America is now in a time of great distress, an emergency avoidable but for ignoring the warnings sent to us. Prophets have warned us about staying close to the God who gave us a home and government to be cherished, they have been ignored. Founding Fathers warned about how to keep a Representative Republic that was the best system God could give to men. It was given to protect men against man’s weaknesses, and it has been changed illegally, ignoring the laws of Nature and of the Constitution.
Men have been selfish, greedy and irreverent in their following the devil rather than God and his pure and simple teachings. No man has lived a perfect life but for Jesus Christ, who did that and more to give men a chance to repent and change for the better. Though all have fallen short of His glory and perfection some have lived very close to perfection and close to the Lord. Adam, Moses, Enoch, George Washington and Joseph Smith are all examples of nearly perfect men, who helped shape the world and gave men for generations after their lives a chance to be nearer to perfection, by following their examples and teachings. The Lord has supplied us with written scriptures in addition to Prophets and the scriptures are most helpful in giving us instruction, information and allegory to apply to our lives. Prayer gives us a last connection to our Heavenly Father that is always with us to be used and to assist in receiving instruction and guidance. With diligent application of these gifts to our weakness we will become a sharing, giving, loving and reverent people and nation.
We all need to change our ways to match the ways taught by all of these men; to be servants and helpers of men and ever prayerful that the Holy Ghost might inspire us to better ways. This scripture from the Book of Mormon teaches about our dilemma, how we got into trouble and how we can correct the problem. The majority of the Nation must accept and integrate these teachings into their lives and perhaps we can become righteous enough to be free once again, by abiding by the liberties God has granted. Man must stop wanting to take advantage of his fellow man but to assist in each progressing back to live with our Heavenly Father, if our hearts desire and obedience warrants.
11 And it came to pass that there were certain men passing by and saw Nephi as he was pouring out his soul unto God upon the tower; and they ran and told the people what they had seen, and the people came together in multitudes that they might know the cause of so great mourning for the wickedness of the people.
12 And now, when Nephi arose he beheld the multitudes of people who had gathered together.
13 And it came to pass that he opened his mouth and said unto them: Behold, why have ye gathered yourselves together? That I may tell you of your iniquities?
14 Yea, because I have got upon my tower that I might pour out my soul unto my God, because of the exceeding sorrow of my heart, which is because of your iniquities!
15 And because of my mourning and lamentation ye have gathered yourselves together, and do marvel; yea, and ye have great need to marvel; yea, ye ought to marvel because ye are given away that the devil has got so great hold upon your hearts.
16 Yea, how could you have given way to the enticing of him who is seeking to hurl away your souls down to everlasting misery and endless wo?
17 O repent ye, repent ye! Why will ye die? Turn ye, turn ye unto the Lord your God. Why has he forsaken you?
18 It is because you have hardened your hearts; yea, ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd; yea, ye have provoked him to anger against you.
19 And behold, instead of gathering you, except ye will repent, behold, he shall scatter you forth that ye shall become meat for dogs and wild beasts.
20 O, how could you have forgotten your God in the very day that he has delivered you?
21 But behold, it is to get gain, to be praised of men, yea, and that ye might get gold and silver. And ye have set your hearts upon the riches and the vain things of this world, for the which ye do murder, and plunder, and steal, and bear false witness against your neighbor, and do all manner of iniquity.
22 And for this cause wo shall come unto you except ye shall repent. For if ye will not repent, behold, this great city, and also all those great cities which are round about, which are in the land of our possession, shall be taken away that ye shall have no place in them; for behold, the Lord will not grant unto you strength, as he has hitherto done, to withstand against your enemies.
23 For behold, thus saith the Lord: I will not show unto the wicked of my strength, to one more than the other, save it be unto those who repent of their sins, and hearken unto my words. Now therefore, I would that ye should behold, my brethren, that it shall be better for the Lamanites than for you except ye shall repent.
24 For behold, they are more righteous than you, for they have not sinned against that great knowledge which ye have received; therefore the Lord will be merciful unto them; yea, he will lengthen out their days and increase their seed, even when thou shalt be utterly destroyed except thou shalt repent.
25 Yea, wo be unto you because of that great abomination which has come among you; and ye have united yourselves unto it, yea, to that secret band which was established by Gadianton!
26 Yea, wo shall come unto you because of that pride which ye have suffered to enter your hearts, which has lifted you up beyond that which is good because of your exceedingly great riches!
27 Yea, wo be unto you because of your wickedness and abominations!
28 And except ye repent ye shall perish; yea, even your lands shall be taken from you, and ye shall be destroyed from off the face of the earth.
29 Behold now, I do not say that these things shall be, of myself, because it is not of myself that I know these things; but behold, I know that these things are true because the Lord God has made them known unto me, therefore I testify that they shall be. (Helaman 7:11-19)