My desire to seek God started when I was about 15 years old. This desire led me to search for truth among several Christian denominations, and one non-Christian denomination, the Bahai Faith. At that time, I did not know anything about Joseph Smith Junior and the restoration. Eventually I met missionaries from the LDS church. They taught me about Joseph Smith and the restoration, and I knew without doubt that Joseph Smith Jnr did see God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. I knew the Book of Mormon was the word of God. I was baptised with gladness of heart and ended up serving a two-year mission overseas. This was the most glorious time of my life, preaching the restored gospel and witnessing the power of the Lord in the conversion of souls.
During 2016 I experienced an awakening on account of a dream and a few other experiences I had. In the dream, it was a Sunday, and my family and I went to church. As we walked into the church building, they were people wondering around in the foyer, and I noticed there was no chapel on the main level, but there was a flight of stairs going up. My family and I walked up the stairs hoping to see a chapel on the second level. When we got to the very top of the stairs, there was no chapel there either or any other rooms, but there was a continuation of the stairways we were on, going down. On their downward descend, the stars were not in the building, but outside in the open and they were covered with some tangling thorny bushes. It looked dangerous to continue going down the stairs. Upon realizing that I could not go down those stairs with my family, I immediately found myself standing alone in what looked like the church parking lot, but I did not see any vehicles.
I noticed that there was a barbed wire fence around the church premises. On the other side of the fence, there was a hard rock band playing some very loud and obnoxious music. I noticed people coming out of the church building, mostly the youth, dancing and going towards the rock band. At that point, a heavy wave of sorrow, swept over me. I looked up to the heavens with tears in my eyes, and these words came into my mind, “Why has the church of God turned to idolatry.” I woke up from the dream immediately.
After the above experience, I had a strong desire to seek for further truth beyond what I had been taught and believed up that point. This desire was not forced upon me, it just came naturally, and has been with me since then to this day and has left me restless and frustrated at times.
About a year after my search for truth started, my wife shared with me a YouTube recording of Joseph F. Smith testifying about his experiences in Brazil, baptizing and conferring the gift of the Holy Ghost. I had never heard of Joseph F Smith until then. His testimony stirred something within me: a strong desire to be baptised and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by one having the proper authority to do so, same way as in the new testament of the holy bible, or in in 3rd Nephi of the Book of Mormon.
As I searched further to know more about Joseph F Smith, I learned about Mauricio Berger and the work in Brazil. An internet search for Mauricio and the sealed plates took me first to a blogger whose intent is to discredit the work intellectually. I am thankful that God has blessed me with a tendency to listen more to the spirit than to human intellect, and so it was, that when my wife and I listened to the testimonies of the 8 witnesses, we believed because of the convincing power in those testimonies. This has brought some hope into our lives, though I am still restless due to the desire to be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Although my wife and I feel so lonely as we are very far from those who believe in this work, we continue to pray for the work and for Mauricio, the three witnesses and the eight witnesses. One thing we know without any doubt, is that, it is only the work of man that will be frustrated; God’s work will not be frustrated. Truth will prevail.
Christopher Mandwe - Canada
This work is the "refreshing" of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ in these last days brought first through Joseph Smith Jr and comes again through Maurício Berger. This website will post truth irrespective of its conduit. "All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also, otherwise there is no existence" D&C 90:5b RLDS or D&C 93:30 LDS. Therefore, postings on this website should be viewed as the endorsement of truth—speaking generally and not specifically for each word, action, person or organization. "And righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine own elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare; an holy city, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion; a New Jerusalem." Genesis 7:70
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