I’m house-sitting for my friend Steve Shields while I’m visiting Jackson County, Missouri, doing research. Steve is the author of Divergent Paths of the Restoration and is the top expert on the subject of all the smaller expressions of Mormonism, which are quite numerous. Whenever I visit friends in the Mormon history community, I’m always eager to see their libraries. Steve has quite an interesting collection, especially relating to the subject of little known Restoration churches. I’ve been marveling at all of the works of Restoration scripture he has on a single bookshelf. These are very interesting, and I thought I’d share some of the titles with you along with some quick excerpts, picked nearly at random.
Prophecies and Revelations of the Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ (Hilton, UK: Times & Seasons Press in Great Britain, 2008). 142 pages. “A collection of Visions, Prophecies, and direct Revelations” given to Matthew Philip Gill, Prophet of the Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ.
My usual guide, Raphael…said to me “I now leave you in the hands of the Prophet of the last dispensation of the fullness of times, Br. Joseph…” I followed [Joseph] through the main entrance of the temple, the two doors opened by themselves and we walked through them into a main lobby area… On the wall on my left were two triangles side by side. On the wall on my right were two triangles together in the shape of the Star of David. I asked the Prophet Joseph what was the meaning of these and he said “The meaning of the triangles to thy left are of the Urim and Thummim the meaning of the star to thy right is of the union of the Urim and Thummim which represents the union of man with God in the order of revelation and truth.”
— The Temple Revelation, 30 Aug. 2006 (p. 49).
The Song of God: The Living Gnosis of the Aghendai by Azrael Ondi-Ahman (The True Gnostic Church, 2008). 842 pages. A lengthy book of scripture composed by Azrael Ondi-Ahman.
And Enoch caused to be built in Zion a temple of the Lord, and he caused that it should be built of marble of exceeding whiteness; and on the north and south sides and on the east and west sides was the roof of the temple supported upon twelve pillars made blue with sapphire, and over these was laid a lattice of gold and silver…Within the borders of the temple grounds were there but two courts, for unto one would the sons of God come together in solemn assembly, that they might plead the cause of Zion before God. And unto the second court would gather the daughters of Eve. Even all who were the mothers of Zion would come together in their assemblies, that they might receive unto their bosom the presence of the Heavenly Mother.
— Beginnings 10:10, 15-16 (pp. 28-29).
The Nephite Gospel (Nephite Church of Christ, 2008). 327 pages. Primarily the church’s own edition of the Book of Mormon, along with the brief text of the Tarish Nephite prophecies and the Articles of Faith of the Nephite Church of Christ.
The Three Nephites, quoting from the Bible, predicted that God would break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind. (Psalms 48:7). Several decades later an east wind destroyed the Spanish Armada (the modern day Ships of Tarshish).
— Tarish Nephite Prophecy #4 (p. 6).
The Stick of Ephraim (Independence, Missouri: The Restored Church of Jesus Christ, 1987). 625 pages. An expansion of the Doctrine and Covenants, containing 152 sections of revelations from Joseph Smith Jr., an additional 81 sections of revelations from his successor Eugene O. Walton, along with the Lectures on Faith.
Thus saith the Lord, verily, verily, truly, truly, the besom of my wrath is upon the nations of the earth who hearken not to my Son, nor to the voice of my servants sent of Him…I speak especially to those who call themselves after my name in the State of Utah. Ye are like unto that man in the parable of he who built his home upon a sandy foundation, and when the storms came and the floods descended his house fell…Thus saith the Lord to ye who call yourselves Mormons: repent ye, repent ye, and receive mine prophet Eugene who has been called by mine own voice out of heaven…Ho, Ho, Ho, Listen, Listen, Listen, saith the Spirit to ye who seek for a sure foundation to build upon, that your house might not fall.
— Section 174, 19 June 1983 (pp. 355-56).
Book of Restoration Revelations (Independence, Missouri: Advocate Press, 1998). 107 pages + index. 25 Revelations given between 1989 and 1998 to Marcus Juby, prophet of the Restoration Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Thus saith the Lord unto my restored church…The necessity to restore my church was not a popular choice for my servants to make…From time to time my church began to wander into the wilderness, and up to the very day that the seventy restored my church, priesthood authority was still with the men of the reorganization who remained faithful to the covenant.
— Revelation 24:1, 7-8, 9 Apr. 1998 (pp. 98-99).
The (Abridged) Oracles of Mohonri, translated by Davied Israel (Oxford, UK: Sons Ahman Israel). 95 pages. An abridged translation from the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon written by the hand of Mohonri Moriancumer.
At the end of times, when Elohim bestoweth on latter day men these choice and precious pearls of truth, there shall be amongst men chosen souls who have been prepared for the last time. Souls who are prepared to feast on the fulness of the mysteries. Souls who have been reserved for those days because of their innate ability to recognize meatier truths and hear the voice of their master as it issueth forth from his servants; even their fellow brothers and sisters in the flesh.
— 8 Moroni 3:1-2 (p. 72).
Sacred Scripture (Orem, Utah: M.A.P., Inc., 1994). 215 pages. A collection of scriptures including The Writings of Abraham, The Brother of Jared, The Shulemna, the Book of the Generations of Adam, and the Levels of Light.
From his childhood, Abel spent much time with the animals which had become attached to our community. He was gifted in working with them, understanding and caring for their needs, for he could communicate with them better than the remainder of the people whose ears had been closed to the tongue of the animals when we had left the garden. In Abel, however, this gift remained to a great degree; even the wild beasts of the field who feared us, loved Abel and would frolic with him when he was alone.
— Book of the Generations of Adam 5:3 (p. 135).
Levitical Writings (Eskdale, Utah: Aaronic Order, 1978). 263 pages. A series of revelations given through the Angel Elias to Dr. M. L. Glendenning, beginning in 1923.
Upon you, O Alton, for thy wickedness (in that you have been so ungodly in your thoughts and in your deeds, that you have been selfish and denied my servant the things which God has given for all worthy men, that you do willingly believe lies, and insomuch that you do bear false witness against my servant) I now pronounce this curse upon you; and as I say it through my servant, so shall it be. Upon thee, O Alton, shall fall the revenge of the Lord thy God; and thy fields shall cease to yield unto thee. The waters of thy lands shall cease to flow, and thy cattle and sheep shall wither away, and thy possessions shall be few. Thy houses shall become empty, and thy young shall flee from thee, and thou shalt sit desolate in thy place upon the mountain.
— Chapter 205, “Curse Upon Alton [Utah],” 2 Feb. 1934 (p. 93).
There’s plenty more books here, but those will have to do. Please note: I’m not overly familiar with most of these books — they’re Steve’s, not mine — so I won’t be able to answer questions about them in much detail.