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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]


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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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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