The Case for Secret Combinations

Many people find it hard to believe in the idea of a conspiracy, especially one that is pervasive, world wide and all encompassing. Even members of the LDS Church find it hard to grasp that our society could possibly be ‘controlled’ by some secretive group. It doesn’t seem possible when we travel, vote, express our opinions openly, worship as we please and seem to lead lives that are largely uncontrolled. But the General Authorities of the Church say differently. For instance, Ezra Taft Benson said:

I testify that wickedness 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. (Ezra Taft Benson, “I Testify,” General Conference, October 1988, reported in Ensign, Nov. 1988, p. 87)

President Benson testified that a secret combination has control over America and the entire world. That goes contrary to what we are used to thinking. How can it be that we are controlled when we think we are free? Is President Benson’s view just an aberration, or is it shared with other General Authorities? Here is a quotation from Joseph Fielding Smith:

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 Hitler; it is not Mussolini; it is not the king or government of England or any other land; it is Satan himself. (Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. 3, p.314-315)

How can that be possible? The answer is that this secret combination doesn’t have total control, but effective control. That means that they do not control our every action, as in Stalin’s Soviet Union; they control the direction our world moves in by controlling what we see and hear in the news media, the educational establishment, and the major political parties. Here are some quotations to prove this idea:

One of our best-kept secrets is the degree to which a handful of huge corporations control the flow of information in the United States. Whether it is television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books or the Internet, a few giant conglomerates are determining what we see, hear and read. (Rep. Bernie Sanders)

And this:

Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have. (Richard Salent, former president, CBS News)

And this:

In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press . . . They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers.

An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers . . . This policy also included the suppression of everything in opposition to the wishes of the interests served . . . (U.S. Congressman Oscar Calloway, The Congressional Record, February 9, 1917, Vol. 54, pp. 2947-2948)

The proof of media bias and brainwashing is substantial. One has to look for it, because the truth is deliberately buried by the media itself. Here are some quotations about our educational establishment:

The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues, and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else . . . Their purpose, in brief, is to make docile and patriotic citizens, to pile up majorities, and to make John Doe and Richard Doe as nearly alike, in their everyday reactions and ways of thinking, as possible. (H. L. Mencken)

The article goes on to say: “Dodd has advised his House committee employers to bear down upon evidence that grants, made chiefly by the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations, were used toward ‘directing education toward an international viewpoint and discrediting the traditions to which it had been dedicated, changing both school and college curricula to the point where they sometimes denied principles underlying the American way of life . . . ’”

(John O’Donnell, “Capitol Stuff,” From an article in the Daily News, May 12, 1954)

Again, the evidence for the educational brainwashing of our children is found in many other quotations. But surely, one may say, that does not include our major political parties? The answer is found in the following quotations that show the control of the Republicans and Democrats:

Usually, carefully screened leading “actors” are picked well in advance of election day by a small group, picked for both major parties, thereby reducing the promotional risk to just about zero.

On the political stage, one must be groomed by “backers” to become a “statesman.” It is desirable for such a candidate to have great personal ambition and, perchance, to be vulnerable to blackmail for some past occurrences; hence, someone not apt to become too independent in time, but always amenable to “suggestions” on the policy level. (Curtis Dall, FDR: My Exploited Father-in-Law, p. 23)

Curtis Dall was the son-in-law of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He saw what happened in FDR’s White House and was appalled at it. But he is far from the only witness to control from behind the scenes:

From 1936 through 1960 the Republican presidential nominee was selected by a small group of secret kingmakers who are the most powerful opinion makers in the world. They dictated the choice of the Republican presidential nominee just as completely as the Paris dressmakers control the length of women’s skirts. (Phyllis Schlafly, A Choice Not an Echo, p. 6)

Or this:

To Morgan, all political parties were simply organizations to be used, and the firm always was careful to keep a foot in all camps. Morgan himself, Dwight Morrow, and other partners were allied with the Republicans; Russell C. Leffingwell was allied with the Democrats; Grayson Murphy was allied with the extreme Right; and Thomas W. Lamont was allied with the Left . . . To this same seminal figure, (Morgan), may be attributed the use of tax-exempt foundations for controlling these activities . . . (Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope, p. 945)

This behind the scenes manipulation of both political parties is also very well attested. These days, one must really dig to find the truth. The control of our lives also includes our national finances through the agency of the Federal Reserve System, which is a private, stock-owned banking cartel which enriches itself while making the rest of us poor. They do that through inflation that comes about through fractional reserve banking. Here are some quotations that establish that fact:

This Act, [Federal Reserve Act of 1913,] established the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this bill, the invisible government by the Monetary Power will be legalized . . . The greatest crime of Congress is its currency system. The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetuated by this banking bill. The caucus and party bosses have again operated and prevented the people from getting the benefit of their own government. (Charles A. Lindberg to the House of Representatives, December 23, 1913)

Or this:

MR. SPEAKER: Our government debt at this time is approximately $50 billion. By the time that it’s paid, it will aggregate $100 billion . . . The amount of 100 percent is due to the interest charges . . . I have never yet had anyone who could . . . justify the federal government borrowing the use of its own money . . . I believe the time will come when people will demand that this be changed . . . [and] they will actually blame . . . Congress for sitting idly by and permitting such an idiotic system to continue. I have talked to the secretary of the Treasury and members of the Federal Reserve Board . . . They know this can be done easily and conveniently and will save money . . . the Federal Reserve Bank System . . . is not owned by the government.. Many people think that it is because it says “Federal Reserve.” It belongs to private banks, private corporations. So we have farmed out to the Federal Reserve Banking System . . . the privilege of issuing the government’s money! (Rep. Wright Patman, House, Sept. 29, 1941, Congressional Record, p. 7583)

Or this:

We have two governments in Washington: one run by the elected people–which is a minor part–and one run by the moneyed interests, which control everything. (Congressman C. Wright Patman, Chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee, quoted by Studs Terkel in Hard Times, New York: The New Press, 2005, pp. 284-285)

So the idea of a conspiracy owning our government is not some half-baked crazy idea. There is hard evidence demonstrating the fact of control from behind the scenes. Nevertheless, many still scoff at the idea and dismiss it without even consulting the evidence. They just can’t believe such a thing possible. J. Edgar Hoover said:

The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.

Unfortunately, denying the existence of a conspiracy does not make it go away. Perhaps people would just prefer to think that everything is rosy and if they put on horse’s blinders, there won’t be an 800 pound gorilla named ‘conspiracy’ sitting in the corner of the room. But that is not a good attitude to have. We have to wake up and see things for what they really are.

About Ken Bowers

Ken Bowers has a Master’s Degree in Education and authored three books, Hiding in Plain Sight, Beneath the Tide and Quotations on Liberty. Ken was a member of the John Birch Society as a teenager and learned about a huge worldwide conspiracy from them. He started to read to fill out his knowledge on the subject, and it lead to a 45 year investigation. Dr. W. Cleon Skousen read Ken's first book, was impressed by it and subsequently hired Ken to work for him for the last 4-1/2 years of his life. Ken Bowers has been giving lectures for about 8 years around the western states. He gives 17 different lectures on the Constitution, secret combinations, Natural Law, American history and current events. Anyone interested in lectures or books may contact Ken Bowers at ken.bowers1112@gmail.com. He also has a blog at: kenbowers.blogspot.com.
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51 Responses to The Case for Secret Combinations

  1. Rex says:

    Ether 8:23–25 speaks of a specific secret combination that would exist in our day:

    “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… Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; …For it cometh to pass that 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;…”

  2. G. Michael Craig says:

    It astonishes me when LDS express disdain for the idea that a secret combination has gained complete control of our government. Helaman 6:38–39 documents how it happened to the Nephites. Ether 8:24 warns it will happen to us. Too many LDS don’t read the BOM, or don’t believe it when they do. The number of scientists, explosives experts, and architectural engineers who have publicly stated that the evidence is conclusive that the WTC was destroyed on 9-11-01 by controlled demolition is aproaching 2000; in other words, was an inside job. Yet I still find that most people, including most LDS, just cannot emotionally deal with this. They cannot believe our leaders could be that evil. So we murder millions of innocent people in the Middle East, while the culprits go free.

    • Dan says:

      You are so correct. Most LDS members I know, including family, scoff at the idea that secret combinations could happen in our day and in very own government! No, they truly don’t understand the Book of Mormon and that it was written as a blueprint for our day.

    • Penny Hardy says:

      You are so right Dan, when you watch those building come down so fast it could only be controlled demolition, I hope people wake up before it is to late. When I mention this to LDS people they think I have lost it. Keep on putting things like this before peoples eyes and I will support you.

  3. Jared says:

    It amazes me how many of our otherwise wonderful and faithful brothers and sisters insist that there is no conspiracy in control of this nation. Unfortunately, this will have tragic consequences. Our task now is to simply testify according to the Spirit’s dictates, watch, and be ready.

    Great article Ken!

    Jared

    • G. Michael Craig says:

      I believe we can do more than that: We can stop feeding the beast that is devouring us. I made that decision almost 20 years ago. It made most of my priesthood leaders furious with me. There was weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I didn’t flinch, and I never will. I will not contribute to the murderous combination that is destroying our nation. If anybody doesn’t like that, they can assume a fetal position, suck their thumb, and repeat “Mommy, Mommy”!

    • C Swain says:

      Having confronted secret combinations in OUR church I can see how easily they can confound us and teach us what we allow them to as truth. Scoff all you like, the BoM gadianton robbers exist today, everywhere. We are told to guard our testimony for a reason.

  4. Jules Allred says:

    Awesome article Ken! How appropriate for this 9/11 anniversary!

  5. Jared says:

    How did Building 7 come down?

    When I find individuals who refuse to truthfully confront that question I know that their hearts and souls are diametrically opposed to receiving the truth. This is a very very bad omen.

    57 For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.
    58 And the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance; and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation.
    59 For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver.

    (Doctrine and Covenants 45:57–59)

    • G. Michael Craig says:

      Jared, have you ever seen the taped confession of Larry Silverstein, the wealthy Jewish real estate developer who purchased a lease on the WTC just a few weeks prior to 9-11-01, which included a multi-billion dollar insurance policy against terrorist attacks, in which he stated in plain english that when he considered all the smoke damage and minor structural damage to building #7, he gave the go-ahead to “pull it”, which is the jargon used by professional demolition crews to mean the decision to bring down the building? It would have taken his crew weeks if not months to run the wires and set the thermite and nano-thermite explosives in that 47 story building. Therein is proof positive that this was an inside job.

  6. Dan says:

    Why wouldn’t secret combinations exist today, just like they’ve existed in all dispensations of time? The war in heaven continues on earth today. Satan uses governments and tyrants to diminish our agency so he can have total control. Why do so many LDS members find this hard to believe is beyond me. We have example after example in the scriptures of secret combinations, so why wouldn’t Satan use the same tactics today as he has always used? I truly believe those in denial are afflicted with the “All is well in Zion” syndrome. Coming to grips with corruption in government and the existence of conspiracy would mean having to do something and to prepare.

  7. Arlene Anderson says:

    C. S. Lewis could see the effects of “Democratic education.” From ‘Screwtape Proposes a Toast’: Now, this useful phenomenon is in itself by no means new. Under the name of Envy it has been known to humans for thousands of years. But hitherto they always regarded it as the most odious, and also the most comical, of vices. Those who were aware of feeling it felt it with shame; those who were not gave it no quarter in others. The delightful novelty of the present situation is that you can sanction it — make it respectable and even laudable — by the incantatory use of the word democratic.
    Under the influence of this incantation those who are in any or every way inferior can labour more wholeheartedly and successfully than ever before to pull down everyone else to their

  8. Arlene Anderson says:

    continued: own level. But that is not all. Under the same influence, those who come, or could come, nearer to a full humanity, actually draw back from fear of being undemocratic. I am credibly informed that young humans now sometimes suppress an incipient taste for classical music or good literature because it might prevent their Being Like Folks; that people who would really wish to be — and are offered the Grace which would enable them to be — honest, chaste, or temperate refuse it. To accept might make them Different, might offend against the Way of Life, take them out of Togetherness, impair their Integration with the Group. They might (horror of horrors!) become individuals.
    All is summed up in the prayer which a young female human is said to have uttered recently: “O God, make me a normal twentieth century girl!” Thanks to our labours, this will mean increasingly: “Make me a minx, a moron, and a parasite.”
    Meanwhile, as a delightful by-product, the few (fewer every day) who will not be made Normal or Regular and Like Folks and Integrated increasingly become in reality the prigs and cranks which the rabble would in any case have believed them to be. For suspicion often creates what it expects. (“Since, whatever I do, the neighbors are going to think me a witch, or a Communist agent, I might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb, and become one in reality.”) As a result we now have an intelligentsia which, though very small, is very useful to the cause of Hell.
    But that is a mere by-product. What I want to fix your attention on is the vast, overall movement towards the discrediting, and finally the elimination, of every kind of human excellence – moral, cultural, social, or intellectual. And is it not pretty to notice how “democracy” (in the incantatory sense) is now doing for us the work that was once done by the most ancient Dictatorships, and by the same methods? You remember how one of the Greek Dictators (they called them “tyrants” then) sent an envoy to another Dictator to ask his advice about the principles of government. The second Dictator led the envoy into a field of grain, and there he snicked off with his cane the top of every stalk that rose an inch or so above the general level. The moral was plain. Allow no preeminence among your subjects. Let no man live who is wiser or better or more famous or even handsomer than the mass. Cut them all down to a level: all slaves, all ciphers, all nobodies. All equals. Thus Tyrants could practise, in a sense, “democracy.” But now “democracy” can do the same work without any tyranny other than her own. No one need now go through the field with a cane. The little stalks will now of themselves bite the tops off the big ones. The big ones are beginning to bite off their own in their desire to Be Like Stalks.

  9. Ralph Hughes says:

    I consider it a commandment in Moroni’s words: “suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain…”. Well, they have gotten above us. But I’ve got my excuses for neglecting my responsibility to oppose those murderous combinations all lined up. Hows about the rest of you ?

  10. Darren says:

    I spent some time a year or so ago looking at what the scriptures and modern Church leaders have said on the subject of conspiracy. I put it together is a short pdf http://www.ldsfreedomportal.net/WakingUpToSecretCombinations.pdf

    It’s quite amazing how, even just looking at the scriptures alone, the common view among the membership of the Church differs so much from what has actually been written by prophets…

    • Arlene Anderson says:

      Darren, I checked out your lds freedom portal site and loved it. I clicked on a link for a digital copy of Prophets, Principles, and National Survival. Only the first few chapters would open. Is it still a work in progress?

      • Darren says:

        I believe it is – it was incomplete when I linked to it years ago, so either it has been abandoned or is intended only as a teaser (likely the former).

        Glad you liked the site!

  11. Rocco DeLuca says:

    The Church doesn’t seem to emphasize food storage. Why the church is very passive about what is going on in our country and in the world. We need to prepare now, maybe it’s too late already. Presently we get no warning from the first presidency as everything is still the same as always. My wife responds to me that we have been told of doing food storage for decades, but we are still here. Nothing happened.
    I started doing food storage by dehydrating it. I am still trying to find out a way to filter water. Marines use some type of filter when they go to war. I wonder what they use.

    • knn says:

      I think they have gone silent on food storage because it’s too late. Now the focus seems to be spiritual preparedness for a time of great trials. Get the food storage while you can affordably do so.

      • Rocco DeLuca says:

        before Adam Ondi Ahman, there might be the persecution of the saints. Do you think we might have to face persecution too? Do you think that 2012 might be the year with no rainbow (no seeding and no harvest)?

  12. Darrin S Ivie says:

    After reading the article a few questions came to my mind.

    President Ezra Taft Benson made these comments 23 years ago, is there a reason why Howard W. Hunter, Gordon B. Hinckley and/or Thomas S. Monson have chosen to be mostly silent in regards to these matters?

    As I read your comments and the quotes listed I get the impression that there is an urgency, that if something is not done soon we are all destined to destruction (if my conclusions are not accurate I apologize). Yet, we don’t seem to get the same warnings or urgency from our most recent Prophets, Seers or Revelators.

    Are you proposing that the modern day leaders of the LDS church are not receiving revelation or inspiration?

    • Jared says:

      I don’t know what you are talking about.

      Our First Presidency is very active in promoting food storage, preparedness, and the study of prophecy. Go to lds.org and you will find lots of info and advice on what we can do. There has been much said recently in General Conference on the subjects of preparedness and the last days. If you aren’t noticing this then you are not paying attention.

      Maybe you think I should provide references and quotations. No way! Do your own homework.

  13. MamaBear says:

    Thank you for this important article. I too, am yearning for clearer communication from our First Presidency. For three years now I’ve been looking forward to our General Conference in anticipation of “the go ahead” to prepare for what coming our way and the “here’s why” of it. I am ashamed to admit this (but truthfully) I cannot stay awake for the entire conference. The tone and rhythm of the speakers makes for a very drowsy experience. I guess I need to repent. But, in these last days, I would say that the talks should be a little more than the usual but spoken with passion and conveyed with the sounds of warning bells to wake everyone up to (our awful situation). Is it because we are worldwide that we can no longer expect such talks given like Pres. ETB?

    • Jared says:

      If you want the cream to rise to the top then you should not agitate the milk. Likewise, our prophets are not polarizing the ranks. We are being tested to see which way we will go. Only the slothful need to be commanded in all things. The cream will rise to the top and abide the day, the rest will be dumped down the drain.

      • MamaBear says:

        Then my heart goes out to those less than the cream having learned to always follow the Prophet. Our leaders can be speak plainly, truthfully, but with conviction in warning during these dangerous times. The truth should not create polarization of the ranks. And if it does, we’ve got a bigger problem because the drain may not be wide enough. My comment reflects a bit of frustration associated with the evil that’s welling up on earth and although we’ve always been taught to prepare… it may be the time for THE talk. Slothful people still need to hear the truth and then decide for themselves whether or not to stay slothful on evil matters. I should hope that we as members should get agitated in order to fully understand the seriousness of current events.

        • Jared says:

          That day is coming. And right now it is impossible to tell, except by the Spirit, who the cream, or the elect, really are. There are plenty of preparedness gurus who aren’t worth the dirt they walk on spiritually, while there are a lot of people, members and nonmembers, active and inactive, who will rise to the challenge of the Last Days.

          That said, I think it is wise not to be too eager for the day of agitation and sifting. The Lord has a lot of projects in the works, and praying for Him to hasten His day of judgment might also be to pray for ones own destruction and condemnation. Personally, I will gladly take any extra time I get to prepare to see His face. On the other hand, I yearn for a ZION change because of the deliverance from sorrow it bring.

          • sean says:

            I think people expect the first presidency to just one day say come to Jackson county…….they don’t realize we have to build Zion let the world go, leave Babylon and build Zion ourselves, starting with ourselves.

  14. MamaBear says:

    I have to continue. I know that our church would like us to reach out to the muslim faith (if you can call it that). But, the truth is, it isn’t a faith, religion, or anything to do with goodness and love. It is based on lies, evil doings, corruption, and dominance. Women have no value and are to be regarded as a lower grade of a human. We need to remember that evil begets evil and evil people will lock arms, motives, to force more evil upon humanity in the name of “for the greater good”. We cannot forget that we are dealing with Satan’s army and this army comes in many forms, religions, organizations, nations, and governments. We must not embrace, reach out, be nice to, or be tolerant of evil ever. Look at the words of our hymns and scriptures, truth not PC.

    • linj2fly says:

      The people of Ammon were previously described similarly as you have described people of muslim faith (never mind that many others describe mormons as you have done).

      I would encourage you to read Alma 26 again, and ponder how we can apply it to those we regard as our ‘enemies.’

  15. MamaBear says:

    Can anyone explain the meaning of the Tenth of Article of Faith concerning the part that Zion (the New Jerusalem) to be built here in the US. Does this mean that Jerusalem will not longer exist and that the Jews and the lost tribes will come to America? What will happen to Israel in the middle east? I am very confused at this and if anyone can shed some light.

    10 We believe in the literal agathering of Israel and in the restoration of the bTen Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

    • Jared says:

      Read “Approaching Zion” by Hugh Nibley.

      Jerusalem in Palestine will be rebuilt, per the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Jews will gather there under the banner of the Davidic King.

      Most of the rest of the tribes of Israel will gather to the New Jerusalem in America.

      I also suggest reading, “As a Thief in the Night” by Roger K. Young, and “Isaiah Decoded” by Gileadi.

  16. Bill Woods says:

    I believe the article and subsequent comments have overstated the truth and not 100 percent portrayed reality. For example, I don’t believe that the Federal Reserve is run by Satan. I believe those quoted had in mind a different meaning than portrayed by the author of the article. Messages from some radical elements of our society have been mixed with comments by our church leaders which makes it all the more difficult to understand the truth. I feel that the John Birch Society (a very radical group) has had very little in common with the LDS Church, or its officials, so why mix the two.

    • G. Michael Craig says:

      The Federal Reserve Bank is not Federal, has no reserves, and is not a bank. It is a private credit monopoly of mostly European billionaires. It is not run by satan, only by ammoral men who have sold their souls to satan. Read “The Creature From Jekyl Island” by G. Edward Griffin.

  17. Jared says:

    I’ve been a member of the John Birch Society for a number of years and can attest that the LDS Church and the JBS compliment one another very well. In fact, their organizations and operations are very similar.

    If having faith in Christ is radical, then YES, I am a radical!

    If being loyal to the Constitution of the United States is radical, then YES, I am a radical!

    Consider Revelation 3:15–16
    15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
    16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

    Those who denigrate “radicals” who feel proper zeal for the Lord and his truth–these will not have part in the First Resurrection until they repent and show proper loyalty to the Lord.

    • G. Michael Craig says:

      In your last sentence, you condemned arguably about 90% of the members, which dovetails with what J. Golden Kimble said. I have been a very active member here in the deep south for almost 40 years. I can tell you from experience that being hot rather than merely lukewarm toward the Gospel, meaning that to actually magnify callings, do 100% home teaching consistently, attend all your meetings, read the BOM and abide by the precepts taught therein, and follow the guidelines of the general authorities in getting out of debt, putting aside a years supply of food, water, the means of defending yourself and your loved ones, and other necessities, staying in good physical condition, and bearing a bona fide testimony rather than a thankamony or loveamony will get you branded

  18. G. Michael Craig says:

    a radical just as surely as night follows day. You will be treated like a red-haired step-child, avoided by other members, frequently called on the carpet by your priesthood leaders, and probably even denied a temple recommend. That has been my own personal experience, as well as that of other equally hot LDS I have known over the years, most of whom got so disgusted with the huge disconnect between the ideal and the practical that they left the Church. It seems to me that, around here at least, where home teaching percentages hover around 15-20% month in and month out, the cold lose interest and become inactive; the hot get marginalized, and often quit; leaving the lukewarm to run the show. I just have to keep reminding myself that the greatest radical of all time,

  19. G. Michael Craig says:

    our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ, was treated the same as are all radicals, and worse. His life is living testimony to the truth that many of us have discovered ourselves : “No good deed goes unpunished”.

  20. Eric says:

    Thank you for this fine article. It was very brief but that allowed it to be readable.
    I look for Deseret to arise and put on her glory in preparation for the eventual Zion.
    I am grateful for brethren and sisters such as I find here to interact with.

  21. Eric says:

    I forgot to mention that once when Brigham Young was speaking a bit too regularly and plainly about the Lord’s plans for Deseret and eventually Zion he was counseled by Joseph Smith desist because as he put it, when Joseph (the tribe, I think) is a man he may speak as a man but being a child he must hold his peace and be taught. When Brigham couldn’t resist this feeling safe outside the U.S., the Federal army came to address the “Mormon problem”.
    I can see how speaking too clearly before one is prepared may draw unwanted attention.

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  23. Bob Webster says:

    I learned of communism after my mission to Uruguay (59-61) at a rally @ USC by Fred Schwarz (CAC), J. Edgar Hoover (Masters of Deceit), Herb Filbrick (I Led Three Lives) and later by Dr. W. Cleon Skousen’s books and Freeman Institute.
    Saten’s influence deceived 1/3 of our brothren in heaven. Satan spoke to Eve by the mouth of the serpent, and speaks since then by anyone he can deceive (like Cain) to believe in subjugating others to get gain. His focus is on control, and will use money, politics, religion, status or any means or influence to gain control. Korihor is a good example of power-mad humans.
    A couple of key books that have come into my posession include: The Rothschilds, Secrets of the Federal Reserve, and Plausible Denial. JFK’s death proves control.

  24. Will says:

    “By there fruits will ye know them”.

  25. Terry M Bushman says:

    I may have missed this in all of your remarks, but if not mentioned please consider this.
    In a general conference address in the 70s, President Benson was speaking about the Book of Mormon and our day. He stated that the Book of Mormon was “not conspiracy theory, but conspiracy fact”… then he paused an recommended the reading of a book entitled “None Dare Call it Conspiracy” by Gary Allen, published in 1972.
    You all need to read this. If you had any doubt about how the Federal Reserve Board and the banking families are controlling the world economy and politics, this should remove that doubt. Note: I believe the LDS.org video of his address does not show the aside he makes about this book, but I’ve seen a video clip of the same address which does.

  26. Terry M Bushman says:

    I meant “Federal Reserve Banking System” above in my remarks.….

  27. Terry M Bushman says:

    I FOUND IT– In VIDEO: I’m referring to April 72 Conference. “Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints” address by President Benson. He states
    “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.” In the video on LDS.org
    He makes comments about Gary Allen’s book but the reference is not in the written version of his address.

  28. Bonnie Pence says:

    Our prophets have not quit in their warnings to us. They have couched them in terms where, I believe, only those who are awake and listening, watching and aware can notice them. Case in point: July Ensign, Thomas S. Monson – “True to the Faith of Our Forefathers.” The following is included in a story about a pioneer family. The way can be trying. Some find it difficult to withstand the mocking and unsavory remarks of foolish ones who ridicule chastity, honesty, and obedience to God’s commands. The world has ever belittled adherence to principle. When Noah was instructed to build an ark, the foolish populace looked at the cloudless sky and then scoffed and jeered—until the rain came.

    continued

  29. Bonnie Pence says:

    Continued from July’s Ensign article by the Prophet.

    “On the American continent long centuries ago, people doubted, disputed, and disobeyed until the fire consumed Zarahemla, the earth covered Moronihah, and the water engulfed Moroni. Jeering, mocking, ribaldry, and sin were no more. They had been replaced by sullen silence, dense darkness. The patience of God had expired, His timetable fulfilled. ” If the last sentence in this quote isn’t a warning, I don’t know what is.

  30. Mel Oteo says:

    Thank you for this great article by Ken Bowers. As we continue to awaken to our “awful situation,” maybe we can also be the means of awakening others.

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