I was enjoying the dark red hues of the leaves on a tree standing in front of a house. I think that as the future now stands that tree represents us. It isn’t a pleasant image, but I think as things stand many of our posterity will be martyred for their faith if they remain faithful. In the book of revelation we find these words:
Revelation 6: 9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
I know these verses are about the opening of the fifth seal. But the prophesies about the last days will all be fulfilled. And even without any prophesies at all it takes little sense to see that we are heading into days of intense persecution. The adversary has gained a firm grip on the hearts of this nation and thus far we are have suffered only name calling. But sticks and stones, which hurt more than words, will certainly follow in time and with the same intensity and self righteous rage that words have been flung at us thus far. Where Satan has gained such power he will persecute, drive, and slay the saints as soon as he gains a sufficient hand to do so.
Our posterity has no place to flee to now. There is no promised land in an unsettled new world. There are no unsettled Rocky Mountains. So our options will be different.
I think that leaves us with two options for our posterity. The first option, the one that presently looms before us, is that our posterity over successive generations will become martyrs for the truth. Their blood will be spilt for their faith and the leaves of our future family tree will be painted in tones of deepest red for generations.
That is no surprise. God has “sworn with an oath, that .. the sons of God should be tried so as by fire.” (JST Gen 14:35).
All in all that is not actually a bad option. If our posterity are martyrs they will gain eternal life, and what have we to complain of? All the persecutions of this world will be nothing compared to the glory which they will receive if they die for the truth.
But there is another option. And it requires us to change. It is the option that we cease to be satisfied living at a level of righteousness that leaves us far beneath our privileges.
Have we not read that through one man, Moses, God overthrew the might of Egypt?
But that required Moses to live so that he had faith to do such works.
We are fat and happy living far beneath our privileges, but the days of consequence loom before us.
I think we have two routes before us. One is the route of persecution and martyrdom for our posterity.
The other is to really repent as a people and begin to enjoy the rights of the priesthood. If we do that, there is no power on earth that can hold us.
You may laugh at the second route I propose. But in reality, that route MUST eventually be taken, for we must build a Zion. And Zion must be built by men who, like Enoch, can speak and the mountains obey them, can command and the rivers obey them. In the end, there IS no issue of which route we will take.
Again, you may laugh at my two alternative routes. But they are not particularly different than the two alternatives offered in the scriptures.
D&C 84: 4 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—
55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.
56 And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.
57 And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written—
58 That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion.
59 For shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land? Verily, I say unto you, Nay.
Thus we can repent, live up to our privileges in a way that the saints have not yet done in this dispensation, or alternatively we can be scourged until we will.