Will you please turn to the 29th section of the Doctrine and Covenants verse 7?
“Ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts”
Are you one of the elect of God?
How do you know if a person is, or isn’t, one of the elect?
What does the Lord say the Elect of God will do? They will hear his voice, and harden not their hearts.
So first, are you willing to hear the voice of God? and what does the Savior mean when he says “and harden not their hearts?”
Do you think it has anything to do with obedience to His commandments?
Now that we know what the elect of God will do, are you really one of the elect of God?
Good! I felt that you who are reading these words were one of the elect, that is why I’m here. I am called to assist in the gathering of God’s Elect. If you are truly one of God’s elect, I have a message for you.
As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, I am here to give you the words he sent me to give you. If you receive these words you will hear the voice of the Lord, and if you will not harden your heart, then you will hear even greater things, and be gathered by the Lord to a place of safety and joy, where you will be able to serve God, and obey him in all things. Thus you will begin to be sanctified, and in time come into the presence of the Lord for yourself. Then you will know, as I know, that he lives, and that the course of life you are pursuing is pleasing to Him.
In order to understand the words of the Savior, and the scriptures, we need to understand the terms and symbols of scripture. The Savior’s prophecies often refer to the gentiles. Therefore in order to understand the words of the savior, we need to know who the “Gentiles” are. Please read the words of Jesus in 3rd Nephi 16:6-7:
“Blessed are the Gentiles, because of their belief in me, in and of the Holy Ghost, which witnesses unto them of me and of the Father.
7 Behold, because of their belief in me, saith the Father, and because of the unbelief of you, O house of Israel, in the latter day shall the truth come unto the Gentiles, that the fullness of these things shall be made known unto them.”
First: When is this to happen? Jesus said it will be “in the latter day”. That’s our day isn’t it? Second, What will they receive? “the truth” even the “fullness.” What is the Fullness of the Gospel? Is that part of the gospel? or all of it? Clearly it is all of it. Can we leave out any part of the gospel and still have a fullness? no. Is the fullness of the Gospel in the latter days in the Catholic or Protestant churches? To whom was the fullness given? To the Latter Day Saints. Therefore in this passage when the Savior speaks of the gentiles in the latter days, he is speaking of the latter day saints.
Now lets go to verse 10, and hear the voice of Jesus Christ to us, the latter day saints. As you read let us put “Latter-Day Saints” in the place of the word “gentiles” so that we will not miss the message:
“Thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the [Latter-Day Saints] shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fullness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and when they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fullness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fullness of my gospel from among them.”
Can the Lord take the fullness of the gospel from among the christian churches that don’t have it? Who could it be taken from? Only those to whom it was given in the Latter days, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
But there is hope! Look at verse 13! (again let us use the [Latter-Day Saints] in place of “gentiles” to hear his message more clearly in our modern way of speaking.)
“But if the [latter day saints] will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.”
Notice that the Savior says “return.” Can we return to a place we have never been, or a place we have never left? So clearly the Lord is referring to the Latter day saints who had the fullness of the Gospel restored among them by the prophet Joseph Smith.
Now let us turn to more of the words of Christ as found in section 45 of the Doctrine and Covenants, and hear the voice of the Savior. He even says he will make it plain for us to understand: “16 I will show it plainly as I showed it unto my disciples as I stood before them in the flesh, and spake unto them…” When he says he will show us “plainly” he wants us to understand, and for no one to be able to misunderstand. So lets read starting in verse 28, again with [Latter-Day Saints] in the place of the word Gentiles:
“And when the times of the [Latter-Day Saints] is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fullness of my gospel; 29 But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.”
Who then are these men whose precepts have caused the latter day saints to receive not “the fullness of [His] gospel?” and to “turn their hearts from Me?” Is it the leaders of government? or leaders of other religions? Fortunately Isaiah answers this question.
The Savior has further told us regarding the book of Isaiah: “a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah. 2 For surely he spake as touching all things concerning my people which are of the house of Israel; therefore it must needs be that he must speak also to the Gentiles. 3 And all things that he spake have been and shall be, even according to the words which he spake.”
Therefore let us turn to Isaiah 3:12 and hear the voice of God, remembering too that the word Gentiles in the latter days refers to the Latter=Day Saints. Did not the the Lord refer to us when he says: “my people”? then let us read it that way:
“O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.”
Further in 9:15-16:
“The ancient and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. 16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.”
We are being warned to watch our leaders and not to follow them when they teach lies!
Lets go to Jeremiah 50:6 and hear the Voice of God through this great prophet:
“[The Latter day saints] shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten. [but] My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.”
Who are these shepherds of the Latter-day saints? they are the general authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. and How have they turned us away? they have forsaken and changed the law of Gathering to Zion, and scattered the LDS people all over the earth. They instruct us not to gather, and not to consecrate. Could it be that they have forgotten the commandment given by the voice of God in Doctrine and Covenants 29:8?
“The decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.”
Let us listen to a few more warnings from the Lord; Here is the voice of God through another great prophet, Micah 3:5-7:
“Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.
7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.”
When there is no answer from God, where does the answer come from? The voice of God through the ancient apostle Paul (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4):
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
Listen to the voice of God through yet another prophet, Helaman 13:29:
“O ye wicked and ye perverse generation; ye hardened and ye stiffnecked people, how long will ye suppose that the Lord will suffer you? Yea, how long will ye suffer yourselves to be led by foolish and blind guides? Yea, how long will ye choose darkness rather than light?”
They are warning us to watch our leaders!
Now with the Lord through many prophets, telling us that our leaders “cause [us] to err, and destroy the way of [our] path”, and that it is “the prophet that teacheth lies” and ” they that are led of them are destroyed”, where do you suppose this other teaching comes from? that, “the Lord will never let the prophet lead us astray.” That teaching is not in the scriptures. But the warnings are. Is this not the same old “infallibility of the pope” in another dress? Is not this another clever lie of the adversary to “blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men”? If we believe this lie are we not likely to be “led by the foolish and blind guides”, without ever looking to see where they are leading us until it is “everlastingly too late”?
I realize that for many these are hard sayings. I realize that few want to hear these truths, and that many will “take the truth to be hard”.
Are you still willing to “Hear [God’s] voice and harden not your hearts”? Now you will see if you truly are God’s elect. For these are the words of God, given to us throughout the scriptures.
Are you willing to proceed?
Good! then hear the voice of God through the great prophet Moroni, looking on our day and speaking directly to us: (Mormon 8:35-38)
“Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.
36 And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.
37 For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.
38 O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies—because of the praise of the world?”
In what way are many today “ashamed to take upon [them] the name of Christ?” Because the Church now denies the doctrine and once common practice of re-baptism. Those who accept re-baptism to come and be numbered among the house of Israel, by gathering, consecrating, and living all of God’s commandments, will not be praised by the world for it. Thus we forfeit “endless happiness” and inherit “misery that never dies” all for the “praise of the world.”
As I said in the beginning: Are you really one of God’s elect? Doesn’t this really have to do with obedience?
Are you willing to be obedient to God’s commandments? all of them? even if you will loose the “praise of the world?”
Good! I am here to invite you to come unto Christ. He has sent me as one of his Apostles to bear my witness to you that he lives, and that the narrow gate is still open to you if you will come and accept baptism, gather, and live all of the Lord’s commandments. New Temples have been built, where all of the ordinances are available in their original and perfect form. Temples where the Lord has visited and still gives instructions to prophets and apostles, and all who come forth with a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
There is hope!
Though the way is not easy, and will require from you the sacrifice of all earthly things, including your own opinions if you will soften your heart to receive the word and will of God, the gate is still open to receive eternal life, and enter the presence of God. I plead with you as Latter-Day Saints, and as lost sheep of the house of Israel, return to Christ! Embrace the fullness of His gospel! Gather, and be numbered among Latter day Israel. The way is open before you, and there are lawful administrators waiting to invite you to the waters of Baptism, and the Lord’s Temple. Will you not enter in and be saved?
Elder Waldo Harris
An Apostle of Jesus Christ, serving in Christ’s Church, The Righteous Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints