Saturday, November 9, 2013

"12 Years a Slave": must see film for all people of faith

Posted: Saturday, 9 Nov 13
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Slave and slave owner

Birgitta and I saw "12 Years a Slave" last night in Santa Fe. I hope the film makes it to Los Alamos. It was horrifying, gripping and conscience searing. All through the viewing, I couldn't help but think  about my own Mormon background and the fact that Utah was officially a slave state before the Civil War.

I learned about the film from a neighbor friend up the street, a black man from South Carolina, himself a descendant of slaves. And I remembered Joseph Smith's legendary 1832 prophesy about civil war beginning in South Carolina.

Here is a review of the film that Mormons must read and then reconsider their respective consciences and whether they have the courage of their convictions.

And, here are the words from Mormon scripture: Doctrine and Covenants, Section 87:1-4, a time when the legal Mormon Church institution (first known as "The Church of Christ") was less than three years old.

Section 87

Revelation and prophecy on war, given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at or near Kirtland, Ohio, December 25, 1832. At this time disputes in the United States over slavery and South Carolina’s nullification of federal tariffs were prevalent. Joseph Smith’s history states that “appearances of troubles among the nations” were becoming “more visible” to the Prophet “than they had previously been since the Church began her journey out of the wilderness.”
1–4, War is foretold between the Northern States and the Southern States...

 Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning the awars that will bshortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of cSouth Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls;
 And the atime will come that bwar will be poured out upon all nations, beginning at this place.
 For behold, the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States, and the Southern States will call on other nations, even the nation of Great Britain, as it is called, and they shall also call upon other nations, in order to defend themselves against other nations; and then awar shall be poured out upon all nations.
 And it shall come to pass, after many days, aslaves shall rise up against their masters, who shall be marshaled and disciplined for war.

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