Every one of us had a perfect, wonderful and happy childhood


Old Photos

My wife recently asked me to scan in some old photos of our family.  As I looked over them, it made me once again realize how fleeting childhood is.  My kids are currently all over the childhood age spectrum.  They are all adorable to me just as they are right now, but viewing these photos and seeing how very young they were and how cute and cuddly they used to be in their earlier childhood stages, caused me to feel an acute nostalgia.  I longed for another chance at holding each one of them again in my arms, as babes and infants, or playing with them as toddlers, or watching them develop again as boys and girls.  It pained me that I wasn’t able to do that and also that my memory of those years wasn’t absolutely perfect, so as to re-live those precious experiences merely by accessing my memory.

My own childhood was very happy, but again, my memory of it is only of instances, not of continuous days, hours and minutes.  I cannot relive it by memory.  The most I can do is enjoy the childhood my kids are currently going through and to take advantage and cherish every moment I can.

Although my childhood was what I consider a happy one, it wasn’t perfectly so, of course.  None of us live perfectly happy lives, in perfect conditions.  And very many of us go through childhoods that are very far from happy, miserable even.  This is quite the shame, as childhood is so different than adulthood.  Childhood comes once and then is gone forever, whereas adulthood comes and stays with you throughout the eternities.

To have experienced a rotten childhood is such a bummer.  A child is the most alive creature on the planet and deserves to be around adults who are also alive and vibrant.  Often, though, life turns adults sour and adults take out that sourness on everyone around them, including the children.  This is unfortunate because once the sparkle of childhood, which can be seen in each child’s eyes and in their smile, is gone, it is gone forever.

At least, that is the conventional view.  My understanding is a bit different.

Memory of Mortality

When I was eighteen years old, I was once praying to God about something and in the midst of the prayer the Holy Ghost responded.  I cannot recall what I was praying about, but I do recall the communication.  It made quite the impression on me because it was the first time I had received anything from the Spirit while praying.  Here I was talking to God and then I get interrupted by a message.  Anyway, the Spirit told me that, by divine design,  our memory during mortality was not perfect.  She told me that the ability to forget was a gift of God given to us during our mortal existence, so that the purposes of God would not be thwarted.  Apparently, a perfect mortal memory, meaning a perfect memory of mortality, or of our mortal existence, would create tremendous guilt in mankind and we, having a perfect remembrance during mortality of all the bad things we’d done, would, essentially, end our lives.  Guilt, apparently, if it cannot be removed from one’s brain or mind or heart, is an unquenchable fire that destroys humanity.  Mankind self-destructs if faced with non-stop, perfectly rememberd guilt.  The atonement has power to remove that guilt, but much of mankind does not apply the atonement, or does not know of it, therefore, if mankind had a perfect memory here on earth Satan would conquer all and frustrate the plans of God.  The Spirit explained to me, then, that God had given us the ability to forget with the passage of time and the inability to recall things perfectly, to extend the lives of man upon the earth, giving them the opportunity to learn of the gospel and accept the atonement.

Again, I don’t recall exactly what I was praying about, but I think I was praying about memory, which is why I got this answer.  At any rate, I remember I was satisfied by this answer, and I was content to not have a perfect memory during mortality.

Memory of Pre-Mortality

We are all taught that there was a veil of forgetfulness placed upon us before we were born here on Earth.  This is why we cannot remember our pre-mortal existence.  This veil of forgetfulness allows us to exercise faith in the Lord because it takes away our memories of Him.  If we all had perfect memories of our pre-mortal existence, there would be no test or trial.  Mortality would be as easy to pass as if we were still living in God’s presence, for with a perfect memory of our life there, sin would hold no temptation to us here.  So, God temporarily took away our memory of our life there, so that we wouldn’t be influenced in our decisions here.  This veil of forgetfulness appears to have been placed upon our spirits, or spiritual bodies.  In other words, the veil of forgetfulness is not an aspect of our physical, mortal bodies.  On the other hand, I learned from the Spirit that God made our physical, mortal bodies in such a way as to limit our mortal memories.  In other words, the faulty or imperfect memory we have here during mortality is a result of the physicality connected to our spirits, the physical clothing acting as a dampener of the spiritual senses, limiting what we can see and perceive (and remember) through the spiritual senses.

The Restoration of All Memories

In the resurrection, we get our memories back.  We’ll remember both our pre-mortal existence perfectly and also our mortal experiences perfectly.  The immortal bodies we receive will have the intentional limitation that was placed there taken out, so as to be able to recall every instance of our lives, back to the very starting day when we first came into existence.  The blood of Christ will have been applied to everyone who inherits the kingdom of God (any of the three glories), so there will be no more guilt upon us and it will be expedient to see the sum of our lives finally.

Again, this happens in the resurrection, not in upon death.  Upon death, we all will enter into the spirit world, some of us going to paradise, others to spirit prison.  Without the physical body, the limitation that the body imposed upon our spirits concerning the dampening of the senses, including the memory, will be lifted, so that all will be able to sense fully, with perfect remembrance of every instance of their mortal lives.  Those with unrepentant guilt will have that guilt ignited into a fire that will consume them until they accept the gospel and repent, while those who have already repented will have peace of mind.  Unlike mortality, the guilt felt by the unrepentant sinners in the spirit world will not cause them to take their lives, for they cannot die, being immortal spirits, but it will merely give them the misery associated with the suffering of the damned, with gnashing of teeth, etc., until they repent and obtain the relief brought by the blood of Christ and forgiveness of sin.

The spirits in prison or in paradise, although possessing a perfect memory of their mortal existence, will still not remember their pre-mortal existence, as the veil of forgetfulness was placed upon their spirit bodies and will not be lifted until the resurrection.  Because of this, missionary work still needs to be done among the spirits in prison, for, if they could remember their pre-mortal existence, they would also be able to remember the plan of salvation and all that we learned then, and would have no need of missionaries preaching to them.  Their memories would be a sufficient preacher.  However, while residing in the spirit world, prior to the resurrection, nobody will recall their pre-mortal existence.

Two childhoods

Childhood being such a special time of life, one of the blessings that God has in store for each of His children is the restoration of the memory of their mortal childhood.  Now, that can be both good and bad.  Good if you had a happy childhood, bad if you were abused or otherwise had a miserable childhood.  However, He’s got that covered, too.

In the heavens, we also had a childhood.  Unlike our earthly parents, our heavenly Parents did everything right.  They provided the best environment, full of love and opportunities to learn and grow.  Whereas our mortal childhood is fleeting, our heavenly childhood lasted a veritable eternity.  We were perfectly happy in every sense of the word.  We enjoyed our siblings, our environment, the animals and other creations of God, the beauty seen everywhere, our own spirit bodies and those of others, and most especially, we enjoyed our Parents.  They were perfect in every way.  Every expression they had, ever word they spoke, every action they took, was perfectly calculated to make their children happy.  We were ectatic in their presence.  They understood how special childhood is and did not let time slip away from them.  They enjoyed our childhood as much as we did.

No comparison

Take the happiest child in the world, or the adults who claim to have had the happiest children of all and compare them with the childhood we all had in the heavens and we’d all see that there is no comparison.  The heavenly childhood lasted virtually an eternity.  In comparison, here it is less than an instant.  There we had all our needs taken care of, with perfect bodies, with unlimited opportunities and an infinite number of new things to confront our senses.  It was a continuous marvel of new wonders 24-hours a day, non-stop.  Imagine a kid in such a situation!  He or she would be giddy with excitement.  Such was our heavenly childhood.  Here, as children we have the same inclinations of wonder at all the new things, but rarely do we get to indulge ourselves in wonder and excitement.  Mostly, children are taught here to conform to the rules, not to explore their world.  Children often don’t have their needs taken care of.  Many are in loveless or abusive environments.  And many have imperfect bodies, being lame, blind, mutilated, etc.  Still, the spirit inside is a child and thus, is holy and heavenly, having come from a place of wonder.

Additionally, children here on earth have their adulthood forced upon them.  They get to a certain age and their bodies forcibly change them into an adult.  There is nothing they can do about it.  In yonder heavens, though, we had untramelled agency.  Want to stay a child?  Okay, stay a child for as long as you want.  Want to become an adult? (and the adult of our species is called a god, with reproductive capabilities), well, okay, you can go through the process of becoming an adult by being born into a physical, mortal body and then following the plan of salvation.  This is why our heavenly childhood was of a seemingly endless duration.  Every child placed into such a heavenly situation would voluntarily choose to stay in that state for an exceedingly long time, a veritable eternity.  Only when we had had our fill of being children, having reached the point of learning and playing that the next new wonders were with adulthood, only then did we have the desire to become an adult, and only then did we leave behind our heavenly childhood and enter mortality to begin the process.  Due to the quantity of new wonders in heaven, our heavenly childhood must have been mindboggingly long and exciting.  Any way you look at it, the heavenly childhood was superior to what we experience here.

When our memories come back

In the resurrection, we all will remember our heavenly childhood and will be able to re-live it, through our perfect memory, over and over again.  That memory will bring us so much joy and will wipe away or overpower any sorrow we might have felt about our mortal childhood.  Everyone, then, is going to get the memories of the perfect childhood.  With the perfect Parents.  And the perfect environment.  The Lord, in His mercy and foreknowledge, in this way can mend our broken mortal childhood memories and give us something infinitely better.

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New Hampshire Fires First Shot Of Civil War by passing Resolution


The following email was forwarded to me… I thought it might be of interest to some viewers of this blog

— On Wed, 6/16/10, Kuerno De Chivo <kuernodec….@….com >
From: Kuerno De Chivo <kuernodec….@….com>
Subject: New Hampshire (not Texas) Fires First Shot Of Civil War?
To:
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 11:13 PM
This is pretty incredible.  As I did my last news search for the night I found this article (over a week old).
Let’s see if they really put any teeth behind this as the intention is surprisingly clear!

http://69.84.25.250/blogger/post/New-Hampshire-Fires-First-Shot-Of-Civil-War-by-passing-Resolution-Immediately-Voiding-Several-Federal-Laws.aspx

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2009/HCR0006.html

New Hampshire Fires First Shot Of Civil War by passing  Resolution Immediately Voiding Several Federal Laws,

Threatens Counterstrike Against Federal “Breach Of Peace”

6/6/2010 Posted By Pat Dollard.

The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step Monday by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a “breach of peace” with the states themselves that risks nullifying the Constitution.”

This act by New Hampshire is a clear warning to the federal government that they could face being stripped of their power by the States (presumably through civil war!).

The remarkable document outlines with perfect clarity, some basics long forgotten. For instance, it reminds Congress “That the Constitution of the United States, having delegated to Congress a power to punish treason, counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States, piracies, and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations, slavery, and no other crimes whatsoever;. . . . . therefore all acts of Congress which assume to create, define, or punish crimes, other than those so enumerated in the Constitution are altogether void, and of no force;”

Federal gun crime laws? Void. Federal drug crime laws? Void. The gazzillion other federal criminal laws that deal with anything other than the specific enumerated crimes? ALL VOID.

One would think that if any lawyer anywhere in the entire country was worth his salt, all federal criminal trials would have ended years ago. This seems to prove that most lawyers are dullards.

New Hampshire deals a complete death blow to the pending federal hate crimes legislation by pointing out “That, therefore, all acts of Congress of the United States which do abridge the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, are not law, but are altogether void, and of no force;

. . . . .”
Later in the Resolution, New Hampshire makes clear what the feds are now risking if they proceed further: The removal of all powers from the federal government by the States!

Quoting directly from the Resolution: [“That any Act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United States of America or Judicial Order by the Judicatories of the United States of America which assumes a power not delegated to the government of United States of America by the Constitution for the United States of America and which serves to diminish the liberty of the any of the several States or their citizens shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution for the United States of America by the government of the United States of America. Acts which would cause such a nullification include, but are not limited to:

I. Establishing martial law or a state of emergency within one of the States comprising the United States of America without the consent of the legislature of that State.

II. Requiring involuntary servitude, or governmental service other than a draft during a declared war, or pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.

III. Requiring involuntary servitude or governmental service of persons under the age of 18 other than pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.

IV. Surrendering any power delegated or not delegated to any corporation or foreign government.

V. Any act regarding religion; further limitations on freedom of political speech; or further limitations on freedom of the press.

VI. Further infringements on the right to keep and bear arms including prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition; and That should any such act of Congress become law or Executive Order or Judicial Order be put into force, all powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution for the United States shall revert to the several States individually. Any future government of the United States of America shall require ratification of three quarters of the States seeking to form a government of the United States of America and shall not be binding upon any State not seeking to form such a government; and That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the house clerk to the President of the United States, each member of the United States Congress, and the presiding officers of each State’s legislature.”]

I am wary of the priestcraft among us


Ancient Priestcraft defined by Nephi

He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion. (2 Ne. 26: 29)

Modern Priestcraft demonstrated by an Imaginary Interview

Bob the Interviewer:  Our guest today is a distinguished member of the Latter-day Saint community, Brother Harold P. Kraft.  He is the author of seven top-selling books published by Deseret Books.  He has served as president of the Lofty Heights Stake, 3 times bishop of the his home ward in Ammatoast, Colorado and is currently on the stake high council.  In addition to these high and holy callings, he also has taught both Gospel Essentials, Gospel Doctrine and also the temple classes in his area over the past 15 years.  He has multiple degrees from BYU, BYU-Hawaii and also from Ricks.  He was often on the Especially for Youth circuit and is a frequent Fireside speaker.  When not at home with his lovely blonde wife and four beautiful children (and I must say, from this picture I’m looking at, they have marvelous teeth), he travels around giving symposiums and lectures to mostly LDS audiences.  He is a frequent contributor to Sunstone, Moonstone and Starstone, and has even been featured on Seerstone and the Jupiter Talisman Daily.  By profession he is a lawyer.  Well, I think that intro about says it all.  Thank you, Brother Kraft, for taking the time to come on this program!

Brother Harold P. Kraft:  It is my pleasure, Bob.  I love your show.

Bob:  Where do we start?  There’s so much ground to cover.

Kraft: Well, we could pattern the interview after the Lord’s holy word and start, “In the beginning…”

Bob:  Ha!  Yes, and what a beginning it was.  You must have been a special child.

Kraft:  No, not really.  I started out quite average, but then as time went on the Lord blessed me.

Bob: He certainly did!  You really took to the gospel!

Kraft: I really took to the gospel.  Yes, it became my life, my focus, my obsession.  After being a stake president and bishop and teaching all those years, well, you begin to develop an understanding, you know.

Bob: Oh, certainly!  And your understanding of the gospel is so profound!

Kraft: Yes, well, like I said, it didn’t start out that way.  Over time, as you accumulate more and more gospel knowledge, you just sort of get this desire to share what you have obtained from the Lord with others.  He inspires you to share.  I just acted on an impulse.

Bob: Thank the Lord you did!  Your first book, The Lord Has Saved Me: He Can Save You, Too, really hit home for me.  It was a home run.  It was just what I wanted to hear.

Kraft: A lot of people said the same thing to me.  I received thousands of emails and letters on that one and many were saying that it was like a revelation to them.  They wanted to be saved.  They said that that book was what placed them on the path to salvation.  I’m so glad to have written it.  It has done so much good in this world.

Bob: The way you explained how you are saved, and how we all could be like you, saved, that is, it really was incredible.

Kraft: Yes, well, when I realized I was saved and that I had saving knowledge, meaning that I possessed knowledge that if others possessed it, they, also, could be saved, well, of course as a follower of the Savior I had to write that book.  It was the only charitable thing I could do, sharing with others this saving knowledge.  And it sold well.

Bob: It sold amazingly well!  It stayed on the Deseret Books bestselling list until your second book came out.  Absolutely incredible!

Kraft: Yes, I didn’t expect such a reception, but then I did price it to sell, only $29.97 a book, so it was almost like giving it away.

Bob: Now, I’m sure our listeners want to know, what made you write the second book?

Kraft: After the first book sold like hotcakes, I realized that perhaps I needed to lay down my professional career, which, as you said, is law, and take a different path, one that was more in line with the Savior’s teachings.  I realized that what I really wanted to do was teach the people, explain to them what the Lord had shown me over the years, that perhaps my words might be of spiritual benefit to people, instead of just a legal benefit.  So, I wanted to write a second book, but I needed the time to do it and the legal profession did not afford me that time.  So I took a leave of absence to dedicate my time to writing.

Bob: This was a risky venture, was it not?

Kraft: It was.  The first book sold so well that we ended up buying a much bigger house with more land upon which to raise up a family to our Lord, a larger SUV with which to transport the family to signing events, etc., so I had larger payments to deal with, but I was confident that my dedication to teaching the word would pay off.

Bob: And pay off it did!

Kraft: Yes, the word of God truly is marvelous to behold growing.   That second book sold better than the first one.  We were able to provide much more to our family than before, than with my legal job.  But all of that is just the icing on the cake.  The cake were the lives changed by that book!

Bob: Now, the second book, and for our listeners, that book was called, The Secret Knowledge that No One Knows Except Me and Jesus, But I’ll Tell You Anyway!, that book I couldn’t put it down.

Kraft: No one could.  I had people jokingly tell me I ought to run for prophet.  They kept saying to me, “It’s like the Savior is back!  You’ve brought the Savior back!”  Of course, that’s just silly.  I am just a lowly mortal.  I did nothing.  The Lord did everything through me and my nothingness.

Bob: What’s amazing is that the second book cost more than the first, yet sold better.  How do you explain that?

Kraft: I realized that the people hungered for more than what they were getting at church and I realized that they wanted what I could offer them.  So I offered them more, more pages, more words.  The book was almost twice the size of the first one, at 789 pages, so I had to make the price commensurate.  I think it sold for $39.97 or something like that, so although the book was double in size, it’s price was not.  I was giving them a better deal, something really for nothing.  People recognized the generosity, I think.  They saw it for what it was, a Christlike attitude in trying to get the word out.  As a result, they bought many copies to send to their sons and daughters, etc.

Bob: It was that second book that pretty much made you an overnight sensation with the Latter-day Saints.

Kraft: Yes, although we don’t have celebrity status in the church, the General Authorities are as close as you can come to that, after that book I was essentially held in regard as a “G.A.. without the office.”  My book even sold more copies than all the G.A.-authored books on the stand!  It was hard not having any privacy and always being asked so many gospel questions, as if I had the answer to all the questions, but I did my best.  Still there were too many to answer.

Bob: Is that when you got the three book deal?

Kraft: Yes.  Deseret approached me and I told them I had a lot of unanswered emails and questions and that I could write three more books with it.  They loved the idea.

Bob: And so we got, Answers to Your Gospel Questions, More Answers to Your Gospel Questions and Even More Answers to Your Gospel Questions.  The titles were catchy. I mean, who doesn’t want answers to their gospel questions?

Kraft: Exactly.  I felt, the Lord had freely given to me answers, I ought to share them with others.

Bob: You went into topics that no one dared enter.  I mean, there are people saying that your Answers trilogy is comparable to the effect that Mormon Doctrine had on the church.

Kraft: Time will tell, but so far it looks that way.

Bob: Your latest book is a change of topics, of sort.  You still talk of the gospel, but you narrow it down to missionary work.  In fact, you speak directly to the prospective missionary and current missionary, and also the member who wants to preach the gospel, giving him or her what they need to succeed and this most important aspect of the church missions.  Why the change?

Kraft: My books are directed to a Latter-day Saint audience.  The non-Latter-day Saint has no interest in what I say, which is sad, as they could really benefit from what I’ve written.  There are only so many LDS in this church.  If everyone one of them buys my books, great for them, but what about all the other people on the planet?  Shouldn’t they have access to this information, too?  But, although they can buy the book, they won’t because they aren’t LDS.  So, we must convert these people to bring them to a knowledge of the wonderful gospel.  Then they will be ready to learn the things I’ve written.

Bob: It is fascinating how your mind works!  Bring them to the simple gospel of Christ and then you teach them the profound doctrines in the marvelous manner you have performed with your books.

Kraft: Of course.  But I don’t want to wait for that to happen.  I want to do my part to make it happen, as quickly as it can, for the more hands I can get these inspired books into, the more people’s lives will be changed.  So, I wrote a book on how to be more effective missionaries.

Bob: The title of the book is, Missionaries on Steriods: How Knowing Answers to Gospel Questions will Convert the World.  In this book, you refer extensively to the Answers trilogy and how to use that trilogy in conjunction with the Standard Works to win converts.

Kraft: Obviously, I couldn’t quote the entire trilogy.  The missionary will have to get himself his own copies, but I give enough examples to show that the Answers trilogy is sufficient to make every missionary confident that they are the teachers, that they are to teach and not be taught, that they have the answers and no one else does.  This confidence is necessary and the answers, also, in order to instill confidence in the investigator that they are being taught by knowledgeable people.  They need to know that you know what you are talking about.  With the Answers trilogy, you now know what you are talking about and can answer any question.

Bob: I hear some missionaries are now relying almost exclusively on the Answers trilogy and setting aside their scriptures.

Kraft: Yes, I have heard that, too.  Although I don’t recommend that people do that, it may make for a better Topical Guide or Index or Guide to the Scriptures.  I cannot in good faith recommend that anyone use the scriptures alone.  They ought to have on hand the Answers trilogy at all times.

Bob: And for the missionaries?  Should they also have the Missionary Steriod book?

Kraft: No.  But they should have at least bought and read it, so as to know how to use the Answers trilogy.

Bob: It is marvelous how you have brought these wonderful tools into existence so that we members can further the work of the Lord!  Okay, now I see there are some callers, so I’m going to take a call and Brother Kraft can answer the caller.  Ready?

Kraft: Fire away!

Caller #1: Hi, I just want to say what a wonderful, God-blessed man you have on your program.  He is inspired from God.  A teacher sent from heaven.  A gift to us all.  I am almost in tears thinking that I can ask him a personal question.

Bob: Go ahead caller, with your question.

Caller #1: Brother Kraft, I wanted to know what you think about the current events we are seeing today, whether you think these are signs of the times and that we are approaching a time of tribulation.  In particular, I’m wondering what your opinion of President Obama is?  Thank you.

Kraft: First, thanks for your question.  That question really has quite a lengthy response.  I’m not sure if I’ll have the time on this short program to answer that, but I did write an extensive chapter on current events and signs in Answers volume 3 and also in Secret Knowledge.  Although I don’t go into politics, the principles found therein apply to any presidency.

Bob: Yes, it’s probably not a good thing to go into politics.  Okay, let’s take one more caller before we wrap this up.  Go ahead caller.

Caller #2: Hi, Brother Kraft.  I just want to say you are a light to us all!  I was wondering how we could get you as a speaker in our neck of the woods.  People really need to listen to your massive understanding of the gospel.  I wish you were our Sunday School teacher, I really do!  Well, I’ll hang up now and listen to your answer over the radio.  Thanks.

Kraft: You’re welcome, caller.  If you would like to have me as a speaker, I am available for speaking engagements and firesides and also gospel workshops.  Email me at hipriest@kraft.com and I’ll tell you the ticket prices and scheduling.  If you cannot have me come personally to your stake, anyone can obtain my books through Amazon.com or via Deseret books.  The Answers trilogy now is available in a soft cover missionary edition, too, if you need that.  Missionaries get a special discount when they order the Answers trilogy and Missionary Steroids through Deseret.  So, I’m trying to make it easier to get the word out.

Bob: You truly are a God-send.  My guest tonight has been Brother Harold P. Kraft and it has been an immense and utterly enlightening experience.  What, Brother Kraft, can we expect out of you in the future?

Kraft: Well, we are going to take a sabbatical from all the press and questions coming from all the members.  My family needs a little break and some privacy, so we are going on a two month vacation to Costa Rica.  I think a little relaxing will calm me down enough to where I can collect my thoughts for another book on our Lord’s wonderful gospel.

Bob: Sounds like a divine plan.

Four keys of detecting modern priestcraft

1)  People are praising the individual and not Christ.  The individual is not attempting to stop the praise and divert attention back to Christ.

2)  The individual is teaching people, meaning they are presenting themselves as a teacher.  By this I mean that he or she is not humbly sharing information which is presented as possibly right, possibly wrong, but is, instead, attempting to bring people up to his or her level of gospel understanding, as if his or her level of gospel understanding is higher than other people’s level.  (This is not to be confused with arguing with people, saying, “I am right and you are wrong.”  People have many different opinions and will argue over everything, but this does not mean they are practicing priestcraft.)

3)  The individual is presenting himself or herself as an expert.  He or she may present credentials to booster the perception of expertise.  In the case of latter-day saints practicing priestcraft, the credentials will be priesthood offices and callings held and also teaching positions and church school studies and degrees obtained.

4)  Almost invariably, the individual will be selling a book or books and will often tell people that the answer that they seek is found in one of those books that are for sale.

Why this post

From my vantage point, priestcraft appears to be a rapidly growing profession in the church.  This disturbs me to no end because of where it will ultimately lead.

But Alma said unto him: Behold, this is the first time that priestcraft has been introduced among this people. And behold, thou art not only guilty of priestcraft, but hast endeavored to enforce it by the sword; and were priestcraft to be enforced among this people it would prove their entire destruction.  (Alma 1: 12, bold emphasis mine.)

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The Holy Ghost is a Woman


The following is an excerpt taken from the NCCG.ORG web site. It is from the article, Yah’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and His Place in the Godhead.  I have lifted it verbatim, trying to keep it in its original font size and color, but have hyperlinked all the scriptures. 

The Personality of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) 

To understand how the Son was created by the Father we must now turn to the third member of the Godhead, the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). That the Spirit is a PERSON and not just an INVISIBLE FORCE is proven by many passages, though it is equally true that the ACTIVITY of the Spirit is often present in neutral, sexless terms. 

To lie to the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) is to lie to God [Eloah] (Ac.5:3-4). And the way that the Third Member of the Godhead is linked to both the Father and the Son in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 and 2 Corinthians 13:14 would be a blasphemy if the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) were not God [Eloah]. The Ruach (Spirit) shows personality – thus She “understands” (Rom.8:27, Aram.), She “wills” (Ac.13:2; 1 Cor.12:11, Aram.), She may be “grieved” (Eph.4:30, Aram.). Such terms would be meaningless if applied solely to an impersonal power or influence. 

The Feminine Gender of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) 

According to both classical Trinitarian and Binitarian models, the Third Member of the Godhead is MALE. The problem here is that in the Hebrew OLD TESTAMENT the Spirit is always FEMALE and in the GREEK New Testament either MALE or NEUTER, thus creating a CONTRADICTION. No Person can have three genders! 

But the problem is eliminated when we turn to the original HEBREW and ARAMAIC texts of the New Testament from which the GREEK texts were translated. As one scholar notes: 

    “One problem that presents itself in translating the New Testament from Hebrew and Aramaic into English is that of the gender of the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit). English is very different from Hebrew and Aramaic. To begin with, English has three genders, masculine, feminine and neuter (i.e. he, she and it). Hebrew and Aramaic have no neuter gender. In Hebrew and Aramaic everything is either a “he” or a “she” and nothing is an “it”. Also gender plays a much more important rôle in Hebrew and in Aramaic than in English. In English gender is usually only an issue when dealing with pronouns. But in Hebrew and Aramaic nouns and verbs are also masculine or feminine. And while there are no true adjectives in Hebrew (nouns are also used as adjectives), noun modifiers must agree in gender with the noun. Now the Hebrew word RUACH (Aramaic RUCHA) is grammatically feminine as is the phrase Ruach haKodesh. This is matched by the rôle of the Ruach haKodesh as “comforter” (Jn.14-16) and the identifier of the “comforter” with YHWH acting as a “mother” (Is.66:13).
    “Now in English the Ruach is often referred to as “he” or “it” as also in the Greek New Testament. However this seems very odd indeed to the Semitic mind.
    “Now it is very clear that the gender of the RUACH has been revised in many passages of the Aramaic to agree with the Hellenistic concept of the Holy Spirit as being either a “he” or an “it”. Thus the pronouns used for the Ruach haKodesh in Jn.14-16 in the Peshitta are all masculine. However, the hand of revision is very clear. For example while both the Peshitta and Old Syriac have “he” in Jn.16:8 the Old Syriac has “she” just a few verses further down in 16:13 while the Peshitta has “he”.
    “And She the Ruach gives testimony …” 
    (James S. Trimm, Hebraic-Roots Version “New Testament”, 2001, SANJ, Hurst, Texas, pp.xxxiii-xxxiv)

The Book of Proverbs and the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) 

Because of this confusion of genders both scholars and scriptorians often mistakenly believe that the “Wisdom” of God in the Book of Proverbs is an allusion to the Second Member of the Godhead, Yah’shua (Jesus). Thus William F. Dankenbring writes:  

    “A clear allusion to this fact of divine unity of plurality is found in the book of Proverbs. Here the second member of the Godhead is revealed, as the “Wisdom” of God. Notice this remarkable Scripture witness!:
     “The LORD possessed me in the BEGINNING of his way, before His works of old. I was set up [established] FROM EVERLASTING, from the BEGINNING, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I WAS BROUGHT FORTH [CREATED, BORN]; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I BROUGHT FORTH [CREATED, BORN] … When He prepared the heavens, I WAS THERE … when He appointed the foundations of the earth: THEN I WAS BY HIM, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him; rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men” (Proverbs 8:22-31, KJV).

 The Old Testament “Wisdom” is a Female Personage 

However, as Karen Vaughan points out: 

    Sophia, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Hochmah is the feminine personification of Wisdom in the Pentateuch. She is neither a goddess nor a new age creation of feminist theologians. She was a real biblical person with more material on her in the Old Testament (with Apocrypha) than anyone in the scriptures, except God, Job, Moses and David …
    “One reason we little consider Sophia, even in readings of the Old Testament, is that English translations usually translate the feminine Sophia into the abstract “Wisdom”. Although the Greek and Hebrew words were fully feminine, the English is not. The fullest development of her is in the so-called “Wisdom Books” of the apocrypha in the Greek Pentateuch (sic. – should be Tanakh or Old Testament – ed.) that were canonised into Christian Scripture and are still used by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. Sophia dominates the first nine chapters of Proverbs and is found in both the Old and New Testaments.
    “In the Hebrew tradition, Sophia was considered to have been with God from the beginning of Creation. In Proverbs 8:27-51, Sophia says:
    “When God [Yahweh] set the heavens in place, I was present,
    When God drew a ring on the surface of the deep,
    When God fixed the clouds above,
    When God fixed fast the wells of the deep,
    when God assigned the sea its limits-
    and the waters will not invade the land,
    when God established the foundations of the earth,
    I was by God’s side, a master craftswoman,
    delighting God day after day,
    ever at play by God’s side,
    at play everywhere in God’s domain,
    delighting to be with the children of humanity.”
    Sophia, in the biblical creation was not ‘a god’, but was a divine being. It is not clear that She was uncreated like Jesus [Yah’shua]: the word used to refer to Her creation also means “acquired” by God. Proverbs 8:22 – “God created me [acquired me] (Sophia) when God’s purpose first unfolded.” Ecclesiasticus 1:14 – “before all things, Sophia was created.” She serves at the heart of the creative process, as Wisdom and as Teacher who was sent by God to save humanity. The book of Wisdom speaks to Her divinity (7:25-26):
    She is the breath of God’s power & a stream of pure glory of the Almighty.
    This is why nothing polluted enters Her.
    For She mirrors God’s energy completely, and She images God’s goodness.”
    (Review of the book Sophia in the Biblical Tradition (Harper and Row; 1986) by Susan Cady, Marian Ronan and Hal Taussig)

From this we are able to come to two stunning conclusions: 

  • 1. Hochma/Sophia/Wisdom was CREATED;
  • 2. She is GOD in a subordinate sense.
  • In other words, She was created at some “beginning” JUST AS YAH’SHUA (JESUS) was. In Hebrew tradition, Hochma / Sophia / Wisdom is known also as the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) (Prov.8:22-31) and the HEAVENLY MOTHER — a created being, and was “by God’s [Eloah’s] side. 

    Implications

    If the above is accurate about Hebrew, surely this opens up a new can of worms.  For example, would this not change our view of the nature of the Godhead (Father, Son and Mother)?  Of priesthood?  Of priests and priestesses or prophets and prophetesses (listen to verse 3: not Mrs. Priest and Mrs Prophet but female priests and female prophets)?  Of the gifts of the Spirit?  Of the miraculous birth of Jesus?  Of speaking or working by the power of the Holy Ghost?  Of our worship of the Father (in the name of the Son, by the power of the Mother)???

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    Mormonism as the coming state religion and other crazy thoughts


    Note: The following thougths are CRAZY!  Don’t take them as inspiration or revelation.  The Holy Ghost didn’t reveal this stuff to me.  These are just random and rampant, speculative thoughts that have popped into my head recently.  Be amused by their insanity or use them if you find any wisdom in any of them, as you wish.

    Crazy thought #1: The Mormon church as the official state religion (not Gaia worship)!

    A couple of days ago I found myself reading a blog post written by Denver Snuffer called, Constantine and Correlation, in which LDS church correlation was compared to the historical “correlation” provided by Constantine to the primitive church.  I commented on that post but it either wasn’t approved (yet?) or didn’t go through.  At any rate, I was able to see the role that correlation might play when the church becomes broken up into churches (see An Alternate View of the Keys) and the majority of members start persecuting, torturing and then killing the minority future remnant.  As history repeats itself, just as Constantine’s “correlation” ultimately led to the persecution, torture and killing of those who believed otherwise (in order to save their souls), so the current correlation seed planted by Harold B. Lee and now sprouted into the correlation program we see every day in church might have the same end: the killing of “heretical saints.”

    However, although I could see the natural evolution of correlation leading to torturing and murdering saints, which would fulfill the prophecies, creating a modern-day Spanish (Mormon) Inquisition, I still did not have a clear picture of how the Mormon church would become the state religion.  In other words, if history repeats itself, then the same thing that happened with the primitive church would happen to the restored church.  Just as they got correlation, we go correlation.  Just as Constantine made Christianity the state religion, so our religion would become the religion of the state.  Now, going on this premise, that the history would be the same, I couldn’t clearly see how this would happen and thought to inquire of the Lord whether it would happen and how.

    The next day (yesterday), a friend of mine came over for a surprise visit and we began discussing multiple topics.  I mentioned to him about the Constantine and Correlation blog post and as we talked a new thought popped into my head, which was this: when the Mormon church gets broken up by the earthquake, the assets of the church, which are huge (lots of prime real estate, etc.), become a problem, a legal problem.  Everyone fights over the assets and can’t come to an agreement as to what property goes to whom.  The government, then, steps in to resolve the issue and takes over the property, deciding who gets what, giving to this former stake president these buildings, etc.   The government does not relinquish the central buildings that still stand after the earthquake, specifically, the Salt Lake Temple, being the icon of the former church, as everyone wants it and makes a claim on it.  The government takes over other general church properties, etc., leaving the meetinghouses, and some of the temples, in the hands of the now broken up individual Mormon churches.  But the Salt Lake Temple and perhaps other temples, remain state owned, just as the parable of the redemption of Zion indicated that the enemy will take over the tower (temple.)  See D&C 101: 43-62.

    Now, this thought sounded crazy to me, as we Americans currently believe in the separation of church and state, but I know that conditions among men are going to change, so I asked my friend what he thought.  His answer was that it didn’t sound all that far fetched.

    Later in the day, after he left, a few more thoughts along the same line popped into my head, namely, that the priests over the broken up Mormon churches would be agents of the state, having been selected (appointed) by the state (who took over the property of the church) as well as by the people of their respective congregations.  As a large amount of real estate would be “up for grabs”, the state would see this (taking over the Mormon church) as something desirable to do.  In fact, even the Christians of this nation would see this as something good for the government to do.  How much better to destroy Mormonism if its main temple(s) and other properties are in the hands of the government which the people control?  We would see a repeat of King Noah and his people, namely, that just as Noah put down the former priests and consecrated new ones, ones that were supported by the taxes of the people, so the new Mormon priests would be agents of the state, selected by the state, working for the state, even, perhaps, being paid by the state (from taxes).  Essentially, a total repeat of the history of the Noah, state-sponsored religion.

    The descent of the churches into all manner of wickedness, converting the churches into a means to obtain money and power, would benefit the state, therefore, no stops would remain in place to prevent the iniquity from happening.

    The saints being in bondage (see D&C 103: 15-18)—who would need to be liberated just as Moses liberated the Israelites from the Egytians and Pharaoh—refers to the time when the state will have taken over the church(es).  This bondage means bondage to the state, which, in fact, does have the power to enslave through force of weapons.  As there is much property tied up in the Mormon church, the state would not want to let these people and congregations (and their property) depart or separate from the state controlled religion.  Just as Pharaoh represented a government, even the Egyptian government, so the saints would need to be freed from the bondage and dictates imposed by the state.

    In rapid fire manner, yet another thought occurred to me: that as agents of the state, when the Spanish Inquisition-type of murders begins happening, that they would not be considered murder by the leaders, as they would be state authorized.  Just as a soldier does not commit murder when told to go into a town and kill everyone, because he or she is engaging in state-authorized killing, so these priests, being agents of the state, and their tribunals, and the resulting executions, would be authorized, even legalized killings, and not murder.  (Of course, in the eyes of God, that’s another story).

    Yet another thought: that the blood of these slain saints would be not only on the hands of the wicked Mormon churches and their wicked leaders, but also upon the hands of the state.  This would lead to the Lord sending the Lamanites upon both the Mormon churches, wiping them out, and also upon the American government in general, destroying it entirely.

    Lastly, a final thought: there are many current members of the church who have very strong ties to the American government.  When the earthquake hits, these members will use their influence to bring the government in, so as to arbitrate among the bickering parties, encouraging it to take over the properties.  Although there may be good intentions in these actions, this will also be done to enrich themselves.

    New topic: Anarchists (and Mormons) are all talk and no action

    I have found that anarchists, in general, like to discuss principles of anarchy and ponder anarchical theories, but when it comes to doing something that will actually change society, they choose either to do nothing or simply to educate.  (Neither of these options change, or will change, society.)  When two anarchists get together, if they are not of the same flavor, they will just argue back and forth over which school of anarchic thought is superior.  Of course, there are thugs who perform violent acts, destroying personal property, etc., who act “in the name of anarchy,” but I don’t consider these reactionary acts to actually further the work of changing society into anarchies.  If anything, they lend power to the state’s propaganda machine.  Defending oneself with force is one thing, provoking a state to clamp down on you is another.

    Peaceful change from a state to an anarchy is possible and practical, at least in this country.  One way to do it is to write up initiatives, in those states that allow initiatives, in which a simple NONE OF THE ABOVE is added to every elected office of the ballet.  In this way, if the people want to peacefully shut down their government, or any part of it, they can choose to do so.  I cannot foresee my countrymen opposing such an initiative measure, as it is based upon a fundamental right, even the right that this nation was built on.  Working in this practical way, appealing to the American sense of natural born rights, anarchists can peacefully offer to the population at large an option to enter into anarchy, if they want to.  The slogan “the lesser of two evils” can be replaced with “choose no evil, select none of the above.”  Or any other type of campaign to influence people to voluntarily and peacefully shut their governments down.  Once the option to shut the state down is on the table, don’t you think the rest will follow its course?  Of course, it will.  People aren’t stupid.  We had untramelled agency in the heavens.  Once presented with the prospect of expanded agency, people will voluntarily choose to limit or even eliminate the state, and thus expand their agency even further.  And you can bet that the first thing they’ll probably shut down are all the tax officers!

    As far as the LDS are concerned, they also use their precious time to discuss principles of the gospel (and sometimes won’t even do that!) but will not implement them unless they are commanded by their leaders.  My focus in the gospel has always been on Zion, because the gospel’s whole purpose is to establish Zion here on earth, so any gospel discussion I have with LDS inevitably leads to a discussion of that perfect society.  However, whereas I always forge ahead into the ways to establish Zion, the other interlocutors either stick to just a discussion of the principles of Zion, or try to altogether change the subject into a discussion of how to apply the gospel principles while still remaining firmly attached to Bablyon.  They have no interest in discussing or implementing ways to establish Zion.  This is because the LDS desire to be commanded in all things, especially where Zion is concerned, and have no innate desire to see it established now.  This lack of initiative and dislike of Zion, along with the inequalities of wealth among the membership, etc., has caused the Lord to in large measure remove His gifts from the church.  Instead of everyone having the gifts, hardly anyone has them.  We LDS are now unequal in every sense of the word, both materially and spiritually.

    Before I started this blog, I had pretty much given up on all anarchists, as well as all Mormons.  Anarchists would continue to argue their principles and do nothing.  Mormons would continue to align themselves with Babylon and neglect Zion.  I thought that I was alone in my thoughts of practical anarchy and practical theology (establishing Zion).  I didn’t see the need nor the theological basis of having to wait for the leadership to command the people in this (or any other area).  The Lord is capable of directly inspiring His people, He need not go through His priesthood leadership.  I knew this, but I didn’t see it happening anywhere.

    In fact, I was pretty much the only one I knew of having direct revelations, or that had seen angels, or that had seen evil spirits, or that had seen a vision, or that had had inspired dreams, or that had healed the sick, or that had been miraculously healed, or that had heard the voice of the Spirit audibly, or that had prophesied, and on and on and on.  If other members were having revelations, seeing visions, angels and the like, they were not talking about it.  People around me would refer to other people as manifesting gifts or receiving inspiration and/or revelation, but would not give a personal example.  I never liked to rely on someone else’s testimony, always choosing to tell an experience I had personal knowledge of, so I would always refer to my own revelations, gifts and manifestations.  But doing so alienated me from everyone, both member and non-member alike.  It got to the point where it seemed like the LDS no longer even desired to possess the gifts of the Spirit.  (A couple of LDS even commented to me once that they felt the gift of tongues was a useless gift and were glad it was no longer operative in the way it was anciently!)

    To compound the strangeness of it all, one of the two gifts I’ve been given is the discerning of spirits.  If I apply myself to exercise it, I can feel the people in my presence and discern their spirits, or whether they are operating under a foreign (evil) spirit.  I’ve also been able to discern unembodied spirits in the vicinity.  I don’t always remember to apply the gift, but when I do, it has never failed to manifest the true nature of the individual in question.  Well, of late, my discernment “probes” haven’t been giving me pleasant information.  There shouldn’t be a single LDS operating under evil spirits, or engaging in hypocrisy, yet I keep discovering them.  There are other disturbing trends I’m noticing, too, which leads me to believe that the LDS are not simply keeping the manifestations to themselves, but that the manifestations have all but ceased among the long time members.  (The new member or investigator is an exception, as they are still receptive to the spiritual promptings.)  When a congregation stops receiving the Spirit’s manifestations, the evil spirit can more easily start to guide the people.

    Anyway, that was my opinion before I started the blog.  However, since starting it, and especially of late, I am now of the opinion that the Lord has people among the congregations who still receive revelations, prophecies, etc.  You might call these people agents.  (See here and here and here.)  It may be that these people are keeping quiet for fear of repercussions by the presiding authorities or merely because they have been taught to keep these experiences to themselves, as if they are too “sacred” to share with others.  It may be that these people are ready, able and willing to act, but they need something new to inspire them.

    So, based upon this recent belief, that there are Zion-seeking LDS out there in the congregations who have received the Spirit of Christ and possess gifts, I’ve had some new thoughts of a more practical nature in which some theological anarchy can be instilled among this group I’m referring to, the end result, perhaps, being a preparation for the establishment of Zion.

    Crazy thought #2: A New School of the Prophets

    Another of Denver Snuffer’s posts, Personal Revelation, also got me thinking.  This time, my comment actually went through.  Quoting myself: “These days are, after all, those in which sons and daughters are supposed to be prophesying, etc. (Joel 2: 28).”  I wrote that three days ago.  Today the thought popped into my head to do what I could to encourage prophesying, visions, etc.

    So, I decided to start an online “school of the prophets.”  Apparently, ancient prophets came in schools.  (See the Prophets entry of the Encyclopedia Britannica.)  So, I’ve decided to create an online school of sorts, an association of prophets, in which prophets can talk to one another and share their prophecies, etc.  The Establishment of Zion Think Tank now has a board called A New School of Prophets.  The idea is this: if you are a LDS and you have got the gift to prophesy, then register and go there and share your prophecies and talk to other prophets.  Now, when I say the gift to prophesy, I don’t mean the spirit of prophecy and revelation, which is the testimony of Jesus, which is the Holy Ghost.  Anyone in the church can, and should, have that.  I’m referring to the specific gift to prophesy listed as one of the 14 gifts given to the church in D&C 46.  But even if you don’t have that gift, you can still enter the board and read the prophecies listed there, and talk to those who claim to possess this gift.

    I, myself, possess the gift to prophesy (though it is not as developed as discernment), but I don’t know if anyone else in the church does.  I’d like to think there are others that possess it, but I’ve never heard anyone prophesy, other than myself, so, hopefully, I’m not the only one.  If so, well, then the board will remain empty.  But if there are any prophets within the sound of my voice, enter the board and prophesy away.  Later, as more and more LDS gain this gift, the board can be used to create local, bona fide schools of prophets.

    Crazy thought #3: Spiritual Healing Centers

    On 28 February 2008, on Doc’s blog, I wrote the following comment:

    It’s funny you should mention this topic. Just yesterday, a close friend of mine, who has no health insurance, went to see a doctor for a condition she thought was pretty bad. She was thinking maybe she had cancer, etc. She paid cash for the visit and got a 10% discount as a result. It cost her $124 and basically the doc told her that it seemed to be a combination of nerves, allergic and maybe indigestion (acid reflux). She recommended a blood test a few other tests. Then my friend went to the laboratory to find out how much the blood test would be. $825 was the price she got. She decided to skip on the blood test and change her eating, drinking and other habits, as that was cheaper. I, personally, didn’t realize that prices were so high, though we’ve all heard the news report on this. Insurance has insulated us from the real cost of health care. If these numbers are typical, these costs truly are skyrocketing.

    The solution that I see to this problem is a spiritual one. The LDS have been offered the “best gifts,” listed in D&C 46. Two of those best gifts are the gift to heal and the gift to be healed. For the most part, according to my experience in the church, we haven’t used these gifts, nor any of the other best ones. The gift to heal has been “assigned” to the priesthood by tradition and precedent in the administration of priesthood blessings, which, according to D&C 42: 43, only was to occur where there was no faith to be healed. Thus, most priesthood blessings are not miraculous. Some are, though, but these are rare, indeed. I myself have healed miraculously and also been healed miraculously, so I won’t say that the gifts are non-existent in the church, but they appear to be virtually non-existent.

    If the LDS would wake up out of their stupor and set right the temporal inequalities among them, so that they qualify for the abundance of the manifestations of the Spirit, which includes the best gifts, then we would have men and women among us who can heal others miraculously. We’d also have individuals, such as bishops or others, who possess the gift to discern other gifts (see D&C 46: 27) and we would know who possessed which gift. This would solve to a great extent the present health care crisis not only among ourselves but also among the people of the world who believe in Christ.

    The poor typically are people of faith. If the LDS started exercising these gifts and powers of the Holy Ghost, as they should be, poor people would seek out the LDS healers to rid them of their illnesses and conditions “without money and without price.” This would free up the health care system of a huge drain on their resources. Those who could afford it, and who wished to be healed slowly, or not at all, could exercise their money and visit the allopathic medical doctors, whereas those who couldn’t afford it and who wished to be miraculously healed, could exercise their faith and visit the LDS who possessed and used the gift to heal. If bishops actually possessed the gift of discernment of gifts, as they are supposed to have, a non-LDS believer in Christ could seek out the local LDS bishop and be directed to a member of that ward who possessed the gift to heal.

    Unfortunately, the LDS currently also use allopathic medicine, or other types of health practitioners, and have not received these gifts, except in rare cases, or have received them in their lower administrations (blessing the doctor so that he prescribes correctly or the surgeon so that he has a steady hand) instead of the higher administrations (miraculous healing.) This is in keeping with D&C 46: 15, and is better than nothing, at all, but still not what we should expect of ourselves.

    Thus we see that the LDS have the solution to the problem but do not use it. What I wonder is, will our unwillingness to obtain and use a fullness of these gifts to bless the world and alleviate the suffering and pain of illness bring repercussions upon us from the Lord in the day of judgment? Are we considered “part of the problem” because we don’t use the very solution the Lord has set up?

    Doc responded:

    LDSA,
    Whoa, who knew you had such a dim view of medicine. Color me sensitive, but I consider a lot of what I do to be the gift of healing, which after all is much more than just curing. It takes a real, genuine, personal connection, love and faith.

    I do believe in the gift of the spirit to heal and be healed. You probably have a point about a typical lack of faith these days. It is a product of our culture. I would bet you healing is much more common in the Church outside the US.

    But the fact is, it remains a gift, and not everyone will be blessed with it. I don’t think it was intended to supplant medicine. Were it so, Brigham Young wouldn’t have sent all those LDS women off to medical school.

    To which I responded:

    I didn’t mean to offend you, Doc. But you are right, I do look down upon much of modern allopathic medicine techniques and conclusions. I appreciate the immense knowledge that scientific research has discovered about the body, but due to the inability to factor in the role of plasma in our organisms, modern medicine usually can’t see the forest for the trees. There are a lot of people who, given plenty of facts, still can’t come to correct conclusions, and nowhere is this more prevalent than the medical community. The medical community, unfortunately, has lots of facts of the physical and chemical nature of the body, but does not have an understanding of the electric fields therein, or their role in our systems. They see it, but not being plasma scientists, they don’t know what it does or how it got there, or even why it is important. They look upon it as secondary. Although I have commented on my blog only about plasma cosmology and plasma theology, there is also plasma geology and plasma biology, as well as every other field of study. The role of plasma is universal. When you gain a deep understanding of plasma, all scientific fields suddenly open up, both true causes and true effects. And when it is discounted, the true causes and effects are missed. Nevertheless, it is still possible to arrive at a cure by happenstance, without knowing the true cause and cure.

    The medical establishment does much good with what they have, and there are definite gifts of compassion, sacrifice, kindness and knowledge being manifest among these non-miraculous healers. The Lord works according to the conditions among men, so he does what he can with what he has to work with. I do not doubt that you help many people using medical care, and it can be termed a gift of healing, especially as the Lord does still help according to whatever faith is present. But this is not THE gift of healing spoken of in the scriptures, or, perhaps, better said, it is not the higher manifestation of this gift.

    I have no idea if spiritual, miraculous healing is more prevalent outside the U.S. Many foreign countries have socialized medicine, which makes it that much easier to rely upon a doctor, so it might be even less than here. But then again, foreigners are often seen to be more “superstitious” than Americans are, so they may seek first a spiritual solution, therefore, you may in fact be right.

    Brigham Young was a believer in education, so maybe he had it in mind to get the LDS as educated in all fields as was possible, so that they could take that knowledge and use it to their advantage in their own land. This, in my estimation, would be a wise course to take. Especially if the abundances of the Spirit (the best gifts) were not being manifest due to temporal stinginess and inequality. But if the gifts are manifest, and specifically this one gift to heal, much of medicine becomes unnecessary, except in cases where a healer is not present.

    This subject of gifts requires a more in depth exposition. I guess I’d better take it up on my own blog. As yet, I’ve only taken up tongues, but the gifts of healing deserve attention. Thank you for stimulating my mind.

    Okay, so, as you can see from the above, I believe the Lord would like us to expand these gifts so that we can become a benefit not only to ourselves (the LDS) but also to all mankind.  I do not know if anyone possesses the two gifts of healing (the gift to have faith to heal and the gift to have faith to be healed).  I know that I do not possess them.  Yes, I have had instances in which the Spirit was upon me and I miraculously healed or I was miraculously healed, but these were temporary manifestations and not permanent gifts.  I do not know of anyone in my locality who possesses these gifts.  If I did, I would take my entire family to him or her and ask to have us healed every whit.  But, to my knowledge, there is no one.  However, because the Lord may have such people with these gifts, I propose to create an online Spiritual Healing Center.  If you are a LDS who possesses the gift of faith to heal and wish to exercise the gift by healing others, visit the Spiritual Healing Center board, which I have created on the Establishment of Zion Think Tank forum.  You can leave contact information on that board or talk to other healers so that people in your area can come to you and have you lay hands on them and be healed.  Also, if other healers are local to you, you can interact with them and use the board to establish bona fide Spiritual Healing Centers in your locality, in which people can come and be healed by the “resident healers” as a group.

    Personally, I am even more skeptical that there are spiritual healers among us than I am that there are prophets among us, but the Lord hasn’t told me everything and I’m willing to give Him the benefit of the doubt.  Maybe, just maybe, one or two individuals will show up on the board…

    Crazy thought #4: Use the priesthood for everything and ask for every gift

    The next thought is some practical advice for those who are tired of the same old same old.  I have heard of someone who uses the priesthood to counteract the devil and his secret combination(s).  He thinks of something specific, very specific, that he wants the Lord to do, as well as a specific area in which he wants it done.  Then, he circles the area in his car (or if it is a small area, he’ll walk) seven times.  Then he puts his arm to the square, states the authority of the priesthood and commands in the name of the Lord the specific thing he wants to happen.  In the case of using the priesthood against conspiring men (the secret combination), he may ask God in the authority of the priesthood to remove poisons from the neighborhood water, or disintegrate the vehicles used in chem trails, or put a mark upon federal reserve notes.  He may ask that whatever intentional evil is being inflicted by conspiring men may be returned four times upon the heads of those who are conspiring.  He may ask for cursings and destructions, and/or blessings and that evil things don’t work.  He has routinely used the priesthood to eliminate or reduce the power of evil spirits in the area, etc.

    Now, he is just one lone man, an elder possessing the Melchizedek priesthood.  Imagine if there were many such priesthood holders who routinely asked for specific things and performed the ordinance and request by the authority of the priesthood and according to their faith, not only to bless themselves and others, but to also stop the evil workings of the devil around us.  How many LDS do you know of that are doing this?  I know of only one.  That number needs to increase.  The priesthood, when spoken correctly, has power to do all things and can stop Satan in his tracks.  The limits of how one could use priesthood are only the things in which one can exercise faith.  This means that as long as the priesthood is being used to expand agency and not abridge it, one can exercise it in faith.

    Destructions and other evil works can be stopped by the priesthood.  Alma and Amulek had priesthood power to stop evil men:

    And it came to pass that they took Alma and Amulek, and carried them forth to the place of martyrdom, that they might witness the destruction of those who were consumed by fire.  And when Amulek saw the pains of the women and children who were consuming in the fire, he also was pained; and he said unto Alma: How can we witness this awful scene? Therefore let us stretch forth our hands, and exercise the power of God which is in us, and save them from the flames.  But Alma said unto him: The Spirit constraineth me that I must not stretch forth mine hand; for behold the Lord receiveth them up unto himself, in glory; and he doth suffer that they may do this thing, or that the people may do this thing unto them, according to the hardness of their hearts, that the judgments which he shall exercise upon them in his wrath may be just; and the blood of the innocent shall stand as a witness against them, yea, and cry mightily against them at the last day.  (Alma 14: 9-11)

    The only reason they didn’t stop them was because the Spirit told Alma not to.  But if the Spirit isn’t telling you, “No,” you are free to use the priesthood to stop wicked men from performing their wicked acts.  The reason why this is permitted is because the priesthood can be used defensively to protect agency from those who would attempt to remove it.  It isn’t used to take away the agency of a wicked person, which would be bad and the work of the devil, but to protect the agency of the person whose agency is being threatened by the wicked individual(s).  This is why putting at defiance the armies of men is a perfectly acceptable use for the priesthood.  This is why the sons of Mosiah could not be killed.

    In like manner, you can use the priesthood in imaginative ways to protect your family, the saints and other innocents from the harm that would be inflicted by wicked men.  Your use of the priesthood is limited only by your imagination, by whether the thing you are asking for can be asked in faith and whether your faith is firm in the belief that you will get what you are asking for.

    There are many gifts.  You can ask for any one of them, or all of them together.  Here is a list:

    A List of the Gifts of the Spirit

    The gift of salvation.

    The gift of interpretation of visions.

    The gift of interpretation of dreams.

    The gift of conveyance by the Spirit.

    The gift of the convincing word.

    The gift of causing the dumb to speak.

    The gift of unstopping the ears of the deaf.

    The gift of opening the eyes of the blind.

    The gift of casting out devils.

    The gift of retaining a remission of sins.

    The gift of forgiveness.

    The gift of protection from administered poison.

    The gift of subduing principalities and powers.

    The gift of standing in the presence of God.

    The gift of breaking every band.

    The gift of dividing the earth.

    The gift of defying the armies of nations.

    The gift of drying up waters.

    The gift of dividing the seas.

    The gift of breaking mountains.

    The gift of delivery from the depths of the earth.

    The gift of playing with wild beasts.

    The gift of quenching the violence of fire.

    The gift of turning the course of rivers.

    The gift of tumbling prisons.

    The gift of shaking the earth.

    The gift of removing mountains.

    The gift of taking up poisonous serpents.

    The gift of beholding angels and spirits.

    The gift of justification.

    The gift of sanctification.

    The gift of the Holy Ghost.

    The gift of dreams.

    The gift of visions.

    The gift of the word of knowledge.

    The gift of the word of wisdom.

    The gift of hope.

    The gift of charity.

    The gift of faith.

    The gift of translation (as in a translated being.)

    The gift of seership.

    The gift of prophecy.

    The gift of working miracles.

    The gift of interpretation of tongues.

    The gifts of healing.

    The gift of power to command the waters.

    The gift of commandments.

    The gift of power to seal both on earth and in heaven, the unbelieving and rebellious.

    The gift of sufficient strength.

    The gift of the words of God.

    The gift of the sword of Laban.

    The gift of the Urim and Thummim.

    The gift of the miraculous directors (Liahona.)

    The gift of the gold plates.

    The gift of the breastplate.

    The gift of the name of Jesus Christ.

    The gift of the revelations of God.

    The gift of the scriptures.

    The gift of the keys of the mysteries.

    The gift of the revelations which are sealed.

    The gift of understanding.

    The gift of the laws of God.

    The gift of power to build up the church among the Lamanites.

    The gift of parables.

    The gift to go forth to preach the gospel and build up the church.

    The gift of the fulness of the scriptures.

    Anywhere in the scriptures where it says, “I give unto you” or “it is given unto you,” it is speaking of a gift of God.  All of the covenant people of God have access to these gifts if they but ask for them.  Women who have no priesthood are not limited in any way, for these gifts are extended to them, as well.

    How to make it all work

    Try something completely different.  Instead of doing things the Babylon way, trying literally doing things by the power of the priesthood or by the power of the gifts and power of the Holy Ghost.  Merely asking is not enough, one also needs to be Christ-centered.  Let me make a suggestion that, if followed, will sanctify, purify and justify you so that what you ask for you will get.

    The key is in Christ.  Now, on my mission, my MTC mission president once challenged the missionaries to read 2 Nephi chapter 9 every day for 30 days, promising that their lives would be changed for the better because of it.  That was a good challenge and some took it up and followed through with it.  As 2 Nephi 9 is all about the atonement, it really did have an effect on those missionaries.  (Not on me, though, as I didn’t take up that challenge.)  But I will recommend something even better than that, for I think that mission president missed the mark.  Instead of reading about Christ, read Christ.  The following are my recommendations:

    Read Day One of the Lord’s visit to the Nephites one day, then read Day Two the following day, then read Day One the next day and so on and so forth, alternating each day.  Skip over the descriptive text and just read the words of Jesus, nothing else.  Then, during the day, try to conform your life to those words.  Now, I’ve tried this particular experiment with myself and others and I can tell you this, nothing gets Christ into people like the actual words of Christ.  Not Jacob’s words, not Nephi’s words, not Joseph Smith’s words.  Make the words of Christ the priority and watch how quickly you suddenly have your prayers answered.  To give you an example of the power of Jesus’ words, I have seen a demon-possessed person have the demon rooted out and not come back as long as this practice was followed daily.  The evil one cannot stand the words of Christ, and if the evil one is gone from your presence, think how easy it is to get the Spirit of the Lord there.

    Day One begins in 3 Nephi 11 and finishes in 3 Nephi 18.  Day Two begins in 3 Nephi 19 and finishes in 3 Nephi 25.  Day One deals mostly with conduct, while Day Two deals with prophecy.  Both are important.  All you need to do is follow the instructions of Christ as detailed in Day One.  Don’t try to rationalize them into different behavior, just take them at face value and attempt to conform your life to, as Jesus says, “the law and commandments of my Father”. Then watch and feel and experience what happens, as the Father begins to show forth his miraculous power and works in your life.  When you see it, don’t go back to the old ways of doing things, the Babylonian ways.  Do the good works defined by Moroni as “working by the power and gifts of God.”  In other words, make the actual attempt to work miracles in your life.  If enough people do this, we will almost immediately have the gifts, all of them, back in the church, and people can then once again benefit from them by going to others who possess the gifts we personally don’t have.  In this way, all will be edified by all.

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