Another reason why we need to exterminate religion with extreme prejudice


> Horse Prophecy in Modern Mormonism
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> By Bill McKeever
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> Following the Mormon expulsion from Missouri in 1838, Joseph Smith> made a trip to Washington, D.C. “to present to the National Congress> the petition of the Saints for a redress of their grievances, suffered> in Missouri” (History of the Church 4:xxvi). Arriving in November> 1839, Smith met with several powerful politicians of that day,> including President Martin Van Buren, and left Washington in> disappointment. As the story goes, President Van Buren told the Mormon> prophet, “Gentlemen, your cause is just, but I can do nothing for > you…If I take up for you I shall lose the vote in Missouri” (Allen> and Leonard, The Story of the Latter-day Saints, p.144).
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> Joseph Smith’s frustration with both political parties led to a> considerable amount of rhetoric predicting divine judgment on the> United States government. On page 137 of his book Quest for> Refuge, Mormon historian Marvin S. Hill wrote, “To secure legal> sanction for his call to arms, Smith petitioned Congress to form> Nauvoo into a federal district and grant him authority to command> federal troops in defense of the city. He warned his closest> friends [in the Nauvoo City Council] that ‘if Congress will not hear> our petition and grant us protection, they will be broken up as a> government, and God shall damn them, and there shall be nothing left> of them—not even a grease spot.’” Needless to say, Congress ignored> his petition and life went on.
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> Another of Smith’s predictions, the “White Horse Prophecy,” gets its> name from the biblical book of Revelation. The prophecy has been given> a dubious distinction since there is no evidence that Smith ever gave> it in a public setting. Instead, its pedigree goes back to two> Mormons, Edwin Rushton and Theodore Turley, who said they personally> heard Joseph Smith give this prediction at Smith’s home on or about> May 6, 1843. Smith allegedly gave numerous predictions in this> prophecy, but the portion that is most repeated speaks of a day when> the Constitution of the United States will “hang by a thread.” It will> be “preserved and saved” by a White Horse, A.K.A. the Mormon Church.
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> Mormon apologists find it necessary to place doubt on the prophecy> since it contains information that is certainly spurious. For> instance, it speaks of a revolution that “will take place in> America,” leaving it “without a supreme government.” There will be no> peace except “in the Rocky Mountains.” England, for a time, will be> neutral during this conflict and will only intervene to “stop the> shedding of blood.” It also states that “the two Popes, Greek and> Catholic, will come together and be united.” This has not prohibited> LDS leaders from picking out the portions they feel are still> appropriate.
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> In a general conference message in October 1918, sixth LDS President> Joseph F. Smith said that “it was never spoken by the prophet in the> manner in which they [Rushton and Turley] have put it forth.” “It is> simply false,” Smith said, “that is all there is to it.” Still, this> did not stop Smith from condoning at least part of the prophesy five> years earlier. “Joseph Smith, the prophet, was inspired to affirm and> ratify this truth, and he further predicted that the time would come,> when the Constitution of our country would hang as it were by a> thread, and that the Latter-day Saints above all other people in the> world would come to the rescue of that great and glorious palladium of> our liberty” ( Conference Report, October 1912, p.10). 
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> In 1855, Young declared in the Salt Lake Tabernacle that “when the> Constitution of the United States hangs, as it were, upon a single> thread, they will have to call for the ‘Mormon Elders to save it from> utter destruction; and they will step forth and do it” (Journal of> Discourses 2:182). In 1868, Young again referred to the White Horse> Prophecy when he said, “How long will it be before the words of the> prophet Joseph will be fulfilled? He said if the Constitution of the> United States were saved at all it must be done by this people. It> will not be many years before these words come to pass” (JOD12:204).> Apparently Mormon Apostle John Widtsoe felt the above statements were> factual since he included them in his book, Discourses of Brigham> Young (pp.360-361).
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> In an October 1942 conference message, J. Reuben Clark, at that time> a Mormon apostle, said, “You and I have heard all our lives that the> time may come when the Constitution may hang by a thread. I do not> know whether it is a thread, or a small rope by which it now hangs,> but I do know that whether it shall live or die is now in the> balance” (Conference Report, October 1942, p.58).
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> Speaking in general conference in 1961, Mormon Apostle Ezra Taft> Benson (he would become Mormonism’s 13th President in 1985) stated,> “In connection with attack on the United States, the Lord told the> Prophet Joseph Smith there would be an attempt to overthrow the> country by destroying the Constitution. Joseph Smith predicted that> the time would come when the Constitution would hang, as it were, by a> thread, and at that time “this people will step forth and save it from> the threatened destruction” (Conference Report, October 1961, p.70).
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> In 1963 Benson again mentioned this prophecy in a conference> message: “The Prophet Joseph Smith said the time would come when the> Constitution would hang as it were by a thread. Modern-day prophets> for the last thirty years have been warning us that we have been> rapidly moving in that direction. Fortunately, the Prophet Joseph> Smith saw the part the elders of Israel would play in this crisis.> Will there be some of us who won’t care about saving the Constitution,> others who will be blinded by the craftiness of men, and some who> will knowingly be working to destroy it? He that has ears to hear and> eyes to see can discern by the Spirit and through the words of God’s> mouthpiece that our liberties are being taken” (Conference> Report, April 1963, p.113).
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> Benson made another passing reference to this prophecy in his “14> Fundamentals in Following the Prophet” talk given in 1980:
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> “God has preserved you for the eleventh hour—the great and dreadful> day of the Lord. It will be your responsibility not only to help “bare> off”  the kingdom of God triumphantly but to save your own soul to> strive to save those of your own family and to honor the principles of> our inspired constitution, which at this time seems to be almost> hanging by a thread” (transcribed from the speech as it was originally> delivered).
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> In his bid for the U.S. presidency in 2000, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch> made reference to the prophecy while complaining about the Democrats> tolerating everything that is bad. Said Hatch, “I’ve never seen it> worse than this, where the Constitution literally is hanging by a> thread” (“Did Hatch Allude To LDS Prophecy?” Salt Lake Tribune, Nov.> 11, 1999). More recently, Susan Easton Black, a BYU professor of> church history and doctrine, reportedly said that “the prophecy as a> whole is false” (“White Horse in the White House,”> www.opinionjournal.com, November 3, 2006). Black’s blanket denial> seems incredibly inconsistent in light of the above statements. If LDS> leaders felt the prophecy as a whole is false, why refer to any of> it? Conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck also referred to the “hang> by a thread” portion of the White Horse Prophecy when interviewed by> Fox host Bill O’Reilly. One need only google the words “Romney” and> “White Horse Prophesy” to see that this is an issue that is likely to> haunt any and all Mormon candidates running for public office outside> of Utah.

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