Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Self Assessment

Someone I care about recently shared the below self assessment with me. My results were so startling and concerning that it has led me humbly and sincerely seek repentance and mercy from our Lord with vigor.

People in general don't like being told to repent and I don't particularly like telling people to do so but I'm sharing it with you in the hopes that this self assessment in the faith that those who also sincerely take the self assessment below will be blessed too.

- Daniel                                                                                               


"And now, how much more cursed is he that knoweth the will of God and doeth it not, than he that only believeth, or only hath cause to believe, and falleth into transgression?" - Alma 16:25

Self Assessment

1. Lord, am I cursed because I know your will in things but I'm doing them not?

2. Lord, are their sins in my life that I've failed to humbly confess before you?

3. Lord, are my current priorities out of harmony with the path that will bring me to Zion?

4. Lord, is my repentance/growth/change such that I'm going a speed insufficient to get me there in the time remaining?

5. Lord, are there things in my life I'm either doing or not doing that displease you?

6. Lord, is there anything in my life that I am still under condemnation for?

7. Lord, am I breaking the covenant?

*. Lord, is yes the answer for me on any of these questions?

Should any of the previous questions result in you receiving a response of yes from God through the medium of the Holy Ghost then:

   1. Oh Lord, do you love me?

   2. Oh Lord, is there still time to change?

   3. Oh Lord, will you please help me?

Should this self assessment prove useful to you that you'd like to share it, feel free.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Link: Forgiveness & Healing

Excerpt of pages 43-47 of book Beloved Enos written by Denver Snuffer:

[In Enos’ encounter with God he writes:

5 And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.

The response contains two separate assurances. First, Enos’ sins are forgiven and second, he shall be blessed. These to different statements require us to understand why Enos has etched them as he has.
The Lord cannot visit with the unclean. Alma 45:16 teaches “for the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance.” We should not expect to find Him visiting with someone whose sins are unforgiven.
Joseph Smith gave several different accounts of the First Vision. He includes the fact that his sins were forgiven as part of many of them. In his 1832 account he wrote: “I saw the Lord and he spake unto me saying ‘Joseph, my son, thy sins are forgiven thee.’” (Spelling and punctuation normalized.) In his 1835 account he reported: “A personage appeared n the midst of this pillar of flame which was spread all around and yet nothing was consumed. Another personage soon appeared like unto the first; he said unto me “thy sins are forgiven thee. (Punctuation normalized)
Orson Pratt’s account of Joseph’s First Vision included this: “he was enwrapped in a heavenly vision, and saw two glorious personages, who exactly resembled one another in their features or in likeness. He was informed that his sins were forgiven.”
Although the reference concerning the remission of Josephs sins was omitted from the account contained in the Pearl of Great Price, forgiveness was in fat a part of his first encounter with the Father and His Son. The Lord cannot “look upon sin.” Therefore, He removes it by forgiving those who come into His presence. Joseph commented on the Lord’s willingness to forgive in these words: “Our heavenly Father is more liberal in His views, and boundless in His mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive[.]” (TPJS p. 256.)
We see a consistency between the Lord’s statement to Enos on the one hand and His statement to Joseph on the other. In other scriptures the Lord forgives those to whom He speaks as part of a necessary rite. For example, in a revelation given to Emma Smith, we find the Lord readily forgiving her: “Behold, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou art an elect lady, whom I have called.” (D&C 25:3) Similarly, when speaking to the Church in a revelation given in late September, 1830, a few days prior to a conference, the Lord forgives those receiving the revelation: “Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that at this time your sins are forgiven you, therefore ye receive these things; but remember to sin no more, lest perils shall come upon you.” (D&C 29 3.) It is an almost invariable occurrence when the Lord speaks directly to anyone that He forgives their sins. He follows the same pattern when dealing with any of us. We are unworthy. We need fixing. He repairs us so as to make it possible for us to receive an audience with Him. Enos accurately describes the manner in which the Lord deals with us all as a part of his record of the Lord’s encounter with him.
This was also the pattern when the Lord healed the inform during His mortal ministry. We read how the Lord forgave sins as He healed bodies. In case of a palsied man brought to Him for healing, the Lord first made it clear the man’s sins were forgiven him, and thereafter healed him. Matthew records the incident n these words: “And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a be: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in our hearts? For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee, or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,_ Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. And he arose, and departed to his house. But when the multitudes saw it, they marveled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.” (Matt. 9: 2-8)
Christ tried in vain to convince the religious leaders of His day about the relationship between inner cleanliness and spiritual power. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” (Matt. 23: 25-26) If these religious teachers wanted to eliminate their own spiritual failings it could never come from ceremonial observance alone. Their sins had to first be forsaken. It was Christ, of course, who was the key to accomplishing it. These blind guides were unable to see who it was speaking to them. Such is the irony frequently apparent when the religious interact with the Lord’s chosen.
James tied healing to forgiveness of sins. He wrote: “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” (James 5: 14-15) Bodily healing reflects a deeper spiritual healing which invariably accompanies the presence of the Spirit. To be “visited” is to be cleaned.]

    Reading, pondering and praying on the morning of 1/27/18 about the material above resulted in the understanding being given to me by the comforter that the insights and understanding given to me arising from such were not for my benefit alone but were to be shared with others too.

I’ve brought my heart to the alter.
- It’s not finished -
I’m bringing my heart to you.
- yes son -

You forgive sins we do not confess with humble hearts due to our ignorance of such sins provided we confess with humble hearts all of the ones we do recognize?
- YES -

I recall asking you in the past if there were still things in me that still displeased you or condemnation I was under that I wasn’t aware of and you said yes. I hate displeasing you and being under condemnation for anything but when I asked what those things were your response was to wait as it wasn’t yet your will to explain what those things were. Instead at my pleading you gave me at least one thing that I was doing that displeased you to work on and I’ve been working very hard at remedying that thing.

So I know such things exist but do not know what they are, so long as I humbly confess this and all of the sins and failing I do recognize?
- you can be forgiven -

So by humbly confessing all of the sins we recognize we do possess while recognizing we would confess that which we are unaware of, were we and once we are aware of it, we can be forgiven of all sin?
- YES -

Once forgiven of all, having obtained a remission of sins, as we walk forward we will in time come to understand that which we were ignorant of at which point we humbly confess such too…

AA steps 4-6 list all flaws, character weaknesses, sins & trespasses as best we know and then humbly confessing before God and asking to have them removed…

*Father, are there sins, weaknesses etc. that I recognize within myself that I either do not or have not humbly confessed before you?
- yes -
(me) Oh shit…

I believe I am fully willing to confess all of my sins before God.
- we know that -

Then I ask for and invite your aid in remembering, recognizing, accepting and admitting to myself such things so that I may humbly confess them before you.
- Ok! -

Little children under the age of accountability are innocent of sin. Therefore so long as the parent is forgiven or clean from all sin, the child can be healed by you through them.
- that’s true -

Sometimes though, even when a parent isn’t free from all sin but prays in faith, though they are not the one performing the miracle in your name, you can still perform the miracle?
- YES -

(Parent performing miracle to heal little child in His name using His power compared to Christ performing miracle to heal little child in His own name using His own power. Credit for miracle His in both circumstances)

If someone cleansed from all sin, and therefore able to perform miracles in your name, were working with someone doing the AA steps on confession to which the answer to the question above* is yes, would it be appropriate to give them a partial needed healing?
- no -
They would need to do a complete confession?
- pretty much -
But if the one forgiven of all sin were to then cry out to the Father in your name on their behalf asking if the Lord would heal them according to the degree of their faith and repentance/confession before God, then yes?
- NO -
If they were to confess humbly that there were indeed other things they needed to confess that they were having difficulty confessing or had not yet confessed coupled with a request for help doing so and the faith to be baptized, once baptized, then?
- NO -
(me) darn…

If after fully humbly confessing before God one’s sins as indicated in previous comments, is it such that they should or also need to confess such before the priest administering baptism?
- no response -
But to do so is pleasing?
- not really -

James 5:14-15. Someone who has faith to ask to be healed by someone clean and worthy, due to having been forgiven of all sin, but who in asking to be healed themselves has not yet received a remission of all sins, provided it is not your will that they die/not heal, they will gradually in time heal and recover from their sickness/illness in a way that looks natural and not miraculous?
- pretty much -

So if I saw someone request a blessing who was ministered to given a blessing by one I knew to be worthy and then told in the blessing that they would in time recover (because it wasn’t your will that they don’t) then it would be because the person asking for the blessing had not received a remission of all of their sins otherwise they would have been healed miraculously instead?
- YES -

If someone who has receive a remission of all sins requests to be healed by someone they believe has also received such, but who in truth has not, who then pronounces a miraculous healing blessing in your name, will the miracle sill occur?
- no -
(me) Vague feeling/nuance to that answer as if response of no not adequate to fully answer question or question was worded incorrectly…
Is it that though a ‘no’, based on faith, sometimes?
- sometimes -
(me) The nuance of that answer felt reluctant…
Is it that it is unwise for any miraculous healing to occur at the moment of blessing because individual giving the blessing not forgiven of all sins would mistakenly believe they are but that healing occurs rapidly once such individual exits the scene based on the worthiness of the individual being blessed so as to not have a miraculous healing attributable to someone pronouncing a blessing in your name while yet unworthy?
- that’s more like it -

Although benefit to the previous, it really is best for someone forgiven of all sins to receive blessing from someone likewise forgiven of all sins.
- really is best -

Therefore witnessing someone miraculously heal someone else indicates that both have been forgiven of all sin because the first is an outward manifestation of an inner condition?
- YES write it down -

Then there are those who, despite there still being much more for them to accomplish as ignorance is remedied, because of their repentance and confession at that moment was full according to their understanding at that point in time, are healed miraculously who are healed not realizing that the have been forgiven of all this sins.
- Wouldn’t it be good for them to know? -

Matthew 9:2-8. So seeing that there were those who had repented sufficiently to be forgiven of all asking to be healed, you told them they were forgiven and then healed them?
- Yes, so that they would know it too -

If being clean one is asked to be healed by one they know has been forgiven of all sin then they are to be healed miraculously in your name because they asked it?
- correct -

So when those who know themselves to be forgiven of all sin are advised through the Holy Spirit to heal someone miraculously or when advised by the Holy Spirit that the person asking to be healed has been forgiven of all sin then it is good to first let the one about to be healed know that they are forgiven of all their sins as in regards to their current status before God before miraculously healing them in your name because they asked.
Likewise, when those who know themselves to be forgiven of all sin are asked to heal a little child not yet accountable for sin, the one forgiven of all sin is to miraculously heal them in our name because they were asked.
- write it down please -

If the one who is healed (who isn’t a little child not yet accountable for sin) doesn’t watch themselves and humbly continue to confess their weakness/things they were ignorant of as they learn about and discover them, they no longer retain a remission of sin and are not healed miraculously going forward if and when needed?
- NO -
(me) Cool!
- Want me to explain? -
(me) I’d like that!

Is it that the one blessing is to then give a conditional miraculous blessing with instruction to the one requesting the healing regarding what they need to confess/repent of in order to receive the offer healing?
- that’s more like it -

Naaman understood far less than Elisha but based on his current level of knowledge Naaman’s repentance at the time he requested to be healed was sufficient for him to receive a remission of all sins when combined with his faith in washing in the Jordan river seven times which was the conditional act of repentance targeted towards his pride that he needed to do to receive the miraculous healing?
- write it down -

So for Naaman, rather than pronouncing a conditional miraculous healing in your name based on him repenting of pride, he was instead advised to go do something that in doing would reflect or manifest faith and repentance of pride therefore resulting in forgiveness of all sin as his at that moment current status and the promised miraculous healing?
- write it down -

So sometimes telling someone that they need to repent of something (such as pride) will not result in them being forgiven of all sin and then being healed because they don’t know how to repent of that final thing and since you want to heal and forgive them it is wise and good to instead instruct a conditional healing based on an act like you did for Naaman through Elisha?
- write it down please -

So then to heal others miraculously first requires knowledge that we ourselves are forgiven of all our sins upon which either because the Holy Ghost testifies they are to be miraculously healed or that someone is clean and forgiven of all sins we then attest they are forgiven of all sins before miraculously healing them in your name either by instruction to do so via the Holy Ghost or because they asked for it.
Otherwise if the one healing is given to understand by the Holy Ghost that there are a few things remaining in the way still needing to be confessed/repented of, the one healing is to pronounce a conditional miraculous healing in your name tied to them doing some act tied to them repenting of those few things the Holy Ghost has advised the one asking to be healed still needs to be repented of or confessed and all of this repentance is based on their current level of knowledge and understanding.
- yes, write it down please -

Provided the end account is something you approve of after writing this down I’ll share it however you want it shared.
- write it down son -

Ok, I’ll write it down and if the results are acceptable to you, share it however you want?
- write a blog -
(me) Ok!

Wisdom (an apology & final email)

Brothers & Sisters in the Covenant,

Yesterday someone did me a wonderful kindness of bringing something to my attention in a loving way that I was ignorant of by mentioning among other things that me sending something into people’s personal email addresses without their consent or request may be viewed by others as an unwelcome invasion of privacy.

I apologize.

My mother … obtained the list based of having been the one who helped collate for her the one she used when she sent out a mass email to covenant holders regarding the plight of a brother and sister in the Philippines.

I feel the counsel I was given was wise and good and I intend to follow it and even start a blog despite having been resistive to doing so for multiple reasons.

If you wish to or are ok with receiving future communications from me on things of this nature, please either let me know enter our email into the 'follow by email' field on the blog Seeking for Jesus that I just started.

Someone lovingly chastened who feels wiser than he was before,
Daniel Motola

P.S. Thank you brother for sharing your insights with me. I'm rather hard to offend and I'm not offended in the least but instead appreciate what you had to say.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Wisdom (a response)

I received a response to my email asking the following questions:

Who advised you of these instructions?
Where do you stand regarding the requirements found in T&C 39:4?
Based on the above (coupled with a quote from Denver or two), how did you receive responsibility to warn me what not to do?
Wouldn’t the pattern of the Lord have someone else command me to not talk about something as important as the covenant?

Well that sure cuts to the quick of it doesn’t it?

I believe that an ordination to priesthood and sustaining of seven women among us doesn’t count until the Lord ratifies and empowers the ordination and that the result of such would include an association or fellowship with Powers in Heaven the first portion of which are Angels holding Aaronic authority and that individuals extended such an association are under the obligation to declare the words given them to others.

I also have entered into a covenant with God to, “assist all others - who covenant to likewise accept this standard to govern their lives - to keep the Lord’s will.”

To the best of my understanding, I do prey, my spirit is contrite, and I obey His ordinances as outlined in T&C 39 and having been ordained and then sustained by seven women have received permission from Christ through the medium of the Holy Ghost to function in an Aaronic capacity.

If true then my responsibility to share what I did to other covenant members is based upon the covenant I made with God and the association by which the instruction was provided.

As to the pattern having someone else relay such, someone told me that Denver recently has but that his counsel, not given by way of commandment addressed how it would bring people into the covenant who did so motivated out of fear of the coming future rather than sincere repentance and love for Jesus Christ?

What I was given to understand is that there are wicked men who actively, willingly and intentionally serve the devil and that it would be a really really good idea to avoid a future where they become aware of the covenant.

Although not Heavenly Mother’s words, the statement that it is contrary to the will of Wisdom to talk about the covenant with others at this time except when guided by the Holy Spirit to do so is still true.

“Oh Lord! However poorly Daniel wrote or worded the warning he shared with me, was the motivation of the source(s) who asked Daniel to share what he did motivated by love towards those in the covenant and was their counsel founded upon truth received from the you such that this is wise counsel I should accept as correct despite Daniel’s weakness in receiving and then delivering to me something he himself received?”

I suppose if people didn’t get offended by what I’m saying then I probably wasn’t saying anything worth hearing in the first place.

I’m not the best messenger. I have not yet seen the Lord as Denver has such that my association with him is still via the medium of the Holy Ghost but I’m trying to warn and bless others that I care about and be faithful to Him despite the fact that I apparently come across as quite offensive to many when ever I attempt to do so.

I wrote it as simple and with as much clarity as I know how and I hope you’ll forgive me if what I said came across poorly.

Daniel Motola