Introduction

Purpose

The purpose of this book is to examine scriptures, both current and ancient, and opinions from members of The Church of Jesus Christ  of Latter-day Saints, Jewish leaders, Christian leaders, ancient prophets, and Jesus Christ himself to substantiate once and for all the absolute truth about what we should eat and what we should not eat, its major implications for ourselves and the world and that even this first and simple command has tremendous consequences. We will also learn to distinguish a true prophet  from a false prophet so that we can act accordingly.

            We must remember that this is a Little Book. It is an opening for study, an introduction that will illustrate the continuing thread that permeates all true scriptures of God and a pointer for those who are lost in a Bible which is a history of the early peoples — good and evil — who profited from the buying and selling of beasts of all kinds and did not wish to lose their power to make money, or to lead the people in such a way that they wouldn’t come to a knowledge of the truth.

            It is not the author’s intention to rewrite history, but to give you direct quotes from prophets of God and others so that you can see them in the time line in which they are written and make your own judgments. It is the author’s intention to present some of the pieces of the puzzle about diet since the world began so that you can fit those pieces into your personal puzzle and then act upon it. In light of the eleventh Article of Faith:

            “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.” ( Pearl of Great Price, Articles of Faith )

            It is well to say that the quotes in this book are from those who passionately believe in the gentle gospel of Jesus Christ , reflect the author’s opinion, and are primarily to present hidden and buried thought about this subject through the ages in order that the reader might reach correct knowledge which will enable him to choose the right.

            Note that when there are major departures from original doctrine as presented in the standard King James Version of the Bible, the author has used the Joseph Smith  Translation to give clarity to the scripture.

 

Introduction - The Little Book

 

The world is growing weary of waiting for the angel to come down with the little book that contains the mysteries of godliness. At least, I am growing weary of waiting. There are many who already know the mysteries and there are many who have part of the answer and others who have other parts. This book is an attempt by the compiler to assemble those parts into a coherent and understandable whole.

1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire;

2 And he had in his hand a little book open; and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, … (Revelation  10:1–2)

7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God  [mysteries of godliness] should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten of it, my belly was bitter. (Revelation  10:7–10)

 

8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. (Ezekiel  2:8–10)

 

1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel .

2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.

3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. (Ezekiel  3:1–3)

 

16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts. (Jeremiah  15:16)

 

10 But the wicked shall do wickedly and shall not understand, but the righteous  shall purify themselves and make themselves white. (Daniel  12:10, as found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, 494)

 

This little book is for the righteous  or those who aspire to be righteous. This book is for those who are willing to understand, who wish not to talk about God and what He does and who He is — it is for those that wish to follow in His footsteps and do what He did if they only had the knowledge of exactly what He did do.  This book is for the many, those who already follow the Savior with full intent, who understand that the spirit and the body are dual entities and that the cleansing of one will facilitate the cleansing of the other. This book is for those who wish to bring to pass their own eternal life and the eternal lives of their children.

            Doing what He did has not been made understandable to those who desire plainness of words or intent. It has been obscured in the history of time, trouble, and the misfortunes of the people of the earth. It has purposely been obscured by “principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places (loosely from Ephesians  6:12),” those spirits who followed the adversary, the Nefalim (the fallen ones) who lost their bodies, and seek to weaken ours so that they can have entrance.

            The humble of the world will seek understanding, will put the past behind them and go forward as did Jeremiah , with joy and rejoicing of heart. This book is written for those who seek after truth with all their hearts — those who put the pride of false knowledge behind them, pray earnestly for truth and follow all the commandments of God from the beginning, once they understand them: those who persevere in following the Savior no matter the cost, and seek through His grace to be like Him.

            These are they who realize they can’t change the world with laws — but they can change their own personal world and the good or evil in it. Morality cannot be legislated. These are they who take full responsibility for their own lives and eternal soul development. They, when faced with knowledge of the truth, will make the correct choice, even though it could be difficult. These are they who have set before themselves a lofty goal, the indwelling and companionship of the Holy Spirit in its entirety. These are they who realize that they walk with the spirit of light and the spirit of darkness, who admit their thoughts are sometimes not as pure as they would wish for themselves and wish to eradicate the darkness with every method at their disposal. These are they who wish to follow the straight and narrow path that leads to eternal life and will confidently face their Maker at the last day in purity of body, mind, and spirit.

 

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life.   (Matthew  7:14)

 

Acknowledgments  

The understanding in this book was made possible by the teaching and understanding of many. Three people I would especially like to thank are Tom Rodgers for his patience in teaching me the truth, George Ritchie, Return from Tomorrow, whose near-death experience opened a mystery to me that I had long wondered about, and Chuck Juhn, who has also contributed to the book. I continue to be thankful to the members of The Church of Jesus Christ  of Latter-day Saints who have shown me kindness and who have set an amazing example for me. I am thankful for friends and family members who have set an example of honesty and integrity and shown great patience with me. I am thankful for the Prophets of all dispensations who have known and practiced the truth and also for those individuals who have endeavored to practice this truth and have published peace in their books and articles – from which I have quoted from extensively.  I am thankful for my parents whose love of truth inspired me to prize it above all else and albeit late in life, to seek it with all my heart. 

 

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