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Lesson 1: The Priesthood

I enjoy and am grateful for the Church’s manuals Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood, Part A & Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood, Part B. When taking business management classes at the University, I was especially intrigued and drawn to Expectancy theory.  Applying Expectancy theory to the gospel, I desire to magnify the priesthood, which will bless the lives of my family and those I serve, while ensuring exaltation. I need to know what the priesthood is and how to magnify my callings, hence this personal study.

Lesson 1: The Priesthood 

The Spirit of the Lord was undoubtedly present as they received the priesthood by the laying on of hands from those with authority.

I remember much about of the day I was ordained an Elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Reflecting upon that day always warms the heart and brings a smile to my face. To be sure, it was one of the spiritual highlights of my life. 

Sitting on stage in the cultural hall of the church, I was surrounded by over a dozen friends and family. The officiator started by saying “let’s lighten up on the pressure, we don’t want to break his neck!”  I recall that I received council to work out physically, and metaphorically spiritually. The officiator didn’t know me, and I marveled how perfect such an  metaphor meant to me at the time because I was intensely engaged in martial arts and body building. He said I was to be a witness to the world and would have the gift of tongues. The officiator couldn’t have know such language was in my patriarchal blessing and that on two or three occasions in the past I had actually spoken to strangers to comfort them in their native tongue, which languages I did not know. He blessed me to have power in the priesthood to heal people from their sickness and afflictions, and this has come true many times. Other blessings and prophecies were pronounced, yet what I remember most was such a loving outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord, being baptized in the Holy Spirit.

The priesthood is God’s eternal power and authority. God accomplishes His work by the priesthood.

How did God get his priesthood? He was ordained by his Father, an eternal pattern.

President Joseph Fielding Smith said:  “We are the Lord’s agents; we represent him; he has given us authority which empowers us to do all that is necessary to save and exalt ourselves as well as his other children in the world.

“We are ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our commission is to represent him. We are directed … to do what he would do if he were personally present” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1971, 47; or Ensign, June 1971, 49).

A humbling reality to know one is an agent of the Lord.

Every priesthood holder should be able to trace back to Jesus Christ his “line of authority.”

When I was ordained, the officiator handed me his line of authority. I’ve since then lost it. Because I ordained my son to the Aaronic Priesthood, it’s a good idea for me to do the research and write up my line of authority.

The source of the power of the priesthood is God, who works through the Holy Ghost. To have the Holy Ghost direct us in using the priesthood, we must keep the commandments and live worthily. Power in the priesthood comes to us only from our Heavenly Father through the Holy Ghost. With the power of the priesthood, we can do the Lord’s work; without that power, we cannot.

That is as clear as can be. I’ve experienced the truth of this principle throughout my life.

“If we live for it, ours can be a power given us from our Heavenly Father that will bring peace to a troubled household. Ours can be a power that will bless and comfort little children, that will bring sleep to tearstained eyes in the wee hours of the morning. Ours can be the power that will bring happiness to a family home evening, the power to calm the unsettled nerves of a tired wife. Ours can be the power that will give direction to a confused and vulnerable teenager. Ours, the power to bless a daughter before she goes on her first date or before her temple marriage, or to bless a son before his departure for a mission or college. Ours, my young brethren, can be the power to stop evil thoughts of a group of boys gathered together in vulgar conversation. Ours can be the power to heal the sick and comfort the lonely. These are some of the important purposes of the priesthood” (H. Burke Peterson, in Conference Report, Apr. 1976, 50–51; or Ensign, May 1976, 33).

A beautiful, endearing paragraph. What can be sweeter and more tender to a mans heart than comforting his children, or blessing his wife?

There are several things we can do to develop power in the priesthood:

  • Desire It
  • Live Righteously
  • Be Humble
  • Study
  • Pray
  • Love Others
  • Use the Priesthood to Bless and Strengthen Our Families

That is to say, one part of obtaining power in the priesthood is a decision to want or desire power; one is invited by the Lord to ask, seek and knock for such power.


1 NEPHI 1:1 – I, Nephi

1 I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.

“I Will Go”, Bishop H. David Burton, First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric

Young men who hold the priesthood of Aaron, may I offer an “I will” for your serious consideration? It is I will become very well acquainted with the noble prophet Nephi through studying, pondering, and feasting upon the first two books of the Book of Mormon. My young friends, I promise that when you come to really know Nephi, you will be so impressed with his determination, courage, and desire to be obedient to the “things the Lord commands” that you will have a strong desire to incorporate his attributes into your own lives. Then when you are tempted by the adversary, as you may be nearly every day, to deviate from the counsel of the prophets, the wishes of your parents, or what “the Lord commands,” you can immediately have the words of stalwart Nephi automatically come to your mind: “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded” (1 Ne. 3:7). And when someone with whom you associate suggests you participate in something that is not as “the Lord commands,” you can think of the courageous plea Nephi made to his elder brothers: “Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord” (1 Ne. 3:16).

I am aware of a group of courageous young men who followed the example of Nephi. After winning a baseball state championship for their age group, their team, made up mostly of Aaronic Priesthood holders, was invited to represent their state in a tournament to be held in a distant location. Upon arriving at the tournament site, they learned that some of the games were scheduled to be played on the Sabbath day. Each of these young men had to make a difficult personal decision: would he support the team, including several nonmember team members; or if scheduled on Sunday, would he follow what “the Lord commands” in keeping the Sabbath day holy? Their honoring the Sabbath day could mean the team would forfeit their chances of winning the tournament. One by one they quietly approached the coaches, and following the example of Nephi they independently chose to decline participation on the Sabbath day. As it turned out, when Sunday arrived the team’s record, coupled with adverse weather conditions, interrupted the schedule. I have had occasion to closely follow these young men over the years. They have continued to pattern their lives after the sterling example of Nephi. They have gone on missions, and they continue to strive to do and say what the Lord has commanded. [read more]

Repost: Mitt Romney Will Not Win GOP

First posted on March 8, 2006:

Have you ever seen Mitt Romney in an interview? He is sharp, very well spoken, and confident, dare I say Presidential. But he cannot win the GOP nomination.

Why do I say that? Too many Right-Wing-”Christians” to be exact. These “Christians” who put Bush into office will not tolerate a Mormon to be President. The anti-Mormon campaign…”LDS are not Christians”…has proven a very effective marketing campaign of the so called “Christian” community. Non-LDS Christians will not put their faith, money, and vote behind a member of a “cult”.

They have been fully brainwashed to distrust all-things-LDS. The bias of all-things-LDS runs too deep for them to overcome. This is true because of the nature of their shallow evangelical mindset, theological errors, and especially their anti-intellectual blinded-by-the-faith-of-bigotry perceptions.

Given that sad reality, Romney will not win the GOP nomination.

We will not have a Mormon President until God brings forth the Political Kingdom of God, which can only happen after America fully implodes from within, meaning, the end of the federal and state government. Only then will the America, and the rest of the world, ready for a Mormon to lead them politically.

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PBS: Sweetwater Rescue: The Willie and Martin Handcart Story

PBS Program Reminder: Sweetwater Rescue: The Willie and Martin Handcart Story: A documentary about British immigrants in 1856 who make a 1300-mile journey on foot from Iowa City to Salt Lake City, and the story of the people who try to rescue them when they lose their way.

Monday, December 18, 2006, 9:00 PM


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False Religion to Fascism

David of lds doctrine wrote a great post called False Religion to Fascism. His thesis is that “The Book of Mormon speaks of 3 things that if propagated thoughout a people would result in their eventual destruction…#1 False Religion…#2 Fascism…#3 Secret Combinations…[Read more]

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The Prophet Joseph Smith

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Why I could never be a Democrat

There are many reasons why I would never be a Democrat besides the obvious like the Democratic Party takes strong stances concerning abortion, gay rights, and other social causes counter to those of the Mormon Church.

I think liberal policies are self-destructive to the country and the people who are supposed to be helped by such policies.

Liberals exploit and promote divisiveness through their incessant need for race-bating, man-hating, and class-warfare. The issue of illegal immigration is a prime case elucidating the differences between conservative and liberal positions, statements, policies, arguments and behaviors. Conservatives focus on immigrates being illegal in the first place, or the severe economic strain on local or national social services, or the overall negative economic impact, i.e., real arguments. Whereas liberals prime method of discussion is based on name calling, i.e., conservatives are racists and hate Hispanics.

I’ve learned through many discussions and observations that leftists live for and love to bring others down, i.e., consumed by hatred they attack any person, policy, culture, or country they seek to destroy. Which is why I’ve coined Dems as “The Down Party.”

To be short, Dems disguise their hatred as self-righteous outrage, their failure as oppression, and their viciousness as benign. They are the party of obstructionists, underminers, whiners, and victocrats.

A book I look forward to reading is, “How The Left Was Won An In-Depth Analysis of the Tools and Methodologies Used by Liberals to Undermine Society and Disrupt the Social Order.”

Book Description
Combining a series of unique insights with an entirely new set of analytical techniques, How the Left Was Won systematically dismantles each and every element of modern-day liberalism ranging from the justifications behind any and all of its flawed social and political policies to the most basic assumptions regarding the ideology itself.

In order to achieve this goal, the author first introduces a new framework which segments and isolates all liberal behaviors and beliefs into the most objective and discrete elements possible. He then goes on to provide numerous examples of how liberals relentlessly employ this simple set of tools and methodologies over and over again and then discusses the resulting effects they have on our society. Some of these strategies include:

  • Promote and Exploit Divisiveness: Learn why liberals should thank God every day for differences between people and how without them, liberalism would be dead in the water.
  • Bad Competition: Learn why practically all liberal policies create success only through the impairment of others and exactly where this dynamic must necessarily lead.
  • Relevancy and Proportion: See why the vast majority of what liberals say has absolutely no meaning whatsoever and learn a simple way to prove it every time.
  • Groupdividual: Find out how liberalism has distorted the differences between groups and individuals and why this continued distortion is the basis for all flawed social policies within the United States.
  • Implicit Assumptions: Explore the assumptions liberals use to shape public policy and see why the arguments supporting them are ultimately nothing more than a house of cards.
  • The Perpetual Motion Machine: Learn how the vast majority of liberal programs are based on the scientific impossibility of getting something for nothing.
  • A Swarm of Ants: Find out the real reason liberalism continues to permeate more and more elements of our society and why there just may be no way of stopping it. Source: Amazon

How the Left Was Won

FP: Why do you think the leftist faith is ultimately self-destructive?

Mgrdechian: I think the answer can be summed up in two words — Bad Competition, a concept I discuss in considerable detail in the second chapter of the book.

In that discussion, I offer the following proposition: There are in fact, two and only two types of competition — good and bad. Good Competition is ultimately productive to the competing elements, while Bad Competition is ultimately destructive.

After describing what I mean by this and giving a few examples, I then provide some definitions. As such, I define Good Competition as: Any competitive effort where a person or organization attempts to achieve success based solely on the strength of their abilities, products or services. Similarly, I define Bad Competition as: Any competitive effort where a person or organization attempts to achieve success through any means other than the strength of their abilities, products or services. Rather than working to improve these elements, those engaged in Bad Competition will typically seek to achieve success primarily through the impairment of others.

Now look at things like affirmative action, quotas, empowerment, increasing taxes, thought-crimes or any sort of preferential treatment or special protections for women, minorities, homosexuals or others. How do these supposedly begin liberal programs help people? Simple — by hurting others. There is no improvement on an absolute level, there is only improvement on relative level by taking from others, lowering standards, denying opportunities to more qualified people or rewarding people for achievements they never managed to achieve. Clearly this sort of thing can never help a society as a whole; it can only hurt it. Worse yet, over time, this dynamic of penalizing success and rewarding failure can only lead to one thing — the complete collapse of a society.

This simple rule explains exactly why Hillary Clinton cannot ever be allowed to be President — absolutely everything about her is based solely on the relentless exploitation of Bad Competition. And Bad Competition will — without a doubt — be the death of this country. [Read more]

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Atlantic Monthly’s 100 Most Influential Americans

I’m grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith and his mission to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth in the latter-days. Moroni’s prophecy regarding Joseph Smith’s name has been fulfilled in a multiplicity of ways: “He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do; and that my name [Joseph Smith] should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people.” Joseph Smith History 1:33

The Atlantic Monthly | December 2006

They Made America

Who are the most influential figures in American history? The Atlantic recently asked ten eminent historians. The result was The Atlantic’s Top 100-and some insight into the nature of influence and the contingency of history. Was Walt Disney really more influential than Elizabeth Cady Stanton? Benjamin Spock than Richard Nixon? Elvis Presley than Lewis and Clark? John D. Rockefeller than Bill Gates? Babe Ruth than Frank Lloyd Wright? Let the debates begin.

52 Joseph Smith The founder of Mormonism, America’s most famous homegrown faith.

74 Brigham Young What Joseph Smith founded, Young preserved, leading the Mormons to their promised land.

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Brief History of Mormonism

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The Aaronic Priesthood

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The Melchizedek Priesthood

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Professor Flapdoodle aka “Steven Jones” retires from BYU

Like I said before, right on!

Jones is an embarrassment to BYU & The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Good riddance, Professor Flapdoodle. BYU professor in dispute over 9/11 will retire

PROVO – Professor Steven Jones and Brigham Young University finalized a retirement package Friday, six weeks after the school placed the physicist on paid leave to review his statements and research about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. …

… Jones submitted a letter to the editor of the Deseret Morning News via e-mail Friday afternoon. Written two weeks ago, the letter did not mention his decision to retire and avoided any reference to BYU. In it, Jones renounced the Iraqi War, questioned the official explanations of the collapses of the World Trade Center towers and expressed concern that a future terrorist attack might be blamed on Iran or Syria to justify American aggression against those nations.

“I stand firmly against the war in Iraq and any war of aggression,” Jones wrote. “I support scientific scrutiny of the events of 9/11/2001, a day which will live in infamy.”

BYU stripped Jones of two classes he was teaching when the university placed him on paid leave on Sept. 7 to review a paper he wrote about the physics behind the collapse of three towers on Sept. 11. He published a paper saying experiments he conducted at BYU on material from ground zero and other evidence led him to believe the towers fell because pre-set explosives were detonated throughout the buildings after the hijacked jets struck the Twin Towers.

BYU planned to review the paper to see if it met scientific standards of peer review. The university also expected to look at statements made by Jones at conferences and in the media and determine if Jones was appropriately distancing himself from BYU when he spoke about his explosives theory. …[Read more] 9/11 Conspiracy Theorist to Leave Brigham Young

PROVO, Utah, Oct. 21 — A Brigham Young University physics professor who suggested that the World Trade Center was brought down by explosives has resigned, six weeks after the school placed him on leave. …[Read more]

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LatterDay Inspirations cards & gifts

I just discovered this LDS centric greeting cards & gifts site. Looks good, glad I found it.

LatterDay Inspirations cards & gifts:

LatterDay Inspirations is a line of greeting cards and gifts for the LDS and Christian communities. Our designs focus on just a few words, color or image to create a card or gift that will inspire you to reach out. We like simplicity; therefore, most of our cards have short greetings or are left blank inside to provide each person the opportunity to express their individual feelings.

LatterDay Inspirations was created to fill a need for cards and gifts that gently testify of Him in our everyday lives. We appreciate your interest and support for our new company and we hope that your visit here is simply wonderful. Please come back often as we are always adding new products.

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LDS missionary dies on a hike in S. Africa

To the family and friends of Elder Jason David Fry:

It’s never easy for those left behind, but when you lose someone so senselessly and unexpectedly, we all feel the shock.

May it help to know how many people share your sorrow and stand with you in your time of need.

Many share your sorrow. | LDS missionary dies on a hike in S. Africa:

A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Monday after he slipped down an embankment while hiking in Durban, South Africa. Elder Jason David Fry of Silverdale, Wash., had been serving in the South Africa Durban Mission for the past five months. He and a few other missionaries were hiking in a popular scenic area on their preparation day when he lost his footing and fell, church spokesman Dale Bills said in a statement. Emergency crews tried to revive Fry at the scene but were unsuccessful. Bills said Fry’s parents have been notified and funeral arrangements are pending.

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Polygamist Sects Are Not “Mormons” LDS Church Says

Terry L. Hanley, copies The People’s Action Movement Newsroom press release, Polygamist Sects Are Not “Mormons” Church Says.

I’ve done that several times as well and hope other LDS have followed suit.

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LDS scholar and Presbyterian pastor discuss nature of ‘God of the Bible’

I hope there is a recording or transcript as it would make interesting reading to be sure. I’ve e-mailed The Daily Utah Chronicle to find out.

Who is God? – News:

In contrast to many loud and sometimes violent religious conflicts, last Friday a prominent LDS scholar and a Presbyterian pastor debated the nature of God in an organized, mediated and, for the most part, civil debate.

However, this does not mean they were ready to agree with each other. In fact, the radically different worldviews of the two faiths were evident.

The debate, organized by the Christ Presbyterian Church, brought together Jason Wallace, pastor of the Christ Presbyterian Church, and Allen Richardson, a former LDS missionary and author of 1000 Evidences for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. …[Read more]

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Torture debate on Bloggernacle Times

Stop on by and join the conversation on Guy Murray’s post Do Ye Even So To Them at Bloggernacle Times.

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Contentions and dissensions in America helps Jihadists gain power

Jihadists are to be blamed for 9/11.

I despise the Clintons. But never, ever, would I blame him for 9/11.

Likewise, if you despise Bush et al, don’t blame him for 9/11, blame the Jihadists.

Otherwise, it is pure partisanship trying to lay the blame on the other side.

Doing so has divided Americans along party lines, and it has the power to destroy this country.

If the finger pointing does not stop, the Jihadists and other enemies of America will easily destroy her.

Why help the Jihadists divide and destroy America?

In the Book of Mormon, secret combinations gain power

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Captain Moroni’s message to Jihadists

If Captain Moroni was the leader of the US, UK, or Israel, what message would he send to Jihadists, e.g., Hezbollah, Hamas, insurgents in Iraq, al-Qaida, etc?

Alma 44: 6 Yea, and this is not all; I command you by all the desires which ye have for life, that ye deliver up your weapons of war unto us, and we will seek not your blood, but we will spare your lives, if ye will go your way and come not again to war against us.

7 And now, if ye do not this, behold, ye are in our hands, and I will command my men that they shall fall upon you, and inflict the wounds of death in your bodies, that ye may become extinct; and then we will see who shall have power over this people; yea, we will see who shall be brought into bondage.

Other things we can learn from Captain Moroni:

Alma 44 Moroni refuse to accept the enemies arms which they hand over unless they covenant to stop fighting; i.e., he rejects temporary peace, slays those who refuse to disarm, and one of his soldiers scalps the enemies leader instilling fear in the enemy.

Alma 46 Moroni slays those who refuse to enter the covenant of freedom. Gee, you are either with us or against us, or better yet, dead! Where have I heard that before?

Alma 51 Moroni compels the pacifistic “dissenters to defend their country or put them to death” and in fact slays many of them.

Alma 51 Moroni casts remaining dissenters “into prison, for there was no time for their trails at this period”. Nephite Gitmo?

Alma 54 Moroni demands enemies stop their “murderous attacks”, calls them “a child of hell” and is not open to prisoners exchanged except on his own terms, which are highly waited in favor of the Nephites.

Alma 55 Moroni refuse to exchange prisoners, because he is angry for he knew their enemies did not have a just cause and he did not want to grant them greater strength.

Alma 60 Moroni uses executive power to “use all their power and means to deliver themselves from their enemies” and even threatens the government to supply his armies or he will turn attack and slay them! Bush hasn’t gone that far yet, but Bush has everything in common with how Moroni managed the affairs of the Nephite war.

Alma 62 Moroni kills the king-men because they refuse to defend their county. He has zero tolerance for dissension and pacifisms and dividers and non-supporters so much so he kills them!

Imagine if the US, UK, and Israel actually used the Book of Mormon as the standard of moral and immoral management of a The War on Terror, how much they would be hated by the UN and the World in general. God’s way has never been very popular in the World.

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Who Are The Mormons?

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What Mormons Believe About the Bible

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LDS Beliefs

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What Mormons Believe about Family

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Pattern of Secret Combinations in the Book of Mormon

And again, I will give you a pattern in all things, that you may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in all the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations– D&C 52:14

Militant Islam or Islamism or Islamists or Islamo-fascism or Jihadists or Islamic Extremists or Islamic Fundamentalism or Radical Islam or Mujahideen or murderous Muslism or terrorist or what ever you want to call them, qualify in every sense of the way as secret combinations.

Moreover, their numbers are not small. It is estimated by scholars that some 10%-15% Muslims support militant Islamists goals that use jihad as the method to enforce its ideology. That translates to 100,000,000 – 150,000,000 who are or favor and support Islamism/Militant Islam! Add to that the general consensus that 50% of Muslims are sympathetic to Islamists and you have 600,000,000 – 750,000,000 Muslims that side with or are sympathetic to the imperialistic, militant Islamic ideology. That is something to remember when you hear the common canard, “these radicals represent only a small, tiny faction of Muslims.”

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Secret Combinations By Avraham Gileadi

The book of Helaman practically starts out with Kishkumen’s murder of the chief judge Pahoran (Helaman 1:9). Kishkumen’s fellow conspirators “entered into a covenant, yea, swearing by their everlasting Maker, that they would tell no man that Kishkumen had murdered Pahoran” (Helaman 1:11). Only later, when Kishkumen tries to kill Helaman, does it come to light that a secret combination led by one Gadianton was conspiring “to murder, and to rob, and to gain power” over the people (Helaman 2:4-5, 8). Though this is the first reported incident of a secret combination among the Nephites, Mormon makes the point that, in the end, “this Gadianton did prove the overthrow, yea, almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi” (Helaman 2:13).

Helaman tells us that secret combinations originate with “that same being who did entice our first parents to partake of the forbidden fruit–yea, that same being who did plot with Cain, that if he would murder his brother Abel it should not be known to the world . . . . who led on the people who came from that tower into this land; who spread the works of darkness and abominations over all the face of the land, until he dragged the people down to an entire destruction, and to an everlasting hell. Yea, that same being who put it into the heart of Gadianton to still carry on the works of darkness, and of secret murder” (Helaman 6:26-29).

When abridging the history of the Jaredites,describes how the destruction of that mighty nation came about through those secret combinations and compares it to the subsequent destruction of the Nephites. The Book of Mormon thus not only provides a twofold witness but also a prophetic pattern of how secret combinations lead to the entire destruction of a nation of God’s people, even the most blessed and perhaps most powerful nation in the world.

In fact,intersperses his abridgment with pointed warnings to the Gentiles who will live in the last days, whom he has seen in vision (Mormon 8:34-35). He says of secret combinations, “They have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi. And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.

“Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain–and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be. 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 . . . For it cometh to pass that whosoever buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries” (Ether 8:21-25).

Earlier,had predicted that the Book of Mormon (including its sealed portion) would come forth “in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, because of secret combinations and the works of darkness” (Mormon 8:27). Nephi similarly saw that secret combinations would exist in this land in the last days. He says, “The Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes . . . And there are many churches built up which cause envyings, and strifes, and malice. And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil” (2 Nephi 26:20-22). Finally, a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith declares that the time would come when those preaching in the east would “teach them that shall be converted to flee to the west, and this in consequence of that which is coming upon the earth, and of secret combinations” (D&C 42:64).

Questions we may ask ourselves could include, Are we reaching that point now? Is the increasing terrorist threat to destroy America and other fredom-loving nations the beginning of what Book of Mormon prophets saw would happen to us? Are we approaching such a state of wickedness so as to be bringing these things upon ourselves? To determine answers to these question, we might compare the Pattern of Secret Combinations the Book of Mormon provides (as follows) with what is happening today:

In the Book of Mormon, secret combinations gain power

Those who belong to secret combinations

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