Fellow Earth Travelers.
I will be out of town for an extended period of time and will not be blogging unless something extremely important comes up.
So this is the last time you will be hearing from me for a while.
Since I am of the belief that the condemned church was eventually rejected as a church with their dead, there has not been much reason for me to continually monitor and scrutinize how closely they follow the commandments of God in running the modern church.
Nevertheless, there are those that feel that the church is just under condemnation and on probation and that if the members and leaders repent, they can self correct and get right with God. Others realize that church has been rejected but still has an obligation to follow the protocol in scriptures since they are claiming to be the true church.
For those two groups of people, it is of paramount importance to continually monitor the church to see if they are conforming to the protocol of church governance as set forth in the scriptures.
Recently a friend of mine informed me that he had refused to sustain Elder Nelson as the President of the Church because the leaders of the church violated numerous requirements as set forth by the Lord.
He actually contacted his Stake President in advance to let him know that he was going to oppose the ordination. As a courtesy, he provided him with a rather detailed listing of violations.
I found his research quite remarkable and I think you will as well.
To the XXXXX Stake Presidency and the XXXXXXX Ward Bishopric,
I am writing you to inform you that tomorrow during the XXXXX Ward conference, I will be opposing the ordination of Russell Nelson to the office of president of the church. You are likely used to holding these votes without opposition and might not notice a lone hand raised in the large congregation. I don’t want to make a scene, nor draw attention to myself, when I do this. I want you to be aware of this so that you can be watching for it and make note of it, and avoid saying something like “the voting has been unanimous” when it has not.
Rather than waiting until after the vote to find out why I oppose it, I’ll take the time now to explain my opposition to you. It’s based on the scriptures.
Doctrine and Covenants Section 20 was presented to the church in 1830 as the “Articles and Covenants of the Church”. As you are aware, it contains the rules on how things are to be done in the Church of Christ. Verse 65 says:
No person is to be ordained to any office in this church, where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, without the vote of that church;
There is no exception clause to this commandment. No person is excluded, and no office is excluded. Every person, every office, must have a vote of the church BEFORE ordination.
The scriptures also declare the importance of common consent. Again, there are no exclusions.
D&C 26:2 And all things shall be done by common consent in the church, by much prayer and faith, for all things you shall receive by faith. Amen.
D&C 28:12 For, behold, these things have not been appointed unto him, neither shall anything be appointed unto any of this church contrary to the church covenants.
13 For all things must be done in order, and by common consent in the church, by the prayer of faith.
Russell Nelson was set apart to the office of president on January 14, 2018. This was done in secret and the church was not notified of this action until January 16, 2018. It was impossible for the church to give its consent to this ordination. Russell Nelson was ordained to the office of president without the vote of this church, without common consent, and it was done contrary to the church covenants. This ordination was not done in order.
Doctrine and Covenants 20:67 goes on to clarify requirements for filling the office of president:
Every president of the high priesthood (or presiding elder), bishop, high councilor, and high priest, is to be ordained by the direction of a high council or general conference.
Russell Nelson was not ordained to the office of president by direction of a general conference – one has not been held since the death of President Monson.
Lest you claim that the Quorum of the Twelve is the high council that can approve this action, I refer you to D&C 124. In verses 127-130 the Lord names the members of the Twelve. Then in verses 131-132, the Lord names twelve different men to the high council. According to the Lord Himself, the high council and the Twelve are two different groups with different authority. Because the high council no longer exists in the church, the only group, according to God’s holy writ, with authority to call a new president is the general conference.
Now you could tell me I’m being nitpicky. Or that modern prophets trump the scriptures. Or that those rules don’t apply anymore. But that isn’t what the Lord has said. In D&C 43:
5 And this shall be a law unto you, that ye receive not the teachings of any that shall come before you as revelations or commandments;
6 And this I give unto you that you may not be deceived, that you may know they are not of me.
7 For verily I say unto you, that he that is ordained of me shall come in at the gate and be ordained as I have told you before, to teach those revelations which you have received and shall receive through him whom I have appointed.
The Lord told us how the president is to be ordained in D&C 20. And He has commanded us to not receive the teaching of anyone who has not followed that process. Russell Nelson did not follow the Lord’s process. His ordination to that office is illegitimate.
In Section 43 the Lord continues:
8 And now, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that when ye are assembled together ye shall instruct and edify each other, that ye may know how to act and direct my church, how to act upon the points of my law and commandments, which I have given.
9 And thus ye shall become instructed in the law of my church, and be sanctified by that which ye have received, and ye shall bind yourselves to act in all holiness before me—
The Lord commands us to act upon the points of his law when we act in and direct his church, and we are to bind ourselves to this law. Ignoring his laws on succession is a violation of his commandments. Russell Nelson might be the right person for the job, but he did not obey the Lord’s commandments on how to get that job.
I ask you, have you ever ordained or set apart someone without a vote of the church? I’ve never seen it. And if you did, you would have to hold a vote and then re-do the setting apart or ordination. Just like an improperly performed baptism, you cannot fix it after the fact. It must be redone according to God’s law. Russell Nelson has not acknowledged his violation of the law of God, nor has he indicated he will submit to it.
In Section 42, the Lord unequivocally declares the importance of obeying His law for the church:
59 Thou shalt take the things which thou hast received, which have been given unto thee in my scriptures for a law, to be my law to govern my church;
60 And he that doeth according to these things shall be saved, and he that doeth them not shall be damned if he so continue.
A few other words of our Lord and Savior on the laws of His church:
D&C 42:13 And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit.
D&C 58:23 Behold, the laws which ye have received from my hand are the laws of the church, and in this light ye shall hold them forth. Behold, here is wisdom.
D&C 51:2 For it must needs be that they be organized according to my laws; if otherwise, they will be cut off.
For those of you who don’t know, I stopped attending church about eight months ago after seeing how much of the scriptures are ignored in so many areas. It would have been easy for me to stay away from church this weekend. That was my intention. But the Spirit has made it clear that I must stand as a witness to this lawlessness. The word of the Lord has been violated and the Lord requires a witness to bear testimony of it. I don’t want to do it, but I will submit to the will of my God.
I encourage you to study these scriptures and ask the Lord yourselves. We will all stand accountable before God one day for the decisions we make this weekend.
2 Nephi 4:34
O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever.
I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
There are only two sides to this argument. One says we can ignore the law of God because we have men we can trust to do the right thing. The other says we must only trust in God and His law and no man is above it.
I have chosen to put my trust in God and in His commandments.