still sealed TCOZ

In March 4, 2018, the first part of the sealed portion was unsealed by Mauricio Berger in the presence of eleven witnesses! They were all astonished to discover that there were two separate sections to the sealed portion—with the greater part remaining sealed. The witnesses to this extraordinary event counted 42 plates in the newly unsealed section of the Book of Mormon plates. But of those 42 plates, only 19 would be translated.

It is very important to understand why only 19 plates were permitted to be translated at this time. In Brother Mauricio’s preface to The Sealed Book of Mormon, he emphasizes that the remaining 23 plates will not be unveiled until “the people of the church are living in accordance with these first teachings revealed”. From the message revealed in the initial 19 plates we can learn how to live in Zion. It is through faith that we learn line upon line and precept upon precept until all things are fulfilled.

In addition to the 23 plates that were not translated, there are numerous places within The Sealed Book of Mormon where information was excluded. We have been denied access to greater spiritual insight in more than 50 places in this recently translated sacred book! The missing information is indicated by a dash. An example is on page 21, verse 23 in the “Words of Moroni” and is in the middle of a sentence! The very last dash is between two sentences near the end of “Acts of the Three Nephites" on page 197 in Chapter 14, verse 59.

At the beginning of the readings during the First Study Group I was allowing myself to be distracted by these dashes. They looked like  “formatting errors”! However, once I understood the significance of them, they suddenly took on a completely new character. They are like “admonishing miracles”—we are not spiritually ready for the information! Similar to the situation with the untranslated 23 plates, God in His mercy has spared us from the responsibility of being accountable for this additional light.

An unexpected—but added—source of knowledge are the references. All of the references were obtained through the Seer Stones! Brother Mauricio says (in an email statement translated from Portuguese): “The stones made it possible for me to have the images that appeared in my eyes while I translated the references in the book.  These references always corresponded to the scriptural content that I had in my mind of the LDS.  Already the texts of the [inspired] version of the Bible and the book of Tobias, these were projected to me in another corner of my mind, as information that I did not know.”

Many people within the Restoration Movement have been eager to read this newly translated part of the sealed portion. However, there are quite a number of reports from saints who are extremely disappointed with what they have read. Even people who believed the reports coming from Brazil and the testimonies of the witnesses have read parts or even all of the book and have been disappointed. They have made comments such as: there’s nothing in it to warrant it having been sealed; it’s just a repeat of other scriptures; it contradicts the scriptures we already have, etc.

How can this happen? Many other people read the book and marvel at the message and insight that it contains! We have been counseled to approach the reading of this sacred book with preparation through prayer and to seek light and understanding from the Lord. Just as we should not try to rush into the presence of the Lord, we need to take time to prepare for the reading of His word.

There is a tendency to pass over any information in the front matter of books! But please take the time to study the words the translator has written in the preface. Along with explanations of unique aspects of this translation, you will find a challenge similar to that in the Book of Mormon: “And if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost; and by the power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things” (RLDS/LDS Moroni 10:5).

So in a very real way, The Sealed Book of Mormon is still sealed! I believe that the varied and opposing responses of so many people actually prove the validity of this statement. The truths and mysteries of God contained in this sacred book are not readily available to everyone. Those truths and mysteries can only be opened to the understanding of our hearts and minds through spiritual preparation, our faith in the power of God, and our acceptance of God’s awesome power. May we always take sufficient time to prepare ourselves in order to receive an understanding of the greater light and mysteries of our God that are hidden, or sealed, within this sacred record.

Melva Cackler
April 15, 2019

Scriptures that support our desire and our need to understand the mysteries of God that are contained in the sacred records:

Those, therefore, who do not harden their hearts when these records are finally revealed to the children of men, will be endowed with wisdom to understand the greater part of the word already revealed, until it is given to know the mysteries of God in its fullness. But those who harden their hearts when these records appear among them, even the knowledge they possess of the first set of books revealed, will become obtuse in their minds, until they know nothing of their mysteries.

This record, therefore, which is granted now to the children of men, is a great and important mystery of the mysteries of God, and for this reason you can not suppose in your intellect, that it be easy to understand, because the things written here do not follow the events in chronological order, but, as with all the other scriptures left to us by the ancient prophets, future events are set in front of the prevailing affairs, and then again to intertwine in the same plot of history that is being written the present and the past so that, according to the dictates of the heavens, this entanglement of information, will compose the substance of faith in the feelings of those whose heart is receptive to the word of God through the Holy Spirit.

So desire to remember what was said by Alma, that "faith is not perfect knowledge". The same is true of these words of mine. At first, you can not be sure of them until you awaken your spiritual faculties, testing the words of this record as a result of what was written by the ancient prophets, and exercise a particle of faith in your quest for knowledge of the mysteries of God, still though you only have the desire to know the truth behind my words, and let this desire operate in your heart and mind, until you comprehend the fullness of these mysteries, so that you may with all diligence add to your faith the virtue of this new perception.

Acts of the Three Nephites 1:5-7
Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing: unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed.

RLDS Alma 14:103; LDS Alma 26:22
For thus saith the Lord God: They shall write the things which shall be done among them, and they shall be written and sealed up in a book, and those who have dwindled in unbelief shall not have them, for they seek to destroy the things of God.

RLDS II Nephi 11:86; LDS II Nephi:26:17
And he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God, until they know them in full; And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word, until they know nothing concerning his mysteries.

RLDS Alma 9:18-19; LDS Alma 12:10-11
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God; but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

Luke 8:10 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith; yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.

RLDS Alma 16:151; LDS Alma 32:27
Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing: unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed.

RLDS Alma 14:103; LDS Alma 26:22
Remember it is sacred and cometh from above: and if thou wilt inquire, thou shalt know mysteries which are great and marvelous.

DC 6:5b  For I have not commanded you to come up hither to trifle with the words which I shall speak, but that you should hearken unto me, and open your ears that ye may hear, and your hearts that ye may understand, and your minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view.

RLDS Mosiah 1:39; LDS Mosiah 2:39
Doubtless, a great mystery is contained within these plates; and these interpreters were doubtless prepared for the purpose of unfolding all such mysteries to the children of men.

RLDS Mosiah 5:83; LDS Mosiah 8:19
And the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in this time as in times of old.

RLDS I Nephi 3:30; LDS I Nephi 10:19
How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways.

RLDS Jacob 3:10; LDS Jacob 4:8
And I said unto him, Lord, the Gentiles will mock at these things because of our weakness in writing; for Lord thou hast made us mighty in word by faith, but thou hast not made us mighty in writing.
RLDS Ether 5:23; LDS Ether 12:23

I give unto men weakness, that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Behold, I will shew unto the Gentiles their weakness, and I will shew unto them that faith, hope, and charity, bringeth unto me the fountain of all righteousness.

And I, Moroni, having heard these words, was comforted, and said, O Lord, thy righteous will be done, for I know that thou workest unto the children of men according to their faith; for the Brother of Jared said unto the mountain Zerin, Remove, and it was removed.

And if he had not had faith, it would not have moved; wherefore thou workest after men have faith; for thus did thou manifest thyself unto thy disciples.

For after they had faith and did speak in thy name, thou didst shew thyself unto them in great power…
RLDS Ether 5:28-32; LDS Ether 12:27-31 

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