THE MISSION OF ELIJAH RECONSIDERED:
© Denver C. Snuffer, Jr. 2011; all rights reserved.
This paper continues the topic of the importance of Elijah in the last days that wasintroduced in
Passing the Heavenly Gift
. I will assume the reader is familiar with thecontent of that book in this discussion, and will not repeat the background found there.Having illustrated my view of the inadequate and inaccurate understanding found in thetraditional Latter-day Saint teaching, this paper will continue to set out my view of thetopic, with
an explanation of Elijah‘s
necessary future role which must precede theSecond Coming of Christ.A great impediment to learning is fear. We need to discuss
some additional thoughts about Elijah‘s missi
on. Elijah has a role in the last days. It wasforetold by Malachi,
reiterated by Christ to the Nephites,
and promised by Moroni whenhe visited with Joseph Smith on September 21, 1823.
Although the tradition amongLatter-day Saints is that this is a past event, having occurred in 1836;
in 1844 JosephSmith spoke of it as yet future.
I hope you can consider these ideas without fear.When you read a phrase in the scriptures that is repeated in almost identical language byJohn (1 John 4:18), Paul (2 Tim. 1:7) and Moroni (Moroni 8:16), it should leap out toyour mind. These divergent personalities converge on the same thought, and to me itsuggests something important and profound. I am going to use John
found at 1 John4:18:
―there is no fear in love
, but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment.He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
According to Joseph Smith, the Gospel of Jesus Christ comprehends [includes] all truth.(See, 9 July 1843 Sermon at Nauvoo in
Words of Joseph Smith
.) It is fear that limits ourcapacity to gain from what God offers us in the Gospel. It is a measure of our ingratitudewhen we decline the invitation extended by Joseph
to search deeper and deeper into themysteries of God, and instead elect to fearfully withdraw, concluding we are just notinterested in what we might have had.
It is a trick of the devil to get people to close their minds and close their hearts, becausethey fear what they may be learning will do damage to them.
When Adam and Evepartook of the fruit, and then Satan called their attention to the fact that they were naked,
that is the beginning of the mischief visited on humanity by the adversary who seeks to
Mal. 4: 5-6.
3 Ne. 25: 5-6.
See JS-H 1: 12, D&C Section 2.
See Section 110.
I assume the reader is familiar with the information contained in
Passing the Heavenly Gift
, in whichSection 110 and Section 132 are carefully examined.
―I advise all to go on to perfection, and search deeper and deeper into
the mysteries of Godliness."
See D&C 88: 33.
See 2 Ne. 28: 29-30.
Gen. 3: 7.