Waking Up To Secret Combinations: An LDS Perspective on Conspiracy

Secret CombinationMost of us seem content to accept the world largely in the way it is presented to us by what passes as the mainstream of society. Conspiracy, despite its overwhelming historical precedence, is often dismissed as non-existent or, at best, limited to small or foreign groups [1].

Consequently, when a discussion in a Church class arises upon the subject of secret combinations, such organizations as the Mafia, Ku Klux Klan and terrorist groups often end up on the blackboard.

While it is true, no doubt, that many of these groups conspire, and some do great evil, do they actually fit the full description of what we know about secret combinations?

In trying to answer this we need to understand what the scriptures tell us about such oath-bound societies, as well as review the words of Church leaders on the issue.

What Do The Scriptures Teach Us About Secret Combinations?

Secret combinations existed both in the Old and New World in ancient times. Below is a list of some of the things we learn from the scriptures concerning the nature, purpose and methods of these secret combinations:

1. Cain founded the first secret combination and became known as Master Mahan.[2] This title and the oaths and covenants were passed down to subsequent leaders of the secret combination (Moses 5: 31, 49;Helaman 6:30).

2. Secret combinations are “most abominable and wicked above all” in the sight of God (see Ether 8:18).

3. Secret combinations are Satanic in nature, receiving revelation from, and being founded and held up by, the devil (Moses 5:29–302 Nephi 26:22Helaman 6:263 Nephi 6:28Ether 8:16, 25) who transforms himself into an angel of light and stirs up men to contention whereby wickedness and thus secret combinations increase (2 Nephi 9:9Helaman 6:213 Nephi 7:7).

4. Secret combinations administer secret ancient oaths handed down from Cain (Ether 8:15–16), taken by swearing by the God of heaven, the heavens, the earth, the throat and the head (Moses 5:29–30;Ether 8:13–14).

5. The manner of their oaths and combinations are had among all people (Ether 8:20).

6. Secret combinations have secret signs and words (Helaman 6:22), protect one another (Helaman 6:21, 23), and mingle into society in a manner whereby they cannot be found (Helaman 1:12).

7. Members of secret combinations are punished by the combination if they reveal the wickedness of their co-conspirators (Helaman 6:24Ether 8:14).

8. One of the purposes of secret combinations is to murder (Moses 5:31Helaman 2:8); they also seek to murder the prophets of God (Alma 37:30). These combinations cause slaughter (3 Nephi 1:27, 2:11), war and millions of deaths; the Jaredites and Nephites being destroyed because of them (Helaman 2:13–14;Ether 8:21).

9. Secret combinations are established to rob and get gain (Moses 5:31Helaman 2:8). The Book of Mormon refers to them as “robbers” over fifty times, which suggest that theft was their chief activity or the activity for which they were most notorious.

10. Gadianton Robbers prefer to plunder rather than working for themselves (3 Nephi 4:1–5).

11. Members of secret combinations regard each other as brethren and appear to have a communal attitude toward property (3 Nephi 3:6–7).

12. The teachings and practices of the robbers are tempting and corrupt the hearts of the people as they spread, eventually even seducing most of the righteous into believing in their works, partaking of their spoils, and even becoming involved in their secret murders and combinations (Helaman 6:38Ether 9:6).

13. Pride, the desire for money, and seeking the praise of man make people susceptible to uniting with secret combinations; such go on to murder, plunder, and bear false witness against their neighbor (Helaman 7:21, 25–26).

14. Secret combinations help those who seek for power to gain power as well as to murder, plunder, lie and commit wickedness and whoredoms (Ether 8:16).

15. Secret combinations keep the people in darkness (Ether 8:16) and use fair promises to lead people away (Ether 8:17).

16. Secret combinations flourished first in the more settled parts of the land (Helaman 3:23) and among the wicked (Helaman 6:384 Nephi 1:42).

17. One of the purposes of secret combinations is to gain power (Helaman 2:8Ether 8:23, 11:15) by usurping power and authority over the people (Helaman 7:4). They seek to gain sole power over the government and, in the Book of Mormon, were successful in doing so (Helaman 6:39).

18. Secret combinations retain power so that they and their supporters may get gain and glory, and so that they may more easily steal, commit adultery, kill and do according to their own will (Helaman 7:5).

19. Secret combinations break the laws of God and the laws of their country (Helaman 6:23).

20. Secret combinations stir up rebellion (Ether 11:15) and dissent, and use lies and flattery to lead people to join with them (3 Nephi 1:28–29), targeting the rising generation (3 Nephi 1:29–30).

21. The members of secret combinations believe their secret works and society to be good (3 Nephi 3:9).

22. Secret combinations pretend to act on behalf of their people in reclaiming their rights (3 Nephi 3:10), believing they have been wronged and hating the righteous (3 Nephi 3:4).

23. Secret combinations seek to overthrow government (3 Nephi 7:6), establish kings – or oligarchies (see Mosiah 29:21–22) – and destroy the liberty of a republic (3 Nephi 6:30, 7:10); the king-men believe they have the blood of nobility (Alma 51:21).

24. Secret combinations, once in government, lay aside the commandments of God, corrupt righteous laws, and administer no justice to the people (Mosiah 29:22Helaman 7:4), condemning the righteous for their righteousness, allowing the guilty to go free because of their money (Helaman 7:5).

25. Secret combinations shed the blood of the saints and oppress them (Helaman 6:393 Nephi 6:29;Ether 8:22), threatening not only the rights and liberty of the people but also the Church (3 Nephi 2:12).

26. When any society has suffered such combinations to spread over them they will be destroyed (Ether 8:22).

27. One of the purposes of the Book of Mormon is to show us the work of ancient secret combination so that we may repent and suffer not that these same murderous combinations should get above us (Ether 8:23), and that we should awake to a sense of our awful situation when we see these things among us (Ether 8:24).

28. Speaking of a secret combination built up by the devil, the master of lies, in our day, the Book of Mormon tells us that those who build it up do so to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations and countries (Ether 8:25).

29. In the last days the gentiles shall build up secret combinations which shall spill the blood of the saints and seek to destroy the people (2 Nephi 26:22Ether 8:25Mormon 8:27).

30. Preaching the word of God destroys secret combinations (Helaman 6:37).

What Have Church Leaders Said About Secret Combinations?

What do we know about secret combinations from latter-day prophets, seers and revelators? It’s interesting in reading these how they generally give a very different view than the one commonly held by members of the Church. The following quotations are in chronological order (titles added):

  • A secret band will sap the strength of America in the last days

“I have seen the end of this nation and it is terrible. I will tell you in the name of the LORD that a secret band will sap the life of this nation.”(Moses Thatcher, from an address given at the Franklin Ward, Franklin, Idaho, June 16, 1882 and entered into the Historical Record thereof)

  • We are in the midst of great propaganda and even the elect are being deceived

“We are in the midst of the greatest exhibition of propaganda that the world has ever seen. Just do not believe all you read or hear. The elect are being deceived.” (J. Reuben Clark, Conference Report, October 1941)

  • A global tyranny to be established by stealth in the last days

“Satan…[plans] to destroy liberty and 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.” (First Presidency, General Conference, October 1942)

  • Government & Church to suffer “vacant places” due to the Conspiracy

“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.” (J. Reuben Clark, Conference Report, April 1944)

  • Satan has control now and is guiding the governments of the world

“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)

  • Socialism-communism is a conspiracy

“…we should accept the command of the Lord and treat socialistic communism as the tool of Satan. We should follow the counsel of the President of the Church and resist the influence and policies of the socialist-communist conspiracy wherever they are found–in the schools, in the churches, in governments, in unions, in businesses, in agriculture.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference, October 1961)

  • A vast, worldwide secret combination to seek to overthrow all lands

“Concerning the United States, the Lord revealed to his prophets that its greatest threat would be a vast, worldwide ‘secret combination’ which would not only threaten the United States but also seek to ‘overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations…’(Ether 8:25)” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference, October 1961)

  • A deliberate conspiracy to destroy the U.S. Constitution exists

“And do not think that these usurpations, intimidations, and impositions are being done to us through inadvertence or mistake; The whole course is deliberately planned and carried out; its purpose is to destroy the Constitution and our constitutional government; then to bring chaos, out of which the new Statism with its slavery is to arise, with a cruel, relentless, selfish, ambitious crew in the saddle, riding hard with whip and spur, a red-shrouded band of night riders for despotism.” (J. Reuben Clark, jr.,Church News, September 25, 1949)

  • Socialist-communist conspiracy at work both at home and abroad

“Our priceless heritage is threatened today as never before in our lifetime: from without by the forces of Godless Communism, and at home by our complacency and by the insidious forces of the Socialist-Communist conspiracy, with the help of those who would abandon the ancient landmarks set by our fathers and take us down the road to destruction. It was Alexander Hamilton who warned that ‘nothing is more common than for a free people, in times of heat and violence, to gratify momentary passions, by letting into the government, principles and precedents which afterwards prove fatal to themselves.’ (Alexander Hamilton and the Founding of the Nation, p. 462.)” (Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, April 1968)

  • There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon

“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.” (Eth. 8:21.) Now undoubtedly Moroni could have pointed out many factors 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 great conspiracy. There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon –it is a conspiracy fact. And along this line I would highly recommend to you the book None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen.” (Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference, April 1972; book recommendation added by Ezra Taft Benson during talk after he discovered a Russian delegation was in attendance. Not included in the prepared or text archives of the talk).

  • Modern founders of secret works arose about same time as Restoration

“It is well to ask, what system [referring to Isaiah 29:15–16] established secret works of darkness to overthrow nations by violent revolution? Who blasphemously proclaimed the atheistic doctrine that God made us not? Satan works through human agents. We need only look to some of the ignoble characters in human history who were contemporary to the restoration of the gospel to discover fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. I refer to the infamous founders of Communism and others who follow in their tradition…” (Ezra Taft Benson, A Witness and a Warning, Conference, October 1979)

  • Gadianton robbers fills the seats in many governments

“Gadianton robbers fill the judgement seats in many nations. An evil power seeks to overthrow the freedom of all nations and countries.” (Apostle Bruce R. McConkie, speaking in the April 1980 General Conference)

  • We must recognize, address and quit building up secret combinations

“…the Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ. It confounds false doctrines and lays down contention. (See 2 Ne. 3:12.) It fortifies the humble followers of Christ against the evil designs, strategies, and doctrines of the devil in our day. The type of apostates in the Book of Mormon are similar to the type we have today. God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time…Now, we have not been using the Book of Mormon as we should. Our homes are not as strong unless we are using it to bring our children to Christ. Our families may be corrupted by worldly trends and teachings unless we know how to use the book to expose and combat falsehoods in socialism, rationalism, etc…The situation in the world will continue to degenerate unless we read and heed the words of God and quit building up and upholding secret combinations, which the Book of Mormon tells us proved the downfall of ancient civilizations.” (Ezra Taft Benson, First Presidency Message, Ensign, January 1988).

  • A specific secret combination is increasing its global dominion

“[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, Conference, October 1988).

  • Modern-day Gadianton Robbers seek to bring down the Church, woo the people with sophistry and take control of society

“It is the terrorist organizations that must be ferreted out and brought down. We of this Church know something of such groups. The Book of Mormon speaks of the Gadianton robbers, a vicious, oath-bound, and secret organization bent on evil and destruction. In their day they did all in their power, by whatever means available, to bring down the Church, to woo the people with sophistry, and to take control of the society. We see the same thing in the present situation.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, October, 2001)

  • Evil schemers promote heavy taxation, false promises, loose morals, war

“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.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, First Presidency Message, Ensign, August 2005)

Is History An Accident?

Accidentalism is the view of history taught today in most schools. This portrays history as largely a series of unrelated events. Another view, and one posited in this article, is what has been called the conspiratorial view of history. This latter teaches that history is largely a series of related events. Today many people view conspiracy as something strange, on the fringe or to be dismissed, and that those who speak of conspiracy must be a little crazy or extreme. This is a very perplexing viewpoint because it is a matter of historical record that conspiracy has been with us from the beginning. Plots, intrigues and secret combinations have plagued government and societies at large from the beginning of time. Small groups or families conspired in ancient Rome, they conspired among the city-states of Renaissance Italy and in the churches and towers of medieval Europe. Plays, movies and books have been made about them. Nations, and civilizations, have risen and fallen due to the events enacted by such conspiratorial groups.

As Latter-day Saints we do not subscribe to accidentalism. We believe that the hand of Providence has helped shaped out world and that, among other things, the Lord guided the events in this world to bring about the circumstances where religious freedom was sparked leading eventually to a free nation under God wherein the Restoration could begin. However, we sometimes have a harder time believing that the non-accidental view of history also includes events inspired of the devil such as the events leading to the Great Apostasy. We should not be oblivious or stand in denial of such a view of history, or of the existence and nature of secret combinations. We need to, as Moroni put it, wake up to our awful situation.

What Now?

It has been said that the revelations of God provide the answer to all questions. We often forget this and are quick to base our views purely upon what the world teaches us about history, politics, science and other important subjects.

With this is mind, we should prayerfully ponder and read what the scriptures and Church leaders have said touching on the topics of liberty, government, agency, secret combinations, and so forth. The amount of material on these topics may surprise you if you have not looked into it before. As far as talks by leaders of the Church are concerned, you might want to start by visiting www.ldsfreedomportal.net which lists (and links to) many important addresses by Church leaders.

If you really want to look into things a bit deeper then I would recommend the following books for your primer reading list – most of which have been recommended by Church leaders:

None Dare Call It Conspiracy (Gary Allen) – recommended in Conference by Ezra Taft Benson
The Naked Communist (W. Cleon Skousen) – recommended in Conference by David O. McKay
The Naked Capitalist (W. Cleon Skousen) – important sequel to The Naked Communist
The 5000-Year Leap (W. Cleon Skousen) – perhaps the most well-read LDS work on liberty
The Elders of Israel and the Constitution (Jerome Horowitz) – Recommended in Conference by Ezra Taft Benson
The Book of Mormon and the Constitution (H. Verlan Andersen) – LDS General Authority and very close friend to Ezra Taft Benson
The Moral Basis of a Free Society (H. Verlan Andersen)
An Enemy Hath Done This (Ezra Taft Benson, compilation of political speeches)
The Law (Frederic Bastiat) – not an LDS author but quoted heavily by Ezra Taft Benson

Notes

[1] Doctrine & Covenants 38:28–29 appears to refer to this preconception.

[2] The word Mahan is of uncertain origin but the footnotes to Moses 5:31 suggest that the root of the word (“maha”) can be rendered as “mind”, “destroyer”, or “great one”. Matthew M. Brown favours the “destroyer” meaning (see “Girded about with a Lambskin”, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies: Volume – 6, Issue – 2, Pages: 124-151, Provo, Utah: Maxwell Institute, 1997). Depopulation, through various means, seems to be a strong theme in conspiratorial agendas. Joseph Smith, commenting on government and tyrants, once said that “The greatest acts of the mighty men have been to depopulate nations and to overthrow kingdoms; and whilst they have exalted themselves and become glorious, it has been at the expense of the lives of the innocent, the blood of the oppressed, the moans of the widow, and the tears of the orphan.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Five 1842-43, p.248). This gives even more weight to the meaning of Mahan as “destroyer”.

This article represents the views of the author. It should not be considered an explanation of the view of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An improved version, in PDF format, can be downloaded from http://www.ldsfreedomportal.net/WakingUpToSecretCombinations.pdf which may be freely distributed both in electronic and print form.

About Darren Andrews

Darren is forty-ish years of age and English. He has been a member of the Church since his conversion at the age of 17. He currently serves on the High Council of his stake. His awareness of the "freedom issue" arose in 1992 after reading the book, "The Elders of Israel and the Constitution" by Jerome Horowitz. He is the owner of a number of web sites including LDSFreedomPortal.Net which lists links to materials of a political nature made by Church leaders or works they have recommended.
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67 Responses to Waking Up To Secret Combinations: An LDS Perspective on Conspiracy

  1. wilbur maxwell kernaghan says:

    VERY interesting. I have looked at the conspiracy from various sources since 1946. This is my first look from the lds perspective. max

  2. It would appear that those who control (banksters, etc.) the “Intelligence” organizations (not a few) in our time, fit this to a T (and most have three-letter acronyms).

    So why are there so many members of the church working for them?

    I would say that the secret combinations (Gadiatons) have gained control in our time too.

    Cleon Skousen once told me that I had two choices; 1) Sleep with a rifle under my bed and stay up nights worrying, or 2) keep close to the Holy Ghost and be worthy of the spirit of discernment to keep safe.

    The 2nd choice works.

    The Book of Mormon missionaries went among their enemies and by their example, were able to convince them to accept the Gospel. Perhaps those in the employ of Gadiantons today are as strong in their convictions and principles and are making a positive difference among them. At the moment, I only see the righteous being attacked and destroyed and we see wolves in sheeps’ clothing among the Saints (see the Latter-Day Politicians link).

  3. Shane: Fuell says:

    The views presented here are awesome. More to the point. Please read 3rd Nephi 6:20–30. This scripture talk of “people” who oppose Christ and his teachings. At this point Christ is close to visit the America’s (similar to now) and they KNEW the teachings. They being the Judges and Lawyers. These Judges and Lawyers are part of the secret combinations as clearly pointed out in v. . I’d like point out that, these judges and attorney’s are now part of a group known as BAR members. What does B.A.R. stand for? This group of people report to the British Accredited Registry, back in England. They have kept secret, as part of an oath, that the US is in bankruptcy and has been since the early 1930’s. With us being in bankruptcy we are in an “admiralty” or “maritime” juristiction. So the attorney’s re-present “us” in court because we have confessed that we’re incompatant of handling our own affairs (by hiring the attorney). Then they get you to confess that you are the ALL CAPS entity on your drivers license. The ALL CAPS name is a CORPORATION – NOT A LIVING BEING.

    The point being, that the attorney’s sale you as a slave of the state. With your “confession” to being the entity on your DL or you answer to “mr.” or “mrs.” or “miss”, these are all titles of peonage, the courts use hidden, secret funds, that should be yours, but they have kept them from you, to get rich and subject us to slavery just as the scriptures have warned of.
    God bless you in your effort of obtaining LIBERTY.

    • David H Bailey says:

      I respond to Shane: Fuell as of 22 May 2011. Shane, at that time your words did not have the meaning to me that they now have and I would like to respond to you with information that is not well adapted to this format. My email is bailey2128@comcast.net. I can significantly support and add to what you have written if you would contact me. Thanks

  4. Rob Osborn says:

    And yet, in our present day, our current prophet has said nothing concerning some “secret combination” or conspiracy from some unseen force overthrowing our government.

    I don’t buy it. Sorry.

    • CharityAngel says:

      . “As bearers of the priesthood, we have been placed on earth in troubled times. We live in a complex world with currents of conflict everywhere to be found. Political machinations ruin the stability of nations, despots grasp for power, and segments of society seem forever downtrodden, deprived of opportunity, and left with a feeling of failure.

      “We who have been ordained to the priesthood of God can make a difference. When we qualify for the help of the Lord, we can build boys, we can mend men, we can accomplish miracles in His holy service. Our opportunities are without limit.

      “Ours is the task to be fitting examples. We are strengthened by the truth that the greatest force in the world today is the power of God as it works through man. If we are on the Lord’s errand, brethren, we are entitled to the Lord’s help. Never forget that truth. That divine help, of course, is predicated upon our worthiness. Each must ask: Are my hands clean? Is my heart pure? Am I a worthy servant of the Lord?” [General Conference, April 2008.] Thomas S. Monson

      • Brian says:

        And there it is: “Political machinations ruin the stability of nations”… what’s a political machination? Another word for Secret Combination.

    • Mo Roni says:

      Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online:

      Definition of MACHINATION: a scheming or crafty action or artful design intended to accomplish some usually evil end “backstage machinations … that have dominated the film industry — Peter Bogdanovich”

      Related to MACHINATION
      Synonyms: CONSPIRACY, design, intrigue, plot, scheme

      Conspiracy — Agreement between two or more persons to commit an unlawful act or to accomplish a lawful end by unlawful means…
      —-

      Besides the fact that it would defeat the purpose of this mortal test if the prophet were to completely spell it out for you, recent modern prophets have said quiet a bit and look at how they were received. You need not be commanded in all things. WAKE UP! You don’t need to be told what to think.

      It only takes a little digging into the present day corruption to see that Lucifer’s attack on our agency is far more “progressed” than we might have thought.

      We actually have been deceived on many levels… more than we know.

      Boyd K. Packer 2005 – Lehi’s Dream and You
      “Largely because of television, instead of looking over into that spacious building, we are, in effect, living inside of it. That is your fate in this generation. You are living in that great and spacious building. ”

      The mists of darkness ARE circling the globe. Hold tight to the rod. That’s all you can count on.

    • Rex says:

      Haven’t heard much about food storage lately either, but I’m not ignoring that counsel.

      • Sharon says:

        As I understand it, we are passed the phase to “gather in and prepare” and are now in the phase of “comfort within the chaos by looking to God…” Do not procrastinate the day of repentance any longer…

    • Walt says:

      The prophet cannot speak out on this – anymore than what has been said, AND, it is not his responsibility – it is ours (church members, priesthood, We the People). “I don’t buy it. Sorry.” Egad. Anyone who has looked into this to the slightest degree and does not see it, is seriously blinded. The evidence is massive – and everywhere. If you do not see, but care to know, look through this page: http://www.tnns.org/government – – guaranteed to open eyes. Though you have to kinda add things up – most single references / discussions / descriptions to not tie it all together (tho some come close).

    • Christian says:

      So if you think President Monson hasn’t touched on a particular subject then you think it’s not something you should be concerned about?

    • Shannon says:

      How many times do we have to be warned already? The Lord has given us warning enough through past prophets and apostles. I can see the great sifting in the Lord’s own house has already begun.

    • Dan says:

      2nd nephi 28:30

  5. Brian says:

    And here’s one along those lines from President Hinckley…

    “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.

    “…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….” [Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Testimony Vibrant and True,” Ensign, August 2005]

  6. Rob Osborn says:

    I can see plenty of corruption in governments throughout the world. That is not what is at point here. The point is if “our” government is being taken over by some conspiracy. I don’t buy into it. All those who promote the idea have no real solid evidence- it is always heresay- something they heard passed on down the line. They also tell of diminished liberty or the destruction of “agency”.

    Let’s be honest here about agency and what it is. Agency is a right given to the free to act and choose correct principles. Satan destroys our agency when he lulls us into sin and the chains thereof. What was the war about in heaven? It wasn’t about force or compulsion to do the right thing, it was about Satan vying for th edestruction of our agency through getting us to be trapped in sin for eternity. Lest’s really look at the bigger picture with what is happening with the destruction of our agency in this country. It’s happening with more rampant sinful natures- it’s through the highly addictive pleasureas surrounding us, trapping us and chaining us down to spiritual destruction. Look at the effect of pornography, drugs, immorality, violence, hatred, etc and that is exactly the war that was in heaven that is now being fought on earth. Satan still seeks the destruction of our agency through getting us to choose spiritual bondage- exactly what he wanted in the war in heaven.

    Our nation, our constitution, stands as an eternal beacon for not only our nation but for the whole world as a means to become free both physically and spiritually. Let’s look at the real enemy here. Are there governments that have or are being taken over by secret combinations? Of course, we have only to look at our south borders as a testimony of that. But is our government in that same state of affairs? Absolutely not!

    • Mo Roni says:

      I was more of your opinion until I turned over the rock and started looking deeper than what the sound-byte mainstream media was pushing. The plain and hard facts contradict what you’re thinking. Unfortunately, you will see what you want to see. People hear and believe what makes them feel good a lot of the time. So there’s nothing anyone can do to prove it to you conclusively. Oddly enough, there’s nothing you can say or do to prove that a conspiracy at the top levels of the US govt doesn’t exist either.

      For starters, remember that your country is different than your government. As the author clearly outlines, the conspirators took over the government. It didn’t start out corrupt.

      Honestly you really don’t have to look very far. As far as modern corruption goes, you need to spend some time looking into the following events. Know this though, that you will find experts on both sides of all these issues. The mainstream bias will prop up those who side with them. To say that if conspiracy were occurring, then the media would have a field day with it is a red herring. What I’m saying is that there are multitudes of people talking about it. They just don’t get any airtime. (…which is evidence of the corruption.) Besides too many people think, “Well that’s just crazy talk.” Do you really think that same media that sold us all those perverse things you were talking about is going to tell you the truth about who is ruling/ruining your country and why?

      Some things to start looking at:

      Pretext for wars – False Flag Terror
      Operation Northwoods
      The sinking of the Maine (Spanish American War)
      The sinking of the Lusitainia (WWI)
      Gulf of Tonkin (Vietnam)
      9/11 2001 – ae911truth.org is tough to argue with
      1967 USS Liberty incident
      Watergate
      Iran-Contra / drug running into Arkansas
      1993 WTC bombing – You can listen to the audio where the FBI discusses giving the materials for the bomb to the informant.
      Jack Abramoff
      Enron / World Com
      2008 Crash / banker takeover – Turns out the bailout money went to European central banks?
      WMD?
      I did not have sex with that woman?
      The passage of the Federal Reserve act – Read the creature from Jekyll Island.
      1932 to 1972 Tuskegee Syphilis Study
      The Reece Congressional Commission on the Tax Exempt Foundations
      Quigley’s Tragedy and Hope
      Sibel Edmunds
      Obama care waivers
      GM dealership favoritism, the restructuring of GM, the sale of Chrysler
      Etc…The list goes on and on.

      You can google any number of these and they all lead to intertwining conspiracies and intrigue. You can read mountains of books and listen to hundreds of first hand testimonies of folks who have been close to it.

      The problem with understanding it all is that it is truly “secret” as the Book of Mormon prophets indicated. We are seeing the evidence of works of darkness. We don’t exactly know what the whole truth is, but to discount Moroni’s words, and Pres. Monson’s statement and Pres Packer’s statements is pure folly.

      More from his 2005 talk (he adds the emphasis – not me):
      Moroni warned us that the secret combinations begun by Gadianton
      are had among all people. . . .
      Wherefore, O ye Gentiles [and the term gentile in that place in the Book of Mormon refers to us in our generation], 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. . . .
      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 8:20, 23–24]
      So … you, the gentile, WHEN ye see SHALL these things… WAKE UP. They SHALL be among us. Moroni saw our day did he not? Finish Ether 8. The adversary seeketh to over throw the freedom of ALL LANDS.

      You’ve got to look at the real world nuances of conspiracy. These are Lucifer’s minions. They are fighting amongst themselves too. There is a power struggle going on near the top. To start seeing what’s going on you need to look past mainstream thought and start thinking critically for yourself.

      A good starting question to ask, might be “Why do we have both inflation and debt as a nation?” We don’t need both. The govt should be able to print as much as it wants right?

      Just because we’re still fat and happy here in the US doesn’t mean that we’re not going to get our comeuppance for the corruption in our government. Rome wasn’t built in a day and it didn’t fall in a day either.

      • Rob Osborn says:

        All I hear is this- “read this or read that”. You know what? I read a lot of information and what I am finding out is that the conspiracy itself is “the conspiracy” itself. I have neighbors who think the WTC bombings was a conspiracy. I say if you think that BS then move the heck out of this country because you are not a true patriot for freedom! I am tired of people taking hacks on our government as being puppet to some conspiracy at the highest levels. I say- “get the heck out of this country if you feel so negative about it”. The last thing this country needs are a bunch of self proclaimed prophets running aroung falsly accusing others of such bizzare conspiracies. Let the current living prophet warn us. Tired of hearing the words of non-living prophets opinions.

        • ueberone says:

          So basically what you are saying is that if a prophet dies his words are no longer valid? Just because a servant of God is no longer alive doesn’t mean that his words are no longer current. Is the Book of Mormon current? What about the Bible? Are the 10 commandments outdated?

          • Rob Osborn says:

            What I am saying is that if our country were in such dire conditions politically, our current presidency would say something specifically about it. They have mentioned nothing on the matter.

        • Mo Roni says:

          Are you serious or just trolling? People are starting to see past the emotion due to the obvious documented and in-your-face corruption here in our own land. It’s so prevalent that it’s all over the pre-fab news media. Regardless, I’ve been particularly impressed with the substance of many of the articles and comments on this site. And you seem to be reverting to the textbook ad hominem criticisms. I think it rings hollow. Many of us are seeing through it and waking up.

          How could you infer that I don’t love this country? I am honestly offended. You know nothing about me. I don’t think you know what patriotism is. We should all thank heaven above that we live in this promised land that has a tradition of freedom and a basis in men’s natural rights. Get it through your head that the government (the people running it) is NOT our country. Obviously the government is running amok. I think congress’s latest approval rating was under eleven percent (11%). That’s laudable in your book?

          I’m surprised you didn’t pull out the juvenile “You are either with us or you are with the terrorists” broken reasoning. I mean which is it? Coke or Pepsi … you can only pick one right? How long do the foreign wars have to go on and how absurd the pretext and how many countries are going to have to be invaded for you to pose a question?

          In any case, what luck for the rulers that the people don’t think. (Hitler) You make a fine new world citizen. Freedom is slavery. War is peace. Good is Evil. If only we could have more warring in foreign lands. Please take more of my rights away so that I can be more patriotic. I love this Constitution, but burn that Bill of Rights. [sarcasm] They will give you whatever crisis you need if you’re willing to compromise your freedom for security.

          In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. (Mark Twain) None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. (Goethe) You really need to reconcile the principles of liberty and righteousness that you think you know with what’s going in our government today.

          Ironically, in order to coalesce with the mainstream conspiracy THEORY you must believe that fire started by jet fuel magically caused WTC 1 and 2 to explode outward and simultaneously pulverizing all the concrete decking and spreading it all over Manhattan and crushing the massive core superstructure that stood in hurricane force winds for decades … all at almost the freefall speed of gravity. That’s an argument that I can’t buy. The laws of physics weren’t suspended that day.

          The truth may or may not be popular but it is the truth and it is independent of us all. Start thinking for yourself and embrace it wherever you find it.

          • Rob Osborn says:

            You seriously don’t believe the WTC incident was an inside government job do you?

          • Mo Roni says:

            Of course.

            Herein is the reason that this article on secret combinations is so important. It should get you thinking from a scriptural, historical, and philosophical standpoint that perhaps you might not be getting the whole picture. In fact, Satan is abroad in the land deceiving the nations as we speak.

            Throughout the history of the world, ALL earthly governments have become corrupted and have eventually fallen. This is simply a fact. Ours is not immune to the corruption. Those governments currently operating are simply progressing through their declines. To end the madness, the Kingdom of the Lord will eventually be established and we will have millennial peace. The conflict here in America has been foretold by modern prophets. The scriptures are laid bare before you. Read them.

            Look Rob. You’ve got to have a ton of pride to say that it’s not possible that you’ve been deceived on the main pretext for these endless foreign wars. We all have bias and pride and either were or are currently deceived on this issue. That really is the problem in our day as Pres. Packer unequivocally stated. We are living in the great and spacious building. You have to come to grips with that (awaken), repent as Moroni said, and stop supporting it. (Ether 8)

            Regarding 9/11: Here’s the heart of the matter. It doesn’t matter what I believe. WTC 1, 2 and 7 were controlled demolitions. That’s the self-evident truth. Was it an inside job by our government? Probably. That’s the SECRET part of secret combination. We are left to wonder about it.

            If you think you have an open mind, go watch the Blueprint for Truth put out by the ae911truth.org group. The TV told you that Arab terrorists were to blame within 60 seconds of the WTC 2 jet impact and the country went with it. It was a fantastically orchestrated bit of fear-motivation propaganda. I didn’t see the deception until about 2008. Peer pressure is alive and well these days. But believe me, many more than you think are waking up.

            You just have to get over your pride and heed the numerous warnings in the scriptures that tell us of the great latter day deceptions that will abound. If you don’t, you’re doomed to believe whatever the TV tells you so long as it fits whatever side of the fake right/left (coke/pepsi) paradigm that you believe in.

            It wouldn’t help if President Monson told you what I just told you because you would just call him unpatriotic and tell him to move from this country if he hates it so much. God Himself could come down and tell you but you would look at him square in the face and say … “But you’re crazy, the living prophet hasn’t warned me and neither has the TV.” Paradoxically, the Lord told us 2000 years ago to “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matt 5:44) If that isn’t cast in the starkest contrast to the behavior of this supposedly Christian nation since 2001, then nothing is.

    • Kath Fletcher says:

      Rob as an English person, even I can see how perilously close you are coming to losing your constitution. Maybe you need to look a bit closer. The Prophet does not talk much about food storage now because it is self evident, the time for talking is over. This is the same reason he doesn’t dwell on the conspirators, they already have everything in place. The mechanics are in place for de-population through abortion, wars, birth control, vaccines that cause sterility, GM foods which cause 3rd generation sterility in animals that eat it so probably humans as well. The Bush family own land above the biggest aquifer in S America, blue gold it is called.There are breaches of the constitution that I see from over here. YOUR FREEDOM IS GOING BIT BY BIT. Please wake up!!

      • Sharon says:

        here here!!!

        • eric says:

          ROB U ARE A BALLERRR! Sucks trying to explain the big picture huh? ive been stuck in my house since i was a freshman telling my parents everything and to this day its unbelievable that people can still be so ignorant to the truth!!!!!!!!

    • Carie says:

      “Agency is a right given to the free to act and choose correct principles.”
      You are wrong about what agency is. Agency is a gift given to ALL men by God so that we may choose for ourselves which path we will go. Even the most oppressed slave has agency of mind to choose whether he will follow the Lord or succumb to Satan’s plan. Agency is a state of mind which allows for a physical course to be pursued thereafter. We must first choose Him in our soul before we can enact a difference upon the soul’s of men.
      A man remains a slave when he chooses to be bound in his mind and is then vulnerable to the enticing voice of Satan. Many a slave has overcome because of his choice to use his agency to follow his Savior and Father in Heaven. Job is a perfect example.

  7. J See says:

    Why the modern prophets aren’t saying anything? Well they are. We, as a culture, just aren’t taking them seriously. It’s not just 911. It’s not just our government. It’s not just limited to one or two issues. It is the entire history of man.

    The big problem is that the prophet would have to spend days and days explaining the specifics of all the recent corruption. There’s so much conspiracy that it would take forever to cover the important parts. Most would have changed the channel to American Idol or the NBA finals before he could explain even the highlights.

    So … they talk in generalities. To name specifics would be to lessen the importance of things they don’t have time for. Mormon was only able to write the 100th part. It’s been decades that the US government has been sufficiently corrupted to force the prophets into generalisms. This article is very germane. And it’s adequate. We should be able to apply the principles. There is not enough time for anyone (including a prophet) to TELL you about the specific corruptions. You have to wake up to the big picture then learn the specifics on your own.

    The following are some of the quotes from the article relevant to the last 100 years in America to connect the dots. It’s as if they are saying, “Look out. From here on out, pay attention. Everything you learn that is not coming from God should be suspect.”

    “We are in the midst of the greatest exhibition of propaganda that the world has ever seen.” JR Clark before Perl Harbor was attacked.

    “Satan…[plans] to destroy liberty and 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.” 1st Pres 1942

    “Satan has control now. No matter where you look, he is in control, even in our own land.” Pres Smith

    “And do not think that these usurpations, intimidations, and impositions are being done to us through inadvertence or mistake; The whole course is deliberately planned and carried out;” JR Clark 1949

    Think of this in historical context. This is prior to the cold war. Most baby boomers think the conspiracy talk was all about communism.

    Moses 6:15
    And the children of men were numerous upon all the face of the land. And in those days Satan had great dominion among men, and raged in their hearts; and from thenceforth came wars and bloodshed; and a man’s hand was against his own brother, in administering death, because of secret works, seeking for power.

    Recap: The cause of wars, bloodshed, death … caused by secret works seeking for power. … Thenceforth means from that time forth. Conspiracy and war IS the history of the world. Armies, navies, false priests who oppress, tyrants who destroy. Blood. Horror.

    When Elder Nelson said in Oct. 2002 to “renounce war and proclaim peace” shouldn’t that have been enough?

    Israel, Israel, God is calling,
    Calling thee from lands of woe:
    Babylon the great is falling.
    God shall all her towers o’erthrow.
    Come to Zion, come to Zion
    Ere his floods of anger flow.

    Israel! Israel! canst thou linger
    Still in error’s gloomy ways?
    Mark how judgment’s pointing finger
    Justifies no vain delays.
    Come to Zion, come to Zion!
    Zion’s walls shall ring with praise.

  8. Austin Hogue says:

    Moles are every were! I am seeing deep sand.

  9. Austin Hogue says:

    This is the best I have seen about the condition of our country. If we have ears to hear, we will hear all the warnings that our modern day prophets are giving. Thank you for this info on secret combination. We are in the beginning of sorrows. The Lord will now speak his sermons.

  10. Yophat says:

    Conspiracy is alive and well today….one can witness it daily in the news if they just look.

    MIAMI — Banking giant Wachovia Corp. will pay $160 million to settle a federal investigation into laundering of illegal drug profits through Mexican exchange houses in the largest case of its kind ever brought against a U.S. bank, prosecutors said Wednesday.

    “This is historic,” acting U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sloman said. “There is no other case like this one anywhere.”

    The probe, which began in 2005 when a Drug Enforcement Administration narcotics dog in Florida detected cocaine traces in an airplane, ultimately uncovered at least $110 million in drug profits laundered from Mexico through Wachovia. The total settlement includes forfeiture in that amount plus a $50 million fine.

    In fact, officials said Wachovia had no way of checking some $420 billion in transactions from Mexican exchange houses for possible money-laundering activity. That means investigators didn’t get potentially key information on drug cartels, terrorist financing networks and other organized crime enterprises.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35914759/ns/business-world_business/t/wachovia-settle-drug-money-laundering-case/

    ….do a little digging on that one and it will open up a whole new world!!!

  11. Ralph Hughes says:

    I wonder how many LDSs read and pondered the statement by Prresident Packer in the August Ensign (P 23, bottom right) about secret combinations. One could make a case for applying the term “secret combination” only to athiests and agnostics. I have no doubt that many LDS Church leaders consider this topic, as well as the subject of freedom/liberty a distraction to other principles of the gospel that they are promoting at this time, and avoid, even object to its discussion in their areas of stewardship. I have personally encountered that attitude in my efforts to awake members to our responsibility to the principoles fo the original Constitution, their preservation, and their eventual restoration. I will be pleasantly, but very much surprised if the topics of secret combinations and constitutional principles are revived with any real push from LDS Church leaders at any level.

  12. Leslie says:

    This is by far the most superb website covering the secret conspiracy from an LDS point of view. It sin’t my site, I am the definition of technology illiterate, but it is fantastic.

  13. Ryan B says:

    I firmly believe that the one of the main reasons (there are probably several) why the brethren don’t discuss details of the conspiracies that pervade our federal government is because they simply can’t. The church MUST maintain a strict policy of political neutrality, and this doesn’t just mean staying in the aisle of the manufactured left/right paradigm we’ve all been crammed into. It means not taking any clear position on issues that matter to the real powers that be (gay marriage doesn’t matter to them because it doesn’t threaten their power one way or the other). This is the only way for the church to keep from coming into their cross-hairs, which could invite oppressive actions that would make it very hard to preach the gospel and build the New Jerusalem.

  14. Ryan B says:

    If you don’t believe in any of this conspiracy-within-our-government stuff, you should still be able to realize that if the conspiracies did exist, the prophet would likely be silent on them. Thus, you can’t say that since the prophet doesn’t talk about them (which has been shown above to not be the case), they must not exist (or must not be significant if they do exist). In General Conference last weekend, President Uchtdorf told the priesthood holders:

    “To implement divine welfare principles, you need not look always to Salt Lake City. Instead you need to look into the handbooks, into your heart, and into heaven. Trust the Lord’s inspiration and follow His way. (continued in next post)

  15. Ryan B says:

    In the end you must do in your area what disciples of Christ have done in every dispensation: counsel together, use all resources available, seek the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, ask the Lord for His confirmation, and then roll up your sleeves and go to work.”

    As you can see, we are being encouraged to stop depending on the brethren for all information and ideas regarding our relationship with the world around us. Could this be in part intended to prepare us for the work we will need to do to save the Constitution? I don’t know, but I do believe that if we are to save the Constitution (and it has been repeatedly prophesied that we will), we will have to do it in the way President Uchtdorf describes – without direct instructions from SLC for the reasons I

  16. Ryan B says:

    mentioned above. So let’s take some initiative and “use all resources available” to educate ourselves regarding what’s causing “this nation [to] be on the verge of crumbling to pieces and… the Constitution [to be] on the brink of ruin” (Joseph Smith) because that time has certainly come in my opinion. Then, let’s thoughtfully and prayerfully figure out what we can do about it and then “roll up [our] sleeves and go to work.” Who knows – perhaps this work will actually involve church welfare principles somehow.

    For those who still doubt whether recent prophets have warned us of secret combinations controlling the highest places of our government, know that during Ezra Taft Benson’s very last conference talk (“I Testify”) in November of 1988, he said:

  17. Ryan B says:

    “As a special witness of Jesus Christ, and as His humble servant, it is now my obligation and privilege, as the Spirit dictates, to bear pure testimony and witness to that which I know to be true. This I will do… I testify that wickedness is rapidly expanding in EVERY SEGMENT of our society. 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.”

  18. tonya says:

    The prophets are constantly preaching about government conspiracy. ‘Read the Book of Mormon.’ How many times was that said in this last conference? How many times have we been told that it applies to us and was compiled by Mormon who saw our day? Must the brethren have to tell you things explicitely? I think that it’s up to the individual to gain knowledge, that’s part of our test. If you have the Spirit guiding your search for the truth then you will know what you need to. The importance of receiving personal revelation has been constantly spoken about in the last few conferences as well:)

  19. Christian says:

    Coming to this late but I have several thoughts:

    * For me the jury is out on whether or not 9/11 was an inside job. The conspiracy theorists on this one say stuff that does not match my memory of that day. What I experienced was that it was only several hours after first impact that the news was claiming Al Qaeda and the Taliban might be responsible. When I very first saw the footage I said, “bin Laden did that!” My mom said, “Who?” I said, “The same guy that tried it in 1993.” Later on Bill Clinton was on Letterman and he said he had the same thought when he first saw the news.

  20. Christian says:

    * continued. Say what you want of Clinton but he seemed sincere about this, like he really took it personally. I think he said he also talked on the phone with Bush about it shortly after the event. Were they secretly talking about how they were glad it had been pulled off? I’m not so sure of it. But something that did seem very odd to me that day was WTC 7 going down. That made no sense.

    * What do we do about all these warnings of secret combinations? I do believe there’s something to them but do we run around screaming that the sky is falling? Do we just do the best we can individually and hope our election choices are inspired?

  21. Christian says:

    * If the conspiracy is not just a Democrat or a Republican thing then do we have any hope of ever voting for a non-tainted candidate?

    * When a POTUS visits a prophet does the prophet act nice during the visit, then when the POTUS leaves the prophet thinks, “That guy’s part of the secret combination but I better not let on that I know it.”?

    * Is Mitt Romney a decent but not amazing guy who could make a good POTUS because he could at least help weed out corruption or is he as corrupt as the rest of them or is he amazing and John Birch’s dream personified that will finally put the country on the right course?

    More questions later…

  22. Monroe Hlastala says:

    Great information :)

  23. David H Bailey says:

    Dr. Judy confined her research to what happened and how did it happen. A Christian lawyer has undertaken the task of unraveling the probable culprits who carried out the attack. Edward Hendrie in his 2011 book “9/11 – Enemies Foreign and Domestic” presents his view of who the perpetrators were using 685 sources to establish his conclusions. I found in Judy Wood and Edward Hendrie two sources that were instructive in relation to latter day events. I very much appreciate other comments on this website.

  24. Matt L says:

    Interesting to think about, but I would be cautious about assuming that everything you hear about is a secret combination. If we try to turn everything into a secret combination then we won’t be able to focus on getting rid of the real ones.

    • Sharon says:

      To be very real and honest here….WE are NOT supposed to get rid of the secret combinations….it is the sign of the times and it WILL move forward as the scriptures prophecy. The point is for OUR personal and collective salvation. The exact same principle happened with the saints just before Christ’s birth, as well as his death AND the VERY descriptive prophecy by CHRIST himself of the destruction of the Nephites in the 4th generation after Christ’s resurrection. God is omniscient and this life is to prove to OURSELVES whom we will serve. We are in the last dispensation and the Earth is preparing for her Celestial Glory and it is a very specific process.

      • Sharon says:

        Ok, let me clarify my thoughts on my comment…especially now that I have also actually watched the three videos you posted in the above comments. Paying particular attention to the third one and this was done BEFORE I even saw your advice to read Ether 8 :D Anyway, I still stand with my statement that it will all go down as it is supposed to as the prophecies state. What I didn’t think needed to be stated was that we ARE to “fight” for our rights and not just idly stand by as they happen. We are to PREPARE to be in further subjugation to the falls and struggles that will happen. I am in full agreement and the best participation as I can manage in MY life at this time as Ezra admonishes in fine detail in his third video. Thank you Ezra!!

  25. Jon says:

    IMO the way to fight against these types of things (whether you believe all of them or not) is to follow the teachings of Christ, and of our prophets. It is good to be aware of what is going on, but I don’t think we should get so caught up in it that it takes away from us doing the simple things that bring peace to us and our families.

    Repent of your sins. Make and keep sacred covenants. be actively engaged in a good cause. Be active in your community supporting the things you believe. The scriptures tell us that if we are prepared we shall not fear. We can fight them by spreading the gospel and helping others repent. We can fight them by using the tool that defeated Satan once, and will ultimately defeat him again. Our Testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.

  26. Steve says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments to this wonderful article and have learnt a great deal. Great to see different takes on scripture and issues of the day. Please keep it coming!

  27. DeathHasLostItsSting says:

    As for all the people saying that the Modern Prophets have said nothing concerning secret combinations. You truly are blind. The Lord also does not spoon feed us. Do you think he is going to give us all the answers and secrets in flashing lights? The Gospel has never been like that. And how can you think that just because a Prophet is dead that his words no longer apply? I guess we need to throw out our Book of Mormons.

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  29. Linda says:

    How can anyone observe what is happening today and still not “get it”? The last few months have made it glaringly obvious that there are those in power in D.C. (and likely on a more local level as well) who have their own agenda and are seeking yet more power. Regardless of who was responsible for the disaster of 9/11, it should be obvious to everyone that our freedoms have been eroding since. Security checks at the airports, anti-gun legislation, Obamacare, billions of rounds of ammo ordered for HOMELAND security, legislation authorizing seizure of food storage in excess of TWO WEEKS and the arrest of the owner as a terrorist, punitive locking down of federal monuments, etc (in the hope of sparking riots so the government can then sweep in and enforce martial law?)

  30. Linda says:

    Top military leaders have been questioned on whether or not they would order troops to fire on American citizens – and those who have said they would not have been quietly and systematically removed. Legislation is in place for “indefinite detention” for those SUSPECTED of possible FUTURE “terrorism”. The powers given to FEMA “for our own good” are frightening. The list goes on and on. Remember how to cook a frog? Turn the heat up SLOWLY.

    My question is – when our eyes have been opened, WHAT ARE WE TO DO? Is it enough to have our food storage (making us terrorists!), get out of debt, and do our best to elect righteous politicians (and yes, they DO exist – not all are corrupt) and spread the Gospel message? Do we just prepare the best we can and hunker down? What?

    • eric says:

      This is what i have been wondering for the past 2 years!! What are we supposed to freaking do once we have everything figured out?? I cant even mention anything to my parents or siblings because they are so clueless so it bugs me to not be out there fighting for our rights and liberties when no one else is

  31. Linda says:

    And I have long wondered… What REALLY happened to Martha Mitchell? Was she silenced? How many others might have been silenced and made to “disappear”?

  32. Ralph Hughes says:

    Members of the LDS Church are the only people on this planet who have the prophetic warnings about the secret combination striving to get power in the form of control of government and wealth.

    Mormons are also the only people on this planet who have been told by the Lord that He established the Constitution of the United States. And He told them how: that He established it by the hands of wise men whom He raised up unto that very purpose. He even told them that it was to be maintained for the rights and protection of all people, and that its principles were to be established forever.

    All these prophecy for naught.

  33. mrl.d.s says:

    some great comments and some dum arses . my pet goat 911 please watch .who are they£ illuminate its on your dollars and there eating your children ,liberty x also mountain meadows Secret combinations keep the people in darkness (Ether 8:16) and use fair promises to lead people away (Ether 8:17)..they show and tell you what they are going to do so to decentersie you ,Secret combinations keep the people in darkness (Ether 8:16) and use fair promises to lead pSecret combinations keep the people in darkness (Ether 8:16) and use fair promises to lead people away (Ether 8:17).eople away (Ether 8:17).Secret combinations keep the people in darkness (Ether 8:16) and use fair promises to lead people away (Ether 8:17).

  34. jared says:

    What an interesting website this is and an even more interesting topic. All I can say is …. no duh! I have seen secret combinations in US government for decades! No matter what anyone says, it is happening. I have been watching it for a very long time and it just gets scarier and scarier. Those who have the spirit will recognize it, those who don’t have the sprit will continue to be blind to it.

    Hold to the principles of the Gospel my friends. That is what will save us or, we can just jump off the cliff with the rest of the world.

  35. Zera Pulsipher says:

    I would just like to point out the secrecy is not necessarily a requirement. Unfortunately though this just shows how far along they have come. Eventually in the book of Mormon when the Gadiantons had complete control and had basically won the hearts and minds of the people, they no longer found it necessary to hide their presence. In short the fact that many of them are no longer secret speaks to our sad state. Although the Rothschilds look at orgs like the mafia and chuckle at their petty aspirations.

  36. Eglantine says:

    This is a late comment so sorry. I believe there are some conspiracies and you can see the work of secret combinations. I just don’t think 9/11 was one of them. I believe 9/11 was a punishment for our pride. (and showed our incompetence just like Benghazi did) I like the ideas in The Harbinger written by Jonathan Cahn. Since 9/11 we have become more prideful. Since 9/11, I hardly recognize the country anymore. Now those changes were defintely due to some secret combination taking advantage of a disaster. The only secret combination responsible for 9/11 was Al Qaeda.

    • David H Bailey says:

      Eglantine, you are amazing! Respecting your right to express your feelings and thinking, if you really wish to learn what happened during 9/11/2001, at least to the three New York towers (towers 1, 2 and 7), may I direct you to the website of a researcher with the credentials to tell you (1) what happened and (2) tell you how it happened. Since “who did it” is beyond her area of expertise, if you respond after examining the following website I can refer you to another writer that addresses who was responsible. http://www.drjudywood.com. I have her book.

      • Sharon says:

        David, that is an awesomely overwhelming detailed resource…thank you!! I would love to know the resource for citing who is responsible :)

  37. David H Bailey says:

    Sharon, your topic sentence is unclear. Did you really access http://www.drjudywood.com? You only said that “is an awesomely overwhelming detailed resource.” Did you and is that resource to which you refer? And do you have a basic understanding of the New York events? The book pulls all the details into order and it is a huge book! The website was her library from which she assembled the book. I apologize for being concerned about getting the horse before the cart. Get back to me and I’ll keep my promise.

    • Sharon says:

      Yes, the resource I was referring to is http://www.drjudywood.com and yes, I do have a BASIC understanding of those events, as well as at the pentagon. I am in agreement with the “conspiracy” of the whole thing. I appreciate continued confirmational resources such as Dr. Judy presents that you have shared. Thanks.

      • David H Bailey says:

        Wow, congratulations Sharon! You are one of a very small group of honest researchers who have dug that far, as I have. If you can afford the book it is $45 and worth the money. For those willing to read, the book can be shared with open-minder visitors. It’s loaded with 500 pictures. Now, to keep my promise. It is Christian lawyer Edward Hendrie in his 2011 $26 book (free shipping at Amazon) “9/11 Enemies-Foreign and Domestic” where he expands into subjects that Dr. Judy omits like who are responsible (with names!) and BBC Broadcasting the Collapse of WTC 7 13 Minutes Before Its Collapse! (page 64) Ooops. Enough here. I’m in Heber if you are close.

        • Sharon says:

          I certainly dig and even to some degree it just lands in my lap, like your info share. I can honestly say a lot of it is “over my head” but the truth of it is not lost on me what-so-ever. I’ve seen youtube videos of the BBC broadcast of the collapse…mind boggling mentalities abound. I am in southern AZ, so not close enough to meet in person. My email is niciannon@centurylink.net :)

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