We are not too worthy of hard hitting, clear speaking prophets to go to bat for us today, identifying blood on the garments of murdering chief judges, for most latter-day saints (Aints, as Reed Benson calls them), would not back them up, but turn on them in treacherous betrayal, and divide asunder the fledgling and weak church. There is a delicate line that must be walked now, because of the tares who can choke the wheat, the wolves who might unleash fury within the flock when provoked, even the “mammon of unrighteousness” who could obliterate the church now in targeted destruction. (Hence the Lord’s telling us in the D&C, cited later, to make ourselves a friend to such that they do not destroy us. Argue with the Lord on that one, not me.) As Ezra Taft Benson said in his landmark and startling Cleansing the Inner Vessel talk stated, “Ye shall clear away the bad according as the good shall grow … until the good shall overcome the bad.” (Jacob 5:66.)”
We’ve had our chances to uphold and stand with prophets when they were strong and vibrant and outspoken for liberty, even prodding us along to stand for the Constitution in bold ways that today would stir wrath of the establishment were they so to do. Unfortunately, after much of this opportunity in the past with the likes of Heber J. Grant and his counselors and later Presidents, J. Reuben Clark, and David O. McKay, these prophets were ridiculed. W. Cleon Skousen speaks of it here:
In 1965, Ezra Taft Benson stood and warned the slow moving and some even foolish Elders of Israel:
“Brethren, if we had done our homework and were faithful, we could step forward at this time and help save this country. The fact that most of us are unprepared to do it is an indictment we will have to bear. The longer we wait, the heavier the chains, the deeper the blood, the more the persecution, and the less we can carry out our God-given mandate and world-wide mission. The war in heaven is raging on earth today. Are you being neutralized in the battle?” (Conference Report, April 1965, Era, p. 539; as quoted in An Enemy Hath Done This, pp. 278–279.)
Yes we’ve had our chance in the past, and have mentally stoned such prophets. Heber J. Grant felt that acutely. Note this from an Ensign article:
An unhappy President Grant remarked that some members who sang “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” seemed to add the words, “provided he keeps his mouth shut politically.” (William G. Hartley, “The Church Grows in Strength,” Ensign, Sept. 1999, 32.)
Today, wolves surround and infiltrate the flock, as J. Reuben Clark warned was the case in 1949. Twenty years later, Apostle Ezra Taft Benson, repeated that warning:
“Yes, within the Church today there are tares among the wheat and wolves within the flock. As President Clark stated, ‘The ravening wolves are amongst us, from our own membership, and they, more than any others, are clothed with sheep’s clothing because they wear the habiliments of the priesthood.… We should be careful of them…’ “ (Ezra Taft Benson, “To the Humble Followers of Christ” Improvement Era June 1969. p.43.)
Harold B. Lee the following year gave this warning, which, in my opinion should alert us to watch most carefully the likes of Glenn Beck for treachery, one who has entered “into the fold.”
“We have some tight places to go before the Lord is through with this church and the world in this dispensation, which is the last dispensation, which shall usher in the coming of the Lord. The gospel was restored to prepare a people ready to receive him. The power of Satan will increase; we see it in evidence on every hand. There will be inroads within the Church.…, We will see those who profess membership but secretly are plotting and trying to lead people not to follow the leadership that the Lord has set up to preside in this church.
“Now the only safety we have as members of this church is to do exactly what the Lord said to the Church in that day when the Church was organized. We must learn to give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give me through his prophet, ‘as he receiveth them, walking in all patience and faith.’ (D&C 21:4–5) There will be some things that take patience and faith. You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church.… But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his names glory.’ (D&C 21:6)” (Harold B. Lee, in Conference Report, Oct. 1970, p.152.)
In 1997, Gordon B. Hinckley, speaking on a level few truly took him serious on as to the depth of who the “critics are” said:
“Our critics at home and abroad are watching us. In an effort to find fault, they listen to every word we say, hoping to entrap us.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Our Testimony to the World,” Ensign, May 1997, 83)
What kind of critics live in our time? Just mild anti-Mormon folks? James E. Faust 3 years later said:
“A spirit of darkness prevails in our day as it did many centuries ago when Jesus Christ was about to be crucified. Even so, as the Prophet Joseph Smith said: ‘Great blessings await us at this time, and will soon be poured out upon us, if we are faithful in all things, for we are even entitled to greater spiritual blessings than they were…’” (James E. Faust, “The Shield of Faith,” Ensign, May 2000, 17)
Joseph Smith is quoted to have said:
“ ‘I want to tell you something. In the future I will speak in parables like unto John, the Revelator.’ (Little did I then think the prophet of the Lord would so soon be slain in cold blood.)” (as quoted in The White Horse Prophecy by Ogden Kraut.)
Authoritatively we have him say the very morning of his murder:
“Our lives have already become jeopardized by revealing the wicked and bloodthirsty purposes of our enemies; and for the future we must cease to do so.
“All we have said about them is truth, but it is not always wise to relate all the truth. Even Jesus, the Son of God, had to refrain from doing so, and had to restrain His feelings many times for the safety of Himself and His followers, and had to conceal the righteous purposes of His heart in relation to many things pertaining to His Father’s kingdom.
“When still a boy He had all the intelligence necessary to enable Him to rule and govern the kingdom of the Jews, and could reason with the wisest and most profound doctors of law and divinity, and make their theories and practice to appear like folly compared with the wisdom He possessed; but He was a boy only, and lacked physical strength even to defend His own person; and was subject to cold, to hunger and to death.
“So it is with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; we have the revelation of Jesus, and the knowledge within us is sufficient to organize a righteous government upon the earth, and to give universal peace to all mankind, if they would receive it, but we lack the physical strength, as did our Savior when a child, to defend our principles, and we have a necessity to be afflicted, persecuted and smitten, and to bear it patiently until Jacob is of age, then he will take care of himself.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Six 1843–44 pp 392 — the morning of July 27, 1844)
Gordon B. Hinckley, the year before the Government staged terror of 9/11 upon New York said:
“.…The battle with the evil one will go on and on and on. It will rise against this Church. It will rise against you individually. It will be felt in the future as it has been felt in the past.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, Church News, Jan. 29, 2000. p.5.)
And we have a prophet now? Yes. And how dire are the circumstance, in terms of the dragon salivating for an excuse to be railed to anger and agitated? Plenty. The Lord counseled, which Gordon B. Hinckley followed as is Thomas S. Monson:
“And now, verily I say unto you, and this is wisdom, make unto yourselves friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, and they will not destroy you.” (D&C 82:22)
So, now, where are we at? We are at this interesting point of last fall’s general conference where, for the prophetic record, an alternative to ObamaCare with all its evils and frauds, empty promises, power and control, was given by a prophet, which stands in the same league as how Ron Paul has voiced free market and non-government solutions:
“I am grateful for the privilege to stand before you, and I pray that I might effectively communicate to you that which I have felt prompted to say.
“A few years ago I read an article written by Jack McConnell, MD. He grew up in the hills of southwest Virginia in the United States as one of seven children of a Methodist minister and a stay-at-home mother. Their circumstances were very humble. He recounted that during his childhood, every day as the family sat around the dinner table, his father would ask each one in turn, “And what did you do for someone today?”1 The children were determined to do a good turn every day so they could report to their father that they had helped someone. Dr. McConnell calls this exercise his father’s most valuable legacy, for that expectation and those words inspired him and his siblings to help others throughout their lives. As they grew and matured, their motivation for providing service changed to an inner desire to help others.
“Besides Dr. McConnell’s distinguished medical career—where he directed the development of the tuberculosis tine test, participated in the early development of the polio vaccine, supervised the development of Tylenol, and was instrumental in developing the magnetic resonance imaging procedure, or MRI—he created an organization he calls Volunteers in Medicine, which gives retired medical personnel a chance to volunteer at free clinics serving the working uninsured. Dr. McConnell said his leisure time since he retired has “evaporated into 60-hour weeks of unpaid work, but [his] energy level has increased and there is a satisfaction in [his] life that wasn’t there before.” He made this statement: “In one of those paradoxes of life, I have benefited more from Volunteers in Medicine than my patients have.”2 There are now over 70 such clinics across the United States.
“Of course, we can’t all be Dr. McConnell’s, establishing medical clinics to help the poor; however, the needs of others are ever present, and each of us can do something to help someone.” (Thomas S. Monson, “What Have I Done for Someone Today?,” Ensign, Nov 2009, 84–87)
As this vile “ObamaCare” is hoisted on us, 16,500 new IRS agents now being hired to prey upon and extort insurance premiums from us, it will go down in the record, that God’s prophet, successor to others who have been repeatedly mentally stoned, did give a bit of enlightenment on how things might be done differently. It was not a mistake that he quoted and highlighted the work of Dr. McConnell, even his non-government “Volunteers for Medicine.” Ron Paul, a medical doctor, too speaks of church hospitals that used to be found all over the nation, and none were turned away. Government was not involved. Yes, God’s prophet will go down in the record as highlighting a real solution and example of a solution that is traditional Americanism, Christian in nature, a model of solutions to be made in terms of solutions for the poor and needy, rather than the Babylon substitute of worshiping the state as a false god and provider of “services” which Barry Sotoro signed into law today.
David O. McKay:
In Joshua’s time they were called “gods of the Amorites,” for one, and “the Lord,” on the other. Paul spoke of “the works of the flesh” on the one hand, “fruits of the spirit” on the other. They are often spoken of as “selfishness” for one, “life of service,” the other. In these days, they are called “domination by the state,” on one hand, “personal liberty,” on the other; communism on one hand, free agency on the other. (Two Contending Forces, by David O. McKay, BYU Devotional, May 18, 1960.) (Italics Added)
Clearly, we have “Domination of the State” as the “gods of the Amorites” we will now be extorted to bend knee to by now a new army of IRS agents being hired to extort money from us. I think tyrants overstepped their bounds with this one though. I think there is heated anger that might help those foolish and sleeping Elders of Israel to wake up to the strings of tyranny that have been put upon them for generations as they mentally stoned prophets. I leave with these indictments against the “elders” from a prophet:
“It is the devil’s desire that the Lord’s priesthood stay asleep while the strings of tyranny gradually and quietly entangle us until, like Gulliver, we awake too late and find that while we could have broken each string separately as it was put upon us, our sleepiness permitted enough strings to bind us to make a rope that enslaves us.
“For years we have heard of the role the elders could play in saving the Constitution from total destruction. But how can the elders be expected to save it if they have not studied it and are not sure if it is being destroyed or what is destroying it?” (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson p. 619–620. also (An Enemy Hath Done This, p. 313.)
Additionally he stated:
“The devil knows that if the elders of Israel should ever wake up, they could step forth and help preserve freedom and extend the gospel. Therefore the devil has concentrated, and to a large extent successfully, in neutralizing much of the priesthood. He has reduced them to sleeping giants. (An Enemy Hath Done This, p. 275., also Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson p. 619.)
Strings of Tyranny were put on latter-day saints in Massachusetts by Governor Mitt Romney with his RomneyCare legislation, which is being admitted as the framework and model for this vile legislation passed today. Amazing, my LDS majority precinct in Provo Utah voted over 96% in favor of Romney two years ago in the primary, when they had a Ron Paul, for example as alternative. Why? Because of Romney’s principles and voting record? No, because of the religion he professes. I don’t believe Romney to be an evil man, but the “Elders” had better wake up and realize that strings of tyranny are best put upon them by some of their own.
Ron Paul, of course, a medical doctor, has spoken much on the fraud of even calling this insurance. Here are a few links to his addressing the issue. Here, at about 3:40, Ron Paul explains Healthcare most beautifully. Ron Paul’s voice is akin to Thomas S. Monson’s point.
Yes, people are bowing to the gods of statism. Be it remember Ron Paul was right, and so was Thomas S. Monson, in giving the alternative and correct path to look toward beyond this vile, evil, and oppressive tyranny out of Washington D.C., which now puts armed thugs out to extort from us our life’s blood and constitutes the “fulness of Iniquity” as defined by J. Reuben Clark Jr.