Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Leaf Patrol and Hedge Trimmer

From: Paul Gage

Leaf Patrol and Hedge Trimmer

I would like some help trimming my hedge and bagging up leaves in my front yard.

Hedge trimmer needs to be a fairly tall person, 6 ft plus. I have hedger. $40.00 for the job. Can be done in 3-4 hours.

Leaf baggers $30.00 for the job. can be done in 2-3 hours. You will need to bring a rake.

You might want to bring a pair of gloves also.

If several want to do the job together and split the earnings, that is fine.

I am thinking 9-noon Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Call me at 816-833-6552 to secure the job.

Thank you
Paul Gage


From: Janice Jordison


We are cleaning “house” and have many things to offer for free to any who want to come by and look. They are put out on tables and easy to view. RLDS books ,pamphlets, tracts, quarterlies, decorations, computer components, etc.

If you are interested, you can drop by the office between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, November 20 and 21 at:
1100 W Truman Road
Independence MO

You can contact:
Janice Jordison

Francis Harper Message for 11/23/2018

From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 11/23/2018

(Early because of Thanksgiving)

Dear Ones,

One of Brother Ram Baral’s favorite verses of scripture is Psalm 34:8: “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Ram was born in Nepal, into Hinduisms highest caste. His father and forefathers were Hindu high priests in the royal palace. Although he worshiped Krishna and had studied the Vedas, Gita and several Hindu scriptures, he felt strangely empty of truth. He studied all kinds of religions. Finally after finding a Bible and studying about Jesus Christ in 1980, he was nourished by the good Word of God. His hunger for truth was at last being satisfied. He loves the Scriptures of the Restoration. He was baptized on September 20, 2003.

Jesus said: “Blessed are all they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness (and truth); for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 5:8). If we are not hungering and thirsting for the Lord and his blessed word we are facing spiritual starvation, or spiritual anorexia, which will eventually lead to spiritual death!

Most people are scripturally illiterate today. The words of the prophet Amos are appropriate: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing (or reading and knowing) the words of the Lord; and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst” (Amos 8:11-13).

Psalm 119 is a testimony of the goodness of the word of God. The Psalmists treasured the word of God. Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, is proof of this. Many of the 176 verses speak of their love for the written word. Verse 105 is one of the favorites: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Another is: “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103). Others I have noted are: “With my whole heart have I sought thee; oh let me not wander from thy commandments” (Psalm 119: 10). “I will not forget thy word” (Psalm 119:50). “Oh how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97). “Order my steps in thy word” (Psalm 119:133). “I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil [prize]” (Psalm 119:162). “Thy law is my delight” (Psalm 119:174). “Great peace have they that love thy law” (Psalm 119:165).

As we become better acquainted with the Scriptures our love and appreciation of them will be increased and the Holy Spirit will bring scriptures to our remembrance to teach and guide us. “. . . the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26).

As our knowledge of the Scriptures is increased our ability to bring counsel from the word of the Lord is enhanced. In her book, Father Ten Boom, God’s Man, Corrie Ten Boom wrote: Father always used the Bible when he counseled. He knew the needs of people are not sufficiently met by human philosophies. He always knew a Bible verse that precisely answered the need of those who came to him. I asked him once, “Papa, do you learn by heart every text that you think will be useful for counseling people?” “No,” he answered, “it is the Lord who gives me the words I need.” He mentioned Isaiah 50:4: “The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary . . .” (Father Ten Boom, God’s Man, page 75).

My Love to All,
Francis Harper


Cling to the Rod of Iron

In a vision the Prophet Lehi saw a narrow path, and a rod of iron which led to a tree. . . “Whose fruit was desirable to make one happy. . . And as I partook of the fruit, it filled my soul with exceeding great joy (Nephi 49-52). And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree by which I stood . . . they did come forth and commence in the path. And . . . there arose an exceeding great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost (1 Nephi 2:65-67).

“And . . . I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron; And they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree. And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.

“And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld . . . a great and spacious building. And it stood . . . high above the earth; and it was filled with people . . . their manner of dress was exceeding fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who . . . were partaking of the fruit. And after they had partaken of the fruit they were ashamed because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost (1 Nephi 2:68-76).

“And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. And after they did enter that building they did point the finger of scorn . . . but we heeded them not . . . For as many as heeded them had fallen away” (1 Nephi 2:82-84).

Nephi, the son of Lehi, was given the interpretation of his father’s vision: “. . . the mists of darkness are the temptations of the devil, which blindeth the eyes, and hardeneth the hearts of the children of men, and leadeth them away into broad roads, that they may perish, and are lost; And the large and spacious building which thy father saw is (the) vain imaginations and the pride of the children of men (1 Nephi 3:125-126).

“I beheld that the rod of iron which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; And I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God” (1 Nephi 3:68-69).

Clinging to the rod of iron; the word of God, has never been more important than it is today. Clinging to the Scriptures involves much more than carrying them around, or simply setting them on a shelf, or keeping them in a safe place! Clinging to them demands that we diligently study them and live by every word printed therein.

When Jesus was asked . . . “What is the sign of thy coming; and of the end of the world? He answered: “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4-5). We are living in an age of deception. Multitudes are being misled; led astray. Jesus promised: “And whoso treasureth up my word shall not be deceived” (Matthew 24:39 IV).

Nephi wrote: “O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness and frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned, they think they are wise, and they hearken not to the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves . . . And they shall perish” (2 Nephi 6:57-60).

We need to heed the Father’s counsel: “wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: ye shall have eternal life” (2 Nephi 13:30).

Monday, November 19, 2018

Set the Night to Music

From: Sarah Weston

Save the Date!!!!Spread the word!

Set the Night to Music

Give Back Hope International

December 15, 2018
7:00 p.m.

2820 S 291 Highway (Frontage Road)
Independence MO 64057

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 18, 2018 - 12 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 18, 2018 - 12 of 12)

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 18, 2018 - 12 of 12)
Reading starts Monday, November 19, 2018

I'm excited to see so many saints from all over the world and United States coming together.
This starts Monday, November 19, 2018.
Facebook group:

Biblical Proof Number Ten
The Two Sticks will become One in our Day

"…The Lord says,…’they [the two sticks] shall be one in mine hand." –Ezekiel 37:19

Think of it!

Can you imagine a world where there are no Jews or Gentiles?! No Israelites or Christians?!
But a world united, full of God’s people - moving together in one accord, coming against the armies of Satan, destroying strongholds, tearing down principalities, while the glory of the Lord begins covering the earth as the waters cover the sea.

When the two sticks become one in the Lord’s hand, the Jews and Gentiles will join together.
The two houses, Israel and Judah, will become one.
What glory awaits us!

Listen to the Word of the Lord:
"…And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews, and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews."
What joyous news!
"…And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; and my word also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever." - 2 Nephi 12:73-74

What prophetic news we share!
Each nation knows its writings best and each nation embraces each other’s scriptures.
Jews and Gentiles will embrace the Book of Mormon while Israel embraces the Bible.

Herein lies the power and beauty of the joining together of the two sticks: Their coming together will "Christianize" the Jews while the Church becomes "Jewish."
Both become united, moving under that same godly anointing, accomplishing what the politicians have longed for but have failed to produce - peace in the Middle East.
God’s Army at last conquers the earth - the Old and New World.
Soldiers of the Cross spread the fullness of the gospel to the Four Corners of the earth, and bring home to Zion the spoils.

One last thought…
Sectarianism Destroyed
As the Lord combines the two sticks and they become one in his hand, they who embrace the two sticks will perform the saving mission of Joseph of Old - who befriended his brethren and delivered them from a famine.
Joseph of Old is a type of the power of God destroying sectarianism, that awful spirit in our land.

Sadly, sectarianism has created a famine of love and forgiveness among God’s people, especially in America. America is the most sectarian nation in the world.
The world, however, will not believe the gospel totally, will not believe God sent Jesus, until the saints demonstrate unity and love in Joseph’s Land (John 17).
The Spirit of revival will crush denominations.
The two sticks coming together will destroy the famine, the isolation among the saints, thereby ushering in the fullness of the Gentiles on this continent.

What wonders lie ahead.

There we have it - 10 Biblical proofs of the Book of Mormon.

1. The Bible points to the New World
2. Other sheep shall hear his voice
3. A Hebrew nation here in America
4. Joseph’s descendants come to the everlasting hills
5. The everlasting hills
6. America is Joseph’s Land
7. America is "choice above all others"
8. The Bible prophesies of the Book of Mormon
9. Ezekiel’s prophecy of the two sticks
10. The two sticks become one in our day

It’s my prayer, you will ask the Spirit of God if these things be so and join on in reading this Stick of Joseph alongside us.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Winter Youth Service and Game Night, 12/30​/18​

​------ Forwarded message -----
From: Jon Tandy

Winter Youth Service and Game Night, 12/30​/18​

​Youth Praise and Fellowship Service
and open gym/game night

Sunday night, December 30
Starting at 5:55 PM — sharp!
(Be there at 5:45 to get a seat)

Waldo Avenue Restoration Branch
819 West Waldo
Independence MO 64050

All are welcome! Invite your friends!
We need youth to assist with the service (music, etc.).

Please contact Jon Tandy to find out how you can help.

Antique Drop Lid Desk – $200.00

From: David Teeters

Antique Drop Lid Desk – $200.00

Not a reproduction -- Solid Wood -- Tongue / groove drawers with glass knobs. Measures 42" height X 42 1/2" width X 23" depth.
Three large drawers and two smaller drawers below the drop lid top. Pigeon hole slots and 4 drawers accessible when lid is dropped to open position.

Good condition. Dark walnut with mahogany interior.

Contact: David Teeters

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 17, 2018 - 11 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 17, 2018 - 11 of 12)

Reading starts Monday, November 19, 2018.

Please join us, starting Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Book of Mormon Reading Challenge (2018-2019) Facebook page:

If you have anyone you would like to invite to participate, NOW is the time.
Once the 100-day reading challenge starts, it is harder to catch up, but it can be done.
Although there are no assigned readings on Saturdays and Sundays, it's much easier to be on board from the start.
The reading calendar is posted here: https://www.bomf.org and we will post the Scriptures, daily on the Facebook page.

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS and FAMILY to join this group.
We can do this together...bringing us closer to God and each other!


Biblical Proof Number Nine
Ezekiel’s Prophecy of the Two Sticks

The prophet Ezekiel looked into the future and foresaw two nations and two records would some day be joined into one.
The so-called "parable of the two sticks" deals with Israel’s division into two kingdoms.

"…The word of the Lord came again unto me saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it.

For Judah and for the children of Israel his companions; then take another stick, and write upon it.

For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions; and join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand."

- Ezekiel 37:15-17

Ezekiel is prophesying the restoration of Israel in these last days.

The Hebrew prophets deplore Israel’s separation, which occurred because of wickedness (compare Zechariah 11:24). The day Ephraim (with 9 other tribes) broke away from Judah, became a turning point in Israel’s history (Isaiah 7:17).
Since that day, Israel has remained divided into two "houses," or kingdoms (Isaiah 8:14).
Isaiah calls the division of his people an "open wound" that the Lord will heal as his coming to the earth draws nigh (Isaiah 30:26-27).

The two sticks coming together in the end time is a wonderful Biblical pronouncement.

The Lord says, "…When…two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also" (2 Nephi 29:8).
Of course, the sticks are really books and nations "running together."

The Smith Bible Dictionary states:
"A book in ancient times consisted of a single long strip of paper or parchment, which was usually kept rolled upon a stick, and was unrolled when a person wished to read it."
Back to the testimony of the two nations "running together."

In his prophesy, Ezekiel saw that each of the two kingdoms was to have a record, or stick.

The record of Judah is easily identified as the Bible "…for Judah [the Jews], and for the children of Israel his companions…"
The record of Joseph [records of the Lost Tribes of Israel] is connected with the prophesied Book of Mormon "…the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows…"

Recall, that in Deuteronomy 33;13-16 that America is Joseph's Land.

The prophet Lehi, with whom the Book of Mormon begins, was among those originally from the northern kingdom who had come, or whose forefathers had come, to live in the kingdom of Judah, for he was a resident of Jerusalem.

His family came to the American continents and the record they kept is a record of the descendants of Joseph in this hemisphere.
The record of Joseph - the Book of Mormon - has joined the Bible to serve as a dual witness of the divinity of Christ.

These two books [the Book of Mormon and the Bible] become one in the end time. A dual witness.

Hosea prophesied a marvelous thing:
"…I have written to him [Ephraim] the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing." --Hosea 8:12

God wrote some wonderful and great things to Ephraim in the Bible, but he wrote even more wonderful (strange) things to him in the Stick of Joseph.

For example…
Ezekiel describes the stick of Joseph as being of a dual nature:
1) the record is to be "the stick of Ephraim," and
2) it must also be "…for all the house of Israel his companions."

Then Ezekiel adds that the stick of Joseph is to be "…in the hands of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows."

Ephraim, of course, was the leading tribe among the tribes which were carried away captive by Assyria and which are now known as the Ten Lost Tribes.

Ephraim’s descendants will lead the way in the last days.
Jacob, the patriarch, lay dying and gave the following blessing concerning the last days:

"…And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, ‘Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days." - Genesis 49:1

Jacob was speaking of our day, the "…last days."
In the last days a book will come forth "out of the dust" that will speak of the regathering of the 10 lost tribes of Israel preceding the Lord’s return.
The Lord will choose the tribe of Ephraim as his evangelists to begin the gathering.
The Book of Mormon will be "in the hand of Ephraim" first, then flow to "all the house of Israel his companions."
To the other nine tribes.

There’s a great possibility, if you’ve embraced the Stick of Joseph in these last days, you’re an Ephraimite - one of God’s end time evangelists chosen to proclaim the end time message.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 16, 2018 - 10 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 16, 2018 - 10 of 12)

Reading starts Monday, November 19, 2018.

Biblical Proof Number Eight

The Bible Prophesies of the Book of Mormon
"…And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying,
Read this, I pray thee; and he saith, I cannot, for it is sealed. And learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee; and he saith, I am not learned."
--Isaiah 29:11-12

Isaiah prophesied of the sealed book that was to become "the vision of all."
In late February, 1828, Joseph Smith sent Martin Harris to New York with a copy of the Book of Mormon characters.
He was to meet with Professor Charles Anthon, "a gentleman celebrated for his literary attainments."
The professor asked Mr. Harris if he would bring the plates so he could translate them.

"…I informed him," said Mr. Harris, "that part of the plates were sealed, and that I was forbidden to bring them.
He replied, ‘I cannot read a sealed book.’"

Obviously, an apparent fulfillment of Isaiah 29. The book is delivered to two men, one learned and one unlearned.
One a professor and the other a farmer’s lad with a 3rd grade education.
Joseph recognized throughout his lifetime that his education and knowledge were limited.
He must depend upon the Lord for understanding.

As a side note, though the theme of our essay is: the Bible witnesses to the Book of Mormon, the Book of Mormon also witnesses to the Bible.

For instance,
"…And the angel spake unto me saying, These last records [Book of Mormon]…shall establish the truth of the first [Bible]…and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that all men must come unto him or they can not be saved…"
--1 Nephi 3:192-193

Francis Harper Message for 11/16/2018

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 11/16/2018

Dear Ones,

I hope you will enjoy these poetic verses as I have for many years:

I Met the Master Face to Face

I had walked life’s way with an easy tread,

Had followed where comforts and pleasures led,

Until one day in a quiet place,

I met the Master face to face.

With station and rank and wealth for my goal,

Much thought for my body, but none for my soul,

I had entered to win in life’s mad race,

When I met the Master face to face.

I met Him and knew Him and blushed to see

That His eyes, full of sorrow, were fixed on me;

And I faltered and fell at His feet that day,

While my castles melted and vanished away.

Melted and vanished and in their place

Naught else did I see but the Master’s face,

And I cried aloud: “Oh make me meet

To follow the steps of Thy wounded feet.”

My thought is now for the souls of men

I have lost my life to find it again

E’er since one day in a quiet place

I met the Master face to face. -Author Unknown

Will we be among those saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us” because we do not know Him? O’ Lord help us to know you, even as you know each of us. At the present time, we can not know Jesus by our physical senses, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

On numerous occasions I have become aware of his amazing, intimate knowledge of me. Even my inmost thoughts he knows! By this, I know he knows me and loves me!

“If suddenly upon the street my gracious Savior I should meet, and he should say, ‘As I love thee, What love hast thou to offer me?’ Then what could this poor heart of mine dare offer to that heart divine?

“His eye would pierce my outward show, His thought my inmost thought would know; and if I said, ‘I love thee Lord,’ He would not heed my spoken word unless my daily life should tell that verily I loved him well.

“If on the day or in the place wherein He met me face to face, my life could show some kindness done, some purpose formed, some work begun for His dear sake, then were it meet love’s gift to lay at Jesus’ feet.” (Hymns of the Restoration #354).

My Love to All,
Francis Harper


The Door Was Shut!

“And then, at that day, before the Son of Man comes, the kingdom of heaven shall be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five of them were foolish.

“While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. At midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

“And the foolish said unto the wise, give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, lest there be not enough for us and you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

“And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage; and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

“But he answered and said, verily I say unto you, ye know me not” (Matthew 25:1-11 IV). The King James Version of Matthew 25:11-12 is written: “Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”

This parable of Jesus has never been more appropriate for his disciples to study and heed, than it is for us today. Jesus is speaking directly to his disciples of the 21st century. In this parable all of the virgins were expecting the coming of the bridegroom. Similarly today, the vast majority of Christians believe the Lord is coming soon. And likewise, as in the parable, many of his disciples are not prepared for the midnight cry. “Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh” (Matthew 24:51 IV; 24: 44 KJV).

I once had a fellow worker who often said, “It is high time to . . . .” Then he would mention some task we needed to accomplish. He was not aware that he was quoting a scripture that is especially appropriate for us to consider today. “. . . now it is high time to awake out of sleep . . . The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:11-12).

I was reminded of the cry at midnight when, as I parked my pickup in our garage after returning from work on October 24, 2018, the precise time being displayed on the dashboard clock was 12:00! The actual time was about 5:30 p.m. Needless to say, I rarely look at this clock or check and adjust it for accuracy! Was this coincidence? If we procrastinate we may, much to our dismay, discover that we have missed life’s greatest opportunity!

I cannot imagine how devastating it will be for those who will not be ready when the words are spoken: “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” Those who have neglected to establish a close relationship with Jesus will not have the privilege of living with him in his millennial kingdom; to them the door will be shut!

We need to meet the Lord face to face. I recall the words of the familiar hymn: “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, . . . . And he walks with me, and he talks with me, and He tells me I am his own; and the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known. (Hymns of the Restoration #127).

Most people know about Jesus, but far fewer know him as he wants to be known. Would he say to us today? “Ye know me not”? or would he say, “I know you not.” Hopefully he will never need to make either of these statements to us! He said: “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine” (John 10:13 IV; 10:14 KJV).

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Donations for Emergency Standing Rock Reservation

From: Muriel Luedeman

Donations for Emergency Standing Rock Reservation

Dear Saints,

Donations for Emergency Thermal Sleeping Bags for Standing Rock Reservation, Bismarck, ND

Winter is brutal in North Dakota and Team Jesus is partnering with the First Fruits Temple Lot Prayer Group to do a trip to the reservation to help those in need.

Two hundred emergency thermal sleeping bags have been purchased for the homeless of Standing Rock Reservation.

Donations will help cover the cost, $395.

If you would like to contribute, contact Muriel Luedeman at:

We are also still collecting coats, hats, gloves, jeans, children’s clothing. Until Monday evening, November 19th. The caravan plans to leave Wednesday and return Sunday.

Muriel Luedeman

Biblical Proof Number Seven (Nov 15, 2018 - 9 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Biblical Proof Number Seven (Nov 15, 2018 - 9 of 12)

Reading starts Monday, November 19, 2018.

America is "Precious," Choice Above All Others

Again, thank God for the Bible.

Listen to what Moses says about Joseph’s Land, America:
"…And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the Lord be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath.
And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills, and for the precious things of the earth and fullness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush; let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.
The first born of his blood is adorned with glory, and his horns are the horn of the unicorns; with them he shall push the nations together to the ends of the earth; and they are the myriads of Ephraim. And they are the thousands of Manasseh."
--Deuteronomy 33:13-17

You say, how can you be so sure Moses is talking about America?
Notice, he makes a list of those things in the land that are "…precious…"
1. "…precious things of heaven…"
2. "…precious fruits…"
3. ‘…precious things of the lasting hills…"
4. "…precious things of the earth…"
And then he lists other characteristics:
5. "…blessed…be his [Joseph’s] land…for the dew and for the deep that coucheth beneath…"
6. "…for the chief things of the ancient mountains…"
7. and for the good will…"

Seven characteristics.

Let’s make application.

1. "…precious things of heaven…"
America, like no other nation, fits. With the divine purpose of freedom of religion in mind, our founding fathers came to these New England shores.
Our constitution was built upon the Law of Moses, and the law of our land finds its root in the Old Testament.

The very inscription that appeared upon the bell that rang out the birth of this nation is found in the Word of God:
"…proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof…" -Leviticus 25:10

America has accepted as he King and Ruler the God of Israel, for we sing in our anthem,

"…Long may our land be bright, with freedom’s holy light, protect us by thy might, great God and King…"

In our "Pledge of Allegiance" to our nation’s flag we declare this nation to be "…under God…"
Yes, from its very inception, America has enjoyed "…precious things from heaven…"

2. "…precious fruits…"
America has always been the breadbasket of the world. Our nation is a land that looks to no other people to supply our needs. We are the "feeders of the world." This is one of the earmarks that would identify Joseph’s heritage. Like Joseph of old, America too feeds a starving world—spiritually and physically.

3. "…precious things of the lasting hills…"
What precious things come out of our hills! Metals. Gold. Copper. Silver. Approximately every ore upon the face of the earth can be found in our land. Our precious metals’ supply has been one of the foundations for America’s wealth.

4. "…precious things of the earth…"
Fruits, vegetables, and oil! How blessed America is.
No other country compares.

5. "…the dew and the deep that couches beneath…"
The Lord is using a bit of colorful language. He’s talking about our great rivers, fountains, and lakes. America surpasses any other country in the world when it comes to great rivers and great lakes.

6. "…chief things of the ancient mountains…"
In the forests of the United States are found some of the biggest, oldest, and highest trees in the world.

Especially in the national forests of California.

7. "…and for the good will…"
Americans are a forgiving people, filled with good will. We win our wars and then help rebuild our enemy’s shorelines.

Our shores are constantly open to immigrants. Lady Liberty is our trademark.

There you have it - 7 characteristics of our great nation.

Yes, Moses was talking about America!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

New Book - Gomer T. Griffiths: An Autobiography

From: Paul Ludy

New Book - Gomer T. Griffiths: An Autobiography

New Book!
Gomer T. Griffiths: An Autobiography

128 pages $8.00

This is the life story of a Welsh coal miner who could not read when he was ordained at 20 years of age. He could not even pronounce English words of more than one syllable. But he credits the Holy Spirit with teaching him to read and to become an effective minister for Christ.

He was ordained to be a priest, elder, seventy, apostle, and patriarch. He served 36 years as an apostle in the RLDS Church, from 1887 to 1923.

This autobiography was printed in The Saints’ Herald from November, 1927, through February, 1928. Several dreams, sermons, and other items of interest are included in this book. It is filled with faith-building experiences, and it speaks to the day in which we live.

Check Newbookman.blogspot.com to preview a few pages of this book and 40 other new RLDS books.

E-mail to PaulVLudy@gmail.com or call Paul at 816-210-8450 for information or to order.

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 14, 2018 - 8 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 14, 2018 - 8 of 12)

Reading starts Monday, November 19, 2018.

For the Book of Mormon Reading Challenge, we are now up to 537 members.
So far, we have people from 14 states and 7 countries participating, not to mention, many branches/groups participating together.
This is exciting! This is the Facebook group to join, for daily discussion, between November 19, 2018 and April 5, 2019.


Please share with your local congregation/study group/small group this Sunday, as the reading starts this Monday, with Moroni 10:1-7.
Then, Tuesday is 1 Nephi 1:1-83, which has A LOT of information to digest.
There are no reading assignments on Saturdays or Sundays.


Biblical Proof Number 6:
America is Joseph’s Land

Thank God for the Bible.
We need not "second guess" where the "everlasting hills" are.
Moses gives us a detailed description of Joseph’s Land in Deuteronomy 33:13-16.
America is Joseph’s Land and the choice pasture to which the Shepherd of Israel led his flock.
There can be no other. No other land fits the description; not Africa, not Europe, not Asia, not Australia, not former Russia.

Let me say a brief word about the destiny of two lads, then make mention of some historical earmarks that bear out our claim - America is Joseph’s inheritance.

Though Jacob (Israel) had 12 sons, 2 were set apart. Destined for prophetic greatness: Judah and Joseph.
"The Sceptre shall not depart from Judah…but the Birthright is Joseph’s." - Genesis 49:10, 1 Chronicles 5:2

Judah’s Sceptre and Joseph’s Birthright: two prophetic promises earmarked for the end time.
Two distinctive promises most Protestant Christians, generally speaking, know little about.

All the sceptre’s blessings, privileges, and promises pertain to Judah, from whom comes the royal family of Israel’s race.

Jesus, our blessed Messiah, is from the tribe of Judah.
Protestant Christians know about the messianic promise; it’s God’s birthright promise to Joseph we’re unfamiliar with.
The Messianic covenant was separated from the birthright, and given to Judah, the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, while the birthright fell to Joseph.
This individual separation of the Sceptre and the Birthright took place previous to the death of Jacob.

Joseph was promised the Birthright!
And what was that? Land!

Joseph, through his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, was to become the father of many nations which were promised to the fathers of Israel.
Nations and land were promised to Joseph and his descendants.

And out of all the nations, there was one set aside to be "
choice above all others" The Americas.
Saved for the end time.
And Joseph’s descendants were to settle in Joseph’s Land and become an Ensign to all other nations.
Yes, two lads and their inheritances - Joseph and Judah - play key prophetic roles in the end time.

For one, the Lord promised Joseph that a righteous branch would come from his seed (2 Nephi 2:7).
Saints, prepare for the harvesting of that seed.

Seed that has been planted from Liberty jail to Susquehanna River, from Alabama to Africa, from Birmingham to Bermuda, from Carthage to Calcutta, from Detroit to Denmark.
Seed planted and destined to rise to prominence during the end time. Perhaps in our day.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Prayer Request for Sam and Debbie

From: G. Miller

Prayer Request for Sam and Debbie

Sam James: Same has a rare blood disease. He probably will not last very long. Has some filters in his blood veins. Once they’re in, they can’t be removed. The filters are getting clogged up.

Debbie Gray: Can hardly move without pain. She has torn muscles from heavy lifting all her life.


6 Books That Most Saints Don’t Know Exist

From: Paul Ludy

6 Books That Most Saints Don’t Know Exist

November, 2018

• Jordan, Doris N., Strength for the Journey, private, 1996, soft, 438 pages $5.00

Strength for the journey comes from many sources. Not only do we gain strength from the Word of God but also from experiences we share with those around us on our walk with the Lord. Doris wrote: “For many years I had given voice to the desire to write a book about all the good things the Lord has done in my life.” This is that book.

• Launius, Roger D., Father Figure: Joseph Smith III and the Creation of the Reorganized Church, 1990, soft, 216 pages $5.00

This book, rather than a full biography of Joseph Smith III, is an extended essay on his method of leadership. He charted a cautious, practical, and basically moderate course—an appropriate action for the time—for the Reorganized Church.

• Pratt, Parley P., A Voice of Warning and Instruction to All People, 1948 and 1950, soft, 140 pages. $5.00

“This work is intended as a warning voice or proclamation of truth to all people into whose hands it may fall, that they may understand and be prepared for the great day of the Lord. Opinion and guesswork in the things of God are worse than useless; facts well documented can alone be of service to mankind.”

• Sarre, Winifred Turner, If With All Your Heart, 1969, hard, 264 pages $5.00

This is a novel about Helen, a young widow from Australia, who develops a friendship with a missionary family. She is involved in a relationship that is contrary to Christian standards (the life situation of many people), but she continues to search for a meaningful life.

• Starks, Arthur, Combined Concordances for the Scriptures, 1974, hard, 970+ pages $25.00

This thick book contains the Concordance Supplement for the Inspired Version, Complete Concordance to the Book of Mormon, and Complete Concordance to the Doctrine and Covenants. It is not a complete Bible concordance (you still need Cruden’s or Strong’s concordance, etc.). And entries for each of the 3 books are separated; they are not merged together.

• Weldon, Roy E., and F. Edward Butterworth, Criticisms of the Book of Mormon Answered, private, 1973, soft, 8.5x11", 65 pages $4.00

This booklet contains vital evidence from students of history, anthropology, and archaeology which give clear answers to inquiries regarding the Book of Mormon. Answers are given to 79 questions which are presented as criticism for the Book of Mormon. Note: Roy Weldon was a prolific writer. Copies of about a dozen of his books and booklets are available. Call to ask about them.

A 20% discount is given on these and all other used books (offer good through 12-31-18). Go to Oldbookman.us to see lists of RLDS books and make your selection. E-mail to PaulVLudy@gmail.com or call Paul at 816 210-8450 for information or to order.

You may also enjoy going to Newbookman.blogspot.com to see a variety of NEW RLDS BOOKS with the option to preview pages of many of them.

For Sale: 2016 Hyundai Elantra

From: Cindy Friend

For Sale: 2016 Hyundai Elantra

Call: Cindy Friend

Selling Crafting Business

​----- Forwarded message -----
From: shirley Johnson

​Selling Crafting Business

Am retiring from my business of crafting newborn baby dolls.
If you are interested in having a profitable home business, your own hours
and 2nd income. That's what I have done with this business for years.

I have all you need and much more to get you started. You name it, I have it. Clothes etc. Or if you want just one baby for self or a gift. Call me. I am selling it all. If you are interested
call me, I will help you so you too can be profitable.

So, why am I selling, I just got married.

Marie Johnson Wilson, 816-591-1429

​Navajo Rug For Sale

​------ Forwarded message -----
From: Bruce Greyeyes

​Navajo Rug For Sale

Navajo Rug
30 X 44 inch
Made by my mother

For Price Call or Text Bruce
Cell number: 816-621-5634​

Widows Might Fundraiser Saturday

From: Alicia Negaard

Widows Might Fundraiser Saturday

Our annual fundraiser is this Saturday. We have 14 vendors and crafts and baked goods for sale. There will be a "Tea Room." with baked potato soup and homemade macaroni and cheese. In the morning the tea room will serve homemade cinnamon rolls and biscuits and gravy. Our sisters in the church in East Africa depend on these funds for their safety and to establish businesses. This past year several businesses and four homes were made for the widow's. Widow's Might is part of ARM. All donations and proceeds from the Widow's Might part of the bazaar go to ARM and are then transferred to Kenya. We begin at 9 am and end at 5 pm. There are crafts for children to do while their parents shop.
We are looking forward to seeing the Saints come out. Plenty of Thanksgiving baking and Christmas presents for purchase. AND if you are tired there are shoulder massages in the morning by a licensed massage therapist.

God Bless
Alicia Negaard

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 13, 2018 - 7 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 13, 2018 - 7 of 12)

Reading starts Monday, November 19, 2018

Biblical Proof Number Five

The Everlasting Hills
Wherever they are, the "everlasting hills" are in Joseph’s Land. And that’s where his descendants went.

Try this…
If you look at a map of the world and find the longest chain of mountains on it, according to Duane Crowther, you’ll discover the everlasting hills.

They are the mountains which come up out of the sea, way up in the north at the very western tip of Alaska.
The mountains rise out of the sea, they curve down through Alaska and Canada and the United States and Central America, and continue all the way down to the tip of South America, where they disappear back into the Sea.
--Doctrinal Dimensions, pp.55, 56

Those mountains truly seem to be "everlasting." They’re the longest mountain range on earth.

"…It’s clear," says Crowther, "that Jacob knew what would happen to the Book of Mormon colony when he predicted that some of Joseph’s branches - not all - but some of Joseph’s branches - would run over the wall; that his descendants would be greatly blessed and that those blessings would prevail above the blessings of all his brothers because they would extend to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills as they came to the Americas.

He prophesied that those blessings would be on the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
That’s Lehi, we believe, who came with his people and settled in the Americas." - Doctrinal Dimensions, p.56

I have found no better interpretation of Genesis 49.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Fort Osage Job Postings - Nov 12, 2018

From: Rachel Horn

Fort Osage Job Postings - Nov 12, 2018

Fort Osage R-1 School District

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Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 12, 2018 - 6 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 12, 2018 - 6 of 12)

Reading starts Monday, November 19, 2018

We have added over 50 people in recent days to the Facebook group, and are now up to 522 members!

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 12, 2018 - 6 of 12).
Reading starts Monday, November 19, 2018.

Biblical Proof Number 4:
Joseph’s Descendants

There is a passage in Genesis chapter 49 that has strong ties to the Book of Mormon. Jacob, the old patriarch, is dying.
We’re reading his last words as he pronounces prophetic blessings upon his sons and upon his two grandsons, words concerning the descendants of Joseph.

"…Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall…The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren."
--Genesis 49:22,26

An interesting passage, indeed. Joseph and his descendants have been separated "from his brethren."

Here are a couple points to consider:
1) Joseph is a fruitful bough by a well.
What’s a "bough" and what’s a "well?"

Let scripture answer scripture. The Psalmist said,
"…O Shepherd of Israel, thou what leadest Joseph like a flock…Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt; thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it…She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river…"
--Psalm 80: 1,8,11

The "bough" is Joseph’s lineage and the "well" is the sea. The remnant escaping Jerusalem is the flock of Joseph. And where did the Shepherd of Israel lead the flock of Joseph "…whose branches [lineage] run over the wall [sea]?" Over the seas unto the New World. To be separate from his brethren.

Isaiah says,
"…they [Israel] wandered through the wilderness; her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea." –Isaiah 16:8

Second point to consider: where are the "everlasting hills?"
This is Biblical Proof, Number 5, which will be shared, tomorrow.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Concert with the Sperrys'

​------ Forwarded message -----
From: Charles Sperry

Concert with the Sperrys'

Raising funds for the mission field.
Saturday, November 17th.
Outreach Restoration Branch
723 S Chrysler Ave
Independence MO 64052

A freewill offering will be collected.
6:00 p.m. come and enjoy chili dogs and fresh baked goods in the basement.
6:30 p.m. Entertainment begins in the Sanctuary.
During Intermission go eat some of those yummy baked goods.
Come and enjoy a night of praise!

Parking available in the parking lot and in the parking field across from the church.

If you are not able to come and would like to make a donation, Make your check payable to Family Outreach, PO Box 22, Independence, MO 64051.

"Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore." Psalm 113:2

Restored Gospel Facebook group/Book of Mormon Reading Challenge

From: Jason Kemp

Restored Gospel Facebook group/Book of Mormon Reading Challenge


We are now up to 470 members on this page.
The Book of Mormon Foundation (https://www.bomf.org) is encouraging all to participate in the Book of Mormon Reading Challenge, starting November 19, 2018 and concluding on April 5, 2019.

For the privacy of those in the group, it is a closed group that requires Admin approval.

Each week day is about around 80 verses of Scriptures.
Saturday and Sunday is either time-off or time to check up from the previous week.

Each day, we would love people to post about what they have read in this Facebook group.
Study notes, comments, observations, etc.

Please invite others to join this page, for a daily discussion, during this upcoming 100-day of reading Scripture.

John 5:40 reminds us to:
Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me.

The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, via His servant, Joseph Smith Jr. has 436 members. This page is dedicated to the people who believe in the Gospel of...


Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 11, 2018 - 5 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 11, 2018 - 5 of 12)

Reading starts Monday, November 19, 2018

Biblical Proof Number Three
A Hebrew Nation in America

"…For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion; the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall do this." - Isaiah 37:32
The prophecy is plain - a remnant was to escape from Jerusalem.
That occurred around 588 BC, the time of the Babylonian captivity.

Jeremiah, living in Jerusalem at the time, delivered a precious prophecy:
"…Flee, get you far off, dwell deep, O ye inhabitants of Hazar, saith the Lord; for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon hath taken counsel against you, and hath conceived a purpose against you. Arise, get you up unto the wealthy nation, that dwelleth without gate, saith the Lord, which have neither gates nor bars, which dwell alone."
--Jeremiah 49: 30-31

Notice the details…
They were to go "far off." It is to be a "wealthy nation which have neither gates nor bars, which dwell alone."
There’s no place in the old world like that.
All cities of the Old World had walls; they had gates and bars, and they certainly did not dwell alone.
The prophecy no doubt refers to the New World, specifically the Americas.
The Americas were wealthy and they dwelt alone.

Another prophet, Zephaniah, also saw the New World.
"…From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my supplicants [Israelites who pray to the God of Israel], even the daughter of my dispersed [Israelites who were dispersed beyond the rivers of Ethiopia], shall bring mine offering." –Zephaniah 3:10

Ethiopia in Zephaniah’s time included the entire known continent of Africa.
America is the only nation that lies "beyond the rivers of Ethiopia," beyond Africa.

In a nutshell, the Bible contains the history of God’s dealing with a colony of Hebrews who came out of Egypt.
This colony migrates to the New World and becomes a key "prophetic ensign" to the nations during the end of this present church age.

Remember, though the Book of Mormon is basically an account of the ancient inhabitants of the Americas, it also contains the Lord’s word concerning Latter-day Israel and thus is an ensign to the people of every nation in these latter days.

Question: Could you be a Latter-day Israelite in Joseph’s Land, and not know it except by revelation?!
Could you be appointed to the kingdom "…for such a time as this?"
Could you be a descendant of God’s elect nation, Israel?
How exciting to ponder the above questions.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Mirrored Dresser For Sale

From: Mary Gilbert

Mirrored Dresser For Sale

Dresser for sale....asking $150.

It is solid and heavy with a large mirror.
I've had it for over 30 yrs...refinished it when I was 14...was used then so maybe considered an antique?
Pick up only

Book of Mormon Challenge - Nov 10, 2018 (4 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Book of Mormon Challenge - Nov 10, 2018 (4 of 12)

100 day Reading Challenge starts Monday, Nov 19, 2018

Biblical Proof Number Two
Other Sheep Shall Hear My Voice

"Other sheep I have which are not of this fold…they shall hear my voice…" --Jesus

I must confess, for the better part of my life I was not satisfied with the explanations given regarding the above verse. Who are the other sheep that will hear His voice?

There are indeed many fascinating scripture verses, but to me three stand out:
"…I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." --Jesus
"…Other sheep have which are not of this fold…they shall hear my voice." --Jesus
"…And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written." --John

Two are sayings by Jesus and one is a saying about him.
The last verse of the four gospels quoted above (John 21:25) informs us, there are many things which Jesus did which are not contained in the Bible. Some of those "…things which Jesus did" are recorded in the Book of Mormon.

Roy Weldon has a point:
"…If the Book of Mormon is true, there is a 5th gospel - Nephi’s eyewitness account and record of Christ’s ministry among the ancient Americans. Is it possible that one of the ‘many other things which Jesus did’ that is not written the Four Gospels was a visitation to the New World?" --Other Sheep, p.18

A fifth gospel.
Just a few months before his crucifixion, Jesus came to attend the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem.
It was then that he made his famous "sheep statement" recorded n John’s gospel.

Again, I must confess, this particular passage has been a mystery to Bible scholars for years, if not centuries.
Who could those other sheep possibly be? Gentiles perhaps? No. For the Master plainly declares, "…I am sent but unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel."

In the Book of Mormon (3 Nephi) Christ tells he people that their forefathers had been separated from the house of Judah.
He also spoke of the other tribes of the house of Israel, which had been taken away from the house of Judah.

Christ continues explaining whom the "other sheep" in John chapter 10 were:
"…Verily I say unto you, that ye are they whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. And they understood me not, for they supposed it had been the Gentiles; for they understood not that the Gentiles should be converted through their preaching. And they understood me not that I said they shall hear my voice…But behold, ye have both heard my voice, and seen me; and ye are my sheep, and ye are numbered among those whom the Father hath given me." --3 Nephi 15:21-24

The Book of Mormon has an explanation for that puzzling passage in John 10.
The "other sheep" are Joseph’s descendants who were separated from the House of Israel, that branch that migrated to the New World.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 9, 2018 - 3 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 9, 2018 - 3 of 12)

Reading starts on Monday, November 19, 2018

Biblical Proof Number One
The New World
Plainly, the Bible points to the New World.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
Sometimes we read a thing and really never get to the bottom of it. The above verse says that God loves the whole world - both old and new!

I like what Roy Weldon says:
"…It is estimated that at the time of Christ the civilization of ancient America was in full bloom with a culture as great in some respects superior to the civilizations of Rome, Greece, Babylon, and Egypt. Estimates of the population in Mexico, Central America, and the Andean region at the time of Christ run as high as three hundred million people." ‐‐Other Sheep, p.18

Three hundred million people?!

I must confess, the thought had never crossed my mind—a highly cultured civilization in the New World during the time of Christ?! Superior to the civilizations of Rome, Greece, Babylon and Egypt?!
It staggers the imagination. It does mine.

I had heard more than one sermon on the significance of Israel becoming a nation in 1948. Never once did I hear about the significance of the New World, that land set aside for Latter‐day Israel in these last days. I had no idea that a Branch of the House of Israel had migrated to the New World, to the Americas, and would become an Ensign to the nations during these last days.

I remember sitting in church as a young lad and dreaming, "…it sure would be neat to visit the Holy Land some day. To walk where Jesus walked."

Protestants are taught from day one that all the "good stuff happens over there." We’re, generally speaking, totally ignorant of the Golden Age of Ancient America. For instance, during the time of Christ in America there was fine workmanship displayed in buildings, metallurgy was prominent, astronomy was evident, staircase farms were numerous, therapeutics were practiced, the lost art of coloring was discovered, and fine twined linen was available.

Yes, "For God so loved the world…" the whole world. That’s why it doesn’t sound so strange anymore when someone says "…the Lord visited America."
Why wouldn’t He? It’s part of His world.

The question arises, "If Jesus visited America, then were the ancient Biblical prophets aware of the existence of the New World?" And the answer is yes.

Isaiah, for one, speaks of the land shadowing with wings.
"Woe to the land shadowing with wings which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia [Africa]; that sendeth ambassadors by the sea." (Isaiah 18:1‐2).
That’s America.

Only America is beyond Africa. And she has certainly sent more missionaries "by the sea" than any other nation.
Her emblem is the eagle, and the two Americas are shaped like a bird with wings.

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 8, 2018 - 2 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 8, 2018 - 2 of 12)

An Overview of Book of Mormon History
What’s the book about?

Bible history tells us that Zedekiah began his eleven-year reign over Judah about 600 BC.
For years the prophets of the Lord warned God’s people to repent or surely the Lord would destroy Jerusalem.

Because of their failure to heed the warnings, Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians about 588 BC.
The temple was destroyed, the walls torn down, and the people were either killed or taken captive into Babylon.

The story in the Book of Mormon begins here—in Jerusalem during the first year Zedekiah was king of Judah, about 600 BC.

The book is a collection [abridgement] of ancient sacred writings—telling the accounts of three groups of people who came from the East to the New World.
It is named after the LAND of Mormon where Alma established the church among his people.
Or more specifically, where Alma re-established covenant relationships by baptizing church members.
That happened in the land of Mormon. And these saints entered into a covenant with one another and with God (Mosiah 9:41, 44, 174-179; Alma 5:27).
To quote Ray Treat, "…The land of Mormon to the Nephite believers meant the land where the covenant was restored; therefore, "Mormon" means restoration of the covenant.
And spiritually speaking, the Book of Mormon means "Book of the Restoration of the Covenants."

Mormon (310-385 AD) was the "chief editor" of the record.

The book begins its narrative by centering on the Prophet Lehi and his family.

In Jerusalem, during the reign of King Zedekiah, there lived a man named Lehi.
Lehi, a prophet, took his family and left Jerusalem in 600 BC, just prior to the fall of the city to the Babylonians. He had been warned of God to flee.
Traveling south, making their way eastward, the family eventually came to the shores of the sea.

Lehi and his wife, Sariah, had four sons: Laman, Lemuel, Sam and Nephi. God had commanded Lehi to bring with him brass plates on which was written a record of the Jews and their forefathers. The brass plates contained the writings of Isaiah and much of what is now known as the Old Testament.

While leaving Jerusalem, Lehi and his family were joined by another family whose father was named Ishmael.
Ishmael had five daughters, besides two sons who had families of their own. Both families were descendants of Joseph, the son of Jacob [Israel]—that same Joseph who ended up in Egypt a slave. These two families intermarried and gave birth to children, which eventually became two great nations.
Lehi’s son, Nephi, was given instructions by the Lord on how to build a ship—of which carried the two families to the Americas, a land "…choice above all others."
The families landed up and down the coasts of Central and South America. By revelation they realized they had come to the Land of Promise.
The land called "Joseph’s Land." They arrived about 589 BC and began establishing their culture and colonies.

The father, Lehi, died and his sons split into two factions: Laman and Lemuel sided together and Sam went with Nephi.
Followers of Laman became known as Lamanites and followers of Nephi became known as Nephites.
The Lamanites were wicked warriors; prophets of God led the Nephites.
They were the more righteous group and their story is contained in 14 of 15 books making up the Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon tells of the struggles, the wars, and the interrelationships between these two groups.

Approximately 320 years later, the people of Zarahemla were discovered. They were the Mulekites.
Mulek was the son of King Zedekiah of Judah and left Jerusalem for the New World around 586 BC.
His people also journeyed in the wilderness and were directed of the Lord across the ocean to the Americas.
The Mulekites, as a people, merged with the Nephites around 200 BC.

There are many prophecies in the Book of Mormon concerning the crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of the Savior. On the day of our Savior’s death, the Nephites living in Central America experienced tremendous volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

One of the most moving portions of the Book of Mormon is the record known as Third Nephi (the fifth gospel). Written by Nephi, one of the twelve disciples chosen by the Lord during his visitation to the Land of Bountiful, the book covers the time from the birth of Christ to 34 AD.
Jesus comes to the New World!

Twenty-five hundred people gather at the temple in the Land of Bountiful to see Jesus descending from heaven.
All people feel the wound in Jesus’ side and the nail prints in his hands and feet. The place? The land Bountiful.
Today known as Mesoamerica. (The Land of Mormon, today known as Mesoamerica, covered two-thirds of Mexico, Guatemala, and parts of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.)

It’s a moving scene.

The Book of Mormon stands as a powerful witness of the Savior’s redeeming love for mankind in both the old and new worlds.

Many "…plain and precious" truths lost throughout the centuries via translations are captured within.
During the few years following Jesus’ visit to the people in the land Bountiful, the disciples went among the people, baptizing and forming churches in all the lands.
There was peace and prosperity between the two nations (Nephites and Lamanites) for more than 200 years.

However, wickedness returns. During the 200 years the people had become very wealthy and proud.
As the Book of Mormon draws to an end, great wars broke out between the Nephites and Lamanites.
The Nephites, who previously were the more righteous of the two, became more wicked than their brothers.

The final battle occurs in 385 AD. Mormon, the great Nephite warrior/leader, wrote a letter to the Lamanite king asking him to give them time to gather all the Nephites together by a hill which was called Cumorah where they would do battle.
The results were more than dismal. Approximately one million men, women and children were slaughtered in one day! Only twenty-four Nephites survived the slaughter.
Included were Mormon and his son, Moroni.

The twenty-four surviving Nephites escaped into the land to the south, but were hunted by the Lamanites until, one by one, they were killed—except Moroni.
To Moroni had been given the task of recording the conclusion of the story of the once great Nephite nation, a branch of the House of Israel who came from Jerusalem.

Mormon had given the brass plates to his son, who eventually buried them on top of Hill Cumorah so that they could come forth in the last days.

And in 1827 Joseph Smith discovered them [directed there by the angel Moroni]. It was destined in the plan of God.

Francis Harper Message for 11/9/2018

From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 11/9/2018

Dear Ones,

What are we willing to sacrifice?

“After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church’s pastor slowly stood, walked to the pulpit, and before giving his sermon for the evening, he briefly introduced a guest minister who was at the service. In the introduction, the pastor told the congregation that the guest minister had been one of his dearest friends since childhood. He said he wanted the guest to have a few minutes to greet the congregation, and share whatever he felt would be appropriate for the service. With that, an elderly man took his place at the pulpit and began to speak.

“A father, his son, and a friend of his son were sailing off the Pacific Coast when a fast approaching storm blocked any attempt to get back to shore. The waves were so high that even though the father was an experienced sailor, he could not keep the boat upright, and the three were swept into the ocean when their boat capsized.

“The man hesitated for a moment, making eye contact with two teenagers who were, for the first time since the service began, looking somewhat interested in his story. The aged minister continued: Grabbing a rescue line, the father had to make the most excruciating decision of his life – to which boy would he throw the lifeline? He had only seconds to make his decision. The father knew that his son was a Christian and he also knew that his son’s friend was not. The agony of his decision could not be matched by the torrent of waves. As the father yelled, ‘I love you, son,’ he threw the lifeline to his son’s friend. By the time the father pulled the friend back to the capsized boat, his son had disappeared beneath the raging swells. His body was never recovered.

“By this time, the two teenagers were sitting straight up in the pew, anxiously waiting for the next words to come from the old minister’s mouth. The father, he continued, knew his son would step into eternity with Jesus, and he could not bear the thought of his son’s friend stepping into eternity without Jesus. Therefore, he sacrificed his son to save the friend. How great is the love of God that he should do the same for us. Our heavenly Father sacrificed his only begotten Son that we could be saved. I urge you to accept his offer to rescue you and take hold of the lifeline he is throwing out to you in this service.

“With that, the old man turned and sat down in his chair as silence filled the room. The pastor walked slowly to the pulpit and delivered a brief sermon with an invitation at the end. No one, however, responded to the appeal.

“Within minutes after the service ended, the two teenagers were at the old man’s side. ‘That was a nice story,’ politely stated one of the boys, ‘but I don’t think it was very realistic for a father to give up his son’s life in the hopes that the other boy would become a Christian.’

“Well, you’ve got a point there, the old man replied, glancing down at his worn Bible. Then a big smile broadened his narrow face, as he looked at the boys and said, ‘It sure isn’t very realistic, is it? But I’m standing here today to tell you this story is true, and it gives us a glimpse of what it must have been like for God to give up his Son for us.’

“You see, I was that father, and your pastor was my son’s friend.”

My Love to All,
Francis Harper


God is Love

“God is love” (1 John 4:16). This short but profound quote from John, the beloved apostle, has been firmly implanted in my mind from my youth. This scripture was inscribed in bold letters, framed, and was placed as a reminder on the right hand wall of the old RLDS Church in Woodbine. Evidently during the dismantling of the church, built in the 1880’s, and the building of the new, this heirloom was lost.

We need to be reminded often of the truth that “God so loved the world, that he gave his Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish; but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, . . . this is in remembrance of my blood of the new testament, which is shed for as many as shall believe on my name, for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:22-24 IV; 26: 26-28 KJV).

The love of the Savior is revealed to us by his willingness to die for us. He said: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7-8). “. . . the love of Christ constraineth us; . . . And he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

I believe it was Apostle Arthur Oakman who often asked: “Have you been to the cross?” The Holy Spirit needs to reveal the cross to us. Jesus on the cross was a visual demonstration of his love for every person who has ever lived on earth. “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died . . . love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all” (The Hymnal, #182).

David Wilkerson, author of The Cross and the Switch Blade, wrote: “They have done away with the cross.” In response to his statement, a friend of mine wrote: “Obviously the very best that we can come up with in terms of evangelistic efforts would amount to nothing if we do away with the cross.”

Jesus was the Lamb of God, “. . . without blemish, and without spot; Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but manifest in these last times for you, Who by him [we] do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God” (1 Peter 1:19-21).

Jesus was “the great and last sacrifice.” “Yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; . . . it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice . . . and that great and last sacrifice will be the Son of God” (Alma 16:210-215). Alma, who lived before Jesus, prophesied of Jesus, the Lamb of God.

Hereby perceive we the love of Christ, because he laid down his life for us; . . . we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).

Chest Freezer Needed

From: Muriel Luedeman

Chest Freezer Needed

Looking for top loading freezer; prefer a smaller unit to fit in a garage corner.


Muriel Luedeman
Bruce at 816-353-6826

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Free Rear-Projection TV

From: The McMilians

Free Rear-Projection TV

We have a free TV to give away.
Let us know if you'd like it.

Scott and Shannon McMilian

"Brazil Faction's End-Times Prophecies Prove to Be False"

From: David Price

"Brazil Faction's End-Times Prophecies Prove to Be False"

A new 27-page report by David M. Price, "Brazil Faction's End-Times Prophecies Prove to Be False," is now available for free at:

Besides the previous articles on our homepage regarding the Brazil Faction, there are also new statements by the priesthood of Odessa Restoration Branch and Glendale Restoration Branch, which warn about the Brazil Faction's false teachings.

Price Publishing Company

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 7, 2018 - 1 of 12)

From: Jason Kemp

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 7, 2018 - 1 of 12)

Reading starts Nov 19th

Book of Mormon Challenge (Nov 7, 2018 - 1 of 12)
The reading challenge starts on Monday, November 19, but until then, I wanted to provide some introductory information prior to the daily reading of the Book of Mormon.

Nov 7 and 8 will be preface, introduction, overview and purpose of the Book of Mormon.
Each day, between Nov 9 and 18 will be a Biblical Proof of the Book of Mormon

Protestant Christians are big on the following statement.
"…Show it to me in the Word and I’ll believe it."

I intend to show that the Bible points to the Book of Mormon and to the New World; that there are more than a few key biblical passages supporting the "Stick of Joseph" (Book of Mormon). Ten biblical proofs, to be exact. [There are far more than that.]


I’ve been preaching out of the Book of Mormon, as well as the Bible, now for over fifteen years. (Been preaching for nearly forty years.) And I’m a Baptist minister. I’ve discovered the Book of Mormon is full of those grand Protestant themes—salvation by grace, faith and repentance, forgiveness through His shed blood, the born again experience, and other cardinal Protestant doctrines.

Like the Bible, the central theme of the Book of Mormon is the Lordship of Jesus Christ. There are over 160 passages in the Book of Mormon that speak of the Lord Jesus Christ. There were 22 men named in the Book of Mormon who saw Christ. Some form of Christ’s name is mentioned on an average of every 1.7 verses. The New Testament mentions a form of Christ’s name on an average of every 2.1 verses. The name of the Savior appears nearly 25 percent more frequently in the Book of Mormon than in the New Testament. When we realize that a verse usually consists of one sentence, we cannot on the average read two sentences in the Book of Mormon without seeing some form of Christ’s name.

"He is Lord" rings loud and clear from its pages like a London cathedral choir harmonizing on a Sunday morning. The sound is resonant throughout the book’s pages. The Spirit’s witness is there. That same Jesus I discovered in the Bible is also present in the pages of the Book of Mormon.

Praise be to His holy name!

To begin with, I’ve discovered—most Protestant Christians have never read the Book of Mormon, yet are against it. That’s why we need to begin with…

How Did We Get the Book of Mormon?
• Mormon abridged a thousand years of history.
• He gave the abridgment to his son Moroni to finish (385 AD).
• Moroni, resurrected being, gave it to Joseph Smith in 1827 AD.
• Joseph translated it by the "gift and power of God."
• It was first published in March, 1830, by Egbert B. Grandin, a printer and bookstore proprietor of Palmyra, New York. Five thousand copies were printed for $3,000.

There is one other group mentioned in the Book of Mormon that came from the East to the Americas—the Jaredites. This group came from the tower of Babel at the time of the confounding of languages around 2,300 BC. Their civilization lasted over 2,000 years, and their story is highly condensed in the Book of Ether.

The Book of Mormon then tells of 3 civilizations or cultures - all branches from the House of Israel - which were led by God to the Americas: 1) the Jaredites, 2) Nephites, and 3) Mulekites.

What’s the Purpose of the Book of Mormon?
• To tell the seed of Lehi about their heritage as part of the House of Israel.
• To witness that Jesus is indeed the Christ.
• To give testimony of Joseph’s blessing to his descendants—a "land choice above all others." Joseph’s land, the Land of Promise.
• To reveal that a New Jerusalem is to be built in the Land of Promise, the New World, the Americas.
And now, let’s turn our attention to…
Biblical Proofs of the Book of Mormon
The Bible points to the Book of Mormon and to the New World. What a wonderful story of hope and promise for these last days!

TOMORROW (Nov 8, 2018 - 2 of 12):
An Overview of Book of Mormon History

Winter Coat Giveaway 2018

----- Forwarded message -----
From: Jon Tandy

Winter Coat Giveaway 2018

@Waldo Avenue Restoration Branch

Annual Winter Items Giveaway will be held Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Come to the gym door on the west side of the building.

If you wish to donate coats, blankets, scarves, heavy socks, gloves, and other winter items bring them to Waldo on Friday, November 10 at 6:00-9:00 pm (drop-off only).

Jon Tandy

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Healing the Breach - Book Signing

From: Patrick S. McKay Sr

Healing the Breach - Book Signing

Healing the Breach
Mormonism, Metaphors and the Pieces of the Puzzle

Patrick S. McKay Sr

Bring your book, meet the author and get your copy signed.

Saturday November 17th
3-5 pm
Stoney Creek Hotel and Convention Center
18011 Bass Pro Drive
Independence, MO 65055

If you do not yet have a copy, you can order it from amazon.com.
It is available in hardback, paperback and eBook. There will be paperback editions available to the first 100 people who arrive.

Electrical Equipment / Table Saw - For Sale

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Elsie Hensley

Electrical Equipment / Table Saw - For Sale

(Retired electrician)

Electrical equipment for sale. Includes:
new breakers
conduit fittings
switches and outlets
various tools
Asking $395.oo

Table saw
Central Machinery T-504
2 HP 110volts - 220 volts
3450 rpm
minimum use, good condition
Best offer

Richard Hensley
18800 E Bundschu Road
Independence MO 64056

Fall Concert Fundraiser

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From: Cathryn Sperry

Fall Concert Fundraiser

Fundraising Concert

Saturday November 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Outreach Restoration Branch
723 S Crysler Avenue
Independence MO

A night with the Sperry’s & friends is a music performance to raise money for the purchase an appropriate and reliable vehicle for Chuck and Regina as they minister in Honduras.

In 2015 Regina had a severe infection in her spinal cord due to results of an operation. She was in the hospital for several months and had to undergo therapy to aid in her recovery. She is still experiencing back pain and weakness in her legs. In order for her to help out in the mission field, a smoother driving vehicle is needed. At this time, there is a 1989 Ford F250 diesel that is being used. This vehicle rides like a tank and causes Regina severe pain after riding on the rough roads to and from town or church. Physicians have told her that riding in this vehicle is not good for her.

If you can not attend and would like to help, please send a check payable to:
Family Outreach
PO Box 22
Independence MO 64051

A Bake Sale will be held in the basement of the church during the concert.

If you would like to donate to the bake sale, please contact Elizabeth Sperry:
text at

Monday, November 5, 2018


​​------ Forwarded message -----
From: Pam Abel


Have you ever considered retiring in Branson, MO? Perhaps you just want a summer home close to Table Rock Lake? Some days you just need to get away from the hustle bustle of the city and a home to run away to would be very inviting! You won't believe the lake view and sunrises you can see from this home that comes with 3.3 acres and a 40 X 50 metal building in Lampe, MO. Please follow the link below for more pictures and further information.

​​Once the page opens you can click on the address and it will bring up the full listing. If you have any questions, please contact me. I'd be happy to show it to you!

​Click the following link to view the listing:

Pam Abel

20th Century Real Estate Services
Phone: 816-254-3311

Book Of Mormon Round Table Nov 2018

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From: robyn

Book Of Mormon Round Table Nov 2018

The 3rd Sunday of the month


Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Presenters: Robyn Mun and Bob Myers

“What Is The Sealed Portion?

What Do The Scriptures Say?

What did The Prophet Joseph Jr. Say?”

See you in Luff at Stone Church!

1012 W Lexington Avenue (upper west parking lot)
Independence MO 64050

sista robyn
"And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people." (4 Nephi 1:15 LDS / 4 Nephi 1:17 RLDS)

Sunday, November 4, 2018

​Last Chance for USO Tickets!

​------ Forwarded message -----
From: Joy Cain

​Last Chance for USO Tickets!

The USO style show and Dinner is THIS Saturday at 6:00 p.m. at the Remnant Conference Center! Ticket deadline - MONDAY, 11/5 AT MIDNIGHT!

DELICIOUS FOOD: spaghetti and gourmet homemade meatballs (gluten free and vegetarian available with advanced notice), green beans w/roasted garlic, sauteed onion and apple-smoked bacon, Italian salad and bread and pumpkin New York style cheesecake for dessert.

WONDERFUL ENTERTAINMENT: Local professionals and CPCT members will sing/perform 40's music. Check us out on facebook for some photos and video snippets as a preview. Centerplace Christian Theatre

PATRIOTIC SING-ALONG HONORING ALL BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY: We will honor all veterans, with special recognition to Paul Frinsthal, who served as a guard for the tomb of the unknown soldier.

TICKETS: $20.00 per person.
Contact Joy Cain 816-868-4931 for tickets or use our online option: centerplacechristiantheatre.ticketleap.com
our website to order tickets ($2 service fee)