By The Same Spirit (1579 Words)

Traditions aren’t as easy to break free from when you don’t know that they are there. Once you know that they exist, the escape route is hard to find, because you honestly can’t tell what is true or what is tradition. The way to get through to the heavens, without being dependent upon the arm of flesh, is to study the scriptures By The Same Spirit that they were written in.

Trap of Tradition: Traditions aren’t as easy to break free from when you don’t know that they even exist.This was a huge breakthrough for me, as I have been taught practically all my childhood life to follow the leader, conform to the institution, and don’t step outta-line. The teaching was a subtle corporate teaching, and began in primary, singing, “Do as I’m Doing, Follow, Follow Me.” We moved from clapping our hands, to patting our heads, to repetitive testimony-bearing, to haircuts and acceptable church dress attire, to seminary “scripture mastery,” to serving missions using memorized catch-phrases, …finally, into becoming “The Leader.” From primary we were conditioned to beg to be the leader, …but as an adult, you actually had the sustaining vote of hundreds of members, to confirm you as the leader. As the leader, you encourage singing “Follow the Prophet,” because your position as a ward or stake leader only exists through the sustaining of the Prophet, and to debunk a Prophet’s authority is to remove all power in your own authority. And now we are in a pickle, aren’t we? The scriptures contradict this thinking, saying, don’t trust in the arm of flesh, don’t make the arm of flesh your arm, so we make the justification that when a prophet speaks, it’s as if God is speaking, therefore trusting in a Prophet isn’t trusting in the arm of flesh, …so “…Follow the Prophet, he holds all the keys.” This is what is meant by being left to kick against the pricks and fight against the saints (D&C 121). Traditions are so well hidden, until something opens your eyes to see it, you could go your entire life not recognizing that someone lied to you!

Escape Route: However, once you know that these false traditions exist in you, the escape route is still hard to find. Depending on how old you are when you discovered these false traditions, you may have built your entire life, centered on those traditions, amassing your wealth upon it’s principles, accumulating treasures in the earth, raising your children, grand children, and great grand children the same way, …thus, making uncovering greater truths, contradicting your successful traditions, seem embarrassing, destructive, and impossible!!! In this condition of in-between, you honestly can’t tell what is true or what is tradition. Even scripture study is painted with the brush strokes of an institution, such that you cannot seem to see any other way to interpret them, other than the way the institution has drilled it into you. In this case, the advantage goes to the children. Children haven’t been deeply rooted in the ideas of the world, making it easier for them to change from deeply rooted traditions because they aren’t so deeply rooted. But change to what???

Christ’s atonement is the only Escape Route! When you finally wake up to the awful situation by which you are bound, …then you will realize that Christ is the only one you can trust to know what to change into and how to make the change. The Lord said you must become precisely what He is; you must be Christ. Lectures on Faith teaches that Christ is the prototype of a saved being. Scriptures teach that when you see Christ, you will know Him, because you will be like Him. He performed the atonement, so He understands who you are and the difficulties you face, …because He has overcome them all. Thus, His role as savior is to do the saving. And He hires no one for that job (2 Nephi 9:41). But, you must first believe in Him.

When you begin to believe in Christ’s ability to repair you, that is when you start believing in the atonement, and can begin your journey with Him because He is the only one who atoned. The journey takes time. It starts slow, but gains momentum, and produces in abundance! A summary of what you will be progressing through is found in the seven beatitudes, presented in order:

  1. Poor in Spirit
  2. Mourn
  3. Meek
  4. Hunger & Thirst after Righteousness
  5. Mercy
  6. Pure in Heart
  7. Peace Makers.

I’ll not go through them here, but each step is accumulative, so you never check it off! Instead, you get added unto. When you have endured through one step, naturally, you will be introduced to the next step, …which will introduce new challenges in both the next step and the first combined. By the time you have accomplished the seventh step (Peacemaker), no one will need to tell you how Poor in Spirit you really are, because you already know!

Philosophers, scholars and church authorities will try to convince you that they know the answer for your life. Those awake to the awful situation will quickly realize that they all sound like confusion, static, and noise. Every man is exactly what the scriptures have identified as “the arm of flesh.” Then how the hell are we supposed to begin the journey if we can’t trust men in the flesh? Aren’t prophets supposed to be trusted to tell the truth? Aren’t they men in the flesh? NO, we don’t trust prophets, we hearken to them, and then we trust The Spirit to teach us the truth of all things. We never trust in the arm of flesh. We seek The Spirit of God!

The Spirit Leads: The way to get through to the heavens, without being dependent upon the arm of flesh, is to study the scriptures By The Same Spirit that they were written in. Right away, you must develop the skill of receiving revelation. It is revelation that is supposed to grow in you. Anyone can read the scriptures, and many have, without the Spirit of Revelation. Reading this way will not produce the promised results. Church authority, academia, ancient literature, languages, and credentials cannot understand the scriptures without The Same Spirit that animated the author who wrote it. They have no advantage over the Poor in Spirit, the farm boy, the child, and the unlearned. The opposite is true, those who are Poor in Spirit, a humble farm boy, a meek child, and a mourning unlearned man has far greater advantage to know the scriptures By The Same Spirit.

The world would teach you otherwise. But, when was the last time you took a college course producing an ascension? When have you been taught by your clergy priesthood authority how to see the Lord face to face in the flesh? When did academic achievement in literature, languages, and worldly credentials produce your calling and election sure? On the other hand, Abraham was Poor in Spirit. Joseph who was sold into Egypt was too. Joseph Smith had the heavens opened to him. None of them trusted in the arm of flesh, but all of them read the words of Christ By The Same Spirit that they were written in, …and each one walked into the presence of Christ in the flesh, was redeemed from the fall, and had the heavens opened and accessible to them. That’s a good place to begin our journey with Christ!

Conclusion: The journey with Christ begins when you realize only He has the power to save you from your state of darkness, ignorance, and death. When you wake up to this, the first step is to pray and study the words of Christ in scripture By The Same Spirit that they were written in. Revelation will grow within you, until you are at-one-with-Christ, being redeemed from the fall, brought back into His presence, and crowned with glory and power.

Begin your journey now while the waters are still gentle, before the floods. Enter the ark before the rains begin falling, and your time for preparation has past. Noah was merciful when he didn’t allow others in the ark. The ark is a covenant. Allowing people in the ark who weren’t prepared required that they take a covenant that they weren’t able to keep. If they entered, and later broke the covenant, not only would they loose their physical life, but they would become perdition, loosing their ETERNAL LIFE.

Accepting a covenant cannot be taken lightly. It requires the preparation of both heart and mind so that you keep the covenant, and benefit from the blessings of it’s protection in the darkness ahead. Work in the scriptures, By The Same Spirit that they were written in, is absolutely necessary before accepting a covenant and entering the ark. Together, many hands make light work, …so lets work together. In Zion, it will be merciful to refuse entry for the same reason as it was merciful for Noah to deny entry into the ark. In the coming times of darkness, Zion will be the only protection.

Men, step up, by providing and protecting. Provide your family with the necessary light in the words of Christ. Offer your family the protection of God, refusing to trust in the arm of flesh! Be filled with The Same Spirit that animated all sons of God, all patriarchal fathers,  …precisely the same Spirit that Christ shares with the Father. Be at-one-with-THEM!

 

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Faith is Required (1333 Words)

From the time of Adam, until now, the same Faith is Required. In the story of Lehi’s family, we learn that every person will follow one of two patterns of faith. What pattern will you choose to follow?

From Adam until now, the test is the same, and passing the test requires the same faith, …even great faith. As God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, …faith grows exactly the same then, as it does now, and as it will in the future. The reason scriptures matter so much is because the faith required of ancient saints is precisely the same faith required of modern saints. The pattern of Nephi’s faith is not restricted to church leaders. It is a pattern meant for each individual who has eyes that see, and ears that hear, male or female, from the least to the greatest, to apply. We know the story, but consider the summary anyway.

In the story of Lehi’s family, we learn that every person will follow one of two patterns of faith. Either you can choose to grow your faith as Nephi did, until you enter into the presence of the Lord in the flesh, …or you can ignore the words of Christ, and follow the pattern of Laman and Lemuel’s faith. The scriptures are funny in that you exercise faith by studying it, or you reject the Book of Mormon by giving heed to it. Likewise with a covenant, those who receive it must say and do it. But those who reject the covenant only need pay it no attention. Consider the two options in the lives of brothers.

Nephi is a good person, like all of you. His father, Lehi, was cast out of the Jewish church (the apostate Mormons of their day), being threatened to be stoned to death. It took a certain degree of faith for Nephi to retrieve the plates from the leader of the church (Laban), with the threat of possibly loosing his life, looming overhead. The faith necessary for Nephi to acquire the plates had to exceed the faith of his three older brothers, waiting outside the city walls.

You gotta wonder what’s going through their minds, as they are left all alone in the wilderness, dad being excommunicated, Nephi cutting off the head of Laban, and literally stealing the plates. By common law, Nephi’s hands should be cut off for stealing, and he should be killed for murdering, and tortured for murdering a church leader, to boot. Lehi is also guilty of the same crimes because he was the one behind all of it. Laman and Lemuel wouldn’t go to the same extreme to retrieve the plates, having insufficient faith. But, they logically and rationally battled within themselves, trying to decide if they shouldn’t be the ones to execute the law of the land, by killing their father and younger brother. Their false traditions of unbelief, established by the Jewish church, were so deeply engrained, that they would die for it. Or in this case, Laman and Lemuel wouldn’t kill their church leaders, but they would kill their brother and father, to defend their false traditions of unbelief.

When Lehi told his family of his dream, Nephi’s faith went through another growth spurt, as we find Nephi struggling at the base of the mountain, pondering and wanting to know what his father was trying to tell them in his dream. Nephi knew that he believed all the words of his father, despite Lehi being badly rejected of the commonly acceptable church, …but to Nephi, knowing his dad knew it wasn’t enough! He sought to know for himself, and because of that, an angle did visit him. It was an angel of the highest degree. It was “The Great Angel,” even Jesus Christ. The tile “Lord Sabaoth” literally means Lord of the hosts of heaven, …anciently: “The Great Angel.”

Laman and Lemuel, although they went into the wilderness with Lehi, failed to lay hold upon the words of Christ for themselves. Their faith failed them when retrieving the plates. Their faith failed them as they sought to kill their father and brother. Their faith failed them in hunger. Their faith failed them crossing the ocean. And their faith failed them when they separated their families, passing on their ignorance many generations after them. They wouldn’t read for themselves, using the excuse that God makes no such thing known to them. They rejected the words of Christ, not by doing something to the records, …but by simply not reading them, not seeking diligently to understand them. Because they rejected the words of Christ, they found legitimate reason to rebel against a servant of Christ in their family members, …in their father and in their little brother. You would think that because they were family, they would have had an advantage because they knew the hearts of their father and brother. But being related to the prophet served as no advantage because of their lack of faith. Having rejected the words of Christ, and the servant of Christ was sufficient to communicate to God and His witnesses that they also rejected Christ Himself.

The faith of Nephi is a pattern available to all of us, if we have eyes to see, and ears to hear. We understand the physical odds facing Nephi when he retrieved the plates. We too must face physical odds as did Nephi. However, the growth of Nephi’s faith to believe in and acquire his personal witness of Christ was far greater than the physical odds of retrieving the plates. After Nephi had a personal witness of Christ, Nephi is able to endure far greater trials, doing precisely what is asked of him by the Lord, even when his father’s faith failed him with hunger, his brothers tie him to the mast of the ship, and eventually try to kill him, his wife, and his children. Nephi’s faith wasn’t dependent on any man, not his father, and not a prophet, …because he knew Christ for himself.

There are two patterns that everyone on earth must choose: accept or reject the words of Christ. To reject, nothing is required of you. God assumes rejection by the absence of acceptance. There are two doctrines being pitched in this world. Their are two ways. There are two masters. In the story of Lehi’s family, there are two patterns of faith expressed. Which pattern are you going to follow?

Conclusion: From the time of Adam, until now, the same Faith is Required. No one can take your place on the judgement seat, but Christ. Only He has atoned for you. He will redeem you from the fall if you do not reject Him. Doing nothing is the same as rejecting Him. No one can do the work of accepting for you. You must do it if you want it, otherwise you are rejecting your redemption. No one can substitute for your labor of diligently searching (seeing) the words of Christ. No one can do the hearing of the voice of the Lord through the servant of Christ. And no one can enter into the presence of Christ in your place.

The times might change. Circumstances might be unique to our day. People may differ from persecutors in the past. But the same Faith is Required for all men to be redeemed from the fall. Receive the covenant by taking seriously the words of Christ, and you will not see me so offensive. Instead you will recognize the words I speak align with the words of Christ in the scriptures. When you do, you will naturally hear the false traditions of unbelief that has been filling your empty minds for so long, taking the place where truth should reside. In order for truth and light to accumulate, foolish traditions of unbelief must be removed. They cannot co-exist. You must choose this day, and every day, from here on out who you will serve, …and then act like it!

The Road to Emmaus (633 Words)

Two disciples on The Road to Emmaus arrogantly attempted to teach Christ of His own crucifixion and life. They heard of the empty tomb, but weren’t sure if they believed the testimony of the women who witnessed it. Only through their own experience with Christ, were the disciples on The Road to Emmaus able to bear testimony of Christ themselves.

Two disciples traveled on The Road to Emmaus. The setting of the event is, It’s the third day, after Christ’s crucifixion. Christ disguised Himself, so that they would not recognize who He was, by appearance alone. He simply inserted Himself into the conversation, acting as if He knew nothing of His own crucifixion, and asked, “What are you talking about?” He allowed the two disciples to educate Him about what He had lived through Himself. They reproved the disguised Christ for knowing nothing of the importance of Jesus their Christ. They heard rumors from women of the tomb being empty, but they weren’t sure of it all themselves. As they walked and talked, the disguised Christ unfolded scripture to them, expounded it, gave them greater clarity of what it all meant of Christ and His life. When they arrived, Christ pretended that Emmaus wasn’t His final destination and that He was going further, but they begged Him to stay. The disguised Christ broke bread and blessed it, and their eyes were opened, and then He vanished. The testimony of the disciples changed once their eyes were opened.

Luke 24:28-34

“28. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

29. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

30. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

31. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

32. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

33. And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

34. Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.”

It was a personal experience with Christ, that opened the eyes of the disciples, removing their scales of darkness from their eyes, to know Christ themselves. It was insufficient for someone else to witness the empty tomb, and witness seeing an angel. The experience necessarily needed to be personal, and not second hand. The disciples heard of the empty tomb, but weren’t sure if they believed the testimony of the women who witnessed it, claiming to have been visited by angels. Only through their own experience with Christ, were the disciples able to bear testimony of Christ themselves.

Conclusion: You can defend your position of ignorance, trying to persuade me that church leaders are marred for Christ’s sakes because of my comments in opposition to institutionalism. That’s your choice if you want to believe that. If you do, you really don’t understand what I am saying, nor do you understand the scriptures. Besides, I don’t really think that they care what I say anyway.

What you have attributed to my bashing, criticism, mocking, etc. is my disapproval of institutionalization. I testify of knowing the words of Christ, in opposition to institutionalism. You would prefer someone else witness Christ for you. I testify of your personal potential to have a one on one relationship with Christ. But, your insecurities lash out, defending your current position as immovable. If you know everything, how will you ever learn?

OLD SCHOOL! (1236 Words)

The Facsimiles of Abraham has been scrutinized by archeologists for years, and the church education system seems to be swaying their way, denouncing Joseph Smith’s prophetic understanding. With correct knowledge, you are able to see through the deceptions, but in ignorance you will blow away with the wind. Only through diligently seeking can one acquire the necessary knowledge to obtain salvation and exaltation. Correct knowledge is OLD SCHOOL!

Mom’s last comment identified my understanding of “work in progress” as twisted. I respond by expressing a strait and narrow path is not necessarily straight (AKA: without twists and turns). It is the wisdom and knowledge, working together, that produces the kind of confidence that waxes strong in the sight of God. It was true since Adam, and it is true today. The problems that mankind faced anciently are no different than the problems we face today, when you look at the core of the problem. Adam faced what you must face. It is the same mess, and requires the same faith of the ancient of days. Therefore the wisdom and knowledge of the ancients is OLD SCHOOL!

The Facsimiles of Abraham has been scrutinized by archeologists for years, and the church education system seems to be swaying their way, denouncing Joseph Smith’s prophetic understanding of the facsimiles. I disagree with archeologists and CES on the validity of Joseph Smith, how he used the facsimiles, and the validity of the book of Abraham. Consider the reasoning: There are three ages of Egypt:

  1. Old Egypt,
  2. Middle Egypt,
  3. and Late Egypt.

Artifacts exist of Old Egypt, but they are rare. They are found in the pyramid texts. The common theme of Old Egypt is a “literal ascent,” …and a very real battle against Set, or Satan. Middle Egypt is much younger, and has a very different theme being taught in archeological findings of coffin texts, the book of the dead, and the book of breathings. Middle Egypt differs from the emphasis of Old Egypt (literal ascent), by emphasizing a “ritual ascent.” A ritual ascent is an ascension only symbolized in a ritual ceremony, rather than expectation of a literal ascent. Late Egypt dilutes the matter further, reducing the matter to a judgement after death, or “last rites” placed under the head of the dead, to chart their path in the afterlife. The facsimiles in the book of Abraham are Late Egypt drawings, but how they were applied by Joseph Smith deserves much greater observation by archeologists and CES directors alike.

Archeologists have been using the facsimiles in the book of Abraham to discredit Joseph Smith’s interpretations and translations for years. However, the book of Abraham wasn’t translated from the facsimiles, like archeologists have assumed. The Church Educational System is beginning to agree with the point of archeologists, recognizing that the facsimiles in Abraham don’t fit the time frame of the life of Abraham at all. Late Egypt happened during the time of Moses, which is calculated to be over 800 years after Abraham. CES is now questioning the validity of the book of Abraham, placing Joseph Smith’s imperfection as accountable for the mistake.

With correct knowledge, you are able to see through the deceptions, …while ignorance will blow you away in the wind. Many artifacts have been uncovered significantly after the death of Joseph Smith, justifying that the facsimiles were Late Egyptian. But Joseph never claimed them to be Old Egyptian (Pyramid texts). Alls that Joseph did was use the facsimiles of Late Egypt, to tell a story of Old Egypt. He used Middle Egypt ritual ascension to express Old Egyptian literal ascension. It all pointed to ascension through the heavens. That is Joseph Smith’s message. That is the message of the Book of Mormon too.

At the restoration, Joseph constantly preached ascension, calling and election made sure, exaltation and eternal life, coming into the presence of Christ and God while in the flesh. He taught it because he had done it, and could recognize the patterns in the Book of Mormon texts, even in Late Egyptian facsimiles. However, Mormonism has followed the same pattern, regarding their opinions on ascension. We have gone from teaching a literal ascension (Old Mormonism), to a ritual ascension (Middle Mormonism), and now a judgement day when we die (Late Mormonism). Hawaii, I believe, has followed the same pattern. Consider the Hula as Middle Hawaii, and our Haole Hula as Late Hawaiian. You gotta ask yourself, …what was Old Hawaii? What was Old Maori? What was Old Native American? What was old Scandinavian? What was old Chinese? Our ignorance has led us astray, and blowing in the wind of foolish traditions. It’s time to go OLD SCHOOL!

With correct knowledge of ascension, you are able to see through the deceptions of the world in the middle and late traditions. Ascension can only be acquired through diligently seeking the words of Christ, without being boxed in with false traditions of men, thinking in terms of the only true church, while excluding significant truths, only to maintain the status quo. All truth is circumscribed into one great whole, and that is Christ. Those who are of Christ’s church must receive ALL TRUTH! Not one iota of truth can be excluded. That’s OLD SCHOOL!

Conclusion: I am not a follower of men, and will never be. We were raised to follow good men, and I am grateful for that. It has allowed me to identify truth, when I hear it, …to collect and stand on that truth in faith. I no longer trust in the arm of flesh, but in God alone. Because of my stance on truth, many in this movement have considered me the devil and dark, because I will not conform to their rules, but would rather freely govern myself by true principles. I find comfort in the truth, despite the feeling of possibly not being part of this movement, and not being part of the LDS “true church” culture, leaving me to twiddle my thumbs all alone. It is my understanding that “the truth” gathers. I believe that the gathering of Israel is upon us.

This weekend the Lord offers a covenant to a people, through the Book of Mormon. Since the publishing of the Book of Mormon, there has never been a people, not even the LDS church, who have covenanted to be accountable to live by it’s teachings, and to be judged by it’s contents. Historically, the LDS have done so with the D&C, and then they have changed it’s contents, to justify their ignorance much later, falling into apostasy. I will be partaking of the Book of Mormon covenant this Sunday 3 Sept 2017, in Boise, Idaho. You can take that covenant too, right where you are, by accepting to live by and be judged by that document too. The common theme throughout the Book of Mormon is that if a people live according to it, they will prosper in the land. I wish that for you.

The spirit of gathering is not only stirring here, it is stirring everywhere. Zion is it’s centroid. Check out this youtube video of how Chinese characters teach the plan of salvation, and you will see an example of what’s happening all over the world right now. The Lord is working a mighty work and wonder about us right now. It’s amazing.

The name of the video is: God in Ancient China.

The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA-AkJzpKmg

Very cool!

 

 

 

Gentiles and Remnant (1006 Words)

There are signs promised to identify both Gentiles and Remnant. Once both parties can be properly identified, those who are able to do so can correctly understand the prophesied sign of our day. Know who you are, and be that, rather than following a man.

Who’s Who: Gentiles and Remnant are specifically prophesied of in 3 Nephi 21. In the creation, lights in the firmament were given for times and for seasons, and for signs and for wonders. As the eclipse has just cut across America, it represents the cutting off of light across America. Those who have eyes and ears to see and hear can make the connection that the lights in the firmament have issued a sign, indicating a time. But, what time? Now, more than ever in our lives, the ability to identify who’s who matters, …if we are to recognize and understand the signs and the times. To identify who’s who, I’ll quote three scriptures:

3 Nephi 21:1

“1. And verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign, that ye may know the time when these things shall be about to take place—that I shall gather in, from their long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establish again among them my Zion;”

Here the Lord has prepared for our day a sign, so that we might know the time, of the gathering of what the Lord called, “MY PEOPLE.” Those who are gathered, are those who were scattered, who are “O house of Israel.” The next verse identifies another sign for us to correctly see who the Gentiles are:

2. And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign—for verily I say unto you that when these things which I declare unto you, and which I shall declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the Holy Ghost which shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be made known unto the Gentiles that they may know concerning this people who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, and concerning this my people who shall be scattered by them;”

This is Christ prophesying of the BOM being “…made known unto the Gentiles.” Thus, the Gentiles are those who originated the BOM in our day, and that is the MORMONS (Gentiles = Mormons). Also, it identifies who the Remnant are. They are the ones scattered by the Gentiles, and they are called by Christ, “my people.” To put it simply, through the LDS church the Lord has restored the BOM as prophesied, thus identifying them as Gentiles:

5. Therefore, when these works and the works which shall be wrought among you hereafter shall come forth from the Gentiles, unto your seed which shall dwindle in unbelief because of iniquity;”

The Gentiles referred to here are clearly the LDS Mormons and their descendants, including the Europeans who are the founders of America, and their descendants. Joseph Smith, in the dedication of Kirtland, re-stated emphatically that the LDS are associated with the Gentiles (D&C 109:60). “Your seed” identifies the seed of the children of Lehi, to whom the BOM was written about and to whom it addresses.

Once Identified: Once both parties can be properly identified, those who are able see it can correctly understand the prophesied sign of our day. Correct understanding provides an option for the Gentiles (or the LDS) to repent and be numbered among the Remnant, and for the Remnant to recognize who they are, awake, and arise:

6. For thus it behooveth the Father that it should come forth from the Gentiles, that he may show forth his power unto the Gentiles, for this cause that the Gentiles, if they will not harden their hearts, that they may repent and come unto me and be baptized in my name and know of the true points of my doctrine, that they may be numbered among my people, O house of Israel;”

Gentiles are promised that if they don’t harden their hearts, they’ll self-identify by: repenting, being baptized, knowing the true points of Christ’s doctrine, and becoming “MY PEOPLE,” …or in other words: O house of Israel.  Knowing the true points of Christ’s doctrine is the foundation to exercising great and unshaken faith in Him. Without it, they are limited to their unbelief, or their incorrect belief.

If the Remnant recognize who they are, awake, and arise, …they too will see magnificent promises offered to them:

7. And when these things come to pass that thy seed shall begin to know these things—it shall be a sign unto them, that they may know that the work of the Father hath already commenced unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the people who are of the house of Israel.”

This is an amazing prophesy to those who the Lord calls “MY PEOPLE,” referred to here as “thy seed.” Christ is speaking to Lehi’s descendants at Bountiful. Their seed is what Christ refers to as “MY PEOPLE.” The sign promised them is that when they wake up and “…begin to know these things,” to actually study them, to feast upon them, to hunger and thirst after them, …then “…the work of the Father hath already commenced to the fulfilling of the covenant…” the very covenant that gathers US.

Conclusion: Know who you are, and be that, rather than following a man. Know your role! To thine own self be true (William Shakespeare whaaaaat!). You are the people of the land, the scattered, the ones being gathered, the seed, the Lords people, …literally KANAKA MAOLI (translated: true people). Recognize your identity as the Remnant prophesied in the scriptures, you are so ignorant of. Awake and arise from the dust. When you finally take the scriptures seriously, that will be a sign to you that the Father’s work has already commenced, that the fulness has been restored, both the covenant of the Earth and of the Heaven. Then will you be gathered, and Zion will exist, …even in Hau’ula!

Awake, Arise, Ascend, …IMUA!

 

Her Faith Made Her Whole… (924 Words)

Concerning faith, correct belief, directing action, producing power, and becoming unshaken, …Mom asked about the woman in the crowd, who touched Christ’s hem, and Her Faith Made Her Whole. Rather than directly addressing Mom’s last comment, let’s recount the story. After all, it’s for conversations like this that this blog exists, isn’t it? Let’s talk story, …scripture stories:

To sum up the story, there was a woman who had issues (jokes). A woman had an “issue of blood” for twelve years. The most common understanding of an “issue of blood” is hemorrhage (natural or diseased). It had gone on for twelve years, and none of the doctors could fix it. All of this woman’s money had been spent on doctor treatments (we all know how doctor bills can pile up), and nothing worked. In fact, it was getting worse (Mark5:25-26).

To make a bad matter worse, Jewish law declares her as ceremonially unclean (Leviticus15:25-27), restricting her from participating in temple rites. Worse than her temple recommend being revoked, anything she touched became unclean too. In a crowded street, anyone touching her was also considered unclean by law- including Jesus.

Mark 5:27-29

“27. When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

28. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

29. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.”

Christ, looking around, said, “Who touched my clothes?” Those with him looked at him bewildered, as it was obvious that they were in a crowd with lots of people touching Christ. But, Christ spoke of who touched Him in a way that caused virtue to go out of Him. The exchange between Christ and the woman with issues (jokes) is interesting to consider, concerning faith:

“33. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

34. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”

The woman fearfully confessed what she had done, and that she was miraculously healed, she falls down and confesses all she did. She told Him all the truth (this is unknown what she told Him, leaving a gap to ponder). And this is when Christ responds, telling the woman that it was “HER FAITH” that made her whole.

The faith of the woman isn’t expounded upon, and is left for the reader to ponder. The material to consider, when pondering the faith of the woman, is in the set-up of the story, not in the miracle. The miracle is only the sign that follows faith, because faith doesn’t follow signs. Signs follow those that believe (Ether 4:18). She had a medical problem for 12 years, that doctors couldn’t fix, leaving her penniless. She was cast out as unclean, no access to temple rites, and if touched, her filth was communicable. In her humbled state, how would you deal with it?

I’ll venture to guess what she did in preparation, reflecting upon my own experience, dealing with life “issues” for almost twelve years now. From my own experience, I searched church authorities, programs, and counseling, and they’ve taken my money, only to offer no relief. I was cast out, and considered unclean, so to speak. Those associated with me, if they think as I do, are considered unclean too. I know, I know, it’s not about me, and I don’t think that her situation matches my own at all (a far stretch). But, hey, I’m flexible, so lets stretch a little, in effort to ponder this woman’s situation as best as we can. You know, trying to apply the scriptures? Hmmm, what a concept!

The leading question is, what would I do, if I were her, that would lead me to exercising great faith, to syphon virtue from Christ? I would have sought God in prayer, in study, in effort to become personally familiar with His words (especially when the brightest men have failed at helping me). Having been familiar with the teachings of God, I would recognize that Christ was the literal son of God, because the scriptures told me so. Despite the ridicule of uncleanness, I would exercise my faith by taking action, enduring the negative things others thought of me or how they treated me, to make my way to Christ. And when I saw Christ in the crowd of people, I would reach out and touch His hem.

That is how I see it, why Christ could honestly attribute the healing, to her faith. Her Faith Made Her Whole. That is not to take away any credit for the virtue that left Christ to heal her. Christ continually offers us His virtue. Our problem is our ability to receive it. How long would He have gathered you? The problem is you would not! The woman’s faith wasn’t something that just popped up out of nowhere, without correct knowledge, without action, and powerless. On the contrary, she correctly knew that Christ was who He claimed to be. She had practiced unbelief for 12 years, seeking to be healed of those who couldn’t heal. When she had correct knowledge and acted upon it, it produced power sufficient to be healed.

Conclusion: We cannot underestimate faith, disregarding the work necessary to produce power. Correct belief is absolutely necessary in order for action to turn into power. Until we have correct belief, we will always have “issues,” …even “bloody issues.” Your faith can make you whole, just as Her Faith Made Her Whole. Lets get faith right and follow Christ alone!

Hypocrisy and Guile (843 Words)

There are two attributes we are instructed to avoid: Hypocrisy and Guile. Exercising faith requires action to align with belief, otherwise it is Hypocrisy. Sincerity indicates a pure heart, ulterior motives express Guile. To be without Hypocrisy and Guile is to align your actions with your understanding of God, and sincerely seek more.

There are two attributes we are instructed to avoid when wielding power or influence: Hypocrisy and Guile.

D&C 121:41-42

“41. No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;

42. By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile

  • Hypocrisy: the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform.
  • Guile: sly or cunning intelligence.

Faith is an assurance of things hoped for, but not seen. To be “assured” is to have confidence. Fear erodes assurance/confidence, therefore it is the opposite of faith. The more understanding we have, our assurance/confidence grows in that thing, …until faith overcomes fear and produces ACTION.

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

To overcome by faith is to have grown your faith, until it is greater than all tasks or obstacles on your path to return to your Father in heaven. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ rely’s wholly upon what you understand of Him. Someone who knows Him can exercise greater faith in Him, than those who are separated from Him in ignorance. Great knowledge produces great faith, which produces great ACTION. Repeated action, aligned with correct knowledge, produces POWER. Faith is the principle motivation of ACTION and POWER in all intelligent beings, including God. POWER is tied to “unwavering faith,” the kind of faith sufficient to move mountains, to command a tree to grow in the middle of the ocean and it will grow, to part the waters, or walk on water, and to raise the dead. The enemy to faith is fear, and Hypocrisy is the camouflage of fear, so that justifications cloak the truth, allowing fear to grow, eroding faith, until you know nothing of the mysteries of God. Ignorance of the mysteries of God is referred to by Alma as “the chains of hell” (Alma 12:10-11). Exercising faith requires action aligned with belief, otherwise it is Hypocrisy. And Hypocrisy stunts faith. Do as you claim you believe, know God, receive the mysteries in full, obtain eternal life.

Sincerity indicates a pure heart, while ulterior motives express Guile. The Lord expects an offering from all who claim to be His followers: a broken heart and contrite spirit. Guile mimics the symptoms of a broken heart and contrite spirit, to deceive, by wearing a sad countenance, or sheep’s clothing, when the heart is really hard and obstinate, and within hides a ravenous wolf. Guile is used to trick people with logic and reasoning to control and produce reactions, keeping men trapped in ignorance. Anti-christs like Nehor and Korihor use it. Today, politicians use Guile all the time. Marketers do too. They make bad look good and good seem evil, as Isaiah prophesied they would. Guile makes Satan’s methods so appealing that 1/3 of the hosts of heaven fell and were cast down with him. Anyone claiming a scary, ugly, unappealing person as Satan, is ignorant of his attribute of Guile.

To be without Hypocrisy and Guile is to align your actions with your understanding of God, and sincerely seek more.

Conclusion: Go to the light. The large and spacious building is well populated with Hypocrites who say, but don’t do. They mock and cast people out when they aren’t Hypocrites like them. They scoff and scorn, using peer pressure to influence, rather than  pure knowledge that greatly enlarges the soul. When ignorance cannot penetrate those who know Christ, those in the large and spacious building use Guile to deceptively re-label and re-package truth to make ignorance justified. They say “Don’t worry about how much you know the scriptures, that’s for the scholars.” “Don’t worry about the history, the whole truth has nothing to offer. Stick to what we say the truth is.” “Just keep your eye on us, and forget about the many large and spacious buildings we own, and draw billions of dollars of revenues from annually, while the Hawaiians are incarcerated in their cell of ignorance, bondage, and captivity.”

Try flipping that argument around. Where is my large and spacious building? Where are my crowds of mockers, casting people out? Where is my re-labeling and re-packeging of the truth and the history? Where are my lawyers hiding my sources of revenue, my office towers, my shopping mall revenues, etc.?

I do all I can to act as I know, and sincerely seek to know more (not only to say, but to actually do the seeking to know more). You have been a witness of my fruits, having read here and conversed in person, to witness the light that I have added to the subject of the scriptures. I am not a Hypocrite and there is no Guile in me. I do as I say I’m gonna do, and what you see is what you get with me. I don’t hide my history, I own it, account for it, and place it on the altar of the atonement for it to burn by the quenching heat of the fire, …the light. What remains after the burning is more light in me. I live as I believe, and for that I will take what comes with it, offering up my all, …even my good name.