Final Final- Governing Principles (993 Words)

Governing Principles

Governing Principles are prepared for the benefit of new fellowships, to maintain an eye single to the glory of God, as they navigate in a new environment of self-governance.

Salvation is individual, requiring a personal relationship with Christ. The doctrine of Christ makes this possible through faith in Christ, repentance, and baptism. The Holy Spirt is the mind and will of God. Christ and God the Father share the same mind and will. Thus, receiving the Holy Ghost provides individuals with the ability to access the mind and will of God.

Fellowships exist to assist the individual on their path to becoming one with Christ. They are to govern themselves freely as the spirit dictates to them, choosing to gather when, where, and with whom they please. Meeting in fellowships provides the opportunity to teach, serve, and learn from both the Spirit, and one another’s experiences. Equality requires that no one is above another and that all individuals have value. Regional and general conferences ought to adhere to the same principles and guidelines as fellowships, and can be called and organized by anyone at any time.

Tithing is to relieve the poor among you. It can be collected and distributed as a group, a fellowship, or as individuals. If done as a group or fellowship, tithes accumulated in a common fund must be distributed by the common consent of the group or fellowship. Separate fellowships can assist one another on a case by case basis, maintaining independence and autonomy. Tithes are not to be accumulated for wealth. If there are no poor among you, excess tithes can be contributed to the needs of a temple.

Performing ordinances, such as baptism and sacrament, requires priesthood. Priesthood is confined to men because of the fall. In order to exercise priesthood in fellowships, three key elements are required of priesthood bearers: ordination, sustaining, and confirmation.

Ordination: A man with the priesthood lays hands on another man’s head, calls him by name, and confers upon him the priesthood in the name of Jesus Christ.

Sustaining: A vote of seven women is required to sustain a man to the priesthood. If the man is married, his wife must be one of the seven women, or he is unauthorized to exercise priesthood among fellowships.

Confirmation: Ultimately, the man must obtain confirmation of his priesthood from heaven.

If there is not a man authorized to confer priesthood, a man may perform the ordinances of baptism and sacrament within his family, with the confirmation of heaven alone. Record of priesthood ordination, sustaining, and confirmation should be kept in the personal journals of the man given priesthood and the women who sustained him. A certificate, signed by the seven sustaining women, should accompany the man should he perform ordinances outside of his family. The man is responsible to record and know his priesthood lineage.

In the event that priesthood is abused, exercising priesthood in fellowships can be revoked by a fair trial where a unanimous vote of at least twelve women vote to end his authority among fellowships.

The ordinance of baptism is a sign to heaven of an individual’s choice to receive the gospel of Christ. It does not offer membership into a fellowship or church. A man who has priesthood may baptize all those who desire as follows:

  • Both go down and stand in the water.
  • The man with priesthood will call the person being baptized by name, saying: “Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.”
  • And then immerse them in the water, and come again out of the water

As circumstances allow, the ordinance of baptism should be performed in living waters. A record of the baptism ought to be kept in a personal journal and also submitted to a central recorder so that the names of those baptized will be preserved within the temple of God.

The ordinance of sacrament should be performed as prescribed in the scriptures. It instructs that all kneel. The emblems of bread and wine are to be used as symbols of the flesh and the atoning blood of Christ. If any are opposed to alcohol, or have a medical condition preventing the use of wine, red grape juice may be used as an alternative. Bitter wine, in remembrance of Christ’s blood, is symbolic and appropriate. A man with the priesthood will pray to the Father in the name of Christ saying:

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

 

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

The oneness of fellowships is a testimony to the world that Christ is the redeemer of all. Agency must be respected and preserved, allowing new fellowships the freedom to learn correct principles and govern themselves. Keep your eye single to the glory of God. Seek to receive God’s mind and will. Bear one another’s burdens that they may be light. Associate with one another as equals. God will gather his choice fruit.

Final Draft: Governing Principles (960 Words)

Governing Principles

Governing Principles are written for the benefit of new fellowships, to maintain an eye single to the glory of God, as they navigate in a new environment of self-governance.

Salvation is individual, requiring a personal relationship with Christ. The doctrine of Christ makes this possible through faith in Christ, repentance, and baptism. The Holy Spirt is the mind and will of God. Christ and God the Father share the same mind and will. Thus, receiving the Holy Ghost provides individuals with the ability to access the mind and will of God.

Fellowships exist to assist the individual on their path to becoming one with Christ. They are to govern themselves freely, as the spirit dictates to them, choosing to gather when, where, and with whom they please. Meeting in fellowships provides the opportunity to teach, serve, and learn from both the Spirit, and one another’s experiences. Equality requires that no one is above another and that all individuals have value. Regional and general conferences ought to adhere to the same principles and guidelines as fellowships, and can be called and organized by anyone at any time.

Tithing is to relieve the poor among you. It can be collected and distributed as a group, a fellowship, or as individuals. If done as a group or fellowship, tithes accumulated in a common fund must be distributed by the common consent of the group or fellowship. Separate fellowships can assist one another on a case by case basis, maintaining independence and autonomy. Tithes are not to be accumulated for wealth. If there are no poor among you, excess tithes can be contributed to the needs of a temple.

Performing ordinances, such as baptism and sacrament, requires priesthood. Priesthood is confined to men because of the fall. In order to exercise priesthood, in fellowships, three key elements are required of priesthood bearers: ordination, sustaining, and confirmation.

Ordination: A man with the priesthood lays hands on another man’s head, calls him by name, and confers upon him the priesthood in the name of Jesus Christ.

Sustaining: A vote of seven women is required to sustain a man to the priesthood. If the man is married, his wife must be one of the seven women, or he is unauthorized to exercise priesthood among fellowships.

Confirmation: Most importantly, the man must obtain confirmation of his priesthood from heaven.

The women sustaining men to priesthood should record it in their personal journals. The man should have a certificate signed by the seven women, and the event recorded in his personal journal, accompanied with his priesthood lineage. His certificate should be carried with him to exercise priesthood outside of his family. In the event that priesthood is abused, exercising priesthood in fellowships can be revoked by a fair trial where a unanimous vote of at least twelve women vote to end his authority among fellowships.

The ordinance of baptism is a sign to heaven of an individual’s choice to receive the gospel of Christ. It does not offer membership into a fellowship or church. A man who has priesthood may baptize all those who desire as follows:

  • Both go down and stand in the water.
  • The man with priesthood will call the person being baptized by name, saying: “Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.”
  • And then immerse them in the water, and come again out of the water

As circumstances allow, the ordinance of baptism should be performed in living waters. A record of the baptism ought to be kept in a personal journal and also submitted to a central recorder so that the names of those baptized will be preserved within the temple of God.

The ordinance of sacrament should be performed as prescribed in the scriptures. It instructs that all kneel. The emblems of bread and wine are to be used as symbols of the flesh and the atoning blood of Christ. If any are opposed to alcohol, or have a medical condition preventing the use of wine, red grape juice may be used as an alternative. Bitter wine, in remembrance of Christ’s blood, is symbolic and appropriate. A man with the priesthood will pray to the Father in the name of Christ saying:

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

The oneness of fellowships is a testimony to the world that Christ is the redeemer of all. Agency must be respected and preserved, allowing new fellowships the freedom to learn correct principles and govern themselves. Keep your eye single to the glory of God. Seek to receive God’s mind and will. Bear one another’s burdens that they may be light. Associate with one another as equals. God will gather his choice fruit.

The Law (1244 Words)

In response to Mom’s latest post, the law has value, when men are ignorant, but must be abandoned when they come unto Christ. She used the following scripture to argue against my last post that “the law” has value, and I would agree. But the bigger picture is ignored, that our responsibility was to come unto Christ, through His principles, which is His mind and will, …and then the law has little use for us. Here is the scripture she quoted:

D&C 58:20-22

“20. Let no man think he is ruler; but let God rule him that judgeth, according to the counsel of his own will, or, in other words, him that counseleth or sitteth upon the judgment seat.

21. Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God hath NO NEED TO BREAK THE LAWS OF THE LAND.

22. Wherefore, be subject to the powers that be, UNTIL he reigns whose right it is to reign, and subdues all enemies under his feet.

In wickedness the law is the lowest form of governance, to maintain a form of peace and protection. The constitution of the united states, although inspired of God, was intended only to provide those on the promised land “righteousness.” And when righteousness abounds, the true ruler of all can lead the people into “more righteousness.” In righteousness, the law is meaningless, because living in righteousness proposes no threat to the laws of the land, but adds greater value “within” the law. When righteousness is in the hearts of the people of the promised land, the constitution is no longer useful, …and is dead, …and must be abandoned.  That is why the saying goes, “You can’t regulate an honest man.” An honest man regulates himself, and he doesn’t depend on the law of the land to reign himself in.

The early saints sought to establish Zion, but failed to do it because of jarrings, strifes contentions, malice, etc. They were unable to establish righteousness, and failed at their attempt to be one. They could not endure God’s chastening, to be sanctified by Him, to prove that they would not only accept the covenant, …but that they would also keep it (D&C 101:1-6). They fell apart because they could not live God’s PRINCIPLES. For this reason, the Lord “SUFFERED” the early saints to live the laws and constitution of the people, so that at least they were able to maintain the rights of their agency and all men were protected as to the flesh, according to “just” and “holy” PRINCIPLES.

D&C 101:76-79

“76. And again I say unto you, those who have been scattered by their enemies, it is my will that they should continue to importune for redress, and redemption, by the hands of those who are placed as rulers and are in authority over you—

77. According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have “suffered” to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;

78. That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.

79. Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.”

So, if you want to claim being governed by the laws of the land, or in other words the laws of men, …that is your choice! However, it is not the only choice available. There is a covenant, that if you accept and keep it, God gives you land for your inheritance. But it necessitates that you keep unspotted from the world, and remember His principles to understand His mind and will. Those who will do that, will inherit the earth, that she will offer up a multiplicity of abundance:

D&C 59:16-20

“16. Verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this, the fulness of the earth is yours, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees and walketh upon the earth;

17. Yea, and the herb, and the good things which come of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or for houses, or for barns, or for orchards, or for gardens, or for vineyards;

18. Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;

19. Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.

20. And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.”

If you want to claim the laws of the land, go right ahead. Don’t let me stand in your way. But, living by that law, and failing to understand the principles behind it, will cause your suffering. The constitution, at its origination, was founded upon righteous principles, and you could gain much by understanding and living those righteous principles. However, the constitution is currently “on-the-ropes” and “down-for-the-count,” and it’s principles are generating plagues, famines, and pestilences. So if that is what you want for your reward, I’ll leave you to it. However, if you would “consider” for a moment what I am offering, the covenant, and it’s promised blessings, you might want to consider a different approach. A PRINCIPLE APPROACH!

Conclusion: We must not break the laws of the land, but using the laws of the land as an excuse to not rise-up is a LAME excuse for not rising-up! Lucky for you, Christ healed the lame, so He can heal you too. The covenant will work, even within the laws of the land, as they are PRINCIPLE-CENTERED, and not merely circumstantial. The laws of the land cannot regulate PRINCIPLE. Man cannot control PRINCIPLE. The scriptures offer PRINCIPLE. They are applicable in all dispensations before this one, and can be applied in this one just the same. That is how God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, by principles.

Free yourself from your PRIDE by considering what I am saying. Put aside your traditions from the LDS church, or any other institution you have been subscribing to for years (banking, academic, government, social, etc). Putting those traditions aside for a short time, to consider another perspective, will not threaten your standing in those institutions. No one will know that you’ve considered it. It will be between you and God alone. I don’t even care if I didn’t know that you considered what I said. But, if you are HUMBLE, then you would consider any and all messages that claim to be of God. I claim this message to be of God.

The Holy Ghost will bring all things to your remembrance “IF” you have been taught of Christ. If not, you will have no remembrance. You must submit to God’s mind and will first. And by the power of the Holy Ghost you can know the truth of all things. But, when you ask, you are required to ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, acting no hypocrisy. You must follow the example of Joseph Smith, who asked to know the truth SO THAT HE COULD ACT UPON IT.

I recommend you do the same. Don’t be LAME!

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!

Lions, Tigers, and Bears… Oh My (951 Words)

Whenever Zion is referenced you will read about animals like the Lion, Lamb, Wolf, Kid, Cow, and Bear. Each of these play different roles, and have different personalities, but they lie down together without any ire. In the world, you must rely upon self-confidence, but when you rely upon God, all you want is that your confidence wax strong in the presence of God. And that is COMPLETE!

This morning my wife shared an epiphany with me concerning the future establishment of Zion. Coming from her Blackfoot background, she read about the animals being described in Zion, and she asked, “What if the animals were symbolic of different types of people, who qualified for Zion by being able to get along with other types of people, without any contention?” When she said it to me, it was pure intelligence to my mind. Although I cannot state with certainty that this was the intention of the author, I can see that the mindset my wife described of animals in peace, is precisely what will be needed for Zion to succeed today. Consider what the scriptures say:

2 Nephi 30:10-18

“10. For the time speedily cometh that the Lord God shall cause a great division among the people, and the wicked will he destroy; and he will spare his people, yea, even if it so be that he must destroy the wicked by fire.

11. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

12. And then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb; and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling, together; and a little child shall lead them.

13. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

14. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp (a poisonous snake), and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den (dragon/crocodile’s den).

15. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

16. Wherefore, the things of all nations shall be made known; yea, all things shall be made known unto the children of men.

17. There is nothing which is secret save it shall be revealed; there is no work of darkness save it shall be made manifest in the light; and there is nothing which is sealed upon the earth save it shall be loosed.

18. Wherefore, all things which have been revealed unto the children of men shall at that day be revealed; and Satan shall have power over the hearts of the children of men no more, for a long time. And now, my beloved brethren, I make an end of my sayings.”

Each of these animals play different roles, and have different personalities, but they lie down together without any ire. The reason they are able to do so is because their ignorance has been cured by the filling of the earth with the knowledge of the Lord. Don’t miss verse 15, where it states that “…the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters of the sea.” Our family is very familiar with the waters of the pacific ocean, especially when you’ve been wiped out by a 15 foot face of wave (7.5 ft Hawaiian). Notice also that all the secrets are revealed, and Satan has no more power over our hearts.

When you are of “the world,” you must rely heavily upon self-confidence. You must trudge through your career in a dog-eat-dog world. You are required to dig a pit for your neighbors, requiring them to enter into debt, until death (Mortgage), in order for you to make a living off of their indebtedness. In the world we take on the hierarchy of the food chain, like animals.

When you are of “the heavens,” you must rely upon your confidence in the presence of God. God’s mind and will is all that matters to you. You are not distracted by the aspirations of men, you fight to remove bondage, rather than profit from enslaving your neighbor. You exercise your priesthood using persuasion, gentleness, meekness, long suffering, kindness, etc. Those who lived their life trusting in God are given gifts for doing so:

D&C 121:45-46

“45. Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.

46. The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.”

Conclusion: Zion is the only way. It requires that we put aside our instinctive animalistic behaviors of contention, and railings, to allow one another to lie down together without any ire, or offense. We must remove the natural tendency of the food chain to allow a hierarchy to rule over us and command us in all things, like slothful and unwise servants. We must rely wholly upon God, and that requires our study to know God personally.

Please make a serious effort to study these things out in your heart and in your mind. That is the planting of the word, which was likened unto a seed. God has promised revelations upon revelations. He loves you and desires to have you. Come unto God, through his word, his servant, and his son.

Dispensation of the Fulness of Times (1328)

Adam sought to bless his people, by bringing them into the presence of Christ in Adam-ondi-ahman. Moses and others tried to do the same, but failed. The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times is identified by obtaining the presence of the Lord once again.

Adam sought to bless those who would be his sons and daughters, through the gospel and priesthood of God. To be blessed is to have conferred upon or invoke “divine favor.” Those who are favored of God are brought back into the presence of God, to be judged, and be made clean to remain in His presence. Someone with this blessing “always has his spirit to be with them,” as the sacrament prayer petitions heaven for. John the Beloved identifies it as making their “abode” with you:

John 14:21-23

21. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

22. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

23. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Joseph Smith said:

“This is why Adam blessed his posterity; he wanted to bring them into the presence of God. They looked for a city, etc., “whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb 11:10.)”

Adam did the work and brought his family back into the presence of Christ in Adam-ondi-ahman. Adam-ondi-ahman literally means “Adam, in the presence of Son Ahman” or “Adam, in the presence of the Son of God the Father.” We have been taught by traditions that the location of Zion will be in Missouri. Some have speculated that it will begin at the location called Adam-ondi-ahman. Truth is, only God knows where Zion will be established. God is the maker and the builder of Zion. Wherever Christ appears to Zion will be Adam-ondi-ahman, where Adam (or sons/daughters of Adam considering themselves Adam) return into the presence of Son Ahman, Christ.  This is huge! That work is upon us NOW!

Since Adam, few have belonged to Zion. Enoch and Melchizedek established Zion, became God’s people, and was required to be taken up, or those who fought against them would have been utterly waisted. God allows the wicked to kill the wicked. He allows the wicked to kill the righteous. But God will never allow the wicked to kill Zion, because Zion is His government on the earth. In the past, He has taken Zion up. But in the future, the Zion in heaven will return to join the Zion on earth, preparatory to the earth’s transformation to it’s paradisiacal glory. Many have been called, but only few have been chosen. Joseph Smith reports the failure of Moses and other Eliases to establish a Zion people:

“Moses sought to bring the children of Isreal into the presence of God, through the power of the Priesthood, but he could not. In the first ages of the world they tried to establish the same thing; and there are Eliases raised up who tried to restore these very glories, but did not obtain them; but they prophesied of a day when this glory  would be revealed.

Moses and other Eliases tried to restore men to Christ’s presence, but their people would not look to Christ and live, and their people were left to wander the wilderness fighting with one another, in bondage and captivity, enslaved to foreigners. We are precisely in the same position, having not been brought back into the presence of Christ, wandering about, in bondage and captivity, enslaved to foreigners. The ancient covenant fathers who weren’t able to provide their people the presence of the Lord grieved, not being able to do so. They were comforted in their grief by the Lord declaring the latter day Zion.

Every people belonging to Zion had similar experiences. A wild man came among them, teaching doctrines of Christ that seemed foreign, centered around returning to the presence of Christ in the flesh. Although the message sounded wild at first, …that didn’t stop them from asking God if it was true, with a sincere heart, and real intent, to know for themselves. When they learned that it was true, they repented and became Zion. All ancient covenant fathers looked forward to this day, when the Zion in heaven reunited with the Zion on earth, and called it The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. Joseph Smith wrote:

“Paul spoke of The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times, when God would gather together all things in one, etc.; and those men to whom these keys have been given, will have to be there; and they without us cannot be made perfect.”

The LDS church claims to have those keys, and claims their dispensation as The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. Yet, when you discuss returning into the presence of the Lord, they reject the necessity for that to occur, and cast out those who claim to believe this way. They claim that temples offer saving ordinances, and revoke entry for not giving your tithes to them, so that they can use it to build more church buildings, more temples, more shopping malls, cultural centers, and business holdings to fatten their bellies, while the poor suck wind! They use their keys to turn men to them, to worship the key holders as idols and graven images. With them holding the keys, you must be a “key-hole” and do whatever they say, or loose salvation.

Where is the presence of Christ offered? Where are those who have Christ’s abode? Who knows the Lord personally, face-to-face? Then where are the keys that you jangle around like cracking a whip, threatening excommunication and damnation. I stand in opposition to those keys!

Conclusion: Nephi identified Gentiles (1 Nephi 13) as the early settlers of America, and the early saints involved in the restoration. They are identified as:

  • They are the source of the great and abominable church (v4)
  • They were separated from Nephi’s descendants (Lehi’s descendants) by “many waters” (v10)
  • The Gentiles went forth out of captivity and crossed the waters to come to the land of promise (v13-14)
  • The Gentiles scattered and smote the remnants of Nephi’s seed, but did not utterly destroy them (v14, 30)
  • The Gentiles were prosperous, white, fair and beautiful (v15)
  • They humbled themselves (Early America) on the land of promise (v16)
  • They were delivered by the power of God from all other nations (v19)
  • They had the Bible, though it was in a very corrupt state and actually prevented salvation and became a stumbling block to them (v24-29)

All describe the founders of America, and the founders of the church, as coming from Gentile nations. In short, the “Gentiles” refers to the primarily white, European immigrants who came to America and displaced the Native Americans, Polynesians, and Latin Americans. That is how Nephi sees the vast majority of LDS people on this continent, who are not either Jew or Remnant. Christ prophesied that the Gentiles would reject the fulness, which is the presence of the Lord in the flesh. When the day of the Gentile has ended, it must come to YOU, O’ House of Israel.

In “THAT DAY,” it will be your preparation in the promises made to the fathers that will prove you, identifying the master you choose to serve. Plant the words of Christ in your hearts. Recognize the prophesies that are just ahead being fulfilled, of the gathering of Israel into Zion. Do not procrastinate this work because I sound like a wild man. Hear the voice of the Lord, and know the truth by the Holy Ghost. When Zion is built by God, then is the beginning of The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times.

 

Laman & Lemuel: Part 2 (1117 Words Long)

I was added unto by my wife yesterday concerning Laman & Lemuel. The scriptures were written for our day. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

After reading my blog last night, my wife presented an even better scripture of how Laman & Lemuel truly felt concerning the Jew’s.

1 Nephi 17:20-22

“20. And thou art like unto our father, led away by the foolish imaginations of his heart; [that’s what revelation looks like when you’ve never had it, foolish imaginations] yea, he hath led us out of the land of Jerusalem, and we have wandered in the wilderness for these many years; and our women have toiled, being big with child; and they have borne children in the wilderness and suffered all things, save it were death; and it would have been better that they had died before they came out of Jerusalem than to have suffered these afflictions.

21. Behold, these many years we have suffered in the wilderness, which time we might have enjoyed our possessions and the land of our inheritance; yea, and we might have been happy.

22. And we know that the people who were in the land of Jerusalem were a “righteous” people; for they kept the statutes and judgments of the Lord, and all his commandments, according to the law of Moses; wherefore, we know that they are a righteous people; and our father hath judged them, and hath led us away because we would hearken unto his words; yea, and our brother is like unto him. And after this manner of language did my brethren murmur and complain against us.”

They were certain that “the church was true.” “Besides,” they would justify, “we are blessed with gold, silver and lands!” And they would probably use being a full tithe-payer as the thing that produced their gold, silver, and land. It’s no wonder why, when Nephi’s plan to trade their gold and silver in exchange for the records, and lost it all, Laman & Lemuel beat the crap out of Nephi.  Laman & Lemuel tried to cloak what mattered most to them (treasures in the earth), by discounting the truth in their father’s and their brother’s words of wisdom, as foolish and vain imaginations.

The Book of Mormon was written and preserved specifically for our day. The patterns within them are the same patterns that will unfold, in our day, prior to the return of the Lord. Mormon compiled the record, and only his son Moroni read them before they were translated by Joseph Smith. Since Joseph Smith, they have been cast by the way-side for the traditions of the institution of men. When the institution conflicts with the scripture, we toss the scripture, and follow after men, graven images. The Book of Mormon prophesied that this would happen.

My efforts to build a temple are viewed by you the same way Laman & Lemuel viewed the efforts of Nephi to build a ship, foolish imaginations. You have laughed at me, mocked my suggestions for understanding the scriptures, and professed belief in the church, …while not paying much attention to the prophet you claim to follow, …or reading the scriptures that you’ve claimed to be true! I have been accused of Mom as being crazy, psychologically unstable, and bi-polar. And you might tend to agree with her. (If you don’t, none of you have expressed that.) But, you’d think that my wife, having a PhD in psychology would be able to recognize those signs, and diagnose them herself. However, …she believes precisely as I do, …so does that mean that she’s biased? Tell yourself what you must, you will not be judged by me. Your judgement is wether or not you can hear the voice of the Lord.

Recognize the marvelous work happening right now among the children of men. It is not happening by the crowds, as many are called, but few are chosen. The Lord doesn’t need, nor has He ever used, crowds to accomplish his great work. If you are followers of the crowds, you are not part of Christ’s work, and are seeking to oppose it. Crowds are acceptable in the world. The Lord’s work has never been acceptable to the world, but has always been acceptable to God.

Christ has followed patterns within the scriptures to establish a restoration. He is following His patterns within the scriptures to separate the wheat from the tares in preserving the restoration, and returning a temple to the earth that is connected to heaven. Then will Christ dwell within THAT temple, for real, and not just figuratively, as the church teaches. The priesthood has been rested from the church because of their abuse. You are very familiar with their abuse, but you have justified it, attributing abuse as somewhat acceptable because of the weaknesses of the flesh. Yet, you testify that men must follow a prophet, too confusing. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

Conclusion: Some might read what I have written as disgruntled, as I have been physically taken out of church for paying a full-tithe to lift the poor among me, following Christ alone and refusing to follow a man of office in the church, and bearing testimony of Christ as instructed by the voice of Christ, in opposition to a bishop claiming keys. I am not disgruntled. I am relieved of the necessity to expose myself, my wife, and my children to the false doctrines that are being upheld by the church and their abusive leaders. I am founded upon the rock, as I have made the words of Christ my foundation.

You currently stand on a sandy foundation, and I am inviting you to come with me, and build upon the same rock (the words of Christ). There is lots of room here, as nobody wants anything to do with it right now. Everyone wants an ocean view on the sand, aligned with the world, and relishing in the treasures of the earth.

Seek the words of Christ. Repent of your ignorance by being instructed by them. Be baptized by one who has not abused his priesthood, using persuasion alone, and has authority given of Christ, not man. Receive the Holy Ghost. Obtain The Gift of the Holy Ghost by entering into the presence of Christ. Then obtain The Power of the Holy Ghost by speaking with the tongue of angels, so you can become saviors on Mt. Zion, unto the salvation of your family; including your kindred dead. Do not become the modern day Laman & Lemuel by discounting me because I am only your brother, your son, or your father. Know ye the Lord!