For those who are Watching…

November 28, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watcher

misc articles

The Bridegroom Tarried…

Seven Shepherds and an Angel

A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement

Why have ye transfigured the Holy Word of God?

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

We have found the Messias!

The Fulness of the Father

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

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

Searching for the Holy Order and 23 High Priests-

Part 1- Lyman Wight Sees the Father and the Son

Part 2 The Man of Sin is Revealed

Part 3- Melchizedek Priesthood required to Establish Zion

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

Part 5- Patriarchal Priesthood Administers New and Everlasting Covenant

Part 6- The Transfiguration of Lyman Wight

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

Part 8- The Gospel of Abraham and Patriarchal Polygamy

Part 9- Three Orders of Priesthood

Part 10- Three Distinct Churches Representing Three Distinct Gospel Laws

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

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

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

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

Black and White Robes Final

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

July 30, 2015

Insightful Profundities

There have been some really good articles written lately. One is about the Alma 39 and the sin second only to Murder. You can read it on Tim Malones site http://latterdaycommentary.com/2015/07/28/most-abominable-above-all-sins/

It has some commonality with the article that Michael Ash wrote for Sunstone years ago but also has some significant variations https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/143-34-43.pdf

Another article that is a very well thought out and documented by an attorney who is apparently a member of the church, develops the historicity of how the determination of “official doctrine” has been altered. It is found on rational faiths http://rationalfaiths.com/is-the-lds-church-in-apostasy/

Related to that topic, although my friends over the Mormon Interpretor often block my comments, every once in a while they surprise me and let some through. This one relates to the topic addressed in the above rational faiths article.

http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/sustaining-the-brethren/#comment-15804

(I have noticed however that when they allow a comment, they usually go back after a few months and delete it.. they have done that several times… LOL)

Lastly, for those who suffer from addition or have friends that suffer from addition, this is a must read

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6506936?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063

Chemical imbalances

Do you have a chemical Imbalance? Only if you are taking pharmicudical drugs

I was really impressed with this guy

The Voice of Warning and Warning Voices

The the final authoritative voice of warning will go forth when God’s servants return to His vineyard.

That warning voice would be going forth right now if the true church of God was on the earth.

Even the apostate church would be sounding the voice of warning right now if their “prophets” had any inspiration and would grow some goners. It baffles me that we need to rely on scientists, rock stars, and protestant prophecy scholars for what little warning we are getting right now.

Marital Gender Role Issues

If you are having gender role issues in your marriage you might enjoy listening to this interview with one of my favorite philosophers- Russell Means (and his soul-mate)

I am really sad that Russell has passed away. Below is a great video he did where he informs us that Americans are the new Indian.

Timeline Graphic

The time line graphic that I am using for the youtube series has been corrected and I have sent it to those who requested it. If you requested it and did not get it or would like to request it, please email at onewhoiswatching@gmail.com

The 3rd Watch Marvelous Work

I have recently come upon an amazing website by a guy that also believes in the doctrine of the three watches. He has done an incredible amount of research and he postulates when the various events of the third watch will take place. To me that is an important aspect of the spirit of watching.

He does not profess to be a prophet and he acknowledges that his projections are conjecture and speculation. In my opinion, pondering these things is an important part of the spirit of watching.

enjoy

http://the3rdwatchmarvelouswork.com/

 

The Prophet Worship link to Breaking the Law

Many of the great Old Testament Prophets looked forward to the amazing events that took place in Kirtland Ohio and Nauvoo Illinois and the LDS restoration movement.

They were aghast at what they saw.

Some of the Old Testament events and prophecies relating to the casting away of the law of God are typological to the LDS restoration movement while others are prophetically referring directly to it.

A reoccurring prophetic theme that they all spoke about was that God’s people would break the LAW of GOD.

In my opinion, Isaiah 5 is a literal prophetic exposé on the events that would take place in Kirtland Ohio. When shone these events, Isaiah exclaims ” they have cast away the LAW of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” He observes that “… the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them..” but provides that message of hope: “For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.”

Praise God that he still labors with us after we have rejected his law!

In chapter 24 Isaiah explains why the curse will devour the earth

The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the LAWS, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.”

We know that the curse was delayed because of the return of Elijah with the priesthood in 1829 and the keys of an ancient dispensation delivered by Father Abraham in 1836 which made possible an intercessory offering by a latter day High Priest. One of the responsibilities of the Old Testament high  priests was to annually enter into the holy of holies and offer up an offering in behalf of the sins of Israel. This annual offering was typological of the great last offering of Christ, but it was also typological of the intercessory offering of a Davidic Servant living in the last days that would offer an intercession like Moses did anciently.

The intercessory offering that Joseph Smith and his associates made delayed the curse that is now beginning to go forth again in the earth four generations later.

In Chapter 30 of Isaiah, it is commanded that  prophetic notes be written in a book about and for the benefit of future generations.

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:

That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the LAW of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.”

Isaiah 42 prophesies about the return of the Lords servant of the final dispensation, Joseph Smith.

I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.”

Realizing that Joseph’s ministry would be a two part ministry and that the first part would appear as a failure with regard to firmly establishing the law and gathering Israel the Lord proclaims that Joseph’s work will not be finished until he has completed his assignment and set judgment in the earth:

” He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his LAW.”

The reason Joseph needs to return with the LAW is because we have rejected it.

The Lord reminds us that the Davidic servant who made an intercessory covenant with the Lord in behalf of apostate Israel was called in righteousness and was given as a covenant and that in the darkest time of the storm he will triumphantly come forth and open the eyes of the blind and bring out the prisoners from the prison: 

“I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”

verse 19 in the King James says ” Who is blind, but my servant?  or deaf, as my messenger that I sent?  who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant?”

It is corrected in the JST

” For I will send my servant unto you who are blind; yea, a messenger to open the eyes of the blind, and unstop the ears of the deaf”

Who are the blind and deaf?

That would be us.

It is the latter day saints who have rejected the LAW

It is the latter day Saints who became famous for living celestial polygamy after the Lord had the saints flee to the Ohio so that they could escape from the enemy who was combined, by recieving the LAW of God.

What was the LAW that was given that would protect the saints from the enemy?

Was it the celestrial law of polygamy?

apparently not.

Of course the law that was given to the Latter day Saints is clearly documented and canonized in Section 42 for all the world to see.  The law of God that was given  contains the law of consecration and the law of marital marital monogamy.

Of course the latter day saints eventually rejected the law of Monogomy but Isaiah informs us that when Joseph returns ” he will magnify the LAW, and make it honourable.” once again.

You see, the current corporate church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is a polygamous church RIGHT NOW. They have never repented of their polygamist past. They continue to have section 132 sustained in their canon of scripture and they continue to seal multiple wives to men for eternity. The Church has not and will not admit that they are still a polygamist cult and that they have departed from the LAW of God.

Jeremiah asks the question, were God’s people ashamed of themselves when they committed the abomination of polygamy?

“Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?  nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.  But they said, We will not walk therein.

Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet.  But they said, We will not hearken.

Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.

Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my LAW, but rejected it.

The amazing thing about what has happened to the latter day saints as they rejected the law of God that was given to them is that they were only doing what ancient Israel had done in the past. Reading about ancient Israel’s rejection of the law is like reading about the events that took place in Nauvoo.

Notice the following passage in Ezekiel:

“And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour’s wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father’s daughter.”

Those are literal narratives that actually took place in Nauvoo!

Willard Richards nailed down the windows, and fired off his revolver in the street after dark, and commenced living with Mrs. Nancy Marinda Hyde, in the rooms we had vacated in the printing office building, where they lived through the winter. The Return 2 (October 1890): 346–47

A few passages later we are informed that it was the violation of the law by the priests that was associated with the fall of God’s people:

“Her priests have violated my LAW, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them…” 

“The priests are involved in the shedding of blood and of dishonest gain:” 

Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.”

Ezekiel associates all of this with the use untempered morter:

And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.”

It is probably just a coincidence that the foundation and walls of the Salt Lake Temple had to be rebuild after being laid because of the use of untempered mortar.

Hosea looked upon the great controversy that would take place during the Latter day restoration movement beginning in Kirtland and ending during the dark days of Nauvoo. He notes the “swearing” that took place in secret danite and masonic oaths and the secret lying and murders and committing of adultery that ensued:

“HEAR the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood”.

He attibutes the destruction of the saints to the fact that they rejected knowledge by rejecting the law that had been given

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the LAW of thy God, I will also forget thy children. As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.”

 The keyword “reject” in the above prophecy is significant. Hosea informs us that God’s people rejected knowledge therefore God rejected them. The narrative in Kirtland is that the saints REJECTED the fulness of the Gospel and because they did not reform and repent after being given the chance, the Lord REJECTED the latter day saints as a Church with their dead.

Moving forward to chapter 8 the prophetic historian Hosea who was telling about things in the past that were typological of the future, notes that the latter day saints have transgressed the covenant and the law and because they cast off the thing that was good the enemy will chase them away from Nauvoo just as he chased them out of Kirtland, Jackson and Far West.

SET the trumpet to thy mouth.  He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.

Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.

 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.

They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.”

A few passages later we are told why all of this happened to the children of Ephraim:

“I have written to him the great things of my LAW, but they were counted as a strange thing.”

If you read the writings of Brigham Young and the Pratts and others of the Utah apostles defending the practice of polygamy and mocking the silliness and folly of monogamy, during the administration of Brigham Young you will have an increased appreciation for the above declaration. The Utah saints really did consider the law of monogamy to be a strange thing.

Amos documents the same problem among God’s people. They despised the law:

“Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the LAW of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked”

Zephaniah has a few choice things to say about the treacherous priests that have done violence to the law

“WOE to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.

Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.” 

Malachi notes that Joseph Smith was given the covenant of life and peace in the first part of his ministry as he administered the true law of God and brought forth section 42 

“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.

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.

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.”

Sadly the happy narrative takes a dark turn and provides a  message of doom as the the true latter day servant departs out of the way and causes the Lords people to stumble

“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.

Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.”

How many people were caused to stumble at the law when a new secret celestial marital law was introduced?

To be partical in the law is to pick and choose which parts of the law you want to live.

After being given the law in section 42, the saints were unable to continue living consecration. It was just too hard. The Lord warned that he would withdraw his spirit from the saints if they departed from his law. Once the spirit begins to be withdrawn from a people, a veil of darkness descends and they are turned over to Satan and to seducing spirits. They are no longer able to discern “sound doctrine”.

Paul saw  the latter day saints and prophesied that they would not be able to endure “sound doctrine”

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Because the latter day saints rejected the law, their religion is now built upon fables.

It only makes sense that after the saints broke the law of consecration, they eventually began practicing the depraved and damning law of polygamy.

The latter day narrative shows us that there is a direct link between prophet worship and breaking the law of the gospel.

When God decides to deliver his people over to Satan he sometimes uses His prophet to do it.

God’s idolatrous apostate people usually turn to prophet worship once they loose the light. This is what enables people to rationalize breaking the true law that God has established.

It is doubtful that many of the saints in Nauvoo would have begun departing from the celestial marital law of monogamy on their own. They needed the sanction of their prophet to make the rationalization.

They did not think to weigh the words of the prophet against the law of God because to them, whatever the current prophet says is the law of God.

But what is the process by which God has his prophet turn the people over the God?

I would suggest that Ezekiel 14 provides the narrative by which the Saints are turned over to God through the Lords prophet.

In that chapter we are informed that the process begins by the elders of Israel coming before the Lord’s prophet with idolatrous hearts. They ask a question that they should not be asking. They ask a question based on their impure hearts.

In this situation the Lord commands his prophet to give an answer based on the impure question.

This is how the Lord delivers His idolatrous people over to Satan.

Section 132 is really quite remarkable because it begins by asking an improper and idolatrous question.

It asks a question that had already been answered in the Book of Mormon

The revelation begins:

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—Behold, and lo, I am the Lord thy God, and will answer thee as touching this matter.

It is highly unlikely that Joseph Smith was asking that question on his own behalf because the Lord had already revealed through him that David and Solomon were NOT Justified in their practice of polygamy as the above question claims.

“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.

Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.”

It is therefore not unreasonable to assume that the petition upon which the revelation in section 132 was given was being asked by one of the elders of Israel other than Joseph Smith. Joseph was simply asking the question in behalf of that elder.

Joseph may have been winking at the Lord while doing so, realizing the question was inappropriate, or he may have been prepared by the angel with the sword to depart from the LAW of God.

The question is, what would cause one of the elders of Israel to ask Joseph to petition the Lord based on a question that had already been answer in the Book of Mormon.

It would appear as if the petitioning elder either had not read the Book of Mormon or they were taking it lightly.

Brigham Young, in my opinion, is a possible example of someone that did not read the Book of Mormon and who seemed to take the Book of Mormon very lighly. After reading virtually every sermon by him that is available, I was struck by the fact that he rarely made reference to it and virtually never gave sermons using it.

Of course I am not saying that Brigham Young is the person that asked Joseph Smith to petition the Lord with the question upon which section 132 was based.

But what would motivate someone to approach Joseph Smith with the question in the first place?

It is interesting to note that Brigham Young claimed to have had a personal revelation on polygamy before Joseph did:

“While we were in England, (in 1839 and 40), I think the Lord manifested to me by vision and his Spirit things [concerning polygamy] that I did not then understand. I never opened my mouth to any one concerning them, until I returned to Nauvoo; Joseph had never mentioned this; there had never been a thought of it in the Church that I ever knew anything about at that time, but I had this for myself, and I kept it to myself. And when I returned home, and Joseph revealed those things to me, then I understood the reflections that were upon my mind while in England. But this (communication with Joseph on the subject) was not until after I had told him what I understood—this was in 1841. The revelation [Section 132 in the Utah Doctrine and Covenants] was given in 1843, but the doctrine was revealed before this.; (The Messenger of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1 [June 1875]: 29; Deseret News, July 1, 1874)

Notice that Brigham Young says that Joseph did not reveal the revelation on polygamy to Brigham Young and the church until AFTER Brigham Young told Joseph that the doctrine of polygamy had already been revealed to himself (Brigham Young).

Again, I am not claiming that Brigham Young is the culprit that asked Joseph to ask the idolatrous question upon which section 132 was predicated. It could have been anyone of the apostles or anyone else in the church.

I am simply speculating on how this process took place in which the revelation from hell was produced. In doing so, I am showing that there were leaders of the church that appear to have taken the Book of Mormon lightly and that had claimed personal revelation regarding polygamy BEFORE Joseph produced a revelation on it.

Nevertheless, it is the principle of prophet worship that empowers the larger body of saints to depart from the law of God

We need to beware of those that put Joseph Smith on the pedestal of infallibility and claim that he was not capable of ever teaching or doing anything seriously contrary to the law of God.

There is a popular author and blogger that keeps reminding people that Joseph Smith was God’s anointed servant and the he was always being falsely blamed for doing things he should not have done. He always seems to be harping on the “false claims against Joseph Smith”.

It is because of this mentality and the principle of prophet worship that people get sucked into the spiritual wife- celestial wife doctrine.

Virtually every fundamentalist fringe group that breaks away from the church practices polygamy because they worship Joseph Smith and Brigham Young as being infallible and therefore they accept section 132 as a true revelation that trumps the LAW of God given in Section 42. . This is how they justify departing from the LAW that God has given us in Section 42 in favor of a revelation from hell.


The 3rd Watch Project

July 26, 2015

 I am pleased to announce the Third Watch Project

[Editorial Note: Subscribers to this blog will need to visit the actual blog site in order to see my youtube presentation on the Secret History of the Church]

The purpose of the third watch project is to provide faith promoting resources for believers in Christ who have been imbued with the faith (or desire to be imbued with the faith) to take the scriptures literally. Taking the unconditional promises of the Lord seriously requires one to believe in miraculous events including, God raising people from the dead from previous generations and returning them to the vineyard to fulfill the unconditional promises and promises that God has made to them and about them.

It is hoped that the project will facilitate those who are preparing their hearts and minds to receive the fulness of the gospel when the light shines forth again. This event will take place when the first laborers of the last kingdom return to the Lord’s vineyard as per the allegory of the olive tree in Jacob 5 and the parable of the redemption of Zion in D&C 101.

I am of the belief that this prophetic event will take place in the near future and that we need to be preparing ourselves for this prophetic event by nourishing ourselves with the word of God which has largely been taken lightly by those that call themselves the Latter day Saints.

Solving the Prophet Puzzle

As part of the 3rd watch project I will be releasing a book called “Solving the Prophet Puzzle”

 

book 2

The Book has been created in part, by modifying selected blog posts from the threewatches and onewhoiswatching blogs.

It documents the fact that Joseph Smith’s public ministry represented the fulfillment of multiple ancient prophecies, one ancient prophecy after another, after another, after another and so on.

By providing the prophetic narrative and proper context behind all of the otherwise bizarre events that took place during the Latter day saint restoration movement, the hidden story line behind the public story line of church history emerges and everything begins to fall in place and make sense.

This book may be helpful to those who desire to believe in the latter day restoration movement, but are experiencing a crisis of faith due to the controversial events in church history.

The Book demonstrates that during the ministry of Joseph Smith, the New Testament church that had fled into the wilderness, briefly came out of the wilderness long enough for some very significant events to take place. After that, it fled back into the wilderness again.The book clearly documents the latter day apostasy of the restored church which fulfills the prophecy of Christ in 3 Nephi 16 which foretold how the Gentiles would reject the fulness of the gospel after having received it.

As mentioned in the last post, the saints of the restoration living during the ministry of the prophet Joseph Smith fulfilled the prophecy in Isaiah 24:5.

They transgressed the law of the gospel given in Section 42 which includes the law of consecration and the law of monogamy.

They changed the ordinances given in Section 20

By transgressing the law and changing the ordinances, they broke the everlasting covenant,

The book documents how the fulness was restored to the earth for exactly 3 1/2 years as prophesied in the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation.

It also documents that Joseph Smith provided an intercession for the condemned church and how his  intervention relates to the literal fulfillment of the Atonement Statute prophecy found in Leviticus 16. It shows that following the rejection of the fulness of the gospel by the condemned gentile church, God’s servant intervened at a critical time when the Lord was getting ready to hew down  and cast the rebellious Gentile church and all other trees of the vineyard in to the fire as prophesied in the Allegory of the Olive Tree:

“And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Let us go to and hew down the trees of the vineyard and cast them into the fire, that they shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard, for I have done all. What could I have done more for my vineyard? But, behold, the servant said unto the Lord of the vineyard: Spare it a little longer. And the Lord said: Yea, I will spare it a little longer..” (Jacob 5:49-50)

Joseph fulfilled the above prophecy by providing an intercessory atonement offering in behalf of the believing Gentiles after they cumulatively rejected the fulness of the Gospel.

The book documents the Biblical profile of the prophet Joseph Smith, showing that he is the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy that Nathan the prophet gave to King David,  contained in 2 Samuel 7. This prophecy foretold that the Davidic dynasty would be re-established in the latter days by a descendant of David, and that a succession of Davidic rulers would sit on the throne of David’s latter day kingdom from that point on, until the final king rules.

The events that took place during the LDS restoration movement are directly linked to the prophetic events that had taken place during Old Testament and New Testament times. Additionally, they are linked to the prophetic events that are taking place around us now. Understanding history is important in understanding prophecy and visa versa. It appears as if it was 160 years (four Biblical generations of time) between the rejection of the church with it’s dead, and the falling of the twin towers on September 11th 2001. If so, this is not a coincidence.

The Secret History of Mormonism

The third watch project also incorporates a series of youtube presentations that address the secret history of Mormonism. This series attempts to provide the true context behind the otherwise seemingly bizarre historical events that took place during Joseph Smith’s 15 1/2 year public ministry. It does this by providing the prophetic narrative in which these events took place.

More on the book, Solving the Prophet Puzzle, and the youtube series on the secret history of Mormonism later in this post-

Another Primer on How Zion will be Redeemed

The Lord has promised that prior to his final coming in glory, He would send his angels to gather His elect

“And whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived, for the Son of Man shall come, and he shall send his angels before him with the great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together the remainder of his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” JST Matt 1:37

A remnant of the elect must be gathered and consecrated before the Lord returns in secret. Eventually they will be caught up into the cloud to meet the Lord at his final coming in glory and return with him while the wrath of God falls upon the wicked and unbelieving and cleanses the earth.

Those who take the unconditional promises and prophecies in the Doctrine and Covenants lightly will not know who the angelic servants are when they return and they will reject the warning voice when it is presented to them.

Those that take the unconditional promises and prophecies in modern revelation literally, will understand who the angels are that return to the earth to gather the elect. They will understand that every single unconditional prophecy in the D&C will come to pass, necessitating the return of God’s servants from the dead.

Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.
What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
For behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever. Amen. (D&C 1:37-39)

They understand that God’s holy and infallible word never returns to Him void.

For as I, the Lord God, liveth, even so my words cannot return void, for as they go forth out of my mouth they must be fulfilled.  (Moses 4:30)

Praise God Almighty that we worship a God that has all time, past present and future, continually before His eyes, and He has all knowledge and power. He never makes unconditional promises that fail to come to pass unless he has revoked them!

 Men and Angels are to be co-workers

We have been informed that the great last work will be the work of the Father and yet, he will employ those living at this time along with His angels that will be returning to gather the elect:

“Men and angels  are to be co-workers in bringing to  pass this great work: and a Zion is to  be prepared; even a New Jerusalem,  for the elect that are to be gathered  from the four quarters of the earth, and  to be established an holy city: for the tabernacle of the Lord shall be with  them.” (http://josephsmithpapers.org/paperSummary/letter-to-the-elders-of-the-church-16-november-1835)

The Third Watch Project is my imperfect attempt to encourage people to dig deeper into the scriptures and take the promises and prophecies contained therein seriously and literally. By doing so, people can better prepare themselves for the great things that are about to take place. Those who are contracting the spirit of watching and that desire to make a contribution to this effort are invited to do so.

Woe unto those that take the word of God lightly

The Lord has warned the saints not to take His word lightly. He has warned that taking his word lightly brings a person under condemnation:

54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—
55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.
56 And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all. (D&C 84:54-56)

The Lord foretold that Joseph Smith would be taken out of the midst of the people and that he would take the keys of the kingdom with him, however, the Lord declared that the oracles the Joseph was instrumental in bringing forth would remain with the church. He warned however that those that take the oracles as a “light thing” would be brought under condemnation”

Verily I say unto you, the keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come;
 Nevertheless, through you shall the oracles be given to another, yea, even unto the church.
 And all they who receive the oracles of God, let them beware how they hold them lest they are accounted as a light thing, and are brought under condemnation thereby, and stumble and fall when the storms descend, and the winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon their house. (D&C 90:3-5)

Sadly, the modern corporate church has conditioned people to give lip service to the oracles as they carry them back and forth from church, without taking them seriously and literally. They allow the precepts of men contained in the correlated teachings of the modern day “prophets” to take precedence over God’s holy and infallible word in the scriptures.

Nevertheless, there is a spiritual awakening taking place right now in preparation for the great work. There is a small  remnant in and out of the church that believes on the words of Christ and are therefore being visited by the manifestation of his spirit:

“..whosoever believeth on my words, them will I visit with the manifestation of my Spirit; and they shall be born of me, even of water and of the Spirit— (D&C 5:16)

As the light of the fulness of the Gospel returns to the earth, a great literal physical division and theological polarization will begin to take place as foretold in the book of Mormon.

“And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, Nephi, saying: Thou hast beheld that if the Gentiles repent it shall be well with them; and thou also knowest concerning the covenants of the Lord unto the house of Israel; and thou also hast heard that whoso repenteth not must perish.

Therefore, wo be unto the Gentiles if it so be that they harden their hearts against the Lamb of God.
For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other—either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity, and also into destruction, both temporally and spiritually, according to the captivity of the devil, of which I have spoken. (1 Nephi 14:5-7)

I believe we are entering into a time of great deception which is calculated to confuse and derail those that believe in Christ and prevent them from properly nourishing themselves with the word of God. It is devised by the cunning one to prevent them from watching for the restoration of the fulness and the return of the true servants of God back into the Lord’s vineyard. Again, those that treasure up the word of God shall not be deceived and shall be gathered by his angels.

And whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived, for the Son of Man shall come, and he shall send his angels before him with the great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together the remainder of his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. JST Matt 1:37

It is my hope that the third watch project will encourage and facilitate people of faith in searching and treasuring up the word of God and in preparing them for the return of God’s servants.

Those believers in Christ who take the scriptures lightly and dismiss the unconditional promises and prophecies in the Doctrine and Covenants are left to follow the false prophets that Christ has warned us about. These false servants of the Lord reject the literal promises the Lord has given us regarding the redemption of Zion in power. They disregard the literalness of the  prophetic promises of how the kingdom will be brought forth in power. These false prophets always present a false, alternative view of how Zion will be redeemed which is contrary to scripture.

Some reveal their  own innovative doctrines regarding the false spiritual wife- celestial polygamy practice.

Some change the ordinances and authority to perform ordinances even more than the modern corporate church has.

Some claim to speak to God and obtain their calling and election during the little season during which the heavens have been sealed for such higher manifestations and spiritual blessings.

Some claim to bring forth the anticipated sealed portion of the scriptures.

Some claim that the appointed places of gathering are no longer valid and that other places of gathering can be acceptable

Some attempt to “steady the ark” by creating their own movements to redeem Zion without a commission from God.

The First Laborers of the Last Kingdom

Modern revelation refers to those that will return as God’s angels to gather the elect, as the first laborers in the last kingdom.

In September of 1830 the Lord identified seven men who would be instrumental in bringing about the gathering of His people when the great work begins:

“7 And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;
8 Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.
9 For the hour is nigh and the day soon at hand when the earth is ripe; and all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, that wickedness shall not be upon the earth; (D&C 29:7-9)

All seven of the men referenced in the above promise from the Lord have long since died before gathering the elect and preparing their hearts against the day of tribulation and desolation.

The above declaration does not represent a failed prophecy.

It will come to pass as surely as there is a God in Heaven.

Those seven shepherds are mentioned numerous times in ancient prophecies. They will fulfill their callings as prophesied by the ancient prophets and by the holy and infallible word of God.

In December of 1832, during the 3 1/2 year period that the fulness was on the earth, the Lord commanded these first laborers of the last kingdom to tarry in Kirtland while those that they had warned were to ponder the warning for a little season:

“Tarry ye, tarry ye in this place, and call a solemn assembly, even of those who are the first laborers in this last kingdom. And let those whom they have warned in their traveling call on the Lord, and ponder the warning in their hearts which they have received, for a little season.” D&C 88:70-71

“When I will”

It was during a solemn assembly in the Kirtland Temple that the first laborers were to assemble, organize and sanctify themselves to go forth for the last time in POWER. The phrase “when I will” cryptically makes specific reference to the appointed time of the redemption of Zion as documented in the parable of the redemption of Zion in section 101:

“And I give unto you, who are the first laborers in this last kingdom, a commandment that you assemble yourselves together, and organize yourselves, and prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean;
That I may testify unto your Father, and your God, and my God, that you are clean from the blood of this wicked generation; that I may fulfil this promise, this great and last promise, which I have made unto you, WHEN I WILL.” (D&C 88:74-75)

Those who seriously desire to be gathered when the appointed time arrives need to take the parable of the redemption of Zion seriously for it is an unconditional prophecy that provides the general narrative of how Zion will be redeemed. God repeatedly made reference to its future fulfillment even after the failed attempt of Zion’s camp took place.

It speaks of the return of God’s servant, the gathering of the strength of God’s house, and a military strike that will result in the redemption of the land of Zion:

“Behold, I have commanded my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young men, and middle-aged, to gather together for the redemption of my people, and throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen;” (D&C 101:16)

In section 88 the word of the Lord is telling us that the final going forth of the servants of God in power will not take place until the appointed time of the Lord.

Notice the wording at the end of the parable of the redemption of Zion when God’s servant, Joseph Smith, asks the Lord of the vineyard when the parable of the redemption of Zion will be fulfilled:

“And go ye straightway unto the land of my vineyard, and redeem my vineyard; for it is mine; I have bought it with money.
Therefore, get ye straightway unto my land; break down the walls of mine enemies; throw down their tower, and scatter their watchmen.
And inasmuch as they gather together against you, avenge me of mine enemies, that by and by I may come with the residue of mine house and possess the land.
And the servant said unto his lord: When shall these things be?
And he said unto his servant: WHE I WILL..” D&C 101:56-60

As you can see, section 88:75 quotes section 101:60…”WHEN I WILL

This amazing event will take place according to God’s appointed time.

The Solemn Assembly

When the time for the solemn assembly in the Kirtland Temple arrived, Joseph Smith told the various quorums in the church that the appointed time had come for them to go forth into all the world for the last time preaching the gospel in power.

“While waiting, I made the following remarks: that the time that we were required to tarry in Kirtland to be endowed, would be fulfilled in a few days, and then the Elders would go forth…  and preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified.. This I delivered by way of commandment..”

Joseph Smith then assured his brethren that the redemption of Zion was to be part of this last missionary endeavor:

“The Seventies are at liberty to go to Zion if they please, or go wheresoever they will, and preach the Gospel; and let the redemption of Zion be our object..”

“The Strength of the Lords House”

He then made reference to the sending forth of the “strength of the Lord’s House” to become avenged of their enemies and sealed the covenant with a hosanna and amen:

“..and strive to effect it by sending up all the strength of the Lord’s House, wherever we find them; and I want to enter into the following covenant, that if any more of our brethren are slain or driven from their lands in Missouri, by the mob, we will give ourselves no rest, until we are avenged of our enemies to the uttermost. This covenant was sealed unanimously, with a hosanna and an amen…”

“avenge me of mine enemies”

The above declarations made specific reference to the parable of the redemption of Zion given in section 101 of the Doctrine and Covenants wherein the Lord had explained in an unconditional prophecy how Zion would be redeemed. The parable promises that Joseph Smith and his faithful brethren will return and gather up the strength of God’s house and avenge the Lord of His enemies:

“And inasmuch as they gather together against you, avenge me of mine enemies, that by and by I may come with the residue of mine house and possess the land.”

“when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you”

The history of the church clearly documents the fact that the anticipated final missionary endeavor did not take place as expected following the solemn assembly.

Why is this?

The Lord informs us that he can command and revoke his commands.

“Behold, I, the Lord, command; and he that will not obey shall be cut off in mine own due time, after I have commanded and the commandment is broken.
4 Wherefore I, the Lord, command and revoke, as it seemeth me good; and all this to be answered upon the heads of the rebellious, saith the Lord.”

Clearly the Lord had commanded the first elders to go forth in power for the last time after the solemn assembly through the prophet Joseph Smith, and then he revoked his commandment. Either that, or Joseph simply misinterpreted the time of the event.

The Lord had foreseen everything that took place in Kirtland and He foresaw that the Gentile church would stumble. Because of this, the Lord had previously foretold that His servants would once again return and complete their prophetic assignments at a later time.

The Lord’s commission to the first laborers of the last kingdom in section 88  commands them to prepare themselves and teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom. It reveals that they would be “sent again“( in the 3rd and final watch) to fulfill their stewardships after the little season of chastisement and learning:

” Also, I give unto you a commandment that ye shall continue in prayer and fasting from this time forth. And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.
Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand; Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—

That ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you. D&C 88:76-80

“To go forth among the Gentiles for the last time”

The scriptures reveal the marvelous work is ushered in by the gentiles of the restored church many generations after the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, after they repent. It is because of this that the first laborers of the last kingdom who were identified among the Gentiles must return to the earth according to the parable of the redemption of Zion and go forth among the Gentiles for the last time, gathering in as many Gentiles as will repent who are among the “strength of the Lord’s house“:

” Therefore, tarry ye, and labor diligently, that you may be perfected in your ministry to go forth among the Gentiles for the last time, as many as the mouth of the Lord shall name, to bind up the law and seal up the testimony, and to prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come;
That their souls may escape the wrath of God, the desolation of abomination which awaits the wicked, both in this world and in the world to come. Verily, I say unto you, let those who are not the first elders continue in the vineyard until the mouth of the Lord shall call them, for their time is not yet come; their garments are not clean from the blood of this generation.” D&C 84-85

As you can see, even though there was an appointed time for receiving the anticipated endowment in the solemn assembly in the Kirtland Temple, and Joseph Smith and the saints expected to go forth in power following that endowment to gather the elect and redeem Zion, it did not take place as expected.

NOTHING HAPPENED FOLLOWING THE SOLEMN ASSEMBLY.

The first elders of the last kingdom did not go forth in power for the last time as anticipated.

Indeed the church went into a holding pattern directly after the solemn assembly and no major missionary work took place as anticipated. The Lord’s servants did not go forth in power and gather up the strength of God’s house as expected.

Something New Must be Done

After about a year and a half after the solemn assembly, Joseph would announce that the Lord had revealed to him that  “something new must be done for the salvation of the church“.

Following that declaration, foreign missions were established by the quorum of the twelve apostles who had been placed under condemnation by the Lord. That would begin an interim missionary work that did not involve the strength of God’s house going forth in power for the last time.

The new interim missionary work would fulfill the prophecy given by Christ in 3rd Nephi 16. In that prophecy He prophesied saying that after the Gentiles rejected the fulness of the gospel, the KNOWLEDGE of the gospel would be taken to the House of Israel. The converts to the church flowing into Nauvoo from across the “great waters,” as a result of this interim missionary endeavor, represented the “house of Israel” spoken of by Christ that were receiving the KNOWLEDGE of the fulness of the gospel.

The Failed Attempt of Zions Camp

Prior to the interim missionary work and the solemn assembly in the Kirtland Temple, the saints had attempted to fulfill the parable of the redemption of Zion. This military expedition was called Zions Camp. During this attempt, the Lord gave two very important revelations. The first is contained in Section 105. The second revelation was not canonized and it has largely been kept secret because it testifies that the parable of the redemption of Zion will still literally be fulfilled in the future and the strength of God’s house will be gathered and will redeem Zion and avenge the Lord of his enemies.

In section 105 the Lord explained to the elders of the Zion’s camp expedition that “Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom; otherwise I cannot receive her unto myself. And my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience”

A Little Season of Learning

The Lord was informing the elders in the Zion’s Camp expedition that their current military endeavor was being called off and that it was not time for the parable of the redemption of Zion to take place. The saints at that time and their posterity must first wait a “little season” during which time they must all be taught more perfectly:

“Therefore, in consequence of the transgressions of my people, it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season for the redemption of Zion—
That they themselves may be prepared, and that my people may be taught more perfectly, and have experience, and know more perfectly concerning their duty, and the things which I require at their hands.
And this cannot be brought to pass until mine elders are endowed with power from on high.
For behold, I have prepared a great endowment and blessing to be poured out upon them, inasmuch as they are faithful and continue in humility before me.
Therefore it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season, for the redemption of Zion.” D&C 105:9-13

The Destroyer I have sent forth

In this revelation the Lord informs the saints that He had sent forth the destroyer to lay waste His enemies:

“..the destroyer I have sent forth to destroy and lay waste mine enemies; and not many years hence they shall not be left to pollute mine heritage, and to blaspheme my name upon the lands which I have consecrated for the gathering together of my saints.”

The Lord once again makes reference to the parable of the redemption of Zion and verifies for the second time in scripture that Joseph Smith is the servant of the Lord mentioned in the parable. He promises an endowment to those that remain faithful:

Behold, I have commanded my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young men, and middle-aged, to gather together for the redemption of my people, and throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen;
But the strength of mine house have not hearkened unto my words.
But inasmuch as there are those who have hearkened unto my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them, if they continue faithful. (D&C 105: 16-18)

The Lord declares that he has heard the prayers of the leading brethren and that he will “accept” their “offering“. It is because of this intercessory acceptable offering that the destroyer that had been sent forth would be stopped for a little season.

 I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offering; and it is expedient in me that they should be brought thus far for a trial of their faith. (D&C 105: 19)

The Destroyer is rebuked

Malachi speaks prophetically of the Kirtland dilemma and of how the Lord intercedes and prevents the destroyer/devourer from going forth after it has been sent forth. This happens at that time because of the intercession brought about by the acceptable offering. He notes that instead of the pending doom and destruction, America would continue on and become envied by the nations who will call her “blessed” because she is a “delightsome land”.

“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. “Mal 3:11-12

Indeed, within a very short time the message of doom coming from Joseph Smith dissipates and life in America goes on for four generations of time, unmolested by the destroyer. During this little season, America becomes one of the great nations of the earth. All of the other nations acknowledge the delightsome land of America and how blessed she is.

I will soften the hearts of the people

The Lord promises the saints that during the little season He will soften the hearts of the people so that a remnant of believers will be able to nourish themselves on the word of God and thusly prepare themselves so that Joseph Smith and the leading elders (first laborers of the last kingdom) will have a group of believing and willing recipients to visit when the Marvelous Work begins and they can have time to gather up the “strength of mine house

27 And I will soften the hearts of the people, as I did the heart of Pharaoh, from time to time, until my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and mine elders, whom I have appointed, shall have time to gather up the strength of my house,

The Lord once again refers to the eventual literal fulfillment of the parable of the redemption of Zion:

I will hold the armies of Israel guiltless in taking possession of their own lands, which they have previously purchased with their moneys, and of throwing down the towers of mine enemies that may be upon them, and scattering their watchmen, and avenging me of mine enemies unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

The Lord informs the saints that before His army goes forth to throw down the towers of the enemies, it must become very great and must become sanctified:

But first let my army become very great, and let it be sanctified before me, that it may become fair as the sun, and clear as the moon, and that her banners may be terrible unto all nations;
That the kingdoms of this world may be constrained to acknowledge that the kingdom of Zion is in very deed the kingdom of our God and his Christ; therefore, let us become subject unto her laws.

The Lord once again reiterates that the first elders of the last kingdom still needed to receive their endowment in the Kirtland Temple before they could go forth in the supernatural power that had been proclaimed by the holy and infallible word of God

Verily I say unto you, it is expedient in me that the first elders of my church should receive their endowment from on high in my house, which I have commanded to be built unto my name in the land of Kirtland.

The Lord then reveals a great secret. The commandments concerning Zion and her law would be executed and fulfilled AFTER her redemption:

“And let those commandments which I have given concerning Zion and her law be executed and fulfilled, after her redemption.”

The Lord then acknowledges that there has been a day of calling, referring to the high priests that had been called beginning at the special conference at the Morley Farm. However many of those that had been called, had not been “Chosen” and therefore had not been faithful. Now it was time for the day of “choosing”. The Lord commands Joseph Smith to identify those that were “worthy” to be “chosen”.

35 There has been a day of calling, but the time has come for a day of choosing; and let those be chosen that are worthy.
36 And it shall be manifest unto my servant, by the voice of the Spirit, those that are chosen; and they shall be sanctified;
37 And inasmuch as they follow the counsel which they receive, they shall have power after many days to accomplish all things pertaining to Zion.

A Secret Revelation during Zions Camp

As previously alluded to, on the following day, after receiving the revelation known as section 105, Joseph Smith fulfilled the above commandment to reveal, by the voice of the spirit, those that were chosen. At that time he identified 15 of the high priests that had been expelled from Jackson County as those who were being called AND Chosen. The following nine were among the original 23 high priests called in June of 1831

  • Simeon Carter
  • John Corrill
  • Solomon Hancock
  • Thomas B. Marsh
  • Issac Morley
  • Edward Partrige
  • Parley P Pratt
  • John Whitmer
  • Lyman Wight

The following 6 had not been among the original High Priests called at the Morley Farm

  • WW. Phelps
  • David Whitmer
  • Sidney Gilbert
  • Peter Whitmer
  • Newell Knight
  • Christian Whitmer

In the revelation, most of those 15 high priests were promised that at the appointed time, they would be instrumental in gathering up the strength of the Lords house. That term is taken directly from the parable of the redemption of Zion in section 101, reminding the saints once again that, despite the current failure of the Zion’s Camp expedition to fulfill the parable,  the parable would eventually be literally fulfilled because God’s unconditional promises do not return to Him void.

Here is an example of one of the promises given to one of the 15 men which mirrors the promises given to most of them. The recipient was Isaac Morley. According to the Kirtland Record book:

Isaac Morley is called and chosen and it is appointed unto him to receive his endowment with power from on high & assist in gathering up the strength of the Lord’s house and preach the Gospel.

That promise to Isaac Morley and others of the 15 high priests that were now “called and chosen“, provides yet another reassurance from God that the parable of the redemption of Zion and the gathering up of the strength of the Lords house was still going to take place in the future at the appointed time!

This amazing revelation identifying the 15 high priests from Zion is very seldom if ever spoken of by LDS scholars and is rarely mentioned in church publications because many latter day saints and their leaders do not take the unconditional promises and prophecies of the Lord in modern revelation literally and do not believe in the literal fulfillment of the parable of the redemption of Zion. Astounding revelations such as that one have been largely expunged from the sanitized history of the church.

The purpose of the 3rd watch project is to facilitate those who trust in the holy and infallible word of God, to prepare for the restoration of the fulness of the gospel, the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times and the return of the Lord and His servants.

The Lord’s people must be gathered and consecrated BEFORE the Lord of the vineyard returns in secret for the third and final time.

When the 3d watch spoken of in JST Luke 12, begins and the servants return, they will redeem Zion as detailed in Section 101 and 103.

When they return, a light will shine forth among those that sit in darkness (See D&C 45: 28-29) but those that sit in darkness will not receive the light because of the precepts of men.

The servants will gather out the elect and seal up the wicked as detailed in sections 1, 109, and 133 and other revelations.

The Voice of Warning

The Voice of warning will be sent forth by the servants of God as detailed in perfect clarity in section one of the Doctrine and Covenants:

1 HEARKEN, O ye people of my church, saith the voice of him who dwells on high, and whose eyes are upon all men; yea, verily I say: Hearken ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the islands of the sea, listen together.
2 For verily the voice of the Lord is unto all men, and there is none to escape; and there is no eye that shall not see, neither ear that shall not hear, neither heart that shall not be penetrated.
3 And the rebellious shall be pierced with much sorrow; for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed.
4 And the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days.
5 And they shall go forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have commanded them.
6 Behold, this is mine authority, and the authority of my servants, and my preface unto the book of my commandments, which I have given them to publish unto you, O inhabitants of the earth.
7 Wherefore, fear and tremble, O ye people, for what I the Lord have decreed in them shall be fulfilled.
8 And verily I say unto you, that they who go forth, bearing these tidings unto the inhabitants of the earth, to them is power given to seal both on earth and in heaven, the unbelieving and rebellious;
9 Yea, verily, to seal them up unto the day when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure—
10 Unto the day when the Lord shall come to recompense unto every man according to his work, and measure to every man according to the measure which he has measured to his fellow man.
11 Wherefore the voice of the Lord is unto the ends of the earth, that all that will hear may hear:
12 Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh;
13 And the anger of the Lord is kindled, and his sword is bathed in heaven, and it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the earth.
14 And the arm of the Lord shall be revealed; and the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off from among the people;
15 For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant;
16 They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall.

The above passages should be read and studied over and over and over. They are about to be fulfilled.

They inform us that the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of God’s disciples, who He has chosen in these last days. When God’s servants go forth for the last time, no power will stay them. The servants of the Lord that go forth for the last time are the same servants that published the commandments in the Book of Commandments and Doctrine and Covenants  D&C 1:4-6) as well as their associates who have been given unconditional commissions and commandments.

Section 109 informs us that the servants that go forth for the last time have had the “testimony of the covenant” placed upon them before they go forth in power.

It informs us that they will “seal up the law” and “prepare the hearts of the saints” for the “judgments” that will be sent.

It informs us that God’s servants will enter each city and gather out the righteous. God will not allow the judgments to fall upon the city until a sufficient time is provided for the elect to gather out.

Put upon thy servants the testimony of the covenant, that when they go out and proclaim thy word they may seal up the law, and prepare the hearts of thy saints for all those judgments thou art about to send, in thy wrath, upon the inhabitants of the earth, because of their transgressions, that thy people may not faint in the day of trouble.
39 And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive their testimony, let thy peace and thy salvation be upon that city; that they may gather out of that city the righteous, that they may come forth to Zion, or to her stakes, the places of thine appointment, with songs of everlasting joy;
40 And until this be accomplished, let not thy judgments fall upon that city.
41 And whatsoever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive not the testimony of thy servants, and thy servants warn them to save themselves from this untoward generation, let it be upon that city according to that which thou hast spoken by the mouths of thy prophets.

Will you be prayerfully awaiting the arrival of these servants that are identified in God’s unconditional prophecies? Will you know who they are and obey their counsel based on having treasured up the word of God and by taking the Holy Spirit as your guide?

Will you be following a false prophet into the wilderness to meet Christ or to build a temple, or believe them when they tell you that Christ is in the secret chambers?

Section 84 informs us that the servants will reprove the world for their unrighteous deeds when they return. Perhaps the scolding given will not be politically correct and may offend the sensitivities of the worldly.

Interestingly, these angelic messengers will require food, clothing and money. (D&C 84:89-91)  It may be because they are returned in the flesh as mortals or it may just be to test how willing the hearts of those who claim to be believers are to give of their means during a financially troubling time.

The voice of warning will declare that “desolation and utter abolishment which await them if they do reject these things“.

When the “servants, go.. forth” they will visit the “great and notable cities and villages, reproving the world in righteousness of all their unrighteous and ungodly deeds, setting forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of abomination in the last days.

The Lord will use these servants to “rend”  the “kingdoms” of the world in fulfillment of the prophecy in Daniel stating that the stone that goes forth will smash all of the worldly kingdoms.

Behold, I send you out to reprove the world of all their unrighteous deeds, and to teach them of a judgment which is to come.
88 And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.
89 Whoso receiveth you receiveth me; and the same will feed you, and clothe you, and give you money.
90 And he who feeds you, or clothes you, or gives you money, shall in nowise lose his reward.
91 And he that doeth not these things is not my disciple; by this you may know my disciples.
92 He that receiveth you not, go away from him alone by yourselves, and cleanse your feet even with water, pure water, whether in heat or in cold, and bear testimony of it unto your Father which is in heaven, and return not again unto that man.
93 And in whatsoever village or city ye enter, do likewise.
94 Nevertheless, search diligently and spare not; and wo unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth you, or your words, or your testimony concerning me.
95 Wo, I say again, unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth you, or your words, or your testimony of me;
96 For I, the Almighty, have laid my hands upon the nations, to scourge them for their wickedness.
97 And plagues shall go forth, and they shall not be taken from the earth until I have completed my work, which shall be cut short in righteousness—

Nevertheless, let the bishop go unto the city of New York, also to the city of Albany, and also to the city of Boston, and warn the people of those cities with the sound of the gospel, with a loud voice, of the desolation and utter abolishment which await them if they do reject these things.
115 For if they do reject these things the hour of their judgment is nigh, and their house shall be left unto them desolate.
116 Let him trust in me and he shall not be confounded; and a hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed.
117 And verily I say unto you, the rest of my servants, go ye forth as your circumstances shall permit, in your several callings, unto the great and notable cities and villages, reproving the world in righteousness of all their unrighteous and ungodly deeds, setting forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of abomination in the last days.
118 For, with you saith the Lord Almighty, I will rend their kingdoms; I will not only shake the earth, but the starry heavens shall tremble.
119 For I, the Lord, have put forth my hand to exert the powers of heaven; ye cannot see it now, yet a little while and ye shall see it, and know that I am, and that I will come and reign with my people.
120 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Amen.

“when ye shall see these things come among you “

A Book of Mormon prophet, speaking to those of us living on the earth at this time, prophesied that a secret combination would “get above you” and “be among you“. He is speaking to the believing Gentiles. This warning is all encompassing. It means that the combination would infiltrate the leadership of the restored church as well as the leadership of the nation.

22 And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning. (Ether 8:22-25)

The fact that there is a secret society that has infiltrated virtually every organization in this world has been covered in previous posts. The modern corporate church is doing the tango with Babylon and will unconditionally submit to the government and encourage the membership to do whatever the government tells them to do.

“when the Assyrian shall come into our land”

When Christ paraphrased passages from a prophecy in Micah in 3 Nephi 16, He was directing us to the significance of the entire prophetic book of Micah. That means that we would do well to read the entire Book of Micah to get additional prophetic information not only about the LDS restoration movement but also about the end times that we are living in.

Although Christ references the prophecies of Micah and speaks of the remnant of Jacob that would go forth among the gentiles as a lion among the beasts, there is much more to be gleaned from the prophecies of Micah that we would do well to study. Micah prophesied about the ruler in Israel that emerges at the time of the invasion of America:

1 NOW gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he  hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
2 But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
4 ¶ And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

 “The Assyrian shall come into our land” That prophecy is speaking about the invasion of America.

At that time the ruler in Israel shall emerge “out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel

We are informed that at that time, when “she which travaileth hath brought forth..”  “.. the remnant of his brethren will return unto the children of Israel

This man shall be the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land

Two or three decades ago it would have been preposterous to suggest that a foreign army could successfully invade America. I am going to suggest that it is no longer preposterous, rather it is a forgone conclusion. Indeed the invasion is well under way through the process of infiltration.

The reason a foreign army will be successful against the unbelieving inhabitants of America is because a secret combination has long since infiltrated this nation through covert means and has already allowed countless foreigners to relocate into this country, preparing for a complete take over without force if possible and ultimately a military takeover if necessary.

We have been overcome through infiltration.

The Invasion of America Has Already Begun to Take Place
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“infiltration instead of invasion”

Notice the profound observations and warning given to this nation by President Kennedy when he spoke to the American Newspaper Publishers Association about a global secret society:

“For we are opposed from around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence. On infiltration instead of invasion. On subversion instead of elections. On intimidation instead of free choice. On guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its descent is silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”

Shortly after that amazing speech President Kennedy was assassinated by traitors that were part of the very secret society that he was warning the nation about.

Americans in the know are now more fearful of being invaded by foreign troops led by the American Government and the UN than of being invaded by a sovereign nation, and with good reason

The hopeful thing about the prophecy in the the Book of Ether chapter 8 is that it reveals that at this time, even though a secret society has infiltrated this nation and has set in order a process of invasion built upon the foundation of infiltration that seems overwhelmingly unstoppable, a great awakening is going to take place among the sleeping virgins and God’s work will go forth in power.

“Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation” (Either 8:24)

The awakening of the sleeping virgins is both literal, with regard to those first laborers of the last kingdom rising up from the sleepy dust to gather the elect, and also typological, referring to those of us living who have been in a deep spiritual slumber.

God will gather His elect in the midst of the pending war and chaos that is at our doors. This is confirmed in Section 29 and other places. While the modern corporate church teaches that the doctrine of the literal gathering is no longer applicable and that everyone is safe in the stakes in which they live, we know that the holy and infallible word of God is true and that a literal gathering will take place.

It is time to wake up from the deep spiritual slumber that we have been in. We need to throw off the spiritual shackles created by accepting the precepts of men that we have been indoctrinated with, and be nourished by the word of God in the oracles that have been left with the church. While a small group of believers will gathered out from among the tares, the vast majority of those living on this land will be destroyed if they do not repent. The book of Mormon informs us that God will not allow the wicked to encumber his covenant Abrahamic land of America once they become ripe in iniquity. The wicked will be destroyed.

The Secret History of Mormonism

The video series I will be doing will provide a prophetic look at the history of the LDS restoration movement. It will provide a very different contextual understanding of all of the controversial events based on the true prophetic narrative that was taking place.

The video below is part one of an ongoing series that I hope to be producing. It is an overview of the public ministry of Joseph Smith and some of the topics that will be covered later in greater detail. Other installments will follow that will provide greater details of various events within the early history of the church and how they related to previous prophetic events and prophecies yet to take place. I apologize for the nasty cough I had during the presentation, Old Scratch is trying to kill me. LOL

The purpose of the timeline graphic and associated listings of events, is to help the student of the gospel get a better chronological understanding of how the events of the LDS restoration all fit together and how they all make sense once the prophetic narratives and proper context is understood. In the video I use a detailed timeline of Joseph Smith’s public ministry that can be zoomed in and out of when viewed in Windows Photo Viewer. Anyone who would like a copy of this detailed pdf can email me to get their own free copy to facilitate them in studying the history of early Mormonism.

[ I just discovered an erroneous date that needs to be corrected when my graphic artist returns from vacation. It will be several days before the graphic is sent to those of you that request it]

Part One of The Secret History of Mormonism

Solving the Prophet Puzzle

The first copies of the book have been printed and are being reviewed by Mrs Watcher and myself. I hope to release it to the general public sometime in late September to late October.

Participate in my Peer Review

Those who would be interested in participating in a peer review of the book prior to that public release, are invited to purchase a preliminary hard copy version of it and to make observations and suggestions. I am interested in getting feedback on anything from spelling and punctuation, to clarity of the concepts discussed, to challenges regarding interpretation of doctrine, historical events and prophecy. All I ask of those on the peer review is that they back up any critiques with scriptural and historical documentation instead of unsubstantiated feelings and opinions. All feedback can be sent to onewhoiswatching@gmail.com

Within the next week or two the book should be ready to order, for those who participate on the peer review. I hope to be providing a link and pass code in this post for ordering the preliminary version of the book. Those that would like to be notified when the preliminary book is available are welcome to email me and I will notify you.

[In the above video I said that the preliminary book was now available. I got a little ahead of myself on that. I apologize for that and hope to have it available within a short period of time.]

The main purpose of the book is to stimulate thought and drive people deeper into searching the scriptures as they prepare for the amazing events that are about to take place.

If you cannot afford to purchase the book, you can basically get most of the information by reading my past posts on the two blogs or listening to the free youtube series on the secret history of Mormonism. If you have a burning desire to read the hard copy of the book but cannot afford it, you can email me with your name and address and I will be providing loaner copies of the book to the extent that I can accumulate funding to do so.

 

Keep watching.

Summary of the Secret History of Mormonism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

July 11, 2015

Nearly three decades ago before I had lost my innocence regarding the state of the modern corporate church, I found myself in a small used book store in Sugar House Utah. I was in the religious section looking at books about LDS history and doctrine when I happened upon an old, tattered little booklet with plastic comb binding.

The title of the book was “The Doctored Covenants”

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The play on words in the title really broad-sided me. The book was based on the supposition that the contents in the revelations in the original 1833 Book of Commandments had been altered by Joseph Smith when the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants was published. It showed verse after verse of the original revelations that had been altered.

Of course I knew that could not possibly be true because I had never heard anything said about this in church and none of the faith promoting books on doctrine and history that I had read had said anything about this. I was so shocked and offended that the library would contain such inflammatory trash that I stomped out of the library with the booklet in hand, without checking it out, and without ever returning it.

I confiscated it because I felt it should not have been on public display.

I was determined to extract it from public view so that other unsuspecting Mormons would not have to suffer the shock and horror that I had suffered. It was obvious to me that it had been printed by a local printer and authored by a disaffected apostate who had lost the spirit and was now making stuff up to embarrass the church. It was extremely unprofessional looking… a dead giveaway that it could not be the truth.

Well… to be truthful, I suppose there may have been another reason I confiscated the book as well.

I had to devour it and then research and debunk the suppositions being made.

That little booklet continues to sit on my bookshelf to this very day as a reminder to me that things are not always as they appear.

This was one of many significant events in my life that got me to voraciously begin studying the history of the church. I eventually found out about “The Historical Development of the Doctrine and Covenants” By Woodford, a faithful member of the church, who did his Masters Thesis on the topic at BYU. He provides historical context for all of the revelations in the D&C and shows all of the changes that have taken place. I highly recommend this amazing six volume work for those who are interested in early LDS Church history and the revelations that Joseph Smith received.

After many years of drilling down into the early history of the church I have arrived at the epiphany that the original revelations in the Book of Commandments were true and did not need to be “corrected”. Indeed, Joseph Smith never claimed that the original revelations had any errors in them or that they needed to be corrected.

The second epiphany I had that came many years later is that the changes that Joseph Smith made in some of the revelations that were later published in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants, which completely contradicted the original revelations were also True! He was inspired and commanded by the Lord to make those changes.

You see, once I began to understand the secret story line behind the public story line of early church history, I realized that the changes Joseph made were inspired and that they needed to be made because the historical CONTEXT had changed so dramatically between 1833 and 1835.

In that short period of time, between the publishing of the Book of Commandments in 1833 and the publishing of the Doctrine and Covenants in 1835, the fulness of the gospel had been cumulatively rejected by the Gentile church and therefore the trajectory of the church had changed and the content in some of the revelations needed to be modified to reflect the new historical context and trajectory of the church.

In 1833 the Lord was commanding the saints to consecrate and establish Zion. By 1835, the saints had failed in their attempt at Zion and the Lord had told them that they must wait a “little season” before they could live the laws of Zion and establish Zion.

Context is everything, and the context had now changed. The new canon of scripture needed to reflect and address the new context.

I have blogged briefly about that amazing aspect of church history.

COMMANDMENTS-DOCTRINE-COVENANTS Part One

COMMANDMENTS-DOCTRINE-COVENANTS Part Two

During my quest to better understand the revelations Joseph received in the context of what was really taking place in church history, I discovered a little Gem called The Doctrine and Covenants Commentary, by Hyrum M Smith and Janne M Sjodahl which I picked up at Deseret Book.

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I was greatly impressed with this work as it also provided some good historical context in helping the reader to better understand what the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants were really conveying.

However, years later, after devouring that commentary, one day while I was in the Church Historical Library reading a multi-volume work claiming to contain all of the discourses of Brigham Young, I noticed a book on the book shelf called the Doctrine and Covenants commentary by Hyrum Smith that did not appear to be co-authored by Sjodahl and did not look very much like the one co-authored  by  Hyrum M Smith and Janne M Sjodahl that I had purchased from Deseret Book. It only credited Hyrum M. Smith with authoring the commentary.

I randomly opened it to page 202

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As I began reading some of the content on the page my eyes became fixed on the following quote.

“That great and abominable church A Church which has discarded the principles of church government established by our Lord and adopted those of Lucifer.”

 

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Interesting, I thought to myself, ‘Apostle Smith seems to think that the great and abominable church spoken of in Section 29 (which is referring to the term as it appears in the Book of Mormon), is not just some counterfeit church established by Satan to compete with the Lord’s true church, he seems to be suggesting that the Lord’s true church eventually becomes Satans church by discarding the true principles of church government!

‘How did I miss that little gem” I asked myself, and I went home to see if the commentary I had purchased from Deseret Book said the same thing.

Sadly, it did not. In fact, numerous things had been changed or deleted.

It simply said that the Great and abominable church spoken of in section 29 was the same one spoken of in 1 Nephi.
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Hmmm I wondered why the modern church would feel so uncomfortable with that declaration, that they would feel they need to remove it.

Naturally, I was curious to know what the difference was between the commentary authored by Apostle Hyrum M. Smith, vs. the commentary I had purchased at Deseret Book that was co-authored by Apostle Hyrum M. Smith and  Janne Sjodahl.

It turns out that the original Doctrine and Covenants Commentary by Hyrum M. Smith was published solely under his name in 1919 even though it was actually Janne Sjodahl that wrote most if not all of it. Hyrum M. Smith lived from March 21, 1872 – January 23, 1918 and was the eldest son of church apostle and future church president Joseph F. Smith and Edna Lambson. The REVISED book that I purchased was published in 1978.

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Janne Sjodahl on the other hand lived from 29 November 1853 – 23 June 1939, making him older than apostle Smith.

It is somewhat fitting that I cannot find a picture of the ghost writer Janne Sjodahl.. LOL

The truth is that Janne Sjodahl had actually written virtually all of the content in the original D&C Commentary even though all of the credit was initially given to Apostle Hyrum M. Smith.

It appears as if Apostle Smith was somewhat of a doctrinal lightweight and also knew very little about church history so Brother Sjodahl was employed as a ghost writer to provide the doctrinal and associated historical commentary.

Sjodahl was a prolific writer that authored many publications and had served as the editor of the LDS Church’s Millennial Star in Liverpool. He was a Swedish convert to the church who was baptized into the LDS church On 7 October 1886. It appears as if he had previously been excommunicated from the Baptist church the same year he converted to Mormonism, on June 8 1886, possibly on charges of adultery.

So why did the church eventually come clean and acknowledge brother Sjodahl’s involvement in the authorship of the D&C Commentary?

I don’t know.

I suspect that someone let the cat out of the bag about Sjodahl’s involvement and the church felt that they needed to do damage control by showing a little more transparency. Does that sound familiar with regard to the recent historical essays?

Of course showing Smith and Sjodahl as “co-authors” with Apostle Smith getting “top billing” is less than accurate and honest, nevertheless, we need to give the church credit for getting a little closer to the truth.

But we still need to know who was responsible for sanitizing the commentary and taking all of the embarrassing stuff out of it.

As far as knowing who the actual “doctrinal scholars” and “historians” were that sanitized and  REVISED it, we just don’t know for sure who was employed to do the dirty work. However, according to the preface, it was done under the direction of the “publication committee”

  • Joseph Fielding Smith
  • Harold B. Lee
  • Marion G Romney

It would not surprise me if Joseph Fielding Smith, historian revisionist extraordinaire, did much of the revision, just as he condensed and sanitized the discourses of Joseph Smith by surgically extracting only the approved, faith promoting snippets from Joseph’s statements and discourses and publishing them in “Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith”. The book gives readers the feeling that they are reading all of the important things that Joseph said without having to read the full discourses of Joseph Smith which contain some very controversial and revealing information.

As a point of interest, I am relatively closely related to two of the three folks listed above. I suppose guilt by association is a possibility so don’t take anything I say as the gospel truth, be your own investigative reporter.

Moving a little closer to the point of this post, let me attempt to bring all of this together with a simple little six point summation.

1- God’s true church becomes Satan’s Church once it discards the principles of church government established by Christ and adopts those of Lucifer.

Now I know this all seems very applicable to the current situation that we find ourselves in, with so many seekers of the truth getting cast out of the modern church and how the modern church has discarded the true principles of church government in how they conduct disciplinary councils yada, yada, yada, bla, bla, bla, etc. etc., ad nauseam

HOWEVER, if that is where your mind is taking you, you are missing the real significance of what is being conveyed here and you are making the same mistake most people make when they begin to realize that all is not well in Zion.

You need to go back further in time.

WAY FURTHER BACK IN TIME.

Why are people in denial about the early history of the latter day church?

Because God has not fully taken blindness off of Israel yet….. rant over.. let us proceed with point #2

2- In 1829 the Lord warned: “If this generation harden their hearts.. I will deliver them up unto Satan..”

In about 30 years of pouring over historical documents, doctrinal essays and other types of religious articles written by LDS scholars I don’t recall ever seeing the above passage quoted. It is completely off of the radar of believing Mormons. Where does such denial come from?

I realize that we all have a tendency to assume that God parents his children like we do, giving them warning after warning after warning, with threatened consequence after threatened consequence, while never making good on the threatened consequences of disobedience. But what if God actually does follow through and make good on his threats?

I am going to suggest that prophecy verifies that He does and He did.

Furthermore, the above warning is not an anomaly. It seems outrageous to think that God would actually deliver His own beloved children over to the enemy or to Satan for a season of consequences but there are a numerous situations in scripture where similar consequences are mentioned. Alma 37:15 is one that comes to mind:

“And now behold, I tell you by the spirit of prophecy, that if ye transgress the commandments of God, behold, these things which are sacred shall be taken away from you by the power of God, and ye shall be delivered up unto Satan, that he may sift you as chaff before the wind.”

Judges 13:1 also comes to mind:

“AND the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years”

3- The prophet Isaiah, looking forward at the Gentiles that would be getting the gospel exclaims that “The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant” Isa 24:5

The modern corporate church teaches that the above prophecy is exclusively referring to the naughty Catholics and Protestants that have deviated from the laws and ordinances of the New Testament Church, however, that prophecy has a dual fulfullment as demonstrated by modern revelation.

In D&C 1:15- The Lord prophetically verifies that Isaiah’s prophecy was applicable to and would be fulfilled by the latter day Saints in Kirtland. Read section 1:15 carefully but first notice in the preceding verses how the Lord says “prepare ye prepare ye, for that which is to come..” and “the day cometh…” that those who do not hear the voice of the Lord and His servants will be “cut off”. Notice all of the futuristic descriptives demonstrating that the passage in verse 15 is a future event that takes place after the church was restored.

Why will some of the saints of the restored church be cut off? because “..they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant

That is right, God was prophesying in section one, in November of 1831, that the Saints would, at some time in the very near future, fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah by transgressing the law in section 42, changing the ordinances given in section 20, and breaking the everlasting covenant of the gospel that was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. They would also discard the rules of church government established by the Lord in section 20 and 107 and other sections of the D&C.

The futuristic descriptives used just prior to the warning in section one, clearly demonstrate that the prophetic warning about transgressing the laws and changing the ordinance and breaking the covenant was not just referring to the apostasy of the New Testament church as some would have us believe. It had to do with the restored church during Joseph’s ministry.

What? You think the fulfillment of that prophecy among the restored church could not possibly have happened by December of 1834?

I have spent nearly seven years documenting how history and scripture testify otherwise. The evidence is beyond overwhelming.

4- Exactly 3 1/2 years to the day, after the Melchizedek priesthood was restored on June 5 1831, the Lord made the following declaration on December 5 1834:

” Verily condemnation resteth upon you who appointed to lead my Church, and to be saviors of men and also upon my church and there must needs be a repentance and  a reformation among you in all things..” (pg 73 Unpublished Revelations see also History of the Church)

The 3 1/2 years of nourishment represents the time when revelation was flowing. Following that period of time, the heavens began to close.

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The 3 1/2 year prophecy that the fulness of the gospel would be on the earth shows up multiple times in ancient prophecy.

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We are informed in the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation that the saints would be deceived by Satan from the time the New Testament church want into apostasy until a 3 1/2 year period of time of revelatory nourishment that would take place after the church was restored through the instrumentality of Joseph Smith. Following that 3 1/2 year period of nourishment, the “power of the holy people” would be “scattered” and the saints would be deceived again, until the ancient of days returns to the Lords vineyard.

This 3 1/2 year period when the restored church would receive and strive to live the fulness, and would ultimately cumulatively reject the fulness, was mentioned by Christ in 3 Nephi 16. He foresaw and foretold that the saints of the restored church would ultimately sin against and reject the fulness.

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So what had taken place during 1834, that would cause the Lord to take the fulness from the restored church and declare that both the leaders and members of the restored church were officially under condemnation and would need to have a restoration in all things?

Here is a very brief and incomplete listing of events relating to the entire church and church leadership being brought under condemnation:

February 24 1834 (Section 103) Conditional promise given, if Saints “hearken to obey all the words which I the Lord their God shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world are subdued…But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them.” Who began to prevail from that time? Clearly, the kingdoms of the world have overcome the saints.

April 23rd 1834 (Section 104) The Lord announces that “the covenants [had been] broken through transgression. (This brings the two year attempt to live consecration to an end by the breaking of the covenant See section 82 April 26th 1832 and Isaiah 24)

May 3, 1834 (HC 2:62-63) Conference of the Church held ten days after breaking law of consecration and officially removes the name of Christ from the name of the Church and changes name to “Church of the Latter day Saints”. (The Lord had previously told the saints that if they did not obey his law and commandments they were not worthy to be called by His name)

June 22,1834 (Section 105) Revelation given to Zion’s Camp. The expedition to redeem Zion is called off. Because of Transgression-Zion and her laws must wait for a little season of learning and chastisement.

November 29 1834 HC Joseph and Oliver enter into “Covenant of Tithing [consecreation]” “for the continuance of [gospel] blessings“. This covenant was part of an intercession made on behalf of the Latter day saints that prevented the saints from being destroyed from off the face of the earth and enabled the completion of the Kirtland Temple and some very important events. It made possible the continuance of spiritual gospel blessings under the gospel of grace despite the breaking of the covenant of consecration by the collective church. It enabled the fulfillment of the prophecy, that the Lord would come “suddenly” and “secretly” to his temple after which the saints had the keys of the Gospel of Abraham and the law of mercy, ( see Section 110 April 3 1836)

After rejecting the fulness of the Gospel, the saints found themselves in the same situation that ancient Israel found themselves in, when they refused to go up the mount and see the face of God and when they were found transgressing as Moses was bringing the plates with the higher law down the mountain.

At that point in time, God informs Moses that He is going to destroy ancient Israel from off the face of the earth.

However Moses intercedes in behalf of ancient Israel and offers himself as an atonement offering in their behalf. It appears as if He and Aaron would eventually  have Israel’s sins placed upon them and act them out and would face the consequences of transgression that Israel deserved, because of their intercessory offering

Does it not stand to reason that the latter day saints would have likewise been wiped of the face of the earth once they rejected the higher law causing them to likewise require an intervention to prevent their destruction?

I would suggest that if you read the revelation closely in the D&C at that period of time, the Lord had declared that judgments were indeed coming upon the earth and that the destroyer/devourer had been sent forth… oddly, within a short period of time, things stabilized and the ominous doom being announced in the revelations became little more than a footnote in the history of the church.

Is it possible that a latter day intervention took place?

From the allegory in Jacob we find that the latter day Moses also intercedes for latter day Israel just like Moses had done anciently. Notice what takes place when the Lord is contemplating casting them into the fire for their rebelliousness:

“And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Let us go to and hew down the trees of the vineyard and cast them into the fire, that they shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard, for I have done all. What could I have done more for my vineyard? But, behold, the servant said unto the Lord of the vineyard: Spare it a little longer. And the Lord said: Yea, I will spare it a little longer..”

Understanding that an intercession took place provides critical context for understanding modern revelation and the early history of the church….. Ok, let’s continue..

5- Looking at what was going to take place in Kirtland, the Book of Mormon prophet Mormon makes the following declaration:

 “Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things [the Book of Mormon] shall come forth among you.  Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing…. “O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God?O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God…” (Mormon 8:33)

Again, I realize that most of the alternative LDS bloggers think the above prophecy about polluting the Holy Church of God is referring to events that took place way after the martyrdom, such as when the modern corporate church began to self-correct and reject the heresies taught by Brigham Young, or perhaps referring to this time that we are currently living in, where good people are being cast out of the church, or perhaps even a future time, but that is only because they don’t understand what the “holy Church of God” is.

They don’t understand that the true Melchizedek priesthood must be on the earth and the saints must be living or attempting to live the law of consecration in order for the true Church of Christ to be called the Church of God. They don’t understand that the true Melchizedek priesthood and the Church of God has not been on the earth since December of 1834.

The Lord has sent strong delusion and even many of those that appear to be awake are still under the delusion that the modern church still represents the “Church of God”  or the “Church of Christ”, when in fact it has perverted virtually every doctrine of the restoration, rejected the law of the gospel has revealed in section 42, and “..discarded the principles of church government established by our Lord and adopted those of Lucifer.” 

It does not represent the Church of God, it represents a lesser kingdom, a lesser priesthood, with a lesser commission.

I acknowledge and have thusly documented that the modern apostate church still has a mandate from God and I think those that feel led to participate should do so.

Taking the oracles to the nations of the world and witnessing of the name of Christ is the most important missionary work taking place in the world in may opinion, however, if a person has an awakening that causes them to become openly critical of the church to the extent that the church feels it needs to protect itself from a critical member, the desire of the excommunicated member to petition the First Presidency to reinstate them, so that they can enjoy membership in the apostate church and continue criticizing it, baffles me.

The point is that we are living in the period of time that John the Revelator spoke of, when the whole world has been deceived by Satan.

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world” Rev 12:9

Understanding how and when the restored church collectively transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances and broke the everlasting covenant is critical.

Now then, if God was going to make good on His promise to deliver the latter day saints over to Satan, would he not, could he not, use his latter day mouthpiece to do it?

Is that not what is taught in Ezekiel 14?

Have we not been taught that when the elders of Israel come before the Lord’s mouthpiece to inquire, with impure hearts that God has his prophet tell them what they want to hear based on their impure hearts?

“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 stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired 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 stumblingblock 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. (Ezek 14:1-5)

With the above passage in mind, does it not make perfect sense that Joseph would begin doing and saying bizarre  things that contradict the revelations given during the 3 1/2 year time of nourishment, once the fulness had been rejected by the saints?

Does it not make sense that Joseph would lead some of the brethren on an uninspired treasure hunt only to be told by the Lord that their attempt at find the treasure was “folly”?

Does it not make sense that Joseph would tell the saints that the Kirtland Safety Society was inspired and would be a success?

What about his knowledge of and support of the Danites and his involvement in Masonry?

Does it not make perfect sense that He would begin secretly telling people that the practice of polygamy was a higher marital law than the law of monogamy given as the marital law of the fulness of the gospel in section 42?

Does it not make perfect sense that in the King Follett discourse, Joseph would contradict what God had declared about His own character and nature in the Bible, Book of Mormon and previous revelations, including the Lectures on Faith?

What about Mormon’s prophetic declaration that the scriptures would be transfigured and what about Isaiah’s prophetic declaration that the saints of the restored church would “[transgress] the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant”?

Did the saints not transgress the laws that were originally given? Did Joseph Smith not alter the revelations to change the ordinance of Baptism and the Sacrament? Did not all of this happen directly after the saints rejected the fulness?

6- Changing Ordinances? Compare the Book of Commandments with the Doctrine and Covenants. One of the truly mindblowingly remarkable things about the changes between the Book of Commandments and the Doctrine and Covenants is the fact that Joseph Smith literally changed the wording in the ordinances.

It is interesting to note that although Isaiah 24:5 speaks of ordinance as “singular”, the D&C version of the prophecy provides additional clarity by making ordinances “plural”. Notice how Joseph literally changed the wording in both the baptismal ordinance AND in the Sacrament ordinance:

Change in The Baptismal Covenant

24:52 Whosoever being called of God and having authority given them of Jesus Christ, shall go down into the water with them, and shall say, calling them by name: 24:53 Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 20:73 The person who is called of God and has authority from Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go down into the water with the person who has presented himself or herself for baptism, and shall say, calling him or her by name: Having been commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The point is not how significant the change is, the point is that the wording was changed. It fulfills the prophecy. The original wording was acceptable and valid in the Book of Mormon and in the restored church during the first four years that converts were being baptized into the church. The saints baptized during the first four years were not required to get re-baptized. No mistake had been made in the original Book of Commandments. Therefore, why the change in wording with no explanation?

Change in the terminology relating to the Sacrament Prayer

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;

The change above is very significant.

Amazingly we learn from Christ’s visit to the Nephites that there were two separate sacraments given. The first appears to have been a preparatory sacrament where bread and water were used as “emblems” of Christ’s flesh and blood. The second mystical Sacrament only refers to the partaking literally of his flesh and blood. Notice the same wording in the passage in the Book of Commandments.

Furthermore, even though a revelation states that water can replace wine when it is not possible for the saints to use wine of their own making for the purpose of the sacrament, the saints have long since replaced the wine with water categorically even though they have the resources and capacity to make their own wine and obey the commandment.  Releasing themselves from obeying the original commandment despite having the capacity to make wine for the sacred purpose is very serious. No revelation was ever given that justifies this.

It is also important to note that divine procedure for the Sacrament offering is for the congregation to kneel. Have you ever seen an LDS congregation kneel?

These wording and procedural changes of ordinances are significant. They are clearly what the prophecies in Isaiah and section one are referring to. It is important to note that additional changes in baptismal procedure also took place.

Notice the wording in the D&C that was very similar to the original wording in the BofC that requires the baptismal candidate to make a public confession before the church BEFORE the baptism is performed

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.

It appears as if it may have been as far back as perhaps during Joseph Smith’s ministry that the saints began neglecting to follow the above ordinance protocol. The change in protocol has continued to this very day. When was the last time you ever saw a child or an adult come before the church with a broken heart and contrite spirit to make a PUBLIC confession to the church that they have truly repented of all their sins BEFORE they were baptized!

Joseph Smith himself declared that the saints had been chastened for not obeying the commandments and for departing from the ordinances when they got to Nauvoo:

“We have been chastened by the hand of God heretofore for not obeying His commands . . . we have treated lightly His commands, AND DEPARTED FROM HIS ORDINANCES, and the Lord has chastened us sore, and we have felt His arm and kissed the rod”

Clearly, the divine protocols and procedures pertaining to the saving ordinances as well as other principles of church government that that saints of the restoration had been commanded to adhere to had been discarded during Joseph’s ministry, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah.

Discovering the Doctored Covenants led me on a long journey to understand why Joseph Smith altered God’s holy word. I am now convinced that he was inspired to make those changes to match the contextual change in trajectory that the church had gone through in just a few years since rejecting the fulness.

On my journey it became apparent to me that historical revisionism has been an integral part of the modern church’s attempt to hide the serious apostasy that has taken place. Finally, it has occurred to me that not only have the revelations been changed, but the original ordinances of the restoration have also been changed and they are reflected in the changes made in the Doctrine and Covenants.

Did Joseph know what he was doing when he was making the changes in the wording of the Doctrine and Covenants?

Did he know God was using him to deliver apostate Israel over to the idolatry in their hearts?

I believe he did.

He informed the saints that he could keep a secret until doomsday.

I believe that he and Sidney Rigdon knew exactly what  they were doing and why they were doing it when they called a special conference in 1834 and motioned that the name of the Church of Christ be changed to the Church of the Latter day Saints without giving any reason for the name change.

They knew exactly what they were doing. They were winking at God while doing it.

Apostate latter day Israel was being delivered over to Satan as promised. God is a faithful and just parent. He keeps his promises. We latter day saints have been naughty and have been sent to our bedroom to think things over for a “Little season”.

What about the dark days of Nauvoo?

Did Joseph know that the things he was teaching regarding celestial polygamy and the false doctrines taught in the King Follett discourse”

I suspect that by that time their eyes had been covered because of the iniquity of apostate latter day Israel, per the prophecy of Isaiah:

“For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity.

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Editorial Note: When I originally published this post I made a very inappropriate and sarcastic comment about people that become awakened and therefore critical of the current corporate church, who attempt to have their disciplinary hearings overturned, and attempt to retain or regain their membership status.

I have since removed that comment.

The comment was not directed at any specific person and it was made out of frustration because I feel I have been very inept over the last seven years in explaining that the latter day apostasy spoken in scripture was fully complete at the time of the martyrdom. It began when the fulness of the gospel was rejected  by the saints and lost from the earth in 1834 and was complete when the condemned church failed to repent and have a restoration in all things which resulted in the condemned church being rejected as a church with their dead in Nauvoo, prior to the martyrdom.

It has been frustrating to me that so many fringe bloggers  always characterize the apostasy of the latter day church as depicted in Mormon 8 and 2nd Nephi 28 as being directed to us and our time, thinking that the modern corporate church is the “holy church of God”, when in fact those passages in the Book of Mormon are primarily referring to the saints of the restored church living during Joseph Smith’s ministry who transgressed the laws, changed the ordinances, and broke the everlasting covenant

Those of us living now have inherited an apostate religion, even though the modern church still has the valid commission given to the apostle in Section 118, of publishing the gospel to the nations and testifying of the name of Christ.

Obviously membership in the corporate church is a very personal issue that everyone needs to determine for themselves. I have always stated that I do not ever try to influence how people make that decision, which is one of many reasons that my comment was inappropriate and has been removed.

Although I have removed that comment, I want to share an email that I got from Rock Waterman, who explains why he feels that it is important to him to fight for his membership.

“I have been given strong instruction from the Lord to exhaust all scriptural remedies.  Perhaps it’s because the Lord wants me working from the inside.  There is only one reason leaders would want me out, and that is because a member, no matter how faithful to the true teachings, loses credibility with believers when he can be pointed to and called an apostate.  That is of course why they expelled other bloggers such as Adrian Larsen, Brent Larsen, Will Carter, and others.

But I suspect the larger reason is that by first witnessing at the hearing as to my beliefs in the Restoration, then appealing their unjust decision to the seat of the First Presidency, these men are given the opportunity to repent.  And if they fail to repent, and instead affirm the decision of the stake high council, the opportunity is given them to bring condemnation on THEIR heads as well as the heads of the local leaders.

I believe the Lord wants these opportunities extended, so at the last day when they stand before Him for judgment, they are left with no excuse.

Of course, I hope for an institutional repentance.  But if that repentance is not forthcoming, then will I publish the contents of my appeal for all the church to witness the dishonesty and hypocrisy currently existing in the Corporate Church, from the lowest levels of leadership to the highest.”

Notable Emails #18- “I wake up every morning with this intense feeling that we are getting closer”

July 9, 2015

A few weeks ago I got an interesting email from a subscriber of the blog. Portions of the email are contained below-

 

“Hello Watcher,

I loved your last post!

There is so much I could say about it but I mostly just wanted to thank you for continuing to take the time to share your thoughts and add clarity to a topic that is becoming so important whether you have been overcome with the spirit of watching or if you are a “typical” member of the corporate LDS church and are struggling to wrap your mind around all of the turmoil being caused by the current church leadership.

It amazes me how so many members today sense something is not quite right and will even sometimes dare to speak their thoughts out loud but as soon as they do they are always quick to add “but I know the prophet will never lead me astray”.

We truly live in amazing times.

I have a question for you. It is something I have wanted to ask you for a while but have been hesitant to bring it up until your last post because of something you said. Towards the end of your post you said:

 “I can tell you that I have experienced this power that comes through the written word. It is real. It is powerful. It makes it easy to detect high profile people those that are deceived and those that are intentionally deceiving.”

My question has to do with those who are intentionally deceiving on a worldwide scale. I want to add my own witness to what you said in your post.

If there is one thing that I have noticed as I have progressed down this path and become more familiar with the word of God and what it actually is trying to tell me is that I see patterns in the world that don’t seem right or perhaps they do seem right depending on your perspective (I will explain what I mean by that).

I am not saying in any way that I have figured it out. In fact one of my biggest fears is that I once again find myself in a position where I have been deceived by some person, or group, or that I miss something that is happening in the world that I should have seen that would cause me to not recognize when the servants have returned.

Despite my concerns I wake up every morning with this intense feeling that we are getting closer. I feel this way not only because of a feeling but because of the endless things that are happening in the world. It is clear to me that there has been a massive effort for a very long time by a very specific group of evil individuals to lead this world towards a path of destruction.

I know I am not saying anything new but I just wanted to point out that as you begin to recognize and understand more  about how the Lord has operate you also are able to see more clearly how the adversary is also trying to accomplish his purposes as we head towards the Second Coming.

With all of that being said the question I have for you has to do with this upcoming September/October.

I know earlier when you were posting on your three watches blog you would sometimes mention specific dates to watch out for and I have noticed that you do not do that as much which makes perfect sense but I was wondering if you had any specific thoughts as we draw closer to this time frame.

Please know this is just a general question and in no way am I trying to get you to commit to anything specific. I just see certain things lining up around that time frame that I find very interesting.

For example here is a small list:

  1. – Jade Helm 15 (supposedly starts on 7/15/15 and ends on 9/15/2015)
  2. -The end of the Shemitah year on 9/13/2015 or Elul 29
  3. –  An increase in speculation that there will be a large economic down turn around this time frame
  4. – 9/14/2015 (Jewish new year)
  5. -There will be a solar eclipse on 9/13/2015 as well
  6. – The fall equinox will take place on 9/23/2014
  7. – Pope to Visit White House on 9/23/2015 (Day of Atonement) – then address Congress on 9/24/2015 – then on 9/25 he will address the UN
  8. -The French Foreign Minister said on 5/13/2015 standing next to John Kerry that “we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos”. (500 days from that date is 9/24/2015)
  9. – There seems to be a large amount of movies, songs, media and other entertainment sources that are subtly pointing to the week of 9/21 through 9/28/2015 being a very significant/interesting week.
  10. -CERN tests taking place on 9/23 and 9/24
  11. -The last blood Moon of the four will occur on 9/28/2015 (I know you have mentioned the tetrad moons before)
  12. -The feast of the tabernacles is also on9/28/2015

This list is just the tip of the ice berg but it’s a good starting point. If someone spends a few minutes on Google or YouTube and searches any of these topics you will find thousands of posts or articles with all sorts of different perspectives.

Some of the perspectives are pure garbage and others are worth considering. But one of the points I think I am trying to make is I do not remember a time period in my life were so many significant events seem to be coming together all at once. One of the things that I find so interesting is regardless of a person’s perspective on these possible upcoming events it seems to me that there are very powerful people in this world who are looking to this time frame for something significant.

When I consider all that is to come whether in three months, three years, or three decades my heart wants to sing out. The things listed above sound like a list of darkness and despair but those who know the Lord and are coming to understand his ways must all feel in awe for the time that we now live in.

I think of the Prophets from the scriptures and how they all looked to our day when the Lord’s promises will all finally be fulfilled (every single one of them). Despite the doom and gloom we have so much to look forward to and so much to be grateful for. Despite our eyes being blind many are starting to see. They may still not know what to look for but they are at least realizing there has to be more. I believe in a God of miracles. I believe in a God who is about to perform his miracles on this earth once again. I believe that despite the cunning of men and the influences that Satan has over this world nothing can stay the hand of the Lord.”

_____ end of email

OK… You know somebody has truly contracted the spirit of watching when they are not only taking note of the prophetic implications of the events taking place around them, but also rejoicing in them instead of putting on a crash helmet and climbing into a bomb shelter and laying in the fetal position.

My friend observes that

I do not remember a time period in my life were so many significant events seem to be coming together all at once“.

However, one of the significant and profound take-aways that I noticed was the following declaration:

When I consider all that is to come whether in three months, three years, or three decades my heart wants to sing out.  The things listed above sound like a list of darkness and despair but those who know the Lord and are coming to understand his ways must all feel in awe for the time that we now live in.

Praise God Almighty!

That is how we are supposed to respond to these times. It reminds me of Christ’s admonition when he foretold of ominous signs in the heavens and distress within the nations, and waves roaring, and mens hearts failing them for fear, his messages of hope was

” And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh…when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.”

I loved my friend’s declaration of hope and faith that God is in charge and that nothing that old scratch does can thwart the purposes of God:

“I believe in a God of miracles. I believe in a God who is about to perform his miracles on this earth once again. I believe that despite the cunning of men and the influences that Satan has over this world nothing can stay the hand of the Lord.”

Interestingly, as I am constructing this post on Wednesday the 8th, within the last 24 hours the following things have taken place.

Pope calls for one world government.
Chinese stock trading halted.
US stock exchange halted.
Banks closed in Greece.
US mint suspends sale of American Eagle coins.
United Airlines flights grounded.

Are these signs of the times?

Is the last great financial crash about to take place?

Are we getting ready for the financial”reset”?

Are we going to war?

Will America be invaded as per the prophecy in Micah?

It is difficult to not take these things seriously given the coming Shemitah and the fact that we are living in the time of the 3rd and 4th generation since the church rejected the fulness of the gospel.

In answer to the question,”I was wondering if you had any specific thoughts as we draw closer to this time frame.”

The answer is

YES!

I will be doing a series on youtube shortly, about the secret history of Mormonism, that shows how history reveals prophecy and prophecy reveals history… and there are prophetic time sequences and patterns that suggest that the world, as we know it, will never be the same… starting VERY SOON.

 

Keep Watching

 

 

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

Notable Emails #14a “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”

Notable Emails Part 9 “My number one desire right now is to protect my wife and honor her tender feelings about the gospel as she understands it.”

Notable Emails Part 8 “Who are the Jews and Gentiles?

Notable Emails Part 7 “My eyes have been opened”

Notable Emails Part 6: “Can anyone tell me anything about this blog?… This guy seems to have some new ideas I’ve never heard before using the scriptures to back his views.

Notable Emails Part 5: “the truths that both you and I hold so dear …are things that cannot be taught they can only be revealed.”

Notable Emails- Part 4 “I have now caught the spirit of watching along with you and others.”

Notable Emails- Part 3 “Have you ever read ‘Letter to a CES Director?’” Yes… and it has strengthened my testimony!

Notable Emails- Part 2: “Readers deserve to know if you truly are a heretic or just a faithful divergent thinker”

Notable Emails Part 1- Mormon Missionary: “I too am watching”

 
[Editorial Note: If you are wondering why the above list has two #14 posts and is missing #10 &11 it is not because of my parents or the high school I went to. I just can’t count very well. LOL

 


“All things which are hid must be revealed upon the house-tops”

July 6, 2015

There is an interesting snippet of scripture found in the New Testament in both Matthew and Luke that speaks about the fact that the time will come when everything that has been spoken in secrecy will be revealed.

” for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, preach ye in light; and what ye hear in the ear, preach ye upon the housetops[1].

The general theme, even including the use of the word “housetops” is continued in the Book of Mormon:

“I, knowing that these things must surely be made known, and that all things which are hid must be revealed upon the house-tops—”[2] 

Finally, another variation of the concept shows up in modern revelation in relation to the events of the last days when the servants go forth warning the inhabitants of the earth for the last time

“And the rebellious shall be pierced with much sorrow; for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed.”[3]

the interesting thing about this “house-tops” keyword thread in the scriptures is that it appears to cut both ways with regard to good secret information and bad secret information.

In other words, it appears that many secrets that God has shared with his elect in the past will someday be revealed to the world, perhaps to the condemnation of the wicked.

Conversely, the secrets of the wicked will also be revealed upon the roof tops.

Some people interpret the roof tops characterization in these prophetic passages of scripture to be referring to modern day communication technology such as TV antennas, satellite dishes, Internet routers, etc. They feel that it is through such technology that these secrets are made available to the masses.

Frankly, I think the ultimate and literal fulfillment of those prophecies are still future, taking place in the 3rd watch, after the Marvelous Work begins.

Nevertheless, I think that a type and shaddow is in play right now and I do see the general concept being applicable to what we have seen within the last several decades and particularly within the last several years. It is amazing how many things are coming to light. Much of this is made possible through technology in general and the the advent of the Internet.

The truth is that very few things are kept secret anymore for a multitude of reasons and once they are revealed, they often travel like wildfire.

The LDS church is currently experiencing a huge challenge with regard to the veracity of their truth claims because the Internet has made access to information and the sharing of information to the average person so quick and easy. The result is that tens of thousands of people are experiencing a crisis of faith. The Internet has been a game changer for many Mormons

TED

I enjoy watching TED presentations from time to time because there really are many ideas worth sharing and now through technology they can be brought to light and countless people can hear these ideas very quickly. A few weeks ago I was intrigued to see that a presentation done by Monica Lewinsky. I couldn’t help but begin watching and once I began watching I couldn’t turn the presentation off.

Video seen here http://www.ted.com/talks/monica_lewinsky_the_price_of_shame?language=en

I confess that my perception of this individual was not very good, partly because of how she was portrayed in the media. As I was listening to the experience that she shared and how she spent a portion of her life wanting to commit suicide because of how the media had revealed her secret acts with President Clinton and forever destroyed her reputation, I began feeling great empathy for her and the situation she got caught up in.

I am not justifying her actions nor do I think it is my responsibility to judge her as a person. The way she conducts her own life and her relationship with God is her business not mine. What got me about the presentation had to do with the topic of compassion and how the viral transmission of information can have such a huge, and in some cases, devastating impact on people lives.

It got me thinking about how my blog plays into the transfer of information and what my motivations are in making information available. I admit that I do promote information that is embarrassing to the modern corporate church and in some instances about individual personalities.

I do so because I believe it is the time for much of this information to come to light.

I feel compelled to provide much needed context to those that are searching and trying to make sense out of things. Nevertheless the TED video caused me to re-evaluate my deepest motivations. Do I get joy out of embarrassing people or am I sincerely motivated by the desire to push for transparency and truth in history and doctrine?

Do I make available controversial things about General Authorities because I am angry about the current situation with the apostate church and feel betrayed, and therefore want to embarrass them and make them squirm or do I sincerely want to bring to light, things that have been hidden in darkness and obscurity to help those that are looking for answers?

I hope my desire is to help those that are searching to find the answers they are looking for. Every piece of the puzzle that is found and put in place makes it that much easier to find and place other pieces of the puzzle. I believe that is what is happening now. The appointed time for God to take the partial blindness off of Israel is quickly approaching.

The Lord has promised that blindness in part will be upon Israel UNTIL the fulness of the Gentiles:

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” (Rom 11:25)

Section 45 also assures us that the light is about to break forth during the last generation when the times of the Gentiles comes in again. I feel we are extremely close to that event and that is why God is beginning to bring hidden acts of darkness to light and perhaps beginning to take the blindness off of his elect.

“And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;

But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.

And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (D&C 45:28-30)

It is amazing to me how God seems to be slowly taking blindness off of those that that have contracted the spirit of watching.

Little by little information that has previously been kept hidden is coming to light.

I remember years ago wondering how Neal A Maxwell found his way into the leading quorums of the church since he was not a descendant of the Nauvoo saints. His parents were converts to the church. It was extremely unusual for someone without the “divine Nauvoo pedigree” to be elevated to the apostleship.

Sometime after that, it was brought to my attention that he had worked for the CIA and that he and the Church had tried to hide that bit of his work history by simply stating that he had “worked for the government“. Below is a snippet on Wiki which also reflects his bio on the church website.

 “From 1952 to 1956, he worked in Washington D.C., first for the US government and then as an assistant to Senator Wallace F. Bennett.”

 That piece of the puzzle led to other pieces of the puzzle linking the very close connections between the combination that has infiltrated the church and the combination that has infiltrated the government.

Going Viral

It is interesting how some information goes viral and other information does not.

Of course anything can go viral if it is juicy and controversial enough, even without the help of digital media and social networking platforms.

Even before the Internet was invented, controversial things would find their way into the public domain.

I learned an amazing marketing lesson from Bruce R. McConkie back in the 80’s. He taught me that if you want something controversial to go viral, simply write a letter to someone, then make a few copies and stamp “DO NOT REPRODUCE” on them, and give them to a few of your trusted associates at the church office building.

do not

Before long everyone will have the opportunity to read it.

In that particular case, there were many people that got and read the letter even before it reached Eugene England, the person that it was addressed to.

Page one of the letter began with:

“Dear Brother England, this may well be the most important letter you have or will ever receive”

How is that for an attention getter? Some of the Advertising giants on Madison Ave could have used his skills.

I think Brother McConkie  may have missed out on his calling in life. He really should have been in marketing and advertising.

I have already blogged about the amazing content of the letter which is so important for people to be familiar with as they try to work their way through the Mormon Maze, so I will not beat that dead horse again, however the circumstance behind the exchange between Apostle McConkie and brother England is really quite a fascinating and important story as related by the daughter of Eugene England.

In the letter, McConkie explains why he is condescending to deviate from his usual protocol of blowing off nobodies, to write a personal letter to a lowly member of the church:

“I have now reached the conclusion that it would be wise for me to depart from usual custom and send you an answer to your letter. I do so out of respect for your parents, G. Eugene and Dora, and for your own personal well being..”

It is a good thing that McConkine knew Eugene’s parents. That is probably the only reason the time was taken to construct the letter.

The arrogant and condescending nature of that letter has shocked and entertained countless people.

The point I want to make about brother McConkie’s letter is that false doctrine has been a huge problem in the church not only from regular members of the church, but also from General Authorities, such as Brigham Young and Bruce R. McConkie. In the letter McConkie accurately accused Brigham Young of teaching false doctrine about the nature and character of God and said that he would have to answer to the Lord for such a monumental faux pau. McConkie himself would one day tell people to forget everything he (McConkie) had ever taught about blacks and the priesthood.

Another letter from a General Authority has just gone viral. This particular one is from Apostle Oaks to a gal that appears to be a Snufferite.

Although the letter was written quite a long time ago, she just released it.   It appears that she has waited for a long time for the perfect oopportunity to let it go viral and the Boise Rescue created the perfect moment.

The content and condescending tone of the letter has some degree of similarity to McConkie’s letter to Eugene England. No Doubt, Oaks had seen the McConkie letter to England. Oaks had apparently learned well from the senior apostle how to conduct himself as an Apostle when communicating to lowly members of the church.

In the letter, Brother Oaks explains why he is condescending to write to a lowly member of the church:

“I write in response to your letter of May 15 2011, which I have given special attention because of my high regard for your parents..”

Wow, does that sound like the McConkie letter all over again?

I suspect the Apostle Oaks may well be very embarrassed and perhaps even sweating bullets about how he is viewed by the general public regarding his comments in Boise and how he responded to the Snufferite gal.

One of the take-aways I got from the two GA letters is that if you don’t have parents or a close friend that is known and well thought of by the General Authority that you are writing to, they are not going to waste their precious time patronizing peons. They may be the servant of all, but not everyone gets served the same way.

The content of the letter is not quite as juicy as the letter to Eugene England, but it is just as authoritarian, fear based and condescending. Again, hopefully my motivation in talking about these things is to bring hidden things to light in an effort to awake the sleeping virgins, not some morbid desire to embarrass people, even if some of them are dead.

The point of bringing up the TED presentation and the two letters from General Authorities is that we live in a time when communication goes viral quite easily and effectively, and information that might otherwise be kept somewhat contained is being revealed on the house-tops, so to speak.

Apostle Oaks once made an authoritative declaration that has now gone viral-

“It is wrong to criticize the leaders of the church, even if the criticism is true”

The Lord provides a protocol for excommunicating the president of the church and other authority figures,  if they ever make  grievous errors that are leading the church astray, however, since it is impossible to ever hold a disciplinary council on leaders without being somewhat critical of something they did or said, the Lord’s protocol could never be used, according to the divine council of Apostle Oaks.

Frankly, that statement of his should go viral. For someone in such a high position to make such a false and damning declaration is almost beyond belief.

The remarkable thing about that statement many years ago is that Oaks probably still believes what he said.

Those two letters, the declaration that general authorities should never be questioned even when wrong, and Lewinsky’s affair with President Clinton would have all remained somewhat private and confidential in an earlier time when TV, Radio, Newspapers and the Internet were not in existence.

Letters from General Authorities just seem to emerge into the court of public opinion even if it takes a few decades for them to be brought to light. Many years ago my cousin George Romney got a fascinating letter from Delbert Stapley regarding the topics of how Blacks should be treated-

http://thoughtsonthingsandstuff.com/george-romney-and-the-delbert-stapley-letter/

While that letter is quite revealing about the views of Delbert Stapley, I am curious to know if Romney responded to it and if so, I am still awaiting for someone to leak the response.. LOL

Regarding the Boise Rescue, I want to share another example of information going viral that would otherwise remain hidden.

Although many people have heard the recording of Apostle Oaks address in Boise, few people know what the circumstances behind the visit are. The Church PR department has told us one thing, however, the secret communication of an insider living in Boise tells quite another story.

Some very interesting context about the Boise Rescue event has now been released because one of the participants in a private chat forum on the Internet decided to leak the confidential information being shared.

As that content was being electronically shared from one person to another, it somehow ended up in my email box and I am now sharing it with you.

Here is what the participant in the private forum who lives in the Boise area had to say about why the fireside was held.

Satan’s attack in Idaho/How to keep a ward safe

“Some have requested this information, hopefully many of you will benefit from it.

There is so much information here, that I don’t want to chase you away. I’ll try to keep it to what is really needed and facts.

I stated earlier that the “Boise Rescue” was called that by the apostates. In fact apostates attended this meeting and did a sneak recording of Elder Oaks and Brother Turley. They published the recording and of course the apostates had a hay day with negative and degrading comments. 

These three stakes have had a very difficult time with members associating with apostates moving into many wards like a fast growing cancer. We were told that friends and family outside these three stakes were not invited to the fireside and please do not ask them to come with you. Bishops did know that the topic was going to be about church history and false prophets. However it was not publicized that way. Which was fine.

Elder Oaks and Brother Turly, handed the baton back and forth sharing and teaching how apostates at the time of the early church worked. Forged Signatures, telling lies and other sorts, noting that nothing has changed much.

My personal experience has been a very close friend how he started looking several months ago. We talked on the phone, emails, FB, and texting all the time. Each time I patiently heard him out and then would challenge his thinking. But my voice fell upon deaf ears. He has slowly come to the point that we do not have living prophets and apostles on the earth today. He now believes that President Monson has failed in his calling and that the church is under condemnation. Apostates use the same scriptures that you and i use to weave their web of lies. If I showed you the emails that he has sent me, it has been a very slight twist to the truth, which if you are not a student of the scriptures and have NOT the Holy Ghost with you, it looks really good. They prey on the weak, those who do not study and those who may not pray as they should, fall short. 

I have had days of tears all day long, and spent much time upon my knees pleading with Heavenly Father to preserve this brother. But, he has his own choice, to choose right from wrong. Since we are not in the same ward anymore, I went to my bishop with this issue. He wrote me a very tender email and advised me to call his stake president. In which I did. The evidence is all over his FB account. My friend asked me to keep it quiet because he still wants the temple privileges, but the bishop is right, he should not have a recommend and it is possible there is other church action that needs to be done.
There are many people my friend likes, but I am not willing to share all the blogs that I have read. I DON’T want anyone to go to these blogs and lose their eternal reward. It is not worth it. No names means I am protecting you. Just know there are many….
I plead that you study the word, daily. That you pray daily. That you serve daily. That you ponder daily. That you seek the Holy Ghost, daily. Then you’ll be fine.

How to keep a ward safe.

Our story is similar to many others when it comes time to move. We searched, we pondered, we inquired and we listened and the end result is we landed where He wanted us to be. This particular ward, has had many, many members tell of this exact experience. The Lord has brought to this ward some very elite and strong testimony driven Latter Day Saints. I am not one to believe that the testimony I have is ALL MINE, it is on loan from Heavenly Father. The day will come when I will have a perfect knowledge. The Lord has done some mighty miracles in our family of nine (Started with 2 and now we are 33) and it is has caused some serious thinking and testimony building. This is not the place to get into that… however, we have felt honored and humbled to witness the miracle that is taking place in our ward.

Now the rest of the story. Our bishop took Elder Anderson’s challenge (Find it at LDS.org) for the youth to do family history search very seriously. Last October, (Before we moved into the ward, we moved in January of this year) he organized a Ward Family History Committee. That committee consisted of 2 adult family history consultants, (One for the YM and one for YW. He release the YW,YM presidents and put them as history consultants) the Bishopric, one young woman, who is 15 and one young man who is 15, the High Priest Group leader and they were looking for a couple to be the Family History Coordinators. (He was looking and praying for 4 months until he found them).

The committee met and decided that they would set a goal for the youth to find 500 names this year in 2015 to do baptisms for in the temple. 2 temple trips were scheduled and they anticipated of doing 250 names each trip. It was a very nice goal. 

The first meeting was a combined YM/YW meeting with computers and passwords for all the youth in the ward. (By the way our ward is large, about 500 members) They began the meeting as usual, song, prayer, spiritual thought and then digging in on the computers. However, after 15-20 minutes no one had found any ancestors to take to the temple. One of the YOUTH leaders, stopped everyone from what they were doing, and explained that they needed to get upon their knees and plead with Heavenly Father for help. No adults interrupted but allowed the youth to do as what they felt they needed to do. So, they stopped, everyone got upon their knees and a prayer of pleading was offered. After the prayer, they began again, except this time, a name was found, then 2 then 3 and so on. That night 86 names were found. THE FIRE WAS NOW LIT. 

The youth became so excited they could not contain themselves. They went home and did more research, they taught their parents, and their brothers and sisters. In February, they wanted to do a Ward Family History Search night. The committee organized it and the youth advertised it by telling the adults, they could find an ancestor with in 30 minutes of searching for anyone. The cultural hall was full as well as several other class rooms with families searching. It was youth teaching adults AND It has exploded.

The last count of names in the ward found……….”

There you have it. The secret scoop on the Boise Rescue. More hidden information being brought to light

Here are a few of my takeaways-

1- Influence of “Apostates” Growing Like a Cancer

“Apostates” are moving into the Boise area and influencing members of the church. The effects of this indoctrination are growing like a cancer. Apparently LDS inc was concerned enough to take drastic measures in sending an apostle to do damage control.

2- The way to keep the youth in the church during these troubled times is the temple!

It really is amazing how the temple does have a powerful impact on some people, particularly when they are young and impressionable. The Church is using the temple rituals and covenants to try and keep people blinded to the pure and simple gospel of Christ. Instead of focusing on a covenant with Christ, lets get the sheeple to make a covenant with hell. That should keep them in line.

3- The Church Attempted to Keep the Topic of the Meeting Secret

It was supposed to be a low key fireside that only individuals from three stakes were invited to.

Friends and relative from other stakes were not to be invited and the topic of the fireside address was not made known to anyone other than the local bishops, who were instructed to not let people know what the topic of the fireside was. This was done in an effort to keep the event low key and not attract the attention of any evil apostates

Somehow those precautions were supposed to keep this event under the radar. LOL

Don’t they realize that some of the Bishops are probably questioning the truth claims of the modern church and possibly even sympathetic to many of the fringe groups and bloggers?

Secret Recording

Somebody in the audience came prepared to secretly tape the meeting. That would indicate that either a Bishop was the whistleblower or a Bishop let the cat out of the bag about what the meeting was going to be about to others after being instructed not to.

Sending the recording to Mormonstories is tantamount to sending confidential information to the National Enquirer.

The truth is that there are 100 times more dissenters that are still active and in good standing in the church than there are dissenters that have openly gone public or been outed.

Did Apostle Oaks really think he could keep that damage control meeting a secret?

What can I say? All things must be revealed upon the housetops!

The Brethren and Their Minions are Closet Fundamentalists 

I am going to close this post with one last little secret that was revealed to me recently. I suspect that one day this information will be brought to light in a big way.

As you know, during the last few year in Nauvoo, Joseph Smith was publicly claiming that he was a monogamist while secretly taking on plural wives. What I am going to suggest to you is that such doublespeak and duplicity is taking place by people in high places in the LDS church right now, regarding the same topic.

I became appraised of this situation the other day when a reader of my blog forwarded an email to me that really surprised me. It was from a very high profile LDS apologist that has published many books on polygamy and fashions himself to be the worlds greatest expert on the topic. He was also used as a doctrinal and historical “consultant” by the church in drafting their new articles on polygamy that have been posted on the official church website.

I have recently heard the man speak about his books and I have had a few brief exchanges with him.

He appears to be very down to earth, honest and sincere. He also publicly presents his personal opinion that polygamy is something from the past that he hopes will not return. He acknowledges that it has brought unhappiness to everyone involved and that it has a devastating impact on the women that get involved with it. Nevertheless, I now think he is being somewhat disingenuous in his public persona.

The reason the email written by this apologist to a friend of mine surprised me, is because despite his public rhetoric, in the email, he claims that ALL of the passages of scripture in modern revelation that command the saints to live monogamy, are really not saying what they are saying!!!!

He obviously takes this view because he continues to accept the celestial polygamy doctrine that is taught in Section 132 as being essential in being exalted in the highest kingdom, even though he publicly denies that belief or at least skirts the issue.

In his email, he denies that section 42, 49, and the “Article on Marriage” that Brigham Young replaced with section 132 are really saying that monogamy is the Lord’s standard of marriage!

What? “Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else” is not revealing that God’s celestial marital law is monogamy?

What? “Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one wife, and they twain shall be one flesh, and all this that the earth might answer the end of its creation” is not revealing that God’s celestial marital law is monogamy?

What? “Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again.” is not revealing that God’s celestial marital law is monogamy?

That is right. According to this “scholar” the Lord was cryptically saying just the opposite of what He appears to be saying.

I am not going to show the content of his email at this time as this post has already gone too long and you would loose countless brain cells if you tried to comprehend his logic and reasoning. I simply want to point out that LDS general authorities and some of their apologists are presenting one thing in public while believing something quite different in secret.

I was utterly shocked at the level of sophistry and wresting of the scriptures employed in this apologist’s email. I was going to contact him and confront him on it and ask him how he could contradict the public declarations that the church has recently made on this most important issue in their essays on polygamy.

Before contacting him a little voice in my head said, ” you better go back and read those historical essays on polygamy again, perhaps they were not saying what you thought they were saying”, so I did. I went back and re-read the two essays on polygamy. And sure enough, they appear to be saying one thing, but if you pay attention to the wording, and particularly to the footnotes, it becomes apparent that a deception is in play.

One of the articles on the church website is called Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo

Here is what the opening declaration says:

Latter-day Saints believe that monogamy—the marriage of one man and one woman—is the Lord’s standing law of marriage.1

Notice that it does not say that monogamy is the Lord’s standing law of marriage, it says that “Latter-day Saints believe” that it is the Lord’s standard of Marriage!

Very clever.

Furthermore, a “standing law of marriage” could be referring to the masses, not the special elect that inherit a high kingdom.

Now, before I show you footnote #1 documenting the deceptively worded declaration, let me show you the five references that any scholar worth their salt would put in the footnote if they were going to prove that the Lord’s standard of marriage in the restored church is that of monogamy.

The first two passages would be from the New Testament showing that monogamy was God’s standard of marriage among the New Testament Saints:

1 Timothy 3:2 ” A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach..”

1 Tim 3:12 “Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.”

The above two passages are critical in substantiating the  opening declaration because they demonstrate what the standard of marriage was in the New Testament Church.

Obviously, if New Testament Christianity was restored through Joseph Smith, it would include the same standard of monogamous marriage. In the New Testament the Bishop was the father of the congregation and a judge in Israel. The Deacons were to set am example and watch over the church. Both were to be examples and prototypes of how the gospel should be lived. Both had to only have one wife to qualify for their very important stewardship!

Ok… The next three passages of scripture that would be crucial in scripturally substantiating the opening statement that monogamy is God’s standard protocol of Marriage would be the three passages I have already made reference to. They are important in establishing the fact that the marital protocol of the fulness of the gospel that was had during New Testament times is the same as the marital protocol in the fulness of the Gospel that was restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith-

D&C 42:22 ” Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else.”

D&C 49:16 “Wherefore, it is lawful that he should have one wife, and they twain shall be one flesh, and all this that the earth might answer the end of its creation..”

The Article on Marriage  “Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again.”

Ok. The word of God tells us that my the testimony of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Notice that God has given us five clear declarations in the Bible and Modern revelation detailing what the marital law of the gospel is.

Obviously there are a multiplicity of fantastic passages in the Book of Mormon that should also be included in the footnote as well, but those five passages from the Bible and D&C are absolutely critical in establishing the doctrinal veracity of the declaration that readers of the essay ASSUME the first declaration is saying. For the generation that Joseph lived in, the fulness of the gospel required monogamy and forbids polygamy!

It should be noted that if you back out a couple of revelations that Brigham Young canonized, there is not one shred of evidence in the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, or D&C, that the so-called “spiritual wife doctrine” or “celestial polygamy doctrine” is a true doctrine or that it is a requirement to obtain the highest kingdom of glory.

It is clearly an anomaly. It was an aberration that was invented during Joseph Smith’s ministry.

One of the unfortunate things about this issue is that scholars almost always neglect to differentiate between the doctrine of “Biblical Polygamy” vs “Celestial Polygamy”. They are not the same. Biblical Polygamy was a temporal based custom that was integrated into the Law of Moses after the Children of Israel rejected the higher law. It was a cursing to everyone that lived it.

Celestial Polygamy on the other hand is the doctrine that claims a man must have multiple wives sealed to him in order to obtain the highest salvation. That doctrine simply cannot be found in any of the standard works with the exception of Brigham Youngs canonization of section 132.

Are you ready to see what the footnote says?

Sit down and take a deep breath

You are not going to believe what these bastards  well meaning but disingenuous shepherds have put in the footnotes.

Here they are:

  1. See“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”Jacob 2:27, 30.

You have got to be kidding me! One passage from the Book of Mormon and NOT ONE PASSAGE FROM THE BIBLE OR D&C!

Just a link to the proclamation to the world from the modern corporate leadership!

Why provide a passage from the Book of Mormon instead of the New Testament or D&C?

Because scholars and apologists can claim that the Book of Mormon folks lived under a different dispensation and therefore had different commandments from God. If passages from the New Testament and D&C are  provided, it created a HUGE problem for the veracity of section 132.

Was it an oversight that they neglected to put the obvious scriptural references?

I can Guaran-DAM-tee that it was not an oversight. It was very calculated.

How about the other historical essay on polygamy that they posted on the official website. It is titled: Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah

Here is the opening statement:

“The Bible and the Book of Mormon teach that the marriage of one man to one woman is God’s standard, except at specific periods when He has declared otherwise.1

What?

The Bible and the Book of Mormon? Is it not at all relevant what the Lord has said to Joseph Smith’s generation about the proper standard of marriage?

Why no comment about what modern revelation in the D&C has to say about it?

Ok..

Here is what that footnote has to say documenting that the Bible and Book of Mormon teach that monogamy is God’s standard for marriage-

  1. Jacob 2:27, 30. For instances of plural marriage in the Bible, see Genesis 16:325:129:21-3030:3-4, 9. See also D&C 132:34-35.

There it is again, the passage from the Book of Mormon. Then, instances of plural marriage in the Bible.

Where is the documentation for their declaration that the Bible teaches that monogamy is the standard of marriage?

Again, it become problematic if they provide evidence that the NT church of Christ that Joseph Smith was instrumental in restoring required monogamy as God’s standard of marriage under the New Covenant.

Is it an innocent oversight that in both of the opening statements in the two articles on polygamy, that not one of the five most important scriptural references is provided?

No!

This was very calculated by the group of men that huddled together to decide how they can appear to be saying one thing that will be politically correct in today’s religious environment within Mormonism, when in fact they believe just the opposite.

You see, if they would have provided the five critical references that I pointed out, demonstrating that indeed monogamy really is the Lord’s celestial standard of marriage, then it would expose the fact that section 132 is a revelation from hell.

All of this comes at a time when the possibility of the legalization of polygamy is very real.

 

https://www.yahoo.com/tv/s/polygamous-montana-trio-applies-wedding-license-193205283.html?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma

 

 


Please Unite In Prayer

June 25, 2015

Dear Friends

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you

 

Watcher


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

June 22, 2015

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

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

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

Institutional False Prophets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Called of God and Appointed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Was he not called of God and appointed?

Yes he was.

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

No.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Wicked Miserable Men hold the Legal Lease”

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

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

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

But is that true?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times, Time and the Dividing of Time

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

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

timelinebook8 second period

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

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

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

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

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

“And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel… behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them. 

 And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them….I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.”

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

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

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

What dispensation from the fathers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

1- Promulgate (Publish) the fulness of the gospel

2- Bear record of the name of Christ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1- Promulgate (Publish) the fulness of the gospel

2- Bear record of the name of Christ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Incredible!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seek Me While I Am NEAR

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

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

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

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

Because he was not always going to be near!

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

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

The “Little Season” of Chastisement and Learning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This same declaration was reiterated in section 103, in 1834 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 There is Saving Power in the Word of God

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

No!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Incredible!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is power in the written word of God!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep Watching

[1] Matthew 7:15

[2] D&C 1:38-39

[3] D&C 118

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

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

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

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

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

[9] D&C 68

 

PS

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

Think about it.

Their apostolic ministry missed the time of the fulness.

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

Do you think that was a coincidence?

It wasn’t.

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

NOT TRUE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brigham Young  1832

Heber C. Kimball 1832

Orson Hyde  1831

William McLellin   1831- fallen 1838

Parley P Pratt   1830

Luke Johnson         1831- fallen 1837-8

William Smith   1830

Orson Pratt   1830

John F. Boynton    1832- fallen 1837

Lyman Johnson   1831- fallen  1837-38

 

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

 

John  Taylor joined in 1836 He was born in England!

John E Page   joined 1833

Wilford  woodruff joined in 1833

Willard Richards  1836

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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