Wednesday, June 27, 2012

72: BURNED IN THE FIRE (Addendum)

 "As, therefore, the tares are gathered and burned in the fire,
so shall it be in the end of this world, or the destruction of the wicked. "
JST Matthew 13:41

Below is a photo of the Mt. Pleasant Fire in Utah of homes that have been burnt to the ground.
Photo of the Colorado City fire where tens of thousands have been evacuted from their homes.

Just prior to the Lord coming to this promised land, we read in 3 Nephi 10:

And it was the more righteous part of the people who were saved, and it was they who received the prophets and stoned them not; and it was they who had not shed the blood of the saints, who were spared—And they were spared and were not sunk and buried up in the earth; and they were not drowned in the depths of the sea; and they were not burned by fire, neither were they fallen upon and crushed to death; and they were not carried away in the whirlwind; neither were they overpowered by the vapor of smoke and of darkness.

And now, whoso readeth, let him understand; he that hath the scriptures, let him search them, and see and behold if all these deaths and destructions by fire, and by smoke, and by tempest, and by whirlwinds, and by the opening of the earth to receive them, and all these things are not unto the fulfilling of the prophecies of many of the holy prophets.

Behold, I say unto you, Yea, many have testified of these things at the coming of Christ, and were slain because they testified of these things.


Today is June 27... it is 168 years since the martrydom of the prophet Joseph Smith  and his brother Hyrum.  We read in D&C 135: 1:

"To seal the testimony of this book and the Book of Mormon, we announce the matrydom of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and Hyrum Smith the Patriarch. They were shot in Carthage jail, on the 27th of June, 1844, about five o’clock p.m., by an armed mob—painted black—of from 150 to 200 persons. Hyrum was shot first and fell calmly, exclaiming: I am a dead man! Joseph leaped from the window, and was shot dead in the attempt, exclaiming: dO Lord my God! They were both shot after they were dead, in a brutal manner, and both received four balls."


This week, the mountain states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho and Montana are currently all experiencing devastating fires. It seems like this past year somewhere in the country at any given moment is experiencing either hailstorms, tornados, flooding, droughts, earthquakes, or hailstorms… an now FIRES.  

Where can we find safety?

In the new July 2012 Ensign, there is an article about finding safety, it is called “Take your Tents and Flee”. The last sentence of the article reads as follows:  

Thankfully, the Lord has provided us with wards and branches, stakes and districts to gather to and a broad gospel tent for spiritual shelter from the storm. Beneath this tent we can find the refuge we seek from the storms of life.”

However, Interesting story in the news this morning, a fire destroyed an LDS meeting house in Arizona.  A meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been reduced to a pile of rubble after an early morning fire broke out. The center of the roof in the chapel collapsed into the church, and firefighters said they were worried the front wall of the building could fall. Firefighters said the building was a total loss. The Fire Chief George Good said the fire began in the church sanctuary and spread to the attic

There is only one place of safety from the coming storms, and it may not be found where we think. We will be vulnerable if we think any physical structure, institutional organization, or our perceived righteousness of being the Lord’s chosen will save us.  It is only found in our repentance, turning our hearts back to the Lord and having complete reliance on Him.


Toni said...

And there are yet prophets to be cast out and/or martyred.

Anonymous said...

Here's a link to a news channel's map of the 17 fires in 2009.

Steve said...

We were lucky in Saratoga Springs, Utah. Left Friday morning, allowed back in Saturday afternoon/evening with no loss of life or property.

Anonymous said...

is this happening in Utah now?

Anonymous said...

Here is a detail that I only learn recently about Joseph Smith and Hyrum:

The Prophet Joseph pulled off his garments just before starting to Carthage to be slain and he advised Hyrum and John Taylor to do the same, which they did, and Brother Taylor told Brother Willard Richards that they had done and advised him to take off his also, but Brother Richards said that he would not take his off, and did not: said he was not harmed.

Joseph said before taking his garments off, that he was going to be killed...was going as a lamb to the slaughter and he did not want his garments to be exposed to the sneers and jeers of his enemies. These facts all came from President John Taylor's lips after he was President of the Church.
(Oliver Huntington Diary; June 1844)
My mother, Julia Bowen Dalton, was born on August 26, 1820, and lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, at the time the Saints experienced the trying times in their history. She was very intimate with the Prophet Joseph Smith's family and particularly with Emma Smith. My mother was visiting in the Mansion House at the time the Prophet was killed. The enemies of the Prophet had attempted several times to assassinate him. Just before going to 'Carthage, he came to one of his wives and stated to her that it was to be that he should lay down his life as a martyr to the testimony he bore, but that his enemies could not take his life while he was wearing his garments. He took them off before leaving for Carthage. Mother stated to me that the garments at that time had the collar and strings on. (Vergil M. Webb affidavit dated 22 Sept 1940)




Thank you for sharing. Very fascinating. I had never heard of this before.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome Unknown!

Thank you for your blog!

Anonymous said...

yes, I thought of that when I saw that article--

it sounds 'nice' and comforting, but it's true--

too often when the storms of life beat . . . there really is no refuge with those we usually call 'the saints'--

truly the only refuge is in our relationship with God--

and accessible by our humility, repentance and sincere prayer--

so I believe--

for some people the church may be a kind of preparatory refuge, but it can only stand if those involved are pure and humble--

Anonymous said...

The Lord is weeding out His Church continually. The work of selection is going on. "Many are called," the Lord has said, "but few are chosen." The Lord is choosing the people now. The Lord is pulling up – in fact, they are pulling themselves up – the unfaithful, the transgressor. The work of cleansing the Church is going on perpetually, and it will continue until Christ comes. What an impressive lesson this ought to be to us! Do we desire to live and to be connected with the work of God? Do we desire our children to be numbered with the people of God? The great desire of some of the prophets and mighty men of old was that the Lord would build them a sure house.
(George Q. Cannon; Morgan Stake Conference, Sunday, February 16, 1896)