No Current Warnings Regarding Secret Combinations?

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Question

Gramps,

Why, when the Book of Mormon was so clear that secret combinations would be the downfall of America and the world in the last days and modern day prophets, particularly president Benson were very explicit about their control of the world, are we not being warned currently? I’ve always believed that the reason we have a current prophet is to warn us of the dangers of our day. I don’t believe that one has to be too bright to see that secret combinations are controlling the world leaders.

Larry

Answer

Dear Larry,

We can only speculate as to why the current prophet and apostles don’t directly address the question of secret combinations.  But let’s consider some principles and a hypothetical example:

1. In Matthew 9:10-13, the Lord explains that he teaches in parables so that those who refuse to hear will not understand.  Parables are an indirect way of teaching truth.  Is it possible that our leaders are teaching us to resist secret combinations without calling it that?

2. In April 2018 General Conference, President Nelson said, “But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.”  If we are constantly guided by the Holy Ghost, will that not enable each of us to do as much as we individually are able to lift those around us and resist evil?

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