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

 


Miscellaneous Musings #20 “..Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right”

March 1, 2017

The War in Heaven Is Taking Place Right Now on Earth?

In a recent blog post G.azelem made the following statement

Two nights ago I began praying very fervently for Donald J. Trump, which was almost a surprise to me. I’ve never prayed for anyone in government before, ever.

I have also begun praying for Donald Trump.

The polarization that is taking place right now in America specifically, and the world generally, is astounding.

Despite the many many divisions of people that have always been in existences pertaining to personal philosophy, political beliefs and religious beliefs, the current political environment is creating a great divide resulting in two general groups, with regard to the current political environment in America. Certainly during my lifetime I don’t think there has been such a distinct and global polarization, the tension of which that just seems to keep growing.

There is a concerted and concentrated effort by the liberal media and many other liberal organizations in America to fight Donald Trump on everything he does, every step of the way.

Every single thing the Trump administration does is reported with a negative, accusatory spin on it in the liberal media. It is having an incredibly depressing and divisive effect on people. One has to wonder if this is the beginning of the “division” spoken of in prophecy that results in the dividing up of families with father being divided against son and son against father, and mother against daughter, etc.

Although there has always been a spiritual dimension to all secular things, the spiritual warfare that is currently taking place is becoming less subtle.

Recently there was a global unified effort by witches, occultists and satanists to cast a spell on Donald Trump and his supporters to block their efforts and remove Trump from office.

Contrast that with the fact that the First Lady recently publicly led a cheering crowd of Trump supporters in the Lord’s Prayer.

A friend of mine says the Lord is using Trump as a “wrecking ball”. His perception kind of coincides with the post I did about “The Deadly Wound

I recently saw a comment made by someone speculating that Trump is more representative of a latter day Sampson, than Cyrus.

Interesting possibility, on multiple levels..

Encompassed Round About

In Section  76 Joseph and Sidney were shown in vision that Satan had been in a position of authority in heaven and was cast down. It then speaks of the saints being encompassed round about by Satan and his minions.

A surface reading of those passages might lead one to assume that the war against the saints wherein they were encompassed about by Satan and his minions had taken place in the past in the pre-existence or at least prior to the vision that Joseph and Sidney had.. however in a clarifying poem later written by Joseph Smith, it is made clear that the event was to be a future one.

[22]
And the heavens all wept, and the tears dropp’d like dew,
That Lucifer, son of the morning, had fell!
Yea, is fallen! is fallen and become, oh, alas!
The son of perdition, the devil of hell!

[23]
And while I was yet in the spirit of truth,
The commandment was–“Write ye the vision all out,
For Satan, old serpent, the devil’s for war,
And yet will encompass the Saints round about.

It really feels to me like the war in heaven is being acted out or at least reenacted right here on earth and that those who want to stop the flow of terrorists coming into our land and desire nationalism and a nation of Christian values are being besieged by those desiring globalism and every form of liberalism, atheism and Satanism.

It is possible that the reign of Trump could abruptly end and the United Nations come in to try and restore order.. the new world order?

At this present time, the polarization has created two general groups of people in America and this fight and philosophical division extends beyond America’s borders.

Once the light breaks forth and the servants return, a third group will emerge and be gathered out.

At that point, the souls of men on earth, (and possibly in heaven) will be generally divided into three parts.

This third group will separate itself from the two existing polarized groups that are waring against each other and Zion will be established.

Is this not a type of the three divisions mentioned in prophecy?

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of for, behold, the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me, saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power; and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agencyand did cast them to the earth  D&C 29:36

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth  JST Revelation 12:4

The Lord warns in the Book of Micah that at the appointed time, he will cut off the strong holds of Satan that have been established in America and will at that time cut off the witchcrafts that have insidiously overcome this nation:

 11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
 12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
 13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
 14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
 15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

A Shocking Experience at Seagull Book

BTW speaking of the graven images that the Lord will one day destroy, I walked into Seagull book the other day and thought I had walked into a Catholic monastery gift shop or book store.

There were only a few shelves with books on them and the entire remaining inventory of goods for sale was composed of pictures of Christ, replicas of Mormon Masonic Temples and religious trinkets of every sort.

Seagull Book was once the cutting edge supplier of LDS related books. Books were the main emphasis. They had rows and rows and rows of books for sale.

They were a thorn in the side of the LDS church and the Church owned Deseret Book because they discounted prices and were willing to carry some of the controversial, thought provoking books that Deseret Book refused to carry.

Once the LDS Church purchased that book chain, they neutered it and de-emphasized the role of books in their inventory.

They got rid of the more thought provoking books and have made a glorified religious trinket and gift store out of it.

Their website says this

Seagull Book is a discount bookstore that caters quality religious and family value centered products to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the general Christian community.

I fully expect Seagull Book to sell rosary beads within the next ten years. After all, they cater to the general Christian community and the modern corporate LDS is just a rebellious subsidiary of the Catholic Church.

Nevertheless, we should probably follow the example of Dan Peterson and speak reverently about our mother Church. In a recent article he made the following comments:

On a beautiful sunny day many years ago, I found myself standing in the Piazza of St. Peter in Vatican City with Elder V. Dallas Merrill and two or three others. We had just emerged from a relatively lengthy meeting with Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy, the genial Australian who was then serving as president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and whom some regarded as, after the Vatican Secretary of State and Pope John Paul II himself, the third most powerful person in the Roman Catholic Church.

Among other things, Cardinal Cassidy had invited us to meet with the newly named cardinal Walter Kasper, until recently archbishop of Stuttgart, who had been appointed to succeed him after his impending retirement as president of the Pontifical Council. He had also arranged for us to attend a gathering at the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls (the Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura). Pope John Paul II joined with representatives of the eastern churches in an effort to bridge the longstanding gap between the bishopric of Rome and the other ancient episcopal sees of the first centuries of Mediterranean Christianity.1

[Page viii]Elder V. Dallas Merrill, an emeritus member of the Seventy, had been a pioneer in building a relationship between leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and high-ranking Catholic leaders, and specifically with Cardinal Cassidy. He had brought us to visit with the cardinal.

As we stood there talking, Elder Merrill turned to me and, referring to the high-ranking prelates with whom we had been meeting, asked, “Well, what are we as Latter-day Saints to make of these men?”

The answer came clearly and immediately into my mind, and I responded that I felt that we should honor and respect them as true successors, in a very real sense, to the leaders of the earliest Christian community in Rome. While, from the Latter-day Saint perspective, genuine priesthood authority had long since been lost, and many doctrines had become garbled, they had kept the flame of basic Christianity alive, often through great tribulation and at great cost. They had preserved and disseminated the scriptures. They had sent missionaries throughout the world. They had served and sought to imitate the Savior.

The State vs. Religion

I recently listened to a video done by a very popular libertarian thought leader named Stefan Molyneux. I found his logic and reasoning in that particular presentation to be presented in a very compelling way. He is not even Christian. He might even be an atheist even though you would not know it to watch the video.

He spoke about how the evils of organized religion pale in comparison to the evils of the state.

About half way through his presentation it occurred to me that Stefan was mirroring many of the concepts presented by H. Verlan Andersen in his book, The Great and Abominable Church of the Devil.

The premise in the book by Andersen is that the Great and Abominable Church of the Devil that is mentioned in the Book of Mormon, is referring to GOVERNMENT, and that Satan, the god of this world, controls it through the state by getting the world to blindly support government. He characterizes government as a religion, as does Stefan.

Being the simple-minded literalist that I tend to be, I was offended when I first entertained the proposition because I felt that the church described in the Book of Mormon clearly identified the Catholic Church and all of her subsidiaries.

It would be some time later that I would realize that the Mother Church and her Jesuits do in fact control the banking system and virtually all governments in the world and hence, there was not conflict is what Andersen was saying and what I believed.

The Record of John the Baptist?

For decades LDS students of the gospel have debated back and forth over the “record of John” that is spoken of in Section 93 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Is it speaking of the “record of John the Baptist” or the “Record of John the Beloved (Revelator)”.

Both Johns seem to have been given a responsibility to testify of Christ, but only one was tasked with the responsibility to bear RECORD that Christ recieved the fulness of the father at his baptism.

I found the following comment on a Snufferite Blog quite interesting

John is one of my favorite books of scripture. I studied the Greek New Testament in college and later on studied John 1 extensively and came to the conclusion that most of John 1 was taken from the record of John the Baptist, that John the Beloved was originally a disciple of John the Baptist, that John the Beloved included a portion of the record of John the Baptist as the preface to his testimony, that the record of John referred to in D&C 93 refers to the record of John the Baptist, not John the Beloved and that the fullness of the record of John would be scripture written by John the Baptist and an expansion of John 1. For this reason I don’t see TSJ as the fullness of the record of John.

Also TSJ mentions Mary cutting Jesus’ hair which had not been cut because of the vow. I assume this refers to the Nazarite vow. This vow has three main restrictions, not to cut your hair, not to drink wine and not to have contact with unclean things including corpses. Jesus was a Nazarene (from Nazareth) but it is doubtful he was a Nazarite. I find this section of TSJ problematic.

Needless to say, if the above commentor is correct, it throws a huge wrench in the belief that Denver has brought forth the long awaited record of John the Beloved.

I’ll be blogging on this topic in the near future.

Three Degrees of Gospel Understanding

Dan Peterson posted an interesting article at the MormonInterpreter titled “Three Degrees of Gospel Understanding“. It would have been a better, more convincing post if he had provided some compelling examples of what the third degree of gospel understanding was.

He began his post by reminiscing a talk he heard LDS Historian Stanley Kimball give back in the 1980’s.

More than three decades ago — I was still in graduate school, so it must have been in the first half of the 1980s — my wife and I attended a gathering in southern California where the late Stanley Kimball, a professor of history at Southern Illinois University and a former president of the Mormon History Association, was the speaker. His remarks have stayed in my mind ever since…

Professor Kimball explained what he called the “three levels” of Mormon history, which he termed Levels A, B, and C. (Given my own background in philosophy, I might have chosen G. W. F. Hegel’s terminology, instead: thesis, antithesis, and synthesis.)

Level A is the Sunday school version of the Church and of its history. It’s the kind of simple story that we tell in missionary lessons and in the Church’s visitors’ centers. Virtually everything connected with the Church on Level A is obviously good, beautiful, true, and harmonious. Ordinary members may occasionally make mistakes, but leaders seldom, if ever, do.

It’s difficult for somebody with a Level A understanding to imagine why everyone else doesn’t immediately recognize the obvious truth of the gospel, and opposition to the Church seems flatly Satanic.

Level B — what I call the antithesis to Level A’s thesis — is perhaps most clearly seen in anti-Mormon versions of Church history. In its purest and most extreme form, everything (or virtually everything) that Level A declares to be good, beautiful, true, and harmonious turns out actually to be evil, ugly, false, and chaotic. Latter-day Saint leaders at the general and sometimes even the local levels are viewed as deceitful and evil. They consider the Church’s account of its own story a complete fabrication, and some exceptionally antagonistic anti-Mormons even claim the general membership often misbehaves very badly.

It’s difficult for somebody solidly embedded in Level B to understand how anybody can fail to see the manifest evil and transparent falsehood of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of the claims of the Restoration. Disagreement with them is the result either of some combination of ignorance and stupidity or, if that explanation can’t be made to work, of flat-out dishonesty.

In my view, the inadequacy of both Level A and Level B for any reasonable and realistic adult ought to be immediately obvious. Nothing involving humans is purely good and without flaw, just as, so far as I can tell, nothing involving humans is entirely evil and without some trace of good…

But one needn’t read anti-Mormon propaganda to be exposed to elements of Level B that seem to be true and that can’t quite be squared with an idealized, Level A portrait of the Restoration. In other words, it rapidly becomes obvious to people who read Mormon history or who experience it directly in the congregations of the Saints that Level A isn’t entirely accurate and that Level B isn’t entirely false. Some claims on Level B are true, at least to some extent, although many are wholly or largely false or are so taken out of context that they are effectively false. 

Whether newly converted or born in the covenant, maturing members of the Church will inevitably discover, sooner or later, that other Saints, including Church leaders, are fallible and sometimes even disappointing mortals. There are areas of ambiguity, even unresolved problems, in Church history; there have been disagreements about certain doctrines; the archaeological evidence for the Book of Mormon doesn’t yield decisive proof of its authenticity; and some questions don’t have immediately satisfying answers….

Of course the obvious problem with the above  characterizations of Level A and B is that it simplifies A as being taught by the church, depicting church leaders in a positive light, suggesting that they make few errors and B has anti-Mormons characterizing church leaders as being evil and generally being the root cause of historical problems.

Brother Peterson then goes on to characterize Level C as the official and deeper version that provides broader context. He refers to it as the “’warts and all’ version of Restoration history” that reveals the reality of human fallibility of the saints, including their leaders without demonizing the saints and leaders.

Peterson recalls Kimballs explanation as to why the church taught church members the A version of church history-

“Professor Kimball’s remarks in southern California, decades ago: He observed that the Church isn’t eager to expose its members to the problems and ambiguities of its history. Why? Because souls can be lost and are lost on Level B.”

Peterson  recalls Professor Kimball justifying the church in not teaching the deeper version of church history that shows the “warts and all version of Restoration history” because:

“Its mission isn’t primarily to teach history; it’s to preach the gospel. That humans are fallible and flawed goes without saying..”

 On the other hand, Peterson recalls Kimball being somewhat torn about the decision to teach the sanitized version of church history instead of providing a balanced version of history with its warts, because doing so fails to “inoculate” the members who come in contact with the raw history of the church from having their faith destroyed.

Thus, in failing to “inoculate” its membership against the follies and questions and problems of its history, the Church can sometimes leave them vulnerable to faith-destroying disease.

Personally, I love the analogy of the three levels of understanding church history that Professor Kimball spoke about. However, I see a few problems with how he characterizes them as primarily having to do with human fallibility.

I believe Level C should be faith promoting and edifying but it should  also answer the tough questions. In short, it should tell the truth while providing the prophetic narrative behind the historic narrative. Simply acknowledging human fallibility hardly inoculates anyone with serious historical questions.

Secondly, implying that all or most of the difficult historical issues can be classified as human fallibility is an egregiously false characterization.

The truth is that MOST of the problematic issues having to do with church history have to do with what appear to be legitimate discrepancies in doctrine, protocol, events and the general narrative which are not necessarily related to human fallibility.

In some instances where human mistakes appear to be the problem, there is a deeper doctrinal and prophetic reason as to why God’s servants did some of the bizarre things they did. It is an industrial strength oversimplification to classify the third category as generally relating to human fallibility.

I think the reason that apologists like to make that simplification when attempting to alleviate the concerns of the members of the church who are just beginning to be confronted with the problems of church history and experiencing a crisis of faith, is because it lets them off the hook in providing serious answers to the truly difficult questions.

I believe the true Level C of church history that actually answers many of the difficult questions and strengthens faith, is the secret prophetic narrative behind the 15 year ministry of Joseph Smith that to my knowledge, has never been publicly taught in the past. Certainly not by the church. I provide this narrative in my youtube series titled The Secret History of Mormonism.

Frankly, as I have read books by faithful LDS historians and listened to the arguments of LDS apologists I have not found their Level C version of history to be very edifying or faith promoting, nor do they provide real answers to serious questions. That is probably why Peterson’s article did not provide any compelling examples of how Level C is really significantly better than Level B or how it increases faith in the restoration.

Allow me to provide one brief example of a difficult historical topic and how it might be characterized in levels A, B, and C.

Example: History of the Changes Made in Modern Revelation

Level A- Members are taught or allowed to assume that the revelations in our current Doctrine and Covenants are presented exactly how Joseph Smith originally received them from God.

This simplified but inaccurate historical narrative provides comfort and stability in believing that the revelatory doctrinal development of the church was consistent, orderly, inspired and reliable.

Level B- Members find out, (sometimes from anti-Mormons) that many of the original revelations were canonized into the Book of Commandments in 1833. Then, in 1835 most of those revelations were re-canonized into the Doctrine and Covenants with some very significant passages being deleted or altered to say something different than they originally said. In some cases, altered to say just the opposite. This creates confusion and anxiety in members to find out that the original revelations were changed.

This information leaves them wondering if the original revelations were uninspired or if changes made were uninspired. In either case, it causes doubt in the divine calling of Joseph Smith.

Level C- Members are introduced to the true prophetic narrative behind the history of the church and find out that the original revelations were true and that they pertained to the “Church of Christ” as it existed in 1833. They also learn what the fulness of the Gospel is and that is was rejected by the saints of the restored church within a very short period of time.

They learn that after the fulness of the gospel was rejected by the early Kirtland Saints in 1834, the restored church fell under condemnation. They learn that the name of Christ was taken out of the name of the church, and the gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in, causing a second wave of missionary work wherein this preparatory gospel was taken to converts across the great waters, changing the demographics of the church .

In short, they learn that the D&C and the modified revelations in it were also inspired and accurate and that the are corrected to contextually pertain to the “Church of the Latter day Saints” in 1835.

They learn that the prophetic trajectory of the church had changed by 1835 and the previous scriptures needed to be modified under the direction of the Holy Spirit to be consistent with the new historical context that the members of the church found themselves in.

Once people understand this, their faith crisis on this issue is replaced by a much greater and more accurate understanding of church history and the gospel resulting in stronger faith in the LDS restoration.

I could probably provide another 30 or 40 examples just like that of the A, B, and C, level of understanding pertaining to other controversial historical  and doctrinal issues such as the historicity of Section 110, three orders of priesthood, spiritual wife doctrine, etc., etc., etc.

The article went on to say:

There are no easy, black and white solutions to this problem. Interestingly, although he was a professional academic historian, Dr. Kimball remarked that, were he in a high leadership position, he would himself probably make the same decision. He would not, that is, seek to expose Church members to a “disease” that would make them stronger if they survived it but that, in fact, more than a few would find fatal.

Once members of the Church have been exposed to Level B, though, Professor Kimball argued, their best hope is to press on to what he believed (and I believe) to be the richer but more complicated version of history (or to the more realistic view of humanity) that is to be found on Level C. Here’s a crucial point, however: He contended (and, again, I agree) that Level C — what I call the “synthesis” level — turns out to be essentially, and profoundly, like Level A. Level B is substantially and essentially wrong. Level A is correct but only as far as it goes.

This is vital to understand. For one thing, it undercuts the claim that by giving little or no attention to a “warts and all” version of Restoration history in its Sunday school classrooms, the Church is lying to the Saints. From the standpoint of a believer such as I am (and such as Professor Kimball evidently was), Level A is a simpler version of the truth and not in any significant sense a lie.

Do you buy what he is selling?

Everything is Rigged

Prior to the Presidential election I skimmed through an article titled “Everything is Rigged : Medicine, science, elections, the media, money, education, search engines, social media… you are living in a fabricated fairy tail

How is that for a depressing declaration?

Here is the intro to the article

After witnessing how Reuters just blatantly cooked the presidential election polls this week to favor Clinton and how the mainstream media is so terrifyingly biased in favor of Clinton that the very foundation of democracy is now in crisis, it’s time to tell you something that perhaps a lot more people are finally ready to hear:

Everything is rigged. 

Every institution in America is sold out, corrupted and politically rigged to favor Big Government and Big Business. “America is a lost country,” explains Paul Craig Roberts. “The total corruption of every public and the private institution is complete. Nothing remains but tyranny. And lies. Endless lies.”

The most depressing thing about the article is that it is, in my humble opinion, true.

Everything is rigged.

However there are those who do not think that tyranny and rigged elections is sustainable nor can it withstand the strain of social blow-back and protest. Another article that may reflect the crossroads that America finds itself  in is titled “Chaos will erupt across America in less than 100 days… no matter who wins the election

There are over 40 saints of the restoration who have testified that Joseph Smith prophesied that the America we know it would end in a Civil War. There are numerous prophecy scholars including Jonathan Kahn who believe that 2016-17 is the time of the last big Jubilee and that our currency will either collapse or experience a huge hair cut in this time period.

Whether we experience such a major change in the near future or not, I think it is safe to say that we are in unchartered waters and on the brink of major prophetic events taking place.

How did America and the world arrive at this dire situation where there is so much deception and everything is rigged against the common man?

The above article on how everything is rigged reminded me of a chastisement that I got from my older sister about 30 years ago.

She had been quizzing my wife and I about why we were considering doing home school for our children and we shared with her our distrust in the “system”.

In our conversation we shared our distrust in government run education and also in modern science in General. We shared our distrust in traditional medicine and the AMA and why we thought that using alternative health methodologies was a better way to go.

We shared our concern about some of the things being taught in the corporate LDS church and we even mentioned our distrust of the legal system and how it was ultimately governed by the “Crown” and the “Vatican”.

After getting an earful of why the whole system was corrupted and rigged, my sister exclaimed in disdain, “you guys seem to see a conspiracy under every rock you look under!

She was right. We did see a conspiracy under every rock that we overturned. I made no apologies for it then and I make no apologies for it now.

Her reaction is understandable because she, like most Mormons, did not believe that Satan is the god of this world and that this world represents his kingdom. (2nd Cor 4:4)

The Four Crafts

Brigham Young made the following statement.

When God spoke from heaven to Joseph Smith, the people were bound down by priestcraft, doctorcraft, kingcraft, and lawyercraft, the four grand crafts that uphold Satan’s kingdom.” Brigham Young (Des. News, July 12, 1863)

CRAFT, noun
2. Cunning, art or skill, in a bad sense, or applied to bad purposes; artifice; guile; skill or dexterity employed to effect purposes by deceit.  1828 Websters

In my opinion, the above four crafts are responsible for the destruction of America, the deception that is taking place and the dilemma our world is in. Satan has worked his magic primarily through those four crafts. They have permeated and completely taken over government and religion. Both the President of the United States and the President of the LDS Church along with their inner circles are practicing kingcraft with virtually no accountability to the people they rule over.

Those that administer the directives of our kingly government and kingly Church leaders, are largely composed of career doctors, lawyers and priests. I believe that Teachercraft can be added to the above list because the educational system is the primary purveyor of all this nonsense to our children.

It is amazing that Brigham Young warned the Saints against being educated by the worldly schools of Babylon and as an alternative he created a church sponsored university that has grown into BYU!

Yet BYU has become exactly what it was created to be a Godly alternative to. There is virtually no difference between the education that one gets from BYU and any other worldly institution. Indeed BYU aspires to be more like the Jesuit controlled Ivy League schools.

The Law of Common Consent and Leadership Accountability

I have blogged numerous times about the fact that the Lord initially gave the Saints of the restoration the Law of Common Consent as a checks and balances instrument to prevent priestcraft from entering into the church and prevent leaders from making uninspired decisions. The Law of Consecration is an essential law that makes everyone temporally equal in their temporal opportunities and prevents church leaders from practicing priestcraft.

That law of common consent has been perverted by church leaders into a tool for identifying those that are loyal to the faith and those that are not loyal to the faith. When someone votes to the contrary, they are called in to determine their worthiness and whether or not they should face a tribunal, the issue they are voting against is never objectively and sincerely questioned by the authorities.

In a recent podcast about the law of common consent I heard a scripture that I had never noticed before in the Book of Mormon. It blew my mind-

“..choose you by the voice of this people, judges, that ye may be judged according to the laws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord.

Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people.

And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you  (Mosiah 29:25-27)

Wow.

Allow me to paraphrase what the above passage is saying to me.

The voice of the God’s people as a collective, commonly (generally) desires that which is right, which is why everyone needs to have an equal voice in the voting of all major decisions in the Church.

Smaller special interest groups, including special quorums that take it upon themselves to make decisions in behalf of the collective body of Christ, commonly (generally) desire that which is not right for the people. 

Holly-freakin-molly.

Smaller groups within the collective group commonly want that which is not right!!!!!

No wonder the Lord commanded the saints thusly in governing the church-

“And all things shall be done by common consent in the church, by much prayer and faith, for all things you shall receive by faith. Amen.” D&C 26:2

Imagine what would have happened if Joseph Smith would have publicly put the law of Celestial Polygamy up for a vote of the total membership of the church which contradicts the previous revelation on the higher marital law of monogamy in Section 42.

I believe it would have been voted down emphatically and decisively. He would have probably been excommunicated from the church.

That is the express reason he had to practice it in secrecy and why God commands that things of this nation not be done in secret. He knew the united voice of the saints would have voted against it based on previous revelations and commandments as well as innate conscience. A vote would have prevented the practice of celestial polygamy from entering into the church.

Imagine what would have happened if Brigham Young would have put it up to a vote (without retribution) when he decided to start withholding the priesthood from the blacks after they had enjoyed the privilege of holding the priesthood from the beginning of the restoration under the direction of Joseph Smith.

Imagine what would have happened if President Monson would have openly presented the desires of the governing quorum of the church to spend Billions of dollars on a real estate project that featured a large shopping mall instead of focusing on investing additional resources of the church on the poor and needy.

Do you think that would have been accepted by the voice of the people? How would members of the church who are practically starving and making huge sacrifices to pay tithing feel about that decision?

If it had been  accepted by the majority of the people, according to the above scripture, it would have been a sure sign for the judgments of God to fall upon the people.

What would have happened last year if the leaders of the Church would have explained to the saints the legal reasons why they had been instructed by the law firm of the Church to withhold the saving ordinances of the Gospel from innocent children because of the family circumstances they were in?

Do you think the majority of the saints, (if they did not feel the threat of church discipline for voting their conscience) would have sustained such an abomination if asked to vote on it?

I think not.

 

Miscellaneous Musings #19- Was Eliza R. Snow gang-raped by Eight Missouri ruffians?
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Miscellaneous Musings #18 Catholic Theologian Accepts Joseph Smith as a Prophet
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Miscellaneous Musings #17 “For it was the woman that sinned not the man”

Miscellaneous Musings #16 The Link between Prophet Worship and Breaking the LAW of the Gospel

Miscellaneous Musings #15 “Dedicating yourself to truth and dedicating yourself to God are the exact same thing”

Miscellaneous Musings #14 The Collateral Damage of the LDS Historical Essays on Polygamy Transcend the Mormon Church

Miscellaneous Musings #13 Peter was a High Priest

Miscellaneous Musings #12 Are the Nauvoo Discourses True?

Miscellaneous Musings #11 Six Year Anniversary of OneWhoIsWatching

Miscellaneous Musings #10 Ferguson is Close to the “Center Place”

Miscellaneous Musings #9 The Mystery of the Shemitah

Miscellaneous Musings #8 Sunstone Symposium 2014

Miscellaneous Musings # 7 The Kinderhook Plates were Authentic

Miscellaneous Musings # 6 Jeremy Runnells

Miscellaneous Musings # 5 Phineas Young

Miscellaneous Musings #4

Miscellaneous Musings #3 Kingdom of the Jews (3/7/2014)

Miscellaneous Musings #2 (2/28/2014)

Miscellaneous Musings #1 (2/11/2014)


The Inspired Revision of the Bible Part Four: The Mystical and Eternal Nature of God and His Atonement

February 23, 2017

In this installment on the revelatory clarifications in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible we are going to review inspired passages that address the nature and character of God and the mystical relationship of ONENESS between the Father and the Son.

We will demonstrate through the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible and related scriptures that ALL worlds past and present were created by the Father through his Son Jesus Christ.

We will demonstrate that the infinite and eternal atonement of Jesus Christ was done for the inhabitants of all worlds past and present.

We will document the eternal distinction between how Jesus Christ was created by the Father as the “ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER” while all other saved beings  are “BEGOTTEN SONS AND DAUGHTERS UNTO GOD” through the Atonement of Christ and the Plan of Salvation.

We will note that the fruits of true prophets are to teach true doctrines and that we can detect false prophets and fallen prophets by detecting the false doctrines they teach through the false revelations they receive.

 

Samples of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #5
the Father is the Son and the Son is the Father
This Can Only be Understood if the Son Reveals It

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

Luke 10:23

Luke 10:22

All things are delivered to me of my Father; and no man knoweth that the Son is the Father, and the Father is the Son, but him to whom the Son will reveal it.

All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

I believe that the above change is one of the most revelatory profundities in the JST with regard to revealing the nature and character of God and the true relationship between the Father and the Son.

The Son is the Father and the Father is the Son.

As with any single passage of scripture, no matter how inspired and revelatory, it needs to be viewed holistically through the promptings of the spirit in conjunction with all other relevant scriptures.

And after all we can do under those circumstances, we will still not fully comprehend how the Son is the Father and the Father is the Son UNTIL Christ opens the heavens and infuses us with the Holy Ghost and shows us the mystery of what is being taught.

Nevertheless, God obviously wants us to ponder what is being said or he would not have revealed what he said in scripture. Interestingly, God forbid Joseph from expounding on the revelatory clarifications in the JST until it was published to the world.

Sadly the JST was never published to the world under Joseph’s direction during his life. He will yet return and restore the truth in power.

Nevertheless, by the grace and providence of God, the Bible which he used to make many inspired changes and the associated manuscript, eventually fell into the hands of the RLDS church and was published so that those who seek for deeper understanding could benefit from it  and prepare their hearts for the return of the fulness.

The above nugget from the JST is completely consistent with many other passages of scriptures that give us a glimpse into the nature of God.

Notice what was revealed in Section 93 regarding the mystical oneness of the Father and the Son

 1 Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;
2 And that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world;
3 And that I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one—

We are informed that the Father and the Son are ONE because they dwell in each other.

4 The Father because he gave me of his fulness, and the Son because I was in the world and made flesh my tabernacle, and dwelt among the sons of men.
5 I was in the world and received of my Father, and the works of him were plainly manifest.
6 And John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory, and the fulness of John’s record is hereafter to be revealed.

After informing us that Christ is the Father and the Father is the Son because they literally dwell in each other, we are informed that they are differentiated by the fact that the Father enjoyed the “fulness” before Christ was begotten of the Father.

The Father has always been God. Christ is a created, begotten being. The Father created the Son and has created all other things through the Son.

John  saw that Christ received of the Father.

When?

Is this referring to Christ’s earthly ministry or to the pre-existence?

Context is possibly provided for this question in John 17:5

“And Now oh  Father, glorify me with the glory which I had with thee before the world was”

Christ received his fulness from  the Father when he was created before his earthly ministry and again during this earthly ministry.

Christ temporarily put off his fulness during his earthly sojourn UNTIL God once again infused him with the fulness.

John was a witness of these things.

The Book of Mormon seems to refer to Christ’s temporary putting off of the Father’s fulness and his earthly ministry wherein he regained the fulness and meekly ministered to the inhabitants of the world and allowed himself to be judged of the world and slain for the sins of the world as a CONDESCENSION. ( 1 Nephi 11:16-36)

The Son had the ability and willingness to separate out of the Father, put off the fulness, and enter into his earthly body even though he would remain sinless and not take upon himself the corrupted mortal blood that all other humans of the family of Adam inherited from the fall.

Once in the earthly tabernacle, Christ again received of the fulness from the Father in order to provide an atonement. The new Testament makes the following record of the baptism of Jesus, not for the remissions of sins, but rather, to fulfill all righteousness

43 And Jesus, answering, said unto him, Suffer me to be baptized of thee, for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
 44 And John went down into the water and baptized him.
 45 And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and John saw, and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon Jesus.
 46 And lo, he heard a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him. (JST Matthew 3:43-46)

Continuing with the narrative in Section 93, the following is a record of John’s epiphany about Jesus’ pre-existent glory

7 And he bore record, saying: I saw his glory, that he was in the beginning, before the world was;
 8 Therefore, in the beginning the Word was, for he was the Word, even the messenger of salvation—
 9 The light and the Redeemer of the world; the Spirit of truth, who came into the world, because the world was made by him, and in him was the life of men and the light of men.
 10 The worlds were made by him; men were made by him; all things were made by him, and through him, and of him.

 John saw that Christ had the glory of the Father prior to coming to earth and that he created ALL of the worlds that had been created.

11 And I, John, bear record that I beheld his glory, as the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, even the Spirit of truth, which came and dwelt in the flesh, and dwelt among us.
 12 And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace;
 13 And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness;
 14 And thus he was called the Son of God, because he received not of the fulness at the first.

A contextual reading of the above passages in Section 93 in conjunction with John 17:5 and other passages, reveals that it was during his earth life that Christ “received not the fulness at first but received grace for grace”.

15 And I, John, bear record, and lo, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove, and sat upon him, and there came a voice out of heaven saying: This is my beloved Son.
16 And I, John, bear record that he received a fulness of the glory of the Father;
17 And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him.

It appears from the narrative in Section 93 that it was during the baptism of Christ and the reception of the Holy Ghost that Christ regained at least part of his previous glory and pre-existent status and that John bore witness of this event.

 18 And it shall come to pass, that if you are faithful you shall receive the fulness of the record of John.
 19 I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness.
 20 For if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace.
 21 And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn;

There are parts of John’s record that have been withheld until the appointed time. The existing record of John and the additional part of his record that is to be revealed in the future are given that we may understand how to worship and what we worship.

JST Luke 10:23 may well be part of the record of John that was to come forth at a future time.

The inspired clarification provides a much deeper meaning to the simple declaration made by Joseph Smith that we pray to the Father in the name of Christ, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Praying to the Father in the name of Christ is one of the essential aspects of prayer:

“Ye must always pray unto the Father in my name” (3 Nephi 18:19)

Again, the nature and character of God is a mystery which is only revealed to those that receive the fulness of the saving ordinances by those that possess the greater priesthood.

For This reason, we know that we are at the mercy of God in fufilling his unconditional promises and returning the first elders with the greater priesthood and the saving ordinances before we can fully have the mystery of God revealed to us. It is essential to have the greater priesthood to unfold the mysteries of the kingdom and the key of the knowledge of God-

19 And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God.
 20 Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.
 21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;
 22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live. (Section 84)

Nevertheless, the amount of information that we have been given about God and his kingdom, enables us to prepare  our hearts and our minds for the return of the fulness and discern the false doctrines taught by the false prophets that arise among us who claim to converse with and be taught of God.

The above passages revealing the oneness of the Father and the Son are really just a reiteration of the intercessory prayer that Christ offers in John 17. In that prayer, we are informed that just as the Father and the Son are one, those of us that become the Sons of God through the atonement of Christ will likewise become one in them:

1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
 6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
 11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
 13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
 25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Here is what I said regarding the oneness of the Father and the Son and the mystery of Godliness in my book

Scholars of the Bible have argued for centuries over whether God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ represent two separate and distinct beings [a plural God] or if they represent one being [a singular God]. The argument is fanned by the fact that the scriptures depict both a singular God, with the Father and the Son being declared to be one God, yet also depicting Christ and the Father as being separate and distinct intellegences that actually carry on conversations with each other, showing them to be a plural God.

A similar debate has taken place within Mormonism and has been exacerbated by conflicting accounts of the first vision, some declaring God, singular, visiting Joseph, while others declare that the Father and the Son visited Joseph in vision.

I am going to suggest that the scriptures do not present two conflicting doctrines regarding the Father and the Son. Rather, they reveal two separate ways that the only true God manifests himself.

I believe we need to accept EVERYTHING that God has collectively taught about Himself in the Holy Scriptures; even the passages that appear to be contradictory and require the student of the Gospel to step outside the paradigm of their five senses and accept what is said, regardless of how illogical and contradictory it seems to the natural man and his  finite mind and limited comprehension of eternal things.

Hence, I have no other choice than to conclude that the Father and Son represent ONE GOD, whose mind is the Holy Ghost, who has the ability to manifest Himself as TWO SEPARATE AND DISTINCT INTELLIGENCES.

How is this possible?

According to scripture, the Father is a personage of spirit and the Son is a personage of tabernacle.

I believe Christ’s physical personage dwells within the spiritual personage of the Father and the Father’s spiritual personage dwells within the physical personage of the Son. Add to that the fact that the Holy Ghost is their mind, giving them unity of thought, and this makes them ONE GOD.

In other words, the Father cloaks himself in the tabernacle of the Son. Conversely, the tabernacle is infused with the spirit of the Father enabling Christ to inherit and manifest the fulness of the nature and character of the Father, enjoying the same mind and will when they are combined.

Nevertheless, we know from scripture that Christ has the ability to separate out of God to bring about the purposes of God. Hence, the Son was able to condescend and come to earth to do the will of his Father.

Not only does scripture document the Son condescending into his earthly ministry and having a conversation with the Father, he even displays a will that is not necessarily the same as the Fathers.

“Not my will but thine…”

Clearly, Jesus has the capacity to literally be one with the Father, nay, be the Father, and yet, he also has the capacity to separate out as an independent intelligence.

John 1:18 informs us that Christ is:

. . . in the bosom of the Father . . .

D&C Section 76:13 also makes reference to :

. . . his Only Begotten Son . . . in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning.

D&C Section 93 informs us that the Father and Son literally reside in each other:

. . . I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one— 

Isn’t that just another way of saying the Son is the Father and the Father is the Son?

In JST Luke 10:23 Christ declares-

“and no man knoweth that the Son is the Father, and the Father is the Son, but him to whom the Son will reveal it.

Perhaps one of the most amazing things to realize is that the Father apparently jointly participated in the atonement with the Son

“..I God have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent…” D&C 19:16

Mosiah 15:1-4 states that God himself redeems his people-

1 …I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people.
2 And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son—
3 The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son—
4 And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.

Lectures on Faith informs us that the mind of God and Christ is the Holy Spirit:

…And he being the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, and having overcome, received a fulness of the glory of the Father—possessing the same mind with the Father, which mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son, and these three are one, or in other words, these three constitute the great, matchless, governing and supreme power over all things:

by whom all things were created and made, that were created and made: and these three constitute the Godhead, and are one: The Father and the Son possessing the same mind, the same wisdom, glory, power and fulness:

Filling all in all—the Son being filled with the fulness of the Mind, glory and power, or, in other words, the Spirit, glory and power of the Father—possessing all knowledge and glory, and the same kingdom: sitting at the right hand of power, in the express image and likeness of the Father—a Mediator for man—being filled with the fulness of the Mind of the Father, or, in other words, the Spirit of the Father:

which Spirit is shed forth upon all who believe on his name and keep his commandments: and all those who keep his commandments shall grow up from grace to grace, and become heirs of the heavenly kingdom, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ; possessing the same mind, being transformed into the same image or likeness, even the express image of him who fills all in all: being filled with the fulness of his glory, and become one in him, even as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.

Of course the truths given above only provide an intellectual understanding that hopefully gets us closer to the full truth. The passage in the JST informs us that we can only truly understand this when the Son reveals this mystery to us. 

 

Samples of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #6
The Key of Knowledge is the Fulness of the Scriptures

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

Luke 10:53

Luke 110:52

Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken away the key of knowledge, the fullness of the scriptures; ye enter not in yourselves into the kingdom; and those who were entering in, ye hindered. 

Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

The term “fulness of the scriptures” added to the above passage in the JST is significant. Another very close variation of the keyword, “fulness of my scriptures” shows up two times in modern revelation. The first time has to do with the LAW of the GOSPEL in Section 42:

12 And again, the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel.
 13 And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit.
 14 And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.
 15 And all this ye shall observe to do as I have commanded concerning your teaching, until the fulness of my scriptures is given.
 16 And as ye shall lift up your voices by the Comforter, ye shall speak and prophesy as seemeth me good;
 17 For, behold, the Comforter knoweth all things, and beareth record of the Father and of the Son.

The obvious interpretation of the term being used would indicate that the Joseph Smith Inspired Version of the Bible is being referred to as the fulness of the scriptures.

I would suggest however that perhaps a broader meaning is intended which would include all of the scriptures that Joseph will ultimately bring forth.

The next time that the keyword shows up in modern revelation seems to suggest this.

In Section 104 the Lord declares that some of the saints in the land of Zion had broken the covenant of consecration that they had entered into. Because of this, the Lord dissolved the covenant between the saints in Zion and the saints in Kirtland. They were no longer bound together as a united order.

In the revelation the Lord informs the leaders of his church that he had commanded them to “organize themselves”.

He then explains that organizing themselves includes printing the fulness of the scriptures:

57 But, verily I say unto you, I have appointed unto you to be stewards over mine house, even stewards indeed.
 58 And for this purpose I have commanded you to organize yourselves, even to print my words, the fulness of my scriptures, the revelations which I have given unto you, and which I shall, hereafter, from time to time give unto you—

Interestingly, this revelation was given AFTER the JST of the Bible had been completed!

Yet the Lord is telling them that the fulness of the scriptures will contain not only that which had already been revealed, but things that were yet to be revealed!

Clearly, the fulness of the scriptures is a term that refers to the publishing of multiple books of scripture, possibly into one canon of scripture, as had been foretold in ancient scripture.

The revelation then goes on to inform us that the fulness of the scriptures are essential in building up the church and kingdom on earth and to prepare the saints for the time when Christ will return to dwell with them.

59 For the purpose of building up my church and kingdom on the earth, and to prepare my people for the time when I shall dwell with them, which is nigh at hand.

The Lord then instructs the saints to prepare a place for a treasury to be consecrated for keeping the sacred things that needed to be printed and canonized.

60 And ye shall prepare for yourselves a place for a treasury, and consecrate it unto my name.
 61 And ye shall appoint one among you to keep the treasury, and he shall be ordained unto this blessing.
 62 And there shall be a seal upon the treasury, and all the sacred things shall be delivered into the treasury; and no man among you shall call it his own, or any part of it, for it shall belong to you all with one accord.
 63 And I give it unto you from this very hour; and now see to it, that ye go to and make use of the stewardship which I have appointed unto you, exclusive of the sacred things, for the purpose of printing these sacred things as I have said.
 64 And the avails of the sacred things shall be had in the treasury, and a seal shall be upon it; and it shall not be used or taken out of the treasury by any one, neither shall the seal be loosed which shall be placed upon it, only by the voice of the order, or by commandment.
 65 And thus shall ye preserve the avails of the sacred things in the treasury, for sacred and holy purposes.
 66 And this shall be called the sacred treasury of the Lord; and a seal shall be kept upon it that it may be holy and consecrated unto the Lord.

The bottom-line is that the fulness of the scriptures that Joseph Smith is to bring forth are essential for the building up of the kingdom and for preparing us to dwell with the Lord when he returns.

The above passage from the JST informs us that the fulness of the scriptures represent the key of knowledge by which we enter into the kingdom.

The importance of the scriptures in revealing the nature and character of God and the mystical relationship between the Father and the Son is hard to overstate.

Back in the time of Christ, the Lawyers had taken away or suppressed the fulness of the scriptures. By so doing, they were preventing themselves from entering into the kingdom and they were hindering the humble followers of Christ from entering in.

This exact scenario has taken place in the latter days. Shortly after the restoration of the fulness of the gospel, the Gentiles rejected the fulness. From that time on, the saints were delivered over to Satan and the true teachings of the restoration, and the true interpretation of the scriptures began to be corrupted and suppressed.

Samples of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #7
Human Priesthood Leaders are to Guide People by Showing the Light
If They Transgress and Teach Falsehood they Need to be Discarded

 

Joseph Smith Translation

King James Translation
JST Mark 9:39-50

Mark 9:42-50

39 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea.


40
Therefore, if thy hand offend thee, cut it off; or if thy brother offend thee, and confess not, and forsake not, he shall be cut off. It is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than, having two hands, to go into hell.

41 For it is better for thee to enter into life without thy brother, than for thee and thy brother to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched, where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched.

42 And again, if thy foot offend thee, cut it off; for he that is thy standard, by whom thou walkest, if he become a transgressor, he shall be cut off.

43 It is better for thee to enter halt into life, than, having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched.

44 Therefore, let every man stand or fall by himself and not for another, or not trusting another.

45 Seek unto my Father, and it shall be done in that very moment what ye shall ask, if ye ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive.

46 And if thine eye which seeth for thee, him that is appointed to watch over thee to show thee light, become a transgressor and offend thee, pluck him out.

47 It is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hellfire.

48 For it is better that thyself should be saved, than to be cast into hell with thy brother, where their worm dieth not and where the fire is not quenched.

49 For everyone shall be salted with fire; and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt; but the salt must be good.

50 For if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it (the sacrifice)? Therefore, it must needs be that ye have salt in yourselves and have peace one with another.

 

42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
 

 

 

 

 
47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

 

 

 

 

48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

 

49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

The above passages and clarifications inform us that God does in fact appoint human priesthood holders to act as a standard and as inspired guides for his people. Ancient prophets like Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel were sent to be guides.

In the New Testament God sent prophets and apostles like Peter, James, John and Paul to act as standards and guides and teach the truth.

However the above clarifications in the JST also inform us that human guides are fallible and can begin teaching falsehood.

It is not the human priesthood leader that God has ordained to be our guide, that we are to put our trust in. It is the light coming from God through the prophet that we are to trust in. It is our responsibility to discern the doctrine being presented. As soon as we detect false doctrine coming from the human guide that has been ordained of God, we are to thrust them aside.

The truth is that there are precious few examples of true prophets that teach false doctrine pertaining to the basics of the gospel of Christ and the saving ordinances. Peter struggled to understand the truth about preaching the gospel to the Gentiles,  but God corrected him on that issue.

Paul “wrote unto the church, giving unto them a commandment, not of the Lord, but of himself..” but his witness of the Christ and him crucified was sound.

Neither of those rare instances actually had to do with teaching false doctrines regarding the nature of God, the essentials of the plan of salvation or the saving ordinances of salvation.

I have noted in previous posts that Joseph Smith had a very unique calling with regard to eventually having his eyes covered.

Joseph Smith initially revealed the truth with uncanny accuracy up until the fulness of the gospel was rejected by the Gentiles.

After that, the saints were delivered over to Satan and the eyes of the seers were covered and some false doctrine was taught.

Some people have greatly misunderstood the uniqueness of Joseph’s calling and have used it to assume that true prophets can teach false doctrine while still acting as a valid prophetic guide.

That is false. If Joseph taught any false doctrines, it was after he became a fallen prophet pursuant to his calling and having his eyes covered.

I have had several Snufferites contact me and tell me that they agree with me that Denver Snuffer has taught lots of false doctrines but they ultimately choose to accept Snuffer as a valid mortal priesthood guide and a true prophet solely based on his claim that he has seen God and has been called of God.

Sadly they use my research on the atonement statute and the intercessory atonement offering of Joseph Smith, and the covering of Joseph Smith’s eyes, as an excuse as to why true prophets can teach false doctrine and yet still be true prophets.

With this misunderstanding, they give Snuffer a free pass to teach all of the false doctrines he wants while maintaining his status as a true prophet and credible guide.

That is a gross misunderstanding of Joseph Smith’s unique calling and a misunderstanding of the necessity of true prophets to teach true doctrine.

In sample #8 we shall expose yet another very grievous false doctrine and false revelation that Denver Snuffer has presented.

 

 Sample of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #8
There is Only One Savior who Created All of the Past and Future Worlds
His Infinite Atonement Covers All of Creation 

Joseph Smith Revision
Book of Moses

King James Version

Moses 1:6, 33, 5:7,9, 7:35-40, 62:4

6 And I have a work for thee, Moses, my son; and thou art in the similitude of mine Only Begotten; and mine Only Begotten is and shall be the Savior, for he is full of grace and truth; but there is no God beside me, and all things are present with me, for I know them all.

33 And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten

7 And then the angel spake, saying: This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth.

9 And in that day the Holy Ghost fell upon Adam, which beareth record of the Father and the Son, saying: I am the Only Begotten of the Father from the beginning, henceforth and forever, that as thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will.

62 And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.
63 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other;
64 And there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest.

It is easy to forget that the Book of Moses represents the very first part of the JST that was revealed through Joseph Smith. It is essentially, Genesis Chapter One+.

The snippets above represent passages of scripture from the Book of Moses that establish the following truths:

  •  There is no God beside the Father
  • The Father created the Son as His ONLY BEGOTTEN
  • The Father created all things through the Son
  • There is no Savior besides Christ
  • The inhabitants of Zion come forth from all creations that God has made.
  • As the creator of all worlds, Christ’s infinite and eternal atonement provides the atonement and redemption for all saved people from all worlds pasts and present

As previously established, God the Father has always been God. He had no beginning. He created (organized) his Son from pure, celestial, unorganized Intelligence that had resided in the Bosom of the Father.

Since Christ was given the fulness of the Father when he was begotten of the Father, Christ received everything the Father had and Christ became ONE with the Father. The Father and the Son are ONE GOD.

Christ has always been in the bosom of the Father and was begotten as the the Son of God who has always been without sin. Christ has never needed an atonement performed for him. The only atonement ever provided throughout eternity is the atonement provided by Christ through the will of the Father.

In a very real sense, it appears the Father participated in the suffering and atonement of the Son. Indeed, it was after the suffering in gethsemane and the cross that Christ was able to lay down his life on the Cross as a result of becoming separated from the Father

“And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Mark 15:39

In other words, the Father was indwelling in Christ at least intermittently, during the suffering right up until Christ laid down his life.

In modern revelation we are given a remarkable sequence of declarations that can only be appreciated when the mystical oneness of the Father and the Son is understood..

First we are informed that Christ is the Redeemer of the world

Second we are informed that Christ belongs to the Father and does his will

Third we are informed that “God” suffered for the sins of the world

Fourth we are informed that the God who suffered is the “greatest of all”

Fifth we are informed that it was Christ that “would that I might not drink the bitter cup” and then gives glory to the Father after submitting to the will of the Father.

1 I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world.
 2 I, having accomplished and finished the will of him whose I am, even the Father, concerning me—having done this that I might subdue all things unto myself—
 3 Retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works at the end of the world, and the last great day of judgment, which I shall pass upon the inhabitants thereof, judging every man according to his works and the deeds which he hath done.
 4 And surely every man must repent or suffer, for I, God, am endless.15 Therefore I command you to repent—repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.
 16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
 17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;
 18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—
 19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men. D&C 19

To the carnal natural mind, that sequence of declarations is illogical and irrational.

How can Christ belong to and submit himself to, and do the will of the Father, if Christ is the greatest of all?

Isn’t the Father the greatest of all?

It appears that the Father was indwelling in Christ and they were ONE GOD during the suffering.

Even though the passages above clearly identifies Christ as the host tabernacle who trembled because of pain and offered himself as the atonement, it appears the Father was dwelling within him and participating in the suffering.

No Gods Before Him

In Isaiah 43 God informs us that there have been no Gods before Him

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
 11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. (Isa 43)

The Vision known as Section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants reveals that it is Christ, without the involvement of other Saviors that saves all of the creations that Christ created except for the Sons of Perdition. This proves conclusively that Christ’s atonement was an infinite and eternal atonement that redeems all creations.

76:43 Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him.

According to the testimony of Joseph and Sidney in Section 76, Jesus Christ is the Creator AND Redeemer of all the worlds that are created.

22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.
38 Yea, verily, the only ones who shall not be redeemed in the due time of the Lord, after the sufferings of his wrath.
39 For all the rest shall be brought forth by the resurrection of the dead, through the triumph and the glory of the Lamb, who was slain, who was in the bosom of the Father before the worlds were made.
40 And this is the gospel, the glad tidings, which the voice out of the heavens bore record unto us—
41 That he came into the world, even Jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to bear the sins of the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness;
42 That through him all might be saved whom the Father had put into his power and made by him;
43 Who glorifies the Father, and saves all the works of his hands, except those sons of perdition who deny the Son after the Father has revealed him.

Further Clarification that Christ’s Atonement is for All Creation

WW Phelps once asked Joseph to provide further clarification regarding the amazing vision that Joseph and Sidney had had. The following segment from the poem Joseph wrote in response, provides unquestionable clarity as to whether each world has its own Savior and atonement, or whether Jesus Christ provided one infinite and eternal atonement for all worlds.

Section 76 Joseph Smith Poem Clarifying Section 76
21. And saw the holy angels, and them who are sanctified before his throne, worshiping God, and the Lamb, who worship him forever and ever.

22. And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

23. For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

22. And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

23. For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—

17. I beheld round the throne, holy angels and hosts, And sanctified beings from worlds that have been, In holiness worshipping God and the Lamb,Forever and ever, amen and amen!

18. And now after all of the proofs made of him, By witnesses truly, by whom he was known, This is mine, last of all, that he lives; yea he lives! And sits at the right hand of God, on his throne.

19. And I heard a great voice, bearing record from heav’n, He’s the Saviour (Savior), and only begotten of God- By him, of him, and through him, the worlds were all made, Even all that career in the heavens so broad.

20. Whose inhabitants, too, from the first to the last, Are sav’d by the very same Saviour (Savior) of ours; And, of course, are begotten God’s daughters and sons,

By the very same truths, and the very same pow’rs.

[This poetical rendering of Doctrine and Covenants 76, published in Nauvoo in 1843, is the only poem extant supposed to have been written by the Prophet Joseph Smith. For a long period Phelps served as a personal scribe for Joseph. The poem is a response to Phelps’ request]

As you can see, the snippets in the above poem about Section 76 provide a second witness to what is clearly declared in Section 76 and the Book of Moses in confirming that Christ has atoned for the sins of the inhabitants of all past and future worlds.

Christ’s Atonement Was Infinite

One the remarkable things about the Book of Mormon is that it reminds us repeatedly that the atonement of Christ was INFINITE:

Wherefore, it must needs be an infinite atonement–save it should be an infinite atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption. Wherefore, the first judgment which came upon man must needs have remained to an endless duration. And if so, this flesh must have laid down to rot and to crumble to its mother earth, to rise no more (2 Ne 9:7).

And after they have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind–and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things (2 Ne 25:16).

(2 Ne 25:16).And after they [the Jews] have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind–and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things. (2 Ne 25:16)

For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice. Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another. Now, if a man murdereth, behold will our law, which is just, take the life of his brother? I say unto you, Nay. But the law requireth the life of him who hath murdered; therefore there can be nothing which is short of an infinite atonement which will suffice for the sins of the world (Alma 34:10-12).

Why is it important to understand that God the Father has never changed and that there were no Gods before him, and that the atonement of Christ was infinite and eternal ?

I believe it is important for many reasons.

One reason is so that we will more fully comprehend the magnificent power of the God we worship and better know who and what we worship.

Another reason is so that we can avoid becoming arrogant like Satan did and wanting to become like unto God in the sense of replacing the works of God with our own works of creations and atonement.

Another reason is so that we can detect false teachings and false prophets in our midst.

One of the things we learned from the scriptures is that false prophets teach false doctrine.

 

The Fruits of True Prophets is True Doctrine

One of the primary fruits of a true prophet is to teach truth instead of falsehood. The defining fruit of a false prophet is false doctrine.

15 ¶Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Damnable Heresies that Deny that Christ Bought Us

Peter warned of false prophets that would teach damnable heresies. They would deny the Lord. Denying the Lord could refer to rejecting Jesus as the Christ. Another way to interpret the passage is that they would deny the fulness of the work and atonement of God, claiming that there are many Gods providing many atonements for different worlds.

2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1-3 King James Version (KJV)

For years I have spoken about the fact that virtually every true doctrine of the restoration has been perverted. The more I study and search the scriptures and compare the teachings of Christ in the scriptures and the original teachings of the LDS restoration movement, to what is taught in the church today, the more I am convinced of this.

I am now going to address one of the most evil damnable heresies that has ever been introduced into the church.

I have personally been guilty of teaching it and have since repented.

Here is an excerpt from a booklet I wrote back in 1992 when I was just beginning to separate out the truth from fiction in LDS doctrine.

“‘follow thou me’ is the command given. But if we must follow the example of a “mortal messiah” that never committed any sin during his mortal earth life, we are without hope, “for we have all sinned” and therefore cannot follow his example of mortal perfection. On the other hand, if we are commanded to follow the example of an immortal messiah, , “who was once a [mortal] man like us”. who became a god by going through the same plan of salvation that we are experiencing we have great reason to hope and glory in the grace of God”

Sounds logical does it?

At the time I wrote the above snippet, I had just become aware of the book “The Mortal Messiah” by Bruce McConkie and knew deep within my soul that Christ was not a mortal messiah. So I began trying to make sense of the truth, doing the best that I could with what I had been taught and what i was learning.

In my last installment on the JST I addressed how Christ was not born of Mortal Blood according to the inspired gospel of John and how the book of Mormon teaches that Christ did not offer a human sacrifice.

I still believe the first part of the above quote. Christ was not a perfect mortal. He was not born of mortal blood. He was truly pure and innocent. He had sinless blood flowing through his veins.

There is no such thing as a perfect mortal. The term is an oxymoron.

Christ was God in the flesh.

That is why he did not commit sin during his earthly life and ministry.

HOWEVER, during my studies, I would eventually discover that the second part of the above quote that speculates that Christ had previously gone through a mortal probation like the one we are experiencing, before becoming the Savior of this world, simply does not square with the scriptures provided in the Book of Moses, Section 76, the JST, and other passages of scripture.

What I said in that quote represented a very logical deduction in my opinion. But I can’t give my self any brownie points for being logical. I can only confess that I taught a false doctrine.

I believe that virtually all of us who are trying to understand the doctrine of the kingdom and sharing our beliefs and interpretation of scripture have been guilty of teaching false doctrine . That pamphlet I wrote three decades ago had several false doctrines in it.

Over the last nine years I suspect that I have taught some false doctrines on my blog. That is why I put the disclaimers on my blogs and tell people they should not believe anything I write just because I believe it. Every man is responsible for their own beliefs.

I am on a learning curve like everyone else who has inherited the latter day apostasy and the false traditions of my fathers.

I cut myself and others who openly confess that they are just trying to understand the truth, and don’t claim any authority, lots of slack.

The only people I am really critical of for teaching false doctrine, are those that claim to be a special messenger or witness of Christ and claim to speak directly to Christ and claim to be directly taught by Christ.

Those people who claim a special relationship and status with Christ and then teach false doctrine are VERY DANGEROUS PEOPLE. They are the ones that Christ has warned us about.

Reverse Engineering the False Doctrine that I Taught

Ok, now, I am going to reverse engineer how I arrived at the false conclusion that Christ had previously gone through a mortal probation before he became the creator and Savior of this world.

To begin with, I had been raised to believe the following scripture and its associated implications:

22 The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit.  Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. (D&C 130:22)

Obviously, if the Father has a tangible body like Christ, it paves the way for the possibility that the Father gained his body the same way that Christ did, and that Christ was simply following in his fathers footsteps.

However we have shown in a previous post that the above passage was taken out of context by the Brigham Young administration when they canonized it. Joseph Smith was responding to the false doctrine that Orson Hyde had taught, incorrectly teaching that the Father had a body of flesh and bones.

The Lectures on Faith and the scriptures teach that the Father is a flaming fire. He is a personage of spirit, unlike the Son who is a personage of tabernacle. The Father only has a tabernacle of element in the sense that he dwells in the Son.

Another thing that threw me off track is the fact that I had been raised to believe the following couplet by Lorenzo Snow:

“As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be.”

I had accepted the above couplet as scripture without scrutinizing it with the scriptures.

Another problem is that I had been told that Christ was our “Elder Brother” which implied that he was subject to the same plan of salvation as us. But that does not  square with scripture. Christ is our creator and redeemer, not our elder brother.

Another reason that I speculated that Christ had previously gone through a mortal probation before he came to this world to redeem us is that I had been studying the teachings of Mormon Fundamentalism that grew out of the teachings of Brigham Young back at the time that I wrote that.

One of their teachings is that each of us that are valiant will advance to become an Adam of a future world and then, if valiant, we will become like the Son and then like the Father.

That is supposedly one of the cryptic teachings of the Brigham Young temple endowment.

With the shaky foundation I had from all of those false assumptions, I was one day visiting a friend that worked for Sunstone Magazine and I struck a deal with him. I told him I would do some volunteer work for Sunstone if I could have access to their files containing lots of interesting and controversial teachings and events having to do with LDS church history.

One of the many things I came across is the following statement from Brigham Young, as documented in the diary of Wilford Woodruff.

May 12, 1867: At Fillmore public meetings President Young said “there never was
any world created and peopled nor never would be but what would be redeemed
by the shedding of the blood of the Savior of that world. If we are ever
exalted and crowned in the presence of God, we shall become saviors of a world
which we shall create and people”

Since I had already accepted some false teachings that fit in perfectly with what Brigham Young had said. I believed it.

I’ll be honest with you about my initial reaction when I read the above statement from Woodruffs journal.

I got light headed and nauseated.

You see, I have a very low pain threshold.

If I get a minor cut or burn, I fall to the floor and cry like a little baby in the fetal position. My wife who has a really high pain threshold just rolls her eyes at me in disgust.

So I am sitting there at Sunstone trying to envision myself creating a world and then hanging on a cross and suffering and going through everything Christ went through in the New Testament and I just couldn’t fathom going through it… nor did I think I could ever feel worthy enough to ever provide an atonement for the inhabitants of a world that I would create and people.

Nevertheless, while questioning whether or not I would ever be worthy of becoming a Christ, I took the above statement by Brigham Young as the gospel truth because back at that time, I had been conditioned to believe it based on other things that the church taught. Besides, I considered Brigham Young to be a prophet of God and to be a credible gospel scholar.

Of course I would later discover similar declarations from others of the apostate apostles that followed Brigham Young to Utah. The following was a declaration from Orson Hyde;

“Remember that God our Heavenly Father was perhaps once a child, and mortal like we are, and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome until he has arrived at the point where He now is” (Mormon Apostle Orson Hyde Gospel Through the Ages p.104)

I realized that Brigham Young’s and Orson Hyde’s declarations were just variations and extensions of what is taught in the King Follett Sermon. The King Follett Sermon was a sermon that  Joseph Smith gave at a funeral of a person named King Follett. The sermon contains the following snippets:

King follett Sermon

God who sits in yonder heavens is a man like yourselves

We suppose that God was God from eternity. I will refute that idea,

The scriptures inform us, mark it [brother Rigdon] that Jesus Christ said As the Father hath power in himself, so hath the son power in himself to do what the father did even to lay down my body & take it up again do you believe it, if not, dont believe the bible. I defy all Hell and earth to refute it.

You have got to learn how to be a god yourself in order to save yourself

What did Jesus do. Why I do the things that I saw the father do when worlds came into existence.

I saw the father work out a kingdom with fear & trembling & I can do the same & when I get my k[ingdom] work I will present to the father & it will exalt his glory and Jesus steps into his tracks to inherit what God did before.

When I first read the King Follett Sermon I had no reason to question it. It sounded really powerful and authoritative to me.

At that time I had not become intimately familiar with the Lectures on Faith and the Book of Moses and related scriptures which completely contradicts many of the things mentioned in the King Follett Sermon.

“..to do what the father did even to lay down [his] body & take it up again..”

The most powerful and compelling aspect of the sermon is the inference taken from John Chapter 5 that Christ is saying he has power to do what he has previously seen the Father do, namely, lay down his body and then take it up again.

Of course that statement is quite problematic because the Father has always been God. He is an unchanging God. He does not have a physical body and the Father has never gone through a mortal probation. Obviously, Christ could not have seen his Father lay down his life in a previous mortal probation.

A contextual reading of the passages being referred to in John 5 reveals that Christ was simply addressing the topic of the resurrection and pointing out that he gets all his power from the Father… he can only do the will of the Father by the power of the Father and they basically do it together because of their oneness:

v 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
v 21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
v 26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

God the Father Never Changes

The Lectures on Faith emphasized the divine attribute that God the Father has not and will not ever change.

He has not evolved into Godhood from humanhood.

He has always been God.

The King Follett Sermon on the other hand celebrates the belief that God was once a mortal man and that we mortals can evolve into Godhood to take the place of a God that went before us.

That is patently false.

Here is a snippet from the Lectures on Faith which was initially sustained by the Law of Common Consent as the official inspired doctrine of the Church:

It is equally as necessary that men should have the idea that he is a God who changes not, in order to have faith in him, as it is to have the idea that he is gracious and long suffering. For without the idea of unchangeableness in the character if the Deity, doubt would take the place of faith. But with the idea that he changes not, faith lays hold upon the excellencies in his character with unshaken confidence, believing he is the same yesterday, to-day and forever, and that his course is one eternal round. (Lecture 3:19-21)

I am embarrassed to say that I was not intimately familiar with the true doctrine of God as contained in the Lectures on Faith and in the scriptures when I wrote the false doctrine about Christ having gone through a mortal probation.

I had not done a serious comparison of the heretical teachings in the King Follett Sermon with the Book of Moses, Section 76 and numerous other conflicting passages in the standard works..

I just did not have a deep enough knowledge of the scriptures and the gospel to realize that the King Follett sermon is not congruent with the scriptures.

One of the interesting things about the King Follett sermon is that it was given at about the same time that Joseph Smith wrote the poem about Section 76 which blatantly contradicts the doctrines taught in the King Follett Sermon.

This brings up the question, did Joseph Smith even teach the heresies contained in the King Follett Sermon?

Interestingly, the sermon was given on April 7 1844 but it was not published in the Times and Seasons until August 15th, two months AFTER the martyrdom!

Joseph never had the opportunity to review the sermon that is attributed to him and defend himself from the attributions being made.

Coincidentally, all of the diaries that contained notes from the discourse were from those who would become staunch supporters of Brigham Young during the succession crises just a few months later. Furthermore, many of the notes in their journals were almost identical which is not characteristic of the variations in note taking that is commonplace with the diaries of other Nauvoo discourses. This begs the question of whether there was a concerted effort in historical revisionism on the part of Brigham Young and his associates.

The accuracy of the teachings in the sermon have been questioned by many general authorities including Senior Apostle Orson Pratt who was a Biblical literalist.

Blake Ostler made the following observation about the doubt that Charles Penrose had in the credibility of the King Follett Sermon

“The First Presidency demonstrated its opposition to the idea of man’s necessary existence again in 1912 when it removed the King Follett discourse from [B.H.] Roberts’ Documentary History of the Church. Charles B. Penrose, in particular, doubted the authenticity and correctness of the reporting of the sermon.

In a letter to Samuel O. Bennion, president of the Central States Mission, George Albert Smith said:

“I have thought that the report of that sermon might not be authentic and I have feared that it contained some things that might be contrary to the truth. . . . Some of the brethren felt as I did and thought that greater publicity should not be given to that particular sermon.”

If people like Orson Pratt, Charles Penrose and President George Albert Smith doubted the authenticity of the sermon, they have another critic that has arrived at a similar conclusion.

Back in 1969, Enid Stubbart DeBarthe presented a paper to the faculty of the graduate school of Northern Illinois in partical fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree, Master of Library Science.

In the paper, she analysed and compared the writing style of Section 132 and the King Follett Sermon with the writing style of Joseph Smith. She concluded that neither represented the speaking or writing style of Joseph Smith and that both seemed to be similar to the writing style of Brigham Young.

I personally don’t have a strong  opinion as to whether the sermon, as we have it today, was actually given by Joseph Smith or not.

Ultimately I don’t think it matters because each of us is responsible for searching the scriptures to know if a doctrine is true. We cannot just accept everything that Joseph Smith says because he is fallible just like every other human guide.

Regardless of whether it was Joseph Smith that introduced the heresies contained in the King Follett Sermon or not, the only thing that really matters is whether we have the ability to discern true doctrine from false doctrine.

At the time that the sermon was given, Joseph was being accused of being a fallen prophet. I have provided extensive scripture and historical documentation in previous posts to show that Joseph did experience a temporary fall because of the unique calling that he had as an intercessor.

Are the doctrines contained in the King Follett sermon true?

If they are, then we need to discard many of the foundational scriptures of the restoration.

Is Christ the creator and redeemer of all past and present worlds like the scriptures tell us or will human beings become creators and redeemers like the King Follett Sermons teaches?

Is Christ the Savior of all past and present worlds who created an infinite and eternal atonement, or will those that are valiant in the gospel become saviors and hang on a cross for the worlds they create?

Are the scriptures true or is the King Follett Sermon true?

I think the answer is pretty obvious.

Which brings me to the topic of Denver Snuffer.

Denver claims to be a true prophet of God.

He has warned the world that they must accept his teachings and warnings or be damned.

In his book “Preserving the Restoration” he warns, through the words of one of his disciples that we must accept his words as a true prophet or be damned:

“.. do not ignore what is written in this book. Please do not take this warning lightly… Receive the words of a true prophet… if you will not consider it, [the teachings of Denver Snuffer in the Book] but instead harden your heart, YOU WILL BE DAMNED”

 

By giving that warning and many others similar to it, Denver Snuffer has placed an ominous obligation on all of us to determine through the doctrines that he teaches and through the Holy Ghost whether or not he is a true prophet of God.

As I previously mentioned, I cut people a lot of slack when they teach a false doctrine as long as they let people know that they are not speaking with authority and it is just their speculation.

Denver has placed himself in that very rare class of people who has put the world on notice that he speaks with Christ and that the doctrine that he teaches is true and that we will be damned if we reject his teachings.

Probably the most prolific way that we common folk have of identifying false prophets is by identifying the false doctrines that they teach. But we cannot do that unless we have searched the scriptures and become approved unto God by our ability to rightly divide the word of truth.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Timothy 2:15

We have just reviewed evidence from the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible and other passages of scripture to prove that there are not multiple Christs offering multiple atonement’s for multiple worlds.

We have seen that Christ was not created as an imperfect being that needed to go through a mortal probation and have his sins remitted by the atonement of another God.

The scriptures are clear about the fact that we mortals may BECOME the sons of God through a plan of salvation and an atonement provided by Christ, but Christ was created as the SON OF GOD. He has never sinned and he has never needed an atonement to remit his sins.

Christ did not need to progress through a plan of salvation. He dwelt in the bosom of the Father from the beginning of his creation as the only begotten of the Father.

Christ had never been through a mortal probation prior to his earthly ministry and during his earthly ministry he was not baptized for the remission of sins because he was sinless and had no sins to remit. He was baptized as the Son of God to fulfill all righteousness.

In the pre-existence he was the Son of God dwelling in the bosom of the Father. As the only begotten of the Father he had the fulness of the Father and was ONE with him and in him.

He condescended to come down to this earth and provide an atonement offering.

Having established all of that through the holy word of God in the scriptures, let us review a snippet from the most recent “revelation” that Denver Snuffer has received which is apparently supposed to be the record of John that was supposed to come forth.

Keep in mind that I have already pointed out a major revelatory problem with Denvers revelation in the last installment of this series, namely that Denver discarded Joseph’s amazing correct showing that Jesus Christ was not born of blood.

This next doctrinal problem with the “revelation” Denver had is astronomical in my opinion.

Here is the snippet in question.

“Just as the Father laid down his life for me, he trusts me with the lives of the sheep. I will sacrifice my life for the sheep.”

Here we have Denver Snuffer regurgitating the damnable doctrine from the King Follet heresy.

He follows up with additional snippets to further expound the doctrine making the following declarations from Jesus;

“…as you [speaking to Peter] approach the end of the path, you will have to let others stretch out your hands and likewise nail you, even if you plead to have the bitter cup removed. This He said to foretell the sacrificial death that is required for endless glory And then He added, You must follow after me..

..Now, therefore, know that Jesus is the Messiah, the Walker in the Path who has proven for evermore that Father Ahman sent Him into the world to prove His Father’s path…

..Followers will also finish the path, as I am now concluding, at the place my Father dwells..””

Snuffer is revealing through his inspired revelation that Christ had been imperfect and sinful and needed to have his sins remitted through an atonement provided by God the Father.

He appears to be teaching that both Christ and God the Father went through the same path of a sinful mortal probation that required both of them to need their sins remitted by a separate atonement than the one provided by Christ.

One of the most disturbing things about Snuffer’s inspired version of the Gospel of St. John is that he removed the following passage-

“And Now oh  Father, glorify me with the glory which I had with thee before the world was”

which clearly demonstrates the pre-earth Godhood of Christ.

He replaced it with the following passage

“Let what happens next finish your great work, so I may return to your
Throne to be with you where I was before my descent here.”

Does Snuffer reject the pre-earth Godhood of Christ?

The King James text above, when read with related scripture, explains that Christ received his fulness from  the Father when he was created before his earthly ministry. He then condescended to fulfill the work given him of the Father. He then received the fulness again during this earthly ministry.

To suggest that God the Father and Christ were simply part of an eternal progression of the Gods and that they evolved into God from a sinful sinful state, instead of accepting the scriptural declarations that the Father has always been God, would appear to be blasphemy and it is categorically contrary to scripture.

One can only assume that Denver teaches the above heresy in a revelation either because he was inspired by a false Christ, or because he wanted to prove how inspired and revelatory he is by revealing deep doctrine based on his belief in the King Follett Sermon and some false assumptions he has.

Clearly Snuffer does not understand sound doctrine or have the ability to teach it. In my opinion he is an impostor who is trying to replace the calling of Joseph Smith with himself and he is not intimately familiar with God’s word.

According to Snuffer’s revelation, the King Follett Sermon is true and the Book of Moses, Section 76, and numerous other passages of scripture from the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants are false.

If Snuffers revelation is true, the scriptural and doctrinal foundation of Mormonism comes crumbling down to the ground.

Praise God for the scriptures and the true prophets that have provided a measuring yard stick by which we can measure every mans doctrine and ascertain whether or not they have the light of truth in them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Audio Version of Solving the Prophet Puzzle

Some people love to listen to audio presentations while driving in their car or working around the house. Because of this, Mrs. Watcher has decided to read each of the chapters of Solving the Prophet Puzzle and post them on youtube.

 

A few posts ago I included the youtube of Mrs Watcher reading the Preface.

Here is the Youtube of Mrs Watcher reading the Introduction

 


The Inspired Revision of the Bible Part Three

February 9, 2017

In part two of this series we documented how the law of the gospel was given through Joseph Smith and canonized as section 42.

[Editorial Note: There is a great series on the LAW being done by Searcher for those interested]

Among other things, the Law of the Gospel commands the saints to live the marital law of monogamy and to live the law of consecration.

The Lord also commanded the saints to receive and publish the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible to the world and to incorporate it as part of the law with the other canons of scripture that Joseph Smith was instrumental in bringing forth.

In Robert J. Matthew’s doctoral dissertation entitled “A Study of the Text of the JST of the Bible,” (Brigham Young University, May 1968, page 37), he shows that Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon affirmed that “they were appointed by the Lord and that the work was done by the Spirit” 

During the Secret History of Mormonism series a five part timeline was introduced that divided the 15 year ministry of Joseph Smith into five very specific and identifiable periods.

It was suggested that you can plug just about any otherwise difficult to understand historical event pertaining to Joseph Smith’s ministry, into that historical timeline and it will begin to make sense.

This is certainly true with regard to the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible as well.

Notice how the official commandment to translate the Bible came in March of 1831, just months before the endowment of the Melchizedek Priesthood .

The translation of the New Testament was completed on February 2nd 1833.

The Old Testament was completed on July  2nd 1833.

translation-of-bible-timeline

As you can see, the translation of the Bible was completed within a relatively short period of time and it was completed during the revelatory sweet spot when the vast majority of the revelations Joseph was given were pouring down upon him.

More specifically, it was completed DURING THE 3 1/2 YEARS that the fulness of the gospel/priesthood was on the earth.

That makes perfect sense.

Then, following the rejection of the fulness and after the expulsion of the saints from Jackson County and Kirtland, nothing of significance is done towards publishing the work UNTIL the saints go to the cornerstone of Zion in Nauvoo.

That makes perfect sense.

At that time, Section 124 was given and the Saints were informed that the Kirtland Temple had been defiled and the fulness of the priesthood had been taken from them.

They are commanded to REPENT and REFORM.

They were given a window of opportunity to repent and BUILD THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.

At that time, the first presidency and the Twelve again begin petitioning the saints to finance the publishing of the New Translation while also pleading with them to finance and help build the Temple and the Boarding House  of the Lord.

That makes perfect sense.

Sadly, the saints failed to complete the house of the Lord, upon which the restoration of the fulness of the priesthood was predicated and they failed to publish the Inspired Version of the Bible to the world, upon which the salvation of the Church was predicated.

JST Completion Timeline

June 1830 Joseph Smith receives the Visions of Moses which essentially begins the translation of the Old Testament (Joseph Smith Papers)

December 30, 1830 – Joseph acknowledges that the translation had already begun.

It may be well to observe here, that the Lord greatly encouraged and strengthened the faith of His little flock…by giving some more extended information upon the Scriptures, a translation of which had already commenced. (I:131)

March 7, 1831, (Section 45) Joseph Smith is commanded by revelation to begin the translation of the New Testament:

“And now, behold, I say unto you, it shall not be given Unto you to know any further concerning this chapter, until the New Testament be translated, and in it all these things shall be made known;

“Wherefore, I give unto you that ye may now translate it, that ye may be prepared for the things to come.” (D&C 45:60–61.)

December 1 1831 the work of translation is resumed

On December 1, 1831, at Hiram, Ohio, he recorded this statement in his journal:

“I resumed the translation of the Scriptures, and continued to labor in this branch of my calling with Elder Sidney Rigdon as my scribe. …” (DHC, vol. 1, p. 238.)

In previous blog posts and in the Secret History of Mormonism youtube series I have provided documentation to show that the saints failed to live the law and eventually replaced the truth with falsehood.

February 2 1833 The Translation of the New Testament is Finished

“I completed the translation and review of the New Testament on the 2nd of February, 1833, and sealed it up, no more to be opened till it arrived in Zion.” (History of the Church, 1:324.)

March 8 1833 The New Testament is Completed

Having completed the New Testament, the Brethren then returned to the book of Genesis and continued with the translation of the Old Testament. On 8 March 1833, the Lord spoke to them about other duties that needed to be taken care of, but not until after they had “finished the translation of the [Old Testament] prophets.”

13 And when you have finished the translation of the prophets, you shall from thenceforth preside over the affairs of the church and the school;

14 And from time to time, as shall be manifested by the Comforter, receive revelations to unfold the mysteries of the kingdom; (D&C 90:13.)

May 6 1833 Joseph is commanded to hasten the work of translation

At Kirtland, Ohio, the Lord counseled the Prophet,

“It is my will that you should hasten to translate my scriptures.” (D&C 93:53.)
On the same day another revelation was received in which the Lord gave instruction concerning a printing house to be built:

“And again, verily I say unto you, the second lot on the south shall be dedicated unto me for the building of a house unto me, for the work of the printing of the translation of my scriptures.” (D&C 94:10.)

These revelations suggest some urgency about completing the work and getting it printed. They also reveal that the JST was to be printed in Kirtland where the word of the Lord was to go forth from…
2 July 1833, The Old Testament was completed

In a letter to the brethren in Zion, the Prophet wrote that-

“we are exceedingly fatigued, owing to the great press of business. We this day finished the translating of the Scriptures, for this we returned gratitude to our Heavenly Father.” (HC 1:368)

The words “Finished on the 2nd day of July 1833” also occur in bold handwriting on the JST manuscript at the conclusion of the book of Malachi.

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Ok. In this segment of the series we have provided an overview of how the JST fits into the early history of Mormonism and a brief timeline of the beginning and completion of the translation.

In previous parts of this series we have demonstrated that the salvation of the Church and the redemption of Zion was predicated upon the completion of the publishing of the JST.

Sadly, the church failed to publish the JST to the world. Fortunately, the manuscript was saved and was eventually published by the RLDS church.

We know from the revelations that joseph Smith brought forth that there is critical information contained therein which sheds light on doctrinal, historical and prophetic information.

Because of this, we should all be studying and searching the changes made in the JST under the influence of the spirit.

I am now going to begin highlighting passages that have been changed and why I (and some of my readers that have contributed to this project) feel they are incredibly inspired, revelatory, and essential to understand.

There is not necessarily going to be any rhyme or reason to the order in which I will be spotlighting passages of the JST during this series.

In this series I am not necessarily attempting to present important changes in the JST chronologically or by topic. However, when possible, I will clump various changes together in a post if they relate to a given gospel topic.

Again, I will be limiting each post to highlighting just three ro four clusters of passages that have significant changes. I am doing this so that readers will not be unindated with information.

Some of the inspired clarifications will entail snippets that are larger than just one verse.

Sample of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #1

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

Chapter & Verse ???

Chapter & Verse ???

Passage ???

Passage ???

As you can see, the very first passage that I want to highlight does not exist.

Why?

Because one of the most profound changes that could have been made by Joseph Smith, was never made! 

Specifically, I am referring to the nefarious doctrine of Celestial Polygamy that was most likely introduced into the Church during the Nauvoo period or possibly during the end of the Kirtland era .

I have written about eight articles about what I refer to as the Spiritual Wife Doctrine (celestial polygamy)  containing countless scriptural and historical evidences proving that the doctrine of celestial polygamous marriage is false. Nevertheless, it has occurred to me while putting this series together, that I missed out on identifying one of the most profound evidences that celestial polygamy and Section 132 is false.

What is that evidence?

It is in the fact that Joseph Smith did not make one single change in the Inspired Version to support the Celestial Polygamy heresy.

Think about it.

If Joseph Smith was revealing a higher celestial martial law that is to be lived by the elect of God that will inherit the highest level of salvation, then certainly it would have been clearified and validated among the changes made in the JST!

It has previously been demonstrated that Section 132 begins with the false premise that David and Solomon were justified in the practice of polygamy even though the Book of Mormon clearly states that David and Solomon were NOT justified in that practice.

False Claim that the Polygamy of
David and Solomon was Justified 

Clarification that the Polygamy of
David and Solomon was NOT Justified

D&C 132:1

Jacob 2:24

1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having many wives and concubines—

23 But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes. For behold, thus saith the Lord: This people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son.
 24 Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.

We have observed that at the time of the martyrdom, there was not one single passage of scripture in the four standard works that gave credence to the doctrine that righteous men will be sealed to multiple wives in the hereafter.

One could only prove that Biblical Polygamy existed in ancient times, but not the doctrine of multiple wives being sealed to one in the after life.

The above passage from the Book of Mormon indicates that ALL of the polygamous wives of Solomon and David were an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.

It has been observed that the Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the Gospel, and yet, there is nothing in the Book of Mormon about the need to be sealed to multiple wives in order to gain a greater exaltation. Quite the opposite. The Book of Mormon condemns  the practice of having multiple wives.

Having said all of that, the JST provides one of the strongest evidences against Celestial Polygamy by OMISSION.

If indeed Joseph Smith really was legitimately introducing a higher law of marriage that required being sealed to multiple wives, then he clearly would have revealed this important doctrine in the Inspired Translation of the Bible even if for some strange reason it had not been revealed in the Doctrine and Covenants and the Book of Mormon.

Did he reveal the doctrine of celestial polygamy in the JST?

Nope.

There is nothing about the spiritual wife-Celestial Polygamy doctrine or any bizaare reason for a man to be sealed to multiple wives in the Inspired Translation…..

nada…

zip…

zilch .

The fact that Joseph did not insert anything in the JST to sustantiate the heresy is huge.

For this reason alone the church should extract Section 132 from the D&C.

Those who understand the significance of the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible in revealing true doctrine and in being part of the LAW of God will recognize this observation as a huge exposition on the heresy of Celestial Spiritual Wifery.

It is no coincidence that the JST was completed during the “revelatory sweet-spot” of Joseph Smith’s ministry that took place from 1831 to 1834. Had the practice of sealing spiritual wives to someone been revealed as part of the fulness of the gospel, it certainly would have to have been revealed during that time period.

Of course there are no credible historians that place the emergence of the spiritual wife heresy during those early Kirtland years because there is no credible evidence to suggest such a thing.

Interestingly, there are a few  historical revisionists includinng Denver Snuffer, who claim that Joseph Smith did introduced the practice of sealing multiple wives in 1831. They make this claim even though there is not one shred of credible evidence to justify the speculation.

If the doctrine was a true doctrine, what Snuffer asserts would have to be true because all  of the most important revelations and ordinances of salvation having to do with the restored church of Christ came forth at that time.

If the doctrine was true, Joseph would have been practicing celestial polygamy while translating the Bible and he clearly would have corrected passages and/or added clarifications in the Bible to justify the doctrine and the practice.

But the JST is silent on the topic of the Celestial Polygamy doctrine because is not true. Furthermore, Joseph was not practicing it during that time.

Game, Set, Match.

This leads me to the 2nd set of inspired revisions to be addressed in this series.

I now want to spotlight a change that provides further clarification about the topic of David and Solomon, dispite the fact that the wording requires a lot of mental energy to sort out…

1 Kings 15 in the KJV of the Bible leads us to believe that the only sin that David committed, had to do with Uriah. However i believe the following changes fronn the Inspired Version reveal that David had committed many sins. The real intent of the revised passages are to differentiate the sins that David had repented of from the singular sin that he had not repented of.

I realize that the changed meaning of the passages below is somewhat subtle and difficult to understand. however sample # three of this series will provide much clarity.

Sample of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #2

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

1 Kings 15:3-15

1 Kings 15:3-15

3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; and his heart was not perfect with the Lord, his God, as the Lord commanded David, his father.

4 Nevertheless, for David’s sake did the Lord, his God, give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem,

5 Because David did right in the eyes of the Lord and turned not aside from all that he commanded him, to sin against the Lord, but repented of the evil all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite, wherein the Lord cursed him.

3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father.

4 Nevertheless for David’s sake did the Lord his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

So David committed many sins, however, he repented of all of them except the sin that he could not repent of . In the matter of Uriah, wherein David caused her husband to be killed and took her to wife, the Lord cursed him.

So what about all of the wives that David was given by Nathan the prophet? Wouldn’t they be justified since the Lord’s prophet gave them to him?

According to the Book of Mormon, no.

I have personally never publicly questioned the doctrinal veracity of those wives because Nathan give the wives to David and, like any good Latter day Saint, I never question anything that a bonafide prophet does.

I have just assumed that the wives that Nathan gave to David were legitimate wives based on the desire of God raise up the seed of David.

I have always maintained that there is a very distinct difference between the doctrine of “Biblical Polygamy” which seems to be substantiated in scripture, and the “Spiritual Wife- Celestial Polygamy” heresy that emerged during Joseph Smith’s ministry.

Biblical Polygamy is allowed by the Lord for purposes of raising up seed. Celestial Polygamy on the other hand is presented as a celestial marital law that results in a greater salvation by being sealed to multiple wives throughout eternity.

I still think there is a clear historical and scriptural distinction between the two doctrines.

HOWEVER, thanks to the JST I am no longer making the assumption that all of the plural wives of David besides Uriah were justified in the eyes of God just because they were given through the prophet Nathan.

We have preciously observed that the Lord teaches a very important principle in Ezekiel 14.

That principle is that anytime a person with an idolotrous heart petitions the Lord through his prophet, they will recieve an idolotrous answer through the Lord’s prophet.

Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me and sat before me.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face. Should I be inquired of at all by them?

Therefore, speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God: Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet, I, the Lord, will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols,

That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Therefore, say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God: Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

For everyone of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me, I, the Lord, will answer him by myself.

And I will set my face against that man and will make him a sign and a proverb; and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I, the Lord, have not deceived that prophet; therefore, I will stretch out my hand upon him and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him,

That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord God. Ezek 14;1-11

According to the Book of Mormon, the petition to the Lord given in the first verse of Section 132 was an erroneous and idolatrous petition based on a false assumption which clearly contradicted what had been taught in the Book of Mormon.

According to the above declarations in Ezekiel 14, the Lord gives idolatrous answers to those asking false and idolatrous questions.

Hense, the fact that the Prophet Nathan might have given multiple wives to David according to the desires of his heart, does not necessarily mean that his desires were righteous or that David was justified in taking plural wives.

With this in mind, I now want to share an astounding body of changes in the JST that a reader of this blog has brought to my attention regarding pertaining to David and Solomon.

The changes she refers to are contained in 1 Kings 3, 11, 14, and 15

She pointed out that many people miss out on seeing these changes because the LDS church does not include them amoung the 600+ JST passages that have been integrated into the LDS scriptures. She make the profound observation:

 “Here is a change that might be missed because it was NOT included in the church-published KJV…The main point is that the JST description of David and Solomon is inconsistent with D&C 132.”

Boy is it ever inconsistent with Section 132!

I am going to go one step further and suggest that hidden within all of these changes in those four Chapters, is the fact that David and Solomon sinned much more than we are led to suppose and that David may not have had a pure heart when he began receiving wives through Nathan the prophet.

Sample of Inspired Changes in the JST #3 1st Kings 3, 11, 14 & 15

David and Solomon were NOT Justified in Polygamy!

In this particular sampling of inspired  I have decided to simply copy some pages from one of my reference books that allows you to compare the JST with the KJV.

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As you can see, according to the changes that Joseph Smith made in those chapters-

  • The Lord was not pleased with Solomon or the wife he took who was the daughter of Pharaoh!
  • The reason the Lord blessed Solomon was for the peoples sake, not because of Solomon’s righteousness!
  • David had walked in UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!
  • Solomons heart WAS NOT PERFECT WITH GOD! It was the same of the unrighteous heart of David!
  • The Kingdom was taken away from David because he did not keep the commandments.
  • Both David and Solomon DID EVIL in the sight of the Lord. They went not fully after the Lord!
  • The Lord cursed the seed of David because of the sins that he committedd

Why did the Lord inspire Joseph Smith to clarify that both David and Solomon did evil in the sight of God way beyond what is normally attributed to them?

Clearly the Lord was revealing that David and Solomon desired multiple wives because their hearts were not right before God.

Clearly these changes are consistent with the declaration in the Book of Mormon which states that David and Solomon were not justified in their abominations having to do with polygamy.

It further exposes the absurd supposition that Section 132 is predicated upon!

The person that sent the above changes to me made the following observation;

My personal belief about the JST is that Joseph focused on the points of clarification that were most relevant to the work he was doing in preparing for Zion. The amount of information he added about Enoch, Melchizedek, the promises to Joseph, and the details related to the events prior to the second coming indicate that he knew what needed to be taught. 

I don’t disagree with her observation.

Although there are significant changes sprinkled throughout the Old and New Testaments covering a multitude of topics, it appears that the changes made were not exhaustive and they were somewhat surgical, focused on specific books of the Bible and certain topics.

I think it is evident that the Lord was primarily having Joseph clarify and correct the passages that pertained to the work that Joseph was involved in.

Although the condemnation of polygamy in the Book of Mormon and modern revelation is more than adequate to show forth the ridiculousness of the beginning passages in Section 132, the changes in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible provide the final nail in the coffin of the celestial polygamy debate.

Any celestial polygamy that has been practiced by the saints in Nauvoo or Utah or elsewhere, does not have a leg to stand on!!!!

Even heretics who make false claims about Joseph Smith receiving Section 132 in 1831 are embarrassed by what Joseph did and did not reveal in the JST of the Bible.

This brings us to the final sample of inspired changes to be addressed in this post. It is only related to polygamy indirectly. Rather it focuses on the nature and character of Christ during his earthly ministry.

Sample of Inspired Changes in the JST #4 JST John 1:12-13

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

John 1:12-13

John 1:12-13

 

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God; only to them who believe on his name.

He was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,  nor of the will of man , but of God.

But as many as received him , to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

When I first noticed the above change several decades ago, I was blown away with the profundity of what was being revealed.

My First Observation: Verse 13 was referring to Christ, not his followers!

My Second Observation: Christ was clearly differentiated from his mortal followers by virtue of the fact that unlike them, he was not conceived through carnal sex (the will of the flesh)

My Third Observation: Christ did not have human (mortal) blood coursing through his veins like his followers did!

Those changes in the JST tasted good to me.

I had recently become aware of the false teaching embedded in Bruce R. McConkie’s book titled “The Mortal Messiah” which opined that Christ was a human being with human blood.

McConkie had erroneously taught that Christ was mortal like the rest of the human family that descended from Adam.

Of course another heretical teaching that emerged from Brigham Young was that Christ was not conceived through a virgin birth as taught in the Bible and Book of Mormon. Rather, Young claimed that God the Father condescended and had carnal sex with Mary.

As I began to ponder the amazing truth that was being brought to light in JST 1:13, I was filled with light and was led to other passages of scripture that substantiated this truth. One of them was the passage contained in Alma 34:8-11

8 And now, behold, I will testify unto you of myself that these things are true. Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
 9 For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.
 10 For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.
 11 Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another..

There you  have it, Christ did not offer himself up as a human sacrifice because he was not human! He was literally God in the flesh!

He was not born of [human] blood!

There is much more documentation related to this amazing topic but I do not want to take the time to address it in this series. Years ago I did a post on the topic on my other blog.

You can read it here.

I previously alluded to the fact that this sample of an inspired change in the JST is indirectly related to the topic of polygamy.

How you ask?

Well, Mormon Fundamentalists erroneously teach the Jesus was married and that he spawned human offspring through carnal sex. That of course means that there are literal  descendants of Christ on the earth today. This is a hopeful thought for those who suffer from delusions of grandeur.

Clearly, this theory that Christ begat human children during his earthly ministry is destroyed by the inspired passages we have just reviewed.

This concludes part three of this series.

keep watching and feel free to keep sending me your favorite JST passages 🙂

[Editorial Note: Breaking News!]

By coincidence, as I was finishing up this segment of this series on the JST, I was contacted by a few Snufferites who informed me that Denver Snuffer has just posted a revelation that he recently received.

The revelation is purported to be the fulfillment of the prophesy in Section 93

And John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory, and the fulness of John’s record is hereafter to be revealed. D&C 93:6

 

As per the fulfillment of the above prophecy, Denver Snuffer has completely corrected and added to the content known as the Testimony of John (Gospel of John) in the New Testament.

Apparently there is a group of Snufferites that are getting ready to publish their own set of scriptures to legitimize the church that Snuffer has started.

It is going to include the JST.

As Denver was consulting with these individuals and directing them in their activities, he decided that it would be a great opportunity to update the testimony of John with the prophesied record that is spoken of in Section 93.

Interestingly, this latest revelation from God now officially designates Denver Snuffer as a “REVELATOR” despite his failure as a translator.

Although I have not taken the time to read the new revelation in full, I was curious to see how Denver would treat the above passage in John 1:12-13 that I have just addressed.

Remarkably, he rejected Joseph Smith’s inspired change and he went back to the corrupted KJV inference that it was the followers of Christ that were not born of blood!

He then added his own variation on what the corrupted and nonsensical passage meant.

Here is the Snuffer Version next to the truly inspired Version done by Joseph Smith

 

Joseph Smith Revision

Denver Snuffer Revision

John 1:12-13

John

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God; only to them who believe on his name. 

He was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,  nor of the will of man , but of God. 

As many as perceived the Light
in Him, to them He gave knowledge to enable them to follow the path to become like Him, begotten children in the family of the Most High God. This is only possible for
those who believe through His name. Those who believe through His name are no longer born of blood to follow the appetites of flesh, nor the ambitions of man, but are able to become, like Him, the offspring of God.

 
It is not clear if Snuffer simply overlooked the JST of this passage as he was working his magic, or whether he was aware of it but couldn’t understand it so he blatantly discarded Joseph Smith’s change as being uninspired.

He indicates in his communications with his flock that he first tried to hire a Greek Scholar to translate a more accurate version of the Gospel of John but the translator turned him down. That is a very pragmatic way of approaching the project. I can envision a modern President of the Church like President Monson doing something like that. The modern church hires translators all the time.

He then got a commandment from the Lord to translate it himself but after trying to do it, he got frustrated and told the Lord he could not do it.

Then, miraculously, Denver was blessed with a false revelation from a lying spirit.

The following narrative from the JST may shed some light on the process of revelation used in bringing forth this revelation

2Chr 18:19 And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab, king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.

2Chr 18:20 Then there came out a lying spirit, and stood before them, and said, I will entice him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith?

2Chr 18:21 And he said, I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail; go out, and do even so, for all these have sinned against me.

2Chr 18:22 Now, therefore, behold, the Lord hath found a lying spirit in the mouth of these, thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil against thee.

 

 

 


The Deadly Wound

February 6, 2017

I noticed a blurb on a conspiracy website that consists of providing a short commentary on how the Trump administration fits into the prophetic lens in the scriptures.

I just saw it and have not taken the time to process this fully and read the related prophecy in the Book of Revelation in depth, but I must admit, that at first blush, it kind of rings true to me.

I have felt some cognitive dissonance as I have watched the whirlwind activities of the Trump Administration during the first two weeks of Trump’s Presidency.

Deep down I know that Trump’s personal history is the history of a troubled soul. An immoral and Godless egomaniac that has always been driven by the dollar sign.

And yet, I absolutely love much of what he has done since entering office and I love how the liberal media and the corrupt two party system that is run by a secret combination is kicking and screaming and fighting what he is doing every step of the way.

In the past I have characterized what we are seeing as the kingdom of the Devil being divided against itself as noted in scripture….. with Satan’s capitalism and fascism fighting against Satan’s communism and globalism.

The following summation actually kind of fits into the pattern that I am seeing while attaching a specific prophetic sequence from scripture-

Blurb From Website

TRUMP is inflicting the deadly wound to one of the heads of the Beast

1. The BEAST is a Kingdom (Daniel)

1. The 4th Kingdom BEAST is the World Communist Government (NWO)

2. The BEAST(NWO) receives a deadly wound to one of it’s heads
(TRUMP IS INFLICTING THE Wound)

3. The BEAST (NWO) appears DEAD

4. The BEAST (NWO) comes back to life

5. The whole world wonders after it

6. The BEAST (NWO) with many heads and crowns gives it power over to the Antichrist

7. The Antichrist makes the whole world take the Mark of the Beast to buy or sell.

GOD warns us..Should we take the mark we will not see everlasting life..but will receive the 2nd death (of the soul)

People will ask..WHO CAN MAKE WAR WITH THE BEAST?
In a World Communist Government (NWO) there will be no other nations to save us, because we will all be one…At that point there will be only ONE who will save mankind from the BEAST..Christ the Messiah

When TRUMPS reign is over….Revelation will being and the TRUMP/PENCE – TRUMPETS WILL SOUND!

So enjoy the years of prosperity and peace we have with Trump. They will be our last.

The next generation will hand the world to the Beast!

I personally don’t see the Trump administration lasting for years. i think there is a building tension that is about to explode. The Jesuit NWO is not going to allow this to continue very long…


Audio Podcasts: The Power of Personal Storytelling

February 5, 2017

I was recently listening to the Mormonstories Podcast featuring Noah Rasheta, a member of the LDS church that has lost faith in the truth claims of Mormonism.

Despite his unbelief, he has nevertheless found meaning in remaining as active and supportive as possible, within the church.

He is able to do this by placing importance in valuing friendship and community and respecting the beliefs of others simply because he values his friends and community. ( despite the fact that he no longer believes the truth claims for himself).

He uses principles taught within Secular Buddhism to help him navigate his journey in the church and his mixed faith marriage.

I think many of the principles that he discusses support good mental health. He strikes me as being very emotionally healthy despite his unfortunate loss of faith in Christ.

I know that some members of this blog have mixed faith marriages.

Many readers of this blog have decided to stay active within Mormonism until the servants return and call out the elect. This mormonstories podcast might have some information and tools that could be helpful to you.

It may be helpful dealing with the judgment and condemnation you are feeling from others or for others as you try to navigate your faith transition into greater faith through scripture study while staying active in the church. It may be helpful dealing with the cognitive dissonance you may feel.

I have only listened to the first interview, not the second.

This is not an endorsement, I simply want to make mention of it simply as a possibility that might be considered if you are struggling to leave and struggling to stay at the same time.

Clearly this is not the current solution for everyone. I realize some of you have left and never looked back.

We each have our own journey and need to navigate it in the best way we can.

 

Solving the Prophet Puzzle Podcast?

While pondering the power of online podcast interviews and how the personal stories of people can either be used to promote faith or destroy it, it occurred to me that many of you who subscribe to this blog share the same vibrant hope, faith and testimony that I do of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This is because many of you have received answers to your questions through scripture study and gaining a better understanding of the true history of Mormonism.

It has occurred to me that some of you might find joy and meaning in sharing your faith transition into greater faith, with others who are desperately looking for the same truths and hope that you have found.

We already do this on this blog to some degree with the “notable emails” series where readers are able to share what they are studying and pondering and be strengthened by reading the thoughts and observations and growing faith of other readers.

I am not aware of any podcasts out there that actually share the personal stories of people who transitioned from an initial faith crisis into a greater faith in Christ and  a much stronger testimony of the restored gospel as a result of deep scriptural searches.

By sharing these types of stories in an audio or video format, others who are struggling with a faith crisis could actually hear real stories of lots of people who have learned how to search the scriptures and find answers from God’s Holy Word.

Anyway, I am only pondering the possibility and thinking out loud and looking for feedback. I don’t know if the timing is right for something like this or if I would be the right person to create the podcast.

I think I would be willing to sponsor the podcast and do the interviews if there were at least 20 or 30 readers of this blog that would have a desire to share their profound experiences in searching the scriptures and history of the church to gain a greater understanding of the true gospel of Christ and the real story behind the LDS restoration movement.

Anonymity would be optional and perhaps even required by everyone.

I realize many of you are in a position where you prefer not to go public with your identity at this time and would just want to do an audio interview without disclosing who your are.

I think that is fine.

In fact, I think it is preferred.

We don’t want to promote  people, rather, we want to promote Christ and the true gospel and the true doctrine of Christ. We want to share real stories about how each of us have been brought closer to Christ and a better understanding of the gospel through prayerful scripture study.

Anyway, if you have a desire to be interviewed and share your story anonymously, shoot me off an email at onewhoiswatching [at] Gmail.com and tell me a little bit about yourself without telling me your name.

keep it brief.

Give me a summary of what you would like to discuss in the interview and the main faith promoting take-a-ways that you would like to share.

If I get enough willing participants and feel that the Lord would be happy with such a project, I will look into what it would take to get set up to do this project.

More than likely I would simply use skype without the camera function and use the editing software that I used to publish my youtube series on the Secret History of the Church.

I would do some basic editing on each audio interview to inject some pertinent pics and scriptures relating to the various parts of the interview, etc., nothing fancy, just the basics for enabling participants to share their stories in an audio format without the use of a camera, but with some pertinent visuals.

I certainly don’t feel qualified to be over a project like this or to be a good interviewer, but, if I get a good response from you, the readers of this blog, and feel the spirit directing me to do so, I might give it a shot.

It may be time for faith to start increasing in the earth in a bigger way, and this might provide a platform that might contribute in some small way.  Such a platform might be a real blessing to many people who are looking for reasons to believe instead of for reasons to doubt.

Just a thought.

Free Audio Version of Solving the Prophet Puzzle

Some people love to listen to audio presentations while driving in their car or working around the house. Because of this, Mrs. Watcher has decided to read each of the chapters of Solving the Prophet Puzzle and post them on youtube.

For those interested in reading along or making note of references, etc., the pages she is reading from will be displayed.

Here is the first installment.

 

 


Notable Emails #32: “during the Messianic years, John the Baptist turned the hearts of the prophets to the Jews– but… he never turned the hearts of the Jews to the prophets!”

February 1, 2017

[Editorial Note: I get many emails from readers of my blog sharing their thoughts and asking my opinion about historical and doctrinal matters and about prophecy. This series provides selected email exchanges that may be of interest to the general readership.

I sometimes alter my past responses slightly when posted in this series in an effort to provide clarity. As always, the reader should never assume that I know what I am talking about. The information is being provided to stimulate thought and deeper study into the scriptures and history of the church.

I do not share email conversations if you request that I don’t.

I seldom correct typos in emails from readers since I am unqualified to correct my own typos.

There are many emails that i just cannot include although i value all correspondence from readers]

Email Exchange #1
“during the Messianic years, John the Baptist turned the hearts of the prophets to the Jews– but… he never turned the hearts of the Jews to the prophets!”

(This is an email I sent to someone who made a comment on another blog

Oh.. My…. Gosh!

G.azelem-

I loved the following observation that you shared on the onewhoissearching blog

I’ll mention something of interest:
When John the Baptist is on the earth in the Gospels, the angel says in Luke 1 that he will go forth in the spirit and power of Elias and turn the hearts of the fathers to the children. It DOESN’T say he will turn the hearts of the children to the fathers.
So during the Messianic years, John the Baptist turned the hearts of the prophets to the Jews– but… he never turned the hearts of the Jews to the prophets! The Jews rejected Christ and the prophets.
But Elijah, according to Malachi, is supposed to do both.
That’s why the prophecies are incomplete if you stop at the New Testament.
Elijah/JTB turned the hearts of the children to the fathers in the second watch🙂
That’s why the angel didn’t include that part of Elijah/JTB’s mission in Luke.
How amazing is that???
I love the scriptures.
-G.azelem

That is an unbe-freakin-lieveable observation!!!

You have uncovered one of the most powerful witnesses of the truthfulness of the LDS restoration and how the New Testament narrative is incomplete in the eyes of ancient prophecy without the  restoration narrative.

Furthermore, you have identified yet another witness that the literal Jews began coming into the restored church AFTER they began to believe, just as the Book of Mormon prophesied.

Amazing observation !

[editorial note: the person I sent the above email to that goes by the name of G.azelem, is a young whipper-snapper that really searches the scriptures. It is fun to see a millennial who is so passionate about the word of God. He has a fascinating and thought provoking blog called the work of the father. Regardless of whether you agree with all of his conclusions or not, his research and logic will stimulate thought and challenge the typical dogma of mainstream Mormonism. Click here  to see one of my favorite posts from this guy.

Email Exchange #2
“There has men been ordained prophets, priests and kings, but I have never heard of anyone [except Sidney Rigdon] being ordained a seer and revelator.”

Watcher-

In your latest post you say that BY was not a designated by JS as a prophet and seer. I disagree. In the first Journals of the JS Papers, during the dedication of the Kirtland temple, JS “called upon the  quorums and congregation of saints to acknowledge the 12 Apostles who were present as Prophets and Seers…” (27 Mar 1836). While I agree that BY did not come in at the gate, I don’t think it is accurate to say he “had not been called to be a prophet seer and revelator through Joseph Smith.”

My Response

Interesting observation

I have mixed feelings on this

Perhaps I should have said he was not appointed and ordained as the prophet seer and revelator to preside over the church as such, as the president of the High Priesthood..

However, you are no doubt familiar with the quote by President Marks at the trial of Sidney Rigdon wherein he testifies that he is not aware of anyone besides Sidney who had been ORDAINED as a prophet seer and revelator.

Perhaps that is the key… A person can be sustained to be something before being ordained, but it does not become consummated until the ordination takes place.

The following statement by Marks was made publicly in front of BY and many of the apostles and yet it did not generate any blow-back from any of them

“Now is there a man in the church who has received the ordination of a prophet, seer and revelator? [other than Sidney Rigdon] If there is I want to see him.—”
“There has men been ordained prophets, priests and kings, but I have never heard of anyone [except Sidney Rigdon] being ordained a seer and revelator. I think I am knowing to all the ordinations, but I dont [don’t] know of a man who has been ordained to the office and calling Brother Sidney has; and if he is cut off, who will we have to obtain revelations?”

His Reply

Yes. BY and the other 12 may have been CALLED by God though JS to be prophets and seers, but perhaps they had not been CHOSEN or ordained as such. Also interesting is that in the journal, JS only asks the congregation to accept the 12 as prophets and seers…not REVELATORS

My Reply

Yes that could be significant.

Also, section 43 seems to be focusing on not accepting the teachings of anyone not properly ordained

rev·e·la·tor
[révvə làytər]

NOUN
somebody or something believed to reveal divine will or truth
But I still get indigestion thinking of Brigham as a prophet or seer. By his own admission he was neither.

Email Exchange #3
“I agree the masonic trappings of the endowment ceremony are troubling and likely part of the turning over the church to Satan..”

 

Hi Watcher, very interesting post on Integrity.  Are we to understand then that the patriarchal priesthood restored by JTB aka Elijah allows us to do the temple work that is being done today?  Albeit the endowment ordinance especially, and others have been corrupted by BY and future generations and therefore are of no effect?

My Response

I have only been able to establish a link between the restoration of patriarchal priesthood by JTB/ Elijah and the turning of the hearts between the fathers and the children through the gospel of Christ . I don’t see any relationship with the masonic temple ritual that emerged in Nauvoo, indeed, that ritual seems to be the fulfillment of Gods warning that he would turn the saints over to Satan if they did not repent and reform.

His Reply

towards the end of your post you proffered the following:

As you can see, Joseph is acknowledging that they had everything necessary because Elijah had already returned and revealed the priesthood by hand. At the time that joseph was speaking, the gospel had been established because Elijah had restored the priesthood!

According to Joseph’s sermon, the saints were in possession of the patriarchal priesthood power to-

-gather the saints

-build up Zion

-build temples and baptismal fonts for the dead (which they were currently doing)

-perform ordinances, washings, anointing’s, ordinations, etc.

The fact that the above patriarchal priesthood powers were on the earth despite the fact that the fullness of Melchizedek Priesthood had been lost, is noted in Section 124:28, 38-41, 91-93

There is nothing in Joseph’s sermon that indicated that they needed to wait for the return of Elijah to establish the gospel, gather Israel and build temples and baptismal fonts for the dead.

I agree the masonic trappings of the endowment ceremony are troubling and likely part of the turning over the church to satan, it appears to me the other functions of the temple may have had some validity and proper priesthood backing, at least perhaps before changes were made to them (unless of course they were never properly instituted by BY after JSs death.) Are the washings, annointings, ordinances performed in the modern temples essentially the same as were performed in the Kirtland temple?

My Reply

I don’t know and don’t see why it would be relevant. I believe the saints were rejected as a church, meaning that all priesthood power and authority to perform saving ordinances in their fulness was withdrawn from them. Hence, it really doesn’t matter to me how accurate the current washings, anointing’s and ordinances performed in modern temples may be to the original in form. They have no substance IMO.

If you feel that the church was not rejected, and that it represents the true church that was restored, then of course you should honor and believe in the efficacy of everything the church is doing.

His follow up question

So you don’t believe the church has any priesthood authority?  Is none needed to promulgate the BOM and Gospel of JC to the world?

My Reply

I do think they have priesthood authority. They represent the latter day kingdom of Israel in a fallen state, much like the Children of Israel, who were bound down and cursed by the Law of Moses. Clearly they have some level of lineal priesthood. I believe they still have the commission to take the KNOWLEGE of the fullness of the gospel to the nations as contained in the Book of Mormon.

It is even possible that they have some priesthood authority to offer a preparatory baptism… however a preparatory baptism is of no avail unless it is followed by the true baptism.

I just don’t think they are the true Church of Christ that Joseph restored with the authority to provide all of the saving ordinances. I think most of their truth claims and doctrinal teachings are false. I don’t think they have the POWER and AUTHORITY that Christ originally gave to Joseph Smith or to the New Testament Saints or to the Nephites.

Again, it shouldn’t matter to you what I think. It should only matter to you what the Holy Ghost teaches you. If you conclude through your personal study and the spirit that the church is true and the temple ritual is valid then of course it should be important to you.

.Email Exchange #4
“Do you have any other evidence of these kinds of things?  The witnesses seemed a little sketchy and their premises and accusations strain credulity”

Your recent post that had a link with the Godmakers was interesting.  I remember hearing about that film as a youth but had never seen it – it was verboten!

The part about Hinckley and parties in Indian Hills and dalliances with young boys was really hard to believe.

Do you have any other evidence of these kinds of things?  The witnesses seemed a little sketchy and their premises and accusations strain credulity.

My Reply

I think the reason the witnesses seemed shaky is because those are the kind of people that would be found at those kind of parties.

I once had additional info which I seem to have lost.

One of the stories included a radio station that got shut down or purchased because they were giving air time to the stories circulating around about Hinckley.

The cherry processor in Utah Valley sent a letter to thousands of LDS church employees that worked at the church office building documenting what he had found and attempting to expose Hinckley. It was very embarrassing to the church.. I think he may have detailed all of his sources in the letter, I am not sure.

I came across a copy of that letter in my records a few months ago but when I decided to put a snippet about Hinckley in the post, i could not find the letter.

Perhaps it is providence.

It is all in God’s hands.

His Follow Up Question

So you think the party and pedophilia stories just may be true?  Have you heard of any other brethren being involved?

My Reply

From what I remember, there was quite a bit of evidence that Baum collected from different completely unrelated sources… in addition to that, I have a close friend who used to work for LDS Church Security. I will refer to him as R.W.

He worked closely with a person that was a Detective for the SL Vice department. I will refer to him as J.L. 

J.L., the Vice Department Detective told RW a lurid story about how there had been a real problem in Salt Lake City with people being approached in Parks and the Train Station on the west side of SL by homosexuals that prompted the police department to do some stake-outs and set up cameras. (this took place somewhere in the neighborhood of 1989 to 1993)

There was an event captured on tape in the bathrooms at the train station on the west side of Salt Lake.

When the tapes were viewed by the higher ups, including the Attorney General who I will refer to as PVD, it became apparent that some of the people involved were high church officials including Hinckley, and the tapes were destroyed because of political pressure by people in high places.

Both the Detective friend of my contact, that used to work for church security (J.L.) and the Attorney General (PVD) who are both pretty old right now, will deny this story for obvious reasons. 

I won’t give additional details… but, where there is smoke, there is usually fire… I find it hard to believe that so multiple accusations by unrelated sources are all being directed primarily at one particular general authority, but again, I cannot pass judgment because I just don’t know for sure.

To me, one of the the biggest red flags within the documentable events of the story, aside from multiple and unrelated witnesses, is how the church and Hinckley chose to respond to the public accusations and public demonstrations.

In my opinion, they could have and should have simply made a public statement of denial and sued the false accusers for defamation of character.

Instead, they chose to remain silent and put pressure on the local news channels to do a news blackout and to block the reporting of free speech and the right of people to protest in an effort to bring an issue into the light.

That seems highly inappropriate to me. 

IMO the church did not want to allow the various testimonies to be heard by the general public and they did not want to have a court case where people would submit testimonies under oath, including a guy dying of AIDS, that could and would be scrutinized by the general public.

I am not making an accusation about Hinckley because I just don’t know for sure, however, I have a huge problem with how the church handled it. It just doesn’t make sense that they would handle it that way if he was innocent.

I am content to leave this issue and many others in the hands of God. When the time comes for all of hidden things of darkness to be exposed, they will be. In the mean time, it our responsibility to seek after the truth and to expose darkness whenever and however we can. 

Email Exchange #5 
“..what a start! Challenge the corruptness of the entire system. Expose all the little snowflakes and the corrupt media which constantly preaches social justice to them.”

Dear Watcher,

My wife walked into the room where I was watching Trump’s address about half way through and I said to her “I was not expecting this speech.” It was so politically incorrect in a way that I did not think Donald was Brave enough to state.

Asking for God’s protection!
The prayers stated in Jesus’s name.
The scripture reading invoking Solomon’s wisdom.
The double bibles used for his and Pence’s swearing in.
Pence placing his hand on the II Chronicles prayer for repentence leading to a healing of the land.

I thought I was listening to another one of Chuck Baldwin’s Liberty Fellowship meetings!

Also, I did not know the backstory on Mike Pence which you revealed. One could be cynical and say, “Of course, Donald only wanted to curry the evangelical vote.”

But somehow I have thought from the first time that Donald pulled out his Bible and said that his mother gave it to him, that there was more going on under the hood than met the eye.

Watcher you have taught that when Joseph made his intercessory offering and said that something new must be done for the salvation of the church, that the new thing was to send the missionaries to the European nations – most likely the remnants of scattered Israel. But the converts came by the thousands because they were willing to listen to the words of the gospel.

I watched Donald carefully throughout his campaign especially the preachers with whom he was meeting and encouraging. It seemed to me that Donald was willing to listen to those men and women who still stood “in Jesus’ name.”

There is no doubt that the savior does not want a reformed system. His prayer, for us to say, it to replace the existing system with the Kingdom of God.

But what a start! Challenge the corruptness of the entire system. Expose all the little snowflakes and the corrupt media which constantly preaches social justice to them.

I laughed when one of the ministers said that rain was a symbol of God’s favor and that it started to rain when Donald swearing in began. O yes, here I sit in California looking out my second story window at what has been a dry Murrieta Creek bed for the last seven years, and it is running bankful with new rain. Prophetic?

But the issue is more than Donald, will the people repent and return to the Lord so that he can provide the healing?

We know that Zion is to take care of the poor and needy. But first is needed those with wealth and wisdom.

9 Yea, a supper of the house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all nations shall be invited.

10 First, the rich and the learned, the wise and the noble;

11 And after that cometh the day of my power; then shall the poor, the lame, and the blind, and the deaf, come in unto the marriage of the Lamb, and partake of the supper of the Lord, prepared for the great day to come. DC 58

What if? O, my!

I also reacted to your teaser regarding the “ends of the earth.” I’ve spent the better part of this afternoon doing a word search on this phrase. Amazingly, it is found “all over” as is its compainion phrase the ends of the world.

The world is not a sphere. It’s more like an oblate spheroid which spins upon its axis and has both north and south ends. This is interesting because of the recent news about major scientific, religious, and political figures, making visits to the antartic region. I’m so anxious to read your observations on this topic.

Again, the wisdom shown in your having connected the histories of Solomon’s temple to the Kirtland Temple is awe inspiring. I thank God that I found your blogs and have your book. I gain knowledge and understanding from them constantly. Thanks again for your faithful performance of your calling.

My Response

Thank you my friend..

I think you have already figured out 90% of where I am going with the “ends of the earth”

I enjoyed doing a keyword search as well…. very interesting….:)

 

Email Exchange #6
“..it’s the Lord who’s voice is heard from heaven as they’re called. Whether by his prophet or himself it’s the same.”

Watcher,

I was reading in section 78 today and noticed this:

The Lord spake unto Joseph Smith, Jun., saying: Hearken unto me, saith the Lord your God, who are ordained unto the high priesthood of my church, who have assembled yourselves together;
2 And listen to the counsel of him who has ordained you from on high, who shall speak in your ears the words of wisdom, that salvation may be unto you in that thing which you have presented before me, saith the Lord God.

If it wasn’t for your blog and willingness to share with us what the Lord has revealed and shared with you about the 3 priesthoods, this never would’ve made sense to me. I never would’ve known that God calls and ordains his high priests out of the heavens.

If I recall correctly, he conferrs it upon them and it’s his prophet who ordains them to the office of high priest.

Either way it’s the Lord who’s voice is heard from heaven as they’re called. Whether by his prophet or himself it’s the same.

 

Email Exchange #7
“I cannot reconcile his quote in the TPJS knowing what I know about the JST”

Watcher-

I don’t get how the JST has Revelation 1:6

And unto him who loved us be glory, who washed us from our sins in his own blood and hath made us kings and priests unto God, his Father. To him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

While the King James Version has it as

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

And Joseph would later side with the KJV in the last discourse he would give before his death.

I used to believe that the JST was his training ground similar to the LDS apologist in your post. I used to think that he was learning and growing or evolving. As he grew in stature and discovered more truths, this was the result — accepting the King James Version as correct. That God had a Father and he one before him.l etc.

President Joseph Smith read the 3rd chapter of Revelation, and took for his text 1st chapter, 6th verse—“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father: to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

It is altogether correct in the translation.(TPJS p. 369)

Of course in no longer believe that. I believe that Joseph translated the Bible and was inspired. That it was a commandments from God and an extremely revelatory process.

However, I cannot reconcile his quote in the TPJS knowing what I know about the JST

My Response

Isn’t that really a classic example of how the Lord inspired Joseph Smith during the revelatory sweet spot during the early Kirtland years and then “covered the eyes of the seers” a decade later?

The Lord had promised that the Saints would be turned over to Satan if they did not repent and reform… he used Joseph to do that..

The KJV had been corrupted and implied that the Father had a Father and had not always been God
Joseph Smith corrects it early on in the Inspired Version and solidifies the truth about the only true God in Lectures on Faith
Clearly there are multiple gods with a minor “g” but only one true God the Father with a capital “G” who has always been God with no Gods before him….
Then later in the King Follett Sermon, on April 7th, he contradicts the Bible and even the scriptures he had brought forth 
“We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see…He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ Himself did; and I will show it from the Bible.”

Following that sermon some of the saints use his corrupt teaching about the multiplicity of Gods to substantiate their previous claims that he was a fallen prophet so he gives another sermon on June 16 and used the corrupted passage that had been secretly corrected in the Inspired Version of the Bible which had not yet been made public to the world.
The coming forth of the Inspired Version would later provide a testimony against both the April 7 1844 King Follett Sermon and the June 16 1844 sermon on the multiplicity of “G”ods.
To me it all makes sense with the back drop of the secret history of Mormonism which provides the prophetic narrative of the LDS restoration movement.

 

His Reply

I agree. To me it all makes sense now after finding your blog and reading your book. Before all that I was of the opinion, like the apologist, that Joseph was growing line upon line and precept upon precept until the revelatory climax of the nauvoo period.

Unfortunately, I was so blinded by my love of Jospeh and my assurity that the LDS church was true that I had never considered the possibility that what he taught wasn’t right or the church was wrong.

In other words, I was zeal without knowledge. A very dangerous combination. Like my professor of religion, I was all “testimony” without substance.

I remember the first time I read in your blog that the first 100 published revelations of the D&C that Jospeh received happened ALL before 1833!! I had previously thought, again without checking, that Joseph hadn’t hit 100 till at least the 1840’s or at least Nauvoo.

This was a huge shift for me. It forced me to rethink and re-evaluate things. Now I’m caught in a landslide. No escape from reality.

.Email Exchange #8
“I personally believe there is a difference between power, authority and keys.”

Watcher,

In all your reading have you ever found that there’s a difference between priesthood power/authority and keys?

Or in other words, that priesthood keys didn’t equal priesthood authority.

D&C 107:18

18 The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church—

but if we read that they’re the same, then the first presidency is the same as the 12 and the 70 is the same as well.

22 Of the Melchizedek Priesthood, three Presiding High Priests, chosen by the body, appointed and ordained to that office, and upheld by the confidence, faith, and prayer of the church, form a quorum of the Presidency of the Church.

23 The twelve traveling councilors are called to be the Twelve Apostles, or special witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world—thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling.

24 And they form a quorum, equal in authority and power to the three presidents previously mentioned.

25 The Seventy are also called to preach the gospel, and to be especial witnesses unto the Gentiles and in all the world—thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling.

26 And they form a quorum, equal in authority to that of the Twelve special witnesses or Apostles just named.

This would suppose that since Joseph and Sidney and Fredrick all had the same keys or authority if they’re one in the same, that the 12 held the same keys.

D&C 97:2,6

2 Therefore, thou art blessed from henceforth that bear the keys of the kingdom given unto you; which kingdom is coming forth for the last time.

6 And again, verily I say unto thy brethren, Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams, their sins are forgiven them also, and they are accounted as equal with thee in holding the keys of this last kingdom;

Okay, switching gears with an email I received.

I emailed my old religion professor to invite him to your blog and have him watch the videos you posted about church history. I was trying to pique his interest and curiosity by asking about a few events in church history and asking for his help in understanding things.

This was his response:

I don’t read anti Mormon literature.
It drags down rather than uplifts.
I would not let yourself be jarred but one mans skewed take on a church history event. You know Jesus called Joseph Smith. You also should know the Lord lets each of us act for ourselves… making mistakes as we go. He did the same for Joseph. But what the Lord did not do, is recall Joseph’s calling. I know the Lord guided Joseph just as he guides the prophets today.

I have known for decades that the Kirtland temple only had the name of the church on it. We call it a temple because of the sacred things that happened there. But it was designed like a tabernacle or large meeting house.

The sealing power would be restored there and all future temples would designed for current uses.

Talk to me in person if you want to chat more.

My Response

That is a fearful response from a fearful person who cannot intelligently refute the truth. It is not his time to have an awakening. you need to let him slumber for a while longer.

“But what the Lord did not do, is recall Joseph’s calling.”

I am befuddled by the above statement.

I have never suggested that the Lord recalled Joseph’s calling.

If his reference is to my article, which he implies that he did not read, then he is taking issue with my statement that Brigham Young and those presidents of the church that followed in his footsteps, did not continue with the full priesthood calling, keys and commission that joseph was given.

Of course I have never said that Joseph’s calling was revoked or recalled by the Lord… quite the opposite, Section 43 and other passages indicate that Joseph would retain his calling and commission in life and death and would eventually return to complete his commission.

What I do claim is that according to Isaiah and other passages, and the events of church history, Joseph had his eyes covered for a season and the powers of his priesthood could have temporarily withdrawn. (as per conditions set forth in section 121 for example) It is a sound doctrine which is clearly taught in scripture that priesthood power and authority can be withdrawn for various reasons including unrighteous dominion.

In a sense I suppose that I am suggesting that priesthood authority was revoked from those that followed in Joseph’s calling as the president of the church. After all, the twelve were sustained as prophets, seers and revelators by members of the church in the Kirtland Temple because it was anticipated at that time that they would be receiving an endowment of power from on high and going forth in power for the last time and would have all of the priesthood powers and authority implied in those terms.

Unfortunately they did not ever get the complete ordination nor did they appear to get the full endowment of power they had been anticipating at that time.

A few years later they were given a lesser missionary commission pertaining to the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham….. and to my knowledge, were never sustained again publicly as prophets seers and revelators.

It is important to understand that there is a HUGE difference between being sustained to a calling or power by the body of the church, and actually being called and ordained by God through the laying on of hands.

You will recall that during the Sidney Rigdon trial in Nauvoo at the time of the succession crisis, William Marks proclaimed publicly in front of Brigham Young and the Twelve, that he was unaware of anyone who had been ordained to be a prophet seer and revelator except for Joseph and Sidney.

Brigham Young and his brethren of the Twelve made no attempt to refute the declaration. They acknowledged that they had never been ordained as such, even though they had been sustained by the church membership to be ordain many years previously.

Regarding the definition of “keys”.

Interestingly, I got an email from Rock Waterman years ago asking me what my opinion was regarding the definition of priesthood “keys’ is.

I can’t even remember exactly what i said but I think I said I was unaware of a scriptural definition that is ever given. 

The scriptures assume that the reader understands what the word means. The only way to understand the definition is through the inspired use of intertextuality and analyzing contextually how the word is being used within scripture.

I personally believe there is a difference between power, authority and keys.

Each seems to have specific meaning although there is overlap.

Off of the top of my head (and reserving the right to change my mind at anytime and deny having said what I am about to say…. LOL)

I would say that-

Raw priesthood POWER is embodied in moving the elements, both organized and unorganized, through faith… it is through faith that Enoch and Melchizedek had power over all things and could command the elements

Raw priesthood AUTHORITY has to do with having dominion over all, or a specified group of intelligences

Priesthood KEYS has to do with administrative rights within an organization such as the “church” or “kingdom of God”.

I realize there is overlap in the above three definitions.

His Reply

Thank you for he response…

Here’s the email that I wrote to my religion professor to give context to his answer.

I think it was the link URL that caused him to pause because it had the word “anti-Mormon” in it. As you can see I wasn’t being straightforward with him, but trying to lure him in and it backfired.

Have you ever read anything from this anonymous blogger?

I recently came across his rebuttal to an opinion piece done by some members.

What really caught my attention wasn’t so much his rebuttal as was his videos about church history at the end. There’s so much that I never knew about church history that I find really intriguing.

I trust you and your wisdom and thought I would reach out to you about it.

https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/the-alarming-truth-behind-anti-mormonism-by-dustin/

I didn’t know that the Kirkland Temple didn’t have Christ’s name on it. That it only says Church of Latter Day Saints. His explanation of the church losing the fullness was kinda jarring and that it was fulfilling the Savior’s prophecy in 3 Ne 16:10.

Anyway, anything you could share about it would be great.

Thanks,

Email Exchange #9
“They miss the other GREATER promise that’s there. The invitation to
KNOW that Christ is the Son of God”

Watcher,

I really liked what you said about people never having a solid foundation of Christ and thats what creates atheists.

I’ve always wondered why so many members of the church stop short when it comes to Moroni’s promise in Moroni 10:3-5. They get a testimony, or so they say, about the Book of Mormon and immediately believe the narrative that Joseph Smith and the LDS church must be true.

They miss the other GREATER promise that’s there. The invitation to KNOW that Christ is the Son of God found in verses 6-7.

6 And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is.

7 And ye may KNOW that he is, by the POWER of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny NOT the power of God; for he worketh by POWER, according to the FAITH of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.

Without this foundation, one built on Christ, what else matters?

.

Email Exchange #10

 

Watcher,

Hope you were able to ring in the New Year with your family just fine.

I taught Gospel Doctrine yesterday. I shared the differences in the Book of Commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants and the several name changes the church has undergone and why.

It was going well until I had the students open to the Introduction of the Doctrine and Covenants. I should’ve check with the online version first. LOL

Here’s what the updated online version say and how the church is now combating and denying the truth of what the earlier Book of Commandments was. They make it sound like the BoC never even happened and that Joseph knew his revelations were insufficient and needed to be expounded because of additional light he’d received. What a bunch of garbage!!

Here’s what it says:

The revelations were originally recorded by Joseph Smith’s scribes, and Church members enthusiastically shared handwritten copies with each other. To create a more permanent record, scribes soon copied these revelations into manuscript record books, which Church leaders used in preparing the revelations to be printed. Joseph and the early Saints viewed the revelations as they did the Church: living, dynamic, and subject to refinement with additional revelation. They also recognized that unintentional errors had likely occurred through the process of copying the revelations and preparing them for publication. Thus, a Church conference asked Joseph Smith in 1831 to “correct those errors or mistakes which he may discover by the Holy Spirit.”

After the revelations had been reviewed and corrected, Church members in Missouri began printing a book titled A Book of Commandments for the Government of the Church of Christ, which contained many of the Prophet’s early revelations. This first attempt to publish the revelations ended, however, when a mob destroyed the Saints’ printing office in Jackson County on July 20, 1833.

Upon hearing of the destruction of the Missouri printing office, Joseph Smith and other Church leaders began preparations to publish the revelations in Kirtland, Ohio. To again correct errors, clarify wording, and recognize developments in Church doctrine and organization, Joseph Smith oversaw the editing of the text of some revelations to prepare them for publication in 1835 as the Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Joseph Smith authorized another edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, which was published only months after the Prophet’s martyrdom in 1844.

My Reply

The wording is very interesting.

It is unfortunate that the manual neglects to clarify that a few copies of the Book of Commandments were indeed published and are currently in the possession of the church and rare book collectors to this very day.

This is how historical revisionism takes place.

Nevertheless, I am actually impressed with some of the overall narrative because they do admit that

“After the revelations had been reviewed and corrected, Church members in Missouri began printing a book titled A Book of Commandments for the Government of the Church of Christ”

They are actually admitting that the Book of Commandments WAS printed and that it had been reviewed and corrected prior to being printed!

I am also impressed that they clearly acknowledged and pointed out that the two canons of scripture had distinctly different names.

Any thinking person could potentially ascertain from the different names, that the two books of scripture were addressing to different churches representing two distinctly different and evolving demographics.

That is huge.

They did not need to disclose that but they did. Frankly, I think the narrative in the manual represent much greater disclosure and transparency than the church has represented in their manuals in the past.

The most deceptive aspect of the narrative being given, in my opinion, is that it implies that Joseph immediately began preparing the next book of scripture for print since the first effort largely failed because of the destruction of the printing press.

They should have pointed out that there was a two year intermission between the publishing of the two canons and that circumstances had greatly changed during that time. .

In fairness, the narrative was not saying that they again corrected the errors that had were found in the previous Book of Commandments, they were simply saying that by the time the next canon of scriptures were ready to be published, the revelations needed to be corrected AGAIN to reflect the current “developments” .

Upon hearing of the destruction of the Missouri printing office, Joseph Smith and other Church leaders began preparations to publish the revelations in Kirtland, Ohio. To again correct errors, clarify wording, and recognize developments in Church doctrine and organization,

I am actually impressed with much of the wording because it incorporates what I have taught on the subject even though it is somewhat cryptically worded in a way that most members would not pick up on the significance of what is being said.

.I am almost led to wonder if the person that wrote the narrative has read my essay on the topic and was trying to maintain historical integrity while trying to present things in a yet faith promoting way.. .

When was the manual published?

 

His Reply

Sorry for the confusion. I don’t teach from their manual. I teach from the scripture text and fill in the gaps when need to give context to the content.

So it actually was found in online version of the introduction to the D&C.

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/introduction?lang=eng

So there’s no telling when it was updated.

My response

This is really quite interesting.

By using the Internet Archive Way Back Machine, you can see how frequently the PTB are updating and in some cases, changing the official story line.

wayback

For instance, between January 27 and February 16th of this year, 26 updates have been made to the online narrative. the vast majority of changes are insignificant and probably have to do with punctuation and providing additional references.

I quickly went back in time to see if a major change that took place regarding the paragraphs in question. 

It appears as if the inclusion of the part you brought to my attention was inserted between the January 8 2013 update and the March 14 2013 update in that online manual.

The change attempts to give a broad explanation for why changes took place in both canons of scripture.

One change that really sticks out is that the early narrative clearly states that there was a two year period between the two publications while the later narrative deceitfully implies that the second publications was in preparation directly after the first one.

That change took place about 8 months after I did the series on the distinction between the Book of Commandments  and the Doctrine and Covenants .. just a coincidence no doubt .. but an interesting one. 

 January 8 3013  March 14 20`3
A number of the revelations were published in Zion (Independence), Missouri, in 1833, under the title A Book of Commandments for the Government of the Church of Christ. Concerning this publication the elders of the Church gave solemn testimony that the Lord had borne record to their souls that these revelations were true. As the Lord continued to communicate with his servants, an enlarged compilation was published two years later in Kirtland, Ohio, with the title Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. To this publication in 1835, the written testimony of the Twelve Apostles was attached as follows:

 

The revelations were originally recorded by Joseph Smith’s scribes, and Church members enthusiastically shared handwritten copies with each other. To create a more permanent record, scribes soon copied these revelations into manuscript record books, which Church leaders used in preparing the revelations to be printed. Joseph and the early Saints viewed the revelations as they did the Church: living, dynamic, and subject to refinement with additional revelation. They also recognized that unintentional errors had likely occurred through the process of copying the revelations and preparing them for publication. Thus, a Church conference asked Joseph Smith in 1831 to “correct those errors or mistakes which he may discover by the Holy Spirit.”

After the revelations had been reviewed and corrected, Church members in Missouri began printing a book titled A Book of Commandments for the Government of the Church of Christ, which contained many of the Prophet’s early revelations. This first attempt to publish the revelations ended, however, when a mob destroyed the Saints’ printing office in Jackson County on July 20, 1833.

Upon hearing of the destruction of the Missouri printing office, Joseph Smith and other Church leaders began preparations to publish the revelations in Kirtland, Ohio. To again correct errors, clarify wording, and recognize developments in Church doctrine and organization, Joseph Smith oversaw the editing of the text of some revelations to prepare them for publication in 1835 as the Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Joseph Smith authorized another edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, which was published only months after the Prophet’s martyrdom in 1844.

The early Latter-day Saints prized the revelations and viewed them as messages from God. On one occasion in late 1831, several elders of the Church gave solemn testimony that the Lord had borne record to their souls of the truth of the revelations. This testimony was published in the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants as the written testimony of the Twelve Apostles:

 

His Response

Maybe, then again maybe not. Great use of technology.

 

Email Exchange #11

Watcher,

I was thinking that the Gift of the Holy Ghost for a remission of sins was part of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood at the Morley farm.

It shows up more prominently after section 52. However there is mention of it in the Articles of the Church or section 20. And I went back to the original and saw that it was there from the beginning.

So is the confirming a member of the church and the gift of the Holy Ghost part of the patriarchal order?

Also, for some reason I believed Oliver Cowdery was ordained a high priest the following day after the conference. He was actually ordained 28 August by Sydney Rigdon. But I think you knew that.

http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/minute-book-2/7

 

My Response

I frankly am still trying to get clarity on the “gift of the Holy Ghost” and when it was truly given and truly received.

As I recall, Joseph and Oliver baptized each other and then received the manifestation of the holy spirit and had their minds enlightened, enabling them to prophesy and understand passages of scripture they had previously not understood,

Oddly, there is no mention of them doing any kind of ordinance having to do with bestowing the gift through the laying on of hands…… at that time even though they clearly got at least a portion of the Holy Ghost

Joseph Smith taught that there is a difference between receiving the Holy Ghost and receiving the gift of the Holy ghost. 

Clearly it was spoken of and supposedly conferred upon people early on, ( at least the invitation to “Receive the Holy Ghost” yet we know that during the first preliminary period prior to the Morley Farm there were none that doeth good except those that were ready to receive the fulness..

12 And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation.

I would think that someone who has received the gift of the Holy Ghost and is walking in the spirit is doing good, but perhaps I don’t understand the full significance of what doing good really means…

From the following passage in the BofM we find that those that “doeth good” walk in the POWER and GIFTS of God

Moroni 10:25
25 And wo be unto the children of men if this be the case; for there shall be none that doeth good among you, no not one. For if there be one among you that doeth good, he shall work by the power and gifts of God.

I am not sure the POWER and gifts of God began to fully to manifest until the Morley Farm endowment

The following passage in the Bible could possibly be construed to be saying the those that doeth good have seen God

3 John 1:11
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

One could suggest that people within the restored  church did not begin literally seeing God until the morley farm experience.

Yes, I know that Joseph supposedly saw God ten years earlier, but as I have pointed out in previous posts, there is a difference between seeing God in VISION and LITERALLY seeing him face to face as did Moses, as was clarified by God when he called Moses, Aaron and Miriam on the carpet and gave them a tongue lashing..

One could argue that the ordinance is an integral part of the confirmation ordinance into the “church” and since the church had not been established at the time of Joseph and Olivers baptism and priesthood ordination, it was not yet appropriate to do the confirmation/bestowal/invitation

one could argue that since the wording of the ordinance was to invite and admonish the recipient to receive the Holy Ghost that it was to be a future event that takes place when the fulness is available…

I am not sure if the giving of the gift of the Holy Ghost was taking place prior to the official formation of the church and the section on how the church was to be run in Section 20

Notice the change in wording between the following revelation in the BofC and the D&C

Book of Commandments XXIV                                    Doctrine and Covenants 20
24:29 And again, by way of commandment to the church, concerning the matter of baptism; 24:30 Behold whosoever humbleth himself before God and desireth to be baptized, and comes forth with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and witnesseth unto the church, that they have truly repented of all their sins and are willing to take upon them the name of Christ, having a determination to serve him unto the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, then shall they be received unto baptism into the church of Christ. 20:37 And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism– All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.
24:31 The duty of the elders, priests, teachers, deacons and members of the church of Christ. 24:32 An apostle is an elder, and it is his calling to baptize and to ordain other elders, priests, teachers and deacons, and to administer the flesh and blood of Christ according to the scriptures; 20:38 The duty of the elders, priests, teachers, deacons, and members of the church of Christ–An apostle is an elder, and it is his calling to baptize; 20:39 And to ordain other elders, priests, teachers, and deacons; 20:40 And to administer bread and wine–the emblems of the flesh and blood of Christ– 20:41 And to confirm those who are baptized into the church, by the laying on of hands for the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, according to the scriptures;
24:33 And to teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church; 20:42 And to teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church;
24:34 And to confirm the church by the laying on of the hands, and the giving of the Holy Ghost, and to take the lead of all meetings. 20:43 And to confirm the church by the laying on of the hands, and the giving of the Holy Ghost; 20:44 And to take the lead of all meetings.

I leave it to you to figure this fuzzy issue out and enlighten me… 🙂

His Response

Great response.

What brought all this on was I was searching “laying on of hands” and came across D&C 55:1 where WW Phelps was commanded to be baptized and receive a remission of sins by receiving the Holy Ghost.

Behold, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant William, yea, even the Lord of the whole earth, thou art called and chosen; and after thou hast been baptized by water, which if you do with an eye single to my glory, you shall have a remission of your sins and a reception of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands;

I also tried to search to see who baptized him. I couldn’t find that info. For a minute I thought it might’ve been Sidney, but I couldn’t find out for sure.

My thought was that the revelation that Joseph received for Sidney in D&C 35:5-6 was a prophecy and D&C 55 was its fulfillment.

5 Thou didst baptize by water unto repentance, but they received not the Holy Ghost;
6 But now I give unto thee a commandment, that thou shalt baptize by water, and they shall receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, even as the apostles of old.

As you mentioned, it’s hard to know for sure when they actually started to perform the ordinance. And your search “doeth good” brings up some interesting insights.

I once did a search for “to do good” and came up with something close to consecration. Which if true, would give credence to your theory of them having a higher law.

For example Jacob 2:19

19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.

Keep in mind this verse is in relation to those that have obtained riches. They’ve received them to do good.

And then in Moroni 7 we learn who does good and who doesn’t.

16 For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
17 But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.

My Response

Interesting…

Of course Section 55 which you quote was given after the higher power emerged… and the commandment to Sidney could very possibly be futuristic, that he would be doing so after the fulness is received at the morley farm.
One more wrench to throw in the works is that just prior to the passage in 35 stating that nobody was doing good except those prepared to receive the fulness, in section 33, we get a strange passage that seems inconsistent. First it seems to say that the entire vineyard was corrupt, then is indicates that there are a few that doeth good, then it says that those that doeth good are in err about certain things..

Doctrine and Covenants 33:4

4 And my vineyard has become corrupted every whit; and there is none which doeth good save it be a few; and they err in many instances because of priestcrafts, all having corrupt minds.

It is difficult to understand the full intent of the above scripture, perhaps in light of Section 35 which seems to contradict it.
I remain convinced that the full baptism of fire and the Holly Ghost was not available to the saints until after the Melchizedek endowment was given at the Morley Farm. I still think it is odd that this issue is still somewhat vague…
The Joseph the Seer prophecy states that Joseph’s calling would be to take away doctrinal confusion and bring forth a unity of the faith… That certainly did not happen back then or since, which is just one more proof that the ultimate fulfillment of the prophecy was referring to the Joseph’s return in the third watch, not to his first commission in the 2nd watch. 
BTW

I just found a site that allows us to do keyword searches of the JST !!!!
Check it out!

 

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Notable Emails #22 “My prediction is that those who accept the gospel of Bill Reel (non-literal historicity of the Book of Mormon) will ultimately either loose all of their faith…”

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Notable Emails #19- “Sometime ago I had an extraordinary experience where I was forgiven of some of my sins”

 Notable Emails #18- “I wake up every morning with this intense feeling that we are getting closer”

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

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

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

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

 Notable Emails #14 (a) “Baptism for the dead is illogical and pretty much impossible to ever accomplish”

 Notable Emails Part 13 “Gileadi compares the Servant to Hezekiah, in that he answered for the temporal sins of the people and acted as a proxy savior”

 Notable Emails Part 12 “the scriptures will become corrupted and deceive the elect and give Satan power”

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Notable Emails Part 1- Mormon Missionary: “I too am watching”


The Inspired Revision of the Bible Part Two

January 25, 2017

One of the most significant accomplishments of Joseph Smith’s ministry is the fact that he delivered the LAW of the Gospel to the saints of his generation. In this installment, we shall show from the scriptures that an integral part of the law that Joseph delivered to the saints, was to be the Inspired Revision of the Bible and that the salvation of the church was predicated on them receiving it and publishing it to the world,

We will also provide historical documentation to show that according to Joseph Smith,  he had finished translating the New and Old Testaments before the fulness was rejected in 1834 and that he did not forget about or lose interest in publishing the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible.

Finally, we will review how the LDS Church was able to negotiate with the RLDS Church to integrate hundreds of important passages from the JST into their official Bible.

A Lawgiver

Just as Moses was the lawgiver to ancient Israel, Joseph Smith was the law giver to modern Israel.

Ancient prophecy refers to Joseph Smith’s role of bringing forth the LAW but it also foretells how the saints would stumble at the law. Note the words of Malachi:

5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.

6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.

7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.

8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.

Isaiah also prophetically documented the rebelliousness of the Saints who would not hear the law of the Lord:

8 ¶Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:

9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:

10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:

13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.

In previous posts I have documented countless prophetic Old Testament passages that  foretold how latter day Israel would fail to live the law of God.

One of the more comforting passages that confirms that the law and covenant given by the Davidic Servant would be established and the seed of God’s people would be established forever,  even though latter day Israel  transgresses and fails to live it, is found in Psalms 89. The covenant “shall stand fast” because of the covenant servant.

The Davidic Covenant Servant maintains the covenant with God despite the backsliding of the Saints. God will visit the transgression of Israel with the rod, but the covenant stays intact:

 

“I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant: Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations….

My loving-kindness will I keep for him for evermore; And my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure for ever, And his throne as the days of heaven.

If his children forsake my law, And walk not in mine ordinances; If they break my statutes, And keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes.

But my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, Nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, Nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.

Once have I sworn by my holiness: I will not lie unto David: His seed shall endure for ever, And his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as the faithful witness in the sky” (Ps 89:3, 4, 28-37).

Understanding that Joseph Smith is the latter day covenant servant and lawgiver and understanding how, when, and why the Lord revealed the law of the Gospel through Joseph Smith is an essential part of understanding the true history of Mormonism. Additionally, understanding that the Bible in it’s purity is an integral part of the law of the Gospel is critical as well.

In Sections 37, 38 and 39, the Lord commanded the new fledgling church in New York to go to the Ohio and  made promises about the future of Ohio relative to the great work that was to eventually go forth from there.

The commandment to go to Ohio was for the express purpose of receiving two things for the purpose of not being destroyed by the secret combination that was waiting to destroy the restored church.

According to the commandment in Section 38, and verified in history, in Ohio the saints  would first receive the LAW.

After receiving the LAW, they would receive the ENDOWMENT OF POWER  from on high.

31 And that ye might escape the power of the enemy, and be gathered unto me a righteous people, without spot and blameless—

32 Wherefore, for this cause I gave unto you the commandment that ye should go to the Ohio; and there I will give unto you my law; and there you shall be endowed with power from on high;

33 And from thence, whosoever I will shall go forth among all nations, and it shall be told them what they shall do; for I have a great work laid up in store, for Israel shall be saved, and I will lead them whithersoever I will, and no power shall stay my hand.

As with many prophetic utterances this commandment was to first have a shadow fulfillment during Joseph’s first commission in the second watch, followed by the final literal fulfillment that would take place in his second commission when the  marvelous work takes place during the third watch.

The LAW that the Lord gave to the church through Joseph Smith during his first commission is documented in Section 42.

Two of the major components of the LAW consisted of the requirement to live the law of consecration and the celestial marital law of monogamy. Ultimately they would fail to keep both of those components of the law during Joseph’s ministry.

Reception of the endowment from on high and experiencing the fulness of it, was predicated upon keeping the law.

During Joseph’s first commission in Kirtland, the anticipated power from on high began with the endowment of the Melchizedek Priesthood at the special conference at the Morley Farm in June of 1831.The completion of the reception of this power was anticipated to culminate in it’s fulness, during the Solemn Assembly in the Kirtland Temple in March of 1836.

Having broken the law of the Gospel, the fulness of the anticipated endowment upon the expectant High Priests did not appear to take place in its fulness among all of the priesthood quorums that were anticipating it. It certainly did not result in the “great work” of taking the fulness of the gospel to “all nations” in “power“.

As shown in other posts, the church went into a tail spin following the solemn assembly and the first laborers and their brethren of the Melchizedek Priesthood failed to go forth in power taking the fulness of the gospel to the nations of the earth as anticipated.

Eventually Joseph Smith announced that something new must be done for the salvation of the church. Secretly, the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham had been ushered in after the solemn assembly failed to ignite the final missionary work of the marvelous work.

The Bible was integrated into the Law

Interestingly, the law, in Section 42 informs the Saints that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are an integral part of the law-

11 Again I say unto you, that it shall not be given to any one to go forth to preach my gospel, or to build up my church, except he be ordained by some one who has authority, and it is known to the church that he has authority and has been regularly ordained by the heads of the church.
 12 And again, the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel.
 13 And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit.
 14 And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.
 15 And all this ye shall observe to do as I have commanded concerning your teaching, until the fulness of my scriptures is given.

Notice that the saints had the “fulness of the gospel” as jointly contained in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, but they did not yet have the “fulness of the scriptures“.

In a previous post we documented the fact that the King James Version of the Bible does a remarkable job of presenting the life and ministry of Christ, but fails to identify what the fulness of the Gospel and the necessary ordinances of salvation, including the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, with with clarity. It only clearly contains the fulness of the Gospel, when read jointly with the Book of Mormon. This is one of the reasons the Book of Mormon is so important.

We learn several principles and truths from the above passages contained in Section 42.

a) The gospel must be preached from the Bible and the Book of Mormon  which jointly contained the fulness of the gospel, as well as the “articles” and “commandments” being revealed through modern revelation.

b) The commonly used King James Bible of the day, despite its imperfections, was adequate to use UNTIL the fulness of the scriptures were given. This refers to the inspired corrections in the Bible that Joseph would be required to do, as well as continued revelation which would result in the canonization of the Book of Commandments and later, the Doctrine and Covenants.

c) The authority to preach the gospel entails more than God’s written word in the scriptures. A priesthood ordination is required by the heads of the Church of Christ.

Interestingly, the law of the gospel being given in Section 42 was a preliminary law that was contingent on the reception of the fulness of the scriptures. In other words, the law could not be administered in it’s fulness until the Joseph Smith translation of the Bible was finished along with the canonization of the revelations that had were being revealed through Joseph Smith.

Section 42 reveals the fact that the law that is being given is valid and in force, but will not really be complete until Joseph has completed bringing forth the fulness of the scriptures:

56 Thou shalt ask, and my scriptures shall be given as I have appointed, and they shall be preserved in safety;

57 And it is expedient that thou shouldst hold thy peace concerning them, and not teach them until ye have received them in full.

58 And I give unto you a commandment that then ye shall teach them unto all men; for they shall be taught unto all nations, kindreds, tongues and people.

59 Thou shalt take the things which thou hast received, which have been given unto thee in my scriptures for a law, to be my law to govern my church;

As you can see, the JST of the Bible along with the scriptures that would ultimately be canonized in the Book of Commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants were to become an integral part of the LAW that was revealed through Joseph Smith in Section 42.

Joseph was commanded to “hold [his] peace” in expounding on them until they had been “received.. in full“. 

This possibly explains why Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon generally used the KJV of the Bible for their text in their sermons rather than the amazing changes made in the JST and the new revelations being brought forth.

It is only AFTER the Inspired Version of the Bible AND the Book of Commandments and Doctrine and Covenants were complete and canonized that Joseph would be permitted to “teach them unto all men; for they shall be taught unto all nations, kindreds, tongues and people”. Yet, the saints failed to financially support the publishing of the Inspired Version.

The Lord warns the Saints that they cannot be saved unless they receive the fulness of the scriptures and obey them.

This is why  Joseph warned the church that if they did not receive the fulness of the scriptures they would fail-

“Brother Joseph Smith, Jr. said … that the promise of God was that the greatest blessings which God had to bestow should be given to those who contributed to the support of his family while he was translating the fulness of the Scriptures … that God had often sealed up the heavens because of covetousness in the Church … and except the Church receive the fulness of the Scriptures that they would yet fail.” (Far West Report, p. 16, quoted in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1938, p. 9.)

This is why the Inspired Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible is so incredibly significant and essential to the salvation of the church!

Section 42 informs us that the revelations being received by Joseph Smith were part of the fulness of the scriptures. They are the scriptures that Joseph received when he and others “asked” questions and then received revelations providing the answers.

It is the revelations in the D&C that would begin to reveal many of the mysteries not clearly contained in the other canons of scripture, including the geographical place of the New Jerusalem. Some of the questions asked by Joseph and his brethren were thought of while working on the Inspired Revision of the Bible.

Notice how the revelations being received through Joseph Smith would contain the “mysteries” and the “peaceable things” which bring “joy” and “eternal life“-

61 If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.

62 Thou shalt ask, and it shall be revealed unto you in mine own due time where the New Jerusalem shall be built.

Clearly, many of the revelations received by Joseph Smith dealt with the mysteries and the greater things, while the portion of the Book of Mormon that was translated dealt with the lesser things.

Indeed, it would eventually be revealed through Joseph Smith, and canonized in the Doctrine and Covenants, where the New Jerusalem was to be built.

Again, Joseph was commanded not to teach from the scriptures being revealed until they had been received in full. This explains why his sermons were almost always based on the existing Bible instead of the JST, or revelations he was receiving by asking questions.

Clearly, the Lord was giving a preliminary portion of the law that was anticipatory of additional revelation coming forth.

Most commentaries on the Doctrine and Covenants consider the “scriptures” that needed to be “received in full” to be referring exclusively to the inspired revision of the Bible, assuming that the passage is referring to the previous commandment to translate the Bible.

A more holistic and contextual reading of the passages in question clearly suggests that the above command included the revelations being received by Joseph Smith that would ultimately be canonized in the Book of Commandments and later in the Doctrine and Covenants.

I believe it is clear that the reception of the scriptures in full has reference to both the inspired revision of the Bible AND the revelations canonized into the Book of Commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants. I believe that those canons of scripture needed to eventually be included with the Book of Mormon as one canon of scripture.

When the ancient prophecies refer to the stick of Judah and the Stick of Ephraim growing together in the hand of Ephraim, I believe it is primarily referring to the Inspired Version of the Bible and the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith also made statements to suggest that the Book of Abraham would be included as well.

The “Stick of Ephraim” and the “Stick of Joseph” Not Synonymous 

There is a remarkable prophetic sequence contained in Ezekiel 37:15-20 that speaks about three tribal records being combined into one record. These passages speak of the “stick of Judah“, the “Stick of Joseph” and the “Stick of Ephraim“.

According to Ezekiel, the Stick of Ephraim is in the hand of Ephraim and is written to the Whole House of Israel

15 ¶The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

18 ¶And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?

19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

20 ¶And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

Many LDS scholars wrongly assume that the “Stick of Joseph” and the “Stick of Ephraim” are being used anonymously.

I would suggest that they are not.

I think that each are specific records of a specifically described tribe or tribes.

The Stick of Joseph and the tribes of Israel his brethren, in my opinion has reference to the New Testament and the Book of Commandments which was addressing primarily the tribe of Joseph and other tribes that had been assimilated into the gentiles nations. The gospel went forth from the New Testament apostles to the believing gentiles. That work to the Gentile nations was resumed by Joseph Smith’s ministry as believing gentiles were being added to the restored church of Christ during the Kirtland era.

The Stick of Ephraim on the other hand contains these scriptures and additional revelations (as contained in the Doctrine and Covenants) which change the trajectory of the church following the rejection of the fulness. It documents the secret ushering in of the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham and the taking of the KNOWLEDGE of the fulness of the Gospel to the nations of the earth in preparation for the final restoration and coming of Christ in glory.

Furthermore, latter day saints have been indoctrinated to suppose that those passages in the book of Ezekiel have been fulfilled by the latter day saints in the form of the “quad” that is currently published by the LDS church.

I strongly disagree.

I would suggest that the literal fulfillment of the prophecy and the combining of the tribal records has not taken place yet. The canons of scripture published by the Mormon Church are still incomplete and have false revelations added to them. They are imperfect and do not represent the literal fulfillment of the prophetic sequence in Ezekiel.

The narrative in Ezekiel indicates that these records being spoken of come forth AFTER the resurrection that takes place in the valley  of the dry bones.

Hence, as we look at the ancient and modern records brought forth by Joseph Smith, we need to realize that what he did, represented a shadow fulfillment of the prophecy at best and that much of what he did was simply preparatory and preliminary to the final event.

Although we often refer to the “Stick of Judah” as the “Bible”, I suspect that the “Stick of Judah” refers more specifically to the Old Testament than the New Testament and even more specifically to Joseph Smith’s work of translating the Old Testament.

I believe that the “Stick of Joseph” in the hand of Ephraim refers to the New Testament account of the gospel going forth to remnants of Joseph and other remnants of Israel who had mixed among the gentile nations. More specifically it would pertain to Joseph Smith’s work of translating the New Testament .

It would also include the bringing forth of additional revelations through Joseph Smith to the remnants of Joseph and other remnants of Israel during the early Kirtland era. It would also probably include the Book of Mormon since Ismael’s family were descendants of the tribe of Ephraim. The following quote is attributed to Joseph Smith:

“You will recollect that when Lehi and his family had gone from Jerusalem out into the wilderness, he sent his son Nephi back to the city to get the plates which contained the law of Moses and many prophecies of the prophets, and that he also brought out Ishmael and his family, which were mostly daughters. This Ishmael and his family were of the lineage of Ephraim, and Lehi’s sons took Ishmael’s daughters for wives, and this is how they have grown together, ‘a multitude of nations in the midst of the earth.’

“If we had those one hundred and sixteen pages of manuscript which Martin Harris got away with, you would know all about it, for Ishmael’s ancestry is made very plain therein. The Lord told me not to translate it over again, but to take from Nephi’s other plates until I came to the period of time where the other translation was broken off, and then go on with Mormon’s abridgment again. That is how it came about that Ishmael’s lineage was not given in the Book of Mormon, as well as Lehi’s.”‘—Franklin D. Richards, The Contributor, Vol. XVII, p. 425.

There is an interesting passage in the Doctrine and Covenants that I believe is misinterpreted. It is as follows:

5 Behold, this is wisdom in me; wherefore, marvel not, for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you on the earth, and with Moroni, whom I have sent unto you to reveal the Book of Mormon, containing the fulness of my everlasting gospel, to whom I have committed the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim;

Most students of the gospel assume that the passage is stating that Moroni holds the keys of the  record of the stick of Ephraim.

I believe that such an interpretation is not congruent with a holistic, contextual and intertextual reading of the standards works.

Based on inflection and punctuation, the passages above could be stating that Joseph Smith, the first person within the narrative, is the one to who has been given the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim.

He, along with others, including Moroni, who had been sent to reveal the Book of Mormon, will drink of the fruit of the vine with the Savior. Below I am providing the gist of what I think the above passage is saying.

5 Behold, this is wisdom in me; wherefore, marvel not, for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you [Joseph] on the earth… to whom I have committed the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim;

One of the epiphanies I have had in my research into the secret history of Mormonism is that up until the rejection of the fulness of the gospel by the Joseph/Gentile church in 1834, Joseph was simply restoring New Testament Christianity and bringing the New Testament dispensation of the gospel to its fulness.

During the early Kirtland era of the restored church, Joseph was part of the Dispensation of the gospel that Peter, James, and John had started during New Testament times. He was acting under their stewardship in that capacity. This is why the revelations he received during that time, that were published in the Book of Commandments, are basically appendages to his revision of the New Testament. Indeed they largely came forth as a result of his work in translating the New Testament.

One could argue that the New Testament, containing the New Covenant and the fulness of the gospel does not represent the Old Testament which is the record of the Jews and the Old Covenant. It represents the beginning of the New Covenant during the time of the infinite atonement offering of Christ. After the Jews rejected Christ, Christ’s apostles took the gospel to the tribes of Joseph and other remnants who had been mixed among the Gentiles.

The early LDS restoration movement in New York and Kirtland represented a restoring and continuation of New Testament Christianity and scriptures pertaining to the New Covenant. Joseph Smith was proselytizing to the remnants of the same Gentiles that Peter, James and John took the gospel to. The Demographics would change dramatically once the fulness was rejected and missionaries would be sent across the great waters.

I would therefore suggest that the doctrinal content in the Book of Commandments was simply an extension of the New Testament Gospel just as the LDS restoration represented the restoration of New Testament Christianity.

Sidney the Spokesman is Commanded to Write for Joseph the Seer

As early as December, 1830, we find the Lord commanding Sidney Rigdon to write for Joseph:

Thou shalt write for him; and the Scriptures shall be given even as they are in mine own bosom, to the salvation of mine own elect” (Doctrine and Covenants 35:20).

Although people often falsely assume that the above commandment had reference to the translation of the Bible, or even the Book of Mormon, it should be remembered that the commandment to translate the Bible had not yet been given and the Book of Mormon had already been translated and published.

Sidney began writing down the revelations that Joseph was receiving at that time. Those revelations that began coming through Joseph before he began the inspired revision of the Bible are just as important as any of the other canons of scripture.

The revelations Joseph was receiving were given for the salvation of the elect! They are singular and distinct from all other scripture in that most of them are given in the direct, first person words of Christ, hence the Saviors declaration, “the Scriptures shall be given even as they are in mine own bosom” 

Sidney’s calling to write down and use the Bible to validate the new revelations Joseph was receiving, was just as important as his calling to write for Joseph when he was translating the bible.

The commandment for Sidney to write for Joseph and declare the truthfulness of the scriptures had been prophesied many years previously in the Joseph the Seer prophecy wherein Sidney was referred to as the “spokesman” who was to “write” for the “Seer”.

18 And the Lord said unto me also: I will raise up unto the fruit of thy loins; and I will make for him a spokesman. And I, behold, I will give unto him that he shall write the writing of the fruit of thy loins, unto the fruit of thy loins; and the spokesman of thy loins shall declare it.

19 And the words which he shall write shall be the words which are expedient in my wisdom should go forth unto the fruit of thy loins…

The calling of Sidney the spokesman is to both write and expound the scriptures that come forth from Joseph the Seer.

It appears as if the Inspired Version of the Bible took place as a result of Joseph and Sidney reading the King James Version and then asking questions and asking for clarification.

During this process, many of the new revelations that would ultimately be canonized in the Book of Commandments (and later in the Doctrine and Covenants) came forth as an outgrowth of the Bible translation process when Joseph and Sidney would be inspired to ask questions and receive answers.

Section 76 is a perfect example of Sidney and Joseph being prompted to ask a question while translating the Bible. The asking of the question resulted in a glorious vision which Sidney participated in and wrote down.

In some cases, the work of translating the Bible resulted in changes to the Bible, in other cases, a separate revelation was given that would later be canonized in the Book of Commandments. For this reason, I think the Inspired Version of the New Testament and the revelations canonized in the Book of Commandments are very closely related to each other.

In what appears to be a variation of the prophetic Ezekiel 37 sequence, the Book of Mormon speaks of four distinct canons of scripture that become three and then one.

Four Records merge into Three, then become One

The following passages in 2 Nephi 19:12-14 speak about God’s dealings with four groups of people in the Lords vineyard and the corresponding books of scripture containing Gods dealings with them.

The first three groups are separate and distinct from each other. The fourth group is referring to a composite of the three and all other remnants of Israel.

I have made insertions in brackets to show how I am interpreting these passages,

12 For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; [Inspired Version of the Old Testament]

and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; [Book of Mormon]

and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; [Inspired Version of the New Testament, Book of Commandments- the Joseph/gentile Church of Christ- 1829-1834]

and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it. [Doctrine and Covenants to The Church of the Latter day Saints including the converts from foreign lands- “outcasts of Israel & Dispersed of Judah 1835- ]

You will notice that I make a very clear distinction between the tribal significance of the Book of Commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants.

I realize this seems confusing, blurry and nit-picky to many, but in previous posts I have tried to emphasize that the Book of Commandments was written to the restored Church of Christ that had the fulness of the Gospel. The main focus was on living the LAW given in D&C 42 and the fulness of the Gospel contained jointly in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.

Conversely, the Doctrine and Covenants is written to a condemned church It represented a quickly transitioning demographic after the LAW and the fulness of the Gospel had been rejected. It provides a historical witness and testimony of a fallen people who had failed to live the fulness. The main focus had changed.

That is why several very significant changes in the early revelations in the Book of Commandments were changed when published in the Doctrine and Covenants.

The purpose of the Doctrine and Covenants in my opinion is to-

a) document the rejection of the fulness by the restored church

b) detail what the fulness of the gospel is

c) help the various remnants of the LDS restoration movement to prepare for the return o the fulness.

Notice that after referring to four groups and four records in verse 12, that verse 13 reduces the four groups to three groups with three records. It explains that the time will come when all three groups will have their own record along with the record of the other two groups. This applies typologically to the second watch and more literally to the 3rd watch in my opinion.

13 And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.

Verse 14 reveals that the time will come in the 3rd watch when all of Israel will be gathered to the promised land and will have all three records gathered into one record. Not only do each of the three groups have access to the records of the other two groups, but all three records are bound into one record. This is what we have to look forward to when Gods servants come forth:

14 And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; [Promised land of America] and my word also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever.  2 Ne. 29: 12-13

Here is my speculative breakdown of the four groups of people and their corresponding scriptures as mentioned in verse 12,

  • Jews– Kingdom of Judah- JST OLD Testament 
  • Nephites– Descendents of Lehi- Manassah- Book of Mormon
  • Other Tribes– Outcasts of Israel, primarily Joseph, identified with the Gentiles- JST New Testament and Book of Commandments
  • All Nations AND/OR Lost Tribes– Outcasts of Israel combined with gathered remnants of Judah and all other tribes and descendants of Abraham.- Doctrine & Covenants

The Kingdom of Israel was LED AWAY into Gentile Nations

Verse 12 speaks of the third group of people who the Lord “led away”. This appears to be referring to the kingdom of Israel that was led away captive and then became mingled with and identified with the gentile nations. Eventually remnants of the kingdom migrated to the promised land of America between 1607 and 1836. We also know that the “Ten Lost Tribes” are a specific remnant that will be returning from the North. (this will be discussed in greater detail in the other series I am doing)

Clearly, the JST of the Bible plays a huge role in the Marvelous Work.

It will go forth to all nations.

It and all others scriptures brought forth by the Lords Seer are part of the law by which the Church will be governed. Those that follow the law contained in the JST and other revelation will be saved.

As you have probably noticed, I draw heavily upon the JST of the Bible in my writings.

In fact, any time Joseph Smith made changes to the Bible, I will virtually always quote from the inspired version instead of the traditional King James version of the Bible, unless I am unaware of an inspired change.

Some Modern Authorities See the Significance of the JST

The Inspired Revision of the Bible has had mixed reactions from authorities of the apostate church.

Brigham Young once said that the KJV of the Bible contains everything that we need for salvation. Since he and his brethren had previously made some serious efforts to obtain the JST from Emma, I find his statement to be somewhat disingenuous and reeking of sour grapes.

In a previous part of this series I noted that some of the current apologists over at the MormonInterpreter do not have very high regard for the revelatory significance and credibility of the JST while others do.

Regarding the Joseph Smith Translation, Bruce R. McConkie (1915-1985) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said,

The Joseph Smith Translation, or Inspired Version, is a thousand times over the best Bible now existing on earth

After studying the JST over the years, I concur with the above testimony of Elder McConkie. There is no comparison.

Because the translation was published by the RLDS Church, some have wondered whether it had been published accurately. However, research in the past several decades with the original manuscripts has indicated that the JST of the Bible, published by the RLDS (Community of Christ Church) is an accurate representation of the original manuscripts prepared by Joseph Smith and his scribes.

An official editorial of the Church News dated December 7, 1974 contained these words:

The Inspired Version does not supplant the King James Version as the official Church version of the Bible, but the explanations and changes made by the Prophet Joseph Smith provide enlightenment and useful commentary on many biblical passages.” …

I have not checked to see if the Church has made an official statement about the JST since that release. I suppose the above statement could be interpreted in a few different ways.

Clearly, the Church has been in an awkward position due to the fact that the Community of Christ Church holds the copyright on the JST. Nevertheless, the LDS Church has gained permission from the Community of Christ Church to publish many of the most profound changes contained in the JST version in the LDS version of the Bible.

One of the key players in bringing to light the importance of the JST of the Bible and getting many of the significant  passages of the JST integrated into the official Bible published by the LDS Church is Robert J. Matthews.

In my estimation, he is somewhat of a modern day hero for his work in doing so.

In 1979, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published its edition of the King James Version of the Bible. The Scriptures Publication Committee decided to include portions of the Joseph Smith Translation in the new edition. For the first time, Latter-day Saints had access to Joseph’s inspired work in their own personal scriptures.

Many Latter-day Saints may be unaware that the efforts to include the JST material in the new edition of the Bible were pioneered by Robert J. Matthews, former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University.

Beginning in 1953, Brother Matthews began a letter-writing campaign to the RLDS Church (now called the Community of Christ), requesting permission to study the original JST manuscripts. Through his sustained efforts, the RLDS Church gave Brother Matthews permission to examine the manuscripts.

According to Thomas E. Sherry, Matthews is the single most prolific source of scholarly publications on the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible:

Robert J. Matthews was the single most prolific source of scholarly publications on the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of the Bible since his 1975 groundbreaking book, “A Plainer Translation.”1 Of him, Elder Bruce R. McConkie said: “Brother Matthews is the world authority on the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible [and his] . . . spiritual insight is of surpassing import.”2 Matthews’s interest in the JST began at age eighteen, and though he published on many subjects, the JST was a consuming scholarly focus. Larry E. Dahl and Robert L. Millet have written:

It was in the summer of 1944 that Brother Matthews listened to a radio address given by Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, in which the Apostle quoted a passage of scripture from the King James Version (John 1:18), noted that the translation was incorrect, and then cited the same passage from the Joseph Smith Translation. At that point in his young life  .  .  . Brother Matthews had never heard of the Joseph Smith Translation.

Matthews’s master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation on the subject subsequently laid the groundwork for over fifty publications on the history, making, and doctrine of the JST and its place in the history of the Restoration.4

In the course of his research, Matthews wrote to administrators, mostly those in the Church Historian’s office of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint (RLDS, now Community of Christ). Over a period of fifteen years, he requested help with various research issues relative to the JST and asked to work firsthand with the original manuscripts. His requests for textual clarifications were often accommodated, but permission to work with the documents was repeatedly denied.

Years later, when Matthews was finally allowed to see the original manuscripts, his work on verifying the content of Joseph Smith’s Bible revision resolved much “nagging uncertainty” surrounding the text for Latter-day Saints.5

Historically, his work came at a time when the Scriptures Publication Committee for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) was preparing the content of their 1979 edition of the Bible. His appraisal on the reliability of the RLDS-published versions opened the way for the committee to seek access to the translation and subsequently to include hundreds of footnote citations from it.

Accompanying that inclusion was a broad and persistent educational effort to increase awareness and appreciation of the JST through LDS periodicals and educational materials.6 These efforts were augmented and stimulated by two important JST symposia, in 1984 and 1995, inspired by Matthews and hosted at Brigham Young University.7

All these developments led to the general use and acceptance of the JST among LDS Church members, educators, and ecclesiastical leaders, thus reversing a century-old practice of omission. When Matthews started his research on the New Translation, he did not realize he was entering a complex scene of cultural and religious history that had led the LDS Church to eschew the printed version of the Prophet’s revision for more than a century and the RLDS to hail it as a keystone in their claim as the “true” church of the Restoration. By 1979, these positions had reversed, and no one played a more significant role in that historic reversal than Matthews.8 

For a fascinating read on how the LDS Church was able to approach the RLDS Church and get permission to publish portions of the JST in their current editions of the Bible read this interview with Robert J Matthews by Ray L. Huntington and Brian M. Hauglids)

Praise God for Robert J. Matthews work on the JST!

I feel it is shameful that the Church has not emphasized and encouraged members of the church to take this inspired work of Joseph Smith’s more seriously. However doing so, would encourage members to discard the official Bible publication of the LDS church in favor of those published by other sources. It would also call into question why the church did not end up with the copyright to such a landmark achievement of Joseph Smith’s revelatory calling. Because of these issues, there is a financial conflict of interest as well as a credibility conflict of interest in promoting the revelatory importance of the JST.

I believe we will each be responsible for what scriptures we choose to believe as we study the gospel. We are each obligated to search out the truth in scripture and history, under the influence of the Holy Ghost, to arrive at the truth.

When I stand before the Lord, I will not be justified in discounting the holy word of God in the JST because some person or organization did not stress the importance of it or they stayed silent towards it, or they told me it was not credible, or not necessary, or that I should question whether it had revelatory purposes, yada yada yada.

Modern revelation tells us clearly how important the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible is. I will be solely responsible for my own self as to whether I took it seriously or not.

The JST contains secret information that unlocks critical information about the events of the end times and the Marvelous Work! That is one of the reasons why I draw so heavily upon it in my research and gospel study!

I laid the foundation for my threewatches blog using two incredible portions from the JST in post number one and post number two. Those two sections of scripture from the JST provide the information contained in the diagram at the top of the threewatches blog. It was the clarification provided in the JST that brought the doctrine of the three watches to my attention with greater clarity!

I implore the readers of this blog to take the JST of the Bible seriously and to study, search and pray about the content thereof until you have a testimony that it is a truly inspired canon of scripture. If you don’t have access to this sacred volume of scripture, run, don’t walk to the nearest book store to get one!!!! (Or use some of the incredible online resources available)

I realize that there has been a lot of misinformation and disinformation about the JST of the Bible and that many Latter day Saints do not take it very seriously…. but I make no apologies to for my profuse use of the JST as I provide scriptural evidences about the Marvelous Work.

Although I am not convinced that the version of the JST that we currently have is the finished version of the Bible that Joseph Smith will publish to the world when he returns, I am convinced that most if not all of the changes in it are inspired and that much can be gained from studying it.

Here is a brief recap of some information in the scriptures that provide context for the importance of the JST.

In I Nephi 3, we find these statements: ”

 “And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the book proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained[past tense] the fulness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God.

Wherefore, these things go forth from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles, according to the truth which is in God.


And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews untothe Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, they have taken away from the gospel ofthe Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.

And all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord, that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men.” 1 Nephi 3

This is one of the doctrines that really sets the restored Church apart from most of the protestant churches of that day… while many scholars within Catholicism and Protestantism teach that the Bible is a complete record… and is the perfect and infallible word of God, the Book of Mormon reveals that the Great and Abominable Church has taken away many parts of the gospel from the Bible to pervert the right ways of the Lord. Hence the following declaration from the Prophet Joseph Smith:

We believe the Bible contains the word of God in so far as it is correctly translated.”

The Lord Commanded the Prophet Joseph Smith to begin translating the Bible within less than 6 months after the Book of Mormon was published. The translation was begun in June 1830, commencing with Genesis.

 

Although the financing of the Book of Mormon was provided by one or two individuals who had been financially blessed of the Lord, the financing of the JST was to be a united effort by the church membership. On 11 October 1831, the Prophet recorded in his journal:

A conference was held at Brother [John] Johnson’s where I was living [Hiram, Ohio]. … A committee of six was appointed to instruct the several branches of the Church. Elders David Whitmer and Reynolds Cahoon were appointed as two of the said committee; with the further duty on their mission of setting forth the condition of Brothers Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, that they might obtain means to continue the translation.” (History of the Church, 1:219.)

The Prophet and his scribe were without means and would have to lay aside the translation in order to labor for the necessities of life. The journal of Reynolds Cahoon mentions this appointment under the date of 9 November 1831 in these words:

Started for hiram to fulfill my mission to the churches which was given to Br. David and myself to obtain mony or property for Brs Joseph and others to finish the translation.” (Journal of Reynolds Cahoon, Historical Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. spelling errors from original have not been corrected)

Two weeks later, on 25 October 1831, at another conference of the Church in Hiram, the Prophet again dwelt upon the need for temporal aid to enable him to do his work, specifically mentioning the translation of the scriptures. The minutes of the meeting include the following:

Brother Joseph Smith, Jr. said … that the promise of God was that the greatest blessings which God had to bestow should be given to those who contributed to the support of his family while he was translating the fulness of the Scriptures … that God had often sealed up the heavens because of covetousness in the Church … and except the Church receive the fulness of the Scriptures that they would yet fail.” (Far West Report, p. 16, quoted in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1938, p. 9.)

Unfortunately, Joseph Smith and his scribe Sidney Rigdon were temporarily hindered in translating the Bible, however, on January 10, 1832 The Lord commanded them to proceed translating again until it be finished:

” Now, verily I say unto you my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, saith the Lord, it is expedient to translate again; And, inasmuch as it is practicable, to preach in the regions round about until conference; and after that it is expedient to continue the work of translation until it be finished.” (D&C 73:3–4.)

Although there were many interruptions, the work progressed, and on 2 February 1833, in Kirtland, Ohio, the Prophet recorded in his journal:

I completed the translation and review of the New Testament on the 2nd of February, 1833, and sealed it up, no more to be opened till it arrived in Zion.(History of the Church, 1:324.)

“Zion” meant Independence, Missouri, where William W. Phelps had established the Church printing press.

Joseph’s claim that he had “sealed it up” until it could be published in Zion, is no doubt a reference to the Lord’s commandment to “reserved in safety” until they could be published in Zion.

56 Thou shalt ask, and my scriptures shall be given as I have appointed, and they shall be preserved in safety; 

57 And it is expedient that thou shouldst hold thy peace concerning them, and not teach them until ye have received them in full.

58 And I give unto you a commandment that then ye shall teach them unto all men; for they shall be taught unto all nations, kindreds, tongues and people.

59 Thou shalt take the things which thou hast received, which have been given unto thee in my scriptures for a law, to be my law to govern my church;

In April 1833, an inquiry was received from Brother Phelps as to whether he should print the new translation in the monthly issues of The Evening and the Morning Star. The Prophet’s reply, dated 21 April 1833, reads:

It is not the will of the Lord to print any of the new Translation in the Star; but when it is published, it will all go to the world together, in a volume by itself; and the New Testament and the Book of Mormon will be printed together.” (History of the Church, 1:341.)

Having completed the New Testament, the Brethren then returned to the book of Genesis and continued with the translation of the Old Testament. On 8 March 1833, the Lord spoke to them about other duties that needed to be taken care of, but not until after they had “finished the translation of the [Old Testament] prophets.” (D&C 90:13.)

Then on 6 May 1833, at Kirtland, Ohio, the Lord counseled the Prophet,

It is my will that you should hasten to translate my scriptures.” (D&C 93:53.)

On the same day another revelation was received in which the Lord gave instruction concerning a printing house to be built:

And again, verily I say unto you, the second lot on the south shall be dedicated unto me for the building of a house unto me, for the work of the printing of the translation of my scriptures.” (D&C 94:10.)

These revelations suggest some urgency about completing the work and getting it printed.

On 25 June 1833, the Prophet wrote again to Brother Phelps in Missouri:

“In regard to the printing of the New Translation: It cannot be done until we can attend to it ourselves, and this we will do as soon as the Lord permits.” (History of the Church, 1:365.)

A week later, on 2 July 1833, in a letter to the brethren in Zion, the Prophet wrote that-

“we are exceedingly fatigued, owing to the great press of business. We this day finished the translating of the Scriptures, for this we returned gratitude to our Heavenly Father.” (HC 1:368)

The words “Finished on the 2nd day of July 1833” also occur in bold handwriting on the JST manuscript at the conclusion of the book of Malachi.

On 23 April 1834, the Lord again spoke to the Prophet about printing the new translation:

And for this purpose I have commanded you to organize yourselves, even to print my words, the fulness of my scriptures, the revelations which I have given unto you.” (D&C 104:58.)

Although more than the new Bible translation is involved in the scope of this revelation, the new translation is included.

Then, in July 1833, the Star announced:

At no very distant period, we shall print the book of Mormon and the [New] Testament, and bind them in one volume.”

However, hopes for this were postponed when the printing press in Independence was destroyed the same month.

As the years passed, the Prophet did not loose interest in publishing the JST, although he was greatly hampered by persecution, the administrative duties of the Church, the lack of financial and material means, and the burden of moving the Church from Ohio to Missouri and then to Illinois

After the Saints had to flee the Jackson County part of Zion, Joseph did not attempt to have them published again until the saints arrived in Nauvoo, the cornerstone of Zion.

On 18 June 1840 in Nauvoo, Illinois, the Prophet presented the high council with a lengthy memorial. He lamented that he had to be concerned so much with the “temporalities” of the Church and explained that it was a duty that he owed to God and to the Church to give his attention more particularly to spiritual things. He requested that the Church build him an office in which he could

“attend to the affairs of the Church without distraction, … [for] the time has now come, when he should devote himself exclusively to those things which relate to the spiritualities of the Church, and commence the work of translating the Egyptian records, [and] the Bible.”

Since the prophet had previously declared that both the translation of the Old and New Testaments had been finished, it would appear that the above statement had to do with finishing the translation of the Egyptian records and publishing the Bible.

The Prophet reminded the high council that he had “no means of support whatever” and requested that “some one might be appointed to see that all his necessary wants may be provided for.” (History of the Church, 4:137.)

The plea fell on receptive ears, and in July of that year the First Presidency and high council appointed two brethren to go throughout the Church to obtain money for the publication of various books, including the JST, or as they called it, the “new translation of the scriptures.” An extract from an epistle by the First Presidency, July 1840, states:

To all whom it may concern:—This is to certify that Elders Samuel Bent and George W. Harris are authorized agents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, being appointed by the First Presidency and High Council of said Church to visit the branches of the Church … to obtain donations and subscriptions for the purpose of printing the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, hymn-books, the new translation of the scriptures. … We do hope the Saints will do all in their power to effect the object proposed. [signed] Joseph Smith, Jun., President.” (History of the Church, 4:164.)

A few days later in Nauvoo an editorial appeared in the Times and Seasons, the official Church periodical, bearing the headline “BOOKS!!!” The editorial reiterated the call of Elders Bent and Harris and stated, among other things, that “the authorities of the church” were taking definite steps to make the scriptures available to the members of the Church, including “also the necessity of Publishing the new translation of the scriptures, which has so long been desired by the Saints.” (Times and Seasons, vol. 1, no. 9, pp. 139–40.)

Another “Epistle of the First Presidency to the Saints Scattered Abroad” was sent out on or about 1 September 1840 and contained an appeal to the members to contribute financially to the building up of the kingdom. Particularly mentioned was “the printing and circulation of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, hymn-book, and the new translation of the Scriptures.” (History of the Church, 4:187; also Times and Seasons, vol. 1, no. 12, Oct. 1840, p. 179.)

These epistles make it clear that the Church leaders intended to publish the JST along with the other scriptures and a hymnbook, but in order for it to happen the Saints would have to make a financial contribution.

On 19 January 1841, in counsel to William Law, the Lord spoke again about publishing the JST:

If he [William Law] will do my will let him from henceforth hearken to the counsel of my servant Joseph, … and publish the new translation of my holy word unto the inhabitants of the earth.” (D&C 124:89.)

That William Law did not “hearken to the counsel” is shown in the following excerpt from the minutes of a meeting of the Nauvoo City Council containing a charge against him: “Daniel Carn was sworn: Said,

‘I told Brother Norton that certain men had been counseled by the Prophet to invest their means in publishing the new translation of the Bible; and they instead of obeying that counsel, had used their property for the purpose of building a steam-mill and raising a hundred acres of hemp; and the Lord had not blessed them in the business, but sunk their hemp in the Mississippi River.’ ” (History of the Church, 6:164–65.)

On 15 January 1842, the Times and Seasons contained a notice that the “Trustee” [Joseph Smith] needed time to arrange the scriptures, including the “New Translation of the Bible … for the press.” Therefore, the recorder’s office would be open only one day a week. (Vol. 3, no. 6, p. 667.)

In February 1842, the Council of the Twelve placed a notice in the Times and Seasons, over the signature of President Brigham Young. The entire document dwelt upon the financial straits of the Church and the need for assistance from the Saints, especially in the building of a temple and loosing the Prophet’s hands from temporal bondage so that various works could be done,

“such as the new translation of the bible, and the record of Father Abraham [can be] published to the world.” (Vol. 3, no. 9, March 1842, p. 715.)

Eight months later an announcement was made in the Times and Seasons that the Book of Mormon and the hymnbook had been republished, but;

the new translation of the bible, and the book of Doctrine and Covenants are entirely dependent on the liberality of the well-disposed for the cause of our Redeemer.” (Vol. 3, no. 24, 15 October 1842, p. 958.)

The Brethren had been successful in reprinting the Book of Mormon and the hymnbook, but more time and money were needed before the Doctrine and Covenants and the JST could go to press. Since all except the JST had been published before, less time would be required to arrange them for republication than to prepare the JST for its first appearance in print. That may be the reason the other books were ready first.

On 1 March 1843 at Nauvoo, the Council of the Twelve issued another epistle to the Saints requesting financial and material aid for the Prophet and his family to enable him to find the time to bring forth the spiritual things of the Church. Particularly mentioned are the “revelations, translation, and history.”

Although the “translation” is not identified, it is quickly discernible that it has reference to the Bible, since the record of Abraham had already been published a year earlier in 1842 in the Times and Seasons. The epistle is extremely interesting and illustrates not only the meager financial situation of the Prophet, but also the determination of the leading Brethren to put the scriptures, including the JST, into the hands of the membership of the Church. The entire epistle follows:

BELOVED BRETHREN:—As our beloved President Joseph Smith is now relieved from his bondage and his business, temporarily, and his property, too, he has but one thing to hinder his devoting his time to the spiritual interests of the Church, to the bringing forth of the revelations, translation, and history. And what is that? He has not provision for himself and family, and is obliged to spend his time in providing therefor.

His family is large and his company great, and it requires much to furnish his table. And now, brethren, we call on you for immediate relief in this matter; and we invite you to bring our President as many loads of wheat, corn, beef, pork, lard, tallow, eggs, poultry, venison, and everything eatable at your command, (not excepting unfrozen potatoes and vegetables, as soon as the weather will admit,) flour, etc., and thus give him the privilege of attending to your spiritual interest… The measure you mete shall be measured to you again.

If you give liberally to your President in temporal things, God will return to you liberally in spiritual and temporal things too. One or two good new milch cows are much needed also… Brethren, will you do your work, and let the President do his for you before God? We wish an immediate answer by loaded teams or letter… Your brethren in Christ, in behalf of the quorum, brigham young, President

Willard Richards, Clerk

“P.S. Brethren, we are not unmindful of the favors our President has received from you in former days. But a man will not cease to be hungry this year because he ate last year.”(History of the Church, 5:293.)

The epistle says nothing about the Book of Mormon or the hymnbook, since these had recently been republished. Attention was now centered on the “revelations” (Doctrine and Covenants) and the JST.

A year later in June 1844, the Prophet lay dead, felled by assassins’ bullets, and the JST was not yet published.

The Doctrine and Covenants was nearly ready for a republication at the time of his death and came forth from the press in September 1844. The JST would probably have been next, but the Prophet had been unable to get it published. He worked diligently on it during the closing years of his life when time would permit. Perhaps if he had not been forced to leave the “spiritualities” of the Church so often to attend to the “temporalities,” he would have been able to see the translation of the Bible through to publication as he had hoped to do.

There has been an assumption that the JST was deliberately not published because it was grossly unfinished.

That assumption is not based on all of the facts and it contradicts what Joseph said in his journal.

The epistles of the First Presidency and of the Twelve as published in the History of the Church and the Times and Seasons, some of which are cited in this article, lead to the unmistakable conclusion that the intention was to publish. The major reason for failure to publish appears to have been an inadequate response from the Saints in providing temporal assistance. The basic conclusion seems to be that the work of translation was acceptable as far as the Lord required it of the Prophet at that time, but the manuscript was not fully prepared for the press.

[editorial note: some of the above narrative that is not in quotation marks has been taken from an article done by Robert J Matthews titled Joseph Smith’s Efforts to Publish His Bible “Translation”]

In the following segments of this series I will  be providing some of the mind-blowingly revelatory changes that Joseph Smith made  in the Inspired Revision of the Bible. I have received some really great comments from readers of this blog about what some of their favorite JST passages are and I have plenty of my own.

To avoid information overload and to give people the opportunity to ponder the significance of each change that we review, I will be limiting future segments of this series to just four passages from the JST along with a short commentary from myself or one of my readers as to why the change is significant.

Prepare to be illuminated and to receive the manifestation of God’s spirit as you review the amazing changes that have been made by Joseph Smith under the influence of the Holy Ghost.

I suspect that we will be reviewing a total of at least 30 to 50 major changes. Sadly, this will not scratch the surface, but it will provide a taste of just how revelatory the work was and what a profound effect they have on providing greater accuracy and clarity to issues pertaining to history doctrinal and prophecy.

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