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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)

Monday, September 16, 2019

New Leather Scriptures Released

The new leather bound scriptures I've mentioned a few times before (https://tysonchunt.blogspot.com/2018/12/new-scriptures-published-book-of-mormon.html) is now ready to pre order. Limited time October 15 2019.

This blog writes what I probably would say so I'll just link it as it has pictures.

https://sweetdreamzion.wordpress.com/2019/09/16/scriptures/

Or go to scriptures.info for info and read them or scriptures.shop to order.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Gods Ways Are Not Our Ways

"The glory of God is intelligence, or in other words, light and truth. Light and truth forsake that evil one. Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning, and God having redeemed man from the Fall, man became again, in their infant state, innocent before God. And that wicked one comes and takes away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers. But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth." (TC 93:11)

There is almost no hard and fast rule to the ways of God. Just as soon as we think we’ve figured out what the Lord MUST always do, we find out that He has a work-around plan that opens up any number of other possibilities as well. I have learned to realize that i really should never assume what the lord is or going to do. For He cries from "the wilderness". 

I have also learned that when "knowledge" is given. We often miss the full picture so we should just take it as is. Without adding extra baggage on it. For example someone is told the sky is blue. That is true. Someone at night prays and asks what color is the sky? They are told blackish or dark (or choose a more accurate description, this is just an illustration). They see each other and say here is what i was told you are wrong. No here is what God told me you are wrong. In some cases they may both have a piece of the truth but neither has the full truth of the matter. 

This is why false traditions are so dangerous. We take these half truths and add on our ideas on what those half truths mean than it ends up distorting the original truth. Instead just take it as is. The sky is blue. But that does not mean i know anything about the fuller picture or how that connects with the rest of the gospel. False traditions cause us to forget light and truth. All Satan has to do is cause people to forget. This is no longer important. The people are not ready for this. It can safely put on the self until the next generation until its entirely forgotten.

And so Joseph taught we must "remove all your false traditions" to be saved. A man cannot be saved in ignorance. So Satan comes and takes away the light and truth that God restores. This is why one of the first things God does when he brings about a new dispensation is to restore. A restoration allows us to remember. To correct those errors that men have crept in aware as false traditions among them. Whether it's the creeds of the Bible over centuries or the revelations of Joseph that are no longer remembered, recorded incorrectly, or ignored. 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Role of Prophets: Priestly Class Hedging the Way

A great post by Richard Rohr on the role of Prophets. I have read that many of the apocryphal writings that were removed from the Bible included any writings that taught a similar message. That God's people only need God . True ministers point to God and allow the people to "Govern themselves" making them independent where they no longer need these ministers because they have learned to follow the spirit. False ministers want the people to remain dependent upon them so they can remain relevant. They tell people to follow them, so that they may know the lord through them.

We face the same test as all others have ever faced, from the days of Adam down to the present. Things never change. From the time of Adam, the roles have been filled by different persons in different ages, but the conflict is perpetual, and the same battle continues from age to age. You can even lift the arguments that are made from one epoch and put them into the next—and they fit. It doesn’t change. 

The quote is below speaks it much better than I ever could.

"A prophet is one who keeps God free for people and who keeps people free for God. Both of these are much needed and vital tasks. Without the educated gift of prophecy, God almost always becomes imprisoned and made inaccessible, and far too many people have been shamed and taught guilt to keep us clergy in business. We saw our job as “sin management.”  That is not just being clever. I believe we religious leaders actually thought that. Sadly, the laity fully bought into this negative story line. That is what happens when priests are not informed by prophets.
The priestly class invariably makes God less accessible instead of more so, “neither entering yourselves nor letting others enter in,” as Jesus says (Matthew 23:13). For the sake of our own job security, the priestly message is often: “You can only come to God through us, by doing the right rituals, obeying the rules, and believing the right doctrines.” This is like telling God who God is allowed to love! The clergy and religious leaders, unintentionally perhaps, teach their disciples “learned helplessness.”

The prophets spend much of their time destroying and dismissing these barriers and trying to create “a straight highway to God” (Matthew 3:3). Both John the Baptist and Jesus tried to free God for the people, and it got them killed. The other half of the prophet’s job is to keep people free for God. We get trapped in chains of guilt and legalism, focusing on our imperfect church attendance and inability to live up to the law’s standard; as if the goal of religion is “attendance” at an occasional ritual instead of constant participation in an Eternal Mystery! Prophets turn our ideas of success and belonging on their head, emphasizing God’s unconditional and unmerited love in response to our continual shortcomings. God is always breaking the approved “rules of God” by forgiving sinners, choosing the outsider or the weak, and showing up in secular places. Please check the Bible if you doubt me!
Our job is to love others the way God has loved us. In my life, I’ve experienced God’s unearned love again and again. God has persistently broken the rules to love me at the level I needed, could receive, and was able to understand throughout my life. The magnanimous nature of divine love keeps liberating me at deeper levels, and then I think that newly discovered level of love is the deepest. But it’s a journey that never stops giving. Why wouldn’t everybody want that? But many actually fight it."

Christ was opposed by Satan who demanded that He worship him. And then He was opposed by religious leaders of the people who also were concerned that" all people would believe on him " . The people He went to save conspired to kill Him and, ultimately, brought that about. All to protect their kingdoms of this world.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Joseph Smith Rejected Polygamy: Gods Being: One man and one woman

There was a recent conference up in Boise Idaho with a bunch of offshoots of joseph. One person named Jeremy hoop gave an excellent talk about how Joseph did not practice polygamy or if he did he would have been also a liar (often known as "lying for the lord"). But as we know God's character includes "God cannot lie". He will never ask us to lie or do something different in secret as he says in public.

The paper is found below.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ot3en2njq66u5mi/Of%20Demigods%20and%20Dark%20Knights%20-%20Presentation%20Version.pdf?dl=0

The full conference is below if interested.
Morning session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njXZd-ZGEWs
Afternoon Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg3vsHMcbNw

A brief summary of my own, as there are others that have written on this topic, which I might of mentioned in the past, but felt this was one was a good timely post to share.

Joseph and Emma Rejected Polygamy: God is One man and One wife.
June 27 is the day both Hyrum and Joseph were killed. I think a post showing that Joseph was both pure and innocent is a great way to show the Lord we are willing to lay hold upon the restoration and no longer reject it. Not only to say but to do. Though many fail to also "say".

Back in 1823 an angel appeared to Joseph as follows, "He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me and that his name was Nephi, that God had a work for me to do, and that my name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people." (TC JSH 3:3)

On May 26, 1844,  he said:
“What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can only find one. I am the same man, and as innocent as I was fourteen years ago; and I can prove them all perjurers." (History of the Church, vol 6, p. 411).

It is my belief that one of the greatest evils spoken against Joseph Smith is Polygamy. Over and over he publicly denounced it, privately did in his journal, excommunicated someone who taught he was teaching it privately, and Emma said Murder and polygamy went hand in hand. Also I believe Hyrum was not lying on March 15, 1844, when he as the President of the Church wrote,

"To the brethren of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, living on China Creek, in Hancock County, Greetings - Whereas brother Richard Hewitt has called on me today, to know my views concerning some doctrines that are preached in your place, and states to me that some of your elders say, that a man having a certain priesthood, may have as many wives as he pleases, and that doctrine is taught here. I say unto you that that man teaches false doctrine, for there is no such doctrine taught here; neither is there any such thing practiced here. And any man that is found teaching privately or publicly any such doctrine, is culpable, and will stand a chance to be brought before the High Council, and lose his license and membership also therefore he had better beware what he is about."

To say Joseph preached something in public directly contradicting what he did in private is to say he is a liar. By some its become known as "lying for the lord ". Its OK to promote faith, even through lying, if its brings faith in God. I think calling someone a liar is "speaking evil" of them, and today, of all days being the anniversary (though posted on June 28th a day later), I want to be known as someone who does not speak evil of Joseph.

The Character of God:
God cannot lie. In a modern revelation, "The Lord said, Marriage was, in the beginning, between one man and one woman" (TC 175). That is part of God's character. If it is Gods character to not lie I believe Him. I believe the scriptures. Those who teach that "lying for the lord", or "lying" period, is OK is preaching against the character of God. We must have a correct idea of His character, attributes, and perfections to be saved. This is how we show Him, by our actions, what character we decide to believe in and profess as part of our religion.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Christ As the Advocate

In Richard Rohr’s Universal Christ, he asks a very profound question “Did Jesus come here to live and die to change God’s mind about us or to change our mind about God?” Did Christ die so that God would now view us as worthy of redemption by paying a price for our sins, or did he come to show us that God was willing to give everything in order to bring us back to his presence.

"And my Father sent me that I might be He  lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me"

Why was he lifted up...what about it draws men to him.. . He laid it ALL on the line for us...how can we refuse him when we really understand that.

The idea that Jesus is an advocate makes more sense if we see him as an advocate to convince us of our own worth. Whereas Satan is called the Acusser. God will not accuse us, instead he forgives and forgets. Seeing what we may become not what we may have once done. Satan finds fault with the children of men.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Character of God Revisited: The Character We Believe In - By the actions or beliefs we choose to act upon

I have come to learn that the character attributes and perfections we believe in God isn't only in the "saying" part but the "doing". We can talk all day about what we "say" we believe in for His character. But until we show forth what we believe in by what we do, accept, or act upon it means nothing.

We can say we believe in a God that cannot lie but in the other hand do we believe in doctrines, revelations, teachings, or other things that make Him out to be a liar?

We can say we believe in a unchangeable god but do we believe in those in doctrines, revelations, teachings, or other things that make Him into a changeable God?

We can believe that he is the same today, yesterday, and forever but do we again accept those things that make Him into a changeable God or requirements for salvation that would make him "different" one day than the prior generations?

Taking Lords Name In Vain
What a better way to distinguish between truth and light or darkness, God and false spirits, than to judge the things we receive against the character of God the scriptures teach us to believe in. As Joseph said one way to tell a false revelation is whether it contradicts a prior revelation. Likewise a false messenger will "take the lords name in vain" or "Wherefore, let all men beware how they take my name in their lips, for behold, verily I say that many there be who are under this condemnation, who use the name of the Lord and use it in vain, having not authority" (T&C 50 : 14) Attributing something to God without His authority or authorization; not swearing, but rather, when one claims to speak for the Lord when they do not; whenever someone proclaims their own agenda in the name of the Lord.

Character of God:

As reminded we must have a correct character of God to be saved. The Lecture on Faith state:

Let us here observe that three things are necessary in order that any rational and intelligent being may exercise faith in God unto life and salvation. 
  1. First, the idea that he actually exists. 
  2. Secondly, a correct idea of his character, perfections, and attributes. 
  3. Thirdly, an actual knowledge that the course of life which he is pursuing is according to his will. For without an acquaintance with these three important facts, the faith of every rational being must be imperfect and unproductive, but with this understanding it can become perfect and fruitful, abounding in righteousness unto the praise and glory of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Lectures on Faith, Lecutre 3, link)
First Principle of the Gospel:
As Joseph reminded us what the first principle of the gospel was. In the articles of faith of LDS scripture it is "Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ". But what does that really in-tell? In the king follet discourse he expanded upon it as follows.
It is the first principle of the gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with Him as one man converses with another, and that He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ Himself did; and I will show it from the Bible.
It is the first principle that we may know for certainty the character of God. Because without that we could not be saved. And it is the first principle that we may converse with God as one man does to another. Without that we could not have faith. Faith requires correct belief and action according to those correct beliefs. We can have a personal, intimate, relationship with the Lord as the Lord had with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. He talked to them as one man to another that they didn't even recognize him until after the event had occurred. This is one of the characters of God. He invites, persuades, but never controls or uses fear (as false spirits often do with a "sense of urgency" like preparing food storage for end times).

For those that are LDS they are taught to seek for "further light and knowledge" through the veil. It was always meant to be a mortal endeavor as they are asked to be as Adam and eve in the parable of the creation story. In the Book of Mormon every single messenger (aka prophet) in the book likewise was taught in the ways of the Lord, rose up and obtained their own witness and became messengers. They all conversed with the Lord as one man does with another. Nephi desired to see what his father had obtained and received it. Do we likewise desire or rather believe by our actions or beliefs we don't need to converse with the Lord as one man does with another and ask that "moses (your messenger) speak to god for us".

The Second Comforter:
The return to Christ’s presence. The term comes from Christ’s reference to “another Comforter” in John 9 : 8. The concept involves Christ appearing to His disciples, as well as His ministry. The holy ghost has a ministry to bring a believer to receive angels and then to Christ. Christ, in turn, has a ministry to take the faithful servant and bring him to the Father. “Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ himself.... When any man obtains this last Comforter he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him or appear unto him from time to time (tpjs150 – 151; wjs, 5). John 14:23 [kjv; see also John 9:8] The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false.Christ's ministry is to bring you to the point at which you can receive the promise of eternal life, membership in the Church of the Firstborn, and the promise of the Celestial Kingdom as your eternal inheritance.

Its really just the beginning. For His work is to make us "precisely like" Him, the prototype of the saved man. 
"And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do." (RE 2nd Nephi 14:1)

Scriptures: New Covenants: A Witness Unto the World

    FOREWORD TO THE NEW COVENANTS

    Joseph Smith warned in 1831 that “except the church receive the fullness of the Scriptures that they would yet fall.” The “fullness” was defined as the Book of Mormon, the revelations, and the new, inspired Bible revisions (see Teachings and Commandments 105:13–14). Less than one year later, in September 1832, the saints of God were condemned by the Lord and commanded to repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written (T&C 82:20). This is often interpreted as the Lord rebuking the saints for failing to do according to that which He had written, while the assumption is made that the saints had been correctly saying what He had written. But the saints did not say; they failed to accurately preserve the revelations that God provided to them, and their texts became corrupted.
    This volume of scripture is one of three that together constitute a unified effort to recover what the scriptures originally said and to prune away the uninspired alterations of man. This endeavor began with individuals who were separately directed by God to begin this work and were then inspired to find one another. Eventually two groups were formed, each unknown to the other. As they faced the completion of their respective projects in mid-December of 2016, they became aware of one another, and on December 31, 2016, Denver Snuffer Jr. facilitated a meeting between the two groups, in which they determined to unify their efforts. Each group brought different components to the endeavor that provided for a greater outcome than either project had possessed alone. Moving forward, the united team worked closely with one another, with the Lord, and with the Lord’s servant, and produced a record that is more accurate and more true to the Lord’s intent and to the Restoration.
    These scriptures are a sign foretold by Christ to stand as a witness of His gospel to all the world and that the moment has arrived when the things that have been prophesied of in scripture will now occur within a single generation. Mankind doesn’t have to accept the witness; they don’t even have to notice the witness; it’s only required that God send the witness. If He sends the witness, God has done His part. These scriptures are a new witness of Him and a sign of His invitation to renew communication with mankind.
    Joseph Smith Jr. always intended to publish the New Testament and the Book of Mormon in a single volume, and that has been accomplished, for the first time, within this Restoration Edition. Joseph stated: “It is not the will of the Lord to print any of the new Translation in the [Evening and Morning] Star; but when it is published, it will all go to the world together, in a volume by itself; and the New Testament and the Book of Mormon will be printed together” (js Letter 21 April 1833; see also 1 Nephi 3:24). And again, “At no very distant period, we shall print the book of Mormon and the Testament, and bind them in one volume” (July 1833, Evening and Morning Star).
    The name of this volume, which includes both the New Testament and the Book of Mormon, is The New Covenants; it reflects the covenants that were established by Jesus Christ at Jerusalem, as well as in the New World at Bountiful, and it came forth through Joseph Smith as the covenant at the beginning of the modern-day Restoration.
    The hand of the Lord has been present in the process of preparing these scriptures. May His Spirit guide you and testify to you as you receive them.
    http://scriptures.info/scriptures/nc/ncforeword