This afternoon I went to the Distribution Center to buy a new set of scriptures, as the set that I have now is the same set that I was given from my parents for seminary, in high school. It has been marked to death, maps are falling apart, and my eyes don’t seem to read the small print very easily any more. After spending $90.66 to get a new larger set, with my name etched on the front in gold, I asked the cashier if I could inspect it before it was engraved. I wanted to make sure that the changes that were made to the digital copy online were not reflected in the printed copy. I was disappointed to see that the church had made the same changes in the printed version as the digital version.
So before she engraved the set, I asked if I could return it for a full refund. She asked what was wrong, I simply stated that there was a misprint in my copy. That wasn’t enough for her, so she called her manager, and he asked the same question, “What was wrong with the scripture?” I told him that it was probably nothing big for most people, but there is a misprint. He asked me to show it to him, so I turned to John 14:16, and pointed to the footnote 16a at the bottom. The footnote in the older version labels the “other comforter” as “Jesus Christ, Ascension of.”, but the misprinted new scripture calls the “other comforter” –“the Holy Ghost, comforter.” I then told the manager that the idea is that the Son will appear to you in the flesh. He is the other comforter (or the second comforter). The idea of the Father and Son only dwelling in a man’s heart is “…an old sectarian notion, and is false.” (D&C 130:3).
The manager approved the return, with a blank stare, not knowing what to make of the misprint, …since all the new scriptures had the same misprint. I wanted to take him to the book on their shelves called, “Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith” on page 150 where Joseph Smith defined “the other comforter.” I restrained myself as I would be doing this manager no good (too confrontational and only contentious). But I will quote it here for you who are interested to know what the real meaning of this other comforter is in John 14:16:
The Second Comforter (TPJS pg.150)
“The other Comforter spoken of is a subject of great interest, and perhaps understood by few of this generation. After a person has faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins and receives the Holy Ghost, (by the laying on of hands), which is the first comforter, then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son, thou shalt be exalted. When the Lord has thoroughly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve Him at all hazards, then the man will find his calling and his election made sure, then it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter, which the Lord hath promised the Saints, as is recorded in the testimony of St. John in the 14th chapter, from the 12th to the 27th verses.
Note the 16, 17, 18, 21,23 verses:
…Now what is this other comforter? It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself; and this is the sum and substance of the whole matter; that when any man obtains this last comforter, he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him, or appear unto him from time to time, and even He will manifest the Father unto him, and they will take up their abode with him, and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God; …”
In 3 Nephi chapter 16 verse 10, the prophesy states that in “that day” the Gentiles shall reject the fulness of my gospel. That fulness is the presence of Christ in the flesh. Those who find comfort in an institution, but fail to read the words of Christ, may possibly reject the fulness too, and be associated with the Gentiles (who restored the truth), …but then rejected the personal witness of Christ in the flesh (fulness).
The changing of the words of Christ to confuse the Holy Ghost (the first comforter) and Christ’s personal visitation (the second comforter) is evidence of the institutions movement towards the rejection of the necessity of obtaining a personal witness of Christ (the fulness). Church manuals instruct their teachers not to discuss the second comforter. Obtaining that comforter is so uncommon that it is not even an expectation of the modern saint.
If you desire to avoid being fooled, study the words of Christ and follow the admonition in Moroni 10:4-5, and James 1:5, to know for yourself what they say. Obtain a personal witness for yourself, and no one can persuade you away from the source of all truth, Christ. When you are built upon this foundation, you will find yourself built upon a rock.
Conclusion: There is a separation occurring right now, to sift the wheat from the tares. Both wheat and tares belong to the same field (the same institution). Those who are white and ready to harvest are purified by the words of Christ, and do not fight against the truth, despite the cost that will be required to pay in social rejection. Those who are Christ’s are chastened by His word. When His words stop, then we are ripened in iniquity, and will be destroyed.