RODNEY MAXWELL'S PERSONAL STORY
How I came to this Marvelous Work and A Wonder®...
AS I UNDERSTAND IT... Ralph Maxwell Sr. was born (1768) and lived in England near a natural well called the Max Well. His son Ralph Maxwell Jr. was born (1800's) and lived in Scotland. His son Ralph Wallace Maxwell was born (1800's) and lived in Peoa, Summit County, Utah, America. His son Orson Clive Maxwell was born (1900) and lived in Peoa, Utah, America. His son Leon Ralph Maxwell (my father) was born (1928) in Park City, Summit County, Utah, America. His son Rodney Maxwell (I) was born (1956) and raised in Coalville, Summit County, Utah, America.
AS I UNDERSTAND IT (without getting into endless genealogy (Titus 3:5-9), the Geary family came to America from Germany in the 1800's and settled just north of Summit County in Morgan County, Morgan, Utah, America. Austin Leo Geary was born (1900) and lived in Morgan, Morgan County, Utah, America. His daughter Roma Jean Geary (my mother) was born (1929) and lived in Coalville, Summit County, Utah, America.
Both of my grandparents were Son's and Daughter's of the Utah pioneers. One of my great, great grandmothers is burried up Echo Canyon about 55 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah and died on the Mormon Pioneer Trail like many other settlers did while traveling west. My mothers father, my grandfather was present at the Golden Spike ceremony joining the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States connecting the Central Pacific and Union Railroad at Great Salt Lake, Utah. My father and mother met in and lived in Summit County, Utah, America and were later married in the Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah (LDS) temple (1949).
I was born of goodly parents of character (honesty, integrity, compassion) and raised in the small town of Coalville, Summit County, Utah, 40 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah with about 2,000 (LDS) residents (one Catholic family). I was given a name and a blessing in the (LDS) church at birth (following the traditions of our fathers) with a 6 year older sister, a 4 year older brother, and later, a 2 year younger sister.
I was baptized (representing death and resurrection to life eternal and /or being born again by the spirit) at age 8 by my father (confirmed a member of the (LDS) church). I was ordained a deacon at age 12 (collected fast offerings). I believed my father was the smartest man in the world. (I came to realize in 2012 he was inducted into the United States Automotive Hall of Fame). He was a man of honesty, integrity and a perfectionist in all that he did and my mother was a very loving nurturing mother. I never saw her drink or heard her swear. I went swimming and fishing in the rivers and lakes, hunted deer, pheasants and ducks with my brothers lab (to supplement our food). I would be alone for hours and contemplate this life. We sledded down hills, ice skated on the river, lakes and made bonfires to keep warm. We were never allowed to discuss religion or politics in our home. I learned the value of the dollar growing up through hard work and chores (digging post holes, putting up fences, staking out our horses, shoveling gravel, pouring cement, building barns, garages, roofing, painting, hauling hay, feeding horses and 2 beef all by the age of 13). Santa Claus came to our church (inside) at Christmas time and he even brought a live (mule deer) reindeer. We were creative, innovative and entertained ourselves, built go-carts, mini bike, tote-goat I rode them in the mountains alone. It was peaceful. I would ponder the mysteries of God and this great universe. I was ordained a teacher at age 14 (went home teaching and prepared and passed the sacrament). I rode in the posse, won the county turkey shooting contest, could hit a penny at 50 feet, could hit a bottle thrown in the air with my rifle, I was on the all-star basketball team (and could stuff a basket) and won the school chess championship. I was ordained a priest at 16 (blessed the sacrament). My father and mother taught me accountability by example. On Halloween, before we went trick or treating my dad said, "Don't break anything you can't pay for." And, as hard as our labor was I wasn't about to.
My father thought I should be working at age 13. I maintained my grandfather and grandmother's large yard one summer. Then, by age 14 I contracted to roof their home where they raised their 7 children (including my mother). He was the first man to deliver gasoline in Summit County and Morgan County, Utah by horse and wagon. I raised 2 new baby red-tailed hawks each summer my 13th and 14th year and took my 2 baby red-tailed hawks with me each summer to work. They'd set on a perch while I rigged a pulley, pulled the pallets of shingles up on the roof and completed the roofing before school started up again in the fall. My hawks by then lost their down, grew feathers and razor sharp claws, learned how to fly and returned to the wild. My hawks would stay out a night, then two, then a few until they could provide for themselves and taught me alot about becoming self sufficient in their short 4 or 5 months. In late September I hadn't seen my female hawk for a month. She returned with a gray hawk, her mate that spent the whole day perched up in the top of the tall tree by the river while my red-tail female came down and spent her last day with me. I developed a special bond with my birds. By 7:00 p.m. they both flew off together only to be seen in the wild. I spent a lot of time alone with myself and the hawks each summer and contemplated the mysteries of God.
I was required by my parents to attend all (LDS) church meetings, and later both of my sisters were married in the (LDS) temple. At age 16 I asked my father, "Aren't you going to make me go to church today?" (spare the rod ~the gospel of Christ~ and spoil the child). And, he replied, "You're old enough to make your own decisions now." So, I went to church anyway. Most of my friends were there. That winter I got a "real job" as my dad would say. I worked for another man, a good man, my bishop who would later be my stake president and would later serve many years as Utah's Speaker of the House of Representatives. I fed oats and hay to 200 cows every morning by myself at 5:00 a.m. in the dark and bitter cold. I was dependable and got moved to working inside the barn in the light and warmth milking 200 cows with three other men before school. I bought my first car (1966 Ford Mustang) at age 16 at my parents dismay, paid for my gasoline, insurance and maintained a 3.6 g.p.a. (to their suprise). I didn't like school but persevered anyway, played in the band three years, and played baseball, football and basketball three to four years, worked hard at school not expecting to receive the 2 academic scholarships to college my father handed me at my graduation, as he was one of the members of the school board. I was on the road to success in my own little mind, pursuing the American Dream. And, religious wise, I got to set in the "upper seats of the assembly hall," blessed the sacrament every week with my two best friends (receiving the acolades of men). I had a thought, "What if all those having fun on the Sunday Sabbath were the righteous ones and and we (church goers) were the wicked?" We'd spend the rest of the sacrament meeting polishing our "gold" class rings with a wet nap and my dear grandmother would always lead the music. One of my 2 best friends was the great, great, great grandson of John Taylor (one of the LDS president's whose portrait hung on the wall in the meeting hall and was in the Carthage jail with Joseph Smith Jr.). There were also three large 20' tall stained glass windows imported from England (for the sun to shine through into the meeting hall) where we held sacrament services. One sacrament service a woman died in the congregation just after the sacrament was passed and many said, "What a time to go," (sins washed away and the celestial kingdom here she comes). We all hoped our passing would be a simple passing just after taking the sacrament as well, thinking the sacrament washed away all our sins of the past week (little did we know at the time it was only our vain and foolish imaginations).
I graduated from high school at age 17. then I went to college for the next two of my four year degree because I didn't want a full time job... (like I'd had in the summers of age 16, 17, 18, 19). I worked for the railroad changing railroad ties with a pick, a shovel and a pry bar. I worked on highway construction completing the I-80 freeway between Wyoming and Utah which included putting in fifteen miles of fencing and jack hammering posts into the rocks up Echo Canyon (where my great, great, grandmother was buried). I then worked on the oil pipeline construction ten hours a day, seven days a week and came to love and respect some country western music. I received my draft number in 1975 and it was 002. My life flashed before my eyes. "I reasoned together with God" as to where my future would be or if it would be a short one. Many of my cousins were drafted and some were killed in action, the others joined the military. I met with the army, navy, air force, marines, and a pilot from Delta Air lines for my options. My father was a licensed pilot, owned some planes throughout his life including a T-6 he did barrel rolls and loops in. I flew his Cessna to Reno Air Races at age nineteen where my fathers father was buried. I was interested in the mysteries of God, believed in miracles and I expected the miracles of Moroni and many others were easily obtainable. By age nineteen I was through two years of college, roofed my fathers house and my other grand father's garage in Salt Lake City, Utah and had already been ordained an elder in the (LDS) church. I was watching the military conflict, hoped I wouldn't be drafted or I'd opt to join the Air Force.
I was ready for my mission call and was anticipating storing my 1972 Ford Boss Mustang and share the "good news" of the gospel of Jesus Christ from the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ where ever God would send me. My two older cousins had already gone on a mission to England and were back. Then, there was a change in the bishopric and my bishop became my stake president. My six month older cousin went to Germany and my six month older best friend also went to Germany and learned German as well. While they were serving, I wondered where God would send me. I waited day after day, week after week, month after month for my mission call. After three months of waiting I signed up for my third year of college and "reasoned together with God" as I understood Him as to why I hadn't gotten my call. One summer day I ran from the garage to the house, jumped over my mothers flower bed and in mid air a bolt of lightning struck within five feet in front of me. It was the size of a telephone pole and the blue silver flash of light burnt my eyes and simultaneously the thunder cracking rang in my ears for two weeks. I pondered my worthiness to the commandments (of the church) to serve a mission and couldn't find a reason why I would be struck dead and why God had over looked me. Eventually days passed and weeks passed and even months passed by. I "reasoned together with God" (the God of my understanding, my higher power, my Holy Ghost, my Holy Spirit, my 1/3 of the Trinity, my Essense). I had never drank alcohol, nor done any drugs and remained a virgin. I decided if I didn't get a mission call from the (LDS) church, I'd go it alone. I'd send myself on a mission. I'd spend my life as a missionary with or without the (LDS) church. Like when Jesus was asked, "By what authority do you speak?" He replied, "My own." I knew I could easily convert 2 new members like the average (LDS) church missionary does whether on a two year (LDS) mission or not. So I would serve my lifetime mission "by my own authority." I would continue my education, learn a trade (other than hard labor) and share the gospel of Jesus Christ for my Father in heaven.
I would go to a construction site every day of the week until I got hired. The construction superintendent told me on the first day he couldn't hire me. On the third day he told me not to show up again. On the sixth day he said he couldn't hire me because I wasn't a member of the union. On the ninth day he told me to stop coming back. And, on the tenth day he hired me. I was making 3 times the minimum wage and my persistence got me the job and my hard work kept it. That's how I was taught to get a job, to show up every day until I got hired. It worked in the 1940's for (the traditions of) my father in the early Park City, Utah mines and it worked in the 1970's for (the traditions of) my day in the construction industry as well. Six months into my third year of college I got a call from the new bishopric to come to their office. WOW! God hadn't overlooked me after all. I went in, met with the bishop and his 1st and 2nd councilor's and they proceeded to tell me how they had received "divine revelation" from God, how the ground shook and all three shared individually how God had spoken to them, what a worthy young (church) man I was and how I was called to serve a mission for the (LDS) church. Yeah right! I didn't believe it happened that way, or if it happened at all or they would have known God and I had it all worked out more than three months ago. I eloquently declined and told them I was excited for the first three months and in the next three months God and I came to an understanding that I'd be a lifetime missionary sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the days of my life. I had already signed up for my third year of college and was already half way through the year and would continue my education. In my 19 years of my childhood, I rarely missed a meeting. And, I was never asked to give a talk in sunday school class or priesthood class or give a talk in sacrament meeting at the (LDS) church in 45 years. I would remain silent until this day.
I took a gospel doctrine class in college and studied the parables of Jesus, asking God to bring them to life in me and at times I would understand their deeper meaning. It is my experience now that when the scriptures are talking about sheep, they're not talking about sheep. (They're talking about the ATTRIBUTES of sheep and what can we learn from sheep). During the first three years in college I worked for myself. My father bought me a sewing machine if I would upholster his day cruiser and make him a boat cover and that was the start of my upholstering fifty cars, trucks, boats and vans and winning a second and a third place titles in national car shows that put me through college (in the lifestyle I was accustomed to, not realizing the many poor who lived outside of our little town). Yes, I believed we were God's chosen and blessed people like the Jew's of old and we would travel to the four corners or the earth sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, so they would all one day be blessed with riches like us (thinking that acquiring riches (while our fellowman went without) meant righteousness). I could listen to music, work in silence and ponder the mysteries of God, or I could listen to the Bible and the Book of Mormon on tape (eighteen hours) which I did listen to many times while I worked for myself. I hungered and thirst after righteousness. I truly wanted to understand the mysteries of the gospel and experience many of the miracles many had experienced written of in the scriptures. "Greater works than these ye may do also," Jesus said, and I believed it. I didn't know all the mysteries of God, but I was open to the possibility (ie. James in the Bible, Alma, Mosiah and Lehi in the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith Jr.) of experiencing miracles in my life and creating them in the lives of others.
After my third year of college I managed a retail clothing chain and I got married to a beautiful (LDS) girl. Later, I would find she was a great, great, great granddaughter of Stephen Markham who was with Joseph Smith Jr. just prior to Joseph and Hyrum being murdered in the Carthage jail. A year or two into our marriage, my wife and I planned the pregnancy of our first child and months into the pregnancy we were stopped in our car at a red traffic light and was rear ended by an 18 wheeler traveling ~50 m.p.h. hauling cattle by a driver who failed to see the light was red. We were severely injured (herniated discs, broken vertibre), our car totaled and my wife miscarried our unborn child. For more than a year we struggled with our physical pain and saw medical doctors many times (tried to understand and trust in a higher plan, God's plan). We weren't able to be supportive enough to each other and our physical health reflected the condition of our emotional health and our marriage, poor. My wife became pregnant again and before long our beautiful newborn daughter was born. My wife felt it would be the glue that held our marriage together. Our incredible daughter chose us as her parents and, as a result, she came between us with her needs of a newborn child and our focus was not on resolving our physical or emotional needs and she could see it in our eyes, our faces, our bodies. We were miserable. We couldn't hide the physical pain (and the loss off our baby boy) and later we made the most difficult decision of our lives (up til then) and here it was. Would we be happier without each other than we would be sadder without the daily raising of our daughter? Or, would we be sadder without the daily raising of our daughter than we would be happier without each other? This most difficult decision for me came down to, "I wanted to be an example to my daughter that life (and possibly marriage) can be amicable, prosperous and enjoyable." I put the example of happiness first (I believed), chose that I could show her that life can be joyful and she would see me and also her mother joyful when we were independently together with our daughter. I tell my daughter she is living in an imperfect world raised by imperfect parents and hoped she can do a better job than I pursuing happiness (she is funny and has the most amazing personality, she is compassionate and beautiful...). I am blessed to have raised her and have her in my life.
I applied to work for a large insurance company thirteen times over four years where my father, brother, and brother-in-law worked as claims superintendent and claims adjusters to no avail. (God may have had another plan for me). Being a part-time single parent, I finished my college degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Tax Research & Planning and a Paralegal and went to work as a tax accountant for my brother-in-laws Certified Public Accounting firm for three years. Then, I worked in a down town Salt Lake City, Utah high rise office building where the LDS City Creek Mall is today overlooking (LDS) temple square and I hoped I would be working in the high rise (LDS) church office building one day. (note: the (LDS) City Creek Mall cost ~$1.6 billion or $1,600 million (in tithing) not to mention the ~$ billion land lease). I would spend my lunch hour on temple square week after week, month after month and discuss the Bible and Book of Mormon scripture, the gospel. I supported my nephew on his mission, sent him a nice letter, a check each month, and a returned stamped envelope with blank paper enclosed. Well, my next new bishop told me to give the financial support of my nephews mission to the church and they would forward it to him. I told him I'd give my money to who ever I chose to and I continued to mail it to him directly. Well, needless to say, six months later I got audited. The auditor said my only income tax problem was that I gave missionary support to my nephew directly, he was not an I.R.S. Code Section 501(3)C non-profit corporation and that I would not get a tax deduction for his missionary support. I told him I believed (with 5 years of accounting and tax research and planning) the law says, if a person is employed full time in the service of an I.R.S. code section 501(C)3 non profit corporation, money paid directly to the individual was deductible from taxable income. I told him it wasn't a big deal, it didn't matter to me, I wasn't going to argue about it, to calculate the tax on it, I'd pay the tax anyway, and I did. I knew the matter was not about the tax laws, it was about unrighteous dominion of (man's) priesthood authority. That was the first I.R.S. audit I ever settled.
About six months later I became the assistant district manager of a national income tax preparation franchise, managing 10 offices, answered 83 tax preparers income tax preparation questions as we prepared ~26,000 income tax returns in one year. I prepared ~300 of them on my own, settled 434 audits and proposed tax changes (1.7%) that year, worked extra hours and taught their income tax preparation class at night, got married (yes, I got married) and when I held the (LDS) owner to honesty and integrity of my committed pay raises, he wouldn't pay me. I resigned. My boss said, "You can't resign... (yeah, ok, whatever, lol...) you're fired!" I said, "Resign or fired, I don't care. I'm done here." I then said, "You expect honesty and integrity from me and I expect the same from you." I got up and walked out. The next day the district manager called me, asked me to come in, train a replacement and I said, "Is the owner going to pay me retroactively the agreed wage he committed to?" It was three months overdue because the (LDS) owner traveled to Australia to pick up his son from his (LDS) mission, and vacation a bit before coming back to the states). He laughed and replied, "No, nobody gets retroactive pay." And, I replied, "Then, how does NO sound? I won't work for an employer who doesn't keep their word and lives out of integrity." I printed 2,000 business cards and for the next ninety days (Nov. Dec. & Jan. 1986) I handed one out to everyone I met. I was hungry, literally and through Feb. Mar. Apr. 1986 I made more money in ten weeks than I did working the whole prior year for him. Thirty years later I've prepared ~9,000 tax returns, settled ~1,000 audits and proposed tax changes (including the United States Tax Court), provided public service announcement interviews of ~50 hours on live t.v. and national radio programs. This profession allowed me to pursue the mysteries of God and study the gospel Jesus Christ. I have had clients in most professions and from most countries including England, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Dubouis, South Africa, India, Rio DeJaneiro and I also spent ten great weeks with a Native American medicine man (indian sweats & firewalks) and studied many of their religious and spiritual practices.
I met a beautiful young girl, a college graduate in Elementary Education and a school teacher. She was from a SIMILAR background (Mormonism) yet never baptized. When she asked me if I thought our religous background would be a problem in our marriage. "Are you looking for truth?" I replied. "Yes," she replied. "I don't think that will be a problem," I said. A year and a half or so into our marriage (my second) on my birthday we moved into our beautiful, brand new home. Sixty days later she was sixty days pregnant when the (LDS) missionaries knocked on our door. She was baptized (THEN confirmed a member of the (LDS) church) and she met with the bishop in private over the next thirty days without me. I thought they may be giving her a job to fellowship her like most new converts are given. He advised her to divorce me in search of a RIGHTEOUS husband. (I had not yet been through the (LDS) temple and was waiting for my wife and I to go through it together). My wife asked me to be baptized again and be pure like her. That's what the (tradition's of the) sacrament is for each week, I told her. With the church's and more specifically, the bishop's (cult like) council she moved out of our brand new home ninety days after moving in, filed for divorce, and six months later our incredible son was born, two weeks later our divorce was final. (I watched him a half a day daily and I had visitation every other day for the next eighteen years). When he was five, I took him to school every day for ten years. I told the kids they were like baby birds and when I was away (gathering worms) their mothers would tend their nest and when their mothers were away (gathering worms) working I would tend to their other nest. (I told our kids they should have told me they both wanted me to be their dad and their respective mothers to be their mothers and our divorces wouldn't have been so tough). I've been so blessed to have raised a beautiful daughter and blessed to have raised a beautiful son who I love both dearly (and now have, a great son-in-law, a great daughter-in-law and four amazing grandchildren). I would do anything for them and I also desire the best for them (like most parents and grandparents desire for their kids and grandkids in this world).
I already read the 24 volume's of the Journal of Discourses. In it is written everything that was spoken from the leaders of the (LDS) church since Joseph was murdered in 1844. It is written Joseph Smith Jr. ordained Elijah Able (an African American) to the melchizedek priesthood (equality). Unlike Brigham Young and his Blood Atonement Discourses, yes, I said blood atonement (JD Vol. 4 pg.53-54) for adultry or marrying a different race. After all, it was the 1800's and he ruled the church with tough laws (to settle the west), although he himself wasn't subject to his own laws because he dad 55 wives (Fox 13 News). I read Brigham Young also sealed married families to other preferred married families and men to men which became so confusing, the church stopped sealings altogether for a while. (I thought the journal of discourses in the 24 volumn set were the most damaging and contradictory and I had to put it down. I knew there was truth in the Gospel, truth in the Book of Mormon, yet, not in the church (commandments of men).
I had already read the (LDS) edited version of the Personal Journal of Joseph Smith Jr. and Brigham Young and I wondered why the (LDS) church edited it or just didn't copy his original handwritten journal. It would be nice to see it in his own handwriting. I was suspicious why they typed it up and what may be left out that I wasn't supposed to know.
I already had the original Book of Mormon and the original 14 Articles of Faith that Joseph Smith Jr wrote. Yet, Brigham Young changed 12 of the 14 Articles of Faith and deleted one.
I compared the original copy of the Book of Mormon with the modern one and knew of the 3,913 changes that have been made from the original copy.
I had already read the original History of the (LDS) Church and knew of the ~62,000 changes Brigham Young made from the original "History of the (LDS) Church" changing it from theirorigianal history. I knew what was once true in the original (LDS) church doctrine was no longer true.
I had already listened to the whole 18 hours of the Book of Mormon on tape many times and read the 531 pages of the Book of Mormon many times.
I was told by the (LDS) church Patriarch I was from the lineage of Ephruim. Ephruim's descendants forgot God and built temples (towers of babel), created (man's) priesthood, and (confounded the true gospel of Jesus Christ) used unrighteous dominion, did human sacrifices and trespassed on their fellowman. Well, that was something to be proud of.
I read the 400 page (1800's) journal of Frank J. Cannon, an atheist, the son of George Q. Cannon of the 1st presidency of the (LDS) church and read about Frank's trip to Washington D.C. ensuring Utah's 1890's statehood instead of their extermination.
I read many other biographies of the founders of Utah and the Pioneers. Because I was self employed, I was able to work a lot from home, raise my children part-time, study the gospel and watch ~1,000 convocations on KBYU television over the past 4 years. I was up on the latest modern day (LDS) revelation (yet nothing was ever canonized in their scriptures).
When I would work at the office, upon arrival I noticed a man across the hall in a small little office. There was one little desk and one chair. All I ever saw him do was read the newspaper every day. After a few weeks I made small talk with him and asked him what it was that he did there. He shared that he worked (volunteered) for the (LDS) church and his job was to read the obituary section daily. He was to contact the families of the deceased and advise them of the tithing deficiency needed by the deceased to insure entrance into the kingdom of heaven.
Mormon 8:32-49 "Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be (LDS) churches built up that shall say: Come unto me, and FOR YOUR (tithing) oney ye shall be forgiven of your sins. 8:33 O ye wicked and perverse and stiff necked (LDS) people, why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain (from the poor): Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, that ye might bring damnation upon our souls? Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God... 8:37 ...For beholdYE DO LOVE YOUR MONEY, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches , MORE THAN YE LOVE THE POOR and THE NEEDY, the sick and afflicted."
I know of 2 children that were adopted through the (LDS) social services. Their first child's adoption cost my client's sister-in-laws sister $65,000. for their adopted boy. Three years later, their second child's adoption cost them $80,000. for their adopted girl.
I know of 1 child that was adopted through the L(DS) social services. Their first child's adoption cost them $50,000. for their adopted boy. That's a lot of profit when they only give the mother $3,000 for her 3rd tri-mester expenses.
I know know of 4 children that were adopted through the Federal Government's Social Services and received $12,000. in adoption tax credits for each child to assist them in their financial support with a total income tax credit of $48,000. in tax refunds in one year.
There are so many orphans waiting to be adopted in America (CNN News reported in 2012 that 1 in 47 children in America are orphans and the majority are under the age of 7). And, Utah rates 47 out of 50 states of the % of students who graduate from high school. (CNN News) Current statistics show 1 in 6 children in America go to bed hungry and 1 in 4 children in Utah go to bed hungry. (The Utah's homeless shelter is 6 blocks from the (LDS) world headquarters and the (LDS) City Creek $1.6 billion mall). Utah is rated the number 1 state in America for homeless families. Fox 13 reported that 47% of the homeless youth (minors) in Salt Lake City, Utah are (LDS) children kicked out of (LDS) devout families homes for being gay or lesbian. Utah has 3 times the national average of anti-depressants and Utah County ("Happy Valley," home of the (LDS)church owned BrighamYoung University) has 7 times the use of anti-depressants in America. Mind you, the (LDS) church annually brings in ~$4.5 BILLION annually in tithes and offerings and the (LDS) church annually brings in ~$4.5 BILLION in investment income. Much of which investment income came from the acquition of or the homestead of a million plus acres of land when and where they settled the west. That's upwards to ~$9. BILLION annually. The (LDS) church owned Ensign magazine reported cash contributions to the poor was $73 milllion (of the ~$9 billion received in 2006). That's giving the least amoung us (the poor) $0.73 cents of every $1,000. received.
The (LDS) church was paying for 20. million sacrament cups per month. When my (LDS) client realized he could build a manufacturing machine for several hundred thousand dollars ($400,000.) to have them make their own sacrament cups and cut costs, he built one and sold it to them. Needless to say they were really consuming 16.5 million sacrament cups per month (because he makes money on the plastic he sells them) and they were being over charged previously by about 3.5 million scarament cups per month. Well, 16.5 million sacrament cups used per month divided by 4 sacrament meetings per month is 4.125 million active members, not 14. million, living, acitve members as they portend (recording membership from birth to age 110). And no, they are NOT the fastest growing church in America (Utah's Tribune 2012), Muslims are. My client was to pay me 10% for my accounting services over the year for my work and needless to say, he forgot our agreement and took my 10% ($40,000.) and paid it in tithing to the (LDS) church, which of course, may be his cost of doing business in Utah (tithing). He is still a very good friend of mine.
I had 2 (Catholic) clients of mine from Denver, Colorado that were in a securities office in downtown Denver, Colorado buying stock at a stock brokerage firm. In the booth next to them were men from the (LDS) church (Bonneville International?) buying blue chip stocks ie. Questar Gas, now Rocky Mountain Power; U.S.West, now Quest (telephone); Utah Power and Light, now Rocky Mountain Power. Their stock purchase was $1. BILLION. Shortly after the (LDS) stock investment, the Utah Legislature (~98% LDS bishops or stake presidents) approved a 30% rate hike and 6 months later the Utah Legislature approved another 20% rate hike. So, within six months, I saw with my own eyes my parents natural gas even-pay bill went from exactly $100. per month to $150. per month with the stroke of the legislater's pen.
I studied Hebrew with a rabbi. I was told by the rabbi's wife to give it six months before deciding whether I would continue the class (six months...). After many months of study and meditation, I told the rabbi I was not getting what i was expecting but I was getting something entirely different. That's when he smiled at me and said, "Now you're getting it." I realized he may be intentionally misdirected those who didn't take it serious (may be because there were women in the class~forbidden (by tradition)). I studied the twenty-two letters of (creation) the Hebrew alphabet, the Torah, the Zohar, the Bahir, the Sepher Yetzirah, the Kaballah (all of Kaplan's books) and meditated from 7 to 10 p.m. for the next 13 years.
I went through the most empowering and inspiring, group dynamic, self empowerment, transformational training called Impact Traning with 172 others. And, after I was actively involved with their organization for seven years. Their training challenged all the beliefs I created in my life, those that were working and those that were not working. When I was in level three of their three level training, I was asked to write down my lifetime goals. Following the instructions of the facilitator, I did and here they are from my hand written list dated November 1993. My lifetime goals were:
1. Meet a true prophet, seer, and revelator on earth (if there was one).
2. Meet John the Beloved (John 21:22-25 ...If I will that he (John) tarry til I (Jesus) come what is that to thee?").
3. Meet the 3 Nephites (Mormon 8:10 ".,.the disciples of Jesus, who did tarry in the land until the wickedness of the people was so great..." Mormon 8:11 "...my father (Lehi) and I have seen them, and they (Timothy, a Nephite, Mathoni & Mathonihah, Lamaniates) have ministered unto us").
4. Meet (our brother, our righteous trustee, the only begotten of our Father) Jesus Christ himself.
My written goals were a little out there. Yet, being spiritually minded, I trusted the process. I didn't write any goals pertaining to the (material) things of the world (~I felt I had them). If you haven't completed the Impact Training yet, I highly recommend it. It is the closest experience of heaven on earth next to raising a child. (It's mission is to... Empower and inspire the human spirit to unconditionally loving and freely living). The (LDS) church was not happy with it. It empowered me to go within and experience joy, trust, love, openness, courage, compassion, service, abundance... fruit from the tree of life, all positive states of being, the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus, the name self empowerment.
I would see my daughter on weekends. On one particular Sunday morning my two closest friends and I drove to pick up my daughter and spend a relaxing day at Crystal Hot Springs together. They too, were in pursuit of the mysteries of God. As we pulled up in front of my daughters house I noticed she was in the driveway. Her stepfather was furious and her mother was standing in the front doorway. She quickly got inside my car and was upset (interrupted Debbie in the back seat from reading from the Bible). A conflict arose because her mother and stepfather were insistent she attend church with their family and not some form of relaxation on the Sabbath. Well, we continued on our way further past their town and spent a relaxing day at Crystal Hot Springs. We spent several hours swimming and setting under the streams of hot mineral water running over our heads and sometimes it would snow on us as well. It was a place for us to contemplate the mysteries of God. The next morning my daughter was called into the principal's office and chastised by the vice-principal (her bishop) that she should have stayed home from her (court ordered) visitation with me and attend her church meetings with her mother and stepfather. The next day, I mailed the school a letter putting them on notice. I would proceed with the contempt of court charge and conspiracy if I heard anything further on the matter. After he received my letter, I immediately got a call from the vice-principal (her bishop) apologizing for his involvement and that was the end of it.
Back in the year 1992, I was nominated as the #1 tax accountant in the nation by "the nations largest prepaid legal network" and invited to attend a luncheon with 50 people from the community and meet with Senator Jake Garn (who flew in the space shuttle) as the keynote speaker. Then, in the year 2000, I was invited to attend a luncheon with 200 people from the community and met with Thomas Monson (of the (LDS) 1st Presidency) as the keynote speaker regarding the expanding real estate developments in the state of Utah. I found it interesting my round luncheon table sat right next to his round luncheon table. Before the luncheon started we visited for about fifteen minutes and I told him I'd just seen him on KBYU that morning . We both laughed. He said some people think the reruns are still live and he's in two places at once. I shared with him I'd seen more than ~1,000 KBYU Television (LDS) convocations over the past four years and I had scheduled my lunch hour around them. We both laughed and he was a very cordial man and nice to talk with (small talk, nothing like sharing the mysteries of the universe).
Over the years I've learned much wisdom from raising both of my children. When my daughter was ~14, my daughter's mother wanted her to be sealed to her and her stepfather, I wanting my daughters happiness told her if she wanted to be sealed to her mother and stepfather and attend the (LDS) temple and fellowship with them she could, just for the experience. And yet, we were all part of an eternal family and it didn't matter anyway. Well, that broke my daughter's heart and was the end to her (religious) beliefs. This eternal family concept taught in the (LDS) church did not consider widows, orphans and diverse families and the idea didn't create happiness in her mind. She would keep her spiritual beliefs and from then on, no church was true (just like Joseph Smith Jr. had said). When my son was ~9 and we'd often discuss scripture, he said, "Dad, don't tell me what to believe. Show me the scripture and I'LL HAVE MY OWN EXPERIENCE." Well, THAT IS THE GOSPEL, free agency, free will..! ... show me the scriptures I'll have my our OWN experience... Amazing, ...wisdom from the mouth of babe's... ("To thyself, (thy Holy Spirit) be true." William Shakespear). I had every other day alone time when I was not with my children and pondered the mysteries of God. When my son became eight I began to run into some considerations with his bishop, him having (man's) priesthood authority (as did I) and the ordinations for my son. His mother, stepfather and his bishop didn't respect my every other day fatherhood and denied me the experiences. Baptism is symbolic and it's the preparatory gospel anyway. I wasn't allowed to give my son the blessing ordinations of deacon or teacher due to what I thought was a misunderstanding. Well, I kept my cool out of respect for my son's experience. Inside, I was not happy with it. Then, when it came time to give my son the ordination of priest, after I did what his bishop had asked of me including go to my son's church ward every Sunday for a year, the last minute the bishop had asked me if I could get a temple recommend and I said yes. He asked if I could get it in ten minutes and I said no. (My stake president was 40 miles away and probably in a church meeting). Even after going to my son's ward for a year every Sunday, the bishop disrespected me as my son's father and said my son was under his authority because my son had the Aaronic Priesthood. I told the bishop my son was under my authority because he was a minor. Well, to make the long story short, I didn't get to give my son the ordinations of deacon, teacher or priest (even after I did all that the bishop required of me to the last minute). "There's a hundred ways to cross a room." My son had the ordinations, (not that they mattered, all symbolic) and "peace was my goal." Once again, those ordinances of the preparatory gospel are symbolic and I was just keeping the (false) traditions of our fathers of the preparatory (old wine) gospel (whereas, in the book of Ether, there was no man's Priesthood or Towers ~temples~ of Babel confounding Jesus' doctrine). Not long after that experience I could no longer support the (LDS) church in their choices and they surely didn't support me (my family) in mine. Shortly after my son received the ordination of a priest, I said to my son's bishop, "I'm done! I'm so done with your church! I want no part of it.."
I am a lost sheep in the midst of the flock,
And the flock has become my wilderness
When shall the good shepherd search to find me lost among the flock,
I pause in the midst of their presence and I consider them as they pass.
And when should I step forth again to resume my pace with them along their side, in the fold of the Lord, or with whom am I to be found among the flock?
In February this year I mailed in my letter of resignation (I still have a copy) of my (LDS) church membership to the (LDS first presidency) church. Soon, I got a call from my bishop, he said I couldn't resign... (yeah, ok whatever lol...), without an interview from the stake president (there's more presidents in that church than in corporate America). I said, "Have him call me." And within a month he did. He cried on the phone. He asked me what had happened and how he could make things right. I said, "Do you want me to start sixteen years ago when the bishop advised my newly baptized, pregnant wife to divorce me in search of a RIGHTEOUS husband?" Or, "When my wife's other bishop required me to attend a years weekly meetings to be worthy, then tell me on the spot I needed a temple recommend or he would do it with or without me?" (Never required of my friends). I said, "There's nothing you can do, I'm done." He accepted my letter of resignation. I included in my letter of resignation the revoking of my baptism, deacon, teacher, priest, elder ordinations and my patriarchal blessing. I also quoted:
Mormon 8:32-49 "Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that say: Come unto me, and for your MONEY you shall be forgiven of your sins...."
I received a letter of response inviting me back to their (LDS) church when ever I'd like to come back into their fold. Right! For what? My tithes and offerings, be treated with unrighteous dominion or bowing and giving them honors and glories and accolades of men? How does NO sound? I've come to realize, organized RELIGION's BEAT DOWN THE SPIRIT WITHIN EACH AND EVERYONE OF US, invalidates God's spirit within man AND THEN, are you ready for this... RELIGION PROMISES $ALVATION for MONEY. As I understand it, the true nature of the Bible and the Book of Mormon: God is our Father, we ARE God's children. We were Gods, We are Gods, and We return as Gods (after our mortal experience of partaking "fruit from the Tree of Knowledge," the tree of separation, the tree of darkness, knowing good and evil. Then, to say to a baby eagle, it will never be an eagle (unless tithed) is rediculous.
To say we're all unworthy AND that God will love us IF we pay 10% to the only true (LDS) church and not to the poor, the least among us is blasphemy (and they should be ashamed of themselves)! The stake president, president, president cautioned me as to the seriousness of me revoking my baptism. I told him it was an ordinance of the preparatory gospel, it wasn't required, only symbolic representing death, burial and resurrection or, representing being born again of the spirit if you're Christian. I told him Alvin Smith, Joseph Smith's oldest brother was never baptized, and Alvin was also an atheist. Yet, Joseph saw him in the celestial kingdom on the right hand of God, (written in their own history).
I studied Judaism with 3 good rabbi's, Buddaism with a good man, a Tibetan monk; Hinduism with a good man, a Yogi master. I also studied with a Reiki master, a Sufi master, a Taoist master, a Karate master (5th degree) and Christianity with 30 different pastors (few good men and women lived the true gospel). The rest were into hell, fire and damnation ~judgment). I also studied with a Native American (Lamanite) medicine man for ten weeks (vision quests were enlightening and fire walks were amazing) a good man; I also studied the Q'uran with a good man, a Muslim. And, all of those good men and women would have given me the shirt off their backs if I was in need. And, what I mean by a "good man or a good woman" was, they were good to me (they didn't preach hell, fire and damnation or the invalidation of my Holy Spirit within me, or I was unworthy to be loved, or ever promise me $alvation for my money, or chastise me if I gave directly to the poor and gave not directly to the church). I had a thorough understanding of the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) and I knew enough to "Love God and Love thy neighbor as thyself," but what about the mysteries of God in full? I spent two years (1,000 hours) studying the scriptures intently and what I was taught in the scriptures were not what I was taught from the (LDS) church. I then published my book called "The Disciple" showing what the similarities were of the many books, what they had in common and I did many book signings at Barnes and Noble. I wondered why the many Christian religions couldn't agree with each other and why they worshiped Jesus, our brother, the righteous trustee, the only begotten of the Father and why they didn't woship our Father through Jesus Christ. Well, suffice it to say, religions $ell $alvation for money and most religion$ do spend the allowed ninety-five percent of their annual income from charitable contribution$ they receive and $pend the money on their own lust$ and desire$ (advertising, marketing, television, travel, lodging, extravagant gold, $ilver and fine linen$ in their churche$ and extravagant temple$, $ynagogues and extravagant 6 to7 figure $alaries $,$$$,$$$. and only 5% of their total annual (tithe) income is given the poor. I believe, an IRS code section 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation (church) or a public foundation is only required to spend less than 5% of its gross annual income (tithes) for its charitable purpose, on the poor. I'm clear as to why Jesus constantly chastisted the Pharacies and Sadducies, because THERE WERE many POOR AMONG THEM (ie. today, the 99% and the 1%).
In January of the year I had studied ~3,500 pages of the Great Gospel of John, the ~250 pages of the Three Days of Jesus in the Temple, the ~500 pages of the Childhood of Jesus and in years past, the 1,184 pages of the Old Testament of Jesus Christ in the Bible, 406 pages of the New Testament of Jesus Christ in the Bible, the ~531 pages of Another Testament of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon, the Apocrypha, the ~1,500 pages of the Zohar, the Bahir, the Sefer Yetzirah, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gospel of Mary (Magdalene), the Q'uran, the Hillel Letters, the Aquarian Gospel of Peace-the Book of Levi, the Essene Gospel fo Peace, the Nag Hammadi writings, Meditation in Kabbalah (all of Kaplan's books), Yashua, the Jewish Way to Say Jesus, the Urantia Book. I knew the red heifer was born (a tradition or prophesy of the Jewish culture). I knew the white buffalo was born (a tradition or prophesy of the Native American culture). I even had a locket of its white fur. I was "forever learning (20,000 pages) and never coming to an understanding of the truth of the Bible, the truth of the Book of Mormon, the "mysteries of God in full." However, here's what i found in...
Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen." (Talmud, Shabbat 31a).
Christianity: "All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." (Bible, Matthew 7:12).
Islam: "No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself." (Sunnah).
Hinduism: "This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you." (Mahabharata 5;1517).
Buddaism: "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself find hurtful." (Udana-Varga 5:18).
Confucianism: ""Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you." (Analeds 15:23).
Taoism: "Regard your neighbors gain as your own gain and your neighbors loss as your own loss." (T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien).
Zoroastrianism: "That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself." (Dadistan-I-Dinik 94:5).
Being frustrated in my search for the truth and "Mysteries of God in Full" and, not being taught from within from my Holy Spirit (because I was keeping the (false) traditions of our fathers) and the commandments of (men) from the (LDS) church, I didn't fully understand the "Parables of Jesus" or their deeper meanings. I continued to thirst after righteousness from the ~52 parables of Jesus, the 43 miracles of Jesus. I wondered where The Sealed Portion was or if we'd ever see it in my lifetime, let alone the deeper meanings in John's Book of Revelations in the Bible, which I didn't have a clue of what they meant. I was so frustrated, I finally pleaded to God (ask and ye shall receive) and said, "God, I JUST WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH, THAT'S ALL."
2nd Nephi 27:11 "And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed (The Sealed Portion ~The Final Testament of Jesus Christ) shall be read upon the housetops (via. internet, I-phone, I-pad, kindel, notebook); and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth."
In October of the year... Well, well, well... I walked into Fed Ex Office (Kinkos) and a kind man held the door open for me. I recognized him as a client of mine I hadn't seen in ~10 years, an inventor, a Book of Mormon scholar, a man who traveled to Central America and to Asia sharing the Book of Mormon, an ancestor (not that it matters) of the Vikings who had a record of their ancient travels to the America's during Book of Mormon times. After our brief greetings, "So what's the latest word in the gospel?" I asked. "The Sealed Portion (of the Book of Mormon), The Final Testament of Jesus Christ has been translated," he replied. "Oh my God! Where can I find it?" I asked. "It's on the internet," he replied. "Are you kidding me?" I asked. "No. It's true, it's really on there," he replied. I went straight to the office and the first web site I saw was 'Sealed Portion.' I read a little of it and knew it had nothing to do with the Book of Mormon, Moroni, and made little sense if any, a dummy I thought, a slight of hand, a misdirection. I knew in the times of Jesus, he chastised the Priests because they were not teaching his true doctrine and they were keeping the people from it. And, like today's (LDS) church manuals, they shy away from all references in the "Lesser Portion" (1/3) of the Book of Mormon that teach how to seek and find the "Greater Portion" (2/3's) of the Book of Mormon, "The Sealed Portion". Then, I found the real one I was looking for, the "The Sealed Portion" with Mononi, the Urim and Thummim and Joseph Smith Jr., "The Sealed Portion (of the Book of Mormon), The Final Testament of Jesus Christ." I downloaded it immediately and started reading it. As the printer continued printing 500 of the 1,000 8.5x11 pages, I wanted a copy of it before the site was crashed or the information lost. I knew it hadn't come from the leadership of the (LDS) church or I would have heard about it (I surely didn't expect it to). I worried that night if I would get the remaining 500 pages printed the next day. I thought I would be one of the very few who would have my hands on it in less than 60 days after its translation. This was the answer to my prayers, "Reasoning together with God," (my higher power, my Holy Spirit, my Holy Ghost, my 1/3 of the Trinity, the God of my understanding, my Essence) WITH LOVE and my 1993 hand written, lifetime goals while going through Impact Trainings twelve years earlier. To my surprise, there were the lost 116 page manuscripts known as the book of Lehi. WoW! In that book was everything I ever needed to know about organized religion, leaving the church, unrighteous dominion, false traditions of men, promising $alvation for money, earning our way to heaven through the towers (temple) of babel, confounded doctrine and so on. Our humanity hasn't changed in 2,000 years.Yet, there also was the love God has for us and the purpose of life. There were the 52 parables of Jesus, the miracles of Jesus Christ and the mysteries of God manifested before my very eyes.
Why was Jesus always chastising the Pharicees and Sadducees (Mormon 8:32-49)? I because THEY WERE CHARGING THE POOR widow (widow's mite), the DOWN TRODDEN and the LEAST AMOUNT US MONEY FOR $ALVATION (and exaltation).
Moses led the Jews into desert for forty years for their (false) traditions (old wine) of their fathers (the high priests) and never entered the promised land (and be free from religious supression).
John the Baptist left the church and the (false) traditions (old wine) of his fathers (the high priests).
Lehi left the church in Jerusalem and the (false) traditions (613 commandments of men) of their fathers.
Joseph Smith Jr. was told by Jesus Christ to join none of them (because they spend the money on their own lusts and desires AND not on the poor widow (poor widow's mite) or least among us.
I felt I was the most blessed in all the land, and to receive it in my mortal lifetime. And, the widow's mite? She gave all that she had, not just 10% of her gain to the church, her last mite, for what? Her Salvation? For the church! For who? The poor? No! She WAS the poor! For her $alvation! How rediculous! How could I be so blind? And the parable of the twelve virgins, six trimming their wicks while the other six were without oil, unprepared, and told to "Go to those who sell." Sell what? Oil? No, go to those who $ell $alvation for money, religion! Or the scraps that fall from the rich man's table not given to the poor, but $OLD FOR MONEY TO THE POOR (at Deseret Industries). As I read The Sealed Portion (of the Book of Mormon), The Final Testament of Jesus Christ (three times now) tears ran down my cheeks as I felt the frustration Moroni had and the love and devotion he has for us and the ignorance many show to this work as he abridged the work of the brother of Jared (Mahonri Moriancumur) for our Fathers work. I can describe my experience reading "The Sealed Portion (of the Book of Mormon), the Final Testament of Jesus Christ" in ONE word, EMBARRASSED! I was SO EMBARRASSED to find throughout my life I was striving to keep the commandments (of the (LDS) church and NOT keeping the commandments of God (...haven't we cast out devils in your name...?" "...you haven't kept one, NO NOT ONE of the commandments of God. Depart from me, ye workers of iniquity...). What an idiot! I was worshipping idols, WOLVES (men) IN SHEEPS (wool) CLOTHING (suits) and the work of my own hands. I was trusting in the arm of flesh and desires and. Then, there is the (LDS) church teachings to have a years supply food storage, what's the harm in that... (while our neighbor's go hungry...)? "God, I just want to know the truth, that's all." I remembered as I asked in 2004 and wrote it down as my lifetime goals back in 1993. I bought five of the first twenty copies of The Sealed Portion (of the Book of Mormon) the Final Testament of Jesus Christ. I believed in miracles and they were manifesting before my very eyes.
Moroni 7:27-38 "...have angels ceased to appear unto the children of men: or has he withheld the power of the Holy Ghost from them: or will he... ...I say unto you, Nay, for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels (John the Beloved and the ie. 3 Nephites) appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief, and all is in vain."
I started reading the Sealed Portion (of the Book of Mormon), the Final Testament of Jesus Christ in the office while the rest of it was printing and literally, all hell broke loose. There it was, just what I'd asked for as my lifetime goals in total clarity. The writings of the brother of Jared (Mahonri Moriancumur), abridged by Moroni, translated by Christopher! Christopher? Who is Christopher ~Bearer of Christ? I read in "The Sealed Portion" if Christopher was alive when I read the Sealed Portion, seek him out and he would tell me whether I was rightous or unrightous. And, If it said it, I beleived it. So, I was on my way to "Seek him out."
In November and December of the year, within sixty days from the translation of The Sealed Portion (of the Book of Mormon), the Final Testament of Jesus Christ, I had it in my hands. I gave a copy to my parents at Thanksgiving 2004 (shrink wrapped and still unopened) and a copy to each of my 2 kids for Christmas 2004 (shrink wrapped and still unopened). I had read it and it was just what I'd been searching for all of my adult life. I found out Christopher was to be in St. George, Utah shortly after the holidays. Sometime in March 2005, I believe. I drove five or six hours to get there. I knocked on the door (at Kimberly's house) and this man with long hair (as long as mine was from 1973 to 1993) answered the door.
And, AS I REMEMBER, "Are you Christopher?" I asked. "Yes," he replied. "Did you translate The Sealed Portion (of the Book of Mormon)?" I asked. "Yes," he replied. "It says in it, If you're alive when I read this book, to seek you out and you would tell me whether I am righteous or whether I am wicked," I said. And with my arms outstretched, "Here I am, you tell me?" I asked. "Come on in," he replied. And, that's my very first conversation I had with him as I remember it. He was as big as my older brother (once bench pressed 360 lbs. and about 6' tall).
That weekend I held the urim and thummim (the keys of the gospel) in my hands (Ether 3:1). I asked him foe permission first, then I was allowed to video tape them. Later I would video tape all his public gatherings from March 2005 through 2008. Then others started recording the gatherings. I naturally tried to put the two crystals together like two pieces of a puzzle. "I can't get these things to light up," I said jokingly. He laughed. "Lucky for you," he replied. We both laughed some more and we were lighthearted. What would I have ever done if I was the true messenger, a "seer" who was to tell the world something so profound (Mosiah 8:15-17). What a commitment from the pre-existence he made. I told him he may want to put his biography on a separate web-site and not mix the messenger with the message. I knew it may be a problem. But, little did I know at that time this was just one of many (7) books to come forth known as the Marvelous Work and A Wonder. He knew what he was doing, and more in the loop than I. We laughed together. I also told him if it was written as fiction it would be on the New York Times best seller list like the Celestine Prophesy or the Conversations with God series. We laughed some more. I asked him ~1,000 questions and ~400 of the answers were the same. "It doesn't matter... What matters is... feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the widows and orphans, administering to the sick, visiting the incarcerated..." I asked more questions, and again, most of the answers were, "It doesn't matter... What matters is... feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the widows and orphans, administering to to the sick...." Where had I heard that before...? Oh yes, the gospel of Jesus Christ taught in Matthew 5, 6, 7 & 3rd Nephi 12, 13, 14... The Beatitudes...
Matthew 5:1-12 "AND seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them saying, 5:3 Blessed are the POOR inspirit (inspired): for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 5:4 Blessed are they that MOURN (broken heart and contrite spirit): for they shall be comforted. 5:5 Blessed are are the MEEK (strength restrained): for they shall inherit the earth. 5:6 Blessed are they which do HUNGER & THIRST (intent & desire) after rightousness: for they shall be filled. 5:7 Blessed are the MERCIFUL (forgiving): for they shall obtain mercy. 5:8 Blessed are the PURE IN HEART (pure intentions, not selfish): for they shall see God. 5:9 Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS (peace is the goal): for they shall be called the children of God. 5:10 Blessed are they which are PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTOUSNESS' SAKE (respect free will and free agency): for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall REVILE YOU and PERSECUTE you, and shall say all manner evil against you FALSELY, for my sake. 5:12 REJOICE, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
If I thought it, I asked it. I have my free will, my free agency to choose. To choose I" reason together with God" (the God of my understanding, my Holy Spirit), to choose or judge, I must choose or judge in righteousness (without trespassing on my fellowman's LIFE, LIBERTY and PROPERTY) and support others free will to choose their desires of happiness as well. That's simple and clear to understand. The law in two words? No Trespassing. I stayed there a couple of days, I believe. And, when it was time for me to leave St. George, Utah and come back to reality (not true reality), I left there knowing I had truly met a true messenger, a prophet, seer (look up the definition) and revelator. I could tell in an instant how to tell whether one is righteous or whether one is wicked, me included. He also answered all my questions before I left, even the frivilous ones. Christopher walked outside on the front walkway with me and told me the answer to the first question I asked him. AS I RECALL, "I trust you with my life" he said. Whether it was true, whether I was to be trusted, gave me something to ponder. I walked to my car feeling broken hearted and wished I could stay with him longer and meet John the Beloved, the 3 Nephites (2 of which are Lamanites) and maybe Jesus Christ himself. He was patient and compassionate with me even with my ~1,000 questions (unanswered by any man or any church). I felt loved and accepted. I drove four or hours home contemplating my weekends experience. Mahonri's and Maroni's words in "The Sealed Portion" rang true. And, until there is no hungry, or naked, or sick and no least among us... or Jesus returns, there is much we should do for our fellowman.
I've met Christopher whenever and whereever he was available to meet in a public gathering. My daughter and son, and my granddaughter and grandson met him for lunch (when Joe, his brother and Julie met one day in Midivale, Utah). I wanted my children to meet him and know I was talking to a real person, a real mortal. "He's just like us," I'd say. "He's human," I'd tell them. And, they did meet him and talk with him. My son, with degrees in math, physics, chemistry and engineering and quite the little scientist tells me "There's no such thing as cold, it is simply the lack of heat." and with that I say "There's no such thing as evil, it is simply the lack of love." He also tells me science explains how the universe was created, perfectly and they leave it up to religion and philosophy as to why. I met independently with two of my best friends since grade school and told each of them I had a copy of The Sealed Portion (of the Book of Mormon), the Final Testament of Jesus Christ and asked each of them if they would like a copy of it. They both adamantly said, "NO!" I was suspicious that they both had the same response (from their priesthood authority). And, I asked, "Why?" They each said, "Because we haven't been given authority from our priesthood leaders." Oh my God! I was in Shock, Disbelief & Denial, Anger, Acceptance, Forgiveness in ten seconds flat. It seemed they had a preconditioned response. I respected their beliefs and I'm good friends with them to this day. I'll be excited when they get their (man's) priesthood authority and we can share it and discuss it together.
I remembered reading that the priests would say to Jesus, "By what (church) authority do ye speak?" And he replied, "My own." And, by my own authority I gave myself permission to ASK, SEEK and FIND the truth and the mysteries of God until I knew them in full. I remember telling Christopher, "I can't get anyone to read it, (The Sealed Portion)." And, he replied, "It's sealed." Only those with a broken heart and a contrite spirit can open it (as written in Ether 4 and 2nd Nephi 27). To my surprise, John's Revelations were then Unfolded unto all the eyes of the world (Isaiah), meaning it is NOT sealed to only those with broken heart and a contrite spirit. What a relief. Maybe I could get someone to read this and share this excitement with.
As I read the book "666 The Mark of America, the Seat of the Beast, John's Revelations Unfolded," I was amazed how clear and simple the book of Revelations was to understand and the tremendous peace I felt. When I heard it was coming out and before I received the book, I was told if I wanted to understand Revelations I was to look up the words in the Torah that I didn't understand and that's where John got his symbolism from. Well, that was easy, clear and simple to understand, being a (13 year) student of the Torah. I received John the Beloved's book with a paragraph explaining every verse in Revelation's (...John's Revelations Unfolded) in the Bible of all 22 chapters. And, as I understand it, it's taking place in the hearts and minds of men (earth quakes shaking the foundations of men, like a drunken man, running to and fro, ~from one religion to another~ looking for truth and stability and failing to look for the True Kingdom of Heaven within). I asked Christopher, "Why the title?" And, as I recall, "Because it is written," he replied. Well, that was easy and simple to understand. He told me I would get more from it when I read it the second time. The second time? Well, I've read "666 The Mark of America, the Seat of the Beast, John's Revelations Unfolded" three times now and I've read "The Sealed Portion (of the Book of Mormon), The Final Testamant of Jesus Christ" three times now, as well. I like to inspire and direct others to the book directly so they may have their own experience! I enjoy discussing this Marvelous Work and A Wonder with those who are searching and those who have found truth.
"Sacred Not Secret." I haven't read it yet. However, I was in San Diego, California with Christopher a few times (first in Utah in March 2005 and then in April 5th & 6th, 2005) and met Charlie, Sheri, and many others. On April 6, 2005 Christopher held a world press conference announcing the release of "The Sealed Portion" (of the Book of Mormon), The Final Testament of Jesus Christ. During those times in California and Utah Christopher shared live the symbolism of the (LDS) temple endowment, the true order of prayer, where many of the mysteries of God are revealed. Those who have eyes to see may see and those who have ears to hear may hear the true meaning of the "original" endowment Joseph Smith Jr. taught in the temple endowment in 1840~1844. Regarding prayer, I realize how important it is for me to simply... "enter the silence" and "come let us reason together," or "connect with the my higher power," or "connect with the God of my understanding," or "connect with my Holy Ghost," or "connect with my Holy Spirit," or "connect with my infinite mind," or "connect with my super consciousness mind," or "connect with my Essence, or "go into the stillness and know that I AM God and listen to my Holy Spirit (common Sense) within, the one that Moroni spoke of that he listened to all the days of his life. Jesus taught that "the kingdom of heaven is within." The Pharisees and Sadducees were unhappy with Jesus because Jesus threatened their livelihood by chastising them in the temple for their hypocrisy and for them living off the poor (the widow's mite), for their unrighteous dominion and for promising $alvation for money (10% LIFETIME tithes) when Jesus simply taught "salvation is free." Jesus was a threat to the Pharisees and Sadducees who trespassed on the free will and free agency of their fellowman. They told the people how to live their lives by preaching their 613 commandments and requiring their money and the best of their livestock for a sin offering for salvatioin. Jesus' message was simply to "LOVE THYSELF (a GOD) and LOVE THY NEIGHBOR (a God) AS THYSELF ( God)." We were Gods, We are Gods, We return as Gods (after our mortal experience partaking of the fruit from the "Tree of Knowledge," (the Tree of Separation, theTree of Darkness, the Tree of Opposition in all things. Argue with that.
I attended the dedication of the grave ceremony (Hyrum Smith's and Christopher Nemelka's) in Salt Lake City, Utah as Rodney Vessels, esq. read the inspiring speech. I had been in touch with Rodney during the past year and talked with him almost weekly. Then, I didn't talk with him on a particular Sunday and so on Monday I discovered he had a stroke that prior Sunday. During Rodney Vessel's reading the speech he delivered at the grave sight I pondered as to who the writer of it was, or who the writers of it were. Was it Christopher, John the Bloved, Timothy, Mathoni, Mathonihah, Joseph Smith Jr., Moroni, Mahonri Moriancumer (the brother of Jared) or Jesus Christ himself? Who ever it was, or who ever they were wrote an incredible, to the point, backed by scripture, prophetic, divinely inspired speech. I shook his hand and met him in person for the first time that day (and wondered if he realized how much hot water he was in). Later that evening many of us gathered in a little chapel (similar size to one in Nauvoo) where Christopher then gave the King Follet discourse, ie. We were Gods, We are Gods, We return as Gods (after having our mortal experiences of free agency and opposition in all things) Joseph Smith Jr. was interrupted giving the King Follet discourse due to a lightning storm just before his martyr. That was the weekend I picked up the Human Reality book and read it, "Human Reality, Who We Are and Why We Exist." WoW! Well, I wasn't quite ready for the big picture of how our planet fits into our solar system and how our solar system fits into our universe and how it is God's work and God's glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man in "worlds without end." In time, it will be brought to our rememberance sufficient to say.
In June of the year 2012. I'm amazed by the Mysteries of God this "Marvelous Work and A Wonder" (Isaiah 29:14) has brought to the world. I received the soft cover of the biography of Joseph Smith Jr., titled "Without Disclosing My True Identity" today. I have already read it on the internet and it has cleared up so many quesitons I had regarding Joseph Smith Jr's life and the teachings of Jesus Christ. One word to describe it, AMAZING! I'm looking forward to reading the soft cover copy and studying it in greater detail. It's amazing to get a look at life in America in the early 1800's and through the eyes of Joseph Smith Jr. himself. It's not surprising the closest people in Joseph Smith Jr's life were the (LDS) ones who conspired and killed him. And, so it was with Jesus of Nazareth and those closest to him in his day. In my forty years as an adult (Hebrew letter Mem, 40, a transformational period or cleansing effect), I have enjoyed the journey. I have enjoyed those I have met on my journey. I have also enjoyed those I have met as we discovered the mysteries of God in full. I've read 20,000 pages in seeking the mysteries of God and that brought me to this Marvelous Work and A Wonder. I have met a prophet, a true seer, a revelator. I've received answers to all of my questions and even more than I ever imagined I would. I have seen many of the Bible and Book of Mormon prophesies written of come to pass in my lifetime, and I thank God. I look forward to seeing you... (June 16, 2145 2:30 a.m. Jerusalem time, Mid-East), prophesied in Isaiah and Daniel), when the Messiah comes in his glory ushering in the millenium.
Ether 4:7 "And in that day they shall exercise faith in me, saith the Lord, even as the brother of Jared (Mahonri Moriancumer) did, that they may be sanctified in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the UNFOLDING unto them ALL of my REVELATIONS, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are."
Alma 12:9 "And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the need and diligence which they give unto him. 12:10 And therefore, he (LDS) that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion (1/3) of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater (Sealed) portion (2/3's) of the word, until it is given unto him to KNOW THE MYSTERIES OF GOD until he knoweth them IN FULL. 12:11 And they (LDS) that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion (1/3) of the word until they (LDS) know nothing (but commandments of men) concerning his mysteries; and then they (LDS) are taken captive by (religion) the devil (trespassers) and led by his will (commandments of men) down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell."
In December of the year, actually December 2, 2012 this afternoon, I'll be excited to see Christopher again, at the "Sacred not Secret" symposium. This journey of the Marvelous Work and A Wonder has been eight years in the unfolding. I am at peace with all that I've been through. My Christmas wish to you is best said by what Jesus Christ spoke to his Disciples / Apostles (Apostle: one who has seen Jesus Christ in the flesh and bone) and I quote, "May you Love One Another, even as I Have Loved You." I'm excited to see the solution to man's (unhappiness and inequality) problems available now, through the principles of (our advanced creator) the Worldwide United Foundation. Together we can ALL cut short the work of he Lord (as did the city of Enoc) and fulfill the Father's plan of salvation for ALL of mankind when we see that ALL of God's children may have food, shelter and clothing so we may ALL live in peace, and ALL pursue our unique desires of happiness. So that we might ALL have joy!
By reading this MARVELOUS WORK & A WONDER® (1 Nephi 14:7-17) I have discovered real truth and the MYSTERIES OF GOD in full. And, by "reasoning together with God," I have discovered the true nature of me, and the true nature of you, and the true nature of ALL of us, and we (Gods having a mortal experience) are amazing... and God, our Father is amazing... through HIS LOVE FOR US expressed...!
... And that is how I came to this "MARVELOUS WORK and A WONDER®...