Saints from across the broad spectrum of the Church restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr, gathered in worship September 23, 2018 in Holden Missouri, just west of Independence. The building was filled with the common bond of love and devotion for our eternal Heavenly Father and in His Beloved Son, Christ Jesus. The Saints who were gathered shared in His Gospel restored in purity through the Book of Mormon and strengthened each others hope for the soon coming Zion! The Saints gathered there that day also affirmed, each one, the belief in the Witnesses testimonies of seeing the Sealed Portion of the Book of Mormon and look forward eagerly to receiving the teachings of those sacred pages, sealed for just this time and for this people of faith!
Those gathered together in the morning were blessed to hear the testimonies and teachings of 4 of the Witnesses of the plates of the Book of Mormon, brothers Gary Metzger, Samuel Gould, Tyler Crowell and Joseph F Smith. The Saints joined their hearts and voices in prayer and in songs of worship and hope of the longed for Zion.
The Saints enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship over a bountiful lunch. Attendee’s added their own selection to the beautiful banquet which quickly overran the serving area and flowed into the dinning room! The food provided was as vast selection as the Saints themselves! A joyous and fruitful fellowship was enjoyed by all!
When the Saints reconvened, they prepared themselves for the sustaining ordinance over the newly ordained Prophet, Seer and Revelator, Joseph Fredrick Smith. Joseph F Smith is the great grandson of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.
Joseph was called by the angel messenger Moroni and was then designated, set apart and ordained by one having the keys and authority given to him by angelic beings – Mauricio Berger. Assisting in the ordination, which took place March 6th, 2018 in Brazil, were elders Gary Metzger and Bob Moore. Joseph’s calling and ordination were then upheld by the vote of the Conference held in Missouri on August 19, 2018.
Elder Samuel Gould anointed the head of Joseph Fredrick Smith with consecrated oil.
Prayer of Anointing by Elder Samuel S. Gould
Oh God, the Eternal Father, having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I hereby anoint the head of Thy servant, Joseph Fredrick Smith, that he might stand in the position of prophet unto the salvation of the Saints in Zion in accordance with the blessings sealed over his head in Brazil. Oh Father, may the blessing from this anointing flow freely over Thy people in Zion like unto the precious ointment upon the head of Aaron that ran down upon the beard and went down the skirts of his garments. Oh heavenly Father, by Thy will and in the name of Thy son Jesus Christ, I confer this anointing upon the head of Joseph. Amen.
Prayer of Confirmation by Elder Jeffrey Johnson
O God, the Eternal Father, thou who art merciful and loving beyond all measure. Father, in the name of Thy Son Jesus Christ, I confirm this anointing of Your servant, Joseph Fredrick Smith and ask that continued manifold blessings of ever increasing proportion through the presence of Your Holy Spirit be upon him as he leads this Thy people. In Jesus name, AMEN.
Prayer of Sealing by Elder Tyler Crowell
Joseph Fredrick Smith, in the name Jesus Christ, by the authority of the Priesthood of the Son of God, through His Holy Order, having been called of God by the mouth of a messenger from Heaven; having been accepted by this people, to minister in the office and calling which He has placed upon you; having been ordained, appointed, and dedicated by a Holy Ordinance, I seal, and confirm upon your head in Zion, the voice of this people in this office and calling according to the will of God, that you may hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, that you may heed Him in all things, that you may hearken unto all the ways in which He shall speak unto you; that you may stretch out your hand that you may be an intercessor in behalf of this people, that you may plead for them before your God, and that you may pray His word unto them. And in doing so, confirm upon you no greater authority than that which has been given, but seal the voice of this people who have accepted you, in preparation for laying the foundation of His Church, that His church may be organized at the appointed time according to the will of God. In the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN.
Prayer of Benediction by Brother Stephan Gould
We have just declared war on the kingdom of the devil! And so I speak the name of Jesus Christ upon each one in this assembly as a protection upon you as you go your ways. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face to shine upon you. May He lift up His face upon you and give you peace. And may the grace of the Lord be given unto you to overpower all the enemies of the kingdom of God on this earth. AMEN!
We rejoice in the “royal lineage” (as worded by Moroni) that is being rightfully restored to enable the Church to be restructured, for prophets and apostles being restored and the servants going forth into the vineyard for the last time. We are overjoyed at the abundant mercy of our God and His Son as He has provided a way for the Saints to be “grafted in” for the final time to the one prophesied of as the BRANCH, Joseph F Smith. We pray the Lord will accept our repentant hearts and bless our faithful efforts as we heed the call to prepare every needful thing. The task lies ahead of us to build the Temple and bring about the cause of Zion in preparation for the imminent return of the Bridegroom! Amen.