Early in 2009 I took the time to express my concerns about alarming events going on in the world to my Stake President that I felt should be of concern to him and our Stake.
He asked if I was getting my own revelation and why he hadn’t seen what I was seeing that would be of concern to him. I said, “No, I wasn’t getting any new revelation. I was just reporting some alarming things that he should be aware of that he may be missing.” He then asked, “What are your sources of ‘this special information’?” I stated, “The Scriptures and the Prophets.” He replied, “If it’s so important, how come I don’t know this information and you do?” I said, “You taught our Elders Quorum today and stated that the Church is made up of its various MEMBERS who represent the body of the church and that without the foot, hands, eyes, toes of its members, the Church couldn’t work. I may be just toe jam in between a finger and of no consequence, but I may be seeing something you’re not.” (1st Corinthians Chapter 12) My Stake President relented and stated, “Okay, I’ll tell you what, write me a paper and I’ll take a look at it.”
I reluctantly agreed knowing that this would be a huge task for me because I don’t like writing papers and knew this would have to be thoughtful and long. But I also knew I had to do it if I was to have further discussions with my Stake President.
For the past year I worked on this paper off and on trying to figure out the best condensed way to share this message. I finally sat down for a couple of months on Sundays and finished the paper. It’s ONLY an introduction to the problems we face but it is my way I can share my concerns and hopefully help Gods work and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to move forward.
Part 1: Born in War
- There is nothing the devil would not do that is evil.
- We forget we are in an age-old battle with the Devil.
- President Gordon B. Hinckley speaks of this battle.
- We listen to News Pundits rather then the scriptures and prophets.
- For us, The Book of Mormon is more relevant then the daily newspaper.
Part 2: The Commandment
- The Lord commands us Awaken to Secret Combinations in our day or be destroyed.
- The Secret Combinations Destroyed the Jaredite and Nephite Nation.
- What is this Secret Combination that is around us?
- Finding out that most members of the church don’t know what Secret Combinations really are.
- Imagining what it would be like to see all of your people destroyed by Secret Combinations.
Part 3: What is ‘this Secret Combination’?
- Sunday school lesson on secret combinations reveal weak understanding of why we should be concerned about them.
- Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines: ‘secret’ and ‘combination’.
- A secret combination is a hidden alliance of individuals and powerful entities to achieve a specific social, political or economic goal.
- Gaddianton Robbers wanted to be in charge of the Government of the Nephites and murder ‘Chief Judges’ to do it.
- The ‘Chief Judge’ would be the equivalent of our President in the United States.
- The secret Combinations took over the ‘sole management of the government’ among the Nephites.
- The motivation for these wicked groups to take over the government is to be able to murder, rob, plunder, and commit whoredoms without getting in trouble by the law since they would be the law.
- The motivations for modern day Secret Combinations is the same as those of the past.
- Prioritized list of the types of modern day Secret Combinations we should worry about.
Part 4: Even if this is all true, what am I supposed to do about it?
- By instruction from the Lord we are to “waste and wear out our lives bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness…”
- A list of 11 things you mostly likely need to know before you can see modern day secret combinations.
- Our entire civilization’s survival depends on exposing these groups.
- The fruits of this information are extremely positive and testimony building.
Part 5: Some Council and Admonitions from our modern day prophets
- Christ said that even the very elect can be deceived.
- President Packer warns of secret combinations and complacency
- President Benson warns that we are upholding secret combinations
- The Book of Mormon is a Conspiracy Fact
- Pride lead to Secret Combinations
- Secret Combinations are increasing in evil influence in America and the World.
- M. Russell Ballard states if we are not careful, today’s secret combinations can take over us just as completely as they did in Book of Mormon times.
- L. Tom Perry state the Book of Mormon warned us of Secret Combinations
- President J. Reuben Clark tells us that Secret Combinations seek to overthrow the United States like termites boring in to our financial, economical, social and political structures.
- Apostle Willard Richards states how Satan’s great power will take over the world and that we will be deceived if we love lies more then truth.
- Joseph Fielding Smith tells us that Satan guides the governments of the world as far as God permits him.
- Other prophetic statements of Secret Combinations and Satan rule of the world.
- Joseph Smith Describes what the “Heavenly Banner” is.
- Brigham Young states this “heavenly banner” was the “revelations of Jesus Christ.”
- President David O. Mckay states next to the being one in worshiping God there is nothing the church should be more united then upholding this ‘Banner’.
- Other statements by Prophets about the “Heavenly Banner”.
Part 6: Resources to Expose Our Modern Secret Combination:
- There are many resources to help wake us up to these things.
- If we have been warned we must warn our neighbor.
- A partial list of documentary movies to watch.
- A partial list of books and pamphlets to read.
The 11th Commandment of the Book of Mormon
By Abraham L. Day
Part 1: Born in War
Elder James E. Faust gave a talk during the LDS October 1987 General Conference entitled “The Great Imitator”. In it he states:
The First Presidency described Satan: “He is working under such perfect disguise that many do not recognize either him or his methods. There is no crime he would not commit, no debauchery he would not set up, no plague he would not send, no heart he would not break, no life he would not take, no soul he would not destroy. He comes as a thief in the night; he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing” (Messages of the First Presidency, comp. James R. Clark, 6 vols., Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1965–75, 6:179).
This statement is a powerful reminder that we must constantly be on guard against Satan and his evils. We must always have on the ‘whole armor of God’ to protect us against the ‘fiery darts’ of the Adversary, lest we are lead “by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth us with his strong cords forever” (2 Nephi 26:22).
I think most of us forget that we were born in the midst of an age-old battle that has been going on since before the world was. This battle, of course, is between Lucifer and his followers and Michael and his angels. Of this conflict President Gordon B. Hinckley recently wrote:
That war, so bitter, so intense, has never ceased. It is the war between truth and error, between agency and compulsion, between the followers of Christ and those who have denied Him. His enemies have used every stratagem in that conflict. They’ve indulged in lying and deceit. They’ve employed money and wealth. They’ve tricked the minds of men. They’ve murdered and destroyed and engaged in every kind of evil practice to thwart the work of Christ.
Murder began on the earth when Cain slew Abel. The Old Testament is replete with accounts of the same eternal struggle (Gordon B. Hinckley, “An Unending Conflict, a Victory Assured,” Ensign, Jun 2007, 4–9).
Too often in the Church we read the scriptural warnings of ancient prophets as mere stories or admonitions for a different age. Frequently we rely on ‘modern’ solutions to ‘modern’ problems. We unfortunately go to the world for the answers. Newspapers, mainstream media correspondents, pundits, and commentators lull us with their reports and agendas. We feel we are informed if we watch and listen. We begin to form our political opinions and can regrettably forget to listen to the prophets and their revelatory direction. In the August 2005 Ensign President Gordon B. Hinckley exhorted the Members to read the Book of Mormon by the end of year and stated:
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.
With that premise I can now explain why I entitled this paper “The 11th Commandment of the Book of Mormon”. Undoubtedly there are more than 11 commandments in the Book of Mormon given to various people at various times. I wanted to focus on a specific commandment that was given by the final author in the Book of Mormon. This commandment is so profound as to its implications that we as a people will be entirely destroyed if we complacently set it aside.
I believe in order to even understand this commandment the reader needs to understand several related concepts first. Until these concepts were explained to me in plainness and clarity I could not fully understand how important this commandment was either. This is also something you cannot understand if you have too much trust in worldly belief systems. For the devil has “veiled the whole face of the earth with darkness” (see Moses 7:26), and holding fast to the word of God is the only way out of that mist of darkness (see 1 Nephi 8; 23-24). This commandment will help pierce that veil and it may test some of your most cherished worldly beliefs. If your foundation is truly Christ and his doctrine there shouldn’t be a problem. This is a pretty important point since the commandment is a matter of national survival and our very existence. It is equally expedient to understand the preliminary information so that we can truly keep this commandment.
Part 2: The Commandment
Ether Chapter 8: 24-26:
“Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; 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.
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; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.
Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.”
So now that you have read ‘the commandment’ do you feel like you really know what it means, or how significant this is? It took me countless hours of research and pondering to come to the point where I have ‘awakened to MY awful situation’. This is because of the nature of commandment itself and of that which we are to ‘awaken’. Awakening denotes that we are asleep to something. And if we are asleep how do we know we are asleep and how do we awake? To understand how to “see these things when they come among us” we must find out what ‘these things’ are. We must diligently ask, “What is this SECRET COMBINATION that the Lord is commanding us to be aware of?”
To fully understand this ‘commandment’ the reader must read Ether Chapter 8 in its entirety. You must also be familiar with the Book of Mormon as a whole and the stories of Secret Combinations, robbers of Gadianton and the great and abominable church of the devil, mentioned throughout. I would encourage you to immediately review these topics after reading this paper as a good place to start.
Suffice it to say Moroni states that this secret combination is “most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God” and that “they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi” (Ether 8: 18–22)
During the 2007-2008 presidential primary elections I was listening to a local radio host, Bob Lonsberry, talk about the candidates. Bob always touts that he supports the U.S Constitution and is a pretty ‘patriotic’ guy and was talking about how he liked this candidate and how he didn’t like the other, etc. I decided to call in because he wasn’t mentioning the candidate that I thought supported the Constitution better then anyone else, hands down. I wanted to know why he didn’t support him over the other candidates. He’s answer was something to the effect of, “Yeah, I kind of like that guy…. Except it seems like all these conspiracy nuts are all backing him and that makes me a little nervous.” I said, “Oh really? I thought you were a Mormon and that there were a lot of conspiracies in the Book of Mormon and that shouldn’t be a big deal to you.” He quickly retorted, “There are only one or two mentions in all of the scriptures of conspiracies, one in the Book of Mormon and one in the Doctrine and Covenants in section 89 stating due to conspiring men in the last day… This is hardly a reason to say we believe in conspiracies.” I then stated, “Bob, Moroni states that whole reason the Nephites and the People of Ether were destroyed was because of SECRET COMBINATIONS.” He quickly quipped, “No it wasn’t, the reason they were destroyed was because of WICKEDNESS!” I realized he had no idea that the “wickedness” was the Secret Combinations and that we were not going get anywhere at that point in the conversation, and I moved on with the topic at hand. After that conversation with Bob and other Members of our Church, I began to realized that a lot, if not most Latter-Day Saints, may not even be aware of who caused the destructions of these two nations even though it is stated as matter of fact (Ether 8: 18–22).
Imagine what it would be like to be Mormon, Moroni or the prophet Ether as they witnessed the destruction of ALL of their people! The endless scene of death and destruction horror and bloodshed must have harrowed up their spirits with unspeakable sorrow. The once mighty and most blessed people in all the earth brought down to dust and bones. Try and contemplate being alone in the wilderness watching these things unfold, hiding for your life, recording what was happening to your people only when you have secluded yourself in the wilderness or in a cave. You could imagine asking yourself, “Why has this happened to my people!” The answer would have come to you, “Pride which gave rise to a SECRET COMBINATION which caused the destruction of your people.”
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. O ye fair sons and daughters, ye fathers and mothers, ye husbands and wives, ye fair ones, how is it that ye could have fallen! But behold, ye are gone, and my sorrows cannot bring your return. And the day soon cometh that your mortal must put on immortality, and these bodies which are now moldering in corruption must soon become incorruptible bodies; and then ye must stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, to be judged according to your works; and if it so be that ye are righteous, then are ye blessed with your fathers who have gone before you. O that ye had repented before this great destruction had come upon you. But behold, ye are gone, and the Father, yea, the Eternal Father of heaven, knoweth your state; and he doeth with you according to his justice and mercy (Mormon 6: 16–22).
Part 3: What is ‘this Secret Combination’?
I find that members of the Church are pretty confused at what a secret combination is. While we were studying secret combinations in our Gospel Doctrine class last year the question was asked by our Sunday school instructor Sister Janine Converse, “What are some examples of secret combinations in our day?” The responses were interesting. “Gangs!” cried out one sister. “Skin Heads!” a visiting brother announced. Then there were no more answers. As I sat there clenching my teeth so as not to offend anyone, she then stated that she was looking for examples of ‘SECRET’ combinations and that these type of thieves and thugs were all known to us. Sister Converse was looking for a more thoughtful answer given the seriousness of the topic. I think she was even surprised at the answers people gave. I was discussing this topic after class with a former bishop who had attended the class and was also a gospel doctrine instructor. He stated that the real secret combinations that we should worry about are the ones within our own hearts. I wasn’t quite sure how to take that.
Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines: ‘secret’ and ‘combination’.
Secret: a: Kept from knowledge or view: hidden b: marked by the habit of discretion: closemouthed c: working with hidden aims or methods: undercover d: not acknowledged: unavowed e: conducted in secret.
Combination: a: a result or product of combining; especially: and alliance of individuals, corporations, or states united to achieve a social, political, or economic end.
The reader may note that a secret combination is a hidden alliance of individuals and powerful entities to achieve a specific social, political or economic goal. The Secret Combinations mentioned in the Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price are consistent with this definition. While ‘gangs’ or ‘skin heads’ may be included in this group, we must realize that there is no social class limit to individuals who may want to get together and form a secret group to a specific end. The higher the social class and education of people who want to organize a combination, the more sinister and cunning their plans would be, and the more influence over people they would have. This fact should alarm everyone.
Then Gadianton Robbers were such a class of people. The Book of Mormon relates how this secret combination was not interested in turf wars and retaliation for some racial motive. They were after the ‘Chief Judge’s’ seat in the land. They wanted real power. They wanted control over the laws and government in the land. They wanted access to the highest power in the land. Notice how Kishkumen (a member of a secret combination) killed the Chief Judge Pahoran and plotted to murder the prophet and Chief Judge, Helaman:
And it came to pass that Helaman, who was the son of Helaman, was appointed to fill the judgment-seat, by the voice of the people. But behold, Kishkumen, who had murdered Pahoran, did lay wait to destroy Helaman also; and he was upheld by his band, who had entered into a covenant that no one should know his wickedness. For there was one Gadianton, who was exceedingly expert in many words, and also in his craft, to carry on the secret work of murder and of robbery; therefore he became the leader of the band of Kishkumen. Therefore he did flatter them, and also Kishkumen, that if they would place him in the judgment-seat he would grant unto those who belonged to his band that they should be placed in power and authority among the people; therefore Kishkumen sought to destroy Helaman… And behold, in the end of this book ye shall see that this Gadianton did prove the overthrow, yea, almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi. (Helaman 2: 2–6, 13).
What would be the equivalent target in our time if our modern SECRET COMBINATION wanted our ‘Chief Judge’s’ position and power? It would be the highest seats of power in our land. Yes, that means the President, Senators, Congressmen, Supreme Court Justices and so forth. The result of these Combinations being in power would also be the same as in ancient America if we allow ‘these things’ to be. You can start to see why Moroni was COMMANDED to warn us about them.
During these perilous times in the Book of Mormon the Lamanites were able to destroy the Gadiantons from among their own people by hunting them down and preaching the word of God to them. But among the Nephite people notice that the Secret Combinations took over the ‘sole management of the government’:
And it came to pass that the Lamanites did hunt the band of robbers of Gadianton; and they did preach the word of God among the more wicked part of them, insomuch that this band of robbers was utterly destroyed from among the Lamanites.
And it came to pass on the other hand, that the Nephites did build them up and support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils, and to join with them in their secret murders and combinations.
And thus they did obtain the sole management of the government, insomuch that they did trample under their feet and smite and rend and turn their backs upon the poor and the meek, and the humble followers of God.
And thus we see that they were in an awful state, and ripening for an everlasting destruction
I will not attempt to document the voluminous evidence to show how our modern Secret Combinationsare already accomplishing exactly what I just stated above. However, I will provide the reader at the end of this paper with many excellent resources to study.
When the secret combinations crept into the Jaredite civilization it was the same high social class of people that wanted to control the government and the entire kingdom. They entered into those secret oaths handed down by Cain to have power and gain by murdering the King of their land. (See Ether 8 )
I’m often asked what would be the motivation for people to be so evil and do such dastardly crimes in our time. Again, The Book of Mormon abundantly provides the answer. Here is just one example:
But behold, Satan did stir up the hearts of the more part of the Nephites, insomuch that they did unite with those bands of robbers, and did enter into their covenants and their oaths, that they would protect and preserve one another in whatsoever difficult circumstances they should be placed, that they should not suffer for their murders, and their plunderings, and their stealings. And it came to pass that they did have their signs, yea, their secret signs, and their secret words; and this that they might distinguish a brother who had entered into the covenant, that whatsoever wickedness his brother should do he should not be injured by his brother, nor by those who did belong to his band, who had taken this covenant. And thus they might murder, and plunder, and steal, and commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness, contrary to the laws of their country and also the laws of their God. And whosoever of those who belonged to their band should reveal unto the world of their wickedness and their abominations, should be tried, not according to the laws of their country, but according to the laws of their wickedness, which had been given by Gadianton and Kishkumen. Now behold, it is these secret oaths and covenants which Alma commanded his son should not go forth unto the world, lest they should be a means of bringing down the people unto destruction.
Having studied the topic at great length I was alarmed at the lack of comprehension exhibited when we covered this in Sunday School. The secret combinations caused the DESTRUCTION of the once righteous civilizations in the Book of Mormon. Based on the answers mentioned in Sunday School and the specific warnings given by the ancient prophets I made a short list of secret combinations ranked in order of those that should concern us least at the top to those most dangerous (and most likely to subtly and extensively influence society) at the bottom.:
- Secret combinations in our own heart.
- Petty thieves and robbers
- Gangs, Skin Heads and “terrorists”
- Mafia type organizations
- Secret Combinations in Large Corporations
- Secret Combinations in local and world Governments
Part 4: Even if this is all true, what am I supposed to do about it?
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free” (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe).
The question arises, “Even if this is true, what am I supposed to do about it?” I don’t believe one can really answer that question until they know that IT IS TRUE. And the ONLY way you’re going to find out that its true is by careful study of the evidence of the secret combinations themselves. Consider the council given in D&C 123: 12–15:
For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it— Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven— These should then be attended to with great earnestness.Let no man count them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints, which depends upon these things.
It should be without a doubt that ‘the hidden things of darkness’ must be brought to light. Only when we are clearly aware of what and who our enemies are can we exercise our agency in dealing with these secret evils that are secluded away from our view.
I’ve included a list of things that you most likely will need to understand before you can fully awake to these secret combinations and ‘our awful situation’. I tried to put these in order of priority.
- That there are only two Churches, The Church of the Lamb of God and the Church of the Devil.
- The history of secret combinations mentioned in the scriptures from Cain until our day.
- Lucifer uses MONEY, as his main tool to leverage and influence people to murder, oppress, and reign with blood and horror on this earth.
- The true nature of free agency and why it’s important
- Why your freedom on earth requires:
- Life, with some degree of physical and mental health and strength;
- Freedom from the restrain or coercion of others;
- Knowledge of Laws;
- The right and control of property.
- Free agency economics and why without it there can be no freedom. “The fostering of full economic freedom lies at the base of our liberties. Only in perpetuating economic freedom can our social, political and religious liberties be preserved…” (President David O. McKay Church News, March 12, 1952).
- How Satan uses the monetary system to further his agenda.
- What Money actually is and where it comes from.
- How our Money is now actually Debt
- How Banks create something for nothing (esp. fractional reserve banking).
- How we unwittingly labor to support the Devils Church
- How this all relates to profiting in War.
- What the ‘Heavenly Banner” is and how to use it to preserve our free agency.
- The proper role of Government.
- Awareness of the individuals and groups that are part of this secret combination in our day.
- That no industry is immune to Satan’s influence and could be part of this secret combination.
This may seem like a lot of information to know in order to understand a few passages of scriptures, however, like Moroni stated, our ENTIRE civilization’s survival depends upon it.
What can you do once you are aware of these stealthy groups that are continuing to take over our country and the whole earth? Wake up those around you to them! We can then sincerely repent for letting them get ‘above us’, and never let them get above us again.
These are life changing awakenings. I’ve have seen miraculous personal changes from myself and the people who have awaken to these things. It creates a keen awareness that we really are in a battle for our ETERNAL souls. It pierces the veil of darkness that Satan put around the whole earth.
The fruits of this awakening are:
- Having an intensely deepened testimony of the gospel and the Saviors plan of salvation.
- A more fervent attendance to family duties, church callings, temple attendance, consistent home teaching and family home evening,
- A magnified dislike for the evil influences on television.
- Diligence in preparedness in both spiritual and temporal matters.
- A more discerning ear and heart when listen to the Prophets and Apostles.
- A much greater determination to following the council and admonitions our inspired leaders.
- A desire to serve God more fully by developing and utilizing our talents to bring sheep to His fold with more zeal then ever before.
- A call to our Civic duties as a part of our ultimate responsibility that Jesus Christ will hold us accountable for at Judgment Day.
- An intensified willingness to protect, defend, and to proclaim the ‘Heavenly Banner’.
- A burning desire to uphold all that is holy and good and to more intently fulfill the three fold mission of The Church seeking earnestly the eternal truths from Christ and his prophets.
Part 5: Some Council and Admonitions from our modern day prophets.
I wanted to include some of the modern day warnings and councils we’ve been given by our Prophets and Apostles concerning these Secret Combinations. It can be extremely difficult to believe that this really is a ‘Global’ conspiracy affecting all mankind. Just remember who is behind it. Lucifer is the global opponent of Christ and His Church. He is the ‘god’ of this world. Unfortunately many follow his forbidden paths and are lost. Very few people hold to Word of God on the straight and narrow path leading them to Eternal Life. Even the very elect can be deceived.
“…There is one kind of latter-day destruction that has always sounded to me more personal than public, more individual than collective—a warning, perhaps more applicable inside the Church than outside it. The Savior warned that in the last days even those of the covenant, the very elect, could be deceived by the enemy of truth.1” (Safety for the Soul. Elder Jeffery R. Holland General Conference Oct 2009)
The following is a compilation of quotes of various modern Apostles and Prophets warning us about current Secret Combinations and our duty to wake up to them:
Boyd K. Packer was President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
when this devotional address was delivered on 18 August 2009
during Campus Education Week:
…”But Paul also gave us the key to our protection. Speaking in the same chapter, he identified healing power in this small phrase: “From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).
In 2 Nephi we are warned:
Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion! Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost! Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and we need no more! [2 Nephi 28:24–27]
Moroni spoke of the wickedness of the secret combinations and the wicked men to come among us. He warned us that they would be with us in our day and said:
When ye shall see these things come among you that ye [should] awake to a sense of your awful situation. . . . Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved. [Ether 8:24, 26]
A Pattern in All Things
Do we need any more evidence to understand that we are at war with the adversary? The revelations teach us how to win this spiritual war:
And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations— Wherefore he that prayeth, whose spirit is contrite, the same is accepted of me if he obey mine ordinances.[D&C 52:14–1]
“The situation in the world will continue to degenerate unless we read and heed the words of God, and quit building up and upholding the secret combinations that the Book of Mormon tells us proved the downfall of ancient civilizations” (Ezra Taft Benson, “The Book of Mormon Is the Word of God,” Ensign, Jan 1988, 3)
Elder Ezra Taft Benson
Of the Council of the Twelve, “Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints,” Ensign, Jul 1972, 59:
But the greatest handbook for freedom in this fight against evil is the Book of Mormon.
This leads me to the second great civic standard for the Saints. For in addition to our inspired Constitution, we have the scriptures. Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon was the “keystone of our religion” and the “most correct” book on earth. (DHC,vol. 6, p. 56.) This most correct book on earth states that the downfall of two great American civilizations came as a result of secret conspiracies whose desire was to overthrow the freedom of the people. “And they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking,” says Moroni, “and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.” (Ether 8:21.)
Now undoubtedly Moroni could have pointed out many factors that led to the destruction of the people, but notice how he singled out the secret combinations, just as the Church today could point out many threats to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work, but it has singled out the greatest threat as the godless conspiracy. There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon —it is a conspiracy fact. Then Moroni speaks to us in this day and says, “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” (Ether 8:14.)
The Book of Mormon further warns that “whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold they shall be destroyed. …” (Ether 8:22.) This scripture should alert us to what is ahead unless we repent, because there is no question but that as people of the free world, we are increasingly upholding many of the evils of the adversary today. By court edict godless conspirators can run for government office, teach in our schools, hold office in labor unions, work in our defense plants, serve in our merchant marines, etc. As a nation, we are helping to underwrite many evil revolutionaries in our country. Now we are assured that the Church will remain on the earth until the Lord comes again—but at what price? The Saints in the early days were assured that Zion would be established in Jackson County, but look at what their unfaithfulness cost them in bloodshed and delay.
President Clark warned us that “we stand in danger of losing our liberties, and that once lost, only blood will bring them back; and once lost, we of this church will, in order to keep the Church going forward, have more sacrifices to make and more persecutions to endure than we have yet known. …” (CR, April 1944, p. 116.) And he stated that if the conspiracy “comes here it will probably come in its full vigor and there will be a lot of vacant places among those who guide and direct, not only this government, but also this Church of ours.” (CR, April 1952.)
“Pride results in secret combinations which are built up to get power, gain, and glory of the world. (See Hel. 7:5; Ether 8:9, 16, 22–23; Moses 5:31.) This fruit of the sin of pride, namely secret combinations, brought down both the Jaredite and the Nephite civilizations and has been and will yet be the cause of the fall of many nations.” (See Ether 8:18–25.)
(President Ezra Taft Benson, “Beware of Pride,” Ensign, May 1989, 4)
If we are not careful, today’s secret combinations can obtain power and influence just as quickly and just as completely as they did in Book of Mormon times. Do you remember the pattern? The secret combinations began among the “more wicked part” of society, but eventually “seduced the more part of the righteous” until the whole society was polluted. 5 (M. Russell Ballard, “Standing for Truth and Right,”Ensign, Nov 1997, 37)
President Ezra Taft Benson, “I Testify,” Ensign, Nov 1988, 86:
I testify that wickedness is rapidly expanding in every segment of our society. (See D&C 1:14–16; D&C 84:49–53.) It is more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before. Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world. (See Ether 8:18–25.)
I testify that the church and kingdom of God is increasing in strength. Its numbers are growing, as is the faithfulness of its faithful members. It has never been better organized or equipped to perform its divine mission.
I testify that as the forces of evil increase under Lucifer’s leadership and as the forces of good increase under the leadership of Jesus Christ, there will be growing battles between the two until the final confrontation. As the issues become clearer and more obvious, all mankind will eventually be required to align themselves either for the kingdom of God or for the kingdom of the devil. As these conflicts rage, either secretly or openly, the righteous will be tested. God’s wrath will soon shake the nations of the earth and will be poured out on the wicked without measure. (See JS—H 1:45; D&C 1:9.) But God will provide strength for the righteous and the means of escape; and eventually and finally truth will triumph. (See 1 Ne. 22:15–23.)
I testify that it is time for every man to set in order his own house both temporally and spiritually. It is time for the unbeliever to learn for himself that this work is true, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the kingdom which Daniel prophesied God would set up in the latter days, never to be destroyed, a stone that would eventually fill the whole earth and stand forever. (See Dan. 2:34–45; D&C 65:2.) It is time for us, as members of the Church, to walk in all the ways of the Lord, to use our influence to make popular that which is sound and to make unpopular that which is unsound. We have the scriptures, the prophets, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Now we need eyes that will see, ears that will hear, and hearts that will hearken to God’s direction.
I testify that not many years hence the earth will be cleansed. (See D&C 76:41.) Jesus the Christ will come again, this time in power and great glory to vanquish His foes and to rule and reign on the earth. (See D&C 43:26–33.) In due time all men will gain a resurrection and then will face the Master in a final judgment. (See 2 Ne. 9:15, 41.) God will give rewards to each according to the deeds done in the flesh. (See Alma 5:15.)
I testify to you that a fulness of joy can only come through the atonement of Jesus Christ and by obedience to all of the laws and ordinances of the gospel, which are found only in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (See A of F 1:3.)
To all these things I humbly testify and bear my solemn witness that they are true, and I do so in the name of Him who is the head of this church, even Jesus Christ, amen.
L. Tom Perry Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Blessings Resulting from Reading the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, Nov 2005, 6:
The Book of Mormon is a voice of warning to this generation. See how vividly it describes conditions on the earth today: And no one need say [these records] shall not come, for they surely shall, for the Lord hath spoken it; for out of the earth shall they come, by the hand of the Lord, and none can stay it; and it shall come in a day when it shall be said that miracles are done away; and it shall come even as if one should speak from the dead. And it shall come in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, because of secret combinations and the works of darkness.
President J. Reuben Clark:
Secret Combinations seek to overthrow the united states and the free people of the world, ever increasing un-American thought influence is being exerted amongst us, boring termite-like into our whole nations structure – financial, economical, social and political ect. They have already hollowed out large portions of the great beams of the structure of liberty; they are at work upon others. They are to be stopped!”(President J. Reuben Clark Oct. 7 1943 government and economic patterns pg.3-4)
From the Millennial Star, 30 April 1853, Volume 15, Pages 273-276, 289-292 and written by Apostle Willard Richards, of the First Presidency:
It is not to be expected that Satan will carry on his great warfare against Christ and his Saints by means of any one religion exclusively. It is not the Papal or Protestant religion alone that you have need to fear. But the great and abominable Church which you should expect to encounter is Anti-Christ. Whatever exalts and opposes itself to God, that is Anti-Christ, whether it is a civil or religious power. But the most formidable power that will be arrayed against Christ and his Saints in the last days, will consist of the revelations of Satan. These revelations of Satan will come through every medium and channel by which the cunning and power of Satan can be brought to bear against the Saints and their Lord. It is a great mistake to suppose that Satan is altogether a religious personage. No, far from this. He is a politician, a philosopher, an erudite scholar, a linguist, a metaphysician, a military commander, a prince, a god, a necromancer, an enchanter, a diviner, a magician, a sorcerer, a prophet, and (if it were not railing) a clergyman and a liar from the beginning. With these universal endowments, he has never hitherto made a full and grand exhibition of himself, as it remains for him to do. But the Lord, who gave him an opportunity to try is battery upon good old Job, is fully designing to give him sufficient apparatus to deceive all the nations that love not the truth, and have pleasure in unrighteousness. His signs and tokens are as ancient as the apostasy of Cain, and as varied as will suit the secret designs of all ages. Through him men learn how to become “observers of time and seasons”, with great skill and astonishing accuracy. He presides over the arts of astrology, clairvoyance, mesmerism, electro-biology, and all auguries and divinations. Being Prince of the power of the air he understands aeronautic and steam navigation, and he can compose and combine the various elements, through the co-operation of them that believe in him, with far more that human skill. Now don’t doubt what I say concerning this matter, but rather read the history of his skillful exploits and his mighty power, as they are recorded in the Old and New Testaments. Take a Bible and Concordance, (if you have any Faith in the Bible left, in an age when the Bible is perverted beyond all other books), and read attentively for yourselves, and you will there learn that I am telling you the truth.
Now there is a greater destruction coming upon the wicked nations of the earth, than was even experienced by Pharaoh at the Red Sea. But before that destruction can be made manifest, men’s hearts will be hardened, and wickedness will rise to a more over-towering height than many bygone generations have been allowed to witness. God, through his Prophet, will roar out of Zion. His voice will be heard in spite of all the confusion and indignant opposition from many nations. After the testimony of His servants has been proclaimed to all nations, as a witness, then shall the scene of the end come. And great shall be that scene. The Devil in the last stage of desperation, will take such a pre-eminent lead in literature, politics, philosophy, and religion; in wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, thunderings and lightnings, setting cities in conflagration, etc., that mighty kings and powerful nations will be constrained to fall down and worship him.And they will marvel at his great power, and wonder after him with great astonishment. For his signs and wonders will be among all nations. Men will be raised for the express purpose of furthering the designs and marvelous works of the devil. Every description of curious and mysterious arts that penetrate beyond the common pale of human sagacity and wisdom, will be studied and practiced beyond what has been known by mere mortals. The great capabilities of the elements of fire, air, earth, and water, will be brought into requisition by cunning men under the superior cunning of the prince and the God of this world. And, inflated with the knowledge of these wonderful arts and powers, men will become boasters, heady, high-minded, proud, and despisers of that which is good. But the God who is above all, and over all, and who ruleth in the armies of heaven, and amongst the inhabitants of the earth, will not be a silent observer of such spiritual wickedness in high places, and among the rulers of the darkness of this world. For the master spirits of wickedness of all ages, and of worlds visible and invisible, will be arrayed in the rebellious ranks before the closing scene shall transpire. Now just at this time, God will come out of His hiding place and vex the nations in his hot displeasure. By the mouth of His Prophet He will rebuke strong nations afar off, notwithstanding their strong armies and great miracles, and cunning arts. His servant, the Prophet, in Zion will have a marvelous boldness to rebuke them, and to lay down before them in plainness and inflexible firmness the law of the Lord. As Moses laid down the law to Pharaoh, and then continued to multiply evils and judgments until he made an utter end of Pharaoh and the Egyptians, even so will the living God prescribe the line of conduct to be pursued, and the penalties of violation, to great and mighty nations, until they rally around the ensign established upon the mountains, and go up to the house of the God of Jacob to learn His ways, or are utterly overwhelmed in keen anguish and ruin.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (Thessalonians Chapter 2: 8-12)
Satan Has Control Now…
“Satan has control now. No matter where you look, he is in control, even in our own land. He is guiding the governments as far as the Lord will permit him. That is why there is so much strife, turmoil, confusion all over the earth. One master mind is governing the nations. It is not the President of the United States…it is not the king or government of England or any other land; it is Satan himself.” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 3, pp. 314-315)
“The secret combinations are a group of minds connected with a diabolical plan for the destruction of our liberties and freedom, and our divinely-inspired constitution and our original government our Fathers set up there under, and the wiping out of our constitutional guarantees and free lives.”(President J. Reuben Clark Jan. 24 1945 “some elements of post-war life)
“Secret Combinations seek to overthrow the united states and the free people of the world, ever increasing un-American thought influence is being exerted amongst us, boring termite-like into our whole nations structure – financial, economical, social and political ect. They have already hollowed out large portions of the great beams of the structure of liberty; they are at work upon others. They are to be stopped!”(President J. Reuben Clark Oct. 7 1943 government and economic patterns pg.3-4)“Satan is making war against…the very foundations upon which society, government, and religion rest…He plans to destroy freedom–economic, political, and religious, and to set up in place thereof the greatest, most widespread, and most complete tyranny that has ever oppressed men. He is working under such perfect disguise that many do not recognize either him or his methods…He comes as a thief in the night; he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Without their knowing it, the people are being urged down paths that lead only to destruction…” (First Presidency Heber J. Grant, J. Reuben Clark Jr., David O. McKay, Conference Report, October 1942, p. 14)
“The Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard; it is founded in the wisdom of God. It is a heavenly banner; it is, to all those who are privileged with the sweets of liberty, like the cooling shades and refreshing waters of a great rock in a weary and thirsty land. It is like a great tree under whose branches men from every clime can be shielded from the burning rays of the sun” [TPJS 147].
I want to say to every man, the Constitution of the United States, as formed by our fathers, was dictated, was revealed, was put into their hearts by the Almighty, who sits enthroned in the midst of the heavens; although unknown to them, it was dictated by the revelations of Jesus Christ, and I tell you in the name of Jesus Christ, it is as good as I could ask for. (Henry 678; also in Roberts, Mormonism 27-28)
Next to being one in worshiping God, there is nothing in this world upon which this Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States. I am grateful for this republic and for the individual freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. I repeat that no greater immediate responsibility rests upon members of the Church, upon all citizens of this republic and of neighboring republics than to protect the freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States. (Conference Report, October 1939, p. 105.14. —DNCS, September 6, 1952, p. 3. 15. Conference Report, April 1950, p. 37. ; Gospel Ideals, p.319-320.)
But O!! America America!! whose land is choice above that of all the footstool of God, whose constitution was framed by the Spirit of inspiration & whose Government was established by the hand of Omnipotent power. (WW 2:42)
The Lord . . . has spoken concerning our Government and Constitution, and he has said—
Ye are justified in maintaining the Constitution and laws of the land, for they make you free, and the Gospel maketh you free; and you shall seek to sustain good and wise men for rulers, and whatsoever is more or less than this cometh of evil . . . The laws of Heaven command us not to uphold and sustain men, except they are good men, who will sustain the Constitution of our country; and we are fulfilling the revelations in this respect as in many others, and we are carrying out the requirements of the Constitution of the United States. (JD 7:104)
The Prophet Joseph Smith said that ‘the Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard; it is founded in the wisdom of God. It is a heavenly banner . . . .’ ( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 147. Italics added.) He also said, ‘I am the greatest advocate of the Constitution of the United States there is on earth.’ (Ibid., p. 326.) “For years the Church has held that the Constitution is an inspired document. But how many know why it was inspired and what the Almighty had in mind in giving such inspiration? May we never forget the underlying reasons for it all: to provide a proper place for the restoration of the gospel and to allow for the worldwide preaching of that sacred word. Let us always remember that its formation was one of the vital steps preparatory to the second coming of the Savior.” (Great Prologue, pp. 74–75, 78.)
I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document. To me its words are akin to the revelations of God, for God has placed his stamp of approval on the Constitution of this land. I testify that the God of heaven sent some of his choicest spirits to lay the foundation of this government, and he has sent other choice spirits—even you who hear my words this day—to preserve it. (Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints BYU Devotional, September 1986)
Part 6: Resources to Expose Our Modern Secret Combination:(Last updated October 18, 2009)
I’ve include a list of documentaries and books that you can watch and research that have helped to open my eyes to our awful situation. These are by no means all inclusive but they are informative. If you take the time to carefully watch and read this material you will begin to see a unmistakable pattern emerging that will awaken you more fully to the tenuous predicament were are in. Because we have the Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and modern prophets who have warned us time and time again about these things, I believe we will be held MUCH more accountable to God after this life if we have set these things aside as nothing of consequence. We should be the foremost people to proclaim and tell these things to the world. “Behold, I sent you out to testify and warn the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor.”(D&C 88:81)
Preliminary Documentaries to watch:
- Hacking Democracy an HBO Documentary
- Aaron Russo’s Freedom to Fascism
- The Money Masters – How International Bankers Gained Control of America
- 911 Mysteries Part 1
- Loose Change Final Cut
- BBC Reports Collapes of WTC Building & Early– Twice!
- Bush and Kerry talk about the secret society they belong too.
- End Game
- The Obama Deception
And many more available upon request…
- Books and Pamphlets to Read (Besides the Book of Mormon and Church Talks)
- None Dare Call it Conspiracy © 1971 by Gary Allen (This book was recommended By Elder Benson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles over the pulpit in 1972)
- The Naked Capitalist by Cleon Skousen
- Awakening to Our Awful Situation by Jack Monnett
- The Hidden Things of Darkness by Christopher Bentley
- The New World Order: An Analysis for Latter-day Saints (From the Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson)
- Our Awful Situation: Secret Combinations Above Us
- The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin
- World without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17 by G. Edward Griffin
- The Great and Abominable Church of the Devil by H. Verlan Andersen
- War is a Racket by Major General Smedley D. Bulter –USMC Retired
- I, Pencil by Leonard E. Read
And many, many others available upon request…