(As Mauricio is occupied with the translation at present, the email that he wrote and sent to Joseph F. Smith in April 2017, is herein attached as his first testimony. This email was read at Zarahemla Branch October 29th, 2017 by Joseph. The transcriber did not have the actual email, so any errors are the transcribers. rc)
“I have a lot to say, Mr. Smith, but as I do not know how to speak and write in English I fear that the Google translator will transcribe a phrase otherwise causing confusion that can be read by you. So I’ll briefly summarize the facts so that you can keep track of what happened to us and what we want with you. I do not understand all of your scriptures or your doctrines but I will use the Bible and the text of your scriptures as it appears at the site of www. Center place.org.
It all started April 6th,2007. It was the eve of Easter. I had climbed a hill alone to pray to God in the desire to get some answers to my questions. During the trip I was lost in the woods close until sunset, and night came and the darkness of the trees were larger than in a closed room and without a flashlight I could not move from that place. Fear at that time took over my senses making me feel like a dark force was overwhelming me. When a light appeared through the trees, pushing away the fear that surrounded me, soon a character involved in that light called me by name and said “do not be afraid”. He identified himself as an angel of God with the name of Raphael. Which years later I could see him in one of the writings that he had visited Joseph Smith Jr. (Doctrine and Covenants 110:21b) [ and that’s probably the LDS Doctrine and Covenants because that’s all they have that is written in Portuguese-commented Joseph] On this occasion the angel Raphael made with his hands lights to illuminate the whole forest so that could reach the top of the hill, where I received the visitation of another Celestial being, which I will not report here at this email and leave it for another occasion. [I will tell you who that being – later on I learned who that being was, it’s Moroni, because at this beginning of this time Moroni began to work with these people – Joseph commented] The being who was waiting for me at the top of the mountain then prescribed more than once the text of Isaiah 1: 2 through 9 so that it was etched in my memory. He told me that he appeared to me because of my great faith and restlessness. And that my prayer had touched the feelings of Him who rules the whole universe. But He required me to return to that same place no longer alone but accompanied by three other men who would approach me for Bible study and that we should go back there once every year until 10 years had passed. And so we did, until we came to understand what God expects us to do.
Your contact was revealed to us in this last time, which was January 21st of this year 2017. We were told on this occasion that we went up the hill, that the Lord was moving His hand to restore Zion to it’s place determined by Him in a place chosen to be the New Jerusalem in Missouri. He said that the Churches that bear His name had strayed from their Covenant making the arm of the flesh their strength. He showed us that the remnant quoted by Him to me the first time, in the Words of Isaiah 1:9, referred to the Branches of the Restoration. However, He affirmed that even among the branches of the restoration there were certain divergence of opinion. [ that’s quite a statement – remarked Joseph] And that they are not all together ones of heart and mind. Therefore the Lord looks with appreciation to you Mr. Smith and to your congregation for he has seen your labor and the intent of your heart. [Some of you who don’t know me too well I’ve worked for 21 years to bring the Saints together, I started with the Waldo sermon 21 years ago, wherein the Lord told them that they had a window of opportunity to step through, to lay aside their differences, find common ground and begin to build up the Kingdom of God. And for the most part it went in one ear and out the other. And this is what He is referring to – explained Joseph]
But there is no way to get your people back together in one flock in your country for there is much strife and repugnant among the Latter Day Saints in regard to the other churches, which in one have been divided into many. But God will do it from Brazil, until it fills all Latin America, Central, and finally to arrive again in the lands of the north for the people of the Covenant is counted as being a great multitude, Revelation 7th chapter 9th verse.
In relation to what the Lord requires of us with you is that a congregation directed by you here in Brazil be established and be in communion with the other branches of the restoration because the holy spirit will operate in our midst, entering in and preaching in many chapels of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for there are many people in that denomination that the Lord intends to receive for Himself as he did in the past when the Nephites preached to the Lamanites.
Our work, therefore is similar to that of Alma who preached among the wicked people of King Noah converting his members to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Lord allowed the powers of Darkness to take over the regency of the greatest Church of the Saints of today but He intends to seek His own sheep from this flock so that the prophecy of Isaiah 60:22 will come.
What we initially desire is the baptism of your hand, or an authority of someone sent to us from you for this purpose and obtain the gift of the Holy Ghost in order to fulfill our ministry fully as promised to us by the Heavenly Being. We are willing to separate our tithe from now on to achieve this goal which is not ours only but of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We were told that you would be our leader as long as you live, amen.”
Mauricio A. Berger