The Doctrine of Christ- Part Two

April 2, 2016

In part one of this series we discussed how the Bible does not clearly clarify what the Doctrine of Christ is and therefore does not provide the required protocol for salvation with clarity because it has had many of the plain and precious parts of the gospel and many covenants taken out of it.  Perhaps one of the most significant and glaring omissions is the necessity of saving ordinances pertaining to the spiritual rebirth.

Although there is a passage in the New Testament implying the necessity of water baptism, there are other passages that omit the necessity of a physical baptism. Because of this, many Christian sects claim that baptism is not necessary for salvation and that grace through faith and confession with the mouth is all one needs to do to be saved.

Conversely, the Book of Mormon provides the clear protocol which contains the saving ordinances that enable the carnal man to become a “new creature of the Holy Ghost[1]. Upon this spiritual transformation the convert enters through the “strait gate” that leads into the “narrow path”.

Three of the most prominent chapters in the Book of Mormon that address the Doctrine of Christ[2], along with numerous other supporting passages provide the following protocol which must be acted upon by faith:

  • Repent
  • Witness to the Father that you are willing to take upon you the name of Christ
  • Baptism by water by complete emersion
  • Baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost (Causing one to speak with the tongue of angels)
  • Endure to the end… Retain the remission of sins… retain the sanctified state… obey every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God

The Way

God’s prophets have informed us that the above protocol is how one enters the strait gate into the narrow way, or, in short, “the way” by which we are saved. There is no other name under heaven besides Jesus Christ by which we can become saved:

this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen…  For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do”[3]

In 2nd Nephi 31-32 Nephi, after declaring repentance, witnessing to the Father of the desire to take upon one’s self the baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end to be “the way”, Nephi informs his fellow Nephites that more “doctrine” would be given when Christ visits the Nephites “in the flesh”:

 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.”

The account of Christ’s visit to the Nephites in the flesh in 3rd Nephi informs us of two very important doctrines of Christ that are both essential to keep people in the narrow path. One is the Lords Supper, (Sacrament) which was discussed in part one of this series. It enables a person to endure to the end by always remembering Christ.

The Law of Consecration

Another doctrine introduced in 3rd Nephi is the law of having all temporal things in common. Although the Book of Mormon does not give details about how it is to be established and lived, it verifies, as does the New Testament, that it was one of the commandments of Christ that is lived by the true church of Christ.

I have repeatedly stated in past blogs that Joseph Smith was restoring New Testament Christianity and that the law of consecration is one of the evidences of the veracity of what Joseph Smith was doing. The fact that this gospel principle is not properly being adhered to according to the law and authority of God by any Christian churches including any of the factions of the LDS restoration, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, is just one more evidence that the entire Christian world is in a state of global apostasy.

The Book of Mormon reveals that the principal of having all things common is not to be attempted and cannot possibly be successful until AFTER the saints receive the spiritual rebirth. They must enter into the strait gate and become sanctified. The law of consecration cannot be lived by a people who have not become sanctified. Religious history verifies this.

The “Apostles Doctrine”

The New Testament concurs with the Book of Mormon that the doctrine of having all things in common is one of the many signatures of New Testament Christianity. In the Book of Acts we are informed that the New Testament Saints were filled with the Holy Ghost. This is no doubt what John the Baptist was referring to when he prophesied that one would come that would baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost.

The “Apostles Doctrine” in the New Testament Church of Christ includes repentance, Baptism in the name of Christ, the remission of sins, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, the spiritual rebirth, speaking with new tongues. As you can see, the same doctrine and plan of salvation existed in the New Testament church that is clearly described in the Book of Mormon. This entering into the strait gate was followed by weekly fellowship, breaking bread, and having all things in common:

 

1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 

 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 

 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 

 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance… 

 

 37 ¶Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 

 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 

41 ¶Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 

 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 

 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 

 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 

 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 

 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 

 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

 

Interestingly, no Protestant or Catholic theologians have extracted the protocol for salvation out of the New Testament that is found documented in the Book of Mormon. Nevertheless, once the salvation protocol is revealed by the Book of Mormon, one can find all of the components taught or alluded to in the New Testament.

John the Baptist foretold the Baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost

Although few Christian Sects emphasize the baptism of “fire and the Holy Ghost” the New Testament clearly documents John the Baptist declaring that one would come that would “baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost” following the baptism of water, those terms are never seen again in the King James Bible.

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire..”[4]

Again, those terms in that context are never again used in the Bible. When did Christ Baptize someone with the Holy Ghost and with Fire? Some might argue that it was when Christ breathed on his apostles. Some might argue that he did it from heaven on the day of Pentecost. The New Testament informs us that Christ had his apostles do most of the baptizing.

Although a hand full of references are briefly given about the “Holy Ghost” and the “gift of the Holy Ghost” and the spiritual outpouring of power that took place on the day of Pentecost, Christians are left to argue over the context of these vague historical events and religious terms. Never is it clearly taught in the New Testament how Christ baptizes people with fire and the Holy Ghost nor is it even clearly documented that it is necessary to receive that endowment. This is one of the many reasons the Book of Mormon is essential in understanding the protocol of salvation.

“Law and Commandments of the Father”

3rd Nephi specifically reiterates the specific principles and ordinances of the gospel that Nephi covered in 2 Nephi 31 as being the “Doctrine of Christ” in two different places. Following that, when Christ visited the Nephites in the flesh, he gives additional doctrine to the Nephites as he gives them the Book of Mormon version of the Sermon on the Mount, containing the Beatitudes and the Lord’s prayer. By doing this, the Book of Mormon provides a powerful testimony of the veracity of Christ’s teachings in the New Testament.

After Christ reiterates the Doctrine of Christ and gives the sermon on the mount he then declares that the Law of Moses has been fulfilled in him and then gives them the “Law and Commandments of the Father”:

“And behold, I have given you the law and the commandments of my Father, that ye shall believe in me, and that ye shall repent of your sins, and come unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Behold, ye have the commandments before you, and the law is fulfilled.

Therefore come unto me and be ye saved; for verily I say unto you, that except ye shall keep my commandments, which I have commanded you at this time, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” [5]

Following that, Christ gives comparisons between what the ancient law dictated compared to what he was now commanding under the law and commandments of the Father. Among the many commandments given is something that temple going Mormons should take a sobering look at is:

“Neither shalt thou swear by thy head”[6]

The significance of the above commandment in conjunction with LDS temple worship doesn’t mean anything to the younger generation of LDS temple goers because many of the abominations in the original LDS temple endowment, including the act of swearing by one’s head, have been taken out in years past.

Shortly after they were removed, the brethren were quick to declare that new refinements and deletions to the endowments did not change the original intent and that the endowment still represents everything in the intent of the original endowment ceremony. Hence, everyone going through the ceremony is still swearing by their neck.

There have been many changes to the temple endowment over the years since Brigham Young introduced the first one with the infamous oath of vengeance in it. The most recent changes took place in 1990.

In part three we shall briefly discuss the most recent changes in the temple ceremony. We shall also address the role of modern revelation and how the Doctrine and Covenants reiterates the doctrine of Christ. We shall also note some significant differences between the role of the seed of Lehi vs the role of the gentiles.

 

[1] Mosiah 27:26, Gal 6:15, 2 Cor 5:17

[2] 2nd Nephi 31,

[3] 2nd Nephi 31:21,32:5

[4] See Matthew 3:11 and Luke 3:16

[5] 3 Nephi 12:19-20

[6] 3 Nephi 12:36 See also Hel 6 and Moses 5:31 about the secret signs and the great secret that one can murder in order to get gain. See also the following videos about the “dead sign” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRTbTDb2kWw and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GAUnnu2xEg


Having a “Puzzlement of Faith” Instead of a “Crisis of Faith”

March 26, 2016

Having a “Puzzlement of Faith” Instead of a “Crisis of Faith”

 

A few nights ago I couldn’t sleep so I randomly picked some youtubes to watch.

Apologetics was on my mind.

The first video that caught my attention was a talk by Rosalynde Welch at a FAIR Conference.

I only listened to a small portion of it because I sometimes have a very short attention span but during the snippet that I listened to, she said something that I found to be amazingly profound.

She said something to the effect that as she was confronted with disruptive and controversial events in LDS church doctrine and history, she did not experience a “crisis of faith”. Rather she has experienced a “puzzlement of faith”.

She then went on to explain that she liked using this term to characterize her reaction to the new information because she felt it presented a much more humble and teachable and non-critical response to things that are not easy to understand.

She essentially was pointing out that the scriptures remind us that the natural man is not a knowledgeable and discerning creature and therefore not well qualified to judge God and to be critical of his servants or his gospel plan. For those of us that accept scripture as a credible source of truth, there are numerous declarations in holy writ that put into question the natural ability of the natural man to discern the truth about spiritual things. Only those that enjoy the mystical support of the light of Christ and the Holy Ghost;

the human heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9).

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

“For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” (Mosiah 3:19)

The reason that her comments resonated so well with me is because over the years as I have had countless online and offline conversations with angry Mormons and exMormons who have suffered from a crisis of faith, I have noticed a pattern.

What I have noticed is that these angry people have ultimately weighed Joseph Smith, the LDS restoration, and ultimately, God, in the balance of their own limited understanding and found them wanting.

In short, they pass a final Judgment upon God and his work and cast them off as a thing of naught even though they are grossly under-qualified to do so, instead of humbly considering the possibility that perhaps they don’t have all of the facts and that perhaps their religious worldview is being nurtured by a darkened mind and simply not accurate.

What I have noticed almost without exception is that all of these people that Judge God and his work to be false, are what I would classify as “scriptural lightweights”. They have not extensively studied the word of God with a believing heart and thus, they have not received the manifestation of God’s spirit . Another possibility is that they have allowed their minds to become darkened after having had the manifestation of God’s spirit..

Ultimately, after declaring themselves to be experts and having declared the LDS restoration to be a fraud, the truth is that they have spent the lion’s share of their time studying all of the logical, rational and scientific arguments to the contrary, and have spent precious little time searching the scriptures in depth, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

I would be willing to bet that people like John Dehlin and Jeremy Runnells have spent 100 times more energy and time studying anti-Mormon criticisms than the scriptures. I know it is distasteful for me to call out people by name and to make such an accusation, and I hate to do it, but these two characters and many others have set themselves up as “experts” in declaring God and the LDS restoration to be fraudulent, so they are fair game.

I know, that makes me sound just as judgmental about them as they are about God and his work but these types of people are going about trying to destroy souls so I make no apologies for this confrontation.

My point is that as I have conversed with lots of angry anti’s over the years, and tried to explain to them why the hidden treasures of knowledge that I have mined from God’s word trump the scientific arguments that skeptics pose, but I can tell that they don’t comprehend what I am talking about because they are unfamiliar with God’s word and have rendered themselves unable to discern the spiritual things of God because of a darkened mind.

I have noticed that they have just as big of a disconnect with the scriptural evidence in favor of God and his work that I present to them, as I have with their science that they use to discredit the existence of God and his work.

During these conversations, the thought that continually takes place in my mind is that these angry people are not qualified to judge God or Joseph Smith, or the controversial events of the LDS restoration movement because their accumulation of contextual evidence from the scriptures can fit into a thimble.

Years ago I made the following observations in a post:

The more you know about the scriptures and God’s plan, the more you realize just how much you don’t know. Hence, true spiritual knowledge breads humility by revealing just how little one really knows about God and his plan.  

Does that make sense?

Imagine a small circle on a very very very large chalk board. Now consider everything inside the small circle as depicting the amount of accurate knowledge that you have acquired about God and his plan and consider everything on the outside of the circle as representing the accurate knowledge you have not yet learned.

Notice how insignificant the inside area looks compared to the outside area… and yet your perception of how much you don’t know is small because the only context you have is the outer edge of the circular line, not the entire amount of space outside the circular line. 

Now make the circle significantly bigger.

Notice that even though the knowledge you have gained, represented by the space on the inside of the circle is even greater than before, the outer part of the circle touching the outside area of the circular line, is also bigger. Because of this, you are capable of comprehending to a much greater extent just how vast the area of knowledge is that is yet un-comprehended.

This is why the greater the spiritual knowledge a person has, the greater their awe and humility should be regarding just how much they don’t yet understand. 

I have found that the more knowledge I gain, the more humble and insignificant and ignorant I feel before God because the more I know, the more I am able to comprehend how much I don’t know. 

I realize I don’t come off sounding that way sometimes in the articles that I post and particularly when I get into a pissing match with people that want to argue with me over the existences of God, the LDS restoration, polygamy, etc. but within my own relationship with God, I truly feel like I have very little knowledge.

The cold hard fact of the matter is that someone with a small circle of knowledge can quickly ascertain when they are having a discussion with someone whose circle of knowledge is even smaller and it is easy to become impatient and frustrated when such people are presenting themselves as being more knowledgeable than they really are.

A truly knowledgeable person regarding the things of God appreciates the following declaration by God

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

A truly humble and knowledgeable person is puzzled and in awe when they are confronted with a scriptural doctrine or historical event that is difficult to understand. Instead of using it to make a rash judgment, they see it as an opportunity for further study. It is an opportunity to mine a pearl of great price by studying the issue more intensely with a believing heart. I have found that many of the difficult historical events I have come across, when studied, have led to a much greater understanding of the magnificent work of God.

Are Atheists Lyers?

The second youtube that I chose to view for about five minutes during my bout with  insomnia was a presentation by a Christian Apologist who apparently teaches at an academy for Apologia.

He made mention of the “myth of Neutrality” which I totally agree with. I do not think there is anyone who is completely neutral and unbiased when considering virtually any philosophical or religious topic.

I have come to believe that every spirit born into this probationary experience comes with a bias toward belief in God’s word or against God’s word when they reach the age of accountability.

It was only after I realized this that I became comfortable with the following snippet from the Book of Mormon:

But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words. (Alma 32:27)

Back when I thought that it was a possibility and a virtue to be neutral and unbiased when searching the scriptures and determining the truthfulness of the restored gospel, I was very uncomfortable with the above scripture because it seemed to border on using mine control and indoctrination techniques that are often used by religious cults.

Once I realized that everyone that comes into this world comes with an innate desire to believe or disbelieve, I realized that the above passage was simply revealing the lowest common denominator between those that can believe and those that don’t. Having a desire to believe is the starting point.

For those struggling to have faith, I would simply echo the above sentiment. If you can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you even until ye believe in a manner that he can have place for a portion of God’s words. 

At another part of the presentation, the presenter posed the following question which was really unsettling to me:

“In terms of Christian apologetics we need to ask ourselves the question; are we going to believe what the unbeliever actually says about themselves or what God says about them..”

He then quoted the following passage from the first chapter in Romans to prove that EVERYONE one on this earth has categorically had the existence of God revealed to them and therefore, those that claim to be atheists are simply liars and are left without excuse despite how much they know about God, the Gospel and the scriptures, etc..

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men; who love not the truth, but remain in unrighteousness

My gut reaction to the above passage and the accusation that everyone claiming they don’t believe in God is a liar, is that his interpretation was problematic. It is not congruent with countless other passages including the following passage in Romans 10

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Rom 10:13-14

My understanding of the above passage is that there are people who do not believe and the reason they don’t believe is because they have not heard about the Biblical God. Hence the need for preachers to be sent forth. Furthermore, I think it is possible for someone to hear a preacher and still not sincerely believe because they have not yet been blessed with the manifestation of the spirit.

But what about the passage of scripture in Romans 1 that the Christian apologist uses to condemn everyone who claims they do not believe in God?

Below I have put the KJV version of the passages next to the JST version of the passage. I have also provided a larger snippet of the chapter to provide a broader context of what was being said.

JST Romans 1:16-22 KJV Romans 1:16-22
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed through faith on his name; as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men; who love not the truth, but remain in unrighteousness,

19 After that which may be known of God is manifest to them.
20 For God hath revealed unto them the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, which are clearly seen; things which are not seen being understood by the things that are made, through his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse;

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were they thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed fromfaith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified himnot as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

 

As you can see, the passage is referring to those that “remain in unrighteousness, after that which may be known of God is manifest to them.”

The above passages are speaking about someone that God has previously manifested himself to and then has allowed their minds to become darkened. It is not referring to someone who has never experienced the manifestation of God.

It is because they once had the spiritual knowledge of God and then turned from it, that they are left without excuse.

As I read the above passages I remembered that the phrase “left without excuse” is used in modern revelation and I did a keyword search to see if God’s  word requires more to be “left without excuse”.

D&C 88:81-82

81 Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warnhis neighbor.

82 Therefore, they are left without excuse, and their sins are upon their own heads.  

 

D&C 124:6-7

6 For, behold, I am about to call upon them to give heed to the light and glory of Zion, for the set time has come to favor her.

7 Call ye, therefore, upon them with loud proclamation, and with your testimony, fearing them not, for they are as grass, and all their glory as the flower thereof which soon falleth, that they may be left also without excuse—

Two other passages also note that people must first be educated and warned before they are left without excuse (see also 101:93 and 123:6)

As you can see, modern revelation once again provides clarity to the Bible. In this case, we are informed what it really means to be left without excuse. The whole reason that our corrupt and unbelieving generation has not been wiped off the face of the earth is because there are lots of people who have not been adequately warned yet and they have not had the opportunity to have the gospel preached to the in the power of the spirit and thusly do not believe in the true God.

This is why the servants need to return in POWER and to testify of the truth in POWER. This last warning will leave EVERYONE without excuse.

I reject the notion that atheists are lying when they say they don’t believe in God. I reject the notion that “EVERYONE on this earth has categorically had the existence of God revealed to them and therefore, those that claim to be atheists are simply liars and are left without excuse”.


“This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”

March 23, 2016

The following title and sub-title to a blog post recently caught my attention:

“Sanhedrin Performs Rare Biblical Commandment Not Seen For 2,000 Years”

“This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Exodus 12:2 (The Israel Bible™)

Following those eye-catching titles, the article began by stating the following-

“Last Thursday, a Biblical commandment that hasn’t been seen in 2,000 years was fulfilled. In the Cardo neighborhood of the Old City of Jerusalem, two witnesses stood before the Sanhedrin and gave testimony that established the beginning of the new month.

Setting the new month by witnesses is considered by Rashi, a prominent commentator on the Bible, to be the first mitzvah (Biblical commandment) the Nation of Israel received after leaving Egypt.”

That makes for juicy prophetic drama, but I beg to differ.

Those Ashkenazi Jews are just a little late coming to the party.

As I read the above snippet I was reminded of the fact that nearly 186 years ago, two of God’s Jewish witnesses did in fact declare, by revelation, what month and day the new year actually begins on:

“The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April—”

In the early days of the restoration the above passage was taken seriously and literally. Joseph Smith himself even reiterated with clarity that it had literally been 1830 years from the coming of Christ until the official formal organization of the church on April 6 1836. Other general authorities have since parroted his sentiments.

Sadly, it has become fashionable among many of the highly educated LDS scholars and theologians to marginalize the above passage as speculative or non-literal (hence, non-revelatory) on the part of Joseph  and Oliver,  (with the exception of a few loose canons within the faith).

Few members of the church realize that the two semi-annual conferences of the LDS church, generally held in October and April, represent the latter  day version of ancient Israels gatherings as commanded by the Lord. But then again, few Mormons even realize that they represent the literal descents of the ancient Israelites.

Realizing that the first day of the year for Israelites, according to the word of God, is April 6th, it is interesting to note that as of today (3/23/2016 according to the gentile calendar), we are still in 2015.

Major Events on Reoccurring Prophetic Dates

I have blogged before about how there are several prophetic days in which multiple prophetic events have taken place throughout history. September 11th is one of the reoccurring prophetic days in which significant things keep happening as is September 21-22.

April 6th is another one.

As we approach the month of April, realizing that it apparently marks the true transition point between the end of the Shemitah year and the beginning of the Jubilee year, there is a very interesting date parallel that is coming up that corresponds with a remarkable historical event in church history.

The Vision

On Sunday March 27th 1836 the Dedicatory Prayer was offered up in the Kirtland Temple (See Section 109). Exactly eight days later on Sunday April 3rd 1836, the secret vision behind the veil took place and the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham was secretly ushered in. (See Section 110)

eight days

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Interestingly, Joseph and Oliver never publicly revealed what had happened on that prophetic day behind the veil as they had an amazing vision and were visited by Christ, Moses, Elias and Elijah.

The Prophecy

During that Vision, Christ uttered an amazing prophecy regarding the future significance of the Kirtland Temple and sacred events that would take place in it:

Let the hearts of your brethren rejoice, and let the hearts of all my people rejoice, who have, with their might, built this house to my name.

 For behold, I have accepted this house, and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house.

Yea, I will appear unto my servants, and speak unto them with mine own voice, if my people will keep my commandments, and do not pollute this holy house.

Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the blessings which shall be poured out, and the endowment with which my servants have been endowed in this house.

And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be poured out upon the heads of my people. Even so. Amen.

The Sound of the Gospel will Go Forth

God is going to yet manifest himself to his people in the Kirtland Temple. The sound of the gospel will go forth from there when the Marvelous Work begins. On Wednesday March 30th, 1836, in the “midst of the week” (see Dan 9:27)  between the dedicatory prayer and the secret vision behind the veil, a solemn assembly was held in the Kirtland Temple. on that day, Joseph Smith made the following declaration:

” the sound shall go forth from this place [kirtland] into all the world, and the occurrances of this day shall be handed down upon the pages of sacred history, to all generations; as the day of Pentecost, so shall this day be numbered and celebrated as a year of jubilee, and time of rejoicing to the Saints of the Most High God” Joseph Smith

You can take that to the bank.

The Sound will go forth from Kirtland into all the world. The Kirtland Temple will yet become famous in all the world.

On April 3rd 1836, there was an endowment that took place during the vision having to do with the priesthood keys to gather Israel. That endowment enabled the knowledge of the gospel to go forth in a preliminary gathering prior to the Marvelous Work and a Wonder. It began gathering remnants of Israel from foreign lands to America even though the restored gentile church had failed in their attempt at consecration and had rejected the fulness of the gospel.

Shortly after this event, Joseph announced that something new must be done for the salvation of the church and he commissioned the quorum of the Twelve to take the gospel message across the “great waters” to the “Dispersed of Judah” and the “Outcasts of Israel”.

In section 118 the Lord commanded the Twelve to cross the great waters and promulgate the gospel and bear record of the name of Christ to remnants of Israel.

“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..” 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. 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.” (See D&C 118)

This missionary effort would result in thousand of converts gathering from across the great waters into Nauvoo.. This began the fulfillment of the prophecy that Christ gave in 3rd Nephi 16

“And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth,…. and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, 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.

And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.

But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.”

If you are a member of the LDS church that descends from pioneer heritage going back to the time when converts were flooding into Nauvoo from across that great waters, you are the result of the endowment that was given and you are part of the fulfillment of the amazing prophecies that Christ uttered in section 110 and in 3rd Nephi 16.

Seal Up the Vision!

Directly after the vision took place in the Kirtland Temple, Joseph and Oliver dictated the event to Oliver Cowdery’s brother who was one of Joseph Smith’s scribes at the time. The record was then sealed up in the official church dairy that was being used at the time to record historical events taking place in the church.

Despite the fact that the church would not migrate from Kirtland to Far West for several more  years, and despite the fact that there were lots of blank pages left in the diary, it was retired from use and no other historical events were recorded in it. It almost appears as if the prophetic message being established by the retiring of the diary was implying that the vision was to be the last Pentecostal event during Joseph’s ministry. And indeed it was. Furthermore, Joseph and Oliver declined to proclaim this amazing event to the saints during their lifetimes.

Finish the Transgression

The sealing up of the account of this amazing vision and prophecy had been prophesied in the Book of Daniel thousands of years later along with the exact amount of time it took for the restored church to finish their transgression.

Christ would pronounce Joseph and Oliver clean during this vision which would “finish the transgression” and  “bring an end of sins“. Hidden in the midst of all of this was an atonement offering by the latter day Moses that would “make reconciliation for antiquity“. in behalf of apostate Modern day Israel. It would prevent modern Israel from being swept off of the earth for their transgression similar to how the atonement offering that Moses had offered up anciently in behalf of Israel prevented them from being wiped off of the face of the earth from the anger of the Lord.

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

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Earlier I mentioned that there was an interesting date parallel that is coming up.

I am referring to the fact that General Conference in 2016 falls on Sunday April 3rd! the same date that the vision and prophecy that had been sealed up took place in the Kirtland Temple.

This is highly unusual for general conference to be held on April 3rd and to be on a Sunday.

I don’t know how many times during the last 180 years that General Conference has fallen on Sunday April 3rd but I would be willing to bet the little toe on my left foot that it is not very often if at all. The fact that we are at a major transition point between the Shemitah and the Jubilee makes it even more remarkable. The graphic  previously used to highlight the events relating to the ancient eight day temple atonement protocol that took place during Joseph Smith’s ministry is once again provided below with the corresponding dates that are quickly approaching.

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Just sayin…

 

The following invitation to listen to General Conference is provided on the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints..

 

All members of the Church are invited to participate in the 186th Annual General Conference of the Church.

The First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities and general officers of the Church will deliver messages of inspiration and guidance in six sessions:

The general women’s session for sisters ages eight and older will be Saturday, March 26, at 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time (MDT).

The general priesthood session for priesthood holders will be Saturday, April 2, at 6:00 p.m. MDT.

The general sessions for individuals and families will be Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. MDT.

Those desiring to compare the content of a semi annual conference that is conducted by a darkened and apostate  group of Jews, to the content of the messages given by those that have been enlightened by the fulness of the gospel may want to listen to the above conference and then listen to the what the true servants of God have to say when they return in the near future to give the final warning.:)

 

PS at this link  there is an interesting article by John Pratt about the uniqueness of a related upcoming date.


“I will overturn, overturn, overturn”

March 22, 2016

Ezekiel chapter 21 documents how the “word of the Lord came unto” Jeremiah, the Prophet commanding him to prophesy against the land of Israel and how God would eventually “draw forth my sword out of his sheath” and let it fall upon Babylon the Great and all of the wicked nations of the earth. While there may be multiple fulfillments of the prophetic words in this chapter, the ultimate fulfillment is clearly to take a place in a time to come.

The falling of the sword of the Lord and other prophecies in Jeremiah 21 are what the Lord was referencing in section one of the D&C when the Lord declared

“And the anger of the Lord is kindled, and his sword is bathed in heaven, and it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the earth.”

Modern revelation provides additional context regarding the time when the Lord’s sword falls upon the inhabitants of the earth.

The sword will fall at the time when a “there shall be a great work in the land, even among the Gentiles“. The Sword will fall in behalf of those that are ready to receive the fulness of the Gospel. The righteous shall be “preserved”. Section 35 provides the following:

And it shall come to pass that there shall be a great work in the land, even among the Gentiles, for their folly and their abominations shall be made manifest in the eyes of all people. For I am God, and mine arm is not shortened; and I will show miracles, signs, and wonders, unto all those whobelieve on my name.

And whoso shall ask it in my name in faith, they shallcast out devils; they shall heal the sick; they shall cause the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak, and the lame to walk.

And the time speedily cometh that great things are to be shown forth unto the children of men;

But without faith shall not anything be shown forth except desolations upon Babylon, the same which has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of herfornication.

And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fulness of my gospel, which I have sent forth unto this generation.

Wherefore, I call upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thresh thenations by the power of my Spirit;

And their arm shall be my arm, and I will be theirshield and their buckler; and I will gird up their loins, and they shall fight manfully for me; and their enemies shall be under their feet; and I will let fall the sword in their behalf, and by the fire of mine indignation will I preserve them.

And the poor and the meek shall have the gospel preached unto them, and they shall be looking forth for the time of my coming, for it is nigh at hand—

And they shall learn the parable of the fig tree, for even now already summer is nigh.

Again in section 101 the Lord promises that his promises and prophesies about the falling of his sword will come to pass and that it will fall in behalf of his people who are ready to receive the fulness:

 I have sworn, and the decree hath gone forth by a former commandment which I have given unto you, that I would let fall the sword of mine indignation in behalf of my people; and even as I have said, it shall come to pass.

Modern revelation is simply providing additional context to what the Lord has previously told us through Jeremiah and other ancient prophets.

Toward the end of Jeremiah chapter 21 we are informed that the Lord is going to turn everything upside down when his sword falls upon this and other nations. The crown will be taken off of the wicked prince and placed upon “he whose right it is” as the lowly are exalted and the proud that have set themselves up to rule over the poor are abased.

“Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.”

The Lord’s sword shall surely fall upon the nations at the time when God gathers his elect… But what is the Lord so pissed about?

All is well in Zion isn’t it?

Have we not been informed that we are the restored church of Jesus Christ living Zion principles during the dispensation of the fulness of times?

Haven’t be been informed that America is the greatest nation in the world …. even a  city set upon a hill and a beacon of light to the nations of the world?

Have we not been earnestly taking democracy to the nations of the world to set them free from evil dictatorships? Have we not been sending help to the poor 3rd world nations that are not as blessed and special as us? Are we not the most prosperous nation in the world because of our righteousness?

We Latter day Saints have nothing to worry about. If there was a problem, the Prophet of the church and the other general authorities would surely have told us about it and shown us what to do to get prepared. If there were serious problems with this nation our leaders would have told us about them and fixed them.

Surely we have made a covenant with death ensuring that when the desolating scourge goes forth, “it shall not come to us“. (Isa 28:15) We have nothing to worry about because we have sworn oaths in the holy house of the Lord and have received a ceremonial masonic endowment that is even greater than the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost that the New Testament and Book of Mormon Saints were comforted with.

As long as our temple recommends are current we have nothing to worry about. We can stay focused on the NBA and March Madness and enjoy our boats and our cabins and other toys that the Lord has blessed us with without worrying about the state of the world because our leaders tickle our ears with the assurance that the Lord is pleased with his blessed church and nation. Our prosperity is surely a sign that we are blessed and chosen of the Lord!

We are truly blessed to enjoy the liberty and freedom that we have and to be living in the greatest country in the world!

 

A Report to the World – from Judge Anna Von Reitz

Posted: 21 Mar 2016 09:51 AM PDT

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The UN Corporation doing business as the IMF doing business as the UNITED STATES doing business as the STATE OF ALASKA,  The Federal Reserve doing business as the Federal Reserve System doing business as the United States of America, Incorporated, doing business as the State of Alaska, the FEDERAL RESERVE doing business as THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (INC.) doing business as ALASKA….. the District of Columbia Municipal Corporation, the WASHINGTON DC MUNICIPALITY, the U.S.A. (Inc.), the U.S. Corp, The United States of America (Inc.), E Pluribus Unum the United States of America (Inc.)……

Do you realize that roughly 80% of what Americans have paid to support the poor and disabled in this country—- public assistance, aid for orphans, the unemployed, the mentally ill, people with chronic diseases, the elderly, paralyzed veterans—- has been siphoned off by these above-named corporate vermin, their parent corporations, subsidiaries, agencies and affiliates?We paid for all these programs with the intention of taking care of everyone, and instead, these criminals have been like rats in a grain storage silo, putting out just enough to give a storefront appearance that these programs were real and helping people, while secretively embezzling from the poorest and most vulnerable Americans.

Just as bad, 98% of what Americans have paid to support the poor in other countries around the world—–vast amounts of foreign aid—-have been siphoned off and squandered by these criminals.  We have given and given and given with the intention of helping people in the Third World  and paid for programs to build bridges and drill water wells and provide homes and livestock and electrical generators and transportation and roads and fishing boats and clothing and medicine and entire hospitals and schools and supplies of every kind, plus food of all kinds——and where has it gone?  Mostly stolen by the thieves in Washington, DC, but then also stolen by their counterparts in other countries.

They have fed upon the innocent and helpless both going and coming—- stealing the benefit of our giving from the people we intended it for, and thereby stealing from us as well.  They have had a “two for one” theft scheme going, in which the Americans are thought to be hard-hearted and greedy and selfish, and the people in the Third World are thought to be ungrateful, lazy, and incompetent, with neither party realizing that criminally dishonest middlemen have been the problem all along.

Embezzlers.  Thieves.  Con artists.  Imposters.  And these duplicitous vermin have been the “face of America” to the rest of the world.  They have sent their commercial mercenary armies into other countries around the world and raped and pillaged and stolen and polluted and pedaled their wares of guns and armaments and drugs and alcohol and every kind of immorality and they have done this in the names of America and Americans while we have been kept isolated and  “dumbed down on the farm back home”—– believing in “our government” and Mom and apple pie.

It is indeed disgusting to contemplate what these criminals have gotten away with and what the rest of the world must think of us as a result.

The best that can be said for it is that we know now.  We are waking up.  For many people this process is very hard and unpleasant, like being awakened from a sound sleep with a bucket of cold water. For a while— weeks or months depending upon how deeply indoctrinated people are, how loathe they are to admit the truth—- they rampage around striking out at friend and foe alike, disoriented and unable to know the difference, still half-asleep and grumpy like hibernating bears in the spring time.

And then something happens. Some little thing goes “click” in their brains and they realize The Truth.  All at once.  It is not uncommon for grown men to break down and weep when this happens. Boom. The American Dream has been unlawfully converted by these scum bags into the American Lie.

Once they wake up, people know for sure that they are unhappy and have been unhappy for a long time.  They know that they are not free and that they live in fear of unaccountable “agencies” like the FBI and IRS and FEMA and DHS —-foreign commercial mercenaries and bill collectors operating under old trade names and brand names, pretending to be part of a lawful government that is long gone.  The newly awakened gradually  own up to the fact that they are constantly being harassed and exploited and manipulated and disrespected and extorted and  intimidated and misrepresented by people who are supposed to be providing them with “essential governmental services”.  They realize they are being robbed—and worse, blamed for all this evil by the rest of the world.

When I first realized all this it felt like I had a big block of ice in my stomach.  There was no fire, no outburst, no tears, no fear, no great emotion—- just icy cold stillness and hardness.  I felt my jaw solidify into a rock.  I realized in that moment that it truly didn’t matter if I lived or died, how much it cost, how long it took—-and this is what I mean when I twist the words of King George V and tell people— “Keep calm and get even.”  Don’t flinch.  Don’t let your emotions run wild.  Feel no fear.  Don’t worry.  The Devil has been living in your house for a long time.  The only difference is that now you know he is there.

We are dealing with the British Raj here.  The same vermin that Gandhi had to face in India.  The same ones who mowed down the wives and daughters at Amritsar.  The same ones who kept people from taking salt from the sea, which they needed to live and which had always been their right to harvest generation unto generation.  The same ones who enslaved the Indian people by the hundred millions to feed Westminster, the British Crown Corporation, and the Queen — have been sitting here polishing their boots in America — feeding off of us and using our sons and daughters as fodder in their wars for profit, stealing and manipulating our natural resources. pawning off their phony paper promises “in equitable exchange” for our silver and gold, bullying us, and misrepresenting us to the rest of the world so that at the end of the day after all this abuse at their hands, we would be blamed by the rest of the world for all the evil these criminals have committed in our names.

And when I say, “in our names”—-I mean it literally.  Several years ago I obtained a copy of “my” Master File kept by the IRS and learned that—- supposedly— I was running a rum distillery in Barbados. That is a pretty good trick for a grandma who has never visited the Caribbean.  I was pretty high up in the management, too—-hauling down the equivalent of $180,000.00 a year in salary that I somehow never received.  Imagine all the other Americans who are going about their lives on dairy farms and working in small businesses and clerking at grocery stores who are being grossly, purposefully, with malice-aforethought lied about like this?

Just recently I was given more “official government records”—- this time records related to my dead father’s estate.  He has been dead since 1981, but somehow, “he” is still paying no less than nine (9) mortgages out of estate trust accounts established “in his name” —–and all for people I never heard of and who are not part of our family.

How is this possible?  When we are mere babies in our cradles undeclared agents of these foreign corporations —- the IMF and the British Crown Corporation — come to new Mothers in the guise of hospital workers and force them to sign paperwork seeming to admit that they are all unwed mothers, all “donating” their babies to the “State” corporation as “wards of the State”.  I was told that if I didn’t sign this paperwork, my son would not be released to my care.  He would be placed in “State sponsored Foster Care” and I would never see him again.

I was a completely responsible 40 year old adult with a good income, a husband, a home, everything—- and they pretended that I was an irresponsible, indigent, unwed mother seeking to offload my unwanted baby and willingly giving him to the tender mercies of the “STATE OF ALASKA”—- the local franchise of the IMF doing business as the UNITED STATES (INC.).

They did what they always do.  They seized upon his name, copyrighted it as property of the British Commercial Corporation, and began spinning off all sorts of corporate “personas” named after my son.

First, there was a “state level” foreign situs trust doing business as Eric Jon Belcher.  And then there was a Roman Inferior (Cestui Que Vie) Trust operated out of Puerto Rico doing business as ERIC JON BELCHER.  And then, most recently, Mr. Obama decided to create a public transmitting utility called  Eric J. Belcher— also in Puerto Rico—-all owned and operated by the British Crown Corporation and its various subsidiaries, franchises, and affiliates and created for their benefit.

They have issued performance bonds in my son’s name under the pretense that he is or ever was their ward and have obligated him to pay off their mortgages, accept their debts, pay their taxes, buy their services, accept conscription into their commercial mercenary forces, obey every whim of their “Congress”, back their promissory notes with his private property and labor, and so on and on in an endless recitation of enslavement and false claims and breach of trust.

I want the world to know that all and any paperwork I signed at Providence Medical Center in November of 1996  I signed under the most detestable and inexcusable duress imaginable, under threat of forcible kidnapping of my infant son.  Any contract express or implied arising from such practices and seeming to obligate me or my son is nothing but fraud on the face of it and always has been.  The British Crown Corporation, the UN Corporation,  the IMF, the Federal Reserve, their parent corporations, subsidiaries, agencies, and affiliates are guilty of malicious tort fraud of the worst kind.

These corporations are under demand to release our copyrighted names, trademarks, and private estates to our control free and clear, without tax, lien, debt, attachment, encumbrance, obligation, deed, claim, or colorable title of any kind.  And then we will talk about what else they owe us.

Every corporation involved in this enslavement and kidnapping racket, all those preying upon babies and new mothers,  deserve to be liquidated and have their assets distributed to their Priority Creditors—–the American People.  Those responsible for promoting and continuing to implement this institutionalized fraud and enslavement scheme need to be arrested as criminals and prosecuted to the fullest extent of both national and international law.

People everywhere need to be aware of what has gone on here, who is responsible, and what we are all facing. It’s not “the Americans”—-its a nest of vicious and cowardly criminals who have insinuated themselves and pretended to represent us, while bilking us and everyone else for their own profit.

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See this article and over 100 others on Anna’s website here:www.annavonreitz.com

Miscellaneous Musings #19- Was Eliza R. Snow gang-raped by Eight Missouri ruffians?

March 9, 2016

Attention email subscribers. Much of this post includes youtube that can only be seen if you log into the blog post

Radiation Alert!
radio active

215 times the allowed RADIOISOTOPE in BISCAYNE BAY Florida, suspected NUKE LEAK!!!

Selling our Inheritance to Russia

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EXCLUSIVE: Massive Cover-up – BLM leases Hammond ranch land to Russia through Clinton Foundation donors for uranium

Was Eliza Gang Raped by Missouri Ruffians?

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Shocking historical finding: Mormon icon Eliza R. Snow was gang-raped by Missouri ruffians

Meg Stout finds the evidence inconclusive

The Sign of Death

George Bush Sr shows up to the Republican debate and gives the sign of the satanic cut throat gesture that was once part of the LDS temple endowment. Conspiracy theorists believe he did it to signal the death of Donald Trump.

Mitt the Accuser

My cousin Mitt played the role of the accuser against Donald Trump, who usually plays the roll of the accuser. He was incredibly articulate in his criticisms of Donald Trump. I couldn’t disagree with anything he said about Trump and yet I felt nothing but distain for Romney the entire time he was speaking. He is simply doing the bidding of his cronies in the illuminati and, according to some of the buzz, he may seek the party nomination at the last minute.

 

Blow back from Judge Jeanine

Judge Jeanine: Mitt Romney awoke a sleeping giant

Will Mitt Try to Steal the Nomination?

“Mitt Romney has filed paperwork with FEC to run in the current election and may be trying to block out Trump so he does not get the Republican nomination. This does not mean he has to run for President but it allows him to leave his options open.”

[link to freepatriotpost.com]

Posting this dispite my fears

Rounding up the Patriots

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Feds rounding up Patriots connected to Western lands battle

Tithing: Checking your Gullibility Quotient 

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6% on interest is how tithing is calculated? I don’t think so.

New historical information reveals original meaning of LDS tithing”

Here is a snippet from the article

(KUTV) The LDS church is shedding more light on the faith’s longtime practice of tithing, answering a long-standing debate about how it is referred to in the faith’s scriptures and what it means today.

Tithing requires members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pay one-tenth of their income to the church. That money is then used to fund church operations.

But while tithing has root in Mormon scripture, an LDS historian says the way it was calculated in the late 1830s was far different than what is practiced today.

Steven Harper, a former BYU professor who now works at the LDS Church History Department, said tithing was originally based on net worth – not income.

In an article published on LDS.org, Harper said the practice took shape in July 1838 when the faith’s founder, Joseph Smith, said he received a revelation about it. This came as the church was looking to raise money to build a new temple, Harper said.

In the revelation as recorded in Mormon scripture, tithing was explained to mean members would give “all their surplus property” to the bishop at the time, Edward Partridge, and thereafter “pay one-tenth of all their interest annually.”

Current LDS leaders say interest is typically interpreted as “income.” But that’s not what it has always meant.

“Bishop Partridge understood ‘one tenth of all their interest’ annually to mean 10 percent of what Saints would earn in interest if they invested their net worth for a year,” Harper wrote. He cited an example from Partridge who was reportedly in the room when Smith received the revelation.

“If a man is worth a $1000, the interest on that would be $60, and one/10. of the interest will be of course $6. thus you see the plan,” Partridge wrote in a letter just days after the revelation was received.”

It amazes me that so many people jump on the bandwagon of believing a heresy just because a historical figure believed it. In an upcoming post I will debunk the belief that tithing was based on the going annual interest rate based on a person’s net worth.

Merchants trafficking in the souls of men
Understanding your birth certificate

“The edification of the corporation to the status of person is one of the most enduring institutions of the law and one of the most widely accepted legal fictions.” Few people understand that corporations (legal fictions) were originally created by the Catholic Church and that each soul that is born into this world is essentially incorporated with copyrighted names that are trafficked as merchandise.

The birth certificate represents a financial transaction. The holy See believes he is ruler over all governments and religious institutions. In this video, Santos Bonacci lectures the Pope and tries to shame him into repenting of trafficking in the souls of men.. He gets a few things wrong, but his rant is interesting and it represents that fact that the masses are beginning to catch on to the grand scam that has been taking place for centuries.

Will Hillary be Indicted over her Private Email Server?

Megan Kelly Hammers on Debbie Wasserman Schultz about Hillary Clinton Email Scandal.. start at 3:54

Video Released showing two camera angles of LaVoy Finicum shooting

 

My slip is showing
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In a recent Notable Emails I inferred that DS claimed to have begun his second comforter visits 30 years ago. I’m getting senile and I keep getting confusing his timeline with mine. LOL  I apologize for this egregious mistake.
My journey of awakening began 30 years ago as I began delving into a deep study of doctrine and history. Apparently it was about 14 years ago when he began getting tutored by Christ, enabling him to read what everyone else has said about doctrinal and historical issues and then rewrite about it in his own words.:)
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Miscellaneous Musings #17 “For it was the woman that sinned not the man”

Miscellaneous Musings #16 The Link between Prophet Worship and Breaking the LAW of the Gospel

Miscellaneous Musings #15 “Dedicating yourself to truth and dedicating yourself to God are the exact same thing”

Miscellaneous Musings #14 The Collateral Damage of the LDS Historical Essays on Polygamy Transcend the Mormon Church

Miscellaneous Musings #13 Peter was a High Priest

Miscellaneous Musings #12 Are the Nauvoo Discourses True?

Miscellaneous Musings #11 Six Year Anniversary of OneWhoIsWatching

Miscellaneous Musings #10 Ferguson is Close to the “Center Place”

Miscellaneous Musings #9 The Mystery of the Shemitah

Miscellaneous Musings #8 Sunstone Symposium 2014

Miscellaneous Musings # 7 The Kinderhook Plates were Authentic

Miscellaneous Musings # 6 Jeremy Runnells

Miscellaneous Musings # 5 Phineas Young

Miscellaneous Musings #4

Miscellaneous Musings #3 Kingdom of the Jews (3/7/2014)

Miscellaneous Musings #2 (2/28/2014)

Miscellaneous Musings #1 (2/11/2014)

 


Notable Emails #28- “Why do we need prophets and apostles when they refer us to scholars for doctrine and church history understanding”

March 7, 2016

[Editorial Note: I get many emails from readers of my blog sharing their thoughts and  asking my opinion about historical and doctrinal matters. This series provides selected email exchanges that may be of interest to the general readership. I do not share email conversations if you request that I don’t. I can be reached at onewhoiswatching [at] gmail dot com  ]

 

Email Exchange #1: “Why do we need prophets and apostles
when they refer us to scholars for doctrine
and church history understanding?”

“Watcher,
I don’t think you saw this.
https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/watch/evening-with-a-general-authority/2016/02?lang=eng&cid=HP_FR_2-26-2016_dSI_fBCAST_xLIDyL1-A_
More particularly mins 35-38 and 44-46.
It makes me wonder, why do we need prophets and apostles when they refer us to scholars for  doctrine and church history understanding.
Lol
Also, he hits hard on why you would never search for an answer to a medical problem online. Yet he fails to make knowledge that web M.D. And DocResponse are some of the largest medical resources on the Internet for providing medical diagnostic to people who have questions about their symptoms.
Not to mention Dr. Sears and Mayo Online.
I know as a father of young children I’m checking online a lot to see if what my child is experiencing is serious or not.
I think this might be a generational thing.
Watcher,
I was thinking about this again this morning.
Ballard says that when we can’t find answers to seek out competent professors of religion to help with the hard to understand doctrines.
Then he turns around and says not to search online for answers to tough gospel questions. 🤔
It’s crazy how when people strive to know Christ and deepen their relationship with him that he becomes a stone of stumbling and rock of offense for the church (see Isaiah 8:14).
This is in part because the church and its leaders aren’t fulfilling that role. Which causes its members to seek those that say they have familiar spirits who communicate to them. These peeping wizards are leading many of the would-be faithful away because they’re not seeking God for themselves, but relying on the arm of flesh to do it for them (see Isaiah 8:19).

My Response

amen bro

 

Email Exchange #2: “Are we left to seek Justification?”

“I have a question about the Doctrine of Christ regarding our time in history. If we don’t have the true baptism, and can’t enter in at the gate, than are we left to seek justification until the Lord returns his servants to the earth?

Thanks,”

 

My Response

Great question.. In this series I will be addressing mercy… grace…justification …. sanctification … and election  :)

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Email Exchange #3: I give him 2 1/2 Brownie Points

Watcher,
Great post. Some very good points about how we bind heavy burdens to us thinking that it’s what Christ wants when he would have us leave all that behind because his yoke is easy and his burden is light.
I read this and intellectually it makes sense, but I’m not sure.
Going to D&C 5: verse 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.” 
 
It is a description of the Lord’s Church. The Lord’s Church is “clear as the moon, fair as the sun.” The words “clear the moon” means they meet the description that is given in Doctrine and Covenants section 76 describing those who have the glory of the moon as their inheritance. “Fair as the sun” is described in Doctrine and Covenants section 76, and describes those who will inherit the celestial glory. That is how He describes His Church. And they will be the only ones who will be able to stand at his coming. The minister for those in the terrestrial glory is the Son, meaning the Son of God. (D&C 76: 77) Who intends to make many sons of God. And in the celestial glory the fullness of the Father dwells.( D&C 76: 92) And so the Church which He owns, which He calls “mine,” that He intends to bring out of the wilderness of darkness and confusion and into the light by which they can understand things of God is necessarily composed of those who have sufficient knowledge to be “clear as the moon, fair as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.” 

My Response

 

Before I address the snippet you asked about from one of Snuffers lectures, I want to address what he said in the previous paragraph. Note the following:

“The hand of Joseph is still the hand we ought to be looking at if we want to know what God’s word was for our generation. You have no clue how thoroughly we have supplanted the words given at the hand of Joseph Smith”

Denver is exactly right about that.

And yet, when asked by his followers how to baptize, he directed them to a protocol in the Book of Mormon instead of the protocol given from the Lord to our generation through Joseph Smith!!!!!!!

In part two of my current series I am going to show that despite how important and profound the Book of Mormon is in detailing the points of the Doctrine of Christ to the Nephites, there are a few very significant modifications that the Lord has made for the dispensation of the Gentiles during Joseph’s time. I will show how modern revelation ALWAYS TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER THE BOOK OF MORMON ANY TIME THERE IS A VARIATION.

I have previously shown the significance of the listing of the spiritual gifts given to the House of Israel compared to the listing of gifts given to the Gentiles.. In the two listings there are some very significant differences. This is why it is critical to always use gospel protocols from the D&C over any protocols in the Book of Mormon with regard to the gentile church.

The fact that Denver gives lip service to the importance of following the words and revelations of Joseph Smith and modern revelation, he blatantly disregards the protocol in section 20:37 in favor of the Book of Mormon protocol.

My guess is that he doubts the veracity of 20:37 and therefore disregards it as a thing of Naught just like he has discarded section 110.

It is somewhat understandable. Denver is basically doing what Oliver Cowdery did when the saw section 20:37 and commanded Joseph in the name of God to take it out of the D&C. It is one of many HUGE indicators that Denver picks and chooses what parts of modern revelation he wants to accept and often questions or rejects modern revelation in favor of the Book of Mormon…

Ok, the bottom-line of what Denver is saying in the first part of the snippet that you sent me, as I read it, is that the restored church that Joseph Smith was and will be instrumental in bringing forth out of darkness is going to inherit a terrestrial inheritance.

In other words, the passage in section one, according to Snuffer is referring to terrestrials that according to the section 76, are deceived by the craftiness of men.

As a general principal, when the Savior speak of “his people”, and to “my own”, he is often referring to those that will inherit a terrestrial inheritance. For instance, the following passage is a good example:

3 The same which came in the meridian of time unto mine own, and mine own received me not;

 4 But to as many as received me, gave I power to become my sons; and even so will I give unto as many as will receive me, power to become my sons.

As you can see, “my own” refers to the Jews that rejected him, and yet after their pain, he will own them and reign over them as they inherit a terrestrial glory.

Hence I give Denver two and half brownie points for dancing around a true principle. HOWEVER, he is completely torturing the passage that he is speaking about in section one. And he completely gets it wrong.

Denver says:

“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.

This description will show up another time in the dedicatory prayer to the Kirtland Temple in section 109. It is a description of the Lord’s Church. The Lord’s Church is

clear as the moon, fair as the sun.

” The words

“clear the moon” means they meet the description that is given in Doctrine and Covenants section 76describing those who have the glory of the moon as their inheritance. “

The Lord is NEVER “well pleased” during this probation with the actions of the terrestrials.

The  passage being addressed is referring to the elect of God.

The revelation was given during the revelatory sweet spot during the short 3 ½ years that the fullness was on the earth. Joseph and others had just received the Melchizedek priesthood and were in the process of getting their callings and elections made sure and being sanctified.

Furthermore, the passage in question has a dual fulfillment and is referring to the return and rising up of the elect when the Marvelous Work begins. When I get time I will break these passages down using some keyword searches etc.

Denver totally missed the boat on that one.

Don’t have time to respond to the rest of his statement… I am off with Mrs Watcher to jog off some of the fat I have acquired as a result of my lazy gentile lifestyle…

Whether or not Denver gets some things right or not is not the point. False prophets teach lots of truth.. according to some accounts they teach nine truths for each falsehood they teach.

Denver reads the words of lots of other people voraciously and then modifies them for his own purposes. and puts his spin on them…

He got himself into a lot of trouble years ago by stealing what i was saying in blog about the church being rejected with  their dead in Nauvoo… He began blogging about it and included it in his book, as a possibility, but then began to back off of it because he realized that if the church had been rejected with its dead in Nauvoo, there would be no restoration to preserve and he would be exposed as a false prophet.

 Some concepts he gets correct some he gets wrong… the question is, did he see and converse with God 15 years ago. Has he continuously been taught by Christ during the last 15 years, and if he has, how come he waffles back and forth on so many issues and gets so many doctrinal issues wrong and why does he reject the doctrine of the three watches that is so clearly demonstrated in the scriptures if the Savior is personally, continuously teaching him all of the time? He is a wannabe.

Got to run… keep sending me the Suffer heresies to debunk.. LOL

Email Exchange #4:”Does one need to be rebaptized in order to receive the baptism of fire…?”

“Watcher,

I just read your most recent post on the doctrine of Christ. Quick question:

Does one have to be rebaptized in order to receive the baptism of fire and enter through the gate of the straight and narrow path? If so, by what authority? If the previous baptism in the LDS church is valid (whether at age 8 or in the form of a convert baptism), what steps are required to be born again and experience the baptism of fire?”

My Response

It is my opinion that when the servants come and bring in the last restoration, every one of us will be required to be baptized by the proper authority before we can receive the full baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost.

The preparatory baptism offered by the corporate church and the fallacious baptisms being offered by the false prophets that “snuff” at word of God are not adequate.
I have proven in many past blogs that the church was rejected with their dead in 1841. The thing that makes a tribe of people a church, is the saving ordinances of the gospel. When the Lord was telling them they would be rejected as a church, he was telling them that they would no longer be able to provide the saving ordinances of the gospel. You will note that directly after the church was rejected with their dead, Joseph only got one more canonized revelation after the saints were rejected. As Joseph petitioned the Lord to know what his will was, he erroneously referred to the rejected church as “saints”. however the Lord corrected him-

Section 125 was received in March of 1841. In that revelation Joseph asks the following question to the Lord:

“What is the will of the Lord concerning the saints in the Territory of Iowa?”

In reply to Joseph’s question, the first thing the Lord does it correct Joseph Smith and note that those who had been rejected as a church and were now on probation. The Lord notes that they call themselve by his name and points out that the rejected church were only “essaying” to be his “saints“!

“Verily, thus saith the Lord, I say unto you, if those who call themselves by my name and are essaying to be my saints..”

Here is what the word essaying means:

“Trying; making an effort; attempting”

Continuing on,

 if they will do my will and keep my commandments concerning them, let them gather themselves together unto the places which I shall appoint unto them by my servant Joseph Smith, and build up cities unto my name, that they may be prepared for that which is in store for a time to come” 

As you can see, the saints were on probation. First they had to keep his commandments concerning them. Only after they repented and became obedient could they gather to the cities that Joseph would appoint. It becomes apparent that the saints at that time were no longer worthy of being calling by his name or being called saints. It also becomes apparent that the passage will be fulfilled in the third watch when God’s repentant saints become “prepared for that which is in store for a time to come”

Nevertheless, despite being rejected as a church, a tribal kingdom had been set up with patriarchal priesthood, the commission of the Twelve apostles to take the KNOWLEDGE of the fulness of the gospel to the world was still valid and that is what the church has been doing for the last four generations. they have been taking the KNOWLEDGE of the gospel to the nations of the world via the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants. ,
I do not believe anyone is entering into the narrow gate and becoming sanctified at this time… although many people are having manifestations of the spirit which is preparing them for the return of God’s servants, the emergence of additional records, the final restoration of God’s church, and the Marvelous Work and a Wonder.
This is just my opinion… you need to search these things out for yourself.

Email Exchange #5:”Those who repent are Christ’s church?’

Watcher,
Every time I run into a follower of you know they say while they’re not a member of the LDS church they’re part of Christ’s church.
They quote D&C 10:67 and say they’ve repented and come unto Christ. Not to mention that section 10 was given before the church had been restored or established in 1830.
Just what does it mean to come unto Christ?
And what is needed on the earth for one to come unto Chrsit?
Thanks!

My Response

D&C 10:67 says “Behold this is my doctrine, whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me the same is my church”
I think they are grossly misinterpreting that passage. They are interpreting it to mean that you are a member of Christ’s church as soon as you repent and therefore the believers back at that time were members of Christ’s church even before it was officially restored nearly a year and a half later.
I suspect that I have been guilty of making the same interpretation of that passage in years past.
But in my recent searching I have come to a very different conclusion.
That is not what it is saying.
If you keyword the terms “doctrine of Christ” and “my doctrine” in the book of Mormon, you will find that these terms mean much much more than just repentance and attempting to get closer to Christ in a relationship. They actually include the saving ordinances.  Perhaps one of the most plain and detailed explanation of what the doctrine of Christ is, is found in 2 Nephi 31
These terms appear to be synonymous with the “fulness of the gospel” which includes faith, repentance, and baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost.
In other words you have not come unto Christ until you have entered through the strait gate into the narrow path. repentance and baptism represent the strait gate and the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost represents the narrow path-
“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.”
One more thought.
The prophet Joseph Smith said-
“The Holy Ghost is a revelator,” and “no man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelations” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 132).
I personally don’t find any of the Snufferites to be revelatory including Snuffer himself. Stating that the Holy Ghost has testified that Snuffer is a prophet is not revelatory in my opinion and that seems to be the extent of their revelatory powers.
Snuffer himself suffers from the same problem that the brethren suffer from in that he is usually so boring and juvenile in his observations except when he proclaims that he has persuaded the Lord into changing the order of the priesthood to require the approval of seven women….
Since the church was rejected with its dead over 160 years ago, what part of the “restoration” is Denver “restoring”?
If you do find Snuffer or any Snufferites to be revelatory and profound, then you definitely should take their claims very seriously. 

His follow up

The biggest turn off from Denver is his hard sell.

If you close your minds to my message and harden your hearts, you’ll be held responsible at a later day when God comes to judge this world. You’ll be left behind wanting, knowing that you could’ve accepted this offer to come unto Christ today, by one of his chosen and called servants. I didn’t choose this, but God asked it of me and I must obey. Just as he’s asking it of you and yet you won’t.

There’s some pretty sophisticated language patterns being used to intimidate and bully people into accepting his message. Nothing that a trial lawyer worth his weight wouldn’t already know and use in his chosen vocation.

My Follow up

where does that quote from Snuffer come from his blog? his book? an email to you?

His Reply

It’s an amalgamation from all of his talks combined. I kept hearing the same pattern over and over at the end of each talk.

Here are few quick searched that I did in 40 Years of Mormonism and you can see it’s all there.
p. 215-16
If you will receive it, faith in Him comes by hearing the word of God. Not by a pretender, not by someone guessing, not by someone offering up their theory of how the scriptures ought to be understood. Faith does not come by hearkening to someone citing you a bibliography. Faith comes only by hearing the word of God delivered as He would have it delivered, by whomever it is that He may choose to deliver it. If you receive God’s word sent by someone He sends, then you might have faith, and that too in the Son of God. Then you also might receive Him. But if you will not, if you will harden your hearts, if you will blind your minds, if you will not receive what He offers from His mouth in your day, then you do not have faith in Him. You will fall short of that faith required to become His son and His daughter. It is that way, it has always been that way, it will always be that way. There is no other test. Therefore, either I am a liar and you ought to forget everything I’ve said, or I have been sent by someone greater than I am. If I have been sent and you reject and quibble over the things I declare to you, it is at your peril! It ought to be that way. I ought to be damned if I’m a pretender, and I ought to be damned and rejected by God if I’m saying things about which I know nothing! But I bear witness to you I know what I’m talking about. I have no reason to lie to you. I have no reason to pay to reserve a place to speak to you, and ask nothing of you but to listen. It requires a sacrifice to do what I am doing. I have no other reason to do this than to tell you the truth. Joseph Smith testified to these things and I am come as a second witness. Therefore you now have two proclaiming the same doctrine. 
p.249-50
Alma 12: 9-11 that talks about if you harden your hearts you get less. But if you’re heart is soft and open, you get more … You are the regulator that determines whether on the one hand you get more, or on other hand if you get less. Some of those who have come today with a hard heart are going to find themselves being condemned in the day of judgment, because you are given an opportunity to have a soft heart and you elected knowingly not to do so. Can you imagine your shame when you, in a council that will include those present today, come back from this experience and confess, “Yes, I was there, but I didn’t believe. Yes, I was there, but I wouldn’t accept it.” None of us would vote to sustain you in the coming eons, in the coming experiences after this probation, none of us will want you to be a minister to bring salvation to pass for others. None of us will then have confidence in you. Soften your heart now. Today is the day of salvation. This is the moment you came down here to face. The test is underway, the challenges are in front of you. You better have ears to hear. God will judge you, but more importantly, you will judge yourself. 

My Response

yes I remember some of those statements now but I had forgotten how desperate sounding he is. He is pulling out all the stops to get people off the fence. It must be frustrating to have thousands of listeners and readers of the books but very few who will actually commit and get baptized again.

 I may be wrong, but I get the impression that the number of people who are actually getting baptized again and vocally proclaiming him to be a true prophet is actually very small. probably less than 500. It is very difficult to tell for sure.
It seems like there are about 20-30 Snuffer bloggers trying to make a lot of noise on the Internet but I sense that his total following of truly committed and faithful followers is less than 500 and probably significantly less than that… not that it matters one way or the other. I only bring it up because he sounds so desperate.
Joseph Smith once said if you can’t accept my doctrine accept my hospitality… and yet I guess there are other times when he prophetically sounded the warning voice…
Very interesting.
 Email Exchange #6:”Brian Hales Claims Section 22 Dissolved Joseph’s Marriage Covenant to Emma!”

 

Hi Watcher,

I saw this post on Facebook:

Serious question for Mormon scholars and historians.

D&C 22:1 states that “Old covenants” are “done away” with the advent of the new and everlasting covenant. Faithful LDS historian Brian Hales uses this as a way to justify polyandry, considering those old worldly marriage covenants to be null and void once temple marriage/sealing arrived – that way Joseph is not considered to be married to other men’s wives.

Joseph Smith original marriage to Emma would have been done away in this manner too, then.

D&C 132:61 states that under this new and everlasting covenant:

“if any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her consent, and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified;”

So, since Joseph’s marriage to Emma was “done away” – then the spouse from whom Joseph was required to get consent for subsequent marriages was his first wife under the new and everlasting covenant.

This means that Joseph would have had to have the consent of 16 year old Fanny Alger to take on any subsequent wives (were it not for the Law of Sarah exception)

Critics seem to be astounded that Joseph didn’t tell Emma about his numerous plural wives. It turns out that it was none of her business because until May 1843 – she wasn’t technically his wife under the new and everlasting covenant.

What was Emma during the period up until Joseph’s sealing then? A woman he lived with and had carnal relations (and children) with, but unmarried. A concubine. Also allowed in D&C 132:37-39

Thoughts?

 

My Response

Bless his heart.

The amount of scriptural gymnastics that the true blue Mormon apologist scholars employ to justify section 132 and the Mormon practice of polygamy is astounding. Can you please copy and paste his entire snippet? Or was that it?
Section 22 is exclusively talking about the new and everlasting covenant of baptism as per the remainder of the revelation. The context was that some new members of the church did not think they needed to be re-baptized since their protestant pastors had already baptized them.
The phrase “all old covenants have I caused to be done away in this thing” is obviously talking about all old baptismal covenants that have not be performed through the restored authority that John the Baptist had just restored.
The revelation seems to be pointing out that all previous Protestant baptisms in that age by well meaning believers would have been done by lineal priesthood under the “law of Moses” and thus would have been deemed “dead works” (verse 2 & 3) Verse 4 points out that baptism is how one enters into the strait gate.
The revelation came shortly after the church received the “articles and covenants” of the church which provided the correct protocol of ordinances of salvation and identified the proper priesthood authority in which baptism could be administered.

The JST would provide clarification to the statement that the “new and everlasting covenant of baptism” WAS FROM THE BEGINNING by pointing out that Adam received the new and everlasting ordinance of the baptism of water fire and the Holy Ghost and preached the gospel to his posterity from the beginning. (Adam was not a polygamist according to the Standard Works BTW)

It is amazing that Brian continues to be so ignorant concerning the context of church history and the revelations that Joseph got.
I have debunked the false doctrine of celestial polygamy in countless different ways including a recent post showing my interaction with the folks over at the Interpreter in which i demonstrated from sections 84 and 88 that Joseph Smith had his calling and election made sure in 1832, long before any temple rituals or the practice of celestial polygamy reared their ugly little heads. Hence the practice of celestial marriage could not possibly be a necessary practice for salvation.
It sure is comforting to know that according to Brian Hales, Joseph was not committing adultery on Emma since his marriage covenant was dissolved in April of 1830. Unfortunately, if what Brian is saying is true, the Joseph and Emma were committing adultery by continuing to live and have sex with each other after their covenant was dissolved. LOL

Email Exchange #7 “Did you see Log’s “F bombs on JustandTrue?”

Did you see that exchange on the justandtrue website the last few days…hours? That guy Log is way out there! The stuff he was saying to an Adam and a Johny was unbelievable.  And they responded pretty well. Just went to send you the link in the comments section but seems the website owner just took off all the comments. F-bombs all the way. Who is this Log??! Holy &@/€!!

Wish there was a way to see thise comments…hilarious stuff!

My Response

WOW.. although the comments were taken down, I was able to see them through the following site. This is a guy who is instructing everyone else how to become sanctified like himself LOL

it is vintage Log

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://justandtrue.com/?p=677

Email Exchange #7 “What are the Odds?”

[A response I got in response to part one of the Doctrine of Christ series]

“Let’s just assume, for purposes of discussion, that Mormon temple worship is the very highest form of worship and earthly progression toward God that one can aspire to on this earth.

Let’s also assume that a human alien from another planet arrived here knowing nothing of Christianity, in general, or Mormonism, in particular.
He is given a copy of our standard works and two years to read and study them in depth and distill from them the core essential principles of our faith and that we aspire to in our efforts to follow Jesus Christ.
He is asked to devise a set of threshold questions to determine whether somebody should be admitted to temple worship.
What are the odds, that he would come up with –
– strict adherence to the word of wisdom (“given not as a commandment but as a principle with a promise” and not even to mention its modern day interpretation),
– scrupulous payment to the church of a full 10% of all income, and
– an unqualified affirmation that one does not “support, affiliate with or agree with” anyone whose “teachings or practices” are different than “the Church’s”?
I guess just one more evidence of why the living prophet is so much more important than the dead ones!”
My Response
LOL Amen Bro

Email Exchange #8: “Which day is the Sabbath”

Watcher we have friends that think we should worship on Saturday, have you written anything on this?

My Response

https://onewhoiswatching.wordpress.com/2010/12/19/which-day-is-the-sabbath/ 

Email Exchange #9: 

[Editorial Note: This is from a recently returned missionary who read my blog while on his mission]
Watcher! My mission email expired. So I can be reached here now. It’s been 2 months. Coming home has been quite the ride.
 
I had a good talk with my dad about how polygamy has nothing to do with the actual gospel; and another conversation with my mom, with regards to how God has always been God, and that anything outside of that was false doctrine.
 
Both of them are very receptive to all of it. However i think if I got into anything deeper it would cause problems.
 
Since being back I’ve been having gospel-related conversations just about every day. I work at XXX  XXXXXXX and speak to many people. It’s been great to share my faith without it having to seem forced, which is the feeling I think people most times get from LDS missionaries.
 
Thanks for your example Watcher! It’s because of you I began to really search the scriptures. And because I searched the scriptures I really know where I stand with everything. I loved your last post about the doctrine of Christ. Now that I’m perfectly aware of our awful situation and what prophetic events will take place, I find myself focusing much more on how I need to prepare myself. I’ve been reading the gospels back to back.
 
Still reading blogs though! It looks like DS followers are missing the LDS church after all…

“I believe I can do more good from within the LDS Church than I can from outside the Church. I miss the temple. Of course I  recognize it will probably be years before the First Presidency decides I am worthy to have my temple blessings restored.”

–Tim Malone [latter day commentary] Nov 29, 2015
I find it profound that he misses the temple…
It used to baffle me, how Snufferites could be right about so many things, yet so terribly wrong in accepting Denver in the first place. Rock Waterman is an example to me of someone who seems so close…but yet completely misses the mark. He knows the LDS church isn’t true– I don’t get why he doesnt move on. Everyone seems so…stuck. So now I realize there all in the same boat as any run of the mill LDS member. Whether it’s Monson or Denver, all of them are severely mixed up and confused. I honestly feel like the temple is very definitive in determining who’s got a clue and who doesn’t.
Anyway, enough from me. I know your busy. Hope all is well.

My Response

 

Hey it is great to hear from you. It sounds like you are adjusting just fine and still spreading the good word! Tht is an amazing post by Tim WOW.. I agree that the temple really does provide a great clue as to has a clue and who does not. That said,  I respect a person that can reconsider things and I respect that he wants to be where he can be of more service and that he wants to try and salvage his marriage etc.

Take it easy on you parents… no need to rock the boat right now..I love that you are searching the scrips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Listing of Past Notable Emails

Notable Emails #27 “what makes you so sure JS was not just a charlatan from the beginning?”

Noteable Emails #26 This and that, this and that, tell us how it is Hugh, we won’t look back!

Noteable Emails #25 “Can I ask you for some help with chapter 27 in 2 Nephi?”

Notable Emails #24 “I recently awoke or at least have begun to awaken. Since August I’m no longer blindly following the brethren and traditions of the church.”

Notable Emails #22 “My prediction is that those who accept the gospel of Bill Reel (non-literal historicity of the Book of Mormon) will ultimately either loose all of their faith…”

Notable Emails #21 ” I don’t believe the current LDS Church has ANY “authority” – especially BECAUSE they preach that the culmination of the Gospel is the Masonic Rituals..”

Notable Emails #19- “Sometime ago I had an extraordinary experience where I was forgiven of some of my sins”

 Notable Emails #18- “I wake up every morning with this intense feeling that we are getting closer”

 Notable Emails #17 “Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.”

 Notable Emails #16 “the Lord wouldn’t give a young church such responsibility so early”

Notable Emails #15: “It would be so hard to do if we didn’t have the word crunching software available to us to use. Now I can see why so many are deceived. “

 Notable Emails #14 (b) “who was the legal heir and successor of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.?”

 Notable Emails #14 (a) “Baptism for the dead is illogical and pretty much impossible to ever accomplish”

 Notable Emails Part 13 “Gileadi compares the Servant to Hezekiah, in that he answered for the temporal sins of the people and acted as a proxy savior”

 Notable Emails Part 12 “the scriptures will become corrupted and deceive the elect and give Satan power”

 Notable Emails Part 9 “My number one desire right now is to protect my wife and honor her tender feelings about the gospel as she understands it.”

 Notable Emails Part 8 “Who are the Jews and Gentiles?

Notable Emails Part 7 “My eyes have been opened”

Notable Emails Part 6: “Can anyone tell me anything about this blog?… This guy seems to have some new ideas I’ve never heard before using the scriptures to back his views.

Notable Emails Part 5: “the truths that both you and I hold so dear …are things that cannot be taught they can only be revealed.”

Notable Emails- Part 4 “I have now caught the spirit of watching along with you and others.”

Notable Emails- Part 3 “Have you ever read ‘Letter to a CES Director?’” Yes… and it has strengthened my testimony!

Notable Emails- Part 2: “Readers deserve to know if you truly are a heretic or just a faithful divergent thinker”

Notable Emails Part 1- Mormon Missionary: “I too am watching”


The Doctrine of Christ

March 3, 2016

It is often said that the Book of Mormon is a second witness of Christ and is an ancient record comparable to the Bible. It is also believed that the Bible and Book of Mormon both contain the fullness of the gospel. However, it should also be pointed out that the Book of Mormon contains a much more detailed description of the fullness of the Gospel than the Bible does.

The passages that detail the saving ordinances and actions necessary to be saved are also referred in the Book of Mormon as the “Doctrine of Christ”. Interestingly, any time the term “doctrines” (plural) is used in the Book of Mormon, it is referring to false doctrines[1].

Although the Bible quotes John the Baptist as saying that he only baptized with water and that one greater than himself would come after him and baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost, there is no other reference to the “baptism of water fire and the Holy Ghost” in the New Testament nor is there a detailed protocol for how to perform a baptism.

Additionally, the New Testament does not provide much clarity about priesthood authority relative to administering the saving ordinances of the gospel. This is perhaps at least in part, why the book of Mormon declares that many of the plain and precious parts of the gospel and many covenants were taken out of the Bible by the great and abominable church:

And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away. [2]

Conversely, the Book of Mormon provides detailed explanations and multiple examples of what the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost is. It provides the exact verbiage for performing baptisms and it makes clear the necessity of the administrator being called of God with the proper authority.

Does the Bible really contain the fullness of the gospel?

In section 42 which contains the law of the gospel it says-

“And again, the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel[3]

The wording in the above passage is interesting and perhaps a little confusing. It can be interpreted two different ways. One could surmise that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon each contain the fullness of the gospel independently, or one could deduct from the passage that they jointly contain the fullness of the gospel, or one could reason from this verse that the Book of Mormon alone contains the fullness of the gospel.

While the D&C clearly states at least four times that the Book of Mormon independently contains the fullness of the gospel, it NEVER states that the Bible contains the fullness of the gospel by itself. (20:9, 27:5, 35:12 & 17, 135:3 See also JS History 1:34) 

1981 Introduction to the Book of Mormon

In the 1981 introduction to the Book of Mormon, it claimed that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon independently contained the fullness of the gospel.

introduction 1981
However, an acquaintance of mine disagreed with the supposition that the Bible contains the fullness of the Gospel so he met with a member of his Ward who was on the church Missionary Committee and explained to him why he disagreed with the claim that the Bible contains the fulness of the Gospel.  The Missionary Committee alerted the Scriptures Committee, setting in motion eventual approval to correct the first paragraph in the Introduction page of the Book of Mormon.

2004 Introduction to the Book of Mormon

introduction 2004

The subtle changes that were made in the introduction would probably never be noticed by the casual reader unless they knew what they were looking for, however once it is noticed, the change is quite significant.

Understanding that the Bible does not clearly contain the fullness of the gospel helps us to better appreciate the huge significance of what the angel was telling Joseph Smith about the importance of the Book of Mormon and how it is differentiated from the Bible with regard to providing the fullness of the Gospel:

“He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said that the fulness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants;”[4]

Clearly, the Book of Mormon was not being brought forth by the gift and power of God simply to be a second witness with the Bible of the birth, ministry, crucifixion, and atonement of Jesus Christ. It was critical in explaining what the fullness of the gospel is and how a person can become a saved being in the kingdom of God.

What good is it to know what Christ did for us if we do not understand the doctrine of Christ that enables us to “come unto Christ” through the merits of his atonement?

Obviously, the church wanted to be low-key about this doctrinal correction since they did not want to incur the wrath of the Christian world by making the declaration that the Book of Mormon is necessary as a companion to the Bible in clearly documenting what the doctrine of Christ and the fullness of the gospel is.

Can Anything Good Come out of Education Week?

In 2008 a fellow by the name of Richard N. Holzapfel, who is arguably the most published LDS scholar living today, gave an astounding, if not revolutionary talk at BYU Education Week in which he spoke about the above mentioned changes in the introduction of the Book of Mormon.

He also presented several ground breaking observations regarding the doctrine of Christ as contained in the Book of Mormon including what the true and very simple definition of the Doctrine of Christ is.

I have been told by someone very close to Brother Holzapfel that several General Authorities contacted Brother Holzapfel after his presentation and thanked him for his inspired talk and the way he clarified the meaning of the fulness of the Gospel and the true Doctrine of Christ, as contained in the Book of Mormon.

Sadly, nothing has been done to correct the apostate teaching curriculum of the Church. Nothing has been done with regard to weeding out all of the false doctrines. Nor have the heretical ceremonies that have crept into the church since the restoration of the New Testament Church took place in Kirtland been removed and acknowledged to be fraudulent.

In his provocative presentation, I believe Brother Holzapfel unwittingly proved that the LDS temple endowment is not part of the doctrine of Christ or the fullness of the gospel and in fact, it represents “another gospel” than the gospel of Christ.

The apostle Paul had warned about those in his day who had perverted the simple gospel of Christ and were teaching another gospel:

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”[5]

It truly is a marvel that the latter day apostate church has replaced parts of the gospel of Christ with the gospel of Lucifer.

I have previously documented how the restored church broke the everlasting covenant and changed the ordinance. In that article I noted the following statement in the original publication of the Doctrine and Covenants Commentary by Smith and Sjodahl:

“That great and abominable church; A Church which has discarded the principles of church government established by our Lord and adopted those of Lucifer.”[6]

One of the most prolific and plain explanations on the Doctrine of Christ is contained in 2nd Nephi 31. In that chapter Nephi actually shares the words of the Father and the words of the Son that came to him and taught him the doctrine of Christ, and about the baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost.

In that chapter he explains that repentance and baptism of water represents the “strait gate” that we must pass through and that the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost represent the “narrow path” that we must enter.

The gate

“For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water..”

The strait and narrow path
(is the reception of the promise of the Father)

“..and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.”.. 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..”[7]

He then explains that the only thing required for salvation after we enter into the narrow path is to ENDURE TO THE END.

Endure means to “continue in the same state

This means that no other ordinances of salvation or required to change or enhance or further sanctify the state of our soul.

The only thing necessary for salvation after entering into the strait gate is to ENDURE TO THE END.

The admonition to ENDURE TO THE END is very significant because the definition of endure is to continue in the same state… to remain.

1828 Websters Dictionary

endure

ENDU’RE, v.t. [L. durus, duro.]

1. To last; to continue in the same state without perishing; to remain; to abide.

After the carnal, natural man has exercised faith and repented and become a new creature of the Holy Ghost through the spiritual rebirth, all they need to do is to remain in the sanctified state that they are in.

The D&C warns that even those who are justified and sanctified can fall from grace which is why the Book of Mormon warns us that we must “retain a remission of our sins”.

“And we know that justification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true;

 And we know also, that sanctification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true, to all those who love and serve God with all their mights, minds, and strength.

 But there is a possibility that man may fall from grace and depart from the living God;

 Therefore let the church take heed and pray always, lest they fall into temptation;

 Yea, and even let those who are sanctified take heed also.[8]

In other words, the principles and ordinances of the gospel that enable the saints of God to enter into the strait gate and become sanctified and endure to the end, are all that are needed to enter into the highest kingdom of God as long as we retain a remission of our sins and continue in our sanctified state.

After we have exercised faith, repented of our sins, followed the proper baptismal protocol and been baptized by water, fire and the Holy Ghost, all we need to do is endure to the end by remaining sanctified.

Why is this important to understand?

Because there are those that teach that we need to go through additional saving and sanctifying temple ordinances of salvation to become something greater and more sanctified than a sanctified being.

The apostate modern corporate church is currently teaching that the doctrine of Christ and the baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost is not enough to be saved in the highest kingdom of God.

It is teaching that additional saving ordinances in the temple are necessary to be saved.

There are church leaders, scholars and apologists that are teaching that you do not get the Holy Ghost after baptism until you get your temple endowments.

There are church leaders that are teaching that you cannot fully take upon yourself the name of Christ through the spiritual rebirth of baptism and that you need to go to the temple to fully take upon yourself the name of Christ.

In a recent article posted at the MormonInterpreter an LDS apologist made the following claims in an attempt to justify the Mormon Temple endowment-

  • We need secret ordinances of salvation that are provided within the LDS temples in addition to the doctrine of Christ that is provided in the Book of Mormon.
  • We cannot fully take upon us the name of Christ through baptism and therefore we need the addition temple endowments and the secret signs, and tokens, and secret ways of taking life, and washings and anointings, etc., etc., etc.
  • The secret ordinances of salvation in the temple endowment was part of a secret doctrine of Christ that was never meant to be published.

The author quoted Elder Dallin H. Oaks as claiming that the name of Christ “is not fully taken upon us by baptism alone”. It is almost beyond my comprehension that someone claiming to be an apostle could make such a declaration.

I began my rebuttal to the heresies with the following statement:

“Perhaps one of the most difficult issues that Latter day Saints have to address with mainstream Christianity is the fact that so much of Modern Mormonism is based on non-biblical teachings, ceremonies and ordinances.

To complicate things, even the Doctrine and Covenant and Book of Mormon provide no scriptural justification for the sealing ordinances and ceremonies in current LDS temple worship.”

I then challenged all of the suppositions in the article and pointed out that Joseph and others became sanctified and obtained their calling and election in Kirtland, over a decade BEFORE the masonic temple endowment emerged in Nauvoo. To my surprise, a believing Mormon who has apparently been a temple worker for many years made the following admission:

“Guys I have had the same set of experiences that Ted has [officiating in temple sealings for many years] but must say watcher wins this round Anyone who claims that the temple ordinances are essential must deal with the historical fact that Joseph and many others in the early church received their calling and election and the Second Comforter w/o those ordinances. They had the reality we are left the symbol” (link)

I had also challenged the absurd notion that we cannot fully take on the name of Christ and get a complete remission of sins through baptism.

The author of the article responded thusly:

“Of course we believe that remission of sins is complete at baptism. The issue is whether our journey ends at that point. If you accept Nephi’s words, then you should understand the need to press forward on the strait and narrow path after baptism. It’s not just Nephi, either. Peter, for example, in 2 Peter 1:3-10 speaks of many further steps we need to take before our calling and election is made sure. God’s work with us involves much beyond baptism.”[9]

I agree with the author that our “journey” does not end after getting a remission of our sins after baptism. The fact that we need to endure to the end proves that the journey continues after we get into the strait gate. The is one of the profound points made in the dream Lehi had of the iron rod and the Tree of Life.

I think that what we disagree on has to do with the nature of the journey. He seems to think that the journey includes additional ordinances of salvation that are obtained in the Mormon Temple.

The passages of scriptures that the author provided above to support the necessity of the need for yet additional ordinances of salvation, including the temple endowment are clearly not referring to additional saving ordinances.

It is important to understand the difference between the Godly attributes Paul says we need to receive through the grace of God as we endure to the end, as opposed to the Temple ceremony and endowment that is being promoted by the corporate church as a required saving ordinance of the gospel:

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall..”[10]

I absolutely love and agree with Pauls council and observations in the above passages. I can see in the above passages the need to take upon ourselves the divine nature of God and the Godly attributes listed therein.

Thank goodness for the fullness of the gospel and the Doctrine of Christ in the Book of Mormon that explains the mystical baptism of water, fire and the Holy Ghost which enables us to take upon ourselves the divine nature of God by the sanctifying power of the blood of Christ and by the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost.

However, I did not see one thing in the words of Paul that would justify the need for an outward temple ordinance that has the power to sanctify us more than the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost!

endowment 1

There is not one shred of evidence in the four standard works that suggests that ceremonial clothing, and rituals, and secrets signs and tokens and swearing by ones neck, can provide a greater sanctification or further enlightenment than the spiritual rebirth documented in the holy word of God.

endowment 2

It is truly shocking that Latter day Saints seldom ever talk about the Baptism of Fire and the Holy Ghost in their own lives because they have been duped into thinking that the temple endowment ritual somehow replaces or supersedes it.

pentecost 2
They read about the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost that took place on the day of Pentecost but do not yearn to have it themselves. It is all theory to them. They seem content with with the pomp and ceremony of an outward ritual.

pentecost 1

 

When Christ visited the Nephites and taught them the very simple, plain and pure doctrine of Christ which we will outline and analyze in part two of this series, he warned them that those that perverted the doctrine of Christ and added more to it, would be received by the gates of hell when the time of judgment comes:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.

And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them.

Therefore, go forth unto this people, and declare the words which I have spoken, unto the ends of the earth.”[11]

It seems to me that those that deviate from the pure and simple doctrine of Christ as contained in the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants and think they can purchase salvation for money via a corrupt form of tithing, and put their trust in additional ceremonies and endowments that contain methods of taking life and secret oaths and secret handshakes, etc., are truly deceived and in the very “Gall of bitterness and bond of iniquity”.

I fear they will be children of wrath if they don’t speedily repent and return to the true doctrine of Christ when the servants return during the final restoration spoken of in the scriptures.

The interesting thing about Nephi’s pontification of the Doctrine of Christ in 2nd Nephi 31-32 is that after detailing the Doctrine of Christ, he informed them that there is indeed additional doctrine that would be revealed to the Nephites once Christ appeared to them in the flesh:

“Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine [of Christ] given UNTIL after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.”[12]

What other doctrine of Christ could possibly be needed than what is described by Nephi in those chapters. Nephi had already said that all you need to do is endure to the end after receiving a remission of our sins and entering into the narrow gate.

The Purpose of the Sacrament is Spiritual ENDURANCE

The answer of course is found in 3rd Nephi when Christ visited them in the flesh. At that time, Christ provided the Lord’s supper for the express purpose of helping those that had entered into the strait gate and the narrow path to endure to the end and retain a remission of their sins.

The Lord’s supper appears to be an ordinance provided for the express purpose of helping believers to endure to the end by always having God’s spirit to be with them and to always keep his commandments.

Notice that the sacrament prayer is essentially a reiteration of the public confession that Section 20:37 requires us to make at the time of baptism. It is my belief that the public confession represents the front side of the  oath and covenant of the priesthood.[13] The candidate publicly WITNESSES to the Father before the church that they have repented of their sins and are willing to take upon them the name of Christ and to keep Gods Commandments and serve him to the end. Upon faithfulness, the Father then makes his Oath and Covenant in return which can be reviewed in Section 84:39-40.

What is being introduced in this ordinance is the ingesting of the blood and flesh of Christ. The desired result of the sacrament ordinance is to “always have his spirit to be with them” which is how one retains a remission of their sins and endures to the end:

“O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen”[14]

The sacrament ordinance is specifically devised to enable a person to stay in the narrow path by retaining a remission of their sins and to enduring to the end.

That is not the only other doctrine of Christ that was introduced by Christ when he came to the Nephites in the flesh. There is another one that helps to keep us in the narrow way and to endure to the end.

During our journey in the narrow path we are to obey every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God”.[15]

 

To be continued…

 

[1] Some of the content and ideas for this article is taken from the 2008 Education Week talk by Richard N. Holzapfel titled “The Book of Mormon; An Ancient book with a Modern Message”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dUPWlyS384

[2] 1 Nephi 13:26

[3] D&C 42:12

[4] Joseph Smith History 1;34

[5] Galations 1:6-8

[6] Pg 202

[7] 2nd Nephi 31: 17-18

[8] D&C 20:30-34

[9] http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-yoke-of-christ-a-light-burden-heavy-with-meaning/#comment-19041

[10] 2 Peter 1:3-10

[11] 3rd Nephi 11:39-41

[12] 2 Nephi 32:6

[13] “And again, by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism—All those who humble themselves before God, and desire to be baptized, and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits, and witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins, and are willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ, having a determination to serve him to the end, and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be received by baptism into his church.” D&C 20:37 this passage will be discussed in more detail in part two of the series.

[14] Moroni 4:3

[15] D&C 84:44 see also Matt 4:4


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