Bear One Another’s Burdens (736 Words)

It is a commandment that all who have been baptized in fellowship must Bear One Another’s Burdens that they may be light. While it is a commandment in one respect, it is an impossibility in another. There is only one way to succeed, and that is to come to Christ, and to point to Christ

We are commanded to Bear One Another’s Burdens that they may be light. Now is the season of Christmas, where we commonly give gifts and do kind things, and some participate in charitable efforts to give to those who have little and cannot give. It feels great, your life takes on greater purpose the more you give, the more you serve, the more you love your neighbor. It always feels good, and that feeling is a testimony to you that it is of God. But, …there comes a point that you are unable to lift another’s burden. And the commandment seems impossible.

To Bear One Another’s Burdens is a commandment in one respect, but an impossibility in another. Every year, there are two months that have caused great concern to me: August and November. The death of our nephew has left our sister with a burden I am unable to bear. His August birthdate and November death date haunts my soul, as I see no comfort there, no consolation, no balm in Gilead. No matter how deep I dig to search a way to bear her burden, I come up with nothing, absolutely nothing! There is silence in me. There is no relief that I can offer. I am left dumbfounded. I cower from responding to any texts because I have no clue how to bear that burden. If Nephi is right and God gives no commandment, lest He provides a way to accomplish it, I am left to question Him, asking, “How the hell?!” The answer comes back, “By pointing to the only one who is able to bear that burden, ..by pointing to Christ.”

In the instances where there is no balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole, to heal the sin-sick soul, to fill the emptiness, …there is only one way. Christ is the way. No man can find comfort, but by Him. Scriptures have been given for man to know of His correct attributes, perfections, and characteristics, so man can familiarize themselves with Him. Servants come in the form of men and angels to those who seek Christ diligently. They are witnesses of His presence. They know Him personally. And they come only to tell you about Him. Scriptures and servants cannot bear your ultimate burden as they have not atoned for you. They too point you to your personal relationship with Christ, the only one who is able to bear your burden, …who is able to bear all burdens. He is the one who has overcome the world. It is He who will assist you to overcome all things with faith.

You must experience Christ for yourself. I remember a low point in my life, where to be around me would suck life out of any positivity. There was no comfort, no balm in Gilead. Not in church leaders (no matter what rank), not in their suggested solutions of hymns or scripture mastery, and not in any of their socialized programs. I was willing to try it all. I was an easy candidate doing all the assignments given, and none of them could provide even an ounce of comfort or repair. After over ten years of seeking diligently, I have developed a personal relationship with Christ. And I have found comfort, and I have been filled with the Holy Ghost. But, …when I consider the emptiness of others, I am totally turned around, and have no idea where to begin if I were in their position.

I cannot do what you do. I cannot give you my relationship with Christ. I cannot comfort you. You must go to the only balm, the only comfort, the only one who has the ability to Bear Your Burdens. It is Christ that comes to fill the void with His light, to abide with you, to walk beside you. He comes to His temple, …which temple ye are! And when your burdens have been lifted, your only ability is to point to Christ, to praise Christ, to talk of Christ, to rejoice and to prophesy of Christ.

Merry Christmas!

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Dispensations, Rights, Keys, Honors, Majesty and Glory (1080 Words)

Angels appear and instruct when sent by God. Even Angels can lead men astray, therefore man must be prepared to hear and understand by knowing the voice of the Lord. When men are prepared and angels do appear their instructions are to teach from their experience their Dispensations, Rights, Keys, Honors, Majesty and Glory.

Remember, the word “angel” comes from the Greek, meaning messenger. Scriptures refer to angels of devils, as well as angels from the presence of God. Both angels deliver messages. An apostle is defined as one who is sent from the presence of God with a message. An apostle is incarnated or embodied in a body of flesh, or a tabernacle of flesh, while an angel may or may not have a body perceivable to men. What we learn from Joseph Smith’s King Follet discourse is that Angels and apostles both deliver messages. It is in “the content” of the message that an angel differs from an apostle.

Your understanding of the words of Christ will indicate the degree of message you are able to receive. We must be prepared to hear and understand, by studying the scriptures to learn the correct attributes, perfections, and characteristics of God, to accurately know the voice of the Lord instructing you. Without this preparation, even when the source of the message comes through purity, your interpretation will be filtered and muddled because you see through a veil of flesh, and see dimly. You interpret the message through religious organizations, financial institutionalization, academic mindsets, and social propaganda, …and therefore can easily take what was given in purity, and be led astray, by an apostle or an angel. No matter how much light a messenger comes with, no matter how much power they display, it is your ability to see clearly that will determine the quality of the message received. If you are not prepared by the serious efforts of knowing the correct attributes, characteristics, and perfections of God, angels will not come to instruct. And it will not matter how much you claim to believe, you did not act in faith, and all is in vain:

Moroni 7:37

“37. Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is vain.”

Moroni ties belief to faith here, saying that if you haven’t acted in faith, angels will cease to come. He says that it is because of “unbelief.” In other words it is because of wrong belief, incorrect belief, inaccurate belief. Acting upon wrong, incorrect, or inaccurate belief is dangerous. It can lead you for many years misguided. There is a right way, and only one way. Christ is the way the truth and the life, and no man will ever come unto the Father, except it be through Christ. The words of Christ lead you to servants or angels, which lead you to Christ Himself, who will then bring you into the presence of His Father. Those who reject the word, will reject the servant, and will reject Christ, and cannot be reinstated in the presence of the Father. THEM’S THE BRAKES YO!

Now lets get to the juicy part. When men “ARE” prepared …and angels “DO” appear …their instructions are to teach from their experience their Dispensations, Rights, Keys, Honors, Majesty and Glory. You see, the LDS church has screwed up the term KEYS. They have made keys into the right to control, in opposition to D&C 121:41-42 that teaches that anyone with priesthood exercises it “by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned by kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile.” Instead, the church’s handbook reads:

“Priesthood keys are the authority God has given to priesthood leaders to direct, control, and govern the use of His priesthood on earth.”

(LDS Handbook of Instructions 2, 2.1.1.)

To the LDS, “KEYS” are an authority given to them by God to direct, control, and govern over the use of priesthood. This in opposition to what Joseph Smith taught of persuasion, long-suffering, meekness, etc. They have gotten themselves stuck on “KEYS” that they have forgotten or plainly ignored the dispensations, rights, honors, majesty and glory that angels come to deliver. The LDS has changed the definition from what Joseph Smith taught to justify compulsion and unrighteous dominion, …without an amen pronounced to their priesthood, because they are the leaders chosen by God.

Now, can I get a DRUM-ROLL PLEASE!? …Those Fathers, the patriarchal fathers, from the patriarchal priesthood, those with the birth right, those whom our hearts should be turned, …them who have lived prior to us …always comes to open a new dispensation. And they do it as it has always been done, they appear in a location, and that place called Adam-Ondi-Ahman, …or in other words, “Adam in the presence of Son Ahman,” where Ahman is God the Father. When a new dispensation is opened, instructions are given from the heavens, from the vantage point of previous dispensations, to assist and progress the work of God in the new dispensation. That is what is being described here, by Joseph Smith:

D&C 128:21

“21. And again, the voice of God in the chamber of old Father Whitmer, in Fayette, Seneca county, and at sundry times, and in divers places through all the travels and tribulations of this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! And the voice of Michael, the archangel; the voice of Gabriel, and of Raphael, and of divers angels, from Michael or Adam down to the present time, all declaring their dispensation, their rights, their keys, their honors, their majesty and glory, and the power of their priesthood; giving line upon line, precept upon precept; here a little, and there a little; giving us consolation by holding forth that which is to come, confirming our hope!

Line upon line and precept upon precept Joseph was instructed throughout his dispensation. Only when his work was completed and fulfilled does the dispensation belong to them. Only when you have accomplished the work assigned do you have the right to claim the Dispensations, Rights, Keys, Honors, Majesty and Glory. You cannot instruct, as a witness, something you have not obtained.

Conclusion: Take your keys and put it up against this, and I know where I’d put my money.

False and Vain and Foolish Doctrines (1015 Words)

In the last three days I have written three posts: Apostles, Hearing, and Sabbath. Despite the added light being introduced, each post Mom has written the same comment pattern: You assume the worst in us, I love the scriptures, Christ is the judge not you, and I love you. Most recently, when I assumed that she actually liked reading scriptures, I asked to “lets have a conversation in them, rather than simply talking about them,” …she assumed that she was being tested and that I was setting up a trap for her. Who’s assuming the worst in whom?

My efforts are not guided by how you react. I keep giving you more truth, expanding the scriptures before you and adding to your understanding, without your request, without your positive natured responses, and without your support in the matter. You have not proved me through the scriptures. Are you afraid of my trap, to open your eyes, so that you can remove the scales of darkness that hinder your ability to see clearly?

In the last three days I have described concepts such as Apostles, as they were called by Christ and as they were called by Joseph Smith, but have since been reduced to an office. I have pointed to a pattern of hearing, that requires searching, pondering and praying, …which cannot be done from a point of complacency. I have written of restoring the sabbath, in a way that offers returning and entering into the Lord’s rest. You’d think that knowing if what I have written were true that my relationship with you as a brother and son would cause you to consider the validity of the matter deeply. If not to believe me, then at least to reclaim me from my error. But all I’ve gotten was, “Nah ah!” …To which I say, “Yah huh!” And none are reclaimed.

If I assumed the worst in you, as you believe I have, I would not be sharing these truths with you. I would leave you alone. Instead, …I assume that you are the sheep of the good shepherd, and so I continue to write to you the words of the good shepherd, so that you can respond as sheep who hear His voice, and come. Rather than assuming the worst, I am the only one who assumes you as members of the royal family. Not even your bishop believes that. But, perhaps to you, the way I speak is not the way you expect to be spoken to if you were truly royal. You’d prefer I use honorifics like, “your majesty,” …or “my liege” and bow my head to express my allegiance.

If you are royalty, I am paying you the greatest compliment by speaking the truth of the scriptures to you, rather than doctoring them up to fit your traditions. The Book of Mormon was written to ONLY the royal family of God, knowing that only they would understand it, hungering after it, seeking to get more that it promises to give if you receive what it offers. These words were intended to shake and awake that royal family (and I assume you are they) in these last days:

2 Nephi 28:3-5, 9-10

“3. For it shall come to pass in that day that the churches which are built up, and not unto the Lord, when the one shall say unto the other: Behold, I, I am the Lord’s; and the others shall say: I, I am the Lord’s; and thus shall every one say that hath built up churches, and not unto the Lord—

4. And they shall contend one with another; and their priests shall contend one with another, and they shall teach with their learning, and deny the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance.

5. And they deny the power of God, the Holy One of Israel; and they say unto the people: Hearken unto us, and hear ye our precept; for behold there is no God today, for the Lord and the Redeemer hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto men; [Who else has claimed to have been given God’s power from being in the presence of God? Not even the Catholics lay claim to that. Priesthood has made Chris’t role as redeemer unnecessary, stating that the Redeemer is done with His work, now your salvation depends solely on the prophet and entrance into the temple]  

9. Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner, false and vain and foolish doctrines, and shall be puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord; and their works shall be in the dark.

10. And the blood of the saints shall cry from the ground against them.

The church believes the entire chapter 28 as speaking to those outside the LDS active membership. However they are guilty of teaching all manner of False and Vain and Foolish Doctrines. It is false to blame Joseph Smith for Brigham Young’s polygamy mistake after Joseph’s death, having over 20 legally married sexual partners, when Joseph openly and publicly denounced any who practiced or supported the idea. It is vain (or of no effect, or producing no results) to claim to read and believe the scriptures and then claim, in contradiction, that one man speaks to God for the whole of the church, when the scriptures teach that we must not trust in the arm of flesh, for cursed are they who maketh flesh their arm. It is foolish to to perform significant temple ordinances, claiming that rite as salvific, as being sealed up, to both the living and the dead, …and deny the power thereof by refusing to seek the presence of Christ in the flesh, …preferring a man behind the veil saying, “Let him enter,” …instead of refusing anyone else but Christ’s presence as salvific and redemptive. These are some of the many False and Vain and Foolish Doctrines taught in your institution. Their hearts are puffed up, they seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord, selling their tokens for money.

Conclusion: You are better than that!

 

The Lost Sabbath (1057 Words)

After the sixth day of creation, a short time later, Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good & evil. The Lost Sabbath was the premature partaking, requiring premature casting out of the garden. Christ came to redeem all who come unto Him from the fall, so that all could enter into His rest, and restore The Lost Sabbath.

The creation story is told in this order: matter is organized, land is separated from water, lights placed in the firmament, plants appear, animals follow, and on the sixth day man was created with his help mate. The seventh day was intended for all of the creation to enter into the rest of the Lord, but Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good & evil when they were told not to. The sabbath day was broken because Adam and Eve obeyed the false serpent and was found naked, or without sufficient light, in the garden of Eden when the Lord returned. The sabbath was lost, and coats of skins were given to the couple, requiring the sweat of the brow to live all the days of their lives.

The Lost Sabbath was the premature partaking, requiring premature casting out of the garden. The Sabbath was to last a millennium, with a thousand years in the rest of the Lord, …but Adam and Eve partook and were cast out of Eden at the age of 60-70 years old. When compared to 1,000 years, sixty was premature, and the couple was ill prepared to deal with Satan’s antics. Had they waited upon the Lord, discerning the false message offering a quick fix solution, they would not have fallen, but would have been instructed by Christ for 930 years. At which point Christ would have been the serpent to offer the fruit of knowledge of good & evil, because they would have been prepared to be gods themselves. That is what the rest of the Lord brings, instructions to become gods themselves. Because of the fall, mankind was born within the veil, needing to be redeemed from the fall.

Christ came to redeem all who come unto Him from the fall, so that all could enter into His rest, and restore The Lost Sabbath. Christ was resurrected on Sunday, restoring the fallen sabbath of Saturday (or the 6th day), to the seventh day, Sunday. The captivity that the fall has on mankind has power only in our ignorance. Ignorance can be repaired by studying the scriptures sufficiently to hear the voice of the Lord, so that the Lord can restore you as He did the brother of Jared (Ether 3:13).

After Adam and Eve partook and were cast out, they were able to still hear the voice of the Lord, and they retained their memories in the Lord’s presence. Cain too heard the voice of the Lord, and offered up sacrifices. When his sacrifices was not accepted, but Abel’s sacrifice was acceptable, Cain killed Abel. Yet, the Lord still condescended to talk to Cain. He has promised to condescend and talk to all who will open the door. It is by hearing the voice of the Lord, and keeping His commandments which he has given. Only then can Christ redeem you from the fall, bring you back into His presence in the flesh.

Conclusion: There is a work to be done that far outweighs the foolish and false traditions of the church, regarding sabbath day observance. The work to be done is familiarizing yourselves with the message Christ has left thus far in scripture, not only to know, but to do as you know. As you produce habits of doing that work, you will do only as the Lord commands, no more or no less, removing the condemnation that you have inherited. You will expand your ability to serve the Lord, and as He promised, you will see His face and know that He is (D&C 93:1).

Abraham 1:2 states that Abraham was a seeker of further knowledge, …not for any other reason but to be “a greater follower of righteousness.” Eternal life is knowing God and Christ, …it is NOT just knowing ABOUT God and Christ. Correct knowledge, when acted upon, was intended for followers of Christ to walk the path that Christ has walked. Walking the same path as Christ was supposed to change you into precisely what Christ is, because that is what is meant by being “a greater follower of righteousness.” All who are able to search diligently, will know by the power of the Holy Ghost the truth of all things, and become “a greater follower of righteousness.” They will  most assuredly be restored to the sabbath.

Don’t let Sabbath observance mimic the foolish and vain repetitions of the ancient Jews that crucified Christ. They had many rules, restrictions, and rituals that they performed without knowing the perfections, characteristics, and attributes of the God that was among them, that they killed. Their best intentions, although meaning well, did not restore them into the Lord’s rest, or in other words into the Lord’s presence, or in other words The Lost Sabbath.

Quiet your offenses from the truth being expressed hear. Don’t turn your heal to the possibility that you have been so close to the truth, but have been held captive by the condemnation of the early saints that you have innocently inherited. Remove their filter, and connect to God, just as Joseph Smith did when he pondered James 1:5. There is a gift being offered, beyond the treasures of this earth, wrapped nicely, and available to you now.

A Quick Side Note: We have been studying the Joseph Smith History as we drive back and forth to Canada to fix our house. As we read on our drive, we learned that four members of Joseph’s family were presbyterian. Kiki got confused and called it the Pedestrian Church. We had a good chuckle, and inside jokes began to expand. Who then baptizes you in the Pedestrian Church, …the chicken who crossed the road? The bishop of that church was a chicken, was added. Why did the chicken cross the road? To baptize them a member of the Pedestrian Church! It was a funny moment on our wintery drive through the cold, I thought it might warm your heart to share that insight!

Happy Sabbath

Skill of Hearing (1210 Words)

There is a Skill of Hearing that goes undeveloped in the people who’s heart is hardened, leading them into destruction. Those who hear the voice of the Lord sidestep the destruction, and are protected instead. The Skill of Hearing can be developed.

Isaiah was sent to preach to a group of people who would not hear, and they suffered the destruction of Assyria. A portion of Isaiah’s ascension was preserved in the Book of Mormon. In Isaiah’s ascension he arrives in the courts of heaven, he shrinks calling himself “a man of unclean lips.” When the “live coal” from the altar touched his lips, going through the refinement of the burning, …rather than cowering, Isaiah’s confidence waxed strong in the presence of the Lord. His iniquity was taken away and his sin purged. When the Lord asked for someone to be sent down (apostolos), here is Isaiah’s response:

2 Nephi 16:

8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said: Here am I; send me.

9 And he (the LORD) said: Go and tell this people—Hear ye indeed, but they understood not; and see ye indeed, but they perceived not.

10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes—lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted and be healed.

11 Then said I: Lord, how long? And he said: Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate;

12 And the Lord have removed men far away, for there shall be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.

13 But yet there shall be a tenth, and they shall return, and shall be eaten, as a teil tree, and as an oak whose substance is in them when they cast their leaves; so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.

Isaiah had courage after being in the presence of the Lord, as we can all have courage if we return from the fall and enter into His presence. But, Isaiah was given a difficult task to prove the failure of the people. He was sent to “Go and tell this people- Hear ye indeed…” Isaiah spoke creatively, preserving his writings to our day, because few understood them to consider them a threat and change them, as so many other records have been changed and removed from the canon. Because the people would not hear, they couldn’t understand it, they couldn’t see what was happening, and they were unable to perceive their own destruction. Isaiah’s words made the people’s hearts fat (probably complacent), made their ears heavy (they were tired of Isaiah’s negativity), and shut their eyes (they couldn’t see the destruction at their doorstep, and the treasure Isaiah offered). Assyria came in and wiped out the ten tribes of the North, making them the LOST TRIBES. There is a Skill of Hearing that goes undeveloped in the people who’s heart is hardened, leading them into destruction.

Those who hear the voice of the Lord sidestep the destruction, and are protected instead. The entire tenth chapter of John is about the good shepherd, who’s sheep hear his voice. The greek word for sheep comes from PROBAINO, which is better translated as a group being led forward. Because herds of sheep never travel backward, the word probata was commonly associated with herds, and more commonly associated with herds of sheep. John the beloved knew this, and wrote cryptically, for those who would develop the Skill of Hearing. This chapter is highly symbolic, representing eternal progression, and not just sheep being herded, if you have eyes that will see it.

The Skill of Hearing can be developed. Moroni sets the pattern: read the scriptures, ponder them continually, and pray in Christ’s name to know it’s mysteries. You are promised that if you are sincere, the Holy Ghost will manifest it to you. And then Moroni teaches that you can learn all things by the power of the Holy Ghost this way. Joseph Smith claimed that he knew more than all the world, or the Holy Ghost does, and I will associate myself with him. It’s kind of funny that by reading, pondering and praying, you open your ears. And only when your ears are opened, then are you able to see. Some have had blessings that their eyes might see clearly to discern between truth and error, and that their ears can hear the voice of the Lord. Take it seriously and open your pepeau’s (ears).

Conclusion: Mom, you say you read your scriptures, but don’t see them as I do. If you read them, then why not talk about them with me? I can understand your traditional opinions that you defend, protecting the leaders, the organization, and the status of good standing of the members. I used to do the same. What is it that you fear in holding a conversation with me about the scriptures? If you read them so much, why is it so difficult to have conversations about them (the content of the scriptures), rather than continually commenting about how dark I am, how angry I am, how wrong I am, or how judgmental I am?

You have a big problem ahead of you. You have to take what you read in the scriptures, find a way to make it fit your LDS traditions, leaders, organization, and status of membership in the LDS church, …filtering off the plain and precious truths that have barely survived the great apostasy. You are unable to read without the LDS filter. The benefit of being cast out of church, and I was literally cast out (perhaps not yet formally), …the benefit is I don’t have any filters to control my perceptions. My salvation, and the salvation of my entire family rests on getting it right. Your salvation, on the other hand, depends solely on following the right leader, organization, and having status there. I don’t have the convenience of blaming anyone else for my being kept out of the presence of the Lord, that’s all on me. Whereas you can claim that you have been obedient to your leaders who were ignorant, kept the rules of the organization, and fulfilled your callings to maintain good status. That’s really your choice.

I figure that if I’m gonna be judged for what I choose, I will not leave the choices regarding my salvation in the hands of others. I will be accountable for developing the Skill of Hearing the voice of the Lord. I will take seriously the necessity for me to have a clear and active mind, ears that hear the voice of the Lord, eyes that see clearly to discern between truth and error, …rather than having a FAT HEART, HEAVY EARS, AND SHUT EYES. I will not follow a man, make flesh my arm, trust in the arm of flesh, and use them as a scapegoat because my heart was set so much upon the things of this world, busy aspiring to the honors of men, claiming that I didn’t have enough time to search, ponder, and pray enough because I had to pay bills. My return to the Lord’s presence is my kuliana (responsibility). Yours is your kuliana.

PEACE!

Propaganda, Public Relations, and Managing Perceptions (1180 Words)

The word apostle comes from the Greek apostolos, meaning one who was sent or a messenger. Public relations is the modern term for propaganda, and that is how words remain, but definitions change, carrying enough authority to exercise unrighteous dominion. Rather than witnesses, after Joseph and Hyrum’s murder, misunderstood doctrine dissolved into foolish and vain repetitions. Joseph’s last conference address has not only been ignored, it is a point of embarrassment to the LDS, and it ought to be what sets true Mormons apart from all others.

Apostolos literally means one who was sent, or a sent one. If an apostle is a sent one, who was it that sent them? Christ is the one doing the sending. The one that was sent deserves no honor, glory, acclaim. They don’t matter. It’s the message that they bring that matters, they are only the means of delivering a message. However, to be an apostle and get a message required being in the presence of the source of the message, in the presence of Christ in the flesh. To be a servant is to frequently stand in the presence of God. Thus, when you truly have served your fellow man, you have only served your God. There was no limit to only twelve apostles. Moses wished that all men were prophets. Likewise, Joseph sought for all to have their calling and election made sure by the sealing up of the Holy Spirit of Promise, so that all might see His face and know that He is (D&C 93:1). Since the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, that has changed.

As a couple my wife and I went on tour to Germany. We visited concentration camps and learned of the false concepts that Nazi Germany fed their troops to continue the slaughter of the Jews. Under these false traditions brutal acts have been done throughout all time, beginning at the murder of Abel by Cain. Propaganda is deliberate feeding information (truth or lie) to promote the ideas of a movement or organization. Because of the negative association of the word propaganda in Nazi Germany, the term has been relabeled in modern institutions as “Public Relations.”

Public Relations (PR) is not only a real thing, Universities give degrees in it, all big businesses offer positions in it, and it is the source of all marketing and sales for making money and controlling final outcomes. Propaganda is alive and faring sumptuously in the disguise of public relations. Media has exploited the airwaves for decades controlling the perception of the minds of the people with newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and movies. And with the internet, the world is flooded with people clambering “lo here,” and “lo there,” putting us all in the position of Joseph Smith at the restoration, wondering what is true? The power of managing perceptions is the power that is used to produce man’s desired results. And it is this time that has been prophesied of that “…men’s hearts shall fail them.”  (D&C 45:26). In the information age we have been so preoccupied with ambition that we have become ignorant of the things that matter most.

D&C 121:34-35

“34. Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?

35. Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson”

Between 1830 and 1835 the perceptions of the saints were negatively impacted by people trying to “manage perceptions.” An apostle had become an office without the need to be in the presence of Christ to get a message and be sent to deliver it. Since Joseph was still alive at the time, they just issued a charge that although they had the office of apostle, it was their responsibility to come into the presence of Christ in the flesh to have the heavens confirm apostleship. After Joseph’s death, even that charge disappeared. Today, it is merely an assumption that holding the office of apostle automatically includes the presence of the Lord in the flesh. David Bednar flippantly said that they meet with Christ every Thursday in the temple, referring to their Thursday morning quorum meetings, as if their meetings is the presence of the Lord. Rather than apostles who were witnesses, after Joseph and Hyrum’s murder, misunderstood doctrine dissolved into foolish and vain repetitions.

The Propaganda, Public Relations, and Managing Perceptions continue, gain momentum, and rule over the people because the people have ignored the work devolving upon them to lay hold upon the words of Christ to judge the matter for themselves. The lectures on faith was written in 1835. It was a split in the road that few have ever taken since. Joseph attributes the darkening of their minds to following a prophet (TPJS pg. 237-8) and the condemnation of ignoring the scriptures (D&C 84:55). Nephi laments and predicts people casting aside what was written, considering them as naught (2 Nephi 33:1-3). At the foundation of the church and at the end of Joseph and Hyrum’s life, the damage of managing perceptions with propaganda and false traditions of unbelief plagued the saints, leaving Joseph Smith to exclaim at the end of his life, “You never knew my heart!”

Joseph’s last conference address, called the King Follet Discourse (KFD), has not only been ignored, it is a point of embarrassment to the LDS, and it ought to be what sets true Mormons apart from all others. President Hinkley, in an interview with Mike Wallace of 20/20, was asked his opinion of Mormon Doctrine of becoming gods. His best response was that its not something we commonly talk about anymore, I don’t know much about that, and I wouldn’t say it like that. Mike Wallace was referring to the doctrine outlined in the KFD, what Joseph Smith taught before being murdered by mobs made up of disaffected and conspiring saints in good standing. Joseph spoke the truth when he told the saints, “You never knew my heart. You never knew me.”

Conclusion: You have the choice to remain in your ignorance, allowing your minds to be darkened, putting your trust in your leaders to do all the work, while you get all of the benefits like welfare, free healthcare, social justice, governmental programs, church assistance, tithing to build chapels that cost millions of dollars but rarely get used, and temples that justify your standing before God convincing attendees that they have been ceremonially “…true and faithful in all things.” Or, you can remove the darkness of your ignorance by believing in God, through doing the work to know God’s correct attributes, perfections, and characteristics, …so that you can hear His voice and know that the path you are on is acceptable to God. The first choice offers you imprisonment, slavery, and captivity, like the slavery of the children of Israel in Egypt. The second offers FREEDOM and the parting of the Red Sea! The restoration has been in pause from the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. We have the power to push the play button, and pick up where they left off.

 

Focus on THE WORK! (1385 Words)

Ordinances are significant instructions that teach about things of the heavens for us to live on earth as it is in heaven. Claiming traditional priesthood keys have little value in “applying” the ordinances, …especially when priesthood keys exercise ignorance. Priesthood keys have one function, …to Focus on THE WORK!

Ordinances instruct us to do on earth, so that what you do on earth becomes as it is done in heaven. It was intended to change you, to be a new creature in Christ, by applying the instructions of the ordinance. Christ instructed the saints in Jerusalem, during His earthly ministry, in the same fashion He instructed those in America at the Bountiful appearance, with what is known as “The Lord’s Prayer,” saying: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (3 Nephi 13:9-11) Baptism is an ordinance pointing you to the death of the natural man, and the resurrection of a new creature in Christ. Sacrament was intended to sanctify you, or in other words make you Holy. Both baptism and sacrament are ordinances pointing you to become a new creature in Christ, so that what you do on earth is the same as it is done in heaven, …if, and only if,  we properly follow the instructions given by those ordinances.

Claiming traditional priesthood keys have little value in “applying” the ordinances, …especially when priesthood keys exercise ignorance. When baptism isn’t implemented, or in other words you are not reborn, you haven’t begun to change towards becoming a new creature in Christ, …the natural man hasn’t died, but lives on in decay, corruption, and death. With the natural man still alive, the new creature in Christ cannot put on robes of light, being renewed. Therefore the instruction was cast to the way-side, without sufficient consideration, and produced foolish and vain repetition. It doesn’t matter how many keys you claim on your key chain. You could have more keys than a janitor, remaining in your ignorance, and your priesthood will not only provide you no benefit, it’ll also generate significant condemnation. Having keys does nothing until it does something, opens something, or unlocks something. Traditions have made carrying keys as effective as wearing fat gold charm bracelets, reducing keys to jewelry, to decoration, …while the key holder wades in his ignorance, like a pig trampling on pearls.

Priesthood keys have one function, to provide you power to Focus on THE WORK! The work of baptism requires scripture study, serious pondering, and sincere prayer, in order for that ordinance to produce an answer by the power of the Holy Ghost. And it is only by the power of the Holy Ghost that you can learn the truth of all things, …according to Moroni (Moroni 10:3-5). Sacrament is another ordinance, whose work gets ignored, but we foolishly expect Christ’s spirit to always be with us. Most people don’t even realize that it is Christ’s spirit promised in the prayer, they think it refers to the Holy Ghost. That is why we falsely believe that sacrament renews baptismal covenants. Baptism was intended to produce the Holy Ghost, and in the ignorance of tradition we have been taught that the Lord’s spirit means the Holy Ghost. It doesn’t. While baptism offers the Holy Ghost, it is “Christ’s spirit” being offered to make us at-one with Him, offered by the sacrament. THE WORK of the sacrament ordinance is to be willing to take upon us Christ’s name, always remember Him, and keep the commandments that Christ gives to you. It is a WORK to obey the voice of the Lord, even when the bishop throws you out of church, family members think you are animated by darkness, and outsiders mourn our fighting against the saints and kicking against the pricks. But, John the beloved prepared me for the work by sending me a message through time. And if you receive it, the message is yours too. He wrote Christ’s words as follows:

John 15:18-23

“18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

19. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

20. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

21. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

22. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also.”

The point is, …we skip the work. It’s in THE WORK that priesthood keys have use, have function, have value. You know when you are doing the THE WORK, because they world will hate you, because they hated Christ first. If you were just like the world, then the world wouldn’t hate you. Instead, the world would love you. You would have credibility in the world. You would have popularity in the world. You would have respect, ambition, and status in the world. You would have lands, kingdoms, and treasures in the world. The world would seek you out, asking for your worldly wisdom of how to dig a pit for your neighbor, how to put you above the next, to climb the corporate ladder, and to get ahead. John tells you how to spot those not of the world, but chosen out of the world. He says it plainly, …the world will hate you and persecute you for Christ’s name sake, because they don’t know God and they don’t know Christ. Christ came to redeem those who were given to Him from the Father, and to seal the judgement of those who are of the world and hate Christ and the Father, so now that Christ has come, there is no cloak to hide sin.  Focus on THE WORK!

Conclusion: The work is rigorous, and must be engaged in and done now. However, do not run faster than you are able. Exercise produces added strength when you create micro-tears in muscle, and your body heals stronger to bear the burdens that are placed upon you. However, there is a difference between micro-tears and macro-tears. Micro-tears promote consistency, healing, and increasing strength. Macro-tears is just plain injury! Injury resists consistency, takes way too long to heal, and reduces strength drastically. Injury is the enemy of progression.

If I were to be your personal trainer, I would focus the immediate work on consistency. To avoid macro-tearing, I would set aside an hour a day, to read the scriptures, how ever much you want to read, or how ever little you want to read, just do it for an hour each day. Scriptures can be done every day that way.

Healing the micro-tears come with pondering the scriptures at all times of the day when you observe gaps of time. Driving to work, standing in a line at the bank or at the movies or the grocery store, when you first wake up, just before going to bed, in the shower, on the toilet, waiting to pick your kids up from school, etc. are all gaps in the day where healing can be promoted by pondering what you have read.

Increasing strength will only occur after consistency in your one hour a day scripture study, and pondering in the gaps of your day. You can begin to push yourself to read and ponder more. It will produce instruction from the Holy Ghost, telling you all things that you should do. That is the work required of baptism.

Understanding the work associated with baptism offers a clue to understanding the work associated with the ordinance of sacrament. Sacrament is not a renewal of baptismal covenants. It offers more. Priesthood keys have one function, …to Focus on THE WORK! When you Focus on THE WORK, you will be chosen out of the world, and the world will hate you because they hated Christ and the Father first. The world’s hatred is a compliment.