Unfamiliar Zion (494)

Zion is the work of God, and not man. He doesn’t expect us to do things right at first, but we must do the work. Our current struggles were known to God and the beatitudes have been given for us to build a community that will produce fruits. Let’s begin there to build our family, to endure the offensive digging, dunging, and pruning.

Zion has only ever been accomplished by two communities. It’s prophesied that there will be a third community in our day. The concept of Zion is so unfamiliar to this world, there is nothing in the world to judge how we are doing, gauging the progress of building it. To make things worse, not even the scriptures have sufficient instruction or a blueprint to follow for Zion to be constructed by men. God alone will establish Zion. He must instruct us personally, in order for Zion to appear. His instructions are vital for the birth of Zion to come. Once He instructs us, the scriptures can only confirm that what God has prophesied, covenanted, and promised, is fulfilled. But the path to Zion is only to be found following God’s immediate instruction. THAT is how God will bring it.

God doesn’t expect us to do things right at first, but we must do the work. There is no magic, no pixie-dust, no Harry Potter spells, to bring about the work that you must do. Failure is part of learning. God will lead, teach, command, and guide us through our failure. The difficulty on our part is that we must become what He commands and do what He bids us do. His current instructions applies to our peculiar circumstances, to fix our imperfections, stopping us from bringing about Zion and entering into His presence.

Our current struggles were foreseen and foretold. The Lord of the whole Earth considered destroying all of the wicked, but His servant pled with the Him to grant more time (Jacob 5:49-50). More time was granted, for the final digging, dunging, and pruning. And the Lord promised His servant to spare it a little longer, and promised that He would labor with His servant one more time. The best instructions that we have to follow to build a community around is the beatitudes.

Conclusion: The scriptures is your personal work. You must read them seriously, ponder them intently, and return to them in thought and in word regularly. There is a sacrifice required. Only you can make the offering that makes you acceptable. No one can do that work for you.

However, we can work together by meeting together oft, talking of Christ, preaching Christ, rejoicing in Christ, and prophesying of Christ. We can provide a community, even within our own family, to grow the attributes of the beatitudes. When the wheat recognize who they are, and the roots are agitated, they will fruit. And when the wheat fruits, only then can the tares be burned. You are wheat!

 

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Philosophy, Science, and Revelation (1219 Words)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By The Same Spirit (1579 Words)

Traditions aren’t as easy to break free from when you don’t know that they are there. Once you know that they exist, the escape route is hard to find, because you honestly can’t tell what is true or what is tradition. The way to get through to the heavens, without being dependent upon the arm of flesh, is to study the scriptures By The Same Spirit that they were written in.

Trap of Tradition: Traditions aren’t as easy to break free from when you don’t know that they even exist.This was a huge breakthrough for me, as I have been taught practically all my childhood life to follow the leader, conform to the institution, and don’t step outta-line. The teaching was a subtle corporate teaching, and began in primary, singing, “Do as I’m Doing, Follow, Follow Me.” We moved from clapping our hands, to patting our heads, to repetitive testimony-bearing, to haircuts and acceptable church dress attire, to seminary “scripture mastery,” to serving missions using memorized catch-phrases, …finally, into becoming “The Leader.” From primary we were conditioned to beg to be the leader, …but as an adult, you actually had the sustaining vote of hundreds of members, to confirm you as the leader. As the leader, you encourage singing “Follow the Prophet,” because your position as a ward or stake leader only exists through the sustaining of the Prophet, and to debunk a Prophet’s authority is to remove all power in your own authority. And now we are in a pickle, aren’t we? The scriptures contradict this thinking, saying, don’t trust in the arm of flesh, don’t make the arm of flesh your arm, so we make the justification that when a prophet speaks, it’s as if God is speaking, therefore trusting in a Prophet isn’t trusting in the arm of flesh, …so “…Follow the Prophet, he holds all the keys.” This is what is meant by being left to kick against the pricks and fight against the saints (D&C 121). Traditions are so well hidden, until something opens your eyes to see it, you could go your entire life not recognizing that someone lied to you!

Escape Route: However, once you know that these false traditions exist in you, the escape route is still hard to find. Depending on how old you are when you discovered these false traditions, you may have built your entire life, centered on those traditions, amassing your wealth upon it’s principles, accumulating treasures in the earth, raising your children, grand children, and great grand children the same way, …thus, making uncovering greater truths, contradicting your successful traditions, seem embarrassing, destructive, and impossible!!! In this condition of in-between, you honestly can’t tell what is true or what is tradition. Even scripture study is painted with the brush strokes of an institution, such that you cannot seem to see any other way to interpret them, other than the way the institution has drilled it into you. In this case, the advantage goes to the children. Children haven’t been deeply rooted in the ideas of the world, making it easier for them to change from deeply rooted traditions because they aren’t so deeply rooted. But change to what???

Christ’s atonement is the only Escape Route! When you finally wake up to the awful situation by which you are bound, …then you will realize that Christ is the only one you can trust to know what to change into and how to make the change. The Lord said you must become precisely what He is; you must be Christ. Lectures on Faith teaches that Christ is the prototype of a saved being. Scriptures teach that when you see Christ, you will know Him, because you will be like Him. He performed the atonement, so He understands who you are and the difficulties you face, …because He has overcome them all. Thus, His role as savior is to do the saving. And He hires no one for that job (2 Nephi 9:41). But, you must first believe in Him.

When you begin to believe in Christ’s ability to repair you, that is when you start believing in the atonement, and can begin your journey with Him because He is the only one who atoned. The journey takes time. It starts slow, but gains momentum, and produces in abundance! A summary of what you will be progressing through is found in the seven beatitudes, presented in order:

  1. Poor in Spirit
  2. Mourn
  3. Meek
  4. Hunger & Thirst after Righteousness
  5. Mercy
  6. Pure in Heart
  7. Peace Makers.

I’ll not go through them here, but each step is accumulative, so you never check it off! Instead, you get added unto. When you have endured through one step, naturally, you will be introduced to the next step, …which will introduce new challenges in both the next step and the first combined. By the time you have accomplished the seventh step (Peacemaker), no one will need to tell you how Poor in Spirit you really are, because you already know!

Philosophers, scholars and church authorities will try to convince you that they know the answer for your life. Those awake to the awful situation will quickly realize that they all sound like confusion, static, and noise. Every man is exactly what the scriptures have identified as “the arm of flesh.” Then how the hell are we supposed to begin the journey if we can’t trust men in the flesh? Aren’t prophets supposed to be trusted to tell the truth? Aren’t they men in the flesh? NO, we don’t trust prophets, we hearken to them, and then we trust The Spirit to teach us the truth of all things. We never trust in the arm of flesh. We seek The Spirit of God!

The Spirit Leads: The way to get through to the heavens, without being dependent upon the arm of flesh, is to study the scriptures By The Same Spirit that they were written in. Right away, you must develop the skill of receiving revelation. It is revelation that is supposed to grow in you. Anyone can read the scriptures, and many have, without the Spirit of Revelation. Reading this way will not produce the promised results. Church authority, academia, ancient literature, languages, and credentials cannot understand the scriptures without The Same Spirit that animated the author who wrote it. They have no advantage over the Poor in Spirit, the farm boy, the child, and the unlearned. The opposite is true, those who are Poor in Spirit, a humble farm boy, a meek child, and a mourning unlearned man has far greater advantage to know the scriptures By The Same Spirit.

The world would teach you otherwise. But, when was the last time you took a college course producing an ascension? When have you been taught by your clergy priesthood authority how to see the Lord face to face in the flesh? When did academic achievement in literature, languages, and worldly credentials produce your calling and election sure? On the other hand, Abraham was Poor in Spirit. Joseph who was sold into Egypt was too. Joseph Smith had the heavens opened to him. None of them trusted in the arm of flesh, but all of them read the words of Christ By The Same Spirit that they were written in, …and each one walked into the presence of Christ in the flesh, was redeemed from the fall, and had the heavens opened and accessible to them. That’s a good place to begin our journey with Christ!

Conclusion: The journey with Christ begins when you realize only He has the power to save you from your state of darkness, ignorance, and death. When you wake up to this, the first step is to pray and study the words of Christ in scripture By The Same Spirit that they were written in. Revelation will grow within you, until you are at-one-with-Christ, being redeemed from the fall, brought back into His presence, and crowned with glory and power.

Begin your journey now while the waters are still gentle, before the floods. Enter the ark before the rains begin falling, and your time for preparation has past. Noah was merciful when he didn’t allow others in the ark. The ark is a covenant. Allowing people in the ark who weren’t prepared required that they take a covenant that they weren’t able to keep. If they entered, and later broke the covenant, not only would they loose their physical life, but they would become perdition, loosing their ETERNAL LIFE.

Accepting a covenant cannot be taken lightly. It requires the preparation of both heart and mind so that you keep the covenant, and benefit from the blessings of it’s protection in the darkness ahead. Work in the scriptures, By The Same Spirit that they were written in, is absolutely necessary before accepting a covenant and entering the ark. Together, many hands make light work, …so lets work together. In Zion, it will be merciful to refuse entry for the same reason as it was merciful for Noah to deny entry into the ark. In the coming times of darkness, Zion will be the only protection.

Men, step up, by providing and protecting. Provide your family with the necessary light in the words of Christ. Offer your family the protection of God, refusing to trust in the arm of flesh! Be filled with The Same Spirit that animated all sons of God, all patriarchal fathers,  …precisely the same Spirit that Christ shares with the Father. Be at-one-with-THEM!

 

Last Shall Be First (1565 Words)

The prophesy that the Last Shall Be First is a marker for the last days. Everyone must self-identify by what you choose as most important. Those who are His sheep will hear His voice, whether it is by His voice or the voice of whom He chooses as a servant, it is the same.

The Last Shall Be First points to the gathering of the repentant gentiles. After Christ’s resurrection, the apostles were permitted to teach the gospel to the gentiles for the first time. They were the last to be preached to, as the gentiles were categorized as everyone else. In mercy, the Lord extended His invitation to all, but did He? Truth is, even though the Lord extended the invitation to all, He also knew that only His sheep would hear His voice and be gathered. So the gospel went to the gentiles, for the purpose of finding His sheep among them. The Lord repeatedly teaches that He will not leave His sheep comfortless. He promised that He would gather them. The question has always been, who are His sheep?

Since the gentiles were last, the prophesy states that the Last Shall Be First. Joseph Smith, in the Kirtland dedicatory prayer, identified the saints as being associated with the gentiles (D&C 109:60). Nephi, in chapter 13 & 14 of 1Nephi, tells of the founders of America as gentiles, and the restoration coming through the gentiles, supporting Joseph Smith’s identification, at the dedication of the Kirtland temple, as the LDS being gentiles too (1Nephi 13:34-42). The Book of Mormon supports the truths of the Bible, just as it was supposed to, but the LDS gentile saints have been under condemnation for not applying it’s truths since 1832, less than three years after being established as a church (D&C 84:54-58). At one point the LDS church cut out the lectures on faith (1922), and by the 1950’s BYU professors were trying to get rid of the Book of Mormon altogether, saying that it was pushing some of the greatest minds out of the church. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that BYU offered a Book of Mormon class and made it mandatory for freshmen to take, only after Hugh Nibley made an argument of it’s legitimacy, through ancient archeological records. Still, the LDS saints didn’t take the Book of Mormon seriously, until Ezra Taft Benson reprimanded the saints in 1986, telling them that the condemnation of 1832 is still the churches condemnation in 1986. Despite the church’s multi-billion dollar corporation status, it has failed to have the condemnation removed by the Lord as a whole, playing right into the prophesy of the last days gentiles, made by the Lord Himself in the Americas, that they would reject “HIS” fulness (which is received in the presence of the Lord in the flesh):

 3 Nephi 16:10-16

“10. And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.”

When the fulness is rejected, the Lord takes the offering of His fulness from among the gentiles, such that they cannot have it because they reject it. Those who reject the gift only do so by not receiving it. The presence of the Lord in the flesh is the invitation of the fulness, written in the Book of Mormon. But the condemnation of the LDS gentile saints is proof of the rejection of the invitation for the fulness because they failed to repent and remember the covenant of the Book of Mormon, not only to say, but to do accordingly (D&C 84:57). When the LDS gentile saints reject the fulness, then…

“11. And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.

12. And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.”

Here the Lord promises the House of Israel, whoever that is, to come to a knowledge “OF” the fulness. Right now, in the traditions of the world, those who are the House of Israel don’t even realize that seeing the Lord in the flesh is even possible to them. They have been filled with unbelief’s. Here, the Lord says that they will finally believe it, …and the FAHER said that some of the repentant LDS gentile saints can too:

“13. But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.

14. And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel, to go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father.

15. But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel.

16. Verily, verily, I say unto you, thus hath the Father commanded me—that I should give unto this people this land for their inheritance.”

A land of inheritance awaits the House of Israel who self-identify by removing the condemnation, not only saying, but doing as it has been given. Not only is the fulness being offered, it is required of all who would be numbered as House of Israel, preserved from the lion who goes through and teareth to pieces and treads down.

Recently, a scripture came to mind, and a different understanding popped up out of nowhere.

3 Nephi 13:33

“33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Seek “first” was not an instruction of order, where you first serve a mission, then you get an occupation and get rich. Sadly, I did think that at one point in my life. It’s not a checklist item like pay your tithing and your financial worries will somehow mend itself, or give one day to the Lord a week, and you will gain treasures of the earth, …another idea hinted at, eluded to, and hoped for, as a tradition of false belief, or unbelief, in the LDS mentality. Rather, seeking first, was intended as “most important,” …meaning more importantly than anything else, everything else, all the time. This is the kind of attitude that  makes God and His kingdom the central reason for all things. Everyone must self-identify by what you choose as most important, at all times, and in all places. 

Those who are His sheep will hear His voice, whether it is by His voice or the voice of whom He chooses as a servant, it is the same.

Conclusion: The day of the gentile began at the resurrection of Christ. The sign of the end of the day of the gentile, in my opinion, is the eclipse that cut across America alone, on Aug 21, 2017. An honest reading of 3 Nephi 16, and 2 Nephi 28, clearly identifies the condition of the LDS church, who has failed, and continues to fail at removing the condemnation of 1832.

The realization of Revelations 12 has been in our skies since November 2016, as Jupiter entered the womb of the star constellation Virgo. As recently as Sept 9, 2017 Jupiter has left the womb of Virgo, a symbolic birth of the King Planet, after spending nine months within Virgo’s belly (the normal length of human gestation). On September 23, 2017 the royal family will be “crowned” by twelve stars (9 in Leo, the Lion of Israel constellation, and 3 planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars) atop the head of the constellation Virgo, clothed in the sun (“robes” of light), with the moon at her feet (feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace), as told in Rev 12:1-2. All kinds of assumptions are being made, as people read their traditions into the Book of Revelations. That book was written for our day. Joseph Smith considered it the easiest book to read. It was written for those who know ye the Lord, who have laid hold on Him, for their preparation for His appearance. Read the entire chapter with the “KEY” knowledge or understanding that the woman is wisdom, or revelation, and the child is the birth of the kingdom of God, or the family of God, or in other words Zion.

Suddenly, what Christ wrote concerning the end of the day of the gentiles coincides with the birth of the kingdom of God, the family of God, or Zion, …made known through signs in the heavens, …in fulfillment to prophesy in the Book of Revelations. These are exciting times we live in.

If You Love Me… (1124 Words)

The Lord has established a clear method of expressing Love towards Him saying, If You Love Me… Only those who love the Lord hear the end of that phrase, “keep my commandments.” Two comforters are promised all who love the Lord by keeping His commandments. While the first comforter seems to be very familiar, the second comforter has gone missing from our LDS vocabulary, since the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and must return.

If you love me, is a condition that the Lord has communicated for all to know how they can express their love towards Him. The coldness of the world is a result of the love of Christ running cold. As the love of Christ runs colder, darkness increases in men, and light decreases. As darkness replaces the light, men’s hearts fail them, and contention, destruction, and death is the result. The prophesy describes these last times as “…walking in darkness at noon day.” However, protection from the end times contention, destruction, and death, is offered by Christ through a covenant. Keepers of the covenant express their love towards Christ, …and Christ, in exchange gives them more and more light. Light dispels the darkness, until you are full of light, …even among those who are cold, in utter darkness.

Side Note: During the totality of the eclipse, at it’s darkest moment, temperatures dropped by up to 20 degrees Farhenheit.  This is a type and a shadow of the drastic effect darkness in the world will have on the hearts of men, as the light of Christ is withdrawn, leaving people to their own devices.

Only those who love the Lord hear the end of the phrase, those who love me, “keep my commandments.” The Lord is clear that those who love Him will pay attention to what He commands. The scriptures are compiled of commandments given by the Lord. Those who love Christ would do well to show it by how they study their scriptures, to know what Christ has commanded in the past. Those who don’t love the Lord don’t need to confess not loving the Lord, they simply don’t read his words and don’t keep his commandments. The scriptures already assumes rejection from the world. The Lord extends His arms to those who are His sheep, by telling them “This is how you love me.”

Anciently, this statement of how you love Christ, in Greek, translates better than in English. “Keep my commandments” translated from Greek is: “Stand watch, like a sentry, awaiting my every command.” This instruction improves upon “keep my commandments”  because the commandments are not statically found in scriptures alone. The static scripture does offer examples of the Lords commandments. However, the scriptures are most effectively used to teach you how to hear the voice of the Lord, literally hearing His every command to you. The Greek clearly expresses that. Those who love the Lord will stand watch like a sentry, a guard, a soldier stationed to keep guard or to control access to a place, …and await the Lord’s every command (His voice). “Keep my commandments” just doesn’t offer the same depth, like the Greek. Our sacrament prayer supports the Greek, as the end of both prayers request that Christ’s spirit “…always be with you.” The static scriptures are meant to be read dynamically, so that a transition can be made from static words, to be instructed by the literal voice of the Lord Himself, guiding you to become like Him.

Two comforters are promised to all who love the Lord by keeping His commandments. The first comforter is the Holy Ghost. His role is to convey truth, understanding and knowledge. It is not to convey emotions, as we have come to associate. By the power of the Holy Ghost you can know the truth of all things. The first comforter was intended to lead to the second comforter. When you have established a foundation in truth, understanding and knowledge, by loving the Lord, by keeping His commandments, by standing watch like a soldier obeying His every command, the second comforter can come to you.

While the first comforter seems to be very familiar, the second comforter has gone missing from our LDS vocabulary, since the death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, and must return. The second comforter is nothing less than entering into the presence of Christ in the flesh.

D&C 130:3

“3. John 14:23—The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false.”

John, the Beloved of Christ, testified of a personal witness of Christ and the Father, for every saint to accomplish, while in the flesh. The early saints, a year before Joseph and Hyrum’s death, doubted the idea, and the revelation was produced to clear up the misconception. The revelation confirms that it is a “personal appearance,” just as Joseph Smith received, just as Lehi, Nephi, the brother of Jared, and all who are just and true or just men made perfect, had received. The LDS temple endowment points to it, but the saints have preferred “the ritual” presence of the Lord over “the actual” presence of the Lord. Governing temple recommends has turned into power over governing the presence of the Lord, since the LDS only believe in a ritual presence. The presence of the Lord has gone missing in the LDS doctrine. The subject matter has been buried, and the vacancy of this doctrine has been replaced by temple rituals alone. We have reduced our doctrines to sectarian notions, which are false.

Conclusion: The doctrine of the second comforter must return to us. It is the second comforter that gives value to the first comforter, which gives value to hearing the voice of the Lord, which gives value to keeping the commandments, which gives value to reading the words of Christ, which gives value to the persons who love the Lord with all their heart, mind and soul. The second comforter is precisely what the Book of Mormon instructs all to receive. Those in Zion will all know the Lord personally. None need say to them, “…know ye the Lord, for all will know Him.”

Christ will not sprinkle pixie-dust to make you a God. He will guide you. He will walk by your side. He will instruct you. He will abide in you, as your mind and will aligns with Him. But you must do the work. You must learn and do. You cannot skip steps. You cannot avoid the work. It is through the work that you obtain confidence. It is through the difficulty that miracles occur. The real miracle is you!

OLD SCHOOL! (1236 Words)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very cool!

 

 

 

Work in Progress (1077 Words)

Everyone is quick to exclaim that no one’s perfect, and that we are all a Work in Progress. A Work in Progress starts out as very difficult, and slowly improves at first, and that is often frustrating. When the process is correct, and you get the hang of things, the attribute is woven into you, such that a Work in Progress becomes a work complete (perfectus or perfect literally means complete).

When it comes time to judge choices, self-evaluate, reflect on your standing before God, …everyone is quick to claim, “Nobody’s Perfect!” When dealing with others, however, we often expect nothing less than our idea of perfect (perfectus, or complete). Our minds are so incomplete, yet we expect others to match our own understanding. We look down our noses at those who understand less, but we call those who understand more snobs, conceited, and elitists. Everyone is a Work in Progress. Humility requires that we teach those who know less, as quickly as they accept teaching, and learn from those who know more, as quickly as we are able to absorb and be taught. Joseph Smith asked, “Why be so certain that you comprehend the things of God, when all things with you are so uncertain?” True knowledge never shuts the door on more knowledge, but zeal often does.

Work in Progress starts out as very difficult, and only slowly improves at first, and that is often frustrating. There is a penalty we all pay for starving our minds. Aristotle pointed out that remaining in a state of a shortage of knowledge (ignorance) is unable to be endured. So the mind will do anything to escape it. It will even invent knowledge if it has to. In this environment false traditions flourish, and people follow, and adamantly believe false traditions as if they are true (unbelief). They act in zeal, lacking knowledge. However a relationship with God offers an expansion of knowledge. True knowledge cannot exist without zeal, and true zeal feeds knowledge. We cannot expand unless we first push ourselves to our own limits, questioning our unbeliefs, and permit God to instruct and expand us. Emphasis on the heavens is so difficult to be immersed in, when this world has enslaved us in debt. People tell me all the time that they’d love to study scriptures all day, but that’s a luxury they can’t afford. They have given up before they have even begun. Those who succeed at asking themselves the question, believing that the Lord asks nothing, save he prepare a way for us to accomplish it, suffer from the initial impact of the realization of their own ignorance. The primary feelings of inadequacy, confusion, overwhelmed by guilt, and uncertainty immediately sink in, crushing any hope of success. It is a realization of your true state of poverty, placing yourself in a position to mourn. Those who don’t cave under the pressure of anxiety, and continue forward, …they will cry unto the Lord, and the Lord will certainly answer their prayers. When a Work in Progress first begins, the initial process is difficult, only slowly improving at first. It can be very frustrating. As you begin to be familiar with God, that frustration dissipates, and your knowledge increases, and your ability to wait upon the Lord advances into patience and long suffering.

When the process is correct, and you get the hang of things, the attributes of patience, gentleness, meekness, long suffering, kindness, love unfeigned, and pure knowledge is woven into you, such that a Work in Progress becomes a work complete (perfectus or perfect literally means complete). It is through the difficulty and frustration that mere mortals are made into Gods, not in avoidance of difficulty. It will be through constant study, steadily storing our minds up with knowledge and information. The more we get of it, the better we are able to judge our priorities, groping and feeling our way forward. We become increasingly alert to promptings of the Spirit, which becomes more and more clear, and more and more frequent. Inching our way forward, we learn to cope with the hostile world we live within. In this state of enlightenment, you can be sure that the world will hate you more. Your understanding will collide with what is popular and acceptable. The world will hate you, but you can find comfort in the fact that they first hated Christ. Through the process, your confidence will wax strong in the presence of God, because you will have built upon Him as your foundation. You will be steadfast and immovable.

Conclusion: The Hawaiian canoe sails by the stars. Although many other cultures depended upon the stars to sail, the Hawaiian star navigating was significantly different in philosophy. Rather than following the stars to get to your destination, …Hawaiian canoe philosophy teaches that once the Hawaiian was connected to the stars, that canoe became stationary, immovable and permanent. Being connected to the heaven, the destinations came to them, or went away from them, but they were immovable.

None of us know what Zion looks like. To describe it is to express Zion in terms of what you already understand, in terms of your past experiences. But, you’ve never been there, so how can you be so certain of the things of God, when everything in you is so uncertain? Each of us is a Work in Progress. However, if we work on increasing our knowledge of the heavens, through a serious study of the words of Christ, putting aside the false traditions of unbelief, …then we can become Hawaiians who are connected to heaven, and be steadfast and immovable. Then we can draw near unto God, and Zion will come with it.

I don’t see you as less, nor do I consider me as more than you. We can learn from each other. I believe that we are all a Work in Progress. We all have special gifts that can benefit one another, so that we can all enter into Zion. When we first begin the journey, it will be confusing, overwhelming, and disorienting. With the help of the Lord, we can slowly find our sea legs, to sail beyond this veil of sorrow, to inherit a land of promise beyond this world. Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust doth not corrupt, nor thieves break through and steal. Continue your progression, remembering, we are all a Work in Progress.