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An article about the sealing power called One Man or Many? A must read for any Brighamite or Eastern Church member.
Also read my article Free-agency and Spiritual Anarchy, to learn how to restore the ordinances for your own family Kingdom.
Here is an article called In the Mouth of Two or Three Witnesses, about an important doctrine which has been revealed and re-revealed several times in our dispensation.
A Lost Journal of Joseph Smith that I had a dream about and then was revealed to me.
A Book called The Book of Norea.
A Christmas Message for the Holidays.
The Declaration of the Kingdom of God; which was signed during our first convention.
An article called Standing Alone by Neil vonGermeten.
An article called The Holy Order of God by John Bryant.
A Story of the Cosmos, a tale about the first Gods in this universe.
An article called What is an Experiencing Being?
The Mystery of Sealing, a slightly older article by myself.
A Revelation concerning the temporal affairs of the Church and the movement of Self Restorationism.
A Revelation concerning Ancestors and Adoption.
Memory of an Endowment of the Titans.
A copy of the Most Complete Book of Mormon yet, called the Better Book.
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Vision of the Eloheim.
Outline for Missionary Discussions.
Priceless Gems and Council of the Seers. You can also buy a paperback copy of the Priceless Gems here.
|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. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith Section Four 1839-42, p.158)|
The spirits of just men are made ministering servants to those who are sealed unto life eternal, and it is through them that the sealing power comes down. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith Section Six 1843-44, p.325)
And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy. (D&C 130:2)
The King of Shiloam (Salem) had power and authority over that of Abraham, holding the key and the power of endless life. Angels desire to look into it, but they have set up too many stakes. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Six 1843-44, p.322)
Message to all Self-Restorationists
Dear faithful Brothers and Sisters,
I am filled with joy that the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood has reached you, and that a great work is about to commence. I know that being able to field Churches in foreign nations is a sign to some of an organization's financial power. It will take much sacrifice and building by word of mouth. However the movement of self-restoration is in fact the little stone that Daniel saw that would fill the whole world; cut without hands. Any Kingdom with a hierarchy would be with hands, but Daniel said it would be cut without hands and roll forth to fill the whole earth. The Church was to proceed the Kingdom, and although many people supposed the Kingdom to be a powerful financial power, there is a reason Daniel said it came from a little stone. When one takes the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood and is true to those covenants he or she becomes a member of the Kingdom of God on earth. This Kingdom which is based upon self-restoration and a personal relationship with one's own Heavenly Parents will one day become a great stone that will fill the whole earth!
One day there will be many Temples and orders and nations of Priests built unto the Gods, and unto the principles of gaining eternal priesthood by way of an Oath and Covenant. Conferred Priesthood is temporal and will not last into eternity unless one takes the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood as explained in Hebrews. (Hebrews 7:21 & 23.) When Paul says that one who confesses with the mouth shall be saved in Romans, he is referring to the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood specifically. Paul believed in self-restoration as he became an Apostle by revelation. When Paul says that one will be saved when taking this upon himself, he is referring to the resurrection specifically. When you take the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood and you get a Revelation that you are sealed up unto eternal lives, you have received the Calling and Election. The Calling and Election or the More Sure Word of Prophecy is when your Heavenly Parents promise to save your energy from the second death by transforming you unto a resurrected state at death in the Twinkling of an eye. If you do not gain this Calling and Election you will have to wait for a general resurrection.
I bear my testimony that Self-Restoration is true, and that it was revealed unto me by my Heavenly Parents. I know that it will cover the world, as it did in ancient times when ancient priests of various nationalities revealed the mysteries in the Temples of the Gods. All people have a unique birthright, you are also the inheritors of a council of the Gods who gave birth to your race in the Garden; whichever race or people you might be. I would admonish you to not only carry forward the cause of Self-Restoration, but to also explore the truth in your own cultural traditions and add it to the truth that I have shared with you; and that has been revealed to me. Freedom and love are the most important principles. I also admonish you to gain revelations for yourself, not only of the truthfulness of this Gospel but also to gain knowledge for yourselves. We are saved by the true knowledge that we gain; therefore I would love for you all to be Prophets, a nation of Priests who have taken this Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood upon yourselves with soberness and love for your Heavenly Parents. Do the work, for the fields are white all ready to harvest; we declare it from the roof tops that all things shall be revealed. May all your Heavenly Parents be with you and bless you; and I say this in the name of the Son. Amen.
Sincerely Samuel Warren Shaffer
Message to the President of an African Church
In an Email on 11/11/2013
Paul himself is interesting, because he was orthodox in a lot of ways but he also tried to decentralize the power at the same time. For instance he said, "9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9) Mormons generally don't like that scripture but they forget that Joseph Smith said, "Though they might hear the voice of God and know that Jesus was the Son of God, this would be no evidence that their election and calling was made sure, that they had part with Christ, and were joint heir with him. They then would want that more sure word of prophecy, that they were sealed in the heavens and had the promise of eternal life in the kingdom of God. Then, having this promise sealed unto them, it was an anchor to the soul, sure and steadfast." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith Section Six 1843-44, p.298) Also most Protestants don't understand that when Paul said that he expected them to know about the Oath and Covenant through which we gain the love of the Gods. For it is by faith that we take the oath with the confidence that they will hear us.
"5 (May 17th, 1843.) The more sure word of prophecy means a man’s knowing that he is sealed up unto eternal life, by revelation and the spirit of prophecy, through the power of the Holy Priesthood. (It mentions the Holy Priesthood here because this revelation comes through our reciprocal relationship with our Parents in response to the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood.) 6 It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance. (It says this because it wants you to pay attention to the next part.) 7 There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter, but it is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes; 8 We cannot see it; but when our bodies are purified we shall see that it is all matter." (It mentions this spiritual energy, because it is through this energy that our parents save us in the Resurrection.) (D&C 131) Paul said, "44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." (1 Corinthians 15) He is saying that we already have our resurrected energy body, but it must be cultivated and strengthened through the knowledge of individuation and sealed unto the family of the Gods who shall raise us up. I think since Marcion was somewhat of a Gnostic that still liked Paul, this is the general idea of his religion. Marcion was probably closer to Joseph Smith than anyone in early Christianity.
Excerpt from a Message to a group in Burundi
I believe that when Paul talked about confessing with one's mouth to be saved he was referring not only to prayer but also to making Oaths and Covenants with God. In Hebrews 7:21 & 23, Paul talks about temporal (or temporary) priesthood which is passed down from one generation to the next, and eternal Priesthood which comes by way of an Oath. It has been revealed to me and to my predecessors what the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood is. It is an Oath to help bring the Kingdom of God (or Garden of Eden) on earth and a Covenant to listen to the Revelations of your own personal Heavenly Parents. As you might have read there is a council of the Gods who are one with the principle of God, these are they that gave birth to our spirits before we were born. However the most important principle that I teach is Self-Restoration, because it is the way that we gain Eternal Priesthood personally and restore the ordinances to our family lines. It is also the way that God has designed to set up the Kingdom of God on earth without hands like it says in Daniel. The most important principles are Freedom and Love, and through Self-Restoration these principles are upheld. Also, once you have taken the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood your own Divine Heavenly Parents can reveal to you that you are Sealed up unto eternal life; this is the Calling and Election spoken about, or in other words the more sure word of Prophecy. After you attain unto your Calling and Election then there are even higher ordinances and mysteries that shall be revealed concerning the workings of heaven, because we are ultimately saved by knowledge.
The Better Book is here!
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Concerning Mormons only...
Proof that Blacks not being able to hold the Priesthood has been misrepresented in Church history
Within four years of Elijah Abel's conversion, he was ordained an elder in the Melchizedek Priesthood. By June 1836, he was listed, along with a number of other Mormon priesthood holders, as a duly licensed “minister of the gospel.” As a member in good standing, he was promoted in the Melchizedek Priesthood to the rank of seventy in December 1837 and received a patriarchal blessing in the same year. This ordinance, performed by Joseph Smith, Sr., father of the Mormon prophet, proclaimed that Abel was “ordained an Elder and annointed to secure thee against the power of the destroyer.”
1844 or earlier: Walker Lewis, a Black member and barber in Lowell, MA ordained an Elder by William Smith (a younger brother of Joseph Smith Jr.)
Oct 1846: William “Black Pete” McCary baptized and ordained by Apostle Orson Hyde.
This was after the death of Joseph Smith, showing that he never taught the doctrine.
Brigham Young said, “It’s nothing to do with the blood for of one blood has God made all flesh, …we have one of the best Elders, an African [i.e., Walker Lewis] in Lowell.” (Brigham Young Papers, March 26, 1847.)
This is before Brigham Young taught that Blacks could not have the Priesthood, showing he came up with it in Deseret; and also showing that when he was closest to Joseph he did not believe it.
1879: Zebedee Coltrin claims that in 1834, Joseph Smith received a revelation that Blacks are not to be ordained to the priesthood. Zebedee Coltrin also claims that Abel was dropped from the quorum of Seventy when Joseph Smith Jr. learned that Abel was Black. (This is where the Fundamentalists get it.) Apostle Joseph F. Smith Challenged Coltrin’s claim. He showed two certificates of Abel’s re-ordination to the office of Seventy that took place during the Mormon Reformation. Brother Coltrin's memory is shown to be unreliable: His claimed date (1834) for Joseph Smith's announcing the alleged ban is impossible, since Coltrin himself ordained Abel a Seventy in 1836.
Since Zebadee Coltrin’s account has been proven false, there is no thus saith the Lord revelation declaring Blacks cannot have the Priesthood. It is totally unfounded only coming from the opinions of Brigham Young due in part to his racism and in part by the political fact that several prominent members of the Church owned slaves including Apostle Charles C. Rich. The only revelations we have on the matter is that of Spencer W. Kimball and my Revelation.
Nephi said: "For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile." (2 Nephi 26:33)
Furthermore the claims in the Book of Abraham about the Priesthood being withheld only pertain to the specific line of Pharaoh through Egyptus because of them falsely claiming it; however Joseph Smith describes Ham as a Priesthood holder below.
“I have translated a portion of [the plates] and find they contain the history of the person with whom they were found. He was a descendant of Ham, through the loins of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and that he received his kingdom from the ruler of heaven and earth.” (History of the Church, Vol. 5, p. 372.)
This totally goes against Brigham’s claims that they cannot rule, and shows Joseph Smith believed the ruler of heaven and earth gave a break off group of them rule through divine right, also known as the Priesthood of the Malakim. This is further not contradicted by the at least three Black brethren ordained to Priesthood offices in the early Church.
Here is an excerpt of a Revelation that I received telling me that Blacks could have the Priesthood. "Thus saith the Lord, intelligence alone is what governs if a being may hold the Priesthood or not. The way that many black people have acted in thy presence in the past is not the conduct of a Priesthood holder wherefore it hath been easy for thee in the past to deny them, but behold would not the conduct of many of those who are white and delightsome unto those of our race also bar them from the Priesthood? There are those who are sincere and seek out knowledge and those who act as mere animals and whose minds are as that of a golem or a robot. But behold those who are real and can think for themselves, they are they that can hold the Priesthood. For if birds or lizards had sufficient intelligence in this world then they would hold the Priesthood upon earth as they do in heaven. For whenever sufficient intelligence is demonstrated in any being they may receive the Priesthood from their closest parent who is a God or a Goddess."
New Statement by the Church
I just read the whole statement and I must say this is a much better and more accurate statement than I have ever seen from them before. However there are a few errors in it. Brigham Young did start the Temple ban; not later presidents. We know this because Brigham denied Elijah Able his endowments beginning in 1853. Also that quote by Brigham that they would "one day receive it" actually said that all of Adam's white children would have to receive it first; of course if Adam was some guy in the middle ages that might be true. I guess I could overlook their good effort on that one. At least they un-implicated Joseph Smith, that is a huge admission. I also appreciate that they noted some of the pressures that were put on them to change it; however they did miss a few, including the U.S. government trying to rescind their tax free status due to work and lobbying by the ecumenical council in 1977. The only other small qualm I have with this statement is the editing they did on the second Nephi quote at the bottom. The part they cut out only says "and he remembereth the heathen;". I don't see why they would edit that unless they haven't taken the Ban off us Pagans yet!
The Un-necessity of Plural Marriage for Salvation
This should not even be necessary to cover. No one even imagined the idea of necessary Plural Marriage until Brigham Young came up with it in Deseret. Joseph Smith never said a thing about it being necessary for exaltation and promised exaltation to a great many people who never lived it; including his Father Joseph Smith Sr. Alvin Smith and many others. When the eastern Churches heard of it being made a necessity for exaltation by Brigham Young, they were all shocked. It did break all the precedents set during the Prophet Joseph Smith’s life time.
D&C 132 was also heavily edited by Brigham Young, if this was not the case than the eastern Churches would have a copy of it too, but it was not published until the declaration of the Church in Deseret on August 28th 1852. Before this it was just in Brigham Young’s and Bishop Whitakers papers. This is a controversial point but all the eastern Churches agree with this. The minutes of the high council who accepted it in Nauvoo at the time was not recorded until the saints were in Deseret. There was in fact a lot of history back written by the Brighamites and you start realizing this when you start looking at dates and comparing inconsistencies; like the one about Blacks with Zebedee Coltrin for instance. It took me a long time of studying to realize this was the case. Joseph Smith’s plural relationships consisted mostly of affairs, because as he and Martin Harris once said, “adultery was no crime.” (Susquehanna Register, and Northern Pennsylvanian, May 1, 1834).
This would also make sense why he had little remorse about the incident in the barn with Fanny Alger, when there is no evidence she was his wife in any way until Nauvoo, almost a decade later in 1843 when they were sealed on Joseph’s front lawn while she was dressed like a man. The truth is that Joseph Smith was just a free-loving Pagan; and that is the way it is. If you don’t like it take the stance of the eastern Churches; that he was imperfect and sinned. If you are okay with it, then take the stance of William Smith his brother and Cutler who had just as much authority as Brigham, and accept that it is not necessary. Saying that it is necessary is a stake on God. We have already shown that Brigham was unreliable on many points, and I believe his only mission was to reveal Adam-God. Every prophet has a mission they do well and a mistake or mistakes that they make; some larger than others.
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I step before him the Lord of my soul,
the oil touches my scalp the work of a ten thousand nights.
Oh Lord Savior of my soul take me into thy bridegroom’s chamber,
instill in me the mysteries of thy love.
In that moment he places his hands over my blind eyes,
In that moment he grasps my hand and my understanding is illuminated.
Within him worlds without end are my portion,
light and truth from the reaches of space and time are my helpmeet.
I am married to Joseph, I am married to Emma,
I am married to Jesus and to Mary,
I am married to Isaac and Rebecca,
I am married to Adam, I am married to Eve.
The Gods in numberless succession are my upholders.
Their arms are my strength, their truth my scepter.
Cybele my wife, Atinaus my husband.
Shivya my embracer, Kali my lover.
The Tantra of a thousand generations blossoms in my heart.
Vishnu my holy kiss and Lakshmi my hidden passion.
Oh that I could have the voice of a million ages to tell this tale,
But my body is wearied in the translating lesser texts that my people can understand.
Take me oh Isis upon thy wings like a kite in search of my wholeness.
Call me forth oh Horus that my face may shine like unto thine.
Forge in me a correct understanding oh Thoth, archatect of truth.
Show me oh Osiris from the tomb of this body that I might be a bright and shining God!