Unstringing My Bow

March 30, 2019

Dear blogging and podcasting friends-

William M. Allred share the following reminiscence of a short lesson the Prophet Joseph Smith once gave:

“I have played ball with him many times in Nauvoo. He was preaching once, and he said it tried some of the pious folks to see him play ball with the boys. He then related a story of a certain prophet who was sitting under the shade of a tree amusing himself in some way, when a hunter came along with his bow and arrow, and reproved him.

The prophet asked him if he kept his bow strung up all the time. The hunter answered that he did not. The prophet asked why, and he said it would lose its elasticity if he did. The prophet said it was just so with his mind, he did not want it strung up all the time” (William M. Allred, in “Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith,”Juvenile Instructor, Aug. 1, 1892, 472).

I think we all need to unstring our bows from time to time.

I have decided it is time to unstring my bow for a season and address some health issues. I have decided to take a four week sabbatical from blogging and podcasting.

I am happy to announce that Searcher and MD are not going to miss a beat and they will continue with the podcast. If you have not listened to the latest podcast on the succession issue you are missing out.

I suspect that some of you may be experiencing some health challenges or perhaps have family or friends that have some health challenges. I am providing some youtubes below that I have found to be very informative, thought provoking and inspiring.


High Priesthood: Quick Quiz

March 19, 2019

Here is a short quiz for new readers of this blog-

Who was the first person of Joseph Smith’s dispensation to be ordained a high priest? Was it Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, or Sidney Rigdon?

If you guessed any of them, you are wrong.

Who was the Lord speaking about when he said “Many or called but few are chosen?”

If you guessed the newly ordained priesthood quorums of the early Kirtland era, you are wrong.

During a church priesthood meeting in the Kirtland area, a man weighing over 200 pounds that was sitting in the opening of a window was thrown across the room by an evil spirit. Do you remember the associated circumstances?

Is there a difference between the term “Church of God” and “Church of Christ”?

Does the apostleship represent the highest priesthood in the church?

When scriptures in the D&C use the term “endowment” it always refers to the outpouring of spiritual blessings and power from on high. The modern LDS church uses the term “temple endowment” in a much different way.

Here is the definition of “ritual”:

A ritual is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence. Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. Rituals are characterized but not defined by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism, and performance.

When did the Melchizedek priesthood endowment take place?

The topic of Podcast #15 is on the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. It might just contain a few surprises for you.

It is now available at the link below-


During the discussion, a heated argument ensued and a fight broke out between me, MD, and Searcher.

It was ugly.

We have decided to discontinue the podcast

Just kidding



Are the Three Watches Contained in Lehi’s Dream?

March 18, 2019

Lehi’s Dream

In our podcast on the three watches, I briefly mentioned the possibility that Lehi’s dream contained evidence of the three watches. I got this possibility from one of my readrs named Ryan. In the podcast I did not take the time to fully present and develop what Ryan had observed.

I have decided to develop this concept a little more in this post.

Ryan noted that there were several distinct groups of people that embarked on the journey

More specifically, he pointed out that the dream of Lehi spoke of three different eras where a group of people attempted to embark in the strait way to make it to the tree of life. The last era contained two groups within it

I would interject that the last of the three eras appears to contain two groups because unlike the narrative of the first and second group, which both ended with was the phrase “and it came to pass” to make a dispensational differentiation, the last two groups do not have that separating phrase between.

He also used keyword searches to show that all three groups had exercised faith and repentance and been baptized and received a remission of their sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost in order to enter into the strait and narrow path.

That is what all three groups had in common.

He went on to observe-

I immediately wondered if the 3 groups of people that Lehi saw weren’t just metaphorical groups, but actual groups of baptized members into Christ’s Church who also coincided with the Three Watches as well.

If that were true, a LOT of the pieces fall into place.

He then observed-

Group 1 didn’t have the Iron Rod to hold on to before they lost their way due to the mists of darkness.

The Meridian Saints didn’t have the New Testament scriptures. They only had the Old Testament scriptures which do not provide with clarity what the NT does. Not that the written word is the only form of the word of God, but it’s a main one, and there are indications that the written word is what was being referred to.

He suggested that the first group was lost in what is universally referred to as the Great Apostasy of the New Testament Church followed by the Dark Ages.

Notice how the dream seems to declare that the entire group became lost

“There arose a mist of darkness … insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost” (1 Ne. 8:23).

This is consistent with D&C 86 which informs us that after the New Testament apostles fell asleep, the , the tares choke the wheat and drive the church into the wilderness

The entire church collectively went into apostacy-

1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants, concerning the parable of the wheat and of the tares:

2 Behold, verily I say, the field was the world, and the apostles were the sowers of the seed;

3 And after they have fallen asleep the great persecutor of the church, the apostate, the whore, even Babylon, that maketh all nations to drink of her cup, in whose hearts the enemy, even Satan, sitteth to reign—behold he soweth the tares; wherefore, the tares choke the wheat and drive the church into the wilderness.

4 But behold, in the last days, even now while the Lord is beginning to bring forth the word, and the blade is springing up and is yet tender—

(Don’t freak out, we have documented in blog posts and in the podcast that the obedient that were mingled among the disobedient saints had their names entered into the Book of Remembrance and will mysteriously and miraculously be brought back in the third watch to successfully establish Zion)

Group 2 had the word of God. Unlike the New Testament Saints, the Restoration Saints of Joseph Smith’s day had the New Testament, Book of Mormon and the Book of Commandments/Doctrine and Covenants.

These saints had both the mists of darkness, “temptations of the devil” (1 Ne. 12:17) and the large and spacious building, “vain imaginations and the pride of the children of men” (1 Ne. 12:18) to deal with.

They fought the mists as they made their way to the tree and then they struggled with the scorn from those in the building after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree.

The Lord told Joseph that the Saint’s “minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief … Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.” (D&C 84:54-55)

The whole church both leaders and members were under condemnation and must have a reformation in all thing. Shortly after that they were rejected as a church with their dead.

We see that during the second watch the saints partook of the fruit of the tree but shortly after partaking fell away as a collective group and failed to establish Zion.

(Again don’t freak out, we have documented in blog posts and in the podcast that the obedient that were mingled among the disobedient saints had their names entered into the Book of Remembrance and will mysteriously and miraculously be brought back in the third watch to successfully establish Zion)

This is consistent with the allegory in Jacob which also identifies the three watches.

Ryan observes that the dream notes that the saints of the second watch [collectively as a group] fell away into forbidden paths and were lost.” (1 Ne. 8:25-28)

I am not saying that I necessarily believe this is an accurate interpretation, but if it isn’t, there are some remarkable typological coincidences worth noting.

BTW, I noticed in one of the BYU studies articles that someone created a comparison between Lehi’s dream and Nephi’s vision. I have not taken the time to look for additional verification or possibly evidence to debunk the above interpretation, but thought I would share it for anyone that would like to review the comparison for any reason.

comparison of lehi dream and nephi vision

“If you think the Church is fully restored..”

March 18, 2019

In a recent Tweet, President Russell Nelson made the following statement:

“If you think the Church is fully restored, you’re just seeing the beginning. There’s much more to come. Wait until next year, and then the next. Eat your vitamins, get your rest. It’s going to be exciting!”

That statement has great shock value and is obviously intended to create a sense of excitement among latter day saints.

From a marketing standpoint, it is ingenious.

The problem with it is that it blatantly contradicts what Joseph Smith and virtually all of the Presidents of the Church have declared.

A Christian antagonist of the LDS restoration recently did a youtube about President Nelsons Tweet and created the following graphic to show many of the pasts statements from Presidents of the Church that it contradicts

fully restored

One might wonder how the President of the Church could have so blatantly contradicted Joseph Smith and so many other Presidents of the modern Church.

There are two possibilities.

One is that President Nelson isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to Church history and doctrine and he should have consulted people in the Church Education Department before making the Tweet.

The second possibility is that Nelson did not actually originate that statement.

It may have been the marketing and Public Relations Department of the church, who are also ignorant about church history and doctrine. If so, again, they also should have run their marketing campaign past LDS scholars to get some feedback.

According to the blogger/youtuber, this is a desperate attempt by the Church to retain those that are having a faith crisis and doubting that the leaders of the Church actually are currently receiving direct revelation from God.

We Need to be Found in the Book of Remembrance

March 14, 2019

Shortly after I began taking the scriptures more seriously and literally and understanding the doctrine of the three watches, I began to wonder what saints of our generation should be doing. After all, it became apparent that the law of God that had been revealed through Joseph Smith in Section 42 had been broken.

The fulness of the gospel had been rejected.

The fulness of the priesthood had been takem from among the saints

The church that had come forth out of the wilderness had fled back into the wilderness.

The saving ordinances of the gospel were no longer available in their fulness.

Waiting and Watching

When the Savior told his apostles that he would come as a thief in the night three different times before his final coming in glory, he admonished them to be found waiting and watching for his secret return. I also knew from the scriptures that during this interim time prior to the last restoration, referred to as a little season, we need to be studying God’s word so that we will avoid being deceived when the time comes for the wise to take the holy spirit as their guide when the offer is extended by the true servants of the Lord.

Nevertheless, I had been wondering if there is anything else that we need to be doing to have our names and actions recorded in heaven.

It later became evident to me that we need to be searching the scriptures. But I continued to wonder if there is anything else.

One of the sections of scripture that I believe addresses this topic is found in the 12th chapter of Daniel. Leading up to chapter 12, chapter 11 refers to the general time frame that we are living in and about to transition into is called the “time of the end

Chapter 12 begins with three passages that are very revealing:

1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

These passages inform us that at the time of the end, Michael will stand up. During this timeframe there will be a time of trouble in the world which will be the greatest time of trouble that the world has ever witnessed. It is during this time that God’s people will be delivered just prior to or during the time of great tribulation.

Interestingly, these people that will be delivered during the time of trouble will be identified by virtue of the fact that their names will be “written in the book.

Hmm. Which book?

Can we get into the book during a time when we cannot get our calling and election made sure, or enjoy the second comforter, which always follows AFTER getting one’s calling and election made sure?

More on that in a minute.

Blessed are those the Wait

Later in this chapter we are informed that the righteous will be purified, made white and tried while the wicked will do wickedly. Those that are wise shall understand-

10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

Those that wait are blessed.

What does that mean? I suspect that it refers to a time of great deception where false prophets are seducing the gullible and foolish who don’t search and understand the scriptures, to join heretical movements that offer a false promise of Zion and salvation.

I have noticed that there are lots of fringe Mormons that frantically run around getting involved in lots of false religious movements. I even know of a man that sustains Denver Snuffer as a prophet of God at the same time that he is promoting Mauricio Berger and Joseph F. Smith as prophets of God.

I am mystified that he can believe in and follow two different movements that are clearly teaching conflicting narratives and being led by different false spirits and false prophets that are receiving contrary revelations. One movement claims that Zion will be established in Missouri, the other movement claims it will not be established in Missouri! The other differences are too numerous and off topic to mention. Clearly, each movement is getting their revelation from a different god.

People who are confused and anxious often use the shotgun approach, hoping to be found among the correct splinter group by virtue of the fact that they have joined all of them. They remind me of people that run around joining every new multi-level pyramid scheme hoping to be in the one that explodes and makes them wealthy.

But the parable of the ten virgins that is subliminally imbedded in the above passages in Daniel informs us that the wise shall wait for the true servants because they understand. No need to cover their bases by prematurely joining every group there is.

Those that Fear the Lord and Speak Often
to Others that Fear the Lord

But what about the book that is mentioned in the twelfth chapter of Daniel? How do we get in it? While reading one of G.azelems disruptive musings I was reminded of a passage of scripture in the Malachi 3 that I had blogged about years ago. Frankly, this passages blows my mind:

16 ¶ Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. 


The Lord overheard those that feared him and spake often one to another!

Their names were written in the Book of Remembrance for that express reason.

Calling and Election and receiving the Second Comforter (which ALWAYS follows AFTER Calling and Election) is not a prerequisite for getting into the Book of Remembrance!!

What a fascinating and revelatory passage.

It sheds additional light on the above passages in Daniel about the importance of being wise and having understanding during a time of apostacy, but it takes it one step further. It informs us that during the very time that we are living in, we can get our names written in the BOOK OF REMEMBRENCE by fearing the name of the Lord and speaking with others often that also fear the Lord.

By doing a keyword search with the phrase “make up my jewels” we find that it also addresses why the saints of the failed Zion of the LDS restoration will still be “spared” at the time that Christ returns to make up his jewels in the 3rd watch.

Compare the above passages in Malachi with the promise of God to the saints that failed in their attempt at Zion-

1 Verily I say unto you, concerning your brethren who have been afflicted, and persecuted, and cast out from the land of their inheritance—

2 I, the Lord, have suffered the affliction to come upon them, wherewith they have been afflicted, in consequence of their transgressions;

3 Yet I will own them, and they shall be mine in that day when I shall come to make up my jewels.

4 Therefore, they must needs be chastened and tried, even as Abraham, who was commanded to offer up his only son.

People that feared the Lord and thought upon his name and spake often to others that feared his name, are entered into a book of remembrance to be made jewels at a later time.

Those are the qualifying points of being entered into that particular book of remembrance. Calling and election sure is not requisite for getting into that book. Being among those that successfully establish Zion is not requisite for getting into the book.

Those that feared the Lord during an unsuccessful group attempt at Zion, or even during a time when the fulness and the saving ordinances were not on the earth can have their names entered into the book.

Make no mistake about it, calling and election is critical before the 3rd watch comes to an end. But it comes at the proper time.

Ultimately consecration during this probation is essential. We are informed in Lectures on Faith and other places in the scriptures that we must be a gathered and consecrated people during the final restoration BEFORE this probation is over.

Section 85 also speaks of the Book of Remembrance. It informs us that you must first be in the book BEFORE you can receive an inheritance when consecration takes place.

9 And all they who are not found written in the book of remembrance shall find none inheritance in that day, but they shall be cut asunder, and their portion shall be appointed them among unbelievers, where are wailing and gnashing of teeth.

It warns that during times when the fulness is on the earth and consecration is administered by true servants of God, you must be willing to consecrate or you cannot have your name enrolled.

3 It is contrary to the will and commandment of God that those who receive not their inheritance by consecration, agreeable to his law, which he has given, that he may tithe his people, to prepare them against the day of vengeance and burning, should have their names enrolled with the people of God.

It promises us that one mighty and strong will return and set in order the house of God and arrange their inheritances:

7 And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God;

8 While that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning.

We have been given an unconditional promise that God’s anointed servants from Joseph Smith’s first commission will return to gather, prepare and consecrate God’s people and prepare them for the day of tribulation and desolation:

7 And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;

8 Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.

9 For the hour is nigh and the day soon at hand when the earth is ripe; and all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, that wickedness shall not be upon the earth;

Praise God for the holy scriptures that we have inherited from the latter day foundation movement that took place during Joseph Smith’s first commission! Praise God for technology that enables us to miraculously sift through the millions of people on this earth to find other people that fear the Lord so that we can speak often with them about the Lord and his miraculous work.

Unsealing a Sealed Book

March 12, 2019

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.


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.


“Unanimous Consent”: According to Lorraine Day, the Noahide Law was Passed through Deception

March 10, 2019

This is very disturbing.

According to Lorraine Day and her husband, Bill Dannemeyer, who is an ex-Congressman, the Noahide Law was passed through deception by four congressional traitors who held a secret vote after her husband and the other congressmen were told to go home.

This law allows the government to execute people for idolatry. Guess what counts as idolatry?

Her husband wrote an article titled “Now the Government can Legally Kill Christians

Below is a video of an interview with Lorraine.

BTW, she points out that Christianity began in the Garden of Eden.

Of course we already know that because of the JST of the Bible but she points out that even the King James Version of the Bible proves it!

The scripture she uses will surprise you.

The information contained in the video gives clarity and greater detail to the following passage:

“…and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”