I just can’t leave The First Presidency Message from August 2005 alone, I guess.

President Hinckley wrote this about the Book of Mormon: “it is as current as the morning newspaper and much more definitive, inspired, and inspiring concerning the solutions of those problems”.

So then I saw this story in the morning paper today, “Drug lords to Mexican officers: Join us or die“.  The Drug cartels have been threatening the lives of many honorable policemen in Mexico and it is becoming more difficult to establish order in Mexico.  What is different is that the drug lords are actually assassinating many police captains and officials and causing several more to quit the force.

It does not help that the police and military are now resorting to very heavy handed tactics in effort to stomp out crime in some parts of Mexico.  It is hard for the civilians to have any confidence in the government when many of the officials are already considered corrupt and part of the problem.

The drug cartels are also recruiting Mexican military officials and soldiers to help them in their efforts to take over the control and order of many areas.

Here is another story about the drug cartels essentially going to war against the police.

This is similar to a story in the Book of Mormon, where the leader of the Gadianton Robbers told the free people to surrender or he would destroy them.

From Third Nephi, Chapter 3, verses 1-9:

1 And now it came to pass that in the sixteenth year from the coming of Christ, Lachoneus, the governor of the land, received an epistle from the leader and the governor of this band of robbers; and these were the words which were written, saying:
2 Lachoneus, most noble and chief governor of the land, behold, I write this epistle unto you, and do give unto you exceedingly great praise because of your firmness, and also the firmness of your people, in maintaining that which ye suppose to be your right and liberty; yea, ye do stand well, as if ye were supported by the hand of a god, in the defence of your liberty, and your property, and your country, or that which ye do call so.
3 And it seemeth a pity unto me, most noble Lachoneus, that ye should be so foolish and vain as to suppose that ye can stand against so many brave men who are at my command, who do now at this time stand in their arms, and do await with great anxiety for the word—Go down upon the Nephites and destroy them.
4 And I, knowing of their unconquerable spirit, having proved them in the field of battle, and knowing of their everlasting hatred towards you because of the many wrongs which ye have done unto them, therefore if they should come down against you they would visit you with utter destruction.
5 Therefore I have written this epistle, sealing it with mine own hand, feeling for your welfare, because of your firmness in that which ye believe to be right, and your noble spirit in the field of battle.
6 Therefore I write unto you, desiring that ye would yield up unto this my people, your cities, your lands, and your possessions, rather than that they should visit you with the sword and that destruction should come upon you.
7 Or in other words, yield yourselves up unto us, and unite with us and become acquainted with our secret works, and become our brethren that ye may be like unto us—not our slaves, but our brethren and partners of all our substance.
8 And behold, I swear unto you, if ye will do this, with an oath, ye shall not be destroyed; but if ye will not do this, I swear unto you with an oath, that on the morrow month I will command that my armies shall come down against you, and they shall not stay their hand and shall spare not, but shall slay you, and shall let fall the sword upon you even until ye shall become extinct.
9 And behold, I am Giddianhi; and I am the governor of this the secret society of Gadianton; which society and the works thereof I know to be good; and they are of ancient date and they have been handed down unto us.

This is similar to how the drug cartels in Mexico are threatening the police and national police officers of Mexico.  The military and police forces in Mexico are responding with more and more draconian measures to crack down on the people.  It really is sad.  How did Lachoneus respond to Giddianhi?

12 Now behold, this Lachoneus, the governor, was a just man, and could not be frightened by the demands and the threatenings of a robber; therefore he did not hearken to the epistle of Giddianhi, the governor of the robbers, but he did cause that his people should cry unto the Lord for strength against the time that the robbers should come down against them.
13 Yea, he sent a proclamation among all the people, that they should gather together their women, and their children, their flocks and their herds, and all their substance, save it were their land, unto one place.
14 And he caused that fortifications should be built round about them, and the strength thereof should be exceedingly great. And he caused that armies, both of the Nephites and of the Lamanites, or of all them who were numbered among the Nephites, should be placed as guards round about to watch them, and to guard them from the robbers day and night.
15 Yea, he said unto them: As the Lord liveth, except ye repent of all your iniquities, and cry unto the Lord, ye will in nowise be delivered out of the hands of those Gadianton robbers.
16 And so great and marvelous were the words and prophecies of Lachoneus that they did cause fear to come upon all the people; and they did exert themselves in their might to do according to the words of Lachoneus.

Instead of merely relying on their own strength, they repented, turned to God, and got ready for battle.  They eventually hid in a fortress and had enough provisions to starve the Gadianton robbers out and the innocent people made it through.

We really need to turn to God in these times.  Pres. Hinckley was right about the Book of Mormon being as current as today’s paper.

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