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 December 6 – Fulfilled. Jesus would be a Light to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:1-9 “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. 5 ¶ Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. 8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. 9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

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Colossians 3:23; “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”.

 Doctrine and Covenants 132:4-6; “For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory. 5 For all who will have a blessing at my hands shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, as were instituted from before the foundation of the world. 6 And as pertaining to the new and everlasting covenant, it was instituted for the fulness of my glory; and he that receiveth a fulness thereof must and shall abide the law, or he shall be damned, saith the Lord God.”

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January Witnessing Tip of the Day January 7 – The Everlasting Covenant is Christ Jesus our Lord.  Hebrews 13:20 says; “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant”.

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december-witnessing-tip-of-the-day-5 December 6 – Fulfilled. Jesus would be a Light to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:1-9; “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. 5 ¶ Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. 8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. 9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

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January2January 28 – Chosen seed. 1 Chronicles 16:13, 17; “O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant.”

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December 5 – John 1:9; “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

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CovenantsCovenants.

What are they?

What do they mean?

How do they work?

To whom do they apply?

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2014 Tower of David 1Jeremiah 31:31; “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah”.

Matthew 26:28; “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

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Early Mormon PolygamistsThe life of Parley Parker Pratt was fast and furious from the time he joined Mormonism to his death. He bought Smith’s version of God’s restoration gospel and wasted no time in writing hymns, periodicals, converting dozens and forging new roads up the canyons of Utah and when that didn’t pan out financially he turned his attention to missions work.

In the end Pratt met his match with a man by the name of Hector McLean. Hector didn’t take too kindly to the way Pratt induced his wife all in the name of God. After she took off with Parley and tried to take the kids with her, McLean chased them down and Mr. Pratt died a martyr’s death in the eyes of Mormondom.

You can read a short bio of him and his 12 wives in our ongoing series of Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders here.

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No Polygamy, No Kingdom of God

Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 24:229-230; “He [Joseph Smith] has told us about our associations hereafter. He has told us about our wives and our children being sealed to us, that we might have a claim on them in eternity. He has revealed unto us the law of celestial marriage, associated with which is the principle of plural marriage.  This you will see is strictly in accordance with what I have told you Joseph Smith told the Twelve—that if this law was not practiced, if they would not enter into this covenant, then the kingdom of God could not go one step further.” – John Taylor, “Selections from his Discourses delivered in the Various Settlements”

Mark 1:14-15; “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

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I wrote this article as a companion info sheet for an earlier study of the US Government and Mormonism. In light of the scripture changes made by the Church this week (March 1, 2013) I made some amendments reflecting the latest denial of the Church’s history with polygamy, and have included it here.

More than anything my heart hurts for those caught in the web of lies the Church keeps spinning.  The first purpose of this ministry is to glorify God by showcasing who He is and what He does for us. Our second focus is to warn others of the dangers when we don’t worship the God of the Bible. Unfortunately in this time of history there’s many organizations working overtime to turn people away from the One True God and Mormonism happens to be one of the biggest in recent history.  Now, onto the article…

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God; Knowing He Exists

Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg 32; “There are but a very few beings in the world who understand rightly the character of God. The great majority of mankind do not comprehend anything, either that which is past, or that which is to come, as it respects their relationship to God. They do not know, neither do they understand the nature of that relationship; and consequently they know but little above the beast, or more than to eat, drink and sleep. This is all man knows about God or his existence, unless it is given by the inspiration of the Almighty”.

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Joseph Smith and Warren Jeffs Compared

jeffs-and-smith-comparedOn August 29, 2006, Warren Steed Jeffs, prophet of the FLDS Church, was arrested just outside of Las Vegas after being pulled over on a routine traffic stop by the Nevada Highway Patrol.  He had been on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List since May.  Today he’s sitting in a jail in Texas awaiting trial on charges of bigamy and child sexual abuse.

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Centennial Park

      Here we are in the twenty first century and still talking about polygamy.  On Tuesday, February 13, 2007, ABC aired a program called “The Outsiders”.  The focus was of course the polygamous community of Centennial Park, AZ that lies just two miles south of Colorado City, home to the infamous group of the Fundamental Latter-day Saints. 

This particular group of polygamists wanted to make it clear that they are not part of the group in Colorado City.  They claim they don’t have the problems of child sexual abuse and forced marriages that seem to plague Warren Jeffs group; although they did admit to having bouts of jealousy towards each other.

     The main subjects of the interview focused on one young family within the clan.  ABC was invited into the 1,400 sq. ft. home of a husband with two wives and their nine children.  The polygamists wanted the world to see how they take care of their own and they portrayed this community effort of building an addition onto the home of the young family. 

The husband, Ariel Hammon met both of his wives at school.  He was the math teacher for both when they were in school.  His first wife is now 30 years old and mother to seven of the children with another one on the way.  His second wife is 20 and mother to the remaining two children.  Mr. Hammon is roughly 35 years old.

     At one point during the interview the reporter, John Quinonez gathered a group of about 15 teenagers to ask them some questions.  He asked the girls what their dreams were for their lives.  One girl answered that she is praying to be just one of her future husband’s wives, yet she had no idea who it was that she’d want to marry.  She said that it was “up to the priesthood”.  When asked how she’d feel if he had a lot of wives, she answered by saying; “If he has six or seven wives, I’d accept that. The man is not ours. We are given to the man but we can’t claim him. So as many wives as he would want, he can have. As long as it’s what God wants.”  The young men in the group all claimed they had no problem with obeying the elders by having two to fifteen wives.  If that is what God wanted, then so be it.

     As I was watching the show it was so hard for me to sit still and keep my mouth shut as I listened to the lies they told and witnessed the obvious brain washing that has taken control of these beautiful people.  However, out of all the lies they told and keep telling to the next generation, I was also very grateful for the invention of television.  I’m not a big advocate for television, but there are times when God will use it for His purpose and I truly believe this is one of those times!  The news reporter gave a short blip about Joseph Smith’s teachings of polygamy, godhood and salvation. 

     I would imagine that it’s incredibly difficult for the modern-day member of the LDS Church to reconcile the truth about Joseph Smith and the persona they are trying to portray in this, the twenty-first century.  Their latest push of wanting to be included into the “mainstream” body of Christ has to be a hard sale when the truth of their doctrine is a glaring reminder of why they don’t belong.  In contrast, the polygamist groups don’t feel the added pressure of wanting to fit in – they have purposefully kept themselves separated from the “secular world”.

     The husband that the show focused on, Ariel Hammon, admitted they do believe Jesus was a polygamist and that black people are the curse of Cain. 

Moses 7:22; “And Enoch also beheld the residue of the people which were the sons of Adam; and they were a mixture of all the seed of Adam save it was the seed of Cain, for the seed of Cain were black, and had not place among them.”

  I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it was reported on this show that Mr. Hammon is the first person to admit to the teachings of Jesus being a polygamist and the curse of Cain.

     So for all those who write in to Life After Ministries and tell us we’re being sensationalistic, or that we’ve lied, you’ve now heard it from the “horse’s mouth” so to speak.  We haven’t pulled some obscure teaching out of the annals of the LDS Church’s history to twist things around; these are the basic tenets of Mormonism.

     The truth is Joseph Smith did teach that Jesus was a polygamist and Joseph Smith did in fact teach that black people are cursed.  Let us pray for these people!  Of course they also claimed that sex has absolutely nothing to do with polygamy, but we already know the truth to that story.  We’ll have more on these topics in the near future on our website so stay tuned.

     Mr. Hammon claimed the Bible commands polygamy to be practiced, but nowhere in the Bible have I ever seen such a commandment.  I’m certain that if he truly believes in the teachings of Joseph Smith he’d also claim the Bible isn’t translated correctly either.  How is it they can claim the Bible commands something if they don’t actually believe the Bible to be correct? 

     While trying to portray the wonderful attributes of polygamy, the women of this particular group have gathered together to fight what they call the “injustices” they face because of their religion. They said that by living in America they should be able to worship the way they see fit without being persecuted.

They’ve dubbed themselves the Centennial Park Action Committee and have begun pushing their agenda for “religious tolerance”.  Following in their mother’s footsteps are the children of not only these multiple wives, but others as well who are speaking out, publicly demanding respect and tolerance from mainstream society in both Arizona and Utah.

     Funny, the term “tolerance” sounds eerily familiar when you listen to the groups that want same-sex marriages to be legalized.  Isn’t this also what the ACLU tries to impose upon the citizens of America today when they want the Ten Commandments ripped from all public buildings and when they fight to have Christmas trees taken down from airports like they did here in Seattle this past Christmas season?

     The mainstream LDS Church can claim they don’t believe these doctrines any longer, but in reality they still do.  The Doctrine and Covenants still contains section 132 which warns members they cannot be saved without having multiple wives and women will be damned if they reject it. 

D&C 132:4; “For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.”  Also see D&C 132:51-56.

They still teach that you must be married in order to gain exaltation and they still teach they will become gods and goddesses someday with their own earths.  (D&C 132:19-20.) 

     When you witness to a Mormon whether it be a missionary or a close friend or relative, they may try and tell you that they don’t personally believe in the section of D&C that commands polygamy.  If this is the case ask them if they’ve denounced Joseph Smith for their as well.  After all, the teachings mentioned here originated with none other than Smith himself. 

Deut. 18:20-22 says that we are to disregard any prophet who gives a false prophecy.

  Because the “everlasting covenant” of having multiple wives was outlawed by the US government and subsequently abandoned by the mainstream LDS Church, it can’t possibly be qualified as everlasting, but qualifies as a false prophecy.

     I have always maintained that Mormonism is based upon two principles.  Sex and godhood; you can’t get one without the other.  You can’t be truly saved (godhood status) if you’re not married; i.e. polygamy.  You can’t be married without taking oaths in the temple to pledge loyalty to the Mormon god who is a polygamist.  (In reality yes, you can be married outside of the temple.  However if you’re a TBM (true blue Mormon) and truly love your Heavenly Father you’ll be needing that temple marriage.)

     When the younger sister wife of the host family being interviewed was asked how she would get to heaven, her response made me cringe.  She answered by stating that being married and following Jesus’ example to bring children here to earth, obeying the commandments (D&C 132) and having a happy family is the way she can go to heaven. 

     Where is the gospel in this?  Where is there any hope provided by a Savior?  Now whether or not she articulated the proper tenets of that particular sect is irrelevant.  Her understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ is totally warped!  This is the “fruit” of true Mormonism.  While I know she’s only twenty years old and still very young, this is what she will be passing on to her children. 

 Think about it, she’s twenty and has two kids.

      As an example I was born and raised in mainstream Mormonism and lived with the average thought process of any average Mormon for thirty years.  The young woman’s thought process mentioned here isn’t any different than mine was before I got saved and I wasn’t a polygamist.  The last polygamist in my family was alive three generations ago.  My parents were 16 and 18 when they got married and I was born a day before their first anniversary.  My mother hadn’t finished 9th grade when she dropped out of school to be married.  The similarities are striking and sadly enough my experience is typical of Mormon behavior patterns.

     My parents weren’t married in the temple and while my mother did become active in her twenties, my father only on rare occasions would go to church.  They did however pass down the “heritage and culture” of being active in the Church as a youngster, thus my brothers and I were summarily dropped off at the ward building when the schedule demanded we be there.

     The residual effects of polygamy are far reaching and when the members of the LDS Church went into their temple one hundred years ago they took oaths upon themselves and the heads of the next third and fourth generations.  Don’t think those oaths are just some silly rituals they go through that don’t carry a spiritual price to pay.  Temple-worthy members of today are still taking those oaths.  Although they have changed the ceremonies drastically since the days of the early church, the oaths and effects are the same.

     The residual effects of polygamy can also be seen in the vital statistics of life in Utah today.  Every 18 months or so I write an article on the statistics of various subjects for the state of Utah – you can read the latest one here: http://www.lifeafter.org/vitalstats2006.asp

     The findings are remarkable to say the least.  Suicide, rape, and incest are higher there than the national average and they can’t figure out why.  The studies for trying to understand these phenomena have been ongoing since the mid-fifties.  They have been quoted as saying they are positive that religion has absolutely nothing to do with it.  One “expert” even said he felt the rates are that high because the Intermountain west has easy access to guns.  Yeah, okay…

     Here is what part of my article says about Utah stats: “Another comparison that I found to be very telling is from the Utah Department of Health.  It says that in Utah 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18.  Nationally the rates are 1 out of 6 women (17%) and 1 out of 33 men (3%) will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives.”   

     In other words you’re twice as likely to be raped in Utah if you’re a female and if you’re a male it’s six times higher than the national average.  Pretty scary if you ask me.  Let’s face it; this is the residual effect of polygamy. 

This is the legacy the early pioneers have left for the “Land of Zion”.  Now I’m not stating that the rest of the nation or the world for that matter is any better.  Goodness this world is filled with evil people who commit evil sins.  However, when the “prophets of God” proclaim something to be a direct revelation from the Almighty you’d think that the fruit of such an act would produce godly legacies, not bad ones.  Yet here is this “holy land” that is continually suffering a worse record of sexual crimes than the rest of the nation and I’m sure I’m not the only person who can figure this out.

     The biggest impression I was left with after watching that show was the sadness I felt for those women and girls.  I’m not a feminist mind you, but I cannot imagine living another day like that.  I love my husband and I know how blessed I am that God gave me two daughters, but without Jesus and His spilled blood I am nothing and have nothing.  It’s been almost 14 years since I accepted Jesus into my heart and working in this ministry reminds me of what He saved me from.  This show is a great reminder of just how desperate the situation is for those caught in the trap of the evil one.  Help us won’t you to reach out to them through prayer and witness?  May God bless you for your willingness and love!

 With Love in Christ;

Michelle Grim

1 Cor. 1:18

 

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