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For The Cause of Zion
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Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
December 4, 2021
There has appeared in a website from Brazil (official site of Mauricio A Berger) a comment by Mauricio concerning the silencing of Brothers Peter and Sam Gould by The Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints “presided over by Joseph F Smith” and the withdrawing of their credentials as Apostles of that organization. He then goes on and states he does not agree with that action and that these men are still Apostles, and he approves of their work.
Sometimes when men decide to stir in someone else's stew pot they should get a good understanding of what is involved in the making of that stew. In any organization where officers are established, when those officers no longer promote, or support the organization, they are removed from officiating or representing that organization. This was the case of these two brethren who desired to do missionary work outside of the US, and did not support, nor continue to be involved in the reconstruction of the Church through which came their ordination. Turning their backs upon the work unto which they were called and ordained fulfilled the following from Section 1 of the RLDS Doctrine and Covenants.
Sect. 1:3d “for they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant; they seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness,
3e. but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own god, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall.”
According to the words of Moroni that Mauricio A Berger delivered to us, we were to reconstruct the “original” church. This is what we began in August 2018 at the first Assembly, and the first Conference. All those who were in attendance at those meetings knew what we were starting out to do. We began with full confidence that the Lord was directing each and every move we made, but trouble began to appear when an outsider desired to take control. Some left to join this outsider, who began to tell them he had 'a better idea', that there was an easier way, which seemed to satisfy their “itching ears.” There are those of us who still maintain the move forward to accomplish that work we began under the Lord's direction. Few in number we may be, but strong in faith, following the impress of the Holy Spirit, in the continuing accomplishment of that purpose, to reconstruct the “original” church.
Joseph F Smith
CONFERENCE MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 16
The General Conference of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ, held at the Conference Room of the Best Western in Warrensburg Mo began with a Prayer and Testimony Service at 9 AM, Apostle Albert Fike Jr presiding.
The Conference Business Session began at 10 AM with the singing of Hymn #46, In God's Most Holy Presence, followed by Invocation by Apostle Tyler Crowell.
Opening Statement was made by High Priest Joseph F. Smith, reflecting on the events since August 2018 when the restructuring of the Church began, and what has transpired since. Br Joseph encouraged us to persevere and put our faith in God and His work to which we have been called. He further encouraged us to engage in the business at hand in peace and love for our fellow saints.
The first order of business was the sustaining of Apostle Jeff Johnson as Conference Chair. Br Joseph had previously asked Brother Jeff if he would be willing to preside at the October conference.
Sustaining vote was taken, being unanimous in sustaining Brother Jeff as Conference Chairman.
Next order of business was explaining that we did not have a secretary to take notes at this Conference, as the previous conference secretary, Darlene Crosby, was unable to attend. Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson explained that there were multiple video/voice recordings being made of the conference actions, and that he would take notes as well, He also invited the body to take notes as well. He further stated that a DVD of the conference business session would be made available sometime within the next 30 days following the conference, barring any unforeseen delays.
Brother Albert Fike had asked if conference minutes and info could be forwarded to Sister Darlene Crosby in the event she wished to continue as conference secretary. Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson answered that records would be made available should Darlene Crosby wish to continue as Secretary, but previous to the conference she had declined to act as Secretary for this October conference.
With that accomplished, Brother Johnson proceeded to read into the record the minutes of the April 3rd 2021 conference as prepared by Sister Darlene. The motion was made by Albert Fike Jr to approve minutes as read, seconded by Kent Crosby. The motion passed unanimously. Minutes were approved as presented with no comments or objections, and entered into the conference record.
Br Jeff, acting as Treasurer of For the Cause of Zion-USA-Brazil presented a Treasurer's report of income and expense for the organization. The report was for informational purposes only, so no action other than the motion to enter report into conference record.
The motion was made by Kent Crosby, seconded by Stephen Gould, and approved unanimously to do so.
The next item was a report from Apostle Tyler Crowell on Apostle's activities. The report was read by Br. Tyler as well as an addendum which he stressed was his own feelings about the current status of the Quorum, and the direction in which he felt the Apostles were to take. The motion was made by Stephen Gould, seconded by Albert Fike Jr to enter report into record, less the addendum, which Br. Tyler expressed as his own opinion. The motion passed with 2 opposing votes.
Brother Stephen Gould asked for clarification on what that vote signified, if we approved the report or what. Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson explained the vote was to enter or not enter Br. Tyler's report into the record, NOT if we approved the content of the report. ***NOTE*** Br Jeff later added clarification that Samuel S Gould and Peter P Gould were currently under Administrative Silence.
Apostle Albert Fike Jr, acting as Trustee for the HQ Bldg Fund, gave a report on the funds gathered for that purpose. The motion was made made by Gina Johnson, seconded by Joy Soper to enter the report into conference record. The motion passed unanimously. Br. Stephen Gould made a motion, seconded by Albert Fike Jr, to include information about the fund on the FTCOZUB web site. The motion passed unanimously.
Br Stephen mentioned that people who do not have money to donate to the HQ bldg fund may have other items such as bldg materials, etc they wish to donate to that endeavor. Discussion was had among the body, the result of which was that as Trustee, Albert Fike Jr was authorized to collect any and all materials of any kind for that purpose; Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson to compose statement about HQ bldg fund and Albert's contact info to be presented to FTCOZUB officers to be put on web site.
Motion to break for lunch was made by Kent Crosby, seconded by Stephen Gould. Brother Albert Fike Jr offered closing prayer for this portion of business session.
Meeting adjourned until 1:30 PM, 16 Oct 2021.
Meeting reconvened at 1:45 PM with invocation by Elder Kent Crosby.
Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson stated the first matter for presentation of old business was to clarify the PROCEDURE FOR PRIESTHOOD CALLS done in Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, according to and as laid out specifically in a recognized body of Scripture.
Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson stated that on Friday eve, Oct 15, 2021 the High Priesthood met to discuss said procedures. Present were High Priest Joseph F. Smith, Apostles Jeff Johnson, Albert Fike Jr. in person, and Apostle Tyler Crowell by phone. Consensus was that within the established branches of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (there being only one in US at this time - First Branch in Zion,) calls to the office of Deacon, Teacher, Priest and Elder within a recognized Branch of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are to be presented by the Pastor to the Branch Priesthood, the Pastor having had divine impression from God as to the call. Upon fasting and prayer relative to the Lord's calling that man, having received confirmation of the call, the Branch Priesthood unanimously states that confirmation. The call is then presented by the Pastor to the man being called for his acceptance of the call. Upon acceptance by the man being called, and his ordination, the newly ordained man will be presented to the Branch by the Pastor for their vote of confidence and support of the man in his Office and ministry.
As a courtesy, the Apostle in charge of that area and any other Church Officers deemed appropriate, should be informed of all calls originating within an organized Branch of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, that the prayers of those Priesthood Members be added in support of and with blessings upon the newly ordained man in his Office and ministry.
For those Priesthood calls which would be to an area of increased Priesthood responsibility, such as General Church officer, Seventy, Apostle, etc.; such calls would originate through the Office of Presiding High Priest of the High Priesthood of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, currently High Priest Joseph F. Smith, Br Joseph having received divine evidence of the calling. The High Priesthood Quorums will then meet for their prayerful confirmation of the call. Upon confirmation by the Quorums of the call by the Holy Spirit, the man being called would then be notified of the call by High Priest Joseph F Smith for the man's acceptance. Upon his acceptance, the man will be ordained at the next General Conference by those High Priesthood members as appropriate for that calling. The call will then be presented to the Body at a General Conference for their vote on sustaining the man in his calling and ministry.
Question raised by Br Kent Crosby: “Does the conference still need to vote on approval of call?” Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson clarified that within an organized branch, since the ministry is primarily within and to the Branch by the man being called, it is the branch to whom the man is presented for their vote of support and confidence in his ministry and DOES NOT need to be presented to a General Conference for their sustaining vote.
Brother Johnson stated that for those branches outside the US, i.e. Kenya, Brazil, Honduras, etc. the processing of calls within those branches will be clarified by the High Priesthood, and will be announced upon said clarification and consensus of the High Priesthood.
Apostle Albert stated that it is a “clarification process”, to which Brother Johnson agreed.
Brother Johnson then addressed the second item, which was PATRIARCHAL BLESSINGS – WHO CAN GIVE? President of High Priesthood (JFS) and any High Priests so designated by him?
Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson stated that at the conference of April 2019, there were two men ordained to the Office of Patriarch, those men being David Bronson and Richard Marsh. Since that date, for various reasons currently unknown to this body, those men have chosen to “step back” from their ministry in their calling and office of Patriarch in Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Therefore, as President of the High Priesthood of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and therefore authorized to perform the duties of any lower Priesthood office and function, High Priest Joseph F. Smith is currently the only Priesthood member within Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who can bestow a Patriarchal blessing. He may, at his discretion, authorize other High Priests to do so.
It is also understood and expected, prior to receiving a Patriarchal Blessing, that those within Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints desiring a Patriarchal Blessing will have been baptized by Water and received the Bestowal of the Holy Spirit, by one(s) having authority to do so and recognized by Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as having that authority.
Currently, therefore, any person desiring a Patriarchal Blessing should contact Br. Joseph to make arrangements for that blessing and for clarification of any questions one may have.
With no further comments or questions, Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson then addressed the next item, which was RESPONSIBLE PARTIES FOR ORGANIZING QUORUMS OUTSIDE OF USA, i.e. KENYA, BRAZIL, ETC? (RECOMMEND TABLING THIS FOR NOW)
Brother Johnson stated that discussion of this item was tabled pending further review and clarification by the High Priesthood.
Brother Johnson then asked if any other old business needed to be discussed.
Br Stephen Gould asked a question regarding the acceptance/rejection of the revelations received thru Joseph F. Smith as being old business. Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson stated he had put that item on the new business portion, but that Stephen was correct, and that it was indeed old business.
Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson stated that prior to this conference, he had sent to all the Priesthood members of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints copies of all the revelations received through Joseph F. Smith from April 1996 up to and including the one given on 28 February 2021. He stated that recently Br. Joseph had received a dream, which he believes was inspired of the Lord. Brother Johnson then read the dream to the Body assembled. He stated that this dream and counsel from the Lord will be included in the revelations thru Br. Joseph for acceptance by the members of the Quorums assembled here today.
Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson stated that the High Priesthood unanimously accepted those revelations, and the dream and counsel from the Lord as being from God. Having done so, those revelations and dream and counsel from the Lord are now being presented to the members of the various Quorums present today.
Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson addressed Elder Kent Crosby as the only member in attendance this day of the Quorum of Elders as to vote “yea” or “nay” to accept those revelations from God thru Br Joseph. Elder Crosby stated his affirmative acceptance.
Brother Johnson then addressed Priest Stephen Gould as the only member in attendance this day of the Quorum of Priests as to a vote of “yea” or “nay” to accept those revelations from God thru Br Joseph. Stephen raised a question as to whether the revelation calling the Apostles and others ordained at the April 2019 conference was included. ***NOTE*** Discussion followed, in which it was later remembered, by Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson and the Priesthood assembled, that the revelation to which Stephen was referring was indeed included in the packet of revelations sent to each Priesthood member for review prior to the conference, and was on page 8 of the said revelations. Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson now enters this note of clarification.
Having thus addressed Br Stephen's concerns, Br Stephen, as the only member of the Priest's Quorum in attendance this day, stated his acceptance of the word of God as presented in the revelations presented today.
Having obtained a unanimous approval by the Priesthood Quorums as required, Chairman Johnson now presented the question to the body.
The motion was made by Gina Johnson, seconded by Kent Crosby, to present the aforementioned revelations to the body here assembled for acceptance and approval. The motion carried.
Vote presented to body, approved with 2 abstaining to vote.
Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson then addressed the next item of new business: VOTE BY PRIESTHOOD ASSEMBLED ON ACCEPTANCE/REJECTION OF SEALED PORTION AS SCRIPTURE
Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson moved that “In accordance with the expressed will of the body in the Conference of April 3, 2021, I move the following: that a vote be taken this day by the Priesthood of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints assembled here in person this day on the following question: should the book known as the “SEALED PORTION” , aka “THE SEALED BOOK OF MORMON,” Copyright 2019 by the United Order of the Last Days, llc, translated into English and/or any other language and as so published be included in the accepted body of Scripture by Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Br Albert Fike asked if the motion need be restated, putting the word “should” in a different location. Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson explained he was following the example of the verbiage in questions posed to voters as to tax increases, etc. Br Joseph asked if this question had been previously voted upon at the last conference. Chairman Johnson clarified that the action of the April 2021 conference was to refer the matter to the Quorums of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for their consideration and vote of acceptance or rejection as to whether the Sealed Portion should be included in the accepted body of Scripture by Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That was what we were then, in October 2021, endeavoring to accomplish.
Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson then addressed the members of the High Priesthood assembled there that day, who were High Priest Joseph F. Smith, Apostle Albert Fike Jr, Apostle Tyler Crowell, and Apostle Jeff Johnson.
He said, “Do you, as members of the Quorum of High Priests, vote that the ‘SEALED PORTION’ , aka ‘THE SEALED BOOK OF MORMON,’ (Copyright 2019 by the United Order of the Last Days, llc, translated into English and/or any other language and as so published) be included in the accepted body of Scripture by Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Prior to the vote being taken, Br Stephen Gould moved to amend the motion, to include the words “insofar as it is correctly translated and transcribed” Br Albert Fike Jr seconded the motion to amend. Discussion followed. Br Stephen stated that because he wasn't part of or privy to the events relative to the transcription, etc. he has nothing to refer to in judging whether or not it is correctly translated and transcribed. He further stated he would not want to accept any part that was not correctly translated and transcribed but would certainly accept that which was.
Br Albert stated his reason for seconding the motion was that we have already voted on what is accepted as the body of Scripture by Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. After discussion, vote was taken. The motion to amend per Br Stephen's motion failed - 0 votes for amending, 2 opposed, 2 abstaining.
After further discussion, Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson addressed each individual Priesthood member present in the respective Quorums, and vote was taken. The High Priesthood members present voted as follows: 3 opposed, one in favor of the “SEALED PORTION” , aka “THE SEALED BOOK OF MORMON,” Copyright 2019 by the United Order of the Last Days, llc, translated into English and/or any other language and as so published, be included in the accepted body of Scripture by Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Since it is necessary that the Quorum of High Priest's vote be unanimous in order to pass down to the lower Quorums to vote, the motion died, and no further action on the question is considered or required at this time.
Discussion as to reasons for High Priesthood voting yea or nay was had. Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson clarified the reason behind the members voting and the discussions taking place within a Quorum meeting are considered “confidential” and not open for review by others. Each Quorum member may explain their individual reasons for their vote, but specifics of Quorum discussions are not to be revealed.
Chairman Johnson clarified that each member of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has the responsibility to search out the truth in whatever one reads, hears, or seeks to understand, no matter what the source, and to ask God through the impress of the Holy Spirit to reveal to that individual the truth contained therein. This applies to the Sealed Portion especially. Embrace that which God has revealed to you as truth contained therein, and reject all that the Holy Spirit has not revealed as truth contained therein.
Further discussion followed, with individuals expressing support or questions regarding the Sealed Portion as Scripture.
Br Joseph reminded us that the Sealed Portion as now published only contains the translation of a small portion of the plaques presented to Mauricio for translation. There are still the greater portion of plaques yet to be translated that remains. Also that we as a body voted to accept the Inspired Version of the Bible and the Book of Mormon as Scripture. Therefore, we should embrace that which God has revealed as truth no matter the source, and reject all that the Holy Spirit has not revealed as truth.
Challenge was expressed relative to no objection being heard of or having knowledge of any objection to the doctrines of Christ presented in the Sealed Book although requests were made to list them. Expression of knowledge of unbelief, conspiracy theories and unsubstantiated accusations were made.
Again, counsel was expressed that each individual should embrace that which God has revealed as truth no matter the source, and reject all that the Holy Spirit has not revealed as truth.
Hearing no objection to closing the discussion on this matter, Chairman Johnson asked if there was any New Business that anyone from the floor would like to present. Hearing no items to be presented to the Body at this time, Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson closed the New business portion, and presented Br Joseph to the Body for closing remarks.
Br Joseph remarked that differences occur in degree of knowledge and understanding each one of us have as to what God has revealed. We are granted freedom to express those understandings and beliefs. However we must all answer to God for what we do understand and believe. We are not, most likely, all able to agree on things, as the enemy of all mankind seeks to destroy the work in which we are now engaged. We can all move in that direction, doing it with brotherly kindness, and the love of God for Him and each other. We've got to have charity one with another and work with our brothers and sisters even though we may disagree with their philosophies and understanding, I'm working now with some people who I am meeting with on Zoom, every Thursday night. They don't always agree with what I present, and that's OK. The seed has been planted, and the Holy Spirit will do the rest. They are hungry for the Word Of God. I can teach them the things they are willing to learn from the Holy Spirit, and I do that. I believe it enriches their minds and understandings, and that is what I am called to do. But I have to have charity in doing that, And that is why I want you both to know (speaking to Tyler and Stephen) that I love you both, and I believe we can go forward. I believe the thing that is of the greatest importance, right now, is to push forward and to put together this Restructured Church and push forward the cause of Zion. If we will do that as a body, even though we disagree on things, we will not only have the gift of the Holy Ghost, but we will have the Gift and the power of the Holy Ghost if we push forward the cause of Zion.
I grew up on a farm in the Ozarks. And we all helped each other with putting up hay and so forth. Some of the farmers liked to use a 3 prong pitch fork, some liked a 4 prong pitch fork. But we all pitched in and got the hay in. And that is where we are now. We all need to pitch in and persevere in that effort that began in August of 2018. And that is to bring forth this Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. God bless you all and I love you all so very much. I have worked for many years now to bring a unity and this is still something we need to accomplish. But what is lying before us now is a time of tribulation that when we get into, we will need to rely on each other regardless of our differences, how we comb our hair (which I don't have) or the way we dress, etc. That's what's lying before us right now. And with that in mind, I say God bless you all.
Conference Chairman Jeff Johnson thanked Br Joseph. Br Albert Fike asked if the Chair would entertain a motion to adjourn. Chairman Johnson responded in the affirmative and asked that we turn to Hymn #406 Open My Eyes O Lord, for our closing song.
Upon all gathering in a circle as an expression of Godly love one to another, Apostle Albert Fike Jr. then offered the Benediction.
Conference adjourned at approximately 3 PM
Albert Fike Jr
Appointed Trustee Headquarters Building Account
At the April 2021 General Conference of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a motion was passed that “we appoint Albert Fike Jr as the High Priest in Zion and as trustee to open an account for the purpose of gathering funds to provide a Headquarters building in the Center Place.”
In accordance with that action, Br Albert has established such a fund. At the General Conference of October 2021, action was taken by the Conference that allowed for Br Albert to begin the gathering of any and all items donated for the building of the Headquarters building.
If you wish to donate such items, i.e. building materials, etc. or funds for that purpose, please contact Br. Albert by one of the methods below:
by mail: Albert Fike Jr, 1517 NW US Hiway 50, Holden MO 64040,
by e-mail: email@example.com,
by primary phone: 816/217-7758 for cell, or alternate 816/697-3557 home for information/instruction.
Thank you for your support in this endeavor.
SILENCING OF MINISTRY
May 20, 2021
Notice to all concerned: It is of necessity that I, Joseph F Smith, President of the Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, have placed the following ministry under silence: Apostle Samuel Gould, and Apostle Peter Gould. They have chosen to operate contrary to the design and purpose of the Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This situation will remain until reconciliation can be made.
JOSEPH F SMITH
President of the High Priesthood
Restructured Church of Jesus Christ
Business Meeting Minutes
Part 1 of 2
Conference April 3, 2021
The meeting was called to order by Prophet and President Joseph F. Smith. He requested that the first order of business be the offering of an opening prayer, which Samuel Gould offered immediately. The next order of business was the nomination and election of a conference Chairman. Joseph F. Smith and Jeffrey Johnson were nominated and Jeff Johnson was elected. Darlene Crosby was nominated and elected as Secretary for the conference by vote of acclamation.
Previously, Edwin Geiersbach who held the office of Recorder had resigned from the quorum of the Restructured Church; therefore, a new recorder needed to be selected. The recorder keeps track of the membership and things submitted from the branches such as baptisms, marriages, etc. According to section 17 of the Doctrine and Covenants the office needs to be held by an Elder. Nominations were: Elder Kent Crosby (declined), Apostle Albert Fike Jr, Apostle Samuel Gould, and Elder Kenneth Soper. Elected was Brother Kenneth Soper.
Resolution on the recognized scriptures. Back on Feb 15, 2020, the quorums met and a discussion was held on the approved scripture of the Restructured Church. They agreed to seek to find the truth of all things. Jeff Johnson read the motion that was made by the quorums on this particular topic: We proclaim “as scripture the Inspired version of The Bible, The Book of Mormon, and the revelations brought through Joseph Smith Jr, Joseph Smith III, and every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God as approved by the voice of the church, in as much as they are in harmony with prior scripture.” That motion was presented to all of the quorums and it was unanimously agreed to present that resolution to the conference body. Peter Gould was asked to formulate the resolution and present it to the body. This was the first conference held since the pandemic. Brother Peter presented the following:
To the April 2021 conference of this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints restructured April 6, 2019, Greetings:
In as much as our previous conference in 2019, appointed to me by the request of our brother Joseph F. Smith to prepare a statement relative to the accepted standard scriptures of this church, and in as much as the leading quorums including the presidency, the apostles and high priests and elders of this church have resolved in the intervening time the following statement that:
“We proclaim as a body of scripture, the Inspired version of The Bible, The Book of Mormon, and the revelations brought thru Joseph Smith Jr, Joseph III, and every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God approved by the voice of the body of the Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and inasmuch as they are in harmony with prior scriptures and in harmony with the leadings of the Holy Spirit.” (that's all a direct quote of the resolution that Jeff just read).
Therefore, be it resolved that: we concur with this statement of the leading quorums in our acceptance as a body of scripture” The inspired version of The Bible (variously known as the “Joseph Smith translation” of the Holy Bible and the “Holy Scriptures”) The Book of Mormon, and the revelations brought through Joseph Smith Jr, and Joseph Smith III (which have been published in the Book of Commandments in 1833 and the book of Doctrine & Covenants in 1835 and thereafter) and in addition to these sacred writings: We accept as scripture “every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God as approved by the voice of the body of this Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in as much as they are in harmony prior scripture and harmony with the leadings of the Holy Spirit.” To God, and our Lord Jesus Christ be all glory, honor, power and dominion, forever. Amen.
Samuel Gould moved to accept the resolution as ready by Peter Gould. Albert Fike Jr. seconded. The motion carried (with a vote of 15 to 1).
It was formally announced that Gary Metzger, Ed Geiersbach, and Buddy Ormsbee resigned from the Quorum of Apostles in the Restructured Church. This announcement was for general information and no action needs to be taken.
There are four items of old business needing to be presented to the quorums prior to the next conference:
Procedure for priesthood calls.
If members of a restoration group want a Patriarchal blessing, who do they go to?
Is bestowal of the Holy Ghost required before receiving a Patriarchal Blessing? If so, why?
Who is responsible for organizing quorums in areas outside the USA; like Brazil, Honduras and Kenya?
Because there has been no consensus on these items, they need to be presented to the quorums, discussed and finalized, then if there needs to be any action they would be brought to the next conference.
Samuel Gould moved that all the revelations that have been given through Joseph Fredrick Smith pass through the quorums (beginning with the President's quorum then passed to the Apostles, then to the High Priesthood, then to the Elders, then to the Priests, Teachers, and Deacons) for approval and presented to the membership at the next conference. This would begin around 1995 with the revelation given to Waldo Church and include everything that is published (published is defined as Joseph recorded the revelation and sent it to others). Peter Gould seconded and after brief discussion the motion carried (with a vote of 14 in favor and two on Zoom were opposed).
Tyler Crowell resolved that this conference accept The Sealed Book of Mormon as the word of God and scripture. Samuel Gould seconded but questioned whether the motion was out of order since it had not gone through the quorums yet. Joseph Smith commented that this issue needs to be studied carefully and he suggested selecting two people to speak in favor of this motion and two people to speak against this motion. Then let the conference decide whether it should be sent to the quorums or rejected. No one was opposed to Joseph's suggestion. Brothers Tyler Crowell and Samuel Gould spoke in favor of the motion and Brother Brian Marshall and Sister Darlene Crosby spoke against the motion. Each speaker was given 15 minutes to speak. At the end of an hour fewer than two thirds of the people were ready to vote; therefore, further discussion was needed. It was moved and seconded that we adjourn and return to the discussion at 1:30 p.m. The motion carried.
Restructured Church of Jesus Christ
Business Meeting Minutes
Part 2 of 2
Conference April 3, 2021
At 1:30 p.m., the meeting reconvened and discussion continued regarding the referral of The Sealed Book being scripture to the quorums. After brief discussion the motion carried (with 16 in favor and 2 opposed).
The next item of new business was the selection of dates for the next conference. It was noted that we should have two conferences per year; one in the vicinity of April 6th and the other in October. Brother Samuel Gould moved to have Friday October 15th as a travel day and start the conference on October 16th and finish on October 17th . Brother Albert Fike Jr. seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
It was noted that we would hold the conference at the same location provided it is available. Also, that we will continue to use Zoom for both the conference and quorum meetings.
Then it was noted that Ken Soper is President of the Elders' Quorum in The First Branch in Zion.
The President of the Priest's quorum has not been established although we have Brian Marshall and Stephen Gould as well as 2 Priests in Kenya and 1 in Brazil. Thus, due to location and distance there could be various Priest's quorums since one quorum does not need to be filled before another one is started. It was recommended that Brian and Stephen meet to decide who will be President and then create a link to the other Priest's quorums since the law should go out from Zion. Samuel Gould mentioned that there needs to be a link between the Quorum Presiding officers in Zion and the Presiding officers in the various mission fields. No motion was needed. There are no Teachers or Deacons in The Restructured Church at this time so until there are, those quorums do not exist yet.
Jeff Johnson mentioned how the location for this conference was chosen. After a lengthy discussion,
Peter Gould moved that we appoint Albert Fike Jr. as the High Priest in Zion and as trustee to open an account for the purpose of gathering funds to provide a Headquarters building in the Center Place. Elaine Gould seconded. Albert Fike Jr. gave his testimony. Peter testified that he was instructed by the Lord to bring some funds with him but he was not sure why until this moment. He felt that he was to make a down payment as a commitment to this work and purpose. After discussion, Joseph Smith called the question of being ready to vote. Nine were in favor but five were not, which was not two thirds so the question failed. After further comments and discussion the motion carried [with 17 votes in favor (12 in Zion, 5 on zoom), none opposed]. Checks for the building fund should be written to the trustee, Albert Fike Jr.
Joseph wanted to lead us through some scriptures regarding what is coming and what the Lord is going to do:
In section 1:3b of the Doctrine & Covenants. “Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come.”
Habbakuk 1:5 “Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously; for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” He is speaking to Israel scattered among the Kingdom. Who is that today? USA.
Isaiah 10:12 “Wherefore it shall come to pass, that, when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon Mount Zion and upon Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.” Yes, when the Lord has finished His work in Israel & in Judah. We are Israel. That is the same work Habbakuk was talking about. Now go to the Book of Mormon.
1 Nephi 3:213-215 “Therefore, wo, be unto the Gentiles, if it so be that they harden their hearts against the Lamb of God; (214) For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; (215) A work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other;” This is a time when YOU have to make a decision. It's not going to be a question of whether you had time to sit down and figure it out. You're going to have to decide because He is going to reserve some people and He's going to destroy some people. This is what's coming brothers and sisters. This is why I said earlier, we need to build our faith strong and come under the umbrella of the grace of God because this is what's coming.
Isaiah 4:2-4 “And it shall come to pass, they that are left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even everyone that is written among the living in Jerusalem; (3) When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.” All of these old prophets saw the same thing. They just told it in their own way. What Habbakuk said was there was going to be a work in our day. And what Isaiah said was that when He has finished His work in Zion and in Jerusalem that He will punish the one who brought the trouble on us. And then he said you're going to be one of two things: you're going to be either in the spared part or you're going to be in the destroyed part. This is what we have in front of us. This is why I encourage you to lay aside our differences. Let's find that common ground that he gave us 25 years ago that commands us to find common ground and begin to worship together and to begin to build a house that we can call our own, and call it The Lord's House. A place where we can gather to. This is what's coming. Either to eternal life and peace thereafter or destruction. That's what the question is going to be. This, brothers and sisters, is what I have been so adamant about. I enjoyed what Elaine said because, yes, this would give us a chance to bond together. We have something to build together. Because we are going to have to come together and support each other not only spiritually but physically.
Samuel Gould moved that we adjourn this meeting with a song and a prayer and meet together tomorrow at 8:20 at the same place. Joseph Smith seconded. The motion carried and the meeting concluded with the singing of Hymn #366, Oh For a Faith that Will Not Shrink. Peter Gould offered the benediction.
CONFERENCE BUSINESS SESSION
Holden, MO 10-18-19
The Opening Business Session, Holden Missouri, for Friday, October 18, 2019, began at 3:30 PM with the singing of Hymn #322, Apostle Jeff Johnson presiding.
The first order of business was the Introduction of Church Leadership, namely: President Joseph F. Smith, Apostle Tyler Crowell, Apostle Ed Geiersbach, Apostle (& Counselor to the President) Peter Gould, Apostle Samuel Gould, Apostle Jeffrey Johnson, Apostle Gary Metzger, Apostle Leroy Ormsbee, and Patriarchs David Bronson and Richard March.
Prophet (President) Joseph Smith interjected that Albert D. Fike Jr.’s call for apostle-ship would be presented at Saturday’s Business Session.
2. The second order of business was the Election/Sustaining of Conference Chairman, Secretary, etc. Nominations were made for Apostle Jeff Johnson and President Joseph Smith, however President Joseph Smith declined and, through a show of hands for support, Apostle Jeff Johnson was nominated as Conference Chairman.
Nominations for Conference Secretary included Apostle Samuel Gould, Apostle Tyler Crowell, Stephen Gould and Patti Smith. After a show of hands for each nominee, Patti Smith was presented as Conference Secretary.
The third agenda item was the Adoption of Rules of Procedure for Business. Chairman Jeff Johnson brought to our attention that we are to conduct ourselves with the leading of the Holy Spirit, using Roberts Rules of Order secondly, only if and as needed. Jeff clarified that should he need to step down, he would ask Apostle Peter Gould to chair. This vote was again passed with raised hands.
4. Our fourth agenda item was the Adoption of Voting Privileges for Business. Chairman Johnson clarified that voting was extended to all members in attendance, one vote per person. There were no objections; these voting privileges were adopted by a show of hands.
5. The final agenda item was the Presentation of Agenda Items and the Business Session Schedule:
*Presentation of Albert Fike Jr.’s Call to Apostle, etc.
*Ordination of Albert Fike Jr., etc.
*Recognition of Restructured Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and DBA Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
*Recognition/Temporary Adoption of FTCOZUB (“For The Cause Of Zion–USA–Brazil”) as financial arm for Restructured Church
*Presentation/Review/Approval of Budget
*Relation of Restructured Church to Brazil Group/Study Centers
Chairman Johnson noted that if there are other items to be addressed, he asks the members to bring these items to either Joseph, Jeff, or any of the apostles. There were no follow-up questions.
Chairman Johnson next asked the membership if anyone had any questions or concerns that needed to be addressed at this time.
—Alyce Kyser questioned how our tithing would be taken care of.
—Chairman Johnson explained that FTCOZUB, or For The Cause of Zion-USA-Brazil, was formed before the Conference for various church activities and was organized to gather church funds for use of the Restructured Church for mission efforts, conference needs (new sound equipment), etc., although recognition is now on a temporary basis.
—Apostle Leroy Ormsbee made a point of clarification: No funds are now being sent to Brazil; however, $8975 was gathered and held to transfer to Brazil about one month ago. Currently, FTCOZUB is no longer accepting funds for Brazil, although members are at liberty to continue sending funds to Brazil.
—Secretary Smith asked that individuals give their full name before presenting items to the Conference.
—Apostle Gary Metzger invited individuals to make a baptismal covenant if they have not yet done so. Also, for those who have fallen away, we invite prayers for those individuals and, if there are individuals who would like visits from priesthood for clarification of questions, etc., we would do so. We invite all to come and participate and gather together.
—Chairman Johnson added: Even Christ gave the invitation but didn’t force anyone. We are unique because we believe in promoting the cause of Zion.
—Apostle Ormsbee asked that we include an Historian as an agenda item.
—Chairman Johnson admitted that he had not thought of that.
—President Smith explained that Apostle Peter Gould earlier had asked about assisting President Smith and has already begun this effort.
—Apostle Peter explained that he had earlier asked Joseph if he could assist him and mentioned that a Church Historian was lacking. President Smith supported Peter’s efforts in this attempt. Apostle Peter explained that he does not have a “work in progress” to share as yet, and he’s having difficulty doing so “after-the-fact,” but he is attempting this cumbersome work—however not progressing as quickly as he’d like. Peter mentioned he is willing to continue laboring in this aspect but he would not be opposed to someone else accepting this responsibility.
—Apostle Ormsbee requested the Chairman ask for a show of support for Brother Peter.
—Chairman Johnson asked for and received a show of support with the raising of hands.
—President Smith suggested perhaps Apostle Crowell could assist Apostle Peter with the history—moving forward, as Apostle Peter continues to labor over previous Conference history.
—Apostle Crowell asked if this was agreeable and Apostle Peter heartily said yes.
—Chairman Johnson asked for a vote of support and it was given with raised hands.
—Kent Crosby presented a procedural question regarding the vote of a different Chairman and Secretary for each Conference.
—Chairman Johnson clarified that a Chairman and Secretary would be voted upon for each Conference business session. ... The question was proposed as to the Chairman needing to be an apostle or a high priest, and Chairman Johnson clarified that it isn’t necessary but that the Chairman must have sufficient knowledge of our proceedings. It would, however, be preferable to have a member of the Presidency or Quorum, but it is not essential.
—Don Terry addressed his concern regarding the formation of an Elders Quorum.
—Chairman Johnson explained that this was a previous agenda item that was not addressed at the last Conference, stating that the goal is to eventually address all Quorums.
—Apostle Peter Gould asked if we had a working membership list and if we needed to have a church Recorder to do this.
—Chairman Johnson explained that a Recorder was appointed during an Apostles Quorum: Apostle Ed Geiersbach.
—Apostle Geiersbach confirmed that he had the records and that they are up to date.
—Apostle Metzger asked if, as a body, we would sustain this action (Recorder) of the Apostles Quorum.
—Chairman Johnson asked for and received, with a show of hands, a vote to sustain Ed Geiersbach for Recorder.
—Apostle Peter Gould asked if we have the current rolls from Kenya?
—Apostle Metzger responded affirmatively and believes Brother Samuel has sent them as of today. They consist of three branches with around 40 members per branch. The names are being referenced to each branch. There are no individual addresses noted. The plan is to have each branch listed separately so additional members can be added. If we need something else, Apostle Metzger asked that the Conference let him know.
—Apostle Peter asked that we acquire the birthdate or age of each member.
—Gene Mitchell asked for clarification regarding the status of Patriarch Bronson.
—President Smith explained that he had chosen Brother David Bronson to be his second advisor/counselor but it was mentioned to him that perhaps this would be a heavy burden for Brother Bronson, in addition to his serving within the office of Patriarch.
—Apostle Samuel requested rosters be turned in to Apostle Ed from Kenya, which list items for Baby Blessings, etc. He asked if we are sending baptismal or membership cards, as has been done in the past through the Temple Lot Church, adding that priest-hood cards have also been requested from Kenya.
—President Smith said that we do not have them here but the members in Kenya should receive their licenses.
—Apostle Metzger said that this would be discussed later in the Elders Quorum and suggested that we send them a model for these cards.
—Chairman Johnson suggested we send them an example of what we are currently using, for them to reconstruct for their use.
—Apostle Ed spoke regarding Apostle Peter’s question about adding the age to the membership roll, stating he would have to refer to Brothers Sam and Gary to see whether or not this is possible.
—Apostle Sam stated that if we follow Gary’s recommendation, we can add the age to the form and they can fill them out individually. We would also require the full name of the person and who ordained them.
—Chairman Johnson interjected that we could send a “Certificate of Ordination” and what we use here for priesthood office.
—Apostle Metzger replied that this is what he promised them.
—Apostle Samuel stated we should follow current protocol for priesthood calls, running them through President Joseph before we take action within the Conference for priesthood calls for elder and above.
—Brian Marshall voiced his concern about Kenya being a Third World country, and poor. He suggested we be cautious in our assumption of their ability to make these copies, which they may not be able to do.
—Chairman Johnson thanked him and mentioned that “what we send” will need to be translated. He asked Brothers Samuel and Gary to look into this further to fulfill that need.
—Apostle Samuel responded that those who are currently elders in Kenya are able to do this, affirming that we’ve supplied them with computers and that they can put this information into their database, stating also that they’ve been very good at recordkeeping; They may not have the money, but they can do some things. And many speak some English.
—President Smith noted that we appreciate the work being done in Kenya and asked that we consider our need to solidify the foundation that is being built.
—Connie MacDonald introduced a text message question regarding members who have signed registration cards with the Restructured Church and are being considered for priesthood, asking how we go about ordaining them?
—Apostle Ormsbee asked if they were American or Canadian citizens, and Connie responded that they are currently US citizens. Apostle Ormsbee suggested he or another priesthood member could get together with them to review their situation and to work through this process.
—Connie MacDonald mentioned a second text question regarding members who are requesting their Patriarchal Blessing.
—Chairman Johnson mentioned that we have a Patriarch Evangelist (Richard Marsh) in that area; there is no reason he cannot do this.
—Apostle Samuel noted that he would also like to go there, and he shared an experience where someone within the Temple Lot Church was not recognized and Brother Samuel was moved by the Spirit in this matter.
—President Smith mentioned the need for a second opinion, stating that through prayer, the Lord showed him he had to confirm the person first (Rick Martin assisted), before they received their Patriarchal Blessing. President Smith encouraged the confirmation of members for those desiring to be a part of this body.
—Apostle Metzger said “Amen,” stating it should be required, not preferred.
—Brian Marshall asked that Brother Joseph expound about his meaning regarding foundations (which Brother Joseph did after the service).
—Patriarch David Bronson stated all priesthood calls should evolve through revelation and be confirmed. Regarding the question of priesthood licensing, are we doing business as the Church of Christ or Restructured Church?
—Chairman Johnson said this would be addressed at the Saturday afternoon Conference.
—Brother Smith clarified, that the answer to that question is, “Yes.” We will be issuing new priesthood licenses; stating that this issue will be addressed tomorrow afternoon.
—Chairman Johnson asked if there were other questions or comments.
—Stephen Gould asked about the organization of the Elders Quorum, asking specifically, “Is it on the agenda to organize it and other priesthood Quorums?”
—President Smith spoke, “One of the problems we have is lack of membership; there are so many different geographical areas, but we are working on it.”
—Chairman Johnson stated that the D&C states 96 elders are required for a quorum. Would it be wise and fair, no matter where they are geographically located?
—President Smith spoke regarding various scattered groups. Elders are to work together to promote the movement but also to coordinate actions with the main body of elders. We meet together at Conference and select a Secretary, President, etc., of that quorum.
—Chairman Johnson asked if there were other questions regarding quorums.
—Stephen Gould asked if we were going to take up the issue of what we consider scriptures, in any of the business meetings?
—Apostle Peter Gould shared that he will bring future proposals for us to consider.
—Apostle Metzger remarked, “As we proceed, proposal items should be printed earlier so people can study and pray over them.” The Chairman responded that items for this business session are in the back and on the website; they decided not to print them because at the last Conference, 30 copies were discarded. Chairman Johnson will give Secretary Smith a copy for her records.
—Chairman Johnson remarked that should someone require a hard-copy, he will provide one for them.
—Stephen Gould asked if we have a procedure for adding agenda items for the future?
—Chairman Johnson remarked that in the past, these have been added to the Old/New Business Items of our agenda, which is a good time to make a motion for their being brought forth.
—Don Terry had a question regarding these future agenda items.
—Chairman Johnson mentioned that there is already a table set up in the back with a wicker basket to hold question cards for agenda items to be addressed during the Conference session. He also clarified that there will be no collections made at this Conference; also, he will bring any donations to his father, who is our official Treasurer.
—Apostle Ormsbee spoke to Stephen Gould’s previous question: within new business items, should we elect the Chairman for the next Conference; also, should business items go through the Chairman?
—Chairman Johnson clarified that anyone within the body can offer items for discussion by contacting the pastor, or any member of the Quorums or Apostles. He’d also like this item placed on the next agenda and discussed, stating, “We don’t consider any item frivolous. Placing an item on the agenda does not, however, ensure that the item will be discussed (as in the example of the agenda item of the Elders Quorum from last Conference). No item is trivial—each will be addressed when possible.”
—Chairman Johnson asked: “If there are no other questions, then I’d like for us to close for visiting and dinner and to resume at 6:30 PM for the Song Service. Apostle Leroy Ormsbee will give the spoken word this evening, followed by a campfire in the basement (for fellowship). All are invited. We will close with Hymn #404—Teach Me Thy Way O Lord. And our closing prayer will be by Apostle Leroy Ormsbee.”
Patti Smith, Conference Secretary
CONFERENCE BUSINESS SESSION
Holden, MO 10-18-19