|Zarahemla Branch Testimony .....|
In that dark and cloudy day when the church was being fragmented and its members scattered, the Reorganization called saints from wayward paths and assured them that the seed of Joseph would shortly come to lead them. When Joseph Smith III took his father's place, he invited all the scattered saints "to arise and shake off the sleep" and "unite once more for the emancipation of the honest in heart from the power of false doctrine's and the shackles of sin."
In our day the church is fragmenting and the saints are scattering. Some are following false hopes, while others have lost all hope for the redemption of Zion. Meanwhile, too many are now trapped in worldliness where they reap the effects of doubt and immorality. We invite all to come to Christ, to embrace the open arms of the Savior. Jesus raises his people from the pit of despair and cleanses them from the stain of sin. He restores their hope and renews their faith.
We testify that, like before, the Lord will comfort latter-day Israel by bringing forth the seed of Joseph. This prophet will preside over the Reorganized Church, gather the saints, and redeem Zion. We invite all honest and upright souls, who love the restored gospel, to turn from the attractions of this world and unite under this promise. The time for the completion of God's work is near. He who both created and purchased his church shall soon arise to rescue it from its confusion and division.
|Jesus Is Our Savior|
Life is full of pressures and
stress that take our minds from our real purpose in life. Bills to pay, family
obligations, and work requirements keep all of us busy, sometimes too busy. We
can become so caught up in pursuing what we want that we become self-centered
or cruel, forgetting that we were made by God and placed here on earth for his
While our lives are hectic and
sometimes fraught with sorrow or tragedy, eternal life in the presence of God
is filled with peace and joy. We cannot abide his presence now because our
tendency to live selfishly would corrupt his holy abode. We are shut out from
the place of eternal happiness and do not even know it.
Jesus came to earth to save us
from our mortal condition. God's only begotten son died on the cross and, in
so doing, paid the price for our sinful nature. Since he was sinless, death
had no power on him and he rose from the dead. His resurrection opened a door
into heavenly abodes, making it possible for each person to enter there.
Once ascended, Jesus sat down
beside the Father to make intercession for those who seek them, pleading their
cause and transforming their lives. Soon, he will descend and reign among his
Have you experienced the
saving grace of Jesus? Has his Spirit helped transform your life? Do you have
a faith-building fellowship in which to seek and worship your Savior? We
invite you to worship with us; to praise the Father for the love expressed
through his son; to prepare for residence in celestial glory; and to help
build up his kingdom on earth.
|God Is Alive|
The past few decades have seen
some remarkable changes: computers, space exploration, organ transplants, cell
phones, the Internet. These changes are frightening for some, but a wonderful
blessing for most. We live healthier, more informed and diverse lives.
At the beginning of our
scientific age some people proposed that God was dead. They saw human
knowledge pushing back the veil of ignorance and superstition until
enlightened nations created universal peace and contentment. But education did
not make our lives more peaceful or content. Violence, abuse, and crime
threaten our security. Drugs and sexual license erase our children's
innocence. Divorce weakens our family units. Every benefit seems to carry an
insidious side-effect that undermines virtue and frustrates happiness.
The problem is not science or
the benefits it provides, but our notion that God is dead or irrelevant. As
long as we neglect our heavenly Father and the gospel of his son, we ignore
the solution to life's urgent problems. It is not that God has become too
small for modem people, but that modem people have become too proud for God.
The ancient Bible prophets
said that God's hand is not too short to save (Is 59: 1), but we have
forgotten the old paths (Jer 6:16). The traditional tenets of the gospel are
the principles that contain sufficient power to solve our worse difficulties.
We invite you to embrace the traditional teachings of the gospel of Jesus
Christ. We invite you to worship with us where the traditional principles of
the gospel are taught and honored.
We believe that the tenets of
the gospel of Jesus Christ as traditionally taught in the Reorganization are
Biblically accurate and intellectually irrefutable. Perhaps you once actively
participated in its fellowship and have become disheartened. Perhaps you have
always wanted to investigate its teachings. Perhaps you want to learn of
Jesus. We invite you to worship with us and experience the blessings attending
those who honor and embrace the latter-day message.
God restored his authority to
earth, so that faithful and obedient people could enjoy the blessings of his
Spirit and bask in its life‑giving light. Thousands believed and obeyed.
Their hearts were changed and their souls edified. Although surrounded by
cynics and sometimes criticized for their beliefs, they enjoyed the
manifestations of the Spirit: prophesy, healings, miracles, tongues, visions
-- so that they knew that their hopes were not in vain.
These blessings continue. We
have seen the Holy Spirit provide strength, aid, support, and direction to his
people, sometimes in marvelous ways.
The hope of the kingdom as
traditionally taught by the Reorganization is not a futile imagination. The
Holy Spirit witnesses to us of its surety. The gospel of Jesus Christ will
ultimately achieve its divinely appointed goal. It will prepare a people
willing to receive our Savior when he returns to his kingdom set up on earth.
We invite you to investigate
and embrace (or re-embrace) the restored gospel. It is the power of God unto
salvation, lifting the fallen, sustaining the weak, and renewing the