Part XII The Record of MorHonayah; The covenant that the Lord made with the Father and with the Holy Ghost

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Thank you for meeting here with us today.

We are studying the Sacred Records of The Nemenhah

Vol 4: The Record of MorHonayah

Chapter Twelve

 And this became a custom with us, to celebrate the covenant that the Lord made with the Father and with the Holy Ghost, every time we meet for any reason.

16)  Yea, when we gather to plant, we celebrate this sacrament, as also when we harvest. And when we build a house or a barn, we celebrate this sacrament.

And when we meet a stranger on our way, we pause with them and welcome them, and we celebrate with them this sacrament.

And behold, when any member of our family comes or goes away, we take time to celebrate this sacrament with them when they arrive from a journey or before the depart from us.

17)  And this we do in order that we may keep in our remembrance always that thing which the Lord has done for us.

 And we do it also that we may always have His spirit with us,

or in other words,

that because we remember Him in all that we do,

we might become in all ways like unto Him and take upon ourselves

 and cultivate in ourselves that spirit

where with He did teach us to govern our lives.

18)  But this is not all.

When we do this, keeping the covenant which He made with the Father and with the Holy Ghost, we are made partakers of that covenant also.

Therefore, if we have His spirit to be with us, and if we do govern ourselves by that spirit which we have received of Him, we shall also be assured of the covenant relationship with the Father and with the Holy Ghost that He also enjoys.

19)  For behold, it is by the power of the Father

that we have our being.

Yea, and because of the covenant which He made with the Mother,

we have our lives

and we are also partakers of that covenant.

And it is by the power of the Holy Ghost

that all things may be brought to our remembrance

and be confirmed in us.

Yea, by the power of the Holy Ghost

We may become like our Father and Mother in Heaven.

And it is because of the atonement which was accomplished by the Lord,

Even the Peacemaker, that we may come into communion with Heavenly Beings.

Wherefore, we do participate as often as we can make excuse to
do so in that covenant which they made together.

cj note; How awsome is that? 

 Vol 4: The Record of MorHonayah

Chapter Twelve

1) And when the people had heard the words of the Council, they did of their own will divide themselves equitably and some stayed in Mentinah and others did remove a day’s journey from it and establish a new city.

And this new city was also larger than that which the people had decided was the limit which the earth could bear in that place and others did continue on to another place to establish their home.

And thus they did until all the people had moved southward in large enough intervals that they would not press too greatly upon the land and over run her ability to provide for them.

2) And even our own Elat Kowat became too large and my son did take his family and several of the young men into the north to make a community of their own.

For, he desired that his wife and children should live yet a little closer to the Nemenhah of Nespelhem.

3) And behold, the Nemenhah of my own city desired that I be called to be the high priest and to preside over them in their ordinances and celebrations. But I was still the high priest of Mentinah and could not do duty to both at once.

And my own city pressed me and desired me to serve in my own home and not go upon the road so often to Mentinah to preside in the High Place there.

4)  For, the Nemenhah of Elat Kowat had built the High Place in our own city and they had many synagogues also wherein they did study the books and the records.

And they did meet together often in Councils established by the people.

Yea, in all ways, the city of Elat Kowat had become a city exactly as Mentinah,
with all the same goings on, and the people declared their desire that I sit in the seat of high priest of the city.

5)  And the Council of Elat Kowat did send an epistle unto the Council of Mentinah desiring them to release me from the seat of high priest,

that I might more fully serve my own city.

6)  And behold, the Council of Mentinah did take up the matter

and prayerfully consider it.

And after much debate, the Council decided that I was not to be constrained to serve

them for any reason, lest I be driven by such folly to take the course of Heinmet and resign the seat.

7)  Wherefore, I was released from the seat of high priest of the City of Mentinah and my own city called me to preside.

And I did become the high priest of Elak Kowat and I did no longer spend my time traveling to and from the City of Mentinah.

8)  And behold, I did enjoy greater liberty than I had while laboring for the City of Mentinah and it was my pleasure to use that time in teaching the men and women of my own city.

For, many of the men were those Nephites who had come from out of the Nephite and Lamanite war and they had need of much counsel.

Wherefore, I now had much more time to dedicate to their service.

9)  And Elak Kowat did grow and prosper, and many settlements did also grow up around it and we did spread ourselves upon the land north of the City of Mentinah.

10)  And I did call and set up high priests unto all the settlements, which was a thing that had not been done very often.

For, the high priest of Mentinah did heretofore preside over all matters spiritual for all the cities round about the Valley of Menintah, but it was very difficult for the cities to receive of the high priest all that they needed.

11)  And this was also the case with the settlements that sprang up in the north part of the valley.

Wherefore, rather than that they should come always unto me in Elat Kowat for all their needs, I did establish high priests for them in their Lodges.

12)  And I did cause that they should call teachers and priests to instruct in the synagogues and to administer the ordinances of baptism

and also the sacrament of the Lord’s supper unto the people.

Now, these are they whom we call Peli.

And they are men or women whom the community

sees are of good heart and
pure intention.

And their names are given unto the high priest of the city for consideration for callings in the administration of such things.

Wherefore, when a teacher or priest is needed for any of the synagogues, the high priest takes up the list of names which the Council has provided and inquires of the Lord as to who should be called.

And, if the list contains not the name of that person whom the Lord sees fit to install, by the word of His commission unto the high priest,

then the name of the candidate is given to the high priest through revelation.

13)  But behold, any person of good intention may officiate in the administration of the ordinances of baptism and of the sacrament of the Lord’s supper.

And any person of good intention is equal to the task of leading the instruction of the people.

For, they all do instruct their own children in their homes constantly and this does prepare all the Nemenhah to become teachers and priests.

14)  And those ordinances which are done only in the home,

such as the blessing and naming of children,

blessing of the sick and the afflicted,

the bestowal of the blessing whereby the people are reminded to receive the Holy Ghost.

The ordinances of the High Place and all those things

that must be taught at home to prepare for them.

Behold, all these things are administered by the parents of children or

by the Peli, as each family shall choose and call for their edification.

15)  And behold, the Nemenhah of Nespelhem did begin to administer the bread and wine of the Lord’s supper every time they met together to be instructed of the teachers and priests.

And this became a custom with us, to celebrate the covenant that the Lord made with the Father and with the Holy Ghost, every time we meet for any reason.

16)  Yea, when we gather to plant, we celebrate this sacrament, as also when we harvest. And when we build a house or a barn, we celebrate this sacrament.

And when we meet a stranger on our way, we pause with them and welcome them, and we celebrate with them this sacrament.

And behold, when any member of our family comes or goes away, we take time to celebrate this sacrament with them when they arrive from a journey or before the depart from us.

17)  And this we do in order that we may keep in our remembrance always that thing which the Lord has done for us.

 And we do it also that we may always have His spirit with us,

or in other words,

that because we remember Him in all that we do,

we might become in all ways like unto Him and take upon ourselves

 and cultivate in ourselves that spirit

where with He did teach us to govern our lives.

18)  But this is not all.

When we do this, keeping the covenant which He made with the Father and with the Holy Ghost, we are made partakers of that covenant also.

Therefore, if we have His spirit to be with us, and if we do govern ourselves by that spirit which we have received of Him, we shall also be assured of the covenant relationship with the Father and with the Holy Ghost that He also enjoys.

19)  For behold, it is by the power of the Father that we have our being.

Yea, and because of the covenant which He made with the Mother,

we have our lives and we are also partakers of that covenant.

And it is by the power of the Holy Ghost that all things may be brought to our remembrance and be confirmed in us.

Yea, by the power of the Holy Ghost

We may become like our Father and Mother in Heaven.

And it is because of the atonement which was accomplished by the Lord,

 Even the Peacemaker, that we may come into communion with Heavenly Beings.

Wherefore, we do participate as often as we can make excuse to
do so in that covenant which they made together.

20)  And when we meet in formal assembly, which is our custom in the synagogues, we do not sit ourselves according to rank or calling.

 For there is no caste with in the Nemenhah but we are all servants.

Yea, the synagogues are built in a circle or hoop fashion, as has been described in another place, and the priests and teachers sit in the center.

And when they teach, they do stand in order that all may hear their words. But
behold, they do not stand because they are above any other person in rank or caste.

21)  And when we meet, the priest leads the people in prayer, or asks that someone lead in prayer. For, when we come together in assembly, either for worship and oblation, or for councils, wedo wish the Lord to be there with us.

For it is expedient that we have the assistance and counsel of the Lord in all things, to help us with what we are about to do.

Wherefore, we do pray first in earnest entreaty to have the Lord with us,
and also the Holy Ghost.

22)  And also when we meet together in assembly we do sing songs of praise unto the Lord. Yea, we do lift up our voices in song and thanksgiving unto the Lord whenever we do assemble ourselves together.

And whenever a new song is written, we ask our teachers to instruct us in it.

For, the song of thanksgiving is a prayer unto the Lord and we know that the Lord does rejoice in our thanksgiving, for He has informed us that it is so.

23)  And when we have prayed for the presence of Heavenly Beings

And when we have all taken of the bread and wine of the Lord’s supper

 The teacher stands and reads from the scriptures.

And when this is done, the teacher sometimes expounds upon what has been read as the Spirit gives utterance.

And also, if any person is moved upon by the Holy Ghost, they also stand in their place and speak the words which come to their hearts.

But more often, the people take thought in that which has been read without much talking, for the Holy Ghost is a mighty instructor.

24)  And when this is all done, the teacher leads us in more song

And the priest leads us once again in prayer.

And the people embrace each other and the assembly is concluded.

25)  And this is the custom among all the Nemenhah when they meet in assembly together.

And behold, the priests and teachers assist us always in our understandings

And in our oblations.

26)  Now, it is the priest who is given the charge and the stewardship of the care and keeping of the synagogue, and this does often take away from the time necessary for the priest to labor for the support of the family and for the creating of surplus.

And the Nemenhah do not begrudge the priest anything that is required in order to maintain the synagogue in good order.

Wherefore, the people all do give of their surplus to the priest because of the labor which is required on the part of the people.

And no priest is ever left in a state of want, for this would be the shame and the dishonor of the people.

27)  But the teachers are not asked to do more than the people themselves do in order to fulfill the stewardship that has been placed upon them.

Wherefore, they are not made beggars by their stewardship and make no
entreaty because of it.

28)  And there is always a font of water kept at the synagogue in readiness for any who might wish to be baptized.

And this font is kept clean and the water is kept fresh each day.

And when any person desires to renew the covenant which they have made with the Lord, and the people do this often, they come to the priest and ask for the ordinance.

Or they bring with them that member of their family who does act as Peli
for them in this ordinance and the priest leads them in it in a sacred manner.

29)  And when a sojourner or a stranger first arrives in the city, they go unto the priest and make themselves known.

And their needs are made known to the priest first, and also their intention.

And the priest takes their petition to the high priest immediately, and their want is fulfilled out of the storehouse of the city.

Then, once care is taken to assure that they do not want for their physical needs, they may make their introduction to the Council and, if it is their intention to stay and become part of the community, they receive their stewardship from the Council.

30)  Wherefore, the Nemenhah are carefulto maintain that the priest of the synagogue always has somewhat of a surplus to care for the wayfarer and the stranger.

And they also bring as much of their surplus as they cannot keep adequately themselves to the storehouses of the city, that there be no waste of the surplus of the people.

And this is kept in good order by the high priest of the city and those the Council calls to
assist in this labor as part of their stewardship.

But behold, all that can be adequately kept in the homes of the Nemenhah, they do keep themselves and they do administer it to the needy.

31)  But neither the priest of the synagogue nor the high priest are left without that which is needed to immediately assist the stranger, the visitor, or the wayfarer.

For, it is oft the case that such is their state that the wayfarer arrives in the city in desperate need and the priest is called upon to assist with haste.

Wherefore, we always maintain that the priest, whom we call to be a shepherd to the people and a servant, has a store of that which is needed to be of speedy assistance.

32)  Behold, I am reminded of the day that I did arrivein Mentinah from the Nephite wars.

I and my companions whom I had gathered along the way werein desperate need of assistance.

And behold, because of the custom of the Nemenhah, we had no need of making our petition to the Council, but rather, our needs were immediately met by the priest of the synagogue.

For, the first person to see us approaching the city ran out to greet us and, seeing that we were desperate from our long journey and
hungry, took us directly to the priest.

33)  And the priest of the synagogue nearest to the southern approach to the city, for this is the direction in which we did arrive in Mentinah, having crossed a great desert and traversed the mountains, was a woman of great spirit and presence of mind.

And the Nemenhah had made sure that she had a store of those things most required by the wayfarer.

And she did take us in without question or interview, and she did succor us and give us that which we most required, being a place to wash ourselves, sound food and medicine with wine to revive us, and a place to lay ourselves down to rest.

And when we were revived, for we were in sore want, she administered the sacrament of the Lord’s supper with us and revived our spirits as well.

Then did we go up unto the Council and give our report of the war and its outcome.

34)  Now, this is a good custom. For we were desperate for assistance, having come from afar off.

And behold, we were strangers in a strange city.

And our appearance was exceedingly rough.

Yea, we did appear as vagabonds straight from who might know what mischief.

But, becauseof the custom of the people, no one was called upon to judge our intention.

The Nemenhah took care of our immediate needs first.

For, it is also the custom that newcomers come unto the Council to introduce themselves and it is the stewardship of the Council to ascertain one’s intentions.

35)  But behold, it is the stewardship of every individual to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.

And it is the calling of each man and woman to give rest to the weary and to lift up the hands that hang down.

This is the commission of every man or woman which is given unto them of Jesus Christ, who is the Peacemaker.

Above all other stewardships that might be given of men, this one stewardship is given of the Lord and the Nemenhah need no commandment or reminder in it.

They do assure that all who come wanting into their cities are cared for speedily.

36)  For, are we not all wayfarers?

Do we not all travel together the road upon which our Lord has placed us?

And can we say that this road is always pleasant and never rough?

Or is it true that we always go upon our way knowing exactly what will become of us or how our journey will fare?

Can any of us predict one day to the next with certainty?

37)  I say unto you, Nay.

For we have not all things before us and cannot see the end from the beginning.

And if we are all wayfarers, it is good to remember that we may at time fare ill in our journey and require speedy assistance to save our very lives.

If this be the case with us, how can we begrudge our substance to any other?

Yea, and how can we, who have plenty and to spare, fail to make preparations before the time of need to provide for them who have not?

Because we are blind to all that might befall us

is it not wisdom to make preparations?

38)  But behold, it is a peculiar thing among the Nemenhah that we do make preparations not for ourselves, but it is for others that we make preparation, yea, we do it to be of service to our neighbor.

For, what good would our surplus be to him that immediately needs if he must first find us who have made preparation to make his entreaty?

For immediate aid, such a thing would profit no one.

Wherefore, we put up in store in order that no petition may go up unheard and unheeded, nay, not even for a moment.

39)  Now, all the commissions given of Christ for to fulfill His purposes are called by us the Priesthood of God.

Yea, it is by His commission that priests and teachers are called to assist us and to attend to the synagogues.

And it is by His commission that the high priest sees to the management of the High Place and of the surplus of the city and its keeping.

And it is by His commission that mothers and fathers do teach their children and also the stranger in their house.

And it is by His commission that families do sometimes assign Peli with a special calling to assist them with the ordinances and the sacrifices. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Behold, the commission of the Lord is the priesthood

 And it is the responsibility of every person to obtain it.

40)  The priest is not the priesthood.

Nay, and the high priest is not the priesthood.

It is that specific word of God that comes to the individual by and through the Holy Ghost that conveys the commission to the heart and soul of a man or a woman.

41)  And behold, when this commission is come into the soul of a person, they come to the priest or the high priest, or to the Peli of a family, and they request a blessing of them to confirm by token and by the laying on of hands of that which has been received of the Lord.

And the priest, the high priest or the Peli shall give whatever words of prophecy or counsel to which the Holy Ghost may give utterance

 And this becomes a witness and an assistance to the individual in fulfilling that commission whereby the Lord has called them.

42)  And if the high priest does call upon a person from out of the names provided by the people to be a priest or teacher unto them, they may not take up the calling until they have sought the confirmation of the Holy Ghost that they have received the commission of the Lord in it.

And if they receive not this confirmation, they do not accept the call, but they do ask the high priest to go again unto the Lord in prayer to affirm the matter.

43)  Behold, the priesthood of God is a serious matter to the Nemenhah and we do not trifle with it.

It is not given to any person without the clear and certain commission of the Lord.

And this commission comes to a person by and through the power of the Holy Ghost.

44)  Now, there is nothing that the is necessary for the salvation of the soul that the Lord might command that differs from the covenant that He did enter into with the Father and with the Holy Ghost.

Wherefore, women, having already received the saving grace

And commission of the Mother

already possess the priesthood of God.

But behold, they must also receive a confirmation of the calling before taking it up for the Lord.

45)  But men have not this grace from their birth and must receive it from the Peacemaker.

This is why the Nemenhah do confer upon those men who are called of God, the priesthood after the orders thereof.

And they are ordained to the offices that are assigned thereto by the laying on of hands after that they have received the commission.

Behold, only they who have received the commission of the Lord to do so may
confer or ordain by the laying on of hands.

46)  Whereas, women are called to the office with a holy calling and a blessing by the laying on of hands as a token of the commission only.

For they have the priesthood already conferred upon them and shall anyone confer that which is already given?

47)  And how shall anyone know that they have truly received the commission and that they do act according to word and will of the Lord?

Behold, they do not set themselves up or apart from their neighbors.

Nay, they do not wear special attire which sets them apart.

And they do not set a mark of any kind upon themselves

to give them distinction that all might look and see

 that they possess the priesthood of God.

48)  It is the responsibility of every person to seek the confirmation of the Holy Ghost that any person has the right to speak and act in the name of God.

And this is done every time an ordinance that requires the commission of the Lord is to be performed.

Behold, the participants shall fast and pray, and if they receive not the confirmation that the right individual has been chosen to perform the ordinance, they return again to fasting and prayer.

49)  Behold, these things are of such import that they are never rushed into.

And if the confirmation of the Holy Ghost is not received, the person is not judged worthy or unworthy.

It is merely that they have not the commission of the Lord in that thing at that time.

For, the priesthood of God is not a thing that is given to all and all at once.

It is a thing that must be cultivated and cared for throughout one’s life.

50)  Yea behold, I may receive the commission on one day and then on the next I may be found in anger against my neighbor.

In that moment I have lost the commission of the Lord.

It is only after I have repented and made good my error that the commission returns unto me.

Therefore, the priesthood becomes a constant reminder to each individual of the determinate need to be in constant harmony with the Lord in all things.

It is in this way that the Lord uses the priesthood to teach and to train us to become like Him in all things.

51)  And so great is the import of this principle that it has been revealed and written that no man may take up this honor unto himself, but that he is called of God as was Aaron, the brother of Moses the prophet.

52)  Now, Aaron was called up to the office of high priest unto his people by the mouth of a prophet of God.

But do you suppose that this was done without Aaron’s having received any intelligence of it?

Nay, believe it not, for I say unto you that Aaron did inquire of the Lord in the matter.

And, after that he had spent much time and effort in repenting of his faults and his errors, the Lord did convey unto him through the power of the Holy Ghost the commission to do all that the prophet called him to do.

53)  And Moses and Aaron were sons of Levi and they did answer the call of the Lord and they did act according to the commission of the Lord.

Therefore, they did possess the priesthood and were justified in all that they did in righteousness.

54)  Does that mean that they were justified in all things because they had the priesthood of God?

I say unto you, Nay.

Behold how neither of them were allowed to go down into the promised land but were taken from the earth before the children of Israel received their inheritance.

55)  Wherefore, take heed all you who would claim to possess the right and power to speak and act in the name of Jesus Christ, the Peacemaker.

Yes, have a care what you do and say in His name.

For, if you seek not to be commissioned in all things and in all times, the priesthood shall be a thing of naught in you and, though you claim to have received it by ordinance after a set pattern, you shall speak the name of the Lord in vain and you shall lay upon Him actions that are not His.

Behold, you shall sow great confusion in the day that you do this.

Yea, a generation may go into confusion before the Lord will correct your evil.

Chapter Thirteen

to be continued cj…

 

 

 

 

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