Be Humble And Don’t Grumble (940 Words)

What is God doing when those who come into His presence cower, shrink, and fall down? Is it God’s presence condemning you, or is it your impurity condemning you? Christ’s redeeming love offers to make you pure, if you would Be Humble And Don’t Grumble.

God is just being God. He is pure light. He is without impurities. However, He isn’t doing anything but “being.” Standing in the presence of such light tends to be an awful reminder of your individual darkness, so a veil is drawn to provide a probation, a time for men to prepare to meet God. To God, not only do you have value, you are as valuable as He is. He sent a savior to sanctify and make you holy, so you can endure His presence. Those who enter into His presence cower, shrink, and fall down, because God values them more than they value themselves, and they cannot imagine being worthy of His love. Often times impure men wish the mountains fall upon them, to cover them from the reality of God’s presence.

Who is condemning you? Is it me, because I have spoken the words of truth, or is it you because the idea of returning into Christ’s presence requires that you face your own impurities? I have not condemned you for your imperfections. I have simply stated that your ignorance will not produce anything but a desire for the mountains to fall upon you in the day of judgement, because of our choice to put aside salvation for aspiring in the Earth. You think I hold myself above you, and that somehow, being a stay-at-home Dad means that I’m retired young, retired rich, sitting in my pool house, sipping artsy drinks, with umbrellas. Is that how it was as a stay-at-home Mom? There is enough knowledge being offered you in the scriptures to remove your ignorance of Christ, and to bring you back into His presence in the flesh. I have simply chosen to spend my time there. People choose to invest in sports, spending hours training, outside of the hours in practice, and the hours of playing games. Others have chosen to spend hours in study in medical school, architecture, engineering, coaching, doing construction, etc. If they were to advise you of your ignorance in their fields of emphasis, would you reject the truths they offer, simply because you don’t want to face the truth? Just because a doctor is a doctor, it doesn’t make them healthy, does it? They simply understand why it is important to be healthy. Likewise for me, I have chosen to invest my time in the gospel. Just as a doctor, architect, engineer, or contractor, that knowledge comes at a great sacrifice. I have simply chosen to sacrifice in this area. It doesn’t mean that I have no responsibilities and I have somehow picked up the gospel of Christ as a hobby, to occupy my free time as a stay-at-home Dad. And It doesn’t mean that I am perfect at it. It only means that it’s very important to me. I gotta pay bills too. I got chores to do. I have responsibilities to attend to, different than my wife, who gets paid for what she does. I value being corrected by God, even if it is through my mother. Do you value God enough to hear the truth, even if it is through your son?

Mormon 9:31

31. Condemn me not because of mine imperfection, neither my father, because of his imperfection, neither them who have written before him; but rather give thanks unto God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been.”

Would I ever condemn or damn you? Nope, only you have the power to do that. All I will ever do is to beckon that you come and partake of the fruit of the tree of life, which is the love of God, which source is Christ. If you choose to come and partake, it will be because you were Humble and Did Not Grumble.

Christ was sent as the redeemer of the world because within Him is the power to make holy, to sanctify, to make you into a new creature, so that you can endure the presence of the Father. You must come to Christ in order for that work to be done. That is literal, not figuratively come unto Christ, by coming to your bishop, stake president, or general authority. No man has the power to make you holy, to sanctify you, or to make you into a new creature. It is the role of Christ alone. All a prophet can do is point to Christ. Prophets point to the words of Christ. They speak the words of Christ. They hunger for the words of everlasting joy, and they want it from the source of all truth, from Christ! He atoned for you and I. He was resurrected. He was triumphant over the grave. Don’t look at me, or anyone else for that matter. Look to Christ and live. Christ will redeem you, while you are tabernacled in the flesh, if you would just Be Humble And Don’t Grumble.

Conclusion: Consider what I’m saying, rather than defending your current position. Where you currently stand is unredeemed, in the dark, outside of the presence of Christ. Why would that give you comfort? I recommend a path that offers you a confidence that will wax strong in the presence of God. It will require you to let go of what you think you know and Be Humble And Don’t Grumble.

 

Do the Work! (584 Words)

Godlike are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost. If the Holy Spirit is the mind and will of God, those who are filled with the Holy Ghost have access to the mind and will of God, and are Godlike. The effect of the Holy Ghost upon those who are of the house of Israel is pure intelligence.

Godliness is to be near God, and the power of Godliness is knowing who God is. To be Godlike is to have both,  being near God, and knowing God. Thus, the beatitudes are attributes that must be developed to be near God, and to know God. Being poor in spirit, leads to mourning, which leads to meekness, and becomes hungering and thirsting for righteousness. The reason why scripture study hasn’t taken much priority is because you aren’t poor in spirit, haven’t cause to mourn, and aren’t meek. And since you don’t hunger and thirst for righteousness, you go on seeking the image of your own God, rather than being filled with the mind and will of the only true and living God. Without being poor, mourning the condition of ignorance you find yourselves in, and meekness to be taught, you are left with the ghost or spirit that animates you, which is not sanctified or made holy.

However, when the appropriate spirit is poor, causing you to mourn your ignorance, positioning yourself in the position ready to be taught of God in meekness, only then will you hunger and thirst for righteousness, and the scriptures will not only have value, it will have more value than other things occupying your time. As you are filled with the Holy Ghost, you are prepared to learn mercy and obtain mercy, have your hearts purified, and you will become a prince of peace.

The effect of the Holy Ghost upon those who are of the house of Israel is pure intelligence. When you succeed at obtaining sanctification and you have a Holy Ghost, don’t be surprised when suddenly what wasn’t in your minds before suddenly appears, and you understand God better, and have greater confidence in His presence.

Conclusion: Interpretation is a tricky thing. If you don’t have the same spirit as the author when he wrote the record, your interpretation will be filtered through your limited experience on Earth. However, when the same spirit animating the author, at the time he wrote it, occupies you as you read it, pure intelligence will flow to you. How you read the scriptures matters. How you interpret them matters. No one can do that work for you.

Mom, you have condemned my interpretation simply because it isn’t the same interpretation that you subscribe to as an LDS member. You have left the prescribed interpretation to your leaders, rather than coming to your own conclusions, by studying them out in your heart and in your mind, and seeking wisdom, by asking God if these things are not true. If you have, you haven’t done much, other than to ask. Just because my interpretations aren’t the same as your’s, that doesn’t make them false. You could simply be ignorant.

In your innocence, we continue our conversations. But, innocence does not fix the problem of ignorance. Our conversations could be so much better. You gotta do the work of fixing the ignorance. That requires you to be poor in spirit, to mourn, to be meek, and to hunger and thirst for righteousness. Do the Work!

Key of Knowledge (926 Words)

Godliness is to be near God, and the power of Godliness is to know God, thus God is the Key of Knowledge. False teachers fail to come to God, stand in the way of others approaching God, fearing their own failure, and proclaiming a corrupt message. Eternal life is to know God.

Those who are near God are Godly. To be in the presence of God requires nothing less than Godliness, otherwise His presence alone is sufficient for the ungodly to wish the mountains would cover them in their guilt and shame. The Savior has provided a way for all to be Godly, while in the flesh. He offers the Key of Knowledge. He offers the Holy Ghost, which gives access to the mind and will of God.

Moses 6:61

“61. Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.”

The power of Godliness is to know God. Having been near God, an individual comes to know God, and from that knowledge they can act in confidence that what they are doing is pleasing to the God that they know. It is through confidence that power is produced.

If someone were to tell me that they’re sure that they saw Dad dancing on the streets of Waikiki, I would know that they got the wrong Dad. However, if someone reported that they saw Dad at a home improvement show, a lumber yard, a construction site, a chicken feed store, a laundry supply house, or a green house, the certainty that they were talking about our Dad is high. And if they claimed seeing him at all of those places, I have extreme confidence that they knew who I was, and knew who my Dad is. Likewise Godliness is to be near to God, and the power of Godliness is to know God. What matters most is the Key of Knowledge.

False teachers are described in Luke:

Luke 11:52

“52. Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the Key of Knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”

False teachers have never experienced what they try teaching. Luke is clear that false teachers haven’t entered into the heavens themselves, and when they see people trying to do what they’ve failed to do, false teachers stand in the way of those that were in fact entering in. They remove Key of Knowledge. They prevent salvation and redemption, discouraging those who are working at returning into the presence of the Lord while in the flesh. They proclaim a corrupted message, even the philosophies of men, mingled with scriptures. And they are certain that it cannot happen, because they’ve never had it happen to them. In their ignorance they establish rules, corporate standards, uniformity, and massive marketing campaigns, to justify their ignorance, and they label it a “House of Order.” When they make their claims, they do it in Christ’s name, taking His name in vain. It is all in vain, if you fail to actually know God and Christ.

Ignore the ignorant, and keep seeking His face in the flesh. Those who are wise will not respect the lie intended to deceive true disciples to stop seeking after Christ. Instead, they will awake and arise by studying the words of Christ, to know God.

John 17:3

“3. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

Conclusion: Knowing God and Christ is the only way to eternal life. It doesn’t matter how many apostles you know, how many scriptures you memorized and can recite, or how many months of consecutive visit/home teaching you have done in your life. It doesn’t matter how many names you have gathered, and done ordinances for, none of it matters if all you have is ignorance. Sealing yourselves to the ignorant dead, is sealing yourselves to the damned. However, when you have knowledge, then you have value to your dead, and you can be a savior on mount Zion.

When you have the Key of Knowledge, what you have is the power of Godliness, and you are Godlike. The Holy Ghost is offered to those who will receive it, to make men and women more Godlike. The beatitudes say blessed are… or Godlike is… and instructions are given there, to assist those who sincerely seek Christ to become Godlike. When you have been redeemed, and brought back into the presence of God, then you are Godly, and have the power of Godliness, and can testify that you do know, not merely believing, who Christ and God is. Then you can save your kindred dead by teaching them about the God that you know.

Don’t be mad because the gospel doesn’t work from your vantage point as an LDS, following traditions of men that have kept you outside of the presence of the Lord in the flesh. Repent, simply turn around, be humble and don’t grumble. Just search the words of Christ so that you can be reconnected to the Key of Knowledge. It will not only give you an advantage now, it will be to your benefit in the life to come. Don’t let the fear of man stop you from Knowing God and Christ. Once you know them, then will your confidence wax strong.

IMUA!

Path, Guide, and Godliness (812 Words)

Writing the Governing Principles for fellowships has provided further insight into salvation, the Holy Ghost, and Godliness. Salvation identifies the path. The Holy Ghost is a guide through the path. And Godliness is knowing God. Let me explain how it all comes together.

The plan of salvation can also be called the plan of godliness. The objective of the plan of salvation is to make all (who submit to it) precisely what God is. The path identifies what is necessary to obtain salvation, but knowing the path alone doesn’t produce the results. We must act upon what we know. Salvation is being offered in the scriptures, but the difficulty with applying knowledge from the scriptures is, you are required to understand them correctly. And even if you understand what the scriptures say, applying it is a whole other degree of complexity.

The Holy Ghost provides access to the mind and will of God to both understand the scriptures and apply it properly. Reading the words of the scriptures alone just doesn’t cut it. You must receive revelation to understand them. The Holy Ghost is required to access the mind and will of God that animated the author of the document in the first place. Joseph Smith was told by Moroni that the hearts of the children turn to the promises made to the fathers. That is found within the scriptures. Reading the promises alone cannot give access to the intention of the author, unless when you read them the same spirit that animated them is what animates you as you read it. Thus, Moroni said, if you ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, it would be made known to you by the power of the Holy Ghost, and by the power of the Holy Ghost you may know the truth of all things. The more you access the mind and will of God, the more you know God. So the Holy Ghost is not only your guide, the more you access of God’s mind and will, the more the Holy Ghost makes you precisely what God is, until, like Christ, your mind and will are their mind and will, making you one with them. At-one-ment is the process of the Holy Ghost in you, accessing and accumulating more of God’s mind and will, to become your mind and will. You are then At-One-With them, and you will not ask anything contrary to their will, because their mind and will is your’s.

Which brings us to Godliness, which means: knowing God. The beatitudes all begin this way, “Blessed are…” Another way to translate the same words from Greek offers a better understanding. It can be translated from Greek as, “Godlike is…” When Enos has his sins forgiven, the Lord said “Blessed art thou Enos…” When Nephi in Helaman 10 is given the power that what he asks it will be given, because the Lord knows he would ask nothing contrary to His will. All of it points to access to the power of Godliness, available while in the flesh. Now consider what Joseph Smith wrote:

D&C 76:113-119

“113. This is the end of the vision which we saw, which we were commanded to write while we were yet in the Spirit.

114. But great and marvelous are the works of the Lord, and the mysteries of his kingdom which he showed unto us, which surpass all understanding in glory, and in might, and in dominion;

115. Which he commanded us we should not write while we were yet in the Spirit, and are not lawful for man to utter;

116. Neither is man capable to make them known, for they are only to be seen and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit, which God bestows on those who love him, and purify themselves before him;

117. To whom he grants this privilege of seeing and knowing for themselves;

118. That through the power and manifestation of the Spirit, while in the flesh, they may be able to bear his presence in the world of glory.

119. And to God and the Lamb be glory, and honor, and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Conclusion: The Holy Ghost is your spirit. To be clear, death is the separation of your ghost (or your spirit) from your earthly flesh. To receive holiness is to add light to your spirt. Receiving the Holy Ghost is to receive light (or holiness) to your ghost (or your spirit). Sanctification is to make something holy. When your spirit is the same as God’s spirit, you are made one with them (At-one-ment).

Mom, the governing principles aren’t reinventing the wheel. They are using the wheel to progress into the eternities. Until now the wheel was used as a club to force people into submission. No, the wheel is better used for transportation. Damnation is using the wheel as a blunt-force object, never transporting anyone anywhere. Think about it.

IMUA!

Final Final- Governing Principles (993 Words)

Governing Principles

Governing Principles are prepared for the benefit of new fellowships, to maintain an eye single to the glory of God, as they navigate in a new environment of self-governance.

Salvation is individual, requiring a personal relationship with Christ. The doctrine of Christ makes this possible through faith in Christ, repentance, and baptism. The Holy Spirt is the mind and will of God. Christ and God the Father share the same mind and will. Thus, receiving the Holy Ghost provides individuals with the ability to access the mind and will of God.

Fellowships exist to assist the individual on their path to becoming one with Christ. They are to govern themselves freely as the spirit dictates to them, choosing to gather when, where, and with whom they please. Meeting in fellowships provides the opportunity to teach, serve, and learn from both the Spirit, and one another’s experiences. Equality requires that no one is above another and that all individuals have value. Regional and general conferences ought to adhere to the same principles and guidelines as fellowships, and can be called and organized by anyone at any time.

Tithing is to relieve the poor among you. It can be collected and distributed as a group, a fellowship, or as individuals. If done as a group or fellowship, tithes accumulated in a common fund must be distributed by the common consent of the group or fellowship. Separate fellowships can assist one another on a case by case basis, maintaining independence and autonomy. Tithes are not to be accumulated for wealth. If there are no poor among you, excess tithes can be contributed to the needs of a temple.

Performing ordinances, such as baptism and sacrament, requires priesthood. Priesthood is confined to men because of the fall. In order to exercise priesthood in fellowships, three key elements are required of priesthood bearers: ordination, sustaining, and confirmation.

Ordination: A man with the priesthood lays hands on another man’s head, calls him by name, and confers upon him the priesthood in the name of Jesus Christ.

Sustaining: A vote of seven women is required to sustain a man to the priesthood. If the man is married, his wife must be one of the seven women, or he is unauthorized to exercise priesthood among fellowships.

Confirmation: Ultimately, the man must obtain confirmation of his priesthood from heaven.

If there is not a man authorized to confer priesthood, a man may perform the ordinances of baptism and sacrament within his family, with the confirmation of heaven alone. Record of priesthood ordination, sustaining, and confirmation should be kept in the personal journals of the man given priesthood and the women who sustained him. A certificate, signed by the seven sustaining women, should accompany the man should he perform ordinances outside of his family. The man is responsible to record and know his priesthood lineage.

In the event that priesthood is abused, exercising priesthood in fellowships can be revoked by a fair trial where a unanimous vote of at least twelve women vote to end his authority among fellowships.

The ordinance of baptism is a sign to heaven of an individual’s choice to receive the gospel of Christ. It does not offer membership into a fellowship or church. A man who has priesthood may baptize all those who desire as follows:

  • Both go down and stand in the water.
  • The man with priesthood will call the person being baptized by name, saying: “Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.”
  • And then immerse them in the water, and come again out of the water

As circumstances allow, the ordinance of baptism should be performed in living waters. A record of the baptism ought to be kept in a personal journal and also submitted to a central recorder so that the names of those baptized will be preserved within the temple of God.

The ordinance of sacrament should be performed as prescribed in the scriptures. It instructs that all kneel. The emblems of bread and wine are to be used as symbols of the flesh and the atoning blood of Christ. If any are opposed to alcohol, or have a medical condition preventing the use of wine, red grape juice may be used as an alternative. Bitter wine, in remembrance of Christ’s blood, is symbolic and appropriate. A man with the priesthood will pray to the Father in the name of Christ saying:

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

 

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

The oneness of fellowships is a testimony to the world that Christ is the redeemer of all. Agency must be respected and preserved, allowing new fellowships the freedom to learn correct principles and govern themselves. Keep your eye single to the glory of God. Seek to receive God’s mind and will. Bear one another’s burdens that they may be light. Associate with one another as equals. God will gather his choice fruit.

Final Draft: Governing Principles (960 Words)

Governing Principles

Governing Principles are written for the benefit of new fellowships, to maintain an eye single to the glory of God, as they navigate in a new environment of self-governance.

Salvation is individual, requiring a personal relationship with Christ. The doctrine of Christ makes this possible through faith in Christ, repentance, and baptism. The Holy Spirt is the mind and will of God. Christ and God the Father share the same mind and will. Thus, receiving the Holy Ghost provides individuals with the ability to access the mind and will of God.

Fellowships exist to assist the individual on their path to becoming one with Christ. They are to govern themselves freely, as the spirit dictates to them, choosing to gather when, where, and with whom they please. Meeting in fellowships provides the opportunity to teach, serve, and learn from both the Spirit, and one another’s experiences. Equality requires that no one is above another and that all individuals have value. Regional and general conferences ought to adhere to the same principles and guidelines as fellowships, and can be called and organized by anyone at any time.

Tithing is to relieve the poor among you. It can be collected and distributed as a group, a fellowship, or as individuals. If done as a group or fellowship, tithes accumulated in a common fund must be distributed by the common consent of the group or fellowship. Separate fellowships can assist one another on a case by case basis, maintaining independence and autonomy. Tithes are not to be accumulated for wealth. If there are no poor among you, excess tithes can be contributed to the needs of a temple.

Performing ordinances, such as baptism and sacrament, requires priesthood. Priesthood is confined to men because of the fall. In order to exercise priesthood, in fellowships, three key elements are required of priesthood bearers: ordination, sustaining, and confirmation.

Ordination: A man with the priesthood lays hands on another man’s head, calls him by name, and confers upon him the priesthood in the name of Jesus Christ.

Sustaining: A vote of seven women is required to sustain a man to the priesthood. If the man is married, his wife must be one of the seven women, or he is unauthorized to exercise priesthood among fellowships.

Confirmation: Most importantly, the man must obtain confirmation of his priesthood from heaven.

The women sustaining men to priesthood should record it in their personal journals. The man should have a certificate signed by the seven women, and the event recorded in his personal journal, accompanied with his priesthood lineage. His certificate should be carried with him to exercise priesthood outside of his family. In the event that priesthood is abused, exercising priesthood in fellowships can be revoked by a fair trial where a unanimous vote of at least twelve women vote to end his authority among fellowships.

The ordinance of baptism is a sign to heaven of an individual’s choice to receive the gospel of Christ. It does not offer membership into a fellowship or church. A man who has priesthood may baptize all those who desire as follows:

  • Both go down and stand in the water.
  • The man with priesthood will call the person being baptized by name, saying: “Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.”
  • And then immerse them in the water, and come again out of the water

As circumstances allow, the ordinance of baptism should be performed in living waters. A record of the baptism ought to be kept in a personal journal and also submitted to a central recorder so that the names of those baptized will be preserved within the temple of God.

The ordinance of sacrament should be performed as prescribed in the scriptures. It instructs that all kneel. The emblems of bread and wine are to be used as symbols of the flesh and the atoning blood of Christ. If any are opposed to alcohol, or have a medical condition preventing the use of wine, red grape juice may be used as an alternative. Bitter wine, in remembrance of Christ’s blood, is symbolic and appropriate. A man with the priesthood will pray to the Father in the name of Christ saying:

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

The oneness of fellowships is a testimony to the world that Christ is the redeemer of all. Agency must be respected and preserved, allowing new fellowships the freedom to learn correct principles and govern themselves. Keep your eye single to the glory of God. Seek to receive God’s mind and will. Bear one another’s burdens that they may be light. Associate with one another as equals. God will gather his choice fruit.

Proposed: Governing Principles

Governing Principles are written for the benefit of new fellowships, to maintain an eye single to the glory of God, as they navigate in a new environment of self governance.

Salvation is individual, requiring a personal relationship with Christ. The doctrine of Christ makes a personal relationship possible through faith in Christ, repentance, and baptism. The Holy Ghost is the mind and will of God. Christ and God the Father share the same mind and will. Thus, receiving the Holy Ghost provides each individual with the power to be one with them.

Fellowships exist to assist the individual in their path to becoming one with Christ. They are to govern themselves freely, as the spirit dictates to them, choosing to gather when, where, and with whom they please. Meeting in fellowships provides the opportunity to teach, serve, and learn from both the Spirit, and one another’s experiences. Equality requires that no one be above the next and that all have value. Regional and general conferences ought to adhere to the same principle guidelines as fellowships.

Tithing is to relieve the poor among you. It can be collected and distributed as a group, a fellowship, or as individuals. If done as a group or fellowship, tithes accumulated in a common fund must be distributed by the common consent of the group or fellowship. Separate fellowships can assist one another on a case by case basis, maintaining independence and autonomy. Tithes are not to be accumulated for wealth. If there are no poor among you, excess tithes can be contributed to the needs of the temple.

Performing ordinances of baptism and sacrament require priesthood. Because of the fall, men are responsible for performing priesthood ordinances. Acquiring and exercising priesthood, in fellowships, require three key elements: ordination, sustaining, and confirmation.

Ordination: A man with the priesthood lays his hands on another man’s head, calling them by name, and confers upon them the priesthood, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Sustaining: A vote of seven women are required to sustain a man to the priesthood. If the man is married, his wife must be one of the seven women, or he is not worthy.

Confirmation: Most importantly, the man must obtain confirmation of his priesthood from heaven.

In the event that priesthood has been abused, exercising priesthood in fellowships can be revoked by a fair trial, where a unanimous vote of at least twelve women find the abuser guilty.

The ordinance of baptism is a sign to heaven of an individual’s choice to receive the gospel of Christ. It does not offer membership into a fellowship or church. A man who has priesthood, may baptize, all who desire, as instructed as follows:

  • Both go down and stand in the water.
  • The man with priesthood will call the person being baptized by name, saying: “Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.”
  • And then immerse them in the water, and come again out of the water (As circumstances allow, the ordinance ought to be performed in living waters)

Record of the baptism ought to be kept in a personal journal, and submitted to a central recorder, for the names to be kept within the temple of God.

The ordinance of sacrament should be performed as Christ prescribed in the scriptures. He instructs that all kneel. The emblems of bread and wine are to be used as symbols of the flesh and the atoning blood of Christ. If any are opposed to alcohol, or have a medical condition preventing the use of wine, use red grape juice. Bitter wine, in remembrance of Christ’s blood, is symbolic and appropriate. One with the priesthood will pray to the Father in the name of Christ saying:

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

 

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

 

Agency must be preserved, allowing new fellowships the freedom to learn correct principles and govern themselves. Keep your eye single to the glory of God. Seek to receive His mind and will. Bear one another’s burdens through the path, that they may be light, and associate with one another as equals. Your oneness is a testimony to the world that Christ is the redeemer of all.