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Title: Come Unto Christ


1
Come Unto Christ
Taking the
Ground
Higher
Elder Robert Giertz, July 2008
He receiveth of all people who Come unto Him ?
John 327 I.V.
2
Come Ye after me, and I will make you
to become fishers of
men Mark 115 A CASE STUDY FOR APPLYING the
PRINCIPLES of Come Unto Me
COME UNTO ME
COMETH UNTO ME
COME UNTO HIM
COME UNTO CHRIST
3
Relevant Word Searches
  • Come Unto Me 69 occurrences
  • 37 BOM 16 of the 37 in 3 Nephi, 29 Bible, 3
    DC
  • Come Unto Him 20 occurrences
  • 13 Bible, 7 BOM, 1 DC
  • Come Unto Christ 5 occurrences
  • 4 BOM, 1 DC
  • Cometh Unto Me 5 occurrences
  • 2 BOM, 2 DC, 1 Bible

4
Isaiah 553 Matthew 1129 The Promises the
Blessings
  • Incline your ear, and Come Unto Me hear, and
    your soul shall live
  • And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    even the sure mercies of David.
  • Then spake Jesus, saying, Come Unto Me, and all
    ye that labor and are heavy laden,
  • And I will give you rest.

5
1 Nephi 113 328 Omni 147 The Promise of
Salvation
  • Thou art merciful, Thou wilt not suffer those who
    Come unto Thee, that they should perish.
  • And the way is prepared for all men from the
    foundation of the world, if it so be that they
    repent and Come unto Him.
  • Yea, Come Unto Him, and offer your whole souls as
    an offering unto Him, and continue in fasting and
    praying, and endure to the end and as the Lord
    liveth, ye will be saved.

6
Alma 358 Promise of the fruit of the Tree of Life
  • Yea, he saith, Come Unto Me and ye shall partake
    of the fruit of the tree of Life yea, ye shall
    eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life
    freely

7
  • Taking a Closer Look at
  • COMING UNTO CHRIST

Helaman 231
Your Hearts
Your Hearts
8
First be Reconciled1 to thy brother 3 Nephi
571-72
  • Therefore, if ye shall come unto Me, or shall
    desire to come unto Me, and rememberest that thy
    brother hath aught against thee,
  • Go thy way unto thy brother, and first be
    reconciled to thy brother, and then come unto Me
    with full purpose of heart, and I will receive
    thee. See DC 4223 Matthew 1815-17
  • Pahorons response to Moroni Alma 28 Make
    certain that you know your brothers heart before
    you censure him for iniquities you believe he has
    committed.

9

Gift2 of the Holy Ghost
  • Genesis 653 And he also said unto him, If thou
    wilt, turn unto me and hearken unto my voice, and
    believe, and repent of all thy transgressions,
    and be baptized, even in water, in the name of
    mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and
    truth, which is Jesus Christ, the only name which
    shall be given under heaven, whereby salvation
    shall come unto the children of men and ye shall
    receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, asking all
    things in his name, and whatsoever ye shall ask
    it shall be given you.

10
May Stand Spotless3 before Me!
  • 3 Nephi 1233 Now this is the commandment,
    Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto
    me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be
    sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost,
    that ye may stand spotless before me at the last
    day.

11
Numbered4 Among My People!
  • 3 Nephi 143 And come unto me, and be baptized
    in my name, that ye may receive a remission of
    your sins, and be filled with the Holy Ghost,
    that ye may be numbered with my people, who are
    of the house of Israel.

12
Characteristics of Being Numbered
  • (Moroni 744) But behold, my beloved brethren,
    I judge better things of you, for I judge that ye
    have faith in Christ because of your meekness
    for if ye have not faith in him, then ye are not
    fit to be numbered among the people of his
    church.
  • (Mosiah 11141) Now I say unto you, Go and
    whosoever will not repent of his sins, the same
    shall not be numbered among my people and this
    shall be observed from this time forward.

13
Characteristics of Being Numbered
  • (Mosiah 11145) And those that would not confess
    their sins and repent of their iniquity, the same
    were not numbered among the people of the church,
    and their names were blotted out.
  • (Moroni 68) And if they repented not, and
    confessed not, their names were blotted out, and
    they were not numbered among the people of
    Christ but as oft as they repented, and sought
    forgiveness, with real intent, they were
    forgiven.

14
Characteristics of Being Numbered
4th slide of 4
  • (Alma 399) And behold, their names shall be
    blotted out, that the names of the wicked shall
    not be numbered among the names of the righteous,
    that the word of God may be fulfilled, which
    saith, The names of the wicked shall not be
    mingled with the names of my people.
  • (Alma 44) I mean those who were lifted up in
    the pride of their hearts the same were
    rejected, and their names were blotted out, that
    their names were not numbered among those of the
    righteous and thus they began to establish the
    order of the church in the city of Zarahemla.

15
Build up5 again My Church!
  • Mormon 165 And it came to pass that the Lord
    did say unto me, Cry unto this people, Repent ye,
    and come unto me and be ye baptized, and build up
    again my church, and ye shall be spared.
  • 3 Nephi 12 22 And if it so be that the church
    is built upon My gospel, then will the Father
    show forth His own works in it.

16
And Be Saved6!
  • Alma 359 Yea, come unto me and bring forth
    works of righteousness, and ye shall not be hewn
    down and cast into the fire
  • 3 Nephi 452 Behold, for such I have laid down
    my life, and have taken it up again therefore
    repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth,
    and be saved.

17
Net Benefits of Come Unto Me
  • Be reconciled with thy brother
  • Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost
  • May stand spotless before Me
  • Numbered among My people
  • Continue to repent and confess sins
  • Build up again My Church
  • Be saved

18
NET LIABILITIES
  • Who so Cometh not unto Me is under the bondage
    of sin.

DC 837g
19
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20
I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD
He rejoiceth more over that which was lost, than
over the ninety an nine which went not astray
Matthew 1813
21
We Must Be Like Christ!
  • Christs example shows us the straitness of the
    path
  • And the narrowness of the Gate
  • He having set the example before them
  • He saith unto the children of men Follow thy Me
  • Wherefore can we follow Jesus save we shall be
    willing to keep the commandments of the Father?
    2 Nephi 1311-13

22
Jesus Christ is the Door
  • He that entereth not by the door into the
    sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way,
    the same is a thief and a robber.
  • But he that entereth in by the door is the
    shepherd of the sheep.
  • He goeth before them.
  • The sheep follow him for they know his voice
  • I am the door by me if any man enter in, he
    shall be saved, and shall go and out, and find
    pasture. John 101-2,4,9
  • Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven is open
    unto all . . . . Helaman 225

23
The Natural Man is an
Enemy to God
Old Man
  • Mosiah 1119 For the natural man is an enemy to
    God, and has been, from the fall of Adam, and
    will be, for ever and ever
  • Mosiah 1120 But if he yields to the enticings of
    the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man,
    and becometh a saint, through the atonement of
    Christ, the Lord, and becometh as a child,
    submissive1, meek2, humble3, patient4, full of
    love5, willing to submit6 to all things which the
    Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a
    child doth submit to his father.

Hidden Traits of a child of God
24
Natural man Kingdom of the devil Spiritual
man Kingdom of God
  • The natural man receiveth not the things of the
    Spirit of God for they are foolishness unto him
    neither can he know them, because they are
    spiritually discerned 1 Corinthians 214
  • Neither can any natural man abide the presence of
    God neither after the carnal mind ye are not
    able to abide the presence of God now, neither
    the ministering of angels wherefore continue in
    patience until ye are perfected DC 673c

25
Come Unto Christ The process of Being Born Again
New Man
  • Yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and
    fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being
    redeemed of God,
  • Becoming His sons and daughters,
  • And thus they become new creatures
  • And unless they do this, they can in no wise
    inherit the kingdom of God Mosiah 11188

Spiritual Definition
26
Coming Unto Christ is a part of our Covenant
relationship!
  • Mosiah 36 And we are willing to enter into a
    covenant with our God?
  • To do His will and to be obedient to His
    commandments?
  • In all things that He shall command us?
  • All the remainder of our days?

4 Questions
27
Mosiah 939-41 Terms of our
Covenant
Answers
  • Desirous to come unto the fold of God and to be
    called His people.
  • Willing to bear one anothers burdens, that they
    may be light.
  • Mourn with those that mourn,
  • Comfort those that stand in need of comfort.
  • Stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all
    things and in all places that ye may be in,
  • Even unto death, Endure to the End
  • That you may be redeemed of God and be numbered
    with those of the first resurrection, that ye may
    have eternal life.

28
I HAVE SET THE EXAMPLE BEFORE YOU!
Now this is the commandment Repent, all ye ends
of the earth! Come Unto Me! And be baptized in
My name! That ye may be sanctified by the
reception of the Holy Ghost . . . . 3 Nephi 1233
29
Mosiah 944 Our Covenant - Authoritative
Testimony
  • I baptize thee, having authority from the
    Almighty God,
  • As a testimony that ye have entered into a
    covenant to serve Him unto you are dead!

30
Mosiah 9175-177,179 The Pattern of making a
covenant
  • King Limhi had also entered into a covenant with
    God, and many of his people, to serve Him and
    keep His commandments.
  • King Limhi and many of his people were desirous
    to be baptized, but there was one in the land
    that had authority from God
  • They were desirous to be baptized as a witness
    and a testimony that they were willing to serve
    God with all their hearts
  • Nevertheless, they did prolong the time,

For an account of their baptism see Mosiah
1194-96
31
DC 177 Commandment given to the church for
those received unto baptism
  • Humble1 themselves before God
  • Desire2to be baptized
  • Come forth with broken hearts and contrite
    spirits3
  • Witness before the church that they have truly
    repented of all their sins4
  • Willing to take upon them the name of Jesus
    Christ5
  • Having a determination to serve Him to the end6
  • Truly manifest by their works that they have
    received of the Spirit of Christ unto the
    remission of their sins7 Those so baptized
    receive H.G. by LOOH

32
Compare with Moroni 61-4 Concerning Baptism
  • Were not baptized, save they brought forth fruit
    meet that they were worthy of it1 humility,
    desire in DC 177
  • Did not receive any unto baptism, save they came
    forth with a broken heart and a contrite spirit2
  • Witnessed unto the church that they truly
    repented of all their sins3
  • Took upon them the name of Christ4
  • Having a determination to serve Him to the end5
  • After that they had been received unto baptism
    and were wrought upon and cleansed6 by the power
    of the Holy Ghost,
  • They were numbered7 among the people of the
    church of Christ. Not specifically mentioned in
    DC

33

Coming Unto Christ is Amending our
Ways Jeremiah 73,5-6 Let the Wicked forsake
his way, his thoughts Isaiah 557- 9
  • Amend your ways and doings . . . .
  • For if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your
    doings if ye thoroughly execute judgment between
    a man and his neighbor. Covenant Relationships
  • If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless,
    and the widow, and shed not innocent blood,
    neither walk after other gods . . . . .

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The key to the Plan of Redemption Repentance
  • Therefore, according to justice, the plan of
    redemption could not be brought about, only on
    conditions of repentance of men in this
    probationary state Alma 1994
  • This being the intent of this last sacrifice
    Christs death to bring about the bowels of
    mercy, which overpowereth justice,
  • And bringeth about means unto men that they may
    have faith unto repentance Alma 16216

36
The Definition of Repentance1
  • Dealing with the Erring, No. 3, Repentance by
    Charles Fry
  • Repentance is the renouncement of a belief,
    practice, or act, from a conviction that it is
    wrong and an acceptance of, and a determination
    to do, what is found to be right.  
  • True repentance is dependent upon a proper
    concept of the sinful nature of the thing to be
    repented of.  
  • So long as one thinks a given practice to be
    right there can be no repentance, but as soon as
    he is convinced that it is wrong, and that some
    other way is right, he has reason for repentance,
    and if he also has desire it will be
    accomplished.
  • From this it is apparent that there can be no
    repentance except men are instructed in the
    right, and hence the necessity of the gospel, in
    which is revealed the righteousness of God, being
    preached to every creature, that they may have
    opportunity to repent and enter the kingdom of
    God.

37
REPENTANCE2
  • L. Wayne Updike.  In his classic book Whosoever
    Repenteth, page 15,
  • He defined repentance as
  • a conscious positive response to an
    ever-increasing Revelation of God." 

38
Repentance3 according to the Apostle Paul
Romans 7 I.V.
  • Now that I am spiritual . . . That which I am
    commanded to do, I do
  • And that which I am commanded not to allow, I
    allow not Verse 15
  • For what I know is not right, I would not do for
    that which is sin, I hate Verse 16
  • Now then, it is no more I that do sin but I seek
    to subdue that sin which dwelleth in me. Verse
    18 Note KJV reads differently

39
Repentance4 by Apostle John
  • Whoever is born of God doth not continue in sin
    1 John 39
  • We know that whosoever is born of God continueth
    not in sin but he that is begotten of God
    keepeth himself, that the wicked one overcometh
    him not 1 John 518

40
Bringing our Mind unto Christ
  • 2 Corinthians 105 Casting down imaginations,
    and every high thing that exalteth itself against
    the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity
    every thought to the obedience of Christ
  • 1 Corinthians 216 For who hath known the mind
    of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we
    have the mind of Christ.

HOW ?
41
The Message of King Benjamin Mosiah 1 3 The
angel message
  • The Stewardship of our Coming Unto Christ!

42
Highlights King Benjamin
  • Mosiah 139 You should hearken unto me and open
    your ears, that ye may hear,
  • And your hearts, that ye may understand,
  • And you minds, that the mysteries of God may be
    unfolded to your view.
  • Mosiah 149 That we may learn that when ye are
    in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only
    in the service of your God.

43
Blessings, Conditions, Promises
  • Mosiah 155 And behold, all that He requires of
    you is to keep His commandments.
  • Mosiah 158 And secondly, He doth require that
    ye should do as He hath commanded you, for which,
    if ye do, He doth immediately bless you.
  • Mosiah 188 Consider on the blessed and happy
    state of those keep the commandments of God.

44
Always Retain a remission of your sins Mosiah
219-22
  • Or if ye have known of his goodness, and have
    tasted of his love, and have received a remission
    of your sins, which causeth such exceeding great
    joy in your souls,
  • Even so I would that ye should remember, and
    always retain in remembrance, the greatness of
    God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness
    and long suffering towards you unworthy
    creatures,
  • And humble yourselves even in the depths of
    humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily,
    and standing steadfastly in the faith of that
    which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth
    of the angel
  • And behold, I say unto you, that if ye do this,
    ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the
    love of God, and always retain a remission of
    your sins

45
Mosiah 225, 28-31 Stewardship Grace unto
Generosity
  • And ye will not have a mind to injure one
    another, but to live peaceably, and to render to
    every man according to that which is his due.
  • And also, ye yourselves will succor those that
    stand in need of your succor ye will administer
    of your substance unto him that standeth in need
  • And ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up
    his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to
    perish.
  • Perhaps thou shalt say, The man has brought upon
    himself his misery therefore I will stay my
    hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor
    impart unto him of my substance, that he may not
    suffer, for his punishments are just.
  • But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this,
    the same hath great cause to repent and except
    he repenteth of that which he hath done, he
    perisheth for ever, and hath no interest in the
    kingdom of God.

46
Mosiah 240-44 Stewardship Key to Retaining a
Remission of Your Sins
  • And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not
    and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day
    to day I mean all you who deny the beggar,
    because ye have not I would that ye say in your
    hearts, that I give not because I have not but
    if I had, I would give.
  • And now, if ye say this in your hearts, ye remain
    guiltless, otherwise ye are condemned, and your
    condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye
    have not received.
  • And now, for the sake of these things which I
    have spoken unto you that is, for the sake of
    retaining a remission of your sins from day to
    day, that ye may walk guiltless before God,
  • I would that ye should impart of your substance
    to the poor, every man according to that which he
    hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the
    naked, visiting the sick, and administering to
    their relief, both spiritually and temporally,
    according to their wants,
  • And see that all these things are done in wisdom
    and order for it is not requisite that a man
    should run faster than he has strength.

47
Stewardship is a part of Coming Unto Christ
  • Stewardship is voluntary It is conditional on
    choice. It has never been, nor will it be
    compulsory.
  • Stewardship is using the things of this earth in
    the manner designed by God.
  • Stewardship is the recognition that we are
    stewards and not owners.
  • Stewardship is acknowledgement that stewards make
    an inventory (keep track) of all that God has
    given to them to be accountable for.
  • Stewardship is the paying of the tithe of our
    increase after our basic needs have been met and
    the recognition that any surplus is not just for
    us.

48
Stewardship is the Beginning of Zion
  • Stewardship is not the mathematical calculation
    of how much you owe, but the demonstration, by
    your lives, that all things belong to God.
  • Stewardship is the discovery, accumulation,
    management, and distribution of all the gifts God
    has given us.
  • Stewardship is learning to be efficient
    creating increase as well as surplus.
  • Stewardship is not what we give It is what we
    keep!
  • Stewardship is a condition of our hearts it
    measures our willingness to be obedient to the
    will of God today!

49
There is a working relationship between our
stewardship our covenant
  • Remember the Lord thy God for it is He that
    giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may
    establish His covenant Deuteronomy 818
  • My covenant with Israel is not forgotten, nor is
    My will slow to perform but to whom shall I
    speak, and by whom shall My counsel be observed?
    Behold I am wedded to My covenant and am jealous
    of My agreement with those who are there under.

    Apostle Joseph Luff, March 31, 1906.

50
Summarizing our Stewardship
  • Stewardship is learning that enough is sufficient
    and more than enough is surplus.
  • Stewardship is living simply, that others may
    simply live.
  • Stewardship is recognizing that our surplus
    should be returned so that those without
    sufficient will have enough.
  • Stewardship is the knowledge that having enough
    has little to do with the amount of money a
    person has and everything to do with a sense of
    the boundless provision that God provides.
  • Stewardship is being in the service of your
    fellow beings.
  • Stewardship benefits both the individual and the
    collective body.

51
COME UNTO CHRIST Preparatory/Preventative Ministry
R E A C H O U T
A N D T O U C H S O M E O N E
52
Preparing ? Planting ? Sustaining
The Ten P's
  • Prepare the Soil
  • Plant the seed
  • Nourish
  • Water
  • Maintain
  • God gives the increase
  • Harvest

Field of Souls
Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance
Promises Peak Power to Peculiar People
53
MAINTAINING THE COVENANT RELATIONSHIP
  • For they did prick their hearts with the word,
    continually stirring them up unto repentance
    Jarom 128
  • And also had appointed priests to teach the
    people, that thereby they might hear and know the
    commandments of God and stir them up in
    remembrance of the oath which they had made
    Mosiah 44
  • . . . . . They had addicted themselves to the
    ministry of the Saints ? 1 Corinthians 1615

54
MAINTAINING THE COVENANT RELATIONSHIP2
  • Be ye mindful always of His covenant 1
    Chronicles 1615
  • And they (priests) shall teach my people the
    difference between the holy and the profane
    Ezekiel 4423
  • And visit the house of each member, and exhort
    them to pray vocally and in secret, and attend to
    all family duties DC 1710b
  • The teachers duty is watch over the church
    always, and be with, and strengthen them, and see
    that there is no iniquity in the church, neither
    hardness with each other neither lying,
    backbiting, nor evil speaking DC 1711a

55
Parents have responsibility for the fruit of
their union!
  • Sec 684a And again, inasmuch as parents have
    children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which
    are organized, that teach them not to understand
    the doctrine of repentance faith in Christ the
    Son of the living God and of baptism and the
    gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the
    hands when eight years old, the sin be upon the
    head of the parents
  • Sec 684b for this shall be a law unto the
    inhabitants of Zion, or in any of her stakes
    which are organized and their children shall be
    baptized for the remission of their sins when
    eight years old, and receive the laying on of the
    hands
  • Sec 684c and they shall also teach their
    children to pray, and to walk uprightly before
    the Lord.

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COME UNTO CHRIST PRIORITIES for a firm Foundation
  • Much prayer and fasting
  • Focused Scripture Study
  • Focused worship and spiritual growth in our
    homes, the church, the workplace.
  • Application of taking upon us the name of Jesus
    Christ being His witnesses at all times and in
    all places.
  • Calling upon the mercy of God to lead us

57
Moroni 1029-30 Moronis Summary
  • Yea, Come Unto Christ, and be perfected in Him,
    and deny yourselves all ungodliness,
  • And if ye shall deny yourselves of all
    ungodliness, and love God with all your might,
    mind and strength,
  • Then is His grace sufficient for you, that by the
    grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in
    no wise deny the power the of God.
  • And again, if ye, by the power of God, are
    perfect in Christ, and deny not His power, then
    ye are sanctified in Christ by the grace of God,
    through the shedding of the blood of Christ,
    which is in the covenant of the Father,
  • Unto the remission of your sins, that ye may
    become holy without spot.

58
Freely have ye Received Freely shall ye Give
  • Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
    baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of
    the Son, and of the Holy Ghost ?Matthew 2818

59
Much Remains to be Done Our Work is not Finished
  • Gathering and Restoration of the House of Israel
  • Gathering of the Saints to the land of the New
    Jerusalem
  • The Endowment of the Priesthood
  • The New Jerusalem
  • The Gospel sweeps the earth then the end will
    come

60
Are we Witnessing for Him?
Consider the Lamanites and the House of Israel!
61
The Lamanite Mission A Missed Opportunity to
Come Unto Me
DC 31 (Oct. 1831) Parley P. Pratt, Oliver
Cowdery, Peter Whitmer, Jr. and Ziba Peterson
were commanded to go west . . .
Because the missionaries delayed at Kirtland for
an unscheduled stop, they arrived too late to
meet with 4 tribal Chiefs from the West who had
journeyed to hear about what is now known to be
The Book of Mormon. When the missionaries
finally arrived, 2 of the 4 chiefs had already
died and the remaining two had departed for their
homes. Only one chief made it back. The door of
opportunity must be entered while it is yet open.
62
The Great Spirit sent us!
  • In early 1831, three Nez Perce and one Flathead
    Indian traveled upriver to St. Louis from
    Independence to see General William Clark. They
    made the long journey east to learn about the
    white man, his religion and to seek the "white
    man's Book of Heaven". They had been sent by the
    Great Spirit to receive it. Although two of the
    Indians died in St. Louis, a third died on the
    way home and the surviving Indian was killed
    shortly after reaching his tribe in a raid by the
    Blackfoot, their journey showed that the Spirit
    of God was active in working to bring about the
    enlightenment and restoration of the Lamanite
    peoples.

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Tell us about this Jesus Christ
  • The Nez Perce were already familiar with the
    Bible, having made contact with Lewis and Clark
    in the 1820's and had developed an excellent
    relationship with them, especially after finding
    that they worshipped the same God, Jesus. Their
    good relations with Lewis and Clark caused them
    to be very well treated and entertained in
    Missouri, even by the governor. However, on their
    last visit with the governor in St. Louis, they
    expressed the intent of their mission and the
    disappointment they had in not accomplishing that
    mission in the following speech given by one of
    the Nez Perce to the governor

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In Search of Truth
  • "I come over the trail of many moons from the
    setting sun. You were the friend of my fathers
    who have all gone the long way. I come with one
    eye partly open, for more light for my people who
    sit in darkness. I go back with both eyes closed.
    How can I go back blind to my blind people? I
    made my way to you with strong arms through many
    enemies and strange lands that I might carry back
    much to them. I go back with both arms broken and
    empty. Two fathers came with us. They were the
    braves of many winters and wars. We leave them to
    sleep by your great water and wigwams. They were
    tired of many moons and their moccasins wore out.

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The Book of Heaven
  • "My people sent me to get the white man's Book
    of Heaven. You took me to where you allow your
    woman to dance, as we do ours, and the Book was
    not there. You took me to where they worship the
    Great Spirit with candles and the Book was not
    there. You showed me the images of the good
    spirits and the pictures of the good lands beyond
    heaven, but the Book was not among them to tell
    us the way. I am going back to the long sad trail
    to my people in the dark land. You make my feet
    heavy with gifts and my moccasins will grow old
    carrying them, yet the Book is not among them.

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We Desired to COME
UNTO CHRIST
  • When I tell my poor blind people, after one
    more snow, in the Big Council, that I did not
    bring the Book, no word will be spoken by our old
    men or young braves. One by one they will rise up
    and go out in silence. My people will die in
    darkness, and they will go on the long path to
    the hunting grounds. No white man will go with
    them and no white man's Book will make the way
    plain."

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A direct connection between Zion, Lamanites, End
Times
  • But before the great day of the Lord shall come,
    Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness and the
    Lamanites shall blossom as the rose.
  • Zion shall flourish upon the hills DC 495a,b
  • Have treated lightly the things you have
    received,
  • Brought the whole church under condemnation.
  • Shall remain under this condemnation until . . .
    .
  • Repent and remember the new covenant, even the
    Book of Mormon and the former commandments . . .
  • Not only to say, but to do DC 838a,b

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Joseph Smith, Jr. Liberty Jail, December 16,
1838
  • Zion shall yet live, though she seemeth to be
    dead!

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Zion could have been already redeemed in this
dispensation
  • Were it not for the transgressions of My people
    (DC 102)
  • Not learned to be obedient to the things I
    require at their hands
  • Full of all manner of evil
  • Do not impart of their substance to the poor
  • Not united according to the union required by the
    law of the celestial kingdom

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Our charge for Zion today
  • The process of establishing Zion is assisted by
    those who possess the godly plan of salvation and
    bring it to Gods designated place for its
    conception that they may live it with others of
    like-mind and like-heart.
  • By doing so in daily association, they are
    molding spiritually productive lives as Christ is
    permitted to abide both in and with them.
  • This temporal expression of their collective
    faith will become a living testimony to the world
    that watches for an active ensign of Zion.

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What Holds Back Zion?
  • We have received His law, but we have refused to
    live the message which is in harmony with His
    will.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ lies imprisoned in the
    midst of this people. He is weak and feeble,
    because we have bound him within our souls by our
    preference of secondary things, by our
    indifference, and by the things of this world.
    We are not different enough for the world to take
    notice of us. Apostle Arthur Oakman
  • Zion requires us to become His people first,
    before we can become the city of Zion. The
    spiritual conditions of the Zion must exist prior
    to the bricks and mortar.

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It is time to take up our cross and follow Him
  • The time to favor Zion, yea, the set time has
    come, but My army is not yet very great, and the
    weapons of your warfare - many of them - are yet
    carnal and with these ye cannot prevail. When,
    Oh when, will My people learn that it is not by
    might nor power, but by My Holy Spirit their work
    shall be made to succeed. Joseph Luff, October
    8, 1905.
  • Does the task of establishing Zion still PRESS
    HEAVILY UPON US? Doctrine Covenants 1383a

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OPEN REBELLION Not an Option
Mosiah 179-80
  • And now, I say unto you, my brethren, that after
    ye have known and have been taught all these
    things, If ye should transgress, and go contrary
    to that which has been spoken, that ye withdraw
    yourselves from the Spirit of the Lord . . . The
    man that doeth this, the same cometh out in open
    rebellion against God.

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The Path lies before us!
NOT BEHIND US!
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