Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Official Church Statement: Jesus & Joseph What We Believe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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