Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Hearts Of The Children Of Men Will Have To Be Turned To The Fathers.

Important Doctrinal Discourses of the
Prophet Joseph Smith During the Nauvoo Period.

The Prophet on Priesthood
July 2, 1839
History of the Church, 3:385-392

The hearts of the children of men will have to be turned to the fathers, and the fathers to the children living or dead to prepare them for the coming of the Son of Man. If  Elijah did not come, the whole earth would be smitten.

There will be here and there a Stake [of Zion] for the gathering of the Saints . Some may have cried peace, but the Saints and the world will have little peace from henceforth . Let this not hinder us from going to the Stakes; for God has told us to flee, not dallying, or we shall be scattered , one here, and another there. There your children shall be blessed, and you in the midst of friends where you may be blessed. The Gospel net gathers of every kind.

I prophesy , that that man who tarries after he has an opportunity of going, will be afflicted by the devil. Wars are at hand; we must not delay; but are not required to sacrifice. We ought to have the building up of  Zion as our greatest object. When wars come, we shall have to flee to Zion. The cry is to make haste. The last revelation says, Ye shall not have time to have gone over the earth, until these things come. It will come as did the cholera, war, fires, and earthquakes; one pestilence after another, until the Ancient of Days comes, then judgment will begiven to the Saints.

I saw men hunting the lives of their own sons, and brother murdering brother, women killing their own daughters, and daughters seeking the lives of their mothers. I saw armies arrayed against armies. I saw blood, desolation, fires. The Son of Man has said that the mother shall be against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother. These things are at our doors. They will follow the Saints of God from city to city. Satan will rage, and the spirit of the devil is now enraged. I know not how soon these things will take place; but with a view of them, shall I cry peace? No! I will lift up my voice and testify of them. How long you will have good crops, and the famine be kept off , I do not know; when the figtree leaves, know then that the summer is nigh at hand.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Abraham’s Reasoning

"I learned a testimony concerning Abraham, and he reasoned concerning the God of heaven. “In order to do that,” said he, “suppose we have two facts: that supposes another fact may exist—two men on the earth, one wiser than the other, would logically show that another who is wiser than the wisest may exist. Intelligences exist one above another, so that there is no end to them.” If Abraham reasoned thus—If Jesus Christ was the Son of God, and John discovered that God the Father of Jesus Christ had a Father, you may suppose that He had a Father also. Where was there ever a son without a father? And where was there ever a father without first being a son? Whenever did a tree or anything spring into existence without a progenitor? And everything comes in this way. Paul says that which is earthly is in the likeness of that which is heavenly, Hence if Jesus had a Father, can we not believe that He had a Father also? I despise the idea of being scared to death at such a doctrine, for the Bible is full of it.

I want you to pay particular attention to what I am saying. Jesus said that the Father wrought precisely in the same way as His Father had done before Him. As the Father had done before? He laid down His life, and took it up the same as His Father had done before. He did as He was sent, to lay down His life and take it up again; and then was committed unto Him the keys. I know it is good reasoning."

Scriptural Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 373

Monday, September 19, 2016

Who is God?

            God, who is He? Where did He come from and why is He the Father of us all? These and other questions have been on the forefront of people’s mind for a long time. However, it was not always like that. Adam and Eve walked and talked with God and His son Jesus Christ in the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, they left God and His Son. Man over time had turn God into things that God is not. Yet God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He has not changed, but man have change God. 

            So who is God? God is the Father of our souls or our spirits, and also the Father of our bodies when a men and a woman come together under His divine order of marriage. For Marriage is from on high. Meaning that God has set forth what marriage is and why we need to have it between a man and a woman. Joseph F. Smith stated “It should be remembered that the entire Christian world in 1820 had lost the true doctrine concerning God.” Jesus said to Mary, “Touch me not; for I am 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 you’re God.” 

            Yet God is not seen as a father of men or their spirits. So who did all of this get started anyways? It is hard to say. Nonetheless, we as members of the LDS Church know who He is and that He has a body and that he are our Father in Heaven. Yet many around the world do not know this or they do not believe this to be true. So then comes the question of “what is truth?” Truth is Jesus Christ and His teaching about God, Our Father in Heaven. Yet people around the world have not accepted this concept of what is and what is not truth of Jesus or of God. 

            Going back to God order of marriage, God has said that marriage is to be of a man and a woman. Why this statement? Only a man and a woman can bring a child into the world. Yet only God can give them their spirit. Man and woman can make the body for sprits to be housed in. However, only God our Father in Heaven can make the soul, which is the joining of the spirit with the body. And yet people around the world think that God is not a man or a spirit or anything at all. 

            When the brother of Jared had seen Jesus Christ finger for the first time, he did not know that God or His Son had a body. When Enoch walked and talked with God he did not know that God was able to cry. If God is not in a body then how can these things be possible? They cannot be without the knowledge of absolute truth, unchangeable truth and eternal truth. This is the knowledge that all things are of God and His Son Jesus Christ. 

            Joseph Smith had stated this, “If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves.” Lorenzo Snow had stated “As man is, God once was: as God now is, man may be.” God is like us or should I say we are like Him. When God made Adam and Eve, He made them to be like Him. Yet somehow over time, people lost this meaning and most people around the world do not God or know the true nature of God. 

            The true nature of God is to have all of His children, yes that means all of us here on earth, to come back to Him and to live with Him. This is called Eternal Life. Eternal Life is not just living with God; it is also living with those that we call mother and father, sister and brother here on earth. For what good does it do a man if he can get to Heaven without his earthly family? We are all a part of an earthly family. More important, we are all a part of a Heavenly Family. Most people know that God is our Father in Heaven or the father of Jesus Christ. Most people do not know that there is a Mother in Heaven or a Heavenly Mother. Yet hwy would God not have a wife? Why would Jesus not have a wife? If Jesus is like His father and has all that the Father has and we can have all the Jesus has, then we have to go back to marriage again and know that if God is married, then Jesus had to be married to fulfill all righteousness, so too do we need to be married to fulfill all righteousness. Or else a man and a woman cannot enter into the highest kingdom of Heaven. 

            One thing is for sure, Lucifer is trying is hardest to get people to know that God is not their Father in Heaven, that there is no Mother in Heaven, that there is no reason to be married, and that marriage is not of God but of the world and to death do you part. He fights to discourage marriage. He goes after everything that is holly in marriage and to convince men and women that sex before marriage is o.k. 

            We  as members of the church know that this is not so, “God ordained that men and women should marry and give birth to children, thereby creating, in partnership with God, the physical bodies that are key to the test of mortality and essential to eternal glory with Him.” This why we need to have a knowledge of God, this is why we need to know who God is and to know that we have a Mother in Heaven. This is why God has made marriage so blessed above all other things we can do here on earth, other than having and bring child of God into the world. Who is God? He is your Father and my Father. He is the husband to a Mother in Heaven. He is the Father of Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is the Father of us all. But that is a whole another story.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Family: A Proclamation to the World - If I was an Eagle

If you could be any kind of animal, what would you be and why?

I would say that I would have to be an eagle. Why do you ask an eagle? Will they can fly and I like to fly, but not when someone else is the pilot. On that note, I do not know how to fly and I do not fly on airplanes. So why do you ask that I like to fly? I always wanted to be a pilot for the Army or the Coast Guard doing search and rescue. However, I was not allowed to go into the Army or the Coast Guard due to medical reasons. 

Anyways, eagles like humans also take care of their young. The mother and father both know their roles and they do them very well. They mate for life and when we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints know what roles we have to play in our lives just like eagles, when we choice a mate or Eternal Companion, we for the most part stay with that person for life and beyond this life. However, not all eagles are able to stay together due to sickness or other hazards of life. So too do we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints face are own trails and some chose to leave their Eternal Companion due to such hazards on the road of life. 

“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”, tells us of our roles as mothers and fathers and as Husbands and Wives. As do eagles, which mate for life and care for each other and their young, we can learn a lot from nature. Adam and Eve’s first Temple was nature. Meaning, Adam and Eve learned not only from God our Father in Heaven, but from the world around them. If we would stop and take a look at the world around us, we can find many things in nature that would teach us more then we can teach them. Meaning, animals are smarter than we give them credit for. Just look at wolves and wolf packs, dolphins, and other animals that have family units or family structures. Animals in family units are far better at what a family is to be like, than us humans sometimes. Yes animals do fight with each other at times. However, when things get hard, they know how to stick together and to make things work out in the end.