A few months ago I was introduced to a document that has the potential to bring millions of people flocking to the Church. On the surface this document may seem a bit unusual or unfamiliar, but once you understand the details you can see the truth and importance of this document. The document to which I am referring is a book named the “Ang Aklatan.” Some of you may have heard about this book. You can visit the website here: angaklatan.wordpress.com
To summarize, the Ang Aklatan is a translated ancient record of God’s works in the Philippines. It was translated in vision from April to November of 1987. The Ang Aklatan was first published in 2007. The term Ang Aklatan translates from Tagalog as “The Library.” The man who translated the Ang Aklatan goes by the name Elisha Enoc. He is a Filipino man who was raised in America.
The first thing that should stand out to members of the Church is the relevance this book has for us. It is so relevant that we should have been expecting a book like this for a long time.
Let’s look at a prophecy in the Book of Mormon:
2 Nephi 29:11
11 For I command all men, both in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man according to their works, according to that which is written.
12 For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they shall write it. It is clear that the Lord commanded the people of the islands of the sea to write His words. The Philippines is a island group of over seven thousand islands. If any country fits the description Islands of the Sea it is the Philippines. We know then, that it is not a matter of if a record will come from the Philippines, but when.
Anyone who has seriously read the Book of Mormon should have been expecting a book like this for a long time. This is very important for us because this is yet another piece of evidence that confirms the Book of Mormon is the Word of God and that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet. The greatest piece of evidence a person can have is a witness from the Holy Ghost. What better confirmation for millions who have received, and will receive, such a witness than to see its prophecies coming to pass.
The second thing that should stand out is the way that the Ang Aklatan came forth. A close examination of this process reveals more convincing information. In June 1986 Elisha Enoc had a vision of a stack of copper plates.
Acts 2:17 17
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
He later tried to find the cave where the plates were hidden. He found the cave but wasn’t able to get inside. On his way traveling back home he met an American man who was named Oleeha.
This person is very important to determining the truthfulness of this record. In 1829 Oliver Cowdery tried to translate the Book of Mormon but was unable to. However the Lord promised him, in what would become Section 9 of the Doctrine and Covenants, that he would help to translate other records.
2 And then, behold, other records have I, that I will give unto you power that you may assist to translate.
This may seem to many anti-mormons to be a false prophecy because Oliver never helped in any other translations. However the name Oleeha is a clue to seeing the fulfillment of this prophecy. Originally the Doctrine and Covenants used codenames to refer to members of the church.
Oliver Cowdery’s code name was Olihah. This man Oleeha appears in both the physical realm and the visionary realm in relation to Elisha Enoc. He was the one who helped Elisha to translate the copper plates. It is my conclusion that Oleeha is really the post mortal Olihah or Oliver Cowdery.
If this really is Oliver then we now can show that the Lord’s promise in section 9 was fulfilled. Oliver DID help in translating other ancient records. This is the Lord again confirming the truth of His work through the fulfillment of His prophecies.
There are other elements of the coming forth of the Ang Aklatan that should be of interest to Latter-day Saints. In Elisha Enoc’s account of a vision of Jesus Christ the Lord tells him many interesting things. One of them that may be obscure to some but should stand out to any member of the Church is this:
I asked him, “Why have you come to me?” He said, “I have come to call you to a special mission. For you shall be like unto Paul who was called as an apostle unto the gentiles. Wherefore he was not called to stand with my twelve Apostles but was called to stand in his own appointed place. So it shall be with you. Wherefore you shall preach and serve among my people among the isles of the sea, who have been prepared and preserved for a great and special purpose. Do not claim more authority than thou hast been given and beware of pride.”
Christ describes Paul’s status in ancient times. He was not one of the twelve, yet he was called to witness to a specific group of people, namely the Gentiles. Then the Lord says, “So it shall be with you.” Meaning that Elisha Enoc is not called to stand with the Twelve Apostles, but is called to minister to a select group of people, the “people among the isles of the sea.” Which twelve Apostles today could Elisha Enoc not be called to stand with? Why would the Lord say this, unless He was referring to the Living Twelve Apostles of the Church today?
Later in January of 1987 Elisha says he is preaching the bible in a place when three tall men approached him. These men baptized him and gave him the gift of the Holy Ghost. They also gave him the priesthood through the laying on of hands. It is interesting that this is clearly three people associated with the Church yet Elisha Enoc makes no mention of the Church. These three men could have been missionaries. I think that they were the three Nephites. The clue lies in that these three men could not tell him their names.
3 Nephi 28:25
25 Behold, I was about to write the names of those who were never to taste of death, but the Lord forbade; therefore I write them not, for they are hid from the world.
This is a hallmark of the Three Nephites. Their names cannot be known.
The rest of the coming forth involves Oleeha helping Elisha to translate the copper plates through dreams. The translation is complete on November 21, 1987. Elisha is commanded by Oleeha not to publish the translation for twenty years. During this time he was to “commence other works to help bring forth God’s purposes.”
These things may seem amazing by themselves but the truth is we haven’t even gotten started yet. The third area that should be of interest to members of the Church is the text of the Ang Aklatan itself.
Emphasis on temples. The first books of the Ang Aklatan have a HUGE emphasis on temples. The books go into detail on the construction of their temples. It even explains the ordinances they performed in their temples.
The Book of Ahkman, Chapter 13
“And there are seven in all and they were known unto us as Washing, and Adoption, and Sacrifices, and the Teaching, and Marriage, and Ordination, and Healing. For these things were commanded unto us by the Lord. For they were commanded in the writings we had received. I shall hereafter explain these rites.”
Understanding polygamy. One of the biggest questions for both Mormons and Non-mormons is “Why did the Lord command polygamy?” The Book of Ahkman also discusses a case where the Lord commanded polygamy. It even goes into a specific case of polygamy that was required to bring forth a chosen descendant of one man. It doesn’t answer all questions but it does give additional insight into polygamy.
Homosexuality. In the Book of Arakim There is the son of a prophet named Kodan. He is described as, “greatly confused for his desire was not unto women as with other men but his desire was unto men.” The Lord then teaches Kodan the purpose for his being this way. The Lrod explains what is an isn’t sin in regards to homosexuality.
Kodan is able to overcome temptations in his life and eventually serves as a prophet. This chapter alone may be reason why this book has come forth at this time. Many people have been waiting for the Lord to directly speak about homosexuality. This is it. This chapter will bring comfort for millions who seek to understand the Lord’s views on homosexuality.
Testify of Lehi. There is a Book of Strangers which has some interesting correlation to the Book of Mormon. This first chapter is this:
I, whose name is Maunea, do write the history of my people. And I know not if it is true or false. But I know that these stories are important for my children. And my father had told unto me stories about our ancestors who did travel from a far land. And our ancestor whose name was Elhia was spoken unto by God and he did take is tribe out of their homeland. And they did travel many years until they came unto a great sea. And God did send down a boat from heaven which did carry the tribe across the great sea. And God did deliver these people unto a new land. And there were many tribes in the land and their tribe did spread in the land. Now because of these other tribes they did become mixed and their tribe was diluted. And there was a division among the tribe. Now I know not if these things are true for there are many things that seem to be impossible.
This seems to read as a corrupted oral tradition of the story of Lehi. Elhia could be Lehi. The boat sent down from heaven could be the inspired boat design built by Nephi. It also talks of the division of the tribes. This could be the separation of the Lamanites and Nephites.
The next chapter mention a righteous man and a king killed by flame. This could be Abinadi and King Noah. There are other correlations in Chapter three.
In Chapter three and four a “great father Hagat” leads some people. They build boats and travel away. This is clearly a corrupted reference to Hagoth. The rest of the book goes on to explain that these people eventually made it to the Philippines after many generations. This would explain how the stories could become corrupted into their form in this book.
Christ’s Visit. We know Christ visited the Ancient Americas, but we also know that Christ visited still other sheep.
3 Nephi 16
1 And verily, verily, I say unto you that I have other sheep, which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of that land round about whither I have been to minister.
The Lesser Gospel Written by Buka gives an account of Christ’s visit to the ancient people of the Philippines. He ministered and shared the same Gospel that his did in Jerusalem and Ancient America.
God of Nature Suffers. In 1st Nephi there is a prophecy that because of the destruction at the time of the death of Christ, the kings of the isles of the sea will proclaim that the God of nature suffers.
1 Nephi 19
12 And all these things must surely come, saith the prophet Zenos. And the rocks of the earth must rend; and because of the groanings of the earth, many of the kings of the isles of the sea shall be wrought upon by the Spirit of God, to exclaim: The God of nature suffers.
There is an interesting sentence in the Lesser Gospel Written by Buka:
The Lesser Gospel Written by Buka, Chapter 1
“And the Spirit of God came upon King Linurang. And he did exit his house and proclaim, with a loud voice saying, The god, which is the god of nature doth suffer.”
We have established that the Philippines qualifies as the isles of the sea. So a king of the isles of the sea exclaimed “The god, which is the god of nature doth suffer.” This occurrence is an exact fulfillment of the prophecy of Zenos.
The fourth area that should be of interest is the evidence supporting the Ang Aklatan. There is archeological evidence to support the Ang Aklatan. There are also prophecies in the Ang Aklatan that have been fulfilled. Prophecies concerning world history and great wars have been fulfilled. For more details on this you can visit their website: http://angaklatan.wordpress.com/evidence
I’ve explained a vast number of the correlations between the Book of Mormon and the Ang Aklatan. These things might not be obvious to Non-members, but to Members of the true Church they are clear. It is plain that this book is a fulfillment of prophecy and an important part of this latter-day work.
It is my belief that this book has come forth at this specific time because it is part of God’s plan. He caused this book to be preserved and translated. I have prayed about the Ang Aklatan and the Lord has confirmed to me that it is true. It can do miracles when used in connection with the Book of Mormon.
I have talked about the Ang Aklatan with some of my non-member friends. They agreed that it sounded interesting and would look in to it. I told them about some of the connections I’ve explained here and they decided they would finally give the Book of Mormon a chance.
Another friend I actually bought a copy of the Ang Aklatan for and gave it to him. He read it and we talked about it. In our discussion I explained these things and he agreed to read the Book of Mormon. Long story short, he and his family were baptized.
There are at four people I personally know who are members of the Church, and three more who are investigating the Church because of the Ang Aklatan.
I don’t know what that status of this group is that publishes the Ang Aklatan is in regards to the Church. But I do know that I have had some great missionary success with this book. It runs perfectly together with the Book of Mormon and the Bible. Heavenly Father’s Words truly are powerful.
Many members of the Church might be worried about this book because it didn’t come from the President of the Church. But I think this is clearly explained in Elisha Enoc’s calling. Many sacred texts have come forth outside of the President of the Church. The Dead Sea Scrolls are one example. What is important is that in order for the Ang Aklatan to be considered scripture it needs to be approved by the Prophet. We need to ask President Monson to pray and see if the Lord wants the Ang Aklatan approved as scripture.
I think it would be very interesting if members of the Church who have read this could share it with their Church Leaders. I don’t know if this book has come to the knowledge of the Church or not. We should ask our local leaders to find out more information about this. It needs to be handled through the proper Priesthood channels. Maybe an official Church representative can contact this Elisha Enoc and learn more.
It would be amazing for President Monson to approve this book as scripture. Just think of the power this book would have in helping bring people to the knowledge of the truth. People will be able to see the fulfillment of Book of Mormon prophecies. They will be able to find answers to questions. And most importantly they will have a confirmation of the witness they received of the Book of Mormon. From personal experience I know that people who never would have given the Church the chance are now faithful Latter-day Saints because of the Ang Aklatan.
I’m sure you’ve felt the Spirit as I’ve discussed the fulfillment of these things. This Spirit has strongly testified to be of the truth and importance of the Ang Aklatan. I think you will feel the Spirit too as well as you read and pray about it..
Please share this article with as many people as you can especially your Bishop and other Church leaders. Perhaps somehow this amazing book will become accepted by the Prophet as scripture and millions can be blessed by its words.
I testify that this is the Lord’s work. He runs His only true Church through Thomas S. Monson. The Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Ang Aklatan, and all other Latter-day scriptures are true. Joseph Smith was a true Prophet and so is our living Prophet Thomas S. Monson. I leave this witness with you in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.