All Is Well or Woe?
Mormons around the world sing the pioneer anthem ‘Come, Come Ye Saints’ (Hymns #30) which includes this last verse:
And should we die before our journey’s through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again
To see the Saints their rest obtain,
Oh, how we’ll make this chorus swell–
All is well! All is well!
There are several things in this verse that non-believers might find odd (rejoicing at early death?) but what I’m focusing on is the seeming contradiction between these oft sung words and this warning about the latter-days from one of God’s prophets:
“And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.” 2 Ne 28:21
These two sources, one being scripture and one from the hymns (which we are told is like a prayer when sung by the righteous), seem to contradict each other. So which is it?
Is all well in Zion or are we being led carefully down to hell?