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April 2017 Australian Restoration News
Hi to everyone,
Please find the April issue of the Australian Restoration News below. I am a week early with it as I am going on a holiday
Best wishes to all,
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Around and about the Centre Place by High Priest Paul Gage, Independence, Missouri.
April Greetings to the wonderful Saints in Australia. As you all know, April is a very special month in the life of the church. As we find in church history Volume 1, pp. 67-68 and also Doctrine and Covenants 17 directions from God as to the organizing of the church. Joseph Smith, Jr., wrote: “In this manner did the Lord continue to give us instructions from time to time concerning the duties which now devolved upon us; and among many other things of the kind, we obtained of him the following, by the spirit of prophecy and revelation, which not only gave us much information, but also pointed out to us the precise day upon which, according to his will and commandment, we should proceed to organize his church once again here upon the earth” (Times and Seasons, 3:928-929).
D&C 17:1a The rise of the church of Christ in these last days, being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being regularly organized and established agreeably to the laws of our country, by the will and commandments of God in the fourth month,
and on the sixth day of the month which is called April;
D&C 17:1b which commandments were given to Joseph Smith, Jr., who was called of God and ordained an apostle of Jesus Christ, to be the first elder of this church; and to Oliver Cowdery, who was also called of God an apostle of Jesus Christ, to be the second elder of this church, and ordained under his hand;
D&C 17:1c and this according to the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom be all glory, both now and forever. Amen.
This is a good time to re-emphasize the beginnings of the church in 1830. Whether in the branches, homes, individually, or all, time should be taken to remind us of our church heritage. I realize it is not that easy when the Saints are isolated, but still, we should never be isolated from our heritage or our Lord.
The Conference of Restoration Elders and Pastors of Zion are joining to promote church heritage during the week of April 2-8, 2017. There will be an All-Branch Sacrament Service at Waldo Avenue RB/Center Place Restoration School on Sunday, April 2, 2017. This will be followed up with activities on Tuesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 6, 2017.
As you may recall, during this past year, a home was purchased that once belonged to Joseph Smith III and Israel A. Smith. The home was the location for ten or more sections of the Doctrine and Covenants that came through these two prophets. A Board of Directors has been formed and some relatives of the Smith family are on the Board. We are into the season of retreats, school terms ending, and all the events of summer time on the horizon.
All the missionary groups are staying active with mission trips being planned by each group for those areas under their fields of ministry. Continue to pray for the missionary work around the world. We are seeking input from the Australian Saints and Priesthood as to what ministry is desired in 2017 and 2018. Please let us know your thoughts. We are also encouraging Australian Saints to join us here in the USA for summer reunions and other gathering. Anyone interested, feel free to contact the SEAAM Board through me. God bless each you very much.
Riches from the Scriptures by Elder Neil Kerswell, Brisbane, Australia
Volume 03 “BE BUILT UPON THE ROCK”
Chapter 4 “Christ, His Kingdom and Gospel is the Stone”
Daniel 2:28-49 Great Image – Showing the Latter Day
Daniel 2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
Daniel 2:29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass
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hereafter; and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
Daniel 2:30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
Daniel 2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee, and the form thereof was terrible.
Daniel 2:32 This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
Daniel 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay,
Daniel 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Daniel 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them; and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Daniel 2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
Daniel 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings; for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
Daniel 2:38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
Daniel 2:39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
Daniel 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron; forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things; and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
Daniel 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay
Daniel 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
Daniel 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men; but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
Daniel 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter; and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Daniel 2:46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshiped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odors unto him,
Daniel 2:47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
Daniel 2:48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and he gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
Daniel 2:49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon; but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
Daniel showed unto King Nebuchadnezzar both the dream and the meaning of his dream which had troubled the King greatly, and he did this by the power of God and took no honour unto himself at any time. Ultimately this revealed that the Kingdoms of this world will come and go throughout the stream of time, overcoming and subduing the previous then falling to another. All these kingdoms would command great power in their day, having strengths and weaknesses.
God is more powerful and His Kingdom endures forever and shall ultimately destroy the kingdoms of the world. This is represented by a Stone cut out of a Mountain without hands which breaks the great image and all its corresponding parts/kingdoms. This shows us that a part of the whole Mountain, a Stone cut from the original Rock, something which was brought about without Men’s hands and worldly knowledge and ideas.
Something done by the hand of God would bring His Kingdom into this world. A light that shines in the darkness, thus destroying the world and its wisdom with light, truth and the faith to overcome the power of Satan and the grip he has on this world.
There was also a representation of the Sifting time which separates the Chaff from the Wheat. We are all in process of holding on tight to the Gospel because God allows his chosen people to be thrown up in the air from time to time, while the winds of false doctrine and change blow through and carry away those who are Chaff (not firmly grounded to the Rock). This helps strengthen the true Saints of God as they by faith and determination in our Lord hold true for another round of Sifting completed.
This also serves to gather the true believers into the Lords harvest and gathers the wicked into bundles ready to be burned at the end of this world or the end of the wicked. Light cleaves to light and darkness to darkness.
Micah 4:1-5 Mountain of the Lords House – Like Daniel 2:35
Micah 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Micah 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Micah 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts hath spoken it.
Micah 4:5 For all people will walk everyone in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.
In the first scripture from Daniel God revealed His Kingdom through Christ, or in other words a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, a part of God and His kingdom, himself revealed in reality and in a manner that we could understand, coming into this world by the will of the Father and not by the will of man, God revealing in the form of a man, God’s ways. Thus God’s light shone in darkness and the Kingdoms of the world, the ways of Satan were overcome for all who would receive it. This spread the Gospel or Good News of salvation throughout the world. The scripture from Micah reveals the kingdom of God gaining momentum, the stone from Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is rolling forth and breaking every sinful band, destroying the kingdoms of this world through the light and revelation of God revealed in the life of Christ.
The ways of peace and love are beginning to take root and making change amongst the people, even throughout the world. The hearts of the children are being turned to their fathers, ensuring they won’t be destroyed with the world, but rather receive of the promises God made to our fathers. Our fathers shall also take interest in us and be praying for us, revealing God’s ways to us. In time God promises we shall all be united and hug and kiss each other, fulfilling the words of the prophets. God shall be amongst His people.
The purpose of this Church (set up in the last days) was to prepare a people ready to meet God and fellowship with the Church of the First Born which was caught up into heaven (in Enoch’s day) and was reserved to come back in the last days. This is like when Moses wanted his people to be sanctified (made Holy), so that they could come up into the mountain and meet God face to face (they failed and asked Moses to go up in their place). God has asked us through the Prophet Joseph Smith Junior many years ago to be sanctified and ready to be a part of Christ returning to the earth. He has given meaning to the principles of the Gospel and asked us to keep His commandments, so that our temples (bodies) may be made holy, clean from sin, having a pure and undefiled heart, motivated by love and humility. All this is made possible by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, the power to overcome sin in the flesh through the sacrifice of Christ, the justification to stand in the presence of God. Having done all that we can do, God makes up the difference for those whose heart is to be a part of the Celestial Kingdom. Only God knows if this is true of us. The sifting time is well and truly upon us, many have fainted by the way and given up the fight of the Christian and dissented over to the ways of the world, thus being carried away with the wind and discarded like the chaff (lost to the world). To those of you who have not given up. Please continue to hold onto the Rod of Iron (the word of God), press forward on the straight and narrow path that leads to life eternal. As the dark mists and destructions threaten to overpower you, pray and exercise faith as you have never done before. God will help you and strengthen you (the word Comforter – means with strength) God is with you in strength and will assist you and is more than equal to the task of holding you if you will not let go of His hand. Hold On, Hold On, and Hold on. Press forward in faith believing and your faith shall be rewarded. When the seed of God is planted in us some bring forth fifty fold and others a hundred fold. God knows your potential and will help you to reach and exceed it through His tender mercy if you love and honour Him as Father and Lord of your life. The rich promises of God await you. How wonderful are the ways of God.
D&C 10: 11b-12b Great and Marvellous Work (to Joseph and Hyrum Smith)
Sec 10:11b Build upon my rock, which is my gospel; deny not the spirit of revelation, nor the spirit of prophecy, for woe unto him that denieth these things;
Sec 10:11c therefore, treasure up in your hearts until the time which is in my wisdom that you shall go forth: behold, I speak unto all who have good desires, and have thrust in their sickles to reap.
Sec 10:12a Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world. I am the same who came unto my own, and my own received me not;
Sec 10:12b but verily, verily I say unto you, that as many as receive me, them will I give power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on my name. Amen.
The counsel here is to build upon the Rock. As mentioned already the world and its churches offer some really dodgy building material and foundations which cannot best endure the storms of life and tests of time. I am not saying there isn’t light in these places. When Joseph Smith the third asked God why I shouldn’t join with the Mormons, he was told in answer because the light that is with you is greater than that with them.
Church History, Volume 3, page 250
“I do not care to say any more at present, but will simply add that if the same Spirit which prompts my coming, prompts also my reception, I am with you.”-True Latter Day Saints’ Herald, vol. 1, pp. 102-104.
On motion of Isaac Sheen it was “resolved, that Brother Joseph Smith be chosen Prophet, Seer, and Revelator of the Church of Jesus Christ, and the successor of his father.” His mother, Mrs. Emma Bidamon, widow of Joseph Smith the Martyr, was also received into fellowship by unanimous vote. Page 251 Joseph Smith was then ordained President of the High Priesthood of the Church, under the hands of Elders Z. H. Gurley, Sen., of the Quorum of Twelve, and William Marks, of the High Priests, according to the minutes of the conference 3
This ordination was previously ordered by the unanimous vote of the conference.
Joseph’s Testimony why he wanted to join the Work. Church History, Volume 3, Chapter 12, Page 258
“ A year or two before this we had raised an excellent crop of wheat, upon a piece of land lying in the south of our meadow, and this man Yates had assisted in doing some of the work. While engaged in it we had some conversation about Utah. After this, I did not see him for some months. One day, while pondering these questions, (and here, unlike some, I cannot certainly state whether morn or even, only that the sun was shining,)
I suddenly found myself sowing this piece of land to wheat. My brother and this Mr. Yates I saw harrowing the wheat after my sowing. In passing over the land I met Mr. Yates as he drove to and fro, and our conversation was upon this Utah subject; and the same arguments and statements were repeated by him. To these I was urging again my reluctance to move, and the question was again presented, Why not go to Utah? I paused, rested the bag of grain that I was carrying across my shoulder, upon my knee, and turned to answer him. I heard a slight noise like the rush of the breeze, that arrested my speech and my attention. I turned my gaze slightly upward and saw descending towards me a sort of cloud, funnel shaped, with the wide part upward. It was luminous, and of such color and brightness that it was clearly seen, though the sun shone in its summer strength.
It descended rapidly and settling upon and over me enveloped me completely, so that I stood within its radiance.
“As the cloud rested upon the ground at my feet, the words ‘Because the light in which you stand is greater than theirs,’ sounded in my ears clearly and distinctly.
Joseph the third had been raised without the guidance of his father, after the mob had killed his father. Emma his mother no doubt raised him as best she could. However with the leading men of the church scattering in all directions after the passing of Joseph Smith junior, Joseph his son had been left to grow up in a bit of a spiritual vacuum. God had plans for him as designated by his father before the mob killing took place. But Joseph had much to learn, much grounding to take place, leading up to the time that he took his place within the church. Even then I have no doubt his leadership was entirely dependent on leaning upon God for guidance and every step of the way.
Joseph the third was taught one of the most important lessons here in his experience in answer to the question why not go to Utah. In fact this opened the door to his being able to lead the church for the rest of his days. The answer he received didn’t say the Utah Mormons didn’t have light and truth amongst them. What it told him was the Light in which you stand is greater than theirs. Look more deeply! In answer to his heart felt question, in which he took the advice in scripture (if any of you lack Wisdom, let him ask of God). God allowed him to hear a rushing breeze, then see the light of God revealed in a vision in the form of a cloud, funnel shaped, with the wide part upward, filled with colour and light and brightness that settled upon and over him, then God Spoke to him out of the cloud of light in which he was now standing. ‘Because the light in which you stand is greater than theirs,’. Joseph had the gift and potential to receive the revelation of God to man, this in turn is the revealment of Christ and his Kingdom in its truest form into the lives of God’s people, thus offering gifts unto
all who covenant with God.
His experience wasn’t saying the light he had known up until this point was greater than theirs (in fact it was probably less than theirs at that point because he didn’t have the privilege of his father’s counsel from a young age on). God’s message to young Joseph the third that day was the revelation straight from God which he was enjoying and basking in at that time is greater than theirs, I would say the greatest of all, having the potential to bring forth the kingdom if the saints of that day would allow it place in their hearts. This helped the church to hold on for many years, being built upon the Rock.
During Joseph the thirds life, there wasn’t much ground breaking revelation like in the days of his Father.
However an understanding of what had already been given came through him bringing stability, which the membership greatly needed after their horrific experiences at the hands of evil men and women.
Satan was still hard at work and in times before and during my life time, false doctrines and attitudes have entered in. Often sifting God’s people away as they have allowed it place in their hearts. It is prophesied these things would happen, it is prophesied the Gentile peoples as a whole to whom the Gospel went would collectively and not individually deny it, walking in their own ways, and after the image of their own God, whose image is in the likeness of the world, as mentioned in previous volumes, God is going to in time, seal up the time of the Gentiles and turn unto Israel again for the last time and they shall build Zion and some of the Gentiles who remain faithful will be permitted to assist in this great work.
It is only in and through Christ, being built upon the Rock that we see our true place in this great work, there is much God authorised change to take place as given through all the holy Prophets since time began. If we are not careful we will find ourselves fighting against the movements of God thus making us enemies to God. One thing I can assure you the reader of is that if we find ourselves in this position we will lose. God’s words must all be fulfilled and do not come back unto him void. Therefore search the scriptures, ask questions in the prayer of Faith believing you shall receive and you shall also be standing in a light that is greater than theirs as God reveals His true will to you and what role He would have you to play in it.
The wisdom of men shall fail the blind lead the blind for a season but shall all fall in the pit together. Satan and his servants aggressively defend the territory they have gained within the Restoration peoples, you may know them by their fruits. Do not trust in the arm of flesh, but rather feast upon the word of God, receive his Spirit through Baptism and Confirmation, do all things worthily always keeping in mind it is only in and through Christ that we can be worthy, He being our advocate with the Father.
May God bless you to this end.
Victoria News submitted by Elder Murray Broughton
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST RESTORATION BRANCH, Kelvin View
Sunday 26 February- -Elder Murray Broughton- preached. Readings: John 14 v 1-6) John 8 v1-11
Sunday 5 March-- Elder Murray Broughton-Communion address.( Acts 8: 14-21 andActs 19: 2-6)
Sunday 12 March- -Elder Murray Broughton-preached on Sermon on the Mount.- Matthew 5:
Elder Geoffrey Grayden assisted and Sister Elma Grayden played the organ.
Sunday 19 March-- Elder Murray Broughton-preached. (D and C 1: 3-6 ) “Prepare Ye ! Prepare Ye!
News and Notices. Bro. and Sister Grayden spent 2 weeks in Violet Town Nursing Home; they are home now, but still made the effort to come to church. We picked them up and took them back to Violet Town. Sr. Loris Broughton is in Benalla Hospital and also Bro. Maurice Dash who had a big operation. We visited them yesterday. Please remember them in your prayers and also the Graydens. On Saturday evening, I got a phone call that sister Audrey Sleight (nee Mayo) passed away Saturday morning. She was 90 years old. Audrey was the grand daughter of Sr. Sarah Mayo (nee Bush) sister to my grandmother Alice Broughton (nee Bush) who was the youngest of a big family. The Kelvin View congregation are extending our deep sympathy to the Kelly and De Rico families. Please include in your prayers the saints and the people of Tagum City, Davao Philippines who recently got flooded. Apostle C.A. Butterworth was the first Latter Day Saint preacher in this district, (the mountain region of Strathbogie West), being the scene of his work in 1890. With Elder J. Kaler, he sowed the seed of truth; watched it grow to new life, then passed on to labour in other districts. Of the early Saints of the district, we have record of Bro. and Sr. J. Jacka, several members of the Bush family, including Albert, Alf, William, Fred, Sarah (the late sister Mayo) and Elizabeth (now Sr. Bell) Bro. Wilson and Sister Anker. Alice Broughton (nee Bush) was the youngest of a big family. My great grandmother Bush joined the church in 1899, I think as I read in the church books record. May God Bless us all.
Tamworth News submitted by Sr. Helen Archer
On the 26th February Elder Peter and Sister Helen Archer traveled to Newcastle for the day to join the Newcastle Saints for a Sacrament Service. Elder Danny Archer also travelled from Sydney to give Ministry to the Newcastle Saints. There were ten of us in attendance, with Brother Danny giving the message. A fellowship lunch followed the service. Then Bro. Peter and Sr. Helen Archer headed home, stopping at Parkville on the way to share the communion with Br. Jonathon Page, his brother. Mathew joined us for the Service.
On Sunday the 5th of March at 93 Glen Garvin Drive, Elder Peter gave the message and a Sacrament Service on “The Duty of Members after they are received by Baptism”. Scriptures DC 17:1 a-c DC 17:18 a-c. II Corinthians 5:14-21 John 3:1-11 John 15:7.
On the 12th of March, Church was held at 26 Higgins Lane with Elder Danny Archer giving the message on “The Good Shepherd”. Scriptures John 10, Luke 15. We had visitors from Hong Kong with a fellowship lunch following.
Please include in your prayers the following people who are in need of a blessing
Geoff and Elma Grayden Gwen Whately, Mary Dunn Alma and Janice Kerswell
Monique Hummel and Family George Parker Loris Broughton, Dirk Waasdorp
Adrienne and Robert Windsor Murray Broughton Audrey Kerswell Peter Archer
Dawn Mackrell Maurice Dash The saints and the people of Tagum City, Davao Philippines
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST RESTORATION BRANCH, KINGSTON
17-19 Juers Street, Kingston, Queensland. Pastor: Elder Alma Kerswell. Phone 07 3800 1151
ACTIVITY SCHEDULE, April, 2017.
Sun. 2 nd. 10.00 a.m. COMMUNION SERVICE. Elder A. Kerswell asstd.by Elder N. Melling
Musical Item for Service. Glenn Kerswell
11.10 a.m. Prayer and Testimony Service. Elder N. Melling
followed by a BYO lunch.
Sun. 9th. 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Jillian Maas Flowers: Del Churchill
10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Elder N. Churchill asstd.by Elder A. Kerswell followed by Morning Tea. Please bring a plate.
Sun. 16 th. 10.00 a.m. EASTER SERVICE. Elder N.Rowlatt Flowers: Cathy Melling
Musical Item for Service. .Jillian and Cathy
Sun. 23 rd. 9.50 a.m. Hymn Sing: Jillian Maas Flowers: Janice Kerswell
10.00 a.m. FAMILY WORSHIP. Elder N. and Sr. C. Melling
11.10 a.m. Class: Elder N. Rowlatt followed by a BYO lunch.
Sun. 30th . Flowers: Rebecca Melling
10.00 a.m. PREACHING SERVICE. Elder G. Melling asstd.by Elder N. Melling
11.10 a.m. Class: Elder N. Melling
NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS for KINGSTON BRANCH
Birthdays. Happy Birthday Wishes to the following people.
Jillian Maas on the 6th
Alma Kerswell on the 14th
Gary Rowlatt on the 29th
Wedding Anniversaries. Congratulations to the following couples.
Donald and Narelle Olsen on the 7th
Neville and Del Churchill on the 14th
Engagement. We would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to Sr. Linda Kerswell and Allan Myers who announced their engagement last month.
For God So Loved The World, That He He Gave His Only Begotten Son,
That Whosoever Believeth on Him Should Not Perish,
But Have Everlasting Life.
Wishing all a SAFE, HEALTHY and HAPPY EASTER