2 Nephi 3 expounded: the real Josephite restorer


I will expound Lehi’s words, taking 2 Nephi 3 as my text.

And now I speak unto you, Joseph, my last-born. Thou wast born in the wilderness of mine afflictions; yea, in the days of my greatest sorrow did thy mother bear thee.

And may the Lord consecrate also unto thee this land, which is a most precious land, for thine inheritance and the inheritance of thy seed with thy brethren, for thy security forever, if it so be that ye shall keep the commandments of the Holy One of Israel.

And now, Joseph, my last-born, whom I have brought out of the wilderness of mine afflictions, may the Lord bless thee forever, for thy seed shall not utterly be destroyed.

For behold, thou art the fruit of my loins; and I am a descendant of Joseph [through Manasseh] who was carried captive into Egypt. And great were the covenants of the Lord which he made unto Joseph.

Wherefore, Joseph truly saw our day. [Joseph of Egypt saw the Josephites, who were descendants of Lehi, and then issued his prophecy of the Josephite restorer.] And he obtained a promise of the Lord, that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel; not the Messiah, but a branch which was to be broken off, nevertheless, to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days, in the spirit of power, unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light—yea, out of hidden darkness and out of captivity unto freedom.

This righteous branch are the literal seed of Lehi that will take upon themselves again the name of Nephites, this branch, which has withered away and died, miraculously coming back into existence, being restored, through the ministration of the Josephite restorer.

For Joseph truly testified, saying: A seer shall the Lord my God raise up, who shall be a choice seer unto the fruit of my loins.

This choice seer is the Josephite restorer.

Yea, Joseph truly said: Thus saith the Lord unto me: A choice seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins; and he shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins.

The literal seed of Lehi will esteem the Josephite restorer highly, but not, necessarily, the Gentiles.

And unto him will I give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins, his brethren, which shall be of great worth unto them, even to the bringing of them to the knowledge of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers.

This part of the work of restoration that the Josephite restorer will perform will be through the bringing forth of more scripture.

And I will give unto him a commandment that he shall do none other work, save the work which I shall command him. And I will make him great in mine eyes; for he shall do my work.

At some point, the Josephite restorer will cease working after the manner of men, because the Lord will command him to no longer work like other men. This means he will be, essentially, unemployed, meaning that he will not be employed by others, or in business for himself, in the traditional sense. Nevertheless, the Lord God will give him a work to do, and this will be his only work. In other words, this Josephite restorer will claim that whatever he is doing for a living was given him of God. Also, whatever he is doing, period, he will claim that it is being done on the Lord’s errand, or on assignment of the Holy Ghost.

And he shall be great like unto Moses, whom I have said I would raise up unto you, to deliver my people, O house of Israel.

And Moses will I raise up, to deliver thy people out of the land of Egypt.

The Josephite restorer will also be a deliverer, as great as Moses was.

But a seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins; and unto him will I give power to bring forth my word unto the seed of thy loins—and not to the bringing forth my word only, saith the Lord, but to the convincing them of my word, which shall have already gone forth among them.

The Josephite restorer will bring forth new scripture, specifically, in this verse, the plates of brass. Additionally, he will convince the seed of Joseph of Egypt (which are the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh) that the scriptures that are around at this time (which are the current Standard Works), are true, and he will do this principally by the miracles he performs, for these people will see him (and also point others to him) as living proof that the scriptures, which already have gone forth, are true, for he will be performing the same miracles and exercising the very same faith as all the ancients, and more especially as all the ancients of the Book of Mormon. And he, in turn, will point people to Christ.

Wherefore, the fruit of thy loins shall write; and the fruit of the loins of Judah shall write; and that which shall be written by the fruit of thy loins, and also that which shall be written by the fruit of the loins of Judah, shall grow together, unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins, and bringing them to the knowledge of their fathers in the latter days, and also to the knowledge of my covenants, saith the Lord.

The Josephite restorer will write, bringing forth the plates of brass, the Nephite scriptures, etc.  John the revelator will also write, bringing forth the book of the Lamb of God.  Both sets of scriptures will be united, establishing peace among the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, confounding false doctrines, etc.

And out of weakness he shall be made strong, in that day when my work shall commence among all my people, unto the restoring thee, O house of Israel, saith the Lord.

The Josephite restorer will start out as a weak man, according to the strength of men.  In other words, when men look upon him, they will consider him weak in body and nothing of any particular notice or threat.  Later, through the exercise of his exceedingly great faith, he will be made strong by the power of the Lord, meaning that the will obtain the ancient strength of the Lord that is spoken of in the scriptures, and he will no longer appear to men as weak, but will appear to them as very strong and imposing, and also will have miraculous strength and power.  In other words, his very body will be restored, genetically, to a heightened state, through his faith.  Again, in other words, when the Lord Jesus asks the question,

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

The answer to it is: the Josephite restorer can and will, through his faith.  He is to be the epitome of faith and masculinity, not by birth, but by the exercise of his strong faith.

And thus prophesied Joseph, saying: Behold, that seer will the Lord bless; and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded; for this promise, which I have obtained of the Lord, of the fruit of my loins, shall be fulfilled. Behold, I am sure of the fulfilling of this promise;

The Josephite restorer will please the Lord, not because of his deeds, but because of the exercise of his faith, and those that bless him will be blessed by the Lord, and those that curse him and seek him harm, will be cursed and confounded themselves, through miracles of the Lord.  When he finally starts exercising his faith, the Lord will only bless him, for his trial of faith will already have been experienced and past.  But even before he begins to exercise his faith, while still in his trial of faith, the Lord will bless and protect him and care for him, and all who stand in his way will still be cursed, not because of his exercised faith, but because of his labors in his trial of faith, for even that will please the Lord.

And his name shall be called after me; and it shall be after the name of his father. And he shall be like unto me; for the thing, which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand, by the power of the Lord shall bring my people unto salvation.

His name shall be called “So-and-so Joseph-Nephi-Lehi,” being called both after the name of Joseph and also after the name of Lehi.  He will also take the name of Nephi upon him, that there be again Nephites in the land.  He will not be born with this surname, but will change the surname he was born with to this new surname, when the Lord finally reveals to him that he is, indeed, the promised Josephite restorer.  Nevertheless, even before the Lord reveals that he is indeed the Josephite restorer, he will already begin to suspect it, thus the revelation will not be a surprise, but a confirmation of his suspicions.

His first name will be the same name as his father’s first name, thus the new surname that he takes, (of Joseph-Nephi-Lehi,) will be (in order or sequence), after the name of his father (which he also bears.)  Thus, in order or sequence, his father’s given name comes before or first (so-and-so) and then his surname comes after or last (Joseph-Nephi-Lehi).  This will fulfill the prophecy, for the first part speaks of “called after” and the second part speaks of just “after.”  The first part is speaking of being called the same name, while the second part is speaking of the sequence or order of the name: after, as opposed to before.

The “thing” spoken of, are the scriptural records he will bring forth.

Yea, thus prophesied Joseph: I am sure of this thing, even as I am sure of the promise of Moses; for the Lord hath said unto me, I will preserve thy seed forever.

And the Lord hath said: I will raise up a Moses; and I will give power unto him in a rod; and I will give judgment unto him in writing. Yet I will not loose his tongue, that he shall speak much, for I will not make him mighty in speaking. But I will write unto him my law, by the finger of mine own hand; and I will make a spokesman for him.

I ain’t gonna talk about Moses.

And the Lord said unto me also: I will raise up unto the fruit of thy loins; and I will make for him a spokesman. And I, behold, I will give unto him that he shall write the writing of the fruit of thy loins, unto the fruit of thy loins; and the spokesman of thy loins shall declare it.

And the words which he shall write shall be the words which are expedient in my wisdom should go forth unto the fruit of thy loins. And it shall be as if the fruit of thy loins had cried unto them from the dust; for I know their faith.

And they shall cry from the dust; yea, even repentance unto their brethren, even after many generations have gone by them. And it shall come to pass that their cry shall go, even according to the simpleness of their words.

Because of their faith their words shall proceed forth out of my mouth unto their brethren who are the fruit of thy loins; and the weakness of their words will I make strong in their faith, unto the remembering of my covenant which I made unto thy fathers.

This is speaking of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, which will be accomplished also by the Josephite restorer.  (For Joseph Smith never brought forth the Book of Mormon, he only brought forth a part of the Book of Mormon.  The missing part was lost: the 116 manuscript pages, consisting of Mormon’s title page and the Book of Lehi.  This will be restored by the Josephite restorer, with the help of a spokesman.  (See this and this and this comment and also this post.)

And now, behold, my son Joseph, after this manner did my father of old prophesy.

Wherefore, because of this covenant thou art blessed; for thy seed shall not be destroyed, for they shall hearken unto the words of the book.

The Josephites will hearken unto the restored Book of Mormon that the Josephite restorer brings forth.

And there shall rise up one mighty among them, who shall do much good, both in word and in deed, being an instrument in the hands of God, with exceeding faith, to work mighty wonders, and do that thing which is great in the sight of God, unto the bringing to pass much restoration unto the house of Israel, and unto the seed of thy brethren.

Now, the Josephite restorer will restore both the Nephites and also the house of Israel (through the plates of brass), but will be noted especially for the many miracles he does, for he will be a head:

And it shall come to pass that he that asketh in Spirit shall receive in Spirit; that unto some it may be given to have all those gifts, that there may be a head, in order that every member may be profited thereby.  (D&C 46:28-29)

The last words of Lehi were:

And now, blessed art thou, Joseph. Behold, thou art little; wherefore hearken unto the words of thy brother, Nephi, and it shall be done unto thee even according to the words which I have spoken. Remember the words of thy dying father. Amen.

Now, Joseph hearkened unto his brother Nephi, therefore this prophecy is sure.

Additional considerations

It is my belief and understanding that this passage of scripture is speaking of the Josephite restorer:

But behold, the life of my servant shall be in my hand; therefore they shall not hurt him, although he shall be marred because of them. Yet I will heal him, for I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.

Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant.  (3 Ne. 21:10-11)

Marred means to cut off a part, so that the whole is disfigured and reduced in function, leaving a scar.  The Josephite restorer, therefore, will be a circumcised man that has a scar, reduced function and who exercises his faith to the end that he is restored to intact by the power of God.  These physical infirmities and afflictions are the cause by which the man will pull himself up by his bootstraps and cause miracles to happen, for, unlike other men, he will not be content to live his life as he is, but will send up a million prayers of faith until his physical body is totally transformed and made whole, and it is this tremendous exercise of faith that will cascade all gifts into him, for he will not stop asking until he obtains them all.  This is why he is spoken of in such elevated terms by these prophets, for he is, or will be, the greatest of all seers in Joseph (of Egypt’s) line, possessing all the gifts.  And it is this possession of all these gifts, and his great desires, that he will use to restore the Nephites and Israelites, for his faith is, or will be, overpowering, making him essentially an unstoppable force among the Gentiles.  Therefore, all seers looked to him as the one who performed, or will perform, all the rest of the work of salvation, which is the bulk of it, for his faith won’t be like some of them, but like all of them, for he will ask for everything they had, and more.

The Josephite seer, then, is noted by his faith working mighty miracles, and this is why when the scriptures speak of the Lord working by power in the latter-days (such as in Alma 37),

And now remember, my son, that God has entrusted you with these things, which are sacred, which he has kept sacred, and also which he will keep and preserve for a wise purpose in him, that he may show forth his power unto future generations.  (Alma 37:14)

it is likely that this is speaking of the ministry of the Josephite restorer.

In conclusion

Joseph Smith is not even mentioned in 2 Nephi 3, for he was just a shadow fulfillment and also he was of the wrong lineage, for the Josephite restorer will be of the tribe of Manasseh and a direct descendant of Joseph, Lehi’s son.  Nearly the entire chapter, then, is speaking only of this particular man and his great ministry, and not of any other.  Joseph Smith’s work, then, can be considered a foundational work, so that some of the Book of Mormon could be brought forth, in order that the Josephite restorer could read it and be inspired by it and seek to emulate it.

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Book of Mormon surnames: the meaning of the -ites and “people of”


Any time the Book of Mormon text uses the suffix “-ite” or “-ites” or calls a group “the people of” (so-and-so), it means that that designated name is part of the surname of that person or persons.

Lehi had six sons, and their full names (given name plus surname) were:

Laman Lehi

Lemuel Lehi

Sam Lehi

Nephi Lehi

Jacob Lehi

Joseph Lehi

Zoram and the family of Ishmael was also added to the group, making two more genealogical lines:

Zoram

the sons of Ishmael

The descendants of these 8 genealogical lines were called*, as their surnames:

Laman-Lehi, or just Laman, known as Lamanites

Laman-Lemuel-Lehi, or just Laman-Lemuel, known as Lamanites and also as Lemuelites

Laman-Ishmael, known as Lamanites and also as Ishmaelites

Nephi-Lehi, known as Nephites and including both Sam’s (2 Ne. 4:11) and Nephi’s lines

Nephi-Jacob-Lehi, known as Nephites and also as Jacobites

Nephi-Joseph-Lehi, known as Nephites and also as Josephites

Nephi-Zoram, known as Nephites and also as Zoramites

Thus, the Jacobites, Josephites, and Zoramites were also called Nephites or the people of Nephi, because they actually had the name of Nephi as part of their surname.  And the Lemuelites and Ishmaelites were also called Lamanites for the same reason.

This custom of incorporating the name of the person whose path you followed into your surname was done throughout the entire Book of Mormon history.  Only when a name was incorporated into the surname does the text use -ite or “people of.”  Thus, those who believed in the teachings of Nehor are never called Nehorites or “the people of” Nehor.  It is merely stated that they were of the order of Nehor, or of the order of the Nehors.  This is because the name Nehor was not part of their surname.  On the other hand, the Amlicites/Amalekites had incorporated Amlici’s name into their surname.  The Amalickiahites did the same thing with the name of Amalickiah, and so did the Zoramites with the name of Zoram, and the Ammonihahites with the name of Ammonihah, and the Amulonites with the name of Amulon.  In like fashion, the people of Morianton had Morianton’s name in their surname, and the people of Zarahemla had Zarahemla in their surname.  Likewise also the Jaredites or people of Jared, and also the people of Nephihah.

However, there is no mention of Mulekites in the Book of Mormon.  And why is that?  Because the people of Zarahemla had Zarahemla in their surname, not Mulek.  We ignorant Gentiles, not understanding the use of -ites and “people of,” routinely and erroneously call Zarahemla’s people “Mulekites.”

Now, the city of Lehi-Nephi was called Lehi-Nephi because it was founded by two men (instead of the usual singular man): a guy named Lehi and his son Nephi.  Another city, called Ani-Anti, was also founded by two men: a guy named Ani and another guy named Anti.  The founders got the privilege of having their names incorporated into the surnames of their descendants, who were the people that occupied the land or city.

When the Lamanite converts wanted a name to distinguish themselves from the rest of the Lamanite population, they consulted with Aaron, and came up with Anti-Nephi-Lehi.  This took the surname of the descendants of Nephi and Sam (Nephi-Lehi) and incorporated the name of the founder or the leader (or the king) of their group, whose name was Anti, into it.  The new leader (the king’s son), was called after his father, Anti, and bore the new surname, Nephi-Lehi.  All who followed the king’s son, then, took his name as their surname, being called Anti-Nephi-Lehies.  This, of course, made the surrounding Lamanites quite upset, since this was a decidedly Nephite designation.  These “Lamanites” had lost their “Lamanitish-ness,” yet they were still residing in Lamanite territory.  They had not only given up Lamanite ways, but had given up the Laman-Lehi, Laman-Lemuel-Lehi and Laman-Ishmael designations (Alma 23:17)!  To the surrounding Lamanites, this appeared to be a Nephite invasion under the guise of preaching a religion.

The Anti-Nephi-Lehies, after they moved into Nephite territory, were called by the Nephites, Ammon-Nephi-Lehi, not Anti-Nephi-Lehi.  This is why the text says they were called (by the Nephites), Ammonites, or the people of Ammon.  The curse was lifted from these people (Alma 23:18), so their sons no longer had the dark skin and they fully identified as Nephites (Alma 53:16).

Dissenters from the Nephites always removed the name of Nephi from their surnames, replacing it with the name of a new man they followed.  Zoram and the Zoramites (Alma 30:59 & 31:1-8) are a prime example of this.  The removal of Nephi’s name from the surname was part of a curse put on Nephi’s enemies by God (Alma 3:17).  Conversely, the addition of Nephi’s name to one’s surname allowed the Lord to bless that person as if he or she were Nephi’s people (Alma 3:17).

The information in this post may be important for a couple of reasons.  First, anyone who wants to lay hold of the promises of the Lord to Nephi concerning those who are called by his name, need to do as the converted Lamanites did, and change their surname from whatever it currently is to one of the four Nephite designations: Nephi-Lehi, Nephi-Jacob-Lehi, Nephi-Joseph-Lehi or Nephi-Zoram.  Or, at the very least, the name Nephi needs to be added to one’s surname, such as Nephi-Smith, Nephi-Cowdery, etc.  Secondly, the appearance of the Josephite restorer may be a little easier to perceive if the man’s surname must be: Nephi-Joseph-Lehi.

Now, concerning that Josephite restorer, you will notice that Lehi said the following:

and his name shall be called after me

and it shall be after the name of his father  (2 Ne. 3:15)

Now, the surname Nephi-Joseph-Lehi has both the names of Joseph and Lehi in it, so regardless of whether the above text is interpreted as Lehi quoting Joseph, or Lehi issuing his own prophecy, the surname fits, for Nephi-Joseph-Lehi is called both after Joseph and also after Lehi.  One more thing—and I will use myself as an example—people are assigned two names: at least one given name and also a surname.  My given name is the same name as the given name of my biological father.  Our surnames are also the same.  So, let’s say that my given name is Philip and so is his.  If I were to change my last name to Nephi-Joseph-Lehi, then this prophecy might apply to me, for then my surname (Nephi-Joseph-Lehi) would be called after both Joseph and Lehi, fulfilling the first part of the prophecy, and the second part, which says,

and it [his name, meaning his surname] shall be after the name of his father  (2 Ne. 3:15)

also is fulfilled because my (new) surname, Nephi-Joseph-Lehi, is now after the name of my father, for now my name is Philip Nephi-Joseph-Lehi, and Philip is the name of my father.  A bit of clever word work, I admit, but it still makes the prophecy fit, which means that our usual interpretation of this passage, that it is always referring to a given name and not to a surname, may be incorrect.  This is because in the Nephite tradition, being called after someone else could refer to either being given the same given name as that person (Helaman 5:6—Nephi & Lehi), or having that person’s given name incorporated into one’s surname (Helaman 5:6—Nephi Nephi-Lehi & Lehi Nephi-Lehi).

This opens up the possibility that the Josephite restorer may have any given name whatsoever, such as Richard, Harold, Stephen, etc.  The only important thing is that his father also have the same given name and that his surname be Nephi-Joseph-Lehi, or, at the very least, Joseph-Lehi.

Now, having written all of this, everyone can now start the process of legally changing their surnames so that the prophecy of there being Nephites again in the land (2 Ne. 29:13) can begin to be fulfilled.  ;)

[*  Please see the Slight post correction and additional info section found in the second comment below.]

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Tithing the Widow’s Mites


It may be because tithing settlement is upcoming in my local ward, but I recently had my attention drawn to a particular story in the scriptures.  To be frank, I know that my position with how I relate to the church is idiosyncratic.  My opinion about the present order of things is far too critical for most of my mainstream peers [I admit they’re problems with how Mormonism is governed by the men in Salt Lake and I admit there are alternate ways for people to legitimately be “LDS”] — but I’m far too generous for any among the critical crowd [I believe that the LDS church is literally the true church of Jesus Christ and don’t support an “All is lost, corrupt-apostasy, JUMP ship” view of things].

In any event, this last week I was reminded of the story of the widow and her two pennies.  At a point when Jesus had already condemned the religious establishment of his day as corrupt,

woe unto you
scribes and
pharisees
hypocrites!

and when he had already tossed his hands up in derision at the apostasy he saw present in the management of God’s temple,

behold
your house is left unto you desolate
and truly I say unto you
you shall not see me
until the time come when you shall say

blessed is he
that comes in the name of YHVH

the scriptures say that:

he looked up
and saw rich men casting their gifts into the treasury
and he saw also a certain poor widow
casting in two pennies
and he said

truly I say unto you
that this poor widow has cast in more than they all
for all these have given
of their abundance unto the offerings of God
but she
out of her poverty
has cast in all of the living that she had

Here we see Jesus referring to what was obviously an abused receptacle of money as “the offerings of God”.  Here we see Jesus approving of an impoverished widow submitting what little money she had into the coffers of a corrupt and wealthy religious establishment.

To me, the same applies to the criticisms that people make about things like the encouraging of leader-worship, relying on the corrupt works of our own efforts, the lack prophecy and revelation coming from the men sustained as prophets and revelators, using the tithing funds to have sufficient for our needs and then investing the difference for usury, etc., etc.

Do I think such concerns are valid?  Absolutely.  But it is my belief that it is still the church of God that is doing those things.  We have not ceased to be the Lord’s people because of these condemnable works.  The church of Christ can remain “true” while being “dead” and “damned” [see D&C 84:54-57].

For the last couple years, there’s been a lot of attention on blogs about the “corporate Church”, [the “Church™” as opposed to “the church”, etc.] — and more especially since the whole City Creek Center things was announced, built, and opened.  Although it is true that none of us [except Thomas Monson] is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints™ corporation — it is my understanding that every latter-day saint was confirmed a member of “the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints.”

While we know how to spell the name of the corporate Church, including where the capitalization and the dash goes [it’s a trademarked letterhead and defined in the corporate charter] — on the other, the name of the Lord’s true church is never spelled, it is only spoken as hands are laid on a person’s head and they are confirmed a member of it and commanded to receive the Holy Ghost.  This latter church may, or may not, contain a dash and capitalization — we don’t know.

When the Lord refers to his “church”, it is always in reference to a living body of people — not to some non-existent, non-living, non-corporeal, legal corporate entity.  That’s why you see Jesus not giving a hoot whether the temple treasury where the widow was submitting her pennies was “corrupt” or not.

Of real concern to me, is not the corruption and break-up of the corporate LDS Church — but the corruption and break-up of the latter day church [meaning seeing the members dividing into a plurality of separate, wicked churches].  That is where my focus is, on the LDS church — on the people.  We cannot call the LDS church [people] out of the LDS Church [the corporation], because they were never a part of it to begin with [the Church President is always ever the only member].

We, like the widow that Jesus observed, must assert our rights as confirmed members of “the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints” and turn the tide in the Lord’s favor — allowing for the wicked and corrupt influences to be exposed in the open light, right smack in the middle of the church, where observant people can be influenced, so that they can make an informed decision as to who they will follow [whether that be Jesus Christ or other men].

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Judging


“Judge not…” ≠ Make no judgements:

By far, the most quoted scripture among those who don’t believe the scriptures to be the word of God is:

judge not
that you not be judged

That is because they assume that it means something along the lines of “just live and let live” — or that it means God doesn’t want anybody making any judgements about anything … ever.

Then shalt thou see clearly:

This interpretation ignores the fact that many times in the scriptures, the saints are admonished to make lots of judgements:

wherefore
by their fruits will you know [“judge” or “discern”] them
not every one that says to me

Lord
Lord

shall enter into the kingdom of heaven
but only the one that does the will of my father
which is in heaven

or

do you not know that the saints shall judge the world?

It takes a sense of discernment and judgement to tell whether the fruits of a plant are grapes/figs or are thorns/thistles.  If we were not the judge at all, then how could we know the “tree” by its “fruits”?

Judge not that you not be judged” means — “Do not judge others by a measure you are not willing to be judged by yourself,” and this is because:

for with what judgment you judge
you shall be judged
and with what measure you mete
it shall be measured to you again

We should not give into the natural inclination to be harsher towards the motives of others than we are to our own motives.  We should be just a willing to think of the best of another as we are likely to think the best of ourselves.

The imagery in the above scriptures suggests that we should not be stingy with our weights-and-measures at the marketplace.  As Luke renders the same quote:

give
and it shall be given to you
good measure
pressed down
and shaken together
and running over
this is what others will give into your bosom
for with the same measure that you mete
with it shall it be that which is measured to you again

The marketplace is the metaphor used to describe how we should approach our dealings with others (in terms of judging them).  If you are critical or stingy, then God will be equally harsh against you and your conscience.  If you are liberal, are willing to give a generous “measure”, pressed-down in the measuring cup and flowing over — then God will be equally likely to assume the best intentions in you.

The saints are, in fact, taught exactly how to make sure they are fit to judge in the mote/beam parable.  It says:

why do you behold the mote in another’s eye
but fail to discern the beam in your own eye?
how can you say to another

let me pull out the mote that is in your eye

when you have failed to discern the beam that is in your own eye?
you hypocrite
first cast out the beam from your own eye
and then you will see clearly enough to pull out the mote in the other’s eye.

The saints are supposed to judge the “mote”, if it is truly there.  The only point that Jesus was making was that we should take care of our own “beams” first — before we attempt the removal of another’s “motes”.

Hell is filled with judgers/condemners and Heaven with those willing to let it go:

Luke renders the teaching of Matthew 5:48 as:

be ye therefore merciful
as your father also is merciful

… exchanging the word “perfect” for the word “merciful”.

The idea of our Father in heaven being “merciful” or “liberal” or “quick to forgive” fits in with the teaching that saints are to:

judge not
and you shall not be judged
condemn not
and you shall not be condemned
forgive
and you shall be forgiven

We are to be quick to think the best in others [rather than the worst] and quick to forgive others when they offend against us.  Hell will be filled with those who refused to “let it go” whenever they felt wronged — who got swept away in their feelings for justice.  We all have moments where we hope others will “let us slide” and assume the best intentions in us — and the only way to ensure God will be that merciful with us is to be just as liberal in our judgements of others.

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Equality


Scriptures using the word “equality”:

for I mean not that other people be eased
while you are burdened
but by an equality
that now
at this time
your abundance may be a supply for their want
that their abundance also may be a supply for your want
that there may be equality

2 Corinthians 8:13-14

and

and when the priests left their labor
to impart the word of god unto the people
the people also left their labors to hear the word of god
and when the priest had imparted unto them the word of god
they all returned again diligently unto their labors
and the priest
not esteeming himself above his hearers
for the preacher was no better than the hearer
neither was the teacher any better than the learner
and thus they were all equal
and they did all labor
every man according to his strength

Alma 1:26

and

that you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things
yea
and earthly things also
for the obtaining of heavenly things
for if you are not equal in earthly things
then you cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things
for if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world
you must prepare yourselves
by doing the things which I have commanded you
and required of you

D&C 78:5-7

Questions:

Does God care about equality?

  • If so, in what way do they care about it?

Does God care about fairness?

  • If so, in what way?

How are the answers affected by the definitions of:

  • equity = The quality of being equal, even-handed dealing, what is fair and right.
  • justice = The maintenance of what is correct or proper, the giving of deserved consequences.
  • righteousness = The state of being just or true, conforming to the accepted standards of law

for the kingdom of god is not food and drink
but righteousness
and peace
and joy in the holy spirit

Romans 14:17

but seek first the kingdom of god
and his righteousness
and all these things shall be added unto you

Matthew 6:33

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A Small Stone


The scriptures describe the acts of God being accomplished by “small” and “simple” means – meaning that great and miraculous effects are often brought about through seemingly insignificant causes.  A simple example of this principle is in the actions that have been done though the use of a small stone.  An arrangement of organic materials and minerals, yet in many cases, they can bring marvelous things to pass.

Show your faith:

and it came to pass
that the brother of Jared

did molten out of a rock
sixteen small stones
and they were white and clear
even as transparent glass
and he did carry them in his hands
upon the top of the mount
and cried again unto YHVH
saying

O YHVH
look upon me in pity
and turn away your anger from your people
and suffer not that they shall go forth
across this raging deep
in darkness
but
behold these things
which I have molten out of the rock
and I know
O YHVH
that you have all power
and can do whatsoever you will
for the benefit of humankind
therefore
touch these stones
O YHVH
with thy finger
and prepare them
that they may shine forth
in darkness
and they shall shine forth
unto us
in the vessels which we have prepared
that we may have light
while we shall cross the sea
behold
O YHVH
you can do this
we know that you are able to show forth great power
which looks small to the understanding of men

We can take something small and simple, offer it to the Lord in faith [trusting that He will do anything that His people ask of Him in faith], and have that thing transformed into the very thing we require.

Slay your enemies:

and it came to pass
when the Philistine arose
and came and drew nigh to meet David
that David hurried
and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine
and David put his hand in his bag
and took from inside a stone
and slung it
and smote the Philistine in his forehead
that the stone sunk into his forehead
and he fell upon his face to the earth
so David prevailed over the Philistine
with a sling and with a stone
and smote the Philistine
and slew him
but there was no sword in the hand of David

We can turn away from the “weapons” of the world [the swords and the armor that have not been “proven”] and instead trust in the Lord to fulfill our need with the simple “stones” we are comfortable with using.

Send away your accusers:

they say unto Jesus

master
this woman was taken in adultery
in the very act
now Moses
in the law
commanded us that such should be stoned
but what do you say?

this they said
tempting him
that they might have reason to accuse him
but Jesus stooped down
and with his finger wrote on the ground
as though he heard them not
so when they continued asking him
he lifted up himself
and said unto them

he that is without sin
among you
let him first cast a stone at her

and again he stooped down
and continued writing on the ground
and they which heard it
being convicted by their own conscience
went out one by one
until Jesus was left alone
and the woman standing in the midst
when Jesus had lifted himself up
and saw none but the woman
he said unto her

woman
where are those who had accused you?
is there no man to condemn you?

she said

no man
lord

and Jesus said unto her

neither do I condemn you
go
and sin no more

The principle upon which the atonement works is that only accusers will be accused and only condemners will be condemned. Using a simple stone, the atonement can remove any and all accusers – leaving a sinner, sitting alone with Jesus and forgiven.

All of this done by the small and simple means of a stone.

then the white stone
mentioned in Revelation 2:17
will become a urim and thummim
to each individual who receives one
whereby things pertaining to a higher order of kingdoms
will be made known
and a white stone is given
to each of those who come into the celestial kingdom
whereon is a new name written
which no one knows except the person that received it
the new name is the key word

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The brides of Satan


It’s been much too quiet on this blog the last few months, so methinks I’ll stir the pot somewhat and give a little taste of some of the new stuff I’ve been mulling over.

Here is a comparison between heavenly Father’s plan and the one espoused by Lucifer:

Under God’s plan:

Most souls would be saved, some would be lost.

Under Lucifer’s plan:

All souls would be saved.

Under God’s plan:

Moral agency (freedom to choose good and evil) would be retained.

Under Lucifer’s plan:

Moral agency would be removed.

Under God’s plan:

Salvation would be guaranteed on conditions of faith in Jesus Christ and repentance.  (Faith and repentance would be required.)

Under Lucifer’s plan:

Salvation would be guaranteed without conditions.  (Faith and repentance would not be required.)

Under God’s plan:

Mankind would sin and fall.

Under Lucifer’s plan:

Mankind would not sin and fall.

Under God’s plan:

The Only Begotten (Jesus Christ) would come down to earth and suffer and die to atone for sin, saving only those who exercised faith unto repentance.

Under Lucifer’s plan:

The Only Begotten (Lucifer) would come down to earth and, using his almighty power, take full control, saving all mankind.

Under God’s plan:

The potential inheritance would include 3 kingdoms of glory, 1 kingdom without glory (outer darkness), the opportunity to become either gods, angels or devils, and a hierarchy of men over women (see 1 Cor. 11:3) and husbands over wives (see Eph. 5:23).

Under Lucifer’s plan

The potential inheritance would consist of 2 degrees of glory, the top degree inhabited by Lucifer alone as the one singular god and the bottom degree inhabited by everyone else, with full equality for everyone in the bottom degree (i.e., no differentiation between men and women.)

The two plans had gender appeal

Heavenly Father’s plan appealed to male spirits, His sons.  When presented with two options, it is the nature of men to choose the one that offers the greatest return.  That would be God’s plan, which allowed the potential to become gods just like heavenly Father.  Also, spirits would be required to do something (exercise faith and repentance), giving a sense of accomplishment (however small), which men love to feel.  The plan created a challenge to overcome (sin and death) and men love challenges.  Men also love and thrive in untrammeled freedom and this plan granted moral agency.  Lastly, it created kingdoms, with men ruling as kings.  All of these things appeal specifically and directly to the masculine nature.

Lucifer’s plan appealed to female spirits, heavenly Father’s daughters.  When given two options, it is the nature of women to choose the one that appears less risky.  That would be Lucifer’s plan, which guaranteed salvation to all with absolutely no conditions required.  His plan created a sense of safety and security, which women love to feel.  All would be treated equally, with no one (but Lucifer) ruling over anyone else.  Lucifer’s plan appealed directly and specifically to the feminine nature, for women were his target audience.

Which one was the alpha male (in the eyes of women), Jesus or Lucifer?

Jesus Christ would come down in meekness and humility and would suffer and die, saving most but not all of God’s children.  He is even called the Lamb of God.

In contrast, Lucifer would come down and utilize the almighty powers of God to save every last one of us, becoming the only dominant force in existence, everything else being essentially powerless and submissive to him.  He would be very much like a wolf.

Women are by nature attracted to alpha males

Need I say more?

About that one-third that followed Satan…

The devil’s cunning plan was to get every last female spirit child of heavenly Father pair-bonded to him, giving him more than 50% of the vote, and then he could take control of the kingdom.

To explain, here is what we know: one-third of the hosts of heaven followed Lucifer and rebelled against heavenly Father, getting kicked out of heaven with him.  These spirits essentially committed spiritual suicide, suffering a spiritual death, giving all their agency to Lucifer, that he might succeed in his plan.

Now, we do not know how many of these lost (spiritually dead) spirits that went with him (the one-third) were males and how many were females, but we know that there are five possibilities:

The 1/3 were all male.

The 1/3 were all female.

The 1/3 were mixed, a majority being male and a minority being female.

The 1/3 were mixed, a majority being female and a minority being male.

The 1/3 were mixed, exactly half being male and half being female.

Given the fact that Lucifer’s plan appealed specifically and directly to female spirits and their natures and did not appeal at all to male spirits and their natures, it is logical to assume that the 1/3 were all female.

1/3 is also 2/6

Going on that assumption, some interesting things start to show up, when viewing the gospel with this in mind.  First of all, 1/3 of the host of heaven can also be expressed as the fraction 2/6.  As it is more convenient to use 2/6 to show these interesting things, this is what I’ll use from now on.

The heavenly hosts are represented by the fraction 6/6.  Everyone assumes that exactly half of heavenly Father’s children were male and half were female, and it is a good and logical assumption, so let’s go with that.  So, 3/6 were male and 3/6 were female.

Lucifer took with him 2/6 of the hosts, leaving 4/6 behind.  If those 2/6 were all female spirits, that left only 1/6 of the heavenly hosts behind that were female, along with 3/6 of the hosts that were male.  Thus, for every 1 female left behind, there were 3 males also left behind.

Again, Lucifer took 1/3 of the entire host, but 2/3 of the female host—the female host comprised 3/6 of the total and he took 2/6, or two-thirds of that portion—leaving only 1/3 of the female host behind.  This may help to explain why there is a doctrine of polyandry in the D&C 132 text.

Pair-bonding saved the rest

Lucifer, the alpha male, with the alpha male plan, went around recruiting among the female heavenly hosts.  And those who joined with him, joined with him.  In other words, these female spirits pair-bonded to him.  As more females pair-bonded to him, accepting his plan as their own plan, he would become even more attractive to the rest of the un-pair-bonded females, for alpha males always end up having the most females, and Lucifer had more than anyone else.

At some point Lucifer had acquired fully 2/6 of the heavenly hosts, which were 2/3 of the female hosts.  Why couldn’t he get the last 1/6 hosts that were female?  It may have been that while he was preaching his plan and pair-bonding with all the females listening to him, increasing his harem of wives, other females were also pair-bonding with other male spirit children of heavenly Father.  Once pair-bonded to a male spirit, a female spirit didn’t budge.  Where her male went, she went.  As these other males were for Christ, Lucifer could acquire no more female spirits, for there were no more un-bonded females.  2/6 were pair-bonded to him alone, and the other 1/6 were pair-bonded to males who followed Christ.  Thus, Lucifer was frustrated in his plan.

Now, as I stated above, had Lucifer gotten all the females, he would have been able to overpower God and wrest the kingdom away from him.  That is because 50% (all the female spirits) + 1 (Lucifer) is the tipping point.  Once he had all this agency given to him, he could overpower the rest.

Evidence that this may be correct

The endowment shows that the devil tempted Adam first and failed, but had full confidence that Eve would fall.  He then tempted Eve and succeeded.   He then got her to tempt Adam and succeeded in getting him to fall, by tempting him through his pair-bonded partner.  The devil is highly skilled at tempting and using women when they are apart from men, but he fails when they are pair-bonded and cleaving to them (for Adam and Eve clave to each other after the fall and the devil could do nothing against them.)  This shows that Satan has a very deep understanding of women and is more skilled at tempting them than at tempting men.

Another evidence is that the kingdom of the devil, called Babylon, and also the church of the devil, also called Babylon, is always spoken of in female terms.  She is the whore of all the earth, the mother of harlots, committing fornication with the nations.  It may be that this is not just symbolism, but a direct reflection of the fact that the angels of the devil, which comprise his kingdom, are all female spirits.

Now, there is more evidence I can present and many more things I can say about this, but I just wanted to give a small taste.  If I have more time I will put all the new stuff online and tie it all together, but this should be sufficient to ponder about, especially as one considers the possible implications.  Lastly, this is all conjecture.  I haven’t received revelation on this, though it does make a certain sense to me.

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