This writing was my first publicly shared perception and feeling
on DC49. It was written April 12, 1995.
Some editing of grammar and spelling has been done for this internet
posting. tlr - April 28, 2004.
"What about D & C Section
49 -- and 1 Timothy 4:1-6?"
To those interested, who need and desire sweet
healing, only made possible through understanding and living the Lord's
truest and simplest counsel!.. that gentle healing truth, that was finally
seen as it actually is, without man's corruption,
and experienced in my own personal struggle with failed health. Then in
dedicated, purest compliance, as best as I could provide, I was granted
heaven's gift of renewed life! (see end statement)
Thomas Lynn Rodgers. Apr.12,
1995 (edited 4/28/04)
Dearest Family, Friends, Brothers and Sisters:
experience is now too familiar to me; and (if you are vegetarian and LDS)
is already familiar to you:
you know that anyone who forbids you from eating meat is not ordained of
God!" -- "I eat meat sparingly! -- and so should you -- that's why God
made animals!" -- "And anyone who commands you not to eat meat has taken
up with the doctrine of devils!" -- and they are (as one revered scholar
wrongly infered and published) 'unstable', 'fanatics', or 'cranks'
are the words so often heard as one mentions to friends, family, and (church)
brothers and sisters; when they have chosen to no longer eat meat, or desire
to be kinder to the creatures!
-- These are also the words
that many times in my past (within my family's dairy, ranching and poultry
production mentality) I also spoke: and (which) with all my heart, I fully
(and foolishly) believed, even in my better biology and human physiology
in grand irony, these were the very words with which I was accosted,
that first day (and on the few times since) when I stood, and bore grateful
testimony to my church brothers and sisters, and own family of my restored
been accosted even by those same family and 'friends' who had witnessed
(me as) a once sick and dying man. -- now no longer dying, as I stood,
walked, and even ran (to the podium), to give thanks for my preciously
been gifted a blessed life in firm promise (and reaffirmed in my father's
sweet blessing) that for it's return, nothing more was to be harmed or
destroyed for, or by me.
"Nothing is to die, so that you might live", were those sweet words
passed to me in those moments: as in a failing body, I pressed firmly eternity's
was in sharing these same words, with my gratitude for returned life --
in my innocent 'foolish' exuberance in my congregation (ward) -- that I
buffeted in persecution still today, my gratitude cannot be stayed: as
every healing cell of my body has no other recourse than to obey, to testify,
and to glorify that gentle Creator who blessed them all in that moment,
and Who does continually bless them, in their compliance today,
now, how grateful I am that I finally understand those tender words (in
DC89 and DC49) given through the Lord's true and faithful servant, Joseph
Smith -- words sealed with his own dear life -- so that I might live!
sad truth is that if you had spoken to me five years ago and had encouraged
me to leave out cholesterol, the fats, excess proteins, and the disease
pathogens carried to us only in dairy, egg and meat --
even for my failing health -- I would have responded in that same blind
way that my well meaning brothers did -- and I would also have firmly cautioned
you to "get back on track, and eat meat sparingly!" That is how
I did once perceive this counsel.
today, no longer can I claim tradition, nor our clouded delusions or misconceptions,
as my excuse or my privilege!
though still often accused and accosted, in my humble homely way of a simple
man, I am required by every cell that is within me, to now live and speak
what they (my cells) and I now know to be true! I am required now to come
to the firm and clear defense of my Lord, and of His true and faithful
servant, who's unblemished words work for the preserving and protecting
of all God's precious children, and his blameless and innocent creatures,
along with all the glorious works of His hands!
now in good conscience I must share, my tiny, but vital bit of knowledge,
in the hope that, as you desire -- and still operating within that most
important principle -- your own free-agency! -- you may be made free of
the twisted understandings that we, of mankind, have fabricated to excuse
and make cover for our sordid blood-letting past. and present!
must now release ourselves from the needless condemnation which we have
brought upon ourselves. Condemnation, which must come, and does only come,
as we, even if in ignorance, live in the world's twisted, changed and fractured
the locks of ignorance, evil tradition and deception's deadly chains, wrapped
distructively around us, must be released!
and Covenants. Section 49. verses 18-21. (coupled with 1 Timothy 4:1-6.
and Section 89) holds God's freeing, restoring and healing key!
49 was received of the Lord in 1831 in answer to the confused precepts
of a then converting Shaker brother. Leman Copley. Yet within this revelation,
as within all of the Lords counsels, His words always expand unto all generations.
And in this day, as we press the Millennial envelope, this passage becomes
even more profound for us now.
beautiful are the Lord's counsels here. Feel D&C 49's truly compassionate
spirit, as in absolute concert with all truth, it expresses the sweet spirit
of Isaiah's, and our own Joseph Smith's, tenderest dreams and visions of
the harmless co-existence of the Lamb and the Lion, with man himself stewarding
as righteous lords over all the earth, exampling and teaching the healing
gospel of peace, to himself; then to all creatures:
"And whoso forbiddeth to abstain from meats, that man should
the same, is not ordained of God:"
FORBIDS. prohibits. or hinders is NOT ordained of God, if
he discourages or prevents another to rightly abstain from meats,
and advise others to abstain, with "that man should not eat the same"!
It is not the abstainer here, nor his kindest
encouragement to others "that man should not eat the same" that is in condemnation,
-- but it is the FORBIDDER who is in offense
and is a stumbling block in another's pathway to the Lord! - and
to His (the Lord's) unspotted table! -- where nothing has
been hurt, harmed, killed or made afraid!
** And when you
know and recall that the ITALICIZED words of
Timothy 4:3 are the inserted words,
of the King James men -- mingled
the scriptures! Then you will see that
Joseph's pure testimony
same merciful testimony borne by
his own language some 2,000 years ago! (And sustained in
Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Nephi, Alma, John, all!)
"For, behold, the beasts of the fields, and the fowls of the air, and
that which cometh of the earth. is ordained
for the use of man FOR food and
FOR raiment, and that he might
have in abundance."
* As a fork at the
side of your plate is FOR food, but NOT AS
food! So it is that the cow is ordained and "sanctified
word of God and prayer", and so is consecrated
to provide for man's abundance as his grand helpmate; as tractor
and puller, to drive and draft man's plowshare for 20 plus years
FOR food! But NOT to be slaughtered, with the butchers
and turned into a few bloody meals, only to grease and stop our hearts.
-- AS food!
like the living cow, the living fowl are designed to provide for
beauty and balance. They must manage the pests of man's fields, while the
fish filter and cleanse man's drink, his watering and washings.
all animals do serve, faithfully providing FOR the abundance
of many many seasons -- if permitted by righteous
men to fill the measure, experience, beauty and joy of their
creation -- those God-ordained rights. robbed of them. by us. in the blood
and horror for one single meal; as in the worlds folly, we eat upon
their innocent flesh; as did fallen Israel, in their partaking of those
things offered to Baal -- AS food!
"But it is not given that one man should possess that which is above
another, wherefore the world lieth in
* For gold
and silver, and power, by a few, these living treasures
of the earth, the animals -- and the extravagance of land
and feed required for them -- are hoarded, and fattened, destroying the
bounty of the soils, just for the slaughter! Then --
for a price!
-- their innocent blood and flesh is devoured. by still another
few, while millions of God's other dear children, because of
are denied water, land, food. dignity, happiness, and life!
"And wo be unto man that sheddeth blood or that wasteth flesh
and hath no need.'
What else do we need to be told?
Wo, misery and dying has been and
is our reward for shedding blood, without absolute need!
And finally in powerful closure to this clear counsel is Footnote 21a!
JST Gen 9:11: "And surely, blood
shall not be shed, only for meat,
your lives: and the blood of every beast will I
at your hands."
Because I never have had genuine need, but had only
served my own appetite, my own bout with disease
and death, was (and is) that requiring!
Sadly, I had not understood that "Ye cannot be partakers of the
Lord's table, and of the table of devils." -- So for 50 years, like
all those around me. I had partaken of disease, delusion, and death in
Satan's bloody products! -- hence these became my sure reward!
I have chosen to only partake of the Lord's sweet banquet! -- of compassion!
-- and of Life! -- so that I might Live!
Now through the untampered language of the Greek, Paul's pure and compassionate,
and truly merciful testimony stands firm with Joseph's, even to the mark
of his spirit, rhythm, and even the words`.
Did Paul inspire and help Joseph to write? I testify to you that he did!
1 Timothy 4:
"Now the spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall
depart from the faith.
giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrine
Speaking lies and hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot
to marry, (and commanding - ITALICIZED) to abstain
which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving
of them which believe and know the truth.
For every creature is good, and nothing is to be refused,
if it be received with thanksgiving:
For it is sanctified by the word of God
* In verses 1 and 2 an
unabashed and verbal Paul is squarely defining his FORBIDDERS
as followers of devils!;
-- whereas gentle Joseph Smith, in kindest
restraint, softly labels his forbidders as "not ordained of God".
Now we must learn truth, the truth of what
Verse 3.'s FORBIDDERS were forbidding!
the some fifty manuscript copies available of this text, in the original
Greek, not one uses the term COMMANDING! The
"and commanding" was added in by those Philosophers
men in the pay and influence of that political and business
King James I! Did they have bias, or a motive
- sufficient to conspire? - to protect their interests and
appetites as did those of Constantine's empire???
So now, read that same Verse 3.
in the unmolested Greek form: (Verifiable it in the direct
to English translation)
"FORBIDDING to marry, TO ABSTAIN from meats;
which God hath created to be received (respectfully accepted) with thanksgiving
by them which believe and know the truth."
to you and me, this may feel a bit clumsy, or structurally incomplete;
to the Greek this was neither incomplete nor uncomfortable. Where
you and I must have an AND behind the comma (after
marry"), the Greeks and most of the world are happy using juxtapositional
phrasing, even in a simple string of two, without the AND; and still
passing the action of the verb "FORBIDDING" through to the subsequent phrases:
even if followed by one phase; -- as is so in this case!
now lets look at the Greek through our eyes! -- speaking our AND,
and passing the action of the verb, FORBIDDING, through
to the next phrase:
"FORBIDDING to marry, AND FORBIDDING TO ABSTAIN
that not now sound strangely familiar? It does and must! (Now re-read again
now know that this is what was shown to Joseph Smith, in those moments
as he revisited and re-translated the scriptures at the Lord's command.
And in his seeing, he did clearly understand, but he could not openly reveal
or firmly share all, with those then (or to us now) of his unready, unwilling,
spiritually delicate, doctrinally fragile and in-traditions- locked, flock!
firm my testimony is now of our wonderful Joseph! I am forever in
his debt! I love him! And with every gifted breath I thank
clearly understood the rest of Paul's words, because he did believe
and know the truth!
knew, as did Paul. that EVERY creature of God is GOOD,
nothing is to be refused (disrespected, abused, un-cared for or
turned away in its need), but all are to be received
accepted, reverenced, nurtured and protected) with THANKSGIVING!
This is the Lord's true order of righteous dominion!
Joseph also knew that Paul's word "Meat" also was his word for Muscle,
from where the pulling Power of the grand creatures. companioned
in man's service, would come: to provide for the abundance
of Israel's righteous men: the good ministers of Jesus Christ!
(I Tim 4:6. note all)
so the Saints who followed Paul did as Moses in Exodus 22:29-31
had asked his people to do -- and now again as Joseph Smith has asked of
us in this day to do!:
consecrate, in the like manner of our sons: our
oxen and our sheep! -- anointing, blessing and sanctifying
ALL to the bringing forth of Israel and to the building up of Zion,
in His compassionate ways! -- with charity complete for ALL that lives,
and that is the Lord's.
All this is to be done, as truly only it can, in obedience to His
word and Prayer!
So forever, those correct words -- those words given by the Lord,
firmly understood, intended and scribed by His true and faithful servants:
first by Paul, then by Joseph Smith: -- was and is "FORBIDDETH"
biddeth and certainly NOT COMMANDING!
the Lord had meant commanding' (in I timothy 4:3)
(or biddeth, as unfortunately presumed by a scholar, in D&C
49:18 footnote), he would have said it! And said it clearly!
He did not! So I know now in my heart (and my healing experience), we
herein, the Lord's bloodless pathway into the millennial garden was let
be opened once more, one hundred fifty years ago by Joseph Smith. in kindly
counsel, clearly spoken for us now, of this, The Last
Sincerely, with honor and love always,
Brother Thomas Lynn Rodgers
April 12, 1995
words are of my experience, my understanding, and my testimony; and they
are founded in my struggle with death, in my cancer (terminal malignant
shoulder-spinal-cranial melanoma. with a breast mass). accompanied by four
strokes. heart infarction, and immune disease and failure 3 1/2 years ago!
only assume responsibility for me, and for my words -- knowing that they
are strong -- and different!
do only share them in hope that what I have learned will be examined and
tested on it's own merit:
as one may desire, you must personally prove (or disprove) that which may
be supportive of, or for in your own testimony and blessings!