A couple of years ago I liked a Facebook page.
I’ve liked TONS of Facebook pages.
But this one is different.
It’s called Awaken to Our Awful Situation.
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.”
- Pray every morning
- Pray every night
- Read the Book of Mormon every day
- Watch inspirational videos every day
- Pay tithing
- Go to church every Sunday
- Receive my endowment
- Read books by General Authorities
- Give myself quiet time to think every day
- Follow inspiration and revelations I’m given
I’m not a shining example of “Good Mormon.”
I’ve struggled with pornography most of my adult life.
I’ve lied countless times. I don’t want people thinking bad things about me.
I’ve been inactive in the Church for most of my adult life.
It would be easier to just leave the Church completely.
But I don’t.
I know it’s true.
Turning my back on the Church would be like turning my back on myself.
When I was twenty-four I hadn’t gone to church for several years.
I felt like I needed to go back. I was afraid to talk to a bishop. Afraid to confess my sins.
I decided to take some religion classes. I could get some spirituality in my life without any pressure.
After about six months I decided to go to church.
I only went for Sacrament meeting. I didn’t go in the chapel. I sat out in the foyer and listened.
After a few months I had my records transferred to that ward.
I started sitting in the chapel during Sacrament meeting.
Eventually I started going to all the meetings.
Then one day in priesthood meeting one of the other guys told me a group of guys were going to see a movie together. He asked if I’d like to come.
I got spooked.
I didn’t go back to church for awhile.
I slowly started going again, eventually going to all the meetings.
Then one Sunday it happened.
Just before Sacrament the Bishop’s Secretary came up to me. He asked if I could see the Bishop after the meeting.
This was it.
The Bishop had just wanted to meet me. I spilled my guts anyway.
I felt so much better afterward.
I started meeting with him every week.
At that point I decided I’d better find out for myself if the Church was really true.
I’d believed it was for years. I was never quite sure, though.
I’d been reading the Book of Mormon on and off for several months.
I’d never finished the whole thing.
I decided now was the time.
I finished it. Then I prayed about it.
I got a feeling I’d never felt before.
I knew it was true.
I still do.