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Words of wisdom by Ed Lauritsen & Hugh W Nibley- ( ** )

Romney’s Defeat

Words of wisdom by Ed Lauritsen
& Hugh W. Nibley-


It is Election Night 2012, and I’m
sitting here at my computer listening to Governor Romney’s concession
speech, trying to come to grips with his defeat—our defeat. And
into my mind comes three interesting thoughts. The first comes with a


“Behold, I will hasten my
work in its time.” (D&C 88:73).


If the Lord’s “work” is
to “bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses
1:39),and if that process begins by hearing about the Church
and seeing its members, then the sooner and the faster the
greatest number of people can see and hear about
the Latter-day Saints—especially about exemplary Saints like
the Romneys—the more the work is hastened. And though the Church has
55,000+ missionaries who are quietly and patiently roaming the world
knocking on doors, the Lord has brought the LDS Governor and
his LDS family into the very homes of millions of
people around the U.S. and the world via TV, radio, and Internet for
more than a year now—people who might never have
received or accepted the missionaries or LDS neighbors,
let alone have learned about the LDS way of life. But now they have listened, watched, and
learned, and many of them will likely be more curious and receptive to the
missionaries in the future. And that also goes for many of the
Evangelicals, Protestants, and Catholics who locked arms with
the Latter-Day Saints (thanks to Glenn Beck) during this long presidential
campaign. Bottom line: the Romneys lost a hard-fought political battle,
but they—and the Church—won a decisive, long-awaited cultural
and spiritual victory
 in opening the minds and hearts of


Another post-election thought:
“Be careful what you pray for.”


Had Romney won, it is highly
doubtful that he and his team would have been able to rescue the nation’s
wounded economy from the purposeful destruction that Obama has intentionally
inflicted upon it, Obama having done so in order to “fundamentally
transform” our free enterprise system into a Socialist state.
Had Romney won, the only possible way to have saved the nation and its
economy would have been to make deep cuts in the welfare and entitlement
programs—cuts that would have been branded “murderous, discriminatory
and  racist” at every turn by the Liberal mainstream media. And the
ever-increasing drumbeat of these accusations over the next four years
would have given license to thousands—perhaps millions-of
malcontents to take to the streets in “civil unrest” (aka anarchy).
As such, Romney’s never-ending vilification in print and in the electronic
media would have soon painted him—and his fellow Mormons—as
the enemies of America , with all the resulting antagonism,
stress, and persecution of the Church, both at home and
abroad. As is, over the next four years, right-wing zealots—not Christian
Conservatives— will likely become increasingly resistant,
confrontational, and possibly violent in response to the creeping Socialism.
Thus, “social unrest” may begin at the other end
of the political spectrum, likely precipitating equally violent responses from
the pro-Socialist masses. 


And this foregoing scenario brings
me to the third and final thought tonight, one which also was accompanied by
the written word, this time in the form of a powerful metaphor by Hugh
Nibley. I close with it:


“On the last night of a play, the
whole cast and stage crew stay in the theater until the small, or not so small,
hours of the morning striking the old set.  If there is to be a new
opening soon, as the economy of the theater requires, it is important that
the new set should be in place and ready for the opening night; all the while
the old set was finishing its usefulness and then being taken down, the
new set was rising in splendor to be ready for the drama that
would immediately follow. So it is with this world. It is not our business
to tear down the old set—the agencies that do that are already hard at
work and very efficient—the set is coming down all around us with spectacular
effect. Our business is to see to it that the new set is well on the way for
what is to come—and that means a different kind of politics, beyond the scope
of the tragedy that is now playing its closing night. We are preparing for the
establishment of Zion .”



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