The Voice of the People

We’ve reached a milestone in American history. Emotions are running high. Liberals are elated; conservatives are disheartened.

This past election was a watershed moment in time. Everyone, on both sides of the political spectrum, is in agreement about that, but for very different reasons. Everything has changed.

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Until recent decades, the majority of Americans stood steadfastly for certain core values, whether liberal or conservative. A back-and-forth tug-of-war dominated politics and ensured that neither philosophy could dominate for long. But now, that’s over.

Curiously, the Book of Mormon prophet, Mosiah, had something to say on this subject.

Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people. (Mosiah 29: 26)

For over 200 years, the self correcting nature of our political system worked just as Mosiah explained. Mosiah referenced what we have called “the moral majority” in our time, those who possess the innate goodness manifest by a free people. This “voice of the people,” according to Mosiah, could be counted on to steady the ship of state with the ballast of common sense and tiller of personal responsibility.

But that may be lost to us now. What most Americans do not comprehend is that the creeping secularism on the left has infiltrated and infected every aspect of our lives, altering and eroding traditional American values. Like a metastatic cancer, it has overwhelmed the body politic, leaving us morally and culturally bankrupt.

Once a marginal movement in American culture, progressive secularism has grown greatly in the last three or four decades, in both political and social influence. With the outcome of this election, the door was thrown open wide to further and radically revise traditional American values. That trend may now be irreversible.

Secularism has won the day. Conservatism is in decline. The so called “moral majority” in America is no longer the guiding hand in American politics. Radical, politically correct and progressive notions and institutions are now dominant, the order of the day.

Those living on the public dole, whatever form that takes, represent nearly half the population, giving rise to a dominant entitlement culture in America, displacing the self sufficient, individualist attitude that has characterized the majority of Americans for generations. These who are dependent upon on one form of public assistance or another will invariably elect a leader who will promise to give them more benefits, more perks.

The reelection of Barak Obama confirms this. It is a sure indication, an overt manifestation of the topsy-turvy state of affairs in America today.

Mosiah also cited what will happen to any nation occupying “this land” when the majority loses its bearings.

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

In the simple and straightforward manner typical of Book of Mormon prophets, Mosiah calls poor judgment “iniquity.” With this past election, it’s clear that the voice of the people, the majority, has chosen poorly.

If, in your opinion, that is an overstatement, if you disagree, just give it a little time to see how this all plays out. We will all be made to suffer for this debacle.

Further, Mosiah emphatically declares that “the judgments of God” will come upon us for acquiescing to such perfidy. Clearly, if we haven’t sensed it before, we will soon be forced to acknowledge that we are all on board a fateful Titanic.

What is also clear is that the righteous will not be exempt from these chastisements. They seldom are, given the historical record. In fact, if there is a truism that can be distilled from the Nephite record, it is that. So those of us living out the “Nephite nightmare” in our day and time cannot expect our righteousness to exempt us from what Mosiah promised.

The message for us in this crucial moment in American history is, What form will these “judgments of God” and “great destruction” take? To answer that question, we must turn again to events in Nephite history, since that would have been Mosiah’s perspective when he cited judgments and destruction.

While there were many wars, contentions, a drought and predations by Gadianton robbers in Nephite history that could be called judgments, there was one destruction that far exceeds the rest, which immediately leaps to mind. You can read about it for yourself in 3 Nephi. I strongly suggest you do, because like all Nephite ills, this woe awaits us who occupy “this land.”

About Anthony E. Larson

Anthony E. Larson is a well-known LDS scholar, researcher and author. He has produced a number of innovative, groundbreaking works that reveal the striking and remarkable relationship between ancient history and prophecy. Visit his website: MormonProphecy.com
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19 Responses to The Voice of the People

  1. Forrest says:

    We needn’t go back to ancient times. Reread Pres. Kimball’s prayer of dedication of the Washington D C temple. He saw our day and prayed for blessings lest we fall victim to “Pride and stoutness of heart”, lest we allow our leaders to cause us to err, and allow wickedness to run rampant and unchecked. Nephi did not quote Isaiah because he had nothing better to write. 2 Nephi 19:8–20:4 contain a four-fold warning we can ill afford to ignore. Unfortunately, far too many LDS are clueless.
    D&C 84 54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—

    55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.

    Read the whole section and remember the Book of Mormon.

    • I’m with you, Forrest. All you say is right. There is ample evidence, some you cited, that we stand on the threshold of difficult times, and no one seems to be paying attention. Hence, I write to perhaps reach the few who do notice or will. What more can we do?

  2. Robert L. Crawley says:

    Obama got 66 million votes. There are 315 million Americans. He got 21% of Americans to vote for him. And how many of those were fraud? About one in 5 Americans voted for him. And while it is true that many of those who did not vote for him are young, some so young that they know not their right hand from their left; isn’t that the portion of the population that the Lord saved Ninevah for?

    • I’d like to think that your assessment of the vote is correct, Robert. But that doesn’t detract from the fact that we have a politically naive and ignorant populace. The point is that Mosiah saw the same sort of condition in the Nephites as I see in today’s Americans. None of this bodes well for the future.

  3. Daved says:

    The message for us in this crucial moment in American history is, What form will these “judgments of God” and “great destruction” take? To answer that question, we must turn again to events in Nephite history, since that would have been Mosiah’s perspective when he cited judgments and destruction.

    While there were many wars, contentions, a drought and predations by Gadianton robbers in Nephite history that could be called judgments, there was one destruction that far exceeds the rest, which immediately leaps to mind. You can read about it for yourself in 3 Nephi. I strongly suggest you do, because like all Nephite ills, this woe awaits us who occupy “this land.”

    The ‘Day Star’ is coming and no one on earth will be able to hid! One day you and I should visit Anthony

  4. You know where to find me. (grin)

  5. Robin Hood says:

    And yet our late prophet (Gordon Hinckley) said we should look to the future with optimism.
    So, who’s right, you or the prophet?

    • I suggest you read Pres. Hinckley’s general conference talk of October 1998. “I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order . . . ” You may have to change your perception of Pres. Hinckley.

    • Bill Loumeau says:

      A cursory understanding is not enough. Gordon B. Hinckley said many things in agreement with Anthony. One must be clear minded and intelligent to understand. I can help with this or you can enlighten me if you wish – without contention. I am willing and able to help and/or be taught. Feel free if you are interested. This is not something to be trifled with – it is not a matter of proving who is smart or right; it is a matter of serious consequence and we are all brothers and sisters and should help each other with love and kindness. I am of this mindset.

    • Mark Pinnell says:

      Be optimistic for chapter 11 of 3 Nephi. Only this time it wont be for a few hundred years it will be a millennium. =)

  6. Nansi Bingham says:

    I have enjoyed very much your commentary. My husband and I are like minded and have been for many years. .

    Brigham Youngs commented on how the saints will fair out when these judgements come .. he said that if the judgements come upon this people it will be because the majority have turned away from the Lord. Let the majority of the people turn away from the Holy Commandments which the Lord has delivered to us, and cease to hold the balance of power in the Church, and we may expect the judgments of God to come upon us. But while six-tenths or three-fourths of this people will keep the commandments the judgements will not come upon them. Where do you think the saints are in this respect, considering their political mindset..and freedoms lost.

  7. Jim says:

    Pure BS guys. The Majority had slavery, hanging blacks, oppressing anyone they did not like or thought was different, burning ‘witches’ and even worse things.
    L-dS,inc has a history of racial oppression that continues today with separate congregations in SLC for Tongans, Samoans and Spanish speaking people.
    They talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.

    • Bill Loumeau says:

      I willingly will address the negative comments offered in a polite and helpful manner if anyone is interested. Those views are fallacious and will prevent one from obtaining wonderful outcomes. I am a witness of this and without contention will help others to see more than they now can and do if interested.

  8. Paumea Horton McKay says:

    Europeans (White Wo/Men) are referenced in the BOM as Gentiles. Amerindians and Polynesians as Israelites. Two Kingdoms Christ’s and Lucifer’s. Two Religious Systems Atheism and Theism. Two Economic Systems Christ’s and Lucifer’s. Communism/Socialism is Israel’s Natural Economic System. Karl Marx was an Israelite (Jew) and also an Atheist Joseph Smith (BOM) was a gentile and also a Theist. Maori Theistic Communism (communalism) Socialism accepts that our Father is the creator (thus owner) of the whole universe and the sole purpose of governments (Religious/Civil) are to (a) Uphold unalienable Rights (b) Work out ways and means that I can obtain my equity share of my fathers estates. Gadhaffi (Libya) practiced that system and the gentile west had to destroy Him.

    • Bill Loumeau says:

      Gadhaffi was destroyed because he dared to try to sell oil for currency other than the US dollar, which will collapse soon, and so the Gadianton robbers in charge had him killed to stave off the inevitable as long as possible.

    • Douglas McOmber says:

      To Elder McKay, my friend of long ago.

      How can I get in touch with you?

  9. Bill Loumeau says:

    We need to convert US dollars into assets that will not devalue and/or can be used to buy things in the future – near future. Gold is the best and silver also. I know where the best opportunity is in the world today to not only get gold but to help others do the same. Call me at 831-600-6952 if you believe it is a good thing to help others prepare and get free gold in the process.

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