And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same (Abraham, vs 2)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Terrestrial Kingdom: Zion

In Zion you will not be able to endure a Terrestrial glory in a Telestial state. Lying,
stealing, deceiving, adultery, and whoremongering are all abominations that people prize in this
generation. Lusts, ambitions, desires to lord over one another are common afflictions of the Gentile.
All of those things are only tolerated a level below what Zion requires. The last Zion will also
occupy a location. That place will likewise be under the covenant with God. Therefore, the location
itself can only be occupied by those who will live a Terrestrial law.”

Monday, July 11, 2016

Joy In Our Works

I have come to realize the reality of the verse below.
Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. (2 Nephi 2:25)
In April 1829 Joseph and Oliver inquired of the Lord pertaining to whether John The Beloved had died or tarried in the flesh. In part of this revelation the Lord addressed John stating.
Verily I say unto you, ye shall both [John and Peter] have according to your desires, for ye both joy in that which ye have desired. (D&C 7:8)
The Lord gave them according to their desires and than states "for ye both joy in that which ye have desired". A consistent theme in the scriptures is the Lord gives us what we desire. "What desirest thou"? (1 Nephi 11:2) By desiring we bring it into reality from the spiritual. 

Men are created to have joy. I wonder if part of the reason God always (almost) gives us according to our desires is because we have joy in which we desire. And we were created to have joy. Even when that joy is misplaced the Lord honors our agency.

When the Lord appeared to the Nephites he stated
And if it so be that the church is built upon my gospel then will the Father show forth his own works in it. 
But if it be not built upon my gospel, and is built upon the works of men, or upon the works of the devil, verily I say unto you they have joy in their works for a season, and by and by the end cometh, and they are hewndown and cast into the fire, from whence there is no return. (3 Nephi 27:10-11)
Whether the works be of man or of God, the people find joy in that which they desire. I guess we should seek to have joy in the works of God rather than our own.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Beginning Something New: Wine In New Bottles

In January 1841 there was a revelation reminding the LDS church it had forfeited the "fulness of the priesthood" (D&C 124:28), the Lord confirmed upon Hyrum "the office of Priesthood and Patriarch" (D&C 124:91). In Hyrum, like the prophets of old, God gave us a "prophet, and a seer, and a revelator unto [God's] church" (D&C 124:94). Hyrum was a man who could "bind on earth, bind in heaven, loose on earth, and loose in heaven" (D&C 124:93). He was the means to preserve the restoration, had he lived. By June 1844, it appears to me only Joseph and Hyrum were equal to fulfilling the Lord's requirements.

But Joseph and Hyrum were brothers, and therefore both "pure blooded Ephriamites" (JD 2:269; see also Ensign, January 1991, Of the House of Israel). The ancient covenants required this bloodline to bring forth the Book of Mormon and commence the restoration. However, they, and the priesthood line through them, needed to end before other covenants could be fulfilled. Zion will come through both Judah (king) and Joseph (priest), to fulfill the promises of our Lord (D&C 113:5-6; Isa. 11:10). Accordingly, both Joseph and Hyrum were taken, Hyrum the first to fall.

Hyrum's line was to be kept "in honorable remembrance from generation to generation, forever and ever" (D&C 124:96). Even after the Patriarch's office, held by Hyrum's descendants, was discontinued in 1979, the church still held some tenuous claims. In 1979 Eldred G. Smith was released and never replaced, but he lived on for decades. The office has now altogether ended according to church publications.

Upon his death in April 2013 at 104 years of age, the sign of the passing of the fourth generation was given. By April of the next year the Lord concluded His work through the LDS Church and set His hand to begin something new, now underway. You don't put wine into old bottles.  Joseph Smith declared 
"It is in the order of heavenly things that God should always send a new dispensation into the world when men have apostatized from the truth and lost the priesthood; but when men come out and build upon other men's foundations, they do it on their own responsibility, without: authority from God; and when the floods come and the winds blow, their foundations will be found to be sand, and their whole fabric will crumble to dust." (TJS Chapter 44, Or History of the Church, 6:478–79; from a discourse given by Joseph Smith on June 16, 1844)
Further Joseph stated, "If there is no change of ordinances, there is no change of Priesthood." (TJS Chapter 8). The fulness of the priesthood being forfeited meant there was a "change of ordinances". Isaiah told us in the last days they would have "changed the ordinance, [and] broken the everlasting covenant". (Isaiah 24:5) Therefore a new dispensation is required to usher in a renewal of the everlasting covenant (given as part of the fullness of the priesthood) and a new offer for Zion having fallen into apostasy. If Zion was successful, the fullness of the priesthood would have remained. "Without the ordinances thereof [pertaining to the fullness of the priesthood], and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh" and "no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live." (D&C 84:21-26). This priesthood is required to see God the Father and live.

All the prophets seek to bring men into the presence of god as did Moses (vs 24). When the fullness is rejected they are left in the wilderness to wander for "40 years", being unworthy to live in the Lords presence or the promised land. Consequently the Lord "took Moses [and Joseph] out of their midst, and the Holy Priesthood [Fullness of the Priesthood] also". When a group rises up to be worthy of his presence (Second Comforter) and successfully teaches their children to do likewise they have Zion.

Despite these failures, it never prevents individuals from rising up and receiving what was collectively rejected.

The first process of fellowshipping in local groups today is saving souls. It is a required first step, and therefore anyone who claims to have faith in Christ must now come and receive their baptism as a sign of faith in Christ through this required manner. Even if the recipient chooses to continue activity in the LDS Church, or any other church or group, all people of faith must receive the baptism now being offered.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Seven Evil Spirits: Finding Our Way Back Into the Presence Of God

Here are 7 spirits that have I have seen in the scriptures.

Spirit of error 1 John 4:6

Spirit of slumber(ignorance/traditions) Romans 11:8

Spirit of the World 1 Corinthians 2:12

Spirit of Fear 2 Timothy 1:7

Spirit of the Anti Christ 1 John 4:3

Lying spirit Alma 30:42

Spirit of contention 3rd Nephi  11:29

Signs Follow Those that Believe:
The Lord stated " In my name shall they cast out devils". Through our ignorance we remain afflicted by such spirits. Its takes light and truth from God to cast out. It takes light and truth to continually protect our-self through Gods power but even than we will still become afflicted by evil. Ignorance is the opposite of light and truth. Ignorance is darkness and captivity. I'm at times amazed at peoples lack of desire to search into the mysteries of God and ignore the very things that will save them as if perhaps ignoring the problem will cause it to go away. We ignore truth, even if its out of fear or inability to see its importance, at our own peril.

Just because we cannot "see" something does not mean it doesn't exist. Just because we don't "think" something is afflicting us does not mean we are actually free from the bindings of these evil spirits that are constantly battling in war against all principalities, thrones, and dominions.

The Lord cast out seven spirits from a women. A "women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;" (Luke 8:2) This world is constantly at war. That war is between good and evil. For there is opposition in all things. 

There are many people who are constantly afflicted in ways that if they would be taught to not only protect themselves but cast out such spirits, curses, devices, or negative energies they could be relieved of the burdens they presently hold. 

All Spirit Is Matter:
5 (May 17th, 1843.) The more sure word of prophecy means a man’s knowing that he is sealed up unto eternal life, by revelation and the spirit of prophecy, through the power of the Holy Priesthood.
6 It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance.
7 There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter, but it is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes;
8 We cannot see it; but when our bodies are purified we shall see that it is all matter.
The only thing that separates solid, liquid and gas is temperature or frequency. One is "hotter" than the substance below it. And by degrees you increase until one day you shall sit in a "burning of fire
 as the Seraphim sit worshiping God. It is no wonder why if we are not prepared to meet god, being a solid, we will not be able to reside in the presence of God where his presence is so terrible it will "burn us up as subtle". All spirit is matter. You just need purer eyes to see it and god said "the pure in heart shall see God". Joseph said the veil might as well be rent today if we were prepared to receive it. He also said god will bestow things as soon as we are ready to receive it. The only hindrance to our progression is ourselves. The inability to let God do his work within us. Only the humble and the meek will ever be able to let God do his work having no preconceived notions of how that should unfold. Being humble enough to do all things he asks of us.
“… A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge, for if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into captivity by some evil power in the other world, as evil spirits will have more knowledge, and consequently more power than many men who are on the earth. Hence it needs revelation to assist us, and give us knowledge of the things of God.”15
We will be brought into captivity by some evil power when we depart this life. This is why we are commanded to search into the mysteries of God because it is those mysteries that allow us to pass the sentinels that stand guard.

Finding Your Way Home:When you leave here, one of the obligations you have is to find your way back. In finding your way back, you need to be able to avoid those spirits who seek to bring you back into captivity. If you're brought back into captivity, you may find yourself again in a Telestial kingdom, or, as the temple narrative puts it: "the world in which you presently reside". That's a rather unpleasant thing to think about. Its almost the Lord was forewarning us when he said "if they would not repent they must suffer even as I" (D&C 19:17). How long that will last is dependent upon each individual. The Lords work continues "worlds without end". For "in the first place they were on the same standing with their brethren" if they would just "not harden their hearts" (Alma 13:5).

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Heeding Gods Warnings: Dreams - Visions

Joseph once said some revelations are of God, some are of men, and some are of the devil. (See also D&C). One of the ways the Lords warns us is through our dreams. If we ignore our dreams or those warnings we may be ignoring Gods voice or message to us.

Lehi was warned in a dream to obtains the plates.
Behold I have dreamed a dream, in the which the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brethren shall return to Jerusalem. (1 Nephi 3:2)
Dreams are often so closely related to visions they are often called the same things.
And it came to pass that while my father tarried in the wilderness he spake unto us, saying: Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision. (1 Nephi 8:2)
Pharaoh was warned in a dream about a coming famine. (Genesis 41:11).
Josephs Last dream of the farm he stated at the end "While they were thus engaged, ​the dream or vision ended."​ (Documentary History of the Church Volume 6: 608-611)

It was through a dream the wise men were warned to not return to Herod. (JST Matthew 3:12). Later it states "the angel of the Lord, appeared to Joseph in a vision ​dream" (vs 13). Joseph Smith changed dream to vision. Again "the angel of the Lord, appeared to Joseph in a vision ​dream" (vs 19) and was told to return to the land of Israel as Herod was dead.

Lehi was warned in a vision/dream to leave Jerusalem. If these dreams/visions were ignored they would have been destroyed with the rest of the people. We would not have the record of the Jews or many other revelations that have come through these means.

When the lord says be still and know that I am he is also asking us to ponder upon the things he has given.Often if not recorded the dreams fade away as if we were never given the message. If such great warnings were given to those who have gone before through dreams we should take heed to the warning given to us. In some ways it was life or death.
When you see a vision &c pray for the interpretation if you get not this, shut it up. [34]—There must be certainty in this matter. An open vision will manifest that which is more important. Lying Spirits are going forth in the Earth. -Words of Joseph Smith 1839 pg-14

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Medicine Versus Herbs: The Test of Mortality

I ran into yet another article about using natural remedies. A child was suing their parents due to them seeking natural remedies before the doctor and now is suffering lifetime effects from the illness the child had which was curable if they had used modern medicine. What I find most interesting out of all these comments they typically state their position that "medicine" is a gift of God that should be used first. While I don't advocate entirely forgoing all medical care I also disagree that medicine is necessarily the preferred method God wishes us to use.

Here is what Joseph said,
Sunday, Sept. 5, 1841. I preached to a large congregation at the stand, on the science and practice of medicine, desiring to persuade the Saints to trust in God when sick, and not in an arm of flesh, and live by faith and not by medicine, or poison; and when they were sick, and had called for the Elders to pray for them, and they were not healed, to use herbs and mild food.—DHC 4:414. - Joseph Smith
The order is as follows:

  1. Faith
  2. Seeking Healing
  3. Herbs and Mild Food
In fact nowhere does Joseph include "medicine" in that list. This belief comes from the Doctrine and Covenants.

42:43 And whosoever among you are sick, and have NOT FAITH to be healed, but believe, shall be nourished with all tenderness, with herbs and mild food 
48 And again, it shall come to pass that he that hath faith in me to be healed, and is not appointed unto death, shall be healed. 
God has given us HERBS as a gift and mild foods. Not pharmaceutical companies that releases altered substances, with side effects that covers pages of information. Anyone has seen commercials with these substances where fine print is always written on the screen with the commercial ending giving a brief, yet long, summary of the side effects and who shouldn't take them. The Book of Mormon has given us more information regarding this matter.
Alma 46:40
And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land -- but not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate --
God has given us herbs and plants to cure diseases. God has given us the Word of God where we can obtain faith by nourishing and experimenting upon The Word until we have faith to come unto Him and be saved. The Lord desires all of us to be healed. In Zion there will be no sick because they will no longer need to be subject to the ill effects of the mortal body having learned what it is God has sent us to learn. The rich has given us pharmaceutical drugs. Billion dollar organizations promote these drugs.

When the Lord visited the Nephites he asked the following.
7 Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are lame, or blind, or halt, or maimed, or leprous, or that are withered, or that are deaf, or that are afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy. 
8 For I perceive that ye desire that I should show unto you what I have done unto your brethren at Jerusalem, for I see that your faith is sufficient that I should heal you. 
9 And it came to pass that when he had thus spoken, all the multitude, with one accord, did go forth with their sick and their afflicted, and their lame, and with their blind, and with their dumb, and with all them that were afflicted in any manner; and he did heal them every one as they were brought forth unto him. (3 Nephi 17:7-9)
15 And it came to pass that after he had ascended into heaven—the second time that he showed himself unto them, and had gone unto the Father, after having healed all their sick, and their lame, and opened the eyes of their blind and unstopped the ears of the deaf, and even had done all manner of cures among them, and raised a man from the dead, and had shown forth his power unto them, and had ascended unto the Father— (3 Nephi 26:15)
I don't advocate entirely ignoring doctors or hospitals when needs arise. But I also don't believe that medicine is as inspired as people think it is. There is always opposition in all things. Satan is just as able to conjure up his own "inspirations" or revelations as God is because there must be good and evil to choose from.  As the Book of Mormon states, "some revelations are of man: and some revelations are of the devil". I don't think all medicine is evil and in many cases saves many lives but I think there are many drugs that are outright evil. The only true cure for our failings is repenting of our ignorance and returning to face God. It is through our ignorance we continue to make foolish acts that we think are pleasing to God.

World Believes Him Not
The world at large crucified the Lord. The world at large was destroyed by water in the days of Noah. The world today is "even as the days of Noah". What the world thinks is never what the Lord has in his mind or in congruent with His will. This world Killed the Lord. The Lord walked among the world and they at large never noticed Him. He walks among us again and we hardly notice him except the few humble followers using the term seen in the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 28:14). Satan always sets up his counterfeit kingdom to the kingdom of God that comes without observation.

It is only now almost 2000 years later that the world now pretends to believe the Lord was crucified but when he actually comes among us while declaring they believe in Him, they walk right past Him without a second glance. I image in another 1000-2000 years the world will than believe what is actually taking place in this generation after it has already transpired.

Same Test For All
The same Gospel will require the same test of all who will be saved. Nothing will vary in the challenges from one generation to the next. The kingdom of God will always arrive as unwelcomed and unheralded as a thief in the night. Isaiah 53: "Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?" The Truth is always delivered in a manner to make it possible to dismiss. For truth to be spoken down here in mortality, there will need to be an entire chorus of people yelling in opposition. There needs to be smooth arguments. There needs to be dignified opponents. There needs to be institutional opposition. There needs to be rejection. There needs to be an entire army of skeptics, opposed to whatever the Lord is doing, to make the test always be equal. Who is going to believe the report? Who is going to see the arm of the Lord?

Choose Good
Think about what it means to be given the power of God. Think about what it means for God to be able to do all things, including sustaining you from moment to moment by lending you breath. With that great power, God says to us, “You are free to choose to do whatever it is that you choose.” Think of the patience of our God. Think of the meekness of our God. And think about the test you are presently taking to prove who and what you are. Ask whether or not, in the circumstances of this test, you are proving that you can be trusted to have the meekness, to have the patience, to endure in humility what must be done. Will you endure the abuses God allows to take place in order to permit His children to gain experience? Do you respect God’s plan so that in the long run we can all ultimately know the difference between good and evil? Will we voluntarily choose to love the good and to stay away from the evil.

Monday, April 4, 2016

By What Authority?

Anytime men try to control others, invariably the endeavor for control involves stifling dissent and criticism. Those who claim the right to rule over others try to reduce all disputes to a question of authority. The discussion about who has “the” authority makes the question of whether an idea is right or wrong inconsequential. If authority determines everything, then all you need to “win” is to control authority.

By What Authority?
Jesus was confronted with the question of where did His authority come from? This question answers the question where anyone of us are required to get authority.
28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
Here is what Joseph said, "All the prophets had the Melchizedek Priesthood and were ordained by God himself" (TPJS, pp. 180-81).

So where did Joseph Smith get his authority?