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Monday, July 7, 2014


The Lord told Oliver Cowdery that
There are records which contain much of my gospel, which have been kept back because of the wickedness of the people. (D&C 6:26)
Almost all of the time, we gloss over this verse, quickly pointing the finger at "the world" and blaming them for the lack of further light and knowledge from our Father. However, Joseph Smith once remarked:
If the Church knew all the commandments, one half they would condemn through prejudice and ignorance.
Could it be that we are those people, and it's our own wickedness keeping back these important records? This puts 2 Nephi 28-29 in a whole new light. Let's "liken the scriptures unto [ourselves]... for our profit and learning" (1 Nephi 19:23).
And they shall contend one with another... and teach with their learning, and deny the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance. (2 Nephi 28:4)
And they deny the power of God. (5)
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. (14)
Wo unto them that turn aside the just for a thing of naught and revile against that which is good, and say that it is of no worth! (16)
For behold, at that day shall [the devil] rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good. (20)
And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well--and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell. (21)
Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion! (24)
Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well! (25)
Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost! (26)
Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and we need no more! (27)
And in fine, wo unto all those who tremble, and are angry because of the truth of God! For behold, he that is built upon the rock receiveth it with gladness; and he that is built upon a sandy foundation trembleth lest he shall fall. (28)
Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God, and we need no more of the word of God, for we have enough! (29)
For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have. (30)
Cursed is he that... shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost. (31)
But behold, there shall be many--at that day when I shall proceed to do a marvelous work among them, that I may remember the covenants which I have made unto the children of men, that I may set my hand again the second time to recover my people, which are of the house of Israel; (29:1) 
And because my words shall hiss forth--many of the [Saints] shall say: [Scripture]! [Scripture]! We have got [scripture], and there cannot be any more [scripture]. (3)
But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have [scripture]; and it shall proceed forth from... mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they [them] for the [scripture] which they receive from them? Yea, what do the [Saints] mean? Do they remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of [my people], and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the [Saints]? (4)
O ye [Saints], have ye remembered... mine ancient covenant people? Nay; but ye have cursed them, and have hated them, and have not sought to recover them. But behold, I will return all these things upon your own heads; for I the Lord have not forgotten my people. (5)
Thou fool, that shall say: [Scripture], we have got [scripture], and we need no more [scripture]. Have ye obtained [scripture] save it were by [my people]? (6)
Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea;... and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? (7)
Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also. (8)
And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever. (9)
Wherefore, because that ye have [scripture] ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written. (10)
For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written. (11)
For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it. (12)
And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews. (13)
 And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; and my word also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever. (14)
Just to clarify, where are the records mentioned in D&C 6 that contain the Lord's Gospel? Among ALL the nations of the earth. (That's a lot ; ) Have we received all of them yet? No? (Or maybe they've been here, but we haven't been able to discern them.) Then let us remove our pride, prejudice, and ignorance and replace them with humility, openness and acceptance, and the sincere search for truth. As we act in faith, we will have the Lord's will and words revealed to us.

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