October 8, 2018

As time moves on more and more things in the Book of Mormon seem to have parallels to our times that did not seem to be as relevant a decade or two ago.  Even when I read the Book of Mormon in my youth I had the impression that the events leading to the coming of Christ in the Americas was a pattern for events leading to His second coming.  

In Alma 51:5 we learn of the king-men, “And it came to pass that those who were desirous that Pahoran should be dethroned from the judgment-seat were called king-men, for they were desirous that the law should be altered in a manner to overthrow the free government and to establish a king over the land.” (Alma 51:8) “Now those who were in favor of kings were those of high birth, and they sought to be kings; and they were supported by those who sought power and authority over the people.”  The parallels to today are incredible. If I just substitute the persecuted classes, minorities, women and LGBTQ for king-men it fits pretty well. Instead of believing in due process of law we have heard over and over again “believe women.” That would be an alteration of our law that would be terrible for our future. They want to throw away our system of government and install their leaders.

Helaman 8:1 reads “And now it came to pass that when Nephi had said these words, behold there were men who were judges who also belonged to the secret band of Gadianton, and they were angry and they cried out against him, saying unto the people: Why do ye not seize upon this man and bring him forth, that he may be condemned according to the crime which he has done?”

While there are differences between Kavanaugh and the Prophet Nephi on the one hand and Gadianton Robbers and progressives on the other this verse seems to catch the feeling of what we have just gone through in our country.  Nephi’s supposed crime was testifying of the evil being done by the Gadianton Robbers sitting as judges. Kavanaugh’s evil is unsubstantiated accusations from a supposed attack thirty years ago. Nephi “spake plainly unto them concerning their secret works of darkness.”  Kavanaugh it appears will not be willing to change the law to aid in the progressive agenda.

It also seems to draw parallels to conference from this past weekend.  Helaman 8:4 “And those judges were angry with him because he spake plainly unto them concerning their secret works of darkness;”  Elder Oaks spoke very plainly about truth, gender and other topic that run contrary to what is preached in many of our universities today.  There were virulent responses to his talk.

Not many chapters later in 3 Nephi 3 we read of Giddianhi, a robber flattering and then threatening Lachoneus, the leader of the Nephites.  Lachoneus “could not be frightened by the demands and the threatenings of a robber.” Instead he turned his people towards God and then prepared them for the coming battles.  Likewise in our day I think the attacks will grow from attacks on a specific judge to attacks on churches and even individuals who are willing to defy their agenda.

Most people seem really happy that church has been changed from three hours to two.  I must admit that I’m pleased by that too, but I also ask myself why this change. With the attacks we have seen on senators and others supporting conservative principles I imagine that progressives could easily move their attacks to others who oppose them, more specifically any who believe that Elder Oaks is a prophet and supports his statements from the latest conference.  I think in not too many years we could see our sacrament meetings disrupted by those who disagree with the prophets. At which time it may become necessary for members to hold their own sacrament services. I think the consolidation of the church schedule is a move to help prepare us for that eventuality. At the same time I really welcome the chance to have more one-on-one time with my children in a gospel teaching and discussion setting.