OCTOBER - NOVEMBER ISSUE OF 2013
HAVING THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM [NECESSARY FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE WORK OF CHRIST ON EARTH!]
“Seek unto those whom I have called out of the world and set in my church; those who have been given authority of me to set in order all things. I have brought my Seventy out of troubled waters for this very purpose. And if you will, saith the Lord, heed their counsel, I will establish you once more as my people. Yea, I will bring you to fountains of living water and you may refresh your souls. You have long wandered seeking a leader. Seek unto me saith the Lord, and seek unto those who I have appointed as stewards over my scattered flock. Those who continue to refuse the pattern and means I have caused to be established in my church to carry on my work shall be cut off from the midst of my people saith the Lord.” The above taken from revelation No. 12 given N.W.G., 7 October 2000 at Sibley, Missouri.
Please examine the information in this article prayerfully and you will receive a confirmation of the truth that it contains and that it is of God.
I woke up this morning and was meditating on the words of the Lord when I was made aware of a fact that has been staring me in my face for the past 13 years and I had missed the absolute importance of it. I received a clarification of mind regarding the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM!
There is great confusion among our people of the restoration and they do not know which way to turn. They accept the fact that Joseph Smith Jr., received revelations from God and that the church was guided by these revelations. But do they accept the fact that the church STILL DOES!
God still guides his church by revelation!
God gave Joseph the pattern and revealed to him within this pattern exactly who, in His church, was supposed to do what. The President of the High Priesthood was to take administrative leadership over the whole church. Check the scriptures the Presidents of the High Priesthood were given the responsibility for leadership. It was also revealed that responsibility was not given without authority and the gifts and talents to accomplish that leadership. The presidency was given THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM as the grand tool to accomplish their leadership roles as they were directed by our Lord. The KEYS are given of the Lord to bestow that power to seal and loose on earth as well as in Heaven. These powers open up the blessings of Heaven.
Those now holding the KEYS are empowered to lead the church and set the priesthood and the priesthood quorums into order.
In your attempts to sort out where you can find who holds the keys you first have to eliminate from your consideration those who have obviously departed from the true faith teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrine he gave to the church through the Bible, Book of Mormon and the approved Doctrine and Covenants. It is not difficult to eliminate them from qualifying for you know who they are.
This leaves the many restoration branches and various organizations that believe in the doctrines, but do not know what must be done to re-unite.
Many of them may be happy in their status quo, but if are they cannot and will not build up Zion.
Man cannot obtain the keys of the kingdom simply through his own desire. If that were true Brigham Young could have gotten them, for he truly wanted them. It is God and only God who decides who they will be bestowed upon. When they are conferred those holding them are given all the gifts and talents that accompany the Presidency of the High Priesthood.
“. . . Unto whom I have given the keys of the kingdom, which belongeth always unto the Presidency of the high priesthood;” Doctrine and Covenants 80:1c
“And again, the duty of the president of the office of the high priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and to be like unto Moses. Behold, here is wisdom, yea, to be a seer, a revelator, a translator, and a prophet; having all the gifts of God which he bestows upon the head of the church.” Doctrine and Covenants 104:42a, b
Now let us consider this:
The Book of Mormon has revealed that there are only two churches, “And he said unto me, Behold, there are save two churches only: The one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil;” 1 Nephi 3:220, 221
Let us not condemn all our friends and relatives out there, for there are many of God’s people who have, due to tradition or error, become involved in the numerous churches who consider themselves to be good Christians, but nevertheless have been fooled by the craftiness of men or worse, by the deception of the Devil. For that Great Whore of all the earth and her Daughters have deceived many and led many away from the true church of God. His word has warned them, “Come out of her, my people”.
It is a logical conclusion from the statement in the Book of Mormon that there are only two churches and that only one is mandated from God to possess the necessary authority to represent him at any given time. This understanding is pertinent to my subject for I know that our Lord is a God of order and not confusion.
Now my subject is, “The Keys of the Kingdom.” The Apostle Peter was given them of the Lord;
“. . . I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:20
This binding power and losing power is the God given authority of His called out priesthood to conduct all necessary ordinances for the salvation of mankind and to bring in and establish the Kingdom of God. These KEYS are the symbol of all priesthood authority and without them there would be no priesthood. And without them and the priesthood actions taken will not be recognized in Heaven. You might say that God has given his signet ring to whosoever holds the KEYS and that priesthood member is authorized to act in the place of God, as His agent, and that which is done in righteousness is ratified by our God.
This includes calling and ordaining other priesthood. It includes authority to baptize and bestow the Holy Ghost. It includes all of the Spiritual Gifts. It includes authority to add names to the roles of those who enter into the New and Everlasting Covenant and to remove the names of those who apostatize from the roles of God’s church on earth and in Heaven. These acts of one holding the keys are ratified by the Lord.
Joseph Smith Jr. and Oliver Cowdery received the keys;
“. . . And also with Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry; and of the same things which I revealed unto them; unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last times;” Doctrine and Covenants 26:3a, b
“The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth;” Doctrine and Covenants 65:1b
The keys of the kingdom are only bestowed upon God’s, loyal, trusted servants who are entrusted with the Masters House.
Joseph Smith Jr. was told when ordaining Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams to the church presidency, forming the first quorum of Presidents of the High Priesthood;
“Thus saith the Lord, Verily I say unto thee [Joseph Smith], my son, Thy sins are forgiven thee, according to thy petition, for thy prayers and the prayers of thy brethren have come up into my ears; therefore thou art blessed from henceforth that bear the keys of the kingdom given unto thee; which kingdom is coming forth for the last time. Verily I say unto you, The keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come; nevertheless, through you shall the oracles be given to another; yea, even unto the church.” Doctrine and Covenants 87:1a– 2a
The oracles are the ability to receive God’s word in revelations to his church.
It is clear who is to receive and use these keys.
“. . . Unto whom I have given the keys of the kingdom, which belongeth always unto the Presidency of the high priesthood;” Doctrine and Covenants 80:1c
Apostle Brigham Young tried to claim the keys to the First Presidency without direction from God. If God had revealed that the twelve at Nauvoo were to temporarily act as the First Presidency of the church until the Presidency was set into order, Brigham could have done this, but Brigham was deeply involved in the illegal [church and state] practice of multiplying wives and he could not receive the keys. And if he held the keys why would he be re-baptized and re-ordained with those who entered the Salt Lake Basin? His church is still trying to convince their members that the keys were conferred upon the Quorum of Twelve, but that cannot be reconciled with the commandment which declares;
No. 29 Sibley, Missouri 17 July 2001, Received by Seventy Nolan W. Glauner
“My Kingdom shall flourish upon my mountain tops and every nation shall flow into it under the sun. You who are among the last of those laborers whom I have called into my vineyard as my stewards must be faithful to carry out all my desires to build up My Kingdom in this part of my vineyard. If ye will turn to with all your might, I will reward you with success and great joy. Seek to bring forth My Kingdom and ye are one with me. For it is my will that My Kingdom be established. You have the KEYS given you of Me. You must open the way for my people to return unto Me.”
The following revelations were received by Nolan W. Glauner.
These most refer to the Seventy.
For the full text of these revelations see: www.firemountainpress.org No.3 Sibley, Missouri 6 June 2000
“Hold yourselves aloof from all other organizations for it is my will that you, at the proper time, take responsibility to set all things in order, beginning at the House of God. Ask and ye shall receive, Seek and ye shall find, Knock and I will open unto you. Amen.”
No.11 Sibley, Missouri 3 October 2000
“I have given you the KEYS to continue my work that must go forward; the KEYS that will open the doors of salvation to mine Elect who hear my voice. . . .Take up the KEYS I have prepared for you and walk in faith in my ability to bring all my words to pass.”
No.24 Roseburg, Oregon: 19 May 2001
“It is my will that you build up the Quorum of Seventy. I will guide you to those who I have chosen to serve me. I have given you authority over my people and when I reveal to my Presidents of Seventy those whom I have called to serve, you are authorized to ordain those whom I call as Seventies and all other officers in my church. You are called to act in the place of the First Presidency until the church is set in order. It is my will that you build up the Quorum of Seventy and strive to be of one mind, teaching each other that all may be in unity. The task before you is great and I will reward the faithful with the crown of everlasting life in my Kingdom.”
No. 18 Ivy Bend Missouri 8 February
“I have given you the KEYS to open the doors of your understanding, and I will feed you upon the words which bring life to your souls.”
No. 29 Sibley, Missouri 17 July 2001
“Seek to bring forth My Kingdom and ye are one with me. For it is my will that My Kingdom be established. You have the KEYS given you of Me. You must open the way for my people to return unto Me.”
No. 40 Sibley, Missouri 6 February 2002
“I have given you the KEYS to eternal life through my Holy Priesthood. Walk in that new and everlasting life that I give you.”
No. 49 Sibley, Missouri 17 October 2002
“It is my will that you continue to bring my word and light unto my children. I have given you the KEYS to continue my work that must go forth to the children of men. You will succeed in this task if you heed all that I have instructed you to accomplish in my name.”
No. 75 Sibley, Missouri June 8, 2004
“The KEYS of the kingdom are in the hands of him who I chose and raised up for the task of bringing forth my restoration. He completed his work and sealed his work with his blood. Seek to understand these KEYS, for within them lie the pattern for my kingdom. Establish my kingdom, my children by following my pattern and all things shall be added unto you; for from my kingdom my work shall go forward to the ends of the earth that my gathering may be accomplished. Seek to do all I command you and you will receive the blessing. Amen”
No. 86 Anderson, Indiana 20 October 2004
“There are those whom I have called out of the world for special purposes in me to establish and re-establish those KEYS and authorities that were lost through willful neglect and sin. Such was the case of my servant Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery by whom I re-established my holy priesthood and restored authority on earth. My promise to Joseph was that if he were faithful in keeping my charge that I would build up my church in his day and bring my church out of the wilderness. Joseph was faithful in all that I called upon him to do, except in the pages of the Book of Mormon which he allowed to be taken out of his hands against my commandment. I forgave him that offence upon his repentance. I established the KEYS of my Kingdom with him and led him to bring forth those laws and principles which I give to bring my children into covenant and to perfection. These KEYS have not been removed from my servant Joseph but have been made known to the church as the oracles that if followed bring my people to perfection.”
No. 114 Sibley, Missouri 12 November 2005
“I have opened the door of salvation through the atonement of my Son and have delivered the KEYS and authority to perform the ordinances of my church to my priesthood.
No. 115 Sibley, Missouri 19 November 2005
“My purposes will not fail although there are many who will not heed my call and perish in their sins. My kingdom shall come forth in power by the KEYS that have been restored to my priesthood and all things will be set in order by the power of mine almighty hand.”
No. 119 Sibley, Missouri 28 December 2005
“I have called upon you through the voice of my prophets to prepare a people to look forward to my return and I have given you KEYS for the establishment of my kingdom. My work must go forth that those who are mine might be gathered as I have promised. Zion must be established upon the pattern I have given you. I have given you the authority to accomplish all that I require of you. Do not hesitate for many are falling by the wayside in the battle for the minds and hearts of man.”
No.233 Buckner, Missouri August 13, 2010
“My church is like a beacon upon a hill when all who will look may see its beauty. My church is calling many to the work for I have given it the KEYS to build up my Kingdom.
No. 263 Buckner Missouri April 5, 2011
“Let only members of my Holy Household lift up their tools upon the task of building and let them become the bringers of materials for the establishing and building up of the work at hand. My instructions and my work for building up shall go to the far reaches of the world and other laborers shall from there enter into the work. The plan that I have given you is contained in those scriptures that I caused to go forth through he whom I called to do much restoration for my people. I gave Joseph my plan, the pattern, and the KEYS for the building up of my kingdom in this eleventh hour.”
No.280 Buckner, Missouri Oct. 18, 2011
“Be of good cheer and have joy my children, for I have given you the KEYS to sanctification. How can my children walk in grace unless they are sanctified? Cast off all that would hinder your quest to come closer unto me, saith your God. I have given you the KEYS through my beloved Son who is full of grace and truth. The wise among you will embrace them and overcome the things of the world that distract and degrade my children.”
No.283 Buckner, Missouri Dec. 26, 2011
“How long, my children, how long would you have me stay my hand in judgment? “. . . Zion is waiting. Why do you hesitate? Why do you backslide? I have given you the KEYS to perform all required to establish you and my Zion, yet you wait. And when I send my admonition and counsel unto you, many scoff, for as your forefathers you say in your hearts secretly, ‘false prophet’.”
No. 291 Buckner Missouri Mar. 23, 2012
“I have given the KEYS to my Holy Priesthood to accomplish all that is required to bring forth and establish righteousness in the earth. Thus far they have chosen not to use them. The KEYS to my kingdom are provided to the leadership that I have provided for my church and give them the abilities to teach, preach, exhort and expound the laws and commandments governing my church with the power of my Holy Spirit.”
No. 294 Buckner Missouri 22 June, 2012
“I have given you the pathway in my scriptures and I offer freely my Spirit to give you light for your understanding. Do not account my law and commandments as things of naught, for enfolded within them are life and love and the KEYS to my Kingdom.”
No. 309 Buckner Missouri 21 Feb. 2013
“I have appointed Ephraim in these latter days to lead my people to unity. I have given my church the KEYS to bring forth my kingdom. Why do you hesitate and hide in corners? I have called you into the light. This light is to be lifted as an ensign for all nations to gather to my standard, for I have given the KEYS to salvation and have redeemed you.”
“Keep all the commandments and covenants by which ye are bound, and I will cause the heavens to shake for your good, and Satan shall tremble, and Zion shall rejoice upon the hills, and flourish; and Israel shall be saved in mine own due time. And by the keys which I have given shall they be led, and no more be confounded at all.” Doctrine and Covenants 34:6a, b
The Church of Jesus Christ Restored 1830 considers those Elders, Priests, Teachers, and Deacons who were ordained by ONE HAVING AUTHORITY and who have not broken their priesthood covenant to be recognized by the church. It also recognize those who are baptized and confirmed by ONE HAVING AUTHORITY who have not broken their covenants as being members of, and recognized by the Church of Jesus Christ Restored 1830.
Note: We hold that Joseph Smith Jr. and Oliver Cowdery were called and ordained by Heavenly messengers and given the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM with authority from God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to earth. We also believe that priesthood and members requesting their names to be enrolled into the Book of Names are responsible for determining if their baptisms and ordinations were by authority. If there is any question in any mind they upon request can be re-baptized by authority. §
By President of Seventy Nolan W. Glauner
When Zion is within us, within our Homes, Within the Holy City New Jerusalem or her Holy Stakes, virtue shall be taught and reign in the hearts and minds of the saints.
Our society is foundering and appears to be in a high speed downward spiral. Many people have lost their confidence in those who lead us. Perhaps we are beginning to understand the Lord’s warning “trust not in the arm of the flesh.” Virtue shall be a requirement for building and entering into the kingdom of God in preparation for the return of the Lord.
My contention is that mankind must become new creatures through the covenant and by receiving the Holy Spirit have the guidance and strength necessary to live a virtuous life.
“And I have given unto you another law and commandment; wherefore teach it unto your children, that all men, everywhere, must repent, or they can in no wise inherit the kingdom of God. For no unclean thing can dwell there, or dwell in his presence;” Genesis 6:59, 60
Virtue and the kingdom may be in us as individuals but we must, through righteousness go on to establish God’s kingdom for all who would enter in. Progress in what is called the communications age, including Smart Phones, Computers, Flat Screen TV’s and numerous other electronic gadgets are a blessing in many ways, but they can also have their dark side. Current sitcoms if you have browsed the stations recently are getting so vulgar and vile that no intelligent Christian could watch them without blushing. But sad to say many who should be God’s very own are becoming accustomed to these things and as Timothy has described them;
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared as with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:1, 2
We seem to love our gadgets but I think most of us have, at some time or another, gotten quite irritated at someone who stopped at a stop light and having a phone glued to their ear forgot where they were. Also our children and some adults spend many hours behind computers or hand held sets playing the myriad of readily available games. I hope we have not forgotten that both our life and our life’s duration are gifts of God and are of a limited duration while in the flesh. God gave us our lives for a purpose in him. We should seek his purpose and then fulfill that purpose!
All who have made a valid covenant with the Lord are called to live a higher standard than that which is acceptable to the world. God has declared that, “The natural man is an enemy of God” and we who have entered into the covenant with God through baptisms have promised to die to the old man of sin [put off the old man] and live according to the newness of life which is in Christ Jesus, a converted, transformed life. Obtaining this transformed life takes a serious and conscious effort on our part if we hope to experience true conversion as God would have us be.
The Apostle Peter is a good example;
As Jesus walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee he came to the fishing boat upon which Peter worked. This rough fisherman was the first Apostle that Christ would call and he said to him, “Follow me.” Peter walked the roads and byways with the Lord for three and a half years during the height of the Lord’s ministry, yet when Jesus was arrested and taken to the temple for trial; people recognized Peter as one of the believers in him, Peter, out of fear, denied Christ three times before the cock crew. A short time previous to this Jesus had cautioned Peter, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired you, that he may sift the children of the kingdom as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not; and when you are converted strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31, 32
Though Peter had been that close to the Lord those three and a half years he was not yet converted. The Apostles received a great conversion experience at Pentecost. It was the Holy Ghost that converted Peter and that also converts the souls of man to become new creatures in Christ.
Peter believed in God but was not converted. It is not enough to just believe in God, those who would share in his glory must also covenant with him and become a new transformed person. Then even though we may be tempted, we will have the power of the Holy Ghost to give us strength and the will to resist all evil. Virtue gives us power. We must desire with a great desire to have this virtue within us.
We cannot live like the rest of the world and be justified in Jesus Christ. We must return to innocency. Christ likened this as to us becoming as a little child; “And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily, I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2
As we sojourn in the world, we hear older, boys, girls, grown men and women swearing and using and every kind of foul language and are told that that this is the normal language for our day and age. We are also told that we are the ones who are out of step with the rest of the world. How sad! Their insulting language shows their disrespect not only for themselves but for everyone around them. Do we keep company with those who have no reverence for God? Do we keep company with those who continually insult us who love God by them continually taking his name in vain?
We also see many youths and adults marking and piercing their bodies not discerning the fact that they were created to be the temples of God.
“What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20
How can one face the Lord with your body marked with tattoos? For you shall surely face Jesus when he comes again, for every eye shall see and every ear shall hear. I do not think this is seriously taken into consideration by them when they strive to be like their tattoo marked friends.
We wouldn’t think of marking graffiti on the Kirtland Temple or any temple of God. Marking and piercing the body are contrary to the commandments of God; “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you; I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28
If I found myself tattooed, and know what I know now, I would seek out a practitioner who could remove them with modern laser technology so that I could stand before Jesus with my body cleaned of these marks.
So how are we supposed to live a virtuous life? What are we supposed to do? How should we pass our time during our lives?
I would suggest that during the few odd years we are allotted to spend here on this proving ground called the earth that we spend it in righteous living, according to all the commandments of God. Our few allotted years cannot begin to compare with what we face with eternity. We shall pass through his judgment which shall determine where we spend this eternity whether in God’s kingdom or for some evil creatures, in the Lake of Fire with the Devil and his Angels. I suppose that there may be some few who actually glory in evil and filth and would be more comfortable and content with the Devil and his Angels.
We shall be judged by our works and most of us if we understand the consequences of our actions which are our works, understand that our works will determine the glory we shall inherit. Most people conform to some form or code of decency, still just being decent is not enough if we desire to spend eternity with God.
If we, of the Restoration do not hold ourselves and our children to a higher standard of virtue, we can forget about ever establishing Zion and God will raise up another people to build up his kingdom.
Received at our Mission at Ivy Bend, Missouri No. 36, 25 October 2001; “Be ye still and know that I am God. If ye seek me diligently, I will reveal myself unto you. If I reveal myself unto you heed those words I give you. If you will heed all my words I have revealed unto you, you will have my Spirit to abide in you which leadeth into all truth. And by observing to obey all truths bringeth forth righteousness which righteousness has power to sanctify all who obtain it. My children keep yourselves from evil, for the adversary is raging in the hearts of the disobedient. Practice every virtue and keep all my commandments and Zion shall flourish upon the hill tops.”
Most Restorationists are good and decent people when measured by the behavior of people of the world, but we have got to go beyond where we are or where we have been, for we seem to be frozen into a complacency to accept things as they are and to believe that they are inevitable. This cannot be true for we have been called to create that new society called Zion, a society where the citizens live their lives of true virtue.
“For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words; for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.” Ephesians 5:5- 7
It is obvious to anyone who is willing to observe and be honest, that the church in general has lost its direction and the necessary will to succeed in its quest for Zion. If we are to be vital again we must go back to the beginning of God’s work with Joseph Smith Jr. when the Spirit was working through the Elders and re-examine the foundation that was restored. Then we might once again, as God’s people, drink from the unpolluted waters of truth and be founded once more on that undefiled law which was ratified by the gathered quorums at the General Assembly at Kirtland Ohio in 1835. This law passed through all of the several quorums of the church thus receiving the common consent of the saints, making it binding upon the whole body of Christ. “The word is truth, truth is light, and light is Spirit,” His word is as true today and as binding today as it was the day it was delivered to Joseph Smith Jr. from the mouth of God.
The loss of virtue in Nauvoo in the 1840’s caused the church to spiral into apostasy. Many followed Brigham Young, for they were not confronted by the secret polygamy that was being practiced in Nauvoo against the laws of the church and the laws of the land. Had they known, many would have abandoned the leadership of the twelve.
The Reorganization lost its virtue when it began trying to fit into the World Church’s pattern and become a popular church. They gradually left the pure doctrine given at Kirtland and allowed the mind of man with popular politics of the day to creep into the church. They were not satisfied with God’s plan to call and ordain priesthood led by the Holy Ghost, and instead sent church leaders to Protestant Seminaries to teach them how to be professors of religion instead of the servants of God and his people. The Reorganized Church left the pure law and should not have listened to the voices of a politicizing, corrupting world.
The Requirement for Religious Virtue By George Washington: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead us to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” Stated by George Washington, quoted in the Washington Papers, Pages 318- 319
There is no alternative for virtue. Repentance is our commitment to sin no more, but virtue is to live our lives in the purest most righteous way possible. When the church does not stress virtue, it suffers great loss. And a continued lack of virtue destroys a people’s ability to serve God effectively.
“According as his [Jesus'] divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue;” 2 Peter 1:3 §
9 October, 2013 Number 321
1. Do not fear my son, though I stir up the world in turmoil, I will never abandon my little ones.
2. Seek shelter under my wings of love and let not your hearts be troubled.
3. I have stirred up the anger of the enemies of all truth and they shall rail against the people of the covenant.
4. Their fierce anger will be of no avail, for I am greater than he who is in the world.
5. You, my people who hear my voice, seek my peace and I will grant you that peace that only I can give and seek true justice and my kingdom shall come nigh unto you.
6. I have divulged my secrets to my servants, my prophets from the beginning.
7. Seek out my words and follow the path in which they lead.
8. I have created the Smith to blow the coals and I have created the destroyer to destroy.
9. Decide this day which one you will follow for my Spirit is sharper than a two edged sword tempered in the fires of eternity.
10. The day of separation has come and the dross shall be removed from my true steel.
11. I will have instruments tempered by my Spirit that shall be quenched in blood.
12. My mercy and my vengeance shall balance the scale of justice.
13. Gather ye of my flock to the side of mercy and I will cover you with my protecting wings.
14. Once more I will warn you who will hear my voice, come out of her, my people, for the time shall come that the earth shall burn as an oven and the wicked and those who take upon them my name in vain shall experience torment;
15. For that name that they have blasphemed so freely shall suddenly appear before them in bodily form and their frames shall quake with trembling and fear for the wrath of their Creator.
16. Repent all who read these words that I hold my servants guiltless who have brought you my word over the generations.
17. Look not for the arm of man to save you, for if you are an enemy of God you shall suffer the pangs of unredeemed death.
18. Again my beloved little flock, do not fear, for I am with thee throughout all your trials and tribulations.
19. Persevere but a little longer and you shall see the rewards of my salvation for all those who are just and true.
20. I have promised to come and drink the fruit of the vine on earth with my faithful servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and you, my little ones are invited to sup with me at my great feast. Amen
13 October, 2013 Number 322
1. I am the Lord who separateth out the righteous from the wicked.
2. My course is one eternal round and there is no power that can stand in my way.
3. I have placed all things in my creations in such a way that they testify of my power and my glory.
4. Man is the height of my glory as I have made him to be in my likeness and image and gave him power over the things of the world that I created for his dominion.
5. I gave unto him my law that he might live in order and peace upon the earth.
6. This law I implanted upon his heart.
7. He has attempted to codify my implanted law at various times upon the earth and his efforts have been recognized by me.
8. But hear me, my children, and understand that when that which is perfect has come, that what is known in part shall be changed to a fullness.
9. When I come to judge the quick and the dead, I shall judge them according to that light that they have and weigh it with what they have refused when plainly offered them.
10. None shall be excused from my just judgment.
11. Satan is stirring up the emotions of the people of the nations, for he wants them to destroy one another.
12. The world does not discern the snare he has set for it, for he is in his last struggle to destroy the world and my children before I subdue him in chains of darkness where there is no light of truth shining.
13. The old serpent, mine enemy, has mesmerized the world and has frozen many of my children in fear causing them to not move, not knowing that his intent is for them to be still until he destroys them.
14. Those of the world have welcomed Satan into their hearts and their love one towards another has grown cold.
15. I shall come with a mighty shout and awaken those who are mine and gather them to my places of safety, for it is my purpose to save those who have covenanted with me from the destructions that are determined upon the wicked.
16. I shall, before the end come, gather and bring a people to receive and understand my law, not in part but in fullness;
17. For this is my purpose for the earth, to create a righteous remnant to inherit my footstool where I shall reign in their midst.
18. Be fearful, all who have cast me away from you by your rejection of me, for I shall disown those who disown me, and I will gather my own who love me to my bosom to nurture them in godliness and loving kindness one to another.
19. Be faithful until I come. Amen
17 October, 2013 Number 323
1. Come close unto me and I will whisper in your ear.
2. I will tell you of things of my eternal realm.
3. These whispered words are not for the world, but are reserved for those who have placed their trust in the excellent wisdom of their Father.
4. My dear children, it is my will and my intent to divide my vast realm and give it unto you;
5. But you must be patient and faithful before that great day which I have placed in my mind to bless you with your eternal inheritances.
6. Some of you have grown restless and anxious, but labor on a while longer, for I shall not forget your love you have returned unto me;
7. For you my faithful children have begun to put off childish things and are becoming serious about your futures.
8. It is my good pleasure to give unto you those gifts that I have desired to bless you with that you may be filled with that joy and glory that I have when I see my children keeping my commandments and glorifying my Beloved Son.
9. Once more my children, the words I share with you in my whispering is not for the world, for they trample on my words daily and scoff and deny my truth.
10. I have withdrawn the understanding of my words of truth to those who contentedly blaspheme my name and take no thought of the grave payment that was made for their souls.
11. Know my children that my words are not idle, but words of life and all who reject them and repent not shall be lost to my kingdom;
12. But you hear my voice and obey your Father’s counsel, therefore I have written you in the Book of Eternal Remembrance reserved for those who are just and true.
13. Those of the world around you love excitement and seek this at every opportunity.
14. I say unto you, my obedient children, the world shall experience excitement when I command the elements to burn as an oven and when my voice is heard over the tempest in a storm that brings winds of destruction upon the lands.
15. I shall shake the cities and they shall crumble to the ground from which they sprang and at that day everything shall be in commotion throughout the nations.
16. Satan shall claim his own and I will claim my own at that great day.
17. I see some in the world learning to hear the words I am whispering to my children, but they cannot make out my words and soon shall be dis-interested.
18. The time is soon at hand my children that you must stand and represent me as witnesses when against all idolaters, thieves, liars, adulters, fornicators and all who do those abdominal acts that are condemned by the laws I have set down for the orderly progress of my creation.
19. You shall be judges upon Mount Zion when I come. Amen
27 October, 2013 Number 324
1. Listen to the still small voice that wavers not, neither do the words that come forth ever fade or cease to be.
2. So hear my words and make them your friends, for they will be a compass to your feet that you do not turn into a wrong way.
3. Internalize my truth and measure your decisions and actions and your lives shall be filled with treasures eternal.
4. Consider My Word of Power; by my word I created all things and by my command all things shall live or die.
5. Yea, do not marvel that all things must die, for by The Word of my Power I have said that I will also make all things new.
6. In this light and truth, my children who have made a covenant with me by water, spirit, and sacrifice, shall stand renewed with me in my kingdom when I deem to make up my jewels.
7. My glory is your salvation and I have paid full price for your souls that you may share my glory.
8. The world that you know is but for a little while, for I have ordained change.
9. As I obeyed the Father even by offering myself a ransom for man, so must the world and all things therein at the command of the Father be changed that it may become new and abide my presence.
10. The Father has given me the Throne of David and when I come into my kingdom I shall sit on the Lion Throne and cause judgment to commence;
11. For I am judge and my saints shall have access to the six steps to approach near me.
12. I shall also give my saints judgment and power from on high to separate the righteous from the wicked.
13. Purge yourselves of all unrighteousness if you will sit with me in judging those in the world.
14. Before that day comes I desire that those who are mine warn their neighbors of those things that are shortly to come to pass, and that they must turn to my word of truth, for man shall be judged by every word that proceedeth forth from my mouth.
15. My children from the beginning reach for eternity, but many becoming inpatient turned off in pathways that are seemingly more interesting than serving their Creator.
16. My children, keep my commandments and close your ears to the many voices of enticement and deception that is rampant in the world.
17. Set your lives into order by becoming one with the Word of Truth. I am the Word of Truth. Amen
NAME YOUR PRICE
If the Lord were to ask you what it would cost for you to follow him, be faithful, and be converted, how would you answer Him? What if the Lord offered you a bigger house? Could you say in honesty you would follow him and live up to the standard he set before us? If the Lord offered you a nicer car, would you come closer to perfection? If He said He would provide you with your ideal job, would you in return gain a mustard seed of faith, sufficient for moving mountains? If He offered you eternal life, at the price of His own son, could you give up on the world and live for His sake?
“And, behold, one came and said, Good master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God; but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Honor thy father and mother. And, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up; what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, 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. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily, I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard this, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld their thoughts, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but if they will forsake all things for my sake, with God whatsoever things I speak are possible. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye who have followed me, shall, in the resurrection, when the Son of Man shall come sitting on the throne of his glory, ye shall also sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that has forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive a hundred-fold, and shall inherit everlasting life.” Mat 19:16-29
What about the blessings He’s already given us? We have all received much from Him in many shapes and forms. Whether it’s the rain that sustains animals and vegetation, and replenishes the rivers and the seas with water that we may have food and drink, or the protection that has allowed us to make it through our lives thus far, we already have much to be thankful for. We already owe more to Him than we could ever repay. He gave us life and breath, pours out mercy abundantly, and sacrificed His son for our sake, yet our blessings are often squandered and due gratitude withheld. Can any person say they are of more worth than the life of their savior, a lifetime of blessings, and the promise of eternal life for the Lord’s faithful children? It is as though we are as valuable as iron, but purchased with gold. Yet, that iron thinks itself more valuable than the gold that bought it. We are all cherished in the eyes of the Lord. Irreplaceable, and loved with a perfect love. However, the Lord’s children have long partaken of far more than they give back. What we receive of the Lord and what we return to Him are worlds apart. What else is required of the Lord, that His children attain righteousness and follow Him with great faith? Can any person ask more of the Lord than He has given us already, and it not be out of greed?
“From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not; Ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain; ye fight and war; yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law; but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy; who art thou that judgest another? Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain; Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings; all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4 §
WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR OR BROTHER
Once again I welcome all dear brothers and sisters in Christ and those searching out the gospel. Peace and love to you all and may the Lord add his understanding for you as you contemplate the gravity of these thoughts. Before I begin with details, let me give you a few scriptures for thought that prove the axiom, “in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.“ “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” Matthew 25:12 “. . . prove all things, hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 “whatsoever was written aforetime, were written for our learning.” Romans 15:4
Have any of us sat down and contemplated in all honesty what it would be like in a Zionic setting, when we consider all the eccentricities we all have? How many of us have had friends or relatives show up and stay for several days and can’t wait to have your home back to yourselves again? “ If a man love God and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen.” I John Ch. 4 Who is your brother? It might be someone stranded along the highway out of gas, or someone with a flat tire and no spare. If we have the means, it is our Christian obligation to stop and help. (Caution is always advised) Many times this could be a blessing in disguise. Be not afraid to entertain strangers for many have entertained angels unaware. (paraphrased) We also have to be in tune with that Holy Spirit so we are bidden to help.
In Acts chapter two after the day of Pentecost, the people were so thrilled about the gospel that they sold all and contributed to the pool (so to speak) so that they had all things in common, for the exception of Ananias and Sapphira who lied to God [ as Peter pointed out ] and were struck dead. I can imagine those saints went through a period of a Zionic living experience. Wouldn’t it be wonderful today! I read an article that helped me reflect on this topic in a new understanding for lay people which seems very logical. After the saints had sold all and distributed as needed, they opened their homes to all. It was not as if Joe had twenty dollars and give ten to Ed so they both had equal amounts of money. In essence, every man opened his home so that all they had was their neighbors at any time on demand, which may have been needful items (i.e.) lawn mower, clothing etc., but also assistance with the talents they had such as carpentry, gardening, wiring etc.
I can imagine there would be no judgment or gossiping or backbiting which surely would prove they were not truly in a Zionic state. “Thou shall do no unrighteousness in judgment; thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty.” Leviticus 19:15
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart; thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor…” Leviticus 19:17
We live in a society that constantly lacks concern for his fellow man and digs a pit for him in order to get gain even in small things. In Boise Idaho, in the past two months there have been a half dozen or more people struck by vehicles in town intersections, one died and they were all hit and run. That truly demonstrates the love of man waxing cold.
Zion is no farther away than that which the people are willing to sacrifice whether in time, talent, etc. but there cannot be a conscious Zion without the preference of helping one another, spirit of prayer, sacrifice and following all the commandments. If you are trying to serve God and mammon you are deceiving yourself, because many respect or choose one person over another to create their circles of acceptable brothers.
So again, who is my neighbor or brother? I have heard it said that an agreeable person is the one that agrees with me, birds of a feather flock together and so forth go the axioms . If this is the case and only those are my brothers, it would be wrong in thinking so. Go back to the part about the many eccentricities and think about personalities, political views etc., and ask yourself if those elements belong in a true charitable society built upon the foundations of our Lord’s teachings. There is nothing wrong about having differences of opinions as long as we can be of one heart and one mind, putting aside these differences, then we become the pure in heart with our focus on building Zion. Our neighbors and brothers are those that listen to that still small voice, for Christ said his sheep will hear His voice.
To build a Zionic home is one of the keys to the Zionic Kingdom. “ Train up a child in the way he shall go and when he is old he will not depart from it .” Proverbs 22:6
Being a neighbor is taught by example from childhood. We hear all the time that the world is changing and we need to change with it or get left behind. Without an understanding of the devices Satan has placed before us, it is hard to help our children remain free from Babylon’s influences. There are so many books about history of this chosen land that would make you gasp in disgust knowing that our public school systems have intentionally omitted these facts so that the young minds can be shaped into the likeness of Babylon. Satan’s agenda goes clear back to 1933. Children are taken out of the home at the earliest possible age so their minds can be molded. Pre-school, welfare programs involving parental discipline, etc. shaped by (John Dewey and George Bernard Shaw of the Fabian Socialists Society to mention a couple) Technology is ever changing, some for the good, some for the worse; it is up to each and every one of us that know the truth to spread that truth whenever and wherever we can, especially to our young who will someday be the stalwarts of a Zionic community. A brother can be either young or old alike in the Kingdom.
The one great thing about building the Kingdom is God is constant in all the messages and teachings in scriptures. He is unchangeable, the same yesterday, today and forever. That being the case, then the way He taught was to treat one another as a brother, to love your neighbor as yourself. It is no different today; only man has changed the interpretations of God to satisfy his needs so he can function in society without guilt. Man then has a form of Godliness, but denies the power thereof. He can go about his worldly business with the attitude of once saved always saved.
Our Lord said to be no respecter of persons. The pure charity of Christ is the only way we will ever have true brothers in the kingdom. To obtain a brother in Christ we need to put our agendas aside and let the Holy Spirit direct our moves. This is essential to building the Zionic life but one thing stands in the way and that is SIN. How do we define SIN? Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:48 says, “And finally , I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are divers ways and means, even so many that I cannot number them. But this much I can tell you, that if you do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words and your deeds, and observe to keep the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. . .”
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians Ch. 6
“We are saved by grace when we have done all we can do.” Mormon 1:40
So again, who are my neighbors and brothers? Christ said whosoever will take up his cross and follow me, forsaking all others; those are my brothers and sisters. (Paraphrased) In Mark Ch. 10:27-29 Peter says, “We have left all, and have followed thee.” “And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake and the gospel's, But he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come, eternal life.”
“Therefore go to your homes and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask the Father, in my name, that ye may understand; and prepare your minds. . . 3 Nephi 8:3
When I was a child I spake as a child, but now I’m no longer a child I put away childish things. (paraphrased) That means quit being selfish and thinking of just yourself ! Go out of your way, reach out and touch someone.
One of the teachings from my early childhood (40’s & 50’s) rings true today and always. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Jeremiah said to search for the pathways of old. J.D.W. §
The Keys of the Kingdom
THE ORACLES OF GOD
God speaking to Joseph Smith,
March 18, 1833
“Verily I say unto you, The keys of this kingdom shall never be taken from you, while thou art in the world, neither in the world to come; nevertheless, through you shall the oracles be given to another; yea, even unto the church. And all they who receive the oracles of God, let them beware how they hold them, lest they are accounted as a light thing, and are brought under condemnation thereby; and stumble and fall, when the storms descend, and the winds blow, and the rains descend, and beat upon their house.” D&C 87:2a,b
Received by President of Seventy Nolan W. Glauner
Member of the Acting First Presidency of the Church
Sibley, Missouri 3 October 2000,
“Come near unto me saith the Lord and I will reveal unto you my will.
It is my will that you of my Seventy begin the process of reconciliation with those who have been estranged from my fold.
Approach them with meekness and I will go before you and prepare them to receive you.
I have given you the keys to continue my work that must go forward;
The keys that will open the doors of salvation to mine Elect who hear my voice.”§
From the William Clayton Diaries
22 January 1843, Sunday
Nauvoo 1; Words,: page 159
This A.M. Joseph preached in the Temple. subject arose from two questions proposed from a Lyceum.
1st Did John Baptize for remission of sins,?
2nd Whether the kingdom of God was set up before the day of Pentecost or not till then?
To the 1st Q. he answered, “he did” It is acknowledged of all men that John preached the gospel & must have preached the 1st principles, if so he must have preached the doctrine of Baptism for the remission of sins for that is the 1st principal of the Gospel and was ordained before the foundation of the world. I next give my own testimony because I know it is from God.
On the 2nd question He said Where the oracles of God are revealed there is the kingdom of God. Nauvoo 1; Words, p. 159; Allen 2, p. 120
Wherever the oracles of God are & subjects to obey those oracles there is the kingdom of God. What constitutes the kingdom of God? An administrator who has the power of calling down the oracles of God, and subjects to receive those oracles no matter if there are but 3,4 or 6 there is the kingdom of God &c.§
Conference of the Apostles April 8, 1844 Nauvoo Ill.
Ed. Note: Two months and 19 days before the assignation of Joseph Smith Jr., President of the High Priesthood and his brother Hyrum Smith member of the First Presidency and Patriarch of the Church.
4 P.M. A large collection of Elders assembled at the stand. Addressed by Patriarch Hyrum Smith on Spiritual wife system. The first one we heard reporting such stories we will report him in the Times and Seasons to come and give up his license. He was decided against it in every form and spoke at length. President Rigdon Concurred in his remarks following Hyrum . 12 minutes to 6 adjourned to 8 A.M. tomorrow.
Quoted from, An American Prophet’s Record, The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith. Edited By Scott H. Faulring §
Editors Note: There is no valid evidence of Joseph’s involvement in polygamy either in Nauvoo or at any time previous to the Nauvoo period, except from those excommunicated and disgruntles individuals who were secretly involved in polygamy, along with their co-conspirators, who wrote and printed the one edition of the Nauvoo Expositor.
Other than the one and only edition of the Nauvoo Expositor, all other bogus indictments of Joseph’s involvement in polygamy came later from enemies of the church and from the polygamous followers of Brigham Young and company after 1852.
Did this threaten those found to be involved in the secret practice of polygamy in Nauvoo with excommunication from the church? Who would this involve? What could they do to keep their standing in the church?§
From the William Clayton Diaries
1 October 1844, Tuesday
Tuesday 1st. ... Evening met the Twelve at bro. Kimball’s and offered up prayer for the Governor and Emma & sundry other things. We had a very interesting season of conversation. A man has a right to be baptized for his acquaintances who are not relatives and sealed to them only by the consent and authority of him who holds the keys. §
PROPERTY OF THE SAINTS SOLD BY A CHURCH
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed Saturday that it purchased 6,000 acres of Missouri farmland and three historical sites from the Community of Christ.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed Saturday that it purchased 6,000 acres of Missouri farmland and three historical sites from the Community of Christ — the group formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“The Church recently acquired operating farmland and several other non-farmland properties located in Missouri and Ohio from the Community of Christ," LDS Church spokesperson Scott Trotter said. "Non-farm sites include the Haun’s Mill and the Far West Burying Ground in Missouri as well as the Joseph Smith Sr. home in Kirtland, Ohio."
Trotter specified that no plans exist to develop the properties; farm operations will continue and historic sites will be maintained.
Situated in Caldwell County, Mo., Haun's Mill is remembered in LDS history as the place where at least 18 Mormons were massacred on Oct. 30, 1838, when Caldwell County sheriff William Jennings led an armed militia of more than 200 men into the small settlement and had them open fire without warning.
Also located in Caldwell County, Far West is the settlement Mormons founded in 1836 that served as the church's headquarters during most of 1838. It's estimated that more than 200 early Latter-day Saints are buried at the Far West Burial Grounds, including original apostle David W. Patten.
Joseph Smith Sr. resided in Kirtland from 1831-38, and was living there at the time he was called in 1833 to be the church's first Presiding Patriarch.
When contacted by KSL-TV regarding the sale, the Community of Christ issued a statement that included, "Ongoing preservation is Community of Christ’s paramount concern for Haun’s Mill, the Far West Burying Ground and the Smith Sr. home in particular." §
FAR WEST, STAKE OF ZION
The town was founded by Missouri Mormon leaders, W. W. Phelps and John Whitmer in August 1836 shortly before the county's creation. The town was platted originally as a 1-mile (1.6 km) square area, centered on a public square which was to house a temple. The design of the town resembled Mormon founder and prophet Joseph Smith Jr.'s plan for the City of Zion, which had been planned to be built in the town of Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. As the town of Far West grew, the plat was extended to 4 square miles (10 km2). Wikipedia §
STAKES TO BE ORGANIZED IN THEIR OWN NAMES
Doctrine and Covenants
And now a commandment I give unto you concerning Zion, that you shall no longer be bound as an united order to your brethren of Zion, only on this wise: after you are organized, you shall be called the united order of the stake of Zion, the city of Kirtland.
And your brethren, after they are organized, shall be called the united order of the city of Zion; and they shall be organized in their own names, and in their own name; and they shall do their business in their own name, and in their own names; and you shall do your business in your own name, and in your own names.” D&C 101:9a, B §
Times and Seasons, Vol.1, p.82 Liberty Jail, Missouri, Dec. 16, 1838
Letter from Joseph Smith Jr. to the Saints
To the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Caldwell county, and to those who are scattered abroad, who are persecuted and made desolate, and who are afflicted in divers manners, for Christ's sake and the Gospel's, by the hands of a cruel mob, and the tyrannical disposition of the authorities of this State.
This taken from a letter written in Liberty Jail is an excerpt of Joseph’s thoughts on unvirtuous conduct. He was betrayed and imprisoned by the false testimony of those who infiltrated the flock but were wolves in sheep’s clothing.
“Was it for committing adultery? We are aware that false and slanderous reports have gone abroad, which have reached our ears, respecting this thing, which have been started by renegades, and spread by the dissenters, who are extremely active in spreading foul and libelous reports concerning us; thinking thereby to gain the fellowship of the world, knowing that we are not of the world; and that the world hates us.
But by so doing they only show themselves to be vile traitors and sycophants. Some have reported that we not only dedicated our property, but likewise our families to the Lord, and Satan taking advantage of this has transfigured it into lasciviousness, a community of wives, which things are an abomination in the sight of God.
When we consecrate our property to the Lord, it is to administer to the wants of the poor and needy according to the laws of God, and when a man consecrates or dedicates his wife and children to the Lord, he does not give them to his brother or to his neighbor; which is contrary to the law of God, which says, "Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not covet they neighbors wife" "He that looketh upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already in his heart."
Now for a man to consecrate his property, his wife and children to the Lord is nothing more nor less than to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, visit the widows and fatherless, the sick and afflicted and do all he can to administer to their relief in their afflictions, and for himself and his house to serve the Lord. In order to do this he and all his house must be virtuous and "shun every appearance of evil. Now if any person has represented anything otherwise than what we now write they have willfully misrepresented us.” §