The Lord’s Plainness

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My brothers and sisters, I’ve had a vision.  No, I did not see angels parting through the clouds, nor did I have a revelatory dream.  No messenger has visited me, save the Holy Ghost.  But I have seen the future, and I know what the most important part of the Lord’s work entails.

If the Lord wills, I want you to have this vision also.

Take yourselves away from the world in which we live in.  We all have seen video of something in history, whether it be soldiers fighting world wars, the holocaust, or the earliest recorded documentaries of certain discoveries.  Do each of us not watch these real-life occasions and immediately contemplate how different the world is that we live in now?

Now take yourself into the future, and you are looking back at a video of now, and you are thinking the EXACT SAME THING—wow, how different is that world in which we used to live and work in.

This is the future I would like you to imagine—we are all huddled in a reunion atmosphere, praying, singing, and rejoicing.  What is the occasion?  The recovery of Israel—the restoration of the adopter, and the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Book of Mormon in that the Lord’s seed—the apple of his eye—the covenant people of the Lord—the children of the first covenant—the rightful inheritor has been crowned with authority and power, titles, honors, priesthood, scepters, crowns, thrones, and eternal life and dignity of the fathers who live for evermore.

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.

— Ecclesiastes 1:9

This reunion event is a reoccurrence of what has already happened.  Ammon and the other sons of Mosiah experienced it once; some of us will experience it again. What has been will be again!

Said Ammon, “…for our brethren, the Lamanites, were in darkness, yea, even in the darkest abyss, but behold, how many of them are brought to behold the marvelous light of God!  And this is the blessing which hath been bestowed upon us… Behold, thousands of them do rejoice… Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever…  behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy.

… have we not great reason to rejoice?  Yea, we have reason to praise him forever, for he is the Most High God, and has loosed our brethren from the chains of hell.  Yea, they were encircled about with everlasting darkness and destruction; but behold, he has brought them into his everlasting light, yea, into everlasting salvation; and they are encircled about with the matchless bounty of his love; yea, and we have been instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work…  Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel. —Alma 26

This is the reoccurrence, and the vision that I’ve seen; and if a legion of angels came to declare this event to me, I would not know any more then than I do now of the truth of this actuality.

But this is not all.  Today the Native Americans are lost, dependent, confused, poor, and sinful.

The Book of Mormon describes these people as a wild, hardened and a ferocious people, plunderers, thieves, and indolent [lazy]. (Alma 17) 

Mormon, who saw our day—the last days—describes these people [now] as a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people, beyond the description of that which ever hath been amongst us… and this because of their unbelief and idolatry. (Mormon 5)

As a result of the faith of the sons of Mosiah, who restored the Lamanites of their day, the opposite description afterwards prevailed, just as it will prevail in the future—but it won’t be because of the LDS, or any, church.  It will come by way of repentant and faithful Gentiles who KNOW the will of the Lord in restoring the apple of His eye.  The Book of Mormon states concerning these same Native American ancestors:

“…rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands…”

“And they were also distinguished for their zeal towards God, and also towards men; for they were perfectly honest and upright in all things; and they were firm in the faith of Christ, even unto the end.”

“…and [they] would suffer even unto death rather than commit sin, [and] death was swallowed up to them by the victory of Christ over it.  Therefore, they would suffer death in the most aggravating and distressing manner which could be inflicted by their brethren, before they would take the sword or cimeter to smite them.  And thus they were a zealous and beloved people, a highly favored people of the Lord.”  —see Alma 23 & 24

Their righteousness brought about “the prophecy” of Christ in 3rd Nephi 16, 20, 21, and 22.  Their righteousness brought Samuel the Lamanite on top of the wall of the Nephite empire, expressing, in a nutshell, this prophecy:

And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them [Lamanites] as are brought to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to believe the holy scriptures… are firm and steadfast in the faith…

And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them [Lamanites] as are brought to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to believe the holy scriptures… are firm and steadfast in the faith…

And now, because of their steadfastness when they do believe in that thing which they do believe, for because of their firmness when they are once enlightened, behold, the Lord shall bless them and prolong their days, notwithstanding their iniquity—Yea, even if they should dwindle in unbelief the Lord shall prolong their days, until the time shall come which hath been spoken of by our fathers, and also by the prophet Zenos [Jacob 5], and many other prophets, concerning the restoration of our brethren, the Lamanites, again to the knowledge of the truth—

Yea, I say unto you, that in the latter times the promises of the Lord have been extended to our brethren, the Lamanites; and notwithstanding the many afflictions which they shall have, and notwithstanding they shall be driven to and fro upon the face of the earth, and be hunted, and shall be smitten and scattered abroad, having no place for refuge, the Lord shall be merciful unto them.  And this is according to the prophecy, that they shall again be brought to the true knowledge, which is the knowledge of their Redeemer, and their great and true shepherd, and be numbered among his sheep

see Helaman 15

Be it known that this prophecy comes from the Lord, and all those who work towards this end will have their reward with God in his kingdom.  For the recovery of our brethren—the Lamanites—the Native Americans—the lowly Indians of the United States (a free country), which is the land of the New Jerusalem—is your paramount duty.

I plead with you—stop concerning yourselves with the trivialities of men.  Stop looking beyond the mark!  This is the Lord’s plainness.  Recovering the lost, unlearned, unenlightened branch of the house of Israel is the future fulfillment of prophecy. 

I ask, do you want to be a part of the Lord’s work in these last days?  Or will you be a part of that large group who says, “We will destroy the work of the Lord, and the Lord will not remember his covenant which he hath made unto the house of Israel…” (Mormon 8:21)

For certainly he will remember!  96 times in the Book of Mormon the Lord, or one of his prophets reiterates that the Lord WILL REMEMBER the covenants he has made with the Native American posterity. As an example:

1st Nephi 15:18, 1st Nephi 17:40, 1st Nephi 19:15, 2nd Nephi 10:15, 2nd Nephi 10:17, 2nd Nephi 10:7, 2nd Nephi 29:1, 3rd Nephi 16:11, 3rd Nephi 20:29, 3rd Nephi 29:3, 3rd Nephi 29:9, Alma 46:24, Mormon 5:20, Enos 1:17, Ether 4:15, Mormon 8:22, Mormon 9:37, Moroni 10:31, Moroni 7:31, 1st Nephi 17:40, 2nd Nephi 29:14, 3rd Nephi 5:25, 3rd Nephi 21:4, 2nd Nephi 3:21, 3rd Nephi 22:3, 2nd Nephi 3:14-16, 3rd Nephi 20:29, 3rd Nephi 10:6-7, Mosiah 1:7, 1st Nephi 14:8, 1st Nephi 14:17, 1st Nephi 15:14

It is my prayer that it is not said of us, “O ye Gentiles, have ye remembered the Jews [Native Americans], mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. (2nd Nephi 29:5)

With or without you and me, the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled. (see Mormon 8:21-22)

Yes, I’ve had a vision of the certainty of the promises of the Lord.  Will you have this vision with me?  When is it that the recovery of remnant Israel is more than just a blip in a text, or a passing thought, from someone who doesn’t really want to be used as an instrument in the Lord’s hand is DOING this great work?

The Lord has caused us to come here for this very purpose—that we might accomplish the redemption of these suffering, degraded Israelites, as predicted in the sacred records of their forefathers… This work is of the greatest importance of any work of the present day. I believe with all my heart… this people will be our shield in days to come; and I believe that if we lose this shield by our carelessness, or by settling down at ease in Zion, it will be woe to us that call ourselves Latter-day Saints. Yes, it will be woe to us if we do not accomplish this work that is given us to do.

—Orson Pratt, 1855

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