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Musings of a Fool

TheParable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

Wise and Foolish Virgins (Source)

I’ve spent a fair amount of time on this blog highlighting things that have contributed to my loss of faith in the direction of the LDS Church.  I began in 2014 shortly after having been released as a bishop.  However, my concerns actually began many years earlier at least regarding certain issues and topics.  I tried to address many of these concerns as a bishop and made honest attempts to be bold, persuasive, and thoughtful as I did.  I discovered that the scriptures are the best way to make a case.  But, I came to realize that even the scriptures or words of Joseph Smith are very often ignored in favor of today’s so called prophets.  “The living oracles” doctrine is the new “stare decisis” of Mormonism.  Sadly.  No one can argue against this statement while being honest, because this is what the Brethren themselves teach.

In fact, the Apostle who preaches this sermon the most is Elder Neal Andersen.  Elder Andersen is a man I happen to like very much.  I find him to be very kind, capable, and sincere.  I think in his mind, not only is NOT sustaining the prophets “the high road to apostasy,” BUT I think he also believes sincerely that sustaining the prophet is the MOST important thing we can do.  That it’s the BEST way we can truly follow Christ.  He leads the Brethren in referring to President Nelson the most in his talks, having named him 98 times in conference since Nelson became president and 23 times in his last Conference talk alone.  (Source)

President Nelson, despite being perhaps the least interesting and least revered president in Church history, “continues to be referenced more than any Latter-day Saint prophet with 133 mentions — whether named, quoted or footnoted” — in this last month’s General Conference.  This clearly demonstrates the idea that this practice of prophet preeminence is becoming more and more prevalent.

Let’s be honest — and intending no disrespect — but, Elder Nelson was never a Church leader most people ever enjoyed listening to in Conference.  His talks were and still are unnotable from a doctrinal or even “interesting” standpoint.  I found myself even as a bishop cringing over his style and his rather creepy, seemingly staged, smiles into the camera.  For me, he’s never been someone I’ve been very inspired by.

Most telling of all as to what perhaps his own peers have thought of him for the last 50 years comes from the very telling comment his wife Wendy made shortly after being installed as Church president, when she said that the new prophet is finally “unleashed to follow through on all the things he’s wanted to do.”  (Source)   Think about the implication of that statement!  The Brethren claim they collaborate and vigorously debate endlessly together over important issues and that they always vote on those issues and obtain unanimity.  So, apparently, ALL the ideas Elder Nelson ever had for nearly 50 years, even while President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, were rarely or never embraced unanimously by his 14 other colleagues.  Not a sign of one whose ideas were well loved and accepted.

Now think of the converse of that implication–All the ideas Elder Nelson advocated for for nearly 50 years, which the Brethren were largely against, are now magically being put into action.  Translation?  If the Brethren really did ever debate anything, they don’t anymore.  They now blindly do what the prophet wants to do.  What the prophet says IS what they ALL agree on unanimously.

Of course, when it comes time to finally put into place all the changes of President Nelson that everyone was once against, we get statements like this one from Elder Holland:

“I bear my own witness that these adjustments are examples of the revelation that has guided this Church from its beginning. They are yet more evidence that the Lord is hastening His work in its time.”   (Source)

Here’s a list of some of the “adjustments” that have been made since Nelson became prophet:

2018

March 26, 2018 — The First Presidency updates guidelines on preventing and responding to abuse.

March 31, 2018 — Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses Soares are sustained as Apostles; priesthood quorums are restructured as high priests and elders combined into one elders quorum.

April 1, 2018 — Ministering replaces home and visiting teaching.

May 9, 2018 — The Church will end relationship with Boy Scouts of America, announces new activity program for children and youth.

June 18, 2018 — Hymnbook and Children’s Songbook will be revised to create new, unified editions for the worldwide Church.

June 20, 2018 — A First Presidency letter announces new guidelines for youth interviews.

June 22, 2018 — A new and improved version of “Preach My Gospel” is released.

Aug. 16, 2018 — President Nelson issues a statement on using the full name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (He later addresses this topic in general conference, and changes are made to Church websites, social media accounts, mobile apps, etc.)

Sept. 4, 2018 — The first volume of “Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days” is released.

Sept. 5, 2018 — Missionary candidates will receive assignments online instead of in the mail.

Oct. 6, 2018 — Home-centered, Church-supported gospel study and adjustments to the Sunday meeting schedule are announced.

Oct. 30, 2018 — Some Church-produced pageants are discontinued.

Nov. 16, 2018 — All young missionary candidates — including prospective service missionaries ‚ will use the missionary online recommendation process.

Dec. 14, 2018 — Changes announced for Primary progression, young men priesthood ordination and youth temple recommends.

Dec. 20, 2018 — Sister missionaries have the option to wear dress pants.

2019

Jan. 2, 2019 — The First Presidency releases statement on temples.

Feb. 15, 2019 — Missionaries are authorized to communicate with their families each week on preparation day by text, online messaging, phone calls and video chats.

March 22, 2019 — Seminary curriculum will align with “Come, Follow Me.”

April 4, 2019 — Children of parents who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may now be blessed as infants and baptized without First Presidency approval.

May 6, 2019 — One-year waiting period for temple sealings after civil marriage is discontinued.

July 19, 2019 — The Church announces stakes in the U.S. and Canada will sponsor biennial For the Strength of Youth (FSY) conferences modeled after BYU’s Especially for Youth program.

Aug. 16, 2019 — The Church announces new training course to help adults know how to prevent and respond to child abuse.

Sept. 5, 2019 — Book of Mormon Videos series release dates are announced.

Oct. 2, 2019 — Women, youth and children may now serve as witnesses of sealing and baptismal ordinances.

Oct. 5, 2019 — Ward Young Men presidencies are discontinuednew Young Women theme, class name and structure changes are announced.

Oct. 6, 2019 — President Nelson announces revised temple recommend questions2020 will be “bicentennial year” with April conference “different from any previous conference.”

Nov. 15, 2019 — The Church releases new missionary handbook.

Nov. 17, 2019 — New Aaronic Priesthood quorum theme announced.

Dec. 17, 2019 — The First Presidency releases statement on Church finances.

2020

Jan. 17, 2020 — Adjustments are made to ceremonial temple clothing.

Jan 30, 2020 — The Church announces new administrative handbook for all Church leaders and members to replace Handbook 1 and Handbook 2.

April 4, 2020 — A new Church symbol is introduced.

April 5, 2020 — President Nelson issues “The Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: A Bicentennial Proclamation to the World.”

April 17, 2020 — The First Presidency releases administrative principles for the Church during challenging times.

June 12, 2020 — Blue dress shirts, no ties are approved as missionary attire exceptions.

Aug. 14, 2020 — The First Presidency announces three global Church magazines will replace the current four; Ensign title is retired and New Era renamed.

Aug. 25, 2020 — Church members can now submit names to temple prayer rolls online.

Nov. 20, 2020 — President Nelson gives his worldwide message on healing power of gratitude.

(Source for the above)

It’s ironic that the least popular prophet, ignored by his peers largely for 50 years, now makes the MOST changes to Church policy (and doctrine) and funny enough, becomes “popular” among the people (in a way) for having made so many changes.  (Examples above such as shorter Church!  No more home teaching!  Home church for a bit!  Shorter temple times with less effort!  No more dresses for girl missionaries!  More casual dress requirements for boy missionaries!  More temples in cool places!  Civil marriage today and sealed tomorrow!  Missionaries able to call home every week!  No more Boy Scouts!!!  Kids with gay parents can be baptized! Etc.)  I think anyone would be more popular if they enacted these kinds of changes.

But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and let’s be very honest again.  Some of my closest very active Mormon friends have told me discreetly they strongly disagree with and even dislike President Nelson despite all the exciting changes he’s made. And why would that be?  Here are just a few of the reasons:

  1. “While home church is AMAZING and BETTER in every way than Church-church, why did the Church NOT fight for our religious freedoms and rights of assembly during CoVid like other Churches did?”
  2. “Why did the Church make me wear a mask once it began opening its doors, and why couldn’t we sing, and why were we forced to sit 6 feet apart, and attend only every other week, etc?”
  3. “Why did the Church not let us come every week and yet told Priesthood holders they could not do Sacrament in their homes for many of those weeks and why can’t people who still feel vulnerable to CoVid and are still not attending, do Sacrament in their homes in most cases?”
  4. “Why do I need permission from the Church to do Sacrament in my home anyway?”
  5. “Why has the Church been so friendly with the world and why are they pushing that we need to be good global citizens, by wearing a mask as a ‘sign of Christlike love,’ and by forcing vaccinations on its members?”
  6. “Why in the hell (direct quote) does my 18-year old son or daughter have to get a vaccine to go on a mission or to attend a Church college, especially when they’ve already had CoVid?”
  7. “Why won’t the Church grant religious exemptions for people who a) don’t believe the vaccine is right for them and b) don’t want to inject themselves with anything that comes from aborted fetuses?”
  8. “Why is the Church NOT preaching in favor of our Constitution and the liberties it ought to want to safeguard that are GOD GIVEN?!”
  9. “Why is the Church saying we should trust science and medical people, when those same “scientists” are in favor of gender surgeries, abortion, etc?!”
  10. “How can the Church say vaccines are safe and effective when there have been almost 1 million adverse effects “reported” on VAERS, many of which have been deaths of young people, mothers, teens, children etc. AND tens of thousands of permanent disabilities!?”
  11. “How on earth can the Church sit back while elections are stolen and the Constitution is being destroyed?”
  12. “How can the Church be okay with one of its own Apostles contributing to political campaigns?”
  13. “How come the Church congratulated Joe Biden while the election was still being legally contested?”
  14. “Why does the Church seem to hate President Trump so much and yet seems to give folks like Joe Biden, Jeff Flake, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, et al, a free pass?”
  15. “Why is the Church so pro-illegal immigration?”
  16. “Why is the Church investing in Facebook, Pfeizer, the UN, and a million other entities it should disagree with?”
  17. “Why not invest in sports betting, porn, strip clubs, pay day loans, and pawn shops, if the whole goal is to just make money?”

I could add many of my own concerns, many of which I’ve spoken about on this blog.  But, the point is that many, many LDS people are very upset with President Nelson about one or more of these above issues, hence the reason we are seeing historically low Church attendance/activity and growth rates.  Another irony.

One faithful LDS mom took to the internet and read an open letter to President Nelson.  I strongly recommend you listen to it.  Her plea is incredibly sincere and needs to be shared and heard by the Brethren.

One friend who was a bishop recently told me, “Hey I will deny this in public, but I can’t stand this man leading the Church.”  Another two friends confided in me that for the first time in their lives they believe the prophet can and IS leading people astray.

Add to the above list of concerns many have over a billionaire apostle being granted a “special dispensation” to be able to keep his company interests alive.  So much for no purse or scrip and setting aside fish nets to become fishers of men.

AND secret accounts that only 7 people know about in the world where 126 billion tithing dollars are being gambled on the stock market…

AND the Church becoming more and more progressive on social issues including all things LGBTQ… meanwhile my gay friends have never felt less welcome or interested in Church…  (In other words the Church has a credibility problem).

I think for the first time in my life we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Church’s ability to keep things from falling apart.  I predict we are about to see a mass exodus from the Church.

Interestingly, the Church, for all its postering and unsupported policy impositions, is very sensitive to negative news and to member protests.  Look at what happened recently with the Manti temple when members finally began to protest the Church for its decision to remove original pioneer murals.  The Church went from “Pound sand!” to “Oh so sorry, we’ve heard you!  And we’ve prayed again and good news!  Jesus changed his mind!  He wants us to keep the murals after all!”

The important thing to remember in all this is, DON’T just sit back and trust your leaders blindly!  I know Mormons hate that word “blindly” (along with the word Mormon) and always contend that they don’t follow the prophet blindly…  However… I have family members who literally have told me that they are getting the vaccine because the prophet told them to!  And even if they DIE, they will not regret following the prophet NO MATTER WHAT!  How is this not blind obedience?

Well, I rant.  And I don’t mean to.  Readers will notice that I don’t post much anymore.  This has been largely for two reasons.  1) I really don’t find any enjoyment at this late point in the game to be critical of the Church.  Things are getting too serious and I have too many people I love too dearly who are still faithful members of the Church.  My hope for sharing my concerns has ALWAYS been with the desire to help people simply be willing to think for themselves and to focus on the Lord, not on men.  2) I am not a prophet or one who has words yet that can help produce faith.  I am not one of His servants.  For this reason, I am always reluctant to say anything at all.

And hence why I call these the musings of a fool, which I implore you NOT to give any heed to unless they turn you to the Lord, to the scriptures, or to those He calls.  I am truly a fool before God and man, but I also truly hope He can redeem me and I pray I can learn how to serve Him and love Him better.

I will say this, however.  I have absolutely found a new home in the Restoration movement.  For any reading this blog who may be unaware of what that even means, I would refer you to these resources:

TheTenTalks.com

Scriptures.info

Here you can find a treasure trove of what I believe is God’s word as shared by at least one He has called to continue the work started through Joseph Smith.

The Church cannot save you, does not appear concerned with building Zion (i.e. a safe place to flee to during the troubles fast approaching) or saving the Constitution and will damn the people that follow them and hearken to their teachings if they have not been in the presence of God and His Angels.

The words you will hear in the Ten Talks above will better describe the work now underway AND will show you where you and your loved ones can land when you realize the dire and awful situation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Release the Kraken

If you’re like me, you haven’t slept well for weeks. It feels like we’re living in some alternate reality. I’ve spoken to hundreds of other people who are fervently praying that this attempted coup of our country fails. Surely we can’t go down like this. Not the Nation Under God, the City on the Hill! Not the Land our Fathers and Mothers have fought for — have given their lives for!

My family came to this land in 1635. I’m so grateful to my great-great—grandfather who commandeered his own small vessel to the British American colonies in search of something greater. Like many of your ancestors, mine fought in all the great wars that have preserved our freedoms. They fought for both the North and the South in the Civil War that nearly destroyed our Great Union of States. They truly gave their wealth, their honor and their lives for what we have so richly enjoyed.

No nation on earth has what America has — a divinely given Constitution, and a people whose majority still hopefully worship Almighty God. While I worry that our days our numbered as a nation, I am still praying we survive this latest attempted coup. Please Dear Lord, if it be Your Will, spare Your vineyard a little longer.

When I was in DC, an attorney named Sidney Powell made a statement that they were going to “release the Kraken.” Sidney Powell is one of the most feared and respected lawyers in America. She was admitted to law school at age 19 and has had an amazing career. She’s best known lately for taking over representation for General Michael Flynn, who was pardoned today by President Trump, after being set up by Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jim Comey and others in a seditious hoax obstruction trap. His family was threatened by a vile and corrupt DOJ led by the aforementioned criminal politicians, and so he pled guilty to false charges, which plea he later withdrew.

Although I knew Powell was credible, “releasing the Kraken” seemed like hyperbole. But, she continued to mention it, nearly every time she spoke.

The Kraken is a reference to a huge octopus from the Clash of the Titans used in battle to destroy enemy ships

And then, Lin Wood, another amazing attorney from Georgia, known for his representation of Richard Jewell, Nicolas Sandman, and Kyle Rittenhouse — and who is consulting Sidney Powell and indirectly the Trump team, recently re-posted something about what the Kraken might actually be:

https://themarshallreport.wordpress.com/2020/11/22/sidney-powells-kraken-is-dod-cyber-warfare-program-we-are-at-war/

Click on the link above to learn more. According to this article, the “Kraken” is actually a DoD-run cyber warfare program that tracks and hacks various other systems to acquire evidence of nefarious actions by the deep state. Trump loyalists in the Air Force, Space Command and now in certain sectors of the DoD and even the NSA have all the evidence of vote fraud and election-related treason. Trump has all this now and will be using it against the enemies of America very soon.” (see source)

Now, admittedly when I read this and saw that the mainstream news media (MSM) was reporting that the Trump administration was distancing itself from Powell (and I assumed Wood), I became discouraged that perhaps this is all hyperbole and too good to be true.

As I write this, and as a skeptic, I concede and admit that it all still sounds too good to be true, BUT I do think the following ideas are very interesting and promising:

  • Now we know that Sidney Powell and the Trump legal team have simply bifurcated their legal arguments. This allows Powell to be a little more bold in her approach without risking all the claims and arguments. She’s attacking Dominion Voting Systems among other things. She can go for the jugular without tainting Trump.
  • “Powell is registered as a military lawyer and can prosecute treason…” (Source)
  • Upon concern that Trump has been strangely quiet of late, Powell tweeted to not worry that “Trump can now sit back and relax and watch because he has released the Kraken…”
  • Lin Wood has mentioned numerous times that “Biden is going to Prison.” And that hundreds of other high ranking officials and people will go to prison when all comes to light. Everyone will be exposed! He said it will shock us to find out who has occupied the White House in past administrations. Pedophiles and criminals. Bold indeed!
  • If Lin Wood (or Sidney Powell) was tweeting something false about the military (i.e. the DOD program Kraken), one would think that General Flynn would correct him or ask Sidney to.
  • Even Twitter doesn’t censor Wood. Remember he just won a defamation case for a rumored $250,000,000 against CNN for his 18 year old client Nicholas Sandman. He is both credible and feared.
  • Trump mysteriously and abruptly fired his Defense Secretary Mark Esper immediately after the election and replaced him with Christopher Miller, a known Trump loyalist and patriot who was acting as the Director of National Counterterrorism. No one knows what to think of this. Why fire and replace your DOD secretary when you fear election fraud?
  • Miller immediately led a DOD seizure of servers located in Germany, that are believed to contain evidence of election fraud and foreign interference, among other criminal activities. These servers were alleged to be CIA servers…
  • This seizure was done without the CIA’s (Gina Haspel) and without the DOJ’s (Chris Wray/Bill Barr) knowledge. It seems unprecedented to take CIA servers or any servers without consulting these two department heads.
  • The DOJ has already said it won’t be doing anything to investigate election fraud. This is also shocking and makes NO SENSE. Now, I know some are convinced that the DOJ and FBI are completely incompetent, but even as corrupt as they may be, NOT investigating fraud in this year’s election seems implausible…
  • Unless DOD is handling it!!!! I.e. the release of the Kraken! Miller and Trump may very well be acting to protect against enemies domestic and foreign and won’t be needing DOJ for now. Are we talking war crimes? Espionage charges? Military tribunals?
  • Then last night Trump tweeted the same story as Lin Wood:

  • Why on earth would President Trump, who is in charge of the military, tweet a story that isn’t true?
  • Is this the Trump card? Trump knew this was coming and warned it would be the greatest fraud we have ever seen, even greater than the Russia and impeachment hoaxes. When I heard that I thought it was just Trump being dramatic. None of us could have imagined, after all we’ve seen in 2020, that there would be something bigger than CoVid, Russia Hoax, Impeachment Hoax, etc.
  • And because he knew it was coming, it would seem impossible for Trump to do nothing to prepare….
  • In 2018, Trump signed an executive order (EO) that very few people are aware of, which “created command structure to combat election fraud.” (See it here)
  • This EO declares a State of Emergency and gives the president and his administration very broad powers to combat election interference. Ironically, this EO was seen as a Trump apology by the MSM so as to appear as to be concerned with the election interference he and Russia were accused of in 2016, i.e. the first great conspiracy against Trump, which included illegal, treasonous spying on American citizens with fraudulently acquired warrants. Now it appears it may have been a brilliant move by Trump who knew this was coming.

Meanwhile, the MSM and many dishonest and/or foolish people have coronated their president-elect Biden into an office that doesn’t even exist, and before the electoral college or even the States have certified the results. Trump has vowed he is not conceding.

I should also point out that Wood and Powell and others have accused Republican and Democratic governors of making backdoor deals with China during the CoVid pandemic and of self interested deals with Dominion.

I still believe Trump will pull this off. Even while Biden picks his cabinet and picks out his drapes. Notice that Kamala Harris has yet to quit her Senate seat. They are all pretending like they’ve won and like Trump is being a pig for not conceding, and the MSM is acting like there isn’t a shred of evidence of fraud. Ignore the fact that Pennsylvania sent out 1.8 million mail in ballots and received 2.5 million back. Ignore the 4 am data dumps all for Biden that overcame 800,000 vote leads in one state alone. Ignore the hundreds of whistleblowers and the thousands of eye witnesses. Ignore all the video! Ignore the truth and tell us we are crazy. Trump was impeached because of ONE whistleblower who proved to be a corrupt insider and who wasn’t even a firsthand eyewitness! And here, we have countless whistleblowers and thousands of pages of affidavits from eyewitnesses and yet no one cares!!!!! I have news for you — America isn’t going down like this.

And I’m sorry, but where is Mitt Romney? Where was President Nelson when he had the opportunity in his address to the world? Is it too “political” to make a statement as the Church President and as a World Global Faith Leader (as he’s being now called) to call out lies, corruption, cheating, fraud and scandal as it pertains to one of our most important institutions? I know he made a casual reference to “dishonesty,” but it was very broad.

Why is Lin Wood, an attorney in Georgia, more bold and more righteously indignant about this attempted coup than the President of the only true and living Church? More inspiring? Aren’t the prophets suppose to weigh in on such things? Moroni sure did. Joseph Smith sure did. Ezra Taft Benson sure did. Moroni wrote letters to Pahoran, the Governor and called him out for what he thought was sedition. He warned he would come and destroy Pahoran or anyone who sought to overthrow their freedoms.

Is the Church so concerned about its “safety” that it will never again be courageous in its statements on abortion, LBGTQ issues, socialism and communism, the Constitution… or unwilling to call out fraud when it threatens to literally topple our government? The very government that is intended to protect our religious freedoms! Biden and the Leftists literally want to encourage 5 year olds to embrace their transgenderism. Just google it. It should disgust anyone from any background. Why would the Church NOT be more vocal against such important issues? About this election being stolen by those who promise to turn our Nation into a perverted, progressive, hedonist paradise!

There are even Democrats like Overstock founder Patrick Byrnes who are standing up to fight! Why? Because it’s the right thing to do! And if good people do nothing, evil prevails and in this case NO ONE WILL EVER BE ABLE TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THEIR VOTE AGAIN!

Instead, we are told to use the very social media platforms complicit in stealing this election to #givethanks. It’s like saying, “Hey, I know the boat we’re on is sinking, but let’s take 7 days to carve the things we’re grateful for onto the ship’s walls.” Hell no, I say! Get up and do something to help save this our Country! And while you’re at it, get OFF social media!

Let’s all pray in the meantime, that Release the Kraken or something like unto it is real. I think if this darkness is exposed and people finally go to prison for their crimes, and for a brief moment truth prevails, I will fall to my knees and weep. I could be wrong in all this, but I will for now speak what I believe to be truth.

I am consoled to know that our Lord loved His Nation too. His will be done, not ours, on earth and in Heaven and may glory be to Him, who is Worthy, forever and ever, Amen and Amen.

O Jerusalem O Jerusalem, by Greg Olsen

Satan’s Dominion

I was privileged to be one of more than 1 million peaceful protesters in Washington DC this past weekend. I felt strongly I needed to be there. I’ve been feeling strongly about a lot of things lately. I decided to cancel all my social media accounts last week. Many in Big Tech believe they are the lawful arbiters of free speech. They censor anyone who disagrees with them. They are peddling propaganda and I believe are complicit in trying to steal this year’s elections. These companies are so self-righteously smug and hypocritical. They let psychopaths livestream beheadings and publish porn, but won’t let someone share conservative ideas that oppose their viewpoint and expose their agenda. They are bullies and it is they who are Fascists and who control free speech.

I also canceled mainstream news, most notably Fox News. It’s obvious these people mock us who love our country, our God, our families, and our religion. And they too, are complicit in the fake polling and in encouraging election fraud, in part by sustaining this fake president elect even before he’s been certified as such and while the election is being legally contested in many states by countless parties. It’s obvious to any honest person that there was massive fraud in this election, and yet almost no mainstream media outlet wants to look into it. It’s shameful and it’s treasonous.

I’ve also canceled the NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS, and Hollywood. I canceled Netflix and YouTubeTV and many other Apps. They all want to cancel us and our freedom, so I’ve decided to cancel them. I can’t just sit back and let these people take over our nation. None of us freedom loving people can.

I was surprised when I landed in DC at how few American flags there were. There used to be one on every building and on every lapel. But this time it felt dark. People dressed in black and many people openly sharing their disgust for our president and for our “system” that they say is only working for a few, privileged white people. One Uber driver said she hoped things never returned to “normal.” “The masks are great, the riots and violence are great.” She and many other locals seemed very happy with BLM and Antifa. “It’s time to burn it all down and do something different.”

I became discouraged that my trip was in vain and that perhaps few people would attend the pro America rally the next day on November 14th.

Then, I began to see people here and there in town and at our hotel, who were coming in from all over the country with flags on their cars. People wearing Make America Great Again hats and Trump t-shirts. It gave me some hope.

The next day as I walked to Freedom Plaza to meet the group, I became overwhelmed with emotion. There were not hundreds, or thousands of people. There were hundreds OF thousands and some said, as many as 2 million people, in attendance! A sea of red, white, and blue! Families, small children, baby strollers, moms, dads, old people, vets, people in wheelchairs. Singing the national anthem, and God Bless America. Chanting USA! People of all colors and from all backgrounds! From all 50 states and from many countries! I met people from Chile and China and Hong Kong. Almost no one wearing masks, in fact many saying they believed that CoVid was not a pandemic at all. Chinese people handing out anti-CCP literature alleging that China created and let this virus loose to do exactly what we are witnessing. To destroy Western civilization and to get rid of Trump.

I began to walk with these patriots and was so profoundly touched that I was not alone in my love for my country! The Amish were there! Catholic priests! Jews! I sang with them. I prayed with them. No one social distanced. People shook my hand, gave me hugs, spit in my face as they talked! It was so refreshing to be human again. To be American again!

Surely if CoVid as a veritable pandemic is real, which I don’t believe it is, this should be the greatest super spreader event of the century! 1+ million people from all 50 states going home after zero social distancing and no masks. Time will tell.

There was such a contrast between these people who descended upon Washington and those who live there. Many who feed off the DC swamp seemingly have lost their way. These Patriots came in and with their singing and smiling faces, brought a Spirit back to this spiritually war torn Capitol. A Spirit that said, “WE WILL NOT HAVE OUR FREEDOM STOLEN FROM US! WE WILL NOT LET THIS BE DONE IN DARKNESS!”

After we sang the National Anthem, a huge bird (hawk or eagle) appeared out of nowhere and flew directly over our heads and circled around. A woman near me cried out, “It’s a sign!”

I have never experienced anything quite like this in all my life. At one point, president Trump was said to have driven through part of the crowd, waving and smiling and showing his gratitude for the outpouring of support.

Here are some more pictures from this amazing day.


We listened to rousing patriotic speeches from Congressional leaders. There were TV personalities. My favorite speech was from a black democrat named Vernon Jones. He was awesome! We visited with each other. There was no violence. No arguing. Everyone was friendly and all felt safe. I noticed as I talked to people that there was a consensus that this election is being stolen from President Trump and from many other Republican candidates and that NONE of these people were willing to stand idly by and let it happen.

This was in stark contrast to what I was sensing from the locals I met who not only celebrated a Biden victory, but who also were doing all they could to show support for BLM and Antifa. Signs in windows and in front of churches. Perhaps so that they would not be vandalized or perhaps because they too are fooled into sympathy for a transgender terrorist organization.


As the million+ crowd of American patriots peacefully dispersed, and as it became dark, Antifa and BLM took to the streets and began to terrorize these good people. This was a picture of them as they walked by where we sat for dinner on the sidewalk. Sadly, the local couple next to us began cheering and dancing when these animals blasted their F-Trump rap music and spewed vile racist profanity. One of their gangster leaders had a megaphone and was getting everyone all riled up. He looked at me and I thought he might come over and harass us as we ate. The restaurant owner ran out and began cheering for them! Moments earlier I watched her turn down a large party of young college student MAGA supporters, saying their group was too large, even though there was plenty of room in her restaurant. It was all very unsettling.

This man with the megaphone was later arrested for knocking out a man out for no reason, among many other things. He has a criminal record and is a convicted child molester.

And then these evil animals stomped and kicked this innocent man as he lay in the street. What was his crime? He supported his president. He loved his country.

I went back to my hotel room and watched the news of other violence and like you, I became so angry and at one point just cried. Children, old people, special needs people — all being tormented by these criminals who hate America.

A week earlier, many of these same people danced in the streets. Ignoring their own rules of social distancing. They had no flags. No red, white, and blue.

No Trump supporters attacked them. They were allowed to express themselves without any concern for their well-being.

The only flags to be seen across the country for those celebrating a Biden victory, seem only to be Gay Pride flags. I think this shows where their allegiance lies.

As I watch these events unfold, I mourn what I witness to be the unraveling of our great nation.

America is still a little behind nation’s like Germany who are breaking into people’s homes to arrest them for being “anti-lockdown.” Videos like this one below should truly be disturbing IF in fact this Doctor is being arrested for not complying with CoVid lockdown laws.

https://rumble.com/vb92wv-german-anti-lockdown-activist-dr.-andreas-noack-arrested-while-livestreamin.html

I say we are “close behind”, but I’m not sure that’s accurate. Even here in Utah, our rights are being trampled upon by our Governor. And we’ve seen soccer moms arrested and pepper sprayed for not having a mask on while outside in some states. And now these crazies are canceling Thanksgiving and trying to control our freedom to assemble.

I personally am not conceding nor will I give up! It is 100% obvious to me and millions of others that this election was rigged and that these evil people want to take over our country. I predict that the fraud will be uncovered sufficiently so as to secure a Trump victory and possibly even control of the House in addition to the Senate. It would be ironic if the new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett breaks any tie in the Supreme Court. If I’m wrong, which is very possible, it may be peaceful enough in the short term, but it will be the end of the USA as we know it.

I am so grateful for people like Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, attorneys advising the Trump administration. They are people of unquestioned integrity. They are truth tellers, patriots, and spiritual warriors. May God bless them and protect them. May we all pray for them and for our President.

I’m almost more concerned about what happens if and when my prediction comes true and Trump wins. I think it could be the beginning of a civil war. When it is shown that this and MOST elections in our world are pre-determined by a group of global elites whose “dominion” covers the entire earth, the very jaws of hell will gape open. Darkness will rear its vile head and inspire the hearts of men to violence like we have never seen.

And the Kraken has been released…

So, what will you do to defend our Constitution? What can we do? I’d say join in peaceful rallies and protests. Call our nation’s leaders. Write them. Email them. Let them know how you feel! Fast and pray. Get your house in order. What’s at stake? Everything good. If we lose this battle, we lose our nation.

Tomorrow the president of the LDS Church will address the world. I hope and I pray that he talks about the importance of our Constitution, our freedoms, and our religious liberty. I hope he denounces specifically the violence of BLM and Antifa. I hope he does not say a word about “racism” — further fueling that false narrative of those organizations. I hope he’s bold! I hope he does NOT allege or assume that Joe Biden has won this election. I hope he denounces cheating and fraud and I hope he calls it out. I hope he speaks in favor of the rule of law. I hope he encourages people to get involved in the fight for freedom. I hope he reminds church members to get involved and to not be afraid to exercise God-given rights. I hope he calls out the hoax of this “pandemic.” I hope he calls for faith and not fear. I hope he reminds us that we have a right and a duty to be civilly disobedient to laws and edicts that are unconstitutional. I hope he doesn’t cave to the whims of political correctness and bow the knee to hypocrites making policies they themselves are unwilling to obey. I hope President Nelson stands up for truth tomorrow.

This is communism and socialism or it is freedom. This is good versus evil. This is gay marriage in our temples and the continuation of their leftist indoctrination of our children. This is abortion on demand and court packing. This is give me liberty or give me death. This is about Dominion. We now know that they cheat and once they are back in power, their dominion will be over the entire world.

President Nelson has an opportunity to clarify where the Church stands, rather than leaving it to LDS politicians.

Taken

175 years ago Joseph and Hyrum were taken from our midst.  This day is always a solemn one for me.  I love those men who communed with Jehovah.  They left behind them their wives and young children.  They died willingly and offered themselves up as a sacrifice, I believe, for us.  I am always moved to tears by their mother Lucy’s account of what must have been the most painful moment of her life:

“After the corpses were washed and dressed in their burial clothes, we were allowed to see them. I had for a long time braced every nerve, roused every energy of my soul, and called upon God to strengthen me, but when I entered the room and saw my murdered sons extended both at once before my eyes and heard the sobs and groans of my family and the cries of ‘Father! Husband! Brothers!’ from the lips of their wives, children, brothers, and sisters, it was too much; I sank back, crying to the Lord in the agony of my soul, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken this family!’ A voice replied, ‘I have taken them to myself, that they might have rest.'”

Joseph only 38 and Hyrum 44 went as lambs to the slaughter.  I think it is accurate to say they died for the Church.  Joseph’s last words are haunting as he looked upon members and friends who had betrayed him:  Oh Lord my God…  Had he been able to finish his sentence it might have continued to say … Is there no help for the widow’s son?

The Masonic call of distress recognized undoubtedly by brother Masons he saw before him, perhaps a part of the mob, from whom he sought mercy.

The more I study, the more I’m becoming sympathetic to Emma’s version of the facts regarding the charges leveled against Joseph and Hyrum over polygamy.  I think they were innocent of those whoredoms that were conveniently blamed on Joseph after his death.

Emma was true to Joseph and said after his death:  “If there is no Joseph there is no church.”  Is it possible she was right?  Did losing Joseph and Hyrum equate to our collective condemnation being fulfilled?  D&C 84 makes it clear in 1831 that we as a church were placed under condemnation.  Section 124 states clearly that if we did not build the Nauvoo Temple in the space of time granted, we would be rejected as a Church.  Maybe Emma was right.  Maybe the fact we took the words and works of Joseph so lightly led to him being taken from us.

Emma, who we are told by the Lord was an elect lady, was not so revered by Brigham Young and his followers.

In the October session of General Conference 1866, Brigham Young made these comments:

…”To my certain knowledge, Emma Smith is one of the damnedest liars I know of on this earth; yet there is no good thing I would refuse to do for her, if she would only be a righteous woman; but she will continue in her wickedness. Not six months before the death of Joseph, he called his wife Emma into a secret council, and there he told her the truth, and called upon her to deny it if she could. He told her that the judgments of God would come upon her forthwith if she did not repent. He told her of the time she undertook to poison him, and he told her that she was a child of hell, and literally the most wicked woman on this earth, that there was not one more wicked than she. He told here where she got the poison, and how she put it in a cup of coffee; said he ‘You got that poison from so and so, and I drank it, but you could not kill me.’ When it entered his stomach he went to the door and threw it off. he spoke to her in that council in a very severe manner, and she never said one word in reply. I have witnesses of this scene all around, who can testify that I am now telling the truth. Twice she undertook to kill him.”

I do not believe Brigham Young and find his account inconsistent with all that was ever recorded by Emma or Joseph or their family about their relationship.  I find his account as ridiculous as the one charging Emma with the attempted murder of Eliza Snow, who was said to be pregnant with Joseph’s child.  She allegedly miscarried and yet was teaching school the next day after being pushed down the steps by Emma.

It’s perhaps more interesting to contemplate why Brigham might feel so threatened by Emma as to slander her so openly.  Did he fear her?  Did he fear Joseph’s son coming to take his position in the church?  After all, Brigham had campaigned to be president with the promise that he would only be the church’s caretaker until Joseph III was old enough to take his rightful position as the Church’s leader.

I’ve said it before, I stand with Emma and the Smith family.  I will not speak ill of Joseph, for I know he is anointed.  I do not speak ill of Emma out of admiration and respect for all she suffered and did and I believe she was a woman of great valor.

I was curious today to get an email from LDSLiving promoting a book profiting on the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum.  It’s not a new book, in fact the entire story was a republication of an ad pushing this book two years ago.  The pitch has the flavor of something you might find on the cover of a popular magazine.  “6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Plot to Murder Joseph Smith.”

“For more great insights like these, check out Mark Goodmansen’s book Conspiracy at Carthage: The Plot to Murder Joseph Smith, available at Deseret Book stores or deseretbook.com. For more information, check out markgoodmansen.com.”

I decided to see what might be on the Church’s official website about the importance of today. I was actually quite stunned when I saw that there was nothing. Not even a mention of the Martyrdom of Mormonism’s founder on the 175th anniversary of their passing.  I find this truly sad.

I did notice an article about Presisent Nelson’s birthday celebration coming up in September however.

“Guest artists for President Russell M. Nelson’s 95th birthday celebration, scheduled for early September, have been announced. Latter-day Saint performing artists Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four, GENTRI, The Bonner Family, Nathan Pacheco and Donny Osmond will join The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for the evening celebration on Friday, September 6, 2019.”

“The gala celebrating the influence of the Savior in the life of President Nelson and his lifelong service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begins at 8:00 p.m. mountain daylight time in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The performance will be broadcast live on ChurchofJesusChrist.org and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Facebook page and YouTube channel. Additional channels and broadcast and rebroadcast times are pending.”

Sad on so many levels.  And what a truly unfortunate oversight by the Church.