Friday, November 19, 2010

THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY

Zion, November 19th 2010

The mystery of iniquity

Briefly stated, when abuse of any type reaches the label or phase of Domestic Violence and/or Assault and Battery, it is already like a cancer in its final phases or at the point of no return to kill its victim. Sometimes people just do not recover from it at either side of the spectrum.

Like lasciviousness, this social problem is such a desolating scourge that only to understand the report is a vexation to the soul. In order to stop it we must act at once altogether as a truly concerned and civilized community to uproot it. We as a family must once and for all understand the true worth of souls to our heavenly father. We must point out this soul degenerating wickedness in the early stages of emergence which is called Unrighteous Dominion.


H. Burke Peterson, “Unrighteous Dominion,” Ensign, Jul 1989, 7

How to recognize—even within yourself—this grievous problem and how to overcome it.

The letters and phone calls the Brethren receive from faithful wives and children who are emotionally and physically abused in their own homes continue to multiply. Their cries for help are heartrending. Their pleas and prayers are never-ending. It is tragic that too often husbands and fathers, even those who hold the priesthood, conduct themselves in their own homes in ways that would be censured in any other social setting. Countless heartaches and misshaped lives result from this unrighteous behavior.

Exercising unrighteous dominion can follow many patterns. It may be relatively mild when expressed as criticism, anger, or feelings of severe frustration. In more extreme cases, however, unrighteous dominion may emerge as verbal, physical, or emotional abuse. Unfortunately, in its less obvious forms, unrighteous dominion is often either ignored or not recognized as such. This article is an attempt to help husbands and fathers and their families come to grips with this grievous and growing problem in our society. By acknowledging and setting right these less-obvious forms of unsuitable behavior, perhaps we may help prevent the more extreme behaviors that can grow out of them.

Of course, unrighteous dominion is not a challenge just for men. Anyone—man or woman—who in any way guides or directs others may be guilty of unrighteous dominion. Each woman and each man—whether married or single, a parent or not—would do well to learn and practice the principles here addressed. I hope that the following insights and suggestions might find root in the believing and willing heart of each reader who needs help.

Examples of Unrighteous Dominion

One wife relates, “I have a dear, good, very hardworking husband whose desire is to see that I lack none of the material things of life. In fact, he devotes all of his waking hours toward this goal. He stops only long enough to sleep and eat, and to attend church on Sunday.”

Between the lines we read that she would rather have fewer material things and more of her husband’s time and attention. Furthermore, in his strong desire to provide for his family and to achieve, this husband often falls into a pattern of demanding perfection from them, and when he does not feel this is attained, his expressions turn to criticism. The wife continues:

“Life can be such a lonely struggle for women in these situations, for if they go to others for help they are most often told to change their own attitudes, to love their companions more, and to be willing to compromise to get along. So she gives up her desires, hopes, and dreams—which would appear to fit easily within the framework of righteous living—to one who reminds her continually of her failings, letting her know she is not living up to his expectations. How can a woman feel she’ll ever become what our Heavenly Father expects of her when no matter how hard she tries, she never pleases her husband?”

Another sister called on the telephone. Her concern was that her husband regularly purchased pornographic magazines and that every night he watched explicit videos and movies and then made inappropriate and offensive demands of her. Despite this culpable behavior—kept secret from priesthood leaders until his wife’s anguished telephone call—this man had served as a temple worker.

One sister expressed a concern felt by many when she said, “[We] are greatly in need of the support, and, yes, the willingness of priesthood bearers in our homes to put aside their own special interests on occasion when we are so in need of their understanding.” She underscores the difficult situation of women who are married but are almost without husbands, of children who live with but are almost without fathers. These husbands and fathers have other priorities that they have placed ahead of their families. They claim to be too involved in business or everyday work. Perhaps they are sports enthusiasts, TV-watchers, or noncommunicators. They may even be those who are “diligent” Church workers, even leaders, who spend extended periods of time at church “doing the Lord’s work” to escape the problems and pressures of home life. This real-life example of unrighteous dominion underscores what President Kimball taught: “Men often give women inadequate respect. I sometimes think our own Latter-day Saint women are ‘needy’ just because some of us are not as thoughtful and considerate of them as we should be. Our pantries can be filled with food and yet our sisters can be starved for affection and recognition.” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982, p. 317.)

Another example of unrighteous dominion is when a father demands compliance with rules he has arbitrarily set. This is contrary to the spirit of gospel leadership. Indeed, a man can add a rich dimension to his leadership when he considers rules with his wife and children who, together with him, can set them in place.

Autocratic leadership is manifested in other ways. Family home evenings were discontinued in one family because members of the family became discouraged by the contention and anger that infected each meeting. The father, who may have been conscientious about his responsibility to help his family improve, unwisely used most of the time to find fault with family members and to draw their attention to things he felt they were doing wrong. There was little recognition for achievement or accomplishments. Even though he made some effort to praise the children, it was not enough to offset his negative criticism.

The Husband Presides in the Home

Speaking of priesthood leadership, Elder John A. Widtsoe said: “The Priesthood always presides and must, for the sake of order. The women of a congregation or auxiliary—many of them—may be wiser, far greater in mental powers, even greater in natural power of leadership than the men who preside over them. That signifies nothing. The Priesthood is not bestowed on the basis of mental power but is given to good men and they exercise it by right of divine gift, called upon by the leaders of the Church. Woman has her gift of equal magnitude, and that is bestowed on the simple and weak as well as upon those who are great and strong.” (Priesthood and Church Government, comp. John A. Widtsoe, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1939, p. 90.)

President Joseph Fielding Smith taught that this relationship extends to the home. “There is nothing in the teachings of the gospel which declares that men are superior to women,” he said. “The Lord has given unto men the power of priesthood and sent them forth to labor in his service. The woman’s calling is in a different direction. The most noble, exalting calling of all is that which has been given to women as the mothers of men. Women do not hold the priesthood, but if they are faithful and true they will become priestesses and queens in the kingdom of God, and that implies that they will be given authority. The women do not hold the priesthood with their husbands, but they do reap the benefits coming from that priesthood.” (Doctrines of Salvation, 3 vols., comp. Bruce R. McConkie, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954–56, 3:178; italics in original.)

The principles, however, that we are discussing apply as well to homes where the husband does not hold the priesthood. President Kimball explained: “The husband presides in marriage. In the beginning when God created man and the woman, he said to the woman, ‘Thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule [but I like the word preside] over thee.’ (Gen. 3:16.)” (Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 316.) In this regard, it is interesting to note the dedicatory inscription in President Kimball’s biography. It reads, “To Camilia Eyring Kimball, equal partner.” (See Edward L. Kimball and Andrew E. Kimball, Jr., Spencer W. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1977.)

In the order of heaven, the husband has the authority to preside in the home. That issue is not subject to review. How he presides, however, is subject to review, and to correction, if necessary.

Sometimes a husband may believe that his role as head of the house gives him a right to be exacting and to arbitrarily prescribe what his wife should do. But in a home established on a righteous foundation, the relationship of a man and a woman should be one of partnership. A husband should not make decrees. Rather, he should work with his wife until a joint decision palatable to both is developed.

A man needs to understand that his power to influence his wife or children for good can only come through love, praise, and patience. It can never be brought about by force or coercion.

Many women carry heavy burdens raising children and attending to household responsibilities. They often accomplish near-miracles in balancing all the demands made upon them. A husband who is critical of his wife and communicates censure for what hasn’t been done rather than thanks for what has been done fosters discouragement. But if he will give a word of praise or offer a little help, he will see his wife try ever harder to do her part. Criticism has a negative influence on the feelings of love for and interest in one’s spouse. Women need love, affection, and emotional support from their husbands.

Paul has counseled, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” (Eph. 5:25.) In commenting on this counsel, President Kimball provided this important insight:

“Can you think of how [Christ] loved the church? Its every breath was important to him. Its every growth, its every individual, was precious to him. He gave to those people all his energy, all his power, all his interest. He gave his life—and what more could one give? … When the husband is ready to treat his household in that manner, not only his wife but also his children will respond to his loving and exemplary leadership. It will be automatic. He won’t need to demand it. …

“Certainly if fathers are to be respected, they must merit respect: If they are to be loved, they must be consistent, lovable, understanding, and kind—and they must honor their priesthood.” (Men of Example, pamphlet, Salt Lake City: Church Educational System, 1973, p. 5.)

Authority and Power in the Priesthood

Some brethren do not understand that there is a marked difference between priesthood authority and priesthood power. The two terms are not necessarily synonymous. Authority in the priesthood comes by the laying on of hands by one having the proper authority. However, according to revelation from the Lord, power in the priesthood comes only through righteous living. In the scriptures we are told:

“The rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.

“That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.” (D&C 121:36–37.)

This power from heaven is the power to bless, to strengthen, to heal, to comfort, to bring peace to a household. To lift and encourage is priesthood power. To those who learn how to develop this power will come the promises described in Doctrine and Covenants 132:20–21:

“Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.” [D&C 132:20–21]

Inherent in the “law” spoken of in these verses is the principle of righteous dominion. Consider the Lord’s description of a man of power as contained in Doctrine and Covenants 121:41–42. This description is directed specifically at the priesthood, but anyone in authority, particularly husbands and fathers, would do well to adopt these principles. [D&C 121:41–42]

The Man of Power is one who presides—

By persuasion. He uses no demeaning words or behavior, does not manipulate others, appeals to the best in everyone, and respects the dignity and agency of all humankind—men, women, boys, and girls.

By long-suffering. He waits when necessary and listens to the humblest or youngest person. He is tolerant of the ideas of others and avoids quick judgments and anger.

By gentleness. He uses a smile more often than a frown. He is not gruff or loud or frightening; he does not discipline in anger.

By meekness. He is not puffed up, does not dominate conversations, and is willing to conform his will to the will of God.

By love unfeigned. He does not pretend. He is sincere, giving honest love without reservation even when others are unlovable.

By kindness. He practices courtesy and thoughtfulness in little things as well as in the more obvious things.

By pure knowledge. He avoids half-truths and seeks to be empathetic.

Without hypocrisy. He practices the principles he teaches. He knows he is not always right and is willing to admit his mistakes and say “I’m sorry.”

Without guile. He is not sly or crafty in his dealings with others, but is honest and authentic when describing his feelings.

Misunderstood and Misused Scriptures

Too often, scriptural teachings are taken out of context by those who are guilty of unrighteous dominion. For example, consider Matthew 10:37: “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” [Matt. 10:37]

Some misguided fathers and mothers use this scripture as a rationalization for neglecting their families. Having misunderstood the concept, they use this counsel to justify spending exorbitant amounts of time in Church activity. In many cases, they do it primarily to receive the accolades and attention that come from excelling in Church callings. Responding to the needs of family members at home (which, at times, may conflict with Church responsibilities) is not likely to be noticed, much less bring praise from others.

Of course, bishops, stake presidents, and other leaders appreciate members who are willing to accept and carry out callings and assignments. This is as it should be. Unfortunately, some leaders make the mistake of expressing a certain amount of disdain for members who now and then take care of a family duty rather than attending a function or immediately fulfilling a particular assignment. Such leaders have too little trust in the members’ ability to wisely choose between two right actions. At times, these leaders wrongly make a member who has chosen to minister to his family’s urgent needs feel guilty. This is not as it should be.

Another misunderstood and misused scripture is Doctrine and Covenants 121:43, which reads, “Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy.” [D&C 121:43]

Perhaps we should consider what it means to reprove with sharpness. Reproving with sharpness means reproving with clarity, with loving firmness, with serious intent. It does not mean reproving with sarcasm, or with bitterness, or with clenched teeth and raised voice. One who reproves as the Lord has directed deals in principles, not personalities. He does not attack character or demean an individual.

In almost every situation in which correction is required, private reproof is superior to public reproof. Unless the whole ward is in need of a reprimand, it is better for a bishop to speak to the individual rather than to use the collective approach. Similarly, a child or spouse has the right to be told privately of mistakes. Public correction is often cruel or, at the least, misguided.

Brigham Young gave us a key to making righteous reproof possible:

“If you are ever called to chasten a person, never chasten beyond the balm you have within you to bind up. … When you have the chastening rod in your hands, ask God to give you wisdom to use it, that you may not use it to the destruction of an individual, but to his salvation.” (In Journal of Discourses, 9:124–25.)

Each husband, each father, should ask some questions of himself to see if he may be on the borderline of unrighteous dominion:

1. Do I criticize family members more than I compliment them?

2. Do I insist that family members obey me because I am the father or husband and hold the priesthood?

3. Do I seek happiness more at work or somewhere other than in my home?

4. Do my children seem reluctant to talk to me about some of their feelings and concerns?

5. Do I attempt to guarantee my place of authority by physical discipline or punishment?

6. Do I find myself setting and enforcing numerous rules to control family members?

7. Do family members appear to be fearful of me?

8. Do I feel threatened by the notion of sharing with other family members the power and responsibility for decision making in the family?

9. Is my wife highly dependent on me and unable to make decisions for herself?

10. Does my wife complain that she has insufficient funds to manage the household because I control all the money?

11. Do I insist on being the main source of inspiration for each individual family member rather than teaching each child to listen to the Spirit?

12. Do I often feel angry and critical toward family members?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then we may need to evaluate our relationship with our family members. For one who holds the priesthood, the best test as to whether he is trying to control the lives of family members can be found by examining his relationship with the Lord. If a man feels a reduction or withdrawal of the Holy Ghost (manifested by contention, disunity, or rebellion), he may know that he is exercising unrighteous dominion.

Unfortunately, too many men may be denied the blessings of heaven because they have failed to understand and heed the Lord’s counsel concerning unrighteous dominion. But to those of us who learn to discipline ourselves and to master the righteous use of authority and “who let virtue garnish [our] thoughts unceasingly,” the Lord has promised:

“Then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.

“The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.” (D&C 121:45–46.)

What a glorious day that will be!

But until then let it also be known that NOT ONE leadership circle under heaven regardless of how civilized, refined, holy or sublime it portray itself, it has never been exempt from unrighteous dominion. No, not one. Therefore, this is not only a problem of marriages and families or even a new thing of this epoch. It is neither discriminatory of age, sex, race, gender, ability or disability, but nations, armies, governments, corporations, social, secret societies and sports teams. All social networks, political or even religious affiliation are all infected with this desolating disease. And unless we act soon upon it, eventually it will end up in the decimating and irrevocable destructions of entire human civilizations either of their own self or by the punishment and chastisements of a just God. It is no secret, you must see it to believe it.

For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

(1 Peter 3:17-20)

Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report. For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

(Isaiah 28: 16-20)

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

(1 Peter 4: 15-19)

Behold, vengeance cometh speedily upon the inhabitants of the earth, a day of wrath, a day of burning, a day of desolation, of weeping, of mourning, and of lamentation; and as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth, saith the Lord. And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth, saith the Lord; First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord.

(Doctrine and Covenants 112: 24-26)

And it is impossible for the tongue to describe, or for man to write a perfect description of the horrible scene of the blood and carnage which was among the people, both of the Nephites and of the Lamanites; and every heart was hardened, so that they delighted in the shedding of blood continually. And there never had been so great wickedness among all the children of Lehi, nor even among all the house of Israel, according to the words of the Lord, as was among this people.

(Mormon 4:11-12)

And all these abominations did start with Satan adjuring Cain to kill his brother Abel for the sake of power and filthy lucre and gain in the beginning if times when he rejected the greater council of God.

And it shall be said in time to come—That these abominations were had from Cain; for he rejected the greater counsel which was had from God; and this is a cursing which I will put upon thee, except thou repent.

(Pearl of Great price, Moses 5:13)

This last scripture was fulfilled this day right before your very own eyes.

Compiled for the honor and glory of God and for your everlasting benefit in the Holy name of Jesus Christ, amen

By an unworthy servant in the hand sof Christ.

Attentively and humbly

Miguel Ángel Tinoco Rodríguez



Thursday, November 4, 2010

One Mighty and Strong

Zion, November 3rd 2010.


Hearken and lo, this is the voice as of one sent down from high who is mighty and powerful whose goings are unto the ends of the earth. I speaks as one having authority who even until now cries repentance in the wilderness and whose voice is unto all men:


Repent ye, repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is nigh at hand. Prepare the way of the Lord and make his path straight, for the ax is already laid at the root of every tree and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be hewn down leaving it neither root nor branch; and it will cast into the fire where no traveler ever returns.




This is the minutes man; and I am here to make manifest what will shortly come to pass as with a very loud voice and also as I live, that there shall be time no longer. The world is now living in midnight darkness, unrivaled and supreme. The devil knows as well as I Michael, also know, that he has but little time and nothing but repentance can help or save us as a people now. I myself have cast him out strongly out of his place and he is at anytime going to be trodden under foot for:



Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
(New Testament Revelation 12:10-12)

Extreme right means fascism and/or anarchy. Extreme left means total power for the gain and power seekers. I do not know which more dreadful, if the vain and foolish traditions and celebrations of the world or what is happening to America or to the daughter of Zion today. Yet none of it may be so devastating to the impious as the brightness of the Lord’s coming. Therefore repent ye, repent ye for the great and dreadful day of the Lord is nigh at hand.


Speaking as a free man, I am glad I voted for Jesus Christ in the pre-mortal councils as well as, in lack of better choices as President of the United in the last presidential election. And yesterday, also in lack of better choices, I voted for Charlie Crist as US Senator to remind me of what I had done exactly two years ago or in the great pre-mortal councils of heaven.


Charlie Crist perhaps got the vote of the people and not the votes of partisan loyalist who may have won the election nominees on those windy ranks. It may have cost his election, but perhaps he may have gotten out in the nick of time from the grassroots or the deep grasp of partisan corruption and secret combinations that will bring this nation to a sudden death. Yet, I am deeply concerned and afraid for a great many Floridians and also for a great many Americans elsewhere, for the following reasons:


THE OPONENT OF CRIST WAS CHOSEN BY THIS PEOPLE. THEY EVIDENTLY, TIME AND AGAIN CHOSE TO ELECT INIQUITY instead of common sense and reason. And also, because those who call themselves TEA Party Activists and proudly wave the American Flag never defined or organized themselves as most anarchists do.

 
If their cause was right, the TEA Party Activists should have properly organized and build their own assembly house. But instead, they gave their votes to people that will eventually disenfranchise them with a military kick in their rear end when all is said and done. They are the ones who have sold America and are prone to make of it a ruin, wasteness and desolation much worst than what has hitherto happened under either political outfit in this past generation.

Furthermore, this is not the first or the second time that a great civilization has been reduced to dust and ashes or to nothing in these lands. Excluding the decimating event of the great flood, the first time it happened was total annihilation to the last man standing. The second was partial destruction of the more wicked part of the people as the wicked punished the wicked. And the third was an invading power was brought here by the hand of the Lord that dispersed submitted and decimated most of its degenerate aborigines, but thankfully by the interposition of the prophets and the promises of God, they were not obliterated to utter destruction. And of such it is prophesied:



For behold, saith the prophet, the time cometh speedily that Satan shall have no more power over the hearts of the children of men; for the day soon cometh that all the proud and they who do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day cometh that they must be burned.


For the time soon cometh that the fulness of the wrath of God shall be poured out upon all the children of men; for he will not suffer that the wicked shall destroy the righteous. Wherefore, he will preserve the righteous by his power, even if it so be that the fulness of his wrath must come, and the righteous be preserved, even unto the destruction of their enemies by fire. Wherefore, the righteous need not fear; for thus saith the prophet, they shall be saved, even if it so be as by fire.


Behold, my brethren, I say unto you, that these things must shortly come; yea, even blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke must come; and it must needs be upon the face of this land; and it cometh unto men according to the flesh if it so be that they will harden their hearts against the Holy One of Israel.


For behold, the righteous shall not perish; for the time surely must come that all they who fight against Zion shall be cut off. And the Lord will surely prepare a way for his people, unto the fulfilling of the words of Moses, which he spake, saying:


A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that all those who will not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people.


And now I, Nephi, declare unto you, that this prophet of whom Moses spake was the Holy One of Israel; wherefore, he shall execute judgment in righteousness.


 the righteous need not fear, for they are those who shall not be confounded. But it is the kingdom of the devil, which shall be built up among the children of men, which kingdom is established among them which are in the flesh— For the time speedily shall come that all churches which are built up to get gain, and all those who are built up to get power over the flesh, and those who are built up to become popular in the eyes of the world, and those who seek the lusts of the flesh and the things of the world, and to do all manner of iniquity; yea, in fine, all those who belong to the kingdom of the devil are they who need fear, and tremble, and quake; they are those who must be brought low in the dust; they are those who must be consumed as stubble; and this is according to the words of the prophet.

(Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 22:15 - 23)


Constitutional moderation or temperance is what we all need and not left or right extremisms as have thus far occurred in the past two-to four political elections or more, which have led this nation and perhaps the whole continent of Zion into hard economic bondage. Can’t this people of this great nation and other people abroad in this continent realize that both traditional political parties are but two faces of the same coin? When are we going to realize as a people that we cannot obtain peace and security at the same time without self destruction? It is either one or the other. For when they say peace and safety, a sudden destruction comes as travail upon a woman who is ready to give birth. These are not my words but the words of the apostles of Jesus Christ and an unworthy herald in the hands of Christ is making it made manifest plainly and boldly unto you all.


BUT of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.


(New Testament 1 Thessalonians 5:1 - 3)

As I said earlier that, it is not common for the majority of the voice of the people to choose that which is not right, but that it is common for the lesser part of the people to choose that which is not right. Yet it is by a meager minority that the greater are lulled and or corrupted to a false sense of security by trusting in the weak and putrid arm of flesh, when in effect they should put their trust in the living God, even Jesus the Christ. And when that happens it is as if the salt of the earth has lost its flavor which is good for nothing but to be cast to the earth and be trodden under foot. I feel again like mourning and wailing in dust and ashes the great lost aforetime as Jeremiah when he lamented for his own people, but I now must forebear and only make room to declare it, for my time is not yet come. I‘d rather use some prudence, space and time to give place to the very own words of Jeremiah and also to the Lord’s words.


OH that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men. And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.


Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders. And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.


Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people? Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait. Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?


For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone. And I will make JerUSAlem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.


Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?


The LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein; But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:


Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.


Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come: And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters. For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.


Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation. For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.


Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them.


Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.


Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised; Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.

(Old Testament Jeremiah 9:1 - 26)


Again, have we as Americans become lukewarm or flavorless like unto a potato without salt? If so, nothing but repentance can save this people now, for as it had transpired anciently over these lands the time ahead seems very dark and ominous. For a great many Americans have already reached the point of no return. They have forsaken the constitutional law of the land that the Lord had given them. When that takes place, as it did happen time and again in ancient Jerusalem, the land is severely cursed and violence and all sorts of bloody mischief suddenly erupt.

I have seen ominous darkness and the vapors of smoke ascend under our feet and also under the bed of the slothful daughter that mocked God and refused to be saved. For the bed is shorter than a man can stretch himself on it and the covering is too narrow to wrap himself in it. Therefore those parts that are naked of the daughter of Zion of which I speak must perish and subject to be taken out of the way and make way for the strange act of the Lord. And it is because a great many Americans, yet not all, have forsaken their God, even Jesus Christ who brought them here and made them great, even above all gentile nations of the known word.

Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law—to do your business by the voice of the people.


And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.
(Book of Mormon Mosiah 29:26 - 27)

As far as the Great State of Florida it is concerned, I have reason to believe that it is a very cunning of the devil to try to reclaim all the people telling them that they have gone astray, not from God, but by believing in a God that has promised us to return; or from the great commandments or form principles that made them great as given by inspiration to this nation’s forefathers. In other words, speaking to a non secular church, a great many Americans have forgotten and betrayed the Constitutional law of the land. It hangs as if by a fine thread of silk. We the elders of Zion must step up, stand and defend it or perish.


I had not known of it assuredly until very recently the great contrast or polarization we live in America. I take as an example the bipartisan unification model that Charlie Crist intended to unite amerce outside of the precise phrase that was used by Marco Rubio’s political slang, false rhetoric or propaganda to which a great many people in desperation did fall into. The slang is RECLAIM AMERICA. This rhetoric in complete opposition to the left wing idiosyncrasy of his opponent party who has flagrantly ravished the financial resources of our nation unrestrained, leaving the only chance of reason and common sense isolated in the middle. When the Law of the land is forsaken, the laws of nature or natural law takes its toll upon the perpetrators and all their supporters. It is like unto a church whose honorable priesthood power begins to work against the fallen priests and also against their cat minded followers.

Likewise, there are many antichrist in the world today; but they are all the same. They have the same language, the same wolverine trails, they eat the same food, they worship the same gods, they bow down to the same idols and they seek the same common purpose. But they who promise CHANGE never change anything at all. That kind of change is not welcome. A church is going to be offended at my words and forsake me; even her husband only to find out that the sun the Sun is ashamed of her and refuses to give off its light. For if the sun gives away his honor and his very own light, how will the house be illuminated?

 
But there was an ancient anti-Christ that used even the same words as Marco Rubio or even Barack Obama. His name was Korihor. He did exactly the same, as Zo-ram and/or my Amado, Karbab of our own days are doing. Korihor was also as those of our day, a very cunning and uprising false prophet or orator that came of nowhere into the scene or unto the people. He lied to them with intent to deceive. Only that the former proselytized for the extreme right and the previous for the extreme left; and Korihor and the devil for their own purpose of destroying the rights, liberty and felicity of the people to make them as miserable as he is himself. The devil even cheats his own telling them that there is no Devil much less a living hell until he grasps them speedily down with them.

 
I now know a ravenous wolf when I see him or hear them howl, for by their fruits ye shall know them. Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever did. The following were the words of that anti Christ Korihor at the end of his pitiful rope who in life and in death paid his own folly and was taken for his mischief. Korihor, the antichrist, like many on our day think that every man fears in this life according to the management of the creature; and that every man prospers according to his own strength leading the heart of people speedily to destruction. That is how the devil grabbed him speedily to destruction and supported him not when worst came to shovel. And these are the very own words he used as stated in a holy writ:

But behold, the devil hath deceived me; for he appeared unto me in the form of an angel, and said unto me: Go and reclaim this people, for they have all gone astray after an unknown God. And he said unto me: There is no God; yea, and he taught me that which I should say. And I have taught his words; and I taught them because they were pleasing unto the carnal mind; and I taught them, even until I had much success, insomuch that I verily believed that they were true; and for this cause I withstood the truth, even until I have brought this great curse upon me.


(Book of Mormon Alma 30:53)


Now the knowledge of what had happened unto Korihor was immediately published throughout all the land; yea, the proclamation was sent forth by the chief judge to all the people in the land, declaring unto those who had believed in the words of Korihor that they must speedily repent, lest the same judgments would come unto them. And it came to pass that they were all convinced of the wickedness of Korihor; therefore they were all converted again unto the Lord; and this put an end to the iniquity after the manner of Korihor. And Korihor did go about from house to house, begging food for his support.

And it came to pass that as he went forth among the people, yea, among a people who had separated themselves from the Nephites and called themselves Zoramites, being led by a man whose name was Zoram—and as he went forth amongst them, behold, he was run upon and trodden down, even until he was dead. And thus we see the end of him who perverteth the ways of the Lord; and thus we see that the devil will not support his children at the last day, but doth speedily drag them down to hell.


(Book of Mormon Alma 30:57 - 60)

Therefore, if we as a people desire to be spared of the dangers of our day, we must repent of all our sins and iniquities or only a remnant of the entire people of these lands will be left to inherent the wasted and desolate cities. We must keep all the Lord’s commandments which are the constitution of life, liberty and happiness. We must seek the Lord’s face earnestly if we desire our land to be healed of her mortal wound by working our own salvation with fear and trembling as the prophets counseled and continue to counsel us.

I say these things not for self gratification, but to manifest that the real purpose of this life is for us to prepare individually and collectively in every needful thing to meet our God or face being obliterated by the brightness of his coming. For of him, even Jesus Christ, is the bishop and high priest of our souls and the author of our salvation. Of the son of man it is written even since beginning of times and anciently of him even Moses said.
(Old Testament Deuteronomy 18:15)


Behold, I am he of whom Moses spake, saying: A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people.


Therefore it shall come to pass that whosoever will not believe in my words, who am Jesus Christ, which the Father shall cause him to bring forth unto the Gentiles, and shall give unto him power that he shall bring them forth unto the Gentiles, (it shall be done even as Moses said) they shall be cut off from among my people who are of the covenant.
And my people who are a remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off.


Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots; And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds; And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers; Thy graven images I will also cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee, and thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands; And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy thy cities.


And it shall come to pass that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be done away. For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day whosoever will not repent and come unto my Beloved Son, them will I cut off from among my people, O house of Israel; And I will execute vengeance and fury upon them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.


But if they will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance; And they shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob, and also as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem. And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in, who are scattered upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem. And then shall the power of heaven come down among them; and I also will be in the midst. And then shall the work of the Father commence at that day, even when this gospel shall be preached among the remnant of this people. Verily I say unto you, at that day shall the work of the Father commence among all the dispersed of my people, yea, even the tribes which have been lost, which the Father hath led away out of Jerusalem.


Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of my people, with the Father to prepare the way whereby they may come unto me, that they may call on the Father in my name. Yea, and then shall the work commence, with the Father among all nations in preparing the way whereby his people may be gathered home to the land of their inheritance. And they shall go out from all nations; and they shall not go out in haste, nor go by flight, for I will go before them, saith the Father, and I will be their rearward.
(Book of Mormon  Nephi 21:11 - 29)


As you all have seen, both the Father and the Son have spoken and the Holy Ghost bear witness of the truth of all things. I pray that these things that were prophesied do not overtake us in the winter time nor on the Sabbath day, peradventure do we suffer obliteration as the Jews did. For likewise America, when they divided themselves in three bands and while fighting each other a great army surrounded them and they were speedily destroyed in Jerusalem by a very great army and even by devouring fire. Yet, I fear that our fate is even worst, for if the Lord did not spare his own house that was as a tender plant unto him, what can we expect when the fire approaches the dry wood? But for those who earnestly seek to do the will of God, the sun of righteousness shall rise with power and healing in his wings. And this is the Lord’s promise regardless of who gets offended and leaves the Lord’s presence.

Behold, I say unto you, the redemption of Zion must needs come by power Therefore, I will raise up unto my people a man, who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel.


(Doctrine and Covenants Section 103:15 - 16)



And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God; While that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning.


And all they who are not found written in the book of remembrance shall find none inheritance in that day, but they shall be cut asunder, and their portion shall be appointed them among unbelievers, where are wailing and gnashing of teeth. These things I say not of myself; therefore, as the Lord speaketh, he will also fulfil.


And they who are of the High Priesthood, whose names are not found written in the book of the law, or that are found to have apostatized, or to have been cut off from the church, as well as the lesser priesthood, or the members, in that day shall not find an inheritance among the saints of the Most High; Therefore, it shall be done unto them as unto the children of the priest, as will be found recorded in the second chapter and sixty–first and second verses of Ezra.


Doctrine and Covenants Section 85:7 - 12)


These things I say humbly, fearing God more than men, for as the Lord has said, he will also fulfill. And I do it with proper authority having been fastened with a key placed in a sure place with which I can open and no one can shut and with which I can shut and no one can open under the council and direction of the Holy one who is without beginning of days or end of life, and I do it in the most Holy Name of the Lord our Righteousness, even Jesus Christ Amen.


Attentively

ELIAKIM


Clerk and Scribe


Miguel Angel Tinoco Rodriguez