Thursday, 25 August 2016

Official Church Statement: Extraterrestrial Life

As the leader of the church I am constantly sent emails and Facebook messages about varies issues and topics and one topic that comes up time and time again these days is the issue of extraterrestrial life and life on other planets. The question keeps getting asked of us "Do you believe" "Do you think there are Aliens and life on other planets" Well that is a very interesting question and one that keeps cropping up time and time again and a question that seems to be important to a lot of you out there so I thought that I would take the time and give you all on official answer.
 
The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ believes in life on other planets we believe in extraterrestrial life and we believe that God has created other worlds and has peopled them. We believe that some have passed away and some are in existence today. We make this bold stance because we have been told so by God himself. In a revelation given to the prophet Joseph Smith in June of 1830 which is now at the beginning of the inspired version of the Bible states in verses 21through to 24 this is what it says concerning life on this earth and others.
 
21 And the Lord God said unto Moses, For mine own purpose have I made these things. Here is wisdom, and it remaineth in me. And by the word of my power have I created them, which is mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth. And worlds without number have I created, and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten. And the first man of all men have I called Adam, which is many. But only an account of this earth, and the inhabitants thereof, give I unto you; for behold there are many worlds which have passed away by the word of my power; and there are many also which now stand, and numberless are they unto man; but all things are numbered unto me; for they are mine, and I know them.
 
22 And it came to pass, that Moses spake unto the Lord, saying, Be merciful unto thy servant, O God, and tell me concerning this earth, and the inhabitants thereof; and also the heavens, and then thy servant will be content.
 
23 And the Lord God spake unto Moses, saying, The heavens, they are many and they can not be numbered unto man, but they are numbered unto me, for they are mine; and as one earth shall pass away, and the heavens thereof, even so shall another come; and there is no end to my works, neither to my words; for this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality, and eternal life of man.
 
24 And now, Moses, my son, I will speak unto you concerning this earth upon which thou standest; and thou shalt write the things which I shall speak. And in a day when the children of men shall esteem my words as naught, and take many of them from the book which thou shalt write, behold I will raise up another like unto thee, and they shall be had again among the children of men, among even as many as shall believe.
 
So you see God has made it very clear that there have been other worlds that have passed away and some that are now standing, and they all have life on them but he was only going to instruct Moses on the life on this planet. As the prophet and leader of The Latter day Church of Jesus Christ I will not stand back and give a politicians answer but rather I will state what the Lord has stated, yes we do believe in life on other worlds and we do believe that they are out there and they have a loving God and they have a creator who has placed them as he placed us on a planet fit for them to live and thrive and grow. So we are not alone and there is no need to think otherwise because we have Gods word that tells us so. So if you believe as we do then you have a home with us, we will not ridicule you but fine you the answers that you have been missing and those answers are found with God.
 
Matthew P . Gill
Prophet & First Elder
The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Official Church Statement: The Book of Mormon

With the following words spoken by Elder Russell M. Nelson on 6 July 2016 “There are some things the Book of Mormon is not,” President Nelson said. “It is not a textbook of history, although some history is found within its pages. It is not a definitive work on ancient American agriculture or politics. It is not a record of all former inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere, but only of particular groups of people.” The LDS church has now taken a position of distancing itself from the validity of the book of Mormon in a way which many other restoration faiths have done.
 
It is the firm belief of The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ that although we may not understand all of the ways in which the book of Mormon was translated, it is however true. We stand by the book of Mormon and proudly proclaim it is true. We stand by this belief know matter how hard it may be for us to say such things. While all around us the Mormon and restoration world is shrinking from its belief in the book of Mormon and he Prophet Joseph Smith and the way in which the Book of Mormon was brought forth and therefore its worth as a true historical and religious document we at The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ stand firm in our conviction that it is true and it is a real historical document of a part of the Heartlands of the North American Continent and that it speaks of three different people groups who travelled to the North American continent.
 
We stand firm in our conviction that Joseph Smith is and was a prophet of God, no matter his faults and short comings and through him the book of Mormon was translated and came to us today. The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ continues the work left by the early church and our prophet brother Joseph, we build on the foundation he laid which includes the book of Mormon and we stand by its truth and validity.
 
Matthew P. Gill
Prophet & First Elder

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Sermon: Scriptures

Dear brothers and sisters.
 
I really struggled with this talk for today, although I was given half a week to complete it, I Procrastinated. I admit it; I found numerous other things to do other than start on my talk and that included watching TV. So last night I sat at the table and though what can I do my talk on, I thought, how about procrastination? Nope I've done a talk on that before. I looked through the friend for inspiration, none came. Matthew came down and said just read something from one of your books; I said nope cant do that as I told Levi that he had to write his from scratch. I thought how about Levis chores that we chose, how we wanted to keep his mind, body and spirit active during the holidays, nope to boring. I'll have a look at the personal progress online for some more ideas for Levis chore list, which was me procrastinating again. Do you know they have changed it so much, there used to be 'find and name a certain number of constellations' 'learn how to tell the time using the sun' and so on, now its boring, I cant think of another word for it, they want the women to learn homemaking skills, how to clean the house properly, how to clean clothes properly, to write about our feelings with regards to certain scriptures and to memorise hymns... so obviously I wont be using that for too much inspiration for levis chore list.
 
So in the end I came back to one of my first thoughts, its not one I mentioned before.
 
Pokémon Go...
 
There are so many people outside at this very moment with their phones in their hands looking up, looking down, looking left, looking right and missing the whole world around them, their aim is to catch Pokémon and train them. Imagine if they had to catch or find scripture characters and complete a task for them instead, would the game be as great, no, not because it would be boring because it wouldn't be, anything can be made exciting if you advertise it right but it wouldn't be as great because of that one word 'scriptures', scriptures mean God, scriptures mean rules, scriptures mean loads of text that is sometimes difficult to understand.
 
I read a book recently and it took me two days to complete it from start to end but I struggle to read the scriptures, on a Sunday during Sunday school I am fine but during the week on my own, I really struggle, to be honest I don't even think about them, I've lost count how many times I've read 1st Nephi.
 
But Heavenly Father never said that he wanted us to read it all in a few days or even a few weeks, he didn't say that we had to start at first Nephi, although it is a good starting point, what he did tell us was to search, ponder and pray. If we have to read the same verse 5 times over before we understand it then we have to read it 5 times over. Instead of saying to ourselves I'll read a chapter a day or 10 verses a day instead we should say that we are going to read for 30 minutes a day, if that means that we've only read 2 verses in that 30 minutes then so be it. I remember when I was little and my mum was even more busy than she usually is, she used to read her scriptures whilst eating breakfast, 10 minutes, but that 10 minutes she was not only nourishing her body but also her soul.
 
I am going to task you all to read 5 minutes of scriptures per day and try to build it up so that by the time you get to the end of august you are reading 30 minutes of scriptures per day. I am. Let's give Pokémon Go a run for its money.
 
I leave these words with you in the name of Jesus Christ amen.
 
Sister Vicki Gill

Sermon: The Garden of Eden

Most Bible and religious commentaries state that the site of the Garden of Eden was in the Middle East, situated somewhere near where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers are today, but what does scripture actually tell us? Based on the description given in Genesis 2:8–17:
 
The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden. . . . Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon. . . . The name of the second river is Gihon. . . . The name of the third river is Hiddekel [Tigris]. . . . The fourth river is the Euphrates.
 
Even the great theologian John Calvin struggled over the exact location of the Garden of Eden. In his commentary on Genesis he states: Moses says that one river flowed to water the garden, which afterwards would divide itself into four heads. It is sufficiently agreed among all, that two of these heads are the Euphrates and the Tigris; for no one disputes that . . . (Hiddekel) is the Tigris. But there is a great controversy respecting the other two. Many think, that Pison and Gihon are the Ganges and the Nile; the error, however, of these men is abundantly refuted by the distance of the positions of these rivers. Persons are not wanting who fly across even to the Danube; as if indeed the habitation of one man stretched itself from the most remote part of Asia to the extremity of Europe. But since many other celebrated rivers flow by the region of which we are speaking, there is greater probability in the opinion of those who believe that two of these rivers are pointed out, although their names are now obsolete. Be this as it may, the difficulty is not yet solved. For Moses divides the one river which flowed by the garden into four heads. Yet it appears, that the fountains of the Euphrates and the Tigris were far distant from each other.
 
Calvin recognised that the description given in Genesis 2 concerning the location of the Garden of Eden does not fit with what is observed regarding the present Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. God’s Word makes it clear that the Garden of Eden was located where there were four rivers coming from one head. No matter how one tries to fit this location in the Middle East today, it just can’t be done. Interestingly, Calvin goes on to say: From this difficulty, some would free themselves by saying that the surface of the globe may have been changed by the deluge.
 
This is a major consideration that needs to be taken into account. The worldwide, catastrophic Flood of Noah’s day would have destroyed the surface of the earth. If most of the sedimentary strata over the earth’s surface (many thousands of feet thick in places) is the result of this global catastrophe as creationists believe, then we would have no idea where the Garden of Eden was originally located, the earth’s surface totally changed as a result of the Flood.  Not only this, but underneath the region where the present Tigris and Euphrates Rivers are located there exists hundreds of feet of sedimentary strata, a significant amount of which is fossiliferous. Such fossil-bearing strata had to be laid down at the time of the Flood, this is nit a debatable issue.
 
Therefore, no one can logically suggest that the area where the present Tigris and Euphrates Rivers are today is the location of the Garden of Eden, for this area is sitting on Flood strata containing billions of dead things (fossils). The perfect Garden of Eden can’t be sitting on billions of dead things before sin entered the world! This being the case, the question then is why are there rivers named Tigris and Euphrates in the Middle East today? Many wrongly conclude that the Garden of Eden was somewhere in the Middle East based on the names of the rivers in Genesis 2.
 
In many places around the world that once belonged to the great British Empire, one will recognize many names that are also used in England (e.g., Newcastle, London, York). The reason is that when the settlers came out from England to their new lands, they used names they were familiar with in England to name new places/towns in their new lands. Another example is the names given to many rivers in the United States. There is the Thames River in Connecticut, the Severn River in Maryland, and the Trent River in North Carolina, all named for prominent rivers in the UK.
 
In a similar way, when Noah and his family came out of the ark after it landed in the area we today call the Middle East (the region of the Mountains of Ararat), it would not have been surprising for them to use names they were familiar with from the pre-Flood world (e.g., Tigris and Euphrates), to name places and rivers, etc., in the world after the Flood.
 
Ultimately, we have a march on the Christian world in as much as we have modern prophets and modern prophecy. In that great gift we have been told rough location of the Garden of Eden through the great restoration of truth and the great prophet Joseph Smith. The position of the Saints today, with respect to the much discussed location of the Garden of Eden is that its is located in North America in Jackson County Missouri. This is our firm belief given to us by the word of God and we stand by that. It is a fact that Adam, after his expulsion from the Garden of Eden, lived in the vicinity of the great Missouri and Mississippi rivers. As his descendants multiplied, they would naturally settle along the fertile and climatically acceptable river valleys. When the flood came in the days of Noah, the Mississippi drainage must have increased to a tremendous volume, quite in harmony with the Biblical account. Noah's ark would be floated on the mighty, rushing waters, towards the Gulf of Mexico. With favourable winds, given by God it would cross the Atlantic to the Eastern continents. There the human race, in its second start on earth, began to multiply and fill the earth and settle in what is now called the Middle East.
 
So we state with a certainty that no other Christian faith can, that, the location of the Garden of Eden is in America, and at Independence, Missouri. This fact clears up many a problem which the Bible account of Eden and its garden has left in the minds of students for many years. Still today many men, great men of God do not know what we know concerning the location of the Garden of Eden and its location. However it must still be remembered and understood that no matter where you believe the Garden was located to insist that the Garden was located in the area around the present Tigris and Euphrates Rivers is to deny the catastrophic effects of the global Flood of Noah’s day, and to allow for death before sin, this is of major importance and something that we must never forget. The flood again played an integral part in the garden story and as it does in all our lives brings us closer to the living God.
 
Matthew P Gill
Prophet

Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Testimony of the Saviour

Enquiring of the Lord about the topic of my talk and after receiving the direction that I should bear testimony that Jesus Christ is the son of the living God and he died for us. As I am entitled as a follower of Jesus Christ to know through the Holy Ghost that Jesus is my personal saviour and the saviour of all mankind I pronounce that he was restored to life following his crucifixion.
 
My, our testimony comes from the Holy Ghost. We know from modern day revelation the identity of the third member of the Godhead. Through the priesthood we receive the witness from the holy ghost that guides and directs our decisions. I desire to convey to all who hear or read this address that your hearts may be opened and that you will know that I speak of truth. The words of the Hymn “I BELIEVE IN CHRIST” we take from this that salvation begins and ends with our Heavenly Father, and he is offering to us a life akin to his to posses and enjoy his power for eternity.
 
In our pre existent state we learned of the plan of salvation this plan would allow us to come to earth and progress, and go back to our father in glory and knowledge. Because of sin we needed a mediator this came in the guise of Jesus Christ who without him we would be unable to satisfy our Father in heaven.
 
In the Book of Mormon we establish the position of the Saviour in our earthly progression. Joseph Smith was once asked about the principles of our faith, he answered "the fundamental principles of our faith are the testimony of our apostles and prophet concerning Jesus Christ and that he died for us"
(History of the church vol3,p30)
 
We must always convey to the world and our followers the message that the atoning sacrifice of our saviour is at the heart of our faith. Without this there would be neither immortality or exaltation.
 
As followers of the gospel as contained in the Bible , Book of Mormon, and the Book of Jaraneck  we are able to live the glorious thing that has happened in this the last days the windows of heaven are open and through our Prophet Matthew Gill we receive the direction of our Father who wants us to know of the great work of his son. My voice as a witness of the saviour is to testify that of the divinity and truthfulness of his works amongst the children of our heavenly father on earth. The testimony I bear is one who knows for a surety that Jesus is the Christ echoing the testimonies of countless followers down the years from 1820. We owe much to Joseph Smith who ushered in this special Message by being instrumental in the bringing to the human race the message contained in the Book of Mormon this message of course is simple,
"Be led by the holy ghost" without this we are like a ship without a compass.
 
In this day we as followers of the Saviour and adherents to direction of our Prophet Matthew Gill who talks with our saviour and receives commands for our benefit. I proclaim  the truths and desires in my heart to have  people believe and obey. The salvation of mankind is in the gift of Jesus Christ and wishes us to gain exaltation and once again walk in the steps of our heavenly father.
 
In The Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Second Elder Philip Gill

Monday, 20 June 2016

Sermon: Marriage is Ordained of God

The use of the word Marriage in our world today is a far cry from what the Lord intended in the beginning. Our Lord corrected many false notions then existing on the subject of marriage (Matt. 22:23-30), and placed it as a divine institution on the highest grounds. The apostles state clearly and enforce the nuptial duties of husband and wife. As we read in Ephesians.

22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.  He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband
(Inspired Version New Testament :- Ephesians 5:22 - 33)


9  Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
10  For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
11  Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
12  For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
( Inspired Version New Testament :- 1 Corinthians 11:9 - 12)


Marriage is said to be "honourable" (Heb. 13:4), and the prohibition of it is noted as one of the marks of degenerate times (1 Tim. 4:3).

3  Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the
truth.
4  For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
(Inspired Version New Testament :- 1 Timothy 4:3 - 4)


The marriage relation is used to represent the union between God and his people (Isa. 54:5; Jer. 3:1-14; Hos. 2:9, 20). In the New Testament the same figure is employed in representing the love of Christ to his saints (Eph. 5:25-27). The Church of the redeemed is the "Bride, the Lamb's wife" (Rev. 19:7-9).

We can look at a marriage from a negative, or positive perspective. There is a sad song which expresses the collapse of a marriage. The words read like this.

The congregation sang. We knelt and prayed

As we stood before God On that beautiful day
The church bells rang And the champagne flowed
As our friends gathered 'round For the wedding photo
But here we are barely 5 years on And our whole world's falling apart.
All the plans we had together Up in smoke and gone forever Poisoned by the lawyer's letters It's over
I don't want our kids to suffer Can we talk to one another
You were once my wife, my lover It's over.

Rumours and whispers tear you apart But I know you better than that
Inseparable were we With a breeze in our sails
Now I feel the chilled wind Of a marriage that fell
And our friends are divided They've taken their sides
Now they'll all sit back And watch the circus arrive
I don't stand here tryna focus the blame But I'm hurting deep down inside
All the pain and all the grieving When did we stop believing

Too late now to stop the bleeding
It's over
What's the sense in pointing fingers Who's the saint and who's the sinner
There ain't gonna be a winner
It's over
Oh my dear, what happened to us? Tell me where did it all go wrong?
What's the use in keep on fighting? All the tears, all the crying
Why do we keep denying
It's over
In all this time I thought I knew you Don't forget our children's future
I would do whatever suits ya

In contrast to the words of this song.

I can't remember when you weren't there
When I didn't care for anyone but you. I swear we've been through everything
there is. Can't imagine anything we've missed. Can't imagine anything the two of us can't do.
Through the years You've never let me down You turned my life around
The sweetest days I've found I've found with you Through the years
I've never been afraid I've loved the life we've made
And I'm so glad I've stayed Right here with you
Through the years
I can't remember what I used to do Who I trusted whom, I listened to before
I swear you've taught me everything I know Can't imagine needing someone so.
But through the years it seems to me I need you more and more
Through the years Through all the good and bad
I knew how much we had I've always been so glad
To be with you Through the years It's better everyday
You've kissed my tears away As long as it's okay I'll stay with you.
Through the years.
Through the years When everything went wrong
Together we were strong I know that I belonged Right here with you
Through the years I never had a doubt.
We'd always work things out I've learned what love's about
By loving you Through the years
Through the years
You've never let me down You've turned my life around The sweetest days I've
found. I've found with you. Through the years It's better everyday You've kissed my tears away. As long as it's okay I'll stay with you Through the years.

In closing  how blessed we are to have a knowledge of the gospel that can bring about out eternal happiness.

In the name of Jesus Christ . Amen.
Elder Peter C. Barber

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Sunday Sermon: The Family Through All Time & Jesus Knows

THE FAMILY THROUGH ALL TIME
We know that in the pre-existence we were part of a family. And that family with our omnipotent parents at the head taught us the guiding principles of the divine gospel.
 
In this rarefied atmosphere we had every opportunity afforded to us to learn and grow. Here on earth we continue this search for knowledge knowing each and every one of us will fall short of the perfection we saw in our heavenly parents to this end, we have been provided a saviour and a plan of redemption.
 
As earthly parents we encourage our earthly children to achieve their fullest potential. So too our heavenly father wishes us too gain exaltation and return to his side. We can become as our father in heaven and be as a God making world and populating planets however, this cannot be achieved alone. The scriptures tell us of many people all over the globe who have worshipped god and lived as Christians following the teaching of the Saviour. From the book of Jeraneck , the Bible and the book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants we can see that study and adherence to gospel education is vital.
 
As a people dedicated to the following of our Saviour and Heavenly Father we are expected to educate our families and others in what is important to gaining exaltation. We are as followers of Joseph Smith also responsible for the reminding of those who call themselves his followers that we should encourage all latter day saints to come together in one unified body. We the latter day church of Jesus Christ call on all our brothers and sister in all “Mormon” "latter day saint" denominations to unite and become one before the second coming of the saviour. As we have read we were once all one with one set of parents living in the pre-mortal world. We must bring this to pass once more on the earth after all we have more in common than that which divides us.
 
Today we have a prophet given to us by God, not by time served or as a result of living longer or being in the right position. Our prophet Matthew Gill speaks with and receives modern revelation today for all mankind not just our church or faith but for all who will open their hearts and listen. We must pray for the joining and gathering to Zion in Jackson county to begin now. The splintering into all the various latter day saint groups must be stopped. The ever increasing drive of the Utah LDS must be halted I know it is painful for them as they believe big is best but Joseph never would have allowed the diluting of the gospel like the leaders of the church in Salt Lake have allowed. We also appeal to all the restoration branches and reorganised branches in the latter day saint movement to come together with us under one common leadership, which leadership God will bestow and prepare our children and families for the second coming. Lets take the time He has given us and the friendships He has forged to get together and initiate the healing of the breach and the building of not only his one church but the building of the temple so our Saviour can come and fulfil his destiny with us his church together as one, not divided but at peace. I hope that the future will lend itself to healing if not, it will be us all who will answer Gods wrath.
 
In Gods great love let us all bask in Jesus Christ's Name. Amen.
Elder Philip A. Gill
Second Elder in The Office of The Prophet
 
 
Jesus Knows
Every bit of grief and sorrow,
Jesus knows;
All the dreading of tomorrow;
Jesus knows.

All the sadness and the sighing;
Fading hopes around thee lying,
All the burden of the crying,
Jesus knows.

All thy bitter disappointments,
Jesus knows;
Crosses - that are His appointments;
Jesus knows.

Dost though cloud thy days with worry?
Take the cross He bids thee carry -
Not for long His aid will tarry,
Jesus knows.

Doubts and fears that so oppress thee;
Jesus knows;
Vain regrets that will distress thee;
Jesus knows.

Lonely hours from loved ones parted,
Loss, that leaves thee broken-hearted
And those tears that memory started,
Jesus knows.

Yes, thy very grief and sorrow;
Jesus knows;
From this thought sweet solace borrow;
Jesus knows.

He has promised not to fail thee;
Never leave thee nor forsake thee,
Oh to trust in Him completely,
Jesus Knows!
 
Sister Alyson Gill
Priest.
 
 

 

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Sermon: Managing Our Wealth

There many references in the scriptures regarding riches, money, and wealth.  And today as well as in the past the rich often look down on the poor. In turn the poor will frequently covet the wealth of the rich. We need to answer some questions, which will not go away until we have an accurate perspective, and attitude towards wealth, and riches. Does a righteous life bring wealth? Does wealth bring about dangers, as well as poverty? How should we work towards obtaining wealth? In order to answer these questions looking into, and searching the  scriptures will give us great insight to understanding what our attitudes  should be.
 
As we study we will learn that great men of God have been both rich, and poor. The scriptures inform us that wealth can be a blessing or a cursing. In the Book of Mormon Helaman
 
18  Behold ye, the people of this great city, and hearken unto my words; yea, hearken unto the words which the Lord saith; for behold, he saith that ye are cursed because of your riches.
19  And also are your riches cursed because ye have set your hearts upon them, and have not hearkened unto the words of him who gave them unto you. Ye do not remember the Lord your God in the things with which he hath blessed you, but ye do always remember your riches, not to thank the Lord your God for them.
20  Yea, your hearts are not drawn out unto the Lord, but they do swell with great pride, unto boasting, and unto great swelling, envyings, strifes, malice, persecutions, and murders, and all manner of iniquities. For this cause hath the Lord God caused that a curse should come upon the land, and also upon your riches, and this because of your iniquities.
21 Yea, wo unto this people, because of this time which has arrived, that ye do cast out the prophets, and do mock them, and cast stones at them, and do slay them, and do all manner of iniquity unto them, even as they did of old time. And now when ye talk, ye say: If our days had been in the days of our fathers of old, we would not have slain the prophets; we would not have stoned them, and cast them out.
22  Behold ye are worse than they; for as the Lord liveth, if a prophet come among you and declareth unto you the word of the Lord, which testifieth of your sins and iniquities, ye are angry with him, and cast him out and seek all manner of ways to destroy him; yea, you will say that he is a false prophet, and that he is a sinner, and of the devil, because he testifieth that your deeds are evil.
(Book of Mormon: Helaman 5:18 - 22
 
In contrast to the negative effects of wealth Alma informs us why the
Nephites prosper
 
28  And now, because of the steadiness of the church they began to be exceedingly rich, having abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need.
29  An abundance of flocks and herds, and fatlings of every kind, and also abundance of grain, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious things, and abundance of silk and fine-twined linen, and all manner of good homely cloth.
30  And thus, in their prosperous circumstances, they did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished.
31  And they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need. And thus they did prosper and become far more wealthy than those who did not belong to their church.
(Book of Mormon: Alma 1:28 - 32)

In closing Jacob tells us that it is our intent, and purpose to obtain
wealth that will ultimately determine whether our quest will be a blessing or a cursing. As we read in the Book of Jacob.
 
13  But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God.
And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.
(Book of Mormon: Jacob 2:13)
 
In the name of  Jesus Christ amen
3rd Elder Peter C. Barber

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You are also welcome to join us at our Sunday services, which are held at 10:30 - 1:00 every Sunday. Contact us for details. God Bless and keep you.