A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by LeGrand Richards. Summary by Nate Richardson

A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by LeGrand Richards. Summary by Nate Richardson

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-Luke 10:1 we are sent out 2 by 2 as them of old. We are who Jeremiah spoke of when he said I will send hunters to gather them from the rocks and the fishers to search and gather Israel.

-Instruction in the New Testament not to go house to house is thus: the missionaries go on a house. Should the spirit of the Lord be there, then the missionaries are to stay and teach the gospel fully so that there is a witness against that people if they reject it or a blessing to them if they accept it. Too many missionaries run away from the work rather than running to it.

-Missionaries are not going forth to argue and debate. They must tell our story energetically and enthusiastically and then their hearers will become listeners and questioners.

-Telling of the gospel is not just dooming people bringing judgement upon them, rather it’s like building a foundation for a house. We can’t judge yet, the house is not yet finished. People can’t judge the truthfulness of the gospel without having heard it.

-When you find a house that has the peace of the Lord there, we as missionaries should visit it at least once a week for the next 6 months giving them presentations about the gospel. The spirit of the   Lord must be there since the letter killeth and the spirit giveth life. 2 Cor. 3:6.

-Some topics missionaries teach take more than one visit to cover. When investigator is asked to read from the bible it is wise that the investigator turn to the passage in his own bible and read with you. It is much more impressive than when the missionary quotes or reads from his own book.

-The LDS Church is the only Christian church which does not merely depend on the bible for it’s instruction. We appeal to it. The Restored gospel teachings are in accord with it.

-One well known radio broadcaster was asked what would be the most important message to broadcast to the world. After thinking a while he said it would be a message from someone who had been dead, then received a message from God, then returned from the dead to give us that message. Hence the LDS have a great message to share. That is the Book of Mormon, a detailed account of the resurrected Jesus’ teachings.

-Jeremiah said they shall sing in the heights of Zion. He was referring to the LDS pilgrimage to the west, and the singing of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, an over 300 member choir, and it will continue to fulfill this prophecy.

-Moses speaking of the land of Joseph was referring to this land America. Blessed be this land for the precious things from above and beneath. The precious things and the chief things of the ancient mountains and the precious things on the lasting hills and for the precious things of the earth and the fullness there of (Deut. 33:13-16).

-The blessing of Jacob to his son Joseph Gen 49:22-26 these are blessings about America.

-Joseph’s land would be choice above all other lands the Book of Mormon says.

-70 times the Book of Mormon uses the word precious in describing the land (USA) and it’s blessings. These are in actual fulfillment. You will see that as you travel among the valleys of the Saints in the Rocky Mountains.

-Jer. said and they shall not sorrow or anymore toil. Then shall the virgin rejoice and dance both young men and old together and make them rejoice in their sorrow. This is completely fulfilled. If you heard the testimony meetings of the Saints after their trek west when they arrived in the valleys of the Rocky Mountains and expressed their gratitude to the Lord for having brought them here you would know it’s been completely fulfilled. If you would have attended their dances and seen how both the young and old would dance. Practically every ward or branch or congregation has adjoining the chapel a cultural hall. The young and old rejoice together. Surly the Lord has turned their mourning into joy and made them rejoice from their sorrow.

-“And I will saciate the soul and the place with fatness and my people will be satisfied with my goodness”. “Members of the Priesthood in the Church aren’t paid for their services. Thousands have left their families to do missionary work in the nations of the earth paying their own expenses and without funds from the Church yet they are the best paid of anyone because of the joy and satisfaction that the Lord plants in their hearts which couldn’t have POSSIBLY been purchased with money. Thus he has satiated the soul of the priest with fatness and his people are satisfied at his goodness. Where else in all the world in all the annals of history can you find a fulfillment of this prophecy from Jeremiah? This is literal fulfillment, yea, this gathering of the LDS to the mountains in these latter-days. “

-The Lord said via Isa. 11:10-12 about setting his hand to recover his people for the second time: This is plainly the gathering of the seed of Joseph that has been scattered among Gentile nations and among the seed of Judah. This is the LDS. This is an Ensign to the people.

-“The mountain of the Lord’s house will be established in the top of the mountains exalted above the hills and all nations shall flow unto it many people shall say come ye and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord to the house of the God of Jacob and he will teach us in his ways and we will walk in his paths for out of Zion shall go forth the law and from Jerusalem the word of the Lord Isa. 2:2-3. The Lords house established in the top of the mountains: only those associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the last dispensation will understand how literally this has been fulfilled. In order that the Saints may enjoy the sealing privileges in the house of the God of Jacob they have gathered from the nations of the earth for the missionaries have carred the message of the Restored gospel of Jesus Christ to them and now we are seeing the holy temples erected in many of these lands. The law of the Lord is going forth from Zion as will ultimately the word of the Lord from JERUSALEM. The establishment of the house of the Lord in the top of the mountains and the gathering of all nations unto it will proceed the judgements of the Lord which shall be followed by a day when nations shall not lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war anymore Isa. 2:4. We are all hopeful that we are approaching the day when the Lord foretold the anticpated. This part is not yet fulfilled.”

-“How better can they describe the horses wheels as flint than a train or how better describe an airplane than to say it shall not slumber. It can go all night. The Lord can hiss unto people unto the end of the earth to come with speed swiftly; they also understood this gathering would be in the mountains and that the Lord would cause the desert to rejoice and blossom as the rose. In this respect it is remarkable to see what role water was to play in redeeming the desert and wilderness as the gathering place of  latter-day Israel. As the prophets described it: The wilderness shall be glad for them and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose; it shall blossom abundantly and and rejoice even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellencency of Carmel and Sharon and they shall see the glory of the Lord and the excellency of our God. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf be unstopped and the lame man leap and the tongue of the dumb speak and then the wilderness shall water cover it and the thirsty land become springs of water.”

-The ransomed of the Lord have returned and come to Zion with songs of everlasting joy upon their heads. And the desert has blossomed and so forth.

-Introduction of irrigation could be one of the “new things” the Lord inspired his servants to teach unto his people when they entered the valleys of the mountains which made possible the fulfillment of his promises to cause the desert to rejoice and blossom as the rose. To make a way in the wilderness and in the desert. (*also I say these roads I drive across the country are a way make to get through the wilderness.)

-The people in the west from Utah have become so prosperous that they have been able to send their posterity all around the world to preach the gospel. This is Gods blessing.

-“I will open rivers of high places”: this could be referring to reservoirs which are built so we could use water as needed. This fulfillments of prophecy have so changed the wilderness that it’s been possible to plant types of trees and flowers that otherwise would not grow. “That they may see and consider and know and understand together that the hand of the Lord hath done this and the holy one of Israel hath created it”. All this therefore may be regarded as the work of the holy one of Israel as a part of the gathering in the latter-days.

-Jim Bridger said he would give 1000 dollars to see an ear of corn grow in the west. They all thought that land wasn’t worth “a pinch of snuff.” It was barren desert before the Saints came. It was no good. No agricultural use at all.

-Joseph Smith prophecies that the Saints would be chased all the way out to the Rocky Mountains and that many would die on the way, and some would apostasies, and some would get there to see the Saints become a mighty people.

-Trust the prophets’ interpretations of the scripture like a light in a dark place. Someday there will be light all around but right now all we have is the prophets for lights.

-The coming of Moses to the prophet Joseph Smith is a great fulfillment of prophecy. It is also very important to tell the world about since it’s someone with a great message that committing of the gathering of Israel is big news.

-Abehraham was told in scripture that through his seed, which is his Priesthood, all the world would be blessed.

-D&C 27:5-7 speaks of Christ coming to drink the fruit of the vine with us with Moroni and John the baptist and others. That event will happen.

-This church is a missionary church. It is how we ‘call on him that has not believed’ they reach all the world. ‘How can they preach except they shall be sent’? How beautiful are the feet of them who preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things Rom. 10:14-15. And how is the whole world going to hear about this important message if we don’t do missionary work? How is scattered Israel going to be gathered unless we share?

-Paul said how shall they preach except they be sent. He knew that you can’t self appoint yourself to preach the gospel.

-Rev. 14 this prophecies that the gospel would be carried to all the inhabitants of the earth it is a great work we have to do.

-We are privileged to live in the day of the preparation of the Kingdom for the advent of the King.

-Spirit bodies look like our bodies. Physical bodies are only houses for spirit bodies to live in.

-All are literally posterity of Heavenly Father and have capacity to become like him.

-Jesus said “our Father which art in heaven” emphasizing that not only he is a son of God but everyone is.

-Prov. 8 speaks of rejoicing before the world was. Hence there is pre mortality.

-Prov. 8:22-31 this is pre mortality scripture. Speaks of at death returning to the spirit world.

-Eccl. 12 speaks of how when we die our spirit goes back to God. How could it go back if it was never there in the first place? This proves pre mortality.

-The LDS stand alone in their capacity to explain the answer to the question “from whence is man?”

-Job speaks of spirits shouting for joy in pre mortality they did this knowing they would get to come to mortality and the wonderful opportunity it would be to grow and the wonderful capacities we would have.

-the first estate has been kept by us here on earth, the second estate if we keep, will bring us glory forever; purpose for being on this earth is testing.

-many devils, legion, inhabited the man spoken of in the bible, they wanted bodies so badly that they were even willing to go into swine when Jesus was casting them out of a human body.

-Melchizedik Priesthood is needed for exaltation as we see in the Doctrine and Covenants for it says who receive that Priesthood, the higher priesthood, they are Christs’ and Christ is Gods’. This is the Church of the firstborn, those who get the Celestial Kingdom. It is not necessarily the case that all holders of the Melchizedic Priesthood are members of the Church of the firstborn, but that is one of the necessary parts of it.

-in some cases, one can be saved as an angel in heaven and yet not be exalted. See D&C 131

-the latter-day student sees his education as part of the preparation for his exaltation. the LDS’ education is second to none in the nation or the world. Utah compared to other states stands first in the percentage of the total population aged 3-34 enrolled in school. Utah stands first in the percentage of the total population enrolled in school at every age level except ages 16-17 where Minnesota ranks first. Utah stands first in the average years of school completed for all of it’s citizens age 25 and older. Utah stands highest in the net migration to it’s institutions of higher education. It is among the highest of medical schools. Utah is found to have no major deficiencies unlike other states. Why has Utah done so well? It’s not the richest or oldest or best located for educational development, this is because the majority of the LDS are there.

-Brigham Young said education is the power to appreciate life.

-Cancer and mortality rate in Utah is lowest in the entire country and lowest in the use of alcohol and cigarettes, about half as much as everywhere else in the US.

-Jesus was attacked by Satan from the beginning as was Joseph Smith. Satan attacked Joseph Smith at age 14 when he prayed. Satan was not attacking other boys at age 14 when they prayed. There were no divine manifestations to Joseph Smith yet up to this point so Satan had to know from a pre mortal knowledge, which he keeps with him, that Joseph had a work to do for God.

-the reason Joseph Smith will be evil spoken of in all nations is because of Satan’s determination to destroy the work of the Lord.

-Franklin D Richards said that Jesus Christ is called the very eternal father of heaven and earth because he is the CREATOR of heaven and earth.

-Spiritual bodies are begotten bodies from Heavenly Father. Spirits can think feel rejoice make desitions etc, the body is just the house for the spirit.

-In Utah, there are more college graduates by its ratio than any other state in the nation.

-LDS youth take their school very seriously as a part of their eternal progression which will lead to joy; they also teach free seminary classes in Utah and where they can.

-Those persecuting Jesus was mainly from the religious leaders of that time. Same with Joseph Smith.

-You can’t just say the Church is persecuted because of polygamy; Joseph Smith was persecuted from age 14 when he first started telling of the revelation he had seen from God. Persecution happened to the church way before polygamy.

-there are 3000 books written on George Washintgon in possession of the US library, but there are 20,000 written on Joseph Smith in the Church library. This is proof that the wisdom of the wise shall perish.

-1949 vol 2 Improvement Era: Leo Tolstoy speaks of how if Mormonism goes unchanged for 3 more generations it will be the greatest power in the world. The religious social and economic teachings of the Church will help the people get along, and it helped start America, and would not die out like other movements.

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