The Kingdom of God is intended to roll forth to Govern all the Earth. Brigham Young’s idea of that has produced a divisive institution with massive wealth on the Earth. I feel to say, “Brigham, I don’t think that Govern means what you think it means.”
The Kingdom of God is intended to roll forth to Govern all the Earth. Daniel interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the stone cut without hands to roll forth and destroy the statue. The statue represented the kingdoms of the Earth in it’s different ages. The Babylonian age represented by Gold, the Persian age represented by silver, the Greek age represented by brass, the Roman age represented by Iron, and the modern age represented by a mixture of clay and iron. In the dream and prophesy of Daniel to the King, the stone cut without hands ground to pieces the statue representing all the governments of the world, and that stone rolled forth to fill the entire Earth. Joseph Smith prophesied that when the stone filled the Earth, it was the Earth in it’s paradisiacal glory. How that will happen has remained a mystery. There are two opposing theories to how it will happen, by force, or by the grace of God. I believe it is by grace, but the early saints did something very different.
Brigham Young’s idea of how the Kingdom of God would roll forth, as a stone cut without hands, to fill the Earth, has produced a divisive institution with massive wealth on the Earth, without God’s presence. The time period to pay close attention to is 1851-1858, a time where Brigham Young was both Governor and Church President. It was this time period where he considered himself “King” over the Kingdom that would grind to dust all of the governments of the Earth. Rather than follow the patterns of God, he took matters into his own hands. Joseph warned us from his sad experiences with men surrounding him, that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, that when they get a little authority as they suppose, they immediately exercise unrighteous dominion. B.Young was not excluded.
B. Young was the 23rd member of the “Council of Fifty” before Joseph & Hyrum Smith were murdered. The more official name for the “Council of Fifty” was:
“The Kingdom of God and His Laws with the Keys and Powers thereof, and Judgement in the Hands of His Servants, Ahman Christ.”
(D. Michael Quinn, The Council of Fifty and its Members)
The name was more commonly shortened to “The Council of Fifty” or “The Kingdom of God.” Brigham wasn’t the first, second, or the third member of the council. He was the 23rd member. He had no right to the throne or to be president of the church. So he employed a vote to win the presidential position, quickly called a constitutional convention to write their Governing Principles, voted for them to be accepted by the body of the people (647 votes), and sealed the deal as “King” of the Kingdom of God. B. Young was considered “King,” with both church and state authority combined into one, by 1851. The authority of state was recognized by the U.S. Government as Governor. The authority of church was recognized by its members by a short-order vote. As a result of God’s opinion in the matter, within the first year of B. Young’s rule, the saints were plagued with grasshoppers that killed their crops, two winters that killed their cattle, and starved the people, and later the Willie & Martin handcart company practically froze to death. Since the saints were in a state of isolation far in the Western Rocky Mountains, there were only two parties to blame: The Leaders or the saints.
B. Young blamed the saints, a pattern still followed today. Although the fish stinks from the head, and attitude reflects leadership, …the leaders took it upon themselves to preach “the blame” on the saints, which began what is called The Mormon Reformation. This was a season of reforming, or making changes to Mormonism. During this time, people who disagreed were kicked out by force. They were often “whittled-out.” A term representing the method used to threaten people from disrupting the leadership, by a group of men surrounding them, whittling with large bowie knives as a threat. The people were interrogated with 27 inquisitorial questions (a witch-hunt for dissenters) by “Home Missionaries.” The questions have been re-termed “baptismal or temple recommend interviews.” And the “Home Missionaries” are the origins of our modern “Home Teaching” program. Although the church is kept in check by overarching laws in our current circumstances, the isolated Wild West was a totally different environment. The inquisition by “Home Missionaries” questioned its’ members, asking: if they were loyal, committed adultery, or murdered, …combining “loyalty” with adultery and murder! If guilty of any, B. Young required their blood to be spilt in a blood atonement, as a method of saving their souls from eternal damnation. And this was God’s will, according to the “King.” As a result of such ideas preached, murders within the isolation of Utah were justified because “loyalty” was associated with adultery and murder. The Mountain Meadows Massacre of Southern Utah in 1857 was not only used to threaten the saints, but also to threaten the approaching U.S. Army led by Johnson. That massacre was the single most deaths of white people, in the U.S. until the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. All of the murders of the Mountain Meadows Massacre were pardoned.
Relief came when Brigham “the dictator” was removed from “all power” by the threat of Johnson’s Army. Since Johnson’s Army enforced the separation of church and state, physically removing Brigham Young from office in 1858, the church has been forced to enforce their agendas by their limited compulsory means of: withdrawing fellowship, disfellowshipping, and excommunication. Even with a little authority, as they supposed, the church continues to blame the worthiness of the saints, the common people, for the problems of the church; even though Isaiah pointed the blame at the leaders, …the watchmen; even though Jeremiah pointed at the shepherds; even though Lehi pointed at the leaders of the Jewish communities; even though Christ pointed at the Pharisees and Sadducees; and even though Joseph Smith warned the leaders of the church of the corruptibility of the use of priesthood given to man:
“37 That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.
Brigham Young’s idea of how the Kingdom of God would roll forth to fill the Earth, has produced a divisive institution, causing hostility between people, while the leaders amass huge wealth on the Earth, remaining outside of the presence of God, in a fallen state. The Kingdom of God, or the stone cut without hands, that fills the Earth, will not fill the Earth by compulsion. Govern all the Earth doesn’t mean what Brigham thinks it means.
The stone is a government of self-governance, …a government of no government. We have little scripture to describe a government that governs without government! We have a lot that tells us what it is not: It is done without compulsory means, no force, no manipulation, no deception, and no guile. But little describes what it is. The solution is extremely subtle. It requires that we inquire of God to understand it by the power of the Holy Ghost, …or else we will continue suffering by trying to fit the idea, like Brigham, into our institutional box of precepts of man.
In scripture it is referred to the goodness and the mysteries of God. Just as in the plan of salvation, your participation is not forced, rather it is your choice. It is your request for a covenant. It is your expression of understanding. And it is your honor to live according to what you understand, while continuing to increase in greater understanding. Alma says those who receive this lesser portion of the word will receive a greater portion of the word, until they know the mysteries of God in full. Abraham sought great knowledge. Because of it, he received the blessings of the fathers in heaven. Nephi stated in the first verse, “…having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.” These men testify of the necessity for Great Knowledge to Govern. Without being governed by great knowledge, man will not be governed by God, but by the kingdoms of the Earth, which will be ground to dust by the Kingdom of God.
Nephi spoke to his brothers boldly, openly, and without guile, telling them: you are hard hearted, you don’t keep the Lord’s commandments and will perish. He reprimands them telling them: if their hearts weren’t hard, they would not only ask in faith, believing they would receive, …but they would also keep the commandments, …and then the things of God will be made known to them. While Laman & Lemuel found Nephi offensive, and refused to Govern themselves, we can learn from their failures. Rather than reject Nephi and the fathers, we can choose to receive Great Knowledge to Govern us, …to become the stone cut without hands, …to become the Kingdom of God. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things that you stand in need of will be added unto you.
Conclusion: Mankind is filled with false traditions of unbelief. Unless those false traditions are removed, you will not have room for TRUTH, and instead you will be led by the WORLD. Compulsion is the method Brigham Young used, and the method still employed by the church today. God, from the time of Adam until now, has always recommended that all men access Great Knowledge to Govern ourselves.
[Read your scriptures, ask in faith, and keep the commandments,] and God will make the truth known to you concerning His Kingdom, the stone cut without hands, that rolls forth to tear down all governments, and to fill the Earth. Failure to do any part, including keeping the commandments, will not produce answers, leaving you to say like Laman & Lemuel, “…the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us.” (1 Nephi 15:9)
Some of you have called me to tell me of Elder Bednar’s talk in stake conference a few Sundays ago. You have born witness to me of the new prophet Elder Nelson. You have told me that “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” is true. I hear the words, but the same condemnation of the early saints is your inheritance (D&C 84:55-58).
Hawaiians, …Where’s the fruits? Where are your keys, your dispensations, your glories, your honors, your powers? The entire church is powerless, remaining in their condemnation. Elder Bednar cannot save you, and neither can anyone of the General Authorities. The assets of the church cannot save one soul, neither can your retirement from BYU-Hawaii, nor the entire Kingdom of the telestial order that Brigham Young has established and you call “The Church.” It’s Christ that saves. So, rather than talk of Monson, prophesy of Nelson, preach of Bednar, and rejoice in the Church. Why don’t we do as Nephi suggests in our conversations with one another instead, and talk of Christ, rejoice in Christ, preach of Christ, and prophesy of Christ?
The Kingdom of God, the stone cut without hands, to roll forth and fill the Earth, is Zion. God will bring it about using small and simple means, not massive corporations. I am grateful to the church for the preservation of the Book of Mormon and Joseph’s words. I have done as Nephi, stealing the records from ignorant church leaders, and written them upon my heart. I am Israel! And the time has come that man cannot stand on borrowed light. It is insufficient to preserve the book on your shelves, in your leather scripture covers, in your relief society hand-bags, in your church libraries, …having not written them upon your hearts. Now is the time to remove and escape the condemnation of 1832, by searching them diligently, and producing the fruits, by talking of Christ. There is no secondary substitute.
If you aren’t yet totally offended, crying foul-play, drenched in ashes, …and actually care about what I recommend, …then begin by …doing everything you think you know. Read your scriptures, attend your meetings prepared to actively participate by studying the lesson material beforehand, actually go to the temple often (not just once a month, or once a year, or less), and do your visiting teaching/home teaching based on that material you have acquired in the above activities (instead of man made manuals). You will notice a massive change. Your minds will frequently slip into pondering the words you have studied and preached, to have virtue garnish your thoughts unceasingly. Your vocabulary will change to scripture talk. Your conversation subjects will change from real estate investments, occupation, entertainment, and athletics into more scripture talk. Your home/visit teaching will become more engaged on the topics you have learned in scripture, lasting hours instead of minutes of engaged conversation. You will stay awake in the temple, on the edge of your seat, instead of falling asleep in an uncomfortable slouch. Then you will hear the instructions to pass through the veil, while in the flesh. Live as you claim, and lets talk of Christ.