Saturday, December 20, 2014

2014 Winter General Assembly Sermons

Prophet Matthew P Gill's Sermon

We like many others celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ at this season of the year. On Christmas eve we join with millions of Christians from around the world in celebration of the birth of the Saviour. How grateful we are that the baby Jesus was born for the Saviour came “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”. His birth transcends everything that we know.
We remember the shepherds that watched on that eventful night. We picture them sat in an open cave to protect them from the night’s coolness, yet still able could watch their flocks. They sat in the dark, looking out into the starry sky and suddenly they beheld angels, angels dressed in exquisite whiteness in the centre of infinite glory, and then they spoke un to the humble shepherds: “Fear not for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10–12). Did not the angels sing that night? Sometimes we, too, may seem to hear faint music, not loud, but in symphonic harmony it can penetrate deeply in to our hearts. The never-to-be-forgotten melody, the cry of the ages: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).
As Latter Day Mormons at this beautiful season, we pledge ourselves to his work and invite all people everywhere to join us in our prayers of joy and love and gratitude for the life and teachings of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Each year as Christmas comes around one problem that faces nearly everyone in the Mormon and Christian world, parents especially is the question of Father Christmas. I have asked many times upon my knees while in fervant prayer, should we continue to make Father Christmas a part of our Christmas celebration at all? Is the idea that Father Christmas is a false notion and should have no part in Christmas and valid one? Can we have a proper balance in Christmas activities, including both the worship of Christ and the spirit of giving embodied in Father Christmas? Should we even be celebrating Christmas on December 25th at all, but instead on April 6?
I stand here today as the Prophet of God and proclaim that as a church we feel that those who say they don’t want Father Christmas in Christmas because he is a lie, a fictional character, seem to have overlooked another deception of a sort. That is, they overlook the fact that the Lord was not born on December 25, he was born on April 6, in the springtime remember the “beauty of the lilies.” So maybe we shouldn’t be celebrating anything on December 25. Frankly, it’s hard not to be cynical about the whole subject of Christmas these days what with the world falling ever deeper in the clutches of commercialism and agnosticism, nevertheless, I proclaim that we The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ have encouraged there to be a good healthy balance at Christmastime where the worship of the Saviour and the spirit of giving embodied in Father Christmas work well together. Let us not forget that Father Christmas is based on someone called St. Nicholas, this man loved children and often gave them gifts with no ulterior motive. I think it is important to tell them that St. Nicholas really is embodying the spirit of the season the idea of giving and remembering to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ because the wise men gave gifts to the child Jesus and so we give gifts at Christmas and we tell our children that this man Father Christmas brings to them gifts as did the wise men to the Christ child.
Christmas gifts should be in memory of the divine gift, the life of Jesus Christ. His gift gave us eternal life; our gifts should be given with joy to those who receive. His gift was the sacrifice of his earthly life. We have arrogantly reversed the proper order. Our first gift at Christmas should be to the Lord; next to the friend or stranger we meet; then, charged with the effulgence from giving, we would enhance the value of our gifts to our very own. How can we give to the Lord? What shall we give to him? Every kind word, every help given, is as a gift to God, whose chief concern is the welfare of his Brothers and Sisters. Every gentle deed to our neighbour, every kindness to the poor and suffering, is a gift to the Lord, and in doing these things we thereby fit ourselves for our divinely planned destiny. The desire and the effort to give to the Lord, born of the surrender of man to the plan of salvation, stamp every Christmas gift with genuine value. They who identify themselves with the plan, who do not resist it, who earnestly seek to tread the path of the plan, are true givers to the Lord, and their gifts to men come with the flavour of heaven. The Lord and his plan must have pride of place in all our Christmas celebration.
Obedience, sacrifice, love, once these tests have been met, the gifts of Christmas, small or great, become more pleasing to the Lord, by a subtle, spiritual sense, more acceptable to the recipient, and leave permanent joy with the giver. So I say unto you all, would it not be better this Christmas to give first to the Lord, directly through obedience, sacrifice, and love, and then to give to him indirectly through gifts to friends and family? If we do this, perhaps many of us would discover a new Christmas joy, a Christmas in Christ, at last a Christmas that has him, the Lord of us all, at centre stage. Amen

Apostle Elder Peter C Barber's Sermon

In the New Testament we read about the 3 wise men who visited Jesus, just after his birth. However, it was Bible scholars who came up with the number 3. Nowhere in the Bible does it specify the number of wise men who came to visit Jesus. The scholars came up with 3 because of the number of gifts that were given to Jesus. The gifts Frankincense, gold, and myrrh.
In the book of Matthew, chapter 2 verse 1 it says:- “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.”
Reading down further in the book of Matthew, chapter 2 verse 11, it says:- “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
As these gifts were given to the Son Of God I thought I would take a closer look at the properties of these gifts.
Frankincense apart from being used as a cosmetic and as a fragrance, frankincense oil has numerous medicinal uses. Immune System: Frankincense Oil is effective as an antiseptic, and even the fumes or smoke obtained from burning it have antiseptic and disinfectant qualities that eliminate the germs in the space where the smoke filters out. It can be applied on wounds without any known side effects to protect them from tetanus and becoming septic. It is equally good on internal wounds and protects them from developing infections. Oral Health: Those same antiseptic qualities also make frankincense oil a useful preventative measure against oral issues, like bad breath, toothaches, cavities, mouth sores, and other infections. Look for natural oral care products that include frankincense oil if you enjoy the flavour or aroma, and want to include a strong antiseptic in your health regimen. You can even create your own all-natural toothpaste with frankincense oil and baking soda, or a mouthwash with water and peppermint oil. Astringent: The astringent property of Frankincense Oil has many benefits, because it strengthens gums, hair roots, tones and lifts skin, contracts muscles, intestines and blood vessels, and thereby gives protection from premature losses of teeth and hair. This astringent quality also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and combats the loss of firmness of intestines, abdominal muscles, and limbs associated with age. Above all, frankincense acts as a coagulant, helping to stop bleeding from wounds and cuts.
Myrrh is a very powerful antioxidant making it protective against aging skin. The Arabian people believed it helped wrinkled, chapped, and cracked skin. Today, myrrh is widely used in oral hygiene products. It is purifying, restorative, revitalizing, and uplifting. We also know that Myrrh was given to Baby Jesus along with Frankincense and Gold. So, Myrrh and Frankincense were considered luxury items used by the wealthy and highly regarded next to gold.
Now for gold, it is a chemical element. It is a bright yellow dense, soft, malleable and ductile metal. The properties remain when exposed to air or water. Chemically, gold is a transition metal and a group 11 element. It is one of the least reactive chemical elements, and is solid under standard conditions. The metal therefore occurs often in free elemental form, as nuggets or grains, in rocks, in veins and in alluvial deposits.
In the Book of Jeraneck Chapter 5 verses 19-30 we read:-
19. And Hadjaneck said unto the people:
20. “Listen to my brother.” And Sharaneck told the people with the power of the Lord in his voice:-
21. “I have prayed unto the Lord and he has loosed my tongue so that I may testify of his greatness, and because I have prayed with a sincere heart having faith, and the Lord not only loosed my tongue but he also blessed me with the desires of my heart.”
22. And so it was that as Sharaneck was about to tell the people what the Lord had blessed him with, the heavens opened
23. And out of the heavens there came a man unlike any man they had seen before behold he was clothed in white and shone with great brightness.
24. And he stood in the midst of them and said:-
25“I am he who will bleed for you at my first coming.
26. I am he who will be born of a virgin pure, and clean.
27. I am he who is the only begotten of the Father.
28. I am he whom the Prophets testify of.
29. I am the Saviour the very Christ.
30. My servant Sharaneck, I bless you with the desires of your heart, for I know those desires and I bless you that you will never taste death, but more than this you shall come to me two times in the flesh, once at my birth you shall bring gold to my bedside and second when you shall meet me at the mount of Olives when I shall come the second and final time.
As we look forward to this Christmas season let us remember that the gifts given at the birth of or saviour Jesus Christ were given for reasons far beyond the reason for just giving a gift. As we look to the birth of Christ and to the gifts given we also look to the men who brought those gifts, and because we are led by a living Prophet and we are living in a time of revelation upon the earth we have been given a knowledge of one of those men who visited the Christ child, Sharaneck brought gold and we are privileged to know this for ourselves today. As we look forward to the celebration of the birth of Christ we also look forward to the holy event of the Saviour’s appearance at the Mount of Olives and when we shall all be united in our love for him. In closing let me say that I am glad that I have the opportunity to chare my love for the Saviour on this day and that I have the opportunity of celebrating the birth of Christ with my family on the 25th of December with so many across the world.
I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless to you wherever you may be. Amen

Apostle Elder Philip A. Gill's Sermon

Christmas in old Nauvoo was less commercial, yet the celebration was just as happy as it is today. Can you imagine school on Christmas day? What about having Christmas without trees, lights, Christmas cards, or  presents?  Christmas without these things seems hard to imagine, this describes Christmas Day for the early members of the Church living in Nauvoo. Joseph  was born December 23, 1805, just two days before Christmas is celebrated. There is no record of any specific ways the Prophet celebrated his birthday, but in 1843, on the Prophet’s 38th birthday, he recorded that he spent the day preparing for a celebration, but not his own. Rather he spent the day preparing for Christmas, the observed birthday of  Jesus Christ "At home on 23rd December 1843 guiding the brethren who called on me, and attending to my domestic duties, making preparations for a Christmas party" ( History of Joseph Smith.)
When America was first settled in the 1600s, most of the early settlers did not believe that Christmas should be a time of festivity. They avoided the “impure” Christmas traditions of England. For Joseph and his family and many of the other Saints with links to England, puritan thoughts still permeated Christmas celebrations. However during the lifetime of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Christmas Day gradually became recognised as a day of celebration as well as a sacred day. Christmas was still much less festive in those days than it is today. Records show us that the Mormon children in Nauvoo even attended school on December 25th because Christmas was not a legal holiday in the state of Illinois. Christmas trees were not common, and very few of the Saints gave Christmas gifts or cards. Rather than focusing on giving and receiving gifts, the Saints in the 1840s spent Christmas evening with family and friends enjoying good food and sometimes festive music and dancing. Although there is no record of what the Saints in Nauvoo served at these dinner parties, the dishes likely contained ingredients used throughout the rest of the winter, flour, sugar, beans, corn, salt, dried meat, and dried fruit, certainly no Turkey dinners. Christmas celebrations also probably included some of the Saints favourite sweets such as ice cream made from snow, sugar, and flavouring, candy made from molasses and cookies made with dates or figs.
In the History of the Prophet, Joseph did record some memorable Christmas celebrations. These records show how much the Prophet enjoyed the Christmases that he could spend with family and friends. One such entry is on Christmas Day of 1835 in which he writes:- “Friday, December 25, 1835. Enjoyed myself at home with my family all day, it being Christmas, the only time I have had this privilege so satisfactorily for a long period” Eight years later, on Christmas Day of 1843, the Prophet recorded another memorable Christmas. Christmas day began quite early in the morning when carollers serenaded the Prophet’s home around 1:00 A.M. This surprise visit made the Prophet very happy; he recorded that the singing “caused a thrill of pleasure to run through his soul". The day continued with a large party. That afternoon Joseph and Emma presided at a dinner  party for  about 50 couples , and Joseph recorded the following in his journal about the gathering:- “Monday, December 25, A large party supped at my house, and spent the evening in music, dancing, , in a most cheerful and friendly manner”
Even though Christmas for the Saints in Nauvoo seems to have been very different from Christmas today, the purpose was the same, to celebrate the birth of the Saviour, very few men understand the glory of that birth as did Joseph himself. For Joseph had seen the Saviour, “even on the right hand of God,” and had borne witness through personal knowledge “that he lives The Christ child was born of meagre wealth and circumstance". In their comprehension of poverty and its solutions, most Mormons moved little beyond Ebenezer Scrooge's personally fulfilling but ultimately narrow patronage. Their sentimentalisation of worthy paupers at Christmas time, especially virtuous but destitute women and vagabond children, did not question the essential goodness of the market economy that had, directly and indirectly, produced the poverty. As in Dickens evocation of charity, the rich man escaped condemnation if he recognised that his money meant little compared to his responsibility to humanity. Mormons were a prime moving force in recognising welfare issues especially at Christmas, and tried to eradicate these issues.
And so my brothers and sisters we sit here today hundreds of years latter as the progeny of those first Mormons in Nauvoo and we hold with us the sacred flame that is Christmas and it is up to us to guard that flam and see that the winds of change and of worldly want do not shut out the flame that the birth of the Christ child caused to be lit. We as brother Joseph know the truth of our Saviour and we should remember that on the day we celebrate Christmas we are not just celebrating a national holiday but indeed are celebrating the birth of our own Saviour, Jesus Christ. I hope and pray that you all have a very Merry Christmas and that the light of Christ is with you and your families over this festive period. Amen

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Christmas Season Is Upon Us!

Once again we find ourselves only a few week until we celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ but already we find ourselves beginning to revel in the Christmas season. As a church family we fully engage with the season of Christmas and all that it has to offer us both temporally and most important of all spiritually. December is a month where we mark the celebration of Christ's birth in our Nativity Sunday Special where all of the gathered congregation including the children are involved in this special celebration and season by singing carols and reading from the Nativity story. Our Nativity Sunday will be taking place on Sunday the 14th and will not include Sunday School in the programme ,this gives us the opportunity to concentrate on the Nativity and the spirit of the season and allows us to wear our festive clothing and sing Christmas carols and read the Nativity story, it is at this time that the spirit of the Lord is keenly felt by all.

In the Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ December is also the month were we mark or winter General Assembly, which almost always includes a festive agenda and once again allows us to indulge in the spirit of the season. This years winter General Assembly will take place on Sunday the 21st of December and will include address from the presiding presidency of the church. This meeting helps bring to an end a year of services and worship and rounds of the year in the wonderful spirit of Christmas which helps see us through to the next year when we all meet again for regular Sunday services.

We hope you will join with us this Christmas season in recognising that it is Christ that takes centre stage in our very thoughts and actions. So in the spirit of the season, which warms our hearts and our spirits to give a little more, smile a little more and listen a little more we wish all of you wherever you maybe a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Law of Witnesses

Our dear living prophet in our world today is Matthew Gill.  He is a living witness to the fact that our Father in heaven and his Son Jesus Christ are real and living personages. At all times when the Lord has organised his kingdom on the earth in various parts of the earth there are, and always have been living witnesses called prophets. Nothing has changed in this respect. Words are a very important powerful tool, an instrument the Lord can use as words do not just affect our bodies, and emotions, but can penetrate our minds, and our spirits. Sometime they are never forgotten. Although our thoughts are our own, our words are never our own once they have been said.

Word Origin and History for witness. Old English witness "attestation of fact, event, etc., from personal knowledge;" also "one who so testifies;" originally "knowledge, wit," formed from wit (n.) + -ness. Christian use (late 14c.) is as a literal translation of Greek martyrs (see martyr). Witness stand is recorded from 1853.
c.1300, from witness (n.). Related: Witnessed; witnessing.
What does the Bible tell us about witnesses, let us see. The Bible tells us that:-
More than one witness is required in criminal cases (Deut. 17:6; 19:15). They were the first to execute the sentence on the condemned (Deut. 13:9; 17:7; 1 Kings 21:13; Matt. 27:1; Acts 7:57, 58). False witnesses were liable to punishment (Deut. 19:16-21). It was also an offence to refuse to bear witness (Lev. 5:1).
We learn from the Bible and the scriptures that our Lord Jesus Christ Himself was a living witness to the existence of our Father in Heaven. We believe in Almighty God (Heavenly Father) and in his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit. We, the Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ are the Latter Day continuation of the original Church of Jesus Christ established on earth by Jesus Christ and his Apostles, and restored by Joseph Smith, Jr in 1830. We know as Latter Day Mormon that in past ages, God began to speak to us through the Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Today as in old God continues to speak to us through the Scriptures of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, the Book of Jeraneck, and continuing revelation through his living Prophet that has been placed on the earth today.
I have personally been in numerous lessons, discussions, and meetings with our living prophet. I have witnessed the fire, the irresistible motive for a belief or action that can give us all a profound desire to live the Lords gospel. To search, read, pray, and have an un-quenching desire to gain an unassailable knowledge.
In the book of John we read:-
 1 In the beginning was the gospel preached through the Son. And the gospel was the word, and the word was with the Son, and the Son was with God, and the Son was of God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was the gospel, and the gospel was the life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in the world; and the world preceiveth it not.
6 Then was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came in to the world for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, to bear record of the gospel through the Son, unto all, that through him men might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but came to bear witness of that Light.
9 Which was the true Light, which lighteth every man who cometh into the world.
10 Even the Son of God. He who was in the world and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, only to them who believe on his name:
13 He was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the same word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, this was he of whom I spake, He who cometh after me is preferred before me; for he was before me.
16 For in the beginning was the Word, even the Son, who is made flesh, and sent unto us by the will of the Father. And as many as believe on his name shall receive of his fullness. And of his fullness have all we received, even immortality and eternal life, through his grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses, but life and truth came through Jesus Christ.
(IVB New Testament John 1:1 - 17)
The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ stands as the only true church of Christ upon the face of the earth and it is through the Lords anointed Prophet Matthew Gill that he has given us direction and has set right what was once torn down and has made what was hidden once again to stand in the light of truth. So with this the Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ is established and has brought forth new scripture called the Book of Jeraneck which stands as a witness to Christ along with the Bible and the Book of Mormon and we are ready to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and the Father of us all even God and to bring the world his truth and light again the path of mankind even unto salvation.
It is my prayer that we can with an open mind, and heart, search, pray, and read the Lord has decided to reaffirm his will, and give us all again an opportunity to comprehend, and live his revealed gospel through our living prophet.
I pray for these things. Amen
Elder Peter Barber

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sermon: Mormonism & Christianity

Mormonism to mainstream Christians is and always has been a point of ridicule. Followers of Mainstream Christianity see Mormonism as a distortion of all they believe and hold holy. The distortion of Mormonism is not the preserve of Christians solely non believing secularists also come into the affray seeing followers of Mormonism as strange and dangerous due to our belief in the supernatural as they see it.

The views of these Christian and secularists are commonly based on the LDS (Utah) view of our belief system. The facts are that Utah Mormons only send out an obscure view of Mormonism these teachings are at odds with our founder Joseph Smith. True Mormonism is Christ centred and fits perfectly with the practices of Christianity as laid down by our Saviour. True Mormonism not Utah Mormonism is Christ centred, indeed we could be accused of being obsessed with being Christian.

People criticise us for having modern day revelation and other witnesses of mans interaction with Deity for example The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. However these Books just reaffirm our faith, love, and commitment to Gods teachings as outlined in the Bible. When we preach the gospel we rejoice in Christ, prophecy of him and write of him as the Gatekeeper to our eventual journey into the Eternities. The fact that we have stripped away lots of man inspired practices in a lot of Mainstream Christianity is something that we are very proud of.

Regarding The Book of Mormon mainstream Christians would tell you that the book is a fairy tale. The facts however, are that the Book is supported by Archaeological evidence found in the Eastern states of the United States of America where the Book of Mormon is set. The real point however is this, a book dealing with the history of people relating to their God and how through the Holy Ghost he guides the righteous. Some writers on Mormonism would have you believe that the Mormon view of Christ is at odds with the Christ of Christianity, this is nonsense. The fact is there is no one mainstream Christian view of the Saviour, indeed there are many denominations just like there is more than one view of Mormonism, not every Mormon is LDS (UTAH).

As a Latter Day Mormon (NOT LDS) we believe in a literal Saviour who has a body who was born of a virgin and who took upon himself our sins and died for us. We believe in a Father in heaven who does not have a physical body but is of spirit. Contrary to what most people believe Joseph Smith taught this all his life. Some commentators would have you believe Mormons put the cross secondary to Gethsemane this is simplification gone mad. In fact we hold them both as important. The fact is in Gethsemane the Saviour took up the bitter cup and devoured for our sake all sin, equally on the cross he showed us that as a God he was prepared to lay down his life, this was necessary for the biggest prize we could be given power over death in his resurrection.

In conclusion let us be one in praise of  the Saviour and hope that we can unify all those who praise God under the banner of what we have in common, not what we have dividing us.


In the name of Jesus Christ Amen

Elder Philip A. Gill

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Official Church Statement: Jesus & Joseph What We Believe

With so much happening in the news this week concerning Jesus possible marriage and Fatherhood and the LDS church coming out officiously and saying that Joseph Smith was polygamist we the leadership of the Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ thought it was important that we clarify a few things concerning our stance on these issues.

Firstly The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ has always maintained that Jesus was married and was married to Mary Magdalene, this is a basic principle of the church and will remain so. The recent news concerning this issue which was published in the Sunday Times is made even more sensational with the claim that the new lost gospel says that Jesus also had children. The Lost Gospel, which has been translated from Aramaic by Professor of Religious Studies Barrie Wilson and historical writer Simcha Jacobovici, reveals the fact that Christ was married with children. Professor Wilson said on his website that he found the "ancient Syriac manuscript lurking in the British Museum, dating from the 6th century but translated from much earlier Greek writing.” He added that “scholars have known about it for almost 200 years, but have not known what to make of it.”  For us in the Latter Day Church this is not new news at all but rather a confirmation that the truths that we had proclaimed to the world are true and that the world has caught up with the truth. Much like the issue which we discuss below many in the Christian world has denied this new claim because it destroys their view and history of Christianity. Some might also think that the reason this has been kept silent for over 200 years is because of vested interests in the world of Christianity. The world can offer nothing new that the Lord has not already proclaimed. As the Lords servants on the earth today we proclaim again to the world that we stand by the teachings that Christ was married. We say we are not ashamed of this fact and we embrace it and see that Jesus fulfilled the laws that we have to live under and as he came to be an example why would he not be married and have a family, we see no reason why not and with the beauty of modern day revelation we can say with a certainty that this is not just a cutting edge new story but fact.

Regarding Joseph Smith and his so called practice of polygamy and the news of this that has come to the forefront of the media in the last couple of weeks. The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ once again make it publicly known that with modern day revelation we know that Joseph Smith did not practice polygamy. The LDS (Utah) church continues to feel the need to proclaim to the world that Joseph Smith was a polygamist and that the early church under his leadership practised it. The LDS (Utah) church has done this by issuing an essay on Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo. This essay was added to the topical guide of the website on 22/10/14.  This essay has been picked up by the NY Times and was run as a story on the 10/11/2014 with the running title It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives”. Firstly this is not official! The LDS church does NOT speak for all Mormons it only speaks for those that are members of their church, they DO NOT speak for us and they DO NOT speak for many other Mormons. Unfortunately this myth that the LDS church is the only authority of Mormonism on the planet has given rise to many falsehoods and misconceptions about the early church and Joseph Smith himself. The LDS essay focuses on the so called polygamous marriages of Joseph Smith. The essay addresses some of the shortfalls from their first essay on polygamy which completely omitted Joseph Smith which is interesting in itself. The LDS (Utah) church continually feels the need to explain away polygamy because of the massive holes in their own history and the need to find a link between the Mormonism of Brigham Young and the Mormonism of Joseph Smith, because if any one knows anything about Mormon history the two are incompatible, they are like chalk and cheese, so making a link between the two has always been important to them because their church history and their version of events are so messed up they don’t think twice about destroying the reputation of the founder of their faith just to save face, indeed to save their own perverted version of Mormonism.

The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ would like to point out that all of the officially published material in the lifetime of the Prophet condemned the practise of polygamy. The Book of Mormon condemned it, the Doctrine and Covenants condemned it, the church periodical the Times and Seasons condemned it. We know for certain that the Prophet Joseph Smith never practised polygamy and that there is wonderful research done by lots of people to prove this fact. We would encourage people to read the research done by Pamela and Richard Rice in Joseph Smith fought Polygamy. Both volumes one and two are a wonderful research tool and make use of some great historical fact. The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ cherishes the work done by Pamela and Richard Rice, unfortunately too many people would rather believe in half truths and out and out lies to enrich their own perverted view of Mormonism. It also suits many Christians to believe this false history because they then have another reason to attack the work done by Joseph Smith and Mormonism; it falls nicely in to their lap and allows them to indulge in their own perverted religious world. Too many Christians will never look at the opposite research done such as the Rice's research in favour of highly dubious research. We find it fascinating that they will believe it when a Mormon proclaims that Joseph was a polygamist and they believe his words that Joseph was a man of questionable moral values, but when a Mormon proclaims anything opposite to this they are shouted down. So a Mormon is only right when it fits in to the perverted world view of Christianity. We also find it interesting that still too many LDS (Utah) members this should not rock their belief and faith in their leaders, once again they have yet another unravelling of their own church history, and they have yet another omission of so called historical fact. What amazes this church is that so many LDS members still ignore this warped history and write it of in the hope that “All is well in Zion”.

We make an appeal again to all those that are reading this to finally wake up to the fact that many of you have been lied to and led astray from the truth for many years. Some of you may feel hurt by this and some of you may feel that you do not know the Mormonism that they are now trying to portray to you. I would urge you not to throw away the foundation of truth that has been laid but rather seek to rebuild upon that foundation with truth, we have the answers to all your concerns but we once again say as we always do, not to take our word as truth but rather those that were said by the prophet and his family and then relay on the spirit to guide you. So with this in mind we would like to leave you with the words of the Prophet himself “I had not been married scarcely five minutes, and made one proclamation of the Gospel, before it was reported that I had seven wives.... I am innocent of all these charges.... What a thing it is for a man to be accused of committing adultery, and having seven wives, when I can only find one. I am the same man, and as innocent as I was fourteen years ago; and I can prove them all perjurers." and finally the words of the Prophets grandson Israel Smith “Joseph Smith was the greatest victim of fraud and conspiracy of the last 500 years. Nothing like it in recorded history. He was simply lied about when something had to be done to justify ... Utah Mormon polygamy."

Official Statement of The Office of Prophet of The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ

Friday, November 7, 2014

Remembrance Day Sermon

Remembrance Sunday
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”
(Ps 46:1)

It is horrible that today, sadly we take the sacrifice of the many men and women who served in the Forces during the War for granted. We too easily forget the price of the peace we enjoy at home today. I think Remembrance Sunday is one of the most important services in the Christian year, a time when we stop to “remember them”, those who gave so much that we might live and worship in peace and freedom General Sherman, the American Civil War General once said: “War is hell”. How true it is. For whenever we encounter war in our lives we see that it serves only the purpose of sending souls unto God. Since the second world war we need to remember that there have been other conflicts since such as the Korean War, the Falkland War the two gulf Wars in which our brave troops have fought and today although war may not be at or door conflict is still ragging in many countries around the world most notably in the Ukraine and in the Middle East and it is in these times of trouble and strife around the world that we stand and recall the millions of servicemen who gave their lives in both World Wars and the other conflicts so that we might enjoy peace today.

The ability to remember is a wonderful gift that God has given to mankind. Some of our memories are happy and we can recall wonderful experiences but some of our memories are sad and we may weep as we remember those that have served, some of them in our own families. We must also remember that even though the Second World War ended over 70 years ago and the First World War 100 years ago it is important that we remember that many still bear the scars of war today, and it is good for us to remember those who have fought for their country, to support them and to pray for them. Today is a day we stand united as a people and we say “Thank you” to all those who made the sacrifice so that we can stand here today in peace and freedom and for the privilege it has given us to worship, to play and to live in peace and the in the knowledge that those brave men and women died for us, for the lives that we live today. We must never forget those who are still suffering as a result of these wars, the work of the British Legion, who work to alleviate suffering among ex servicemen is indeed a work that we must continue to support and to give generously to, for without our help the great work that they do would not be possible. As we sit here today as the church united these thoughts of sacrifice should bring us back to the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us all on the battlefield of Gethsemane and ultimately on Calvary. John the Apostle put it well when he said “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13)

Our Saviour Jesus Christ gave his life not only for his friends but also for his enemies. As a God Jesus had no need to experience human suffering or failings but he did for all our sakes and we must at this time today remember this sacrifice as well. For us this day, Remembrance Day is of course the time set aside nationally to reflect, it is a time to remember, a time to mourn those who gave their lives in the First and Second World wars and the all of the conflicts since. For some people it may seem like yesterday and it is to them that we pay deep respect and we moan with them on this day of Remembrance.
I always find Remembrance Day and the services that follow bring a lump to your throat and then the Remembrance Day poem which always moves me:-

"They shall not grow old
as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

And then the closing words which haunt me always and stay with me always:-

“When you go home tell them of us and say for your tomorrow, we gave our today”.

With a final trumpeting of “Reveille” my mind is turned to the heroes of our past, the great men on both sides who fought for a cause that they believe to be just and true and all the heroes of scripture that did the same that gave their lives in the cause of truth and freedom. Then I think of my Lord, my Saviour Jesus and my Father in heaven for he loved us so much that he sent His dearly loved and most precious Son to die for us in what has become the ultimate sacrifice. So for us Latter Day Mormons let us join with the country and will every man in remembering today those that have sacrificed for us to site here today.

Prophet Matthew Gill

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gods Quality Control

Many years ago I worked in the Auto Industry as a quality technician. I was responsible in all areas of the production of engine valves for the major vehicle manufacturing companies. From the time that metals would arrive at the goods inward holding areas, through various processes of friction welding; hardening and tempering; centre less grinding; and induction hardening, and ultra violet crack detection, only to name a few. The items were inspected, and tested; the policy was to get it right first time as repeated flaws can be very costly the more processes the items go through the less are scrapped. So continued tests were carried out at all stages of the production. The testing was divided into two major sections. Destructive, and non destructive testing. Without going into too much detail, destructive testing destroyed the product. While dimensional checks, micro finishes, and hardness checks did not destroy the product. Periodically inspectors from these various companies would visit, and perform their own independent tests on the products (Known as Standard Quality Assurance).

This life on earth is a wonderful opportunity for us to become more like our Father in heaven, perfected, and glorified. This earth life is a severe non destructive test. Jesus Christ the Son of God was tested in the same way that we are now. At the end of our earth life we will have a review. We will see what we have become. (What I will be tomorrow I am now becoming) If we were able to prove ourselves. Our spec of what we should be will be measured from the scriptures.

Although the Saviour is not with is now in person we have a living prophet on the earth, Matthew Gill. He is a great aid sent by the Lord to assist us in our efforts in our work towards salvation. Paul in the New Testament had no easy life, and is yet another great example to us all.

The life and work of the great apostle Paul is recorded at considerable length in the Acts and the epistles. It is only possible to indicate here a few of the chief facts. Paul was known in early life as Saul; his Latin name Paul is first mentioned at the beginning of his gentile ministry in (Acts 13:9). He belonged to Tarsus, in Cilicia (Acts 9:11); was a Pharisee and a pupil of Gamaliel (Acts 22:3); was active in the persecution of Christians (Acts 8:3; 26:10; Gal. 1:13; Philip. 3:6); and took part in the martyrdom of Stephen. (Acts 7:58; 8:1). He started for Damascus for the purpose of further persecution of the Christians (Acts 9:1) and on the road saw a vision of the Lord Jesus, which changed the whole current of his life (Acts 9:4–19; 22:7; 26:14; Gal. 1:15–16). After his baptism by Ananias (Acts 9:18), he retired into Arabia (Gal. 1:17), and then returned to Damascus, where he preached (Acts 9:19–25; 2 Cor. 11:32; Gal. 1:17–18). Being compelled to flee, about three years after his conversion he went to Jerusalem, where he stayed 15 days, Barnabas introducing him to Peter and James (Acts 9:26–30; Gal. 1:18–19). Being in danger, he retired to Tarsus (Acts 9:29–30) and there remained six or seven years, preaching in Syria and Cilicia (Gal. 1:21–24). He was then brought by Barnabas to Antioch (Acts 11:26), and after one year paid a visit to Jerusalem (Acts 11:29–30). After two more years' work in Antioch, he started with Barnabas and Mark on his first missionary journey (Acts 13:1—14:26). Then came another visit to Jerusalem with Barnabas to attend a conference with the other apostles (Acts 15:1–33; Gal. 2:1–10), after which they returned to Antioch (Acts 15:35). He then started on his second missionary journey (Acts 15:36—18:22), which lasted about three years, and ended with a visit to Jerusalem. After a short stay in Antioch, Paul began his third journey, which occupied about 3½ years (Acts 18:23—21:15). On his return to Jerusalem he was arrested and sent to Caesarea (Acts 21:17—23:35), where he remained a prisoner for two years (Acts 24:1—26:32), and was then sent for trial to Rome, suffering shipwreck on the way (Acts 27:1—28:10). He remained in Rome two years (Acts 28:30) and was then released. He then appears to have visited Asia, Macedonia, Crete, and perhaps Spain. At the end of about four years he was again taken a prisoner to Rome, and suffered martyrdom, probably in the spring of A.D. 65.

I hope that we all learn from the lesson of Paul and also from our own lives that we are all being tested in the quality control room of our Father and it is up to us to make sure that we live up to the tests put upon us. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Peter Barber

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