Lord I would follow thee.- Natalia Wolfgramm ( The Birth pains of Zion will be Incredibly Difficult)
I'm Adding This Deeply Researched Material From A Dear Friend And Brother- John 'Uluakiola
This Is His Research And I Believe It Would Only Benefit Our Preparations Of The Second Coming
Of Jesus Christ.
This is a part of a conversation on how Zion will come into fruition – after HEAVY (prophesied) persecution and trials. (The likes of which, the living [second anointed] servants of God have recently prophesied, we have NEVER seen before)
The birth pains of Zion will be incredibly difficult (JST–Revelation 12)
The devil's minions have largely withdrawn their open persecution since Pres. Woodruff issued the 1890 Manifesto on plural marriage. A first manifesto that was later followed by a second manifesto – following Elder Reed Smoot's Senate Impeachment trial (over the issue of his active post-1890 manifesto plural marriages) – during Joseph F. Smith's time (wherein we stopped swearing to avenge the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, against the United States, as that part of the Temple endowment was leaked in the public Senate trial). This second (1905) Manifesto on marriage was issued as if to say, 'Okay. No more plural Temple sealings – for the living... We really mean it this time.'
(However, as the official new Church essays divulge, both Presidents Woodruff and Joseph F. Smith were sealed to new wives AFTER the 1890 and 1905 manifestos – to signal to God that the manifestos were merely an appeasement to men and the looming U.S. Federal Government's threatened encroachment on the Church)
Still, that long spell of relative calm, with the wicked, which was greatly bolstered by the Lehman Brothers loan in 1920 (that put a new lien on the Salt Lake Temple and the Salt Lake Tabernacle – that was placed over those properties in 1890) will openly come again soon.
The Brethren, in our day, have both openly and subtly prophesied that greater persecution, than at any time in Church history, is coming.
The relative calm we have enjoyed for the better part of 125 years (since 1890) was deeply troubled by our open involvement in California's Prop. 8 campaign – to curb the legalization of same-sex marriage.
The wicked, who both secretly and openly plotted against the Church in the wake of the Prop. 8 campaign, feel like we have backed out on some 'gentleman's agreement' – which they believe was legally cemented by the Church's signed 501(c)(3) agreement (in 1973)
(An IRS registered legal agreement that was incorporated and signed just a few short months before President Harold B. Lee's untimely [FBI investigated] death – after Pres. Lee made it known that he intended to publicly announce the dissolution of all the corporations of the Church, but most particularly the 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations, in the April 1974 General Conference)
The 501(c)(3) agreement, constructed by then U.S. Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ), in 1954, which Presidents David O. McKay and Joseph Fielding Smith (publicly and privately) refused to sign (even though then U.S. President LBJ landed at Salt Lake Int'l Airport numerous times, on stop overs towards the West Coast, in a set of attempts to coerce Pres. McKay to sign it), was created to financially enslave the Savior's 'only true and living church' – which is also the devil's primary enemy (and the institutional focus of his wrath and conspiring plots in the latter-days)
The wicked believe that if they legally/physically confiscate the bulk of our properties, the testimonies of the Saints (particularly in North America and Europe) will utterly crumble. And we, the members of the Church, will dejectedly fall prey to the New World Order – as Albert Pike allegedly told Giuseppe Mazzini in a rather revealing letter.
Elder David A. Bednar expressed this very same concern about the Latter-Day Saints in the United States and Canada – in two separate U.S. Area/Stake Conference addresses this year. (The first was a young adult area conference in the Denver area; and the latter was a South Jordan Stake Conference)
In those two addresses, Elder Bednar said that the Church is about the priesthood and its members – more than it is about our sacred consecrated buildings. He said that when the African government's have temporarily confiscated the Temples and meetinghouses, namely in Ghana and Nigeria, the Saints have simply met together under mango trees – to partake of the sacrament. He then said that he openly worried that the American and Canadian Saints would NOT make that same adjustment.
Why would he say that in two separate conferences – one in January (Denver area) and the other in June (South Jordan)?
Prophetic persecution is coming.
The bulk of the faithful Saints will eventually have to abandon the Wasatch Front (North Ogden to South Provo) – though only for a small period.
Nevertheless, (as Elder Wirthlin said) 'come what may', the Savior's Church will NEVER be taken off the earth again.
We can break the sacrament under an apple tree, or in the shadow of a cactus, as easily as we can break it in a Stake Center – in Salt Lake or Utah Counties. (Or anywhere else for that matter). We can (and largely still do) perform baptisms in natural waterways (such as rivers, creeks, lakes and reservoirs). And Joseph Smith instructed/prophesied that the Saints could use a tent ('tabernacle') on a mountain or a hill to perform the sacred temple ordinances – if it ever becomes necessary.
The Church, and the 'oracles of God' (the sacred priesthood keys of authority) – that will eventually be extended to the entire membership of the Church (D&C 90), through those who remain and faithfully endure the trials ahead, thus becoming a Zion people (D&C 136:31), that thereby (like the people of Enoch – (Moses 7)) 'every man might speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world' (D&C 1:20) – will NEVER be taken from the earth again. Nor will they EVER leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – as the 'church of the Firstborn' (which one becomes a member through the sacred Second Anointing Temple ordinance that seals a couple's previous covenant blessings made in the House of the Lord – as their faithfulness has been met in the eyes of the Lord [revealed to His prophet who either performs or commissions the performing of this ordinance to that elect couple]), that will raise and gather Zion by great priesthood power and authority (D&C 103:15), MUST come through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
15 Behold, I say unto you, the redemption of Zion must needs come by power.
(There is NO other way to divinely establish Zion – as anything short of that will be nothing more than a group of well, or ill, intentioned men and women gathering out to make themselves eventual easy prey for the wicked – like clumped sitting ducks on a pond)
When the faithful Saints gather out into the 'wilderness' (JST–Revelation 12), AGAIN, as Pres. Uchtdorf's recent Women's Session of General Conference parable ('A Summer With Great-Aunt Rose') prophetically implied, we will NOT be able to (fully) protect our homes and our abandoned consecrated buildings – much like the Nephites who gathered out in the 3rd Nephi account (3 Nephi chapters 3 & 4); or the Saints who left the Kirtland and Nauvoo Temples behind (to be defiled by the enemies of God and His Church)
The scriptures, in both direct and allegorical prophecies, plainly prophesy it.
They also put forward the two-fold idea that the Saints MUST be tested, to become a Zion people (D&C 136:31); and that the cup of iniquity for the wicked MUST be running over before the Savior's wrath will be fully poured out (D&C 112:23-26) – in a similar fashion to the horrible scenes that Alma and Amulek witnessed before they exercised the priesthood of God against their captors in the prison (Alma 14)
There's no question that incredibly difficult prophetic circumstances will be levied against the Saints – as the scriptures plainly warn that the wicked will 'make [open] war with the [latter-day] saints' (1 Nephi 14; Daniel 7; Revelation 13). Nor is there any question that a faithful remnant the Savior's Church will stand triumphant – like Alma and Amulek in the dust of the prison that once bound them (Alma 14). The ONLY thing that is in question is whether or not we will 'endure to the end' of the trials ahead – to secure our 'inheritance' in Zion (D&C 85)