3 Nephi 21:12-29
12 And my people who are a remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
13 Their hand shall be lifted up upon their adversaries, and all their enemies shall be cut off.
14 Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots;
15 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds;
16 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thy land, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers;
17 Thy graven images I will also cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee, and thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands;
18 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee; so will I destroy thy cities.
19 And it shall come to pass that all lyings, and deceivings, and envyings, and strifes, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, shall be done away.
20 For it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that at that day whosoever will not repent and come unto my Beloved Son, them will I cut off from among my people, O house of Israel;
21 And I will execute vengeance and fury upon them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
22 But if they will repent and hearken unto my words, and harden not their hearts, I will establish my church among them, and they shall come in unto the covenant and be numbered among this the remnant of Jacob, unto whom I have given this land for their inheritance;
23 And they shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob, and also as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem.
24 And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in, who are scattered upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem.
25 And then shall the power of heaven come down among them; and I also will be in the midst.
26 And then shall the work of the Father commence at that day, even when this gospel shall be preached among the remnant of this people. Verily I say unto you, at that day shall the work of the Father commence among all the dispersed of my people, yea, even the tribes which have been lost, which the Father hath led away out of Jerusalem.
27 Yea, the work shall commence among all the dispersed of my people, with the Father to prepare the way whereby they may come unto me, that they may call on the Father in my name.
28 Yea, and then shall the work commence, with the Father among all nations in preparing the way whereby his people may be gathered home to the land of their inheritance.
29 And they shall go out from all nations; and they shall not go out in haste, nor go by light, for I will go before them, saith the Father, and I will be their rearward.
When we as Americans have been blessed with so much pleanty and turn aganst God we can expect some adversity to bring us to repentance. In 2 Nephi 33:9 Repentance is given some context;”I also have charity for the Gentiles. But behold, for none of these can I hope except they shall be reconciled unto Christ, and enter into the narrow gate, and walk in the strait path which leads to life, and continue in the path until the end of the day of probation.” I find the reference to reconciliation to Christ as an extremely compelling motivation for repentance. I also can say I have lived and repented enough to know that I stand right with the Americans in general as well as the membership of His Church in the need to repent and change to serving His people as this scripture indicates.
I do not understand all messages and meanings that these scriptures contain, but have some understanding and see it as a warning both to America and especially to the Church of Jesus Christ that was restored in America because of the barely understood freedoms and liberty established because of the immigration to this continent of many oppressed yet spiritual people, the penning of the Declaration of Independence, fighting the Revolutionary War and the US Constitution. We need to turn to God for answers to the problems that many are turning to men and government for.
Does the current group of leaders or the President Obama, have all the answers or even a clear view of the solutions available? Look back over my life time of 57 years and you will see ever more mistakes made by each administration. Each group that gains power in America claims they will not only correct mistakes of past administrations but solve all problems that come up with the perfect solutions. Many leaders have lost or never had a testimony of God’s place in the liberties and responsibilities carried in the Constitution they swear on the Scriptures to uphold and defend. They actually swear to serve the people of America.
Mine is not to judge but I must speak the obvious because many are speaking from some other side that seems destructive to Americans, their freedoms, happiness, properties and very lives. I have noticed the killing and imprisonment of men for small and avoidable conflicts with the government, who is less caring for the people they are to serve. The countries that have sworn to destroy America are now openly setting up military bases close to America and we are powerless in our wickedness to resist because we owe them too much. America has since early in its history ignored advice given to avoid foreign entanglements while being a friend to all.
“Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all; religion and morality enjoin this conduct, and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that in the course of time and things the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it? Can it be, that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?
In the execution of such a plan nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations and passionate attachments for others should be excluded and that in place of them just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another an habitual hatred, or an habitual fondness, is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times, it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations has been the victim.” (George Washington’s “Farewell Address”)
George Washington’s “Farewell Address” is read annually in the US Senate, but to little notice. This tradition has been a perpetually annual event since 1896. It is time we renew the 1862 call Andrew Jackson gave at the time it was first reread to Senate and House, in a Joint session.
‘Tennessee Senator Andrew Johnson introduced the petition in the Senate. “In view of the perilous condition of the country,” he said, “I think the time has arrived when we should recur back to the days, the times, and the doings of Washington and the patriots of the Revolution, who founded the government under which we live.”‘