Another reason why we need to exterminate religion with extreme prejudice


> Horse Prophecy in Modern Mormonism
>

> By Bill McKeever
>
> 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). >
> 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. >
> 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. >
> 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. >
> 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). >
> 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). >
> 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). >
> 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). >
> 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). >
> Benson made another passing reference to this prophecy in his “14 > Fundamentals in Following the Prophet” talk given in 1980: >
> “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). >
> 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,” > http://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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