Gordon B. Hinckley on War and Peace

I am deeply confused about the war in Iraq. Was it right or wrong for us to invade there? Is making war there moral or immoral? Should I support the Bush policies in Iraq or oppose them? I have been an outspoken opponent of the war since before the invasion. I opposed the Gulf War in 1991. I am an anti-war conservative. Politically I am right of the Republican mainstream. All my life I have been anti-communist, opposed to the growth of federal power, admired our Founding Fathers, considered our Constitution sacred as originally written, strongly agreed with the Religious Right on social issues, and believed in a strong military for national defense. During the 1960s I joined the US Marine Corps, and I was a strong supporter of the war in Vietnam because I naively thought it was a war for freedom against communist totalitarianism. I believe in war when it is fought for the right reasons. My twenty-one year old son wants to make a career in the Marines, and I think it is a wonderful idea. I am no peacenik. But I am deeply troubled by the war in Iraq.

My confusion stems from disagreements I have had with close friends whose judgment I trust, people that I love like family. Like me they are deeply religious Mormons. They believe in and receive personal revelation from God by the power of the Holy Ghost just as I do. They love, admire and follow the living prophets just as I do. They understand and strongly believe the Book of Mormon just as I do. Yet we are divided on the Iraq War. They believe that we are fighting there for freedom and democracy, for a just cause, and I believe our invasion and occupation of Iraq is highly immoral because President Bush hasn’t told us the truth about the real reasons for the war, and he is being manipulated by people who do not have our nation’s best interests at heart. To make matters even more confusing, these friends quote my greatest hero, Gordon B. Hinckley, to justify their position. Yet when I read President Hinckley’s remarks, all I can see is justification for my own position. Or, to be more exact, President Hinckley seems to support both sides of the issue equally. This just adds to my confusion.

So this morning I went in search of President Hinckley’s words of counsel hoping that I could resolve the issue. Have I been wrong about this war? I have been wrong before. Could I be wrong this time? Fortunately, I learned that President Hinckley addressed this exact issue in his main talk to General Conference in April of 2003. Unfortunately, after studying the talk, I am just as confused as I was before. In his talk War and Peace he says:

And so I venture to say something about the war and the gospel we teach. I spoke of this somewhat in our October conference of 2001. When I came to this pulpit at that time, the war against terrorism had just begun. The present war is really an outgrowth and continuation of that conflict. Hopefully it is now drawing to a conclusion.

He seems to be saying that the war with Iraq is actually part of the war against terrorism, something that I have not believed but am willing to consider. He also says he hopes the war is now drawing to a conclusion. But that was back in April of 2003. Today we know that the war was not drawing to a conclusion.

Elsewhere he says:

War, of course, is not new. The weapons change. The ability to kill and destroy is constantly refined. But there has been conflict throughout the ages over essentially the same issues.The book of Revelation speaks briefly of what must have been a terrible conflict for the minds and loyalties of God’s children. The account is worth repeating:

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:7-9).

Isaiah speaks further concerning that great conflict (see Isaiah 14:1-–20). Modern revelation gives additional light (see D&C 76:25-29), as does the book of Moses (see Moses 4:1-–4), which tells of Satan’’s plan to destroy the agency of man.

Here he seems to be saying that the current war is part of the eternal struggle between freedom and slavery. If I believed that, then I would be a strong supporter of the war.

But then he goes on to say:

We sometimes are prone to glorify the great empires of the past, such as the Ottoman Empire, the Roman and Byzantine Empires, and in more recent times, the vast British Empire. But there is a darker side to every one of them. There is a grim and tragic overlay of brutal conquest, of subjugation, of repression, and an astronomical cost in life and treasure.The great English essayist Thomas Carlyle once ironically shared the observation, God must needs laugh outright, could such a thing be, to see his wondrous mannikins here below” (quoted in Sartor Resartus [1836], 182). I think our Father in Heaven must have wept as He has looked down upon His children through the centuries as they have squandered their divine birthright in ruthlessly destroying one another.

Here he seems to suggest the possibility that Bush and his neocon advisers are engaged in empire building, not spreading freedom, something that I have firmly believed. But if President Hinckley says it is not so, then I will reconsider.

He continues:

In the course of history tyrants have arisen from time to time who have oppressed their own people and threatened the world. Such is adjudged to be the case presently, and consequently great and terrifying forces with sophisticated and fearsome armaments have been engaged in battle.

I suppose he must be talking about Saddam Hussein here, but why does he use the subjunctive case when he says “Such is adjudged to be the case presently?” Does he think this, or is it merely “adjudged” by others? No one denies that Saddam Hussein was an oppressive dictator. But is that the real reason we attacked him? He was only one of many oppressive dictators, many of which our nation has set up and sustains. And was he really a threat to the world? President Hinckley doesn’t reveal his opinion here. I don’t believe Hussein was a threat to the United States or the world. If my understanding of the world is correct, Saudi Arabia is a much greater threat to the world, and so is China and North Korea. What about India and Pakistan? They both already have nuclear weapons, and they are constantly on the brink of war.

But then he confuses me further by saying:

But modern revelation states that we are to “renounce war and proclaim peace.”” (D&C 98:16)In a democracy we can renounce war and proclaim peace. There is opportunity for dissent. Many have been speaking out and doing so emphatically. That is their privilege. That is their right, so long as they do so legally.

Great. Fine. The Lord says in the Doctrine and Covenants that we must “renounce war and proclaim peace,” and the President of the Church affirms this in General Conference. I guess I’m on the right track by opposing the war.

But then he finally tips his hand. He adds a caveat in which he reveals how he really feels about the situation:

However, we all must also be mindful of another overriding responsibility, which I may add, governs my personal feelings and dictates my personal loyalties in the present situation.

Then he goes on to liken the current situation to the conflict between the Nephites and the Lamanites. He points out that there were times when the Nephites were not only justified in “fighting for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all, yea, for their rites of worship and their church,” (Alma 43:45) but they are actually commanded by God to “Defend your families even unto bloodshed.” (Alma 43:47) Apparently, President Hinckley feels that this is such a situation.

He goes even further than that:

It is clear from these and other writings that there are times and circumstances when nations are justified, in fact have an obligation, to fight for family, for liberty, and against tyranny, threat, and oppression.When all is said and done, we of this Church are people of peace. We are followers of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, who was the Prince of Peace. But even He said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”” (Matthew 10:34).

He even goes so far as to add:

It may even be that He will hold us responsible if we try to impede or hedge up the way of those who are involved in a contest with forces of evil and repression.

What am I to do? My personal opinion is different from the personal opinion of the Prophet? He seems to have bought into the propaganda that Bush honestly wants to establish “democracy” in Iraq, and is not waging war for empire as I have believed. From my point of view, President Hinckley seems to be deceived. But how can I be sure that I am not the one being deceived? If President Hinckley is right, then I have to discount the teachings of President Benson who thought that a modern Gadianton Robber band had gained power over both our national political parties and reigned in Washington, D.C. Was President Benson deceived? I do know that he is a dead prophet, and he himself taught that following a living prophet is more important than following a dead one.

And why did President Hinckley make the case so well for both sides? Why did he stress that he was only voicing his “personal” feelings and “personal” loyalties in the “present situation?” I would hate to have a personal opinion that was different from the personal opinion of the Lord’s Prophet unless I had a really good reason. After all, the Lord has testified to me by the power of the Holy Ghost that Gordon B. Hinckley is His Man here on earth. Maybe I have been wrong about this. Maybe I’m right, but the Lord wants me to support the war anyway. Could that possibly be? If I am right, then President Bush and the neocons who manipulate him are trying to set up a corporate, fascist dictatorship here in the USA. And they seek to ultimately extend that dictatorship to include the whole earth even if they have to start a global, nuclear war to do it. If I’m right, and if they succeed, then perhaps I am endangering my life and my family by agitating against this war. Could that be? Maybe that is why the Lord wants me to follow the prophet even though he is wrong about the Iraq war being a struggle between freedom and slavery.

Can all of you see how confused I am? I feel like I’m groping in the dark. I guess I’ll have to ask the Lord and see what he thinks. I hope that he will bless me with the wisdom to sort this out.

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48 Responses to Gordon B. Hinckley on War and Peace

  1. Steve Warren says:

    It’s OK to disagree with President Hinckley’s stance on the war, and it’s OK to disagree with other Church leaders. Sometimes, they are flat-out wrong, even in doctrinal matters. When we raise our hands to sustain them, we are sustaining them as the Lord’s authorized servants, not as the Lord’s “infallible” authorized servants.

  2. Kristine says:

    Do you have a source for Hinckley’s original quote that you posted? Thanks.

  3. Kristine says:

    Would you please disclose the name of the talk from the first quote by Hinckley? I can’t find it.

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  7. Because I have a testimony and I am certain the Church holds the true priesthood of Jesus Christ, I can only account for our Church leaders associating and even endorsing the Gadianton Robbers in our government by assuming it is a strategem as that word is used in the Book of Mormon. Obviously they are trying to protect the Church from the kind of persecution we endured during the early years.

    Elder McConkie in General Conference years ago and Boyd K. Packer and Jeffrey R. Holland more recently have confirmed that in the future we saints will endure persecution beyond anything we have experienced in the past. I accept this with a sense of unspeakable horror. But I know that it is in perfect harmony with the prophecies in the standard works. Great persecution is coming to the Latter-day Saints.

    What effect will that have upon the world wide missionary work? Our temple building around the world? Our family history work? The flow of sacred tithing money that the Church uses for fulfilling its mission to proclaim the gospel, strengthen the saints and redeem the dead? Such a persecution could only bring most of such work to a halt.

    Therefore, it is in the interests of the Lord and his prophets, to postpone such persecution as long as possible. We are a nation in embryo. And a nation does not go to war without marshaling its resources and armies for the task. Such preparation often takes many years.

    I believe our leaders are cooperating with modern Gadianton Robbers in order to buy time. Perhaps our leaders do not even know all the reasons for what the Lord has asked them to do. But Christ knows. And we are in his hands.

    Because the Church is true, there must be a good reason for this apparent betrayal and capitulation in the battle for freedom. I have faith that the Church is true, so there must be some good explanation that has not yet been explained to me. But I trust in the Lord that he knows what he is doing. If he wants me to join some other Church, I’m sure he will let me know. He is the one that directed me into this one so many years ago.

    Oh yeah, almost forgot. The Founding Fathers may have had some Masonic connection, but we judge men “according to their fruits.” This is how we root out wolves in sheep’s clothing. Clearly our Founders were good men serving God’s purposes in separating from England and creating the Constitution. Perhaps they and Joseph Smith were associated with some renegade, good faction of Masonry. I do not know. But I know that the results were good. For over 200 years it gave us a greater degree of freedom and prosperity than the world has ever before known, not perfectly free, but more free than others throughout the world and throughout history.

  8. dave777 says:

    ON a shorter note I gave the above information in showing relevant items as to how I began to see a bigger picture of how things are orchestrated and had to see things I did not wish to know.

    What is apparent in the immediate subject is that prophets have a duty to shout the warning as watchmen from the tower or whistle blowers to the people. Prophets in the Bible like Jeramiah and many others spoke out on political issues when it was not popular to do so as the BOM says Nephi did from the tower to the people. When he blew the whistle on the secret conbos in the government.
    The prophets speak for the effect they have on the people as they raise the warning voice against evil in high places. I have not seen the protection of wealth from anything including tax exempt status keep the prophets silent on controversial issues in the scriptures.
    Instead of following the pattern of whistle blowing from the scriptures It looks like President Hinckley used powerful oratory techniques to bring strong feelings through stories of those willing to sacrifice their lives to defend all that we hold sacred ( which is implied is being threatened by the Iraqi nation) and tying in the words of Moroni to tell us this is our sacred duty. Also using a sales technique which is used to overcome objections by showing empathy for the view of the prospect and explaining how we held a similar view but realized something else was more important which changed our position on the matter such as i know how you feel , as he points out evils of war , I felt that way about this but now i realize However, we all must also be mindful of another overriding responsibility, which I may add, governs my personal feelings and dictates my personal loyalties in the present situation. And here he tells us how our prophet leader realizes that despite all the bad things we might have considered about war in general or this war that he has discerned an overriding responsibility which if we are like him or follow his lead we will also realize OVERRIDES our feelings and concerns about supporting this war. This is very powerful , He knows the power of his influence and the power of the story and commitment of the young man willing to die and the family willing to sacrifice him and the power of our belief in Moroni and he associates all this righteous desire to stand up and protect all that is sacred to us with a war that is anything but that from our side and where the plight of Iraqi people being bombed by our forces resembles the nephits more than does the good ol USA’s so called preemptive attack on a nation that threatened the USA ‘s domination of energy markets by the petro dollar having to compete with the proposed euro petro market which Saddam Husain threatened to create just before the demonizing of him became our nations nightly news theme. GBH effectively accomplished just what those wicked and conspiring men who lead and deceived us into this war wanted him to do with his influence on our people. Now does that make any kind of sense for God’s prophet to be doing? Why would he serve them so well? Why would byu shut down the professor exposing he 911 sham which helped sell the war. Why would he greet Dick Cheny at BYU and have the anti Cheny demonsrations shut down at BYU after mountains of evidence showed Cheny mislead the American public in order to gain support to enter the war on false premise. And has anyone seen the photos of GBH shaking hands with Cheny and Thomas Monson using the same grip with GW Bush at a later date? i have seen on you tube and the Masonic grip used is telling about secret associating between leaders as we see in so many photos of world leader using Masonic grips to greet each other not to mention what they look like to lds folks who have seen such things elsewhere. the above long post has detail on this and other related items pertinent to the subject which makes this understandable but not pleasing to see

  9. dave777 says:

    Making sense of the contradictions in belief and reality

    HI John Marc and others dealing with the inner confusion brought on by the messages delivered in the 2003 war and peace talk .my name is Dave
    I am pasting items from the talk here which I think have had great sway in producing a belief that the prophet was endorsing the war to the saints as they are relevant to my posting. Particularly those in bold type for the emotional stirring to patriotism and affiliating such feelings with duty to support the governments decision to go to war.

    Hinckley on war

    In the course of history tyrants have arisen from time to time who have oppressed their own people and threatened the world. Such is adjudged to be the case presently, and consequently great and terrifying forces with sophisticated and fearsome armaments have been engaged in battle.
    Many of our own Church members have been involved in this conflict. We have seen on television and in the press tearful children clinging to their fathers in uniform, going to the battlefront.
    In a touching letter I received just this week, a mother wrote of her Marine son who is serving for the second time in a Middle Eastern war. She says that at the time of his first deployment, “he came home on leave and asked me to go for a walk. . . . He had his arm around me and he told me about going to war. He . . . said, ‘Mom, I have to go so you and the family can be free, free to worship as you please. . . . And if it costs me my life . . . then giving my life is worth it.’ ” He is now there again and has written to his family recently, saying, “I am proud to be here serving my nation and our way of life. . . . I feel a lot safer knowing our Heavenly Father is with me.”
    There are other mothers, innocent civilians, who cling to their children with fear and look heavenward with desperate pleadings as the earth shakes beneath their feet and deadly rockets scream through the dark sky.
    There have been casualties in this terrible conflict, and there likely will be more. Public protests will likely continue. Leaders of other nations have, in no uncertain terms, condemned the coalition strategy.
    The question arises, “Where does the Church stand in all of this?”
    First, let it be understood that we have no quarrel with the Muslim people or with those of any other faith. We recognize and teach that all the people of the earth are of the family of God. And as He is our Father, so are we brothers and sisters with family obligations one to another.
    But as citizens we are all under the direction of our respective national leaders. They have access to greater political and military intelligence than do the people generally. Those in the armed services are under obligation to their respective governments to execute the will of the sovereign. When they joined the military service, they entered into a contract by which they are presently bound and to which they have dutifully responded.
    One of our Articles of Faith, which represent an expression of our doctrine, states, “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law” (Articles of Faith 1:12).
    But modern revelation states that we are to “renounce war and proclaim peace” (D&C 98:16).
    In a democracy we can renounce war and proclaim peace. There is opportunity for dissent. Many have been speaking out and doing so emphatically. That is their privilege. That is their right, so long as they do so legally. However, we all must also be mindful of another overriding responsibility, which I may add, governs my personal feelings and dictates my personal loyalties in the present situation.
    When war raged between the Nephites and the Lamanites, the record states that “the Nephites were inspired by a better cause, for they were not fighting for . . . power but they were fighting for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all, yea, for their rites of worship and their church.
    “And they were doing that which they felt was the duty which they owed to their God” (Alma 43:45–46).
    The Lord counseled them, “Defend your families even unto bloodshed” (Alma 43:47).
    And Moroni “rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.
    “And he fastened on his headplate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren” (Alma 46:12–13).
    It is clear from these and other writings that there are times and circumstances when nations are justified, in fact have an obligation, to fight for family, for liberty, and against tyranny, threat, and oppression.
    When all is said and done, we of this Church are people of peace. We are followers of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, who was the Prince of Peace. But even He said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34).

    President Gordon B. Hinckley, April 2003

    If my view on this takes too long to express I am sorry but it is not useless rambling it actually tie my thoughts or the background information together and there is reason for sharing all that is mentioned. I realize I am not a great writer but I have indeed studied the subjects at hand and feel I have something valid to share.

    I just read your thoughts and concerns over the talks given by Brother Hinckley on the wars that the USA has plunged the resources of America into. I am writing you because I have asked many of those same questions and with a similar point of reference as you were at that time and was troubled by the apparent incongruity of the heart rending emotional triggers for supporting the protection of Liberty family and our religion just like Moroni fought to defend while espousing those same values long ago as contrasted with my own conviction that these wars were not for righteousness as we were told by the media (and I think implied by association in the talk as well ) but rather a continuation of the highly profitable wars that enrich enterprises such as Halliburton KBR Bechtel, all the defense industry and of course the fed bank that loans the money for all these wars. Yes my view which would be in line with what president Benson was alluding to in his support of organizations exposing the conspiratorial nature of the banking industry and the control of the government Yes that government which we are told is democratic by those whom defenders of the constitution tell us are the people who are supporting the conspiracy to destroy the republic., The republic which the founders are said to have given us with the help of God..

    Hey I just wonder what you have learned in your search since 2005 when you wrote of your struggle between what your heart told you was true and some of what you were hearing from the pulpit in conference.
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    I have prayed much and felt the direction was to study it out and look deeper into the roots and power behind the organizations that hold the power and influence over us and our government and our sources of information. I wonder what you have found as you sound so much like me in the desire to know and do what is right…. and trying to do this while feeling uncomfortable with what appear to be things contradicting what our hearts tell us should be right as in the days of Nephi when he prayed and then spoke to the people from his garden tower just as I prayed Ezra Taft Benson would do before he spoke that day in October 1988 general conference and said the tiny phrase or two on the subject which I had prayed he would boldly speak out upon as Nephi did. Fyi he said a secret combination had gained control in our government and was increasing its influence in the world or words to that effect.

    I think that if we tried to look at the GBH talk from an unbiased perspective as maybe a non member analyst of behavioral science and looked at the effect of the talk then I think we would have to notice that if the talk was delivered with the intent to come across as a man of God who desired peace while effectively using techniques to play upon the feelings and loyalties and beliefs of the audience he was addressing to stir them to feel a sense of duty and loyalty to support the war by tying it to the defense of all that we hold most dear to our hearts….. then he did a masterful job of accomplishing just that. And that is a very disturbing realization when we are of the belief that GBH is God’s Prophet leading God’s church. So we just have to think of a way that he did such a professional job at accomplishing just what those in power would want him to do with his influence among our people while still being God’s Prophet.

    If you have looked beneath the surface organizations such as the council on foreign relations the royal institute of international affairs the Bilderberg group the round table etc to the organizations which…… like the hand moving the glove as the spirit moves the body like we used to tell people as missionaries then you will find more and more secretive societies with many being Masonic ,Which interlink the outward think tanks, foundations and non gov organizations which have gained so much power as to dominate presidential cabinets and pivotal positions in intelligence ,business, banking, media , education etc and yes religion.. Except not ours of course. And I should add create the European Union.
    As a patriot to the ideal of America you were probably dismayed when GHW Bush was knighted as was Allen Greenspan by the Queen of England for their great service to the empire. As I looked at all this and saw the Masonic orders which linked all these power brokers for lack of a better word I got a view which made more sense but became more disturbing the deeper I looked. While membership in orders such as skull and bones the order of the garter the order of Saint John of Jerusalem ,the Knights of Malta the the society of Jesus also know as the Jesuits whose oaths you might be shocked to read as also those taken by the Scottish Rite or York Rite Freemasons or the order of the eastern star etc. Yes I am going somewhere with this.

    You will find that masonry and usually high degree in the Masonic lodge is the common link between so many secret orders and organizations and those key players who organize the outward political think tanks whose members get the key positions of power in government corporate directorships and the above stated positions of influence. Royalty, as in kings queens and princes tend to be in positions of great power in these behind the scenes organizations and orders. In fact if I could advance the unthinkable then I would say that what if the Kings and Queens of the earth along with other wealthy elite realized that it is easier to govern a people who believe they are free? add that to scriptures that tell us to obey our political leaders. That somehow was irrelevant to our founders who started a rebellion against the king of England whom we are supposed to honor sustain and obey. As the bible also indicates.

    Let’s look at the BOM and recall that it says the Gadiantons had gained control o the government by having its members in key positions of power. Could that be done in our day so that instead of being the target of criticism that a royal family or group of elitists could be influencing what direction a government took through means of secret societies in orders which they stood at the head of ? Could they get their men and women in key positions by election from multiple parties? Could those key players then pick cabinet members almost exclusively from the network of the societies and think tanks such as the Council on Foreign Relations members who flood our presidential cabinets whether we have a democrat or a republican in the oval office?

    Would it help if governments were corporations and the elite were preferred stock holders in said corporations and preferred stock holders in privately held banks which had monopolistic control over the currency of the country? As in the fed banks Yes I said banks because America is not alone in being in the fed banking cartels grip.
    (This might be a good place to add that although almost all nations are said to have a central bank the likes of and related to our own privately held fed bank . I have read that Iraq did not. Also Iraq threatened to loosen the U.S. domination of the energy market by creating a euro petro market to displace the petro dollar which gives such power to America, after this they suddenly were demonized and the dictator compared to Hitler as an effective way of gaining political support for a war against an enemy that posed an economic threat that our leaders did not want to name as the reason for the war.)
    Continuing on .
    Let me tie some of this together a bit better for you so it starts to become a picture that makes more sense. Although it gets painful.

    As Americans we often fail to look at the rest of the world like we do at our own country. We are conditioned to believe we are so unique. God set up our nation to lead the world to freedom and allow the gospel to be restored right.? See Mark E Peterson’s work the great prologue. Our revolution was sacred and different from all the other wars that the bad guys engineer for profit and to advance the conspiracy that Elder Benson and the John Birch Society said was trying to take over our great free land and replace with communism right? Just like we are warned of in Ether chapter 8 in the BOM. So why do our prophets not speak out like Nephi? why are some high profile members in the CFR?

    Well when we get a better look at other nations we find out the the evil private fed reserve bank is not unique to the USA.
    We discover the other nations somehow gained their so called freedom whether by war or by gift and that independence is stressed as a great thing and that the people are free to vote for who and what they like while they all become slaves to the banking system through their governments actions and a national debt similar to our own dilemma in America.Since members of the same network of secret societies dominate multiple political parties and positions of power in these counties as well.

    The dots connect more when we read the treaty our great leaders made with Britain when we won our Independence. Read it ….We lost the war! What? Read it and tell me they negotiated a treaty from a position of victory. I read a great essay called
    America is still a British colony prior to my actually reading the treaty. Our people were enslaved to the Royal British banks as soon as we signed the treaty. Our country was occupied by British troops for years after the treaty. The war was supposedly fought over taxation without representation. We traded paying a tax we knew went to the king to a debt that went to secretly to the king and continued this as the corporation of the USA whose stock holders were the British royalty and elite. Just a name change from the Virginia company to the USA a corporation originally of London and later of a place also foreign to the states which we call the district of Columbia. Said corp borrowed money from private fed bank which I read may be tied to the iIMFand Bank of England and said debt for interest charged on fiat money loaned is collected by another private corporation out of Puerto Rico called the IRS said also to be affiliated with the IMFand Bank of England.

    I am not going to get into the story of how our fed bank was set up under Rothschild J.P Morgan and Rockefeller control and funding as this info is all available with the organisations that president Benson endorsed as protecting our constitution and sounding the warning of truth against the enemy of all righteousness. what I am saying is that it not unique to our country to have the economy and people become subservient to such a bank.

    . Sooo in case you have ever written a check to the IRS You may have looked at the back like I did and said why is it stamped cashed by the federal reserve bank? Well maybe because the corporation of the USA that borrowed money using our labor as collateral among other things is in default to the creditor?

    Bottom line is where is the money going and who is really ruling us? It seems to point to London probably more than elsewhere.

    It certainly makes it easier and more profitable to rule the colonies this way aka corporations which are investments for the European elite families.

    We will jump into the wars that enrich the elite to defend our sacred values and protect our blessed country which we have reason to believe is what God wants us to do. all this while the same banking groups finance both sides of the wars.

    When we do so we play into the hands of the elite who orchestrate said wars for great profit from multiple sources in companies they presumably should hold stock in ranging from the euphemistically named Defense contractors and supporting material and service suppliers to the banking system that creates the money out of thin air to lend at interest to the governments on both sides of the wars to pay the defense contracting companies they must have some ownership in. or miss huge profits which is so unlike them. Wow. Is that slick or what?

    So the heart breaker is when you go from believing that the bad wars started after our great revolution and that the CFR got control of the government in later times to seeing that almost all countries in the new world follow a pattern of becoming what they think is independent and living in financial bondage as we do and realizing that out country fits a pattern from …. yes its beginning.

    It gets harder to face as we look deeper. As we look at where the power brokers have common association in secretive orders such as Masonry and if we look deeper into Masonry and the demonic sounding blood oaths which were dropped as part of certain ritualistic ceremonies in 1986 which was 4 years before the last easily recognizable vestiges of the same penalties representing such oaths
    were dropped from our own ceremonies which I did recognize when I viewed the Masonic rendition of the blood oaths and the symbols representing the penalties which corresponded perfectly to what i knew from personal experience in our faith. I AM NOT GOING DESCRIBE ANYTHING WE CONSIDER SACRED HERE .

    The handshakes / tokens were similar or the same depending on degree vs our covenant which was deeply disturbing to view. I decided I must be brave and let the truth be what it may even though i was seeing things I never anticipated and revealed painful evidences of origin of what I believed was from revelation to a prophet rather than borrowed ceremonial specifics whose timeline for introduction to our faith was impossible to ignore.

    I read more into Masonry and saw the statements taught by Josephs Smiths Satanic contemporary Albert Pike. The most celebrated Masonic leader for Masonry in our time and confederate General who taught in his masterpiece of teaching to the higher degree Masons the book morals and dogma. He teaches that the advanced master mason must learn to harness the seething energies of Lucifer. Also that they must learn the true Luciferian doctrine. Yep just a little satanic in my view along with the rest I saw . So what is a prophet of God doing joining up with this organization and bringing the oaths that were gradually dropped from the endowment into our religion? Some folks believe it was so he could teach truths to people in a way they already recognized by tying in covenants to key signs tokens and penalties they already knew.

    Don’t worry I am not going to name anything specifically and this all does tie in.

    But why did they have to organize a Masonic lodge in the city beautiful and bring the people into masonry to give them the endowment if they were already familiar with secret masonic rituals?

    Well lets toss in another tidbit and bring some of this full circle.

    If we study how we got into the war on terror and who is behind it or alleged to be. How profitable it is for the right companies and how the 911 deal is so pivotal to plunging the American public into a war without end with an unseen enemy that can be any country that the insiders want to attack , for whatever additional purpose to the basic motivations for creating an endless opportunity for war may be. Such as protecting the petro dollar or getting the Taliban out of the way so the oil companies can get a pipeline to make money selling more oil to the Chinese or any other advantage for the elite.
    We see that the official story of planes taking down the buildings is beyond stupid and we see plenty of evidence that it looks like demolition work and that the government wants us to believe the unbelievable on how it happened and that it enables conspirators to have the ability to sell the war they wanted and we see the Christian right preaching support of the neocons to the people and we see our church leaders have the same effect in events as such powerful speeches as given by GBH which touch our emotions and fire blind patriotism by associating values of protecting family country and our religion and way of life and tying it to our book of Mormon heroes like Moroni. Those statements i pasted in have a powerful effect on many people in the Church and I have heard them quoted in gospel doctrine class as proof the prophet endorsed the war. This was the effect while others like us may say well he said the British empire has a dark side so we just think he is protecting the tax exemption of the church since tax exemptions are as important as Standing for Something.
    We later see the BYU professor giving strong evidence to show 911 was an inside demolition job and the Church putting a quick end to his publicity of this evidence, We also see the Church shut down anti Dick Cheney demonstrations at BYU when he came to visit and then we see photos of GBH shaking hands with him in a Masonic grip that will make your skin crawl when you see it along with Thomas Monson giving the same grip to GW Bush in a meeting between those 2 In a later meeting.
    Those moments can be found on youtube and other places on the internet. Hey maybe the photos are doctored? It did not seem likly to be done by those who posted them seeing what they had to say though.
    .
    Well this makes things make sense but not the sense we hoped to make of it if we believe that the wars were only evil after our sacred revolution and that the conspirators had control and influence in government, education etc and other churches but not ours.

    The fact seems to be though that the effect of what is said by our church leaders seems to be to bring the mind of the members in line with supporting the agenda of those who belong to what Ezra Taft Benson and the organisations he endorsed as protecting freedom and our constitution called Insiders ,Conspirators and servants of Satan in bringing in his One World Government
    or New Order of the Ages as I believe the translation of the words on the seal on back of our 1 dollar bill gives it.
    If these Brethren were shutting down opposition in the Church and at BYU to the Agenda being put forth publicly by Bush and Cheney and greeting them with Masonic handshakes which resemble things many of us will recognise with horror, then it becomes very uncomfortable to consider how logical it looks to view the actions and talks of the brethren as cooperation with Evil and conspiring men such as those who have sold our country into a war that has murdered many many innocent people whom we hear called collateral damage instead of human beings. And a puppet government controlled like ours is through secret societies is hailed as freedom worth the lives of the sacrificed citizens of the countries we bomb the hospitals, water supplies and residential neighborhoods of in the name of liberation from the tyrant that ruled before we killed hundreds of thousands of family members just trying to live in peace.

    I wanted an explanation that was not contrary to my faith but instead I studied history, secret societies and church history beyond what we were told and I had to face mountains of discrepancies cover up ,lies, rewritten history ,changed revelations and doctrines and scripture and an insanely different version of how polygamy came about and was practiced ,along with the incredible doctrines taught as recorded in the journal of discourses compared to what is now taught and of course the public denial of polygamy as being a doctrine or that we teach that God was a man and we can become Gods by GBH on Larry King live etc.

    The Neil Maxwell Institute at BYU formerly called F.A.R.M.S. at farms.org and also fairmormon.org are apologetic organizations that try to rationalize what they cant deny in the huge disparity between what we are taught and what history records. Between what does and does not support the tenant of being the true church. Some arguments are almost enough and some are just amazing that anyone can stretch a scenario that far to make something wrong appear right. At least that’s how they look to a lot of people who are struggling to deal with the facts after finding out the sanitized version of church history we got in order to promote our faith in the church and the brethren was far from accurate.

    Unfortunately things make more sense when they are not what we had hoped was true with regard to the Church.

    Perhaps you have found answers that are more comforting than what I have found. Maybe there are answers to explain all this and a mountain of historical problems with the Church I have not detailed which i did allude to discovering as I sought the truth.

    If you do seek to find the truth you must know your world may cave in by discovering what you don’t want to face and when you find the mountain of real evidence is more than what you thought your unshakable testimony could withstand . Then life could get very complicated in how you deal with what you then have found.

    .Although there are organizations where people are dealing with their crisis of faith after discovering the unthinkable and some are for people who decide to stay in the Church after facing the discrepancies and dishonesty I have not figured out how they can be honest with themselves or others in the church while in Sunstone and the like. I am not a member to any of the groups at the moment nor have I been. I am not condeming members of such groups only saying I have not found them an answer to such disturbing discrepancies and how I can deal with them.

    There are those with agendas to convert to other faiths or to get back at or expose the church or to stay in the church while acknowledging the realities of historical problems and then there are those with the apologetic organizations who I just cant believe either in the stretching they do to make black look white.

    Beyond this I look deeper and say who owns the preferred stock in the corporations the church owns. And if it is as it appears to be when the influence of a president of the Church is brought to bear in conference to cause the people to feel they must support a wicked war how can I not feel that they are working willingly with the conspiracy to enslave us all ,which in fact is already very much a reality as it moves to a more complete destruction of our agency which we are taught by the same organization is to be prized as God’s gift . If they serve this conspiracy am I not bound to expose and fight against what I thought was my Gods own Church?

    I had better be certain lest I be a son of perdition in so doing, but how could I be such an one while I HONESTLY SEEK THROUGH STUDY AND PRAYER TO FIND AND DO RIGHT?

  10. Jake says:

    Thanks a lot for your words John. I have had the same questions that you have had and I have been down the same confusing path trying to get answers. What really added to my confusion was BYU’s decision to give Dick Cheney an honorary doctrate for social service in April 2007. I mean seriously? I continue to hold out hope that the church leadership is not ignorant of the fact that, to most of the world, we in the Christian West are the Gadianton Robbers. Now that Obama is furthering Bush’s militaristic ambitions it should be pretty clear to everyone that voting does very little to change the direction in Washington. The government no longer serves the people and both parties have a common master. I have given up looking to the prophet for answers on issues like this that effect the world so greatly. If I want to hear warm and fuzzy stories about service or see examples of poor real estate decisions, I will tune in to Salt Lake. The church leadership should stand up for righteousness even if it does jeopardize the church’s special status and tax privileges. Hopefully they will make a stand in April……
    Here’s a clip of Cheney being rewarded for all of his humanitarian efforts.

    Is it just the music, or does this clip seem creepy to anyone else?

  11. Trevor says:

    Get involved with Tea Party meetings in your area or start one. Help take back the government and keep our representatives accountable to We The People, the true sovereigns of this nation.

  12. bmatkin says:

    John R.
    A dear friend pointed me to this article, he is a mormon (as am I) but sort of tips to the left. After reading this article and working on his points of view, I can say that you, he and most of the responders to this post don’t get it.
    I am also a Canadian, and as such have even more doubts about the Iraq mess and no reason to like Pres. Bush.
    The part that the left and most people don’t get is that, G. Bush isn’t important in the topic. Whether or not he started the war for good reasons or not is irrelevant. (Personally, I think he is just a mediocre president and probably beholden to many groups, similar to my opinion of Pres.Clinton and Pres. Obama)
    (Different groups, different problems, different corruption)
    Back to the thread, It doesn’t matter that Pres.Bush had no policy in place for transforming Iraq, or that his intelligence was flawed. (Those that say Bush lies People die are just plain biased and stupid)
    It doesn’t matter that he dropped the opportunity to do something decent (there) in the short days after the Iraq army was no more. It wouldn’t even matter if his goal was the Iraqi oil, which it obviously wasn’t.
    The important thing is that for some quirk of history, we are in Iraq and we need to do something smart.
    All this talk by the left is just counterproductive to the Iraqi people, particularly the women and children that have and will suffer. Harry Reid , (another Mormon) said we lost the war. How is that helpful. If he had come up with a plan to get us out without a humanitarian disaster, then good.
    Fact, we are stuck there. Do something smart.
    To the Blogger that said republicans wouldn’t have supported a war started by Bill Clinton. Are you Stupid? Bill Clinton went into lots of wars. Bosnia, Mogidishu and so on. Even missiled an aspirin factory to cover up his oval office foibles.
    Did the Republicans diss him like the Dems did Pres. Bush over these stupid wars. No. We have history on that subject and you don’t know it or chose to ignore it. You stupid Moron. I have zero tolerance for drivel like that.
    Vietnam was started by JFK, most people think it was Pres. Nixon. Did Repubs diss that war, no, they stood up for it when the Riots at the Dems convention were sucking the life out of America.
    Now to Prophets and war. Show me in history where a prophet embraced a secular war. The apostles (peter and such) went out of their way not to get political, even though there was a great opportunity there.
    I think it was Pres. Grant during WWII and if my memory is correct he gave his blessing (so to speak) to the lives of allied soldiers and an end to hostilities rather than an outright godly endorsement of the war. Correct me if I’m wrong. I obviously haven’t read everything he wrote.
    To the person (bruce) who had a problem with the fat women in the temple and the word of wisdom. The word of wisdom isn’t the requirement for the temple. When was the last time your bishop asked you if you had that extra T-bone last week. The entire word of wisdom is advice not constraint, read it will you. However, booze, Caffeine and “drugs” (which isn’t mentioned in the W of W) are by revelation no-nos.
    Why, a little wine isn’t really a problem? We are required from time to time to obey some law because Heavenly Father said so. Take it up with HIM if you have a problem.
    To Jim: The Iraq war isn’t illegal, immoral maybe, but under the U.N. rules that S. Hussein was supposed to live up to, he pretty well broke them all. Get your facts straight.. Prophets do not as a rule pontificate on international issues. The only issue the church has taken a stand on lately is the protection of hetero marriage. Why does everyone expect that the prophets will do all your thinking for you. Get a life and get the spirit. (Which I don’t have right now because I’m angry at the stupid posters)
    In closing I do know that feeding your political enemies into a wood chipper is evil, and if you can live with that, then I really think you’re just lazy or at worst aiding and abetting world dictatorships.
    The U.S. really didn’t have to go to war with Hitler either. That was a choice made by Congress and FDR, yes Germany declared war on the U.S. first, but it would have been real easy to get a side deal. If fact, it was offered to both the English and the Americans, (see Rudolph Hess)(See OSS files Switzerland) Technically FDR was breaking the law in aiding the English before the declaration of war by Congress. So, I suppose you thought it o.k. to let Hitler massacre millions of Europeans? NO? Then why let S. Hussein off the hook. Perhaps you only object to millions, not hundreds of thousands. You’re lazy and duplicitous.
    Had we not gone to war with Iraq, would you be speaking out about female mutilation, gassing Kurds,
    repression of basic Liberty, even killing Gays? If you were not actively attacking this corrupt dictatorship and others before the war, I fail to see how you have any credibility after it started.
    Dragging the prophets and God into this subject before using history, fact and logic and somehow waiting for the Spirit to direct you is just plain lazy. The answers are all in History, therefore it is unlikely, to my mind, that anyone is getting a Spiritual message about world affairs;personal maybe. If you didn’t know there were pacifists in large numbers in the U.S. before WWII, the VietNam war, the Civil War, any war, you haven’t done all you can before asking for help.

    In conclusion, I don’t agree with Pres. Bush on much.
    (You will note I use respectful terms when taking about people who held or hold office regardless of their positions)
    I think until Gen. Petraeus came along that Iraq was a huge mistake, and it may still be. I wouldn’t have made that call, I would have used other more insidious ways including continuous propaganda at home and abroad. Having said that, we’re there now, do something smart, figure out how to get out without a huge blood bath and a regional destabilization by Iran. Can’t you think in two logic levels at once?
    Pres. Bush is gone as is Pres. Clinton, so far it doesn’t look like Pres. Obama has much of a clue about anything, but time will tell, as history always does.

  13. Michael says:

    Don’t you know the Lord is with me that has punished the world for the sake of the Son and the Father…? I give you the warning to prepare. If not, then the Lord my God will decide something for them. I will have pity.

  14. Michael says:

    Where is the United Order…? Where is the Plan of Salvation that I seek for the Lord…? Where are the people of faith…?

  15. bruce says:

    Why do fat people get temple recommends?Oh were supposed to buy that they have glandular problems.How about the TRUTH they have no discipline with their eating habits thus not really obeying the word of wisdom,but lets appoint them to be relief society presidents

  16. bruce says:

    Prophet,I now doubt that . George Bush is pure evil,if Gordon B or the apostles coud’nt see that , somethings wrong

  17. Jim says:

    John,

    I am completely flying by the seat of my pants here as I respond to your blog posting. I actually stumbled upon it while I was looking up some information on things that Ezra Taft Benson had said during General Conference many years ago.

    I find the subject interesting and confusing. Now I have not read the other comments so I don’t know what position they have taken so my comments are purely based on your posting. If I am repeating other comments or contradicting them I apologize. This is merely my own opinion in response.

    You are good to carefully analyze the words of the living Prophets. I would submit that this opinion however. President Hinckley when he spoke, as do any of the General Authorities, must be very careful in what they say and write anymore. This church is an international church now. We have members in nearly every country on the planet. When in conference, when listening to those talks I think we have a tendency to look at them as merely applying to us and forget that he is speaking to the world in all their political environments.

    The key is in the word adjudged as you pointed out. You see even the prophet can only respond and make personal judgments based on how good his information is. Albeit he definitely has a leg up on us, he still can only act and speak in accordance with his own personal knowledge and with what he knows through inspiration is correct and right. The word ‘adjudged’ lends itself to be passive implying that it is based on external information. President Hinckley himself clarified that it was his personal opinion, even though he stated it over the pulpit.

    Further as I have studied the words of Prophets living and past I in my opinion believe that we are in that prophesied time of when the heavens would be closed for the 15 minutes of silence. I base this opinion on comparisons of what prophets said per 1970 and how they said it to now. I see now a trend and I have to ask myself why 15 minutes of silence. The answer is multi-faceted however the reason for it I want to point out is this.

    The Prophets no longer issue controversial statements from the pulpit that could cause disturbances in the general member ship (remember they are /General/ Authorities). Their council is basic, rarely even do you hear anymore council to get food storage, or for admonition for us to make significant life changing changes in our personal lives. You still get it, but often times it is either masked subtly so only those with “…eyes to see and ears to hear…” will catch it.

    Instead what you hear more today are basic generalities that if followed will guide you carefully to better attunement with the whisperings of the spirit. My question is why? Do we not need more than ever specific direction given from The Prophet than ever before? To me, the answer comes in two scriptures.

    The first being where the Lord declares that we should not be commanded in all things. The second is in the Old Testament where two of the sons of Israel went out about the camps of the outcast Israelite nation and began to prophesy (notice the capitalization). Inflamed, some of Moses priests went to Moses to complain, to which The Prophet declared that all would be prophets.

    More so than ever we are being tested that we will be as a prophet, receiving personal revelation to direct us for our salvation. Zion will not be established by the general membership of the church but rather by those who have proven themselves to be prophets.

    So in conclusion, I believe that you were right on the money in believing that the Iraqi war was/is illegal. You listened to the spirit. However, we are subject to kings, magistrates, presidents etc. and we must sustain and uphold the law where ever we may reside, insomuch as it does not contradict the fundamentals of the gospel. In many regards the Iraq war is an international, world, war. The Prophet of the /world/ therefore must address it from that standpoint and not merely just from an American standpoint.

    • canon myburgh says:

      Jim, I also agree with you! I would also like to add that the church must delicately go about without raising attention to Satan’s force—those seeking control of the world. As you touched on, I believe this is why they don’t anymore go about stressing food storage, and are objective to both sides of the war on terrorism, and many controversial issues. Also, it is so stressed to read the Book of Mormon—why if only a hundredth part could be included, why is so much of it on war and the defining of when we are right in warfare? If we study it, we can know exactly if we are excersizing r Interestingly, I don’t know if all wards get this, but ours periodically, gets old conference issues of the ensign for all of the members to take. In there are the stressed talks on food storage, and other issues that aren’t so boldly professed over the pulpit anymore. Remember, we are at war with Satan! Satan’s side may not even yet realize who its opposing force is. The chosen leaders are boldly building the kingdom of God, finding all in the world who wish to be on His side all while quietly and discreetly going about preparing for war with Satan! I feel that we must just have faith, faith in our Lord and Savior that He knows what he is doing, that He knows how we are going to win this war for we know that we will win!

    • canon myburgh says:

      sorry, something happened when i was adding in the part of the book of mormon and i couldn’t correct it. to finish my sentence, “if we study it, [the book of mormon] we can know exactly if we are exercising righteous warfare.”

  18. Robin Whitaker says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog and must tell you I enjoy it. You are thorough and honest. I especially appreciated your musings over the war in Iraq. I am an avid student and teacher of History, scriptural accounts included. Early on I too was very confused about the war and the president. I had to take it to the Lord. I asked a simple question with faith and a consuming desire to know: “Is President Bush a man I can trust?” My answer was a resounding “Yes”. I have trusted his judgement ever since that time. That doesn’t mean I believe he is infallible, far from it. But there is a big difference between a man who intends to deceive and a man who honestly makes mistakes. That may seem too simple for some, but I trust the answer I received and it has brought me great peace. While others argue his motives, I know he is an honest man. I got it straight from the only one who really knows.

  19. Trevor says:

    John, this is a genuine double-bind here. I think the war talk confuses the issue with opinions so I’ll focus on the spiritual questions you raise. Here is a thought that may help solve the conundrum if it still exists. Joseph Smith said on one occasion in relation to a completely different topic that the true course is straight down the middle (paraphrased). He also taught that God walks a razors edge never deviating to right or left but continuing His course in one eternal round. I think Pres. Hinckley did the same thing in this talk as best he could given his audience’s tendancy to fly off the handle at the mention of certain ideas, personal or otherwise. Other thoughts continued…
    The Lord uses the wicked to fight against the wicked. He did with Enoch in the cause of Zion. D&C 45: 68 states “And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety.” People among the wicked will flee to Zion? That sounds like a good day for the Church of God! And also Moses 7: 20 “And it came to pass that Enoch talked with the Lord; and he said unto the Lord: Surely Zion shall dwell in safety forever. But the Lord said unto Enoch: Zion have I blessed, but the residue of the people have I cursed.” Zion was so righteous the Lord fought their battles for them. Literally! (Just as He wanted to do for the Israelites who were too wicked to accept His Kingship over them and proved themselves faithless and unsteady time and time again, so they fought by their own hand with the assistance from Him they would accept. Think Aaronic priesthood directed warefare of Joshua vs. Melchizedek priesthood directed warfare of Enoch) Rivers turned out of their course, armies turned on themselves instead of continuing their march on Mount Zion, famine stunted the ability to further the war machine efforts. And other miraculous but natural seeming events kept Zion safe. God suffered the people’s wickedness for decade upon decade even after Zion was taken from the earth until there was no option left but to send in the Great Deluge and start over with Noah’s family. The same pattern of safety in the midst of a war torn world will continue to be the case in the latter-days if we live up to it.
    The Lamanites fought against the Nephites and God utilized it for a very specific reason which he tells Nephi (1 Ne. 2: 24) “And if it so be that they [Nephi’s posterity] rebel against me, they [Laman and Lemuel’s posterity] shall be a scourge unto thy seed, to stir them up in the ways of remembrance.” And indeed the Nephites had peace when they lived the Gospel of Christ and only fought when they were sliding or well into wickedness. Just as we Americans are doing today… Pres. Hinckley references the wars in the book of Alma which to me was significant and prophetic. The wars in Alma all started with dissenters from the true faith combined with secret conspiracies to gain power and control (Who financed the Nazi’s, how are the Arab princes financed?). Moroni, a hero to many if not all who read the Book of Mormon, was great because he waged war in defense always and relented in great mercy at even the slightest hint that his enemy might be inclined to stop fighting. Does America fight with such morality and principles governing the strategy and tactics from top to bottom? Sadly no. Moroni fought against Kingmen (which are definitely here in America and most other nations for that matter) that sowed corruption from the inside and made illegal pacts with the Lamanites to overthrow the governance of judges (Are their internal factions trying to re-write the constitution by interpretation?). Is the Lord allowing the wicked in high places to send a mixture of wicked and some few righteous persons who have oglibated themselves to fight against the wicked to bring about His purposes? I think so.
    I re-read the talk of Pres. Hinckley’s and I find he left unsaid significant things that suggest to my mind an understanding of the issues at hand with Iraq, Afganistan, and terror in general. But whether or not Pres. Hinckley understood and knew the fullness of what was and is going on, doesn’t matter a bit. My trust is in God and he knows ALL. I also trust that if He wants His prophets to know something, He’ll tell them! And if He wants us to know something, they’ll tell us! Or He’ll tell us directly, as it is expedient, for our families salvation! Joseph Smith reaffirmed that God does nothing unless it is revealed to His servants (meaning the prophets ancient and modern) first. And I believe it.

    Shawn York: Trust in God and refrain from judging so quickly. You and I know so little it would be folly of the worst kind to think we know more than Him or even His prophets to judge them. Surely God in His wisdom has His hand firmly at the helm. Prophets are mortal men. They are still in a probabtionary state as we are, to be tried and to learn as all mankind must. They are on the watchtower at His discretion. Have mercy and pray for them and for your own soul’s sake don’t criticize them lest you fall into apostacy and loose everything that really matters here and hereafter!

  20. Adam says:

    Degrading our leaders decisions and making us feel ashamed of ourselves and our countryu is only a part

    The same battle that was fought in our pre- mortal lives is being fought and played out again here on earth. Through a political front evil is being called good and good is being called evil. There are those that would convince us that we are wrong and that we should turn over control and responsibility to them so they can force us through government regulation to do good. This theology was so convincing that in the presence of God a third of the hosts of heaven rebeled.

    They would have us believe science and secular knowledge can explain everything therefor the wisdom of god is outdated and irrevalant. They would say God is something man just made up to force their morals on you, Let us tell you whats right and wrong.

    They would also have us believe the family structure is outdated and irrevalant. They teach mothers that competing for a wage is how they should measure sucess and they teach men to follow carnal desires and then call them oafs and boffoons. They teach that govenment knows best and should substitute for the failing family.

  21. Adam says:

    Imagine a cop who comes accross a man believed to have been involved in a recent home invasion and murder where a gun was used. the cop asks to see the mans hands but the man refuses saying he doen’t have a gun and hurriedly buries one hand into his jacket liner. Is he reaching for a gun? or his ID? the cop believes his life to be in danger and shoots. the mans hand is empty. Did he make the right choice? Suicide by cop.
    This is the game Iraq played. They had WMDs up until the UN inspectors left in 1997, but refused to account for what happened to them. Claiming we don’t have WMDs but no you can’t come look.
    500 tons of weapon grade urianium was found in Iraq but the media refused to report this. A mile long convoy of military trucks left Iraq heading into pakistan the night before the US invasion. What where they carrying? Bush and every member of congress except barack obama voted for the use of deadly force did they make the right decision?
    In the process the US freed a people from ages of murder and tyranny. We took no land, no oil, and took great care, many times at great personal risk, to protect the innocent civilian population. Our troops are the greatest heroes to ever live!
    The Liberal media will do anything to mislead the american people to accomplish their goals.

    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….

    • canon myburgh says:

      It was the US, in 1953 that build up Hussein and over threw Iraq’s existing peaceful government in the first place for our own selfish gain. as far as WMD, even if it could have been proven that they had, do they not have the right? What about nuclear weapons of other countries, including China? should we then not go after all countries with WMD? how can we be sure that the US doesn’t have WMD ourselves? The Book of Mormon makes it very clear, if we are a righteous and moral people, God will protect us from our enemies! When the nephites were righteous, they never went out as attackers against the lamanites. they first published peace, if that didn’t work, they waited for the lamanites to come, then they fought knowing that God was fighting with them. I’ve often wondered why, if only a hundredth part of what was written was included in the BOM, why so much of the warfare? I believe that it is very pertinent to today in helping us determine what is righteous war and what is not.

  22. DALE GEORGE says:

    Just found you on the internet today. Perhaps the conflict is between personal knowledge and reason versus belief in church leaders as inspired of God. LDS people feel very uncomfortable when their is cognitive disssonance. When we compare early church teachings with present teachings and their is some conflict. A good recent example is the DNA evidence of “lamanites” vs american indians. A change to the Book of Mormon was necessary to right science with religion and few LDS recognize the significance of this. If you don’t think about it or talk about it, the disssonance can fade into the background though. Sometimes it seems we need to turn a blind eye in order to keep faith whole.

    Does anyone out their know about the statement signed by Pres Hinckley on September 20, 2001. Jon Huntsman flew him out to Washington, DC for a sort of ecumenial meeting with top national religious leaders with Pres Bush. Has anyone seen the statement or maybe have a copy? It was written by a catholic ArchBishop from I believe New York. Pres Hinckley said it was a splendid statement and would have no problem signing it. Since that time the ArchBishop was forced to resign his position for his cover up of sex scandal. I just hope Pres Hinckley was not conned by this man to sign something that might have over committed himself or the Church.

    The Mark Hoffman historical documents scandal a few years ago made alot of people wonder how inspired leadership could buy forgeries with sacred church funds.

    If anyone knows anything about the document Pres Hinckley signed please email me at:

    eyereading@networld.com

  23. Shawn York says:

    I too have wondered.

    I keep wondering to myself, “If he really is a prophet of God, why he he not screaming against these atrocities? He knows this war was preemptive. Why did Christ put the guards ear back on and heal him? What did he say after he healed him?

    I’m disgusted in my government and am quickly losing faith in the concept of a “Latter Day Prophet”.

    Somebody help me.

  24. Ryan Tew says:

    John – I know this seems like a difficult question to answer. The media has been no help at all – just an echo chamber for the BushHouse. Now let me be very clear as to why we never should have gone to Iraq in the first place:

    There was NO congressional declaration of war to invade Iraq. This first point is the most important because it means our president, his advisor’s, and congress failed to uphold their oath of office when they swore to obey the US Constitution. It is clearly stated in the constitution that we will not go to war unless the congress officially declares war. Since this did not take place before invading Iraq, it makes this war illegal and unconstitutional.

    The second most important thing is that Bush & Company deceived everyone by lying about the ties of al queda to Iraq. Fine go into Afghanistan and get bin laden…however dragging Saddam and WMD’s into the equation was about as dubious a reason as they come. But because the media played this song n dance over and over and over and over…telling us Saddam might have a WMD…oh look out Mr. Hussein might lob a WMD our way. Seeing as how Russia had 30,000 some odd nuclear warheads and never once shot one our way, how come we’re all of the sudden concerned with poor Iraq?
    Anyway the point is Bush & Company along with the MSM repeated over and over and over: “Sadam has WMD’s and he is bent on using them against us or giving to the TERRORISTS to use against us”.

    You know the saying “A lie told often enough becomes truth”

    Well the same thing happens here to most regular folks. They figure the TV news anchors can’t be lying…I Mean how could they? Is it not their job to be reporting facts? So a great deal of the American public just accepts what they hear about terrortists, bombs, saddam etc and they go along with it long enough for Bush & Company to start an illegal war. Years later most Americans now have come to see this war in Iraq and this “War on Terror” is stupid and wrong. Too bad congress didn’t stop the president when they could. We could have saved a couple trillion dollars oh and maybe 4000 American lives….and a hundred thousand Iraqi lives.

    So you can see right here this is not a question you need to even ask the Prophet or even God. Prophets have told us to obey the law of the land…and when Bushy and Congress decide to circumvent the law…well you see where I’m going….they BROKE the law therefore…

    This war is ILLEGAL & UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

    My 20 cents on Pres. Hinckley:
    He had to walk a fine line as the president of the church. He can not outright endorse a political party or it could risk the church’s status as a non profit organization. It would also alienate possible investigators of the church who could be turned off by a political affiliation seen in the church. Pres. Hinckley knew better than to mix church and politics. He was a very good public relations president and worked very hard for many years to improve the image of the church. Why jeopardize it by making political affiliations?

    So you see this isn’t really all that hard of question when you look at the absolute basic principles. When the president broke his oath of office by disobeying the constitution, and congress let it happen, the war was already illegal. There is no need to even involve President Hinckley on this point.

  25. Lamanite7 says:

    Dear John,
    i will like to say that the Book Of Mormon is centered in Teachings (prophecies) of the infiltration of a secret combination by a secret society with secret oaths and covenants that wiped out the entire nephite people.
    The jaredites were also destroyed because of the secret combination….
    God has consecrated the Land Of America and pronounced it to be a choice Land above all other Lands and if you read the book of Ether the decreed of the lord ( that this land he would have only the righteous to inhabit the land and that would worship him) .
    But when the people have turned away from GOD and broken the covenant , when they are ripped in iniquity he would have them wiped out and replaced (this decree stands
    for always).

  26. Oliver Mayall says:

    What we need to do is learn from history. WW2 Some members of the church were Nazis, did the church stand forth and command the members of that nation not to fight. People ned to know the church stays neutral for one reason only! Satan has massive sway in governments all over the world. If the church takes a stand satan will command that government to do the opposite! But i am against all war and the God i serve is a God of love and peace. God is not in this war or else ot wold of been over a long time ago. I too have had disagreements with all my family members on this war with Irac. Im English and i know that the constitution is there for the people. The government and President is there to serve the people not the other way around. You tell the congressman to send there sons on the frontline of Irac and Bushes daughters they would Not send them because of one childish famous saying. “We know something you dont know!” May the Lord reveal to us what is what but for now we must study it out in our minds until then stay NEUTRAL. ( Just on that point why are the angels of heaven not swooping down to help us destroy the wicked or why did they not help the son of God on the cross, because there is a time and a season to fight back but for now we turn the other cheek!)

  27. We are the church, but there is also the Church. The Church is a 501c3 corporate sole. It cannot legally speak out against the government, or it will lose its non-profit state favors. Now do you understand the talk?

  28. Walker Freeman says:

    Dear Friends:

    John Walker Lindh, the American Taliban, was close to politics in America as usual. His father Frank Lindh is an attorney for Pacific Gas and Electric Inc, the company which the Erin Brockovich case showed had poisoned water wells in Hinckley, California. Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s bailout, not for the $333 million settlement in the Brockovich case, but as a result of its part in the Enron induced California energy crisis was in the multi-billions. Governor Gray Davis tried to give P G & E a blank check. Frank Lindh had been a Reagan staffer before that. Would you know if Hinckley, California is related in ANY way to John Hinckley who shot president Reagan since his father was CEO of Vanderbilt Energy, a company with its own ties to the Bush political machine and since John had gone to Texas Texas and seems to have signifcant ties to families in Houston? Would you know if the founder of Hinckley, California is in any way related to Gordon Hinckley? Is the Walker name in John Walker Lindh a family name from the Walkers in the Bush family?

    Walker Freeman

  29. Josef says:

    and at last… will the seed of satan returns in the last days? Giants and Angels.
    or did they ever exist?

    http://www.hissheep.org/hebrew/giants_and_evil_spirits.html

  30. Josef says:

    Here is another point of view from a Swede. It seems to me obvious that you all are confused in this matter, like you are walking around the hot spot not daring touching it. I live in a socialdemocratic country close to Socialism and Communism. I have experienced how our government for National Security reasons have lied about many important issues. For example the Estonia Catastrophe 1994. but it is a different climat in USA and especially for Mormons who generally with all their heart believe in the religious leaders and in a smaller amount in their worldly leaders. But prophets in the past have warned us for to blindly depend and trust on our leaders, we need to think for ourselves. How else could we one day manage to be Gods ruling over our own universe? maybe we even then need to ask some former leaders for advice? if that would be the case we can not become Gods. In fact to keep it short its quite easy the whole matter. First and all our prophet is a guideliner in religious matters, not political. And the church stands out for a religous belief, not a political. Satan is the ruler over this world, and he has kingdoms and he have appointed his angels to rule over these kingdoms. As we can see in Daniel 10:13,20. An angel fought against the spiritual dark angel leader over the persian kingdom and in history in the real world the same battle appeared between Greek and Persian empire. Correct me if i am wrong, but you see the point. There is even now a war in heaven, and on earth. And what is heaven in hebreew language? it is the sky.. the universe.. And arent we fighting against dark angels in the sky, and arent Satan the prince of the sky? We suppose Satan is living here, helpless with all his angels. Read the Book of Henoch and the Book of Giants. Angels has visited the earth in the past, builded great monuments and inspired humans to do the same. What is seraphim and Cherubs? Why was it thunder, lightning, smoke on the mountain of Sinai when God visited Moses. Because God and his angels have chariots, high advanced, What we call spaceships. That was what Hesekiel saw. And the dark angels have command center probably in our solarsystem and on earth and some of them have also scientific ecuipments. Why would an angel from Heaven have a sword? Why did the jews on the time of Christ believe that millions of angels would help them fight the war against the roman empire? Because God uses technology as well as his priesthood and mental powers. As it is on earth it is in heaven abraham said. but much more glorified. And do you believe Satan was cast out of heaven without a fight? Did you believe he was fighting with words? My point is… to be short… Bush is lying, it is a secret government in USA, WTC 2001 was an inside job. A World government, world dictator, world bank, world army, world computer will appear and be stronger. Antichrist will sit on the throne in the themple in Jerusalem after it has been built. Israel will gain more power. So will sion and Satan. The world will fight against Israel and Sion. Why? because Antichrist will appear sheltered by the christians in the jewish religion. the jews are waiting for their messiah but he will be the antichrist. Holocaust was false, jewish freemasonry is strong. Wether Hinckley knows all this or not i cant tell. But i hope he has a strategy to cope with the facts about the world. If he is a true prophet wich i believe there can be two options. Either he know and act there after as he does now. Or God doesnt want him to know. The church in the last days could be more complicated than we can comprehend. The 3 nephis is here, John the beloved is here somewhere. we have several living prophets on earth but only 1 with the keys for the church as a president and revelator. The scriptures from the ten tribes will come. A new David and Elias will appear. A prophet will fall like a lightning like Ussia in the bible did when he tried to save the Arch. Well.. i think i have to end here. If anyone wants to discuss these matters with me you are welcome to email me on Truthwalker@hotmail.com

    The truth shall make you free.

  31. Marc says:

    John,

    I really apppreciate what you are saying when you say you are confused about the prophet’s opinion on the war in Iraq. The feelings you have expressed are my feelings exactly! I have given this topic a great deal of thought and much prayer also. I have not recieved any revelation about wether I am right to appose the war or not. I really do believe the Lord sometimes wants us to come to our own conclusions about things. In the case of this war and what the neocons are doing, I dont think we can really say for sure if they are lying or not. I fully believe they are scamming America, but I have no way to prove it or to be 100 % certain. Our articles of faith state that we believe in being subject to kings, presidents and so on. I think this is why Pres Hinckley, after saying all those other things about the war that agreed with our antiwar view stated his support for the government. His statement about empires of the past is telling though. He knows full well that most of what happens in politics is designed to advance an agenda on the part of the powers that be, not to advance some lofty ideal like freedom.

    The other thing to keep in mind here is that Prse. Hinckley doesnt have the liberty to really speak candidly about what he might believe is really going on. All earthly governments are controlled by the God of this earth (satan). Pres. Hinckley knows this, but he is wise to not yank on the tail of the beast and draw the ire of the federal government onto the church by opposing them publicly in general conference. The church has worked hard to gain some good will with the government over the years. They wont ruin all that by openly saying Bush is a liar and working to establish the new world order and that Mormons should oppose him. I think if you could speak behind closed doors with him he would probably be quite a bit more clear and would agree with your position. He might also say that in the end we need to support our government. I agree with this notion, but I am having a hard time doing that myself. I cant support something I believe to be evil!

    To add to the confusion, Elder Nelson stated one year ealier that LDS are to be peace makers and that war was not a righteous means to settle disputes and so on. Go read the october conference address of his and see for yourself. He sides completely with your antiwar view.

    The real problem here is that Mormons are having a tough time seperating support for true principles with thier support for leaders they admire that dont uphold true and righteous principles. They think that because Bush is a republican and states a belief in God, that he can’t possibly be an evil man. I’ll bet eveything I own that if
    Bill Clinton started this war then, the latter day saints would line up to oppose the war.

    Over time all of this will become more clear to all of us. Remember, the slothful servant needs to be commanded in all things. You are to be commended for pondering this and taking action without being told what to think or do. You are on the right track!

    Love ya brother!

  32. Here is the link to the 700 Club view on LDS (I broke it up so it would all come through):

    http://www.cbn.com/

    spirituallife/churchandministry/

    evangelism/understanding_cults.asp

    I think that ALL Christians need to seriously take a look at the long-term implications for voting on laws that dictate moral issues. As strength in laws gain, so will the Reconstructionist movement. It’s time to consider if we (as individuals) want to be a part of “their” plan to build Zion – a Christian state – America, here on earth. For the LDS, that answer should be a loud NO. Afterall, under “their” laws, as a cult member, we would be vulnerable to their wrath – being buried in the sand to our necks, and stoned to death.

    As for removing a tyrant – we don’t need American’s waging Christian Jihad. But as a Reconstructionist – that is a thought that is in their realm of thinking…

  33. Anonymous says:

    I struggle with this too. I’d like “the final answer.” But I think that in the cautionary stance, we’re being counseled to seek out the truth on our own. It would be quite radical for President Hinckley to speak against other religious leaders that in other areas, he is doing great works with. Here’s my take.

    The religious right gained a tremendous amount of forward momentum through great PR rhetoric during the 2004 campaign and later, to drum up support for the war. Like Greek Sophists worked to twist and turn words to support their causes by veiling the truth and decieving, the religious right has hijacked the bible to support their cause. It is hard for the common believing man/woman to refute the bible – so the rhetoric was easy to follow. Mormons however, should not fall into this trap because the very people that want us to vote on moral issues are the very people that will not acknowledge Mormons as Christians in the end.

    Some of the great right wing media sources include, Billy Graham and son, the 700 club, CBN, Sunday morning televangelist church services, Christian talk radio and Fox/CNN right wing anchors with their own shows. In reality, they are pushing the rhetoric of the Reconstructionists – a small, but radical group that wants to see America as a theocratic state based on OT biblical law – eye for an eye; death by stoning for immoral indescretions; reversal of women’s rights; and so much more. Sort of a Christian form of Islamic sharia law.

    When we remember the war in heaven, we must remember that Lucifer’s plan was to sort of keep us all in boxes so we couldn’t make “bad” choices. We’d all return to heaven. Well, the current government/Repulicans, appear to be making up those little boxes for us. Micro-management of common sense things. Laws redefining our privacy and so on. Everytime we support a religious right driven cause, we are taking away our agency. It is time that we act as Eve did, and take a bite of the apple (commit a sin by voting for liberals that do not push moral causes). In doing so, we could begin to push down the liberal right and save our right to freedom of religion and so much more. Hopefully the Repulican party will split between the radical right and the moderate right so we do not have to commit a transgression that goes against morality guidelines set by the Prophet/Church.

    Some reading you may want to do to form your personal opinion would be from Rushdooney, Gary North, the 700 Club, Chalcedon and others. Much of it will sound like it jives with what we as LDS stand for regarding morality.

    Pat Robertson is a Reconstructionist. His recent call for the assassination of Chavez reflects his determination to see the US wipe out non-Christians. BTW – LDS are not considered Christian – they are viewed as a cult by Evangelical Christians. Here is a reference to that from the 700 club:

    http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/churchandministry/evangelism/understanding_cults.asp

    Here are some links for more info on what it would be like to live in the US should the right continue to grow toward a Christian state:

    http://www.tylwythteg.com/enemies/reconstruct2.html

    http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/nrms/ChRecon.html

    http://www.chalcedon.edu/

    Um…sleep well tonight?

  34. J Max says:

    John,

    I wasn’t saying that you weren’t thinking for yourself. But it sounds like thinking for yourself might be causing you some pshycological pain.

    Basically, it sounds you are disturbed because your opinion differs from the Prophet’s. And that bothers you because you equate the Prophet’s opinon with the Lord’s opinion. For understandable reasons you want to be on the Lord’s side.

    I have no opinion on whether this is a righteous war or not. But I think its clear that the Lord tolerates dissent in many areas. And this looks like one of those areas.

    From what I gather, there is a great deal of dissention within the Twelve on this issue. So its understandable that there would be dissention within the membership as well. Maybe this illistrates that the Lord does not reveal His will on many issues and perhaps most issues we confront. He may not want us to ask him about everything. Maybe this is one He wants us to figure out for ourselves.

  35. Geoff J says:

    Nice post John. How very heterodox of you!

  36. Write to me at jredelfs at gmail dot com.

  37. Adam Carthew says:

    From memory, President Hinckley was espousing some principles that it is our duty to help all people be free. The other important thing to think about is long term, having a western influence in the area may help education and potentially allow a secular government as Turkey has. The Gospel has to go there sometime before all is said and done.

    I also subscribe to the theory that blessed are the peacemakers but sometimes peace is found only on the other side of a war.

    John, how can I get your e-mail?

  38. I do “think for myself.” I’ve been a strong opponent of the US military involvement in the Middle East since before the first Iraq war in 1991. I don’t believe that Bush is honest when he says he wants to spread “freedom and democracy” in the world by the use of military force. He is part of group of advisers that have other, less noble, designs.

    But normally, my personal opinions and those of the prophets are the same. And I have long taken much comfort from that. This is a case where our opinions differ. And that means that in this area I need to examine more closely my own views to make sure they are right. Sometimes I make mistakes too.

    I have prayed about this asking the Lord to clear up my confusion, and so far he has not revealed anything on the matter. Until he does, I just assume he wants me to make up my own mind.

    For the time being, I have decided to continue in my belief that the invasion was unwarranted and immoral, and that President Bush is not being honest about his reasons for wanting war with Iraq. However, just in case I am wrong, I have decided to be less proactive in pressing my anti-war views on others. Because my personal opinion is not the same as the personal opinion of the Prophet, I’m not as sure of my view as I formerly was.

  39. J Max says:

    John,

    It looks like your confusion stems from the fact that you don’t want to disagree with the Prophet, but you can’t figure out what the Prophet’s position really is.

    Have you ever thought that maybe the lesson to be learned is that thwe Lord wants you to think for yourself? Maybe the Lord wants you to develop your own reasoning and not rely so much on the Prophet?

    I can’t imagine that the Lord wants us to rely on the Prophet for our position on every issue.

  40. Jared says:

    I’ve given Bush much benefit of the doubt. It is disconcerting to me to see more and more criticisms of the war coming true. (No WMD, downgrading expectations for democracy, becoming a real training ground for terrorists.)

    I remember Pres. Hinckley’s talk. I interpreted it as Pres. Hinckley’s best judgment on the matter, not any kind of pronouncement of the ultimate right or wrongness of the war. Last I heard, he is not invited to intelligence briefings, nor has he claimed a briefing from on high.

    Re: Pres. Benson believing a secret combination conspiracy—I don’t know much about exactly what Pres. Benson believed or when he said such things, I do know that a number of his fellow quorum members, including Joseph Fielding Smith, Hugh B. Brown, and Harold B. Lee did not share his worries. Apparently one of the reasons he was sent on a mission to Europe was to try get him to cool off a little bit, politically.

  41. Bill says:

    I remember when I heard that address in general conference thinking that, unlike the great majority of President Hinckley’s communications, it wasn’t very coherent.

  42. Adam! I’m so pleased to hear from you! I’ve wondered how you were doing over the years. Yes, I’m glad that Saddam Hussein is out of power, and I hope you are right about the “freedom” that our mainstream media keeps claiming is coming about in Iraq. But I don’t trust the mainstream media to always paint a true picture. I’ve heard from other sources that we are just setting up another dictatorship over there. Only this time there will be a dictatorship supported by the appearances of democratic process. Remember, they had elections in the former Soviet Union too. And they were hardly free. Mexico has elections too, but look how desperate people are to get out of Mexico. Apparently there is something wrong with their “freedom.”

    Like I said in my post. I am really confused by all of this.

  43. Adam Carthew says:

    John, long time no communicate. Being an Australian and therefore by nature cynical to most things US, I am not sure that the US motivation for going into Iraq sits comfortably with me, but the fact that they removed a tyrant and provided freedom does.

  44. will says:

    John, I can appreciate your cognitive dissonance. Is it possible that phrases such as “my personal feelings,” “my personal loyalties,” and “it may even be” indicate that not even President Hinckley himself is sure enough of the issue to make objective claims?

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