For those who are Watching…

November 28, 2008

For general listing of all posts on both sites with brief description click here

This is the sister site of www.threewatches.blogspot.com

It contains deep doctrine pertaining to the LDS Restoration Movement and the Restored Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

One must first learn to swim before one enters into deep waters.

The content provided herein is for those who have been weaned from the breast and yearn for the meat. Those not prepared for the meat can choke on it.

It is for those who have contracted the spirit of watching and have made it through the “Third Watch Boot Camp” which consists of reading every numbered post in chronological order on the above mentioned three watches blog, beginning with the very first post which lays the foundation for the journey you are about to embark on.

If you make it that far and still want more information to read, this blog would be next.

If you cheat and read the information in this site first, you risk getting a big, ugly wart on the end of your nose and you will only be cheating yourself. The content in this blog will make much more sense and be much more meaningful if you lay the proper foundation first.

The deeper doctrines of the kingdom have the ability to either enhance your “testimony” of the restored gospel or expose how frail it is, based on the doctrinal and spiritual foundation you have acquired before you read this information.

Prepare for the journey of your life…. we’re not in Kansas anymore Toto

Watcher

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The Bridegroom Tarried…

Seven Shepherds and an Angel

A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement

Why have ye transfigured the Holy Word of God?

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine

We have found the Messias!

The Fulness of the Father

When the Floods come and the Winds Blow and the Rains Descend
Watching for the signs in the heavens

A Second Look at the Ten Virgins
Analysing the literal meaning and time frame of the Parable of the Ten Virgins

Searching for the Holy Order and 23 High Priests-

Part 1- Lyman Wight Sees the Father and the Son

Part 2 The Man of Sin is Revealed

Part 3- Melchizedek Priesthood required to Establish Zion

Part 4- The Highest Priesthood makes you a Possessor of All Things

Part 5- Patriarchal Priesthood Administers New and Everlasting Covenant

Part 6- The Transfiguration of Lyman Wight

Part 7- True Oath & Covenant found in True Manner of Baptism

Part 8- The Gospel of Abraham and Patriarchal Polygamy

Part 9- Three Orders of Priesthood

Part 10- Three Distinct Churches Representing Three Distinct Gospel Laws

Baneemy- The Wild Ram of the Mountains
A look at one of the most amazing personalities of the LDS Restoration Movement

The Law of Adoption and the Sealing Principles
How did the Law of Adoption and Sealing Principles evolved into “Families are Forever”?

Black and White Robes- Part One
Ancient prophesies warn that latter day Israel would be seduced into a false covenant

Black and White Robes Part Two
Ancient prophesies warn that a breach will take place between God and his people

Black and White Robes Final

“I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God”
Was it only the righteous in the pre-existent war in heaven that came to earth to go through moral probation?

BECOME ye therefore perfect? OR BE ye therefore perfect?
Did Christ really mean what he said when he commanded us to BE perfect instead of to BECOME perfect?

“I WILL TELL YOU IN YOUR MIND AND IN YOUR HEART”
How do we avoid being decieved? Intellectual knowledge? Warm fuzzy feelings? Or searching the word of God so the Holy Spirit can teach us through mind and our heart?

The Fulness of the Father
The doctrine of oneness and the Celestial Cloning of the Gods

“Bring AGAIN Zion”
Why is it that the Nephite Zion was not translated and caught up into heaven like the city of Enoch? Is it that they still have a mission to fulfill here on earth?

Peace and Safety
Right before the sudden destruction people will be saying “Pease and Safety”

The Return of Sidney Rigdon, God’s Spokesman- Part Four
Fourth and final part

The Unrestrained Ponderings and Pontifications of a Heretic
The mystical Union of the Sexes-Composite Beings- The Abrahamic Priesthood-

The Spiritual Wife Doctrine
The Celestial Law of Consecration requires the Holy Principle of Marital Monogamy


Please Unite In Prayer

June 25, 2015

Dear Friends

Some time ago I asked all of my readers to please pray for a little girl who had some significant health issues. As you know, she has been blessed exceedingly since then and I believe it was at least in part because of your united prayers in her behalf.

I am now asking everyone to take a few minutes and unitedly focus you faith and prayers for another friend that lives in a foreign country.

I just felt impressed to check in on this old friend that I had not heard from for a while and this is the response I got-

“Sorry i cant reply much at the mo. Wife been in emergency dept at hospital since monday. blood pressure 180/110 and a lot of aginy in the head. Had 2 CTscans and spinal tap to relieve spinal pressure. Not good. MRI will happen this morning. Insane week of driving back and forth, trying to care for kids- barely seen them, hospital, earn a living somehow…ok, no how. minimal sleep.
I’ve just got back from hospital…its 440am. Gotta somehow get to work at 815am. Exhausted beyond belif….popping a valium now.
Thanks for thinking of us”

I think some of us have felt overwhelmed and felt the extreme pressure, anxiety and fatigue this fellow is currently feeling. Please unite with me in praying for the safe recovery of this man’s precious help-meet and the restoration of order and sanity in his life.

Thank you

 

Watcher


Two Kinds of False Prophets” Institutional vs. Non-institutional

June 22, 2015

It appears to me that Christ taught that there were various categories of false prophets.

Two of the categories of false prophets that he spoke of, can perhaps be differentiated from each other as institutional false prophets vs. non -institutional false prophets.

Non-institutional false prophets would be those that would rise up during the last generation spoken of in Matthew 24. These false prophets rise up outside of the hierarchy of the institution, to criticize and attempt to correct the institutional church and to lead people to the false Christ that they worship.

Institutional False Prophets

The first category of false prophet is addressed in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 7 and 3 Nephi 14:15. In this sermon Christ speaks of the institutional false prophet who rises up through the ranks of leadership among Christ’s covenant people.

This type of false prophet may actually be called to serve by God and they enjoy the cloak of credibility (sheeps clothing) that comes from having been called by the Lord through revelation.

“Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves”[1]

With this mantle of authority and perceived credibility they are able to deceive from within the flock, in positions of leadership authority. This is done through the use of unrighteous dominion and assumed authority. The thought that Christ allows, if not calls and authorized some  that He knows in His infinite foreknowledge, will rebel, to serve in positions of influence and authority, is an ominous concept. Yet the pattern shows up even in the heavens as we are informed that:

 “an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God..rebelled against the Only Begotten Son

Certainly the Father knew that the angel of God was going to rebel. Why did the Father allow this angel to be in a position of authority? I have no profound answer other than that this appears to be the process that brings on the refiners fire  in eternity and on earth.

During the time of Christ’s ministry to the Jews, he referred to those Jewish Scribes and Pharisees that sat in “Moses Seat“. Although the KJV of the New Testament has Christ telling his disciples to “observe and do“, “all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe“, the Inspired Version however alters the wording and provides a little extra clarity:

“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, saying, The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 

All, therefore, whatsoever they bid you observe, they will make you observe and do; for they are ministers of the law, and they make themselves your judges. But do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not. 

For they bind heavy burdens and lay on men’s shoulders, and they are grievous to be borne…. 

And all their works they do to be seen of men. They make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets..”

The next observation and commandment that Christ makes about these leaders is that they love to be “called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi, (which is master.)” 

Christ then admonishes his disciples who will be taking the gospel to the nations to not make the mistake of allowing themselves to ever be called “Rabbi” because all are equal  brethren among Christ’s people and only Christ himself is the master:

 “But be not ye called Rabbi; for one is your master, which is Christ; and all ye are brethren.”

The above passage is arguably warning against pyramidal leadership structures that give undo adulation and submission to mortal church leaders because of their supposed authority.

For instance, having the congregation stand when the presiding authority enters the room is a dead giveaway that something is amiss and all of Christ’s disciple are not considered equal. Are you aware of any cults that participate in such “prophet worship”?

After Christ’s New Testament church became organized to take the gospel to the Gentiles, the same pattern would emerge among His disciples called by revelation and given “authority” and a mandate within the New Testament Church.

Peter’s denial of Christ and Judas’ betrayal of Christ both demonstrate that those that are called by God into the ministry are not infallible. The focus must always be on Christ, not his representative(s). It must be on the message, not the messenger.

The thing that makes this whole false prophet thing incredibly confusing is the fact that God does in fact use true prophets and give them the ability to speak in behalf of God.

“What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.

“For behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever.  Amen”.[2]

The key is to be able to discern when the servant of God is speaking for God or whether he is speaking for himself but making it sound as if he is speaking in behalf of God. Secondly, the focus and adulation should always be directed at the Creator, never at one of his creations.

Called of God and Appointed

Modern revelation speaks of a man who will emerge in the end times to set the church in order and establish the law of consecration prior to the return of the Lord. This true messenger of God is described as being “mighty and strong“.  Yet in the same passage, we are informed that Christ’s restored church would experience the rising up and eventually the falling by the shaft of death of a man that tries to “steady the ark of God” without specifically being called and ordained to do so.

The sobering thing about the false prophet that tries to steady the ark of God is that he had previously been “called of God and appointed“.

“And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God;  While that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning.”

It is truly remarkable that there could be false prophets in the end times that have indeed been called of God and appointed!

It is difficult to not think of the LDS succession crisis in the context of the above prophecy.

Brigham Young’s calling and appointment by God to bear witness of the name of Christ and to publish the gospel[3] to the nations was eventually followed by his own claim to the presidency of the church. And yet his calling and appointment never appears to incorporate the role of presiding over a church.

Was he not called of God and appointed?

Yes he was.

Was he ever called and ordained to be a prophet, seer, and revelator and to preside over the high priesthood and the church?

No.

Interestingly, Brigham and his best friend and Masonic brother, Heber, were probably the only two members of the original Twelve that were never ordained High Priests!

At the time of the succession crisis he initially claimed that the Twelve would be a temporary placeholder to preside over the church until Joseph Smith’s sons would repent and prepare themselves to preside over the church. Within 3 1/2 years after that he had himself voted in by the law of common consent as the presiding officer of the First Presidency of the church, still claiming to be a temporary Shepherd to oversee the flock and to keep the dogs and wolves out until the rightful  son of Joseph should be ready to fill the position.

In 1860 he made the following declaration, stating that he did not claim to be the legal successor to Joseph Smith:

What of Joseph Smith’s family? What of his boys? I have prayed from the beginning for sister Emma and for the whole family. There is not a man in this Church that has entertained better feelings towards them.

Joseph said to me, “God will take care of my children when I am taken.” They are in the hands of God, and when they make their appearance before this people, full of his power, there are none but what will say—’Amen! we are ready to receive you.’ 

“The brethren testify that brother Brigham is brother Joseph’s legal successor. You never heard me say so. I say that I am a good hand to keep the dogs and wolves out of the flock. I do not care a groat who rises up. I do not think anything about being Joseph’s successor.[4]

Clearly, Brigham acknowledged that he was not Joseph’s legal successor.

As the years passed, Joseph’s sons became a non-issue with regard to ever presiding over the Utah Saints. During this time, the collective memory of the Utah saints regarding the succession crisis began to dim as Brigham became bolder in claiming the revelatory powers of a prophet. He eventually claimed that all of his sermons qualified as “scripture”[5]:

“I say now, when they [his discourses] are copied and approved by me they are as good Scripture as is couched in this Bible . . . ” [6] 

“I know just as well what to teach this people and just what to say to them and what to do in order to bring them into the celestial kingdom . . . I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call Scripture. Let me have the privilege of correcting a sermon, and it is as good Scripture as they deserve. The people have the oracles of God continually[7] 

“Wicked Miserable Men hold the Legal Lease”

The JST version of the scriptures inform us that in the end times, during the times of the Gentiles, God gives the “legal lease” of His vineyard over to men who have indeed been called of God and appointed. Nevertheless, these temporary stewards are characterized as “miserable wicked men” who will be destroyed when the Lord and His servants return to the vineyard for the last time and the legal lease will be given again to the profitable servants that will bring forth fruit:

“And when the Lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, he will destroy those miserable, wicked men, and will LET [LEASE] again his vineyard unto other husbandmen, even in the last days, who shall render him the fruits in their seasons.”

From Brigham Young to Thomas Monson we have a long line of apostles who have been called and appointed by God. They held the legal lease of the vineyard. These apostolic servants have assumed that their calling incorporates the right to organize and preside over the Lord’s Church and to officiate in the saving ordinances of the gospel.

But is that true?

Can that be documented in the scriptures and the history of the church?

Under the same apostolic authority that Brigham Young and his fellow apostles held, there has been a continuous succession of apostolic leaders that have presided over the church for the last four generations since the martyrdom of the prophet Joseph Smith.

The First Presidency of the Church and the quorum of the twelve constitute the 15 men apostles that preside over the modern corporate Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.

All of these men appear to have been ordained by the same apostolic authority and mandate that God gave to the quorum of the twelve during Joseph Smith’s ministry.

But what exactly was the authority and commission that Brigham and the other apostles received?

Before we investigate the answer to that question, we need to visit a prophetic event that provides historical context.

Times, Time and the Dividing of Time

One of the most prophetically significant yet least understood events of the LDS restoration movement had to do with the literal fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy in 3rd Nephi 16 wherein he foretold the taking of the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel to the House of Israel after the restored gentile church rejects the fulness. In order to comprehend how this amazing prophetic event took place during Joseph’s ministry, we need to understand the fulfillment of another amazing prophecy.

It is not a coincidence that it was exactly 3 1/2 years to the day from the time the Melchizedek priesthood was restored at the Morley Farm, until the Lord declared that the leaders and members of the restored church were condemned resulting in the fulness of the gospel/priesthood being rejected. That prophetic 3 1/2 year time sequence is referred to in both the Book of Revelation and the Book of Daniel.

timelinebook8 second period

It is because of the rejection of the fulness that the elders of the restored church did not go forth for the last time preaching the gospel in power following the solemn assembly and anticipated endowment in the Kirtland Temple. Nevertheless, a little over a year after the bewildering disappointment that followed the solemn assembly, Joseph Smith made a startling declaration to the saints while they were in the midst of apostasy and turmoil.

In 1837 Joseph Smith announced that something new must be done for the salvation of the church:

“In this state of things, and but a few weeks before the Twelve were expecting to meet in full quorum, (some of them having been absent for some time), God revealed to me that something new must be done for the salvation of His Church. And on or about the first of June, 1837, Heber C. Kimball, one of the Twelve, was set apart by the spirit of prophecy and revelation, prayer and laying on of hands, of the First Presidency, to preside over a mission to England, to be the first foreign mission of the Church of Christ in the last days.” [8]

 The “something new” that had to be done for the salvation of the church was different from the previous commission of going into the world with power and authority baptizing every creature. This new commission would be different.

The establishment of a foreign mission in England was the literal beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jesus Christ in 3rd Nephi 16.

“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… behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them. 

 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….I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.”

It is truly remarkable that after the Gentile church rejected the fulness of the Gospel in Kirtland in 1834, by rejecting the fulness of the priesthood and failing in their covenant of consecration, the Lord brought the fulness from among them and he began making preparations to have the “knowledge of the fulness of the gospel” taken to the House of Israel!

The nature of the authority of the quorum of the Twelve apostles who were to take the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel to the House of Israel was clearly stated by the Lord in section 112:

“For verily I say unto you, the keys of the dispensation, which ye have received, have come down from the fathers, and last of all, being sent down from heaven unto you.”

What dispensation from the fathers?

The Lord was clearly making reference to the secret ushering in of the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that had previously taken place in the Kirtland Temple on April 3 1836. The “fathers” spoken of in the above passage clearly refer to Abraham and Moses who secretly visited Joseph and Oliver and gave them the priesthood keys from the Old Testament Fathers pertaining to latter day Israel.

This is the patriarchal priesthood authority by which the quorum of the twelve apostles were commissioned to take the knowledge of the fulness to the House of Israel.

This event represented the promise God made to Abraham, that he and his posterity would be a blessing to the nations of the world. How? By taking the knowledge of the fulness of the Gospel to them in preparation for the return of the Lord and his servants back into the vineyard.

In July of 1838 the Lord commanded the original members of the quorum of the twelve apostles who had “fallen” to be replaced with the following four Elders (who, along with the other members of the quorum that would eventually heed the call, were very possibly from the “House of Israel” rather than being classified among the believing “Gentiles”:

  • John Taylor
  • John E Page
  • Wilford Woodruff
  • Willard Richards

In this mind-blowing revelation the Lord gives a very singular and limited commission to the twelve apostles which surprisingly consists of two solitary things:

1- Promulgate (Publish) the fulness of the gospel

2- Bear record of the name of Christ

Please read the following revelation very carefully noting what priesthood gifts, power, authorities and mandates they were and were not given beginning in the spring of that year when they crossed the great waters:

“VERILY, thus saith the Lord: Let a conference be held immediately; let the Twelve be organized; and let men be appointed to supply the place of those who are fallen. 

Let my servant Thomas remain for a season in the land of Zion, to publish my word. 

 Let the residue continue to preach from that hour, and if they will do this in all lowliness of heart, in meekness and humility, and long-suffering, I, the Lord, give unto them a promise that I will provide for their families; and an effectual door shall be opened for them, from henceforth.

 And next spring let them depart to go over the great waters, and there promulgate my gospel, the fulness thereof, and bear record of my name. 

 Let them take leave of my saints in the city of Far West, on the twenty-sixth day of April next, on the building-spot of my house, saith the Lord.

Let my servant John Taylor, and also my servant John E. Page, and also my servant Wilford Woodruff, and also my servant Willard Richards, be appointed to fill the places of those who have fallen, and be officially notified of their appointment.” 

Again, here is the long list of priesthood gifts, power, authorities and mandates that this mission over the great waters would consist of:

1- Promulgate (Publish) the fulness of the gospel

2- Bear record of the name of Christ

Please notice that the word “promulgate” essentially means to “publish” and perhaps to a smaller degree, promote.

What is missing in the mandate is the commission to baptize, ordain, organize churches, expound the scriptures, preside, rule, judge, collect tithing money, or do anything else.

Absolutely nothing is mentioned about doing any of those things or administering the saving ordinances of the gospel.

The commission given in section 118 differs drastically from the commission that had been given to some of the members of that quorum of the twelve back in 1831, when the fulness of the gospel was on the earth, long before they had been called to the quorum of the Twelve.

At that time the fulness of the gospel had not yet been rejected and therefore, authority to officiate in the saving ordinances, speak scripture by the power of the Holy Ghost and witness of Christ rather than just of His name, was part of their commission and mandate:

” MY servant, Orson Hyde, was called by his ordination to proclaim the everlasting gospel, by the Spirit of the living God, from people to people, and from land to land, in the congregations of the wicked, in their synagogues, reasoning with and expounding all scriptures unto them.

And, behold, and lo, this is an ensample unto all those who were ordained unto this priesthood, whose mission is appointed unto them to go forth—

And this is the ensample unto them, that they shall speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost.

And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.

Behold, this is the promise of the Lord unto you, O ye my servants.

Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.

 This is the word of the Lord unto you, my servant Orson Hyde, and also unto my servant Luke Johnson, and unto my servant Lyman Johnson, and unto my servant William E. McLellin, and unto all the faithful elders of my church—

 Go ye into all the world, preach the gospel to every creature, acting in the authority which I have given you, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned.[9]

Incredible!

The difference between the commission and content in section 118 compared to section 68 is staggering.

Back in 1831 before the fulness had been rejected, the elders of the church had been commissioned to not just promulgate (publish)  the fulness of the gospel, so that people could read about what the fulness is, but to actually preach it while moved upon by the Holy Ghost, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

Back then, before the fulness had been rejected, the elders of the church were authorized to actually bear record of Jesus Christ, not just bear witness of the PUBLISHED NAME of Jesus Christ.

“..and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.”

Why were they allowed to witness of Jesus Christ instead of just his name?

Because the heavens were still open and there were those that were attempting to consecrate with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and therefore becoming sanctified and having the heavens opened. They were becoming literal witnesses of the resurrection of Christ!

If only they would have been faithful to the fulness and taken it the world in power while the Lord was near and the fulness was on the earth, Joseph would not have had to announce plan “B”, something “new”.

“Something new” had to be done now that the fulness had been rejected. It was going to need to provide nourishment (the word of God) to keep the roots of the tree alive for four generations until the fulness would return for the last time.

Seek Me While I Am NEAR

Once the fulness was rejected during the early Kirtland years and the heavens began to close, the apostate quorum of the Twelve could only be commissioned to witness of the name of Christ. This is why the Lord had encouraged the elders in 1832 to seek him while he was near:

“And again, verily I say unto you, my friends, I leave these sayings with you to ponder in your hearts, with this commandment which I give unto you, that ye shall call upon me while I am near—

  Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Why were the elders being admonished to call upon the Lord while he was near?

Because he was not always going to be near!

The limited commission given to the twelve apostles in section 118 of the D&C in July of 1838 is completely consistent with the prophecy of Christ in 3rd Nephi 16.

Only the “KNOWLEDGE” of the fulness of the gospel was to be taken to the House of Israel!

The “Little Season” of Chastisement and Learning

This is because God, with His infinite foreknowledge, knew that the church would be rejected with it’s dead shortly after section 124 would be given in Nauvoo, in 1841.

This is why God, following the rejection of the fulness by the saints, declared that the fulness of the gospel and the laws of Zion could not be lived for a “little season”. (in hindsight it is now apparent that the little season was to last for approximately four generations and that the little season is about to come to an end).

Since the church would be rejected as a church with its dead during the Nauvoo period, the saving ordinances of the gospel would no longer be administered.

It is important to realize that the saints were NOT being rejected by God, they were simply being rejected AS A CHURCH.

One of the main purposes of the Church is to ADMINISTER THE SAVING ORDINANCES OF THE GOSPEL.

The saints had lost the right to administer the saving ordinances of the gospel.

Nevertheless, God wanted the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel to be taken to the House of Israel during this little season so that this knowledge could be studied during the little season and people could prepare their hearts and minds for the time when the gentiles and the house of Israel repent and the fulness is once again restored to the earth.

In 1833, (D&C 100) the Lord had declared that Zion would eventually be redeemed but that first, the children of Zion must be chastised for a little season.

“And now I give unto you a word concerning Zion.  Zion shall be redeemed, although she is chastened for a little season.” 

This same declaration was reiterated in section 103, in 1834 

“VERILY I say unto you, my friends, behold, I will give unto you a revelation and commandment, that you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties concerning the salvation and redemption of your brethren, who have been scattered on the land of Zion;

 Being driven and smitten by the hands of mine enemies, on whom I will pour out my wrath without measure in mine own time.

For I have suffered them thus far, that they might fill up the measure of their iniquities, that their cup might be full;

  And that those who call themselves after my name might be chastened for a little season with a sore and grievous chastisement, because they did not hearken altogether unto the precepts and commandments which I gave unto them.”

 Notice in the above passage how the Lord was no longer calling it the Church of Christ, but rather acknowledging that it was the saints that were calling themselves by the name of Christ. (the name of Christ had been officially taken out of the name of the church in 1834 because of transgression) 

During this “Little Season” we are to be “taught more perfectly”

Once again in 1834, (section 105) the Lord reiterates that because of transgression, the saints must wait for a “little season” before the redemption of Zion can take place however He reveals that during this little season, the saints are to be taught more perfectly and thereby prepare themselves for the great endowment that will yet take place: 

“Therefore, in consequence of the transgressions of my people, it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season for the redemption of Zion— 

That they themselves may be prepared, and that my people may be taught more perfectly, and have experience, and know more perfectly concerning their duty, and the things which I require at their hands. 

 And this cannot be brought to pass until mine elders are endowed with power from on high. 

For behold, I have prepared a great endowment and blessing to be poured out upon them, inasmuch as they are faithful and continue in humility before me. 

 Therefore it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season, for the redemption of Zion.”

Have you taken the word of God that has been published for you as seriously as you need to?

Have you prepared yourself by reading and believing God’s holy word?

Have you been taught more perfectly by God’s holy word or have you accepted the polluted doctrines and interpretations of the modern apostles that have not been commissioned to override, alter and discount the holy and infallible word of God?

 There is Saving Power in the Word of God

 When I tell people that the fulness of the gospel had completely been rejected by the end of 1834 and that the church was rejected with their dead by God in 1841 and that the heavens have been sealed for four generations since the martyrdom, they often ask me what the purpose of the four generations that we are living in, is. “Are we not just treading water with no real reason to be here?” is often the question people ask.

No!

We are not just treading water until something important happens? Or at least we don’t need to be and shouldn’t be. We have the remarkable opportunity to read, study, search and ponder the word of God with the promise of receiving the manifestation of God’s spirit if we believe.

The reason God had Joseph and Sidney canonize the Lectures on Faith as the doctrine of the church after the fulness was rejected is so that we can study the doctrine of faith and the true nature of the Godhead while studying the Book of Mormon and modern revelation during the little season of chastisement and prepare ourselves for when the light shines forth for the last time.

I can tell you that I have experienced this power that comes through the written word. It is real. It is powerful. It makes it easy to detect high profile people that are deceived and those that are intentionally deceiving others. I can detect them by the false doctrine they teach.

It is because of the power within the written word of God, regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ, that the apostate quorum of the twelve apostles were given the limited commission of publishing the fulness of the gospel to the world!

The written word of God explaining the fulness of the gospel is POWERFUL and REVELATORY.

God promised back in 1829, before the church was even formally organized that:

“..whosoever believeth on my words, them will I visit with the manifestation of my Spirit; and they shall be born of me, even of water and of the Spirit—” (Section 5 March 1829)

 Incredible!

That unconditional promise from the almighty God was given about 3 months BEFORE the appearance of an angel to restore Aaronic priesthood authority and over two years before the fulness of the gospel was even restored!

That promise was available BEFORE the power and authority to provide all of the saving ordinances of the gospel were restored.

That promise has always been available to God’s children!

Have you been visited with the manifestation of the Spirit by reading and believing the words of Christ and the inspired words of His servants about the fulness of the gospel, as contained in the written word of God that has been promulgated for your spiritual benefit?

Many people have sacrificed so that God’s holy word could be published to the world so that you can prepare your heart and mind for the return of our Lord.

There is power in the word of God that opens the heavens with regard to being visited with the manifestation of God’s spirit. It leads to the true baptism of water and the spirit! If you believe on the words of Christ as contained in the Book of Mormon and the other scriptures, you will be visited with the manifestation of the Lord’s Spirit!!!

There are many readers of this blog that have been visited with the manifestation of the spirit and they know exactly what I am talking about. Perhaps there are readers of this post that have been touched by the passages of Gods Holy word in it and are experiencing the manifestation of the spirit as a result. If you have felt God’s spirit while reading passages of his holy word in this post, cling on to that spirit and continue reading God’s holy word. Go directly into the scriptures and become saturated in His holy word. Do not let go of the rod!

If you have been experiencing a crisis of faith it is because you have either not read and believed the scriptures that have been promulgated for your benefit, and therefore have not received the promised manifestation of the spirit, OR you have previously experienced the divine manifestation but have since turned your heart from the word of God and the accompanying manifestations of the spirit, and have allowed yourself to let go of the Iron Rod.

I implore you to please partake and continuously partake of the delicious fruit of the tree of life. Grab hold and keep hold of the Iron Rod.  God has had his word published to the world so that YOU can be more perfectly taught prior to the return of His servants into the vineyard. The best thing you could do once you have tasted of the word of God is to spend most if not all of your reading time in the holy scriptures instead of reading opinions and interpretations of bloggers like me.

This is why God mandated the limited commission of the apostate quorum of the twelve apostles in 1838,  in publishing the scriptures to the house of Israel. That commission was  so profoundly critical to the welfare of the human race, despite the fact that the fulness had been rejected by the saints and the church had been rejected by God [as a CHURCH] !

God still loves his people and is preparing them for the final dispensation when the light shines forth among those of the apostate church that sit in darkness.

There is power in the written word of God!

The great test taking place during this little season of limited gospel light, is that when messengers of God publish and deliver the scriptures to a new convert, the message from the LDS messengers is packaged with falsehoods that contradict the words of Christ within the written word.

Just like Joseph Smith, Mormon missionaries will be known for good and evil. They do good by taking the published word of God to the nations and witnessing of the name of Christ. They do evil any time they say or do anything that contradicts the word of God that they are delivering. They do evil anytime they teach precepts of men and false doctrines that contradicts the written word of God. They do evil any time they direct people to trust in the arm of flesh instead of the holy and infallible word of God.

I still sweat bullets when I think back about my experience as a missionary in the Bible belt showing my investigators the flip chart picture of the presidency of the church and the quorum of the twelve apostles and telling people that those men have the exact same power and authority as Joseph Smith and Peter James and John.

On the one hand the messengers tell the convert that the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants is true. On the other hand, they tell them that Christs church is fully restored, that saving ordinances are available and that living prophets and apostles sit in judgment with the ability to alter, contradict and override what is in the written word of God.

Some converts remain true to the word of God in the published scriptures, while many converts migrate their faith from God’s word to the leaders of the institution that publish the scriptures.

Some people feel the spirit as they read the Book of Mormon and join the church but they quickly discard the message of the gospel and the power of the written word in favor of putting their trust in the “arm of flesh”.

There are actually some people who embrace the Book of Mormon without ever joining the modern, corporate, apostate church. These people seem to have the spiritual discernment to recognize that the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants witness against the wayward shepherds.

The LDS missionaries are doing a great work in sharing the Book of Mormon with people. This is an important work that needs to be done! It has been commissioned by God. 

Sadly, some of these missionaries manipulatively use the word of God to direct the new converts faith towards supposed human priesthood authority. This is because they are instructed to do so by their leaders and ultimately, the apostolic brethren that have been called and appointed and sit in the seat of Moses.

Again, we see the insidious pattern of men who have been “called of God and appointed” and that “ make themselves… judges”. 

How insidious is it when men who have only been called and ordained to publish God’s word and to witness of the name of Christ, make themselves the judges of those that desire to accept and follow Christ?

How serious of a sin is it when they organize churches and claim that they are the restored Church of Christ when in fact God rejected church back during Joseph’s ministry!

How serious is it for them to claim that they have the Melchizedek priesthood and try to perform the saving ordinances when they have no power in their priesthood and have not been commissioned to do so?

Recently Apostle Dallin H. Oaks and Assistant LDS Church Historian Richard E. Turley visited Boise Idaho to address the concerns that some of the Mormons in that area have.

The responses to those criticisms are quite interesting when viewed in light of the documentation provided in this post.

In a future post we may consider some of their responses in light of what God has said in His published word.

Perhaps in another later post we will then consider the significance of the non-institutional prophets that are rising up at this time, during the last generation spoken of in Matthew 24 who reject the literal word of God regarding the restoration of Zion in these last days.

Keep Watching

[1] Matthew 7:15

[2] D&C 1:38-39

[3] D&C 118

[4] (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 8:69.)

[5] (Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 264; see also p. 95).

[6] (Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 264; see also p. 95).

[7] ,” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 13, p. 95).

[8] (History of the Church, 2:489.)

[9] D&C 68

 

PS

Have you ever wondered why it took nearly five years for David Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery to obey the commandment in section 18 to “search out the Twelve”?

Think about it.

Their apostolic ministry missed the time of the fulness.

In June of 1829 the Lord commanded them to call the Quorum of the Twelve. Yet they did not get round to doing it until February of 1835.

Do you think that was a coincidence?

It wasn’t.

Perhaps you may think that some of the those that were called to be part of the original quorum did not join the church until after the fulness was lost in 1834.

NOT TRUE

All of the original Twelve had joined the church between 1831 and 1833. They all could have been called during the time of the fulness.

Clearly, the Lord was going to use the Twelve to do a preliminary work prior to the Marvelous Work and a Wonder that is about to take place. He was going to use the Twelve to take the knowledge of the gospel to the House of Israel and in the process, this apostolic authority was going to secretly reestablish the House of David and the ancient Kingdom of Israel.

Below is a listing of the original Twelve and when they joined the church. Notice that this apostate quorum is continuously in rebellion leading up to and during those years that the Lord commissioned the taking of the gospel over the waters.

Marsh would leave the church shortly after the revelation the Lord gave him in section 112 and the commission was given in section 118, Luke and lyman Johnson and John F. Boynton  had just previously apostatized, prior to section 118, over the failure of the Kirtland Safety Society along with William McLellin who had left the church for other reasons.

Thomas B Marsh  1830  (would leave the church October 1838-  was excommunicated in 1839)

David W. Patten 1832  ( would die in battle of Crooked River after commission in Section 118 in October 1838 )

Brigham Young  1832

Heber C. Kimball 1832

Orson Hyde  1831

William McLellin   1831- fallen 1838

Parley P Pratt   1830

Luke Johnson         1831- fallen 1837-8

William Smith   1830

Orson Pratt   1830

John F. Boynton    1832- fallen 1837

Lyman Johnson   1831- fallen  1837-38

 

Interestingly, out of the four replace apostles, only one had joined the church at a later time.

 

John  Taylor joined in 1836 He was born in England!

John E Page   joined 1833

Wilford  woodruff joined in 1833

Willard Richards  1836

 

The Lord never intended the work of the Twelve to take place during the 3 1/2 year period that the fulness was on the earth. He intended them to participate in the “something new” that would need to take place after the fulness was rejected.

Dont’ get me wrong. The original Twelve were given promises about participating in the great work during the 3rd watch. Those that are and will be faithful will have that opportunity. But first, the Lord used part of the original quorum and the four replacements to fulfill at least two ancient prophecies.

 

One of the truly mind-blowing historical tidbits that helps to demonstrate the difference between the dispensational powers at play between the calling of the apostles during the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham and the upcoming dispensation of the fulness of times, is the fact that an animal sacrifice had to take place in conjunction with the calling of Willard Richards to the apostleship

Here is the reminiscence of Wandle Mace regarding this event that took place in the Kirtland Temple in relation to the apostolic calling of Willard Richards:

The Quorum of the Twelve had been filled, but of the number selected one–Willard Richards–was in England and Joseph was instructing those present of that Quorum how they must proceed to prepare themselves, that they might ordain Willard Richards to the Apostleship when they should reach that country. Joseph told them to go to Kirtland and cleanse and purify a certain room in the temple, that they must kill a lamb and offer a sacrifice unto the Lord which should prepare them to ordain Willard Richard a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Sidney made some remarks, when Joseph spoke with great power and spirit, said he, ‘I know the law’. To a remark made by Heber C. Kimball he said, ‘It will be the sweetest smelling savor you ever smelled.’ [Journal of Wandle Mace, typescript, Harold B. Lee Library, BYU, pg. 32.]

Interestingly, there are some who suggest that Willard Richards may have had some involvement in the assassination of Joseph and Hyrum Smith as well as the questionable circumstances around the untimely death of Samuel Smith.


Apostle Dallin H. Oaks vs. Denver Snuffer: “False Prophets are among us!”

June 15, 2015

In a remarkable turn of events, the LDS church has gone on the offensive against the claims and criticisms of Denver Snuffer and the Snufferite movement in what appears to be an effort to do damage control.

Approximately 22 months ago Denver Snuffer gave his address in Boise Idaho. (which I attended)

On June 13 2015, Apostle Dallin H Oaks and Assistant LDS Church Historian, Richard Turley Jr., showed up in Boise Idaho to address many of the criticisms that Snuffer and other wannabe prophets have leveled against the church over the years.

A recording of this event was apparently sent to John Dehlin who posted it on Mormonstories.

http://mormonstories.org/boise-rescue-oaks-turley/

This is a mega historical tipping point in the sense that this type of thing has not happened in modern times that I am aware of. It is almost unheard of  in modern times that a General Authority of the LDS Church has ever personally engaged in any kind of debate or LDS apologetics that is specifically directed against a contemporary person or fringe movement. Although Snuffers name was never mentioned during the presentation for obvious reasons, he and some of his outspoken followers appeared to be the primary “false prophets and false teachers” that the Boise saints were being warned about.

The details behind this visit and what meeting this address took place in is not clear to me. It was clearly not a priesthood meeting since a woman gave the closing prayer.

For as long as I can remember, general authorities of the church have always stayed safely tucked away in their Ivory Tower while “scholars” and “apologists” who have written for FARMS and FAIR have attempted to address the really difficult questions from skeptics and apostates.

The format of the presentation was quite interesting with Oaks and Turley doing a tag-team presentation taking turns speaking. Turley would provide historical context and Oaks would provide doctrinal context.

This is clearly a historical event of significance that shows at least some degree of desperation on the part of church leaders regarding the fall out that is currently taking place in the church.

Despite the recent denial from a church leader in General Conference that lots of Mormons are leaving the church, this special appearance of an apostle and a historian, to respond to the criticisms made by Snuffer and others, seems to indicate that the claim at General Conference was disingenuous. It appears that the public acknowledgment from  LDS Church Historian Marlin Jensen a few years ago, is true. He claimed that because Google has made it so easy for members of the church to research and become aware of extremely challenging and disrupting historical and doctrinal issues,  the LDS Church is experiencing the greatest apostasy since the Kirtland Apostasy,.

One of the questions addressed had to do with the claim that the current corporate church is not the same church that was restored and does not have the same authority.

Oddly, Apostle Oaks answered that question with a question. Then who has the authority? He quipped.

I was shocked to hear Turley imply that the succession issue between Rigdon and the Twelve Apostles was determined solely by the vote of the people and that the nearly unanimous vote was an indication of God’s approval. That seems to contradict what happened during Old Testament times when Israel voted to be led by a king instead of a prophet. Although God allowed apostate Israel to have their King, it was contrary to the will of God and it was detrimental to Israel.

Turley did not spend much time attempting to force some kind of succession protocol scenario to justify the transition of authority from Joseph Smith to the Twelve Apostles, on which the veracity Oaks and his fellow apostles rests. In previous times the official response of the church would have been to do so, however, thanks to Google and a host of Internet bloggers, the masses are more educated now than they used to be and leaders of the church now realize they are dealing with a much more sophisticated and educated audience both in and out of the church.

I am not going to take the time right now to do a critique of the entire presentation but I highly encourage anyone interested in these issues to listen to the address that Oaks and Turley gave. It is really quite interesting and entertaining.

 

[Editorial Note: I just came upon an excellent review of the Boise Rescue by the “Searcher”. Enjoy

http://onewhoissearching.com/2015/06/18/the-boise-rescue-and-the-prophetic-claims-of-the-church/  ]

 


Notable Emails #17 “Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.”

May 31, 2015

“Watcher, 

I was reading in Mal. 3 this morning when a peculiar phrase stood out to me in verse 4. 

4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 

I was actually reading in the Book of Mormon where Christ is recounting the last two books of Malachi to the Nephites for the latter days. 

I was pondering what the offering that was made by Judah and Jerusalem could have reference too.  

My mind was recalling that during the 2nd Watch Judah had reference the the Latter-Day Saints gathered in from the foreign missions to England and such and how Jerusalem had reference to Kirtland. 

It was at that moment that my eyes saw the phrase “and as in former years.” 

I was reading this verse as if I was at the end of the 2nd Watch (which I am) and anciently Judah and Jerusalem had offered something pleasant unto the Lord and in former or recent years as well. 

This clearly has reference to the 2nd Watch and the LDS Foundation movement that Joseph started. 

As for the offering both ancient and in the former years I don’t know what the Lord has reference too. 

Could he have reference to the Scapegoat Doctrine, at least for the former years part? I don’t think the Scapegoat that Moses provided counts because Jerusalem wasn’t settled yet and Moses was from the tribe of Levi. 

Thoughts?”

My response:

I believe the Atonement offering/scapegoat offering was an interim offering that prolonged the days of modern Israel upon the earth after they broke the covenant of sacrifice (consecration)  that they had entered into.

This interim atonement offering was to prolong Israel upon the earth until the 3rd watch when the telestial and terrestrial people who only “begin to believe” but never actually accept the fulness of the gospel, will actually be offered as an offering and sacrifice as their bodies are slain and laying upon the ground (Isaiah 66:16 D&C 58:9-20)  and the elect will offer up an offering that will be pleasing unto the Lord. (Isaiah 66:20)

That final offering is spoken of in other places as well.

In Psalms 50 it speaks of the end times when God’s people are gathered who have made a “covenant .. by sacrifice” (Psalm 50:5) When these people call upon God He will “deliver” them. (Psalm 50:15)

A key word search of “covenant” and “sacrifice” links Psalms 50 to D&C 97

“Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice—yea, every sacrifice which I, the Lord, shall command—they are accepted of me.

For I, the Lord, will cause them to bring forth as a very fruitful tree which is planted in a goodly land, by a pure stream, that yieldeth much precious fruit.

Verily I say unto you, that it is my will that a house should be built unto me in the land of Zion, like unto the pattern which I have given you.

Yea, let it be built speedily, by the tithing (consecration) of my people.

Behold, this is the tithing and the sacrifice which I, the Lord, require at their hands, that there may be a house built unto me for the salvation of Zion— (D&C 97:8-12)

Psalm 51 agrees with Section 59 that the acceptable offering of the saints unto God is a “broken heart and a contrite spirit” (Psalm 51:17) That is the answer to your question right there. The is the offering that is pleasant to the Lord.

Thou shalt offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in righteousness, even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;

For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;

Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;

But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.”

It appears to me that ancient and modern scriptures speak of the acceptable sacrifice by covenant (consecration) made possible by the daily sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit and the outer group ordinance (sacrifice-sacrament) of the Lord’s Supper.

Here is an excerpt from my book that addresses this issue with regard to the prophecies in the book of Daniel:

Prophetic Time Sequence #2

“. . . two thousand and three hundred days” (Daniel 8:14).

“Then I heard one Saint speaking, and another Saint said unto that certain Saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be” (Daniel 8:13-19).

How long does the daily sacrifice last before it is finally brought to an end by the transgression of desolation?

I would suggest that the above prophecy speaks about a 2,300 day period of time during which the daily sacrifice is made available through the restoration of the gospel and the grace of God’s spirit. Sadly, the daily sacrifice is mired with the transgression that results in the desolation of the sanctuary after it is cleansed. This 2,300 day period begins with the commandment to offer up a specified offering, and it culminates in a vision and the cleansing of the sanctuary. Sadly, during this time, a host of Saints, attempting to redeem the land of Zion, is trodden under foot.

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Figure #is a screenshot from an online date calculator showing that there is a time period of 2,300 days between April 3, 1836, and December 16, 1829. April 3, 1836, presents the date when the offering of the daily sacrifice came to an end. I am suggesting that December 16, 1829, represents the date the daily sacrifice was revealed and commanded in a revelation containing the “articles and commandments”[1] of the newly restored Church. Interestingly, the exact date of this revelation cannot be identified by any known historical documentation.

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This is one of the most obscure and most difficult prophetic time sequences found in the book of Daniel. I believe the 2,300 day period begins when the “daily sacrifice” is first revealed and it comes to an end on April 3, 1836, when the secret vision, in which the sanctuary was accepted by the Lord and is, thereby, cleansed by his presence, takes place behind the veil. However, as previously noted His appearance brings forth both a blessing and a cursing. The cursing delivers the Saints to the Levitical law, which, according to Joseph Smith, can only bring cursings[2] and the preparatory gospel. This would indicate that the Saints were being transformed over from the grace of gospel law, to the safety net of the law of mercy.

If we back up 2,300 days from April 3, 1836, it brings us to the date that the “daily sacrifice” is first revealed. Did anything of significance happen on that day? Was the daily sacrifice revealed on that day?

There is nothing of significance that historians have noted on that day. That is what I find so remarkable about this prophecy that is thousands of years old. When decoded, it not only leads us to the definition of what the daily sacrifice is, it also identifies the missing date of when a foundational revelation was given.

The Daily Sacrifice

 

One of the great mysteries that must be unlocked in order to understand the Book of Daniel is the meaning behind the word “Daily,” or what the translators have termed the “Daily Sacrifice.” This mysterious term shows up in five verses contained in three separate chapters in the Book of Daniel. The Book of Daniel informs us that Daniel was commanded to “shut up the words, and seal the book even to the time of the end” (Daniel 12:4).

Perhaps this is why the meaning behind the Daily Sacrifice and other prophetic events and terms within the book has been obscured and misunderstood by prophecy scholars. This is why the wording in these Daniel prophecies seems so convoluted. One is unable to interpret the meaning of these dark sayings based on the obscure narrative alone.

Bible prophecy scholars have guessed at the meaning of the term “daily sacrifice” and have, logically but incorrectly, assumed that perhaps it refers to the animal sacrifices and burnt offerings like the sacrifices that were offered anciently.

Even Ellen G. White,[3] who seldom came up speechless and without an opinion on any prophetic topic admitted that she did not have a clue what the term, “daily sacrifice” had reference to.[4]

I believe we are entering into the time of the end and that God, in his magnificent mercy, is now opening up to us an understanding of mysterious prophetic utterances that previously were shrouded in secrecy and obscurity.

I believe that modern revelation and the related historical events, reveal what the “daily sacrifice” is, and why it came to an end during the amazing secret visitation behind the veil in the Kirtland Temple. I believe the sealing up of the meaning of the term required the event contained in Section 110 of the Doctrine and Covenants to be kept secret for many years, and undecipherable for many years after the account was published.

When it is understood that the daily Sacrifice came to an end during the seven day sequence in the Kirtland Temple, the Book of Daniel becomes a prophetic testimony of the truthfulness of Section 110 and the LDS restoration movement.

The Daily

 

Words written in italic in the King James Version of the Bible, were not translated directly from the original text ,rather, they are inserted by the translators to give extra clarity, based on their interpretation of the text. This means that the literal translation of what is now translated as the Daily Sacrifice, was simply “the Daily.” Ellen White, a self-proclaimed prophetess and prophetic competitor to the prophet Joseph Smith, believed that the translators were not inspired to add the word “Sacrifice.” She believed the translation should have been left alone with just “the Daily.”

Apparently, Joseph Smith agreed with the translators with regard to the use of the term “daily sacrifice” because he did not change it or give additional clarity to it in the Inspired Version of the Bible or in any of his discourses.

The three chapters using the term “daily sacrifice” are contained in Chapters 8, 11,and 12 of the book of Daniel.

Obviously, the wording in the prophetic timelines given in the Book of Daniel is somewhat unusual and, therefore, can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. Another interesting thing, when dealing with prophetic timelines, is that there are generally multiple fulfillments of prophecy through religious history, and some may appear to fit the prophetic time sequences.[5]

 

Nevertheless, the Book of Daniel promises that at the time of the end, the wise will understand the cryptic prophetic meaning of the prophecies and the related timelines contained therein.

One of the great keys to unlocking the meaning in the cryptic narrative throughout the Book of Daniel is in identifying the contextual meaning of the term, “Daily Sacrifice” (also presented as “sacrifice”) which shows up at least six times in the Book of Daniel.

 

  • “Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away.”(Daniel 8:11)
  • “And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression.”(Daniel 8:12)
  • “How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation”(Daniel 8:13)
  • “. . . in the midst of the week he shall cause the [daily ]sacrifice and the oblation to cease.”(Daniel 9:27)
  • “. . . they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.”(Daniel 11:31)
  • “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.”(Daniel 12:11)

 

A Broken Heart and Contrite Spirit

 

This term has befuddled prophecy scholars for centuries. Those who do not accept the revelations brought forth by the prophet Joseph Smith eliminate their chances of identifying the correct definition of the term. A simple keyword search of the word “sacrifice” in modern revelation quickly leads one to the explanation of what the ongoing, continuous sacrifice is that the Lord requires of his Saints who receive the fulness of the Gospel in the latter-days:

“Thou shalt offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in righteousness, even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day; For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High; Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times; But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.” (D&C 59:8-12)

Mystery solved.

The end times sacrifice, when the fulness of the Gospel is on the earth, that is to be offered up on the Lord’s Day, as well as on an ongoing day to day basis, on all days and at all times ,is a broken heart and a contrite spirit. I believe that passage in modern revelation reveals that the “daily sacrifice” of a “broken heart and a contrite spirit” is the “daily sacrifice” of which the Book of Daniel speaks .

Interestingly, the Old Testament had already provided commentary which provides a second witness, but it can only be appreciated once modern revelation points to and defines the term as the daily sacrifice. Notice how David’s Psalm identifies the broken heart and contrite spirit as being the sacrifices to be offered up at the time of Zion:

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly  from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me .Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit .Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise .For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar” (Psalms 51:1-19).[6]
The Book of Mormon has numerous references to this term as well. In 2 Nephi 2:7 we are informed that it is only those who offer up this daily sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit that will have the “ends of the law” answered in their behalf by the Lord sacrifice:

“Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered” (2 Nephi 2:6-7).

Perhaps one of the most astonishing references to the broken heart and contrite spirit is in Ether 4:10 where we are informed that one of the great signs that the final work of the Father has begun is that people will once again manifest a broken heart and a contrite spirit.[7]

Again, one thing that makes this prophetic sequence unique from the other eight we are reviewing is that one of the dated events is missing.In this mathematical sequence the prophecy in the Book of Daniel would be revealing an obscure date that even LDS historians do not know!

If we back up exactly 2,300 days from April 3, 1836, it takes us to December 16, 1829.[8] If we do a keyword search to find out which revelations, and particularly the first revelation in which the term “broken heart and contrite spirit” is introduced, it amazingly shows up in Section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants! This Section was known as the articles and covenants of the church and was introduced at the formal organization of the church in April of 1830.

“And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church” (D&C 20:37).

This is absolutely incredible. Our search for the definition of “daily sacrifice” first led us to the commandment given in Zion, explaining what the term meant and the command to ceremonially offer the sacrifice each Sabbath. It also informs us that the broken heart and contrite spirit is to be offered continuously, even daily.

From there, our search to find the originating commandment in relation to this last great sacrifice of man, led us to the first foundational revelation which provides the protocols and saving ordinances of the restored church.

Embedded within the baptismal covenant protocol, are the requirements to come forth with a broken heart and a contrite spirit and make a public confession before the church that one has repented of all of their sins, are willing to take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ, and have received  the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins.

Interestingly, it is unknown when the original date of Section 20 is. The Joseph Smith Papers project site has this to say about the date of the revelation:

“The dating of the first completed draft of Articles and Covenants is uncertain . . .”[9]

If, in fact, this prophetic time sequence in the book of Daniel is referring to the original declaration that the Saints are to offer up a daily sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then we have recovered a previously unknown historical date by studying the ancient prophecies in the Book of Daniel!

Satan is Cast Down from Heaven

Before leaving the topic of this particular prophetic time sequence, it is interesting to note that Chapter 8 of Daniel provides a narrative of Satan being cast down to the earth to overcome the Saints of the latter-days and cause them to transgress and stop the daily sacrifice from being made. Let us revisit the passage in Daniel 8 with a few of the preceding Verses:

“And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant l and.And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced, and prospered. Then I heard one Saint speaking, and another Saint said unto that certain Saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” (Daniel 8:9-14).

It may seem spectacular and undocumented to suggest that the casting of Satan out of heaven took place at the time of the LDS restoration but let me remind you about a very significant event that is often forgotten.

At the Morley Farm the priesthood brethren experienced some remarkable endowments of the spirit. Some of them even had the heavens parted and saw the Father and the Son. However, they also became oppressed and afflicted by Satan and his minions. Several people became possessed. Finally, Satan himself was literally cast down into the midst of these brethren .Note the following testimony:

“During the meeting the power of the darkness were made manifest in a remarkable degree . . . Joseph .Rebuked the spirit . . . from the house upon which the spirit left . . . and went outside, among the crowd of men standing near the door and made a swath among them several feet wide, throwing them violently to the ground. Joseph said this was the fulfillment of the scriptures where it says the man of sin should be revealed . . .”[10]

Joseph was declaring that the Saints of the restored church had just witnessed the literal fulfillment of the prophecy in 2 Thessalonians 2:

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand .Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2Thessalonians 2:1-3).

Directly following the special conference, within just a few days after this amazing event, the Lord gave a revelation in which he said:

“And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations.” (D&C 52:14)

Incredible.

The Lord acknowledges that the casting down of Satan at the Morley Farm was quite literal and that Satan’s literal entry into this world was not a temporary event. He had truly been cast out of heaven and gone forth from the Morley Farm, deceiving the nations. End times prophecy was taking place.

The significance and literalness of the fulfillment of the above prophecy cannot be overstated. Satan was cast to the earth during the special conference at the Morley Farm. The vivid description provided above indicates that Satan literally created a “swath among them several feet wide, throwing them violently to the ground” as he stormed through a crowd of physical bodies, physically throwing them to the ground as he ventured into the earth to deceive the nations. Satan’s spiritual power upon the physical world as he cut the swath, violently throwing men to the ground, is consistent with the fact that, at the same event, a two hundred pound man was thrown across the room.

Years later, when the church was experiencing great turmoil in Nauvoo, Joseph would reminisce about the experience at the Morley Farm and exclaim:

“I have reason to think that the Church is being purged. I saw Satan fall from heaven . . . All these are wonders and marvels in our eyes in these last days. So long as men are under the law of God, they have no fears.”[12]

God’s promise, from 1829, that he would deliver the Saints over to Satan, was literally linked to and being fulfilled by the casting of Satan out of heaven, down to the earth. Sadly, the Saints were no longer under the law of the gospel for they had broken it.

The prophecy given by John the Revelator in Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation provides commentary about what had just begun at the Morley Farm:

“And there was a war in heaven Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).

The remainder of that prophecy is covered in detail in Chapter 10 and it explains in vivid detail what happens after the event. Mormon’s have been conditioned to believe that Satan was cast out of heaven in the pre-existence but that interpretation does not square with scriptures. Of course, it is possible that during the course of this mortal probation and the ongoing war with Satan, that he has been cast out of heaven multiple times.[13]Indeed the New Testament verifies tht he was lurking around in this world at that time. It also informs us that Satan is the God of this world.[14]
Regarding the timing of when Satan would “encompass the Saints round about” in conjunction with his fall from heaven, compare the wording between the text in Section 76 and the text in Joseph Smith’s poem about Section 76:[15]

 

D&C Section 76 25-29 Joseph Smith’s Poem about Section 76
“And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son whom the Father loved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son,
“And was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him—he was Lucifer, a son of the morning. And we beheld, and lo, he is fallen!is fallen, even a son of the morning!
“And while we were yet in the Spirit, the Lord commanded us that we should write the vision; for we beheld Satan, that old serpent, even the devil, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our God and his Christ—“Wherefore, he maketh war with the Saints of God, and encompasseth them round about.”
“And I saw and bear record of warfare in heaven;For an angel of light, in authority great, Rebell’d against Jesus and sought for his power, But was thrust down to woe from his glorified state.“And the heavens all wept, and the tears dropp’d like dew,

“That Lucifer, son of the morning, had fell!

“Yea, is fallen! is fallen and become, oh, alas!

“The son of perdition, the devil of hell!

 

“And while I was yet in the spirit of truth,

The commandment was–Write ye the vision all out,

For Satan, old serpent, the devil’s for war,

And yet will encompass the Saints round about.”

 

One of the more profound clarifications in the poem is the fact that, after being cast down from heaven, Satan would make war with the Saints and encompass them ‘round about. According to the poem, that event of being encompassed about by Satan, was still a future event as of February 16, 1832, when Section 76 was given.

We have documented in this work that the event took place shortly thereafter. Truly, we are encompassed about by Satan and his minions to this very day and should be crying out mightily for deliverance. Those of us whoare watching and ready to receive the fulness when it is ushered inare in the same situation that the Saints were in at the beginning of the LDS restoration movement:

“And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation” (D&C 35:12).

Indeed, the Saints must once again be  gathered by the servants of the Lord and have the fulness of the Gospel restored to them and to offering up the daily sacrifice of a broken heart and a contrite spirit before the Lord will once again appear to them in secret while the rest of the earth wallows in confusion and chaos.

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The “Articles and Commandments,” also known as Section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants was used by the early missionaries to do prosylatizing. Lyndon Cook notes:Section 20 was considered, by the early missionaries, a very important document. Many of them recorded the revelation in its entirety in their diaries to be quoted in their preaching. Additionally, priesthood certificates stated that the bearer had been ordained “according to the Articles and Covenants of the Church.” When Lincoln Haskin desired to preach the gospel in 1832, a revelation stipulated that he should “be ordained and receive the articles and covenants which I have given unto you and some of the commandments that he may go forth and proclaim my gospel” (“Kirtland Revelation Book,” p. 10).[RJS, 31 n2.]

 

 

[2] “The priesthood of Levi consisted of cursings and blessing carnal commandments and not of blessings and if the preisthood of this generation has no more power than that of Levi or Aron or of a bishhoprick it administers no blessings but cursings. . .” (http://www.boap.org/LDS/Parallel/1843/27Aug43.html).

[3] One of the leaders of the early Seventh Day Adventist movement

[4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1O6wSEkYIc

[5] Some prophecy scholars change the word days to years, etc.,  to arrive at the prophetic paradigms that they propose. My contention is that all of the time related words in prophecy are meant to be interpreted literally with the exception of any changes made by the inspired revison of the Bible done by Joseph Smith.

[6]See also Psalm 34.

[7] “Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief. Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world; and it hath not come unto you, because of unbelief. Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from you—yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel. And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be written by my servant John be unfolded in the eyes of all the people.  Remember, when ye see these things, ye shall know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed. Therefore, when ye shall receive this record ye may know that the work of the Father has commenced upon all the face of the land. Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and believe in my gospel, and be baptized in my name; for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned; and signs shall follow them that believe in my name. And blessed is he that is found faithful unto my name at the last day, for he shall be lifted up to dwell in the kingdom prepared for him from the foundation of the world.  And behold it is I that hath spoken it.  Amen” (Ether 4:13-19).

[8]Give or take a day, depending on whichcalendaring parameters you use.

[9]“Articles and Covenants, circa April 1830 [D&C 20].” The Joseph Smith Papers (website). Retrieved from http://josephsmithpapers.org/paperSummary/articles-and-covenants-circa-april-1830-dc-20

[10] The Savior in Kirtland by Anderson, pg.76.

[11] Testimony of Zebedee Coltrin http://www.todayinmormonhistory.com/2013_02_01_archive.html

[12]This observation by Joseph Smithparalled the Christ’s. He made the following observation during his earthly ministry, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 10:18 this supports the supposition that Satan has fallen from heaven more than once and that those occasions accompany the preaching of the gospel(http://www.boap.org/LDS/Joseph-Smith/Teachings/T6.html).

[13] There is reason to believe that Satan must be lurking around the earth decieving the nations whenever the greater light is on the earth but not necessarily litereally here when it is not.

[14] 2 Corinthians 4:4.

[15]Joseph Smith, J. (n.d.). “The Vision.” Dictated to W.W. Phelps, Esq. Retrieved from http://mldb.byu.edu/jsmith1.htm. One can gain great benefit by studying Joseph Smith’s poem side by side with Section 76. See: https://faculty.cs.byu.edu/~clement/rel325/vision-poem.pdf


Notable Emails #16 “the Lord wouldn’t give a young church such responsibility so early”

May 12, 2015

Watcher,

When ever I speak to others about the fullness of the priesthood and Morely’s farm I usually get the same response that the Lord didn’t give the fulness to JS until later in his life in Nauvoo.

It’s always the Lord wouldn’t give a young church such responsibility so early. He had to grow them up first.

I like how well they know the Lord and his will for his people. :)

So I thought to do a little research and see what the Lord’s pattern really was.

Mosiah 18

Alma baptizes the people. Then immediately afterward he’s commanded them to live what looks like a form of consecration

27 And again Alma commanded that the people of the church should impart of their substance, every one according to that which he had; if he have more abundantly he should impart more abundantly; and of him that had but little, but little should be required; and to him that had not should be given.

Then in Mosiah 26 Alma is given the promise of eternal life from God’s own mouth out of heaven.

20 Thou art my servant; and I covenant with thee that thou shalt have eternal life; and thou shalt serve me and go forth in my name, and shalt gather together my sheep.

So in that instance the Lord has a people willing to take upon them His name, they share their substance with one another and the Lord reveals from heaven that His servant shall have eternal life. There isn’t much more about that until Alma 13.

But it seems to me that with Alma after they’re baptized, they enter into consecration and receive of the fullness.

The same with the saints of the restoration movement.

I looks like this was the case with the saints of the New Testament time as well. After they were baptized unto the Holy Ghost in Acts 2 it says:

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

Moses, the same. He tried to give them the fullness after baptizing them in the Sea as stated in 1 Cor. 10.

2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

But they rejected it.

So it seems that my superficial research has yielded me the pattern of the Lord in the matter. That He quickly moves to have His saints consecrate with him and receive of the fullness not much after their baptism.

So the idea that the Lord delayed his pattern for the Latter-day Saints is unfounded because He’s a God that changeth not.

Have you every researched out this pattern before. If so, have you blogged out it? Did I miss it somewhere? What’s missing in my approach?

“RN”

My response

Great observations!

I have always maintained that the fulness happens very quickly once the gospel is restored and I have addressed the topic in different ways but I have not really approached it in the sense that you just did.

One of the most revealing topical searches a person can do in the D&C is to chronologically list everything the Lord says about the law of consecration, including the benefits of living it, and the consequences of not living it once it is commanded.

I think Latter day Saints in general have a huge blind spot with regard to the significance of the law of consecration and how serious of a group sin it is when the law is entered into and then rejected. This comes in part from the ridiculous temple ceremony that enables people to give lip service to the law without having to actually live it. I think many people actually think they are living consecration via their temple vows. The temple endowment offers the wealthy and sophisticated, a way to sacrifice without sacrificing. They can continue to own their mansions and cabins and toys and go on cruises and trips and enjoy class distinction while still thinking they are living the law of consecration.

I think one of the things I try to point out in the fifteen year timeline of Joseph’s ministry is that within two years after the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel was restored, along with the saving ordinances, , the fulness of the gospel/priesthood was restored which lasted for exactly 3 1/2 years before it was lost to the saints.

timeline book

(Click on Graphic to Enlarge)

During the preparatory two year period that preceded the fulness, between March of 1829 and June of 1831, even though the lineal priesthood offices were restored to perform the ordinance of baptism, the Lord informs us that “all flesh” was corrupt. (D&C 38:11) That declaration of the Lord is categorical and it included the baptized members of his restored church. In other words, something more was necessary to bring about sanctification.

 

timelinebook first period

The power to sanctify people did not emerge until  the 3 1/2 year period when the Melchizedek Priesthood  was restored in June of 1831. It was not until after the fulness was restored in 1831 that Joseph and others received the confirming of their oath and covenant and received  their sanctification (See D&C 84 & 88)

“The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church—” D&C 107:18

 

timelinebook8 second period

Getting back to your search in the Book of Mormon regarding the law of consecration and the pattern that you have found. It becomes apparent that any time a group of saints have the fulness, they are living consecration or getting ready to do so very soon. Conversely, there is another pattern that is provided in the Book of Mormon regarding Consecration having to do with the consequences of breaking the law once it has been entered into.

One of the most sobering historical events that is documented about this law is found in 4th Nephi where it informs us how and why the time of fulness came to an end among the Nephites after three and a half generations of being blessed by it.
1 AND it came to pass that the thirty and fourth year passed away, and also the thirty and fifth, and behold the disciples of Jesus had formed a church of Christ in all the lands round about. And as many as did come unto them, and did truly repent of their sins, were baptized in the name of Jesus; and they did also receive the Holy Ghost.
2 And it came to pass in the thirty and sixth year, the people were all converted unto the Lord, upon all the face of the land, both Nephites and Lamanites, and there were no contentions and disputations among them, and every man did deal justly one with another.
3 And they had all things common among them; therefore there were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift.
10 And now, behold, it came to pass that the people of Nephi did wax strong, and did multiply exceedingly fast, and became an exceedingly fair and delightsome people.
11 And they were married, and given in marriage, and were blessed according to the multitude of the promises which the Lord had made unto them.
12 And they did not walk any more after the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses; but they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God, continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord.
13 And it came to pass that there was no contention among all the people, in all the land; but there were mighty miracles wrought among the disciples of Jesus.
15 And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.
16 And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.

 

24 And now, in this two hundred and first year there began to be among them those who were lifted up in pride, such as the wearing of costly apparel, and all manner of fine pearls, and of the fine things of the world.
25 And from that time forth they did have their goods and their substance no more common among them.
26 And they began to be divided into classes; and they began to build up churches unto themselves to get gain, and began to deny the true church of Christ.

 

 

 

 

 


Notable Emails #15: “It would be so hard to do if we didn’t have the word crunching software available to us to use. Now I can see why so many are deceived. “

May 6, 2015

“Watcher,

I was studying D&C 88:52-62 about the Lord visiting different kingdoms. It brought me to OP’s remarks on the Lord visiting other planets. I don’t believe that theory. 

So I tried to make sense of it. 

If the Lord’s time is 1,000 of our years to equal 1 of His days then 12 hours for him would be 500 years to us or roughly 42 of our years for every hour He visits. 

Still nothing. LOL. 

I also stumbled upon JS’s remarks at the April 1844 conference. On April 8th he shared that all of America is Zion and that the scriptures support this. 

Have you found that to be true in your research?

At first blush I can’t see that being the case. That both South and North America are all Zion or the gathering place with Independence being the central location. 

Another thing that caught my attention is that JS make reference to the Lord giving Moses Aaron and that the Lord has given the Saints the Elders to be JS’s mouthpiece. At this specific point he names Elder Adams. 

“He will make me be god to you in His stead, and the Elders to be mouth for me; and if you don’t like it, you must lump it. I have been giving Elder Adams instruction in some principles to speak to you.” (April 8, 1844.) DHC 6:318-320.

There’s SO much here that I have in the past just taken as scripture because the prophet uttered it. I can’t tell you how many things I’m having to re-examine and truly rely on the spirit to teach and confirm for me. Not an easy thing. Sometimes the heavens just feel like they’re mute on the subject. 

Anyway, no need to reply just passing along some of my thoughts and recent findings. 

“R”

My replay

 

“Interesting observations and questions

Just 10 years ago I hung on every word uttered in all of the Nauvoo Discourses that Joseph gave. I am now seeing things much differently.

It is interesting how in the early Kirtland era, Joseph had been commanded to receive revelations and Sidney was commanded to prove the revelations from the scriptures.

Although Joseph was allowed to expound on the revelations, it was primarily Sidneys responsibility to do so because he understood the broader context of the revelations from the Holy Scriptures. He was not only much better as an orator, he understood the scriptures much much better than Joseph.

However a transition took place.

Something happened in Far West and Sidney went silent for five years.

It appears to be at about the time when Joseph publicly disrespected Sidney and humiliated Sidney in front of the army of Israel whilst they were engaged in wrestling matches on the Lord’s Sabbath.

From about that time forward, Sidney became silent and perhaps out of necessity, Joseph took the lead role of orator and teacher and eventually became somewhat of a prolific speaker, although he never held a candle to Sidney in his style and persuasive abilities.

I am not convinced that Joseph was ever commissioned to take over Sidney’s role as the chief teacher of doctrine.

During the last several years, I have begun to see additional issues with some of the things that Joseph taught in Nauvoo.

Obviously he was deceived with regard to polygamy and masonry and certain things he taught in the King Follett Sermon about the nature of God, but I don’t think his mistakes can be limited to those things.

For example, I have previously demonstrated that Section 124 was given AFTER the saints had already started building the Nauvoo Temple, which supports the my contention that the overall narrative of Section 124 is referring expressly to the boarding house, not the Nauvoo Temple.

I frankly cannot find one verse in the entire section that has strayed from the topic of the Boarding House and switched to the Nauvoo Temple.

I have also shown that after section 124 was given, the Saints on the building committee were using section 97 as the divine commission to build the Nauvoo Temple.

The problem with that is that 97 mandates the building of the temple with the “tithing of the people“.

“Yea, let it be built speedily, by the tithing of my people.” (D&C 97:11)

In other words, the saints needed to be living consecration and the fulness of the gospel and providing consecrated funds to fund the temple building project, yet, when the high council approached Joseph in Nauvoo, telling him that they were ready to re-implement the law of consecration, he told them the time was not right.

Hence, I think that either section 97 was erroneously being used as the mandate for the Nauvoo Temple OR it was the appropriate mandate, but it was not being followed properly.

In my opinion, the temple mentioned in section 97 needed to be built by those holding the fulness of the priesthood and living the fulness of the gospel, while the boarding house was a preliminary temple that could be built with patriarchal priesthood, with the ultimate goal of coming out of condemnation and restoring once again the fulness of the priesthood to the earth.

I am now frankly beginning to think that Joseph got ahead of himself on the Nauvoo temple and that the Boarding house of the Lord was really the only house God was commissioning at that time.

It looks like the Nauvoo Temple was the result of the abominations that the people were involved in, which is documented in section 124.

It never made sense to me that God was so urgent for two separate temples to be built in such a small amount of time.

Clearly the saints were dual minded to begin with, building their mansions and their masonic temples while trying to build the temple of the Lord in a “sufficient” time frame.

It simply does not make sense that the Lord was having two very different temples, requiring different priesthoods built at the same time while the fulness of the priesthood had been taken away from them.

Secondly, with regard to the Nauvoo temple, I have never felt good about all of the graven images of things in the heavens (sun moon and stars) that were put on the Nauvoo temple because that violates Gods commands in the OT that have never been revoked

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth Exod 24
 
Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: Duet 5
 
Not only were those graven images forbidden, but the criticisms of skeptics claiming the use occult images and pagan images are probably true.
nauvoo images 2
Pagan Graven Image of the Sun God employed in the building of the Nauvoo Temple.
My point is that God had promised that he would cover the eyes of the seers and deliver his people over to Satan. I think that he was doing that in Nauvoo and therefore, I scrutinize EVERYTHING that Joseph did and said in Nauvoo very closely to see which of it is congruent with God’s word and which is not. “
His next response:
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I am doing the same. It would be so hard to do if we didn’t have the word crunching software available to us to use. Now I can see why so many are deceived.  JST-M 24 

22 For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant.
25 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert [SLC]; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers [holy of holies]; believe it not.
23Behold, I speak these things unto you for the elect’s sake;
37And whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived, for the Son of Man shall come,
39So likewise, mine elect, when they shall see all these things, they shall know that he is near, even at the doors;

I wonder why much of what we teach about JS comes from the Nauvoo period?

The stuff that really sets us apart from other Christian faiths.  Like the plurality of gods, polygamy and patriarchal priesthood temple ordinances. Most, if not all, contradict the previous revelations.


It’s like what we know and remember of JS isn’t really who he was or what he taught. It’s an image in the form of the world that we esteem. Much of what we understand in general about him has been a fabrication into a religious characterization of the Prophet for people to love, trust and revere.  

Not to mention the LDS church attacks its own doctrine.  

http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/2475803-155/mormon-bishop-dismisses-teacher-for-using#sthash.rDypOF8r.gbpl&st_refDomain=m.facebook.com&st_refQuery= 

Crazy times indeed. “

That last link provided by “R” reminded me of some comments got several weeks ago by a lady we will call CC which I will share at this time:

Because the comments were closed in “The History Essays Addressing Controversial Issues”, I’d like to offer the following regarding Priesthood restrictions to the seed of Cain, omitting any remarks or quotes from Brigham Young, whom you dismiss as a valid source of legitimacy. Please address your opinion of the following:

Moses: 7:22 And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them.

Book of Abraham in Pearl of Great Price: “”Pharaoh, being a righteous man, established his kingdom and judged his people wisely and justly all his days, seeking earnestly to imitate that order established by the fathers in the first generations, in the days of the first patriarchal reign, even in the reign of Adam, and also of Noah, his father, who blessed him with the blessings of the earth, and with the blessings of wisdom, but cursed him as pertaining to the Priesthood.”

Joseph Smith Jr. said: “I do not doubt, but those who have been forward in raising their voices against the South, will cry out against me as being uncharitable, unfeeling, unkind—wholly unacquainted with the gospel of Christ. It is my privilege then to name certain passages from the Bible, and examine the teachings of the ancients upon the matter as the fact is uncontrovertible, that the first mention we have of slavery is found in the holy bible, pronounced by a man who was perfect in his generation, and walked with God.

And so far from that prediction being averse to the mind of God, it remains as a lasting monument of the decree of Jehovah, to the shame and confusion of all who have cried out against the South, in consequence of their holding the sons of Ham in servitude! ‘And he said cursed be Canaan: a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem: and Canaan shall be his servant.—God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem: and Canaan shall be his servant.’ (Gen. 9:25–27.) Trace the history of the world from this notable event down to this day, and you will find the fulfillment of this singular prophecy.” (Apr. 1836, in Latter-day Saint’s Messenger and Advocate, vol. 2, no. 7, edited by Oliver Cowdery [Kirtland, Ohio: Published by F. G. Williams & Co., Apr. 1836], p. 290; paragraphing omitted.)

“Had I anything to do with the negro, I would confine them by strict law to their own species.” (Joseph Smith Jr., 2 Jan. 1843, “History of Joseph Smith,” The Deseret News [weekly], vol. 5, no. 52, edited by Albert Carrington [Great Salt Lake City: 5 Mar. 1856], p. 409; also History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, vol. 5, introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts [Salt Lake City, Utah: Published by the Church via Deseret News, 1909], pp. 217–18.)

“The notion of amalgamation is devilish!—And insensible to feeling must be the heart, and low indeed must be the mind, that would consent for a moment, to see his fair daughter, his sister, or perhaps, his bosom companion, in the embrace of a NEGRO!” (Oliver Cowdery, Apr. 1836, “The Abolitionists,” Latter-day Saint’s Messenger and Advocate, vol. 2, no. 7, edited by Oliver Cowdery [Kirtland, Ohio: Published by F. G. Williams & Co., Apr. 1836], p. 300.)

In the Book of Ezra, we read that “the people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. … O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments, which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness.

Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons. … And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this; should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.” (Ezra 9:1–2, 10–12, 13–15.)

“The curse is not yet taken off from the sons of Canaan, neither will be until it is affected by as great a power as caused it to come; and the people who interfere the least with the purposes of God in this matter, will come under the least condemnation before Him; and those who are determined to pursue a course, which shows an opposition, and a feverish restlessness against the decrees of the Lord, will learn, when perhaps it is too late for their own good, that God can do His own work, without the aid of those who are not dictated by His counsel.” (Joseph Smith Jr., Apr. 1836, in Latter-day Saint’s Messenger and Advocate, vol. 2, no. 7, edited by Oliver Cowdery [Kirtland, Ohio: Published by F. G. Williams & Co., Apr. 1836], p. 290.)”

 

My reply:

“Thank you for you comments and the quotes that you provided.

If you know anything about me then you realize that my foundation is the holy word of God in the scriptures. Secondly, to the extent that their words are congruent with scripture, I also consider the words of modern prophets such as Joseph and Sidney. I am even willing to consider something that Brigham Young and his apostate brethren of the Utah Saints said if and when it happens to be consistent with the word of God

Let me share an observation with you regarding the three scriptural supports that you have offered to back up your supposition about priesthood restriction.

All three of them are not only pre New Testament, they were also made prior to the scattering of the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel among ALL of the heathen nations.

Why does this matter?

Because CONTEXT and TIMING is everything when it comes to this particular topic.

You see, prior to Israel being scattered, it is true that the chosen had been kept separate from the other seedlines and commanded not to mingle with them. Sadly, they did eventually mingle with the other seedlines.

Things have changed since those ancient times and after Israel was scattered.

Satan thought he could thwart the gospel plan by getting the chosen seedline to mingle with the other seedlines among the gentile/heathen nations.

But the God of Israel, who is always several steps ahead of old Scratch has told us that he will mystically gather his chosen seed from among ALL nations in the latter days despite the fact that they will be packaged in tabernacles of varying colors.

Because of the traditions of his fathers, Peter made the same mistake you are making when he had a prophetic vision to prepare his heart to take the gospel to the gentile/heathen nations.

“Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
nd there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.”

Of course it was contrary to the law Peter had been taught to eat unclean animals and furthermore, the deeper meaning of the vision was that Peter was to take the Gospel to those that had previously been labeled as unclean and unworthy of the Gospel.

Hence Peter sought to instruct the Lord, or, at the very least, show the Lord that he was holding fast to the law that he had been taught. therefore Peter exclaimed:

“Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.”

But Peter was in for a huge rebuke and paradigm change

” And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate,
18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
19 ¶ While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?
22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
24 And the morrow after they entered into Cæsarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
34 ¶ Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Paul also understood this great secret as he began preaching the gospel among the gentiles declaring that God “hath made of one blood all nations of men

If you will search the New Testament, the Book of Mormon and the D&C, you will not find any scriptures the support the supposition that the separation of seedlines and associated laws pertaining to that fact still apply. Quite the opposite. We are now informed that the wheat and the tares are all mingled together and that color of skin and supposed seedline is not the requisite for participation in the gospel or the priesthood. The gospel is available to all who believe and the priesthood, when the true gospel is on the earth, is determined by prophecy. Indeed we are informed that the seedline of Christ is composed and identified by the following parameter:

“And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation? Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed. And now what say ye? And who shall be his seed?
11 Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God.
12 For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them from their transgressions. And now, are they not his seed?” Mosiah 15:10-12

When Jesus was approached by the hypocrites that could show their lineage from abraham, who no doubt had the appearance of being white and delightsome, he exclaimed to them

“ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep..”

He then declared that the sole qualifying attribute that identifies a person, regardless of the color of their skin as one of his elect, is that they hear His voice and follow him:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”

So, I agree with the passages of scripture that you provided, when read in the proper context , realizing that they referred to the ancient times when the two general seedlines had been kept separate. However things had radically changed.

With regard to the statements of Joseph Smith, which were given in 1836 and 1844, I can also find statements by and his close associates that seem to contradict those, which were given during the early Kirtland era in the midst of the revelatory sweet spot of the restoration during a time when Blacks were given priesthood under his watch and full knowledge. However it is not necessary for me to take the time to dig through my notes to find them because the four standard works have made it very clear what the truth of the matter is on this subject.

Thank you for a thoughtful question and for visiting the blog!

 


Notable Emails #14 “who was the legal heir and successor of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.?”

May 2, 2015

I sometimes get emails from people in foreign countries who are curious about the true history of Mormonism.

This is a recent email from a fellow named Yaroslav

“That was actually a nice event to visit your blog this day and to read your unique and interesting materials. Greetings you!

Thank you much for your sincere and deep work.

Let me, please, ask you a question.

Some years ago I have read in one LDS publication very brief but an interesting mention.

It was about that after the martyrdom of Prophet Joseph Smith President Sidney Rigdon re-established the Church and the Kingdom and was crowned as some other his fellow brethren.

Can you tell me some more on that subject?

Thank you much.

Respectfully,

Yaroslav.”

My response:

Hi Yaroslav 

After the succession crisis following the martyrdom, the church split into seven main factions as noted in Wiki 

 succession

 The great prophet Moses had prophesied that God’s people Israel would eventually sin and not keep the commandments and would be smitten and scattered seven ways before their enemies;

‘The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt … flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth’. 

Of course the LDS Mormon/Brigham Young faction was one of the largest of the seven major factions and has grown to be much larger than all of the rest put together. 

I think you are correct that Sidney Rigdon probably did also have himself crowned king, but I am not sure. Brigham Young and some of his successors had themselves ordained king of Israel.  

My feeling is that the eyes of the prophets and seers of the restoration were covered because of the sins of latter day Israel. 

thank you for visiting my blog!” 

His reply: 

Greetings!

Thank you for a letter.

If it is not a personal secret how do you think who was the legal and identity heir and successor of Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.? “

My response:

“Hello again Yaroslav 

Very few people realize that after Hyrum Smith was called by revelation through Joseph Smith to be the co-prophet seer and revelator of the church, (D&C 124) Joseph later released himself from that calling, leaving Hyrum as the sole President and Prophet of the Church.  

A few years after receiving the revelation making Hyrum the co-President and Prophet of the church, working in concert with Joseph, Joseph declared that he would no longer prophesy for the church and that the church must recognize Hyrum as the prophet of the church. 

This was the fulfillment of the succession prophecy contained in section 43 of the D&C  which had promised that Joseph Smith would not have a successor until the Lord took him UNLESS he failed to ‘abide in the Lord’.

It promised that if Joseph did eventually fail to abide in the Lord, another successor would replace Joseph and that if that happened, the revelation in which Joseph’s successor would be chosen would come through Joseph. 

Hence, during the months leading up to and including the time of the martyrdom, Hyrum was the sole prophet and president of the church. 

Few people realize that Sidney Rigdon, who was also a member of the 1st Presidency, had also been ordained a prophet seer and revelator with ALL of the keys and powers that Joseph had previously held. 

Hence, the Lord had actually called, by revelation, through Joseph Smith, both Joseph’s successor and Hyrum’s successor! 

However, when the saints were voting between Sidney Rigdon who was the rightful Prophet Seer and Revelator to succeed Hyrum, and Brigham Young, they voted for Brigham Young.

Since Brigham was not a prophet seer and revelator, and since he would eventually have himself ordained as the king of Israel and would basically rule the saints with an iron fist like some of the ancient kings did, the saints were basically choosing to be led by a king instead of by a prophet, just as ancient Israel had done. 

The details about the succession crisis in Nauvoo are contained in this series of articles that I wrote years ago 

https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/the-law-of-succession-part-one/ 

https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/the-law-of-succession-part-two-2/ 

https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/the-law-of-succession-part-three/ 

https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/law-of-succession-part-four/ 

https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/the-law-of-succession-part-five/ 

https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/the-law-of-succession-part-six-william-marks-warns-the-twelve-of-the-consequences-of-cutting-of-the-last-surviving-member-of-the-first-presidency/

Here is an article showing how William Law attempted to have a reformation of the church

https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/william-law-offer-a-reformation-and-bringing-about-the-chastisement-of-god-upon-the-fallen-servant-final/

 

 


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