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Book of Mormon Conference – The Three Gospels

The Firm Foundation sponsored the 28th International semi-annual Book of Mormon Evidence Conference on September 23 – 25th, 2021.  I have been privileged to address an audience for this semi-annual event and share my testimony for twelve of those fourteen years.

A Special Day

My presentation was given on September 25th,  which also happened to be my 85th birthday and the audience sang “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to me.  In addition, several members of my family were in attendance, which made the day extra special, which is the best birthday present they could give me — to appreciate my exciting research.

My discourse was well attended and I received a wonderful response from the audience.  After the lecture, an individual from the audience asked if I would be willing to share my slides because of the abundance of material that was presented and I agreed.  (See Link at the Bottom of Post)

The Three Gospels

The title of my presentation was: “The Three Gospels and Preparation for the Lord’s Coming. “

1. The Gospel of the Good Earth –  Preparing our body, mind, and spirit.  Get out of the harmful modern foods and know what to eat to be the healthiest so that the “destroying angel will pass by.”

2) The Gospel of the Bible –  Preparing a people for the millennium. All who have faith in Jesus Christ and keep His commandments will make it into the millennium regardless of denomination.

3. The Gospel of the End-timesPreparing a Zion people. The fullness of the gospel will help bring about ZION to prepare us to meet the Bridegroom at His Coming.

  • These three “Gospels” are the most important blessings God has given and is giving in these last days in preparation for the return of His Beloved Son, and for His Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10).
  • Those who integrate and internalize these three gospels will be the best prepared for His Glorious millennial reign.

It is my prayer for you that you may internalize and share these three gospels and be prepared for His glorious coming.  To this end have I done the research and prepared this important information to help you in your preparation for His Coming!  IT IS EXCITING TO KNOW HE IS COMING SOON.

Enjoy – The Three Gospels Slide Presentation

David Allan

P.S.  After my slide presentation, my publisher, Boyd Tuttle of Digital Legend,  sold all the copies of my book “It’s About Time” that he had in his booth.  You can buy it on the book’s website: and it is available as Kindle or in audio formats.

 

 

 

Why are Mormons Leaving Their Church?

Public records show that the worldwide membership growth for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has slowed. Also, many members have chosen to either drop out, become inactive, or have had their names removed from the rolls of the faith.

This is close to my heart because someone near and dear was one of them.  She is a very devote Christian and very bright.  She and her husband have raised a beautiful family.  She served a mission for our church and married in the temple, but has chosen to reject Mormonism.

What Are Some Of The Causes of Discontent?

She recently shared with me the details of why she left the Church.  I felt the sincerity of her heart as she shared how hard that decision came.  I am deeply grateful she was willing to openly share these feelings with me.

She sent me the link to the book, CES Letter, by Jeremy T. Runnells that she suggested I read giving some of the reasons why she had left the Church.  CES stands for the Church Education System, and he had reached out to them for answers.  I downloaded the book and went through it in quite a bit of detail, as he explains why he left the Church because  they couldn’t, “answer my concerns and questions.”

As I went through the book, I found many miss leading quotes and misinformation.  Unfortunately, many of them were from BYU professors and Church intellectuals that I knew were wrong from my personal research.  A lot of people are leaving the Church because of these confusing and contradictory statements.  For example, Jeremy says there are 100,000 changes in the Book of Mormon since it was first published.  This is incredibly misleading.  I have a copy of the original and have read it, and was thrilled with the consistency with the current edition.

Are There Problems Within Mormonism?

Every church has it problems and Mormonism is not alone.  Several years ago, I was attending a General Conference of the Church in the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, when I heard President Benson, the President of our church at the time, say that the condemnation the Lord had placed on the Church had not been lifted, as he quoted from Doctrine & Covenants Section 84:

49 And the whole world lieth in sin, and groaneth under darkness and under the bondage of sin.
50 And by this you may know they are under the bondage of sin because they come not unto me.
51 For whoso cometh not unto me is under the bondage of sin.
52 And whoso receiveth not my voice is not acquainted with my voice, and is not of me.
53 And by this you may know the righteous from the wicked, and that the whole world groaneth under sin and darkness even now.
54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—
55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.
56 And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.
57 And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say but to do according to that which I have written—
58 That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion.

(Bold is mine)

Today we are seeing the effects of that condemnation as people fall into the clutches of unbelief, vanity, and sin, and do not know the  voice of the Savior.  Also, many leave the Church because of so much conflicting information, which dashes their trust in a consistent theology.  Let us look deeper.
 
The Book of Mormon is basic to our religion.  The fundamental purpose of the Book of Mormon is to bring people to Christ and help prepare for His glorious return so that we are not “under the bondage of sin…” and “know the  voice of the Savior.” 51 “For whoso cometh not unto me is under the bondage of sin.”   The Book of Mormon, as a second witness with the Bible, is designed to help us get out from under that bondage and receive His mercy and grace.  This is fundamental to Mormon theology.

Two Credible Defenders of the Faith and Book of Mormon

There are many credible researchers and defenders of the Book of Mormon, both member and  non-member.  I share two examples that come from outside independent sources.

1. Rob Kay, is a good friend of our daughter, McKaylee, and her husband, Scott.  Rob is a Jewish convert, with a strong Hebrew background who at age fifteen, by chance, picked up a copy of the Book of Mormon and immediately recognized it as a Hebrew document.  “This book is written in the manner of the Jews.” Three years later he joined the Church.  He let me put his remarkable conversion story on our website; the link is below.  His profound understanding can be supported by his website posts, and the link is below as well.

He took the 1840 edition of the Book of Mormon, which was the last one Joseph Smith was able to edit before he was martyred, and created a three-volume set, called, Voices from the Dust —  showing the Hebrew structure, but in English.  I have read his adaptation three times, and have greatly rejoiced in his insights and the content from this new, but old Hebrew perspective.

One of the things I learned from Rob  and from another Jewish convert friend, David Doane, is that the Book of Mormon is full of Hebrew Midrash occurrences. The concept of Jewish Midrash was totally unknown to Joseph at the time he translated the Book of Mormon, yet the Book of Mormon has several profound examples, as Rob Kay has explained.

In Hebrew, there is no punctuation, and Rob has no chapters and verses in his three-volume set, “Voices from the Dust“.  So, I was totally fascinated as I read his adaptation to observe that the sectioning he uses often begins with one of the 1,800 Adamic phrases that I have found in my research.  I was pleased that LDS Living Magazine picked up on this work from an article I wrote.  It is a unique perspective.

2. Jonathan Neville, who, in my opinion, is the best church historian because he is not attached to any church research system subject to correlation. He is “freelance” and a very brilliant researcher, retired lawyer, and has found many mistakes in the Church history books – mainly using the Joseph Smith Papers and many other dependable research resources.  I recently reached out to him as a friend.  He was familiar with the Runnells CES Letters book and has written a blog article addressing the question of the accusation that the Book of Mormon was plagiarized, which was one of the concerns of the person mentioned above.

Jonathan shared with me:
“I started a blog responding a while back”  This is a blog written in response to Jeremy Runnells’s letter to the CES director.

Jonathan said: “Recently I responded to FairLDS’ attempt at a response to the CES letter.”

In his usual fair and insightful way, he deals with plagiarization, misinformation, and relevant questions that have caused members to question their membership in the Church and the Book of Mormon.

Science Vs. Faith

For me, the bigger world problem is all who are turning away from God and assuming science will save them.  In a recent survey, 93% of the leading American scientists believe the Bible is a myth.  In the Book of Mormon, both Nephi (1 Nephi 13:38-41) and Joseph in Egypt (2 Nephi 3:11) prophesied this would happen, and that the Book of Mormon would come forth and validate the Bible.  It is doing that in a major way in  fulfillment of those prophecies, which also validates the Book of Mormon because these prophecies are coming about as we speak, and Jesus said, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:15-20)

We know religion is a matter of faith, but I believe the following article gives undeniably validation of the scriptures including the Bible, and showing the fingerprint of God and evidence of the Adamic language.  I used the scientific method to validate these findings.

I pray for all our Christian Missionaries who are using the Bible to bring people to Christ and His great gospel plan of happiness and peace in the midst of the storms.  All who believe that gospel will make it into the millennium.  I also pray for our missionaries who are bringing the fullness of the gospel as contained in the Book of Mormon to as many as will.  We know the gospel will go to all before He comes.  Let us join arm-in-arm to get the good news out there – live it and share it. (John 15:8)

My Own Research, Findings, and Testimony

As to Joseph Smith, it is as Jeremy Runnells says, he is either a modern-day prophet or he is the greatest fraud ever.  This reminds me of C. S. Lewis’s comment about the Savior: he said, “There can be only one of two conclusions: 1) He is the greatest deceiver of all time, or 2) He is exactly what and who He said He is: the Son of God and the Redeemer of mankind.” 

Again, Jesus gives us how to know, “By their fruits, ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:20)  The information in the following link is adapted from a book about 100 people who knew Joseph intimately.  I would much rather rely on their testimonies than on the many others who did not know him and chose to denigrate him not knowing the facts.  Both the translation of the Book of Mormon as well as the printing were major miracles for anyone who is willing to look at the history with a desire to know the truth.

Another fascinating fingerprint from the Lord  came to me.  At 4:28 (MST) on 20 March 2017) was the moment of the Vernal Equinox. Spring sprung upon us!  The early morning hours are my best time for meditating.  I had the impression that morning that the ratio of the height to width of the first printing of the Book of Mormon was in the divine ratio or the Golden mean.  The divine ratio is ever-present in nature.  Dr. Hugh Nibley, Brigham Young University said, “Measurement is the very essence of creation.”  The Lord has said, “Behold, all things are created and made to bear record of me.” (Moses 6:63) When I got up – having a replica of one of the 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon first printed – I measured it, and found it to be exactly as the Spirit had taught me.  (190 mm high x 117 mm wide; 190/117 = 1.62.  The golden mean is 1.618033989…, an irrational number)  We have more than two thousand books in our library, and I have not found another with the divine ratio.  I thank the Lord for this insight.

I believe we should let each person follow their hearts in terms of their religious beliefs and be happy therein.  As I see it, the confusing teachings that are causing many to leave the Mormon religion are based on misinformation that Satan has put out there. Unfortunately, many have “thrown the baby out with the bathwater” and no longer believe in Christ.  Interestingly, the Lord gave Joseph Smith the name of His Church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Indeed, we who follow the teachings of the restoration of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ coming through the Prophet Joseph Smith count ourselves among true Christians, as we come unto Him with full purpose of heart, and hearken to His voice.

My life has grown in light and truth spiritually and temporally mainly because of internalizing the beautiful truths of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is not only the “good news;” it is for me the BEST NEWS!  I believe the success the Lord has given me scientifically is because He knew how I love to share this most important message, and I am so pleased that we have over 70 thousand visits a year to my book’s website www.ItsAboutTimeBook.com from across the globe and increasing.

David W. Allan

links:

Rob Kay’s website:  The Mormon Yeshiva

Rob Kay’s conversion story: “Voices from the Dust.

The Good News of Three Gospels

The Gospel is the Good News, but when studied In- depth, we find there are three “Gospels” in God’s plan of happiness: 1. The “Gospel of the Good Earth”. 2. The “Gospel of the Bible” and 3. The “Gospel of the End Times.” These three “Gospels” are the most important blessings God has given and is giving in these last days in preparation for the return of His Beloved son, and for His Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10).

1. The Good News of the Earth’s Gospel

The gospel of the good earth contributes in a major way toward the most healthy and happy path during our mortal journey.  The recent pollution of the earth has removed most of the potential purity of this gospel.  In Weston A. Price’s grand-breaking book (original copyright 1939 with several follow-up printings with the last one in 2008), Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, he shares that the primitives had it right and we have it wrong because of the pollution – hence, the degeneration condition now.

His work was so profound that the WESTON A. PRICE FOUNDATION was set up in 1999, and now Sally Fallon Morell, MA, is the President and is best known as the author of the best-selling cookbook, Nourishing Traditions®: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats.  In my opinion, it is the best cookbook on the planet.  The primitives knew how to let their food be their medicine and bring them happiness and harmony in life.  Several of my blog articles have a basis in their work and research.  Fortunately, several others are working to overcome this serious pollution problem of the earth.  The New World Order’s green-earth movement and carbon tax are in the opposite direction, as motivated by Satan.

Quoting from pages 382-3 of Dr. Price’s book regarding the primitives, “Their success demonstrates that their program is superior to ours.”  He goes on to share, “The faith of the primitive in the all-pervading power of which he is a part includes a belief in immortality.  He lives in communion with the great unseen Spirit of which he is a part, always in humility and reverence.”  The beautiful harmony of the earth’s gospel is captured to a degree in Paul Gautschi’s inspiring work, as he asks how God does it:  Back to Eden Gardening Official Website.  You will be greatly inspired as you watch the video — available on line — describing his insights and nutritious, happy, healthy way of living — over more than four decades.

2. The Good News of the Bible’s Gospel

Imagine a measure of goodness and happiness across time and for Jew and Gentile, then using that measure,  You would find that those who live God’s laws in the Bible would measure the highest.  In contrast, that measure would show those who reject God’s laws are the most miserable and often do many harmful things to others.  The Christian crusades are an example of non-Christian activities bringing about great hurt and harm to many.  They were done in the name of Christianity, but contrary to God’s laws; the first of which is to “love the Lord thy God with all thy our heart, with all thy soul, with all thy mind, and with all thy strength… And the second is like… Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Mark 12:30-31)

In a similar sense, if you ask the question, what book has done more good than any other, I believe it can be shown to be the King James Version of the Bible.  Though it is imperfect, it is the best of our English translations.  The work, influence, and gifts of William Tyndale are remarkable miracles in that regard.

The Bible Vs. Science

Now, most scientists believe the Bible is a myth, and the world tends to believe more in science than in the Bible.  The moral decay of society is a direct correlation with scientists turning from God, and atheism on the rise.  The decline of faith in the world, among our millennials, is a sad indicator of Satan knowing it is his last hour.

The world has a great big “wake-up” call coming when the Bible’s prophesied end of worldliness comes, as the Savior of the world ushers in his glorious millennial reign not many years hence.

The exciting insight is that those whose lives are in harmony with the Bible gospel — regardless of their religious beliefs — will join with all those in the “first resurrection” during His  thousand year reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.  The purging times ahead will be a refiners fire sorting out the wicked from the righteous, as we witness the end of worldliness (wickedness).

3. The Good News of the “End Time Gospel”

Christ gave the fullness of the gospel to the ancients, but like the pollution that has degenerated the earth, the imperfections of translations over the years have polluted the purity of the Bible texts.

Knowing this, the Lord in His infinite love sent a solution, as the Apostle John saw in vision, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of water.” (Rev. 14:7)

For all the Bible thumpers, we have the hard question, “Why would God need to send an angel with the everlasting gospel if it were already in the Bible?”  In 1830, the world was miraculously given the fullness of the everlasting gospel delivered by an angel to the Prophet Joseph Smith to translate by the gift and power of God – another witness and a companion to the Bible that Jesus is the Christ, the promised Messiah.

The Book of Mormon, translated one time by the power of God into English, documents the visit of the resurrected Lord to America, as He shares the fullness of the everlasting gospel here in America.  Not only was its translation a miracle, how it was printed was as well.

Interestingly, both Joseph in Egypt (2 Nephi 3:11) and the Prophet Nephi (1 Nephi 13:38-41) prophesies that the Book of Mormon would come forth in a day when the Bible would be disbelieved, and the Book of Mormon would prove the Bible to be true.

I have found 1,800 phrases in our scriptures tying back to the language of Adam, and their consistency of use across all of the scriptures validates the Bible, as well as all of God’s scriptures.  This I have done using the scientific method, as God has inspired me to do.  The data are undeniable and show God’s fingerprint, in spite of man’s mistranslation errors.

The Lord tells us the End time gospel will include “other books,” as referenced in the above prophecy by Nephi.  Many of these have already come forth augmenting the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and many more exciting ones are expected — revealing the end from the beginning of the journey of our space-ship called earth.  “Nothing shall be withheld”(D&C 12:28)  “In that day when the Lord shall come, he shall reveal all things…”

The Enormous Blessings of the Three Gospels:

  1. For those who internalize the blessings of the gospel of the good earth, the Lord promises, that those  “walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;  And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;  And shall and run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.  And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the  destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. (D&C 89:18-21)  This we do by overcoming the pollutions of the earth and by eating organically grown foods, avoiding processed foods, sugar, and where we can, grow our own in mineral-rich soil.  Then we will enjoy the richness of the good earth’s gospel.
  2. The Lord is reaching out in marvelous and countless ways to bring His Bible gospel to as many as will.  Now, there are 250,000 Messianic Jews and the number is growing rapidly.  The remarkable Muslim to Christian convert, Afshin Javid, who was visited by Christ, estimates fifteen hundred Iranians are coming to Christ every week.  The Lord is gathering millions whose lives conform with the Bible gospel to be with Him during His thousand-year glorious millennial reign.  In Him they will greatly rejoice.
  3. The end time gospel, which includes the fullness, has the power to take the recipient to celestial realms of glory.  We can think of the end time as a two-step process.  The end of all worldliness comes, as the first “new heaven and new earth” role into place at the beginning of the millennium.  At the end of worldliness, and during the beginning of the millennium, because of God’s fairness, the fullness of the gospel will be made available to everyone (D&C 90:11).  Step-two, at the end of the millennium, there will again be a “new heaven and a new earth,” as the Savior presents to the Father the celestialized earth and all those who have accepted the fullness of the gospel.  In Heavenly Father’s perfect plan of happiness, everyone gets exactly what they chose and desire.  A wicked man would be more miserable in heaven than with the damned souls in hell.  We cannot imagine a more perfect plan– perfected by the infinite atonement of our Lord and Savior .  Everything has a purpose, and every challenge is a learning experience.  And our Great God can and will, as appropriate, turn ever evil into good.  “Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy.” (2 Nephi 2:25)

David W. Allan

 

 

 

Two Sets of Gold Plates and God’s Witnesses

If we have eyes to see and hearts to feel and minds to understand, God gives us opportunities to know the validity of His work in every direction we turn.  The two sets of Gold Plates and His two sets of witnesses thereto are a case in point, as you will see.

What Ever Happened to the Golden Plates?

I learned from the scholar, Jonathan Neville, there were two sets of gold plates for the Book of Mormon.  He has written an amazing and most useful book regarding “Whatever Happened to the Golden Plates?” With his useful lawyer skills and intelligent thoroughness, his new book, “A Man That Can Translate” is brilliant. Both books have been great resource books for my research. Jonathan is a great friend and helped me with one of my blog articles Book of Mormon Miracles,  documenting the miraculous time-lines in bringing forth the Book of Mormon.  The miracles associated with the printing of the Book of Mormon are amazing as well.

“Large Plates” and “Small Plates”

You will see why I call the two sets fo Gold Plates the “large plates” and the “small plates,” for logical and actual reasons.  As we look at the new information available from Jonathan and other sources, it helps us clarify the history of really what happened in the Book of Mormon translation process.  We will see how the Lord brought into play His Divine Law of Witnesses (2 Corinthians 13:1) to give us maximum validity of this incredible Book of Mormon that has so blessed the world so greatly.

Notice, in your current Book of Mormon the “Title Page” has two paragraphs: Paragraph 1 states. “…it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi…”; and Paragraph 2 states. “An abridgement taken from the Book of Ether, which is a record of the people of Jared.”  So, the “Title Page” is not a description of the “small plates, which were not an abridgment.  They were translated last even though they are first in the Book of Mormon.  Let us add a little bit of geography to help clarify the historicity and some important points regarding the Law of Witnesses.
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The Ideal Society: Zion

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught, “We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object.” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 186)
And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be. (1 Nephi 13:37)

Our dear friend, Chauncey C. Riddle, did a guest blog article for us on how to be a Zion people.  His wisdom and experience as 19 years a sealer in the Provo, UT, Temple and 40 years of teaching philosophy make this article extremely useful in our quest to help the Lord, who will bring about Zion!  It will happen, and we can be part of it!

Preceding Zion

The Lord through the Prophet Zenos proclaimed in his momentous allegory, anticipating the coming forth of Zion: “For behold, this is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself…” (Jacob 5:71)  Let us have joy with the Lord in this great effort and help ourselves and as many as will to repent, to come unto Christ, and to be part of this IDEAL SOCIETY.

The Lord says in, JS Luke 21:25 “In the generation in which the times of the Gentiles shall be fulfilled, there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars.”  In 2017, the Lord gave us signs in the sun, moon, and stars.  Beginning with a Total Solar Eclipse (21 August 2017), the Lord had it cross over this Promised Land of America and specifically passed over seven cities by the name of Salem and the place of the New Jerusalem.  Salem means peace in Hebrew, and seven is the number of completion or perfection in the Lord’s arithmetic.  In other words, If America would repent, she could have the Lord’s peace to settle over the land.
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Firm Foundation Virtual Expo

Rod Meldrum and staff have sponsored a Book of Mormon Evidence Conference every April and September for over 25 years.  It has been housed in event centers across the state of Utah and in that time frame, it has grown exponentially! It is now known as the Firm Foundation Expo.

FIRST VIRTUAL EXPO

Last April (2020) The Firm Foundation had its first VIRTUAL EXPO, and the attendance went up tremendously from about two thousand to seven thousand participants across the globe.

DOUBLY UNUSUAL VIRTUAL EXPO

The September event will also be broadcast virtually on any device, beginning at 9:00, September 25, 2020.  Sign up now! 

Now, you can sign up for this “Doubly unusual VIRTUAL EXPO” featuring Glenn Beck, Timothy Ballard, and David Barton, making it doubly unusual. as they join with many other outstanding speakers covering a broad range of fascinating topics relevant to the day-and-time in which we live.

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck has authored six New York Times—bestselling books.  He is the Chief Executive Officer of Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his television and radio network, THE BLAZE TV.  He is one of the most significant American conservative political commentators and has an enormous following.
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Book of Mormon EXPO on the Internet

Great News!  Over the Top!  Deal of the Century!

The Firm Foundation Book of Mormon EXPO Conference has generally been held twice a year in Utah at local conference center locations. This April Conference (April 9- 11 2020) was scheduled to be held in the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah. Owing to the present safety measures placed upon the community because of COVID-19, the conferences presentations will be streamed directly to all who sign up on line by way of the Internet.

Opportunity Now Open To The World

Many who have desired to attend the EXPO but have not been able to participate because of distance and travel, can now  participate in this remarkable event.

The Lord can turn every bad thing into good.  Even with the pandemic the EXPO goes on in a new way, sharing current insights and a better understanding the signs of the times, the Book of Mormon and the marvelous way it brings us to Christ, and what we can best do to prepare for the future.
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Joseph Smith – A Prophet For This Time

You can always know where the TRUTH and WISDOM are, because Satan will be fighting the hardest there.   I don’t know of another person in the last few centuries who Satan has fought against more vehemently than the Prophet Joseph Smith.  Satan tried to make Joseph’s life a hell on earth, but failed because Joseph knew the Lord and was tutored directly by Him.

Joseph Smith – Wisest In The Last Dispensation of Time

I just finished reading the book, They Knew the Prophet; Personal Accounts from over 100 People who Knew Joseph Smith by Hyrum & Helen Andrus.  I am convinced from all my research – cap-stoned by reading this book that Joseph Smith is the wisest to live in this last Dispensation of Time.  Because he was tutored directly by God,  everything he touched prospered.    Had Satan not fought against him so  vehemently he could have been the richest man in America (p 139 of the above book), and could have been president of the United States (read the book, The Martyrdom Conspiracy), and would have freed the slaves without one of the bloodiest wars in history (the American Civil War).

Uniqueness of The Book of Mormon in the Lord’s Latter-day Work and proof of Joseph as a prophet

When Joseph gave the world the Book of Mormon, the Lord offered in it the potential to solve all the ills of society.  The Book of Mormon has baffled critics for nearly 200 years, and now it is being accepted because of the overwhelming evidence of its validity and its far-reaching spiritual capacity to bring us to Christ – even more powerfully than the Bible.

Now over 90% of the leading American scientists believe the Bible is a myth.   Amazingly, Joseph in Egypt prophesied this would happen, as quoted by Lehi, and he proclaims the Book of Mormon would come forth to re-validate the Bible in our day (2 Nephi 3:11).  The Prophet Nephi gave a similar prophecy. (1 Nephi 13:38-41).

The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible has been shown to be the most accurate English translation, but still there are many miss-understood statements, and the Book of Mormon gives great clarification, insights, especially into the Lord’s infinite atonement.  Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible (JST), which the Lord commanded him to do, adds greatly to our understanding as well.

James Palmer, who knew the Prophet Joseph Smith well, quotes Joseph saying, “I did translate the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and it is before the world; and all the powers of earth and hell can never rob me of the honor of it.” (p 150 of They Knew the Prophet)  In summary, Joseph has done more to further the work of the Lord than any other person who has ever lived except the Savior Himself. (Doctrine & Covenants 135:3)

Harold Bloom in his book, The American Religion, called Joseph Smith “an authentic religious genius unique in our national history,” with “insight [that] could have come only from a remarkably apt reading of the Bible… So strong was this act of reading that it broke through all the orthodoxies — Protestant, Catholic, Judaic — and found its way back to elements that Smith rightly intuited had been censored out of the stories of the archaic Jewish religion.”  Bloom misses the major point that Joseph Smith was tutored directly by God.  What could be better?  And the fruits of his labors show it.  The Savior said, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” (Mathew 7:20)

In this Mathew scripture, the Savior gives  logically, both a necessary and sufficient condition to know a prophet is from God, and the profound number of Joseph’s prophecies validate him as such.  Consider the not well known prophecy that the saints would only be seven years in Nauvoo, Ill, then the “will go into the Rocky Mountains, right into the midst of the Lamanites [the native American Indians]. (p 62 They Knew the Prophet)  And the Prophet exclaimed, “Oh the beauty of those snow-capped mountains!  The cool refreshing streams that are running down through those mountain gorges!” (p 104, They Knew the Prophet)

Three unique phrases tying to the Adamic Language

The KJV, as the most accurate English translation, has done more good for the world than any other book:  I believe the Lord inspired Joseph to nominally use King James English in his revelations and translations work to give Divine signature to it all.

In the KJV and the scriptures coming forth from the Prophet Joseph Smith, there are 1800 occurrences of the three phrases, “And it came to pass,” “And now it came to pass,” and “And it shall come to pass,” that I have identified in these scriptures that they tie back to the Adamic language and correspond to the Lord’s definition of truth (D&C 93:24), as I shared in the previous link and again here:

The phrase, “And now it came to pass” occurs uniquely in the BoM 104 times.  From the ancient Hebrew kabala and gematria the phrases “And it came to pass,” ties to EL (God) and significant past events, and the phrase “And it shall come to pass” ties to Jehovah and important future events.  The distribution of these three phrases in their 1800 occurrences in our standard works is a direct manifestation of divine signature.  Who uses them, how they are used, and where they are used is a direct validation of all the scriptures.

The Works of Robert Kay

Robert Kay, who as a Jew, was trained in the language of the Jews, discovered the Book of Mormon when he was 15.  He immediately recognized the Hebraisms in the book.  He studied the book for three years and then joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Later he wrote a three-volume set, Voices from the Dust, which profoundly illustrates these Hebraisms.  I have read these three volumes three times and have gained much in doing so.  The above link is for Volume 1.  Volume 2 and 3 are available on Amazon.com as well.  Rob sells them at his cost.  Rob has an amazing conversion experience and gave me permission to share it.

I recently had an enjoyable visit with Rob.  He used the 1840 version of the Book of Mormon, the last one the Prophet edited before he was martyred, to illustrate the Hebraisms in his three-volume set, Voices from the Dust.   Rob and I discussed how the Hebrew doesn’t have punctuation and that the above three phrases often begin each of his sections, as he ties it to the ancient Hebrew format.  The Hebraisms he shares are so insightful and fascinating and give a different dimension of understanding of this incredible record, the Book of Mormon, as a second witness companion with the Bible to help bring the world to Christ.

Critics of the Book of Mormon often say that Joseph plagiarizes the Bible.  The shallowness of their claims are refuted by Rob Kay’s work,  and by the ancient phrases that tie to the Kabbalah and to the Adamic language as I shared above and as explained in more detail in this link.

Hebrew Midrash Magnification

I find it interesting that of the 425 verses of Isaiah scriptures in the Book of Mormon, more than half of them are different, and in some cases those differences are far reaching.  The further astounding dimension of the inclusion of these scriptures is that the prophet or the Savior, who is citing these scriptures is doing it for our benefit and expanding the meaning of them by using the ancient Hebrew Midrash magnification technique, so that their great importance for our day can be appreciated.  For me commonality between religious writers only validates that they are all listening to the same Spirit.

Accomplishments of the Prophet Joseph Smith

The accomplishments of the Prophet Joseph in his short 38 ½ years seem humanly impossible.  Indeed, they would be except that the Lord was with him.  The Lord showed Joseph much more than he was able to share, but even so I expect that Joseph did not comprehend at the time the enormity of what he was bringing forth to the world.  As an example, I have found a hidden book of scriptures in our scriptures in the phrase, “And it shall come to pass,” waiting for someone under inspiration to pull it out.  I made my limited attempt in this 34 page PDF article.  There are some really exciting insights one can gain as you go through these scriptures, and I am guessing Joseph didn’t have a clue how significant the phrase, “And it shall come to pass” would be in the revelations and translations he brought to the world.

It is fascinating that the Savior uses this phrase “And it shall come to pass” seven times (the number of perfection or completion) in the last part of Third Nephi where He is talking to us today.  I share these seven occurrences and their detailed relevance for our day in a lecture that I gave at the Book of Mormon Conference  on  27, September 2019.

In The Age Of Enlightenment – Follow His Counsel

I believe Joseph is pleased with the enormous ramifications and the ongoing rippling effects of what he has shared with the world.  It is like we are living in the shadow of “the stone… cut out of the mountain without hands [by God]” (Daniel 2:45) that “shall role forth, until it has filled the whole earth.” (Doctrine and Covenants 65:2).  Joseph Smith’s whole mission – especially including the translation of the Book of Mormon – was and is to bring us to Christ – to know the true Redeemer and our Beloved Father-in-heaven.  To know them is Eternal Life (John 17:3) – the greatest of all the gifts of God (D&C 14:7) – and Joseph has shown us the way.  His great mission began when saw the Father and the Son, as prophesied by Enoch, and like as Stephen saw just before his martyrdom. (Acts 7:54-56)

David W Allan

 

 

Annotated Edition of The Book of Mormon and Book of Jasher

David R Hocking I am pleased to introduce a trusted friend, David R. Hocking, from Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the editor and publisher of two annotated religious works: The Annotated Edition of The Book of Mormon and the Annotated Edition of The Book of Jasher.

An annotated edition book is a literary work where marginal comments, photos and themes have been added in order to explain or interpret the work. In addition, illuminated words, phrases, quotes or other elements are often added to allow the reader a greater understanding of the work. Often, the text is reformatted for easy reading.
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The Fighting Preacher – Best Movie Ever

The movie “The Fighting Preacher” is one of the best movies I have ever seen – released 24 July to celebrate Pioneer Day in Utah.

How do you capture the nearly 25 years and longest mission ever served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a movie? This is a true story where the facts are so incredible T.C. Christensen made it a “TRUE STORY”.  He took the information from journals, etc., and did not have to embellish it with any extra scenes.
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