I don't know about you, but there seems to be an awful lot of talking circulating around the church in kind of an underground form. This talking has to deal with the last days and the destruction of America. Visions and dreams abound making claims of "tent cities" in the mountains where the LDS elect live to escape the communistic takeover of our country by this great and grand conspiracy.
I call it an "underground movement" becaus that is exactly what it is. It is not revelation that is coming down from the Brethren in Salt Lake City. This group of people have produced books such as by Roger K. Young like - "As A Thief in the Night". I own a copy of the book and have read through it several times. There are many good points about the last days and such but that is not what troubles me. What troubles me is that there is this underground movement within the church claiming divine revelation on the destruction and over-rule of this country.
This month my home teachers came over and gave me a bunch of material on this underground movement. They brought it as their lesson to which I gave notice as I like to be up on all of the strange and debateable topics in the church. What was strange though about this is I got this really strange feeling about this movement in our church. It was almost as if I got the inspiration that this information of being taken over by the United Nations, The Chinese, North Koreans etc.. and there forming tent cities where we are forced to receive the mark of the beast and such etc.., was part of Satan's work itself to slow down or derail the elect into the whole "rumors (lies) of wars" theme.
Think of it this way- We are told of secret combinations over and over again in the BoM and how they will be prevailant in our society and across the world. We are also taught about the Gadianton Robbers and how they proved the entire destruction of the Nephites and how this same secret combination will be in our day also. I do believe that this secret society has been established here and all over the world, but I do not believe that it is an organized global conspiracy which is mostly bent on taking over America. This seems utterly ridiculous! Let me explain further-
When we talk of Gadianton Robber types of people, we are mostly talking of organized crime, especially in this country. This is made manifest both in the past present and possibly the future also. These groups sometimes have the ability to take over and run entire nations such as we have seen with the Nazi party, The drug lords of Colombia, The government of Mexico etc... Mostly though these Gadianton type of people are more like large gangs and the Mafia. One of the main characteristics of this group is having secret alliances, secret hideouts, & secter oaths. The fruits of their works though are plainly manifest being slavery, robbery, lying, and murder.
These smaller groups which mostly are found as cells within larger cities are in our day called terrorists and guerillas who mainly remain a mystery. Bin Laden is the perfect example of a Gadianton Robber. Think about this- His work in bringing fear to us free citizens with his works of murder and secrecy has done more to undermine freedom and stability than a whole army of Japanese during WW2 (although they too were lead into war in a combination of secret oaths which constitues them also as Gadiantons). The point I am trying to make is that the groups we have to be on the lookout in our country is not commy Russians or the Chinese spies, it is more of the organized crime groups like those who operate in Florida and Nevada which have somewhat of a control in government.
Two or three bad government officials who are paid to keep their mouths shut is way more effective for Satan than trying to over-run an entire Nation in a long drawn out war where the whole communistic Nations of the world ban together and destroy America. Why would God even allow such? Especially when he has delivered us out of the hands of all other Nations. We are truly a free society! Why would the wrath of God fall on us to our very destruction of Government infastructure? This is a golden age where the Lord's work is progressing faster than ever with new Temples and church houses springing up faster than ever before. The internet and computer technology is doing more for family history than the mind can even comprehend.
So why would God allow all of his holy work to stop dead in it's tracks while we get taken over by communistic and social rule? He will not! He will not! He will not! The belief that this country is ripe for destruction by the hands of evil and global communistic groups is to deny the very counsel of the Prophet and Brethren in SLC. Sure, they have counseled us to vote and to keep a food storage but this is not in preparation for the impending doom prophesied by these LDS undergrounders in the which we will have to pack up and move to the mountains and live in tent cities until the commys no longer have power over our lands.
I believe that we should be aware of priestcrafts and secret combinations in our society and government but not self preach and exhort our fellow brothers and sisters that we need to be prepared for the atomic holocaust and destruction by communistic powers within the next few years. This underground movement of conspiracy lacks faith in God! Faith that we (America)truly have been delivered out of all nations by the shedding of blood and that it is us as Americans with our Constitution that is the banner and Ensign to the world of freedom and agency to mankind that Satan and his works will and must be destroyed! I leave with some remarkable scriptures-
6 Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.
7 Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.
(Book of Mormon 2 Nephi 1:6 - 7)
77 According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;
78 That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.
79 Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.
80 And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.
(Doctrine and Covenants Section 101:77 - 80)