If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
—1st John 1:6-7
In a world of darkness, there is so much light also. Light is everywhere around us, if we only seek it. But as we look out into the world, we do NOT see a unity of fellowship one with another. Jesus said,
Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.—3 Nephi 12:16
Is it that instead of being a light, many seeking truth are instead darkness? Or is it that because they are sincere in their search for truth, they are thus a light, regardless of not having fellowship with others who are seeking for the exact same prize?
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.—1 Corinthians 9:24
And thus, how can all of these Joseph Smith-based churches and belief systems EACH win the prize, when only one receiveth it? The Lord hast said,
…be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.—D&C 38:27
Please consider that Jesus Christ is the light, and the fullness of his doctrine this same light. And consider that he has said,
O house of Israel… ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel. [And] if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me [return to the truth of Joseph Smith], saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.—3rd Nephi 16:12-13
All light is good, but some light can actually detract from a greater light. That light that takes away from a greater light is an anomaly, but it happens. There is an opportunity cost in spending time seeking light. Are we seeking the light that is the Telestial kingdom, or perhaps the Terrestrial kingdom, or are we seeking light that is the Celestial kingdom. I would submit that the true points of the doctrine of Christ are that which pertains to the Celestial kingdom, as described in 1st Nephi 15:14:
And at that day shall the remnant of our seed know that they are of the house of Israel, and that they are the covenant people of the Lord; and then shall they know and come to the knowledge of their forefathers, and also to the knowledge of the gospel of their Redeemer, which was ministered unto their fathers by him; wherefore, they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer and the very points of his doctrine, that they may know how to come unto him and be saved.1st Nephi 15:14
Please allow me to relate a recent experience I had that may point this out in a more easily digestible way.
I have an ellipse machine that I exercise on. It is in the garage, and we live out in the country. I exercise at night when the sun is down, and usually I go into the garage, turn on the garage light, and jump on the machine. This machine itself has a glaring light that emits from a front panel which shows the progress of my workout (how many calories expended, how far I’ve traveled, etc.). Because the light is too bright, I cover it up with a reflective rectangular piece of silver-colored insulation. A certain setting sets the “drag” that I want which makes it harder to keep my legs continually in motion. This setting is on the right of the front panel, but I can’t know where to press because of the glaring light emitting from the front panel, which is so bright that I just see darkness in the area to the right of the panel. And this light can’t be turned off. However, when I angle the silver insulation as for this light to reflect upon this area to the right, I can see where to press; and so I simply angle it, which shines the light in this area—and then press the setting.
However, one night this process didn’t work. I walked into the garage, and as usual, flipped the light on. But the garage light did not turn on. The bulb had burned out. Not to worry, though; there is another button that turns on a light associated with the garage door. We have this door set to never rise, since we don’t park our car in the garage; when we want to open the door, we must do it manually. But a light still turns on, and then turns off automatically about five minutes later.
I approached the machine, as usual, after turning on this alternate light. Then I went through the routine of hitting some buttons on the lighted panel, and then reflected the rectangular insulation as to see the drag setting, which is to the right of this glaring light. But I could not accurately see it. I squinted my eyes looking, but still the needed setting wasn’t shown, as it was at other times. In the dark I pressed a few areas, but nonetheless my finger landed on the wrong setting. I thought this odd, because when the garage light was on, the “reflecting the insulation” process worked. This process also worked if the only light in the garage was the panel light, and no other light. But I realized that because the garage door light was on, and shining from a distance, it distorted my view of the needed setting. Thus, it was THIS light, which caused me the frustration. If the garage door light was off, I could see which setting to press. If the garage light was on AND the panel light (which is usually the case), I could also see which setting to press. But this garage door light had a shine which distorted my view of the setting.
I considered my experience a metaphor (or simile) of truth that’s exists in the world. Please bear with me.
The brilliant bright light of the panel is Christ and that Celestial light. The “drag” setting area, those darkened areas, are the deep and Celestial doctrines of Christ that are visible to those (i.e. me on the machine) who use an instrument in the hands of the Lord, usually another person, who reflects this light onto these important areas (or important doctrines). But when a lesser light, Telestial or Terrestrial, light is visible, some would look in the areas where this light would shine, and thus be blinded to these Celestial doctrines.
An obvious and real truth to this example would be the work put forward by America’s Founding Fathers: the Telestial principles of the world we now live in. A Terrestrial world is the world Adam and Eve lived in before partaking of the forbidden fruit. But we, as truth-seekers are not looking to be a part of either of these two worlds. We seek the Celestial world—the Celestial kingdom.
Some would believe that Telestial truth—those principle put forward by America’s Founders, is the ultimate truth, and indeed the principles enshrined in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence, is truth! These are the principles upon which liberty stands. Of this truth Joseph Smith said in 1833,
And as pertaining to law of man [Telestial kingdom laws], whatsoever [principles] is more or less than this, cometh of evil.—D&C 98:7
Indeed, by today’s political standards, righteous people long for a return to our Founding era. But some would believe that these beautiful principles, holy as they may be, are the end-all of all truth. But from the scriptures there is something greater.
In our day today, the greatest truths, or the greatest principles for which God, in his work and glory, in bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, pertains to the recovery of the Native Americans—the seed of Joseph. The Book of Mormon was not meant for a building up of a Zion society among the Gentiles (LDS). It was meant to bring the tribe of Joseph into a knowledge of Jesus Christ, and the true points of his doctrine. A Gentile doesn’t have a house to be adopted into unless these people are recovered, and established as the rightful inheritor to the Abrahamic covenant—or that in his posterity all the nations of the Earth shall be blessed, beginning with the apple of God’s eye, his first love, the children of the prophets, the chosen seed, the house of Israel.
Any other doctrine, or any other beauty contained in the gospel, that detracts from this truth is a distraction from God’s work and glory which prioritized these people ahead of the Gentiles. This is why:
- The New Jerusalem will be built unto the house of Joseph —Ether 13:6-8
- “Thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles” —Isaiah 54:3, 3rd Nephi 22:3
- The Gentiles are to assist the house of Joseph in building the New Jerusalem —3rd Nephi 21:23-24
- The Book of Mormon was written, primarily, for the recovery of the Native Americans —Moroni 1:1,4, 4th Nephi 1:49, BOM Title page, 3rd Nephi 5:23, D&C 14:9-10
- Samuel the Lamanite reiterates the promises extended unto the Lamanites —Helaman 15:10-13
- Enos is told by the Lord that all of his righteous fathers prayed for the Lamanites’ recovery —Enos 1:16-18
- The allegory of Zenos describes that, before His vineyard is burned, the natural branches will be grafted back into the natural branches of the original tree —Jacob 5:10, 16-17, 29, 32, 60, 67-68
- Jacob 6 describes this recovery as the “marvelous work and wonder” or “the Lord recovering his people for a second time.” —Jacob 6:1-3 (what is the work that is described?)
- Not seeking to recover the Remnant, is actually fighting against God, despite whatever Telestial or Terrestrial light is out there — Gentile LDS “Custodial” Duty – The OMS is an Indian Prophet (onemightyandstrong.com) see 2nd Nephi 29
- The LDS Church has no solution to recovering the Remnant —D&C 45:28-29
Beware and be attuned to what aspect of the doctrine of Christ for which you focus on. Be a reflective light that shines down upon the most important of all doctrines—the doctrine of recovering the remnant of Joseph.