Prerequisite Knowledge (801 Words)

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

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

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

D&C 95:1

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

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

D&C 105:1-6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

No Substitute (1305 Words)

When considering the options, it’s obvious that there’s No Substitute for the TRUTH!

The words of Christ, as a covenant, has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. My interests in the covenant is it’s ability to produce oneness, even among the weakest of us. Considering these options, it’s obvious to me that there is No Substitute.

Scripture Project: The words of Christ, as a covenant, has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. I have been studying them for the purpose of confidently making a covenant, that I will hold myself to be judged by. The project is to restore the scriptures to it’s original record (at the time of the restoration), to establish a “common-law” that will unite a few who choose to accept to live it. The option was given for all of us to suggest deletions,  recommend insertions, make edits, and suggest new revelation to be included, to preserve the restoration. I feel inadequate to make any changes, as I don’t know the original content. However, I feel confident in one aspect: I know that I can find oneness with anyone who chooses to abide by it’s precepts as their central law. My heart is in full trust of the covenant. All that remains to be accomplished is the work of writing the words upon our hearts, and that will unite both hearts and minds of all who do the same.

Oneness & The Covenant: My interests in the covenant is it’s ability to produce oneness, even among the weakest of us, ultimately producing Zion. Because of their pride, the early saints failed in three specific areas (D&C 1:15-16):

  1. They strayed from the ordinances
  2. They broke the everlasting covenant
  3. They sought not the Lord to establish His righteousness

Baptism and sacrament have been restored to it’s proper order, with baptism done by the “authority given of Jesus Christ,” and the sacrament being done with wine instead of water, symbolic of the atoning sacrifice of Christ. The repentance of these two ordinances, repairs the first failure of the early saints. The scripture project has the potential of repairing the second failure of breaking the everlasting covenant, as some will actually accept the everlasting covenant of the Book of Mormon, and the other commandments as their central law. The third will be the most difficult to repair, which is to not only say, but to do according to the law, thus establishing the righteousness of the Lord.

When we submit to this process of living the covenant, we are promised by the Lord that the Lord will progress us as follows (D&C 1:20-29):

  • Faith will increase in the earth
  • The everlasting covenant will be established (the fullness)
  • When the people make mistakes, it will be made known (Truth)
  • When the people seek wisdom, they’ll be instructed
  • When the people sin, they’ll be chastened, so that they repent (whereas, today, we are not being chastened by the Lord, and are left to learn from sad experience)
  • When the people are humble, they’ll be made strong, and be blessed from on high, and receive knowledge from time to time

The Lord provides a quick overview of how it all comes together.

D&C 1:30

30. And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually.”

No Substitute: Considering the process outlined in Section 1, by the Lord, to fulfill the covenant, …it’s obvious to me that there is no other way, …there is No Substitute. The drawing above depicts a choice.

If the scriptures are central, the promises are fulfilled. However, failure to have the scriptures central is substituted by a testimony that “…The Church is True.” When you bear testimony that the church is true, there’s no need to search the scriptures. The testimony alone seems sufficient.

When the scriptures are written upon your heart, you are prepared to properly discern the voice of the Lord, in the words of a servant of the Lord (one who’s been in the presence of the Lord). Those unable to discern the voice of the Lord, from a messenger coming from the Lord’s presence, will substitute the need to recognize the messenger’s voice with their temple recommends. They’ll be satisfied that they have all that is necessary for the after life, and that all they must do is “…Endure to the End.

Anyone who has received the words of Christ, and received His servant, they are now prepared to enter into His presence in the flesh. They can be redeemed from the fall, and brought back into Christ’s presence (Ether 3:13). However, those who have refused to write the words of Christ upon their hearts, and have rejected a true servant of the Lord (delivering Christ’s message), …they will not be redeemed, and will not enter His presence, while they are in the flesh. They will remain fallen, and cast-out of Zion and the kingdom of God. In this condition, they will be satisfied to follow the prophet instead of seeking the face of the Lord. They will profess, “…All is Well in Zion!

Conclusion: There is no other way. As a member of the LDS church, knowing that the church was true stopped me from caring what was in the scriptures, since we owned a set. However, once I sought to know the scriptures, I knew that the gospel within the scriptures were true, and not the church.

I was endowed in the LDS temple at nineteen years old, preparatory to serving a full-time mission. I was the first of us to marry in the temple, and was proud of that fact. I was convinced that, while nobodies perfect, all we needed to do is keep trying, and endure to the end, and we were promised to be sealed for time and all eternity. My temple recommend was symbolic of maintaining good standing, preparatory to entering the celestial kingdom. However, when I came to hear the voice of one who stood in the presence of both God the Father and His Son, just as Joseph Smith, Abraham, and Adam had, I was able to discern the voice of the Lord in his words, and have had my eyes opened with greater clarity of the scriptures than has ever been understood from attending the LDS temple.

I was taught to bear testimony that the prophet was a prophet, and that by doing so, I would have a testimony that it was so. However, when it came time to not only say, but to do, I found that the LDS prophet offered nothing but darkness when I had nothing to grasp onto, and my family was being torn from my fingers. It was my testimony of Christ alone that has secured my marriage, and will prove to secure my children, and can prove to secure you, exactly the same way.

I was required to exercise faith by trusting in the words of Christ, instead of the church. I exercised great faith and was able to recognize a servant of the Lord, …finding stability when my temple recommend was revoked, and my wife and I cast-out of church. I now have a personal relationship with Christ, and that has produced even greater faith. We are now willing to endure all things, to hold fast to what we now know. Those who uphold the church, the temple, and the prophet, will reject the word, the servant, and Christ Himself. Consider your past choices, recognize that what the church offers will Never Substitute the promised blessings of heaven. Then, awake and arise. Repent, and lets make the covenant together.

 

Part 1: Rob’s Starting His Own Church? (647 Words)

I keep hearing the rumor that Rob’s Starting His Own Church. That would be news to me, …because I’m Rob. So just in case there’s a question, I’d like to express a few thoughts about governing yourselves, that might clear up your concerns about me starting my own church.

The Church of God, from the beginning, were those who would live by the covenant found in the words of Christ. By living by the covenant of the Book of Mormon, and the other commandments, there could be established, once again, a covenant people whose language was preserved. That covenant people would be given a land of inheritance. Upon that land of inheritance can be built a temple, so that what is done in heaven is also done on earth. At the beginning of each dispensation was a covenant, to preserve the language of the people. And when the people responded, the covenant keeping people were given a land of inheritance, as God promised to His people.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints was originally established upon the foundation of “the Book of Mormon, and the other commandments.” However, less than two years after the church was established, those gentiles had already suffered condemnation. The church was established on 6 April 1830, and in a year and a half, this revelation was given:

D&C 84:54-57

“54. And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—

55. Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.

56. And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.

57. And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written—”

The whole Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints suffered the condemnation of the Lord in 1832, and that condemnation was reiterated in a 1986 General Conference by Ezra T. Benson. My recent experience of being cast-out is proof that the church has not reversed the condemnation through repentance, and the condemnation of 1832 is still in full force right now. Since Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed, the scriptures have been added to, large chunks omitted, pertinent information removed, and many scriptures were manipulated by the hands of men, making that record unable to bind the hearts and minds of men, for them to be one in Zion. It is the failure of the saints to maintain a pure record, and keep the covenant (that was originally offered) that stops the establishment of Zion in these latter-days.

The words of Christ is not my words, they belong to Christ. Therefore, if there is a group of people who are united by the power of those words, they necessarily belong to Christ’s church. I follow the words of Christ with great effort, and meticulous detail, to qualify to be united with that people. But, because I take the scriptures seriously, you have accused me that my actions have caused me to be cast-out. And you think that it is clear evidence that I’m starting my own church. The city of Enoch was founded upon scripture. Melchizedek’s city was also founded on scripture. Am I starting my own church? Are you CRAZY?

Conclusion: While I’m not starting my own church, I will meet together oft to talk of Christ, preach of Christ, prophesy of Christ, and partake of the sacrament, and be numbered among those who have kept the covenant of the Book of Mormon and the other commandments that God has given. In your ignorance, you have misjudged me, thinking that I’m starting my own church. I forgive you, and invite you to repent by searching diligently the words of Christ, not only to say, but to do accordingly.

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!

After the Apostles (1379 Words Long)

On my return home trip from Canada, for a funeral, I began re-reading about the original church, After the Apostles. None of us have studied it for ourselves, but have trusted what we have been taught by our church leaders. Their claim is that we were organized the same as the original New Testament church, with apostles and prophets, to become the only “true church.” What may surprise you is the difference between what we call “church,” and it’s departure from the instructions of Christ for an Ekklesia.

Church: The Bible was translated from Hebrew, to Greek, to Aramaic, to Latin, into English, and many plain and precious truths were lost in translation. Of the many corruptions which have led men astray, two words (ekklesia and kuriakos) has been incorrectly changed to represent our modern understanding of: Church. Now church simply means “a building used for public Christian worship.” Since we have used church incorrectly for so many years, we have cut a groove almost impossible to get out, we have exercised unrighteous dominion over others, and we have lost more truth, until we are left with false traditions of unbelief. Consider the origins of the two words that have been incorrectly lumped together as church.

One of the earliest records we have is from the Greek Septuagint. In it “Church” was pronounced “ku-ri-a-kos.” The meaning of “Ku-ri-a-kos” is understood by its root: “Ku- ri-os,” which means “Lord.” “Kuriakos” means “pertaining to the lord.” It refers to something that belongs to the Lord. The Greek “kuriakos” eventually became changed to: “cirice” (Kee-ree-ke), then “churche” (kerke), and eventually “church.” Rather than identifying what belongs to the Lord, church has become re-defined by and as an institution, housed in a building, claiming to be the Lord’s. All churches exercise power over it’s subjects, requiring knowing and obedience to it’s church leaders, without the need to know the Lord.

The Greek word “kuriakos” appears in the New Testament twice. In I Corinthians 11:20 it refers to “the Lord’s supper.” In Revelation 1:10 it refers to “the Lord’s day.” In both instances, it is translated “the Lord’s…” NOT “church.” Kuriakos doesn’t appear again in the New Testament. However “ekklesia” occurs over 100x, and in every instance it’s also mistranslated as “church,” now represented by a building.

Ekklesia: The correct translation for “ekklesia” is: a people who were called-out. From this word comes the Spanish equivalent iglesias, translated as: church. Comparing the origins of the two words ekklesia and kuriakos (church) you can see how a people who were “called-out” can be combined with “belonging to the Lord,” eventually being reduced to a building belonging to the Lord, but controlled by men claiming to be the Lord’s (our modern understanding of Church).

When correctly used, ekklesia was intended to instruct men who were called-out, about what God expected of their lives, as a community unified under Him. Whenever ekklesia was used in chronicles or psalms, it focused on worship in the Temple. After testing the will of the ekklesia in building the Temple, greater instruction was given of it’s use, and connecting to the heavens. The ekklesia came to the Temple for all types of worship and instruction, and to express it’s unity as God’s called-out people. Thus, the temple became associated with the ekklesia, and eventually lumped into a building, also known as a church. While church identified something belonging to the Lord, and ekklesia was a people who are called-out, a temple was what was used to gather those who are called-out, who belonged to the Lord, …and return them to His presence. When properly connected to the heavens the ekklesia included heavenly beings (hagioi: holy ones), as well as men in the flesh. Kings called God, “My Father.” God referred to a King as being made His “Firstborn,” the origins of birthright tied to heavenly favor, not just birth-order.

To be “called-out” is to be covenanted, or to have the old covenant (made to the fathers), made-anew in you. It was the same covenant made to the “ancient of days” (Adam), and renewed through the patriarchal lineage of the fathers, until the lineage of Hyrum Smith. A covenant being made anew is a new and an everlasting covenant.

Conclusion: The funeral I attended in Canada was held in a Catholic church. After the entertaining eulogy, the priests did a reading of last rights, preparing the deceased for facing death. The priest waved incense around the casket. The smoke from the incense ascended, as the priest prayed on behalf of the deceased. I could see the intended symbolism of prayer ascending as the smoke from the incense rose, originating from the temple, performed in the church, seeking to qualify as being called-out, and belonging to the Lord. Although the Catholic priest was well intended, it’s departure from the truth served more to comfort the grieved living, in our ignorance of what occurs beyond the veil. However, to the priest, he will bear testimony that his “church is true.”

The ekklesia was warned to not assimilate with surrounding societies and their idolatry. Failure to resist assimilation came with penalties raised by God to oppress them in their disobedience. False priests who oppress use their earthly recognized authority to manipulate and compel men into willingness to obey priests/leaders unquestioned. It is easily recognizable observing Catholic ritual. But not so easy when reflecting on our own nonsense as Mormons. False priests who oppress come in all shapes and sizes, but they are always dressed in sheep’s clothing.

If you would properly protect yourselves, and your families, against false priests who oppress, your best defense is knowledge of the words of Christ. Those who have written them upon their hearts will not be oppressed, but will belong to the Lord, having been called-out, and their elections made sure. That is the spirit of Elijah.

Anja called and briefly described a hilarious conversation she had with Tom. He asked, “I heard a rumor, from your son to my son, that our brother’s starting his own church. Is it true?” She responded, “No, he’s not starting his own church, …he’s building his own temple.” I couldn’t stop laughing when I heard that. Let me be clear, I am not starting my own church …like you have imagined: with my own building, two counselors, an assigned clergy, with home teaching assignments for the men, and visiting teaching assignments for the women, etc. But, I am calling-you-out, so that the Lord can make you His (ekklesia and kuriakos-CHURCH). I have gone back to the scriptures and the restoration of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and have dismissed the misled leaders advise to change what was restored through them; trusting that God is ACTUALLY the same yesterday, today, and forever, …and NOT trusting in the arm of flesh, or making flesh my arm. From the restoration, we were taught the absolute necessity to go and make your callings and elections sure, and come into the presence of Christ in the flesh. That’s what I am doing and seeking.

BJ called, asking, “So once you build this temple, den what you going do wit-em?” A people who belong to the Lord, are called-out, and are led by the Lord. They will be instructed of the Lord, in the flesh, and by no other way. So while we wait upon the Lord, we are exercising our faith to raise the money necessary to build a temple to the Lord’s design. When we are instructed of the Lord to build it, just as He did to Noah, the brother of Jared, and Nephi, the Lord will tell us how it must be done, and what to do with it, once we have it.

This is the Lord’s work, to call you out, in order to make you His. It does not belong to false priests who oppress, and rule and reign with blood and horror on this earth. Church leaders have used compulsion to manipulate my worship, threatening my membership, in exchange for my compliance. This is not what Christ restored. But it is what happened in the apostasy, After the Apostles. The gospel is true, but NOT the church. Churches, as we have made them, have always led men astray. God would never do that.