The purpose of this discourse is to show that we have a very fragmented record of God’s dealings with man in all the scriptures we have that are contained in the Bible, Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants.
Joseph Smith restored much truth, which was lived for a short period of time. However, the Gentiles, to which these truths were restored, have in short order abandoned much of it and admittedly have become much like the other apostate Christian churches.
As President Gordon B. Hinckley said before his passing, the Mormon Church has become mainstream. They have abandoned their efforts to live the higher laws of the gospel, such as the United Order and the Law of Consecration. They no longer have the Kingdom of God or the School of the Prophets organizations and have abandoned and basically forgotten them… or at least their understanding of them has been distorted.
It was prophesied many times that this would happen. Consider the prophecy that the last shall be first and the first shall be last:
“And the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all nations [of Israel], both unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles; and after he has manifested himself unto the Jews [at the time of the Savior] and also unto the Gentiles [at the time of Paul], then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles [at the time of Joseph Smith] and also unto the Jews [actually all of Israel], and the last shall be first, and the first shall be last” (1 Nephi 13:42).
The last part is made a little clearer in the following verse:
“Wherefore, I must bring forth the fulness of my gospel from the Gentiles unto the house of Israel” (D&C 14:10; emphasis added).
This verse fulfills the latter part of the above prophecy.
Loss of the Fullness of the Gospel
The Savior brought the gospel to the Jewish nation, and the Jewish nation took the gospel to the ten tribes. For thirteen or so years, the twelve apostles and at least two quorums of seventy went to the people of these tribes (in the known world at that time) to spread the fullness of the gospel and set up churches among them. These churches carried on the fullness as best as they could for a period of time.
Later because of fierce persecution, they fled from Jerusalem, mainly to England and Ireland. Because of this tremendous persecution, the fullness of the gospel was lost, and then Paul was sent to the Gentiles. This same fullness, which the Jews first accepted then lost, may have been given to the Gentiles also… we simply do not know.
By the time Constantine the Great (274-337 A.D.) adopted the corrupted form of Christianity then in existence, the fullness of the gospel had been abandoned by the Gentile church (if they ever had it), and the church had done a complete turnaround, becoming the “Mother of Harlots” (Revelation 17:5). The Church had been taken over entirely by the Adversary. This Mother of Harlots eventually was responsible for killing millions and millions of people trying to live the true gospel.
Restoration of the Fullness
Eventually the strong Protestant movement came into being, and up sprang her children, the many Protestant churches. The founders were strong-willed, courageous men mostly of Israelite background. They restored some basis for truth, in preparation for the fullness to be restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
To whom did Joseph Smith bring the fullness? He brought it to the Gentiles, headed by one tribe, the tribe of Ephraim. So now we have further prophecies fulfilled: first to Israel by the Jews, second to the Gentile mixture through Paul, and now back to the Gentiles through Joseph Smith.
Clearly there would be one more shift back to the Jews; however, the D&C says correctly “house of Israel” (D&C 14:10). Ephraim had been the one chosen as first to be gathered because he had mixed himself thoroughly throughout the heathen nations, having become the mixture called the Gentiles.
But like Joseph of old whose family was spared by his being sold into Egypt, likewise his posterity will survive through his son Ephraim to restore the priesthood to the other tribes when they are gathered. These tribes are to be gathered by the tribe of Judah, for it is prophesied in his blessing, “… and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (Genesis 49:10). The true tribe of Judah is about to be identified and will begin the gathering of the other ten tribes.
Unintentional Translation Mistakes
Thus far, we have given a brief history and shown the fulfillment of prophecy. However, it was our intent to give in this message how much we do not have of the scriptures… and the reason why.
The Lord has said that, when the scriptures were received from Him by the ancient prophets, the Lord’s instructions were pure and true. However, since the time they received their instructions from the Lord, thousands of years have passed, and these scriptures have been translated many times, which poses some potential problems. Let us demonstrate with the following analogy:
Are you familiar with a game in which several people gather together in a circle with a short story being whispered to a person at one end of the circle and then whispered in turn to the person next to them? This story is whispered in turn to each person around the circle until the story reaches the person who initiated it. Often is the case that the wording and the content have been changed considerably!
Why does this happen? People are human and make mistakes. Unless a person is inspired, no matter how intelligent he or she is they will make mistakes. This is the first of many reasons why the Bible is not as accurate as many religionists swear it is. Let us pursue several other reasons why this is so.
Misinterpretation of Words and Phrases
It is easy to see at the beginning of our quest that we are indeed fortunate to have the scriptures we have today, as accurate as they are. But let us pursue further.
Some of the old languages did not have vowels… just consonants. Each word had to relate to its immediate situation to be understood correctly. If that situation was not present and understood by the translator reading it, it could have been translated with an entirely different meaning.
Some languages had a limited vocabulary. Consequently, conveying a complicated situation would indeed be very difficult. To translate simple words like dog or cat would be easy; however, when different types of dogs or cats needed to be described, this would have presented a much more difficult problem. Are there not hundreds of different kinds of dogs and cats? To describe the features of each, even with the language we have, presents a difficult task.
Some languages have no equivalent word or idea. The translator would have had to choose a word or idea that best suited the word or idea he was translating. Doing this may have occasionally changed the meaning of the word or idea, giving us an entirely different slant in our understanding.
When Joseph Smith put together the revised version of parts of the Bible, he rectified and clarified many of these mostly unintentional errors. In some instances it took a sentence or two to make the true meaning clear.
So far we have not quoted many references to substantiate our statements, as these translating errors are self evident and have been covered by volumes of commentaries by many noted writers.
We have not nor will we cover all the difficulties the translators encountered, as it would take many volumes to do so. However, we have covered briefly the most difficult and severe problems.
Besides these aforementioned translation hurdles to overcome, men also had their own opinions and beliefs. This alone could have been the most challenging problem of all.
A translator who was brought up to believe in a certain manner — when he had come to a passage he was translating that contradicted what he believed — would he not have been tempted to twist what he was translating to agree with what he believed? It is for this reason warnings were given by the Lord:
“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2).
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19).
If the translator had taken these warnings seriously, not wishing to suffer the promised consequences if he had not, what could he have done? He could have left out certain sections. Whether the translator would actually avoid these penalties by so doing would of course be up to the Lord.
If the translator had chosen this route, it would have been a very wise move on his part. After all, he had been translating from an older manuscript. This would have made it nearly impossible for us to ever know that there is something missing or ever know about what the translator was trying to hide, as the original he had been translating from would have been deteriorated and eventually lost.
Deception of Celibacy
We know that after the martyrdom of the Savior, many true Jewish men fled Jerusalem and tried to survive by setting up small communities in the semi-desert areas around the city. You may ask, “Would their wives have followed them?” There would have been very few, if any, that did. Why would they have left their secure environment of Jerusalem for those desert conditions? Obviously very few actually followed their husbands.
These men, being alone over time in the desert without divine direction, resigned themselves to a monk’s life, denouncing women as evil. They then perpetuated their beliefs, and thus was born the doctrine of celibacy, wherein men subdued their passions and abstained from any association with the opposite sex.
Some of these men had been prominent and well educated and had in their possession valuable records, mostly written on animal hides, which they tried to preserve for future generations. With the imminent prospect of having their country and culture destroyed by the Romans, these men hid these valuable manuscripts in caves. Some of these records have recently been discovered (Nibley, Hugh. “The Early Christian Church in the Light of Some Newly Discovered Papyri from Egypt.” Address, Tri-Stake Fireside from Maxwell Institute, Provo, March 3, 1964.)
When the Roman Emperor Constantine came into power, the true Christian doctrines of the Savior were all but done away with. Hence these men, who had followed the celibate way of life and had gained ascendancy in what was left of Christendom, of course had no wife or children to support. Consequently their time was their own, and they spent it in learning instead. Naturally these men, being the most learned and having much time on their hands, were chosen for the task of translating.
They translated the various old manuscripts into the various languages that were in use at the time. Keep in mind that the Savior’s language was Aramaic, not Hebrew. Any quotes He made were in that language. Also the ancient scriptures probably had already been translated into Aramaic, as the Savior was well versed in them. Some of these older records could have also been written in Egyptian, as the Latter-day Saints understand. (The brass plates of Laban were written in Egyptian.)
So we have these monks, having no family to support, with plenty of time on their hands handling and translating these ancient manuscripts from all the different sources and languages. However, the monks’ concept of the teachings of the Bible was entirely different than that which was taught by the apostles, the Savior, and His early followers.
The monks taught and implied that the most perfect way to heaven was the celibate way. Whenever they came to a passage they were translating which implied just the opposite belief, they had three options:
- Change the passage to read just the opposite… and then later suffer the consequences.
- Doctor it up so that the meaning would be left to be understood one way or the other by the reader (who has a choice of how to interpret it).
- Leave the information out completely.
As previously mentioned, there are two places in the Bible that warn the translator not to change the meaning of any scripture… or they would be under severe penalty. Because of this warning (if taken seriously by the translator), he would have been very careful not to make changes. That is possibly the reason why one cannot put a finger on any clear evidence that this was ever done. We do not have the original manuscripts in any case to prove that such a thing had ever taken place.
Marriage in Cana
We do have a clear example of the second choice, however, in which the marriage in Cana has had this treatment. Since the translator was a member of the Church of Rome (which church by then had adopted the doctrine of celibacy), he tried to hide the fact that the Savior was not celibate but a married man whose wedding this was! Let us see clearly through this deception by first starting at John 2. What do we read?
“And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days” (John 2:1-12; emphasis added).
At first the account states that Jesus and His disciples and family (verse 12) were “called” to be present at this marriage. It appears that they were just invited guests. This was the intention of the translator in order to emphasize the Savior’s first miracle, which takes the attention of the reader away from the fact that this instance was actually the Savior’s own marriage. The translator wants you to believe instead that Jesus was simply a guest.
At the marriage feast, something had not been anticipated. The wine had run out. (Jesus drank wine?) Because of the Savior’s gaining popularity, more guests came than anticipated. His mother reminded Him (the groom) of His responsibility in providing the wine to accommodate the increased number of guests. Why? Because it was customary for the groom to provide the wine.
To show this is correct, who does the governor of the festivities address in verse 9 in congratulating for the excellent quality of the wine which the Savior had made from water? The bridegroom! And what did the governor say, speaking directly to the Savior in verse 10?
“And saith unto him [the bridegroom], Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men [the guests] have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.”
There can be no doubt that the Roman historian doing the translating, being ashamed to admit that this happening described the Savior’s marriage, tried to doctor this incident to make us believe that the Savior and His disciples were just guests. By telling the account in this manner, the reader is left to make a choice one way or the other. Why were they guests? They really were not guests but were the reason for the gathering.
Jesus the Rabbi
No matter how the translator tried to portray the Savior as celibate, other portions of the New Testament would counter this belief. For example, when Jesus had just called Nathanael to be His apostle, what did Nathanael say?
“Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel” (John 1:49; emphasis added).
Here Nathanael called Him Rabbi. Jesus was called this on several other occasions as well (e.g., John 1:38; 3:2; 6:25; Matthew 23:7-8). The Savior says that we are not to desire the title of Rabbi, for He says, “… for one is your Master [Rabbi], even Christ; and all ye are brethren” (Matthew 23:8). To be recognized as a Rabbi, which even the Pharisees called Him, Jesus had to be married; this was a strict Israelite and Jewish law.
Now let us look at the Savior’s associations with women, specifically Mary and Martha. It would have been sacrilegious in those days to place Jesus in situations such as those described in Luke 10:38-42 and John 11:1-47 and 12:1-8 unless He was indeed their husband.
And what about Mary Magdalene from whom Christ cast out seven devils (Luke 8:2)? She was present at the Savior’s burial (Matthew 27:61 and Mark 15:47) and at His tomb (Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:1, Luke 24:1-10, and John 20:1-11). Then Jesus appeared to her (Mark 16:9 and John 20:14-18). It would be very strange indeed to believe that she was just a friend to the Savior or just a guest.
These instances point to one thing: The Savior was married and had several wives. Even when Nathanael came to Jesus prior to the marriage in Cana, he was already addressing Him as a Rabbi, indicating that Jesus had to have already been married to be addressed in this manner.
Yes, the translators, believing in celibacy, tried to downplay and even hide the truth that the Savior was married. But anyone with a sincere desire for truth would be able to see through their deception.
Christian Churches Deceived
Do all the Christian religions in the world believe in this deception of celibacy? I do not know of any that see through it. Every one of them believes in the Church of Rome’s monogamous system, and they do not want to accept any other understanding.
Even our own LDS Church leaders, who teach us daily to be and live like the Savior, forbid us from following His example. The leaders strictly adhere to the monogamous system and excommunicate those who try to follow Christ’s example in this matter, making a mockery of His example.
Thus we have the fulfillment of Mystery Babylon and her children the harlots, who are the Protestant denominations that have bowed to her deceits… including the LDS Church. Here are some of the deceits that Mystery Babylon has espoused:
- God has three entities in one body.
- God is without body, parts, or passions.
- The Savior was celibate.
- The first day of the week is the Sabbath.
- Rome (instead of England and Ireland) has become the head of the true teachings of the Savior since His martyrdom.
Did not Martin Luther figure out 92 other abominations perpetuated by the Church of Rome? Read his history. He knew that the Savior was married, and he believed that having more than one wife was taught in the early Christian church before it became corrupted.
A Married Bishop?
Another doctored scripture that leaves us with a choice is one in which Paul writes the following to Timothy:
“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife,… One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)” (1 Timothy 3:2, 4-5; emphasis added).
This quotation can be taken two ways:
- A bishop can have only one wife.
- A bishop must have at least one wife to qualify as a bishop.
The Church of Rome has a way of sidestepping this quotation. They quote Paul’s other writings in an attempt to make “the husband of one wife” not a true requirement so that it is not in conflict with their belief that all bishops must be celibate.
A Hard Choice for the Monks
Now we come to the final problem with our current scriptures. If the translator did not agree with the contents of what he was translating, he just left it out. It is very difficult to prove that he has done this, as we have none of the original manuscripts he was working from to make a comparison.
The monks, having no wife or family to support and having plenty of time on their hands, took upon themselves the translating of these ancient records. Next to the hurdles of deciphering words and ideas into their own language, the biggest hurdle they had was their own opinions and understanding.
Realizing the consequences of changing scripture and facing the extreme difficulty in leaving a section to mean one thing or another… what could they do? When they came to a passage of scripture which was totally contrary to what their opinions and understanding were… what did they do? They left it out!
Old Testament Omissions
In the Old Testament, the length of the story of the creation is minimal. This is understandable because, for the first 1700 years before the flood (which destroyed all the pure descendants of Adam except Noah and his sons and their wives), there was little to nothing to translate. Any records that survived the flood were held by just the few described in the Bible (Abraham 1:28).
When Noah and his sons passed on, most of the knowledge died with them. What knowledge that did survive was held in libraries like the large one in Alexandria, Egypt, and to a lesser degree in other locations. These libraries were totally destroyed over the many centuries by conquering armies determined to wipe out any but their own cultures. So we have but the meager few paragraphs in the Bible to describe this approximate 1700 years.
These omissions we cannot blame on the translator. From the time of Abraham, the father of the faithful, we have a more complete record, but there are still gaping lapses of time in which there should and still could exist histories and happenings that would put a more accurate light on true doctrine. Where are these records, and is there any hope of ever obtaining their contents? Here are just a few examples of these lapses in history:
- The period prior to Abraham and after the flood is missing. Was it around 300 years or more?
- We lack a biblical account of where the ten tribes went after they were captured by the Assyrians (2 Esdras 13:39-47). We have the book of 2 Esdras in the Apocrypha, but is this a reliable document?
New Testament Omissions
- We have a record of the Savior’s birth and His family’s journey down into Egypt, but we have nothing more until Jesus reaches twelve years of age with His brief appearance at the temple. We do have one or two apocryphal books reporting to describe some of His childhood, but they do not ring true. So these twelve years are essentially missing.
- Eighteen more years pass with us not hearing anything further about the Savior until He starts His ministry at age thirty. That makes a total of thirty years in which we know very little of His doings.
- In His early ministry, the Savior called the twelve apostles and at least two quorums of seventy (Luke 10:1). This huge missionary effort resulted in converts of Israelite blood only (Matthew 15:24) in every part of the world. These converts and their leaders from every nation were called to Jerusalem for something similar to an LDS General Conference, which we know as the Day of Pentecost. This occurred after the Savior’s death but before Paul was called to preach to the Gentiles. Where is the history of this great missionary effort?
- We as Latter-day Saints are made aware through the Prophet Joseph Smith that there are further requirements besides baptism and the laying on of hands to attain to the celestial realms. Where are these covenants mentioned in the Bible?
- Although the Bible mentions some of the priesthood offices, it does not clearly explain the priesthood structure and duties. Following this path, we must look further in order to determine what other things could be missing from the scriptures.
We as members of the LDS Church are extremely fortunate to have Joseph Smith’s revision of some of the Bible, which he did by inspiration of the Holy Ghost. In doing this, he inserted many words and sentences that give us a much clearer understanding of many of the scriptures. However, this was not the time for God to reveal everything that was missing.
Missing Doctrines and Ordinances Taught by the Savior
It is only reasonable to think that the Savior restored in His three-year ministry everything necessary for the salvation of man and for reaching the celestial kingdom. Thus His apostles must have been taught about the temple ordinances necessary to achieve this goal.
Are any of these ordinances even mentioned in the Bible? We may have hints here and there, but unless one is familiar with them they would not be recognizable. Any quotations in the Bible referring to them would mean nothing to anyone but the LDS people. Yet there is one very prominent quotation:
“Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” (1 Corinthians 15:29).
Here Paul was discussing this doctrine with the Corinthians. The practice and understanding of this ordinance by other churches has since been lost. This is just one piece of evidence suggesting that we do not have all of the details of what the Savior taught. So we could ask, “What else of what the Savior taught do we not have?”
There must be a very good reason for these lapses in the Bible to occur. We may find an answer to our question in the Book of Mormon. Mormon, while making an abridgment of the records he was working on, stated:
“And now there cannot be written in this book [Mormon’s abridgment] even a hundredth part of the things which Jesus did truly teach unto the people;
But behold the plates of Nephi do contain the more part of the things which he taught the people.
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 [the Book of Mormon], 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.
Behold, I was about to write them, all which were engraven upon the plates of Nephi, but the Lord forbade it, saying: I will try the faith of my people.
Therefore I, Mormon, do write the things which have been commanded me of the Lord” (3 Nephi 26:6-12; emphasis added).
Likewise in the Bible, John admits that not all of the Savior’s teachings are there:
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written….” (John 21:25).
We can see by these passages that if the Lord wanted us, the Gentiles and the tribe of Ephraim, to have any more knowledge than we already have, He would have allowed Mormon and John to write it. But since we have not accepted that which God has already given, how will He reveal more? This gives us a clear understanding and explanation as to why we do not have in our modern scriptures all of the doctrines the Savior taught and why all of these pieces of history and doings of the past are missing.
What we have remaining today of the Savior’s teachings is in a corrupted form, as evidenced by what is left of them in our church and by what the Masons and related orders have. Joseph Smith was given the true wording and restored these ordinances in their purity. However, since his time, these sacred ordinances have once again been changed and watered down (possibly mimicking what happened to them at the time of the Savior) to the point that the ordinances now have little understandable meaning.
A record of these ordinances is mostly missing from the Bible. Nevertheless, since the Savior must have restored everything, the ordinances most definitely would have been practiced by the faithful at that time. As we previously discussed, baptism for the dead was practiced and clearly spelled out. It is an unanswered question, however, whether the Gentiles ever embraced these sacred covenants. We can find little to no evidence that they did so in the writings of Paul. Since the ordinances were of a sacred nature, however, he may have purposely avoided their mention.
Gospel Responsibility Belongs to the Israelites
Outside the scriptures themselves, traditions in Eastern Greek Christian records indicate the various travels of the apostles. Thomas was said to have visited and established the church in India; Peter visited Rome; Andrew went to Greece; James traveled to the greater part of Spain; Thaddeus went to Edessa; Simon (the Zealot) went to Persia; Bartholomew visited Turkey, India, and Armenia; Matthias went to a place very uncivilized (where there were cannibals); and finally Mark went to Alexandria in Egypt. These traditions are based on conjecture only, although the apostles certainly could have traveled to these places.
Since the Savior instructed His apostles and seventies to go to the pure Israelites only, these men would have gone to where there were colonies of Israelites and Jews already in existence. Unfortunately we do not have the names of any of the 140 seventies. Paul himself was converted around 34 A.D. but was not called to leave on his mission until around 46 A.D., ten to twelve years later. Thus for these ten to fourteen years or so, the apostles and seventies, as missionaries, preached to only the pure Israelites everywhere in the known world.
The gospel has been so quickly corrupted by us (the Gentiles) who now govern the Lord’s true church. But our time is now up, and the times of the Gentiles has now been fulfilled. It took the Gentiles only 200 years after the time of the Savior to thoroughly corrupt the gospel, and now once again they have been given a chance to keep the gospel pure… and what have they done? They have failed miserably!
The time is now at hand when God will take the gospel responsibility from the Gentiles and restore it in its fullness, leaving nothing out, to His fair-skinned, blue-eyed, true Israelite people. These Israelites will be made aware of who they are, and the righteous among them will step forward to take back their rightful place as the righteous leadership of the world, which right their father Adam gave to them from the beginning. This restoration will bring about the thousand years of peace and stability as promised in the scriptures (Revelation 20:2-7).
When the true gospel is lived properly, people gain power which they otherwise do not have today (1 Corinthians 12:14-25). For the time being, the Lord has allowed the Bible to be just as it is, the Book of Mormon to remain incomplete, and the present church to fall into apostasy — simply because people get what they ask for and what they deserve.
Following this path, we must come to the conclusion that the Bible, as it now stands, contains only a small fraction of God’s word. Unfortunately, what we currently have has been so corrupted to the extent that, out of the same writings, hundreds and hundreds of religions have arisen, starting with the “Mother of Harlots” in Rome and her children the Protestant churches (Revelation 17:5).
A Brief Review
The Bible, because of its fragmented condition, accidentally and purposely distorted contents, and huge missing portions, has caused the people to interpret it in hundreds of different ways.
The Book of Mormon only contains the basic fundamentals of the gospel because, under the direction of the Savior, Mormon left out much of what Jesus taught to see if the recipients would live what was given them. The balance of this record will be revealed only once the people have progressed sufficiently in righteousness.
Because the people have rejected the fullness (i.e., Law of Consecration, United Order, School of the Prophets, Kingdom of God, etc.), God cannot reveal more until they repent and until a great reformation takes place when the sons and daughters of Israel take back their sovereignty.
The Savior gave us the fullness of the gospel in His day, though much of what He taught has been distorted or left out of the Bible by evil and designing men in a deliberate effort to convey their own distorted concepts. We also know from the writings in the Book of Mormon that the Book of Mormon itself is incomplete.
Deception of the LDS Church
And what has happened in our age? The most sacred portions of the gospel restored by Joseph Smith (e.g., the school system to be set up by the School of the Prophets, the living of the United Order under the Law of Consecration, the political system which is to be the nucleus of God’s Kingdom, and the Law of Adoption under which our Lord and Savior was born) have all been abandoned by the Gentiles now governing the Lord’s church.
No wonder God has withheld the more important doctrines which He has promised in the Book of Mormon. And He will not release these doctrines until His true Israel repents and accepts their true heritage.
What is the most embarrassing thing in the Book of Mormon for the present LDS leadership? It is that the Book of Mormon continually mentions that the Nephites were a white and delightsome people.
It is evident when looking through the current issues of the Ensign (an official LDS publication) that the majority of the pictures in it are of a black or dark-skinned people. In one recent issue, there appeared a redheaded, fair-skinned, blue-eyed missionary who looked totally out of place… like a white monkey.
Presenting the members in this light is of course to demonstrate to the world that the LDS Church has become as the former president Gordon B. Hinckley coined it: mainstream. The leaders of the Church have coupled their efforts along with the Church of Rome in trying to suppress the knowledge that the children of Israel were actually white and delightsome.
What were the greatest curses that God bestowed upon the descendants of Adam? When Adam’s seed crossed and intermarried with the non-Adamic races — yes, the non-Adamic races — e.g., Cain (Moses 7:22), Ham (Moses 8:14-15 and Abraham 1:21-27), Esau (Genesis 26:34-35), and the Lamanites (2 Nephi 5:21-25), they were all cursed with a dark or brown skin and brown or black eyes.
Influence of the Church of Rome
We have not covered this subject before, but it must be brought to the truthseekers’ attention to help them understand God’s reasoning and plan. We have the Bible, a record supposedly brought forth to instruct Christianity of the true doctrines of the Savior. We have shown in the preceding writing that something has happened to the Bible over the years to make it somewhat confusing. The result has been that hundreds of differing opinions have developed, resulting in hundreds of churches.
We have determined through observations that what we have in the Bible is quite a bit correct and yet has some incorrect doctrine. We could ask, “Why do we have the Bible as it is?” We have determined that this is due to us not being worthy of the truth.
Looking at the source of the Bible, we see that it comes mostly from the translations made by the early monks belonging to the Church of Rome. This was not the true church set up by the Savior but a corrupted form that developed from a mixture of pagan and Christian beliefs. That is why we have what we have today. Howbeit, let us attempt to determine just how this could have occurred.
The Savior restored the gospel for His dispensation. He called the twelve apostles and at least two quorums of seventy. They distributed the true gospel to where the twelve lost tribes were located in Asia and the British Isles (James 1:1). This resulted in true Christian churches being established in England and in parts of Europe and Asia. Then eventually a conference was called in Jerusalem, which brought about the Day of Pentecost and the baptism in Jerusalem of some 3,000 souls (Acts 2:41).
These people shortly afterwards practiced the United Order (Acts 2:44-45, 4:32-37). Their popularity and increasing influence infuriated the Pharisees and Sadducees (Acts 9:31). Hence persecution also continued to increase in Jerusalem. All of this of course occurred while Paul was still preaching to the Jews before he was sent to the Gentiles (Acts 18:6).
So we know from this account that the true gospel was taken to the true Israelites first, with thousands who believed and were baptized. It was not until later that Paul went to the Gentiles. Meanwhile, persecutions increased to the point that the church headquarters had to be moved. However, the headquarters was not moved to Rome, as the Church of Rome wants you to believe.
The church headquarters (at the time of their expulsion from Jerusalem around 87 A.D.) most definitely did not move to Rome. Rome was the headquarters of the emperors who tried to eradicate the Christians and who were the cause of their severe persecution. In fact, we understand that Paul and Peter were both put to death in Rome, having been taken there only by reason of their being arrested because of their beliefs.
Rome would be the last place on earth to where the true Christians would flee! Rather, there is quite a bit of evidence that the true followers of Christ fled to England and Ireland; and when the remainder of the Christian Jews fled Jerusalem, they fled to a place called Pella (across the Jordan River in mostly Manasseh territory).
The true Christians flourished until the Romans overran England between 80 and 90 A.D., when record shows that the Romans destroyed many hundreds of the true Christian churches. This is the main reason the Romans wanted to conquer England. By the time Constantine came on the scene (about 313 A.D.), he made the corrupted remnants of Christianity their state religion. In the meantime, the true Christianity had become the “Mother of Harlots” (Revelation 17:5). Only from the true church being corrupted could this have occurred.
This part of the early history of the church is missing. Somewhere records of the apostolic period are hidden, as somewhere records must have been kept. If these records still exist, where are they? Is this another part of history suppressed by the Church of Rome?
The Church of Rome was not recognized as the headquarters of the Christian movement until the Middle Ages. Nevertheless, the Church of Rome makes the claim that they are entitled to having the privilege of being the headquarters because Peter was their first bishop. We as Latter-day Saints know this to be a lie and an impossibility. Peter was an apostle, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, chosen as such by the Savior Himself. He was the chief in the church holding the Melchizedek Priesthood, while on the other hand a bishop is the head of the Aaronic Priesthood of a ward.
If Peter were a bishop of Rome, this would have meant a huge demotion from the Melchizedek Priesthood to the Aaronic Priesthood. The Church of Rome can get away with this deception because the true structure of the priesthood authority has been lost from the Bible. Joseph Smith restored the true understanding of the priesthood structure, which proves the Church of Rome’s claim of being the original headquarters of Christianity to be totally false.
There are many reasons why God calls the Church of Rome “The Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.” We cannot condemn those who follow this religion today no more than we can hold the present-day natives of this country responsible for the destruction that their ancestors caused to the followers of the Savior on this continent as described in the Book of Mormon.
In this discourse we have shown that the translators of ancient manuscripts in the first thousand years after Christ’s time were mainly the followers of the Church of Rome, who were taught to believe certain falsehoods that influenced their translation efforts.
We have also shown that there is no proven record of the translators deliberately changing scripture. But we do have positive proof that certain passages were translated to confuse their meaning so that they could be understood in more than one way. Again we have shown some examples to prove this.
Furthermore, the biggest problem we have found is what the translators have left out, having deliberately omitted much important information. (The book of Acts is incomplete, as the final section describing Paul’s last missionary efforts is missing. James’ record also is not complete.) Fortunately we have discovered this by the Spirit of God through examining what was actually translated. Now let us review some of these instances:
- The Church of Rome has done a thorough job of revealing very little of the efforts of the twelve apostles and the 140 seventies, missionaries who were sent out by the Savior Himself in a great missionary push. This tremendous effort resulted in thousands of converts and, for a short time, in the living of the fullness of the gospel, which included the United Order, the plurality of wives, and the complete temple rituals (those same ordinances revealed by Joseph Smith).
- Also suppressed is the fact that the identity of the true Israelites was known by the Savior and that the true Israelites were of a “white and delightsome” appearance.
- Additionally, interracial marriages were definitely forbidden by God, by the evidence of His making the different colors: white, yellow, brown, and black. Curses and limitations were placed on the descendants of those Israelites who mixed with these other races.
- Anyone not of the House of Israel was not permitted to hold the priesthood. Exception to this rule had to be given by revelation through Peter, the head, as the Gentile was also allowed to hold certain parts of the priesthood for a time.
- The Gentile did not include the descendants of the heathen or the black mixture (the Canaanites). They included only the mixture of the blood of the heathen and the Israelite.
- Rome was not considered the headquarters of the Christian movement. The true Christian headquarters was transferred from Jerusalem to England.
- Other things have been suppressed, such as evidences of the true Christians performing the temple ordinances (Acts 2:46), a clear explanation as to the purpose of the Lord’s Day, etc.
- The true concept of the priesthood is missing.
Only by living all of God’s commandments can we be worthy of receiving the fullness of the gospel. Of this we can be sure.