Monday, May 13, 2013

Losing Faith in Constitutional Government

Susan Collins, Senator from Maine, commented on CNN that the recent revelation that the IRS has been targeting religious and conservative groups "contribut[ing] to the profound distrust that the American people have in government," 

I wanted to highlight this comment because I think this is the big picture. Losing faith in our divinely inspired constitutional government is the adversary's master plan.

There are a good number of very wonderful doctrines that set the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints apart from other Christian churches.   One of the most important and fundamental is our belief that God directly inspired the US Constitution and raised up the American Nation for the restoration of His Church.  

This is not a little thing. Many American's may take it for granted, but for the Mormon's; despite our many persecutions, the LDS Church believes God gave us the US Constitution andwe consider   the document to be akin to scripture.

It may seem surprising that the LDS Church would love the US Constitution like we do.  Unlike most other Christian denominations, The worldwide LDS Church was initially founded in America by Americans.  However, this fact didn't stop early Mormons from being persecuted and mobbed from their homes in Kirkland Ohio, then Jackson County, MO, and Nauvoo, Ill. 

Persecution was so bad, including the infamous extermination order signed by Missouri Gov. Boggs, the Mormons were forced to leave the US and settle the Rocky Mountains in what was then Mexican Territory. However, even after leaving the US, ever distrustful, the US government sent an occupying Johnston's Army to Salt Lake City to keep their thumb on and control the government in the Utah Territory.   

Despite the many wrongs the early LDS Saints were forced to endure, including exposures to all the downwind nuclear fallout from testing in neighboring Nevada,  the LDS have ever been faithful citizens and patriots.

However, the last 20 years, since the advent of the internet in 1993, I have noticed an increasing trend.  With the easy access to information, corruption in government is being revealed at a faster rate.  Not that their wasn't scandals revealed before the internet, but it seems much more difficult  to keep corruption covered up.  With modern mass communication, we are truly seeing all the secret works of darkness "proclaimed upon the housetops"

3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. (New Testament, Luke, Chapter 12)

However, with each new revelation of corruption, conspiracy, and scandal cones an increasing lose of faith.  The Book of Mormon warns that Secret Combinations infiltrated the free government of the Nephite nation. When the corruption revealed itself at the top levels of government, in response to a particular shock, the people eventually abandoned their government and separated into tribes.

We have seen, since 1913, a continual slide and encroachment on our individual freedom and usurpation of states rights by the federal government.  However, it seems that there has been a great acceleration in the last 20 years. Americans are now seeing our Constitutional freedoms eroded almost on a daily basis. 

The media loved to fear-monger that electing a Mormon President like Mitt Romney, would give the LDS Church secret control over the US Government. The truth is that the LDS Church doesn't even believe in theocracy. Theocracy is a corrupt Catholic/Vatican belief and NOT an LDS Doctrine. 

Theoretically speaking,  If the US were to hand over all power and control of the US government to the LDS Prophet, the first thing he would do is call for Constitutional elections.

The US Constitution is part of the LDS religion, and despite whatever shock's may come, the LDS people will NEVER abandon the US Constitution and the principles of self government. 

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