June 17th, 2013

The Righteous, Seduced by Secret Combinations

The Book of Mormon was intended, and is correctly read, to be applied to current events and personal relationships in our day. “In its descriptions of the problems of today’s society,” said President Hinckley, “it is as current as the morning newspaper and much more definitive, inspired, and inspiring concerning the solutions of those problems.”

One of the many emphases made in this book is a warning regarding a millennia-old effort to use government to promote and enforce Satan’s standards. During the years leading up to Christ’s coming, the Gadiantons achieved surprising success—in the end, nearly destroying an entire civilization—by exploiting the natural human condition of deferring to authority. Despite early opposition, they ultimately achieved victory, and were thus able to advance their objectives, by “obtain[ing] the sole management of the government.”

This wasn’t a group of gangsters or foreign terrorists. The secret combination was comprised of Nephites who wanted to usurp power to uphold their preferred leaders and alter the laws to suit their own desired ends. They weren’t enemies from a distant land, or recognizable criminals on the street—they were people who blended into society at large whose distinguishing features were not visible and superficial, but ideological and thus largely undetectable. Thus it was that after Kishkumen murdered the chief judge, he and his followers were unable to be ferreted out, “mingl[ing] themselves among the people, in a manner that they all could not be found.”

But how did the Nephites allow themselves to be overtaken by their true enemies? Why did God’s people fall for Satan’s tricks? More specifically, how did the group of Gadiantons infest and overtake the government, replacing God-fearing men with Satan-supporting statists?

The Book of Mormon explains:

…the Nephites did build them up and support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils, and to join with them in their secret murders and combinations.

First, the Gadiantons focused on the wicked—those who, like them, lusted after power and wanted to play the same game. Once successful with their target market, they expanded their efforts to likewise target the righteous. Amazingly, the individuals who should have known better were propagandized to the point of “believ[ing] in their works” and, even worse, “partak[ing] of their spoils.”

If the Book of Mormon is meant to be applied to our day, then what in the world does this mean?

To address this question, let’s first continue the quote from President Hinckley above:

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.

It makes sense that wicked people in government would be attracted to imposing burdensome taxes to fund their desired projects and please the majority of their constituents who want them to bring home the bacon. Wicked politicians likewise flatter people with promises they have no intention of fulfilling. And it’s little surprise that wicked people encourage or personally exemplify a debasement in moral conduct, which necessarily permeates the political process of which they become a part. And wicked people love war as a tool to centralize power and wealth. There’s no shock in any of this.

What is a shock is to see supposedly righteous people tolerate such a system, let alone praise and participate in it. Even Latter-day Saints have become seduced by secret combinations.

Many in our faith support the status quo of already burdensome taxes, and some want even more. Many make hollow promises in pursuit of political power. Mormons have been instrumental in justifying the brutal exercise of centralized political power, including torture, and are heavy players in all levels of the military industrial complex. And the Mormon masses by and large praise these people and policies, ignorant of the eternal principles, individual liberty, and personal responsibility being violated in the process.

My intent here is not to direct attention to specific individuals per se, but to highlight a worrisome trend that happened once before, and if the Book of Mormon is indeed relevant to our day, is happening once again.

We Mormons are committed to bringing the truth of the gospel to “who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it.” But what happens when the very same messengers of truth have failed to understand and internalize the principles they profess to believe in? Many of those who know where to find the truth have been unable or unwilling to act on it appropriately, instead (knowingly or ignorantly) supporting secret combinations.

Like most people, Latter-day Saints are good at rejecting evil in hindsight. We revile the despots of world history, and recognize their tyranny quite readily. But few are able to apply such scrutiny in the present, and thereby tolerate or support the very violations they claim to detest. Helmuth Hübener’s story highlights this problematic condition.

Unpersuaded by the propaganda in Nazi Germany, Hübener and a few close friends defied Hitler’s regime—a secret combination that overpowered the German government by following the very practices President Hinckley described—by distributing leaflets containing news he picked up from the British Broadcasting Corporation using a shortwave radio. Hübener had little support from his fellow Latter-day Saints; the branch president was a Nazi loyalist who attempted to excommunicate him and many fellow members disagreed with his efforts. Ultimately, the young protestor was beheaded for his supposed crime.

Latter-day Saints who know of Hübener’s story generally regard him as a heroic defender of freedom, despite his having broken Nazi law in carrying out his protests. Books, films, and other works have been produced describing his praiseworthy efforts. But the fact that he found so few friends among those who shared his faith illustrates the very point I’m making here: even the very elect have been, and will be, deceived.

The context of that scripture is a warning about false prophets. But as then Elder Harold B. Lee reminded us, “False prophets and Christs (Matt. 24:24), as foretold by the Savior, may come to deceive us not alone in the name of religion, but if we can believe the history of Italy and Germany and Russia, they may come under the label of politicians or of social planners or so-called economists, deceitful in their offerings of a kind of salvation which may come under such guise.”

The righteous never have been immune.

60 Responses to “The Righteous, Seduced by Secret Combinations”

  1. Creighton Brown
    June 17, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    This is so frustrating. The LDS people can be some of the worst defenders of tyranny. I teach gospel doctrine in my ward and I often wonder whether I should be more outspoken about my views. As it is, I keep it to myself while in front of the class. Is that right? perhaps. Either way, we as a people need to get our act together and stand up for freedom.

  2. Daron Fraley
    June 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!

    I’ll give you another example of why members of the Church are in trouble…

    Under the guise of tolerance and love, I am sure, or in an effort to prevent debate and contention in Gospel Doctrine class, the lesson for Ether chapter 8 last year had the warning to latter-day Gentiles in verse 24 (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…) placed in the material as an “Additional Teaching Idea”, rather than in the main body of the lesson.

    So… we never even talked about that stern warning! A warning for us!

    Some may say, “Well, we can’t talk about everything, there isn’t enough time…”

    To which I would respond, “Then why is SO MUCH of the Book of Mormon dedicated to war, and government intrigue, and the description of the fall of two nations (Jaredites and Nephites), and then wrapped up with dire warnings from both Mormon and Moroni in the closing pages?

    Church members have the “All is well in Zion” problem. As a general rule, they coast along, never concerning themselves with what is happening around them, until it is far too late. Your example of Hubener is perfect. And all I can say is people had better wake up.

  3. outside the corridor
    June 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Good job, Connor, as usual.

    @Creighton–

    I can tell you that if you do, their eyes will glaze over–

    we’ve tried for decades, and over 90% of LDS are sound asleep–

    it was prophesied–

    in many ways–

    paraphrasing, “and if it were possible even the very elect shall be deceived”–

    if, by some ‘lucky’ stroke, you got awakened, feel grateful and pray for your family and ward members–

    and pray that Jesus will come; it’s only going to get worse–

    but who am I to give advice like this? Sorry–

  4. Creighton Brown
    June 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I think you’re right. I quoted President Benson in sacrament meeting saying that being involved in the liberty issue determined your salvation and that’s pretty much what I got. Actually, everyone looked really nervous.

  5. James Duckett
    June 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Creighton,

    My first thought when I read your comment was, “Well, of course you should express your views,” but then, I didn’t when I taught Gospel Doctrine, all in the name of trying to keep the spirit. So, I guess that makes me a hypocrite. Darn… :(

    Keeping the spirit was always my number one goal. If I lost that by allowing contention in, then I was not going to be an effective “teacher”. So, I kept quiet on my more extreme views hoping the spirit would touch the adults in my class and they could come to a realization on their own. Or, I would touch on it enough to get people thinking, but not enough to get them arguing, but even then I only dared engage in that dance on limited occasions, and only when I felt the spirit was directing me.

    In the end, I guess that it was a case of picking your battles, and picking your battlefield. Gospel Doctrine was a good battlefield for winning over souls and helping people grow closer to Christ, my #1 objective as the GD guy. There are other forms of communication and media to discuss waking people up from their political stupor.

    My two cents, though I know I’m coming across as very wishy-washy.

    James

  6. Creighton Brown
    June 17, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    James, I’m pretty sure my original post is the definition of “wishy-washy.”
    I agree with you. It’s all about picking your battles. In the end, Gospel Doctrine really is all about bringing others closer to Christ and not sharing political views. On the other hand, I think that I am much closer to Christ since I adopted the anti-war position and stopped hating on Muslims. I was talking with an LDS friend the other night and she said she thought we should just nuke Iran and she looked serious. I can’t believe I used to think along a similar vein.

  7. Jeff
    June 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    I think it is best to continue to try. I am reminded of this from the doctrine and covenants:

    13 Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—
    14 These should then be attended to with great earnestness.
    15 Let no man count them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints, which depends upon these things. (Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrine and Covenants, Section 123)

    Waste and wear out our lives? Attended to with great earnestness? Much depends on this that pertains to the saints? This language alone would provide the answer as to what and how we should teach such things. Going on it talks about cheerfully doing all things that lie in our power. That’s the recipe for which I would answer your question Creighton.

  8. Jeff
    June 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Teaching this isn’t about a political view, but about truths which we have been blessed with and MUST understand.

  9. Creighton Brown
    June 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    I’m really missing the Facebook “Like” button right about now. It’s true that this isn’t about politics. These are eternal principles that we all fought for in the war in heaven. It’s sad so many that fought on the side of freedom defected when they got down here.

  10. James Duckett
    June 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Creighton,

    I think we share similar views. Though, I’m not sure I can consider myself anti-war, as I think defending others against tyranny is a good thing (WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait), but I don’t like that being the first option. Or the second. But the last option. War is a horrible, horrible thing, but in the BoM, many righteous men took up arms in the name of defending liberty.

    Nuking Iran? That sounds good on paper, but we’d more than pay for such an atrocity, and be held accountable for the great loss of innocent lives. As scary as they are, there are so many other options on the table. It isn’t like dropping a nuke in a few key locations is going to defeat the evil that lives in this world.

  11. Creighton Brown
    June 17, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I would add to the list of reasons not to nuke Iran by saying that, of all the nations on earth, we are the only one to have used nukes on a civilian population (or any population for that matter). For that reason, I hardly think our government is qualified to decide who should have nukes and who shouldn’t. I don’t want Iran to have nukes anymore than the next man. I just don’t want any other nations to have them either.
    In this, Israel has it right by constructing the iron dome and Jacob’s sling. That’s the way to fight nukes–not more nukes.

  12. Morgan
    June 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    I have listened to the other side of the story—from the mouth of Karl-Heinz Schnibbe, who died a few years ago, still strong in the LDS faith and in his testimony of the Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ. Not once did he claim that the LDS religion abandoned him. It was no doubt his faith that drove him to do what he did.

    He participating in a “secret combination” as you have termed it, (ironic that you would use the term, inadvertently spitting on his act of heroism) to distribute flyers in defiance against a society bent on eradicating each and every Jew. Fear was the motivator at the time and very few people were able to break past that fear and stand up against the tide of tyranny, inside and outside the LDS faith.

    To compare our current political state, although lacking, to the horrific Holocaust is a gross exaggeration. Please don’t use the words of a prophet of God to further a political or personal agenda. He was explicit in his teachings and urged everyone to be more Christ-like and more forgiving. That was his purpose. Not to brain-wash believers and allow them to slip further and further into the clutches of the “Obama Robbers”.

  13. Connor
    June 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    “Not once did he claim that the LDS religion abandoned him.”

    Not sure what “other side of the story” you’re referencing. I didn’t claim that the LDS religion abandoned him/them. I completely agree that their faith drove them to do what they did. Perhaps you’re misunderstanding what I’m saying.

    “He participating in a ‘secret combination’ as you have termed it…”

    I didn’t claim that at all. In fact, I stated the opposite.

    “To compare our current political state, although lacking, to the horrific Holocaust is a gross exaggeration.”

    I didn’t compare our state of affairs to the holocaust. I pointed out similarities. Your reaction is akin to suggesting that we shouldn’t reference and apply the Book of Mormon, since society then was different then now—the Nephites got so bad that they were raping women and eating people they killed. Surely such horror means that any comparison between their society and ours, at any point along the path towards that point, would be a “gross exaggeration,” right?

  14. Jim McKain tweet - jimmckainjr
    June 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    So Conner, you see how easy it is to be mis-understood? Here you have done an excellent job presenting a viewpoint (that I share), and someone who otherwise seems normal, and in every respect would appear to be brother so and so, is in fact one of that 90% which perceives life from an alternative reality vantage. There are so very many.
    Good job here. Well done.

  15. Wallace C Whitehead
    June 17, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    The Book of Mormon is a witness and a warning. A witness that Christ is the Saviour of the world. A warning that all events that have been pointed out in that book are going to happen. The elect are deceived. I have friends who are members. Their friends are gay and they say that we should support their choice. Blurred lines as a result of propaganda to the elect to deceive and to bring down. Our current political, social environment is run on secret combinations. We are in the time where men are beginning to be past feeling.

  16. John
    June 18, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Great post. Here’s something from the Book of Mormon which has been particularly eye-opening and applicable to today’s politics.

    To understand the purpose of war, and the intents of people who stir up wars, just read Alma 43:8 and pay particular attention to who “them” refers to.

  17. Isaac
    June 18, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    James, The willingness of some people to follow government so closely and use war as a solution comes partially from ignorance of what has come before. Looking at the big picture—the true scope of the Gandianton’s reach—helps in determining who and what to trust. Are they content with controlling government? Or do they also control the entities that make their continued success possible? For instance, mass media, public schooling agendas, and the false histories repeated in both. “I think defending others against tyranny is a good thing (WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait)” So are you sure that’s what these conflicts were about? Are you sure that’s what motivated the US government to be involved? These are the rare instances that a corrupt, inept, and inefficient government can get it together and choose the right?

  18. Jake Evans
    June 18, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Loved the post. Not sure how to act or change because of it… Maybe stand stronger for freedom and the Gospel?

  19. Connor
    June 18, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    “Not sure how to act or change because of it…”

    That’s the subject of an upcoming article. Stay tuned!

  20. Bart Van Allen
    June 18, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Well said sir –
    Amazing the kickback I get when I argue the same line of logic –
    “President Hinckley, “it is as current as the morning newspaper and much more definitive, inspired, and inspiring concerning the solutions of those problems.”” doesn’t seem to fit well with those that look at it as just some story rather than a handbook of operation.

  21. Beau Burk
    June 18, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Connor,Thanks for your article.
    Also I loved your book. It was so well said. It seemed to come just when I thought everyone had gone back to sleep because Dr. Cleon Skousen and the other Mormon Conservatives were gone. Nice to have someone from your generation who totally grasps the words of the scriptures and the prophets.

  22. Mikey B
    June 18, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    “Satan-supporting statists?” I understand you may not mean it this way but it sounds like you accuse every statist of knowingly supporting Satan. I don’t believe that is the case. There are many that I know and love that are clearly statists on some issues (Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, Parents…)

    Other than that loved the article. But that is a small thing. Makes me wonder if your gonna write a Latter Day Tyranny book to point out gross violations such as Hübener’s Branch President.

    It is sad when you say employing the same tactics as the Robbers, you clearly mean that he engaged in conspiracy, but did so in the name of God and not Evil. That good men conspire just as evil men to change the world (look at the colonies declaring independence, the creation of the United States Constitution from the Articles of Confederation) the Constitution was a grand conspiracy to even take over and overthrow the current government system. But it was less tyrannical not more so.

    Why would someone not understand your calling the man a patriot for engaging in conspiracy, not attacking him.

    As much as some may not like to compare the US to Germany, Hitler did many things in Germany to limit freedoms that sound wonderful on paper, Gun Permits were used to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and their sympathizers or those who fit the profile. (after the Reichstag false flag burning of the capital that meant Jews and Blacks.) We are not at the point of the Holocaust. nor do i think we would ever have one. but it is a bad idea to move toward a state that has the power to carry one out. I would prefer not to have “anything like unto it”

  23. E. Zachary Knight
    June 18, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Isaac,

    As you read the stories about the Gadianton robbers and their usurping of power within the Nephite government, you read that they also controlled the judgement seats as well as the lawyers. They had control of every level of the legal system. They created the laws, enforced the laws, and defended the laws. Pretty much what we have now.

    I agree that it is difficult to stand up to those who have been lulled into a false sense of security. I have had many discussions with LDS friends and family about the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, just to be told that I was wrong and unpatriotic. Why was I wrong? Because I expressed compassion for those harmed by those unjust and wasteful wars.

  24. Dave P.
    June 18, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Remember, guys, the Book of Mormon was written to, for, and ABOUT the Restored church. Read 2 Nephi 28 and Mormon 8 with that in mind, then realize how the church has fulfilled those prophesies because of its own infiltration by secret combinations from within.

    Is it any small wonder that it needs to be cleansed?

  25. Connor
    June 18, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    If I say “funny people” I’m not saying that all people are funny. The descriptive word narrows the reference of the subject. So when I say Satan-supporting statists, I’m referring to statists who are upholding gadiantonism, whether through bailouts, war, immorality, etc. And good people can still be supporting policies which fall under that umbrella, even though they are still people—just ignorant, misinformed, or whatever, without necessarily being malicious.

    “It is sad when you say employing the same tactics as the Robbers, you clearly mean that he engaged in conspiracy, but did so in the name of God and not Evil.”

    You’re the second person to confuse what I’m saying, and I went back to read the article and see why it might be confusing. And I can’t tell.

    I was saying that the Nazis were the secret combination, not Helmuth and his friends.

  26. Jimmckainjr
    June 18, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Again… More evidence that many people function in a world of alternative reality.

  27. Patrick
    June 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Great article – looking forward to more. We do need to help wake up our brothers and sisters to what is happening around them.

  28. Bonhoeffer
    June 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Morgan,

    It is not a “gross exaggeration” to “compare our current political state… to the horrific Holocaust.” We are exterminating 1.3 million innocent unborn children every year in the United States. Tens of millions of unborn children exterminated in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade. The Nazis were amateurs compared to the abortionists and their supporters. Nearly the entire world came to stop the Nazis but the abortionists have nearly free reign to commit their holocaust. Look up Margaret Sanger and the abortion rate within minority communities to see an even closer connection to the holocaust you mention.

    No, comparing our day to the holocaust committed by the National Socialists is no exaggeration at all.

  29. iimx
    June 18, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Bonhoeffer,
    The term holocaust does not seem a fitting word to describe abortion rates in the U.S. Women willingly seek this service to be unburdened by an unwanted pregnancy. Although rates may be higher for particular ethnic groups, I am not sure this is a conscious attempt at genocide or eradication.

    Why the world isn’t coming to stop US abortions? I am assuming because it does not threaten other countries. A second reason might be hypocrisy. As I understand it abortion rates are higher in countries were it is illegal and much, much more dangerous.

  30. Patrick
    June 18, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    Iimx,

    I think you are missing the point, this is truly a Holocaust. The fact that it is perpetrated by the unborn children’s own mothers does not excuse it, nor does the fact that it is supported by the government and defended by a large portion of the population, in fact these combined facts speaks volumes as to how close the nation and world are to being ripe for destruction.

  31. JL
    June 18, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    In the end, there may be more non-LDS who “get” it than LDS who get it.

  32. Chuck Madison
    June 19, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    excuse mis-spelling please. Never was a strength. For 40 yrs since my mission, I hv added to organized topics with references in the back of my scriptures when studying the gospel. It is past 2,000 thin lined notes now. I group topics that are related. The following are some notes on the topic: Secrecy, Conspiracy, secret combinations. We must remember that both sides (good and evil) use careful and sometimes secret methods to accomplish the good , or the evil. Re: Egyptian Hieroglyphs in P.of Gr. Price. Explanation page says “not to be revealed at this time” on item after item ! 2/3 of the B. of M. sealed. Nephites at their best with the Lord guiding them, sent spy’s, and used secretly planned methods to win.
    Satan communicates it is said through crystal balls, bowls 1/2 filled with water and possessed people. Prophets wear the breast plate to see things hidden through the transparent Urim / Thum. Satan has his oaths and “PH”, The Lord has His true, eternal PH. Considering worlds without number, opposition leader’s methods are also eternal. Our blessing to have more revealed to us from heaven depends much on our ability to keep our mouths shut. A prudent man concealed knowledge Prov.12:23. Some call it sacred not secret. I say it is sacred and secret from those not advanced enough spiritually to have it known. We don’t reveal those chosen for a calling in church until directed to do so. Ne. wore Laban’s garments and his countenance was changed to obtain the plates. Against the law, gospel taught secretly. Mosiah 18:31. Alma prophesied to Helaman and told to keep it secret. Al.45:9
    Abinidi disguised himself Mosi 12:1 Cain secretly conspired with Cain to kill his brother and later, others to gain power and resources. At times the Lord asked his disciples to tell no one of his miracles. Our guide through the dark mists is the iron rod.

  33. iimx
    June 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Patrick,
    Have you ever seen a list of countries where abortion is illegal? There isn’t any that I would want to live in. Honduras is one of them, and is considered the most violent place on earth. San Pedro Sula saw 159 homicides per 100,000 residents last year. There is also a lot of drug trafficing. One would think that abortion would be legal there, it is not.

    Congo, Haiti, Madagascar are also in the list of poorest countries. Others on the list seem pretty poor to me, and would not rate very highly for health, womens rights, freedom, education. Some are also prone to civil unrest like Syria.
    http://www.whichcountry.co/countries-where-abortion-is-illegal/

  34. rg
    June 20, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Ether 9 11 defines the secret combination as the lust for money from the people and the lust of power by the leaders. Secret combinations are a secret because they don’t have a single specific name. The secret combination can be called many things from socialism to communism to fascism to stateism etc.. but the definition given in ether 9 11 is always easily identified. Ether 9 11 is the key to understanding book of mormon secret combinations and how we identify them.

  35. Steven Jones
    June 20, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    “The record of the Nephite history just prior to the Savior’s visit reveals many parallels to our own day as we anticipate the Savior’s second coming. The Nephite civilization had reached great heights. They were prosperous and industrious…

    “But, as so often happens, the people rejected the Lord. Pride became commonplace. Dishonesty and immorality were widespread. Secret combinations flourished because, as Helaman tells us, the Gadianton robbers “had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils” (Hel. 6:38 )…even as today.” (April 1987 General Conference, President Ezra Taft Benson]

    Thanks, Connor. And recall in Ether 8 as Moroni warns the Gentiles (us) about the “secret combinations” he also pronounces a “wo” upon those who build it up. Yes, even if they are LDS. We need look no further than the crowning of Dick Cheney with an Honorary PhD for Public Service at the 2007 BYU Commencement, soon followed by invited talks at BYU by Zbigniew Brzezinski, General Petraeus, Brent Scowcroft, Sen. Harry Reed and other globalists. Generally to standing ovations. Banker Mayer Rothschild was also honored in glowing terms at the 2007 BYU commencement, and that talk is still available on-line at the BYU web site.

  36. pierre
    June 20, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    Here in France, lds members are all opposed to war. There is almost no debate over that question.

    Someone talked about ww I & II, kuwait, vietnam etc.

    Whats bugs me most is we do not know “the desires of their hearts”, of those who enter the war.

    I am so glad americans came to free my country and died far from their homes for me. I visited twice the normandy american cemetery and memorial and everytime I felt something strong there. I want to believe that Roosevelt helped France at least in part because it was right and not “that they might get gain” (helaman 6:18).

    But only God will judge the heart of those who sent the troops to Irak Vietnam Cuba or Afghanistan. Was it for oil ? ROI ? global domination ? croony capitalism ? charity ? I don’t know.

    The plan of the devil is subtle because he mingles truths and lies. Sadam was a dictator and Irak has also a rich soil…

    May I also add that the Holy Ghost is the only one who can testify to us if we should support a war/decision/policy or not. Let ask the Father that we might not be deceived. I do not want to support an evil government (and trust me, ours in France is pretty wicked !!) or its decisions such as abortion gay parenting or war.

    I want to be “clean from the blood of this wicked generation” (d&c 88:75)

  37. Bonnie
    June 20, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    I also teach gospel doctrine class…I hold back somewhat but I do teach that what happened in the BOM is happening today. I speak out…as of yet, I have not been approached by anyone in the SS presidency. I believe I have the DUTY to proclaim the gospel and to get the LDS people to see what is happening today. I know I have their attention when all eyes are riveted to me and there is silence. We also have much comments and discussion. Thankfully many are aware, a few are sheep.

  38. Candace B.
    June 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I really like your article, and the points it makes. It strongly reminds me of “Many are Called, Few are Chosen” By Verlan. H. Anderson. He makes many of the same points you do, as does President Ezra Taft Benson in An Enemy Hath Done This, not referring to an outside enemy but one from within. I am only 31, and it has taken me a long time to get to this place and point in my life, where I feel I have awakened to my awful situation, or rather the situation were all in at this point. I feel like the only reason I even have come this far in understanding and waking up is due to diligent study, and seeking out the “meat” of the gospel, instead of settling for the milk.

    As true as all this is, I don’t think Gospel Doctrine is really the place for it, i think its a place to receive the “milk” of the gospel and that the LDS people should be seeking out the meat on their own. I think its the same reason why we receive “milk” during general conference. Not everyone is ready to be at the place we are at, although its important for them to know it, it would take away their agency to force knowledge onto them they aren’t ready for.

    My only thought really at this point is, what can I do now that I know? I wish my parents generation had been more awake and aware and had the gumption to try and stop this thing, and now its so bad, I end up wondering who do i vote for? How do I show my support for the things of God, when it comes to government, i don’t really feel like any of them are for the things of God.

  39. Connor
    June 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    “My only thought really at this point is, what can I do now that I know? ”

    That will be the subject of an article I’m doing in the next week or so. Stay tuned!

  40. Matt J.
    June 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Great article. As a convert, the concept of “secret combinations” was sometimes confusing. I appreciate your insight and comments. I have found my political opinions growing more and more towards libertarianism as I have grown in the gospel. I am glad I recently got introduced to this web site and blog. Thanks for your time and work regarding these subjects.

  41. Mike Crockett
    June 21, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    These two versus used in conjunction have been pretty effective for disentangling peoples minds from the lies.
    Awaken in Christ!

    As we began to be prompted to awaken ourselves to the scandal and corruption around us and are summoned to either join with our brothers on the left or on the right to defend ourselves against the opposing party. Please remember this; The commandment to awaken ourselves has been amongst us ever since the resotoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    In Ether 8:24 it says,
    Wherefore , the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall 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.

    So the commandment has always been there, but now we are being pushed and prodded to awaken ourselves, but by whom?
    Are they friend are foe? Check out this scripture.
    D&C 38:30
    I tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore treasure up wisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.

    If we want a true awakening in Christ, it is my prayer that we will all subscribe to the teachings of ancient and latter day prophets. We have a living prophet, his presidency and 12 apostles. These men are oracles of God. If God intends on establishing his Kingdom in this dispensation you can be rest assured that he has reserved the most qualified for the last days. Let us all turn from worldy teachings and place our faith in the instructions of God’s servants. God Bless.

  42. pierre
    June 21, 2013 at 2:25 am #

    Lots of Gospel Doctrine teachers here ! I teach that class too.

    Thanks Mike for the references. A couples weeks ago was the “word of wisdom” class. D&C 89 starts with that same warning :

    V4: Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—

    Example : here in Europe we eat a lot of salmon that come from Norway. There’s basically too kinds of salmon. The wild ones and the ones from aquaculture.
    We’ve just found out that in aquaculture they use a pesticide(diflubenzuron) that is not allowed in EU and wich is very dangerous for human beeings. It can cause cancer.

    “Conspiring men” and “secret combinations” go hand in hand.

  43. iimx
    June 22, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    Pierre, Interesting point about salmon and diflubenzuron. I am sure there are many pesticides other than that applied to pen raised salmon. I appreciate your consciousness on that. Do the LDS have any particular restriction on pesticide use or consumption?

  44. Steven Jones
    June 22, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    Thank you for this discussion — with many insights. May I add a little from personal experience?

    This is ex-Professor of Physics, Steven Jones. Starting in 2005, I learned about 9/11 using scientific methods (experiments on thermite etc). I spoke out regarding the collapse of WTC7, the lack of air defenses that day, the whistle-blower testimony of Norman Mineta — and I was placed on Admin. Leave in September 2006. My classes — teaching the students I loved — were taken from me at that time and it was clear that I would not be allowed to teach again at BYU.

    But just before I was called in abruptly and told that I was being outed, I had a wonderful experience that morning. In teaching my Physics 121 class on Newtonian physics, during class I felt strongly prompted to bear my testimony to the class of students whom I loved. I had taught at BYU by this time for over 21 years and hesitated momentarily — “bear your testimony now!” SO I DID.

    I paused in my discussion of Physics and simply expressed my love for the Savior – I spoke of Jesus Christ and my testimony of Him. And my love for the students.

    At that class, I had NO IDEA what was coming later that afternoon — I was severely placed on Admin. Leave in a public manner (you can read the press releases). Of course, I requested (in writing) a full hearing, but that hearing was denied me. I was invited to accept early retirement.

    A few days later, BYU Prof. Alan Keele met me on campus. Prof. Keele is one who has spoken out about Hubener and the Nazis. He told me that what they had done to me had cast a “CHILL on campus” regarding speaking out, particularly about 9/11 and related events.

    The editor of the BYU newspaper, the Daily Universe, wrote a nice article about my service at BYU. My research on muon-catalyzed fusion, solar cookers, etc. Also, I had served as a Bishop of a campus ward (BYU 99th ward) and as a Stake High Councilman (BYU 10th Stake). He said that there were many letters from students to the newspaper in my behalf.

    But you know what? most of those letters (he said) were NEVER published. And the nice article about me that he wrote — NOT published! Later I later asked him why, but got no response from him.

    One physics professor, who had been a friend of mine, wrote an email to the department comparing me to a circus clown. It was very offensive. I asked him if he had even read my paper on 9/11 — he had not. I asked if he would, he said yes and to his credit he did. Then he said I had good points, good reason to question the “official story of 9/11″, and offered an apology to me for what he had written about me being a clown. However, that apology was private (not public like his earlier email to the department).

    Yet, I had that experience of being prompted to bear my testimony IN PHYSICS CLASS — my last class ever! I cherish that prompting. The Lord knew what was coming and he gave me that prompting and that opportunity. And HE stood by me with comfort when others were downing me.

    There are other experiences I will not relate for now — except one more. Shortly after I was publicly placed on admin. leave, Jack Monnette came to my office at BYU. He was writing a book about secret combinations (Ether 8, Alma 37, D&C 89, etc) – and he wished to include a DVD-video of my talk on 9/11 which I had given at UVSC (now UVU). I gave him permission, of course, and Jack has since become one of my dearest friends. I love that man and his dear wife!

    My wife and I felt to move away from the “shadow” of BYU. We now live in the midwest where I serve as High Priests group leader. Yesterday, we went to the KC Missouri Temple, our Temple. On the way home, we visited a brother and his wife who have become “less active”. A wonderful little branch.

    I will always cherish that experience of my last testimony to the students I loved and the sustaining Spirit of the Lord in a time of great pain and difficulty.
    __________________
    My website: http://www.physics.byu.edu/research/energy/

  45. Candace B.
    June 22, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    @ Steven Jones

    Wow, that is really awful, although not all that surprising. I am learning a little bit more piece by piece about BYU, and some of it is rather surprising. I Am Reminded of Hugh Nibley when he said “We have met here today clothed in the black robes of a false priesthood…”. I also read an essay in a collection distributed by Deseret book about the second coming and this essay was devoted to being aware of false Christs. I never really drew a line between BYU and a false Christ until that essay touched off in my mind what Hugh Nibley was referring to. Anything that presents a false system of salvation or tries to take the place of the Savior like some intellectuals who put nature/science/intellect at the same level as they put God are falling for the false Christ we have been so warned over.
    I am sure this will light a fire under some people, but this is what I am coming to understand, not just about BYU but higher education in general. It just sickens me that BYU would be a party to it considering the make up of it is mostly church members who really ought to know better. But isn’t that why they say many are called and few are chosen?

  46. outside the corridor
    June 22, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    @Steven Jones–

    I read much of what you said originally. I’m not strong in physics, so I had a hard time understanding it, to be frank–

    but I was very concerned about how you were treated at BYU; it seemed, to me, that there was a black hole into which you were thrown–

    (sorry to write dramatically)–

    It is good to hear that you left that place; I have known others who have had to leave.

    As a 9/11 ‘truther’ (well, I don’t accept everything I read or see, but I have questioned from day #1)–

    I have been really interested in the work you did (and the engineers and architects)–

    and I think that it is really great that you took the time to talk to *us* here on Connor’s blog–

    I am sure that you will be both saddened and validated some day when all the truth is known, and those who did not have the courage to stand up for you are exposed. It WILL be sad, but you will be exonerated–

    @iimx, I have often wondered why toxic chemicals are not indicted in so many circumstances where health is compromised. I think many LDS feel restrained, because there are quite a few ‘prominent’ LDS who have made a lot of money from chemicals–

    and also, speaking out against chemical use is a back door method of criticizing the military/industrial complex, since so many chemicals come from that complex–

    but individual members of the church are certainly concerned about the use of pesticides and other agricultural/environmental chemicals/toxins.

    As for what to do about it, the libertarian in me boycotts chemicals; I don’t know that *we* need more laws–

    but I am deeply concerned.

  47. iimx
    June 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    OTC, wow, I didn’t know you felt so much about pesticides. I really think they are over used in our world. But toxic chemicals are in a lot of places, clothing, food, common everyday items. Plastics contain stuff that leach out into beverages and food. Sound levels in cities can also be a health hazard. I have heard that Nepal is the first official organic country. I think thats great. Well, even if no new laws are passed I am sure you will say no whenever you realistically can.

  48. outside the corridor
    June 23, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    iimx, I really do feel strongly about them–all synthetic chemicals–

    I think I should go to Nepal to live! LOL!

  49. Kelly W.
    June 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    I am so glad that Steven Jones has joined in. Connor brought up one of my heroes, Helmut Hübener. I served in the same ward as Helmut, and have also talked with Schnibbe. The likeness and type is oh-so-obvious; Jones is like Hübener who was beheaded, and BYU is like the branch president who excommunicated him. Helmut is now a legend and a hero, and the branch president has been denounced when a Church Authority later (after Helmut’s death) reinstated Helmut’s membership.

    I have listened to lectures by Jones, even was on the first few rows as he gave his lecture at UVU that was later included in Monnett’s book. I have also personally attended lectures by Monnett and Joel Skousen, having been a 9/11 truther (at least I am not a 9/11 liar) since early in 2003 when I was awakened to the lies and cover-up given to us by Cheney.

    All I can say is that like Jones, the Lord has given me my own affirmation that his purposes will roll forth, with or without BYU. If BYU would have endorsed Jones, perhaps His church would have been black-listed to the detriment of progress, whereas now we just are flying under the radar of the NSA, and can enjoy our tax-exempt status for a while longer, even if that means having Darth Cheney speak there because Cheney himself invited himself there. Cheney and Satan must have had a great laugh when Cheney tried to give the prophet his “secret” handshake. (Google that one!)

    The other big myth that most LDS believe is that because the B of M states that as long as the inhabitants of the Americas serve God, God will somehow endorse every action USA takes in starting wars. How naive. The B of M promise always qualifies that blessing of protection by stating that when we do NOT serve and honor God, we will be cursed. Well, the USA is now being cursed. We need to wake up to the lesson of the B of M, and recognize the cursings that have come upon us from the Gadiantons’ Secret Combinations that have taken sole management of our own government.

  50. Yophat
    June 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    How many LDS have fallen for the Libertarian flavor of gadianton propaganda?

    Wasn’t Ron Paul’s biggest financial backer, fellow libertarian Peter Thiel, a member of the Bilderberg steering committee? Up to his eyeballs in big brother espionage and CIA funded social networking endeavors?

    What about his book partner Lewis Lehrman? Signatory to the infamous 9/11 PNAC document? Fellow libertarian? Also pushing for one world government and one world gold denominated currency? Lehrman’s PNAC publication called – “Money and the Coming World Order” sure is insightful…pretty much the same agenda Ron Paul and his crew have proposed.

    Absolutely fascinating that the rant here is the kettle calling the pot black….

  51. Connor
    June 24, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Yophat, you’re stretching, and it’s quite obvious.

    To support Ron Paul does not imply support for others who have financially backed him. Further, Peter Thiel supported a completely independent Super PAC (Endorse Liberty), and not Ron Paul or his campaign directly. And one’s affiliation with an individual (in this case Lewis) does not imply an endorsement of (or association with) that individual’s actions in the future.

    Get a grip.

  52. iimx
    July 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Pierre & OTC,
    I found an irony with the pesticide diflubenzuron, that was mentioned with salmon. Its a pesticide used to control the Mormon cricket in Utah.

    There is another interesting ‘secret combination’, I think this applies, but let me know. Especially in regard to food. I have been listening to some very interesting information from Dr. Michael Greger about veganism. Claims about health benefits of animal foods are flat out lies to protect the beef, dairy and other animal food industries. Information about the health benefits of a whole food plant based diet are not advocated enough in the country, and doctors don’t say enough about them, if any.

    Well, I know that its just me and my personal experience, but I recently went on a whole foods vegan diet, and I have been healed of a significant health problem with my foot. I honestly thought that I would be limping around for the rest of my life with arthritis. Also general stiffness in the lower back is vastly improved. I am anticipating full recovery in a year if I keep it up.

  53. Del
    October 8, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    @Connor: Thanks for the interesting and thought-provoking post. I greatly appreciate, and am, in fact, inspired and sobered by what you’re saying in this message (and I’m not even Mormon). I will be reading more of your stuff.

    @Steven Jones: Dude, you are a solid man of God and somewhat of a hero to many of us. Thanks so much for your work!!!

    @all the rest of you: What a great conversation in the comments! Many excellent points were made without rudeness or disrespect, for the greater part. Refreshing in this world!

  54. Gene
    October 8, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    It is curious huh. The protocols of zion note that freedom will only be talked about in religions where the people will defer OBEDIENTLY to the leaders in following what they call “freedom”. So while they will talk about it only there, if anywhere, it will never be in such tones as we need to deal with the corrupt political situation, instead it will be just constant gospel reiteration while ignoring the state of the world at large which I see as a crime of Omission by the church… One would think if the Church was about Gods work, some utterance about being prepared and a measure of guidance for how to act coherently as a organizational body might be forthcoming, but it hasn’t been thus far.

    I look back at Romney and I think he woulda pushed the button on Syria, without a second thought, just as he didn’t give a second thought to the dog on the roof of his station wagon on family vacations. The senseless are useful idiots when all they do is chase sensed entertainment.

    I think it really comes down to it being time for personal responsibility to both self and each other. We can’t defer our authority to an organization which will then just sit on it. If WE see something that needs doing, we should be about doing it. The “AUTHORITY” will either tell you about other unimportant stuff that they make seem important, or they will stay completely quiet about the thing they don’t want discussed completely omitting any reference to it so its never seeded as a concern in the members of that organizations minds…

    Great article! Keep it up!
    Gene

  55. Yophat
    December 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    LOL…yeah Connor its all a coincidence and anonymous associations….

    Why did he hire CIA insider Doug Weed as a campaign adviser? How does Ron Paul get all his pork in the bills vs all the other crooked greedy politicians? I could go on…but what’s the point its quite obvious you’ve been at the libertarian koolaid for quite some time now.

    At the end of the day it doesn’t square with the gospel…that ought to be a big clue. To bad it isn’t…

  56. diane
    July 16, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    I could not tell where he was going with this. I agreed with his beginning but he was so vague as the article progressed that by the end I could not say if he supports truth and following the Prophet or if he is telling us that by supporting truth and following the Prophet we are allowing or being a part of secret combinations.

  57. Jerald Dastrup
    July 17, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    In 1985 Bp. H. Burke Peterson said that no selfish person ever thought himself to be selfish. That was eye opening to me. Since then I’ve realize that selfishness isn’t the only weakness that hides itself from it’s possessor. We surely can’t think that those that are asleep and are being lead down the path of carnal security are aware of it, because they think they are on track.
    Few Mormons would vote for Harry Reid but most would vote for Orin Hatch or Jon Huntsman who have the same objective just a difference in timing.

  58. Rutakina Cecil
    July 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    I’ve been back at church for 1yr after being very far away from the church for 13yrs, indolging and acting in this very subject…
    I think we shouldn’t worry our selfs to much with Evil or secrete combinations…
    As Latter Day Saints it is our job to learn/teach the Gospel as it is given in our manuals not to stray from or dig to deep into doctrine and in that teaching of negative things…
    it is not that we’re asleep it’s that teaching or talking of the negative isn’t the intent of The Lord…
    Our job in living righteously is to do all we can in our lives around us, not to go out of our way in looking for or spending to much time in negative subjects. We use the scriptures and the words of our Prophets as a protection for us…
    This subject is for amongst friends not for online, Sunday school or on the polepit, all we can do is be the best we can not look at others in what they do, But always speak and act in a positive way…
    We should refrain from all negative and always teach or lead in righteousness our example in the way that we live will be one to follow…

    Sorry if I’ve offended anyone, as I said I’ve only been around for a year… but these things I’ve learnt, and followed through examples! from my past life to my life now. And in a matter of 3 months I was able to regain the priesthood and be sealed to my family for all time and Eternity… Through the example of righteous wife, family and men/women that allowed this evil man to be amongst them (which was there intent and reason for including me) and now
    29 My soul hath been redeemed from the gall of bitterness and bonds of iniquity. I was in the darkest abyss; but now I behold the marvelous light of God. My soul was racked with eternal torment; but I am snatched, and my soul is pained no more.
    (Mosiah 27:29)

  59. Janelle
    July 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    @Steven Jones – I was sitting in a class of yours at BYU Education Week on August 19, 2005 when my 22-year-old daughter was drowning in Yosemite. You were explaining the fallacy of Ex Nihilo creation beliefs and bearing testimony of eternity. I didn’t know of her accident until many hours later, but I remember feeling a warm peace as I sat and listened to you. Thank you.

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