Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Winter 2016 General Assembly Sermons

Sister Alyson Gills Sermon
 
As followers of the gospel of Jesus Christ we are following the path that our first ancestors who set foot upon this land also followed. We are the children of Araneck , we can read in the book of Jeraneck about our ancestors first steps out of the plains of Shinar the same plains we trod when leaving the Ark. Araneck and his people were led by the Holy Ghost To the British Isles and too their new home where, they would be free in righteousness to peruse their praise of Christ in freedom.
 
We follow the struggles as the children of Araneck move away from the paths of Christ and because of their stiffneckedness lose the protection of the almighty and become wicked and eventually we see them wiped from of the land they were blessed to inherit by the promise of the Lord.
 
As I have said, we know that through wickedness evil comes upon the land and eventually destroys the followers of Christ the children of Araneck. We read in chapter 18 of the book of Jeraneck verse 139 (read from book) The darkness that befell Jeraneck's people will befall us in our time because of blindness and ignorance of the Lords plan. We will see a devotion to worldly not godly pursuits lead to our downfall as it did to them.
 
I have read the Book of Jeraneck many times and have seen it effect my life in countless ways. I have seen its message open the hearts of those who truly believe and want to come closer to his gospel. I encourage all those who have not yet read this book to do so and to pray about it as I have done. I remember my first time praying about it in the garden in our old home. I was sitting in our garden and as i prayed I beheld angels all around me it was then that I knew as the spirit burned within me that this was a book of God.
 
I pray that we will all continue enwrap ourselves in the gospel of Christ through this great book and renounce evil in gods name Amen.
 
Apostle Elder Peter Barber's Sermon
 
My dear brothers, sister, and all who will see, hear this sermon. I find today a great honour, and privilege to be able to address you all with regard to the publication of the Book of Rayaneck. In order to know, and understand how this sacred record became available to us. I shall endeavour to explain my fragment of involvement in its publication.
 
At 1200 hours on Wednesday 21st January 2015 I received a telephone call at my home address in Shropshire, England. The call was from Matthew Gill ( our living prophet ). He asked if he could visit my home as soon as possible, as something wonderful had happened. I was excited, and eager to know what wonderful event was that had taken place. At 2.40pm the same day Matthew, and his father Philip Gill arrived at our home. As they came into our house I noticed Matthew was carrying some sort of  bag. As we all sat down Matthew said. “ I have seen Rayneck, and he has given me his record for me to translate.” I looked at my wife Annette, his father Philip, and then back to Matthew. As I looked at what appeared to be some kind of sack like material.  Matthew began to open this outer covering, and exposed the record, which was in a box, and sealed. The box had a large inscription in the centre, and around the sides they appeared to be paper sheets. There was a seal, and a key. The key was about six inches long. I was once an apprentice at a company call Chubbs Lock, and Safe Works in Wolverhampton. And had seen numerous locks, and keys. But I have never seen one like this. It was metallic, and dark yellow in colour. The front of the key had several oval thin sections. I drew a sketch in my diary. As I knew over the years my memory would deteriorate. 
 
Over the rest or 2015, and into 2016 I assisted in writing down the worlds as they flowed from the mouth of Matthew. I wrote as much as ten pages a session with Philip. I observed that Matthew appeared to be exhausted after these sessions. Towards the end of the translation period Matthew gave me consent to look,  and handle several pages of this open sealed record. The material was a dark brown in colour, and the writing as yellow. I tried to read the words, but it was written in a totally different language. Two thirds of the record remained sealed.
 
In closing this sermon I have had a very sacred experience in assisting in a small degree the bringing forth of this record. We are greatly blessed to live here in the British Isles as the Lord is revealing to us the lands true history. And the secret, and sacred matters it houses. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Sister Annette Barber's Sermon
 
Good Morning Brothers and Sisters my talk this morning is on The  Chronicles of the Children of Araneck. Particularly on the Book of Rayaneck .  I have had a lot to do with this book. I held it in my hands, I felt the craftsmanship of the wood. I handled and saw the pages of this inspired book. I had the privilege to type up this book when it had been translated. Now I am not perfect. There probably will be a few spelling mistakes in this book. But that will be down to me.  It no way takes from the book. Scripture is scripture with or without spelling mistakes.
 
Now I know a lot of you out there that are watching this video or reading this on line will be scoffing and saying things . (as you did when the Book of Jeraneck came forth)  But I say unto you DO NOT KNOCK IT until you have READ it, PONDERED it and PRAYED about it. You CANNOT judge something you have NOT tried. Now lets get down to the Book……
 
Rayaneck is the son of Jeraneck. Those of you who have read the Book of Jeraneck knows what happened there. Rayaneck now takes over and continues to tell us what happened after the death of his father.  Rayaneck was told he would not taste death until he had delivered his fathers record and his own record to the prophet in the latter days.  It has been 10 years now since the Book of Jeraneck came forth.  Now we have the Book of Rayaneck to go with it.  Many of you watching and reading this Assembly believe in additional scripture that is to come forth. NEWSFLASH…HERE IT IS….Well some of it at least. We all know there is a lot more scripture to come forth from many different countries. 
 
Do you want to know about the PRIESTHOOD? How it is a living force. You have to feel it. To understand it and use it for the good of others. How it holds up the Universes and keeps the planets on their set courses turning and spinning as they go. I HOLD THIS PRIESTHOOD and I marvel at the power of it. 
 
When I was typing up this book and I came upon this section it was mind blowing. You cannot experience this till you READ THE BOOK and feel the spirit therein. Do you want to know your relationship with God?  There is a couple of mind  blowing chapters talking about the creation.  Why we call God our Father. The universes that were created.  The sons of God. READ THIS IF YOU DARE……..
 
There is a poem written by a man named William Blake in 1804, which was later put to music and became the Unofficial Anthem for our Country.  That hymn was JERUSALEM

And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England's mountain green?
And was the Holy lamb of God on England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here among those dark satanic mills? 
 
We can say in all confidence and surety that YES HE DID WALK UPON THIS LAND.  It is here in the pages of this Book. He came as a Boy.  Rayaneck calls him the Christ Child.  Rayaneck goes on to say he was in his middle years, so he must have been an early teenager, probably about 15-16 years old. Yes Jesus came and walked this land. He taught the people how to Pray. He taught them what we know as the 10 commandments and much more.  He called 12 men to be missionaries to the people of this land.  Again you need to READ it. 
 
We are not a massive Church. We are very few in numbers. So we cannot give away copies of this book. We have to sell them but do not let that stop you from obtaining a Book and READING it. They will be available very shortly from the Book Store on our Church Website. Remember Christmas is coming treat yourself to a Book or get someone else to buy you one. 
 
Remember READ, PONDER and PRAY.
I bear Testimony that this book is the Word of Christ. It speaks of him. It testifies of him. I leave these thoughts with you. In The Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
 
Elder Levi Gill's Sermon
 
The first edition of the Book of Jeraneck came off the press in Derbyshire England in January of 2007. My Dad, now the prophet was only 26 years old. The months before, he had spent a total of four months translating the plates. Almost half of it was after he had received the priesthood. The printing had taken only a short time after the work had been done. I was young and don't remember much, but I do remember my Dad and his councillors doing the translating in the dining room of the big house in Hilton, Derbyshire. It was an exciting time.
 
When I first read the Book of Jeraneck, I read the promise where it says
125. For I say unto all who read this record to pray unto that Almighty Lord Jesus Christ and ask him if these things are true, for no mans hand can bear witness of the truth only that of the spirit and the spirit of revelation.
126. And he will send unto you these gifts, the gifts of the spirit and of revelation and it is those gifts that will witness unto you that these things are true.
127. And if you ask with a full heart being sincere in all your thoughts and you ask with real purpose he will indeed answer your prayer and reveal unto you the truth of this record.(BOJ. 18:125-127).
 
I tried to follow those instructions, as I understood them. If I expected a glorious manifestation to come at once as an overpowering experience, as had happened to my Dad it did not happen, at least not yet anyway, I'm still waiting. Nevertheless, it felt good, and I began to believe that it was true, all of it.
 
If I had expected in my little-boy innocence some special spiritual experience, it had not happened or at least not in the way I thought. Over the time however as I listened to sermons and lessons and read in the Book of Jeraneck more, I began to understand what it meant. I finally understood that the Holy Ghost could communicate through our feelings, I understood why the words of Christ, whether from the New Testament or the Book of Jeraneck or the other scriptures, carried such a good feeling. In time, I found that the scriptures had answers to things I needed to know and today I find myself wanting to know more and more and expecting to be given the answers. My Dad says that its good to ask for answers from God because it proves that we are doing as he has commanded and are learning, so Im glad about that. My experience has been that a testimony does not burst upon us suddenly. Rather it grows If you nourish it, it will grow; and if you do not nourish it, it will wither.
 
As a young man I am constantly been told that I spend to much time on my phone or my computer, its true I live in a time where there are too many distractions and life can move to fast sometimes but at times like this I am reminded that when that happens we need to take time to read our scriptures.  Life moves all too fast. When you feel weak, discouraged, depressed, or afraid, open the Book of Jeraneck and read it. Do not let too much time pass before reading a verse, a thought, or a chapter. Light can be found on its pages, I know I have seen it.
 
The spiritual gifts described in the Book of Jeraneck are present in the Church today, promptings, impressions, revelations, dreams, visions, visitations, miracles. You can be sure that the Lord can, and at times does, manifest Himself with power and great glory. and it is then that miracles can occur. The Book of Jeraneck restores many plain and precious things as usual, there will be much said and written to discredit the book and my Dad. There always will be those who stir up hoping to find something my Dad is alleged to have said or done in order to demean him or the Book that he has brought forth. We do not have to defend the Prophet and I do not need to defend my Dad, I know him and I know what he has done. The Book of Jeraneck and Jesus Christ will defend him for us. Those who reject my Dad as a prophet and the Book of Jeraneck are left to find some other explanation for the Book.
 
But I stand here today and testify that my Dad is a prophet and I testify that the Book of Jeraneck is a true book of scripture and this scripture forms an unshakable testament that Jesus is the Christ and a witness that my dad is a prophet. I don't know if I will grow up to be a prophet like my Dad but I know that if I continue to read this great book and do what we are asked to do within its pages then I stand a good chance. This is my testimony, I don't know if its a great one or a small one its just mine and bear it to you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
 
Prophet Matthew Gill's Sermon
 
My beloved brethren and sisters, today I would like to speak about one of the most significant gifts given to the world in modern times. This is a gift of greater value to mankind than even the many wonderful advances we have seen in modern medicine or science that today wow us. I speak to you today about a gift that is of the most on most vital importance. That gift is the Book of Jeraneck.
 
As members of The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ “we believe … the Book of Jeraneck to be the word of God.”  God has so declared it, so have its writers, so have its witnesses, and so do all those who have read it and received a personal revelation from God as to its truthfulness. This gift was prepared by the hand of the Lord over a period of more than a thousand years, then hidden up by Him so that it would be preserved in its purity for our generation. Perhaps there is nothing that testifies more clearly of the importance of this modern book of scripture than what the Lord Himself has said about it. The Lord declared that it would speak to us today that it would teach us lessons that we needed to learn today but were not leant by the people of whom it was written, the Lord said that it was for our day, that it was written. Sheraneck, one of the prophet-writers of the Book of Jeraneck, testifies that the book contains “the words of Christ”, and Jeraneck, the last prophet in the book, testifies that “these things are true and they testify of Christ” 
 
The Book of Jeraneck was written for us today. God is the author of the book. It is a record of a fallen people, compiled by inspired men for our blessing today. Those people never had the book as we know it today because it was meant for our time, for us to lean from. The prophet Jeraneck, after whom the book is named, abridged hundreds of years of records. God, told him what to include in his record that we would need for our day. Jeraneck writing over 2500 years ago speaking to us today, said: As you read the words of this record, a record of the history of my people you will feel us, see us and the spirit will testify just as he has with me that all these things are true.
121. For I see you, I feel you, I know of your day.
122. Soon you will know of my time and my people and this record, for I have seen it come forth unto you and it will speak to you and it will touch your very soul.
123. I am the last Prophet to sit in the great prophetic seat.
124. I am the last Prophet of my people to utter the testimony of the Almighty Lord Jesus Christ the God of Heaven.
125. For I say unto all who read this record to pray unto that Almighty Lord Jesus Christ and ask him if these things are true, for no mans hand can bear witness of the truth only that of the spirit and the spirit of revelation. (BOJ 18: 120-125)
 
We have been given this great gift and God expects us to use the Book of Jeraneck in several ways. We are to read it ourselves, carefully, prayerfully and ponder as we read, as to whether this book is the work of God. When we are finished reading the things in the book, Jeraneck calls upon us to put them to the test in these words:
125. For I say unto all who read this record to pray unto that Almighty Lord Jesus Christ and ask him if these things are true, for no mans hand can bear witness of the truth only that of the spirit and the spirit of revelation.
126. And he will send unto you these gifts, the gifts of the spirit and of revelation and it is those gifts that will witness unto you that these things are true.
127. And if you ask with a full heart being sincere in all your thoughts and you ask with real purpose he will indeed answer your prayer and reveal unto you the truth of this record. (BOJ 18: 125-127)
 
With this call in mind, and as Jeraneck asks we are to use the Book of Jeraneck in handling objections to the Church and its validity in a modern world. We will always encounter those who do not agree with us that this book is true and that it is a book of scripture given to us by God. Therefore, the only problem the objector has to resolve for himself is whether the Book of Jeraneck is true. For if the Book of Jeraneck is true, then Jesus is the Christ, Joseph Smith and Myself are Hid prophets, and The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ is true, and it is being led today by a prophet receiving revelation. Let me be clear, our main task is to declare the gospel and do it effectively. We are not obligated to answer every objection. Every man eventually is backed up to the wall of faith, and there he must make his stand, we have our faith and it is irrefutable, we seek no approval from the world of men for we know that our faith is based on the belief that God is real and that he has given us this great work of scripture, rather it is up to those who refute us to prove otherwise and they will have a hard time in doing so for God is on our side and stands with us. 
 
I stand as a unique witness. I stand as a living witness to the work and the glory of this record. I was there when it was given to us. I was the one appointed by God to receive and translate and record the words which were written upon the 24 plates of brass. I know of the people. I have seen them and I have heard them speak. I testify that this is a great work and one that we should hold dear to our hearts. There is not one person amongst us that has not been effected by the work that has taken place in order to being forth the Chronicles of The Children of Araneck. We all have our stories to tell our testimonies to share of the work, and so this work is alive for us. we are nit removed from it by hundreds of years of by peoples we do not know. Its stories of how it came in to print are not told by others but rather by us, we are the ones who have had a hand in bring it in to the light of the 21st centaury and so it is real for us. When we walk the ruins of our land and walk amongst the stone circles and hill forts of our land we know who built them, what efforts were made to secure their lives and their religion, we are able too see and t feel because we are the ones who brought forth their story so for us it is real and alive. So we should have more to lose, we know, we are as brother Joseph we are as he once was and we have a debt to remember. For me it is clear. That debt it to replay the sacrifice that was made and to honour their lives in honouring this great work in studying it and sharing it with the world. In short it is our greatest standard.
 
The Book of Jeraneck is our great standard. We are to use it. It shows that I am a prophet of God. It contains the words of Christ, and its great mission is to bring men to Christ and all other things are secondary to it. The question that needs to be asked by anyone who reads the Book of Jeraneck is “Do you want to learn more of Christ?” The Book of Jeraneck is one of the greatest sauces of contact for that knowledge. It does not contain things which are pleasing unto the world, and so the worldly are not interested in it. All those that seek Christ shall find him between the pages of this wonderful volume and they shall know Him like never before. Anyone who has diligently sought to know the doctrines and teachings of the Book of Jeraneck and has used it in their missionary efforts knows within their soul that this is the instrument which God has given to the church to convince the world of our message. 
 
Has the fact that we have had the Book of Jeraneck with us for now for just over a decade made it less significant to us today? Do we remember the new life it breathed in to the restoration? Do we remember the promise that was fulfilled when it came forth. For In the Bible we have the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word testament is the English can be translated as covenant. Is this what the Lord meant when He called the Book of Jeraneck  "My new covenant”? It is indeed another testament or witness of Jesus. If we can take any lessons from the early Saints then it would be that they were rebuked for treating the Book of Mormon lightly, are we under any less condemnation if we do the same with the Book of Jeraneck? The Lord Himself bears testimony that it is of eternal significance to our day, it is vital that our generation read its words and learn its lessons. Can a small number of us bring the whole Church under condemnation because we treat this wonderful gift with light heartedness? What will we say at the bar of Judgment when we stand before Him and meet His gaze if we are among those described holding lightly in our hands that which was so solemnly saved for us?
 
Every Latter Day Mormon should make the study of this book a lifetime pursuit. Otherwise he or she is placing his or her soul in jeopardy and neglecting that which could give spiritual and intellectual unity to his whole life. We have been blessed beyond all we can understand. We have this new book of scripture that contains both the Book of Mormon and the Chronicles of the Children of Araneck and we should not hold them lightly. We should study them within our families and the Chronicles of the Children of Araneck should be read with a hunger the likes of which we have never known. We have been greatly blessed. The Lord has opened again the windows of heaven to his people and given us another witness to consume and wo be unto us if we do not consume that which we have been given, for its lessons are stark and w must learn from their mistakes, we must all depends on it. No longer can we say that the Book of Mormon is ten Keystone of our religion, but rather is a group of keystones with the Book of Jeraneck and the Chronicles of the Children of Araneck being apart of that group.
 
I know that if  parents will read from the Book of Jeraneck prayerfully and regularly, by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will permeate their homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. These promises, increased love and harmony in the home, greater respect between parent and child, increased spirituality and righteousness, are not idle promises, but are what we are promised will happen if we will open our homes and our families to the beauty of the gift that w have been given.
 
In conclusion, what, then, am I to say of the Book of Jeraneck and the Chronicles of The Children of Araneck? I say this. I bear witness that it is true. I know this as surely as I know that I live. I affirm and state again from this pulpit that this is a true book of scripture, that it is a true history, a document unlike any other in recorded history and it speaks to us today. All we have to do it listen to its voice and apply its teachings to our lives and we shall take a closer step to our Lord and our God. Hold it dear my Brothers and Sisters, for we have been blessed and what a blessing it is I pray that we may we know and use this great book to get nearer to God, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
 
 
 

 


Sunday, 30 October 2016

Sermon: A Gathering Place

Much of what we take for granted in this church comes from the very foundation that God speaks to us, that he does indeed minister and revel things to us as his Latter Day Church. There are many things that we cling to in assurance that we are His people and much that we take for granted. One such thing is the gathering to Zion. many people speak of this as it is a forgone conclusion that the time will come when the call will go forth and all the righteous saints, no matter their denomination will heed and follow. I do not agree with this for many reasons, some of which are to many to mention in this sermon. However the gathering is one of the most seminal points on which the restored gospel is based, it is or was the life blood of the restoration, until things fell apart and the church was scattered and things changed and people imprinted their own world view upon the restoration and what it meant and why. In this next segment, which I have taken and altered myself for our church i would like to try and explain why it is still important and why it is still very much necessary for us to remember that the Lord has commanded that it is our Duty to gather to Zion when the Call comes.
 
This proclamation is created to help principled people find safe places to take there families during the days of tribulation that are ahead of us. Without this information you will most likely be forced to take up the sword against your neighbours in order to protect your family and your property. This document will help you to understand what it means to be free and how you retain your freedoms. This document will help you understand where to gather, when you should be prepared to start your journey, what you should bring with you when you come, what you should expect when you arrive, and who should come.
 
In the course of events of all free nations, there comes a time when men must stand up for the principles of Liberty. If they fail to stand they will find themselves in bondage to evil men who will create evil government in the attempt to subjugate their citizens. For such men to gain power they must remove God so that evil can fill the void left when God is removed from society. These evil men are surrogates for Satan. They do not want you to believe in God, to pray to God or to worship God. They will teach you that there is no sin. They will pass laws that repress your religions beliefs. They will pass laws to prevent you from praying. They will in the course of time, take away your Freedom of Speech. They will control your schools so that they can indoctrinate your children in their wicked ways. They will control your judges. They will control the media so that there is no voice of opposition. They will burden you with heavy taxes that are hard to bear and with those tax’s they will buy up unions, special interests groups, and other government officials all in a attempt to deprive you of your Liberty. They will pass laws to murder unborn children causing young mothers to suffer spiritual death and to look fearfully forward to their day of judgement. These evil men are in the gall of bitterness and the bonds of iniquity and in due time, shall suffer the wrath of a just God.
 
Many men do not realize that Freedom is based on Eternal Principles. Principles that were true yesterday are true today and will be true forever. If you fail to live those principles you will lose your freedom and you will be in bondage. For example, if there is no law against theft, so that anyone can steal your property at any time, are you free? Likewise, if there is no law against adultery so that any man can rob you of your wife and destroy the lives of your children, are you free? God created the laws upon which Freedom and Liberty are based and gave them to all of his children. If you will be free you must live the laws that preserve and protect and create Freedom. These are Eternal Laws that come from a loving Father in Heaven. When you fail to live these laws you are in bondage.
 
God will sweep the wicked off the face of the earth when they are ripened in iniquity and that will of course lead God to pour out the fullness of his wrath. In the days of Noah when God poured out the fullness of his wrath the wicked died, all of them died. In Matthew Chapter 24 the Saviour tells us that he will cause a great tribulation to come upon the inhabitants of the earth, that except those days shall be shortened none shall be saved but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened. In this scripture, relating to our time, the Saviour tells us that the wicked will be destroyed by famines, pestilence and earthquakes. Latter day revelations have warned us that these days will come as a result of economic failures by bad government and at a time when our liberties are being destroyed by evil practices and principles. Remember that when people become wicked they elect wicked rulers and soon Freedom is gone and bondage remains. Freedom can only survive when righteous principles are lived. Joseph Smith Jr said:- ‘without Zion, and a place of deliverance, we must fall; because the time is near when the sun will be darkened, and the moon turn to blood, and the stars fall from the heaven, and the earth reel to and fro. Then, if this is the case, and if we are not sanctified and gathered to the places God has appointed, with all our former professions and our great love for the Bible, we must fall; we cannot stand; we cannot be saved; for God will gather out his Saints from the Gentiles, and then comes desolation and destruction, and none can escape except the pure in heart who are gathered’.
 
As you see from the words of our first Latter Day prophet Joseph Smith Jr wickedness will destroy this all nations. The only safety will be to flee to those who have accepted and lived the principles of righteousness.  I know that this is not what the world wants to hear and it is probably not what you want to hear but the only safe and secure place you can take your families when mob rule is upon us, is to where the Saints have gathered. Where is that and how will living with the Saints make me safe? The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ is the Lord's church restored to the earth by Jesus Christ through a young 14 year old boy by the name of Joseph Smith Jr. All the ordinances, doctrines, and principles of the gospel have been revealed to Joseph and now to a modern day living prophet. God has warned his people through his prophet of the destruction that is upon us. He has commanded us to store food and clothing for this time of tribulation. We are completely aware that we will be providing safety and security for each other. Many people form other Churches despise our efforts. Due to the persecutions they have heaped upon us, they have a lot to lose if we are God's People and I proclaim with every fibre of my being, we are his people.
 
The Lord through his church has designated two specific gathering places for the Saints; they are of course the main permanent settlement in Missouri in the United States and also Zion’s Camp in Scotland in the United Kingdom which will serve as a gathering place for those who will be chosen to proceed to Missouri. However so for now let me tell you that you will need to go to the places that the lord has commanded are to be established for the gathering places of the saints in order for them to be preserved in times of tribulation. I think this is your only secure option. If you can find members in your area and can ask them to keep you informed as to any direction given to them by the church but if you take this approach you may get caught when the destruction begins.
 
Who Should Gather to Zion & Zion’s Camp
This is my list of the kind of people who would want to live among the Saints.  The word Zion in this text refers to where "The Pure in Heart" dwell.
  • You believe there is a God of Heaven and that he loves his Children.
  • You believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He Suffered for the sins of those who repent.
  • You believe in living a righteous life (i.e. The Ten Commandments etc.)
  • You love your family and will sacrifice your own safety to protect them.
  • You love your fellow man.
  • You love Freedom and Righteousness.
  • You are not one of those who persecute God's people or his Prophets.
How should You prepare to Gather to Zion & Zion’s Camp
  • You must be prepared to leave immediately when you see society turning into mob rule. When people are rioting and plundering the stores and looting in the big cities you can not delay, you must leave. In my opinion you will only have a few days. If you wait you will not be able to obtain petrol for your journey nor will you be able to get substantial food to take with you and you may have to take up the sword to defend your family.
  • Determine now where you will be going and purchase enough petrol to get there.
  • Purchase survival food right now for one year. This would include wheat, rice, beans, sugar and oats. You need 400 lbs of survival food per adult per year. You need this to make it easier for you to fit into a community of people who have already stored food. So that it is not hard for people to share the food they have stored for their children, we will be storing food centrally in the Bishops store house, this way everyone gets according to their needs, not their wants. You can find good places to purchase your food by contacting the church direct. You can contact the church by email 24 hours a day. You can also search for "Food Storage" on the web.
  • If it is time to leave and you do not have the food you need, start your journey anyway, and get away from the big cities or the coastal areas. If you get to one of the gathering places without food do not worry you will be taken care of.
  • There are many survival items that you will need to have. Some of them are: medications, extra pairs of jeans, work shirts, work socks, thermals, walking shoes, boots, gloves, coats, bedding, sleeping bags, feminine products, bathroom products, plastic cooler, paper plates, matches, forks, and knifes.
  • If you have two cars or a trailer you may need them to bring all of your food and survival items. If this is the case make sure you have enough petrol to make your destination. There are many people who will be walking and you do not want to be one of them.
  • When you arrive you will need a place to stay. Everyone will be given a place to live with their family. Be aware that this will not be what you have left behind. You may very well be living in a bell tent for a while before other possibilities can be worked out. You may be living in with a family of saints. You may be in a trailer or caravan.
What Laws Will We Live in Zion
First we must live the laws of God and live righteous principles. Nations are not only governed by Law, they are preserved by Law. Where there is no law or the laws are not enforced, there can be no Freedom. A Nation that does not enforce its laws will cease to be a free Nation and chaos will ensue.
 
Second, these gathering places that we call Zion and Zion’s Camp are choice above all other lands and places. They are to be an “Ensign of Freedom", the "Light on the Hill" for the entire world to see. Zion and Zion’s Camp are these things because they were created by God for a special purpose and it they are to be established upon Eternal Principles. The Freedom of Religion and the Freedom of Speech allow us to teach righteous principles to all of Gods Children, to prepare the way for the Second Coming of the Saviour, when all men in all nations will be free and peace will reign upon the face of the whole earth. God established this church to help prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. We alone can not stop the ravages of the wicked. Only God can do this. The famines, pestilence, and plagues will wipe the wicked off the face of the earth and the righteous will be left to inherit the earth. So what laws will we live in Zion and Zion’s Camp? We will live the laws of God, the laws of righteousness, the laws that insure our Freedom and Liberty.
 
Third, when the years of tribulation are over, and the people of Zion and Zion’s camp begin to spread out upon the face of the earth, we will re-establish the eternal laws of God as the rule of law and peace and Freedom will abound through the whole world. If you are to be saved from the tribulations which shall shortly come upon the world, you must forsake evil and hold to that which is good. You are a child of God with great opportunities living at a glorious time. Put on the whole armour of God that you may overcome the fiery darts of the ungodly. Stand tall for truth and righteousness. Come and join the Saints of God at the gathering places and stand together all who believe on his name.
 
The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ
The Office of The Prophet of The Church

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sermon: Our Royal Standard

From the days of my childhood to the present day. I look back and see how things have changed in the world. What was once considered to be not good, and to be bad are now considered to be good.
 
The word SIN is rarely us now in general in the world. However in the different religions in the world Christianity has become very diverse. Some fractions are saying certain behaviour is acceptable to God, and others as an abomination. Good, and evil have often been portrayed on colours as white, and black. And in-between various shades of gray. Linear measurements have also be used if one deviates from a standard measure. For example. Physical standards. One of the oldest yard-rods in existence is the cloth yard of the Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors. It consists of a hexagonal iron rod 5⁄8 inch in diameter and 1⁄100 inch short of a yard, encased within a silver rod bearing the hallmark 1445. In the early 15th century, the Merchant Taylors Company was authorized to "make search" at the opening of the annual St. Bartholomew's Day Cloth Fair. In the mid-18th century Graham compared the standard yard of the Royal Society to other existing standards. These were a "long-disused" standard made in 1490 during the reign of Henry VII, and a brass yard and a brass ell from 1588 in the time of Queen Elizabeth and still in use at the time, held at the Exchequer a brass yard and a brass bell at the Guildhall; and a brass yard presented to the Clock-Makers Company by the Exchequer in 1671. The Exchequer yard was taken as "true" the variation was found to be +1⁄20 to −1⁄15 of an inch, and an additional  graduation for the Exchequer yard was made on the Royal society's standard. In 1758 the legislature required the construction of a standard yard, which was made from the Royal Society's standard and was deposited with the clerk of the House of Commons; it was divided into feet, one of the feet into inches, and one of the inches into tenths. A copy of it, but with upright cheeks between which other measuring rods could be placed, was made for the Exchequer for commercial use. Spiritual Standards as we can read this in the Book of Mormon.
 
1  AND now I, Nephi, make an end of my prophesying unto you, my beloved brethren.  And I cannot write but a few things, which I know must surely come to pass; neither can I write but a few of the words of my brother Jacob.
2  Wherefore, the things which I have written sufficeth me, save it be a few words which I must speak concerning the doctrine of Christ; wherefore, I shall speak unto you plainly, according to the plainness of my prophesying.
3  For my soul delighteth in plainness; for after this manner doth the Lord God work among the children of men.  For the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding; for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding
4  Wherefore, I would that ye should remember that I have spoken unto you concerning that prophet which the Lord showed unto me, that should baptise the Lamb of God, which should take away the sins of the world.
(Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 31:1 - 4)

12  And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is baptized
in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me;
wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.
13  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Saviour down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel.
(Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 31:12 - 13)

We know the our Farther in Heaven is unchanging in his laws. Therefore His standards do not change over time. Regardless of what the world says.

Apostle Elder Peter Barber

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Official Church Statement: Transgenderism

The beauty of the restored gospel is that we know for a surety that we lived before we came here to this mortal realm, that we did indeed have a life and that we lived it in the presence of our Father who created us and that we were created in his image. We know that we had bodies were defined in to genders that we were both male and female before our mortal birth and that we were created thus by our father, our creator God. We have this knowledge because of the restoration of truth handed down to us by our founder and prophet Joseph Smith and through the restored scriptures. This doctrine gives us clear and distinct answers to questions that have plagued men for generation, Who are we? and where do we come from? I believe that we are the only people in the world to have this knowledge and because of this we should know better when it come to accepting corrupt ideologies of the world and teaching them to our children and young people. As holders of this knowledge it is our responsibility to tech the truth and tech that we are what we are because we have been created this way by a God who loves us. There are those who belong to the latter day faith that believe in the pre-existence but have taken hold of the corrupt teachings of the world and folded them in to one t make the gospel seem more appealing to the world and the younger generation. It is our duty to teach truth no matter how distasteful it is to the world and no matter how unpopular it may be to the younger generation.
 
What must be understood if we are to tackle the dangers of transgender thinking is that we lived as spirits before we were born. We lived in the presence of God in the spirit before we came here, we desired to be like him, we saw him, we were in his presence and sought to become like him. There is not one soul who has lived that has not seen both the Father and the Son and in that same state in the spirit were formed in to their gender states as they were created by God. It is true that we did not have bodies of physical flesh but we had bodies of spirit formed in full likeness of God in all their glories, in short we were full personages in reflection of our Father. However this knowledge in all its beauty has been forgotten or distorted and the dangers of the world have crept in to our homes. The world would have us think that much of what is written in the Bible and other sacred texts is of little consequence for our lives today and so dangers have arisen and one danger that I find worrying is the danger of transgenderism. The issue of transgenderism isn’t going away anytime soon, it may only become more prominent in our society. It’s just one symptom of the fierce spiritual battle that is raging in our wicked world. A secular mindset is increasingly capturing the hearts and minds of not only our young people but our society as a whole and they are being deceived into believing that morality and gender can be whatever they want it to be. Without the foundation of the absolute authority of God’s law, the world is adrift in a sea of moral relativism where man makes the rules and determines “truth.” and when this happens nothing good comes of it, in fact death and destruction follow in its wake.
 
The gospel and the restoration provides the only true foundation for our thinking on this issue. Starting with God's law laid down in the scriptures we know that gender was created by God and that people were created “male and female” (Genesis 1:29–30) from the beginning. Of course, sin has affected everything, including gender, and, as a result, some people have a real struggle with gender identity. We need to have compassion for these individuals of course, but that doesn’t mean we should accept and embrace sinful behaviours and choices! It means that we should lovingly and gently expose sin and share the life-changing message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ with all people and the joy and knowledge of the pre-existence. We should as a church stand firm on what we hold true, we should never bend to popular opinion or belief just because we are under condemnation from the world, after all the world is in the pay of the great evil, Satan and are we in his pay? NO! we are in the service if God and he is for truth always.
 
As Latter Day Mormons I think that sometimes we can forget that we have a wonderful resource in the Bible, that was and is given to us by God for our education in life. So it is to the Bible I look. The Bible teaches that manhood or womanhood is not incidental, it has been given us by God as a gift. We inhabit our God-created bodies as vessels of delight, temples of the Holy Spirit, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19. Our sexuality points to what theologians call “complementarily.” Men and women are one “kind” (1 Corinthians 15:39), but we are not the same. This is true in several respects. As Scripture indicates and common sense shows, men and women are different anatomically. Adam named his wife “woman” because she was distinct from him, a man (Genesis 2:29). Only a man can provide the raw material by which to procreate; only a woman can bear children and nurse them. However from the start Gods wonderful plan for mankind was the target of Satan. he looked and beheld a wonderful perfect design and wanted to distort and twist what God had crated and ordained and has attacked the family and self identity ever since Adam and Eve walked out of the Garden of Eden. The word wide flood was sent because mankind was neck deep in sin and sinful behaviour similar to what we have today and I believe gender identity plays a big part in that. We know through scripture that the “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9), As a church we recognise that there will always be those who will use situations like gender identity to try to fulfil their own sinful lustful desires. This has created a dangerous situation as there’s no doubt sexual predators will and have always used these development to their full advantage and with Satan as their ally its easy in a sinful world for them to succeed and drag young impressionable minds with them. It is important for us to remember this comforting Scripture:
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13) What people need is not accommodation of a sinful lifestyle. They need the gospel of Jesus Christ! After all we read again:
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9–11) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) And we as believers need to be equipped with solid, answers to meekly and gently engage the culture for Christ.
 
However I am afraid that all to often we see the profound tension between God’s design and Satan’s attacks on this design everyday in our lives. The Lord created man and woman and gives them specific roles to play for His glory; Satan targets man and woman and induces them to upend God’s design. God orders and structures, Satan tears down. God brings life, Satan destroys it. These tragic patterns are as old as the earth. They are not new, but they do morph with the times as we are seeing today. Western culture is making good on this rebellion. It denies the distinctness of divine creation, it tears down the uniqueness of the sexes, and it rebels against the lordship of Jesus Christ. The wisdom and design of God is rejected, and the Word of God, in sum, is reviled. I see this all to often in my home having a young man growing up in the gospel and also in the world. We as parents teach the principles of Christ to all our children and I see the dangers of how the world captures the hearts and minds of the young and the power of Satan.
 
I guess in summing up I want us to remember that we must always show love and compassion to those caught u in sin, but we must never condone their behaviour or their choices, we must never allow their lifestyle to permeate our church or our culture. The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ stands firm on the foundation that we do not allow or condone homosexual relationships or the LGBT movement in our church, but we do not hate. I make an appeal to all those living under this cloud to seek the Lord and he will seek you in return. let us not condone sine and let us remember that we are who we are because of God and because we were created this way by him and it is not an accident but a design and meant to be.
 
Matthew P. Gill
Prophet & First Elder

Monday, 26 September 2016

Sermon: Our Duty As Parents

In the beginning the Lord created male and female and instructed them to multiply and replenish the earth. He told them to look after their children and teach them righteousness.
 
Our Heavenly Father placed the responsibility upon parents to insure that their children are well fed, well groomed and clothed, well trained and well taught. Most parents protect their children with shelter, they tend and care for their diseases, provide clothes for their safety and their comfort, and supply food for their health and growth. But what do they do for their souls?
 
When children go off to school or to play with their friends, parents cannot be totally sure of what the children are learning. But if parents take time at home each evening to explain the gospel program to their children, it will replace the negative things they may learn during the day. As parents we know only to well the daily struggle it is to teach our children the moral principles they need to live a life in the footsteps of God, they do not learn this at school but in the home at the feet of their parents. We like many generations before us must respond today to the wicked situation that we find our children living in today, when such sins as same sex marriage, gender swapping, bisexual relationships and other sinful and prideful activities are encouraged in the world, we must stand firm on the foundation of the gospel and teach correct and just morals to our children, if not all else fails. If it were not for our size I would recommend that all children belonging to this faith be educated at home or within the confines of a church school, however our situation does not allow for this and so we must do as well as we can. Do not despair. Parents can develop respect for others’ property and rights in their growing children by example and precept. Parents who require their youngsters to apologise and return, perhaps even double or triple, that which they have taken, broken, and destroyed, those children will be honourable citizens and will bring honour and glory to their parents. Those parents who themselves respect law and order and observe all the rules can, by that example and by their expression of approval or disapproval, discipline and protect their children against disorder and rebellion. Inner disciplines are substituting for the outer ones as the outer ones become habitual and effective. As one is obedient to his own sound principles, it is far more important and gratifying than obedience to others.
 
We often find men capable of governing a world who cannot rule their own household or the restless minds of their own children and cannot control their own passions. Is it possible that the shocking irreverence of many of the rising generation can be traced to the irreverence of their parents? Can children be expected to be spiritual and religious and reverent if their parents show no such interest themselves. As parents read the newspapers and magazines and see what the world is trying to teach their children, they should become all the more determined that their children not be influenced by such sin and error. Parents should then provide the home life, the discipline, and the training that will offset and neutralise the evil that is being done in the world. As children learn of the ugly things in the world, they must also learn of the good things in the world and the proper responses and proper attitudes. If parents understand that many children do not have family prayers and spiritual attitudes and proper teaching in their lives, then those parents should redouble their energies and their efforts to see that their own children receive good, wholesome training. Let us remember that the scriptures condemn fathers and mothers when they fail to do their duty. Eli, the high priest, was charged with the serious sins of his sons. The Lord whispered through Samuel, “I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house. “Because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.”.
 
How sad it would be if the Lord should charge any of us as parents with having failed to teach our children. Truly a tremendous responsibility falls upon a couple when they bring children into the world. Not only food, clothes, and shelter are required of them, but loving, kindly disciplining, teaching, and training is required. For we are the guardians of these beings, true we create the body but the true personage is and always will be Gods and it is our duty to raise that personage that we have been blessed with in the image of God and in his likeness, so that if he or his son were to grace us with his presence we would no be ashamed of our conduct as parents, for it is our responsibility for the way our children become adults we are the ones who train them and if we neglect that training and do not do it in the sight of God then woe be unto us at the day of judgement and woe be unto the future generations that shall come after us.
 
I pray that we shall stand as guardians and teachers and do as we have bee asked so that our young people grow to stand as we have stood in the sight of God.
 
In The Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Matthew P. Gill
Prophet & First Elder

Friday, 23 September 2016

Sermon: Overcoming Adversity

This is the story of Louise Laflamme . She now heads up one of Hawaii’s largest insurance companies. She was first recruited into the industry as a junior aged 17 and quickly became a senior field agent looking after about 50 small personal clients. After a period of learning from a number of
Senior colleagues at age twenty she was moved to senior sales consultant and given a portfolio consisting of about 100 small corporate clients. Over the next 5 years Louise became the first female in the companies history to achieve induction into the world acclaimed MDRT ( Million dollar round table) For producing sales of at least ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
After a further five years and after reaching the position of Vice president she decided to leave and set up her own business in Hawaii . she was now 38 and a mother of two girls and served as a school governor and a local alderman.
I met louise Laflamme at a international MDRT meeting at the Royal Albert hall where she was presiding as international MDRT president. I was proud to be a new member and was thinking I had achieved quite a lot I was 34.
Know you might think that louises story up to now was not that inspiring But, In the middle 1950’s on a small farm in California the Laflamme family worked mainly wheat and corn . The family Consisted of mother and father and two children David 14 and Louise who was 4. On a sweltering summer day the family and the farm labourers had just finished for lunch, Mrs Laflamme served up a hearty meal on trestle tables in the farm yard. They had all taken their seats around the table when Mrs Laflamme noticed her daughter louise was missing. She asked David to go and see where she was after a few seconds david was heard to scream for help.
It was his sister louise she had fallen into a small threshing machine. Later in hospital it was revealed that Louise had lost an arm and both legs and the doctors thought she would not make it through the night. As we know she did live and overcame life changing disabilities to be a mom and a business leader of international renown .
We can learn from Louise Laflamme that whilst we may be challenged in many ways god will lay out a path that can be challenging but at the same time not insurmountable. I hope and pray that we can all mirror louises life and reach for the sky.
In Gods Name. Amen
Elder Philip. A Gill

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