Unsealing a Sealed Book

Joseph Smith first brought forth the Book of Mormon which is an ancient record of God’s dealings with his people in America, he then brought forth a new canon of scripture with the literal words from God directed to the Latter day Saints and the whole world.

The Book of Mormon contains much information about the fulness of the gospel, showing it’s simplicity. It is also an amazing testimony of Christ, providing a second witness with the New Testament of Christ’s mission including his death, resurrection and atoning sacrifice..

By it’s own admission however, is only represents a portion of the information contained on the plates that Joseph translated by the gift and power of God.

Indeed, by it’s own admission, it only contains the “lesser things” with the “greater things” that remained untranslated on the plates to come forth at a latter time.

On the other hand, many of the revelations in the D&C contain many of the “greater things” regarding doctrine and prophecy, including the mind-blowing content in Section 76 detailing things about the plan of salvation that had never been plainly revealed in the other standard works, including the JST version of the Bible.

Interestingly, people were so steeped in the protestant traditions of their fathers at the time of Joseph Smith’s ministry that some converts of the restored church freaked out when they read section 76 and apostatized.

Furthermore, when LDS missionaries shared it with investigators in foreign countries, the investigators immediately rejected the message of the missionaries, causing Joseph Smith to send instructions to missionaries to not share the deeper things that were yet mysteries to investigators and just stick with the basics.

Of course, the Lord had already instructed the saints to preach nothing but the principles of the Gospel with emphasis on repentance. That problem could have been avoided had the missionaries been obedient to the word of God.

Clearly, many of the revelations in the D&C were very difficult for the saints to understandt.

Four generations later the D&C is even more confusing to people because it contains many specific, unconditional promises and prophecies dealing with Joseph Smith and his associates that never came to pass.

These unfulfilled promises and prophecies create cognitive dissonance and doubt in the minds of those that read them and cause them to feel uncomfortable  and doubtful about an all knowing God who knows all from the beginning to the end, when reading the D&C.

For this reason, LDS church manuals often seem to surgically cherry pick small snippets from the D&C in an effort to stay away from what many people consider to be failed prophecies.

No wonder the various branches of the restoration and even the LDS fringe groups that consider themselves highly enlightened seem to focus on the Book of Mormon and the lesser things along with heretical teachings from false teachers instead of the revelations contained in the D&C which includes many of the greater things, including prophecies about how the final restoration will take place.

For most people, the D&C is a sealed book that cannot fully be understood and appreciated.

I admit that for much of my life the D&C was a sealed book.

Two of the epiphanies that I have had that have greatly helped to unseal the sacred information provided in the D&C is the doctrine of the three watches, and understanding the true history about the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Once I became aware of these two things, the D&C became an open book that made perfect sense to me. In fact I couldn’t put it down for weeks, enjoying study sessions of 6, and 8 and 10 hours per day because the content came alive and things that had previously caused me to scratch my head in confusion suddenly made sense to me.

All of a sudden I was able to connect lots of dots.

Our latest podcast that has just been published takes a detailed look at the doctrine of the three watches.

You can listen to it here.

http://ironrodpodcast.com/podcast/iron-rod-014-the-three-watches/

Next week, we will cover the true history of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood!

I think these two podcasts will be a real blessing to those desiring to have the revelations in the D&C unsealed and opened up to them.

To those who are new to this blog and our podcasts, I promise you that the D&C will never read the same way after your are apprised of this information. Reading it will become an amazing revelatory journey that will change your religious worldview, help you better prepare for the prophetic events that are about to take place, and bless your life.

 

 

 

 

The D&C is in a class of it’s own.

 

4 Responses to Unsealing a Sealed Book

  1. Jessi H says:

    Yes! I LOVE the D&C.

    Back in 2017, when Gospel Doctrine was embarking on a (sanitized, controlled) study of the D&C and church history, I was excited but a little apprehensive about it, because part of me really wasn’t sure if I could trust it to be the word of God.
    I had only found your blogs in mid-October and was still processing the information you presented. I was also new in the R.S. presidency and had the opportunity to teach every 3-4 months. (We had a shortage of teachers, so I actually taught more often than that, but first Sunday presidency messages were completely at the discretion of the teacher. They’ve since done away with that. Boo.)
    I challenged the sisters to search Isaiah with me. I made a 12-week schedule and wrote a weekly newsletter/study guide…which I gave up on after 7 weeks. No one showed any interest except for maybe 2 ladies. The rest looked at me like I had two heads when I would say, “Here’s this week’s Isaiah newsletter!”
    I, however, discovered through my weekly searches (which took me hours) that the D&C and Isaiah are practically companion books. Keys, if you will, to understanding the other. Not only did I understand Isaiah better, but I gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the D&C. I got to know God’s voice, and I continued to read your articles as well as Searcher’s and G.azelem’s.
    I’ve been thinking about returning to Isaiah and even finishing the newsletters. I’ll share them with whomever is interested.
    It’s sort of a lofty goal right now, as I have 2 elementary school boys who are asking to homeschool, and an 11-month nursling. I just started Laura Markham’s Peaceful Parenting Workbook (which we desperately need; sometimes I feel like I’m losing my mind being a mom), and some days I can barely get dinner made and the dishes done.
    Anyway, I didn’t mean to share so much. I just really don’t have anyone I can talk to about this stuff: my husband is a non-member who rarely reads anything, and my parents are total TBM’s.
    I greatly appreciate the podcast. I love being able to learn about scriptures and history while attempting to do my housework.
    I also found a Dramatized King James Bible on YouTube that I enjoy when I’m caught up on your podcasts (and Cirucci Team Briefs). And, I’ll admit, occasionally there is a Mormon Stories that I just can’t resist. 😁😉

    • Ranae says:

      Jessi,
      I would be interested in your Isaiah newsletters. I have received my own funny looks when talking to sisters about reading Isaiah as a personal study project. One person even told me she wanted to, but was afraid because she had noticed all the people who seemed to do that ended up outside the mainstream church…interesting “fruit” for a commandment from Jesus (3 Ne. 23:1).

      Watcher can give you my email. Just so you know, you aren’t the only person reading this blog who could say “sometimes I feel like I’m losing my mind being a mom, and some days I can barely get dinner made and the dishes done.”

      Thank you Watcher, and MD, and Searcher, and G.azelem for giving some of us an opportunity for critical thought. Thank you for sharing your view of the scriptures and inviting us to “come and see” for ourselves. If the mothers find joy in searching the scriptures, their children will see that. Because they are “watching” too.

      • Jessi H says:

        Thanks for the encouraging words, Ranae.
        I would love to share my Isaiah musings with you. Like I said above, I only wrote 7 of the 12 I had planned, but I really want to finish them.
        I got your email address, so when I get a chance, I’ll get on the computer (I generally use my Kindle for online stuff) and see if I saved them. If not, I have paper copies I can either photograph or retype. Basically, I did searches as I read, and wrote commentary on the historical and linguistic context, as well as trying to liken the text to our day. By letter 6, I just listed the results of the searches, and letter 7 is a wordsearch of search words. I was trying to make it fun and interesting, and keep each week’s guide to a single sheet of paper. I really thought I’d get a better response, so it was pretty disappointing that no one ever wanted to discuss what they had learned. In my lesson that introduced the Isaiah challenge, I specifically pointed out that searching Isaiah was a commandment from Christ himself, but you know, if it doesn’t come from the pulpit, it basically falls on deaf ears.
        I should have kept going, if only for myself, but it was disheartening and discouraging to get no feedback or enthusiasm from the others. Plus, it was a lot of work.
        Anyway, I’m thrilled that you’re interested, and I’ll get to the computer as soon as I can.

  2. Lois Blackmore says:

    We listen every week and we are Canadian and always have been.

    Sent from my iPhone

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