Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Sower Went Forth to Sow

Re: Matthew 13

The seed in the parable of the sower appears to represent the Sermon on the Mount.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another Restorationist Project: Missionary Outreach to Native Americans

I find this project announcement interesting (it's a link).

It's easy to object to these things, and say they're not of God, or foolish, or ineffective, but it seems to me that I would want a full and fair hearing, therefore why not give these things a full and fair hearing and not jump to judge or condemn?

And don't forget, if it seems to you a worthwhile cause, there is a donation opportunity for the LA Times ad announcing, among other things, Denver Snuffer's California talk in September.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Donation Opportunity: Restoration Ad Campaign, LA Times

We have set up a GoFundMe page to finance an advertisement in the LA Times to at least run on a Sunday, and perhaps also the preceding Saturday, after the September conference at Boise at which it is to be proposed that we receive the Restoration Edition scriptures as canon by covenant.  The ad is projected to announce the opportunity to enter into the covenant, list the commandments of the Lord explicitly, warn the Lord's paid stewards of his coming, announce Denver Snuffer's California talk venue, and provide internet resources for seekers. 

The LA Times has a Sunday circulation of 2.4 million, according to the rep I spoke with.  These are the rates I was quoted, and they're not set in stone. 

Mon, Tues, or Wed.
$21,712.00 for a full page
$10,624.00 for a ½ page
$5,332.00 for a ¼ page
$2,392.00 for a 1/9 page

Thurs, Fri, or Sat.
$23,067.00 for a full page
$11,286.00 for a ½ page
$5,663.00 for a ¼ page
$2,539.00 for a 1/9 page

Sunday
$27,130.00 for a full page
$13,270.00 for a ½ page
$6,655.00 for a ¼ page
$2,980.00 for a 1/9 page

As the ad rates may be arbitrarily different based on how the editors or sales managers at the LA Times feels about the content of the ad, and to cover GoFundMe's charges, we propose to raise $33,000 to pay for a full-page ad in a Sunday edition, and, if it is possible, to raise an additional $28,000 to pay for the ad to run on the preceding Saturday.  Regardless, we will buy the largest Sunday ad we can with whatever is raised by the end of September, and, if we have enough to buy a Saturday ad as well, we will do that, too.

Whatever we receive in excess of the ad purchase will be forwarded to the temple fund, and if we don't get enough for a Sunday ad, we will forward what we do receive to the temple fund.

Time is short, and we must invite, teach, and warn mankind about what they must do to survive the coming of the Lord, lest their blood come upon our garments and we are found unclean before the Lord.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

What's in It for Us?

If we shall honor the covenant, then...

The church of Christ will be established among us.

We shall be privileged to assist the remnant of Jacob in building the New Jerusalem.

We shall be privileged to assist in gathering the house of Israel.

We shall be numbered among the house of Israel.

The Lord shall write his law upon our hearts and minds and we shall be to him a people and he shall be to us a God.

The contents of the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon shall be given to us.

The powers of heaven shall come down among us, and the Savior shall be in the midst.

And we shall obtain eternal life, if we will endure the trials faithfully that come upon us as we are diligent in keeping the commandments of the Lord according to the covenant.

The Covenant in a Nutshell

3 Nephi 12:13 Verily, verily I say unto you, I give unto you to be the salt of the earth, but if the salt shall lose its savor, wherewith shall the earth be salted? The salt shall be thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men.
That's the covenant in a nutshell.

You will be agreeing to do specific things, and those specific things are contained in 3 Nephi chapters 12-14, noting also chapter 15 verse 1.  If you do them without fail, then you are the salt of the earth, a savior of men.  He means it.

If you shall fail to do those specific things, you shall be trodden down as is prophesied.
3 Nephi 16:10-15
10 And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.
11 And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.
12 And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.
13 But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.
14 And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel, to go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father.
15 But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel.
If, as I am informed, the LDS Church never received the Book of Mormon by covenant, then they rejected the fulness of the gospel.  The LDS apparently never entered into the covenant to be able to break it - to be as corrupted and useless salt, cast out and trodden underfoot by the remnant of Jacob.  That future potential failure belongs to Gentiles that come after the LDS and receive the Book of Mormon by covenant and do not perform unto the Lord their oath.  Like, say, the Restorationist Gentiles, who are right now proposing to receive the Book of Mormon by covenant.

Did you read 3 Nephi chapters 12 through 14, noting chapter 15 verse 1?  Do you understand what it is you are proposing to bind yourself into doing?  And, if you do, isn't it wise to start the practice of doing those things today, even right now?

Are you giving to every man that asks?
Are you lending to all comers, hoping that you will not be paid back?
Are you storing up money or food or goods for yourself in this world, or are you giving your excess stores of money or food or goods to the poor?
And so on.

If you didn't read 3 Nephi chapters 12-14, noting chapter 15 verse 1, now would be a great time to go and read it.  You have it before you, both life and death; as Moses set it before Israel, so it is set before you.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Fear of the Lord Had Come upon Them

KJV Exodus 20:18-21
18 ¶ And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.
Why didn't they want God to talk to them?  They were terrified, a feeling I now understand for myself.  So, here's the solution.
Helaman 5:40-42
40 And it came to pass that the Lamanites said unto him: What shall we do, that this cloud of darkness may be removed from overshadowing us?
41 And Aminadab said unto them: You must repent, and cry unto the voice, even until ye shall have faith in Christ, who was taught unto you by Alma, and Amulek, and Zeezrom; and when ye shall do this, the cloud of darkness shall be removed from overshadowing you.
42 And it came to pass that they all did begin to cry unto the voice of him who had shaken the earth; yea, they did cry even until the cloud of darkness was dispersed.

Monday, March 27, 2017

But What If God Doesn't Answer?

I will say that it has been an interesting last few days.  I was as surprised as most at what I heard at the conference, but the echo in my mind and heart was, continually, "don't oppose; just listen."

While the import of what was said sunk in and ramifications began to be understood, then the spirit of the devil had equal time and power, as measured in pure, unreasoning fear.  "Believe it not!"  "They're trying to take power!"  "Why can't it be this way?"  "Why can't it be that way?"  "What is the need for this?"  "Aren't they inconsistent?"  And such like things.  I heard my fears echoed and clarified and amplified by others in blog comment sections.

I know whose power fear is.

So what if, after doing my due diligence and actually reading the proffered scriptures and potentially determining there is no unrighteousness in them and praying mightily to find out whether this canon is a covenant from him, God doesn't answer me?

I will, in that case, have two options: either to follow fear and deny and depart, or to believe and accept on the word of them who have brought it to me.  No answer is not "no;" it's nothing, and would support neither option.

Zion is a society, as is heaven.  The first rule of any civil society is simply that the citizens be not hostile against one another.  We can't live together peaceably if we're hostile towards one another, but will contend or part ways.  Disbelief is a sign of hostility, and charity, it is written, believeth all things.

So if I'm on my own in this choice, I will choose to accept and let the chips fall where they may, trusting that if I am making an error and if my eye is single to the glory of God and I am diligent in keeping his commandments, he will correct me.