The Twelfth Witness: Mauricio Berger's Claims and the Testimony of Jader Machado Pereira by Cory Curtis (The One Who is Watching)
When I first heard about the claims of Mauricio Berger it was obvious to me
that there were some serious problems with the prophetic scenario being
presented. Many of the claims blatantly contradict the promises made by
the Lord in scripture.
I felt impressed to tell my readers about the event that was unfolding in a
I also felt impressed to take a neutral stance in the initial blog post and to
suppress my desire to expose the many problems I saw and felt with the
new movement. I decided to give a dispassionate summary of what was
taking place and then allow my readers to do their own research and share
their own perceptions BEFORE I shared mine.
After hearing from about 20% of my readership, I was perplexed to find that
so many of them seemed to be buying what Mauricio, Bob and Joseph
were selling. Others were not quick to form an opinion but were very open
It became apparent to me that many of my readers did not understand or
did not believe the prophetic end times narrative in the scriptures that I
have spent 30 years documenting.
Just a few days ago one of my readers contacted me and informed me that
he is a believer in the Mauricio movement. Apparently, he and some friends
went to Missouri and visited with Bob and Joseph. I suspect there are
others who have partaken of the cool-aid being offered.
I can tell from my wordpress analytics that the topic of the Brazilian Golden
Plates is on the minds of an increasing number of people even though the
general growth of this movement seems to be on an extremely slow
trajectory. It appears as if many of the Restorationists from the RLDS
tradition in Missouri are becoming divided on this issue while the vast
majority are taking a wait and see attitude.
Since I am one of the few bloggers addressing this issue, people who are
being introduced to the claims of Mauricio and Bob and Joseph are often
finding their way to my blog.
For those who are new to this blog and have been directed to it by doing
Google keyword searches, you can find a chronological listing of the posts I
have done on this topic below:
Did the Marvelous Work begin on April 6th 2007?
Follow Up About the Claims Made by Elder Joseph Smith and Seventy Bob
Moore at the Zarahemla Branch Testimony Meetings
Weighed in the Balance: The Claims of Mauricio
Weighed in the Balance: The Claims of Mauricio Berger- Part Two
Weighed in the Balance and Found Wanting: The Claims of Mauricio
Berger- The entiles Bring forth and Translate the Last Records
Weighed in the Balance and Found Wanting: According to Mauricio, The
Holy Ghost Endorses the Writings of the Watcher
Making the Connection Between Mark Hofmann and Mauricio Berger
Urgent–From Price Publishing Regarding Evidence that Mauricio Bergers
“Golden Plates” Were Fabricated
Those of you who have been following the story behind the claims of
Mauricio Berger have undoubtedly listened to the testimonies given by the
eight witnesses and read the testimony of the three witnesses.
You have also no doubt seen the remarkable research which has been
conducted by Price Publishing.
The Price Publishing research observes that at least 12 characters in the
Brazil Gold Plates match characters in the Hofmann forgery that were
unique from any of the characters from the Anthon Transcript that most
scholars accept as the authentic depiction which currently kept in the
Community of Christ Church.
It would appear as if Hofmann either invented the characters that are
unique to the authentic characters or possibly took them from pictures of
other ancient artifacts)
It is amazing and very revealing that those unique characters in the Mark
Hofmann forgery of the Anthon Transcript show up in Mauricio’s Golden
In my opinion, the appearance of Hofmann's unique characters in
Mauricio's God Plates is suspicious and very disconcerting, but not
necessarily conclusive in demonstrating that the Mauricio plates are
Although it is highly unlikely, it is possible that the unique characters that
were added by Hofmann could be in the authentic Golden Plates if
Hofmann stole them from pictures of other ancient writings. It is not
altogether impossible that ancient symbols from other ancient artifacts they
could also show up in the Golden Plates that Joseph Smith Jr translated
The truly remarkable thing about the research done by Price Publishing
that most people are not appreciating, is that the characters in the Hofmann
forgery that are not found in the authentic transcript were in small
GROUPINGS next to other characters AND THOSE EXACT
SAME GROUPINGS ARE FOUND IN MAURICIO'S GOLDEN PLATES !!!!
These Two Pictures are Printed by permission of Price Publishing Company
It is critical to understand that the research does not just identify
the singularly unique characters in the Hofmann forgery, it actually shows
the inclusion of the exact groupings that the unique characters are in from
the Hofmann forgery.
That is very important to understand because it is not just the appearance
of the singular unique symbols inserted by Hofmann that proves the plates
have been fabricated, it is the fact that the unique symbols show up in the
golden plates in the exact same groupings which would undoubtedly
represent at least a paragraph or more of unique text when translated into
In my opinion, the chances of Hofmann getting lucky and inventing those
symbols in those groupings that would match the authentic golden plates is
Absolutely NO CHANCE IN A KaZILLION.
This means that the plates produced by Mauricio are clearly a forgery that
was created using groupings of characters from the Hofmann forgery.
Those intimately familiar with Mark Hofmann's story realize that there is no
chance in h*#l that he actually found one of the most historically significant
historical items during a time when he was so busy creating forgeries and
plotting to kill people.
Tyler Measom is an award winning documentary film maker. One of his
projects was a production called “An Honest Lier” which is a fascinating
story about those that deceive people for a living.
Tyler is currently working on a film on the story of Mark Hofmann. I have
recently been in contact with him and informed him about the Brazil
movement, as well as the research of Price Publishing to his attention.
I believe that the documentary he is working on should show that
Hofmann’s forgeries continue to deceive people to this very day.
This was Measom’s response to the email I had sent him:
Hey there -
I had actually been told of this group a couple of weeks ago. I
am fascinated. I read a description sent to me (attached).
I am not necessarily surprised that so many people were fooled
by Mark Hofmann, he was a true craftsman at forging. However, I
am amazed that people are still being blinded by his admitted
forgeries. Thanks for the heads up on your blog.
TYLER MEASOM | Producer/Director | TYLERMEASOM.COM
Tyler did not indicate in his response whether or not he was going to
include this current event in his documentary. I hope he does.
A Strange Response to the Price Publishing Rebuttal
During the Q&A session following the testimony of the eight witnesses
someone brought up the rebuttal from Price Publishing-
“on the internet there was a rebuttal to what you gentlemen have
witnessed and testified of I don’t know if you saw that rebuttal
with with..a..through brother Jim McKay and.. a. anyway I’d like
someone to answer parts of that rebuttal, hopefully you’ve seen
Have you seen it some of you men up there? Seen some of that
rebuttal?, um because he makes the argument of some of the
characters being from a man by the name of Hofmann who had
plagiarized or had created these um plates and so I would like to
hear some answers about that…
The Response from Bob Moore:
I will respond to the the Hofmann transcript or forgery
however you want to term, we’ve prepared a statement for
that…. The Hofmann transcript does not match the entire back
plate of the golden plates that we examined.
We compared the two and testify that some portions are the
same and some are very different. Since the Hofmann transcript
agrees with only a portion of the back plate it does not prove
that the gold plates which we testify are forged.
We will place a copy of the transcript marking the characters
that are the same as the back plate, on the site on the second
invitation.org. Note that the seal on the bottom right looks the
same but is significantly different that the seal on the back plate
What a very strange response.
“The Hofmann Transcript does not match the entire back plate
of the golden plates”?!?!?
Nobody ever said that the entire back plate had been copied from the
That very odd response feels like it was a diversion tactic to confuse those
that had not actually read the rebuttal and understood the significance of
what had been discovered.
“Since the Hofmann transcript only agrees with a portion of the
back plate, it does not prove that the gold plates which we
testify are forged”?!?!
It appears as if Bob either does not understand the actual point being made
in the rebuttal, or he is just employing a smoke and mirrors tactic to
My guess is that Bob does understand the actual point being made and he
simply does not have a credible answer for it. Perhaps that is why the
official response that he promised to post on the second witness website is
still not showing up.
The Twelfth Witness
Now that we have had the chance to listen to the eight witnesses who
simply saw some artifacts and read the statement of the three witnesses
that claim to have seen the angel. I think it is important to hear from
a 12th witness who was an authentic part of the foundational scenes of this
He was probably the very first witness that Mauricio conjured up.
His name is Jader Machado Pereira.
It is my understanding that this person is currently serving in the local
bishopric of the local ward and he is denouncing the claims of Mauricio.
Apparently Mauricio is the one that introduced Jader to the LDS Church.
It appears as if they were very good friends at the time that Jader was
Jader now claims that Mauricio is a liar and deceiver and that he fabricated
the whole story. He notes that Mauricio has a large ego and loves to be
acknowledge. He claims that Mauricio is currently collecting tithing money
from some of his Brazilian followers.
Here is how I was informed of the above denouncementOn January 23rd of this year, I was contacted by a returned missionary of
the LDS Church who had recently served in the area where Mauricio
Berger lives. He apparently knew people in the local ward who work closely
with Jader, the close friend of Mauricio that was supposedly the one that
got Mauricio to have doubts and to break the Interpreter.
When the return missionary heard about the claims of Mauricio, he was
able to make contact with Jader through friends that they had in common
from the area that the RM had previously served in on his mission.
Jader gave him some very revealing information about Mauricio and also
sent him numerous pics of the gold plates and the sword of Laban.
The return missionary forwarded all of this information to me and said I
could share it to help people from being deceived.
Shortly after doing so the returned missionary contacted me again and said
he had changed his mind and said he would prefer that I not share it.
At the time I decided to suspend sharing the information in a post even
though I felt it was information that needs to be shared. I felt that it was only
a matter of time until the testimony of Jader would be given to others along
with the pictures of the plates that he sent to the RM.
I decided that I should hold off on sharing this information until it made its
way into the public domain through other sources. After that, I would
publish it to provide additional context to the story Mauricio is promoting.
Sure enough, I have now received most of the same pictures of the plates
from an independent source. I have also received another testimony from
Jader from an independent source that mirrors what he had told the return
Because this information is now in the public domain, I now feel good about
sharing the information that I have been sitting on.
The Testimony of Jader Machado Pereira
In this post I am going to share the testimony from Jader to the return
missionary as well as a supporting testimony given to a restorationist living
in Missouri who contacted Jader on Facebook.
I think that you will see that both testimonies are quite similar. In the
second testimony by Jader, he acknowledges and validates his previous
conversation with the returned missionary.
Those wanting to validate the authenticity of these testimonies could
possibly contact Jader himself although I have since heard that Jader
wants to just move on and not get caught up in the drama. It is possible
that he is fearful about retaliation from local people who are sympathetic to
I will also be publishing the pics that the LDS missionary got from Jader of
the plates and sword of Laban.
Here is what the returned missionary said to me when he first contacted me
My name is XXXXXXX XXXX and I read your post about the
apostasy happening in Brazil. I recently found out about it
myself and instantly became interested because, well, I served
in the very ward where all of this is happening for seven months.
I am very familiar with some of the people involved and I have
several pictures you would be interested in. I even called Jader
and had a 30 minute conversation with him telling his testimony
of how false it is. Get back to me! I would love to share. If you
want to text, my number is XXX XXX XXXX
This was my response
I would love any information that you might have.
I no longer feel the need to expose this fraud. I think I have done
an adequate job of that, HOWEVER, this is turing into interesting
human interest story of how and why people deceive other
I have pondered the situation with Mauricio. Has he simply been
deceived by lying spirits and false messengers from the other
side, or is this a fraud he has crafted because of pride. Perhaps
the church had offended him. Or perhaps this is about parlaying
his new elevated status as the Lord’s seer into financial gain?
I don’t know. But it is really fascinating.
Jader is obviously a key component to all of this.
I would love to get any additional credible information about
Jader, and his involvement, or anyone else involved, that I
possibly can. If you are willing to share the information that
would be great. I can leave your name out of it if you prefer or I
can include it. It is up to you. I have three informants right now
who all desire to stay anonymous. I have kept my word and not
mentioned their names.
Does Jador speak English?
Do you know if he has read my series on this?
It is very odd that no other bloggers that I am aware of are
covering this fascinating story.
It would be helpful if you could give me some background
information about yourself and how long it has been since your
served in that area on your mission.
I look forward to hearing from you
This was his reply:
Jader does not speak English. Jader’s story is interesting.
Mauricio was the one that introduced him to the church. Soon
after he was baptized is when Mauricio started telling him all of
A few years went by and around 2011/2012, Mauricio
approached Jader and wanted him to go back to his bishop and
stake president and lie that he had seen an angel, but you
already know that.
Also, something very interesting is that back when this all
started, according to Jader, Mauricio first reach out to the
mission president at the time, and even sent a letter to the First
Presidency. When he noticed they wouldn’t budge, that’s
probably where he took the route with Joe F and Bob Moore.
Have you heard of Joni? He has also been there since the
beginning. Him and Valdeci. Valdeci is the tall man in the picture
you posted with joe and Mauricio side by side.
They were both from the ward I was serving in. Joni, was young
men’s president. …
I wanted to respect them, but Jader did say that Mauricio is
taking their tithing money. He also said that Mauricio is the type
of person that likes to be acknowledged.
So I served my mission from 2014-2016. I served in this ward
from February 2015-September 2015. I am very familiar with the
members there. I just met with a family from there yesterday and
had lunch with them.
Their brother/son is Joni’s Brother in law. (Their wives are
sisters) and they gave me some valuable pictures. If you don’t
mind keeping me anonymous that would be great. I have no
problem with you sharing the fact that I served there or even the
dates that I served there.
The guy I met with yesterday had a stake calling before moving
here and the stake was aware for years. He was even home
teaching companions with Joni and he said that Joni would try
to convince him when they would go out together.
Why Joni was in the church still? I don’t know. His wife was
even relief society president. Super strong family and I never
saw this coming, but they had been apart of it since the
beginning. Joni thinks highly of the church, he just believes that
there is “more”.
We recorded the phone call with Jader and I started a
manuscript translation of it, but I got a new phone and lost the
recording. The two guys I’m working with should have it still
Mauricio also claimed that Peter was emailing him after the
Christmas Day encounter with him hahaha. Jader said that
Mauricio was forwarding the emails to him and the language
“Peter” was using was very similar to Mauricio’s.
We asked Jader if he would be willing to confront them to get
more answers but he wants to stay away from them which is
I will send you the pictures in another email. I don’t mind if you
The… picture shows Joni dressed in white. He baptized him.
You can see both Valdeci and Joni in the picture holding the
“gold plates” and “sword of Laban”. Their friend there, his name
is Wagner Raugust or something like that. He was also a
member from another ward, I never knew him. The glass I
believe is what they claim to be a part of the Urim and Thummim.
Interesting stuff! Haha
The above picture is Joseph F. Smith and Bob Moore posing with the
The True Plates will be Hid from the Eyes of the World
In my opinion, the very fact that Mauricio allowed the plates to be
photographed and shown to the world in an effort to convince people of his
claims is contrary to prophecy and the will of the Lord.
The Lord has made it clear that the world would not have the opportunity to
see the plates because they must be tested to see if they will believe the
witnesses and the content that is to be translated:
12 Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto
the man of whom I have spoken, the book shall be hid from the
eyes of the world, that the eyes of none shall behold it save it be
that three witnesses shall behold it, by the power of God,
besides him to whom the book shall be delivered; and they shall
testify to the truth of the book and the things therein.
13 And there is none other which shall view it, save it be a few
according to the will of God, to bear testimony of his word unto
the children of men; for the Lord God hath said that the words of
the faithful should speak as if it were from the dead.
14 Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to bring forth the words
of the book; and in the mouth of as many witnesses as seemeth
him good will he establish his word; and wo be unto him that
rejecteth the word of God!
As you can see, only a handful of witnesses are to see the book when it
comes forth. The rest of the world is not allowed to see the plates. In my
opinion, the world will not even see pictures of the true plates, according to
scripture. I believe that is the both the spirit and letter of what the prophecy
People are to be tested based on the testimony of the witnesses and on
reading the translation of the content. Seeing the plates is forbidden by the
Lord. That is why they are to be hid up.
Their Faith must first be Tried
Here are some additional passages to ponder:
6 And now there cannot be written in this book even
a hundredth part of the things which Jesus did truly teach unto
7 But behold the plates of Nephi do contain the more part of the
things which he taught the people.
8 And these things have I written, which are a lesser part of the
things which he taught the people; and I have written them to
the intent that they may be brought again unto this
people, from the Gentiles, according to the words which Jesus
9 And when they shall have received this, which is expedient
that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be
that they shall believe these things then shall the greater
things be made manifest unto them.
10 And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then
shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their
11 Behold, I was about to write them, all which were engraven
upon the plates of Nephi, but the Lord forbadeit, saying: I
will try the faith of my people.
Believers must first pass the trial of faith. The Gentiles must first repent
before they can behold the plates.
The sealed portion cannot come forth
until AFTER the Gentiles repent
5 Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I
have written them. And he commanded me that I should seal
them up; and he also hath commanded that I should seal up the
interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the
interpreters, according to the commandment of the Lord.
6 For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the
Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and
become clean before the Lord.
7 And in that day that they shall exercise faith in me, saith the
Lord, even as the brother of Jared did, that they may become
sanctified in me, then will I manifest unto them the things which
the brother of Jared saw
Have the Gentiles repented?
Does it make sense that a Brazilian is going to begin translating the sealed
portion before we Gentiles repent?
Of course not.
The last great work is to be a test of faith. It is contrary to the will of God
that His servant should be putting on a dog and pony show with
photographs, trying to convince and convert people by sending forth
pictures of the gold plates and digital pictures of angels that look like they
have been taken from a clip art gallery that has been photo-shopped.
The Gentiles Must First Repent and Become
like the Brother of Jared
Have the Gentiles repented and become clean before the Lord like unto the
Brother of Jared?
The sealed portion cannot come forth until AFTER the Gentiles repent.
In my opinion, it is unscriptural that the sealed portion will come forth
and be made visually available to the whole world through photography,
and translated BEFORE the Gentiles repent.
The above picture appears to be the same picture that Price Publishing got
from Mr. Jim McKay, a person I have never had any contact with. I am sure
that Mr. McKay will also validate the fact that he has never been in contact
The likelihood that the symbols and so much content would be showing on
the top page of the seal portion of the plates is quite low in my opinion. It
is somewhat illogical. Why would it be sealed, if symbols representing so
much content are easily seen on the top page?
Here is another conundrum. According to the witnesses of the plates during
Joseph Smith’s ministry, between ½ and 2/3rds of the plates were sealed.
However in the picture above and below, it appears as if significantly more
that 2/3rds of the plates are sealed.
Probably over 80%!
Someone forgot to do their research when they fabricated the plates!
Here is a quote from an article in the New Era
According to Joseph Smith’s associates who saw the
golden plates, anywhere from half to two-thirds of all the
plates were in the sealed portion (see Kirk B. Henrichsen,
“What Did the Golden Plates Look Like?” New Era, July
There have been some believers in the Mauricio movement that have
noted how noble it is that Mauricio has does not appear to have a
financial motivation behind his claims and the new religious
movement that he has started. They claim that he has not asked for
any financial assistance from his believers in America, however,
according to the testimony of Jader, Mauricio is already collecting
tithing from some of his Brazilian followers.
The second testimony of Jader
Here is what the Restorationist person in Missouri shared with me- as
shared through facebook and Google translate:
WatcherI felt like reaching out to that Jader guy recently on
Facebook and he wrote me back this past week. It is just
another confirmation for me of the deception of the
I had to use google translate to communicate with him so
the translations are not perfect but you still get the idea of
what he is saying. I have numbered of the responses 1-4,
the Portuguese one then the translation to go with it.
I asked him if it was ok to pass this info along to tell the
people up here and he said it was fine. Just thought I
would share it with you.
As you can see, the facebook conversation that Jader had with this person
reiterates and substantiates the conversation that he had with the LDS
Jader was introduced to and converted to the LDS church through the
efforts of his good friend Mauricio. Eventually Mauricio asked Jader to help
him perpetuate a lie about the Golden Plates. Jader refused to participate
in the deception.