For The Cause of Zion
THIS IS MY STATEMENT - OCT 15, 2019
Let everyone take notice of what I say. I have asked that my name be taken from the Sealed Book of Mormon. Understand however I do not discredit the book nor this work. I repeat for those of you who desire to cast shadows on others who you disagree with. I do not discredit the book, nor do I discredit this work. I withdraw my name because it is being used to promote what, in my opinion, is an organization in Brazil that has become the equivalent of a cult; that which is not in accordance with the scriptures I have enjoyed for these many years. This is not acceptable to me.
Joseph F Smith
First Email-Contact from Mauricio Artur Berger to Joseph F Smith
This has been posted under the "USA" tab above since the beginning of this site,
but it seems good to again take note of it now.
“Hi, Mr. Smith,
I have a lot to say, but as I do not know how to speak and write in English, I fear that the Google translator will transcribe a phrase otherwise, causing confusion that can be read by you. So I’ll briefly summarize the facts so that you can keep track of what happened to us and what we want with you.
I still do not understand all of your doctrine, but I will use the Bible and the texts of your scriptures, as it appears at the site of http://www.centerplace.org/hs/Dc/….
It all started April 6th, 2007, it was the eve of Easter, I had climbed a hill alone to pray to God in the desire to get some answers to my questions. During the trip, I was lost in the woods closed until sunset and night came, and the darkness of the trees were larger than in an enclosed room, and without a flashlight, I could not move from that place. Fear at that time took over my senses making me feel like a dark force was overwhelming me, when a light appeared through the trees, pushing away the fear that surrendered to me. Soon a character involved in the light, called me by name and said not to be afraid, identified himself as an angel of God with the name of Raphael [which years later I could see him in one of his writings that he had visited Joseph Smith Jr. in the past (Doctrine and Covenants 110:21b) and that’s probably the LDS Doctrine and Covenants because that’s all they have that is written in Portuguese] On this occasion, the Angel Rafael, made with his hands lights to illuminate the whole forest so that could reach the top of the Hill, where I received the visitation of another celestial being, which I will not report here at this email, leave for another occasion. [I will tell you who that being – later on I learned who that being was, it’s Moroni, because at this beginning of this time Moroni began to work with these people.]
The being who was waiting for me at the top of the mountain, then prescribed, more than once, the text of Isaiah 1: 2-9, so that it was etched in my memory. He told me that he appeared to me because of my great faith and restlessness, and that my prayer had touched the feelings of Him who rules the whole universe. But He required me to return to that same place, no longer alone, but accompanied by three other men who would approach me for Bible study and that we should go back there once every year until 10 years had passed, and so we did, until we came to understand what God expects us to do.
Your contact was revealed to us in this last time, which was January 21st of this year 2017. We were told on this occasion that we went up the hill, that God is moving His hand to restore Zion to his place, determined by Him, in a place chosen to be the New Jerusalem in Missouri.
He said that the churches that bear His name had strayed from their covenant, making the arm of the flesh their strength. He showed us that the remnant quoted by Him to me the first time, in the Words of Isaiah 1:9, refers to the” Branches of the Restoration”. However, He affirmed that even among the branches of the restoration there were certain divergences of opinion, [that’s quite a statement] and that they are not altogether one of heart and mind.
Therefore, the Lord looks with appreciation to you, Mr. Smith, and to your congregation, for have seen your labor and the intent of your heart.
[In Joseph's Words - Some of you who don’t know me too well - I’ve worked for 23 years to bring the Saints together, I started with the Waldo sermon 23 years ago, wherein the Lord told them that they had a window of opportunity to step through, to lay aside their differences, find common ground and begin to build up the Kingdom of God. And for the most part it went in one ear and out the other. And this is what He is referring to.]
But there is no way to get your people back together in one flock in your country, for there is much strife and repugnance among the Latter Day Saints in regard to the other churches which, in one, have been divided into many, But God will do it from Brazil, until it fills all Latin America, Central and finally to arrive again in the lands of the north, when the people of the Covenant is counted as being a great multitude (Revelation 7:9).
In relation to what the Lord requires of us with you, it is that a congregation directed by you here in Brazil be established, and be in communion with the other branches of the restoration, because the holy spirit will operate in our midst entering in and preaching in many Chapels of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for there are many people in that denomination that the Lord intends to seek for Himself, as he did in the past when the Nephites preached to the Lamanites.
Our work, therefore is similar to that of Alma, who preached among the wicked people of King Noah, converting his members to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord allowed the powers of darkness to take over the regency of the greatest church of the Saints of today, but He intends to seek His own sheep from this flock, so that the prophecy of Isaiah 60:22 will come.
What we initially desire is the baptism of your hands, or an authority of someone sent to us from you for this purpose, and obtain the gift of the Holy Spirit in order to fulfill our ministry fully, as promised to us by the heavenly beings.
We are willing to separate our tithes from now on to achieve this goal, which is not ours only but of our Lord Jesus Christ we were told that you would be our leader as long as you live. Amen!”
His brother in the faith;
Mauricio Artur Berger 04.03.2017
(1st email sent to Joseph F Smith)
THE RELIGIOUS WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE TODAY
As we look around us today we see many interesting aspects of human nature. Growing up on a farm where we had a small herd of cattle, I was privileged to witness the nature of those cattle. There was always the push and shove for the front of the herd to get to the feed trough or the open gate, but as to the real head of the herd, that had to be decided by the one who had the most clout. There was the claim to the head; to who was the boss, with each one showing their strength. I see the same in the nature of mankind.
I note this from Isaiah 44:5, “One shall say, I am the Lord’s; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel.” So as we look out into the world of religion, what do we see? Many Churches each claiming to be number one, the head of God's work, the one that has the answers, and we find this also in the Restoration. Remember in the past history of the restoration movement there was always and is now the question of authority.
There are those who lay claim to authority today, that date their claim back to the past history of the Restoration, and there are those who claim authority from other sources. Regardless of from whence they feel they have authority, as they begin to build foundations, they are faced with this God-given rule: To set in order the House of God, the foundation must be built on truth and righteousness. Those who build on falsehood and misinformation, or disregard the word of God found in the scriptures, as is found in many of the world churches; they are like people who live in glass houses: they shouldn't throw stones.
Here in the land of Zion we have been given a “little Kingdom of God” as stated in a recent revelation. How precious a gift this has become, as we have begun work to bring it to perfection. The authority to perform this labor has been given and recognized by the Lord, therefore that question has been answered. In fulfillment of the directives given in Brazil that were received from the Angel Moroni, we have put together a restructured Church after the pattern of the one given to Joseph Smith Jr in 1830, which Church failed to accomplish the work of the Lord assigned to them. Thus it became necessary for the Lord to set His hand a second time to gather His people (see Isaiah 11:11). This work we are doing now is the beginning of the move to establish Zion and the City New Jerusalem. This then, is a second invitation to the wedding feast when the bride is prepared for the return of the bridegroom, which will take place in that city of Zion when the Lord Jesus Christ returns.
In the first invitation of 1830 many found reasons to be excused, one had bought a team of oxen and had to prove them. Another had purchased a farm and had to check it out. Another had just married a wife and she did not approve of “Mormons,” so he asked to be excused. What I am saying is that the cares of their lives turned their hearts away from the Lord, and so they did not hearken to the Lord's directions. The seeds of contention and controversy were planted by the adversary early in the Restoration movement. They grew quite well, and those “tares” are with us today.
Now we have put together this Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days with a Prophet President of direct lineal descent, Apostles, Patriarchs, Elders, and Priests. We are implementing the pristine elements of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as delivered to Joseph Smith Jr. in the beginning of the movement. We are preparing the pathway to that Holy City, New Jerusalem in the land of Zion. When the time comes, and Saints begin to seek that pathway, it will be ready. We invite you to lay aside your reasons to be excused and come and join with us in this work. It is a special work for we are also preparing the wedding feast: “yea, a feast of fat things, of wine on the lees well refined, that the earth may know that the mouths of the prophets shall not fail; yea, a supper of the house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all nations shall be invited.” (D&C Sect 58: 3d RLDS)
Joseph F, Smith
Wheat & Tares
Matt 13:22-25 “Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while he slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? whence then hath it tares?”
IN MY OWN WORDS
It seems that every time the Lord has begun a new work, or even a renewed effort, the adversary manages to plant some seed , and it is not long before the tares appear. When we were in Brazil we were given specific instructions pertaining to the bringing forth of the Church. I was told that I was not to raise up a new Church, but was to reconstruct the original church that was delivered to Joseph Smith Jr in 1830. We were to bring forth the original Gospel as was delivered to the prophet at that time, which includes the covenants and commandments that were given in the beginning of this movement.
These instructions were the Words of Moroni, the angel that had delivered the Plates to Mauricio. These words were in printed form, but were given to us in sections from time to time. We here in the land of Zion have tried to work as closely as possible to those instructions. There were some restriction that we could not satisfy exactly, and we had to deviate somewhat. For instance: All things were to be done by the 8 witnesses with them working in unity. We could not do that as two of the witnesses did not want to follow the instructions as given, but rather wanted to use this work to “reboot” the RLDS. This was in essence a seed sprouting and it eventually bore fruit.
There were 6 of the witnesses to the plates that agreed to move the work forward, whereupon we called for an assembly and conference and began to reconstruct the Church according to the instructions given. In December of 2018 we restored to the ministry the priesthood authority that had been lost. In February the Lord called out 7 Apostles, and one Patriarch, and on April the 6th of 2019, We ordained the called Apostles and 2 Patriarchs, one having been called before. At that date we set the “Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days” in order and began to move the work forward towards the hope and desire of the Saints for 185 years, that hope being the Holy City of God, the New Jerusalem in the land of Zion.
We have done our work in truth and righteousness, for we believe in the words found in the Inspired Translation of the Bible, Gen 7:70 - 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......” We are also aware the adversary has not been asleep and has enticed those in the beginning of this work to deviate from the words of God that were given by the Angel Moroni, and to try to create a parallel organization to lead astray those whose hearts are not set on a demand for truth.
The seeds have been planted, and now the tares begin to bring forth fruit in the form of enemies of the work. These are those that are led astray into fields of darkness and confusion, not maintaining hold on the rod of Iron which is the “words” of God. From time to time these comes forth among us in the form of individual Saints with a desire to further the work of God, yet not having eyes to see the purpose of the Lord because their personal agenda has blinded them, or they have partaken of temptation provided by the adversary which is only half truth. They become enemies of the work of the Lord.
While we oppose those that would cause confusion in the ranks of the faithful Saints, we remember the words of the Apostle Paul: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”( Eph 6:12 ) Yet the duty of the ministry is to protect those children of the Lord that are in our care. Therefore we oppose the individuals that would enter into the midst of the Saints and cause confusion. Even though we do not hate the person, we must oppose the wayward spirit that guides them. We have been warned to be aware of those that would disrupt the family of God. Romans 16: 17-18 “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such, serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
While we are not permitted to uproot the tares because we would also uproot the wheat, we cannot allow them to flourish in our midst. Therefore we must resist their growth and prevent them from bearing fruit. This we will do, God giving us discernment and direction. In our heart is the cry “onward to Zion” to the City prepared of God for the gathering of His Children. We look to Zion the beautiful, the hope of many generations.
Joseph F Smith
I recommend that you be aware of the following from the Sealed Book,
Book of the Three Nephites, Chapter 13: 7:
To the people of the Church, Alma taught that each one should love one's neighbor as oneself, so that there would be no intrigues between them. And so Alma, being the High Priest of My sacred Order, became the founder of the Church among them, appointing authorities to preach and teach the people of the Church, so that there would not be among the candidates for evangelizers, those who were not authorized by God to teach, being that all members, men and women, were appointed to speak in congregational meetings, with the purpose of priests preparing them for ministerial work in the preaching of the gospel.
(1) RLDS Mosiah 11:17 / LDS Mosiah 23:16
I am aware there are those setting up study classes, that have not been appointed by the authority of the present organization of the Church. These should be attended with extreme care, so that confusion and contention is not brought into the restructuring of this Church of Jesus Christ of latter days.
Joseph F. Smith
Clarifying A Confusion
Editor's Note: Brother Joseph asked me to post the questions and answers below. They were emailed to him, but they are also posted on The Cause of Zion website. Since we have Brother Mauricio's permission to use his writings, (see copy of forwarded email below), we have copied these questions and his replies and have posted them here. In response to the questions and answers below, I, the editor of this website (For the Cause of Zion), see some inconsistencies which seem confusing and/or incorrect. The message starts off one way and ends up another. I have not watched The Cause of Zion website as closely as I use to, but I have at least kept up with it, and I can't help noticing that something seems "off." Starting about half way down the text, the underlined statements and my notes in red are what I am referring to. I'm sure I don't know the "whole story." I myself am not an "Independence insider." I am flummoxed. Maybe you are too. In my efforts here, I am trying to bring some clarity to the confusion that might be experienced by anyone reading the manuscript here or on the other website.
As of 4.2.19 - I notice it has been deleted from The Cause of Zion website,
but I feel the confusion it has caused still needs to be addressed.
Official Note From Maurício A Berger
Posted on 3-29-19
Maurício Berger’s official note regarding the questions he received recently from some members of the restoration in Zion.
Is it true that Joseph started a new church?
It grieves me that there is some that distort the right understanding in relation to the call of brother Joseph in Zion. For, though he may seem like an awkward clay compared to what is expected of him, he is humble enough to be shaped in the hands of God for fulfilling the purpose of his birth on Earth. I myself saw this when he received from my hands the high priesthood and the keys of the Kingdom, as required by Moroni, when this angel empowered me to carry these keys, for how much I live, for the purpose of setting in order the Kingdom of God on earth, under the linear promise extended by God to the righteous offspring of Joseph Smith Jr. – RLDS D&C 107:18b-18c / LDS 124:57-58.
Therefore, according to instructions of Moroni and prophecies that fit Joseph Fredrick Smith (RLDS D&C 84:3a-3b/ LDS 86:8-10) regardless of some of his personal precepts and traditions that permeate his decisions, in the light of my understanding, his misconceptions do not invalidate the work of our Father in Zion. Therefore, he fulfills the role assigned by Moroni to restructure the foundations of the Church of Jesus Christ by calling the Apostles, who according to the Angel Moroni, “are the foundations of the Truth of Christ” to restart the process of restructuring the authentic gospel restored in the mid-nineteenth century. – Ephesians 2:20
Is it true that we will all be destroyed if we are a part of Joseph’s new church?
I’m right to say that no! Almost all who follow this work are well aware of the harm they will cause themselves if they do not accept to walk alongside Joseph in Zion, even considering their attachment to some traditions.
Is it true that we are not to support Joseph at all?
If this question refers to supporting Joseph or Mauricio, I affirm that there is no way to support one, without supporting the other. I tell you, you must not bring evil judgment against an anointed of the Lord. We both walk in the same direction, although it is prudent and absolutely necessary to clarify here in this message that God, before the foundation of the world, decreed that Joseph has his own work in Zion, for how much, I was assigned to do another work in Brazil and in the world, that in the future, will converge for the same purpose: “To rescue Zion.”
Is it true that a few women are the only acceptable saints in Zion?
It is true that God has a special purpose for women in this work. Moroni has said more than once that they will play an important role in the future ransom of Zion. But to argue that only a few women are the only acceptable saints in Zion is inappropriate, since the effort of both men and women is notorious (I think he means a word like "necessary") to build this work.
Is it true that Roberta now speaks for Mauricio instead of Joseph, and is the sole representative of the work in Brazil?
It is true that Joseph F. Smith was commissioned to be my spokesman to a people whose language I can not speak and thus fulfill the prophecies (Isaiah 28: 1; RLDS 2 Nephi 2: 32-37 / LDS 3: 17-18 ), but Joseph did not always expose my words to the people of the United States, but many times he used his own precepts to spread this work in Zion. Therefore, for Joseph did not represent fully me, I found on The Cause of Zion a way to expose the truths that were necessary. Where is this done on The Cause of Zion? I can’t find anything.
By not agreeing with some truths revealed by me, because of his rooted precepts, Joseph created a second website where Joseph set out his own understanding. Where is this done on the second website?
You can be sure that I do not privilege anyone with this, I only use the means God has provided for me to achieve an end common to all.
Yesterday The Cause of Zion made a post that says there will be NO services in Zion for April 6. Was that statement authorized by Mauricio? Where is that said on The cause of Zion website? I cannot find it. Was it removed? Or was it never there?
No one, not even I, Mauricio Berger, has the right to be among the designs of God, determined to restructure his church on April 6 in Zion by the hands of a descendant of Joseph Smith Jr. as originally required by the angel Moroni and to claim, without any revelation that there will be no services in Zion for the 6th of April, since it is determined by the command of the heavens, that such should happen. It is a fact that I disagree with the arbitrary position taken by Joseph in calling for the office of High Priest (apostle) a man who, in my view, does not correspond to the divine demands.
The heavens cry out that the true apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ should not raise their hands in favor of this man, so that the Church of Christ will stand in these last days, supported by the foundational columns (apostles) which will be paramount to keep the church standing when our dear prophet Joseph dies.
We are getting conflicting messages. One says Joseph is Mauricio’s spokesman, and one says Roberta is Mauricio’s spokesman. Yesterday’s post on the Cause of Zion gives the message that Mauricio is no longer working with Joseph, since it does not acknowledge the service in Zion. Where does it say that? I can’t find it. Another post from yesterday shows pictures of the group in Brazil painting the church. Since Roberta was given those pictures, and not Joseph, it appears that Mauricio has split from Joseph, and is not using Roberta as the spokesman. Who’s talking here? I think maybe the second word “not” is supposed to be the word “now," but still, how is this assumption being made? Many people are looking for clarification on these things, and others are simply leaving the movement because of the confusion. Maybe this is true – maybe it isn’t. Confusion is certainly here in this writing along with a conflicting message.
There is no choice of sides here. I have always used The Cause of Zion as the sling of a David to overthrow apostasy. Where has this been done on The Cause of Zion? Throughout the past, I have looked many times, but I see very little of Mauricio’s own words. I made the photos available in the Cause of Zion since Joseph never invited me to use his site. Where does brother Mauricio get the idea he has not been approached by Joseph in regard to using his (Mauricio's) contributions. Please see the Feb. 19 copied emails between Brother Joseph and Brother Mauricio below. No, Joseph did not "invite" Mauricio to use his site. Joseph asked Mauricio for permission to use Mauricio’s, Joni’s, Valdeci’s and Vagner’s writings. That permission was granted. Is there a difference between “invite” and asking permission? Since that permission was given, For the Cause of Zion has posted contributions from brother Mauricio and the other Brazil men. We would like to post more. God does not see “sides” among the churches of His people, so I also do not have walls that limit me to take the cause of God forward. I will use any website that will allow me to do the work of the Lord.
Email correspondence between brother Joseph and brother Mauricio below asking for permission to post.
Joseph F. Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tue, Feb 19, 5:09 PM
Begin forwarded message:
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ
If Joni, Valdeci, and Vagner will give me permission I would like to post their testimonies on my new web site. Also would like Mauricio’s permission also. Any testimony from those working with you, that you feel would help the work here I would appreciate also.
My prayer is that this finds you well and enjoying God’s special blessings
Your brother in Christ
From: Maurício Artur Berger <-------------------@gmail.com>
Date: February 19, 2019 at 4:06:22 PM CST
To: "Joseph F. Smith" <email@example.com>
Yes, Brother Joseph ... our testimonies must be delivered to the world. It's good that it's on your site too.
Sim, irmão Joseph ... nossos testemunhos devem ser entregues ao mundo. É bom que esteja no seu site também.
Em ter, 19 de fev de 2019 19:00, Joseph F. Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org escreveu: