I recently received emails from two different people sharing some of their ponderings about possible parallels between Book of Mormon narratives and our current situation.
First, a snippet from a gal:
I am always happy to see a new post from you. I hope your time off has
been a help to your good health.
You have always been a good person to bounce new ideas about scripture
with, so I would like to share some things I have been noticing in the
Book of Alma. I think much of the Book of Mormon is designed to help us
recognize the timing of the Great and Marvelous Work, so that we do not
fight against what God is doing in our day.
In just the first few chapters of Alma, we read about a national
election in which one person refuses to concede defeat and organizes a
“resistance” against the lawfully elected leader, including coordination
with foreign powers. In an effort to gain intelligence about the plans
of the Amlicites, Alma used spies to learn their plans and prevent their
attack. (FISA warrants?)
In the process of trying to turn around the hearts of his people to
repent and accept a greater word to come, he reminds them of their
history, their deliverance, both recent and long past. (This seems to
be effective, because it is the explanation Amulek uses when he explains
how he had seen God’s mysteries and power without knowing it. Alma
didn’t show him some new record or miracle, he put into perspective
things Amulek could relate to directly.)
The public trial of Alma and Amulek remind me of the recent impeachment
hearings where words are twisted by lawyers seeking a conviction without
any concern for due process or actual crimes committed. The impeachment
may also lead to the walls falling on the people who have worked to take
down the current Administration, leaving them free to walk away from the
rubble, unharmed. The account of Zeezrom may indicate that there are
individuals who were originally in favor of “taking down the President”
who will “flip” when confronted with their part of the coup.
I have just started into the account of the sons of Mosiah, but I
believe it has a connection to foreign policy. I read a lot commentary
from https://theconservativetreehouse.com/ which help explain the
dynamic of China trade policy and how it ties into things like North
Korea, Canada, Mexico, and the EU. Alma 17:14-15 could show the parallel
between the Lamanite traditions and the socialist/communist policies
that are prevalent around the world. The Lamanites want the technology
(defense, prosperity) of the Nephites, without the work ethic to develop
and earn it themselves. If Lamoni were to represent North Korea, and
King Lamoni’s father (king of all the Lamanites) were China, there is
the pattern of North Korea being set free once China is held at
sword-point, figuratively. The sons of Mosiah and their companions
would include people like Mike Pompeo and Peter Navarro, Robert
Lightheizer, Wilber Ross, Steve Mnuchin, etc.
Anyhow, that’s what I’m having fun with. I would love to hear your
thoughts. Hope you are feeling better.
Here is an email I just got today from a fellow:
Have you ever delved into the Book of Mormon 3rd Nephi timeline from chapters 1-10 before Christ visits?
I’m starting to do dive in and I see a lot of similarities… brink of destruction due to corruption, Nephite leader not intimidated by the threatenings of the Gadianton Robbers who want their right to govern back, unifying of a county, building fortifications, etc.
Seems a lot like Trump’s modern day America.
I’m not saying it’s an exact “quid pro quo”, but there’s several similarities.
Just wondering if you’ve done any such study.
I could clearly see 3 Ne. 2:19 being the end of 2016 and this destruction was delayed and time was given for us to repent.
19 And thus ended the fifteenth year , and thus were the people in a state of many afflictions; and the sword of destruction did hang over them, insomuch that they were about to be smitten down by it, and this because of their iniquity.
But because the country elected a ruler who “could not be frightened by the demands and the threatenings of a robber” [who desired for his] “people [political party] may recover their rights and government” (see 3 Ne. 3:12,10)
I love how these people are consulting the historical narratives in the Book of Mormon to better understand the fulfillment of prophecy in the last days.