"Much of the enslavement of evil is proceeding currently under the fashionable banner of liberation. The "Big Lie" is in flower, spawned and spread by the the father of lies, Lucifer. He who did not care a whit for our agency in the beginning now comes to man in the name of freedom. Milking the legitimate aspirations and yearnings for freedom, exploiting the many injustices that need correction, Lucifer plays siren songs upon the harpstrings of our humanity.
Two alternatives are arrayed before us. We see on one side amorality, anarchy, insensate individuality, abortions, violence, and corruption, and on the other side, liberty, love, sensitivity, respect for life, peace, and integrity. When we know what we know about the alternatives, why do we so often choose as we choose? One reason is that today's disciples live in a time of many terrible trends which, bit by bit, can entangle us like Gulliver."
-Neal A. Maxwell
Humanism and the gospel of Jesus Christ are not one and the same. Humanism is a philosophy that nullifies the Standard Works and misinterprets the teachings of Jesus Christ. Humanism is a spiritual ailment that has crept into the teachings of Christ's church. Humanism has now become a philosophy of man that is mingled with scripture...read more here
"It was the design of the councils of heaven before the world was, that the principles and laws of the priesthood should be predicated upon the gathering of the people in every age of the world. Jesus did everything to gather the people, and they would not be gathered, and He therefore poured out curses upon them. Ordinances instituted in the heavens before the foundation of the world, in the priesthood, for the salvation of men, are not to be altered or changed. All must be saved on the same principles."
-Joseph Smith, TPJS pg. 308
"We need to know that all things are governed by law. 'Mine house is a house of order saith the Lord God. Not a house of confusion.' The Lord has given priesthood laws that govern everything. ...The Prophet Joseph Smith said, 'The great thing for us to know is to comprehend what God did institute before the foundation of the world.' Now the prophet says that's the great thing to begin to understand. Joseph Smith also said "that ordinances instituted in the heavens before the foundation of the world in the priesthood for the salvation of man are not to be altered or changed. All must be saved on the same principles." Furthermore the Lord has said, that he will not accept on this earth any offerings or ordinances that were not appointed of the Father and the Son before the world was made." D&C 132:10-11
-Robert J. Mathews
"Notwithstanding they shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
-Joseph Smith Translation 1 Timothy 2:15
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"Who is this coming from Edom in red-stained garments? Who is this from Bozrah, arrayed in majesty, pressing forward in the strength of his power?
It is I, who am mighty to save, announcing righteousness!
Why are you clothed in red, your garments like those who tread grapes in the winepress?
Alone I have trodden out a vatful; of the nations no one was with me. I trod them down in my anger; in my wrath I trampled them. Their lifeblood spattered my garments, and I have stained my whole attire.
For I had resolved on a day of vengeance, and the year of my redeemed had come. I glanced around, but none would lend help; I glared, but no one would assist. So my arm brought about salvation for me, and my wrath, it assisted me. I trod nations underfoot in my anger; I made them drunk by my rage when I cast their glory to the ground."
"There have been various social and political movements, aided by philosophy, established among men in various ages of the world; and almost, if not all of these have signally failed.
Among the number of social movements in our day, there is that of Robert Dale Owen, who thought he could ameliorate the condition of mankind by a sort of communism, having a fellowship of goods among them - a sort of common stock principle. Everything pertaining to this speculation, however, has flatted out; and in all his schemes and movements, whether in England or in this country, they have signally failed..
It is so also with Fourierism - a species of French philosophy, established by one Fourier, a Frenchman, and advocated by Greeley of the New York Tribune. They had tired it in France, and then came over to this country; and not far from New York a society of this kind was established. They had a good deal of property, and I am informed they established something of the nature of what is called the free love principle; but within twelve months back, while I was residing in New York, everything they had was sold under the hammer."
"In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law."
"I know that if the plants of sin and death are permitted to grow within me they will prove my utter destruction, unless I tear them up root and branch, and throw them away. The Lord has bestowed upon me and upon every intelligent being on the earth, wisdom sufficient to comprehend this, and I do not want the Lord to come in the storm, the thunder, lightning, or whirlwind to tell it to me. I know that I must uproot the plants of evil that are within me, and in their place engraft plants of truth and virtue, and these will grow up within me to eternal life."
"The Lord's government is patriarchal in nature. The family unit is the center. In preexistence he was the Father of spirits, and all men are literally brothers and sisters in the spirit. With the placing of man on earth, the Lord began by patterning earthly government after that which is heavenly. A perfect theocratic, patriarchal system was set up with Adam at the head. This system prevailed in large measure among righteous men from Adam to the establishment of Israel in her promised land, when the people prevailed upon the Lord to let them be ruled by kings as were the apostate gentile nations."
-Bruce R. McConkie
"I pray that God will bless you, that he will give you his spirit, that you may see and understand your position before him. And I pray that he will open the eyes, ears and hearts of the Gentiles, that they may receive the Gospel of Christ, and be numbered with the House of Israel in the last dispensation of the fullness of times, that they may stand in holy places when the judgments of God pass through the nations, for they will come to both Jew and Gentile, Zion and Babylon. There is no getting away from them, for the Lord has said so, and what he has said will come to pass."
-Wilford Woodruff JD 18:109-122
The electronic media is processing modern man to become subhuman. This process is the result of the imposition of a carefully orchestrated process of human alchemy. Wrought through public events. Which our controllers would like us to believe have nothing to do with mass psychology and everything to do with merely work-a-day buying and selling, civics, politics, political science and money changing.
"A goal is a dream with a deadline. Having a deadline on your dream will take it out of the limbo of 'someday.' The dream will acquire a life of its own, a time frame within which it will be accomplished. Your mind can envision its completion and how you will feel and how life will be different when its purposes have been implemented. The simple act of writing down a goal starts to unleash power and momentum that will help you see it accomplished."
-Hyrum W. Smith
"In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense."
The "command from the Lord with reference to Joseph Smith: 'Thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.' (D&C 21:4-5)
Every prophecy about any of the great and glorious events destined to take place in the dispensation of the fulness of times is in its nature a prophecy about Joseph Smith. If the gospel is to be restored, there must be a living prophet to receive the old yet new message. If Elijah is to come before the great and dreadful day of the Lord, there must be an appointed person to receive his message. If Israel is to be gathered, according to the ancient word, someone must be empowered to identify the chosen people, to name the places of gathering, and to specify when and under what circumstances the children of the prophets shall assemble."
-Bruce R. McConkie
"All well established and properly organized governments have certain fixed and prominent laws for the regulation and management of the same. If man has grown to wisdom and is capable of discerning the propriety of laws to govern nations, what less can be expected from the Ruler and Upholder of the universe? Can we suppose that He has a kingdom without laws? Or do we believe that it is composed of an innumerable company of beings who are entirely beyond all law? Consequently have need of nothing to govern or regulate them? Would not such ideas be a reproach to our Great Parent, and at variance with His glorious intelligence? Would it not be asserting that man had found out a secret beyond Deity? That he had learned that it was good to have laws, while God after existing from eternity and having power to create man, had not found out that it was proper to have laws for His government? We admit that God is the great source and fountain from whence proceeds all good; that He is perfect intelligence, and that His wisdom is alone sufficient to govern and regulate the mighty creations and worlds which shine and blaze with such magnificence and splendor over our heads, as though touched with His finger and moved by His Almighty word. And if so, it is done and regulated by law; for without law all must certainly fall into chaos. If, then, we admit that God is the source of all wisdom and understanding, we must admit that by His direct inspiration He has taught man that law is necessary in order to govern and regulate His own immediate interest and welfare; for this reason, that law is beneficial to promote peace and happiness among man. And as before remarked, God is the source from whence proceeds all good; and if man is benefited by law, then certainly, law is good; and if law is good, then law, or the principle of it emanated from God; for God is the source of all good; consequently, then, he was the first Author of law, or the principle of it, to mankind."
"The wicked shall mourn. For behold, and lo, vengeance cometh speedily upon the ungodly as the whirlwind; and who shall escape it?
The Lord's scourge shall pass over by night and by day, and the report thereof shall vex all people; yea, it shall not be stayed until the Lord come;
For the indignation of the Lord is kindled against their abominations and all their wicked works."
I will visit them "according to all her works, with sore affliction, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, with vengeance, with devouring fire."
"The American system was indeed glorious in its beginning, and was founded by wise and good men, in opposition to long established abuses and oppressive systems of the Old World. But it had its weaknesses and imperfections. These were taken advantage of by wicked and conspiring men, who were unwisely placed at the head of government, and who, by a loose and corrupt administration, gradually undermined that beautiful structure. In their polluted hands justice faltered, truth fell to the ground, equity could not enter, and virtue fled into the wilderness."
-Parley P. Pratt
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
Usury is a crime against God and man. Usury the charging of interest on debt is a crime against God because it frustrates and destroys the "plan of happiness" that God intends for his creation. Usury destroys the patriarchal order of the family. It compels and demands that mother's work. Usury destroys the family that God set up from the beginning as his means of populating this earth. It divides male and female and scatters their offspring.
Usury is a crime against man because it eats up his substance. Usury robs the man of the fruit of his labors leaving him empty. Usury demands that he not marry or have children. Usury keeps the man from fulfilling the measure of his creation and destroys his soul.
Those that practice Usury against God and against their fellow man are they who "do wickedly" and Usurers will be "as stubble" and "the day cometh that they must be burned." 1 Nephi 22:15
The Western Hemisphere is a "land of promise." It is "choice above all other lands." It is "preserved for a righteous people." God has "sworn in his wrath" to the prophets of old, "that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the true and living God, or they should be swept off when the fullness of his wrath should come upon them."
"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. And it is not until the fullness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off."
"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."
"It is not a human monarchy, for man-made kings are tyrant. It is not an aristocracy, for in that case the few trample upon the rights of the many. It is not a democracy, for mobs composed of the mass, with no stronger power to check them, are the greatest tyrants and oppressors in the world. But it is a theocracy, where the great Eloheim, Jehovah, holds the superior honor. He selects the officers. He reveals and appoints the laws, and He counsels, reproves, directs, guides and holds the reins of government."
-Parley P. Pratt
"Almost all people of all eras are hypnotics. Their beliefs are induced beliefs. The proper authority saw to it that the proper beliefs should be induced and people believed properly."
"The conduct of the 'unjust judge' towards the 'poor widow' might raise the blush of shame upon our national cheek, if the nation possessed as fine sensibilities and as much discernment as that 'unjust judge.' He saw that his own peace, ease, and happiness depended upon his avenging the 'poor widow.' And if the peace, ease, and happiness of these United States, in future, do not depend upon their redressing 'Mormon' wrongs, (though they may not fear God, neither regard man,) then the lord does not speak by me. The nation will soon find out whether 'wrath and indignation come upon the people in the shape of earthquakes, thunderings, and lightnings, tempests, -the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds; and all things being in commotion, while fear comes upon all people.' The nations may have occasion to consider the treasures of hail and snow reserved for the last days- even the day of battle for the controversy of Zion. They may yet learn that the nation and kingdom that will not serve Zion shall perish; yea, that such nations shall be utterly wasted."
-Orson Hyde JD 6:49