Ezra Taft Benson - Beware of Pride (With An Excellent Paper, 'Rue The Day')
'Rue The Day'
“The things of God are of deep import and time and experience and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. Thy mind, O man, if thou wilt lead a soul into salvation must search into and contemplate the darkest abyss and the broad expanse of eternity, thou must commune with God.” – Joseph Smith, Jr. (History of the Church, vol. 3, p. 295.) ------------ “Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion.” – Ezra Taft Benson ('Prepare for the Days of Tribulation' – General Conference, October 1980) ------------ “The Book of Mormon... was written for our day. The Nephites never had the book; neither did the Lamanites of ancient times. It was meant for us.” – Ezra Taft Benson (Ensign, Nov. 1986, p. 6.) ------------ “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. “No other written testament so clearly illustrates the fact that when men and nations walk in the fear of God and in obedience to His commandments, they prosper and grow, but when they disregard Him and His word, there comes a decay that, unless arrested by righteousness, leads to impotence and death. The Book of Mormon is an affirmation of the Old Testament proverb: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.“ – Gordon B. Hinckley ('A Testimony Vibrant and True' – First Presidency Message, Ensign, August 2005) ------------------------ ------------------------ Like many other Book of Mormon and latter-day prophecies, this prophecy (below), from the Book of Mormon prophet, Nephi, is still pending. It is looming on a prophetic horizon that draws closer to us everyday. It is the very time when the 'wheat' (the faithful covenant Saints) will be 'separated' from the 'tares' (the infiltrating clandestine counterfeit members of the 'church of the devil') – within the Savior's Church (D&C 86:1-7) “Sometimes from behind the pulpit, in our classrooms, in our Council meetings and in our church publications we hear, read or witness things that do not square with the truth.... The Lord is letting the wheat and the tares mature before he fully purges the Church.” – Ezra Taft Benson ('Our Immediate Responsibility' – BYU Devotional, October 25, 1966) That time is closer than we may think. And it most definitely is closer than ANY of the Saints want it to be: (2 Nephi 30:10) 10 For the time speedily cometh that the Lord God shall cause A GREAT DIVISION AMONG THE PEOPLE, and the wicked will he destroy; and he will spare his people, yea, even if it so be that he must destroy the wicked by fire. ------------------------ These allegorical prophecies give us the details of what 'A GREAT DIVISION AMONG THE PEOPLE' will look like, and why it will come about, in the days to come, when it will prophetically manifest – in the midst of the Savior's Church (D&C 50:4-9; 64:34-40; 112:23-26) This first set of scriptures speaks about a (long prophesied in this dispensation) Constitutional crisis – engineered by a satanic 'secret combination' (Ether 8:18-26) – which, in the times of the Nephites, was formed by the 'chief judges' (politicians), the 'judges' (who wear the black robes of a false-priesthood), the (BAR-licensed) 'lawyers' and 'almost all' of the 'high priests' – whom the Book of Mormon prophet, Alma, made abundantly clear are [second] 'anointed' and 'ordained' (Alma 13) 'leaders' of the Church (2 Nephi 19:16), or General Authorities – of whom the Lord, in our day, has prophetically called 'wolves in sheep's clothing' (3 Nephi 14:15), who 'wear the habiliments of the priesthood' (J. Reuben Clark, Ezra Taft Benson), 'hypocrites' (D&C 50:4-9), who will 'pollute' the 'holy church of God' (Mormon 8:38), and 'liars and hypocrites', who are 'not apostles and prophets' that will be 'made known' (D&C 64:39): (3 Nephi 6:20-30) 20 And there BEGAN TO BE MEN INSPIRED FROM HEAVEN AND SENT FORTH, standing among the people in all the land, PREACHING AND TESTIFYING BOLDLY OF THE SINS AND INIQUITIES OF THE PEOPLE, and testifying unto them concerning the redemption which the Lord would make for his people, or in other words, the resurrection of Christ; and they did TESTIFY BOLDLY of his death and sufferings. 21 Now there were many of the people who were EXCEEDINGLY ANGRY because of those who testified of these things; AND THOSE WHO WERE ANGRY WERE CHIEFLY THE CHIEF JUDGES, and they who had been HIGH PRIESTS and LAWYERS; yea, ALL THOSE WHO WERE LAWYERS were angry with those who testified of these things. 22 Now there was NO LAWYER NOR JUDGE NOR HIGH PRIEST that could have power to condemn any one to death save their condemnation was signed by the governor of the land. 23 Now there were many of those who testified of the things pertaining to Christ who testified boldly, who were TAKEN AND PUT TO DEATH SECRETLY, that the knowledge of their death came not unto the governor of the land until after their death. 24 Now behold, this was CONTRARY TO THE LAWS OF THEIR LAND, that any man should be put to death except they had power from the governor of the land-- 25 Therefore a complaint came up unto the land of Zarahemla, to the governor of the land, against these judges who had CONDEMNED THE PROPHETS OF THE LORD UNTO DEATH, NOT ACCORDING TO THE LAW. 26 Now it came to pass that they were taken and brought up before the judge, to be JUDGED OF THE CRIME WHICH THEY HAD DONE, according to the law which had been given by the people. 27 Now it came to pass that THOSE JUDGES HAD MANY FRIENDS AND KINDREDS; and the remainder, yea, even ALMOST ALL THE LAWYERS AND THE HIGH PRIESTS, DID GATHER THEMSELVES TOGETHER, AND UNITE WITH THE KINDREDS OF THOSE JUDGES WHO WERE TO BE TRIED ACCORDING TO THE LAW. 28 AND THEY DID ENTER INTO A COVENANT WITH ONE ANOTHER, yea, EVEN INTO THAT COVENANT WHICH WAS GIVEN BY THEM OF OLD, WHICH COVENANT WAS GIVEN AND ADMINISTERED BY THE DEVIL, TO COMBINE AGAINST ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. 29 THEREFORE THEY DID COMBINE AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF THE LORD, AND ENTER INTO A COVENANT TO DESTROY THEM, and to deliver those who were guilty of murder from the grasp of justice, which was about to be administered according to the law. 30 AND THEY DID SET AT DEFIANCE THE LAW AND THE RIGHTS OF THEIR COUNTRY; AND THEY DID COVENANT ONE WITH ANOTHER TO DESTROY THE GOVERNOR, AND TO ESTABLISH A KING, THAT THE LAND SHOULD NO MORE BE AT LIBERTY BUT SHOULD BE SUBJECT UNTO KINGS. ------------------------ “A terrible revolution will take place in the land of America, such as has never been seen before, for the land will be literally left without a supreme government, and every species of wickedness will run rampant; it will be so terrible that father will be against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother. The most terrible scenes of murder and bloodshed and rapine that have ever been looked upon will take place.“ – Joseph Smith, Jr. (Comprehensive History of the Church, Vol.1, Ch.26, p.318 - p.319) This scriptural verse (below) describes what the land will look like – after the wreckage of this constitutional crisis subsides. A constitutional crisis which, again, is described in that very sobering prophetic quote (above): (3 Nephi 7:14) 14 And it came to pass in the thirty and first year that THEY WERE DIVIDED INTO TRIBES, every man according to his family, kindred and friends; nevertheless they had come to an agreement that they would not go to war one with another; BUT THEY WERE NOT UNITED AS TO. THEIR LAWS, AND THEIR MANNER OF GOVERNMENT, FOR THEY WERE ESTABLISHED ACCORDING TO THE MINDS OF THOSE WHO WERE THEIR CHIEFS AND THEIR LEADERS. But they did establish very strict laws that one tribe should not trespass against another, insomuch that in some degree they had peace in the land; nevertheless, THEIR HEARTS WERE TURNED FROM THE LORD THEIR GOD, and they did STONE THE PROPHETS and did CAST THEM OUT FROM AMONG THEM. ------------------------ And, finally, Mormon's abridged account of the land – 200 years after the appearance of the Savior (possibly paralleling the First Vision in 1820 to 2020?) – gives us a prophetic view of the growing division that began within the Savior's Church. (A division that led to the apostasy of many – both from the Church and within the Church) Moreover, Mormon, having read and been made readily aware of Nephi's prophecy about 'A GREAT DIVISION AMONG THE PEOPLE' (2 Nephi 30:10), used that EXACT same line, VERBATIM, to describe the apostasy of so many – both from the Church and within the Church (by changing the very ordinances of the Gospel or, more to the point, who they were 'administered' to) – as a prophetic allegory of what lies ahead for the Church in our day: (4 Nephi 1:24-35) 24 And now, in this two hundred and first year there began to be among them those who were LIFTED UP IN PRIDE, such as the wearing of costly apparel, and all manner of fine pearls, and of the fine THINGS OF THE WORLD. 25 And from that time forth they did have their goods and their substance no more common among them. 26 And they began to be DIVIDED INTO CLASSES; and they began to build up churches unto themselves TO GET GAIN, and began to deny the true church of Christ. 27 And it came to pass that when two hundred and ten years had passed away there were many churches in the land; yea, there were many churches which PROFESSED TO KNOW THE CHRIST, and yet THEY DID DENY THE MORE PARTS OF HIS GOSPEL, insomuch that they did RECEIVE ALL MANNER OF WICKEDNESS, and did ADMINISTER THAT WHICH WAS SACRED UNTO HIM TO WHOM IT HAD BEEN FORBIDDEN BECAUSE OF UNWORTHINESS. 28 And this church did MULTIPLY EXCEEDINGLY BECAUSE OF INIQUITY, and because of the POWER OF SATAN who did GET HOLD UPON THEIR HEARTS. 29 And again, there was another church which DENIED THE CHRIST; and they did PERSECUTE THE TRUE CHURCH OF CHRIST, because of their HUMILITY AND their BELIEF IN CHRIST; and they did DESPISE THEM because of the MANY MIRACLES which WERE WROUGHT AMONG THEM. 30 Therefore they DID EXERCISE POWER AND AUTHORITY OVER THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS who did tarry with them, and they did CAST THEM INTO PRISON; but by the power of the word of God, which was in them, the prisons were rent in twain, AND THEY WENT FORTH DOING MIGHTY MIRACLES AMONG THEM. 31 Nevertheless, and notwithstanding all these miracles, THE PEOPLE DID HARDEN THEIR HEARTS, and did SEEK TO KILL THEM, even as the Jews at Jerusalem SOUGHT TO KILL JESUS, according to his word. 32 And they did CAST THEM INTO FURNACES OF FIRE, and they came forth receiving no harm. 33 And they also CAST THEM INTO DENS OF WILD BEASTS, and they did play with the wild beasts even as a child with a lamb; and they did come forth from among them, receiving no harm. 34 Nevertheless, THE PEOPLE DID HARDEN THEIR HEARTS, for they were LED BY MANY PRIESTS AND FALSE PROPHETS to build up many churches, and to DO ALL MANNER OF INIQUITY. And they did SMITE UPON THE PEOPLE OF JESUS; but the people of Jesus did not smite again. And thus they did DWINDLE IN UNBELIEF AND WICKEDNESS, from year to year, even until two hundred and thirty years had passed away. 35 And now it came to pass in this year, yea, in the two hundred and thirty and first year, there was A GREAT DIVISION AMONG THE PEOPLE. ------------------------ ------------------------ In a similar vein, to the plainly written warnings in the Book of Mormon, there are paralleling prophecies from the Lord's latter-day prophets and apostles – that have stirred the following derived questions: Haven't the Lord's latter-day prophets warned us that there will be a great 'TEST' among the Saints, that will bring the Church to the 'brink of hell', and cause 'half' of the Saints to apostatize from the Church (in one fell swoop), as 'wolves in sheep's clothing', wearing the 'habiliments of the priesthood', would 'infiltrate' to the 'very highest levels' of the Church? Didn't the prophet Joseph Smith, as long attested by Brigham Young and others, prophesy that the 'constitution will hang by a thread'? Didn't Ezra Taft Benson prophesy that the 'constitution will be saved – but it will NOT be saved in Washington'? Do we REALLY believe the words of the Savior's prophets from the Book of Mormon – which was 'written for our day', and was most specifically written about the Church, the Latter-Day Saints and those who who would impinge on the Saints – and from His prophetic servants in these latter-days? ------------------------ “You will live to see men arise in power in the Church who will seek to put down your friends and the friends of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Many will be hoisted because of their money and worldly learning which they seem to be in possession of; and many who are the true followers of our Lord and Savior will be cast down because of their poverty.” – Joseph Smith, Jr. (Attributed to the prophet – In the Journal of Mosiah Hancock, p. 28) ------------ “Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction.” – Joseph Smith, Jr. (Joseph Smith Collection, LDS Church Historical Department – Joseph Smith on July 19, 1840.) ------------ “The worst fear that I have about this people is that they will get rich in this country, forget God and his people, wax fat, and kick themselves out of the Church and go to hell. This people will stand mobbing, robbing, poverty and all manner of persecution, and be true. My greater fear for them is that they cannot stand wealth; and yet they have to be tried with riches, for they will become the richest people on this earth.” – Brigham Young (Preston Nibley, 'Brigham Young, the Man and His Work') ------------ “What a pity it would be if we were led by one man to utter destruction! Are you afraid of this? I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by Him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self-security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders with a reckless confidence that in itself would thwart the purposes of God in their salvation, and weaken that influence they could give to their leaders did they know for themselves by the revelations of Jesus, that they are led in the right way. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not. This has been my exhortation continually.” – Brigham Young (“Remarks,” The Deseret News [weekly], volume 11, number 33, edited by Elias Smith [Great Salt Lake City: Elias Smith, 12 February 1862], page 257.) ------------ “Brethren, this Church will be led onto the very brink of hell by the leaders of this people. Then God will raise the one mighty and strong, spoken of in the 85th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants, to save and redeem this Church.” – Brigham Young (Provo Bowery Conference, August 24th, 1867; [BX 8693 .C559 C547o, Americana Collection, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah], page 106. See also The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, volume 4, edited by Richard S. Van Wagoner [Salt Lake City: The Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2009], pages 2478–2479.) ------------ “Every organization of our government, the best government in the world, is crumbling to pieces. Those who have it in their hands are the ones who are destroying it. How long will it be before the words of the prophet Joseph will be fulfilled? He said if the Constitution of the United States were saved at all it must be done by this people. It will not be many years before these words come to pass.” – Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses 12:204) ------------ “There will also be a day when you will be brought to the test — when your very hearts and your inmost souls will melt within you because of the scenes that many of you will witness. Yes, you will be brought to that test, when you will feel as if every thing within you would dissolve. Then will be the time you will be tried whether you will stand the test or fall away.” – Heber C. Kimball (Remarks by President Heber C. Kimball, Delivered in the Bowery, Great Salt Lake City, Sunday Morning, August 16, 1857. source) ------------ “An army of Elders will be sent to the four quarters of the earth to search out the righteous and warn the wicked of what is coming. All kinds of religions will be started and miracles performed that will deceive the very elect if that were possible. Our sons and daughters must live pure lives so as to be prepared for what is coming. “After a while the Gentiles will gather by the thousands to this place, and Salt Lake City will be classed among the wicked cities of the world. A spirit of speculation and extravagance will take possession of the Saints, and the results will be financial bondage. “Persecution comes next and all true Latter-day Saints will be tested to the limit. Many will apostatize and others will be still not knowing what to do. Darkness will cover the earth and gross darkness the minds of the people. The judgments of God will be poured out on the wicked to the extent that our Elders from far and near will be called home, or in other words the gospel will be taken from the Gentiles and later on carried to the Jews. “The western boundary of the State of Missouri will be swept so clean of its inhabitants that as President Young tells us, when you return to that place, there will not be left so much as a yellow dog to wag his tail. “Before that day comes, however, the Saints will be put to a test that will try the integrity of the best of them. The pressure will become so great that the more righteous among them will cry unto the Lord day and night until deliverance comes. “Yes, we think we are secure here in the chambers of these everlasting hills, where we can close the doors of the canyons against mobs and persecutors, the wicked and the vile, who have always beset us with violence and robbery, but I want to say to you, my brethren, that the time is coming when we will be mixed up in these now peaceful valleys to that extent that it will be difficult to tell the face of a Saint from the face of an enemy against the people of God. “Then is the time to look out for the great sieve, for there will be a great shifting time, and many will fall. For I say unto you there is a test, a Test, a TEST coming. “This Church has before it many close places through which it will have to pass before the work of God is crowned with glory. The difficulties will be of such a character that the man or woman who does not possess a personal knowledge or witness will fall. If you have not got this testimony, you must live right and call upon the Lord, and cease not until you obtain it. “Remember these sayings: The time will come when no man or woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within themselves. If you do not have the knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, how can you stand?” – Heber C. Kimball (First Counselor in the First Presidency, May 1868, in Deseret News, 23 May 1931; see also Conference Report, Oct. 1930, p. 58-59) * * * [Note #1: President Spencer W. Kimball read this prophecy verbatim. And then he closed his grandfather's quote by saying: “I hope he fails in that line of his prophecy, but I don't think he will. If they don't repent, there will be great mourning and weeping and wailing.”] * * * [Note #2: In his talk, 'Be Not Deceived', in the October 1963 General Conference Ezra Taft Benson stated: “Those of us who think '. . . all is well in Zion . . .' (2 Nephi 28:21) in spite of Book of Mormon warning might ponder the words of Heber C. Kimball when he said, 'Yes, we think we are secure here in the chambers of these everlasting hills . . . but I want to say to you, my brethren, the time is coming when we will be mixed up in these now peaceful valleys to that extent that it will be difficult to tell the face of a Saint from the face of an enemy against the people of God. Then is the time to look out for the great sieve, for there will be a great sifting time, and many will fall. For I say unto you there is a test, a Test, a TEST coming.' (Heber C. Kimball, 1856. Quoted by J. Golden Kimball, Conference Report, October 1930, pp. 59-60.)”] * * * [Note #3: In the October 1975 General Conference, Gordon B. Hinckley stated the following words which were then repeated verbatim in a First Presidency Message, in July 1990, note the very last paragraph quoted here: “In 1856, when the Latter-day Saints were largely alone in the Western valleys, some people thought we were safe from the ways of the world. To such talk, President Heber C. Kimball of the First Presidency responded: 'I want to say to you, my brethren, the time is coming when we will be mixed up in these now peaceful valleys to that extent that it will be difficult to tell the face of a Saint from the face of an enemy to the people of God. Then, brethren,' he went on, 'look out for the great sieve, for there will be a great sifting time, and many will fall; for I say unto you there is a test, a Test, a TEST coming, and who will be able to stand?' (Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1945, p. 446.) “I do not know precisely the nature of that test. But I am inclined to think the time is here and that the test lies in our capacity to live the gospel rather than adopt the ways of the world.” (1974, 1990)] ------------ “The following incident occurred at my father’s home in Cedar City, at the time a stake conference was being held in that city, at which President John Taylor and George A. Smith were present. “Apostle Smith was asked to conduct the conference, as President Taylor wished to rest after his having held meetings in the different wards and stakes between Salt Lake City and Cedar City. President Taylor asked Elder George A. Smith to start the conference, as he wished to rest until the afternoon meeting. President Taylor, with some of the authorities, was staying at the home of my parents during this conference. “President Taylor wished to go to his room and lie down. He asked my mother to awaken him in time for the afternoon conference, as he feared he might oversleep and thus fail to arrive at the conference in time. “My mother was busy preparing dinner for the visitors but was surprised to see President Taylor come into the kitchen so soon after retiring for his much needed rest. He immediately started telling mother of a most remarkable vision that he had just had while in his room. “He stated that he saw that Salt Lake City would become a great city with many beautiful paved roads and streets of cement construction, and that the people had become wealthy. He saw that the city extended almost to the point of the mountain south of the new 1951 State prison. “The people, he saw, had become quite indifferent to the counsel and advice of the authorities of the church, and were more interested in the accumulation of wealth than they were in living their religion. He told mother that he saw that war had been started, and that so great was the destruction of life within the city that blood ran down the gutters as though it were streams of water, and the violence was such that it would cause the destruction of the beautiful city. The people were fighting among themselves until it became necessary to remove the church records across the Colorado river. “President Taylor said to mother, 'If you are alive at that time, be sure that you are not behind the Church records, because after the Church records leave and are made secure, the very powers of hell would be turned loose, and there will be such destruction that there will be but little life remain, —not only in Salt Lake City, but in adjoining cities also. And in Jackson County, Missouri civilization will become entirely extinct, and all means of transportation such as rail roads and highways will be destroyed, and the only means of travel will be on foot. “All means of manufacturing will also be entirely destroyed. Be sure when you see these things come that you have buttons, needles, cloth and things to work with as much as possible, to make yourselves clothing, because all tools and every kind of machinery will be destroyed. It will be such a destructive war that in comparison to the sufferings and the drivings of the people of Nauvoo, it would be only a drop in the bucket. “One half of the Mormon people will entirely forsake their leaders, and half of the other half, because of their suffering, will leave the church. Many Mormons will die in the struggle, but the Lord will bless those who stick faithfully to the church and will bless them to the extent that they will not be destroyed.' “He said that faithful Latter-day Saints would go to the south and would form a circle something like a horseshoe, before they return to Jackson County, Missouri. “Said he, 'Those only will be privileged to help build Jackson County who will be found willing and glad to obey the counsel and advice of the authorities who will be placed over them [NEW ones after the times of the Gentiles ends], and who will seek counsel that they may be guided and protected from dire want and distress.' “President Taylor also said that we will assist the Lamanites in building the New Jerusalem in Jackson county. He said that the vision to him appeared so terrible that he besought the Lord to close it up, but he saw that those who would keep the commandments and adhere to the authorities of the church [not the prior leaders, but the One Mighty and Strong] would be the ones who would survive and not be destroyed. And that the Lord would protect them as he did the children of Israel. “The above experience my mother told to me many, many times; and she held this great experience very sacred.” (A Remarkable Prophecy By President John Taylor – As Told by Edward Lunt, An Ordinance Worker in the Mesa [Arizona] Temple) * * * (A remarkable prophecy by president John Taylor) Dates: 1951 Typewritten revelation written down by Edward Lunt. Lunt claimed that the material in the revelation was told to him by his mother many times. His mother supposedly got the information from the third president of the Mormon Church, John Taylor (1808-1887). Sometimes called the 'Horseshoe Prophecy' the revelation states that there would be a major falling away from the leadership of the Mormon Church, that blood would run in the gutters of Salt Lake City, Utah, and that the faithful Mormons would go south and form a camp in the shape of a horseshoe. Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.) : 1 p. Creator: Lunt, Edward Call Number: MSS SC 2320 Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/ Access Restrictions: Open for public research
------------ “We believe in honesty, morality and purity, in freedom and loyalty to our country; but when they enact tyrannical laws, forbidding us the free exercise of our religion, we cannot submit. God is greater than the United States. And when the Government conflicts with Heaven, we will be ranged under the banner of heaven and against the government.” – John Taylor (Public Speech, 1880 Jan 06) ------------ “It may not be among the improbabilities, that the prophecies of Joseph Smith may be fulfilled and that the calumniated and despised Mormons may yet become the protectors of the Constitution and the guardians of religious liberty and human freedom in these United States.” – John Taylor (Journal of Discourses 23:266) ------------ “Need we be surprised that they should trample under foot the Constitution of the United States? No; Joseph Smith told us that they would do it. Many around me here knew long ago that they would do this thing and further knew that the last people that should be found to rally around the sacred instrument and save it from the grasp of unrighteous men would be the Elders of Israel! When, therefore, we see these things progressing need we be astonished? I do not think we need be.” – John Taylor (Journal of Discourses 20:318) ------------ “It may not be among the improbabilities, that the prophecies of Joseph Smith may be fulfilled and that the calumniated and despised Mormons may yet become the protectors of the Constitution and the guardians of religious liberty and human freedom in these United States.” – John Taylor (Journal of Discourses 23:266) ------------ “Need we be surprised that they should trample under foot the Constitution of the United States? No; Joseph Smith told us that they would do it. Many around me here knew long ago that they would do this thing and further knew that the last people that should be found to rally around the sacred instrument and save it from the grasp of unrighteous men would be the Elders of Israel! When, therefore, we see these things progressing need we be astonished? I do not think we need be.” – John Taylor (Journal of Discourses 20:318) ------------ “Without [the fellowship of the Holy Ghost], we are blind and helpless.... Do not, brethren, put your trust in man though he be a Bishop, an Apostle, or a President; if you do, they will fail you at some time or place; they will do wrong or seem to, and your support be gone; but if we lean on God, He never will fail us. When men and women depend on God alone, and trust in Him alone, their faith will not be shaken if the highest in the Church should step aside. They could still see that He is just and true, that truth is lovely in His sight, and the pure in heart are dear to Him. Perhaps it is His own design that faults and weaknesses should appear in high places in order that His Saints may learn to trust in Him and not in any man or men. Therefore, my brethren and sisters, seek after the Holy Spirit.” – George Q. Cannon (“Knowledge of and Dependence on God,” The Latter-day Saints’ Millennial Star, volume 53, number 43, edited by Brigham Young, Jr. [Liverpool: Brigham Young, Jr., 26 October 1891], pages 673–674; paragraphing omitted.) ------------ “The Prophet Joseph Smith had said the time would come when the principles of the Constitution would be forsaken and that instrument would be rent asunder, and this people would then step forward and rescue it from entire destruction.” – Wilford Woodruff (Journal History of the Church, 6 Apr 1882, 3) ------------ “They will sustain the constitution and laws and institutions of the United States, and be the champions of liberty and of that constitution when its integrity shall be threatened.” – Lorenzo Snow (Journal History of the Church, 15 Sep 1898, 3) ------------ “Joseph Smith, the prophet, was inspired to affirm and ratify this truth, and he further predicted that the time would come, when the Constitution of our country would hang as it were by a thread, and that the Latter-day Saints above all other people in the world would come to the rescue of that great and glorious palladium of our liberty. We cannot brook the thought of it being torn into shreds, or destroyed, or trampled under foot and ignored by men. We cannot tolerate the sentiment, at one time expressed, by a man, high in authority in the nation. He said: 'The Constitution be damned; the popular sentiment of the people is the Constitution!' That is the sentiment of anarchism that has spread to a certain extent, and is spreading over 'the land of liberty and home of the brave.' We do not tolerate it. Latter-day Saints cannot tolerate such a spirit as this. It is anarchy. It means destruction. It is the spirit of mobocracy, and the Lord knows we have suffered enough from mobocracy, and we do not want any more of it. Our people from Mexico are suffering from the effects of that same spirit. We do not want any more of it, and we cannot afford to yield to that spirit or contribute to it in the least degree. We should stand with a front like flint against every spirit or species of contempt or disrespect for the Constitution of our country and the constitutional laws of our land.” – Joseph F. Smith (“The Mexican Trouble – Loyalty to the Constitution” 101-02) ------------ “The ravening wolves are amongst us, from our own membership, and they, more than any others, are clothed in sheep's clothing, because they wear the habiliments of the priesthood…We should be careful of them.” – J. Reuben Clark (Conference Report, April 1949.) ------------ “The statement has been made that the Prophet [Joseph Smith] said the time would come when this Constitution would hang as by a thread, and this is true. There has been some confusion, however, as to just what he said following this. I think that Elder Orson Hyde has given us a correct interpretation wherein he says that the Prophet said the Constitution would be in danger… Now I tell you it is time the people of the United States were waking up with the understanding that if they don’t save the Constitution from the dangers that threaten it, we will have a change of government.” – Joseph Fielding Smith (“Founded in the Wisdom of God” 416) ------------ “It was Joseph Smith who has been quoted as having said that the time would come when then Constitution would hang as by a thread, and at that time when it was thus in jeopardy, the elders of this Church would step forth and save it from destruction. “Why the elders of this Church? Would it be sacrilegious to paraphrase the words of the Apostle Peter, and say that the Constitution of the United States could be saved by the elders of this Church because this Church and this Church alone has the words of eternal life? We alone know by revelation as to how the Constitution came into being, and we, alone, know by revelation the destiny of this nation. The preservation of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” can be guaranteed upon no other basis than upon a sincere faith and testimony of the divinity of these teachings.” – Harold B. Lee (“Faith – An Effective Weapon Against Wickedness in Men and Nations” 912-13) ------------ “Brethren, why are we not being persecuted? I'll tell you why! We have been infiltrated from within to the very highest levels.” – Spencer W. Kimball (Recorded by H. Verlan Andersen – in a 1980's solemn assembly) ------------ “The wolves amongst our flock are more numerous and devious today than when President Clark made this statement.” – Ezra Taft Benson (April 1969 general conference, Ensign, May 1969, p. 11.) ------------ Dr. Stan Malstrom, a faithful Latter-Day Saint Massage Therapist/Naturopathic Physician, once related a personal conversation he had with then Church President, Ezra Taft Benson – during a massage therapy session in President Benson's Eagle Gate Apartments penthouse suite. Dr. Malstrom conveyed his concern about a potential 'secret combination' (Ether 8:18-26) retaliation against President Benson for his recent 'I Testify' (October 1988) General Conference talk. As the prophet had openly pointed to the existence of satan's 'secret combination. And their growing influence over this nation (and the other nations of the earth). In plain response, President Benson drew back the curtain over the west-facing window, pointed towards the Church Administration Building, and said: “Oh, Stan, there are more people in that building that I am worried about than anyone in Washington D.C.” ------------ “Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well-meaning people who ignored the principle of individual freedom, except as applied to themselves, and were obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of man kind-in-the-mass through some pet formula of their own… The harm done by ordinary criminals, murderers, gangsters, and thieves is negligible in comparison with the agony inflicted upon human beings by the professional ‘do-gooder,’ who attempt to set themselves up as gods on earth and who would ruthlessly force their views on all others—with the abiding assurance that the end justifies the means.” ― Ezra Taft Benson ('The Proper Role of Government') ------------ “Will we be prepared? Will we be among those who will 'bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction?' If we desire to be numbered among those who will, here are some things we must do: “1. We must be righteous and moral 2. We must learn the principles of the Constitution and then abide by its precept 3. We must become involved in civic affair 4. We must make our influence felt by our vote, our letters, and our advice. “I have faith that the Constitution will be saved as prophesied by Joseph Smith. But it will not be saved in Washington. It will be saved by the citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom. It will be saved by enlightened members of this Church — men and women who will subscribe to and abide the principles of the Constitution.” – Ezra Taft Benson: (CHB 28-31) ------------ “In recent years I have felt, and I think I am not alone, that we were losing the ability to correct the course of the Church. You can not appreciate how deeply I feel about the importance of this present opportunity unless you know the regard, the reverence, I have for the Book of Mormon and how seriously I have taken the warnings of the prophets, particularly Alma and Helaman. Both Alma and Helaman told of the church in their day. They warned about fast growth, the desire to be accepted by the world, to be popular, and particularly they warned about prosperity. Each time those conditions existed in combination, the Church drifted off course. All of those conditions are present in the Church today. Helaman repeatedly warned, I think four times he used these words, that the fatal drift of the church could occur ‘in the space of not many years.’ In one instance it took only six years. (See Helaman 6:32, 7:6, 11:26.)” – Boyd K. Packer (Transcript of an address given at a Regional Representatives Seminar, 30 March 1990, entitled “Let Them Govern Themselves.”)
13 Nevertheless, there were some among them who thought to question them, that by their cunning devices they might catch them in their words, that they might find witness against them, that they might deliver them to their judges that they might be judged according to the law, and that they might be slain or cast into prison, according to the crime which they could make appear or witness against them.
14 Now it was those men who sought to destroy them, who were lawyers, who were hired or appointed by the people to administer the law at their times of trials, or at the trials of the crimes of the people before the judges.
15 Now these lawyers were learned in all the arts and cunning of the people; and this was to enable them that they might be skilful in their profession.
16 And it came to pass that they began to question Amulek, that thereby they might make him cross his words, or contradict the words which he should speak.
17 Now they knew not that Amulek could know of their designs. But it came to pass as they began to question him, he perceived their thoughts, and he said unto them: O ye wicked and perverse generation, ye lawyers and hypocrites, for ye are laying the foundations of the devil; for ye are laying traps and snares to catch the holy ones of God.
18 Ye are laying plans to pervert the ways of the righteous, and to bring down the wrath of God upon your heads, even to the utter destruction of this people.
19 Yea, well did Mosiah say, who was our last king, when he was about to deliver up the kingdom, having no one to confer it upon, causing that this people should be governed by their own voices—yea, well did he say that if the time should come that the voice of this people should choose iniquity, that is, if the time should come that this people should fall into transgression, they would be ripe for destruction.
20 And now I say unto you that well doth the Lord judge of your iniquities; well doth he cry unto this people, by the voice of his angels: Repent ye, repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
21 Yea, well doth he cry, by the voice of his angels that: I will come down among my people, with equity and justice in my hands.
22 Yea, and I say unto you that if it were not for the prayers of the righteous, who are now in the land, that ye would even now be visited with utter destruction; yet it would not be by flood, as were the people in the days of Noah, but it would be by famine, and by pestilence, and the sword.
23 But it is by the prayers of the righteous that ye are spared; now therefore, if ye will cast out the righteous from among you then will not the Lord stay his hand; but in his fierce anger he will come out against you; then ye shall be smitten by famine, and by pestilence, and by the sword; and the time is soon at hand except ye repent.
26 And no one need say [that the Book of Mormon] shall not come, for they surely shall, for the Lord hath spoken it; for out of the earth shall they come, by the hand of the Lord, and none can stay it; and it shall come in a day when it shall be said that miracles are done away; and it shall come even as if one should speak from the dead.
27 And it shall come in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, because of secret combinations and the works of darkness.
28 Yea, it shall come in a day when the power of God shall be denied, and churches become defiled and be lifted up in the pride of their hearts; yea, even in a day when leaders of churches and teachers shall rise in the pride of their hearts, even to the envying of them who belong to their churches.
29 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be heard of fires, and tempests, and vapors of smoke in foreign lands;
30 And there shall also be heard of wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers places.
31 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth; there shall be murders, and robbing, and lying, and deceivings, and whoredoms, and all manner of abominations; when there shall be many who will say, Do this, or do that, and it mattereth not, for the Lord will uphold such at the last day. But wo unto such, for they are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity.
32 Yea, it shall come in a day when there shall be churches built up that shall say: Come unto me, and for your money you shall be forgiven of your sins.
33 O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, that ye might bring damnation upon your souls? Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God; for behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled.
34 Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things shall come forth among you.
35 Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.
36 And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.
37 For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.
38 O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies—because of the praise of the world?
39 Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?
40 Yea, why do ye build up your secret abominations to get gain, and cause that widows should mourn before the Lord, and also orphans to mourn before the Lord, and also the blood of their fathers and their husbands to cry unto the Lord from the ground, for vengeance upon your heads?
41 Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; and the time soon cometh that he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, for he will not suffer their cries any longer.