​Gen 7:70 “And righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine own elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare; an holy city, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion; a New Jerusalem."

Righteousness and truth make up the foundation upon which the Gospel of Jesus Christ is based. Jesus is the epitome of that truth and righteousness. The other side of the picture is lies and falsehood, and the first liar, Satan, is the example of that. Rev 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death." Proverbs 6:16-19 "These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him; A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."

From the reference above we see some of the things the Lord hates - liars, wicked imaginations, false witness, and we see the eventual end of those that do these things. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Law of God will not tolerate those who practice these things, nor will the Lord work with them. The flooding of the earth with truth and righteousness promised in the book of Genesis is designed to eliminate those who practice these characteristics. Therefore in the movement with which we have become involved in these last days, we also cannot allow those evil characteristics to exist among us.

We have seen the gradual infiltration of those evil characteristics into the work in Brazil, bringing corruption to what, in the beginning, was of divine nature. Because of that, we can no longer have confidence in anything coming from that organization.

Furthermore, without my consent they have used my name to further their falsehoods. They have even woven lies around my name by claiming I had a ring of my Great Grandfather’s that I used to identify the validity of the plates. Lies and misinformation is not the work of God. What was once an opportunity to do a marvelous work for the Lord has become a parallel to the path which Cain traveled when he chose to serve Satan rather than God.

Therefore it is with great sadness but also indignation that I must say, there is no way I can any longer associate myself with Mauricio Berger and his work in Brazil.

Joseph F Smith

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