Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, September 8

Book of Mormon | “King Noah (Then) vs. the USA (Now)” by grego

Book of Mormon | “King Noah (Then) vs. the USA (Now)”
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Let’s take a look at what King Noah did, and see if we can draw any connections to life in America.

Mosiah 11:2 For behold, he did not keep the commandments of God, but he did walk after the desires of his own heart. And he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord. Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness.

Mosiah 11:3 And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed, a fifth part of their gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of their copper, and of their brass and their iron; and a fifth part of their fatlings; and also a fifth part of all their grain.

Mosiah 11:4 And all this did he take to support himself, and his wives and his concubines; and also his priests, and their wives and their concubines; thus he had changed the affairs of the kingdom.

Mosiah 11:5 For he put down all the priests that had been consecrated by his father, and consecrated new ones in their stead, such as were lifted up in the pride of their hearts.

Mosiah 11:6 Yea, and thus they were supported in their laziness, and in their idolatry, and in their whoredoms, by the taxes which king Noah had put upon his people; thus did the people labor exceedingly to support iniquity.

Mosiah 11:7 Yea, and they also became idolatrous, because they were deceived by the vain and flattering words of the king and priests; for they did speak flattering things unto them.

Mosiah 11:8 And it came to pass that king Noah built many elegant and spacious buildings; and he ornamented them with fine work of wood, and of all manner of precious things, of gold, and of silver, and of iron, and of brass, and of ziff, and of copper;

Mosiah 11:9 And he also built him a spacious palace, and a throne in the midst thereof, all of which was of fine wood and was ornamented with gold and silver and with precious things.

Mosiah 11:10 And he also caused that his workmen should work all manner of fine work within the walls of the temple, of fine wood, and of copper, and of brass.

Mosiah 11:11 And the seats which were set apart for the high priests, which were above all the other seats, he did ornament with pure gold; and he caused a breastwork to be built before them, that they might rest their bodies and their arms upon while they should speak lying and vain words to his people.

Mosiah 11:12 And it came to pass that he built a tower near the temple; yea, a very high tower, even so high that he could stand upon the top thereof and overlook the land of Shilom, and also the land of Shemlon, which was possessed by the Lamanites; and he could even look over all the land round about.

Mosiah 11:13 And it came to pass that he caused many buildings to be built in the land Shilom; and he caused a great tower to be built on the hill north of the land Shilom, which had been a resort for the children of Nephi at the time they fled out of the land; and thus he did do with the riches which he obtained by the taxation of his people.

Mosiah 11:14 And it came to pass that he placed his heart upon his riches, and he spent his time in riotous living with his wives and his concubines; and so did also his priests spend their time with harlots.

Mosiah 11:15 And it came to pass that he planted vineyards round about in the land; and he built wine-presses, and made wine in abundance; and therefore he became a wine-bibber, and also his people.

Mosiah 11:16 And it came to pass that the Lamanites began to come in upon his people, upon small numbers, and to slay them in their fields, and while they were tending their flocks.

Mosiah 11:17 And king Noah sent guards round about the land to keep them off; but he did not send a sufficient number, and the Lamanites came upon them and killed them, and drove many of their flocks out of the land; thus the Lamanites began to destroy them, and to exercise their hatred upon them.

Mosiah 11:18 And it came to pass that king Noah sent his armies against them, and they were driven back, or they drove them back for a time; therefore, they returned rejoicing in their spoil.

Mosiah 11:19 And now, because of this great victory they were lifted up in the pride of their hearts; they did boast in their own strength, saying that their fifty could stand against thousands of the Lamanites; and thus they did boast, and did delight in blood, and the shedding of the blood of their brethren, and this because of the wickedness of their king and priests.

Do you feel our elected leaders are in it “for us”, or for their bank accounts?

Are they remembering the history and the lessons of our forefathers, and the fathers of this nation? No, they have basically put them away.

King Noah put a 20% tax on the people to support his and his priests’ living. What percentage did you pay last time? Do you feel that you “labor exceedingly” to support waste in Congress or the Presidency, for example? Have you heard any stories of elected officials and prostitutes? (And I promise you there are many, many more you haven’t heard of because it never makes the mainstream media.) Extravagant spending on public projects (websites dedicated to that…), or military spending, or unbid-upon contracts, like in Iraq?

King Noah is smart, though; he keeps his people drunk with wine to keep them happy and complacent. Too busy working to pay the taxes, too busy drinking and being taught sin to wash away their troubles and have an outlet for their misery, and too busy “relaxing” (i.e., watching sports and TV), all with one result: too busy to cause any trouble for him. And by taking away so much in taxes, yet giving them so much back in alcohol (cough, cough), they love him. Seen that anywhere recently?

About Abinadi’s prophesying, King Noah says, “he has said these things (against me especially) that he might stir up my people to anger one with another, and to raise contentions among my people”. Sounds just like Bush/ Obama (do you really think they are that different??) talking about not questioning the official story of 9/11, huh? Well, actually, there was a reason Abinadi said something, and while that was the end result, that’s not why he said it—he said it because it was the truth, and the people were ripening for destruction.

Then it says that the people’s eyes were blinded, and they sought against Abinadi—why would they do that? They had been lulled into a state of comfort and pride, and propaganda. They win a small victory, and feel invincible. Besides, they had that *tower* that king Noah built that was going to save them (Star Wars, Shock and Awe, you name it…).

Fortunately, we have the inside scoop—Abinadi the madman really was the good guy—yet all the Noahites believed Abinadi was the bad guy, the liar, the troublemaker. They just couldn’t understand why he didn’t want to get drunk and have a good time along with them…

After all, why would their priests or their king lie to them? Then along comes Alma; then Gideon wises up. (Luckily he didn’t work for BYU. But it wouldn’t have mattered much, because things changed quickly and there probably wouldn’t have been a BYU for very long afterwards anyway. By the way, I hope that BYU has noted ex-Professor Jones’ latest research on super-thermite in the WTC dust.)

At the end of the story, by the time the people realize that they have been lied to and tricked; that their king can’t protect them—his assigned duty—puff! They are in a bloodbath and bondage situation.

Let’s avoid that, eh? But we’ll have to do better than King Noah’s people if we expect better results, and hopefully this article has opened our eyes a little more to the situation we are in. What does it mean, the Book of Mormon is for our day?

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