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March 2017 Australian Restoration News
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AUSTRALIAN RESTORATION NEWS
Riches from the Scriptures Volume 03 by Elder Neil Kerswell, Brisbane, Australia
Chapter 3 “BE BUILT UPON THE ROCK”
Around and about the Centre Place by High Priest Paul Gage, Independence, Missouri.
G! DAY! To all the wonderful and lovely Saints in Australia. As the year marches on, we continue on our
march toward Zion. Though the army of the Lord, at this point, is deployed in many places around the
world, it is of great comfort and assurance to know that our Mighty God knows where each “soldier” is
and what they are doing.
We have been blessed with another mild winter, so far this year and spring is certainly just around the
corner, as we say. Sometimes early spring weather plays a trick on nature and the trees start to bud and
flowers bloom only to get caught in a late winter storm. The adversary also likes to try to trick the army of
the Lord into becoming relaxed or complacent in our service. As the one song says, “We can never cease
the conflict, till the summons home be heard. We have all, for life enlisted, in the army of the Lord.”
Truly, God is Marshalling His Army and each of us must be ready at all times.
The Lord has recently blessed me with good recovery from knee replacement surgery. Certainly not
because of who I am, but because of what He has done. And not because of anything I have done, but
because of WHO HE IS! In the hospital and rehab center, as well as in my home, I had many
opportunities to share with those who were caring for me, about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Part of
our duty as soldiers in the Lord/’s army is to share the good news of Jesus whenever, wherever, and with
whoever we can because HE is the only answer for the problems of the world. We are commanded, in
Ephesians 6:10-20 to put on the whole armor of God. That is so vital in our spiritual survival, because we
do not have access to any armor with which to battle Satan, except God’s armor. Take time to read that
scripture, again, and especially note verses 18-20. A lady once asked God how often she should “put on”
this armor. God told her. at least, every 24 hours. May the Lord be with you and bless you in your daily
march toward Zion.
As we move into the spring and summer, many events and activities will be taking place; retreats for all
ages, branch activities, events at CPRS, including the spring play, entitled, “To Change a Heart.” The
Central Missouri Branches, Conference of Restoration Elders, and Pastors of Zion co-sponsored an
outstanding Priesthood and Men’s Retreat in January. Other events are scheduled for April as we enter the
month of Church Heritage.
The missionary groups continue to function and the next issue of Tidings of Zion will feature testimonies
from Seventy Juan Reyes in Mexico, testimonies from Africa as experienced by eight Saints from Salem,
Oregon, an unusual report from Germany, the wonderful testimonies from Luzon which Brother Murray
always makes sure to turn in, and an interesting testimony from Canada including a missionary testimony
by a 16 year old girl in Ontario, Canada. This issue of Tidings will hopefully be in the mail by mid-
God bless......................Love in Jesus’ Name
[Matthew 7:34] Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise
man, who built his house upon a rock, and the rains descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat
upon that house, and it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock.
[Matthew 7:35] And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a
foolish man, who built his house upon the sand; and the rains descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
and beat upon that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.
A true Christian builds in a manner that endures to the end, these blessings also carry on into eternity therefore
the principle is of everlasting importance. A follower of Christ should never blindly accept what they are taught at
Church or anywhere else for that matter
• Study it out further in Scripture
• Reason it out in your own minds prayerfully
• Put it to the test in faith
If what you have been taught fails to harmonise with Scripture, fails the test and God helps you to begin to see
it’s short falls then discard it as false and pray that God will help you not to dwell on it anymore, and only tell
others with the voice of warning. However if it harmonises with Scripture, passes the test and fills your soul with
light, intelligence and a desire to love and serve God, then it is building upon the rock and shall endure the storms
of life. Example: Ask of God: Nephi one day heard the testimony and teachings of his Father Lehi and asked God
if they be true
[1 Nephi 3:26] I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the
Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him, as well in times of old as in the time that
he should manifest himself unto the children of men;
[1 Nephi 3:27] For he is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever.
[1 Nephi 3:28] And the way is prepared from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto
[1 Nephi 3:29] For he that diligently seeketh shall find;
[1 Nephi 3:30] And the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in
this time as in times of old;
[1 Nephi 3:31] And as well in times of old as in times to come;
God by the Holy Ghost and an Angel revealed all the things which his Father had seen and more, giving
Nephi confidence and conviction, knowing for himself.
[1 Nephi 3:37] For it came to pass after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen, and believing
that the Lord was able to make them known unto me,
[1 Nephi 3:38] As I sat pondering in mine heart I was caught away in the Spirit of the Lord, yea, into an exceeding
high mountain, which I never had before seen, and upon which I never had before set my foot.
[1 Nephi 3:39] And the Spirit said unto me, Behold, what desirest thou?
[1 Nephi 3:40] And I said, I desire to behold the things which my father saw.
These are some of the things Nephi saw and understood
• Tree of Life – Love of God – Ministry of Jesus Christ
• Holy Land - Virgin holding a Child in Her Arms – Son of God
• Jesus Giving Ministry upon the Earth
• Rod of Iron – Word of God – Led to Fountain of Living waters/Tree of Life
• Jesus is the condescension of God – The Redeemer of the World
• John the Baptist is the Prophet who would prepare the way for Christ
• Jesus was baptized of John and Holy Ghost abode upon him.
• Multitudes would follow Jesus – then in time cast him out
• 12 Disciples/Apostles in the Holy Land
• Jesus would Heal, Cast out Devils
• The World would Judge Jesus and lift him upon a Cross and he’d be slain for Sins of the World
• The world would not be content with Crucifying Jesus and would seek to kill the Apostles and Christ’s followers –
Great and Spacious Building which Lehi saw – Pride of the World – Great was the Fall thereof
• The fall of the Great and Spacious Building – Represents the destruction of all Nations that fight against the
Apostles of the Lamb
• Land of Promise – America
• Nephi’s Family and descendants would grow many in number building many great cities
• There would be many wars and bloodshed with the sword
• Mists of Darkness – Great destructions, Lightning, Earthquakes, Mountains destroyed and Mountains formed
• Cities sunk into the ocean, cities destroyed by fire, Cities buried in the earth
• Heavens open and Jesus Christ visiting them in America
• 12 Apostles in the Holy Land and 12 Disciples in America
• 3 Generations pass away in Righteousness and the part of the 4 th
This is but a small part of what Nephi saw when asking of the Lord
After this wonderful time with God, Nephi returned
[1 Nephi 4:1] And it came to pass that after I, Nephi, had been carried away in the Spirit, and seen all these things,
I returned to the tent of my father.
[1 Nephi 4:2] And it came to pass that I beheld my brethren, and they were disputing one with another, concerning
the things which my father had spoken unto them;
[1 Nephi 4:3] For he truly spake many great things unto them, which were hard to be understood, save a man
should inquire of the Lord;
[1 Nephi 4:4] And they being hard in their hearts, therefore they did not look unto the Lord as they ought.
[1 Nephi 4:5] And now I, Nephi, was grieved because of the hardness of their hearts, and also because of the things
which I had seen, and knew they must unavoidably come to pass because of the great wickedness of the children of
Earlier we read about Building on the Rock – What material do we build with? What don’t we use?
To use the example/parable of Building a house – what not to use
• In worldly Christianity these days there is a lot of dodgy building material being sold
• You can build a house very quickly without any cooling off periods or financial checks
• Many who buy into it don’t test the foundations to ensure they are solid before laying the slab or
sinking the Posts
False Information in Documentaries and in the Media: Recently I began watching a Documentary I had bought
on the life of Noah, I got about 5 Minutes into watching it and felt the need to throw the DVD Documentary in the
bin where it belonged.
Points of difference:
• In those days they claimed Humans were having marital relationships with Angels and Demi Gods/Sons of
God, it is not the first time I have heard these sort of claims even in some Christian groups – This point was
presented by a supposed Christian expert.
• If you have not understood the scriptures in this matter and blindly accepted those who are supposed to be
experts, you would surely be deceived into accepting a lie.
• They claimed Noah was born already circumcised from his mother’s womb amazing everyone. This point
was presented by a Jewish Rabi supposed expert. However this also is a lie and does not harmonise with
What do the scriptures really mean; and what they are really saying?
[Genesis 8:1] And Noah and his sons hearkened unto the Lord, and gave heed; and they were called the sons of
[Genesis 8:2] And when these men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
the sons of men saw that their daughters were fair, and they took them wives even as they chose.
[Genesis 8:3] And the Lord said unto Noah, The daughters of thy sons have sold themselves, for behold, mine
anger is kindled against the sons of men, for they will not hearken to my voice.
[Genesis 8:4] And it came to pass, that Noah prophesied, and taught the things of God, even as it was in the
[Genesis 8:5] And the Lord said unto Noah, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for he shall know that all
flesh shall die, yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years; and if men do not repent, I will send in the floods
[Genesis 8:6] And in those days there were giants on the earth, and they sought Noah to take away his life;
[Genesis 8:7] But the Lord was with Noah, and the power of the Lord was upon him; and the Lord ordained Noah
after his own order, and commanded him that he should go forth and declare his gospel unto the children of men,
even as it was given unto Enoch.
[Genesis 8:8] And it came to pass that Noah called upon the children of men, that they should repent, but they
hearkened not unto his words.
[Genesis 8:9] And also, after that they had heard him, they came up before him, saying, Behold, we are the sons of
God, have we not taken unto ourselves the daughters of men? and are we not eating and drinking, and marrying
and given in marriage? and our wives bear unto us children, and the same are mighty men, which are like unto
them of old, men of great renown. And they hearkened not unto the words of Noah.
[Genesis 8:10] And God saw that the wickedness of man had become great in the earth; and every man was lifted
up in the imagination of the thoughts of his heart; being only evil continually.
[Genesis 8:11] And it came to pass, that Noah continued his preaching unto the people, saying, Hearken and give
heed unto my words, believe and repent of your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
even as our fathers did, and ye shall receive the Holy Ghost, that ye may have all things made manifest;
[Genesis 8:12] And if you do not this, the floods will come in upon you; nevertheless, they hearkened not.
When the scripture speaks about the Sons of God, it is simply telling us that they were covenanted
members of the Church. When it speaks of the Sons of Men it is telling us they were not members of the
church. As we have spoken about in past volumes of Riches from the Scriptures, it is of paramount
importance in this life that if we know of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have priesthood with authority to
Baptise and Confirm, we should avail ourselves of it because we cannot even see the Kingdom of God
without His Spirit dwelling in us. In this scripture some of the sons and daughters of Church members were
taking partners outside of the faith, partners who would not repent and believe in God, preferring to think
themselves and their children were great without God’s help, trusting in the arm of Flesh, trusting their own
understanding. God’s ways are higher and have more excellent promise and hope than this.
Can you see now how easy it is to be deceived by the cunning craftiness of men and women who lie in wait
ready to deceive? Can you see how worldy supposed experts do not always have the truth to give?
Like the counsel given in Doctrine and Covenants I am not saying to be learned is bad, it is very good so long
as we heed the counsel of God as first place and of greatest importance.
In the Documentary I began watching it said Noah was born circumcised from his mother’s womb.
Circumcision didn’t become important until Abrahams day
[Genesis 17:3] And it came to pass, that Abram fell on his face, and called upon the name of the Lord.
[Genesis 17:4] And God talked with him, saying, My people have gone astray from my precepts, and have not kept
mine ordinances, which I gave unto their fathers;
[Genesis 17:5] And they have not observed mine anointing, and the burial, or baptism wherewith I commanded
[Genesis 17:6] But have turned from the commandment, and taken unto themselves the washing of children, and
the blood of sprinkling;
[Genesis 17:7] And have said that the blood of the righteous Abel was shed for sins; and have not known wherein
they are accountable before me.
[Genesis 17:8] But as for thee, behold, I will make my covenant with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many
[Genesis 17:9] And this covenant I make, that thy children may be known among all nations. Neither shall thy
name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be called Abraham; for, a father of many nations have I made
[Genesis 17:10] And I will make thee exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come of
thee, and of thy seed.
[Genesis 17:11] And I will establish a covenant of circumcision with thee, and it shall be my covenant between me
and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their generations; that thou mayest know forever that children are not
accountable before me until they are eight years old.
[Genesis 17:12] And thou shalt observe to keep all my covenants wherein I covenanted with thy fathers; and thou
shalt keep the commandments which I have given thee with mine own mouth, and I will be a God unto thee and thy
seed after thee.
We see here that the covenant of Circumcision wasn’t introduced by God until Abraham’s day, and this because
the people started performing false practices and teaching to observe false doctrine, much like what some churches
do today in christening their babies. Twisting the commandments of God into meaningless laws of Men which
cannot help us. This denies us of the blessings God desires for His children if we will do what he asks and
commands of us. Once again it is easy to get led off into strange paths if we listen to the learning of men and
women instead of putting what we have heard and been taught to the test through God. I don’t like to harp on
negatives but feel this has been a worthwhile lesson. Because every day we mix with non-believers and therefore
need our spiritual filters and checks in place for the wellbeing of our eternal souls.
Otherwise we will undermine our foundation rock with sand.
The Price of being deceived
[Matthew 7:30] Verily I say unto you, it is not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, that shall enter unto the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.
[Matthew 7:31] For the day soon cometh, that men shall come before me to judgment, to be judged according to
[Matthew 7:32] And many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name; and in thy
name cast out devils; and in thy name done many wonderful works?
[Matthew 7:33] And then will I say, Ye never knew me; depart from me ye that work iniquity.
We see from this passage of scripture that not everyone will enter God’s Kingdom of Heaven. Some of
these people will have been involved in churches, even our church possibly. However they have been
deceived and have gone off in tangents that don’t lead to God, even though they believed they were serving
Him. In truth they never actually knew Him and falsely represented Him, possibly leading others astray
which is the Greater Sin.
This is a tragedy and is a big reason we must seek to build upon the Rock.
Victoria News submitted by Elder Murray Broughton
Elder Geoff Grayden continued to hold services while I was away in the Philippines. Sr. Betty Broughton provided
transport for them on some Sundays and Bro. Kevin Dowell on other Sundays. Sr.Elma Grayden still plays the
organ at 90 years of age. She had a few falls while we were away. I had the service on Sunday 12 th February after
returning on the Wednesday and used as a text Luke 4: 18.”THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME.” I will
also be taking the service on the 19 th , reading Matthew 24: 29-45; Text v39;.”AND WHO SO TREASURETH UP
MY WORDS, SHALL NOT BE DECIEVED”. We are few in number as we meet together in His name, the Lord
has promised to be in our midst. Sr. Loris Broughton and Sr.Dawn Mackrell were not able to be at church last
Sunday, because of ill health. Please remember them in your prayers. Also Bro.Geoff and Sr.Elma Grayden.
May the Lord shower His blessings of good health on each and everyone. Take care and God Bless us all.
Tamworth News submitted by Sr.Helen Archer
We continue to meet and Worship either at Deacon Roy and Sister Daphne Schubert’s or Elder Peter and Sister
Helen Archer’s home..
On the 5th of February we had a Sacrament Service with all five of us in attendance. Peter spoke, reading Psalm
111, Mark 14:10, Genesis 22:6-to 17, Exodus 12: 21-27, 3 rd . Nephi 4:41-50, and then Mark 14:11-27. Peter said
“The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is an Ordinance of the Church remembering the Crucifixion of the Lord and
the Covenant we have made.” He also read Section 17:22a 226 22c then finished up with Matthew 26:24-25.
On the 12th we watched the live stream from Waldo on Stewardship by High Priest Paul Gage. Peter was not well.
Sunday 19th of February Peter gave the message. He spoke on the Apostles of Jesus and the Apostles who tarried;
John the Beloved and the Three Nephites. He read from 3 Nephi 13:1, & 3 Nephi 13: 12-27,35-42. & Isaiah 29:
11 to 15. Brother Bob Wilkinson was in Brisbane visiting with family.
The Newcastle Saints are going have a Sacrament Service on the 26th of February. Elder Danny Archer is going up
from Sydney to meet with them.
Peter has been suffering from sciatica but is now recovering. We have been Blessed. Thank you for your Prayers
Please include in your prayers the following people who are in need of a blessing
Geoff & Elma Grayden Gwen Whately, Mary Dunn Alma & Janice Kerswell
Monique Hummel & Family George Parker Loris Broughton, Dirk Waasdorp
Adrienne & Robert Windsor Murray Broughton Audrey Kerswell Peter Archer
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST RESTORATION BRANCH, KINGSTON
17-19 Juers Street, Kingston, Queensland. Pastor: Elder Alma Kerswell. Phone 07 3800 1151
ACTIVITY SCHEDULE, MARCH, 2017.
Sun. 5 th . 10.00 a.m. COMMUNION SERVICE. Elder G.Melling asstd. by Priest L.Scott
Musical Item for Service. Glenn Kerswell
11.10 a.m. Prayer & Testimony Service. Elder N.Melling
followed by a BYO lunch.
Sun. 12 th . 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Jillias Mass Flowers: Linda Kerswell
10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Elder N.Churchill asstd.by Elder A.Kerswell
11.10 a.m. Class: Elder N.Rowlatt.
Sun. 19 th . 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Rebecca Melling Flowers: Del Churchill
10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE.Elder N.Kerswell asstd.by Elder N.Rowlatt
Musical Item for Service. Emma, Luke & Gary.
followed by Morning Tea. Please bring a plate.
Sun. 26 th . 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Rebecca Melling Flowers: Janice Kerswell
10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Priest L.Scott asstd.by Elder G.Melling
11.10 a.m. Class: Elder N.Melling
NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS for KINGSTON BRANCH
Birthdays. Happy Birthday Wishes to the following people:
Noel Rowlatt on the 7 th March and Katrina Schiffke will celebrate her’s on the 10 th March.
We have blessed with good attendances this month due largely to the fact that three families were visiting
from the USA, allowing us to the have the men namely Teacher Luke Melling, Priest Christopher
Deselms and Elder Glen Crowther occupy the pulpit on 3 Sundays of the month. We appreciated very
much their ministry and the fellowship that we enjoyed with them and their families
50 th Wedding Celebration. Branch Pastor Elder Al.Kerswell and Sr.Janice Kerswell celebrated their 50 th
Wedding Anniversary with family and a few friends at a Bar B Q at the church on Saturday 18 th February.
Their devoted service for their Lord over the many years is greatly appreciated.
Contributions to the Australian Restoration News need to come by the 20 th of the month and must be submitted
by email if possible. Email details are firstname.lastname@example.org Phone contact: 07 3824 8386
We would love to have contributions from isolated members in Australia; articles or testimonies or just
greetings. We would also like to hear from American saints who have ministered in Australia.
If you do not have access to an internet facility and would like to post your article to me, I will try and have it typed
and included, but I would need to receive it by the 18th of the month for inclusion in the next.