“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.”
— Walter Lippmann
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
Return from Backsliding
If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up. (Job 22:23)
“Eliphaz, in this utterance, spoke a great truth, which is the summary of many an inspired Scripture. Reader, has sin pulled you down? Have you become like a ruin? Has the hand of HaShem gone out against you so that in estate you are impoverished and in spirit you are broken down? Was it your own folly which brought upon you all this dilapidation? Then the first thing to be done is to return to HaShem. With deep repentance and sincere faith find your way back from your backsliding. It is your duty, for you have turned away from Him whom you professed to serve. It is your wisdom, for you cannot strive against Him and prosper. It is your immediate necessity, for what He has done is nothing compared to what He may do in the way of chastisement since He is Almighty to punish. See what a promise invites you! You shall be “built up.” None but the Almighty can set up the fallen pillars and restore the tottering walls of your condition, but He can and He will do it if you return to Him. Do not delay. Your crushed mind may quite fail you if you go on to rebel, but hearty confession will ease you, and humble faith will console you. Do this, and all will be well.”
I don’t get people…Everywhere unrighteous judgment goes unhindered and accepted as the norm, or even eaten up as flies may shit, but anyone who shares an honest opinion or judges righteous judgment is doubted, accused and silenced.
Righteous judgment is its own reward. It corrects and accentuates and improves every situation and circumstance – except in the case of wickedness spreading itself like the native green tree that is really rotten at the roots beneath and all pretension and deception above. Never judge a book by its cover.
By correction in righteous judgment, people learn wisdom and how to appreciate life and are all the better off for any experience that corrects and asks more of us than we are willing to give, unless the people are without sense and lack the capacity of or for divine recognition, in which case, as unregenerate, they grow harder in sin and destroy or corrupt the authority in any given place by claiming it, controlling others yet not benefitting any but themselves. The ‘what’s in it for me?’ generation is to blame for the Y (why?) Generation and their foolish perceptions of everything from cancer to commerce to capricious captivity by device distraction disabling democracy and making fools of republicans none to keen on leadership but just being bought and sold as dross for gold.
And so it comes down to really only two classes of people left in the world, the Afflicted and the Poor, The afflicted tend to make the poor poorer still and the poor trouble the afflicted. Where there ought to be a plain reckoning, there is instead a stain beckoning (Alma 24:11-15), or spot ought not to be and instead a lesson taught to We in He. A simple owning of the truth might Unite all instead of further dividing everyone. Unwisdom has birthed anti-sense. But the lesson of either seems obvious enough to me. When will We get it? Opportunity’s a’wastin’ in the Land of Opportunity as everyone BUT the right people seek to and want to be where they are because it is where they are at any given moment. Yes, we are all in immediate and grievous danger of threat from all around us and very near to us at all times, even or especially so in our own homes and families, but fear and escape is the wrong reaction and longing. Wherever you go, there you are going to be, and God has placed you in whatever situation you are in for your good and the good of those about/around you. Desiring privacy and time alone and some solitude is only healthy and normal, but not to escape divine sentence or responsibility to others. Yes, hell may be otherness indeed, but if you wish to please your Creator in the Way for which He fashioned you to live and thrive, you need to find peace in the storm and walk in the Way – especially in the diaspora, when scattered among enemies and belligerently, provocative foes. God wants you to come off as more than conquerors in HaShem!
Kehillah in Rome 8:37
Shmuel Alef 2:7; Proverbs 22:2.
What is fascinating about racists and haters, is they like one another. They share the same blind and belligerent hate and fear. It’s really strange and tragic, in an awful self-decomposing way – dumb and without Faith.
May you measure your life by the moments you see and experience “beautiful” in the world within and without. Prove God is in you by daily seeing as you wish to be seen, and being as you would have others be by example meek, kind and grateful. Man has no grounds for boasting, and it makes him stupid and senseless when he does.
Avoid hate like the plague it is! Put your faith in He who makes all things new and you will never find a reason for judging someone or something for being the way it is before or after realizing it isn’t but may be.
Living amongst the dead and dying is precarious but sanctifying work…I am often sad at the ignorance and crime that goes on every day around me, but understanding it all makes it much less distressing…God is wonderful in keeping the guilty and innocent in the same place/world for the proving of naught but His Own Righteousness…If the dead increase while the living diminish hourly it is no surprise or sign of anyone being lost or saved. The Mother of Harlots is a sea of bitterness but the Father of Light and Love is all knowing, all wise, and all powerful.
The devil revels in the unfairness of our situation and circumstance. When you realize most are his captives with absolutely zero free will or choice, and that the majority MUST do evil in order to get any “rest” you start to learn what it is to be a “saint” if any such thing could ever exist. And I know of a truth that they do, even as angels both good and evil do.
“Our leaders know we’re turning into a giant ghetto and they are taking every last hubcap they can get their hands on before the rest of us wake up and realize what’s happened.” — Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone (Goldman Sachs) (circa?)
Kohelet 10:2 A chacham’s lev is at his yamin (right hand); but a kesil’s lev is at his semol (left hand).
A child had a nightmare in which he envisioned his family in a small boat on a stormy sea, and he was able to save either his father or his mother, but not both. His solution was to wake up. Even in real life, some problems which present unbearable stresses might go away if we just woke up.
— Rabbi Ephraim Rosenblum
1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.
I’m no wizard of Id, but doesn’t it seem like the powers that be are orchestrating things to keep the Bush Empire floating? (Envy and pride are brothers!) Jeb was the Guvnor of Florida when the ballot boxes were fixed in his brother’s favor and now he’s playing a very clean cut, nonoffensive candidate while Trump plays a madman with a trash mouth and Clinton makes sure Bernie has no legitimate shot, Cruz is just another minority dream play. Am I alone in feeling insulted as a citizen, by the way the Proud insult our intelligence and just do whatever they please without anyone at all even reasoning from a sane, nevermind noble standpoint?
Of course, this is all virtual reality but what we suffer in the real McCoy reality is not getting any better by distractions and devices many as ever (Kohelet 1).
Sleeping on your sword and hiding your cash in your mattress lately? I wouldn’t blame you! It’s scandalous what some people do just to remain employed! Pray for America!
In the manner in which the afflicted make the poor, more poor by denial of circumstance personal, notwithstanding the keeping up of appearances, they would do better to claim equality and associate as equals. Are we not all beggars? (Mosiah 4:19).
Then would we all shine brightly in United performance charming as One may be and springing up everywhere spontaneously as new shoots enjoy stronger growth spurts, in overcoming bitter roots, as we all grow toward Divinity on display in every way and vocation, from the least unto the greatest, all knowing and enjoying equanimity rather than a false and impossible equality no one really ever wanted to enjoy nor ever will in a reality wherein all men, beasts, and even angels are not created equal but distinct and discerning by a Way all may and must walk in if they hope and desire with all their heart, mind, and strength of soul to reach the highest height and Goal of making America not great again but Beautiful, because She is flawlessly created so, as a choice land above all others, and has always been so to those with the sense and sight to see when and why and wherefore She may be ‘My Funny Valentine’.
“Don’t change your hair for me, not if you care for me, please little Valentine Stay…Each Day is Valentine’s Day…”
“Far from this world of brutal lies there is a land for they who despise violence; the weeping and the longing for the lost and lonely. A land for lovers, and lovers only.” Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac.
This world does not have to be a far off and away dreamscape. We must realize that the most ancient of Ways is the Only and Best Way to live and prosper in His World – God’s Created Universe. Restoration comes only from the Way of Return to Him, which is only difficult for those who refuse to surrender self for God’s Interest and other’s welfare.
Pretension and Presumption, as equally vile sins, must be forsaken and atoned for, while a new life must be zealously entered into. Such requires an absolute divorce from the world of vanity and addiction to transgression unbefitting even animal kind, made worse by presumed authority profiteering in a racketeering scheme of Government so-called but not at all of, for and by We The People, who have so far and so long suffered ignominiously in undue captivity of those whose intent is never to let go nor free Her captives taken in snares stupidly and arrogantly devised and belligerently enforced without due process of law, right judgment or representation authentic. Since the Commonwealth has absolutely no value or worth, all are guilty of perjury and perfidy at the outset and dawning of any and every day claimed by a majority walking in darkness at noon day since Mr. Edison had a not so bright idea that got way out of hand and became none but a criminal madman’s dream come true. All are guilty and no man, much less woman is fit to judge the freedom of another, and verily, no man was ever granted the right to the same no matter how upright and sincere his intentions may have been at one time.
“Rest may be appreciated when God [is] present with His people (Exodus 33:14), where there was neither ‘adversary nor evil occurrence’ (I Kings 5:4), nor an enemy (Deut. 25:19). Rest was achieved in the land God gave His people (Josh. 1:13), especially when the people returned from captivity and exile (Jer. 30:10). Rest was also shared in hospitality to strangers (Gen. 18:4) and in enjoying stable family life (Ruth 1:9, Prov. 29:17).
“However, rest is absent for God’s people in captivity (Exod. 5:4-5, Lam. 1:3). Rest escapes the wicked, who like the troubled sea, cannot rest (Isa. 57:20). The only rest that such people can look forward to is death and the grave (Job 3:11, 13, 16, 17, 18). Revelation 14:11 also has a powerful warning about rest for those on the wrong side of the great controversy in the last days.
“The rest HaShem offers is a very generous package. It includes the gift of the Sabbath, allowing us time out with the Creator. Ad’ni’s offer of rest recognizes our lost condition and restores us in every way. And when we slip up (as we do), we still have the assurance of a place of rest at our Savior’s side.
“When sowing gospel seed, human effort is always limited. We must sow everywhere. We are not to judge of what is good and bad soil (Jacob 5:21-22). The appearance of weeds simply indicates that we are just unable to prevent evil from springing up in the least expected places. It is HaShem of the harvest working in the background who ensures that all who can be saved will be saved. We do our job and must learn to trust Him to do His.
“[The] personal battle against evil can be won, but only if we build our lives firmly upon Him, and we can build upon Him only through obedience to Him. ‘Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock’ (Matt. 7:24). It’s that simple. However much faith is a crucial component – faith without works, the Bible says, is ‘dead’ (see James 2:17, 20, 26), and in this parable, we see just how dead it really is.
“When Jesus told the audience not to judge, he made two important points. The first is that the reason we judge others is because we do the same thing we are condemning (Matt. 7:1-2)[Kehillah in Rome 2:1-4]. We take the attention off ourselves and ensure that everyone around us is looking at the person we condemn rather than us.
“The other point Jesus makes is that often the problem we see in our brother or sister is only a fraction of the size of our own problem – a problem that we may not even be aware of. It is so easy for us to see a piece of sawdust in their eye, but we are unable to see the great wooden plank in our own.” -Ellen White.
“See the sun in the midst of the rain. Scoop clear water from the heart of the fire.” – Zen kaon
“Though hard to understand on one level, on another it’s not. Our world is a damaged place. The great controversy has been raging for about 6,000 years. A 6,000-year war is going to leave a lot of wreckage in its wake. And despite all our attempts to make this world better, the trajectory doesn’t seem to be heading in the right direction. In fact, it’s going to get only worse. That’s why we need the promise of Redemption.” -Leon Wieseltier
D&C 76:3-7; 10; 17-19; 22 For verily I say unto you, the time has come, and is now at hand; and behold, and lo, it must needs be that there be an organization of my people, in regulating and establishing the affairs of the storehouse for the poor of my people, both in this place and in the land of Zion— For a permanent and everlasting establishment and order unto my church, to advance the Cause, which ye have espoused, to the salvation of man, and to the glory of your Father who is in heaven; That you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things. For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things; For if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you. Otherwise Satan seeketh to turn their hearts away from the truth, that they become blinded and understand not the things which are prepared for them. Verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you; And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours. And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more. And he that is a faithful and wise steward shall inherit all things. Amen.
3 Nephi 9:21 Behold, I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world, to save the world from sin.
Kehillah in Galatia 3:14 In order that to the Goyim the Bracha of Avraham Avinu might come by Moshiach Y’shua, that the havtachah (promise) of the Ruach haKodesh we might receive through emunah.
It is written, all things are not as they seem, and those who know and walk, see and think by Faith are or have been doing whatsoever their hands have found to do and that faithfully so as to obtain the promise hereafter, and remain among the living. Even if all One may do is sin intentionally to spare another something worse than the reward for transgression or death. (Alma 34:16-29)
Mission reorganize, rededicate, and soon come restore all things in Wisdom and right judgment is going rather well, despite the fury of the enemy, the opposition of many, and the unwillingness of the truly wicked, bitter and unmerciful ones, who are at least easier to mark and avoid, if not remove and cut off from the land appointed to the righteous. I trust it is only a matter of time before they are taken out of our way, so that a Brave New World may overcome and defeat the old and bitter coward’s ploy to ban all progress in Unity and Love for His Remnant of all walks of life and We The People on a larger and much more important scale than our small world’s little afflicted and poor community may have been aware of for lack of a Seer soul amongst them able and willing to entreat the powers that be to lend a helping hand in true brotherhood and good will (Alma 60:7).
Having a good heart, a clear and clean conscience and pure intention is an army in-dah-fah-tea-gah-bull! Indestructible and unbeatable! Cherish whatever integrity you may have and strengthen it daily by keeping the commandments, knowing that the reward therefore is Life Eternal, at the Resurrection of the Just for the Olam Haba. It has all been God’s doing and I and ye must humbly bend the knee and bow our heads in praise and gratitude for all His indescribable gifts and unsearchable ways! Holy is He! We are wonderfully fashioned and created with a Soul-sense truly to be wondered at and cherished above all else – worldly gain and riches. Baruch HaShem! He is truly awesome!
And now, notwithstanding the above proclamation of better hopes and visions of, for and by We The People’s future progress, there remains the current reality to deal with which threatens to drain our capacity to set and keep our sights on higher ground and my own bowels of mercy, so to speak therewith filled. (Alma 7; 36:15)
The madness, mayhem, and treachery that is the norm of the day to day activity of humanity so-called is inexcusable, unjustifiable and quite unmercifully criminal to everyone’s mutual loss and absolutely no one’s gain. It is madness counterproductive and backward in momentum and direction contrary. In covering crimes unpardonable, the truly wicked have only become more blood guilty, merciless and unreasonable. The Treason committed within the United States remains a much greater threat than any enemy without. The righteous, whom the L-rd has not made sad (Yechezkel 13:22) are often unable to intervene and help anyone in a way that really is help unto recovery and restoration because the wicked have been in authority for so long and are so terribly ruthless, hard-hearted, desperately guilty and seven times as stupid in claiming authority in places where someone with authentic right and unbiased intentions could actually do a world of good and restore a nation of souls unto rights and privileges deserved rather than dishonestly claimed, coveted and abused by blemishes glutting themselves in any crowd they may gain entry into the midst of and feed off of. A wicked spirit is a world of ruin! A good one worketh health and restoration as a miracle medicine and antidote to poisoned souls and minds in a wilderness of illness and affliction. (Alma 7)
Unfaithful people always prove a disappointment and are two-fold cumbersome to work with. But they seek employ according to the gain available to lazy and idolatrous souls. Hence the infestations of rats within the housing, healthcare and government agencies across our once great nation are frequently their own judge, jury, and witness condemning themselves daily on an eternal basis (which equates to a fact unfortunate and by all means frightening), and yet so proudly arrogant and violent of nature, none doth oppose them, except in isolated acts of heroism no one ever hears about, as the righteous warrior never may boast of a battle won in the L-RD and verily it is best not to give the enemy any advantage at all and especially that of a knowledge of its own folly (Joshua 10:8; 1 Samuel 17:47; 2 Samuel 5:19; 1 Chronicles 14:10).
We have in places of seeming necessity and normal employ, terrorist cells more violent, blood-thirsty and hell bent and impenitent than all of the United States enemies combined imagined may or may not be within our own borders, in every state and city, town and country dwelling quite real and hauntingly telling a dark horse’s tale over and over again, writ with a stylus of iron in very concrete terms and innuendo of and in a heart blacker than midnight and void of warmth and love.
These creatures of want are so extremely dangerous, it is not in our interest to suffer their impetuous and ungrateful claims to citizenship, rights and privileges nobles wouldn’t claim if they could and are often ignorant of because they distance themselves from all falsehood and know better than to become involved in a house or workplace full of snares the American Dreamland or nightmare has become (Hisgalus 18:4). The eventuality has become unavoidable however as association plagues all from Head to Tail and back again through a Body, Nation, and House divided. More and more we are being forced to take action, and always the wicked have the upper hand which is no real advantage but just dumb luck of those who may never rest; i.e., the wicked (Mosiah 9:3).
This phenomenon is not uncommon and its effects and begettings are plainly spelled out in the 1st Book of Nephi Chapter 17 and again in Alma 33 & 37 and Proverbs 3:25-26 and other places in Scripture which never fails to tell you why what is going on around and within you is so and may be otherwise according to your own willingness and diligence in both hearing and doing His commandments.
The workplace is dominated by demented sows commandeering strongholds in order to afford the creature management of their own personal sty/pen/rock to crawl under, hole to hide in, etc. (Matthew 8:20; Luke 9:58), at the expense of a Commonwealth their kind has pilfered and exhausted from generation to generation of lazy, idolatrous, unpatriotic, unconcerned, meritless, unworthy, sad, dumb, disgraceful and ungrateful lives that barely register on a conscious level of existence, they don’t appreciate, are ungrateful for and despise the honorable rewards of, due all who might otherwise take their place and be a return on investment worth their rights and privileges all America would and should earn by intention worthy and performance considerably less costly and wasteful as it has been for far too long employing the above-mentioned Communist, Nazi, verifiably insane and dangerously criminal beasts of burden we suffer the painful and fruitless exactions of on a daily basis for what reasons are unjustifiable and fantastic in ideation profane born in absurdly blind insanity whose only cure is to pronounce their children disabled, unbalanced, or impaired in some way or another, when the ones passing out diagnoses and treatments are so rabidly insane it is unsafe to be born, live and breath and walk abroad without a militia down any street in the U.S.A. Latter-day.
In other words, such reasons don’t exist any more than these ‘Americans’ should. If anyone wishes to complete the mission assignment of and in any work environment the nation over, these dread spots and blemishes posing as Americans must be removed and our knowledge of their ever having existed in any place U.S.A. must needs be blotted out of our sacred consciousness otherwise blemished, besmirched, soiled, spoiled and all but destroyed by the sight of such unworthy. unmentionable creatures damnable and damning all about them, not to mention the progress and prosperity that would otherwise flow through our midst as a river of Life from a fountain of righteousness in a United Way that is otherwise doomed to become the muddy and bloody rivers of denial of Egyptian lore the States have become and been for too many generations in blasphemy unforgivable of which no member of the Body Believing may claim to be unassociated and blameless of having a willing hand bloodstained part in.
I shrink with shame and disgust at the very notion! My heart of hearts is already withered within me and dying from having been witness to what these types of poisonous people are capable of and therefore, I cannot recommend their prolonged citizenship be tolerated by the righteous, even if it must needs be that HaShem must needs destroy the same by fire. (1 Nephi 22:17; 2 Nephi 30:10).
They may obviously be good for something, after all, we find use for just about every manner of human waste and disease, but that something is not to be found within the ranks of the righteous nor our appointed homeland secured by martyred saints and the blood of innocents of four generations and counting whose sacred and divine right ought to at least be honored in their absence when the world was too cold and cruel to abide their existence and too ignoble to seek their common welfare and good by reason of common bonds shared and enjoyed by those of a better blood and Spiritual worth. But as long as they, the wicked, are suffered to reign as kings, tyrants, destroyers and maniacal madmen/women, they make a country once set at Divine Liberty a confining, unhealthy, unproductive, unsafe environment, made a thousand times more so by their employment in their own wasteland. And this is a reality suffered in a land choice above all else in the world by a government Wisdom once saw fit to construct and set in order the affairs of in such a Way that all might find Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in every day life long enough for those who know what sacrifices must be made in order to ensure the same rights are enjoyed and available on an all come and share alike basis of a mixed multitude devoted to certain ideals and boundaries or parameters sacred, whose crossing off or blotting out must be met with fast and furious violence unquestioned in decreed covenant and testimony sealed, whose ignorance of should prove reason enough for deportation and loss of shared experience in abundance of life! Lechayim!
A permanent haunt in Gehenna is of course not to be tolerated as a lifestyle choice of abominated beings living just too loosely to hold on to without incurring disease for the trouble of troubling trouble.
Nevertheless, with God all things are possible and he who turns from his sins and forsakes them shall find mercy and restoration his reward for leaving trouble behind.
It takes a True Lover to hate effectually so that the end result be a Garden of Ease and Life like unto Eden.
You Deal with God
I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God and not man. (Hosea 11:9)
“HaShem thus makes known His sparing mercies. It may be that the reader is now under heavy displeasure, and everything threatens his speedy doom. Let the text hold him up from despair. HaShem now invites you to consider your ways and confess your sins. If He had been man, He would long ago have cut you off. If He were now to act after the manner of men, it would be a word and a blow and then there would be an end of you: but it is not so, for “as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are his ways above your ways.”
“You rightly judge that He is angry, but He keepeth not His anger forever: if you turn from sin to the Son of Righteousness, God will turn from wrath. Because God is God, and not a man, there is still forgiveness for you, even though you may be steeped up to your throat in iniquity. You have a God to deal with and not a hard man, or even a merely just man. No human being could have patience with you. You would have wearied out an angel, as you have wearied your sorrowing father; but God is longsuffering. Come and try Him at once. Confess, believe, and turn from your evil way, and you shall be saved.”
1 Nephi 14:7 For the time has come, saith the Lamb of God, that I work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other—either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto the deliverance of them to the hardness of their hearts and the blindness of their minds unto their being brought down into captivity, and also into destruction, both temporally and spiritually, according to the captivity of the devil, of which I have spoken.
Mosiah 5:5 And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to be obedient to his commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder of our days, that we may not bring upon ourselves a never-ending torment, as has been spoken by the angel, that we may not drink out of the cup of the wrath of God.
And it came to pass that the Amalekites and the Amulonites and the Lamanites who were in the land of Amulon, and also in the land of Helam, and who were in the land of Jerusalem, and in fine, in all the land round about, who had not been converted and had not taken upon them the name of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, were stirred up by the Amalekites and by the Amulonites to anger against their brethren. And their hatred became exceedingly sore against them, even insomuch that they began to rebel against their king, insomuch that they would not that he should be their king; therefore, they took up arms against the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi. Now the king conferred the kingdom upon his son, and he called his name Anti-Nephi-Lehi. And the king died in that selfsame year that the Lamanites began to make preparations for war against the people of God. Now when Ammon and his brethren and all those who had come up with him saw the preparations of the Lamanites to destroy their brethren, they came forth to the land of Midian, and there Ammon met all his brethren; and from thence they came to the land of Ishmael that they might hold a council with Lamoni and also with his brother Anti-Nephi-Lehi, what they should do to defend themselves against the Lamanites. Now there was not one soul among all the people who had been converted unto HaShem that would take up arms against their brethren; nay, they would not even make any preparations for war; yea, and also their king commanded them that they should not. Now, these are the words which he said unto the people concerning the matter: I thank my God, my beloved people, that our great God has in goodness sent these our brethren, the Nephites, unto us to preach unto us, and to convince us of the traditions of our wicked fathers. And behold, I thank my great God that He has given us a portion of His Spirit to soften our hearts, that we have opened a correspondence with these brethren, the Nephites. And behold, I also thank my God, that by opening this correspondence we have been convinced of our sins, and of the many murders which we have committed. And I also thank my God, yea, my great God, that He hath granted unto us that we might repent of these things, and also that He hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of His Son. And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do (as we were the most lost of all mankind) to repent of all our sins and the many murders which we have committed, and to get God to take them away from our hearts, for it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that he would take away our stain— Now, my best-beloved brethren, since God hath taken away our stains, and our swords have become bright, then let us stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren. Behold, I say unto you, Nay, let us retain our swords that they be not stained with the blood of our brethren; for perhaps, if we should stain our swords again they can no more be washed bright through the blood of the Son of our great God, which shall be shed for the atonement of our sins. And the great God has had mercy on us, and made these things known unto us that we might not perish; yea, and He has made these things known unto us beforehand, because He loveth our souls as well as He loveth our children; therefore, in His mercy He doth visit us by His angels, that the plan of salvation might be made known unto us as well as unto future generations. Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hide them away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before Him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since He imparted His word unto us and has made us clean thereby. And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us, behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shall go to our God and shall be saved. And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth. And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood; and this they did, vouching and covenanting with God, that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands. And thus, we see that, when these Lamanites were brought to believe and to know the truth, they were firm, and would suffer even unto death rather than commit sin; and thus we see that they buried their weapons of peace, or they buried the weapons of war, for peace. And it came to pass that their brethren, the Lamanites, made preparations for war, and came up to the land of Nephi for the purpose of destroying the king, and to place another in his stead, and also of destroying the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi out of the land. Now when the people saw that they were coming against them they went out to meet them, and prostrated themselves before them to the earth, and began to call on HaShem; and thus, they were in this attitude when the Lamanites began to fall upon them and began to slay them with the sword. And thus without meeting any resistance, they did slay a thousand and five of them; and we know that they are blessed, for they have gone to dwell with their God. Now when the Lamanites saw that their brethren would not flee from the sword, neither would they turn aside to the right hand or to the left, but that they would lie down and perish, and praised God even in the very act of perishing under the sword— Now when the Lamanites saw this they did forbear from slaying them; and there were many whose hearts had swollen in them for those of their brethren who had fallen under the sword, for they repented of the things which they had done. And it came to pass that they threw down their weapons of war, and they would not take them again, for they were stung for the murders which they had committed; and they came down even as their brethren, relying upon the mercies of those whose arms were lifted to slay them. And the people of God were joined that day by more than the number who had been slain, and those who had been slain were righteous people, therefore we have no reason to doubt but what they were saved. And there was not a wicked man slain among them, but there were more than a thousand brought to the knowledge of the truth; thus we see that HaShem worketh in many ways to the salvation of His people. Now the greatest number of those of the Lamanites who slew so many of their brethren were Amalekites and Amulonites, the greatest number of whom were after the order of the Nehors. Now, among those who joined the people of HaShem, there were none who were Amalekites or Amulonites, or who were of the order of Nehor, but they were actual descendants of Laman and Lemuel. And thus we can plainly discern, that after a people have been once enlightened by the Spirit of God and have had great knowledge of things pertaining to righteousness, and then have fallen away into sin and transgression, they become more hardened, and thus their state becomes worse than though they had never known these things.
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” –Jane Howard (1935-1996)