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, January 5, 2015

Get Your Houses in Order: Stop Following Men

Remember these sayings, for many of you will live to see them fulfilled. The time will come when no man nor woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within himself. If you do not have it, how can you stand? Do you believe it? 
How is it now? You have the First Presidency, from whom you can get counsel to guide you, and you rely on them. The time will come when they will not be with you. Why? Because they will have to flee and hide up to keep out of the hands of their enemies. You have the Twelve now. You will not always have them, for they too will be hunted and will have to keep out of the way of their enemies. You have other men to whom you look for counsel and advice. Many of them will not be amongst you, for the same reason. You will be left to the light within yourselves. If you don't have it you will not stand; therefore seek for the testimony of Jesus and cleave to it, that when the trying times comes you may not sumble and fall. (Quoted by Harold B. Lee in CR, Oct. 1965, p. 128; see also Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C. Kimball, pp. 446, 449–50.)
The Day of the Lord is At Hand 
If I give any advise at this time it would be to get each of our own houses in order. The time is fast approaching when nothing but our connection to God will save us. Do you hear the Holy Ghost daily? Do you and have you heard the voice of God? Do you have conversations with him? Can you ask and receive answers? Do you hear at least a yes or no from Him in responses? Or can you have a greater communication with him where you talk to each other?

The earth is changing. The world is spiraling into darkness. The Lords second hand has been set forth but also the times of the gentiles is ending. Destruction awaits us. Even the elect will be overcome. But for what is coming only those who have made a covenant by sacrifice will be able to endure what is coming.

A Generation of Wickedness and Corruption
Darkness currently reigns. Corruption is present  everywhere. The world is absolutely wicked and corrupt. It doesn't matter where you look, what religion you look in, there is corruption. Despite this, Mormon facing complete corruption was able to live the gospel when no one else would. These things won't bar individuals from heeding Gods words.

I will Go and Do
Joseph used to say, "when the Lord commands I do it". As the Doctrine of Christ says, " receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do." (2 Nephi 32:5). It is not given from having it confirmed upon you. It is received from calling upon God. Those who put their trust in another because its a "saffer" way to NOT be deceived will not be able to recognize that voice when destruction is all around them. When they are left with the light within themselves. When the only way to safety is their connection to God, and they must follow that spirit and if they have not learned to be guided by it in all things than they will fall.

For any who put their trust in another to avoid deception; I ask, when there is no man to tell you where to go, when the government takes over, mobs break out, war breaks out, a desolating scourge breaks out through this country, sweeping death and disease throughout, will you than be able to avoid deception? Will it be easier in chaos to learn how to heed that voice? Or rather should you now while there is yet peace experiment to learn to heed that voice even if at times you give heed to the wrong voice? You can learn to follow the Holy Ghost now or wait till it may just be too late.

A Test is Coming
There is a reason why Moroni tells us we must "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him" (Mormon 9:27).

Though I guess most believe in some "call out" and that such things will never happen.
We think we are secure here in the chambers of the everlasting hills. . . , but I want to say to you, . . . the time is coming when we will be mixed up in these now peaceful valleys to that extent that it will be difficult to tell the face of a Saint from the face of an enemy to the people of God. Then, brethren, look out for the great sieve, for there will be a great sifting time, and many will fall; for I say unto you there is a test, a TEST, a TEST coming, and who will be able to stand? [Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C. Kimball(Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1967), p. 446]
My advice. STOP following "the prophet".

Here is why
Some want a list of commandments they must heed. The problem with this is soon as you get a list than you must follow that list. When you follow that list, than when the Holy Ghost tells you to do something different, you fail to do it because it contradicts that list of commandments. This means the Holy Ghost can tell two people to do TWO different things. That's not possible now is it? I mean we're commanded to not kill yet Nephi was commanded by the Holy Ghost to kill? Lehi was commanded to leave while Jeremiah stayed. Abraham left a false religious practice of his fathers, one of which he was asked to do the very same thing that God asked him to do later, to sacrifice his son on the alter. Isn't that killing innocent blood? Didn't Joseph teach that we must all be tried even as Abraham if we wish to be saved?
They Must Needs Be Chastened and Tried, Even as Abraham (D&C 101:4)
So I ask if following some man, a prophet, is always right, than how is one supposed to do all things the Holy Ghost tells them to do when it asks them to do something different than the prophet is telling the people? Doesn't the prophet know the will of the Lord for all people?

The purpose of the Holy Ghost is to prove you in ALL things if YOU will do WHAT the LORD asks of YOU. It WILL ask you to do DIFFERENT things. ALL too see if you will obey the Lord over man. After all YOU must learn to be like God.

What is right for one may be wrong for another.

A Test Given to Emma Smith
God told Joseph (the Prophet) to give something to his wife Emma. God also told Emma to not partake of that. If she would have followed the prophets advice she would have failed her Abrahamic sacrifice. Can complete salvation be given to one who is NOT proven in all things? One who has failed that which was given to gain an eternal reward? The things of heaven are received from sacrifice and there is no other way. Without offering the sacrifice the reward will not be given.
51 Verily, I say unto you: A commandment I give unto mine handmaid, Emma Smith, your wife, whom I have given unto you, that she stay herself and partake not of that which I commanded you to offer unto her; for I did it, saith the Lord, to prove you all, as I did Abraham, and that I might require an offering at your hand, by covenant and sacrifice. (D&C 132:51)
If you wish to receive the things of those who have gone before like Abraham, Jacob, and Isac you must go through a similar path, similar sacrifices. For you cannot be given what you have not qualified for.

Doctrine of Christ 
No where does the doctrine of Christ involve man. It involves the Holy Ghost. And when two men are commanded to do two different things, if one is not listening to the Holy Ghost they may just lose their salvation. (See 1 kings 13). This is why its so important not to judge others! You just don't know what God can ask one to do even if its different than what another is supposed to do.

What is the Purpose of the Lords Servants?
They restore that which is lost. They warn of coming destruction. They preach repentance to a wicked and perverse generation. It is the message that is important. The messenger is not. When the Lord gives a message it should be heeded (not followed). You cannot reject the message without consequences.

The message always contains some message on how to reconnect with God so that YOU can receive the Holy Ghost so that you can re-enter the "rest of the Lord" or the presence of God. When there is a group that all have the Holy Ghost than they can all be "edified together" until they come in a unity of faith where no one is above another but all are equal. So that the individual will be able to receive commandments directly from the Lord for themselves. (See 4 Nephi) For the Lords words unto You are commandments.

Gods Messengers
Messengers (Gods servants) prepare men to receive the Holy Ghost so that they begin to exercise faith in God.
Holy Ghost leads one to Christ.
Christ leads one to the Father.

Do not make the same mistake the early saints made that cost them the opportunity to build Zion. They depended upon Joseph.
"The Lord had declared by the Prophet, that the people should each one stand for himself, and depend on no man or men...righteous persons could only deliver their own souls...They were depending on the Prophet, hence were darkened in their minds" (Teachings, Section Five 1842-43, p.237)
If you think God cursed the children of Israel for praying that Moses would speak to them, how much more darkened are our minds for teaching that you do not need to speak to God because there is one that speaks for you!?

Gods Servants (teachers)
True Servants point to Christ.
False Servants point to themselves.

For only those who "have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived" (D&C 45:57) will stand (parable of the 10 virgins).

Read the scriptures, the Book of Mormon which will draw you closer than ANY other book and learn to recognize His voice. Time is too short. The Lords spirit is already ceasing to strive with men. Though the world continues to believe life is going to go on as things are now, it is not.

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