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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

How Long Before You Are in Mourning?

             In about the year 385 A.D., there was a final battle between two warring nations in ancient America. The Lamanites killed all the Nephites except 24 people and then continued to hunt and destroy them. The ancient American prophet and Nephite general Mormon and his son Moroni were among the survivors. Mormon was severely injured in the battle and passed over as dead by the attacking Lamanites. He was later found and treated for his injuries but probably died from them.

            As he looked out over the dead bodies of approximately 230,000 of his slain people, Mormon lamented their deaths. Mormon could have been near death when he wrote, “And my soul was rent with anguish, because of the slain of my people, and I cried:

O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you!

Behold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen. But behold, ye are fallen, and I mourn your loss. (Mormon 6:17-18).

            Just as Mormon mourned the fall of his people, I am mourning the fall of my people. I recognize that we have not yet reached the point of the annihilation of the Nephites by the Lamanites, but I fear that we are moving rapidly in that direction. Even though the results of the 2020 presidential election are not known at the present time, I am mourning the conditions that brought us to this point where half – plus or minus -- the voters chose evil, namely socialism.

            There was a clear distinction between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. One is a healthy and robust man with a long list of accomplishments, and the other is an old, frail man with dementia who has been in government for 47 years and has done nothing for America. One has clearly stated that socialism would not come into the United States while he is president, and the other openly courts socialists for his cabinet.

Many of those who chose socialism know better, and they willingly and knowingly chose it because they were deceived by Satan. Some of the best and brightest of people allowed Satan to deceive them and fill their hearts with hate for Trump. While they were busy hating Trump, their eyes were blinded to the many good things that Trump was doing for the nation. They could see that “Trump is a terrible man!” and must be replaced. I am not saying that they should have voted for Trump, but I am saying that a vote for Biden was wrong. I am terribly disappointed in my fellow Americans. I am particularly disappointed in those who know the history and prophecies concerning this land as found in the Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ – and allowed Satan to deceive them.

I remind my readers that President Russell M. Nelson pleaded with us in the April 2018 General Conference to open our hearts and minds to God. “My beloved brothers and sisters, I plead with you to increase your spiritual capacity to receive revelation…. Choose to do the spiritual work required to enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost and hear the voice of the Spirit more frequently and more clearly.”

I do not believe that it is a coincidence that the scripture study program for 2020 is the Book of Mormon. I do not believe it is a coincidence that our current study is about the last battle and death of Mormon. The writers of the Book of Mormon saw our day and gave us warning.

Mosiah was a righteous king in ancient America who changed his government from a monarchy to a democracy for the good of his people. He explained to them that righteous kings were okay and did much good, but it was almost impossible to dethrone an unrighteous king. He made clear to them how wicked kings surround themselves with guards and their “friends in iniquity” and how they “teareth up the laws of those who have reigned in righteousness before [them]” (Mosiah 29:22). He warned them that dethroning such a king would be impossible except “through much contention, and the shedding of much blood” (Mosiah 29:21). He continued by clarifying the benefits of a democracy.

Therefore, choose you by the voice of this people, judges, that ye may be judged according to the laws which have been given you by our fathers, which are correct, and which were given them by the hand of the Lord.

Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law – to do your business by the voice of the people.

And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land (Mosiah 29:25-27).

            The people of Mosiah loved their king, and they knew that he loved them and worked for their benefit. They accepted his offer to put them in a position where their “sins and iniquities [would] be answered upon their own heads” (Mosiah 29:30). They accepted their personal responsibility and moved forward enjoying their “rights and privileges alike” (Mosiah 29:32).

            Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have long been told that the Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ was written for us and for our day. It warns us that secret combinations would be in the government in the latter-days. We have been warned! One of the clearest voices of warning was President Ezra Taft Benson.

The Nephites never had the book; neither did the Lamanites of ancient times. It was meant for us….

Each of the major writers of the Book of Mormon testified that he wrote for future generations [see 2 Nephi 25:21; Jacob 1:3; Mormon 7:1; 8:34-35] ….

If they saw our day, and chose those things which would be of greatest worth to us, is not that how we should study the Book of Mormon? We should constantly ask ourselves, “Why did the Lord inspire Mormon (or Moroni or Alma) to include that in his record? What lesson can I learn from that to help me live in this day and age?”

            The writers of the Book of Mormon saw our day when secret combinations would infiltrate the government. That day is long past! Their takeover of the government was only delayed by the election of Donald Trump. He was an outsider who was uninvolved in the corruption and threatened the power of the elites who had ensconced themselves in Washington, D.C. From the time that he became the Republican nominee in 2016, the elites began plotting his overthrow to keep their corruption hidden. They used the powers of the government in their attempt to overthrow a duly elected President.

            Now there are investigations about how the coup started, and indictments could come any day. If Joe Biden wins this election and becomes president, all the investigations will be stopped, but the corruption will continue. In addition, evidence seems to say that Joe Biden was part of the corruption where Hunter Biden and Jim Biden made millions and billions of dollars selling the Biden name and influence to foreign nations, including Russia and China. It is possible that Biden sold national secrets to foreign nations. Only an investigation would prove him innocent or guilty – but such an investigation would stop when he became president.

            Then there is the movement to make America a socialist country. I know that some of you will laugh at this suggestion, but President Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.” My generation is standing firm against socialism. Donald Trump has been standing between America and socialism for four years. Biden chose two avowed socialists as advisors, and they are planning to be in his cabinet: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders. 

     The reason that I am in mourning is because approximately half the voters voted 

for Biden – a man who is being advised by socialists. Half is not quite a majority – yet. There is still time to save our nation, but it will not be done by people who knowingly and willingly choose evil simply because their hearts are full of hate for Donald Trump. I pray that God will bless America and keep us safe from enemies – both foreign and domestic. Meanwhile, I will mourn Americans who have been blessed with freedom and are willingly giving it away.

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