At 06:29 PM 10/15/2002, you wrote:
> >• April 1989: "Secret combinations . . . are built up to get power,
> >and glory of the world. (See Hel. 7:5; Ether 8:9, 16, 22-23; Moses
> >. . Secret combinations brought down both the Jaredite and the Nephite
> >civilizations and [have] been and will yet be the cause of the fall of
> >nations. (See Ether 8:18-25.)" (Conference Report, Oct. 1989, Ensign,
> >1989, p. 6.)
>There is corruption in governement. It exists. And when the voice of the
>people choose evil the country is in big trouble. Who was President in
>1989? Did President Bensen shake hands with that man?
>I think so.
>Was President Bensen also a Gadianton?
>Nope. And neither was the President of the United States. Prophets don't
>shake hands with murderers. Let that be a SIGN to you.
I think you have a Pollyanna view of Prophets and their role. In 1959, at
President McKay's request, [then] Elder Ezra Taft Benson welcomed and shook
hands with the butcher of the Ukraine, Nikita Kruschev. More recently, at
the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii, Church leaders met with some of
the leaders of the murderous Communist Chinese regime. So what? The First
Presidency meets with a lot of people in an official capacity, not all of
them righteous upstanding individuals, and a few of them with hearts full
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