In the first part of this series we reviewed the five parts of the early history of the church and how it appears that the offices within the two higher priesthoods (Patriarchal and Melchizedek) were taken from the earth while the lesser priesthood (Aaronic) remained.
Although the latter day saints continued to have the form of the church structure with people claiming to hold all of the offices, the fruits and power associated with those priesthood offices are not longer apparent in the modern church. Indeed, according to section 124 the church became rejected by the Lord with their dead.
In the second post, we discussed how the Aaronic Priesthood keys to the ministering of angels constituted the priesthood keys necessary for ushering in the dispensation of the fullness of times in the 3rd watch.
We reviewed the amazing prophecy that Joseph Smith gave in Nauvoo in 1840 explaining in unquestionable detail how the parable of the redemption of Zion in section 101 was referring to a future event in Nauvoo.
It was not referring to the earlier years in Jackson County nor did it have to do with the failed Zions Camp fiasco.
It was referring to the future commandment to build the Nauvoo Temple and the eventual failure to complete it.
His prophecy foretold that the Nauvoo Temple would be the literal fulfillment of the TOWER in the parable and that it would not be completed during the 2nd watch, and that the Saints would be scattered by the ENEMY.
The parables in section 101 and in Jacob both assure us that the servants will return and be victorious in the 3rd watch.
Notwithstanding this amazing prophecy by the latter day Seer, and the fulfillment of it down to every detail in the parable, many LDS histories and lesson manuals fail to acknowledge this incredible prophecy and its implications and they associate the parable in section 101 with the failure to build the temple in Jackson county back in the 1830’s, even though the foundation of the Jackson County Temple was never even laid.
If these histories and manuals were to acknowledge the prophecy, it would let the cat out of the bag about what really took place in Nauvoo, regarding the failure to complete the temple, the rejection of the church with their dead, the scattering of Gods people by the ENEMY and how these events reduced the church of Jesus Christ of latter day Saints into a tribal organization functioning under Levitical priesthood.Lets review the chronology of events in the last days as given in the parable in 101 and in the prophecy by Joseph smith-
- The Lord of the vineyard commanded his people to build a tower (temple)
His servants were not valiant, rather they were at variance with each other and questioned the urgency of the project
The enemy came as a thief in the night, broke down the hedge and scattered the servants
- Many who were the friends of Joseph become his enemy and plotted his assassination
When the seed of the servants are scattered abroad (four generations later) they will wake up the nations and expose the foundation of the secret combination which is identified in the Book of Mormon
- The wicked will come to make war with the Saints and that will begin the “battle of the Lord”
- After the battle of the Lord and the destruction of the wicked, the poor, lame, blind and deaf will gather to the marriage of the lamb and partake of the supper of the Lord, for the great day of the Lord
Point five brings us to what is about to take place in America, probably within a few years if not months.
Associated with the waking up of the nations will be opening up of the Marvelous Work and a Wonder and the ushering in of the dispensation of the fullness of times which will involve the introduction of additional ancient scripture, the publishing of the inspired version of the Bible and the sending forth of the proclamation to the kings and leaders of the nations of the world as detailed in section 124.
Please notice the interesting wording of Josephs pronouncements below and see if they remind you of a prophesy in the Book of Mormon-
“when the seed of these 12 Olive trees are scattered abroad they will wake up the Nations of the whole Earth Even this Nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground and when the constitution is upon the brink of ruin this people will be the Staff up which the Nation shall lean and they shall bear away the constitution away from the very verge of destruction Then shall the Lord say go tell all my servants who are the strength of mine house my young men and middle aged &c come to the Land of my vineyard and fight the battle of the Lord”
Now compare the above prophetic declarations of Joseph Smith to this following admonition to the gentiles in Ether chapter 8 of the book of Mormon-
22 And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.
26 Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.
As you can see, Joseph was bringing greater clarity to the prophecy in the Ether.
It had been shown to Joseph during the visions of the night that the admonition in Ether to the latter day gentiles to repent and awake to the sense of their awful situation would take place at the time that the servants of the vineyard return.
It appears as if when they return, they will awake the righteous among the gentiles who in turn will awake the nations of the earth!
I mentioned in the last post that Joseph began his Nauvoo discourse by reading the prophecy in section 101 to provide context for what he was about to reveal about the events that would shortly be taking place in Nauvoo.
What I did not mention is that he also read another prophecy out of the Old Testament along with the prophecy in section 101 BEFORE detailing what was about to happen in Nauvoo regarding the attempt to build the temple.
The other passage of scripture that he read was Ezekiel 33.
This is rather fitting because in that chapter it outlines the law pertaining to the watchman on the tower.
Obviously, the Nauvoo Temple is the tower, and Joseph was the watchman on the tower.
I won’t take time to review the entire chapter in detail, but here are a few nuggets to consider-
1 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman;
3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.
Pretty simple and straight forward.
If the watchman warns the people and they don’t take the warning, the blood is upon the head of the rebellious people.
On the other hand, if the watchman is negligent and fails to warn the people, the blood is upon his own head.
Please realize the dual application to this chapter in Ezekiel.
In Joseph Smith’s prophetic discourse, he was warning the Nauvoo Saints that the enemy was going to scatter them before it even happened.
He continued to warn them by giving section 124 to them which warned them of their sins and abominations and warned them of the consequences if they failed to repent be obedient to the commandments
As documented in previous articles, the Prophet continued to exhort the saints to complete both the temple and the Nauvoo House and warned them of the consequences if they failed to do so.
Later in the chapter Ezekiel details a serious problem that took place in Nauvoo-
26 Ye stand upon your sword; ye work abominations, and ye defile everyone his neighbor’s wife; and shall ye possess the land?
Obviously, the Saints would ultimately need to flee from Nauvoo. The Lord could not allow the Saints to inherit the holy land of Nauvoo at that time for they were in the process of being enticed into a false doctrine that involved the defiling of their neighbors wives.
I would submit that the false doctrine and false revelation would continue with the Saints right up until the time of the return of the Servants and indeed would be interrelated with the secret combination that had created the awful situation that the world was in.
Please note that Ether was telling the repentant gentiles about an evil combination that had infiltrated their own organization. The first thing they were to do was to repent of their involvement in this secret combination-
23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of YOUR sins-
By doing so, they could prevent the murderous combinations to get ABOVE them.
-and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you;
Ah ha! These combinations were not just in the same nation as the believing gentiles, they had infiltrated the latter day church of the believing gentiles themselves!.
Gods people were actually involved in these secret combinations!
This topic is covered in greater detail in the series dealing with the EVIL GIFT.
Suffice it to say that as a result of the apostasy and the infiltration of secret combinations into the church, many latter day saints who think they have received an endowment from heaven, have received a counterfeit endowment.
But for now, lets continue on with Ezekiel-
29 Then shall they know that I am the Lord, when I have laid the land most desolate, because of all their abominations, which they have committed.
Ezekiel observes the same abominations among Gods apostate people that Ether speaks of.
The ending passage of this chapter is so profound-
33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.
Joseph Smith made the following prophecy in Nauvoo-
“I prophecy that the day will come when you will say Oh that we had given heed… the people will not hearken nor hear and bondage, death and destruction are close at our heels. The kingdom will not be broken up [because those keys will remain with him even after he is dead!] but we shall be scattered and driven, gathered again and then dispersed , reestablished [The First Presidency was reestablished and everyone that went to Utah was compelled to get rebaptized under the supervision of the new presidency] & driven abroad [missionaries were sent to establish the Saints in the nations abroad] and so on until the Ancient of days shall sit and the kingdom and power thereof shall be given to the Saints and they shall possess it forever and ever…” (words of Joseph pg 67)
Clearly Joseph Smith knew the whole time in Nauvoo that the Saints would fail to complete the temple and would be scattered. They would then be REESTABLISHED and eventually the doctrine of the gathering would by denied and the saints would be told that Zion is in your heart and you can live anywhere in the world you want.
They would not receive the kingdom and the power thereof until the Ancient of Days returns with the other servants.
The Saints have been driven abroad!
We are to remain in this scattered situation until the main SERVANT (the Ancient of Days) returns and commissions the other servants (the Seer and Spokesman and the first laborers of the last kingdom) to finish their work.
Shortly before his death Joseph Smith mentioned that he had seen in vision that the Saints would be moved out of their place in Nauvoo and scattered because of their abominations.
He saw that the majority of the Latter day Saints would initially flee to the Rocky Mountains.
As he lamented to a few of his friends he exclaimed-
“oh the apostasy that will take place BEFORE my brethren reach that land“.
Here is a portion of the journal entry containing that quote-
On the 14th of July, 1843, with quite a number of his (Joseph Smith brethren, he (Joe) crossed the Mississippi River to the town of Montrose… Joseph Smith remained under the bowery. Jose] as he was tasting of the cold water, warned the brethren not to be fret with it. With the tumbler still in his hand he prophesied that the Saint would yet go to the Rocky Mountains; and, said he, ‘this water tastes much like that of the crystal streams that are running from the snow capped mountains…..
…. Mr. Call describe (sic) this prophetic scene: I had before seen him in a vision and now saw while he was talking his countenance changed to white: not the deadly white of a bloodless face, but a living brilliant white.
He seemed absorbed in gazing at something at a great distance and said, ‘I am gazing upon the valleys of those mountains’. This was followed by a vivid description of the scenery of these mountains as I have since become acquainted with it.
Pointing to Shadrach Roundy and others, he said, ‘There are some men here who shall do a great work in that land.’ Pointing to me he said, ‘There is Anson, he shall go and shall assist in building cities from one end of that country to the other, and you’ rather extending the idea to all those he had spoken of, ‘shall perform as great a work as has been done by man, so that the nation of the earth shall be astonished and many of them will be gathered in that land and assist in building cities and temples, and Israel shall he made to rejoiced’.
“It is impossible to represent in words this scene which is still vivid in my mind, of the grandeur of Joseph’s appearance, his beautiful descriptions of this land and his wonderful prophetic utterances as they emanated from the glorious inspirations that over shadowed him.
There was a force and power in his exclamations of which the following is but a faint echo. ‘Oh the beauty of those snow capped mountains. The cool refreshing streams that are running down through theose (sic ?) mountains gorges’
Then gazing in another direction, as if there was a change and locality; ‘oh the scenes that this people will pass through’ The dead that will lay between here and there.’
From the above statement, it is obvious that Joseph Smith knew that thousands of Saints would die in the trek to Utah.
Then turning in another direction as if the scene had again changed: ‘Oh the apostasy that will take place before my brethren reach that land‘.
Joseph understood that the Saints would be in an even deeper apostasy before they fled to the Rocky Mountains!
But he continued, ‘the Priesthood shall prevail over all it’s enemies, triumph over the devil and be established upon the earth never more to be thrown down.”
(Life Sketch of Anson Call 1810-1890, Pioneer in the building of the west.)
So how is it possible for the priesthood to prevail if the Saints were clearly in a state of apostasy when they were scattered from Nauvoo?
According to the above quote, it appears that the priesthood was to be established at a future time, which is consistent with 100 evidences I have provided pertaining to the restoration of the higher priesthood in the 3rd watch!
It informs us that the priesthood would prevail at a future time.
This is consistent with the following promise of the Lord-
5 But verily I say unto you, that I have decreed a decree which my people shall realize, inasmuch as they hearken from this very hour unto the counsel which I, the Lord their God, shall give unto them.
6 Behold they shall, for I have decreed it, begin to prevail against mine enemies from this very hour.
7 And by hearkening to observe all the words which I, the Lord their God, shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world are subdued under my feet, and the earth is given unto the saints, to possess it forever and ever.
8 But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them. (section 103)
We know from the history of the church and from modern revelation that the Saints did not prevail over the world at that time and that the world prevailed over the Saints.
Furthermore, we know from the above prophecy of Joseph Smith and other prophecies and revelations, that the Saints don’t get the kingdom delivered to them UNTIL the Ancient of Days and the other servants return in the third watch!
I would again suggest, as the theme of this series points out, that the Aaronic priesthood did indeed remain with the apostate Saints and that it will be instrumental in ESTABLHISHING the higher priesthood and prevailing over all enemies.
Despite the fact that the saints were moved out of their place and scattered and gathered and reorganized and scattered abroad in the earth, they still retained the Aaronic priesthood.
This same Aaronic priesthood provides the keys that will enable a righteous remnant of the believing gentiles to entertain ministering angels in the 3rd watch and to receive ALL OF THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM.
Speaking of the gathering of the Saints to the Rocky Mountains, Joseph, while speaking to a few of the humble followers of Christ in Nauvoo prophetically observed-
“You will gather many people into the fastness of the Rocky Mountains, and many of those who will come in under your ministry because of their learning will seek for position and they will gain eminence over you, and you will walk in low places unnoticed”
Praise God almighty for the spirit of prophecy!
Joseph knew that many oppressive personalities seeking power and the glory of the world, some from the kingdom of Judah would respond to the preparatory gospel and gather as the Latter day Saints missionaries took the gospel of Abraham to the nations.
He understood that the tares would rule over the wheat in the latter day church and that the wheat would not be called to the highest positions but rather would walk quietly in low places unnoticed.
Yet he assured them that the wheat would know what was going on.
“Yet you will know all that transpires in your midst.”
Finally, he leaves the following promise-
“Those who are your friends are my friends and I promise you when I come again I will lead you forth, that where I am you shall be with me..”
It is comforting to know that a small remnant of believing and repentant gentiles will come out of the apostate church when it is time to redeem Zion.
Interestingly, most Mormons believe we have been in the times of the gentiles from the restoration of the church up until today and they are waiting for the times of the gentiles to come to an end so that the gospel can be taken to the Jews.
For this reason they assume that verse 28 in section 45 referred to the time of the restoration of the church in 1830.
Although that verse did have a typological application to the 2nd watch, the literal fulfillment will be in the third watch.
In section 112 the Lord reveals what dispensation the quorum of the 12 had been given as they were being sent to the nations of the world-
“For verily I say unto you, the keys of the dispensation, which ye have received have come down from the fathers, and last of all, being sent down from heaven unto you.” (D&C 112:32)
It was clearly NOT the dispensation of the fullness of times nor the time of the gentiles that the quorum of the twelve were being given.
It was the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham– The dispensation that had been handed down from the patriarchal fathers from Old Testament times and had been conferred by ministering angels from heaven in the Kirtland Temple.
Of course, it is easy for us to see this with 20-20 hindsight and scripture crunching software that links the above verse to the transferring of the keys of the gathering of Israel and the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham that took place in the Kirtland Temple.
But keep in mind, Joseph Smith was keeping a great secret within his bosom.
When section 112 was given, the apostles were unaware of the event described in section 110 wherein the dispensation of the Gospel of Abraham was given to the saints!
Why would the Lord downgrade the saints to the gospel of Abraham when the goal was the dispensation of the fullness of times without clearly telling them what was happening?
Why did he require Joseph and Oliver to keep section 110 a secret from the saints for decades?
Isaiah 66 informs us that when God’s apostate people have chosen to go their own way and they delight in abominations, He chooses their delusions-
“Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions..”
Clearly the latter day church is delusional. They are declaring to the world and themselves that they hold the Melchizedek priesthood and that they are taking the fullness of the gospel to the nations when in fact, they have rejected the fullness of the gospel and the fullness of the priesthood.
Section 45 reveals that at a later time, in the third watch, the times of the gentiles would come in AGAIN.
Section 90 reveals that after the times of the gentiles comes in again and the gospel is taken to the believing gentiles in the 3rd watch, then once again the gospel will be taken to the Jews-
“That thereby they may be perfected in their ministry for the salvation of Zion, and of the nations of Israel, and of the Gentiles, as many as believe; that through your administration they may receive the word, and through their administration the sword may go forth unto the ends of the earth, unto the gentiles first, and then, behold, and lo, they shall turn unto the Jews” (90:8-9)
The first shall be last and the last shall be first
The Jews that were first to get the gospel in the first watch will be the last to get it in the third watch.
The gentiles that were the last to get it in the first watch will be the first to get it in the third watch.
Then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.
I would submit that once the servants return, the repentant Saints will already be aware of or will be made aware of and finally understand the profound prophecies given by Joseph Smith in Nauvoo and will realize to a much greater extent that indeed, a prophet had been among the Saints in Nauvoo.
Furthermore, after the Seer and Spokesman return to warn this nation when it is on the brink of destruction, again, many of the believing gentiles will finally realize with much greater clarity that he was and is a true prophet and that he did raise the warning voice in Nauvoo and will once again raise the warning voice in the 3rd watch, just in time, before the calamity hits.
Chapter 34 of Ezekiel addresses the false shepherds that led the Saints into the wilderness of Utah and scattered the sheep globally as well their predecessors that are leading the sheep just before the return of the true servants-
1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed; but ye feed not the flock.
4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd; and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.
6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill; yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.
7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord;
8 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;
9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord;
10 Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves anymore, for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.
11 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where thy have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
(please notice the same phrase in section 109)
13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be; there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
I encourage you to read Ezekiel 33 and 34 very carefully.
The Nauvoo temple was the TOWER spoken of in the parable of the redemption of Zion in section 101.
The tower on the Nauvoo temple was symbolically and literally representing the tower that the watchman was to watch from. This would be true with regard to watching for the enemy in war and also regarding watching out for the great deceiver who wants to lead the Saints astray.
Have you ever noticed how unusually high the original steeple on the Nauvoo Temple was?
Joseph Smith published the following statement in the Times and Seasons vol 5 p 759-
“The steeple of our temple will be high enough to answer for a TOWER- between 100 and 200 feet high.”
In closing, let me share an experience I had a long time ago.
Several decades ago, as I was beginning this amazing journey of discovery, I purchased a book at Deseret Book called the Doctrine and Covenants commentary by Hyrum M Smith and Janne M. Sjodahl.
In 1917, Smith and LDS Church Apostle Hyrum M. Smith, who was the president of the church’s European
Mission, together worked on A Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants. While Sjödahl wrote most of the text, it was reviewed and approved by Smith. When Doctrine and Covenants Commentary was first published in 1919 in Liverpool, it was a church-approved publication and only Smith was listed as an author. However, subsequent publications of Doctrine and Covenants Commentary have acknowledged Sjödahl as its coauthor. Doctrine and Covenants Commentary is still cited frequently by Latter-day Saint authors and commentators.
I loved the commentary because it provided each of the modern revelations in the D&C in the historical context in which they took place.
I studied it thoroughly.
One day while I was perusing the Church Historical Library looking for pearls of great price, I noticed a very large and very old copy of the D&C Commentary by Smith and Sjodahl,.
Although I had a more recent copy of the publication of my own, I felt compelled to take it off the shelf and take it to my chair to peruse it.
To my shock and horror, I began noticing numerous changes that had been made in it.
After doing a little research and comparing the original version with the modern one, I found that in later years much of the content in it had been deleted or altered!
I want to leave this following definition of what the Great and Abominable Church of the Devil is according to the original authors of the commentary-
Great and Abominable Church of the Devil: “A church which has discarded the principles of Church governments established by our Lord and adopted those of Lucifer” (page 202 original D&C commentary by Smith and Sjodahl.
That definition had a great impact on me.
The fact that the presiding leaders of the modern corporate church were later offended by it and deleted it from the commentary also has had a great impact on me.
Why would that definition be so threatening or offensive to the leaders of the church that they would delete it from the commentary?
Is it because the procedure leading up to baptism had been discarded in favor of adopting a procedure that requires no public confession?
- Is it because the original wording in the baptismal ordinance found in the Book of Mormon and the early revelations had been discarded and an altered text had been adopted?
- Is it because the definition of “New and Everlasting Covenant” that originally had reference to the Baptismal ordinance had been discarded and a new definition pertaining to the requirement to take on multiple spiritual wives had been adopted?
- Is it because the Lectures on Faith that were originally the “Covenants” part of the “Doctrine and Covenants” had been discarded and somewhat discredited or at least downgraded… perhaps to lessen the credibility of the person primarily responsible for authoring and teaching it.
- Is it because the article on marriage which agreed with section 42 and 49 was discarded and section 132 which contradicted the previous revelations pertaining to monogamy had been adopted?
- Is it because the law of the gospel contained in section 42 requires the living of consecration had been discarded while the lesser law of paying one tenth and a generous fast offering had been adopted?
Is it because the commandment to publish the inspired version of the bible was discarded and the acceptance of the King James version of the Bible as the official bible of the Church.
I could keep going with this list, but you get the general idea.
Joseph Smith once said-
“The moment we revolt at anything which comes from God, the Devil takes power” (Words of Joseph Smith Pg 60)
The testimony of the NAME of Christ has gone forth to the nations.
The Book of Mormon and many of the modern revelations have gone forth unto the nations.
The Aaronic Priesthood which holds the keys to the ministering of angels is still on the earth.
Something new has been done for the eventual salvation of the church.
Something was done to preserve the roots.
The stage has been set for the opening up of the 3rd watch.