Michael A. Kennedy: “Joseph Smith Never had Sex with Any of his Plural Wives”

August 19, 2017

The other night I and Mrs. Watcher had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by Michael Kennedy and his wife.

The lecture was entertaining and informative. Brother Kennedy has warmth and humor and passion when he speaks. We really enjoyed listening to him.

mike kennedy

Mike is apparently the first descendant of Joseph Smith Jr. to convert to the church and receive what the church claims to be the Melchizedek Priesthood.

My suspicion is that Mike has also received what the church refers to as the second endowment or anointing at the hands of the president of the church or one of the brethren.

The reason I have this suspicion is because the church has given him a special lifetime calling to seek out and gather, or unify, the remnants of the posterity of Joseph Smith Jr. and to be somewhat of a special emissary of the church in that capacity.

Mike Kennedy has made the following statement:

It makes sense that a loving God would have a plan that would recover the family of Joseph and Emma, honor the sacrifices made, and fulfill Joseph’s petition that his family would come to “be converted and redeemed with Israel, and know that thou art God” (D&C 109:70).  I did not know then that the Lord did have a plan, nor that I would be a big part of that effort.

As you can see, Mike Kennedy and the leaders of the church who have appointed him to help gather and unify the family of Joseph Smith Jr., believe that the time has come for Joseph’s family to finally be gathered and redeemed. They feel this effort is fulfilling prophecy.

It is a great honor for Brother Kennedy to be chosen to lead this effort.

By placing him in the spotlight and making him somewhat of an official emissary and spokesman on issues having to do with Joseph Smith Jr. as it relates to the history of Mormonism, the church indirectly presents him to be a credible authority on such issues.

Naturally the brethren take a huge risk in doing this should brother Kennedy ever  become disaffected from the church or begin teaching false doctrine.

Keep  in mind that brother Kennedy spends much of his time dealing with the posterity of Emma Smith, his cousins. Many of them believe in the restoration that Joseph Smith was involved with, and are very bitter towards the LDS church and the way that the LDS church has treated Emma and her offspring in the historical narrative that they have perpetuated.

Emma refused to go west with Brigham Young and the saints after the martyrdom and ensuing succession crisis in Nauvoo. Following that, harsh words and accusations about Emma were made by Brigham Young and other leaders of the Utah Mormons.

The brethren have put an enormous amount of trust in brother Kennedy, by virtue of the position they have placed him in, not because of anything he has accomplished or learned, but because of his birthright. Because of this, I suspect that the brethren have tested his loyalty and consecrated it with the higher religious endowment that usually takes selected members of the church to a higher level of loyalty.

Again, it is total speculation on my part that he has received the second endowment.

Mikes conversion story is quite fascinating and entertaining. It is well known to many and can be read here and here.

Although he has given many talks and fireside presentations, the talk he gave the other night seemed more controversial than what he has presented in the past.

It may be because he was addressing a fringe group of LDS preppers that thrive on controversial stuff or it may simply be a sign of the times.

In this post I am going to share some of the fascinating things that he talked about.

As always, there will not be even a hint of bias in the spin I put on his remarks.. LOL

The Posterity of Joseph Compared with the Posterity of Hyrum

One of the first things that caught my attention was the statistical comparison between the posterity of Joseph Smith and that of Hyrum Smith.

Mike had a genealogy chart showing the complete posterity of Joseph Smith.

Joseph Smith Jr. has about 2500 descendants that can be verified.

He noted that Hyrum  has about 30,000 descendants !!!!!!!!

joseph posterity.png

This is shocking given the fact that both men died at the same time and Hyrum had only a few polygamous wives while Joseph Smith is believed by many to have had upwards of 30.

Both men had nine biological children from non-polygamous wives although one of Joseph’s was still born and two died shortly after birth.

Hyrum had 16 biological grand children and Joseph had 23 biological grandchildren.

Hyrum had no biological children from his two plural wives and to date, DNA suggests that Joseph Smith Jr. did not have a single biological descendant from any of his alleged polygamous wives either!!!!

One would think the brother with 23 biological grandchildren might have an advantage over the brother with 16, in propagating a large posterity.

Not in this case.

Obviously the fact that Hyrum’s posterity followed Brigham Young to Utah and was no doubt involved at least to some extent in polygamy before it was discontinued, while Joseph’s offspring did not go west and was not involved in polygamy, had some bearing on the lopsided discrepancy.

However, it appears as though most of Hyrum’s grandchildren were female and very few of his male grandchildren were involved in polygamy, hence polygamy does not appear to be the only or even the primary factor to be considered.

The practice of polygamy was abolished by the Utah church by the time the offspring of Hyrum became middle aged.

Brother Kennedy pointed out numerous instances having to do with why Joseph’s posterity did not seem to flourish. These instances included three of Joseph’s children that  died early, single females that did not marry and a son of Joseph’ that was committed to a mental institution.

If I am not mistaken, Joseph’s posterity of 2500 includes his adopted children from the murdocks. This would make his count of biological descendants even smaller than the 2,500 figure would indicate.

Interestingly Hyrum is the one designated in Section 124 as holding the office of PRIESTHOOD and PATRIARCH:

91 And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant William be appointed, ordained, and anointed, as counselor unto my servant Joseph, in the room of my servant Hyrum, that my servant Hyrum may take the office of Priesthood and Patriarch, which was appointed unto him by his father, by blessing and also by right;

92 That from henceforth he shall hold the keys of the patriarchal blessings upon the heads of all my people,

It seems somewhat fitting to me that the brother designated as the patriarch would produce such a vast posterity.

The Brigham Young Family Apologizes to the Emma Smith Family

Brother Kennedy mentioned that one of the challenges that he had in bringing all of the Smith relatives together and cultivating positive feelings towards each other had to do with how angry many of the Emma Smith descendants were about the mean things that Brigham Young and others had been said about Emma’s character and motivations at the time of the succession crisis.

Because of this Brother Kennedy felt that a public apology to the descendants of Emma Smith was appropriate and necessary in mending the hard feelings that still existed.

Brother Kennedy claims that his suggestion to the First Presidency was to get an official apology from the Brigham Young Family Organization, of which I am a member.

I suspect that Brother Kennedy’s original request was that the First Presidency issue the apology on behalf of the entire church and that the request was flatly turned down by the brethren as their policy is to never apologize for anything even when they are wrong.

Elder Oaks has stated that the church doesn’t “seek apologies,” “and we don’t give theM”.

Indeed, Elder Oaks has declared that members should never criticize the leaders of the church even when the criticism is true

 

At any rate, regardless of whether my speculation is accurate or not about the church refusing to apologize to the descendants of Emma Smith, Brother Kennedy was successful in getting the leaders of the church to encourage the leaders of the Brigham Young Family organization to issue a formal apology. Again, the apology was for the harsh things that have been said about Emma Smith by leaders and members of the church for the last four generations, beginning with the statements made by Brigham Young.

letter of apology

Brother Kennedy said that when members of both family organizations were gathered in a room to hear the Brighamite family leaders make the official apology, many of the angry descendants of Emma began weeping as they heard the apology. He felt this event went a long way in softening the hearts of many of the Emma Smith posterity.

Mrs Watcher and i were touched by this story.

As a descendant of Brigham Young I wanted to jump up and shout for joy when I heard about this apology. In fact, I wish i could have been the one to verbally make it.

As Brother Kennedy was diplomatically throwing Brigham Young under the bus, I envisioned myself driving it. I backed up several times so I could run over him again and again. LOL

DNA is on My Side!

Anyway, now for the really controversial part of Brother Kennedy’s presentation.

After pointing out that DNA testing has resulted in disqualifying every suspected polygamous descendant of Joseph Smith Jr. as being a true descendant, Brother Kennedy made the claim that Joseph Smith Jr. NEVER HAD SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH ANY OF HIS POLYGAMOUS WIVES!!!!

I just about fell of my chair when he made that claim.

I don’t remember him prefacing his remarks with “in my opinion…”

I only remember an authoritative declaration that Joseph Smith never had sex with any of his polygamous wives.

After the talk I cornered Brother Kennedy and informed him that what he was saying was not congruent with the conclusions that have been made by most LDS scholars on the topic. I then asked him if he had received any blow-back on his claims.

He said he had not gotten any blow-back on the claim that Joseph Smith never physically consummated any of his polygamous sealings. He then emphatically stated that “DNA is on my side on this issue”.

The Top LDS Apologist Begs to Differ

As soon as I got home from the meeting I sent an email to one of the top LDS scholars who has financed more research on this topic than anyone else and asked him is he agrees with the supposition being made by Brother Kennedy.

His response was as follows:

Hi Owiw, I haven’t heard from you for a while. Hope you are well. Bro. Kennedy is entitled to his opinion but the evidence supporting sexuality is very strong in several of the relationships. Here’s a link

http://josephsmithspolygamy.org/common-questions/plural-marriages-sexual/  

Included in that article is the following chart

polygamy chart

While I agree that the absence of verifiable offspring is compelling, it certainly is not conclusive.

The fact that a person does not have offspring from a wife or wives, does not categorically prove that they did not have sex with them.

I find the numerous testimonies of plural wives that they did have sex with Joseph to be just as compelling.

Perhaps more so.

I simply don’t think they all lied about it.

In addition to the testimonies of these women, countless men who knew Joseph Smith intimately also testified that he consummated his polygamous marriages.

Does God Intervene During Modern Times?

One of the most intriguing things about this issue to me is that to my knowledge, nobody has ever suggested the intervention of God in closing the wombs of Joseph’s polygamous wives from having children.

It is strange how we latter day saints have no problem accepting the fact that God miraculously closed and opened wombs from bearing children anciently, but it is beyond our faith and comprehension to consider the possibility that he might have done it in Joseph Smith’s day:

So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare childrenFor the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.

Indeed there are numerous other times in the Bible when God closed up wombs or opened them for his own purposes. He seems to have total dominion over the sending of spirit children to this earth.

Two Completely Different Types of Polygamy

The controversy in Mike Kennedy’s talk did not end with his claim that Joseph Smith never had intercourse with his plural wives.

He then made the pronouncement that Joseph Smith and Brigham Young practiced two completely different types of polygamy.

He claimed that Joseph was practicing a spiritual wife- celestial marriage type of polygamy that did not require sex in this world.

Conversely, he claimed that Brigham Young used polygamy for the purpose of “planting the roots deeply” when the saints got to Utah, by propagating the Lords people through a form of polygamy that did involve sexual intercourse.

As I sat there pondering the theological and historical ramifications of what was being suggested, I was flabbergasted.

I wondered if the brethren knew that he was publicly teaching this stuff. Do they endorse this new line of thinking?

I must admit that much of his talk and the sanitized history that he shared seemed scripted by the church until he got to some of his views on the polygamy issue.

On the positive side, the new paradign that he was presenting actually creates an innovative way to enable the conflicting factions on this issue to come together in agreement on a  long disputed issue that has been very divisive.

joseph compromise

Those historians and doctrinal scholars, primarily in the Brigham Young-Hyrum Smith family traditions, who are adamant that Joseph Smith did practice polygamy are still validated that he did, while those that have adamantly claimed that Joseph did not have physical relations with polygamous wives, primarily from the Emma Smith family tradition, are also validated.

It actually makes a lot of sense that such a theory would be presented by a man who has spent years trying to bring these two factions of the restoration together since this issue is one of the chief doctrinal and historical contentions that have separated them.

Frankly, the theory creates cognitive dissonance in my brain.

If indeed Joseph Smith intentionally abstained from sexual intercourse with the wives that he sealed to himself, it is difficult to believe that Brigham Young was justified in doing the opposite.

On the other hand, if Brigham Young was justified and correct in having sex with the women that were sealed to him, then why wouldn’t Joseph Smith have done the same thing since he is the prophet of the dispensation and the one to introduce the general doctrine?

Since Brigham Young repeatedly claimed that Joseph Smith had intercourse with his polygamous wives and that Brigham was simply perpetuating the doctrine of celestial marriage that had been taught to him by Joseph, Brother Kennedy was once again just diplomatically suggesting that Brigham got it wrong. He was once again throwing poor old Brigham Young under the bus.

I must confess, both those who claim that Joseph was a polygamist that had sex with his wives, and also those that claim that he never practiced polygamy, have compelling evidence to support their beliefs.

The Biblical Profile of Joseph Smith Provides the Answer

The ultimate conclusion that I have made regarding the polygamy issue comes largely from the Biblical profile of Joseph Smith which informs us that after the Davidic Servant restores the law and builds the temple, he would “commit iniquity” and be “chastened by the rod of men” (2 Sam 7) . More specifically, the prophetic profile  informs us that the Davidic Servant “dealt treacherously” against the “wife of his youth” ( Mal 2)

Interestingly, although it outwardly appears as if the Davidic Servant becomes a fallen prophet after restoring the law and building the temple, Isaiah informs that the real reason that the Davidic Servant “errs in doctrine” (Isa) 28) is because his eyes are “covered” by the Lord. The Lord covers his eyes because the latter day saints “reject” the Lord’s servant and the law he brings forth. (Isa 29)

From the very beginning of the restoration movement, the Lord had warned the saints that if they hardened their hearts and did not repent, he would “deliver them up unto Satan”  (BofC 4) 

It is my belief that-

The Lord used his servant Joseph Smith to restore the law and build the temple.

The latter day saints rejected the law of the Lord that was restored by Joseph Smith.

Because the latter day saints rejected God’s Law and his Servant, the Lord covered the eyes of His Seer and allowed him to err in doctrine.

The Lord used his servant to deliver the saints up to Satan for a little season of chastisement and learning.

 

A final opportunity for the latter day saints to repent will take place when the “times of the gentiles comes in” again and  “light shines forth” among  those that sit in darkness. (D&C 45)

 

 


Updated Listing of Audio Recordings of Posts 7/21/17

July 21, 2017
History
Part 1- Summary of The Secret History of Mormonism
Part 2 The Secret History of Mormonism: Period One
Part 3 The Secret History of Mormonism: Period Two
Part 4 The Secret History of Mormonism: Period Three
A Mystical Look at the LDS restoration Movement
Four Steps in Losing your Naivete- Part one read by Mrs. Wat
Four Steps in Losing your Naivete-Part Two read by Mrs. Watc
Four Steps in Losing your Naivete-Part 3 read by Mrs. Watche
Four Steps in Losing Your Naivete – Part 4 read by Mrs. Watc
Four Steps in Losing Your Naivete- Part 6a read by Mrs. Watc
Four Steps in Losing your Naivete- Part 6b read by Mrs. Watc
Five Steps in Losing Your Naivete-Part 7a read by Mrs. Watch
Five steps in Losing Your Naivete-Part 7b read by Mrs. Watch
Five Steps in Losing your Naivete-Part 7c read by Mrs. Watch
Losing Your Innocence-Appendix 1 read by Mrs. Watcher
Losing Your Innocence-Appendix 2 The Testimony and Example o
Losing Your Innocence-Appendix 3 The Utah Mormon culture tha
Are You Sure You Are a Gentile? Part 1 Read by Mrs. Watcher
Are You Sure You Are A Gentile? Part Two Read by Mrs. Watche
Are You Sure You Are A Gentile? Part Three Read by Mrs. Watc
Are You Sure You Are A Gentile? Part Four read by Mrs. Watch
Are You Sure You Are A Gentile Part Five read by Mrs Watche
“The Letter…Law, Commandments and the Ordinances…” read
 ” There is no authentic statement in the history of the Church which states that the use of such a stone was made in that translation. “

Oliver’s Secret- Part 1 read by Mrs. Watcher


Olivers Secret-Part 2 read by Mrs. Watcher

The Savior in Kirtland By Karl Anderson -review and critique

The Savior in Kirtland- Part One read by Mrs. Watcher

The Savior in Kirtland- Part 2 read by Mrs. Watcher

The Savior in Kirtland- Part 4 read by Mrs. Watcher

 

Priesthood
The “Priesthood of Aaron” is not synonymous with the “Aaronic Priesthood”
Exclusivity of Priesthood and the Seven Signs of the True Ch
 
Chapters from the Book: Solving the Prophet Puzzle
Mrs Watcher Reads Preface to Solving the Prophet Puzzle
Mrs Watcher reads the Introduction to The Prophet Puzzle
Mrs Watcher Reads Chapter 1 Solving the Prophet Puzzle
Solving the Prophet Puzzle Chapter 3 Part 1 A Stone of Stumbling
 
Prominent Personalities of the Restoration
The Return of Sidney Rigdon Part One
The Return of Sidney Rigdon Part Two
The Return of Sidney Rigdon, God’s Spokesman…Part Three
 
Succession Issue
The Law of Succession- Part One (seven parts) read by Mrs. W
The Law of Succession Part Two: Hyrum Replaces Joseph as Prophet – Read by Mrs. Watcher
The Law of Succession-Part Three (Hyrum was commissioned to
The Law of Succession-Part Four (The Real Succession Issue w
The Law of Succession-Part Five (William Marks Challenges th
The Law of Succession- Part Six-William Marks Warns the Twel
Final: Part 7-William Law-Offering a Reformation and Bringin
 
Prophecy
Seven Shepherds and an Angel
Sealing Up The TESTIMONY-Part One read by Mrs. Watcher
 
Marriage/Polygamy/Monogamy
The Spiritual Wife Doctrine-read by Mrs. Watcher
Analysis of Section 132 Part 1 read by Mrs. Watcher
Analysis of Setion 132 Part 2 read by Mrs. Watcher
The Spirit of Whoredoms hath Caused them to Err read by Mrs.
 
Celibacy, the Doctrine of Marriage and the Shaker Connection
 
Priesthood Restoration and Authority
Searching for the Holy Order and the 23 Hifh Priests- Part 1
Searching for the Holy Order and the 23 High Priests-Part 2
Searching for the Holy Order and the 23 High Priests- Part 3

Searching for the Holy Order and 23 High Priests- Part 4a re

Searching for the Holy Order and 23 High Priests-Part 4b rea

Searching for the Holy Order and the 23 High Priests-Part 5
Searching for the Holy Order and the 23 High Priests Part 6-

Searching for the Holy Order and 23 High Priests-Part 7 read

Searching for the Holy Order and the 23 High Priests Part 8a

 

God will never allow a prophet to lead anyone astray…?
 
Personal Revelation
“I Will Tell You In Your Mind And In Your Heart” read by Mrs
 
Doctrine
Which day is the Sabbath? Read by Mrs. Watcher
The Doctrine of “Awareness” Part 1 read by Mrs. Watcher
The Doctrine of “Awareness” Part Two read by Mrs. Watcher
The Doctrine Of Awareness- Part Three A read by Mrs. Watcher
 
A Tribute to the Great Counselors of the LDS Restoration- Pa
William Law One of the Truly Great Men

William Law-Looking at William Law through the eyes of the L

Commandments-Doctrine-Covenants Series

Book of Commandments and the Doctrine & Covenants- Part 1 re

Book of Commandments and the Doctrine & Covenants- Part 2 re

Rebuttal to Passing the Heavenly Gift Series
Reading Abraham While God Winks-Part 1 (Proving the Book of
Documenting God’s Relationship with His people in the Latter days

Was a Seerstone Used in the Process of Translation? read by

 

Evidences of the Three Watches
(Posts from the ThreeWatches BlogSpot Website

The Three Watches…Proof and Evidence #1 

Three Watches Proof and Evidence #2 read by Mrs. Watcher

Three Watches Proof and Evidence #3- read by Mrs. Watcher

Proofs of The Three Watches D&C 65 A Prayer Received by Reve

More to come..

 

 


The Secret Isn’t Secret Anymore

July 18, 2017

[Editorial Note: The coming forth of this kind of information provides greater clarity as to why we are in the kind of bondage we are in. It is surely a sign of the times. The following is published without permission]

The Secret Isn’t Secret Anymore

Posted: 18 Jul 2017 06:39 AM PDT


By Anna Von Reitz

Here it is, in black and white, the beginning of the whole web of  treachery, deceit and Breach of Trust that has caused two World Wars, multiple international bankruptcies, and the current plot to overthrow private property and self-government worldwide:

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD – SENATE. 64th CONGRESS, 1st SESSION VOLUME 53, PART 7 Page 6781 25 April 1916, by Senator Owens:

 “I wish to put in the RECORD the Secret Treaty of Verona of November 22, 1822, showing what this ancient conflict is between the rule of the few and the rule of the many. I wish to call the attention of the Senate to this treaty because it is the threat of this treaty which was the basis of the Monroe doctrine. It throws a powerful white light upon the conflict between monarchial government and government by the people.
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The Holy Alliance under the influence of Metternich, the Premier of Austria, in 1822, issued this remarkable secret document : [American Diplomatic Code, 1778 – 1884, vol. 2 ; Elliott, p. 179.] SECRET TREATY OF VERONA The undersigned, specially authorized to make some additions to the treaty of the Holy Alliance, after having exchanged their respective credentials, have agreed as follows :
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 ARTICLE 1. The high contracting powers being convinced that the system of representative government is equally as incompatible with the monarchial principles as the maxim of the sovereignty of the people with the high divine right, engage mutually in the most solemn manner, to use all their efforts to put an end to the system of representative governments, in whatever country it may exist in Europe, and to prevent its being introduced in those countries where it is not yet known.
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 ART. 2. As it can not be doubted that the liberty of the press is the most powerful means used by the pretended supporters of the rights of nations to the detriment of those princes, the high contracting parties promise reciprocally to adopt all proper measures to suppress it, not only in their own states but also in the rest of Europe.
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 ART. 3. Convinced that the principles of religion contribute most powerfully to keep nations in the state of passive obedience which they owe to their princes, the high contracting parties declare it to be their intention to sustain in their respective States those measures which the clergy may adopt, with the aim of ameliorating their own interests, so intimately connected with the preservation of the authority of the princes ; and the contracting powers join in offering their thanks to the Pope for what he has already done for them, and solicit his constant cooperation in their views of submitting the nations.
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 ART. 4. The situation of Spain and Portugal unite unhappily all the circumstances to which this treaty has particular reference. The high contracting parties, in confiding to France the care of putting an end to them, engaged to assist her in the manner which may the least compromise them with their own people and the people of France by means of a subsidy on the part of the two empires of 20,000,000 of francs every year from the date of the signature of this treaty to the end of the war.’
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 ART. 5. In order to establish in the Peninsula the order of things which existed before the revolution of Cadiz, and to insure the entire execution of the articles of the present treaty, the high contracting parties give to each other the reciprocal assurance that as long as their views are not fulfilled, rejecting all other ideas of utility or other measure to be taken, they will address themselves with the shortest possible delay to all the authorities existing in their States and to all their agents in foreign countries, with the view to establish connections tending toward the accomplishment of the objects proposed by this treaty. ART.
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6. This treaty shall be renewed with such changes as new circumstances may give occasion for, either at a new congress or at the court of one of the contracting parties, as soon as the war with Spain shall be terminated. ART.
7. The present treaty shall be ratified and the ratifications exchanged at Paris within the space of six months. Made at Verona the 22d November, 1822.
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For Austria :—————————————————–METTERNICH.
For France :————————————————CHATEAUBRIAND.
For Prussia :———————————————————BERNSTET.
For Russia :——————————————————NESSELRODE.
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I ask to have printed in the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD this secret treaty, because I think it ought to be called now to the attention of the people of the United States and of the world.
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This evidence of the conflict between the rule of the few verses popular government should be emphasized on the minds of the people of the United States, that the conflict now waging throughout the world may be more clearly understood, for after all said the great pending war springs from the weakness and frailty of government by the few, where human error is far more probable than the error of the many where aggressive war is only permitted upon the authorizing vote of those whose lives are jeopardized in the trenches of modern war.
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Mr. SHAFROTH. Mr. President, I should like to have the senator state whether in that treaty there was not a coalition formed between the powerful countries of Europe to reestablish the sovereignty of Spain in the Republics of South and Central America?
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 Mr. OWEN. I was just going to comment upon that, and I am going to take but a few moments to do so because I realize the preasure of other matters. This Holy Alliance, having put a Bourbon prince upon the throne of France by force, then used France to suppress the constitution of Spain immediately afterwards, and by this very treaty gave her a subsidy of 20,000,000 francs annually to enable her to wage war upon the people of Spain and to prevent their exercise of any measure of the right of self-government.
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The Holy Alliance immediately did the same thing in Italy, by sending Austrian troops to Italy, where the people there attempted to exercise a like measure of liberal constitutional self-government ; and it was not until the printing press, which the Holy Alliance so stoutly opposed, taught the people of Europe the value of liberty that finally one country after another seized a greater and greater right of self government, until now it may be fairly said that nearly all the nations of Europe have a very large measure of self government.
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However, I wish to call the attention of the Senate and the country to this important history in the growth of constitutional popular self-government. The Holy Alliance made its powers felt by the wholesale drastic suppression of the press in Europe, by universal censorship, by killing free speech and all ideas of popular rights, and by the complete suppression of popular government.
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The Holy Alliance having destroyed popular government in Spain and in Italy, had well-laid plans also to destroy popular government in the American colonies which had revolted from Spain and Portugal in Central and South America under the influence of the successful example of the United States.
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It was because of this conspiracy against the American Republics by the European monarchies that the great English statesman, Canning, called the attention of our government to it, and our statesmen then, including Thomas Jefferson, took an active part to bring about the declaration by President Monroe in his next annual message to the Congress of the United States that the United States should regard it as an act of hostility to the government of the United States and an unfriendly act if this coalition or if any power of Europe ever undertook to establish upon the American Continent any control of any American Republic or to acquire any territorial rights.
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This is the so-called Monroe doctrine.
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The threat under the Secret Treaty of Verona to suppress popular governments in the American Republics is the basis of the Monroe doctrine. This secret treaty sets forth clearly the conflict between monarchial government and popular government and the government of the few as against the government of the many.
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It is a part, in reality, of developing popular sovereignty when we demand for women equal rights to life, to liberty, to the possession of property, to an equal voice in the making of the laws and the administration of the laws. This demand on the part of the women is made by men, and it ought to be made by men as well as by thinking, progressive women, as it will promote human liberty and human happiness. I sympathize with it, and I hope that all parties will in the national conventions give their approval to this larger measure of liberty to the better half of the human race.”   — Senator Owens.
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Thank you, Senator Owens, now and forever— from a grateful American Public and from all the people of the world, for forcefully and with great foresight bringing this to our attention now, a full hundred years later.
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The threat has remained with us all these years.
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Having failed to win by military valor, the Popes and the failed monarchies of the European Continent have never repealed nor repented the content of this gross Breach of Trust, and the same parties conjoined with corrupt British Government interests, have still conspired to wreck all the free people of the world via fraud, deceit, undisclosed contracts, unlawful conversion of property interests, bankruptcy fraud, probate fraud, false claims of abandonment and similar legal chicanery to attempt to realize their goals and reduce the world to Commercial Feudalism.
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We have discovered the true enemies of freedom and human progress deeply embedded in the municipal and territorial governments of the world.
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Those governments are now bankrupt and we have the opportunity to peacefully and in an orderly way recoup the assets of each country and each Man and Woman, out of the dreadful snares that have been set for them and to return these assets to their lawful owners.
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The Popes and British and other European Monarchs who have pursued this course of action have been the principle cause of two World Wars, as they have sought to reduce the world to a form of modern feudalism in which billions of people and their assets would be made slaves for an unaccountable and totally immoral few.
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The deceitful and duplicitous United States Congress has been a key component of this plan to overthrow all self-governing nations and most particularly, the fifty nation-state republics of the unincorporated United States of America.  The entire world has been confused and deluded by these fraud artists, encouraged to think that they exercise valid power related to the American states and people, when in fact they are our employees and have no territorial or municipal authority over us and are strictly limited to the exercise of nineteen enumerated powers in the international jurisdiction of the sea.
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Their usurpation and trespasses and acts of fraud against us have been fully researched and evidenced and they have been given Due Process and Summary Judgment.  Their false claims in commerce against the American states and people stand forever and fully and conclusively rebutted, including all claims of abandonment and presumptions of citizenship.
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The Popes are not proud of this history, nor should they be.  The kings and queens of Europe have acted more like floozies and gangsters than men and women with any common sense, decency, or heart.  It is time that we all turned our backs on feudalism of any kind, and cherished the God-given freedom we were born with.
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It’s time to make a new start.
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Their plan to use bankruptcy and probate fraud and false claims of abandonment in commerce as a means to defraud the entire world have failed.  The Americans have returned to the land they never actually left, and their claim stands firm.  Let all those people around the world who have been similarly mis-characterized and defrauded come forward to claim back their assets and the assets of their lawful states and provinces.
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We call upon Pope Francis to repudiate the obnoxious Secret Treaty of Verona and the Breach of Trust that it represents against the American states and people. We likewise call upon the other Principals and Principles to honor their contractual obligations to our states and to us in every detail.
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[There is going to be a new start alright… It will be actuated by the Lord God almighty. It is referred to by Isaiah as the Marvelous Work and a Wonder.

The Questionable Longer Ending of The Gospel of Mark?

July 16, 2017

Jeff Lindsey, an apologist for the latter day saints (Jews) recently wrote an interesting but somewhat lengthy two part article which is posted by our Jewish friends at the Interpreter.

It is titled:

The Book of Mormon Versus the Consensus of Scholars: Surprises from the Disputed Longer Ending of Mark, Part 1

The beginning of the extract states:

Abstract: Following the account of the ministry of Christ among the Nephites as recorded in the Book of Mormon, Christ gave a charge to His New World disciples (Mormon 9:22–25). These words are very similar to the commission of Christ to His apostles at the end of the Gospel of Mark (Mark 16:9–20).

The article points out that according to the consensus of modern Bible scholars, Christ did not speak those words; they are a later addition to the ancient text. If that supposition is true, it poses a real credibility problem for the Book of Mormon.

According to the research done by Lindsey, recent modern scholarship by some scholars offers compelling reasons for overturning the old consensus against the longer ending of Mark. This happy news solves the credibility problem of the Book of Mormon pertaining to that issue.

What are the Doctrinal Implications?

IMO the true underlying controversy pertaining to the validity of the long ending of the Gospel of Mark has to do with priesthood authority and the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation.

The only truly compelling statement from the words of Christ himself that declare the necessity of baptism and the priesthood authority of God’s ordained servants, is found within the longer ending of the Gospel of Mark.

It is my belief that uninspired theologians and combinations with an agenda want to discredit the longer ending of Mark containing the great commission given by Christ to his disciples because they question the need for water baptism and the authority to perform it.. Even many Christian denominations that accept the longer ending still maintain that the ordinance of baptism is not mandatory for salvation.

For this reason, this topic of whether the longer ending of Mark is valid, is a really important theological topic.

I am going to be honest and admit that I have only skimmed through a hand full of paragraphs in the article.

This is because I don’t find the effort by latter day saints Jews in convincing Protestants and Catholics that the Book of Mormon is true, from the Latter day Jewish point of view, and the work of secular scholars to be particularly relevant to my work.

Nevertheless, as I skimmed through part of the article I came upon this very revealing observation by the author.

“One could argue, as some Latter-day Saint [Jews] have, that the Book of Mormon is somehow an expanded text that builds on … ancient “truthy” ideas, with Joseph’s added commentary and thoughts taken from modern sources…”

The Latter day Jewish apologist that wrote the article is admitting that some of the other LDS Jews are defending the inclusion of the questionable ending narrative in the Gospel of Mark into the Book of Mormon by simply characterizing the inspired teachings in the Book of Mormon as “commentary” on “ancient truthy ideas“.

In other words they seem to believe that Book of Mormon is not a literal history with credible doctrine, rather, it is semi-inspired fiction.

Some of these Latter day Jews are conceding that the long ending of the Gospel of Mark was not written by the original writer of the Gospel of Mark.

They are rationalizing the inclusion of the commission into the Book of Mormon. they do this by stating the the ancient truthy ideas in the end of the Gospel of Mark that were also incorporated into a Book of Mormon narrative is not a problem because the Book of Mormon is really just a commentary on ancient truthy claims.

That is Abso-damn-lutely amazing to me.

Why do I find such an apologetic response from those claiming to believe in the LDS restoration so appalling?

Because-

A) The Joseph Smith Translation that was done by the gift and power of God through God’s latter day Seer validates the long ending of the Gospel of Mark as authentic! It includes the long ending of Mark and makes precious few changes to it, validating it as being an accurate original part of the writings of Mark.

and

B) The longer ending of the Gospel of Mark is substantiated in Modern Revelation. The same commission, much of it given almost verbatim, is given in modern revelation.

and finally,

C) Other Gospels in the New Testament as well as the Book of Mormon confirm the commission given in the long ending of the Gospel of Mark. Numerous other snippets from the long ending of Mark, including keyword terms such as “taking the gospel into all the world” and preaching it to “every creature” are also found in modern revelation, the Book of Mormon, and other Gospels in the New Testament.

The Latter day Jews Only begin to believe

In past years I would simply scratch my head when latter day Jewish apologists would manifest a lack of belief in the literal rendering of the scriptures that Joseph Smith brought forth. However it has become apparent that the dispersed of Judah have gathered into the condemned church and gained control over the leadership positions and teaching curriculum. I realize now that these people are the latter day Jews that the Book of Mormon refers to.

Sadly, one of these apologists has informed me that he and many of his brethren also refuse to take the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible seriously. They consider the changes in it to simply be commentary by Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon.

This acknowledgement shed quite a bit of light on why the folks at Mormon Interpreter refused to believe and refused to respond to the article I sent them years ago demonstrating that the JST reveals that John the Baptist in the New Testament was literally the manifestation of Elijah the Tishbite from the Old Testament.

The Latter day Jews call themselves Latter day Saints

One of the truly amazing discrepancies between the end times narrative presented in the scriptures Joseph Smith brought forth vs. the commonly accepted narrative, is that-

A) The Book of Mormon teaches that in the latter days, the Jews would begin to believe in Christ BEFORE they gathered to the lands of their inheritance.

And

B) They would gather to America instead of to the Old World because it is the land of the Abrahamic land covenant.

Those two verities contained in the Book of Mormon throw an industrial sized wrench into the commonly accepted narrative regarding the gathering of the Jews in the latter days.

The gathering of the Jews narrative in the Book of Mormon is diametrically opposed to the protestant belief, (which has been adopted by the Mormon Church), that the gathering of the unbelieving  Ashkenazi Jews to the Old World Jerusalem beginning in about 1948 was fulfilling the Biblical prophecy.

Having had this epiphany and being armed with this knowledge that many of the latter day leaders and scholars of the LDS church are the real Jews from the loins of Judah who have gathered into the latter day church, I now understand why they take the scriptures Joseph Smith brought forth so lightly and don’t seem to believe the fulness of the gospel and the Doctrine of Christ as detailed in the scriptures Joseph brought forth.

The Book of Mormon teaches that the latter day Jews in the Mormon Church only have the capacity to begin to believe. They do not have the capacity to fully believe.

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; and as many as shall believe in Christ shall also become a delightsome people. 2 Nephi 30:7

The narrative never states that these latter day descendants of the ancient Jews would ever progress beyond the state of beginning to believe.

Hence it is understandable that despite the fact that the JST validates the long ending of Mark, and the Lord reiterates the same commission almost word for word, in both the Book of Mormon and again in modern revelation, many Latter day Jewish apologists still find the most palatable answer to the dilemma to be a non-literal view of the passage in the Book of Mormon.

I am here to state unequivocally that the long ending of Mark is the authentic and original ending provided by the original writer and I don’t need to rely on secular scholars to prove it. I have the Book of Mormon and modern revelation to prove it.

 

Side by Side Comparison

Shown below is a side by side comparison of the commission from the JST gospel of Mark, Book of Mormon, and the latter day commission given in Section 84

[the header for Mark 14 is wrong. It should be JST 16:14-21]

every creature

 

Praise God for revelatory work accomplished by the Lord’s Seer during the 2nd Watch which has laid the foundation for the 3rd Watch which is soon to break forth.


Today’s Keyword: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord”

June 30, 2017

I got an email from a reader who has mastered the art and science of keyword searching.

I would normally include an exchange like this in the Notable Email Series but this thread is so long, and my next part of that series already has to much content in it anyway so I have decided to just make a post out of this thread.

I want to share our exchange to once again show how useful keyword searches in conjunction with CONVERSATIONS with fellow believers can be in searching the scriptures.

I believe that is why the Lord has said, that when two or three are gathered in his name, he would be in their midst…. what else would two are three gathered in his name be doing besides pondering his words in conversation or ordinance???

I feel that such keyword searches and conversations can be very helpful in connecting pieces of the puzzle with regard to the sending forth of the gospel message and the events of prophecy. They can sometimes break down some false interpretations that we have previously arrived at.

I know there are lots of readers of this blog that do keyword searches.

Hopefully this post will encourage and motivate those that don’t already discuss keyword searches with friends.

His First Email (9:21 AM)

Hey Watcher

I’ve been reading and studying and came across a few interesting discoveries I want to share with you.

When I do a word search for “Prepare ye the way of the Lord” it shows up in the scriptures 11 times.

ALL but one of them have reference to the 3rd Watch when read in context.

The ONLY OT reference is Isa. 40:3-5

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

There are three NT references to that phrase and they are found in Matthew, Mark and Luke.  However, they ALL refer to Esaias.

My thought is that this could be the NT or Greek equivalent to the OT Hebrew version of Isaiah or this could be a completely different prophet whose writings we don’t have.

D&C 76:100

100 These are they who say they are some of one and some of another—some of Christ and some of John, and some of Moses, and some of Elias, and some of Esaias, and some of Isaiah, and some of Enoch;

D&C 84:11-13

11 And Gad under the hand of Esaias;

12 And Esaias received it under the hand of God.

13 Esaias also lived in the days of Abraham, and was blessed of him—

I’m going to go with the thought that it’s the NT form of the OT prophet Isaiah.

John the Baptist (himself) and Nephi are the only two prophets that make mention that John the Baptist is the one fulfilling this prophecy found in Isa. 40:3.

However, when read in context it’s clear that JtB crying repentance in the wilderness is a shadow fulfillment and NOT the literal fulfillment.

Here’s what I find interesting.

Given that this is a future prophecy, is JtB the one to fulfill it or is it JS?

I know you’ve done a lot of writing about this lately, and it’s caused me to ponder and reflect on the fact that the JST restores two significant insights.

1) JST John 1:20-28

20 And this is the record of John [the Baptist], when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem, to ask him; Who art thou?

21 And he confessed, and denied not that he was Elias; but confessed, saying; I am not the Christ.

22 And they asked him, saying; How then art thou Elias? And he said, I am not that Elias who was to restore all things. And they asked him saying, Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.

23 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we man give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?

24 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as saith the prophet Esaias.

25 And they who were sent were of the Pharisees.

26 And they asked him, and said unto him; Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not the Christ, nor Elias who was to restore all things, neither that prophet? [Three prophets here or two?]

27 John answered them, saying; I baptize with water, but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;

28 He it is of whom I bear record. He is that prophet, even Elias, who, coming after me, is preferred before me [dual fulfillment? Christ and JS?], whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose, or whose place I am not able to fill; for he shall baptize, not only with water, but with fire, and with the Holy Ghost.

2) JST Lk 3:4-11 restores the missing part of the Isa. 40:3 prophecy.

4 As it is written in the book of the prophet Esaias; and these are the words, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight.

5 For behold, and lo, he [the Lord] shall come, as it is written in the book of the prophets, to take away the sins of the world, and to bring salvation unto the heathen nations,to gather together those who are lost, who are of the sheepfold of Israel;

6 Yea, even the dispersed and afflicted; and also to prepare the way, and make possible the preaching of the gospel unto the Gentiles;

7 And to be a light unto all who sit in darkness, unto the uttermost parts of the earth; to bring to pass the resurrection from the dead, and to ascend up on high, to dwell on the right hand of the Father, [1st Watch ministry]

8 Until the fullness of time, and the law and the testimony shall be sealed, and the keys of the kingdom shall be delivered up again unto the Father;

9 To administer justice unto all; to come down in judgment upon all, and to convince all the ungodly of their ungodly deeds, which they have committed; and all this in the day that he shall come; [3rd Watch]

10 For it is a day of power; yea, every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;

11 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

I found this prophecy so interesting that I decided to do a key word search in wilderness. What I found BLEW my mind.

Because there were 531 references in the complete standard works I limited my search to just the D&C. This yielded me 16 verses.

Here’s what I found completely AMAZING

As I’ve learned from you the Church came out of the wilderness in 1830 and went back into the wilderness in 1834.

In 1829, the Lord revealed in D&C 5:14 that his church was beginning to come forth out of the wilderness.

14 And to none else will I grant this power, to receive this same testimony among this generation, in this the beginning of the rising up and the coming forth of my church out of the wilderness—clear as the moon, and fair as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.

And by Oct 1830 it was FULLY out of the wilderness as proclaimed by D&C 33:5

5 And verily, verily, I say unto you, that this church have I established and called forth out of the wilderness.

But by 1836, JS is petitioning the Lord to bring forth again the church out of the wilderness as found in the Kirtland Temple dedicatory prayer in D&C 109:73.

73 That thy church may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners;

All of this you’ve documented so clearly and it was prophesied in Rev. 12.  

Now for the good stuff…

We learn in D&C 86:3 that the tares are responsible for driving the church into the wilderness.

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.

And while the church is in the wilderness the Lord can only be heard, NOT seen as D&C 88:66.

66 Behold, that which you hear is as the voice of one crying in the wilderness—in the wilderness, because you cannot see him—my voice, because my voice is Spirit; my Spirit is truth; truth abideth and hath no end; and if it be in you it shall abound.

FIRST, this should SHUT DOWN any claims that ANYONE has that the Lord has appeared unto them or that they have entered into His rest.

That goes for DS or ANY of the Apostles called AFTER Dec. 4, 1834. Which means that the apostles called Feb. 14, 1835 on to those called today have NOT entered into His rest.

How can I be so certain?

Because the Lord himself has said so. You see, the term wilderness isn’t a physical location as I have always thought. It’s a station or standing for the church as in D&C 84:23-24.

23 Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God;

24 But they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence; therefore, the Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory.

It’s also used ambiguously in D&C 128:20.

20 And again, what do we hear? Glad tidings from Cumorah! Moroni, an angel from heaven, declaring the fulfilment of the prophets—the book to be revealed. A voice of the Lord in the wilderness of Fayette, Seneca county, declaring the three witnesses to bear record of the book! The voice of Michael on the banks of the Susquehanna, detecting the devil when he appeared as an angel of light! The voice of Peter, James, and John in the wilderness between Harmony, Susquehanna county, and Colesville, Broome county, on the Susquehanna river, declaring themselves as possessing the keys of the kingdom, and of the dispensation of the fulness of times!

The voice of the Lord, because he can’t be see while in the wilderness and Peter, James and John where in the wilderness or the church was in the wilderness because they appeared in 1829, BEFORE the church had come out of the wilderness.

So the question becomes, who will be the one crying in the wilderness before the Lord comes?

JtB clearly cried in the wilderness before Christ set up his kingdom during the 1st Watch.

Now that the church is in the wilderness, who will declare repentance?

Clearly these scriptures in D&C 49:24 and D&C 33:8-11 have NEW meaning and context.

24 But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness, and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose.

8 Open your mouths and they shall be filled, and you shall become even as Nephi of old, who journeyed from Jerusalem in the wilderness.

9 Yea, open your mouths and spare not, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your backs, for lo, I am with you.

10 Yea, open your mouths and they shall be filled, saying: Repent, repent, and prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand;

11 Yea, repent and be baptized, every one of you, for a remission of your sins; yea, be baptized even by water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost.

God Bless! Your brother in the Lord,

 

My Response (10:23 AM)

Unbe-frekin-lievable

What a great and extensive keyword search on “prepare ye the way of the Lord” and on “wilderness“!!!!!!!

Couple questions-

Do you feel your keyword search provides clarity to the following passage in the Book of Mormon?

22 And they understood me not, for they supposed it had been the Gentiles; for they understood not that the Gentiles should be converted through their preaching.

 23 And they understood me not that I said they shall hear my voice; and they understood me not that the Gentiles should not at any time hear my voice—that I should not manifest myself unto them save it were by the Holy Ghost.

 24 But behold, ye have both heard my voice, and seen me; and ye are my sheep, and ye are numbered among those whom the Father hath given me.

IMO the context of what is being said in that chapter, Christ was explaining that his visit to the Nephites as a collective, would be IN PERSON. He would speak face to face with them.

As a collective group of people they would both see and hear him.

The gentile church in the 3rd watch however would not literally see him and hear his voice like the Nephites did.

But why?

Because the gentiles in the 2nd watch would be in the “WILDERNESS of darkness” per your keyword search. (We know that Christ destroyed the more wicked before descending to visit the Nephites however in modern revelation he revealed that in the 2nd watch he would allow the wheat and tares to grow together until the harvest was fully ripe)

Yes, a few selected individual gentiles of the 2nd watch had visions and saw Christ and received revelations to lay the foundation of the future marvelous work, however , as a collective group, the gentiles of the third watch did not enjoy see and hearing the voice of Christ as the Nephites did. They had to be converted through the written testimony of the previous watch saints.

One more question for you..

I have hinted in previous posts that JtB’s mission may not be complete and that just as he prepared the way in both the first watch and then prepared the way again in the second watches by restoring the priesthood keys, he might also act as a preparer in some fashion once again in the 3rd watch in relation to the return of the first laborers of the last kingdom and final gathering that will be conducted by Joseph Smith, who is designated as Elijah the restorer.

After all, the JST strongly implies that everyone must accept JtB testimony or they cannot fully have a testimony of Christ… of course it could be referring to his written testimony… but it could be referring to his literal appearance to testify and prepare the way…

I have personally not reached a definite conclusion on this issue. But it makes sense that many if not all previous prophets of past dispensations that are not in the City of Enoch that will descend to meet the kingdom of God on earth, will return to play a role in the Marvelous Work prior to the kingdom of God on earth ascending to meet the kingdom of Heaven.

Does the keyword search that you did convince you that JtB could yet play a role or do you think his mission is finished?

One more thought-

If in fact the gentile collective of the 2nd watch remained in the wilderness of spiritual darkness, and if the descriptives in section 109 about how the gentiles will come out of spiritual darkness in the 3rd watch are literal and true, which of course they are, then that leaves no room or need for anyone claiming to be God’s servant during the interim time period, as you have already implied.

According to section 109, it is Joseph and his brethren of the 2nd watch that finally have their garments made pure in the 3rd Watch

73 That thy church may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners;

74 And be adorned as a bride for that day when thou shalt unveil the heavens, and cause the mountains to flow down at thy presence, and the valleys to be exalted, the rough places made smooth; that thy glory may fill the earth;

75 That when the trump shall sound for the dead, we shall be caught up in the cloud to meet thee, that we may ever be with the Lord;

76 That our garments may be pure, that we may be clothed upon with robes of righteousness, with palms in our hands, and crowns of glory upon our heads, and reap eternal joy for all our sufferings.

The first elders of the last kingdom had already had their garments made pure early in the second watch, (see D&C 88:85.)

Nevertheless, as documented in 109, they will need to have their garments made pure once again upon their return in the 3rd watch.

That is yet another testament to substantiate the truthfulness of the atonement statute prophecy and the fact that God’s servants in the 2nd watch became clean, then offered themselves as an intercession, taking upon themselves the sins of the people like Moses had previously done, and then they eventually will become clean once again upon completion of their offering and commission in the 3rd watch. [BTW if you are reading this searcher, that is something you might want to consider for inclusion into your upcoming book, ;)]

His Replay (11:25 AM)

Watcher,

To answer your question about the difference between the Nephites during Christ’s visitation and the Gentiles of the 3rd Watch, I believe JST Luke 3:5-6 explains that.

5 For behold, and lo, he shall come, as it is written in the book of the prophets, to take away the sins of the world, and to bring salvation unto the heathen nations, to gather together those who are lost, who are of the sheepfold of Israel;

6 Yea, even the dispersed and afflicted [during the 1st Watch]; and also to prepare the way, and make possible the preaching of the gospel unto the Gentiles;[3rd Watch]

 Earlier in that same chapter of 3 Ne. you shared Christ tells them that they were “separated” or “dispersed” from them at Jerusalem.

19 But, verily, I say unto you that the Father hath commanded me, and I tell it unto you, that ye were separated from among them because of their iniquity; therefore it is because of their iniquity that they know not of you.

I think I vaguely remember you writing somewhere that the Nephites would return and minister unto the Gentiles before the 3rd Watch or at the beginning of the 3rd Watch. A fulfillment that the Gentiles shall have their word. As one that sleeps and speaks from the dust. Maybe a lot more literal than most have assumed. 🙂

As for your question about JtB, after reading JST John 1 again in conjunction with JST Lk 3, I would say yes, very likely he will be the one crying in the wilderness to repent and make the Lord’s paths straight.

24 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as saith the prophet Esaias.

I believe that John the Baptist is the voice of one of many that will be crying in the wilderness prior to the Lord’s second coming.

And that he quotes Esaias, which clearly is a reference to a 3rd Watch prophecy, gives me the impression that he will have a major role during that time.

You have to look at JST Lk 3:4-11 as two separate prophesies. One inside another one. One dealing with the 3rd Watch and one dealing with the 1st Watch

This is how I read them. I’ll bold the 3rd Watch and underline the 1st Watch.

4 As it is written in the book of the prophet Esaias; and these are the words, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight.

5 For behold, and lo, he shall come, as it is written in the book of the prophets, to take away the sins of the world, and to bring salvation unto the heathen nations, to gather together those who are lost, who are of the sheepfold of Israel;

6 Yea, even the dispersed and afflicted; and also to prepare the way, and make possible the preaching of the gospel unto the Gentiles;

7 And to be a light unto all who sit in darkness, unto the uttermost parts of the earth; to bring to pass the resurrection from the dead, and to ascend up on high, to dwell on the right hand of the Father,

8 Until the fullness of time, and the law and the testimony shall be sealed, and the keys of the kingdom shall be delivered up again unto the Father;

9 To administer justice unto all; to come down in judgment upon all, and to convince all the ungodly of their ungodly deeds, which they have committed; and all this in the day that he shall come;

10 For it is a day of power; yea, every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;

11 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

I read it as John the Baptist being the designated one to declare in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the Lord until the fullness of time comes in.

You?

My Response (12:31)

“I read it as John the Baptist being the designated one to declare in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the Lord until the fullness of time comes in.”

You make a compelling case.

On the other hand there are references that seem to clearly be referring to Joseph and/or associates that will prepare the way, ie, 65:3 which takes us back to the profundity that there will be multiple servants from multiple watches participating in the general preparing of the way for the final gathering and return of the Lord.

Interestingly, after reading your keyword searches, I have re-read section 65 (attempting to read without previous interpretive bias)

I can actually see how 65 could be referring to JtB in verse 1 and to Joseph and his associates in verses 2 as the ones John had previously delivered the keys to, and then continuing on making reference to JtB mission of preparing the way in the 3rd watch in verses 3

That interpretation of 65 based on some assumptions from your keyword search could make JtB the servant of the vineyard that visits the saints with the Lord in all three watches according to the allegory in Jacob. A prophetic item that probably fits with JtB better than JS.

That interpretation would not change the fact that JtB is designated by Christ as Elijah the Preparer and Joseph as Elijah the Restorer..

That would mean that part of JtB’s third watch mission, in addition to reiterating his original testimony of Christ, would be to testify to the world that he had indeed previously delivered the keys to Joseph and Oliver as documented in 13 and also returned seven years later to make his Malachi declaration as documented in 110.

His Response 2:39 PM

Wow!! What an incredible insight that John the Baptist could be the servant in the vineyard the ENTIRE  time.
Yes, verse 1 from section 65 has always caught me off guard, especially with the fact that the voice shall be descending from above. And you’ve already pointed out that JS will be ascending from beneath.
It very well could be that Joseph Smith is being referred to in verse 2.
and John the Baptist and verse 1
[Editorial Note: I got this email from the reader
I just read your post and the last part of my last email didn’t make it. I was there when I sent it.
Clearly there are two different events that the servants are preparing for in D&C 65.
Hearken, and lo, a voice as of one sent down from on high, who is mighty and powerful, whose going forth is unto the ends of the earth, yea, whose voice is unto men—Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
3 Yea, a voice crying—Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom.
How does one make the Lord’s paths straight and what and when is the supper of the Lamb?
I can see it as two different servants with two different purposes or ministries. One general and one specific.
By the way, as a side note in the BoM all of the “strait and narrow” passages were changed by the printer. The original manuscript has them all as “straight and narrow”.
I don’t know if that’s significant or not when thinking about the Lord’s path. Instead of squeezing through a strait, it’s a straight course.

 


“His Unworthy Servant”

June 27, 2017

Recently a reader of this blog reminded me of an early entry by Joseph Smith revealing that Oliver Cowdery had seen Christ very early in the LDS restoration movement

Joseph Smith stated that

the Lord “appeared unto a young man by the name of Oliver Cowdery and showed unto him the plates in a vision, and also the truth of the work, and what the Lord was about to do through me, his unworthy servant. Therefore, he was desirous to come and write for me, and translate.” (The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, ed. Dean C. Jessee, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1984, p. 8. Spelling and punctuation modernized.)

The context in which the reader of this blog brought it up had to do with Oliver Cowdery’s calling as an apostle.

Oliver Cowdery was one of the key players chosen by God to choose and call the quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Oliver was already an apostle himself before he called and ordained those that would serve in the quorum of the Twelve.

He and David Whitmer had been told in scripture that their calling was the same as Paul’s, apparently having reference to the fact that Paul was not called and ordained as part of the formal quorum of the Twelve as were Peter, James, John and the other members of the quorum.

9 And now, Oliver Cowdery, I speak unto you, and also unto David Whitmer, by the way of commandment; for, behold, I command all men everywhere to repent, and I speak unto you, even as unto Paul mine apostle, for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called. Doctrine and Covenants 18:9

The above passage would indicate that David had had a similar visitation as Oliver.

Another account speaks of Oliver and David being shown the plates by an “angel” of the Lord and hearing the Lords voice.

It is possible that the “angel” was the “angel of his presence” which is a term that very possibly refers to Christ the Son as the angel that the presence of the Father dwells in.

It is interesting that Paul was the example given in the above passage, not Peter or the other apostles.

Paul was called by Christ through the veil by vision AFTER the crucifixion, not prior to it, as were the other apostles in the New Testament quorum of the Twelve.

Paul was called to act as an apostle independently from the quorum of the Twelve. For those reasons, one might classify and differentiate Paul’s calling from those of the quorum.

It appears as if Oliver and David Whitmer and others of the LDS restoration outside of the quorum of the Twelve, fall into a similar category of apostleship as Paul.

The fact that Christ had appeared to Oliver in vision before the formal organization of the church makes perfect sense when one considers the declaration,  commission and mandate that Oliver Cowdery gave to Brigham Young and the other members of the quorum of the twelve when they were called in 1835.

I have previously blogged about the very interesting fact that Oliver and David delayed the choosing and calling of the quorum of the Twelve for about FIVE years after being commanded to do so. This was intentional because their calling to take the KNOWLEDGE of the gospel to the House of Israel was to take place AFTER the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in.

I am of the belief that the quorum of the Twelve was not to be called and ordained until AFTER the very first wave of missionary work to the gentiles took place and the fulness of the gospel had been rejected by the Gentile church in Kirtland.

The quorum of the Twelve were called to briefly take the gospel to the gentiles and then take the KNOWLEDGE of the fulness to the House of Israel AFTER the fulness of the Gospel had been rejected by the Gentile church.

Here are selected excerpts from the commission given from Oliver Cowdery to the Twelve. It is evident in the remarks that this calling and commission was a PRELIMINARY calling and commission and that the fulness of the office of apostleship would not be complete until a later time when these brethren have seen the face of God and can testify of his resurrection from personal knowledge:

“..You have many revelations put into your hands, revelations to make you acquainted with the nature of your mission..

You have been ordained to the Holy Priesthood [referring to the patriarchal prieshood of Abraham which priesthood keys had been restored by John the Baptist]. 

You have received it from those who had their power and authority from an angel. 

You are to preach the Gospel to every nation.  Should you in the least degree come short of your duty, great will be your condemnation, for the greater the calling, the greater the transgression.  I, therefore, warn you to cultivate great humility, for I know the pride of the human heart.  Beware lest the flatterers of the world lift you up.  Beware lest your affections are captivated by worldly objects.

..You have been indebted to other men in the first instance for evidence, on that you have acted. [Brigham Young and his brethren had not seen the face of God. They were exercising faith in the testimony of Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery and others]

But it is necessary that you receive a testimony from Heaven for yourselves, so that you can bear testimony to the truth of the Book of Mormon, and that you have seen the face of God; that is more than the testimony of an angel. [Clearly, their faith in the testimony of others was not sufficient, they needed to see the face of God for themselves]

When the proper time arrives, you shall be able to bear this testimony to the world. [This is implying that these brethren will have seen the face of God in the third watch when their apostleship is complete and they finish their work]

When you bear testimony that you have seen God, this testimony God will never suffer to fall, but will bear you out, although many will not give heed, yet others will.  You will therefore see the necessity of getting this testimony from Heaven.

  Never cease striving until you have seen God face to face.  Strengthen your faith, cast off your doubts, your sins and all your unbelief, and nothing can prevent you from coming to God. 

Your ordination is not full and complete till God has laid His hand upon you.  We require as much to qualify us as did those who have gone before us.  God is the same.  If the Savior in former days laid His hands on His disciples, why not in the latter days?

Wow.

Lots of food for thought in that commission and admonitions.

Here are a few thoughts that come into my mind as I read those words

You have been ordained to the Holy Priesthood.  You have received it from those who had their power and authority from an angel.

The initial calling of Elder and Apostle comes under the keys of the Patriarchal Abrahamic priesthood that was delivered under the hands of John the Baptist. They were not being ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood that had been revealed in 1831 at the Morley Farm and collectively rejected by the gentile church by the end of 1834.

You are to preach the Gospel to every nation

With no disrespect to the humble accomplishments this quorum had during Joseph’s first ministry and the fact that they successfully initiated the taking of the knowledge of the fulness of the gospel to the dispersed of Judah and outcasts of Israel, I believe the completion of their calling and mandate is yet future, when the marvelous work begins.

I, therefore, warn you to cultivate great humility, for I know the pride of the human heart. Beware lest your affections are captivated by worldly objects.

After retroactively canonizing a revelation releasing himself from a lifelong calling of the traveling apostleship, Brigham Young took upon himself the administrative role of guiding the church instead of being a traveling missionary that has no purse. He became wealthy and died as a multi-millionaire. One could argue that his affections were captivated by worldly objects… however, evidence suggests that his ministry might resume at a future time. If the first laborers of the last kingdom can return and complete their assignments, why not the second laborers?

..You have been indebted to other men in the first instance for evidence, on that you have acted.  But it is necessary that you receive a testimony from Heaven for yourselves, so that you can bear testimony to the truth of the Book of Mormon, and that you have seen the face of God; that is more than the testimony of an angel. 

When the proper time arrives, you shall be able to bear this testimony to the world.  When you bear testimony that you have seen God, this testimony God will never suffer to fall, but will bear you out, although many will not give heed, yet others will.  You will therefore see the necessity of getting this testimony from Heaven. 

Never cease striving until you have seen God face to face

Strengthen your faith, cast off your doubts, your sins and all your unbelief, and nothing can prevent you from coming to God. 

Your ordination is not full and complete till God has laid His hand upon you.  We require as much to qualify us as did those who have gone before us.  God is the same.  If the Savior in former days laid His hands on His disciples, why not in the latter days?

Brigham Young never claimed to see God and did not appear to be seeking his face once he got to Utah. He seemed to realize that a window of opportunity had come and gone. The Lord had said “call upon me while I am near“. After the rejection of the fulness, he was no longer near.

Nevertheless, I believe most if not all of the original members of the quorum of the Twelve will return to complete their assignments. Will their assignments be to the celestial or terrestrial portion of Gods people?

The above admonition and declaration on the necessity of seeing Christ and being ordained by him from Cowdery to the Twelve becomes even more powerful given the fact that Oliver had in fact seen Christ and was a true witness of his resurrection.

Furthermore, it would appear as if Christ had physically laid his hands on Oliver and ordained him either during that first vision or a subsequent appearance. Either that, or Oliver also needed to further solidify is his own calling in the future.

I find those fascinating issues to ponder and I appreciate the reader of this blog bringing the quote to my attention.

However, there is another reason this quote by Joseph Smith about Oliver Cowdery’s vision of Christ has been on my mind.

Joseph Smith’s referred to himself as an “unworthy servant“. That declaration really intrigues me.

I have always taken for granted that it was a common term used among the New Testament apostles.

Not so.

A keyword search reveals that the term only shows up once in all of the scriptures.

It is in the Book of Mormon

33 And it came to pass that king Limhi and many of his people were desirous to be baptized; but there was none in the land that had authority from God. And Ammon declined doing this thing, considering himself an unworthy servant.

I do not think Ammon is using the term “unworthy servant” in the same sense that Joseph Smith used it.

Joseph clearly felt worthy to administer the saving ordinances.

Hence, Joseph Smith seems to be using the term “unworthy servant” as a specific designation referring to his calling or status before God.

It possibly has to do with how he differentiated his “first commission” from his “second commission“.

“It is not necessary that God should give us all things in His first commission to us, but in His second. John saw the angel deliver the Gospel in the last days. The small lights that God has given are sufficient to lead us out of Babylon; when we get out, we shall have the greater light.” (TPJS 104)

Perhaps Joseph considered himself and his fellow servants to be “unworthy servants” until their second commission that will take place in the third watch, when the greater light will be given.

BTW

That passage about Ammon in the Book of Mormon is very instructive in that it provides yet another verification that priesthood “authority” from a “worthy” priesthood holder is required to perform the sacred ordinance of baptism.

This of course is just another of many passages of scripture that exposes the the false teachings of those that have claimed that priesthood authority is not necessary to perform baptism. (See Denver Snuffer’s claim in his book that performing baptisms does not require priesthood authority)

Interestingly, authority from God is not enough in the mind of Ammon. He felt that worthiness of the priesthood holder is requisite.

 


Essential Oldies but Goodies Part Six- The Google Apostasy

June 26, 2017

One of the more popular and perhaps controversial series that I have done had to do with what some people refer to as the “Google Apostasy“.

The term applies generally to the apostasy in Christianity in general and in the LDS church specifically, caused in large part because of both true and false information that is now easily accessed on the Internet by Google.

I believe we are living in or very near to the last generation that is spoken of in Matthew 24. For that reason, it should not be surprising that there is a revolutionary platform that has emerged that controls how information is disseminated and ultimately controls how many people think.

The Role of the Internet in Controlling the Flow of Inforation
and Influencing the Minds and Hearts of the Souls of Men

The emergence of the Internet has been a huge game changer in how Satan deceives people and influences their belief systems in many ways.

The following talk by a Christian preacher brings out some very pertinent facts about this topic and provides seven reasons why he is leaving Google and questioning the credibility and motivation of the designers and gatekeepers of such online anti-Christ organizations as Wikipedia, Reddit and Youtube:

 

 

Thankfully, as the polarization between God fearing Christians and skeptics with darkened minds widens, technology also provides media vehicles for truth-seekers as well, although one must be vigilant in seeking these productions out.

For instance a new documentary called “Is Genesis True?” has been released that provides compelling evidence from numerous Christians who are scientists to show how literal and true and critical the creation story is and how unfounded the theory of evolution is.

Understanding  History is Critical

The creation story is literal and true and it provides the foundation upon which the Gospel of Christ emerged in the meridian of time. Numerous Old and New Testament patriarchs and prophets made mention of the creation story and the flood, etc., and took it very literally.

Once a person discards the creation story and related religious history, it becomes impossible to view contemporary events with clarity through the eyes of prophecy.

One of the reasons I am doing this series on the history of which notable topics have been covered in this blog is so that new subscribers and other readers of this blog will be given the proper context and foundation from which to better understand the recent posts.

The Grand Awakening

The New Testament prophesies that there would be a huge delusion and falling away from belief in Jesus Christ just prior to the coming of the Lord.

Google plays a very significant role in this nearly universal loss of faith and the global deception that is taking place.

In addition to all of the false information that the Internet disseminates, Google also enables people to find a lot of true about the history of Mormonism that can cause a crisis of faith.

Members of the Mormon church are now being bombarded with faith-challenging information about the history of Mormonism that has not been easily available prior to the advent of the Internet.

While much of this distressing information is true, it is provided without the proper context.

In part one of the series that I did, I addressed the very revealing remarks of Elder Marlin K. Jensen, made at a question and answer session held at Utah State University.

A woman asked Elder Jensen the following question-

Has the church seen the effects of Google on membership? It seems like the people who I talk to about church history are people who find out and leave quickly. Is the church aware of that problem? What about the people who are already leaving in droves?”

The answer that Elder Jensen gave revealed that a huge  falling away from the LDS church as a religious institution as well as a general loss of faith in the gospel of Christ is currently taking place within the Mormon Church.

He declared that the LDS church has not experienced such a great apostasy since the days of Kirtland. 

His comment was blatantly honest and very embarrassing to the church. In fact, other general authorities have since come out and contradicted his reply in an effort to do damage control and make it appear as if there was no falling away taking place.

You can read part one at this link

Click here for Google Apostasy Part 1

Part two of the series took an unexpected turn as I inadvertently discovered through the use of my WordPress analytics,  and exposed what I consider to be iron clad proof that the Mormon Church used paid shills to try and dilute and redirect the focus of my blog series and do damage control.

You can read part two at this link

Click here for Google Apostasy Part 2

In part three I discuss how leaders of the modern corporate church no longer allow themselves to be held accountable to the general church membership and how that negates the intended checks and balances that the law of common consent was meant to provide.

That post can be read here

Click here for Google Apostasy Part 3

The conclusion of the series can be read at the following link

Click here for Google Apostasy Part 4

Enjoy.

 

 

Previous Oldies but Goodies

Essential Oldies but Goodies Part Five: Discovering the Doctored Covenants
Essential Oldies but Goodies Part Four: “Seven Seals and a Paradisaical Millennium”
Essential Oldies but Goodies Part Three: A Mystical Look at the LDS Restoration Movement
Essential Oldies but Goodies Part Two: Be Ye Therefore Perfect.. right now
Essential Oldies but Goodies Part One: The Succession Crisis