Adopted by Mutual Agreement
In the spirit of “Plea for the Original,” there is a need for some sort of mechanism or a manner for those who want to adopt the “Proposed Set of Governing Principles [Original GP] as contained in the Draft Scriptures. Here is a link to the Original GP found online: http://docdro.id/LJSM1aV
In March, we were taught that before the Lord can establish a covenant, the people need to receive scriptures approved by the Lord as a standard to govern their daily walk in life and that they need to be given the time to review those scriptures. We were told these terms and given a list of the scripture necessary to include for the covenant to be established: “As it stands today [March 2017], there is not a single church, body, congregation, or assembly anywhere that has published and is claiming as their body of governing scriptural material, a set of scriptures which includes: 1. the Lectures on Faith, 2. fully contain the fullness of the scriptures for every revision Joseph made of the Bible, 3. faithfully reproduce the original revelations and their original wording, and 4. adapt punctuation for the Book of Mormon text that avoids imposing doctrinal errors. Nor is there a form of scriptures adapted so as to function to govern the existing fellowships among us. Now there is a draft to include all these things, and it is available for at least a half a year for all to review before we consider adopting it as our volumes of scripture.” (Things to Keep Us Awake at Night p 5)
We were also told, “Approving and adopting the scriptures is to take place in September after the chance has passed for review of the material. This has always been a necessary and ignored step for the gentiles. With it, they can claim they have accepted a covenant and a law” (ibid p. 7)
In his opening remarks at the Covenant Conference, the Lord's servant, David, reminded us: “The covenant being offered does not require one to reject it, only voluntary acceptance. It assumes mankind's rejection and therefore to reject one need do nothing.”
With covenants, God offers something, and we simply accept. We don't create or redefine the terms to suit our preferences. The only thing required of the servant offering the covenant, is to allow time for the people to review the material before they accept it by covenant. The people do not get to decide what the material is, only if they want to accept it or not. “The Answer and Covenant” confirmed that the adoption of a statement of principles by the mutual agreement of His people was mandatory.
We believe that the Original GP serves well the function that the Lord's servant, David, commented in March in his remarks titled “Things to Keep Us Awake at Night”:
· That now there is “a form of scriptures adapted so as to function to govern the existing fellowships among us.”
· To “adopt guiding principles applicable to our day.”
· “...one of the characteristics of these people will be their willingness, even alacrity, to receive commandments and revelations.”
· “We want to find that group of believers who will accept and abide covenants from God.”
· “The Lord cannot force us to receive Him; He can only offer. We must accept.”
· “It was always the Lord’s expectation that “few” would receive it and walk in a straight and narrow path. Almost all others will reject it and walk in a broad enough path to accommodate every other false religious idea, false promise, incomplete and damning path that competes with the Lord’s invitation to come to Him.”
Since the Original GP was removed and written out of the scriptures before the Lord provided us with “The Answer,” we also believe that the Original GP satisfies all the requirements the Lord commanded us in “The Answer”:
ü adopted by the mutual agreement of [His] people
ü contains an agreed statement of principles
ü is a guide and standard to bless, benefit, and inform
ü is wise in word and kind in deed
ü must be written and added to the scriptures
The Original GP was offered alongside the rest of the scriptures for our review and acceptance after the scripture committee had come to a unanimous agreement. We agree with their work and believe the Lord's hand was directly involved in the project to recover the scriptures left to us by Joseph and also provide us with scriptures to function to govern our existing fellowships. We define mutual agreement to mean: All those willing to join in agreement with the scripture committee to accept the Original GP have an agreed statement—therefore, have adopted it by mutual agreement. Those who don't want to accept it are not forced to do so. Those who want to make a statement of principles to their satisfaction are at perfect liberty to do that. No believer is at the mercy of another to decide what he/she will adopt or accept. But for those who do have the desire to accept the proposal as part of the scriptures, we claim the liberty to accept it by mutual agreement.
Therefore, we want to affirm and demonstrate before God, angels, and between ourselves that we do mutually agree, as People of God (having accepted and covenanted with Him on or since Sept 3, 2017), that we do adopt the Original GP-- “A Proposed Set of Principles” that will need to be “written” again back into the scriptures. The Original GP was removed from the Covenant Scriptures and will need to be written again to be added to the scriptures again.
And so, neither by majority nor by unanimity, but by simply accepting what God has prepared and offered, we adopt by mutual agreement the original governing principles (found in the original draft covenant scriptures starting on page 247), to be the guide and standard, to bless and inform, and to be written into the Canon of Covenant scripture.
We don't know if the Original GP will ever eventually be included into the scriptures compiled by the Scripture Committee—we presume that committee is the one to finally determine that. But whether by that committee or a new committee or by whatever means the final requirement of the Lord gets added, we can meanwhile adopt, by our mutual agreement, the Original GP among ourselves, as the Guide and Standard the Lord requires.
If you likewise would like to adopt the Original GP by mutual agreement, as was originally offered (explained above), you can indicate your own willingness to simply accept it by submitting your name(s). After allowing sufficient time for any and all to respond (at least 3 weeks, November 1, 2017), or until the Original GP is written into the scriptures, I plan to submit this document – along with the names of any others who likewise are in mutual agreement – to Restorationarchives.com, to be kept as a record and testimony of what we have adopted by mutual agreement. You can please comment to this blog post with your name and with the names of the others present with you, who likewise accept. You can also send your names to me confidentially via emaiI at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included with the list of names that I will submit.
This adoption by mutual agreement to include the Original GP is not necessarily binding upon the whole body. We have no authority to actually make the addition to the scripture as requested by the Lord. But hereby, we declare and demonstrate the intent and desire of our hearts and minds.
Christ told us, My yoke is easy. My burden is light. It was so light that it was handed to us on a silver platter. Let us partake of the fruit that was grown for us through the love of others and the workings of God.
The exact process that will cause whichever final statement of principles to be added to the scriptures in unknown to us yet. It was a light thing the Lord required of us and we do not want to hinder nor delay the adoption of a guide and standard any more.
We are NOT separating from the rest of the body. We seek to “Be one” -- in equality, agency, and love. We desire to stay united with the Lord's people (whoever that might be), seeking further and further to become of one heart and one mind, and to help the Lord continue his Strange Act, and to continue in the Covenant we entered on or since Sept 3, 2017.
We mutally agree:
Mary Jane Cella
Glen T. Cella
Alan Rock Waterman