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This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Father's words from the beginning

There are great fundamental truths given us by the Father in the beginning of the world. They define the family in God's own image. As we have forgotten those most fundamental commandments our society has brought on itself sorrow and turned to destruction.

Christ deferred reverently to the sacred commandments and truths the Father gave at the beginning of the world when he said to the Pharisees 

Math 19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

Without hesitation Christ defers to what the Father laid out at the beginning as being the higher law. He states directly that Moses' exception is something Moses suffered Israel to do because of the hardness of their hearts.

In the Joseph Smith translation of Genesis we read another great truth from the Father which was "from the beginning".

Moses 2:27 And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them.

The world is in open rebellion against the truth that man was created both male and female and thereby was created in the image of his Only Begotten. They attack this statement by the Father with all the energy they can gather together. They form laws to oppose its reality. Rejecting this statement by God has become a fundamental and defining principle of the wicked in our day. We are, in this day, somewhat defined by whether we kowtow to this ridiculousness and thus bow our head to the adversary and his dictates. 

And sadly, the saints are not immune. The throes among our members in rebellion against the Father's own words that he created male and female in the image of God is an open shame to us.

Other truths were spoken by the Father in the beginning. We already read that Christ himself quoted to the Pharisees:

Moses 2:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Divorce is rampant among us. Our wards are littered with the tragic results - broken homes and men and women married two or three times with children scattered across the fostering of the varied one time spouses. This is horrific, and it comes from rejecting what the Father laid out in the beginning ofthe world. 

We must return to that which was from the beginning, or lose that which has been restored at the end.

Will our temple marriages stand in eternity if we are less committed to them now than the wicked men who persecuted and drove the saints were committed to their marriages in their day? Do Christ's words to the Pharisees about divorce stand equally as a reproof to those of the true church in our day as well? Do we think it no small matter to find ourselves in the Pharisee's company?

The Father also said in the Garden of Eden

Moses 2:28 And I, God, blessed them, and said unto them: Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,...

The commandment to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth was the first commandment given to mankind. Birth control and limiting the number of our children stand directly against this commandment given by the Father from the beginning. 

And what are the results? 

Our society has been transformed from a society which valued decency to one which values and protects immorality and perversion. The dramatic changes birth control brought to society no longer leap out at us, as life before that time is now long past, but birth control played a tremendous role in destroying the morality of our society. The "sex" part of the sexual revolution came about because women could engage in sex with little risk of pregnancy. If hippy communes had been full of pregnant young mothers and the requisite number of toddlers and young children with their many needs they would have rapidly come to naught. It was sex without the responsibility of pregnancy that opened the door for the transformation of morality from a defining part of human character to a passe' notion of the past among our society.

But this is speaking of the world. Among the saints birth control has become a standard practice. I know those who were counseled by stake presidency members to put off having children.

Do we think the Holy Ghost will stand with us as we freely cast off the commands of the Father? Do we think in doing so we will find that we are above reproof?

How can we hope to have a family for eternity while openly violating the command to multiply and replenish the earth that is part of sealing a living couple. Of course that part is left out when sealing the dead. The dead make no covenants that are impossible for them to keep, or how could they receive the blessings? And it is impossible for the dead to multiply and replenish the earth. But the living are sealed with a commandment to multiply and replenish the earth and it is the same commandment given to Adam and Eve because it is the same eternal covenant Adam and Eve enjoyed. 

How can we hope to have the blessings of an eternal marriage in this life (and there are blessings of incalculable value in this life) or in the next if we reject the accompanying commandment? If I buy a house and do not pay the mortgage, I expect to lose it. If I buy a car, but do not pay I expect to lose it. If I drive a car off the lot with a contract to pay for it, but do not then keep my agreement, I expect to end up no different than a man that simply didn't buy the car in the first place.

On what basis do we expect greater blessings than those with no eternal marriage covenant if we do not keep the commandment that was made with the covenant?

Other words were spoken by the Father in Eden. After Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil we read:

Moses 4:22 Unto the woman, I, the Lord God, said: I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception. In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
23 And unto Adam, I, the Lord God, said: Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the fruit of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying—Thou shalt not eat of it, cursed shall be the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
24 Thorns also, and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
25 By the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, until thou shalt return unto the ground—for thou shalt surely die—for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou wast, and unto dust shalt thou return.

I have written very recently on the command to Eve, so I won't repeat it here. But I do point out that we have tossed that command off as if it were a yoke of bondage and rejoiced to have done so. The result is feminism which takes women outside of the home and teaches women to be self centered and selfish. Before all this, women in the church seemed to have more confidence. Now they need constant reassurance because they don't FEEL as special. In older days when their lives revolved around their husband and children they were following the Savior. Now women have turned to an unfulfilling quest for fulfillment instead. They have an ever increasing list of unfulfilled needs, and yet seem obsessed with celebrating women for the sake of women. It's like they are having a perpetual party for themselves. But the reason for the quest for self fulfillment is that they have thrown off pretty much every aspect of what the Father had to say in the garden of Eden: not to divorce, the father as the head of the home, multiplying and replenishing the earth. What is left for them to strictly obey? Celebrating being special will never substitute for simply living by the Father's words, knowing that he that seeth in secret will reward you openly.

The Father's command about providing is directed to Adam. The Father directs those words to Adam because it is the man's responsibility to provide for his family. A man who chooses not to provide for his family has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.

1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

However, the offense of not striving to provide the necessities of life for one's family is not the main trouble of men today, nor is it the main way in which men violate what the Father laid out from the beginning. 

The main problem of men today is violating the command that God put Adam and Eve together and made them one flesh. It was only by being united in marriage that men and women can engage in sexual activity. And so it was from the beginning. While women suffer from immorality today, the men are being immoral as if they were no more than beasts. They do what they will without restraint. In the world men think they aren't even dating a woman unless they are having sex with her.

In the church immorality is taking an enormous and horrific hold. The single among us engage in perverse practices such as "friends with benefits". Pornography, in particular, has become a plague among us, as it afflicts not only our single members but our married members young and old as well. Not surprisingly, we are seeing more and more gender apostasy among us as well.

Whereas the women's failures are terribly destructive, the failures of the men on the point of pornography are simply devastating if they are not handled the way God dictates in the scriptures. If they are handled properly, then those who do not drop pornography will not be kept in the church if they will not cease in short order. If they are handled by the scriptures, invoking the word "addiction" will not allow them to continually partake of that which is immoral and still enjoy the benefits of the church. This is laid out in D&C 63. It is also plain sense. You are not a member of the church if you are reveling in pornography for hours at a time. And those who claim they are addicted are not looking five minutes once a week.

If pornography is handled "lightly". If we decide that, because the magic of the word "addiction" has been invoked than the person is not making a choice to revel in immorality for significant amounts of time on a nearly daily basis, and think that somehow means they be allowed to continue doing that each day without losing their membership, or far worse, decide that won't stop them from partaking of the sacrament and the temple, then we will cast the spirit out of our wards and will destroy the work of God out from among us.

The destruction of our society is a result of neglecting those things that the Father laid out from the beginning. While the world neglects, and even openly rebels against them, in the church we must honor them. But instead we have been following the path laid out by the world, lagging behind at some fixed distance. We can speak Christ's names in lilting tones all we want, but if it is not coupled with obedience to the father it is all meaningless. We must ask ourselves Nephi's question: can we can we follow the Son save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father? 

We. Can. Do. Better.

Let us recall what was laid out by the Father in the beginning and stand immovably there. Knowing our Father's will, let us resolutely obey it. Let us remember those things that were from the beginning, that we can truly restore everything that has been lost. Let us live so that our hearts and lives cry out in testimony to our Father that we believed Christ's words "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven".

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