WHO AM I?
WHO ARE WE
OUR LIVES HANG IN THE BALANCE. We could die tomorrow. Are you ready? I am ready only because of who I am and what I understand about life and eternity. Very few people have a correct understanding of God or the door into the Kingdom of God. Until we make an in-depth study, we cannot be completely happy. Without light there is only darkness. It is like being blind. We would be like contented cows that know not that they are being prepared for the slaughter. There is only one certainly in mortal life: we are all going to die. We just don’t know when.
Worse, very few have any understanding about who we are, when we are, or what lies ahead. We cannot plan our life without this essential information. It would be like walking down a road without knowing where we are going or what was ahead. Does this seem like a good plan? Without understanding opportunities and the means of attaining them, we are certain to fail. Would you find it acceptable to go to work without knowing what or when you would be paid? The best things in life are free; but require sacrifice. There are no spiritual blessings without sacrifice.
There is a grand rule that governs everything. When a body is at rest, it tends to stay at rest. Material bodies when acted on by an outside force have an equal and opposite reaction. When man is contended with his state in life, he resists any change. Opinions are the most difficult to change. When a person accepts an outside force, the resulting condition can bring more satisfaction than the effort. The problem with man is that he tends to remain at rest. When acted upon by new information, he either rejects it completely or he follows the reaction of his peers. Man can only learn when he has an open heart and is receptive to external information.
Truth—whether material or spiritual—is like light. Consider a blind person. He has no appreciation for the light. Man–when he has no interest in changing his behavior—is like the blind man. He changes not and misses the brass ring. The greatest happiness comes from seeking information that will bring the greatest joy. There is an old Aram proverb that says: “He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool; avoid him.” “He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is willing…teach him.”
Consider myself. I had wanted to fly since I was young boy. After I went to work—put forth the effort—I could learn to fly—the reaction. The more I learned the happier I became. Over the span of a few years I was able to add to that happiness with more light. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science and became the chief flight instructor of a major university. With more effort, I was able to earn my MBA. The more light I pursued and changed (learning), the more I could enjoy life.
The fastest growing group in the US is those who care not about God or life after death. When I used to go door to door, the most common thing I would hear is “Oh, I think everything will be OK.” There is evidence of the Great Flood in the days of Noah in every civilization. Surely, they must have thought that everything was OK. “37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24)
Prophecies in the Bible are unique. Every single prophecy–when the time arrives for its fulfillment–has been correct in every detail. This cannot be by coincidence. Prophecies of things yet future are simply the present in the future tense. Some have even been accurate to the year. Israel was to be held captive in Egypt 400 years. How long was Israel held captive in Egypt? Four hundred years. Pharaoh could not imagine a poor Israelite that had been cast out of Egypt returning to free the slaves. He would not listen. We need to learn from others. Putting your hand on a hot stove is not the best way to learn. History is a foundation upon which we must learn. The last plague brought by God upon Egypt was the death of all first born. Israel was instructed to mark their door posts to alert the destroying angel. Israel was passed by and all the first born in Egypt perished. Over 60,000,000 of the House of Israel witnessed this event. This must have left a significant impression upon them; as they honor the Passover even today after over 3,600 years.
All of Israel heard God on the mountain with Moses. They were frightened and said not unto us; but, unto Moses. When Moses took forty days upon the mountain, many grew weak and returned to the evil practices of Egypt. When Moses returned, thousands died. God would have made Israel kings and princes to the world; but, they would not. They were placed under a new temporal law as a schoolmaster until Christ.
About 400 years before Jesus, God stopped talking to Israel because of their inequities. Rome held them as captives. They expected Jesus to come in power; and could not accept Him as a poor carpenter’s son. Would you have accepted Him? The Jews had Jesus martyred under Roman law. Exactly forty years later, the army of Rome destroyed Jerusalem with about one million residents. The remaining hundred thousand were taken as slaves into Rome and Egypt in fulfillment of a prophecy given through Moses. How slow is man to take God seriously! Everything prophesied of these events took place exactly as written. They must have considered God as many do today. There are dozens of other prophecies that have already been fulfilled.
A desolation unlike anything that has been on the earth is on our doorstep. The Bible gives us the signs of the last days. When they are compared with society today, they are almost exact. When the Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage was the law of the land, they sealed the fate of the nation. Man does not seem to learn from history.
Every civilization on earth has understood there is a supreme power and laws that rule the universe. Everything in nature demonstrates the effect of this ruler. His laws are supreme and eternal. Mankind can violate the laws of man and never be punished. A complete record of our lives is being kept to judge us against a perfect law that has existed forever.
PLEASE BEAR WITH ME as we go on a trip that leads to light and happiness. You may not believe the Bible yet; but, if you bear with me you will find knowledge and wisdom beyond your means. We must understand our life in time and eternity. Before I explain who I am, and how through me you can have the greatest happiness, we have to investigate how we all stand in relation to time and eternity. There are two parts to the existence of man: (1) spirit; and (2) physical body. There are five phases in man’s existence: (1) as a spirit while the earth was being prepared for us, (2) a mortal life where our spirit is placed in this body at birth, (3) death of the mortal body when the spirit returns to its maker, (4) the time between this death and the time when our spirit is united with an immortal physical body in the resurrection, and (5) our life in eternity.
The FIRST PHASE IN OUR LIVES was when the SPIRITS OF MAN were organized. Our spirit is composed of incorruptible material, so it eternal. The first spirit for this creation was Jesus, who was organized as a spirit by God. “1 In the beginning [of this creation] was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God [the Father], and the Word was God [of this creation]. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1) Jesus, in liaison with God, organized the rest of this creation. “26 And God said, Let us [God and Jesus] make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Gen. 1)
All of Genesis One and verses 1-5 of Genesis Two is the account of the six ages of the spiritual creation. “4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field BEFORE it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.” (Gen. 2)
Morning stars were the first spirits organized for this creation by Jesus. The sons of God are the followers of God. “4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38) “5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jer. 1)
During this spiritual estate, Satan rebelled against God thinking to stand in Jesus place at the head of this creation. Rebellion is one of the most grievous errors which a person may embark. So it was with Satan. Every action has a reaction. Since this was a severe negative action, it brought a severe negative reaction. “12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” (Isa. 14) The penalty was Satan and his followers will never have a physical body; and soon will be completely separated from the rest of creation. The more grievous the action, the more grievous is the reaction. Satan rebelled in the presence of God.
A third of the host of heaven followed Satan and were cast down with him never to have a physical bodies. Satan had access to the heavens until after Jesus resurrection. “7 And there was war in heaven: Michael [Adam] and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Rev. 12)
During any significant event requiring in-depth decision making, most will seek an easy answer. It is sad that many do not consider death and eternity as a most important event to study. They simply follow their peers. At most, about ten percent of people will engage in independent thinking. Thus, only a few are called of God to enter the Kingdom of God in mortal life. They did not follow Satan; but, they most likely sat on the fence. Only those who actively followed Jesus at that time are called to understand time and eternity in mortal life and enjoy the blessings of members of the Kingdom of God. Some are for-ordained to temporal blessings. None who study the history of the battles of George Washington can fail to appreciate that he was affected by divine intervention. The enemy was not able to shoot him.
Those who were loyal during this spiritual estate, are for-ordained to spiritual opportunities in mortal life. “4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated [for-ordained] us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” (Eph. 1) “5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jer. 1) There is no predestination. Man is given a free moral agency to make his own decisions.
Jeremiah did not have to follow the will of God. He was for-ordained to that opportunity; but, had to make his own decisions. The same was true of Jesus. He was tempted of Satan for forty days. Satan would not have made such an effort if Jesus did not have a choice. Imagine a poor carpenter’s son being offered the world. None have to obey God. Satan cannot make us do anything and God will not. Those who chose to follow only the will of man will suffer the consequences of their decision just as Satan did when he chose to rebel against God. This life is like a snap of the fingers compared with eternity.
There has been great confusion on the subject of spirits. We were first organized as spirits. This was our spiritual estate. Satan and his followers were cast down to be spirits (ghosts) for eternity. After Jesus resurrection, Satan and his followers were cast down to the earth to remain until Jesus returns. Stories of ghosts could well be these followers of Satan. Satan is real and he is very powerful; but, he cannot make us do anything. When we are born, our spirit is joined with a physical body and we become living souls.
The spirit can leave the physical body; and then return. Your basic self is a spirit whether in the body or out. The Internet is full of stories of such experiences. Could these all be wrong? In one case a woman was able to be put to temporary death. To establish a valid test, an object was placed on a shelf above her. She had no knowledge of what had been written. After the test, she was able to repeat what was written above her. There have been thousands of such experiences.
I, too, had out of body experiences. The first time I was at the hospital where my mother was having open heart surgery. She was in her 80’s and very week. The doctor gave her only a 50/50 chance of surviving the surgery; but, no chance without it. After they took her into surgery, I started praying to God to allow me to give her some of my strength. I started turning extremely cold. My sisters and my wife held me and tried to get me warm. I could feel myself on the table with her, giving her my strength. Then, the cold stopped. The surgeon came down to the cubicle where we were and advised us that he did all that he could. I learned later this was an empath.
The girls then went to the restroom. After they left, the desk paged someone of the West family to come to the front desk. I was the only one there. When I got up, it was evident that something was wrong. I was still under her anesthesia. Fortunately, the girls returned when I was stumbling toward the desk and caught me. If I had collapsed, they would not have had any idea what was wrong. They would probably have taken me for cardiac investigation. There are others; but let this suffice.
There are also many occasions in the Bible where men have had out-of-body experience. “1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones.” (Ezek. 37) “1 The hand of the LORD was upon me [John], and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones.” (Rev. 17) “9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” (Rev. 21)
Another case is when man is possessed of a spirit/spirits. Spirits of Satan’s followers are called unclean spirits. The Bible is full of examples. Those who are born of water are then born of the spirit. One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the discerning of spirits. “10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues.” (1 Cor. 12) When a person is born of the Spirit, he receives guidance on the path of righteousness. “13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16)
Those who hold the Melchisedec Priesthood are empowered by God to cast out unclean spirits. “7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits.” (Mark 6)
The most significant of these occasions is receiving the Holy Spirit after baptism of water. “5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3) On the day of Pentecost when the gospel was taken to the gentiles. Peter was teaching of Jesus. “36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2)
“13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (John 16) Those who have not received the Holy Ghost as a guide to knowledge and righteousness, have no hope after death; other than to be taken to the spirits in prison for a thousand years to await the last resurrection.
This is a study that—if you read it with an open mind—that you will learn of the best action and the best happiness in this life; and after this mortal life. Before continuing, consider one situation and then answer. Most of you have a wife and family. But, you were married only till “death do you part.” Are you satisfied with this reaction? There is an alternative. One who has been called of God by the spirit of revelation to hold the Melchisedec Priesthood, has authority from God to seal you and your family together for life, the resurrection, and for eternity. How much do you love them? Joseph Smith wrote, “It is but reasonable to suppose that God would reveal something in reference to the matter. We ought to study it day and night, for the world is ignorant in reference to their true condition and relation, it is for knowledge on this [most] important subject.”
Everyone that is born in the flesh was first organized as a spirit. “13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” (John 3) Due to the failure of many during our spiritual estate to take a stand with Jesus against Satan, they have lost spiritual opportunities in mortal life that loyal followers have enjoyed. “4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated [for-ordained] us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” (Eph. 1)
The SECOND PHASE is when the PHYSICAL BODY OF MAN was created. We know this was the most difficult part of creation. Through a long process of controlled evolution the body of Adam was created—also out of near incorruptible material and therefore eternal. Many are confused why there are two accounts of the creation of Adam. First was the spiritual creation, second was the creation of the physical body. The second was when the spirit was united with this body to become a living soul. “7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life [his spirit]; and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2) The same has been true with all mankind. At birth, the spirit—our real being—is joined with our physical body. “13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” (Jesus, John 3)
When Adam and Eve first walked in the Garden of Eden, they were immortal. This why God warned them: “16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: “17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 2) Had Eve never been deceived by Satan, they would have remained immortal in the garden. It is important to note that Adam was not deceived. He ate of the fruit voluntarily so he would not lose his wife. It is also important to note that Adam and Eve were married were for eternity; as at that time they were immortal.
Why were they married? For the same reason all men marry. “4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” (Heb. 13) Sex is authorized by God only in marriage. “23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Gen. 2).” All husbands and wives should live as one. There is no “mine” in marriage. We become one through our children.
It was considered one of worst curses to be infertile. The children born to a member of the Kingdom of God remain with them after death. This is a grand blessing for these. Abram’s wife was sterile, so she gave her handmaids as wives to Abraham so he would have children in life and eternity. Then, God announced that Sarah would bear a son. She laughed as she was beyond the age of bearing children. But, through the power of the Holy Ghost, she conceived Isaac. Now, Abram had a son born through the proper lineage.
God warned Adam and Eve: “17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 2) The body of man was so perfect at the fall of Adam and Eve that they lived almost a thousand years. “8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Pet. 3)
The THIRD PHASE began when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit. DEATH entered the world. The forbidden fruit changed the chemistry in their bodies–making them corruptible; and as such mortal. Their bodies were so perfect at the time of the fall that Adam lived 930 years and his son Seth lived 912 years. Seth could only be distinguished from Adam by their age difference. There were seven generations from Adam to Noah. Adam knew all the first born sons to Noah’s father Lamech. Consider how easy it was for a correct knowledge of God and His will to be passed through seven generations and 1656 years to the flood.
It was ten generations from Noah to Abraham; but lifetimes fell shortly after the flood. Shem’s son Arphaxed lived 438 years. Abraham lived 235 years. As the human body continued to become more corruptible, lifespans continued to drop. Abraham lived with Noah and Shem for thirty-nine years.
All men know they MUST DIE. It is a wonder that so many take such a laisse faire attitude towards death. Young people have little appreciation for death. It seems so distant that it is almost irrelevant. Therefore, young people are selected for war. None think death will come upon them. Young people often become involved in the most dangerous games because they feel invincible. I know, because I went through that phase. Now at 78, death is much more real. Until we take a realistic consideration of death, we are apt to live only for the delights of the flesh and fail to prepare for eternity.
PHASE FOUR is our MORTAL DEATH. The physical, mortal body dies; but, our spirit leaves the body, and is taken back to the God who organized it. Those who are members of the Kingdom of God at death are taken to the Kingdom of God in heaven–known as the bosom of Abraham. All others are taken to the spirits in prison (erroneously called hell) because they are alien to the Kingdom of God. These are the only two places prepared for us to await our resurrection. “19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” (Luke 16),There is no hell. In the Greek, the terms are hades and shoal; which only mean a hidden place. As spirits, fire and brimstone would have no effect on us.
PHASE FIVE comes at our RESURRECTION. In the resurrection our spirits are united with an immortal physical body. This mortal estate is like a snap of the fingers compared with eternity. When a person does not know what path they are walking, they fall into the ditch. Mortal life is a time for us to learn and develop into what we desire; according to the dictates of our own conscience. We cannot take anything with us but what we learn and who we become. The greatest blessing come in eternity. After the fall of Adam and Eve, Satan was cursed: “15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Gen. 3) Satan bruised the head of man by bringing mortal death upon man. Christ bruised his heel when He was raised from the dead and given power over the resurrection of all mankind. Man could now have an eternal physical body.
Death was brought upon all mankind when Adam and Eve became corruptible by eating the forbidden fruit. The mortal body dies; but, the spiritual body lives on. It would only be real death, if you had to live for eternity as a spirit (ghost) like Satan and his followers. Jesus was the only man to ever live a perfect life. “22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.” (1 Pet. 2) Therefore, Satan had no power over Him. God raised Him from the physically dead, resurrect Him, and gave Him power over our resurrection. We know have a mediator rather than an accuser. “15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” (Acts 3) When Jesus appeared to the eleven apostles, He told them: “… All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matt. 28:18) Jesus became the first fruits of the resurrection.
Man was no longer bound by Satan to live only as spirits. All who live in this mortal life were given hope through the resurrection. “8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. 10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of ALL MEN, specially of those that believe.” (1 Tim. 4) “15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of [ONE MAN] many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by ONE MAN, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.” (Rom. 5:15) “3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.” (Rom. 1) Joseph, Jesus father, was of the House of David.
This dispels the doctrine introduced by the true founder of the Catholic Church—the un-baptized, pagan Roman Emperor Constantine. Constantine was a loyal follower of the sun god. He ruled over the Council of Nicaea in 325, when the Creed of St. Athanasius was organized as the foundation creed of the church. It states: “Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith. Which faith, except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.”
The fact that through the sacrifice of Christ ALL MEN will be resurrected is explained by the Apostle John in the book of Revelation. There will be a FIRST RESURRECTION when Jesus returns. Those who are members of the Kingdom of God will be resurrected at this time. “6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Rev. 20) They are holy because they are members of the Kingdom of God and lived loyal to Christ in the flesh.
ALL IS NOT LOST as many would have you believe. During the three days that Jesus’ mortal body lay in the grave, He went, as a spirit, to the spirits in prison (hell) and opened a dispensation of the gospel to them. “18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” (1 Pet. 3) Why did Jesus preach the gospel to the spirits in prison? “6 For, for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” (1 Pet. 4)
You say that a spirit cannot be “born of water.” That is true. God provided the ordinance BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD, through which a person in the flesh can act as proxy and be baptized for the dead. “29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?” (1 Cor. 15) After Jesus opened a dispensation of the gospel to the spirits in prison, the apostles administered baptism for the dead. Joseph Smith and James J. Strang were both given dispensations to baptize for the dead. Do the sectarian churches care not for their dead, or is it because they have no association with God, claim that revelation has been done away, and therefore cannot hold authority from God.
“5 But the rest of the dead [that had not obeyed the gospel] lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” (Rev. 20) Jesus warned all “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5) Then, those that are not members of the Kingdom of God and did not have their sins washed in the waters of baptism, will come forth in the SECOND RESURRECTION. “12 And I saw the dead [those that still had not obeyed the gospel], small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” (Rev. 20)
Jesus said: “2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2) These mansions are glories. “40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.” (1 Cor. 15) There is a great deal of difference between the glory of the sun and that of the stars. Yet, even the lowest glory is more glorious than we can imagine. Why do men seek treasures in life and ignore the will of God? All of the great civilizations that turned from God were destroyed. When man ignores history, history repeats itself. “20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven , where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Jesus, Matt. 6)
The CELESTIAL GLORY is reserved for those who knew God and obeyed the gospel in mortal life. In effect, our judgment is the result of both our spiritual and mortal estates. Jesus told us: “22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (Matt. 10) Some blind leaders of the blind teach that all a person must do is accept Jesus as their Savior. This is a doctrine of our adversary. ” “19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble… 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2)
The dispensation of the gospel under Jesus was only to the House of Israel. When they failed, the gospel was first to the Gentiles on the day of Pentecost. “37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, and BE BAPTIZED every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and TO ALL THAT AFAR OFF, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.’ (Acts 2)
The gospel of Christ is the gate into the Kingdom of God. Jesus advised us: “… seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) “13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW THERE BE that find it.” (Matt. 7)
This is only the gate into the kingdom. Each must then walk on the path of light and the will of God. “22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (Matt. 10) “10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” (John 15) “7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Rev. 21) These inherit the earth during the millennium.
The TERRESTRIAL GLORY is reserved for those who either did not obey the gospel in the flesh, or was not valiant in that calling. Their glory is like the moon compared with the sun. They, too, will inherit the earth during the millennium.
The TELESTIAL GLORY is reserved for those who refuse to obey the gospel both in life and as a spirit. When they are resurrected they cannot share in the grace of believers; but, will inherit a glory far distant from the rest of creation.
After the second resurrection, Satan is loosed for a short season to deceive and gather man to war. “9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” (Rev. 20)
Man was given seven thousand years of mortality. This is the end of mortality. “3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be NO MORE DEATH, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Rev. 21)
There will be two central cities of the kingdom. Jerusalem will become Holy Jerusalem. “10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” (Rev. 21) Here is the city whose streets are paved with gold. These cities will be heaven right here on earth. “11 But the meek [saints] shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” (Ps. 37)
The other will be at Independence, Missouri, in Zion. “2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” (Rev. 21)
FINAL PHASE—MAN ENTERS ETERNITY.
After the final resurrection and when Satan is cast away with his followers as ghosts for eternity, it is written that time will be no more. Of course, time continues. The reference is to the seven thousand years given to mortal man. All mortality will have ended and there will be no more death.
Even the lowest glory in eternity—the telestial—will be a paradise compared with mortal life. We are the masters of our own destiny. This mortal life will seem like a snap of the fingers compared with eternity. There was no beginning of time and there will be no end to time. It will simply seem irrelevant.
We must ask ourselves what the greatest happiness in eternity is worth. What are we willing to sacrifice for the greatest rewards? “35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection.” (Heb. 11) Thousands have given their lives for a better (first) resurrection and greater happiness in eternity. Those who simply don’t care will be like contented cows prepared for the slaughter. Most of those who do not enter the Kingdom of God in mortality and are alive when Jesus returns will die.
That slaughter comes at Jesus’ return and will be horrible beyond our comprehension. The only sure escape is to become part of the Kingdom of God before this desolation. The prophet Isaiah advised us: “5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and FEW MEN LEFT.” (Isa. 24)
Holding the Melchisedec Priesthood, I hold the keys to the gate into the Kingdom of God. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives. We must ask ourselves: “Am I ready.”
KINGDOM OF GOD
All kingdoms/governments have similarities. Each must have: (1) King or Head, (2) Laws. (3) Officers, (4) Rules on naturalization, and (5) members. Jesus advised us: “33… seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) The blessings of the kingdom require membership in the kingdom. An alien cannot expect to enjoy the blessings of a citizen.
“The first question that presents itself, is, what is the kingdom of God? It is generally admitted that a kingdom is a people or nation, governed by a king. If this be correct, the kingdom of God is the people or nation who is governed by God. Such were the Israelites of old. God lead them up out of the land of Egypt, by the hand of his servant Moses. By the power of God their enemies were overthrown. Although on account of their transgressions they were put under a law of curse, yet it was by his power they were established as a nation on the land of promise. By his authority they were governed. It was by his word that kings were made and unmade. And by his word that they made war and proclaimed peace. God continued to govern them until they utterly refused to submit to his government, then he took his royal authority from them and left them to follow their own ways. After it was taken away they no longer existed as an independent nation, but enjoyed the possessions God had given them, by paying tribute to other nations. Yet they looked forward anxiously to the time when the Messiah should come and restore unto them the kingdom. But they had no immediate assurance that it was near at hand, until the days of Herod the king, when John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying: ‘Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Testifying also of one who should come after him, mightier than he. Of whom he said, “whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire; whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat unto the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Matt. iii. 11, 12.
“That John might recognize the Messiah, and bear witness of him, he that sent him said: ‘Upon whom thou shalt see the spirit descending and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.’ John i. 33. So great was the success of John’s preaching that it is said, there ‘went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.’ Matt. iii. 5, 6. By the history we learn that Jesus also went from Nazareth of Galilee, and vas baptized of John in Jordan. ‘And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the spirit like a dove descending upon him. And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ Mark i. 10, 11. And John bore record of him, that he was the Son of God. John i. 34.
“Jesus was the son of Joseph, and of the tribe of Judah in the royal line. The angel Gabriel said of him, before he was born, that ‘he shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shill give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.’ Luke i. 32, 33. The prophet Isaiah says: ‘The government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God. The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.’ Isa. ix. 6, 7.
“By these scriptures, and many more which might be quoted, it clearly appears that he was lawful heir to the throne of David, and the King of Israel by right divine. After his baptism, he commenced his public ministry, traveling and preaching the glad tidings of the kingdom of God, healing the sick, &c., and while so engaged ‘the Pharisees demanded of him when the kingdom of God should come.’ In other words, when the royal authority should come to Israel. ‘He answered them, the kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.’ The same as to say, ‘the kingdom of God cometh not with that pomp and splendor that you expect, but so much unobserved that they should not say lo here, or lo there, for, behold, the king and his officers holding the royal priesthood or authority to rule and govern the kingdom of God are in your midst.’ The embryo of the kingdom was among the people, but they would not receive it. Although multitudes received the preaching of John, and were elated with the glad tidings that the kingdom of God was at hand, yet when it came they would not receive it, because it came so different from their expectations.–They rejected their king and crucified him. Christ, perceiving what they would do, said: ‘The kingdom of God shall be taken you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.’” (Gospel Herald, Vol. 4, May 17, 1849)
GOD IS THE KING OVER THE UNIVERSE. The Apostle Paul wrote to his son Timothy: “11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” (1 Tim. 6)
JESUS IS KING OVER THIS CREATION. “14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Rev. 17) Soon Jesus will stand as King over the entire earth—those who survived will live by the law of God.
The LAWS OF GOD existed long before this creation. They are perfect like God and they are without change. If the laws of God were to change, we could never exercise faith not knowing what might be changed. Departure of man from His will and laws, causes man to wonder like beasts of the field without knowledge of these eternal laws. There are worlds without end. These laws are the same for every creation. Perfection cannot be changed and still remain perfect. Yet sectarian churches have changed almost everything relative to God and His laws. Even the holy Sabbath was changed by Constantine to “the venerable day of the sun.”
We know these laws were given to Adam; otherwise Cain could not be guilty of killing his brother. “15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.” (Rom. 4) There was a Book of the Law of the Lord given to man for guidance, so he could be sanctified by the law. Where there is no law, there is only anarchy. Although God founded his government on love, we cannot imagine for an instant that God will not punish violation of His law. Your mind is keeping a record of everything you do, think, hear, smell, see, and more.
An example is those who break the commandment: “Thou shalt not take my name in vain.” This is not the use of profane language, it is taking His authority upon himself without approval of God. If a person was to dress up as a policeman–because he had seen others do this–would he not be put in jail? The same fate awaits those who take the authority of God in vain.
The term “Christ” is not a proper name. It meant those who are ordained or anointed by revelation from God. These are those who do not enter the sheepfold by the door; but by the imagination of man. These are anti-Christ. There were even many in the days of the Apostles who falsely represented themselves as ministers of Christ. “18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” (1 John 2) Anti-Christ is not some evil ruler; but, those ministers who represent themselves as ministers of God without being called of God.
The Book of the Law of the Lord was restored by Moses. He made copies of the law for the priests to teach the people. These were destroyed in 588 BC just before the Babylonian Captivity. It was considered to sacred to fall into the hands of the heathen. One copy of the book was preserved. A prophet in Jerusalem in 600 BC was called to take his family to a far distant land—a Promised Land. Before leaving, he took with him the sacred writings to that day. Included was a copy of the Book of the Law. After the people arrived in Zion—North and South America—they divided into two groups. One group followed the will of God and the other group followed their own will. In 400 AD the righteous group had turned from God and were completely destroyed. The last man—a prophet of God—buried these sacred writings to preserve them for another generation.
Joseph Smith recovered these writings in 1827. Part of the writings of that people were translated and known as the Book of Mormon–named after a righteous prophet of that name. The translation was complete in 1830; and the book was published. There was to be two works/writings to be recovered in the latter days. “19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph [Book of Mormon], which is in the hand of Ephraim [Joseph Smith] , and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah [Book of the Law of the Lord translated by James J. Strang of the tribe of Judah], and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.” (Ezek. 37)
James J. Strang was Joseph Smith’s legal successor–having been called of God and ordained under the hands of angels. He translated the Book of the Law in 1850. Another edition was printed in 1956, including laws given to James by inspiration and notes by James. When I looked for copies, I found the last 1991 Edition was in short supply. So, I copied it into digital format and printed it in 2000 using modern type. It is available on my web site: www.mormonbeliefs.com; and in hard back editions. This is the most sacred book of scripture; as most was written by the hand of God.
OFFICERS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
There are two orders of priesthood in the Kingdom of God. The first was the priesthood of the son of man. This name was considered too holy and the name was changed to the Melchisedec Priesthood after a very righteous man. This is the primary priesthood in the Kingdom of God. It is a priesthood of an endless life. The other was instituted after the people rebelled while Moses was on the mount. Only the tribe of Levi was honorable enough to have the priesthood named the Levitical or Aaronic Priesthood. It is only a priesthood of life.
The highest office in the priesthood of God is that of an Apostle, Prophet, and Lawgiver. Only one can stand on earth in the flesh at the same time. There can be only one head to the Church of Christ on the earth. This is why this priesthood held by Elijah could not be passed to Elisha as long as Elijah was in the flesh. When Elijah stepped onto the fiery chariot, he was no longer in the flesh and could ordain Elisha to the same authority.
Anytime the Church of Christ existed on the earth, there is a prophet to maintain communication with God. Without communication with Christ, there cannot be the Church of Christ. Kingdom of God continues as long as there is one officer of the Melchisedec Priesthood. This order was maintained from Adam to Joseph (son of Abraham); and from Moses to Micah (about 400 years before Jesus). Jesus was called by the Father and ordained under His hands to this priesthood. “4 And no man taketh this honour [of the priesthood] unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron [called by a revelation given to Moses]. 5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he [the Father] that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” (Heb. 5)
This is the only gate into the priesthood of God. Each must be called of God by the spirit of revelation and ordained by one holding as high an office. “1 And take thou unto thee AARON thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.” (Ex. 28) “18 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee JOSHUA the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; 19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. 20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.” (Num. 27)
Even Jesus had to obey this law on representing God in the ministry; as shown above. Jesus warned: “13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matt. 15) “11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire , and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.” (Mic. 3)
The Apostle Peter wrote: “22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.” (Acts 1) He told his son Timothy: “14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” (1 Tim. 4) This law and priesthood continued for some time after Jesus. It was completely lost by 570 AD. “11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea , and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.” (Amos 8)
Man cannot receive the priesthood of God without revelation from God. It has been tried by sectarian churches for two thousand years and what has it produced? Blind leaders of the blind. A correct knowledge of God and Jesus was lost. “3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (Jesus, John 17) All the gifts, blessings, and promises that were given to the saints of God were lost. There can be only one Church of Christ. When there are two different principles, both can be wrong; but, only one can be right. Look at the confusion of catholicity.
A new form of anti-Christ began in the 1830’s with Evangelicals. These would have you believe that all that is required to be saved is to accept Christ as your Savior. This is another doctrine of our adversary. No such doctrine is taught in the Bible; but the opposite. “19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know , O vain man, that faith without works is dead?.. 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2)
The only religion that has absolutely no connection with either Catholicity or Evangelicals is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints restored by Joseph Smith and continued with James J. Strang. Brigham Young apostatized from the original church, lost all authority, and even invented a new god for his followers to worship.
The greatest law ever given was: “Thou shalt love they Lord thy God with all thy heart, might, mind, and strength.” This doctrine would have us worship only Jesus. Jesus is not God. “3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (Jesus, John 17) Have they forgotten that none can be saved except by knowing God and obeying the gospel? They will soon learn. Jesus is to return “8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” (2 Thess. 1)
The whole Bible teaches it is requisite to live according to the will and laws of God. “10 but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (Deut. 5) “31 And do not keep My commandments, 32 Then I will punish their transgression with the rod And their iniquity with stripes. 33 “But I will not break off My loving kindness from him.” (Ps. 89) Jesus commission to the eleven apostles after his resurrection was “15… Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not SHALL BE DAMNED.” (Mark 16:15, 16)
MEMBERSHIP IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
We are all born alien to the Kingdom of God—including Jesus. A major difference between kingdoms of man and the Kingdom of God is its endurance and purity. The Kingdom of God existed before this creation; and will continue into eternity. No one can enter the kingdom who is guilty of sin; which is transgression of the laws of God. Initiation begins with a washing that cleanses the candidate of sin—born of water. When a person immerges in birth, he is completely free of sin. Here is the similarity.
Only then can a person can be born of the Spirit and thereby adopted into the kingdom. “5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3) The only form of baptism acceptable to God is immersion. That is what the word means. Early in the days of the Catholic Church, baptism was changed to sprinkling. From that point on, no one entered the Kingdom of God; and none could hold the priesthood of God. The Kingdom of God was lost to the earth for 1,260 years.
Because of the righteousness of Abraham in an evil generation he was made the father of all those adopted into the Kingdom of God. Only the seed of Abraham can receive the promise of a better resurrection. How can this be possible when a gentile seeks to enter the Kingdom of God? “27 For as many of you as have been baptized [by one holding authority from God] into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3)
Once a member of the kingdom–by these ordinances–the new saint is given many blessings; as is true with any kingdom. But, in the Kingdom of God they are far above any blessings of man. One of the worst occasions in life is sickness. Offices of the Melchisedec Priesthood are given power from God to heal the sick. “14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” (James 5) Jesus advised us: “15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe.” (Mark 16)
The father of the man who ordained me to the Melchisedec Priesthood fell from a wagon. It ran over his pelvis. The doctor advised them that he would never walk again. Apostle L. D. Hickey walked from Missouri to Arkansas to administer this great gift. His father got up, walked, and never even had a limp.
There are thousands of cases where the elders have laid their hands upon the sick and they were healed. This is a blessing for members of the kingdom. It is not to demonstrate the power that exists. Jesus said “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord.” Those who dangle rattlesnakes will sooner or later be bit. Some have already died. Thousands of unbelievers in the days of Joseph Smith were healed. There is no evidence that any joined the kingdom. When such evidence is demonstrated and a person rejects it, there is a punishment already prepared.
This special blessing has not been lost. It depends on the faith of the person seeking to be healed; and authority from God. Remember the woman who touched the robe of Christ? I was ordained an elder on July 8, 1956. My mother had the purest faith of anyone that I have known. She had trouble with heart failure in her old age. When an attack began, she would call me and have me administer to her using my wife as a proxy. She would call back within a few minutes to let me know that she was fine. Then, one day she could not find me, and she had a serious case of heart failure. The medics were barely able to save her life. Not having power form God, they could not entirely heal her. She tried rehab for a few weeks; but, she could never recover, so she had the doctor pull the plug. She knows no pain.
There is a grand blessing given to those who are adopted into the Kingdom of God. They receive the Holy Spirit as a guide to help them understand the things of God and to abide in the will and laws of God. “13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16) “9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. 2)
The TESTIMONY OF JESUS is the spirit of prophecy; as it is essential to have association with Christ. “10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY.” (Rev. 19) Where among all the sectarian churches is the spirit of prophecy to be found. They claim to preach the gospel; but, reject the power thereof. “5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Tim. 3) The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” (1 Cor. 14)
When a person is born of the Spirit a special gift is bestowed upon each person. The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. 2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. 3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
“4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
“8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
“11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” (1 Cor. 12)
Why have these gifts disappeared from sectarian Christianity? Jesus said that all would receive such blessings. The Apostle Paul even listed some of these. John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, writing about the loss of the gifts of the Holy Ghost, commented on the loss of the Christian faith. “The cause of this was not, as has been supposed, because there was no more occasion for them, because all the world was become Christians. This is a miserable mistake; not a twentieth part of it was then nominally Christian. The real cause of it was that the love of many, almost all Christians, so-called, was waxed cold. The Christians had no more of the spirit of Christ than the other heathens. The Son of Man, when He came to examine His Church, could hardly find faith upon earth. This was the real cause why the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost were no longer to be found in the Christian church–because the Christians were turned heathens again, and only had a dead form left.” (John Wesley’s Works, Vol. 7, 89; 26-27)
The Kingdom of God is also different in the variety of blessings afforded to believers that live by faith. You ask what is faith. One definition is an unwavering belief. The scriptural definition is: “1 Now faith is the ASSURANCE of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11, JST) David was going to face down a giant of a man—11 feet tall covered with armor. He had only his slingshot. David knew the slingshot was deadly. He had more. God gave him the faith or assurance that he would not fail. Now all he needed was to be brave and determined. His sling was the equivalent of a .45 Caliber bullet. Goliath never had a chance.
Saints of God are blessed according to their faith. Faith is not a passive belief. When one is active in the kingdom and walking according to the will of God, they will be assured of many blessings available through faith. We are told: “4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. 23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. 29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. 32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection.” (Heb. 11) NO GOVERNMENT OF MAN CAN PROVIDE SUCH ASSURANCE AND BLESSINGS.
WHO AM I?
I was born on a cold December morning on December 10, 1938, in Alamosa, Colorado, on my grandmother’s couch. My parents, Cliffie and Stephen West, were both members of the Kingdom of God. At about age 4, my parents moved to Pueblo, where my father worked on the railroad.
My father was firm in the faith and considered the law of God on gathering to be essential. Since the days of Abraham, the people of God have been a gathered people. Jesus wept over the Jews, “37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Matt. 23)
Moses prophesied at that time. “1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.” (Deut. 28) Moses knew what was to come. “15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee… 37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee… 62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God… 64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.” (Deut. 28)
When the Jews rejected Jesus and had Him crucified by Roman Law, this terrible curse fell upon them. In 70 AD about 1.1 million Jews had gathered to Jerusalem. The Roman general, Titus, surrounded the town and about one million died. The account of this horrible event may be found in the Complete Works of Josephus–an historian about the time of Jesus. Only about 100,000 survived. These were taken as slaves in Rome and Egypt; and then scattered among the world. The prophecy was fulfilled. “27 And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.” (Deut. 4, a prophecy given through Moses) Who learns from history?
After the Jews rejected Jesus, this desolation came upon them. The gospel was then taken to the gentiles—with a warning. “24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in [after the six-day war in Israel]. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion [America] the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” (Rom. 11)
When the Kingdom of God was organized by Joseph Smith, the gathering place given by God was Kirtland, Ohio. Man never seems to learn from history. When they failed to abide in the will of God, the gathering was moved by revelation to Independence, Missouri. The latter day saints kept a strict moral code; which was contrary to those who inhabited this edge of Indian country. They had not committed any crimes; except to be different. Soon mobs gathered to attack them and drive them out. The Governor was part of the mob; and actually issued an extermination order against the latter day saints.
God then made Nauvoo, Illinois,the gathering place for the saints. They built one of the finest cities in the country; but, the mobs from Missouri followed them. They were able to have Joseph arrested and held in Carthage Jail. A military force of the Governor was sent there to protect those arrested. At about 5:00 in the afternoon the guards left and the mob attacked the jail, and Joseph and his brother Hyrum were shot and killed.
Just over a week before his death, Joseph wrote a letter of appointment to James J. Strang in Burlington, Wisconsin, appointing him as his successor; as provided for in the law of God four times. The same hour that Joseph was murdered, James—some 400 miles away—claimed that he had been called and ordained under the hands of angels. Since there was none on the earth holding this priesthood, James had to be ordained by angels the same as Joseph.
God revealed a place near Burlington, Wisconsin, called Voree as a gathering place for the saints. It meant a land of peace. The saints were never persecuted by the gentiles; but, there were disputes among them. When the saints failed again to gather and live by the will of God, the gathering was moved to Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. They were soon persecuted by the people of Mackinac–mostly because James would not allow diluted whiskey to be sold to the Indians and because their moral code conflicted with the ruffians of the frontier.
On July 10, 1856, the U. S. Steamer Michigan docked at the harbor; as it had done many times before. The captain sent someone to ask James to come aboard; as he had done before. Thomas Bedford and Alexander Wentworth hid on the dock. When James stepped on the dock, they shot him. The surgeon on board pronounced his wounds fatal. The sheriff on the island demanded that they be turned over for trial. The captain refused and took them to Mackinas where they held a mock trial finding them innocent so they could not be tried again.
James was taken back to Voree where he died on July 9, 1856. There was no successor. Only two prophets were given to the gentiles in the last days. Both were murdered with help of the government. His last instruction to Apostle Chidestor was for them to take care of their families and do the best they could until they learned further.
The saints were herded off the islands, taken to Milwaukee and Chicago, and dropped off at the docks. Their property was stolen. Some of the apostles tried to gather the people; but, all failed. The apostles one by one passed away. L. D. Hickey was the last of the apostles. The next lower office in the priesthood is that of high priest. Apostle Hickey ordained Samuel Martin a high priest, who ordained Lloyd Flanders a high priest. L. D. Hickey was the last of the apostles. Lloyd Flanders was the last of the high priests.
My father had been ordained an elder by Samuel Martin. He called me to the same office of elder; and the Voree Branch voted to accept my ordination. In the summer of 1956, I took my motorcycle–with a sidecar–and headed out to preach the gospel and visit the scattered saints. It was on this trip that Lloyd Flanders ordained me to the office of elder on July 8th.
The prophet James J. Strang wrote: “How was Aaron Called? The word of the Lord came unto Moses, not unto Aaron. In this church no man should be ordained except as God shall show to those that administer. Consequently those who are properly ordained have the same witness that they are called of God as Aaron had. As a general rule those who have a desire for the salvation of souls are called to the work of the ministry, and having that, if they are ordained according to the established rules of the church, they have at least as good evidence of their call as Aaron had. In order to being called of God as was Aaron, it is not necessary to be called by the mouth of a prophet, but by the mouth of anyone who has authority to ordain. Under the gospel dispensation, when the elders were assembled together, the Holy Ghost said unto them, set apart such an one to the work, &c. Thus were they called of God as was Aaron. Being so called and ordained, those who magnify their office, will obtain knowledge of God, whereby they become witnesses of the things that they know. It is not necessary that an elder should testify of himself so much as of others. The authority of others being proved his is established.” (Zion’s Reveille, April, 1847, p. 50/102)
There is a law in the Kingdom of God that states that all membership and priesthood is valid until taken away by a proper tribunal. This way no one can fail to recognize either a member or officer without evidence that there was a proper trial. No such tribunal was ever called to rule on my priesthood, so it is as valid today as it was in 1956. I have simply learned a great deal more through study, inspiration, and experience.
I have been blessed many times over. There have been at least twenty times in my life that I should have been killed. I have received visions and many other blessings to help guide me. My priesthood came directly through men called of God from the throne of grace. Here is a copy of the license which Lloyd Flanders provided to me.
SAD TIME IN THE CHURCH
One of the saddest times in the history of the church came in 1961, when the church identified itself as one with the US Government by changing its identity to that of a corporation. The temporal assets were incorporated under Joseph Smith as Trustee in Trust; but the spiritual part of the church NEVER. A corporation is an extension of the US Government. When a group incorporates, they lose their original identity. The Kingdom of God cannot be joined to any government of man.
Vernon Swift–who was supposed to lead the people–elected to make the church part of the US Government. Satan is the great deceiver. We are told, “20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isa. 20) At his 2000 conference, Vernon stated that the corporation and the church were one and the same thing. All he accomplished was to separate his group from the original church founded by Joseph Smith and continued through James J. Strang. It was an apostasy that caused them to lose all divine authority.
This is obvious in many ways. The new Corporate By-Laws became the laws to rule his church, making Vernon a false prophet—an anti-Christ. Only a prophet and Lawgiver is authorized by God to give laws to the church. Worse, he caused all who attended the 1961 conference–and voted to change the church identity to a corporation—to become only members of a government church—losing all association and authority with the Kingdom of God.
The Corporate Constitution states: “A. No member shall be dismissed or expelled from the Priesthood except by proper Church Court action; his Priesthood is good until regularly taken away.” (Article 4, Section 2) Yet Vernon acted on his own behalf—as he considered himself president of the church—to suspend and cut-off members of the church that were in good standing.
He also thought to put a new head on the church. He established a Ruling Council of high priests to stand at the head of his new church. The law of God provides that only a prophet of God can stand at the head. This was well known among them; but, when a person strongly desires something, God will even send them strong delusion to think they are right. “10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thess. 2)
False doctrines and confusion soon entered his church. At the 1963 High Priest Conference, there was a discussion concerning this Ruling Council. “The conclusion was that THIS IS THE RULING COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH AND THE AUTHORITY TO GOVERN RESTS IN THIS BODY OR THERE IS NO CHURCH.” You are right. The Kingdom of God was lost to this group. The law of God provides that only a prophet can stand at the head of the church. This is a direct violation of the law of God: “Thou shalt not take the name [authority] of the Lord thy God in vain.” This is no different than Brigham Young having the voice of the people make him their man-made prophet. At the 1975 High Priest Conference it was noted: “1) The HIGH PRIESTS who are now taking part in Church matters ARE ACTING AS AN ADVISORY GROUP.” Vernon was never able to form a Quorum of high priests that forms the Ruling Council. I do not have information when all but the last three high priests were alive and could represent this council. It appears this was in 1993. Imagine a church established their own leadership and that council could not act from 1961 until 1993.
Lloyd Flanders–who had previously been the leader of the church and was a high priest—wrote Vernon Swift on February 12, 1967, “…for as noted in my letter to you before: if we make the Ruling Council anything else but a Temporary High Council: we have set a man-made head on the Church: and are no better than other L.D.S. Bodies.” He wrote Vernon again on November 25, 1969, “I regret ever having had the slightest thing to do with the charter for the Church: I regard it is a serious mistake ON MY PART: and I have repented of it and asked God’s forgiveness.”
At the 1964 General Conference, a gentleman from France, Alexander Cafiaux, was ordained a high priest per the law of God. At the 1968 General Conference in was resolved that since there was not a quorum of high priests–according to the corporate by-laws–they considered his ordination null and void. What a web of confusion is created when man seeks to deceive. Each lie leads to more lies. The prophet James wrote in the Book of the Law: “8. The Law of God changes all this [defects in the law of man]. It exacts truth of all men in all places, when it allows anything to be put in issue; and takes no denial, when it makes inquisition.”
The corporate by-laws defined the Ruling Council as a quorum of high priests in good standing. Vernon was unable to organize a quorum, so at the 1972 General Conference he had it ruled that those high priests in attendance—regardless of the number—would be accepted as a Ruling Council. He had no problem with disobeying either the law of man or the law of God. Then at the 1975 High Priest Conference it was ruled that without a quorum the high priests could act only as an advisory group.
At the 1978 General Conference, members were cut off from the church using the corporate constitution rather than the law of God as the basis. It is evident that the church was simply a part of the US Government.
The greatest law ever given to man was: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, might, mind, and strength. Joseph Smith taught that without a correct understanding of God that no man could have faith unto salvation. James J. Strang took great effort in the Book of the Law to provide a correct understanding of God.
Bruce Flanders—one of the last three high priest—started teaching in Voree that the Father is the spirit and Jesus is the physical body of God. This was simply an adaptation of the pagan Trinity. David Rees—who Vernon later called-agreed with Bruce. My sisters wrote to Vernon until he made that the primary point of discussion at the 1993 High Priest Conference. Their conclusion was “Concerning the Godhead, ‘no conclusion was arrived at, the reader is urged to study on their own to become better informed on the subject.’” This is proof positive that these high priests knew not God; and therefore, could not even be baptized; much less hold an office in the priesthood.
Brigham Young did about the same when he apostatized. He changed the identity of God: teaching that God was once a man like us; and that we can become a God like Him. Any teaching contrary to the law and testimony on the subject of God will leave a person in the telestial glory.
Bruce Flanders also taught from the pulpit in Voree encouraging the youth to join the military. Vernon Swift and Bruce Flanders—presumed high priests—both volunteered for the military Although both had knowledge of the law of God on that subject. The law of God states: “Thou shalt not kill.” The prophet James J. Strang taught in the Book of the Law, “4. All killing by mobs, or bodies of unauthorized men, acting upon no matter of what provocation, and not in open and legal war—as called prophets of God—belong to the category of mere murder… 6. Consequently, he who voluntarily enters upon an unjust war, is guilty of murder. As part of the force, he is guilty, when death is inflicted by others.” According to the law of God, a murderer cannot even be baptized–much less hold the highest office in the church at that time.
In 2000, Vernon called a special conference. The Certificate of Incorporation required three high priests. When Bruce Flanders died, there were only two left. This church conference was simply a government conference. During this conference, Vernon called David Rees and William Shepard to the office of high priest. William Shepard was among those who volunteered for military service, was a murderer, and could not even be baptized. David Rees had recently been convicted of a felony—child pornography!
“33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Cor. 14) The confusion–even on the character of God–is enough to demonstrate that this church is only a church of the government that assisted in the murder of two latter day prophets. Their high priests have been murderers, a felon, and teachers of false doctrine. Need I say any more?
There have been only three elders that recognized this apostasy: (1) Samuel E. West, (2) Steve Barany, and (3) John Hajicek. Steve Barany has since passed away. I have been very active in the faith by restoring many valuable books, journals, and writings. I have organized a web site that has brought many into the Kingdom of God: www.mormonbeliefs.com. I have preached the gospel as per my duties. Those that I have brought into the faith are from Hawaii and California to Maryland, from Canada to Texas, Kenya, Uganda, and now Ghana–with over 100 branches in total. I am not going into any further detail because I do not take credit; but thank God for such a blessing.
One of the primary duties of an officer of the Melchisedec Priesthood is preaching the gospel. This includes missionary work. Vernon never made any effort to encourage missionary work, or to preach the gospel to the gentiles. No missionary work was ever realized.
WILL YOU GO WITH ME?
I am a simple servant of the Lord having authority to administer all the saving ordinances of the gospel. I could be the most important person that you will ever meet; as I have a valid claim to the Melchisedec Priesthood.
Through me, John Hajicek, and all those that we have ordained to the same ministry, God has left the door into the Kingdom of God open. “13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT. 15 Beware of false prophets [preachers], which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matt. 7) These few will be among those that survive the great desolation coming on the earth.
The gate is open to blessings more glorious than any can imagine. “9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. 2)
Apostle W. W. Phelps wrote Joseph Smith:
Go with me, will you go to the saints that have died,
To the next, better world, where the righteous reside;
Where the angels and spirits in harmony be.
In the joys of a vast paradise? Go with me.
Go with me where the truth and the virtues prevail;
Where the union is one, and the years never fail;
Not a heart can conceive, nor a natural eye see
What the Lord has prepared for the just. Go with me.
Go with me where there is no destruction or war;
Neither tyrants, or slanderers, or nations ajar;
Where the system is perfect, and happiness free,
And the life is eternal with God. Go with me.
Go with me, will you go to the mansions above,
Where the bliss, and the knowledge, the light, and the love,
And the glory of God, do eternally be?
Death, the wages of sin, is not there. Go with me.
WILL YOU GO WITH ME?
Samuel E. West
Senior elder in Zion
December 10, 2016