Friday, December 7, 2018

Prayers for Brother Ram Baral

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From: Francis Harper

Prayers for Brother Ram Baral

Dear Saints,

Due to his work as an intermediary diplomat during the Singapore meeting of the US President, Donald J. Trump, with Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, Elder Ram Baral was personally greeted by President Trump and was given an award for his service.

Brother Baral helped coordinate the services of the diplomats of the Nepalese, Singapore and US governments, including the Singapore police and the Nepalese/Gurkha Army.

Perhaps due to his previous acquaintance with President Trump, Brother Ram has been invited to meet the President again. He has an appointment to see the President at the White House at 9 A.M. EST., on May 1, 2019. Our brother Ram covets the prayers of all the saints of the Restoration Branches as he prepares for this important meeting, and for the presence of the Holy Spirit during the one hour visit itself.

As an elder of the church of Jesus Christ, as it presently exists within the Restoration Branches, Brother Ram plans to give a copy of the 1908 edition of The Book of Mormon to the President. He also plans to introduce some of the scriptures recorded within The Book of Mormon which were written specifically for the inhabitants of this choice land, created and “preserved for a righteous people” (Ether 1:29). He may also point out passages from the Bible referring to Joseph’s land, such as Genesis 49:22-26 and Deuteronomy 33:13-17.

Any thoughts or suggestions, prompted by the Holy Spirit, related to this visit at the White House will be appreciated.

Brother Ram will be leaving December 20, 2018, on another mission trip to Asia, which will be several months in duration. He will be visiting the saints in Tibet, Mongolia, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Rangoon and as the Lord directs. Please pray for his good health, safety and success in doing the Lord’s will.

Archery Excellence and Santa

From: Jared and Melinda Hawley

Archery Excellence and Santa

Come Shoot and get your picture SHOT with Santa
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018

Francis Harper Message for 12/7/2018

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From: Francis Harper

Francis Harper Message for 12/7/2018

Dear Ones,

Those who question the validity of The Book of Mormon being the word of God and a second witness of Jesus Christ need to know that the number of non-Restorationists who accept The Book of Mormon as scripture is growing year by year. Every religiously inclined person who has a sincere desire to know the truth should claim the promise given in The Book of Mormon: “. . . if ye shall ask with a sincere heart with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost; and by the power of the Holy Ghost you may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:5).

On January 9, 1993, I recorded this testimony: Ed Rust, a Catholic and an employee of the Quaker Oats Company, occasionally stopped at our store. After doing business we often discussed passages of scripture from the Bible. The Book of Mormon was never mentioned. One night during his travels Ed found a copy of The Book of Mormon in his motel room. As he read that evening the Holy Spirit bore witness that it, like the Bible, is the word of God. The following morning he called me and with an excited voice said, “Francis, The Book of Mormon is the word of God.” I responded, “Ed, did I ever share my Book of Mormon testimony with you?” His answer was “no.” The promise is true: “ . . .by the power of the Holy Ghost you may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10:5).

On April 29, 2013, I met Benezer, Napatutan at the Doha International Airport on the Persian Gulf. We were returning from mission twelve in Nepal and Northeast India. I was studying the Bible during our seven hour layover. As I studied, Benezer an airport employee, interrupted me as he said, “you are the only person I have ever seen studying the Bible in this airport.” At this point, I reached into my brief-case and pulled out The Book of Mormon. As I held it up, I said, “I believe The Book of Mormon is holy scripture too.” He nodded as he said, “yes, it is a second witness of Jesus Christ and supports the Bible.” I asked, “who are you?” He answered, “I am a Seventh Day Adventist from the Philippines.” Surely our meeting in the heart of the Islamic world was a divine appointment. Richard Hahn, priest, of Maysville, Missouri, was with me during this mission and witnessed this conversation.

In a 1973 “missionary” copy of the Book of Mormon, the foreward was written by Dr. Marcus Bach, former head of the School of Religion at the University of Iowa. Dr. Bach is not a member of any church teaching the Book of Mormon. Here are a few quotes from Dr. Bach’s testimony: “Ever since its unprecedented appearance in 1830, the Book of Mormon has been one of the most controversial, engrossing, and thought-inspiring Scriptures among the revealed religions of the world. . . “Here, then, is a new scripture, discovered in America, presenting to all a book intended to supplement the Bible rather than supplant it, designed to complement previous revelations, rather than compete with them, written to prove the divinity of Christ rather than deny it. With this in mind, the Book of Mormon is indispensable to all religiously oriented people who have their secret questions about the interplay of God and man and who seek their own honest answers to a living faith in these modern “latter days.”

Paul, in his letter to the Romans, wrote: “And, as much as in me . . . I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth . . .” (Romans 1:15-16).

The pure unadulterated [untampered by man] gospel of the kingdom needs to be preached until the end comes (Matthew 24:32 IV; 24:14 KJV). We, like Paul, can say without equivocation and a single moment of hesitancy, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth . . .!”

The Book of Mormon is tangible evidence that Joseph Smith, Jr., was a prophet, called of God, to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days.

My Love to All,
Francis Harper


Be Not Ashamed

My first employer was a farmer who lived about thirty miles from our home. My board and room was furnished as part of my wages. My parents came to visit me one Sunday and brought me a church book for my 17th birthday. I recall that I was somewhat embarrassed by, or ashamed of the gift! I must have been concerned about what my employer might think. This incident in my adolescent years has taught me how sensitive we are to the response of our acquaintances on matters of our faith and beliefs. Some may be intimidated by fear of being rejected by family or friends.

This issue of being ashamed of our faith is addressed in the Scriptures. Jesus said, “Whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son on Man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:41 IV; Mark 8:38 KJV). “And they shall not have part in that resurrection [resurrection of the just] when he cometh” (Mark 8:42).

It is written in The Book of Mormon that some of those who had tasted of the fruit of the tree of life had become ashamed due to the scornful behavior of those who were in “a great and spacious building” which “was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceeding fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers toward those who had come at, and were partaking of the fruit. And after they had tasted 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 2:73-76). “And great was the multitude that did enter into that . . . building. And after they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me, and those that were partaking of the fruit also; but we heeded them not . . . for as many as heeded them had fallen away” (1 Nephi 2:82-84).

These words from The Book of Mormon are a warning to those who might be influenced by some of their friends who are making some disparaging remarks about Joseph Smith, Jr., the angel Moroni, the golden plates [The Book of Mormon] or who may be calling the Restoration Branch Movement a “religious cult.” Remember the words: “We heeded them not.”

We should never forget that Jesus was “despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief . . . he was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth . . .” (Isaiah 53:3, 7). He heeded them not!

Many people have been warned to shun the teachings of the Restoration and The Book of Mormon. After being rebuffed a few times, Restorationists tend to neglect sharing their testimony. Both sides often remain aloof from one another. This hinders our witnessing.

Once again the words of Paul are appropriate. He wrote: “Brethren, the gospel preached of me is not after man, neither was I taught it, but by revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:11-12). We can say the same, the Restoration gospel is not of man, it came by the revelation of Jesus Christ and the ministry of angels.

Paul wrote: “God hath chosen the foolish [considered foolish] things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised [like The Book of Mormon] hath God chosen” (1 Corinthians 1:27-28). Be not ashamed.

CNA Looking for Part Time Work

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From: Val Thomason

CNA Looking for Part Time Work

Looking for part time work in the Oak Grove or surrounding area. Please let me know if you have or know of part time work as a CNA. I have Monday and Thursday available. I currently work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Thank you,

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Laptop Needed

From: Muriel L

Laptop Needed

A Restoration friend on disability with limited income, is in need of a laptop.

Is there anyone who has one to sell or donate?

Muriel Luedeman

Sunday Evening Song Services

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From: Becky Stayton

Sunday Evening Song Services

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Quilting Items

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From: Tammy VanBiber

Quilting Items

Free: I have several years’ worth of Quilting magazines that need to find a new home. These are free for the taking as well as some fabric and batting scraps of cotton and polyester.

For Sale: long-arm machine quilting books and a few acrylic rulers. Please let me know if you are interested or have questions.

****I also have time available to take a few new clients for long-arm machine quilting after January 1st.****

Tammy VanBiber

Kitchen Appliances For Sale

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From: Clint Sperry

Kitchen Appliances For Sale

Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Range, Microwave

For Sale kitchen appliances - $200 for All 4. Or best offer. Various brands.

Restoration Women's Council December 2018

From: Angela Goff

Restoration Women's Council December 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Phillis Bitzer Funeral

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From: Jim Bailey

Phillis Bitzer Funeral

Need to make the following announcement:

The funeral for Phillis Bitzer will be this Wednesday, 12/5, at
Royer Funeral Home
205 SW 17th Street
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Phone: 816-229-5551

Visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. with the service at 10:00 a.m.
Graveside service will follow at Blue Springs cemetery.

Jim Bailey

Monday, December 3, 2018

Replies to the Smith document: accepted and challenged

From: Garland Schnack

Replies to the Smith document: accepted and challenged

Gary Wheeler

Just FYI

Walton became an adulterer. He abandoned his wife for another woman.

He had attended the same congregation as me for a while, and after reading his book, I met with him privately to ask him to repent from leaving the RLDS. He said he was going to build Zion. I asked, with what church? He said, without a church. I said, you can't, because the scriptures say the church brings forth the Kingdom. I noticed very shortly after this meeting with him, he started claiming he had a church. I met with him in 1980, before these paper articles were written.

Gary Wheeler


Donna English

I believe he died May 28, 2010 so it would appear he was not the one mighty and strong to unite the saints.

Obituary for Eugene O. Walton

Published in Kansas City Star on June 3, 2010 First 25 of 43 words : Eugene O. Walton, 82, Independence, Mo., passed away May 28, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 4, at ...


Bradley Barnhart

The articles are in relation to the discovery of the fabricated document termed, 'The Joseph Smith Blessing', by forger Mark Hofmann. The quote and claim regarding Joseph Smith III's testimony in the Temple Lot Case has also been used by the LDS/Mormon apologists in the past in an attempt to discredit Joseph III being successor. The testimony of Joseph Smith III's isn't fully given by those with this agenda. Here is a good examination Setting Apart of Joseph Smith III Young Joseph didn't automatically become the church's prophet when his father 'ordained'/designated him...obviously...his father was still alive. Eugene Walton's claims were just silly.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Mentor4Moms - December 4

From: Holly

Mentor4Moms - December 4

This Tuesday:

"Christmas: An Opportunity to Enjoy Christ with Your Children"

Our last session for 2018 will be Tuesday, December 4, 10:00am-Noon!
824 E Devon Street
Independence MO

To register for FREE childcare, please contact 816-206-0690

We will talk about different ways to be sure we are helping our children focus on the real reason for the season and how to use these kinds of special occasions to boost their feeling of family and their desire to keep those family connections strong.

Smith document: accepted and challenged

From: Garland Schnack

Smith document: Accepted and Challenged

This article was in the Independence MO Dispatch Tribune – Wednesday, March 25, 1981.
A church friend gave me these two articles today. I had never heard this before and thought you would find it interesting.

Smith document: Accepted and Challenged

Church Presidency still being questioned
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