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)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The LDS WOW: Not by Commandment To Commandment

The Word of Wisdom was first given not by commandment or restraint. It was given by Wisdom. Men are asked to align their hearts with Wisdom. It is only when Knowledge is exercised with wisdom that the gospel may be exercised properly. Wisdom always invites not by restraint or commandment. As D&C 121 verse 41 says,
No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
No influence. No Power. The priesthood cannot be used to bring influence or power upon others. Influence must come by the only tools available which are first Persuasion. If someone is not persuaded than long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, love, and finally using pure knowledge. If a person does use their power or virtue of the priesthood contrary to any of this or as a reason they should be followed, amen to the authority of that man.

The Lord works by invitations or persusasion. He gentle leads us along. That is why the WoW was given not by commandment or restraint. He merely gave pure knowledge and allowed us to be persuaded if we are willing.

The LDS WoW as it stands today is interesting.

The church really had no basis for banning coffee other than the prophet said so. It is issues like this that I think make people wonder about FTP (follow the prophet) when they stop to think about it.

A few points:
  • Coffee was part of the rations of the handcart pioneers along with Wine.
  • Most conference talks in the mid-1800s dealt with temperature and also warned against hot soups, coffee was not singled out. 
  • Area Presidencies in Europe and even some in the US have been telling members for decades they can drink coffee and pass a temple recommend interview as long as it is decaf (still the official position). 
  • Church announced it has no position on caffeinated beverages (The whole Dieter Coke issue)
  • Monster drinks and five-hour energy okay
  • Hot drinks means coffee and tea but hot chocolate is fine
  • Green tea okay (but to others its bad), black tea bad, herbal tea okay, sweet tea bad, British tea bad, iced tea bad, so how do you know what tea is okay and what is not? As a missionary some even taugh it was ONLY black tea because that was the only tea around during Josephs day. (May or may not be true)
  • Research shows coffee may be good for you, but really hot drinks (temperature) are bad
  • Research shows a cup of wine may be good for you, but things like energy drinks are not good at all.
  • If the members church wanted to, members in Europe could take their decaf coffee and mix it with 5-hour energy and be good. 
  • No alcohol yet the Lord prescribed wine for the sacrament as a symbol of the bitter cup he partook.
Obedience to more modern prophets is the only reason for this policy, it fails all tests of logic of man. As those who went before were not required to follow the same standards of salvation.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Truth Exposes Error And Destroys Institutions

All you need is the truth to destroy the Gentiles false ideas, traditions, organizations, religious institutions, or secret works. The truth exposes lies, bring forth hidden works that are done in secret. It exposes all things for what or who they are. For those inside they often come off as "anti" or speaking negatively of something. At first things are just rumors or grasping at straws". But when something is true, not false, and as the remnant of Jacob continues to Destroy Gentiles "as a lion among the beasts of the forest" (3 Nephi 20:16) the Lord continues to act systematically in his approach.

First rumors turn to partial truths. Partial truths become hearsay, murmurings among the people, and maybe even occasional "leaks" among the masses. But with the truth of all things false ideas and secret works are continued to be exposed. As the Lord said
"And the rebellious shall be pierced with much sorrow; for their iniquities shall be spoken upon the housetops, and their secret acts shall be revealed." (D&C 1:3)
"And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops;" (2 Nep 27: 11)
"Therefore, whatsoever you have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light, and that which you have spoken in the ear, in closets, shall be proclaimed upon the housetops." (Luke 12:3, OT Luke 8:18)
Eventually as the whispers and chatter get louder, They become truths clearly exposed. Where they can no longer be hidden. Or the false ideas are proven to be false.

I am always amazed how naturally the Lord works in his patterns and it seems these patterns fit exactly how he had already foretold it would happen only now being in hindsight can they begun to be seen.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Religious Spirits

"A religious spirit is a demon which seeks to substitute religious activity for the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives."

"Paul Wrote of his Jewish brethren: "For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge."  No one on earth prayed more, fasted more, read the bible more, had a greater hope in the coming of the Messiah more, or had more zeal for the things of God than the Pharisees.  Yet, they were the greatest opposers of God and his Messiah when he came."

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A New Year: Organized Religion

With a new year I can focus on pure religion. Paul said pure religion, undefiled, is to visit the fatherless and widows and keep oneself unspotted. (James 1:27) To help those among you who cannot help themselves.

ALL religion ("yea, even every one" Mormon 8:36) in all shapes and forms is a shift away from and coverup for the true order of heaven and how the universe and how true laws and true principles operate.  Joseph was told to "JOIN none of them". Religions today are the biggest causes of war, robbing of the poor, (2 Nephi 28) building of their synagogues instead of helping the poor and needy, and seeking the praise or "acceptance" of the world. Baptism should never be equated with the joining of ANY religion.

“I cannot believe in any of the creeds of the different denominations, because they all have some things in them I cannot subscribe to, though all of them have some truth. I want to come up into the presence of God, and learn all things; but the creeds set up stakes [limits], and say, ‘Hitherto shalt thou come, and no further’ [Job 38:11]; which I cannot subscribe to.” (TJS, CH 22)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Peace I Give Unto You

Perhaps when the lord says He brings peace he means understanding. Opposite of confusion. 

Peace I Give Unto You:
In the Testimony of John it was phrased this way.
"I leave you in peace. The peace only my teachings can provide for you and not as the world claims to find peace. Do not be confused nor fearful, You heard me say to you, I am leaving, and will return again. If you loved me, you would be rejoicing because I told you I am returning to my Father's realm. My Father dwells in the highest heaven. I foretell you about what remains for me to accomplish so that you are not confused as it happens. When the coming events unfold I will not be able to explain it further as it occurs. The prince of darkness will not overcome me, but he can overcome you if you are confused and fearful." (TSJ Chpater 10, Cross Ref. John 14)
In D&C 6 (LE) it was explained this way. It ties "peace" to receiving "I have told you things which no man knoweth".
22 Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.
23 Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter?What greater witness can you have than from God?
24 And now, behold, you have received a witness; for if I have told you things which no man knoweth have you not received a witness?
In D&C 8 (LE) it is explained this way. 
8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.
9 But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me.
To gain peace is to gain understanding of the Lords gospel. Glad tidings of great joy. It is through that knowledge that we can prevent us from being overcome, gain understanding, and prevent us from falling into confusion.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Moon: Waxes and Wanes

Seems to be a few sources of this, I first found it in Words of Joseph Smith. 

August 1, 1843, transcribed by Franklin D. Richards; Words of the Prophet, pg. 24; CHO Ms/d/4409/Misc Minutes Collection

Hiram [Smith] said Aug 1st [18]43 Those of the Terrestrial Glory either advance to the Celestial or recede to the Telestial [or] else the moon could not be a type [viz. a symbol of that kingdom]. [for] it [the moon] "waxes & wanes". Also that br George will be quickened by celestial glory having been ministered to by one of that Kingdom.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Labor: Labor For Our Own Support

And notwithstanding the many labors which I have performed in the church, I have never received so much as even one senine for my labor; neither has any of my brethren, save it were in the judgment-seat; and then we have received only according to law for our time. And now, if we do not receive anything for our labors in the church, what doth it profit us to labor in the church save it were to declare the truth, that we may have rejoicings in the joy of our brethren? (Alma 30:33-34)
I have been pondering what it means to Labor. The scriptures show how those who labor for the Lord, do not receive any money for their labors. Alma shows the only thing they receive for their labors is the rejoicings in the joy of their brethren. As seen in Alma 1,
And when the priests left their labor to impart the word of God unto the people, the people also left their labors to hear the word of God. And when the priest had imparted unto them the word of God they all returned again diligently unto their labors (Alma 1:26)
The priests were commanded to labor with their own hands.
He also commanded them that the priests whom he had ordained should labor with their own hands for their support. (Mosiah 18:24)
The wicked kind Noah on the other hand received for his Labors.
1 ... Noah began to reign in his [fathers] stead; and he did not walk in the ways of his father.
2 For behold, he did not keep the commandments of God, but he did walk after the desires of his own heart. And he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord. Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness.
3 And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed, a fifth part of their gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of their copper, and of their brass and their iron; and a fifth part of their fatlings; and also a fifth part of all their grain.
4 And all this did he take to support himself, and his wives and his concubines; and also his priests, and their wives and their concubines; thus he had changed the affairs of the kingdom.
5 For he put down all the priests that had been consecrated by his father, and consecrated new ones in their stead, such as were lifted up in the pride of their hearts.
6 Yea, and thus they were supported in their laziness, and in their idolatry, and in their whoredoms, by the taxes which king Noah had put upon his people; thus did the people labor exceedingly to support iniquity. (Mosiah 11:1-6)
The people allowed the king to subject them to these circumstances, because of that they allowed themselves to labor exceedingly to support iniquity. The wicked king in his laziness, was supported by the people instead of laboring for his own.

King Benjamin also labored for his own support. It reads,
And even I, myself, have labored with mine own hands that I might serve you, and that ye should not be laden with taxes, and that there should nothing come upon you which was grievous to be borne—and of all these things which I have spoken, ye yourselves are witnesses this day. (Mosiah 2:14) 
Labor For the Lord:
Labor appears to be tied with service of your fellow men and preaching the truth that others may come to a knowledge of the truth.
For God is not unrighteous, therefore he will not forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (JST, Hebrews 6:10)
Behold, ye have called me your king; and if I, whom ye call your king, do labor to serve you, then ought not ye to labor to serve one another? (Mosiah 2:18)
And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God. (Moroni 9:6)
But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish. (2 Nephi 26:31)
As we labor to serve our fellow men "the Lord of the vineyard labor[s] also" (Jacob 5:72) with us. It is when we "labor with our own hands" (D&C 38) that we can be servants in His vineyard.