Back and Forth (229 Words)

Ma, we go Back and Forth, you for your truth “without” accountability, and me for truth “with” accountability. The church you have born testimony of has amputated the accountability by removing penalties from their temple ordinances, to be less offensive to the members who would prefer positivity, without addressing wo’s and condemnations. That is the robes you choose to put on and defend. The Lord is bound when you do what “HE SAYS.” Changing the ordinances to fit your comfort-zone makes the words within them NOT HIS WORDS. Therefore, it has no promise, …IF you believe the scriptures you read (D&C 82:10). As you testify of the church, you also testify against the church. Mor-mon literally means more-truth. You testify of a church that reduces truth to fit the comfort of the saints, to paint a pretty picture of the awful situation by which you are bound, …and that is anti-mor-mon. You might see faith and hope in positivity, but my faith and hope include the accountability of living up to the wo’s and condemnation for not living as I believe, for not living as the scriptures teach, …in exchange for corrupted ideas, and false traditions of unbelief. You might have a “glass half-full” sort of attitude, and “making lemonade out of lemons,” …but for me, I would prefer a “full-glass,” …and to “…not drink the kool-aid.”

Aloha Ke Akua!

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Choose a Robe (838 Words)

The first university was the temple. Satan corrupts truth for his benefit, at our expense. You are free to Choose a Robe that fits you.

The first university was the temple, because within the temple was taught the universe and the heavens. Within the temple was a collection of knowledge of the heavens that was accessible to all patrons who chose to enter their. The ceremonies of wearing white robes symbolically represented learning, putting on knowledge, increasing in intelligence, …of the things of the heavens, …of the things of light. Therefore, the robes of the temple were white, to symbolically represent being clothed in light. The ceremony instructed the big picture, and the library offered sources of knowledge to literally be clothed in light, to apply that knowledge. Thus, rather than “doing endowments” or “going through the temple,” …you were required to be literally clothed in light (being endowed means to be clothed) by applying the knowledge you have acquired.

Satan corrupts the truth for his benefit, …and at our expense. Universities have been corrupted to only teach secular knowledge. Very little emphasis is given to the universe and the heavens in our modern education institutions. The library of modern education institutions are filled with secular books, and few books of the heavens. Graduation commencement marks a new beginning as being enlightened in secular knowledge. Originally, the robes of that university was black, and not white. Secular learning for the ambition within this world is appropriately symbolized by putting on black robes, representing being clothed in darkness. Graduation commencement is a ceremony of beginning anew, similar to temple ceremonies, sending graduates forth into the world to apply their knowledge. Those who succeed in the world governed by the black robes, move forward with ambition, to win the game of digging pits for their neighbors, claiming all is well in Zion, …when in fact it is not well, and you are not Zion, so how would you know? You have only faired sumptuously in the world of the black robe.

You must Choose a Robe that fits you. No man can serve two masters, and there are only two masters. If your master isn’t Christ, you wear a black robe. If your master is Christ, you are hungering and thirsting for righteousness, to accumulate and live in white robes. Some are unaware of another option, so they follow the crowd lining up wearing black robes. I recommend white robes. How you literally put on white robes is by making a commitment to study the words of Christ, and allow them to tell you all things that you should do. If you have problems understanding it’s instructions, wait upon the Lord, pondering and asking for clarity. By the power of the Holy Ghost he will manifest the truth of it unto you. Christ is the one who literally does the clothing. Not the ceremonial clothing, but the real clothing with light. He is the one who atoned, and he is the only one who can clothe you in the robes of the holy priesthood. Pick the white robe over the black robe, and let the Lord free you from the death lock grip the black robe world has upon you.

Conclusion: Ka’ua asked, “So, do you think that just because you have removed someone’s debt, that they will suddenly turn to God?” The answer is NO! However, if you have done your best, making room in your current life, for a serious study of the words of Christ, every free moment you have you find yourself pondering the heavens, and you take every opportunity to act upon what you know and are learning about the words of Christ, seeking in prayer guidance from Christ, …then if your debt was removed, it will be unmistaken that you will continue searching to clothe yourself in robes of light. However, if you didn’t care about light when you were in bondage, why would you ever care for light if you are relieved of bondage? Those who are unwilling to remove the black robes and put on white robes will find no relief from God.

You might say, “Well, you have a degree, and your wife has four of them. Aren’t you clothed in the black robes?” Having taken the words of Christ seriously has provided light sufficient to exercise the faith unto repentance, such that we have been in transition, exchanging our dark for further light and knowledge. I recommend you begin now. When the trial is upon you, the time for preparation has passed.

A little bonus: Those who are clothed in light, and live to the age of a tree, are twinkled because the transition is from a robe of light to another robe of light. That is how someone lays up for themselves treasures in the heavens. Those robes of light are not corrupted by moth or rust, and thieves cannot break through and take it away. Choose a Robe, and choose wisely padowan!

May the force be with you!

Part 3: Your Faith is Your Steel! (1276 Words)

Engineers get paid to test materials by tearing them apart, bending them, and crushing them, and measuring how the material reacts under those pressures, and at what point it fails. Sometimes the only way for your love of God to be tested is to require the ultimate sacrifice, all things. Out of all the possible things you can imagine as tithes or offerings, the only acceptable offering is your faith. Your Faith is Your Steel.

Laban’s sword was of such great craftsmanship that Nephi kept it and pattern swords after it. It survived into the restoration, as it was found buried with the plates. Testing the quality of a steel blade, to know if it will flex, crack, or hold an edge, has been done for thousands of years. As an engineer, I took a class called “Strengths of Materials.” Although I utterly failed the course, we did lab work, placing multiple computer sensors on different grades of steel, and pulled them apart, bent them and crushed them, to measure how the materials reacted under applied pressures. We measured how the material behaved under pressure, how it deformed until it failed, and at what point it failed. The results are collected and put into tables, so that when buildings, bridges, or roads are designed, …designers can evaluate the most effective materials to use for the purpose. Tests like these have been performed over, and over, and over again, to be certain of the attributes of materials. As I barely graduated, probably with the lowest GPA in the history of BYU Engineering department, with the most credit hours, my experience under the stresses and strains of school did little to prove my ability to others. Resumes don’t tell the story of the internal lattice of my ability to endure the test. Letters of recommendations cannot begin to assess my performance under pressure. To others, my degree, my experience, my recommendations, are anecdotal. To others, they are simply words on a page, but to me, …I was proven to MYSELF. I had a glimpse of what I was made of.

Sometimes the only way for your love of God to be tested is to require the ultimate sacrifice, all things. Light is the treasure of the heavens, that moth and rust cannot corrupt, and thieves cannot break in and steal. God is the source of that light. Through His Son, all can receive light. The amount of light you are able to bare is determined by your sacrificial offering, or the price you are willing to pay for light. In this earth, satan reminds us, you can buy anything with money. The Lord’s servants always ask, Do you sell your tokens for money? Depending on the price you pay, the Lord promises light. And He always delivers on His promises (D&C 82:10).

D&C 1:38

“38. What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.”

To Abraham, all things meant sacrificing Isaac. Historically, Abraham’s story is told in two ways. The most popular is the version where the sacrificed is stopped, and an arrested sacrifice (a substitute sacrifice) is offered instead, using a ram in the thicket. Symbolically, the arrested sacrifice was a type and a shadow of the ultimate arrested sacrifice, Christ. A less popular version states that Abraham actually completes the sacrifice of Isaac, killing him, …but brings him back to life, in similitude of Christ’s resurrection. Both the one making the offering, and the one being offered were given the ultimate test, and proved their grade of steel by their faith. Some, like Abinadi who burned, Isaiah who was sawn in half, Peter who was crucified upside down, etc. require their grade of steel to be proven through death. Others had roles that needed them to continue to live, but they too were positioned, such that they faced offering the very same sacrifice, and passed the test.

Nephi, retrieving the plates from Laban, put it all on the line, and passed the test, offering all things. He did it repeatedly throughout his life, but let’s look at the example of him retrieving the plates. Prior to having to get the plates, Nephi cried unto the Lord, and the Lord did visit him, to make Nephi soft to all the words that his father said, such that he believed his father, and did not rebel against his father, like unto his brothers (1 Nephi 2:16-17). This is a key. Next, in chapter 3, Nephi and his older brothers are tasked with getting the records of Laban. Lots are cast, Laman is chosen, but Laman did not have the Lord visit him. So when Laban rejected Laman, calling him a thief and a robber and chasing him out, Laman did not have the confidence to exercise sufficient faith. Laman attempted to abandon the operation. Nephi, however, does not. The try buying the plates with gold and silver, and that planned was such a mess, Laman and Lemuel take it out on Nephi, beating him with a rod. An angel appears, confirming Nephi, and reaffirming Nephi’s visitation by the Lord, causing Nephi to act, not knowing before hand what he should do. The ultimate test, in this event, was the cutting off of Laban’s head, taking a man’s life, rather than laying down his own. It’s your faith that is being tested. Your Faith is Your Steel.

Laman’s faith was insufficient to make the same offering. Laman abandoned the effort, beating his little brother, even when lots represented God’s will, he was the oldest brother, and the lot fell upon him. Every indicator pointed the test in Laman’s direction. But he abandoned the test, threw in the towel, called it quits, and his faith was insufficient. Laman proved to himself that he wasn’t of the same grade of steel as Nephi. This was the fork in the road, where Nephi proves himself far more capable of withstanding the pressures of the test, …and most importantly, he proved it to himself. He would reflect on this experience, and accumulate more and more light through continual sacrifices, in exchange for greater experiences with heaven. Out of all the possible things you can imagine as tithes or offerings, the only acceptable offering is your faith. Your Faith is Your Steel.

Conclusion: The faith required in all time and all eternity is the same. How it is applied is specific to you. It requires sacrifice. The first comforter teaches you the truth of all things, bringing everything the Lord has taught you to your remembrance. However, the second comforter is their to apply that to your specific circumstance. It is the second comforter alone who has descended below all things, and ascended above them all.

Christ alone has the power to teach Men of Steel how to make an offering in similitude to the offering He himself performed. Christ is the only one who can increase the grade of your Steel by infusing Carbon with Iron, through the heat (Steel = Carbon + Iron). Your Faith is Your Steel.

Nephi sets himself apart in the task to retrieve the plates by receiving the second comforter. He was softened to the words of the patriarchal fathers, those fathers in whom the covenant is offered, for your and my salvation. Christ alone deserves your faith. All will be proven. Seriously study the words of Christ, obtain the first comforter, receive the truth, and seek the second comforter. Your Faith is Your Steel!

 

Part 2: Men of Steel (431 Words)

Reiterating yesterday’s post, Steel = Carbon + Iron. High Carbon Steel can withstand greater trauma without deformation because intense heat fused greater amounts of Carbon within the steel’s chemical makeup (or lattice). If the combination of carbon and iron is steel, we are all Men of Steel, question is what grade are you.

There are multiple grades of steel, and they all depend on the amount of carbon, or life within them. Understanding carbon as representing life, …in metal more carbon produces greater strength, while less carbon produces low strength. Likewise, more light introduces greater strength to us, Men of Steel. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) are regulatory bodies that set standards of steel, controlling the ratio of carbon to steel, so that engineers who specify steel are certain of their characteristics. Poorer countries do not have the same confidence, as their steel isn’t held to the same standard, and cannot be relied upon to bear the engineered load. Heaven is the one setting the standard, because they are certain of the characteristics necessary to make any of us sufficient to bear the burdens that will be placed upon us.

High Carbon Steel can withstand greater trauma without deformation because intense heat fused greater amounts of Carbon within the steel’s chemical makeup (or lattice). Likewise, we learn from temple ordinances that when light (life) is infused in us, clothed in the robes of light, we are able to withstand greater trauma without deformation, as heat fuses the light to us. That is how we are forged like steel.

We are all Men of Steel. The question is, what grade are we? There are three grades of carbon steel: low carbon steel, medium carbon steel, and high carbon steel. The strongest being high carbon steel. It has the greatest amount of carbon or life. How much light are you willing to receive? We are all in question.

Conclusion: All of us will be proven in this life, to determine the quality of our steel. Those who know and trust in the Lord’s voice will be given greater light, eventually being able to overcome the world, as Christ did. The same faith of the ancient fathers are required of you today.

We view the scriptures looking backward, after the events occurred. We are foolish to think that Lehi knew how life would play out for him before exercising his faith, that Nephi understood it all prior to exercising his faith, or that anyone can be certain, without first exercising your faith. Faith is not  only required, but it is the only way through the difficulty ahead.

Part 1: Steel= Carbon + Iron (555 Words)

The use of steel, described in scripture-symbolism, has much to uncover about this life. Steel is a mixture of carbon and iron. Since all life-forms on earth are carbon-based, and our blood is a mixture of iron, our lives are a good comparison with steel. This life was meant as a probationary state, where decay and death is inevitable. Consider the process of iron oxide, or rust, as a process of decay for steel. Likewise, when oxygen mixes with iron in our blood, the blood turns red for the exact same reason, it is rusting. It is an indication that our bodies face constant decay. This world suffers a condition scientists call entropy, the constant movement into disorder. And that is why this world is a great place to test the quality of your steel, to know what you are made of.

There are different types of alloys, or grades, of steel. When iron is mixed with high quantities of carbon, it is called “high carbon steel,” and has the attributes of high strength, hardness, and can hold an edge under high striking pressure. Lower grades of steel have a low percentage of carbon, like barbed wired, or tie-wire, etc. They are soft, cheep, and cannot hold an edge. Damascus steel is made by mixing carbon, such as coal, with a lower grade of steel, using intense heat, to create a bond, making the strongest blades of the ancient world. I wouldn’t be surprised if Laban’s sword was a type of Damascus steel. In keeping with the analogy comparing mankind and steel, it is easy to observe that mankind comes in all types of alloys, or grades, of steel. Those of the high-carbon, Damascus steel quality were the noble and great ones.

We learn in Abraham that, prior to this life, there were some who were noble and great ones. However, having passed through the veil, it is almost impossible to tell who the noble and great ones are, unless they are thoroughly tested like steel, …forged in a refiner’s fire. A forge heats the steel up to high temperatures, beats it with a sledge hammer on an anvil into shape, constantly removing impurities, until it’s final form is taken. In the construction of a blade, such as Laban’s sword, …when a blade is sharpened, the most expensive knives must undergo rigorous testing, to see if the blade will keep an edge, or if the blade will crack and shatter on impact, or if the blade will bend and loose it’s shape. Once a blade has passed all the tests, only then can it’s creator benefit from it’s value.

It is only through the forge of the refiner’s fire, and through the rigorous testing, that you can obtain a knowledge of the quality of your steel. It is not for the benefit of the master forge, but for the benefit of the blade, for the confidence of the metal, to know and not merely believe.

Conclusion: I’m going somewhere with this idea of steel being forged in the refiner’s fire. This will have two more parts. Most import is making the connection with steel = carbon + iron. This world is intentionally engulfed in decay and death to test what we are made of, what alloy, and what grade we are. Christ is the master forge.

 

Inheritors of Accountability (662 Words)

A covenant was given to the ancient Patriarchal Fathers, and we are the lucky recipients of their promises. At the restoration, the saints were given the chance to recover the gifts offered by God, but they failed to secure a lasting covenant. We are now the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh generations from Joseph Smith, Inheritors of Accountability.

The promises made to the Fathers, were secured by a covenant made to ancient Patriarchal Fathers. Ancient Patriarchal Fathers include Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, etc. It is through their promises that a righteous generation was prophesied would come, and Zion would be built as they relied wholly upon the grace and righteousness of God. The rainbow was a reminder of that covenant. Noah’s ark was a part of that covenant. Moses’ ark of the covenant was tied to that same covenant. The prophesy of things being restored as it was in the beginning, points to the return of the Patriarchal Fathers covenant, restoring once again the family of God. Those who would be God’s people would here the voice of the good shepherd, they would abide by the covenant in the scriptures, and would receive the grafting back to the original tree by accepting the covenant being offered.

At the restoration, the saints were given the chance to recover the gifts offered by God, but they failed to secure a lasting covenant. The saints did not produce fruit, suffering jarrings, strife, contention, malice, etc. Within eighteen months of the church’s organization, the saints were condemned, and haven’t escaped that condemnation. God strengthened the hand of their enemies, driving the saints out of Missouri, but the saints did not see the divine purpose behind their problems. They were not sufficiently humbled to repent, and instead breathed out threats of gaining vengeance  against the Missouri mobs, placing blame on the mobs for the saints failure to live the covenants they had attempted to receive. Joseph and Hyrum Smith were imprisoned because of the actions of the saints, but not killed.

Joseph Smith accepted the accountability for the failure of the saints, made an offering, petitioning the Lord to give the saints more time. It was accepted of the Lord, and time was extended to the saints. However, there was not a temple to which the Lord could come, and the Lord required one to be built in Nauvoo. The consequences were steep if they broke the offered covenant to build the temple in “sufficient time.” They were told that instead of blessings, by their own works, they would bring cursing, wrath, indignation, and judgements upon their own heads. By their own follies and by all their abominations which they practice, these curses would present itself. The baptisms for their dead would not be acceptable, and the church would be rejected with their dead. The saints ignored the counsel, were driven into the wilderness, to practice sexual perversions in the privacy of isolation. Their abominations were practiced openly, calling them sacraments. In isolation they have murdered, slaughtering over 200 men, women and children. Still today the saints expect God to vindicate their lying to others as part of their religion. They seek to hide their counsel from others, and now deny God’s judgments against their ancestors, blaming their ancestor’s sexual perversions on Joseph Smith, speaking both good and evil of God’s anointed servant.

We are now the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh generations from Joseph Smith, Inheritors of Accountability. Can we continue to go forward, ignoring the mistakes of the false traditions of the early saints, not to correct them? Or must we confess them, seek further light and knowledge, to not repeat them, and produce fruits?

Conclusion: The restoration has been paused since the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. There hasn’t been a people who have removed the condemnation, ACCEPTING Accountability, receiving the covenant anew, and producing fruits. Will you repent of the mistakes of the early saints, and produce fruits?

Comfort (773 Words)

Comfort has escaped my understanding, disguised as a lullaby. Only when I discovered that Comfort was given through light and truth, did I see the pattern of increasing light with each comforter. What surprised me even further was the idea that the fear of God offers greatest Comfort.

Our traditions have failed us once again, thinking that comfort is a lullaby, to lull us into sleep. We have confused sleep with Comfort. Many who desire to avoid seeing the truth in their history, close their eyes, suck on their thumbs, and repeat the words in their minds, “Just go to a happy place, go to a happy place!” In our state of ignorance, we’d prefer to close our eyes and our minds, to not understand what’s wrong, so that we aren’t so uncomfortable. The Lord calls this sinning a grievous sin, walking in darkness at noonday (D&C 95:6). Our darkness keeps us asleep, ignorant of our surroundings, and afraid of what we don’t understand. As light enters, darkness is dispelled. Those who will not awake and arise, will lull themselves to sleep, and will not awake and arise.

Only when I discovered that Comfort was given through light and truth, did I see the pattern of increasing light with each comforter. Comfort is nothing more than light and truth. It is given only as you are able to bear it, or as you desire it. The Holy Ghost is the first comforter. Those who receive the Holy Ghost, seek diligently light and truth. Light dispels darkness, filling what seems to be empty space with understanding. Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space. One must govern, and the other must leave. You choose which will govern you. Since the role of the Holy Ghost is pure knowledge, receiving the Holy Ghost is to receive more light and truth, while dispelling darkness. It is called the first comforter because pure knowledge is the beginning of Comfort. The second comforter is Jesus Christ. And what does His presence bring? It brings further light and knowledge, or more Comfort. There is a maturity that is required as light and truth are increased, and that maturity is simply being willing to cast out darkness, letting go of false traditions of unbelief, to make room to be filled with light.

What surprised me even further was the contrasting idea that the fear of God offers greatest Comfort. It seems contradicting that any fear offers Comfort, but God is funny like that. You cannot receive a fulness of light, unless you receive all the light and truth God offers. Fearing God is to keep His commandments. The Lord taught that “…in nothing doth a man offend God, or against none is His wrath kindled, save those who confess not His hand in all things, and obey not His commandments.” (D&C 59:21). God reveals Himself through His commandments. The commandments are intended to move our lives into harmony with God, with higher intelligence. We cannot be in tuned with higher intelligence without first bringing our own lives into conformity with something higher. Commandments are the guide, and within the scriptures are where we learn how to receive and keep commandments. Thus, the fear of God is nothing more than fearing being left out of God’s presence. The third comforter is never mentioned as this, but my mind seems to think that if the Holy Ghost is the first comforter, Christ is the second comforter, …than the Father must be the third comforter. I have said this before, and it is good to repeat it, …there is only one revelation, …and it is God.

Conclusion: To receive the Holy Ghost requires that you open your eyes to the awful situation which we find ourselves in, in darkness, without much light at all. Our day is prophesied of by the ancient fathers to be likened unto the days of Noah. There are two angles to see the days of Noah. One angle can describe the wickedness and darkness, such that the whole earth would be better off sweeping off the wicked. Another angle can also describe the offering of a covenant. Those who would receive Comfort through the darkness are offered a place in the ark, through a covenant. It is the only Comfort available in the storm to come, but you must put off your traditions, receive the light being offered, and enter the ark. The tares are ripe. All that the Lord needs is for the wheat to ripen, so that the tares can be bundled and burned. You are the wheat, but you must awake and arise, otherwise be confused with the tares.