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The MIA, The House of Aaron and Joseph Smith

 

The MIA, The House of Aaron and Joseph Smith
By Menachem Kaplan



The MIA has a conference planned this month.  Featured at this conference will be the House of Aaron Dance Team and John Conrad, the current leader of the House of Aaron will be a featured speaker.  John and Joie Conrad are on the MIA Shepherd's Council and and House of Aaron is an MIA partner.


The House of Aaron Teaching page features teaching from Batya Wooten and John Conrad as well as John Conrad's predicessor Robert Conrad and Maurice Glendenning founder of the House of Aaron.
(http://houseofaaron.org/Teaching.htm)

But just what is the "House of Aaron"?

The House of Aaron was originally called "The Order of Aaron" or "The Aaronic Order" and has also used the names "The True Church of God"; "The Church of Christ" and "The Church of the Firstborn".

The House of Aaron website claims:

"The House of Aaron today has been restored and reactivated beginning with a special calling of Maurice Glendenning, a first-born son of Aaron." http://houseofaaron.org/Overview.htm

In reality Maurice Glendenning was a false prophet. In the late 1920s, Glendenning joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church- the Mormons), because LDS beliefs were promoted in the supposedly angelic messages he had written down in preceding years.

Glendenning and his wife were baptized in April 1929, but then he was excommunicated two years later when the LDS Church General Authorities asserted that while laymen could receive inspiration for themselves, no one could receive authentic divine messages for the Church except the President of the Church.  This was not a surprise because Glendenning claimed to have received revelation that would affect the validity of some of the teachings of the LDS Church.  While the LDS Church excommunicated Glendenning, Glendenning never repudiated the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants or the  prophetic claims of Joseph Smith Jr..  In 1944 he published his revelations under the title Book of Elias, or the Record of John.  As the title implies, Glendenning claimed to be the messenger of the covenant and Elijah figure of Macachi 3 and 4.  In 1948 he published additional revelations in New Revelations for the Book of Elias and in 1955 the Disciple Book.  In 1978 Glendenning's revelations were complied together under the title The Levitical Writings.  These were intended as a companion the the Doctrine and Covenants (Revelations of Joseph Smith as published by the LDS Church) and so just as The Doctrine and Covenants at the time ended (1920's) with Section 136 , while the Levitical Writings pick up after this with section 137. 

Glendenning's revelations presuppose Joseph Smith jr. to be a prophet.  Glendenning's revelations are numbered beginning with section 137 as a supplement to Joseph Smith's (and other LDS) revelations of the LDS Doctrine and Covenants (of the 1920's) which are numbered sections 1 though 136. Maurice Gledenning's revelations use unique terms never found in the Bible and unique to the revelations of Joseph Smith jr.. 

For example Gledenning refers to the "keys.. of the Priesthood" (Levitical Writings 217).  The Bible never mentions any "keys of the Priesthood".  The term "keys... of the Priesthood" comes from the revelations of Joseph Smith (D&C 68:17; 107:15-20; 124:34) not the Bible.

Gledenning claimed to be the last days Elias (Elijah) and to be the messenger of the covenant from Malachi 3-4 saying:
"...that those of the House of Ephraim may know that I am the one spoken of by the prophets who should come to restore all things appointed unto me, I do now declare unto you that I am Elias who should come in the last days to restore unto Ephraim the House of Levi" (Levitical Writings 166:1) 

This was a reference back to the revelations of Joseph Smith:
27:5 Behold, this is wisdom in me; wherefore, marvel not, for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you on the earth, and with Moroni, whom I have sent unto you to reveal the Book of Mormon, containing the fulness of my everlasting gospel, to whom I have committed the keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim;
27:6 And also with Elias, to whom I have committed the keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began, concerning the last days;
27:7 And also John the son of Zacharias, which Zacharias he (Elias) visited and gave promise that he should have a son, and his name should be John, and he should be filled with the spirit of Elias;
27:8 Which John I have sent unto you, my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver Cowdery, to ordain you unto the first priesthood which you have received, that you might be called and ordained even as Aaron;
27:9 And also Elijah, unto whom I have committed the keys of the power of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse;
(D&C 27:5-9)

The bringing together of keys, the priesthood of Aaron, and the coming of last days Elijah in Gledenning's revelation is not found in the Bible but is clearly drawn from the Joseph Smith revelation of D&C 27!

The House of Aaron maintains that the Aaronic priesthood continued through the  Middle Ages by lineage of Robert Bruce, king of Scotland, and through one branch of his family known as Glendowyn, brought to America by the Glendennings (or Glendonwyns) in 1742.

 

There is no basis for this claim in history, however Robert Bruce is credited in Masonic legend with the origination of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.  This is based on another legend with no historical basis (in fact one that is almost certainly false) that the Knights Templers were in league with Robert Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn.  (The legend could not be true, because the Templers almost always supported the side of the Pope and Robert Bruce had been excommunicated).

 

At any rate, the secret handshakes, oaths and combinations of the Masonic Order are the same as those of the signs and tokens of the Aaronic and Melchizadek Priesthood as given to Mormons during the Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony (See Appendix below). From a Mormon perspective it would be a natural conclusion that Robert the Bruce had also held the Aaronic Priesthood. 


Maurice Gledenning's "special calling" to restore and reactivate the House of Aaron  (http://houseofaaron.org/Overview.htm) is based upon his own false prophecies which themselves were based on the false prophecies of Joseph Smith, along with Masonic legend viewed through the perspective of Mormonism!



APPENDIX

THE SIGNS AND TOKENS OF THE MORMON PRIESTHOOD

COMPARED TO

THOSE OF FREEMASONRY

 

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Good to be on the lookout for wolves in sheep's clothing!

I never ceased to be amazed at the number of groups out there that claim to have verifiable "lineage" or "keys" or whatever as proof they are legit and that the listener should be mesmerized by this supposed fact instead of carefully discerning the messages being promoted.

Almost as equally amazing to me is those that choose to associate themselves with such purveyors.

I'm sooooo tired of Mormonism...
Yes this is very disturbing....

Agreed.

 

To think that devilish book has anything to do with the Nazarene movement is preposterous.

Christian said:

I'm sooooo tired of Mormonism...
 I sent this article link to the head of the MIA Mr. Scott Diffenderfer (scott@messianicisrael.com) who promptly denied the claim that John Conrad, Maurice Glendeninning, or any in the House of Aaron have been teaching mormon doctrine. At one time our congregation was a part of the MIA until we unearthed the facts about Maurice Glendenning, and grew weary of the two house dogma..   
The book of Mormon is the stupidest piece of manure I've ever read. Anyone who believes in it are Biblically illiterate.

2. Ne: 23 And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin.

The book of Mormon explicitly says that without sin, there is no joy.

2. Ne: 25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.

Mankind exists simply to experience "joy" (which cannot be achieved, except without the existence of sin, apparently).
What a humanistic blasphemy.

 

 Some questions for Scott Diffenderfer and the MIA:

 

Do you deny that the term "Keys... of the Priesthood" appear only in the revelations of Joseph Smith and Glendeninning and NOT in the Bible?

 

Do you deny that Glendeninning's revelations are numbered beginning at section 137 so as to follow the 136 sections of the Mormon Doctrine and Covenants of his day?

 

Do you deny that Glendeninning claimed to be the angel of the covenant of Mal. 3 and the last days of Elijah of Mal. 4?

 

Do you deny that his Levitical Writings 166:1 elaborates upon D&C 27:5-9 muchj more than anything in the Bible?

 

In regards to the claims concerning Robert Bruce, there are only three logical possibilities:

 

1. Robert Bruce held the Aaronic priesthood and the fact that Masonic Legend makes him the founder of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and that the signs and tokens of Freemasonry are identical to those of the Aaronic and Melchizadek Priesthoods as given in the Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony is just the biggest coincidence the world has ever known.

 

2. Robert Bruce held the Aaronic Priesthood, the Masonic Legend is true Robert Bruce founded the Scottish Rite of freemasonry and implemented the signs and tokens of the Aaronic Priesthood into Masonry and the Mormon Temple Endowment ceremony and its signs and tokens of the priesthood are authentic. (i.e. Mormonism and Masonry are both true).

 

3.  Glendeninning was a false prophet and wrongly believed that the Mormonsigns and tokens of the priesthood were accurate and related them to those of Freemasnry and to Robert Bruce.

 

So Scott... which is it?

 

Finally questions for John Conrad:

 

Can you plainly state that the Book of Mormon is a false book?

 

Can you plainly state that Joseph Smith was a false prophet?

 

Can you plainly state that Glendeninning was NOT the angel of the covenant of the return of Elijah and was therefore a false prophet?

 

But all we get from MIA and the House of Aaron is silence, they will not answer these simple questions.

 

 

 

David Baker said:

 I sent this article link to the head of the MIA Mr. Scott Diffenderfer (scott@messianicisrael.com) who promptly denied the claim that John Conrad, Maurice Glendeninning, or any in the House of Aaron have been teaching mormon doctrine. At one time our congregation was a part of the MIA until we unearthed the facts about Maurice Glendenning, and grew weary of the two house dogma..   

Since we're discussing the Doctrines and Covenants as well, let us examine one of Joseph's many misinterpretations:

 

D&C 95:7 And for this cause I gave unto you a commandment that you should call your solemn assembly, that your fastings and your mourning might come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, which is by interpretation, the creator of the first day, the beginning and the end.

Sabaoth is an anglification of Tzevaot (hosts, multitudes).
Clearly the poor boy Joe though it meant "Sabbath", and in a double whammy he also reveals that he believed that the Sabbath was the first day, as opposed to the seventh.
Incidentally, the word Sabbath (Hebr. Shabbat) means "Seventh".

...LOL.

Christian said:

Since we're discussing the Doctrines and Covenants as well, let us examine one of Joseph's many misinterpretations:

 

D&C 95:7 And for this cause I gave unto you a commandment that you should call your solemn assembly, that your fastings and your mourning might come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, which is by interpretation, the creator of the first day, the beginning and the end.

Sabaoth is an anglification of Tzevaot (hosts, multitudes).
Clearly the poor boy Joe though it meant "Sabbath", and in a double whammy he also reveals that he believed that the Sabbath was the first day, as opposed to the seventh.
Incidentally, the word Sabbath (Hebr. Shabbat) means "Seventh".

Truth be told, when I looked at their website, I did not see any traces of Mormonism. It was a huge relief.

Tirza Insberg said:

I'm a blow-in here, hope you don't bother, but I also contacted them and had a chin wag with MIA leadership and they said since this is posted at James Trimm ministry, that he could call them at 615-735-5072 for a statement.  Mr. Diffendorfer said that that MIA leaders do not believe the Book of Mormon is true and that he has never even read it.  He said that John Conrad is not and never has been a Mormon or member of the LDS church.  I noticed that the teaching URL by Robert Conrad and Glenndenning here does not teach anything outside of what Messianics teach and there is nothing Mormon in there that I can see, just New Testament:


http://houseofaaron.org/Teaching.htm

 

Menachem, have you phoned John Conrad or Scott Diffendorfter maybe they have not read your inquiries?

Please do and report back what they tell you, I'd like to know if the story changes.

I have read their writings and enjoy their view of the restorasion.

G'day,

Tirza



David Baker said:

 I sent this article link to the head of the MIA Mr. Scott Diffenderfer (scott@messianicisrael.com) who promptly denied the claim that John Conrad, Maurice Glendeninning, or any in the House of Aaron have been teaching mormon doctrine. At one time our congregation was a part of the MIA until we unearthed the facts about Maurice Glendenning, and grew weary of the two house dogma..   
yes but if you actually look closely that is all evasive and non respnsive. See the qurstions I posted.



J. Jury said:
Truth be told, when I looked at their website, I did not see any traces of Mormonism. It was a huge relief.

Tirza Insberg said:

I'm a blow-in here, hope you don't bother, but I also contacted them and had a chin wag with MIA leadership and they said since this is posted at James Trimm ministry, that he could call them at 615-735-5072 for a statement.  Mr. Diffendorfer said that that MIA leaders do not believe the Book of Mormon is true and that he has never even read it.  He said that John Conrad is not and never has been a Mormon or member of the LDS church.  I noticed that the teaching URL by Robert Conrad and Glenndenning here does not teach anything outside of what Messianics teach and there is nothing Mormon in there that I can see, just New Testament:


http://houseofaaron.org/Teaching.htm

 

Menachem, have you phoned John Conrad or Scott Diffendorfter maybe they have not read your inquiries?

Please do and report back what they tell you, I'd like to know if the story changes.

I have read their writings and enjoy their view of the restorasion.

G'day,

Tirza



David Baker said:

 I sent this article link to the head of the MIA Mr. Scott Diffenderfer (scott@messianicisrael.com) who promptly denied the claim that John Conrad, Maurice Glendeninning, or any in the House of Aaron have been teaching mormon doctrine. At one time our congregation was a part of the MIA until we unearthed the facts about Maurice Glendenning, and grew weary of the two house dogma..   

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