Final Final- Governing Principles (993 Words)

Governing Principles

Governing Principles are prepared for the benefit of new fellowships, to maintain an eye single to the glory of God, as they navigate in a new environment of self-governance.

Salvation is individual, requiring a personal relationship with Christ. The doctrine of Christ makes this possible through faith in Christ, repentance, and baptism. The Holy Spirt is the mind and will of God. Christ and God the Father share the same mind and will. Thus, receiving the Holy Ghost provides individuals with the ability to access the mind and will of God.

Fellowships exist to assist the individual on their path to becoming one with Christ. They are to govern themselves freely as the spirit dictates to them, choosing to gather when, where, and with whom they please. Meeting in fellowships provides the opportunity to teach, serve, and learn from both the Spirit, and one another’s experiences. Equality requires that no one is above another and that all individuals have value. Regional and general conferences ought to adhere to the same principles and guidelines as fellowships, and can be called and organized by anyone at any time.

Tithing is to relieve the poor among you. It can be collected and distributed as a group, a fellowship, or as individuals. If done as a group or fellowship, tithes accumulated in a common fund must be distributed by the common consent of the group or fellowship. Separate fellowships can assist one another on a case by case basis, maintaining independence and autonomy. Tithes are not to be accumulated for wealth. If there are no poor among you, excess tithes can be contributed to the needs of a temple.

Performing ordinances, such as baptism and sacrament, requires priesthood. Priesthood is confined to men because of the fall. In order to exercise priesthood in fellowships, three key elements are required of priesthood bearers: ordination, sustaining, and confirmation.

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

Sustaining: A vote of seven women is required to sustain a man to the priesthood. If the man is married, his wife must be one of the seven women, or he is unauthorized to exercise priesthood among fellowships.

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

If there is not a man authorized to confer priesthood, a man may perform the ordinances of baptism and sacrament within his family, with the confirmation of heaven alone. Record of priesthood ordination, sustaining, and confirmation should be kept in the personal journals of the man given priesthood and the women who sustained him. A certificate, signed by the seven sustaining women, should accompany the man should he perform ordinances outside of his family. The man is responsible to record and know his priesthood lineage.

In the event that priesthood is abused, exercising priesthood in fellowships can be revoked by a fair trial where a unanimous vote of at least twelve women vote to end his authority among fellowships.

The ordinance of baptism is a sign to heaven of an individual’s choice to receive the gospel of Christ. It does not offer membership into a fellowship or church. A man who has priesthood may baptize all those who desire as follows:

  • Both go down and stand in the water.
  • The man with priesthood will call the person being baptized by name, saying: “Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.”
  • And then immerse them in the water, and come again out of the water

As circumstances allow, the ordinance of baptism should be performed in living waters. A record of the baptism ought to be kept in a personal journal and also submitted to a central recorder so that the names of those baptized will be preserved within the temple of God.

The ordinance of sacrament should be performed as prescribed in the scriptures. It instructs that all kneel. The emblems of bread and wine are to be used as symbols of the flesh and the atoning blood of Christ. If any are opposed to alcohol, or have a medical condition preventing the use of wine, red grape juice may be used as an alternative. Bitter wine, in remembrance of Christ’s blood, is symbolic and appropriate. A man with the priesthood will pray to the Father in the name of Christ saying:

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

 

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

The oneness of fellowships is a testimony to the world that Christ is the redeemer of all. Agency must be respected and preserved, allowing new fellowships the freedom to learn correct principles and govern themselves. Keep your eye single to the glory of God. Seek to receive God’s mind and will. Bear one another’s burdens that they may be light. Associate with one another as equals. God will gather his choice fruit.

The Light of the Body (1560 Words)

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

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

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

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

3 Nephi 13:22-24

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

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

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

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

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

D&C 50:24-25

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

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

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

2 Nephi 17-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dispensation of the Fulness of Times (1328)

Adam sought to bless his people, by bringing them into the presence of Christ in Adam-ondi-ahman. Moses and others tried to do the same, but failed. The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times is identified by obtaining the presence of the Lord once again.

Adam sought to bless those who would be his sons and daughters, through the gospel and priesthood of God. To be blessed is to have conferred upon or invoke “divine favor.” Those who are favored of God are brought back into the presence of God, to be judged, and be made clean to remain in His presence. Someone with this blessing “always has his spirit to be with them,” as the sacrament prayer petitions heaven for. John the Beloved identifies it as making their “abode” with you:

John 14:21-23

21. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

22. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

23. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Joseph Smith said:

“This is why Adam blessed his posterity; he wanted to bring them into the presence of God. They looked for a city, etc., “whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb 11:10.)”

Adam did the work and brought his family back into the presence of Christ in Adam-ondi-ahman. Adam-ondi-ahman literally means “Adam, in the presence of Son Ahman” or “Adam, in the presence of the Son of God the Father.” We have been taught by traditions that the location of Zion will be in Missouri. Some have speculated that it will begin at the location called Adam-ondi-ahman. Truth is, only God knows where Zion will be established. God is the maker and the builder of Zion. Wherever Christ appears to Zion will be Adam-ondi-ahman, where Adam (or sons/daughters of Adam considering themselves Adam) return into the presence of Son Ahman, Christ.  This is huge! That work is upon us NOW!

Since Adam, few have belonged to Zion. Enoch and Melchizedek established Zion, became God’s people, and was required to be taken up, or those who fought against them would have been utterly waisted. God allows the wicked to kill the wicked. He allows the wicked to kill the righteous. But God will never allow the wicked to kill Zion, because Zion is His government on the earth. In the past, He has taken Zion up. But in the future, the Zion in heaven will return to join the Zion on earth, preparatory to the earth’s transformation to it’s paradisiacal glory. Many have been called, but only few have been chosen. Joseph Smith reports the failure of Moses and other Eliases to establish a Zion people:

“Moses sought to bring the children of Isreal into the presence of God, through the power of the Priesthood, but he could not. In the first ages of the world they tried to establish the same thing; and there are Eliases raised up who tried to restore these very glories, but did not obtain them; but they prophesied of a day when this glory  would be revealed.

Moses and other Eliases tried to restore men to Christ’s presence, but their people would not look to Christ and live, and their people were left to wander the wilderness fighting with one another, in bondage and captivity, enslaved to foreigners. We are precisely in the same position, having not been brought back into the presence of Christ, wandering about, in bondage and captivity, enslaved to foreigners. The ancient covenant fathers who weren’t able to provide their people the presence of the Lord grieved, not being able to do so. They were comforted in their grief by the Lord declaring the latter day Zion.

Every people belonging to Zion had similar experiences. A wild man came among them, teaching doctrines of Christ that seemed foreign, centered around returning to the presence of Christ in the flesh. Although the message sounded wild at first, …that didn’t stop them from asking God if it was true, with a sincere heart, and real intent, to know for themselves. When they learned that it was true, they repented and became Zion. All ancient covenant fathers looked forward to this day, when the Zion in heaven reunited with the Zion on earth, and called it The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. Joseph Smith wrote:

“Paul spoke of The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times, when God would gather together all things in one, etc.; and those men to whom these keys have been given, will have to be there; and they without us cannot be made perfect.”

The LDS church claims to have those keys, and claims their dispensation as The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. Yet, when you discuss returning into the presence of the Lord, they reject the necessity for that to occur, and cast out those who claim to believe this way. They claim that temples offer saving ordinances, and revoke entry for not giving your tithes to them, so that they can use it to build more church buildings, more temples, more shopping malls, cultural centers, and business holdings to fatten their bellies, while the poor suck wind! They use their keys to turn men to them, to worship the key holders as idols and graven images. With them holding the keys, you must be a “key-hole” and do whatever they say, or loose salvation.

Where is the presence of Christ offered? Where are those who have Christ’s abode? Who knows the Lord personally, face-to-face? Then where are the keys that you jangle around like cracking a whip, threatening excommunication and damnation. I stand in opposition to those keys!

Conclusion: Nephi identified Gentiles (1 Nephi 13) as the early settlers of America, and the early saints involved in the restoration. They are identified as:

  • They are the source of the great and abominable church (v4)
  • They were separated from Nephi’s descendants (Lehi’s descendants) by “many waters” (v10)
  • The Gentiles went forth out of captivity and crossed the waters to come to the land of promise (v13-14)
  • The Gentiles scattered and smote the remnants of Nephi’s seed, but did not utterly destroy them (v14, 30)
  • The Gentiles were prosperous, white, fair and beautiful (v15)
  • They humbled themselves (Early America) on the land of promise (v16)
  • They were delivered by the power of God from all other nations (v19)
  • They had the Bible, though it was in a very corrupt state and actually prevented salvation and became a stumbling block to them (v24-29)

All describe the founders of America, and the founders of the church, as coming from Gentile nations. In short, the “Gentiles” refers to the primarily white, European immigrants who came to America and displaced the Native Americans, Polynesians, and Latin Americans. That is how Nephi sees the vast majority of LDS people on this continent, who are not either Jew or Remnant. Christ prophesied that the Gentiles would reject the fulness, which is the presence of the Lord in the flesh. When the day of the Gentile has ended, it must come to YOU, O’ House of Israel.

In “THAT DAY,” it will be your preparation in the promises made to the fathers that will prove you, identifying the master you choose to serve. Plant the words of Christ in your hearts. Recognize the prophesies that are just ahead being fulfilled, of the gathering of Israel into Zion. Do not procrastinate this work because I sound like a wild man. Hear the voice of the Lord, and know the truth by the Holy Ghost. When Zion is built by God, then is the beginning of The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times.

 

Laman & Lemuel: Part 6- Hearts Must Turn (1181)

Hearts Must Turn to Fathers

Hearts Must Turn. The spirit of Elijah leads to identifying a living Father, then to turning to the fathers (receiving instruction), and finally being sealed as an equal heir with Christ.

In order to be sealed to the heaves Hearts Must Turn! Although Laman & Lemuel used their agency to fall away, Lehi’s promise gave Lamanite descendants the opportunity to do what their parents failed to do, turn their hearts to Lehi; or in other words, the covenant fathers. Once the remnant of Lehi re-connect to the fathers, and are taught by them, they will be sealed through the fathers to Christ. Consider the instructions I am offering.

The last blog was A Parent’s Worst Nightmare, which was about the temporary falling apart of Lehi’s family after his death, as Laman & Lemuel sought to kill their brother Nephi. Parent’s spend so much time and effort to build and strengthen their family, only to have it destroyed once they die. BUT… Lehi was given a covenant; and through that covenant, Lehi extended a blessing to the children of Laman & Lemuel, offering them a chance to return. The condition of their return is that their Hearts Must Turn to the covenant fathers of their time (living), and Lehi’s record would aid them in making that return.

The descendants of both the Laminates and the Nephites were all eventually scattered, after having rejected the covenants of their fathers (Lehi & Nephi). The strength of the covenant to Lehi and Nephi promised to reach beyond their time, into these last days, to redeem those who would do the work that Laman & Lemuel wouldn’t do, and turn their hearts to the promises made to the ancient fathers, written in the scriptures. Lamanite King, Lamoni, when he was taught by Ammon (a covenanted father), offered to sacrifice all to know God, repented and returned to the covenant given to Lehi. King Lamoni’s father was taught the same, by Aaron (a covenanted father), and he too sacrificed all things to know God, repented, and Lehi’s covenant was renewed with him too. Anti-nephi-lehi was King Lamoni’s younger brother, and he participated in burying their weapons, to belong to the same covenant given to Lehi, and his children’s generation was what comprised of the 2,000 stripling warriors. Theirs is a pattern to show us, that if we are to receive Lehi’s covenant just the same, our Hearts Must Turn. The pattern is outlined in what Moroni (or Nephi) gave to Joseph Smith Jr.

JSH 1:39

39. He also quoted the next verse differently: And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.”

When you finally pick up the scriptures, and take your studies seriously, you will then have planted in your heart “the promises made to the fathers.” Only then can you begin to turn your heart to the fathers, by authenticating their message against the words of Christ that swelled, sprouted, and began to grow (Alma 32:30-32). You will know the living fathers because they teach the pure doctrine through the words of Christ. They will not be telling warm, fuzzy, and entertaining stories, to get your emotions triggered, as we have falsely identified emotions with the Holy Ghost. It will be pure knowledge, pure intelligence, and enlightening. But, if you’re unfamiliar with the words of Christ, you will be caught up, with the LDS church, in the large and spacious building, pointing the finger and mocking the saints. When your heart is turned to the fathers, they will turn their hearts to you, to teach you of the mysteries of God, until you know them in FULL ( Alma 12:10). With fathers and children as one heart and one mind, now we have the makings of Zion.

Once the remnant of Lehi re-connect to the living fathers, and are taught by them, they will be sealed, through the fathers, to Christ. While the instruction between fathers and children does not require a building or church, and can be performed in a park, in a room, out in the garage, etc. The sealing must be done only in a temple connected to heaven. You know it is connected to heaven because Christ will dwell there personally, to reintroduce you to the heavens and the POWERS of the heavens.

Conclusion: The LDS Church has followed the same pattern as the Catholics, but have done it in less then half the time. Their attention has placed emphasis on the church building, the stake houses, and the empty temples, costing the widow’s mite billions of dollars of slave money. They have raised up unto themselves kings, in their offices and administrative positions, and have dismissed the necessity to develop the skill to know the voice of the Lord, and to identify a true servant delivering a message from God (Angel).

The drawing I added to this blog is a lineage that ties all to the family of God. That is Zion. When the government of Zion returns among us in the flesh, Enoch’s Zion will return to join them. They are the ones prophesied of that “…they that come shall burn them.” Once that is established all governments will fall apart. God allows the wicked to to kill the wicked. He allows the wicked to kill the righteous. But when Zion is established, God will never allow the wicked to kill Zion.

IN YOUR CURRENT STATE OF IGNORANCE, YOU ARE NOT YET CONNECTED TO THE FATHERS, AND HAVE NO PLACE IN ZION! Turn your hearts to the promises made to the fathers, written in modern scripture. Familiarize yourself with that material by talking to me, or to anyone who understands, but doesn’t need the filter of the LDS church. We can help you through your difficulty of letting go of foolish and false traditions of unbelief. Over your invested time in the scriptures, you will naturally become familiar with those words, then you will hunger and thirst after them, and finally, as you ask questions, you’ll notice that no one in the church has the answers, leading you on a quest ( just like the wisemen following the star to Bethlehem) to find a living father. You must use the knowledge you’ve gained from the scriptures to test the voice of anyone claiming to be God’s servant. Then you will be prepared to recognize the voice of the Lord in a living father, and can leave the institutional church, to be taught of him, to complete your return, being sealed to the family of God.

Failure to acquire a connection to the fathers will leave you neither root nor branch in that great and terrible day. That’s a prophecy of being cut off as a family, having no posterity, and no eternal life. You are currently being tested to see if you can hear the voice of the Lord. You cannot wing-it by not studying the words of Christ. God will not be mocked.

Good Luck Young Padowan!

 

An Everlasting Work (1595 Words Long and Hard)

This blog was intended for conversation, so let’s talk story. Every comment I write on this blog, although against the popular opinions of the family (particularly Mom), is focused NOT on the dark of the Church, but on the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My work is towards my family, first and foremost.

Let’s Talk Story: Whenever I choose to respond, it is not to put you down, to compare my greatness to your insignificance, or to make me above you, …although that is what I am constantly accused of. I see opportunity to provide customized application to the words of Christ, befitting our family. That is why I constantly quote scriptures, within proper context, and further expound them, explaining them in plainness, hoping that your hearts will soften to recognize the pure intelligence that accompany them. Talking story allows us to reason with one another. And if that means butting heads a little with the hardest of heads (Mom), I’m willing to do that, within reason. The scriptures are a source of light from the treasury of heaven. Whenever light is introduced, darkness is dispelled. Those with hard hearts, who will not receive the light, are always dispelled along with the darkness, because the darkness comprehends it NOT.

The Work: The real work is obtaining light, while gradually separating from the dark. It is necessary for everyone to separate themselves from the dark, to avoid being cast-off because of our failure to comprehend the light. However, in the loooooong absence of light (173 Years since Joseph & Hyrum died), men become accustomed to working in the dark, until things of darkness become acceptable, then comfortable, and then embraced. Even the pure in heart (which I know you are) are startled when pure light is introduced. Having been conditioned so long to the dark, requires constant and diligent effort to first: accumulate and cleave unto greater light (Words of Christ), and second: simultaneously peal-off traditions of darkness (Repent). You cannot repent without first knowing the words of Christ. Otherwise, how will you know what to repent of? Jacob refers to pealing off the darkness, in the allegory of the olive tree, as the offensive pruning of unproductive branches. Every comment I write on this blog, although against the popular opinions of the family (particularly Mom), is focused NOT on the dark of the Mormon Church, but on the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, long traditions of dark have been deeply rooted, requiring a greater effort of offensive pruning on my part. And I am not afraid of the hard work required to do it. YOU ARE MY OBJECTIVE!

Mom has pretty much instructed me, in her last comment, to go and do my work, and leave us alone. YOU ARE MY WORK! My work is towards my family, first and foremost. She has accused me of pecking at the same old arguments (primary songs, etc.), and the same old year-old mistake, attributing my efforts as simply resentful and hostile, and as a result of an individual abusive circumstance, …and I am painting my negative opinions over the whole of the innocent leaders of this great church. She, knowing the circumstances of her son being cast out, now labels me as rejecting them, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, when it is THEY who have cast me, her son, out. When will you stop defending your darkness, study the scriptures generating everlasting light, and shape up? Moroni asked:

Mormon 9:31-39

“31. Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth; there shall be murders, and robbing, and lying, and deceivings, and whoredoms, and all manner of abominations; when there shall be many who will say, Do this, or do that, and it mattereth not, for the Lord will uphold such at the last day. But wo unto such, for they are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity.

32. Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say: Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins. {requiring a specified amount of tithing, to obtain a temple recommend, fits this category}

33. O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, that ye might bring damnation upon your souls? Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God; for behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled.

34. Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things shall come forth among you.

35. Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.”

Mormon gave the plates to Moroni, and it is Moroni speaking to you. The next person to read Moroni’s words was Joseph Smith. He is speaking to US. He speaks as if you are present. Take what he says next very personally. He has seen you and what you are now faced with. He offers you light, so that you can shake off the chains of darkness that bind you. Channel into your pure hearts, and hear the voice of the Lord in what Moroni writes next:

“36. And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.

37. For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.”

Moroni saw our day and said that “every church” has become polluted. That’s a high percentage of churches, …EVERY! You don’t even need to know Greek or Latin to see it. It’s plain! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aren’t excluded. They love money and substances. Come between the church and their money and you have painted a target on your back. You should know this is true better than most, as you have experienced first hand the abuse at BYU-Hawaii and PCC, and their frivolous firing of productive employees, while they protect themselves from law suits, keeping unproductive employees in good standing. Our temples are opulent. And when I attempt to help the poor among me, my temple recommend was revoked? The buildings of the institution are very well adorned, and the church loves their buildings more than they love the poor and needy, the sick and afflicted, that Mom substitute teaches for, so she can help her sick daughter raise her children, without sufficient assistance. Yet, she will defend their actions, ignoring the words of Christ being offered to her by me, her son.

Conclusion: You are free to choose, but I will call it out as I see it, so that your choice is sealed upon you, and you cannot point the finger anywhere else but to yourselves. A little while longer and you will not have to be discomforted by my words:

1 Nephi 14:7

“7. For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other—either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity, and also into destruction, both temporally and spiritually, according to the captivity of the devil, of which I have spoken.

I am engaged in An Everlasting Work! I am coming for YOU! Although the work is everlasting, don’t confuse everlasting work to be generally positive, uplifting, building, warm, and feel-good. It all depends on how you respond to the words of Christ being offered. Either you will be convinced unto peace and life eternal, by seeking diligently the words of Christ …OR you will harden your hearts to what I have written, by continuing to treat lightly the words of Christ being addressed hear. In the hardness of your hearts, your minds will be blinded, and you will not see what I have been pointing to for ten years. Your ties to this world, through the institutions you cling to, religious, educational, and financial, will seal your fate in captivity and destruction, both temporally and spiritually, just as Moroni has spoken.

I would prefer a different kind of conversation, based on scriptures, and not defending and offending. But conversations like that are rare in our case, so I’ll take what I can get, even though it requires being exposed to some offensive pruning. Considering the difficulty that the missionaries had, converting Mom to Mormonism from Catholicism, why should it be easy for me to persuade her to actually read the scriptures and have an intelligent conversation, based solely on doctrine? If that work costs me my family, my relationships, and my life, I am not afraid of that work, because it is Christ’s.

Awake and Arise!

 

Laman & Lemuel: Part 2 (1117 Words Long)

I was added unto by my wife yesterday concerning Laman & Lemuel. The scriptures were written for our day. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

After reading my blog last night, my wife presented an even better scripture of how Laman & Lemuel truly felt concerning the Jew’s.

1 Nephi 17:20-22

“20. And thou art like unto our father, led away by the foolish imaginations of his heart; [that’s what revelation looks like when you’ve never had it, foolish imaginations] yea, he hath led us out of the land of Jerusalem, and we have wandered in the wilderness for these many years; and our women have toiled, being big with child; and they have borne children in the wilderness and suffered all things, save it were death; and it would have been better that they had died before they came out of Jerusalem than to have suffered these afflictions.

21. Behold, these many years we have suffered in the wilderness, which time we might have enjoyed our possessions and the land of our inheritance; yea, and we might have been happy.

22. And we know that the people who were in the land of Jerusalem were a “righteous” people; for they kept the statutes and judgments of the Lord, and all his commandments, according to the law of Moses; wherefore, we know that they are a righteous people; and our father hath judged them, and hath led us away because we would hearken unto his words; yea, and our brother is like unto him. And after this manner of language did my brethren murmur and complain against us.”

They were certain that “the church was true.” “Besides,” they would justify, “we are blessed with gold, silver and lands!” And they would probably use being a full tithe-payer as the thing that produced their gold, silver, and land. It’s no wonder why, when Nephi’s plan to trade their gold and silver in exchange for the records, and lost it all, Laman & Lemuel beat the crap out of Nephi.  Laman & Lemuel tried to cloak what mattered most to them (treasures in the earth), by discounting the truth in their father’s and their brother’s words of wisdom, as foolish and vain imaginations.

The Book of Mormon was written and preserved specifically for our day. The patterns within them are the same patterns that will unfold, in our day, prior to the return of the Lord. Mormon compiled the record, and only his son Moroni read them before they were translated by Joseph Smith. Since Joseph Smith, they have been cast by the way-side for the traditions of the institution of men. When the institution conflicts with the scripture, we toss the scripture, and follow after men, graven images. The Book of Mormon prophesied that this would happen.

My efforts to build a temple are viewed by you the same way Laman & Lemuel viewed the efforts of Nephi to build a ship, foolish imaginations. You have laughed at me, mocked my suggestions for understanding the scriptures, and professed belief in the church, …while not paying much attention to the prophet you claim to follow, …or reading the scriptures that you’ve claimed to be true! I have been accused of Mom as being crazy, psychologically unstable, and bi-polar. And you might tend to agree with her. (If you don’t, none of you have expressed that.) But, you’d think that my wife, having a PhD in psychology would be able to recognize those signs, and diagnose them herself. However, …she believes precisely as I do, …so does that mean that she’s biased? Tell yourself what you must, you will not be judged by me. Your judgement is wether or not you can hear the voice of the Lord.

Recognize the marvelous work happening right now among the children of men. It is not happening by the crowds, as many are called, but few are chosen. The Lord doesn’t need, nor has He ever used, crowds to accomplish his great work. If you are followers of the crowds, you are not part of Christ’s work, and are seeking to oppose it. Crowds are acceptable in the world. The Lord’s work has never been acceptable to the world, but has always been acceptable to God.

Christ has followed patterns within the scriptures to establish a restoration. He is following His patterns within the scriptures to separate the wheat from the tares in preserving the restoration, and returning a temple to the earth that is connected to heaven. Then will Christ dwell within THAT temple, for real, and not just figuratively, as the church teaches. The priesthood has been rested from the church because of their abuse. You are very familiar with their abuse, but you have justified it, attributing abuse as somewhat acceptable because of the weaknesses of the flesh. Yet, you testify that men must follow a prophet, too confusing. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

Conclusion: Some might read what I have written as disgruntled, as I have been physically taken out of church for paying a full-tithe to lift the poor among me, following Christ alone and refusing to follow a man of office in the church, and bearing testimony of Christ as instructed by the voice of Christ, in opposition to a bishop claiming keys. I am not disgruntled. I am relieved of the necessity to expose myself, my wife, and my children to the false doctrines that are being upheld by the church and their abusive leaders. I am founded upon the rock, as I have made the words of Christ my foundation.

You currently stand on a sandy foundation, and I am inviting you to come with me, and build upon the same rock (the words of Christ). There is lots of room here, as nobody wants anything to do with it right now. Everyone wants an ocean view on the sand, aligned with the world, and relishing in the treasures of the earth.

Seek the words of Christ. Repent of your ignorance by being instructed by them. Be baptized by one who has not abused his priesthood, using persuasion alone, and has authority given of Christ, not man. Receive the Holy Ghost. Obtain The Gift of the Holy Ghost by entering into the presence of Christ. Then obtain The Power of the Holy Ghost by speaking with the tongue of angels, so you can become saviors on Mt. Zion, unto the salvation of your family; including your kindred dead. Do not become the modern day Laman & Lemuel by discounting me because I am only your brother, your son, or your father. Know ye the Lord!

Exercise Faith (1294 Words Long)

I have recently been informed that http://www.treeoflife221.com has created a buzz in social media, both good and bad. I am responsible for one of the two existing funding sites, requiring me to address some of the concerns. I know that many of you disagree with what I am doing, if you can put aside your defensive traditions for a moment, to hear the experience, there is truth to be had here to help you learn to “Exercise Faith.”

Some of the negative comments that have been expressed includes opinions matching Mom’s. “That’s crazy! Are we required to trust another man with our tithes and not be informed of how it is used, when it is used, or why it is used?” These sum up most of the negative responses. Some of the temple fund supporters, on social media, have ridiculed others who chose to withhold their support, in order to ask responsible questions regarding the use of the tithes, as having no faith. As I am not involved in social media, these are reports that have been expressed to me, by people who have called me directly, asking for clarity. The popular concern is, who gave you permission to do this in the first place?

My response is the same as I said to Mom, that I completely agree, it does sound crazy, but I was given my instruction by God. It sounds crazy to build an ark when there was no rain; to walk through the Red sea on dry ground; to build a ship and sail to a promised land, being guided by a curious ball as a compass; or to have God touch sixteen stones to produce light for a journey on the ocean, with only the winds and the currents to lead them. All of it sounds crazy because this has not been considered before, and we are unfamiliar with the hand of God. However, for those who had a foundational understanding, it was possible, although to most it seemed improbable. When God leads out by instruction, those who act on His instruction will be able to sacrifice all things and Exercise Faith unto life and salvation (Lectures on Faith). Mom, although she has taught us since we were kids that she would live to be twinkled and live in Zion, she has expressed the same impossibility and improbability reasoning, regarding my involvement in establishing Zion. I totally understand, but despite the opinions, we are all required to judge the matter. If it is not of God, you must KNOW IT, and not follow men. If it is of God, you must KNOW IT, and follow God. Your day of judgement is about KNOWING God, and not following another man.

I am responsible for one of the two existing funding sites, requiring me to address some of the concerns. In response to a recent caller, I relayed the story of the early saints failure in Nauvoo, and expressed that we may make mistakes, but rather than making the same mistakes, it would be wiser to learn from old mistakes, and make new ones.

The early saints in Nauvoo were given commandment to build a temple in sufficient time (D&C 124). However, they didn’t have financial means to pay for it, so rather than sacrificing money (which they had none), they placed on the altar their labor instead. A crew was sent North to cut and mill wood for construction (no Home Depot credit, with zero down, zero payment for 24 months, poor souls). They floated the pre-cut lumber down the river to the temple site, so the men building could construct the temple. It was a good plan, until human nature crept in.

What ended up happening was: Out of the crew in the North, who were cutting, milling, and sending the wood down river, there were only a few who would work hard, while the others drug their feet and consumed a heavy portion of the food rations. The work became unevenly distributed, and frustration broke out by those who worked hard, against those who burned through the resources without working much. To make things worse, when the lumber arrived for the temple, some men felt they deserved to use some of the lumber for their own home renovations, and helped themselves, stealing the materials for the temple for their personal use and gain. The temple was intended to have three stories, but after years of work, they only completed the first level, being distracted by their own money making efforts, before Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed.

So, rather then making the same mistake, we have chosen to implement a different approach to prepare to build a temple. As money is more available today then it was in Nauvoo, the option to send money was offered to all who felt impressed to do so. To avoid repeating the problem of theft, only two funds are currently set up to receive monies, and people can exercise agency to choose to give (or not give), but not have access to steal. When the funds are used, it will be done without notice, but a full accounting of every cent spent will be kept for future scrutiny, once the efforts are complete. Not only does that remove the immediate temptation for theft, it also addresses the abuse of land speculators to buy land, intending to profit from the increase of property values, and protects the temple from intrusion of outside parties seeking to thwart the effort.

I expressed to the caller that we have designed this method of funding so that the only question remains is, “Do you trust me?” I added, “To be honest, I don’t see how a total stranger could trust me at all, as you know nothing about me. And if you knew something about me, it may give you even more reason NOT to trust me, depending on your perception. As my Mom’s perception is negative towards my efforts, I can’t see how a total stranger could see me in a more positive light than my own mother.” I finished the conversation by saying, “As I am a complete stranger to you, you are required to ask the Lord if these things are true, with a sincere heart and real intent. You are in position to NOT be able to properly judge me, and must depend on wether or not you can recognize the voice of the Lord in what I offer. If you do recognize the Lord’s voice in what I have offered, then Exercise Faith and contribute. If you don’t, then Exercise Faith and refuse to contribute. You are only judged by your ability to hear the voice of the Lord and Exercise Faith.” I wished him good luck with his choice.

Conclusion: I know that many of you disagree with what I am doing. I remain true to my blog’s intentions, by emphasizing the absolute necessity for you to take scripture study seriously NOW, while the waters of Shiloh are gentle. Drinking from the waters of Shiloh is easy when it is gentle. When the waters of Shiloh are flooding, drinking then is equivalent to drowning!

Serious scripture study is intended to familiarize you with the voice of the Lord. When you are familiar with the voice of the Lord, only then can you properly Exercise Faith. However, failure to study will project your inability to know the voice of the Lord, and your failure to Exercise Faith unto life and salvation. You will not be able to endure to the end, and your sacrifices will not be accepted; meaning, it will not reflect the sacrifice of the Only Begotten Son, as all acceptable sacrifices do. Have Faith, Be Believing, Study the Words of Christ.