Three Distinct Churches Representing Three Distinct Gospel Laws
(in the order of when they were established)
Church of Christ
Church of God
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Aaronic Priesthood- pertains to ministering angels
Patriarchal Priesthood- pertains to seeing The Son-
Melchizedek Priesthood- pertains to seeing the Father
144,000 High Priests to be sealed up in Nauvoo
Introduction to Part Ten
One of the significant blessings of understanding the events of the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood and the further clarifications Joseph gave in his sermon about the three orders of priesthood, is that you will begin to see things in the scriptures pertaining to the three orders of priesthood that you have never seen before.
Here is an example.
The following passage in section 84 identifies which priesthood holders should “travel” doing missionary work and which ones are called to remain among their local congregations.
When we read this section in the context of what had previously happened at the Morley Farm and once we understand that there are three orders of the priesthood (and three orders of associated glory (see section 88:29-31)), we can see that God was identifying how the three orders of the priesthood interrelate with each other pertaining to traveling to do missionary work.
Notice how the High Priests, (Melchizedek) Elders (Patriarchal) and “lesser” Priests (Aaronic) are to travel but the remaining officers in the Aaronic priesthood, ie, Teachers and Deacons are to remain among the local congregations and watch over the church,
“And behold, the high priests [Melchizedek priesthood] should travel, and also the elders, [Patriarchal priesthood] and also the lesser priests; [Aaronic priesthood] but the deacons and teachers should be appointed to watch over the church, to be standing ministers unto the church.” (84:111)
Once one begins to see and understand the distinction between the three orders of priesthood, one cannot so easily be fooled into thinking that the Melchizedek priesthood is the 2nd or middle priesthood and that the Patriarchal or Apostolic priesthood is the highest priesthood, or that there are only the two priesthoods that have been restored. (As is currently believed by many fundamentalist and main stream LDS)
Indeed the foundation of LDS Fundamentalism crumbles once the truth about what was originally revealed about priesthood is brought to light.
The false assumption that the patriarchal priesthood office of “Elder”, restored to the earth by Peter, James and John represents the highest order of the Melchizedek priesthood has skewed the meaning behind many of the events of the foundation movement.
Is the Patriarchal priesthood of Abraham the highest priesthood?
Clearly it is not.
And therefore, if there is a patriarchal law of multiple wives which functions under the preparatory gospel of Abraham and patriarchal priesthood, it is not as great as, nor part of the celestial law contained in the fullness of the Gospel which is identified in section 42. (which mandates monogamy as pertaining to celestial law It is helpful to remember that the apostate children of Israel who had rejected the higher law practices the carnal commandment of polygamy)
Obviously, God can command a Melchizedek Priesthood holder to do anything he wants to pertaining to Gods work upon the earth. Although it appears to me that Abraham practiced a form of polygamy BEFORE ascending to the highest priesthood of Melchizedek, I don’t see a problem with God commanding anything he wants, after the fact, as well, because the responsibility falls on God at that point.
(The will of God can supersede at any time and can command someone to do something ON BEHALF OF GOD. Nephi is a good example. If he had determined to kill Laban of his own intent and desires, and for his own purposes, he would have been guilty of breaking one of ten commandments and would have been a murderer just like David. And he and would have been subject to the consequences of his actions. However because the spirit of the Lord dictated to him to kill Laban while on Gods’ errand, in behalf of God’s will, Nephi was acting as God’s right hand of judgment. Nephi is not guilty of doing anything wrong… he simply acted as God’s servant on God’s behalf. God is personally responsible for the killing of Laban not Nephi. Needless to say, God falls under his own set of laws and he certainly commanded the killing of many people during Old Testament times.)
The restoration and loss of the fulness of the Melchizedek priesthood explains why there is very little, if any real power in the priesthood amongst anyone who claims to hold the same priesthood power that Melchizedek and Enoch held when in fact they really don’t.
Nevertheless, Joseph Smith’s declaration that all priesthood is Melchizedek provides a great safety net for those making the claim and provides substance for doctrinal lenience for those making the claim in ignorance.
Perhaps one of the most important things about the lessons learned from the Morley Farm experience and Joseph Smith’s discourse on the three orders of the priesthood is that it better prepares us for understanding why our generation of believers is now at the mercy of God sending a deliverer out of Zion and his fellow laborers to call us to repentance, restore the Melchizedek priesthood, and establish Zion. (see Rom. 11: 26 & Isa. 59: 20)
It also enables us to understand what to expect from the true servants of the Lord when they return.
Now we understand why we will need to be baptized.
Now we understand what the true manner of baptism is.
Now we understand how to enter into the oath and covenant of the Father and how critical it is to become sanctified by the baptism of fire and to see the face of God.
An understanding of the incredible light and knowledge bestowed upon the Saints provides answers to the many apparent discrepancies that exist about priesthood.
Three Distinct Churches Representing Three Distinct Gospel Laws
Church of Christ- 1829-30
Church of God- 1831
Church of the Latter-day Saints– 1834
(later changed to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints 1838)
When the New Testament Church came out of the wilderness, it was called the “Church of Christ”. A few years later, the Melchizedek Priesthood was restored for the first time at the Morley Farm. Revelations received by Joseph Smith began making reference to High Priests constituting the Church of God or, presiding over the Church of God which represented those that were gathered and attempting to live consecration. those revelations indicated that the High Priests of the Church of God always presided in the Church of Christ. When High Priests were not available, Elders would preside.This seemed to demote the patriarchal priesthood authority of the office of Elder, that had previously been presiding in the Church of Christ and dispensing the saving ordinances.
After the church failed in their attempt to gather and consecrate, the rejection of the fulness of the Gospel resulted in the name of Christ being taken out of the name of the Church of Christ. It was changed in 1834, to the Church of the Latter day Saints. Many years later, section 115 prophecied that in the last days, those that gathered and consecrated would be called the Church in Zion, while those who were yet in a scattered and unconsecrated condition would be called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. A misunderstanding of this revelation resulted in the Saints taking this name upon themselves prematurely.
Eventually, after a few short decades the entire church rejected the office of high priest as representing the third and highest order of the priesthood. Rather, it was considered an “office” within the same patriarchal priesthood that the office of Elder had been restored, by Peter, James and John. The patriarchal priesthood administering the office of Elder, was eventually considered by many to be synonymous with the Melchizedek priesthood.
We are now beginning to realize what really happened at the Morley Farm and how the key of knowledge pertaining to what really happened, and what the Melchizedek Priesthood really was, was withheld from future generations. It is now becoming apparent why and how the Saints got off track with regard to their understanding of priesthood and the three separate and distinct priesthoods that priesthood offices were restored from.
At the time the Melchizedek priesthood was restored, there was a need for the Lord to reveal how this higher level of priesthood authority interfaced with the existing patriarchal priesthood in the Church of Christ. Up until that time, Elders presided in the Church. Further revelation was needed to clarify how the High Priests were to function in the existing Church.
That clarification was forthcoming.
On November 12, 1831, shortly after the bestowal of the Melchizedek Priesthood and the office of High Priest for the first time in this dispensation, section 70 was given which introduces the phrase, “Church of God” for the first time in modern revelation.
The opening scripture addresses two distinct groups of people;
“Behold, and hearken, O ye inhabitants of Zion, and all ye people of my church who are afar off, and hear the word of the Lord…”
The above passages are making a distinction between those who have gathered and are attempting to consecrate and redeem Zion vs those who are still in a scattered condition outside of the designated holy places of gathering.
After speaking about those who have been called to be high priests, that have been made stewards over the revelations, he states;
“wherefore, I have appointed unto them, and this is their business in the church of God…”
Following that, he again refers to the “inhabitants of Zion” and addresses the issue of the “Lords storehouse” and the “laws of the kingdom“.
He then makes the following pronouncement;
“And behold, none are exempt from this law who belong to the church of the living God”
He then emphasizes how those who have entered into the higher order which he refers to as the “church of God” must be equal in temporal things or else the “manifestations of the Spirit shall be withheld“.
I would submit to you that the term Church of God, (also referred to as the “Church of the living God” (and upon enduring to the end, the “Church of the Firstborn“) which is later revealed in section 72, is a new, distinct, church organization that is being introduced as a result of the endowment of the Highest Melchizedek priesthood and the organization of consecration.
All other churches that are in a scattered and unconsecrated condition are still called the Church of Christ in contemporary revelations of the time!
Eventually, after the Saints fail to redeem Zion and are sent forth to take the preparatory gospel of Abraham to the nations of the world, the Church organization is is renamed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, which according to the definition given in section 115 means to be in a scattered condition. (my contentions is that section 115 is a prophecy of the future, not the contemporary renaming of the Church of the Latter day Saints)
The tables below provide a brief distinction between the three primary church organizations mentioned in modern revelation along with the governing priesthood associated with each church organization.
The chart shows these three churches in the order in which they were established during the foundation movement,
Church of Christ
(Functions under Patriarchal Priesthood restored in 1829 )
Apostle, Elder- Patriarchal Priesthood
Ordained by angels or by the will of man
Seed of Moses and Abraham
Referred to as “Sons of Moses”
Church of God [the Father]
(Functions under Melchizedek Priesthood restored in 1831)
High Priest- Melchizedek Priesthood
Ordained by the voice of God out of heaven
Without Father or Mother
Referred to as “Sons of God”
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints
(Functions under Aaronic Priesthood restored in 1829)
Priest, Teacher, Deacon- Aaronic Priesthood
Ordained by angels or the will of man
Seed of Aaron and Abraham
Referred to as “Sons of Aaron”
Understanding that there is a distinction in modern revelation between the following three church organizations can can make the distinction between the lesser priesthood, higher priesthood and the highest priesthood easier to comprehend ,
- Church of Christ,
- Church of God
Church of the Latter day Saints
Furthermore, the D&C really comes alive once these concepts are understood.
But more clarification was still needed as to how the newly ordained High Priests were to interface with the existing church structure until Zion could be established.
During the same month that section 70 was given, in November of 1831, another revelation was given and recorded in the Kirtland Revelation Book, whick would eventually be published as Section 107, after recieving various modifications. This revelation gave a detailed explanation of how the High Priests were to fit into the existing Church of Christ while the Saints were attempting to gather, consecrate and redeem Zion. Section 107 incorporates portions of this un-canonized revelation.
Notice how the first paragraph of this revelation addresses the “Church of Christ” in the land of Zion.
Keep in mind that the only name the restored church had been called prior to the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood and the office of High Priest, in modern revelation is the Church of Christ.
Notice also that what the Lord was about to reveal in this revelation pertained specifically to the Church of Christ in the land of Zion, not to the Churches of Christ outside the land of Zion.
Notice also how the Church of Christ in the land of Zion had previously been presided over by presiding elders.
After giving a brief explanation of the priesthood order of the Church of Christ in the land of Zion, the next paragraph informs us that “the High Priesthood is the greatest of all“.
It then introduces, along with section 70 given the same month, for the first time in this dispensation, the phrase, “Church of God“;
“To the church of Christ in the land of Zion in addition to the Church Laws respecting church business verily I say unto you saith the Lord of Hosts there must needs be presiding Elders to preside over those who are of the office of a priest and also teachers over those who are of the office of a teacher and also the Deacons wherefore from Deacon to Teacher and from Teacher to Priest and from Priest to Elder severally as they are appointed according to the Covenants. Then cometh the High Priesthood which is the greatest of all… for this is the highest council of the church of God, and a final decision upon controversies in spiritual matters
[Notice how the term “greatest” is used again, referring to the Highest or Greatest Priesthood and the office of High Priest. Remember in section 50 how the term was used;
“..he that is ordained OF GOD [Melchizedek Priesthood] and sent forth, the same is appointed to be the greatest, not withstanding he is the least and the servant of all.
Wherefore, he is possessor of all things; for all things are subject unto him, both in heaven and on the earth, the life and the light, the Spirit and the power, sent forth by the will of the Father through Jesus Christ his Son.
But no man is possessor of all things except he is purified and cleansed from all sin.”]
wherefore it must needs be that one be appointed of the high Priesthood to preside over the Priesthood and he shall be called President of the high priesthood of the Church or in other words the presiding high Priest over the high priesthood of the Church from the same Cometh the administering of ordinances and blessings  upon the church…:”
As you can see, in this revelation, the Lord is actually annexing the newly restored Melchizedek priesthood into the existing Churches of Christ living in the land of Zion to preside over the highest priesthood and to preside over the administering of ordinances and blessings.
To read the rest of this remarkable revelation and make comparisons between the different versions of it Click here
Once you realize that modern revelation references three distinct churches presided over by three distinct priesthoods and three distinct priesthood laws, the depth, beauty and clarity of what is being communicated in modern revelation is greatly enhanced.
The Straight and Narrow Path
The acquisition of the highest priesthood of Melchizedek appears to be synonymous with getting through the gate onto the path.
One might assume that the purpose of the straight and narrow path is to get us to the gate, however, it appears that it is entrance into the gate that gets us to the straight and narrow path.
Perhaps finding ones way to the gate is possibly not as difficult as discerning the truth, submitting ones self to the ordinances and getting through the gate and onto the path.
Once the gospel is preached to someone, they simply make the choice to enter into the oath and covenant of the Father and accept baptism of water followed by the “gift of the Holy Ghost”.
Those two ordinances can be administered by an elder in the patriarchal priesthood… although it appears that the first laborers of the last kingdom will be High Priests having the fullness of the priesthood when they return. (Although they are apostles, they will be High Priest with the fullness of the priesthood also.)
After the baptism of water and the invitation to receive the Holy Ghost, you are then standing at the gate knocking.
Again, it appears that once the gift of the Holy Ghost is received, you stand knocking at the gate.
At this point, you are totally at the mercy of the father and the Son to grant your request.
It is up to the Father, acting through his son the mediator, to call or elect you to the highest priesthood by letting you through the gate via the calling of his voice out of heaven and the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost.
Once you are through the gate, you are on the straight and narrow path which leadeth to eternal life.
Again, using Lyman Wight as an example, he immediately responded to the gospel message in 1830 and made the choice to show his faith and commitment to Christ by making his oath and being baptized. He received a remission of his sins and undoubtedly enjoyed the intermittent reception of the Gift of the Holy Ghost which gave him greater revelation
Within about 18 months, because of the desires of his heart, his faith and his love of the Lord which produced good fruits, he was called (and as eventually verified in section 124, elected) to the highest priesthood by the voice of God out of the heavens.
It appears that baptism of water and fire represents one’s entrance into the gate to the strait path,
“Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.
And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive.
And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.
One reason I suspect that baptism by water AND fire represent entry into the gate is because in the 2nd chapter of Nephi 9 we are told to repent and be baptized, then several chapters later we are told that entry into the gate only takes place after the Holy One admits us in. I believe that the act of the keeper of the Gate letting us in, is referring to the bestowal of the fire, which sanctifies us and allows us to see God.
The following passages assure us that the wise and learned and rich who are puffed up cannot fool him.
And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.
And if they will not repent and believe in his name, and be baptized in his name, and endure to the end, they must be damned; for the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has spoken it.
Wherefore, he has given a law; and where there is no law given there is no punishment; and where there is no punishment there is no condemnation; and where there is no condemnation the mercies of the Holy One of Israel have claim upon them, because of the atonement; for they are delivered by the power of him.
For the atonement satisfieth the demands of his justice upon all those who have not the law given to them, that they are delivered from that awful monster, death and hell, and the devil, and the lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment; and they are restored to that God who gave them breath, which is the Holy One of Israel.
But wo unto him that has the law given, yea, that has all the commandments of God, like unto us, and that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of his probation, for awful is his state!
41 …..O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name.
42 And whoso knocketh, to him will he open; and the wise, and the learned, and they that are rich, who are puffed up because of their learning, and their wisdom, and their riches—yea, they are they whom he despiseth; and save they shall cast these things away, and consider themselves fools before God, and come down in the depths of humility, he will not open unto them.
I believe the above passages are referring to the process of being obedient to the commandment to be baptized by water while exercising faith. That is the process of knocking that the above passages refer to.
Notice that it is Christ himself that must open the gate, which I believe is done by sending the gift of the holy Ghost, followed by the baptism of fire as one is receptive to the preliminary gift of the Holy Ghost.
Patriarchal Sees the Son- Melchizedek Priesthood Sees the Father
One of the things that had occurred to me pertaining to the work of the Father and the priesthood of the Father is that the 2nd priesthood which was restored by Peter James and John, was able to dispense the saving ordinances of the gospel and commune with Christ, but the highest priesthood, enables the recipient to see BOTH the Father and Son and have the Father bear testimony of the Son. That is one of the amazing things we learn from the restoration of the highest priesthood at the Morley Farm.
As this distinction began to become more clear in my mind it occurred to me that according section 76 there are three degrees of glory and that each degree was associated with the privilege of being in the presence of one of the members of the Godhead.
|Those who inherit the Telestial Glory as a result of living Telestial Law– Enjoy the presence of the Holy Spirit: “These are they who receive… the Holy Spirit through the ministration of the terrestrial world…and also the telestial receive it of the administering of angels who are appointed to minister for them…’ (86-88)|
Those who inherit the Terrestrial Glory as a result of living Terrestrial law- Enjoy the presence of the Son: “And again we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial… These are they who receive of his glory but not of his fullness, these are they who receive the presence of the son, but not of the fullness of the father.” 71-77
Those who inherit the Celestial Glory as a result of living Celestial law- Enjoy the presence of and equality with the Father: “And thus we saw the glory of the Celestial, which excels in all things- where God, even the Father, reigns upon his throne forever and ever… they who dwell in his presence are the church of the Firstborn; and they see as they are seen, and know as they are known, having received of his fullness and of his grace; and he makes them equal in power, and in might, and in dominion” (92-95)
There ARE higher laws and lesser laws
Section 88 clarifies that there are three LAWS associated with the three degrees of glory spoken of in section 76. We are clearly informed that the Law of Christ represents Celestial Law.
It is very clear in the scriptures that the Celestial Law of the Fulness of the Gospel is a higher law than Terrestrial Law and Telestial Law. Celestial Law clearly leads to a Celestial Glory which is higher than the Terrestrial Glory or the Telestial Glory.
Please notice the wording in section 88,
“…bodies who are of the celestial kingdom may possess it forever and ever; for, for this intent was it made and created, and for this intent are they sanctified. And they who are not sanctified through the law which I have given unto you, even the law of Christ, must inherit another kingdom, even that of a terrestrial kingdom, or that of a telestial kingdom.
For he who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory.
And he who cannot abide the law of a terrestrial kingdom cannot abide a terrestrial glory.
And he who cannot abide the law of a telestial kingdom cannot abide a telestial glory; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory. Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory.” Section 88
There are those who choose to believe that there are no “higher” or “lower” laws however, that assumption is clearly false. There are higher and lesser laws that result in higher and lesser glories.
As stated in section 88, those that accept and live the “Law of Christ” will inherit the celestial glory. Those that live one of the lower laws will inherit a lower or lesser glory.
The Law of Zion
It is absurd to think that the law Moses that was revealed to the children of Israel is not a lesser law compared to the law of the Gospel. .
Modern revelation specifically speaks of “gospel law”, “celestial law” and the “law of Zion” as being a law that clearly leads to a higher glory.
Notice the following verses from section 105,
“And 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.”
“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.”
“And let those commandments which I have given concerning Zion and her law be executed and fulfilled, after her redemption.”
Some would suggest that since the exact phrase “higher law” is never used in the scriptures that the various gospel laws must not represent laws that are higher or lesser laws compared to each other.
The fact that the exact phrase “higher law” or “lesser law” is not specifically used in scripture certainly doesn’t negate the truthfulness of the doctrine taught in section 88 and so many other places in Gods holy and infallible word. Such logic is very questionable.
The doctrine of the “rapture” is believed by many Christians is a true doctrine even though the word “rapture” is never used in the scriptures. Yet the word rapture simply is a term that has been used by some divisions of Christianity to refer to an event wherein the Saints are “caught up” to meet Christ in the clouds, it is mentioned multiple times in the Bible and modern revelations. The doctrine is true despite the fact that a term often used to describe it is not in the scriptures.
Paul tells us that the law [of Moses] was given as a school master to lead us to faith.
“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”
Is it not clear from those verses that the preparatory “schoolmaster” law is a lesser law that leads us to the higher law of Faith?
The inspired version informs us that the first law that Moses was going to give to the children of Israel had a “priesthood” and a “holy order” that the second law did not have. He describes the second law as the “law of carnal commandments“;
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two other tables of stone, like unto the first, and I will write upon them also, the words of the law, according as they were written at the first on the tables which thou brakest; but it shall not be according to the first, for I will take away the priesthood out of their midst; therefore my holy order, and the ordinances thereof, shall not go before them; for my presence shall not go up in their midst, lest I destroy them.
But I will give unto them the law as at the first, but it shall be after the law of a carnal commandment; for I have sworn in my wrath, that they shall not enter into my presence, into my rest, in the days of their pilgrimage. Therefore do as I have commanded thee, and be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai”,
Can anyone really believe that the “law of carnal commandments” is the only law that God has ever given or that it is equal with every other law that has ever been given? Is not the Law of the Gospel as separate law? Is it not a higher law than the law of carnal commandments?
Is not the law of faith and mercy a higher law that transcends the law of carnal commandments?
Apparently the Book of Mormon teaches that the law of mercy and the law of justice are not the same laws nor are they equal to each other. Apparently mercy can overpower the law of justice… does that not make it a higher law?
“And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.
And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.”
Is there not a law associated with priesthood?
Are there not three different divisions of priesthoods with three divisions of laws associated with them?
Section 84 tells us the “lesser priesthood” pertains to the “preparatory gospel”… is the preparatory gospel not a division of gospel law?
“Therefore, he took Moses out of their midst, and the Holy Priesthood also;
And the lesser priesthood continued, which priesthood holdeth the key of the ministering of angels and the preparatory gospel;
Which gospel is the gospel of repentance and of baptism, and the remission of sins, and the law of carnal commandments, which the Lord in his wrath caused to continue with the house of Aaron among the children of Israel until John, whom God raised up, being filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb.”
The D&C informs us that the gospel of Jesus Christ is a LAW which includes consecration. This is a higher law than what was given to the Children of Israel.
“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;”
“Therefore, if any man shall take of the abundance which I have made, and impart not his portion, according to the law of my gospel, unto the poor and the needy, he shall, with the wicked, lift up his eyes in hell, being in torment.”
A term used in the D&C to designate a HIGHER LAW is “Celestial Law”
“And are not united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom;
And 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.” 105:4-5
The inspired version tells us that there is definitely a difference between the carnal law of Moses and Gospel Law;
“For the law was after a carnal commandment, to the administration of death; but the gospel was after the power of an endless life, through Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father.” JST John 1:1-34
Is it a far stretch to assume that the law that leads to eternal life is a higher law than the one that leads to death?
From scripture we learn there are three general laws that result in the three glories that will be inherited after this probationary experience. No, these three laws are not equal and yes, some are higher while others are lesser laws.
It is interesting to note that there are three divisions of the Godhead that seem to coincide with the three divisions of priesthood and the three laws pertaining to three glories.
One might even postulate the possibility that the three aspects of baptism may interrelate in this scenario,
Triumvirates within the Gospel
|Melchizedek- Highest||Abrahamic- Higher||Aaron- Lesser|
|Celestial Glory||Terrestrial Glory||Telestial Glory|
|Presence of the Father||Presence of the Son||Presence of the Holy Ghost|
|Blood- Sanctification||Spirit- Justification||Water- Commandment|
|Church of the First Born||Church of Christ||Church of JC of LDS|
The above three columns are given to illustrate a pattern of three’s in the gospel plan. Some components may not apply in the literal sense. I suspect that other components could be added as well, whether typological or literal in their connection.]
The thought that the Church of Christ that was initially restored to the earth by Peter James and John represented a lesser law of the Gospel until one becomes consecrated and “elected” by the Father to receive the highest priesthood was an amazing possibility to me and it seemed to connect some of the dots.
All of the sudden, I began to see a little more clearly why Lyman Wight felt that the Book of Commandments that was used by the Church of God, represented Celestial Law and the Doctrine and Covenants that was used by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints represented telestial Law.
As mentioned in previous articles and parts of this series, once the Saints failed at consecration, were forced out of Jackson County, defiled the Kirtland Temple, failed to redeem Zion at the appointed time and fled from Kirtland a great transition took place in the church.
Among them was yet another name change for the church.
When it appeared that the scattered church of Christ was unable to live the higher law, the Lord then designated those who remained in a scattered condition as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints;
“Church of Jesus Christ of latter day Saints”……………..…. Telestial Law
“Church of Christ” …………………………………………….…….Terrestrial Law
“Church of God [the Father]” or “Church of the Firstborn”…Celestial law
144,000 High Priests to be sealed up in Nauvoo
The Lord revealed the priesthood by hand through Elijah the Restorer
Those of you who have read my “behold the time has fully come” paper will remember that I observed about 8 different variations of the Malachi prophecy from the D&C, inspired version, the words of ministering angels and the words of Joseph Smith. I then used them to create an amalgamated version of the prophesy that looked something like this;
“Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, who is to restore all things before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
And during the 2nd watch he shall first plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and in the 3rd watch the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers and he will bind and seal the heart of the Prophets to the Jews, and the heart of the Jews to the Prophets, in preparation for when I come and smite the earth with a curse. If it were not for the return of Elijah the restorer, the whole earth, including the righteous would be utterly wasted at his coming” (Amalgamation and interpretation of the text of the prophecy in Mal 4 by the Watcher.. changes in red)
I love the amalgamated version of Malachi’s prophecy which is made possible from further light and knowledge that the restored gospel provides!
I must say, that the passages above took on greater significance to me after I began this current obsession in trying to understand the events associated with the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood that took place at the Morley Farm.
Although there are multiple fulfillments with many types and shadows of the above prophecy, I firmly believe that to date, the events at the Morley Farm represent the most literal fulfillment of the prophecy in Malachi.
Joseph Smith, acting in the spirit and calling of Elijah the Restorer, revealed the Melchizedek priesthood as Gods anointed servant, from the calling of God’s voice out of heaven. The calling and election of 23 High Priests that day at the Morley Farm represented the revealing of the priesthood by hand! The very first high priest to be ordained was Lyman Wight… He was ordained by hand.
The ordination by the laying on of hands represented the revealing by hand!
Those of the 23 that were faithful, eventually did or will receive the other comforter as a constant companion sealed into their hearts!
Truly the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood resulted in the delay of the great curse of God going forth in the earth! I believe the delay of the curse was to last four generations and I believe those four generations are coming to an end! The last warning and associated judgment of those living in the Promised Land is about to take place.
The great work that began during the 2nd watch was hindered, therefore, the fulfillment of the prophecy in the passages above has not been fulfilled to the fullest….when Joseph and the other laborers return, the priesthood will be restored to those from who it had been lost. (see section 113).
In fact, the application of this prophecy to the future, and to the sealing of the 144,000 is implied in the August 13 discourse as he follows up after that prophecy with this one;
“And I saw another angel ascending from the east having the Seal of the living God and he cried &c. sayin[g] Hurt not the Earth nor sea nor trees
till we have sealed the servants of our Go in their foreheads.—”
As you can see, the curse does eventually go forth, but not until AFTER the calling of the 144,000 high priests.
The prophet goes on in the discourse to tease his listeners about the mysterious meaning of the word “seal” mentioned in Revelation 7,
“What is the seal spoken of in Rev 7-3 find it out if you can I will not reveal it now but will drop an idea that I have never revealed concerning Election connected with the sealing of the servants of God in the fore or top of the head…”
“What is the object of this important mission or how is it to be fulfilled? The keys are to be delivered, the spirit of Elijah is to come, the Gospel to be established, the saints of God gathered, Zion built up and the saints to come up as saviours on Mount Zion!” Jan 21 44
From the above three statements from Joseph Smith we learn this about the sealing of the 144,000 High Priests,
1-Keys delivered (by Peter James and John)
2- the Spirit of Elijah comes (the Lord reveals and restores the Melchizedek Priesthood)
3- The Saints Gathered (to Zion )
4- Zion is built up (those living receive their election and then do work for the dead so they can come forth)
5- Saints to come up as Saviours on Mount Zion (all 144,000 of the living and dead all come forth and be quickened and sealed )
“if you are not one you are not mine”
Regarding the variations I found that enabled me to create the composite, or amalgamated passage above, I was recently reviewing the Joseph Smith Nauvoo discourses and came across yet another variation of the Malachi prophesy that provides even more enlightenment., Look what Joseph Smith said in a discourse given on August 13th 1843;
“I will send Elijah the prophet and he shall reveal the covenants of the fathers in relation to the children and the covenants of the children in relation to the fathers that they may have the privilege of entering into the same covenant with each other in order to effect the mutual salvation lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse”
I have mentioned in a few posts that there seems to be two levels or characterizations of salvation mentioned in the scriptures, “personal salvation” and “group salvation”. (or mutual salvation)
“Personal salvation” is the personal acquisition of faith repentance, baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost which cleanses a person from sin and enables a person to enter into a covenant that makes a person one with Christ and God.
“Group Salvation”, or as Joseph Smith puts it, “mutual salvation” is simply the merging together into “one”, everyone who has become one with Christ. Obviously, if I become one with Christ, and you have become one with Christ, we would both be one with each other in the collective body of Christ. According to modern revelation this requires consecration.
It should therefore not surprise us that as part of celestial law, there are provision for the Saints to organize themselves into a united, consecrated state… merging individual salvation into group salvation.
I find Joseph Smiths statement with regard to “mutual salvation” very interesting in that context.
But mutual salvation is not just speaking about the law of consecration within Gospel Law which requires those within a given time period to spiritually and temporally become “one”, it also has to do with the linking together of people from all dispensations. It binds together the patriarchal fathers with their posterity. It seals our patriarchal fathers such as Abraham, Issac, Jacob and all of the great prophets such as Enoch, Elijah and Moses to those of the Saints in the last generation of time.
This is why Joseph Smith quoted Hebrews,
“And now, my dearly beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure you that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation. For their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation, as Paul says concerning the fathers—that they without us cannot be made perfect—neither can we without our dead be made perfect.“
Interestingly, the verse in Hebrews that JS was quoting in 1841 has been deleted from the JS translation of the Bible.
Why would Joseph Smith quote a scripture in 1841 that he supposedly had removed a decade earlier while doing the inspired version of the Bible?
Obviously he didn’t remove it. It appears that perhaps someone involved in the RLDS movement, that does not believe in the principle Joseph revealed pertaining to proxy work may have done that.
The doctrine that we are connected to our patriarchal fathers has always been central to Mormonism.
It is the tight link between the ancients and those living in the dispensation of the last times and the fullness of times that initiated the return of Abraham, Moses and Elijah and the delivering of priesthood keys in the Kirtland Temple in 1836.
Notice the following verse given a few years prior to section 128. After admonishing the Saints to document the wrongs committed by the heads of government upon the latter day Saints so that the Saints would be justified in calling the Lord forth out of his hiding place, the prophet observes that we have a duty to God ANGELS and their families,
“That we may not only publish to all the world, but present them to the heads of government in all their dark and hellish hue, as the last effort which is enjoined on us by our Heavenly Father, before we can fully and completely claim that promise which shall call him forth from his hiding place; and also that the whole nation may be left without excuse before he can send forth the power of his mighty arm.
It is an imperative duty that we owe to God, to angels, with whom we shall be brought to stand, and also to ourselves, to our wives and children, who have been made to bow down with grief, sorrow, and care, under the most damning hand of murder, tyranny, and oppression, supported and urged on and upheld by the influence of that spirit which hath so strongly riveted the creeds of the fathers, who have inherited lies, upon the hearts of the children, and filled the world with confusion, and has been growing stronger and stronger, and is now the very mainspring of all corruption, and the whole earth groans under the weight of its iniquity.” (section 123)
Why is there an obligation to ANGELS in being able to call forth the Lord out of his hiding place?
Because Abraham and Enoch and Elijah and all of our ancestors up in the city of Enoch that will be returning with Christ are dependent upon our salvation for their own salvation!
They are the angels being spoken of. They are the angels we will be called upon to make an accounting to.
Notice the other two comments made by Joseph Smith about connecting the fathers to the children through the covenants which were made in two separate sermons in 1843..
“The world is reserved unto burning in the last days. He shall send Elijah the prophet, and he shall reveal the covenants of the fathers in relation to the children, and the covenants of the children in relation to the fathers.”11
History of the Church, 5:530; from a discourse given by Joseph Smith on Aug. 13, 1843, in Nauvoo, Illinois; reported by Willard Richards.
“How shall God come to the rescue of this generation? He will send Elijah the prophet. … Elijah shall reveal the covenants to seal the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers.” History of the Church, 5:555; paragraph divisions altered; from a discourse given by Joseph Smith on Aug. 27, 1843, in Nauvoo, Illinois; reported by Willard Richards and William Clayton.
As you can see, the New and Everlasting Covenant pertaining to Baptism that has been broken, even the New and Everlasting Covenant that was from the beginning, that enabled Father Adam to enter into the holy order, needs to be revealed again to this last generation by Elijah the restorer… even the Seer Joseph Smith.
One of the themes of a previous post in this series had to do with the excruciating declaration that the highest portion of the Melchizedek priesthood became lost before the Saints arrived in Nauvoo. Then, after failing to complete the Temple and Nauvoo House, they finally had to flee Nauvoo.
I realize how devastating that possibility must be to some of you who had not already come to that conclusion and I suspect that some of you have rejected that supposition or at least put it on the shelf, so to speak.
Part of that supposition is that the highest portion of Melchizedek priesthood that was restored at the Morley Farm in 1831 was lost some time on or before September 11th 1836 which was the appointed time for the establishment of Zion.
Once we get done reviewing what the Lord has said, so many times, in so many ways, about the absolute necessity of living this law, you will better understand why the greater light and higher law had been rejected by those who sat in darkness during the Kirtland years. it was game, set and match before the Saints left Kirtland.
On July 16 1843 the Prophet Joseph Smith gave a discourse on the “Law of the Priesthood”. Unfortunately we do not have many lengthy notes on what he said however, he made the following statement about the purpose of the Nauvoo Temple and the future role of Nauvoo;
“I can not reveal the fullness of these things until the Temple is completed. The necessity of the Temple is that the servants of God may be sealed in their foreheads… the four angels spoken of in the scripture are not permitted to destroy the earth till it was done”
Clearly, if the re-restoration of the fullness of the priesthood which had been lost, was predicated on the completion of the Temple, it is congruent to find that, that is where the 144,000 High Priests will be sealed up.
Interestingly, this sermon is where he made the following observation about himself being replaced as the prophet of the church;
“I will not prophesy anymore. Hyrum holds the office of Prophet to the Church by birthright and I am going to have a reformation and the saints must regard Hyrum for he has authority. Hyrum should be the prophet. I did not tell you I was going to be a Priest now, nor a King, but by and by..”
Of course his amazing pronouncement was fulfilling the prophecy in a previous section about how he might pick a successor before his death under a very specific circumstance….
There was quite and uproar in the church over his statement. In the sermon he gave a week later he tried to calm the people down with some very interesting remarks. Among them, he acknowledged;’
“Although I was called by Heavenly Father to lay the foundation of this great work and kingdom in this dispensation, and testify of His revealed will to scattered Israel, I am subject to like passions as other men, like the prophets of olden times.”
During a sermon given the following month Joseph would drop another hint pertaining to his calling as the atonement sacrifice which is mentioned in Leviticus 16
He would remind the Saints that he had previously been given the promise of eternal life and that what he was currently going through had to do with sinning outwardly while contemplating the things of God inwardly, as if the sins of the people had been put upon him;
. “I [Joseph Smith] prophesy and bear record this morning that all the combined powers of earth and hell shall not and cannot ever overthrow or overcome this boy, for I have a promise from the eternal God. If I have sinned, I have sinned outwardly; but surely I have contemplated the things of God.” August 27, 1843. HC 5:554
I suspect these words may have had something to do with the scapegoat doctrine springing fourth out of atonement statute and the atonement the Joseph made in behalf of the Saints in Kirtland. The sins of Israel had fallen upon brother Joseph and among other things, his passions were running wild, not because of his base nature but because, after having become sanctified before the Lord, (see section 88:1-5) he became an atonement offering along with brother Sidney and others… which required him to become an offering without blemish.
He went on to acknowledge:
“Last Monday morning certain men came to me and said: Brother Joseph, if you resign Hyrum can’t lead the Church, he is no prophet. You must lead the Church…”
He then went on a long discourse showing that the priesthood of Aaron was a linear priesthood. He quoted the bible;
“And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office…. And thou shalt anoint them as thou dist anoint their father that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office for their anointing shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generation.”
It appears that with the understanding that the highest Melchizedek priesthood had been lost in Kirtland and the higher priesthood that oversees the fullness of the gospel had been lost a when the Saints failed to complete the Nauvoo temple, Joseph was now showing forth that in fulfillment of the prophecy that the time would come when he would need to call another to lead the church and be responsible for holding the oracles of God (revelations), he was now showing that the legal heir to preside over the Church by Aaronic priesthood lineage was his brother Hyrum.
This concludes our detailed study of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood at the Special conference at the Morley Farm and associated events. Among other things, it has revealed the following ten things,
1- Revealing of the Oath: The Oath contained in the Oath and Covenant of the Father as mentioned in section 84 refers to the pre-baptismal declaration made before witnesses as contained in section 20:37. This practice has been discontinued in the church. It –established when the Servants return.
2- Revealing of the Covenant: The covenant of Baptism which includes the baptism of water, fire and Holy Ghost is the covenant referred to in the oath and covenant of the priesthood as mentioned in section 84. Since the proper manner of baptism and proper priesthood is in question, this may account for the fact that virtually no one in this generation is currently experiencing the fullness of the baptism of fire and the holy Ghost resulting in the entering into the gate and the priesthood after the Holy Order of God.
3- Purpose of the Melchizedek Priesthood: The Melchizedek priesthood which is the third and highest order of the priesthood was restored to the earth at the Morley farm for the purpose of sanctifying the Saints, enabling them to see the Father and the Son and entering into the gate of the kingdom through the baptism of water, fire and Holy Ghost. It holds the keys of the mysteries of Godliness. It is required in order to establish and redeem Zion. It was lost shortly after it was restored however it will be restored to the earth again when the first elders of the last kingdom return.
4- Distinguishing Characteristics of the Melchizedek Priesthood: The Melchizedek Priesthood differs from the other two lineage based priesthoods that were restored by angels in 1829, in that a) it requires an oath and covenant, b) It makes the candidate a “possessor of all things” with power over giving them power over all other spirits, “the spirits shall be subject unto you” c) it is not a lineage based priesthood. It is without beginning of days or end of years.
5- Three Churches Modern revelation identifies three separate and distinct church organizations that were established during the foundation movement. Additionally, there seems to be a related priesthood and law for each of the three churches.
6- Blindness, Conspiracy and Cover up; The details of this miraculous event have been overlooked, misunderstood, misinterpreted, ignored and covered up. The church continues to teach that the two priesthoods restored in 1829 are the only two priesthoods restored during Joseph Smith’s ministry and that the Melchizedek Priesthood is simply an “office” within the priesthood restored by Peter James and John.
7- Rejection of the Fulness of the Gospel by the Gentiles: The rejection of the greater light of the fullness of the Gospel and related failure of the Saints to redeem Zion by the appointed time and the loss of the fullness of the priesthood which took place during the time leading up to the defilement of the Kirtland Temple in 1836 resulted in the fulfillment of the prophecy in the Book of Mormon that the Gentiles would reject the fullness of the Gospel
8– Rejection of the Higher Law: When the Saints ultimately rejected and failed to live the fullness of Gospel Law (Celestial Law) as contained in section 42 (which mandates monogamous marriage), the Lord sent ministering angels to restore the Gospel of Abraham in 1836. The gospel of Abraham represents a lesser gospel law than the Gospel of Christ. If the restoration of the Gospel of Abraham resulted in the restoration of the patriarchal law of multiple wives for the purpose of raising seed, it did not represent the celestial law contained in section 42. It was a lesser law of marriage than the one documented in section 42. Yes… there are higher and lesser laws!
9- The Abrahamic Covenant: After the failure of the Saints to redeem Zion by the appointed time and their rejection of the fullness of the Gospel, the Gospel of Abraham was restored to the earth. This event represented the remembering of God’s Covenant with Abraham and his Seed. The church established foreign missions and began taking the gospel of Abraham which is the preparatory gospel, to the nations of the earth. America is the land that God gave to the seed of Abraham and Jacob in the latter days. This missionary work to the descendents of Abraham continues through the Latter day Saint missionaries to this present day.
10- Restoration of the fullness of the priesthood: The fullness of the Gospel containing the oath and covenant of the priesthood contained in the proper authority and manner of baptism will be restored to the earth when the first laborers of the last kingdom return in the 3rd watch to gather out the elect and bring judgment upon the world. We need to prepare our hearts and our minds to receive the fullness of the everlasting gospel when the Servants of God return to reestablish the everlasting covenant which has been broken.
In my opinion, the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood at the Morley Farm in 1831 is very possibly the greatest single spiritual endowment that took place during the 14 year public ministry of the Prophet Joseph Smith… Greater than the restoration of the first two priesthoods by angels, greater than the vision known as section 76, greater than the Pentecostal endowments given in the Kirtland Temple and greater than the restoration of priesthood keys spoken of in section 110. Perhaps it is greater than all of them combined with regard to the impact in had on the church at that time and most of the revelations that followed it. And also with regard to what is going to take place in the 3rd watch.
It provides a critically important context from which to understand most of the revelations from section 52 and those that followed. Conversely, without a knowledge of this most important event, everything that took place after the special conference becomes skewed and very difficult to understand.
Praise the Lord God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. Praise the Lord God Jesus Christ for laboring with his children on this earth and for his long suffering and patience with us.
Praise the Lord God for preparing Joseph the Seer and Sidney the Spokesman and Lyman Wight, even Baneemy, the Wild Ram of the Mountains and others for their mission when they will return to participate in the great and marvelous work and a wonder.
This is old, but I do have some questions for you. First, if we are baptized and taught incorrectly as LDS members, is there anything we can do to have this oath and covenant happen effectively, or are we out of luck and have to wait, even though we were taught incorrectly and is of no fault of our own?
Also, I agree with your summation of the third watch, but I have to ask, do you believe the servants will be resurrected and come back as who we know them as I.E. Joseph SMith, Liman Wight, etc. or do you believe they’ll be born as other people, with different names? I hope that makes sense. Thanks for your time.
“This is old, but I do have some questions for you. First, if we are baptized and taught incorrectly as LDS members, is there anything we can do to have this oath and covenant happen effectively, or are we out of luck and have to wait, even though we were taught incorrectly and is of no fault of our own?”
That is a great question.
As with all commentary on this blog except for the scriptures themselves, this is strictly my opinion which is very fallible and I reserve the to change my opinion within ten seconds after I state it…
Having said that, I believe that even during this time of darkness and apostasy, when God has, to some extent turned his face from this people until the third watch, we can become spiritually justified in his eyes based on our faith and desire to know the truth and to know him.
Just as we have been assured that those who have lived on earth when the gospel was not on the earth, will be judged based on what they would have done if it was on the earth, the same applies to us.
God knows the intent of our hearts and will judge accordingly.
I believe there are spiritual manifestations that still take place, in fact I know there are.
I think the scripture that comes to mind that really applies to us is this
“But without faith shall not anything be shown forth except desolations upon Babylon, the same which has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation.” section 35
I just don’t think we have the full three part baptism right now and I don’t think people are parting the veil to see the Father and the Son.
“do you believe the servants will be resurrected and come back as who we know them as I.E. Joseph SMith, Liman Wight, etc. or do you believe they’ll be born as other people, with different names? I hope that makes sense. Thanks for your time.”
I honestly don’t know for sure.
The revelations that speak about them in the 3rd watch context seem to indicate that they will be the same personalities with the same names.
The term resurrected is a confusing one.. I am not sure it always means the same thing when used in the scriptures.
I find it fascinating that section 88 uses “quickened” rather than “resurrected”.
Anyway, I tend to believe that they come back as physical “angels” as indicated in JST Matt 24 which means that they are quickened, and, as section 65 indicates, they will bestow the priesthood keys on mortals once again.
Having said all that, it hardly seems like it would be a very difficult test if it was all that obvious… so I expect something unexpected to take place… something we have not considered that will make this more of a test..
One possibility is that they will work behind the scenes for a while and faith must be put in a few mortals who have seen them…
Perhaps another possibility is that some of those that return from the past will disagree with others that return from the past from a doctrinal point of view.. that would still create an incredible test for the Saints…
This is why I think the controversy over the spiritual wife doctrine may possibly play a huge role in the Marvelous Work.
It is an emotional issue.
It is amazing to me that with all of the information I have provided showing that monogamy is part of the celestial law and that section 132 is contrary to ALL of the other related scriptures, lots of intelligent and knowledgeable people who have read this information and cannot defend the opposite view, continue to relish the future hope and desire to live polygamy and polyandry and virtually every form of unrestrained sexual relationship imaginable.
Perhaps the return of these servants will not be as compelling as the desire to act out physical lusts.
Regarding the following comment that I made above-
“Having said all that, it hardly seems like it would be a very difficult test if it was all that obvious… so I expect something unexpected to take place… something we have not considered that will make this more of a test..”
To put the above opinion in a more spiritual perspective, those that have treasured up the word of God, and taken the Holy Spirit as their guide, having been spiritually been born again, will see the kingdom of God coming while those who have not, will not.
It has been suggested by many over the years that you cannot see the kingdom of God coming.. rather, it is within you.
This false sectarian notion is taken from the following passage-
“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you..”
Of course, the above passage is obviously illogical and contrary to the revealed word of God.
It negates the very purpose of personal revelation.
The kingdom of God was not in the wicked Pharisees as Christ spoke to them.
That verse is a mistranslation or corruption.
The JST reveals what Christ really said to the Pharasees-
“And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them, and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; Neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, Lo, there! For, behold, the kingdom of God has already come unto you”.
The Savior was simply pointing out that the kingdom would not be a future event that would be observed by the Pharasees because it had already taken place, and they had already missed the event!
It had already taken place with the preaching of Christ in the meridian of time.
The King of Kings had already made his kingly entry into the city and world.
The natural man had failed to discern that which is spiritual in nature…. they had missed it!
On other occasions the Savior assured the disciples that his future coming would be seen by some… even by some of that generation.
“Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.” Mat 16:13 (Luke 9:27
Those that shall see the kingdom of God coming are those who have received the spiritual birth-
“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 2: 17
Modern revelation assures us that the wise and humble will indeed see the kingdom coming
“But blessed are the poor who are pure in heart, whose hearts are broken, and whose spirits are contrite, for they shall see the kingdom of God coming in power and great glory unto their deliverance; for the fatness of the earth shall be theirs.” Section 56:6
Even though there are surely going to be some unforeseen surprises in how the servants return with the keys to the kingdom, those who are wise and have taken the Holy Spirit as their guide will see it coming…
I never did see where you addressed the ‘evil gift’ from Moroni’s commentary in the book of Mormon. Did I miss it? Can you refer me to it?
I actually decided it would not be advantageous to post that until after the servants return..
..but it basically has to do with the general topic covered in the black and white robes series having to do with corrupt temple rituals that latter day Israel delights in.
This evil gift given to the church by leaders who spoke presumptuously infiltrated the church during the Nauvoo period.
Any teachings or covenants that adds to or takes away from the fulness of the gospel as contained in the scriptures in 1841, cometh of evil (See D&C 124:119-120)
I am a direct descendant of Solomon Hancock, who was Levi Hancock’s brother. Many years ago, I inherited a typed copy of Levi’s journal. Every time I read it, I thought the event that happened at the Morley Farm was very interesting and intriguing. I always wondered how come I’d never heard about this experience in Sunday School or Priesthood class.To me it seemed important that Levi said in his journal “I learned on the fourth of June there was to be an endowment of some elders.” What was this endowment spoken of – I thought this happened in the temple. And to top it off, some of the brethtren saw God, and Jesus Christ at his right hand. And not only that but satan made an appearance. Obviously this event was important if satan showed up on scene. Many great events recorded in the scriptures show satan tries to oppose something important with a similar intensity. Thank you for this series and shedding more light on this great event in history.
If you’ve got a little time, I would like to know your thoughts on women and the priesthood. In one of your posts you mention that women as well as men are invited by God’s servants to be baptized and it would indicate that men and women may experience the baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost and therefore are elected to this high priesthood. What about the lower priesthoods, before recieving the highest priesthood? And you may have already answered this somewhere else on your blog, so if you just wanted to direct me to the post that would be great as well.
I think that is pretty awesome that you are a descendant of Solomon Hancock.
I have just recently come upon some incredible new information that sheds MUCH more light on the topic of the special conference at the Morley Farm and the Priesthood that was restored and the associated endowment.
I have been debating on whether I should do a series on the additional information or not. I really don’t have the time.
You may be interested to know, however, that the Lord later pointed out that many of the 23 elders that were called at the special conference, and others called to be high priests after the special conference, had been ordained but not chosen!
“But behold, verily I say unto you, that there are many who have been ordained among you, whom I have called but few of them are chosen.They who are not chosen have sinned a very grievous sin, in that they are walking in darkness at noon-day.” (section 95:5)
A few years later during the Zion’s Camp expedition, the following declaration was made by the Lord
“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. And it shall be manifest unto my servant, by the voice of the Spirit, those that are chosen; and they shall be sanctified; And inasmuch as they follow the counsel which they receive, they shall have power after many days to accomplish all things pertaining to Zion.”
Few people realize, (I didn’t until just recently) that the above declaration in section 105 was followed up with an unpublished and uncanonized revelation the next day, identifying which 15 ordained High Priests from the stake of Zion were not only called, but “Chosen” and would be sanctified at a later time.
Unfortunate one of the 15 rejected the calling and was struck dead with cholera a few days later.
Happily, Solomon Hankcock was one of 15 the High Priests that was “CHOSEN” by the Lord in the unpublished revelation. He was one of about 8 or 10 of the original 23 high priests that was not only CALLED to be a high priest at the Morley Farm, but was also CHOSEN during Zions camp because of his faithfulness.
You can read the revelation here http://www.saintswithouthalos.com/m/340623.phtml
(the appointed time for sanctification of these “chosen” HP was to be on Jan 21 1836 in the Kirtland Temple… but that is another story for another time)
Another interesting tidbit you may find interesting about Levi Hancock is he was one of several men in Missouri that wanted to add his name to those who had testified that the BofC was true. He put his signature with the others within the BofC that was to be published.
It is interesting that he was a relative of John Hancock who signed the D of I. and became famous for having his name become synonymous with the word “signature”, ie, “put your John Hancock right here”, etc.
You can read an interesting article about that here http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705379193/Lost-Book-of-Commandments-witnesses-found.html?pg=all
Regarding women and the priesthood, it is my belief, as stated in one of the posts on the Morley Farm series, that entrance into the highest Melchizedek priesthood is obtained by valiance to the oath and covenant pertaining to the baptismal covenant which is freely offered to both men and women.
Since men are given the responsibility of missionary work and priesthood administration in the family and church, they must receive and magnify one or both of the two patriarchal priesthoods that were restored by angels, before the oath and covenant pertaining to the baptismal covenant will be actuated and God will call and choose them unto eternal life.
Women, on the other hand, have the responsibility for bringing souls into the earth and teaching them in the ways of the Lord, in conjunction with their husbands. They are not required to receive and magnify the lesser priesthood ordinations.
They need to magnify their responsibilities as helpmate and mothers, to the extent they are given the chance to do so, and beyond that, simply believe and be faithful. Upon doing those things, they can enter into the highest priesthood and fulfill the commandment to become one flesh with their husband, via their baptismal covenant just like the men do.
Hence, both men and women ultimately enter into the oath and covenant of the priesthood and the promise of eternal life, via faithfulness to the baptismal covenant, they simply have different paths of responsibility prior to that calling and election.
Obviously, some celestial women are not united with their celestial soul mates during this probationary time, but they will be united with them later.
It is not clear to me, in the scriptures, whether single women and women temporarily married to unbelievers, can receive their calling and election before being sealed by the power of the Holy Ghost to their celestial counterparts or whether they must wait. It ultimately doesn’t matter since all will be returned to the earth in physical bodies to do necessary work prior to the catching up into the cloud.
A related article to the doctrine of marriage and the ultimate need for male and female intelligences to be sealed and united can be found here https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2010/08/09/celibacy-the-doctrine-of-marriage-the-shaker-connection/
Thank you so much for the valuable information you have provided me with. I honestly had no idea that Solomon was one of the 23 high priests called at the Morley farm. And then to see this unpublished revelation stating he not only was called but was also CHOSEN blew me away. I also had never known that Levi signed his John Hancock to the truthfullness of the BofC stating “never to be erased” – totally awesome! I feel very blessed to be connected to these noble early saints.
Thanks for your answer to my question. I guess I’ve been so indoctrinated on the nature of the priesthood, that it seemed foreign women could enter into the highest priesthood. But in the grand scheme of things it does make sense – as you say “they can enter into the highest priesthood and fulfill the commandment to become one flesh with their husband”. Thanks for your explaination. I’m still trying to wrap my head around a few things. I have skimmed your article on the doctrine of marriage-the shaker-connection, but I’ll read it a little closer.
It brings tears to my eyes, when I find others who recognize the brilliant light of the particular conference of conferring the Melchizedek priesthood, upon several of the elders. Because deep down I know, that there will be those that won’t be able to separate the times, when a great separation occurs, and everything comes to the surface. And amidst all the misgivings, there will also be those that discover the latter may not be of God, but the early surely was.
It is commonly believed and taught that Christ’s disciples from the meridian of time restored the higher priesthood. But if that was really the case the Lord would reiterate it enough, instead of the limited and vague verses sprinkled of Joseph’s and Oliver’s ordinations to apostleship along with the necessary keys. Least with the Aaronic priesthood we get what was said. Probably why this particular conference is on the back burner, don’t need another oops moment, especially since authority is tied in with it.
With that said, I’ve come to the conclusion that the conference at Morley Farm was the actual restoration of the higher priesthood, even the patriarchal priesthood. After all Melchizedek is of the great patriarchs, even Abraham received the patriarchal priesthood and was blessed by Melchizedek. It could even been said that Melchizedek was the first Elijah in turning the heart of Abraham toward the children of Israel, and that Elijah the Tishbite was actually a shadow(typological) servant of Melchizedek. While Adam could be the first Elijah, he is the only man that the Lord truly ever created, being the father of mankind and all; with a ministry greater than that of Elijah. (Even Adam had to have administering angels. And it would be extremely difficult to prove of him turning the hearts of children of Israel to himself and his sons.)
In my years of musing over the Morley Farm event, and the latter passages of priesthood namely D&C 84, 107. Just these past couples years or so that I have come to realization that the ordination to an office that is an appendage to the priesthoods, is not the same as being ordained to the priesthoods, with their respective offices of just being, priest and high priest.
For instance even though Joseph and Oliver were ordained elders which is an appendage to the high priesthood, they still only had the Holy Aaronic Priesthood. Leaving the conference at Morley Farm, truly the recording of the conferring of the Melchizedek Priesthood. It leaves the only logical explanation that the calling entails the ordination to the order of the fathers, and the electing (chosen) entails the ordination to the order of the Son; both being called Melchizedek Priesthood
And one thing I have overlooked, along with the ordination is the blessing afterward, an ordinance belonging to the high priesthood, a blessing to have the heavens open up. And to enjoy the greater spiritual blessings that ancient patriarchs have enjoyed, which ordinance has been coined in these latter days; patriarchal blessings. Yet another thing that has been misconstrued and ignorantly misplaced, no wonder they don’t want people comparing them.
But this particular blessing is significant because it allowed Lyman Wight and others to enjoy the things they did. And since it is fitting, this might be the same blessing that Jacob obtained after wrestling the angel (who I believe is Melchizedek), and the rest is made known. And that Moses and Enoch were blessed by their respective patriarchs, preparatory to the stories we now enjoy. Just remarkable concerning the certain situation we are in.
Forgive me if this comment is long, but I think many things are verified with what this researcher has found and what you have presented in this series. These are quotes from the book Joseph Smith Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman. He brings out many truths, but I find that sometimes he backpedals to avoid the inconsistencies between modern Mormon theology and what took place during the foundation movement.
“The revelation about the Ohio move had said, “I will give unto you my law, and there you shall be endowed with power from on high.” The law came in February 1831; that left endowment of power yet to come. Through the spring, the revelations continued to portend an outpouring. “Sanctify yourselves and ye shall be endowed with power.” The promise became more specific in the command to convene the elders, and “I will pour out my Spirit upon them in the day that they assemble themselves together.” …
“In early June, forty-four elders, four priests, and fifteen teachers met in a log schoolhouse near Isaac Morley’s farm, hoping for a spiritual endowment.”…
Going on talking about the experience – page 157
“This was not the spiritual endowment the elders had expected, and the outburst may have contributed to “trouble and unbelief” among the disciples. John Whitmer noted that about this time “some apostatized, and became enemies to the cause of God, and persecuted the saints.” But others understood it as Joseph did – as a manifestation of “the man of sin.”…
“During the turbulent meeting, Joseph ordained five men to the high priesthood, and Lyman Wight ordained eighteen others, including Joseph. The ordinations to the high priesthood marked a milestone in Mormon ecclesiology. Until that time, the word “priesthood,” although it appeared in the Book of Mormon, had not been used in Mormon sermonizing or modern revelations. Later accounts applied the term retroactively, but the June 1831 conference marked its first appearance in contemporary records. The term “authority” frequently appeared, but not “priesthood.”…
“So far as can be told now, before 1831 men were called to church offices – elders, priests, and teachers – given authority, and licensed without reference to a bestowal of priesthood. At the June conference, the word “priesthood” was used and priesthood was bestowed as if it was an addition to previous authority. Both the minutes of the meeting and John Whitmer’s history, noted ordinations to “the High Priesthood,” also Known as the Melchizedek Priesthood, named for a mysterious biblical figure from the time of Abraham. Writing about the meeting years later, Joseph said that “the authority of the Melchisedek priesthood was manifested and conferred for the first time upon several of the Elders.” That statement startles modern Mormons because they believe that elders receive the higher or Melchizedek Priesthood when they are ordained, making an additional ordination unnecessary… The Melchizedek Priesthood, Mormons now believe, had been bestowed a year or two earlier with the visit of Peter, James, and John. If so, why did contemporaries say the high priesthood was given for the first time in June 1831? Joseph Smith himself was ordained to this “high priesthood” by Lyman Wight. If Joseph was already an elder and apostle, what was the necessity of being ordained again?”
“The usual explanation is that Joseph meant to say “high priest,” one of the offices in the Melchizedek Priesthood, not “high priesthood.” By this interpretation, high priests, officers in the priesthood, were ordained for the first time at the conference, though the Melchizedek Priesthood was received earlier. But that is not what Joseph said. He said the Melchizedek Priesthood was conferred for the first time. Men close to him put it the same way. Parley Pratt, who was present, later recalled that “several were then selected by revelation, through president Smith, and ordained to the High Priesthood after the order of the Son of God; which is after the order of Melchisedec. This was the first occasion in which this priesthood had been revealed and conferred upon the Elders in this dispensation.”…
“The prophet Alma in the Book of Mormon spoke of men “ordained unto the High Priesthood of the holy order of God,” and referred to Melchizedek having received “the office of the High Priesthood, according to the holy order of God.” The name came to Joseph’s attention again while he was translating the Bible during the winter of 1831. The three brief verses on Melchizedek in Genesis 14 were among those he embellished most elaborately. In the expansion, Enoch received the Melchizedek Priesthood along with Melchizedek and Christ. Moreover, the revision said, the high priesthood was to be bestowed on “as many as believed on his name.”…
“The priesthood had one purpose in every age: exaltation. Rather than being a governmental hierarchy or a corporate organization, the priesthood held the sacral power to bring people into the presence of God. The revelation said that “in the ordinances thereof the power of godliness is manifest.” Without priesthood, “no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live,” as if priesthood allowed humans to face God in person. Moses, who saw God’s face, tried to bring his people into God’s presence through the priesthood. According to the revelation, Moses “sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God; but they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence.” The verse referred to the instructions at Sinai, recorded in the Bible, to “go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, and be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.” But Joseph’s revelations informed him that they were not ready and pled for God not to speak to them, for they would die. Had they not hardened their hearts, the Children of Israel would have seen God while still mortals. Joseph was told that as punishment Moses and the Melchizedek Priesthood were removed from Israel: “he took Moses out of their midst and the holy priesthood also.” Only the lesser priesthood remained, which permitted no more than the ministering of angels, not the vision of God. Moses’ failure defined Joseph’s mission. Could he succeed where Moses had failed? Would Joseph’s people sanctify themselves and see God or harden their hearts like ancient Israel?” ….
“His revision of the Melchizedek passages in Genesis connected priesthood with the power to “stand in the presence of God.” In the fall of 1831, he was told that “inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and humble yourselves before me…the vail shall be rent and you shall see me and know that I am.” The endowment of power, it now seemed, meant coming into the presence of God…. A few years later, as the dedication of the Kirtland temple drew closer, a view of God’s face was promised again.”
End of quotes
Was Joseph’s people brought into the presence of God? Unfortunately not at this time. Like you said Joseph was taken out of their midst just like Moses and the lesser priesthood has remained.
One thing that I notice he doesn’t make the connection with is one can be called to the high priesthood, but to actually receive it (their endowment), one has to be chosen and see the face of God.
That book has a lot of incredible info in it. I read it last year and I need to re-read it.
Those excerpts from Richard’s book are awesome and they confirm much of the info in the Morley Farm series as well as the current series, including the fourth and last post that is coming up.
Thank you for providing those quotes!
It will be fun to see if the length of those quotes qualifies this blog for copyright infringement! LOL
I hope you did not have type all of that by hand.
“One thing that I notice he doesn’t make the connection with is one can be called to the high priesthood, but to actually receive it (their endowment), one has to be chosen and see the face of God.”
That is exactly correct. I think he also fails to link how the anointing fits in as well.
It is interesting how there is an evolution in modern revelation which is confirmed in the early history of the church, that shows the need to be called and then chosen and then anointed and then endowed. ( It is nice to understand what the real endowment is as opposed to the ritual in the current temples)
Many of those initially called were not chosen, necessitating the need to call others who would eventually be chosen.
After being chosen, there is a need for a formal anointing ceremony during which the candidates need to be bathed and then anointed with oil, etc. In the ceremony on Jan 21st, many if not all of the high priests were apparently given blessings and many had the heavens opened. That is when Joseph saw his brother in the celestial kingdom.
I think they did the washing of feet also. Ideally, during or sometime shortly after that ceremony, the candidates become “sanctified”.
After that, they are ready for the “endowment of power from on high”
It is clear that the high priests, as a group, failed to get their endowment of power at the first solemn assembly during the 2nd watch. We know that they will get it during the final solemn assembly during the 3ed watch.
It is debatable whether they became sanctified as a group on January 21 1836. My guess is that they did not.
Joel 1 does not indicate that they did. Joel 2 indicates that the congregation does become sanctified during the 3rd watch solemn assembly.
I find it very interesting that John the Revelator observes 24 elders before the throne of God that were “called, chosen and faithful”
I have also made the following observation that Richard makes below. I think he nailed it on the head:
“he took Moses out of their midst and the holy priesthood also.” Only the lesser priesthood remained, which permitted no more than the ministering of angels, not the vision of God. Moses’ failure defined Joseph’s mission. Could he succeed where Moses had failed? Would Joseph’s people sanctify themselves and see God or harden their hearts like ancient Israel?”
Copyright infringement – ouch! Ah you can blame me, I don’t care. I have this ongoing joke with my work partner. We work long days – usually more than 10 hours a day on our feet. Sometimes we don’t get to sit down and take a lunch and we get information overload all day. By the end of the day we’ve had enough and contemplate what we did to deserve this job. We always come to the conclusion that prison wouldn’t be too bad. We’d get three square meals, get to exercise, get to read, sit down, watch TV etc – not too bad. LOL.
I look forward to the next Kirtland series. I’m not very familiar with the anointings. So, thanks for the info. Which leads me to a quick question – it sounds like a formal anointing is required for the true endowment. When Lyman White was called and chosen and saw God the Father and Jesus Christ at the Morley farm, did he receive the full endowment without being annointed? Or did it occur later? Just something I’ve been thinking about lately.
First let me say that I am learning this along with everyone else… and I am learning something new every day. One of the main reasons I love to do blog posts is because that is when I often learn new things…here is what my current opinion is, this far into the research.
It appears to me that the word endowment can probably be used to describe any one of a number of spiritual blessings from God. Someone can receive an endowment of faith or love or they may speak in tongues.. those can all be referred as spiritual blessings and endowments and spiritual gifts from God.
The thing we are focusing on in this current series, pertaining to the Kirtland Temple happens to be what the Lord refers to as an “Endowment of Power” which seems to be very closely associated with the “Promise of the Father”, the fulness of priesthood and receiving the true constant companionship of the comforter which teaches the person ALL THINGS, EVEN THE PEACEABLE THINGS OF THE KINGDOM.
The endowment of power seems to be the ability to command the elements like Enoch, Melchizedek and Elijah.
This is what section one refers to when it says that his servants will go forth in power and no one will stay their hand.
Peter is another example.
We know that Peter, after receiving his endowment of power one the day of Pentecost, came upon a crippled person begging alms and Peter said something to the effect of “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I unto thee, in the name of Jesus Christ stand up and walk” and the man was instantly healed.
Peter was able to go forth in power. The only reason he became a martyr is because that was his calling. He could have commanded the elements and destroyed his enemies but it was not the right timing for that to happen.
The two witness spoken of by John the Revelator are also good examples of having the endowment of power. They will be able to destroy people by opening their mouths.
Regarding Lyman Wight, he certainly gained an incredible endowment having to do with becoming an eyewitness of the Father and the Son. That endowment was necessary to be a true apostle and missionary, however, I don’t think he received the total endowment of power at that time.
Apparently, he was not necessarily even called and CHOSEN at the Morley Farm. He may have been, however, there is reason to believe that he had to prove himself first.
The reason I say this is because, he later was officially “chosen” by revelation with some of his brethren from Zion. We will cover that event in the final part of the Kirtland series if you are not familiar with it.
I don’t think Lyman received the full endowment of power at the Morley Farm, although he was supercharged and went forth doing missionary work in a powerful way. He was probably the most dynamic, powerful missionary of the 23 called during his missionary journey on the way to Zion.
Anyway, just my thoughts which are always subject to change.
Thank you for the information and explaination. I’ve been currently reading your series on the succession crisis. I’m currently in part 4, but something stood out to me that I think goes along with your above explaination.
You said “It is critical to understand that every ordinance and covenant necessary for salvation is contained in sections 20 and 42 and that the saints were commanded to not add to or take away from what had been revealed in those two revelations. (The “Baptisms for the Dead” that would be introduced in Nauvoo are a subcategory of baptisms and the ordinance of “washing of feet” that was done in the Kirtland Temple and also before the Kirtland Temple was completed, is not an ordinance of salvation, but rather an ordinance for those in the ministry.)
Please correct me if you feel differently, but may I also add in the above quote that the anointings done in the Kirtland Temple is not an ordinance of salvation, but rather an ordinance for their ministry. Or in other words the men chosen to recieve this “endowment of power” would need to be called, chosen, anointed and then endowed for their future work.
I am so glad that you are bringing that issue up and making that additional distinction and clarification. I agree 100% with what you are saying and I am going to actually make the added clarification you are suggesting in that post.
The reason I am documenting some of the things I am in the Morley Farm series, succession series and the Karl Anderson series, etc. is because I feel it is important to understand how God has and will prepare his anointed servants to usher in the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times.
That is why I am addressing these issues.
It is important for two reasons.
One is that understanding these issues answers so many “apparent discrepancies” having to do with the LDS restoration movement.
A second reason is that these good brethren that are going through the amazing sequence of calling, ordination, choosing, anointing, sanctifying and endowment of power from on high, etc. are going to be returning soon and we need to understand who they are and be receptive to the gospel message.
NEVERTHELESS, I don’t want people to think that I am suggesting that we all need to go through every step they are going through and get caught up in the technicalities of what they needed to do.
As far as God’s saints are concerned, the fulness of the gospel is really quite simple.
We simply need to have faith, repent, be baptized by water and then seek the spiritual rebirth of fire and the Holy Ghostt.
God takes care of the rest!
If any of my posts are implying that there is more to the gospel of salvation beyond the simple explanation of the plan of salvation mentioned in section 20 and countless passages in the Book of Mormon, I want to make make the necessary corrections.
I want to reiterate that we are all on a learning curve in our study of the gospel and church history, and that I am no exception to that hard reality.
The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.
I was on fire during the Morley Farm series because so many things were being opened up to me and I was excited about the new information that I was led to at the time and was trying to glean everything I could from it.
With the additional information that I have recently been lead to, it is becoming quite apparent to me that I may have made some inaccurate assumptions based on the incomplete information that I had.
When I get a chance, I want to re-read the entire Morley Farm series in the context of what I have just recently learned, and make any corrections and clarifications that need to be made.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the disclaimer I have on both of my blogs.
The only thing that should be taken seriously in anything I write are the scriptures and any credible historical documentation related thereto. Each reader should read the scriptures from the word of God under the direction of the Holy Ghost.
Anyone that categorically believes any of my commentary simply because they assume that I know what I am talking about is pissing directly into the wind.
All of the additional commentary and interpretations that I provide of scriptures and history are simply MY OPINIONS which are subject to change when I get additional light and knowledge.
They are the opinions of a religious heretic.
Each man and woman must stand or fall on their own faith, understanding, faithfulness and ability to receive personal revelation.
The bottom-line is that we must each take the Holy Ghost as our guide.
Thanks for all your OPINIONS — they are generally more thought provoking and enlightening than what most other people KNOW!.
It struck me that this is exactly what D&C 76:52 is talking about —
“That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him is ordained and sealed unto this power;”
This has always troubled me. I was given the gift of the Holy Ghost by my father, but he was not ordained and sealed unto power. I in turn have done the same to my kids, I have not been ordained and sealed unto power either.
I start to feel a little like Abraham:
“And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same; having been myself a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, a prince of peace, and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the fathers.” (Abraham 1:2)
Do you ever feel like that?
Alma 13 says that the purpose of the High Priests was to “teach his commandments unto the children of men, that they also might enter into his rest–” (Alma 13:6)
I am praying the Lord will send again Servants into the vineyard. High Priests endowed with power.
Oh my gosh those are profound words…
“That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him is ordained and sealed unto this power;”
This has always troubled me. I was given the gift of the Holy Ghost by my father, but he was not ordained and sealed unto power. I in turn have done the same to my kids, I have not been ordained and sealed unto power either.
That is exactly how I feel, Seeking…
I couldn’t possibly love my father more than I do, and I know that the intent of his heart was good, and he was functioning in the integrity of the intent of his heart, but, he was not ordained and sealed unto the power to bestow the true gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands… nor was I.
It probably hurt him to realize that I was challenging the power in his priesthood. He was a direct descendant of Brigham Young and felt a deep sense of pride in that.
I know that it probably broke his heart before he passed away, when I confided in him some of this information. I believe he was clearly conflicted in his mind because he wanted to be loyal to the brethren and the traditions of his fathers, yet, he clearly didn’t have a response to the issues I presented to him, nor could he find anyone in the hierarchy that did.
Your thoughts dove-tail perfectly into the point that Ty was making.
For salvation, it isn’t necessary for everyone to become ordained and sealed unto the power to do missionary work in power, and to go around sealing people with the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Our concern is to have faith and to know the true servants when they show up, and to repent and be baptized and receive that essential gift of the Holy Ghost which is what differentiates the wise virgins from those that are not wise.
On a related note, I have been following some chat boards lately.
One is being conducted by people claiming to have had their C&E made sure. Another is by people who are convinced they have received the true and full baptism of fire.
I want so much to share information with them because I think the delusion they are in could by a stumbling stone for when the true servants with the true power arrive, however, I know that my efforts would be in vain.
I have also recently reviewed the devastating testimony of Tom Phillips, who was conned by the TPTB in the large and spacious building into receiving his “second anointing”… very sad how the creation of additional false ordinances are used in priest-craft to insure loyalty.
Everyone is on the path they need to be on.
God can and will do his work and he will collect his jewels.
All I need to do is work out my own salvation and be found watching and waiting and willing when they arrive, that is a full time job for this miserable creature.
I believe that the church hierarchy just doesn’t get it in regards to the members feelings.
I am sure that none of us really wanted the church to be delving into falseness. I sure in the heck know that I didn’t want my particular burden, in finding the answers to a very serious problem. When alls I wanted to do was just come to a true understanding of the fulness of the gospel.
I was led to believe that the temples were a house of prayer. I was led to believe that the Lord dwells in them. And when I was inspired to ask the Lord for answers to the questions I had in them. The blinders of what I thought the church was began to peel off. How was I supposed to know that they required two specific requirements to get a recommend?
To this day I still don’t understand why I somehow managed to escape the sinister dealings. As I know that I was undeserving of being protected by the wisdom and mercy of the Lord. I think that the serpent would have wanted me to seal the deal. I feel there are people more deserving of not partaking in such things, than myself.
My father thinks that I am angry because I was not allowed inside; he doesn’t yet understand that I am angry about what really happens on the inside, and I could care less about entering one now. He would have partaken in the less watered down version, but because of his “wild days.” He wasn’t ordained an elder and didn’t get his endowments till I was in the middle of my teenage years.
During that time though, I had this guilt for not being born under the covenant. So I believe after a meeting, I had this question gnawing at me, if I had not been “sealed” to my parents, where was I to go. So I got this half — answer from the bishop’s handbook that I would end up with my birth mother. In other words, I would spend eternity not sealed to my father who was the sole provider for all of my life. We have a father and son bond that my spiteful mother hated. Because when I was born I was separated from my mother and from my brother and sister. My half sister emulated my abusive mother, and my brother Christopher was taken from the world because of an accident with my sister. And the courts decided that my mother was unfit for child raising. This left my father as sole guardian of me; my mother came in and out of my life erratically. Both my father and I understand that the Lord knew what was best in not having her in my life when I was most vulnerable. Since we were trying to make it work and be sealed in the last few years of my schooling. What a nightmare that was, but fortunately I found out later that the so called sealing was a crock. I am sure that it must be devastating to those that succeeded in getting sealed.
But still my father and I have unresolved feelings regarding the state of the church. As being of a lineage where we have a little more of the t hormone; the arguments about the church just gets our blood to boil. He still believes that the early leaders were sanctioned in their adulterous affairs. Even when I was active, I thought something was wrong with the stories, I just chose to ignore it. Having decided the reenactment of it, would cause me to abandon the church altogether. I suppose finding out about the devil in the details, was the last straw for me.
Yeah I guess the leaders are right, I was offended, I was offended by the deceit as to which they conduct their shenanigans. I was offended that the house of the Lord was not really a house of the Lord. I was offended that they masqueraded that a person can receive the highest blessings, with lower laws, and behind the curtains is a false form of consecration. My goals just got obliterated just like that.
I just wish something would happen already, so my relationship with my father isn’t completely destroyed before the redemption of Zion. I’ve already lost the love my life, and my mother and siblings; I don’t know if I can handle the lost of my father. Because my father and his father had their conflicts, since my grandfather got dragged into a temple marriage in the first place. As the story goes my grandfather had negative influence about the church, and had read negative works of Joseph Smith. But he was the John Wayne of our family; he didn’t take crap from no one. The obscuring of church history, the unanswered questions probably had more to due with his inactivity, than the material. As he stayed a moral man, and is an example that a moral person does not always equal a religious person. Yet my frivolous father thinks my grandfather was lost.
I am sorry for my flood of thoughts and feelings; I suppose the moral of my story is that while the journey is important, the destination is still as important. While I don’t regret the decisions I have made, I still don’t want to do it again. Seeing eye to eye at the destination is far more agreeable to me, than being disappointed or being an disappointment, as I am now.
I long for the day to worship God, the way he wants to be worshiped. I desire true communion, to truly keep the Sabbath day holy. To have the same freedom of belief that others ignorantly have asked of me. To actually build up Zion, instead of Babylon cloaked underneath the guise of Zion, and finally press forward.
Speaking of destinations, I now believe that the gospel and its ordinances, is the promise of salvation not salvation itself. Which is why there is the admonition to endure to the end, the resurrection is the salvation.
Onewhoswatching, I enjoyed your views , and I learned even more. I wanted to comment in every post, but I waited until I finished reading the 10 sections.
I know exactly what happened in the Morley Farm on Jun 4th 1831, and the statements of the prophet Joseph Smith and other witnesses.
There no is a Third priesthood in this Earth there is only one, and is in the order of the Son of God , but because the Love of God, and His mercy for His people introduced the Aaronic Priesthood a preparatory priesthood.
The Nephites, did not had the Aaronic Priesthood, only the priesthood in the order of the Son of God (Melchezidek) Until Jesús Christ Who said he would choose one to break the bread, we assumed he introduced the Aaronic Priesthood.
The point is if you want to be endowed, with the SEALING POWER (not a third priesthood) get your Calling and Election Sure, not only you Will know God, you Will know everything you Will be a member of the Church of the First Born. It doesn’t matter if you are an Elder or a high priesthood, what you need are the ordinances of the gospel, the 2 priesthood, faith, and one more thing follow the instructions of DC 93:1. What he promises Will be done. The Church is an auxialiary organization It provides you of what you need, but to know God is your responsability al one, Just do It.
Can you please share with us exactly how you complied with verse one of section 93?
I am really curious to know how you did that.
Thanks for your comments.
Can you help me out?
I’ve done a key word search and can’t seem to find the reference that you had made here about section 72. Is there a reference that I might have missed that refers to the church of the first born in that section?
“I would submit to you that the term Church of God, (also referred to as the “Church of the living God” and “Church of the Firstborn” which is later revealed in section 72, is a new, distinct, church organization that is being introduced as a result of the endowment of the Highest Melchizedek priesthood and the organization of consecration.”
I probably meant section 70 where “church of God” is mentioned in verse 5 and “church of the living God” is mentioned in verse 10… sorry about the typo