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Christ the LORD is the solution for our troubles. Turn to Him in repentance.
The 2017 book below, The Secret Chamber: Spiritual Wifery and the Doctrine of Christ (second edition), addresses why there is a "faith crisis" today in the LDS church. It is a lack of Faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior and knowledge of how to be not only "redeemed", but sanctified in our LORD Jesus. He has been replaced in many cases with idolatry, in looking to men for light, instead of Him personally. He is our Creator, Redeemer, and returning Judge and king. We can have His precious word in both scripture and personal revelation. Together, they are our rock - our sure foundation providing light and truth, not the words of men, including mine. God loves us and desires that we develop a fruitful "relationship" with Him. The corrupted institutions of men pollute His pure doctrine for "the sake of gain" (see 1 Ne. 22:23). It is in this same chapter of 1st Nephi that we read that He, the LORD JESUS is THE PROPHET that we are to follow, or we will be "cut off"! This is stated in Deut. 18:15; Acts 3:22-23, 7:37; John 5:46-47, 6:14, 7:40; JS Matt. 24:55; 1 Ne. 22:20-21; 3 Ne. 20:23, 21:11, 28:34. Turn to Him in humility and repentance and you will be blessed and enlightened. He alone is the gate to salvation and heaven, employing no servant there.
May I please recommend to you the teachings of Dutch Sheets https://www.givehim15.com/
What is the Purpose of the Book of Mormon?
As we listen to the Spirit we can know that The Book of Mormon is of God, regardless of the corruption of the modern LDS church and nay-sayers who attack the book or Joseph Smith. We live in a world of deception, distraction, and division. The Book of Mormon has been given us to provide light, negating them. Read and pray about it, and let its real message sink into your heart. And that real message is that God and His Son is Jesus Christ want us, and especially the Remnant of Jacob or Israel remaining on this land - to return to them! The Book of Mormon restores many "plain and precious" truths taken from the Bible (1 Ne. 13; 2 Ne. 29) to us about the LORD's purposes in the end times. These purposes are tied to the covenants He made with the "fathers" Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph - the birthright son sold into Egypt. We as "children" - mostly of Joseph through Manasseh and Ephraim must turn our hearts to the covenants God made with these "fathers", especially those covenants that apply to us through Joseph sold into Egypt. Only then will we understand the Book of Mormon message and what is about to occur on this Promised Land west (3 Ne. 16, 20 and 21), the land reserved for Jacob's posterity through Joseph and Lehi. As we turn our hearts fully to Christ through faith on His name and sincere repentance, while reading the book we can know these truths.
Most inhabiting North America today are Gentiles (including the Saints, see D&C 109:60). Its Title Page tells us that it was written to the Lamanites - Native Americans remaining here of the purer blood of the house of Israel, through Joseph of Egypt and Lehi. This is their covenant land (see 3 Ne. 16, 20, 21 & Ether 13). They are the first group chosen to receive its light-filled message, along with Jews, and finally Gentiles (3rd in order). This is because God made this special covenant with the "fathers" - and specifically Joseph of Egypt, the "blessed" birthright son of Jacob (or Israel). We must remove all the false teachings we have been fed and embraced - given us by those who want to control us for money, power, and other "gain", including churches. The Book of Mormon tells us that all churches have become corrupted (Mormon 8:32-41). Its foundational messages are not taught in these churches, and thus Native Americans are mostly ignored and forgotten in them.
Have you read the 7 covenant blessings given Joseph of Egypt and his posterity in scripture? One says Joseph will be a light to the rest of the house of Israel in the last days, when the people are "bowed down under sin". That is today. These 7 covenants have been forgotten today (see the Resources page under The Remnant Awakens). The oppressed Native American people are the forgotten "remnant" of Jacob or Israel remaining on this covenant Promised Land west. They are the seed of "Joseph" (of Egypt) and Lehi, the man who brought his family here to escape Jerusalem's destruction. Lehi was of the tribe of Manasseh (as were most of his sons). God gave this blessed free land to Lehi and his seed forever by way of covenant (see Ether 13). They will soon be gathered back to the LORD and His true gospel, one filled with light and truth. If we as Gentiles repent and turn fully to the LORD we too can inherit many of Joseph's blessings as adopted sons and daughters of the living God.
Returning the bloodline "Remnant of Jacob" on this special covenant land - to the LORD JESUS - is the focus of the Book of Mormon (see its Title Page). And according to both Isaiah of the Bible and the Book of Mormon, the great last-days gathering to Jesus our Savior will be led by a special servant, a "mighty and strong one" who will soon rise up among them. These people will soon inherit THIS LAND, building a special "House" here with help from those of Ephraim and other tribes who repent, those turning their hearts fully to the LORD. This will occur after wickedness is first swept off this land, especially that of the Gentiles who have oppressed and forgotten the covenant people of Jacob and the LORD.
Do not let pride, lies, or misunderstanding convince you otherwise. Our Native American brothers and sisters will soon embrace the LORD Jesus and His pure gospel wholeheartedly, then this mighty servant teaches them with convincing power. They will no longer be "forgotten" (the Hebrew meaning of the word "Manasseh" is "to forget"). Joseph too was forgotten in Egypt, sold to the Egyptians by his brothers. In the end, He rescued the whole house of Israel during a great famine. It is a type for the rescue of the repentant among the Remnant and the Gentiles today, as there is a great famine of light in the true word of God throughout the land. The Book of Mormon promises that the believing remnant will go through the Gentiles as a lion among the sheepfold - to cleanse this, their Promised Land, now full of wickedness (see again 3 Ne. 16, 20 & 21). The believing Remnant will thus be either a blessing or a cursing to you and yours, based on how you understand and use the real Book of Mormon message. I pray that you come to understand it for yourself, for their time is nearly upon us. I bare you this testimony in the holy Name of Jesus, Ahmen!
Revised 3/26/2023 / The Blessed Covenant Prophecies Made to Joseph of Egypt & His Posterity (pdf)
Revival - 3rd Great Awakening of our Native American brothers and sisters - go to the 9 minute mark of the podcast below...... EXCELLENT!!!
or click here
Pillars of the Priesthood: Teachings and Symbols of God’s Holy Order / 310 pages / The Holy Order has within it the Aaronic, Melchizedek, and Patriarchal “orders.” What is the difference between authority and power in the priesthood? How does God transfer His power to chosen sent servants? What are the roles of the Matriarch versus the Patriarch in the Holy Order? What is the sealing power, and how do we know when it is used in scripture? What is involved in priesthood cursing and the law of adoption? These concepts, their related visual symbols, and more are addressed in this unique book.
Holy unto the Lord: The Nazarite Vow and the Atonement / 111 pages / Many important figures in the Bible were “Nazarites.” The Nazarite vow is found in Numbers 6. It is a special way for men and women (anciently and today) to make personal covenants with the Lord, and with an expectation of miraculous results following its completion. This special “vow” has ties to the Atonement of Jesus Christ, one of ten blood sacrifices in scripture, each culminating in our Savior’s great sacrifice in Gethsemane, the scourging, and the cross.
Lost Wisdom: Archetypes of the Atonement, Ascension & At-one-ment / 250 pages / This book returns much “Lost Wisdom” related to our return to God in this life (ascension), doing so via an in-depth discussion of three related concepts illustrated in the Three Facsimiles of the Book of Abraham; (1) the Atonement which makes our return to God possible (chapter 1, Facsimile 1); (2) Ascension into the presence of God (chapter 2, Facsimile 2); and (3) At-one-ment – becoming one with God (chapter 3, Facsimile 3). This discussion unfolds via important visual archetypes tied to each of them, as well as the ascension experiences of ten individuals, including Jesus Christ, Enoch, Isaiah and Moses, as well as that of Joseph Smith and Iohani Wolfgram. The combination of text, illustrations, and in-depth endnotes returns much of this lost wisdom.
The Day Star: Reading Sacred Architecture / Two volume set, 400 pages each / In these two volumes the visual symbolism of the gospel of Jesus Christ is explored upon sacred architecture the world over, and especially that of latter-day Temples. It is an encyclopedia of discovery, with discussions of sacred space, sacred time, and everything from the meaning of the beehive, the pentagram, and the Seal of King Melchizedek, to Freemasonry versus Mormonism, and the rise, fall and resurrection of LDS temple symbolism. The connection of these visual archetypes to various important doctrines, including Calling and Election, the Second Comforter, and more are addressed.
Other Books featuring Val’s photography only, include: Sacred Walls, Visualizing the Lands of the Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith: The Man, the Mission, the Message (all by Covenant Communications). Out of print, but available used, on-line is, Architecture of the Ancient Ones (Gibbs Smith Publishing).
Val's Book Descriptions
Although I work hard to present truth, I continue to learn more after writing any book. And being human, there are errors in whatever I produce, along with light, light originating in God. Hugh Nibley once stated that he wasn't responsible for any book or writing older than 3 years old. I think that is true with most authors.
The Secret Chamber: Spiritual Wifery & the Doctrine of Christ
This book is available only at Amazon.com ($11.95, 286 pages, 8.5x11").
In 1831 the LORD prophesied that a secret combination would rise up among the Saints. He called it “the secret chamber” (D&C 38:13 & 28). Its focus was spiritual wifery. It has led to the awful situation among the Latter-day Saints today, one described two times in the Book of Mormon (Mosiah 2:36-41; Ether 8:24). Besides addressing this darkness in D&C 38, God also provided a way to uncover it there. He called it an “endowment of power from on high,” one poured out upon the humble, prepared Saints at the dedication of the House of the LORD at Kirtland in 1836. It was the Holy Ghost, or having access to the unified mind of the Father and the Son (Lecture on Faith 5 ). Many of those with this important gift chose to not follow Brigham Young west. They included the remaining members of the Smith family (my ancestors went west and were in the Willey handcart company). The reason many remained behind was polygamy and “the new order of things” Brigham Young was putting in place.
This book addresses how polygamy rose up among the Brighamite Saints of Utah, and how it led to suppression of the fuller portion of “the doctrine of Christ” in Mormonism. Because of the early focus on polygamy, too few Latter-day Saints make Christ the LORD their focus, instead inserting the church and its leaders as substitutes for Him. It has resulted in idolatry, ignorance of how to be saved, and widespread deception. One of the most significant lies is that the Prophet Joseph Smith practiced polygamy, instituting it among the Saints. It is a lie, put forth by Brigham Young and those following him, all to justify their practice of it early on. Many are leaving the church today because of this lie and other deceptions, all a part of a false history and narrative, which the Saints have been fed. Some of this is simply ignorance. Some of it reflects greater darkness. The result, however, is many problems among us as a people. It need not be so. Seeing our awful situation today, Moroni saw that we would be surrounded by secret combinations that control us, keeping us in ignorance and deception for the sake of “gain” (Ether 8:24). They control our government, corporations, schools, and churches. This control has led to a second “awful situation,” the one described by King Benjamin. He wisely brought his people out from under the lies, deception, and control of “false Christs,” “false prophets,” and “false preachers and teachers” (Words of Mormon 1:15). They used the people for gain (1 Ne. 22:23).
The “awful situation” among King Benjamin’s people was remaining in sin and ignorance without redemption (Mosiah 2:36-41). This is exactly where too many Latter-day Saints find themselves today. Many believe they are “saved” because of their works and our temples, when they are not. Few know what redemption is, or how to obtain it. Thus, many are unprepared for the great last-days harvest of souls that is nearly upon us (D&C 45:2, 56:16; Jer. 17:11). The Prophet Joseph taught that we cannot be saved in ignorance (D&C 131:6). We must “awake” from our slumber, our “awful situation” and “arise,” that we might go forth to meet the Bridegroom.” He is Christ the LORD. He is coming soon.
The lie that the Prophet Joseph Smith practiced polygamy is refuted by five things:
1. God's word in pure revelation (ask Him) & God's written word in scripture.
2. A one-hour audio file entitled: Episode 2, Demigods and Dark Knights (Jeremy Hoop)
Written text of audio presentation (pdf)
3. My book The Secret Chamber: Spiritual Wifery & the Doctrine of Christ
The first 15 pages of this book are available here (pdf)
4. Papers like Joseph's last 3 dreams (pdf), Joseph's "Last Charge" at Nauvo (pdf)
5. Joseph Smith Fought Polygamy - https://restorationbookstore.org/jsfp-index.htm
The Remnant Awakens / Amazon.com / 250 pages, 4th edition / The Book of Mormon is written to the Lamanites, along with Jews and Gentiles. The Lamanites are called a “natural branch” and “my people” by the Lord in the Book of Mormon. They are the remnant of Jacob, Joseph, and Lehi on this covenant land, a land God promised to Lehi and his posterity as an eternal inheritance (Ether 13; 2 Ne. 3). If the “children” of this remnant “are to turn their hearts to the fathers” they must understand the promises God made to the fathers, as they extend to them as their posterity. The promises reveal that the Remnant will soon rise up to become a light to whole house of Jacob in the last-days, when they are bowed down under sin. To prepare them for this and other important last-days roles, the Lord has visited the remnant here from time to time. One of the most widely reported visits was in 1890, Few today are aware of its far-reaching effects. There have been many other visits too. This book addresses them in connection with the mostly unknown future role of the remnant and their leader among the Gentiles of this land. He will be a "mighty and strong one".
Seven Heavenly Witnesses of the Coming of Jesus Christ / 308 pages / What are the heavenly signs of our Lord’s Second Coming? What were the heavenly signs marking His birth and His later crucifixion? What events were tied to the blood-moons of 2014-15? How do we read the heavens today to understand what the Lord may be trying to communicate to us? The answers lie above us - in the heavens God created. They are signs and witnesses for us. Man cannot change them. They provide light and truth for what has been and what is coming, but only if we learn how to read their important messages. The heavens mark the timing of major events in the Lord’s redeeming mission to save us, past and future. As signs, they often fall on select Hebrew Holy Days, revealing relevant messages for us. There are twelve of these Holy Days; three types of Sabbaths, seven annual Holy Days, and two New Year’s Days. This volume helps us understand the Lord’s calendar, marked in the heavens above and by the Holy Days they fall on to get our attention. Our Lord uses conjunctions, eclipses, comets, and more in association with the Holy Days - to prepare us for what lies ahead. Additional highlights of the book include important new insights on the Lord’s Atonement in chapter 7 and how sacred architecture also serves as a witness for the Lord’s return in one of the Appendices.
The Original Setting of the Temple & the Atonement / 160 pages / This book features seven archetypes found in scripture revealing the correct, original setting for the Jerusalem Temples. They point to an ancient location apart from current tradition on “the Temple Mount,” where the Islamic Dome of the Rock now stands, and where the ancient Roman Temple of Mars (god of war) stood before it. A more correct location chosen of the Lord and one meeting the requirements of the Law He gave His prophets - is 600 feet south of the southern wall surrounding what is called “the Temple Mount,” directly above the Gihon Spring, the only source of living water for some five miles in Jerusalem. Living water is a female archetype #1 in chapter one, a necessity for the rites of the temple. It is where priests were washed before and after their temple service, where Israel’s Davidic kings were washed prior to their enthronement, and where blood from sacrificed animals was washed away from the temple’s altar, etc. Consuming fire (coming down from heaven to consume the sacrifice at the dedication of temples) is archetype #2 in chapter two, a male symbol. Additional temple archetypes and their chapters follow, culminating in the Red Heifer sacrifice, occurring at the very setting where Christ fulfilled the ancient sacrifice rituals in the Atonement. These seven temple archetypes collectively reveal the location chosen by God for the Jerusalem temples and most importantly why – each of them pointing to the Lord’s eternal sacrifice completed in Gethsemane, at the scourging, and upon the cross.