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"The Endowment"

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Introduction

General Statement
Prayer of Inquiry

QUESTION NO 1: When shall the Spiritual Endowment be?

When shall these things be?
When shall these things be?

QUESTION NO 2: How may we prepare ourselves for the Endowment?

How shall you individually prepare?

QUESTION NO 3: How may the church advance in these ways?

QUESTION NO 4: Must the people and ministry pass thru a time of great trial?

QUESTION NO 5: What are the characteristics of the Endowment?

Preface to set of 10 Characteristics

Characteristic No. 1: Spiritually won knowledge

Some of the possible ways are these

Characteristic No. 2: Shared spiritual experiences

With whom among you shall He thus move?

In what ways will you be prepared for this sharing?

How shall you seek, ask, and knock?

How can the Lord say more than this?

Characteristic No. 3: Special light on difficult problems and projects

Characteristic No. 4: Finding the places where people may best work

How then may this endowment of inspired placement of human personality be worked out?

How may these things be?

How may these things be?

How may these things be?

Characteristic No. 5: An outpouring of spiritual gifts, help, and guidance

Characteristic No. 6: Ministry of angels

Characteristic No. 7: Ministry of those who have tarried

Now, why will the Lord bless the time of endowment with this visitation of those who have tarried?

Characteristic No. 8: Purification of mind, spirit, and purpose

Characteristic No. 9: Special appearances of Jesus Christ

What shall this day be like when He shall suddenly come to His temple?

Characteristic No. 10: Christ shall delegate and bestow spiritual power

QUESTION NO 6: What shall Thy servants be, do, and say?

QUESTION NO 7: Will there by many whom Thou canst endow?

QUESTION NO 8: Shall this endowment be for everyone?

QUESTION NO 9: Are there other ways we can be aroused to move toward the endowment?

Yes, there are other ways

QUESTION NO 10: How can humble people do our part to hasten the day?

Now, what can you do?


"The Endowment"
by Earl R. Curry

			

Characteristic No. 9: There shall be an endowment of special appearances of Jesus Christ to His Ministry. There are many reasons why He shall thus appear to His ministers, His co- labors, and His friends. He shall come to fulfill His promise made to prophetic-minded men from ancient times even down to this very day in which you live. He promised Enoch, in that day when He talked to him face to face, and caused the vision of much that was to be, down to the end of time, to marvelously unfold before his mind, and said, "As I live even so will I come in the last days." "Righteousness will I send down out of Heaven to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten, and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood." In those promises was it made clear that as the time of the end neared, a work of mighty spiritual power was to be done. Again, the promise was made to Malachi, "The Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple," to purify His servants. The angels at the day of ascension promised the disciples He would likewise come again. To John He showed the day of endowment. To the church of one hundred and twenty years ago was the promise made that as they would sanctify themselves and so discipline their minds as to make them single to the great Father, then Jesus would unveil His face unto them and they would see Him. Last of all, this same Holy Spirit of Promise has witnessed to you, who have sought the guidance and enlightenment of Him who is altogether lovely, even to you has He witnessed under the almost overwhelming presence of the Holy Ghost that soon Jesus would once again stand on the pulpits in the lower room of the Temple and would speak face to face with His chosen servants, just as He spoke to Joseph and Oliver in 1836. Still further came the same witness that, just as Jesus, your eternal elder brother, came quietly into the room where the disciples were gathered, just as they were beginning to recover from the paralyzing dismay and shock of the crucifixion, though even yet some of them doubted, just so will He quietly come into the upper room of the Temple. Those who have waited and longed for His coming shall see Him and He will minister unto them. Surely, as God has thus testified unto him who writes, even so will He testify to others if they will, in concern, in fasting, and prayer, seek Him. In view of these promises and many others as well, in view of the needs of this very hour, in that so many of you do not seek this guidance and insight that God alone can give, in view of the growing desire in the hearts of the saints that they shall be ministered unto by spiritual servants whose minds are on fire with the Holy Ghost and whose countenances are radiantly aglow as they thus minister, and even in view of the facts of sacred history--why should any look on fulfillment of these promises as an impossible experience? How clear is the record of Holy Writ: Search it out for yourself, and be not faithless but believing. Do not the first four books of the New Testament record His many appearances after His resurrection-- from Mary who cried from the very depth of her soul, in great gladness and joy, "Master!" to Thomas who, when he had beheld for himself cried out, "My Lord and my God!" Does not the book of Acts testify that He was seen of many? Did not Paul write that Jesus was seen of upward of five hundred brethren at once, and last of all by himself, as one born out of due time? Oh, turn and read again in the Book of Mormon the terrible judgments that fell on a people who refused to believe that Christ would come and that He would appear unto them. Read of how they were gathered about the Temple in the land Bountiful. Hear again the voice from the Infinite One, "Behold my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name. Hear ye Him!" Look up with those people and see Jesus, clothed in white, coming down and standing among them, and saying unto them with the utmost of truth, "I am the light and life of the world!" Study once again the record of His coming to bring the church out of the wilderness in these last days, to get under way a marvelous work and a wonder, a work that as yet has not begun to reach the climax of expression in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit that God would manifest thru it. Consider all these records. Let their truth and their testimony be deeply imbedded in your minds, and let them be a powerful prophecy of what yet shall be! As God lives, even as Christ has thus so many, many times come heretofore, even so can, and will, He come again to His servants, those who are truly looking for Him, to most strongly establish them with the witness of His presence and to personally commission them with His endowment to do extraordinary things for Him! Again, let the record of the scripture bear testimony to you of what has happened in these times when He has appeared unto His believing people. The endowment of the day of Pentecost was augmented and extended by these appearances in the land of Jerusalem. His servants who had not seen their risen Saviour were blessed as they believed, but surely as witnesses, those who have seen are better witnesses than those who just believe, however blessed that may be. Therefore, Jesus appeared unto many and would have appeared unto many more had there been great enough faith that others could have called on Him in mighty prayer. Again, how marvelous were the results of His appearing in the land Bountiful, for so great was the glory of His presence and the utter convincing power of His personal ministry, that not only were His servants endowed for their day, but Jesus' most beneficent spiritualizing influence spread throughout the land and continued over nearly two centuries of time. Thru Jesus' showing himself and ministering, as only He can minister, came one of the finest eras of civilization in the world's history. Truly, Zion was among them. Now you live in a day when the signs of Jesus' return to the world are being rapidly fulfilled, even as He has foretold and as the prophets have foreseen. The church has come out of the wilderness, notwithstanding many of the Restoration have again sought the ways of the world and the flesh pots of Egypt, yet a nucleus still abides, with many of whom the Great Father shall build gloriously. Great storms lash both land and sea. All nations of men are faced with problems of increasing complexity . Confusion abounds. Men's hearts are failing them for fear. The dread of awful, annihilating war is constantly with you, a war so terrible that no nation on earth can escape it. The ideal and the hope of Zion exists among you and, altho far from the highest realization, in this is a marked sign of Christ's return to the world. Yet, notwithstanding all these signs, and many more, the greatest sign of all, the shining forth of the gospel as the brightness of the midday, is still in the realm of prophetic predictions. You are not endowed. You trust so much in the wisdom of men. Not very often do you speak in prophetic depth and power. The voice you raise is so feeble in the face of the world's need. So little do you lift a warning voice concerning what lies ahead. A clear cry of repentance does not resound thru the world, nor scarcely in the areas where you live, you are so concerned with worldly things. Small affairs and activities of little permanent importance take so much of your time. So little of your time, your means, your resources, and your powers are dedicated to Zion. You need the broad, sweeping, mighty powers of the endowment much more than most of you even begin to understand. This power can only reach its maximum of development and expression as Jesus shall stand among you, and it is only He who can bestow it. How marvelous,then, the promise of His thus coming. How great should be your rejoicing that the day of His visitation is near. And yet, withal, how sobering should be the realization that His coming waits on you, His servants, that you appreciate the promise of His coming to you, that you be looking forth for His appearing, and that you be putting on the wedding garments.

 

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