Shortly after completing the translation for the Sealed Book of Mormon, Maurício Berger speaks about the importance of the Restoration Work - and the coming forth of the Sealed Book of Mormon, to an audience of Brazilians and North Americans.
I feel extremely happy for being here with you this night. People that came from Brasilia. People that came from Caxias do Sul. Really, I feel very happy for you being here. Joao, Sergio, and Paulinho, these are people who are coming closer to us. It is not just about my happiness, but of the happiness of Heavenly Father. Lucas is here with his wife. Your presence in this work is essential. You today cannot understand how important you will be in the future of this work. All of us here have an important role.
When Joseph Smith initiated the work of the Restoration in 1830, he organized the church in April, he had a group of no more than 12 people that accompanied him and a few visitors. And he said to these people: brethren, you cannot understand this work, just as a baby in the lap of its mother cannot comprehend anything. Because this work will grow so much that it will reach the entire world. Whoever knows the story of Mormonism can say that today the branches of the Restoration and all the churches that make up the work, that initiated in 1830, reach the whole world. The Book of Mormon is known in almost all the nations of the Earth. So, Joseph Smith said to those men: you can’t comprehend today, in this moment, what this work will become in the future. They couldn’t imagine the greatness of this work.
Today we can see the results of what was said in the past. I say to those of you here that what will happen today is three times bigger than what happened in the last 170-year time period of the Restoration. Because today we count on the assistance of the Internet. That is one of the tools that God made possible for us and that Satan utilizes also; because everything that God does, Satan tries to undo. But we will use it for good. And in the moment that the sealed book will be published, the whole world will have access to it at the same time.
Joseph Smith had to send this book through willing missionaries to the 4 corners of the Earth. First to England and Canada. Brazil received the missionaries many, many years later. At the moment, once the translation is done in English, the Internet can spread it to all languages. Why? Because today the Internet can obtain a translation. And the church website will have the ability to translate. People will have the ability to compare the scriptures. I tell you that we are the basis for it all. Our names, for good or for bad, will be mentioned, in 200 years from now. Even 400 years. We are the people who are initiating this work. Inevitably, the Lord is counting on us.
I like to say that this work is similar to that parable of the 4 blind men that were led to an elephant. So, one of the blind men hugged the elephant’s trunk. One hugged the leg. One hugged the tail. And one hugged the whole body of the elephant. Later, they were explaining what the elephant was. One said that the elephant is similar to a fire hose. The other said: no, the elephant has nothing to do with that. The elephant is similar to a rope, because he had hugged the tail of the elephant. The other said: no, you are both mistaken. The elephant is similar to a trunk, because he had hugged the leg. And the fourth said: you are all mistaken. The elephant is a compilation of everything together.
Ancient Israel used to say that the Pentateuch, which is the ancient testament that we have of the Bible, is the compilation of the truth. Then appeared Jesus Christ and the Apostles, who brought the New Testament, and the Jews didn’t accept it. The Jews said: we have here the truth, the hose, the trunk of the elephant. Later on, the Christians said: no, we have here the truth, the New Testament, which was the tail of the elephant. From there appeared other religious factions: Christianity, Judaism, etc. Each one saying: I have the truth. I have the trunk, the rope, the hose. In truth, all of these are part of a compilation. Someone who has hugged all of these needs to say: no, the combination of all of these things makes up the elephant. The Old Testament is part of the truth. The New Testament is another part of the truth. The Book of Mormon is an important part of this compilation, but none of this is fully understood without having the sealed portion. The sealed portion is essential for our full comprehension of the truth, because it leads us to a more in-depth understanding of what we already have.
Last week one of the witnesses from the U.S.A., visited me. I showed three parts of the translation to him. The first part he said: can I call my dad? I need to have my dad see this. We, from Missouri, we are waiting for this to be restored. This is a secret of ours. Joseph Smith said that this would be restored some day. And he showed me the document that speaks of this part that would be restored which I wasn’t aware of. I told him he could call his dad. He was talking for half an hour to his dad, explaining to his father: it is here, it is in this place. It really makes sense to me now.
After this I showed two more parts of the translation to him. And he went back home. He was in the house of Joni. The next morning, he came to my house for breakfast and he said: brother Mauricio, I don’t understand. What’s bothering me is that it doesn’t match my beliefs of the restoration. Then I told him: Brother did you read the references below each verse? Because when I received the translation of the Portuguese and the English, simultaneously, there was a part that came of texts, references that were supposed to be put together. Why? Because the sealed book cannot be understood without the accompaniment of other scriptures. It is necessary to hug the entire elephant. So, he read the references accompanied in the Book of Mormon and inspired Bible by Joseph Smith. And he said: Brother Mauricio, how come we never saw this before? It was there all the time but we never noticed it.
I guarantee to you that what is in the Sealed Book of Mormon is not a new doctrine. But it is a doctrine that was sealed to our understanding, to the understanding of all mankind until now. But to understand it, it is necessary to understand the Book of Mormon. So, whoever didn’t study the Book of Mormon, whoever is not baptized into His church that is here today. I believe all who are here know the Book of Mormon who do this now. Because the Sealed Book of Mormon can only be understood having the Bible and Book of Mormon as a base. It is a sequence.
Brothers, I am happy for you being here. And I bare my testimony that I saw angel Moroni more than once. I saw many celestial beings. My wife saw it. We recorded it with video, with photos, and we recorded their voices. Which now are written books by us. I took 3 witnesses as required of me. Among the first three witnesses was a bishop, Joni, who was not Mormon, and Jader, who was not Mormon. They have already been baptized in the Church, Joni, afterward because he wasn’t married yet to Sister Carla. A little bit later he left because his bishop convinced him that maybe, maybe I could have possibly been misled by the enemy. And Jader was convinced by him. Possibly, I asked Jader, and made a mistake in a petition of which I should not have done. And this distanced him from me. When these witnesses came for the first time, I told Jader to come with me and I will show you all again. And he didn’t come. Also, the second time, he didn’t come.
I want to tell you that I substituted some witnesses. Yes, but because it was necessary. But they are here today and I asked them to bare their testimony to you so you can see that all of this is true. Starting with Joni who was with me for about 10 years. Then Valdeci. And then Wagner. And after that, I will request that Brother Joseph bare his testimony. Then Brother Tyler after. And then I will ask Sister Roberta if she can also bare her testimony here. So that all will know how much the people from U.S.A., from Missouri, the center stake of Zion, believe in this work.
Brothers, I want to start with a prayer. Because there’s nothing prepared here. The spirit directs this work. I know that some are aware of the hymn “The Spirit of God” and I know that the Americans know “The Spirit of God”. I invite all to sing. After this humble prayer, I’ll make in the name of Jesus Christ.
(Prays) Sublime, Heavenly Father, the Most-High. It is with a deep feeling of gratitude that we approach you through prayer. We bow our heads down to the ground knowing your power over us. And in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, we ask that your holy spirit be present in this meeting. So that all here might know that this work is not mine, but that it is yours and your son Jesus’. So that all might have a testimony that the Lord is in leadership conducting this project. This project of restoring Zion. So that your work will not be wasted in this last days. And this prayer I make in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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 Mauricio 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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