Written: 25 May 1995
This testimony and declaration is directed to each of the 15 Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By direction and inspiration from Almighty God we submit the following words to you.
We testify, as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, that apostasy has taken hold of the LDS Church, both leaders and people. The principles and doctrines of truth once embraced by this people, for the establishment of Zion and the anticipated Millennial reign of Christ, have largely been abandoned and repudiated. Over more than a century, a continuous departure from the clarity of eternal truths has left the entire community of Saints in darkness and apathy. Today, you brethren teach the commandments of men, mingled with scripture, and deny the gifts of the Spirit that always accompany true religion.
As prophesied by all true prophets, he who seeks the friendship of the world is an enemy to God. (James 4:4) The course of the LDS Church in this 20th century has clearly been a compromise of the beliefs, doctrines, practices and principles which Joseph Smith restored to this dispensation. The fear of men and governments has been a more powerful force to you than fearing God. This deadly course continues with more rapidity today until everything that was royal and peculiar about the Latter-day Saints has been lost. We testify that our Father Adam knew this apostasy of modern Israel would happen in the last days. The Holy Scriptures give ample and repetitive parallels of the Lord’s people lapsing into wholesale apostasy and their subsequent rejection, thereby receiving upon their heads the judgments of a just God. This same scenario is upon you today. You, who stand as the leaders of the LDS Church, are helping to bring on the demise and destruction of the entire Church. We implore you to cease this dark course and repent in sackcloth and ashes, reestablish the doctrines and Celestial principles that will build up Zion and redeem the earth! However, we fear that Satan has such strong cords wrapped around you that you will not escape his grasp. It is much easier to declare to the people that ‘All is well in Zion’, and thus the devil has cheated your souls and leads you carefully down to hell.
Your dark involvement and collusion with wicked government and secret combinations such as the United Nations and the Federal Government will bring the Church into bondage and finally destruction. This iniquity is truly the catalyst of the calamities and warfare that will soon befall this land of America, and come upon those who consider themselves the children of the covenant. The Book of Mormon was specifically given to this dispensation to warn the Lord’s people to not repeat the very things you are perpetrating at this very moment. Moroni laments about you who are the leaders of Israel today:
“And it shall come in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, because of secret combinations and the works of darkness.
Yea, it shall come in a day when the power of God shall be denied, and churches become defiled and lifted up in the pride of their hearts; yea, even in a day when leaders of churches and teachers shall rise in the pride of their hearts, even to the envying of them who belong to their churches.
Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be heard of fires, and tempests, and vapors of smoke in foreign lands;
And there shall also be heard of wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers places…
Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say: Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins.
O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, that ye might bring damnation upon your souls? Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God; for behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled.
Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things shall come forth among you.
Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.
And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.
For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.
O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God?Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies-because of the praise of the world?
Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?
Yea, why do ye build up your secret abominations to get gain, and cause that widows should mourn before the Lord, and also orphans to mourn before the Lord, and also the blood of their fathers and their husbands to cry unto the Lord from the ground, for vengeance upon your heads?
Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; and the time soon cometh that he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, for he will not suffer their cries any longer.” (Mormon 8:27-30;32-41)
God is gathering a remnant out of the Church who are awake to the Church’s awful situation and who are willing to serve Him at all costs. Zion will yet be redeemed by this remnant of Saints who will do God’s bidding and keep their covenants. It has always been so in every age and dispensation.
D&C 105:5 states, “And Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom; otherwise I cannot receive her unto myself.”
JST Matthew 7:32-33 states, “And many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name; and in thy name cast out devils; and in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I say, Ye never knew me; depart from me ye that work iniquity”.
The day has come that your evil works will be discovered and known.
D & C 64:39 states, “And liars and hypocrites shall be proved by them, and they who are not apostles and prophets shall be known.”
We testify that God’s Priesthood authority has been lost to you who profess to guide the LDS Church. Rebellion against the Lord, changing ordinances and covenants, iniquity, and unrighteous dominion has caused the removal of this Priesthood. You now practice priestcraft and deceive over 9 million people into a false hope of salvation and exaltation, and are leading them to destruction.
The knowledge and ordinances necessary for the exaltation of God’s covenant people have been hidden and kept from them through apostasy. Christ’s words of rebuke to the scribes and pharisees most certainly apply in perfect parallel to you who lead today:
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” (Matthew 23:13-15)
We will now rehearse for you some of the reasons why the Lord has rejected you and the Church by demonstrating your rebellion against the God of Heaven:
-abandonment of the full law of consecration which would help unify the saints and create an atmosphere of being of one heart and one mind.
-abandonment of Celestial Plural Marriage, the only institution which truly affords eternal lives and a continuation of the seed forever.
-perversion of the law of adoption or sealing principle which evolved into indiscriminate genealogy work and programs foreign to the revelation and order of Heaven.
-rejection of the doctrine of the true identity of our Father and our God who is none other than Adam. Brigham learned this sacred knowledge from Joseph Smith, Jr.
-abolition of the oath of vengeance in the Temple ceremony because of pressure from the government and fearing the loss of statehood for Utah.
-discontinuation of the Law of Gathering, now preaching a scattering, contrary to the designs of God in the last days when tribulation is to be poured out on the earth.
-mutilation and alteration of the Garment of the Holy Priesthood, which was given to Joseph Smith by revelation.
-incorporation of the LDS Church under the laws of the state, making the Church subservient to men and governments for permission to exist and function.
-utilization of the business practices of Babylon and investments in the world. Financial posturing according to the precepts of Satan’s system.
-having a paid ministry.
-declaring ‘revelation’ that it was time to extend the Priesthood to the seed of Cain and polluting the Holy Sanctuary with the seed of Cain.
-changing of the missionary effort from gathering the Elect by warning, to converting the masses and lowering the Zion standard to a level where all manner of iniquity is permitted in the Church. Missionary message today does not warn anybody of what is to come. Attempt to gain popularity with the world by announcing mainstream Christian values and distancing the modern Church from the Zion concepts of its founders.
-redefining abortion as not being murder and politically positioning the Church for a future global definition on this issue. Murder of the innocent winked at and sinners only beat with a few stripes.
-April 10, 1990: abomination of the Temple Endowment by removing many essential elements; Eve no longer obeys the law of her husband. The instructive lesson of a preacher distorting the truth of God and leading the sons and daughters of Adam astray were removed. Execution of the penalties were removed thereby denying the sacrifice of Christ as well as the understanding of God’s just judgments upon all who break sacred covenants. Changing the sign of one token to a Satanic sign. Removal of the Holy embrace at the veil whereby a person knows how to greet his Savior. Also, excommunicating members who utilize the True Order of Prayer that they were given in the Endowment. This special form of prayer is the very way that the sons and daughters of Adam pierce the veil and receive revelation to guide them through this mortal probation. It is taught to be used by those receiving the priesthood keys to go on and make their calling and election sure. (many other changes occurred that are not mentioned in full here)
-perversion of higher ordinances of second anointings. Perverted use of these ordinances being secretly performed today are an abomination to the Lord.
-creating unholy alliances with wicked government and various secret combinations to ensure success of the Church institution. Abandoning all principles and ordinances that are not politically correct with Satan’s kingdom, or the world.
This list of violations is very brief and small according to the many things which are done in the dark where you think that “no one seeth us” and “no one knoweth our deeds”. But God knows all these things and will soon bring to an end such filth and corruption. We sincerely pray that there is an Alma among you who will recognize this apostasy and come out of her before it is everlastingly too late. In its current status and direction, the LDS Church can never build up Zion or prepare the earth with a righteous people to meet Christ when He comes. This church is now the whore which has polluted her promise of becoming the bride of Christ and has been infiltrated by evil to the extent that it will soon be destroyed when the destructions of the Lord are sent upon the earth. “And upon My house shall it begin, saith the Lord.”
Those Saints who are the Elect in the Church are now waking up to the apostasy and imminent destruction of the Church, and are gathering out and joining a remnant of Ephraim who will build up the Kingdom of God and establish Zion, thus preparing for the return of Christ, as spoken of in the scriptures. If this great and marvelous work of the Father did not occur in the last days, the earth would be utterly wasted at His coming.
We testify as true Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ that Joseph Smith is the man who still holds the keys of this last dispensation and he is directing this strange act from behind the veil. There is a people who worship God as He has ordained through the prophet Joseph Smith. True Priesthood authority and keys have been restored by the ministration of Angels from Heaven. This priesthood was necessary because of apostasy, and in order to establish God’s work on the earth under divine approbation. The true Endowment is being implemented which is binding in heaven as well as on earth. The gathering of the Elect is taking place as you read this declaration. The grand and glorious purposes of God are being fulfilled among a remnant of people who are the weak things of the earth. The gifts of the Spirit are the fruits of those who possess and honor true Priesthood. From small beginnings great things will be accomplished in these last days among a people who will serve God and not fear man or Satan.
The following rebuke is given to you who are Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We, as Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, bear solemn witness that the LDS Church has gone whoring after Babylon and the vain things of the world, has built up the kingdom of the devil and apostatized from her earlier mission and charge. The charge was to build up the Kingdom of God on the earth and to establish Zion. Because of these rebellions and iniquities, she will be destroyed when the fierce and just judgments of God are poured out on the wicked of the earth. The only choice for true Saints is to forsake her and get out of her. The desolations soon to come will be a great vexation on those who have embraced falsehoods and lies.
“Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.” (Isaiah 9:14-17)
The Lord is greatly displeased by the deception of the people caused by false prophets and apostles:
“Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD…..
For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.
Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD.
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.
For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?
Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.” (Jeremiah 23:1-2,11-22, emphasis added)
By command of the Lord, we must testify against the evils of you LDS leaders who are wolves in sheep’s clothing, and who deceive the Lord’s covenant people. Your course will never build up Zion. You have chosen to follow Satan and have fulfilled the measure of those who practice priestcraft:
“He [the Lord] commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion.” (2nd Nephi 26:29)
This message surely will offend some who have their hopes fixed on the “infallibility of the brethren”. The truth of the word of God must go forth to this generation and more especially to the covenant people who have lapsed into a blind state of apostasy from the principles they are charged with to bring about the Zion of God. All men were offended because of the words of Enoch and his brethren which were spoken in plainness. (Moses 6:37-38) Enoch had the calling to declare repentance to his apostate generation. We, as Apostles of the True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days have the same charge today. We openly declare the fallen condition of the LDS Church and its departure from the principles of righteousness and the establishment of Zion.
“The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.” (Isaiah 24:5-6)
To the casual observer and those that are spiritually in a deep sleep, all seems to be well in Zion. Nothing could be further from the truth. You LDS Church leaders feign piousness and righteousness, but have not sought the welfare of Zion based on the results of your actions. The following passages apply to the leaders in Israel just as much today as they did when spoken to the scribes and pharisees in the days of Christ:
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous,
And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city.” (Matthew 23:25,27-34)
That which Joseph Smith restored in the beginning of this last dispensation will find fulfillment in the end of this dispensation, even the redemption of Zion. You, as leaders of the LDS Church, have failed your mission and charge to redeem Zion and to prepare the Saints for the same. Therefore, in light of this state of apostasy, the Lord is accomplishing His strange act, and soon all will see the salvation of God and be made to confess that Jesus is the Christ.
We testify in the most solemn manner that destruction soon awaits this people and the nations of the earth. You are admonished to remember the words of the Lord in D&C 112: 23-26. It declares, as we do:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, darkness covereth the earth, and gross darkness the minds of the people, and all flesh has become corrupt before my face.
Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord.
And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord;
First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord.”
We declare that it is God who will do these things and not violence at our hands. You were given the charge to defeat Satan and subject him. You have failed miserably and have actually joined forces with him. This apostasy of the Lord’s chosen people will become the catalyst for the fiery events of the last days. Glory be to God in the highest, who sees all and knows the thoughts and intents of every heart, and who holds the fate of the nations of the earth in His hands. That which was proclaimed at the first will be fulfilled at the last, we testify in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, our Master, Amen.
With Solemn Sincerity,
First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve
The True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days