Friday, June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017- 3 questions and 3 points to ponder

I will get back to the JST soon, but I wanted to discuss some ideas I have had lately. 

If the Most High God and Jesus appeared to an uneducated teenager in upstate New York in 1820, why wouldn't He appear to you? 

If God would show an unstable man like Sidney Rigdon a vision of the 4 possible places we can go after the judgement, why wouldn't He reveal something to you that you sincerely and prayerfully wanted to know?

If Jesus appeared to Oliver Cowdery (or at least spoke to him), in an effort to convince him to assist Joseph in bringing forth the Book of Mormon, why wouldn't Jesus talk to you?

1. Shaun Roundy has published a condensed version of the Book of Mormon where he has omitted some of the repetition inherent in "Reformed Egyptian" to make the Book even easier to read. Check it out on The Kindle version is only 99 cents. He makes a great point that others like Rob Smith ( have made: 
The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, does not belong to any one religion. The Book of Mormon is for all people wanting to know more about Christ.

2. Shaun is the first person I know of who gives credit on the front of the Book of Mormon to Mormon as the writer (editor), and Joseph Smith as the translator. A minor to thing to most, but I sometimes think we overlook the most obvious thing of all: without Mormon there is no Book of Mormon. Nephi, Jacob, Alma, Mosiah, and Moroni are all critical to the book, but Mormon put it all together.

3. I am amazed the Utah based version of Mormonism would put any man on top of temples supposedly dedicated as the "House of the Lord." They could at least read the Joseph Smith Papers and realize that if anyone should be there it would be Nephi. Joseph Smith always stated in his writing that Nephi visited him and eventually delivered the gold plates. Somehow Moroni has been getting credit for that for over a hundred years. Just another example of the misinformation inherent in any religion.

Finally, I hope June went well for all of you, and I hope that July is even  better. It is a month where Americans can celebrate that America used to be the greatest nation on the earth. There is also July 24th for Utahns to celebrate the failure of the first white settlers to do what the Lord wanted them to do in Nauvoo, Illinois. As a result they got to live in a high desert as a nice parting gift for ignoring the Lord.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 21, 2017 - CHRIST saves all children!

Matthew 18:11

For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost.

Joseph Smith Translation

For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost,
and to call sinners to repentance; 
but those little ones have no need of repentance,
and I will save them.

1. The King James version is missing some (more) critical context.

2. "Son of Man" is used by JESUS to refer to Himself, so there is something important about that title. Joseph, his stepfather, is not his literal father. Then how does this title fit? Obviously his literal mother Mary is part of mankind, but I think there is more to it than that.

3. Perhaps CHRIST's meaning in JST Matthew 18:3 "Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven," means more that just becoming teachable. Maybe it also refers to becoming part of the group that CHRIST will save. 

4. CHRIST's job is not to punish, it is to save and redeem, and to restore. We do a great job of punishing each other for small sins. I am sure Satan will do his job in punishing the truly big sins when we pass through the veil.

5. The greatness of GOD the Father's mercy, and CHRIST's atonement is nowhere better displayed than this one verse. Anyone who died prematurely is saved. No exceptions! No need to christen a child as soon as they are born. And, a baptism at eight is probably more symbolic of a child just beginning to become accountable, than it is of any sinfulness accrued to that point.

Let us sing praises to GOD and His Son (God the Son) forevermore!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017: Matthew 16:25-26 - How to Save Your Soul

King James Version

(25)      For whosoever will save his life shall lose it;

            and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

(26)     For what is a man profited,

            if he shall gain the whole world,
            and lose his own soul?
            or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Joseph Smith Translation

And now for a man to take up his cross, 

is to deny himself from all ungodliness,
and from every worldly lust,
and keep my commandments.

Break not my commandments,  for to save your lives;

for whosoever will save his life in this world,
shall lose it in the world to come;
and whosoever will lose his life in this world for my sake
shall find it in the world to come.

Therefore, forsake the world, and save your souls;

for what is a man profited, 
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

I really do not think this requires any input from finite me. The Infinite CHRIST commissioned Joseph Smith, the only prophet in the history of the LDS Church, to add the missing context to his majestic treatise on how to avoid losing your soul.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Matthew 12:43-44 More Missing Context Restored

Matthew 12:43-44 King James Version

When an unclean spirit is gone out of a man, 
he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, 
and findeth none.
Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out;
and when he is come, he findeth it empty, and swept, and garnished.

Joseph Smith Translation

Then came some of the scribes and said unto him, 
Master, it is written, that, 
Every sin shall be forgiven; but ye say, 
Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost
shall not be forgiven.
And they asked him saying, How can these things be?
And he said unto them,
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man,
he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none;
but when a man speaketh against the Holy Ghost,
Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out;
and when he is come, he findeth him empty, swept, and garnished;
for the good spirit leaveth him unto himself.

1. The question that created the LORD's answer is finally restored to its rightful place in the canon of scripture. 

2. The scribes wanted to know why there is one sin that cannot be forgiven. Sounds to me like Evangelical Christians, who would like to do whatever they want while alive, and then expect JESUS to forgive all their sins. JESUS will pardon almost all sins, but a pardon is different than forgiveness. Even being forgiven does mean an individual can go to the Highest Heaven, whether it is  the Celestial Kingdom of LDS theology, or the 7th level of Jacob's Biblical ladder alluded to in the Old Testament. If you want to live with JESUS you better repent and serve like HIM.

3. The irony of this incident is that the scribes had no chance of ever denying the HOLY GHOST, because that would require that they first accept CHRIST. These people were worried about a sin that never could never possibly commit, because they were never going to follow CHRIST. 

4. The confusing dialogue in verse 44 is the unclean spirit talking to himself, but now there is a reason for the evil spirit's return- the denial of the HOLY GHOST.

5. JESUS and his authorized servants can cast out unclean spirits, but that does not mean they cannot return if the individual goes against the HOLY SPIRIT. If you speak against what you know to be true (not just hope), you run the risk of having the influence of the HOLY GHOST leave you unprotected from evil spirits. 

6. The KJV makes it look like we are left without hope against evil spirits, and creates doubt and fear in those who read the Bible. CHRIST protects anyone not fully dedicated to evil via the Light of Christ. The HOLY GHOST is a further protection for sincere seekers of truth who have been baptized authoritatively. GOD will shield his fold from the devil and his minions. GOD will not protect those who knowingly choose evil. 

7. A little more light from JESUS CHRIST via Joseph Smith, and a little less darkness. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Restoration Scriptures!!!!!!! (Yes, that is 7 exclamation points)

I was not part of the process in the production of this new set of GOD's word, nor was I asked to post anything about them, but I feel it necessary to make as many people as possible aware of their existence.

The 3 volumes are:

1. Volume 1 = The JST of the Old Testament
2. Volume 2 = The JST of the New Testament combined with the Book of Mormon.
3. Volume 3 = The Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearls of Great Price

I currently own Volume 3 and find it to be overflowing with light and truth. I look forward to getting the other 2 Volumes.

I am especially excited to see the Joseph Smith version of the New Testament to be published to the world along with the Book of Mormon. There is no person on this planet (who has not spoken with the LORD) who feels more strongly about these 2 books than I do. I am a sinner, but I can recognize truth when I read it. The JST and the Book of Mormon are the 2 most important books ever written since the days of Adam and Eve.

Check out all the information at


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Matthew 12:31 - The 2 things needed for Repentance and Forgiveness

King James Version

Wherefore I say unto you,

All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men:

Joseph Smith Translation

Wherefore I say unto you,

All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men
who receive me and repent.

1. Since we all need to repent and we all need forgiveness I thought we should look at a verse about both. The words come from the One Being who makes these ideas possible, JESUS CHRIST. No JESUS = death and hell and dissolution for everyone. Not a pleasant thought. 

2. The words "who receive me and repent" are missing from all other versions of the Bible. Why is that?

3. I hypothesize that if you are a powerful church and you want to keep your members giving you their money, you create middle men for them to report to in order to be forgiven. You might have a priest to confess to, or a Bishop, or Branch President. You can then sell indulgences or require tithing of your flock. CHRIST requires only a broken heart and contrite spirit, but no money.

4. Satan would like people to believe repentance is not necessary so he had his mortal minions in charge of the Bible texts get rid of this one line of scripture, so it appears that all sin can be forgiven with no effort at all.

5. JESUS originally stated very clearly that there are 2 components for forgiveness of sin. Coming to Him is literal. We need to confess our sins to the GOD who worked out an infinite atonement for those sins. We also need to receive him personally by asking Him to come to us. 

6. The most critical message of Joseph Smith is not the Book of Mormon, not the Doctrine and Covenants, and not his translation of the Bible. Joseph's greatest legacy is that of asking GOD in faith for forgiveness and information. The first thing CHRIST said to Joseph in their initial encounter ("The first vision" [aptly named since Joseph had others]) was "Joseph, thy sins are forgiven thee."
What a declaration! Can you imagine GOD the SON telling you that? It can happen. Give it a try. A teenager pulled it off in 1820. 
I teach teenagers and they are collectively the most hard-hearted people on the planet. No one thinks they know more than a teenager, and no one knows less.

PS-  If you want to see the best definition of true repentance I have ever read check out Adrian Larsen's excellent blog at and read his entry from March 12, 2017 "Ask, Seek, Knock, part 4"

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Matthew 9:16 - New cloth, old garments, and withheld information


No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment,
for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment,
and the rent is made worse.


Then said the Pharisees unto him,
Why will ye not receive us with our baptism,
seeing we keep the whole law?
But Jesus said unto them, 
Ye keep not the law.
If ye had kept the law, ye would have received me:
for I am he that gave the law.
I receive not you with your baptism,
because it profiteth you nothing.
For when that which is new is come, 
the old is ready to be put away. 
For no man putteth a piece of new cloth on an old garment,
for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment,
and the rent is made worse.

1. The entire reason for CHRIST's statement's about new cloth and new bottles is missing from the Bible! You can look at any other version of the Bible you like, and you will not find the Pharisees' question to JESUS about baptism. 

2. Baptism is obviously critical for salvation, even the knucklehead Pharisees knew that. Getting someone to do it with actual authority is the problem. John had authority, but the Jewish church did not. After centuries of denying the Law-giver in favor of the Law, GOD did not accept their baptisms. If you do not have true faith in CHRIST you could have been baptized by John the Baptist and it would not be accepted by GOD. The majority of the Jews did not believe in JESUS, and so their ordinances were a colossal waste of time.

3. The Jewish leaders believed they kept the whole law. JESUS set them straight. No one except CHRIST can keep all of the commandments. If you think you are righteous you are not. The point of the commandments is to show us how weak we really are, so that we turn to JESUS as the only way out of Hell. The rich young ruler had the same problem, and he also failed to follow CHRIST.

4. JESUS gave the Law. The Jews disrespected CHRIST even before He was born by calling the Law, the Law of Moses. That would be like Mormons calling the gospel, the gospel of Joseph Smith (although most modern Mormons follow the false gospel of Brigham Young and the subsequent Presidents of the church). It would be like Christians changing their name to Paulian's or Johnites. It is called the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST for a reason. Try some other method of salvation and see where it gets you. 

5. I am not righteous. I do not keep all of the requirements of the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST. My only escape is JESUS. To show my obedience to His gospel I have been rebaptized in the Pacific Ocean. It was done by a man having authority from CHRIST using the words of the baptismal prayer found in the Book of Mormon. Modern Pharisees and their foolish followers use the incorrect version found in the Doctrine and Covenants.  

6. Something new has come along. Check out to find out what it is. Time to put away the old garment of Mormonism, and replace it with the new cloak of CHRIST. Time to get some new bottles directly from the LORD, and get rid of the old bottles labeled "Follow the Prophet."