For those not familiar, it’s a reference to a Book of Mormon prophecy about the Last Days:
Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things 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.
– Ether 8:24
I assumed it was an LDS page about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and events leading up to it.
Eventually I figured out it was a conspiracy page.
I wanted nothing to do with any of that.
Later another page I followed shared a post from Awaken to Our Awful Situation. It was a clip from a talk given in General Conference by Ezra Taft Benson in 1972.
Ezra Taft Benson was President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1989 to 1994. Like every other President of the Church, members sustain him as a Prophet, Seer and Revelator, and as the official spokesman for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ on Earth.
He had also held a high government office. President Eisenhower appointed him Secretary of Agriculture, where he served from 1953 to 1961. If any General Authority had worldly qualifications to know what goes on at the highest level of the Federal Government of the United States of America, it’s him.
And along this line, I would highly recommend to you a new book entitled None Dare Call it Conspiracy by Gary Allen.
– Ezra Taft Benson
I found an online copy of None Dare Call it Conspiracy. It had some editing issues, to say the least, making it hard to read. I only made it halfway through the book, but it was enough to convince me.
After that I liked the Awaken to Our Awful Situation page again.
That’s not to say I believe every conspiracy theory.
I still believe Neil Armstrong and several other men walked on the moon.
I don’t think Paul McCartney died in 1966.
I don’t think Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ.
But I am suspicious of anything a government, especially the Federal Government, tries to make us do “for our own good.”
Don’t worry about finding the right person. Become the right person.
– Source Unknown
The first step to being the right person is loving yourself.
I’ve hated myself for a long as I can remember.
I’m working on loving myself now. I feel pretty good about myself now. I’ve got a lot of bad qualities, but there are a lot of good ones, too. I can work on the bad ones, and the good ones can always get better.
My relationships with my boys are more important than any romantic relationships right now. I’m a better father than I’ve been in the past, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
I’m not satisfied with a lot of things in my life right now.
I want to be able to go to the temple, and that’s not something I can do right now. I want to improve my spirituality and get to the temple.
I’ve been doing phone jobs for most of my life. I hate talking on the phone. I ‘m burned out and I really need to do something else.
I’m not healthy. I’m fat. I go for walks, but not every day. I don’t eat healthy. I’m on an antidepressant and blood pressure meds. I want to get off those.
I need to start reading books on a daily basis. I want to learn and develop new skills.
I want to be my own boss. I wants to build websites and make money from those.
I want to be able to afford to support myself, my wife and kids. I want my mom to be able to stop working.
I don’t feel like I have to self-actualize before pursuing a romantic relationship. I do want to get moving in the right direction and make some real progress first.
Making the changes I want will make me a different person. Someone who would fall in love with the man I am now wouldn’t fall in love with the man I want to become.
The woman I really want to marry is someone who’d love that guy.