Discussions on The Book of Mormon: 2 Nephi 28-30

Published on May 14, 2014
Discussions on The Book of Mormon
2 Nephi 28-30
Originally aired: 7/9/2008
Professors from the BYU Department of Ancient Scripture discuss the Prophecies, Warnings, and Promises concerning the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and those who accept or reject its contents.


Special Warnings

Moroni said he was “commanded to write” (Ether 8:26) the things he did. As Moroni did so, three Special Warnings to the Gentiles emerged:
  1. “Suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you” (v. 23).
  2. If you allow secret combinations, “the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction” (v. 23).
  3. “When ye shall see these things come among you … awake to a sense of your awful situation” (v. 24).
Elder Ezra Taft Benson spoke concerning Moroni’s warning:
“Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon was the ‘keystone of our religion’ and the ‘most correct’ book on earth. [History of the Church, 4:461.] 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 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 godless conspiracy. There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon—it is a conspiracy fact.
“Then Moroni speaks to us in this day and says, ‘Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you… .’ (Eth. 8:24.)
“The Book of Mormon further warns that ‘whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold they shall be destroyed… .’ (Eth. 8:22.)
“This scripture should alert us to what is ahead unless we repent, because there is no question but that as people of the free world, we are increasingly upholding many of the evils of the adversary today. By court edict godless conspirators can run for government office, teach in our schools, hold office in labor unions, work in our defense plants, serve in our merchant marines, etc. As a nation, we are helping to underwrite many evil revolutionaries in our country.
“Now we are assured that the Church will remain on the earth until the Lord comes again—but at what price? The Saints in the early days were assured that Zion would be established in Jackson County, but look at what their unfaithfulness cost them in bloodshed and delay.
“President [J. Reuben] Clark [Jr.] warned us that ‘we stand in danger of losing our liberties, and that once lost, only blood will bring them back; and once lost, we of this church will, in order to keep the Church going forward, have more sacrifices to make and more persecutions to endure than we have yet known… .’ [in Conference Report, Apr. 1944, p. 116.] And he stated that 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.’ [in Conference Report, Apr. 1952, p. 80.]”
(in Conference Report, Apr. 1972, p. 51; or Ensign, July 1972, pp. 60–61).


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