No Turning Back Now

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by Bonnie

While half of our nation is in a relative state of mourning the morning after, the Church has great reason to rejoice.

No matter which US political party won, the gospel triumphed.

When the Savior visited the people on this continent after his death in Jerusalem, on his second day ministering he shared these words:

 

Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them; and ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many; and ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

Thy hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And I will gather my people together as a man gathereth his sheaves into the floor.

For I will make my people with whom the Father hath covenanted, yea, I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass. And thou shalt beat in pieces many people; and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth. And behold, I am he who doeth it.

While many modern readers will recoil a bit at the violence of this passage, think for a moment about what confidence military superiority offers. For peoples who can describe their freedom to live in peace in terms of their ability to triumph in battle, prowess is the promise of peace.

Now consider the house of Jacob: those who are called and set apart with a mandate to share the gospel of the Lamb. It is the Church, and more specifically, disciples who are committed to missionary work within the Church.

The day will come, according to the Savior, when His people will be free to move among the nations with utter and complete confidence, without fear of … anything.

That day is here.

  • Gone is the day when latter-day saints fear expulsion, persecution, or prejudice.
  • The Church is well-established, stable, growing: beyond the reach of its enemies.
  • We are well-represented by remarkable people in every walk of life.
  • Respect for our faith is common in the media, our communities, and government.
  • There is no turning back the clock on progress: the world will never return to ignorance and bigotry regarding our faith, and we should not expect it to.

We are free.

What we do with that freedom is a mark of our discipleship. Nothing within our culture restricts committed disciples from sharing their faith to those who are interested – no prejudice will stand any longer. This freedom is nothing of our own making, as the Lord reminds us in his final comment quoted above: it is His doing. Our God has opened the door for us to breathe easily the love we have for Him.

What an amazing time to be alive! What a transition for our faith!

Please share your thoughts about the election and where you go from here.

Image credit: Zion Ho! by Minerva Tiechert

photos by: Cimm & ricketyus

About Bonnie

Living life determined to skid sideways into the grave and say, "MAN, what a ride!"

9 Responses to No Turning Back Now

  1. Paul says:

    As I posted to my facebook wall this morning, I’m grateful to live in a land where reasonable men and women can disagree, debate and vote, and then return to their lives the next day.
    Appreciate your thoughts and the reminder that the things that matter most are not of this world. As I recall, when Elder Faust became a member of the First Presidency he was asked about his political affiliation (he was a registered Democrat) and his response was something along the lines of his being “above” politics (which I took to mean his calling took precedence over any political leanings).
    I also appreciate the assertion that we live in a time when church members no longer need fear persecution or prejudice, though I’m not sure all would agree (as the not-to-distant Pew Center poll on Mormons indicated). But it certainly describes the world I live in.

  2. Lisa says:

    You know this is the perfect message for me this morning. I awoke with a feeling of helplessness and an there is no hope attitude. This is not me! I am a glass half full kind of person, look on the bright side…Thank you for reminding me that there is a bright side in all of this. As our nation falls farther into iniquity, debt and government dependence, I still know the Gospel is true and we can still progress.

  3. Jae says:

    We, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are witnesses to the work of the Lord rolling forth. Yes, it is difficult to see that amid disappointment, but as the sun comes up this morning and we mill about our day realigning, re-grounding, what I pray for is that we will see the hand of the Lord in all that happens here upon the earth. Nothing is chance or accident. It is all divine plan. We are blessed beyond measure to know this.

  4. Bonnie says:

    I agree! Here are some other messages of faith and hope:

    Church Affairs Director and Church Spokesman speak to Washington Post
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/11/06/mormon-press-office-churchs-image-survived-the-campaign/

    Statement from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve
    http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/statement-on-election-result

    Kathryn Skaggs’ thoughts: Mormonism Won
    http://wellbehavedmormonwoman.blogspot.com/2012/11/mormonism-won-regardless-of-election.html

  5. Paul says:

    I voted in my first presidential election as a BYU freshman in 1976. Of course Jimmy Carter won that election, to the delight of one of my friends in the dorm — he was the only Carter supporter I knew at BYU, though I’m sure there were others. When Carter won, there was the normal talk of moving to the mountains or to Canada because the country would never survive. Of course the country did survive (and some healing from the prior four years, including the resignation of the Republican president, even took place).
    While I understand why ardent supporters of the losers feel disappointment, I do not understand the hopelessness that the country is in moral decline. In many ways the day after the election is the same as the day before in terms of the federal government. The only difference is that we have a very small window of time before parties entrench themselves and begin positioning themselves for the next election cycle. Hopefully in that time we can find some real across-the-aisle reaching to resolve immediate issues and begin to resolve longer term issues.
    My fear is deeper, and that is that in the last 25 years the nation has become more divided, less likely to compromise. Gone, it seems, are the days when an Orrin Hatch and Ted Kennedy can find a middle ground or when Tip O’Niell and Ronald Reagan can negotiate reasonable compromise. I do not blame an individual candidate or office holder for that condition, but rather a sentiment — readily evident on both sides of the aisel — that continues to drive wedges between us.
    Of course there is a remedy, but it is one that we cannot enact ourselves, and that is our transition to a Zion society.
    I find hope, however, knowing that Latter-day Saints practice their religion faithfully in all kinds of countries with all kinds of governments, just as we do here in the U.S., regardless of political affiliation.

  6. Cheryl says:

    Such a great attitude, and it’s the best one. When I voted for Romney this election, it wasn’t because he was LDS (for me, that was just icing), but because I was hopeful he would fix our country’s debt –and because he felt like the last person left who cared about morality issues.
    However.
    I know that the Gospel will go forth because it will! When I think about the missionary age change, access to prophet’s words at the touch of a button, the media loving Mormons more than ever (and realizing we’re not as crazy as they though), and the graciousness Romney showed in defeat, it made me realize that despite any challenges ahead (of which there will be a lot), The Lord is in charge. He knows what’s going on, and He’s already given us everything we need to stay strong and keep the faith. As long as I guide my family on that path, everything will be okay. I mean, seriously –I’m not being driven from Missouri and living in a shanty in the winter. I’m not in another country where just the mention of my belief in Jesus Christ could cause my arrest or execution. Life is good!

  7. Jendoop says:

    I have mixed feelings about this. I have hope and believe in the words of scripture, ancient and modern, but there are mixed messages. In addition to what you have shared there are prophecies of increasing persecutions and trials for God’s people. I don’t think these prophecies contradict each other necessarily. They seem to be concurrent, meaning that we will have an increase in blessings and opportunities in some ways and a narrowing in others. One persecution I have felt stems from the misunderstanding that Mormons hate gays, blacks, women, and science. Because some people believe these false ideas about the church there is a backlash- a hatred for religious conviction and a belief in moral absolutes. There is even some persecution within the church on these issues. (Typing on my phone, forgive errors.)

  8. Bonnie says:

    I also remember, in earlier years when I ate, drank, and slept politics as a PAC leader, the sense of “doom, despair, and agony on me” at an electoral loss. I sincerely thought that when Clinton was elected the Millennium was just around the corner. It wasn’t. There is work to do and time to do it.

    But, as Jen also states, this isn’t an “all is well.” We have the prophecies, and in order for them to be fulfilled, it’s got to get worse. And it will. Not just because of a presidential election but because we as a country do crazy things like legalize marijuana and same sex marriage, don’t desire to pay our bills, and expect to lean on shaky governments to help us instead of helping one another. We will only be a beacon, as is also prophesied, to those who are searching for virtuous people, if we have hope.

    So, onward and forward!

  9. Michaela says:

    This post takes a wonderful attitude. My thoughts yesterday as I saw the polls come in were, “Nooooo!”
    Today I took myself in hand and told myself that it would be a truly tragic lack of charity if I were to in any way look down that large part of America who voted differently than I did.

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