Mormon Leaders Call for Zion

SALT LAKE CITY – In a brazen announcement Friday morning, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has released a new “Proclamation to the World” in what they have titled, “A Call for Zion.” The proclamation comes one day before it’s annual General Conference in Salt Lake City. More details will given by church leaders as the proclamation will be read and sustained by members in Conference on Saturday morning.

When President Thomas S. Monson was asked about the proclamation he responded, “After much reflection and pondering over the state of the church and the future of this people, I was visited by an angel of the Lord. The changes taking place come as a direct message from the Lord through an angelic minister.”

President Monson was very cautious to let out any details of the angelic visit, or to answer questions about the new proclamation. He did inform us that the visitation came as an answer to his praying and pondering over a verse of scripture, D&C 70:14, which reads: “Nevertheless, in your temporal things you shall be equal, and this not grudgingly, otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the Spirit shall be withheld.” There was no comment when asked if there was a feeling that there is an absence of spiritual manifestations within the church.

This announcement is the biggest shift in the church since the controversial priesthood change in 1978. While that announcement was heard far and wide and the effects have been far reaching, this proclamation will affect every Latter Day Saint and perhaps the entire world. The proclamation calls for all endowed Latter Day Saints to live the law of consecration, reminding them that they covenanted to do so as part of their Mormon temple ritual. Perhaps this will mean a flood of high priced real estate will soon hit the market.

When asked why it has taken so long for the church to begin the effort to build Zion, a concerned President Monson expressed, “It’s time that we seek for Zion. The Lord has made it clear to me that we have shirked our responsibility for far too long. I am pained to see our continued failures to become one.”

The hallmark of Zion is that there were no rich or poor among them. It doesn’t take a scientist to know that church members are represented by every level of rich in the world, as well as every level of poor. President Monson was very somber at moments, when asked why he seemed so pensive, he quietly replied, “Read Jacob chapter 2 in the Book of Mormon, then you will begin to understand the weight on my shoulders.”

When President Russell M Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was asked about the call to be equal in all temporal things, he sternly replied, “When I found out about the Liahona Foundation I was struck with horror. How can we allow Latter Day Saint children to literally starve? The foundation said it would take six million dollars to completely pay for every child for an entire year. Living this new law will end poverty once and for all among the Latter Day Saints, that’s the beauty of it. Having to give up our riches will be the challenge for most, including myself.”

Some of the major components of the big announcement include the following major changes.

Effective immediately:

  • All church chapels will be converted into shelters for the homeless.
  • Those with baptismal fonts and showers will be adapted into mens and womens bathing facilities. Those without such facilities will receive trailers outside with bathing facilities.
  • Beds will be provided and separate areas for men and women, and classrooms will be provided for families.
  • Deseret Industries will now provide clothing for those in need, no questions asked.
  • All proceeds of the Deseret Industries will help in funding the new church converted shelters.
  • Giving to beggars on Temple Square will no longer be discouraged, but encouraged. A great crowd of beggars receiving relief from those who enter the temple will be considered a great tribute to the charity of the people entering.

Church PR Director, Jennifer Hughes when asked about the major announcement, responded after a moment of reflection, “Our Lord and Savior was in fact homeless, it will be a test for our people to bring in those who are in desperate need. This will require a shift in our thinking and our organizations.”

The church has a large list of assets they are planning to sell off as part of the first stages of this monumental shift. Buildings, Large tracts of land, orchards, dairies, hunting ranches, and many other assets were listed in a forthcoming press release. The leaders emphasized that the church needs to set the standard and be the example to its members.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf was a bit flushed when he was asked about his multiple properties worth well over 1.5 million dollars on today’s market. He hesitated, then responded, “I have much to consider, much to do, it really, … I need to do whatever is necessary to bring about Zion, and if this means selling all I have, I will do it.”

Leaders of the church have a social media plan centered around the hashtag #call4zion to help flood the earth with this message. Leaders have asked that members prepare for tomorrow’s announcement by joining them in a fast and through much personal prayer.

The Prophet’s Address to the Twelve

In the afternoon of Monday, July 2, 1839, the Prophet met with the Apostles and some of the Seventies who were about to depart on their mission to Great Britain in fulfilment of the revelation of the Lord, and instructed them. A synopsis of his remarks he placed in his journal and this is here reproduced in full as they are given in History of the Church.

Ever keep in exercise the principles of mercy, and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance, and asking forgiveness; and should we even forgive our brother, or even our enemy, before he repent or ask forgiveness, our heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us.

Again, let the Twelve and all Saints be willing to confess all their sins, and not keep back a part; and let the Twelve be humble, and not be exalted, and beware of pride, and not seek to excel one above another, but act for each other’s good, and pray for one another, and honor our brother or make honorable mention of his name, and not backbite and devour our brother. Why will not man learn wisdom by precept at this late age of the world, when we have such a cloud of witnesses and examples before us, and not be obliged to learn by sad experience everything we know? Must the new ones that are chosen to fill the places of those that are fallen, of the quorum of the Twelve, begin to exalt themselves, until they exalt themselves so high that they will soon tumble over and have a great fall, and go wallowing through the mud and mire and darkness, Judas-like, to the buffetings of Satan, as several of the quorum have done, or will they learn wisdom and be wise? O God! give them wisdom, and keep them humble, I pray.

When the Twelve or any other witnesses stand before the congregations of the earth, and they preach in the power and demonstration of the Spirit of God, and the people are astonished and confounded at the doctrine, and say, “That man has preached a powerful discourse, a great sermon,” then let that man or those men take care that they do not ascribe the glory unto themselves, but be careful that they are humble, and ascribe the praise and glory to God and the Lamb; for it is by the power of the Holy Priesthood and the Holy Ghost that they have power thus to speak. What art thou, O man, but dust? And from whom receivest thou thy power and blessings, but from God?

Then, O ye Twelve! notice this Key, and be wise for Christ’s sake, and your own soul’s sake. Ye are not sent out to be taught, but to teach. Let every word be seasoned with grace. Be vigilant; be sober. It is a day of warning, and not of many words. Act honestly before God and man. Beware of Gentile sophistry; such as bowing and scraping unto men in whom you have no confidence. Be honest, open, and frank in all your intercourse with mankind.

1O ye Twelve! and all Saints! profit by this important Key–that in all your trials, troubles, temptations, afflictions, bonds, imprisonments and death, see to it, that you do not betray heaven; that you do not betray Jesus Christ; that you do not betray the brethren; that you do not betray the revelations of God, whether in Bible, Book of Mormon, or Doctrine and Covenants, or any other that ever was or ever will be given and revealed unto man in this world or that which is to come. Yea, in all your kicking and flounderings, see to it that you do not this thing, lest innocent blood be found upon your skirts, and you go down to hell. All other sins are not to be compared to sinning against the Holy Ghost, and proving a traitor to the brethren.

2I will give you one of the Keys3 of the mysteries of the Kingdom. It is an eternal principle, that has existed with God from all eternity: That man who rises up to condemn others, finding fault with the Church, saying that they are out of the way, while he himself is righteous, then know assuredly, that that man is in the high road to apostasy; and if he does not repent, will apostatize, as God lives. The principle is as correct as the one that Jesus put forth in saying that he who seeketh a sign is an adulterous person; and that principle is eternal, undeviating, and firm as the pillars of heaven; for whenever you see a man seeking after a sign, you may set it down that he is an adulterous man.4

The Priesthood was first given to Adam; he obtained the First Presidency, and held the keys of it from generation to generation. He obtained it in the Creation, before the world was formed, as in Genesis 1:26, 27, 28. He had dominion given him over every living creature. He is Michael the Archangel, spoken of in the Scriptures. Then to Noah, who is Gabriel: he stands next in authority to Adam in the Priesthood; he was called of God to this office, and was the father of all living in this day, and to him was given the dominion. These men held keys first on earth, and then in heaven.

The Priesthood is an everlasting principle, and existed with God from eternity, and will to eternity, without beginning of days or end of years. The keys have to be brought from heaven whenever the Gospel is sent. When they are revealed from heaven, it is by Adam’s authority.

Daniel in his seventh chapter speaks of the Ancient of days; he means the oldest man, our Father Adam, Michael, he will call his children together and hold a council with them to prepare them for the coming of the Son of Man. He (Adam) is the father of the human family, and presides over the spirits of all men, and all that have had the keys must stand before him in this grand council. This may take place before some of us leave this stage of action. The Son of Man stands before him, and there is given him glory and dominion. Adam delivers up his stewardship to Christ, that which was delivered to him as holding the keys of the universe, but retains his standing as head of the human family.

The spirit of man is not a created being;5 it existed from eternity, and will exist to eternity. Anything created cannot be eternal; and earth, water, etc., had their existence in an elementary state, from eternity. Our Savior speaks of children and says, Their angels always stand before my Father. The Father called all spirits before Him at the creation of man, and organized them. He (Adam) is the head, and was told to multiply. The keys were first given to him, and by him to others. He will have to give an account of his stewardship, and they to him.

The Priesthood is everlasting. The Savior, Moses, and Elias, gave the keys to Peter, James and John, on the mount, when they were transfigured before him. The Priesthood is everlasting–without beginning of days or end of years; without father, mother, etc. If there is no change of ordinances there is no change of Priesthood. Wherever the ordinances of the Gospel are administered, there is the Priesthood.

How have we come at the Priesthood in the last days? It came down, down, in regular succession. Peter, James, and John had it given to them and they gave it to others. Christ is the Great High Priest; Adam next. Paul speaks of the Church coming to an innumerable company of angels–to God the Judge of all the spirits of just men made perfect; to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant. (Hebrews 12:22–24.)

I saw Adam in the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman. He called together his children and blessed them with a patriarchal blessing. The Lord appeared in their midst, and he (Adam) blessed them all, and foretold what should befall them to the latest generation.

This is why Adam blessed his posterity; he wanted to bring them into the presence of God. They looked for a city, etc., “whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10.) Moses sought to bring the children of Israel into the presence of God, through the power of the Priesthood, but he could not. In the first ages of the world they tried to establish the same thing; and there were Eliases raised up who tried to restore these very glories, but did not obtain them; but they prophesied of a day when this glory would be revealed. Paul spoke of the dispensation of the fullness of times, when God would gather together all things in one, etc.; and those men to whom these keys have been given, will have to be there; and they without us cannot be made perfect.

These men are in heaven, but their children are on the earth. Their bowels yearn over us. God sends down men for this reason. “And the Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that give offense and them that do iniquity.” (Matthew 13:41.) All these authoritative characters will come down and join hand in hand in bringing about this work.

The Kingdom of God is like a grain of mustard seed. The mustard seed is small, but brings forth a large tree, and the fowls lodge in the branches. The fowls are the angels. Thus angels come down, combine together to gather their children, and gather them. We cannot be made perfect without them, nor they without us; when these things are done, the Son of Man will descend, the Ancient of Days sit; we may come to an innumerable company of angels, have communion with and receive instruction from them. Paul told about Moses’ proceedings; spoke of the children of Israel being baptized. (1 Cor. 10:1–4.) He knew this, and that all the ordinances and blessings were in the Church. Paul had these things, and we may have the fowls of heaven lodge in the branches, etc.

The “Horn” made war with the Saints and overcame them, until the Ancient of Days came; judgment was given to the Saints of the Most High from the Ancient of Days; the time came that the Saints possessed the Kingdom. This not only makes us ministers here, but in eternity.

Salvation cannot come without revelation; it is in vain for anyone to minister without it. No man is a minister of Jesus Christ without being a Prophet. No man can be a minister of Jesus Christ except he has the testimony of Jesus; and this is the spirit of prophecy. Whenever salvation has been administered, it has been by testimony. Men of the present time testify of heaven and hell, and have never seen either; and I will say that no man knows these things without this.

Men profess to prophesy. I will prophesy that the signs of the coming of the Son of man are already commenced. One pestilence will desolate after another. We shall soon have war and bloodshed. the moon will be turned to blood. I testify of these things, and that the coming of the Son of Man is nigh, even at your doors. If our souls and our bodies are not looking forth for the coming of the Son of Man; and after we are dead, if we are not looking forth, we shall be among those who are calling for the rocks to fall upon them.

The hearts of the children of men will have to be turned to the fathers, and the fathers to the children, living or dead, to prepare them for the coming of the Son of Man. If Elijah did not come, the whole earth would be smitten.

There will be here and there a Stake [of Zion] for the gathering of the Saints. Some may have cried peace, but the Saints and the world will have little peace from henceforth. Let this not hinder us from going to the Stakes; for God has told us to flee, not dallying, or we shall be scattered, one here, and another there. There your children shall be blessed, and you in the midst of friends where you may be blessed. The Gospel net gathers of every kind.

I prophesy, that that man who tarries after he has an opportunity of going, will be afflicted by the devil. Wars are at hand; we must not delay; but are not required to sacrifice. We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object. When wars come, we shall have to flee to Zion. The cry is to make haste. The last revelation says, Ye shall not have time to have gone over the earth, until these things come. It will come as did the cholera, war, fires, and earthquakes; one pestilence after another, until the Ancient of Days comes, then judgment will be given to the Saints.

Whatever you may hear about me or Kirtland, take no notice of it; for if it be a place of refuge, the devil will use his greatest efforts to trap the Saints. You must make yourselves acquainted with men who like Daniel pray three times a day toward the House of the Lord. Look to the Presidency and receive instruction. Every man who is afraid, covetous, will be taken in a snare. The time is soon coming, when no man will have any peace but in Zion and her stakes.

I saw men hunting the lives of their own sons, and brother murdering brother, women killing their own daughters, and daughters seeking the lives of their mothers. I saw armies arrayed against armies. I saw blood, desolation, fires. The Son of man has said that the mother shall be against the daughters, and the daughter against the mother. These things are at our doors. They will follow the Saints of God from city to city. Satan will rage, and the spirit of the devil is now enraged. I know not how soon these things will take place; but with a view of them, shall I cry peace? No; I will lift up my voice and testify of them. How long you will have good crops, and the famine be kept off, I do not know; when the fig tree leaves, know then that the summer is nigh at hand.

We may look for angels and receive their ministrations, but we are to try the spirits and prove them, for it is often the case that men make a mistake in regard to these things. God has so ordained that when He has communicated, no vision is to be taken but what you see by the seeing of the eye, or what you hear by the hearing of the ear. When you see a vision, pray for the interpretation; if you get not this, shut it up; there must be certainty in this matter. An open vision will manifest that which is more important. Lying spirits are going forth in the earth. There will be great manifestations of spirits, both false and true.

Being born again, comes by the Spirit of God through ordinances. An angel of God never has wings. Some will say that they have seen a spirit; that he offered them his hand, but they did not touch it. This is a lie. First, it is contrary to the plan of God; a spirit cannot come but in glory; an angel has flesh and bones; we see not their glory. The devil may appear as an angel of light. Ask God to reveal it; if it be of the devil, he will flee from you; if of God, He will manifest Himself, or make it manifest. We may come to Jesus and ask Him; He will know all about it; if He comes to a little child, he will adapt himself to the language and capacity of a little child.

Not every spirit, or vision, or singing, is of God. The devil is an orator; he is powerful; he took our Savior on to a pinnacle of the Temple, and kept Him in the wilderness for forty days. The gift of discerning spirits will be given to the Presiding Elder. Pray for him that he may have this gift. Speak not in the gift of tongues without understanding it, or without interpretation. The devil can speak in tongues; the adversary will come with his work; he can tempt all classes; can speak in English or Dutch. Let no one speak in tongues unless he interpret, except by the consent of the one who is placed to preside; then he may discern or interpret, or another may. Let us seek for the glory of Abraham, Noah, Adam, the Apostles, who have communion with [knowledge of] these things, and then we shall be among that number when Christ comes. (July 2, 1839.) DHC 3:383-392.

I explained concerning the coming of the Son of Man; also that it is a false idea that the Saints will escape all the judgments, whilst the wicked suffer; for all flesh is subject to suffer, and “the righteous shall hardly escape;” still many of the Saints will escape, for the just shall live by faith; yet many of the righteous shall fall a prey to disease, to pestilence, etc., by reason of the weakness of the flesh, and yet be saved in the Kingdom of God. So that it is an unhallowed principle to say that such and such have transgressed because they have been prayed upon by disease or death, for all flesh is subject to death; and the Savior has said, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” (September 29, 1839.) DHC 4:11.

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Come Follow the Prophet

And he said unto the children of men: Follow the prophet. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, how can we follow the prophet save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the church? And the prophet said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized. And also, the voice of mine Apostles came unto me, saying: He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Melchizedek priesthood holders give the Holy Ghost; wherefore, follow the prophet, and do the things which ye have seen him do.

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the prophet, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before the leaders of the church, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the bishop that ye are willing to follow the prophet, and be baptized–yea, by following the prophet and others down into the water as they have done, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the prophet of Israel.

But, behold, my beloved brethren, thus came the voice of the prophet unto me, saying: After ye have repented of your sins, and witnessed unto the church that ye are willing to keep the commandments, rules, oaths and obligations, by the baptism of water and with your tithes and have received the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost, and can speak with a new tongue, yea, even with the tongue of angels, and after this should you deny the prophet, it would have been better for you that ye had not known me. And I heard the prophets voice, saying: Yea, the words of my Apostles are true and faithful. He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. And now, my beloved brethren, I know by this that unless a man shall endure to the end, in following the example of the prophet, he cannot be saved.

Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that the prophet and Apostles should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost. And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the prophet and the church; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Prophet, Seer and Revelator, unto the fulfilling of the promise which they hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive. And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of the prophets with an unshaken faith in them, relying wholly upon the merits of these, my brethren.

Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in following the prophet, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love for all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the words of the prophet, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the prophet: Ye shall have eternal life. And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor calling in or below heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of the church, and the only and true doctrine of the church, and of the prophet, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.

Mormons are Gentiles

I was pondering about why I believe we are qualified to be the “gentiles” who reject the fulness. (3 Nephi 16:10)

1. The book of Mormon was, “Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by way of the Gentile” The Book of Mormon came forth by Joseph Smith, and Moroni calls him a Gentile here. (Title Page)

2. “For, behold, saith the Lamb: I will manifest myself unto thy seed, that they shall write many things which I shall minister unto them, which shall be plain and precious; and after thy seed shall be destroyed, and dwindle in unbelief, and also the seed of thy brethren, behold, these things shall be hid up, to come forth unto the Gentiles, by the gift and power of the Lamb.” (1 Nephi 13:35)

3. From D&C 109 – Prayer offered at the dedication of the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, March 27, 1836. According to the Prophet’s written statement, this prayer was given to him by revelation. – “Now these words, O Lord, we have spoken before thee, concerning the revelations and commandments which thou hast given unto us, who are identified with the Gentiles.” (D&C 109:60) The prayer was given from heaven, dictated, and transcribed. This tells us who exactly heaven views us as belonging to, the group called Gentiles. Learn more about “Groups in the Book of Mormon.”

4. The Lord will set up a standard among the Gentiles. The language is worth studying. Has that happened? Is it happening? Do we not claim this and write books entitled, “A Marvelous Work and a Wonder?” “And after our seed is scattered the Lord God will proceed to do a marvelous work among the Gentiles, which shall be of great worth unto our seed; wherefore, it is likened unto their being nourished by the Gentiles and being carried in their arms and upon their shoulders. And it shall also be of worth unto the Gentiles; and not only unto the Gentiles but unto all the house of Israel, unto the making known of the covenants of the Father of heaven unto Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.” (1 Nephi 22:8–9)

5. These Gentiles will be a blessing to the remnant of the Lamanites, and the whole House of Israel. “And now, these are the words: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people; and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.” (2 Nephi 6:6)

6. Nephi saw the Gentiles and warned his brethren and descendants to not think themselves better than them because of their failings. He let’s them know they will not be “utterly destroyed.” “And now behold, my beloved brethren, I would speak unto you; for I, Nephi, would not suffer that ye should suppose that ye are more righteous than the Gentiles shall be. For behold, except ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall all likewise perish; and because of the words which have been spoken ye need not suppose that the Gentiles are utterly destroyed.” (2 Nephi 30:1)

7. Some will repent and remain, “For behold, I say unto you that as many of the Gentiles as will repent are the covenant people of the Lord; and as many of the Jews as will not repent shall be cast off; for the Lord covenanteth with none save it be with them that repent and believe in his Son, who is the Holy One of Israel.” (2 Nephi 30:2)

8. There will be a group of “believing gentiles.” They will take the Book of Mormon to the remnant of the seed of Lehi. Notice who the Book of Mormon is written unto, “And now, I would prophesy somewhat more concerning the Jews and the Gentiles. For after the book of which I have spoken shall come forth, and be written unto the Gentiles, and sealed up again unto the Lord, there shall be many which shall believe the words which are written; and they shall carry them forth unto the remnant of our seed.” (2 Nephi 30:3)

We’ve lost the history of Joseph Smith’s efforts to locate the “remnant” of the Nephites. The first mission to locate them was called by revelation in the first 5 months after the church was organized. (D&C 28: 8–9.) Oliver was called and later that same month Peter Whitmer was also called. (D&C 30: 5–6.) This began an effort to locate the “remnant” that continued after the death of Joseph Smith.1

And now, the thing which our father meaneth concerning the grafting in of the natural branches through the fulness of the Gentiles, is, that in the latter days, when our seed shall have dwindled in unbelief, yea, for the space of many years, and many generations after the Messiah shall be manifested in body unto the children of men, then shall the fulness of the gospel of the Messiah come unto the Gentiles, and from the Gentiles unto the remnant of our seed—” (1 Nephi 15:13)

So the Gentiles get the writings, and through the fulness of the Gentiles the remnant of the Lamanites will “be brought in.” “And I command you that ye shall write these sayings after I am gone, that if it so be that my people at Jerusalem, they who have seen me and been with me in my ministry, do not ask the Father in my name, that they may receive a knowledge of you by the Holy Ghost, and also of the other tribes whom they know not of, that these sayings which ye shall write shall be kept and shall be manifested unto the Gentiles, that through the fulness of the Gentiles, the remnant of their seed, who shall be scattered forth upon the face of the earth because of their unbelief, may be brought in, or may be brought to a knowledge of me, their Redeemer.” (3 Nephi 16:4)

The term “fulness of the Gentiles” is a phrase that can be translated as “multitude of nations.” With this in mind, look at Ephraim’s blessing to him, “And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. (Genesis 48:19)

So it was that Ephraim was lost to the world. Their identity became hidden, much Joseph’s did when he went to Egypt. Now, Ephraim, with a hidden Gentile identity will fulfill the promises in the Book of Mormon.

and again, “Therefore, when these works and the works which shall be wrought among you hereafter shall come forth from the Gentiles, unto your seed which shall dwindle in unbelief because of iniquity; For thus it behooveth the Father that it should come forth from the Gentiles, that he may show forth his power unto the Gentiles, for this cause that the Gentiles, if they will not harden their hearts, that they may repent and come unto me and be baptized in my name and know of the true points of my doctrine, that they may be numbered among my people, O house of Israel;” (3 Nephi 21:5–6)

and again, “Therefore give heed to my words; write the things which I have told you; and according to the time and the will of the Father they shall go forth unto the Gentiles. (3 Nephi 23:4)

and again, “And also that the seed of this people may more fully believe his gospel, which shall go forth unto them from the Gentiles; for this people shall be scattered, and shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people, beyond the description of that which ever hath been amongst us, yea, even that which hath been among the Lamanites, and this because of their unbelief and idolatry.” (Mormon 5:15)

and again, “Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant.” (3 Nephi 21:11)

9. Notice in the next verse there are two types of Gentiles. “And my people who are a remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.” (3 Nephi 21:12)

10. They have received the lesser portion of the word, to be taken to the remnant, from the Gentiles. “And these things have I written, which are a lesser part of the things which he taught the people; and I have written them to the intent that they may be brought again unto this people, from the Gentiles, according to the words which Jesus hath spoken.” (3 Nephi 26:8)

11. They won’t get more until they exercise faith and repent, “For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord.” (Ether 4:6)

12. The Gentiles will “treat lightly” the things they receive and be condemned for their unbelief. “Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief.” (Ether 4:13)

13. They have care for the House of Israel. “And now behold, this I speak unto their seed, and also to the Gentiles who have care for the house of Israel, that realize and know from whence their blessings come.” (Mormon 5:10)

14. In order to reject the fulness, it must be offered: “I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness. For if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace.” (D&C 93:19–20)

Have we received the fulness? Have we received Grace? “And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord that he would give unto the Gentiles grace, that they might have charity.  And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father. And now I, Moroni, bid farewell unto the Gentiles, yea, and also unto my brethren whom I love, until we shall meet before the judgment-seat of Christ, where all men shall know that my garments are not spotted with your blood.” (Ether 12:36–38)

Perhaps then, this does apply to us, “And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.”


1 3 Nephi 21:7 – Denver Snuffer

Witnesses Testify

How does one become a “special witness” of our risen Lord? Thankfully the Lord gave us an example of what a witness of the Resurrection goes through and is required to do.

  • Nephi desired to know the things his father had seen (Vision of the Tree of Life). (1 Nephi 11:1)
  • He was carried away in a vision, and asked about his desires. (1 Nephi 11:1–3)
  • He was tested to know if he believed the vision of the Lord to Lehi. (1 Nephi 8:2)(1 Nephi 11:4–5) xr (Numbers 12:6)
  • He is granted his own vision according to his desires. (1 Nephi 11:6) xr (Numbers 12:6)
  • This is given as a sign to Nephi (signs follow them that believe). (1 Nephi 11:7)
  • He is told that he will not only see the tree, but also the ministry of the Lord.
  • He is told he will SEE the Lord and His ministry, the word “witness” is used twice. (1 Nephi 11:7)
  • Witnesses testify.
  • As a witness, he will now be able to testify, and he is required to bear record that it is the Son of God. (1 Nephi 11:7)
  • The Vision of the Tree (11:8-23)
  • The Vision of the Ministry (life, death, post-resurrection visit) (11:24 – 12:6)
  • Nephi receives the vision of all. (1 Nephi 12, 1 Nephi 13, and 1 Nephi 14)
  • John will write the remainder of these things, and the end of the world. (1 Nephi 14:21–22)
  • Nephi saw these things, but couldn’t write them. (1 Nephi 14:24–25)
  • Others have seen these things too. (1 Nephi 14:26)
  • Nephi bears record that he saw what he recorded. (1 Nephi 14:29–30)

Nephi became a “special witness” of the Lord. He was commanded to testify of the things he saw and recorded many of them. They were not “too sacred” to cast as pearls before swine. This is the pattern. They bear their own testimony and use others testimonies of what they WITNESSED.

Later, Nephi uses the words of others (including the words of an angel) to further describe what HE witnessed.

And behold he cometh, according to the words of the angel, in six hundred years from the time my father left Jerusalem.

And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men.

And the God of our fathers, who were led out of Egypt, out of bondage, and also were preserved in the wilderness by him, yea, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, yieldeth himself, according to the words of the angel, as a man, into the hands of wicked men, to be lifted up, according to the words of Zenock, and to be crucified, according to the words of Neum, and to be buried in a sepulchre, according to the words of Zenos, which he spake concerning the three days of darkness, which should be a sign given of his death unto those who should inhabit the isles of the sea, more especially given unto those who are of the house of Israel. (1 Nephi 19:8–10)

Nephi saw these things, but is confined to the words of prophets before him. However, Nephi does testify of the things which He witnessed, using his own words throughout his record.

These “special witnesses” should be able to write their own Gospel because they see the Lord’s ministry, and are then commanded to be a “witness.” Witnesses testify.

Are We Still Condemned?

For the entire 2012 year I decided to count and notate every verse read during church. In my three hour block I would notate the verses read out loud in Sacrament, Sunday School, and Quorum Meetings. I spent part of my time in a marriage class as well.

Most of the time I would hear less than 10 verses. Often less than 5. Sometimes 1 or 2. I didn’t count the sacrament, but some days they were the only verses heard.

Once I returned home I would pull out my scriptures and read the verses consecutively. It usually took less than 3 minutes. I wondered why the scriptures were being quoted so infrequently?

In 2013 I went to a Stake Conference with Elder Holland presiding. In 2 hours only 4 verses were read. Elder Holland spoke for over 20 minutes. He read exactly 0 verses. Perhaps our “leaders” are setting the example for a complete lack of God’s word.

In 1832 the whole church was placed under condemnation for neglecting the Book of Mormon, are we still neglecting it today? Is the church still under condemnation?


How vain and trifling have been our spirits, our conferences, our councils, our meetings, our private as well as public conversations–too low, too mean, too vulgar, too condescending for the dignified characters of the called and chosen of God, according to the purposes of His will, from before the foundation of the world! – Joseph Smith Jr.


Therefore, my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. – 2 Nephi 15:13


For behold, the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep. For behold, ye have closed your eyes, and ye have rejected the prophets; and your rulers, and the seers hath he covered because of your iniquity. – 2 Nephi 27:5


O that ye would awake; awake from a deep sleep, yea, even from the sleep of hell, and shake off the awful chains by which ye are bound, which are the chains which bind the children of men, that they are carried away captive down to the eternal gulf of misery and woe. – 2 Nephi 1:13


… if the people departed from the Lord, they must fall–that they were depending on the Prophet, hence were darkened in their minds, in consequence of neglecting the duties devolving upon themselves… – Joseph Smith Jr.


The Church must be cleansed, and I proclaim against all iniquity. A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge, for if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into captivity by some evil power in the other world, as evil spirits will have more knowledge, and consequently more power than many men who are on the earth. Hence it needs revelation to assist us, and give us knowledge of the things of God. – Joseph Smith Jr.


… I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old as in the time that he should manifest himself unto the children of men.

For he is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him.

For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.

Therefore remember, O man, for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into judgment. – 1 Nephi 10:17–20


I advise all to go on to perfection, and search deeper and deeper into the mysteries of Godliness. – Joseph Smith Jr.


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 heed and diligence which they give unto him.

And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.

And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell. – Alma 12:9–11


And these things have I written, which are a lesser part of the things which he taught the people; and I have written them to the intent that they may be brought again unto this people, from the Gentiles, according to the words which Jesus hath spoken.

And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them.

And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation. – 3 Nephi 26:8–10


Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief.

Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind, then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation of the world from you—yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel. – Ether 4:13,15


Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels 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 vain.

Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation. – D&C 84:55

For no man can be saved, according to the words of Christ, save they shall have faith in his name; wherefore, if these things have ceased, then has faith ceased also; and awful is the state of man, for they are as though there had been no redemption made. Moroni 7:37–38


Yea, they are grasped with death, and hell; and death, and hell, and the devil, and all that have been seized therewith must stand before the throne of God, and be judged according to their works, from whence they must go into the place prepared for them, even a lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment.

Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!

Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!

Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!

Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and we need no more!

And in fine, wo unto all those who tremble, and are angry because of the truth of God! For behold, he that is built upon the rock receiveth it with gladness; and he that is built upon a sandy foundation trembleth lest he shall fall.

Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God, and we need no more of the word of God, for we have enough!

For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.

Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Wo be unto the Gentiles, saith the Lord God of Hosts! For notwithstanding I shall lengthen out mine arm unto them from day to day, they will deny me; nevertheless, I will be merciful unto them, saith the Lord God, if they will repent and come unto me; for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long, saith the Lord God of Hosts. – 2 Nephi 28:23–32


Have ye inquired of the Lord?

And they said unto me: We have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us.

Behold, I said unto them: How is it that ye do not keep the commandments of the Lord? How is it that ye will perish, because of the hardness of your hearts?

Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you. – 1 Nephi 15:8–11


And now, behold, my beloved brethren, I suppose that ye ponder somewhat in your hearts concerning that which ye should do after ye have entered in by the way. But, behold, why do ye ponder these things in your hearts?

For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.

Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.

And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of the unbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be. – 2 Nephi 32:1,5–7


I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell. – 2 Nephi 33:6


And now, I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen. – Ether 12:41


Look Unto Us


The thought should be pondered: Will God remove the agency of one of His leaders? If someone is called of God, can they err and lead us astray?

Joseph Smith seemed to be warning the church about this when he referenced Ezekiel 14.

President Joseph Smith read the 14th chapter of Ezekiel — said the Lord had declared by the Prophet, that the people should each one stand for himself, and depend on no man or men in that state of corruption of the Jewish church — that righteous persons could only deliver their own souls — applied it to the present state of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — said if the people departed from the Lord, they must fall — that they were depending on the Prophet, hence were darkened in their minds, in consequence of neglecting the duties devolving upon themselves, envious towards the innocent, while they afflict the virtuous with their shafts of envy (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 237).

What was “that state of corruption in the Jewish church?” Were they looking to the arm of flesh, their leaders, as their idols?

“.. Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; that I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols” Ezekiel 14:4

Have we turned the prophets into idols?

As we follow President Monson and try to be more like him, we will inevitably succeed in being more faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. (April 2014, Follow the Prophet)

Um whatever happened to, “the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there.” (2 Nephi 9:41) Remember that when Lehi followed man in a white outfit, he was lead into a “dark and dreary waste.” He had to be delivered by calling on the Lord and praying for mercy. (1 Nephi 8:5–8)

To think that God will remove their agency, or ability to lead us astray, is really no different than what Satan was proposing. In one case you’re claiming God will nullify a prophets agency and their ability to lead us astray, thus their followers are all saved; and in the other, the followers of Satan have their agency nullified, therefore they are all saved.

Sounds like the same plan. Perhaps it was Satan’s plan to co-op the Lord’s church after all. Perhaps God knew this would happen all along. Nephi knew some group would call themselves “Zion” and they would cry “all is well” when they were actually being led carefully down to hell by the devil. Yet they will be pacified a lulled asleep by their worldly success and wealth, while also claiming that God had given His power to men. (2 Nephi 28)

The quote in the meme above is from the talk, Stay in the Boat and Hold On! It is compared with a verse from the Pearl of Great Price, Moses 4:1. You should ponder the similarities.

Ironically, the scriptures gives us scenarios in which God will “cease to be God,” (Mormon 9:15,19) (Alma 42:13,22,25) yet somehow the brethren will not “cease to be God.” Well, they aren’t really God, but most members speak of them this way by saying that the church (the Lord) and it’s leaders (the Lord) can’t do us wrong. Therefore they might as well be God, because they can’t do wrong, and everything they say is inspired. Can you say Idolatry?

Is there scriptural precedent for a true prophet leading someone astray? Have you read 1 Kings 13? I would suggest you study it over with the Inspired Version or the JST.

Even if you decide it’s a good thing to follow a prophet, just know that even following true prophets will only land you a seat in the Telestial kingdom.

And the glory of the telestial is one, even as the glory of the stars is one; for as one star differs from another star in glory, even so differs one from another in glory in the telestial world;

For these are they who are of Paul, and of Apollos, and of Cephas.

These are they who say they are some of one and some of another—some of Christ and some of John, and some of Moses, and some of Elias, and some of Esaias, and some of Isaiah, and some of Enoch; (D&C 76:98–100)

Perhaps we need to stop trusting in the arm of flesh. Seek the Lord.

Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not. (D&C 6:36)

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (John 10:27)

O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name. (2 Nephi 9:41)

The Sermon on the Mount Compared

What would it look like to compare each of the versions on the Sermon on the Mount? I decided to take Matthew, Hebrew Matthew, The Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew, 3 Nephi, Luke, and The Joseph Smith Translation of Luke to compare the words of Christ in each.

Here is a PDF document: The-Sermon-on-the-Mount-Compared. Please enjoy this for your personal studies. Let me know if you see any errors or missing information.

Mingled with Scripture – GenCon 2015

Here are the words of scripture from conference as delivered line upon line, here a little and there a little. 11.5 hours of conference and this is every line read during the 11.5 hours.

Some thoughts:

Are the scriptures just a bunch of short cute phrases?

Does God only speak in the form of meme?

Are we really only trying to memorize the most quotable passages of scripture?

Did the prophets of old sound like this, speaking their cute phrases in an attempt to call the world to repentance?

Eventually we will be reduced to taking only one verse a week and trying to commit it to memory by thinking about it for a few moments each day. It will be our verse! We then can proudly insert into our version of a GenCon talk, while speaking about another GenCon talk, that surely is quoting other GenCon talks.

It’s difficult to get a true sense of what their talk was about once you remove everything else.

I never realized how many references are only sound bites. (One, two, or three words)

They rarely quote a full passage of scripture.

It’s seems many references are only to support the speaker’s ideas, rather than trying to support the scriptures.

They never expound the meaning of the scriptures.

Other verses are never used to support or clarify what’s being read from the scriptures.

Scripture sound bites are used to create new meanings for the purposes of the speaker.

They do not quote leaders from more than ~25 years ago.

Joseph Smith was quoted only 5 or 6 times, and usually out of context.

They tend to rephrase verses so that they aren’t actually quoting scripture, but making something new.

The sentimentality gets removed when presented this way, heartsell isn’t so noticeable. #heartsell

It’s amazing how little scripture their talks contain.

They look down at times while quoting verses, perhaps to appear as if they are reading from the scriptures.

What did you notice?

The Fruit of the Tree of Life

“Wherefore, the wicked are rejected from the righteous, and also from that tree of life, whose fruit is most precious and most desirable above all other fruits; yea, and it is the greatest of all the gifts of God. And thus I spake unto my brethren. Amen.” (1 Nephi 15:36)

“And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.” (D&C 14:7)

What is Life Eternal?

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)

Jesus Christ is the Fruit of the Tree of Life.

For God so loved the world (Tree)

And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?
And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things. (1 Nephi 11:21–22)

That He gave His Only Begotten Son (Fruit)

And after he had said these words, he said unto me: Look! And I looked, and I beheld the Son of God going forth among the children of men; and I saw many fall down at his feet and worship him. (1 Nephi 11:24)

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (Rod of Iron) (John 3:16)

And they said unto me: What meaneth the rod of iron which our father saw, that led to the tree?
And I said unto them that it was the word of God; and whoso would hearken unto the word of God, and would hold fast unto it, they would never perish; neither could the temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary overpower them unto blindness, to lead them away to destruction. (1 Nephi 15:23–24)

Notice some similarities?

What are the fruits of the womb? The child.

That’s why 1 Nephi 11 bounces back and forth between the fruits of Mary and the fruit from the tree. Jesus is the fruit of the tree, He was the fruit of Mary.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” (Ps. 127:3)

Jesus was literally the “Fruit of the Loins” of our Father in Heaven. He was the Fruit of our Fathers Love

“And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?” (1 Nephi 11:21)

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

There seems to be a connection with fruit and doing the works of righteousness also. Notice what Alma is saying here:

For behold, the time is at hand that whosoever bringeth forth not good fruit, or whosoever doeth not the works of righteousness, the same have cause to wail and mourn. (Alma 5:36)

To bring forth “good fruit,” is to do “the works of righteousness.”

Once again, after Nephi is shown the tree, and the fruit of the womb, he is then shown Christ going about doing the works of righteousness.

And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.

And he spake unto me, saying: Yea, and the most joyous to the soul

And after he had said these words, he said unto me: Look! And I looked, and I beheld the Son of God going forth among the children of men; and I saw many fall down at his feet and worship him. (1 Nephi 11:22–24)

Notice the reaction of those who worship Him. It’s very similar to some of those who reach the tree (1 Nephi 8:30). Through this vision, Nephi becomes a special witness to the Lord’s birth (1 Nephi 11:20), ministry (1 Nephi 11:26–31), crucifixion (1 Nephi 11:32–33), and post resurrection ministry to his people (1 Nephi 12:6). All of these things are the “fruits” of the Lord. This is who He is. The Son of God.