It is a profound event to have the scales of darkness removed from your eyes. This began in earnest for me July 2011, although the groundwork for that event was paved a few years earlier. Things I once held as “true” no longer were. The very fabric of religion that had been woven into my heart and mind was unwinding. Falsehoods where shaking and falling to the ground. They were replaced with Truth and Light. Many who go through this process choose to remain active in the LDS Church. For me this was no longer possible.
Lehi and his son Nephi have seen our day. They, like Moroni, have seen us, the Latter-day Church, and they know our works and have written about them. Moroni summed up our dreadful condition when he asked us this question:
"Why have ye polluted the Holy Church of God?" Mormon 8:38
"And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth." 1 Nephi 8:26
Look for the similarities in these two pictures:
|#3 Do you see the river of filthy water represented?|
"It is huge, and it is constructed in such a way that nothing obstructs the view of the speaker",
Gordon B. Hinckley, fifteenth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, reminds us that the purpose of this huge and spacious building is to "view" those who occupy the Chief Seats. This is the cornerstone to idolatry. They wish to be "seen of men."
|Inside the Great and Spacious Conference Center - Seating for 21,000 people|
President Hinckley continues: "In 1924 Elder James E. Talmage of the Council of the Twelve wrote, “I have long seen the possible erection of a great pavilion on the north side of the Tabernacle, seating perhaps twenty thousand people or even double that number,...
"In 1940 the First Presidency and the Twelve had their architect draw up a plan of a building that would seat 19,000 and would stand where this building stands. That was 60 years ago. They thought about it, they talked about it, but finally they dropped the idea entirely.
"These statements and actions were wonderfully prophetic. We knew nothing about them. All of them have come to our attention since we began this construction."
President Hinckley confirms it has been the desire of the leadership of the LDS Church to build this large and spacious structure as early as 1924. The fact the President Hinckley knew nothing about the desires of his predecessors tells me that unseen influences were involved it its creation. This is the making of prophecy.
|The Roof of the LDS Conference Center, Salt Lake City, Utah|
And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine..." 1 Nephi 8:27
|Great Multitudes Leaving Conference|
|People Leaving Conference - Do you see the River Next to the Road outlined with stones?|
The Fountain of Filthy Water
And it came to pass that many were drowned in the depths of the fountain;..." 1 Nephi 8:32.
|Fountain atop LDS Conference Center|
And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the fountain of filthy water which thy father saw; yea, even the river of which he spake; and the depths thereof are the depths of hell." 1 Nephi 12:16
Many drown in the depths of this fountain. Endlessly searching the commandments of men, people suffocate and drown here. They compare the teachings of this "dead prophet" with that "living prophet" or this "70" with that "apostle". They are endlessly searching the commandments of men and are kept from the truth because they know not where to find it. Hence, they drown in the false philosophies of men mingled with scripture that have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. Hence you are led carefully down to the "depths of hell."
Mists of Darkness
And 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 perish and are lost." 1 Nephi 12:17.
How do temptations blind your eyes? How will temptations harden your heart and lead you to parish? I suppose, more accurately, I should ask what temptations will cause you to be blind, lost and perish? There is a progression here. Blindness leads to darkness. Then you loose your way which leads to spiritual death and perishing.
Look no further than the fountain of filthy water for your answers. The mists of darkness emanate from the fountain of filthy water. Just as mists of water are produced by Niagara Falls even so are the mists of darkness produced by the fountain of filthy water.
|Maid of the Mist approaching Niagara Falls|
The Rod of Iron
The Rod of Iron is the Word of God. It is not found on the same side of the river as the spacious building, as seen in picture #3. The Rod of Iron is next to the Tree of Life, on the opposite side of the river from the spacious building. Once you understand the nature of that building, this symbolism becomes self evident.
The Rod of Iron has dual meaning. The first is the word of God. The second is the Word of God.
The scriptures are the word of God and they are invaluable in pursuing eternal life. However, scriptures do not save you. Jesus has said:
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." John 5:39.
Eternal life comes through Jesus Christ and no one else. He is the Word of God.
The Rod of Iron is both Jesus Christ and His words. As for me, I will hold fast to Him and His teachings.
What is Being Taught?
"And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange 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." 1 Nephi 8:33.
|21,000 people attending a spacious session of General Conference|
The humble followers of Christ have no place with this great multitude. All who enter this building are taught by their leadership to mock the humble followers of Christ. They are also taught to scorn and ridicule them. They are to be counseled, shunned, excommunicated and cast off. It's happening at this very moment with alarming frequency. Notwithstanding this, there remain many humble followers of Christ among the prideful idolaters. Jesus has said:
"They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and whoredoms, they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men." 2 Nephi 28:14.Are you a member of the LDS Church and consider yourself a humble follower of Christ? How are you being led? Do you recognize error in their teachings? What becomes of those who see error being taught and challenge it? Are they warmly received or cast out?
How will the Lord react after His followers have been cast out of the LDS Church? What will then stay His hand against it?
How is This Teaching Received?
"These are the words of my father: For as many as heeded them, had fallen away." 1 Nephi 8:34.
|30 foot "bigger than life" head of Thomas Monson looming overhead. Very imposing.|
Father Lehi is very specific in cautioning us about listening to people that enter that building. His warning is clear: if we listen to them we will fall away (If the LDS Church has become corrupted as Moroni says then what are you "falling away" from? That will be: Lehi's Dream, Part 2).
This counsel is obvious when you look at this picture:
|Photo by Tom Smart, Deseret News|
Four teleprompters. No need for the Holy Spirit to guide you when you have prewritten talks of men. There is no need for that pesky "at the very moment when you need it" stuff. They write, rewrite, edit by committee, correlate, polish and time these well crafted talks... All in an effort to make you feel good.
Is a teleprompter necessary when someone speaks by the Power of the Holy Ghost ? This is evidence to me that the Holy Ghost is being denied by those who should otherwise know better, but they obviously don't.
Feeling Their Way
And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious building." 1 Nephi 8:31
The teaching of doctrine has been supplanted by sappy stories that are designed to evoke emotion. As long as you cry, you have felt the Spirit. You go home with a "warm fuzzy" and patiently wait to have that same story taught to you again in sacrament meeting, Sunday school, Relief Society, Priesthood, Home Teaching and Stake Conference... Ad infinitum.
People feel their way to that building, or more accurately they go their to feel emotion.
I believe the great and spacious building to be the LDS Conference Center. That building was completed October 2000. Fourteen years later (2014) the entire General Leadership of the LDS Church lost their claim to priesthood (page 7 paragraph 5). Can you pollute the Holy Church of God and retain priesthood? God wants the members of the LDS Church to recognize the Conference Center for what it is. Prophecy is now being fulfilled. Do you have eyes to see it?
I knew there was more than the church was offering. Like Lehi's family, I too stood at the headwaters and knew not where to go. Like Lehi's family, I too have listened to the words of a True Messenger.