Who is Joseph Smith?

"Would to God, brethren, I could tell you who I am! would to God I could tell you what I know! but you would call it blasphemy, and there are men on this stand who would want to take my life."  Joseph Smith; Life of Heber C. Kimball, p.33

THE REVELATIONS OF JESUS CHRIST

 SECTION 161.

Revelation Received August 2, 1989, Provo, Utah, Concerning Joseph the Seer in the Flesh, was none other than the Testator, the Third Member of the Godhead, Saith the Lord, and This From Before the Foundation of the World.

 1 Thus saith the Lord, it was that Joseph, our beloved Joseph was the Testator born in the flesh, that he might also fulfill the measure of the sons of God, that he might fulfill the measure of his creation, because it is that spirit united with flesh and bones bringeth a fullness of joy.

2 And thus it was necessary that he whose splendor, radiance and intelligence was greater or equal to the other of our Father’s sons, even the Christ, with whom he is One forever and ever, saith the Father, yea, it was necessary that he be obedient unto the law and descend below all things, that he too might be in all things and through all things the light of truth, with the Father and His Christ, being clothed with flesh and blood, he did verily complete his mission.

3 And He lived for glory and verily died for glory, and sealed his testimony with his blood, that this word should become a law unto the Church forever, unchanging. He is the Holy Ghost, and this was his office, saith the Lord, before the world was organized.

4 Even so. Amen.


11 ...for I spake unto him as a man speaketh; for I beheld that he was in the form of a man; yet nevertheless, I knew that it was the Spirit of the Lord; and he spake unto me as a man speaketh with another.  (Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 11:11)

Joseph Smith, saith the Lord, is the Holy Ghost (for this earth--an office in the Priesthood) or Testator of the Father and the Son, none other than the Third Member of the Godhead, born in the flesh, and who, saith the Lord, lived for glory and died for glory, in order to seal his testament with his blood, and thus making the Doctrine and Covenants an unalterable law forever unto the Church.

‘‘To the law and the testimony, if it be not according to these, it is because there is no light in them.’’ Isaiah 8:20.

What is meant by the testimony? Answer:  The testimony requires a testator. A testator is one who testifies of the light. Either his testimony is true or it is false. A false testimony will not edify and thus give life and light and also may be detected by its conflicting with former testimonies which are valid and already in force. What is necessary for a testimony to be a law unto the Church, and thus in force? Thus saith the Lord, it requires the blood of testator to be shed to seal their testimony for all time and all eternity. Thus anything which contradicteth these my servants the testators is false, for I will not vary from that which I have said.

‘‘The testators are now dead, and their testament is in force.’’ D&C 135:5

.‘‘For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead:
Otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.’’ Hebrews 9:16-17.

 

"By request of President Brigham Young, the Seventies and their Presidents met at their Hall, at early candle light. Elder Orson Pratt addressed the conference in relation to the present organization of the Church and quorums in particular. Revelation, said he, had been given for this purpose, several years ago, that when the testator should be removed then the Testament might be introduced and become a law unto this Church, that every member may understand precisely the duties of his office and calling. He also explained the duties of both High Priests and Seventies which are as follows: The Seventies are called and set apart to be swift messengers to the nations of the earth having power to introduce the gospel wherever they may be sent, holding the keys of this kingdom..." Orson Pratt, Nauvoo Period Record, Book B, p. 31.

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THE

REVELATIONS OF JESUS CHRIST

SECTION 161.

Revelation Received August 2, 1989, Provo, Utah, Concerning Joseph the Seer in the Flesh, was none other than the Testator, the Third Member of the Godhead, Saith the Lord, and This From Before the Foundation of the World.

1 Thus saith the Lord, it was that Joseph, our beloved Joseph was the Testator born in the flesh, that he might also fulfill the measure of the sons of God, that he might fulfill the measure of his creation, because it is that spirit united with flesh and bones bringeth a fullness of joy.

2 And thus it was necessary that he whose splendor, radiance and intelligence was greater or equal to the other of our Father's sons, even the Christ, with whom he is One forever and ever, saith the Father, yea, it was necessary that he be obedient unto the law and descend below all things, that he too might be in all things and through all things the light of truth, with the Father and His Christ, being clothed with flesh and blood, he did verily complete his mission.

3 And He lived for glory and verily died for glory, and sealed his testimony with his blood, that this word should become a law unto the Church forever, unchanging. He is the Holy Ghost, and this was his office, saith the Lord, before the world was organized.

4 Even so. Amen.

 

Important: Bear Testimony of the Testator, that Joseph Smith is the Holy Ghost (an office in the Priesthood), or Testator of the Father and the Son, that is His office which he held before the world was made, that He is, was and always will be the third member of the God head, none other than the Holy Ghost for this world, only, there being higher orders, or Kingdoms, through which power is administered, saith the Lord, Adam, our Father being placed in the Garden of Eden by His Father, our Grandfather, Cain and abel being more or less acquainted with their Grandfather, saith the Lord, and Adam's Christ or Jehovah helped him in organizing our world out of chaotic matter, saith the Father. Our Christ, Jesus, if we are faithful will help us in the same manner to organize a world with which our spirit children shall dwell thereon, and we shall become Adams and Eves. And thus the work of creation, is it not endless?

It required the death of the Testator, that the Doctrine and Covenants be a law unto the Church forever, that His testament be thus in force, unchangeable forever and ever, worlds without end, and no Kimball, Apostate or devil can contradict or do away with it, saith my Father.

"My love for my brethren is greater than that for woman."   Brigham Young

Brigham Young

The last three words on the lips of Bro.Brigham before he died was: Joseph! Joseph! Joseph!


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The Three Personages

"Everlasting covenant was made between three personages before the organization of this earth, and relates to their dispensation of things to men on the earth; these personages, according to Abraham's record, are called God the first, the Creator;
God the second, the Redeemer; and God the third, the witness or Testator."--(MSS.Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 190 (sec. 4: 1839-42)
MSS.-Manuscript History.)

 2. The spirit personage known as the Holy Ghost (D&C 130:22) was apparently begotten of the Father following the spirit birth of Jesus. Heber C. Kimball taught: "Well, let me tell you, the Holy Ghost is a man; he is one of the sons of our Father and our God; and he is that man that stood next to Jesus Christ, just as I stand by brother Brigham" (JD 5:179). Franklin D. Richards quoted Joseph Smith as saying that "the Holy Ghost is now in a state of Probation which if he should perform in righteousness he may pass through the same or a similar course of things that the Son has" (Ehat and Cook 245).

(H. Donl Peterson and Charles D. Tate, Jr., eds., The Pearl of Great Price: Revelations from God, p.113)

The Holy Ghost has a body of spirit. "The Son has a tabernacle and so has the Father. But the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit without tabernacle." Although "tabernacle" in this statement from the Prophet means physical body, the Holy Ghost is not without a body; he has a body of spirit. Joseph Smith taught: "There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter, but it is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by pure eyes; we cannot see it; but when our bodies are purified we shall see that it is all matter" (D&C 131:7-8). Further, "the Holy Ghost is yet a spiritual body and [is] waiting to take to himself a body, as the Savior did." And "the Holy Ghost is now in a state of probation, which if he should perform in righteousness, he may pass through the same or a similar course of things that the Son has."

(Kent P. Jackson, From Apostasy to Restoration, p.245)

Joseph also said that the Holy Ghost is now in a state of Probation which if he should perform in righteousness he may pass through the same or a similar course of things that the Son has.

(Hamblin's Review of Toscano: the Sanctity of Dissent, FARMS Review of Books, vol. 7, no. 1 (1995),, p.312)

Note: On the doctrine that the Holy Ghost will one day receive a body, Franklin D. Richards records in his writings the following: "Joseph also said that the Holy Ghost is now in a state of probation which if he should perform in righteousness he may pass through the same as a similar course of things that the Son has" (in Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook, Words of Joseph Smith [Provo, Utah: BYU Religious Studies Center, 1980], 245).

(Remembering JosephV Joseph Is The Holy Ghost" Remembering Joseph)
 

"In this statement there was a quorum of three personages, or three Gods, who took part in planning for this earth, and it refers to "their dispensation." Each one of these Gods had a dispensation on the earth. In the beginning it was "God the first, the Creator," who had the first dispensation. This had to be Adam. Then another dispensation came with "God the second, the Redeemer." This was Jesus Christ. Finally came "God the third, the Witness or Testator." The third member was Joseph Smith was "the witness or testator" of the Father and Son. [177] He saw the Father and the Son and bore that witness to the world as a prophet and testator. So here the Prophet Joseph makes a clear distinction between God the Creator (Adam) and God the Redeemer (Jesus) Joseph Smith continues with "God the third, the witness or Testator," who also had a "dispensation of things to men on the earth." It is this "messenger" who would "administer in all those priesthoods" among men and would be over the last dispensation. Furthermore, all this agrees with John's testimony, "there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood." (1 John 5:8) The mission of the "spirit" is to give life; God the first created and began life on the earth. The mission of the water is the power of redemption and cleansing wrought by the Savior. The blood represents the martyr, testator, and witness of God the first and God the second. Paul acknowledged that "where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator." (Heb. 9:16)

"The Nauvoo Legion gave up their arms by command of Gov. Ford, who again promised them protection. Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, John Taylor and Willard Richards were confined in Carthage jail, and on the fatal 27th day of June, 1844, were placed in an upper room of that building. About 5 o'clock in the afternoon an armed mob of the state militia, assisted by other murderous fiends in human shape, in all about two hundred strong, burst in fury upon the jail and murdered in cold blood, the Prophet and his brother Hyrum. Elder Taylor was cruelly wounded with four bullets, while Elder Richards escaped unharmed. While this inhuman tragedy was being enacted, Gov. Ford was in Nauvoo, haranguing the peaceful, unarmed Saints on the enormity of destroying the printing press of the Expositor. The governor undoubtedly knew the intention of the mob, for he had heard their threats that the Prophet should never escape alive. A day or two before his martyrdom, while being exhibited among the militia, as if he were something monstrous, the Prophet asked one of the officers it he could see anything bad in his countenance. The officer answered: "No, Gen. Smith, but I cannot see what is in your heart." The Prophet promptly retorted: "But I can see what is in your heart, and it you are suffered to shed my blood you will see bloodshed prevail in this land to your heart content." The testament of this great and last dispensation was sealed by the blood of the testator, and is in force upon all the world.

"In our own dispensation, Joseph Smith became a witness of testator to the re-establishment of that "covenant" on the earth. He became a "witness" or "testator" to "God the first" and "God the second, the Redeemer"; and therefore had to seal that [32] testimony with his own blood.

"With the broad seal affixed to the gospel by the shedding of blood, there is a judgment against those who reject it, but salvation to those who accept it. Joseph Smith, as Testator and Witness, brought about this effect with his martyrdom. Would to God, brethren, I could tell you who I am! Would to God I could tell you what I know! But you would call it blasphemy, and want to take my life! (Joseph Smith, Life of Heber C. Kimball, p. 333) Testaments and Testators; Ogden Kraut.

 

 

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Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood, August, 1830
by Apostles Peter, James and John


 



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