I have a question for you all. Do you think 2 Nephi 2:25 qualifies as a metaphysical claim about our eternal souls? Here is the well known verse:
Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
What I mean is, how broadly does the statement “men are, that they might have joy” apply? Is our very purpose for existing to have joy? Does this apply only to mortal persons? Does it apply to our reportedly beginningless and endless spirits/intelligences/minds?* Is joy our ultimate goal in the eternities or is it just a proximate goal?
I personally like to assume that joy is our final goal and that progressing toward greater joy is what eternal progression means. My assumption is that the two great commandments encapsulate the recipe to attaining that joy in the short term and the long term:
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
What do you think?
* There is some debate about the nature of spirits/intelligences. Some people in the church think spirits and intelligences are the same thing and are beginningless. Others hold that intelligences are beginningless pre-spirits and that our spirits do have a beginning. Others hold that only the parts that make up our spirits/intelligences are beginningless. I have given up on guessing on this question for now…