For those who are Watching…

November 28, 2008

This blog is an outgrowth of its sister site  www.threewatches.blogspot.com which provides over 50 scriptural and prophetic evidences that the “Marvelous Work and a Wonder” spoken of in Isaiah and the Book of Mormon did not begin during Joseph Smith’s ministry and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon in the 1800’s.

The LDS restoration movement represented the laying of the FOUNDATION for the Marvelous Work and a Wonder that was to come forth four generations later. It is time for the Marvelous Work and a Wonder to happen NOW. It is our generation that will see it unfold.

After the saints failed to live the law of consecration and failed to redeem Zion during Joseph Smith’s 15 year ministry, the Lord told them they must wait for a “little season” of “chastisement” and “learning” before they could live the laws pertaining to Zion.

The Marvelous Work and a Wonder takes place when the Gentiles repent and accept the fulness of the gospel and it includes the coming forth of additional ancient records as detailed in the 4th chapter of Ether.

Behold, I have written upon these plates the very thingswhich the brother of Jared saw; and there never weregreater things made manifest than those which were made manifest unto the brother of Jared.

Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I have written them. And he commanded me that I should seal them up; and he also hath commanded that I should seal up the interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the interpreters, according to the commandment of the Lord.

For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord.

And in that day that they shall exercise faith in me, saith the Lord, even as the brother of Jared did, that they may become sanctified in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them all my revelations, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of the heavens and of the earth, and all things that in them are.

I believe the Marvelous Work and a Wonder is about to begin.

This blog deals with deep doctrinal, historical and prophecy related issues pertaining to the LDS Restoration Movement, the Restored Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It views history through the lens of prophecy and prophecy through the lens of LDS church history.

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

This blog 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.

The content provided in the posts of this blog are 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, the following resources can be considered:

  • This blog– For an incomplete listing of some of the earliest posts on both blog sites with brief descriptions click here
  • The Chief Inspector Blog  Part One and Part Two
  • My Youtube Series on “The Secret History of Mormonism Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
  • The book, “Solving the Prophet Puzzle, transforming a crisis of faith into a spiritual awakening“. This book provide the true Biblical profile of who Joseph Smith really was and what his full calling is. It documents how Joseph Smith, the latter day Moses offered up an atonement offering in behalf of latter day Israel after they rejected the fulness, much the same way the Moses offered himself as an atonement offering for ancient Israel after they rejected the fulness. The book provides answers to most of the criticisms made by skeptics of the restoration. The book can be ordered through Amazon.

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The book, “Solving the Prophet Puzzle” reveals the secret history of the LDS restoration movement.

Three chapters of my book address the topic of the intercessory atonement offering. I feel that the documentation I have provided is beyond compelling in showing that Joseph Smith is the COVENANT SERVANT of the Lord in the last days who began the work of the Lord and will finish it under the direction of, and in conjunction with, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The book is currently being updated and should be finished by the end of 2016. The original version that was used by members of my peer review has temporarily been reduced in price from $49 to $19.

The book is over 600 pages long with over 1200 historical and scriptural references. Listed below are the chapters contained in the book.

SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS  

CHAPTER 1: 
THE APOSTASY AND REDEMPTION OF LATTER DAY ISRAEL
The Whore, the Harlots and the Unfaithful Bride

CHAPTER 2 
THE GROWING GOOGLE APOSTASY
“We’ve never had a period of apostasy like we’re having right now”

CHAPTER 3 
SOLVING THE PROPHET PUZZLE PARTS 1-3
A Stone of Stumbling
Biblical Profile of the Davidic Servant
One Like Moses

CHAPTER 4 
SOLVING THE PROPHET PUZZLE PARTS 4-6
The True Purpose of Prophets
The Atonement Statute
“I have labored in vain… yet shall I … restore… Israel”

CHAPTER 5 
SOLVING THE PROPHET PUZZLE PARTS 7-9
Why did Old things need to become New?
Modern Revelation is Consistent with Ancient Prophecy

CHAPTER 6 
TWELVE CONTEXTUAL DECLARATIONS
Search these commandments… the prophecies and promises… shall all be fulfilled.

CHAPTER 7 
HE COMES THREE TIMES AS A THIEF IN THE NIGHT
“For, behold, he cometh in the first watch . . . and . . . in the second watch,
and again he shall come in the third watch.”

CHAPTER 8 
THE BRIDEGROOM TARRIED
“I, the Lord, will to retain a strong hold in the land of Kirtland, for the space of five years.”

CHAPTER 9 
THE CHURCH OF GOD BRINGS FORTH THE KINGDOM OF GOD
“And she brought forth a man child”

CHAPTER 10 
A MYSTICAL LOOK AT THE LDS RESTORATION MOVEMENT
“That Jerusalem from this hour may begin to be redeemed.”

CHAPTER 11 
THE SECRET REESTABLISHMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF THE JEWS
“A Light will shine forth among those that sit in darkness.”

CHAPTER 12 
REUNITING THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL WITH THE KINGDOM OF JUDAH
“And the branches of the natural tree will I graft into the natural branches of the [wild] tree”

CHAPTER 13 
READING ABRAHAM WHILE GOD WINKS
“Thy seed . . . shall bear this ministry and priesthood unto all nations.”

CHAPTER 14 
THE SECRET RETURN OF ELIJAH THE PROPHET
“Behold the time has fully come which was spoken by the mouth of Malachi.”

CHAPTER 15 
OLIVER’S SECRET
If an angel… let him be accursed…

CHAPTER 16 
CRUSHING DAVID WHITMER’S STUMBLING BLOCK
“I will prove that God called Brother Joseph to translate the Book of Mormon only”

CHAPTER 17 
THE JEWS REJECTED THE COVENANT, THE GENTILES BROKE IT
“They have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.”

CHAPTER 18 
THE SECRET DOCUMENT
Searching for 23 High Priests and the Holy Order of Melchizedek

CHAPTER 19 
THREE GRAND ORDERS OF PRIESTHOOD
“Paul is here treating of three different priesthoods, namely the priesthood of Aron, Abraham, and Melchizedek”

CHAPTER 20 
SOMETHING NEW MUST BE DONE FOR THE SALVATION OF THE CHURCH
But behold the Servant said unto the Lord of the Vineyard, “Spare it a little longer.”

CHAPTER 21 
ANALYSIS OF SECTION 132
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.”

CHAPTER 22 
I AM THAT I AM
The Importance of Understanding the True Nature of God

CHAPTER 23 
SEVEN SERVANTS AND AN ANGEL
“And the voice of warning shall be unto all people by the mouths of my disciples whom I have chosen in these last days.”

CHAPTER 24 
THE FIVE-PART MINISTRY OF JOSEPH SMITH
The Secret History of Mormonism

CHAPTER 25 
UNSEAL THE VISION
The Time of the End is Near

CHAPTER 26 
HOW ZION WILL BE REDEEMED…
“break down the walls of mine enemies, throw down their tower, and scatter their watchman”

EPILOGUE 
RESPONDING TO THE SKEPTICS OF JOSEPH SMITH AND THE RESTORATION

 

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 Eternal Law of Certification and Record Keeping

April 9, 2018

In my opinion, Section 128 is one of the most overlooked and under rated revelations in the D&C.

This is partly because it does not begin in the first person of the Lord as most of the “thus sayeth the Lord” type revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants do. Rather, the content is taken from a letter in which Joseph Smith was primarily sharing his thoughts about the ordinance and doctrine pertaining to baptisms for the dead which had previously been revealed in section 124.

One would think that I would take section 128 even less seriously than most.

As readers of my blog know, I am of the belief that the Nauvoo era was one of the darkest periods of Joseph Smith’s ministry. The heavens were definitely closing at that time.

The saints had rejected the fullness of the gospel and fallen under condemnation by the end of 1834.

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Shortly after that, the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in right at the time that the saints had been expecting the dispensation of the fullness of times to be ushered in.

By the time that Section 124 was given in January of 1841, the saints of the restoration had being warned by the Lord that they would be rejected as a church with their dead if they did not repent and finish the Board House of the Lord within an acceptable time period.

There is evidence to suggest that the saints had been rejected as a church with their dead by the time section 128 had been received.

However one of the amazing things about Joseph Smith the seer, is that even after the seers eyes began to be covered because of the sins of latter day Israel, ( See JST Isaiah 29:10 & 2nd Nephi 27:5) his revelatory gift was still intermittently manifesting itself.

One of things I have come to appreciate over the years is that one does not categorically accept or reject a revelation based on the official title of someone that is sustained as a prophet. The truthfulness of each revelation must be discerned and judged under the influence of the Holy Ghost, using the existing canon of scriptures as a measuring yard stick.

Joseph worked well under pressure.

Some of his best stuff came while he was running from enemies and being incarcerated in a jail.

Thus it is with section 128 which is a revelation extracted from a letter he wrote during a very stressful time in his life.

The revelation begins thusly:

1 As I stated to you in my letter before I left my place, that I would write to you from time to time and give you information in relation to many subjects, I now resume the subject of the baptism for the dead, as that subject seems to occupy my mind, and press itself upon my feelings the strongest, since I have been pursued by my enemies.

What a rock star.

Here he is being pursued by his enemies and feeling the burden of the sins of Israel that have been placed upon his head as an intercessor, and he is methodically pondering the doctrine of baptism for the dead.

This very misunderstood doctrine shows up for the very first time in modern revelation in section 124:

28 For there is not a place found on earth that he may come to and restore again that which was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood.

29 For a baptismal font there is not upon the earth, that they, my saints, may be baptized for those who are dead—

30 For this ordinance belongeth to my house, and cannot be acceptable to me, only in the days of your poverty, wherein ye are not able to build a house unto me.

31 But I command you, all ye my saints, to build a house unto me; and I grant unto you a sufficient time to build a house unto me; and during this time your baptisms shall be acceptable unto me.

As declared in the passages above, the mystical ordinance of baptisms for the dead can only be performed under the authority of the fulness of the priesthood which had been restored in June of 1831 and lost by the time that section 124 was given.

It should be noted that the ordinance of baptisms for the living is part of the fullness of the gospel as documented in 3rd Nephi and it is performed by the priesthood keys that were restored through John the Baptist as documented in D&C 13. However the ordinance of Baptisms for the Dead must be performed by the higher, Melchizedek Priesthood and it must be performed in the House of the Lord, below ground level.

Little did the saints realize that the knowledge Joseph was giving them in this communication was purely academic at that point in time. Nevertheless, the information being revealed about baptisms for the dead, and the certification process of recording those ordinances is incredibly important and revealing.

The Lord informed the saints in previous revelations, after they had  transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, and broken the everlasting covenant, that they were not allowed to live the higher laws for a “little season“.

It was to be a little season of chastisement while they are to be taught more perfectly. (See D&C 100:13, 105:9-10 )

It is during this little season, in the fourth generation since the death of Joseph Smith, that we who believe in the restoration, are to be studying the revelations and taught more perfectly to prepare ourselves for when the final work begins.

Furthermore, as declared in section 124, during times when the saints have the necessary collective wealth, this sacred ordinance is only authorized to be done in the Lords House.

As documented in past posts, section 124 never refers to the “Nauvoo Temple” despite the indoctrinational spell and cursing that our generation has been under. It only addresses the Boarding House of the Lord.

We have been living during a time of “hidden darkness” but I am of the belief that the darkness is beginning to disperse and doctrinal understand is coming to light, in preparation for the return of God’s authorized servants.

Contrary to what is currently taught in the modern corporate church, every single reference to the Lord’s house in section 124 is speaking of the Boarding House of the Lord, not the Nauvoo Temple.

The location of the Nauvoo Temple had been picked before section 124 was received. Indeed, the construction of the Nauvoo Temple had begun before section 124 identifies the location of the Boarding House of the Lord.

At the time that section 124 was given, it was common knowledge that it was not speaking about the Nauvoo Temple. Indeed, the Nauvoo Temple committee had published an article in the Times and Seasons identifying section 97 as the revelatory mandate for building the Nauvoo Temple.

It is truly remarkable that so much of the plain and simple truths about history and doctrine have largely been lost or corrupted as a result of the latter day apostasy. Nevertheless there is great reason to hope that we are very close to the return of God’s servants and the final restoration.

Getting back to the topic of section 128, in this revelation Joseph Smith pontificates upon Heavens protocol for certifying and recording the ordinances of the gospel in general and specifically in this revelation, baptisms performed for the dead.

2 I wrote a few words of revelation to you concerning a recorder. I have had a few additional views in relation to this matter, which I now certify. That is, it was declared in my former letter that there should be a recorder, who should be eye-witness, and also to hear with his ears, that he might make a record of a truth before the Lord.

Joseph points out that the RECORD that is kept must be CERTIFIED by someone who sees with their eyes and hears with their ears. The record must contain the DATE, NAMES and the HISTORY of the whole transition. It must be validated by two or there witnesses:

 let him (the recorder) be very particular and precise in taking the whole proceedings, certifying in his record that he saw with his eyes, and heard with his ears, giving the date, and names, and so forth, and the history of the whole transaction; naming also some three individuals that are present, if there be any present, who can at any time when called upon certify to the same, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

The revelatory comments of the prophet go on to point out that the record is HOLY.

Further, he declares that the order of CERTIFICATION AND RECORD KEEPING OF ORDINANCES WAS PREPARED BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.

5 You may think this order of things to be very particular; but let me tell you that it is only to answer the will of God, by conforming to the ordinance and preparation that the Lord ordained and prepared before the foundation of the world, for the salvation of the dead who should die without a knowledge of the gospel

Perhaps one of the most illuminating concepts that is revealed in this section is the fact that the records kept in heaven are contingent upon the records kept on earth!

After providing the exact protocol and informing us that the certification of a record from the mouth of two or three witnesses was ordained by God before the foundation of the world, Joseph reveals that the “Book of life” mentioned by John the Revelator in the Book of Revelation which the dead will be judged out of, is the heavenly record of the ordinances of salvation that are recorded on earth!

That’s right, the word “works” as used in the Book of Revelation in conjunction with the “books”  that are opened and the “book of life“, is not referring to doing good deeds or to the gospel of works that is commonly taught in Mormonism and other segments of apostate Christianity. The word “works” refers to entering into covenant with Christ as manifested by receiving the ordinance of baptism!

This makes perfect sense to me now that I have become a Biblical Christian who believes that we are saved by grace through faith. The true scriptural meaning of works in this context is simply referring to the physical act of entering into covenant with God as a manifestation of our belief and faith in his ability to save us

6 And further, I want you to remember that John the Revelator was contemplating this very subject in relation to the dead, when he declared, as you will find recorded in Revelation 20:12—And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

7 You will discover in this quotation that the books were opened; and another book was opened, which was the book of life; but the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works; consequently, the books spoken of must be the books which contained the record of their works, and refer to the records which are kept on the earth. And the book which was the book of life is the record which is kept in heaven; the principle agreeing precisely with the doctrine which is commanded you in the revelation contained in the letter which I wrote to you previous to my leaving my place—that in all your recordings it may be recorded in heaven.

This is really quite a profound observation by Joseph Smith. Modern Mormonism often teaches the gospel of works instead of the gospel of grace because the definition of the scriptural term “works” is often misunderstood.

Sometimes the word “works” refers to ones efforts to do good things and try really hard to keep the commandments and live a good life. In other uses, it simply means to obey the ordinances as an act of confirming belief in Christ and is atonement.

When the scriptures state that he who believeth and is baptized shall be saved, the term baptized is referring to the WORKS that are required to be saved.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16

16 Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without stubbornness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe. Alma 32:16

33 And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved; and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God. 3 Nephi 11:33-34

23 And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned; Mormon 9:23

18 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. Ether 4:18

9 And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned. Doctrine and Covenants 68:94 Therefore, as I said unto mine apostles I say unto you again, that every soul who believeth on your words, and is baptized by water for the remission of sins, shall receive the Holy Ghost. Doctrine and Covenants 84:64

29 And he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not, and is not baptized, shall be damned. Doctrine and Covenants 112:29

Following the “works” of entering into the waters of baptism to confirm ones faith, the Holy Spirit is received and other good works follow, but they are the result not the cause of becoming a new creature in Christ.

It is remarkable how different a person interprets passages in the Book of Mormon once one becomes a Biblical Christian who simply believes the Book of Mormon but views it through the lens of Biblical Christianity.

For instance, as a mainstream Mormon, I once interpreted the following passage of scripture to mean that if we work as hard as we possibly can to keep all of the commandments and live the gospel, God’s grace will pick up the slack.

23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.

I now realize that what is actually being conveyed in the above passage is the fact that no matter how much we do, it is 100% by the Grace of God that we are saved.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8-9

The Restoration of Priesthood Keys Requires
Certification and Record Keeping to be Valid

Continuing on, the above protocol and necessity of CERTIFICATION AND RECORD KEEPING probably seems obvious and unremarkable to those that grow up in the church and who are familiar with the recording of priesthood ordinances but I want to point something out to you that you may have never really pondered.

Let me begin by asking you this question.

If the administering of priesthood ordinances must be recorded and certified by witnesses, in order to be acceptable to heaven, wouldn’t it make sense that the restoration of the priesthood keys for doing those ordinances must also be certified and recorded by the mouth of two or three witnesses?

Of course it would.

The certification of the restoration of priesthood keys must be CERTIFED my two or three witnesses. The public record must provide a DATE and PLACE where the event took place along with any other pertinent HISTORY OF THE TRANSACTION.

Why am I pointing out the obvious?

Because this obvious fact never occurs to most people when it comes to evaluating the false claims of the modern church with regard to the myth they perpeturate about the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter James and John.

In past posts I have documented the fact that the true restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood did not take place in 1829 by the visitation of Peter James and John as taught in Mormon tradition. Rather, it was restored by the voice of God out of heaven in June of 1831 at the Morley Farm.

Four of the most powerful testimonies of this fact are given by Joseph Smith, Lyman Wight, John Corrill and Parley P. Pratt

Here is the testimony of Joseph Smith-

“…the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood was manifested and conferred for the first time upon several of the Elders. It was clearly evident that the Lord gave us power in proportion to the work to be done, and strength according to the race set before us, and grace and help as our needs required.” History of The Church, 1:175-177

Here is the Testimony of Lyman Wight

On the 4th of June 1831, a conference was held at Kirtland, <Ohio> represented by all the above [named] branches; Joseph Smith our modern Prophet presided; and here I again saw the visible manifestations of the power of God as plain as could have been on the day of [Pentecost] and here for the first time I saw the Melchizedec priesthood introduced into the church of Jesus Christ as anciently;

whereunto I was ordained under the hands of Joseph Smith, and I then [ordained] Joseph and Sidney and sixteen others such as he chose unto the same priesthood. The spirit of God was made manifest to the heeling of the sick, cast<ing> out devils, speaking in unknown tongues, discerning of spirits, and prophesying [6] with mighty power, After the two days the conference broke up receiving the revelation which appointed 28 elders their Mission to Missouri

Here is the Testimony of John Corrill

… there was a revelation received, requiring the prophet to call the elders together, that they might receive an endowment. This was done, and the meeting took place some time in June.

About fifty elders met, which was about all the elders that then belonged to the church. The meeting was conducted by Smith. Some curious things took place. The same visionary and marvellous spirits spoken of before, got hold of some of the elders; it threw one from his seat to the floor; it bound another, so that for some time he could not use his limbs nor speak; and some other curious effects were experienced, but, by a mighty exertion, in the name of the Lord, it was exposed and shown to be from an evil source.

The Melchizedek priesthood was then for the first time introduced, and conferred on several of the elders. In this chiefly consisted the endowment—it being a new order—and bestowed authority. However, some doubting took place among the elders, and considerable conversation was held on the subject. The elders not fairly understanding the nature of the endowments, it took some time to reconcile all their feelings.

Here is the testimony of Parley P. Pratt

“On the sixth of June, 1831, a general conference was convened at Kirtland, consisting of all the Elders, far and near, who could be got together. In this conference much instruction was given by President Smith, who spake in great power, as he was moved by the Holy Ghost; and the spirit of power and of testimony rested down upon the Elders in a marvelous manner. Here also were some strange manifestations of false spirits, which were immediately rebuked

Several were then selected by revelation, through President Smith, and ordained to the High Priesthood after the order of the Son of God; which is after the order of Melchizedek.

This was the first occasion in which this priesthood had been revealed and conferred upon the Elders in this dispensation..”

In the past I have always documented this claim by simply documenting what took place at the special conference at the Morley Farm and providing the testimony of Joseph Smith, Lyman Wight and others. I have provided canonized scriptures and credible historical records to show that a CERTIFIED RECORD was made of the bestowal of the Melchizedek priesthood in June of 1831 at the Morley Farm.

However, in this post I want to demonstrate that the Melchizedek priesthood could not possibly have been restored through Peter James and John by virtue of the fact that there is no CERTIFIED RECORD of it containing a DATE, PLACE and pertinent details containing the HISTORY OF THE TRANSACTION.

Think about it.

We know for a fact that the Aaronic priesthood was restored because all of the elements pertaining to CERTIFICATION AND RECORDING OF THE HISTORICAL EVENTS INCLUDING TIME AND PLACE are contained in Joseph Smith’s personal history and canonized in section 13

Section 13

An extract from Joseph Smith’s history recounting the ordination of the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery to the Aaronic Priesthood near Harmony, Pennsylvania, May 15, 1829. The ordination was done by the hands of an angel who announced himself as John, the same that is called John the Baptist in the New Testament.

1 Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness.

There you have a text book example of a proper certification and recording from the mouth or two or three witnesses, complete with date, place, and pertinent history pertaining to the transaction.

There is no confusion or guess work involved when it comes to the public record of that event as certified by two witnesses.

Have you ever wondered why there is not a similar RECORD and CERTIFICATION of the supposed restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter James and John?

It is because there was no such event!

Over the years Church scholars and apologists have tried to piece together different and conflicting comments that have been attributed to Oliver Cowdery and various people in trying to reconstruct when and where this elusive priesthood restoration took place.

In an article on the church website, the author makes the following remark

By examining scriptures and records of the time, however, we can put some pieces of the historical puzzle together to give us what may be a closer approximation of its elusive time sequence and background.

What?

Four generations after the fact you are still trying to put the “historical puzzle” together about the “elusive time sequence and background” of when Peter James and John restored the Melchizedek Priesthood?

That does not sound to me like a certified record with a date, place and pertinent historical events was recorded and certified of this most important event.

Yes indeed, the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter James and John is quite a historical puzzle with quite an elusive time sequence and historical background indeed.

As duly noted by critics of the church on the Mormonthink website;

Nobody in or out of the church knows the exact date of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood, and Oliver Cowdery was inconsistent in describing which heavenly being(s) had come to confer that authority.

The following observations are found on another website that is justifiably critical of the claims being made by the LDS church regarding the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter James and John:

The account of the Melchizedek restoration is entirely missing. B.H. Roberts writes that “there is no definite account of the event in the history of the Prophet Joseph, or, for matter of that, in any of our annals…” (History of the Church, 1:40fn).

Palmer confirms that “no contemporary narrative exists…. the date, location, ordination prayer, and any other circumstances surrounding this experience are unknown” (An Insider’s View, 229).

Even Joseph Smith’s own family did not know about the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood. Quinn writes, “Smith’s own mother made no reference to angelic restoration of authority in an 1831 letter she wrote to her brother about the new church” (Origins of Power, p.19).

Joseph Smith III, the son of the founder of Mormonism, admitted that “there is no historical evidence of such an event. Nor is there any evidence that Peter, James, and John were present…. It is not safe then to write historically that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were ever ordained literally…” (Reorganized History of the Church 1:64-65).

One of the things that is revealed towards the end of section 128 is that if a priesthood ordinance (or bestowal) is not properly RECORDED AND CERTIFIED, it basically does not exist, as far as the corresponding records in heaven are concerned.

Interestingly Joseph Smith provides a bullet point listing of major revelatory events that have taken place in section 128 and in that listing, he notes the appearance of Peter James and John. And yet, his record of that event says nothing about the restoration of Melchizedek Priesthood. Rather, it only has Peter James and John declaring that they hold the keys of the dispensation of the fullness of times!

20 And again, what do we hear? Glad tidings from Cumorah! Moroni, an angel from heaven, declaring the fulfilment of the prophets—the book to be revealed. A voice of the Lord in the wilderness of Fayette, Seneca county, declaring the three witnesses to bear record of the book! The voice of Michael on the banks of the Susquehanna, detecting the devil when he appeared as an angel of light! The voice of Peter, James, and John in the wilderness between Harmony, Susquehanna county, and Colesville, Broome county, on the Susquehanna river, declaring themselves as possessing the keys of the kingdom, and of the dispensation of the fulness of times!

21 And again, the voice of God in the chamber of old Father Whitmer, in Fayette, Seneca county, and at sundry times, and in divers places through all the travels and tribulations of this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! And the voice of Michael, the archangel; the voice of Gabriel, and of Raphael, and of divers angels, from Michael or Adam down to the present time, all declaring their dispensation, their rights, their keys, their honors, their majesty and glory, and the power of their priesthood; giving line upon line, precept upon precept; here a little, and there a little; giving us consolation by holding forth that which is to come, confirming our hope!

How odd that Joseph would take that opportunity to declare the historic appearance of Peter James and John, and yet he only recalls them declaring that they hold the keys of the Kingdom and the dispensation of the fullness of times. 

Why?

Because the Melchizedek Priesthood was not restored to the earth by Peter James and John.

One of the fascinating events in church history is the vision that took place in the holy of holies in the Kirtland Temple. In that vision, Christ, Moses, Elias and Elijah restored priesthood keys of the gathering of Israel. Clearly, Joseph and Oliver were commanded by God to not share this event with the saints at the time that it happened. Instead they secretly sealed up the account of the event in a church historical dairy.

The Prophet Daniel foretold about his event

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Even though Joseph and Oliver were commanded to “seal up the vision” and the “prophecy” contained in that visitation, it appears as if the Lord wanted future generations to know about the event so that when it was discovered, a properly CERTIFIED RECORD would be available for future generations to read. It would also be recorded in the heavenly books.

According to section 128, the proper certification and recording of the ordinances of salvation (including bestowal of priesthood keys) is necessary in order to BIND or SEAL the RECORD into the heavenly RECORD by which people are to be judged.

8 Now, the nature of this ordinance consists in the power of the priesthood, by the revelation of Jesus Christ, wherein it is granted that whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Or, in other words, taking a different view of the translation, whatsoever you record on earth shall be recorded in heaven, and whatsoever you do not record on earth shall not be recorded in heaven…

9 It may seem to some to be a very bold doctrine that we talk of—a power which records or binds on earth and binds in heaven. Nevertheless, in all ages of the world, whenever the Lord has given a dispensation of the priesthood to any man by actual revelation, or any set of men, this power has always been given. Hence, whatsoever those men did in authority, in the name of the Lord, and did it truly and faithfully, and kept a proper and faithful record of the same, it became a law on earth and in heaven, and could not be annulled, according to the decrees of the great Jehovah. This is a faithful saying. Who can hear it?

Unbe-frekin-lievable

It is astounding how much power there is in the written certification of records when done by God’s authorized servants within the mandated protocol that was ordained before the world was created.

Since this post has already gone to long, we shall continue parsing section 128 in conjunction with section 124 at a later time when I shall undertake to show that the ordinance of baptisms for the dead is possibly not just for those in spirit prison that died without a knowledge of the gospel. I am going to suggest the possibility that it may be the actual ordinance that brings about the  RESURRECTION of each dead person.

Keep Watching


Urgent–From Price Publishing Regarding Evidence that Mauricio Bergers “Golden Plates” Were Fabricated

March 26, 2018

I recently got the following notice about the connection between the Mark Hofmann Anthon forgery and the Gold Plates of Mauricio Berger

 

Urgent–From Price Publishing

 

INDISPUTABLE

Evidence That Mauricio Berger’s “Golden Plates” Were Fabricated Using Convicted Murderer/Counterfeiter Mark Hofmann’s 1980 “Anthon Transcript” Forgery

&

That His “Sword of Laban” Is Fake

Because His Pictures Show Three Completely Different Objects—

None of Which Match Nephi’s Description

Copyright 2018

 

Available over the counter

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Here is the Information You Have Been Waiting for! (Essential Oldies but Goodies Part Seven: Documenting God’s Relationship with His People in the Latter days.)

March 23, 2018

Ok, now for the post you have all been waiting for!

Well, maybe not so much.

I realize that there are many readers waiting with baited breath to see the second part of the post I did regarding the connection between Mauricio Berger and Mark Hofmann, however, I have decided to suspend that for the time being.

Why?

Because I did not realize at the time that I got that information that the researchers working on it were getting ready to publish their findings and it did not seem appropriate of me to steal their thunder or to provide only part of the research they had done.

I suspect they will be publishing their complete research very shortly. When it is available I will probably provide a link to it for my readers.

I have decided to wait until they publish their findings before I share any further observations on the topic.

So, instead of sharing that information at this time, I am going to continue my series on some of the most popular posts I have done in the past.

This seems appropriate to me because there are some new subscribers to this blog that are probably overwhelmed by the more that 500 blog posts I have written and they are not quite sure how to prioritize the reading material.

The main page of this blog provides a suggested chronology of what to read, however, for those that want to cheat a little and get to some of the really fascinating stuff, the eight posts being spotlighted today might be of interest.

I need to stress that none of the information in this blog should be read until you understand what the doctrine of Christ is and what the fullness of the Gospel is.

Also, you should not be reading this blog until you have first read, re-read, and memorized the four standard works. That would be the Inspired Version of the Bible, Book of Mormon, Book of Commandments and Doctrine and Covenants, (Including the Lectures on Faith).

After you have committed those four cannons of scripture to memory, there are some great speculations on this blog that might enhance your gospel study experience.

If you have not committed those four canons of scripture to memory, what the h#*l are you doing reading the words of a heretic on this blog? Go back to your room and continue studying God holy and infallible word!

Here is the eighth Oldie but Goodie from the past-

Documenting God’s Relationship with His People in the Latter days.

At the end of my last post I provided a very brief, bullet point summation of significant events and revelatory declarations that documented the relationship that God had with his saints in the latter days.

It was not meant to be exhaustive, however it has since occurred to me that there are a few other significant items that should be included which I have now done.

From time to time I may add to this list as I remember old discoveries or find new ones that merit inclusion to the list. (If you have some suggestions please submit them)

By the way, I am still waiting to hear from any LDS scholars and apologists to show me problems with the following documentation or my interpretation thereof.

Please don’t be shy.

Listing of Significant Historical Miles Stones

  • March of 1829 (section 5) The Church is beginning to come forth out of wilderness
  • March of 1829 (section 5- Original Revelation published in Book of Commandments but deleted when  1835 D&C is published) Lord warns that He will deliver this generation over to Satan if they harden their hearts. (Although the following documentation will show that he made good on this conditional prophecy, this should not be seen as something that is hopeless, rather, God did it as a temporary chastisement that will end with a merciful deliverance for those that repent and return unto God. God delivered his people over to the enemy anciently as well but did not ultimately forsake them- Lev 26:25  2Kings 21:14 Nehemiah 9:27)
  • April 6 1830 (Sections 20 & 21)The restored Church is formally organized by revelation as the “Church of Christ”
  • October 1830 (Section 33) Church has been establish and called forth out of wilderness
  • January 2, 1831.   (Section 38) Saints commanded to go to Ohio to get the Law and Endowed with Power (Even though church and gospel was restored, they did not yet have the whole law or full power of the gospel)
  • February of 1831 (Section 42) The Law of the Gospel is Given
  • June 1831 Fulness of the Melchizedek Priesthood and Gospel Restored at Morley Farm (The priesthood restored by Peter James and John had never been referred to as Melchizedek Priesthood during the previous two years. Joseph would later reveal that the two lower priesthoods only had power to administer the law of the gospel but not in spirit. )
  • February 1831 (Section 43) The Law of Succession and Succession Prophecy are given. The church is not to receive the teachings of anyone as revelations and commandments who has not been appointed by God through Joseph. Nobody will be appointed by God through Joseph Smith before Joseph is taken unless Joseph transgresses. (Section 90 will later confirm that another will be called by the Lord through Joseph prior to Joseph being taken “Through you shall the oracles be given to another” and finally, in Section 124 Hyrum is called by the Lord through Joseph, before Joseph is taken. Prior to the martyrdom, Joseph announces he will not prophecy for the church anymore, Hyrum is the sole prophet seer and revelator of the church before the martyrdom)
  • August 1831 (Section 63 “I, the Lord, am angry with the wicked; I am holding my Spirit from the inhabitants of the earth…...and the saints also shall hardly escape; nevertheless, I, the Lord, am with them, and will come down in heaven from the presence of my Father and consume the wicked with unquenchable fire.And behold, this is not yet, but by and by. (Definition of Hardly: “Scarcely; barely; almost not.”
  • September 11, 1831 (Section 64) The Lord declares that September 11 1836 is the drop dead date for the redemption of Zion in that generation.
  • October 25 1831– (Section 66) Declaration that the Fulness of the Gospel had been received by William McClellin who had been ordained a High Priest (indicating that the fulness of the Gospel was synonymous with the fulness of the Priesthood. )
  • November 1 1831 (Section One) Christ declares that the Church (which had now received the fulness of Melchizedek Priesthood) is the “True and Living Church” and that it will come forth again out of obscurity and darkness (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints did not exist at the time this pronouncement was made)
  • 1832 ( Joseph Smith Letterbook 1, pp. 1-6. Published in: Dean Jessee, Personal Writings of Joseph Smith) Joseph Smith writes in his history and reveals the first  two priesthoods received by angels, for the administration of the law of the Gospel“. He then defines the third priesthood (received at the Morley Farm as the “High Priesthood after the holy order of the Son of the Living God… to preach the gospel in the administration and demonstration of the spirit“)
  • April 26th 1832 (section 82) “And the anger of God kindleth against the inhabitants of the earth; and none doeth good, for all have gone out of the way“. (D&C 82:6 see also  35:1 & Moroni 10:12) Following that announcement, the leading high Priests are bound by covenant to administer the storehouse and law of consecration   (This is the official start of a two year effort to live consecration that ultimately failed- see section 104 April 23th 1834)
  • September 22-23  1832 (Section 84) the Church is declared to be under condemnation for taking the BofM and revelations lightly.
  • January 4, 1833 Letter to N. C. Saxton The Lord declared to His servants, some eighteen months since, that He was then withdrawing His Spirit from the earth and we can see that such is the fact for not only the churches are dwindling away, but there are no conversions, or but very few” [D&C 63:32 was given 18 months prior to the above statement that was made] “The Gentiles… have broken the covenant in which their fathers were established
  • May 6 1833 (Section 93) “And now, verily I say unto Joseph Smith, Jun.—You have not kept the commandments, and must needs stand rebuked before the Lord
  • November 1833 1200 Saints in Jackson County were expelled by a mob
  • December 1833 (Section 101) “were the churches, who call themselves after my name, willing to hearken to my voice.“ (No longer is the Lord calling them after his name, rather, they call themselves by His name)
  • February 17 1834 (Section 102) “president of the High Council” (of High Priests and President of the Church )  must be appointed by revelation and sustained by the Church. (This requirement is changed in section 107 after the fulness of the gospel is rejected and the name of Christ is taken out of the Church. See March of 1835 below)
  • February 24 1834 (Section 103) Conditional promise given, if Saintshearken to obey all the words which I the Lord their God shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world are subdued…But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of  the world shall prevail against them.”
  • April 23rd 1834 (Section 104) The Lord announces that “the covenants [had been] broken through transgression. (This brings the two year attempt to live consecration to an end by the breaking of the covenant See section 82 April 26th 1832 and Isaiah 24)
  • May 3, 1834 (HC 2:62-63) Conference of the Church held ten days after breaking law of consecration and officially removes the name of Christ from the name of the Church and changes name to “Church of the Latter day Saints”
  • June 22,1834 (Section 105) Revelation given to Zion’s Camp. The expidition to redeem Zion is called off. Because of Transgression-Zion and her laws must wait for a little season
  • June 24 (Uncanonized Revelation calling 15 High Priests to gather up the strength of Zion (to be fulfilled at a future time). Algernon Sidney Gilbert rejected his calling and was struck dead from what is believed to have been cholera. 14 others died as well. 
  • August of 1834 Joseph Smith writes letter to Leaders in Zion identifying Sept 11th 1836 as the date by which Zion needed to be established if obedient. (His observation obviously taken from declaration of the Lord in section 64 given on Sept 11 1831)
  • November 29 1834 HC  Joseph and Oliver enter into Covenant of Tithing” “for the continuance of blessings“. This covenant probably made possible the continuance of spiritual gospel blessings under grace despite breaking of the covenant of consecration by collective church, until the Lord came in secret to his temple after which the saints had the keys of the Gospel of Abraham and the law of mercy see Section 110 April 3 1836)
  • December 5th 1834 (UnPub Rev  Pg 73) An un-canonized revelation provided including Condemnation upon leaders and members of the Church. There must be a reformation in ALL THINGS.
  • March of 1835 (section 107) President of the High Priests and of the Church is to be chosen by the body of High Priests. This is a change from section 102 made after the name change of the church instead of by revelation. It appears as if the nature and calling of High Priest has transitioned to a downgraded position as a result of the breaking of the covenant and name change of the church, similar to some of the patriarchal High Priests of the Old Testament (compare with February 17 1834 section 102, prior to name change of the church)
  • November 3 1835 (Pg 79 Unpub Rev) Condemnation of 12 Apostles: Joseph receives revelation stating that the 12 apostles are under condemnation: ” Behold they are under condemnation, because they have not been sufficiently humble in my sight…but verily I say unto you, they must all humble themselves before me, before they will be accounted worthy to receive an endowment, to go forth in my name unto all nations”  Shortly after this Joseph meets with the 12 apostles and tells them their minds are dark and they need to prepare their hearts:” the endowment you are so anxious about you cannot comprehend now, nor could Gabriel explain it to the understanding of your dark minds, but strive to be prepared in your hearts”
  • March 27 1836 Dedication of the Kirtland Temple is an Epic Fail. The saints had been promised that all of the pure in heart would see God. According to Kirtland historian Karl Anderson, there is no credible evidence that anyone saw God. (Section 109)  Dedicatory Prayer: Prophecy-prayer contains a prophecy that the Church will come forth out of wilderness at a future time. Last few verses petition the Lord to reinstate the name of Christ back into the name of the Church. On the Kirtland Temple it say “The church of the Latter day Saints”.
  • April 3 1836 The Lord secretly comes to his temple with a curse to judgment and restores keys to the dispensation of Gospel of Abraham instead of the dispensation of the fulness of times (See Oliver’s Secret)
  • September 11 1836. NOTHING OF SIGNIFICANCE HAPPENED ON THAT DAY, which in fact is significant because Joseph had revealed in a letter written in August of 1834 that September 11th 1836 was the appointed time for the redemption of Zion (“Use every effort to prevail on the churches to gather to those regions and situate themselves to be in readiness to move into Jackson Co. in two years from the Eleventh of September next which is the appointed time for the redemption of Zion.”) In other words, it had been revealed to the the Prophet that if the saints repented and were valiant, September 11, 1836, would be the appointed time. The promise was conditional. He warned that …. (Ifverily I say unto youif the Church with one united effort perform their duties… the work shall be complete.and if we do not exert ourselves to the utmost in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house that this thing may be accomplished, behold there remaineth a scourge for the Church, even that they shall be driven from city to city, and but few shall remain to receive an inheritanceif those things are not kept, there remaineth a scourge also; therefore, be wise this once, O ye children of Zion! and give heed to my counsel, saith the Lord”
  • June 4th 1837 (HC 2:489) “God revealed to me that something new must be done for the salvation of His Church”   “The Spirit of the Lord has whispered to me, ‘let my servant Heber go to England and proclaim my gospel and open the door of salvation to that nation. (This is consistent with the Prophecy of Christ in the Book of Mormon that the gospel would be taken to the House of Israel after Gentiles reject the fulness. See 3 Nephi 16:10-13)
  • July 23 1837 (Section 112)The Lord declares that  “Darkness covers the whole earth and gross darkness the minds of the people, and ALL FLESH HAS BECOME CORRUPT BEFORE MY FACE
  • November 1837 Defiling of the Kirtland Temple: Failure of the Kirtland Safety Society resulting in a mass apostasy of many members and leaders of the Church. Related to this event, a fight broke out in the temple with leading members of the church threatening to kill each other. If the temple had not been defiled before this event, it surely was defiled at the time the fight broke out. (documented by Eliza Snow and Lucy Smith)
  • March 1838 (Section 113) Joseph explains that Isaiah 11 prophesies that at a future time when he will bring again Zion, those who had been called in the last days would “put on the authority of the priesthood, which she, Zion has a right to by lineage; also to return to that power which she had lost” “These scattered remnants are exhorted to return to the Lord from whence they have fallen… if they do… he will speak to them [again] , or give them revelation.”
  • April 26 1838 (Section 115) This is a prophecy of what will happen when the events described in Isaiah 60 take place. At that time God’s scattered people will be called the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints” which differentiates them from the “Church in Zion” which is composed of the righteous saints who have obeyed the law of gathering. See also Matt. 12:30 (the passage does not not necessarily refer to the re-institution of the name of Christ into the name of the church at the time the revelation was given, see the footnote for verse six)
  • July 8 1838 (Section 117) Oliver Granger is to pray for the REDEMPTION OF THE FIRST PRESIDENCY ( Definition of Redemption: the ransom or deliverance of sinners from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God’s violated law by the atonement of Christ- probably making reference to the sins upon apostate Israel upon the leaders of the church per the atonement statute.)

Although the above summary is not conclusive, it provides the major details of how the latter day apostasy had taken place prior to, and resulting in, the act of taking the name of Christ out of the Church in 1834.

Following that, revelation from God began to dry up however God continued to labor with the saints.

Eventually God informs the saints that darkness covered the earth and all flesh had become corrupt, even those who had been previously been sanctified. (Atonement Statute)

Finally, after relocating to Nauvoo, Joseph Smith made the following observation:

“We have been chastened by the hand of God heretofore for not obeying His commands… we have treated lightly His commands, AND DEPARTED FROM HIS ORDINANCES, and the Lord has chastened us sore, and we have felt His arm and kissed the rod…“ (History of the Church, 5:65; from “The Government of God,” an editorial published in Times and Seasons, July 15, 1842, p. 857; Joseph Smith was the editor of the periodical.)

The last major revelation detailing the apostate condition of the saints and warning them that they were on probation, subject to their repentance and reform is now known as section 124.

The Lord gives the following five ominous warnings in section 124

1- The Fulness of the Priesthood (Gospel) had been lost and the temple must be built so that it could be restored again (124:28,34,55 section 113 explains that it will be restored to the earth at a later time)

2- If Saints were not obedient they would be moved out of Nauvoo (124:45-46)

3- They were practicing abominations before the Lord that place curses upon their heads (124:48)

4- Anything more or less than what is contained in The Book of Mormon and the 1835 D&C cometh of Evil (124:119-120)

5- If the Temple was not finished in the sufficient time, the Church would be rejected with their dead (124:31-32)

This may all seem rather bleak but let me assure you it isn’t. The good news is that there are countless references in scripture to the fact that in the end times the Father will work a Marvelous Work and gather out the elect of God to Zion and he will redeem his people.

Praise God Almighty!

 

Previous Oldies but Goodies

Essential Oldiers but Goodies Part Six: The Law of Adoption and the Sealing Principles

Discovering the Doctored Covenants and then the Interpretive Revisions and then the changing of the Ordinance    Part Five

See Also COMMANDMENTS-DOCTRINE-COVENANTS Part One
COMMANDMENTS-DOCTRINE-COVENANTS Part Two

Seven Seals and a Paradisaical Millennium” Part Four

A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement Part Three

Be Ye Therefore Perfect.. right now Part Two

The Succession Crisis Part One

 

 

 

 

 


Making the Connection Between Mark Hofmann and Mauricio Berger

March 18, 2018

Mrs. Watcher and I just got back from a week long vacation.

During our travels we visited Catalina Island and Ensenada Mexico.

We had a glorious time.

Just before I left for the trip I was informed that the six witnesses had returned from Brazil and were unified in their belief of Mauricio’s claims about the Angel Moroni and the Gold Plates.

While on vacation I got a few interesting emails from readers on various topics. Some had to do with the Mauricio Berger drama-controversy. On the way back home I listened to the most recent Q&A featuring Bob Moore and Kelvin Henson.

A Really Bizarre Energy and Methodology to this Movement 

I must say, it strikes me as being odd that they did not have all six witnesses speak at this meeting all fired up and co-testifying. In fact, the vast majority of them did not even show up to the meeting… how weird!

I realize that some may have lived an hour or two away from the place this meeting was held, but my goodness, they are claiming that the sealed portion is being translated! As the chosen witnesses, one would think that they would want to be involved in the first public meeting since they had returned from Brazil.

Everything about this entire movement from the very beginning up until now just seems low-energy and very bizarre to me. I still remember how Elder Joseph F. Smith went off on a tangent about how good the food was in Brazil during his testimony about his trip to Brazil to meet Mauricio and hold the Gold Plates.

What the heck?

I was thinking to my self,

‘you are announcing to the world that the most important prophetic global event prophesied of in scripture has begun and one of the highlights of your visit to Brazil was the food?!?!’

Finally the six witnesses have been chosen and have returned from Brazil and yet only two of them are passionate and supportive enough to show up to the first public Q&A?

Something fishy is going on.

Anyway, I just get a strange feeling about the methodology of how this movement is rolling out and the strange, lethargic spirit of the people involved in this event and how they are representing what they consider to be the great last work.

Signs and Wonders

While giving his testimony, Kelvin told a story about a dream that Mauricio had had of him, which miraculously revealed that Kelvin enjoyed listening to rock and roll and had long hair as a teenager. In the dream Kelvin was hitchhiking and was picked up by Mauricio.

According to Mauricio, neither of them seemed to know where they were going. (frankly, that was the most inspired and revealing part of the dream that Mauricio had as far as I am concerned. )

I personally found Mauricio’s dream about Kelvin to be quite unremarkable.

Why?

Because the work of the adversary usually has these kinds of spiritual phenomena associated with it. In fact I recently made the comment to someone that miracles can be expected from this latest scam if it is being inspired by Satan.

French missionary apostasy of 1958

Case in point: Many decades ago a very close relative of mine was called to be the mission president of a mission in France.

When he arrived, a testimony meeting was held with the existing office staff including an elder who had been an assistant to the former Mission President.

During the testimony meeting that missionary stood up and bore a powerful testimony of the Savior and then proceeded to share a dream he had had in which he had previously seen the new Mission President and his wife and their home and various activities taking place in their lives just prior to his new mission call as the Mission President.

In his testimony he described in vivid detail what the home looked like and specific details about the new Mission President’s family that nobody could have known.

The dream and the magnetic personality of the Assistant to the President absolutely astonished and overwhelmed the new Mission President. He was impressed beyond words with this young spiritual giant. Naturally the new Mission President was only too glad to retain this remarkable visionary leader as one of his own Assistants. What the new Mission President did not know is that the AP had been secretly recruiting other missionaries into a secret inner circle of initiates.

To make a very long story short, this very charismatic Elder was secretly attempting to lead many of the other missionaries into a secret higher spiritual path which included the practice of spiritual wifery. Eventually, nearly one third of the mission accepted the heretical teachings of this person. Ultimately, quite a few Elders and Sisters refused to repent and ended up being excommunicated and sent home dishonorably from their missions.

Needless to say, my relative who was a humble, good hearted person who simply wanted to serve the Lord as a mission president was humiliated and heart broken. He had been deceived primarily because he initially accepted the “signs and wonders” of spiritual phenomena as the basis of his witness from the Lord for putting his trust in a certain person.

Although we know that there are valid signs and wonders that accompany the true Christian faith, Satan also provides lying signs and wonders to deceive people:

22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. (Mark 13:22)

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

9 Yea, the Lord, even Jesus, whose coming is not until after there cometh a falling away, by the working of Satan with all power, and signs and lying wonders,

10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2nd Thess 2:8-10)

One of the profound lessons we learn from the LDS apostasy into the dark practice of polygamy, is that the practice was introduced after the saints had rejected the fulness, and it was based on the evidence of “signs and wonders” instead of the authority of the word of God.

When people were approached to live this ancient practice that were skeptical, instead of providing scriptural evidence to validate the practice, they were simply promised signs and wonders… such as an appearance of an angel, or the delivery of a sermon with a cryptic narrative relating to polygamy, etc.

Frankly I am unimpressed with spiritual signs and wonders if they are not accompanied with sound doctrine from the holy word of God.

What does God’s holy word have to say about how the Marvelous Work and a Wonder will take place? That is my primary focus in discerning the claims of Mauricio Berger and I have already documented many of them.

I was Contacted by One of the Six Witnesses

Shortly before I went on vacation I was contacted by a person who informed me that they had read some of my posts on Mauricio Berger and his claims. They told me they believed the claims of Mauricio but they still wanted to know what the returned missionary had disclosed to me. Unfortunately I could not divulge that information to him. Even though I had never communicated with this person, his name seemed familiar to me. Finally I remembered where I had heard it.

One of my sources in Missouri had provided me with a list of the names of the six witnesses and his name was on that list.

I informed this person that I was aware that he was one of the six who had been chosen to be witnesses.

I am impressed that the person had the gumption to engage me and ask me for additional information, even though he was a believer in the claims of Mauricio.

We had a good exchange and he informed me that he remained unconvinced that the claims were false, but wanted to be informed about the issues as much as possible.

At the conclusion of our communications he said

“Are you offended if the work in Brazil turns out to be legit and all the experts are wrong?”

This was my reply-

“I will not be offended at any way that God decides to begin the Marvelous Work. He is the one in charge, not me.

That said, I have been studying this topic for three decades and if the Brazil narrative was true, it would negate all of the [unconditional prophesies and promises] God has promised about the Marvelous Work, so I don’t think I will loose any sleep wondering if Mauricio is telling the truth.”

So Far the Mauricio Movement Has Been a Real Yawner

I wasn’t really intending to blog about the Mauricio Berger scam again because it is such an obvious fraud and it has not been getting any serious traction. I also don’t want to give it any more publicity. Nevertheless, I have now decided to blog about it some more for two reasons.

One is that according to my wordpress analytics, there has been a significant jump in interest in the topic now that the witnesses have returned from Brazil and are claiming to be unified in their witness.

Secondly, one of my readers from the RLDS tradition has sent me some game-changing information linking the Gold Plates of Mauricio Berger to the forgeries of the notorious counterfeiter, Mark Hofmann. In my opinion, this new information provides conclusive empirical evidence that the plates represent a blatant forgery.

As amazing as this empirical evidence is that I am going to share with my readers, I want to emphasize that the most important evidence is found in the unconditional prophecies about the Marvelous Work which are contradicted by the claims of Mauricio.

A Brief Summary of the Mark Hofmann Debacle

To set the stage for the remarkable observation that was shared with me, I need to briefly review the story of Mark Hofmann for those not familiar with him.

Mark Hofmann was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 7 1954. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, he became interested in LDS Church history and purchased his first historical item: a five dollar Kirtland Safety Society Note signed by Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon.

In November of 1976 he was called to serve and LDS mission in the England Southwest Mission.

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In June of 1978 he gave a photocopy of an account of a second anointing ceremony in the LDS temple to Sandra Tanner, a high profile anti-Mormon author and bookstore owner.

In April of 1979 he wrote a college essay in the form of a letter to his mother in which he is very critical of the historical policies of the LDS church.

(He would later admit during his trial that he had lost his testimony of the church when he was 14 years old.)

In April of 1980 Hofmann begins activating an elaborate plan to deceive the LDS church by claiming to have discovered the “Anthon Transcript” which had supposedly been stuck between the pages of a 1688 edition of the King James Version of the Bible.  He would be successful in selling the document to the LDS church by exchanging it for the following items valued at $20,000:

  • Five dollar Mormon gold coin minted in 1850.
  • A first edition of the Book of Mormon
  • Several examples of pioneer Mormon Currency

Below you will see what most people consider to be a credible depiction of the true Charles Anthon transcript which I have recently blogged about in conjunction with the claims of Blair Bryant. Following that, you will see the Hofmann Forgery of it.

In the forgery, Mark Hofmann creatively places random characters from the authentic document in a vertical pattern instead of horizontally. In a few places, he also deviates from the original characters and creates his own.

Hofmann eventually confessed to fabricating his document.

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The Hofmann Forgery of the Anthon Transcript

His forgery was good enough to fool the Prophets and Seers & scholars of the LDS church.

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Mark Hofmann fooling the modern Prophets and Seers of the LDS Church

The finding and selling of that forgery made Mark Hofmann somewhat of a celebrity in Mormon circles and propelled him onto a remarkable career as one of the most prolific counterfeiters and forgers of all time.

On January 8 1981 Mark Hofmann was arrested for stealing a bag of slicked almonds from a grocery store in Salt Lake Valley.

In February of 1981 Hofmann shows a fabricated copy of the Joseph Smith 3rd blessing to both the RLDS church and the LDS church. Once again Hofmann sells a fictitious historical document to the LDS church for $20,000 in trade.

The LDS church turns around and trades the document to the RLDS church for an 1833 Book of Commandments. Shortly thereafter, President Wallace B. Smith of the RLDS church announces that a team of experts has tested the Joseph Smith 3rd blessing and established it’s genuineness.

The White Salamander Letter

Between 1982 and the end of 1983 Hofmann buys, sells and secretly produces a myriad of historical items. Soon after that, Hofmann donates a letter from Thomas Bullock to Brigham Young to the LDS church. He finally conceived the idea of creating the infamous “Salamander letter”.

The letter presented a controversial view of Joseph Smith that contradicted the orthodox view of the LDS church. It spoke of Joseph Smith’s involvement in “magic” and also challenged the commonly accepted storyline about Joseph Smiths’ recovery of the Gold Plates.

The letter claimed that when Joseph Smith dug up the plates, a salamander appeared to Joseph Smith and transformed itself into a spirit that refused to allow Joseph Smith to obtain the plates unless his brother Alvin was with him. Since Joseph’s brother Alvin was dead, that was a difficult request. It is believed that Hofmann conjured up that narrative based on a related storyline in another church history document.

Hofmann’s salamander letter also drew upon legends that various animals had supernatural powers.

It created much discussion and debate inside and outside of the church. It was accepted as authentic by some experts and collectors but rejected by others.

It was a brilliant idea by Hofmann who realized that the church was willing to pay substantial amounts of money for controversial documents to shelve them, rather than have them floating around and being scrutinized by the religious community and by anti-Mormons who are always looking for ways to embarrass the church.

Even the LDS Church was reluctant to pay a high price for the document. Because of this, Hofmann suggested that perhaps there were wealthy church members willing to purchase the document and donate it to the church. This idea was embraced by the church and the document was purchased by Steven Christensen and Gary Sheets.

Hofmann had asked $50,000 for the document by finally settled for $40,000.

That year in a general conference of the Church, Bruce R. McConkie gave a warning to members who conduct or support historical research which is threatening to the faith of other members.

The Salamander Letter and related incidents began a string of events that resulted in many more fascinating dealings by Hofmann, including the claim that he had one of the “kinderhook plates”. The transactions he became involved in resulted in millions of dollars although he always seemed to have financial problems. During this same period of time, some people are beginning to question just how realistic it is for a very young person who was new to such a sophisticated industry to come in contact with so many historical documents.

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Mark Hofmann on Trial for Murder

In hindsight, it seems strange that alarm bells were not sounding much earlier. Hofmann was taking a big risk to be kicking out so many document sales and purchases in such a short period of time. However his own ego and need for finances motivated him to create one scheme after another after another. This flame was fanned by a wealthy church that wanted to purchase and then hide the more controversial and faith challenging historical documents that surface.

It appears to me as if, as time went on,  a closer scrutiny of the ridiculously large volume of historical documents that Hofmann had become involved in, in such a relatively short period of time began to cause some doubt in the minds of some individuals.

All of this dealing in fraudulent documents led to the Hofmann’s 1985 desperate attempt to avoid exposure by creating deadly pipe-bombs and murdering  Steven Christensen and Kathleen Sheets. He would be arrested in 1986. A much more complete timeline of events can be found here.

It is remarkable that Mark Hofmann became so proficient in fabricating so many historical documents that were not detected by the so-called experts of our day. To say that his forgeries made a huge impact on those studying the life of Joseph Smith Jr and the LDS restoration movement, would be an understatement.

As a master forger, Hofmann deceived a number of renowned document experts during his short career. Some of his forgeries were accepted by scholars for years, and an unknown number of them may still be in circulation.

In the words of one journalist,

“His forgeries live on and his forgeries keep claiming new victims.”

Another journalist prophetically opined –

“One hundred years from now people will still be coming up with things from Hofmann.”

Is it possible that another deception is currently taking place based in part on the forgeries of Mark Hofmann?

I think the answer is a resounding YES!

In part two of this post, I will show pictures of the gold plates that Mauricio claims to have received from the Angel Moroni and will show that some of the character arrangements engraved on them were unequivocally taken from the Mark Hofmann forgery and not from the original.

Again, this connection between Mark Hofmann and Mauricio Berger was brought to my attention by another person that I don’t even know. I am simply providing it to my readers because I believe it provides empirical evidence that Mauricio’s claims are false and the plates he is showing people are fabricated based on the forgery of Mark Hofmann.

Mauricio’s plates that he is showing to authenticate his claims, actually testify against his claims and expose the fraud that is being committed!

Obviously, we already know the claims are false because they do not conform to the prophecies pertaining to the final work of restoration. Nevertheless, the physical evidence that will be provided may be helpful to those who are not as familiar with prophecy as they would like to be.

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A New Series on Modern Revelation: Section 1 (Part A)

March 3, 2018

I have not lost interest on the current podcast on the word coming forth. I will resume that in the near future. However, I have decided to begin a new series on modern revelation.

The first segment of this series will focus on Section One of the Doctrine and Covenants.

The Doctrine and Covenants is a sealed book to most people.

In this presentation we are going to show that there are four general prophecies of future events embedded in Section One.

Section One foretold that the saints of the restoration were going to break the everlasting covenant sometime after November of 1831, when the revelation was given. ( during the last nine years I have documented exactly how and when that prophecy took place and how the fullness of the gospel was only on the earth for 3 1/2 years before the saints of the LDS restoration failed at the law of consecration and broke the everlasting covenant.

Section One  informs us that because of this broken covenant, a global calamity would take place.

It informs us that God had all of this in mind when he called Joseph Smith and his associates to the work.

The good news contained in Section One is that after the covenant is broken, it would finally be re-established at a later time under the direction of God’s appointed disciples.

If you are new to this blog, this podcast will point things out to you in this revelation that you have never seen before.

Enjoy.

 

BTW the video starts half way through… you need to scroll to the beginning

 

 

 

 


Translating The Anthon Transcript: “This is a testimony to the remnants of Judah that Jesus is the Son of God.”

February 26, 2018

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You are looking at a picture of what some people believe to be the original hand written characters (labeled “Caractors”) copied from the Anthon manuscript that Martin Harris took to Professor Charles Anthon 190 years ago.

The Characters on the fools scrap paper above are presumed to have been copied from an ancient account of the inhabitants of North America that was engraved on thin sheets of gold from which we get the Book of Mormon. It is claimed that the characters are a depiction of the account in “reformed Egyptian” which no scholars to date have been able to interpret, or even verify that such a language existed.

The above document has been in the church archives of the Community of Christ (RLDS) in Independence, Missouri for many years.

I have just learned about a remarkable person that claims to have developed a program that makes a transliteration of the above characters which can then be translated into English!

He does this by looking for patterns and using, among other things what he refers to as symbol substitution ciphers.

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I want to encourage you to read about this fascinating process of decoding the meaning of this ancient language because I believe it has far reaching implications. But first, I want to explain what caught my attention and why I am leaning towards taking the claims of this person seriously even though I have only invested a few minutes reading about it.

This is why this story has captured my imagination.

The Mystery of Who the Brighamite-Mormons really are

During the nine years I have been blogging about LDS doctrine, prophecy and history, I have provided countless references to the wealth of scriptural evidence indicating that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is largely composed of descendants of Judah, or at least, descendants from the ancient kingdom of Judah.

I realize that this goes against everything the LDS church teaches.

How could this be possible?

Isn’t it commonly believed and taught that the Latter day Saints who converted to Mormonism during the ministry of Joseph Smith were largely from the tribes of Joseph and Ephraim who had mingled among the gentiles and migrated to America?

Yes, that is a fundamental and foundational belief within the LDS restoration tradition with lots of evidence to back it up. And it was true, during the Kirtland years of Joseph Smith’s ministry.

We have previously documented that the fullness of the priesthood and gospel had been on the earth for exactly 3 1/2 years in fulfillment of ancient prophecy.

This 3 1/2 year period began June 5th of 1831 when the Melchizedek Priesthood and office of High Priest was restored to the earth at the special conference at the Morely Farm, until December 5th, 1834 when the saints collectively broke their covenant and both the leaders and members of the church were declared to be under condemnation:

“Verily,  condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch,  and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church: And there must needs be a  repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things..” (Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5-6 December 1834 )

However, after the leaders and members of the church were pronounced by God to be under condemnation, just a few years after the fullness was restored, a change in trajectory took place regarding the tribal demographics of the converts that began flowing into the church.

In 1837, dispite the great contention and apostasy that was manifesting itself among the saints of the restoration, Joseph Smith announced that something new must be done for the salvation of the Church by setting up foreign missions-

“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.” (History of the Church, 2:489)

In conjunction with this new directive, a revelation was received commissioning the quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other missionaries under their direction to promulgate the gospel “over 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… 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. (LDS D&C 118)

We learn from the testimony of Joseph Smith that the tribal identity of new converts  from this second great wave of missionary work and the converts coming from across the great waters represented those from the “outcasts of Israel” and the “dispersed of Judah“.

“If there is anything calculated to interest the mind of the Saints, to awaken in them the finest sensibilities, and arouse them to enterprise and exertion, surely it is the great and precious promises made by our heavenly Father to the children of Abraham; and those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord and have the choicest blessings of Heaven rest upon them in copious effusions.” (Joseph Smith Jr., Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 195. )

To my knowledge, very few if any LDS scholars and historians have taken that pronouncement literally and seriously. Joseph Smith was documenting the change in the tribal demographics of converts coming into the church.

Speaking of the tribal demographics that were being gathered during this second great missionary effort, Joseph Smith is using terminology taken directly from the 11th chapter of Isaiah.

10 ¶ And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

The above prophecy speaks of the day when the Gentiles begin to gather towards an “ensign of the people“. Following that, the narrative informs us that the Lord will then set his hand AGAIN the SECOND TIME TO RECOVER THE REMNANT OF HIS PEOPLE [the remnants of JUDAH]

That is a clear reference to the Jews (from the tribe of Judah) that begin to be recovered after the restored gospel had begun among the Gentiles.

God had set his hand to recover his people the Jews the first time, in the meridian of time but they had rejected the gospel covenant. However it had been prophesied by Isaiah that God would once again set his hand a second time to recover this ancient covenant people.

According to the prophetic commentary by Joseph Smith, the second great wave of missionary work that began to emerge in 1837, represented the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 11.

It represented the extending of God’s hand the second time to his covenant people the Jews who had also been dispersed among the nations.

The converts that would begin to flow into Nauvoo from over the great waters, represented those from the DISPERSED OF JUDAH as well as other remnants from the kingdom of Israel. God was once again setting his hand to recover his ancient covenant people.

The beginning God’s second invitation to his ancient covenant people was to precede the great end times storms and earthquakes that that will disrupt the natural terrain and result in the return of the lost tribes of Israel. Isaiah 11 informs us that God will destroy the tongue of the Egyptian Sea and shake his hand over the “river” and the “seven streams” feeding into the tongue of the Egyptian Sea so that converts may return to Mt Zion over dry ground.

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15 And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind he shall shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod.

As noted in previous blogs, a prophecy about this change in tribal demographics, with additional clarity, was prophesied by Christ in 3rd Nephi. He foretold that after the believing gentiles would reject the fullness of the gospel, he would then have it taken to the house of israel.

At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel…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.

Could it really be that Joseph Smith’s ministry transitioned from taking the message of the gospel to the remnants of Joseph and Ephraim among the Gentiles, to additional remnants of the House of Israel? Is it possible that tribal remnants from other tribes of the ancient kingdom of Israel and Kingdom of Judah began flooding into the church during the Nauvoo period?

I have previously pointed out that the Ashkenazi Jews are not descendants of the original Jews of the Old Testament and that their gathering to the Old World despite their collective refusal to believe in Christ does not conform to the prophecies in the Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon informs us that the true Jews will first begin to believe and then gather to the lands of their inheritance.

7 And it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also shall begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land (2nd Nephi 30:7)

As you can see, the true Jews of the latter days first begin to believe in Christ, then they gather in upon the face of the Land. This pattern is congruent with the converts flowing in from across the great waters into America. It is not congruent with the Ashkenazi Jews who continue to collectively reject Christ even after having been directed to the Old World Jerusalem through the assistance of the World Bankers and the U.N.

Numerous scriptures inform us that North America is the land of the Abrahamic land covenant of the end times and that ALL of the tribes of Israel will ultimately gather here.

Restoring the Jews to the Land of their Inheritance

And behold, they shall go unto the unbelieving of the Jews; and for this intent shall they go—that they may be persuaded that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that the Father may bring about, through his most Beloved, his great and eternal purpose, in restoring the Jews, or all the house of Israel, to the land of their inheritance, which the Lord their God hath given them, unto the fulfilling of his covenant; (Mormon 5)

A close, contextual reading of scripture from all of the standard works informs us that the latter day land of their inheritance is in North America, not the Old World Jerusalem.

After the Gentiles Receive the Fulness the Knowledge Goes to the Jews

Christ’s prophecy in 3rd Nephi about the House of Israel receiving the knowledge of the Gospel after the fullness was given to the Gentiles was actually paraphrasing the following declaration that had been given by father Lehi thousands of years earlier:

14 And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fulness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive tree, or the remnants of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer. 1 Nephi 10)

The historical facts of the LDS restoration movement match up perfectly with the prophecies in the Book of Mormon. The remnants of the authentic blood line of the tribe of Judah did in fact begin embracing the knowledge of the restored Gospel and begin gathering back to the land of their inheritance during the Nauvoo period and eventually to Utah. This amazing historical event took place directly after the Gentile saints of the Kirtland era had failed to live consecration and the fullness of the Gospel and had been declared to be under condemnation.

The Book of Mormon claims to be a record written to testify to the Jews of Christ and to reclaim them and graft them back into the vine.

It is truly astounding that Mormons are blinded as to who they truly are and are still awaiting the time when the Book of Mormon will play a key role in restoring Gods ancient covenant people, the Jews, and bringing them to a knowledge of Christ.

How exquisitely cryptic is it that many Mormons are in fact of the literal blood line of Judah that have been brought to the KNOWLEDGE of Christ and His gospel.

Gentile Saints VS. House of Israel Saints

The majority of the leaders and members of the church in Nauvoo that rejected the leadership of Brigham Young were Gentiles from the early Kirtland era, tribally composed of Joseph and Ephraim.

The vast majority of converts from across the great waters from the “outcasts of Israel” and the “dispersed of Judah” chose to follow the leadership of the Twelve Apostles and Brigham Young.

Because of this, I have speculated that shortly after the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, there was to some extent, a significant difference in tribal demographics between the remnants of the RLDS factions that rejected Brigham Young, and that of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints that followed Brigham Young.

Obviously, there has been a great tribal intermingling within both religious traditions, and the influx of people from differing nationalities from the global missionary work of both organizations has also created a tribal melting pot in both traditions.

Nonetheless, it is intriguing to ponder the possibility that at least initially, the RLDS demographic largely represented Joseph among the Gentiles, while the LDS demographic included a large portion of other remnants of the House of Israel, including, remnants of the ancient tribe of Judah.

I have pointed out several Book of Mormon passages that seem to indicated that the pure bloodline of the “Jews” from “Judah” would convert to Christ and unite with the latter day saints in the latter days which is consistent with the claim of the Nephite record which claims to be written for the purpose of converting both Jew and Gentile.

I have also provided scriptural evidence to show that additional records of the Nephites are to come forth that will be directed more specifically to the Gentiles when the great last work begins.

If in fact the narrative I have just painted is true, it would mean that the portion of the plates, containing the “lesser things“, that Joseph Smith translated by the gift and power of God as the Book of Mormon, was to play a major role in testifying of Christ to those of Judah and in converting them to Christ.

And yet the worldview of mainstream Mormonism is still awaiting the mass conversion of the Jews because Mormons erroneously assume that the Book of Mormon has not made good on its claims to have successfully testified of Christ to the Jews and actuated their return to their lands of inheritance.

The Biggest Impact of the Book of Mormon has been on the Jews

I would suggest that in fact, the primary demographic success of the ancient record that we refer to as the Book of Mormon, has in deed been the Jews. The Book of Mormon has been much more successful in converting the remnants of the Jews than the Gentiles.

Think about it-

1- THE SEED OF LEHI: The initial mission to the “Lamanites” failed. Book of Mormon prophecy scholars still await the mass conversion of the seed of Lehi.

2- THE GENTILES: The Book of Mormon was instrumental in the conversion of Gentiles during the first four years of the restoration up until they rejected the fullness, and failed at living the law of consecration. Nevertheless, the numbers of gentile converts during that period of time were relatively small when compared with the second wave of missionary work that would begin in 1837.

3- THE LOST TRIBES: Clearly the prophecies regarding the lost tribes returning have reference to a future event.

So what tribal demographic was most impacted by the Book of Mormon?

4- THE TRIBE OF JUDAH AND THEIR ASSOCIATES: It was the tribal demographic coming from across the great waters during the Nauvoo and Utah eras that has restored the most people to the knowledge of Christ and to the lands of their inheritance. Converts from that wave of latter day missionary work, and their descendants are by far and away the largest tribal demographic that has been impacted by the book of Mormon.

I would submit to you that the converts from this second wave of missionary work would be classified as the House of Israel and Judah, not the Gentiles.

If in fact the converts from across the great waters did represent a different tribal demographic and if it did in fact represent the conversion of the “Jews” (Judah) as foretold in the Book of Mormon, it stands to reason that the Book of Mormon that we have today has had the most impact on the Jews and other remnants of the House of Israel in terms of conversion to Christ.

That would be true with both the general meaning as well as the specific meaning of the term Jews.

Why am I reminding you of these things that have been discussed in more detail in previous posts?

To set the stage for why I am excited about the remarkable work of Blair Bryant.

Blair has spent the last 23 years attempting to decode the meaning of the “Caractors” on the  Charles Anthon Transcript.

He has written a book that can be downloaded for free at the following link:

http://abookunsealed.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ORDER-FROM-CHAOS-1-1.pdf

Interestingly, the forward of the book is written by an LDS scholar possibly resulting in the testimony of both a believing Jew and a believing Gentile.

Although I have not read the book yet, and have not reached an ultimate conclusion as to whether he is inspired in his work, I was blown away by the following translation he made from some of the “caractors“:

“Jesus Christ, Lord of testimony Judah people of the king heir God.”

It blew my mind when I read the above translation!

This is because many students of the book of Mormon, including myself, have been indoctrinated to  speak of it being written to both the Jew and Gentile, and we often associate the term “Jew” in a very broad ambiguous way, that does not necessarily specify the descendants of Judah.

It really jumped out at me as I read one of Blair’s transliterations of the Anthon Transcript, when I noticed that he used the word “Judah” instead of “Jew“!

The word Judah specifically ties a major import and impact of the Book of Mormon to those of the tribe and kingdom of Judah.

Notice also that the passage is limited to Judah instead of combining the terms “Jew and Gentile” or “Judah and Gentile”.

This would imply that the lesser things contained in the Book of Mormon were to have the primary impact on the remnants of Judah, not Joseph or the Seed of Lehi!

It fits perfectly with the narrative that I have summarized in this post because I believe that the Book of Mormon has thus far had the biggest impact on those of Judah and other remnants of Israel!

The Next Nephite Record to Come Forth will be Directed to the Gentiles

As discussed in other posts, there are passages in the Book of Mormon that inform us that additional records from the Nephites that have slumbered in the dust will yet come forth with content more specifically directed to the believing Gentiles of the last great marvelous work. These records will have a great impact on the believing Gentiles and also on the seed of Lehi.

Brother Bryant interprets the above raw transliteration into what he believes is a more accurate explanation in English-

“This is a testimony to the Jews that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

Again, the term “Jew” is often interpreted to have a general meaning for the House of Israel, not necessarily specifically referring to the remnants of Judah.

Because of this confusion, based on my own reading of the Book of Mormon and the narrative I have provided, I would translate it in English thusly:

“This is a testimony to the remnants of Judah that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Anyway, I am so impressed with brother Bryant’s raw translation above, that I must say that he has really got my attention! I plan on reading his book with great interest.

I believe his raw transliteration of the world “Judah” instead of Jews, from the reformed Egyptian symbols goes contrary to the indoctrination and bias that many of us have  received from the restoration tradition. I believe it reveals the integrity of his heart and the exactness of the method he has been inspired to develop.

I believe the transliteration of the above passage reveals one of the great secrets contained in the Book of Mormon about the largest tribal demographic within the Latter day Saint movement. It is consistent with the events in LDS church history that document the great secret that Judah began being restored back during Joseph Smith’s ministry. Note the following petition in the dedicatory Prayer of the Kirtland TEmple actuated back in 1836:

62 We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed;

63 And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David;

64 And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.

Think about it, most people from the RLDS or LDS tradition would have a huge bias in favor of the Book of Mormon having had the greatest impact on the believing Gentile, with a future anticipated impact on the “seed of Lehi” and the “Jews”.

But what if in fact the remarkable prophecy about the latter day Jews beginning to believe in Christ and being restored to the lands of their inheritance has already begun taken place? What if it has been taking place for over 180 years?

I find the following transliteration to be profound.

“Jesus Christ, Lord of testimony Judah people of the king heir God.”

 

 

 

 


The Office of Bishop: “Bishop, that is none of your damn business!”

February 24, 2018

Many years ago a dear friend of mine was having her temple recommend interview and her bishop asked her if she and her husband engaged in oral sex.

She was shocked and horrified that any man would ask her such an inappropriate and intrusive question. After she regained her composure, she looked her bishop in the eyes and said:

“Bishop, that is none of your damn business”

I suspect her bishop went whimpering to his Stake President to complain about how my friend had abused and disrespected his authority. I also suspect that his Stake president ask him why the H@#l he was asking people such bizarre questions.

A few years later my friends husband became the bishop of that same ward and I can guarantee you that those kinds of questions were not asked anymore.

The purpose of this post is to-

1- Observe some current events relating to heretical worthiness interviewing practices conducted by Bishops in the modern corporate LDS church

2- Note that “Bishops interviews” are not found in scripture

3- Document what the true calling of the office of Bishop really is, and to provide       evidence showing that the office of Bishop is categorically tied to the law of consecration and the “Bishop’s Storehouse”.

As if these interviews with consenting adults are not strange enough, the church also sponsors interviews between Bishops and the youth of the ward, wherein questions regarding sexual practices are also sometimes conducted.

Years ago, as I was beginning to compare the foundational practices of New Testament Christianity and the LDS restoration with the current practices of the modern corporate LDS church, it became alarming to me that local Bishops were conducting these kinds of interviews with children and other people’s wives behind closed doors.

I was concerned because I could find absolutely no precedence for this practice in the scriptures and it seemed that the scriptures give the responsibility of teaching children to their parents.

At that time I notified my Bishop that he was to never conduct an interview with my wife, sons, or daughter, without my consent and without me being present in the interview.

Needless to say, he was offended at my apparent distrust and lack of respect for him and his “authority”.

I bring this unsavory topic up because the church has come under public scrutiny of late for conducting “Bishop Interviews” with young boys and girls and asking them about their sexuality.

In a recent article on this topic, Tribune religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack begins the article thusly:

An older Mormon man routinely sits alone in a closed-door conversation with a younger woman, or even a teenage girl, talking about, of all things, sex — and it doesn’t take a Matt Lauer-under-the-desk lock to keep them both there.

No, the parties are willing participants in an LDS religious ritual: the bishop’s interview.

This generally happens in two ways. First is when the Mormon lay leader of a congregation (usually the bishop and always a male) calls in the boys and girls in his flock from age 12 on up for an annual interview to ask about their testimonies, church attendance, faithfulness to the LDS health code (called the Word of Wisdom) and adherence to the law of chastity.

Some bishops pose pointed questions about moral cleanliness in these conversations, perhaps quizzing about masturbation, heavy petting or fornication, while others keep their queries more general.

The other type of interview is when penitent members go to their bishops to confess actions the church deems to be “serious sins.” This exchange may also delve into details of intimate sexual behavior.

Stack ends her article by pointing out that an online petition urging the LDS Church to “immediately cease the practice of subjecting children to questions about masturbation, orgasm, ejaculation, sexual positions or anything else of a sexual nature”.

An online petition with more than 6,000 signatures urges The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “to immediately cease the practice of subjecting children [ages 10 to 17] to questions about masturbation, orgasm, ejaculation, sexual positions or anything else of a sexual nature.”

In a follow up Tribune article by Bob Mims noting that the petition has garnered over 11,000 signatures as of January 18th, it is revealed that the petition was created by Sam Young, a former Mormon bishop who is a Houston businessman who describes himself as an active Mormon.

Sam plans on formally presenting the petition to the church at their headquarters on March 30th, but hopes they will cease and desist in the practice before that date.

This current controversy has resulted in videos produced by critics of the modern corporate church depicting the absurdity and hypocrisy of leaders of the church who conduct these types of invasive interviews.

The following video by a critic of the church contains a parody which poignantly illustrates how Bishops who claim to be Christ’s earthly representative are not mirroring Christ’s actions by conducting these interviews.

 

 

“Man shall not counsel his fellow man”

It is my belief that the above declaration from Section One of the Doctrine and Covenants is to be taken at face value.

It means what it says.

In other words, unless a valid servant of the Lord receives a valid revelation from the Lord regarding another person, human beings are not supposed to be counseling other human beings on how to conduct their lives.

Period.

And yet, the culture within the modern Mormon Church is the epitome of man counseling his fellow man.

Layer upon layer upon layer of uninspired and ungodly counsel is given other members of the church continuously by home teachers, Sunday school teachers, auxiliary leaders, Bishops, Stake Presidents and General Authorities.

The same critic that created the above video has posted a secret recording of a closed door conversation between a recently divorced woman and her Stake President in which the Stake President informs the woman that she has the right to silently disagree with local leaders but the minute she refuses to unconditionally obey their council she is in apostasy.

It is a textbook example of unrighteous dominion.

The conversation is extremely painful to listen to and downright nauseating. I do not encourage you to listen to it.

I provide the link only as evidence to support the astounding fact that blind obedience to Bishops and Stake Presidents is being mandated by Bishops and Stake Presidents in the modern corporate church.

It takes the concept of priest craft to the next level.

In her article, Peggy Stake refers to the “Bishops Interview” as a “religious ritual“. But where does this religious ritual originate from?

Where in the scriptures do we first find mention of such a practice, even when the true office of Bishop is functioning on the earth?

I am still looking for such a passage.

What exactly are the real duties and responsibilities of the office of Bishop?

According the New Testament, a Bishop must be blameless, vigilant, sober, and hospitable.

He must be the husband of ONE WIFE and an able teacher. But nothing is mentioned about conducting private interviews containing explicit interrogations about sexual practices with other men’s wives or children.

1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Paul informs us that the Bishop needs to not only expound the gospel to his flock, he also needs to be a defender of the faith, convincing the gainsayers with sound doctrine:

9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

When was the office of Bishop first introduced into the restored church?

If you do a quick keyword search of the term “Bishop” in the Doctrine and Covenants, you will likely assume that it was in April of 1830 when the church was restored. It will appear as if the office of Bishop was first introduced in section 20, known as the articles and covenants of the church. In this section it detailed which priesthood offices were in the church and what their responsibilities were. Section 20 explains how the restored church was initially to be governed prior to the fullness of the gospel and priesthood being restored.

HOWEVER the use of the term “Bishop” was not in the original revelation when Section 20 was first given, it was added at a later time RETROACTIVELY.

The office of Bishop was first introduced into the church when section 41 was given.

Why wasn’t it included in Section 20 when it was initially given?

Did the Lord forget about this most import office when explaining how the restored church was to be governed in Section 20?

No.

The office of Bishop was not mentioned in Section 20 because there was no need for that office yet.

The primary purpose of Section 41 was to pave the way for the LAW OF THE CHURCH containing the LAW OF CONSECRATION that would be revealed in Section 42.

In Section 41,  the Lord was instructing the prophet and church elders to assemble together and unite in the prayer of faith to receive God’s “LAW” so that they could properly govern the church when the fullness of priesthood would be given in June of 1831-

1 Hearken and hear, O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God, ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all blessings, ye that hear me; and ye that hear me not will I curse, that have professed my name, with the heaviest of all cursings.

2 Hearken, O ye elders of my church whom I have called, behold I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall assemble yourselves together to agree upon my word;

3 And by the prayer of your faith ye shall receive my law, that ye may know how to govern my church and have all things right before me.

In this revelation God was introducing the office of Bishop and explaining that the responsibilities of the office would be provided in the upcoming law that was about to be revealed-

9 ..I have called my servant Edward Partridge; and I give a commandment, that he should be appointed by the voice of the church, and ordained a bishop unto the church, to leave his merchandise and to spend all his time in the labors of the church;

10 To see to all things as it shall be appointed unto him in my laws in the day that I shall give them.

Following that revelation, the Law was revealed in Section 42.

So what does section 42 tell us about the role and responsibility of the Bishop?

28 Thou knowest my laws concerning these things are given in my scriptures; he that sinneth and repenteth not shall be cast out.

29 If thou lovest me thou shalt serve me and keep all my commandments.

30 And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken.

31 And inasmuch as ye impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me; and they shall be laid before the bishop of my church and his counselors, two of the elders, or high priests, such as he shall appoint or has appointed and set apart for that purpose.

32 And it shall come to pass, that after they are laid before the bishop of my church, and after that he has received these testimonies concerning the consecration of the properties of my church, that they cannot be taken from the church, agreeable to my commandments, every man shall be made accountable unto me, a steward over his own property, or that which he has received by consecration, as much as is sufficient for himself and family.

33 And again, if there shall be properties in the hands of the church, or any individuals of it, more than is necessary for their support after this first consecration, which is a residue to be consecrated unto the bishop, it shall be kept to administer to those who have not, from time to time, that every man who has need may be amply supplied and receive according to his wants.

34 Therefore, the residue shall be kept in my storehouse, to administer to the poor and the needy, as shall be appointed by the high council of the church, and the bishop and his council;

35 And for the purpose of purchasing lands for the public benefit of the church, and building houses of worship, and building up of the New Jerusalem which is hereafter to be revealed—

36 That my covenant people may be gathered in one in that day when I shall come to my temple. And this I do for the salvation of my people.

37 And it shall come to pass, that he that sinneth and repenteth not shall be cast out of the church, and shall not receive again that which he has consecrated unto the poor and the needy of my church, or in other words, unto me—

38 For inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these, ye do it unto me.

39 For it shall come to pass, that which I spake by the mouths of my prophets shall be fulfilled; for I will consecrate of the riches of those who embrace my gospel among the Gentiles unto the poor of my people who are of the house of Israel.

The law of consecration was given to temporally take care of the poor.

In other revelations God would inform that saints that they must be equal in both temporal and spiritual things.

Members of God true church were commanded to impart their substance and lay it before the Bishop with a covenant and deed that cannot be broken. This is how the Bishop’s storehouse was to be established.

The revelation gives additional details as to how the Bishop was to manage and administer the residue of the consecrated substance in supplying the wants and needs of God’s people and in purchasing additional lands for the benefits of the saints.

This law is requisite for the gathering of the saints prior to the coming of Christ to his temple! It is requisite for the salvation of the saints! This celestial law will still be lived by those who will be prepared to receive the Lord when he returns.

 

Please notice that the revelation does not mention anything about authority to conduct private interviews about sexual behavior.

Interestingly, the revelation states that when someone is tried for adultery, they are to be brought before the ELDERS of the church. It only states that it is desirable for the Bishop to be “present” if possible. It says nothing about the Bishop sitting in judgment on such a charge nor does it give the Bishop authority to preside over spiritual matters.

Section 72 and other revelations reiterate the fact that the Bishop has a stewardship over temporal things while the Elders and High Priests are to administer spiritual things.

Section 84 lists one of the few passages that suggest that the Bishop can raise the sound of the Gospel and the warning voice, but again, it has to do with the temporal desolation utter abolishment that will fall upon those that reject the gospel.

Section 85 informs us that the temporal inheritances shall be determined and handed out by the bishop.

Section 102 mentions that the Bishop is to stand as a judge in Zion over temporal disputes.

Sections 68 and 107 inform us that only descendants of Aaron have the “legal” right to serve as Bishops and that when no descendants of Aaron can be identified, High Priests may be “ordained” to officiate in that office.

A high priest of the Melchizedek Priesthood has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices. Hence, he may officiate in the office of bishop when no literal descendant of Aaron can be found.

A complete word search of the term Bishop in modern revelation makes it clear that the office of Bishop sits as a judge in Israel over TEMPORAL things, not spiritual things.

Bishops have not been commissioned to conduct worthiness interviews or discern the spirituality of their fellow saints. Obviously, they have not been authorized to pry into personal sexual matters of the saints.

One of the astounding things that the scriptures and the history of the church testify of is the fact that there was no need for the office of Bishop until the law of consecration was given and the saints were commanded to impart of their substance to the poor.

Without the law of Consecration, there was no legitimate Bishops storehouse.

Without a valid Bishop’s storehouse, there was no need for a Bishop to administer to the needs of the poor, according to the law of God.

It appears to me that when the saints rejected the fullness of the Gospel and failed to live the law of consecration, the office of Bishop became null and void.

Of course, several years later, the Lord rejected the church with their dead.

From that time forward, the were no valid Bishops that met the qualifications given in scripture.

The fact that the office of Bishop was not mentioned in Section 20 in the original revelation was not an oversight on the part of the Lord. It simply was not necessary at that time since the restored church only had the preparatory gospel at that time and the fullness of the gospel and the LAW of the Gospel had not been restored.

Although the revelations canonized in the D&C provide a clear explanation of the office of Bishop, there is a published but un-canonized revelation that provides even more clarity.

One of the most instructive revelations pertaining to the role of the Bishop was given in March of 1832. In this revelation it is revealed that the Bishop was to stand in the judgment seat for the express purpose of administering the temporal “overplusses” of all of the saints who have entered into consecration:

1      Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servants Sidney and Joseph:
2      I reveal unto you for your own profit and instruction concerning the bishops of my Church—
3      What is their duty in the Church?
4      Behold, it is their duty to stand in the office of their bishopric and to fill the judgment seat which I have appointed unto them:  to administer the benefits of the Church or the overplusses of all who are in their stewardships, according to the commandments as they are severally appointed.
5      And the property or that which they  receive of the Church is not their own but belongeth to the Church.
6      Wherefore it is the property of the Lord and it is for the poor of the Church, to be administered according to the law;
7      For it is the will of the Lord that the Church should be made equal in all things.
8      Wherefore the bishops are accountable before the Lord for their stewardships, to administer of their stewardship (in the which they are appointed by commandment jointly with you my servants) unto the Lord, as well as you my servants or the rest of the Church, that the benefits of all may be dedicated unto the Lord, that the Lord’s storehouse may be filled always, that ye may all grow in temporal as well as spiritual things.
9      And now verily I say unto you, the bishops must needs be separated unto their bishopric and judgment seats from the care of business, but not from claim, neither from counsel. 
10     Wherefore I have given unto you commandment that you should be joined together by covenant and bond;
11     Wherefore see that ye do even as I have commanded.
12     And unto the office of the presidency of the High Priesthood I have given authority to preside with the assistance of his councilors over all the concerns of the Church.
13     Wherefore stand ye fast, claim your priesthood in authority, yet in meekness;
14     And I am able to make you abound and be fruitful and you shall never fall;
15     For unto you I have given the keys of the kingdom, and if you transgress not they shall never be taken from you.
16     Wherefore feed my sheep.  Even so.  Amen.

From the above revelation we find that Bishops are to labor with the other High Priests so  that the church can grow temporally and spiritually. However the stewardship of the Bishops expressly has to do with being a standing as a judge over the temporal storehouse for the express purpose of taking care of the poor and endeavoring for temporal equality.

The bottom-line is that without the law of consecration and a Bishops storehouse, there is no need for a Bishop.

This is why the office of Bishop was not mentioned in the original Articles and Covenants of the Church currently published as Section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants.

The scriptures inform us that when the saints begin to reject the truth, the knowledge of the truths they had previously learned is taken away from them.

 

In previous posts I have observed that virtually every true doctrine of the kingdom has been lost or perverted by the modern apostate church. I would now add to that, the fact  that the true purpose and intent of the original priesthood offices and priesthood callings have now been lost or perverted by the modern church.

Deacons were supposed to be adult males who were to look after the congregation, they were not supposed to be children.

Evangelists were “missionaries” who held the evangelical priesthood that had been restored by John the Baptist, they were not stake patriarchs that were giving patriarchal blessings.

Prophets were to prophesy and to be filled with the spirit of prophecy, not to act as corporate administrators

Revelators were to reveal new doctrinal truths and expound on existing ones.

Seers are able to look through interpreters and translate ancient records through the gift and power of God. They are not administrators who hire translators to work for the church.

Bishops are temporal judges in Israel who are responsible for the Storehouse and for ministering to the poor. They can only function when the fullness of the gospel and the law of consecration is  enacted. Without the true law of consecration and the a true Bishops storehouse, there is no legitimate need for the office of Bishop. Bishops are not to be conducting worthiness interviews and interrogating adults and children about their sexual practices. The is no scripture support for such practices.