The following 2 articles were written by Mr. M. A. Berger and with his permission were posted on thecauseofzion.org website and thesealedbookofmormon.org website. Additionally, the first article (Paramount Importance) was circulated to a number of the principals in the group. What was not known, at the time that they were posted, is that there were numerous plagarized portions. Mr. Berger is notorious for including citations along with his writings (as evidenced in his "sealed book"). Those articles written by Mr. Berger are placed here today along with the plagarized portions that are numbered and the true source(s) following the article with corresponding numbers.
Greetings dear brothers and sisters.
I feel in my hart, the Spirit of God like a fire that it is burning!
The latter-day glory begins to come forth;
The visions and blessings of old are returning,
And angels are coming to visit the earth.
When the early believers of the Restoration responded the call of the Book of Mormon, they were like sheep listening to the voice of the Good Shepherd. Jesus was calling them, for the purpose of reuniting them again in one flock under heaven - in perfect faith and unity in the church of christ that was being restored in 1830 - and they heard his voice and attended to his calling.
We are now in for a new invitation. Jesus is issuing his voice again; calling unity to the saints and by bringing forth again his word, "the sealed book of Mormon."
Shall we this event something of 'paramount Importance' in our lives, or will we turn our backs on the Good Shepherd's call because of the arduousness of the minds of some men who seem to be sheep beside us, but in the interim are ferocious wolves?
“paramount importance” - is something that comes ahead of all else or needs to be considered first. Whether you are one of saints of the last days or you are among the sincere researchers of the Restoration associated to the Book of Mórmon, consider this truth – the voice of the Good Shepherd is calling his people again.
What Is of paramount importance in Your Lifes?
‘What is more important - in my life?’
Yes, my dears brother and sisters, when we set our priorities in life, divine guidance is particularly helpful to maintain our unity, especially if we face enemies of truth and opposers of God’s will.
Now, our conviction of what is of Paramount importance in our lives, wins an even more solid foundation in relation the other denominations of the restoration of the gospel that began in 1830. This occurs because of this sealed record that now exists among us. Resist, then, the mens efforts to impose on you and also on our unity what it thinks is important in the human scheme of things. But, continue to let every aspect of your life reflect know that is paramount for you—“doing of God’s will”.
(1) The religion of heaven unites the hearts of the people and makes them one. You may gather a people together, and no matter how widely they differ, the Gospel of Jesus Christ will make them one, even if among them were found members of all the denominations of Latter-day Saints this country and the whole world.
(2) The faith of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is calculated to unite the people in one. The purpose of this 'sealed book of Mormon' is to bring them back to the unity and faith of those who obeyed the Gospel anciently, and finally to bring them back to glory of the Zion.
(3) The City of Zion, in beauty and magnificence, will outstrip anything that is now known upon the earth. The curse will be taken of this people and sin and corruption will be swept beyond its borders. Who will do this great work? Is the Lord that will redeem the center Stake of Zion!
But, this work commences now, in the heart of each person.The Lord will not come here to build a Temple, or work with the education of our children, for we already know how to do these things. Yes, we have a work on hand whose magnitude can hardly be told.This, brothers and sisters, is the Gospel of Jesus Christ in action; is the second invitation done to his people in the fullness of times; this, brother and sisters, is the 'Sealed Book Extracted from the Plates of Mormon'; and this church is the resumption of Zion. This is the 'wonderful work' that God has promised to bring forth in the last days.I tell you, brethren, if there is anything we need at this time in the history of the restoration in which we are the protagonists, it is a spiritual elevation that will deliver us from of Babylon, and it must take place in Zion. The Lord determined, then we must make a resolute decision. For God, there is only one way, which He is beginning to cleanse through Joseph Frederick Smith, who is in charge of his work in Zion. So what's really missing for you to unconditionally support President Smith?What is the paramount importance of this for their lives?
Brother Maurício Berger
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The Plagarized True Sources
A Call for Unity, a Testimony, and a Blessing
In his youth Brigham Young searched for a religion that would satisfy his spiritual longings, but he was unable to find one. After being introduced to the Book of Mormon in 1830 and subsequently studying the restored gospel for almost two years, he knew that he had found the truth. He was baptized into the Church, and from that time forward he was unwavering in his testimony of the gospel, which, he said, “embraces all truth in heaven and on earth. … Wherever these principles are found among all the creations of God, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and His order and Priesthood, embrace them” (DNSW, 5 May 1866, 2). His strong testimony and complete devotion to the Church inspired the early Saints to meet the challenge of establishing homes in the wilderness and to unite in obeying the Lord’s command to build His Church and preach His gospel throughout the world. He proclaimed: “God, angels and good men being my helpers, I will never cease to contend, inch by inch, until we gain the ground and possess the Kingdom. That is my feeling and faith, and we will accomplish it, I will prophesy, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that we will possess the Kingdom of God upon the whole earth” (DBY, 453). President Brigham Young’s testimony continues to inspire us today as we work together to build the kingdom of God.
Teachings of Brigham Young
True disciples of Jesus Christ strive to be united—of one heart and one mind.
We have come here to build up Zion. How shall we do it? I have told you a great many times. There is one thing I will say in regard to it. We have got to be united in our efforts. We should go to work with a united faith like the heart of one man; and whatever we do should be performed in the name of the Lord, and we will then be blessed and prospered in all we do (DBY, 284).
*(2) The faith of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is calculated to unite the people in one, and to bring them back to the unity and faith of those who obeyed the Gospel anciently, and finally to bring them back to glory (DBY, 283).
I pray, my brethren, the Bishops, the Elders, the Seventies, the Apostles, yea, every man and woman and child who has named the name of Christ, to be of one heart and of one mind, for if we do not become of one heart and mind we shall surely perish by the way [see Moses 7:18] (DBY, 281).
A perfect oneness will save a people, because intelligent beings cannot become perfectly one, only by acting upon principles that pertain to eternal life. Wicked men may be partially united in evil; but, in the very nature of things, such a union is of short duration. The very principle upon which they are partially united will itself breed contention and disunion (DBY, 282).
*(1) The religion of heaven unites the hearts of the people and makes them one. You may gather a people together, and no matter how widely they differ in politics, the Gospel of Jesus Christ will make them one, even if among them were found members of all the political parties in the country (DBY, 285).
We have not in our society an aristocratic circle. Whether a brother wears a coon skin cap or a fine beaver hat is all the same to us. If a person is a faithful servant of God we do not object to his coming to meeting, though he has only a piece of buffalo skin to wear on his head. We partake of the Sacrament with him, hail him in the street as a brother and a friend, converse with him, meet him in social parties and greet him as an equal (DBY, 283–84).
The Savior sought continually to impress upon the minds of His disciples that a perfect oneness reigned among all celestial beings—that the Father and the Son and their Minister, the Holy Ghost, were one in their administration in heaven and among the people pertaining to this earth. … If the heavenly hosts were not one, they would be entirely unfit to dwell … with the Father and Ruler of the universe (DBY, 282).
Jesus … prayed the Father to make His disciples one, as He and His Father were one. He knew that if they did not become one, they could not be saved in the celestial Kingdom of God. If persons do not see as He did while in the flesh, hear as He heard, understand as He understood, and become precisely as He was, according to their several capacities and callings, they can never dwell with Him and His Father [see John 17:20–21; 3 Nephi 19:23] (DBY, 281).
How is it that the Latter-day Saints feel and understand alike, are of one heart and one mind, no matter where they may be when they receive the Gospel, whether in the north, or the south, the east or the west, even to the uttermost parts of the earth? They receive that which was promised by the Savior when He was about to leave the earth, namely, the Comforter, that holy function from on high which recognizes one God, one faith, one baptism [see Ephesians 4:5], whose mind is the will of God the Father, in whom there dwelleth unity of faith and action, and in whom there cannot be division or confusion; when they received this further light, it matters not whether they have seen each other or not, they have at once become brothers and sisters, having been adopted into the family of Christ through the bonds of the everlasting covenant, and all can then exclaim, in the beautiful language of Ruth, “Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God”! [Ruth 1:16] (DBY, 282–83).
If we were one, we should then prove to heaven, to God our Father, to Jesus Christ our Elder Brother, to the angels, to the good upon the earth, and to all mankind that we are the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are not one, we are not in the true sense of the word the disciples of the Lord Jesus [see D&C 38:27] (DBY, 281).
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Exclusion of Women in the Churches of the Restoration? — Part 1.
As the title suggests, I will speak about a subject most of the Latter-day Saints ignore, the exclusion of women in the churches of the restoration. To be honest, I intend to reveal God's will about this, which should cause many men to condemn and blaspheme the work that begins with the sealed portion, not because of their beliefs in the gospel restored by Joseph Smith Jr; but because of the traditions which were established after his death, more in relation to the precepts of men than properly of the teachings of Jesus Christ and his prophet Joseph Smith Jr.
The dealings Jesus had with the women of his day show that he respect women and that he certainly do not approve of the misconception that men are "superior" to women, this treatment that is so common in Church of Christ was formed after his death.
(1) For example, “a woman of Samaria came to draw water,” and “Jesus said to her: ‘Give me a drink.’”
For Jews “conversation with a woman in a public place was particularly scandalous.” Jesus, however, treated women with respect and consideration not gender prejudiced. — John 4:7-9, 25, 26.
(2) Certainly Jesus had in mind the text of the creation of man (human being) in Genesis 1:26 or 1:29 Inspired Version, when was treating women with due respect and equality, where we read — “And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them.”
(3) On another occasion Jesus was approached by a woman who for 12 years had been suffering from an embarrassing and debilitating flow of blood. When she touched him, she was instantly healed.
“Jesus turned around and, noticing her, said: ‘Take courage, daughter; your faith has made you well.’” (Matthew 9:22)
(4) According to the Mosaic Law, a woman in her condition was not supposed to be in a crowd of people, let alone touch others. Yet, Jesus did not berate her. Rather, he compassionately comforted her and addressed her as “daughter.”
When resurrecting, Jesus first appearance was to Mary Magdalene and another of his disciples, whom the Bible refers to as “the other Mary.” Jesus could have appeared first to Peter, John, or one of the other male disciples.
(5) Instead, he dignified women by allowing them to be the first eyewitnesses of his resurrection. An angel instructed them to inform Jesus’ male disciples about this astonishing event. Jesus said to the women: “Go, report to my brothers.” (Matthew 28:1, 5-10) Jesus was certainly not affected by the prejudices common to Jews of his day, according to which women could not serve as legal witnesses in the work of God.
(6) “At the ancient Mediterranean or Near East were women not accorded the freedom and, in general, pattern was one of subordination to men. Male children were more highly esteemed than female, and baby girls were sometimes left to die.”
(7) The Bible was written at a time when customs reflected this attitude. Even so, divine law as expressed in the Bible showed a high regard for women.
(8) An appropriate view of a capable wife is presented by the ancient writer of the Proverbs. Since this beautiful description of the role and the status of a wife was included in God Word, we can be sure that he approves of it. Far from being oppressed or being viewed as inferior, such a woman is appreciated, respected, and trusted.
(9) Unlike the culture that oppressed and devalued women in the ancient Mediterranean or Near EastThe “capable woman, which filled the office of wives and mothers of the elected nation ” described in Proverbs chapter 31 is a vigorous and industrious worker. She works hard at what is “the delight of her hands” and engages in trade and even real estate transactions. She sees a field and proceeds to buy it. She makes undergarments and sells them. She gives belts to the tradesmen. She is vigorous in her strength and activity. Moreover, her words of wisdom and her loving-kindness are greatly appreciated. As a result, she is highly esteemed by her husband, by her sons and, most important, by Lord.
In Ephesians 3:8-19 — “8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ, 10 To the intent that now, unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places, might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. 13 Wherefore, I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man, 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
God created man (Human Race), his image in both genders that exist in the families of Heaven, as described in Ephesians 3:15 Inspired version.
Genesis 2: 5 Inspired Version — For I, the Lord God, created all things of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth...
Genesis 2: 9 Inspired Version — Nevertheless, all things were before created; but spiritually were they created and made, according to my word.
In the scriptures God is not only faith, but above all it is logic (Hebrews 3: 4), it is mathematics (D & C 22:23). God is not ideology, it is fact.
Therefore, it is only possible for man to understand a family organization in heaven, as described in Ephesians 3:15, by the model that was determined by God among the human family on earth, composed of man and woman who make up their own families in the heavens.
The development of the human family brings us the understands the feminine position in the family structure and church of Christ, when we read in the bible that man and woman will be one flesh. At this point we begin to observe the logical content, because in 1Corinthians 11:11 say — neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man in the Lord.
With this words does not mean that we claim to have sufficient spiritual maturity to understand God, nor that we equate our imperfect mortal body with His glorified and immortal Being; but we understand the foundations that He revealed concerning the family. And this knowledge is essential to our understanding of the purpose of mortal life and our eternal destiny as resurrected beings after mortal life between the sons and daughters of heavenly Father.
In the days of Joseph Smith Jr., much was delegated to women in Relief Society, but that after their death they were suppressed and annulled by the precepts of men (2 Nephi 11: 146 RLDS or 2 Nephi 27: 25 LDS), although most Saints of the present day understand that the role of women in the days of Joseph was broader and more comprehensive,as I will show in the second part of this article.
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