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Preserving the Restoration

I did not write the following. I am thankful to have been asked to post it on this blog by the author, who has asked to remain anonymous, because this is not about him – it is about the message.

This is a very important letter to the world – as important as any proclamation that has preceeded it, regardless of the source. It will either be received as truth by the “…humble followers of Christ”, or it will be rejected at their peril. I personally implore you to respect what is said below, at least enough to investigate and seek the truth for yourself.

Now – the word of the Lord unto all who would truly seek Him…

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TODAY a monumental choice faces every Latter Day Saint. At the heart of this decision is whether to stand with Jesus Christ and His Gospel, as taught in scripture, or to capitulate to the corruption of a lost and deceived world. (Revelations 12:9).

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED about how the LDS Church is responding to a host of doctrinal, social, moral, financial, and political issues, and if you are willing to seek out and live a true fullness of the gospel, (D&C 20:9), then please know the light of the original Restoration remains available through prophecy, scripture, revelation, and the tutoring of the Holy Spirit. (Moroni 10:5).

A CAREFUL REVIEW of doctrine and the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith reveals that many human errors have occurred during the past 185 years of church history. This spiritual tragedy highlights the essential need for every Latter Day Saint to now differentiate between eternal truth and religious tradition. (D&C 93:39).

THE BOOK OF MORMON specifically warns that when a culture becomes prideful, wealthy, and dependent on the arm of flesh, (2 Nephi 4:34), that the fall of that particular people will soon follow. (Ether 2: 8-12). Scripture also confirms that in the last days the word of God will be “transfigured,” (Mormon 8:33), and that the once “Holy church of God” will become polluted. (Mormon 8:38). Sadly, today is also the day when the tares again “choke the wheat and drive the church into the wilderness of apostasy.” (D&C 86:1-3). Those honest enough to apply scripture to themselves, the Mormon culture, and the world at large, understand that we as a Gentile people are in the process of rejecting the fullness of the Gospel. (D&C 45:28-30).

REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE WORLD, and the world of religion chooses, let it be said: The hand of the Lord remains outstretched still! (Isaiah 5:25). At this time every Latter Day Saint is invited to re-learn and re-claim all that has been lost, abandoned, and distorted, since the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith. (D&C 43:10). In response to these deficits, a growing Remnant now shouts HOLY! HOLY! HOLY! is our God! For He is the Great Messiah! The Master of the storm, and the sure Rock in whom we will trust! He is THE CHRIST, who even at this very moment beckons unto all, “Come Unto Me” that you might receive the same truths, powers, ordinances, and priesthood, once offered to the early Saints.          Thus, today is the day of choice:  God or man, Truth or tradition, Zion or Babylon?

UNDER THE HAND OF GOD a great and marvelous work is now spreading across the land. This movement involves a broken and flawed “few,” (2 Nephi 28:14), who are actively committed to Preserving the Restoration, that Jesus Christ and His angels may yet ”gather the elect” (D&C 33:6), and establish a literal Zion upon the earth. (Moses 7:60-62).

FOREMOST IN THIS SPIRITUAL CRUSADE is an unyielding commitment to the Holy One of Israel and the process of receiving salvation in Him. There is no church to join, and no leader to follow. This “strange act” (D&C 101:94-95), is not the “apostasy” some imagine it to be. For in reality, the truth is never apostasy, and all that God commands is law. (3 Nephi 15:9, Romans 10:4).

LET IT BE KNOWN that except for our impending destruction, “the times of the Gentiles” is fulfilled. (D&C 45:26-30). The opportunity for us to repent and receive a true fullness will soon be forfeited. What follows will include mass destruction and great sorrow. (Matthew 24:6-35). This prophesied cleansing will begin upon the Lord’s house, first among those who profess to know His name, but have not known Him. (D&C 112:23-26). Thus, every Latter Day Saint who seeks Zion upon the earth, (D&C 45:68) and Celestial Glory in the eternities to come, (D&C 133:12, D&C 76:50-70) is now required to repent by differentiating between eternal truth and the false philosophies of men mingled with scripture. (2 Nephi 28:9-32).

THE LORD’S INVITATION is specifically for you. For even now, in this very moment, if you will listen to His voice, He will speak directly to your soul. Listen to your Savior. Listen to your soul. Fear not, and go forward into the work of reclaiming the light of the Restoration. For now is the day of your salvation, and if you will follow Him, He will lead you into the fullness of Eternal Glory. (D&C 76:70). Come…come my friend, and through His grace, enter ye this day into the rest of the Lord. (Matthew 11:28, Moroni 7:3).

REMEMBER AND RECEIVE

THE INVITATION AT:  ReclaimtheRestoration.com

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15 comments on “Preserving the Restoration

  1. C’mon, Scott, this is essentially Watermanism, crushed ice, shaken not stirred, or that of one of his acolytes. Why the anonymity? Why is the author afraid to write out in the open and sign his name to something such as this?

    Thin gruel, and the saints have all the keys and knowledge necessary to detect it.

    • Unfortunately, Loran, by seeking to marginalize this by “labeling” it as something for which you have no respect (Rock Waterman’s writings), you’re committing one of the logical fallacies that you yourself hate so much. You’re not addressing the merits of the issue itself, but applying a detached ad hominem attack. Furthermore, you’re dismissing the issue by saying the saints have all the keys and the knowledge necessary to detect it, when that is one of the main assumptions that this letter disputes – that the movement disputes. The idea that the brethren have the keys is a fabrication that has been perpetuated on the saints ever since Brigham took the reins. Basically what you’re saying is “your claims can’t be true because they’re not true”.

    • Loran,

      Long time no see. Hope they’re treating you well at Mormondialogue.org .

      Watermanism is rigorous and open analysis of LDS claims by reference to the Church’s own documents and teachings in light of their historical contexts. Waterman’s not the cheerleading, Halleluja-shouting, go-team type.

      I wish I had posted this last night when I thought to, but no, this isn’t Watermanism; it’s more aligned with Adrian Larsenism, Rob Smithism, Keith Hendersenism, or Brent Corbridgeism. (Turns out it is Brent is the author.)

      Your anti-anonymity position puts you at odds with the American tradition of liberty (see the Federalist Papers, written pseudonymously), prophets (re: Abinadi), angels (re: endowments, Hebrews 13, Genesis 19), and the Lord himself (re: John 7, Genesis 18).

  2. Scoot,

    I dunno that I value this letter as highly as you do; am I allowed to esteem it less than you do and yet find place in the kingdom of God? Or is team loyalty the order of the day, as the letter seems to say?

  3. Rob Smithism—that sounds dangerous. However, if “the Waterman” were a drink…it might be pretty good.

  4. You know, this idea of preserving the restoration is actually much bigger than what the LDS groups are doing. I listen to a number of podcasts on Christian radio, primarily podcasts that focus on understanding the signs of these latter days and such…they are teaching things very similar as what is being shared here….but of course with no focus on Mormonism at all (in fact my guess is some of them have some negative ideas about it).

    My point is, I sometimes can’t help but wonder if we’re a little too wrapped up in the role we play. Don’t get me wrong, I think we do play an important role. There are doctrines and things from the Restoration that are unique and powerful, and will play a role in bringing forth Zion on this continent (something I think most other Christians don’t bother even thinking about).

    However, I find it fascinating that many of these prophets who’ve been raised up in the Christian world are also saying judgement will begin on the house of God…but by that they mean America in general, and all the judgements that are about to be poured out upon the whole nation.

    The message being given to these people is to focus on Jesus, and forget your denominational bull crap. Seek him, seek his face, hear his voice, etc.

    There is more happening outside our little walls. And there are MANY prophets whom God is calling.

    Like I said, I still think the LDS based groups will play a VERY important role in the establishment of Zion. And in that sense there really is something important about the overall message of preserving the restoration. But I feel we isolate ourselves a little, and unintentionally lift ourselves up in specialness….when this message is clearly going out to MANY groups in a powerful “Thus Saith the Lord” kind of way.

    Interesting times.

    • Danny – I’m probably not as well-versed on these non-mormon-centric activities as you appear to be, but I have noticed the same thing you are talking about. I think you’re right – we do isolate ourselves. In turn, we are isolated, as you suggest, or dismissed just as much. Both “sides” need to recognize this. There are a couple of things that I personally observe:

      Traditional Christians are just as unwilling to accept the doctrines that are clarified in the BOM, D&C, POGP, etc. as we are to dismiss them. I believe the divide will eventually disappear, but it will be interesting to see how that unfolds.

      I personally happen to be involved in a consecration effort among a group of families who are pooling their temporal and spiritual resources to being a Zion-like project. We strongly feel the need to insulate ourselves while we establish our culture, strengthen ourselves, become self-sufficient, etc. – in short – figure out what we’re doing. Toward this end, we are being VERY insular in these embryonic stages. We feel like we have to do this, although that is certainly NOT the ultimate goal.

      If you think about it, the scriptures are intended to reveal to us the nature of God and to guide us in discovering that very nature. Once we begin listening exclusively to the spirit, and Christ becomes a more visceral force in our lives – with manifestations, miracles, etc. – the differences in scriptural guidance (acceptance or rejection of the restoration scriptures) will become less significant. If we’re completely guided by the spirit, the scriptures would eventually work themselves out of a job, would they not?

  5. Would like to meet with a group and get re baptized, and partake of a real sacrament! But no body will announce themselves! I’m going to announce myself on sacrament fast and testimony meeting (Maybe) just so someone can find me! I have a friend who knows of one of these groups but refuses to give me the contact info because she doesn’t want me lead astray! I have been prepared for this for a while now! The message given resonates with me. The doctorine is sound. If anyone is reading this and they are from or know someone from the Cardston Canada area please reply to this post .

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