Making the Connection Between Mark Hofmann and Mauricio Berger

March 18, 2018

Mrs. Watcher and I just got back from a week long vacation.

During our travels we visited Catalina Island and Ensenada Mexico.

We had a glorious time.

Just before I left for the trip I was informed that the six witnesses had returned from Brazil and were unified in their belief of Mauricio’s claims about the Angel Moroni and the Gold Plates.

While on vacation I got a few interesting emails from readers on various topics. Some had to do with the Mauricio Berger drama-controversy. On the way back home I listened to the most recent Q&A featuring Bob Moore and Kelvin Henson.

A Really Bizarre Energy and Methodology to this Movement 

I must say, it strikes me as being odd that they did not have all six witnesses speak at this meeting all fired up and co-testifying. In fact, the vast majority of them did not even show up to the meeting… how weird!

I realize that some may have lived an hour or two away from the place this meeting was held, but my goodness, they are claiming that the sealed portion is being translated! As the chosen witnesses, one would think that they would want to be involved in the first public meeting since they had returned from Brazil.

Everything about this entire movement from the very beginning up until now just seems low-energy and very bizarre to me. I still remember how Elder Joseph F. Smith went off on a tangent about how good the food was in Brazil during his testimony about his trip to Brazil to meet Mauricio and hold the Gold Plates.

What the heck?

I was thinking to my self,

‘you are announcing to the world that the most important prophetic global event prophesied of in scripture has begun and one of the highlights of your visit to Brazil was the food?!?!’

Finally the six witnesses have been chosen and have returned from Brazil and yet only two of them are passionate and supportive enough to show up to the first public Q&A?

Something fishy is going on.

Anyway, I just get a strange feeling about the methodology of how this movement is rolling out and the strange, lethargic spirit of the people involved in this event and how they are representing what they consider to be the great last work.

Signs and Wonders

While giving his testimony, Kelvin told a story about a dream that Mauricio had had of him, which miraculously revealed that Kelvin enjoyed listening to rock and roll and had long hair as a teenager. In the dream Kelvin was hitchhiking and was picked up by Mauricio.

According to Mauricio, neither of them seemed to know where they were going. (frankly, that was the most inspired and revealing part of the dream that Mauricio had as far as I am concerned. )

I personally found Mauricio’s dream about Kelvin to be quite unremarkable.


Because the work of the adversary usually has these kinds of spiritual phenomena associated with it. In fact I recently made the comment to someone that miracles can be expected from this latest scam if it is being inspired by Satan.

French missionary apostasy of 1958

Case in point: Many decades ago a very close relative of mine was called to be the mission president of a mission in France.

When he arrived, a testimony meeting was held with the existing office staff including an elder who had been an assistant to the former Mission President.

During the testimony meeting that missionary stood up and bore a powerful testimony of the Savior and then proceeded to share a dream he had had in which he had previously seen the new Mission President and his wife and their home and various activities taking place in their lives just prior to his new mission call as the Mission President.

In his testimony he described in vivid detail what the home looked like and specific details about the new Mission President’s family that nobody could have known.

The dream and the magnetic personality of the Assistant to the President absolutely astonished and overwhelmed the new Mission President. He was impressed beyond words with this young spiritual giant. Naturally the new Mission President was only too glad to retain this remarkable visionary leader as one of his own Assistants. What the new Mission President did not know is that the AP had been secretly recruiting other missionaries into a secret inner circle of initiates.

To make a very long story short, this very charismatic Elder was secretly attempting to lead many of the other missionaries into a secret higher spiritual path which included the practice of spiritual wifery. Eventually, nearly one third of the mission accepted the heretical teachings of this person. Ultimately, quite a few Elders and Sisters refused to repent and ended up being excommunicated and sent home dishonorably from their missions.

Needless to say, my relative who was a humble, good hearted person who simply wanted to serve the Lord as a mission president was humiliated and heart broken. He had been deceived primarily because he initially accepted the “signs and wonders” of spiritual phenomena as the basis of his witness from the Lord for putting his trust in a certain person.

Although we know that there are valid signs and wonders that accompany the true Christian faith, Satan also provides lying signs and wonders to deceive people:

22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. (Mark 13:22)

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

9 Yea, the Lord, even Jesus, whose coming is not until after there cometh a falling away, by the working of Satan with all power, and signs and lying wonders,

10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2nd Thess 2:8-10)

One of the profound lessons we learn from the LDS apostasy into the dark practice of polygamy, is that the practice was introduced after the saints had rejected the fulness, and it was based on the evidence of “signs and wonders” instead of the authority of the word of God.

When people were approached to live this ancient practice that were skeptical, instead of providing scriptural evidence to validate the practice, they were simply promised signs and wonders… such as an appearance of an angel, or the delivery of a sermon with a cryptic narrative relating to polygamy, etc.

Frankly I am unimpressed with spiritual signs and wonders if they are not accompanied with sound doctrine from the holy word of God.

What does God’s holy word have to say about how the Marvelous Work and a Wonder will take place? That is my primary focus in discerning the claims of Mauricio Berger and I have already documented many of them.

I was Contacted by One of the Six Witnesses

Shortly before I went on vacation I was contacted by a person who informed me that they had read some of my posts on Mauricio Berger and his claims. They told me they believed the claims of Mauricio but they still wanted to know what the returned missionary had disclosed to me. Unfortunately I could not divulge that information to him. Even though I had never communicated with this person, his name seemed familiar to me. Finally I remembered where I had heard it.

One of my sources in Missouri had provided me with a list of the names of the six witnesses and his name was on that list.

I informed this person that I was aware that he was one of the six who had been chosen to be witnesses.

I am impressed that the person had the gumption to engage me and ask me for additional information, even though he was a believer in the claims of Mauricio.

We had a good exchange and he informed me that he remained unconvinced that the claims were false, but wanted to be informed about the issues as much as possible.

At the conclusion of our communications he said

“Are you offended if the work in Brazil turns out to be legit and all the experts are wrong?”

This was my reply-

“I will not be offended at any way that God decides to begin the Marvelous Work. He is the one in charge, not me.

That said, I have been studying this topic for three decades and if the Brazil narrative was true, it would negate all of the [unconditional prophesies and promises] God has promised about the Marvelous Work, so I don’t think I will loose any sleep wondering if Mauricio is telling the truth.”

So Far the Mauricio Movement Has Been a Real Yawner

I wasn’t really intending to blog about the Mauricio Berger scam again because it is such an obvious fraud and it has not been getting any serious traction. I also don’t want to give it any more publicity. Nevertheless, I have now decided to blog about it some more for two reasons.

One is that according to my wordpress analytics, there has been a significant jump in interest in the topic now that the witnesses have returned from Brazil and are claiming to be unified in their witness.

Secondly, one of my readers from the RLDS tradition has sent me some game-changing information linking the Gold Plates of Mauricio Berger to the forgeries of the notorious counterfeiter, Mark Hofmann. In my opinion, this new information provides conclusive empirical evidence that the plates represent a blatant forgery.

As amazing as this empirical evidence is that I am going to share with my readers, I want to emphasize that the most important evidence is found in the unconditional prophecies about the Marvelous Work which are contradicted by the claims of Mauricio.

A Brief Summary of the Mark Hofmann Debacle

To set the stage for the remarkable observation that was shared with me, I need to briefly review the story of Mark Hofmann for those not familiar with him.

Mark Hofmann was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 7 1954. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, he became interested in LDS Church history and purchased his first historical item: a five dollar Kirtland Safety Society Note signed by Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon.

In November of 1976 he was called to serve and LDS mission in the England Southwest Mission.


In June of 1978 he gave a photocopy of an account of a second anointing ceremony in the LDS temple to Sandra Tanner, a high profile anti-Mormon author and bookstore owner.

In April of 1979 he wrote a college essay in the form of a letter to his mother in which he is very critical of the historical policies of the LDS church.

(He would later admit during his trial that he had lost his testimony of the church when he was 14 years old.)

In April of 1980 Hofmann begins activating an elaborate plan to deceive the LDS church by claiming to have discovered the “Anthon Transcript” which had supposedly been stuck between the pages of a 1688 edition of the King James Version of the Bible.  He would be successful in selling the document to the LDS church by exchanging it for the following items valued at $20,000:

  • Five dollar Mormon gold coin minted in 1850.
  • A first edition of the Book of Mormon
  • Several examples of pioneer Mormon Currency

Below you will see what most people consider to be a credible depiction of the true Charles Anthon transcript which I have recently blogged about in conjunction with the claims of Blair Bryant. Following that, you will see the Hofmann Forgery of it.

In the forgery, Mark Hofmann creatively places random characters from the authentic document in a vertical pattern instead of horizontally. In a few places, he also deviates from the original characters and creates his own.

Hofmann eventually confessed to fabricating his document.

hofman4The Authentic Copy of the Anthon Transcript


The Hofmann Forgery of the Anthon Transcript

His forgery was good enough to fool the Prophets and Seers & scholars of the LDS church.

Mark Hofmann fooling the modern Prophets and Seers of the LDS Church

The finding and selling of that forgery made Mark Hofmann somewhat of a celebrity in Mormon circles and propelled him onto a remarkable career as one of the most prolific counterfeiters and forgers of all time.

On January 8 1981 Mark Hofmann was arrested for stealing a bag of slicked almonds from a grocery store in Salt Lake Valley.

In February of 1981 Hofmann shows a fabricated copy of the Joseph Smith 3rd blessing to both the RLDS church and the LDS church. Once again Hofmann sells a fictitious historical document to the LDS church for $20,000 in trade.

The LDS church turns around and trades the document to the RLDS church for an 1833 Book of Commandments. Shortly thereafter, President Wallace B. Smith of the RLDS church announces that a team of experts has tested the Joseph Smith 3rd blessing and established it’s genuineness.

The White Salamander Letter

Between 1982 and the end of 1983 Hofmann buys, sells and secretly produces a myriad of historical items. Soon after that, Hofmann donates a letter from Thomas Bullock to Brigham Young to the LDS church. He finally conceived the idea of creating the infamous “Salamander letter”.

The letter presented a controversial view of Joseph Smith that contradicted the orthodox view of the LDS church. It spoke of Joseph Smith’s involvement in “magic” and also challenged the commonly accepted storyline about Joseph Smiths’ recovery of the Gold Plates.

The letter claimed that when Joseph Smith dug up the plates, a salamander appeared to Joseph Smith and transformed itself into a spirit that refused to allow Joseph Smith to obtain the plates unless his brother Alvin was with him. Since Joseph’s brother Alvin was dead, that was a difficult request. It is believed that Hofmann conjured up that narrative based on a related storyline in another church history document.

Hofmann’s salamander letter also drew upon legends that various animals had supernatural powers.

It created much discussion and debate inside and outside of the church. It was accepted as authentic by some experts and collectors but rejected by others.

It was a brilliant idea by Hofmann who realized that the church was willing to pay substantial amounts of money for controversial documents to shelve them, rather than have them floating around and being scrutinized by the religious community and by anti-Mormons who are always looking for ways to embarrass the church.

Even the LDS Church was reluctant to pay a high price for the document. Because of this, Hofmann suggested that perhaps there were wealthy church members willing to purchase the document and donate it to the church. This idea was embraced by the church and the document was purchased by Steven Christensen and Gary Sheets.

Hofmann had asked $50,000 for the document by finally settled for $40,000.

That year in a general conference of the Church, Bruce R. McConkie gave a warning to members who conduct or support historical research which is threatening to the faith of other members.

The Salamander Letter and related incidents began a string of events that resulted in many more fascinating dealings by Hofmann, including the claim that he had one of the “kinderhook plates”. The transactions he became involved in resulted in millions of dollars although he always seemed to have financial problems. During this same period of time, some people are beginning to question just how realistic it is for a very young person who was new to such a sophisticated industry to come in contact with so many historical documents.


Mark Hofmann on Trial for Murder

In hindsight, it seems strange that alarm bells were not sounding much earlier. Hofmann was taking a big risk to be kicking out so many document sales and purchases in such a short period of time. However his own ego and need for finances motivated him to create one scheme after another after another. This flame was fanned by a wealthy church that wanted to purchase and then hide the more controversial and faith challenging historical documents that surface.

It appears to me as if, as time went on,  a closer scrutiny of the ridiculously large volume of historical documents that Hofmann had become involved in, in such a relatively short period of time began to cause some doubt in the minds of some individuals.

All of this dealing in fraudulent documents led to the Hofmann’s 1985 desperate attempt to avoid exposure by creating deadly pipe-bombs and murdering  Steven Christensen and Kathleen Sheets. He would be arrested in 1986. A much more complete timeline of events can be found here.

It is remarkable that Mark Hofmann became so proficient in fabricating so many historical documents that were not detected by the so-called experts of our day. To say that his forgeries made a huge impact on those studying the life of Joseph Smith Jr and the LDS restoration movement, would be an understatement.

As a master forger, Hofmann deceived a number of renowned document experts during his short career. Some of his forgeries were accepted by scholars for years, and an unknown number of them may still be in circulation.

In the words of one journalist,

“His forgeries live on and his forgeries keep claiming new victims.”

Another journalist prophetically opined –

“One hundred years from now people will still be coming up with things from Hofmann.”

Is it possible that another deception is currently taking place based in part on the forgeries of Mark Hofmann?

I think the answer is a resounding YES!

In part two of this post, I will show pictures of the gold plates that Mauricio claims to have received from the Angel Moroni and will show that some of the character arrangements engraved on them were unequivocally taken from the Mark Hofmann forgery and not from the original.

Again, this connection between Mark Hofmann and Mauricio Berger was brought to my attention by another person that I don’t even know. I am simply providing it to my readers because I believe it provides empirical evidence that Mauricio’s claims are false and the plates he is showing people are fabricated based on the forgery of Mark Hofmann.

Mauricio’s plates that he is showing to authenticate his claims, actually testify against his claims and expose the fraud that is being committed!

Obviously, we already know the claims are false because they do not conform to the prophecies pertaining to the final work of restoration. Nevertheless, the physical evidence that will be provided may be helpful to those who are not as familiar with prophecy as they would like to be.

Keep Watching


A New Series on Modern Revelation: Section 1 (Part A)

March 3, 2018

I have not lost interest on the current podcast on the word coming forth. I will resume that in the near future. However, I have decided to begin a new series on modern revelation.

The first segment of this series will focus on Section One of the Doctrine and Covenants.

The Doctrine and Covenants is a sealed book to most people.

In this presentation we are going to show that there are four general prophecies of future events embedded in Section One.

Section One foretold that the saints of the restoration were going to break the everlasting covenant sometime after November of 1831, when the revelation was given. ( during the last nine years I have documented exactly how and when that prophecy took place and how the fullness of the gospel was only on the earth for 3 1/2 years before the saints of the LDS restoration failed at the law of consecration and broke the everlasting covenant.

Section One  informs us that because of this broken covenant, a global calamity would take place.

It informs us that God had all of this in mind when he called Joseph Smith and his associates to the work.

The good news contained in Section One is that after the covenant is broken, it would finally be re-established at a later time under the direction of God’s appointed disciples.

If you are new to this blog, this podcast will point things out to you in this revelation that you have never seen before.



BTW the video starts half way through… you need to scroll to the beginning





Translating The Anthon Transcript: “This is a testimony to the remnants of Judah that Jesus is the Son of God.”

February 26, 2018

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You are looking at a picture of what some people believe to be the original hand written characters (labeled “Caractors”) copied from the Anthon manuscript that Martin Harris took to Professor Charles Anthon 190 years ago.

The Characters on the fools scrap paper above are presumed to have been copied from an ancient account of the inhabitants of North America that was engraved on thin sheets of gold from which we get the Book of Mormon. It is claimed that the characters are a depiction of the account in “reformed Egyptian” which no scholars to date have been able to interpret, or even verify that such a language existed.

The above document has been in the church archives of the Community of Christ (RLDS) in Independence, Missouri for many years.

I have just learned about a remarkable person that claims to have developed a program that makes a transliteration of the above characters which can then be translated into English!

He does this by looking for patterns and using, among other things what he refers to as symbol substitution ciphers.

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I want to encourage you to read about this fascinating process of decoding the meaning of this ancient language because I believe it has far reaching implications. But first, I want to explain what caught my attention and why I am leaning towards taking the claims of this person seriously even though I have only invested a few minutes reading about it.

This is why this story has captured my imagination.

The Mystery of Who the Brighamite-Mormons really are

During the nine years I have been blogging about LDS doctrine, prophecy and history, I have provided countless references to the wealth of scriptural evidence indicating that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is largely composed of descendants of Judah, or at least, descendants from the ancient kingdom of Judah.

I realize that this goes against everything the LDS church teaches.

How could this be possible?

Isn’t it commonly believed and taught that the Latter day Saints who converted to Mormonism during the ministry of Joseph Smith were largely from the tribes of Joseph and Ephraim who had mingled among the gentiles and migrated to America?

Yes, that is a fundamental and foundational belief within the LDS restoration tradition with lots of evidence to back it up. And it was true, during the Kirtland years of Joseph Smith’s ministry.

We have previously documented that the fullness of the priesthood and gospel had been on the earth for exactly 3 1/2 years in fulfillment of ancient prophecy.

This 3 1/2 year period began June 5th of 1831 when the Melchizedek Priesthood and office of High Priest was restored to the earth at the special conference at the Morely Farm, until December 5th, 1834 when the saints collectively broke their covenant and both the leaders and members of the church were declared to be under condemnation:

“Verily,  condemnation resteth upon you, who are appointed to lead my Chu[r]ch,  and to be saviors of men: and also upon the church: And there must needs be a  repentance and a refor[m]ation among you, in all things..” (Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5-6 December 1834 )

However, after the leaders and members of the church were pronounced by God to be under condemnation, just a few years after the fullness was restored, a change in trajectory took place regarding the tribal demographics of the converts that began flowing into the church.

In 1837, dispite the great contention and apostasy that was manifesting itself among the saints of the restoration, Joseph Smith announced that something new must be done for the salvation of the Church by setting up foreign missions-

“In this state of things, and but a few weeks before the Twelve were expecting to meet in full quorum, (some of them having been absent for some time), God revealed to me that something new must be done for the salvation of His Church.

And on or about the first of June, 1837, Heber C. Kimball, one of the Twelve, was set apart by the spirit of prophecy and revelation, prayer and laying on of hands, of the First Presidency, to preside over a mission to England, to be the first foreign mission of the Church of Christ in the last days.” (History of the Church, 2:489)

In conjunction with this new directive, a revelation was received commissioning the quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other missionaries under their direction to promulgate the gospel “over the great waters“.

Verily, thus saith the Lord: Let a conference be held immediately; let the Twelve be organized; and let men be appointed to supply the place of those who are fallen… And next spring let them depart to go over the great waters, and there promulgate my gospel, the fulness thereof, and bear record of my name. (LDS D&C 118)

We learn from the testimony of Joseph Smith that the tribal identity of new converts  from this second great wave of missionary work and the converts coming from across the great waters represented those from the “outcasts of Israel” and the “dispersed of Judah“.

“If there is anything calculated to interest the mind of the Saints, to awaken in them the finest sensibilities, and arouse them to enterprise and exertion, surely it is the great and precious promises made by our heavenly Father to the children of Abraham; and those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord and have the choicest blessings of Heaven rest upon them in copious effusions.” (Joseph Smith Jr., Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 195. )

To my knowledge, very few if any LDS scholars and historians have taken that pronouncement literally and seriously. Joseph Smith was documenting the change in the tribal demographics of converts coming into the church.

Speaking of the tribal demographics that were being gathered during this second great missionary effort, Joseph Smith is using terminology taken directly from the 11th chapter of Isaiah.

10 ¶ And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

The above prophecy speaks of the day when the Gentiles begin to gather towards an “ensign of the people“. Following that, the narrative informs us that the Lord will then set his hand AGAIN the SECOND TIME TO RECOVER THE REMNANT OF HIS PEOPLE [the remnants of JUDAH]

That is a clear reference to the Jews (from the tribe of Judah) that begin to be recovered after the restored gospel had begun among the Gentiles.

God had set his hand to recover his people the Jews the first time, in the meridian of time but they had rejected the gospel covenant. However it had been prophesied by Isaiah that God would once again set his hand a second time to recover this ancient covenant people.

According to the prophetic commentary by Joseph Smith, the second great wave of missionary work that began to emerge in 1837, represented the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 11.

It represented the extending of God’s hand the second time to his covenant people the Jews who had also been dispersed among the nations.

The converts that would begin to flow into Nauvoo from over the great waters, represented those from the DISPERSED OF JUDAH as well as other remnants from the kingdom of Israel. God was once again setting his hand to recover his ancient covenant people.

The beginning God’s second invitation to his ancient covenant people was to precede the great end times storms and earthquakes that that will disrupt the natural terrain and result in the return of the lost tribes of Israel. Isaiah 11 informs us that God will destroy the tongue of the Egyptian Sea and shake his hand over the “river” and the “seven streams” feeding into the tongue of the Egyptian Sea so that converts may return to Mt Zion over dry ground.

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15 And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind he shall shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod.

As noted in previous blogs, a prophecy about this change in tribal demographics, with additional clarity, was prophesied by Christ in 3rd Nephi. He foretold that after the believing gentiles would reject the fullness of the gospel, he would then have it taken to the house of israel.

At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel…I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.

And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.

Could it really be that Joseph Smith’s ministry transitioned from taking the message of the gospel to the remnants of Joseph and Ephraim among the Gentiles, to additional remnants of the House of Israel? Is it possible that tribal remnants from other tribes of the ancient kingdom of Israel and Kingdom of Judah began flooding into the church during the Nauvoo period?

I have previously pointed out that the Ashkenazi Jews are not descendants of the original Jews of the Old Testament and that their gathering to the Old World despite their collective refusal to believe in Christ does not conform to the prophecies in the Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon informs us that the true Jews will first begin to believe and then gather to the lands of their inheritance.

7 And it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also shall begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land (2nd Nephi 30:7)

As you can see, the true Jews of the latter days first begin to believe in Christ, then they gather in upon the face of the Land. This pattern is congruent with the converts flowing in from across the great waters into America. It is not congruent with the Ashkenazi Jews who continue to collectively reject Christ even after having been directed to the Old World Jerusalem through the assistance of the World Bankers and the U.N.

Numerous scriptures inform us that North America is the land of the Abrahamic land covenant of the end times and that ALL of the tribes of Israel will ultimately gather here.

Restoring the Jews to the Land of their Inheritance

And behold, they shall go unto the unbelieving of the Jews; and for this intent shall they go—that they may be persuaded that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that the Father may bring about, through his most Beloved, his great and eternal purpose, in restoring the Jews, or all the house of Israel, to the land of their inheritance, which the Lord their God hath given them, unto the fulfilling of his covenant; (Mormon 5)

A close, contextual reading of scripture from all of the standard works informs us that the latter day land of their inheritance is in North America, not the Old World Jerusalem.

After the Gentiles Receive the Fulness the Knowledge Goes to the Jews

Christ’s prophecy in 3rd Nephi about the House of Israel receiving the knowledge of the Gospel after the fullness was given to the Gentiles was actually paraphrasing the following declaration that had been given by father Lehi thousands of years earlier:

14 And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fulness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive tree, or the remnants of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer. 1 Nephi 10)

The historical facts of the LDS restoration movement match up perfectly with the prophecies in the Book of Mormon. The remnants of the authentic blood line of the tribe of Judah did in fact begin embracing the knowledge of the restored Gospel and begin gathering back to the land of their inheritance during the Nauvoo period and eventually to Utah. This amazing historical event took place directly after the Gentile saints of the Kirtland era had failed to live consecration and the fullness of the Gospel and had been declared to be under condemnation.

The Book of Mormon claims to be a record written to testify to the Jews of Christ and to reclaim them and graft them back into the vine.

It is truly astounding that Mormons are blinded as to who they truly are and are still awaiting the time when the Book of Mormon will play a key role in restoring Gods ancient covenant people, the Jews, and bringing them to a knowledge of Christ.

How exquisitely cryptic is it that many Mormons are in fact of the literal blood line of Judah that have been brought to the KNOWLEDGE of Christ and His gospel.

Gentile Saints VS. House of Israel Saints

The majority of the leaders and members of the church in Nauvoo that rejected the leadership of Brigham Young were Gentiles from the early Kirtland era, tribally composed of Joseph and Ephraim.

The vast majority of converts from across the great waters from the “outcasts of Israel” and the “dispersed of Judah” chose to follow the leadership of the Twelve Apostles and Brigham Young.

Because of this, I have speculated that shortly after the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, there was to some extent, a significant difference in tribal demographics between the remnants of the RLDS factions that rejected Brigham Young, and that of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints that followed Brigham Young.

Obviously, there has been a great tribal intermingling within both religious traditions, and the influx of people from differing nationalities from the global missionary work of both organizations has also created a tribal melting pot in both traditions.

Nonetheless, it is intriguing to ponder the possibility that at least initially, the RLDS demographic largely represented Joseph among the Gentiles, while the LDS demographic included a large portion of other remnants of the House of Israel, including, remnants of the ancient tribe of Judah.

I have pointed out several Book of Mormon passages that seem to indicated that the pure bloodline of the “Jews” from “Judah” would convert to Christ and unite with the latter day saints in the latter days which is consistent with the claim of the Nephite record which claims to be written for the purpose of converting both Jew and Gentile.

I have also provided scriptural evidence to show that additional records of the Nephites are to come forth that will be directed more specifically to the Gentiles when the great last work begins.

If in fact the narrative I have just painted is true, it would mean that the portion of the plates, containing the “lesser things“, that Joseph Smith translated by the gift and power of God as the Book of Mormon, was to play a major role in testifying of Christ to those of Judah and in converting them to Christ.

And yet the worldview of mainstream Mormonism is still awaiting the mass conversion of the Jews because Mormons erroneously assume that the Book of Mormon has not made good on its claims to have successfully testified of Christ to the Jews and actuated their return to their lands of inheritance.

The Biggest Impact of the Book of Mormon has been on the Jews

I would suggest that in fact, the primary demographic success of the ancient record that we refer to as the Book of Mormon, has in deed been the Jews. The Book of Mormon has been much more successful in converting the remnants of the Jews than the Gentiles.

Think about it-

1- THE SEED OF LEHI: The initial mission to the “Lamanites” failed. Book of Mormon prophecy scholars still await the mass conversion of the seed of Lehi.

2- THE GENTILES: The Book of Mormon was instrumental in the conversion of Gentiles during the first four years of the restoration up until they rejected the fullness, and failed at living the law of consecration. Nevertheless, the numbers of gentile converts during that period of time were relatively small when compared with the second wave of missionary work that would begin in 1837.

3- THE LOST TRIBES: Clearly the prophecies regarding the lost tribes returning have reference to a future event.

So what tribal demographic was most impacted by the Book of Mormon?

4- THE TRIBE OF JUDAH AND THEIR ASSOCIATES: It was the tribal demographic coming from across the great waters during the Nauvoo and Utah eras that has restored the most people to the knowledge of Christ and to the lands of their inheritance. Converts from that wave of latter day missionary work, and their descendants are by far and away the largest tribal demographic that has been impacted by the book of Mormon.

I would submit to you that the converts from this second wave of missionary work would be classified as the House of Israel and Judah, not the Gentiles.

If in fact the converts from across the great waters did represent a different tribal demographic and if it did in fact represent the conversion of the “Jews” (Judah) as foretold in the Book of Mormon, it stands to reason that the Book of Mormon that we have today has had the most impact on the Jews and other remnants of the House of Israel in terms of conversion to Christ.

That would be true with both the general meaning as well as the specific meaning of the term Jews.

Why am I reminding you of these things that have been discussed in more detail in previous posts?

To set the stage for why I am excited about the remarkable work of Blair Bryant.

Blair has spent the last 23 years attempting to decode the meaning of the “Caractors” on the  Charles Anthon Transcript.

He has written a book that can be downloaded for free at the following link:

Interestingly, the forward of the book is written by an LDS scholar possibly resulting in the testimony of both a believing Jew and a believing Gentile.

Although I have not read the book yet, and have not reached an ultimate conclusion as to whether he is inspired in his work, I was blown away by the following translation he made from some of the “caractors“:

“Jesus Christ, Lord of testimony Judah people of the king heir God.”

It blew my mind when I read the above translation!

This is because many students of the book of Mormon, including myself, have been indoctrinated to  speak of it being written to both the Jew and Gentile, and we often associate the term “Jew” in a very broad ambiguous way, that does not necessarily specify the descendants of Judah.

It really jumped out at me as I read one of Blair’s transliterations of the Anthon Transcript, when I noticed that he used the word “Judah” instead of “Jew“!

The word Judah specifically ties a major import and impact of the Book of Mormon to those of the tribe and kingdom of Judah.

Notice also that the passage is limited to Judah instead of combining the terms “Jew and Gentile” or “Judah and Gentile”.

This would imply that the lesser things contained in the Book of Mormon were to have the primary impact on the remnants of Judah, not Joseph or the Seed of Lehi!

It fits perfectly with the narrative that I have summarized in this post because I believe that the Book of Mormon has thus far had the biggest impact on those of Judah and other remnants of Israel!

The Next Nephite Record to Come Forth will be Directed to the Gentiles

As discussed in other posts, there are passages in the Book of Mormon that inform us that additional records from the Nephites that have slumbered in the dust will yet come forth with content more specifically directed to the believing Gentiles of the last great marvelous work. These records will have a great impact on the believing Gentiles and also on the seed of Lehi.

Brother Bryant interprets the above raw transliteration into what he believes is a more accurate explanation in English-

“This is a testimony to the Jews that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

Again, the term “Jew” is often interpreted to have a general meaning for the House of Israel, not necessarily specifically referring to the remnants of Judah.

Because of this confusion, based on my own reading of the Book of Mormon and the narrative I have provided, I would translate it in English thusly:

“This is a testimony to the remnants of Judah that Jesus is the Son of God.”

Anyway, I am so impressed with brother Bryant’s raw translation above, that I must say that he has really got my attention! I plan on reading his book with great interest.

I believe his raw transliteration of the world “Judah” instead of Jews, from the reformed Egyptian symbols goes contrary to the indoctrination and bias that many of us have  received from the restoration tradition. I believe it reveals the integrity of his heart and the exactness of the method he has been inspired to develop.

I believe the transliteration of the above passage reveals one of the great secrets contained in the Book of Mormon about the largest tribal demographic within the Latter day Saint movement. It is consistent with the events in LDS church history that document the great secret that Judah began being restored back during Joseph Smith’s ministry. Note the following petition in the dedicatory Prayer of the Kirtland TEmple actuated back in 1836:

62 We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed;

63 And the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David;

64 And the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father.

Think about it, most people from the RLDS or LDS tradition would have a huge bias in favor of the Book of Mormon having had the greatest impact on the believing Gentile, with a future anticipated impact on the “seed of Lehi” and the “Jews”.

But what if in fact the remarkable prophecy about the latter day Jews beginning to believe in Christ and being restored to the lands of their inheritance has already begun taken place? What if it has been taking place for over 180 years?

I find the following transliteration to be profound.

“Jesus Christ, Lord of testimony Judah people of the king heir God.”






The Office of Bishop: “Bishop, that is none of your damn business!”

February 24, 2018

Many years ago a dear friend of mine was having her temple recommend interview and her bishop asked her if she and her husband engaged in oral sex.

She was shocked and horrified that any man would ask her such an inappropriate and intrusive question. After she regained her composure, she looked her bishop in the eyes and said:

“Bishop, that is none of your damn business”

I suspect her bishop went whimpering to his Stake President to complain about how my friend had abused and disrespected his authority. I also suspect that his Stake president ask him why the H@#l he was asking people such bizarre questions.

A few years later my friends husband became the bishop of that same ward and I can guarantee you that those kinds of questions were not asked anymore.

The purpose of this post is to-

1- Observe some current events relating to heretical worthiness interviewing practices conducted by Bishops in the modern corporate LDS church

2- Note that “Bishops interviews” are not found in scripture

3- Document what the true calling of the office of Bishop really is, and to provide       evidence showing that the office of Bishop is categorically tied to the law of consecration and the “Bishop’s Storehouse”.

As if these interviews with consenting adults are not strange enough, the church also sponsors interviews between Bishops and the youth of the ward, wherein questions regarding sexual practices are also sometimes conducted.

Years ago, as I was beginning to compare the foundational practices of New Testament Christianity and the LDS restoration with the current practices of the modern corporate LDS church, it became alarming to me that local Bishops were conducting these kinds of interviews with children and other people’s wives behind closed doors.

I was concerned because I could find absolutely no precedence for this practice in the scriptures and it seemed that the scriptures give the responsibility of teaching children to their parents.

At that time I notified my Bishop that he was to never conduct an interview with my wife, sons, or daughter, without my consent and without me being present in the interview.

Needless to say, he was offended at my apparent distrust and lack of respect for him and his “authority”.

I bring this unsavory topic up because the church has come under public scrutiny of late for conducting “Bishop Interviews” with young boys and girls and asking them about their sexuality.

In a recent article on this topic, Tribune religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack begins the article thusly:

An older Mormon man routinely sits alone in a closed-door conversation with a younger woman, or even a teenage girl, talking about, of all things, sex — and it doesn’t take a Matt Lauer-under-the-desk lock to keep them both there.

No, the parties are willing participants in an LDS religious ritual: the bishop’s interview.

This generally happens in two ways. First is when the Mormon lay leader of a congregation (usually the bishop and always a male) calls in the boys and girls in his flock from age 12 on up for an annual interview to ask about their testimonies, church attendance, faithfulness to the LDS health code (called the Word of Wisdom) and adherence to the law of chastity.

Some bishops pose pointed questions about moral cleanliness in these conversations, perhaps quizzing about masturbation, heavy petting or fornication, while others keep their queries more general.

The other type of interview is when penitent members go to their bishops to confess actions the church deems to be “serious sins.” This exchange may also delve into details of intimate sexual behavior.

Stack ends her article by pointing out that an online petition urging the LDS Church to “immediately cease the practice of subjecting children to questions about masturbation, orgasm, ejaculation, sexual positions or anything else of a sexual nature”.

An online petition with more than 6,000 signatures urges The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “to immediately cease the practice of subjecting children [ages 10 to 17] to questions about masturbation, orgasm, ejaculation, sexual positions or anything else of a sexual nature.”

In a follow up Tribune article by Bob Mims noting that the petition has garnered over 11,000 signatures as of January 18th, it is revealed that the petition was created by Sam Young, a former Mormon bishop who is a Houston businessman who describes himself as an active Mormon.

Sam plans on formally presenting the petition to the church at their headquarters on March 30th, but hopes they will cease and desist in the practice before that date.

This current controversy has resulted in videos produced by critics of the modern corporate church depicting the absurdity and hypocrisy of leaders of the church who conduct these types of invasive interviews.

The following video by a critic of the church contains a parody which poignantly illustrates how Bishops who claim to be Christ’s earthly representative are not mirroring Christ’s actions by conducting these interviews.



“Man shall not counsel his fellow man”

It is my belief that the above declaration from Section One of the Doctrine and Covenants is to be taken at face value.

It means what it says.

In other words, unless a valid servant of the Lord receives a valid revelation from the Lord regarding another person, human beings are not supposed to be counseling other human beings on how to conduct their lives.


And yet, the culture within the modern Mormon Church is the epitome of man counseling his fellow man.

Layer upon layer upon layer of uninspired and ungodly counsel is given other members of the church continuously by home teachers, Sunday school teachers, auxiliary leaders, Bishops, Stake Presidents and General Authorities.

The same critic that created the above video has posted a secret recording of a closed door conversation between a recently divorced woman and her Stake President in which the Stake President informs the woman that she has the right to silently disagree with local leaders but the minute she refuses to unconditionally obey their council she is in apostasy.

It is a textbook example of unrighteous dominion.

The conversation is extremely painful to listen to and downright nauseating. I do not encourage you to listen to it.

I provide the link only as evidence to support the astounding fact that blind obedience to Bishops and Stake Presidents is being mandated by Bishops and Stake Presidents in the modern corporate church.

It takes the concept of priest craft to the next level.

In her article, Peggy Stake refers to the “Bishops Interview” as a “religious ritual“. But where does this religious ritual originate from?

Where in the scriptures do we first find mention of such a practice, even when the true office of Bishop is functioning on the earth?

I am still looking for such a passage.

What exactly are the real duties and responsibilities of the office of Bishop?

According the New Testament, a Bishop must be blameless, vigilant, sober, and hospitable.

He must be the husband of ONE WIFE and an able teacher. But nothing is mentioned about conducting private interviews containing explicit interrogations about sexual practices with other men’s wives or children.

1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Paul informs us that the Bishop needs to not only expound the gospel to his flock, he also needs to be a defender of the faith, convincing the gainsayers with sound doctrine:

9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

When was the office of Bishop first introduced into the restored church?

If you do a quick keyword search of the term “Bishop” in the Doctrine and Covenants, you will likely assume that it was in April of 1830 when the church was restored. It will appear as if the office of Bishop was first introduced in section 20, known as the articles and covenants of the church. In this section it detailed which priesthood offices were in the church and what their responsibilities were. Section 20 explains how the restored church was initially to be governed prior to the fullness of the gospel and priesthood being restored.

HOWEVER the use of the term “Bishop” was not in the original revelation when Section 20 was first given, it was added at a later time RETROACTIVELY.

The office of Bishop was first introduced into the church when section 41 was given.

Why wasn’t it included in Section 20 when it was initially given?

Did the Lord forget about this most import office when explaining how the restored church was to be governed in Section 20?


The office of Bishop was not mentioned in Section 20 because there was no need for that office yet.

The primary purpose of Section 41 was to pave the way for the LAW OF THE CHURCH containing the LAW OF CONSECRATION that would be revealed in Section 42.

In Section 41,  the Lord was instructing the prophet and church elders to assemble together and unite in the prayer of faith to receive God’s “LAW” so that they could properly govern the church when the fullness of priesthood would be given in June of 1831-

1 Hearken and hear, O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God, ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all blessings, ye that hear me; and ye that hear me not will I curse, that have professed my name, with the heaviest of all cursings.

2 Hearken, O ye elders of my church whom I have called, behold I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall assemble yourselves together to agree upon my word;

3 And by the prayer of your faith ye shall receive my law, that ye may know how to govern my church and have all things right before me.

In this revelation God was introducing the office of Bishop and explaining that the responsibilities of the office would be provided in the upcoming law that was about to be revealed-

9 ..I have called my servant Edward Partridge; and I give a commandment, that he should be appointed by the voice of the church, and ordained a bishop unto the church, to leave his merchandise and to spend all his time in the labors of the church;

10 To see to all things as it shall be appointed unto him in my laws in the day that I shall give them.

Following that revelation, the Law was revealed in Section 42.

So what does section 42 tell us about the role and responsibility of the Bishop?

28 Thou knowest my laws concerning these things are given in my scriptures; he that sinneth and repenteth not shall be cast out.

29 If thou lovest me thou shalt serve me and keep all my commandments.

30 And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken.

31 And inasmuch as ye impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me; and they shall be laid before the bishop of my church and his counselors, two of the elders, or high priests, such as he shall appoint or has appointed and set apart for that purpose.

32 And it shall come to pass, that after they are laid before the bishop of my church, and after that he has received these testimonies concerning the consecration of the properties of my church, that they cannot be taken from the church, agreeable to my commandments, every man shall be made accountable unto me, a steward over his own property, or that which he has received by consecration, as much as is sufficient for himself and family.

33 And again, if there shall be properties in the hands of the church, or any individuals of it, more than is necessary for their support after this first consecration, which is a residue to be consecrated unto the bishop, it shall be kept to administer to those who have not, from time to time, that every man who has need may be amply supplied and receive according to his wants.

34 Therefore, the residue shall be kept in my storehouse, to administer to the poor and the needy, as shall be appointed by the high council of the church, and the bishop and his council;

35 And for the purpose of purchasing lands for the public benefit of the church, and building houses of worship, and building up of the New Jerusalem which is hereafter to be revealed—

36 That my covenant people may be gathered in one in that day when I shall come to my temple. And this I do for the salvation of my people.

37 And it shall come to pass, that he that sinneth and repenteth not shall be cast out of the church, and shall not receive again that which he has consecrated unto the poor and the needy of my church, or in other words, unto me—

38 For inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these, ye do it unto me.

39 For it shall come to pass, that which I spake by the mouths of my prophets shall be fulfilled; for I will consecrate of the riches of those who embrace my gospel among the Gentiles unto the poor of my people who are of the house of Israel.

The law of consecration was given to temporally take care of the poor.

In other revelations God would inform that saints that they must be equal in both temporal and spiritual things.

Members of God true church were commanded to impart their substance and lay it before the Bishop with a covenant and deed that cannot be broken. This is how the Bishop’s storehouse was to be established.

The revelation gives additional details as to how the Bishop was to manage and administer the residue of the consecrated substance in supplying the wants and needs of God’s people and in purchasing additional lands for the benefits of the saints.

This law is requisite for the gathering of the saints prior to the coming of Christ to his temple! It is requisite for the salvation of the saints! This celestial law will still be lived by those who will be prepared to receive the Lord when he returns.


Please notice that the revelation does not mention anything about authority to conduct private interviews about sexual behavior.

Interestingly, the revelation states that when someone is tried for adultery, they are to be brought before the ELDERS of the church. It only states that it is desirable for the Bishop to be “present” if possible. It says nothing about the Bishop sitting in judgment on such a charge nor does it give the Bishop authority to preside over spiritual matters.

Section 72 and other revelations reiterate the fact that the Bishop has a stewardship over temporal things while the Elders and High Priests are to administer spiritual things.

Section 84 lists one of the few passages that suggest that the Bishop can raise the sound of the Gospel and the warning voice, but again, it has to do with the temporal desolation utter abolishment that will fall upon those that reject the gospel.

Section 85 informs us that the temporal inheritances shall be determined and handed out by the bishop.

Section 102 mentions that the Bishop is to stand as a judge in Zion over temporal disputes.

Sections 68 and 107 inform us that only descendants of Aaron have the “legal” right to serve as Bishops and that when no descendants of Aaron can be identified, High Priests may be “ordained” to officiate in that office.

A high priest of the Melchizedek Priesthood has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices. Hence, he may officiate in the office of bishop when no literal descendant of Aaron can be found.

A complete word search of the term Bishop in modern revelation makes it clear that the office of Bishop sits as a judge in Israel over TEMPORAL things, not spiritual things.

Bishops have not been commissioned to conduct worthiness interviews or discern the spirituality of their fellow saints. Obviously, they have not been authorized to pry into personal sexual matters of the saints.

One of the astounding things that the scriptures and the history of the church testify of is the fact that there was no need for the office of Bishop until the law of consecration was given and the saints were commanded to impart of their substance to the poor.

Without the law of Consecration, there was no legitimate Bishops storehouse.

Without a valid Bishop’s storehouse, there was no need for a Bishop to administer to the needs of the poor, according to the law of God.

It appears to me that when the saints rejected the fullness of the Gospel and failed to live the law of consecration, the office of Bishop became null and void.

Of course, several years later, the Lord rejected the church with their dead.

From that time forward, the were no valid Bishops that met the qualifications given in scripture.

The fact that the office of Bishop was not mentioned in Section 20 in the original revelation was not an oversight on the part of the Lord. It simply was not necessary at that time since the restored church only had the preparatory gospel at that time and the fullness of the gospel and the LAW of the Gospel had not been restored.

Although the revelations canonized in the D&C provide a clear explanation of the office of Bishop, there is a published but un-canonized revelation that provides even more clarity.

One of the most instructive revelations pertaining to the role of the Bishop was given in March of 1832. In this revelation it is revealed that the Bishop was to stand in the judgment seat for the express purpose of administering the temporal “overplusses” of all of the saints who have entered into consecration:

1      Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servants Sidney and Joseph:
2      I reveal unto you for your own profit and instruction concerning the bishops of my Church—
3      What is their duty in the Church?
4      Behold, it is their duty to stand in the office of their bishopric and to fill the judgment seat which I have appointed unto them:  to administer the benefits of the Church or the overplusses of all who are in their stewardships, according to the commandments as they are severally appointed.
5      And the property or that which they  receive of the Church is not their own but belongeth to the Church.
6      Wherefore it is the property of the Lord and it is for the poor of the Church, to be administered according to the law;
7      For it is the will of the Lord that the Church should be made equal in all things.
8      Wherefore the bishops are accountable before the Lord for their stewardships, to administer of their stewardship (in the which they are appointed by commandment jointly with you my servants) unto the Lord, as well as you my servants or the rest of the Church, that the benefits of all may be dedicated unto the Lord, that the Lord’s storehouse may be filled always, that ye may all grow in temporal as well as spiritual things.
9      And now verily I say unto you, the bishops must needs be separated unto their bishopric and judgment seats from the care of business, but not from claim, neither from counsel. 
10     Wherefore I have given unto you commandment that you should be joined together by covenant and bond;
11     Wherefore see that ye do even as I have commanded.
12     And unto the office of the presidency of the High Priesthood I have given authority to preside with the assistance of his councilors over all the concerns of the Church.
13     Wherefore stand ye fast, claim your priesthood in authority, yet in meekness;
14     And I am able to make you abound and be fruitful and you shall never fall;
15     For unto you I have given the keys of the kingdom, and if you transgress not they shall never be taken from you.
16     Wherefore feed my sheep.  Even so.  Amen.

From the above revelation we find that Bishops are to labor with the other High Priests so  that the church can grow temporally and spiritually. However the stewardship of the Bishops expressly has to do with being a standing as a judge over the temporal storehouse for the express purpose of taking care of the poor and endeavoring for temporal equality.

The bottom-line is that without the law of consecration and a Bishops storehouse, there is no need for a Bishop.

This is why the office of Bishop was not mentioned in the original Articles and Covenants of the Church currently published as Section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants.

The scriptures inform us that when the saints begin to reject the truth, the knowledge of the truths they had previously learned is taken away from them.


In previous posts I have observed that virtually every true doctrine of the kingdom has been lost or perverted by the modern apostate church. I would now add to that, the fact  that the true purpose and intent of the original priesthood offices and priesthood callings have now been lost or perverted by the modern church.

Deacons were supposed to be adult males who were to look after the congregation, they were not supposed to be children.

Evangelists were “missionaries” who held the evangelical priesthood that had been restored by John the Baptist, they were not stake patriarchs that were giving patriarchal blessings.

Prophets were to prophesy and to be filled with the spirit of prophecy, not to act as corporate administrators

Revelators were to reveal new doctrinal truths and expound on existing ones.

Seers are able to look through interpreters and translate ancient records through the gift and power of God. They are not administrators who hire translators to work for the church.

Bishops are temporal judges in Israel who are responsible for the Storehouse and for ministering to the poor. They can only function when the fullness of the gospel and the law of consecration is  enacted. Without the true law of consecration and the a true Bishops storehouse, there is no legitimate need for the office of Bishop. Bishops are not to be conducting worthiness interviews and interrogating adults and children about their sexual practices. The is no scripture support for such practices.



Super Bowl Special: The Three Watches as Documented in Lehi’s Vision of the Tree of Life

February 4, 2018

When was the last time you read Lehi’s vision about the Tree of Life, the Iron Rod, and the Strait and Narrow Path?

When you have read it in the past I suspect that you, like me, assumed that the various groups of people mentioned were all having their path experience at the same time, rather than in three chronological time periods.

I got a rather thought provoking email today by one of my readers and thought that we should share it with you.

Please excuse Mrs. Watcher’s initial frivolity despite such a sober topic.




Note how this new interpretation incorporates the eventual falling away and apostasy of both the saints of the New Testament Church and also the saints of the Restored Church, followed by an account about the success of the final successful attempt of the saints in the Third Watch during the Marvelous Work and a Wonder.

Note: One should not assume that the faithful saints of the first two watches ultimately fail to gain eternal life.  The faithful saints of the second watch who were mingled with some unfaithful saints stumbled when they attempted to redeem Zion.

Yet they were promised by the Lord that they even though they transgressed before the Lord, they would eventually become the jewels of the Lord.

D&C 101

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.

After getting that unconditional promise, they were told that they would be returned to the earth in the flesh during the third watch to receive their inheritance in the land of Zion

D&C 103

1 Verily I say unto you, my friends, behold, I will give unto you a revelation and commandment, that you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties concerning the salvation and redemption of your brethren, who have been scattered on the land of Zion;

2 Being driven and smitten by the hands of mine enemies, on whom I will pour out my wrath without measure in mine own time.

3 For I have suffered them thus far, that they might fill up the measure of their iniquities, that their cup might be full;

4 And that those who call themselves after my name might be chastened for a little season with a sore and grievous chastisement, because they did not hearken altogether unto the precepts and commandments which I gave unto them…

11 But verily I say unto you, I have decreed that your brethren which have been scattered shall return to the lands of their inheritances, and shall build up the waste places of Zion.

12 For after much tribulation, as I have said unto you in a former commandment, cometh the blessing.

13 Behold, this is the blessing which I have promised after your tribulations, and the tribulations of your brethren—your redemption, and the redemption of your brethren, even their restoration to the land of Zion, to be established, no more to be thrown down.

Editorial Note: I have been asked to post the entire email on this blog so that the points could be studied.


You mentioned in your YouTube something interesting about the word “commence” and that got me started down a word search that, for me, led to an amazing discovery I’d like to share with you.
As I studied the word commence, I was turned on to the vision of the Tree of Life.
Here’s what I found…
There were four main groups described in the vision.
Group 1
1 Ne. 8:21-23
21 And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood.
22 And it came to pass that they did come forth, and commence in the path which led to the tree.
23 And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost.
Group 2
1 Ne. 8:24-25
24 And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree.
25 And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.
Group 3
1 Ne. 8:30
30 But, to be short in writing, behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward; and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.
Group 4
1 Ne. 8:31
31 And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious building.
Of these four groups, three were heading toward the tree and some were lost while one of them never cared to seek the tree and went to the great and spacious building.
You’ll note that when each of the 3 groups commenced their journey to the tree, they entered the strait and narrow path at the fountain head.
1 Ne. 8:20
20 And I also beheld a strait and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree by which I stood; and it also led by thehead of the fountain, unto a large and spacious field, as if it had been a world.
What else is unique to these three groups is that they were all pressing forward.
21 And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood.
24 And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree.
30 But, to be short in writing, behold, he saw other multitudes pressing forward; and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward, continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.
Where else do we see pressing forward and strait and narrow?
2 Ne. 31:17-20
17 Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might knowthe gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.
18 And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea,ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive.
19 And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.
20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shallpress forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
It shows that each of these groups in order to enter the strait and narrow path must be baptized.
“then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life… [because] ye have entered in by the gate [been baptized by water]” (2 Ne. 31:18).
Once they’re on the path they press forward. All of them. They “press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ [holding fast to iron rod]” (2 Ne. 31:20).
Now that we talked about their similarities let’s look at some of their differences. We see that they’re baptized and feast on the word of God as they’re making their way to the Tree of Life.
Each group has a different struggle.
Group 1 has to deal with the mist of darkness.
“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).
We know “the mists of darkness are the temptations of the devil, which blindeth the eyes, and hardeneth the hearts of the children of men, and leadeth them away into broad roads, that they perish and are lost” (1 Ne. 12:17).
Group 2 had to deal with the mist of darkness and a new threat — the great and spacious building.
“After they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed … on the other side of the river of water, [was] a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth. And it was filled with people … in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit. And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost.” (1 Ne. 8:25-28)
Group 3, faced similar challenges, however they never did fall away.
What was the difference?
It was in how they took the word of God in their hands.
Group 1 didn’t have the iron rod to hold on to.
Group 2 “caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness,clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree.” (1 Ne. 8:24)
Group 3 Lehi “saw other multitudes pressing forward; and they came and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; and they did press their way forward,continually holding fast to the rod of iron, until they came forth and fell down and partook of the fruit of the tree.” (1 Ne. 8:30)
Group 1 didn’t have the Iron Rod to cling to and were lost.
Group 2 clung to it and then fell away.
Group 3 continually held fast and even though there were people in the great and spacious building mocking them, but they “heeded them not” (1 Ne. 8:33).
It was you who taught me that Joseph Smith revealed that Christ would come during three separate occasions referred to as Watches.
JST Luke 12:41-42
41 For behold, he cometh in the first watch of the night, and he shall also come in thesecond watch, and again he shall come in the third watch.
42 And verily, I say unto you, He hath already come, as it is written of him; and again, when he shall come in the second watch or come in the third watch, blessed are those servants, when he cometh, that he shall find so doing;
It was you who taught me that the First Watch was during Christ’s earthly ministry and that the Second Watch was during Joseph Smith’s prophetic ministry and that that Third Watch was still to come during what it referred to as the Marvelous Work and a Wonder.
So I couldn’t help myself.
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.
Like, how Group 1 didn’t have the Iron Rod to hold on to and how they lost their way due to the mists of darkness.
The Meridian Saints didn’t have the scriptures. Not that that is the form of the word of God, but it’s a main one. And after the gospel was lost in what is universally referred to as the Great Apostasy we have the Dark Ages.
Group 2 had the word of God. The Restoration Saints of Joseph Smith’s day had the Bible, Book of Mormon and the Book of Commandments.
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)
We see that during the second watch the saints partook of the fruit of the tree but shortly after partaking fell away.
It’s interesting that Group 3 never falls away. This reminds me of the Saints that are gathered in during the Third Watch never to fall away.
When Mormon was compiling the Book of Mormon, he records made a similar discovery. He saw our day and knew that Lehi’s vision was more than just a metaphor.
Hel. 3:28-30
28 Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven [baptism] is open unto all, even to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God.
29 Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God [iron rod], which is quick and powerful, which shall divide asunder all thecunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil [mists of darkness], and lead the man of Christ in astrait and narrow [path that leads to the tree of life] course across that everlastinggulf of misery [justice of God] which is prepared to engulf the wicked—
30And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven [tree of life]









When ye shall see these things.. ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation: The Great Awakening

January 26, 2018

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.



13 And the blood of that great and abominable church, which is the whore of all the earth, shall turn upon their own heads; for they shall war among themselves, and the sword of their own hands shall fall upon their own heads, and they shall be drunken with their own blood.


Part Two of the Series about How the Marvelous Work Begins with the Word Proceeding to Come Forth

January 24, 2018

The following YouTube represents part two of the series I am doing about the Marvelous Work and the Proceeding of God’s Unlearned Servant in Bringing forth God’s Word.

Four Part Prophetic Sequence Part 2

In the above presentation I share the fact that I have obtained pictures of the gold plates that Mauricio has.

For those who are new to this blog, that are interested in the claims of Mauricio Berger, I am providing a chronological listing of the posts I have done on this topic from my first post to my last

Chronological Listing

October 31st 2017 Did the Marvelous Work begin on April 6th 2007?

November 4th 2017 Weighed in the Balance: The Claims of Mauricio- Part One

November 15th 2017 Weighed in the Balance: The Claims of Mauricio Berger- Part Two

November 20th 2017: Weighed in the Balance and Found Wanting: The Claims of Mauricio Berger- REJECTED BY THE WATCHER

November 24th 2017: Weighed in the Balance and Found Wanting: The Claims of Mauricio Berger- The Gentiles Bring forth and Translate the Last Records

January 13th 2018 Weighed in the Balance and Found Wanting: The Holy Ghost Endorses the Writings of the Watcher

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