Since the book’s publication, I’ve come across even more mistakes that others have pointed out. So I’m positive there is a ton more that bypassed me during my first and second reading. For now, this small list will suffice in proving conclusively that this book is not a book of divine scripture.
Part One: Words of Moroni
False Doctrine #1—The Lord is setting his hand the second time
“1:5 Behold, the time has come for you to tear this veil that leads you to remain in this terrible state of iniquity and hardness of heart and blindness of mind, for the words that come from this record, The Sealed Book of Mormon, are like the hard tip of the mallet that shatters the hardness of the rock that covers your hearts hardened by your traditions and as the fire of the refiner who refines and purifies the filth of his thoughts stained by the precepts of men.
6 In those days the Lord will stretch out his hand a second time in order to reclaim his people, who are of the house of Israel, and to do a marvelous work among them…”
According to Joseph Smith, the Lord set his hand the second time in the 1830’s. (D&C 137:6) This renders 2nd Nephi 25:17 to suggest the marvelous work will then “proceed” afterwards. The above two verses conflate the marvelous work with the Lord setting his hand the second time, indicating each to occur simultaneously.
However, the verse would not have contradicted Joseph Smith’s account of his vision (D&C 137) had Mauricio included the word, “again.” It’s a stretch, but if the Lord is setting his hand, “again the second time,” it nearly sounds as if it is a third work, continuing what was started in the second work. This actually would have fit quite well into Mauricio’s theology, where his followers are said to be in a time of “refreshing” that preludes the final restoration. Although this verse in and of itself doesn’t necessarily contradict the scriptures, I find it worth noting that Mauricio is in direct opposition to Joseph Smith’s thoughts on the marking point of what Nephi and Isaiah prophesied. And it’s worth asking believers in the Sealed Book of Mormon whose opinion they’d rather place value on.
False Doctrine #2—The church is redeemed after tribulation
False Doctrine #3—The church is not holy until after tribulation
False Doctrine #4—The church hasn’t been given an eternal name
False Doctrine #5—Followers of Christ aren’t established until Christ returns
False Doctrine #6—Followers of Christ remain upon the everlasting gospel rather than the new and everlasting covenant
“23 After these days of great uproar among the nations of the earth, the Lord will come to his Temple and redeem his church to make it a holy property and give it an eternal name — rescuing what was formerly lost, Church of Christ, and establishing His people perpetually upon His everlasting gospel.”
It makes no sense for the Lord to “redeem” the church which represents the Temple/the body of Christ during this prophetic event. To become a pillar in the temple of God one must already be holy, which is completely doctrinal. (Romans 12:1) Although the body is not redeemed until the Second Coming (Romans 8:23) there’s nothing preventing believers from being holy, especially those who compose the body of Christ. (2 Peter 1:21)
It’s likely Mauricio will rework the text, claiming his bad English was part of God’s plan to try the faith of the Gentiles. Here I’ll render an “inspired” translation: “The Lord will come to his Temple and perfect his church and resurrect the holy property and declare its eternal name, rescuing what was in times past lost, the Church of Christ, which established His people to proceed upon His everlasting gospel.” [GST ;)]
False Doctrine #7— God’s people are holy before the marvelous work even starts
“44 And having passed a thousand two hundred and ninety days since the continual sacrifice was removed before the altar, then, as regards the remnant of darkness, a light from distant lands will shine from afar on the holy people of God with the opening of the first seal, and a period of appointed times will begin, when many will be cleansed and whitened and approved, but the wicked will certainly continue to act wickedly, and none of them will understand, but the insightful will understand.
45 Blessed are those who will remain faithful until the arrival of the thousand three hundred and thirty-five days when the third and last book is opened by our Lord and our advocate together the Father, yea, Jesus Christ – Amen!”
The text now begins to contradict itself—standing in stark contrast to what I’ve pointed out as False Doctrine #3. Apparently the holy people that convert to Mauricio will have to revert to not being holy before being made holy again when Christ returns.
This aside, how can anyone be considered holy when the first part of Mauricio’s work “shines” upon the promised land? The very thing that makes the marvelous work “marvelous” is that it restores God’s people from their lost and fallen state. If people are already holy, what’s the point? By the text’s own admission (in verses 4 and 5) its purpose is to invite the reader to tear/rend the veil of unbelief, but the veil of unbelief is the cause of our awful state of wickedness. (Ether 4:15) Why are God’s people termed “holy” before they even read the thing that’s supposed to make this possible?
Part Two: The Sealed Book of Moses
False Doctrine #8—Jesus Christ purifies the sons of Levi
False Doctrine #9—The purification of Levi occurs during the dreadful day
“1:2 But those who are humble will be refined and purified as gold in the furnace of the smelter, and the Lord will purify the sons of Levi from all uncleanness, when Jesus Christ will come to his temple and refine them like gold in the furnace of the goldsmith for be precious, living ornaments in the temple of God in Zion.”
The purifying of the sons of Levi is through a lord who is the messenger of the covenant, not the LORD Jesus Christ. The prophecy of Malachi is fulfilled before the great and dreadful day of the Lord, not during. (Mal 4:5/D&C 110:14)
False Doctrine #10—Jesus and Satan are brothers
“3:2 It was then that Moses passed to be in a great universal meeting, in which Ahiah, the angel whose name means “brother of Jehovah,” [.]”
This supports the strange and irrelevant notion that Satan and Jesus are brothers. Apparently Ahiah is known in esoteric writings to be the son of Samyaza, who we know as Satan/Lucifer—but the inclusion of this random idea only makes the whole thing less sound; and even if it is the Son, and not the Father, who represents the personage “Jehovah” I do not accept him to have had a pre-existent brother since Jesus Christ is the creator of all things both on earth and in the heavens. (Col 1:16)
[Note: verse 3 of this chapter indicates that Ahiah is the son of the sovereign Lord the Almighty—so to provide a clear account of Mauricio’s theology, according to his text it’s stated that Jesus is Jehovah and Ahiah is Satan.]
False Doctrine #11—Spirits are immortal
“3:8 It was then, after Adam and Eve had succumbed to the wiles of the devil, that God proceeded to curse them, for before that they lived on a higher level on the spiritual plane. Though they were made of the dust of the earth, in Eden they were clothed with spirit and therefore immortal, but as soon as they sinned, God clothed them with mortal skin, therefore were cursed to suffer in the inclemency of time, pain, sweat and all sorts evils that are subject to mortal flesh.”
Our spirits are not the resulting factor of immortality. Man is spirit (93:33) and spirits were in fact “created” (Moses 2:5) before being organized.
A close reading of Section 93 signifies that it is the elements which are the eternal. (verse 33) Regardless to what is commonly taught, man (or spirits) were created; and believing our identities and personalities to have existed forever is a false doctrine. Having a tabernacle made from the elements of existence is what determines immortality. Mauricio has it the other way around.
False Doctrine #12—Angels materialize into bodies and sleep with humans
“4:28 In these days, however, some of the holy sentinel angels, who were of the watchers class, who were designated from the beginning as heralds of God in regard to earthly affairs; and therefore they could materialize in carnal bodies, in the likeness of men, and to infiltrate among the sons and daughters of Adam, under the influence of Anaquiel, the person responsible for the plot that took place among the vigilantes who were corrupted, known among his fellows by Azazel, being the principal of those who abandoned their position that they obtained in heaven, they came to build for themselves great refuges, in which some of them, under the influence of Satan, had intercourse with the daughters of men, and in it have they brought forth seed; the giants of the land.”
Mauricio’s Jehovah-Witness background becomes fully apparent in this verse with angels materializing into bodies—just as it is believed by Jehovah’s Witnesses that Christ materialized into a new body rather than the one laid in the tomb. The Book of Moses explains that it is the “sons of men” rather than the “sons of God” who married the women that bore giants. (Moses 8:13-18)
The JW/Book of Enoch/Mauricio theology is to believe the sons of God to be the angels, but the Book of Moses counteracts this misunderstanding. The sons of God are not angels or “watchers” but descendants of Adam who hearken to God.
False Doctrine #13—The scapegoat represents an evil angel
“4:31 Thus, Aaron presents the goat that is appointed to Jehovah and will make him an burnt offering by the sin of men before God, but the goat appointed for Azazel must be brought alive before Jehovah to make atonement upon him in remembrance of the agreement between them, so that it may be sent into the wilderness for Azazel to remember this agreement.”
In my years of study, I have searched for alternative theories on the spiritual meaning of the scapegoat statute and I find this the most absurd. Worldly learning gave Mauricio the ammunition to develop a theology for the mysterious Hebrew word behind “scapegoat” and ran with it…creating a useless commentary on the atonement statute that provides no insight into its actual meaning.
False Doctrine #14— ‘Fulness of Times’-Dispensation Already Ushered In
“4:59…and righteousness will I send forth from heaven through my messenger; and I will take from the earth a record of these things, which I reveal to men through my servant, a seer chosen in the opening of the fullness of times, and a second time will be revealed in the final part of the fullness of times, yea, another seer, who will reveal to these sealed words, for the purpose of bearing testimony of the Only Begotten of the Father; of his resurrection from the dead; and also of the resurrection of all men and of the coming of the Only Begotten of the Father among his elect in the last days.”
Joseph Smith did not open the fulness of times; therefore, a second seer at this time cannot have arrived revealing these words if it’s supposed to be, “in the final part of the fulness of times.”
Interestingly enough, an earlier verse appears to support the “three watch”-doctrine that I and many others have found prophecy relating to, where Christ comes to the earth three times: “[Enoch] saw Him also come down in the fullness of time, and later, when he who shall read the words of this sealed book of Moses.” (verse 44) This is a nice touch, definitely inspired by the writings of One Who Is Watching (who Mauricio admits to having read) but Mauricio clearly wasn’t able to wrap his mind around these ideas. Saying the fulness of times opened up during the second watch is a fatal error.
[Note of interest: verse 44 actually allows room to interpret the latter-day servant who arises among the covenant people of God as someone other than the second seer. It’s only said that he “reads” the sealed Book of Moses, not necessarily that he is the one to have translated it. For instance, if Mauricio says Denver Snuffer is the servant, there can be a merging of movements. The vague prophecies contained here give Mauricio options, which is a good call for someone who hasn’t quite figured out how to get more footing in the Mormon world.]
False Doctrine #15 – Spirits exercised faith previous to their mortality
“4:61…Being these, called and ordained to the high priesthood from the foundation of the world, according to the will of God because of the faith they exercised in the plan of redemption from the beginning, when all spirits were in the same position in the spiritual world, before coming to the world…”
This rendition of Alma 13 highlights a commonly accepted false doctrine. Those ordained to the high priesthood are called and prepared from the foundation of the world, “according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works.” (Alma 13:3) They were not called to be high priests because of their faith as spirits, but out of God’s foreknowledge that they would exercise faith once they were given agency in mortality. (Moses 7:32)
False Doctrine #16—Celestial beings can lose their celestial standing
“5:17 For, as I have sworn by myself, I will sever the bond with those wicked men who did not retain their celestial origin…”
The difference between us and the Savior is that he had celestial glory before he came into the world. (John 17:5) Although I regularly muse of the potentiality of having a celestial composition as spirits, this would only indicate a capacity to then assuredly fulfill the measure of that creation in mortality. If anyone does in fact have a celestial origin, they will always retain it. It’s either that, or Christ is the only one in this category—which is more likely considering he is the Only Begotten—but this verse supports neither viewpoint, and falls flat.
On second thought, the verse may be referring to resurrected beings, but the promises made to all celestial souls do not allow room for them to not “overcome all things” and somehow not “dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever.” (D&C 76)
False Doctrine #17—Melchizedek is greater than Enoch
“9:8-9…Therefore, in the days of Enoch this Priesthood was called by his name, as being the priesthood of Enoch. And the men who had this faith before the foundation of the world were ordained by this holy calling, in the order of God, in the likeness of Melchizedek, who was also high priest of the same order as Enoch before him, but as Melchizedek was greater than Enoch in the likeness of the Only Begotten of the Father; having been called and prepared from the foundation of the world, according to the will of God who called and ordained him, first by his foreknowledge and then according to his great faith, for the purpose of teaching the commandments of God to the children of men, was that the Priesthood of the Son of God…”
I emboldened a small segment of this verse to point out what strange things get tucked inside Mauricio’s long-winded passages. The decision to make Melchizedek “greater” than Enoch was most-likely due to the most obvious influence on this effort to produce scripture. I’m, of course, referring to the writings of the so-called Books of Enoch.
One of these Enoch-dubbed texts, to which Mauricio must have read, include a narrative that involves Melchizedek being born as some sort of super-child, and this had to have made an impression on Mauricio as he formulated a deeper theology for reinventing concepts on priesthood.
Even if there were (and there isn’t) degrees within the high priesthood, I can only fathom Melchizedek being on the lower end. Those who receive a fulness are priests, “after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.”(D&C 76:57)
It can be argued that this verse is implying three transitional states for recipients of the high priesthood—Melchizedek being the example of one holding the priesthood in mortality; Enoch representing the order of being suspended within a translated state; and then Christ, who represents the final order of being perfected for eternity—but I find it more reasonable to suggest the order of Melchizedek is “after” the order of Enoch because Melchizedek came literally after Enoch did; or that regardless of name it’s all after the order of the Son of God.
Melchizedek being greater than Enoch has no logical basis other than appealing to the Slavonic Book of Enoch, which is the most suspect of all texts claiming to originate from the prophet Enoch.
[Editorial Note: upon further investigation, I noticed a verse that must have also contributed to this erroneous premise. Alma 13:19 indicates that there was no greater than Melchizedek, but the verse is talking about “kings,” not priesthood leaders.]
False Doctrine #18—The law is the Book of Mormon
“12:9 Behold, in the same way, I, the Lord, will raise up a Moses in the last days; and I will give him power over a rod; and the ability to write a record, but I will not let him speak much, for I will not untie your tongue; but I will write unto him my law by the finger of my hand, which are the records of the ancient prophets of this place, that in this land overseas, my people will live by the teachings of a metal book.”
Mauricio retroactively changes the meaning of 2nd Nephi 3:7 to suggest the “law” Joseph Smith wrote was the Book of Mormon and not the law of the gospel in which the Lord singled out as Section 42. Although the Book of Mormon does contain the law of the gospel throughout, the Doctrine and Covenants is also a book of scripture, and God would not ignore it as being the prophesied law to which the text was originally speaking of. Joseph Smith didn’t “write” the Book of Mormon; he translated it. But God did write unto Joseph Smith the revelation known as the law!
[Note: I like how the above verse sneakily indicates that Joseph of Egypt will be the Moses in the last days. Maybe Mauricio’s been reading my blog, too!]
False Doctrine #19—Joseph Smith not the one mighty and strong
“12:15 Until I, the Lord, raise up one thy brethren in the last days; yea, one mighty among them, who shall do much good, both in word and in deed, being an instrument in my hands, with exceeding faith, to work mighty wonders, and do that thing which is great in the sight of God, unto the bringing to pass much restoration unto the house of Israel, and unto the seed of thy brethren.”
Again, the prophecy of 2nd Nephi 3 is twisted, this time to support someone other than Joseph Smith having been the one mighty and strong.
False Doctrine #20—New requirement for church to be true
“16:4 If, therefore, a church is organized to the Lord on a day other than this day, then this will serve as a Sign for you to know that this church does not proceed from the hand of God and that He will never lay its foundations on another day, beyond from the one who was predetermined from the beginning of all times.”
That’s a pretty important sign for Jesus to never mention once. I’ll stick to the signs Christ said would follow his believers (Mark 16:17-18) which he reiterated in the book of scripture that contains a fulness of the gospel and stated succinctly: “Therefore if ye call upon the Father, for the church, if it be in my name the Father will hear you. And if it so be that the church is built upon my gospel then will the Father show forth his own works in it.” (3 Ne 27:9-10)
False Doctrine #21—Moses established the church of the lamb of God
“16:22 I appointed twelve apostles afterward, whom I sent to the promised land to return to the covenant people with glad tidings; I also appointed seventy according to the ancient order established by God from the beginning of the world in the likeness of the heavenly order, in common accord with the church of the firstborn. And so I instituted among the people of Israel in my day, the church of the lamb of God, with all their offices properly organized.”
I don’t even know where to start with this. If you really think Moses organized all the offices of the true and living church, you just haven’t been paying attention.
“17:4 […] But behold, when the children of Israel came so close, God commanded me to go back to them and warn them to not come so close to something that they can not touch; even same the priests; for the people had not yet consecrated all things in a united order, just as the people of Enoch did in former times.”
The church of the Lamb of God is on the earth with all of its offices properly organized, and yet the people had not consecrated all things? Impossible.
Part Three: Acts of the Three Nephites
False Doctrine #22—The Three Nephites suffer more than sorrow
“2:5 You, therefore, will never suffer the pains of death; but when I come in my glory, you will be transformed in the twinkling of an eye, from your mortality to immortality; and then shall ye be blessed in the kingdom of my Father; for how much you will not suffer the pains of death while ye abide in the flesh; except for the sins of the world; and all this I will do by virtue of what you have asked of me, because you have desired to bring the souls of men to me as long as the world exists.”
Although I’m quite sure Mauricio didn’t mean the text to have The Three Nephites suffer the pain of death due to the sins of the world, it’s clearly indicating they do. Although The Book of Mormon had mistakes of men, it never completely misrepresented something to suggest the opposite of what it was actually trying to say. 3rd Nephi was explicitly stating they suffer “sorrow” not death for the sins of the world. This book would have really benefited had Mauricio hired an editor.
False Doctrine #23—The second portion is the basis for Zion
“7:10 Before, however, obey these words and keep the commandments of Christ in your hearts, and teach one another, esteeming each one his neighbor as a brother of blood, while are under these commandments, and subject to the authorities of men; for verily I say unto you, when the Lord cometh into his temple, he shall reveal unto you new commandments.
11 But as regards this record, whereby the people of the Lord will be ruled in the last days, until He comes to his temple and find a clean people to reveal to them new and great truths, behold, we the three Nephites, we will leave written in this record a model, so that the people of the covenant in the last days may have a basis of our society, when among them, this will be revealed.”
The narrative doesn’t make any sense. What was the point of Joseph Smith trying to bring forth Zion if the people didn’t even have a “basis” for the society God was commanding them to establish?
The children of Zion had obviously been given the model they needed to become of, “one heart and one mind,” (Moses 7:18) or they wouldn’t have been able to initially receive the fulness of the gospel and then justifiably become condemned for not continuing to live it.
Should Section 84 instead say that the children of Zion were to remain under condemnation until they repent and remember the record that wouldn’t pop up for another 187 years?
Joseph Smith summed it up by saying, “The small lights that God has given are sufficient to lead us out of Babylon; when we get out, we shall have the greater light.”
The new covenant (D&C 84:57-58) is all we need, “to bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom.” Those verses state it perfectly clear that The Book of Mormon and former commandments provide all the necessary elements for leaving Babylon and establishing Zion. “Not only to say,” God warns, “but to do according to that which I have I have written.”
Mauricio contradicts this completely by suggesting the Saints needed to do according to what was not yet revealed.
The apostasy of the LDS church was not because they were missing a record, but because they needed to actually DO what they said they would. That’s the lesson we need to learn.
Mauricio is trying to tell us that we will be successful this time around because we’re lucky enough have something that the early Saints did not. Why would God give the fulness to a church that could never live it? How was it their fault for failing if they lacked the resource which supposedly makes it possible? It wouldn’t have been fair to condemn them and it wouldn’t be fair for us to get extra help four generations later.
A large portion of the book remains; but by this point, I find it futile to scrutinize any further. If the previous 23 false doctrines have not convinced anyone, I can’t imagine a few extra doing the trick.
I will let it be known that the first time I received a copy of Mauricio’s book, I approached it with an open mind. Although I was skeptical of the movement from the very start—due to a multiplicity of reasons—I didn’t rule out the possibility that new scripture may have nonetheless been provided. I expect the unexpected, and thus judged the book by its own merits, decidedly ignoring all issues that pertained to those professing a priesthood authority to bring about Zion.
At first glance, I was extremely impressed by the inclusion of, “The Acts of the Three Nephites.” This resonated, and led me to prayerful consideration as I embarked with a reading. I set aside six solid hours to pour over it. Beforehand, I notified a few close individuals that there was a tiny chance it could be true after all—much to their dismay.
I would have been thrilled for the book to have been true, to pronounce boldly that God has once more spoke to man. I would have been first in line to spread the message.
But to my dismay—and the relief of my family and friends—the book is as false as I originally expected it to be.
In conclusion, I want to review a passage that—on top of including false doctrines—is a perfect example of man speaking and not God:
“7:4 Therefore, it must be fulfilled in this, that Isaiah’s words concerning him who, with stuttering lips and by another tongue, will speak to this people1, just as it was prophesied by Joseph in Egypt concerning him whom the Lord would call to write these words, but that he will not be able to speak to these people because of his dialect, but that the Lord would summon to minister with him, a spokesman from the loins of Joseph, according to the promises made to our ancestors in relation to the chosen seed in the last days. (1) Isaiah 28:11”
Some things are better off being left unsaid.
I don’t find it impressive that he needed to not only reference Isaiah, but indicate he’s referencing Isaiah and then afterwards provide a citation—as though nobody’s got the time to look it up themselves.
I watched a study-group session of believers in this book and one of the women explained to the group that the citations were given to Mauricio by revelation and not of his own inclusion. This was received warmly. For me, it just screams self-justification.
The citations target those who are unschooled in a study of the scriptures. But the elect, who should be reading it, are not deceived because they treasure up the word of God. (JST-Mat 1:37) Would God, or a true seer, really need to worry about the true believers not being able to, “get it,” when new scripture is revealed to them? You think they won’t already be familiarized with each and every relevant scripture that correlates with the new information being provided?
And if they aren’t as of yet familiar with how it all fits together, the elect will of course figure this out eventually. Everybody’s on a different learning curve. The opportunity to research the contents—and make sense of it through measuring it up against previously-accepted canon—is part of studying these things out in our minds and then asking if it be right. (D&C 9:8)
Mauricio denies us this opportunity because he fearfully knows that he has to catch people hook, line and sinker. He doesn’t have faith to know the elect will know what’s true—because Mauricio doesn’t have faith and this book is false.
Please consider the ramifications of what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter what your intentions were. I sincerely pray you’ll make things right, and I genuinely have faith that it’s possible for you to now admit and confess that you have lied and/or been deceived. You can still have an opportunity to do good.