Question:  I was told that the Sealed portion plates that were with the Book of Mormon plates are now opened!  Who opened them and by what authority?

☞ Answer: Mauricio emailed Joseph Smith that apparently the heat had caused the plates to swell and had broken the seal, but I informed him that 80 degrees would not cause that but the Lord had broken the seals.  Mauricio had been instructed that he was to “clip” the pins holding the “sealed portion” closed and after all of the witnesses were assembled in Brazil and in front of them he clipped the pins, freeing the sealed portion.

Question: I heard some say that the Sealed Portion was not going to go to the Gentiles until they repent and become pure. Repent of what specifically?

☞ Answer: The Restoration of 1830 came under condemnation by disobedience. A portion of the sealed plates were to be opened and translated to help the church to understand the pure principles of the gospel so that they can learn to become a people whose hearts are pure and whose mind is one in Christ Jesus.

Question:    I heard there is a sealed book within the sealed portion of the plates of the Book of Mormon?  What record is that?  Is that sealed book going to be translated?

☞ Answer:  The record of the Lord’s work from the beginning and the record of the Brother of Jared. Only a portion has been translated and according to Moroni it is enough to redeem Zion.

Question:  When is the translation of the newly opened 1st portion of the “sealed portion” expected to be completed?   and how can I obtain a copy of the translation of the “sealed portion”?

☞ Answer:  The 1st part of the Sealed Portion has been translated and was brought to Zion by President Joseph F Smith, Great Grandson of President Joseph Smith, Jr. on October 31, 2018, accompanied by his assistant Roberta and Tyler Crowell.   We will announce when the Book has been published.

Question:  What is the current expected time that the Sealed Portion will be available?

☞ Answer:  Moroni left specific requirements which must be fulfilled prior to the publication.  Some of these requirements are that the USA witnesses of the plates and others, as designated by President Smith, are to be invited to read the translation afterwhich they will make a statement regarding the contents.  That “1st study group” is currently going through the sacred text.  Next, the translation will be prepared for printing and after complying with all legalities and requirements the manuscript will be printed.  The expected date of availability is April 6th, 2018.

Question:  How much of the sealed portion will Mauricio be translating?

☞ Answer:  What was previously thought to be 1 sealed portion, was revealed to be 2 parts.  When the seal was opened by Mauricio, in the presence of the witnesses, they all saw and testified that after turning through the sealed portion there was yet another seal which is still intact and which encompasses a sealed book.  The 1st part of the portion previously referred to as “the Sealed Portion” has been translated by Mauricio.   The second part, which remains sealed, will be read by Christ in the temple in Zion.

Question:  It is claimed that Mauricio’s translating the sealed portion violates Ether 1:100 RLDS.  Is this true?

☞ Answer:  In Ether 1:100 RLDS, we read, in regard to the things of the sealed portion, “they shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the day that they shall repent of their iniquity and become clean before the Lord.”  To many people, this suggests that Mauricio’s translating the sealed portion is not scripturally sound, since that condition has obviously not yet come to pass.  However, in his commentary regarding the sealing of the plates in Ether 2:1 RLDS, Moroni states, “therefore, touch them not in order that ye may translate; for that thing is forbidden you, except by and by it shall be wisdom in God.”  In saying this, Moroni very clearly provides an exception to his commandment not to open the sealed portion; therefore, there is no discrepancy between the work in Brazil and that scripture.

Question:  The 8 witnesses reported that on the cover of the second part of the sealed portion that there was a beautiful engraven picture.  What did it look like?

☞ Answer:  Upon seeing the picture and being amazed at both it’s absolute beauty AND it’s inclusion as the cover to the “sealed portion”,   many of the witnesses were speculating about the meaning!  Mauricio took the interpreters and the plates and removed himself into a private room, wherein he received the interpretation.   Bob has stated that the beautiful engraved picture is of the book of Revelation, John’s vision on the Isle of Patmos.

Question:  Where in the scriptures does it say that Christ will read the sealed portion in his temple?

☞ Answer:  Those exact words I don’t believe I know where that would be. But I think there is something that addresses the issue which is found in 2 Nephi chapter 11 verses 130 through 132. Referring to the books as sealed. “For the book shall be sealed by the power of God, and the revelation which was sealed shall be kept in the book until the own due time of the Lord, that they may come forth; for behold, they reveal all things from the foundation of the world unto the end thereof. And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth.” And it is my understanding that the point of time in the earth when that will be done will be the time which those situations and conditions would be existent. It doesn’t say that Jesus read them in the temple, but it says they are read by the power of Christ.  And that certainly could be fulfilled by that.  Gary Metzger 3.31.2018

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