By Timothy Ballard
Abraham Lincoln grew to become the 16th US president in the course of a really darkish time in America's heritage. writer Timothy Ballard explores the an important position that President Lincoln performed to deliver this kingdom towards heaven. Readers will see Lincoln as a guy encouraged of God who invoked a covenant courting among the US and its maker—not in contrast to the nationwide covenants invoked through righteous leaders within the e-book of Mormon. furthermore, The Lincoln speculation finds documented proof that Abraham Lincoln did, actually, try out the e-book of Mormon as he struggled with making the most serious judgements of his presidency. Did he learn it? Did it impact him? used to be the ebook of Mormon a key think about Lincoln's luck and the therapeutic of a nation?
The writer states, "As you learn, you'll, like a prosecutor reviewing a case, or like a jury identifying a verdict, determine invaluable items of facts that may be absolutely substantiated. additionally, you will determine items of proof that can't. I ask you to contemplate all of the proof and weight it for that reason. via this examine, many questions concerning the interaction among the restored gospel and the Civil battle might be spoke back. New questions may well emerge that may not be so simply spoke back. both manner, in any case you can find your self on a such a lot exhilarating investigative journey."
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And] they're sinking of their personal sins and corruptions. . . . what is going to be their while the Spirit of the Lord is withdrawn? they are going to whet the knife to chop each one other’s throats, and . . . [will] attempt to make Mason and Dixon’s the dividing line; yet that won't stay, for they are going to go it to smash one another, and the sword and fireplace could be customary within the land. ”14 Brigham younger extra his prophecy in regards to the pending calamities. regrettably, some of these superb prophecies didn't bring about the nationwide righteousness they intended to supply. as a substitute, the kingdom crossed the road. It handed the purpose that eventually pressured the Lord’s hand, compelling Him to turn on the scary prophecies. With a prophet murdered within the land, and the final temple left in ashes, that was once it. give it some thought! At that time, God Almighty picked up His Saints and positioned them outdoors of the us. Then He unleashed the prophesied hell. He could now repair the state with a purpose to make it the motor vehicle for the gospel that it was once destined to develop into. His first order of commercial, sooner than knowing the prophecies, used to be to put a motive force in that vehicle—one who might make sure that the vexation ended in His divine motive. He wanted a humble servant who could see the vexation for what it was—a punishment from above—and then consultant the state to undertake the mandatory options. ahead of I introduce you to the nationwide chief God may name to fill this divine mandate, i'm going to first let you know a couple of little-known connection this leader’s election needed to yet one more Joseph Smith prophecy. you spot, it seems that Joseph at the start may need had one other guy pointed out in his brain because the chief God may use to avoid wasting the rustic and support guard the Church. Joseph as soon as dined with this guy and prolonged a strong and prophetic caution to him. the fellow was once Stephen Douglas. On might 18, 1843, the Prophet Joseph had dinner with Illinois superb courtroom Justice Stephen A. Douglas. Joseph, turning to Douglas, prophesied to him, “Judge, you'll aspire to the presidency of the us; and should you ever flip your hand opposed to me or the Latter-day Saints, you'll suppose the load of the hand of the Almighty upon you; and you'll dwell to work out and comprehend that i've got testified the reality to you. ”15 13 years later, Douglas grew to become opposed to the Saints, pointing out in a speech added in June 1857 that “the knife has to be utilized to this pestiferous, disgusting melanoma [meaning Mormonism] that is gnawing into the very vitals of the physique politic. ”16 Months later, the Deseret information released Joseph’s prophecy concerning Douglas and—in a strongest reminder—addressed the column on to Douglas. 3 years after the prophecy used to be released, Douglas certainly aspired to the presidency and was once anticipated by means of many to win it. even though such expectancies, besides the fact that, because the prophecy declared, Douglas could think the burden of the hand of the Almighty. And he doubtless felt it whilst his political nemesis used to be selected to be president as an alternative.