The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Monday, January 11, 2016

Fighting against the twelve apostles

We are back to teaching.  We did our capitol hill class today.  It was good to be back.  We had our regular Monday morning meeting.  We also had home evening with the Bishopric tonight and pizza.

Last night President Nelson talked about the new policy changes concerning the children of same sex marriages.  He told a little about process of the revelation and how it came.  He said, "“Filled with compassion for all, and especially for the children, we wrestled at length to understand the Lord’s will in this matter . . . We met repeatedly in the temple in fasting and prayer and sought further direction and inspiration. “And then, when the Lord inspired His prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, to declare the mind of the Lord and the will of the Lord, each of us during that sacred moment felt a spiritual confirmation. It was our privilege as Apostles to sustain what had been revealed to President Monson. Revelation from the Lord to His servants is a sacred process. And so is your privilege of receiving personal revelation.”  What would be best for the eternal welfare of the Lord's children.  I think about all the criticism that the 12 apostles have suffered because of that policy change.  Elder Nelson reminded us of the quote by Pres. Harold B. Lee that the Lord will never allow His prophet to lead us astray.  People of walked way from the church because of that policy.  I had something pointed out to me the other day that has caused me great reflection.  The Book of Mormon talks about what is happening. 1 Nephi 11:33-36 "And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world.  And after he was slain I saw the multitudes of the earth, that they were gathered together to fight against the apostles of the Lamb; for thus were the twelve called by the angels of the Lord. And the multitude of the earth was gathered together; and I behold that they were in a large and spacious building, like unto the building which my father saw.  And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying: behold the world and the wisdom thereof; yea, behold the house of Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb."  (The house of Israel along with the multitudes of the world gathered together to fight against the 12 apostles.  That is exactly what has happened.) "And it came to pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and spacious building was the pride of the world; and it fell, and the fall thereof was exceedingly great.  And the angel of the Lord spake unto me again, saying : Thus shall be the destruction of all nations, kindred's, tongues, and people, that shall fight against the twelve apostles of the Lamb." If we fight against the twelve it will be our own destruction.

I love this account: “The story is told in the early days of the Church—particularly, I think, at Kirtland, Ohio—where some of the leading brethren in the presiding councils of the Church met secretly and tried to scheme as to how they could get rid of the Prophet Joseph’s leadership. They made the mistake of inviting Brigham Young to one of these secret meetings. He rebuked them, after he had heard the purpose of their meeting. This is part of what he said: ‘You cannot destroy the appointment of a prophet of God, but you can cut the thread that binds you to the prophet of God, and sink yourselves to hell.’” (Conference Report, April 1963, p. 81.) Harold B. Lee


  1. That is interesting to hear about how hard the decision was for them as they fasted and prayed to know the will of Heavenly Father.