Prerequisite Knowledge (801 Words)

Entrance into Zion requires Prerequisite Knowledge. Chastening has everything to do with it. Only those who love God, love God’s chastening.

I know, I know, I know, …Who died and made you God’s spokesman. Relax! I have never offered you any kind of recommend for professing me as a prophet, seer, and revelator. All I have ever done is quote scriptures, in correct context, and expected myself to be held accountable to the very same scripture as all of you. The only difference between us in the past has been, I have  made a serious effort to study them, and few of you have even taken the time to read them at all. Now, don’t get all offended and act like I am standing on a soap-box, holding myself above you, as if I am the big man, and you the little man. Truth is, once we can all take a serious effort to study, you’ll quickly learn how little we have been taught about the gospel of Christ, despite the decades of our collective memberships. And the sooner we take a team effort to acquire the missing knowledge, the sooner we can be redeemed of our ignorance, together! We must recognize that Zion requires Prerequisite Knowledge.

In D&C 95, the Lord declared that He chastens those in whom He loves. In His chastening, He offers an escape route. We ought not to fear the chastening of the words of the Lord, otherwise we will reject our escape route.

D&C 95:1

“1. Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you whom I love, and whom I love I also chasten that their sins may be forgiven, for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation, and I have loved you—”

Only those who love God, love God’s chastening. They will receive it with glad hearts and with good cheer, recognizing that in the chastening, we are being redeemed from the fall. Eternal Life was only found through knowing God and Christ, and how better to know them than by constantly being chastened, until our mind and will is precisely their mind and will, and when they appear we will know them, because we will be like them.

D&C 105:1-6

“1. Verily I say unto you who have assembled yourselves together that you may learn my will concerning the redemption of mine afflicted people—

2. Behold, I say unto you, were it not for the transgressions of my people, speaking concerning the church and not individuals, they might have been redeemed even now.

3. But behold, they have not learned to be obedient to the things which I required at their hands, but are full of all manner of evil, and do not impart of their substance, as becometh saints, to the poor and afflicted among them;

4. And are not united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom;

5. And Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principlesof the law of the celestial kingdom; otherwise I cannot receive her unto myself.

6. And my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience, if it must needs be, by the things which they suffer.”

Hawaiians, lets drink from the gentle waters, available to us now, before the floods come. We must recognize that the early saints failed. They did not succeed, otherwise they would have been “…redeemed even now.” Let’s not repeat their mistakes, and take the words of Christ lightly. We must be “…united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom…” and nothing less. Zion cannot be built without the “…principles of the law of the celestial kingdom…” The celestial law is not optional for Zion, it is Prerequisite Knowledge.

Conclusion: My Ohana, you have seen my efforts as everything but correct, and that is fine. But don’t disregard the words of Christ. I have quoted them, in context, and I expect to be held to the very same rule. Yasmine asked me the other day, “If God said to go back to church, would you?” I would! But if God were to tell you that the LDS church has gone astray and fallen into complete apostasy, I ask you, “Would you believe it?”

I don’t care how you spend three hours of your sabbath, wether in the LDS church, serving, or observing the heavens on the beach, for a greater understanding of God’s patterns. That’s your choice. What matters to me is that we don’t take the necessary Prerequisite Knowledge, found in the words of Christ, lightly, as did the early saints. What matters to me is that we are ONE! Lokahi is the effort towards oneness, and that is what I desire to be with you.

We all have value, and I need you. No rush, …but HURRY UP ALREADY!

God Blessed America

God has always sought a people. God blessed the Jews; God blessed the Mormons; And God Blessed America. God’s blessings were never in question, …wether we respond and return to Him is!

From the Fall of Adam, God sought to gather His people. Each time He offered, only a rare few would gather. Many have been called, but few have responded, to become chosen. In every dispensation the Lord has sent servants to gather His sheep. The response of the sheep is a self-selecting process.

Scriptures are written by those who’ve been in the heavens, describing the heavens, so that what is in heaven can be on earth. When we read the scriptures to gain insight of the heavens, …to make on earth as it is in heaven, …then scriptures become a tool to unite. Otherwise, it plants vanity. Properly used, scriptures familiarizes it’s reader with the Lord’s voice in the past, so they can recognize it in the present. The reader must be familiar with God, His correct attributes/characteristics/and perfections, …and then the reader can know that the path they are on is acceptable to God (Lectures on Faith). Any other use for scripture, produces pride and vanity.

The Jewish Pharisees and Sadducees took the scriptures from simple principles, and KILLED it, to make laws. You can control others with laws, because laws must be enforced. The scriptures weren’t written upon their hearts, the principles were abandoned by God’s people, so the laws became a burden on their backs. At one point, God blessed the Jews, but their scattered condition finds them in a different circumstance today.

The Mormons have chosen a similar path after the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. They have claimed ownership of the scriptures, not being willing to be held accountable to them. They’d prefer one man speaks with Christ, and all others do what one man says. Their laws centralize governing powers to Salt Lake City. They control all the money, allowing poverty to thrive, even in areas that the church is prospering. The saints (speaking generally) cannot hear the gathering voice of the Lord, as they still suffer the 1832 condemnation of disregarding the Book of Mormon and the other commandments. They have changed and added scripture, without the insight of the heavens (admittedly). And now they claim every talk from General Conference as scripture. God blessed the Mormons with the Book of Mormon/D&C/POGP/JST Bible, but they’re casting people out, against the doctrine of their own scripture (3 Nephi 18).

God Blessed America with a constitutional foundation, based on the Bible. But the constitution is now amended so badly, that it’s almost impossible to see the black Michael Jackson underneath all that white plastic surgery.

Is it God who did this, or is it man? God’s blessings were never in question. Our loyalties are. When will we sacrifice our mind and will for God’s? We claim to believe in a God that we don’t care to read about. We say we trust in God, when we don’t care to discuss His characteristics/attributes/and perfections. We will defend the Mormons, and fight to the death to defend America, when Mormon doctrine and American law is unrecognizable compared to it’s origins, just like Michael Jackson.

Conclusion: I know that it sounds like I’m critical, negative, and always condemning. It wouldn’t be that way if you would take to love the scriptures you have professed to believe. I don’t need you to agree with me at all. I don’t need a forced conversation, concerning the scriptures. All I care about is that we discuss them. I can say what I think, you can say what you think, but the scriptures ought to determine who is right or wrong. You don’t need to tell me what to do, nor I you. We ought to respect agency.

If you want to talk about scripture, I am available to talk. I always have been willing to talk to any of you about that.

Anchoring Words! (783 Words)

Words shift meaning. Using a static dictionary to read scripture can become very confusing. The words of the fathers act as an Anchor to the children.

Words, when they are not Anchored, shift meaning. The same word can mean significantly different things, depending on when, where, how, and to whom it was said. The world takes advantage of this fact, making good evil and evil good, as they control the lexicon of words. Propaganda uses newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and the internet to push false definitions, controlling words. “No Child Left Behind” has more to do with government regulatory control than it has to do with children being left behind. “Health Care” has more to do with tax revenues than it has to do with caring about a persons health. Words that aren’t Anchored, shift with the wind.

Context refers to the circumstances that words are used. A dictionary is general & limited, and it’s definitions doesn’t fit all contexts, especially scriptural. Even when words and their meanings are published in a dictionary, …it doesn’t take into account how the word is being used in scripture. Thus, all who read scripture must ponder, for context. When you understand the word and it’s intended context, only then can you unlock the definition of the words the prophet carefully selects.

The Church uses their power to govern how scriptures ought to be understood. They use a propaganda approach of magazines, videos, manuals, and websites, to shift the meaning of words, to fit their agenda. Individuals no longer need the mind and will of God, because “a man of office” handles that stuff. He will tell us what we need to know. The language is confounded in The Church, indicating a state of apostasy. Context is what prophets of old depended on to Anchor Words! In The Church today, context will get you cast-out!

The words of the fathers act as an Anchor to the children. Knowing context is how children’s hearts are turned to the fathers. Every dispensation began upon the exact same “principles.” How principles were applied depended upon their “circumstances.” While circumstances change, the principles have never changed! All who would be “ONE” must unite upon the same principles as those belonging to the Father’s. Circumstances will almost always differ, but principles are always the same. If our scripture study is Anchored in the context of the prophets, the words will be written in our hearts, and then we can be one.

Conclusion: People play “word games,” shifting circumstances to fit their agenda. When Words are Anchored, suddenly “word games” are over, and the truth is triumphant. I have been accused of playing “word games,” but my accusers refuse to discuss the scriptures, …which is where my words are Anchored! They accuse me of changing circumstances to fit my agenda, when in reality their refusal to go to the scriptures tells on them, because going to the scriptures threatens their agenda. I have no agenda, but to do the will of God.

If you don’t want to see, you’ll close your eyes. If you don’t want to hear, you’ll close your ears, and will not consider. Your actions condemn you, but I am accused as being the condemner, when I have no control over how YOU respond. I offer no condemnation. I offer further light and truth, as my Words are Anchored in scripture.

Lehi ascended into heaven, and was Anchored in the Book of Life (1 Nephi 1:11). It was unlawful for Lehi to teach its contents, so he sent Nephi to retrieve the records from Laban. Nephi used the record of Laban as a Liahona, leading him beyond the veil, into a far better land of promise, while his brothers didn’t. We are promised we can do the same (Alma 37:45). Lehi wouldn’t write about it, and Nephi uses Isaiah to try expressing it’s higher knowledge. Moroni had the Book of Life, but left the lesser record, to try our faith, …and promised the greater record if we proved true and faithful to the lesser (3 Nephi 26:9-11). John the Beloved spoke of two records (Revelations 20:12), the Book of Works (Earth), and the Book of Life (Heaven). A prophet who writes scripture is first Anchored in the Book of Life. The lesser record points to the greater record. Reject the lesser, and you are unqualified for the greater. Take hold of the lesser, and your name is promised to be written in the Book of Life. 

Your refusal to use scripture as your Anchoring Words not only disqualifies you from becoming ONE, it also disqualifies you from obtaining the greater, which is described as the fulness, or the mysteries of God in full (Alma 12:10). 

CHOICES! WORD!

 

More Law is Big-Badda-Bad! (2147 Words WAAAAY LONG!)

To make what I have said even clearer, I’ll direct your attention to Nephi. To Nephi, and to all prophets for that matter, they all sought to turn men’s attention to Christ, by teaching correct principles and letting them govern themselves. If principles were always the objective of true prophets, then More Law is Big-Badda-Bad!

Mom has expressed that I’m “off the reservation”when I quoted D&C 59:16-24, …using the blessings described of the earth, and applying it “willy-nilly” to the covenant of the words of Christ. Essentially, I am being accused of taking the scripture out of context. If it were in context, it would, according to Mom, be tied to only keeping the sabbath day holy. However, what she has missed is the reason for sabbath observance, fasting and prayer, …as it is tied to Zion, which is in the first verses of the chapter.

D&C 59:1-4

“1. Behold, blessed, saith the Lord, are they who have come up unto this land with an eye single to my glory, according to my commandments.

2. For those that live shall inherit the earth, and those that die shall rest from all their labors, and their works shall follow them; and they shall receive a crown in the mansions of my Father, which I have prepared for them.

3. Yea, blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of Zion, who have obeyed my gospel; for they shall receive for their reward the good things of the earth, and it shall bring forth in its strength.

4. And they shall also be crowned with blessings from above, yea, and with commandments not a few, and with revelations in their time—they that are faithful and diligent before me.

5. Wherefore…

I ended that quote with “wherefore…” to make a point. The word “wherefore” is another way of saying, “for this reason…” or “as a result of which…” or “since this is the big picture, now let me tell you about how it is going to happen…” (obviously my interpretation. But it fits!). Once we have been introduced to the topic of Zion, that is where the two great commandments, sabbath, fasting, and prayer have value. Sabbath has value, but it’s value is Zion. Therefore, Mom is out of context, not me. Mom thought that sabbath worship was the driving principle, but I have shown that Zion is the driving principle, NOT sabbath worship. Sabbath observance ought to support the efforts toward Zion. Although, the way I used the scripture in my last blog emphasized the rewards of the earth, it was still in context, as I was pointing at the principles that produced the earth’s reward. So, there you go!

You see, the vision is given by principle, and then “the law” supports that principle, to produce the desired result. However, Mom would recommend that we ignore the guiding principle, that drives the law, …and mindlessly have laws not a few. My observation from my exchange with Mom is, she’d prefer more laws and only a few principles. That idea results in needing to be commanded in all things, as a slothful and not a wise servant.

Don’t be confused, thinking that commandments not a few, is the same as laws not a few. They are different. Consider the ten “commandments” that Moses gave. One of them was, Thou shalt not kill. If it was a law, then Nephi would have been breaking the law, and God would have been responsible for a contradiction. A contradiction is a lie, and as such, God would cease to be God. However, if commandment was viewed as a principle, rather than a law, God maintains status as having no contradiction. And that fits with the idea of being blessed with “commandments not a few.” More commandments are great, when we are not being commanded in all things, but More Law is Big-Badda-Bad!

Nephi supports the idea that principles are the driver, and NOT laws. He recommends that we talk of Christ, rejoice in Christ, preach of Christ, and prophesy of Christ. It is clear that Nephi isn’t recommending to do all of that, merely to boost Christ’s ego. I suggest that it has more to do with the “principles” of Christ, then it has to do with Christ Himself, …since every time you look in Christ’s direction, He points to His father. Our eyes ought to be single to the glory of God, and Christ exemplifies “THAT” in everything He teaches. Nephi continues to try to convince Mom, and all of us, that the law is only a means to get somewhere. And without the objective (the principle; Christ), the law is useless. Here’s what Nephi wrote:

2 Nephi 25:27-29

27. Wherefore, we speak concerning the law that our children may know the deadness of the law; and they, by knowing the deadness of the law, may look forward unto that life which is in Christ, and know for what end the law was given. And after the law is fulfilled in Christ, that they need not harden their hearts against him when the law ought to be done away.

28. And now behold, my people, ye are a stiff-necked people; wherefore, I have spoken plainly unto you, that ye cannot misunderstand. And the words which I have spoken shall stand as a testimony against you; for they are sufficient to teach any man the right way; for the right way is to believe in Christ and deny him not; for by denying him ye also deny the prophets and the law.

29. And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in no wise be cast out.”

Interestingly enough, I NOW stand upon the principle of following no man but Christ, exactly as Nephi has taught, …and for that reason, both my wife and I were reprimanded, condemned as apostate, and cast-out by the LDS church. It will not be long before they take casting us out to the extreme of excommunication, sealing their own judgments upon their own heads. I recommend that they don’t do it, and let us be counted as inactive. But I don’t believe their PRIDE will allow it.

It seems clear that Nephi agrees with me, and does NOT agree with Mom, as he calls the law dead. Of course he agrees with me, because I got the idea from him, so technically I agree with him. Nephi recommends that some laws ought to be done away, and it will be the hardness of the hearts of men, against Christ, that stop men from letting laws be done away, because it doesn’t lead to Christ any longer.

To Nephi, and to all prophets for that matter, they all sought to turn men’s attention to Christ, by teaching correct principles and letting them govern themselves. John Taylor, the third President of the Church, once overheard a member of the Illinois legislature who was visiting Nauvoo speaking to the Prophet Joseph Smith. The man asked the Prophet Joseph how he was “enabled to govern so many people and to preserve such perfect order, remarking at the same time it was impossible for them to do it anywhere else.”“Mr. Smith remarked that it was very easy to do that. ‘How?’ responded the gentleman; ‘to us it is very difficult.’ Mr. Smith replied, ‘I teach them correct principles, and they govern themselves’” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 284).

If principles were always the objective of true prophets, then More Law is Big-Badda-Bad! Notice, when the people are ripened for destruction, the laws have grown in complexity, the principles have been destroyed, and that requires a huge increase of lawyers and attorneys to filter through it all. In those days the lawyers and judges got rich off of the contention of the people, because the people forfeited their principles, to fair sumptuously on the law. Principles threatened the success of those who used the law to coerce, manipulate, and extort for personal gain. Today is no different. Our courts are jam packed. Lawyers fair sumptuously on contention. To get ahead in merchandise, the law is being extorted, and the only success requires that you dig a pit for your neighbor. And we say to ourselves, “There is no harm in that,” fulfilling Nephi’s prophecy in 2 Nephi 28. The law is getting more and more complex, as over 100,000 pages of new law is added every year. It is a clear indicator that principles are null and void in our day. And the pattern was the same among the Jews, who used the law to justify crucifying Christ.

Conclusion: Let’s not be those people, claiming to believe in Christ by word alone, when our actions tell on us. Our actions tell on us when we use the law to justify our sins. They tell on us when we prefer following a law above recognizing the voice of the Lord. They tell on us when we sing praises to men, claiming that we can find salvation by following a prophet, while rejecting a true messenger speaking the words of Christ. They tell on us when we defend a church, and it’s laws, while ignoring true principles.

If the principle is guiding you, then you’d prefer a conversation about the words of Christ, even if it puts you in question. The Truth ought to be our biggest concern, not our perceptions. The words of Christ ought to be reconsidered, to identify the truth, and NOT used merely to justify your salvation through a membership in a church, and an association with some general authority.

Your offense from my messages have nothing to do with the enormous quantity of my expressions of Christ, and my message of truth. All of your offense can be summed up in your defense of the church and it’s prophet, and your insecurity of your standing before the Lord. Just as you, I am far from perfect, and I have claimed nothing less. Just because I speak the truth doesn’t mean that I am free of mistakes. However, I can stand before God this day with a clear conscience, not because I claim to be better than you, but because I will consider the words of Christ, to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Everyone filters truth through their traditions of unbelief. I seek to have less and less unbelief, and that requires that I no longer align with LDS laws, causing me to be cast out from among them. And by your responses, although you would never physically cast me out (I think), …you dislike my association specifically because of my opinions of the LDS churches laws, that conflict with the words of Christ.

My testimony is based upon true and correct principles. I know this because I know the words of Christ, I constantly dig into scripture to get more, and will listen to anyone claiming to teach it. I will forfeit the law if it conflicts with my principles. But before I forfeit the law, I will question my principles, because that is where I must be right with God. Anyone who recommends to me “the law,” over true and correct principles, will never convince me to their way of thinking. More law is an indicator of empty principles. Again, More Law is Big-Badda-Bad!

PS: In the near future, you will find conflict all around you, as your world will be governed by more and more law that conflict with your principles. And you deserve it, if you want to forfeit principle for “the law.” Dad’s work place is jammed packed full of them, being employed at “THE BYU!” (said in a deep, ominous voice). He isn’t the only one suffering those conditions, because it is an epidemic at all of the BYU’s.

As gay rights activists force laws upon everyone, requiring us not only to tolerate gay behavior, but to accept it, …our principles will conflict with accepting their behavior as normal. And within Mom’s work place, in the schools, she will soon be required to teach that to be gay is normal, and not offensive.

These issues are already at our door step, as our country has devalued our currency, made debt a necessity, bound our entire country in bondage, taken to wage war on others, whored our constitution, and perfectly prepared us for captivity. Like it or not, your principles are threatened by “the law.” I would not recommend you stand upon the law, when it ought to be done away, …otherwise you will be done away with the law you uphold. Correct principles is where it’s at. More Law is Big-Badda-Bad!

It’s All the Same (790)

Looking back at the history from the fall of Adam, I have come to realize: It’s All the Same.

We think that “For us, the circumstances are different.” While the players in the game have changed, the roles are no different. Adam faced apostasy, and few repented and aligned. Enoch faced apostasy, and few aligned. Noah faced apostasy, and few aligned. Abraham faced apostasy, and few aligned. Moses faced apostasy, and few aligned. Nephi faced apostasy, and few aligned. Joseph Smith faced apostasy, and few aligned. We face apostasy, and few are aligning. Many are called, but few are chosen. Be the few.

What is it that the few align to? The words of Christ that teach, in it’s purity, the doctrines of Christ from Adam, until now. That doctrine is the same today, tomorrow, and forever. Even though the circumstances change as different types of people play different roles, the principles behind the roles are All the Same. Wickedness never was happiness:

Alma 41:8-10

“8. Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein and be saved.

9. And now behold, my son, do not risk one more offense against your God upon those points of doctrine, which ye have hitherto risked to commit sin.

10. Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness.”

No matter how you try to twist it, the decrees of God are unalterable. It is based upon true points of doctrine, …which are unalterable. You become the few, when you align with the true points of doctrine. However, you become the many who are called, but fail to respond, when you think that you can remain in ignorance, in order to maintain your desired life style. All who maintained the state of apostasy, refused to respond to true doctrine, and sought to cast-out, stone, and reject those who preached that doctrine.

Do not be so naive to think that casually reading the scriptures is sufficient to produce the expected salvation and eternal life, through the redeemer of Israel. In every apostasy, the doctrine supported and promoted is alignment with the world, and complacency. Reconsider your approach, recognizing that from the beginning, until now, It’s All the Same, …and then be the few, who: feast upon the words of Christ, adjust your life to fit it, and trust that you have built upon the foundation of the Lord, and that the Lord will sustain you.

Conclusion: While It’s All the Same, you have a choice of what role you will play, on this stage of time, that you are living. Rather than finding your role models in the Bill Gates’, or the Michael Jordon’s, or the Justin Bieber’s, or the Donald Trumps, …turn your hearts to the promises made to the Fathers, and then turn your hearts to the Fathers. Bill, Michael, Justin, or Donald will never coach you. But “the Fathers” are covenanted, that if your hearts turn to them, their hearts WILL turn to you, to train you to be one with them. And while you might be star-struck by the accumulated treasures of the first group, the treasures of the Father’s are beyond comparison, when held to the treasures of the earth.

I hunger and thirst for kinship (family), where the doctrines of Christ play a central role. We have tried building on the foundation of construction (occupation), surfing (athletics), Hawaiian (culture), and blood (DNA), but they have and will always prove insufficient foundations to endure eternity. However, when the words of Christ is used as our foundations, what we have, no matter how small or insignificant we might be in our communities or in the world, it is sufficient to overcome this world.

I refuse to nurture any relationship based on anything other than the doctrine of Christ. I will reject “ALL” relationships that are not founded upon that. So, rather than rejecting my family, I seek to re-establish my relationship with you, upon the foundation of the doctrine of Christ.

Although contrary to most of your opinions, I don’t claim to own the doctrine of Christ, and desire to be a fellow seeker, rather than some pompous leader. I would benefit from your revelation, when founded upon loyalty to the pure doctrine of Christ, rather than loyalty to an abusive institution. Our problems as a whole would dwindle and diminish when our foundations are based upon that. Our family would expand, to include those loved ones that we have attached to us, and endure into the eternities.

You have a choice to make. The time is short, but together the work is still possible.

PEACE!

Accompanied By Scriptures (1400 Words)

Each dispensation always began with the presence of Christ, Accompanied By Scriptures. At the end of each dispensation, it always ends because the people have strayed from the scriptures. In this game of agency, there are only two sides, and the way to determine which side you are on is by the heed and diligence in which you search the scriptures.

After Abel was murdered, God gave Adam Seth, and immediately began to keep a book of remembrance, scripture (Moses 6:5-6). It was by this record that the language of Adam was preserved and taught to his children. And the pattern was established from the beginning, such that “…for it was given unto as many as called upon God to write by the spirit of inspiration;” (Moses 6:5). And by the writings of inspiration, “…their children were taught to read and write, having a language which was pure and undefiled.” (Moses 6:6). Adam began the dispensation, and he did so Accompanied By Scripture. And the first order of business was to start at the beginning, at the creation:

Moses 6:8-9

8. Now this prophecy Adam spake, as he was moved upon by the Holy Ghost, and a genealogy was kept of the children of God. And this was the book of the generations of Adam, saying: In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

9. In the image of his own body, male and female, created he them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created and became living souls in the land upon the footstool of God.”

This is the pattern established from the beginning: A Father is established, having returned to the presence of Christ in the flesh, he writes what God tells him, and begins from the creation, down through Adam, until it reaches the person at the head of the dispensation.

Adam begat Seth, who begat Enos, to Cainan (not Cain), to Mahalaleel, to Jared, …and finally to Enoch. But, in Enoch’s day the scriptures had been largely ignored, changed, and eroded, …causing people to seek out secret combinations to manipulate the minds of men for power. Enoch was visited by Christ in the flesh, and was sent to set things right, by preaching repentance. He was considered a “wild man.” All of those named in the patriarchal line from Adam to Enoch were: preachers of righteousness/ spoke and prophesied/ and called all men to repent (Moses 6:23). The condition of apostasy that the children of men where in are described by God in Moses 6:27-30. Once Enoch was called to this work, God instructed him to put clay on his eyes and wash it off. Enoch was then given the ability to see all things from the beginning, so that his testimony bore the same witness as Adam’s testimony. Enoch was given Adam’s record, and Enoch added his own testimony to Adam’s. And that record was written according to the pattern given of God, and it was given in the current language of the day (Moses 6:46).

Noah tells a similar story as Enoch, as the people in all the land have fallen into apostasy once again. Noah returns into the presence of Christ in the flesh, preserves the record of Adam through the flood, and preaches repentance on the other side of the flood. But that dispensation ends quickly, as Melchizedek’s people, the city of Salem, ascend to join the city of Enoch, and apostasy continues for ten generations, until Abraham.

Abraham records his account this way:

Abraham 1:2-3

2. And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right where unto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace, and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the fathers.

3. It was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the fathers,from the beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundation of the earth, down to the present time, even the right of the firstborn, or the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the fathers unto me.”

What has Abraham found? Christ! And that is how he is established as a Father of many nations and a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the fathers. Abraham finds himself amongst apostate idol worshippers, and is once again connected to the fathers, given the record of the fathers, from the beginning down until it comes to him. God tells Abraham that he will receive the same as Noah (Abraham 1:19).

Moses finds himself among the House of Israel, trapped in bondage to the Egyptians, in a lost, fallen, and a state of apostasy. Moses tells of similar experiences, having been restored to the presence of Christ, been called as one of the Fathers, given the record from the beginning, having viewed all things on this earth, cast out Satan, and commanded to continue the record (Moses 1).

Lehi finds himself among an apostate people. He obtains a vision, where he returns into the presence of Christ in the flesh, is given a record, and his son retrieves the record from Laban, which tells of the Fathers from the beginning, up until the time of Lehi’s departure. That record passes on through Nephi, who also had returned to the presence of Christ in the flesh, until it is once again lost to apostasy.

It was no surprise that Joseph Smith came in a time of apostasy. He was brought back into the presence of Christ in the flesh, restored 1/3 of the records from the gold plates, and it teaches us of the fathers from the beginning, from Adam, until it comes to Joseph. Although the tradition in the LDS church is to state that this is the last dispensation, calling it “The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times,” the scriptures prophesy of another apostasy, called the end of the day of the Gentiles, before the establishment of Zion. We have been under condemnation for almost 200 years. And we now find ourselves oblivious to the record of the fathers from Adam until now. In fact we have gone to great lengths to change the story line so that our leaders become more significant than the understanding of that record.

Currently, another man has obtained the presence of the Lord. The scriptures brought through Joseph Smith is being preserved, and taking its place once again, to restore the record from the beginning, until now. I bear witness that a new dispensation is upon us, and that it is Accompanied By Scriptures.

Conclusion: Recently our family has been through the ringer. Some of you more than others. I had a conversation where Sig expressed her initial approach to the scriptures. She prayed, opened up the book to wherever it fell open, and read that passage. She has progressed to begin learning the story line. And she is now moving into the realm of pondering what the authors are conveying. I have followed the same pattern, and I bear testimony that, although it helped me progress slowly, it is the least efficient way of learning the scriptures. It is becoming more and more important that we do not squander our time, using this pattern to become familiar with the scriptures.

Your PRIDE has stopped you from making a serious effort. When you finally make a serious effort, it will be far more effective for us to have regular conversations on the words of Christ. NOT because I will now be your master. NO! But because I can get you up to speed much faster than you can by using the “pray and pop open the scripture” method.

While you may have been “humbled” by the terrible circumstances you are currently in, that is not the same as being HUMBLE. PRIDE can continue dormant, until you have passed through your difficulty, …and then it can return with greater force if it is not directly addressed. HUMILITY, on the other hand, only comes through the words of Christ. Check your pride at the door, and enter into humility, through a serious study of the words of Christ. And lets talk!

Laman & Lemuel (1175 Words Long)

Laman & Lemuel both considered the Jews in Jerusalem had the “True Church,” in opposition to their father. They did not value the scriptures, to search them, to know Christ, as their father and Nephi did. Having not had the experience with the Savior as Lehi and Nephi, Laman & Lemuel were still able to go to the promised land, but were the source of all contentions against the work of the Lord. This pattern repeats in our day, just as it has since the time of Adam.

“The church is true” is what Laman & Lemuel claimed. They loved their land, gold, silver and precious things, and considered going into the wilderness with their father as death. They complained about the plain and precious truths Lehi taught against “the true church” (the Jews). And because of the murmuring of Laman & Lemuel, they were unable to know of the dealings of God. For this reason, they could not have sufficient faith unto life and salvation.

1 Nephi 2:11-13

“11. Now this he spake because of the stiffneckedness of Laman & Lemuel; for behold they did murmur in many things against their father, because he was a visionary man, and had led them out of the land of Jerusalem, to leave the land of their inheritance, and their gold, and their silver, and their precious things, to perish in the wilderness. And this they said he had done because of the foolish imaginations of his heart.

12. And thus Laman & Lemuel, being the eldest, did murmur against their father. And they did murmur because they “knew not” the dealings of that God who had created them. [Ignorance]

13. Neither did they believe that Jerusalem, that great city, could be destroyed according to the words of the prophets. And they were like unto the Jews who were at Jerusalem, who sought to take away the life of my father.”

To Laman & Lemuel the church was not wrong, their father was the fool, who suffered from foolish imaginations, that the church, once God’s chosen people, has somehow fallen into apostasy. The scripture says that Laman & Lemuel were just like the Jews who sought to kill their dad. I would add, they are just as those who crucified Christ. What differentiated Laman & Lemuel from Nephi was their love for their land, gold, silver and precious things. Whereas Nephi offered those things up in exchange for the words of Christ.

1 Nephi 15:6-11

“6. And it came to pass that after I had received strength I spake unto my brethren, desiring to know of them the cause of their disputations.

7. And they said: Behold, we cannot understand the words which our father hath spoken concerning the natural branches of the olive tree, and also concerning the Gentiles. [Lehi was explaining the allegory of the olive-tree that Jacob adds to his record in Jacob 5. Probably a good gauge to see if we are more like Nephi or Laman & Lemuel]

8. And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?

9. And they said unto me: We have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us. [they thought that God just puts it into them because they are members of the true church. They took no thought, not even to ask]

10. Behold, I said unto them: How is it that ye do not keep the commandments of the Lord? How is it that ye will perish, because of the hardness of your hearts?

11. Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.”

All are promised by the Lord that if we don’t harden our hearts, ask God in faith, using diligence to seek understanding, for the purpose of acting in obedience to the truth, the truth will be made known by the power of the Holy Ghost. But, as in the case of Laman & Lemuel, their hearts were hard to the truth. They didn’t seek diligently. They merely went through the motions, if that. They had no intention of acting in obedience, so the Lord made no such thing known to them. While they were included in the party entering the promised land, they were the very source of the contention and death in that land, against the work of the Lord.

Enos 1:14

“14. For at the present our strugglings were vain in restoring them to the true faith. And they swore in their wrath that, if it were possible, they would destroy our records and us, and also all the traditions of our fathers.”

Joseph Smith warned us of this pattern in our day, but in our institutionalized mentality, we have changed it to make the church out to be the hero, and not those who seek the presence of the Lord.

D&C 121:37-40

“37. That they [the priesthood] 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.

38. Behold, ere he is aware, he is left unto himself, to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints, and to fight against God.

39. We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.

40. Hence many are called, but few are chosen.”

Exercise faith. Study the words of Christ, to know the voice of the Lord, first in the scriptures, and second in the words of those claiming to be Christ’s servants. Your hearts are good, and it will lead you to understand and recognize, within the words of Christ,  Christ’s voice in this wilderness of a world. However, your failure to lay hold upon those words will result in your exercising unrighteous dominion; to kick against the pricks, persecute the saints, and fight against God; and you will learn by sad experience!

Conclusion: This pattern of Laman & Lemuel did not originate with them. It is the same pattern that has overtaken the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the pattern of rebellion introduced by Satan. Your protection from Satan’s influence is the sword, or the word of God, and the shield of faith. No man is saved in ignorance. Put off the natural man, learn of God’s ways, and walk His paths. His path leads to His presence. Anyone offering you a different path is leading you astray, is looking beyond the mark, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

There is only one way. Christ is the way, and there is no other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved. Know ye the Lord!