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.

The Word! (799 Words)

I used to think that in order for a people to unite under a common law, everyone needed to have common principles that govern them. I have been enlightened, and learned that laws change to fit the the progress of a people. Our best chance of success would be to unify on laws we can agree on, and begin, like a seed, to grow into greater and greater law as we all progress together.

I was mistaken to think that people who differ in progression, could unite upon common principles. For a month my wife and I have been participating in a group effort to write a governing principles (GP) document for “fellowships.” We have invested the effort of wrestling with others to accomplish it, and have failed. We couldn’t understand why, within our little fellowship of five people, writing GP’s flowed easily, …but when gathering with representatives of other fellowships, it produced a totally different result! On the surface people were polite, but not only did we fail to produce a united GP document, feelings have been hurt, words have bruised and injured, and trust has been strained to the point of being almost totally lost. It is a real “natural disaster,” …as the “natural man” is an enemy to God, and we have responded as “natural men,” falling to pieces like glass. I should have seen this within our own family, but I didn’t, and had to learn it through sad experience.

I have come to a greater understanding of our effort to come to God by obedience to the words of Christ. Laws change to fit the the progress of a people. As people progress toward God, God gives “commandments not a few.” However, as people become more corrupt, laws are amended, and reduced to justify sins. In this blog I will address how laws can progress a people toward Zion, …as our constitution already is a prime example of how good law is amended, to erode a people, by justifying their sins, through a democratic process. Consider a law that prepares a people for Zion.

God is the same yesterday and forever, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. The plan of salvation is to bridge the gap. He gives us laws in scripture, based upon our level of desire to keep it, and write it upon our hearts. As a lower law is written upon our hearts, a higher law can continue our progression, until we are precisely what He is: gods and goddesses. His words, written in scripture, are static, allowing all who truly love Him to show their love, by understanding the words given, applying them as they understand, so that the words “become them!” That is how an individual writes them upon their hearts (BTW: it is not scripture mastery). That is why John the Beloved identified Christ as the Word!

John 1:1-5

1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2. The same was in the beginning with God.

3. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

4. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

(I capitalized and bolded Him” to represent Christ as the person who is being spoken of. It is my innovation, but it represents the proper application of the author. Take it or leave it as you please.)

More word is given by God when we follow the example of Christ by writing them upon our hearts, until we become like Christ ourselves. That is how all can progress line upon line, precept upon precept, grace for grace, and from grace to grace. As God is the one who knows all, it is God’s words that unite. A people who are willing to be governed by God’s words need only write them, and progress their unity when God gives more word.

I have learned that our best chance of success would be to unify on laws we can agree on, and begin, like a seed, to grow into greater and greater law as we all progress together. Too many words all at once, possesses too much risk. We must go from one small line to the next, letting God do the heavy lifting of uniting our hearts and minds, by growing the word within us. That is the tree that produces the sweet fruit (Alma 32:42)

Conclusion: Lets begin to identify the law we can be governed by, as a family, and plant that seed, using the words of Christ available to us all. Then allow the words of Christ to grow within us, uniting our family into the eternities.

 

God Blessed America

God has always sought a people. God blessed the Jews; God blessed the Mormons; And God Blessed America. God’s blessings were never in question, …wether we respond and return to Him is!

From the Fall of Adam, God sought to gather His people. Each time He offered, only a rare few would gather. Many have been called, but few have responded, to become chosen. In every dispensation the Lord has sent servants to gather His sheep. The response of the sheep is a self-selecting process.

Scriptures are written by those who’ve been in the heavens, describing the heavens, so that what is in heaven can be on earth. When we read the scriptures to gain insight of the heavens, …to make on earth as it is in heaven, …then scriptures become a tool to unite. Otherwise, it plants vanity. Properly used, scriptures familiarizes it’s reader with the Lord’s voice in the past, so they can recognize it in the present. The reader must be familiar with God, His correct attributes/characteristics/and perfections, …and then the reader can know that the path they are on is acceptable to God (Lectures on Faith). Any other use for scripture, produces pride and vanity.

The Jewish Pharisees and Sadducees took the scriptures from simple principles, and KILLED it, to make laws. You can control others with laws, because laws must be enforced. The scriptures weren’t written upon their hearts, the principles were abandoned by God’s people, so the laws became a burden on their backs. At one point, God blessed the Jews, but their scattered condition finds them in a different circumstance today.

The Mormons have chosen a similar path after the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. They have claimed ownership of the scriptures, not being willing to be held accountable to them. They’d prefer one man speaks with Christ, and all others do what one man says. Their laws centralize governing powers to Salt Lake City. They control all the money, allowing poverty to thrive, even in areas that the church is prospering. The saints (speaking generally) cannot hear the gathering voice of the Lord, as they still suffer the 1832 condemnation of disregarding the Book of Mormon and the other commandments. They have changed and added scripture, without the insight of the heavens (admittedly). And now they claim every talk from General Conference as scripture. God blessed the Mormons with the Book of Mormon/D&C/POGP/JST Bible, but they’re casting people out, against the doctrine of their own scripture (3 Nephi 18).

God Blessed America with a constitutional foundation, based on the Bible. But the constitution is now amended so badly, that it’s almost impossible to see the black Michael Jackson underneath all that white plastic surgery.

Is it God who did this, or is it man? God’s blessings were never in question. Our loyalties are. When will we sacrifice our mind and will for God’s? We claim to believe in a God that we don’t care to read about. We say we trust in God, when we don’t care to discuss His characteristics/attributes/and perfections. We will defend the Mormons, and fight to the death to defend America, when Mormon doctrine and American law is unrecognizable compared to it’s origins, just like Michael Jackson.

Conclusion: I know that it sounds like I’m critical, negative, and always condemning. It wouldn’t be that way if you would take to love the scriptures you have professed to believe. I don’t need you to agree with me at all. I don’t need a forced conversation, concerning the scriptures. All I care about is that we discuss them. I can say what I think, you can say what you think, but the scriptures ought to determine who is right or wrong. You don’t need to tell me what to do, nor I you. We ought to respect agency.

If you want to talk about scripture, I am available to talk. I always have been willing to talk to any of you about that.

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.

 

Feed My Sheep (724 Words)

Word produces oneness. Servant offers a message of abundance. Christ offers to add light.

A much better translation on Christ’s instruction to Peter to, “Feed My Sheep” is available in the New Testament of St. John. It accurately describes the principle of “line upon line,” so that it can produce, in all, the ability to ACTUALLY grow, increase, and be added upon, …rather than being used as a poor excuse. The image I have included describes the concept, so that I can minimize the words, leaving you more time to think. Check-it-out.

Rather than simply repeating, “Feed My Sheep,” it’s better translated as a three step progression. The first time Christ said it, He said, “Feed My Sheep …as they grow.” The second time Christ said, “Feed My Sheep …as they increase.” And the last time He said, “Feed My Sheep …as they are added upon.” I’m going to connect the concept, with my picture so that you can understand what I’m saying, and then I’ll let you discern if I’m telling the truth or not.

The three steps to the process ought to be familiar to you by now, as I have written it before. Each step is precisely one line upon another: Word, Servant, Christ. I have coupled each line with what you ought to expect as a deliverable, the thing you get out of it, if it is done properly: grow, increase, added upon. Let me explain.

The words of Christ, when properly used as a liahona, was intended to direct you, by producing in you a clear and active mind. The saints who treated them lightly were identified by Joseph Smith as having been darkened in their minds (D&C 84:54). This resulted in the condemnation of the whole church, even all of Zion. If we treat it appropriately, it will grow the saints who take it seriously, and melds together their hearts and minds. Otherwise, they will fall apart like glass, through contention, jarrings, and strife. Oneness is the deliverable.

The Servant only holds value in His ability to convey a message received from the presence of God. It’s the message that matters, not the messenger. We are to hear and see the message, …and if we are prepared with the words of Christ written upon our hearts, we can discern the message, whether it is truth or unbelief. The image in the drawing shows a man atop a mountain, representing the personal visitation with Christ, …what qualifies a servant. The people who have been united by the words of Christ can now increase, as a servant delivers further light and knowledge, following the same pattern as a servant did for Adam when he didn’t know why he offered sacrifices. An increase in our faith, to produce greater faith, is what produces abundance, …and abundance is the deliverable.

Finally, when you have received the word, and you have received the servant, you are now prepared to receive Christ. In the presence of Christ, more light is added upon you, to prepare for entering into the presence of the Father, as was done in 3 Nephi 19. Each time Christ prayed, and returned, the countenances of the people had greater and greater light. They were added upon. Adding more light is the deliverable.

Conclusion: Line upon line, precept upon precept, as it is used in church today, is a poor excuse to slow down the progression process, to make more time for us to continue living in sin. It was never intended to do that. It was intended to progress to become one, to produce an increase in abundance, and to have more light added upon us.

All of my life the phrase has been misused, and justified to maintain status quo, so that change is unnecessary, and we can all go back to our worldly aspirations. That has produced idleness in the saints, our condemnation has not been removed, and it continues to have a damning effect upon us. That should not continue.

Let’s begin the process among our family by taking the first step, reading the words of Christ, and praying to God for our families unity. While we might be a really good family, we are far from being one, and even further from being one based upon writing the words of Christ upon our hearts. We can begin there.

IMUA!

 

The Light of the Body (1560 Words)

In the ascension of Isaiah, there were levels of the heavens described, with a throne in the center, angels on the right, and angels on the left. The concept points to the New-year Rite, specifically the Ritual Combat between light and dark. If you use The Light of the Body as your eye, you may see the path being laid out for your own ascension.

The Ascension of Isaiah is a short record, found in apocrypha texts. It describes Isaiah’s ascent, similar to 1 Nephi 11-14, when Nephi is taken up to a high mountain. In the heavens, Isaiah describes that there are thrones in the midst of each level of the three heavens, with angels on the left, and angels on the right. The left was symbolic of descending, and the right ascending. The idea of left being a position of descending, and right being the position of ascending, drew my mind to consider robes on the left shoulder as descending robes, and robes on the right shoulder as ascending robes, as a symbolic lesson of body types. Consider that Mom (on the left) is the provider of your body of descending, a body for your time on earth. Then consider turning your hearts to Dad (on the right), which offers a promise of a renewal of your body, in preparation for your ascending into the heavens (hearts turned to the fathers). Suddenly we are reminded once again of the temple New-Year Rite.

The concept points to the New-year Rite, specifically the “Ritual Combat” between light and dark. The New Year Rite consists of three elements: Creation/ Combat/ and Ascension. The main event is the Combat. The combat was always identified with the foot games, wrestling, jousting, and sword or spear fighting contests, etc. The King would participate, and would find himself loosing, and left for dead. However, he would change wardrobes, receive a renewal of life, and make a comeback from the dead, to win the entire tournament. This was the main event of all ancient culture’s New Year Rite, implemented at the New Year, or in other words, one of the corners of the earth.

The corners of the earth are a reminder of the Ritual Combat between the light and the dark. Light and dark are equal at the Equinoxes, Light overpowers the dark at Summer Solstice, and Dark overpowers the Light at Winter Solstice. Annually, we are reminded of the battle between light and dark. The waxing and waining of the moon (increasing in light and decreasing in light) is a monthly reminder of this Ritual Combat of light and dark. The daily rising and setting of the sun is a daily reminder of this Ritual Combat of light and dark as well. With all these reminders of the battle between light and dark, the Ritual Combat, it puts great emphasis of the importance of the changing of robes from the left shoulder to the right, for you to successfully overcome the dark once and for all, as a victorious King.

3 Nephi 13:22-24

“22. The Light of the Body is the eye; if, therefore, thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

23. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If, therefore, the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

24. No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.”

The Light of the Body is the eye? This doesn’t mean that your physical eye-ball is the light of the body. It isn’t referring to your physical eyes at all. It refers to using the spirit of the body as your eye. God has given us all light, and offers to give us more if we harken (or in other words: HEAR & KNOW) ….to the voice of the Lord (D&C 84:46). And if your eye is single to God, Nephi promises that God will fill your whole body with light! Can you see the changing of the robe (or your body), being offered, from the left shoulder to the right? Or from descending to ascending? We must be wise and use the light of the body as our eye, and have it’s single focus as the glory of God, or in other words intelligence, …or light and truth (D&C 93:36). Consider the eye being the windows of heaven, and suddenly the promise of tithing takes on an entirely different meaning, as the windows of heaven pours out a blessing, such that you have not room enough to receive it. It refers to being filled with light, not some financial anecdotal relief.

If you use The Light of the Body as your eye, you may see the path being laid out for your own ascension, and you’ll find your blindness replaced with sight. Sight is directly related to your ability to perceive light. Blindness is the inability to perceive light. If you cannot see light, you are in darkness, and you are blind!

D&C 50:24-25

“24. That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

25. And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you;”

The path of God is to be filled with light. When you are filled with light, there is no room for darkness in you. The natural consequences are that your sins are remitted, because the source of sin is darkness, and darkness no longer exists in you. When you are filled with light, you have eternal life. Consider how Nephi puts it:

2 Nephi 17-19

“17. Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.

18. And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive.

19. And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.

20. Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

The path required of us is the path Christ has walked, and it’s result is eternal life. Christ is the prototype of all saved beings, according to Joseph Smith. If any of us expect to be saved, it will be done by walking the same path as Christ walked. And who better to advise you than the only person on earth who has walked that path, Christ! If you are to walk this straight and narrow path, you must do so by first obtaining a personal relationship with Christ. Verse 20 suggests “feasting upon the words of Christ.” I echo his suggestion. It will grow in you: “a perfect brightness of hope.” It will increase in you: “a love of God and of all men.” And it will be added unto you: “eternal life.”

Conclusion: Isaiah’s ascent unveil’s angels on the left descending, and angels on the right ascending. It points to robes on the left shoulder as a body of descending, and robes on the right shoulder as a body of ascending. In the New Year Rite, the Ritual Combat is a constant reminder of the battle between light and dark. But, more importantly, the changing of robes required for the King to overcome the world and ascend. With the robe on the correct shoulder, being filled with light, you are now prepared to overcome the world. It is done by feasting upon the words of Christ.

The Light of the Body is your spirit. Use your spirit as your eye, and fill it with light by exposing it to more and more light offered in the words of Christ. If you receive more of the word, your heart will soften, and you will be given a greater portion of the word, until you know all the mysteries of God, in full (Alma 12:10). Change from these tattered rags of ignorance, in exchange for bodies of light. They are being offered in the words of Christ right now. You don’t have to wait until the 2/3’s sealed record is translated. It’s available NOW!

The Path of God (1412 Words)

The Path of God

The Path of God is through the heavens (4 on Earth [elements], 12 Lower Heavens [gates], and 7 Upper Heavens [kingdoms, thrones, principalities, dominions, powers, etc.])

The Path of God is much more literal than we think. Acquiring the knowledge from the heavens is the key to walking His Path. The prototype of a saved being is precisely what all must become or else NOT be saved.

The Path of God is more literal than symbolic. Christ constantly taught that what you see me do, you will likewise do these and more. But we have the idea stuck in our heads that “No one’s perfect.” Although that is true, reading the scriptures would tell you about “Just men made perfect.” To understand the idea, lets consider Christ’s origins, described by John the Beloved.

D&C 93:11-14

“11. And I, John, bear record that I beheld his glory, as the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, even the Spirit of truth, which came and dwelt in the flesh, and dwelt among us.

12. And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace;”

Did you hear that? Christ did not have the fulness at first, but received grace for grace. You will see later that Christ was not Firstborn at first, but because he received grace for grace, and continued from grace to grace, that is why God was so certain that Christ could fulfill the role as redeemer. This life wasn’t Christ’s first rodeo. He had previously attained the fulness of the Glory of God, according to John the Beloved.

“13. And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness;

14. And thus he was called the Son of God, because he received not of the fulness at the first.”

By receiving the fulness, that is what gives you the title Son of God.

“15. And I, John, bear record, and lo, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove, and sat upon him, and there came a voice out of heaven saying: This is my beloved Son.

16. And I, John, bear record that he received a fulness of the glory of the Father;

17. And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him.

18. And it shall come to pass, that if you are faithful you shall receive the fulness of the record of John.

19. I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness.”

The path being offered here is a literal invitation for all to walk. It is not figurative or symbolic. Any who literally follow Christ’s path, are tutored by Christ Himself, because who else can teach the path of Christ besides someone who has walked that path? And Christ is the ONLY person who has ever walked that path on this earth. The process for those of us who choose to walk the path that Christ has shown are those who are described by this scripture:

D&C 76:53-55, 66-69

53. And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.

54. They are they who are the church of the Firstborn.

55. They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things—

66. These are they who are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly place, the holiest of all.

67. These are they who have come to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of Enoch, and of the Firstborn.

68. These are they whose names are written in heaven, where God and Christ are the judge of all.

69. These are they who are JUST MEN MADE PERFECT  through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, who wrought out this perfect atonement through the shedding of his own blood.”

Although we may not be perfect when we began, since all men were given weakness, we can become JUST MEN MADE PERFECT. Christ had already done this in lives previous to this, and therefore, while we were given weakness, Christ was given the God Spirit uninhibited. The Path of God is more literal than we think!

Acquiring the knowledge from the heavens is the key to walking His Path. Forgiving sins is only a partial picture of the correct understanding of the atonement. In order for sins to be completely remitted, you must be filled with light, dispelling all darkness, so that there is no darkness within you. That cannot be done by a dash of pixie dust. It must be through a personal trainer, teaching you, tutoring you, testing you, trying you, stretching you, expanding you, until you too grow grace for grace, and from grace to grace. Christ was not only picked by God, but he was trained by God, so that He knew and could do as God knew and could do. That is not the same as we have been led to believe about calling an officer in the church, and then suddenly he has on himself a mantle, that distributes magical priesthood powers. Christ is Christ because of what he knows. He proclaimed, “I am more intelligent than them all.” So if any are to aspire to walking The Path of God, we must acquire knowledge, until we are more intelligent than them all.

The resistance of knowledge is a hardened heart. Those who are prideful cannot be taught much, if anything at all. If you are def, you’ll be unable to hear the voice of the Lord tutoring you. If you are blind, it’ll be impossible for you to see the path. If you are lame, you will not be able to walk the path, and you must suffer and die in your ignorance. But, after being put through the ringer, and you finally awake and choose to arise, you will be given a chance to do so.

2 Nephi 25:16

“16. And after they have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind—and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things.”

One day you-going-learn, and in that day the Lord promises to set His hand again a second time to restore His people from a lost and fallen state (I believe you are His people). And then a marvelous work and wonder will begin to come forth. We have been falsely told that this refers to the missionary work, but it is NOT true, it is when people begin to return into the presence of Christ, to be taught by him, so that they can become Saviors on Mount Zion.

The Lectures on Faith, written by Joseph Smith, taught that Christ is the prototype of all saved beings. If any are to be saved, they must be precisely what Christ is, or else not be saved. Jacob eludes to this concept, when he wishes “…that all men would believe in Christ, and view his death, and suffer his cross and bear the shame of the world;…” (Jacob 1:8). If anyone seeks to follow the path of Christ, they must atone for those whom are given them, just as Christ did for those whom God the Father gave to Him. Thus, they must witness an atonement done, and that is what Jacob wishes for all, …that they literally view Christ’s death, literally suffer Christ’s cross, and literally bear the shame of the world.

Conclusion: In church you sometimes sing a sacrament song that reads, “Savior, may I learn to love you. Walk the path that thou hast shown…” If this were so, you would study to learn the path that he walked, so that you could do the same, having overcome by faith, become a member of the church of the Firstborn, and be included in the group of JUST MEN MADE PERFECT.