In 2009 I received a revelation which dealt with the doctrine of re-assignment of parentage. I told a few people privately and, as expected, no one believed it. Unfortunately, I also got kind of a backlash from its private release, in which some denounced it as “of the devil,” while others said I was just a lunatic.
After I received the revelation, I believed it at once—(for all my revelations are true)—but then, upon pondering it afterward, I decided to see if there was scriptural precedence for it. So I pulled out the scriptures and started searching. Sure enough, this doctrine was written all over the freaking place. In particular, this scripture stood out:
¶Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother,
Woman, behold thy son!
Then saith he to the disciple,
Behold thy mother!
And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (John 19:25-27)
In this case, the disciple received a new mother, and the woman received a new son. Neither was biologically related, yet there occurred a re-assignment of parentage. I thought, “Okay, good. When I tell people this revelation, and when they inevitably refuse to believe it, surely they will ask me for scriptural ‘proof’ that the doctrine is sound, so I’ll just turn to this passage and expound the doctrine to them.”
Unfortunately, instead of hearing the revelation and then asking questions concerning it, about its doctrinal basis and so forth, people just got offended by it, passed judgment upon me, and not a single one of them ever asked me to expound it. Instead, they merely pondered it and then came to their own (unscriptural) conclusions based on their own false assumptions, without consulting with either the scriptures or myself. I suppose this was to be expected, as I have a tendency of convincing people of my way of viewing things if they reach for the scriptures to try to prove me wrong, so the unspoken rule is that the scriptures are never to be consulted whenever I’m involved in any controversy.
Anyway, so 6 years have gone by and I’ve never explained the doctrine to anyone. However, earlier this year I was contacted by email by one of the readers of this blog, who, after reading some of my writings about the Josephite restorer, was beginning to wonder whether this man might be himself. He detailed many interesting facts about his life in his emails to me, one of which in particular caught my attention. Now, I received his emails through my cupholder account, which I no longer have access to, so I’m just going on memory here, which might be off. If he still visits this blog and reads what I write, according to my memory, and if it turns out my memory is wrong, he can correct me. But, if my memory serves me right, I recall that he wrote in his emails that he was given a patriarchal blessing in which he was told he was of the tribe of Ephraim, but then he got an emendation of the blessing, and his tribe was switched from Ephraim to Manasseh.
I did not tell him of this revelation I received in 2009; but, as I have “two sets” of scriptures—the canon the standard LDS uses and my own personal “canon” of revelations—I could not help but compare what he told me to what the Holy Ghost told me in 2009. The switch from Ephraim to Manasseh is the re-assignment of parentage, from one father (Ephraim) to a different father (Manasseh).
Now, re-assignment of parentage is what the gospel is all about. Sin and death cuts us off (disinherits us) from God the Father, but, through the atonement and resurrection of Christ, and on condition of faith and repentance, we are allowed to become restored to the Father, through the re-assignment of parentage, Jesus Christ becoming our new Father. In this way, we still inherit the blessings we lost through death and disobedience.
If we continue to rebel against God, again we get re-assigned parentage, the devil becoming our new father. If we repent and exercise faith, we Gentiles get re-assigned parentage, Abraham becoming our mortal father, through whom we inherit the promises. And so on, with each of the 12 tribes of Israel. All of this is the doctrine of re-assignment of parentage.
Even in a contemporary setting, this doctrine plays out. For example, if we adopt children, who are not literally our seed, they may be sealed to us for time and all eternity, as if they were our literal seed. Thus they get re-assigned new parents, for this life and the next.
Okay, so recently I was thinking about what this man wrote to me about his switch from Ephraim to Manasseh, and I wondered about the Josephite, whether some kind of re-assignment of parentage would indeed take place for him, like what happened to this man. The lineage of the Josephite is of three kinds: Gentile, Lamanitish and Josephite. (My understanding is that he was raised as a Gentile, so I will count that as a “lineage.”) Then, I suppose, when he gets into the church of God (the Mormon church), the Lamanitish lineage would manifest. After all, the Nephites, when they self-destructed, were assimilated into the Lamanites (those Nephites who remained alive, that is), so they became Lamanites, and this Lamanitish lineage has stayed strong for more than a thousand years.
But then at some point this guy is going to have the Nephite part of him manifest, right? And when that part of him starts to manifest, might there not be a corresponding lineage switch? In other words, while he is still in “Lamanite-mode,” his parentage consists of these parents, but when he goes into “Nephite-mode,” his parentage changes to those parents. It all corresponds to the level of faith exercised. It takes a certain level of faith to go from unbelieving Gentile to believing LDS (re-assigned into the house of Israel as a “Lamanite.”) And it takes an even greater level of faith to go from a believing LDS “Lamanite” to a bona fide Nephite. When any of these levels of faith are manifested or exercised, God changes the lineage accordingly, to match that faith. Thus, the Josephite will journey from Gentile, to Abrahamic covenant (through baptism into the church of God), to Lamanite (starting to suspect his lineage), to Nephite covenant, as a full blown Josephite.
Thus, it seems to me entirely possible that we are going to hear of some kind of re-assignment of parentage from this guy, such as what this blog visitor wrote to me about, or perhaps like what happened to that disciple of Jesus.
Do not ask me about the revelation. I am not going to release it in any form publicly.