Early in the morning of October 25, 2013, after a night of prayer, the Lord Jesus Christ suddenly came to my room in a resurrected body of Fire and Glory. Part of the ordinances of that occasion included the obligation to declare the witness that I posted at this site for a period of two years. That obligation is satisfied on November 5, 2015. It is my intention at that time to remove both the original post and this post and return to my normal life.
I met Christ while fully awake, completely sober with no drugs, alcohol, or other mind altering substances involved. There was no imagination, guided meditation, dreams, 3rd eye sight, no-veil sight, or sleeping involved. I specify this with no judgment intended regarding anyone’s experiences, but simply to clarify the nature of this particular event.
I recognize that skeptics may not find this credible. I have no physical evidence to offer. I understand why you may not believe me, but I hope that you would at least consider the advice below.
Moses 1:11 refers to a difference between spiritual and natural eyes and being transfigured. This statement made perfect sense to me on that evening. I will not clarify it other than what I have said above. If you desire further understanding, please seek the Lord and get to know him personally. He is no respecter of persons and will give you wisdom liberally.
I have never on any occasion fully described this or other experiences. I am not sure I have the ability to do so. In particular, on this site, I have only attempted to share that He is real and knowable, in compliance with the Lord’s standard operating procedure. (See Moroni 7:25-32, 3 Nephi 11:14-16, Lectures on Faith 2:54-56). My purpose in writing this is to instill in others hope and confidence that they too can know Him.
I have gotten to know many people as a result of this website. Most of them, I believe, will tell you that I am a normal, average, guy. Anything of value you have gained from this site comes from God and He deserves the glory.
I am grateful to Him for this opportunity to be a small part of His work. I do not know all of His plans. I am not sure it is possible for any mortal to know all of the things that Christ has taken into His heart to accomplish. I just try to do His will. That being said, I am glad that this task is nearly accomplished and God willing, I look forward to returning to obscurity.
Prior to that, and as a final testimony, I would like to share a few items of my advice, in no particular order:
If our height was an outward appearance of our righteousness… so for example, if you could see how righteous a person was by their height, then we could easily tell that a 6 foot person is more righteous than a 5 foot person.
Even if this was the case, Christ is Mt Everest. From His perspective, the differences between us are so minor that we might as well say we are all equally less than dust. Can you tell how tall a person is from the top of the Empire State Building? It is a waste of time to even try. So it is a waste of time to compare ourselves to others.
Don’t lose focus. We are to always remember Him. When we start comparing ourselves to others we are forgetting Him. This is pride. Christ is the measuring stick. Using any other standard is pride.
We all are equally reliant on the grace of Christ. Redemption only comes from Christ. Despite all we do, it is only by His grace that we are saved. Have faith that He can do His work and then focus on your job, which is to suffer His will in all things, just as He suffered His Father’s will when He walked among us as a man.
I believe that Christ is our example and that applies especially to his mortal life. Towards the end of his life a rich young ruler came to him asking, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” Christ’s first response was a rebuke “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is God.”
Christ, while mortal, redirected all attention from himself to His Father. He understood that while mortal we all are in jeopardy. In His sermon on the mount the summary was “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” It is only after His resurrection that Christ included Himself in that summary. “Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.”
Christ is the father of our salvation. His is the Way to redemption from the fall. As a mortal His attention was always to His Father’s will and never to His own goodness. As a practical matter, I believe we should always focus our attention to Christ and redirect any praise to Him.
Christ’s peace is not as the world’s peace is. It is not the absence of conflict. It is the peace that allows one to forgive his murderers even while those murderers are in the act of throwing stones. Christ’s peace is not the absence of distress, it is peace that abides and overcomes in the midst of distress.
Perfected in Christ
We are perfected in Christ, not apart from Christ. It is His work and glory to bring to pass our Eternal Life and Immortality. Our work and glory is to suffer the will of our Father in all things, just as Christ showed us during His mortal life.
Be practical not theoretical. I really like the Google definition of practical – “of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas.” I am convinced that correct gospel theory can be taught in an intensive weekend, but practical experience can take years to learn, if it is ever learned at all.
It is easy to be Christlike when reading from a prepared talk. It is hard when being cut off while on your commute. It is easy to think you are righteous when you are fawned over while wearing your finest clothes and called by adoring titles. Hard to act Christlike when you are spent and worn out at home. Don’t run out chasing altars and titles while your wife and children are in distress.
If I have to be labeled, I would hope that it would be as a Practical Christian or as a Practical Mormon. (Which I see as synonymous when using Joseph’s definition of Mormonism.)
I pondered and prayed for a long time on this post. It is not something I really wanted to do. I see the removal of this site with the same anticipation I felt when returning home from my mission. A sense of happiness at a task accomplished and relief to be returning to more joyful endeavors among my closest loved ones.
However, I found as I went over the list of topics that needed to be included, I had this topic listed multiple times in several ways. So perhaps that is a sign. It is important. Be a Practical Christian — Don’t be a Theoretical Christian.
Doctrine of Christ
- Faith in Jesus Christ or having confidence in Him as a little child,
- Repentance or turning to Him,
- Baptism of water (as a renewed command),
- Taking the Holy Ghost as your guide (your liahona),
- Enduring the trials of your willingness to walk the path,
- Until you reach the goal of the path — being redeemed from the fall or Christ manifesting Himself to you in the flesh.
Let’s not dispute. We have some indications that the correct method of worship has yet to be fully restored. The Book of Mormon teaches us that God is merciful and will accept our prayers or worship even if done in our fields, houses, and our closets because of Christ.
Let’s accept the doctrine of Christ and cease all disputations. Let’s recognize that we are as little children in our understanding of what we worship and how to worship. Then let us rejoice that because of the Son, God will be merciful and hear our worship while we call to Him at our jobs, in our cars, while we dance, while we eat.
Mormonism is Truth
“Mormonism is truth; and every man who embraces it feels himself at liberty to embrace every truth: consequently the shackles of superstition, bigotry, ignorance, and priestcraft, fall at once from his neck; and his eyes are opened to see the truth, and truth greatly prevails over priestcraft….The first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is, that we believe that we have a right to embrace all, and every item of truth, without limitation or without being circumscribed or prohibited by the creeds or superstitious notions of men, or by the dominations of one another, when that truth is clearly demonstrated to our minds, and we have the highest degree of evidence of the same.” — Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith p. 264
Our religion is at its essence the search for truth, unencumbered by dominations of priests or creeds. At least, this was how its founder described it. I adopt this definition of Mormonism.
Gospel of Christ
The word gospel means “good news.” To understand the good news you need to understand the bad news. The bad news is we all are cut off from God. Everyone on this planet is separated from God.
The good news is Christ came to lift all men up back into the presence of God. Even as He was lifted up so He will lift all of us up to be returned to the presence of God. On that occasion, our lives will be reviewed according to our works. The good fruit will be accepted, the bad fruit will be rejected.
More good news. The test is an open book one. The answer is simple – take care of the “least of these.” Even those who did not know Christ and are surprised to find themselves in His presence will pass the test, so long as they have demonstrated the practical skills of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, taking care of the stranger.
While those who have the theoretical keys of knowledge and have done works in the name of the Lord, but lack the practical works will be cast out. Be practical.
Consider the following:
“The world always mistook false prophets for true ones, and those that were sent of God, they considered to be false prophets, and hence they killed, stoned, punished and imprisoned the true prophets, and these had to hide themselves ‘in deserts and dens, and caves of the earth’ [see Hebrews 11:38], and though the most honorable men of the earth, they banished them from their society as vagabonds, whilst they cherished, honored and supported knaves, vagabonds, hypocrites, impostors, and the basest of men.” — Teachings of Joseph Smith.
Who do you lift up and who do you cast out? Does popularity reveal truth?
Christ came to this Earth to a people with a functioning temple, priesthood, and unbroken line of authority that stretched back to their founder Moses. Christ recognized the legitimacy of these claims.
What would the average member of the Jewish church have thought of Jesus Christ?
Christ was rejected by the majority as a vagabond, no name, from a podunk town with no apparent authority. The people lifted up and supported Caiaphas and the rulers. Any test of what is true or not that would result in rejecting Christ is not a valid basis for determining truth. Christ told us how His disciples would be treated.
The Book of Mormon teaches us the manner of priestly ordination. It was done in a way so that those looking for Christ would not be deceived and would be looking for Him when He came. In the same way, we can study out Christ’s mortal life for clues to the manner of discerning true messengers.
So this is my advice or the advice that I am giving heed to. Only you and the Lord can determine what your advice is.
To those that do not find this credible – I would not believe it either if it had not happened to me. I fully understand why you would not believe my story. I do not find fault with you. I hope you would at least consider the advice to live a practical and ethical life.
To those that find this credible – I would hope that you go away from this site with hope that it is possible to for you specifically to know Christ, that the end is an achievable goal. The trials you endure are tests of your willingness to remain on the path. The Holy Ghost is your guide along the path. Obey His commandments given to you by the Holy Ghost.
Salvation, at its essence, is a choice. Look to Christ and live. Endure every attempt to dissuade you from your choice and Christ will come to you. He will control the timing. He has the big picture. Part of having faith in Him is trusting His judgment on how He will best accomplish His work.
Knowing God should be unremarkable. When God’s will is done on earth as it is in Heaven, no one will teach knowledge of the Lord, for all will know Him no matter who they are. It is His desire that all receive. It starts with a prayer to do His will. A prayer thus said, when done with real intent, results in the supplicant taking action on the pure intelligence received – no matter how undesirable the action is. Silence is likely an indication that you don’t really want to hear what He will say or that you are ignoring what He already told you. If you are at a loss of what to do, fall back on the practical actions from the open book test. We almost always could be a little kinder to our families, to the stranger, to the hungry.
This was the command of the voice of the Lord to me on May 12, 2012, – “Make straight the way of the Lord.”
Prepare His way. Set your life in order so that He will have a direct, level, and smooth path.
We are on the edge of a Sunday. God bless us all to make His path straight.by