Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Way of the Shortcut?


Shortcuts can prove useful at times, but how often do they prove the way of compromise and deception? Here is, perhaps, the first recorded attempt at a shortcut to power:
[B]ehold, the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me [God], saying, Give me thine honor,[1] which is my power;2

For thou [O Lucifer] hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.3
Sometime thereafter, we encounter Cain taking a shortcut to power and gain:
And Cain said: Truly I am Mahan, the master of this great secret, that I may murder and get gain. Wherefore Cain was called Master Mahan, and he gloried in his wickedness.4
Do we ever ask ourselves where we are? on the path5? on a shortcut? or somewhere in-between? Here are some questions for reflection about shortcuts:
▪ Do headlines and history not witness that shortcuts are the preoccupation of the “natural man” when pursuing power, wealth, fame, knowledge, health, fitness, enlightenment, success, etc. etc.?
▪ Does taking psychedelic drugs give “access to higher spiritual dimensions”?6 or is it just déjà vu Eden where we are persuaded that the mere consuming of some physical substance will make us “more like unto the Gods” without developing the attributes of Gods?
▪ What of taking steroids, and the like for athletic enhancements and performance?
▪ What of medicating instead of adjusting diet and lifestyle?
▪ What of controlling relationships with mood in place of authentic, charitable communication?
▪ What of reading only the CliffsNotes?
▪ Have we ever been (or ever) defrauded, conned, or plagiarized for gain?
▪ How informed can we be about any issue if we do not study and prove all things7?
▪ How often does the preference for shortcuts generate evil ends as people compromise or sell their souls for quick rewards?
▪ What are the preferred shortcuts in our personal lives?
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1. Honor (noun)
1a: good name or public esteem : REPUTATION
  b: a showing of usually merited respect: RECOGNITION
2. PRIVILEGE
3: a person of superior standing —now used especially as a title for a holder of high office
4: one whose worth brings respect or fame: CREDIT
...
6: an evidence or symbol of distinction: such as
   a: an exalted title or rank
   ...
   d: archaic : a gesture of deference : BOW
   e: honors plural
...
8a: a keen sense of ethical conduct: INTEGRITY
  b: one's word given as a guarantee of performance
...
(Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor )
2. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 29:36
3. Old Testament | Isaiah 14:13–14
4. Pearl of Great Price | Moses 5:31
5. New Testament | Matthew 7:13–14 ~ Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
6. Michael Pollan on the therapeutic use of psychedelic drugs (Encore Sept. 25, 2018)
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/author-michael-pollan-on-the-therapeutic-use-of-psychedelic-drugs-1.4836745
7. New Testament | 1 Thessalonians 5:21 ~ Prove all things; hold fast that which is good  [—instead of rigidly holding to dogmas, wishes, expectations, personalities, biases, prejudices, "hard priors" as in: "If you have a strongly held belief with an emotional component, the brain defends information that reinforces those ‘priors’ and is skeptical of information that challenges them. … People who hold these hard priors filter information to support their perceptions." (From the work of political scientist Hank Jenkins-Smith of the University of Oklahoma as quoted, in Newsweek, October 13, 2010, pp. 29-30 by science writer Sharon Begley about voter tendencies—observations that seem applicable to almost everything that requires choice or discernment), ETC. We all do it, but awareness may sometimes help circumvent it.]

Monday, September 9, 2019

Stand[?] in the Holy Place

(All bold emphasis added in scriptures below.)

Where e'er thou art
Have you ever wondered what the Lord meant when He added “whoso readeth, let him understand” to the counsel “stand in the holy place”1? What are we to understand:
▪  when the Psalmist invites: “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker2?
▪  when Moses was told to remove his shoes3 (and presumably to kneel or bow down) in the presence of the Holy?
▪  when keeling or bowing down is the typical expression of worship, reverence, submission, wonder, and awe when encountering the Holy4?
Are we to understand that the time will come when we will be commanded to kneel in Holy Places—Holy Places which have been desecrated with idols? when we must not kneel nor bow down, but stand together for truth and right?

Will we experience a demand to bow down to idols like unto the experience of Abram (Abraham)5? like the three daughters of Onitah6? like Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego7? like the persecutions during the reign of Antiochus IV Epiphanes8? like the prophesied last days9?

Is that what we must understand about standing in holy places? to not bow down10?

Is that why God says:
But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved.11

Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come; for behold, it cometh quickly, saith the Lord. Amen.12

Behold, it is my will, that all they who call on my name, and worship me according to mine everlasting gospel, should gather together, and stand in holy places; And prepare for the revelation which is to come, when the veil of the covering of my temple, in my tabernacle, which hideth the earth, shall be taken off, and all flesh shall see me together.13

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.14

Behold, the great day of the Lord is at hand; and who can abide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth?15
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1. New Testament | Matthew 24:15 ~ When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Also: Pearl of Great Price | JS-Matthew 1:12 ~ When you, therefore, shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, then you shall stand in the holy place; whoso readeth let him understand.
(YES, there may be other interpretations than what I offer above.)
2. Old Testament | Psalms 95:6
3. Old Testament | Exodus 3:5 ~ And he [the LORD] said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
4. Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 25:29 ~ And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out.
Book of Mormon | Alma 22:16–17 ~ But Aaron said unto him: If thou desirest this thing, if thou wilt bow down before God, yea, if thou wilt repent of all thy sins, and will bow down before God, and call on his name in faith, believing that ye shall receive, then shalt thou receive the hope which thou desirest. And it came to pass that when Aaron had said these words, the king did bow down before the Lord, upon his knees; yea, even he did prostrate himself upon the earth, and cried mightily,
Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 17:10 ~ And they did all, both they who had been healed and they who were whole, bow down at his [Jesus'] feet, and did worship him; and as many as could come for the multitude did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feet with their tears.
Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 17:13–15 ~ And it came to pass that when they had all been brought, and Jesus stood in the midst, he commanded the multitude that they should kneel down upon the ground. And it came to pass that when they had knelt upon the ground, Jesus groaned within himself, and said: Father, I am troubled because of the wickedness of the people of the house of Israel. And when he had said these words, he himself also knelt upon the earth; and behold he prayed unto the Father, and the things which he prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard him.
Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 19:6-7 ~ And the twelve did teach the multitude; and behold, they did cause that the multitude should kneel down upon the face of the earth, and should pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus. And the disciples did pray unto the Father also in the name of Jesus. And it came to pass that they arose and ministered unto the people.
Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 19:15–19 ~ And it came to pass that while the angels were ministering unto the disciples, behold, Jesus came and stood in the midst and ministered unto them. And it came to pass that he spake unto the multitude, and commanded them that they should kneel down again upon the earth, and also that his disciples should kneel down upon the earth. And it came to pass that when they had all knelt down upon the earth, he commanded his disciples that they should pray. And behold, they began to pray; and they did pray unto Jesus, calling him their Lord and their God. And it came to pass that Jesus departed out of the midst of them, and went a little way off from them and bowed himself to the earth,
Book of Mormon | Moroni 4:1-2 ~ THE manner of their elders and priests administering the flesh and blood of Christ unto the church; and they administered it according to the commandments of Christ; wherefore we know the manner to be true; and the elder or priest did minister it—And they did kneel down with the church, and pray to the Father in the name of Christ,
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 20:75-76 ~ It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in the remembrance of the Lord Jesus; And the elder or priest shall administer it; and after this manner shall he administer it—he shall kneel with the church and call upon the Father in solemn prayer,
5. Pearl of Great Price | Abraham 1:4-15.
6. Pearl of Great Price | Abraham 1:11 ~ Now, this priest had offered upon this altar three virgins at one time, who were the daughters of Onitah, one of the royal descent directly from the loins of Ham. These virgins were offered up because of their virtue; they would not bow down to worship gods of wood or of stone, therefore they were killed upon this altar, and it was done after the manner of the Egyptians.
7. Old Testament | Daniel 3:14–18 ~ Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiochus_IV_Epiphanes
9New Testament | Revelation 13:13-15 ~ And he [another beast] doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
10. Old Testament | Exodus 20:4-5 ~ Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Old Testament | Exodus 23:24 ~ Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. (see also Lev. 26:1; Deut. 5:9; Book of Mormon | Mosiah 13:13)
11. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 45:32
12. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 87:8
13. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 101:22–23
14. Old Testament | Psalms 24:3–4
15. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 128:24

Monday, August 19, 2019

“Not Everyone is Learning from the Past”?


It is doubtful most readers of this will be familiar with Madonna's 2019 Eurovision performance of “Future.”1 We may think Madonna has no relevance to our life, let alone our future, but what if she reveals in word and image what is planned in coming days for US2? What if she graphically presents (in subtle? but plain sight) what the “powers” (her masters?) imagine in their hearts—if seeing we would but see? if hearing we could but hear? What if her final whispered WAKE UP is a (supposed) karmic shift of responsibility3?

Here are three lines from her song:
Not everyone is coming to the future
Not everyone is learning from the past
...
Not everyone that's here is gonna last4
Here are the images:


Madonna, Quavo - Eurovision ... 2019 (Time 9:37) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG3WkiL0d_U

When her words are juxtaposed with the images, can we see and hear the message?

Furthermore, can we be open to considering the enhanced perspective of an artist named Jonathan Kleck5? JK may be unconventional; he may not fit our expectations or some latter-day “norm,” but can we listen long enough to appreciate his 17-year long journey to comprehend and reveal the oft-veiled obsessions, and agendas of this world? the plots and ploys of power, enslavement, and destruction? Do we have to agree with everything JK thinks or says or can we exercise enough discernment to extract the truths that reveal what is, was, and is to come? to remember?
We believe in all truth, no matter to what subject it may refer. No sect or religious denomination in the world possesses a single principle of truth that we do not accept or that we will reject. We are willing to receive all truth, from whatever source it may come; for truth will stand, truth will endure.6
Thus, can we learn something from JK's perspective of Madonna's performance?
Banned Worldwide!!Why?? Because they telegraphed their Plans to KILL US (Time 3:09:39) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5baZWEplzAE
Yes, it is lengthy and sometimes repetitive but is there not much to open our eyes? to help us WAKE UP?

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1. Madonna, Quavo - Eurovision ... 2019 (Time 9:37) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG3WkiL0d_U
NOTE: rather than scorn these “stars,” should we not pity and pray* for them? Despite their fame and fortune, one has only to listen to candid interviews with them to sometimes glimpse the suffering, confusion, and malaise that servitude to evil agendas entails upon them. It often leaks out their eyes; trembles on their lips. How many stars began their upward/downward journey never imagining the  cost till they seemed bound without hope to an infinity of servitude? Let us:
*New Testament | 2 Timothy 2:24–26 ~ ... be gentle unto all men [women, and children], apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (Bold emphasis added.)
2. Notice the broken Statue of “Liberty,” the fleeting U.S. mainland, the rubble, the fire, etc. in the destruction sequence.
3. Karmic shift or dump: where those who perpetrate evil believe responsibility and consequence transfer to those who seeing, see not or hearing, hear not. “We told them. We showed them. They took no heed.” [Karma: “... Good intent and good deeds contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma and future suffering.”] See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karma
4. “Future” Lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/future-lyrics-madonna.html
5. Banned Worldwide!!Why?? Because they telegraphed their Plans to KILL US (Time 3:09:39) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5baZWEplzAE .
6. Joseph F. Smith, Conference Reports, p. 7, April, 1909.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Are We Repeating History Without Memory?*


Pride Cycle
A search for the word “remember” as found in the books canonized by the People of the Books1 occurs 487 times.2 Yet it seems we:
»  remember so little about the rise and fall of past cultures, peoples, nations, and empires;
»  are so oblivious to our recycling amnesia, generation upon generation;
»  are so proud of our nation and its status that we refuse to acknowledge things as they really are? so proud that we let the powers-that-be and their followers (both Right and Left) keep secrets, commit atrocities, and conceal crimes in the name of National Security and under “color of law” when it's all a pretext and fraud to cover agendas of power, gain, and control;
»  have great difficulty (in déjà vu of other times) seeing our place in the pride cycle that has been “the way of the world” since the beginning.
Perhaps it is time to review and remember the lamentations of an ancient American3 prophet and consider where we, as a people and nation, are on the cycle. Here is a summary of his witness from circa 50 B.C.4:
▪ the pride of their hearts
▪ their exceeding riches
▪ their oppression to the poor
▪ withholding their food from the hungry
▪ withholding their clothing from the naked
▪ smiting their humble brethren upon the cheek
▪ making a mock of that which was sacred
▪ denying the spirit of prophecy and of revelation
▪ murdering, plundering, lying, stealing, committing adultery
▪ rising up in great contentions
▪ their boastings in their own strength

▪ a stiffnecked people, insomuch that they could not be governed by the law nor justice

▪ they began to set their hearts upon their riches
▪ they began to seek to get gain that they might be lifted up one above another
▪ they began to commit secret murders, and to rob and to plunder, that they might get gain
▪ those murderers and plunderers were a band who had been formed by Kishkumen and Gadianton
So, is there a latter-day K & G band of murderers and plunderers? AND is there anyone out there trying to expose the “murdering, plundering, lying, stealing, committing adultery” etc., etc.? someone trying to inform and warn us about hidden and secret things? about deceptions, distractions, diversions, agendas of corruption and destruction? Could these two men below be voices worth listening to? These are not pleasant things to hear, but must we hear them (and other witnesses) if we are to understand, confront, expose, and end this endless recycling of history? Have these men with their background, life experiences, and courage been preserved “for such a time as this”?5


Who is William Pelham Barr? Live chat with George Webb 080119 (Time 1:29:10) at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSW7MmBSt78
Are their voices and witness not one more confirmation of this prophetic observation6 from nigh 2,700 years ago concerning the powers-that-be and their followers/supporters?
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.  ¶ Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.  We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.  We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.  For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;  In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.  And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.  Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
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* “history repeating endlessly, with no memory”: from Hecht, Jennifer. Doubt: A History (Kindle Location 1920). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.
1. People of the Books: Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka LDS, aka Mormon with the books being: Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, Pearl of Great Price.
2. A few examples from the Books (bold emphasis added):
Old Testament | Deuteronomy 5:15 ~ And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.
Old Testament | Deuteronomy 9:7 ~ Remember, and forget not, how thou provokedst the LORD thy God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that thou didst depart out of the land of Egypt, until ye came unto this place, ye have been rebellious against the LORD.
Old Testament | Deuteronomy 32:7 ~ Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
Old Testament | Malachi 4:4 ~ Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
New Testament | Mark 8:17–21 ~ And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
New Testament | Luke 17:32 ~ Remember Lot's wife.
New Testament | Luke 24:6 ~ He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
New Testament | John 15:20 ~ Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;
New Testament | Acts 20:35 ~ I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
New Testament | 2 Timothy 2:8 ~ Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:
New Testament | Hebrews 13:3 ~ Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
New Testament | Revelation 2:5 ~ Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 10:20 ~ Therefore remember, O man, for all thy doings thou shalt be brought into judgment.
Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 15:25 ~ Wherefore, I, Nephi, did exhort them to give heed unto the word of the Lord; yea, I did exhort them with all the energies of my soul, and with all the faculty which I possessed, that they would give heed to the word of God and remember to keep his commandments always in all things.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 9:39-41 ~ O, my beloved brethren, remember the awfulness in transgressing against that Holy God, and also the awfulness of yielding to the enticings of that cunning one. Remember, to be carnally–minded is death, and to be spiritually–minded is life eternal. O, my beloved brethren, give ear to my words. Remember the greatness of the Holy One of Israel. Do not say that I have spoken hard things against you; for if ye do, ye will revile against the truth; for I have spoken the words of your Maker. I know that the words of truth are hard against all uncleanness; but the righteous fear them not, for they love the truth and are not shaken. O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 10:23–24 ~ Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved.
Book of Mormon | Mosiah 1:6-7 ~ O my sons, I would that ye should remember that these sayings are true, and also that these records are true. And behold, also the plates of Nephi, which contain the records and the sayings of our fathers from the time they left Jerusalem until now, and they are true; and we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes. And now, my sons, I would that ye should remember to search them diligently, that ye may profit thereby; and I would that ye should keep the commandments of God, that ye may prosper in the land according to the promises which the Lord made unto our fathers.
Book of Mormon | Mosiah 16:13 ~ And now, ought ye not to tremble and repent of your sins, and remember that only in and through Christ ye can be saved?
Book of Mormon | Helaman 5:6-12 ~ Behold, my sons, I desire that ye should remember to keep the commandments of God; and I would that ye should declare unto the people these words. Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good. Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do that which is good, that it may be said of you, and also written, even as it has been said and written of them. And now my sons, behold I have somewhat more to desire of you, which desire is, that ye may not do these things that ye may boast, but that ye may do these things to lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven, yea, which is eternal, and which fadeth not away; yea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life, which we have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers. O remember, remember, my sons, the words which king Benjamin spake unto his people; yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world. And remember also the words which Amulek spake unto Zeezrom, in the city of Ammonihah; for he said unto him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his people, but that he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins. And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins because of repentance; therefore he hath sent his angels to declare the tidings of the conditions of repentance, which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls. And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
Book of Mormon | Helaman 14:30-31 ~ And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free. He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you.
Book of Mormon | Moroni 10:18–19 ~ And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that every good gift cometh of Christ. And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away, even as long as the world shall stand, only according to the unbelief of the children of men.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 3:3 ~ Remember, remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men;
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 4:6 ~ Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 8:10 ~ Remember that without faith you can do nothing; therefore ask in faith. Trifle not with these things; do not ask for that which you ought not.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 18:10 ~ Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 42:30 ~ And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 52:40 ~ And remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 89:18–20 ~ And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.
As to: Old Testament | Isaiah 43:18-19 ~ Remember ye not the former things[?], neither consider the things of old[?] Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. [Perhaps we are missing the “?” marks, for Isaiah subsequently says:] Old Testament | Isaiah 46:8–9 ~ Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. Remember the former things of old:
>>Many remember examples are pleadings for the Lord to remember His mercy, His lovingkindness, His covenants when dealing with His oppressed or wayward people.
3. (somewhere in the North or South)
4. Book of Mormon | Helaman 4:12–13; 5:3; 6:17-18
5. See parallels for each of us in this post: https://www.proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2019/01/14/for-such-a-time-as-this
6. Old Testament | Isaiah 59:3-15 ~

Monday, July 29, 2019

Is it not blatantly obvious?


that anyone who pursues power cannot be trusted with power?

History and current events are littered with the déjà vus of men and women from high station to low who abused the power they were given or that they took upon themselves—abuses perpetually manifest from within the microcosms of family and local institutions to the macrocosms of nations, empires, and global organizations.

The proofs are everywhere, but somehow most of us keep pretending—hoping—that we can safely trust in the arm of flesh despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and despite all God's laments1 (not to mention the laments of His prophets2) about the nature of mankind. The Savior Himself warned:
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;3
Why do we persist in thinking—imagining—that those who pursue power, wealth, or fame can be trusted in any degree? We seem to have so many things inverted, but C.S. Lewis puts it upright.
I am a [small d] democrat[4because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are [small d] democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that everyone deserved a share in the government. The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they are not true. And whenever their weakness is exposed, the people who prefer tyranny make capital out of the exposure. I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a henroost, much less a nation. Nor do most people— all the people who believe advertisements, and think in catchwords and spread rumours. The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows.5
If we imagine we are personally immune from what “fallen nature” does with power, then we are tragically unprepared for what is coming—our own complicity in the “Lucifer Effect6 that is enveloping the world because we seeing will not see, and hearing will not hear what our fallen nature has done, is doing, and will do when responding to situational or systemic social forces.

And where does paranoid power often flex its muscle in an attempt to puff, prove, and preserve itself?—as always, against the most weak and vulnerable—especially women, teenagers, and children. Weinstein and Epstein are only the merest tip of an immense iceberg that thousands upon thousands (high and low, Right and Left) are desperate to keep hidden in an attempt to retain their power, their wealth, their fame, their “respectability,” their jobs. Yes, many thousands have been duped into criminal behaviors in honey-pot and yacht ops, and subsequently blackmailed for their silence and cooperation in control and power agendas. Thus corrupt power continues to corrupt everything it touches and we continue to pretend that mankind is “so wise and good.”

How long, with all the headlines and witnesses of recent decades, before we finally abandon the delusion that there is “No Such Thing As This”7 in our advanced day and age?

How long will we continue to allow government and court records to be sealed to conceal horrific crimes and frauds under color of National Security? or for the so-called preservation of “intelligence” assets? How long must innocent or duped persons be targeted, maligned, prosecuted, or “suicided” to take the heat off the power-mongers who orchestrate it all?

How long, O God, how long?8

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1. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2014/01/gods-lament.html
2. Old Testament | Psalms 40:4 ~ Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
Old Testament | Psalms 118:8–9 ~ It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
Old Testament | Psalms 146:3 ~ Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
Old Testament | Jeremiah 17:5 ~ Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
New Testament | Colossians 2:8 ~ Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 4:34 ~ ... I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 28:31 ~ Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 1:19 ~ The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh—
Book of Mormon | Mosiah 23:13 ~ I desire that ye should stand fast in this liberty wherewith ye have been made free, and that ye trust no man to be a king over you.
Old Testament | 1 Samuel 8:9-18 ~ ...howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day. (Bold emphasis added. See also Book of Mormon | Mosiah 29:13-27 re the manner of kings.)
Or open the scriptures at random to see example after example of the “nature of man”; a good one being Old Testament | Isaiah 59; another Book of Mormon | Helaman 6:16-40.
3. New Testament | Matthew 10:16-17.   (Bold emphasis added.) The subsequent text is even more dire: Matthew 10:18-28 ~ And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come. The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
4. Definition of democrat, noun, dem·​o·​crat | \ de-mə-ˌkrat  \ 1 a: an adherent of democracy (from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/democrat )
5. Lewis, C. S.. The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings (p. 227). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition as quoted from ‘Equality’, Present Concerns (Bold emphasis added.)
Consider also:
[Death {by the will and timing of God}] is a safety-device because, once Man has fallen, natural immortality would be the one utterly hopeless destiny for him. Aided to the surrender that he must make by no external necessity of Death, free (if you call it freedom) to rivet faster and faster about himself through unending centuries the chains of his own pride and lust and of the nightmare civilisations which these build up in ever-increasing power and complication, he would progress from being merely a fallen man to being a fiend, possibly beyond all modes of redemption. Miracles, ch. 14 from Lewis, C. S.. The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings (pp. 235-236). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. (Bold emphasis added.)
6. https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-spirit-of-power.html
7https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2016/09/no-such-thing-as-this.html  (Notice the attempt to conceal information by deleting? censoring? concealing? witness and testimony from YouTube. Searching with keywords may discover the witness posted elsewhere in the web.)
8. My Daily Prayer: https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/12/my-daily-prayer.html

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The History of Our Future?


Do we have any clue as to the subtle, orchestrated design of our present (and future) state of dire affairs?1

Do we think our world has come to this control point through random acts of happenstance?

Do we not remember that:
»  “[Satan] goeth up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men.”2
»  that he first presented himself with a forked tongue; speaks out of both sides of his mouth; and is subtle and cunning beyond most imagination?
»  that he and his witting supporters thrive in secrecy, compromise, and lies?
»  that unwitting (deceived) supporters may prove even more numerous as abettors than witting ones?
»  that conspiracies and secret combinations have been and are the perpetual life-blood of control agendas?
Can we not see how most “saints” (by all appearances) have readily accepted the technologies of a “Brave New World” of unconcerned pacified surveillance and unquestioning compliance? that those who aren't pacified and compliant are already descending into an Orwellian world of censorship and control? Again, another manifestation of Satan's two-pronged, double agenda: to get every soul—both those who are coming (and getting along with the Babylonian system) and those who are going (against).

If one is not aware of the history of our tech giants (and how they came into being and are being used), here is another chance to get informed—a chance to preview our future by understanding the agendas of the recent past. This revealing history by James Corbett exposes the present and future:


The Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Big Tech Doesn't Want You to Know (Time 43:39) at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbKxUYl3WSE&feature=youtu.be

or other viewing / listening options at
https://www.corbettreport.com/siliconvalley/
So which are we each going to prove: an abettor or a combator? Will we experience the Huxlian3 or the Orwellian4 version of the future before the wind-up? and will our chosen version make a personal difference in the eternal future?

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1. Follow any number of credible alternative news reporters (many referenced in past Déjà Vu Times II posts) because the big MSM are all bought and paid for by the deceivers (to put it bluntly). All MSM operate on the “Amusing Ourselves to Death” principle so well described by Neil Postman in his book of that name. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a book of truth and warning.
Also, consider: Book of Mormon | Ether 8:25 ~ “whoso bu ildeth up [this secret combination to get power and gain] seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men ...
2. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 10:27
3. Aldous Huxley: Brave New World, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_New_World
4. Orwellian: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orwellian

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Spirit of Power?

(Does it manifest as: The Lucifer Effect?)

The déjà vus of history establish that those who obsessively pursue and protect wealth often descend into sociopathic behaviors and justifications.1 Jesus' observation was of a nigh 100% failure rate2 for the rich to enter heaven. Nonetheless, in our world, the wealthy are often held up as paragons and treated as if their wealth entitled them to increased endowments of power as well—which brings us to the test of power and to the question: Do the powerful and those who pursue and protect power3 in this world have any better chance for heaven? Perhaps this scripture provides the answer:
We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.4
The disturbing truth of this was demonstrated in a 1971 University study named the Standford Prison Experiment (SPE).5 The proposed 2-week experiment had to be terminated after 6 days because of the escalating abuse of mock prisoners by mock guards. The simulations became too real as a spirit of power seemed to overtake most of the “guards.”

The study design and aftermath are detailed in Philip Zimbardo's book: The Lucifer Effect. A search of “Standford Prison Experiment” shows how relevant and current its findings still are. Indeed, we consistently read about or witness this “Lucifer Effect” in: customs and immigration officials, police and military, politics and government, corporations, families, clergy, even ourselves. Since the examples of abuse of power are endless, WHY do we never seem to teach, warn, or raise consciousness about this “spirit of power”?

Zimbardo observes:
... The enduring interest in the SPE over many decades comes, I think, from the experiment’s startling revelation of “transformation of character”— of good people suddenly becoming perpetrators of evil as guards or pathologically passive victims as prisoners in response to situational forces acting on them.
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We want to believe in the essential, unchanging goodness of people, in their power to resist external pressures, in their rational appraisal and then rejection of situational temptations. We invest human nature with God-like qualities, with moral and rational faculties that make us both just and wise. We simplify the complexity of human experience by erecting a seemingly impermeable boundary between Good and Evil. ... [B]y creating this myth of our invulnerability to situational forces, we set ourselves up for a fall by not being sufficiently vigilant to situational forces.

The SPE, along with much other social science research (presented in chapters 12 and 13), reveals a message we do not want to accept: that most of us can undergo significant character transformations when we are caught up in the crucible of social forces. What we imagine we would do when we are outside that crucible may bear little resemblance to who we become and what we are capable of doing once we are inside its network. The SPE is a clarion call to abandon simplistic notions of the Good Self dominating Bad Situations. We are best able to avoid, prevent, challenge, and change such negative situational forces only by recognizing their potential power to “infect us,” as it has others who were similarly situated. It is well for us to internalize the significance of the recognition by the ancient Roman comedy writer Terence that “Nothing by humans is alien to me.”
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Any deed that any human being has ever committed, however horrible, is possible for any of us— under the right or wrong situational circumstances. That knowledge does not excuse evil; rather, it democratizes it, sharing its blame among ordinary actors rather than declaring it the province only of deviants and despots— of Them but not Us.

The primary simple lesson the Stanford Prison Experiment teaches is that situations matter. Social situations can have more profound effects on the behavior and mental functioning of individuals, groups, and national leaders than we might believe possible. Some situations can exert such powerful influence over us that we can be led to behave in ways we would not, could not, predict was possible in advance.6
So how do we overcome this “spirit of power” in situations, systems, and ourselves? How do we control this “nature and disposition of almost all men ... to exercise unrighteous dominion”? What if it is only harnessed by the power of the Spirit7? by seeking redemption and grace from an omniscient, loving, forgiving, holy omnipotent God8?

Would it make a difference if we openly acknowledged the “Lucifer Effect”? if we freely confessed how this spirit of power9 seems to overwhelm almost all men, including ourselves?

If we consistently raised consciousness about these two great tests and how many of us are failing them, would we be less inclined to elevate, embrace, or envy the world's love affair with power and wealth?

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1. https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2016/04/spellbinding.html ; https://dejavu-times.blogspot.com/2015/10/capital-punishment.html
2. New Testament | Matthew 19:23–24 ~ Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
New Testament | Mark 10:23–25 ~ And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
New Testament | 1 Timothy 6:5 ~ Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Book of Mormon | 1 Nephi 22:23 ~ 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 | 2 Nephi 26:20 ~ And the Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and have stumbled, because of the greatness of their stumbling block, that they have built up many churches; nevertheless, they put down the power and miracles of God, and preach up unto themselves their own wisdom and their own learning, that they may get gain and grind upon the face of the poor.
3. Book of Mormon | Alma 43:8 ~ For behold, his [Zerahemnah's] designs were to stir up the Lamanites to anger against the Nephites; this he did that he might usurp great power over them, and also that he might gain power over the Nephites by bringing them into bondage.
Book of Mormon | Helaman 1:16 ~ Therefore, the king of the Lamanites, whose name was Tubaloth, who was the son of Ammoron, supposing that Coriantumr, being a mighty man, could stand against the Nephites, with his strength and also with his great wisdom, insomuch that by sending him forth he should gain power over the Nephites—
Book of Mormon | Helaman 2:8 ~ And when the servant of Helaman had known all the heart of Kishkumen, and how that it was his object to murder, and also that it was the object of all those who belonged to his band to murder, and to rob, and to gain power, (and this was their secret plan, and their combination) the servant of Helaman said unto Kishkumen: Let us go forth unto the judgment–seat.
Book of Mormon | Ether 8:15–16 ~ And it came to pass that thus they did agree with Akish. And Akish did administer unto them the oaths which were given by them of old who also sought power, which had been handed down even from Cain, who was a murderer from the beginning. And they were kept up by the power of the devil to administer these oaths unto the people, to keep them in darkness, to help such as sought power to gain power, and to murder, and to plunder, and to lie, and to commit all manner of wickedness and whoredoms.
Book of Mormon | Ether 8:22–24 ~ And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not. Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be. Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things [“murderous combinations ... built up to get power and gain”] come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
Book of Mormon | Ether 9:11 ~ Now the people of Akish were desirous for gain, even as Akish was desirous for power; wherefore, the sons of Akish did offer them money, by which means they drew away the more part of the people after them.
Book of Mormon | Ether 11:15 ~ And it came to pass that there arose a rebellion among the people, because of that secret combination which was built up to get power and gain;
4. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 121:39
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experimenthttps://www.prisonexp.org/the-story
6. Zimbardo, Philip. The Lucifer Effect (pp. 210-212). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Bold emphasis added.)
See also: “... people can do terrible things when they allow the role they play to have rigid boundaries that circumscribe what is appropriate, expected, and reinforced in a given setting. Such rigidity in the role shuts off the traditional morality and values that govern their lives when they are in “normal mode.” The ego-defense mechanism of compartmentalization allows us to mentally bind conflicting aspects of our beliefs and experiences into separate chambers that prevent interpretation or cross talk. A good husband can then be a guiltless adulterer; a saintly priest can then be a lifelong pederast; a kindly farmer can then be a heartless slave master. We need to appreciate the power that role-playing can have in shaping our perspectives, for better as well as for worse, ...”
Zimbardo, Philip. The Lucifer Effect (p. 214). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
7. Search out the many references to “power of the spirit.” Here are just a few:
Old Testament | Micah 3:8 ~ But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
New Testament | Luke 4:14 ~ And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
New Testament | Romans 1:4 ~ And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
New Testament | Romans 15:1819 ~ For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
New Testament | 2 Timothy 1:7 ~ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8. New Testament | Romans 8:26 ~ Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
New Testament | 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~ And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
David F. Wells: "What we see in Isaiah is not power in God which is bare and abstract but power which is holy, compassionate, and pastoral. It is God who “will feed his flock like a shepherd” (Is. 40:11). He takes the most vulnerable, the “lambs,” in his arms and places them near his heart. ... In this juxtaposition of divine grace and human vulnerability a principle emerges about how God works. The proud, Mary said much later in the Magnificat, are scattered “in the imaginations of their hearts,” the rich are “sent empty away” (Lk. 1:51, 53), but it is the “low” who are exalted. That is the principle. Indeed, we find it illustrated in ways both rich and numerous in the New Testament. And it is not simply that a condition for receiving the grace of God is the ability to recognize and confess our own bankruptcy."  Wells, David F.. Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern World (p. 258). Eerdmans Publishing Co - A. Kindle Edition.
9. Doctrine and Covenants | Section 50:2 ~ Behold, verily I say unto you, that there are many spirits which are false spirits, which have gone forth in the earth, deceiving the world.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Open Letter to a Loved One


(who, in her 40th year of life—now married 18 years and without a longed-for child—published a brief account of the physical and sexual abuse she suffered in childhood and beyond.)

Reborn From The Ashes (136679141)
Reborn from the Ashes by Benjamín Calatrava
(See attribution info below* from Wikimedia Commons) 
Dear DASB:

First, let me say how sorry I am that you have suffered so much; that you are one of the ACE1 children whose life have been so disrupted and damaged; that what you feel and think has been so impacted forever. I have suspected in recent years that you, and perhaps others of your siblings, had suffered because of your difficult family circumstances (and because of what I have learned in recent years about the prevalence of abuse), but at the time of your youth and with your family living so far away, we never suspected anything. Such abuse was not on the radar of most common folk, even 20 years ago.

I am glad you finally wrote of it with such passion and commitment to self-determination and self-preservation. You reveal in your words what the ACE studies reveal about ACE consequences. I understand, in part, how ACE colors the whole life thereafter, and why you passionately assert “the [absolute] right for women to choose what happens to THEIR individual bodies”; that it is “MY BODY to keep or release a pregnancy as I see fit.”2

Thus, I know you are not ready to hear this now, and maybe never, but I write this here, hoping that at some future date you (or some other) may be able to appreciate the irony in what you (or they may) now believe and so passionately insist: “I can NEVER budge on—”

Can you appreciate the irony? how YOUR very own words might echo the cry of a spirit-being as its mortal mother contemplates abortion?
“It is *MY* ,,, BODY.”
“My beautiful, amazing, miraculous, powerful, [long-awaited], and [soon-to-be-] liberated body.”
“MY BODY to own.”
“MY BODY to make choices for.”

“My body is not YOUR temple.”
“My body is not YOUR toy.”
“MY BODY IS MINE.”
OR, even as passionately, might this voice also cry:
»  I am NOT a static blueprint. I am on internal life-support for brief months in your body—as real, as vital as you, with your external life-support from mother earth.
»  MY body—MY DNA—is unique, unlike any other ever conceived. It can and will NEVER be duplicated.
»  Can you truthfully judge the value of MY physical/spiritual stages of growth?
»  Do you have the right to measure when MY life begins or when it ends when your agency3 resulted in MY conception—when you willfully engaged in an act that you knew had risk of ME?
»  If you do not want ME—if you are not prepared to receive ME, there are others who will thank you forever for preserving ME.
»  If you are angry with God, nature, circumstance, or self for the unequal consequence (burden?) placed upon women, please do not take it out on ME.
»  If you don't believe in God, please believe in the worth/value/future of ME.
What do we reply to this voice echoing our own cries for affirmation and value? Does the suggestion of such a voice enrage us? Do we deny its value—its reality? Do we do unto the embryo/fetus what has been done to us? Or do we do unto that spirit/body (whether fully conjoined or not) what we desire to have done to our spirit/body?

In this echoing voice can we hear?
... the embryo child in a world beguiled
By rights of all but those.4
The additional irony in this “absolute right” is that ACE sometimes perpetuates itself, generation after generation, because some ACE children / adults become so locked into self-determinism or sometimes, self-loathing, addiction, or déjà vu that they cannot comprehend the damage they perpetuate because of the damage that was done to them.

It is difficult to understand why so much abuse and suffering is allowed, except that so many of us use our agency at the expense of others. But even in the ashes of regret, fear, disappointment, sorrow, suffering, and confusion, beauty can arise.5

And yes, all this “spirit-dimension” voicing can be denied or rejected, but perhaps Shakespeare was more right than we care to admit when he wrote:
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
      - Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio.
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1. ACE = Adverse Childhood Experience: See prior Déjà Vu posts on this topic: https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/02/tell-me-about-your-childhood.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-faces-of-ace.html ; https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2017/02/a-thousand-points-of-enlightenment.html ; See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adverse_Childhood_Experiences_Study
2. She adds: (“Yes! Even after 18-gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, tear-inducing, marriage-straining years of infertility, I still get that choice. It's MINE.”) But is this truly an absolute right? or is it qualified when there are competing rights, even if that competing right entails substantial sacrifice or inconvenience by one party? Which right is superior? the one with the most power? the one with the most long-term, fatal consequence? Does a first choice: to have sex constrain a second choice: to abort a life consequence? In other words, perhaps there is a right to choose abortion when there was no true consent: when sex was forced or was consented to under duress, fear, or trafficking.
3. See the possible abortion exception in footnote 2 above
4. Offering Up the Children at https://dejavu-timestwo.blogspot.com/2010/06/offering-up-children.html
5. Perhaps read or listen to: Beauty For Ashes by Joyce Meyer (Time 51:27 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrTvgFq89yQ ; Joyce Meyer - Brokenness and Wholeness Sermon 2017 (Time 1:48:30) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYVI9bPBagA ; Refuse to Be Trapped by Your Past - Joyce Meyer (2016) (Time 1:42:03 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0WK1UrxQH0 ; (See, also, Isaiah 61).

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

“The DOGS of War”


(or more precisely, “The GODS of War”)
In English, the dogs of war is a phrase spoken by Mark Antony in Act 3, Scene 1, line 273 of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "Cry 'Havoc!,' and let slip the dogs of war."1
Neither Shakespeare nor Plutarch, his probable source, would have understood how apt that phrase and the “anagram” (DOGS) would prove, particularly beginning in the 19th Century2 and now escalated to unbelievable proportions as GODS in our 21st Century.

And, it is doubtful, WE will ever understand:
» the dire state of our world—of our idolatry and gods;
» the machinations and secret combinations of the many without conscience who pursue and protect power and gain at any and every cost; or
» the cryptic words of prophecy,
until WE understand and admit what underpins (and helps explain) them all, being
Guns
Oil
Drugs
Sex
Could these four prove a layered, intertwining dimension of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse?3

Guns: Behold a déjà vu historical reality: the guy with the advanced, fastest, and most weapons wins4—BUT for the guys manufacturing, selling, or profiting in weapons, the goal is a “balance of weapons-power.” If no one can permanently win, then war (or more subtlety and preferably, proxy-wars) can go on forever, necessitating the production and consumption of more and more weapons (not to mention of oil, gas, etc.), thus preserving:
»  profits of war;
»  perpetual clean-ups and reconstructions;
»  perpetual (and increasing) funding of Military Industrial/Intelligence Complexes (MIICs) and their contractors;
»  surreptitious selling of patents, trade-secrets, weapons, materials & minerals for private profit.
Why, indeed, would weaponizers and profiteers want an end to war when war is the most lucrative business imaginable5? Remember the threat: “I will buy up armies and navies, [false priests who oppress] and reign with blood and horror on this earth.”6

Oil: The exposés of what has been done (and often suppressed) about crimes, corruptions, and deceptions engaged in, in the pursuit of oil, gas, and minerals are numerous and known by those who care to know. The treasures extracted from the veins of mother earth still govern world affairs, economics, and conflict. Here is a 2-part documentary about the obsessive, psychopathic pursuit of power and control (via energy markets) to create an oligarchy7 or oiligarchy as Corbett terms it:
How and Why Big Oil Conquered the World
https://www.corbettreport.com/bigoil/
Is it not incredibly ironic that the $1,000.00 loan to John D. Rockefeller (JDR) that eventually led8 to the founding of the soon-to-be monopolistic Standard Oil company was given to JDR (late 1850s) by his snake-oil salesman father, William Avery Rockefeller (WAR), aka “Devil Bill”9? JDR's apparent co-founder of Standard Oil was also WAR (William Avery Rockefeller, Jr.). Could the gods of irony be any more transparent? Could there be any greater vehicle to fund the agenda of total domination and control than controlling the world's energy sectors? even the forthcoming, so-called, green ones?

Drugs: Why do we have such a drug crisis? Could it be because the powers-that-be are not fighting drugs, but pretending to—allowing only the selective prosecution of low-level dealers or unauthorized/uncooperative high-level competitors? In suppressed truth, the dominating powers are participating in and protecting the growth, manufacture, and running of drugs in every conceivable way for massive profit. They trade weapons for drugs, overtly or secretly weaponizing even so-called enemies in the process. The drug-running through Mena Arkansas was only the tip of an iceberg that still seeks to hide reality, accountability, and a host of sins and sinners under the pejorative “conspiracy theory.” But the warning and exposing voices are too numerous to discount. If only WE would allow ourselves to see and hear the reality: Drug-running is helping fund MIICs, private contractors, and black-ops that are tearing our world apart. The justification of doing bad things for good purpose—fighting socialist/communist ideologies—is pure fraud and self-deception10 as the very ones who “justify” are the same ones surreptitiously selling or allowing the sale of materials, weapons, and technology to their alleged “enemies” often for drugs—then selling the drugs (through criminal affiliations) to their own “expendable” citizens. In the end, what does drug-running and war exacerbate but disease, famine, death, and conquest of body and soul?

Sex: The pillage, rape, and plunder of humanity has forever been the legacy of war, BUT in these latter-days of surveillance technology, sex has also become the greatest entrapment/blackmail weapon ever wielded to puppeteer kings/queens, princes, presidents, PMs, popes, cardinals, priests, generals, politicians, bankers, producers, actors, and a myriad other useful human assets. Over the years, many moral taboos have fallen victim to prevalence till we have come to the last taboo: pedophilia. And so the gods and dogs of war continue, creating more and more orphans and other victims of crime and chaos to feed power, greed, and the last taboo.

Where is the nation? where are the people? who will reject the gods of war? who will NEVER “let slip the dogs of war” for the sake of power and profit? Where are the presidents, politicians, broadcasters, citizens with courage?

Where is the resounding voice of WE, THE PEOPLE???

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1. Dogs of War: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dogs_of_war_(phrase) . If one is open to truths about power and gain agendas and actions, take up George Webb on Twitter or YouTube, e.g.. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrQ-wHKVi0JDWjQGcuoYnew. He speaks of the dogs and gods of war in several of his podcasts and was one of the inspirations for this post.
2. Opium Wars: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_Wars
3. Four Horseman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse
4. (except when the real God intervenes)
5. Not only for the manufacture and sale of high- and low-tech weapons, but for all the GDP generated by clean-up and reconstruction, often by the same corps or subsidiaries of those who did the initial destruction—not to mention the economic chaos that allows high-rollers to roll-in and buy-up distressed land and assets at rock-bottom prices—especially if the land is oil rich or along a proposed oil/gas pipeline.
6. Line delivered by the actor playing Satan in a dramatic script of the LDS Church. The text in square brackets is their revision from the former (circa 170 year-old) text “popes and priests.”
7. ("a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes." Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligarchy)
8. (via a series of business ventures, including substantial profits from the civil war, and in 1863 building an oil refinery. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Rockefeller)
9https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rockefeller_Sr.
10Doctrine and Covenants | Section 10:25–28 ~ For Example: Yea, he [Satan] saith unto them: Deceive and lie in wait to catch, that ye may destroy; behold, this is no harm. And thus he flattereth them, and telleth them that it is no sin to lie that they may catch a man in a lie, that they may destroy him. And thus he flattereth them, and leadeth them along until he draggeth their souls down to hell; and thus he causeth them to catch themselves in their own snare. And thus he goeth up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men. Verily, verily, I say unto you, wo be unto him that lieth to deceive because he supposeth that another lieth to deceive, for such are not exempt from the justice of God.

 
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