|Born||7 July 1899|
|Died||17 January 1988|
Annalee Skarin (July 7, 1899 – January 17, 1988), born Nansela Mathews, the granddaughter of "Wild Bill" Hickman, was a popular New Age/Metaphysical author, originally raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). She gained fame by claiming to believe in the possibility of attaining immortality through the ardent pursuit of Christian principles, which she summarized as gratitude, praise, and love.
In Mormonism, it is believed that some individuals, such as Enoch and Moses underwent translation, where they are "changed from a mortal state to one in which they are temporarily not subject to death." Skarin claimed to have invented a meditation technique by which anyone could translate themselves directly into Heaven, although her definition is more closely related to the Christian idea of ascension than the translation doctrine of the LDS Church.
In her writings she rejects the regular Christian doctrine that physical death is inevitable. While she accepts the Christian doctrine that virtuous people can die and be later admitted to Heaven, she regards this path as "the dreary backdoor entrance", and asserts that the path to true glory involves Ascending to Heaven with one's physical body alive and intact, via a process she called (using the term commonly used by Mormons) "translation" (overcoming of bodily death). She also claimed to be able to visit the spirit world at will and spoke in her books about looking down and observing Earth from the spirit world.
Problems with the LDS Church
Originally a devout Mormon, she was excommunicated from the LDS Church shortly after publication of her first book, Ye Are Gods, because it was perceived by high-ranking members of the church that the book's contents seriously blasphemed against Mormon belief.
Books by Annalee Skarin
- The Pathway of Glory Annalee Skarin 1946
- Ye Are Gods (ISBN 978-0-87516-718-3, published by De Vorss and Co, 1952)
- To God The Glory (ISBN 1-891265-02-4, published by De Vorss and Co, 1956)
- Temple Of God (ISBN 1-891265-04-0, published by De Vorss and Co, 1958)
- Secrets Of Eternity (ISBN 1-891265-05-9, published by De Vorss and Co, 1960)
- Celestial Song Of Creation (ISBN 1-891265-06-7, published by De Vorss and Co, 1962)
- Man Triumphant (ISBN 1-891265-03-2, published by De Vorss and Co, 1966)
- Beyond Mortal Boundaries (ISBN 1-891265-07-5, published by De Vorss and Co, 1969)
- The Book Of Books (ISBN 1-891265-08-3, published by De Vorss and Co, 1972)
- Pathway of the GODS, Vol 1 date unknown 1995
- Pathway of the GODS, Vol 2 date unknown 1995
It is also widely believed[who?] that the book:
- Sons Of God, by Christine Mercie (ISBN 978-0-87516-059-7, published by De Vorss and Co, 1954) which Skarin references in her other works, was in fact written by Annalee Skarin herself.
- McConkie, Mark L. (1992), "Translated Beings", in Ludlow, Daniel H. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan Publishing, p. 1485-86
- The Life and Death of Annalee Skarin Archived September 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- The Death Certificate of Annalee Skarin Archived September 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Samuel W. Taylor "The Puzzle of Annalee Skarin: Was She Translated Correctly?" Sunstone, Volume 15:1 (April 1991): 41–46.