Church Leadership and the Aklatan Part 2

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About three weeks ago on Sunday, I got a call and was asked to come to the Stake Center the next week. There was a member of the Seventy who was going to come and talk with me. I was stunned, excited, and nervous all at the same time. I said I would be there.

My meeting with the Seventy was on November 24th. After our Church meetings were over I drove to the Stake Center and met with him. It was so amazing to sit across the table from a Servant of the Lord. I could really feel the Spirit surrounding him. We started the meeting with a prayer. After this the General Authority said that he was here to answer my questions about the Aklatan. I said, what I really wanted to know was if Church Leadership knew about the Aklatan. He told me that from what he has heard, the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve, and many Seventies know about the Aklatan.

I asked him why we haven’t heard anything from them about it. He told me that there is a special purpose this book is supposed to fulfill. The Church can’t give any official support for this book until after that time. But he said that President Monson has read the book. So I asked him if he has heard any Church leaders talk about the book. He told me that he has heard a lot of informal discussion among General Authorities about this book, but officially there is nothing.

After that I asked if he knew what the special purpose of the Aklatan in the Philippines was. He looked at me and said that nothing that has happened in the Philippines has been an accident or by chance. All the work in the Philippines has been done according to the will of God. When the Philippines opened for missionary work it was by revelation. He said, “Think about the position the Philippines is in. It is the only Christian nation in that part of the world.” Then he asked, “Where do you think the missionaries who go to China will come from?”

The General Authority said that he has also heard a member of the Quorum of the Twelve talk about a manuscript that will soon be made into a book that will put down all the doubts about the the Church. I had never heard anything about this so I asked him what he meant. He said that there are a lot of people who are reading anti-Mormon things and finding fault with the Church. But there is a document that will fix all of these problems. He said that he thought it was interesting that Elder Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, was assigned to be the Area President fifteen years after the Aklatan was translated; and then when he got back there appeared this manuscript that would help the Church. Nothing in the Philippines has happened by mistake

I got chills when I heard that.

He told me that he was in a meeting where President Monson spoke about the Philippines. President Monson said the Lord’s work will be hastening in the Philippines. China will be opening soon and there will be major events happening in the Philippines. It will make people spring to action and the Filipino people will start to accept the Church.

I asked if the typhoon that just recently happened was part of this. He just smiled, and said, “President Monson is a Prophet isn’t he?”

Wow! That was so amazing! The Church is SO TRUE!

I asked if all these things mean the Aklatan was true. He said that he has read my blog post about the Aklatan and that he thought my observations were correct. He also implied that the complete Aklatan will prove to the world that the Church is true.

I asked if the Aklatan could be a way for the Lord to get people in the Philippines to believe in the Book of Mormon. He told me that there’s nothing he could really say about that, but that it seemed a logical conclusion.

After that I asked him what would happen when more Church members start learning about the Aklatan and asking questions about it. He said that officially the Church must deny the Aklatan. Because if the Church accepts it then that might interfere with the way the Aklatan is accepted in the Philippines and that would affect the purpose it is to accomplish. He said that even if the Aklatan is true and Church leaders accept it unofficially, they would still have to deny it for a time.

I said, “Then it’s alright if I tell people about the things we talked about?”

He said that as long as I doesn’t mention his name I could tell other people. He also added that if enough people knew about it we might even expect some official action denying our conversation and the Aklatan.

The General Authority asked if I had any more questions. I thought for a minute and then I asked if there were any other regular members of the Church that knew about the Aklatan.

He said that there are a few. He has had a couple Stake Presidents asking questions about it on behalf of Bishops and regular members. He tells local leaders not to discourage members from reading the Aklatan. Even though it’s not official scripture, in his opinion, members who get a copy of the Aklatan and study it will have an advantage in the Church during the next few years.

He asked if I had any more questions. Unfortunately my mind had gone blank and I forgot all the real questions I wanted to ask. Maybe it was a stupor of though and the Lord was trying to tell me I didn’t need to ask those questions. I told him I didn’t have any more questions. I thanked him for taking time to talk to me. We closed with a prayer and I left.

I went outside to the car and just sat for about an hour. I was shaking. I can’t describe how exciting it was and what a spiritual experience it was. I actually talked to a general authority! A Servant of GOD! Not only that but I learned some very interesting things about the Aklatan. My testimony of the Church and the Aklatan was strengthened by HUGE amounts!

It is so amazing! I am shaking again just typing this.

I am here to tell you I KNOW the Church is TRUE. I KNOW President Monson is a TRUE Prophet! He speaks for and with the Lord! I KNOW that the Aklatan is the WORD OF GOD! In the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Here is a link to the official Aklatan website:

angaklatan.wordpress.com

Here is a link to my analysis of the Ang Aklatan:

The Ang Aklatan

UPDATE! Here is a link to the second edition of the Aklatan:

Ang Aklatan (Second Edition)

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Church Leadership and the Aklatan Part 1

For those of you who are new to this blog I want you to know that I am a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know this is the Lord’s true Church. I know that the Book of Mormon, the Bible, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price are true. I also know that the Aklatan is God’s word and is true. This is the reason I started this blog to help create an increased understanding among members of the Lord’s Church and hopefully someday see the Aklatan accepted as scripture in the Church.

What I’m going to share with you a very sacred experience. It started out as interviews with my bishop and culminated in the opportunity to sit and discuss with a general authority of the Church(Seventy).

It was on October 20th I had the first of many interviews with my Bishop relating to the Aklatan. It seems I was a bit too vocal about the Aklatan in Sunday School that week. On Tuesday I received a call that the Bishop would like to see me next Sunday after Church. I really didn’t think it would be about my comments in class. I guess I’m so used to the idea I didn’t think it was unusual. Next Sunday came and at 5 o’clock I had my interview.

My Bishop asked me about the Aklatan that I mentioned in Sunday School. He asked me what it was. I told him that it was an ancient record from the Philippines that spoke of Christ and God’s work there. He then asked me where it came from. I told him the story of Elisha Enoc and his vision of the copper plates and how he translated them. My Bishop asked me more questions about what was in the Aklatan and what doctrines were in it. I explained what I could remember. I even mentioned the physical and prophetic evidence that supports the Aklatan.

At the end of my interview my Bishop thanked me for the information I had given him and he said he would research it. He told me that until he knew more that I probably shouldn’t talk about the Aklatan to other members of the Church until we had our next meeting. He told me to call the ward executive secretary and make an appointment for next Sunday after church. We had a prayer and then I left. When I got home I called and made the appointment.

Fast forward to my next interview the following Sunday on October 27th. My bishop told me that he had done some research about the Aklatan. He asked me if I believed President Monson was the only Prophet, Seer, and Revelator for the whole earth. I told him yes. He asked me if I thought God would reveal his word to someone other than the prophet. I told him that I believed God can send His word through whoever He wants. My bishop told me that God has established a pattern for revealing more scripture and that we should be very careful of anything that comes outside of His established channels. We discussed a bit more about this. He told me that there are lots of good books out there like the Dead Sea Scrolls. He said that these books may be real, but that doesn’t mean they are meant to be scripture. He also told me that there is a reason why we have the standard works and that we don’t discuss other books in Church. It is because the Standard Works are essential for our salvation and these other books, while they may be interesting, are not vital for us.

We talked a bit more and he told me that I could keep reading the Aklatan if I wanted to, but that it doesn’t belong in a setting where people could hear and think it represents what the Church believes. He said I need to be careful not to misrepresent the Church. I was sad because I was so excited about the Aklatan. But I also know that my Bishop speaks for the Lord in these things. So I accepted what he told me. Before our meeting finished I asked if he could ask the Stake President if he or any higher authorities have even heard of the Aklatan. I wanted to know if any Church Leaders have encountered the Aklatan.

We finished our meeting and I thought that was it. I didn’t think that my request to know if any Church Leaders had heard of the Aklatan would have any results. But little did I know at the time what was to come.

Continues in Part 2…

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Concerns

Ivan C, I can tell that you have really done your research and I appreciate the effort you have put into coming to your conclusions. We are in agreement that we should defend the church. And I respect your conclusions, but I don’t agree with them. I think that the biggest issue with the conclusion you have reached is that it is very Church centric. You conclude that the Ang Aklatan must be false because it addresses some modern church themes and you believe it is attempting to corrupt and deceive the Church.

 

The problem is that the Ang Aklatan is not an LDS book. No where on their website do they mention the Church. There is no attempt by their group to get this book accepted by the Church. I challenge you to go to their website and find one statement that references the Church. I haven’t found one.

 

You see, I am one of the few people promoting this book to members of the Church. I only started after I found their website and studied the Ang Aklatan.

 

However the original intent of the book is not for Mormons. The Book of Visions Chapter 3 makes clear that the purpose of the Ang Aklatan is to reunite the peoples of the ancient kingdom established by Christ.

 

It is for this reason that I think that the conclusion that this book was written for some nefarious, wolf-in-sheeps-clothing, scheming purpose to destroy the church, just doesn’t hold water.

 

About the modern themes. I think it is a very good observation that we do find modern themes in the Ang Aklatan. Yet, if the Ang Aklatan is a genuine book translated by the power of God I think that we should expect to find topics relevant to our life today. Why would God bring forth a book like this if it wasn’t going to speak to us today?

 

But topics like homosexuality, race, and polygamy aren’t new and have been around since humans have been around.

 

Concerning curses and marks I think that since we do not believe God is racist(at least I don’t) then it is not surprising to see a mark go both ways, black and white. I don’t see how this is trying to affect the church, mainly because it isn’t written for the church, but because the Church doesn’t have any doctrine that this would affect. I don’t know of any church doctrine that says a curse and mark by God has to be a skin of blackness. This just doesn’t effect any church teaching.

 

Your ideas that Arakim Chapter 6 are to encourage the church to lessen Joseph Smith’s status by rejecting his polygamy is interesting. However, I didn’t get ANY of that at all from that chapter. To me that chapter simply speaks against unfairness in polygamy. It rejects taking wives who are not given to a man. I can see a bit more of where your thoughts come from in the reference to “old men do marry the daughters of your daughters.” Joseph Smith married younger women which was not that strange for the time. But I don’t think this chapters speaks to that because Joseph Smith hardly qualifies as an old man. It is definitely talking of older men 50+ marrying women generations younger than them.

 

When viewed in the overall context I think that the polygamy portions of the Ang Aklatan actually support the church’s position on polygamy. There are times when God approves of it, and times when he does not. I just don’t see anything that speaks out against Joseph Smith or the church in this chapter.

 

About your idea that the Song of Banali, Lesser Gospel of Liwan, Prophecy of Liwan, and Ruman chapter 5 are connected for some purpose to corrupt the church, is a connection I’m just not seeing. Perhaps you could explain it more. I don’t see the Song of Banali as having any connection to a desire for authority.

 

The Lesser Gospel of Buka and the 12 women does seem a bit strange however I don’t see how this is much different than what Joseph Smith did with the Relief Society. In the early days of the Church women gave blessings and even Eliza R. Snow was considered a Priestess and Prophetess. Women even officiate in ordinances in the temple(but I think we should be careful to avoid discussing these sacred things). The idea of women having some sort of authority is not contradictory to the church and I don’t see these part of the Ang Aklatan as pushing some sort of agenda.

 

You tied this in with part of Chapter 5 of the Book of Ruman. This is where John is expounding his revelation to Ruman. About the twenty-four elders you said that the Ang Aklatan’s Book of Ruman and Doctrine and Covenants 77:5 contradict you also said that this is trying to promote the idea of a second female Quorum of the Twelve.

 

Book of Ruman Chapter 5

And he said unto me, these are the twelve apostles of Christ they are also another group of twelve that God shall chose as His apostles who shall preach at the time of the second coming of Christ.

 

D&C 77:5

5 Q. What are we to understand by the four and twenty elders, spoken of by John? A. We are to understand that these elders whom John saw, were elders who had been faithful in the work of the ministry and were dead; who belonged to the seven churches, and were then in the paradise of God.

 

I will address the contradiction first. Looking at this more in depth I don’t really see a difference between these explanations. We know from D&C 20 that Apostles ARE Elders. So describing the twelve apostles as elders would be accurate.

 

I also don’t see any connection here between a female authority group and these selections. Ruman Chapter 5 makes no mention of a female twelve. It only refers to a group of twelve apostles and another group distinguished by the fact that they will be around at the time of the second coming. When I read this I see the first group as being the original twelve, Peter James, John, etc. I just don’t see where you are getting the idea that this is trying to shoehorn in a group of female general authorities.

 

I’ll say it again, we must remember that this book was not intended to go to Mormons. That is also why I view your ideas about Arakim Chapter 7 as faulty. You said that, “modern authors wrote Arakim ch 7 hoping the Church would accept the scripture and quickly ordain someone who is public about his desire for homosexuality as an apostle of the Lord.” Yet, this book was not written to the the church. So it seems like an awfully round about way to get their agenda accomplished. Go to all the trouble of writing it and then not even reference the church, don’t even contact them(as far as I know they haven’t contacted the church), just hope that they happen to stumble across this book. Then wait against all odds for the Church to accept it as scripture and then change their long held policies just because this new book says something that is already in line with what the church teaches. It just doesn’t fly in my mind.

 

To summarize, in Arakim Chapter 7 we find that God teaches that homosexual feelings are not a sin but that acting on them is. We find this same teaching in the Lord’s Church:

 

From Mormon.org: “Most people have inclinations of one kind or another at various times. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church. If they violate the law of chastity and the moral standards of the Church, then they are subject to the discipline of the Church, just as others are.”

 

About the copper plates being tested, I think the claim that the copper plates will be able to be tested is a pretty bold one. If this was just a fraud then why offer a way for it to be dis proven? Why not just let the plates remain hidden or lost forever? Even if this Elisha Enoc manufactured plates as a prop, that would show up in testing. So to say there will come a time when the plates can be tested, that’s a HUGE claim.

 

Also we can’t forget the evidence that already corroborates the truth of the Ang Aklatan. We have prophetic evidence in the book. We also have historic evidence. The Laguna Copperplate Inscription was discovered independently two years AFTER the Ang Aklatan was translated. It corroborates the story of Namwaran as given in the Ang Aklatan. So for evidence that it is true we have the fulfilled prophecies in the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, we have the fulfilled internal prophecies of the Ang Aklatan,a dn finally we have empirical historical evidence. Then we have the Moroni’s promise as a way receive a spiritual confirmation.

 

I think it is very easy to find minor, what seem like, contradictions in scripture. But I don’t think that we should dismiss a book because of that. We could also dismiss either the Bible or the Book of Mormon for minor contradictions. But we must be VERY careful when analyzing these things, because IF the Ang Aklatan is genuine, as the evidence indicates, then the prophets mentioned in the book were real. And if they were real then their words are real. Then if we reject them because they don’t fit what we think they should be, or there are minor contradictions that we cause to become a stumbling block, then we are guilty of rejecting and stoning the prophets.

 

If the Ang Aklatan is some sort of Hoffmanesque attempt at discrediting the church then it is the most poorly executed one I’ve seen. Now if we see these people trying to sell the Ang Aklatan to the Church then I might be willing to reconsider my position because if the Ang Aklatan is genuine and they try and sell it to the church then that would be a red flag.

 

After having read the Ang Aklatan, and studying it, after finding nothing contradictory to the Chruch and the Gospel, and after having prayed and received a spiritual confirmation, I know that the Ang Aklatan is the word of God. It has helped strengthen my faith in the Book of Mormon, Jesus Christ, His Church, and His modern Prophets and Apostles. Amen.

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The Ang Aklatan

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.

D&C 9:2

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_code_names_in_the_Doctrine_and_Covenants

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:

CHAPTER 1

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.

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