What To Do With Your Treasures


my-treasure-is-in-heavenI am hesitant to publish this post, but feel persuaded by ponderous and solemn thought it may do someone some good, even if it’s only me. It has been on my mind for quite some time, possibly even years, perhaps ever since I first met my friend Jared (Log) whose focus is clearly on the Sermon on the Mount. I am comforted by this scripture, which gives me courage to write and share:

Fools mock, but they shall mourn. And my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness. And if men come unto me, I will shew unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble. And my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me. For if they humble themselves before me and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. Behold, I will shew unto the Gentiles their weakness.

Source: Ether 12:26-28 (LE) or Ether 5: Sentences 35-51 (RE)

Gentiles Must Repent

tenth-article-of-faithI am a Gentile. I feel my weaknesses. The natural man (Mosiah 3:19 LE) is strong in me in spite of my efforts to subdue those natural tendencies. The Lord has clearly shown unto me my weaknesses. I am humbled by my own nothingness in this Telestial state and by my ever-present mortal frailties, always before my eyes.

I glory in the grace of my Lord unto me, for He is kind, long-suffering and gentle, patient and full of love unfeigned. He persuades me to desire his righteousness and to seek after holiness. He teaches me to repent. In fact, He has never ceased in the enticings of the Holy Spirit for me to put off the natural man and become a Saint.

Treasures on Earth

Lay not up for yourselves treasure upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Source: Matt 6:19-21 (LE) or Matthew 3, Sentences 83-85 (RE)

the-rich-young-rulerCouple this instruction from the Lord with these words of counsel to the rich young man, who, the scripture reports, went away sorrowing, for his much wealth. I also wonder very seriously if what I have laid up in store will vanish away as the slippery treasures of the Nephites in their days of wickedness. (Hel 13:31-32 LE)

Sell All That Thou Hast

If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Source: Matt 10, Sentences 34-35 (RE) or Matt 19:21-22 (LE)

I think those scriptures provide sufficient background for what I desire to share. I am in a conundrum. I have worked all my life to lay up for myself treasures on earth, as in the Great American Dream, in preparation for my retirement. Now I am confronted with the understanding that in order to become individually qualified for Zion, I must sell all that I have and give to the poor. Or have I misunderstood?

Provide For His Own

worse-than-an-infidelConsider these words: “Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else.” (D&C 42:22 LE) and “Women have claim on their husbands for their maintenance, until their husbands are taken.” (D&C 83:2 LE).

Also, “…if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” (1 Tim 5:8) “And again, verily I say unto you, that every man who is obliged to provide for his own family, let him provide, and he shall in nowise lose his crown; and let him labor in the church.” (D&C 75:28 LE)

As I have pondered and prayed about these scriptures, I have felt impressed that all I have is given me to take care of my family, especially my dear wife, whom I love with all my heart. Yet I desire to enter into a covenant to build up Zion. What am I to do? I also desire to contribute to the building of the temple and helping the poor.

Zion Established for Protection

IndependenceTempleSignIn the spirit of prophecy and revelation, backed up by many scriptures, Zion is to be established before the Lord returns. It is established specifically as a place to provide a refuge from the deterioration, collapse and eventual destruction of this and all other nations. We will want to gather there. It is a specific place and from everything I have read it is in the tops of the mountains and not in flat Missouri.

I very much desire to go to Boise for the Conference in September with the intent to cast my vote and let my voice be heard. I want to enter into the covenant offered by the Lord with the anticipated benefit of obtaining the right to dwell here in this land in safety and to assist the remnant of Jacob build the Holy City in preparation for the return of the Lord before that Great and Terrible Day of Destruction.

The Gathering May Soon Be Upon Us

zion-place-of-refugeNot to get too personal or share too much information, most of my long-time readers know Carol and I do not see eye to eye on this subject. In fact, she was quick to point out many years ago the end result of the path I have chosen to follow, that of believing the scriptures in regards to the literal gathering of the house of Israel and the believing Gentiles who desire to assist them is NOW.

I do not see things unfolding in the orthodox viewpoint of the LDS Church in this manner. They provide no timeline. From everything I have observed, teachings about the gathering have been watered down until they are meaningless. The standard teaching of gathering in the Stakes of the Zion, interpreted to be the LDS Church, is bland and without any requirement of sacrifice. I hope that’s not harsh.

Behold, I Come Quickly

CityOfZionI believe we have an opportunity NOW to open the heavens and to call down the Powers of Heaven to join us. Specifically, I am convinced the return of the City of Enoch is nigh at hand, and, as we know, the Lord has made that His abode forever. That is why I desire to gather to Boise for this conference. I believe for we who enter into and accept this covenant, things will begin to move very, very quickly.

Because Denver has stated it will be years before the people become fully ripe in iniquity, I have decided to forego my plans for retirement. I have been seeking new opportunities and am very close to deciding between several prospects that will likely result next week in multiple offers of long-term employment. Conceivably, I will work in another twelve years in order to build up more treasures on earth.

A Few Questions In Conclusion

doctrine-of-christ-boise-Sep2017I’m still seeking definitive answers to a few questions: Must one be there in person at the Boise Conference as a sign in order to demonstrate a desire and willingness to enter into the covenant and obtain the promised blessing of protection? What about those who simply cannot attend due to distance and travel expense? Will there be some arrangements made for streaming the conference over the Internet? [Edit – Yes]

Once the covenant is accepted by the Lord and by those who desire to enter into such a covenant, I am convinced an announced gathering place will shortly be forthcoming. That is a big deal and will cause all kinds of opposition. I have to answer for myself if my plans to spend most of my energy to labor in this world is the best thing for me and my family. Nobody can answer this for me but the Lord.

Reality of These Prophesied Events

restoration-scriptures-infoAm I alone in these thought and questions? Have any of you pondered the reality of what we will be called upon to do once we accept and enter into this covenant? Am I missing the big picture or is it clearer to you how things will come to pass after the conference this September? What are your plans in regards to how you will respond to an announcement of a gathering to a specific place? Am I way off?

I’m not trying to create division. I desire unity. Carol says she doubts she will live more than a few more years. I disagree. While none of us can predict with any degree of certainty how long we will live, in my conversations with the Lord, I have seen myself participating in many of the winding up scenes in my mind’s eye and in the dreams of the night. In most of them, gratefully, Carol was by my side.

An Invitation to Dialog

Your thoughts?

 

Translation Please!


CityOfZionHow often have people declared to have the “fullness” of truth? How many have stood with those who have cried, “Behold, I, I am the Lord’s.” Is there a church on earth that hasn’t made the cry in one way or another?

Just recently I talked to some wonderful people about a particular movement that the readers have heard about, and one of them said “we will be the ones to build up Zion.” Hmmm… I would like to write today about something that must happen before any of us can claim a “fullness,” but first here are some great truths recently written by Denver Snuffer.

“The original Gospel taught from Adam down to Enoch has not been recovered.”

“The future of the Gospel will return us to the original body of information, covenants and ordinances which were revealed in the beginning to the first fathers…”

“We are nowhere near Zion and only a small fraction of what needs to be recovered has been given.” – Denver Snuffer

Thank you Denver and amen! In the “fullness” of times, it is promised that all of the ordinances of God, all of the keys, all of the powers, and indeed even Zion will return to the earth. We haven’t got them yet! I know how wonderful it would be if we had, and how preachers often lull people to sleep with wonderful claims and pats on the back when they speak of “a fullness.”

People just want to believe they have it all figured out. Let’s talk about one item of the priesthood that has yet to be restored…

“Now the doctrine of translation is a power which belongs to this Priesthood. There are many things which belong to the powers of the Priesthood and the Keys thereof, that have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world; they are hid from the wise and prudent, to be revealed in the last times.

“Therefore all things had under the Authority of the Priesthood at any former period shall be had again-bringing to pass the restoration spoken of by the mouth of all the Holy Prophets.” – Joseph Smith

At another time Joseph actually refers to translation as an ordinance. So when is this going to be revealed? Often I think people have the misconception that the work of translation will happen only after Zion is built up, but what if it is actually the exact opposite? What if we can only build up Zion once people are translated first?

A TYPE AND SHADOW

Adam-and-EveBefore Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden their bodies were not in this state of corruption. They were immortal. Blood did not flow through their veins, but rather the spiritual element or fluid was what gave them life. When they partook of the fruit, and lost access to the tree of life, their bodies began to decay, and death was introduced to the world.

In the tabernacle of Moses, God left us an outward map of how to return to the Garden of Eden, or bring our bodies back to the state of immortality. We have come to know someone that has achieved this as being “translated.”

To enter the tabernacle you need to enter through the east gates, symbolizing your journey back to Eden. Anything outside of the gates is “east of Eden” where Cain was exiled. As we make our journey the first stop is in the outer court of the tabernacle. This is where outward ordinances and washings are done to prepare us to enter the inner court. Sounds a little like preparatory or Aaronic priesthood.

Everyone reading this I would have to imagine has entered the outer court of the temple. We are seekers. Sometimes we get a little hung up on the outward motions, but we are all seeking the Lord. Pharisees love the outer court. They convince themselves the outer court is actually the highest degree of spirituality. They are convinced that whoever doesn’t act like them is wicked.

All people sometime in their existence will believe that outward works are what makes a person righteous. They imagine heaven to consist of the stuff they will have, instead of the glory of God that only can be experienced inwardly. As we move forward toward the garden, we must all enter the inner court at some point.

The inner court is where something has happened to the seeker, not just a bunch of outward ritualistic dead works, but a conversion, a renewal, a rebirth of some kind. In the inner court we find the lamp (menorah) with the seven flames. When someone has entered the inner court at least one of these is lit, and they will remain until all seven are aflame. Usually the beginning of the lighting of the menorah consists of what we call the baptism of fire.

tabernacle-of-mosesAlso in the inner court, we find the altar of incense. This not only represents the prayers of the saints, but it also represents our prayers being heard, and God speaking back. How a person’s perception changes immediately after the Lord speaks to them by power for the first time!

Nothing will ever be the same for them. This incense also represents the presence of the Lord, and us tasting of His presence within us. Here is a prophecy that uses some imagery from the altar of incense about our time from the book of Revelations.

And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake. Rev 8:5

This actually symbolizes the glory and presence of the Lord being quickly thrown across the whole earth. Things are going to change quickly! I would highly recommend studying the Ketoret (or qetoret) to learn deeper meaning and significance of incense. This is something else that will return to the earth in the last days.

Last we find the showbread in the inner court. The table would have twelve loaves of bread, which symbolized the twelve tribes. It is not until the inner vessel begins the process of sanctification, that we can make claim to any blessings of Israel.

Pharisees often boasted of their Israelite blood, and yet Jesus called them whited sepulchers. This also gives a lot more meaning to John chapter six, and the claim from Jesus that He was the “Bread of life.”

ENTERING THE HOLY OF HOLIES

offering-in-templeFinally as we progress we come to the Holy of Holies. This is all about translation! What do we see immediately upon entering? Cherubim are guarding the contents of the ark. These represent two very real people, but more importantly for each of us they represent the Cherubim guarding the tree of life. Finally we have been sanctified and can partake of the fruit once again!

Of course the Holy of Holies is also where we can see Jesus face to face. Not only can we see Him, but we can see Him in all His glory because we have been sanctified, spirit and body. His name and glory can be placed upon us, because it has grown within us! We outwardly reach the Holy of Holies only when we have reached it inwardly first.

So what are the contents of the ark? First the jar of manna is found, symbolizing the change of the person’s body, and the new food that will be consumed. Manna in the Bible was called the “angels food.” It is the food that was brought by the angel and allowed Elijah to fast for 40 days. It is the food the disciples “knew not of.”

We see the ignorance of the Israelites, who were given manna from heaven, and they pretty much said “we don’t want it, the taste is kind of getting old.” Such action perfectly symbolizes their refusal to go up the mountain with Moses to enter the Lord’s presence for themselves, to enter His rest. They wanted someone else to do it for them.

tree-of-lifeNext we find the rod of Aaron. Some legends suggest that the rod of Aaron literally was from the tree of life. Either way the Lord showed us the symbolism when the seemingly dead piece of wood miraculously bloomed in front of Israel. The tree of life, although seemingly forgotten and lost, will bloom once again in the coming days, and one person at a time will enjoy the fruit.

Last we find the tablets of stone, the very same that were brought down the mountain by Moses, containing the law. What is their significance? The Lord tells us plainly in Jer 31:31-34

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

When the Lord puts the law on our inward parts, this means much more than just a spiritual witness of doctrine, this is the Lord changing our body, fusing the light of God into the very elements, and bringing us back to the state of Adam and Eve before the fall.

Death will flee, disease will be no more, the Fulness of Truth will be given, and all enemies will be put under our feet through the atonement of Christ.

new-jerusalem1Prophecies exist of the New Jerusalem, the city of Zion, that claim only the sanctified will be able to enter. The wicked that approach will fear and tremble because the glory and light of Zion will be too much for them to bear. Unless our bodies are sanctified, there will be no Zion.

If we are not seeking translation, we are not seeking Zion. The same pattern we find with the people of Enoch must happen again on a global scale. Even now the Lord is preparing His people.

There are thousands upon thousands who identify as Christians, Protestants, Jews, Hindus, New-Agers, Buddhists, Muslims, and dare I say even atheists, who are being prepared by the Lord for the building up of Zion.

The Lord knows His sheep. He is calling after them, they must turn their heads and listen.

God bless

In the Tops of the Mountains


IndependenceTempleSignAs I was preparing my talk for sacrament meeting next week I thought I would look up and see what Denver Snuffer had to say on the subject. Oh boy. There’s no way I could share some of that stuff from the pulpit. It simply goes against what prophets and apostles have taught over the years on the same subject. Yet, as I read it, the majority of it made sense. See if you agree.

The subject is Becoming the Pure in Heart. Of course, that has to do with preparing for Zion. I suppose it doesn’t really matter where Zion is to be located. That’s not the essential point of the talk. But it is a matter of history that we believe Zion is to be located in Independence, Missouri. In fact, we have it in the scriptures. In the heading to section 57, we read that Joseph asked:

Independence Missouri is Zion

“When will the wilderness blossom as the rose? When will Zion be built up in her glory, and where will Thy temple stand, unto which all nations shall come in the last days?” The Lord’s response in verses 1-3 was “…the land of Missouri, which is the land which I have appointed and consecrated for the gathering of the saints.

“Wherefore, this is the land of promise, and the place for the city of Zion. And thus saith the Lord your God, if you will receive wisdom here is wisdom. Behold, the place which is now called Independence is the center place; and a spot for the temple is lying westward, upon a lot which is not far from the courthouse.”

Zion Shall Not Be Moved

After the saints were expelled from Jackson county, the Lord revealed in section 101:17-19: “Zion shall not be moved out of her place, notwithstanding her children are scattered. They that remain, and are pure in heart, shall return, and come to their inheritances, they and their children, with songs of everlasting joy, to build up the waste places of Zion — And all these things that the prophets might be fulfilled.”

And yet from Denver (23 Feb 2012) we read: “I do not think Zion will initially be where people think it will. I do not think Zion will be at all what people think it will be. … I do not think Zion will be an institutional enterprise. …there is reason to suspect that our presumption that the New Jerusalem will be in Independence Missouri is somewhat misplaced.

A Preliminary Gathering Place

“I am persuaded it will not be there until after the Lord’s return. There will be a location elsewhere, in the Rocky Mountains, where the preliminary gathering to a Holy City to be built will occur before the Lord’s return. Then, following His return, activities will also involve Jackson County. … The initial gathering before the Lord’s return will be in the Rocky Mountains.”

And from an entry dated 12 Sep 2010, we read: “…when it [Zion] is built, it will be at the place always prophesied for its construction. Zion was to be located on the top of the high mountains.  (Isa. 40: 9.) Jackson County has no mountains, no mountain range, no possibility of fulfilling the promised environs for establishing Zion. (Isa. 2: 3.)

Fulfillment of Ancient Scripture

“Make the descriptions ‘spiritual’ if you want, but a mountain setting is clearly required for the prophesied Zion. … Zion was always intended to be built upon the mountain top. (Isa. 30: 17.) Even a valley location in Salt Lake cannot answer to the description given in prophecy. A valley floor is not the “top of the mountain” upon which the beacon will be set. Zion has never been moved. Nor will it.”

Continuing a little in that entry: “There is no doubt a glorious future for Jackson County. But that will be by and by. There is a gathering in the tops of the mountains which must precede that. If there is not a gathering in the mountains first, then ancient and modern prophecy will fail. There is to be a gathering within the boundaries of the everlasting hills. (D&C 133: 31-32.) Zion will flourish upon the mountains. (D&C 49:25.) There aren’t any places in Missouri that qualify for this preliminary gathering.”

What do you Think?

I think Denver is right. The initial gathering of Zion will be somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Which makes me wonder about the visions of Spencer in Visions of Glory who wrote very specifically about being involved in the building of the temples in Independence and his activities there as a “base of operations” so to speak. Will there be a temple in the tops of the mountains or is that reserved for Missouri? What are your thoughts?

By the way, here are the talks I was given as resources, and from which I will quote from the pulpit (only):

Come to Zion! Come to Zion!” (Keith B. McMullin, Ensign, November 2002)
Come to Zion” (D. Todd Christofferson, Ensign, November 2008)
Becoming the Pure in Heart” (Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign, May 1978)
Stand Ye in Holy Places” (Lance B. Wickman, Ensign, November 1994)

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