Doctrine and Covenants 127:2 And as for the perils which I am called to pass through, they seem but a small thing to me, as the envy and wrath of man have been my common lot all the days of my life; and for what cause it seems mysterious, unless I was ordained from before the foundation of the world for some good end, or bad, as you may choose to call it. Judge ye for yourselves. G-d knoweth all these things, whether it be good or bad. But nevertheless, deep water is what I am wont to swim in. It all has become a second nature to me; and I feel, like Paul, to glory in tribulation; for to this day has the G-d of my fathers delivered me out of them all, and will deliver me from henceforth; for behold, and lo, I shall triumph over all my enemies, for Ad’ni HaShem hath spoken it.
Tehillim 93:3-4 The floods have lifted up, HaShem, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. HaShem on high is mightier than the noise of mayim rabbim, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
As we near the final day of Pesach/Passover and arrive at a solemn Shabbos Rest, I was approached by an entity what shall remain anonymous and nameless because the same wished not to be mentioned in this blog nor grant permission to use his words of inquiry which brought forth the following revelation from the Spirit and Scriptures at work in me. For the sake of giving you some idea of what the inquiry was about, he or she was a representative of a group of Native Americans who asked for my opinion about the possibility of restoring the Gileadite Priesthood in America during the Latter-days, and that I may assist (?) perhaps (?) if I would deny the Book of Mormon and the need for Jesus Christ and the prophet Joseph Smith. I had shown interest in the idea of a Gileadite Priesthood, and representing the namesake of Barzillai the Gileadite, by pure chance of fate and knowing that the same was denied any right to the same with his children for their names were not found among the records kept anciently, Ezra 2:61-63, and it struck me that perhaps the time had come that the same were recognized for all that he did for David and hence the Twelve Tribes of Israel in their conquest for the land of Canaan and the First Temple and consequent Davidic Dynasty and Kingdom without end, fulfilled by the same Personage this entity wished me to deny outright so as to include me in some latter-day nonsense that these people who are purporting to be of Native ethnicity and culture have right to claim a completely foreign priesthood that should be recognized as having right by original bloodline to Joseph or his sons Ephraim and Menashe? He also revealed that he and some others from his tribe had gone to meet with President Hinkley to ask him to cease trying to missionize their sun dancers and that while they were waiting to see him, Mr. Hinkley had a stroke and consequently died???
He/she also suggested that he/she confirmed Holy Revelation by smoking the ‘peace pipe’ and that tobacco ignited in her/him a confirmation of the ‘Great Spirit’s’ direction/decision/revelation/authority, what have you.
Lastly, when I replied I thought it wisdom to include some random witnesses, some I know personally and others whom I presume to be of the Jewish Faith. I won’t reveal the social network or individuals included either, not having permission from any nor asking or needing the same of them at this time. It was just important to me to have them to establish what transpired as is commanded in Torah (Devarim 19:15-20). I don’t think I’ll be needing to involve anyone really, but it is just and right before G-d and man to do so in this way, I believe.
I was excited by the intrigue and his reasoning at first but then sadly disappointed when he was not thrilled with my answer. I really wish I could include his inquiry but all I may do is share my answer, which I think should be sufficient evidence that I more than answered his question and defied his attempt to condemn something and someone he knows nothing about.
Voilà! Here it is!
Alma 5:5 Now I would that ye should understand that the word of G-d was liberal unto all, that none were deprived of the privilege of assembling themselves together to hear the word of G-d.
As an outreach to heathen nations and people’s, is one a disciple agrees to at the peril of his own life, I would not be so quick to judge an ‘invader’ among your people, nor missionaries trying to ‘save’ sun dancers. The graver, more obvious error is with one who worships the works of G-d or the Great Spirit rather than the Creator and that Spirit Himself. Real missionary work that is free from hypocrisy or selfish intent is a godly favor, an unwarranted and undue kindness shown what may become a chosen people and elect or on equal grounds with if welcomed and received as He who sent His only begotten Son into the world to redeem the world from sin and destruction. Though, that people, nation, tongue, race, creed, etc., be ignorant of its own origins true, there is hope that through such an outreach program or ministry/mission that some or all may be saved and taught the True Way and Path to G-d. And there are many ways among men and beasts that may at some point cross the true path or run parallel and in union with and even reach the same destination as, but there is truly only one Torah as you have discerned and only one religion – that of Judaism.
I am not a Mormon but I believe in the Church and its’ mission and its’ authority, powers, keys, etc. Their chief aim, pardon the Indian pun, is to baptize unto salvation, not to convince of Torah education nor claim to be the depositories of G-d’s oracles first hand as the Israelite’s and Abraham’s children may and indeed are. There is a greater and a lesser priesthood and each has their own peculiar but, nonetheless, an important mission to fulfill in HaShem – bringing about the final restoration of Zion’s Glory in these latter-days.
It is common for both man and even beasts to experience and portray pride in self. If this Joseph Smith had his failings, and he may have had many, certainly one was that he could be proud as a peacock, and of a haughty disposition, coupled with a know-it-all laissez-faire type of faith that was discomfiting to many who came to know him in anywise.
Bereshis 42:8 And Yosef recognized his achim, but they recognized not him.
His attitude toward his presumed mastery of G-d’s word and the mysteries he further presumed to expound upon, set all men against him, particularly men of the Faith from other churches claiming Christ, but in the end, to me, he proves more joker than faithful scribe, and he may or may not have been the real McCoy or translator behind the work he represented as his own, but such isn’t the real issue at all or question put to the investigator of the Book of Mormon.
Every investigator into the mysteries of Scripture and the G-d of Scripture must ask in Faith and the Spirit must grant permission, which may or may not recognize in the investigator the prerequisite qualities demanded of by the Most High in any creature small or great, seeking audience, favor or answers to petitions sought for thousands of years by many unknown and well-known prophets, scribes, rabbis, sages, saints, Torah students, etc. to be found worthy of a revelation measure for measure, greater or lesser, smaller or so as to exceed all or at least what was sought for.
Yirmeyah 17:10 I, Hashem, search the lev, I test the kelayot (kidneys, i.e., most inward parts), requiting to every ish according to his drakhim, and according to the p’ri of his deeds.
HaShem demands the heart’s all, the will’s all, the strength, mind, body, and soul’s all of the petitioner, and the applicant must meet certain other peradventure’s as well. The Great Spirit searches, is in and above and through all things. Whoever and all are already known to Him, must ask with real intent, working no hypocrisy and seeking none other gain than that of His Kingdom and His will be done on earth as His Heaven’s dictate. Surely the creation shall not tell the Creator yea or nay, come or stay, nor will a night or day to pass away with any authority of its own. The decision to become Christ’s disciple is not one to be entered into lightly! Abraham, His first begotten, had to forsake all and leave his home, family and all he ever knew for the unknown and uncertain rewards of answering HaShem’s calling, to become our Spiritual Father and ever since then we may find G-d in ourselves and one another by common struggle, circumstance, and like-mindedness; all the while, knowing the price of acceptance will probably cost us our lives. We must, as madmen, love G-d more than all else, if not hate everything else with a passion equal to creating a Kingdom not of this world in this world with not but the same passion, will and desire not our own, but on loan for those found worthy, for many are called but few are chosen and that often in the furnace of affliction.
Knowledge puffs up but charity edifies. -Rav Shaul
Mishle 26:5 Answer a kesil according to his folly, lest he be chacham in his own eyes.
Mishle 29:23 Ga’avat adam (pride of man) shall bring him low, but the humble in ruach shall attain kavod(honor/glory).
The priesthood of Aaron could not be appropriated by Ephraim. It is only available to an actual descendant of Aaron. It is the lesser priesthood and one G-d tolerated and caused to continue in His wrath. Ephraim’s blessing is actually greater through Joseph his father (who almost blew his chances of receiving the same by trying to correct Jacob when he blessed his sons!), and Jacob his grandfather as the Greater Priesthood is a blessed Priesthood HaShem is well pleased with.
Yeshayah 8:14 And He shall be for a Mikdash; but for an Even Negef (Stone of Stumbling) and for a Tzur Michshol to both the Batei Yisroel, for a pach (snare) and for a mokesh (trap) to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim.
Kehillah in Corinth I 2:14 But a natural person does not receive the things of the Ruach Hakodesh of Hashem, for they are narrishkait (foolishness 1:21-24) to him, and he is not able to have personal saving da’as of them, because they are discerned in the Ruach Hakodesh.
Mormon 8: 12,15, 17, 19a And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these. For none may have the power to bring it to light save it be given him of G-d; for G-d wills that it shall be done with an eye single to his glory, or the welfare of the ancient and long dispersed covenant people of HaShem. And if there be faults they be the faults of a man. But behold, we know no fault; nevertheless G-d knoweth all things; therefore, he that condemneth, let him be aware lest he shall be in danger of hell fire. For the same that judgeth rashly shall be judged rashly again;
First page in the Book of Mormon, if you have one, you may open and read the following:
Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, etc. And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore condemn not the things of G-d, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment seat of Christ.
Alabamah-mammie, Toh-bacc-ie and her road to Zion is a whackie road indeed, not a straight course to the destination just mentioned. I do not advise any to walk therein. It (tobacco) is not useful for inquiring of HaShem, as incense may be. It is mostly regarded as something to be used on cattle for purification and to treat disease but for men it is not a healthy choice and the Spirit cannot be discerned in them which care not about their health.
I do not mean to offend. I know many old seers and sages who use that and worse or more damaging things and yet have authority placed upon them from HaShem, but they are usually the sort who sit in Sanhedrin courts which are considered lesser or lower courts, and by a lot of people are not considered at all. However, I do consider them and know their true worth but I and they must submit to the same G-d for true judgment and counsel in wisdom’s ways/paths.
I hope you’ll not be offended by my answer in any way, I am just as confused sometimes myself at the works of Joseph Smith and the LDS Church and am very open and candid when I condemn anything I don’t agree with, however, we are to seek reconciliation and a meeting place rather than to condemn anyone when G-d is ultimately the only One who is able to save or destroy, make stand or fall, rescue or forsake.
Let us hope He will not forsake any who err, but freely forgive as Christ forgave all who spoke against him and even those who crucified him as they were doing so.
Lastly, if you see no need for Jesus, I don’t think you’ll have much success with anyone who acknowledges their need for him as the only mediator between G-d and man, who shall one day soon, judge both the quick and the dead.
Judging a (maybe) false prophet. supplanter or erring church and priesthood is one thing but judging G-d’s Son is quite another and seeing absolutely no need of him whatsoever is all one needs to condemn himself outright and miss the point, prize and calling altogether.
I hope you’ll reconsider.
I owe the Church and Priesthood of the LDS Church my ever-lasting gratitude and unwavering fidelity and support, even if I don’t agree with their understanding of Torah and religion on the whole, I know from experience they have authority from the Father and are a collection of Holy Families or nobles in whom is the L-RD’s delight!
Judge not therefore lest ye be judged.
Happy Passover, may the experience and all that is the renewing wonder of Spring reconcile you to a more open mind and grant you a more willing spirit to seek understanding of that which you may have knee-jerk reacted to out of frustration or some other prick or thorn in your side?
The part of your inquiry I do find fascinating and perplexing indeed and should like to hear more about is your claim that you went to the Church and sought President Hinkley who had a stroke and consequently died as you were in his waiting room. That is something to be wondered at indeed! He works in marvelous ways and the enemy is always to be feared as well. We never know when he may strike at a righteous or unrighteous individual, but stalks all as a ravenous lion, insatiable for evil and a foe to all that is good or may be.
Choose the Right, therefore.
(Enter a very negative and derogatory response here, imagine what you may, it really matters not!)
Boker Tov and Good morning (Individual’s name),
I did not intend to involve others when I first decided to reply but after the Spirit guided me with Scripture to answer, I thought others might enjoy it too. I don’t know most of you personally but G-d is for everyone and all peoples even or especially so, Native Americans, Lakota, Apache, what have you.
I understand if you don’t wish me to include you in my blog but I do want to thank you for inspiring me to ask of the Father and search the Scriptures for answers to your questions.
What you said about a Gilead Priesthood meets well with my past experience in Zion latter-day, and I believe you are onto something that you don’t even realize. I should say for my namesake alone that Barzillai the Gileadite was a key figure in the creation of the original Twelve Tribes coming together under David HaMelech and is one of the reasons Gilead means a lot to me.
As far as Native Americans creating a priesthood of their own for HaShem or His Christ, or people, Israel, I would point out again, that it would be impossible for a people who deny the Christ to serve the Great Spirit or HaShem of hosts in any way, fashion or form, much less as a priesthood restored for Third Temple duties.
I would be interested in speaking with your friends. Could you forward this message to them and we may begin a correspondence that may be more fruitful than tobacco shared! I don’t smoke! Because it is a well-known weed killing our races both native and non-native quicker than the enemy of all that is good and comes from above or all that is bad and comes from beneath may otherwise. I hope you’ll kick the habit before you end up one of its victims.
I do not claim to be a Mormon, nor am I an active member of the Church. I only know they came to me, baptized me and after that I was a new man in Christ and am to this day very grateful, as I say, to them for that favor which may never be repaid them but for which they have received their reward and shall receive a reward in the world to come. You are probably earth-bound and therefore expecting your reward from this earth or beneath, whom you probably think your Mother, and so rather than Happy Passover, I should wish you a Happy Belated Earth Day, Smoke ’em plenty! Lechayim! Eliyahu Hanavi, Tishbi, Giladi is not a Native American, nor an Egyptian, nor Mormon, nor anything other than a Jewish/Israeli son of Abraham. It would be neat if there were much truth to your religion, but for your forefather’s sins they were driven out of the land appointed to the righteous and ‘shit happens’, as they say, but you seem to hate a person who stretched out his hands without wearying to try to save your beloved brethren and people, a hand upheld by the Hand of the Great Spirit you don’t seem to know much about after all.
Nevertheless, the heathen, have been appointed their lot, reservations and such and with Casinos and all sorts of off-shoots strictly forbidden people of Faith to invest in or have anything to do with, I hope you’ll do well with your shtick, standard and stay. All the best things of the barren earth’s bounty I wish for you and your wife to reap in due time – tares need dealing with. You may be a good weeder-ship? But I have my doubts as to your Leadership ability.
And it came to pass that they did go forth, and began to preach the word of G-d unto the people, entering into their synagogues, and into their houses; yea, and even they did preach the word in their streets. And after much labor among them, they began to have success among the poor class of people; for behold, they were cast out of the synagogues because of the coarseness of their apparel— Therefore, they were not permitted to enter into their synagogues to worship G-d, being esteemed as filthiness; therefore, they were poor; yea, they were esteemed by their brethren as dross; therefore, they were poor as to things of the world; and also, they were poor in heart. Now, as Alma was teaching and speaking unto the people upon the hill Onidah, there came a great multitude unto him, who were those of whom we have been speaking, of whom were poor in heart, because of their poverty as to the things of the world. And they came unto Alma; and the one who was the foremost among them said unto him: Behold, what shall these my brethren do, for they are despised of all men because of their poverty, yea, and more especially by our priests; for they have cast us out of our synagogues which we have labored abundantly to build with our own hands; and they have cast us out because of our exceeding poverty; and we have no place to worship our G-d; and behold, what shall we do. And now when Alma heard this, he turned him about, his face immediately towards him, and he beheld with great joy; for he beheld that their afflictions had truly humbled them and that they were in a preparation to hear the word. Therefore, he did say no more to the other multitude; but he stretched forth his hand, and cried unto those whom he beheld, who were truly penitent, and said unto them: I behold that ye are lowly in heart; and if so, blessed are ye. Mark thy brother hath said, What shall we do?—for we are cast out of our synagogues, that we cannot worship our G-d. I say unto you, do ye suppose that ye cannot worship G-d save it be in your synagogues only? And moreover, I would ask, do ye suppose that ye must not worship G-d only once in a week? I say unto you, it is well that ye are cast out of your synagogues, that ye may be humble, and that ye may learn wisdom; for it is necessary that ye should learn wisdom; for it is because that ye are cast out, that ye are despised of your brethren because of your exceeding poverty, that ye are brought to a lowliness of heart; for ye are necessarily brought to be humble. And now, because ye are compelled to be humble blessed are ye; for a man sometimes, if he is compelled to be humble, seeketh repentance; and now surely, whosoever repenteth shall find mercy; and he that findeth mercy and endureth to the end the same shall be saved. And now, as I said unto you, that because ye were compelled to be humble ye were blessed, do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves because of the word? Yea, he that truly humbleth himself, and repenteth of his sins, and endureth to the end, the same shall be blessed—yea, much more blessed than they who are compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty. Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of G-d, and is baptized without stubbornness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe. Yea, there are many who do say: If thou wilt show unto us a sign from heaven, then we shall know of a surety; then we shall believe. Now I ask, is this faith? I say unto you, Nay; for if a man knoweth a thing he hath no cause to believe, for he knoweth it. And now, how much more cursed is he that knoweth the will of G-d and doeth it not, than he that only believeth, or only hath cause to believe, and falleth into transgression? Now of this thing ye must judge. I say unto you, that it is on the one hand even as it is on the other; and it shall be unto every man according to his work. And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore, if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true. And now, I say unto you, and I would that ye should remember, that G-d is merciful unto all who believe on his name; therefore he desireth, in the first place, that ye should believe, yea, even on his word. And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto men, yea, not only men but women also. Now this is not all; little children do have words given unto them many times, which confound the wise and the learned. And now, my beloved brethren, as ye have desired to know of me what ye shall do because ye are afflicted and cast out—now I do not desire that ye should suppose that I mean to judge you only according to that which is true— For I do not mean that ye all of you have been compelled to humble yourselves; for I verily believe that there are some among you who would humble themselves, let them be in whatsoever circumstances they might. Now, as I said concerning faith—that it was not a perfect knowledge—even so it is with my words. Ye cannot know of their surety at first, unto perfection, any more than faith is a perfect knowledge. But, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words. Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of HaShem, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me. Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless, it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge. But, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow. And now, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea; for every seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness. Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not good, therefore it is cast away. And now, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good. And is your knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing, and your faith is dormant; and this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your mind doth begin to expand.
O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea because it is light; and whatsoever is light, is good, because it is discernible, therefore ye must know that it is good; and now behold, after ye have tasted this light is your knowledge perfect?
I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed that ye might try the experiment to know if the seed was good.
And as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish it with great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring forth fruit unto us. And if ye nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit.
But if ye neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.
Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your ground is barren, and ye will not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof.
And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life.
But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life. And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst. Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.
I was not insinuating, btw, that your people had some evil intent when the President died nor anything to do with it! Just the opposite! That it may have been an inside job or something that the enemy had something to do with. I just thought it fascinating that it should happen at such a time and that you did not get to meet Mr. Hinkley. I am truly inquiring after the truth that I might know something of such an important historic come to pass. I will have to do my own investigating and research! Because that is quite a claim!
And now, having done a quick search on the Internet, I can find no record of any such come to pass, but only that Mr. Hinkley died of old age, among family. Which doesn’t prove or disprove anything! I trust the Internet and its’ sources about as much as I trust the tooth fairy to reward me for my failing oral health!
Otherwise, I am sorry you choose to answer with insults, and I hope I did not return them, save in a jesting manner I am well known for! But I fear, as you have misinterpreted my honest answer and inquiry thus far, you will continue to be misguided by an otherwise minded spirit and a brain full of pride in what you think you know rather than what the Spirit may teach you.
I would have you contact a catholic priest who works with Lakota children at St. Joseph’s Lakota Indian School, Fr. J. Anthony Kluckman, SCJ Chaplain. They seem to be doing some good work for your people and have no ties to the LDS Church.
G-d will say to the prince of hell, “I from above and thou from below shall judge and condemn the slanderer.”
Erchin, fol. 15, col. 2.
~To A Waterfowl~
“Whither, midst falling dew,
While glow the heavens with the last steps of day,
Far, through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue
Thy solitary way?
Vainly the fowler’s eye
Might mark thy distant flight to do thee wrong,
As darkly painted on a crimson sky,
Thy figure floats along.
Seek’st thou the plashy brink
Of weedy lake, or marge of river wide,
Or where the rocking billows rise and sink
On the chafed ocean’s side?
There is a Power whose care
Teaches thy way along that pathless coast –
The desert and illimitable air –
Lone wandering but not lost.
All day thy wings have fanned,
At that far height, the cold, thin atmosphere,
Yet stoop not weary, to the welcome land,
Though the dark night is near.
And soon that toil shall end;
Soon shalt thou find a summer home, and rest,
And scream among thy fellows; reeds shall bend,
Soon, o’er thy sheltered nest.
Thou’rt gone! the abyss of heaven
Hath swallowed up thy form, yet on my heart
Deeply hath sunk the lesson thou hast given,
And shall not soon depart.
He who, from zone to zone,
Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight,
In the long way that I must tread alone,
Will lead my steps aright.”
~William Cullen Bryant
Ammon searching for relatives is similar to Jews seeking out Jews wherever they might be in the world. Imagine the surprise of an entire nation of black Ethiopian Jews when white Jews discovered them just a few decades ago! “. . . this (Ethiopian) group refer to themselves as Beta Israel . . . They practice an early form of Judaism . . . According to their tradition, their ancestors were . . . Menelik, the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba . . .” (Encyclopedia Judaica Jr.)
Alma 18:18-41 Now when the king had heard these words, he marveled again, for he beheld that Ammon could discern his thoughts; but notwithstanding this, king Lamoni did open his mouth, and said unto him: Who art thou? Art thou that Great Spirit, who knows all things? Ammon answered and said unto him: I am not. And the king said: How knowest thou the thoughts of my heart? Thou mayest speak boldly, and tell me concerning these things; and also, tell me by what power ye slew and smote off the arms of my brethren that scattered my flocks— And now, if thou wilt tell me concerning these things, whatsoever thou desirest I will give unto thee; and if it were needed, I would guard thee with my armies; but I know that thou art more powerful than all they; nevertheless, whatsoever thou desirest of me I will grant it unto thee. Now Ammon being wise, yet harmless, he said unto Lamoni: Wilt thou hearken unto my words if I tell thee by what power I do these things? And this is the thing that I desire of thee. And the king answered him and said: Yea, I will believe all thy words. And thus, he was caught with guile. And Ammon began to speak unto him with boldness, and said unto him: Believest thou that there is a G-d? And he answered, and said unto him: I do not know what that meaneth. And then Ammon said: Believest thou that there is a Great Spirit? And he said, Yea. And Ammon said: This is G-d. And Ammon said unto him again: Believest thou that this Great Spirit, who is G-d, created all things which are in heaven and in the earth? And he said: Yea, I believe that he created all things which are in the earth; but I do not know the heavens. And Ammon said unto him: The heavens is a place where G-d dwells and all his holy angels. And king Lamoni said: Is it above the earth? And Ammon said: Yea and he looketh down upon all the children of men, and he knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart; for by his hand were they all created from the beginning. And king Lamoni said: I believe all these things which thou hast spoken. Art thou sent from G-d? Ammon said unto him: I am a man and man, in the beginning, was created in the image of G-d, and I am called by his Holy Spirit to teach these things unto this people, that they may be brought to a knowledge of that which is just and true; And a portion of that Spirit dwelleth in me, which giveth me knowledge, and also power according to my faith and desires which are in G-d. Now when Ammon had said these words, he began at the creation of the world, and also the creation of Adam, and told him all the things concerning the fall of man, and rehearsed and laid before him the records and the holy scriptures of the people, which had been spoken by the prophets, even down to the time that their father, Lehi, left Jerusalem. And he also rehearsed unto them (for it was unto the king and to his servants) all the journeyings of their fathers in the wilderness, and all their sufferings with hunger and thirst, and their travail, and so forth. And he also rehearsed unto them concerning the rebellions of Laman and Lemuel, and the sons of Ishmael, yea, all their rebellions did he relate unto them; and he expounded unto them all the records and scriptures from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem down to the present time. But this is not all; for he expounded unto them the plan of redemption, which was prepared from the foundation of the world; and he also made known unto them concerning the coming of Mashiach, and all the works of HaShem did he make known unto them. And it came to pass that after he had said all these things, and expounded them to the king, that the king believed all his words. And he began to cry unto HaShem, saying: O L-rd, have mercy; according to thy abundant mercy which thou hast had upon the people of Nephi, have upon me, and my people.