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When the Puritans and Pilgrims (descendants of Ephraim from the northern countries) brought the Bible (The Stick of Judah) and landed their ship at the historical site of Plymouth in a “Promised Land” of North America, they were greeted by Native American Indians who were descendants of Manasseh, (The Stick of Joseph), who had been here for thousands of years. It was the meeting of two brothers from the House of Israel who met to fulfill prophecy contained in the scripture, Ezekiel 37:19.
“Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.”
It is important that we, the gentiles in these last days, know and understand these things in order to fulfill the purposes of God which cannot be changed and for the establishment of Israel and Zion so that the City of Enoch can return with the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
This is a non-denominational message that our entire nation needs to understand so that we maintain the Constitution and our liberty to protect our religious freedoms.
More than ever before, our religious freedoms and Constitution are being threatened and taken away by sins and religious concepts that are being declared as civil rights. In reality, once government legislates sins to be considered civil rights, all churches will lose their authority and freedom to preach and declare what they believe is sin and will become part of the hate crime. Once sins and moral transgressions have been established as a right, our faith based government and religions will lose their choices to worship the God of their choice and will have to accept and marry people living immoral lives into their churches and will not be able to preach repentance or talk against certain sins or civil rights without it being considered a hate crime and subjecting themselves to being incarcerated.
Scriptures are records of many civilizations with the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ that remind us why their nations spiritually fell. They teach how to maintain our religious freedoms in these last days. Plymouth, in this promised land, is where those scriptures and religious freedoms came out of captivity and were first established with the right to worship as we may!
The Book of Mormon invites
the twelve tribes of Israel
to believe the gospel.
“Therefore I write unto you, Gentiles,
and also unto you, house of Israel,
when the work shall commence,
that ye shall be about to prepare to return
to the land of your inheritance;
Yea, behold, I write unto all the ends of the earth;
yea, unto you, twelve tribes of Israel,
who shall be judged according to your works
by the twelve whom Jesus chose to be his disciples
in the land of Jerusalem.
And I write also unto the remnant of this people,
who shall also be judged by the twelve
whom Jesus chose in this land;
and they shall be judged by the other twelve
whom Jesus chose in the land of Jerusalem.
And these things doth the Spirit manifest unto me;
therefore I write unto you all.
And for this cause I write unto you,
that ye may know that ye must all stand
before the judgment-seat of Christ,
yea, every soul who belongs to the whole human family of Adam;
and ye must stand to be judged of your works,
whether they be good or evil;
And also that ye may believe the gospel of Jesus Christ,
which ye shall have among you;
and also that the Jews,
the covenant people of the Lord,
shall have other witness besides him
whom they saw and heard, that Jesus,
whom they slew,
was the very Christ and the very God.
And I would that I could persuade all ye ends of the earth
to repent and prepare to stand before the judgment-seat of Christ.”
BECAUSE HE LIVES
Jesus Christ lived. He walked the Holy Land, working miracles and teaching truth. Then, He was crucified. But His death was not the end.
Because of His resurrection, we will live again. Because of His sacrifice, we can rise above sin to experience true joy. Join us as we share the good news with the world. Starting on March 28th, we’ll be introducing a special series of messages centered on the power of the living Christ. Enter your email address below to receive updates. helives.mormon.org
On April 6th – Jesus was born.
The wise men called it Easter, not Christmas.
God is our Father and Jesus is His Son
Of course that means we have a Heavenly Mother.
Tribes Ephraim and Manassa scattered from Israel to North America.
In Ohio near the mounds is where Christ appeared.
The Garden of Eden was and is located in Missouri.
An apostasy did happen the Gospel once lost is now restored.
Elijah has returned ‘turning children’s hearts to the fathers’.
Temples spotted all over the earth are to be found.
Sealing families together forever beyond death.
Wars and rumors of war will abound.
The center of the earth is made of water.
Wickedness will be rampant the Constitution will survive.
This ‘promised land’ will be cleansed, Jesus returns for a thousand years.
What a great time to be born and to be alive!
. . . . .
I am so thankful for a Living Prophet to
guide us in these latter-days!
I remember growing up seeing and hearing ‘We The People’ express our love and support for our freedoms and this great land of America. Waving the American flag was often seen as we expressed our patriotic love for that which we stand from home, school, our churches, parades, celebrations and events.
Our schools started each day with a moment of prayer in which we paused, and gave thanks our God, and then stood up with our hands over our hearts repeated together The Pledge of Allegiance. Our young men who turned of age volunteered willingly to serve our country. Many with promises to unite and to protect gave their lives in defense of the freedoms we cherish.
I ask, “Where Is Our United American Spirit Today?” I challenge all Americans and invite this generation to stand up and raise their voices together in unison as did so many top American entertainers and people of influence did from our past.
As you watch this video and listen to the music, will you join in song and rekindle the spark of freedom within you as you sing the words because we are going to need it in order to survive the challenges of tomorrow. Yes, there are those among us who wish to take our freedoms away.
May we trust in our God and this Promised Land in which we live, as we sing together requesting that, “God Bless America” …. TODAY! .
“Thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee” Moses 3:17
Because free agency is a God-given precondition to the purpose of mortal life, no person or organization can take away our free agency in mortality.
What can be taken away or reduced by the conditions of mortality is our freedom, the power to act upon our choices. Free agency is absolute, but in the circumstances of mortality freedom is always qualified.
Freedom may be qualified or taken away (1) by physical laws, including the physical limitations with which we are born, (2) by our own action, and (3) by the action of others, including governments.
A loss of freedom reduces the extent to which we can act upon our choices, but it does not deprive us of our God-given free agency.
“Choose you this day whom ye will serve: …
but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Alan & Suzanne Osmond loved having
Mrs. Laura Bush
visit Utah for
America’s Freedom Festival this year!
Our commitment to America is forever, still we
point out the important responsibilities we have
to this promised land.
Utah was so blessed to have Former First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush, speak to us and a massive audience at Brigham Young University on June 29th, 2014, at the invitation of America’s Freedom Festival, of which we are a part.
The massive audience absolutely loved her positive messages as a former First Lady made us all very “Proud To Be An American”.
Suzanne and I were so honored to be there and to have our picture taken with Mrs. Bush. We wish to echo our feelings of faith and hope about this promised land as Peter expressed in the Bible:
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be readyalways to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15
You must read the Declaration of Independence to feel its inspiration. You merely need to study history to recognize that a group of fledgling colonies defeating the world’s most powerful nation stemmed from a force greater than man. Where else in the world do we find a group of men together in one place at one time who possessed greater capacity and wisdom than the founding fathers—Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and others?
But it was not to their own abilities that they gave the credit. They acknowledged Almighty God and were certain of the impossibility of their success without his help. Benjamin Franklin made an appeal for daily prayers in the Constitutional Convention. In that appeal he said, “If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?
The Constitution was inspired of God and
will be held inviolate by this people.
‘The time will come when the destiny of this nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from
the threatened destruction.’ It will be so.”
(Joseph Smith – Journal of Discourses, 7:15.)
“When the people shall have torn to shreds the Constitution of the United States, the elders of Israel will be found holding it up to the nations of the earth, and proclaiming liberty and equal rights to all men, and extending the hand of fellowship to the oppressed of all nations.” (John Taylor – The Gospel Kingdom, Deseret Book Co., 1943, p. 219.)
“The day will come when the Constitution and free government under it will be sustained and preserved by this people.” (George Q. Cannon – JD, 23:104.)
I declare to you that if we are not in the beginning stages of the fulfillment of this prophecy, we are at least in the stages where we are preparing for its fulfillment.”
(L. Tom Perry – The Council of the Twelve Apostles)
As we look around, we find some very definite signs of the decay that is beginning to occur:
Corruption, crime, dishonesty, immorality, pollution, laziness, devotion only to special interests—these are signs that precede the fall of great civilizations.
We see so much evidence of these signs before our eyes. Yet we realize the promise that has been given to us
in this great land of America.
We also remember the prophecies concerning our great responsibilities to preserve that which
we have been blessed with by God.
The Lord has promised to sustain the truth in this land.
Let us show justice, kindness, and charity
toward our fellowmen.
Let us demonstrate the love and reverence
we should exhibit toward our Almighty God.
Let us not trifle with the things that are holy to God.
“And I will also be your light in the wilderness;
and I will prepare the way before you,
if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments;
wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments
ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led. “ 1 Nephi 17:13
In Ancient Egyptian, in Ohio, is The Decalogue Stone.
Carved at the top of stone which reads,
“MOSES”. The man image is holding something.
Carved all around the stone and on the back in
Ancient Hebrew are
The Ten Commandments.
These were made by the Nephites, a people recorded in
The Book of Mormon
who left Jerusalem about 600 B.C., who took with them The Plates of Laban (containing genealogy and writings from the Old Testament.
This is before the New Testament was recorded and before the days of Constantine when many precious parts were taken out of the Bible.
The Book of Mormon, “for a wise purpose” has many of those missing parts.)
They built a ship and came to the promised land of North America.
They are the “other sheep” Jesus referred to in the Bible.
“What it boils down to is, the fact that it’s odd,
doesn’t mean it’s not genuine.
The problem with these artifacts is that
the academics don’t like them because
they don’t fit the paradigm.
And unfortunately for them,
you can’t dismiss things simply because
you don’t like them!
And so the evidence to me seems clear
there’s no reason not to accept these as
genuine legitimate artifacts.”
The Great Circle is a very special and sacred place where a temple of the Hopewell Mound builders once stood amidst the massive circular earthen enclosure.
This picture was taken on the mound that now covers the temple site.
“Is there evidence for the Book of Mormon?“
Millions have asked this question because the Book of Mormon is foundational to the Mormonfaith – more accurately known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To learn more click HERE. Many have wondered what evidence has been found in its support, as the book asserts to be a record of ancient peoples that came by ship from the Old World region of Israel to the America’s where they developed into large and highly advanced civilizations with written language, walled cities, extensive roads, metal working, agriculture and a multitude of other sophisticated capabilities.
Some students of the Book of Mormon have speculated that the record is a history of the ancient peoples of Central or South America notwithstanding the fact that their record was recovered from a stone box in a hill near Palmyra, New York, USA and Church leaders have maintained for over 100 years that this was the location of that hill called “Cumorah.” (see Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation article HERE) Others have proposed the Great Lakes region of North America to be its lands. Robust new research, based on a multi-disciplinary approach, is now providing overwhelming evidence that this history is a record of Native American peoples who lived in what is today the Heartland of the United States on the continent of North America. This research begs the question, “Did the Book of Mormon take place in America’s Heartland?“
Secular evidence continues to mount that the Book of Mormon may have occurred in the Heartland of North America. This new research is offering unprecedented evidence of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Interestingly, much of this evidence is coming from non-Mormon secular sources, which is one of the many reasons why this research is so powerful and compelling.
Why is this important? Besides finally locating the actual places where the Book of Mormon peoples dwelt and took place, it adds to our already sure testimony that this is another witness that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. It also verifies that this land of North America is “the promised land” promised by God and the place where many of the lost tribes of Israel went to after the Tower of Babel with the Jaredites, and the Nephites and Lamanites who are descendants from Jerusalem. These people also have recorded the visitation of Jesus Christ to America after His Resurrection where He said, “…and ye are they, when I said, other sheep I have which are not of this fold.”
The Book of Mormon was recorded on Gold Plates by appointed prophets and abridged by Moroni which were hidden up and then shown to Joseph Smith Jr. who translated them into what is now, The Book of Mormon. North America is not only the “Promised Land”, but it is where Jesus will once again return to the “New Jerusalem”, which is yet to be built, where He will dwell with us for a thousand years in peace. The Heartland of America was also the place of The Garden of Eden, Adam-ondi-Ahman, and the City of Enoch. It is the Promised Land!
Soon, because so much evidence is coming forth, we will know of a surety the truthfulness of these records of these people that they are true. It will also be revealed how our government and the Smithsonian destroyed thousands of mounds made by these ancient people from the Tower of Babel and Jerusalem just to destroy them and to prove they are only “heathens” in order to take their land from them. They killed most of their buffalo in an effort to starve them, leaving heaps of buffalo bones, and even offered them blankets infested with small pox!
Also, when our country was formed, our founding fathers made covenants with God, and God covenanted with us, that if we would keep His commandments and always remember Him, He would bring prosperity and protection to this promised land. If you are wondering why we are having so many challenges today just answer why we have taken prayer out of our schools and our nation. Also, take a good look at who is leading this country and liken them to the beginning of time when they took secret oaths, even as did those “conspiring men” of Gadianton who with secret oaths were continually over time out to destroy this country. These oaths are the same that Cain made with Satan when he killed Able in the beginning. The Book of Mormon warns of of this in these last days!
The truth is coming forth and a cleansing is forth coming preparing the way for Jesus!
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About 600 B.C., records of a people who left Jerusalem were written and recorded by Prophets of God who were shown visions of our day. These people, with the guidance of Jesus, built a ship and came across the ocean to North America to a “promised land” which is now known as The United States of America.
Jesus spoke in the Bible of other sheep. In North America, He told these people, “Ye are they of whom I said: other sheep I have which are not of this fold.” These records document these events up until around 421 A.D. and contain many of the missing partsthat were taken out of the Bible during the days of Constantine, about 331 A.D., when the Bible was re-organized with many “precious parts” being left out of the Bible. God knew this and “for a wise purpose”, many of those missing parts were revealed to the prophets of these people. This is why this book is so important for us today.
This record of a people from Jerusalem was translated into what is known today as The Book of Mormon. It contains prophecies and revelations about our day and what is to take place when Jesus Christ returns to us once again. It speaks of what is yet to come in these The Last Days. These things are important to know as they help reduce the fear of the unknown and verifies the purpose and validity of God’s love for us and the role that Jesus Christ plays in each of our lives.
“It is my desire to remind you of the nature
and kind of being that God is, so that
you may worship him in spirit and in truth
and thereby gain all of the blessings of his gospel.”
“Great progress has been made in mechanics, chemistry, physics, surgery, and other things”. Men have built great telescopes that have brought the hidden galaxies to view. They have, by the aid of the microscope, discovered vast worlds of microorganisms. … They have discovered means to control disease. … They have invented machines more sensitive than the human touch, more far-seeing than the human eye. They have controlled elements and made machinery that can move mountains, and many other things have they done too numerous to mention.
Yes, this is a wonderful age.” But there is another trend he saw in the world.
“All of these discoveries and inventions have not
drawn men nearer to God! Nor created in their hearts
humility and the spirit of repentance, but to the contrary,
to their condemnation. Faith has not increased in the world,
nor has righteousness, nor obedience to God.”
In contrast to the world’s growing indifference toward God, a grandsons recalled:
“My mother was an excellent cook, and my grandfather ate frequently at our house. Quite often he would be invited by my father to ask a blessing on the food. His prayers were always very personal—as if talking to a friend.”2
Beginning with Joseph Smith’s First Vision, the true knowledge of God has been restored in our day.
I am very grateful for the first vision, in which the Father and the Son appeared to the youthful prophet and again restored to man the true knowledge of God.3
Through Joseph Smith’s First Vision, “the true knowledge of God” was restored.
It should be remembered that the entire Christian world in 1820 had lost the true doctrine concerning God. The simple truth which was understood so clearly by the apostles and saints of old had been lost in the mysteries of an apostate world. All the ancient prophets, and the apostles of Jesus Christ had a clear understanding that the Father and the Son were separate personages, as our scriptures so clearly teach. Through apostasy this knowledge was lost. … God had become a mystery, and both Father and Son were considered to be one unknowable effusion of spirit, without body, parts, or passions. The coming of the Father and the Son placed on the earth a divine witness who was able by knowledge to restore to the world the true nature of God.4
The [first] vision of Joseph Smith made it clear that the Father and the Son are separate personages, having bodies as tangible as the body of man. It was further revealed to him that the Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit, distinct and separate from the personalities of the Father and the Son [see D&C 130:22]. This all-important truth staggered the world; yet, when we consider the clear expressions of holy writ, it is a most astounding and wonderful fact that man could have gone so far astray. The Savior said, “My Father is greater than I;” [John 14:28] and he invited his disciples, after his resurrection, to handle him and see that it was he, for, said he, “A spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” [Luke 24:39.] The apostles clearly understood the distinct entities of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, to which they constantly refer in their epistles; and Paul informed the Corinthians of the fact that when all things are subjected to the Father, “then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” [1 Corinthians 15:28.]
Joseph Smith beheld the Father and the Son; therefore he could testify
with personal knowledge that the scriptures were true wherein we read:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God
created he him; male and female created he them.”
This was to be understood literally, and not in some mystical or figurative sense.5
To exercise faith in God and worship Him,
we must have an understanding of His characteristics.
One of our revelations tells us that if we are to be glorified in Christ, as he is in the Father, we must understand and know both how to worship and what we worship. (See D&C 93:19–20.)
We know that God is known only by revelation, that he stands revealed or remains forever unknown. We must go to the scriptures—not to the scientists or philosophers—if we are to learn the truth about Deity.
Indeed, John’s great prophecy about the restoration of the gospel by an angel who should fly in the midst of heaven says that it was to occur so that men could come to a knowledge of the true God and be taught: “Fear God, and give glory to him … and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” (Rev. 14:7.) In other words, beginning with the restoration of the gospel in this dispensation, men once again would be called upon to worship and serve their Creator rather than the false concepts of Deity that prevail in the world.
In every age the Lord’s prophets have been called upon to combat false worship and proclaim the truth about God. In ancient Israel there were those who worshiped images and pagan gods, and Isaiah asked:
“To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.” (Isa. 40:18, 28.)
Much of the world today does not have this knowledge of God, and there are those who have not perfected their understanding of that glorious being who is our Eternal Father. To those without this knowledge we might well say:
“Why dost thou limit the glory of God?
Or, why should ye suppose that he is less than he is?
Hast thou not known?
Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator
of the ends of the earth, is infinite and eternal; that he has all power,
all might, and all dominion; that he knows all things,
and that all things are present before his face?”
Revelation of some of the basic doctrines of salvation as to Deity says:
“… there is a God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal,
from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable God,
the framer of heaven and earth, and all things which are in them.”
God is our Father; he is the being in whose image man is created. He has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s (D&C 130:22), and he is the literal and personal father of the spirits of all men. He is omnipotent and omniscient; he has all power and all wisdom; and his perfections consist in the possession of all knowledge, all faith or power, all justice, all judgment, all mercy, all truth, and the fullness of all godly attributes. …
If we are to have that perfect faith by which we can lay hold upon eternal life, we must believe in God as the possessor of the fullness of all these characteristics and attributes. He is an infinite and eternal being, and as an unchangeable being, he possesses these perfected powers and attributes from everlasting to everlasting, which means from eternity to eternity.6
We know that our Heavenly Father is a glorified, exalted personage who has all power, all might, and all dominion, and that he knows all things. We testify that he, through his Only Begotten Son, is the Creator of this earth and of worlds without number.7
God is a personal being and the Father of our spirits.
We are the spirit children of God our Heavenly Father. … We are members of his family. … We dwelt with him for long ages in our premortal life. … He ordained a plan of progression and salvation which would enable us, if faithful and true in all things, to advance and progress until we become like him.8
We are taught in the Scriptures that God is literally, and not in a figurative sense, our very eternal Father.
The words of our Redeemer spoken to Mary near the tomb from which he had risen and gained the victory over death, are most sublime and filled with glorious meaning: “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” [John 20:17.] In these words the truth of the Fatherhood of God is emphatically pronounced by his only begotten Son, who declares that he is our Brother and that we have the same eternal Father.9
I am grateful that the knowledge of God and his laws has been restored in our day and that we who are members of the Church know he is a personal being and not, as some sectarians have said, “a congeries [a disorderly collection] of laws floating like a fog in the universe.” I am grateful that we know he is our Father in heaven, the Father of our spirits, and that he ordained the laws whereby we can advance and progress until we become like him. And I am grateful that we know he is an infinite and eternal being who knows all things and has all power and whose progression consists not in gaining more knowledge or power, not in further perfecting his godly attributes, but in the increase and multiplying of his kingdoms.10
Heavenly Father loves us and is interested in each of us.
There is an expression in the vision of Moses, which was given at a time when Moses was caught up into an exceeding high mountain and saw God face to face and talked with him. The Lord showed unto Moses the “workmanship of his hands,” and Moses beheld the world, and all the children of men to the latest generations. [See Moses 1:1–8, 27–29.]
And the Lord said to Moses:
“For behold there are many worlds that have passed away by the word of my power. And there are many that now stand, and innumerable are they unto man, but all things are numbered unto me, for they are mine and I know them.
“And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying: Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth and the inhabitants thereof, and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content.
“And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying: The heavens, they are many, and they cannot be numbered unto man; but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine.” [Moses 1:35–37.]
Notwithstanding the countless number of worlds and the great magnitude of many of them, they are a means to an end, and not the end itself. The Father is creating worlds for the purpose of peopling them—placing upon them his sons and his daughters. We are informed that by and through the Son of God, the “worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.” [D&C 76:24.]
We learn from other revelations from the Lord, that man is the most important of all our Father’s creations. In the same vision given to Moses, the Father said: “And as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof, even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words. For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortalityand eternal life of man.” [Moses 1:38–39.]
We learn from this and other scriptures that the great work of the Father is to bring to pass the salvation of his children giving unto each that reward which each merits according to his works. I feel most assuredly that our Father in heaven is far more interested in a soul—one of his children—than it is possible for an earthly father to be in one of his children. His love for us is greater than can be the love of an earthly parent for his offspring.11
Moses, here pictured overlooking the promised land,
received a vision in which he learned of God’s work and glory.
Heavenly Father weeps over His disobedient children.When the Lord spoke to Enoch and showed to him the nations of the earth and explained to him the nature of the punishment that should befall them for their transgressions of his commandments, the Lord wept and showed his sorrow in tears for their disobedience. Because of this, Enoch marvelled and thought it strange that the Lord could weep.Here is the passage:“And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people, and he wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?“And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy and from all eternity to all eternity?“And were it possible that man could number the particles of the earth, yea millions of earths like this, it would not be a beginning to the number of thy creations; and thy curtains are stretched out still; and yet thou art there, and thy bosom is there and also thou art merciful and kind forever.” [See Moses 7:28–30.]And the Lord answered: “… Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands, and I gave unto them their knowledge, in the day I created them; and in the Garden of Eden, gave I unto man his agency;“And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should choose me, their Father; but behold they are without affection, and they hate their own blood.” [Moses 7:32–33.]
These are reasons why the Lord wept
and why the heavens wept.
I was asked one time if a man could be perfectly happy in the celestial kingdom if one of his children was not permitted to enter there. I told him that I supposed that any man who was so unfortunate as to have one of his children barred from the celestial kingdom would, of course, have feelings of sorrow because of that condition; and that is just the position our Father in heaven is in. Not all of his children are worthy of celestial glory, and many are forced to suffer his wrath because of their transgressions, and this causes the Father and the whole heavens to have sorrow and to weep. The Lord works in accordance with natural law. Man must be redeemed according to law and his reward must be based on the law of justice. Because of this the Lord will not give unto men that which they do not merit, but shall reward all men according to their works.
I am satisfied that our Father in heaven would, if it were possible, save all men and give unto them celestial glory, even the fulness of exaltation. But, he has given unto man his agency and man is under the necessity of obeying the truth according to that which is revealed in order to obtain the exaltation of the righteous.12
Heavenly Father has provided the way of redemption
so we can be brought back to His presence.
When Adam was in the Garden of Eden he was in the presence of God, our Father. … After he was driven out of the Garden of Eden the scene changed. Adam was banished because of his transgression from the presence of the Father. The scriptures say he became spiritually dead—that is, he was shut out from the presence of God.13
I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God
and that he received from his Father
the power to ransom men from the spiritual
and temporal death brought into the world
by the fall of Adam.14
There was only one way of redemption, one way in which reparation could be made and the body restored again to the spirit; that was by an infinite atonement, and it had to be made by an infinite being, someone not subject to death and yet someone who had the power to die and who also had power over death. And so, our Father in heaven sent us his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world with life in himself. And because he [Jesus Christ] had a mother who had blood in her veins, he had the power to die. He could yield up his body to death and then take it again. Let me read his own words: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
“No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” (John 10:17–18.)15
It was never the intention of our Father in heaven to leave men to grope and feel their way in darkness and that without any light to guide them, and expect them under such conditions to find their way back into his kingdom and into his holy presence. That is not the way of the Lord. All down the ages from the beginning our Father in heaven has shown his kindness for his children and has been willing to give them direction. From the earliest times the heavens have been opened, the Lord has sent messengers from his presence to divinely appointed servants, men holding the authority of the priesthood who have been commissioned to teach the principles of the Gospel, to warn the people and teach them righteousness; and these men have received this knowledge, this inspiration and guidance from these messengers from the presence of God. This is true of our own dispensation. There is no need for men to shut their eyes and feel that there is no light only as they may depend upon their reason, for the Lord has always been willing to lead and direct and show the way. He has sent, as I say, messengers from his presence. He has sent revelation. He has commanded that his word be written, that it be published, so that all the people might know it.16
I say to you, and for that matter,
to the whole world,
that a gracious and loving Father
has in these last days spoken again
from heaven to his servants the prophets.
His voice has been one inviting all men to come to his Beloved Son, to learn of him, to partake of his goodness, to take his yoke upon them, and to work out their salvation by obedience to the laws of his gospel. His voice has been one of glory and honor, of peace in this life, and of eternal life in the world to come.17
I add my Testimony to the truthfulness of these things.
From the Teachings of Joseph Fielding Smith
For The Family
Since early 1830 the Latter-day Saints have acknowledged the American Indian as a remnant of the house of Israel, who great promises have been extended to. Referring to these people as “Lamanites,” a Book of Mormon prophet declared, “At some period of time they will be brought to believe in his [God’s] word, and to know of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers; and many of them will be saved” (Alma 9:17). The 1830 Saints believed these promises and were moved since the early days of the Church to bring to pass their fulfillment.
Lehi In the Book of Mormon, was a Hebrew prophet who led his family and followers from Jerusalem to a promised land in the western hemisphere about 600 B.C..
Lehi was the first prophet among his people in the Book of Mormon.
Lehi fled Jerusalem with his family at the command of the Lord (1 Ne. 2:1–4).
He was a descendant of Joseph, who was sold into Egypt (1 Ne. 5:14).
The Lord gave him a vision of the tree of life (1 Ne. 8:2–35).
Lehi and his sons built a boat and sailed to the western hemisphere (1 Ne. 17–18).
He and his descendants became established in a new land (1 Ne. 18:23–25).
Before he died, Lehi blessed his sons and taught them of Christ and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon in the latter-days (2 Ne. 1:1–4:12).
The place where the Saints will gather and Christ will personally reign with them during the Millennium. Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent, and the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory (A of F 1:10). It also refers to a holy city that will come down out of heaven at the beginning of the Millennium.