Waking Up To Secret Combinations: An LDS Perspective on Conspiracy

Most of us seem content to accept the world largely in the way it is presented to us by what passes as the mainstream of society. Conspiracy, despite its overwhelming historical precedence, is often dismissed as non-existent or, at best, limited to small or foreign groups [1].

Consequently, when a discussion in a Church class arises upon the subject of secret combinations, such organizations as the Mafia, Ku Klux Klan and terrorist groups often end up on the blackboard.

While it is true, no doubt, that many of these groups conspire, and some do great evil, do they actually fit the full description of what we know about secret combinations?

In trying to answer this we need to understand what the scriptures tell us about such oath-bound societies, as well as review the words of Church leaders on the issue.

What Do The Scriptures Teach Us About Secret Combinations?

Secret combinations existed both in the Old and New World in ancient times. Below is a list of some of the things we learn from the scriptures concerning the nature, purpose and methods of these secret combinations:

1. Cain founded the first secret combination and became known as Master Mahan.[2] This title and the oaths and covenants were passed down to subsequent leaders of the secret combination (Moses 5: 31, 49; Helaman 6:30).

2. Secret combinations are “most abominable and wicked above all” in the sight of God (see Ether 8:18).

3. Secret combinations are Satanic in nature, receiving revelation from, and being founded and held up by, the devil (Moses 5:29–30; 2 Nephi 26:22; Helaman 6:26; 3 Nephi 6:28; Ether 8:16, 25) who transforms himself into an angel of light and stirs up men to contention whereby wickedness and thus secret combinations increase (2 Nephi 9:9; Helaman 6:21; 3 Nephi 7:7).

4. Secret combinations administer secret ancient oaths handed down from Cain (Ether 8:15–16), taken by swearing by the God of heaven, the heavens, the earth, the throat and the head (Moses 5:29–30; Ether 8:13–14).

5. The manner of their oaths and combinations are had among all people (Ether 8:20).

6. Secret combinations have secret signs and words (Helaman 6:22), protect one another (Helaman 6:21, 23), and mingle into society in a manner whereby they cannot be found (Helaman 1:12).

7. Members of secret combinations are punished by the combination if they reveal the wickedness of their co-conspirators (Helaman 6:24; Ether 8:14).

8. One of the purposes of secret combinations is to murder (Moses 5:31; Helaman 2:8); they also seek to murder the prophets of God (Alma 37:30). These combinations cause slaughter (3 Nephi 1:27, 2:11), war and millions of deaths; the Jaredites and Nephites being destroyed because of them (Helaman 2:13–14; Ether 8:21).

9. Secret combinations are established to rob and get gain (Moses 5:31; Helaman 2:8). They store up gold and silver in abundance and traffic in all manner of traffic (4 Nephi 1:46). The Book of Mormon refers to them as “robbers” over fifty times, which suggest that theft was their chief activity or the activity for which they were most notorious.

10. Gadianton Robbers prefer to plunder rather than working for themselves (3 Nephi 4:1–5).

11. Members of secret combinations regard each other as brethren and appear to have a communal attitude toward property (3 Nephi 3:6–7).

12. The teachings and practices of the robbers are tempting and corrupt the hearts of the people as they spread, eventually even seducing most of the righteous into believing in their works, partaking of their spoils, and even becoming involved in their secret murders and combinations (Helaman 6:38; Ether 9:6).

13. Pride, the desire for money, and seeking the praise of man make people susceptible to uniting with secret combinations; such go on to murder, plunder, and bear false witness against their neighbor (Helaman 7:21, 25–26).

14. Secret combinations help those who seek for power to gain power as well as to murder, plunder, lie and commit wickedness and whoredoms (Ether 8:16).

15. Secret combinations keep the people in darkness (Ether 8:16) and use fair promises to lead people away (Ether 8:17).

16. Secret combinations flourished first in the more settled parts of the land (Helaman 3:23) and among the wicked (Helaman 6:38; 4 Nephi 1:42).

17. One of the purposes of secret combinations is to gain power (Helaman 2:8; Ether 8:23, 11:15) by usurping power and authority over the people (Helaman 7:4). They seek to gain sole power over the government and, in the Book of Mormon, were successful in doing so (Helaman 6:39).

18. Secret combinations retain power so that they and their supporters may get gain and glory, and so that they may more easily steal, commit adultery, kill and do according to their own will (Helaman 7:5).

19. Secret combinations break the laws of God and the laws of their country (Helaman 6:23).

20. Secret combinations stir up rebellion (Ether 11:15) and dissent, and use lies and flattery to lead people to join with them (3 Nephi 1:28–29), targeting the rising generation (3 Nephi 1:29–30).

21. The members of secret combinations believe their secret works and society to be good (3 Nephi 3:9).

22. Secret combinations pretend to act on behalf of their people in reclaiming their rights (3 Nephi 3:10), believing they have been wronged and hating the righteous (3 Nephi 3:4).

23. Secret combinations seek to overthrow government (3 Nephi 7:6), establish kings – or oligarchies (see Mosiah 29:21–22) – and destroy the liberty of a republic (3 Nephi 6:30, 7:10); the king-men believe they have the blood of nobility (Alma 51:21).

24. Secret combinations, once in government, lay aside the commandments of God, corrupt righteous laws, and administer no justice to the people (Mosiah 29:22; Helaman 7:4), condemning the righteous for their righteousness, allowing the guilty to go free because of their money (Helaman 7:5).

25. Secret combinations shed the blood of the saints and oppress them (Helaman 6:39; 3 Nephi 6:29; Ether 8:22), threatening not only the rights and liberty of the people but also the Church (3 Nephi 2:12).

26. When any society has suffered such combinations to spread over them they will be destroyed (Ether 8:22).

27. One of the purposes of the Book of Mormon is to show us the work of ancient secret combination so that we may repent and suffer not that these same murderous combinations should get above us (Ether 8:23), and that we should awake to a sense of our awful situation when we see these things among us (Ether 8:24).

28. Speaking of a secret combination built up by the devil, the master of lies, in our day, the Book of Mormon tells us that those who build it up do so to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations and countries (Ether 8:25).

29. In the last days the gentiles shall build up secret combinations which shall spill the blood of the saints and seek to destroy the people (2 Nephi 26:22; Ether 8:25; Mormon 8:27).

30. Preaching the word of God destroys secret combinations (Helaman 6:37).

What Have Church Leaders Said About Secret Combinations?

What do we know about secret combinations from latter-day prophets, seers and revelators? It’s interesting in reading these how they generally give a very different view than the one commonly held by members of the Church. The following quotations are in chronological order (titles added):

  • A secret band will sap the strength of America in the last days

“I have seen the end of this nation and it is terrible. I will tell you in the name of the LORD that a secret band will sap the life of this nation.”(Moses Thatcher, from an address given at the Franklin Ward, Franklin, Idaho, June 16, 1882 and entered into the Historical Record thereof)

  • We are in the midst of great propaganda and even the elect are being deceived

“We are in the midst of the greatest exhibition of propaganda that the world has ever seen. Just do not believe all you read or hear. The elect are being deceived.” (J. Reuben Clark, Conference Report, October 1941)

  • A global tyranny to be established by stealth in the last days

“Satan…[plans] to destroy liberty and freedom ~ economic, political, and religious, and to set up in place thereof the greatest, most widespread, and most complete tyranny that has ever oppressed men. He is working under such perfect disguise that many do not recognize either him or his methods.” (First Presidency, General Conference, October 1942)

  • Government & Church to suffer “vacant places” due to the Conspiracy

“If the conspiracy comes here it will probably come in its full vigor and there will be a lot of vacant places among those who guide and direct, not only this government, but also this Church of ours.” (J. Reuben Clark, Conference Report, April 1944)

  • Satan has control now and is guiding the governments of the world

“Satan has control now. No matter where you look, he is in control, even in our own land. He is guiding the governments as far as the Lord will permit him. That is why there is so much strife, turmoil, confusion all over the earth. One master mind is governing the nations. It is not the President of the United States…it is not the king or government of England or any other land; it is Satan himself.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 3, pp. 314-315)

  • Socialism-communism is a conspiracy

“…we should accept the command of the Lord and treat socialistic communism as the tool of Satan. We should follow the counsel of the President of the Church and resist the influence and policies of the socialist-communist conspiracy wherever they are found–in the schools, in the churches, in governments, in unions, in businesses, in agriculture.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference, October 1961)

  • A vast, worldwide secret combination to seek to overthrow all lands

“Concerning the United States, the Lord revealed to his prophets that its greatest threat would be a vast, worldwide ‘secret combination’ which would not only threaten the United States but also seek to ‘overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations…’(Ether 8:25)” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference, October 1961)

  • A deliberate conspiracy to destroy the U.S. Constitution exists

“And do not think that these usurpations, intimidations, and impositions are being done to us through inadvertence or mistake; The whole course is deliberately planned and carried out; its purpose is to destroy the Constitution and our constitutional government; then to bring chaos, out of which the new Statism with its slavery is to arise, with a cruel, relentless, selfish, ambitious crew in the saddle, riding hard with whip and spur, a red-shrouded band of night riders for despotism.” (J. Reuben Clark, jr., Church News, September 25, 1949)

  • Socialist-communist conspiracy at work both at home and abroad

“Our priceless heritage is threatened today as never before in our lifetime: from without by the forces of Godless Communism, and at home by our complacency and by the insidious forces of the Socialist-Communist conspiracy, with the help of those who would abandon the ancient landmarks set by our fathers and take us down the road to destruction. It was Alexander Hamilton who warned that ‘nothing is more common than for a free people, in times of heat and violence, to gratify momentary passions, by letting into the government, principles and precedents which afterwards prove fatal to themselves.’ (Alexander Hamilton and the Founding of the Nation, p. 462.)” (Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, April 1968)

  • There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon

“This most correct book on earth states that the downfall of two great American civilizations came as a result of secret conspiracies whose desire was to overthrow the freedom of the people. “And they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking,” says Moroni, “and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.” (Eth. 8:21.) Now undoubtedly Moroni could have pointed out many factors undoubtedly Moroni could have pointed out many factors that led to the destruction of the people, but notice how he singled out the secret combinations, just as the Church today could point out many threats to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work, but it has singled out the greatest threat as the great conspiracy. There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon –it is a conspiracy fact. And along this line I would highly recommend to you the book None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen.” (Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, April 1972; book recommendation added by Ezra Taft Benson during talk after he discovered a Russian delegation was in attendance. Not included in the prepared or text archives of the talk).

  • Modern founders of secret works arose about same time as Restoration

“It is well to ask, what system [referring to Isaiah 29:15–16] established secret works of darkness to overthrow nations by violent revolution? Who blasphemously proclaimed the atheistic doctrine that God made us not? Satan works through human agents. We need only look to some of the ignoble characters in human history who were contemporary to the restoration of the gospel to discover fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. I refer to the infamous founders of Communism and others who follow in their tradition…” (Ezra Taft Benson, A Witness and a Warning, Conference, October 1979)

  • Gadianton robbers fills the seats in many governments

“Gadianton robbers fill the judgement seats in many nations. An evil power seeks to overthrow the freedom of all nations and countries.” (Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, speaking in the April 1980 General Conference)

  • We must recognize, address and quit building up secret combinations

“…the Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ. It confounds false doctrines and lays down contention. (See 2 Ne. 3:12.) It fortifies the humble followers of Christ against the evil designs, strategies, and doctrines of the devil in our day. The type of apostates in the Book of Mormon are similar to the type we have today. God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time…Now, we have not been using the Book of Mormon as we should. Our homes are not as strong unless we are using it to bring our children to Christ. Our families may be corrupted by worldly trends and teachings unless we know how to use the book to expose and combat falsehoods in socialism, rationalism, etc…The situation in the world will continue to degenerate unless we read and heed the words of God and quit building up and upholding secret combinations, which the Book of Mormon tells us proved the downfall of ancient civilizations.” (Ezra Taft Benson, First Presidency Message, Ensign, January 1988).

  • A specific secret combination is increasing its global dominion

“[Wickedness] is more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before. Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world.” (Ezra Taft Benson, I Testify, Conference, October 1988).

  • Modern-day Gadianton Robbers seek to bring down the Church, woo the people with sophistry and take control of society

“It is the terrorist organizations that must be ferreted out and brought down. We of this Church know something of such groups. The Book of Mormon speaks of the Gadianton robbers, a vicious, oath-bound, and secret organization bent on evil and destruction. In their day they did all in their power, by whatever means available, to bring down the Church, to woo the people with sophistry, and to take control of the society. We see the same thing in the present situation.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, October, 2001)

  • Evil schemers promote heavy taxation, false promises, loose morals, war

“The Book of Mormon narrative is a chronicle of nations long since gone. But in its descriptions of the problems of today’s society, it is as current as the morning newspaper and much more definitive, inspired, and inspiring concerning the solutions of those problems. I know of no other writing which sets forth with such clarity the tragic consequences to societies that follow courses contrary to the commandments of God. Its pages trace the stories of two distinct civilizations that flourished on the Western Hemisphere. Each began as a small nation, its people walking in the fear of the Lord. But with prosperity came growing evils. The people succumbed to the wiles of ambitious and scheming leaders who oppressed them with burdensome taxes, who lulled them with hollow promises, who countenanced and even encouraged loose and lascivious living. These evil schemers led the people into terrible wars that resulted in the death of millions and the final and total extinction of two great civilizations in two different eras.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, First Presidency Message, Ensign, August 2005)

Is History An Accident?

Accidentalism is the view of history taught today in most schools. This portrays history as largely a series of unrelated events. Another view, and one posited in this article, is what has been called the conspiratorial view of history. This latter teaches that history is largely a series of related events. Today many people view conspiracy as something strange, on the fringe or to be dismissed, and that those who speak of conspiracy must be a little crazy or extreme. This is a very perplexing viewpoint because it is a matter of historical record that conspiracy has been with us from the beginning. Plots, intrigues and secret combinations have plagued government and societies at large from the beginning of time. Small groups or families conspired in ancient Rome, they conspired among the city-states of Renaissance Italy and in the churches and towers of medieval Europe. Plays, movies and books have been made about them. Nations, and civilizations, have risen and fallen due to the events enacted by such conspiratorial groups.

As Latter-day Saints we do not subscribe to accidentalism. We believe that the hand of Providence has helped shaped out world and that, among other things, the Lord guided the events in this world to bring about the circumstances where religious freedom was sparked leading eventually to a free nation under God wherein the Restoration could begin. However, we sometimes have a harder time believing that the non-accidental view of history also includes events inspired of the devil such as the events leading to the Great Apostasy. We should not be oblivious or stand in denial of such a view of history, or of the existence and nature of secret combinations. We need to, as Moroni put it, wake up to our awful situation.

What Now?

It has been said that the revelations of God provide the answer to all questions. We often forget this and are quick to base our views purely upon what the world teaches us about history, politics, science and other important subjects.

With this is mind, we should prayerfully ponder and read what the scriptures and Church leaders have said touching on the topics of liberty, government, agency, secret combinations, and so forth. The amount of material on these topics may surprise you if you have not looked into it before. As far as talks by leaders of the Church are concerned, you might want to start by visiting www.ldsfreedomportal.net which lists (and links to) many important addresses by Church leaders.

If you really want to look into things a bit deeper then I would recommend the following books for your primer reading list – most of which have been recommended by Church leaders:

None Dare Call It Conspiracy (Gary Allen) – recommended in Conference by Ezra Taft Benson
The Naked Communist (W. Cleon Skousen) – recommended in Conference by David O. McKay
The Naked Capitalist (W. Cleon Skousen) – important sequel to The Naked Communist
The 5000-Year Leap (W. Cleon Skousen) – perhaps the most well-read LDS work on liberty
The Elders of Israel and the Constitution (Jerome Horowitz) – Recommended in Conference by Ezra Taft Benson
The Book of Mormon and the Constitution (H. Verlan Andersen) – LDS General Authority and very close friend to Ezra Taft Benson
The Moral Basis of a Free Society (H. Verlan Andersen)
An Enemy Hath Done This (Ezra Taft Benson, compilation of political speeches)
The Law (Frederic Bastiat) – not an LDS author but quoted heavily by Ezra Taft Benson

Notes

[1] Doctrine & Covenants 38:28–29 appears to refer to this preconception.

[2] The word Mahan is of uncertain origin but the footnotes to Moses 5:31 suggest that the root of the word (“maha”) can be rendered as “mind”, “destroyer”, or “great one”. Matthew M. Brown favours the “destroyer” meaning (see “Girded about with a Lambskin”, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies: Volume – 6, Issue – 2, Pages: 124-151, Provo, Utah: Maxwell Institute, 1997). Depopulation, through various means, seems to be a strong theme in conspiratorial agendas. Joseph Smith, commenting on government and tyrants, once said that “The greatest acts of the mighty men have been to depopulate nations and to overthrow kingdoms; and whilst they have exalted themselves and become glorious, it has been at the expense of the lives of the innocent, the blood of the oppressed, the moans of the widow, and the tears of the orphan.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Five 1842-43, p.248). This gives even more weight to the meaning of Mahan as “destroyer”.

This article represents the views of the author. It should not be considered an explanation of the views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

About DM Andrews

Darren is English and has been a member of the Church since his conversion at the age of 17. He currently serves on the bishopric of his ward. His awareness of the "freedom issue" arose in 1992 after reading the book, "The Elders of Israel and the Constitution" by Jerome Horowitz. He is the owner of a number of web sites including LDSFreedomPortal.Net which lists links to materials of a political nature made by Church leaders or works they have recommended. By profession he is an author of fiction. You can visit his author's blog at Writers-and-Publishers.com
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47 Responses to Waking Up To Secret Combinations: An LDS Perspective on Conspiracy

  1. Craig Richards says:

    I think of the secret combination as the “greater evil” in this world. Darren you brought a lot to review and think about the secret combination as explained in latter day scriptures and from the General Authorities that spoke of it.

    I have been “awaken” for about a couple of years to what is happening in the world which eventual lead me back to Church after being inactive for 13 or more years. When I began reading the Book of Mormon, I started from the Book of Helaman because I knew it talked about the secret combination from thereon out.

    I tend to go to site like Infowars.com and other alternative media sites for information to keep tabs secret combination dealings. Thanks Darren for your time in putting this article together and the links to LDS resources on this subject matter. Very helpful.

  2. Rex says:

    I’m glad to finally see someone other than myself refer to Ether 8:23–25, which speaks of ONE secret combination that apparently will the the mother of all secret combinations, the object of which will be do destroy all personal liberty everywhere and enslave the world. Of course, this was Lucifer’s plan in the Pre-mortal world and he is carrying on here. There are secret combinations all around us: gangs, drug rings, etc. But the one spoken of in Ether 8 is a special beast. The best way to combat it is to keep our spiritual lives in order and stand in holy places. We must also be prepared temporally, but the spiritual is eternal.

  3. Jared H says:

    Thank you sir for putting this together. It is very concise, factual and well worded. I agree that it is to our own detriment if we ignore these painful truths. This is another great quote from Ezra Taft Benson “The Book of Mormon brings men to Christ through two basic means. First, it tells in a plain manner of Christ and His gospel…..Second, the Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ. It confounds false doctrines and lays down contention. (See 2 Ne. 3:12.) It fortifies the humble followers of Christ against the evil… designs, strategies, and doctrines of the devil in our day. The type of apostates in the Book of Mormon are similar to the type we have today. God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat the false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time…..Our Church classes are not fully spirit-filled unless we hold it up as a standard. The situation in the world will continue to degenerate unless we read and heed the words of God, and quit building up and upholding the secret combinations that the Book of Mormon tells us proved the downfall of ancient civilizations.” First Presidency Message May 1988
    If we truly liken the BofM to our own situation, we can ‘combat the false educational, political, religious, and philosphical concepts of our time.’

  4. Jared Eastley says:

    Darren, you the man! This is fantastically written and organized. It makes my heart sick as I interview countless scores of supposed latter day saints, many of whom have high standing in their wards and stakes and who rank high in the academic world, who wallow in denial of these things. This article belongs in the Ensign Magazine.

  5. Thanks all. I should say that I put it together in order to create the first draft of a sort of pamphlet that could be downloaded and printed so that awake LDS could give them to their friends. I shall probably make a few tweaks yet (such as adding that quotation from President Benson that Jared has reminded me of).

    It’s not really an opinion piece or an article, more a list of resources. But feel free to submit it to the Ensign. ;)

    Maybe I’ll try Meridian first…. :)

    Thanks again for all the kind words.

  6. Fantastic Job Darren! This would make a great printed pamphlet.

  7. Matthew Metcalf says:

    That was a true eye opener, I’m currently reading W.Cleon Skousens
    The Third Thousand Years. I’m definately going to be reading much
    more of his work. I truely felt inspired by your words, makes me feel
    like all my feelings about our curent situation as acountry aren’t just
    being felt by me.

  8. Matthew, I am glad it has been able to open eyes ;) Skousen was not a Church leader of course, but his religious and political writings show much insight in my view. I believe this faithful man also worked closely with the Brethren. He has his detractors among the saints, but they are usually those who disagree with the quotations in my article above ;)

    I think a lot of people – even if still a small minority – are waking up.

    Glad the article helped.

    The article has been updated slightly (grammar, rewritten in some places, and Jared’s quotation added).

    p.s. Thanks Steve! :)

    I’ll hopefully get the PDF done soon – unless anyone can offer advice for change?

  9. Ralph Hughes says:

    I would love for this to be printed in the Ensign, and please let us know what response you get from Meridian Magazine. This is not a “feel good” subject, but rather one that most church leaders would consider a distraction from those aspects of the Gospel that they are trying to promote. It may stand the best chance of reaching a max number of LDS simply via email from one person to another. Otherwise, a bookstore like Sam Wellers in SLC might sell it in printed form. I base this opinion to a large extent on the experience of Chris Bentley with his published books, “A Glorions Standard For All Mankind” and “The Hidden Things Of Darkness”, copies of which, I believe still languish in his garage.

    May I have your permission to send this by email to certain LDSs on my usual “hit list”?

  10. Ralph, thanks for the support. I doubt Meridian would publish it. I’ve sent them something political before and there was no reply. They did publish an article I sent them on symbolism but that was not directly political (it was about moral agency). Anyway, as I said before, it’s more a list than an article ;)

    I’m going to format it into PDF (I’ll post the dload link in the article above), so if you could wait that’d be grand. I’m looking to get this done in the next 24 hours and will post here when done!

    Update: added bit about the king-men professing blood of nobility in #25 in article.

  11. The PDF “pamphlet” has now been added (in the signature) of the article. It is a slightly improved version of the article. Feel free to share in electronic or print form!

  12. Steve Wygant says:

    Darren

    Thanks so much for your work. I especially appreciate the quotes from modern prophets. Most of us know that Presidents Benson and Clark spoke a great deal about conspiracies, but more contemporary prophets have also spoken out.

    Here’s my concern – and I hope others will comment. When we hear people like President Benson talk of conspiracies we often think only of communism and other state-sponsored ‘isms, which we think are no longer threats. Current conspiracies against our freedom (e.g. Glenn Beck’s recent discussion of Maurice Strong, ‘Crime Inc.’, the UN, global warming, etc.) seem even more frightening because they are so well-organized, highly placed, and almost completely yawned at by most people. They have truly gotten “above us” while too many of us were not paying sufficient attention. It’s easy to discuss the issue with people who already get it – more difficult to raise the alarm with people who don’t see the problem.

  13. Joel says:

    Darren it is more than disappointing to find not only lack of openness about this subject in our current church groups and discussions, but even a censorship when the examination comes too close to home. That is to say the system of allegedly “representative” government of the United States with a totally invasive and independence destructive tax system, a tax code based on misunderstood meanings and words not in conformity to common English, secularity at every level but with controlling hidden groups with unlimited financial means to shape both the supposed debate and the preplanned outcomes toward an oligarchic center. I highly recommend anyone interested in understanding the matrix go to the blog at edrivera.com, and put on your thinking cap as you examine the laws that have segued into the present just-us system. It reveals systemic conspiracy in the government of the United States and the oaths taken to hide the conspiracy in turning a free nation into a subject mass of serfs serving the government and corporations. Best analysis of law (secret codes) you can find to see just how fundamentally the conspiracy exists today. Start with “letter to captives”.

  14. Thanks all.

    Joel, I will look at that link when I get time.

    Steve, yes I agree. This little publication will hopefully be something that at least makes people think. If people are not interested it is hard to wake them up.

    NOTE: Article updated for scriptural points. PDF also updated. Please use the pdf if circulating to friends as it is in a better format and contains a few improvements that the article above does not. Thank you.

  15. Mitch van Biljon says:

    As a very young man I gained access to the Protocols of the Illuminati which can be obtained by googling The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. This document sets out the primary secret combination and their strategy to bring about a one world government.

    Satan sought to remove our agency in the pre-existent state, he has not changed and that he maintains that strategy here on earth, which he can accomplish through a one world government. There is no other way for him to dominate mankind as a whole.

  16. Dick Price says:

    Darin, I loved your article. I am glad that I finally found someone who see why the Lord suffered and save the Book of Mormon for this day and time.

    Can anyone understand President Benson’s statement that: “The Book of Mormon was written for our day and time?!!!” He and other prophets have warned the Latter-day Saints that our civilization is no different than those of the Jaradites and the Nephites. The only difference between our day and their day is that the priesthood will not be taken from the earth and the Savior has kept back his most valiant for this day and time. The prophets have not told us that we will have an easy way of it if we are not true to the teachings found in the Book of Mormon. I can’t say that many of the Latter-day Saints are much aware of what is going on around them. I have yet to find but a few who agree with me or others who try to ignore what I say.

    I think it is appropriate at this time to quote a passage from the Book of Mormon that is appropriate: 2 Nephi 28:21–27)

    21 And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well–and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.

    22 And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none–and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.

    23 Yea, they are grasped with death, and hell; and the devil, and all that have been seized therewith must stand before the throne of God, and be judged according to their works, from whence they must go into the place prepared for them, even a lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment.

    24 Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!

    25 Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!

    26 Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!

    27. Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and we need
    no more!

    If you want to read a book, if it were produced into a movie would be rated RRR) is Prophecy, Key to te Future by Duane S. Crowther. Getting through it the first time was hard and I have not had the stomach so far to read it again. The scariest General Authority I have ever read was Orson Pratt. Read that book and see if you don’t agree.

  17. Jared the Red White and Blue says:

    Here’s the worry I have in reading something like this. Someone in the comments section quoted or referred to something said by Glenn Beck. If you guys think that Glenn Beck is there to fight the secret combinations and not to uphold them then you’ve got it all wrong. Glenn Beck is as part and parcel to the secret combination as any red-blooded communist out there. The secret combination is about power and control. Beck is a tool to divert and distract us from the real problem.

    • awohali ayegali says:

      I agree on this matter of Glen Beck. We must be very careful and watchful of those we seek counsel with. My ancestors gave in to these secrets I search, ponder, and pray that I stay true to the Savior Jesus Christ.

    • Susan says:

      I think that Glenn Beck is focused on the truth. He talks about government, freedom, etc. He also stresses putting our lives in order before God. “Faith, Hope and Charity” was the theme of a wonderful rally he held in DC. He also stresses to teach our children and strenghten ourselves…in and out of the church.

  18. Marion S says:

    I have been awake for a few months now, maybe a year. I have felt very alone until I have found sites like this. I have been praying over the information at my disposal and I am trying to develop a plan of action. My questions to the community are these: Is this inevitable and we should do nothing to try and prevent it? Or are we supposed to be like Captain Moroni and try to change the course of our country?

  19. Scooter says:

    Marion S said, “My questions to the community are these: Is this inevitable and we should do nothing to try and prevent it? Or are we supposed to be like Captain Moroni and try to change the course of our country?”

    I agonized over these exact questions for several years (first started “waking up to the awful situation” about 2004).

    Over the years I have felt very close to Mormon (he who compiled the Book) and I still get chills when I read the lines, “Oh ye fair ones…how could you…”

    So sometimes I have felt like Mormon does when he describes how at one point he decided to give up reasoning with the people.

    Other times I have felt like how he describes having a renewed sense of hope for his people and he determined to become their leader again at their request.

    I guess in the final analysis, though, I have become more convinced over the years that extremes are not always good, indeed they can be destructive if the timing is not right. All I can say IMHO is that I am trying to listen to the Brethren and I do not hear them encouraging Captain Moroni’s approach to taking the bull by the horns, (at least not yet who knows).

    You’d better believe, though that I will be extremely excited beyond all doubt to hear the Brethren identify a leader like Captain Moroni who might rally the righteous to hardcore action! :)

    For, now I am thinking of a scripture or two in the D & C that states that in the last days “The wicked will destroy the wicked” and I mostly just forge ahead during the day amidst the lone and dreary world always looking forward to the respite I get with my wife and kids in my refuge from the World’s madness I call home.

    And my children are for sure getting a no holds barred education regarding the evil secret combinations operating among the children of men.

    Wilford Woodruff said (in the last chapter of the WW priesthood manual) that the parable of the ten virgins was written for THE CHURCH and CHURCH MEMBERS and not for the world. When I studied that chapter I came to the conclusion that WW was prophesying that 1/2 of the Church would be without the spirit in the last days. This was about the time when Barry Soetoro, er, aka Barak Obama was being supported by many members of the church in my area in Idaho. When I put 2 and 2 together I guess I came to the sad but nevertheless true conclusion that indeed, the very elect are being deceived in the last days.

    Anyways, it is sad that about 1/2 of the church is practically apostate. However, I suppose since it has been prophesied, its part of the plan and par for the course.

    Those are my 2 cents. I know how agonizing those two original questions are, Marion S, I hope you arrive at your own satisfactory answers in due time.

    • Jon Lockwood says:

      Scooter, what you said is exactly correct, in my opinion.

      Imagine for a moment though, that you no longer had that happy family to go home to, because it had been invaded and destroyed by people from a thriving, taxpayer-supported secret combination called CPS (Child Protective Services). Imagine that they showed up at your house with armed police officers, telling lies left and right about you and your family.

      Imagine that, based on their lies, they violated the most fundamental and cherished God-given right — your right to live together as a family, and raise your own children.

      Imagine that they tore your sweet children from your arms and dragged them off, terrorized and sobbing, to a secret location, where they would be forced to live with complete strangers, never allowed to live with their loving family members again.

      Imaging that you knew that they many of the children taken into CPS custody would actually die there, or be forced to live with gays or lesbians, or child molesters, or people who would ultimately rape or kill them.

      All of this is real. My children were taken from me by criminals working for the state of Massachusetts. It’s a state agency called DCF (Department of Children and Families). They claim to protect children from their parents, and consume billions of taxpayer dollars per year (much of it taken from the Social Security fund), but in reality, they tear families apart for no good reason, and destroy helpless children.

      They cut them off from their loved ones, force them into psychotherapy (to turn them against their family), and stop them from going to church and believing in God.

      It is a massive attack on the American family. It’s an attack on the souls of our children. They torture and destroy children for money. We must destroy this secret combination we call CPS / DCF before it destroys all of us. Please research this, and help me to expose it and destroy it.

      Here’s a link to my sweet old mom talking about how she misses her abducted grandkids:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGCg270sk3w

      Please read the details below the video, to better understand what’s actually happing. It’s pure evil. I think you’re eyes are already open wide enough to see the truth. Most people can’t believe it’s actually happening here in “the land of the free.”

      I’m with you, brother. I need your help. We need to come together and stop the evil from completely taking over the country. I don’t know how, but I’ve got to save my kids. I’m sure you’d feel the same way if they had taken your kids.

      - Jon Lockwood

  20. Marion S says:

    Thank you Scooter, for your testimony. It is nice to know that there is some else that sees the decay and desolation around them. I feel a little less alone today.

  21. Darren says:

    Update:

    The pdf has received a small update, now adding “They store up gold and silver in abundance and traffic in all manner of traffic (4 Nephi 1:46)” to point #9. Also, the list alone has been duplicated at http://www.ldsfreedomportal.net/combinations.html should you wish to use this to share with others who might only be interested in what the standard works say on the matter.

  22. max k. hale says:

    Hi. I am a believer in all the above but I have question(s)- inline with some of the other questions :
    All of the sayings by Church authorities eg. Benson & maybe D.O.McKay (ref. W.Cleon Skousen) : are about 40 or 50 years old! Given that the problem is worse now rather than improved, shouldn’t we have more up to date warnings – from up on top?
    Next: Are we supposed to speak up – meaning us nobodies? I Understand that the Church is driven from the ground up – meaning that it is organized with the consent of the people (not democratic), & so maybe we are supposed to do something (?)
    Next, I understand (from Cleon Skousen) that the people from outside the Church, and according to the disowned prophecy of Joseph Smith – known as “White Horse” prophecy, are supposed to come to us rather than us going to them. Maybe this is what the leaders of the Church are waiting for – maybe they are waiting for the outside people to come to us first(?)
    I am genuinely puzzled ?
    Max

    • Jon Lockwood says:

      Me too, Max. I know the problem of secret combinations in America is very real. I don’t hear the church leadership saying much about it, or even providing much direction. I would have expected them to expose the evil, and encourage people to confront it and bring an end to it, just as the scriptures exhort us to do… before it’s too late. Maybe it’s already too late.

      In my case, my two sweet kids, Sarah and Patrick, were kidnapped by the state, so all of this is extremely real and urgent for me. I know from first-hand experience, that these criminals who took my kids hostage, are part of a massive “secret combination” that stretches all across the country. It’s a dangerous sign of how socialism is taking control of the government, and depriving us of all our most precious constitutional and God-given rights.

      It is so evil, Max. Like you, I’m not sure what to do about it. My kids have already been in state custody for 13 months. Last week, during a “secret” trial, a corrupt judge “committed” my kids to state custody until they reach 18. How horrible! It’s just monstrous how everyone in the secret court has stood up on the stand and told bald-faced lies about me and my kids. They are all in collusion to fill their pockets with easy taxpayer and Social Security money, at the expense of me and my little family.

      God help us! I don’t know what to do now.

      - Jon Lockwood

  23. erin says:

    I have just recently “woken up.” I, too, am very confused about what, if anything, is to be done.

    I will definitely be hearing the next general conference with new ears. :)

    Do we just wait until further instructed in these things? Should we seek to bring hidden things to light?

    This may sound silly- but I am starting to think I probably won’t get married because I have never met anyone in real life who sees things like this and I don’t know how it would be possible to raise a family with someone who hasn’t seen these things yet. I do feel a little alone.

    • NPK says:

      erin: You teach your spouse, and then you teach your family. Nothing will be more helpful during these times than to be firmly rooted in all aspects of the gospel, especially being sealed in the Temple, with a spouse, for time and all eternity. It is the only thing that provides me the solace and perspective to endure the world around me.

      If you do not work toward marriage, you are falling into the primary deception of the conspirators… the destruction of the family. Same applies to not having children in these times. As the burden becomes more difficult, the commandments provided by the Lord become more paramount in receiving his blessings, ultimately his grace, which will be the only thing that can keep the combinations from getting above you. We are still under the command to multiply and replenish the earth, despite all of the “recommendations” against it… from environmental, financial, political, etc.

      Don’t be distracted!!!

      • erin says:

        Yes, thank you. I know that is true. I just don’t know how I will ever find someone that “matches” me. I’m a hippieish, intellectualish, convert who loves Ron Paul and General Conference. And a vegetarian. I was a by the book missionary and I think I’m just too weird of a blend to ever find anyone. There are plenty of weird LDS guys out there- just not weird in the right ways. :)

  24. Jay Burhans says:

    Wo to those who say all is well in Zion.

  25. Jay Burhans says:

    I just read a certain chapter in the book, “THE MIRACLE OF FORGIVENESS”, about charting a safe course in life. President Kimball is very adamant about counseling us to only marry those who are members of the church. The thing that should be most important to you when finding a spouse is our faith.

  26. Jay Burhans says:

    Anyone that frequents this site should watch President Ezra Taft Benson’s, talks on YouTube. Also Glenn Beck, has a lot of information on these subjects.

  27. This conspiracy of what is being spoken of is the New World Order. This is not a communist-socialist conspiracy. This is a conspiracy headed by the Illuminati, the Builderburg Group, the Trilateral Commission, the CFR, and the Military Industrial Complex. They run governments and the US Military. They are striving to destroy the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and build a one world government based on the model of collectivism. Let’s fight this and restore the republic.

  28. Jay Burhans says:

    You are definitely right right about their agenda on the One World, or New World Order, my friend, but… there are tools and steps to accomplish such an end. One of the major steps, is control and submission of a people. The breaking down of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, is a necessary step in controlling us as a people. Without our freedom, we have no voice, no power. The forces in this world, which we fight against, have been in effect since Adam. Socialism and the Welfare System, are both tools that Satan, uses to accomplish his purposes. The communist-socialist conspiracy, will be forced upon us in small degrees. Just as Lehonti, in the Book of Mormon, was deceived and poisoned in small degrees, unto death. We are slowly losing our rights, until finally our freedom is dead.

    How do we fight against this my brothers and sisters??

    • Jon Lockwood says:

      Jay, You are so right. Also you pose an excellent question. I don’t have a good answer. That’s the tough part. We seem to have no answers. Our enemies are already in control, and command huge armies. I think they are quite willing to use every form of weapon against the righteous who oppose their satanic control of the masses.

      What would you do if they came for your children? If the state wanted to take complete control of your sweet little kids, and maybe sell them off to strangers? Maybe sell them off to gays or lesbians. Maybe give them to pedophiles or child abusers? What would you do then? That happened to me. My two sweet kids, Sarah and Patrick, have been in state custody for 13 months already. Four armed police officers showed up at our place, and aggressively told lies about me and my kids. Then a CPS worker showed up and told more lies. Within 30 minutes, my kids were torn from my arms, and forced into state captivity, traumatized, terrorized, sobbing. Is this America? Is this the “land of the free?” Not anymore. Those days are long gone. Last week, a corrupt judge, part of a secret combination in the Boston area, gave my children to the state of MA, for the next 10 years. All this was done in a secret “civil” trial, with one corrupt judge making secret decisions. No jury option. By the time my kids reach 18, taxpayers will have spent at least 2 million dollars to destroy our lives. Pure corruption! Pure evil! Secret combinations!

      -Jon Lockwood

  29. Jay Burhans says:

    April 6th.
    A day fit for a King.
    Happy Birthday dear Lord.
    Blessings upon the Earth.

  30. Peter Arzani says:

    For the last 100 years we have been in perpetual warfare this is an excerpt from the Ensign.” We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel—ships, planes, missiles, fortifications—and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become antienemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching:” President Spencer W Kimball.
    http://www.lds.org/ensign/1976/06/the-false-gods-we-worship?lang=eng

    Hey I was on the band wagon to get those evil Sandpeople “sandpeople a correct term for people who wander aimlessly on big smelly animals around the desert” thank star Wars for that.That’s right we needed to show them who the boss was.Now here where I throw a wrench in the works.If you listen to Skousen’s lecture on the History of Secret Combinations,I am totally convinced 9/11 was an inside job.How else would you stir up a so called peaceful nation.Oh yeah we revved up the war machine.the quote by Pres Kimball above says it all.

  31. Jay Burhans says:

    That is funny. “convinced that 9/11 was an inside job”. If there be anyone that doesn’t KNOW that 9/11 was an inside job, you need to watch “LOOSECHANGE”. It is in documentary format. There are undeniable facts that prove, 9/11 was infact an inside job. Our government, they way it is ran and who it is ran by, is among the most despicable, evil forces on earth today. I AM ONLY DESCRIBING WHAT IT HAS BECOME. Our country and our Constitution was definitely established by the hand of God, through righteous men. Our constitution is probably one of the most solid documents conceived by man, and the base on which to build a great free nation, but power corrupts. The Constitution of the United States of America, still exists, and is as true as it ever was, but it has been swept under the rug. Hid in a closet. It must be brought back into the light and taught again, especially to our children. We must WAKE UP, my brothers and sisters. We are a chosen few and we must help others learn of the fullness of the gospel that we been blessed with AND we must stir our fellow Americans from sleep. ETHER 8:24

    • awohali ayegali says:

      This is true and so many people will call you a fool for believing this fact but those of who believe have to stand strong and be the ones who stand up for righteous sake teaching other and bearing pure and simple testimony of these truths and the truthfulness of the gospel

  32. Jay Davis says:

    I really liked the question someone asked of why we aren’t getting more warnings in our day and age. I have been going through elder holland’s conference talks and he has talked much lately of conversion and the necessity of revelation. Same with elder bednar. It’s there but we have to listen and be open.

  33. Jon Lockwood says:

    Excellent work!

    Now maybe it’s time for us to try to expose what secret combinations already exist (and thrive) within our beloved country. If we fail to expose and destroy those secret combinations, then, based upon the warnings we read in the scriptures, we will ultimately lose all our rights and freedoms, and be slaughtered by Satan’s followers. They will enact increasingly wicked laws, empower more and more corrupt judges and “law enforcers,” and eventually take complete control of the country. There are clear signs. to those willing to see, that we are already well down that horrible and dangerous path to destruction.

    Many secret combinations exist within what are sometimes referred to as “industrial complexes.” A good example of this is the “military-industrial-complex.” Many Americans believe that our military forces recently invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, and reportedly murdered more than a million men, women, and children, as a direct result of the powerful and corruptive influenced of the military-industrial-complex. Their influence turns America into a nation of mass murders.

    I don’t think we can reasonably expect a just God to shower down blessings upon the heads of mass murders. We sit at the threshold of our own destruction, as we allow secret combinations to take control of the country, and passively participate in murdering men, women, and children by the millions. It seems clear that we have, and continue to do just that.

    In my experience, very few Americans, LDS church members and non-members alike, are willing to take any responsibility for the horrible actions of a government run amok. If you allow our government to murder en mass, in foreign countries, then you shouldn’t be surprised when the targets change, and they begin to murder you and your children, right here at home.

    Murder is murder. Crossing a border to commit the murder of foreign men, women, and children is really no different from murdering Americans in Utah, California, or anywhere else in the States. It’s a massive crime against humanity, and a hideous violation of God’s laws.

    By allowing it to happen, and doing nothing to stop it, you tacitly accept it, and support it with your tax dollars. By allowing our government to murder the children of foreigners, you must accept that the power to murder, which our satanic leaders have taken upon themselves, and which you have either actively or passively supported, will be used to murder your children, as soon as it becomes convenient to the powers that be.

    Justice and injustice are universal. Borders, nationality, and citizenship make no difference. If the monsters in government are willing to kill Iraqi children by the hundreds of thousands, they are quite willing to do the same to your children.

    Then there’s the “prison-industrial-complex” which unjustly forces hundreds of thousands of Americans into captivity, torturing them and their families, and destroying their lives, at great expense to the taxpayer. Of course, many prisons are now owned by “for profit” corporations, so the more Americans they can force into prison, the more potential profit for those controlling companies.

    Now there is a profit motive to imprison Americans. If you haven’t heard, judges have been preying upon children and forcing them into private prisons in exchange for millions of dollars in kickbacks from prison owners. Google “kids for cash” to find out more.

    In general, our legal system in America has become almost completely corrupt. Try the link below to read an excellent article about judicial corruption, written by Dr. Les Sachs:

    http://www.supremelaw.org/authors/sachs/Crooked.Judges.Lawyers.and.Corporate.Power.htm

    Reading the Book of Mormon, we see how an entire society collapsed into chaos when “judges and lawyers” became involved in secret combinations. The same thing is happening here and now, in this country. I don’t know how we can stop it, but we must at least “awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you.”

    Based on the scriptures, and several warnings from Ezra Taft Benson, the Saints will be murdered, and there will be much bloodshed, but some will escape. Having an awareness of the secret combinations which have become very powerful in this country, understanding their goals, and that Satan is behind their actions, may help you to know when and where to run, or what to do to stay safe, as wickedness plunges the country into turmoil.

    I really don’t think that we can avoid it, but maybe it’s a question of how we can protect our loved ones from the terror and destruction to come. I don’t have the answers, but it seems that we must at some point, separate ourselves from the wicked, as they did during the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, so the Lord can destroy the wicked, without harming the righteous.

    Many of us are lost in our material pursuits in life, blinded by the desire for wealth, luxury, a sense of security, and constant stimulation of our senses. My own brother is part of the military-industrial-complex, and makes nearly $250,000 per year, as a government contractor. He jokes about how he is helping the US Navy kill people more efficiently. He has taken the bribe, but what has he sacrificed? What has he lost?

    How many of us find ourselves in a position of taking money in exchange for our participation in evil plans, which will eventually destroy us all? It’s all an illusion, leading us down the path to hell. Our children will follow us down that path, unless we open our eyes and quickly change directions, and teach our kids to see through the lies, and see the truth that lies beyond.

    I wanted to discuss the CPS-industrial-complex. CPS stands for Child Protective Services. There are CPS agencies in every state. They go by various names such as: DCF, DCYF, DCYS, DSS, et cetera. They are all the same. They all pretend to “protect” children from their parents and families. In reality, they all participate in a secret combination which is destroying literally millions of lives across the country. By most estimates, they have more than 500,000 children in their custody in the US. They horribly traumatize children, an they tear them from the arms of loving parents. It’s been reported that an average of 350 parents commit suicide every month, as a result of having their children kidnapped and never returned by these corrupt and wicked state agencies.

    Every year, more than 1,000 children die in custody of these fraudulent “child protectors.” They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Can you imagine, a CPS worker shows up at your door, with an escort of armed police officers, taking your terrorized children from you by force, and then you hear days or weeks later, that you child is dead, somehow killed by the “protectors?” I can’t imagine a worse nightmare for a loving parent. Can you?

    Please watch a video of my 91-year-old mom talk about her feelings about her sweet grandkids, who were “confiscated” by DCF workers in Braintree, MA, more than 13 months ago. Please read the comments below the YouTube video to better understand the holocaust against families and children spreading across the country. This is pure evil. Please open your eyes to this horrible secret combination.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGCg270sk3w

    Jon Lockwood

  34. Tennyson Renner says:

    Thanks for doing the work that went into this Darren. I would like to ask permission to incorporate your list of scriptural references as they are presented here into essays and other little rants I write on this topic, giving credit to you of course for the list. I appreciate the way the list is presented and supported.

    I have to comment that I am sharply divided with the whole Constitution-to-be-saved-by-the-Elders crowd that made up by so many of those referenced in your “modern prophets” section. I have never been able to find any scriptural evidence to support that view that didn’t require much gyrating to apply. Those from that school of though seem to take the reality of secret combinations and twist it to support America-centric notions posing as doctrine. On the other hand, I find abundant scriptural reference to the eventual downfall of America – precisely because of secret combinations, and the embrace of those combinations by the LDS. D&C 112:24–26 is rather pointed in this regard. That said, even my disagreement on this particular point only highlights the danger of the secret combinations you reference so well here. Well done and thanks again.

  35. Sean Borzea says:

    Re: church leadership silent nowadays on this… I have a thought on why, as I have pondered this a lot. The Lord is in charge and the Church has its priorities- eternal life of man (Moses 1:39). The best thing we can do is send out as many of the best missionaries to as many areas of the world for as long as possible. I ask, what would statements about Communism, US conspiracies, and specific people or programs result in? People or nations closing off to our elders. This is now a global church with a global message. Thus the shift in emphasis. BUT, this has nothing to do with the members educating themselves on political matters, as we are constantly encouraged to do, and in getting involved. Now the question is, where would the Church have stood on the intolerable acts and the resultant US revolution? What if the same thing was necessitated in our day? Loyalists, or rebels, or would church leaders even speak out about it? How would a rebel square AoF #12 about being subject to kings and obeying the law? There may be no easy, clear cut answer. It’s a process. Stay on the Lord’s side and educate yourself, family, then as many as you can. Follow the prophet and let the consequences come.

  36. Angela Kohli says:

    This is my first time at this web site and also the first of its kind that I have come across. I too have had many of the same questions about our role in keeping the constitution in place. I also have grave concerns about the food supply. I had an opportunity to read “The Siege of Leningrad,” written by Russian women who had lived through the siege. There was no food available and people were forced into cannibalism. Most “progressives,” believe there is a class of poor they often refer to as “riff-raff.” That would be anyone who cannot support themselves or be a financial benefit to the society as a whole, i.e. those on SSI benefits, retirement, etc. I believe that the progressives and /or secret combinations) will create mass starvation in our nation as a first attempt to eliminate population. Our job is at this time to be prepared. Our Prophet and the Church would be quickly taken to task by the government in some way if direct edicts were to be given at this time. We have been taught and the BofM gives us all the instruction and warning we need to keep us busy preparing our security and the security of our stakes. I love the BofM.

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