(New revelations from the Lord at the end of the Answer)
Prayer for Guide and Standard – November 16, 2017
Father Ahman, in the name of your Son we approach you in meekness. We who are among the weakest of the family you are trying to now establish lay down our weapons of war and seek to bury them forever from before your face. We are saddened for the ongoing dispute that continues to curse this people, like a plague of Egypt always designed to bring us to our knees in abject humility before you, yet somehow we continue to refuse, and like Egypt, we think we know better. Our cry goes out to you this day as a covenant body newly born yet stubborn and proud. O God, forgive us our trespasses toward you and toward one another. We come from a long history of false traditions that are not easy to overcome, and impossible without you. Yet in spite of all you have done to teach us and show us your way and your will, we choose to love the darkness more than the light and wear our weakness with ridiculous pride. Please help us! Save us, O God, from the seemingly endless stream of sins committed in the process of writing this statement of principles you have required at our hands!
Since the beginning of this process many of us have rejected the original gift you offered, our hearts being not right before you but with many good intentions. We have tried your word and even among the disputed parties almost all have declared the work done first by our dear Brother Jeff Savage, in his faithfulness to you, to be inspired. We have witnessed him labor against great difficulty yet with only a desire to serve you and to make peace among the covenant family. Still we as a people have sought to throw these things down. We have declared them to be past their usefulness. We have demoted your gift to simply a work that got things started but that the time to accept it has now passed. We have succumbed to every wind of doctrine to set this gift aside and reason ourselves justified to start something new. We have assembled those who felt called and they received many things from you, but we as a body have continued to fight over and reject those things. Every attempt at unity was rejected in spite of the testimonies born of your hand in the work. We have assembled new attempts out of fear over the potential loss of the covenant, yet you have shown that your wisdom and mercy is greater than the wisdom of men and you offered the covenant in spite of our many failings and set the requirement for a statement of principles (a guide and standard) outside the covenant.
You have revealed to us our weakness and laid bare our sins, yet even still we have not forsaken them. Even while we try to recover your words in scripture from the corruption of time and neglect and the ambitions and vain imaginations of men from the day you first revealed those words to this one. Still even as we seek to restore those words we revile against you again and discard and neglect what you speak to us now—the revelation of your hand in the gifts given to men and women in our day. There are many of us that will only accept what comes through your servant we know as Denver, seeming to declare that no other has authority to speak or serve the covenant body of Christ but him. Others will only accept the words spoken in the past as a way to fulfill what you require of us. and avoid the idolatry of a living prophet. So many now seem to cry ‘lo here,’ and ‘lo there,’ each with their own revelation that requires all to submit or else we are not one, and hence…not yours. Many continue to suffer great abuses, division, and accusation at the hands of the family in your name even as you warned us not to continue in that dark path. We have heeded you not, almost as though you had not spoken. It reveals our deep unbelief, our disbelief at all you have and are doing. Please, O merciful God, forgive this covenant people our damnable behavior! Hide not your face from us because of our shame. Please, O Lord, continue to reveal yourself until all our sins are exposed and are purged from us or we retire from our shame and make ourselves pruned from the vineyard by our own lyings and deceivings and all our abominations which we practice before you. We deserve all the wrath and cursings we have brought, and will bring, upon our own heads if we persist acting with impudence before you. Draw near unto us, O Lord, that your face may be continually before us that we sin not!
We desire to reject all that is untrue and that compels and denies your gifts. We acknowledge that your spirit is just beginning to be poured out on all flesh. We acknowledge that all are equal before you, none can say above another that if any man or woman speak they must be regarded as having your words. The truth alone compels belief. We acknowledge that we see through a glass darkly and our knowledge of things as they are and as they were and as they will be is nothing but blindness and confusion before you. We pray for mercy as we seek after you and plead for additional light to be sent to illuminate the path back to the gospel as it was at the very beginning. As we do so Father forgive us our faltering and differing views.
We offer this prayer and work to you on behalf of our brothers and sisters but in doing so we obligate no one to accept it as such for them. All are free to choose and we desire to preserve agency and to seek everlasting equality among us. We acknowledge the efforts of our brothers and sisters in the various paths being presented to you. We have witnessed the work from the first moment it was presented to the body for acceptance until today. Though we reject many of the efforts that have been presented we acknowledge their desires to serve you and to unite all the family. We too desire the same. We hope for mercy for our failings as we seek to perform the labor you have given to us, according to the best understanding of your will as we currently have. We pray that through your work you will unite the family of God as we cannot. Please grant our brothers and sisters your mercy and forgiveness, even as we are in desperate need of it for ourselves.
In this labor we present to you now we have sought your will and have brought our dispute before you to learn your part according to your promise. We have sought reconciliation with our covenant brothers and sisters and we have sought to avoid the contentions and accusations that earn for ourselves the title, ‘Satan.’ We have largely failed in our efforts, yet in your everlasting mercy and in your understanding of our awful state of blindness you have given us that which we have sought for to answer our pleas for ‘your part.’
You have made it clear to our minds that you desire for us to accept everything you have revealed to us as a covenant body regarding the Guide and Standard. This begins with us repenting of our rejection of your words and declaring to you that we accept the original work performed by our brother Jeff Savage, which was testified to as accepted by you so as to be placed in the preview volume of the Restoration Edition of the scriptures. We declare that we accept those inspired revisions made, initially by the scriptures team and later by a committee of equals self-selected to revisit the matter in order that testimony might have been born to all the body concerning your hand in that small and simple, but great, work. We declare that we accept all the new revelations that came out from another similar committee of equals that self-selected again for the sake of mercy and unity to try and bring all to the same knowledge of your hand in this work and who sought diligently your will to do it. In their efforts many laid aside their own ideas and sought for what more you had to say to this people and for the sake of the lost sheep remnants of this land and of Israel. You revealed more and we accept those words from you. We accept all the additions of words received from you by the gift and power of your spirit to the many who received it. We reject all the later changes not inspired by your spirit, including deletions, reductions, and neglect of these your words.
With this word from you we offer our labors to you for your acceptance, correction, or rejection. Our labor is simply an amalgamation that is the whole of the original ‘Governing Principles’ document, added to or expanded ONLY by that which you have given as an increase to our inheritance of your words in this day, nothing more and nothing less. We express our desire to repent and accept all of your words as you have seen fit to deliver them. You have told us that if we could not do this work that we would be unable to perform the greater works on this path back to the beginning. Without your word we will be unable to move forward or become as one people in you. We have done this work to fulfill your command to us and we have sought to repent and receive all that you have, in your mercy and wisdom, condescended to reveal to us.
We compile these things, O Lord, into one work designed to bless, benefit, and inform the lost sheep remnants of this land and of Israel. It is not a perfect work, it is not everything you could reveal we know but we thank you for your mercy to condescend to reveal these few things we are able to receive and we plead with you for your word upon them to all the covenant people even to your acceptance, correction, or your rejection. We fear not your chastisement but face it boldly that we might have our hearts changed and knit as one by your word to us. We plead for your corrections, according to the wisdom that is in you, and for you to receive our weak effort and couple it with your power to make this thing mighty unto the deliverance of the lost sheep remnants of this land and of Israel, deliverance from their prisons of unbelief and to restore them unto you, the God of this land, even Jesus Christ. Deliver us, O Lord, from the blindness of our minds and the hardness of our hearts, and grant us your forgiveness that we may return again and be restored to, and abide in, your covenant. We look to you, O God, to make us one. We have failed to do so and we have failed to flee the trappings of this world, even the devil himself, who has given us to fight and contended and to jar and to do all manner of evil against your work, all while proclaiming your hand and your will revealed. We cannot be yours and do the works of Satan. We plead with you to cast that devil out from among us and teach us to bind him and cast him outside of our hearts that there be no place for him even until you come in your glory with our brothers and sisters in heaven that the family may be one on earth and peace reign until the end comes. Please grant us forgiveness that we may be found able, and willing, to establish a place of peace and safety, a refuge from the coming storm where all who will refuse to take up arms against their NEIGHBORS may flee and learn of your ways and walk in your paths. Forgive us of our rejection of your words. Forgive us of our stubborn and prideful ways that we seek all to often to set ourselves up as a light instead of holding up the only true light which is in You—that it may dwell in us also. We have done all the things you have asked us not to; we fight and we compel, we demand that others get on board and we share judgement when those invitations are rejected. We are filled with violence and censure, control, compulsion, and unrighteous dominion. We do not know how you will bring zion with this people but we plead that you will forgive us and save us from these our many sins. Restore us unto this covenant made new as we repent and accept all your words from whatever source they have come in this process. You have revealed and inspired this people much in spite of our mis use and lack of understanding regarding the revelations you give us. Father Ahman, forgive us please in the name of thy son!
We acknowledge before you that all may not agree with this statement and this prayer and that all may not accept this work as their guide and standard. We have no desire to compel others to accept this or to do anything other than declare what we believe to be true and from you. We declare the acceptance of those who have, and do, agree and accept this to be mutual and binding upon them and we declare our willingness to accept this statement into our scriptures and to receive any further correction and/or rebuke we have merited for our awful behavior. We believe that this statement of principles—like an unaltered U.S.Constitution could have guided the nation—can guide your people, if we will repent and demonstrate ourselves to be a moral and godly people, and that it can lead us from this small step into the coming truths necessary to bring again zion. We believe this preliminary and temporal step has been given to lead us into the gospel of Abraham. These rules to guide are not all eternal, in spite of it containing many eternal contents, but they are founded upon principles that have been ordained from the beginning to restore a lost and fallen people to the truth as it is had in you, O God, even Ahman the Eternal Father! With this we cry out to you in the name of Son Ahman that you may hear and answer our plea according to your abundant mercies and infinite wisdom in dealing as a perfect Father with your wayward and foolhardy children, Amen.
We plead with all, by means of invitation, to offer this prayer to the Lord as was given. We do not know how or through who He may choose to answer, and hope each will ask if the answer is to come through you. If so praise be to God!
An Answer to the Prayer for Guide and Standard Nonmancaaf Swhafugs dated November 16, 2017. Answer dated: November 28, 2017
(Darkened spots are for the sake of anonymity)
Father Ahman, this your servant you call xxxxxx do come to you through my dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, even Son Ahman, in behalf of my fellow brothers and sisters of the covenant who have offered a prayer regarding the Nonmancaaf Swhafugs Guide and Standard dated November 16, 2017. I had not felt prior to this week that I was to be an instrument through which the answer would come. I have tried to step away from the guide and standard process as it has been the source of division and strife. I have mourned over the events surrounding it. I sought peace and didn’t want to contend with my brothers and sisters. I feel inadequate in so many ways and felt that perhaps another may be whom you would work through to receive an answer for and in behalf of the offered prayer. I truthfully have feared receiving an answer that pertains to any but me or my family. A witness was born to me insomuch that I do now offer myself to you with the hope that I may be an instrument in your hands for good to receive an answer in behalf of their plea. I desire only to do your will.
Father, I thank you for your goodness and mercy. I thank you for your love and the promises made to the Fathers that allow us the opportunity to have a covenant offered again. I thank you for all the servants you have called that have labored diligently in the past and continue to labor diligently in the present to do according to your word. I am grateful for my fellow covenant brothers and sisters and their desire to do thy will and heed your voice. I am grateful for the prayer offered regarding this document. How grateful I am for your words found in scriptures and through your servant, Denver. I long for light and truth. It fills my soul and that is what I desire most – to be like you because you are light and truth. I know my many weaknesses. I feel discouraged myself because of my shortcomings, weaknesses and for the many mistakes I make. I want to do the right thing in your sight and be found worthy in the end. I know how fallen I am. I know how fallen we all are. I know I can do nothing good in my own strength. I also know you have made us many promises. Among them, you have told us to come to you. You have promised if we ask it shall be given unto us. You have told us that our sins, though scarlet can be white as snow. You have told us to come to you that you may take our burdens and make them light. You have told us you will fight our battles. You have told us you will succor us and make us sanctified. You have promised if we will produce good fruit, we will be partakers of the covenant and be grafted into the true vine. You have promised to give us many great and marvelous things. You have promised much more than this. I know the desires of many are to be a people worthy of preserving and this is likewise the desire of my heart. We need your help to do this, for we are indeed fallen! This I know. Therefore, I seek to know your will.
So many of my brothers and sisters are not sure what to do about the Guide and Standard because they fear if they speak up they are being Satan. They fear if they don’t go along with those who have stepped up since the covenant was offered with the definition or redefinition of what needs to happen and how it needs to happen that they are unworthy of the covenant, are not living it, are trouble makers and will possibly face further separation from their brothers and sisters. Many have been willing to receive what was given from the beginning but now are not sure about the different paths being offered. They feel confusion, frustration and sorrow over the contention. Many have already been separated from family, friends and church families and don’t want to be further separated. They want peace, not division. Yet, according to your words, there will be further division. Oh Father, help us know thy will!
Father, we recognize our ignorance. I recognize how difficult this is. We love our brothers and sisters and have seemingly not yet learned how to disagree without causing pain, even though you have asked us to do so.
Please help me, dear Father, hear your words. I know we all love you. I know we desire to serve you. I know so many long to be one with you. I believe that most truly want to do the right thing and be found worthy. I also know that confusion is not from you, nor is contention. Therefore, I seek in earnest to know of your will and your words on the matter.
I have studied the prayer and the answer offered from and given to your servant you call David. I have studied the prayer offered by my brothers and sisters of which I am petitioning you about. I have labored over the documents, talks and books given us by Denver. I have studied the covenant. I have labored for many years to know who and what you are, what your teachings are and to know of your will by studying the scriptures. I have tried to be obedient to that which you have asked of me. I beseech you to have mercy upon me as I seek for an answer. Please bring to my mind the things which you would have me know at this time. Help me know how to proceed. Help me be an instrument through which you can answer the prayer offered. Help those who you would have give heed to these words have ears to hear.
I plead for forgiveness for my many sins and weaknesses. I trust you when you say these weaknesses are a gift to humble me. I know they are designed to help me that I might seek for help from my dear Savior, that He may provide succor and relief, that He will make me purified in your sight through His atonement. I seek to bring forth fruit worthy of the covenant and of Zion. I know many of my brothers and sisters desire the same thing. We want to do that which is pleasing in your sight. Please help us become one with you and become a people that the heavens recognize and can work with to lay a foundation for Zion. We know that Zion is your work, your strange act. We know that it will be you alone who can bring it. We also know it is a mortal responsibility. We also know that there has to be a people that will rise up and bring forth fruit worthy of Zion. Help us do this dear, Father! We are weak, but in you we can be strong. We can do nothing in ourselves, but through Christ we can be made perfect. Help us, Father that we may be able to do this. Help me clearly hear your voice this day! Hedge up the adversary that he may have no part in this, that the words I hear be only yours.
I recognize that many think an answer of approval has already been given for the lot process. I recognize that many are still not happy with what has been done to date because they feel their vote was disregarded and that it doesn’t even matter anymore. I realize that many who want to (or already do) agree with the lots process feel this way because they desire unity, oneness, and have the belief that it satisfies your request for a document and that the process is a godly process. Many believe that casting lots is a good way to go forward with all assignments as we continue on this path. Many believe that representation as was set up by the Founding Fathers is also a good way to work as a group and that the work was already completed as such and should not be disregarded. Some feel the lots document produced is good because it has words from all of your servants in it and none from our brothers and sisters, so therefore we are in agreement. I recognize that this effort I now engage in by seeking an answer may divide. It is not division I seek, but to know what is your will. I seek an answer for the heartfelt plea offered by my brothers and sisters. Father, there is so much heartache, frustration and angst over the Guide and Standard and what the many months have produced – predominantly anger, hurt, division and frustration. Many desire to just be done and get it over with. I seek to know what your will is. I seek to know what is desired of me and any brothers and sisters who may hear your voice through me, your servant. I seek only your will. I ask that I may hear your voice clearly and be able to know of thy will regarding the “Nonmancaaf Swhafugs” document and the prayer offered regarding it.
Father, you have told us through your servant James, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
I seek to be single minded with your mind, not to waver. I seek to have a solid foundation and to put my trust only in you, for I know that cursed is he that puts his trust in the arm of flesh. I do not want to be double minded, or be swayed by every voice that cries lo here and lo there, to have my house built upon sand or to be led down dark paths. I seek light and truth. I seek to receive your answer, your words, your corrections, your chastisement, your rebuking when needed, your direction, and to know your will. I lack wisdom. I need wisdom and to know your will. There are so many voices proclaiming to be spokesmen for you with such differing messages that it oft times makes me wonder who everyone is hearing, for truly you are not the author of confusion. I need wisdom in abundance. I believe you when you say you give liberally and upbraideth not. May I receive your words and your answer this day?
xxxxxx, I am with you. I will and have forgiven you as many times as you have asked. I will continue to succor you and all others who seek me diligently and who will turn from evil doing to follow me and be obedient to my words. My way is not the world’s way. My path is not easy, but all I have to offer is available and offered freely to all who love me more than the world. To progress and become one with me requires that you serve only me, for you cannot serve two masters. This is difficult for most because the path you must trod is fraught with deceiving spirits, trials and all manner of trickery from the adversary who would capture the hearts of the children of men. Most love the enticements of the world with all the accolades offered for those whom men love and the pleasures that fill the senses and tantalize the carnal nature of man. The adversary need not tempt men to do great evils, but to convince them to believe things that are part truths, subtlety and unbelief that insure they miss the mark. He has many ways to entice mankind to seek pleasure and entertainment and distract them from the things of great worth. The adversary uses a measure of truth and cunning to deceive. It is beholden you to discern what is truth and what is not. You have requested an answer for yourself and for others. All I say to you I say to those who may receive this. It is pleasing to me that you have petitioned me for an answer. It was I who put it upon your heart to seek for this answer; therefore, I will give you an answer this day. I have much to say to you at this time.
Great is the workmanship of my hands. As I stated to my son, Enoch, “And among all the workmanship of my hands there has not been so great wickedness as among thy brethren, but, behold, their sins shall be upon the heads of their fathers, Satan shall be their father, and misery shall be their doom, and the whole heavens shall weep over them, even all the workmanship of my hands.” The time you are in patterns the time before the great flood. It was prophesied “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot: they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded, but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” As my servant, David warned, it is the end of the times of the gentiles. My spirit is withdrawing. Men’s hearts will wax cold. I will honor the promise made that I will not flood the earth again, but this time the earth will be cleansed by fire. Great tribulation will soon be upon mankind. I will use the wicked to destroy the wicked. The earth will assist in cleansing herself of all unrighteousness for she longs to rest from the wickedness that prevails upon her. She longs for righteous men and women to dwell and prosper upon her, wherein she will no longer withhold her great bounty for those whom are worthy to receive. She longs for rest from the wickedness that has been prevalent.
I will honor the promises made to those who keep the covenant and protect them in the day of the harvest. Those who are mine need not fear but prepare with joy and rejoicing. Give heed to my words and all will be well with you at the time of judgment. I will lead you to do that which is pleasing in my sight if you will be obedient. There is yet a great work to be done.
Great is the plan of salvation and the freedom of choice allotted to man so they can choose for themselves to rise up or to dwindle in unbelief. There must needs be opposition in all things so that each person may learn to discern good from evil. Each person must be able to discern who they are speaking to by studying out the message they receive. They must try the spirits. They must test the message. If they do not know me, they will be easily persuaded that something is my will or is truth that is not. They will attribute something to me that is not of me. It has been said: “The Church must be cleansed, and I proclaim against all iniquity. A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge, for if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into captivity by some evil power in the other world, as evil spirits will have more knowledge, and consequently more power than many men who are on the earth. Hence it needs revelation to assist us and give us knowledge of the things of God.” It is likewise true that many spirits abound in this world at this time that have more knowledge than most of the children of men. Unless you can discern what is truth, you will be led into dark paths and not receive all I have to offer, but receive your reward from him who will lay claim on you. It is true that I am a fisher of men. It is likewise true that the adversary is seeking to capture the hearts of the children of men. Evil spirits seek to capture all, especially those who would aspire to be like me whether they are here or elsewhere. Lucifer had attained great knowledge and great light and yet he fell. You must ever be vigilant and not give heed to the darkness which delights in deception. Do not give heed to that which is not of me. Light is greater than darkness, but it is you who must seek for that light. Light will always overcome darkness if it is treasured and given heed to. Fortify yourself. Cleanse yourselves from that which entices evil to abide. Cleanse your environment and purify your mind. Seek for my armor and my help. I will help you if you will but ask. If you abide by my covenant you will receive more light, more warmth and you will shine brightly. Your minds will be enlightened and your hearts will be warm. All of my promises are sure for those who will abide by the terms of the covenant. You may be the means to achieve much righteousness upon the earth.
Do not let this knowledge of deceiving spirits discourage you or any other from diligently pursuing my voice. I know why each person does what they do. I am a righteous judge. Each person must do according to the dictates of their own conscience. I can use everything for your ultimate good, even your failures. Everything is an opportunity to learn. This does not justify sin. For you cannot be saved in your sins. No unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven. If you will forsake your sins, I will succor you and purify you, but you must turn to me and not give heed to the spirits who would deceive you. It is my desire that you walk in faith, hope and trust believing that if you ask for bread I will not give you a stone. If you seek diligently you will be rewarded accordingly. I love my children. It is written, “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”. Great and marvelous are my works and my ways. For all who seek me will find me. My word is truth and my promises sure. You must know of my true character, nature, perfections and attributes in order to be certain of truth and to exercise faith in me, unto life and salvation. Sacrifice is likewise required. It is written, “When a man has offered in sacrifice all that he has for the truth’s sake, not even withholding his life, and believing before God that he has been called to make this sacrifice, because he seeks to do his will, he does know most assuredly that God does accept his sacrifice and offering, and that he has not nor will not seek his face in vain. Under these circumstances then, he can obtain the faith necessary for him to lay hold on eternal life. It is vain for persons to fancy to themselves that they are heirs with those, or can be heirs with them, who have offered their all in sacrifice, and by this means obtained faith in God and favor with him so as to obtain eternal life, unless they in like manner offer unto him the same sacrifice, and through that offering obtain the knowledge that they are accepted of him.” This you know as I have asked much of you. Begrudge it not. I ask all of my children and require all of my children who want to be one with me the same.
You must all know for yourselves that the path you are on is pleasing to me and acceptable before my sight. This requires sacrifice. It is pleasing to me that you accepted the covenant. It is not pleasing if you abide not in it. For you to flee Babylon you must be able to know for a surety that you are doing what I would have you do. You cannot come to Zion and bring Babylon with you. They are incompatible. Do you know that which you still cling to that is not of me?
I ask all my children: What price will you pay to be one with me? Will you forsake the world for the things of great import? Will you trust me and develop mighty faith because of your belief in me? Will you bring forth fruit unto repentance? Will you seek diligently the words of my servants and do what they say?
It is true that many do seek me and desire to do my will. There are the humble, obedient and meek among you. It is also true that many seek my words but fail to do that which I have taught them and require of them if they want to be mine. The pull of the world is too great so they speak of me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. They study my words but fail to do what they say. They justify lingering in the ways of Babylon. They justify a little sin here and a little sin there. They love their possessions, positions, status, approval from man and the things of the world more than that which I have asked of them. I have clearly outlined what is required to be claimed as mine and as is stated in scripture: be grafted into the true vine. How are you knitting your hearts together in your fellowships? How are you treating your brothers and sisters? Are you seeking to leave the things of this world? How are you preparing to be a Zion family? You cannot abide in that which you have not attained to. To be part of the covenant people requires that you not just say with your lips but do with your eye single to my glory. It requires action on your part. If any will come to me, they will be guided to know what they should do and what they need to overcome. It is wisdom to ask, “What lack I yet?” It is even greater wisdom to do that which you are told after you ask. If it be of me, it will produce good fruit.
The scriptures are gifts to help each of my children know (or discern) what is truth and what is not. My servant has labored diligently in this dispensation anew that things may be set aright or in order again. Many have labored over the words to restore them to the best of their ability. This is pleasing unto me. For those who have eyes to see and ears to hear the scriptures are a guide to help you. They will testify of truth. To disregard the scriptures is not wisdom in me and to those who do, they do so at their own peril. Many recognize that the church has strayed from the truths necessary for eternal life. To recognize this is wise so that you can cast off unbelief. However, it is beholden you to know what is my will and what is truth. You also must know what is untruth or in other words what is a lie. This requires judgment, discernment and wisdom. You may know my will and know truth by laboring over the scriptures and the words of my servant, David that they may be a light unto you and that you may hear my voice as you study. I will also lead you to more truth and yet more will be revealed in due time. Now is the time for my people to rise up; to repent and become one.
When I say become one it should not be the goal to be one with each other. Being one with each other is a natural byproduct of being one with me. Likewise it is with mutual agreement. I and the Father are one, and I may be one with you and you may be one with me. He that treasures my teachings, and stands ready, watching for every communication I send him, is he who shows love for me. Those who show love for me, my Father will show love to them, and I love all those, and I will personally minister to them. You cannot be one with each other by seeking oneness with man. It is not mutual agreement with man, nor oneness with man that you must seek. It is my mind, my will and my ways you must seek. It is mutual agreement with me that you must seek. It is oneness with me you must have. Then, by merit of being one with me, you will be one with your brothers and sisters who are likewise one with me. Man is quarrelsome and cantankerous. They are fallen. So to seek to be one with man is to seek to be one with the fallen. I will knit hearts together. It is an easy thing to do. When all who are seeking to be one with me and become one with me gather together, there is no division, there is no ill-will. There is no fear. Love abounds. For those who will take their disputes to me and trust that I will fight their battles, there is no need to contend with their brothers or sisters. Pestilence corrupts and destroys. Wickedness cannot bring happiness. To be tempted and tried is wisdom in me. Seek not to be one with the natural, carnal man. Remember, the words of King Benjamin “…the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” Are you willing to trust me and put off the natural man? Are you willing to submit to the will of your Father?
Treat all your brothers and sister with love and charity, but seek not the mind of man. Seek the mind of the Holy Spirit that animates the mind of those whom are one with me and bears witness of all truth. Why did my disciples at Bountiful pray for that which they desired most and it was to receive the Holy Ghost? They knew this was vital for them to enable them to walk in my ways. It would enable them to have my mind and be connected to the heavens. It would enable them to do the work of teaching to those who were the more righteous who survived but were not at Bountiful when I came. Their ability to be one with me helped the people likewise be one with me and therefore one with each other. They did live in peace for many years as a result. This same oneness will be needed to bind Satan for a thousand years. How can he be bound if you are not one with me? How can he be bound if you serve him? You can only serve one master. If my people will truly know my mind and will which is the mind and will of God and receive a fullness of the glory of the Father – possessing the same mind with the Father; which Mind is the Holy Spirit, that bears record of the Father and the Son; and these three are one, or in other words, these three constitute the great, matchless governing, and supreme power over all things; by whom all things were created and made: then they can walk in oneness according to my will and they will be one with each other. As I have said, mutual agreement and oneness is only achieved when mankind will become one with me. It cannot be achieved when men seek to be one with each other for without the Holy Spirit or the mind and will of us who are one you cannot be one. I have promised that all who believe in the words of my disciples will receive the Holy Ghost. I have promised that they who believe on their words, that they believe in me, I may be one in them as is my Father in me, that we may be one.
I am an unchanging God. I do not teach wickedness nor condone wickedness. I am a God of truth and light and in me there is no darkness. My servant, John witnessed to the saints these things:
“God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth.” My servant David has warned that the gulf between darkness and light is going to widen. The hearts of the children of men will soon wax cold. My servant John likewise stated “If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us.” Repent therefore and be a peaceable people seeking righteousness and seek to be one with me.
xxxxxx, those who have partaken of the covenant sin when they look for the mote in the eyes of their brother and look not at the beam in their own eye. My mercy and grace is sufficient for all who turn to me and repent. It is spoken by some that you must not judge and therefore if you will not judge there is no sin because it is judgement that makes something right or wrong. This is an abomination before me and doctrine of the devil. It is truth that you must not judge unrighteously and that with what measure you judge you shall be judged. My servant, Moroni clearly stated “Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not judge that which is evil to be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil. For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night. For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God. But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him. And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged.” It is not a sin to speak truth. Nor is it unrighteous judgment to identify sin. It is unrighteous judgment to condemn your brother or sister and think that you know his or her standing before me. Cleanse yourself!
Again I say to you, it is plainly written there is good and evil. Take heed of what you say that you do not murder the souls of man by leading them astray as Alma stated while he mourned his past mistakes. Beware of those who say there is no sin, and therefore there is no judgment. Each person will be judged by a just and merciful God and therefore it is not beholden you to judge another’s standing before me but to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling and rise up for yourself. You must be able to discern good from evil, truth from error. You must love your brothers and sisters. You must treat all with kindness, charity, compassion and seek to lift up the downtrodden and remove the burdens of others if it is within your power. Do these for all you come in contact with and be a light to the world. All are my children. All are precious in my sight. All will not be partakers of Zion.
Fellowships are a place to practice living after a higher order – should you choose to do so. This is why tithing should be first used in the fellowship. Zion requires a kind of interdependence that most find abhorrent in your modern gentile world. You must rid yourselves of your independence and develop an interdependence upon each other, while keeping your eye on me and your actions worthy of being called my people. Do all you can do to draw near unto me and to knit your hearts together with your fellowships as you serve one another. Organize yourselves in fellowships according to your desires, meeting with whom you desire. You know that when you are in the service of your fellow beings you are only in the service of your God. Serve each other. It is wisdom in me that you draw close together and spend time together in worship, study and prayer – calling on my name in behalf of your brothers and sisters. It is wisdom that you labor together to know my words and my will; likewise labor to serve one another with gratitude and gladness in your hearts. Like attracts like, intelligence cleaves unto intelligence. People will be drawn to each other as light attracts light and shines forth in the darkness.
When I tell you to love one another, it doesn’t mean to condone sin nor encourage sin. Sin cannot be justified as good. Stand for truth and serve with love and compassion. Try to lift up your brothers and sisters. Teach each other with gentle persuasion and with kindness. Learn to respectfully disagree. Love others by serving them, even those who you would not normally associate with. Help the downtrodden when you can. Give when you can.
Charity is necessary for all of my children to have if they will be one with me. Charity is defined as the pure love of Christ. I have atoned for all mankind. I love everyone and have paid the price for their sins, which was a great price to pay. It is indeed my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. It is my job to succor those who will seek me and repent of their ways to become a new person through me. However, I also abide in the law, even now. All mankind will be judged according to the law. That is why at my coming the wicked will not survive but will be cast into the fire and burned like chaff. This is also love. One cannot abide in a glory that one has not attained to. Law is not without love, nor love without the law.
My servant, Joseph expounded on the law in the Doctrine and Covenants. Each degree of glory has laws associated with it. To abide in that glory one must abide by that law. Every blessing is predicated upon a law of obedience. I lived the law perfectly. I lived among Telestial people and lived laws that govern higher spheres to show the way. I freely forgave and continue to do so. I am qualified to succor my children. I have and I will petition each person I interact with to go and sin no more because wickedness never was happiness and no unclean thing can enter the kingdom of God. One cannot abide in me and continue in the path of wickedness. When I tarried among the children of men and taught how to live the law perfectly, I taught many things that people don’t quite understand. My words say thus: Behold, it is written by them of old time that thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say unto you that whosoever looks on a woman, to lust after her, has committed adultery with her already in his heart. I would add this is true for a woman who lusts after a man. Behold, I give unto you a commandment, that you suffer none of these things to enter into your heart; for it is better that ye should deny yourselves of these things, wherein you will take up your cross, than that you should be cast into hell.
The desires of the heart or the lust of the flesh is the seed to the action. Because you reap what you sow, your thoughts condemn you. The lusts of the flesh or the negative emotions you cling to are seeds for the adversary who would have you not be pure in heart and would love to see you fail in rising up. It is likewise true that anger and hate is the seed to murder. All of these things must be removed from within you. You need a new heart, a soft heart, one that is not polluted by corruption. Ananias and Sapphira could not commit the sins they did, such as conspiring and lying and live because when a group of people attain to a level of a higher order and are bound by covenant or the laws pertaining to that order, none can commit the sins of a lower order and live among those of a higher degree of glory, or higher order or in other words, with those who abide by the covenant. My covenant entails rising up – which means in part attaining to a higher order or the Terrestrial or Celestial way of being. A Telestial sphere belongs to those who would not receive all I have to offer, who cling to the philosophies of men, idolatry and the things of this world. More will be revealed to those who seek earnestly to understand the requirements of those who can abide in each kingdom. None can lie to me. I know all things from beginning to end. I know your thoughts and desires. To abide in Zion you must be able to abide by the laws that govern it. My servant, David has taught, “It’s a good thing we have forfeited the power to make authoritative covenants from time to time. Because if we really had everything we claim, and if we lived under an obligation God would honor, then chose to violate it as we do, God would act to enforce the violation. That will be the case when Zion is again upon the earth. In Zion you will not be able to endure a Terrestrial glory in a Telestial state. Lying, stealing, deceiving, adultery, and whoremongering are all abominations that people prize in this generation. Lusts, ambitions, desires to lord over one another are common afflictions of the Gentile. All of those things are only tolerated a level below what Zion requires.” Those who wish to be in Zion must abide by the laws that pertain to Zion. Wickedness will not be there, for wickedness is of the devil and he will be bound. The righteous will bind Satan by their righteousness and by living the laws of the higher kingdoms of glory or of a higher order where Satan is not. Satan has no power over you unless you allow him to have it. You cannot defeat him if you know not his ways. Thus, the glory of God is intelligence. Heed my words and live.
I know that you are all struggling to shake off the shackles of Babylon and rise up. This is not an easy task to do, but because of my promises to the Fathers, I am willing to work with those who will forsake the world and turn to me. My grace and mercy is sufficient for those who seek diligently. I don’t expect you to not make mistakes. I do expect you to live in harmony with that which you desire and that which is given you. Remember, you cannot love the world or you will not be one with me. My servant John said “Love not the world, neither the things that are of the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all in the world that is of the lusts of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” Rise up my children! Turn your thoughts to me and walk in my ways and you shall receive all I have to offer.
There are many who are exasperated over the Guide and Standard. I know this. I know the hearts of my children. I have heard the fervent prayers offered by many. It is wisdom in me that my servant, David not participate in drafting the document. xxxxxx, the hearts of the people have been exposed. Some will not hear any but my servant David, Joseph or the scriptures. Some will not listen to anyone unless it comes from themselves, thinking all others are wrong and they alone know truth. Many think they are learned and therefore wise. Some seek the accolades of man and in their hearts desire chief seats. Some think the lowly to be of no worth. Others think they have no place in my kingdom and no voice. Some are vain, proud and ambitious. Some are seeking not to contend, but to be peacemakers and to find solutions. I love all my children. Even though I love all of them, all will not be in Zion. All of them will not rise up. At this point most of my children are still wounded from their many years in Babylon and their exposure to the gentile way of thinking. Many, both gentiles and those who deem themselves not to be gentiles, are still in darkness because of the traditions of men, their unbelief and because of the deceptions of spirits who would bind them to the father of darkness. Others are yet oppressed by the darkness of their minds because they have not forsaken the world and come unto me, so they hear me not. Some depend on my servant, David instead of taking his words and doing what he and all my servants have taught – to be one with me and hear my voice. You cannot do the work that is yet to be done if you do not hear my voice. If you hear my voice, you recognize my voice from wherever it comes. The Holy Spirit testifies of all truth. Truth does not beget confusion, but begets light. Seek for that which my disciples valued most and all shall be given you.
All of the documents have contained truth. It wasn’t just about the document. It was also about the people. How can you be a covenant people if you are quarrelsome and align yourself with the adversary who laughs as he sees you listen to his angels and contend with one another? Do you show kindness to your brothers and sisters if you don’t agree with them? You do not have to agree with man in order to not be quarrelsome. You must disagree respectfully. You must allow agency and not coerce, compel or demand uniformity, compliance or obedience. Satan seeks to thwart the work I have promised to the Fathers to bring forth Zion in the latter days. There may not be many who will do the work required, but some few will.
How are you to proceed as a people? Agency must be preserved. There can be no compulsion to abide by anything except that which man chooses for himself. I have told you to reason together, to use gentle persuasion and to come unto me. I have told you to pray for answers and to bring your disputes unto me. Though this was done, it was only done with the intent to start anew and discard that which was given. It matters not to me which document is used by the people for if their hearts are hardened toward each other none of it is of worth. However, if my people will repent and not be darkened in their minds, a guide and standard may be of great worth. Nothing is of worth to the children of men if they will not hearken to the gifts and truths that have been given. If mankind will not receive a gift, it is counted against them.
My servant, Jacob taught wisdom and truth when he stated, “O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish. But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God. But wo unto the rich, who are rich as to the things of the world. For because they are rich they despise the poor, and they persecute the meek, and their hearts are upon their treasures; wherefore, their treasure is their god. And behold, their treasure shall perish with them also. And wo unto the deaf that will not hear; for they shall perish. Wo unto the blind that will not see; for they shall perish also. Wo unto the uncircumcised of heart, for a knowledge of their iniquities shall smite them at the last day. Wo unto the liar, for he shall be thrust down to hell. Wo unto the murderer who deliberately killeth, for he shall die. Wo unto them who commit whoredoms, for they shall be thrust down to hell. Yea, wo unto those that worship idols, for the devil of all devils delighteth in them. And, in fine, wo unto all those who die in their sins; for they shall return to God, and behold his face, and remain in their sins. O, my beloved brethren, remember the awfulness in transgressing against that Holy God, and also the awfulness of yielding to the enticings of that cunning one. Remember, to be carnally-minded is death, and to be spiritually-minded is life eternal.”
xxxxxx, my sheep hear my voice whether it comes through my mouth or the mouths of my servants. My people must be able to hear my voice through my servants, however unlikely a source it may seem. Men, in their vanity and pride do not like to hear my words from their peers. In the days of Moses he lamented that he wished all men were prophets. In the days of Lehi, there were many prophets and Lehi heard them, but most did not. Nearly all would not hear Lehi as well. In the days of Zion, all men will be prophets. How do you think you will all be equal? How are you equal now? You are all equal now in your ability to choose. You are all equal to receive all I have to offer. You are equal in your ability to come unto me for I am no respecter of persons. You are equal in the disparity of results of your chosen paths or in other words equal to receive the consequences of your choices showing that I am patient and loving to all my children. You are all equal in my eyes and all equal to receive the judgment according to the law. Those in Zion will all be equal in being one with me, for they will all know me. It is said that all will know the Lord and be like Him. This is true. None else will dwell in Zion.
As for the “Nonmancaaf Swhafugs” document, it is a preservation of all things given of me through servants other than David. It is of great worth. Not because the words are perfect (though there is truth and wisdom in them) but because it allows for others to hear my voice and for others to hear my voice through someone other than David. This is wisdom in me as well. The words contained in this document are sufficient for the task that has been asked of you. It disregards nothing that was given. It is acceptable to me and pleasing in my sight. It contains wisdom and will be a help to those who know not of the culture most of you come from. It will help fellowships be successful if they take heed to the words. It is true, that this task was an easy task. It could have been done long before now. Yet, in the process of asking for a Guide and Standard, a greater purpose has been served. Those who abide by the truths found therein will be greatly blessed.
The doctrine of Christ is clearly laid out in many places. It is stated in the document, but it should be elaborated on for those who are new to the faith. If you are going to use the reference in 3rd Nephi, use the more complete quote which is: Behold, verily, verily I say unto you, I will declare unto you my doctrine. And this is my doctrine and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me, and I bear record of the Father and the Father beareth record of me and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me, and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men everywhere to repent and believe in me. And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved, and they are they who shall inherit the kingdom of God. And whoso believeth not in me and is not baptized shall be damned. Verily, verily I say unto you that this is my doctrine and I bear record of it from the Father. And whoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also, and unto him will the Father bear record of me for he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost. And thus will the Father bear record of me and the Holy Ghost will bear record unto him of the Father and me, for the Father and I and the Holy Ghost are one. And again I say unto you, Ye must repent and become as a little child and be baptized in my name or ye can in nowise receive these things. And again I say unto you, Ye must repent and be baptized in my name and become as a little child or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God. Verily, verily I say unto you that this is my doctrine. And whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them. And whoso shall declare more or less than this and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil and is not built upon my rock, but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation and the gates of hell standeth open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them. Therefore go forth unto this people and declare the words which I have spoken unto the ends of the earth.
Enoch was taught that, “If thou wilt, turn unto me and hearken unto my voice, and believe, and repent of all thy transgressions, and be baptized, even in water, in the name of mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth, which is Jesus Christ, the only name which shall be given under heaven, whereby salvation shall come unto the children of men, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, asking all things in his name, and whatsoever ye shall ask it shall be given you.” How important is it that my children turn to me, hearken to my voice, believe and repent of their transgressions, be baptized in the authorized manner, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and be able to ask all things and have it be given! This should be adhered to by those who wish to be one with me.
As a people you must heed the counsel found in the scriptures. Nephi taught, “I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me if I ask not amiss. Therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee.” Do this, my children and live. Jarrings, contentions, evnyings, strifes and ambitious and covetous desires impede hearing the voice of the Lord and pollute the inheritances of a people of God. When a choice is offered, it must be freely offered with no compulsion used to coerce compliance. If there is a group of people who desire to ratify “Nonmancaaf Swhafugs”, they are free to do so. If there is a group of people who wish to govern by the principles laid out by lots (which also contains words that are truth), they are free to do so. If there is a people who desire to live by none of them, they are free to do so. No document should be forced upon the people. It is pleasing to me that a choice is offered to the people by vote. They must be able to freely choose. Know this, that if a people choose righteously, it will be of great worth to go by the voice of the people. If they do not, those who recognize the dangers of the voice of the people who have chosen unwisely, must act according to the dictates of their own conscience and choose light over darkness. The Guide and Standard is given by wisdom, not by command. Do not use force, compulsion or coercion to seek compliance and feigned unity. I ask you to be one. Be one with me first. Seek not the council of men, but seek to know of my way and abide in that.
Great care should be taken regarding which path is chosen. One leads to further light, the other leads to a darkening of the mind and a false sense of security. Be faithful, my child. It is my desire that you continue on with that which I have commanded you. If you are faithful to me, I will exalt you on high. This same promise is true for all who love me more than the world and bring forth fruit worthy of repentance; good fruit instead of bitter fruit. Be not deceived as you study things out for yourself.
As my righteous son, Lehi so wisely taught, “For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility. Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the justice of God. And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away. And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon. And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter. Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other.” It is wisdom before me that you must all choose for yourself. You must choose. It’s always about choice. Choose you this day.
As was revealed to the elders of the church, “And now behold I give unto you a commandment that when ye are assembled yourselves together, ye shall note with a pen how to act and for my church to act upon the points of my law and commandments which I have given. And thus it shall become a law unto you being sanctified by that which ye have received, that ye shall bind yourselves to act in all holiness before me, that inasmuch as ye do this, glory shall be added to the kingdom which ye have received. Inasmuch as ye do it not it shall be taken, even that which ye have received. Purge ye out the iniquity which is among you, sanctify yourselves before me, and seek for the glories of the kingdom. …Sanctify yourselves and ye shall be endowed with power that ye may give even as I have spoken.”
These words, though not pertaining to a Guide and Standard when given are still wisdom in me. The law and commandments are found in scripture and you must abide by them, purge out iniquity among you and sanctify yourselves before me. You must seek me individually, as families, as fellowships and as a people and petition me to know what you lack yet. If you will come to know the laws and the glories of the kingdom, and abide therein, you will be endowed with power and glory.
Be patient with each other even as I am patient with you. Forgive each other quickly. Do not judge your brothers and sisters harshly. Each of you have stumbled and have fallen many times and have nothing to boast of. Has it not been said, “O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea, even they are less than the dust of the earth. For behold, the dust of the earth moveth hither and thither, to the dividing asunder, at the command of our great and everlasting God”? Do not all my creations obey my command? Yes, all are obedient to my voice except the children of men who listen to him who would deceive and angels who love darkness more than light, but the day will come when they, too shall be bound. Those who choose darkness over light will not be one with me and will not become as I am.
Boast not in yourselves as a people. To be offered a covenant is important but unless you bring forth good fruit it benefits you not and is of no worth to you. You will not abide the day unless you abide the conditions of the covenant. You have all fallen many times. You are all in need of the atonement. Therefore, be kind to your brothers and sisters if they fall or stumble. Help lift your brothers and sisters. Be a light unto the world. “O how foolish, and how vain, and how evil, and devilish, and how quick to do iniquity, and how slow to do good, are the children of men; yea, how quick to hearken unto the words of the evil one, and to set their hearts upon the vain things of the world!” Be not of the world, but be one with me and walk in light and truth. Be a light unto the world.
Though all will not be in Zion, it is not your place to wonder who will be there and who will not for you know not. You cannot know a person’s standing before me. You are told you may judge the fruit. That which is good brings forth good fruit. Even still each person has an opportunity to repent and come unto me. It is not over until it is over. I labor until the last day.
Like attracts like; light attracts light. A natural association will start to occur as light clings to light to form greater light. Those who hear my voice will be guided. All challenges, trials and experiences you have faced or will face are for your benefit and good. Though your trials may seem great and your setbacks many, it is yet a small moment in time. Be grateful for the experiences you have which provide wisdom, knowledge and a greater understanding pertaining to matters of great import. All things shall come to pass and the earth and its righteous inhabitants will live in peace and prosperity. All things that help you discern good from evil are of great benefit. Be grateful for all things, even your trials. Be happy and enjoy life as you strive to be one with me. Mortality is a blessing, It provides the much needed opportunity to develop faith and be proven So, choose you this day whom you will serve.
The words given in times past are relevant yet again: Remember this which I tell you before, that you may lay it to heart and receive that which shall follow. Behold, verily I say unto you, For this cause I have sent you, that you might be obedient and that your hearts might be prepared to bear testimony of the things which are to come, and also that you might be honored of laying the foundation and of bearing record of the land upon which the Zion of God shall stand. 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, yea a supper of the House of the Lord, well prepared unto which all nations shall be invited: firstly the rich and the learned, the wise and the noble, 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.
Behold, I the Lord have spoken it. Let no man think that he is ruler, but let God rule him that judgeth, according to the counsel of his own will [or in other words] him that counseleth or setteth upon the Judgment seat.
Who am I that made man, saith the Lord, that will hold him guiltless that obey not my commandments? Wherefore let them bring their families to this land as they shall counsel between them and me, for behold it is not meet that I should command in all things for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant, wherefore he receiveth no reward. Verily I say, Men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause and do many things of their own free will and bring to pass much righteousness, for the power is in them wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men are good they shall in no wise lose their reward, but he that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with a doubtful heart and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned. Who am I, saith the Lord, that have promised and have not fulfilled? I command and a man obeys not, I revoke and they receive not the blessing, then they say in their hearts, This is not the work of the Lord for his promises are not fulfilled. But wo unto such, for their reward lurketh beneath and not from above.
The Guide and Standard will be a tool to help those who know nothing of your culture, are not familiar with the traditions of the LDS faith that so many of you are coming out of and for those who know not how to establish a fellowship. It will help those already in a fellowship be more united with each other. It can be a tool to help alleviate contention and disputations. It should contain that which is particularly relevant in this dispensation of time and not found in traditional scripture, which it does. Again I remind you that as you are in a Telestial state, seek for that which is good fruit that you may be able to abide with those in Zion, for all in Zion will have good fruit meet for repentance and live laws higher than the Telestial laws in which you now abide.
Present all of the documents to the people and let them choose for themselves. Let it be according to the voice of the people, while allowing people the freedom to choose for themselves. It shall be given by way of wisdom, not by command.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Father, I am feeling completely unsettled and great sorrow because I know I have done that which is not pleasing in your sight. Please forgive me! Will you please tell me how to rectify that which I have done that was amiss? I want to do your will and not mine. I recognize my error and come before you now with remorse and ask you to please, please forgive me! I have sorrow that is beyond belief as I am convicted by my guilt and sorrow for my weakness. I stand before you accepting a rebuking, for my spirit is not at ease, but troubled deeply.
I know I didn’t do all I was supposed to do. I know I didn’t add all that was needed to be added. In my weakness and fatigue, I didn’t listen more. I ask forgiveness for not completing the task assigned to me. I did not add all I should. I stopped too soon. I am humbled and rebuked. Will you please finish your corrections to me that my soul may have peace and that I may not stand ashamed before you? Please correct me.
XXXXXX, I have told you many times that I freely forgive all who come unto me seeking forgiveness. I forgive you and I love you. I must tell you again: Do not fear man. You feared the length of an answer and this is not pleasing unto me. You feared adding more because of possible criticisms. You feared adding to the document or making changes, when in fact the prayer asked for my corrections. When you are tired, you may rest and come back to me to receive more. You didn’t do that. You did not give enough time with the document for the added corrections. XXXXXX, you must listen and obey if you are going to walk with me and do my will.
It is true that the documents are not as important as what has transpired during the process of producing the document. This does not excuse you from not heeding my voice and finishing that which I gave you to finish. This document can still be an instrument for good for many people and it needs further correcting. It matters not if most reject this document. How many times have I told you that the world is not easily persuaded? Some will abide by it and be blessed by it. How many times have I reminded you to listen and obey? If you ask, you must listen. Remember, my child, it matters not what man may say. It matters not if most reject this. You will stand before me and be accountable for your own actions, therefore, seek to be one with me and not with the world. Seek to hear my words and abide by them. I do forgive you, my child. Listen now.
Here is what you did not finish. These corrections will help those who are new in their understanding. It will also help alleviate contention and disputations that have arisen as fellowships have gathered.
I already made the request for the full scripture reference to be given on the Doctrine of Christ, as it is important that those who search realize there is greater depth to the Doctrine of Christ to be had.
In the section titled the Doctrine of Christ where it speaks about repentance (the paragraph after the scripture reference that you have amended) it should start with this:
In order for a foundation to be built upon the rock of Christ, you need to turn to Christ, hearken to His voice, believe and repent of your transgressions, be baptized in water in His name (reference the baptismal prayer in footnotes or say see section on baptism), and receive the Holy Ghost. If you will do this, you will be able to ask all things and have it be given. (Genesis 4 para. 7)
You may then add this:
Repentance, which includes turning from error and ignorance to face God, is the guiding principle of God’s house. To produce fruit meet for the Father’s kingdom, groundwork must be provided by God that is outlined in the Doctrine of Christ.
This next part should be moved to the section about Fellowships: Part of the progression toward that end is fellowshipping as family and friends into independently governed groups. A fullness of charity, the greatest of all virtues, can only be gained as we reach outside ourselves and our families to become one through the love of God.
Concerning Baptism and Sacrament:
Even though there are many clarifying statements from my servant, David and in the scriptures there are still disputations regarding baptism and the sacrament. Adjust this section as follows:
Baptize as set forth in the Book of Mormon.
‘And he said unto them: On this wise shall ye baptize: and there shall be no disputations among you. Verily I say unto you, that whoso repenteth of his sins through your words, and desireth to be baptized in my name, on this wise shall ye baptize them:
Behold, ye shall go down and stand in the water and in my name shall ye baptize them. And now behold, these are the words which ye shall say, calling them by name, saying:
Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.’
Baptism should be according to the age of accountability which is the age of 8 as revealed by my servant Joseph. (Genesis 7 para. 23). Moroni 8 is given as wisdom in me that you do not mock me and put trust in dead works, denying my mercy and the power of the Spirit by baptizing your little children.
None should be received unto baptism unless they have understood and accepted the Doctrine of Christ, and none, except little children, are considered worthy to partake of the sacrament if they have not repented and been baptized. Baptisms should be performed in living water if possible. Baptism should be offered freely to all willing souls and their names recorded. If possible, they should be liberally welcomed into fellowship.
The sacrament should be taken in the way God commanded. Partake of the sacrament in your families and in your gatherings. Christ commanded it. Follow the pattern in T&C JSH:June-end 1829 para. 24 (page 32) and Moroni 4. Kneel with the church. Use wine. If you are opposed to alcohol or have a medical condition that prevents you from using wine, use red grape juice. Use the symbol of the blood of our Lord. Red wine is bitter for a reason. Drinking that bitter wine in remembrance of His blood is symbolic and appropriate. (PtR p. 521)
Provided the proper prayer, emblems and if possible, position (kneeling) are used (Moroni 4-5), the Sacrament may be administered to the body of the church in a number of ways. The officiator may break and bless the bread, immediately blessing the wine, so that all may partake of the sacramental emblems together, or the emblems may be blessed and consumed separately. Either is acceptable so long as it is done with an eye single to God’s glory.
If the priest and the congregation desire to make an oath that they will always remember Him, then let any who so desire raise the right arm to the square as a signal that they are holding themselves to the sharp corner of truth and squareness in their commitment to God to always remember Him. The Lord, in turn, promises to reciprocate, filling us with His Spirit. The Lord provides these ordinances as the means by which He may fill us with His Spirit.
Concerning the Government of Fellowships:
Begin with: Part of the progression toward that end becoming a Zion family is fellowshipping as family and friends in independently governed groups. A fullness of charity, the greatest of all virtues, can only be gained as we reach outside ourselves and our families to become one through the love of God. Fellowships are a means by which people may become united in love and become precious to each other, while helping bear one another’s burdens.
Now you may continue with: The principles required to elevate a body of believers into the body of Christ are found within the Book of Mormon and the former commandments. ‘Therefore verily I say unto you my friends, Call your solemn assembly as I have commanded you, and as all have not faith, seek ye diligently, and teach one another words of wisdom, yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning even by study and also by faith.’ (T&C 86 para. 29)
Let this be the manner in which you come together to worship: And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls. And they did meet together oft to partake of bread and wine, in remembrance of the Lord Jesus. (Moroni 6 para. 2)
It is wisdom that fellowships should be governed after the manner of the workings of the Spirit, and by the power of the Holy Ghost; for by the power of the Holy Ghost you will be led whether to preach, or to exhort, or to pray, or to supplicate, or to sing. (Moroni 6 para. 2)
You may continue with the paragraph: Fellowship of believers… and keep all of the rest in the section as it is.
Concerning Tithing and Sacrifice:
Please change this section to read as follows:
Tithing in fellowships is a necessary step to becoming a Zion family. Tithes and offerings follow the principle of sacrifice. If we cannot help our brothers and sisters who are poor among us through tithing, how can we entertain the thought that we will be able to have all things in common later? Therefore it is wisdom that our tithes first meet the needs of the poor in our fellowships. Tithes, once collected, should then be administered to others by the common consent of the fellowship. When dispersing tithing funds, women should contribute to the process so that decisions are made in wisdom and needs are considered which women alone may recognize.
Having petitioned the Lord, He explained that the purpose of tithing ‘was never to establish a wealthy general fund nor to invite the wrongful accumulation of wealth that has resulted from the long abuse of this law. The law was to be a light thing, easily borne by the faithful. Tithing was always to be taken from surplus (meaning unnecessary excess property) and increase (meaning what remains after all costs of the household have been paid). It was to be drawn out of the abundance in the possession of the giver, so that there may be enough and to spare, not from property required for their necessities. The tithes of this people are to be used for the poor among this people, if they want to become Mine.’
Tithing should be used to help those in need in your fellowship for things such as food, clothing, housing, medical and educational costs, and for such purposes as the fellowship determines to be appropriate, on a case by case basis. While tithes should not be used to support the idle, it is better to give freely than to judge the efforts of your fellow man.
In addition to tithing, we should be willing to give offerings to those who ask of us, and not turn the beggar away from our door.
If there is an excess among your fellowship, you may donate towards the temple or by common consent decide to contribute to the needs of another fellowship. Stretching outward from one’s group binds together hearts and minds with cords of love and sacrifice. It is necessary for these bonds to form within and between fellowships, so that the Lord may transform individual members into a unified body.
Seek to be wise stewards of that which is the Lord’s to help the poor among you. As you start to lift the burdens of your brothers and sisters greater love will abound. There will be a natural progression as you become one with me to also become one with a group of individuals who are likewise seeking me in diligence. Prepare your heart and mind to live by faith, that in time you will all be equal in temporal and spiritual things. For in Zion, all will be of one heart and one mind and have all things in common.
The eventual goal of each fellowship is to become equal in all things one with another. One of the greatest sins is our failure to be equal. ‘Nevertheless, in your temporal things you shall be equal, and this not grudgingly, otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the Spirit shall be withheld. Now, this commandment I give unto my servants for the benefit while they remain, for a manifestation of my blessings upon their heads, and for a reward of the diligence and for their security; For food and for raiment; for an inheritance; for houses and for lands in whatsoever circumstances I, the Lord shall send them.’ This commandment, being equal in our temporal things, has never been followed. We suffer because of violating it. The abundant manifestations of the Spirit are gone and will not return without repentance. (Preserving the Restoration, p. 253).
In order to be able to do this it will require a people who are one with me. Seek to be one with me that in time you may have the abundant manifestation of my blessings, both temporally and of the Spirit. Start with tithing in your fellowships and then prepare yourselves to receive more.
Concerning the Covenant to Make a People His:
Finish that section with this:
The covenant is conditional. All promises made by me will be fulfilled if you abide by the conditions of the covenant. What is required of you is clearly laid out. Study the answer and the covenant. Bring forth fruit worthy of repentance. Become one with me and all I have promised will be yours.
Now, XXXXXX I have finished with the corrections that need to be added. Remember, my child, that the path of being one with me is a lonely path. Most will reject you and some will persecute you. Your peers will not accept you. Continue to advocate righteousness and the cause of Zion and be glorious in my eyes. The true path is indeed straight and narrow and is less inviting with its confining discomforts. Let that not deter you. I am with you and will guide your path. You must listen and obey. Be of mighty faith, stay the course, and you will be victorious in the end. I am with you so be not afraid.