How Plural Marriage Helps Women In the Book of Mormon Part 1

Christ our ExamplarMartha Mary was plurally married and so was Abraham the Father of our Covenant, but is this irrevocable law found in the Book of Mormon? I’m bewildered whenever I encounter otherwise faithful LDS who profess that plural marriage isn’t part of the Gospel and that it was not from Heavenly Father. Wow. I find it cold hearted to say the least. When a man won’t bring his wife into the Kingdom of Heaven what would they have her do? Sit this one out? Not to mention the assumption this would take that every LDS leader from Joseph Smith down to David O. McKay had been living and teaching false doctrine as a Fundamental Key tenant of the Restored Gospel, that cannot be separated from Mormonism (The reason why the Church and Kingdom of God cannot advance without the Patriarchal Order of Marriage is that it belongs to this dispensation, just as baptism for the dead does, or any law or ordinance that belongs to a dispensation. Without it the Church cannot progress. The leading men of Israel who are presiding over stakes will have to obey the law of Abraham or they will have to resign. (Life of Wilford Woodruff, Cowley, p. 542).

Plural Marriage allows every woman an opportunity to have a worthy Priesthood holder. With increasingly fewer WORTHY males it’s easy to see why this would be increasingly necessary. Righteous women only want worthy men to lead them.

Is this why Joseph Smith as he Restored the Gospel was commanded at sword point by an angel to enter into plural marriage or be destroyed? The Saints were repeatedly told, “If we do not embrace that principle (of plural marriage) soon, the keys will be turned against us. If we do not keep the same law that our Heavenly Father has kept, we cannot go with Him.” (Life of Wilford Woodruff, Cowley, p. 542), but is the Law of Plurality of Wives found in the Book of Mormon, the keystone of our religion, where people turn for the Fullness of the Gospel? Jacob

Since D&C (84:57) reprimands us for rejecting the Book of Mormon, this is an important question. Why did John Taylor as editor of the Times and Seasons, publish: “If any man writes to you, or preaches to you, doctrines contrary to the Bible or Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants, put him down as an imposter.” (Times and Seasons Vol 5 [April 1, 1844]: 490: 491) ? Because, out of the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. Here we have three witnesses containing the Fullness of the Gospel. The Book of Mormon is the keystone to our religion. By being a provable fruit of Joseph’s Divine gifts and mission, it bridges the gap between the Old/New Testament and the Doctrine and Covenants/Pearl of Great Price/all Joseph’s words and successors.

So the answer is OF COURSE! All the commandments are there for all to see not only in the Book of Mormon but the Bible and Doctrine and Covenants, all three meshing the Fullness of the Restored Gospel. Although just like a parable the Lord hides as much as he gives, depending on the hearer of the word. Which is why D&C the Lord’s Revelation to Joseph on the Plurality of Wives, opens with,  “Therefore, prepare thy heart to receive and obey…” (vs 3).

2 Nephi 14:1 And in that day, seven women shall take hold of one man, saying: We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel; only let us be called by thy name to take away our reproach.

Let’s pause for this scripture for a moment. The women in this prophecy were not forced into anything whatever. Literally the contrary. They are begging for help, “take away our reproach”. What reproach did these women have? The cross reference for the comparative verse in Isaiah 4:1 sheds light on what reproach these women experience, “the stigma of being unmarried and childless.” In the present or near future will only worthy Priesthood holders be brave enough to obey the Lord’s command to continue to replenish the earth?

For more on this please keep an eye out for part 2. For there is so much more!

He showed that the revelation that had been the subject of attention (Section 132) was only one published on Celestial Marriage, and if the doctrine of plural marriage was repudiated, so must be the glorious principle of marriage for eternity, the two being indissolubly interwoven with each other. (C. W. Penrose, Mill. Star 45:454)

Joseph Plural MarriageIf you have the courage that is, after all, you might develop a ‘stigma’ yourself:

The women who united with Joseph Smith in plural marriage risked reputation and self-respect in being associated with a principle so foreign to their culture and so easily misunderstood by others. “I made a greater sacrifice than to give my life,” said Zina Huntington Jacobs, “for I never anticipated again to be looked upon as an honorable woman.” Nevertheless, she wrote, “I searched the scripture & by humble prayer to my Heavenly Father I obtained a testimony for myself.” Zina Huntington Jacobs, autobiographical sketch, Zina Card Brown Family Collection, Church History Library, Salt Lake City; spelling modernized.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Loyal members of the Church look down with scorn”, an open letter to my Bishop.

David O. McKay once stated, “Let every loyal member of the Church look down with scorn upon any man or woman who would undermine that Constitution.” ( Source: “Safeguard in Loyalty” 3

I don’t wish to act contrary to any advice from the First Presidency, but I’d much rather commend SINCERE LDS as President McKay does here:

“. . We therefore commend and encourage every person and every group who is sincerely seeking to study Constitutional principles and awaken a sleeping and apathetic people to the alarming conditions that are rapidly advancing about us.”

( Source: “Statement Concerning the Position of the Church on Communism” 477 )

The problem is, as I’ve attempted for the past several years to perform this commendable deed described above by President McKay in the form of meetings in my home, culminated advice to stop making comments, prayers or testimony in church came from my bishop and I quote, “We don’t only obey Constitutional law”, “the judges determine what is Constitutional for us. It’s not our job.” After I swallowed the lump of feeling betrayed I asked him if I could read a quote from the First Presidency or Joseph Smith. He declined quickly saying he was out of time and had to go. ‘Wow’, I thought. It had only been about 3 minutes since I was in his office. This is not the first or second time I’ve attempted to discuss matters of doctrine with him, so I thought I would share it with him here, and he can read it at his own leisure. It goes something like this no doubt derived from the Revelation in Doctrine and Covenants 98: Constitution

Many Latter-Day Saints strive to be obedient. WHO are we obedient to, is the question. God? or  Man? For Joseph Smith the answer came like this: “The different states and even Congress itself, have passed many laws diametrically contrary to the Constitution of the United States… Shall we be such fools as to be governed by its laws, which are unconstitutional? No!” History of the Church pg 289-290.

May we increase in obedience is my prayer, ~Amy K. Brown

WHO CONSPIRED AGAINST OUR LDS THEOCRACY? Part 1

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As Saints what do we pray for?

The Lord’s words in 3rd Nephi 13 mirror the Council of Fifty Statement of Purpose:
“Thus saith the Lord God who rules in the heavens above and in the earth beneath, I have introduced my Kingdom and my Government, even the Kingdom of God, that my servants have heretofore prophesied of and that I taught my disciples to pray for, saying ‘Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,’ for the establishment of my rule, for the introduction of my law, for the protection of civil and religious liberty in this nation and throughout the world; and all men of every nation, color and creed shall yet be protected and shielded thereby; and every nation and kindred, and people, and tongue shall yet bow the knee to me, and acknowledge me to be Ahman Christ, to the glory of God the Father.”

– Prophet John Taylor revelation, June 27, 1882, in Collier, Unpublished Revelations, 133, vv 4-8; see Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, p. 88

The Council of Fifty’s name by Revelation is “The Kingdom of God and His Laws with the Keys and Power thereof, and Judgment in the Hands of His Servants, Ahman Christ”. (Quinn 1980, p. 167; Ehat 1980, p. 256)

We used to have a difference between Church and State, but it is all one now. Thank God.”

– Prophet John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, v. 5, p. 266, September 20, 1857

This might feel very unfamiliar to most LDS because as Defending Utah explains in the video below:

“….We don’t know our history. George Orwell said the most effective way to destroy a people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. We don’t know our history here in Utah. We don’t know about organizations that have been around since the 1880’s, that still exist today and their agendas still exist today…in 1872 there was a secret society named the League of the Gentiles formed in Utah for the direct purpose of going after the Church’s political power….there was another group called the Secret Loyal League of Utah which had the same agenda…”~ Ben McClintock, DefendingUtah.org

~”it’s object was to break up the ‘Mormon Theocracy’ “.

~”eradicate by lawfull force (supposedly) the doctrine of the Mormons“.

Winston Churchhill is quoted as saying: “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”     Perhaps taking the Lord’s advice here: Jer 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion”, we can again pray “Thy Kingdom Come”, as Saints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Order Mormons Choking out the Wheat; D&C 86

New Order Mormons Choking out the Wheat; D&C 86

NewOrderMormon2The probability of a New Order Mormon (self-described as Finding the Middle Way in Mormonism, http://www.newordermormon.org/) near you, teaching your children to disbelieve the Principles of the Gospel in Primary or other auxilary groups is increasingly real. In case you’re thinking what I was when I first heard of this, no I don’t think the name is a coincidence. Click here for something to ponder.  A New Order Mormon ‘stays in the Church to change the Church’ or because they don’t believe what is taught but find it culturally easier to stay. The following is an entry from the Feminist Mormon Housewives Society. As you read consider the warning and direction in D&C 86:

3…the tares choke the wheat and drive the church into the wilderness.

 But behold, in the last days, even now while the Lord is beginning to bring forth the word, and the blade is springing up and is yet tender—

Behold, verily I say unto you, the angels are crying unto the Lord day and night, who are ready and waiting to be sent forth to reap down the fields;

 But the Lord saith unto them, pluck not up the tares while the blade is yet tender (for verily your faith is weak), lest you destroy the wheat also.

Therefore, let the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest is fully ripe; then ye shall first gather out the wheat from among the tares, and after the gathering of the wheat, behold and lo, the tares are bound in bundles, and the field remaineth to be burned.wheat-tares

Disfellowshipped From Relief Society For Quoting Thomas S. Monson

soldierI don’t make this post to hurt feelings, only shed light on a pattern that our brothers and sisters are experiencing perhaps largely unnoticed all around us. Click here for another example.We are taught increasingly to be ‘tolerant’, but I find that applies less and less to LDS who quote or ‘DO’ the word of the Lord.

Like many others I study the Gospel everyday. I get so deeply moved I greatly want to share what I’m feeling and learning with others. So yesterday morning I posted this to my ward Relief Society Facebook Page:

“The higher law was given to the children of Israel when they were first delivered from Egyptian bondage, but in consequence of their disobedience, the Gospel in its fulness was withdrawn, and the law of carnal commandments was added. Now, do you imagine that there would have been any wrong if the people wanted to find the principles of the higher law and obey them as near as circumstances would admit? Do you suppose it would have been wrong to search out the fulness of the Gospel, while living under the Mosaic law? But, in the Book of Mormon we find this point more fully illustrated.” Lorenzo Snow JD Vol 19:345
My Relief Society President Responded (I have not included the screen shot with her picture as I did mine below, but rather quoted myself recounting her words) with pointing out that when the Children of Israel were disobedient to their Prophet, they lost the higher Priesthood. “No amount of sorrow or seeking could bring that back until God restored it through a Prophet. They did not have the authority. It is my testimony that our most careful attention should be given to those placed in authority over the Kingdom of God in our day. That Kingdom is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Can you imagine for a minute, that God would not have reserved His most faithful and devoted servants to take the Gospel to all the earth in this incredibly challenging time, or order for us to prepare the earth for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.. I would not for a minute think myself so wise as to walk away from their counsel. I am so grateful for it!”
Here was my response, with the added quote at the bottom of this page at which point I was disfellowshiped from my Relief Society FB page.
I was not given a warning or reason for being excluded, so I can only assume it produced guilt in those not following this counsel. At any rate it was appears fanatical as Elder James E. Talmage describes in the same LDS.org article.
“As we study reliable sources, we will become familiar with multiple, even opposing, points of view. Elder James E. Talmage (1862–1933) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles quoted from a Pennsylvania newspaper: “The man who cannot listen to an argument which opposes his views either has a weak position or is a weak defender of it. No opinion that cannot stand discussion or criticism is worth holding. And it has been wisely said that the man who knows only half of any question is worse off than the man who knows nothing of it. He is not only one sided, but his partisanship soon turns him into an intolerant and a fanatic. In general it is true that nothing which cannot stand up under discussion and criticism is worth defending.”4 InspirationalQuotes.Club-smile-courage-brings-approval-Thomas-S.-Monson
Again, I am not upset at this, and I only make this post because I know of many others who have experienced similar circumstances of intolerance when they express faith in the prophets in any type of Church setting. I hope this gives them the ability to stand against popular opinion and approval in support of all the principles of the Gospel that Joseph Smith restored. Afterall Stand uprightthe Gospel is the solution to all the world’s problems. We should not compromise following the example of our Savior, and striving toward the Fullness of His Restored Gospel, as Lorenzo Snow describes. This is my Strongest Desire. ~Amy K Brown
 *’Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “My challenge is that we join with people of all faiths who feel accountable to God in defending religious freedom so it can be a beacon for morality. We caution you to be civil and responsible as you defend religious liberty and moral values. We ask that you do this on the Internet and in your personal interactions in the neighborhoods and communities where you live. Be an active participant, not a silent observer.”

 

Dear Elders, If you’re ‘Awake’, Join Forces

Dear Elders of Israel,

(One woman’s plea to the Elders)

Three years ago my ward gave me the ‘God given’ calling of activities committee. Included in this was the responsibility of hosting a celebration of the holiday honoring Satan known as Halloween.  Climax to a nagging feeling that I wasn’t actually building the Kingdom of God, someone jumped in at the last minute and provided a “spook alley”, complete with blood and gore. Perfect opportunity for our little tots to be desensitized into thinking evil is all a fun joke, right there in the Lord’s house. This, among other events finally put my conscience over the edge and I began pondering what my REAL God-given calling might be, since I knew it was not celebrating the Devil.

The Lord provided my answer extremely clearly as defined in one of the verses in Praise to the Man, which reads, “Wake up the world to the Conflict of Justice”.

By small and simple means the Lord can bring about great things, reads 1 Nephi 16:29. This is my small thing: to “waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, they are truly manifest from heaven” (D&C 123), or rather to plead with you elders, to bring these things to light, as I know it is YOUR God-given calling to do so.

The Proclamation on the Family states that men are to preside, provide and protect. Protect from what? Home invasion? I’m sure my husband could do better at halting a perpetrator than I. I’ll admit he’s better at handling our ak-47 than I am, Even though398C-Image Moroni Title of Liberty I’m the one who encouraged him to collect it. But is that all the Lord had in mind? Protect us from…kidnappers? Dog bites? Bullies? Or Secret Combinations that threaten to overthrow the freedom of all nations? (See Ether 8). What situation could we find ourselves in that requires your protection Elders?  Ether 8: 24 commands us to: “Awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you”.

Awake to our awful situation? How depressing! Just admit admit how bad it is out there? What good would that do anyway? Verse 26 tells us, “that these things may be done away.” You know the Phrase “prepare ye the way of the Lord”? Ezra Taft Benson stated that to usher in the Second Comin it would be necessary to destroy the hidden things of darkness.  He also stated, “The devil knows that if the elders of Israel should ever wake up, they could step forth and help preserve freedom and extend the gospel. Therefore the devil has concentrated, and to a large extent successfully, in neutralizing much of the priesthood. He has reduced them to Sleeping Giants.”

Why is it the Elders’ job and not the corporate Church? Perhaps the answer lies in D&C 101. Please review the entire parable of the noblemen beginning in VS 43. After the 12 servants are slothful, and the “enemy destroyed their works,” then, 55 And the lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants: Go and gather together the residue of my servants, and take all the strength of mine house, which are my warriors, my young men, and they that are of middle age also among all my servants, who are the strength of mine house, save those only whom I have appointed to tarry;

Elders we need you. We need your strength. We need your voice. Where is our Captain Moroni? As a woman I admire nothing more than a man who can defend his wife, his children, land, and religion. My heartfelt plea is sent to you each, to rise up and uproot the Gadianton Robbers from our midst. Can you face your children, and grandchildren and their children and look them in the eye and aptly explain to them you did nothing to preserve their freedom?  To be equipped and join others who are ‘preparing the way of the Lord’ please contact Defendingutah.org on the website or by calling: 801-877-3205.

We have never needed you more.

Yours in Christ, Amy K Brown, A weeping mother of three.

LDS Reject Prophets Again, Won’t Admit There’s a Conspiracy…

 I sat in my living room with the Relief Society President and dropped my jaw as she called ME a secret combination. That wasn’t the part that made my jaw drop. I reminded her that the definition of ‘Conspiracy’, was to ‘combine in secret for an evil intent’, also known as a secret combination, that these are described in the scriptures as men who make oaths to protect each other as they overtake government and overthrow all righteousness. I mentioned that Ezra Taft Benson in General Conference asked all Saints to read “None Dare Call It A Conspiracy”.
She replied, “I don’t care what Ezra Taft Benson said”. Jaw….Dropped…..image1 (1)
Maybe that sums it up for most LDS. They just don’t care what Ezra Taft Benson said. Or David O. McKay, or Bruce R. McConkie, or the Lord in the Doctrine and Covenants, or hundreds of references in the Book of Mormon, or even George Washington and on and on and on…. For if they did, they might have to change their behavior. They might have to reassess where their kids attend school, what they do for work, or how they react to the news. We must be careful not to accept darkness for light, and light for darkness. Ignoring Secret Combinations will not bring us closer to Christ, repenting of them will. Ignoring Secret Combinations will not bring us closer to Christ, repenting of them will. No that wasn’t a typo, I meant to repeat that. Here I’ll do it again. Ignoring Secret Combinations will not bring us closer to Christ, repenting of them will. To do that, we need to admit we have built them up, become more adept at recognizing where they are influencing us, and get on our knees mightily in prayer for help in repenting.
10273964_786709338117853_363039421293915198_n.jpg“It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am. The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of seperation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects; and actually had a seperation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.” (George Washington, shortly before he died, read John Robison’s book Proofs of a Conspiracy and immediately expressed his belief to the preacher who had sent it to him, that the designs of the Illuminati were infecting our country. Letter to Reverend G. W. Snyder, Writings of George Washington, p 518-519.)

“Next Moroni turns the key so that all who have ears to hear can understand what the secret combination is and can identify those who build it up. ‘For it cometh to pass,’ he says, ‘that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries.’ This is a worldwide conspiracy.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Millennial Messiah, p. 66.)

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“Gadianton robbers fill the judgment seats in many nations. An evil power seeks to overthrow the freedom of all nations and countries.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Ensign, p. 71. May 1980.)

If we don’t translate the Book of Mormon into actual everyday living we have failed, gone astray.

Alma 5:37 O ye workers of iniquity; ye that are puffed up in the vain things of the world, ye that have professed to have known the ways of righteousness nevertheless have gone astray, as sheep having no shepherd, notwithstanding a shepherd hath called after you and is still calling after you, but ye will not hearken unto his voice!

Helaman 6:38 And it came to pass on the other hand, that the Nephites did build them up and support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils, and to join with them in their secret murders and combinations.

If you are one of the Latter-Day Saints intent on keeping your Covenents, then join with me in the commandment to  “waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—” D&C 123:13

Someone might call you a secret combination for trying, but you can always refer back to the Word of the Lord.

Email wearehelmuthhubener@gmail.com to get started,

~Yours in Christ, Amy Brown