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.

 

An Eye Single to the Glory of God (789 Words)

Having An Eye Single to the Glory of God has recently taken on a whole new meaning for me, and I’d like to share it with you.

If God the Father were to unveil Himself, in all His glory, to you and I right now, you and I would burn. We are filled with impurities that would burn us off in the refiners fire of God the Father’s presence. However, we have been given a method to perform our labors and prepare to meet God (Alma 34:32). The method is in order: Word/ Servant/ Christ/ the Father. Each step requires fruits to be produced, equal to your understanding, or equal to your faith. Through this process a man can be made perfect, having been justified by the redemption of Christ. Let me take you through the process.

God unveils Himself to a small degree using His words, or in other words, using scripture. The fruit produced is oneness in heart and mind, based upon the simple principles taught within scripture. A people united by the covenant in scripture are prepared to receive further light and truth by messengers sent from His presence.

Using ordinances, God unveils Himself to a greater degree. Without the ordinances, no man can see the face of God the Father and live (D&C 84:22). A messenger (Servant), who has been in the presence of God the Father, adds greater “light and knowledge” to further prepare us for an even greater unveiling, through the message He delivers. The servant himself holds little value. It’s the message that the servant delivers that holds all the value, …and it unveils God to a greater degree, preventing you from frying in God’s greater glory. The fruits of receiving further “light and knowledge” is the fruit described in Alma 32:42, it is the presence of Christ in the flesh.

The presence of Christ in the flesh is not the end of your progression. Although it unveils God the Father to an even greater degree than before, it is still not God the Father fully unveiled. What I’m saying is that it is a very significant step in the process, as Christ IS THE WAY. However, there’s more needed so that you don’t burn in God the Father’s presence. Christ prepares you, until you are ready to be presented to the Father, having been redeemed from the fall. The fruits of this final step is being presented to the presence of God the Father.

Sticking to the subject of this blog, having An Eye Single to the Glory of God, has less to do with self-discipline, and more to do with a gradual preparation to enter into the presence of God the Father. In our impure state we unite on God’s word. As we progress further, we come to God’s message. As we become purer, or in other words sanctified, we enter into the presence of God’s Son. And finally we return to God the Father. God’s word leads to God’s message, which leads to God’s Son, and finally into God’s presence. That is An Eye Single to the Glory of God.

Now consider this scripture:

D&C 4:5

5. And faith, hope, charity and love, with An Eye Single to the Glory of God, qualify him for the work.

Conclusion: Having An Eye Single to the Glory of God recognizes that God the Father is the objective in every step of the progression. God the Father has laid out a plan for your return: Word/ Servant/ Christ/ Presence. Your failure to take the first step, by feasting upon the scriptures, is directly related to your desire to enter into His presence, and translates into how you love God.

 

Helaman 3:29-30

29 Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked

30 And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out.

Having An Eye Single to the Glory of God begins with the covenant of the scriptures being offered. Partake of that covenant. Let’s live by it, and let no man cast doubts on God’s promise to prepare the way for you to be redeemed from the fall. God is bound by what He says, when you do what He instructs. Otherwise, you have no promise (D&C 82:10). Lets prove God now by being one, based upon the scriptures.

A Sacrifice is Still Required (1666 Words)

Although the law of Moses was fulfilled by Christ, A Sacrifice is Still Required. Substitutes were provided when needed, …but A Sacrifice is Still Required. All sacrifices, if they are to be accepted, must reflect the sacrifice of the Only Begotten Son.

It was only during the time of Moses that there ever was a distinction between a higher law and a lesser law, because that was when the children of Israel rejected entering into the presence of the Lord upon Mount Sinai. Prior to Moses, it was all one law, the Patriarchal Order. We call the law of Moses the lesser law, and claim that blood sacrifice will never be required again. However, Adam was the first patriarch, and when the earth receives it’s paradisiacal order all must return to it’s original order, “all as at first.” Adam offered up blood sacrifices, so did Abel, so did Enoch, Noah and Abraham. This points to the fact that A Sacrifice is Still Required. Joseph Smith explains it this way:

“The offering of sacrifice has ever been connected and forms a part of the duties of the Priesthood. It began with the Priesthood, and will be continued until after the coming of Christ [I suspect Joseph Smith is referring to the second coming of Christ, as he is speaking in future tense here], from generation to generation. We frequently have mention made of the offering of sacrifice by the servants of the Most Hight in ancient days, prior to the law of Moses; which ordinances will be continued when the Priesthood is restored with all its authority, power and blessings.” (TPJS pg. 172- Oct 5, 1840)

In 1840 the Priesthood hadn’t been restored with all its authority, power and blessings, and Joseph Smith said that restoration was considered to happen at a later date. He also stated that sacrificial offering has always been a part of the duties of the priesthood, from generation to generation. And that it would continue to be practiced, when the fullness of the Priesthood is restored with all it’s authority, power and blessings (The Patriarchal Order).

Abraham was required to offer up Isaac as a blood sacrifice, in similitude of the only Begotten Son. Abraham = the Father. And Isaac = the Son. However, before Abraham plunges the knife, an arrested sacrifice is provided in the thicket, and becomes the substitute for Isaac. The arrested sacrifice is a substitute sacrifice. The Ultimate arrested sacrifice was Christ. His life was offered on our behalf. Because of Him, we can claim God, as the price was paid by Christ. Christ suffered that man would not suffer, which suffering caused the greatest of all to shrink and cower. However, although Christ was the substitute arrested sacrifice, A Sacrifice is Still Required.

Any sacrifice, if they are to be accepted by God, must reflect the sacrifice of the Only Begotten Son. It must be selfless. It must be for the welfare of those you bear as your backload into the heavens. It may require the shedding of your blood. It will probably cause great pain, grief and sorrow to you, on their behalf. It will cost you both time, money and your good name. It must provide love and peace to those who you are sacrificing for. It must be asked of you by the Father. If you are the greatest among you, you must become the least, lifting all others through your sacrifice. Your Sacrifice is Still Required.

Conclusion: I am not talking from experience here, as I have not made that kind of selfless sacrifice before. I am just learning that if anyone will be saved, they must be precisely what Christ is, or else not be saved (Lectures on Faith). It would be foolish for us to expect to be without sin, to atone, to have the fulness of the Spirit of God without measure, as Christ had in this life. And that is not what is being proposed here. However, I am saying that Christ did not become who He was in this life, or in the life just prior to this life. John the Beloved explains that at first Christ wasn’t the Son of God, but after growing from grace to grace, and grace for grace, then he became the son of God (D&C 93:12-18).

Your Sacrifice is Still Required, because it is only through your sacrifice that you grow from grace to grace, in this life.That’s how you gain intelligence. It is THAT intelligence that rises with you in the resurrection, that becomes your advantage in the world to come:

D&C 130:18-19

“18. Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.

19. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his “diligence and obedience” than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.”

This scripture points to multiple probations (pre-existence, this life, resurrection, and the world to come). Eternity to eternity, life after life, we must practice the attribute of sacrifice, and that is described as growing grace for grace, moving-on from one eternity to another. The path that Christ goes ahead to prepare is the very same path He walked. He continues to go ahead and prepare places (worlds), for your progression, until YOU are able to perform an atonement for others, just as Christ has:

John 14:1-4

“1. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2. In my Father’s house are many mansions [temporary stopping-over places, or multiple life probations]: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. [Christ is promising to be your personal tour guide, to walk you through the worlds to come]

4. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”

Thomas Didymus complained to Christ saying that they didn’t know the way. But Christ was telling them all that He, Christ, was the way, and that they know Him. Knowing Christ was and is always the way, world upon world, eternity to eternity.

Line upon line, precept upon precept is how you progress, a little at a time, when you are in the service of your fellow being in sacrifice, …until you are filled with light, …until you know the mysteries of God in full, …until you have ascended through the path that Christ has walked, and you become one with Christ, and with the Father.

It all starts with a little sacrifice, that reflects Christ. And over time, it ought to grow into larger sacrifices, as you further understand the Savior more intimately. Eventually, when you are prepared to do so, you will be required to offer precisely the same thing as Christ did, the sacrifice of all things. Now consider Joseph Smith’s comment about a religion that doesn’t require the sacrifice of all things:

Lectures on Faith- Lecture Sixth: 7-8

“7. Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things. It was through this sacrifice, and this only, that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life; and it is through the medium of sacrifice, and this only, that God has ordained that men should enjoy eternal life; and it is through the medium of the sacrifice of all earthly things that men do actually know that they are doing the things that are well pleasing in the sight of God. When a man has offered in sacrifice all that he has for the truth’s sake, not even withholding his life, and believing before God that he has been called to make this sacrifice because he seeks to do his will, he does know, most assuredly, that God does and will accept his sacrifice and offering, and that he has not, nor will not seek his face in vain. Under these circumstances, then, he can obtain the faith necessary for him to lay hold on eternal life.

8. It is vain for persons to fancy to themselves that they are heirs with those, or can be heirs with them, who have offered their all in sacrifice, and by this means obtained faith in God and favor with him so as to obtain eternal life, unless they, in like manner, offer unto him the same sacrifice, and through that offering obtain the knowledge that they are accepted of him.”

The medium of sacrifice is the only way by which God ordains man into eternal life. When a man sacrifices all things in exchange for truth’s sake, not even withholding his life, doing God’s will, God will accept his sacrifice and offering. God know’s that this man doesn’t seek the presence of Christ in the flesh “in vain.” Many talk like they want the presence of the Lord, but aren’t willing to make the necessary sacrifices. So they seek the face of the Lord in vain, it’ll never happen, and they cannot lay hold on eternal life.

It is vain and foolish imaginations for any of us to consider ourselves heirs with those who have offered their all in sacrifice. If we are to be equal heirs, we must, in like manner, offer the same sacrifice. It is only through that same sacrifice that you may obtain the same knowledge (Sacrifice produces knowledge). Christ claims to be more intelligent than them all. He seeks to grow, increase, and add upon you- more intelligences. If we are to walk the path of Christ, we must grow from grace to grace, and grace for grace, as He did. And for that, A Sacrifice is Still Required.

The Path (737)

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The Path is ascension. It keeps being offered, but then rejected. When will we learn our lesson?

We all know the story of Moses floating down the river in a basket. He was raised as Egyptian royalty under the rule of the Pharaoh of Egypt. At the age of forty, Moses barely escaped Egypt with his life, finding himself at a well in Midian, by the daughters of Jethro. Moses repented and was brought back into the presence of the Lord. At the age of eighty (40 years after leaving Egypt), Moses was called upon by God to free the entire House of Israel from the bondage and captivity of Egypt, as he was freed. He rescued them by persuading the Pharaoh with miracles. But it wasn’t until Pharaoh’s first born was killed by the angel of death, “passing over” the House of Israel, that he permitted Israel’s departure. The waters of chaos was cleared as the Red Sea parted, allowing the safe passage, to a new life with God. However, unlike Moses, the House of Israel refused to repent, awake, and arise, returning back into the presence of the Lord. They rejected ascension, and was required to wander in the wilderness another 40 years, before Moses was taken by the hand of God. The House of Israel lost their opportunity to ascend.

Ascension continued to be offered, in the symbolic form of the tabernacle. The tabernacle was positioned facing the east, and the traveler would journey from the east towards the west, following The Path of the sun. The sacrificial animal was a symbolic representation of the individual who brought the offering. The individual placed himself on the altar, using the substitute offering, representing the individual covenanting to lay his life on the altar. The offering was washed and pronounced clean in the court yard, before going into the Holy Place. Sacrament was taken within the Holy Place, to sanctify the offerer, changing it from a clean animal, into a man. This was represented by the changing of the robes, from earth colored robes to white robes, symbolizing sanctification and purity. Having been washed clean, and made pure through the process of sanctification, the animal became a man, prepared to enter into the presence of the Lord by traveling through the veil, into the Holy of Holies. That is The Path of the sun. It is also The Path of the Son. The Path of ascension is an invitation for all men to return into the presence of the Lord in the flesh.

You would think that we would learn our lesson, since Moses’ story is so well known. Nope! The early saints were instructed to build the Nauvoo temple, in sufficient time. Christ promised that if they succeeded, He would come into it and give them higher ordinances. But if they didn’t, they would suffer plagues and being scattered, …and that is precisely what happened. They had a legitimate opportunity. They had the material and the labor, but they sought after the things of the world, disregarding the need to be sanctified by the finishing of the temple. The Mountain of the Lord was rejected, the Tabernacle was rejected, and the Temple was rejected. When will we ever learn?

Conclusion: I am involved in the effort to raise money for the building of a temple. I have consecrated my time, talents, and everything I have towards that effort. However, when I relate my efforts to you, you consider me an apostate. Even though you have a temple, you fail to take advantage of attending and learning what it is communicating. If you did, you would see this pattern of The Path being rejected by the House of Israel, by the early saints at Nauvoo, and by you. Closing your eyes will not make it go away.

Rather than following the pattern of those remaining unredeemed, and cut-off from the Lord’s presence, …instead: repent, awake, and arise! Instead of claiming my scriptures as uninspired, go ahead and seriously read your own for a change. Rather than expressing concern about my temple efforts, try attending your own temple weekly, or bi-weekly, rather than bi-annually, or every other year (oh, and stay awake for a change). It was through the study of your scripture, and the attendance of your temple, that I recognized The Path of ascension. It has always been the doctrine of Christ since the time of Adam.