Monday, May 7, 2018

This Is All Very Simple

1. I am a covenant participant and have standing in the matter of the adoption of the G&S.

2. I have made a choice to permanently and perpetually dispute the adoption of any other proposed document as the G&S other than the document that I, myself, submitted, which document is entitled The Rock of Jesus Christ: A Statement of Our Principles.

3. Because I have made this choice, only one document proposed for adoption as the G&S can possibly lead to the fulfillment of the Lord's requirement that the G&S be adopted by mutual agreement - for the simple reason that I disagree with the adoption of any other document as the G&S.

4. Because I will not yield on the adoption of The Rock of Jesus Christ, and also because I will not yield on disputing the adoption of each and every other document, the choice facing every other covenant participant has been reduced to a perfect dichotomy: either accept and do as the Lord has required, in which case The Rock of Jesus Christ shall inevitably be adopted as the G&S because no other document can possibly be agreed to, or else defraud the Lord by placing a disputed document in the / their scriptures as the G&S.

5. I make no revelatory claims.

6. I make no appeals to the priesthood.

7. I cannot compel the agreement of even a single soul in this matter.

8. I do not receive the Woodard Revelation.

9. I disputed the content of the Lottery document when it was announced in an email sent October 28, 2017 to both Karen Strong and Lynne McKinney, thus fulfilling the law of witnesses.

10. The Lottery group therefore never had unity with the body at any point, falsifying a key claim in the Woodard Revelation.

11. Explanations for the wisdom of choosing The Rock of Jesus Christ are available on my blog in posts dating to Friday, October 13, 2017.

12. There is no further discussion to be had on this subject.

13. The only thing being hashed out right now by each individual covenant participant is whether they shall individually defraud the Lord in the matter of the G&S.

14. If the body chooses to defraud the Lord by placing a disputed document in the scriptures as a G&S, then the body shall be unable to accomplish other works that the Lord shall require of it.

15. Not accomplishing other works the Lord shall require logically entails the destruction of the body, because the salvation of the body requires that the body do all things whatsoever the Lord shall command of it.

16. Those who are faithful to the covenant - those that choose not to defraud the Lord but instead do all that they agreed to do - shall be spared, because God is just (A&C p. 7).

17. The faithless have no such promise.

18. It is prophesied that this people, the remnant of the Gentiles, shall treat spitefully the servants of God, and slay them, and in their turn they shall be slain and their city be burned when the Lord shall send his armies against them (RE Matthew 10:17).

19. The armies spoken of are most likely the remnant of Jacob (3 Nephi 16:15).

20. It will be a remnant of the Lord's people, not a majority, who builds the temple which has not yet been commanded (A&C p. 11).

21. I would prefer my people not be destroyed.

22. It was for disobedience to the things contained in The Rock of Jesus Christ that the LDS Church was condemned.

23. There is less excuse for this people in this thing (Question 2, Question 4, G&S assignment).

24. Y'all are agents unto yourselves, and there is no further need for conversation.

25. My choices in the matter of the G&S assignment are not subject to your review.

26. Your choices in the matter of the G&S assignment are not subject to my review.

27. You have been fully warned.

Jared Livesey

Saturday, April 28, 2018

A Word to the Declarants

  1. The Lord does not receive that which he has not appointed.
  2. The Lord has appointed us to adopt a guide and standard by mutual agreement.
  3. The Lord has not appointed us to adopt a guide and standard by any means other than mutual agreement.
  4. "Mutual agreement" is not esoteric religious jargon of ambiguous, vague, unclear, or uncertain meaning, but a well-defined, commonly-used, modern English phrase.
  5. "Mutual agreement" means all parties to a matter agree together concerning it.
  6. "As between one another you choose not to dispute" means if anyone who has standing in the matter disputes the adoption of a particular proposal that proposal is not mutually agreed to by all concerned parties.
  7. Placing a disputed proposal in the scriptures does not fulfill the Lord's requirement.
  8. The Lord will not receive the placing of a disputed proposal in the scriptures.
  9. Placing a disputed proposal in the scriptures and offering it up to the Lord in place of his required agreed statement of principles defrauds the Lord.
  10. Defrauding the Lord is bad.
  11. You will not like the consequences of defrauding the Lord.
  12. Expressing disagreement with a person, position, or proposal, is to dispute.
  13. The declaration expresses disagreement with the scripture committee and is therefore a disputation.
  14. Even if the phrase "mutually agreeable" meant "choosing not to dispute," which is not what it means, the stated disagreement with the scripture committee constitutes an open self-contradiction on the part of those who signed the declaration.
  15. The declaration is more properly characterized as an implicit threat against the scripture committee if they do not publish the Lottery document.
  16. Zion cannot be built up by intimidation nor threats.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Still Defrauding the Lord

Whenever there is a procedural proposal offered, we need not consider the motives of those who offer it. All we need consider is the following test:

"If this procedure is followed exactly can a G&S be published in the scriptures even if the G&S is not mutually agreed to by all covenant participants?"

If the answer to that question is "yes," then the procedural proposal defrauds the Lord of his requirement that we adopt a G&S by mutual agreement and add it - to the scriptures in place of LDS D&C 20, in context.

Notes on vocabulary:
The phrase "mutually agreeable" does not occur in the A&C.
The phrase "mutually agreeable" means "able to be accepted by everyone."
The phrase "mutually agreeable" does not mean "choosing not to dispute with each other."
The phrase "mutual agreement" means "agreeing together," "universal agreement," or "unanimity."
If one or more of us choose to dispute something, then we do not mutually agree to it.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Nothing Has Changed

Let us review the Lord's assignment to the people in the A&C pertaining to the G&S.

1. You [the covenant participants] are not excused from writing [without specifying any method] a [single] statement of principles [rules of behavior that you do not ever break] that I have required [commanded] at your hands.

2. I forbade my servant David [Denver Snuffer] from participating, and again forbid him.

3. But I require a [single] statement of principles to be adopted [accepted] by the mutual agreement [universal agreement] of my people, for if you cannot do so you will be unable to accomplish other works that I will require at your hands.

4. When [at such time as] you have an agreed statement of principles [a single statement of principles which none of the covenant participants choose to dispute] I require it [the single statement of principles no covenant participant chooses to dispute] to also be added [as a replacement for LDS D&C 20] as a guide [that which directs behavior] and standard [that by which behavior is judged] for my people to follow [to conform their behavior to].

5. Remember there are others who know nothing, as yet, of my work now underway, and therefore the guide and standard is to bless [bring the Holy Ghost to], benefit [do good to] and inform [teach what is required to receive the Holy Ghost to] them—so I command you to be wise in word and kind in deed as you write what I require of you.

At Phoenix, it was demonstrated publicly that the adoption of the majority-preferred statement of principles was disputed. The Lord's requirement is not fulfilled by adding a disputed statement of principles as a replacement for LDS D&C 20. The Lord's requirement is rejected and left undone instead.

Therefore, the true state of affairs of this people pertaining to the Lord's requirement that a statement of principles be adopted by the mutual agreement of this people is this:

1. There is nothing in the A&C restricting me from selecting my own G&S.
2. There is nothing in the A&C restricting me from disputing the adoption of any other G&S proposals.
3. There is nothing in the law and commandments of God restricting me from selecting the law and commandments of God as my G&S.
4. There is nothing in the law and commandments of God restricting me from disputing the adoption of any other G&S proposals.
5. I have made a choice of G&S proposals that I will agree to for this assignment and it is The Rock of Jesus Christ.
6. I have made a choice to dispute the adoption of every single other G&S document past, present, and future.
7. Therefore, if the body actually and truly does want to be the Lord's people indeed, they will each individually accept and do as the Lord has required of them and adopt The Rock of Jesus Christ.
8. Failure to accept and do as the Lord has required occurs when any other proposed G&S is placed in the scriptures.

The task has been simplified down to where in order to succeed at this assignment all the body has to do is place The Rock of Jesus Christ in the scriptures after any who dispute its adoption shall have ceased their disputations. Any other action taken by the body is failure.

Failing to verbally dispute a proposal does not necessarily mean that one is not disputing that proposal. One may dispute a proposed G&S by adding a disputed G&S to their scriptures. The placement of disputed documents in the scriptures, feigning to have accepted and done as the Lord requires while in reality rejecting his requirement and leaving it undone, must also cease.

It is not accurate to say that I am attempting to control the body. It is accurate to say I reject the rule and ministry of the unrighteous (A&C p. 8) and corrupt (A&C p. 3) majority, and I will not agree to curse, harm, and misinform those who as yet know nothing concerning the Lord's work now underway by failing to dispute their preferred G&S. I reject the rule of men for the rule of my Lord, Jesus Christ.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Mutual Agreement Re-Revisited

To make the issue of mutual agreement understandable, imagine the following scenario.

The Lord comes to Adam and Eve, a married couple, and tells them, "I require you two to choose a restaurant by mutual agreement and order dinner there. The restaurant should serve only healthful and nutritious food. If you fulfill these conditions, I will pay for your meals, and I will not pay otherwise. The dinner is for you to eat."

Adam ponders a bit. He thinks to himself that he and Eve don't often agree on much, and asks the Lord, "What do you mean by 'mutual agreement'?"

The Lord says, "As between one another you choose not to dispute."

Adam is still confused. He asks himself - isn't disputation always a sin? If so, isn't the Lord really saying no choice of restaurant should be disputed, and, if so, that the first one to select any restaurant picks for the both of them? But Adam doesn't ask the Lord to explain further.

Eve understands. Adam and Eve must be mutually agreed, which means unanimous, upon their choice of restaurant. If either she or Adam chooses to dispute going to a particular restaurant, then they both know they are not mutually agreed upon that restaurant and shouldn't go there. Eve also understands that there aren't very many restaurants that serve only healthful and nutritious food. There might be only one restaurant that fulfills the Lord's condition. Since Eve is the family cook, by long experience and study she knows what foods are healthful and nutritious.

Adam decides that what matters most to him is who has the control in his and Eve's relationship, and he decides that person will be him. Because of that decision, he further decides that what the Lord means is that he and Eve shouldn't dispute. Adam thinks that as long he chooses not to dispute with Eve, then he is mutually agreeing and the Lord will pay for the meal and any disagreement from Eve will have no effect. Adam figures if food tastes good, it must be healthy and nutritious, so he can pick any restaurant he wants. Adam picks his favorite restaurant, where they serve lots of deep-fried comfort foods.

Eve disputes Adam's choice of restaurants, and tries to reason with Adam, who grows angry with her. When Eve tells him his choice of restaurant serves unhealthful and non-nutritious foods, he does not believe her. When Eve tries to explain calories and vitamins and minerals and protein and fat and carbohydrates to Adam, he thinks she's trying to deceive him so she can take control.

Eve chooses a restaurant that she knows only serves healthful and nutritious foods, and asks Adam if he will accept her choice and enjoy the Lord's meal there. Adam chooses not to dispute Eve's choice in words, and instead utterly rejects her choice by his actions. Adam sharply chastises Eve for disputing, and then ignores her as he leaves to go to his favorite restaurant alone, where he orders all his favorite foods.

Question: Does the Lord pay for Adam's meal?

Question: Assuming Adam's attitude towards Eve doesn't change for the better, are Adam and Eve likely to succeed in future assignments from the Lord requiring mutual agreement?

Why Do You Call Me Lord and Do Not Do What I Say?

"Do you indeed desire to be my people? Then accept and do as I have required."

Let us consider another commandment of the Lord Jesus Christ: "Give to every man that asks you to, and do not ask for your stuff back from anyone who takes it" (Luke 6:30).

If you have been baptized, by that act you proclaimed to the world and to heaven that you are a servant of God. You demonstrated that you were willing - meaning wanting - to do what he commanded. You announced to everyone that you would give to every man that asks you to, and that you wouldn't ask for your stuff back from anyone who takes it.

To be a servant of God it is only necessary to accept and do as he commands. Likewise, to be the people of God, it is only necessary to accept and do as he requires.

And God is testing you to see if you indeed do desire to be his servant with every beggar on the street you come into contact with - do you give, or do you instead judge the beggar in his petition and withhold?

You can spend your time futilely trying to justify yourself in breaking God's commandment by judging the motives of the beggars on the street, or you can simply leave judgement up to God and give as he has commanded you. After all, when you judge the beggar and wihhold from him, it is not really the beggar you have judged, but God - you have judged his commandment evil.

So it is with this. If you will not accept and do as he has required, though you may justify yourself before men for defrauding the Lord by accusing me, it is not me you are accusing, but the Lord.

Adopting The Rock of Jesus Christ would be a light thing indeed for a people who wanted to do what it contains.

Jared Livesey

An Open Conspiracy to Defraud the Lord

The organizers of the Phoenix conference this month have apparently chosen to give place to an effort to defraud the Lord by delivering to him a guide and standard adopted not by mutual agreement as he requires, but instead agreed upon by majority vote. The scripture committee has publicly agreed to add any document arising from the upcoming vote to the scriptures as the guide and standard. The scripture committee and the organizers of the Phoenix conference have agreed to do these things at the request of some who are unwilling to accept and do as the Lord requires, believing it to be impossible.  Thus these groups have formed an open conspiracy with the publicly stated goal of defrauding the Lord.

The success of this open conspiracy to defraud the Lord shall ensure that the people who have entered into the covenant offered through Denver Snuffer cannot accomplish future tasks that will be required of them by the Lord as a body.  Since salvation requires doing all things whatsoever the Lord commands, the success of this conspiracy shall inevitably result in the destruction of the covenant body.  Some of us, if not the vast majority of us, shall not be saved.

It is written in the Book of Mormon that the Gentiles shall be trodden under foot of men.  It may take some time for this destruction to occur.  After the Jews rejected the Sermon on the Mount and crucified Jesus, it took roughly forty years for the Lord to send the Romans against the Jews, treading them underfoot as salt that had lost its flavor.  But it happened.  After the Nephites rejected the Sermon at Bountiful, the Lord sent the Lamanites against them, treading them underfoot as salt that had lost its flavor.  Being cast out and trodden underfoot as salt that has lost its flavor is the covenant curse contained within the Sermon.

When you covenant with the Lord, you agree to the penalties for defrauding him.

If you wish to act as good salt, a preserver and savior of men, here is information that you may find useful.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Role of Prophets in the Doctrine of Christ

In Judea, Christ preached the Sermon on the Mount, and baptized those who believed on his words and repented of their sins, who were then to keep the commandments of the Sermon until the end. He sent forth his disciples to testify of him, preach the Sermon, and baptize those who believed on their words and repented of their sins, who were then to keep the commandments of the Sermon until the end. The so-called great commission he gave the apostles was this:
Matthew 28:19-20
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
"All things whatsoever I have commanded you" was, of course, the Sermon.

To his twelve disciples among the Nephites, Jesus said this:
3 Nephi 11:22, 41
Verily I say unto you, that whoso repenteth of his sins through your words, and desireth to be baptized in my name, on this wise shall ye baptize them—Behold, ye shall go down and stand in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize them.
...
Therefore, go forth unto this people, and declare the words which I have spoken, unto the ends of the earth.
That was their entire role in the doctrine of Christ: to declare the words which Jesus had spoken, and baptize those who believed on their words and repented of their sins.
3 Nephi 12:1-2
Jesus ... stretched forth his hand unto the multitude, and cried unto them, saying: Blessed are ye if ye shall give heed unto the words of these twelve whom I have chosen from among you to minister unto you, and to be your servants; and unto them I have given power that they may baptize you with water; and after that ye are baptized with water, behold, I will baptize you with fire and with the Holy Ghost; therefore blessed are ye if ye shall believe in me and be baptized, after that ye have seen me and know that I am.
And again, more blessed are they who shall believe in your words because that ye shall testify that ye have seen me, and that ye know that I am. Yea, blessed are they who shall believe in your words, and come down into the depths of humility and be baptized, for they shall be visited with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and shall receive a remission of their sins.
The multitude who heard these twelve repeat the words of Christ, believed on their words, repented, and were baptized, were likewise commanded to testify of Christ. Those who received the testimony of the multitude, believed on their words, repented, and were baptized would be blessed. Neither the disciples nor the multitude were commanded to perform leadership roles, neither was the multitude commanded to point others to the disciples for leadership.

And again, within the Sermon, Christ said to his disciples:
3 Nephi 14:25
And now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he looked upon the twelve whom he had chosen, and said unto them: Remember the words which I have spoken. For behold, ye are they whom I have chosen to minister unto this people.
These were the words the disciples were to minister and the words which the people would be blessed by heeding:
3 Nephi 19:7-8
[T]he disciples ... ministered those same words which Jesus had spoken—nothing varying from the words which Jesus had spoken[.]
What was the effect of heeding those words?
4 Nephi 1:1-3, 12
And it came to pass that the thirty and fourth year passed away, and also the thirty and fifth, and behold the disciples of Jesus had formed a church of Christ in all the lands round about. And as many as did come unto them, and did truly repent of their sins, were baptized in the name of Jesus; and they did also receive the Holy Ghost.
[T]here were no contentions and disputations among them, and every man did deal justly one with another.
And they had all things common among them; therefore there were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift.
...
And they did not walk any more after the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses; but they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God, continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord.
The role of the disciples in the doctrine of Christ was solely to testify that Christ is, to repeat his words, and to baptize. Those who believed their testimony, repented of all their sins, and were baptized were then to keep Christ's commandments - the Sermon on the Mount - until the end, looking to Christ alone.
3 Nephi 15:9-10
Behold, I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.
Behold, I have given unto you the commandments; therefore keep my commandments. And this is the law and the prophets, for they truly testified of me.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Awake and Arise!

When I entered the covenant offered through Denver Snuffer, I did not know whether the words of the A&C were from Jesus Christ. I had read the A&C through thrice, prayed over it, and analyzed the content through the standard of judgement given in Moroni 7, yet I still did not know the words were from Jesus Christ. The Lord did not attest the covenant to me.

Up to the time of the administration of the covenant where we were asked to stand and say "yes," I was still wavering, questioning to myself if I actually knew the words were from Jesus Christ. When the moment came, I figured if I were wrong, the Lord would stop me. Though I was unsure, I trusted in the credibility or reliability of Denver Snuffer and accepted the covenant as if it came from God in the absence of knowledge and surety from Heaven.

The Lord did not stop me. My chest swelled uncomfortably with the spirit of pride upon saying "yes," which I recognized was a bad thing, for charity, as it is written, is not puffed up. That was the first sign I had made a mistake. And I found out that night, to my sorrow and grief and mourning, that the covenant had been a test of integrity and I had failed.

The Lord does not lie, neither does he vary from anything he says. Though he is merciful, he is not a flexible God, but an unchangeable being. "Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man[.]"

And I found out to my horror what the Lord meant by "cursed be the man that trusteth in man." By saying "yes" to the covenant, thereby saying I knew the words Denver Snuffer put forth were from the Lord when I did not, in fact, know those words to be from the Lord, I broke a commandment and trusted in men. The Lord had therefore cut me off from his presence, leaving me to be led by the Holy Ghost.

When I discovered the consequences of what I had done, I tried to repent immediately by publicly confessing on my blog that I had assented to the covenant despite not knowing the words of the A&C were from Jesus Christ. Afterwards, I fasted and prayed and was baptized again, confessing my sin, in the hopes that the Lord might receive me again into his presence. The curse of the Lord is not got rid of so easily.

I realized that since I had entered the covenant legally, and since there is no honorable exit from it on the text as it stands, the only honorable course of action would be to execute all of the covenant, to the letter, as it is written. This included participating in the Guide and Standard efforts.

The Lord's request and requirements concerning the Guide and Standard are clear, and there is only one answer that fulfills his criteria, and that answer is his gospel: his law and commandments. The diligent execution of Jesus's law and commandments as they are written, trusting in him alone, is how we come into his presence, and no man can be saved except he does those exact things. Thus The Rock of Jesus Christ: A Statement of Our Principles offers the words that Jesus gave by his own mouth as his guide and standard for any who would follow him alone and walk in his ways.

In conformity with the Lord's requests, requirements, law, and commandments, I have formally disputed the adoption of any other document than The Rock of Jesus Christ as the Guide and Standard. This solved the Guide and Standard problem, for if the Lord's requirement and criteria are executed as written in the A&C by this people, The Rock of Jesus Christ shall inevitably be published.

Now, all that is required of this people to succeed at the task of adopting a guide and standard by mutual agreement in righteousness is that they not defraud the Lord by placing another document in the scriptures as a Guide and Standard.

My primary error in entering the covenant was to take words from a man as though they were from the Lord, relying upon the man's trustworthiness, connection with heaven, and service to the Lord above my own. The way we repent from trusting men is to completely stop looking to men for the words of the Lord and instead rely solely upon the word of God received by the power of the Holy Ghost to ourselves while keeping all the commandments of Jesus Christ as they are written.

The way that this test has been set up by the Lord is that failure to dispute the adoption of a document is to agree to it, knowing it is for us to follow. If you fail to dispute the adoption of a guide and standard document, then you agree to it and you agree for us to follow it. If that guide and standard consists of the words of men, regardless of whether they be true or false, and you fail to dispute it, then you agree for us to trust in and follow men and be cursed by the Lord, severed from his presence and bound by the chains of hell.

If you, like me, trusted in a man and acted upon that trust by entering the covenant, then you and I have an opportunity to repent of this trust and follow Jesus Christ alone by disputing the adoption of any guide and standard consisting of the words of men, and take the words of Jesus Christ alone for our guide and standard.

The Lottery document is an example of a guide and standard consisting of the words of men. To follow the Lottery document one must trust Denver Snuffer, who is a man. The Lord curses men for trusting men.

Right now, and at the conference at Phoenix, and until and unless this people chooses to defraud the Lord by placing another guide and standard in the scriptures, if you do not publicly dispute the adoption of a guide and standard which consists of the words of men, such as the Lottery document, then you agree to us following men instead of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Any of us who wish to no more be led by men, even prophets, but instead by Christ alone, must publicly dispute the adoption of any guide and standard document which offers the words of men as a guide and standard. We must publicly dispute their adoption in favor of adopting the doctrine, law, and commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ as our guide and standard. And we must actually do what our Lord has commanded.

We must awaken from our deep sleep, even the sleep of hell, and shake off the chains of the leadership of men. We must rise up and stand forth and be known as followers of Jesus Christ and not followers of men, and show our repentance by boldly disputing the attempts to bind this whole people down with the chains of hell.

"Behold, I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life."

Jared Livesey

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Solution to the Guide and Standard Conflict

The guide and standard conflict has been solved.

1. I shall not yield on the adoption of The Rock of Jesus Christ.
2. I shall and do dispute the adoption of any other guide and standard document.
3. You have no power to exclude me from the body of covenant participants.
4. If the people abide the Lord's requirement that the guide and standard be adopted by mutual agreement, then The Rock of Jesus Christ shall be adopted.

If any choose to dispute the adoption of The Rock of Jesus Christ: A Statement of Our Principles as the guide and standard, then we will wait until such disputations cease.

The guide and standard test is simple: do you indeed desire to be the Lord's people? Then accept and do as he has required.

This makes it possible to fulfill the Lord's requirement in righteousness.

Jared Livesey

The G&S Assignment, Simplified

To whom the fulfillment of the Lord's requirement may concern:

You are literally unable to fulfill the Lord's requirement of adopting a guide and standard by mutual agreement except by adopting The Rock of Jesus Christ: A Statement of Our Principles[1]. Whatever else you may possibly do with respect to this assignment does not fulfil this assignment.

Jesus took upon himself the sins of all mankind and was crucified in order to fulfill the requirements of his Father. He didn't want to do it and it was unpleasant to him. But he trusted in the Father and suffered what was put upon him and accomplished the task.

Why then do you not adopt The Rock of Jesus Christ as your guide and standard, as Jesus requires of you?

Why do you not exercise faith in Christ and suffer this light thing which has been put upon you?

Do you suppose the other tasks the Lord will lay on us will be any more pleasant, or that you will want to do what he will ask then any more than you want to do what he requires of you now?

The test of a tool is whether it can accomplish the task one wants to accomplish; if it cannot, it is laid aside and a more suitable tool procured.

The test of a newly-hired servant is whether he will do all things whatsoever he is commanded in the way he is commanded to do them. If he will not, he cannot be trusted with anything of significance, for he either is working on his own agenda, or he is too dark of mind to comprehend the instructions which he has been given.

If you indeed desire to be the Lord's people, and to serve him, and to be a tool to accomplish the works of the Lord, then do exactly and only as he has required of you.

Jared Livesey

[1] This is because I am a covenant participant and permanently dispute the adoption of any document as the guide and standard other than The Rock of Jesus Christ.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Gentile "Remnant" in Prophecy

RE Matthew 10:17
and Jesus answered the people again
and spoke unto them in parables
and said the kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king
who made a marriage for his son
and when the marriage was ready
he sent forth his servants
to call them that were bidden to the wedding
and they would not come
again he sent forth other servants saying
tell them that are bidden
behold I have prepared my oxen
and my fatlings have been killed
and my dinner is ready
and all things are prepared
therefore come unto the marriage
but they made light of the servants
and went their ways
one to his farm
and another to his merchandise
and the remnant took his servants
and treated them spitefully
and slew them

but when the king heard that his servants were dead
he was angry
and he sent forth his armies
and destroyed those murderers
and burnt up their city
If "the remnant" refers to the self-named Gentile "Remnant" movement, then this passage would be entirely consistent with the prophecy which immediately preceded it in which the Gentiles which possess the kingdom of God shall be destroyed when the Lord shall descend out of heaven (RE Matthew 10:15-16). It would be consistent as well with the prophesied denial of the Lord by the Gentiles (RE 2 Nephi 12:7), and their rejection of the fulness of the gospel and their trampling underfoot by the remnant of Jacob (RE 3 Nephi 7:5, which trampling underfoot is the execution of the covenant curse in the Book of Mormon [RE 3 Nephi 5:11]). And it would be consistent as well with the Lord's description of the character of the Gentile "Remnant" movement in the A&C.

And, since Nephi referred to the latter-day Gentile Church directly by the title of "Zion" (RE 2 Nephi 12:4), the possibility that "the remnant" is indeed a direct reference to the Gentile "Remnant" movement cannot be ruled out on textual grounds even if the phrase "the remnant" could have been translated differently. The Lord is just that kind of guy.

Nothing Doubting

The modern English word for "unbelief" is "disbelief." In the Bible, "unbelief" is the translation for two separate yet related words which in Greek mean "disobedience; opposition; obstinancy" (apeitheia) and "distrust; doubt" (apistia). Apistia is the combination of the prefix "a" (negation) and "pistia" (meaning faith / trust), hence conveying the meaning "anti-trust," the opposite of trust, or "anti-faith," the opposite of faith, hence distrust and doubt.

As Joseph said, faith and doubt cannot coexist in the same person simultaneously; the one is the negation of the other - faith and doubt are mutually exclusive and jointly exhaustive. There is no middle ground between them. Faith and doubt are as matter and anti-matter.

Since believing in and trusting Jesus entails keeping his commandments as they are written, disobedience to the commandments of Jesus as they are written is necessarily caused by unbelief: disbelief, distrust, and doubt.

Therefore, to be without doubt, and to have faith in Jesus, entails keeping Jesus's commandments as they are written. Those who have Jesus's commandments in the scriptures and do not keep them as they are written distrust and disbelieve Jesus, and lack faith, or, in other words, they are faithless and unbelieving.

There is a cure for unbelief, and that cure is exerting all the strength of mind and heart in prayer to Jesus until one believes, while doing the things Jesus commanded, as they are written, to the best of one's sincere understanding.

Mormon 9:21 Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Rock of Jesus Christ Through the Ages

The gospel of Adam, cited by Enoch, quoted by Moses:
Moses 6:52 If thou wilt turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, and believe, and repent of all thy transgressions, and be baptized, even in water, in the name of mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth, which is Jesus Christ, the only name which shall be given under heaven, whereby salvation shall come unto the children of men, ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, asking all things in his name, and whatsoever ye shall ask, it shall be given you.
The preaching of Enoch:
Moses 7:10-11
10 And the Lord said unto me: Go to this people, and say unto them—Repent, lest I come out and smite them with a curse, and they die.
11 And he gave unto me a commandment that I should baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, which is full of grace and truth, and of the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of the Father and the Son.
The gospel and preaching of Noah and Enoch:
Moses 8:19-20, 23-24
19 And the Lord ordained Noah after his own order, and commanded him that he should go forth and declare his Gospel unto the children of men, even as it was given unto Enoch.
20 And it came to pass that Noah called upon the children of men that they should repent; but they hearkened not unto his words[.]
23 And it came to pass that Noah continued his preaching unto the people, saying: Hearken, and give heed unto my words;
24 Believe and repent of your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, even as our fathers, and ye shall receive the Holy Ghost, that ye may have all things made manifest; and if ye do not this, the floods will come in upon you; nevertheless they hearkened not.
The ministry of Abraham:
Abraham 1:19 As it was with Noah so shall it be with thee; but through thy ministry my name shall be known in the earth forever, for I am thy God.
The preaching of Melchizedek:
Alma 13:17-18
17 Now this Melchizedek was a king over the land of Salem; and his people had waxed strong in iniquity and abomination; yea, they had all gone astray; they were full of all manner of wickedness;
18 But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people. And behold, they did repent; and Melchizedek did establish peace in the land in his days; therefore he was called the prince of peace, for he was the king of Salem; and he did reign under his father.
The preaching of Nephi:
2 Nephi 31:13, 17, 20
13 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel.
17 Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.
20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
The preaching of John:
JST Matt 3:38 I indeed baptize you with water, upon your repentance; and when he of whom I bear record cometh, who is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear (or whose place I am not able to fill), as I said, I indeed baptize you before he cometh, that when he cometh, he may baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire (see also JST Luke 3:2-3, 12-24).
The preaching of Jesus (believing on Jesus entails doing what he commands in the Sermon, which defines "repentance" and "coming down into the depth of humility"):
JST Matthew 5:3-4
3 Blessed are they who shall believe on me; and again, more blessed are they who shall believe on your words when ye shall testify that ye have seen me and that I am.
4 Yea, blessed are they who shall believe on your words, and come down into the depth of humility, and be baptized in my name; for they shall be visited with fire and the Holy Ghost and shall receive a remission of their sins.
3 Nephi 27:20-21
20 Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day.
21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel[.]
The preaching of the Apostles:
Acts 2:38-39
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. 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.
The preaching of Joseph:
And now to show our doctrine on this subject, we shall commence with the first principles of the Gospel, which are faith, repentance, and baptism for the remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands. This we believe to be our duty--to teach to all mankind the doctrine of repentance (TPJS, p. 80)[.]
We are commanded to preach this same gospel:
2 Nephi 26:27 [H]e hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance.
Cry peace. Proclaim my words. Invite those who will repent to be baptized and forgiven, and they shall obtain my Spirit to guide them. The time is short and I come quickly, therefore open your mouths and warn others to flee the wrath which is to come as men in anger destroy one another. The wicked shall destroy the wicked, and I will hold the peacemakers in the palm of my hand and none can take them from me (A&C, p. 9).
But, even if we should refuse to obey and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, his rock and his salvation, it shall be done, even if it be by another people.
JST Matthew 24:32 And again, this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come, or the destruction of the wicked.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Believing in Christ Entails Obeying His Commandments as They Are Written

Alma 32:22 God is merciful unto all who believe on his name; therefore he desireth, in the first place, that ye should believe, yea, even on his word.
The first test is simply to believe the messengers when they come to you.
Mosiah 15:22 And now, the resurrection of all the prophets, and all those that have believed in their words, or all those that have kept the commandments of God, shall come forth in the first resurrection[.]
Those who do what the messengers say are those who believe in their words.
Alma 37:20 Therefore I command you... that ye be diligent in keeping the commandments of God as they are written.
Those who keep the Lord's commandments as they are written are those who believe in the Lord.
3 Nephi 12:1 [B]lessed are ye if ye shall believe in me and be baptized, after that ye have seen me and know that I am[.]
One may know that the Lord exists and yet not believe in him, meaning believe his words and keep his commandments as they are written.
Ether 4:12 [H]e that will not believe my words will not believe me—that I am; and he that will not believe me will not believe the Father who sent me.
Those who do not believe the Lord's words, which means that they do not keep his commandments as they are written, do not believe that he exists.
Ether 4:10 [H]e that believeth not my words believeth not my disciples[.]
Those who do not believe the Lord's words and do not keep his commandments as they are written do not believe his disciples.
3 Nephi 11:35 [W]hoso believeth in me believeth in the Father also; and unto him will the Father bear record of me, for he will visit him with fire and with the Holy Ghost.
Those who believe in Christ, meaning they believe his words and keep his commandments as they are written, believe in the Father also, and they shall be visited with fire and with the Holy Ghost.
2 Nephi 31:17 [T]he gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.
Believing Christ's words and keeping his commandments as they are written is repentance.
Helaman 14:13 [I]f ye believe on his name ye will repent of all your sins, that thereby ye may have a remission of them through his merits.
Believing Christ's words and keeping his commandments as they are written is how we repent of all our sins.
D&C 82:10 I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.
If we do not believe his words and do not keep his commandments as they are written, then we have no promise from him that he will do what he says, and we cannot hope to receive the Holy Ghost nor can we hope to have our sins remitted.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Merely Adopting The Rock of Jesus Christ Is Not Enough

Merely adopting The Rock of Jesus Christ: A Statement of Our Principles as our written guide and standard will not be enough.

Each one of us must also put into actual practice the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ as contained therein, and not merely pay lip service to our Lord's commandments as have those who have come before us.

Not only must we actually do what the Lord has commanded in The Rock of Jesus Christ, but we must do so equally.

Not only must we equally put into actual practice the things which the Lord has commanded in The Rock of Jesus Christ, but we must also teach others to do those very same things.