My Recent Trip to Bandon Oregon
I have some very close friends that suffer from a very strange physical malady that takes place out in the open air on large parcels of lawn. The thing that separates this malady from generic picnics, camping events and family outings in nature is the mystical chasing of an elusive white ball much the same way that Alice chased the white rabbit down the rabbit hole.
This virus causes manic emotional swings.
One moment the person is giddy and euphorically exuberant with delusions of grandeur and the next moment they can be in the depths of despair and depression, uttering vile strings of expletives. Their passionate tirades that are sometimes laced with profanity can only be fully appreciated by those who suffer from turrets syndrome.
Sadly there is no known cure for this malady beyond, old age, loss of vision, senility and death itself.
The best one can hope for is to try to contain it and limit the number of times one experiences it.
I am going to confess that I have suffered from this malady in my earlier years however, old age, senility and vision problems, along with my refusal to read and abide by the rules associated with the malady have resulted in my friends demoting me to that of a “spectator”. Nevertheless, when invited to join them in their annual pilgrimage as a spectator, I often do so in the hope of offering moral support and the desire to intervene if and when any fights should break out.
It is believed that this virus originated in Scotland during the middle ages which is of particular interest to me since my ancestors on my Fathers side of the family hail from the Robertson clan and they came from Scotland.
These friends of mine go on an annual pilgrimage to Bandan Oregon to experience this Malady because there are some LINKS courses that most clearly mimic the terrain of the great scotland courses. It is the similarity to golf in Scotland that causes countless people to pay obscene amounts of money to suffer this affliction while chasing the mystical ball in the cold and rain and having to put up with grass so dense that one must use a putter from 100 years away from the green.
A common misconception is that the acronym for the word that is often used to describe this malady stands for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden, however, that is just a fantasy that has evolved due to the fact that the disease most commonly attacks men who are deeply chauvinistic. The truth is that the word simply means “club” (“men,s club” according to some)
I know for a fact that there are some women get this Malady because during the four days that I spent chasing my friends who were chasing the white ball, I actually saw one woman who was on the course, suffering with the malady along with three men. Nevertheless, when I happened upon the public, outdoor urinals at the course, I realized that there are still some relics from times past that might give subliminal messages to the weaker sex that they are not really supposed to be there…. For this reason, I have to admire those of the minority gender for their strong will and determination to suffer from this malady along side the men regardless of any type of bigotry that might exist.
“The first documented mention of the word ‘golf’ is in Edinburgh on 6th March 1457, when King James II banned ‘ye golf’, in an attempt to encourage archery practice, which was being neglected. This royal ban was repeated in 1471 by his son, James III, and again in 1491 by his grandson, James IV. This may not have been links golf as we know it today.”
The following poem was written by a person suffering from the malady
In My Hand I Hold A Ball,
White And Dimpled, Rather Small.
Oh, How Bland It Does Appear,
This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.
By Its Size I Could Not Guess,
The Awesome Strength It Does Possess.
But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,
I’ve Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.
My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same,
Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.
It Rules My Mind For Hours On End,
A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.
It Has Made Me Yell, Curse And Cry,
I Hate Myself And Want To Die.
It Promises A Thing Called Par,
If I Can Hit It Straight And Far.
To Master Such A Tiny Ball,
Should Not Be Very Hard At All.
But My Desires The Ball Refuses,
And Does Exactly As It Chooses.
It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,
And Even Disappears Before My Eyes.
Often It Will Have A Whim,
To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.
With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,
It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.
Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,
If Only It Would Find The Hole.
It’s Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,
And Swear That I Will Give It Up.
And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,
But The Ball Knows …. I’ll Be Back Tomorrow
Just a Few Hours Away
As I was following my friends down the breath-taking fairways with my ear phones on listening to the Beach Boys and gazing across the coastline and the ocean, I had a short bout of contextual cognitive dissonance realizing that while I was recreating on the Oregon shoreline with nary a care in the world, there were some angry and daring men just hours from me in the same state who were putting their lives on the line because of their passionate belief that the Federal Government has gone too far in their unconstitutional reach and in taking our freedoms and liberty away from us.
According to some sources, Ammon Bundy is so angry about the encroachment of the Federal Government in taking lands form the people, that he has declared that he is ready to kill or be killed over this situation in Oregon. The current standing off is pretty daring indeed.
For the record, I completely agree with the patriots about the unconstitutional overreach of the Federal Government and I think they are justified in pushing back against a tyrannical government. They are simply doing what the founders of this nation did when they pushed back against a wicked and tyrannical King.
I think it is interesting and disgusting that the LDS church publicly distanced themselves from the patriot standoff after some of the patriots quoted from LDS scripture and one of the guards at the impound referred to himself as “Captain Moroni”.
The official response from the church is that “this armed occupation can in no way be justified on a scriptural basis.”
How would leaders of the church that are much more familiar with the contents of the Wall Street Journal than the four standards works, and who need to have doctrinal portions of their conference talks reviewed by the correlation committee and selected LDS scholars, be able to make such an observation when they have such a shallow understanding of the scriptures?
Condemning the method in which the patriots are using to bring this problem to the public’s attention is not what really chaps me the most about the position of the church. It is the fact that the church is unwilling to take a stand on the real issue that is being debated.
The church refused to take a stand on the issues an condemn the overreach of the government stating that “… the use of federal lands is not a church matter,“.
The shepherds are supposed to protect and feed the flock, not just feed themselves.
They are to shine the spotlight on evil.
They are to sound the voice of warning.
They are to expose and challenge the secret combination, not swap secret handshakes with them and run interference for them.
One View from a Constitutional Attorney
I am really impressed with the knowledge and eloquence of this expert in constitutional law in the video below.
I think the video is well worth listening to. She makes a passionate declaration that it is now time to defend the Republic.
Frankly, I don’t think the Republic has existed for many decades and I think the constitution was secretly suspended by martial law a long time ago, nevertheless, public officials still make a pretense that the constitution is still to be upheld so as to not alert the sleeping masses.
An Appointed Time of Awakening
I do however, believe that there is an appointed time of awaking when a group of believers will become aware of the awful situation that we are in because of the secret combination that is vying for complete global control.
We seem to be in a sweet spot of prophetic end times history because there is a convergence of numerous time-related prophecies that all crisscross within a 20 year period of time, beginning with 2001 and ending with 2017 which is possibly the time when the sixth seal comes to an end. I am of the opinion that the President Elect Prophecy in section 124 will be fulfilled in conjunction with this next election which means that astounding things will take place and unfold during the next 12 months. For that reason, I am looking at all of the events taking place during this time period much closer than I normally would.
“..when ye shall see these things come among you..”
The Patriot standoff in Oregon and the plea by the attorney in the youtube above reminds me of the following passages in Ether 8 of the Book of Mormon
And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of of this saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.
26 Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.
The Prophetic Uprising Begins with REPENTANCE
There are no doubt some LDS patriots that are looking for a landmark event to trigger the great awakening and decisive response to a renegade government run by a secret order spoken of in the above passages, however, I would point out that the very first thing that Moroni prophetically commands us to do at the appointed time of awakening is to REPENT.
While I agree with the cause and the concerns being voiced by the Bundy’s and other patriots at this time and over these issues, they are missing one very significant ingredient that is to precede the appropriate and successful prophesied military response to the combination that is seeking global dominance.
It is repentance.
It is easy to get caught up in righteous rage regarding the trammeling of our God given rights by the government without noticing that we have brought this curse upon us with our own apostasy. It is not until after the gentiles repent that additional records come forth and God comes out of his hiding place to smite the wicked in behalf of the repentant.
I believe the word repentance in the Book of Mormon passages above is code for an amazing event that is about to happen. It has to do with God appointed servants returning with the fulness of the gospel and the voice of warning and the command for all of us to REPENT for having rejected the law of God and the fulness of the gospel!
For this reason, I am of the belief that the true patriots in this nation ( that also are true disciples of Christ) will not make their move until the designated God-Appointed commander returns and rallies us to the cause.
Until then, I see the following reminiscence by W. W. Phelps, of a revelation received through Joseph Smith to be a more likely characterization of what any preliminary patriot rebellions might result in.
“..ungodly and daring men will rise up in wrath and might..”
“..they will be the means of the destruction of the government..”
“Verily, I say unto you, that the day of vexation and vengeance is nigh at the doors of this nation, when wicked, ungodly and daring men will rise up in wrath and might, and go forth in anger, like as the dust is driven by a terrible wind; and they will be the means of the destruction of the government and cause the death and misery of many souls; but the faithful among my people shall be preserved in holy places during all these tribulations.” (A Revelation given west of Jackson County, Missouri, on July 17, 1831; Letter from W. W. Phelps to Brigham Young, dated August 12, 1861, Joseph Smith Collection, Church Historian’s Office; Unpublished Revelations, Vol. I, Part 10:6, p. 57-58, Compiled by Fred C. Collier.)
[Editorial Note: there are some historic events taking place.. I will put some updates here untill I feel another post is in order