Praise To The Man
Who Communed With Jehovah
prepared by Don R. Hender




    JESUS was dead. The accounts of his resurrection and administration to and meetings with his apostles after his death had ended and people would ask, "Was it really so?" The last to write and speak of visions, seeing God and writing scripture was John the Beloved upon the Isle of Patomos. And then the heavens become silent. The Romans destroyed Jerusalem. It was all as a night vision, there and gone. The ravenous wolves had entered in not sparing the flock. All that was left were contending factions disputing the very foundational doctrines of Christ's Christianity. And the stage gradually fell dark into the Dark Ages of the earth's history. With but strands and two east and west competitors, the religion and doctrine of Christ was in a state of corruption whith the leaders of the Reformation would identify and hold the corruption accountable for proliferating upon the world. The prophet were dead they said. All that is left is dead. Only the cannon of the Old and New Testaments remained for man to read and live by. And until written in the common language, man had not even the written Word of God to study, understand and to come to know God.

Before the great flood, there had been the most anciest Patriarchs and Prophets from Adam to Enoch and from Enoch to Noah. Then came the last later Patriarchs of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. Jacob chosen son Joseph was the last Great Patriarch. And what his had written was but lightly held in the remaining Jewish Torah of the surviving 5 books of Moses and what was left of them. After Joseph and until the first of the later prophets Moses of the Old Testament there was a silence for some hundreds of years. Moses revived the Prophets but not the Patriarchs. Both had spoke with God and led the people. The revival of Moses reclaimed Israel who had fallen into slavery unto the Egyptians and into the corruptions of false and idolitrous forms of worship after the orders of those Egyptians. No patriarch of prophet was any longer recorded among them.

Then from Moses to the last recorded prophets of the Old Testament the history of Israel was a roller coaster of ups and down of faithfulness and wickedness. First Judges would rule the laws and the Prophets would prophesy. Then Kings were instituted and it was only the Prophets who would prophesy and a quorum of elder to rule the Chruch while the Kings ruled over the people.

After the last prophets, only the quorum of elders and priets of the Levites remained and corruption of the Hebrew tabernacle and termples remained. No longer were there prophets among them whose words were written as a part of the scriptures of the people. And until John the Baptist and Jesus himself, there had been a long silence again of the hearing of the Word of God from heaven.

With the calling of John the Baptist and the birth of Jesus, again prophets walked the earth. Jesus called an anointed Apostles whe the faithful among them would develop into being prophets of God in their own right. They would be the foundation of the New Testament scriptures and either they themselves would write scripture or they authorize a scribe to do so as with Mark for Peter and Luke to the Romans as authorized by Paul. But even then those records fell into a state of disrepair before assembled into the accepted and authorized 'cannon' of the surviving corrupt forms of Christ's Church.

Yes, Jesus had died and was resurrected, yet man would eventually begin to disbelieve and ask, "Was it not just a myth and not really true?" It was not until the early 1800s that the voice of God was heard and be historically recorded as coming from heaven unto man. Like the times of old only some would believe and most others would defame, deny and fight aginst the called prophets of God. But again a prophet and then later Apostles and Prophets again walked the earth. It had again begun with a man named Joseph Smith Junior.


     JESUS (Who is Jehovah) anointed that prophet and seer. Joseph Smith Jr. is a type and shadow of Jesus Christ in many more ways and manners than most know or will admit. Summarily stated they are of the same cloth. They are of the same linage and many do not understand just how that is and when they are told they let the 'education of men' stands in their way of grasping just how that is. Give praise to Joseph Smith - Praise to the Man!

Lyrics

1.

Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!

Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer.

Blessed to open the last dispensation,

Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.

2.

Praise to his mem’ry, he died as a martyr;

Honored and blest be his ever great name!

Long shall his blood, which was shed by assassins,

Plead unto heav’n while the earth lauds his fame.

3.

Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.

Ever and ever the keys he will hold.

Faithful and true, he will enter his kingdom,

Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.

4.

Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven;

Earth must atone for the blood of that man.

Wake up the world for the conflict of justice.

Millions shall know “Brother Joseph” again.

Chorus:

Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!

Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.

Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;

Death cannot conquer the hero again.

Text: William W. Phelps, 1792–1872

Music: Scottish folk song

Give Joseph Smith Jr. His Dues

I am but one among millions today who have a testimony of Joseph Smith Jr. as being a prophet of God. And before I proceed further upon the topic of this page, I desire to give a rendering of that witness and testimony. And this that all might know that I am not an enemy of the prophet Joseph of the latter days, neither am I a descenting voice against The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a member of the Chruch, fully believing and trusting in the prophets and the apostles, the officers and leaders of the Chruch today.

"I have a great respect and love for the Prophet Joseph Smith. I testify that he is the Lord's first leading latter day Prophet and Seer of the restoration of the Lord's Church and gospel to the earth in preparation for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Great Millennial Day to follow. One of two of my 2nd great grandfathers who personally knew the Prophet Joseph Smith did withness the prophet Joseph receiving a great vision of grand importance from the powers of heaven (D&C 76). Joseph Smith did translate the scriptural record known as the Book of Mormon by the inspiration and powers of God given to him to do so from ancient metal golden plates. These were given to him by an angel of God named Moroni. I know the Book of Mormon is absolutely a true scriptural record containing the word of God. Further, through Joseph Smith the priesthood of God and the keys thereof have been restored to the earth by the visitations and the ministering of angels, whereby the Church of Jesus Christ has gone forth to the world; blessing all those who come unto Christ and join to His church to the end that they do strive to live by God's laws, statutes and the ordinances thereof; and that they may obtain Eternal Life and Exaltation in the Kingdom of God. Even in death does the prophet Joseph Smith, the empowered head of this dispensation of the fulness of times, continue to guide and direct the work of the Latter day Church as he lives on in that Paradise of the Lord and continues to perform his duties as God's chosen prophet. I bear testimony of this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

This now being established, I venture into that area wherein LDS members are not those who are merely brain-washed into the 'doctrine of Mormonism.' Neither are we of the type who do not exercise our own agency and have our own various opinions on various matters, political, societal and even religious. One mormon member will consider such and such to be that of which is to be the lands of the Book of Mormon, another considers something else. The Chruch has not established an Official Position upon that matter and opinions vary. And thus it is. We may discuss among ourselves as to this or that with some thinking and even believing somethings apart from one another. Thus is the topic here.

Some have been critical of the LDS Church over such statements that the Church does set up Joseph Smith so high that we do worship him even above Jesus Christ. Some even charge that the Chruch does estabish Joseph Smith in the stead of Christ. This is of course absolutely not true, but there is a bit of a mis-understanding that maybe or has been given where there is some honesty in this critic's position.

Now the Prophet Joseph Smith desires all of the truthful aclaims that are his, and they are many. Yet over Zealous supports of the Prophet Joseph Smith have began to take their 'adoration' beyond those realms of supportable truth. And they have began to confuse Joseph Smith with that which does but pertain unto the Messiah.

Three areas: 1) The mixing of Joseph Smith with the suffering Jewish preached Messiah ben Joseph. 2) The grammatically poor confusing of Joseph Smith with Jesus Christ of Isaiah 11 and D&C 113. 3) The attributing to Joseph that which applies to the Patriarch Joseph of Egypt and his ancestry of Jesus Christ relative to the JST of Genesis 50 and the Book of Mormon's related report of the same by Lehi from the plates of brass in 2 Nephi 3.

This wrongful mixing of Joseph Smith Jr. with the Messiah Jesus Christ, who is the same as Jehovah, has given the 'nay sayers' and critics of Joseph Smith and Mormons the room to claim that we of the LDS Church do worship Joseph Smith as Jesus Christ. Based upon half truths and lies, the Mormon critics do have a partial truth basis for their claims in this thing which they ought to not have.

Joseph Smith, as any righteous prophet of God who attempts to emulate Jesus Christ and be liken unto him for such, is proper to do. What is not proper to do is to attribute direcly to Joseph Smith that which pertains but solely to Jesus Christ, who is Jehovah our Ministering God in the name and in the stead of the Father.

1) From a Jewish legend of their Messiah ben Joseph to whom they attribute the scriptures that speak of the suffering Messiah, have some Mormon scholars sought to associate Joseph Smith. The fact is that if anyone is this suffering Messiah ben Joseph, that is Jesus Christ himself; who is also the promised Messiah ben David.

2) Furher, due to a poorly designed question that makes of an adverb modifying prepositional phrase of Isaiah 11:1 to incorrectly be the direct object noun of their question. Thus, rather than the true two subject nouns of the parallalism of Isaiah 11:1 that should be the properly constructed, the question's direct object, being the correct antecedents of the sentence's pronoun 'who;' some tend to read Isaiah improperly using D&C 113 as their excuse.

3) From the three great Dispensation Heads of Moses, Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith who have descended from the last Great Patriarch Joseph of Egypt of the Patriarchal Fathers line of authority and Covenant Birthright of the Firstborn blessings held by that lineage; some have taken that part which was the promise of the Messiah to come of Joseph and attributed to Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith is one of the Dispensation Heads spoken of in the promised blessing by Joseph by Jehovah, but that portion belonging to the Christ has by many been transfered upon Joseph Smith as they have failed to understand the scriptures properly.

And Give Joseph of Egypt His Due Too

As the last Great Patriarch of the Patriarchal Order, it was to be in and through those blessings of the birthright held by Joseph of Egypt that the earth was to be blessed:

Great Were the Covenants of the Lord which He Made unto Joseph

~ Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 3:4 ~

1) Israel's freedom from Egypt in Moses

And who comes to stand in the midst of them but Moses. How and Why?

From Moses back to the heir seed of Joseph, Joshua.

Then to Judges.

Then to Kings.

2) Ancestry of the Septre - Judah blood line from Boaz
3) The Ancestry of the Book of Mormon - Wall jumpers Joseph:
4) The Ancestry of Scattered Israel - Joseph etc. & the wall jumper of the latter-day many
5) Ancestry of Jesus Christ - Joseph via Mahlon - Ruth 4:10 (9-11)
6) Ancestry of Joseph Smith - Same as Jesus.

A. Right to the Priesthood - Patriarch Joseph
B. Right to the Birthright Covenant - Patriarch Joseph
C. Right to the Keys - Patriarch Joseph
D. Right to the Fulness - Patriarch Joseph

10 And also with Joseph and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, your fathers, by whom the promises remain;
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 27:10)