endless living web of interconnectivity uniting countless generations of eternal families, and the galaxies, stars, and planets designed for their use, and for our use, speaking in an eternal context. I believe God provides teaching tools in nature, things we often take for granted. Imagine how a common onion can be used to illustrate profound yet simple patterns representing infinitely many universes organized and set in motion by our Heavenly Father. This is a concept that reaches far beyond Dr. Lynn M. Hilton’s Kolob Theorem, yet is as plain to see as the reflections of a crystal chandelier in opposing mirrors.

  • ISBN: 9781370803835
  • Author: Ilyan Kei Lavanway
  • Published: 2017-01-18 22:05:29
  • Words: 2840
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