Love Christ! (896 Words)

I recognize that Christ is in all things, including the plants, the animals, and in each person. The act of loving Christ positions us near to Him in proximity. The power of godliness is to know Christ, and when we know Him, all things testify of Him.

Christ is the creator of the world. He is in all things, and gives life to all things.

D&C 88:6-13

6. He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth;

7. Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made.

8. As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made;

9. As also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by which they were made;

10. And the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you stand.

11. And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;

12. Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space

13. The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.”

Christ is in the light of the sun, moon, stars. He is in the Earth and the very light that gives you life, enlightening you, and making your understanding “quickened,” or sanctified, or Holy. So that you are able to understand things, not only on Earth, but also into the world of glory, into the eternities. It is Christ’s light that is called the power of God.

The act of loving Christ positions us near to Him in proximity. The BOM message is to position yourself near Christ, such that every prophet’s account invites you to enter into Christ’s presence in the flesh, literally removing the distance between you and Him. The redemption of Christ was to return you to Christ’s presence.

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.

The power of godliness is to know Christ, and when we know Him, all things testify of Him.

Helaman 8:22-24

“22. Our father Lehi was driven out of Jerusalem because he testified of these things. Nephi also testified of these things, and also almost all of our fathers, even down to this time; yea, they have testified of the coming of Christ, and have looked forward, and have rejoiced in his day which is to come.

23. And behold, he is God, and he is with them, and he did manifest himself unto them, that they were redeemed by him; and they gave unto him glory, because of that which is to come.

24. And now, seeing ye know these things and cannot deny them except ye shall lie, therefore in this ye have sinned, for ye have rejected all these things, notwithstanding so many evidences which ye have received; yea, even ye have received all things, both things in heaven, and all things which are in the earth, as a witness that they are true.

To Love Christ is to know Christ!

Conclusion: The two great commandments come in a specified “ORDER.” Love God with all your heart, mind and soul is the first. Those who love God, know God. Just as to Love Christ is to know Christ!

When we know God and Christ, only then can we keep the second commandment to love our neighbor. Since Christ is in all things, and through all things, and is the light and life that animates all things, …the reason we love our neighbor only after we love God is because …we see God in them! Those who haven’t loved God first, will find it difficult to see God in their neighbor, because they never knew God.

Satan rejects God. The destruction of the wicked killing the wicked is because the wicked have rejected God too. Accusations fly rampant, contention thrives, and the hearts of men run cold, because they have wandered in the dark, rejecting the light of this world. Rejecting Christ.

This shall all men know, ye are Christ’s disciples, if you have love, one to another. You can love others because you have first loved Christ. You can love Christ because He first loved you.

John 4:18-21

“18. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

19. We love him, because he first loved us.

20. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

21. And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

The Advantage of Prophecy (1288 Words Long)

The Advantage of Prophecy is found only in knowing the words of Christ. When you understand prophecy, however, you are still required to act in faith, not knowing beforehand how things will play out. In our estimations of the inner workings of prophecy, it is human nature that we always forget that the heavens have a direct role in the fulfillment of the prophecy.

The Advantage of Prophecy is found in knowing the words of Christ. Familiarity with the words of Christ is the same as familiarity with His voice. When Christ told the Pharisees and Sadducees that they did not read the scriptures, and if they did, they didn’t understand them; Christ knew it because they didn’t recognize Him standing before them, …and they crucified Him. Knowing the words of Christ only produces an Advantage of Prophecy for those who are able to discern the voice of the Lord.

When you understand prophecy, however, you are still required to act in faith, not knowing beforehand how things will play out. Consider Nephi and his brothers circumstance, being instructed by an angel. Nephi wasn’t given the details, but was required to exercise faith, not knowing before hand, and Laban was delivered. So, the visiting angel provided no advantage to retrieving the plates. Nephi was still required to exercise faith. Likewise, Moses walked into the Red Sea, and waded in water until he was waste deep, before the sea parted. Had Nephi sat outside the city with his brothers, or had Moses waited on the shore for another means to cross the sea, they would not have been candidates chosen as the Lord’s servants. Their Advantage of Prophecy is the same advantaged offered to us all, requiring the skill of discerning the voice of the Lord, and acting in faith.

Discerning the voice of the Lord and acting in faith does not guarantee not making mistakes. Nephi and his brothers made two failed attempts to get the plates from Laban. Alma and Amulek were imprisoned, stripped naked, and beaten, before prophecy was fulfilled for them. At first, their efforts seemed to be a failed attempt, but wound up converting an entire city. In our ignorance of the inner workings of prophecy, it is human nature that we always forget the role the heavens play in the fulfillment of prophecy. Knowing the role heaven plays in fulfilling prophecy is probably the best Advantage of Prophecy. It was this expectation that produced anxiety in prophets. When will it happen? What is the Lord’s timing? How will God do His strange act among men?

Even when you have familiarized yourself with the scriptures, which produced familiarity with the voice of the Lord, and you acted in faith, trusting that the heavens would combine in your favor, …you still know nothing, and must endure it well! Joseph was told:

D&C 121:7-8

“7. My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;

8. And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.”

The promise given to Joseph Smith in Liberty jail ought to give all who want to walk this straight and narrow path a clue, that confidence was only found in knowing the Lord, and trusting Him.

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.”

If you understand the Holy Ghost to be the mind and will of God, as Joseph explained in Lectures on Faith, then what resides in a person is a spirit made Holy, which becomes a constant companion with those whose confidence waxes strong in God’s presence. This person has a definite Advantage of Prophecy, not because they are able to tell the future, but because they are at-one-with God.

Conclusion: Consider the wise men who attended Christ. They saw the star, but didn’t know where Christ was. They made the mistake in asking King Herod, informing the King of the prophecy. The worlds King had no idea of the location of the King of Kings, and asked the wise men to inform him of Christ’s whereabouts, so he too could worship. After being led by the star to the birth place, the wise men gave their offerings, and returned towards the King with good news of Christ’s location. This would have been a big mistake, but the heavens got involved, instructing the wise men to take a detour, avoiding the King, and Christ was preserved. Because the wise men didn’t return, the King killed babies two years old and under.

The death of all babies was prophesied long before the wise men made their journey. The wise men were unaware that their efforts to find Christ would fulfill the prophecy of the death of those children. They were informed of the signs. They followed the voice of the Lord, acting in faith. They mistakenly asked the ruling King for directions, unaware of the threat this news would cause the King. They interacted with heaven, being warned not to return. They fulfilled prophecy, and they didn’t even know it, until it was done.

Isaiah 48:3-5

“3. I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

4. Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;

5. I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.”

You have been led by idols and graven images, in our church leaders, since the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. They will not know of the prophecies being fulfilled in our day, just as King Herod knew nothing of Christ’s birth. But it has been set in the lights of the heavens, in the patterns of the sun, moon, and stars, from the beginning of the creation, so that no one can claim them, but God. Isaiah testified above that from the beginning God has declared it. What God declares, He fulfills, precisely as it was timed, from the beginning of the creation. Then, when they happen, in perfect timing, you will not be able to claim that your leaders knew it, and claim “Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.”

If you are not familiar with scripture, to know the voice of the Lord, and aren’t able to act in faith, knowing that the heavens will align because you are aligned with the heavens, you will not have The Advantage of Prophecy. However, if you know the voice of the Lord, can act in great faith, and are connected to the heavens, your confidence will wax strong, and you will have The Advantage of Prophecy. Prophecy is never completely understood until it is fulfilled. Thus all are required to know ye the Lord. Knowing anyone else can never substitute knowing the Lord. The Lord’s word is a two-edged sword that divides asunder both marrow and joint. Who’s on the Lord’s side who? Now is the time to show!

Receiving Revelation (Exactly 1000 Words Medium)

Before writing this blog, I want to congratulate Kix for giving birth to our new grandson.

This blog is how proper scripture study translates into hearing the dynamic voice of the Lord, so you can keep all the commandments which “He has given you!” I have always known that reading the scriptures was supposed to produce greater spirituality, but I have read them without the promised benefits, and no one has been able to identify the missing component. The missing component is revelation. Once I had unlocked revelation in scripture study, I was able to further those skills to hear the dynamic voice of the Lord.

In the sacrament prayer, you covenant to “…keep His commandments which He hath given them, that they may always have His spirit to be with them.” Within this covenant is the instruction to Receive Revelation. Revelation is the commandments which He (Christ) has given you, …personally. He is speaking to you now, but unless we have conditioned ourselves to hear Him, we have little expectation of Receiving Revelation. And we are left estranged, without His spirit to be with us. However, the Lord said, “…my works are without end, and also my words, for they never cease.” (Moses 1:4) You see, …the problem isn’t that the Lord is silent, the problem is us learning to hear His voice.

I have always known that reading the scriptures was supposed to produce greater spirituality, but no one has explained how that works. As seminary students we had scripture mastery, but memorization didn’t produce understanding. As a family, we have spent hours reading the scriptures, but most of that time was spent in compulsion, having to wash our face, stand on one foot, threatened with chores, or worse threats. None of it produced the desired results of greater spirituality. We have been left to navigate life without understanding revelation. In my ignorance I have read them without the promised benefits, and no one has been able to identify the missing component.

The missing component is revelation, but how is it that you recognize revelation when studying the scriptures? It comes as pure knowledge to your mind. When you read a passage, and suddenly you know for certain what it means, whereas you didn’t before. An example for me was reading the beatitudes, and suddenly it entered my mind that the seven beatitudes were the seven rungs of Jacob’s ladder. And anyone wanting eternal progression must necessarily come through each of these steps, in its prescribed order. Suddenly, the Lord’s House of Order (D&C 88:119) popped into my mind. It too described the progress of a family, or home, into eternity. Since then, I have had several occasion when pure intelligence enters into my mind, and I understand what was intended. Each revelation has taught me more about the correct perfections, attributes and characteristics of Christ.

Once I had unlocked revelation in scripture study, I was able to further those skills to hear the dynamic voice of the Lord in my personal life. When a thought entered into my mind, and suddenly it was like pure knowledge flowing to me, I immediately recognized it as revelation because of my long experience Receiving Revelation the very same way in scripture study. But now the revelation was not tied to scriptures, and was personally tied to my role, directing me, in a customized manner that relates only to me. It’s a one-on-one relationship with Christ. Christ, having performed the atonement (descending below all, and ascending above all), is the only one who can provide a one-on-one solution for you to overcome the world. Just as Christ led Lehi’s family with the Liahona, this is how the scriptures are a compass, to familiarize you with the voice of the Lord, so that He can guide you to a far better land of promise beyond this veil. It is through many experiences of revelation that you come to KNOW Christ. Knowing Christ is defined by Him as “Life Eternal.”

Too often we seek revelation, and falsely think that receiving an answer is what revelation is all about. Truth is, the real value of revelation is only in knowing the Lord. The answer, the decision, the question, or the problem, is almost meaningless in comparison to what the Lord is doing in revealing Himself to you, so you can KNOW Him. At one point my wife and I had differing revelations that seemed to conflict. We followed our individual customized directions, trusting in the Lord, and in the end, we surprisingly wound up together. This is the personal relationship that is required for all who are His sheep. They must hear His voice. All the little revelations are meant to gradually paint a clearer picture of Christ, so that you KNOW Christ. Eventually, not only will His spirit always be with you, but He will step out from behind the veil, returning you into His presence. There is only one real revelation, and that is the uncovering of Christ and God the Father.

Conclusion: All these years I have been trying to convince you to read your scriptures. That message has been heard many times over. Some of you have begun to read your scriptures, hearing the voice of the Lord, without knowing it. I offer further light and knowledge through improving your conversations with the Lord, by recognizing how to recognize revelation.

It is a simple process that has been eroded by false traditions. You cannot justify your position, but must put your position into question, and let pure intelligence direct your revelation. Alma teaches to experiment upon his words. I encourage you to do the same concerning what I have written. I expect to be held fully accountable for my mistakes, and will answer to anyone for misinformation.

You will be held responsible for hearing the voice of the Lord or not. You know too much to claim ignorance. I’d love to talk more on this subject if you have any interest.

Repeating Patterns (481 Words Short)

There are Repeating Patterns. Yesterday, my family and I met with a group of people and were instructed about the history of the founding of America by the pilgrims. It has been ten generations, the pattern is repeating.

The House of God is a House of Order. That does not mean what we have heard in church, when taught that order is some corporation organization/institution. It refers to the patterns of the heavens. The celestial bodies that provide this earth with light were set in the heavens for signs and for wonders, as they follow precisely the patterns (or Order) of the heavens. Today, we are ignorance of the patterns (or Order) of the heavens, and the world has run amuck into paths of disorder in the absence of that knowledge. Death is the byproduct and outcome of disorder. The patterns in the heavens are Repeating Patterns, and it points those who are able to know the patterns of the heavens, expressed in the scriptures, to prophesy and prepare for what lies ahead.

Looking back often aids in looking ahead. History is often repeated by those who are ignorant of it. My family and I were taught about the patterns the pilgrims sought to escape in England. There were three groups of people:

  • Loyalists- those who were loyal to the King’s religious practices
  • Puritans- those who sought the scriptures for the pure religion
  • Separatists- The puritans who refused to conform to the pressures of the loyalists and the King, were punished. They found it necessary to protect their lives by separating and sailing to America (a promised land)

The church today are unknowingly Repeating Patterns. The religion of the state of Utah is no doubt Mormonism. They too exercise unrighteous dominion, punishing those who believe in the scriptures (Puritans), unless they conform. Some have chosen to leave the church, while others have been cast out, making them Separatists. Just as the pilgrims were left to the find the New World without the aid of government or religious assistance, and wholly dependent upon God, those of us who have been cast out are left to seek out the promised Zion, wholly dependent upon God too. These are Repeating Patterns.

It was ten generations between the apostasy at the time of Melchizedek and Abraham. If a generation is around 40 years, and the Mayflower arrived in 1620, it has been 396 years, which is just about ten generations. These are Repeating Patterns.

Conclusion: God’s house is a House of Order, and His patterns are the same today, yesterday, tomorrow, and forever. They are Repeating Patterns. If we choose to write the words of Christ upon our hearts, those patterns will be familiar to us, and we can position ourselves in alignment with the mind and will of God. Otherwise, we are bound to repeat the patterns of the many generations who have been utterly waisted.

Choices!

 

Filling the Gaps (1282 Words Long)

The purpose of the atonement goes misunderstood, reduced, and oversimplified to forgiving sin. The vacant lot is always susceptible to gaps that constantly accumulate trash. When the atonement is used to it’s full potential, it replaces the dark with light, Filling the Gaps in each of us individually.

Catholics and many other religious sects have reduced religion to the power of forgiving sin. In our church, we too have reduced the atonement to forgiving sin. We have developed the false tradition of refusing the sacrament and temple privileges as a penalty of repentance. However, Christ was quick to forgive sins. His advice to the sinner was always to “Go and sin no more.” Now that’s really the hard part, isn’t it?! That requires Filling the Gaps with light and truth. That is what the atonement offers!

Sinning no more is where the atonement has it’s greatest value. Sin comes from darkness. Light dispels the dark. If you are filled with light, their can be no darkness within you, therefore, the potential for sin is destroyed. The atonement is misunderstood as forgiving sin, and would be properly understood as filling you with light instead. Each individual dictates how resistant or receptive they are to being filled with light, based upon the hardness/softness of their heart. Your relationship with anyone else, but Christ, gives you no advantage, and can possibly be to your disadvantage.

When the atonement is reduced to forgiving sins, the authority of the priesthood is ALWAYS mutated into a form of unrighteous dominion. Kissing the ring, touching a man’s hem, bowing in reverence, standing when a man enters the room, following a man, has replaced the necessity for light and truth to fill a darkened mind. It reduces salvation to being accepted by the traditions of men, while remaining ignorant of the words of Christ. Offices of rank are considered as salvific and redeeming, and disobedience to such offices of rank are counted as apostasy. All the while, knowing the heavens is viewed as unnecessary and looking beyond the mark.

An atonement that focuses only on removing sin is oversimplified. It ignores the tremendous amount of work necessary in being filled with light and truth. We are so distant from the light of God that if He were to return today, we would burn because we are not conditioned to the enormous light that accompanies Him. Ever since the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith we have been in a backwards spiral, conditioned to less and less light, constantly being manipulated by government pressures (gold and silver, false priests who oppress, armies and navies, etc.).

  • Blacks holding priesthood (Civil War)
  • Polygamy (Utah’s efforts to acquire statehood)
  • Word of Wisdom and sacramental wine (Prohibition)
  • Blacks allowed to hold priesthood (Equal Rights Activist)
  • Marriage (LGBT efforts)

Rather than being founded upon the laws of heaven, being immovable and unshaken, so the Lord can reveal things that have not been revealed from the foundations of the earth, the church has been in a backwards spiral, aligning more with the world, instead of being a peculiar people. People who have sought out the Lord and have found Him are being cast out, as a threat. Those who have studied the scriptures are cast out because they will not be bullied to conform to the traditions of men. And those who climb the ranks, acquiring offices in the hierarchy, have little power to resolve marital issues, pornography problems, and abuse of any kind. Their best approach is to remove sacrament and temple privileges, advise them to some form of psychological counseling, and reciting primary songs, scriptures, and hymns until the temptation “magically” disappears. None of that works! None of them have the ability to offer any light to fill the darkness. I have been guilty of them all, have tried their counsel, and can bear testimony that it doesn’t work! Their counsel only suppresses the habit, and never resolves the darkness within. Their concept of atonement is misunderstood, reduced, and oversimplified.

The vacant lot is always susceptible to gaps that constantly accumulate trash. In our ignorance, it is no wonder why we are constantly having to clear out the vacant lot, and trash continues to return. Zion must extend beyond clearing a vacant lot. Zion must be filled with the glory of God, which is intelligence, or in other words light and truth. Many of you have expressed that our nephew needs help, but none of you have the ability to offer light and truth to Fill the Gap. As long as the Doctrines of Christ go ignored, we too will suggest reciting primary songs, scriptures, and hymns until the temptation goes away, or we will suggest that if a temptation arises: to call someone, or we will suggest confession to a officer of rank, or removal of sacrament and temple privileges just the same. That will be because you have no power to help Fill the Gap, if within you, you too haven’t Filled the Gap. Consider your own vacant lot. Trash is constantly accumulating in you. Just because the darkness is in different areas of your life doesn’t mean you don’t have gaps. The atonement is correctly and properly intended to Fill the Gap.

When the atonement is used to it’s full potential, it replaces the dark with light, Filling the Gaps in each of us individually. You must have a personal relationship with Christ in order to overcome your weakness. You must have revelation. You must recognize the voice of the Lord, and that requires humbly studying the words of 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.”

It is Christ who Fills the Gap. Nobody else! The best we can do is point to the patterns of Christ in the scriptures. That is what is meant by establishing a house of ORDER! It is learning the ORDER of God. It is each person’s responsibility to learn God’s ORDER and apply it, to develop a relationship with the Savior. Christ has the power to save because He performed the atonement. It is Christ alone that descended below all things, and ascended above all things. So He has the answer for all who desire to ascend! Each of our circumstances are absolutely different, and custom made for our benefit, if we are humble, come unto Christ, and have faith in Him. None of us can solve the problems of another, only our own. But Christ’s atonement gives Christ the ability to give you the answers you need, to make weak things strong in all who will come unto him.

Conclusion: When we partake of the sacrament, what Christ offers us is that we always have His (Christ’s) spirit to be with us. The longer we have his spirit with us, the more instruction we are able to receive. Dependent upon the instruction we are willing to receive, the light and truth within us casts out the darkness, such that we are able to be totally filled with light. That is how we become prepared for the coming of the Lord. That is how the atonement works for our salvation. When the atonement is used to it’s full potential, it replaces the dark with light, Filling the Gaps in each of us individually. Life eternal is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ. No man can offer salvation. Follow Christ. Follow no man!