Brothers and sisters,
We cannot express enough appreciation to enough people. Thank you first and foremost to all those who labored so diligently before: we hope that you will see your hard work, efforts, and influence all throughout this document. One of the desires of our heart was to use your work and give you all of the credit – you provided us the design and material, we simply picked up a needle and sewed it all together.
Thank you to those who offered such helpful suggestions the last few days, and took the time to reach out to us. We were very pleased to incorporate the majority of suggestions. Thank you to those who united in fasting and prayer with us. Our prayers were answered. All glory and praise be to God and the Lamb, forever and ever.
We seven (plus our brother Doug) stand united together. We proclaim with boldness and in humility that God has been with us in this work, He has led us, guided us, influenced us, and shown us the path wherein to walk, according to His will and the righteous desires of our hearts. This is not to invalidate all other work, or previous work – rather it affirms His approval on so much labor that has gone before and been done by so many others - all of which inspired us in weaving this tapestry. Our goal was to find unity. He has given us charity, for each other and for this people. We express our love for you, and our desires for peace and understanding to be with us all.
We prayed and asked God if He accepted our work. We state, in absolute certainty, that God has spoken to us and declared to us from the Heavens His answer. You will read those words in a moment, as given during a prayer from the seven of us voiced by Shalyce Woodard. We seven stand as witnesses that He spoke and made manifest to us His acceptance of this Guide and Standard. I, Jonathan Dippold, also testify that during this prayer and in answer to my question - if He approved this document and the words therein - that He spoke clearly to me in my mind and heart and said: It is enough.
Though our offering is meagre – and that so many of you could and would do so much better - we know that God in His mercy accepts it in our weakness, and therefore, our work is done. We invite you to read it, pray over it, and understand our desire not to supplant any other efforts, but rather acknowledge them and tell you of our love and desires for peace with all.
We now will relate to you the words He told us, through Shalyce. To be clear, this is a prayer, and an answer to a prayer. We share both. We don’t claim it to be anything more or less than that. We share it simply for your consideration, we have no other pretense or motivation. We sign our seven names at the end to state our witness and acceptance of His words (italics added for clarification):
Shalyce: Heavenly Father, we love thee so very much. This has been such a powerful experience for all of us. We’re grateful for the opportunity, and I don’t think any of us expected it, but many of us were prompted and knew it was coming. And that’s because we choose you, and we choose to serve, and we’re doing everything in our power to obey thy wishes and to keep thy commands. Father, we have worked diligently in an effort to unify and to bring thy people together. It has been labor. It has been hard. But it hasn’t been without reward. We are so grateful for thy help, for thy blessing, and for thy hand in all of it. We have seen it, we have felt it, and we have discussed it. Thank you for being with us. Thank you for helping, for the many, many months that it took to compile all the documents that we used in order for this to even come about. Thank you for all of those that worked so hard for so many hours researching and laboring and doing all of that. All of this would not be possible without all of them, and without you. We are so grateful. Father in Heaven at this time, we present this document to you, with our love and our support and our deepest desire that Thou would accept and help us if need be, to correct anything that is amiss, or something that’s missing. If it be thy will, we pray that thou would give us thy words and answer in response to this document. Is it sufficient to fill the need of a statement of principles intended to be a guide and standard for thy people, thy covenant people?
The Lord to Shalyce: Shalyce, I am here. And I can hear you. I know you’re scared, and it’s ok. But I love you, and I’m grateful for your effort.
The Lord to all those who read this: I am grateful for all of your effort. What I ask of you is not always easy, and sometimes it’s quite a sacrifice. But I will labor with you through all of it, so long as you come unto me, and listen for my words. This document that you’ve presented is sufficient for my needs. You have filled the measure in which I have called you. Your work has been valiant. You are correct in saying that there are many ways in which it could have come about, and there are many ways that it did come about. And I am grateful for all of them. At this point, you have a unity with the body. They agree with these words, and this document will suffice. Heed the words contained in them, heed the words contained and referenced in the footnotes. All of those words were mine. I want you to come to me. I will come to you, and we together can be one.
Shalyce & the Lord in unison: I am so grateful for you.
Shalyce & the Lord in unison: I am so grateful for you.
Shalyce: I love you Lord. Is there anything more, or what would you have us do next? Thy will be done Lord.
The Lord: Present it to the people. Present it to my servant David, and you will know what you are to do.
Shalyce: We close this prayer with Jesus’ support and authority. I say these words in His Name, Amen.
The following was shared with us from Jeff Reber. He relates the following thoughts occurred the night before the answer from the Lord was given. We share it with his permission:
While reading through our working draft of the Guide and Standard, I pondered over the priesthood requirement of seven women sustaining one man. The thought came into my mind of how the lots chosen almost represented the inverse of this process (six men and one woman). Immediately my mind was opened: by the Lord’s will (and not by our design), the names selected actually ended up as seven men and one woman. Although the work was completed by six men and one woman, seven men had participated in some way. An alternate was needed to step in for our brother Doug very early on, this was Kirk, and he was the seventh man to be selected. My mind continued down the path to understand that perhaps men should be more willing to support and sustain the woman as she provides other inspired services or speaks on His behalf; because such would please the Lord. I wasn’t certain these ideas came from the Spirit until Shalyce indicated she had been directed to be the one to pray, and then proceeded to receive the answer from the Lord. Right after ending our meeting for the night, I prayed privately for the Lord to confirm all that had taken place. Immediately my mind was taken back to what I had been taught the night before, and that this prompting of thoughts was intended to be a sign and witness that the answer had come from the Lord.
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Jack Hinkle, St. George, Utah
Jason Carlson, Dallas, Texas
John Webster, Cedar City, Utah
Jeff Reber, Beaver Creek, Oregon
Jonathan Dippold, Bury st. Edmunds, England
Shalyce Woodard, Clinton, Utah
Kirk Strong, Orem, Utah