The Poor Among You (811 Words)

Considering the different degrees of glory, and the accumulation of knowledge, practice, and mastery, …theres something more to say about The Poor Among You. Perhaps The Poor Among You is defined based on the degree of glory you have acquired. All of God’s knowledge is accumulative and complimentary, but not destructive or contradictory. Consider my point.

If there is knowledge, practice, and mastery in the telestial, terrestrial, and celestial, …then the absence of knowledge would describe The Poor Among You. Yes, …that’s right, …”ignorance” is poverty. The Priesthood was given to reverse the effects of “ignorance,” by increasing “light.”

“Although there are two priesthoods, yet the Melchizedek Priesthood comprehends the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood and is the grand head, and holds the highest authority which pertains to the Priesthood- the keys of the Kingdom of God in all ages of the world to the latest posterity on the earth- and is the channel through which all knowledge, doctrine, the plan of salvation and every important truth is revealed from heaven.” (Joseph Smith dictated to his scribe R.B. Thompson, RE Section 48, pg. 130).

Joseph Smith taught that you can be saved no faster than you gain knowledge, and if a man gain more intelligence than another, it will be to his advantage in the life to come (D&C 130:18-19), …then our first step is clearly to acquire knowledge! So, …if we read between the lines, …if “knowledge” comes through priesthood, …then, there is a priesthood in each degree of glory. Priesthood was intended to elevate one another, to eliminate poverty, so that there are no poor among you. If you consider priesthood an association, then in the telestial, it is an association with producers, who like to work, like among our family, and the project we have been working on for almost a year now. In the terrestrial, it is an association with ministering angels (D&C 84:26-27), who bring further light and knowledge from the presence of the Lord. And in the celestial, it is an association with the mysteries of God, in the presence of Christ and God the Father, in the flesh (D&C 84:19-22).

Since all of God’s knowledge is accumulative and complimentary, but not destructive or contradictory, as we increase in glory, we are added upon, and added upon, until we are filled with light. Those who seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness are promised that all these things- clothes, food, and shelter- will be added unto you (3 Nephi 13:33). We are also taught that if your eye be single to the glory of God, your whole body will be filled with light (3 Nephi 13:22). If you harden your heart, you’ll be given a lesser portion of the word, until you know nothing of the mysteries of God, but if you soften your heart, you’ll receive the mysteries of God, until you know them in full (Alma 12:10-11). It’s all additive and complementary.

When the philosophies of men get mingled with scripture, the truth of the laws get eroded, corrupted, and withers away. For instance, telestial law naturally generates: producers, industrious people, that are anxiously engaged in a good cause. Their efforts lessen the burdens of life in the world, providing: better transportation, communication, building materials, etc. And people will pay the price tag, if it is mutually beneficial to them. Naturally, the byproduct is “financial rewards.” And financial gain equals “free time” to pursue a higher law, to study the words of Christ, and acquire a terrestrial law and glory. …However, crooks, thieves, and bullies, rob, steal, and force people to pay them, producing the same counterfeit financial result. Their purpose is to hoard, not considering the higher laws or glories. They prefer winning in the telestial over eternal progression. They sacrifice the power of creating worlds without number, for worldly aspirations and the glory of men. In ignorance they have sacrificed the greater for the lesser law and glory. When philosophies of men are mingled with scripture, men are fooled into selling their birthright of godliness, for a mess of pottage.

The work needing to be done with The Poor Among Us is very real. It begins with the correct knowledge, continues in a path unique to each of us, and progresses to higher laws and glories. That is our work and our glory.

Conclusion: The Poor Among Us must awake and arise to the awful situation by which we are held captive. The bondage we are all in (debt and sin) requires our combined effort to escape. We cannot skip steps, working in the terrestrial when we have failed to unite in the telestial. I consider us lucky that our parents have written upon our hearts the value of work. Lets finish this project as one, freeing up some time, to invest in the knowledge of a higher law and glory, by the study and discussions upon the words of Christ.

Phase Changes! (698 Words)

The Path of God

The properties of water offer great instruction. The direction of phase changes offer even more understanding about revelation. When our minds are aligned with God, science suddenly becomes less academic, and more reality.

Water is unique as an element because of the deep symbolism it houses. Christ refers to himself as the waters of life, that if we drink, we would never thirst. There are three kingdoms: Telestial (this earth), Terrestrial (a Paradisiacal Glory), and Celestial (seven heavens). Look at the picture above, and you can see the three different levels. Joseph Smith prophesied, having seen into the seventh heaven (seven being complete), and the eighth level, being the hidden place where God dwells (represented in the image above by the eight pointed star of Melchizedek). That sets the stage so that we can learn something new about the significance of water.

Water is made up of two molecules, one part hydrogen, and two parts oxygen. The sun is made up of 91% hydrogen. Without oxygen, life on earth could not exist. Consider the symbolism in the make-up of a water molecule. Hydrogen (light from the sun), combined with two oxygen particles (man and woman), to form water. Maybe this is true, or maybe it’s just me, …you’ll have to decide for yourself if there’s any merit to this concept. Oxygen is also the eighth element on the periodic chart, by atomic weight. This seems to be pointing to the potential of man to become God, residing in the eighth heaven, or the hidden place. While these characteristics of water may or may not be symbolic, and may just be speculation on my part, I am certain that phase changes are a physical property that directly relates to the heavens!

Phase changes of water travels in two directions. The first direction is adding heat. Heat makes ice change from a solid, into a liquid (water). When more heat is added, water goes from a liquid to a gas (steam).  The second direction is reducing heat, or cooling. When cooled, steam distills, and becomes water. Morning dew on grass is an example. Moisture in the air, touches a cool blade of grass, causing the moisture from the air to phase change, from gas (steam), into water (dew). Further cooling turns water into ice. Frost is an example (something you Hawaiians don’t get much of- thank goodness). When seasonal temperatures drop, dew freezes, creating frost. In the mainland we scrape frost from car windows, so we can see when we drive, as temperatures begin dropping. A lot of money is spent on frost scrapers every year.

Here’s the spiritual application of one direction (heating). Consider yourself ice when you are hard hearted. With sufficient heat from the source of light (God), you will experience a melting into water. Water can take the shape of any container it is placed in, and is easily directed, as opposed to ice. Add even more heat from the light of God, and water can ascend into the heavens. Scriptures call heating “QUICKENING,” as molecules are quickened into excitement, representing heat!

Here’s the spiritual application of the other direction (cooling). When revelation comes to you from the heavens (gas phase), it is going from a high temperature (God), to a low temperature (you). That is why God refers to it as a distilling. It is not just water, it is pure water, clean water, …representing pure knowledge. And it appears out of what seems to be nowhere, distilling upon your soul as the dews from heaven. It doesn’t flood you. It simply appears at the right time, and in the right place.

When our minds are aligned with God, science suddenly becomes less academic, and more a reality. Knowing God lifts you up to become equal to Him. All men who are meek and lowly of heart (soft) can have their molecules excited by the increase of light offered from God, and phase change the hell out of here!

Conclusion: You have complained about my perspective on the gospel that offends. Heat is offensive to ice. Your responses have been cold. But, I’m not done with you yet. I’m just warming-up!

WORD!

The Changing of Robes (1330 Words)

John the Baptist

John the Baptist

The tradition of The Changing of Robes are so common amongst diverse cultures that it goes unnoticed and disconnected, not only from other cultures, but also from their original intent. The original intent is directly related to the “Ritual Combat Ceremonies” that have transitioned into many different cultural year-rite celebrations. Central to the “Ritual Combat Ceremonies” is the resurrection of the King, expressed by The Changing of Robes.

The tradition of The Changing of Robes are so common amongst diverse cultures that it goes unnoticed and disconnected, not only from other cultures, but also from their original intent. Anyone attending a graduation commencement, have witnessed graduation robes and caps, and the changing of the tassels. It all indicates the end of their old life of ignorance, and commences, or begins, a new life of enlightenment. In old Hawaii the “kihei” (a rectangular tapa garment worn over one shoulder and tied in a knot) was changed from the left shoulder to the right shoulder, when becoming a Kahuna (High Priest). The original source of The Changing of Robes, originate from the temple, as part of the rites given to Adam to direct his return from the fall.

As Adam partook of the fruit, all men die, but through Christ, all men can be made alive. The temple rites given from Adam, and passed through the patriarchal lineage of fathers have preserved instructions for all of Adam’s posterity to make their return from the fall. The original intent of the temple and it’s rites is directly related to what is called the “Ritual Combat,” …and over the centuries it has transitioned into many different cultural new-year-rite celebrations. The roots of Hawaiian Makahiki is a return to the new-year rite. The Native American “Sundance” also ties to the new-year-rite. The merry-go-round (carousel) has it’s origins in the Trojan new-year-rite. To explain it, I’ll break down the “New-Year-Rite” into three parts:

  1. The Creation
  2. The Ritual Combat
  3. The Ascension

The New-Year-Rite was done at different times, for different cultures, but were commonly observed on one of the four-corners of the Earth (Equinoxes or Solstices). It began with a drama of the creation of one form or another, with all the world being tied together. Matter was organized, land and water separated, lights separated to communicate signs, plants introduced prior to animals, and then lastly men. When this part of the dramatization was complete, the games began (the olympics has the same origin, as light begins the ceremony). The games began as events of combat were represented by athletic games, like: wrestling, foot races, spear throwing, sword fighting, etc. In Hawaii, surfing played a huge role in the Makahiki. The King participated in the games. Ritually, the King was killed, but then he put-off his “common-robes,” changing Into “heavenly-robes. and conquered the entire Ritual Combat. Once the games had ended with the King’s victory, the people threw a huge luau in the honor of the King’s victory. It was a sacred last meal before the King departed into the heavens, in an ascension.

The may-pole and the carousel are symbolism that ties men to a tree of life. They go around and around in combat, clockwise (meaning ascension) or counterclockwise (meaning defeat or descending). The Blackfoot Okhan similarly ties the ritual participants to the symbolic tree, and they dance in a ritual combat in a similar fashion as the Scandinavian May-pole, and Trojan Carousel. In all cases, through the ritual combat there was a Changing of Robes.

The Changing of Robes from common-robes, into heavenly-robes, was the key to the successful come back of the King. Thinking in terms of great movies, it was the training scene, where there was a physical change in the main character. Or it was the psychological change that gave the main character drive to overcome all. It all points back to The Changing of Robes. But what does it really mean?

D&C 84:33

“33. For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.”

I have studied the Book of Enoch, the Ascension of Isaiah, the Assumption of Moses, and other pseudopigriphal and apocryphal texts, …studying The Changing of Robes, …only to find out that it is right there in scripture. I just did not understand it. The common terms that are used are: garments, robes, coats, and cloaks. When these words show up in your next scripture study, your minds should point to the New-Year-Rite, and the ritual combat. Consider the following:

  • Nephi slays Laban, and then puts on his robes
  • Nephi, Jacob, and King Benjamin washes their garments clean of the blood of their people
  • The mighty change of heart of Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah was another robe change
  • When the prodigal son returns, the father puts a ring on his finger and a robe or a cloak on his shoulders

But, that still doesn’t tell you what it means, does it? It should, however, give you a hint that this is a game-changer, right? The renewal of the body is a direct connection to the promises of The Changing of Robes. It is accompanied by being healed, miracles, prophesying, and gifts of tongues (gifts of the spirit). Common examples of robe changes include: the blind whose sight was restored, the lame man who was able to walk, and Lazarus who was raised from the dead. Each of them turned to Christ, and their robes were renewed as they followed Christ. This is the change required through the sanctifying and purifying fire, in order to prepare one for returning into the fulness of the glory of Christ. This is the cleansing of the temple. Your body, being the temple, set apart from the world, doing the will of God.

The Changing of Robes, if stuck only in symbolism, becomes a tool of unrighteous dominion, controlling, coercing, and manipulating the minds and will of men on earth. However, if The Changing of Robes are properly understood as the changing of a person from a fallen state, to being filled with the glory of God, it will produce in you the ability to sacrifice all things, including your life, and to overcome all by faith, having been sealed by the holy spirit of promise. It matters!

Conclusion: The picture above is my rendition of John the Baptist. I messed up on how old he looks, as he was only a few months older than Christ, and Christ was in his early thirties when he was crucified. However, I intended to make him look sunned, rugged, and wild looking, but happy, …as he was described as living off of locusts and wild honey, wearing a camel skin, with a leather girdle to cover his waist (Matthew 3:4).

Funny enough, while The Changing of Robes is the subject of this blog, tattered robes were the signature of true prophets, because how the world views clothing meant little or nothing to those whose treasures were in the heavens, where moth and rust doth not corrupt. John the Baptist’s clothing was described as a coarse pile of camel hair (Matthew 3:4). Elijah’s mantle was made from sheep skins (Kings 2:8). Others wore goats hair or coarse wool. Costly apparel was always associated with the wicked, because what they wore outwardly reflected emptiness inwardly, while prophets did exactly the opposite. (Side note: Now reflect on Joseph who was sold into Egypt, and ask yourself what the coat of many colors really meant, concerning the person Joseph was?)

Awake, and arise, O Isreal. Shake off the dust from your garments. Arise, sit down, …meaning: arise into the heavens in ascension, and be seated upon the throne of God, that your garments may be cleaned from the blood and sins of this generation. Put aside your ignorance of the things of God, by taking a serious effort to study the scriptures for yourselves. Repent.

Hope and Faith in Christ (1167 Words Long)

The things of Christ ought to promote hope and faith through a personal relationship with Christ. The chains of hell bind men in ignorance, producing fear. The ability to hearken to the voice of the Lord will progress anyone to be able to sacrifice all things, to seek His presence, and be redeemed.

The things of Christ ought to promote hope and faith through a personal relationship with Christ. The hope that Christ offers comes through His atonement. Alma taught that Christ took upon Himself death, to free men from death. He took upon Himself infirmities, so that He is filled with mercy, to know how to succor (assist in times of hardship/difficulties) us in our infirmities. He suffered the sins of the people, to remove transgressions by the power of His deliverance (Alma 7:11-14). Only Christ has partaken of death, infirmities, and the sins of all. In Gethsemane Christ atoned, asking the Father to “…remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine be done.” And He finished the task successfully. It is He in whom all hope resides, and no man can offer any such hope, …unless he points only to Christ.

The chains of hell bind men in ignorance, producing fear. Alma teaches that it is due to ignorance that men are led, and chained down to hell.

Alma 12:10-11

“10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.

11. And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; [this is the peak of ignorance] and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.”

Ignorance of God’s mysteries results in being taken captive and destroyed. The ignorant will remain devoted to false traditions, blind leaders, and guides who lie to them about their actual condition of darkness. In their ignorance they will fear a man of God, presenting the truth. The truth is threatening because it exposes their darkness to light.

D&C 93:24-25

“24. And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;

25. And whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning.”

The truth of the churches dealings in the past with the Hawaiians, Native Americans, and Latin Americans have gone hidden from church history. The disobedience of the saints in Nauvoo has been excused and taught as a success in the Salt Lake effort. The frozen pioneers have been depicted as faithful, when their suffering was caused by their procrastination. The use of the tithes are hidden and spent on opulent buildings, businesses, and real estate holdings (often times in waste), while the poor are left to suffer. However, truth remains foundational to God’s plan of repentance and obtaining His mysteries in full. Without the truth it is impossible to repent! In order for Satan to take people captive, all that is required is for people to be content with their ignorance.

The ability to hearken to the voice of the Lord will progress anyone to be able to sacrifice all things, to seek His presence, and be redeemed. Hearken does not mean blind obedience. It’s a compound word that means: to hear and to know, abolishing ignorance with light and knowledge. Light and knowledge brings you to truth, which produces repentance. Ignorance cannot produce truth, and will never translate into repentance. When you are informed of light and truth, and repent, it is because of what you know, that you become willing to sacrifice all things.

“Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things. It was through this sacrifice, and this only, that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life; and it is through the medium of the sacrifice of all earthly things that men do actually know that they are doing the things that are well pleasing in the sight of God. When a man has offered in sacrifice all that he has for the truth’s sake, not even withholding his life, and believing before God that he has been called to make this sacrifice because he seeks to do his will, he does know, most assuredly, that God does and will accept his sacrifice and offering, and that he has not, nor will not seek his face in vain. Under these circumstances, then, he can obtain the faith necessary for him to lay hold on eternal life.”

(Lectures on Faith 6:7)

The plan of salvation is that we become as God is. Those who hear the voice of the Lord, are His sheep, and will be gathered by their receiving the words of Christ. It will provide truth and knowledge sufficient for repentance, and result in the presence of Christ in the flesh.

Conclusion: Hope and faith in Christ is mistaken for just being nice all the time, ignoring what’s broken, and blindly only seeing the remaining good. The remaining good diminishes, until all that’s left is corruption. Christ did not live a life of niceties, especially when facing the false traditions of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Instead, He used boldness. Rather than ignoring what was broken, He addressed it, telling those He healed to “…go and sin no more.” He called men to repentance, rather than turning a blind eye to the reality of darkness. 2 Nephi 28 addresses this false syndrome of niceties as being at ease in Zion, saying, “…All is well.”

Hope and Faith in Christ is not passive, but is actively engaged in truth and knowledge, repentance, hearing His voice, and acting in obedience to Christ (no matter what sacrifice is required of you). This process will increase knowledge, until you know all the mysteries of God in full. Thus, you will have broken the chains of hell, because ignorance will be destroyed in you, making you filled with light. You will become a chosen vessel. That is the hope and faith that Christ offers in His atonement.

Christ has overcome death, to free you from death. He took upon Himself your infirmities, so that He is filled with mercy, to know how to succor you in your infirmities. He suffered your sins, to remove your transgressions by the power of His deliverance. If you are to come to Him, it will require exercise. Don’t leave this work undone.

The Atonement and Salvation (920 Words Medium)

God gives everyone “weakness.” Weakness was given for the intention of filling the gaps, until you become precisely as Christ is. The Atonement and Salvation are inseparable.

Weakness is part of the plan of salvation. God gives everyone “weakness.” The plan doesn’t just give weakness, it also provides the solution in the atonement of Christ, for those who are sufficiently humble, who come unto Christ.

Ether 12:27

“27. And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Our weakness is given so that we may be humble. Our weakness was meant to bring us to our knees. It wasn’t meant for us to resolve on our own. Our individual weakness requires the personal relationship with Christ’s atonement to overcome. That is what is meant by overcoming by faith:

D&C 76:53-55

“53. And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.

54. They are they who are the church of the Firstborn.

55. They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things”

If we are humble, it is through the atonement of Christ that we can be instructed to acquire the knowledge necessary to make weak things strong. And it is Christ who does the instruction, because it is Christ who atoned. He descended below all things, and rose above all things, therefore Christ is able to instruct all who humble themselves and come unto HIM. The instruction He gives is His grace being expressed to us, and it is more than sufficient.

Weakness was given for the intention of filling the gaps, until you become precisely as Christ is. The prototype of a saved being is Christ Himself. The lectures on faith teach that we must be precisely what Christ is, or else not be saved. Scripture teaches that we will know Christ and the Father because we will be like them. John the Beloved wrote that Christ grew grace for grace, and from grace to grace. That is why God the Father could know for certain, before the foundation of the earth, that Christ would not cave under the responsibility of the atonement. Christ was proven in lives past. Christ had all His weakness made strong. Each time we come to an earth like this, God gives us weakness. As we overcome weakness through Christ’s atonement, we accumulate within us (over lifetimes or eternities) greater light and knowledge, and grow from grace to grace, just like Christ.

Christ was prepared to atone for all men who would come unto Him. Those who do will have the weakness they’ve been given, made into strength. That’s how Christ fills the missing gaps in us, to perfect us, so that we too can learn wisdom and eventually become precisely what Christ is. That is how men become saviors on mount Zion, having come to know God and Christ intimately through the overcoming of all weakness through faith!

James 1:5-6

5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. [this kind of asking requires the knowledge of scripture] For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”

The Atonement and Salvation are inseparable. The atonement is more than removing sins, it is the filling of the vacant lot, so that light occupies entirely, and there is no room for darkness in you. Cleaning people of sin is easy. Filling them with light is where the real work is. That is how we prepare to meet God, so that in His presence we do not burn from exposure to His light, His fulness, the fulness of His glory. When we are able to endure His presence, he will come unto you in the flesh, and this is salvation, this is redemption.

Ether 3:13

“13. And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.

Physical death is the separation of the body and the spirit. Christ overcame physical death through His resurrection. Spiritual death is the separation of us from the Father. Christ offers His atonement, the knowledge base he acquired by descending below all things and ascending above all things, to overcome spiritual death and bring you back into the presence of the Father. While the resurrection is available to all, overcoming spiritual death requires your humility, so you can be instructed by the only person who has provided atonement, Christ. The Atonement and Salvation is being offered to all who would receive it. In order to receive it, you must awake and arise!

Conclusion: No man can offer the atonement. Thus, DO NOT trust in the arm of flesh, or don’t make flesh your arm. Christ alone provides salvation. He hires no servant at the gates of salvation. It is Him alone that has the power to redeem. The Atonement and Salvation is being extended to you through the words of Christ. Follow no man. Follow Christ!

Wedding Garment (506 Words Short)

The first ordinance, after the creation, was the marriage of Adam and Eve. Christ clothed Adam and Eve in coats of skins, called the robes of the Holy Priesthood or a garment. The garment is known as a Wedding Garment. Those who are sealed up unto eternal life, must have on a Wedding Garment, or be bound and cast out.

The first ordinance, after the creation, was the marriage of Adam and Eve so they could begin to multiply and replenish the earth. Man was created in the image of God, which is Male and Female. God is not singular, but both male and female. God did not clothe Adam, and then have Adam clothe Eve. God clothed and blessed THEM both, and called THEIR name Adam (Moses 6:9). Both were clothed by God in the robes of the Holy Priesthood.

Christ clothed Adam and Eve in coats of skins, provided by the very first sacrificial animal. That first sacrifice was offered up so that Adam and Eve would learn to sacrifice. However, the “why” wouldn’t come until much later. When asked by the angel why Adam offered sacrifices, he said, “I know not, save the Lord commanded me.” The angel preceded to give Adam and Eve instructions, to explain that all acceptable sacrifices is like Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

The garment is also known as a Wedding Garment. In the last days, those found not wearing a wedding garment will be bound hand and foot, and cast into outer darkness.

Matthew 22:11-14

11. ¶And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

12. And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

13. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

14. For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Those who are sealed up unto eternal life, must have on a Wedding Garment, or be bound and cast out.

The Wedding Garment is directly connected to the atonement of Christ. When we are clothed in the Wedding Garment, we are being clothed in Christ’s atoning sacrifice. It is your responsibility to keep it clean from the blood and sins of this generation. Then, when God looks upon you, rather than seeing you in your unclean/ weak/ and fallen state, …God can only see Christ’s atonement.

Conclusion: To be found wearing the Wedding Garment has taken on an entirely different meaning to me. To keep my garments white adds an entirely new dimension. To rid my garments of the blood of those I am responsible for, also increases in importance. King Benjamin speaks to us from the end of his life, ridding his garment of our blood, by serving his entire life, and teaching the words of Christ. Our blood is upon our own garments if we fail to read and align with what he taught.

 

Veil of Darkness (1,324 Words Long)

mt-of-lordThe earth is covered in a Veil of Darkness. As long as the veil of darkness is over the earth, only bitter fruit will be produced. But, the earth will be cleansed of this darkness as a reward for the earth’s obedience. And the few who are elected will be gathered out into ZION, and preserved through the cleansing of the earth. The gathering is now upon us.

Prior to the fall, the earth was initially in a garden state, the garden of Eden, a state of paradise, or in other words it had a “paradisiacal” glory. Ever since the fall, the work of God was to redeem the earth, and return it to it’s “paradisiacal” glory. These are six steps, or days of creation, necessary for the return:

10th Article of Faith

“10. We believe in the (1.) literal gathering of Israel and in the (2.) restoration of the Ten Tribes; that (3.) Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that (4.) Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that (5.) the earth will be renewed and (6.) receive its paradisiacal glory.”

Until it does, the earth suffers because Satan has sewn darkness here, making the hearts of men carnal, sensual, and devilish, …causing them to reek havoc on the earth, shedding blood, lusting, stealing, and coveting. In this condition of darkness, all are shut out from the presence of God.

Moses 6:48-49

“48. And he said unto them: Because that Adam fell, we are; and by his fall came death; and we are made partakers of misery and woe.

49. Behold Satan hath come among the children of men, and tempteth them to worship him; and men have become carnal, sensual, and devilish, and are shut out from the presence of God.

As long as that veil of darkness is over the earth, destruction is the bitter fruit that the earth will produce. It is not sin that condemns man. Sin is only a byproduct of darkness. It is the darkness that condemns us. The veil that is over the earth is a Veil of Darkness. In our ignorance, we think that forgiving sin is a solution. Churches charge admission in honor, donations, tithes, and offerings, in exchange for forgiving sin. However, forgiving sin is easy, and ought to be free. Despite forgiveness, the problem will never go away until darkness is bombarded by light. All it does is leave a vacant lot, awaiting more and new sin to accumulate. Hawaii is plagued by people, filling vacant lots, disregarding any order, and spreading their darkness, without caring about their impact on those around them. Although it is easy to forgive them, what seems impossible is the ability to remove their Veil of Darkness by imparting knowledge, giving instruction, or giving them light. They will receive a hand-out, but will reject truth and light; therefore their Veil of Darkness remains. The degree in which we reject truth and light is the degree in which we are plagued, disregard order, and suffer destruction.

Men are disobedient, but the earth obeys all of it’s laws. Birds fly south before the winter by the laws of nature that govern it. Bears hibernate in obedience to the laws that govern it. They don’t justify that it’s not necessary to abide the law because this year is warmer than usual. They follow the order in which they were created. For this reason, the Veil of Darkness will be removed from the earth as a reward for it’s obedience. Likewise, we have been given an order by which we too can be blessed if we obey. As we gain more light, darkness is removed. Those who receive “the fullness” of light necessarily have their Veil of Darkness removed, and are brought back into the presence of the source of light (Christ), while yet alive on this earth, or in other words “while in the flesh.” They are the elect, the few who are chosen. They are Zion.

Just as the Veil of Darkness will be removed at the cleansing of the earth, and the earth given it’s paradisiacal glory, the elect who belong to Zion must have their Veil of Darkness removed through “righteousness” (revelation) and “truth” (scriptures), to be gathered out and survive the cleansing of the earth!

Moses 7:61-62

“61. And the day shall come that the earth shall rest, but before that day the heavens shall be darkened, and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth; and great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve;

62. And righteousness will I send down out of heaven [revelations]; and truth will I send forth out of the earth [scriptures], to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth [revelations & scriptures] will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.”

Conclusion: Our flesh is made of the earth, and the earth is it’s mother. The earth rejects those within the Veil of Darkness because the blood of the innocent is shed upon her, and it cries for vengeance. Where there is malice, contentions, envying, strifes, lust, etc. …those are the sources generating wars and rumors of wars. It’s all an attack on man. And an attack on man is an attack on the earth, and the earth responds with earth quakes, hurricanes, tornados, floods, famines, and plagues. The only survivors of the earth’s final destructive cleansing are the righteous who belong to Zion.

The early saints failed to establish righteousness and Zion because:

D&C 101:1-8

Verily I say unto you, concerning your brethren who have been afflicted, and persecuted, and cast out from the land of their inheritance—

2. I, the Lord, have suffered the affliction to come upon them, wherewith they have been afflicted, in consequence of their transgressions;

3. Yet I will own them, and they shall be mine in that day when I shall come to make up my jewels.

4. Therefore, they must needs be chastened and tried, even as Abraham, who was commanded to offer up his only son.

5. For all those who will not endure chastening, but deny me, cannot be sanctified.

6. Behold, I say unto you, there were jarrings, and contentions, and envyings, and strifes, and lustful and covetous desires among them; therefore by these things they polluted their inheritances. [this will pollute all inheritances]

7. They were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; therefore, the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble.

8. In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my counsel; but, in the day of their trouble, of necessity they feel after me.”

It is our transgressions that cause our sufferings (v2). You are the “JEWELS” Joseph Smith referred to that would be made (v3). You must be chastened and tried as Abraham was (v4), until you offer up a sacrifice that resembles the sacrifice of the only begotten Son (the prototype of all acceptable offerings- ALL THINGS).

How we deal with our jarrings, contentions and envying is an indicator that we are currently like the Gentiles who failed to establish Zion in Joseph Smith’s time. We cannot afford to fail. How we handled our most recent tremors, regarding the house, ought to be an indicator that we can endure the chastening, and can be sanctified. However, we cannot be slow to hearken to the voice of God or esteem God’s counsel lightly (v7). God will be quick to answer our prayers if we succeed.