The Church of The Firstborn
From Adam To The Glory Coming by John Landers
"After the death of Brother Joseph (Jr.) there was great confusion among the Saints and many would-be leaders of the people arose. Some believed one thing and some another; some believed one part of the work as established by Joseph Smith, some had faith in another part; some believed he had authority up to a certain time, some to a different date. I believed him and his work entirely.
One evening I was at a meeting where there was much discussion of the subject, and while meditating upon it, about ten o'clock, I was carried away in a vision which lasted all night, and until nine o'clock the next morning.
In the vision I was surrounded by myriads of glorified spirits. They commenced to organize the Church or Kingdom of God. They called four quorums of the greater priesthood and three of the lesser. These they called grand quorums, because they comprised the whole church.
Out of these seven quorums there were foraged five more, which made the number twelve. When they had completed the organization of the church they began again and organized another after the same order and exactly the same pattern. When the second was completed they organized a third, and thus continued until there were seven such similar organizations. I was informed that the first was the church in the days of Adam; the second in the days of Noah; the third in the days of Abraham; the fourth in the days of Moses, at the foot of Mount Horeb, called the Horeb Covenant; the fifth on the plains of Moab, over against Jericho; the sixth by Jesus Christ; the seventh and last by Joseph the Seer. I noticed throughout all that all these organizations of the church and kingdom were exactly alike. I said to the Lord 'I wonder greatly at the exactness of Your works.' He said, 'That exactness exists throughout all the workmanship of God.'
Many things that transpired then I might relate, but I shall only say I could be no happier than I was then in the contemplation of the things God had revealed to me. I had no desire to leave that place where the countenances of all shone with love and happiness. I asked the Lord if I might stay, but He said I must return to earth and finish my work.
The order and harmony I saw in the church or kingdom of God I did not find in any of the factions that arose after the death of Brother Joseph, neither did I ever find it again until the Lord called His servants to reorganize His church. "
Through Joseph Smith we have testimony that the same priesthood (power and authority) would be in the last days, as it was in the beginning--which only makes sense. This indicates that the organized church existed in his day. (Genesis 5:44-45) Satan whittled up Genesis pretty bad. When one reads it, it's obvious why. In Genesis we find the very basic understanding of why we're here, and how God will work with us through the gospel to bring us back into His presence. Satan doesn't want us to know this. Section 69b is a comparison of the King James version of Chapter 5 with the Inspired Version's, Chapter 5.
There is indication of the church in Abraham's day in the King James. When Abraham went to pay tithes to Melchisedec, king of Salem (which became Jerusalem), Melchisedec served Abraham sacrament. He couldn't have done this without the organization of the church. The Melchisedec priesthood was named after this king. Genesis 14:18-19
(Sinai) Moses was ordained by the laying on of hands by an angel to bring the law of Moses. (Gal. 3:19 Inspired Version) When the church was organized through Moses, he took 70 elders up with him into Mount Sinai. They saw God and were served sacrament. (Exodus 24:1, 9-11) God gave them both priesthoods; the greater priesthood (Melchisedec), and the lesser (Aaronic). But because of their wickedness they lost the Melchisedec priesthood and had to slaughter animals instead of having sacrament like we do today. And that knowledge of the two priesthoods was ripped out of the text over the years as so many other plain and precious parts of the Lord's gospel. Here are the two for comparison.
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two other tables of stone, like unto the first, and I will write upon them also, the words of the law, according as they were written at the first on the tables which thou brakest; but it shall not be according to the first, for I will take away the priesthood out of their midst; therefor My holy order, and the ordinances thereof, shall not go before them; for My presence shall not go up in their midst, lest I destroy them.But I will give unto them the law as at the first [Ten Commandments], but it shall be after the law of a carnal commandment; for I have sworn in My wrath, that they shall not enter into My presence, into My rest, in the days of their pilgrimage.* Therefore do as I have commanded thee, and be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me, in the top of the mount."
* He was telling Moses, as history played it out, that they would not have peace, for everyone of them of that generation who had rebelled, would die before they entered the promised land. They were going to be taken around in a circle for 40 years until all the males (all the men of war) that had come out of Egypt died. ( Joshua 5:4-6) Only two of that older generation were alive when they went across the Jordan river to conquer Israel. That was Joshua and Caleb, both righteous leaders.
King James Version:
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning into the mount Sinai, and present thyself there to Me in the top of the mount."
What's taken out here?
Plain and precious parts
which teach about the Priesthood.
which priesthood is necessary for the salvation of men, Jesus Christ being the great High Priest, with all power and authority to bring all men back to God; the Cornerstone of His True Church, which is the Church of the Firstborn, which is the woman who fled into the wilderness for 1,260 years in Rev. 12, which is also the Bride of Revelation 21, which is the residents of the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven, and being built up here on earth
(BM: Ether 6:2-8 )
On the plains of Moab, over against Jericho
Jesus built the New Testament Church in Jerusalem, and in America in 30-33 A.D.
And His Church shall be called by His name, and shall teach His gospel
Jesus told the Nephites He was going to build His church in America in the last days among the Gentiles. The beginning of that work was the Restoration Church in 1830.
Vision received by John Landers, printed in Autumn Leaves, February, 1900, Infallible Proofs, pp. 92, 93
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