Point of the Temple (600 Words)

The Point of the Temple is connected to the atonement and abiding. William Tyndale invented the word atonement. It comes from the Greek word “katalage” (ka-ta-la-gay), meaning a process of making one, in other words at-one-ment. The word abide, as in abide in me, also comes from the Greek “meno” (may-no), literally meaning to tie into inextricably, or impossible to separate. These two words at-one-ment and abide give better insight to the intent of our Lord and Savior. Christ seeks you personally.

There is a real price to pay to know God. There is a key to surviving the end-times, offered in your temple endowment. Too many things have been altered, making the temple endowment unable to produce salvation itself, …but it has a message that can benefit those who are seriously seeking to pay the price to know God.

Those who have the first comforter can receive correct understanding of that instruction, if they are willing to ask sincerely. However, the ceremony alone isn’t sufficient. You must act accordingly, and that requires the assistance of the second comforter. Joseph Smith not only offered an endowment, he and Emma lived the endowment. Since the time of Adam, all who would be saved, were, when they walked the same path. Advice: go to the temple, pay attention, learn what it is you are being instructed to do. Then when you leave the temple, go to work living it. By living the endowment, you must not sell your tokens for money, but instead seek further light and knowledge by conversing through the veil, and literally entering into the Lord’s presence. It is through the difficulties that this literal endowment clothes you, the initiate, in real light, rather than ceremonial robes. That is how you will be able to attend the wedding feast, because you will be clothed in light, or in other words, you will have on a wedding garment.

Joseph Smith said, “If I can get you to know God, I can bring you to Him.” Joseph Smith not only offered the endowment, to teach all to know God, he has been through the endowment literally. Joseph Smith has lived the endowment, literally being clothed in light instead of ceremonial robes, …and he offers those who will receive the endowment the instruction so that you can get it for yourself.

Conclusion: The School of the Prophets were intended to prepare you for the temple endowment, so that you can understand the instruction there. Within the school was taught the King Follet discourses that teach of multiple probations, ascension, and entering into the Lord’s rest. Once you have been endowed, you must now begin your journey to understand the instructions the endowment offers, so that you can apply them properly. The first comforter explains things to you heart and mind, and the second comforter assists you to apply it, until you have not only been ceremonially endowed, but you have actually been clothed in light.

Joseph Smith offered the school of the prophet as preparation to understand what goes on in the temple. The temple instructs you in the knowledge of the heavens. The Lord’s presence was necessary to apply the temple instructions, and clothing you in light.  Moses tried to sanctify his people to come into the presence of the Lord. They wouldn’t do it. Instead they instructed Moses to go up the mountain. No one can do the work for you. You cannot be saved as a congregation, in a group, or by someone else’s works. Unless you act upon what you know, it serves only as your condemnation.

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Philosophy, Science, and Revelation (1219 Words)

Since the apostasy, Philosophy and Science have battled for control, ignoring Revelation. Through the apostasy people were ruled over by Philosophers, until the people got fed up with being oppressed, and rebelled. The people debunked oppressive traditions with Science, but everyone has totally forgotten about Revelation.

The word “dogma” has nothing to do with the mother of a dog (dog-ma, …get-it), …that would be a bitch- a female dog, wolf, fox, or otter (not being crude, but that just goes to show you how what might seem obvious may not be so obvious. Besides I never thought that I’d ever use the word bitch). Dogma is a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as “incontrovertibly true.” This sets the stage for the battle of the renaissance (1400 AD-1800AD).

Philosophy represented “religion,” and held the power over the perceptions of people’s minds for over a thousand years. Catholic Priests leaned toward the teachings of philosopher Aristotle, who defined God by stating what he knew that God wasn’t (or at least thought he knew). For example, we can’t say that God exists, all we can safely say is that God is not nonexistent, …or we should not say that God is wise, but we can say that God is not ignorant. They defined God by saying what He isn’t, rather than knowing what He is. The Priest was considered the mouth piece of God, and could expound the scriptures, making the translation “incontrovertibly true,” …and none could refute, despite that they were wrong. Priests settled the matter by stating their authority, and pounded in their stakes to make their claims.

The argument that has discredited religion, in favor of science, was based upon the reading of the scriptures. Priest’s claimed that their authority gave them power to expound the scriptures. They used their authority to expound scripture, claiming, the Bible says that the Earth is the center of the universe. This perspective was labeled Geocentric, or Earth-centeric. However, scientist Galileo, read the same scriptures a little differently than the Priests. He stated that the Bible could be read to express an Earth point of view, and nothing more. And then Galileo turned his telescope to the sun, moon, and stars, proving that Earth wasn’t the center of the universe. Priest’s, rather than repenting and fixing where they were wrong, they cast out Galileo’s theory, and called it heresy.  Today, it is common knowledge that the Priest’s were wrong, and Galileo was right, proving that a priest’s authority doesn’t control the correct understanding of scriptures. Scientists have used this case to support that there is no God, …only the natural laws of science. The battle between Philosophy and Science continues, as no one pays much attention to revelation. God has become an argument between religionists and scientists, who have never been in God’s presence.

Revelation flies under the radar of the brightest minds, only appearing in simple men like Abraham, Moses, Joseph Smith, etc. The philosophy’s of men mingled with scripture has never produced the presence of God. And despite the sophistication of machines, computers, and programming, scientists have never blasted off into outer space, to place an American flag in the presence of God either. Yet, we occupy most of our lives trying to balance between Philosophy and Science, never knowing God, never ascending, remaining cast out of His presence, rather than returning. Revelation is available to all, if they would receive it.

To receive it, revelation requires a pure heart, and purity is always tested. The veil is over our senses, not over our feelings. The heart governs feelings or desires. As our desires are to God, our hearts become purer, and our feelings can lead our actions, until our senses catch up. Revelation grows from feelings, to hearing, to seeing, to touch, etc. The scriptures refer to the heart as being the source of healing the deaf (those who cannot hear the Lord’s voice), the blind (those who cannot see His face and know that He is), and the lame (those who cannot walk back into His presence). All of it refers to revelation.

There is only one revelation, and it is the unveiling of God, the source of all light. The heart’s purity must be tested at every step, before more revelation will be given. The purification-work to hear the Lord’s voice is the effort we give to study the scriptures. The test comes, when a servant speaks with the voice of the Lord, disguised as a stranger, a bum on the street, or a son/brother, …can you hear the voice of the Lord and act? Acting upon His voice produces another test, as the Lord requires your actions to go against the logic and understanding of the world. For instance: Abraham sacrificing Isaac, Joseph being sold into slavery, the brother of Jared crossing the ocean, Moses parting the Red Sea, Lehi/Nephi leaving Jerusalem, etc.  Each of their hearts were tested at a higher degree, and the revelation they received matched. Ultimately, all of them offered all things on the sacrificial altar. Rather than a symbolic offering, a son or daughter of God must offer all things on the sacrificial altar, in exchange for walking back, for ascending, for the final unveiling, the one revelation, the unveiling of the source of all light, walking back into the presence of God.

Conclusion: Zion is a people who are of one heart and one mind, with no poor among them. I am certain that we have hearts of great potential. But our hearts are stuck on the things of this world, following after the traditions of men (philosophies of men mingled with scripture), depending upon science for our conveniences, that our efforts to balance our lives between philosophy and science have left our family outside of the presence of God!

The presence of God doesn’t remove the problems of the world, it offers a completely different paradigm that makes the problems of the world so insignificant, and produces power to overcome the world by faith. Moses’ problems with Egypt never disappeared, but God parted the Red Sea. Enoch’s problems never disappeared, but the city of Enoch was taken up. Noah’s problems never disappeared, but within the ark Noah was preserved. Moses, Enoch, and Noah had a paradigm shift by entering into the presence of the Lord. That has been available to all who would have a pure heart, hear the voice of the Lord, see His face, and walk back into His presence.

You have been invited to the wedding feast. You must have on a wedding garment, or else be bound hand and foot and thrown out. The sign in the heaven on Sept 23, 2017 is the sign of Jupiter and Virgo, crowned with a crown of 12 stars, standing on the moon, clothed in the sun. Symbolically, it refers to the family of God, built upon revelation (moon = wisdom or revelation), clothed in the robes of light (the sun), crowned with the glory of the heavens (12 star constellations represented by a 12 star crown).

We are required to see the things we learned in the temple as instructions. We must receive those instructions and find our way back. We must access the power of our family to do the work of knowing the words of Christ. Lets work!

40 Day Literature (1187 Words)

You’ve probably never heard of 40 Day Literature, …so I’d love to be the first to give you an introduction. After His resurrection, the Bible tells us that Christ spent 40 Days with an inner-group of people, before leaving to tend to His other sheep, which were not of that fold. What was taught during the 40 Days were unknown for ages, …until a discovery in 1945 called the Nag Hammadi Scriptures. Since then, other archeological findings have been discovered, supporting the 40 Day Literature as “temple-texts” of the ancient Christians.

Scholars deny the fact that there were temple-texts from ancient Christianity, and the 40 Day Literature discovery and recent findings negates their claims. The argument by the scholars was founded on the absence of ancient documents. The Bible eludes to it’s existence in it’s deep symbolisms, barely surviving through the dark and middle ages, but symbolism escapes the minds of scholars steeped in the traditions of this world. In their ignorance, they put aside plain and precious truths, simply because they don’t understand it. I’ll give you a brief history, as context to understanding the break through that the 40 Day temple-texts have made.

After Christ’s departure to the other sheep, the apostles, connected and sealed to Christ, taught the people. Few received their truths, and the world hated them, killing them to cover their sins. The last to leave was John the Beloved, who walked away, according to record, at about 110 AD. Although John’s departure marked the completion of the apostasy, it was in full sway long before. But, we’ll take 110 AD as a marker of the apostasy. Scholars call the time between 110 AD and the council of Nicea in 325 AD “THE GAP.” They call it that because records from that time have gone missing. Those at Nicea did some history deleting, so that Christianity would not reflect on the truth that condemned them, keeping only the truths that applauded them. The Bible is a product surviving the Nicean Creed, it’s deep symbolism still somewhat in tact because of the ignorance of the council at Nicea, …but many plain and precious truths have been removed pushing the deep symbolism even deeper. The death blow of Christianity was delivered in Nicea at the end of “THE GAP.” Since then, Christianity went through the dark ages.

The renaissance period began a thousand years later, in 1400 AD. Renaissance is a french word, literally meaning: “reawakening” or “rebirth.” This was the age of the rebellion of the domination of the Orthodox Catholic Church (institution). The word “orthodox” literally means: conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved. The renaissance was a point of conflict between traditions (orthodox) and reawakening (renaissance). This was the time of Bach, Bethoven, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, etc. Only after the renaissance, America is established. Imagine that, a pattern of breaking free from traditions of orthodoxy, leading to a rebirth of truth, progressing into the establishment of the promised land of America, and falling into false traditions of apostasy through traditions of orthodoxy all over again (today). Can someone say, “Pride Cycle?” Can I get an “AMEN?”

So, fast forward through the restoration of Joseph Smith, the revelations of the BOM, D&C, and POGP, along with the inspired translations of the Bible by JS. The restoration broke free of orthodox traditions, offering baptism as a symbol of rebirth. Considering the scales of time, the discovery of the Nag Hammadi scriptures arrives on the scene at about the same time as the greats of the renaissance. The 40 Day Literature appears to be a temple-text, hidden up through “THE GAP” and uncovered in 1947, from the dust of the Earth. Within them we learn that it’s main focus is, …wait for iiiiiiiittt, …ASCENSION! Whaaaaaaat?! Yup, it was a temple-text, pointing to conversing with the Lord through the veil, being guided by the Lord, until you have returned into His presence in the flesh.

The scholars ask, “Where are the buildings like the temple of Solomon.” Scholars cannot see outside of their own personal experiences, telling them that …temples must be this, …and must look like that, …and must be made of such and such. They are trying to fit a temple into a box of their own false traditions of unbelief. While King Solomon’s temple was a temple similar to the thinking of the minds of scholars, it wasn’t the typical temple. Moses’ temple was a portable tabernacle. Joseph of Egypt had an Egyptian looking temple. Abraham and Jacob’s temple were a pile of stones on a mountain, and Adam’s temple was an altar. But scholars have created in their minds the traditional orthodoxy image of a temple, and can’t seem to see anything else outside of their traditions.

What was taught during the 40 Days were unknown for ages, …until a discovery in 1945. Since then, other archeological findings have been discovered, supporting the 40 Day Literature as “temple-texts” of the ancient Christians. They tell of “Essene” temples, in caves no less. At the time of Isaiah, the temple had been corrupted as High Priests used their authority over temple worship, to gut the temple, change the ordinances, and govern entry by the amount of sacrificial offerings made by the people (sounding familiar?). During the corruption of authority, High Priests who desired to maintain the purity of the temple left into the deserts (like Lehi), practicing the ordinances and rituals as best as possible, as it was given in scripture, unchanged, undiluted, and unmolested. They practiced these ordinances and rituals in caves, to remain hidden from the larger controlling High Priests who were in control of King Solomon’s temple. They were called Rechabites (re-ka-bites), and later named Essenes (es-scenes). Their descendants were the Samaritans, the first people Christ went, to preach. The story of the woman at the well, was Christ at Jacob’s well (a temple-site), …and the woman was a Samaritan, a descendant of the Essene-cave-temple-people.

Other discoveries of Stonehenge tells us that the stones were aligned with the stars, solstices, and equinoxes, so that people who knew the heavens could do on earth as it is done in heaven. Other discoveries have identified similar traditions of the Egyptians, dating back to over 4,000 BC. Another site, called Gobekli Tepe, is being referred to by archeologists as the worlds’ first temple, dating back to 10,000 BC. What’s it made of? Stones aligned with the star constellations, positioned according to cardinal North, South, East, West directions, able to identify solstices and equinoxes, with carvings of ASCENSION within it.

Conclusion: Gang, there’s a pattern, a type and shadow, a groove, set up by God for those who have eyes to see and ears that hear. The pride cycle goes from false traditions, to rebirth, to restoration, to promised land. But those who inherit the promised land, if they don’t continue in light and truth, reaching the heavens, using the ordinances and rites of the temple to ASCEND, …they will forfeit their gift and fall back into apostasy. You must put off your false traditions of unbelief, awake, and arise. This is the break through that the 40 Day temple-texts have made.

PEACE!

 

 

 

Her Faith Made Her Whole… (924 Words)

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

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

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

Mark 5:27-29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Certified Mormon! (1323 Words)

In the efforts to write a document that states governing principles, I have discovered what I think ought to be the minimum (…and only) requirements to be considered a Certified Mormon! The eclipse cutting through the United States of America, on Thomas S. Monson’s 90th birthday (tomorrow, Aug 21, 2017) symbolizes to me a sign in the heavens that represents the end of the day of the Gentiles. It is an indication of judgement as the moon cuts off the light of the sun. Although the movement I am involved in have theoretically drastically differing opinions, The Standard & Guide (outlined here) is what I will hold myself accountable to, before God, angels, and you witnesses. It is also a statement of unity for those who will minimally observe and keep them, with the potential to produce Zion: one heart, one mind, and no poor among them.

Explained: There are two portions: standard and guide. The standard alone is sufficient to produce a seed of unity. The guide gives a little more information of how things can be done, in this dispensation, to produce one heart and one mind, with no poor among us, …allowing all to be free of being ruled-over, being able to govern ourselves, willing to be held accountable for our own flaw and error if we fail to come to Christ. Read and consider the following:


A STANDARD & GUIDE

STANDARD: We believe that every individual seeking to know God, through His son Jesus Christ, can be personally instructed by the Holy Spirit, to obtain greater light and truth. We believe that the words of Christ (past, present, and future) is the standard by which all followers of Christ should govern themselves. We relinquish any desire to have an institution, hierarchy, or strong-man lead us, being willing to be personally accountable to repent and turn to Christ, or answer for our own sins.

GUIDE: The following is a guide for the application of The Doctrine of Christ, Fellowships and Ordinances.

THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST:

Faith is having an assurance of unseen things. To exercise faith is to act in alignment to correct belief. Faith is the principle motivation of action and power in both mortals and in God. Having faith in Jesus Christ is: to believe in Him, to learn of Him, and to act according to a correct understanding of Him. Exercising faith in Jesus Christ will gradually turn action into power, producing unwavering faith in Him.

Repentance requires correct knowledge of Jesus Christ. With correct knowledge, an individual is able to recognize and turn away from personal error, facing Christ instead. Light dispels darkness and sin is quickly forgiven. Ultimately, repentance leads to being redeemed from the fall, being brought back into Christ’s presence.

Baptism is required of all who believe in Jesus Christ and repent. Baptism must be performed by immersion, by one holding proper authority, and when possible, in living water such as a river, lake, stream, or sea. Our Lord gave the following instructions:

Behold, ye shall go down and stand in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize them. And now behold, these are the words which ye shall say, calling them 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 shall ye immerse them in the water, and come forth again out of the water.

The Holy Ghost is the promised gift of the Father to those who have faith in His Son, repent and receive baptism. The Holy Ghost is a connection to God and will give you access to more light and truth through your heart and mind.

FELLOWSHIPS:

Believers are encouraged to freely gather together in fellowships to worship, partake of the Lord’s supper, and serve and strengthen one another. All are equal before God and everyone has value because of their unique gifts and abilities. Fellowships provide an environment for light and truth to be shared and experienced.

Tithes can be freely gathered individually or within each fellowship for the purpose of helping the poor among them. No one is to be paid for their participation in a fellowship. After the needs of the poor in the fellowship are met, excess funds can be donated to help with the temple.

ORDINANCES:

Gospel ordinances, including baptism and the Lord’s Supper, require priesthood authority in the man performing them. To receive and exercise authority within his family, a man must be ordained by another man who has authority, and ask for and receive power directly from God. If the man wishes to provide priesthood ordinances outside his own family, he must also be approved (sustained) by at least seven women in a fellowship. If he is married, his wife must be one of the seven women who approve. The women should sign a certificate proving the man’s sustained authorization to provide ordinances in fellowships.

The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper consists of bread and wine and is offered to all who have been baptized. The bread should be broken into pieces by the man who is officiating, then all should kneel while the man says the following prayer, exactly as written:

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.

The blessing on the wine, also given by the man who is officiating while all kneel, should then be given exactly as follows:

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 officiator and all who are participating should then eat the bread and drink the wine.

Marriage is between one man and one woman only, to reflect the image of God. Marriage is a required sacrament for the exaltation of both the man and woman. Marriages that are sealed by the Lord’s oath in a sacred place, will endure beyond death and into the Father’s Kingdom.

Those who are married according to their local laws, traditions or customs, should seek to have their marriage sealed by the Lord’s word. To prepare for this event, women and men should seek to emulate the Savior’s teachings in their marriage and their treatment of each other.


Conclusion: What I have written above is a fundamentally simple statement, upon which all who claim to be followers of Christ (anciently called followers of “The Way”) can come to mutual agreement and find unity, without constricting individual worth and expression through over regulation. As all truth is circumscribed into one great whole, this statement reflects the importance of accumulating all truth, to allow the truth to shape us, rather than reshaping the truth to fit our limitations, foolish understandings, and our desire to control one another. By this standard, salvation requires nothing less than all truth, including the mysteries of God, in full. This statement is my declaration of how I choose to live my life, and by what standard I expect to be judged. Any who can live this way, I believe, ought to be considered in every way a Certified Mormon! 

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.