Greetings all my relations,
We will continue our reading, in the forth chapter of Shimlei 4:4
THE HOLY GHOST IS CALLED HEMENEN…
THEY ARE CALLED THE PEOPLE OF THE SPIRIT…
For, we are all of one heart and one mind, the people of the Lord. And it is our custom to call ourselves after that Comforter whom the Lord did send unto us….. to minister unto us in all that we do.
Behold, we do call His name, Hemenen, and thus, Nemenhah
are the People of the Spirit to this day.
1) Now, my stewardship unto the Nemenhah of Mentinah has been exceedingly long.
Yea, I have been privileged to serve my people in the seat of high priest in Mentinah for a very many years.
And behold, I have written all my works and words unto this people in a very many books. Yea, my writings are numerous and many of my own people call me wordy and overbearing.
2) Nevertheless, they do bear me up, for I show forth my love for them in all that I do, and notwithstanding some have some occasion to complain of the length of my speech and of my speaking, they do not complain of the counsel that I have sought to give them in the days of my stewardship.
For, the Lord has been with me and I have learned of Him. Wherefore, shall I not convey His teachings unto my people?
3) But this book shall not contain all my writings, only but a few.
For, I deem this book necessary to establish my generations unto whom the Lord shall show my day and my works.
Wherefore, if it be wisdom in the Lord that all my writings become known in latter days, I am content. And if it be His will and pleasure to reveal all of my works, I am well pleased. For, I know that He does His works unto men for a good purpose in Him.
Wherefore, may I complain at how much or how little of my works He deems necessary for His purposes? I say unto you, I shall be satisfied to know that somewhat of my day may be remembered to my descendents.
4) Now, in the days of my stewardship, the Nemenhah of Mentinah were joined together with the People of Corianton and we have made no distinction between our people, but have called ourselves, Nemenhah.
For, we are all of one heart and one mind, the people of the Lord.
And it is our custom to call ourselves after that Comforter whom the Lord did send unto us to minister unto us in all that we do.
Behold, we do call His name, Hemenen;
and thus, Nemenhah are the People of the Spirit to this day.
5) And let this be somewhat of a sign unto you, my descendent, that the day of the Lord and the culmination of that work which He has begun among you unto the nations of the world, has surely come, wherein He promised to raise up a remnant of His people Zion in this land.
For, it has been shown unto me in a vision that, in the day the Lord brings the writings of the Nemenhah into the light, all the remnant of the children of Israel left in this land, yea, the remnant of they who lived in this land when the Lord did visit them and prophesy unto them concerning this land, shall surely call themselves similarly.
Yea, all the people shall give reference to themselves as the People, even as we do.
Wherefore, look unto that verity in your day, all you who read these words.
6) And in the days of my stewardship, the Nemenhah held sway over all the lands which do extend from the narrow neck of land which divides the Land Northward from the Land Southward, even unto the snowy wastes of the North.
Yea, I say unto you, There are villages of the Nemenhah in places where, at certain
times of the year, the sun does not set and in other times of the year, it does not rise.
7) And behold, our cities and our villages are all governed in the manner of governance given us by ShiTugohah and Pa-Hementem. Yea, we do revere them today, just as my grandfather did in his day, for the system of governance they gave us.
And this system does not only bring prosperity such that there is not found any want among us, but also it brings to our hearts contentment in our place and station.
For, we are one, each other’s relations and keepers, and we have all things in common.
8) And we do not raise up unto ourselves Kings or Queens to rule over us;
but we are Priests and Kings, Priestesses and Queens unto the most high God.
Wherefore,what need have we of such rulers in the land, when every man and every woman of the Nemenhah may make such claim?
And if we are all Priests and Kings, how may there be any beggar among us?
For, what royal would see his near kinsman suffer for want of food or drink?
And what King would suffer his kin to sit in the gutter and beg for a scrap to wear?
9) Nay, such is not found among the Nemenhah from one sea to another.
In all our cities and villages, we do serve our fellow and our God. And in this thing I do feel to boast.
Yea, I have pride in my Lord, for we are a beloved and a delightsome people, and well favored.
10) And behold, herein lies the proof of my words.
In all the years of my stewardship there has not been war.
Nay, there has not been the shedding of blood or the terrible work of destruction among the Nemenhah in all the days of my ministry.
And I do give thanks unto the Lord every day of my life for this great blessing.
Yea, I do praise the Lord and extol His virtue because He has seen fit to manifest from heaven that which we must do as a people to become like unto Him.
Yea, I shall lift up my voice continually in His praise because of the gifts He does pour down upon me and upon my people.
11) And behold, can there be a greater blessing than that a nation should prosper and have peace with its neighbors?
Wherefore, we feel the doubly blessed that we have very few neighbors, for we are all one
And we are at peace with those neighbors that we do have, and even with nations and
kingdoms from far across the sea.
Can there be a more blessed state for any nation?
I say unto you, Nay.
12) Behold, I write these things unto you in a time of futurity, not because I want you to believe that the Nemenhah are more righteous than you. For, I know that you cannot lay claim to the peace and prosperity of the Nemenhah of my day.
But I do write them so that you may know that there is a way whereby a nation might have prosperity and peace in this land.
13) For, remember, my children, that the Lord has set a blessing upon this land, that whomsoever might possess it and keep His commandments, and seek His face, and live from revelation to revelation, shall have the prosperity and peace which I have described.
Yea, I write these things so that you might have hope that you too might receive so great a blessing if you but allow the Lord to work in your hearts.
14) And behold, remember also that the Lord has also cursed this land, that whomsoever might possess it but keep not His law and obey not His voice, seeking not His face continually, shall not enjoy prosperity and peace, but shall be set upon by their neighbors and their security shall never be sure.
15) Wherefore, I deem it important that you know that this whole land and all the people thereon did enjoy peace in all the days of their lives.
Yea, I have not seen war, nay, nor my father, nor his father.
And behold, I have not known want, nay, neither has anyone in my day, and anyone should discover it.
For, in the moment that such poverty might become known, behold, all who discover it work quickly to stamp it out.
Yea, so quickly is it stamped out that scarcely is the sun allowed to set upon such a discovery.
16) Now, I have seen your day and your doing.
Can you declare the same?
When you open the pages of this book to read the contents of it, should it surely be wisdom in God that you should do so, can you judge between the state of things in your day and the blessed affairs in mine?
Do you see but not see?
Can you read my words and have hope that the same blessed state in which I live might also be yours in the days of your stewardship?
Behold, it is for this cause that I write in this book.
17) And if you live in this land in a time when all is not well, how may you work to restore its former blessed state? Behold, I will tell you.
Come unto the Lord and seek His holy face.
Yea, get you into His presence.
For behold, though you be hungry and see His face, you shall be filled. Be you athirst and see His face, and you shall want no more for to drink.
And behold, be you naked and see His face, He shall clothe you with glory. And be you in prison and see His face, you shall be in the company of Angels.
Yea, be you halt and see His face,you shall walk upon the Way, and be you sick and see His face, you shall feel the healing in His hands.
18) And this is how you shall seek His face:
19) You shall cry unto Him in your chamber ere you arise even from your rest.
And you shall cry unto Him with your loved ones ere even you pass from your house upon your way.
And you shall cry unto Him in the streets and in the markets, in the way and in the fields.
Yea, you shall cry unto Him with friends and with neighbors, with loved ones and with strangers. You shall greet your neighbor in His name and you shall commend all your works unto Him.
20) And behold, you shall also seek His words in all good books. Yea, in all good writings shall you find words of comfort and of praise.
In searching out of every good book, you shall seek Him, and if you listen with ears that hear, behold, you shall find Him there.
21) And you shall worship Him with song and oblations both privily as a family, as also in public with your fellows.
And you shall remember to make your sacraments and your oblations unto Him.
Not to impress or to satisfy others when they see you offer up your sacraments and oblations, but only to satisfy yourself that you do please Him.
And how may you know that you do please Him?
Only by the workings of the
Holy Ghost may you know it.
22) And you shall not neglect the work of the Lord and His High Place.
Verily, He has given unto His chosen people, in all ages, knowledge and power beyond that which the world may contrive.
Wherefore, seek such knowledge out of the good books and neglect not to prepare yourselves in every good thing.
Yea, you shall take upon you His name and do His works for the sake of all living in the Mountain of the Lord.
23) And you shall strive to keep yourselves unspotted and unmarred by the world.
Yea, you shall work always to purify yourselves before the world, casting off ungodliness and making yourselves clean and without spot.
Yea, you shall cleanse yourselves both inside and out, yea both the outer and the inner vessel.
24) And behold, you shall never suffer the poor to continue in their poverty, nay not even one day, if it lies within your power to prevent it.
Yea, you shall consider the state of your neighbor and you shall work to have a surplus to share with them.
25) These are good and righteous endeavors and do you think that if you do them the Lord will prevent you should you ask to come into His presence?
Believe it not!
For, He said to His disciples:
26) Does a child ask his father for bread, and he give him a stone? Does he ask his kinsman a fish, and he give him a serpent?
Shall you do the things the Lord does ask of you, and He give you in return hell and
But He does even reward you for your desire to do well, even if you cannot accomplish all the things He does ask of you, should you only desire to do them, you shall be blessed.
27) And behold, in every age wherein there are men and women who seek His face, the Lord does give them commandments and ordinances.
And in every age, these ordinances have had to do with the covenants of the High Place.
Wherefore, in the age in which you do receive and read these my words, He shall not ask of you that which He has not asked of any other.
Itmay well be that the manner of the oblation or the ordinance may not seem the same as He commanded of His children in times past.
But behold, I say unto you, If you will study the matter out, you will find that His commandments have always been the same.
Wherefore, He is always the same and does not change.
28) For, I may ask of you that you should give me bread, and the bread you give may be different from the bread to which I am accustomed.
Does it signify that because the bread to which you are accustomed is not the same as that to which I am accustomed, that you denied me in my request?
I say unto you, Nay.
29) Wherefore, the Lord did ask of His servants that they sacrifice from the fruit of their labors in ancient times according to that law which He gave unto Moses.
Yet, in my day, He asks of me that I render a broken heart and a contrite spirit in sacrifice.
Does the Lord cease to be God because His request of sacrifice is different unto His people in one age than it is to His people in another?
And were the Ammonites cursed because their manner of sacrifice was of the water and oil of their own bodies rather than the bullock, or the lamb, or the dove?
Again I say unto you, Nay.
30) But how may one know which is His will today?
For, in reading from the scriptures we learn of His will unto our forefathers.
But, does that require that we do all that our forefathers did, and in the manner in
which they were commanded? Nay.
Follow the Lord.
Come unto the Lord.
Learn of the Lord.
31) When my father, Nephi, asked his brethren if they had inquired of the Lord with regard to his father’s vision, they answered him frankly that the Lord made no such things known unto them.
Will you be as Laman and Lemuel?
And shall the Lord withhold His will from those who diligently seek Him?
Laman and Lemuel received not of the Lord in their day because they sought not His face nor His will. Had they but come unto the Lord and sought Him diligently, as Nephi their younger brother had, He surely would have given them the same clarity in vision as Nephi received.
32) So must it be for you. Lean not unto your own understanding, for it will surely direct you, but you shall fall short of the mark.
Neither lean unto the understanding of men, for they will take pleasure in leading you into paths that profit them.
33) You must lean upon the Lord for understanding. For,even the prophets of God may lead men astray betimes when such men will not seek the revelations of God.
34) Remember, even he who sees an Angel may seek to destroy the work of God.
Did not Laman and Lemuel converse with an Angel when they had tried to take the life of their brother and beat him with a rod?
Did they not see an Angel and did the Angel not speak to them that their own ears heard the voice?
Wherein did they fall away thereafter?
Behold, they fell because they did not continually seek the face of the Lord.
Wherefore, what does it profit a man to see and speak with Angels if he will not seek to speak with his Lord?
Behold, it profits him nothing at all.
35) Neither does it profit a man to hear the words or read the writings of one who has seen God, if he himself will not seek Him.
Behold, you may read these things and receive of the Holy Ghost a witness that the things I write unto you, and the things that come up unto you out of the dust, are true and faithful.
But it will profit you nothing at all if in the end, you seek not the face of Jesus.
36) It is for this cause and this purpose that the Lord does give unto men and women the works, covenants and ordinances of the High Place. Behold, this is the purpose of such things, that we might find Him in His holy place and embrace Him and receive of Him an endowment of power. For, it is only through this that we may obtain His exalted station. Yea, it is only by becoming His that we too may be sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise and become heirs and co-heirs with Christ to all that the Father has.
This is the great plan that He has for us.
Yea, this is that to which we covenanted before the world was.
37) And the Sacrament of the Lords Supper, which He did teach unto the people, is the token of that covenant.
Behold, before the world was, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost did make a covenant together to begin a New and Everlasting Covenant.
Yea, and it is a new thing in the universe.
And behold, they do offer unto us that we might join with Them in Their work by covenant.
Is this not what we do when we break the bread and pour the wine of His sacrifice?
Do we not witness to the Father that we are willing to take upon us the name of Christ when we break the bread?
And do we not willingly do so when we drink the wine?
38) And what do we mean by taking upon us the name of Christ?
Do we merely call ourselves Christians thereafter?
Or does it mean something more.
I say unto you, It means much more.
For, we do become His own.
Yea, He may lay claim to His own and be an intercessory for them.
It is by and through this ordinance that we become co-heirs with Christ because we become His, and though heaven and earth pass away, behold, what is His shall stand in its place forever.
39) And because that we do take upon us this covenant, we are made the more sanctified and prepared to see His face, even the face of our Savior.
For, if we strive to do His will and keep His commandments, this does purify us in our bodies and in our spirits. How then shall we not seek His face, and seeking, come even into His presence, being His?
40) And behold, is not the ordinance of baptism not an emblem of our repentance and our steps unto Christ?
Do we not set our feet upon a new path when we undertake to signify that we are willing to lay our sins aside?
And this ordinance we do often for this very purpose.
This is also given unto us that we might continue to purify ourselves. For, is it not so that if we continually renew our covenant to lay our sins aside, that we shall become even more able to sense the Holy Ghost in all that we do?
And if we do this thing often, shall we not feel to accept and receive the Holy Ghost?
41) And without question, all the things that we do, and are prompted by the Holy Ghost to do, we do for the purpose of preparing us and purifying us to receive this great and unspeakable gift.
Yea, it is for this cause that we do also repeat also in our daily walk and our daily talk that we do walk and talk in a sacred manner.
Is it to please each other that we do these things? I say unto you, Nay. It is to serve and to please God.
to be continued…cj