Patriotic Poetry: The Cry From the Dust Poetry Collection
New Books: The Mormon Religion is Still True
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"Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world." 3 NE.18:24
Dedicated to the House of Israel in America - The American Indians
"(Verse 22) For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all His promises shall be fulfilled."
"And he knoweth their prayers, that they were in behalf of their brethren. And he knoweth of their faith, for in his name could they remove mountains; and in his name could they cause the earth to shake..."(Mormon 8:24)" "(Verse 25) And behold, their prayers were also on behalf of him that the Lord should suffer to bring these things forth.
"And no one need say they shall not come, for they surely shall, for the Lord hath spoken it; for out of the earth shall they come, by the hand of the Lord, and none can stay it; and it shall come in a day when it shall be said that miracles are done away;
We have learned from the title page of the Book of Mormon that the American Indians are the first people listed for which it is intended: "Written to the Lamanites (the American Indians), who are a remnant of the House of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile." The prophet Joseph Smith affirmed that the title page is a "literal translation" and "not by any means a modern composition" of himself or any other recent man. From the onset of the early church he also spoke clearly on what the Book of Mormon is:
"The Book of Mormon is a record of the forefathers of our western tribes of Indians; having been found through the ministration of an holy angel, and translated into our own language by the gift and power of God, after having been hid up in the earth for the last fourteen hundred years, containing the word of God which was delivered unto them (the ancestors of the American Indians). By it we learn that our western tribes of Indians are descendants from that Joseph who was sold into Egypt, and the land of America is a promised land unto them, and unto it all the tribes of Israel will come, with as many of the Gentiles as shall comply with the requisitions of the new covenant." (History of the Church, volume 1, page 315)
We are now living in that age when the Book of Mormon revelations and prophecies of Joseph Smith have and will come to pass. The fastest growing areas of the Mormon Church are in those areas heavily populated by descendants of the people of the Book of Mormon (American Indians). Latest numbers for LDS church membership indicate more than one-third of the membership now resides in the countries of Mexico, Central America, and South America. Even modern experts who have studied and recognized the rates of rapid increase in Mormon church membership in Latin America have predicted that at some point in the early part of the twenty-first century the majority of the world-wide Mormon Church will be people of American Indian descent. It is evident that the Mormon church has been established primarily for the descendants of Lehi (a Book of Mormon prophet).
Mormon Apostle Parley P. Pratt in an 1851 address to the American Indians said; "You are a branch of the house of Israel. You are descended from the Jews, or rather more generally, from the tribe of Joseph, which Joseph was a great prophet and ruler in Egypt.’
Like the Days of Noah...Essay