I have blogged about the controversial claims of Mauricio Berger out of Brazil who says he was visited by the angels Gabriel and Moroni. He says he has received the gold plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. He now has eight witnesses from America that have seen and held the plates.
His ever changing and fantastic story includes the fact that he smashed one of the interpreters in a fit of doubt and rage.
He also claims that the Lord needed to use a Brazilian like him to begin the last great work because there is not one righteous gentile in America to do the work.
After his claims were rejected by the LDS Church and the Temple lot church, he has sat around doing virtually nothing for over a decade while waiting for someone to show some interest in his story.
Finally, Bob Moore and Joseph F. Smith, took an interest in the claims of Mauricio Berger and decided to visit Brazil and drink some Kool-Aid with Mauricio.
Bob Moore is from the RLDS tradition. I believe Joseph F. Smith was raised in the Church of Christ Temple Lot tradition although he seems to have bounced around and has been speaking from time to time at Bob Moore’s Zarahemla branch.
Inconsistent with the Prophetic Narrative in Scripture
I have demonstrated in past blog posts that the claims being made are contrary to the prophetic narrative in scripture regarding the coming forth of the Marvelous Work and a Wonder.
The great last work of the Lord will come forth through the Gentiles, from the heart of America, God’s covenant land where Christ visited the posterity of Lehi and where the LDS restoration through the prophet Joseph Smith took place.
The last great prophetic work of God does not begin in Brazil.
The next translation to come forth will not be from the sealed portion, it will be more words of the Nephite prophets to the Jews and Gentiles and it will be instrumental in a mass conversion of the seed of Lehi.
The Lords last prophet that holds the keys to the things that are sealed will be the same prophet that began the process and brought forth the Book of Mormon. It will be none other than Joseph Smith Jr. the Seer.
Bob Moore has been Setting the Stage for this Drama in His Books
In previous blog posts I have shown that the emerging storyline with regard to Mauricio’s American counterparts, Bob Moore and Joseph F. Smith, coincidently fits the past prophetic surmising’s of Bob Moore who has authored books on prophecy and previously attempted to start a new church. He has been saying for years that a descendent of Joseph Smith like his contemporary, Joseph F. Smith, needs to be the prophet that finishes the work that Joseph Smith Jr. began.
Using the Hofmann Forgery to Fabricate the Gold Plates
I have pointed people to the amazing research done by the Price Publishing in showing that an entire segment of the Hofmann forgery shows up in the fabricated plates that Mauricio has shown to the world.
While important spiritual things having to do with God’s mysterious work should never ultimately be judged solely on empirical evidence, one should always be using a healthy dose of inspired logic and a reasonable degree of critical thinking in the light of scripture as they parse through the claims of those that claim to be God’s chosen mouth piece.
Judging those who claim to be Prophets according to the Doctrine they Teach
In this post, I want to focus on the doctrinal beliefs and declarations of the emerging prophet of the American arm of this new movement.
His name is Joseph F. Smith.
Joseph F. Smith is a direct descendent of Joseph Smith Jr.
He recently conducted a missionary tour in Utah to proselytize the Mormons.
During his recent trip to Utah, I had occasion to personally speak with him at a park where he was sharing his story and answering questions.
I was curious to see how well he was being received by the Utah Mormons so I drove down from Idaho and was riding my ebike around the park observing the very small group of people who came out to see him and hoping to hear in additional information about his claims.
Towards the end of the day, I noticed that he was sitting by himself as the group began to disperse and separate into a few smaller groups.
At this time I road my ebike up to the table where he was sitting and initiated a conversation with him. Of course he did not know that I am the “Watcher” and the writer of this blog.
We were both very cordial to each other.
I must say he is a delightful and very likeable person who appears to be very sincere and transparent about the work he is involved in.
During the conversation he revealed some things to me that really shocked me.
He informed me that while in Brazil, he was commanded to return home to the Zarahemla Branch to see if he could find seven people in that congregation that would be willing to sustain him as a prophet of God.
To his dismay, when he returned home, Pastor Brad Gault of the Zarahemla Branch refused to bring that nomination to a vote among the congregation.
I was a little bit surprised that Joseph was sharing this very personal information with me and I was even more surprised to hear that Pastor Gault was refusing to allow Joseph to obey the mandate that he had been given.
I asked him why Pastor Gault was refusing to allow him to be sustained as a prophet by the Zarahemla Branch.
I told him that I had been under the impression that Pastor Gault was one of the eight witnesses that had been to Brazil and held the plates and testified that the work was true.
Joseph F. Smith’s response to me was astounding.
This is what he said to the best of my memory. ( I am paraphrasing)
He said, “Yes Pastor Gault is a believer and one of the witnesses of the gold plates, but he and Bob Moore are scared of me and don’t want to bring the vote before the Zarahemla Branch”
“Why are they scared of you?” I asked.
Because, he said, “They know that my prophetic calling requires me to set the church in order and they know that I do not believe in the office of High Priest and that I will do away with it if the Lord tells me to… When this happens they will be humiliated because some of their leaders have been claiming to be High Priests!”
Pastor Gault and several other leaders of the Zarahemla Branch, as well as some of the leaders of some of the other restoration branches claim that they have been ordained to be high priests.
I was surprised at what I was hearing.
“Why don’t you believe in the office of high priest? ” I asked.
His reply was “I believe that Jesus was the last great high priest and there were not supposed to be any High Priests called after that”
Oh! I said, “So you agree with what David Whitmer said after he apostatized from the restored church and became critical of Joseph Smith. You think Joseph Smith was deceived by Satan in 1831 when he restored the office of High Priest!”
He just smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye.
(Those who are not familiar with the criticisms levels against Joseph Smith Jr. by David Whitmer can read his expose at this link)
I was flabbergasted to realize the this literal descendent of Joseph Smith Jr. had accepted the teachings (or at least arrived at the same conclusions ) of David Whitmer.
After David Whitmer apostatized from the restored church, he became disenchanted with Joseph Smith and he claimed that Joseph Smith Jr.. had been deceived by Satan into establishing the office of high priest.
Here is what David Whitmer had to say about the restored church ordaining high priests:
“..the next grievous error’ which crept into the church was in ordaining high priests in June, 1831. This error was introduced at the instigation of Sydney Rigdon. The office of high priest was never spoken of, and never thought of being established in the church until Rigdon came in.”
“As to the High Priesthood, Jesus Christ himself is the last Great High Priest, this too after the order of Melchisedec, as I understand the Holy Scriptures….” (An Address to All Believers in Christ)
David Whitmer eventually claimed that Joseph Smith was only called to translate the Book of Mormon and that he was not authorized to restore God’s church nor was he authorized to bring forth the revelations that are contained in the Doctrine and Covenants.
Much of what motivated David Whitmer after the spirit of the Lord began to depart from him was the humiliation that he experienced as the officiating High Priest in the land of Zion when they failed in their attempt to redeem Zion. Another issue is that he was jealous of Sidney Rigdon who became a counselor to Joseph Smith in the first presidency of the church shortly after his conversion.
I have previously blogged about these events and the doctrinal errors of David Whitmer in the following post. See the following link.
As you can see, it appears as if brother Joseph F. Smith has been highly influenced by the teachings of David Whitmer which is really unfortunate.
Getting Sustained by Seven People from the Zarahemla Branch
I asked Brother Smith how Bob Moore and Pastor Brad Gault were going to facilitate him in keeping the commandment of getting a sustaining vote of seven people from the Zarahemla Branch.
He informed me that Bob and Pastor Gault said they could comply with the commandment by simply getting seven sustaining votes from the eight witnesses of the gold plates to sustain him.
I said to Brother Joseph, “But there are not seven members of the Zarahemla Branch among the eight witnesses of the gold plates, “Do you think that is acceptable to the Lord?”
His reply was an emphatic No!
He said he felt like that would be cutting corners and not being strictly obedient and that would put them on the same path as the saints that became condemned during the ministry of Joseph Smith Jr.
Shortly after Joseph F. Smith returned to Missouri he gave a talk at one of the restoration branches and according to some testimonies , he publicly questioned the legitimacy of the office of High Priest in that talk as well, which confirms what he told me!
Why am I sharing this conversation with you?
Because we have a man in our midst who is a descendant of Joseph Smith Jr. who is claiming the role of prophet.
He is planning on setting the church in order.
He is teaching that Joseph Smith was deceived in restoring the office of High Priest.
It therefore behooves us to evaluate the doctrine that he teaches to see if it is consistent with the scriptures and with the true history of Mormonism.
Was Joseph Smith Jr. deceived when the office of High Priest was restored?
Here is the testimony of Joseph Smith himself about the event that took place in June of 1831 at the Morley Farm:
“…the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood was manifested and conferred for the first time upon several of the Elders. It was clearly evident that the Lord gave us power in proportion to the work to be done, and strength according to the race set before us, and grace and help as our needs required.” History of The Church, 1:175-177
So who is correct about the legitimacy of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood and the office of High Priest? Is it Joseph Smith Jr. the prophet of the restoration or Joseph F. Smith his descendent?
Joseph F. Smith has just Called for a Solemn Assembly
Joseph F. Smith has just called for a Solemn Assembly to take place in August wherein I suspect he plans on having himself sustained as the prophet of the new organization in America. Perhaps it will be at this assembly that he will attempt to set the church in order and do away with the office of High Priest.
I suspect that during the sustaining vote, he plans on accumulating at least seven sustaining votes from people from the Zarahemla Branch so that he can complete the mandate that he was given when he was in Brazil.
This is the announcement he has posted on his blog post
Joseph F Smith, Great Grandson of Joseph Smith Jr., calls all those who believe in Zion, and especially those who have an interest in the events transpiring out of Brazil, to a Solemn Assembly in Independence, Missouri. Date – August 18th 2pm-5pm & August 19th 2pm-5pm. Exact location -to be announced shortly.
The Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood and Office of High Priest
The Irony in all of this is that Joseph F. Smith quotes from Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants in his recent blog post wherein he calls for a Solemn Assembly.
Section 84 was received by Joseph Smith four months AFTER the Melchizedek priesthood and the office of high priesthood was restored through the instrumentality of the prophet Joseph Smith!!!
If Joseph F. Smith is correct about Joseph Smith Jr. being deceived about the Melchizedek Priesthood and the office of High Priest, then Joseph Smith would have been a fallen prophet at the time that section 84 was written and Section 84 would be a false revelation or at least its credibility would be very questionable! Why is he authoritatively quoting from it?
Of course we know that the revelation is true and it is one of the most important revelations ever received.
In Section 84, the Lord makes reference to the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood and the office of High Priest that had just been confirmed upon the seven men receiving the revelation.
He also gives a blood curdling warning to all of those that fail to come unto that priesthood that had just been restored:
42 And wo unto all those who come not unto this priesthood which ye have received, which I now confirm upon you who are present this day, by mine own voice out of the heavens; and even I have given the heavenly hosts and mine angels charge concerning you. Doctrine and Covenants 84:42
Those who discount the validity of the office of High Priest that the Lord restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith Jr., would do well to study the above passage carefully and do some serious soul searching before they deny that priesthood and office.
You will notice that the priesthood that had been previously “received” by Joseph Smith and six others, and was being “confirmed” upon them that day, was being confirmed by the voice of God out of heaven, not by men or angels.
Notice the similar wording in JST Genesis 14 speaking about the Melchizedek Priesthood
As you can see, the JST version of Genesis 14 informs us that the Melchizedek priesthood COVENANT is not bestowed by man or angels but rather it must be bestowed by the voice of God from heaven.
Section 84 continues on to reveal a great secret.
It informs us that the Melchizedek Priesthood Covenant that had been previously “received” in June of 1831 and then “renewed” and “confirmed” upon them on September 23 1831, was confirmed upon those seven men not only for their own sakes, but for the sake of the whole world!
“…the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit; and everyone that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit, cometh unto God, even the Father; and the Father teacheth him of the covenant which he has renewed and confirmed upon you, which is confirmed upon you for your sakes, and not for your sakes only, but for the sake of the whole world..”
As you can see, the Melchizedek Priesthood Covenant will eventually be entered into by everyone “that hearkeneth to the voice of the spirit“
It is that Melchizedek Priesthood Covenant that enabled Joseph Smith and his brethren to lay the foundation of the church and of Zion.
It is that same priesthood that will enable Joseph Smith and the first laborers of the last kingdom to return and finish the work that God has given them.
The Book of Revelation informs us that there will be 144,000 servants of God that will be sealed in their foreheads:
1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
In another revelation provided in the Doctrine and Covenants the Lord reveals that the 144,000 will have the Father’s name written in their foreheads:
17 For behold, the Lord God hath sent forth the angel crying through the midst of heaven, saying: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight, for the hour of his coming is nigh—
18 When the Lamb shall stand upon Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
Finally, in section 77 of the D&C, a great secret is revealed. It informs us that the 144,000 will all be High Priests!!
11 Q. What are we to understand by sealing the one hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel—twelve thousand out of every tribe?
A. We are to understand that those who are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel; for they are they who are ordained out of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, by the angels to whom is given power over the nations of the earth, to bring as many as will come to the church of the Firstborn.
The 144,000 servants of God are High Priests!!!
As you can see, the Melchizedek Priesthood and the office of High Priest did not end with Jesus Christ in the New Testament. David Whitmer and Joseph F. Smith are wrong about that which shows that they are not being led by the spirit of the Lord.
They are teaching a doctrine of devils.
Very few people know very much about the true, secret history of Mormonism and about the true restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. In fact most Mormons have erroneously been taught that the Melchizedek priesthood was restored by Peter James and John in 1830.
Without this knowledge it is difficult to have the proper context in reading the D&C.
If you don’t understand what happened at the special conference at the Morley Farm that was held in June of 1831 and the impact that that priesthood restoration had upon the restored church and will have on the entire world, you will be deceived by false prophets that don’t even understand their own church history.
The restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood was not Sidney Rigdon’s idea.
It was divinely initiated by the Lord.
In February of 1831 the Lord gave a revelation (See D&C 44) mandating that Joseph Smith and the leading elders of the church should be “called together” from the east, west, north and south. In the revelation it was promised that if they exercised faith, the Lord would “pour out his spirit” upon the assembly.
That promise was fulfilled and three people saw the Father and the Son and the Melchizedek endowment and covenant was bestowed along with the office of High Priest.
I have provided a series on what happened at the special conference at the Morley Farm wherein the Melchizedek Priesthood and the office of High Priest was restored.
I implore you to read it and gain a testimony that the Melchizedek COVENANT and the office of High Priest is to be bestowed upon all of the elect of God who are referred to in scripture as the first fruits.
1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.