New Book – A Witness of the Gifts of the Spirit

Tonight I posted the last book I will write for a while. It is about the twenty most prominent gifts of the Spirit we can have to bring us to the Lord. This book was originally intended to be a chapter in the new book How To Open Your Spiritual Eyes (released yesterday), but its scope of information was enough to warrant its own book.

The gifts of the Spirit are the most ignored by those who desire to come to the Lord. Why is that? I think we need a new spiritual revival among the believers of Christ. I hope this new book will help you in the process of finding your way to Him.

The free PDF is available here:

Posted in The Book | 4 Comments

Our Temporal Progression

“Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.” D&C 130:18-19

“Knowledge and intelligence” are two interesting choice of words from the prophet. Most people today would conflate those words to mean how much information and brainpower has been acquired; but it is far more. “Knowledge” is a reference to our relationship with the Lord. That relationship will determine the level of “intelligence” that we receive.

The level of intelligence we obtain is the same as how much light and glory we are given. This is how “grace” is received from God. Not by our own power, but by God’s mercy; thereby, we are given opportunities in life to receive more knowledge and intelligence. All these mercies are made available to those who make covenants with the Lord; either before they are born or hereafter.

In these links I will lay out a portion of the Plan of Salvation in a way to help you see the broader picture of mortality. This is a part of the Everlasting Covenant, but I will only go as far as what is needed during this life for those who will be the Servants of the Lord.

Premortal Experience

Virtues of Godliness

Entering Mortaility

Understanding the Terms

Holy Spirit / Holy Ghost

Holy Spirit of Promise

Baptism of Fire

Gift of the Holy Ghost

Calling and Election

Calling and Election Made Sure

The Second Comforter

Posted in Progression | 10 Comments

What Was Amulek Saying?

I have written for the sake of clarity some notes regarding the words of Amulek as he spoke to the apostate Zoramites. Some of these same false traditions exist today, and more:

Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; [This is the moment for you.] and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you. [The redemption shall come through baptism and the Holy Ghost.] For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; [Focus upon now, not later, to set the wheel in motion for you to come to the Lord.] yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors. [Mortality is where you prepare.] And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; [Do not suppose you will take our words serious at a later time] for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed. [You cannot improve your situation outside of mortality.] Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world. [We carry whatever level of glory we attain in this life to the next.] For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, [This counsel is specific to their belief that they could seek wickedness and sin and then make it good before they die.] behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked. (Alma 34:31-35)

There is a great misconception amongst the followers of Christ, that simply do not see the importance of immediate repentance, that in the next life we can do all the polishing necessary to come to the Lord.

What is the purpose of this life? That purpose was decided before you were born. For some it is to experience the flesh. For others, because of previous covenants, it is to grow in grace from one glory to the next, as we come unto Christ (Everlasting Covenant). For others, it is to grow in darkness; as they too made a covenant to do so. The Lord’s desire is that we come unto Him and He has created that opportunity according to our desires.

When this life is over, depending upon the covenant made, you will continue on the path you have chosen. There are many complexities and mysteries associated with the covenants made; but as Amulek correctly stated, you cannot suppose that if you do not change now, that your trajectory will change after you have died.

If you seek the Lord with all your heart, laying everything upon the alter for Him, crying out to the Lord for mercy, you will receive the blessings of the New Covenant, and continue in grace until the perfect day.

There is a mystery contained in these passages, both the words of Amulek and the chapters written by Alma. Some of these scriptures allude to a multiple mortality scenario, and others imply that this is our one shot. Many things are not as they appear. The resurrection is not as it appears. Now, is the day of your salvation; and as you grow “grace for grace” you will find that life is a continuation of glory, or damnation, depending upon what you seek.

Posted in Scripture Translations | 20 Comments

Moroni’s Ominous Warning

I was reading the words of Moroni, his last warning to us in these last days regarding what will surely come. It is a sobering reminder of the precarious position many of us are in.

Mormon 8:26-41

And no one need say they shall not come, [The records unto the remnant of the House of Israel in this land.] for they surely shall, for the Lord hath spoken it; for out of the earth shall they come, [Book of Mormon] by the hand of the Lord, and none can stay it; and it shall come in a day when it shall be said that miracles are done away; and it shall come even as if one should speak from the dead. [Our time]

And it shall come in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, [Blood of Joseph, Hyrum, Samuel, and others] because of secret combinations and the works of darkness. Yea, it shall come in a day when the power of God shall be denied, [Gifts of the Spirit are denied] and churches become defiled and be lifted up in the pride of their hearts; yea, even in a day when leaders of churches and teachers shall rise in the pride of their hearts, even to the envying of them who belong to their churches. [Authorities who degrade fellow believers for their own envy and pride.]

Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be heard of fires, and tempests, and vapors of smoke in foreign lands; [Our day] And there shall also be heard of wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers places.

Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth; [Both physical and spiritual.] there shall be murders, and robbing, and lying, and deceivings, and whoredoms, and all manner of abominations; when there shall be many who will say, Do this, or do that, and it mattereth not, for the Lord will uphold such at the last day. [Even among those who call themselves followers of Christ.] But wo unto such, for they are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity.

Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say: Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins. [Pay your money to us and you shall be saved, worthy to enter the House of the Lord.]

O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, [Those who refuse to see.] why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? [Build structures with the purpose of building wealth.] Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, [Changed the meaning of scripture.] that ye might bring damnation upon your souls? Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God; for behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled. [Book of Revelation, Isaiah, Daniel, Amos, Joel, Ezekiel, Zacheriah]

Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things shall come forth among you.

Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing. [The power of a Seer.]

And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, [Only a small percentage are not guilty.] unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, [fighting and condemning amongst the believers of God.] and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, [None exempt.] have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.

For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted. [More focus upon the building of sacred edifices than upon the poor and afflicted.]

O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, [Scholars and self-proclaimed authorities] who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? [To receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost]  Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies—because of the praise of the world? [Because they seek the honor of those in high places.]

Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?

Yea, why do ye build up your secret abominations to get gain, and cause that widows should mourn before the Lord, and also orphans to mourn before the Lord, and also the blood of their fathers and their husbands to cry unto the Lord from the ground, for vengeance upon your heads?

Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; and the time soon cometh that he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, for he will not suffer their cries any longer. [Moroni saw the destruction that would befall those who have become corrupted among the Church in the end of times; which is now.]

Posted in Last Days | 14 Comments

The Book of Lehi

Many have wondered what is contained in the 116 page manuscript that was lost to Martin Harris. I have inquired of the Lord about this on two occasions. I look forward to reading Lehi’s witness. These journal entries were recorded last year:

“I asked the Lord why Lehi’s record had to be the unfortunate part of the Book of Mormon to not be included because of Martin Harris’ losing the manuscript. The Lord said that the record would be shared some day. It contained some information like what I had seen, but also an added portion from Moroni announcing that the words of the prophets are to teach us how we can come to the Lord and know him and be saved. That He will lead all those that hear His voice to a land of promise and we can know Him and see His face. There were some portions of Lehi’s writings that quoted Isaiah and also another prophet, Zenos I think. Also a couple of his visions of what would transpire in Jerusalem when it was destroyed.”

“I asked about the Lehi manuscript, the 116 pages that were taken by Martin Harris and lost. The Lord said they would have added about 35 pages to the Book of Mormon. He said that Martin’s wife knew where he had placed them and made arrangements for wicked men to come into her home and take them. She denied any involvement to her husband, although she knew full well what happened. It was a plan of the Adversary. Today, the documents are hidden up in a box somewhere out east. When the translating begins, these plates will be retranslated and the record will be restored. At that point, it will not matter if the original manuscript is revealed.”

Posted in Book of Lehi | 13 Comments