Thursday, January 12, 2017

Malachi 3, conclusion

Malachi 3:16

16 ¶Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

The Lord wants us to gather together often, “…to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death…”[1]  The Lord has promised us, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”[2]

The book of remembrance is referenced several times throughout scripture and is also known as the Lamb’s Book of Life. Scripture cautions that in order to withstand the coming judgments your name must be written in this book.[3] Joseph Smith, Jr. taught, “…whatsoever you record on earth shall be recorded in heaven, and whatsoever you do not record on earth shall not be recorded in heaven; for out of the books shall your dead be judged, according to their own works, whether they themselves have attended to the ordinances in their own propria persona, or by the means of their own agents, according to the ordinance which God has prepared for their salvation from before the foundation of the world…”[4] 

The apparent question then is how does one get ones name written in this book? 3 Nephi 21:6 states: “For this cause that the Gentiles, if they will not harden their hearts, that they may repent and come unto me and be baptized in my name and know of the true points of my doctrine, that they may be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.”[5] Denver Snuffer states in, Preserving the Restoration, that this will not be fulfilled except through the correct doctrine and baptism performed by those God has given power to baptize.  Baptism has been and will always be the way a person can be washed clean of their sins and reconnect with Christ. In Matthew 3 (KJV) we learn that John was baptizing in the river Jordan all those who had come to him confessing their sins.  Jesus Christ came to John to be baptized in order to fulfill all righteousness.  Nephi teaches us to, “do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter.”[6]  If one is trying to reconnect to God, baptism unto repentance, by immersion, by one who has authority from God, in living waters is a very good place to start. 

Baptism as an infant is not baptism unto repentance as all children are innocent before God until the age of accountability.[7]  Moroni 8: 8 states: “Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me…”  According to Doctrine and Covenants 68:27 children should be baptized for the remission of sins at the age of eight years old.

Viola and Barna propose that in the first century water baptism was the outward confession of a person’s faith and was the way someone came to the Lord.  Baptism marked a complete break with the past and a full entrance to Christ; it was simultaneously an act of faith as well as an expression of faith.[8]  In 3 Nephi 11 Christ appears to the people who have been spared the destruction of their civilization.  These people were spared because they had received the prophets and been baptized previous to his appearance.[9] It is interesting to note that one of the very first things Christ teaches these people is the correct ordinance of baptism and commands them all to be baptized again[10]. The invitation to be baptized, immersed in living waters, by one who has authority from Jesus Christ has been extended to us again today.[11]  “Repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and be baptized in my name, and have faith in me, that ye may be saved.”[12]  “Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day.”[13]

Many people make the argument that they have no need of baptism because they have accepted Jesus in their hearts[14]; they were baptized as an infant or a young child; or that they were baptized as an adult.  Baptism is a gift God has extended to us which can be accepted through-out our lives, whenever we feel the necessity of turning from our old selves and facing Him, repenting of our sins and reconnecting with the Lord we can be baptized.  Baptism is the fruits of repentance.  

It is often argued that there is only one Lord, one faith and one baptism[15], therefore the necessity of being baptized more than once is a false concept.  What if “one baptism” is referring to only one mode of baptism which is acceptable to the Lord? Denver Snuffer, Jr. in his post titled “Baptism is Mandatory” (Aug. 25, 2015) states:
Baptism must be by immersion. (3 Ne. 11:26: “then shall ye immerse them in the water, and come forth again out of the water.”)
To baptize, a man must have been given authority by Jesus Christ. Christ taught that in the baptismal prayer He required to be recited by anyone performing the ordinance. It establishes the condition that He first directly gives them authority to baptize: “These are the words which ye shall say, calling them by name, saying: Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.” (3 Ne. 11:24-25.)
Catholics baptize by sprinkling. This is not accepted by the Lord as His because it does not comply with the required pattern.
Baptists may immerse, but do not have authority to baptize given to them by Jesus Christ. This is not accepted as His.
All the denominations are presently astray. But God still offers baptism.
There are some few authorized by Christ, performing baptism with His authority, teaching the doctrine of Christ, and giving freely an ordinance to any willing to accept the Doctrine of Christ and repent.
The LDS Church does not offer an acceptable baptism any longer….The baptism offered by LDS Church missionaries is based on an adulteration of Christ’s doctrine, is not effective, and will no longer be accepted by Christ as His.[16] He does, however, require baptism. The acceptable means was outlined in my talk in Phoenix and can be read as a paper on this blog, or the talk can be downloaded here or streamed on YouTube.
Baptism is necessary. A record is likewise necessary. Baptism is offered freely, without obligation, and without initiating you to follow another man or men. You are free to thereafter worship as you see fit. But it is essential. A record is kept by a central recorder. The website is It is a necessary process.
The only condition for baptism is to accept the Doctrine of Christ, set out by Christ in His own words. Christ commanded it be done, and has reiterated that it is to be done anew in our day. We will be disappointed at His coming if we fail to obey.

The Doctrine of Christ is recorded in 3 Nephi 11. Once we have accepted the gift of baptism that is freely offered through authorized servants of Christ we must record our names in the book that is being kept as an earthly record in order that our names should be found in the heavenly record. [17] The Lord requires the names of those baptized to be recorded. No other information, personal or otherwise should be collected.  The Lord requires only your name.  Baptism does not need to link a person to any legal church organization.  The Lord wants us to be baptized in the way that He has set forth and He allows us the privilege of worshiping Him according to the dictates of our own conscience, we should allow all men the same privilege, let us all worship how, where, or what we may.[18]

Malachi 3:17-18

17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.[19]
 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

What great love and mercy the Lord extends to us if we but do His will.  In order for Him to return there must be a place prepared to receive Him.  In order to establish Zion we must be of one heart, one mind and there must be no poor among us. We must all know the Lord.  We must repent and be baptized.  We must record our names in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  We must fellowship together to support each other, to teach each other, to lift each other and to encourage each other in our desire for redemption.  If we can succeed the Lord’s promise is great indeed:

And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant, which I made unto thy father Enoch; that, when men should keep all my commandments, Zion should again come on the earth, the city of Enoch which I have caught up unto myself. And this is mine everlasting covenant, that when thy posterity shall embrace the truth, and look upward, then shall Zion look downward, and all the heavens shall shake with gladness, and the earth shall tremble with joy; And the general assembly of the church of the firstborn shall come down out of heaven, and possess the earth, and shall have place until the end come. And this is mine everlasting covenant, which I made with thy father Enoch.[20]

[1] Mosiah 18:9
[2] Matthew 18:20 (Holy Scriptures, Inspired Version); Matthew 18:20 (KJV)
[3] Exodus 32:33; Psalms 69:28; Malachi 3:16; Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:1-6; Revelation 13:8; Revelation 17:8; Revelation 20: 11-15; Revelation 21:27; Alma 5:58; Doctrine and Covenants 88:2; Doctrine and Covenants 128:6-9
[4] Doctrine and Covenants 128:8
[5] 3 Nephi 21:6; emphasis added
[6] 2 Nephi 31:17
[7] Doctrine and Covenants 18:42; 20:71; 137:10
[8] Viola and Barna Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices, 2012, Pages 188-189
[9] 24 Now I would have you to remember also, that there were none who were brought unto repentance who were not baptized with water.
25 Therefore, there were ordained of Nephi, men unto this ministry, that all such as should come unto them should be baptized with water, and this as a witness and a testimony before God, and unto the people, that they had repented and received a remission of their sins.
26 And there were many in the commencement of this year that were baptized unto repentance; and thus the more part of the year did pass away.
(3 Nephi 7:24–26)
12And it was the more righteous part of the people who were saved, and it was they who received the prophets and stoned them not; and it was they who had not shed the blood of the saints, who were spared—
13 And they were spared and were not sunk and buried up in the earth; and they were not drowned in the depths of the sea; and they were not burned by fire, neither were they fallen upon and crushed to death; and they were not carried away in the whirlwind; neither were they overpowered by the vapor of smoke and of darkness.
(3 Nephi 10:12–13)
[10] 3 Nephi 11: 18 And it came to pass that he spake unto Nephi (for Nephi was among the multitude) and he commanded him that he should come forth. 19 And Nephi arose and went forth, and bowed himself before the Lord and did kiss his feet.  20 And the Lord commanded him that he should arise. And he arose and stood before him.  21 And the Lord said unto him: I give unto you power that ye shall baptize this people when I am again ascended into heaven. 22 And again the Lord called others, and said unto them likewise; and he gave unto them power to baptize. And he said unto them: On this wise shall ye baptize; and there shall be no disputations among you. 23 Verily I say unto you, that whoso repenteth of his sins through your words, and desireth to be baptized in my name, on this wise shall ye baptize them—Behold, ye shall go down and stand in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize them. 24 And now behold, these are the words which ye shall say, calling them by name, saying: 25 Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 26 And then shall ye immerse them in the water, and come forth again out of the water. 27 And after this manner shall ye baptize in my name; for behold, verily I say unto you, that the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one; and I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one. 28 And according as I have commanded you thus shall ye baptize. And there shall be no disputations among you, as there have hitherto been; neither shall there be disputations among you concerning the points of my doctrine, as there have hitherto been.
[11] Read all of Denver Snuffer’s writings on Baptism and Rebaptism at this link:
This is a website where you can learn more and submit a request for baptism:
[12] Moroni 7:34 
[13] 3 Nephi 27:20
[14] Sinner’s Prayer; see
[15] Ephesians 4:5
[16] The LDS Church has declared more and they have declared less in regards to the doctrine of baptism. 3 Nephi 11:40 And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock; but he buildeth upon a sandy foundation, and the gates of hell stand open to receive such when the floods come and the winds beat upon them
LDS Baptismal Interview Questions from the missionary manual Preach My Gospel, page 206
The Missionary Will Ask the Following Questions...
1.Do you believe that God is our Eternal Father? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world?
2.Do you believe the Church and gospel of Jesus Christ have been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith? Do you believe that [current Church President] is a prophet of God? What does this mean to you?
3.What does it mean to you to repent? Do you feel that you have repented of your past transgressions?
4.Have you ever committed a serious crime? If so, are you now on probation or parole? Have you ever participated in an abortion? a homosexual relationship?
5.You have been taught that membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes living gospel standards.  What do you understand of the following standards?  Are you willing to obey them?
 a.The law of chastity, which prohibits any sexual relationship outside the bonds of a legal marriage between a man and a woman?
b.The law of tithing.
c.The Word of Wisdom.
d.The Sabbath day, including partaking of the sacrament weekly and rendering service to fellow members.
6.When you are baptized, you covenant with God that you are willing to take upon yourself the name of Christ and keep His commandments throughout your life.  Are you ready to make this covenant and strive to be faithful to it?
*If you answer yes to any of the questions entailed in point four, the missionary conducting the interview will refer you to the mission president to determine if you qualify for baptism.
[17] Doctrine and Covenants 128:8;
[18] Smith, Joseph “Article of Faith 11”
[19] Luke 17:34-40  (Holy Scriptures, Inspired Version)
[20] Genesis 9:21-23 (Holy Scriptures, Inspired Version; Joseph Smith Translation Genesis 9:21-23)