In the prior post, we established the fraud of Aaronic priesthood based on Jesus fulfilling The Law of Moses. Reading the prior post is a prerequisite to understanding this document. In this paper, we will prove the contrivance of the Melchizedek priesthood and the fraud of Joseph Smith claiming a transfer of power from Peter, James, and John as we demonstrate Smith’s ongoing proclivity to fabricate “facts” and spiritual events as revisionist history to support his kingdom building efforts.
We will then expose the deception of D&C 110, which never actually occurred because Smith and Cowdery never spoke of it and the revisionist report never saw the light of day until after the Mormon theocracy was established in Utah. Mormon temple worship rests in part upon Section 110 of the Doctrine and Covenants and you will see that its provenance is completely without merit or worth.
Let’s begin this paper with Oliver Cowdery who gave the first written statement about priesthood restoration and examine what he did NOT say in his 1834 history. We will attempt to follow these issues in a chronological fashion.
Oliver Cowdery is silent regarding Peter, James, and John in his 1834 History
In Cowdery’s 1834 history he gives the following narration of his encounter at the Susquehanna River:
On a sudden, as from the midst of eternity, the voice of the Redeemer spake peace to us, while the veil was parted and the angel of God came down clothed with glory, and delivered the anxiously looked for message, and the keys of the Gospel of repentance. What joy! what wonder! what amazement! While the world was racked and distracted—while millions were groping as the blind for the wall, and while all men were resting upon uncertainty, as a general mass, our eyes beheld, our ears heard, as in the ‘blaze of day’; yes, more—above the glitter of the May sunbeam, which then shed its brilliancy over the face of nature! Then his voice, though mild, pierced to the center, and his words, ‘I am thy fellow-servant,’ dispelled every fear. We listened, we gazed, we admired! ’Twas the voice of an angel from glory, ’twas a message from the Most High! And as we heard we rejoiced, while His love enkindled upon our souls, and we were wrapped in the vision of the Almighty! Where was room for doubt? Nowhere; uncertainty had fled, doubt had sunk no more to rise, while fiction and deception had fled forever! “But, dear brother, think, further think for a moment, what joy filled our hearts, and with what surprise we must have bowed, (for who would not have bowed the knee for such a blessing?) when we received under his hand the Holy Priesthood as he said, ‘Upon you my fellow-servants, in the name of Messiah, I confer this Priesthood and this authority, which shall remain upon earth, that the Sons of Levi may yet offer an offering unto the Lord in righteousness!’ “I shall not attempt to paint to you the feelings of this heart, nor the majestic beauty and glory which surrounded us on this occasion; but you will believe me when I say, that earth, nor men, with the eloquence of time, cannot begin to clothe language in as interesting and sublime a manner as this holy personage. (Pearl of Great Price, p. 58-59.)
But wait— when Smith writes his 1838 history he claims that the angel was named John the Baptist who said to them that he acted under the direction of Peter, James, and John, and John the Baptist supposedly told them according to Smith, that in due time a higher priesthood would be conferred upon them. (See the Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith history, verse 72 quoted below.) Given the poetic prose of Cowdery whose writing style was rather flamboyant, as well as Cowdery’s penchant for details as demonstrated by his composition known today as D&C 20, doesn’t it seem odd to you that he would skip over such an important aspect of the angel’s visit? Why would Cowdery leave out the details of acting under the direction of Peter, James, and John, and a forthcoming visit to restore higher priesthood if those words were actually spoken? Cowdery left those words out because they were never spoken! We remind the reader that Cowdery does not name the visiting being in his 1834 history because he did not know the name. Also, Cowdery did not mention Peter, James, and John, because their names were never spoken in that unholy visitation.
Moreover (and this is the essential point), if Peter, James, and John, had actually visited Smith and Cowdery sometime later as Joseph claimed, we would have a lengthy dissertation from Cowdery written in his 1834 history in the same flowery language as he used to write the purported visit of John the Baptist. If three ancient apostles had in fact presented themselves to these men, Cowdery could not have refrained himself from writing about it in grandiose and elaborate prose which would be famous in the church to this day. However, Cowdery’s silence on this matter is deafening! His failure to say even one word on the topic condemns the later claims of Joseph Smith regarding so-called Melchizedek priesthood restoration. It never happened. Cowdery’s silence closes this question in our opinion, yet we will present the remainder of our evidence against Joseph Smith’s fraud regarding Peter, James, and John.
The 1833 Book of Commandments is Revised as the 1835 D&C
A year following Cowdery’s historical account above, the Book of Commandments (BOC) was revised as a revisionist history and published as the 1835 D&C with numerous “revelations” completely rewritten to support Smith’s growing claims of power and authority. We have presented this data elsewhere regarding D&C 27, and offer it here again to support our proposition of Smith’s fraud regarding Peter, James, and John. We remind the reader that this “revelation” was not received through the seer stone with which Smith translated the Book of Mormon. Both the original form in the BOC (the left-hand column below) as well as the modified form in the D&C (the right-hand column below) were creations of Smith’s own mind because he had ceased to use the seer stone after the BOC version of D&C 18.
Beginning with the 1835 D&C, Smith’s obvious propensity to fabricate events and claims about his prophetic exploits were out in the open for all to see. Until his death in 1844, he never stopped inventing new assertions and declarations for his fledgling church followers to consume as candy. Just read Smith’s Nauvoo sermons and you will see the point. Joseph continued fabricating the most outlandish and eccentric doctrines and ordinances ever conceived and none of them are supported by the Bible or Book of Mormon. Any honest seeker of truth must ask themselves one simple question. If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever— and for argument sake, let’s assume for a moment God actually spoke to Smith in the BOC revelation below— why would God then CHANGE that revelation when Smith revised the BOC to publish the D&C? God does not change…He is an unchangeable Being! Nothing ever adds up when it comes to Joseph Smith. We are left with the only possible solution to this quandary. Smith fraudulently rewrote his “revelations” to build his kingdom in his own image. Joseph Smith is Mormonism’s idol.
D&C 27 is dated August, 1830. Then why wasn’t it published in the 1833 BOC with all the added data in the right-hand column below? The answer is simple. Joseph Smith is a con artist who makes this stuff up as he goes along!
|1833 Book of Commandments||1835 Doctrine and Covenants|
|28:6 Behold this is wisdom in me, wherefore marvel not, for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you, on the earth, and with all those whom my Father hath given me out of the world:||27:5 Behold, this is wisdom in me; wherefore, marvel not, for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you on the earth, and with Moroni, whom I have sent unto you to reveal the Book of Mormon, containing the fulness of my everlasting gospel, to whom I have committed the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim;
27:6 And also with Elias, to whom I have committed the keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began, concerning the last days;
27:7 And also John the son of Zacharias, which Zacharias he (Elias) visited and gave promise that he should have a son, and his name should be John, and he should be filled with the spirit of Elias;
27:8 Which John I have sent unto you, my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, to ordain you unto the first priesthood which you have received, that you might be called and ordained even as Aaron;
27:9 And also Elijah, unto whom I have committed the keys of the power of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse;
27:10 And also with Joseph and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, your fathers, by whom the promises remain;
27:11 And also with Michael, or Adam, the father of all, the prince of all, the ancient of days;
27:12 And also with Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles, and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry and of the same things which I revealed unto them;
27:13 Unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last times; and for the fulness of times, in the which I will gather together in one all things, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth;
27:14 And also with all those whom my Father hath given me out of the world.
We must ask a terrible question at this point. In D&C 27:12 quoted just above, it states that Peter, James, and John ordained Joseph Smith as an apostle. If that was true, why did Joseph ask Lyman Wight to ordain him as a high priest at the June 1831 church conference held at the Isaac Morley farm in Kirtland, Ohio??? Wouldn’t the apostleship received from Jesus’ own apostles supersede the need for Smith to be ordained a high priest by a mere man? Once again it appears that Smith was careless in the management of his revisionist history-making craft. The Mormon church has kept this event at the Morley Farm out of the limelight, and most active Mormons are completely unaware of this historical ordination of Joseph Smith. (The Joseph Smith Papers. The Church Historian’s Press. Histories, Volume 2, page 40. Also, see Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations. Mark Lyman Staker. Greg Kofford Books, 2009, p. 158.)
The 1835 D&C and Joseph Smith’s Expanding Views on Melchizedek Priesthood
The 1835 edition of the D&C contained the following three Sections with references to Smith’s expanding views on Melchizedek priesthood. In his 1838 history discussed below, Smith claimed that the ancient apostles Peter, James, and John, conferred the Melchizedek priesthood upon him and Oliver Cowdery. In these Sections you can easily follow Smith’s penchant to enlarge details and expand his viewpoint as you read through these “revelations.” To follow the chronological order of events and claims, we will investigate these Sections of the 1835 D&C now.
15 Wherefore they shall be high priests who are worthy, and they shall be appointed by the First Presidency of the Melchizedek Priesthood, except they be literal descendants of Aaron. 16 And if they be literal descendants of Aaron they have a legal right to the bishopric, if they are the firstborn among the sons of Aaron; 17 For the firstborn holds the right of the presidency over this priesthood, and the keys or authority of the same. 18 No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant and the firstborn of Aaron. 19 But, as a high priest of the Melchizedek Priesthood has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices he may officiate in the office of bishop when no literal descendant of Aaron can be found, provided he is called and set apart and ordained unto this power, under the hands of the First Presidency of the Melchizedek Priesthood. (D&C 68. This Section was dated November 1831 but was not included in the 1833 BOC. It’s obvious revisionist history.)
57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son. (D&C 76. This Section was dated February 16, 1832 but was not included in the 1833 BOC. It’s obvious revisionist history.)
Below we will quote a portion of Section 107 which is Smith’s largest treatise on his creation of Melchizedek Priesthood. There is nothing at all in the Bible or Book of Mormon to support or substantiate these claims. In fact, these claims go counter to Alma Chapter 13 which is the single chapter in the Book of Mormon to most fully address priesthood. The reader is welcome to study all of D&C 107 if desired. Here we quote the first 18 verses of the Section which is sufficient to make our point.
1 There are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely, the Melchizedek and Aaronic, including the Levitical Priesthood. 2 Why the first is called the Melchizedek Priesthood is because Melchizedek was such a great high priest. 3 Before his day it was called the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God. 4 But out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek Priesthood. 5 All other authorities or offices in the church are appendages to this priesthood. 6 But there are two divisions or grand heads—one is the Melchizedek Priesthood, and the other is the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood. 7 The office of an elder comes under the priesthood of Melchizedek. 8 The Melchizedek Priesthood holds the right of presidency, and has power and authority over all the offices in the church in all ages of the world, to administer in spiritual things. 9 The Presidency of the High Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, have a right to officiate in all the offices in the church. 10 High priests after the order of the Melchizedek Priesthood have a right to officiate in their own standing, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things, and also in the office of an elder, priest (of the Levitical order), teacher, deacon, and member. 11 An elder has a right to officiate in his stead when the high priest is not present. 12 The high priest and elder are to administer in spiritual things, agreeable to the covenants and commandments of the church; and they have a right to officiate in all these offices of the church when there are no higher authorities present. 13 The second priesthood is called the Priesthood of Aaron, because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations. 14 Why it is called the lesser priesthood is because it is an appendage to the greater, or the Melchizedek Priesthood, and has power in administering outward ordinances. 15 The bishopric is the presidency of this priesthood, and holds the keys or authority of the same. 16 No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant of Aaron. 17 But as a high priest of the Melchizedek Priesthood has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices, he may officiate in the office of bishop when no literal descendant of Aaron can be found, provided he is called and set apart and ordained unto this power by the hands of the Presidency of the Melchizedek Priesthood. 18 The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church— (D&C 107. This Section is dated March 28, 1835 and was drafted specifically for the D&C.)
D&C 107 reads like a military manual for the organization of a battalion of soldiers more than it does the words of a loving God providing something to His children that would help them more than it would harm them. The reader may want to pause at this point and compare this nonsense from D&C 107 with what the Book of Mormon declares about “Melchizedek” in Alma chapter 13, and the doctrine of the Holy Order of God, which many Book of Mormon prophets discuss. Mormons have completely ignored these facts from the Book of Mormon in favor of Smith’s priesthood pronouncements from the D&C. See our prior post at: http://greatandmarvelouswork.com/the-holy-order-of-god/
Joseph’s 1838 History
Returning to the chronological order of events we come to Smith’s 1838 history. In the prior post, we quoted much of Smith’s history as it pertained to priesthood restoration in general. For our purposes here, we will quote a single verse which focuses on the issue of Melchizedek priesthood. These details were nowhere to be found prior to this 1838 account. This account comes nearly a decade after the theoretical events were supposed to have transpired.
72 The messenger who visited us on this occasion and conferred this Priesthood upon us, said that his name was John, the same that is called John the Baptist in the New Testament, and that he acted under the direction of Peter, James and John, who held the keys of the Priesthood of Melchizedek, which Priesthood, he said, would in due time be conferred on us, and that I should be called the first Elder of the Church, and he (Oliver Cowdery) the second. It was on the fifteenth day of May, 1829, that we were ordained under the hand of this messenger, and baptized. (Joseph Smith History, 1838. Pearl of Great Price.)
This brings us to the heart of the fraudulent and deceitful matter. Are we supposed to believe that when a lesser restoration event occurred regarding Aaronic Priesthood, that the date of the event was known, and both parties who were involved with the encounter left a record of the event— yet, when the greatest priesthood restoration event of all occurred within Mormonism, the date was unknown and the facts surrounding the event were never recorded or spoken of??? This is utter nonsense. There is NO WAY we wouldn’t know the date and all the details associated with this event if it had truly occurred! Is there no integrity at all in the heart of Joseph Smith?
Mormon apologists argue for a date of Melchizedek priesthood restoration prior to the organization of the church in April of 1830. Defenders of the faith are mortified to imagine the church being organized without Melchizedek priesthood, although, the circumstantial evidence is trivial and inconsequential to support such a claim. Critics of this point of view argue for a restoration date later in 1830 or early 1831 prior to the Morley Farm priesthood ordination incident. Our argument as set forth in this paper is that no restoration occurred at all.
If Jesus’ ancient apostles had pierced the veil and brought to earth something called “Melchizedek priesthood,” news of this event would have spread far and wide. The day as well as the hour would be known and celebrated unto this day! Both Smith and Cowdery would have written page after page regarding the event. Numerous sermons would have been spoken and recorded on this matter and missionaries would have taught these things to their potential converts. Letters and diaries and reminiscences and histories of the period would be filled with the good news in all of its glorious detail. However, none of these things occurred.
The records are as silent as the grave. Why? Because the event never happened! The retroactive claims were nothing more than fraudulent revisionist history. Furthermore, the fruits of such a priesthood with power to heal disease and illness would be so profound and overwhelming to the people of the earth that cultures the world over would bring their crippled and ailing family members to Salt Lake City, Utah to be healed by the Mormon apostles. The hospitals would be emptied of their patients wherever Mormon priesthood holders live. Yet no such fruit exists. How is it possible then that millions of Mormons continue to believe this fraud? Hospitals are in fact big business in Mormon country and the cancer research industry thrives in Salt Lake City right under the noses of the Mormon priesthood hierarchy. Many of the Mormon apostles themselves have died from cancer! So much for Melchizedek priesthood power— Go figure! Do miracles occur among the Mormons? Yes! But no more than they occur among all people of faith on the earth.
Next, we will review two selected histories from the many original letters and papers of the period that are representative of the silence of the ‘priesthood restoration’ events.
Joseph Knight Sr. Reminiscences
Sometime after 1833, Joseph Knight Sr. wrote a history of the early church through the year 1833. Renowned Mormon historian Richard L. Bushman had this to say about it: “The most candid and revealing of the reminiscences is the unpolished but vivid recollection of Joseph Knight, Joseph Smith’s Colesville friend.” (Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism. Richard L. Bushman. University of Illinois Press, 1984, p. 190).
Knight produced a detailed history of the early church which makes no mention whatsoever regarding Aaronic or Melchizedek priesthood restoration. Smith was a close confidant of Knight whose silence on these matters makes one sit up and take note. Knight’s history can be located and read in the book, Early Mormon Documents. Vol 4. Edited by Dan Vogel. Signature Books, 2002, p. 11-24.
Lucy Mack Smith Memoir
In 1844, Joseph Smith’s mother, Lucy Mack Smith, wrote a lengthy history of her life and the rise of Mormonism under the hands of her son. Nowhere in her original account is there any mention whatsoever regarding John the Baptist, or Peter, James, and John visiting her son to restore ancient priesthood as claimed by Joseph. However, Lucy does describe how Joseph and Oliver went to the Susquehanna River to baptize each other stating it was a “mandate given them through the urim (Sic) and Thumim (Sic)…” which was the common understanding of the early church members. (Lucy’s Book. A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir. Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson. Signature Books, 2001, p. 439.)
Moreover, Lucy was silent on the matter of the so-called “First Vision” in her memoirs. After she introduces her son Joseph to the reader, she begins her account of his ministry with the story of the angel Moroni. One would think that a visitation from the Father and the Son would trump a visit from an angel in the eyes of Joseph’s mother? Certainly, she would have been aware of such an event if, in fact, it had occurred? (Lucy’s Book. A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir. Edited by Lavina Fielding Anderson. Signature Books, 2001, p. 329-338.)
However, this oversight would never do in the eyes of the church, therefore when Orson Pratt published Lucy’s memoirs in 1853, he inserted an account of the “First Vision” into Lucy’s story. More revisionist history! As we read Lucy’s original manuscript we discover that her account of the rise of Mormonism is as silent as the tomb when it comes to the advent of the “First Vision” and the supposed subsequent visitations of John the Baptist, and the apostles Peter, James, and John. The fact that these founding events, as claimed by Smith and the modern church, were absent from Lucy’s memoir is significant! We leave it to the reader to judge for themselves the veracity of Smith’s claims against the record of his Mother.
Priesthood Lines of Authority: Moses Received His Call and Power Directly from God
In D&C Section 84, Joseph Smith attempts to establish a priesthood line of authority from Moses to his father-in-law Jethro, and on back through his progenitors to a man named Esaias who supposedly received the priesthood directly from God. There is, however, a problem with this claim. In the Bible, in Exodus chapters 3 and 4, God calls Moses himself and gives him power in his rod or staff. Moreover, God also gives him power over the elements as demonstrated by the leprosy in Moses’ hand. Moses took “the rod of God” with him into Egypt because God spoke to him saying, “And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.” (Exodus 4:17)
Moses had no need of an ordination from Jethro, the priest of Midian, who performed blood sacrifices. (Exodus chapter 18). This false claim by Smith was an attempt to establish his idea of lines of authority for men holding the priesthood. The modern church has designed actual fill-in-the-blank forms that are used to preserve one’s priesthood line of authority that follows their authority back to Peter, James and John. These forms are typically passed on to the next person in the ‘priesthood’ chain of authority.
Smith seems to have been completely ignorant regarding the Holy Order spoken of in the Book of Mormon as he designed the architecture of Mormon priesthood. Here is Smith’s “revelation” on this matter:
6 And the sons of Moses, according to the Holy Priesthood which he received under the hand of his father-in-law, Jethro; 7 And Jethro received it under the hand of Caleb; 8 And Caleb received it under the hand of Elihu; 9 And Elihu under the hand of Jeremy; 10 And Jeremy under the hand of Gad; 11 And Gad under the hand of Esaias; 12 And Esaias received it under the hand of God. 13 Esaias also lived in the days of Abraham, and was blessed of him— 14 Which Abraham received the priesthood from Melchizedek, who received it through the lineage of his fathers, even till Noah; 15 And from Noah till Enoch, through the lineage of their fathers; 16 And from Enoch to Abel, who was slain by the conspiracy of his brother, who received the priesthood by the commandments of God, by the hand of his father Adam, who was the first man— 17 Which priesthood continueth in the church of God in all generations, and is without beginning of days or end of years. (D&C 84)
The Fraud of D&C 110
The 1836 journal of Joseph Smith contains one of the most enigmatic or mysterious entries in all of Smith’s career as the founder of Mormonism. The final entry in that journal was originally written in third-person by Warren Cowdery, elder brother of Oliver Cowdery. The journal entry purports to tell of an experience in Mormon history where keys and dispensations of authority were granted to Joseph and Oliver. Strangely however, neither Joseph or Oliver ever mentioned this supposed event to anyone during their lifetime. The record of the Kirtland, Ohio period of church history is utterly silent regarding this matter. There are no diaries, letters, newspaper articles, or sermons where this alleged vision is referenced. Yet today in the modern church, D&C 110 is presented to the members as though it occurred without question or historical anomaly on April 3, 1836 in the Kirtland Temple. (The Joseph Smith Papers. The Church Historian’s Press. Journals, Volume 1, p. 217-223.)
Members of the Mormon church were totally unaware of this purported event until November 6, 1852 when it was published in the Deseret News, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The current text as a first-person narrative was included in the 1876 D&C for the first time. No one is certain where this journal entry came from or where Warren Cowdery may have received his information— It remains an enigma to this day. The church maintains that this Section is a valid revelation that teaches temple doctrine, “To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers.” The church uses D&C 110 to justify the practice of sealing families together forever by Melchizedek priesthood power as part of the Temple ceremonies.
Perhaps Smith can be less stringently reprimanded for the liberties taken by the modern church with regard to this “revelation,” because Joseph never spoke about this purported 1836 vision. However, it was recorded in his journal, and it does contain the types of claims Smith often made, so he does bear some responsibility for its existence and its ongoing fraudulent use in Mormonism. This “revelation” names Jehovah, Moses, Elias, and Elijah as having appeared to Smith and Cowdery giving them keys and promises for which we search in vain to find fulfilment. Here is the text if you desire to read it for yourself.
1 The veil was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened. 2 We saw the Lord standing upon the breastwork of the pulpit, before us; and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber. 3 His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow; his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun; and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, saying: 4 I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father. 5 Behold, your sins are forgiven you; you are clean before me; therefore, lift up your heads and rejoice. 6 Let the hearts of your brethren rejoice, and let the hearts of all my people rejoice, who have, with their might, built this house to my name. 7 For behold, I have accepted this house, and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people in mercy in this house. 8 Yea, I will appear unto my servants, and speak unto them with mine own voice, if my people will keep my commandments, and do not pollute this holy house. 9 Yea the hearts of thousands and tens of thousands shall greatly rejoice in consequence of the blessings which shall be poured out, and the endowment with which my servants have been endowed in this house. 10 And the fame of this house shall spread to foreign lands; and this is the beginning of the blessing which shall be poured out upon the heads of my people. Even so. Amen. 11 After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north. 12 After this, Elias appeared, and committed the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, saying that in us and our seed all generations after us should be blessed. 13 After this vision had closed, another great and glorious vision burst upon us; for Elijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said: 14 Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come— 15 To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse— 16 Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors. (D&C 110.)
We conclude this paper regarding the contrivance of the Melchizedek priesthood and submit this evidence for your careful consideration. To us the case is closed. It is just another instance in a long line of contrivances attributable to the man Joseph Smith whose fraudulent life is being exposed through the Holy Scriptures. Joseph’s missteps and mistakes prove what God said to him in the beginning of his career… that he only had “one gift” and not to pretend to any other gifts. Smith spent his life pretending, and it’s all coming unraveled before our eyes.
This blog is dedicated to the story of The Great and Marvelous Work as it is taught in scripture. We’ve attempted to make plain what the prophets and apostles have written regarding this coming great work which we’ve called the Isaiah Story. Dismantling the lies and fraud of the church which calls itself “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” is the first work that Jehovah will undertake when he stands up among us. Therefore, we’ve invested a tremendous amount of time and energy exposing the man Joseph Smith and the fraud he perpetrated upon an entire segment of society known commonly as the Mormons.
In a tremendous twist of irony, the Mormon people were given the divine gift of the Book of Mormon to help them awaken to the cult of lies in which they would find themselves. Sadly, that sacred volume of scripture is generally ignored by most members and maligned by those who have discovered Smith’s fraud without first deeply searching the scriptures. Anyone who invests the time to search the Book of Mormon in terms of its content related to the Isaiah Story will discover for themselves the merit and worth and truth of the book. The Bible and Book of Mormon tell the same story and teach the same doctrine.
The holy prophets wrote of this end time drama with melancholy and tremendous sadness knowing, as they do, the fate of the souls of no light or Mormons who trust in the arm of flesh rather than trusting in God. An entire culture or cult has been created within the Mormon church which gives total and absolute obeisance and homage to the fifteen men who sit atop its board of directors, known collectively as “the brethren.” The church hierarchy fancy themselves as “prophets, seers, and revelators” following in the untoward footsteps of the original fraud Joseph Smith (D&C 21:1; D&C 107:92; D&C 124:94).
In the official declarations of the church, these men proclaim themselves to be prophets, seers, and revelators even when the fruits of such claims are totally absent. In the D&C on page 294 we read:
“Recognizing Spencer W. Kimball as the prophet, seer, and revelator, and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is proposed that we as a constituent assembly accept this revelation as the word and will of the Lord. All in favor please signify by raising your right hand. Any opposed by the same sign. The vote to sustain the foregoing motion was unanimous in the affirmative.
Salt Lake City, Utah, September 30, 1978.”
At ‘personal worthiness interviews,’ conducted by local leaders, members are subjected to rigorous questioning as to their loyalty to the church and its general and local leaders in order to gain access to the temple where Masonic ceremonies are performed. In official conferences held often in the church, members are required to sustain the brethren with upraised hands as “prophets, seers, and revelators” which is a terrible form of coercion, overt peer pressure, and brainwashing.
It is to these Mormon people in particular that this blog has been dedicated. Most Mormons are decent human beings with good hearts who live morally upstanding lives. They have, however, been indoctrinated and programmed from either birth or conversion to “follow the prophet” without question rather than following Jesus Christ with a broken heart and contrite spirit. We pray this blog can help awaken them to their awful situation.