Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Words of Joseph Smith Part Two

On January 21st, 1844 Joseph Smith addressed the Saints in front of a hotel near the Nauvoo temple site. He would be killed less than half a year later.

In Wilford Woodruff's journal we get the famous quote about trying to get people to accept new ideas about the gospel of JESUS. It was like trying to make firewood using cornbread as a wedge and a pumpkin as the sledge hammer. That statement comes near the end of Joseph's talk. 

In the middle of the talk comes a statement about Joseph's fears for the original Mormon church. On page 319 of The Words of Joseph Smith (edited by Ehat and Cook) we get this sentence:

    "...my only trouble at the present time is concerning ourselves 

        that the Saints will be divided and broken up and scattered

        before we get our Salvation secure..."


I believe this is one of Joseph's overlooked prophecies. It is a prophecy that has been fulfilled. There are now over 100 different sects that all lead back to Joseph Smith. Some of them have some truth, like the Book of Mormon, but none of them is recognized by GOD as His Church. 

Ask GOD if this is not so. 

Ask GOD if the Book of Mormon is true. I believe it is, but that is no reason to join a church.

Ask GOD if Joseph was a real prophet. I believe he was, but still no reason to join anything.

Be like Joseph and go somewhere private and ask GOD which church to join. 

I am certain you will get the same answer Joseph got..."none of them."

Thursday, December 22, 2022

How to Save Almost Everyone

Satan mistakenly believed if he were made the Savior of this world he could save everyone. Now Paul Toscano believes that the election referenced in Abraham chapter 3 involved choosing the role of Adam as the father of all, but that is a blog post for another day. 

Regardless of what was decided in the life before this one, GOD came up with a brilliant plant to save almost everyone, allowing anyone who did not want to be saved to go their own way. JESUS is the key to that salvation, and without his Atonement there is only death and hell for all. 

I believe there are ways we do not normally think about that put people in a position for GOD to ratify their salvation when combined with CHRIST's sacrifice.

One part of this plan is to use the Satanic economic principles of this world against their founder the devil. What Hugh Nibley called the "Mahan principle" (kill and get gain) which was first used by the worst sibling in history Cain.

Here is my theory:

Justice requires a role reversal for the poor of this planet. 

How many of the 8 billion people alive today are poor?

At least 90 percent and probably even more than that. 

As long as a poor person is not stealing, lying, and murdering to "get gain" then I really like their chances for an early resurrection and exaltation. I like their chances better than my own middle class American chances. I am richer than probably 95 percent of earth's citizens. I have been given much, and for the most part I have done less with more. My comparative wealth is not an indication of any righteousness on my part. I do not ascribe to Mormonism's prosperity gospel. 

Tithing won't make you rich, but it will certainly make poor people even poorer.

GOD is not just smarter than the devil, HE is infinitely more intelligent. HE is more intelligent than all of us put together. Trust HIM. Make the best of your life by following the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST.




Monday, November 21, 2022

Words of Joseph Smith Part 1

 I took the advice of Robert Smith from Upwardthought.blogspot.com and purchased the book The Words of Joseph Smith. This book includes 173 talks that Joseph gave during the last 5 years of his life in Nauvoo. I knew of the book but it is semi-rare and usually costs over 100 dollars even in used condition. I got it for less than that, and It only took two pages to learn something new. 

On page 4 (which is the second page of actual text of Joseph's talks) from a sermon given in 1839 Joseph says the following about the Holy Ghost:

"...Any many that has the Holy Ghost can speak of the things of God in his own tongue,

as well as to speak in another..."

I take these to men that if a person does not have the gift of the Holy Spirit, then you can tell because they will not have the gift of tongues. 

Mormons do not just magically get the Holy Ghost during their confirmations, because I have yet to meet an LDS person who can speak in tongues. I was a member for almost 50 years.

This includes me. Someday if I am truly worthy of this critical gift, it will come. 

When an LDS general authority speaks in tongues during general conference and there is no need for a translator for the non-English speakers I will delete this blog.


Monday, October 17, 2022

5 Ways to Avoid Paying for Your Own Sins

In my theology, which is based on the revelation Joseph Smith received concerning the three degrees of glory, there are three places to wait after death until the final judgment. Almost all Mormons take Joseph's vision of the afterlife to mean there are 3 potential kingdoms for the vast majority of people and a place called "outer darkness" for the foolish few. 

I agree with Joseph's revelation that for GOD to be just the has to be more than just the two possible outcomes of heaven and hell. I also agree with Avraham Gileadi's ideas that Isaiah posits 7 possible layers to the afterlife. The point of this post is to get people to avoid the nightmare scenario I wrote about in my last piece, which is ending up in hell, regardless of whether there are 2, 3, 4, 7 or 99 possible places when we die.

Tucked away in Doctrine  and Covenants section 76 are phrases about "hell", "spirit prison", and "paradise". I believe these 3 places to be a temporary stop after we die where a partial judgement takes place. I also believe that anyone living an obviously above average life of service, can avoid Hell altogether, without necessarily qualifying for the top spot afterwards. Whether that top Heaven is called Celestial, "Celestial Plus", Kolob or Xanadu, that kind of reward is for the few that are chosen out of the many that are called.

Since I am a slightly above average person at best, and a below average person at worst  I have always been concerned with avoiding even a temporary stay in hell between death and resurrection. If I am truly average, I am risking having to pay for my own sins, because GOD will not be mocked. GOD's best child did not come here to give everyone a free pass to do whatever they want, whenever they want, for as long as they want. The bill will come due at some point, and GOD usually waits until we are dead to give us enough rope to hang ourselves, or enough time to repent.

1. Believe in JESUS and never deny that belief. This is not enough by itself, but it is a start. Satan believes there is a godly personage named JESUS. Satan was too proud to believe his superior brother was the right choice for Savior of planet Earth. Satan just does the opposite of what JESUS would do in any situation so he gets to be the proprietor of hell and outer darkness. I believe Outer Darkness to mean that you decide through you behavior that you will not accept JESUS as the true GOD of this sphere no matter what. 

2. Serve people inside of your "family and friends circle" more than they serve you. This is still, not enough but we are making progress. Be a better friend, be a better parent, be a better neighbor, and stop trying to keep up with the Jones on Facebook. 

3. Love your enemies. Love them enough that you would rather they killed you, instead of  you killing them. Proclaim peace to avoid contention. Try to make your enemies your friends. We all we sired by the same 2 Holy Beings in Heaven. We all share the same spiritual mother and father. It is awe inspiriting to me that the Most High God loves sinful me as much as He loves sinless JESUS. We are not going to get the same blessings, but we get the same support. GOD could easily have decreed that only people who never sin get to return to his Kingdom, but he selflessly allowed imperfect people to repent until they could act perfectly.

4. Do what your conscience tells you to do in every situation. Don't worry if you ignored this literal Holy Spirit inside of you before today, just start doing what it persuades you to do from now on. For more of this idea, go to upwardthought.com, Rob Smith's blog or better yet read all of his books.

5. Share whatever excess you have with those poorer than yourself. Above all do not share your abundance with a church. Helping the least of these, we help you in the long run avoid a fate worse than death.

I am sure there are numerous other ways to avoid hell. If we truly love GOD above all else, and other people as much as we love ourselves, everything else will fall into place.


Monday, October 3, 2022

5 Easy Ways to Damn Yourself


Here are what I consider to be the 5 best ways to limit your eternal progress.

1. Take life. Kill someone for any reason with the exceptions of self-defense and GOD asking you to (think Nephi and Laban). The Book of Mormon seems to make it possible to repent of lives taken during warfare, but I am glad I have not had to make that decision. 

I think Cain and Abel are placed near the beginning of the Bible, even though they were not Eve's first children, and probably not even in the first few generations of children, in order to point out the easiest and fastest way to lose your salvation. 

Take life and end your own spiritual life.

2. Refuse to give life (women) or refuse to take care of life (men). Women who can have children and do not may not got to Hell, but they are also not going anywhere near where JESUS is currently residing. I am a resigned Mormon but I still believe in the varieties of Heaven revealed to Joseph Smith. There are at least 4 major areas where we could end up, and within those 4 are almost certainly other divisions. Joseph Smith revealed there were 3 levels housed within the top kingdom.

I will leave the fate of women who have had abortions with the One True Judge JESUS. Only He and His Father, The GOD MOST HIGH knows what is in a women's heart and mind.

I would not, however, want to be a man who forced a women to have an abortion. 

Men who could marry and prefer being selfish bachelors, or who father children and then abandon them will end up in the same post-mortal metro areas as other selfish beings.  I believe JESUS covers the sins of people of at least Terrestrial level righteousness, meaning people making ansincere effort to do their best regardless of their circumstances. Imagine if just the decision to not get married when you could have, mandates that you first suffer for your own sins, and then end up with the self-centered people of the telestial kingdom. I guess you could spend your time describing how awful it was to pay for your sins and compare notes with your nonsensical neighbors.

3. Deny the CHRIST. Not believing in JESUS is bad enough. Going out of your way to make sure others know how foolish you are and then trying to convince them to join you in that rejection is spiritual suicide.

4.  Trust in the flesh,. Do not follow a man or woman in place of JESUS. There are a couple of possibly legitimate prophets these days. No real servants GOD would require anyone to worship them, or accept they say as truth. Ask GOD what is true. Never trust a fellow human, especially me.

5. Be the One Served, rather than the one serving. JESUS came down here to this miserable place to save anyone audacious enough to emulate him.. 99 percent of all other people who attained power in world history used their position to control others and be served. If you spend your days acting like Satan, you are certainly going to end up in his dominion when you die. 

There are hundreds of ways to end up with a less than ideal afterlife, but these 5 seem to be this planet's particular preferences for damning one's self. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Your Mormon Temple Name is Not Unique

 I am certain some of you already knew the information in the title of this piece. I did not know until my spiritual journey during my 40s (I am now 57) led me to wonder why the religion of modern Mormonism did not match the religion of early Mormonism. It also did not match up with the theology of the Book of Mormon. Just to be clear I believe the Book of Mormon to be not just another witness of JESUS, but the best witness of Him. I do not believe the veracity of the book is a reason to join any version of the Mormon Church. 

After figuring out the big ideas did not match up, I resigned my membership. I then accidentally discovered that the new names given before a Mormon goes through the temple for the first time are not random. So there must be roughly 365 names for men and the same number for women? Wrong again. Since 1974 the LDS church uses a simple card that has 31 numbers on it to match the days of the month, and this card has 31 female names and 31 males names. Talk about a bunch of lazy asses. There was ten year period of time from 1965 to 1974 that the church used roughly 350 names for each day of the year, minus the days they knew the temples would be closed. Less lazy, but still silly.

I am wondering if some temple worker who got the name card for the first time has ever put two and two together and walked right out of his or her local great and spacious building. If it has happened, the church would cover it up. If would make for an excellent clip on YouTube. 

My wife's temple name of Huldah was been mothballed for obvious reasons, but it used to be given to women going through their first endowment on the 6th of any month. The church has added the names of Heber and Hyrum to their latest group of the "not so special, special 31." I would be honored to have Hyrum as a name, and ashamed to have Heber. There was a biblical Heber, but his claim to fame in the Book of Judges was that his wife was awesome, so maybe Heber would actually fit me. I am fairly certain that LDS Inc. picked Heber because of Heber C Kimball. Anything to semi-secretly perpetuate their misguided goals of eternal adultery.

When you met GOD again, He will give you whatever name you merit, and it will not be shared by anyone else he talked to that day. GOD is certainly a GOD of order, but He has not boiled down all the important names in world history to just 31. My wife is very grateful that no one is going to call her Huldah ever again.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Trespassers William

The title is not a typo. Some of you will recognize it comes from A.A. Milne's series of books about Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. Specifically it refers to a sign that is posted near the beech tree that Piglet lives in. The sign is broken and reads, "Trespassers Will". Obviously it means that the property owner at the time was warning people that the could be shot or prosecuted. We can make a fairly good guess that it is one of the two. Piglet in his innocence makes up a story that it is the name of his grandfather, Trespassers William. 

All of us here on Earth are not in possession of all of the facts. At best, we only know a small part of the truth. We like to think we know a lot, and Mormons are notorious for thinking they know all or at least their leaders do. The higher up you go in Mormonism the more know-it-alls you find. There are humble Mormons at the bottom of the pecking order.

As a former Mormon I keep learning over and over that I know almost nothing in comparison to GOD. I am really only guessing at what the truth is. I may have some of it right, but it is most likely I have most of it wrong. 

All the religions of the world are like Piglet. Piglet creates a story to make himself look important. The problem is no one in his circle of friends realizes the story cannot be right. Religions have come up with a narrative that supports their world view. They use that story to control their members. The goal is to get money and power. The problem is not enough people figure out that their faith leaders are as clueless as Piglet. 

You then get 2 reactions to the story, acceptance or rejection. We now have a world made up of zealots and atheists. Few consider there could be a middle ground. Religion could have some truth, but there is no one true church. There is only a true GOD and that is JESUS, the literal son of the GOD MOST HIGH.

I will keep searching until I get more truth. I am like Piglet in comparison to GOD. The difference is that I know that I don't know, Piglet was blissfully ignorant. Become like a child and start asking questions assuming you know nothing. I know closer to nothing than a do to everything.

I really only know 3 things for sure:

1. I do not need a religion to find truth.

2. There is a GOD.

3. GOD is trying to save all His children, religious or not.