"And it shall be a great day at the time of my coming, for all nations shall tremble.
But before that great day shall come, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon be turned into blood; and the stars shall refuse their shining, and some shall fall, and great destructions await the wicked."
"It makes no difference what is written or what anyone has said, if what has been said is in conflict with what the Lord has revealed, we can set it aside. My words, and the teachings of any other member of the Church, high or low, if they do not square with the revelations, we need not accept them. Let us have this matter clear. We have accepted the four standard works as the measuring yardsticks, or balances, by which we measure every man's doctrine.
You cannot accept the books written by the authorities of the Church as standards in doctrine, only in so far as they accord with the revealed word in the standard works.
Every man who writes is responsible, not the Church, for what he writes. If Joseph Fielding Smith writes something which is out of harmony with the revelations, then every member of the Church is duty bound to reject it. If he writes that which is in perfect harmony with the revealed word of the Lord, then it should be accepted."
-Joseph Fielding Smith Doc. of Sal. vol. 3, pgs. 203-204
Nephi tells us in his record that if we are not pleased with what he has engraved upon the plates, that make up the Book of Mormon, then we are not pleased with God and are not God's people.
"Wherefore, I, Nephi, to be obedient to the commandments of the Lord, went and made these plates upon which I have engraven these things. And I engraved that which is pleasing unto God. And if my people are pleased with the things of God they will be pleased with mine engravings which are upon these plates."
- 2 Nephi 5:31-32
Wherefore, thou seest that after the books of the Restoration hath gone forth through the hands of the great priests of the church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book, which are the books of scripture of the Lamb of God.
"And now, Moses, my son, I will speak unto thee concerning this earth upon which thou standest; and thou shalt write the things which I shall speak. And in a day when the children of men shall esteem my words as naught and take many of them from the book of which thou shalt write." Moses 1:40-41
Are we custodians of the standard works? Are we preservers of the translations and revelations of the Restoration? Have we become so embarrassed by the scriptures of the Restoration that we are now the very cause of their corruption, repeating the apostasy of past dispensations, by teaching against the teachings found therein? The Restoration was needed because of corrupt priests that destroyed Christ's church in past dispensations. Have we forgotten that?
The United States of America was founded on the political principle that governments are instituted among men, "deriving their powers from the consent of the governed" for the purpose of preserving their rights which entail "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." It is the people, the governed that are to be vigilant in making necessary corrections to their government to make sure these rights are not trampled upon. The list of grievances against England are listed within the Declaration of Independence. One of which is, "for imposing taxes upon us without our consent."
If we as Americans believe in our constitution and the the Declaration of Independence which outlines the principles of liberty that should be each and every Americans conviction, then why aren't we voting as a block to outlaw Usury, the charging of interest on debt? Is not Usury a form of taxation without our consent? Is not the charging of interest on debt destructive to our rights of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?"
Western civilization was profoundly disfigured by the exculpation of the charging of interest on debt. The result has been a pursuit of usurious profit unconstrained by the Standard Works of God, the doctrine of His true Church and the consensus of centuries of Christian Europe.
The rotted fruit of usury manifests itself in all manner of debauchery and immorality, from homosexuality to the destruction of the family unit in society.
We affirm that the great apostasy was foretold by the Savior Himself while He lived as a Man among men, and by His inspired prophets both before and after the period of His earthly probation. And further, we affirm that a rational interpretation of history demonstrates the fact of this great and general apostasy.
If therefore the Church of Christ is to be found upon the earth today it must have been re-established by divine authority; and the holy priesthood must have been restored to the world from which it was lost by the apostasy of the Primitive Church.
-James E. Talmage
The Lord tells Nephi, "blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day" (1 Nephi 13:37). That "day" is this dispensation in which we live. We are under covenant with God to bring forth the kingdom of God upon the earth, for the establishment of Zion. As Hugh Nibley points out,...read more here
The Lord told Moses in the Old Testament of the Bible, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord."
Today, our media driven culture teaches us to defy God and mutilate the bodies that he has given to us. As the apostle Paul taught, "Ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said I will dwell in them...and be their God" (2 Cor. 6:16). Christ taught that we are not to defile the body for it is the temple of God (D&C 93:35). Modern prophets have declared the same. See video below.
Beauty and the Beast. In the ancient Typhonian or Draconian Mysteries, Osiris was known as the Black God. Set, or Shaitan, means the 'black' or 'burnt' one. This Ordeal was undergone in secret because of the sexual nature of the crossing, which enacted between the Beast and the Scarlet Woman. They were typified - in this Ordeal - by an actual beast in congress with a woman. An example of this rite was mentioned by Herodotus of ancient Greece.
Hollywood teaching satanic rites to children.
We the Hollow Men, we the stuffed men, are as neutered Christians. Have we become empty suits? Leaning together in our meetings, is our gentle speech meaningless? Like the wind passing the dried grass. Have we become a paralyzed form within the gospel of Christ? A paralyzed force. Gesture without motion.
We speak of the virtue of the gospel and then tuck it away. Shape without form, shade without colour. We believe in the celestial law, but sanction the telestial and give it life. We're the broken column the sun shines upon. Instead of suits, we should properly adorn ourselves as the scarecrow, the hollowed man, the stuffed man with clothes of crowskin, rat's coat and staves. Behaving only as the wind behaves.
When the men that are professed followers of Christ reach that unseen kingdom, in that final meeting. This is the dead land, the cactus land, when all our professed knowledge of the restored celestial law we kept hidden from others and were ashamed of the patriarchal order and became the hollow men allowing for a matriarchal society (Isaiah 3:12) and joined with the world in preaching humanism instead of the laws of God. Here our works are a stone image under the twinkling of a fading star. Our prayers fall upon broken stone.
In deaths twilight kingdom, we shall gather together as a valley of dying stars. A hollow valley, for hollow men, stuffed men. When we meet for the last time in deaths kingdom we shall grope together, with no speech, sharing the hope of only empty men.
There we will dance around the dried cactus eternally stuck between the idea and reality, between the motion and the act - for this is our inherited kingdom. Men lost between the conception and the creation, between the emotion and the response - falls our shadow and eternity is very long.
This is how our time in this world ends, as stuffed men, hollowed men, men of empty suits. We stand for nothing and allow everything, the world does not go out in a bang, but a whimper.
The Lord tells us, within the scriptures that were restored for the final dispensation, that; "all things are created and made to bear record of me" (Moses 6:63). If we honestly look at the creation of this earth and the sidereal heavens that surround it. One who chooses to look. Can see....read more here.
"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." -Matthew 5:13
When a professed Latter-day Saint person teaches less than the Celestial law of the Restoration, to appease a certain segment of society or to conform to political-philosophical views of world governments, they have become the salt that has "lost his savour" which is "thenceforth good for nothing." There's no such thing as a "gay-Mormon." Those terms are a conjunction of opposites and is antithetical to the Celestial law of the Restoration.
Do not be led astray by wrong views or by outmoded tales that count for nothing. For if we still go on observing Judaism, we admit we never received grace. The divine prophets themselves lived Christ Jesus' way. That is why they were persecuted, for they were inspired by his grace to convince unbelievers that God is one, and that he has revealed himself in his Son Jesus Christ, who is his Word issuing from the silence and who won the complete approval of him who sent him.
Those, then, who lived by ancient practices arrived at a new hope. They ceased to keep the Sabbath and lived by the Lord's Day, on which our life as well as theirs shone forth, thanks to Him and his death, though some deny this. Through this mystery we got our faith, and because of it we stand our ground so as to become disciples of Jesus Christ, our sole teacher.
-Ignatius of Antioch
The first great discovery of science was that all nature is orderly in its behavior, and that it operates under a series of eternal, unchanging laws. That our universe, everywhere, is under the "reign of law," has been so completely demonstrated that no one can question it. Chance has been ruled out of scientific thinking. Every occurrence, if understood, is a product of order.
-John A. Widtsoe
"We all hold this common gathering on Sunday, since it is the first day, on which God transforming darkness and matter made the universe, and Jesus Christ our Saviour rose from the dead on the same day. For they crucified him on the day before Saturday, and on the day after Saturday, he appeared to his apostles and disciples and taught them these things which I have passed on to you also for your serious consideration."
-Justin, the Martyr
The Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ and men are of the same order of beings; that men are of the same race with Jesus, of the same nature and essence; that he is indeed our "elder brother."
Also the newly risen Christ said to Mary Magdala as she approached him on the resurrection morning: "Touch me not; for I [am] <have> not yet ascended to my father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; [and] to my God, and your God" (John 20:17). A sweeter statement of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of the Christ to men may not be found. Hence, while very far removed from us in that the Christ is perfect in all righteousness, and more highly developed in intellectual and spiritual powers than we, yet these differences are of degree, not of kind; so that what is revealed concerning Jesus the Christ may be of infinite helpfulness in throwing light upon the nature of man and the several estates he has occupied and will occupy hereafter.
For the Sheep
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
For the Goats
The TV is my shepherd
I shall want
It makes me to lie down on the sofa
It leads me away from the faith
It destroys my soul
It leads me to the path of sex and violence for the advertisers sake
Yeah though I walk in the shadow of Christian responsibilities
There will be no interruption
For the TV is with me
It's cable and remote control
They comfort me
It prepares a commercial for me in the presence of my worldliness
It annoints my head with humanism and consummerism
My coveting runneth over
Surely laziness and ignorance shall follow me all the days of my life
And I shall dwell in the house watching TV forever.
Today is the historical Sunday, based upon the Spring equinox, when Christ burst the bands of death and resurrected from the grave. It is because of Christ that everyone that has died in this world will be resurrected during the coming millenial day. Because of Christ the grave is a temporary condition. Happy Easter!
This is one of the reasons we should never blaspheme the name of Christ. We should reverently respect him for his gift to us of life. Those that blaspheme their Creator are fools (Psalms 14:1).
...and all this shall stand as a testimony against the world at the last day. And if it so be that they repent and come unto the Father in the name of Jesus, they shall be received into the kingdom of God. And now, if I have no authority for these things, judge ye; for ye shall know that I have authority when ye shall see me, and we shall stand before God at the last day. Amen
"Our history teaches us that when a government is honest and just and virtuous taxes are light. But when a government becomes powerful it is destructive, extravagant, and violent; it is an usurer which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance, for votes with which to perpetuate self."
"There cannot be any conflict between truth revealed from heaven and truth revealed through the research of man; for truth is a unit and never is found in conflict with itself."
"You cannot be a true member of the Church and reject Jesus Christ. You cannot be a faithful member and reject the scriptures - Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price - for these are the standards of our faith. If you accept them you cannot accept organic evolution, for they are diametrically opposed."
-Joseph Fielding Smith
The doctrines of salvation are not discovered in a laboratory or on a geological field trip or by accompanying Darwin around the world. They come by revelation and in no other way.
-Bruce R. McConkie