A Witness and a Warning

President Ezra Taft Benson, Of the Council of the Twelve. A Witness and a Warning. Ensign, Nov. 1979, 31

The Lord has declared this “a day of warning, and not a day of many words” (D&C 63:58). My message is a witness and warning about some of the evils which threaten America—a land I love with all my heart. There are other countries with this same problem. You who have seen these dangers in the land you love will have a deep feeling for what I will say.

America is a place of many great events. Here is where Adam dwelt, where the Garden of Eden was located. America was the place of former civilizations, including Adam’s, the Jaredites’, and Nephites’. America is also the place where God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith, inaugurating the last gospel dispensation on earth before the Savior’s second coming.

This consecrated land has been placed under the everlasting decree of God. That decree is recorded in the sacred Book of Mormon, a new witness for Christ, in these words:

For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. …

Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ (Ether 2:10, 12).

The eventful destiny of America has also been revealed to God’s prophets. To Joseph Smith the Lord revealed that “the whole of America is Zion itself from north to south (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1938, p. 362). Further, the Lord decreed this land to be “the place of the New Jerusalem, which should come down out of heaven, … the holy sanctuary of the Lord” (Ether 13:3). To serve God’s eternal purposes and to prepare this land for Zion, God “established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom [He] raised up … and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood” (D&C 101:80).

The Constitution of the United States was ratified in 1789. The priesthood of God was restored in 1829. Between those two dates is an interval of forty years. It is my conviction that God, who knows the end from the beginning, provided that period of time so the new nation could grow in strength to protect the land of Zion.

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Contention and Civility

Modern politics is war. The goal is to completely overwhelm, dominate, and overpower. The problem is that when one side “wins,” they have to continue fighting to maintain the high ground. The other side is perpetually working to overthrow and take their turn behind the wheel.

Today, political dialogue is almost always public and arguments are crafted to embarrass, demonize, and score political points. Both sides have given up on the other. Liberals and conservatives have largely determined that those one “the other side” are ignorant and irrational, even evil.

Are we too quick to condemn? Are we guilty of assuming we fully comprehend the hearts and intentions of those who disagree with us?

If we really believe we are right, shouldn’t we be a little more tactful in how we discuss the political principles that matter most to us?

Imagine what could happen if we weren’t so quick to give up on others. Imagine what we could accomplish politically if we learned how to actually have engaging conversations with others.

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The Jonah Principle

Conditional Prophecy

The story of Jonah is a fantastic example of what I call "conditional prophecy." Some prophecy is absolute and will happen exactly as it is proclaimed, no matter what. Nothing we can do will change the major or minor details of those prophecies. However, a lot of prophecy is conditional and our repentance or behavior can determine whether or not the prophecy happens or the degree to which it happens.

Jonah and Nineveh

This story teaches us of God’s desire to refrain from inflicting devastating punishments on his children. I think we can often be like Jonah, slow to forgive and quick to inflict "righteous indignation." Pay attention to how Jonah responds to the repentance of the city of Nineveh: (more…)

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The Political Kingdom of God

[This essay is not yet finished, but it will likely be an ongoing project for many more weeks. Enjoy what is available so far!]


I’m writing this article in an attempt to clear up a prominent misunderstanding regarding the kingdom of God seen in dream by King Nebuchadnezzar and in vision by the young prophet Daniel (see Daniel 2).  Verses 44 and 45 report:

44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

It seems that the interpretation of this dream is falsely interpreted by a vast majority of the members of my Church. A correct understanding of this dream really matters because it affects how we prepare for the return of Jesus Christ and his Millennium of peace. I will use scriptures and statements made by church authorities to illuminate the truth of this "kingdom of God." (more…)

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Communist Strategy of Subversion through "Peaceful" Relations

Featured image from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-25/north-and-south-korea-talks-explained/9675710

North and South Korea

In light of the recent and sudden talk of peaceful relations between North and South Korea, I wanted to share what I have been studying with the Columbus Center in Principles of Freedom 101.

According to official communist  strategy, communists never abandon their end goal of total world domination. They will, however, seek to establish peaceful relations to lure free nations into dropping their guard. South Korea seems to understand this, as it is willing to move forward in establishing peaceful relations with North Korea but desires that the US maintains military presence and protection regardless of any future peace treaty they sign.

Some are speculating that the sudden peace talks are due to the potential collapse of a major nuclear test site in North Korea which might cause them to abandon aggressive military activities. Others contest that this wouldn’t deter them.

Regardless of the reason North Korea decided this was the time to change their stripes, these promises are seen by many as empty and deceptive. (more…)

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About Jacob Householder

Jacob is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Letter-day Saints. He is the senior intern over Development and External Relations at the Madison Liberty Institute, the Director of Outreach for the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies, and a senior at BYU-Idaho studying Financial Economics.

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