The Two Awakenings Transcript

This is the transcript of a talk I gave at the Ezra Taft Benson Society dinner October 5, 2012 in Orem, UT.

President Gordon B. Hinckley - A Testimony Vibrant and True

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).

 

 

The Two Awakenings –

I would like start off in Alma 37 – This is where Alma the younger gives his son Helaman the sacred records and charges him with their keeping. He also gives him some counsel on how to teach about secret combinations.

Alma 37:21 And now, I will speak unto you concerning those twenty-four plates, that ye keep them, that the mysteries and the works of darkness, and their secret works… and all their wickedness and abominations, may be made manifest unto this people;

And now, my son, I command you that ye retain all their oaths, and their covenants, and their agreements in their secret abominations; yea, and all their signs and their wonders ye shall keep from this people, that they know them not, lest peradventure they should fall into darkness also and be destroyed.

… and only their wickedness and their murders and their abominations shall ye make known unto them; and ye shall teach them to abhor such wickedness and abominations and murders; and ye shall also teach them that these people were destroyed on account of their wickedness and abominations and their murders.

Good advice. Let’s get to it.

 

A Secret Combination is an organization of people bound together by oaths to carry out the evil purposes of the group. In Joseph Smith’s time the terms secret conspiracy and secret combination were synonymous. Most dictionaries indicate such conspiracies are focused on usurping governmental power.

 

These group(s) of which there may be many are founded by the Devil. Secret Combinations are Lucifer’s counterfeit leadership organizations. Lucifer mimics God. He has his own emblems, powers, and priesthoods. I won’t get into the details since Alma forbids it. I don’t know all the details. It’s a “secret.”

 

But Alma obviously doesn’t want us to be blind to this subject. Think in your mind of the types of oaths, covenants and commandments that God has instituted among his people. Now invert that. Lucifer has his own perverted or inverted oaths and symbols. At various levels they engage in perverted rituals. If you watched the superbowl half time show this last year you may have been an unknowing participant in a ritualistic worship service. Lucifer requires evil works to prove faithfulness. I imagine at the top levels they involve homosexuality and murder or human sacrifice. We know from the temple ceremony and from when he tries to tempt Jesus that Lucifer’s rewards involve power over the kingdoms of the world.

 

Another interesting note: Ether chapter 8 warns us of a SINGLE modern secret combination that SHALL attempt to establish full control of the world.

 

If we are not to delve into the dark details how do we really know if we are dealing with a secret combination? Moroni tells us that when we see certain things happening among us we will know. So what are the fruit of Secret Combinations?

Helaman 7:4  And seeing the people in a state of such awful wickedness, and those Gadianton robbers filling the judgment-seats—having usurped the power and authority of the land; laying aside the commandments of God, and not in the least aright before him; doing no justice unto the children of men;

 Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills—

I was going to give a few real world examples but I did a trial run through to time how long I might speak and I realized I didn’t nearly have the time to even give a good introductory overview of the evidence of secret combinations. Just take Helaman 7:4-5 and google the listed activities in relation to those who are in power in our day. You’ll find years worth of reading. Add the words “in congress” or “government” to any of these terms when you google them: insider trading in congress, felons in congress, suspicious suicides bush or clinton, conflicts of interest in congress, corruption. Try it with industry terms like pharmaceuticals or the names of banks or brokerage houses.

 

So what about all the legal immorality? If we redefine terms does that make it moral? If we change the laws are they moral? What about the blood on our hands as a society? What about the wars? What about those millions of murders? Don’t they count?

We ought to liken the scriptures to ourselves. Helaman 5:2 (Same Nephi again) For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people, and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted.

What is an extrajudicial killing via drone attack? Is that not government sanctioned murder? They call that collateral damage or “bug splat”. What is indefinite detention? What is kinetic military action? What is terrorism? It’s anything they want it to be. What is taxation?

My guess is that many of you have already reconciled yourselves to the fact that secret conspiracies manage our governments. Regardless I say in no uncertain terms that we are witnessing wholesale and daily the fruit of secret combinations. So … who is in charge? Shall I name names? Is it the CIA master spy GHW Bush? Is it the adultering globalist, Bill Clinton? Is it reptoid aliens? Does it matter? No it doesn’t. Because really it’s Lucifer in charge. There I’m naming names. Lucifer is behind this. And the details are secret. Besides, knowing who it is and specifically what their oaths are will not solve it. It is too late. The public mind has been corrupted. The nations of the earth (specifically our nation) uphold these ambitious scheming leaders and participate in the spoils; cheap oil, cheap Chinese goods, social security, there are too many spoils to list.

Honestly, the details really don’t matter. God has indicated what the fruit are. I find it funny that when confronted with the idea that there is a global conspiracy or that there are national governmental conspiracies that work against the interests of the public that many people tend to disbelieve. They will go and ask their neighbor or friend or parent or co-worker if they think there is such a conspiracy. And that person who has been indoctrinated by the same humanistic socialist machine will say, “Nah … I don’t think so. Sounds like a movie.” Or something silly. God’s word alone should be enough. Moroni’s warning coupled with the evidence available should shock us to our core. 

To emphasize how it really is “too late,” let’s reset the stage. Pres Benson gave the airplane analogy on socialism in his famous speech The Proper Role of Government.

I QUOTE: “Obviously, not all welfare-state programs currently in force can be dropped simultaneously without causing tremendous economic and social upheaval. To try to do so would be like finding oneself at the controls of a hijacked airplane and attempting to return it by simply cutting off the engines in flight. It must be flown back, flown back, lowered in altitude, gradually reduced in speed and brought in for a smooth landing. …  In my opinion, the bulk of the transition could be accomplished within a ten-year period and virtually completed within twenty years. “

That was 1968.

If you have not already realized this, you should right now take stock of where you are sitting. You should be imagining in your head that you and your family are riding in an airplane that is flying about 50 times higher than it was in 1968. The hijackers are still flying it. The passengers seem to be ok with that. The plane is running on fumes. The tank is empty. The engines are sputtering. Regardless of how many times we switch pilots and regardless of who we elect as pilot, this plane is not landing safely. The plane is thoroughly corrupted.

I mean to talk about the two awakenings. So far this discussion relates to (or IS) the first awakening. It is the idea that we are actually living in Babylon, not Zion. We find ourselves living in the Great and Spacious building instead of clinging to the rod on the path. We have been deceived. Man is nothing. We are corrupt; less than the dust of the earth. We must leave Jerusalem. It’s about to be destroyed.

This awakening to our awful state of wickedness and our imminent destruction perpetrated by men working in darkness (AKA secret combinations) is the predominant secondary theme in the Book of Mormon. The primary theme of the Book of Mormon is how to return to the presence of Jesus Christ; essentially the fullness of the gospel. The secret combinations do the work of Lucifer and thwart the plan of God. They help engineer the mass deception. Would Lucifer be content simply to watch his minions get power and gain? No. His goal is to keep you from God. His goal is to thwart the primary objective of the Book of Mormon. He would hope to hide its main purpose from you. So what do we do? Wake Up!and then Wake UP!

King Benjamin described his experience thus: Mosiah 3:2-3 And the things which I shall tell you are made known unto me by an angel from God. And he said unto me: Awake; and I awoke, and behold he stood before me. And he said unto me: Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold, I am come to declare unto you the glad tidings of great joy.

In Ether 8 Moroni instructs us that WHEN not IF we see the fruit of the secret combination that the Lord commands us to do two things. Awaken and Repent.

Do we not see the duality of these commands? Many times the scriptures tell us to awaken and arise. We must awaken to our awful situation and then arise.

Moroni 10:31 And awake, and arise from the dust, O Jerusalem; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of Zion; …

 32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

Now am I saying that all is lost and that we need to abandon the airplane? No. Don’t base your decision to don a parachute and jump on my words. Simply understand to whom we should look for our salvation both temporal and spiritual. We need to awaken and repent and then help others. The way is easy. That’s the hard part. His yoke is easy. We’re self sufficient people. We don’t get that.

What I am doing right now is describing the second awakening. Come unto Christ. When should we seek Him? When should we expect Him?

Alma 34:31 … come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.

32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.

33 … do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.

34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.

Can we honestly think that if we were to face God right now that we would not shrink from his presence? What would be different if we were dead? What would be different if we had lived a long or short life having hoped someday to meet him in the afterlife but failed to try while living? We must repent and turn to Him as quickly as possible. We must seek His face now. The airplane is falling.

But how do we turn to Him? How do we find Him?

Back to Alma 37:38 And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director—or our fathers called it Liahona, … and the Lord prepared it.

 39 …And behold, it was prepared to show unto our fathers the course which they should travel in the wilderness.

 40 And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.

 41 Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works. They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey;

 43 And now, my son, I would that ye should understand that these things are not without a shadow; for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass (now these things were temporal) they did not prosper; even so it is with things which are spiritual.

 44 For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land.

 45 And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.

 46 O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us. The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever.

The scriptures truly can become a Liahona for us in our journey back to God if we begin to look at them this way. I promise you that this is truth. I sincerely hope that you will consider this second awakening as you continue your journey. Believe in Christ. Believe that he wants you to seek him personally. Repent. Solemnly renew your baptismal covenants and seek direction about what you should do directly from God by receiving the Holy Ghost. It’s simple. We just don’t necessarily know beforehand all the details of how He wants us involved in His work. But this is the solution. This is the doctrine of Christ. This is the marvelous work and the wonder. This is how we will be saved in these, the last days.





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