Protected From the Elements
1973 Center Stake Reunion
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prayer service was very uplifting and it was evident the Lord's
there. The stake president asked each to go to our places of abode and
have a family altar, for he felt that at the Morning Prayer Service the Lord
had further blessings He wanted to share with us.
The next morning as
we entered the sanctuary, the presence of the Master could be felt in the
power and beauty of the singing of the hymns. I prayed most earnestly that
the Lord would warn the saints of the impending danger we were in (the
devastation by the war, which I had been given to understand--that America
would have to pass through on her own soil). I had pleaded with Him to
make it known to the people that morning through His Spirit. As I sat there
under the ministry of that beautiful singing, I was given the assurance that
He was going to tell them.
patriarch assigned for the reunion stood and began to speak under the
influence of the Spirit. He told me later that he felt as if a fire was put
under him and he couldn't sit there; he had to deliver the message.
an admonition to the adults and counsel to the children for when those days
of war come upon them. I obtained a cassette
recording of that message. Under that Spirit he said:
"I want to speak to you
who are known as the youth of the church; you little ones who they sometimes
call children. You are children of your heavenly Father, even as your parents
are children. But your Heavenly Father looks upon you not only as children but
as the youth of His church, and that which He speaks this morning, He speaks to
you who are young in heart--you who find it sometimes very hard to listen to we
who are adults.
The voice of His Spirit
speaks through His servant whom He has called into the responsibility of
patriarch-evangelist to be a spiritual father unto His children, and the words
which he speaks to you comes in love and understanding. He wants to call your
attention to some things which He knows that you will feel are very important.
You have heard about
Jesus in your classes as you have studied this week. Your teachers have told you
about Jesus being your Savior, and that He will guide you and direct you and
bless you--that He will help you with all the problems that you have in life if
you will seek Him in prayer. He wants to tell you this morning that you are to
be commended for the degree of reverence, the degree of quietness, that
understanding which you had this morning as you gathered in this sanctuary.
This is very important as we worship Him.
He wants you to know that
these grounds are hallowed and dedicated for those who gather together and
worship Him. He wants you to know that this building has been builded and
dedicated; that those that gather therein shall be blessed by His Spirit, and
you, His children, His youth, can gather in a peacefulness and quiet that your
parents can not gather in. You can gather together without malice and hatred
and ill will towards one another much easier than your parents.
There can come into your
lives the blessing of His Spirit in great abundance for He loves you, and He
wants you to learn of Him in greater measure. He promises that if you will be
faithful and remember the teachings of these days and these moments, and when
you return to your home, if you will remember the teachings there in your local
congregations, and as you grow, you will grow stronger in the faith and be
blessed in greater measure for the days which are to come,- For those days will
be dark on many instances, and there will be trouble on every hand; sickness and
affliction will come upon many. Some will be caused that their lives shall be
But those of you who want
to serve Him, and serve Him well, and serve Him long, He will bless you with
health. He will protect you from the elements. He will protect you from
which shall come into your life and you shall grow strong in the faith
and become his servants and be ministers and disciples for him.
You must exercise your
faith. You must remember that He is your Creator as well as your Savior. And
now, if you will remember to be reverent and quiet and peaceful as you gather
into this sanctuary, even though you pray in secret and in quiet, He will bless
you openly before your parents and your testimony shall be to them that God
loves you, and they shall be pricked in their hearts and their minds to try to
understand the love they should have for you, even as Jesus loves you.
And now remember, this is
your blessing this morning from your Heavenly Father, and your Savior, Jesus
Update 2004: Our children, now grown, were among the youth who
received this message of divine protection that day. The elements were the issue.
This indicates a need for a shield over them. They would see devastating
forces in their day. Our son was told he would stand in awe at the divine
exhibition of power--to us that means endowment. Exciting days to live in!
Protection Over Zion
Notes from a sermon by Patriarch A. Stoft,
June 11, 1950
"One of our church women in Pittsburg had a vision of this
condition, saw droves of people going through the land, pillaging, helping
themselves to food in stores, anywhere it was stored. We cannot provide
for that day by storing up provisions. The only security anyone will have
will be by reason of his righteousness. Even some of those out preaching
the gospel will lose their lives as did the disciples of old, but their
salvation is assured.
Zion will have protection. A Woman in Colorado Springs had
a vision of Zion in that day, surrounded as though by a wall of cellophane, [an
invisible wall]. Horsemen riding furiously against the city to destroy it
were stopped instantly by this invisible wall, and could not pass through.
But the purpose of Zion is not merely to save lives. Zion
is not to save people, except to save them for the purpose of saving others by
demonstrating the perfect plan of Christ for all people. Zion is to be a
Watts’ Riot in California
two months before the first racial trouble in the United States began, I dreamed
that trouble was coming, and would escalate. I received
a message for the
saints to prepare. I shuddered when the Spirit asked me to
deliver this message at the Stone Church prayer meeting.
years hence, this nation is going to be baptized with blood and fire, but before
that happens, the Negroes are going to rise up and ravish your women. The only
guarantee you have against this is that you sanctify your homes, and live
Christ-like lives so you will have His protection.”
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urged me to deliver this message to the saints. Wanting to make sure it was God
giving me this information, not the deceiver, as the saints
gathered in the
lower floor meeting hall of the Stone Church, I asked for three signs that I
might know for sure the message and direction to deliver it
was divine. The first two signs were answered
immediately. Then I asked God to cause a man (whom I didn't
know) to stand on the 3rd prayer
or testimony, and I’d accept it as being a Gideon's fleece, and that it was the
will of God that I deliver this "negative" prophecy. The Spirit asked, “What if
he is not My choice?” I questioned, “Then who is?” I turned
and looked at the group and saw Hubert Case behind
a little toward the back, and
understood this is whom the Lord chose. It was
agreed upon and settled. I'd
wait and see if Brother Hubert stood and IF the presider called on him in a number
three position of testimony or prayer. I hoped he wouldn't stand up.
opened and a young priest stood and prayed. In his prayer he said that
he knew a
message was to be delivered in that service, and he asked God to cause it to
come through His chosen servant, the one whom God picked to deliver it. Others
were standing, and a second prayer was offered. Then
Brother Hubert stood up, and although others were standing
before him, the elder in charge called
on him, and I knew God wanted this information among the saints.
through the remaining prayers, dreading the testimony portion of the meeting.
People stood to offer their testimonies, and among them, Brother Shelly
who was in front of me just a row or two. I
promised God that when Brother Shelly opened his mouth, I would get on my feet. I was
scared, but I honored my promise. At the first words
out of his mouth, I was on my feet. The old gentleman began to quiver under the
power of the Spirit. He spoke first to the elder in charge of the meeting,
admonishing him to accept the coming message in the spirit in which it was
given. Then turning in my direction, he said,
“Why have you been so
afraid?” (Only God knew how scared I was!) He
continued, “Don't you know I will
uphold you in that which I bid you to do? If you will minister to My
people in love, I will give you information to enlighten their minds, such as
they have never contemplated before, but remember, these things must be shared
with them in the spirit of love.”
receiving this admonition from the Spirit, the presiding elder called on me
delivered the message, word for word, as I had received it.
The young priest
(who had indicated in his prayer that he knew a message was to be delivered that
day), stood and instructed the people not to listen to me. He said, in essence,
“God has plenty of priesthood men. He doesn't need to use a woman. Don't listen
to her because she is not "chosen, (by sex, or spirit).”
immediately stood in my defense and said that some of the most beautiful
prophecies given have come through women. The battle was on, male vs. female,
and if ever the women had a right to raise up, it is because of small minds such
as we encountered that day. Satan has great advantage through using our
ignorance, arrogance, and pride. He finds the fields of Zion ripe with it.
presiding elder took the admonition of the Spirit, and put a stop to the
controversy of whether or not God could, or even would, speak through a woman.
Then the saints continued the service in peace. I got through it. The message
had been delivered. And no other message was delivered
that day, except the one through me.
later, the Watts riot broke out, and people wondered who that woman was who
prophesied of this to come, and what did she say? What were the saints suppose
to do? It was starting, nay, only continuing from what Joseph the Martyr saw
over 131 years before, and it would end with the destruction of all nations.
This testimony leads
to another one which will explain the rising up of the races. It involves
the Indians and an Indian leader to come.