Nephi Prophecy pt. 4 “A Delightsome People”

Nephi Prophecy pt. 4 “A Delightsome People”

This will be the last post of The Prophecies of Nephi. Hopefully, this series was able to give the groundwork for the next several topics I plan to write about.

To brief over where I was going with each post, I’ve this:

In Part One, I made the case that we are currently experiencing a massive worldwide apostasy. I also covered what the “times of the Gentiles” is, and how we are in an interim period better classified as the “days of the Gentiles,” before the times of the Gentiles opens back up again during the marvelous work and a wonder. I explained that during this interim period, the Jews are currently receiving a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel via the LDS church, and have been slowly gathering in on the face of the promised land, America. Lastly, I made the controversial claim that there are no prophets/seers/revelators during the time before the Sealed Portion comes forth. Even the true priesthood messengers, according to scripture, will have lost their revelatory fruits in consequence of the people failing to establish Zion.

In Part Two, I talked about the current state of the LDS church and how susceptible we are in being deceived. Nephi tells us that in the last days even the humble followers of Christ will err in many instances because they are led by the precepts of men. Because I believe the LDS church contains the covenant people of God (humble followers of Christ) I have to go as far as to say that they are being led by the precepts of men (General Authorities) and not by God (true priesthood messengers.)

In Part Two-point-five, I made it clear that Section 132 is a false revelation, the LDS temple endowment is counterfeit and irrelevant, and went over the importance of the third-watch doctrine. I also briefly explained why I think the LDS church was in fact rejected by God in or before 1842, that it was delivered over to the buffetings of Satan. Again, all of this in consequence with the failure to establish Zion and live the celestial law of the gospel as contained in section 42 of the D&C, which contains both monogamy and the law of consecration.

In Part Three, I gave examples of the complexity involved with Mormon history, highlighting the many-layered things that Joseph Smith may or may not have meant to say. I once again reinforced the idea that the marvelous work and a wonder has not yet happened, and that when the Lord sets his hand “again the second time,” this is referring to the Marvelous Work.

And now in Part Four, I’m going to continue on in 2nd Nephi 30, to highlight a few scriptures– all of which will ALSO reinforce the concept that we are still awaiting the Marvelous Work to burst forth. The passages I highlight here will also help shape the picture of what exactly we need to expect when the work of the Father has commenced.

Understanding what prophetic events must take place is pivotal for us to understand as we weave through the complex maze of the last days.

Believe it or not, I do not enjoy talking about the modern-day apostasy, and I hate saying anything negative towards the LDS church. It really is the best thing that we humans have got going. But since having lost the fulness of the priesthood, the true church has been unprotected by deceiving spirits for 180 years. It’s lost its way and is currently in a state of darkness and obscurity.

Yet even so, it is an amazing institution, and definitely a cut above the rest. I can’t stand hearing people bad-mouth the LDS church. Virtually no one knows the ACTUAL reason why there are problematic issues to uncover and understand. The haters are usually just as blind as the Mormon’s that put the GA’s on pedestals.

Quite simply, the LDS church really is a wonderful thing; and nothing is gained from discarding all its positive attributes.

However, the hidden things of darkness must be revealed. When we see the darkness, we can be prepared for the greater light to shine forth. Yet talking about how things have gone awry is NOT THE POINT.

The point is that our Father in heaven is amazing and all-powerful, and that we as mortals can do nothing but trust in Him. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can combat the evil that relentlessly surrounds us. The devil wants us dead. God wants us free and alive and happy.

All of us in some way have been corrupted by the world. We’re in bondage, and captive to our sinful nature. But God has a plan for all those that love and seek the light of truth. As long as we don’t give up the fight, and keep the faith, the Savior has prepared a place for us. Be it here on earth at the New Jerusalem, or in the Celestial Kingdom with our Heavenly Father– the devil will not win this fight. Have the faith to know that no matter what happens, God has the power to save your soul. He does and can and will.

“Take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day.” (Eph 6:13)

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In Chapter 30 of 2nd Nephi, from verse 3 to 8, we get a play-by-play of the events that will occur in the last days.

3 And now, I would prophesy somewhat more concerning the Jews and the Gentiles. For after the book of which I have spoken shall come forth, and be written unto the Gentiles, and sealed up again unto the Lord, there shall be many which shall believe the words which are written; and they shall carry them forth unto the remnant of our seed.

The Book of Mormon comes forth, and is “sealed up again unto the Lord,” which makes clear that verse 3 is talking about the time before the fulness of the record comes forth. It is the Gentiles that will carry the Book of Mormon unto the remnant of Lehi’s seed. This fits the history in which the Gentile church of 1830-1835 did indeed send missionaries to teach the Native Americans.

5 And the gospel of Jesus Christ shall be declared among them; wherefore, they shall be restored unto the knowledge of their fathers, and also to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, which was had among their fathers.

6 And then shall they rejoice; for they shall know that it is a blessing unto them from the hand of God; and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes; and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a pure and a delightsome people.

The mission to the Lamanites was not terribly successful, but the gospel of Jesus Christ was certainly declared among them. And we have a promise that through some few generations, they will be a pure and delightsome people. As verse 6 says, the scales of darkness have only “begun” to fall from their eyes.

So now, let’s find out what happens AFTER the Gentiles receive the Book of Mormon and declare it to the remnant of Lehi’s seed…

7 And it shall come to pass that the Jews which are scattered also shall begin to believe in Christ; and they shall begin to gather in upon the face of the land; and as many as shall believe in Christ shall also become a delightsome people.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

As I explained in Part One of this series– and again reiterated in the recap provided at the start of this post– the Jews prophesied of in scripture are currently receiving a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel, and it is the LDS church that makes this possible.

In essence, it is the Mormons who are the real Jews.

The Jews in Palestine may also be descendants of the covenant people, but the Book of Mormon repeats no less than five times that God only begins to gather the Jews AFTER they begin to believe in Christ.

As this occurs, they become a delightsome people. Does that not sound like the Mormons?

I’m now going to provide more evidence to prove that verse 7 is talking about the LDS church from 1836-onwards. But before doing so I want to get the context in place:

8 And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall commence his work among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, to bring about the restoration of his people upon the earth.

After the Jews are gathered, then begins the restoration? This timeline makes zero sense to the apostate LDS church. That is because they are blind to the prophecies that are speaking about themselves. They do not realize that it is THEY who are the Jews, and that the FULL restoration has not yet occurred. They think the Jews are in Palestine and that verse 8 is talking about the church that Joseph Smith restored in 1830; oh, AND… that the church today is the exact same church it was in 1830.

If only it was that simple.

The church Joseph Smith restored in 1830 was only a church of Gentiles. It is they who broke the new and everlasting covenant by 1835. By then, the church was in a complete state of apostasy. Had Christ, Moses, Elias, and Elijah not come to the Kirtland Temple, the LDS church would be nothing but a blip in history. But the church continued on, functioning through a different dispensation of the gospel.

Instead of the dispensation of the fulness of times being ushered in, to which Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery had hoped for, Elias committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.

You’ve obviously all heard the BS story that Elijah brought the “sealing keys” to the Kirtland Temple–

I’m here to tell you that’s BS and that there is no such thing as sealing keys. If you don’t believe me, read Section 110 and show me where Elijah brings any such keys. Tell me where Joseph even said such a thing– that doctrine was pulled out of BY’s butt.

Interesting enough, Elijah doesn’t bring any keys.

At the close of the vision behind the veil in the Kirtland temple, Elijah appears last of all, to declare that, “the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands.” (D&C 110:16) And what were the keys needed to function under the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham? The only keys given in Section 110 were the keys given by Moses: “the keys of the gathering of Israel.” (D&C 110:11)

From 1836 onwards, the church would begin to gather the Jews. Not the FULL restoration (from the four winds), but a PRELIMINARY gathering (from the four corners/parts of the earth.)

So why does the LDS church think that Elijah came to bring the sealing authority to seal families together? Because, “blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” (Romans 11:25)

Israel had to come up with something to over-shadow the prophecy that has to do with their true identity.

Let’s learn some more about this prophetic event through the lens of the scripture and not through the teachings of the blind, Jewish GA’s.

Let’s look at the big picture.

In 1835, the new and everlasting covenant had been broken, just as prophesied of by Joseph Smith (D&C 1:15) and Isaiah (Isa 24:5).

What is the result of this happening? Isaiah goes on to explain:

6 Therefore hath the cursed devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

When the new and everlasting covenant is broken, that is when the prophetic curse is unleashed to bring about (the abomination of) desolation.

Now, remember what Moroni said to Joseph Smith about Elijah: “He shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers; if it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.

If Elijah did not come in the last days to the Kirtland temple, THE WHOLE EARTH would be utterly wasted at Christ’s second coming– but because of the events detailed in Section 110, a new dispensation was opened up. The prophecy of Elijah would occur: the hearts of the children would turn to the fathers. This has nothing to do with baptisms for the dead (even though that’s what JS said) and it has nothing to do with sealing authority (which is what BY guessed.)

The true meaning of Elijah’s mission is explained in Section 98:

16 Therefore, renounce war and proclaim peace, and seek diligently to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers, and the hearts of the fathers to the children;

17 And again, the hearts of the Jews unto the prophets, and the prophets unto the Jews; lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse, and all flesh be consumed before me. 

The hearts of the children are the hearts of the Jews.

The hearts of the fathers are the hearts of the prophets.

Elijah’s coming before the great and dreadful day is connected to the concept of the Jews receiving the gospel.

With the Gentiles failure to establish Zion and live the fulness of the gospel, a curse was to go forth! The whole earth would be destroyed; but, because the Jews could then begin to believe in Christ, the whole earth would not need be completely wasted. After some few generations, the Jews would be a delightsome people. They will accept the new and everlasting covenant when God sets his hand again the second time.

The problem with the church is not the blind Jews, but the wicked Gentiles still attached to it. They are the tares that have combined themselves with the wheat.

After the times of the Gentiles comes in a second time to bring about the fulness of the Gentiles, they will have been given one last chance to repent. It is now in THAT generation that the devouring curse will go forth. (D&C 45:30-31)

Of course, the Elijah/Elias doctrine goes even deeper than what I’ve covered. For now this will suffice.

One last example as to why I think the LDS church from 1836-onwards is the Jews prophesied of in the Book of Mormon–

Before the visitations of angelic messengers in the Kirtland Temple as documented in Section 110, all the revelations speak of bringing the gospel to the Gentiles, and to the Jews at a later time.

D&C 19:27: “…my word to the Gentiles, that soon it may go to the Jew…”

D&C 90:9: “…unto the Gentiles first, and then, behold, and lo, they shall turn unto the Jews.”

D&C 107:35: “…and first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.”

THEN in Section 112, AFTER the Kirtland Temple:

4 Let thy heart be of good cheer before my face; and thou shalt bear record of my name, not only unto the Gentiles, but also unto the Jews; and thou shalt send forth my word unto the ends of the earth.

Missionaries would now begin to gather the Jews. This is why Joseph Smith began to establish foreign missions. He was utilizing the keys that allowed God to begin gathering Israel from the “four parts of the earth.”

This is why Joseph Smith declared in the History of the Church, that “something new must be done for the salvation of the church.” It was not simply the idea of foreign missions, but that the Jews that would be gathered BECAUSE of these foreign endeavors. The Jews that would gather to Nauvoo would continue the legacy of when God set his hand the second time to recover his people.

When God sets his hand AGAIN the second time to recover his people, they will be restored from their current lost and fallen state. (2nd Nephi 25:17)

As delightsome as Mormons might be, they do not have the sanctifying power of the fulness of the gospel, to be truly born again through a baptism of fire. They will be in their carnal state until the fulness of the Gentiles comes to pass. Although the Jewish Mormons did transgress the commandments of God by 1842, this was at a much lesser level than that of the Gentiles in 1835.

The House of Israel did not break the new and everlasting covenant; they simply failed to establish it (by building the Nauvoo House to restore the fulness of the priesthood back into the church.) The LDS church has now been rejected for four generations, but because of Elijah and the pure-hearted Jews whom were gathered, the LDS church is worthy of redemption. Joseph Smith wanted to see the church live on. As prophesied of in the Book of Mormon, the servant asked the Lord of the vineyard to “spare it a little longer.” (Jacob 5:51)

We live in interesting times. The LDS church is just as true as it is false. Everything has happened for a reason. This is all leading up to the great and last restoration.

After the Gentile church slides into apostasy, and quietly morphs– to keep the church going– into a preliminary gathering of the Jews, it comes to pass that, “the Lord God shall commence his work among all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, to bring about the restoration of his people upon the earth.” (2nd Nephi 30:8)

This is the, “times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:21)

EVERY PROPHET SPOKE OF THIS EVENT. Just as every prophet testified of the coming of the Savior of the world, they also spoke of the final restoration of God’s people.

Abinadi, to use an example, spoke of it in Mosiah 15:

28 And now I say unto you that the time shall come that the salvation of the Lord shall be declared to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.

The final warning will be given before the end comes. Everyone will have a chance to flee Babylon. Not one person will miss the opportunity, no matter what country they’re from or what language they speak.

This will not be teenaged LDS missionaries, with memorized teaching points about stuff they don’t even understand, who no one can take seriously, who are only allowed to go where the governments allow them–

This will be Melchizedek-priesthood holding messengers of heaven, who go forth in power.

Section 1 of the D&C prophesied of this event:

4 And the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days.

5 And they shall go forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have commanded them.

The disciples who were “chosen” have not given the final warning yet. Just as I mentioned earlier that the servant of the vineyard (Joseph Smith) asked the Lord of the vineyard to spare the vineyard a little longer before the final harvest, this has put final warning on hiatus.

Those chosen of God and ordained to give the final warning must come back in the flesh to do such.

Jacob 6:2: “And the day that he shall set his hand again the second time to recover his people, is the day, yea, even the last time, that the servants of the Lord shall go forth in his power, to nourish and prune his vineyard; and after that the end soon cometh.”

This will be the most remarkable event to ever occur– besides the Atonement of Jesus Christ, obviously.

Back to 2nd Nephi 30:

10 For the time speedily cometh that the Lord God shall cause a great division among the people, and the wicked will he destroy; and he will spare his people, yea, even if it so be that he must destroy the wicked by fire.

This final work will lead to the great polarization of humankind. People will either choose God or choose Satan. The great division between both sides will be made known. We will discover who the true players are for each side.

It’s my personal suspicion that a lot of the religious types will be revealed to have actually been pawns of Satan, while “atheists” will be discovered as true servants of God. In the meanwhile, we have no way of knowing. All we can know right now is which side we plan on being on. If we are genuine in that desire, we will do everything that we can to make sure we are prepared to make the right choice when the time comes.

1st Nephi 14:

7 For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other–either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto… the captivity of the devil…

The LDS church is not the Marvelous Work. Those that do not accept the LDS truth claims are obviously not delivered over to the captivity of the devil. Right now the spirit of God is working through all faiths and people, preparing the elect in whatever type of circumstance they’re in. When the final warning goes forth, the elect will accept the call.

The House of Israel will be restored from their lost and fallen state. (2nd Nephi 25:17)

The LDS church will be cleansed of the tares. (D&C 86:7) The prophecy will finally come to pass that all those who do not hearken to the words of Christ will be cut off from among the people. (JS-Mathew 1:55/3rd Nephi 21:11)

The repentant Gentiles will be numbered among the House of Israel. (1st Nephi 14:2)

And…

“it shall come to pass that the inhabitants of Zion shall judge all things pertaining to Zion, and liars and hypocrites shall be proved by them, and they who are not apostles and prophets shall be known.” (D&C 64:38-39)

My next post will be about the succession of LDS leadership, and the difference between current LDS leadership and those who have been chosen to give the final warning before the desolation of abomination occurs.

That is the close of this series.

-G.azelem

Nephi Prophecy pt. 3 “Again the Second Time”

Nephi Prophecy pt. 3 “Again the Second Time”

As I began to search the scriptures and dig out all the prophecies that pertain to the last-days, I noticed a recurring phrase I found to be very important, a set of words in the which I titled this post.

It’s a biblical phrase that first shows up in Isaiah 11:

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

This scripture is reiterated and expounded on in the Book of Mormon, marking this scripture as that of great significance.

It makes an important entry into the prophetic timeline throughout 2nd Nephi. Because of the Book of Mormon, we can know exactly what future event Isaiah was pointing to. It was not Jesus’ earthly ministry, as Christians might suggest, and with a close reading I’m going to suggest that it’s an event AFTER the coming forth of Christ’s church in 1830.

2nd Nephi 29:

1 But behold, there shall be many–at that day when I shall proceed to do a marvelous work among them, that I may remember my covenants which I have made unto the children of men, that I may set my hand again the second time to recover my people, which are of the house of Israel;

Many individuals assume that the “marvelous work” and “again the second time” are referring to the Book of Mormon and/or the restoration of the gospel. As I studied the scriptures thoroughly, one of my greatest scriptural epiphanies was the realization that the scripture referred to neither!

Funny enough, as I continued to research my new-found hypothesis, I encountered a stumbling block which caused me to throw the idea out the window. I went back to the normal paradigm and falsely believed that I had been over-thinking the scripture.

So what was the stumbling block that stopped me from receiving the truth behind this extremely important scripture?

It was something Joseph Smith said in Section 137. Can’t really disagree with him, right?

Yet a few months later, with a closer reading, I realized that what had thrown me for a loop was actually a hard piece of evidence that could have reinforced my initial epiphany! I was just too blind to notice it the first time around.

Recognizing this was an important lesson. I realized how prophets could be saying one thing while secretly saying something totally different.

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I’ll get back to 2nd Nephi 29 and Section 137 in a moment;

First, I want to talk about the kind of person Joseph Smith was. And not just him, but any true servant of God. Contrary to popular belief, true and biblically-defined prophets are different than prophets defined by LDS thought.

Prophets can either deliver people over to Satan, or bring people close to God. People in this world can choose to “use” a prophet to commit abominations, or they can learn from them the mysteries of God.

It all depends on whether or not the person has ulterior motives. Do they want to know God or not?

It’s a messy concept these days in knowing what a prophet actually is and does. (Especially for those with idols in their hearts.)

I’ll use Joseph Smith as an example– the great, latter-day prophet of God.

What’s so interesting about Joseph is that he seemingly never gave anyone the full details of his life. Close to his death, he coined the infamous phrase that no man knew his history.

Nearly two hundred years later, as historians continue to dig up more and more information and backstory on his controversial life, that phrase has taken on a whole new meaning. Joseph Smith’s life is a puzzle that we’re still putting together.

Yet no matter what the historians uncover, the only way to truly understand Joseph the Prophet is to understand him in context of the four standard works.

Maybe that’s why he was always so sneaky, why he never gave explanations or apologies, or spelled the whole thing out– He had the faith to know that the elect would be able to find the truth.

He knew God’s timing.

Whether it’s the details of the first vision; the words Moroni said at their yearly appointments; the restorations of the priesthoods; or even the vision of Christ, Moses, Elias, and Elijah in the Kirtland temple, the Saints were kept aloof from many key events.

Joseph had said on many occasions that there were certain things revealed unto him that he dared not speak.

One such quote is as follows:

“If I revealed all that has been made known unto me, scarcely a man on this stand would stay with me… Brethren, If I were to tell you all I know of the kingdom of God, I do know that you would rise up and kill me.”

The Mormon fundamentalists believe that Joseph was referring to polygamy in these such sayings. A large portion of apostate Israel believe that polygamy is a higher law that Joseph valiantly brought forth. And I’m not talking about Warren Jeffs or the Allred’s, I’m talking about regular run-of-the-mill Mormons. There are legions of active LDS members that believe that polygamy is the law of heaven.

When the LDS church brings that awful abomination back into practice, there will be so many tears shed by so many of our poor, faithful, sisters in Zion. Once again, they’re about to get royally screwed over.

[The good news is that there will be many good, Christian boys that will accept the new and everlasting covenant whom the virtuous LDS girls can marry in the New Jerusalem 🙂 ]

Back to Joseph’s ominous sayings: it should be obvious to anyone pure in heart that it literally makes no sense that God would reveal a higher law to the Saints when they weren’t even able to live the laws already given them.

The Saints were given the law of the gospel in 1831, which contained the commandments to live consecration and monogamy. “He that receiveth my law and doeth it, the same is my disciple.” (D&C 41:5)

To be a disciple of Christ then must require monogamy, because the law gave this commandment: “Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else.” (D&C 42:22)

Pretty straightforward in my opinion.

Now check out the passage on consecration as also contained in section 42:

30 And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken.

Consecration is a covenant that cannot be broken. Kind of a big deal, right? But look what happened by mid-1834. It was revealed unto the church that the, “servants have not kept the commandment, but have broken the covenant.” (D&C 104:4)

Section 101:

39 When men are called unto mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men;

Regardless to what is taught in the temple, we make one covenant with God: to keep all of his commandments. Read every passage that talks about baptism and you find this out real quick. (Do some homework and read what Nephi and Alma said in 2nd Nephi 31 or Mosiah 18.)

Baptism is a witness that you have entered into a covenant with God to keep all of his commandments.

The law of the gospel in section 42 contained what was needed to be a disciple of Christ. Consecration was an obligation of the covenant made to keep all of God’s commandments.

As now documented, the Saints did not live consecration, and the covenant was broken.

Does this remind you of Isaiah 24?

5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

This is clearly why Joseph changed the wording to the baptismal ordinance in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants. Because the everlasting covenant had been broken, he changed the ordinance.

Joseph knew what was going on!

Prophecy explains that the people will not listen to the last-day servant of God.

In Isaiah, the Davidic servant laments, “I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught, and in vain… to bring Jacob to him [God]… Israel be not gathered.” (Isa 49:4-5)

In Malachi, Joseph is described: “The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips… they should seek the law at his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord of Hosts. But ye [the Saints] are departed out of the wayye have caused many to stumble at the law.” (Mal 2:6-8)

Joseph lived and breathed the scriptures. He of course had to know what was happening. He had to know the church would fall into apostasy. One of the most shocking things he ever said was this:

“And I prophecy that the day will come when you will say, ‘Oh that we had given heed…’

The people will not hearken nor hear, and bondage, death, and destruction are close at our heels. The kingdom will not be broken up, but we shall be scattered and driven, gathered again and then dispersed, reestablished and driven abroad–

and so on until the Ancient of Days shall sit and the kingdom and power thereof shall the be given to the Saints and they shall possess it forever and ever, which may God hasten for Christ’s sake. Amen.” (March 21st, 1841)
Now combine this with the previous quote from Joseph– his telling that even the brethren themselves would kill him if he dared reveal all he knew of the kingdom of God.

What if Joseph was actually talking about the reverse of polygamy in his cryptic musings? What if what he really wanted to say was how evil and despicable it was?

People like Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball– that would go on to be multi-millionaire’s and have 25+ wives– certainly would have killed Joseph had he been about to burst the bubble on what God really thought about what they were doing.

BY and HK were on their way to be kings over Israel. They didn’t care if the church was in apostasy or not– they knew that being head honcho’s of the LDS church would give them all the perks in the world they desired. Essentially, they were nothing but modern-day pimps. They’d spend the rest of their days– after JS’s death– lording over the humble followers of Christ, stealing their money and marrying their teenage daughters.

Considering the quote we have from Brigham claiming that he believed Joseph had lost the spirit by the time he got to Carthage Jail–

As well as the testimony we have from William Marks that Joseph had begun to try and put a stop to the practice of polygamy, and even the evidence that Joseph and Hyrum had begun excommunicating certain individuals under the pretense of polygamy–

There’s a good chance that Joseph may have spoken up to BY about the evils of the polygamous arrangements occurring.

Perhaps this is why BY claimed that Joseph was a fallen prophet? It’s worth thinking about. Here’s the quote from Brigham: “If Joseph Smith, Jun., the Prophet, had followed the Spirit of revelation in him he never would have gone to Carthage and never for one moment did he say that he had one particle of light in him after he started back from Montrose to give himself up in Nauvoo.

– A Series of Instructions and Remarks by Brigham Young at a Special Council, Mar. 21, 1858, Brigham Young Papers, Church Archives

No matter what actually happened, it’s clear that Joseph allowed prophecy to play out in Nauvoo. Though his eyes may have been covered, he certainly knew more than he let on. He was a man full of secrets.

“Surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secrets unto his servants, the prophets.”

I love how Amos doesn’t even say anything about the prophets then teaching people the secrets revealed unto them. In fact, the chapter is talking about how the people reject the prophets, instead of heeding the knowledge and insight they have. Amos 3:7 is completely irrelevant the way LDS missionaries use it.

The prophets know what’s happening, but whether or not the people do is up to them. In Nauvoo, even in Joseph Smith’s darkest hours, he went as far as to try and explain this to the Saints:

“President Joseph Smith read the 14th chapter of Ezekiel–said the Lord had declared by the Prophet, that the people should each one stand for himself, and depend on no man or men in that state of corruption of the Jewish church–that righteous persons could only deliver their own souls–applied it to the present state of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints–said if the people departed from the Lord, they must fall–that they were depending on the Prophet, hence were darkened in their minds…”

TPJS p.237

Is any of this resonating? I really hope so.

Truly, the Saints of the 2nd watch were darkened in their minds. They depended on the prophet and departed from the Lord. Because they were so gullible and easily deceived, their own iniquity corrupted the Prophet. He simply reflected the hearts of apostate Israel.

Joseph Smith knew without a shadow of a doubt that polygamy was evil. Look what he said in Liberty Jail in 1839:

“We have heard that it is reported by some, that some of us should have said, that we not only dedicated our property, but our families also to the Lord; and Satan, taking advantage of this, has perverted it into licentiousness, such as a community of wives, which is an abomination in the sight of God…

calculated to lead the Saints far astray…

being taught in the church…

Thus we find that there have been frauds and secret abominations and evil works of darkness going on, leading the minds of the weak and unwary into confusion and distraction, and all the time palming it off upon the Presidency.” (TOTPJS p. 127-128)

So if Joseph knew these things in 1839, why the hell in 1841 did he start taking multiple wives and creating a bizarre and satan-infused endowment?

Prophecy.

He was just doing what God wanted. The Lord warned the church what would happen if they disregarded the commandments. He warned about this very thing at the very beginning of the original Book of Commandments. In section 4 it read:

6 … if this generation do harden their hearts against my word, behold I will deliver them up unto Satan… and my word shall be verified at this time as it hath hitherto been verified.

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So anyway. I’m sorry that was such a long intro to talk about what I now want to talk about. Returning back to the prophecies of Nephi, we are on chapter 29. Before I embarked on that tangent, I was talking about the phrase, “again the second time.”

Taking a close look at the prophecies of Nephi, it became apparent to me that the Lord had not yet set his hand again for the second time! I was thrilled by the prospect, but as I already explained, section 137 got me confused and had me rethinking the idea.

In that section, Joseph has a vision where he sees Alvin in the celestial kingdom; and he “marveled how it was that he had obtained an inheritance in that kingdom, seeing that he had departed from this life before the Lord had set his hand to gather Israel the second time, and had not been baptized for the remission of sins.”

Clearly, this passage would go to show that the restoration of the gospel in 1830 was the Lord setting his hand again the second time. Proving my theory false, right?

Wrong! I had to look closer.

Joseph did something SNEAKY. As I’ve now demonstrated previously– in the tangent I went on– this is completely consistent with his character. He did sneaky things. So now look what he did here.

The passage in section 137 leaves out one very key word: again. Joseph did not make mistakes. I can guarantee that this was an intentional omission.

In 1830, the Lord set his hand the second time.

And now, the Lord is going to set his hand again the second time.

This is totally consistent with the third watch doctrine I explain in “All is Well in Zion.”

YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP.

So now, let’s continue on, and find out what happens when the Lord sets his hand again the second time.

In part 4 of this series I’m going to to skip over to Chapter 30 in 2nd Nephi, and then perhaps go back to 1st Nephi 13 and 14.

I recommend re-reading 2nd Nephi 29 while keeping in mind that the entire chapter is referring to FUTURE events from now. With that in the forefront of the mind, there’s no telling what else might start to click together.

Having fun yet?

-G.azelem

Nephi Prophecy pt. 2.5 “All is Well in Zion”

Nephi Prophecy pt. 2.5 “All is Well in Zion”

I am now going to take a break from my Nephi series, to talk about several things I feel need to be covered. In my last couple posts I realized that I was making three assumptions about the readers.

First, that they already know Section 132 is false.

Second, they do not believe in the current LDS endowment.

And thirdly, that they understand the doctrine of the three watches.

This post will address and hopefully clarify these three topics.

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From 1829 to to late 1834, Joseph Smith had translated the Book of Mormon, received over a hundred canonized revelations, and translated the entire Bible– all the while building towns, a temple, raising a family, running a church, writing letters, traveling from place to place, gathering the Saints from across America, proclaiming the gospel, giving sermons, being persecuted, getting tarred and feathered, etcetera, etcetera…

In the short span of five years, Joseph had literally received thousands of revelations from God. Not one of these revelations contradict one another. He worked mighty miracles and was able to do what no man can possibly do without the power of a higher source. So was it God or was it the devil?

Jesus answers this in Mathew 12:26

And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

This scripture says it best. Although Satan has power to work many wonders and miracles, his works are the works of darkness. They cannot be miracles of light and truth, and everything Joseph Smith said and did in the early years of his ministry were exactly that; and, “light and truth forsake that evil one.” (D&C 93:37)

Clearly the Restoration was not the work of man, neither could it be the work of the devil. It was the work of God. The sprit led Joseph every step of the way. He was a prophet of God in every sense of the word.

Yet many would disagree. And why? From 1829 to 1834 there is nothing about his life that would give any impression other than that he was a servant of God, a true disciple of Christ. Those opposed to prophets and priesthood, and extra-biblical scripture, would have no reason to justify their rejection of what Joseph accomplished, by judging him through the lens of that five-year gap of time. But because of the things he did in his later years, especially in Nauvoo, they can feel safe in sticking with the Bible and apostate Christianity.

Before I understood Joseph’s prophetic call, I myself simply believed that he was a fraud. At best, he was a spiritual mystic in a world of his own– at worst, possibly a sexual predator?

As I grew up and became an adult, I found myself re-learning about my Mormon heritage in which I had disassociated myself from since being a teenager. Intrigued by his controversial life, I actually planned on writing a novel about him. Yet while doing research on the historical background, I suddenly became obsessed. Nothing about Joseph Smith added up. Suddenly, the novel I wanted to write became completely irrelevant. I wanted the truth.

So-called “anti-mormons” have a greater knowledge of the events in his life compared to any of the LDS attendees. But they do not have answers. They cannot give the full story. As an example, Grant Palmer was once asked at a Q&A who else was “in” on Joseph Smith’s great deception. Was Emma? Joseph’s brother, Hyrum? What of his sisters? His dad? Sidney Rigdon?

The level of conspiracy that had to have occurred grows bigger and bigger the more the historical record is evaluated. Grant Palmer’s response was that he simply did not know…

The reasons people doubt Joseph are usually for good reasons. Palmer, for instance, has great integrity and I do respect him. I appreciated his perspective as I learned more and more about the origins of modern-day Mormonism.

But I myself was not willing to write Joseph off as an imposter until I knew exactly what had happened from 1805-1844.

Either I could reject the amazing fruits of Joseph’s life, forget the loose ends, and cling to the abominations he played role or participated in–  or… I could accept his miraculous life and all its implications. Opening up to the possibility that Joseph was who he said he was, is the journey of a lifetime.

I highly recommend it.

It’s brought me close to God and given me an assurance that he truly knows all things. As I’ve put my trust and commitment in Christ, allowing the Holy Spirit to be my one and only guide, I’ve learned so much about the world and myself. I know the reality of Satan and I know the power of God. I’ve found freedom in knowing who the true and living God really is.

A knowledge of why Joseph Smith was called to be the last-day servant of God is essential. Knowing the truth about his life is pivotal.

There are people on all sides of the spectrum.

You can listen to the Price’s make the amazingly believable case that Joseph Smith never practiced polygamy, and that he was a victim of conspiracy.

On the other hand, you can listen to Brian C. Hales explain convincingly why polygamy is the law of heaven and that Joseph had the spirit with him every day till his last breath.

You can listen to Denver Snuffer’s musings on how polygamy was meant to be symbolic of a patriarchal family of God; and that Brigham Young reinvented it for his own purposes.

Of course, you can also listen to a hosts of voices that can justify all reason to conclude that Joseph Smith was a liar, fiend, devil, adulterer, etc.. But which of all of these are the truth? There are adherents to all these trains of thinking.

To those seeking the truth, they might have noticed that there is a pattern to these examples I provided.

The Price’s refuse to accept that the LDS church is true. Brian C. Hales refuses to accept that the LDS church has ever gone off-course. Denver Snuffer refuses to accept that Joseph Smith ever did anything wrong.

The pattern is that they are not seeking the ultimate truth. They only defend the truth they already espouse. They each are setting out to prove something. They scourge through the historical records trying to find anything that supports their position. Doing this, they close themselves off from what God has in plain sight.

What if everything you needed to know was in God’s word? If he knows everything past, present, and future, certainly he would know the controversies that would surround Joseph Smith in the last days. What if he has given all the answers we need? Before I decided to serve a mission (late at age 23) I was tossed to and fro by the opinions of man.

Clinging to my very confused testimony– which I’d found while doing the research I’d intended for a novel I wanted to write– I went back to church and put in my mission papers.

It was only until I got on a mission that I was able to put aside all the things I’d heard and read from other people. I finally sat down and read the scriptures. If you honestly read the four standard works, without trying to prove and defend your pre-conceived notions, I can promise you that the light will come flooding in.

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The most curious thing about Joseph Smith and his prophetic ministry was that after five years of revealing the most grand truths contained in the gospel of Jesus Christ, he stopped receiving revelation. The heavens began to close.

Between 1839 and 1844– the last five years– there were only two revelations. (Not including the epistles Joseph wrote in Liberty Jail.) Compare that to the thousands of revelations in his first five years!

Was the church progressing or had it fallen into temptation? (D&C 20:33)

Instead of receiving revelations and Sidney Rigdon reading them, proving them, and bringing them forward to the Saints– the protocol God commanded– Joseph Smith stopped bringing forth revelation altogether. He gave sermons instead. Essentially all quotes that we have from Joseph Smith were recorded in Nauvoo.

God never had a lot to say, but Joseph sure did.

The entire church changed.

The church in Nauvoo was a different church than the one in Kirtland. It was no longer led by revelation. It was no longer led by the Spirit of God.

In Kirtland, they believed in an unchangeable God, and the principles of the gospel as contained in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Everything Joseph Smith did or said was measured up against the word of God.

The church in Nauvoo did the opposite. In fact, the Saints there would eventually go on to believe that God was a man who had once lived on another planet. They looked to the words of their prophet, instead of the oracles of God. They involved themselves in secret societies, death oaths, and a secret commandment to take multiple wives.

The last legitimate revelation received by Joseph Smith was section 124. In it, the commandment was given to build the Nauvoo House and the Nauvoo Temple. If they did not do these things by the end of God’s appointment to do such, they were told that, “ye shall be rejected as a church.” (D&C 124:32)

If anyone had taken God’s word seriously, they would have realized what was happening in Nauvoo.

God had rejected the church.

The temple would never be completed. The Saints were too busy building masonic lodges and expensive, brick houses.

The psychopathic Joseph Smith in Nauvoo was the judgement of God on the idolatrous House of Israel. They once again trusted in the arm of flesh, instead of God, and look where it landed them. They were told in Section 124 that if they were obedient, they would not be moved out of their place in Nauvoo. (verse 45)

When the time came to peace out into the desert, it should have been obvious that the Saints were not being obedient. The reason they didn’t know better was because they weren’t reading the revelations of God; they were letting their imaginations run wild. They were preoccupied with the new theology that God was once a man and that they could be a god themselves. They were busy trying to memorize the endowment. They were busy marrying each other!

Just like Aaron had presented the children of Israel the golden calf, Joseph Smith presented the Saints section 132. The prophets give the people what they want and what they deserve.

The phony revelation inspired of Satan on “eternal marriage” was a curse that God allowed to take place. Because the church was rejected, it was no longer safe from the adversary. God had truly delivered the church over to Satan, just as he had warned in section 4 of the original Book of Commandments:

6 … if this generation do harden their hearts against my word, behold I will deliver them up unto Satan… and my word shall be verified at this time as it hath hitherto been verified.

The Saints no longer deserved a true prophet. They failed at ushering in the dispensation of the fulness of times. They did not build the temple to receive the fulness of the priesthood, which is absolutely necessary to discern false spirits and bring about Zion.

Of course, this is not what the church teaches.

They would have you believe that Zion is being built across the world.

That the temple in Nauvoo was completed; we’re in the dispensation of the fulness of times; and that Joseph Smith, or any prophet for that matter, couldn’t possibly do anything wrong and lead the Saints astray.

Behind closed doors, in the Salt Lake City temple, the Mormon elite of the world receive a secret ordinance in secret chambers which is called the second anointing. This, they teach, is the fulness of the priesthood.

The church believes they have the power to build Zion, and that they are doing such. If this is true, then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is literally God’s kingdom on earth. If this is true, then I would be guilty of the malignant sin of blasphemy toward God. Deciding whether or not the LDS church truly is God’s kingdom established on earth should be the biggest decision of your life. This is your eternal salvation. Is the church true?

I can prove that it’s not in one fatal swoop.

Section 132.

It is false. When you know that it is false, the rest will fall into place. I know that it is false because it contradicts the Bible, it contradicts the Book of Mormon, it contradicts the revelations in the D&C– it even contradicts itself!

Section 132 is one big, fat, lie. Because the church was fooled into accepting it, I know that the church was in fact rejected of God. Though the LDS church plays an incredible role in the last days, it is not what it claims itself to be. Everything that happened in Nauvoo with polygamy, the masonic endowment, and Joseph Smith’s departure from Biblical Christianity, can be cast aside. Section 132 makes it really easy to realize that the whole thing fell apart by 1842.

Because God is omniscient and all-knowing, God knew that the church would fall into apostasy. There are hundreds of scriptures that prophesy of the latter-day falling away, and of the downfall of the last, great prophet. All you have to do is pray to God for understanding and open the scriptures and you’ll find them.

An important doctrine is understanding that there are three watches.

JST Luke 12:

41 For, behold, he cometh in the first watch of the night, and he shall also come in the second watch, and again he shall come in the third watch.

42 And verily I say unto you, He hath already come, as it is written of him; and again when he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, blessed are those servants when he cometh, that he shall find so doing;

The first watch was Jesus’ perfect life and death and resurrection.

The second watch was Joseph Smith’s ministry in which Jesus Christ was on the earth for the time in which his church was established up until it was rejected.

The third watch is next.

All is not lost.

Even though the church was rejected, even though Joseph Smith lost his mind, even though the Saints have been deceived, God has a plan for his elect. The third watch will save the day.

As long as you are taking the Holy Spirit as your guide and treasuring up the word of God, you will be prepared.

As you delve through these hidden things of darkness, you will discover a world of lightness.

Jesus Christ has died for you, and he’s coming back in the third watch to claim his own.

“Blessed are those servants whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching.”

Are you watching for him?

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning.

-G.azelem

Nephi Prophey pt. 2 “They Have All Gone Astray, Save it be a Few”

Nephi Prophecy pt. 2 “They Have All Gone Astray, Save it be a Few”

The following chapter in 2nd Nephi is heartbreaking when read under its proper circumstance. Chapter 28 is not talking about the great apostasy; it’s talking about the only true and living church in a state of darkness and obscurity.

Chapter 26 has identified the characteristics of apostate Christendom. Not surprisingly, the true and living church will take on many of the same traits in chapter 28. This is because the stumbling block of the Gentiles of the first watch that leads to their fall was not removed in the second watch. The Saints of the restoration were just as liable to stumble, and thus they have.

26: 20 And the Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and have stumbled, because of the greatness of their stumbling block…

The stumbling block was revealed in 1st Nephi 13:

29 … because of the many plain and precious things which have been taken out of the book, which were plain unto the understanding of the children of men, according to the plainness which is in the Lamb of God–because of these things which are taken away out of the gospel of the Lamb, an exceedingly great many do stumble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath great power over them.

The corrupt Bible is the stumbling block. The Saints of the restoration were commanded in section 124 to, “publish the new translation of my holy word unto the inhabitants of the earth,” which Joseph Smith had dutifully translated back in Kirtland.  In Nauvoo they had the opportunity to finally read and receive it, if only they made means for its publication, but they failed to make this a priority. Because of this, the Saints lost access to the inspired version of the Bible for nearly two generations, long enough to allow the church to become corrupted by false doctrines.

Even now, with access to the JST excerpts, we can’t be positive the writings were transmitted correctly. There’s a good chance that the RLDS has mucked around with it, and that important things were are again lost to the Saints.

The stumbling block of the Gentiles (and the Saints) will not be removed until the marvelous work and a wonder occurs. (1 Ne:13) This could have happened already, if the church had simply followed the commands of God in Nauvoo and ushered in the dispensation of the fulness of times. But sadly, the work was hindered. This is why the Saints end up just as bad as the Gentiles that came to America. This is why the LDS church today encounters the same problems as any protestant church.

(Note: The Bible is corrupted, but only in the sense that it is not complete. The King James translation by the grace of God works in perfect harmony with the Book of Mormon. (D&C 42:12) There are certain things that God, in his infinite wisdom, allowed to be removed. I would go as for to contend that the modern-day King James Bible does in fact contain EVERYTHING about the mysteries of God, but it’s all very subtle and cryptic. You have to read between the lines. When the fulness of scriptures are revealed, the mysteries of God will be out in the open, plain to the understanding of men.)

Returning to the chapter I want to explore, 2nd Nephi 28 verse 5 says that the priesthood leaders of the LDS church will say unto the people, “the Lord and the Redeemer hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto men.”

Of course this is what the LDS church says. They will never teach that the work of the Father is a future event. They think the restoration years of Joseph Smith is all there is to it, that the LDS church is the result. The brethren of the church erroneously teach that they are prophets and seers and revelators, and the House of Israel believes it, even though none of these men have ever had any of the revelatory fruits that accompany an actual prophet.

As important as it is to believe that God does in fact call people to lead and guide his church– and that the brethren of the LDS church truly have been called of God and appointed– the problem is that the Saints trust that “prophets, seers, and revelators” will never lead them astray.

The Saints believe that God has done his work, that the power of God has been given to men.

The LDS leaders are very sadly just like the protestant preachers of 2nd Nephi 26:

29 … men [that] preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion.

As easy as it would be, I refuse to hide my disdain for the attitudes of the leaders of the corporate church. There are many wonderful general authorities, but they all fall perfectly into the description of this verse. They do not seek the welfare of Zion. They are perfectly happy with everything as it is.

This, is not okay. They need to repent.

The Mormons, just like every religion, have fallen into the same trap. They’ve put their trust in the arm of flesh instead of God. This happened gradually, and culminated up to the point in which the Saints chose Brigham Young to be be their leader over Sidney Rigdon.

Sidney had been called of God and ordained as a prophet, seer, and revelator. Brigham Young had only been given authority to publish the gospel. Had the Saints chose Sidney, that would have immediately ended polygamy and the masonic endowment from continuing on in the church. There would have been no racism introduced into the church, either.

Many things would be different had Brigham Young not taken the helm.

And although the leaders of the church have dramatically improved throughout the twentieth century, they still teach the relics of false doctrines that BY introduced, having no claim to be legitimate prophets, seers, and revelators. Brigham Young had no right to proclaim himself as such. No matter what the LDS manuals say, the twelve apostles had no right to reorganize the First Presidency when Joseph Smith died. The twelve apostles only had authority to do missionary work.

In the third watch, the First Presidency will be reorganized by angelic messengers who hold the Melchizedek priesthood. Because the church has the Aaronic priesthood, it holds the keys of the ministering of angels, which makes this possible. No one on earth can fix the situation we find ourselves in.

The only thing that can come to the Saints’ rescue is a divine intervention. The work of the Father.

Again, the church will never teach that there is another great work to come forth. Because what would that imply? It would make clear that something is currently wrong. This is why the church teaches that all is well in Zion, that everything is going according to God’s plan, that God will never allow the church to be led astray… which of course all goes completely against everything in God’s revealed word.

To relate a personal story, while I was serving my LDS mission, Quentin L. Cook came and spoke to us missionaries. At the end he opened up a Q&A. I took the opportunity to ask him whether or not he personally believed Joseph Smith would return back to the earth in the flesh to redeem Zion in Jackson County, Missouri.

He brushed the question off, even though he knew perfectly well what I was talking about. I’m certain he understands why Joseph is coming back, but what does it infer? The scenario does not fit the paradigm of what the GA’s teach. What’s to be redeemed when all is well in Zion, right?

Before moving on, I should not fail to mention, that after I had asked my question– and Elder Cook disappointingly answered it by saying that Zion’s Camp was not a failure because it allowed BY to prepare himself for leading the Saints heroically to Utah blah blah blah…– the Area Seventy up on the stand winked at me and smiled knowingly. I realized that day it was possible that he and many other GA’s have also awakened to a sense of our awful situation. They just don’t know what to do about it. Let’s just hope and pray for the many leaders of the LDS movement, that they too may be humble enough to receive the light when it shines forth for the last time.

There are many that are fully aware of all these things I’m talking about, but they are silent on these matters, waiting patiently for the greater light to be revealed. Keeping in mind the state of the entire world and the small portion of the Spirit we’re blessed enough to receive, it’s understandable why things have gone amuck. The world is under the control of Satan, and according to prophecy he will prevail, even against the Saints, until Adam returns. (Daniel 7:21-22)

Compared to what we’re dealing with in the church, the world is on an entirely different level. The sins that have infiltrated the LDS church are simply reflective of things happening in the world, at a small degree, more like clues to set alarms off in our minds. When we understand what’s happening in the church, our eyes will be opened to what is truly happening in the world around us.

There are false prophets on the earth that make Brigham Young look good. There are ideologies and philosophies that make section 132 seem harmless.

The secret combinations happening between corporations and politicians– satanic sex rituals and murdering for the purpose of gain– make LDS temples look like a neighborhood treehouse-fort where the password is “no girls allowed.”

I could go on, but I won’t.

False preachers, false doctrines, and false concepts of God, are universal in this day and age. “Every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god.” (D&C 1:16)

In section 103, during the failed attempt to redeem Zion, the Saints are told that if they do not observe the commandments and hearken to observe all of God’s words, the kingdoms of the world (Satan’s army) will prevail against them. Had they hearkened, the promise was that the kingdoms would be subdued and the earth would be given to the Saints.

With the hindsight we now have, it’s obvious that the Saints did not observe all of God’s commandments, neither did they observe all of God’s words. The world has prevailed against the Saints for the last 180 years. Without ever having realized it, the church has been corrupted by the lies of Satan.

The majority of Christ’s covenant people see through it, but there is blindness over their eyes that stops them from seeking deeper. They know that polygamy is in-errantly evil, but could never come to terms with section 132 being a false revelation that Satan was able to entice the Saints into adopting.

If there’s a scripture I wish the Mormon world would take seriously, it’s this one:

14 … they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men.

This says it all. This is the purpose of this blog. This is what everyone needs to understand.

The world in a state of darkness and confusion, and not only that but even the humble followers of Christ are currently erring. As pure-hearted as they might be, not even they can entirely avoid the casualties of the war between good and evil, which is currently raging amongst us. This is consistent with the prophecy in Daniel 7 that explains that Satan will prevail against the Saints until Adam comes.

According to Joseph Smith, Adam holds the keys to the dispensation of the fulness of times. (TOTPJS p.167) Until the Ancient of Days returns back to the earth to deliver the keys for the final dispensation, the humble followers of Christ will continue to be deceived by the precepts of men.

According to this scripture, Thomas S. Monson is in the same boat as the rest of us. And even if he was a legitimately ordained prophet, seer, and revelator, his eyes would still be closed until the Sealed Portion came forward. Regardless to whether or not he does have priesthood authority, he cannot be a trusted mouthpiece for God. False traditions have been passed down to him that he is in no position to question. He could never step outside the box of what he’s been taught for 80+ years.

Just imagine if he got up one General Conference and revealed the truth that the endowment is just a bunch of hocus pocus that Joseph pulled out of his butt? The church would break out in mass hysteria. The church is in so far deep. There’s no easy way out. The church cannot self-correct itself. This is why the work of the Father is so important. It’s pivotal for the Saints to accept the modern-day apostasy and our own inability to discern truth.

Of course even I myself cannot be exempt from this scripture’s statement. There are false doctrines and false spirits following me around that I have zero power to shake off. This is the state in which we live. This is the period of darkness and apostasy that precedes the marvelous work and a wonder. Realizing the possibility that we may be deceived and accepting the fact that the church is in a state of darkness and obscurity, are important truths we need to digest in order to accept and heed the words of the final servants of God, who will have the power to bring again Zion. (D&C 113:7-8)

Unlike Monson, they will tell the Saints that the endowment is a counterfeit of the real deal. And if anyone is so naive as to think that their beliefs are 100% on track with God’s will– which is impossible according to 2nd Nephi 28:14–  they will never accept the work of the Father.

For example, if they think they are already living the fulness of the gospel, they will never understand why it’s necessary to live the law of consecration. And if they think an LDS temple is the most holy edifice on the planet, they will have no reason to go to Missouri and build a real temple where the Lord will actually reside.

One more thing to notice about that scripture is that it says that even though the humble followers of Christ are erring, what separates them from the rest of the world is that they have not “gone astray.” The humble followers of Christ are clearly the elect who will not be deceived by the false prophets in and outside of Christ’s church. The covenant people will fulfill their election when they get the formal invite to the feast of fat things at the New Jerusalem.

Which brings us to verse 15.

15 O the wise, and the learned, and the rich, that are puffed up in the pride of their hearts, and all those who preach false doctrines, and all those who commit whoredoms, and pervert the right way of the Lord…

And just exactly who are the wise, and the learned, and the rich? Through the lens of modern revelation we can discover their true identity.

D&C 58

8 And also that a feast of fat things might be prepared for the poor; yea, a feast of fat things, of wine on the lees well refined, that the earth may know that the mouths of the prophets shall not fail;

9 Yea, a supper of the house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all nations shall be invited.

10 First, the rich and the learned, the wise and the noble;

11 And after that cometh the day of my power; then shall the poor, the lame, and the blind, and the deaf, come in unto the marriage of the Lamb, and partake of the supper of the Lord, prepared for the great day to come.

The rich and learned and wise that are puffed up in pride, preaching false doctrines and committing whoredoms, are the members of the LDS church. God teaches us this if we carefully study the Word. He uses specific words to relate to other passages of scripture. Only those with the spirit of prophecy will understand the connections. Only those that God wants to know these truths will see it. The children of darkness will never understand the scriptures, neither will they understand prophecy.

The LDS church will get the first call to go to the marriage supper, but according to Luke 14:18, they are too busy with their jobs and happy dappy lives to leave it all behind. Incredibly, the parable that Jesus gave about the marriage supper was talking about the LDS church! Luke 14:21 explains that because the Saints who got the formal invite are no-shows, this is why the Lord will then fill up the vacancies with the poor, lame and deaf.

The New Jerusalem will be built by the remnant of Jacob, the repentant Gentiles, and also “as many of the house of Israel as shall come.” (3rd Nephi 21:22)

This is the state of the true and living church. That’s as hopeful as things are for it according to scripture: As many as shall come. How’s that compared to how the GA’s describe the church in conference talks?

All Israel shall be saved, the scriptures so read. The House of Israel is saved through the Abrahamic covenant, but whether or not they will receive their celestial inheritance will be decided on whether or not they accept the fulness of the gospel and the true new and everlasting covenant.

Many will receive the Sealed Portion and uncorrupted Bible, while many will say “we have received [the Book of Mormon], and we need no more.” (2nd Nephi 28:27)

“A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible.”

The Lord is going to set his hand again the second time. Are you capable of receiving personal revelation? Will you have enough spiritual discernment to know whether or not the new scriptures presented to you are in fact God’s word?

Will you be deceived by false prophets?

Will you continue to worship the church whose leaders are prophets that “stay themselves,” and do not hear the voice of the Lord until the Savior comes (D&C 133:26) — proof that they will not be caught up in the cloud to receive celestial glory. Where do you want to be when Jesus comes?

Will you trust the leaders who will of course dissuade you from reading anything outside the LDS institution? Leaders who lie and say they will never lead you astray when they have preached false doctrine and committed whoredoms– the ones who will not accept the invitation to the marriage supper?

If you’ve put your trust in the arm of flesh, repent before it’s too late.

Trust God and the Word.

-G.azelem

Nephi Prophecy pt. 1 “In the Day of Wickedness and Abominations”

Nephi Prophecy pt. 1 “In the Day of Wickedness and Abominations”

As much as I would like to begin from the earlier prophecy-related chapters of Nephi and work my way forwards, I feel as though 2nd Nephi: 27 will set this series at a good pace to begin off of.

**But before I continue, I want it clear to anyone that might read this, that the information I’m going to delve into will likely be disruptive to the testimonies of regular LDS church-attending members.

I, myself, like to think all my findings are faith-affirming and faith-building, but I understand that many Latter-Day Saints are not ready to consider what I’m about to cover. Between raising a family, having a career, and magnifying their church callings, there’s not much room to ponder the complexities and controversies of Mormonism. Many are just trying to keep it together.

Unless someone is struggling, or they have a deep desire to understand more about LDS church history, it is my recommendation that they not continue reading any of my posts. The last thing I want is to be the cause of anyone’s loss of faith.

The Book of Mormon is true, and Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. My contention is that the LDS church is currently not what it aspires to be– that it is quite simply in a state of apostasy and in need of repentance and redemption. As blunt as I can be, this is the honest truth of where I am coming from.

From many different angles that I will end up covering, I will come to soften that remark, but I want it said from the very start that I am not misleading readers from where I stand.**

Turn to 2nd Nephi: 27

1 But, behold, in the last days, or in the days of the Gentiles–yea, behold all the nations of the Gentiles and also the Jews, both those who shall come upon this land and those who shall be upon other lands, yea, even upon all the lands of the earth, behold, they will be drunken with iniquity and all manner of abominations–

Let’s take this scripture at face value, stick with it, and see where it takes us. As I’ve learned through others and by personal experience, it’s very easy to defensively bend the way one might originally see something as they begin to realize it’s against the grain of their current paradigm. This is what I was talking about in my last post about the Saints being shielded from understanding the full meanings of prophecies embedded throughout the standard works. They’ve been conditioned to not take things at face value if it’s contrary to what’s been previously accepted.

This chapter, as verse 1 declares, is about the last days. And since we know that we are all living in the last days, we can agree that this chapter is talking about our current present-day situation. There are handfuls of scriptures in the D&C that use the expression of “last days.” Section 20, to use an example, says that the church rose up in “these last days”– so if 1830 was considered the last days, we are definitely in the last days.

It’s great to start off with this scripture, because it allows me to get to the nitty gritty right off the bat. Let’s talk about the state of the world. Simply put, this scripture makes it clear that everyone– EVERYONE– is in a state of wickedness.  Period. No exceptions are mentioned so none can be permitted.

The Gentiles, as also demonstrated in 3rd Nephi 16:10 and JST Mathew 21:55-56 and countless other passages, are wicked as all get-out in the times leading up to Christ’s second coming. If you stick with me on all of this, I plan on making the case that as the Gentiles become more and more wicked in the last days the Jews in turn will become more and more righteous. This has been happening since 1835. As you can read in the JST scripture I listed, it explains that the Gentiles as a whole will become as wicked as the Jews were in the meridian of time. This is why the gospel had to go back to the Jews, beginning in 1836 through Elijah’s coming to the House in Kirtland. The Gentiles had already gone south by then, either from rejecting the fulness of the gospel, or by simply apostatizing.

Even the entire nation of the USA could be lumped into the collective rejection of the fulness of the gospel. The entire country stands as an abomination in God’s eyes. The laundry-list of sins that 3rd Nephi 16:10 lists off have infiltrated the lives of nearly all Americans in one way or another.

But with that said, just as there were certain Jews that did accept Christ at his coming, there will also be a portion of repentant Gentiles at Christ’s second coming. They will be given one last and final chance to repent and gather with the House of Israel/LDS church to the New Jerusalem before the desolation of abomination occurs. (More on that later.)

Getting back to the verse, it goes as far to say that even the Jews (the covenant people of the last days, the House of Israel) who have come upon this land– being gathered to either Kirtland, Nauvoo, or Utah– are drunken with iniquity. But they are not drunken with wine; verse 5 explains this is the “spirit of deep sleep” that the Lord has poured out on them. Just as the Lord poured out a deep sleep on the Jews during the first watch (Romans 11:7-8), the same thing was done following the end of the second watch.

This of course was done by God out of a wise purpose. Because the Jews were blinded after the first watch (Christ’s coming), the gospel could go to the Gentiles. At the close of the second watch (the restoration years of Joseph Smith), this similar type of blindness was again poured out, this time on the heads of the Saints. The reason for it this time around is much more vague and mysterious. It will take time to explain. The consequence that results because of it, however, is simple:

5 For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity. 

Following the attempted establishment of Zion in the second watch (see verse 3 and 4 for context), the Lord covered the eyes of the seers of the LDS restoration. They no longer would have the ability to prophesy or receive revelations of Thus sayeth the Lord caliber. This is why the current LDS president isn’t popping out revelations like Joseph Smith used to. In the last days– or specifically “the days of the Gentiles”– there are no seers on the earth; and if there is, they currently have their eyes covered for the duration of this time period.

But when the times of the Gentiles comes in again, this world-wide state of wickedness will come to an end. This is when the fulness of the gospel will return to the earth with the ability to sanctify people and make them holy without spot.

Though the Jews began to receive the gospel in 1836 and continue to do so even to the present day, the new and everlasting covenant (fulness of the gospel) is yet to be re-established. Jesus explained to the Nephites that after the Gentiles reject the fulness of the gospel (1835), he will remember the covenant made with his people and begin a preliminary gathering of them upon the American continent (1836-onwards). Through this, they have received a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel– the four standard works– yet none have received the fulness itself (and the fruits thereof.)

The modern-day LDS church is the covenant people that Christ is referring to. The Jews prophesied of in scripture are very sadly not the Jews currently stationed in the war-zone of Palestine. According to the word of God, it is only until after the Jews believe in Christ that God gathers them to the lands of their inheritance.

Palestine, contrary to popular belief, is not the land promised to Abraham’s seed, and the Jewish people in their state of Israel do not believe in Christ. They do not fit end-time prophecy and are frankly in a lot more danger than they need to be. If more people would read the D&C and Book of Mormon, they would understand how these things are supposed to play out. Heck, even Bruce R. McConkie caught it: “The present assembling of people of Jewish ancestry into the Palestinian nation of Israel is not the scriptural gathering of Israel or of Judah.” (NWAF p. 519)

The latter-day Jews do not yet know that they are Jews. By the virtue and grace of God, they’ve been spiritually gathered, slowly but surely, into a strange, cult-like sect of Christianity, which unbeknownst to them, holds the power/patriarchal keys to lead them to the Zion that God promised their forefathers. (D&C 35:25)

This is a topic that needs to be studied thoroughly by everyone. Understanding this, I would suggest, is the key to unlocking the mystery of Mormonism.

The church, I regret to add, happens to also be a hot spot for wicked Gentiles who use the church for gain. I don’t mean to dwell too long on this; every good-hearted Latter-Day Saint will know who I’m talking about. It is these wicked Gentiles in the church that are the cause of so much heart-ache and difficulty. They ruin everything. In fact, their way of thinking and religiosity has brain-washed so many decent Saints into believing false-doctrine after false-doctrine.

This brand of Gentile is the type you’ll recognize from ward-to-ward. They neglect their wives and children and obsess over their church callings and status in the eyes of man. They enjoy having dominion over others in the priesthood. Indeed, they are believers, but just the same way Cain was. They offer the fake appearance of sacrifice. They attend the temple and bear their testimonies. They believe in God, but that God is in their own image and after the vain imaginations of their hearts. The God they believe in is just as big as themselves. In fact, they imagine being a god themselves (with a capital-G). And as they live their lives “worthy”, keeping their “covenants”, they await the day of “exaltation”, where they happily anticipate receiving a “hundredfold of wives” arranged for them in the highest degree of their morbid (yet culturally accurate) idea of the celestial kingdom.

It is these fine people that God has warned us about. They are the tares that have combined themselves with the wheat in the last days. (D&C 38:12)

Thankfully, when the curse finally goes forth (as a result of the Gentiles breaking the new and everlasting covenant in 1835), the first of those devoured will be the ones in the church who fit the profile I’ve described. (D&C 112:24-26) But hey… shucks, they might even also be able to repent before the curse is unleashed and their eyes won’t have to fall out of their sockets. God’s mercy is incredible.

I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest that as the curse goes forward, this is when the new and everlasting covenant can be safely re-established. Everyone receives a chance to accept or reject, and this results in the great polarization that will occur when the marvelous work and a wonder happens. Christ explains that the fulness of the gospel is not preached unto the post-1836 LDS church until a later time. (3 Ne 20:30) Check out Romans 11:25: “blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles comes in.” This lays out the situation real simple: even from the New Testament times it is understood that there is blindness over the House of Israel until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Before I go any further, so no one gets confused, there are two times of the Gentiles that are prophesied of. The first occurred from 1830-1835, with the fulness of the gospel being offered to the American Gentiles in New York and Ohio. The second time is still a future event.

The days of the Gentiles is the time period in 2nd Nephi 27 that more specifically refers to the interim period between the two set times of the Gentiles, where God is currently remembering the covenant of Abraham’s seed. At a later date (sometime in the near future?), the times of the Gentiles will occur again with the fulness of the gospel being offered unto them once more, “and in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (D&C 45:30) So whether it’s the days or times of the Gentiles, the two terms do differ from each other.

Some will contest that verse 1 of this chapter is talking about the time before the unsealed portion of the Book of Mormon came forward. I don’t buy this, because there’s talk of an unsuccessful establishment of Zion. Verse 2 says, “they shall be visited of the Lord of Hosts, with thunder and with earthquake… with the flame of devouring fire.” So this can’t be directly after the first watch it it’s leading up to the second coming. Besides, it speaks about people coming to America. Moving on, verse 6 and 7 drop the bombshell:

6 And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book, and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered.

7 And behold the book shall be sealed; and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.

Everyone that reads verse 6 in correlation with the seers being covered think that it is referring to the great apostasy leading up to Joseph Smith, but verse 7 makes it very clear that this is the SEALED PORTION THAT IS COMING FORWARD.

The Sealed Portion comes forward at a time of apostasy, with even the prophets and seers having their eyes covered.

To make another statement proving my point, it also helps to recognize that there wasn’t called-of-God prophet-rulers to be blinded at the time leading unto the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Verse 6 only makes sense in conjunction to the present day.

So there we have it– the blindness we have experienced for over 170 years will continue on until the world receives the Sealed Portion, which will be available to all the inhabitants of the earth, to all those who are repentant and desire light and knowledge. This is what sets everything straight. This is the catalyst of bringing again Zion.

11 And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth.

And then… watch for the change in tense here:

12 Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man of whom I have spoken, the book shall be hid from the eyes of the world…

Verse 12 is extremely sneaky. Before it delves into the three witnesses and the Isaiah prophecy that has to do with the learned man, it changes the storyline. Verse 12 is not talking about the scenario in verse 11. It’s no longer talking about the Sealed Portion that is read upon the house tops by the power of Christ; it’s talking about, “that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man.” And when were the golden plates first delivered? In 1827. Verse 12 backs it up to this point. Everyone will bypass it and think it’s all talking about the same thing.

If you’re not convinced yet, that’s okay. Because the undeniable proof that 2nd Nephi 27 is in fact talking about two different times comes later in the chapter. After verse 22 has God commanding the plates be sealed up and hid– until God “shall see fit… to reveal all things unto the children of men”– we then read this:

24 And again it shall come to pass that the Lord shall say unto him that shall read the words that shall be delivered him.

Again.

Joseph Smith will again receive the golden plates and bring forth God’s word to the inhabitants of the world. And the real game-changer, is what God will say to Joseph Smith the second time around:

26 … I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, yea, a marvelous work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise and learned shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent shall be hid.

The marvelous work and a wonder coincides with the unveiling of the Sealed Portion of the Book of Mormon, NOT the Book of Mormon that the LDS church currently possesses. All claims that the LDS church or the BoM is the marvelous work that Isaiah foretold completely fall short.

If you don’t already know this, taking a closer look at these scriptures should have by now completely turned your world upside down.

The marvelous work and a wonder has not yet happened!

Praise God.

The days of the Gentiles are coming to a close. The wickedness and abominations of these last days will be visited with fire.

And the House of Israel will be brought forth out of obscurity and out of darkness. (2nd Nephi 27:29)

-G.azelam

The Prophecies of Nephi

An important thing to realize while attempting to truly understand the scriptures, is to accept that we may have a wrong understanding of what we espouse to believe. We need to be willing to accept that our entire perception of everything may be skewed by personal circumstance, and by false teachers. A loss of light and truth, as we learn in D&C 93, comes through personal disobedience of God’s commandments, or by simply inheriting false traditions.

What if the Book of Mormon has been falsely interpreted for over 160 years? Would you want to know? The Book of Mormon as a whole, and yet especially the first and second books of Nephi (as I will demonstrate), contain some of the most amazing prophecies about the last days, but the true implications of each prophecy are not easy to accept. They’re a pill that many are not willing to swallow. Thus, the prophecies of the Book of Mormon, and even the rest of the other standard works, have all been fitted to cement the LDS church in its comfortable station of God’s kingdom established on the earth.

For example, the LDS church is under the impression that all scriptures about a restoration are simply referring to 1830, and all scriptures about an apostasy refer to the time before 1830. Anything outside this paradigm is a terrifying prospect, and there is a fear that anything outside this could easily lead many to a loss of faith and trust in the LDS church. But right now, as we watch the Mormon world get itself rocked upside down by the internet, it’s clear that the past approach will no longer work– the clean-cut version of Mormonism will no longer stand. The hidden things of darkness are being revealed, and a large portion of the Saints are losing this long-held faith in the church. And though it may be for the right reasons, the disaffected usually end up coming to all the wrong conclusions. Right now the only safe thing left to do is to align ourselves with all of God’s revealed truth, wherever it may take us.

The truth of Nephi’s words have been buried for over four generations.As the Saints have read the Book of Mormon, they have been shielded from unlocking the deeper truths therein. Nephi’s cryptic warnings have gone by unnoticed. My understanding of what God was trying to tell us through Nephi is not widely known, nor could it be easily accepted in mainstream Mormonism. To accept his words at face value would be to open up to the possibility that all is not well in Zion.

“So the question is, do you take the red pill or the blue pill?”

-G.azelem

The Work of the Father

During his incarceration in a Missouri prison, Joseph Smith wrote an epistle to the church in March of 1839, warning the Saints of their duty to God in bringing to light the hidden things of darkness. The world, as described by Joseph, was groaning under the weight of its iniquity. Satan was abroad in the land, deceiving the nations, and the Saints were not left untouched by his influence.

Compared to the humble, hopeful beginning of Christ’s church in New York in 1830, things had obviously gone awry. God had declared on numerous occasions that the church was condemned and in danger of sliding into apostasy. Joseph had done all he could, and yet instead of enjoying the promised Zion at the New Jerusalem with the rest of the pure in heart, he found himself rotting away under detestable circumstances– sick, depressed, and starved.

From what can be read of Joseph’s diaries and letters while in Liberty jail, it seems apparent there was a glimpse in him of what was going to occur in the next few and final years of his life.

He told us that that, “We should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them… then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.” (D&C 123:13-17)

Waiting for the arm of the Lord to be revealed, I begin my writings with an eye focused on the literal gathering of Israel in the last days. The Zion that Joseph dreamed of establishing will soon be a reality. Through a thorough and deep study of the four standard works, I believe that I have studied the end-time prophecies deep enough to shine light on things that most others have missed. It is my great hope that Mormons, ex-Mormons, and even Christians will take a closer
look at some of the things I plan on highlighting.

The restoration of God’s people, which began in 1830 through a then-true prophet of God, must be understood in its entirety. The Saints of today– with their itching ears and a hollow faith in the fables of their forefathers– need to repent and realize they can no longer afford to live in ignorance; and those that have already awakened to a sense of their awful situation can no longer allow themselves to be derided by their own anger or frustration, neither can they partake and wallow in the spirit of confusion that plagues the disaffected.

The plain fact is this: the times of the Gentiles is about to come in for the last time, re-establishing the new and everlasting covenant, and bringing the fulness of the gospel back to the earth. Those that accept it will be restored from their lost and fallen state. They will escape the desolation of abomination and build the city of the New Jerusalem before it is lifted up at the last day.

This marvelous work will usher in the dispensation of the fulness of times. It will be, “everlasting, either on the one hand or the other.” (Ne 14:7) Will the work of the Father convince you of peace and life eternal, or will it deliver you over to your own blindness?

Of course, there are many that mistakenly assume that we are already living in the dispensation of the fulness of times, that they are currently experiencing the fulness of the gospel; and it is my unfortunate job to explain that this is not the case. What is fortunate, however, is that this is all a part of God’s plan. This I will document in a series of posts, the proof of these claims solely backed up by the holy and infallible word of God.

Yet before any of these things will resonate– before they will mean anything to you, the “hidden things of darkness” must be revealed. Only a knowledge of these things will awaken us to the importance of the work of the Father. Unless you understand how terribly wrong things escalated from Kirtland to Nauvoo, there is no use in knowing why the Lord and his servant need to return back to the vineyard and clean up the mess we’ve found ourselves in.

Do you see the darkness? Because I do.

This blog is in the spirit of the revelatory servant of God outlined in Alma 37; and as I write this I pray things may soon pave way in the apostate world for the prophetic fulfillment of its words– and so it will: “darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness.” (Alma 37:23)

-G.azelem