Hope Amid Affliction

Messages 0f Hope Amid Despair
Fear and negativity are companions for many today; our world is steeped in it. These feelings and emotions are in direct contradiction to a life filled with wholeheartedness and purpose which are the promises of a positive lifestyle. In the midst of our afflictions and often accompanying disappointment, our challenge is to keep ourselves filled with hope and to have a strong, positive mindset. Positive thinking can help, but thinking based on the promises of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can help us be more positive. It can help us overcome fear and live a life full of His love that will be manifested as we serve those around us.
His promises can help you live a positive life, especially if you don’t drown out His voice by focusing on the media devices of Babylon (TV, worldly books and magazines, movies, the internet, porn, handheld devices, phones, the news etc.).
Romans 8:28, 39 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is one of my personal favorite passages on hope and staying positive. No matter what happens in our lives, God is actively working on our behalf to turn all things into good things, but HE does like us to ask. Often times our calamity we experience will humble us enough to come unto Him; seeking His Grace and Mercy. So, even in the middle of our darkest struggles we are not alone. We are not forgotten, for you are His son or daughter.
Philippians 4:8 – “Finally brethren,, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be anything worthy of praise, think on these things.”
One of the keys to maintaining positive emotions and a positive mindset are the words we choose to focus on. His words will give us the greatest hope; not those of the arm of the flesh. If we seek Him, we will find Him. I find Him more often in the Holy Scriptures than anywhere else, as the Holy Spirit manifests the truth to my heart and mind. The hope you plead for can be found there, for any soul who ill humble themselves; while in their state of weakness, as they cry to him who is mighty to save. This brings a peace that can come in the storms of this life. As I study, I ask Him that His words might be written on the table of my heart, mind and soul; yea, even every cell of my being. Then I seek to manifest it in my daily walk and talk. In spite of our weakness, He is quick to forgive, if it is our intention to seek to follow His Son in all things. His Atonement has made all things possible to them that believe.
Focusing and speaking things that are positive (even when we don’t feel like it) will release positive neuro-transmitters in our brains and our bodies. He has designed us that way, helping a host of positive emotions to flow into our lives like joy, gratitude, inspiration, and love. Just read Paul’s epistles to begin to understand joy in affliction.
Isaiah 41:10 – ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
“Fear and anxiety dominate the landscape of our lives. We are afraid of what might happen in the next election, worried about the stability of the world, frightened that our children might be bullied or rejected at school, scared that our lives will pass by so fast that somewhere along the journey we forgot to live it…true missing out syndrome. Researcher Brené Brown says, “We’re all afraid. We just have to get to the point where we understand it doesn’t mean that we can’t also be brave.” Have courage.
To live positively you will need to create a lifestyle of bravery; placing your hope and trust in something bigger than yourselves (that would be God and His Christ). This is where our strength comes from. It comes from above and it comes from within.”
The scriptures encourage us to reject any negative influences in our lives and to seek for strength and courage. They offer us tangible help that can and will transform our lives. We are not alone and if we ask for help, we will find it. He is very assessable.
Our responsibility is to incarnate these biblical truths and learning into the very essence of our being; to be people who carry love, hope, and peace to  a world spiraling out of control. It is about bravery, restoration and generosity; it is about charity or being filled with the pure love of Christ for all men; as we love Him and our neighbor as ourself. When we live as more positive people, we are able to illuminate and deposit these truths in our lives and into the lives of those we meet, love or care about.

Your destiny outweighs your life so far.
Your promised crown outweighs your burdens; even the cross you are called to bear.
Your hope is in His word; His promises should outweigh your hardships.
His blessings can outweigh the load you carry.
His Grace outweighs your guilt, shame and hopelessness.
His favor outweighs what you feel you lack.

2 Corinthians 4: 17- “For our light affliction, which is but a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

2 Corinthians 12: 9- “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

May it ever be so; forever and ever, in the cycles of creation.

JTH -September 14, 2019
I have written previously on hope and afflictions a year ago; in November I believe. For those who are Christian, but not LDS, you will find His word and great hope by pondering His message in ‘The Book of Mormon’.

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Apostasy- Timely Quotes- A Call to Arms

Apostasy & Timely Quotes & A Call to Arms
Martin Luther: “I have sought nothing beyond reforming the Church in conformity with the Holy Scriptures… I simply say that Christianity has ceased to exist among those who should have preserved it.”

Jack Hinkle: “I have sought nothing beyond reconciling the Church in conformity with the Holy Scriptures, the words of Joseph Smith, and its’ history. I simply say that Mormonism has ceased to exist among those who should have preserved it.”

Roger Williams: “The Apostasy… hath so far corrupted all that there can be no recovery out of that apostasy till Christ send forth new apostles to plant churches anew.”

Jack Hinkle: “The Apostasy of the LDS Church… hath so far corrupted all that there can be no recovery out of that apostasy till Christ send forth new servant(s) and a new covenant to plant His Church anew.” The game is a foot; the ordinance and covenant renewed; have courage, take heart and seek to be like Him.

Erasmus: “Everything is now so entangled with these questions [of doctrine] and decrees that we dare not even hope to call the world back to true Christianity.”

Jack Hinkle: “Everything is now so entangled with the questions of doctrine, and decrees, and policies that we dare not even hope to call the LDS Church back to true Mormonism (as originally restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith).”

2014: a year of renewal; baptism/re-baptism as the work to preserve the fruit of the Lord’s vineyard began anew. 2017: a year for covenant and promises anew; Zion’s call and a necessary preparation of a few hearts and minds.

Doctrine and Covenants 64: (Our personal call to awake and arise; believe, have faith, repent, be baptized and come unto Him; do His will while sacrificing ours.)
23 Behold, now it is called today until the becoming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming.
24 For after today cometh the burning—this is speaking after the manner of the Lord—for verily I say, tomorrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon.
25 Wherefore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called today.

Doctrine and Covenants 45: (Our call to hear His voice and harden not our hearts against the everlasting covenant being offered; a light in a dark place (world and hearts) leading to eternal life.)
6 Hearken, O ye people of my church, and ye elders listen together, and hear my voice while it is called today, and harden not your hearts;
7 For verily I say unto you that I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the light and the life of the world—a light that shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not.
8 I came unto mine own, and mine own received me not; but unto as many as received me gave I power to do many miracles, and to become the sons of God; and even unto them that believed on my name gave I power to obtain eternal life.
9 And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me.
10 Wherefore, come ye unto it, and with him that cometh I will reason as with men in days of old, and I will show unto you my strong reasoning.
11 Wherefore, hearken ye together and let me show unto you even my wisdom—the wisdom of him whom ye say is the God of Enoch, and his brethren,

Jacob 5: (A servant revealed; a labor begun; Zion’s call and a fruit to be revealed; a people gathered who cry for His Grace, His Mercy, His Charity; giving thanks always for things received, but certainly not deserved. Give Glory and Praise to His name for the Victory He achieved, while our Hope is revealed.)
70 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sent his servant; and the servant went and did as the Lord had commanded him, and brought other servants; and they were few.
71 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with your might. For behold, this is the blast time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself against the time which will soon come.
72 And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with their mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them; and they did obey the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things.
73 And there began to be the natural fruit again in the vineyard; and the natural branches began to grow and thrive exceedingly; and the wild branches began to be plucked off and to be cast away; and they did keep the root and the top thereof equal, according to the strength thereof.
74 And thus they labored, with all diligence, according to the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard, even until the bad had been cast away out of the vineyard, and the Lord had preserved unto himself that the trees had become again the natural fruit; and they became like unto one body; and the fruits were equal; and the Lord of the vineyard had preserved unto himself the natural fruit, which was most precious unto him from the beginning.
75 And it came to pass that when the Lord of the vineyard saw that his fruit was good, and that his vineyard was no more corrupt, he called up his servants, and said unto them: Behold, for this last time have we nourished my vineyard; and thou beholdest that I have done according to my will; and I have preserved the natural fruit, that it is good, even like as it was in the beginning. And blessed art thou; for because ye have been diligent in laboring with me in my vineyard, and have kept my commandments, and have brought unto me again the natural fruit, that my vineyard is no more corrupted, and the bad is cast away, behold ye shall have joy with me because of the fruit of my vineyard.

Go forth and serve among His children. Have courage and seek to save souls, including your own. Faint not and find joy in affliction, by being one with Him. We can do this; you will see; that through Him is your Victory! Study His Word and plant it (through the Holy Spirit) deep in the rich soil of your heart, that your whole soul be filled with light.

Jack Hinkle
September 13, 2019

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Searching for Truth/Sacred Learning

Searching for Truth/Sacred Learning: Things restored; things lost; and things to be found (again).

Are we any closer to Zion in our day as Joseph was in his? Are we farther away, even though the signs of the fullness of the times of the Gentiles tell us we are closer to the day of Zion’s return? Have we been true to what the Lord restored through Joseph or have we deviated off course? Are we diligent in seeking Him through prayer and study by and doing His will in our daily life? Do we seek for knowledge, wisdom and understanding? Can Zion be found in us?

In Alma 12: 9 we find the following: “It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God. Nevertheless, they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart, only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him. And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word. And he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until they know them in full. And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries” (Alma 9:3 NC).
The path to Him requires action on our part. There is no fence sitting; no holding a position. We advance towards Him as we receive what He has restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith or we recede if we forget what was given. The mysteries of God are hidden, but they are simple truths available to all who seek to know Him. Through the Holy Spirit they set our soul on fire. To hear His voice it requires that we open our ears to listen, our eyes to see and open our hearts; lest we have brows of brass and hearts of stone into which nothing of Him enters. When we have hard hearts, we know less and that which we once knew is lost. Eventually, we know nothing of God’s mysteries, and we are left alone, without God in the world. We will fail to see that this world is waxing old as a garment that will shortly be cast off and burned. Do we suffer from complacency or run on automatic; are we aware of His movement among men.
In 2 Nephi 28: 25-29 we read: “Woe be unto him that crieth, All is well. Yea, woe be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men and denieth the power of God and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Yea, woe be unto him that saith, We have received and we need no more. And in fine, woe unto all those who tremble and are angry because of the truth of God. For behold, he that is built upon the rock receiveth it with gladness, and he that is built upon a sandy foundation trembleth, lest he shall fall. Woe be unto him that shall say, We have received the word of God, and we need no more of the word of God for we have enough” (2 Nephi 12:5-6 NC).

This thought reminds us that we must seek to be nourished by His words, that our heart, mind and soul is actively engaged in a good cause, performing works of righteousness, as we seek to be in God’s path. Salvation comes to those who will listen for His voice. No matter what the source from which God’s voice comes, if it is God’s word, it’s to be cherished. If we refuse to hear or receive what is offered, we will perish. When you are content, thinking all is well in Zion, you perish. When you hunger and thirst after righteousness (Christ), you will be filled and you live.
Joseph Smith invited us to search for and receive truth from ever it might come, for all men have received truth from God, for He loves all His children and He is no respecter of persons. Even though my course in this life progresses at variable speeds and intensities, I will say that since my baptism in 1975, I seek to know Him, to do His will and to continually study and ponder on His word, through the prayer of faith; I have Hope in Him, for He is mighty to save all those who call upon His name and seek His face. Where do we seek Him? How do we seek Him? Is it in closets of humble prayer, with uplifted hands and a cry from a broken heart? Oh “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9: 24) , for I desire to sacrifice my will on the altar of Hope, Mercy and Grace.

In 2 Nephi 29: 9 “And because that I have spoken one word, ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another, for my work is not yet finished, neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever. Wherefore, because that ye have a bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words, neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written” (2 Nephi 12:10 NC).

You will be blessed in your journey for He has declared:

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after more righteousness” (see 3 Nephi 5:10 NC). Blessed are those who are “followers of righteousness, desiring to possess great knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness and to possess greater knowledge” (see Abraham 1:2; Abraham 1:1 TC). We should not suppose t that the scriptures contain all God’s words and to those who are willing to hear that He will be silent. Joseph Smith wrote from the depths of anguish and hope in Liberty Jail this deep counsel:
“[T]he things of God are of deep import, and time, and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. Your mind, O man, if you will lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost Heavens, and search into and contemplate the lowest considerations of the darkest abyss, and expand upon the broad considerations of Eternal expanse. You must commune with God. How much more dignified and noble are the thoughts of God than the vain imagination of the human heart? None but fools will trifle with the souls of men. How vain and trifling have been our spirits, our conferences, our councils, our meetings, our private as well as public conversations: too low, too mean, too vulgar, too condescending for the dignified characters of the called and chosen of God, according to the purposes of his will from before the foundation of the world…” (DHC 3: 295; Teachings & Commandments 138:18-19).
I have used this quote before and was last used in my three posts concerning ‘Sacred Learning’, which I would refer you to.
The search to find Him is to search into the highest heaven to find the Man of Holiness. Joseph Smith wanted us to arise and to ascend, like the ancients, up Jacob’s ladder into that realm of light and truth. This is a personal journey, although you may, will, and should help others struggling with you on the path. You cannot depend on the oil in others lamps, an institution or the ‘arm of the flesh’ on a journey for the salvation of your soul. So again awake and arise:

2 Nephi 1: 13, 21, 23 “O that ye would awake; awake from a deep sleep, yea, even from the sleep of hell, and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound, which are the chains which bind the children of men, that they are carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of misery and woe. …arise from the dust, my sons, and be men, and be determined in one mind and in one heart, united in all things, that ye may not come down into captivity. ..Awake, my sons; put on the armor of righteousness. Shake off the chains with which he are bound, and come forth out of obscurity, and arise from the dust.”

Then there is this warning from Moroni to us that should perk up our ears and prick our hearts that we might respond with some form of affirmative action.

Ether 8: 24 “Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation,…”

So who will listen to his cry as a watchman to the branch of Joseph and the latter-day Gentiles? The book of Mormon is written to us as our guide as stranger in this lone and dreary world. It not only tells us what to expect, but it also shows us the cycles of prosperity and destruction; these will be and are now being repeated in our day. “Joseph’s ideas and teachings are as far above those teachings of today as the heavens are above the earth.” David. Find them out and you will be the wiser. Joseph taught doctrines that expand the mind and stretch the soul. You should become familiar with them. His primacy as prophet of the restoration is spread throughout the Doctrine and Covenants and is well worth your perusal from the index. There is a wealth of information in ‘The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith’ and ‘The Words of Joseph smith’ by Ehat, among other writers who have sought to preserve his legacy. Is it worth it? I would say yes! I will leave you with these statements by Joseph.
“It is my meditation all the day, and more than my meat and drink, to know how I shall make the saints of God comprehend the visions that roll like an overflowing surge before my mind.” TPJS 296. Or, “Paul saw the third heavens, and I more.” Or, “I could explain a hundredfold more than I ever have of the glories of the kingdoms manifested to me in the vision were I permitted and were the people ready to receive them.” DHC Vol. 5, p. 402.

Well? Who talks like that? Did Joseph speak with authority? Do we seek his word? Did the Lord vouch for Joseph?

D&C 21: 4-7 “Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; For his word ye shall receive, as if from my own mouth, in all patience and faith. For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his names glory. For thus saith the Lord God; Him have I inspired to move the cause of Zion in mighty power for good, and his diligence I know, and his prayers, I have heard.”

We have a tendency to apply these scriptures to others, but this is a very personal revelation to Joseph, the Prophet of the restoration.

God bless you all on this periless journey of faith and hope in Him; few understand or ask why we stand in jeopardy every hour? Remember D&C 84: 47-60 to remove any condemnation we just might happen to still be under.

JTH September 4, 2019.

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Hopi- Cry of the Earth

I received this from a friend today. It contains a message and a warning to this nation and world leaders. If you are familiar with the Book of Mormon you will identify the prophecies contained in their prophesies.

“CRY OF THE EARTH”
General Assembly, United Nations, New York
September 1962
Re-submitted 11/23/93 by the Grandson of Monongye, Manuel Hoyungowa, Messenger from Sovereign Hopi Nation and Prophecy Message of Monongye, Religious Leader, Sovereign Hopi Nation to the United Nations

My name is Manuel Hoyungowa, of the Sovereign Hopi Nation. It is a great honor to be able to be here today to present a few of the Hopi prophecies and some of the problems that we are facing with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), which was created by the U.S. government and the Hopi Tribal Council.

I would like to begin with some messages given to us by our elders. How it used to be a good life, now our lives have changed. Because of this new education, new culture. From the beginning it was forced upon our forefathers to go to school and learn new ways. As years went by, education became something that we accepted and it became normal to go to school so that we could further ourselves. As I was growing up I remember that our elders traveled with donkeys, then with wagons, then the first automobile came. All these came about, the things that our elders and high leaders, discussed in meetings at my grandfather’s house. Now I know why they discussed these things with great concern, as I came to realize that this is true. I too am concerned now. I am not a high leader. I am just a common person that realizes this world is in trouble. I did not ever believe that I would be here to talk to the world. We are facing a serious situation and the world is out of balance. Our elders are old now. They knocked on the door of the United Nations many times, but they refused to open the doors for them. Most of them are too old now or gone. Therefore, we are coming to bring this message on their behalf to the United Nations about our prophecies.

Our elders say that the white men just came over yesterday. We say this for we have been here for many thousands of years before them. When the white men came, an intelligent person, he invented many things. He changed things.

He had the same teachings from the Great Spirit, but he changed the symbol. He brought his own symbol and he wanted to convert the Hopi people to Christianity. In many ways he wanted to change us and take our lands away from us.

So it is this foreign influence that is disturbing the Hopi way of life and has almost destroyed the life plan given to us be the Great Spirit. Not just the Hopi people, but all native people that live on this land.

When the white man first came here we welcomed him and fed him. We greeted him with open arms and let him live here with us. After settling down in our homeland they built something called the House of Micah (the United Nations). The House of Micah speaks of a good life and has said: “That if anyone has any troubles, if no one will help you anywhere, bring your problems over to us and we will help you with our writings. That we will correct and change these things, not by war, but by the law, and stop all of these wrongdoings.”

Now, as we come here, most of our land has been taken from us.

The Hopi Tribal Council looks to the Secretary of Interior for its authority and power. In our traditional form of government we look to our elders for council. Also, we wish it to be known that the Hopi Tribal Council violates its own constitution and by-laws in refusing to consult with our elders before important decisions are made. Our sacred land is being stripped of our mineral resources, a violation of the agreement we have with the Great Spirit to live here as caretakers of the land.

The Hopi Tribal Council was created illegally for the purpose of signing our lands away for mineral resource development in co- operation with big business. The Hopi Tribal Council for greed has been created to negotiate business deals with Peabody Coal Company for the strip mining of Black Mesa/Kayenta mine, the largest coal strip mine in the country. And for monetary gain our water is being depleted, and our survival is at stake. Over one billion gallons of water each year is being pumped from our aquifer to transport coal. This is the only coal water transport system-slurry line in the United States in a desert environment. Without water we cannot survive.

And in addition to the desecration of our sacred land, and depletion of our water, we are facing water pipelines, electricity and phone lines coming into our village of Hotevilla. We know that these things cannot come into our sacred village. Hotevilla, the last traditional stronghold, in prophecy is connected to the four directions. We have always rejected these conveniences and in this, the final phase, we must remain Traditional and Strong. If we fulfill our prophecy purification in this world. and our village of Hotevilla, allows these conveniences to come in, then we face sudden destruction and our traditional elders and forefathers have always been fighting this. But the Hopi Tribal Council is strong and has forced their way into all the other villages. We ask you now to help us ensure that Hotevilla continue to preserve the traditional way.

We have always been required to obtain permits to herd cattle, livestock, housing, farming, coal and wood gathering. This is not the Hopi way. Now some of the highest Hopi religious leaders are asking permission from the Hopi Tribal Council to obtain permits to farm and herd cattle and for housing. Instead of the Tribal Council asking the Hopi religious leaders for permission to do these things. So now they have almost complete control of our land and life, and we are at the last stages.

It was told to us that the Hopi will be the last ones to have their lands taken away, of all native peoples. And we now have has our own borders drawn under our feet, indicating that all our land has been reduced by White’s man’s law putting us within a boundary they call District 6.

Since most of our elders are gone and old now. They were supposed to come speaking as high leaders from our Nation to you. Therefore, we are bringing their message to you on their behalf.

So it is up to you to consider these matters seriously to follow up this with a serious investigation. We invite you to come to Hopi land on behalf of the high religious leaders. You are most welcome to come. If you do not take any action about what we believe to be these wrong doings, Purification or Destruction may occur.

For this is our belief that we know that something terrible might happen, Purification or Destruction. If we work together we can try to save as many lives as possible. That is why we are here today to give you our strong message. We give you 4 days, 4 weeks, 4 months to come to Hopi land and investigate these matters.

Nothing was supposed to be taken from within our ground. This is sacred land and no minerals were to be taken out of the ground. This we know is why the earth is now out of balance. It is imperative at this time that you come out here look into these matters, otherwise Purification will come without mercy. The white man has almost destroyed all the life plan given to us by the Great Spirit. If you investigate these wrong doings and correct them then you will purify yourselves and avoid any punishment. This will also bring the life plan back to order. But since we have deviated from the life plan it is up to you, the world leaders to return by example.

When the white man came and offered us many things, and papers for us to sign. We have refused to sign these things that would risk our land and life. We have never signed a treaty with the U.S. government and any nation. From overseas the foreign people came here to talk about a good life plan and built a House of Micah (the United Nations). Our elders said that we could come to you with our problems. We have tried to bring our problems to the U.S. government but we have received no help. Therefore, we come again to you to ask for help.

I wish to refresh your memories back to a critical time in 1962, when my grandfather, Monongye came to the United Nations but was not allowed in. The same situation still exists and we are again facing a critical situation. He has stated that when the evil forces take over then we face corruption. And it is this corruption that has created the world out of balance. In fulfillment of my grandfathers great desire to speak before you, I am now honored to finally bring to you these words on his behalf.

The purpose of this gathering of Indian and non-Indian Brothers is to consider seriously, together, a way to accomplish or fulfill the great task of bringing about World Peace, Brotherhood and Everlasting Life for all good people who are now living with us in our homeland.

So let us remember that we are gathered here not only for the Hopi people, but we are seriously thinking of the future and benefit of all other Indian People on this continent. And we include the white people who have come upon our land and settled with us.

These matters are of no small value, this is not a little thing. Instead, this is the very foundation of all of us humans who are living on this land. Our common life together is based on the Life Plan our Great Spirit has given to us. It is a Life Plan with strong instructions and a serious warning that we must never lose faith – no matter how difficult that may be.

As foretold by our forefathers, our prophets, we may find ourselves in these ‘Last Days’ tightly bound up with irregularities of man-made laws or be suffering greatly for neglecting the spiritual laws of the Great Spirit, Massau’u. Evil forces may take control of our forms of government of the world and rule dictatorially. All over the land, freedom of the people will be suppressed or denied them. Evil rulers will look more to material things than to the spiritual laws of the Great Spirit. When this happens there will be unrest all over the world. There will be gradual corruption and confusion among the leaders and the people all over the world, and wars will come about like powerful winds.

What Is To Be Done Now?
Where Shall We Go From Here?

How are we going to save ourselves from this terrible invention of war? These questions are, we are sure, in the minds and hearts of men everywhere today. Humanity stands at the brink of self destruction. A majority of the people are and have been led by their evil leaders to the edge of disaster. Are we going to submit weakly to rules or leadership of Evil Men to our sorrow and shame or are we Courageous and Faithful enough to return ourselves to the spiritual road of the Great Spirit?

Great Spirit, Massau’u who we firmly believed is here with us, listening to us and watching over us, long ago gave to all races of people a good Life Plan to follow. His commandment to all was “Be Faithful Always and I will be the Last.” Then in very clear and simple words told us to love one another, to be kind to all people, animal and plant life on this Mother Earth. Hopi and other Indian Brothers are fully aware of these great teachings.

But What Happens Today?

Mankind is doing exactly the things the Great Spirit told us not to. For material gains many people have killed, lied, stolen, robbed their neighbors’ property and heaped falsehood upon their fellow beings. There is hardly any true love, only hatred in the hearts of men today. The greatest concern of the Hopi and others, at this moment, is not the powerful weapons invented by men but the WRATH of the Great Spirit. The more we turn away from the Great Spirit the more He will punish us either with earthquakes, floods, lightning, great winds or all kinds of sickness or drought.

I am sorry to say that your leaders in Washington or the White House seem to neglect this truth and insist on making more powerful weapons of destruction. They will never bring about real peace. They will only bring sudden death to all living things on the Earth. Knowing these truths and facts the Hopi leaders will continue to adhere to the teachings of the Great Spirit. They will not want to molest human being or animal or plant life. Hopi will not invent anything to destroy human being. Neither will they allow their minerals to be taken out at this time, for they know they will be used for war purposes by present leaders. Our Great Spirit has sternly warned us against it. Therefore our leaders will not want our young men to be forced to go to war in foreign soil.

Hopi leaders and Religious men will stand firmly upon the words of the Great Spirit for they have made sacred oath or agreement with Him that they will never turn away from Him.

We know from our ancient teachings that there will be many good white people who will one day understand us and help to preserve and maintain our Spiritual Way of Life, for they will recognize soon that the only way to salvation for them in the future is to help the Hopi in this hour of need. This has been also prophesied.

Our Hopi leaders who have faith in the Great Spirit, have been beaten up by U.S. Government officials, jailed and forced to make roads on our land. Yet, in spite of all those injustices, they remained faithful to their religious beliefs. They continue to work and pray for all of us so that the Great Spirit will not neglect us or punish us, but will save all those faithful ones and allow them to enter real peace, brotherhood and everlasting life.

But before that day comes there will be a day of Purification of this land. These are some of the things that Hopi people know and adhere to in order to save many good people at the Purification Day.” And in fulfillment of our mission here, both with the spirit of my grandfather, Monongye, and I.

We firmly believe that coming together today like this is a fulfillment of one of our prophecies. So we hope that you will listen to our warnings and act accordingly.

Thank you.
N.B. We, Gentiles join them to be blessed. See 1 Nephi 14: 2-17 and 3 Nephi 16 to start. Other warnings to us in 2 Nephi 28; Mormon 8; Ether 12; Jeremiah 23; Ezekiel 34. -JTH

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Church Presidents: Ordained verses called by His own voice, or both?

Church Presidents: Ordained versus called by His own voice, or both?
Summary is taken from “Teachings of Presidents of the Church”, plus other information. (JTH)
Before starting the summary it should be noted that each president of the church (except Joseph) was not referred to as ‘the prophet’ until David O’ McKay. Whenever anybody referred to ‘the prophet’ it was in reference to Joseph Smith. Brigham Young did not claim to be a prophet and stated so, but he did not rebuff others who called him that. He also said that he had never been visited by the Lord but wanted to see Him. He stated that it was a time that the saints would have to walk by faith. Today the members of the church sustain their leaders as prophets, seers and revelators. In President Hinckley’s TV interview, when he was asked if he was a prophet he said that he was sustained as such. This is the same statement that Joseph F. Smith gave before Congress.
We can track the ordination of Joseph Smith because he was personally ordained by God to the work. (see DC 5:6 & elsewhere). While he was still alive Joseph passed on his authority to his brother Hyrum, because he was the only one on earth who possessed it all. After their death the historical record shows us that line of ordination abruptly stopped, as no one had the authority.
The next three paragraphs are taken from Michael Quinn’s “The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, pg. 252-253. “Brigham Young had himself elected to the presidency of the Church and he wasn’t set apart or ordained by his fellow apostles and he maintained that the apostolic church president and counselors needed no setting apart or ordination.
“Starting with President number five, Lorenzo Snow, Church Presidents began to be ‘set apart’ to the office, but they were still deliberately not ordained by their fellow general authorities. And they were never recognized as being prophets, seers and revelators. Those abilities were considered gifts that God could bestow on a person and the succeeding four presidents of the church had been alive when Joseph was and they knew him and his prophesies. They understood that there would not be another prophet to lead the church until that prophesied day when the Lord would send one mighty and strong to set his house in order. (D&C 85).At a future time it was believed, the Lord would set his hand a second time to recover his covenant people. (2Nephi 29). In the pioneer LDS Church post- (after) Joseph Smith, the idea that the president of the church was a prophet was not widely held.”
“In an 1899 meeting of the First Presidency and Apostles, Joseph F. Smith explained that it was proper for the First Presidency to be set apart, but ’not ordained’. In 1916 Joseph F. Smith, the Quorum of Twelves president emphatically instructed the president of the Seventy that ‘the president was set apart and not ordained.’”
“But years later the protocol was adjusted: On12 Aprtil 1951 David O’ McKay became the first LDS Church president to be ‘Ordained” since the founding prophet. Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith ‘ordained and set apart’ President McKat. At seventy-four, Apostle Smith may have forgotten his own father’s restriction against ordaining presidents of the LDS Church. (Quinn, Ibid.)”
When I joined the LDS church in 1975 I was taught and was under the impression that the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve all had seen Christ and personally communed with him. In the JST Genesis 14 we learn that men called up to this order of priesthood were called by God’s own voice and we also find this to be the case in the scriptures. In review of the ordinations of the presidents of the church I did not find that any were called by God’s own voice, but they were ordained by men. In DC 107 we learn that the President of the High Priesthood of the church is to be like unto Moses, even a prophet, seer and revelator. Of course Moses talked with the Lord face to face. See Numbers 12:6. It should also be noted that there is no office in the church of prophet, nor that the twelve are to be called prophets, seers and revelators. Maybe you think I am unrealistic in my expectations, but God’s House is a House of Order and the scriptures support something other than what we see.
Simple Google Search: “In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the President of the Church is the highest office of the church. It was the office held by Joseph Smith, founder of the church. The President of the LDS Church is the church’s leader and the head of the First Presidency, the church’s highest governing body. Latter-day Saints consider the president of the church to be a “prophet, seer, and revelator”, and refer to him as “the Prophet”, a title originally given to Smith. When the name of the president is used by adherents, it is usually prefaced by the title “President”.”
Brother Wickers search: “”Following this, President Benson was sustained as president of the Council of the Twelve. President Kimball then took his seat in the middle of the room, and as all those present placed their hands upon his head, we felt the Spirit of the Lord was truly with us, and this sweet Spirit filled our hearts. Then, with President Benson being mouth, in a beautiful prayer and blessing, Spencer Woolley Kimball was ordained and set apart as prophet, seer, and revelator and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1974, 121–23; or Ensign, May 1974, 84–85).” {As will be seen below, I have not seen this type of statement so far anywhere else, except for the statement from the Harold B. Lee manual.}
At the present time there is a difference between church and state, in that the status of the church as a Corporation Sole requires that in the death of the president, the President of the Quorum of Twelve automatically is the next President of The Church. On the religious side the apostolic order of succession and ordaining to the office takes place as we see in the Ensign and other church documents.
Scriptures: Numbers 12: 6; D&C 107: 91-92. Also see JST Genesis 14. There is no office called prophet discussed in Section 20, 84 or 107. Section 107: 91 does identify “the duty of the President of the office of the High Priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and to be like Moses.” The word office is used throughout. D&C 124: 91-95; verse 94 states “And from this time forth I appoint unto him (Hyrum) that he may be a prophet, and a seer, and a revelator unto my church, as well as my servant Joseph;”. As with Joseph this call follows the prophetic pattern of the scriptures (by His own voice; see JST Gen. 14); plus Hyrum is the second president of the church.
Brigham Young: Sustained as president of the church at Council Bluff’s. December 27, 1847. [Note: The vote was unanimous for those present. Three opposed the idea. Two of these were not present at the time and the other did not say anything against it. When at Nauvoo the twelve did not use Section 107 in deciding the succession question after the death of Joseph and Hyrum but had the congregation take a vote on who they wanted to lead them. The majority voted for the Twelve and not Sidney Rigdon. For a good read see Ehat’s dissertation on the 1844 Succession Question. It is downloadable and well documented.] Note: On December 27, 1847, in Winter Quarters, when Brigham Young became president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he recorded he was “elected” to the office. The common consent, or election by church members, was the power by which the president’s office became his. He did not believe he needed any ordination to the office, only the common consent through a sustaining vote. So, he was never in fact ordained president of the church, only elected to the position. HE explained: “If men are elected by the Church, it is by Election-Joseph was ordained an Apostle- but the Church elected him as a President, Prophet-Seer and Revelator-But he was never ordained to that office.” (The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young) So, the church members were the original authority to select leaders. Once elected to office, the office belonged to the one elected.
Wilford Woodruff: “When President John Taylor died on July 25, 1887, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles became the Church’s governing body, with President as the presiding officer. President Woodruff was sustained as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 7, 1889.
John Taylor: “ August 29, 1880- Brigham Young dies. For the next three years, John Taylor leads the Church as President of the Quorum of the Twelve. 1880, October Sustained as President of the church,”
Lorenzo Snow: “On September 2, 1898, President Wilford Woodruff died after serving as President of the Church for more than nine years. President Lorenzo Snow, who was then serving as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was in Brigham City when he heard the news. He boarded a train to Salt Lake City as soon as he could, knowing that the responsibility of Church leadership now rested on the Quorum of the Twelve.
Feeling inadequate but ready to follow the Lord’s will, President Snow went to the Salt Lake Temple and prayed. In answer to his prayer, he was visited by the Lord Himself. President Snow later testified that he “actually saw the Savior … in the Temple, and talked with Him face to face.” The Lord told him to proceed immediately with the reorganization of the First Presidency, not to wait as had been done when previous Presidents of the Church had died.72 President Snow was sustained by the Quorum of the Twelve as President of the Church on September 13, 1898, after which he began serving as President. He was sustained by the general Church membership on October 9 and set apart as the fifth President of the Church on October 10.”
Joseph F. Smith: “On 17 October 1901, week after the death of President Lorenzo Snow, the Quroum of the Twelve Apostles ordained and set apart Joseph F. Smith as the six President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1901, November 10: Sustained as President of the Church in a special conference.” During the Reed Smoot Hearings before the U.S. Senate, President Joseph F. Smith was asked: “Are you prophet, seer, and revelator?” His answer was: “I am so sustained and upheld by my people.” When questioning turned directly to the topic of revelations, President Smith was asked: “You have revelations, have you not?” He responded: “I have never pretended to nor do I profess to have received revelations. I have never said I had a revelation except so far as God has shown to me that so-called Mormonism is God’s divine truth; that is all.” ( similar comments were made by President Hinckley) I am going to insert here President Grant’s testimony, under oath, before Congress. A fifth assumption made by too many of the Saints, is that nearly all decisions are made by revelation, when in fact many of them, like selecting new “Apostles,” is done by the other “Apostles” in committee meetings. Speaking under oath to the United States congress over a three-day period in 1904 during the Reed Smoot Hearings (tied to polygamy), President of the LDS church Joseph F. Smith stated, “In the first place [the Apostles in the time of Christ] were chosen by revelation. The council of the apostles [today] have had a voice ever since in the selection of their successors…[They are] Chosen by the body, the twelve themselves, by and with the consent and approval of the first presidency.” When asked if there was any revelation in regard to the subsequent ones he replied, “No, sir; it has been the choice of the body.” A senator then asked, “Then the apostles are perpetuated in succession by their own act and the approval of the first presidency?” President Smith replied, “That is right.”
Heber J Grant: “President Joseph F. Smith passed away on 19 November 1918, knowing that Heber J. Grant would succeed him as President of the Church….The Lord is greater than any man. He knows whom He wants to lead His Church, and never makes any mistake. The Lord bless you.” “The First Presidency was dissolved, leaving the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as the leading authority in the Church, with President Heber J. Grant as President of that Quorum. On 23 November 1918 President Grant was set apart as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” In ‘The Diaries of Heber J. Grant’ he was told the following as part of his ordination as an Apostle:”[October 16, 1882] We ordain thee to be a Prophet, a Seer, and a Revelator, to have every key of authority connected with this holy Apostleship-it embodying all the power and all the authority that God ever vouchsafed to His children upon the earth.” (This is consistent with Brigham Young’s explanation that ‘all the keys’ are embodied in the office of the Apostle and came to him by operation of that ordination.” [May 30, 1890; in apostles’ meeting]…Heber J Grant, stated that he had never had an inspired dreaming in his life and that although he had always desired to see his father in dream or vision that he had never been allowed to enjoy this great privilege. He had at all times been afraid to ask for any great spiritual manifestation as he would then be under greater obligations and he had feared that he might become unfaithful as others had done who had been blessed with great manifestations.” He became the church president in 1918 and throughout that time he continued to regard spiritual manifestations as a potential harbinger of apostasy. [October 4, 1942] “I have never prayed to see the Savior, I know of men-Apostles-who have seen the Savior more than once. I have prayed to the Lord for the inspiration of His Spirit to guide me, and I have told him that I have seen so many men fall because of some great manifestation to them, they felt their importance, their greatness.”
George Albert Smith: “Early in the morning of May 15, 1945, while riding a train in the eastern United States, Elder Smith was awakened by a railroad official with a message: President Heber J. Grant, who was President of the Church at the time, had passed away. Elder Smith changed trains as soon as he could and returned to Salt Lake City. Just a few days later George Albert Smith, as the senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was set apart as the eighth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
David O. McKay: “President George Albert Smith suffered a stroke and passed away on 4 April 1951. After serving for 45 years as an Apostle, David O. McKay became the ninth President of the Church on 9 April 1951.
Joseph Fielding Smith: On a Sabbath morning, January 18, 1970, President David O. McKay’s mortal life came to an end. The responsibility of Church leadership now rested on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, with 93-year-old Joseph Fielding Smith as their President.
On January 23, 1970, the Quorum of the Twelve met and officially sustained President Smith in his calling as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Smith selected Harold B. Lee as First Counselor and N. Eldon Tanner as Second Counselor. Then all three men were set apart to fulfill their new responsibilities.”
Harold B. Lee: “When President Joseph Fielding Smith passed quietly from life unto death on the evening of July 2, 1972, there was no doubt in the minds of the members of the Council of the Twelve who should succeed him as President of the Church. On Friday morning, July 7, they met together in the sacred precincts of the Salt Lake Temple. In that quiet and holy place, with subdued hearts, they sought the whisperings of the Spirit. All hearts were as one in response to those whisperings. Harold Bingham Lee, chosen of the Lord, schooled from childhood in the principles of the restored gospel, refined and polished through thirty-one years of service in the apostleship, was named President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Prophet, Seer, and Revelator. The hands of all present were laid upon his head, and he was ordained as the anointed of the Lord to this high and incomparable calling.
“Sustained by the faith and prayers of the Saints throughout the world, he stands as the presiding high priest in the kingdom of God on earth.”
Spencer W. Kimball: “The night of December 26, 1973, Harold B. Lee, the 11th President of the Church, died suddenly. Consistent with the order of apostolic succession in the Church, on December 30, 1973, Spencer W. Kimball, as senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve, became President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Kimball was sustained by members of the Church in the April 1974 general conference. “
Ezra Taft Benson: “President Spencer W. Kimball died on November 5, 1985, after an extended illness. The leadership of the Church now rested on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, with President Ezra Taft Benson as their President and senior member. Five days later, in a solemn and reverent meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve in the Salt Lake Temple, President Benson was set apart as President of the Church.”
Howard W. Hunter: “On June 6, 1994, the day after Howard W. Hunter was set apart as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he extended two invitations.” The first was to be more diligent in following the example of Jesus Christ, and the second was to partake more fully of the blessings of the temple. On October 1, 1994, in the Saturday morning session of general conference, Church members formally sustained Howard W. Hunter as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and as prophet, seer, and revelator. “President Hunter said: ‘As an ordained Apostle and special witness of Christ, I give you my solemn witness that Jesus Christ is in fact the Son of God. He is the Messiah prophetically anticipated by Old Testament prophets. He is the Hope of Israel, for whose coming the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have prayed during the long centuries of prescribed worship…It is by the power of the Holy Ghost that I bear witness. I know of Christ’s reality as if I had seen with my eyes and heard with my ears. I know also that the Holy Spirit will confirm the truthfulness of my witness in the hearts of all those who listen with an ear of faith.”
Gordon B. Hinckley: He was ordained….. When he was asked during an interview if he was a prophet, he answered that he was sustained as such. When he was asked about revelations that he had received he stated that we don’t need much revelation, but need to pay more attention the revelation we have already received.
Thomas S. Monson: President Thomas S. Monson has been ordained and set apart as the 16th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 2008, the church announced Monday. President Henry B. Eyring, left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf were named as first and second counselors, respectively, in the First Presidency.
President Russell M. Nelson was announced as the 17th president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The announcement was made by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during a live broadcast from the annex of the iconic Salt Lake Temple. He was sustained and set apart in the Salt Lake Temple on Sunday, January 14, 2018, two days prior. It should be noted that D. Todd Christofferson only said that he was set apart as the 17th resident of the church.
A couple of things are of interest to note. Instead of waiting for a conference to sustain these leaders, as directed in the Doctrine and Covenants, at least in the case of President Nelson, he was sustained but not by the general membership at the time of his setting apart. At the local ward and stake level the leaders are called to serve but they are not sustained and set apart until a vote at a conference of the church. Also note that there is no mention of receiving a revelation from God in the press conferences from He who calls them. These callings and ordinations appear to be by men to men. They deal with offices in the church, but there is no office of prophet in the church (see D&C sec. 20 and 107). They mention a divine process, procedure and tradition that God has put in place to call His prophet. After the death of Joseph Smith that is a process that evolved over years. The only problem with that is this; you cannot find that process in the Doctrine and Covenants, as it describes a different process. These ordinations are by men, when the call is to be by revelation. They are basically saying that they do not need the common consent of the church to reorganize the first presidency. Revelation is supplanted by procedure. [See Numbers 12: 6; DC 102: 9; 84; 107; 20: 63, 65; 123: 124-144] In the General Handbook, quoting Joseph Fielding Smith it says: “No man can preside in this church in any capacity without the consent of the people.” Also in the same manual it states: “Not only are church offices sustained by common consent but the same principle operates for policies, major decisions, acceptance of new scripture and other things that affect the lives of the saints.” (The 2015 Exclusionary Policy did not follow this procedure.) History is written by the winners and we gain a certain world view of what took place and what is real. Unfortunately or fortunately the internet supplies us with another perspective of history that can alter the reality that our belief system is based on. Then the issue is whether it fits into that belief system or does it cause ‘cognitive dissonance’; and in our search do we engage in ‘confirmation bias’, or seek the truth? Since I joined the Church in 1975 I have been on the quest to know Him and His truth; that has never ended. I try not to set up stakes to my belief system, but seek Him. I will listen to the messages of many, but try not depend on the ‘arm of the flesh’.  I use study, prayer, asking for His Spirit while pondering the scriptures and Joseph’s words as my guide. It is a labor to search through deceptions, hidden information, newly presented history and information. It does not seem reasonable to stick ones head in the sand like an ostrich and blindly put faith in others, when your salvation is on the line. The above material was from my search into how church presidents were called, set apart and sustained and much was primarily taken form the church’s own manual. When I joined the church I was lead to believe that the fifteen men at the top were all called personally by Him and that He communed with them face to face. Such an assumption certainly caused ‘cognitive dissonance’ in my heart and mind. What follows is more information taken form two other blogs. JTH

The following is a section taken from Rock Waterman’s post “How can we tell if President Monson is a Prophet?” see http://www.puremormonism.blogdpot.com
We have allowed ourselves to assume, absent any evidence whatsoever, that God called and ordained the presidents of the Church to not only preside over the church, but to also have received the gifts of prophecy, of seeing, and of revealing the will of God. Yet when Brigham Young decided he would like to take Joseph Smith’s place as president of the Church, he wasn’t even set apart or ordained by his fellow apostles to that office, let alone to some office of Prophet, Seer, and Revelator. Brigham maintained that the apostolic church president and counselors needed no setting apart or ordination. All that was necessary was a sustaining vote of the people. After all, it is the church of the latter-day Saints. What they say goes. (At least that’s the pretense.)
Starting with Lorenzo Snow, presidents began to be set apart as president of the church, but they were deliberately not ordained to that office, and certainly never appointed prophets, seers, and revelators. In an 1899 meeting of the First Presidency and apostles, Joseph F. Smith explained that it was proper for the First Presidency to be set apart, but “not ordained.” In 1916 the Quorum of Twelve’s president emphatically instructed the senior president of the Seventy that “the president was set apart and not ordained.” (See Quinn, the Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, pg 252-253.)
“On 12 April 1951 David O. McKay became the first LDS church president to be “ordained” since the founding prophet. Apostle Joseph Fielding Smith “ordained and set apart” President McKay. At seventy-four Apostle Smith may have forgotten his own father’s restriction against ordaining presidents of the LDS church.” (Quinn, ibid.)
Here’s something to think about. The current crop of usurpers in the Church hierarchy will tell you their line of authority goes all the way back to Joseph Smith, because every one of the presidents was ordained of God same as Joseph Smith was. Okay, fine. We can actually trace the ordination of Joseph Smith, because he was personally called and ordained by God to the work. But after Joseph, the historical record shows us that line of ordinations abruptly stopped, and does not resume until 1951, at which time Heber Grant, the prophet holding authority did not pass on his authority to the next president, because he was already dead. Instead a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, who did not have the keys of a prophet, seer, and revelator, performed the ordination.
The following is from Val Brinkerhoff’s blog concerning the Apostolic Charge. They are quotes from several church leaders.
The words of six modern leaders called “apostles” by the Saints today are presented hereafter. Unlike Joseph’s and Oliver’s Apostolic Charge in early church history, their statements subordinate the original charge or need to gain a literal witness of Christ in the life. It is one God continually invites all of us to obtain in His five-word invitation – to “repent and come unto me.” Chosen and sent “apostles” (like all of us) are “called” to receive Him, but they must also be “chosen” by the Lord Himself to do so. Only He knows our heart. They and we must have the faith of the brother of Jared to part the veil to our Lord (see Ether 3:13 and chapter 12).
Pres. Heber J. Grant Pres. Grant was a practical-minded businessman that felt fidelity to church leaders was more important than seeking and obtaining a sure witness of the Lord. This attitude continues today, and reflects a form of idolatry, placing men before God. It is well documented that Pres. Grant was more interested in the business matters of the church than developing spirituality in his own life and that of the Saints. Eight years after being ordained an apostle, Elder Grant stated, “I am greatly deficient in spiritual gifts” (The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, p. 5). Nine years after that, he expressed guilt over his obsessive business interests, stating, “I felt that I had been neglectful too much of my time to business affairs” (diary entry, Nov. 4, 1889). Pres. Grant’s own mother informed him of his reputation among the Saints. He recorded in his diary, “Mother called this morning and we had a long talk. I learned that it was the opinion of a great many of the latter day saints that I was filled with pride and that there was nothing in this [life] that I cared about so much as I did about making money. It was the opinion of some that the Lord should remove me out of my place as I was so worldly minded and so full of pride. I had no respect for the poor among the people” (diary entry, July 19, 1889). The secretary of the First Presidency (John Nuttal) felt the same. “[F]inancial matters have more weight with…Heber J. Grant than the things of the Kingdom” (In the President’s Office: The Diaries of L. John Nuttal, 1879-1892. Edited by Jedediah Rogers, Signature Books, p. 268). Pres. Grant freely admitted that, “I have never prayed to see the Savior” (The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, p. 468).
Elder Joseph Fielding Smith On three different occasions, Elder Joseph Fielding Smith stated that the witness of the Holy Ghost was sufficient for Apostles and other leaders to bare testimony of Christ (see The First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve, Improvement Era, Nov. 1966, p 979; Doctrines of Salvation 3:153; Joseph Fielding Smith Jr. and John J. Stewart, The Life of Joseph Fielding Smith, pps. 387-88). After years of having members of the church ask him and other general authorities if they had seen Christ, Joseph Fielding Smith appears to have changed the “apostolic charge” doctrine, thus no longer requiring leaders to have a witness of Christ in order to say they had the apostolic testimony. He stated, “Every member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles should have, and I feel sure have had, the knowledge of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This does not have to come by direct visitation of the Savior, but it does come from the testimony of the Holy Ghost. … The testimony of the Holy Ghost is the strongest testimony that can be given. It is better than a person visit” (Doctrines of Salvation, 3:153). This witness does not separate a modern apostle as being any more “special” as a witness than others among the Saints who also bear testimony of Christ via the Holy Ghost.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie Statement #1 “I shall expound the doctrine of the Church relative to what our relationship should be to all members of the Godhead and do so in plainness and simplicity so that none need misunderstand or be led astray by other voices. I shall express the view of the Brethren, of the prophets and apostles of old, and of all those who understand the scriptures and are in tune with the Holy Spirit. These matters lie at the very foundation of revealed religion…There are yet others who have an excessive zeal which causes them to go beyond the mark. Their desire for excellence is inordinate. In an effort to be truer than true they devote themselves to gaining a special, personal relationship with Christ that is both improper and perilous…Now I know that some may be offended at the counsel that they should not strive for a special and personal relationship with Christ…You have never heard one of the First Presidency or the Twelve [today], who hold the keys of the kingdom, and who are appointed to see that we are not “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14) – you have never heard one of them advocate this excessive zeal that calls for gaining a so-called special and personal relationship with Christ” (Bruce R. McConkie, “Our Relationship with the Lord,” BYU Devotional, 2 March 1982). That is true today, but it was not true of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in their “Apostolic charge.”
Elder Bruce R. McConkie Statement #2 In a radio interview in 1995, David Whitmer (not the man by the same name in early LDS history) bore his personal testimony of Christ. He stated, “I went and talked to [Elder] Bruce R. McConkie three times and I asked him all three times, ‘Have you ever met the Lord Jesus Christ?’ and he said No. I said, ‘Do you know anybody that has?’ And he said No. I said, ‘How can you be a special witness of Christ?’ And he said, ‘In a Telestial church, on a telestial level, if the Holy Ghost testifies to me that Jesus is the Christ, then I can testify on a telestial level about Jesus. I can’t testify that I know him but I can testify that he lives.’ And he says,’ Look how many books I’ve written on the Messiah.’ But he says, ‘I can’t preach anything more than faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism and receive the Holy Ghost because everything else, you need to get from the Holy Ghost. That’s the path to Jesus. Then Jesus is the path to the Father.’ That’s what he told me” (David Whitmer, typed transcript from radio interview, KSTAR, Dec. 13, 1995). During this same talk show interview, a woman called in, stating that Mr. Whitmer was deceived (referring to his experience in seeing the Lord personally). She did not believe the testimony of his experience, a testimony the Father told him to bear in this particular radio interview. She did not have or exercise spiritual gift #2 – faith to believe in the words of others who have seen Christ, as provided in our Lord’s listing of the 13 gifts of the Spirit in D&C 46. Sadly, many today are discouraged from seeking an audience with God. Instead many are encouraged to “follow the Prophet” or the Brethren, We must be careful not to lift them up as our light.10 The Lord Jesus said, “I am the light which ye are shall hold up – that which ye have seen me do” (3 Ne. 18:24).
Elder Boyd K. Packer Pres. Boyd K. Packer of the Twelve stated, “President McKay explained that one of the responsibilities of an Assistant to the Twelve was to stand with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as a special witness and to bear testimony that Jesus is the Christ. What he said next overwhelmed me: “Before we proceed to set you apart, I ask you to bear your testimony to us. We want to know if you have that witness.” I did the best I could. I bore my testimony the same as I might have in a fast and testimony meeting in my ward. To my surprise, the Brethren of the Presidency seemed pleased and proceeded to confer the office upon me. That puzzled me greatly, for I had supposed that someone called to such an office would have an unusual, different, and greatly enlarged testimony and spiritual power. It puzzled me for a long time until finally I could see that I already had what was required: an abiding testimony in my heart of the Restoration of the fulness of the gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith, that we have a Heavenly Father, and that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer…Some years ago, I was with President Marion G. Romney….He told them that 50 years before, as a missionary boy in Australia, late one afternoon he had gone to a library to study. When he walked out, it was night. He looked up into the starry sky, and it happened. The Spirit touched him, and a certain witness was born in his soul. He told those mission presidents that he did not know any more surely then as a member of the First Presidency that God the Father lives; that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the Only Begotten of the Father; and that the fulness of the gospel had been restored than he did as a missionary boy 50 years before in Australia. He said that his testimony had changed in that it was much easier to get an answer from the Lord. The Lord’s presence was nearer, and he knew the Lord much better than he had 50 years before. There is the natural tendency to look at those who are sustained to presiding positions, to consider them to be higher and of more value in the Church or to their families than an ordinary member. Somehow we feel they are worth more to the Lord than are we. It just does not work that way! (“The Weak and the Simple of the Church,” Oct. 2007 General Conference.)
Elder Dieter Uchtdorf Elder Dieter Uchtdorf of the First Presidency stated, “You do not need to see the Savior, as the [ancient] Apostles did, to experience the same transformation” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Grateful in Any Circumstance,” General Conference, 6 April 2014).
Elder Dallin Oaks Confronted by one individual with the claim that, “current apostles have no right to run the affairs of the church since they do not meet the New Testament standard of Apostles because they do not testify of having seen Christ,” Elder Dallin Oaks responded by saying, “The first answer to this claim is that modern apostles are called to be witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world, Doctrine and Covenants 107:23. This is not to witness of a personal manifestation. To witness of the name is to witness of the plan, the work, or mission such as the atonement and the authority or priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ, which an apostle who holds the keys is uniquely responsible to do (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Boise, Idaho, June 17, 2105). Elder Oaks revealed that, in his view, what is special about his witness is his assignment within the church, not his experience with God.
Today, a “calling” and “keys” are sufficient to give one the right to be called an “apostle.” Men call and choose other men to be an “apostle” via this new definition (see endnote 5). Joseph, Oliver, and scripture, on the other hand, each state that a sure “apostolic” witness of Christ only comes from face to face contact, and feeling the marks of the Atonement in the Lord’s body. The early Apostles in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon had this witness. Other later Apostles were to called to receive this witness, that they too, might be “chosen” and “sent” of the Lord Himself! Such a witness requires real faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are all encouraged to have this faith in Christ, as did the brother of Jared (see Ether 3:13-17, 4:7-8; 12:8 & 12). We can all have a sure witness of His reality.
That is only part of Val Brinkerhoff’s piece on his treatise on the Apostolic Charge. I ferer you to his blog site http://www.7witnesses.cim. This file above has been added onto over several years of time. I failed to date it’s original inception.
[It should be noted that Joseph Smith did not ordain any of the original Quorum of the Twelve, but the ‘Three Witnesses’ did.] JTH

For further study concerning the Lord’s work in the last days I recommend the following: http://www.restorationarchives.com; http://www.totheremnant.com; http://www.zionsreturn.org; http://www.denversnuffer.com; http://www.lds.org. And for sure His word in the scriptures.

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Hebrew Book of Mormon email response

I recently posted a response to Adrian Larsen’s recent blog on a Hebrew Book of Mormon. The following is my response to an email received from a friend who is on her journey to find the Lord and to know His will for her. One of her friends had mentioned that in gathering together he did not want to hear anything critical about the church. I believe Rock Waterman addressed this on his site http://www.puremormonism some time ago in some depth. The following is just my response to her email. JTH August 17, 2019.
Hi,
The post that triggered the email from Suzie can be found at http://www.totheremnant.com. There was a lively discussion in the comment section; some of which did make note of criticism of the church. In that post Adrian talked about the Hebrew Book of Mormon. He was unaware at that time that the copy produced by the church left out certain parts of the book. It was Suzie that had the friend that sent the original email. I received an email from that party who actually had an original copy of the Hebrew Book of Mormon that was saved from destruction. It was her email that caused me to put up my response. I do not recall anywhere in scripture where the Lord had a message to give to a people or the world and then have those who were to relay the message cut it short. Nephi , nor Moroni did not tell us all because they were commanded not to, but the Book of Mormon contains the message God does want us and the world to have; even the fulness of the Gospel and it is the new covenant for the Restoration through Joseph Smith to the House of Israel. The greatest testimony that is contained in it is that of Christ and that is the main part that would appear (needs more digging) to be left out (making it more palatable for the Jews (?). There appear to be major differences between the narrative that we have received over the years with the narrative found in newly exposed documents relating to many historical events.  We all need to make judgements in our search for truth; weighing information we have available. Hopefully we can do so without bias or trying to support a particular desired outcome.  I know in my practice that when I am tempted to judge someone I soon find that I am in error once more information is available. So I try to balance the information available and look at it critically. In relation to matters of religion I ask for the Holy Spirit to open the scriptures up to me and I run everything past what I can find in the scriptures, what Joseph has said and what our church history exposes. So I see a lot of problems in many areas and a institutional response is often inadequate and blind faith in acceptance of an institutional explanation is not one that I find acceptable. The church and its people do a lot of good and there are many good people seeking the Lord, just as there are many Christians in the world who are doing the same. I expect they will all be rewarded for their efforts to come unto Christ as they apply His Gospel and Doctrine in their life.  In seeking, we will find greater light, which we then need to respond to; thus, my circumstance and your circumstance. So to get back to what I was trying to say about criticism (which is somewhat subjective; we should keep in mind that the Lord’s statements to the Pharisee’s were critical, even though true). Even in ones earliest search for God, one has to search for knowledge and truth with a critical mind and judgement. They need to find information that justifies the position they are going to take. Pros and cons for that process have to be judged on a balance sheet and hopefully a decision made that is correct, unless new information in the future changes the balance. In taking on the new covenant of baptism and the new covenant, I had to diligently search and study and ponder about the justification for changing my perspective concerning  such broad statements that ‘the Church is true’ and that the ‘Apostles’ at the top personally have seen the Savior and that He has personally called them by His own voice (JST Gen. 14). I had born testimony for many years that’ I knew’ that both of those statements were true; but then evidence and spiritual testimony started to change the scales. So in a sense, what I posted is a continued support for my position that they are not true ‘prophets, seers and revelators’ as they claim, for I do not see very much evidence to support that claim since the days of the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. On the other hand I can sustain them that it is their duty to become such. So in a state of affliction I must remember how and why I believe as I do unless something new tips the scales. If I am in error then I hope the Lord will treat me as Paul or Alma the younger and just plain tell me: hey man you are walking the wrong path; you have not taken the right road. I pray that He will do that, for much is at stake here that is eternal. I do not take it lightly, but I cannot deny Him or that which I believe comes from Him.
We have a lot of policies in the church. Some are very good and I support. A lot of good is done. Some policies are very good and may be inspired, while many seemed to be inspired simply by responding to social needs and challenges, and inspired and supported by social studies and opinion polls, which I don’t think the Lord cares about or takes into consideration before He gives a revelation.But when it comes to actual revelation containing the words of the Lord, it appears to be lacking. Where are His words as we find in the scriptures? Where are the prophets, like Jeremiah, where we find recorded the Lord’s visit and His words to them, that they then repeat to us, the words received. In Joseph’s day a scribe took down the words and we have them. Where are His words? When President Hinckley was asked what revelation he had received, he responded by saying that we don’t need much revelation, as we have enough to do with what we already had received. The first ‘policy’ on the LBGT was later claimed by President Nelson to be a revelation to President Monson; which is then rescinded 3 1/2 years later with what is claimed to be a new revelation on the same subject, as the Lord somehow changed His mind. I brought that up in my previous posts on this subject. So in my recent response concerning the Hebrew of Mormon (the support being a file of actual photos of the book); it just does not make sense to me that the Lord would instruct them to print up a copy of the Book of Mormon in Hebrew as part of their responsibility to be the watchman on the tower in the Father’s Great and Marvelous Work in the last days and in the gathering of Israel, and leave out the main message of the book. If somebody can show me the inspiration or revelation in that, then I am open to consider it. Again, in our search we need to consider all things:
“The things of God are of deep import, and time and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. Thy mind, O’ man, if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity–Thou must commune with God.” Joseph Smith; DHC 3: 295.
I will say that ‘that soul’ is primarily yours.
So my journey continues.
JTH

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Hebrew Book of Mormon

Jerusalem and the LDS Church
Interesting Considerations
Section 1:
My comments, by way of introduction, are in response to a post by Adrian Larsen, portions of which I will list under Section 2. If the LDS church was going to play the role as ‘watchman’ to the House of Israel and the Jews in the last days, their decisions in relation to the Jerusalem Center back in the 1980’s appear to lack inspiration, but I am sure the Lord has other plans to bring it to pass. I am sure their initial plans were to be in a position to preach the Gospel to the Jews who had begun their gathering back to their homeland in the latter days as foretold by the prophets of the Old Testament. As you will see below, the Church’s desire for erecting the center appears to be greater than accomplishing a basic goal to preach God’s word in all the world and bring about His great and marvelous work; for the ‘accord’ they voluntarily struck and came bound by, severely restricts missionary activity for them, while it is legal for other Christian denominations in Israel, including the LDS church (except for the ‘accord’, using a term from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’).
You will see that the LDS Church had produced a Hebrew Book of Mormon, which they ended up burning, as noted in Adrian’s blog. Today I received an email and files that shows the contents of that production, which selectively left out certain parts of the Book of Mormon. As I pursued further documentation I received the following:

“Hi Jack,

I have the book Selections from the Hebrew Book of Mormon in my possession. It was given to me in 1981 by someone tasked with destroying the printed copies for the LDS church. He saved one out, and gave it to his father, who gave it to me in a Sacrament meeting. I didn’t know either of them, but I was married to a Sephardic Jewish LDS convert in Santa Monica, California at the time.

These are my photos, and my handwritten selection list. I took the photos in reaction to Adrian’s blog post on the Book of Mormon in Hebrew, and sent them to him as a side note.

I also sent it to a friend in Yucatan, Mexico at the same time. She emailed me back and said that really infuriated her, because years ago she had the Selections from The Book of Mormon in Spanish, distributed by the church in Mexico, which is all the Mexican people had available. She saw clearly exactly what they had taken out because she was from Utah and had studied it in English before she got to Mexico, and could easily compare.

Although my Jewish in laws come from a Sephardic community in Mexico City that has been there since the Spanish Inquisition, and I lived there for a time, I don’t read Spanish, and have not seen that book myself.

Perhaps a used one is available somewhere on the internet, and a Spanish speaker could do a list like I did of what is included (and excluded). This would be an interesting project.

If I had the time and ability, I might do a search for what other languages and cultures have received only “selections” and not the entire Book of Mormon, and then do a side by side comparison of what was omitted, and for whom. Now that would probably be quite an interesting thing to see:

O ye wicked, and perverse, and stiffnecked people, why have you built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God that ye might bring damnation upon your souls? Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God, for behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled. Behold, the Lord hath shewn unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come at that day when these things shall come forth among you. Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shewn you unto me, and I know your doing, and I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts.
—Mormon 4:5 NC (Mormon 8: 33 LDS)

Good luck Jack,”

N.B.-for privacy, I left the respondents name off. Part of that email contained four attachments that showed a copy of the book and it listed the scriptures included in the Hebrew Book of Mormon. Here is what was included: Introduction and testimonies; all of 1 & 2 Nephi; Jacob 4,5,6; Enos; Mosiah 2-5, 12-18; Alma 5,7,11,12,13,18,34,39-42; Helaman 13-16; 4 Nephi, Mormon 1-4; Moroni 1-10). Obviously missing, was 3 Nephi. The above scripture from Mormon can be found in the LDS scriptures as Mormon 8: 33 and while there you might as well read verses 34-41 and then 2 Nephi 28, just for fun.

To me this appears to be deceptive. Maybe there is a revelation that will explain it. Some of the problems arise when a person begins to recall some other scriptures, such as: DC 17: 6 the Lord testifies that the Book of Mormon is true; 19: 26-27 it contains truth and the word of God; 20: 8-12 (27: 5; 42: 12) contains the fullness of the gospel; 20: 14 those who accept the Book of Mormon receive a crown of eternal life; 84: 57 Zion condemned until they remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon. So how does it work when a book containing His word is altered, changed or deleted; when it is supposed to stand as a testimony to the world that God has begun His great and marvelous work?

The Book of Mormon itself (all of it) carries the following promise:

“And when ye shall receive these things, I would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” Moroni 10: 4.

Another scripture comes to mind in 3 Nephi.
3 Nephi 11: 39-40
“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.”

So you can imagine my consternation. Maybe I just know too many scriptures that get in my way of living and walking by blind faith. Does it really work to spread God’s word by leaving out His word? The Book of Mormon as a whole contains the new covenant, His Gospel, His Doctrine and those who receive it a crown of eternal life. Can that happen if one does not have all of it to receive?

Section 2: This is part of Adrian Larsen’s blog. For his complete commentary go to http://www.totheremnant.com.
‘O ye wicked, and perverse, and stiffnecked people, why have you built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God that ye might bring damnation upon your souls? Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God, for behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled. Behold, the Lord hath shewn unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come at that day when these things shall come forth among you. Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shewn you unto me, and I know your doing, and I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts. Moroni
From Adrian Larsen’s blog; in brackets {}:
[“Joseph Smith clearly understood the order of the Lord’s unfolding work. In confirming Orson Hyde a member of the church in 1831, Joseph prophetically spoke the following words: “In due time, thou shalt go to Jerusalem, the land of thy fathers, and be a watchman unto the house of Israel and by thy hands shall the Most High do a great work which shall prepare the way, and greatly facilitate the gathering of that people.’ (Remember that word, watchman, for later.)

At the April, 1840 general conference, Joseph called Orson to go to Palestine and dedicate the land for the gathering of the children of Abraham. Hyde did so in 1841, fulfilling Joseph’s prophecy. Thereafter, though interest remained in the marvelous work, little else was accomplished in that period, nor in the next hundred years.

By the late 1960s, study abroad groups from Brigham Young University were making regular visits to Israel, and the LDS church had a tiny branch there, leading to the desire in the 1970s for BYU and the LDS church to have a permanent presence in the Holy Land. Tentative overtures in that direction began with a $1 million LDS Church donation to the city of Jerusalem, which was used to build the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden on the Mount of Olives, and which procured no small amount of favor with Jerusalem city authorities.

Riding on the goodwill generated by the donation, the LDS church increased efforts to take their place in the Holy Land and find acceptance among the Jews. Several projects started, including translating the Book of Mormon and other church literature into Hebrew, and talks of establishing an LDS visitor’s center and chapel. BYU proposed building a university extension in Jerusalem and ultimately secured a beautiful, prominent site, overlooking the city on the slopes of Mount Scopus, with a breathtaking view of Jerusalem. The mayor of Jerusalem called it “the finest property in the land,” and many agreed that it was.

Construction began in 1984, and as the $20 million building began to take shape on the prominent site, orthodox Jews took notice and began to protest. Throughout the next few years, protests grew and became more targeted, born of fear that the BYU Jerusalem center was nothing more than a front for LDS proselytizing efforts among Jews, who viewed missionary work with disdain. In response the LDS church hired a PR firm, took out newspaper ads, lobbied US lawmakers to pressure Israel, and sent two successive LDS church Presidents personally to Jerusalem to reassure government officials that the center was intended only for educational purposes and would not house missionaries nor be used for missionary efforts.
By 1985, with the protests and threats continuing, the LDS church sought to further reassure the Israelis of its non-missionary intent. It withdrew its representatives from Israel, abandoned all religious outreach efforts, burned its Hebrew language literature, and recalled the newly translated Hebrew Book of Mormon from publication. Only 1,000 copies of the Book of Mormon had been printed in Hebrew, and very few had been distributed before the remaining stock was destroyed. Those few Hebrew language copies that weren’t destroyed are now very rare, and bring nearly $1,000 each on the collector’s market, when they become available.

The protests still intensified, and literally, nearly toppled the government of Israel. The church increased its assurances that no proselytizing activity would take place as the various issues wound their way through the courts and the government. Ultimately, still suspicious of LDS intent, government officials required written assurances from church leaders that no missionary work would take place at all in Israel.

On May 18, 1988, representatives of the LDS church and BYU signed the final lease on the land for the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. The lease included three additional addenda, stating a) that the center would be used only as an educational facility and ecclesiastical facility for those who were already members of the church; b) that the center would not be used for any proselytizing purposes; and c) that the LDS church and all people and institutions under its control would refrain from all missionary activity whatsoever in Israel (see the attached copy of the third addendum).

The lease also provides for a government legal committee to oversee the activities of the Jerusalem center to ensure that nothing is done that may be considered proselytizing. The LDS church and BYU agreed that all activities, other than normal classroom education, would be approved in advance by the government monitors. According to Jeffrey Holland, the President of BYU at the time, the church gave the government anything they asked.
You may recall that we earlier mentioned Joseph Smith, in confirming Orson Hyde, prophesied that Orson would be a watchman to the house of Israel. This brings to mind the words of Ezekiel:
But if the watchman sees the sword come and blows not the trumpet, and the people are not warned, if the sword come and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. So you, O son of man, I have set you a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore, you shall hear the word at my mouth and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die — if you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand. (Ezekiel 16:2-3 OC)
When the Lord calls a watchman to Israel, that man is required to declare the word of the Lord in warning. If the watchman fails to do so, the blood of those he might have saved will be required at his hand. Isaiah gives a resoundingly negative assessment of the watchmen of Israel:
His watchmen are blind, they are all ignorant. They are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand. They all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. (Isaiah 20:4 OC)
How ironic it is that the gentiles to whom the covenant came built a costly, opulent palace on Mount Watchman, but failed to erect the standard of truth, blow the shofar, or raise the warning.
The agreement is dishonest on its face; they attempt to blame Israel with the following language: “We, the undersigned, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hereinafter ‘the Church’, undertake that the Church will not engage in any missionary activity within the borders of Israel, as long as such activity is not allowed by the government of Israel.”

So they’re just being good citizens, right? The government prohibits missionary work, and they’re obeying, honoring and sustaining the law, right? Um…no. Missionary work is perfectly legal in Israel, and there is no prohibition against proselytizing. In fact, in a report on freedom of religion, the U.S. State department singles out the LDS church from among all other churches with the following statement:
[in Israel] “Missionaries are allowed to proselytize, although the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) voluntarily refrains from proselytizing under an agreement with the Government.”
It’s voluntary—plain and simple—though the LDS church still promotes the false narrative that sharing the gospel is illegal and they’re only following the law.”] End.

I would recommend Adrian’s full post on this subject and comment/discussions that followed. After I read it and pondered his approach and conclusions I then received a couple emails a few days later that support or exposes a portion of the LDS Church’s approach to proselyting, I must scratch my head and wonder where the inspiration came from and how it’s going to work out. To find out, your best bet is to search the scriptures, for in them ye shall find the path to eternal life, for HE will fulfill all of His covenants and promises unto the children of men, and that includes you. So study with the Holy Ghost and ask Him as He has asked you to. Do not depend on the arm of the flesh or the institutions of men. Your journey is personal and it is your feet that must walk His path, which is called ‘straight’. There will be others, including guides on this path, but it is you that must do the work to bring forth the fruit. Choose wisely, as Indy did in his search for the Holy Grail.
August 14, 2019
JTH

September, 1 2019. The following contains a link from a talk by a Jew that can be found at oneforisrael.org. Through social media they are touching many Jews and Arabs about the mission of Jesus as the Messiah. As he states Jesus has been hidden from them for two thousand years. It appears the Jews themselves have begun the work.

The three reasons why Jews don’t believe in Jesus – One For Israel

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Luke 13:35 – “You will not see me again until you say blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” – and Jesus was talking to Israel…this means Jesus is not coming back until we (Jews) accept Him. And we want him to come back, but we have a big problem. Jesus has been kept a secret from us (by the gatekeepers) for over 2,000 years”

For further study concerning the Lord’s work in the last days I recommend the following: http://www.restorationarchives.com; http://www.totheremnant.com; http://www.zionsreturn.org; http://www.denversnuffer.com; http://www.lds.org.

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