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“The traditional family is under heavy attack. I do not know that things were worse in the times of Sodom and Gomorrah. … We see similar conditions today. They prevail all across the world. I think our Father must weep as He looks down upon His wayward sons and daughters.”
—President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Standing Strong and Immovable,” Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting, 10 Jan. 2004, 20.
Read in a different way, Pres. Hinckley is essentially saying that our nation is doing worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. I wouldn’t disagree. So what happened to good ol’ S&G?
[God turned] the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes . . . making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6)
God destroyed the cities, setting forth an example for the ungodly people in future generations. Is anybody paying attention to this? Does anybody in our day realize that we’re worse off than S&G? And if God destroyed them for their abominations, what does that say for us?
This thought process started this morning when reading my scriptures. I read Ether 13:2 which says that the Lord would have all men (and women) on this land (the American continent) serve him. Ether 2:8-10 says that we in this nation are to serve the true and only God, or be swept off when the fulness of God’s wrath comes upon us. Verse 10 says that it’s not until the fulness of iniquity that we will be swept off. At what point do we reach a ‘fulness of iniquity’, if we’re already worse than Sodom and Gomorrah?
I propose that, just like happened with the people in Ammonihah it’s when the Lord’s people are cast out. It is because of the prayers of the righteous in this land that we are all spared. Once that stops, all hell will (literally) break loose.
So, America needs a wake up call. This isn’t a doomsday destruction prophesy (though it very well could be), but instead is a call to remember that we “should love and serve him, the only living and true God, and that he should be the only being whom [we] should worship.” (D&C 20:19).