Again, I am parking this here because I still cannot access my emails from my home computer. From another computer I can transfer it onto an email and send it to others. I apologize for the disturbance.
“In the late winter of 2006, we boarded the California Zephyr in Chicago's Union Station and headed west. After stopping in Denver to visit Ellen Mariani, a 9-11 widow, we got back on the train and traveled to Provo, Utah. After crossing the Rocky Mountains we arrived in Provo on a snowy morning. I had come to Provo to visit Professor Steven E. Jones, who was doing scientific research at Brigham Young University (BYU) abour what had caused the Twin towers to collapse on 9-11.... Further investigation is what Jones was trying to get other scientists to do....Like a modern day Galileo, Jones had exposed serious flaws in the official explanation of the collapses, “a myth”, he said, “which has taken on religious proportions.” (Christopher Bollyn, in his 2012 book “Solving 9-11”, Pages 257 & 261)
An investigative journalist, Christopher Bollyn, who is not a member of the LDS Church, wrote sometime after that visit, to BYU Physics Professor Steven Jones:
"As I told you when we met in Provo, the LDS Church has an advantage over other Christian churches in that it has the prophetic warnings of the 'secret combinations' and the Gadianton Robbers taking over the complete control of government. To my mind, that makes the LDS Church the he most relevant Christian church on the planet. It requires its followers to do something about 'Our Awful Situation' brought on by the Gadianton Robbers. Most non-Mormons don't have a clue what is meant by these terms from the Book of Mormon, but they very much need to know what is written and meant by them. As Ether 8:16 says: 'And they [secret combinations] were kept up by the power of the devil to administer these oaths unto the people, to keep them in darkness, to help such as sought power to gain power, and to murder, and to plunder, and to lie, and to commit all manner of whoredoms.....".
Here is a non- LDS investigative reporter telling Professor Jones that Mormons need to do something about our awful situation caused by the Gadianton Robbers. Bollyn wrote also that " Most non-Mormons don't have a clue what is meant by these terms from the Book of Mormon, but they very much need to know what is written and meant by them."
A few key verses in the Book of Mormon give us a good idea of what the secret combinations were and even now qre up to. In 2 Nephi 26:14 we read that Nephi was prophesying “concerning the last days”. And in Verse 22 he prophesied that “there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old,according to the combinations of the devil”.
In other parts of the Book of Mormon, especially in the Book of Helaman, we can learn how, thru secret combinations, gadianton robbers “did obtain the sole management of government, (Helaman 6:39), that they succeeded in “filling the judgment-seats—having usurped the power and authority of the land; laying aside the commandments of God, and not in the least aright before him; doing no justice unto the children of men” (Helaman 7:4), and were “condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and moreover, that they might more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills”. (Helaman 7:5).
In 3 Nephi we read of “judges who had condemned the prophets of the Lord unto death, not according to the law.”, who “set at defiance the law and the rights of their country”, who did covenant with one another to destroy the governor, and to establish a king over the land, that the land should no more be at liberty but should be subject unto kings.”
But it is in the 8th Chapter of Ether in the Book of Mormon that readers are told by the ancient prophet Moroni some important facts about a secret combination that shall be among us in our day. Moroni wrote that he was “commanded to write” these things. He relates to us that “it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto us” (Ether 8:23), that “we are to 'suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above [us]”, (Ether 8:23), that the Lord has commanded us to awake to a sense of our 'awful situation” when we shall see these things come among us, and that the secret combination shall be among us. (Ether 8:24). Verses 20 – 26 are often referred to as “Moroni's Warning” by Latter-day Saints who take seriously that section of Ether Chapter 8.
My intent up to now was to present only what is written in the Book of Mormon relative to this secret combination. But in the hope of adding credibility to what I have presented here I would like to relate something that the late President Boyd K. Packer said in a 2007 speech at Brigham Young University, and which later appeared in the August 2010 Ensign magazine on Page 23. “We live in a time of war, that spiritual war that will never end. Moroni warned us that the secret combinations begun by Gadianton “are had among all people....Wherefore, O ye Gentiles [and the term gentile in that place in the Book of Mormon refers to us in our generation], it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you....Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you. [Ether 8:20, 23-24].”
In his letter (above) to Professor Steven Jones, Christopher Bollyn, referring to the awareness on the part of members of the LDS Church of “the prophetic warnings of the 'secret combinations' and the Gadianton Robbers taking over the complete control of government”, stated “ It requires its followers to do something about 'Our Awful Situation' brought on by the Gadianton Robbers.” But what shall members of the LDS Church do about all this ?
Probably the most frequent answer I get to that question from LDS people is that we must be righteous. Seldom is anything said about compliance with any specific commandments that if followed, could help us to awake to a sense of our “awful situation”, could help us to recognize causes of our “awful situation”, and could help us to decide what actions we as individuals or a part of a group could take to “suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above [us]”. So let's take a look at a few examples of commandments that just might fill the bill for us.
To do this let's consider seriously just these few examples (among many), some from the Book of Mormon, a couple from the Doctrine and Covenants, and some from latter-day prophets and apostles:
In the Book of Mormon, Ether 8, we have the commandment that we are to awake to a sense of our awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among us. The phrase “suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you...” is not accompanied by the word “commandment”, so I'll leave it to the reader to decide whether or not it should be taken as such.
In the Priesthood Session of the October 2009 Church General Conference President Dieter Uchtdorf made a statement deserving of our consideration. “For members of the Church education is not merely a d good idea, it is a commandment. We are to learn “Of things....which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass;”” (D&C 88:79). Verse 79 in its entirety was referenced in a foot note in the published conference report. This verse includes further: “things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms...” And in D&C 93:53 one can read “And, verily I say unto you, that it is my will that you should....obtain a knowledge of history, and of countries, and of kingdoms,....and all this for the salvation of Zion.” I submit that learning of events past and present that have impacted our lives and may yet impact our lives, especially our rights to life, liberty, and control of property will hopefully inspirt us awake to our “awful situation”.
In the October 1987 Church General Conference the Prophet, President Ezra Taft Benson, asked the question “How than can we best befriend the Constitution in this critical hour and secure the blessings of liberty and ensure the protection of our Father in Heaven ?” He then proceeded to answer that very question:
“First and foremost, we MUST be righteous...”
“Second, we MUST learn the principles of the Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers...”
“Third, we MUST become involved in civic affairs to see that we are properly represented...”
“Fourth, we MUST make our influence felt by our vote, our letters, our teaching, and our advice.”
“We MUST become accurately informed and then ler others know how we feel...”
I capitalized the word MUST for emphasis because to me, coming from a Prophet, the word “must” makes each of those statements a commandment.
I edited out parts of many of the scriptures and statements I quoted for the sake of brevity. However, I am glad to have had the opportunity read and studied all of them in their entirety.