First, A Note About False Traditions
False traditions are obstacles that keep you from “awakening from your deep sleep” (Alma 5:7) or even “awakening to an awful reality” (2 Nephi 9:47). In my personal journey to awake, arise and know the Lord, I have been faced with the very uncomfortable situation of learning truth. Truth is anything that is revealed directly from the Lord–either personally or through the Spirit of Truth. This sort of truth can be so humbling that it breaks down your personal foundation, but also has power great enough to rebuild it stronger than ever before.
The purpose of dispelling false traditions is to remove obstacles and barriers that truly bring us to become converted to the Savior, Jesus Christ, only. This is never easy. No one, especially the “natural man/woman” enjoys being wrong—me included.
The problem with false traditions, assuming they are in fact false, is that we share them–we pass them onto other generations who, in turn, also share them and pass them on. The natural man/woman finds comfort in these traditions—that’s why we hold onto them and impart them to others as chunks of wisdom in hopes they too will hold onto them for their personal benefit. We find so much comfort in these false traditions. So much so, that we depend on them to the point our personal salvation is linked to or even dependent upon them.
We have to challenge our own orthodoxy while remaining in harmony with doctrine and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When Christ came, he broke the traditions of the Jews and especially the Pharisees because they loved their traditions more than Christ, Himself. They found comfort in their traditions, and they even believed their traditions would save them. Their false traditions were roadblocks or idols in place of Christ.
Confronting unbelief and false tradition is never easy. If you truly love God, value truth, and want to develop faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ, you’ll need to confront your unbelief and seek truth above tradition. Faith can only be founded upon truth. If it is founded upon anything else, it is not faith. If confronting unbelief and false tradition is uncomfortable yet the only way to know the Lord, I will gladly offer that sacrifice.
The False Tradition
2020 is the Bicentennial Anniversary of the First Vision. I would like to celebrate young Joseph Smith and the First Vision by making sure each person has a correct and firm understanding of what was really restored through the prophet, Joseph Smith.
If you have studied The Doctrine of Christ Study Guide you are aware that since Adam and Eve there have been several major dispensations (Adam/Eve > Noah > Abraham > Moses > Jesus Christ > Joseph Smith.) Each dispensation started with a renewal of a standard of truth and then ended in apostasy only to be renewed again, over a unique period of time, with the next dispensation.
In a recent post, it was correctly explained that young Joseph Smith was seeking the divine in the First Vision for a personal remission of sins (See also False Traditions: Joseph & the First Vision Part 1 & Part 2). This initiated his mortal mission. It was preparation for a mission to actually restore the “Everlasting Covenant.”
The Everlasting Covenant
A covenant is a commitment between two or more individuals or groups. God has made many covenants with mankind. A covenant with God has always been an agreement or pledge of sacred power, most binding, and with the utmost integrity. Every promise of God is a pledge that will be fulfilled as we do our part, or keep our side of the commitment. God’s commitment is binding and His words cannot fail. If His promises are not fulfilled it is because we have failed to fulfill the conditions given to us, never because He has forgotten or failed. God never forgets, and He never fails to fulfill His promises.
Of all the covenants God has made there is a very special one known as the “Everlasting Covenant.” This is the greatest covenant of all–it is above and beyond all other covenants that God has made with mankind. This covenant was made new, or renewed, with Adam and Eve on this earth. It is made new in each dispensation and it is also new to you because of the veil—newly taught and learned by you.
6 And after many days an angel of the Lord appeared unto Adam, saying: Why dost thou offer sacrifices unto the Lord? And Adam said unto him: I know not, save the Lord commanded me.
7 And then the angel spake, saying: This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth.
8 Wherefore, thou shalt do all that thou doest in the name of the Son, and thou shalt repent and call upon God in the name of the Son forevermore.
9 And in that day the Holy Ghost fell upon Adam, which beareth record of the Father and the Son, saying: I am the Only Begotten of the Father from the beginning, henceforth and forever, that as thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will.
10 And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled [Adam received his own baptism of fire and Holy Ghost (personal redemption) and received the gift of the Holy Ghost; Moses 6:64-68], and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God. [a baptism of fire and Holy Ghost is the prerequisite for your spirit to ascend into the heavenly realm to see the Lord.]
11 And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.
12 And Adam and Eve blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters.
Within this Everlasting Covenant are many promises. The covenant is everlasting because it existed before this earth, it spans all dispensations of this earth, and will exist forward into the eternities.
This Everlasting Covenant is the covenant of God with every person that comes into the world—that if each will overcome their natural man/woman self and learn to follow that light that is available to them (the Holy Spirit) it will literally lead them to the Christ, and the Christ will then reveal the Father (and Mother).
“And the Father and I are one. I am in the Father and the Father in me; and inasmuch as ye have received me, ye are in me and I in you. Wherefore, I am in your midst, and I am the good shepherd, and the stone of Israel. He that buildeth upon this rock shall never fall. And the day cometh that you shall hear my voice and see me, and know that I am.” (D&C 50:43-45)
Even within LDS culture, the Everlasting Covenant is not fully understood or could even be considered misunderstood. There is much for you to personally study about this topic. Some more on the Everlasting Covenant can be found in the Introduction (p. 13) of The Doctrine of Christ Study Guide, but there is still more to be learned about this.
The Everlasting Covenant is tied to “the house of Israel.” It is something that is found throughout Isaiah’s words. There is even a profound false tradition surrounding the Everlasting Covenant because, in LDS culture, a popular scripture is misunderstood and misapplied. These types of false traditions make it even harder to understand the true breadth and depth of the Everlasting Covenant. This popular scripture is used once each in the Old Testament, New Testament and Book of Mormon while used four times in the Doctrine and Covenants. I hope to do a “false tradition” blog post on this in the near future. In the meantime, seek, ponder, knock, and ask and you will find it and the Lord can teach you more of its true meaning.
Joseph Restored the Everlasting Covenant
Ask yourself, what was the supreme thing that Joseph Smith was tasked with and commanded to actually restore? Some have said it was to restore “a church.” Others will say it was to restore “the Book of Mormon” or even “priesthood.” I boldly declare to you that all of these might be good answers, but they are still incorrect. Just like every other prophet that opened a dispensation, like Joseph Smith did, the primary and supreme role was to restore the Everlasting Covenant! The Book of Mormon, priesthood, a church and anything else are all appendages of the Everlasting Covenant. Even the Book of Mormon is an additional witness of the Everlasting Covenant and is just one means of restoring knowledge of the Everlasting Covenant to mankind in the latter and last days. It is absolutely critical that you understand this one point or you will miss the mark going forward.
Joseph Smith was a Moses of the latter days. He attempted to reveal and restore this original and everlasting covenant to the members of the church. Like the children of Israel, only some accepted and fully received it. Many did not “because they were not willing to enjoy that which they might have received” (D&C 88:32). The Lord, through the prophet Joseph Smith re-revealed and restored His command that existed “from the beginning” (D&C 49:8-14) to seek personal redemption and to “seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life” (D&C 101:38) which is “a promise that they should find it and see it in their flesh” (D&C 45:14). Some latter day revelations for you to read, study, and ponder include:
- “Behold, I say unto you that all old covenants have I caused to be done away in this thing; and this is a new and an everlasting covenant, even that which was from the beginning… Wherefore, enter ye in at the gate, as I have commanded, and seek not to counsel your God. Amen” (D&C 22:1-4).
- “Wherefore, I will that all men shall repent, for all are under sin, except those which I have reserved unto myself, holy men that ye know not of. Wherefore, I say unto you that I have sent unto you mine everlasting covenant, even that which was from the beginning. And that which I have promised I have so fulfilled, and the nations of the earth shall bow to it; and, if not of themselves, they shall come down, for that which is now exalted of itself shall be laid low of power… Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, according to the holy commandment, for the remission of sins; And whoso doeth this shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost…” (D&C 49:8-14).
- “O ye people of my church, to whom the kingdom has been given…hearken unto my voice…Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father…spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life… Hearken, O ye people of my church, and ye elders listen together, and hear my voice while it is called today, and harden not your hearts… I came unto mine own, and mine own received me not; but unto as many as received me gave I power to do many miracles, and to become the sons of God; and even unto them that believed on my name gave I power to obtain eternal life… And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me. Wherefore, come ye unto it, and with him that cometh I will reason as with men in days of old, and I will show unto you my strong reasoning. Wherefore, hearken ye together and let me show unto you even my wisdom—the wisdom of him whom ye say is the God of Enoch, and his brethren…But obtained a promise that they should find it and see it in their flesh.” [Note: the covenant is “everlasting” because the invitation to come unto Him is, in fact, everlasting.]” (D&C 45:1-14).
- “And seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life. When men are called unto mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men;” (D&C 101:38-39).
- “Verily I say unto you, blessed are you for receiving mine everlasting covenant, even the fulness of my gospel, sent forth unto the children of men, that they might have life and be made partakers of the glories which are to be revealed in the last days, as it was written by the prophets and apostles in days of old… For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant…But that every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world; That faith also might increase in the earth; That mine everlasting covenant might be established… But received not the gospel, neither the testimony of Jesus, neither the prophets, neither the everlasting covenant… And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it, and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me” (D&C 66:2: 1:10-24; 76:101).
- “And for this cause, that men might be made partakers of the glories which were to be revealed, the Lord sent forth the fulness of his gospel, his everlasting covenant, reasoning in plainness and simplicity… And unto him that repenteth and sanctifieth himself before the Lord shall be given eternal life. And upon them that hearken not to the voice of the Lord shall be fulfilled that which was written by the prophet Moses, that they should be cut off from among the people… Behold, and lo, there are none to deliver you; for ye obeyed not my voice when I called to you out of the heavens; ye believed not my servants, and when they were sent unto you ye received them not” [Note: He’s speaking to His people] (D&C 133:57-74).
- “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I came unto mine own, and mine own received me not. I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not. I am he who said—Other sheep have I which are not of this fold—unto my disciples, and many there were that understood me not. And I will show unto this people that I had other sheep, and that they were a branch of the house of Jacob; And I will bring to light their marvelous works, which they did in my name; Yea, and I will also bring to light my gospel which was ministered unto them, and, behold, they shall not deny that which you have received, but they shall build it up, and shall bring to light the true points of my doctrine, yea, and the only doctrine which is in me. And this I do that I may establish my gospel, that there may not be so much contention; yea, Satan doth stir up the hearts of the people to contention concerning the points of my doctrine; and in these things they do err, for they do wrest the scriptures and do not understand them…Yea, if they will come, they may, and partake of the waters of life freely. Behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church” (D&C 10:57-70).
In one of the ten accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, Levi Richards documents an important truth (See also False Traditions: Joseph & the First Vision Part 1 & Part 2). Joseph confirms that not only were other religions of his day teaching incorrect doctrine (not the true doctrine of Christ) but that the Everlasting Covenant had been broken. Joseph Smith was a vehicle for restoring the Everlasting Covenant.
Levi Richards Journal Entry, 11 June 1843
11) attended meeting at the Temple <weather very fine moderately warm,> heard J. Smith preach from Math. “<Oh> Jerusalem Jerusalem &c<,> how oft would I have gathered you, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings & ye would not, behold your house is left unto you desolate.” afternoon— heard Eld. De Wolf Episcapalian Clergyman from the 6th Hebrews “Therefore leaving the first principles &c.”——
at 6 AM. heard Eld. G[eorg]e J Adam Adams upon the book of Mormon proved from the 24,th 28th & 29th of Isaiah that the everlasting covenat set which was set upon by Christ & the apostles had been broken [p. ] & at Br Palmers— supped & stopped.— Pres. J. Smith bore testimony to the same— saying that when he was a youth he began to think about these these things but could not find out which of all the sects were right— he went into the grove & enquired of the Lord which of all the sects were right— re received for answer that none of them were right, that they were all wrong, & that the Everlasting covena[n]t was broken= he said he understoood the fulness of the Gospel from beginning to end— & could Teach it & also the order of the priesthood in all its ramifications= Earth & hell had opposed him & tryed to destroy him— but they had not done it= & they <never would> [p. ]“Levi Richards, Journal, 11 June 1843, extract,” p. , The Joseph Smith Papers, https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/levi-richards-journal-11-june-1843-extract/2
The account of Levi Richards is quite unique and yet very profound. Levi notes that the communication from the Lord to Joseph was not just that “none of them were right, that they were all wrong” but “that the Everlasting covena[n]t was broken.” This is profound because it also follows The Doctrine of Christ Study Guide that a new dispensation was being initiated through Joseph Smith and that “the Everlasting Covenant” had been broken through apostasy in the previous dispensation.
How to Fulfill the Everlasting Covenant?
The teachings of Christ are the how-to-process that enable this Everlasting Covenant to have redeeming power. The teachings are critical knowledge of the components in order to receive a very real redemption from God while in mortality. These teaching would answer questions like, “What is the path? What are the requirements? Principles/Laws/Conditions? Timing? Hazards along the way? and so forth?” This how-to-process is called “Christ’s doctrine” or “the doctrine of Christ.” The terms “covenant path” or even “path of ascension” are both terms that could be used to also describe this how-to-spiritual-development-process.
The doctrine of Christ is found cover to cover and pervasive throughout the Book of Mormon. Establishing the true doctrine is Christ is one of three reasons that the Book of Mormon was restored in the latter days by Joseph Smith.
For this purpose The Doctrine of Christ Study Guide was developed—that you might learn, believe, live and even teach Christ’s correct doctrine so that, like Adam and Eve exclaimed, you can receive your own personal redemption from the Lord (Moses 5:1-12).
Joseph Smith’s Own Journey In and Through Jesus Christ
There is so much we can learn from the example of Joseph Smith. Joseph was a seeker. He knew the New Testament well—well enough to know that what he understood about personal redemption (remission of sins) did not align with the teachings of various religious sects of his day. This was the compelling force that led him to seek for divine guidance and resulted in what we know today as the First Vision. (See also False Traditions: Joseph & the First Vision Part 1 & Part 2)
Like Joseph Smith, each of us can receive only once we first seek, then knock and then ask. Not only did Joseph Smith restore knowledge of the Everlasting Covenant and the doctrine of Christ but he was called to be a first-hand witness—to learn the doctrine firsthand, to experience personal redemption firsthand, to be a firsthand witness of the power of the Lord unto personal redemption, and also to begin again the process of teaching this doctrine to a new generation and dispensation of hearers.
Ponder the following teaching given by Joseph Smith on 27 June, 1839, 5 years to the day before he was martyred:
Joseph Smith, 27 June 1839
“At this time, I taught the brethren at considerable length on the following subjects
Faith comes by hearing the word of God through the testimony of the servants of God, that testimony is always attended by the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation.
Repentance is a thing that cannot be trifled with every day. Daily transgression, and daily repentance is not that which is pleasing in the sight of God.
Baptism is a holy ordinance preparatory to the reception of the Holy Ghost [Joseph is speaking of a complete baptism in the name of the Son. (See also The Doctrine of Christ Study Guide)]. It is the Channel and Key by which the Holy Ghost will be administered.
The gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands cannot be received through the medium of any other principle, than the principle of Righteousness, for if the proposals are not complied with it is of no use but withdraws.
Tongues were given for the purpose of preaching among those whose language is not understood, as on the day of Pentecost &c and it is not necessary for tongues to be taught to the church particularly, for any man that has the Holy Ghost can speak of the things of God in his own tongue, as well as to speak in another, for faith comes not by signs but by hearing the word of God [the gifts of the spirit are a witness of the gift of the Holy Ghost being received as was the case on the day of Pentecost].
The doctrine of the Resurrection of the Dead and Eternal Judgment are necessary to preach among the first principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ [Joseph’s teaching of the resurrection of the dead is more comprehensive than what is currently taught].
The Doctrine of Election—St. Paul exhorts us to make our calling and election sure. This is that sealing power spoken of by Paul in other places (Ephesians I. 13. 14. In whom ye also trusted, that after ye heard the word of truth; the gospel of your salvation, in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession unto the praise of his glory.) That we may be sealed up unto the day of redemption, this principle ought (in its proper place) to be taught, for God hath not revealed any thing to Joseph. but what he will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them, for the day must come when no man need say to his neighbor know ye the Lord, for all shall know him (who Remain) from the least to the greatest, How is this to be done? It is to be done by this sealing power and the other Comforter spoken of which will be manifest by Revelation.
There are two Comforters spoken of, one is the Holy Ghost the same as given on the day of Pentecost, and that all Saints receive after Faith Repentance and Baptism. This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence, It is more powerful in expanding the mind, enlightning the understanding, and storing the intellect with present knowledge of a man who is of the literal seed of Abraham than one that is a Gentile, though it may not have half as much visible effect upon the body, for as the Holy Ghost falls upon one of the literal seed of Abraham, it is calm and serene and his whole soul and body are only exercised by the pure Spirit of Intelligence; while the effect of the Holy Ghost upon a Gentile is to purge out the old blood, and make him actually of the seed of Abraham. That man that has none of the blood of Abraham (naturally) must have a new creation by the Holy Ghost, in such a case there may be more of a powerful effect upon the body, and visible to the eye than upon an Israelite, while the Israelite at first might be far before the Gentile in pure Intelligence.
The other Comforter spoken of is a subject of great interest and perhaps understood by few of this generation. After a person hath faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins [baptism of fire and Holy Ghost], and receives the Holy Ghost (by the laying on of hands) [p. 8 [addenda]] which is the first Comforter, then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after Righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son thou shalt be exalted &c. When the Lord has thoro’ly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve him at all hazard, then the man will find his calling and Election made sure, then it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter which the Lord hath promised the Saints, as is recorded in the testimony of St. John, in the xiv ch, from the 12th. to the 27th. verses— Note the 16. 17. 18. 21. 23. verses (16) and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (17) Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you, (18) I will not leave you Comfortless I will come to you (21) He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me, and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and will manifest myself to him (23) If a man love me, he will keep my words, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him”.
Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more or less than the Lord Jesus Christ himself, and this is the sum and substance of the whole matter, that when any man obtains this last Comforter he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him or appear unto him from time to time, and even he will manifest the Father unto him, and they will take up their abode with him, and the visions of the heavens will be opened unto him and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God, and this is the State and place the Ancient Saints arrived at when they had such glorious vision— Isaiah, Ezekiel, John upon the Isle of Patmos, St. Paul in the third heavens, and all the Saints who held communion with the general assembly and Church of the First Born &cThe Spirit of Revelation is in connection with these blessings, a person may profit by noticing the first intimation of the Spirit of Revelation for instance when you feel pure Intelligence flowing unto you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas that by noticing it you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon— (i.e.) those things that were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God will come to pass, and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it you may grow into the principle of Revelation until you become <perfect> in Christ Jesus” [emphasis added].SOURCE: “History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842] [addenda],” p. 8 [addenda], The Joseph Smith Papers
Consider also this discourse on the doctrine of Christ given by Joseph Smith in 1839:
It is the privilige of the children of God to come to God & get Revelation. XIV John Let not your heart be troubled &c, There are a great many Mansions in my Father’s house. I am going to prepare one for you [p. 75] rather Better than common. It is the privilege of the sons of God to inherit the same Mansion &c. When any person receives a vision of Heaven, he Sees things that he never thought of before. if we should tell of different glories as Paul did. in my fathers house are many Mansions. every man that receives the Gospel receives that inheritance that the Apostles did. Every one that hath seen me hath Seen the Father. He that believeth, any person that believs the works that I do shall he do also & greater works. The Father could not be glorified in the Son on any other principle than we coming to God. asking. receiving. heavens open visions &c.— they are done away because of unbelief— I will pray the Father & he shall send you another Comforter. There is one Comforter & another Comforter to abide with you forever, reach to things within the vail. know that you are Sealed. If you get it, it will stand [p. 76] by you forever. How is it to be obtained? Keep my commandme[n]ts & I will pray &c.— It is a privilege to view the son of man himself, he dwelleth with you & Shall be in you. his Spirit shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you, abide with you forevever, Seal you up to Eternal life. yet a little while & ye shall see me no more, but ye see me.— He that hath my commandments & keepeth them. he it is that loveth me &c— I will manifest myself to him. If he does not he has not told the truth. I will put promises in your heart. that will not leave you but that will not Seal you up. we may come to the general assembly & church of the first born, Spirits of Just men made perfect, unto Christ. The innumerable company of Angels are those that have been ressurrected from the dead. the Spirits of Just men made perfect are those without bodies. It is our privilege to pray for & obtain these things. [p. 77]
How wilt thou manifest thyself to us & not to the world? evidently knowing that it would be so that he would manifest himself.
There was no cholera, no mobs before this came. I told them that rejoiced in Mobs that they Should have them, they have since come in torrents. they did not receive the testimony of the Servants of God. If a man love me he will keep my words. & my father will love him. & we both me & my father will take our abode with him. There are certain characters that walked with God. saw him, conversed about heaven &c But the comforter that I will send. (not the other Comforter) shall teach you all things.— Who?— He that loveth me &c— This shall bring all things to remembrance whatsoever things I have said unto you. he shall teach you until ye come to me & my father. God is not a respecter of persons. we all [p. 78] have the Same privilige. Come to God weary him until he blesses you &c— we are entitled to the Same blessings. Jesus, Revelations, Just men, &c— Angels &c. &c. not Laying again the doctrine of Christ go on to perfection. Obtain that holy Spirit of promise— Then you can be sealed to Eternal Life.“Discourse, between circa 26 June and circa 4 August 1839–C, as Reported by Willard Richards,” p. 75-79, The Joseph Smith Papers
Joseph Smith was in so many ways a model for each one of us. He was a seeker of truth. His hope and faith in the Lord was astounding. His personal awakening is what enabled the Lord to restore many truths to Joseph Smith—most notably, knowledge of the Everlasting Covenant that had existed “since the beginning.”
This knowledge is now yours to receive, embrace and initiate with the Lord.
As the veil parted and the heavens opened up a new dispensation in that sacred grove of trees, Joseph hardly could have known the repercussions. The fruits of Joseph’s relationship with the Lord had humble beginnings and grew to a full confidence in the doctrines of salvation and even to receiving the Lord himself. This should give you hope and confidence that the Lord can and will do the same for you as part of the fulfillment of the doctrine of Christ.
In your own sacred grove, I know the Lord will manifest himself to you. He will forgive you of your sins. He will give you the greatest desires of your heart, because He is just that amazing. I know that, because He has done the same for me. Seek Him. Ask Him. Believe Him. Become perfect in Christ Jesus.
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