I was added unto by my wife yesterday concerning Laman & Lemuel. The scriptures were written for our day. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.
After reading my blog last night, my wife presented an even better scripture of how Laman & Lemuel truly felt concerning the Jew’s.
1 Nephi 17:20-22
“20. And thou art like unto our father, led away by the foolish imaginations of his heart; [that’s what revelation looks like when you’ve never had it, foolish imaginations] yea, he hath led us out of the land of Jerusalem, and we have wandered in the wilderness for these many years; and our women have toiled, being big with child; and they have borne children in the wilderness and suffered all things, save it were death; and it would have been better that they had died before they came out of Jerusalem than to have suffered these afflictions.
21. Behold, these many years we have suffered in the wilderness, which time we might have enjoyed our possessions and the land of our inheritance; yea, and we might have been happy.
22. And we know that the people who were in the land of Jerusalem were a “righteous” people; for they kept the statutes and judgments of the Lord, and all his commandments, according to the law of Moses; wherefore, we know that they are a righteous people; and our father hath judged them, and hath led us away because we would hearken unto his words; yea, and our brother is like unto him. And after this manner of language did my brethren murmur and complain against us.”
They were certain that “the church was true.” “Besides,” they would justify, “we are blessed with gold, silver and lands!” And they would probably use being a full tithe-payer as the thing that produced their gold, silver, and land. It’s no wonder why, when Nephi’s plan to trade their gold and silver in exchange for the records, and lost it all, Laman & Lemuel beat the crap out of Nephi. Laman & Lemuel tried to cloak what mattered most to them (treasures in the earth), by discounting the truth in their father’s and their brother’s words of wisdom, as foolish and vain imaginations.
The Book of Mormon was written and preserved specifically for our day. The patterns within them are the same patterns that will unfold, in our day, prior to the return of the Lord. Mormon compiled the record, and only his son Moroni read them before they were translated by Joseph Smith. Since Joseph Smith, they have been cast by the way-side for the traditions of the institution of men. When the institution conflicts with the scripture, we toss the scripture, and follow after men, graven images. The Book of Mormon prophesied that this would happen.
My efforts to build a temple are viewed by you the same way Laman & Lemuel viewed the efforts of Nephi to build a ship, foolish imaginations. You have laughed at me, mocked my suggestions for understanding the scriptures, and professed belief in the church, …while not paying much attention to the prophet you claim to follow, …or reading the scriptures that you’ve claimed to be true! I have been accused of Mom as being crazy, psychologically unstable, and bi-polar. And you might tend to agree with her. (If you don’t, none of you have expressed that.) But, you’d think that my wife, having a PhD in psychology would be able to recognize those signs, and diagnose them herself. However, …she believes precisely as I do, …so does that mean that she’s biased? Tell yourself what you must, you will not be judged by me. Your judgement is wether or not you can hear the voice of the Lord.
Recognize the marvelous work happening right now among the children of men. It is not happening by the crowds, as many are called, but few are chosen. The Lord doesn’t need, nor has He ever used, crowds to accomplish his great work. If you are followers of the crowds, you are not part of Christ’s work, and are seeking to oppose it. Crowds are acceptable in the world. The Lord’s work has never been acceptable to the world, but has always been acceptable to God.
Christ has followed patterns within the scriptures to establish a restoration. He is following His patterns within the scriptures to separate the wheat from the tares in preserving the restoration, and returning a temple to the earth that is connected to heaven. Then will Christ dwell within THAT temple, for real, and not just figuratively, as the church teaches. The priesthood has been rested from the church because of their abuse. You are very familiar with their abuse, but you have justified it, attributing abuse as somewhat acceptable because of the weaknesses of the flesh. Yet, you testify that men must follow a prophet, too confusing. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.
Conclusion: Some might read what I have written as disgruntled, as I have been physically taken out of church for paying a full-tithe to lift the poor among me, following Christ alone and refusing to follow a man of office in the church, and bearing testimony of Christ as instructed by the voice of Christ, in opposition to a bishop claiming keys. I am not disgruntled. I am relieved of the necessity to expose myself, my wife, and my children to the false doctrines that are being upheld by the church and their abusive leaders. I am founded upon the rock, as I have made the words of Christ my foundation.
You currently stand on a sandy foundation, and I am inviting you to come with me, and build upon the same rock (the words of Christ). There is lots of room here, as nobody wants anything to do with it right now. Everyone wants an ocean view on the sand, aligned with the world, and relishing in the treasures of the earth.
Seek the words of Christ. Repent of your ignorance by being instructed by them. Be baptized by one who has not abused his priesthood, using persuasion alone, and has authority given of Christ, not man. Receive the Holy Ghost. Obtain The Gift of the Holy Ghost by entering into the presence of Christ. Then obtain The Power of the Holy Ghost by speaking with the tongue of angels, so you can become saviors on Mt. Zion, unto the salvation of your family; including your kindred dead. Do not become the modern day Laman & Lemuel by discounting me because I am only your brother, your son, or your father. Know ye the Lord!