Put Off Our Condemnation- Through Council (554 Words Short)

I am constantly concerned about the c condition of our bondage as a people. What concerns me even more is that most of us don’t even realize that we are in bondage, paying over 50% of our total earnings in taxes, as did Limhi’s people, to the Lamanites. However, since the government programs are so good at hiding our expenses, and accumulating more debt, we willingly pay it because it is taken from us unknowingly, and it seems like an acceptable practice among the masses.

The welfare programs allows those who don’t want to pay the debt, to sit on the coat-tails of those paying it. And those in the upper-class do all in their power to “strategize” not paying the debt, leaving the burden of the debt to weigh heavily upon the middle class to carry it alone. And the middle-class fight with each other, tooth and nail, for a bigger piece of an ever shrinking “American Pie.”

Rather than write anymore of our awful situation, I will use the words of Christ to identify the remedy. In the last few blogs I’ve used the following scripture:

D&C 70:14

14 Nevertheless, in your temporal things you shall be equal, and this not grudgingly, otherwise the abundance of the manifestations of the Spirit shall be withheld.”

Our inequality in temporal things has withheld the abundance of the manifestations of the Spirit. But, this can be reversed if we remove inequality from among us.

Alma 16:16

16. And there was no inequality among them; the Lord did pour out his Spirit on all the face of the land to prepare the minds of the children of men, or to prepare their hearts to receive the word which should be taught among them at the time of his coming—

 17. That they might not be hardened against the word, that they might not be unbelieving, and go on to destruction, but that they might receive the word with joy, and as a branch be grafted into the true vine, that they might enter into the rest of the Lord their God.

 18. Now those priests who did go forth among the people did preach against all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and strifes, and malice, and revilings, and stealing, robbing, plundering, murdering, committing adultery, and all manner of lasciviousness, crying that these things ought not so to be—”

I find it even more interesting that the priests who preached, preached against the very same mistakes made by the early saints of the restoration, when they failed to live consecration and to build Zion.

D&C 101:6-7

6. Behold, I say unto you, there were jarrings, and contentions, and envyings, and strifes, and lustful and covetous desires among them; therefore by these things they polluted their inheritances.

 7. They wereslow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; therefore, the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble.”

Conclusion: If we are to remove inequality among us, we must necessarily unite hearts and minds, in the form of a council. In this council, our experiences will vary significantly. In any council, this is true. But, those who are greatest are required to lift the least among us. Let us gather together our solemn assemblies, and council with one another, to put off our condemnation.

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