@sharrona No.. they are not the same person.. but represent a type.. an
Elias.. a forerunner.. one who must come first. John the Baptist was an Elias..
as was Elijah. Both had to come first before what was to happen.. happened.
Before the hearts of the children could be turn to their father.. and the heart
of the fathers to their children.. the Spirit of Elijah had to come. Before
Christ could preach his Gospel.. John the Baptist had to come first and prepare
the way for the message and the messenger. Both were Elias.
RE: The Spirit of Elijah.(Mark 9:12-13
KJV)…’Elias’ verily cometh first, and restoreth all things;
and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be
set at nought…. ‘Elias’ is indeed come, and they have done
unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him . see(Mark 9:11-12
JST). In (D&C 110: 12-13) Elias and Elijah appear to JS, but in
the Bible they are the same person. The KJV transliterated Elijah to Elias
because there isn’t a Greek character for the English letter J.To avoid confusion, modern translations: NIV, NJKV, and the NASB Bible have
Elijah instead of Elias in(Mt 11:14;Mark 9:12-13;Luke 1:17).
In my take on it is. I'm a dad I want my kids to know I love them. I mean
really know it. Sure I have my disappointments but it's not what they have
done that makes any difference in my love for them. They are my kids, no matter.
Your description of the Spirit of Elijah addresses only one, a personal one,
aspect of that Holy Spirit. Very apropos for our latter days, when technological
and medical miracles are common place. Elijah's Holy Spirit confronted a
far more insidious spirit in his day and that is the inability of the appointed
rulers to acknowledge that God, the Father lives and that His Son, the Messiah
would come to reclaim His heritage. We are living in a day, when miracles are
merely an extension of our technologies and the only proof, I believe, we have
of righteous living is the semi-annual conference talks by the First Presidency
and the Twelve. Observing our political rulers, unfortunately the wickedness of
Elijah's day still prevails. Thank God, we still have His watchmen
preserving the doctrine of the Messiah.