Faith is Required (1333 Words)

From the time of Adam, until now, the same Faith is Required. In the story of Lehi’s family, we learn that every person will follow one of two patterns of faith. What pattern will you choose to follow?

From Adam until now, the test is the same, and passing the test requires the same faith, …even great faith. As God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, …faith grows exactly the same then, as it does now, and as it will in the future. The reason scriptures matter so much is because the faith required of ancient saints is precisely the same faith required of modern saints. The pattern of Nephi’s faith is not restricted to church leaders. It is a pattern meant for each individual who has eyes that see, and ears that hear, male or female, from the least to the greatest, to apply. We know the story, but consider the summary anyway.

In the story of Lehi’s family, we learn that every person will follow one of two patterns of faith. Either you can choose to grow your faith as Nephi did, until you enter into the presence of the Lord in the flesh, …or you can ignore the words of Christ, and follow the pattern of Laman and Lemuel’s faith. The scriptures are funny in that you exercise faith by studying it, or you reject the Book of Mormon by giving heed to it. Likewise with a covenant, those who receive it must say and do it. But those who reject the covenant only need pay it no attention. Consider the two options in the lives of brothers.

Nephi is a good person, like all of you. His father, Lehi, was cast out of the Jewish church (the apostate Mormons of their day), being threatened to be stoned to death. It took a certain degree of faith for Nephi to retrieve the plates from the leader of the church (Laban), with the threat of possibly loosing his life, looming overhead. The faith necessary for Nephi to acquire the plates had to exceed the faith of his three older brothers, waiting outside the city walls.

You gotta wonder what’s going through their minds, as they are left all alone in the wilderness, dad being excommunicated, Nephi cutting off the head of Laban, and literally stealing the plates. By common law, Nephi’s hands should be cut off for stealing, and he should be killed for murdering, and tortured for murdering a church leader, to boot. Lehi is also guilty of the same crimes because he was the one behind all of it. Laman and Lemuel wouldn’t go to the same extreme to retrieve the plates, having insufficient faith. But, they logically and rationally battled within themselves, trying to decide if they shouldn’t be the ones to execute the law of the land, by killing their father and younger brother. Their false traditions of unbelief, established by the Jewish church, were so deeply engrained, that they would die for it. Or in this case, Laman and Lemuel wouldn’t kill their church leaders, but they would kill their brother and father, to defend their false traditions of unbelief.

When Lehi told his family of his dream, Nephi’s faith went through another growth spurt, as we find Nephi struggling at the base of the mountain, pondering and wanting to know what his father was trying to tell them in his dream. Nephi knew that he believed all the words of his father, despite Lehi being badly rejected of the commonly acceptable church, …but to Nephi, knowing his dad knew it wasn’t enough! He sought to know for himself, and because of that, an angle did visit him. It was an angel of the highest degree. It was “The Great Angel,” even Jesus Christ. The tile “Lord Sabaoth” literally means Lord of the hosts of heaven, …anciently: “The Great Angel.”

Laman and Lemuel, although they went into the wilderness with Lehi, failed to lay hold upon the words of Christ for themselves. Their faith failed them when retrieving the plates. Their faith failed them as they sought to kill their father and brother. Their faith failed them in hunger. Their faith failed them crossing the ocean. And their faith failed them when they separated their families, passing on their ignorance many generations after them. They wouldn’t read for themselves, using the excuse that God makes no such thing known to them. They rejected the words of Christ, not by doing something to the records, …but by simply not reading them, not seeking diligently to understand them. Because they rejected the words of Christ, they found legitimate reason to rebel against a servant of Christ in their family members, …in their father and in their little brother. You would think that because they were family, they would have had an advantage because they knew the hearts of their father and brother. But being related to the prophet served as no advantage because of their lack of faith. Having rejected the words of Christ, and the servant of Christ was sufficient to communicate to God and His witnesses that they also rejected Christ Himself.

The faith of Nephi is a pattern available to all of us, if we have eyes to see, and ears to hear. We understand the physical odds facing Nephi when he retrieved the plates. We too must face physical odds as did Nephi. However, the growth of Nephi’s faith to believe in and acquire his personal witness of Christ was far greater than the physical odds of retrieving the plates. After Nephi had a personal witness of Christ, Nephi is able to endure far greater trials, doing precisely what is asked of him by the Lord, even when his father’s faith failed him with hunger, his brothers tie him to the mast of the ship, and eventually try to kill him, his wife, and his children. Nephi’s faith wasn’t dependent on any man, not his father, and not a prophet, …because he knew Christ for himself.

There are two patterns that everyone on earth must choose: accept or reject the words of Christ. To reject, nothing is required of you. God assumes rejection by the absence of acceptance. There are two doctrines being pitched in this world. Their are two ways. There are two masters. In the story of Lehi’s family, there are two patterns of faith expressed. Which pattern are you going to follow?

Conclusion: From the time of Adam, until now, the same Faith is Required. No one can take your place on the judgement seat, but Christ. Only He has atoned for you. He will redeem you from the fall if you do not reject Him. Doing nothing is the same as rejecting Him. No one can do the work of accepting for you. You must do it if you want it, otherwise you are rejecting your redemption. No one can substitute for your labor of diligently searching (seeing) the words of Christ. No one can do the hearing of the voice of the Lord through the servant of Christ. And no one can enter into the presence of Christ in your place.

The times might change. Circumstances might be unique to our day. People may differ from persecutors in the past. But the same Faith is Required for all men to be redeemed from the fall. Receive the covenant by taking seriously the words of Christ, and you will not see me so offensive. Instead you will recognize the words I speak align with the words of Christ in the scriptures. When you do, you will naturally hear the false traditions of unbelief that has been filling your empty minds for so long, taking the place where truth should reside. In order for truth and light to accumulate, foolish traditions of unbelief must be removed. They cannot co-exist. You must choose this day, and every day, from here on out who you will serve, …and then act like it!

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OLD SCHOOL! (1236 Words)

The Facsimiles of Abraham has been scrutinized by archeologists for years, and the church education system seems to be swaying their way, denouncing Joseph Smith’s prophetic understanding. With correct knowledge, you are able to see through the deceptions, but in ignorance you will blow away with the wind. Only through diligently seeking can one acquire the necessary knowledge to obtain salvation and exaltation. Correct knowledge is OLD SCHOOL!

Mom’s last comment identified my understanding of “work in progress” as twisted. I respond by expressing a strait and narrow path is not necessarily straight (AKA: without twists and turns). It is the wisdom and knowledge, working together, that produces the kind of confidence that waxes strong in the sight of God. It was true since Adam, and it is true today. The problems that mankind faced anciently are no different than the problems we face today, when you look at the core of the problem. Adam faced what you must face. It is the same mess, and requires the same faith of the ancient of days. Therefore the wisdom and knowledge of the ancients is OLD SCHOOL!

The Facsimiles of Abraham has been scrutinized by archeologists for years, and the church education system seems to be swaying their way, denouncing Joseph Smith’s prophetic understanding of the facsimiles. I disagree with archeologists and CES on the validity of Joseph Smith, how he used the facsimiles, and the validity of the book of Abraham. Consider the reasoning: There are three ages of Egypt:

  1. Old Egypt,
  2. Middle Egypt,
  3. and Late Egypt.

Artifacts exist of Old Egypt, but they are rare. They are found in the pyramid texts. The common theme of Old Egypt is a “literal ascent,” …and a very real battle against Set, or Satan. Middle Egypt is much younger, and has a very different theme being taught in archeological findings of coffin texts, the book of the dead, and the book of breathings. Middle Egypt differs from the emphasis of Old Egypt (literal ascent), by emphasizing a “ritual ascent.” A ritual ascent is an ascension only symbolized in a ritual ceremony, rather than expectation of a literal ascent. Late Egypt dilutes the matter further, reducing the matter to a judgement after death, or “last rites” placed under the head of the dead, to chart their path in the afterlife. The facsimiles in the book of Abraham are Late Egypt drawings, but how they were applied by Joseph Smith deserves much greater observation by archeologists and CES directors alike.

Archeologists have been using the facsimiles in the book of Abraham to discredit Joseph Smith’s interpretations and translations for years. However, the book of Abraham wasn’t translated from the facsimiles, like archeologists have assumed. The Church Educational System is beginning to agree with the point of archeologists, recognizing that the facsimiles in Abraham don’t fit the time frame of the life of Abraham at all. Late Egypt happened during the time of Moses, which is calculated to be over 800 years after Abraham. CES is now questioning the validity of the book of Abraham, placing Joseph Smith’s imperfection as accountable for the mistake.

With correct knowledge, you are able to see through the deceptions, …while ignorance will blow you away in the wind. Many artifacts have been uncovered significantly after the death of Joseph Smith, justifying that the facsimiles were Late Egyptian. But Joseph never claimed them to be Old Egyptian (Pyramid texts). Alls that Joseph did was use the facsimiles of Late Egypt, to tell a story of Old Egypt. He used Middle Egypt ritual ascension to express Old Egyptian literal ascension. It all pointed to ascension through the heavens. That is Joseph Smith’s message. That is the message of the Book of Mormon too.

At the restoration, Joseph constantly preached ascension, calling and election made sure, exaltation and eternal life, coming into the presence of Christ and God while in the flesh. He taught it because he had done it, and could recognize the patterns in the Book of Mormon texts, even in Late Egyptian facsimiles. However, Mormonism has followed the same pattern, regarding their opinions on ascension. We have gone from teaching a literal ascension (Old Mormonism), to a ritual ascension (Middle Mormonism), and now a judgement day when we die (Late Mormonism). Hawaii, I believe, has followed the same pattern. Consider the Hula as Middle Hawaii, and our Haole Hula as Late Hawaiian. You gotta ask yourself, …what was Old Hawaii? What was Old Maori? What was Old Native American? What was old Scandinavian? What was old Chinese? Our ignorance has led us astray, and blowing in the wind of foolish traditions. It’s time to go OLD SCHOOL!

With correct knowledge of ascension, you are able to see through the deceptions of the world in the middle and late traditions. Ascension can only be acquired through diligently seeking the words of Christ, without being boxed in with false traditions of men, thinking in terms of the only true church, while excluding significant truths, only to maintain the status quo. All truth is circumscribed into one great whole, and that is Christ. Those who are of Christ’s church must receive ALL TRUTH! Not one iota of truth can be excluded. That’s OLD SCHOOL!

Conclusion: I am not a follower of men, and will never be. We were raised to follow good men, and I am grateful for that. It has allowed me to identify truth, when I hear it, …to collect and stand on that truth in faith. I no longer trust in the arm of flesh, but in God alone. Because of my stance on truth, many in this movement have considered me the devil and dark, because I will not conform to their rules, but would rather freely govern myself by true principles. I find comfort in the truth, despite the feeling of possibly not being part of this movement, and not being part of the LDS “true church” culture, leaving me to twiddle my thumbs all alone. It is my understanding that “the truth” gathers. I believe that the gathering of Israel is upon us.

This weekend the Lord offers a covenant to a people, through the Book of Mormon. Since the publishing of the Book of Mormon, there has never been a people, not even the LDS church, who have covenanted to be accountable to live by it’s teachings, and to be judged by it’s contents. Historically, the LDS have done so with the D&C, and then they have changed it’s contents, to justify their ignorance much later, falling into apostasy. I will be partaking of the Book of Mormon covenant this Sunday 3 Sept 2017, in Boise, Idaho. You can take that covenant too, right where you are, by accepting to live by and be judged by that document too. The common theme throughout the Book of Mormon is that if a people live according to it, they will prosper in the land. I wish that for you.

The spirit of gathering is not only stirring here, it is stirring everywhere. Zion is it’s centroid. Check out this youtube video of how Chinese characters teach the plan of salvation, and you will see an example of what’s happening all over the world right now. The Lord is working a mighty work and wonder about us right now. It’s amazing.

The name of the video is: God in Ancient China.

The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA-AkJzpKmg

Very cool!

 

 

 

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! 

Love Christ! (896 Words)

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

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

D&C 88:6-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ether 3:13

13. And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.

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

Helaman 8:22-24

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

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

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

To Love Christ is to know Christ!

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

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

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

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

John 4:18-21

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

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

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

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

Proposed: 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 a personal relationship possible through faith in Christ, repentance, and baptism. The Holy Ghost is the mind and will of God. Christ and God the Father share the same mind and will. Thus, receiving the Holy Ghost provides each individual with the power to be one with them.

Fellowships exist to assist the individual in 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 be above the next and that all have value. Regional and general conferences ought to adhere to the same principle guidelines as fellowships.

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 the temple.

Performing ordinances of baptism and sacrament require priesthood. Because of the fall, men are responsible for performing priesthood ordinances. Acquiring and exercising priesthood, in fellowships, require three key elements: ordination, sustaining, and confirmation.

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

Sustaining: A vote of seven women are 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 not worthy.

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

In the event that priesthood has been abused, exercising priesthood in fellowships can be revoked by a fair trial, where a unanimous vote of at least twelve women find the abuser guilty.

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 who desire, as instructed 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 ought to be performed in living waters)

Record of the baptism ought to be kept in a personal journal, and submitted to a central recorder, for the names to be kept within the temple of God.

The ordinance of sacrament should be performed as Christ prescribed in the scriptures. He 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, use red grape juice. Bitter wine, in remembrance of Christ’s blood, is symbolic and appropriate. One 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.

 

Agency must be 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 His mind and will. Bear one another’s burdens through the path, that they may be light, and associate with one another as equals. Your oneness is a testimony to the world that Christ is the redeemer of all.

The Covenant Lexicon (1389 Words)

A Lexicon is a vocabulary of a person, and it houses their concepts of knowledge. As people’s “…hearts become set so much upon the things of this world and aspire to the honors of men,” …the Lexicon drifts, and pure knowledge is reduced to philosophies of men, mingled with scripture. The loss or rejection of pure knowledge, indicates being ripened for destruction. We are currently ripened for destruction, …but that can change with a return to The Covenant Lexicon.

The words that we hear, read, think, and speak make up our personal Lexicon. Nephi advises us to talk of Christ, preach of Christ, and prophesy of Christ, to emphasize this idea. The Lexicon controls the “knowledge and culture” of a people. People in different areas use different Lexicons, reflecting their knowledge and culture. In Hawaii “Da-Kine” can mean hundreds of different things. On my mission in California, they used different words, spoke with different emphasis and voice pitches. In Utah, they speak “Mormon-ese,” …and they say things like “warsh” instead of wash, …and “Mou’ens” instead of mountains. To add to all the confusion, our digital world has created it’s own vocabulary of acronyms (LOL, BTW, etc.). Emojis have also introduced another Lexicon that accompanies the already massive library of terms, requiring all to read in pictures. The words people listen to, read, think, and speak governs their knowledge and culture. To put it simply, the rule of thumb is:

“He who controls the Lexicon, controls the knowledge and culture of the people!”

The scriptures were intended to be a Covenant Lexicon that preserves the language of the Patriarchal Fathers, to provide “Great Knowledge” and a “Zion Culture,” where men and gods co-mingle. However, as people’s “…hearts become set so much upon the things of this world and aspire to the honors of men,” …the Lexicon drifts, and pure knowledge is reduced to philosophies of men, mingled with scripture. More laws are added, until the added laws displace the original laws, and the Covenant Lexicon is misinterpreted, confounded, and unable to produce wisdom. Consider some examples.

The brother of Jared prayed, at the time of the tower of Babel, for the preservation of their language. He did so at a time when language was being eroded, and knowledge was being lost. God preserved their language. Although it doesn’t state it directly, I believe it was preserved with scripture, through a Covenant Lexicon, as was done in all dispensations. However, when in the promised land, the people drifted from the Covenant Lexicon. The Jaredites displaced the language of the Covenant Lexicon with secret combinations, and were swept-off the earth. A similar pattern can be seen with Nephi and the record he brought from Jerusalem.

The constitution was a form of a Covenant Lexicon, when it originated. The founders of America were influenced by the Bible, and their writings reflected the Abrahamic covenant. Today, not only does the constitution hang by a very thin thread, the laws that men have written to displace the constitution has totally drowned, distorted, and deformed the original, …making it into an abomination. The new laws that explain the constitution have become the new constitution, or in other words a drifting Lexicon, without a covenant. Our current governing laws shift with every wind of doctrine, promoted by the masses, independent from the damage it will produce our future posterity.

The founding of the LDS church began with a Covenant Lexicon, just the same. It’s founder, much like America’s founders, searched the Bible. He returned into the presence of Christ, the author of the Covenant Lexicon. At the outset, the early saints were offered to be unmoved and blessed with the presence of Christ on the condition that they would adhere to the Covenant Lexicon. But, they suffered condemnation for treating lightly the covenant. Today, the LDS church has chosen to displace the Covenant Lexicon with their committee manuals and handbooks. While the Covenant Lexicon occupies four books, there are libraries full of General Conference reports, Ensign articles, church manuals and handbooks that make up a replacement drifting Lexicon. They place emphasis on studying the words of Christ by mouth alone, drawing near with their lips. But, when the words of Christ conflict with their drifted Lexicon of Conference Reports, Ensigns, manuals, and handbooks, …they abandon the words of Christ and trust in their drifting Lexicon instead. Both America and the LDS church will suffer the same fate as the Jaredites and the Nephites if they fail to repent and return to the Covenant Lexicon.

The loss or rejection of pure knowledge, indicates being ripened for destruction. We are currently ripened for destruction, …but that can change with a return to the Covenant Lexicon. The proposed scripture project approaching quickly, on September 2-3, 2017, is an effort to repent of the lost and lightly treated Covenant Lexicon. In this project, the Old Testament and New Testament will contain ALL of the Joseph Smith translation as its PRIMARY TEXT. The LDS OT/NT has only scraps of the Joseph Smith translation, and they are only provided in the footnotes, and partially in the back of the Bible. The Doctrine and Covenants portion of the project has produced much difficulty, trying to research who said what, to authenticate the truth of what was said by God to the saints. The process of identifying D&C sources has revealed the secret combinations of the LDS church, to justify their lyings, adultery, murder, and deceptions, since the death of Joseph and Hyram Smith. Fixing their interwoven lies have proven to be a difficult task for those of us who have inherited that record, but want to restore the original offered Covenant Lexicon. By repenting and restoring the Covenant Lexicon we fully expect that along with the language, the pure knowledge will be restored, …and the hearts of the children will have turned to the promises made to the Fathers, …and the hearts of the children can turn to the Fathers, …so that the hearts of the Fathers can turn to the children. Otherwise, as we are instructed, the whole earth will be utterly waisted at His coming. We believe that God is bound by His word, and those who seek to return to His word will bind the Lord to them, and seal themselves to eternity.

Conclusion: Propaganda is another term for controlling the Lexicon. When you have control of the language of a people, you control the culture/traditions of that people. When you control the culture/traditions of a people, you control their perception of history, …because the victors always write the history. The victors of today change the history to justify their position, and to promote their future agendas. The catholic church confiscated the lexicon, and replaced the culture, with bitter fruits of institutionalism. They used their power to change history at the general conference of Nicea. And they have faired sumptuously off of the contributions of the widow’s mite, while killing the Martin Luther’s and William Tindale’s, for trying to restore the Covenant Lexicon to it’s original intent.

The LDS church has followed this pattern by using their handbooks to resolve doctrinal questions, instead of doctrine to resolve handbook questions. They’ve sought deep to hide their sins, replacing the tragic history of lies, adultery, murders, and deception, …with feel good stories of surviving the calamities of God’s condemnation upon them (Nauvoo). Rather than repenting of their past mistakes, they’ve re-written the history, to provide them a very bright future of corporate success ahead. Those of us who, like Martin Luther and William Tindale, try to restore the Covenant Lexicon to it’s original intent are being cast-out, excommunicated, and rejected for doing so. Propaganda is the tool of choice for those exercising control and unrighteous dominion.

When we preserve agency, it’s the truth that matters most, and that is what must be circumscribed into one great whole. Truth will provide the weak to overpower the high and mighty. It will produce equality and squash greed. How you choose to spend your time, accumulating and trusting in truth or maintaining the lies, will determine your reality. But, in the end, the earth will be burned, and those who have trusted the truth will remain, while all others will be swept off the land. Return to and receive the Covenant Lexicon. Check yourself, before you wreck yourself!

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.