It would be foolishness to equate a disaster to a specific action of the people affected by the disaster. For example, we can’t say why a tsunami hit Indonesia in 2004. Unless revealed by God to his prophets, we simply don’t know.
So, are some natural disasters related to sin?
Yes. The Book of Mormon gives a great example. Things were on a slippery slope and the Lord sent Samuel the Lamanite to warn the people. They didn’t listen. Then, in 3 Nephi, chapter 8, when the destruction hits, it is of no surprise that suddenly, the people turn to the Lord.
O that we had repented before this great and terrible day, and had not killed and stoned the prophets, and cast them out; then would our mothers and our fair daughters, and our children have been spared… (3 Ne. 8:25)
I don’t know exactly how there is a connection between sin and disaster; I only know that we have been warned. Samuel warned the Nephites of the impending doom. They didn’t listen. Then, when the earth quaked and the volcanoes erupted they decided to cry for help. (Hindsight is 20/20 as they say. They also say there are no atheists in the foxhole.)
On September 23, 1995, a prophetic warning was issued to the world. The warning was that sin, “will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.”
What are those calamities foretold? With modern electronics it doesn’t take much to search the scriptures and read about earthquakes, plagues, storms, wars, and other things that await.
I remember sitting in the Oakland Interstake Center back in the 1980s listening to Cleon Skousen. He talked about these calamities and then said, “It doesn’t have to be this way.”
I thought to my self, ‘That’s interesting.’
I thought the comment regarding prophecy was interesting, and I almost felt he was saying the prophecy could be undone. But, as he went on to speak, I realized he was teaching us that it is a warning of what will happen, conditional upon our failing to keep the commandments.
The world has become an evil place. Expecting this warning to be reiterated in the April, 2014, General Conference, it should be disconcerting to some that it came 3 months early. Today, the church issued a stern warning. It is very clear and the fact that it was issued between General Conferences tells me that the Lord didn’t want it to wait 3 months and it needs to be said now. (Click here to read the warning.)
The closing paragraph starts with, “As members of the Church, we are responsible to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to illuminate the great blessings that flow from heeding God’s commandments as well as the inevitable consequences of ignoring them.”
Same-sex marriage is just the tip of the iceberg. I was appalled by the story about an actress, who when asked why her TV show had so much nudity, went off on the reporter as though he was a terrible person for asking. In fact, one news report headlined it as being the “most offensive question” ever asked.
Offensive? Wow, just a few years ago reports would have been their TV show was offensive for showing nudity.
What has become of our values?
Another headline boasted of a new movie having used the F-word more than ever before. You can’t go to some news web pages anymore without being bombarded by news glorifying immorality, drug abuse and profanity.
During the two week period of Christmas and New Years, Elizabethe and I was shocked that we couldn’t find anything of value to watch on TV. In fact, Elizabethe likes this show called Castle. (I personally find the acting in it pretty bad.) In the show there’s some romantic tension between the leading man, a mystery writer and consultant to the police department, and the leading woman, a police homicide detective. I come in to the room the other day and she’s watching an episode, and there the two of them are in bed.
Whatever happened to courtship, dating, engagement, weddings and then sex and family?
Instead, the entertainment world makes us believe that (a) sex isn’t a sin, (b) sex and love should be separated, and (c) marriage isn’t necessary… oh, unless your gay. (I state this because if you closely watch many TV shows, you have heterosexual couples living or sleeping together with no discuss of marriage, while the entertainment world celebrates states where homosexual couples are allowed to marry. It is another double-standard presented to us by the adversary.) What these shows portray, the do under the umbrella that it represents society as it is.
Well, we’ve been warned. It’s a prophetic warning, meaning if we don’t heed it, these things will happen. We were warned in 1995, and the proclamation has been read many times since, but again today, it has been reiterated in very stern terms. Perhaps we should ponder what Cleon Skousen said when he said, “It doesn’t have to be this way.”
Elizabethe and I took a drive down to Henrietta today. She has a big drawing she’s been working on and wanted it scanned. The only place that would do it for a reasonable price was near Henrietta. So, since we were down there, we took a coupon and ate at CiCi’s Pizza. (It was kind of funny. Our meals cost us $5 and our drinks $5. Because of our coupon, 50% of the bill went for two sodas.)