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“The Coming Revolution”

About a week ago I was reading the blog of a good friend of mine and felt that his message was very appropriate to share with the readers.  This is not of my talents, but completely of his. 

 

The Coming Revolution By Andrew Teasdale

Brigham Young said the following: “Will the Constitution be destroyed? No; it will be held inviolate by this people; and, as Joseph Smith said, ‘The time will come when the Constitution of this nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.’ It will be so.” (July 4, 1854, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p. 15)As I’ve become more “aware” (maybe “awake”) over the past dozen years or so, I’ve reflected on this statement.  Recently, within the past couple of weeks, I’ve come to a troubling conclusion.  I’d like to share some of the key steps in this journey.

george-w-bush-war-on-terror1First, the current and past few US presidents have had little, if any, regard for the Constitution.  My ‘awareness’ really flourished during the reign of Bush the Lesser.  He launched wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without Congressional approval – a Constitutional requirement for waging war.  He stamped on many other Constitutional safeguards.  Perhaps the most troubling was his establishment of his own Praetorian Guard.  US Army troops are now assigned to operate within the bounds of these United States (stationed in my backyard at Ft. Knox, KY).  The list goes on and on of how Bush trampled the Constitution.  I don’t need or want to go through the awful details here.

Bush’s successor, Obama the Beneficent has, in his disregard for the Constitution, put his predecessor to shame.  General Motors has become Government Motors and Obama the Omniscient has determined that Mr. Wagoner is not the man to lead GM.  I don’t see where the Constitution grants the Executive Branch the authority to do this! Perhaps the most (and it’s stiff competition) insidious recent event (i.e., of these first 100 days) is the passage of the GIVE act.  This act, co-sponsored by our very own Hatch the Giving, is, certainly not the first, but a huge step toward enslavement.

Just a quick note.  Why, you may be asking, all the “Obama the Beneficent” type references?  It’s an oblique reference to Alexis de Tocqueville’s essay, “What sort of despotism democratic nations have to fear.”  It’s not too long.  Google it and have a read.  See if you don’t find him a prophet of sorts.  But I digress…

Back to the first point.  Really, it’s this.  I think the Constitution is hanging by a thread.  Now.  Already.  Right now.  There’s just a thread.  The Executive branch is doing whatever it wants and it has the pieces in place to cut any remaining threads at the next ‘crisis.’

You might not be there with me on this one.  You might argue that there are a couple of threads.  We still have free speech and the right to bear arms.  OK.  I’ll grant you that.  However, if they can be removed at the next crisis (when you’d really need them), do you really have them?

So, for the sake of the rest of my argument, go with me for a minute that the Constitution is hanging by a thread right now.

orrin-hatchAll this happened while we (the LDS people) had well-placed government officials “on the watchtower” (so to speak).  These are people who could have warned us, perhaps by providing additional information to the obvious things we can see by reading the published reports.  The senator from Nevada, Hatch the Giving, and several others.  They could have been sounding the warning bell – and even fighting for the Constitution.  But, they have not.  They have contributed to the Constitution’s downfall (perhaps the one point of promise is Chaffetz the Frugal (rumor has it he’s concerned enough about prudent use of taxpayer funds that he sleeps in his office to cut down on costs)).  They voted for and promoted (Reid) the robberies (er, “Bailouts.” Note it isn’t ‘theft,’ that’s what happens when you aren’t watching.  Robbery is when it’s done by force – and this was certainly done by force) and the enslavement (Hatch’s GIVE act).

I could go on here as well.  However, the point is that our best placed Constitution defenders are taking it down, not rescuing it.

To review: The Constitution is hanging by a thread.  The people we’d hope to be working on saving it aren’t.

Then last week I started thinking – and here’s the conclusion.  The federal government isn’t going to give up its power.  The only way ‘this people’ will save the Constitution is by force – by revolution.  I remember reading this statement by LDS Church president Ezra Benson, “To all who have discerning eyes, it is apparent that the republican form of government established by our noble forefathers cannot long endure once fundamental principles are abandoned.  Momentum is gathering for another conflict—a repetition of the crisis of two hundred years ago.”  (The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1986, p. 27)

obamaObama the Beneficent will not heed a call to return to Constitutional principles. Nor will his successor, even if it is Mitt the Merciful.  By the time Obama is finished, we’ll have the US version of the Hitler Youth in place (again, see the recently passed GIVE act) as well as, it is certain, a host of other acts in place limiting our 1st, 2nd, (continue the series all the way to 10) amendment freedoms. 

I’m not sure who will be behind the revolution.  I suspect members of the LDS Church may expect that Church leaders would lead the charge.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Consider this from Ezra Benson, “Maybe the Lord will never set up a specific Church program for the purpose of saving the Constitution.  Perhaps if he set up one at this time it might split the Church asunder, and perhaps he does not want that to happen yet, for not all the wheat and tares are fully ripe.” (“Not Commanded in All Things.” – Conference address April 5, 1965.  Please, read the talk in full.).  There are people I know, in whom the light of freedom burns so brightly, who will not be able to sit idly by watching the march toward tyranny. They may be part of that revolution.

I may live to see it.  My children certainly will.  People are talking about it.

I don’t like reading what I’ve written.  Do I have it wrong?  Is there a way to reverse the tide?  Without blood?  I wish.  I hope.  I pray.  But not in faith.

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Authority Granted to International “Advisory” Board over US Companies

g20-summ-world-leadersLet’s start right off by getting to the crux of the matter.  I can not say it any plainer than this.  Obama has given an international advisory board authority to dictate processes and procedures to ALL “major” U.S. companies, including banks, brokerage firms, and corporations.  This event just took place at the G20 Summit in London with the full approval and endorsement from our “commander in chief.”

Perhaps some of you aren’t comfortable in your understanding of the Declaration of Independence.  Thus fully comprehending how egregious such an act is by ANY American leader, let alone our U.S. President, may be challenging.  So I’ll recap just one small portion of the Declaration of Independence for those of us who may need a refresher. 

 

declaration-of-independence2-artIn part of their many accusations of the King of Great Britain, the Founding Fathers declared, “He has combined with others to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:”  The Declaration goes on to itemize several different ways the King committed these atrocities including, “For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with Power to legislates for us in all Cases whatsoever.”  Further the signers of the Declaration loudly proclaimed, “That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES;”  Additionally, our Founding Fathers declared on behalf of all American citizens, the sovereignty of the United States of America from all other international powers or authorities (Sovereignty means autonomous, freedom from external control).  Understanding these points will help you realize the magnitude of this national crisis which has just recently occurred.


In London, at the G20 Summit President Obama made an official declaration to treat such sovereignty as non-existent!  This is really serious stuff, folks. He has endorsed and agreed to be subject to an INTERNATIONAL advisory board.  This board is to have power over U.S. banking systems, brokerages firms, and even corporations—including automotive companies.  This global regulator, known as The Financial Stability Board, now has authority to oversee operations of these entities to determine financial risks.  In addition, they have the authority to set policies in these corporations, including compensation packages.  This means that this private boards of directors will be authorized to examine companies and decide what to pay top executives and senior managers.  Access of this international authority will now make global regulations regarding any practice by any banking, brokerage or business by a major U.S. corporation.  And the Financial Stability Board, on its own authority, will determine what is or is not unduly risky.

While many have reason to be seriously concerned with our “own” Federal Reserve making loans to banks and corporations due to the sweeping power that such loans give our government and the Federal Reserve, imagine now what will undoubtedly occur when the IMF is put in charge of giving loans to these exact same U.S. companies.  This is yet one more step towards us losing our nation and having it swallowed up in a Godless Global Tyrannical Government.  Think I’m exaggerating?  This new agreement gives IMF (International Monetary Fund), in concert with The Financial Stability Board, the ability to become global regulators over the ENTIRE corporate world.  Their power will SUPERSEDE all U.S. governmental authorities, including the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and a host of corporate regulators, including the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Labor.  This is clearly one more step towards a global currency, which brings with it global power, and an abolishment of any republic.  The U.S. will be a part of this board but with only ONE vote.  Additionally, there is absolutely no appeal procedure specified by the G20 in the event that any determination by the board is contested as incorrect or unfounded.  What this means folks, is that this could begin “just” as a global regulatory board, but could quickly move into any other authority it deems fit without any recourse but war.  


Are you concerned yet?  Tough.  This isn’t a proposed bill before any of our legislative branches.  There aren’t any hotlines to call and express our disgust with the President’s decision.  This is simply how it is.  In spite of the fact that he has taken an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution he’s subjected our nation to international law.  The President of the United States has spoken on behalf of ALL of our businesses, all of our citizens, in agreeing to this proposal at the Summit.  It’s a done deal folks.  The ONLY thing we can do is to make perfectly clear our disgust for his actions.  And as harsh as it may sound, this message of disapproval may only get through if the president is impeached.  While this may sound quite radical to some, ask yourself, how much further does he have to go, how many more mistakes must he make, how many more freedoms must be trampled before such impeachment actions are justified? 

 

I implore you to read the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence – prayerfully.  I implore you to make your personal prayers, the lessons in the scriptures, and these inspired documents as the guiding influence on your decision as to when enough is truly enough, and what should YOU do about it.  I certainly never thought I’d be writing these words, but then again, I never thought that our country would be sold away in the manner it has for so long.  President Marion G. Romney said, “While it is more difficult to live the truth, such as standing for free agency, some of us may in the not too distant future be required to die for truth. But the best preparation for eternal life is to be prepared at all times to die—fully prepared by a valiant fight for the right.” (First Presidency Message, Ensign, October 1983)


May we prayerfully decide what must be done, and then may we be blessed with His strength to do so, and not allow such heavenly instructions fizzle with the first sign of challenge to our resolve.


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The War in Heaven—Last Quarter

As I’m sure you’re all aware, the war in heaven took place for one primary reason. Satan proposed that we not be endowed with the ability to choose. He desired that we be forced to do all that we were “supposed” to do.  Satan was not innocent in proposing this plan. He wasn’t scolded merely for having a ridiculous brain storm idea. He was fully knowledgeable that this proposal was contrary to God’s will and wisdom. 
 

“Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused the he should be cast down;” Moses 4:3 (emphasis added)

I can picture Satan trying to share with us all of the risks involved if we didn’t go with his plan. 

“What if you fail? It’s hard down there!

“Do you really want to have to go through all of that challenge and strife?”

“Do you really want to leave this beautifully perfect place merely to prove yourselves once again.”

“Aren’t things perfect enough for you now?”  and so on…  His weapon then, as it is now, was force, fear, and doubt.

As you know, it wasn’t enough for us to simply “boo and hiss” him into a silent submission.  His proposal was so vile, so evil, that we had to be much more aggressive than that to fight his plan. We had to engage in an all out war.  Even though we had double the army fighting against him in his desire, he still did not back down.  And even though he clearly knows “how the story ends” he still will not back down.  And so the very same war continues here on earth.

Ironically, Satan’s proposal plays a significant reason as to why things are so very difficult for us here on earth. I’m sure that things were much more blissful in the pre-mortal existence, but clearly there was a very significant component to our eternal progression missing.  This component was so critical that our Savior, Jesus Christ, was willing to suffer incomprehensibly just so that we could have it… and that critical component was the experience of exercising Agency.  (I dare not call it “free” Agency, lest I forget the heavy price that was paid for it.)


Understanding that the ability to choose is the only way in which we have any semblance of any Agency TO exercise, is a step in the right direction towards understanding why the U.S. Constitution required the guiding hand of the Lord. He not only provided it for us, as he did the 10 Commandments to Moses, but He even went so far as to hand-pick the men who would draft this “heavenly banner”, hand-pick the land upon which it would be instituted, and even selected the men who would fight for it’s full ratification against all odds.    


You see, one of Lucifer’s primary strategies is to “restrict our agency through the power of earthly governments.” (David O. McKay, “The Constitution, A Heavenly Banner”)  He doesn’t need to necessarily tempt us with pornography, drugs, adultery, or other bold-face sins. He needs only to corrupt our government with evil men who will destroy our ability to choose and use that God-given agency. Then, as he lulls a perfectly free people into apathy, busy-ness, and naïveté, we will wake to find that our freedoms have disappeared from us all together. 


“And he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them CAPTIVE at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice.” Moses 4:4


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  –Thomas Jefferson


The only reason why a government was ever created in this land is to ensure that such rights would not be infringed upon.  And to this end, the government was created by the people, to serve the people and to protect their unalienable rights from the likes of Lucifer who would aim to destroy these rights. 


If you can look at every proposed bill, every government action in this light, you will see things more clearly. Ask yourself, does this proposed bill or process infringe on the ability of freedom or the right to choose?  If it does, then it is not of God nor His plan. 

 


Obviously, our Heavenly Father teaches us agency as much as He does consequences of those choices.  While we are free to choose our behavior, we are not free to choose the consequences.  No governmental ruling or shell game will ever change that.  A government of any kind can establish a rule to thwart a choice here on earth, but it will not be binding in the eternities. 


The Constitution was created in an effort to ensure that we can make eternal decisions today.  We experience freedom in many aspects of our lives which enable us to choose an to be sealed in the temple for all eternity, raising our children in righteousness, growing our own crops that we may be healthy and prepared for emergencies, and to provide service to our fellowman with a full purpose of heart.  What is alarming however is that every single one of those freedoms that I just mentioned are threatened by the actions of men who are not guided by God.  For example, our ability to be sealed in the temple is threatened with the proposals of gay marriage. Our ability to raise our children in righteousness is threatened with proposals which would require unrighteous topics to be taught in our schools. Our ability to grow our own food in our own way and to store up such food is threatened already by certain Executive Orders which have already been made and by bills which are presently before our Congress, and yes, even our ability to serve in righteousness is threatened by two issue which have received overwhelming support by our politicians in D.C.  If I had an entire day I could not begin to share with you all that has already been put into place to deprive us of our inherent, divine rights.  But perhaps it is not for me to do for you. Perhaps there is more value in you using the eternal gift of Agency as your own guide as you review what’s going on in the world around you and discerning by the Spirit whether a freedom is enhanced or lost.  I for one did not fight in a war in heaven only to lose here on earth–especially when the ending has already been determined for us.  That’s like betting on a horse that you know is going to lose, or buying a car that you know is going to break down. I intend to continue the fight with just as much faith and action now as I did then. I hope that you’ll join me.

HR 1388

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There may be many who you read that may seem “extreme” or “conspiratorial”. But please keep in mind that the evil of the adversary is as extreme and conspiratorial as one can get.  This is not a case of one crying wolf. This is critical that you take action on this now. 

Today I received a simple line on my Facebook wall from a new friend. The message listed a Washington DC phone number and a message saying “call your Rep act now before it becomes law hr 1388.”  Until today I had never heard of HR 1388 and yet I consider myself a Constitutional activist. To be honest, I’ve been quite busy writing my Women of Caliber blog message on women and guns, my Kellene Bishop blog on the injustice of using an unconstitutional tax as a weapon on AIG bonuses, and doing research for future writings.  When I saw this simple message on Facebook, I simply put it mentally on my list of things to do later this evening.  I had no idea just how vile this bill truly was, and that it might already be too late unless we take a much stronger stand.    As it turns out, while our nation has been distracted with other atrocities such as the AIG bail out and then subsequent gauche bonuses, there was something downright demonic being played out in Congress and the Senate. 

Many of you may be familiar with Hitler’s Nazi Youth Groups which consisted of youth ages 10-25.  They wore brown uniforms, participation was mandatory, and they were the source of many of Hitler’s initial troop drafts. In fact at one point in 1946, anti-aircraft batteries were officially manned solely by Hitler Youth boys. From 1940 to 1945, over 2.8 million German children were sent to these camps. There were separate Hitler Youth camps for boys and girls. About 5,000 camps were eventually in operation. Each camp was run by a Nazi approved teacher and a Hitler Youth squad leader. Reluctant parents were forced to send their children away to the camps.   Why am I telling you all of this? Because, our nation has just been accosted by a similarly unthinkable proposal, and it just passed the House.

Enter stage right HR 1388, otherwise known as The Give Act, which is dressed as a bill to promote service and volunteerism in an effort to change the apathetic face of Americans today. While this bill discusses in large part its focus on the youth of our nation, it is clear to include every American as it states the possibility “of all individuals in the United States are expected to perform national service or to perform a certain amount of national service.” What exactly is this bill including every American in, you may ask?  Mandatory volunteerism.  Yup. That’s not a misprint.  Here’s the scary part. When the 200 page bill was first drafted the word “Mandatory” was a part of it. Instead, the word “mandatory” was altered to read “involuntary servitude.”  Yup. Legalized slavery, folks.  This bill outlines a movement of volunteerism in which participation will be required, and it knows no boundaries on its reach of power. Funded with over $6 billion of our dollars, the outline of this program, aka legislation, also refers to “uniforms” that would be worn by the “volunteers” and the “need” for a “public service academy, a 4-year institution” to “focus on training”  of future “public sector leaders.” The training, apparently, would occur at “campuses.”  In the first draft the word “camp” was used instead of campuses.  This bill requires forced labor. Last I checked, mandatory community service was required only of criminals, not a free people!

Groups of such “volunteers” would, under the legislation, be “grouped together as appropriate in campuses for operational, support, and boarding purposes. The Corps campus for a unit shall be in a facility or central location established as the operational headquarters and boarding place for the unit. … There shall be a superintendent for each camp.”

Another portion of the bill talks about a “service learning” plan that will be “a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.”

This frightening bill passed the House with the following stipulations.  Keep in mind as you read them that this “mandatory volunteerism” will prevent individuals from use of free speech, free will, and any religious affiliation while they are indentured servants. You’ll be able to satisfy volunteer requirements with Planned Parenthood or ACORN but not your church or a pro-life group.

Hr 1388 ‘‘SEC. 125. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.

‘‘(a) PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES.—A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not engage in the following activities:

(1) Attempting to influence legislation.

(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.

(3) Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing.

(4) Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements.

(5) Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office.

(6) Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials.

(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted

The ramifications of this law are ominous at best.  Can you just imagine having to tell your young daughter or son, “Sorry kids, you can’t go and do the service project at the senior center tonight because you’re required to volunteer for Obama’s Service Corp.”

As long as this is the United States of America, volunteerism is a charitable act. What makes it charitable is because it is voluntary.  Hmmmm… requiring individuals to do what’s right.  That sounds like a fairly familiar proposal I fought against fiercely in the pre-mortal existence.  And now it’s just been passed into law by the Congress! You see folks, Satan doesn’t have to tempt us simply with pornography, gambling, drugs, adultery.  He can simply tempt us with apathy while he conquers our government. Once he conquers the government with evil, then we are powerless to use our agency to actually make good or bad choices. (See 3 Nephi chapter 7). And yet Subsection 136 and section 120 indicates this “service” is mandatory. Section 1710 suggests a pilot program, electronic filing, and RFID chips.

 

The following amendment to the bill also invokes a chilling reminder of a Nazi ruled past.  “to create a National Service Reserve Corps and requires an annual service requirement of at least 10 hours and/or annual training. A member of the National Service Reserve Corps is one who has completed a term of national service, fulfilled training, and will respond to national disasters and other emergencies. These individuals will be listed in a national database for the ease of immediate deployment in case of emergency.”

Many are raising concerns that this program is actually an execution of what President Obama referred to during one of his speeches last year.  Click here and listen to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt2yGzHfy7s   See if you don’t get chills listening to it as I did. His program which is intended to include 250,000 “volunteers,” is ominously like his “National Civilian Security Force” he described last year when he urged “creating an organization as big and well-funded as the U.S. military.” His own website altered the words of his speech after it was given and softened it a bit. However, it still does reference the mandatory service he proposes of 50 hours of service required of grade school students and100 hours of service for college students each year. His site also stated that he would “require” all middle school through college students to participate in community service programs. He has declined since then to elaborate.

I’ve never seen a bill rammed through this fast before. I’m shocked that so many “conservatives” voted for this bill.  It’s now before the Senate tonight as S 3577. Ring the phones all night folks. Ring them all day tomorrow. This is NOT a drill. This is critical! This is a battle which we must re-fight here on earth, right now! 

(To see how your Congressman voted, click here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2210006/posts )

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Go and Do

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Each of us has formed a “political” opinion about what is going on in the nation around us.  However, in Doctrine and Covenants 29:34 it reads “Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal.”   This scripture thus lays the foundation for us so that we should not be surprised when we receive the following guidance from the First Presidency. 

In a letter read during sacrament meetings throughout the U.S.  in January of 1998 the First Presidency encouraged the member of the Church to be “full participants in political, governmental and community affairs.” 

“We wish to reiterate the divine counsel that members ‘should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness,’ while using gospel principles as a guide and while cooperating with other like-minded individuals. (D&C 58:27)

            Through such wise participation as citizens, we are then in better compliance with this scripture:

            ‘Governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them.’ (D&C 134:1)

            Therefore, as in the past, we urge members of the Church to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs.  Members of the Church are under special obligations to seek out and then uphold those leaders who are ‘wise,’ good,’ and ‘honest.’ (See D&C 98:10)

            Thus we strongly urge men and women to be willing to serve on school boards, city and county councils and commissions, state legislatures, and other high offices of either election or appointment, including involvement in the political party of their choice.”

Given that the law of this land (a.k.a. the Constitution is held to be sacred by the Lord, and that those who lead us and our opinions are responsible for assisting us in upholding the freedoms and rights as noted in the Constitution, then is it not reasonable to believe that we must come to our political conclusions via a diligent study of the scriptures and the words of our modern-day prophets rather that forming such opinions solely on the words given to us by the media, misguided neighbors and friends?  Are we even aware that the Lord has given us explicit and clear instructions in the scriptures relating to our government today in His Holy scriptures, specifically the Book of Mormon? 

            “…They have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men.

            Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (2 Ne. 28:14)

The very essence of this land is formed strictly upon a belief in God.  This land will tolerate no such beliefs if we do not uphold this “heavenly banner.” But how can we uphold this sacred Law which the Lord has seen fit to establish and protect over and over again that we might have the freedom to be joyful and to worship him appropriately, if we know not the Law is? 

The Law, as in the law which ensures our freedom, rights, liberties, and abilities to posses property is addressed over and over again in the Book of Mormon.  Is it any wonder then that the “whole church” is “under condemnation” which “condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all. And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them not only to say but to do according to that which I have written.”  (D&C 84: 55-57)

As I have read this passage of scripture over the years of seminary, church, a mission, being a teacher at the MTC, and church classroom teaching I have often wanted to know more of what is was that “the church as a whole” was doing so that the condemnation could be lifted.  I was anxious to find out more of what I could do so that my hands were at least clean in this regard.  I used to think that it was simply that we were not appreciating the Book of Mormon sufficiently in our lives and so I pressed on to read it more often.  But I was missing the boat…big time.  Now that I’ve come to actually read AND ponder AND study the Book of Mormon and allow myself to be taught by it and the Spirit, specifically about the state of the government and our dealings with such in order to ensure our freedoms, I have come to understand that the condemnation comes not simply from setting the Book of Mormon at naught, or a position not fitting of it’s importance in our lives, but more importantly the contents therein.  (I know. For those of you are more mature spiritually than myself, that may sound like a big fat DUH!)  Everything we are struggling with today with our government, the constitution and what we should do about it is clearly covered in the Book of Mormon with miraculous specificity for our day.  (Particularly 3 Nephi as a whole.) 

If you read 3 Nephi and substitute the Gadiantons as “the government” which we have today, you will discover with surprisingly clarity just how much the Lord knew of our time, our ways, the corruption of men, the perilous state of freedoms in the land, and exactly what we are to do about all of this.  I find the message and prophecies in 3 Nephi to be imploringly redundant in this matter, from a very loving Heavenly Father. “Prepare. Pray. Protect the Law.” This is especially clear in the dealings of the people of Lachoneus against the Gadiantons and their leaders, Giddianhi. (3 Nephi chapters 2 thru 7)

Referencing D&C 84: 57 again, I make a special note of the instructions that we “not only to say but to do…”  I hear many say “we must take our country back,” “we cant’ let them get away with this,” “I pray that He will save our country,” when all that really does is contribute to the “saying” and not the “go and do” contrary to the consistent example we have from Nephi the son of Lehi. 

This country is a great gift to all of us.  And it is indeed a massive ship to be built and cared for that we might all arrive to the Promise Land with as many of our brothers and sisters as is possible.  However, many of us must indeed “go and do” and pray for direction as to “how to build the ship” and indeed “he (will) nourish (us) and strengthen (us) and provide the means whereby (we) can accomplish the thing which He has commanded (us).  (1 Ne. 17 3)He will indeed be our light in these matters, however we must open the way for him to influence us even in matters which may appear to be political or temporal unto the rest of the world that we may form wise and true conclusions as to what is really going on around us and what we must truly do to overcome. 

Yours in Freedom,

Kellene

 

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