Tuesday, 27 January 2009

It has been a wonderful week for the church with our very first subscription out side of the church for The Times & Seasons. The Times 7 seasons can be ordered form the church for £3.00 a month or you can play for a full year up front. If you are interested in subscribing to The Times 7 seasons then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will sort it out for you.

The church is experiencing a lot of interest form the United States at the moment with many people coming forward and expressing a wish to be united with the church. The church is looking forward to getting out to the United States and baptising those involved and establishing a branch of the church among the people of the United States. The Unites states as the prophet said on Sunday is ‘being prepared once again to hear the truth of all things’ I believe that he is right and that those who have come to us in search of the truth have been led here by the Lord. There are great things due to come forth form the United States and I know that they will come forth form the Lord unto his people.

In this weeks blog I would like to talk to those people who might be reading this blog who have fallen out of favour with any of the Mormon denominations whether it be the LDS or the Cof C or any other Mormon faith. Indeed we would like to address this blog to any one that has stopped going to any church. Elder Michael Clarke has posted a blog on this very subject on his church blog site, that I you might find interesting. I want you all to know that just because you might have had a bad experience with another Mormon faith does not mean that we are all like that, we want you to know that we here ate the latter Day Church of Jesus Christ have something wonderful that we can share with all the world, we want to help you to rediscover your love for the saviour and for the restoration that took place through the prophet Joseph Smith. We want to be able to help rekindled the love that you once felt for the Book of Mormon and for the prophets of that great book of scripture. We want to be able to share our love of the Bible with you and help you come to know Jesus Christ and for you to let him in to your heart once again. Most of all we would love to share the Book of Jeraneck with you, which stands at another testimony of Jesus Christ. The Latter day Church of Jesus Christ has a lot to offer you so get in touch and let’s see if we can’t add to what you already know and help relight that fire.

The Second coming is not far of and we need to be diligent in obeying the laws that the Lord has put down for us. We need to be putting on the whole armour of god and doing what it takes for us to be worthy to stand to meet him at the great days of his return.

To all our members and friends we wish you have a great week and that you keep on with your studies in the gospel. The Lord is with us speaking to us and revealing new truths to us that we should tell to the entire world. To those new investigators that have contacted us we wish you well and we want you to know that the Prophet is ever praying for you that you might be joined with us soon. God Bless you all.

Monday, 19 January 2009

What a great end to the week the church has had. We have seen great work coming out of the Leicester area with Elder Michael S. Clarke out doing missionary work and getting things moving up in his area. Elders Kyle & Andrew Alverson are doing well and have been in touch this week. The work is going forward really well at the moment and we expect it to keep going. Sunday was a great meeting with a new revelation being delivered to the church concerning the tribulation and the coming of the Messiah. The new revelations that the Lords flock have had are really helping us to understand the time sin which we are living along with renewing our love and relationship with the Saviour.

The Book of Mormon takes centre stage this year with the church studying this wonderful book of scripture in Sunday school. Over the weekend the churches monthly news letter The Times & Seasons was sent out to all those that have requested it and given to all its members. The Times & Seasons is a wonderful opportunity for the church to share uplifting stories and also for people to know what is going on in the church and to read a monthly message form the prophet on a wide range of issues. We would like to thank all those that have helped with input for The Times & Seasons and also to Vicki Gill for arranging The Times and Seasons so beautifully. Keep a look out for next months when Elder Clarke will be submitting an article to be included. If any one out there wants to subscribe to the Times & Seasons then pleases get in touch and we will arrange for a monthly delivery of the newsletter.

All in all our little flock is doing well and are looking forward to the day when we shall be able to reach more people and to share our message with a larger audience, it is refreshing to know that every morning the church receives new emails of encouragement and of support from all over the world and even here in the UK. So from everyone here at The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ we hope you have a good week and that you are able to be touched by the spirit and feel the presence of the Lord in your lives. God Bless to all our fiends and supports all over the world.

Truly this is a day long to be remembered by the Saints of the last days, a day in which the God of heaven has begun to restore the ancient order of His kingdom unto His servants and His people, a day in which all things are concurring to bring about the completion of the fullness of the Gospel, a fullness of the dispensation of dispensations, even the fullness of times; a day in which Jehovah has promised should be made known in His own due time unto His servants, to prepare the earth for the return of His glory. (Jospeh Smith)

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Today’s Blog is posted by the Prophet Matthew Gill: - Who am I? Many people believe they know who I am. It has been said by many that they know me and that I can’t possibly be a Prophet because they know what I’m really like! Know man knows me! And to coin a popular phrase ‘Know man knows my history’. I’m grateful for all the opposition that I receive and that the church receives, for some reason they believe that we are important enough to write lengthy posts about and important enough to ruffle their feathers. It has come to my knowledge that again things have been said about me personally and about my family that are just NOT TRUE, let me say it again NOT TRUE. I will once again out line a few things for those people so that I have put it on record in this blog post for all those that wish to see.

I have never been kicked out of the LDS church. It simply didn’t happen that way. I was not excommunicated and I was never invited to a church court. I know that it is hard for some people to understand what with them knowing me so well, but I’m afraid that it is simply not the case. I’m sorry if that upsets some people, I’m sorry if that is not the version of my history that you seem to think is correct, but its just hard luck because it’s the truth. The fact is that I resigned my membership of the LDS church to Jason Store who was the first councillor on the Derby ward bishopric at the time. I invited him round to my house and we sat and I explained to him why I was doing it and he took my resignation in writing from me and after a warm and conflict free chat he left. About a month latter I received a letter confirming that my name had been removed from the records of the LDS church. That's how it happened. There was no church court or argument or conflict of any nature, I was not kicked out because of apostasy, I simply resigned my membership, simple really. In the same fashion my father also resigned his membership, In fact that’s how some other people who have joined the church left the LDS, once again no courts no recrimination no arguments nothing, I don’t know from what source the opposite view has come form but it’s NOT TRUE and it’s a LIE.

So that has dealt with me for the moment, let’s turn our attention to the issue that keeps being asked about Elder David Smith. Let me say once and for all on the record that Elder David Smith has never donated any amount of money to the church other than his tithing that he gives every month. He has never sold a property and given the money to the church, he has never been left any money by a relative and left that to the church, nothing of that nature has happened at all, its yet another fantastical idea of certain members of the LDS church, it’s a LIE. The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ is not at liberty to say who pays tithing and who does not, it’s a matter of data protection, plus it would be a betrayal of trust, and it’s none of your business any way.

The congregation of The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ seems to be a real concern to some people. The size of our membership seems to be really important to a lot of LDS members, why I don’t know? But some of them seem to be really hung up on how many members we have. The Latter Day church of Jesus Christ has ten members in the UK at the moment. I have never made any claim that we are bigger in the UK, I have never given the impression that we are heaving with membership in the UK. I hope that answers that problem for some of you. Although I don’t know what membership size has to do with being true or false as seems to be the assertion.

Now it seems that someone who has read the church blog site has gotten it in to their heads that I think that they are or were jealous of the Gill family in the past. I don’t know if they were or weren’t, and to be honest I don’t really care. I’m sure that there are lots of very rich people in the LDS church, I’m sure that they are extremely happy with their wealth; it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. What does bother me however is when people make comments about my family or people that are close to me that are untrue or slanderous. Once again I will make it very clear on record that my father has never been to gaol, has never been arrested for fraud and has never stolen money from people, and just in case I’m accused of hiding neither have I.

It is true that I grew up in the LDS family. I have been in many units in my time in the LDS church. I was first in Birmingham then in the old Hansdwroth unit where I was baptised in to the LDS church at age eight. My family then moved to the Tamworth unit and stayed there for many years where my father served for many years on the bishopric, in fact we moved to Tamworth when I was eight and I didn’t leave until I was eighteen. My family then moved to the Derby ward for the first time, then back to Birmingham and to the Wild Green unit. From there I married and moved to Sheldon unit in the Birmingham stake. My wife and I then moved to Derby and obviously went to the Derby ward, my mother and father followed due to the family business having to relocate due to the distance between the two families. I left the church when I was a member in Derby ward.

The final thing I want to clear up and put on record is that the church has no mentality ill people as members, none of them have learning difficulties, NONE OF THEM. I am not sure why people who claim to know some of the members in the church would say this, maybe, just maybe they have the wrong person, or they are just wrong. I know that it might be a hard thing for an LDS member to get their head around but, they could be wrong!

I hope that I have been able to put some reoccurring persecution to bed once and for all. In my heart I hope that this can be closed, but I doubt it. It’s a sad shame that these people keep asking the same questions over and over, it is a sad shame that they believe that there is something evil and sinister going on here; nothing could be further form the truth. To all our members I wish to thank you for your continued faith and prayers to our members outside of the UK, I am so proud of your commitment and your friendship, it is a great example to me of how much our message has touched you. I thank the Lord everyday that he has called me to this work and tat I am his servant in these troubling and dark times, keep the faith my friends, the journey will soon be at an end and we shall behold the Saviour in all his glory and majesty. I leave you with a wonderful quote that sums up what we have to go through, it was written by the Prophet Joseph Smith and I think relates very well to our situation: - The Saviour said . . . "Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake; rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they the Prophets which were before you." Now, dear brethren, if any men ever had reason to claim this promise, we are the men; for we know that the world not only hate us, but they speak all manner of evil of us falsely, for no other reason than that we have been endeavouring to teach the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God Bless you all I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Happy New Year to all our friends and members out there. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that you were all able to spend the festive season with family and loved ones.
It is a new year and a new start. 2009 promises to be a great year for the church although even if it wasn't going to be a great year our work would go on as we have a duty and promise to the Lord to perform the work that we have all been called to do. We have a new blog site from Elder Clarke in Leicester which is http://www.saintsinthelatterdays.blogspot.com/ I would encourage all of you to check it out and give Elder Clarke all the support you can while he is in Leicestershire.

At the end of last year we had a wonderful winter GA which was watched by lots of people all over the world from Argentina to Australia, we are so pleased that we have been able to touch people’s lives and bring them some happiness and friendship. The churches official copy of the Book of Mormon was published at the end of 2008 and it has gone down very well with those that have ordered copies form us; we are so pleased that we have been directed by the Lord to get this edition of the Book of Mormon published. The Book of Jeraneck was read by record amounts of people last year fulfilling a promise made by the Lord that it would be 'read by people in many lands and that it would be sent unto all the world to stand a witness of the people that once inhabited this land'. The work on the churches official Bible goes on with the Prophet working hard to go through the new sections that need to be added and communing with the Lord over the issue, when the work is complete we shall notify everyone on the blog site. We would like to thank all those people that sent us support last year in whatever way they could, it was wonderful to come into contact with people who wanted to hep and also those that wanted to join with us.

We are small and although three baptisms last year may not seem like an awful lot to many out there, but for us it was a wonderful moment, we had had the chance to save souls and we performed our duty to them and to the Lord. There are many great and glorious things set to happen this year including the bringing forward of revelation and prophesy and another great things. Although we find our world falling deeper and deeper in to dark times we know that we will stand as light unto the entire world. The Lord is with us we have proved this in days past we have weathered the storms that have been thrown our way we have stood firm and not faltered and when times come that test our resolve and our very faith we know that the Lord will be with us no matter what happens. We hope and pray that we can fulfil our duty as well as we did last year and that we can do what the Lord asks of us this year without hesitation. God bless you all in the coming year.

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