We follow our Holy Ghost. But we also follow Lucifer.
Some Holy Ghosts make us Mormon. Some make us Jews. Some make us Muslims. Some are more religious than others. And some inspire us to strap bombs to our bodies and sacrifice our lives for the sake of God.
Both the Holy Ghost and Lucifer are felt in the same way. Both inspire us to act. Both are natural responses of our free will.
Although it was reported that Joseph Smith saw God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, he never did. How could he if neither entity actually exists?
No honest person without an agenda to seek value for him or her self will ever claim that he or she has seen God. Except for the case of a person seeking value for oneself through dishonesty and/or presenting things a person has imagined as being reality (the basis of all religious belief), semantics is responsible for what some claim to have been actual personal testimony that a mortal has seen God.
Merriam-Webster defines the word the best:
se· man· tics | \si-ˈman-tiks \
1: the study of meanings:
(a) the historical and psychological study and the classification of changes in the signification of words or forms viewed as factors in linguistic development
(b) SEMIOTICS: a general philosophical theory of signs and symbols that deals especially with their function in both artificially constructed and natural languages and comprises syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics
2: a branch of semiotics dealing with the relations between signs and what they refer to and including theories of denotation, extension, naming, and truth.
Joseph Smith did not “see” God. He only “saw” God “through the veil” and when the “eyes of his understanding were opened.” (See D&C 110:1.)
It’s through our own personal “eyes of understanding” that any of us “see” God. We gained this understanding from the moment we believed our parents, who taught us that God and the devil are real entities that make us do good and evil. If our parents taught us these things, we have no other foundation on which we can rely that explains what we do, good or bad. We are either being influenced by God or the devil.
Joseph Smith’s critics do not have a fair and valid point when they assume the falsity of his claims due to the varying historical accounts that exist about what happened to Joseph as a young teenager that set the course for the rest of his life.
There’s only one handwritten (by Joseph Smith personally) explanation of what happened to the young teenager. The account was the first time that Joseph attempted to explain the details. With some relative important implication to this Marvelous Work and Wonder®, on June 16, 1832, in his own handwriting, Joseph wrote the following:
(IMPORTANT NOTE: There were some edits and additions made to this personal account by Frederick G. Williams. These edits and additions must be ignored in order for one to understand what Joseph Smith was commanded to do (see Jacob 4:14) and how he did it. Italic, bold, underline emphasis is of our doing.)
“I found that mankind did not come unto the Lord but that they had apostatised [sic] from the true and liveing [sic] faith and there was no society or denomination that built upon the gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded in the new testament and I felt to mourn for my own sins and for the sins of the world for I learned in the scriptures that God was the same yesterday to day and forever that he was no respecter to persons a piller [sic] of light above the brightness of the sun at noon day come down from above and rested upon me and I was filled with the spirit of god and the Lord opened the heavens upon me and I saw the Lord and he spake unto me saying Joseph my son thy sins are forgiven thee. go thy way walk in my statutes and keep my commandments behold I am the Lord of glory I was crucifyed [sic] for the world that all those who believe on my name may have Eternal life behold the world lieth in sin at this time and none doeth good no not one they have turned asside [sic] from the gospel and keep not my commandments they draw near to me with their lips while their hearts are far from me and mine anger is kindling against the inhabitants of the earth to visit them acording [sic] to thir [sic] ungodliness and to bring to pass that which hath been spoken by the mouth of the prophets and Apostles and my soul was filled with love and for many days I could rejoice with great Joy and the Lord was with me but could find none that would believe the hevnly [sic] vision nevertheless I pondered these things in my heart behold and lo I come quickly as it is written of me in the cloud clothed in the glory of my Father.”
As he implied in his own handwriting, the entirety of Joseph Smith’s new religion was supposed to be “built upon the gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded in the new testament.”
As we have reported, the white-skinned European American Christians who converted to Mormonism “sought for things that they could not understand.” Joseph’s early followers wanted much more than the New Testament teachings of Jesus. They were blind to the importance and simplicity of these teachings. They wanted a new religion.
“…Wherefore, because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking beyond the mark, they must needs fall; for God hath taken away his plainness from them, and delivered unto them many things which they cannot understand, because they desired it. And because they desired it God hath done it, that they may stumble.” (Jacob 4:14)
Modern LDS/Mormon historians and students cannot see what they refuse to see. They do not consider anything that devalues the great stumbling block placed before them, i.e., the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Nothing about this church and religion is “built upon the gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded in the new testament.” Their own accepted history reiterates the importance and gives a clear indication of what the “fulness” of this “everlasting gospel” is:
“[The Angel Moroni] said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said that the fulness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants;” (Pearl of Great Price, JSH 1:34.)
There was only one gospel that Joseph Smith intended for his new religion. Its fullness is contained in the words of Jesus as found in the New Testament, Matthew 5, 6, and 7; and copied word for word in the Book of Mormon, “as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants,” in 3 Nephi 12, 13 and 15.
Joseph’s own words give clues to things that he never revealed to his followers:
“… and there were many things which transpired that cannot be writen [sic].”
Joseph was not allowed to disclose his involvement with us, whom Christopher calls “the Brothers” and his mentors. In that day, it was very difficult to remain incognito and anonymous and still be available to help Joseph Smith with our work (the MWAW). We counseled him to avoid any mention of our involvement outside of what is written about us in an allegoric way in the 28th chapter of 3 Nephi of the Book of Mormon.
Joseph was seventeen when we first met with him and informed him of our desires for the Book of Mormon. Joseph did not start “translating” the gold plates until he was twenty-one.
“I was chastened and saught diligently to obtain the plates and obtained them not untill [sic] I was twenty one years of age.”
Some considered Joseph a lazy boy who often wandered away from work to be alone. None ever knew that from the age of seventeen to twenty-one, Joseph was meeting with us as much as he could. The fact of how tired Joseph was after meeting with us was related by people who had heard Joseph tell his story and who would eventually write Joseph’s history for him, albeit from their own perception:
“I returned to my father in the field, and rehearsed the whole matter to him. He replied to me that it was of God, and told me to go and do as commanded by the messenger. I left the field, and went to the place where the messenger had told me the plates were deposited;” (Pearl of Great Price, JSH 1:50.)
There is no record of Joseph saying anything about his visitation with the Angel Moroni, until he mentioned it for the first time in his own handwriting on June 16, 1832. None of his family or close friends knew what had actually happened to him. But they knew something had, because of the stark difference in his intelligence and understanding since returning home from the event of April 6, 1820. It was at this time that Joseph experienced what Christopher experienced on June 16, 1987.
Joseph’s family knew that Joseph spent a great deal of time alone. And when he came home, Joseph would
“… occasionally give us some of the most amusing recitals that could be imagined. He would describe the ancient inhabitants of this continent, their dress, mode of travelings, and the animals upon which they rode; their cities, their buildings, with every particular; their mode of warfare; and also their religious worship. This he would do with as much ease, seemingly, as if he had spent his whole life among them.”
(Cited from Joseph’s mother’s [Lucy Mack Smith] 1853 autobiography, Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and His Progenitors for many Generations.)
Not able to deny the comments from Joseph’s own mother, LDS/Mormon apologists correctly write,
“Lucy’s 1853 autobiography, Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and His Progenitors for many Generations was considered inaccurate by Brigham Young and was ordered to be rewritten. The reasons for this had nothing to do with Lucy’s account of her son Joseph’s “amusing recitals.” The 1853 autobiography and the 1845 manuscript upon which it was based still exist, and both confirm that the “amusing recitals” mentioned by Lucy were done during the period during which Joseph was being instructed by the angel as he waited to retrieve the gold plates.”
This “period during which Joseph was being instructed” was the four years that we spent instructing the young Joseph Smith on how we were going to write the storyline of the Book of Mormon. During this time, as two of us had been born into the ancient cultures that comprised the native peoples of both North and South America, the young Joseph would inquire as to details of these cultures.
To keep our identity and lives secure, we developed the story of the Angel Moroni from one of the characters in the Book of Mormon. Joseph would use this story to protect the actuality of our involvement in his life. Further, we developed the story of “The First Vision” from the vision experienced by our Book of Mormon character, Lehi, as recounted in the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi 1:5-6.
“Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, as he went forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, in behalf of his people. And it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord, there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him; and he saw and heard much;”
Not once during his life did Joseph Smith ever tell another person that he saw God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Personally, Joseph would only speak of the vision in which he,
“… was filled with the spirit of god and the Lord opened the heavens upon me and I saw the Lord and he spake unto me.”
His followers … in front of whom Joseph was commanded to place the stumbling blocks of organized religion … would fill in the gaps with their own interpretations and imagination. They wanted it to be something special, something unique to their religion, whom Joseph saw in “a piller [sic] of light above the brightness of the sun at noon day.”
The account given in the Pearl of Great Price, JSH, was not written by Joseph Smith. What is accepted by Mormons as their history, written in the Pearl of Great Price, JSH, was taken from a history written by James Mulholland and Robert B. Thompson [ca. June 1839–ca. 1841].
The public would finally have its first look at what the early LDS/Mormons wanted the world to see when an account of what would be known as “The First Vision” was published in the Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:706–707. Mormon historians properly report that,
“This brief history of the church, often referred to as the ‘Wentworth letter,’ was prepared at the request of a Chicago newspaper editor. The extent of Joseph Smith’s involvement in writing it is not known, but it was published with his signature. This account borrowed language from Orson Pratt’s A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions.”*
*Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account, pp. 3–5. This is the earliest published account of Joseph Smith’s first vision of Deity. It was written by Orson Pratt of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and published as a pamphlet in Scotland in 1840.
The modern LDS/Mormon Church will never acknowledge this, but our Marvelous Work and a Wonder® forced it to finally publish the original manuscripts of Joseph Smith’s writings. The Real Truth must available to all who desire to consider it. Published in 2008, as The Joseph Smith Papers, LDS/Mormon scholars and historians would lay out a new and more honest historical look at The First Vision:
1. JS History, ca. Summer 1832, pp. 1–3. This is the earliest and most personal account, and the only one that includes Joseph Smith’s own handwriting.
The modern, as did the early, Latter-day Saints, “looked beyond the mark.” Their accepted First Vision was a representation of Lehi’s First Vision as related in the Book of Mormon. It was a vision of Jesus Christ that culminated in the presentation of “a book”:
“And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God.
And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day.
And he also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament.
And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and stood before my father, and gave unto him a book, and bade him that he should read.” (1 Nephi 1:8-11.)
Joseph was given the same type of “book.” It is a book that contains the “fullness of the everlasting Gospel” as delivered to the Jews by the “twelve others following him” “as recorded in the new testament.” (See above: Joseph’s only handwritten comments of his first vision: “there was no society or denomination that built upon the gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded in the new testament.)
The “fullness of the Everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ” was explained as “the love of God,” the “Tree of Life,” the “condescension of God,” and the “Rod of Iron.” It is the words that Jesus spoke. (See 1 Nephi, chapter 11.)
This gospel did not include a priesthood or God-given power of any kind. In fact, of those who claim that God “hath given his power unto men,” the Book of Mormon speaks:
“And they deny the power of God, the Holy One of Israel; and they say unto the people: Hearken unto us, and hear ye our precept; for behold there is no God today, for the Lord and the Redeemer hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto men;” (2 Nephi 28:5.)
The Latter-day Saints refuse to see what is before them. Keep in mind that refusing to see is considered “blindness.” They refuse to abide by the counsel given in the Book of Mormon to “liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.” (See 1 Nephi 19:23.)
If the LDS/Mormons would “see” and read the words of their scriptures and “liken all scripture unto [them],” they might see that,
“They have all gone out of the way; they have become corrupted.
Because of pride, and because of false teachers, and false doctrine, their churches [even the LDS/Mormon Church] have become corrupted, and their churches are lifted up; because of pride they are puffed up.
They rob the poor because of their fine sanctuaries [temples and church buildings]; they rob the poor because of their fine clothing [City Creek Mall]; and they persecute the meek and the poor in heart, because in their pride they are puffed up [the politically conservative principles they endorse].
They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and whoredoms, they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they [these humble followers of Christ] are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of ment.” (2 Nephi 28:11-14.)
There was not supposed to be anything upon which the original Church of Christ was built outside of the words spoken by Jesus. Joseph explained this to the Three Witnesses of the gold plates of the Book of Mormon. But when the early LDS/Mormon church had strayed so far from the teachings of Jesus; when the men of the Church desired priesthood authority (power of God given to men) and organization more than they did the teachings of Jesus; because Joseph Smith let his followers have what they wanted and desired as he had been commanded so that they would stumble (see Jacob 4:14); none of the Three Witnesses could bear it. All of them left Joseph and called him a fallen prophet.
David Whitmer despised an organized priesthood and detested anything that gave a man authority to proclaim God’s will outside of the “original doctrine and order that was first established upon the teachings of Christ in the written word.” In his 1887 book, An Address To All Believers In Christ,” Whitmer wrote:
“THE CHURCH OF CHRIST holds to the original doctrine and order that was first established upon the teachings of Christ in the written word …
“We do not indorse [sic] the teachings of any of the so-called Mormons or Latter Day Saints, which are in conflict with the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as taught in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. They have departed in a great measure from the faith of the CHURCH OF CHRIST as it was first established, by heeding revelations given through Joseph Smith, who, after being called of God to translate his sacred word — the Book of Mormon — drifted into many errors and gave many revelations to introduce doctrines, ordinances and offices in the church, which are in conflict with Christ’s teachings. …
“We, the Church of Christ, who accept only the Bible and the Book of Mormon as the rule and guide to our faith , agree on the doctrine and gospel of Christ. …
“As to the High Priesthood, Jesus Christ himself is the last Great High Priest, this too after the order of Melchisedec, as I understand the Holy Scriptures. …
“Finally, I do not indorse [sic] any of the teachings of the so-called Mormons, of Latter Day Saints, which are in conflict with the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, us taught in the Bible and Book of Mormon; for the same gospel is plainly taught in both of these books as I understand the word of God.”
As to the supposed restoration of the priesthood, LDS/Mormon history is full of stumbling blocks. The greatest of all was the alleged event when John, the Baptist, supposedly appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and restored the Aaronic Priesthood in 1829. Critics have a viable problem with this event. If it actually happened, then why would they not tell others? It was not recorded in the original Book of Commandments, but later in the revised version, the Doctrine and Covenants.
The even more profound miraculous event of “seeing” Christ, Moses, Elias, and Elijah, was not publicly revealed or documented until after Oliver Cowdery was excommunicated from the Church in April of 1838. Unreported by the “blind” LDS/Mormon historians who refuse to “see” the Real Truth, Oliver’s issues with Joseph were largely centered on Joseph wanting to give the people false stories, as Cowdery knew they had done about how they received the Aaronic Priesthood. As did Whitmer, Cowdery disagreed with Joseph about the final fabrication of the vision of Christ, Moses, Elias, and Elijah in 1836. (See D&C 110.)
As he knew in regards to John, the Baptist, Oliver knew that he and Joseph didn’t actually see anyone in person, but that, “the veil was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened.” (See D&C 110:1) Cowdery struggled with the implication of deception, but acquiesced to Joseph’s desire to give the people what they desired (see Jacob 4:14) … once. He would not do it again.
It wasn’t until Cowdery was out of the way that Joseph was able to give the priesthood the relevance and authority that the Mormon men were looking for, as they believed, contrary to Book of Mormon teachings, that God “hath given his power unto men.” (See above, 2 Nephi 28:5.)
It was correctly reported that Joseph did not teach his followers the Real Truth; that had he, they would have risen up and killed him. Eventually he did and eventually they killed him.
Joseph left all that he knew about the Real Truth embedded behind the symbolism of the “endowment from on high.”
No Latter-day Saint, no LDS/Mormon, no one who has experienced the LDS temple endowment attributed to Joseph Smith, can honestly deny what is taught through its presentation.
The actual presentation, not taking into account that it is symbolic, specifically states the following:
- There are three men who created everything: Elohim, Jehovah, and Michael. They were all men. There were no women involved in the creation of the world.
- After the world is created, as other worlds had been created by them, mortal man was not found on the world they had created. The three gods decided to put man on Earth and allow “Lucifer, our common enemy, whom we have thrust out*, to tempt him.”
Here it should be noted that Lucifer was thrust out of a state of existence where Elohim, Jehovah, and Michael existed before the Earth was created. When one understands the true meaning of Lucifer, that the name represents our mortal human nature and desires, one will understand that these natural human tendencies have no part of an advanced human world. Living as an advanced human does not allow any natural, mortal human tendencies. Thus, Lucifer was “cast out.”
- God and Jehovah put Michael asleep. When Michael awakes inside the dream state under which he was placed, he was known as Adam. Put asleep again, he would awaken inside this new dream state with a companion, Eve, who was created from Adam’s body.
- Adam and Eve would be introduced into the Garden of Eden. There, Lucifer would tempt them and they would partake of a tree that God had commanded them not to partake of: the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
- Adam would confront Lucifer and ask him about his [Lucifer’s] apron. Lucifer would respond that it represents his “power and priesthoods,” a word that Adam had not heard nor was familiar with.
If the endowment were literal, and the power of the priesthood was so important, then why didn’t Adam know what “priesthoods” were? Joseph incorporated this part into his presentation to symbolically represent the evil of priesthood authority. We have explained above how the priesthood affects a man’s focus on living the fullness of the gospel and having the “love of God” in his heart. Joseph was trying to point out that priesthood authority ca from a man’s natural, mortal nature to be valued and better than other men who do not have such “power of God.”
- Adam and Eve would choose to follow Lucifer and disobey God. God would visit them in the Garden of Eden and wonder where they were and why they were hiding.
Wouldn’t God already know? As explained below, later in the endowment, Elohim and Jehovah would not be involved in or know anything about what was happening upon Earth during the mortal stage of existence (the lone and dreary world). They would be completely disconnected from this reality and only understand what was happening through chosen True Messengers.
This was meant to explain the disconnect that our advanced selves have with our mortal self. If our mortal self (Adam) had a direct connection with our advanced self (Michael), we would not allow our human natures (Lucifer) to control us. There was a partial connection to the advanced world in the Garden of Eden. But in the Lone and Dreary World, Elohim and Jehovah (our true selves) have nothing to do with what goes on. In these sub-reality dream states, we act according to the flesh, or rather, as our dream self wants, regardless of the conscious desires of our true self except as the experience relates to the physical balance of our advanced brain.
- Adam and Eve enter the Lone and Dreary World, in which they are completely disconnected from Elohim and Jehovah.
- The first thing they do is build an altar and attempt to communicate with God through “the words of their mouth.” (Oh God. Hear the words of my mouth.)
- The only god that hears the words of Adam’s mouth is Lucifer. Lucifer ascertains that Adam and Eve need religion, so Lucifer tries to set up a religion for them.
- Elohim and Jehovah have no idea what is going on in the mortal realm. Elohim says, “Jehovah, send down Peter, James, and John to visit the man Adam in the Telestial world, without disclosing their identity. Have them observe conditions generally; see if Satan is there, and learn whether Adam has been true to the token and sign given to him in the Garden of Eden. Have them then return and bring me word.”
This is the first time that Joseph suggested that there is no god but our own human nature that hears and answers our vocal prayers; that it is our human nature that answers us and gives us inspiration, revelation, and direction. Our true self (represented symbolically by Elohim and Jehovah, while the dreaming Michael represents our mortal lives) has nothing to do with our mortal self. Yet, (as Adam prays to God) our mortal self senses a need for understanding. We seek personal value and worth. The natural balance of our brain forces us to sense a feeling that we are important and have a purpose. In our desire to know what this purpose is and to feel valued, we seek for answers. Our human nature draws us towards others who claim to have the answers that we are seeking (Lucifer and his Minister).
This is the most important and profound part of Joseph’s presentation. Personal value and self-worth are the most important part of our human natures, i.e., our Lucifers. Whatever Lucifer tells us about ourselves is what we incorporate into our being. It is what becomes who we are and dictates what we do as mortals. Upon entering mortality, we are unable to remember anything about a prior existence or a post-existence. We are completely disconnected from the true part of our Real Self (Elohim and Jehovah).
Sensing or feeling that we are something important because we actually are, we feel an enmity between the reality of mortal life (the lone and dreary world) and what we feel should be possible. This can fill us with hope but also opens us up to being deceived and manipulated by others’ Lucifers (i.e., the very basis of all religion).
Unless you come up with your own religion and only accept and espouse your own beliefs, you are being led by someone else’s human nature and religion. By you giving value to another’s “religion,” you are creating enmity between your mortal reality and your true reality as an advanced human who does not require another to tell you anything about yourself or why you exist. Advanced humans know why they exist. They know that they are equal to every other advanced human. They know that the universe and all of reality centers and is comprised in their own experience. But mortals have forgotten this.
The mortal experience is vital and necessary to a fullness of joy in that it provides our advanced brain with the dream sequences and physical stimulation that it needs to create contrast, helping advanced humans enjoy their eternal, perfect existence. Without the contrast, there would be no way an eternal human would appreciate who they are and the good life that they live. All of us must partake of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (the mortal experience where we experience the contrast). It has been done this way forever.
Having forgotten that we are all equal gods put asleep as to our True Self and participating in the dream of the mortal experience, our mortal human nature (Lucifer) desires to control our mortal body and mind.
In his endowment, Joseph beautifully put all of the above in this symbolic way:
After Elohim discovers that Adam gave in to Eve and ate the fruit, he says:
ELOHIM: Eve! What is this that thou hast done?
EVE: The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
ELOHIM: Lucifer! What hast thou been doing here?
LUCIFER: I have been doing that which has been done in other worlds.
ELOHIM: What is that?
LUCIFER: I have been giving some of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil to them.
ELOHIM: Lucifer, because thou hast done this, thou shalt be cursed above all the beasts of the field. Upon thy belly thou shalt go, and dust shalt thou thou shalt eat all the days of thy life.
LUCIFER: If thou cursest me for doing the same thing which has been done in other worlds, I will take the spirits that follow me, and they shall possess the bodies thou createst for Adam and Eve!
ELOHIM: I will place enmity between thee and the seed of the woman. Thou mayest have power to bruise his heel, but he shall have power to crush thy head.
LUCIFER: Then with that enmity I will take the treasures of the earth, and with gold and silver I will buy up armies and navies, popes and priests, and reign with blood and horror on the earth!
Unless the mortal race learns how to “crush [the] head” of their natural, mortal tendencies and propensities, mortal life will continue to be, not only lone and dreary, but controlled by money (gold and silver) and ripe with “armies and navies (nations and politics), popes and false priests (religions).”
It is our perceived loss of value when we compare ourselves to others, that forces us to seek for money and worldly success, hoping that we will be noticed as someone special and important. It is because we do not perceive our mortal self as important and valuable that we support our nation’s armies and navies and our particular religion’s popes and priests. But we all know that it is our nations and religions that divide us. It is our nations and religions that have created all the “blood and horror on the earth.”
We feel powerless, useless to change things.
There is a hope. There will always be a hope as long as there exists the enmity to which Joseph referred in his endowment. This enmity is felt in the human mind. It is the symbolic battle of Armageddon as explained in the 666 book about Revelation.
Enmity is the state or feeling of being actively opposed to someone or something.
We all hate how we act at times. We hate Lucifer, the devil, Satan, and the other names that false teachers have taught us inspires us to do bad things. The Real Truth is that there is neither a god nor a devil that inspires, influences, or causes us to act the way that we do. It is a choice, a personal choice. It is always a choice.
Nevertheless, we know that many of the things that we are forced to do in this life are not good things in relation to how we treat others, or to how we treat ourselves. We feel that we have no choice. That’s just the way life is. We feel that we are powerless to combat the natural forces of our human nature.
Joseph Smith related this feeling in symbolic form:
LUCIFER: Now is the great day of my power. I reign from the rivers to the ends of the earth. There is none who dares to molest, or make afraid.
There is a hope. It is not in Jesus, per se. Jesus never existed. “Jesus” is used by Lucifer to take away your ability to recognize the innate and wonderful power you have within your own mind. This power allows you to create your own religion, be your own god, and your own savior, just like you are your own Lucifer.
We all have the Spirit of Christ. This is the spirit of hope that we share, that we feel when we come together as strangers engaged in a good purpose … a purpose that we all recognize as good: such as—to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.” This is the true “hope in Christ” that we all share. It is the hope that we can save ourselves.
We can save ourselves in this spirit and hope in Christ. We become our own saviors. But first, we must recognize the true reality of who we are and why we exist. We must realize that all of us have been born with this Spirit of Christ. We presented this idea through religious prose:
“For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.”
We know what is good and what is evil. We know God (good) just as well as we know Lucifer (evil). It is not good that poverty and inequality exist among us. But we allow it. The God of this world has done nothing to save us and change these inequalities. Even with all of our prayers and all of the words of our mouths directed towards God from our erected altars … none of these things have improved our mortal experience.
There is only one way.
This way is presented perfectly in symbolic form through Joseph Smith’s endowment. But those who see it do not see it. They are blind by choice.
The Lucifer character gives the answer:
“I have a word to say concerning these people. If they do not walk up to every covenant they make at these altars in this temple this day, they will be in my power!”
It is a True Messenger that has the power and authority to command Lucifer, “Depart.”
It is through a True Messenger that our true selves speak to our mortal brains. It must come from a voice box, not from a sense or feeling. Because the people of this world “do do not walk up to every covenant” they have made with their True Self, they are in the power of their mortal human nature.
Joseph Smith was called as a True Messenger to deliver a concept of hope to the early American people. They ignored him. They looked way beyond the mark that we were trying to explain to them through him. He presented himself symbolically as the “True Messenger” that came among the people of the lone and dreary world without disclosing his true identity, i.e., without disclosing the Real Truth about who we are and why we exist. He could have helped the people of the world save themselves. He could have helped mortals learn how to “crush Lucifer’s head.” But this wasn’t his command. His mandate was to,
“… go down and visit the man Adam in the Telestial world, without disclosing your identity. Observe conditions generally. See if Satan is there, and learn whether Adam has been true to the token and sign given to him in the Garden of Eden. Then return and bring us word.”
On June 27, 1844, Joseph returned and gave his report to Elohim and Jehovah. He completed his mission. He placed many stumbling blocks in the way … because the people desired it. It was our True Selves’ hope that by experiencing the stumbling blocks, our mortal selves might understand where we went wrong.
The stumbling blocks didn’t work.
So “Elohim” sent “Jehovah” to call Christopher to task, to do everything within his power to cast out Lucifer. At first, Christopher was directed to use the stumbling blocks as stepping stones over the falsehood of religion towards the Real Truth. Through Christopher and this Marvelous Work and a Wonder®, we turned the stumbling blocks into stepping stones and guided a few over the crumbling, sandy foundations of their religions. But of the few, the few who made it through the midst of darkness and partook of the tree whose fruit was most sweet, above all that they had ever before tasted … “Yea, and they beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness of the driven snow” … of these, many fell into forbidden paths and were ashamed of the fruit they were eating because the world mocked them for eating it.
Before he awakens back to his True Self as Michael and rejoins Elohim and Jehovah in the eternal state in which he has always existed, the allegoric Adam gives his final words to all mortals:
“These are true messengers. I exhort you to give strict heed to their counsel and teachings, and they will lead you in the way of life and salvation.”
A True Messenger is the only mortal who can tell us how to solve worldwide poverty and inequality, IF he is a True Messenger.
If you want to become a savior and help save the world. Listen to the words of True Messenger: