Captain Moroni – Fighting the Elite and False Flag Terror since 72 BC

 

Author’s note: If you’ve read this far, I commend you. The modern propaganda war is so extensively advanced that I’m confident the title of this article is going to turn many away right from the beginning. I care not. The truth is sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow. This was an easy article to write. The prophet Mormon did most of it for me. So I ask you before you proceed, do you really believe the Book of Mormon?

 

If you were like me, you read the Book of Mormon as a youngster and wondered at the greatness of Captain Moroni, the indefatigable defender of Liberty and Christianity. How could we not wonder at such a man? The historian Mormon, a linguist, a scholar, a general, and a prophet himself once said of Moroni, “Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken FOREVER; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.” Alma 48:17 I added the emphasis, but I am certain that with MS Word in his toolbox, Mormon would have done the same.

 

This was remarkable praise coming from Mormon. What had Moroni done to merit such tribute? Mormon painstakingly engraved several chapters telling of Moroni on the golden plates. In fact he spends verses 10-20 of Alma chapter 48 to explain how virtuous Captain Moroni was in this mortal life. He might have spent several days engraving those ten verses alone. We do not know. Nevertheless, Mormon named his son after this man and certainly Captain Moroni is a man worthy of emulation. He is worthy of discussion. His example is key to shaking even the very power of hell. As a young man I wanted to be like him. Perhaps that’s why I investigated joining the armed services. I still want to be like Captain Moroni, but armed with further knowledge I realize how nuanced and difficult this quest will be as the last days before the second coming of our Lord and Savior unfold themselves before our eyes.

 

In order to get to the point as quickly as possible I’ve organized this essay into two parts. The main points are made first, bulleted with brief supporting evidence. The painstaking details that back up these truths are included in an appendix, lest I be accused of misconstruing the story. You see, taken in context, the similarities to our day are striking and even damning.

 

1 Nephi 19:23 …“For I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.”

 

Now, the mainstream LDS culture promotes the idea that because of the war chapters in the Book of Mormon, and because this is the promised land, and because the Church was restored in this once free nation (among other things), that the many wars America has fought were justified and righteous causes. We tend to compare ourselves and our LDS soldiers (and even the non-LDS ones) to the righteous Nephites, the Christian warriors of these war chapters. This is no trivial matter. War is the ultimate form of dominion. One party seeks to exert control over another by the sword. We kill, maim and destroy. It is one of the most physically horrible aspects of this mortal veil of tears.

 

The Christian ought to tread lightly. Not only did the Savior declare, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”, but the Doctrine and Covenants section 98  teaches us that we ought to “Renounce war and proclaim peace” (verse 16). This is a significant section. Be warned, this is not pacifism, but it is as is stated in verse 38, “an ensample unto all people, saith the Lord your God, for justification before me.” This section teaches two important points. First, if persecuted, turn the other cheek. However we are justified individually in self and family defense. Verse 31 indicates “…if he has sought thy life, and thy life is endangered by him, thine enemy is in thine hands and thou art justified.” But secondly, directly from the chapter heading, we learn that as a nation “War is justified only when the Lord commands it;” v33-48.

 

For further explanation see the Appendix A - Doctrine and Covenants 98.

 

Supporting the wars of these latter days may not only get us killed physically but it may damage our souls or perhaps even put an end to our progression. Doctrine and Covenants 121 warns that unrighteous dominion will be the end of our priesthood and is the reason why many are called but few are chosen. We really ought to be ashamed of ourselves. We often take this council to heart regarding our immediate families, but disregard it when dealing with our brothers and sisters around the globe. No wonder the living prophet weeps at night over this. (Pres. Monson Apr 2011) How can we renounce war and proclaim peace as a people when we struggle to apply this in our own homes and communities? Read on. We have been deceived. We are behaving as the Lamanites under Amalickiah. We do in fact live in “enemy territory”. (Elder Packer Oct 2011)

 

The following is a summary of Alma chapters 43 to 62.

 

Alma 43-44: Zerahemnah Nephite Dissenter

 

Chapters 45 through 62 are commonly known as the war chapters.

 

Alma 45: Alma Passes On

 

Alma 46: Conspiracy FACT

 

Alma 47-48: Propaganda, Conspiracy, and False Flag Terror

(Please read the summary in the appendix about this very important episode.)

 

Alma 49-51: Invasion / War

 

Alma 52: War and Strategy

 

Alma 54-55: Prisoner Exchange and Strategy

 

Alma 53, 56-58: Stripling Warriors

 

Alma 59-62: Domestic Insurgency, Cleansing of Government, Dramatic Conclusion

 

Timeline to the War Chapters

72 BC             Conspiracy and propaganda – Initial attack by Amalickiah

72-67 BC        Peace and fortification

67-66 BC        Internal dissension – Invasion – Amalickiah slain

66-62 BC        War with Ammoron

Conclusion:

This is the heading to the war chapters: “The account of the people of Nephi, and their wars and dissensions, in the days of Helaman, according to the record of Helaman, which he kept in his days. Comprising chapters 45 to 62 inclusive.”  These chapters cover the period from 72 BC to 62 BC or roughly 10 years. It is significant that Mormon points out that the war chapters cover the dissension among the Nephites. The internal Nephite dissensions were the sole reason for the wars of these chapters.

 

In modern times we in America seem to be all too quick to attribute our wars to external influences. The media-propaganda apparatuses supply ample rationalization for anger and fear. As a nation we are unwilling to look at the conspiratorial factors and dissensions that created those wars and which have caused all wars from the beginning. (Moses 6:15—men seeking power through secret works of darkness)  If we are willing to heed the warnings of the Book of Mormon we will examine our own nation’s internal workings to identify the causes of our wars. Amalickiah was an elite member of the Nephite aristocracy. He and the existing Nephite government, the lower judges of the land, conspired to set up a monarchy and procure dynastic power over the people. This is the age old struggle of the children of men since Adam.

 

Men like unto Captain Moroni can shake the very foundations of hell because of their understanding of agency and liberty. These are vital to true Christianity. Moroni was expert at the balance between righteous and unrighteous dominion, a skill which is critical to exercising the priesthood of God (D&C 121). When necessary, he forcibly put down those Nephite elitists who would assail the natural, God-given rights of him and his free countrymen. He defended his country to the point of the shedding of much blood. He did not, however, expand the war into foreign territory, or preemptively attack a neighboring nation. His actions align exactly with the council of D&C 98 and the Nephite prophets’ teachings of the defense of the people’s liberty that prevailed at the time. (Alma 48)

 

This is why Moroni is to be emulated. The devil shakes at this understanding. It is the key to thwarting evil in this mortal life. It is the key to building Zion. We must respect the agency of others so long as they do not infringe upon our natural rights to life, liberty and property. It is a delicate balance. We must vigorously defend our own natural rights. This moral understanding when widespread in a population produces incredible prosperity and has only appeared briefly throughout human history. The city of Enoch is the most salient example. They were taken up into heaven. The Israelites had it briefly. America had it briefly. In fact our Founding Fathers knew these great truths and they are enumerated in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. Unfortunately our indebted, contentious and wicked state as a people proves our departure from this understanding.

 

Do not fail to heed the warnings of these ancient prophets. Moroni, Mormon’s son, provided further warning regarding liberty and the antithetical works of darkness in Ether Chapter 8.

 

23 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.

24 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; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.

25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies;

This is the history of the world in a nutshell. I plead with you to try to understand this. The forces of evil have taken control of society’s institutions; not only entertainment, but governments, news media and education as well. There now exists a wide chasm between the faithful Christians and these institutions. These are the words of a modern prophet. I urge you to heed the prophets’ warnings and awaken to this awful situation and simply repent of the unknowing support you have given these secret combinations. Abandon the pride that blinds men from these truths. Then join in the cause of proclaiming true liberty. There is much to re-learn and little time left to warn family, friends and neighbors. Truth and righteousness will prevail. Rejoice, the Lord is King. He will return.

Alma 48 – The Virtue of Captain Moroni

10 And thus he was preparing to support their liberty, their lands, their wives, and their children, and their peace, and that they might live unto the Lord their God, and that they might maintain that which was called by their enemies the cause of Christians.

 

11 And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery;

 

12 Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.

 

13 Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood.

 

14 Now the Nephites were taught to defend themselves against their enemies, even to the shedding of blood if it were necessary; yea, and they were also taught never to give an offense, yea, and never to raise the sword except it were against an enemy, except it were to preserve their lives.

 

15 And this was their faith, that by so doing God would prosper them in the land, or in other words, if they were faithful in keeping the commandments of God that he would prosper them in the land; yea, warn them to flee, or to prepare for war, according to their danger;

 

16 And also, that God would make it known unto them whither they should go to defend themselves against their enemies, and by so doing, the Lord would deliver them; and this was the faith of Moroni, and his heart did glory in it; not in the shedding of blood but in doing good, in preserving his people, yea, in keeping the commandments of God, yea, and resisting iniquity.

 

17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

Doctrine & Covenants 121

34 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?

 

35 Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—

 

36 That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.

 

37 That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.

 

38 Behold, ere he is aware, he is left unto himself, to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints, and to fight against God.

 

39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.

 

40 Hence many are called, but few are chosen.

 

41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;

 

42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—

 

43 Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;

 

44 That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.

 

As recently as this year the living prophet of God, Thomas S Monson, stated that the above IS the DEFINITIVE word regarding the priesthood of God. You men of the priesthood, I plead with you. WAKE UP and be deceived no longer.  The gospel will not be spread by the sword and unrighteous dominion. It will be spread by righteousness.

 

Alma 31:And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.

 


Appendix A - Doctrine and Covenants 98

 

Self Defense:

Verse 31 tells us that personally we are justified in protecting ourselves and our families if our enemy is in our hands, has sought our life and our life is endangered by him.  However, this is not the totality of the lesson. The Lord begins his council on this point in verse 23. “Now, I speak unto you concerning your families—if men will smite you, or your families, once, and ye bear it patiently and revile not against them, neither seek revenge, ye shall be rewarded;” The word smite in the footnote refers directly to Luke 6:29 “Turn the other cheek” and Alma 43:46 “Inasmuch as ye are not guilty of the first offense, neither the second, ye shall not suffer yourselves to be slain by the hands of your enemies.” The footnote also refers us to the Topical Guide, Persecution. 

 

It is quite clear that in context this addresses personal and family persecution and worse. Unfortunately the prophecies reveal that in the last days the true saints will be persecuted. The Lord expects us to forgive as much as possible. Read Section 98, 23-31. Considering the incredible propaganda and deception that our brothers and sisters are subject to in these later days, a true believer ought to have the compassion to attempt to follow this council. The application of these principles may not be easy and seems unfair. Nevertheless, I personally find harmony on this point in the balance that the Lord has taught. We are in fact JUSTIFIED in SELF DEFENSE.

 

War as a Nation or People:

The chapter heading indicates “War is justified only when the Lord commands it;” 39-48. The context of this commandment really begins in verse 33. Here is 34-38 with my emphasis added.

 

34 And if any nation, tongue, or people should proclaim war against them, they should first lift a standard of peace unto that people, nation, or tongue;

 

35 And if that people did not accept the offering of peace, neither the second nor the third time, they should bring these testimonies before the Lord;

 

36 Then I, the Lord, would give unto them a commandment, and justify them in going out to battle against that nation, tongue, or people.

 

37 And I, the Lord, would fight their battles, and their children’s battles, and their children’s children’s, until they had avenged themselves on all their enemies, to the third and fourth generation.

 

38 Behold, this is an ensample unto all people, saith the Lord your God, for justification before me.

 

When verse 38 says ALL people, I am left to wonder why many of the mainstream LDS are so quick to jump on the “war” bandwagon. We truly are living in dangerous times. One of the most discouraging facts is that since the formation of the United Nations, we have had continual wars and rumors of wars, but never has the US engaged in them legally via the Constitutional mandate that Congress declare the war. Again, the faithful must be asleep. Does the omnipresent threat of terrorism or nuclear weapons invalidate the word of God?  Not surprisingly, the apostles of the church have openly spoken against war prior to most of the major conflicts of the last 100 years.

 

A word on obeying honoring and sustaining the law:

Many good men have been caught up in war. Propaganda and lies surround all wars. It is not cut and dried. Moses 6:15 explains that from the beginning wars have been had among men “because of secret works, seeking for power.”

 

Prior to the 2nd Iraq war in October of 2002, Elder Nelson quoted an April 1942 First Presidency Message in his talk entitled “Blessed are the Peace Makers”.

 

During the Second World War, when members of the Church were forced to fight on opposing sides, the First Presidency affirmed that “the state is responsible for the civil control of its citizens or subjects, for their political welfare, and for the carrying forward of political policies, domestic and foreign. … But the Church itself, as such, has no responsibility for these policies, [other] than urging its members fully to render … loyalty to their country.

 

The 1942 conference address Elder Nelson quotes is quite revelatory. There are several points of truth that ring through upon further examination of this address. I encourage you to read it in its entirety. It can be found on lds.org. (Title: First Presidency Message, in Conference Report, Apr. 1942) Here are the truths likely to be misunderstood by the mainstream as concisely as they can be addressed.

  1. The context of the phrase “responsibility of the state” does not infer authority, but rather culpability or blame.
  2. Doctrine and Covenants 134 is quoted copiously.
    1. We the people are the “state”.
    2. We are to be held accountable for our actions in relation to government. (i.e. supporting wars outside of the context of D&C 98)
    3. We ought to support our government while protected in our unalienable and natural rights. We live in a day and age where those rights are under attack. King-men have already co-opted our government. It is our duty as was Captain Moroni’s to protect our rights (peacefully first if possible).
  3. Doctrine and Covenants 134 conspicuously mirrors the Declaration of Independence of 1776.
  4. At the time WWII was a Constitutionally declared war. D&C 98 indicates that the Lord supports the Constitutional law of the land. We have not since had a Constitutionally declared war. The War Powers Act was not passed as an amendment to the Constitution and does not provide legal justification for war. The renunciation of war powers could only legally be done by Constitutional amendment as it was clear that the founding fathers intended this power rest with the people and not an executive; an individual who whether as monarch or president would become a tyrant the minute he unilaterally engaged the lives of his people in any endeavor to exercise their collective dominion over their brothers and sisters foreign or domestic. We find ourselves in a situation similar to the founding fathers, where government has become destructive to our natural rights. This was the quandary of Captain Moroni when he rent his coat and wrote upon it the Title of Liberty. The threat he faced was DOMESTIC.
  5. The significance of the 1942 address is to provide justification for faithful members to support their nation in its war efforts. It absolves the good service men of culpability in killing their brethren who may be enemies and places the “responsibility” squarely on the state (i.e. the people who supported the war).

 

Here are three revelatory sections of the address in their full context. I have added emphasis and comments in brackets.

Church and State

The Church stands for the separation of church and state. The Church has no civil [or] political functions. As the Church may not assume the functions of the state, so the state may not assume the functions of the Church. The Church is responsible for and must carry on the work of the Lord, directing the conduct of its members, one towards the other, as followers of the lowly Christ, not forgetting the humble, the poor and needy, and those in distress, leading them all to righteous living and a spiritual life that shall bring them to salvation, exaltation, and eternal progression, in wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and power.

Today, more than ever before in the history of the Church, we must bring the full force of the righteous living of our people and the full influence of the spiritual power and responsibility of the holy priesthood to combat the evil forces which Satan has let loose among the peoples of the earth. We are in the midst of a desperate struggle between truth and error, and truth will finally prevail.

The state is responsible for the civil control of its citizens or subjects, for their political welfare, and for the carrying forward of political policies, domestic and foreign, of the body politic. For these policies, their success or failure, the state is alone responsible, and it must carry their burdens. All these matters involve and directly affect Church members because they are part of the body politic, and members must give allegiance to their sovereign and render it loyal service when called thereto. But the Church itself, as such, has no responsibility for these policies, as to which it has no means of doing more than urging its members fully to render that loyalty to their country and to free institutions which the loftiest patriotism calls for. [This part was omitted from the end of Elder Nelson’s quote. Not because he does not want us to support free institutions, but because the wars being waged do not support them.]

Nevertheless, as a correlative of the principle of separation of the church and the state themselves, there is an obligation running from every citizen or subject to the state. This obligation is voiced in that Article of Faith which declares:

"We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."

[This is not an absolute dictum as many think. The laws of man may be corrupt. Further below the Lord clarifies which law he is talking about (D&C 98) … the Constitutional law of the land. Anything “more or less cometh of evil.” Furthermore, as you will find directly below, D&C 134 explains when one ought to sustain such laws (while protected in their natural and unalienable rights), clearly indicating that there are times we believe in NOT honoring and sustaining the law. As Jefferson stated, “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.” As we learned from Captain Moroni, when the King-men took over his government it mattered not what laws they passed. He removed them by force.]

For one hundred years, the Church has been guided by the following principles:

"We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.

"We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.

"We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people if a republic, or the will of the sovereign.

"We believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion; that the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul.

"We believe that all men are bound to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they reside, while protected in their inherent and inalienable rights by the laws of such governments; and that sedition and rebellion are unbecoming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished accordingly; and that all governments have a right to enact such laws as in their own judgments are best calculated to secure the public interest; at the same time, however, holding sacred the freedom of conscience.

[The Declaration of Independence (1776): “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…We find ourselves in a situation similar to the founding fathers, where government has become destructive to freedom. This is the same position Captain Moroni found himself in when he rent his coat and wrote upon it the Title of Liberty. The threat he faced was domestic.]

"We believe that every man should be honored in his station, rulers and magistrates as such, being placed for the protection of the innocent and the punishment of the guilty; and that to the laws all men owe respect and deference, as without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror; human laws being instituted for the express purpose of regulating our interests as individuals and nations, between man and man; and divine laws given of heaven, prescribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship, both to be answered by man to his Maker.

"We believe . . . that murder, treason, robbery, theft, and the breach of the general peace, in all respects, should be punished according to their criminality and their tendency to evil among men, by the laws of that government in which the offense is committed." (D&C 134:1–6, 8)

Church Membership and Army Service

Obedient to these principles, the members of the Church have always felt under obligation to come to the defense of their country when a call to arms was made; on occasion the Church has prepared to defend its own members.

In the days of Nauvoo, the Nauvoo Legion was formed, having in view the possible armed defense of the Saints against mob violence. Following our expulsion from Nauvoo, the Mormon Battalion was recruited by the national government for service in the war with Mexico. When Johnston's army was sent to Utah in 1857 as the result of malicious misrepresentations as to the actions and attitude of the territorial officers and the people, we prepared and used measures of force to prevent the entry of the army into the valleys. During the early years in Utah, forces were raised and used to fight the Indians. In the war with Spain, members of the Church served with the armed forces of the United States with distinction and honor. In the World War, the Saints of America and of European countries served loyally their respective governments, on both sides of the conflict. Likewise in the present war, righteous men of the Church in both camps have died, some with great heroism, for their own country's sake. In all this our people have but served loyally the country of which they were citizens or subjects under the principles we have already stated. We have felt honored that our brethren have died nobly for their country; the Church has been benefited by their service and sacrifice.

Nevertheless, we have not forgotten that on Sinai, God commanded, "Thou shalt not kill"; nor that in this dispensation the Lord has repeatedly reiterated that command. He has said:

"And now, behold, I speak unto the church. Thou shalt not kill; and he that kills shall not have forgiveness in this world, nor in the world to come.

"And again, I say, thou shalt not kill; but he that killeth shall die." (D&C 42:18–19; see also 59:6)

[The Hebrew translation of “kill” in context is “murder.”]

At another time the Lord commanded that murderers should "be delivered up and dealt with according to the laws of the land; for remember that he hath no forgiveness." (D&C 42:79) So also when land was to be obtained in Zion, the Lord said:

"Wherefore, the land of Zion shall not be obtained but by purchase or by blood, otherwise there is none inheritance for you.

"And if by purchase, behold you are blessed;

"And if by blood, as you are forbidden to shed blood, lo, your enemies are upon you, and ye shall be scourged from city to city, and from synagogue to synagogue, and but few shall stand to receive an inheritance." (D&C 63:29–31)

But all these commands, from Sinai down, run in very terms against individuals as members of society, as well as members of the Church, for one man must not kill another as Cain killed Abel; they also run against the Church as in the case of securing land in Zion, because Christ's Church should not make war, for the Lord is a Lord of peace. He has said to us in this dispensation:

"Therefore, renounce war and proclaim peace . . . " (D&C 98:16) Thus the Church is and must be against war. The Church itself cannot wage war, unless and until the Lord shall issue new commands. It cannot regard war as a righteous means of settling international disputes; these should and could be settled—the nations agreeing—by peaceful negotiation and adjustment.

But the Church membership are citizens or subjects of sovereignties over which the Church has no control. The Lord Himself has told us to "befriend that law which is the constitutional law of the land":

"And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.

"And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.

"Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;

"And as pertaining to the law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil." (D&C 98:4–7)

[US Constitution Article 1 Section 8 -- The Congress shall have Power To ... To declare War. This section of the Constitution also addresses responsibility for the Army, Navy and calling out the Militia. It is clear that this responsibility rests with Congress, not the UN or the president. Article 2 does not grant the executive any war powers. No amendment has changed that. The recent wars can only obviously be classified as laws of men that are “more or less” than Constitutional and hence “cometh of evil”.]

While by its terms this revealed word related more especially to this land of America, nevertheless the principles announced are worldwide in their application. and they are specifically addressed to "you" (Joseph Smith), "and your brethren of my church." When, therefore, constitutional law, obedient to these principles, calls the manhood of the Church into the armed service of any country to which they owe allegiance, their highest civic duty requires that they meet that call. If, harkening to that call and obeying those in command over them, they shall take the lives of those who fight against them, that will not make of them murderers, nor subject them to the penalty that God has prescribed for those who kill, beyond the principle to be mentioned shortly. For it would be a cruel God that would punish His children as moral sinners for acts done by them as the innocent instrumentalities of a sovereign whom He had told them to obey and whose will they were powerless to resist.

[This following section actually flows in context prior to the two listed above. It is less relevant to the discussion on honoring the law, but is valuable because of the warnings it makes. Please note that to the writers of this 1942 address, socialism was synonymous with communism. In 1942, communism was being openly promoted. It wasn’t until the cold war that it became anathema.]

False Political Isms

We again warn our people in America of the constantly increasing threat against our inspired Constitution and our free institutions set up under it. The same political tenets and philosophies that have brought war and terror in other parts of the world are at work amongst us in America. The proponents thereof are seeking to undermine our own form of government and to set up instead one of the forms of dictatorships now flourishing in other lands. [We now have a government similar to those they warned of… if not in “ism” name, in substance.] These revolutionists are using a technique that is as old as the human race—a fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery and then enslave them.

They suit their approaches to the particular group they seek to deceive. Among the Latter-day Saints they speak of their philosophy and their plans under it as an ushering in of the United Order. Communism and all other similar isms bear no relationship whatever to the United Order. They are merely the clumsy counterfeits which Satan always devises of the gospel plan. Communism debases the individual and makes him the enslaved tool of the state to whom he must look for sustenance and religion; the United Order exalts the individual, leaves him his property, "according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and needs," (D&C 51:3) and provides a system by which he helps care for his less fortunate brethren; the United Order leaves every man free to choose his own religion as his conscience directs. Communism destroys man's God-given free agency; the United Order glorifies it. Latter-day Saints can not be true to their faith and lend aid, encouragement, or sympathy to any of these false philosophies. They will prove snares to their feet. 


Appendix B - Alma

Alma 43-44 (Zerahemna)

Chapters 43 and 44 Summary

These chapters describe the relatively short battle with the Lamanites who were led by Zerahemnah who wanted to make slaves of the Nephites. He wanted power over them and the ill-gotten spoils and gain that would follow. He induced the unwilling Lamanites to battle. They attempted first to attack the Nephites in the land of Jershon, where the Anti-Nephi-Lehi’s dwelt. But because of the armor of the Nephites the aggressors turned back and devised a plan to circle around and attack the land of Manti by stealth.

 

Moroni consulted with the Lord’s prophet Alma and was warned of the Lamanite plan. He devised a stratagem to encircle the Lamanites. He caught them in the waters of the river Sidon and commenced the work of death among them. The fighting was fierce. Moroni called a truce. The Lamanites were given a choice to desist and return to their homes under covenant not to come against the Nephites again. After a dramatic exchange of beliefs Zerahemnah backhandedly attempted to kill Moroni and was scalped by a valiant guard. Many Lamanites made the covenant and defected, but Zerahemnah stirred up the remainder to battle again. When it was clear that they were to be destroyed, he surrendered and capitulated to Moroni’s demands. The Nephites immediately returned home after burying the dead.

 

What can we learn here?

Zerahemna sought unrightous dominion over all. He hated liberty and righteousness. During Alma’s mission to the Zoramites he became enraged that the poor Zoramite converts had been accepted by the Anti-Nephi-Lehi’s. Their crime? Accepting the word and leaving their brethren who had apparently depended on them to build their fine synagogues among other things. It appears those humble poor had been taken advantage of and were practically slaves. (Alma 32:5, Alma 35:8-9) Upon receiving the message of liberty and salvation, they opted for a better life in the land of Jershon where they were accepted as brothers.

 

The book doesn’t say, but Zerahemnah was likely a Zoramite or an Amalekite. His heritage may be pertinent but Alma opted not to include it. He simply stated that “Zerahemnah appointed chief captains over the Lamanites, and they were all Amalekites and Zoramites.” The reason for this was that “the Amalekites were of a more wicked and murderous disposition than the Lamanites were, in and of themselves” (Alma 43:6) You see, even the indolent Lamanites needed to be induced to battle the Nephites. Note that the Amalekites and Zoramites were dissenters from the Nephites, not some shadowy foreign entity. Their lust for control over the Nephites perhaps stemmed from their recent association. The Nephites were prosperous. Who wouldn’t want what they had?

 

Zerahemnah had to “stir up” the Lamanites against the Nephites. In modern times we would call this a propaganda or marketing campaign. Watch for this pattern as wicked leaders inspire and even beguile the people into wars. It is found in all lands. So ubiquitous is this technique that in 2005 President Hinckley declared that the Book of Mormon was as current as the morning newspaper due to scheming leaders who promote immorality, tax, oppress and induce wars. (Ensign Aug 2005—full quote found in Appendix C)

 

The figure of Captain Moroni on the other hand is conspicuously absent in these latter days. Moroni’s military activity was based on the Lord’s commandments. His action taken in total is very similar to Doctrine and Covenants 98. First the standard of peace was raised by Alma, his sons and the sons of Mosiah. Their missions truly were more powerful than the sword. Moroni consulted with the Lord’s prophet. He commanded this enemy to desist in the name of the Lord. His defense was based upon an actual immediate danger. (I would use the terms “clear and present” were it not so perverted by recent rationalizations.) Mormon affirmed that “the Lord has said that: Ye shall defend your families even unto bloodshed. Therefore for this cause were the Nephites contending with the Lamanites, to defend themselves, and their families, and their lands, their country, and their rights, and their religion.”

 

This was a defensive war. It was an immediate danger. Had the Lamanites gone home Moroni would have let them be and perhaps even would have forgiven them. (See D&C 98) He let them go when they were in his hands. He did not even seek the life of the murderous Zerahemnah. The covenant of peace was sufficient. Similarly the Nephites did not pursue the Lamanites when they destroyed the city of Ammonihah. (Alma 25:2 before 77 BC) Neither did they pursue the prisoners that had been carried off by the Lamanites near the end of the war with Amalickiah. (Alma 58:31) What further example is needed? Is this not in the starkest contrast to events since 2001?

 

 

Alma 45-62 (The War Chapters)

Chapters 46 Summary

Amalickiah CONSPIRED to be king with the lower judges of the land. He engaged in a campaign of flattery to attract support. Upon discovering this DOMESTIC threat Moroni rent his coat. He wrote upon it the Title of Liberty: “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children.” Moroni then prayed mightily to God. He launched an urgent information war asking all who would support the true cause of liberty to rally to the Title of Liberty. Moroni attracted broad support. Even Amalickiah’s supporters began to doubt their cause. Seeing this, Amalickiah sought to flee with his followers to join the Lamanites. Moroni took his armies and headed them off. Amalickiah escaped. Moroni offered life and peace to those captured dissenters that would covenant to support the cause of freedom. There were but a few who refused.

 

What can we learn from this?

Important note: This conflict occurred only 18 years after the righteous king Mosiah instituted the reign of the judges. Thus we see that the adversary immediately chips away at freedom wherever it is to be found. He seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands. (Ether 8)

 

As President Benson stated, there is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon, only conspiracy FACT. Amalickiah was one of the elite. He was perhaps well elevated among them. These domestic usurpers conspired together to co-opt the government via civic and legal means. They started another propaganda campaign. The chapter indicates that it was mostly by flattery. That’s the problem with majority rule. Mosiah 29:26-27 explains that when the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, the judgments of God follow. Amalickiah co-opted the lower judges or the established ruling class. This was the aristocracy. These were the men who already had power among the people. In fact you could call them the POWERS THAT BE. Unless you are incredibly closed minded this is blatantly obvious. The ruling class wanted more power than they already had under the free system of judges. They sought a tyranny where they could fatten themselves on the spoils of oligarchy. They sought this openly by attempting to sell the people a monarchy.

 

Moroni did what he had to do. He rallied people to the true standard of liberty and prosperity. He references their “rights” in conjunction with their religion, God and families, several times throughout the war chapters. He had done as Jefferson and the Founding Fathers did in hoisting the Title of Liberty. He declared the causes which impelled him to his action. (Reference the Declaration of Independence 1776) His main effort was to bring to the forefront of the public mind the basis of their freedom and prosperity. He reminded them of their priorities and the source of their happiness. Those God-given rights of life, liberty and property along with a knowledge of God are essential to true liberty. Moroni knew this just as well as Jefferson did.

 

But what about Moroni cutting off the retreat of Amalickiah and those men that were put to death? Not even Zerahemnah was put to death. Moroni was actually very consistent. He gave these king-men the same choice he gave Zerahemnah and the Lamanites. Perhaps the actual real-world setting for this scene was the present day state of New Hampshire. Moroni knew that as a people we must either live free or die. These king-men were openly infringing upon his and his countrymens’ natural rights to life and liberty.

 

This was an example of righteous dominion. Here is why. This is a military problem. Amalickiah and his men weren’t departing peacefully to live elsewhere. They were taking a segment of the Nephite nation’s armed forces over to the enemy. Think of Amalickiah’s “armies” as being AWOL (absent without leave). More appropriately they were behaving treasonously and mutinously. This episode was a very serious and extensive court martial. They had defied the chain of command. Moroni had been given command of the Nephite armies by the voice of the people. It was his duty to exert this type of dominion. Were they to peaceably depart I am certain he would not have felt to stop them. (Alma 46:29-35)

 

In context this is speaking specifically of Amalickiah’s armies.

Alma 46:34 Now, Moroni being a man who was appointed by the chief judges and the voice of the people, therefore he had power according to his will with the armies of the Nephites, to establish and to exercise authority over them.

 

Chapters 47-48 Summary

Here is where the story gets even more interesting. I would point out that we, the American society, have long failed to purge the domestic threat. Modern day king-men, even Gadiantons, are running amok at many levels of government. Liken the scriptures unto yourself that it may be for your profit and learning.

 

Amalickiah, narrowly escaped Moroni’s righteous defense of liberty. Amalickiah fled to the land of Nephi and began to stir up the Lamanites to war. Again we see the pattern where an evil, scheming, and ambitious leader uses propaganda to incite a nation to war. The king of the Lamanites was compliant. However the people were war weary. They feared to displease their king, but they feared the Nephites even more. They did not desire war. They had just a year or two earlier been badly defeated and had had many previous conflicts among themselves and with others. Amalickiah, having gained control of the forces loyal to the king, sought to compel the rest of the Lamanites to arms. Under the leadership of Lehonti, those resistant forces fled to mount Antipas to prepare to battle Amalickiah rather than face the Nephites.

 

Unfortunately the Lamanite king did not know who he was dealing with and neither did Lehonti. Amalickiah tricked Lehonti by flattery and deceit. He offered to give his forces to Lehonti and become second in command. He then had a servant poison Lehonti gradually in secret. Then when Lehonti died he took full control of the whole army.  He returned triumphant to the Lamanite king. Pay close attention to what followed.

 

The king received them with open arms and was stabbed dead by a servant of Amalickiah. Those conspirators immediately raised a cry that it was the king’s servants that did it and not knowing what to do, the king’s servants fled the scene. Meanwhile Amalickiah gives a great patriotic speech to the army saying, “Whosoever loved the king, let him go forth, and pursue his servants that they may be slain.” (The soldiers, the teeth of the state, must be continually propagandized.) Fortunately the innocent servants escaped to the land of Jershon to join the people of Ammon.

 

Amalickiah’s political theater was not yet finished. He marched dramatically into the city of Nephi with the army. He then had the selfsame servant that stabbed the king testify to the queen that the king’s servants had done the deed and fled. Amalickiah was obviously very cunning and very convincing in his deception and flattery. The queen was initially concerned that Amalickiah would sack the city, but through his treacherous guile he convinced her to marry him and was universally acknowledged as king throughout all the land.

 

Amalickiah then put men on the towers and began once again the propaganda campaign to provoke the unwilling Lamanites into a war. Meanwhile Moroni prepared the Nephite cities to defend against invasion.

 

What can we learn from this?

First off, it is folly to think that our political leaders would not lie to us. The fact that we live in America has nothing to do with it. The Nephites and Lamanites lived here and look what happened to them.

 

Chapter 47 is a text book case of conspiracy mixed with false flag terrorism. False flag attacks are common in history. The term stems from naval warfare where a ship displays an enemy’s flag and then commits some heinous act of war hoping to blame it on the enemy whose flag they flew. It is a cunning strategy. Terrorism is any violent action or threat designed to produce a mass result based on fear.

 

Here we have a situation where a scheming political leader wants to go to war to get power and gain. It is the history of the world in a nutshell. (Moses 6:15) Amalickiah secretly poisons the general Lehonti and takes his place; conspiracy and murder. Then he kills the king and blames it on the servants of the king; conspiracy and false flag act of terror. Where did the alleged terrorists flee? To the Nephites.

 

Offensive war is only successful when the people are truly motivated. This must be done by treachery and deceit. Fear, anger, and hate are the most common motivators. Love of God, family, and freedom are not motivating factors for a war of aggression. They never have been and never will be.

 

Chapter 48 begins with the propaganda. Amalickiah was quickly successful where he was previously thwarted once he had gained the power of government. Can’t you hear the shouts from the towers? “The Nephites are harboring the terrorists! You’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists! If you love this country and your fallen king you will go to war against those terrorists! They want to destroy everything we believe in! They want to rule us!” Mormon indicates in 48:3 “Therefore he had accomplished his design, for he had hardened the hearts of the Lamanites and blinded their minds, and stirred them up to anger…” Isn’t it interesting that Mormon used the phrase “blinded their minds”. Remember the prevailing national attitudes fall 2001 through 2003. War was inevitable. To be honest, even if you believe the mainstream news, we still don’t have a clear understanding of what has happened the last 11 years.

 

Ironically, this is the point where Moroni could have plausibly justified a pre-emptive war had he strayed from true doctrine. The actual terrorist, the elite Amalickiah, had escaped to the long-time enemy. Nevertheless, the classical Christian, student of liberty, Captain Moroni simply fortified his cities and families and prepared for the day the enemy would invade.

 

Moroni’s example further exemplifies his perfect understanding. (D&C 130:20-21) He knew that his blessings in relation to this war would be dependent on his adherence to God’s laws. By following the Lord’s law of non-aggression, Moroni and his brethren were worthy of the blessings the Lord promised to those who would follow. They gloried in this. The Lord would warn them to flee or to prepare for war and where to go to defend themselves. He would deliver them. What great faith they had in our Savior.

 

Alma 48: 14 Now the Nephites were taught to defend themselves against their enemies, even to the shedding of blood if it were necessary; yea, and they were also taught never to give an offense, yea, and never to raise the sword except it were against an enemy, except it were to preserve their lives.

 

15 And this was their faith, that by so doing God would prosper them in the land, or in other words, if they were faithful in keeping the commandments of God that he would prosper them in the land; yea, warn them to flee, or to prepare for war, according to their danger;

 

16 And also, that God would make it known unto them whither they should go to defend themselves against their enemies, and by so doing, the Lord would deliver them; and this was the faith of Moroni, and his heart did glory in it; not in the shedding of blood but in doing good, in preserving his people, yea, in keeping the commandments of God, yea, and resisting iniquity.

 

 

Chapters 49-51 Summary

The Lamanites finally invaded. They came prepared with armor this time. They thought they would attack the Nephites where they were weak at Ammonihah, but they were disappointed. The city was fortified. They soon found out to their chagrin, that all the Nephite border cities had been fortified. Amalickiah was exceedingly angry.

 

Helaman continued his ministry and Moroni continued his preparations in defense of their liberty. For about four years the Nephites had peace in the land while in this state of continual readiness. The people prospered.

 

Due to a territorial dispute, Morianton, a Nephite leader in the North, attempted to flee to the land Northward and possess it. Moroni’s sub-captain, Teancum headed off Morianton and his army and in the battle, Morianton was slain. The dissenters accepted the familiar covenant to keep the peace and were restored to their lands.

 

The chief judge Nephihah died and Pahoran, his son, was appointed in his stead. The domestic, elitist king-men used this as an opportunity to attempt to change the laws of the land. Pahoran would not allow it and the people began a warm debate over the issues. The king-men attempted to unseat Pahoran democratically, but the voice of the people sided with the freemen and Pahoran.

 

The king-men remained passive and decided to bide their time. However, when Amalickiah had finally re-propagandized his people sufficiently to try war again, the king-men refused to take up arms and defend the liberties of the people. The king-men held large sway among the people. Chapter 51 tells that they controlled towers and cities. It indicates that they were nobility and influential among the people.

 

Moroni compelled the king-men to uphold their covenant. His army killed over four thousand dissenters and cast many more into prison. The remainder yielded to Moroni and fought on the side of liberty. Many humbled themselves and fought valiantly against the Lamanites.  However, due to the lack of unity among the Nephites, Amalickiah took possession of many cities on the east by the border of the sea. The war was on in earnest again.

 

Finally, Teancum snuck into the camp of the Lamanites by night and killed Amalickiah with a Javelin through the heart. He escaped and the Nephites stood ready for battle.

 

What can we learn from this?

It was not the war, but the righteous peace that led Mormon to declare that “There never was a happier time among the people of Nephi, since the days of Nephi, than in the days of Moroni.” They had not yet done anything other than fortify and defend their homes.

 

Alma 51:8 is particularly insightful.

Now those who were in favor of kings were those of high birth, and they sought to be kings; and they were supported by those who sought power and authority over the people.

 

This conspiracy involved an entire segment of the population, particularly those who belonged to the upper classes. It is interesting to note that many supported instituting a king. This is revealing. It is not common that men would so willingly subject themselves to other men. However the reason for such action is clear. No monarchy is able to function without a supporting network of men who gain unjust power and authority, the king being the foremost among them if not simply a figurehead. Such a system is essentially an oligarchy and comparable to most modern forms of government; fascism, socialism, communism and all other forms of oligarchy (rule by the few).

 

Once again we find Moroni engaging in what most would describe as at a minimum very heavy handed tactics when he put down this rebellion by force, killing over 4000 king-men. Again a careful reading of this episode in the context of the 10 year war validates Moroni’s actions. The king-men controlled entire cities. These men were part of the Nephite armies. They had previously entered into a covenant to support the cause of freedom. (Alma 46:35) They were derelict in their duties in refusing to honor their covenants. In fact Alma 51:13-14 indicates that the king-men stood idly by, fully cognizant of the Lamanites entering the borders of the land killing many of their countrymen. Several cities starting with the city of Moroni by the seashore were lost to the Lamanites due to their desertion. (Alma 51:22-23 etc.)

 

These king-men were not conscientious objectors. To shed further light on the situation, ask yourself why Captain Moroni didn’t compel the Anti-Nephi-Lehi’s to fight? There is never mention of a draft either. This is not a double standard. This is about men keeping commitments. All the language of these episodes describes men rallying to the standard of liberty of their own free will. Upon taking the oath to support the cause of freedom, they were bound by it.

 

Due to the gravity of his anticipated actions, Captain Moroni took his quest for righteous dominion a step further and obtained the consent of the people and the Chief Judge.

Alma 51:15 And it came to pass that he sent a petition, with the voice of the people, unto the governor of the land, desiring that he should read it, and give him (Moroni) power to compel those dissenters to defend their country or to put them to death.

 

Author’s note: I feel very strongly that Captain Moroni was deeply troubled by the necessity of taking up arms against his countrymen. I am certain that the abbreviated narrative only scratches the surface of the complexity of this episode. It only indicates that Moroni was filled with anger towards the king-men. How could he not be as they failed to defend their fellow countrymen. Entire cities were lost due to their neglect. They had the duty and ability to act and protect. Perhaps Moroni pled with the king-men and their leaders to uphold their oaths. Perhaps he fasted and prayed mightily for guidance. Perhaps he sought the council of the elders of the church. The record does not say specifically what he went through. Time was short and the enemy was within the borders of the land.  

 

At this point one may postulate as follows: The people have elected various presidents and rulers. Are we each then obligated to war and fight simply because they compel us to do so? I would then refer back to D&C 98. Is the war condoned by the living prophet? As in Moroni’s day, did you of your own free will volunteer to support the cause of the day?

 

As we learn more of the corruption of our civic and military leaders it often becomes hard to avoid contentious feelings. It is difficult to pray for them and maintain a positive patriotic outlook. I would remind the reader that some men in power are corrupt and some are honest. Many are in between. They all need our prayers. If it helps, remember the Savior’s advice:  Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. (Luke 6:28)

 

Alma 52, 54-55 Thoughts:

All is fair in love and war.

 

Alma 53, 56-58 Striping Warriors:

The stripling warriors were wise to desire the prophet to be their direct captain. In doing so they were guaranteed not to run afoul of the Lord’s law described in Doctrine and Covenants Section 98.

 

Alma 53:16 But behold, it came to pass they had many sons, who had not entered into a covenant that they would not take their weapons of war to defend themselves against their enemies; therefore they did assemble themselves together at this time, as many as were able to take up arms, and they called themselves Nephites.

 

17 And they entered into a covenant to fight for the liberty of the Nephites, yea, to protect the land unto the laying down of their lives; yea, even they covenanted that they never would give up their liberty, but they would fight in all cases to protect the Nephites and themselves from bondage.

 

18 Now behold, there were two thousand of those young men, who entered into this covenant and took their weapons of war to defend their country.

 

19 And now behold, as they never had hitherto been a disadvantage to the Nephites, they became now at this period of time also a great support; for they took their weapons of war, and they would that Helaman should be their leader.

 

20 And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all—they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.

 

21 Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.

 

Alma 59-62 Righteous Dominion over our Countrymen

Obviously the dominion of the king-men was not righteous. They asserted control through flattery, conspiracy, propaganda and force just as governments do today. Our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, has stated that in our day “political machinations ruin the stability of nations.”  This is what has ruined our nation. It is righteous to oppose this decline.

 

Alma 61:10 And now, behold, we will resist wickedness even unto bloodshed. We would not shed the blood of the Lamanites if they would stay in their own land.

 

11 We would not shed the blood of our brethren if they would not rise up in rebellion and take the sword against us.

 

12 We would subject ourselves to the yoke of bondage if it were requisite with the justice of God, or if he should command us so to do.

 

13 But behold he doth not command us that we shall subject ourselves to our enemies, but that we should put our trust in him, and he will deliver us.

 

14 Therefore, my beloved brother, Moroni, let us resist evil, and whatsoever evil we cannot resist with our words, yea, such as rebellions and dissensions, let us resist them with our swords, that we may retain our freedom, that we may rejoice in the great privilege of our church, and in the cause of our Redeemer and our God.

 

What can we learn from this?

We learn that when it is unclear who to follow and our own nation is in turmoil and even when those who have the trappings of power (e.g. Pachus and the king-men) appear to have control we should actively and tirelessly fight for liberty.

 

Regarding Teancum: Good men die in wars caused by wicked men. These are the men of whom we sing. O beautiful for heroes prov'd in liberating strife, who more than self their country lov'd, and mercy more than life. We sing not of the wicked leaders who conspire to cause wars.


Appendix C

 

Hymn 17: Awake! Ye saints of God Awake

 

1. Awake! ye saints of God! awake,

Call on the Lord in mighty pray'r,

That he will Zion's bondage break,

And bring to nought the fowler's snare.

 

2. He will regard his people's cry—

The widow's tear—the orphan's moan;

The blood of those that slaughtered lie,

Pleads not in vain before his throne.

 

3. Though Zion's foes have counseled deep,

Altho' they bind with fetters strong;

The God of Jacob does not sleep—

His vengeance will not slumber long.

 

4. Then let your souls be stayed on God;

A glorious scene is drawing nigh:

Tho' tempests gather like a flood,

The storm, tho' fierce will soon pass by.

 

5. Our God in judgment will come near,

His mighty arm he will make bare:

For Zion's sake he will appear,

Then Oh! ye saints! awake, prepare!

 

6. Awake to union and be one,

Or, saith the Lord, you are not mine;

Yea, like the Father and the Son,

Let all the saints, in union join.

 

 

 

Hymn 7: Israel, Israel, God is calling

 

1. Israel, Israel, God is calling,

Calling thee from lands of woe:

Babylon the great is falling.

God shall all her towers o'erthrow.

Come to Zion, come to Zion

Ere his floods of anger flow.

Come to Zion, come to Zion

Ere his floods of anger flow.

 

2. Israel, Israel, God is speaking;

Hear your great Deliverer's voice!

Now a glorious morn is breaking

For the people of his choice.

Come to Zion, come to Zion,

And within her walls rejoice.

Come to Zion, come to Zion,

And within her walls rejoice.

 

3. Israel, angels are descending

From celestial worlds on high,

And to man their power extending,

That the Saints may homeward fly.

Come to Zion, come to Zion,

For your coming Lord is nigh.

Come to Zion, come to Zion,

For your coming Lord is nigh.

 

4. Israel! Israel! canst thou linger

Still in error's gloomy ways?

Mark how judgment's pointing finger

Justifies no vain delays.

Come to Zion, come to Zion!

Zion's walls shall ring with praise.

Come to Zion, come to Zion!

Zion's walls shall ring with praise.

 

 

The Lord’s Perfect Law of Liberty

Matthew 22:37… Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 

The Lord’s perfect law of liberty is the basis for any free society. Richard J. Maybury, an author whose bias lies in the vitality of mans natural rights, converted this to a more modern parlance.

 

Maybury's Two Laws:

1. Do all you have agreed to do.

            This is the basis for contract law.

2. Do not encroach on other persons or their property.

            This is the basis of criminal law.

 

These two laws, which are a direct derivative of the Lord’s great commandments, form the basis of English common law. English common law is the basis for the freedom and prosperity of the Western world. All the progress made in the last millennium is due to following these principals regardless of agreement on specific doctrines of Christianity. These laws are in direct contradiction to most of the laws, debts, taxes and wars that prevail in our current system of governance.

 

No one is more hopelessly enslaved than he who falsely believes himself to be free.

Goethe

 

These truths have been known by freedom loving patriots throughout history. Please heed their warnings.

James Madison on war:

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

 

"Political Observations" (1795-04-20); also in Letters and Other Writings of James Madison (1865), Vol. IV, p. 491

 

A Testimony Vibrant and True
President Hinckley August 2005 Ensign

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” (Prov. 14:34).

 

The God of heaven spoke to these people of the Americas through prophets, telling them where true security could be found: “Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ” (Ether 2:12).

 

 

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Daniel Campbell





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