What are the secret combinations? How can I identify them?

(M B, November 2, 2008.)


Pride is the foundation of secret combinations. Pride says “I’m better than you.” It’s the mentality that causes people to look at their fellow men like cattle instead of individuals with the right to choose and be free.

“Pride results in secret combinations which are built up to get power, gain, and glory of the world.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Beware of Pride)

The Goals of Secret Combinations

Bruce R. McConkie explained “Next Moroni turns the key so that all who have ears to hear can understand what the secret combination is and can identify those who build it up. ‘For it cometh to pass,’ he says, ‘that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries. (Ether 8)’ This is a worldwide conspiracy.” (Millennial Messiah, p. 66.)

Any organization that wants to overthrow freedom must (1) have the police powers of the state to enforce it, or (2) they must propagate enough false information that people choose to be slaves without force. Any combination sophisticated enough to do either of these is likely to pursue both to be more effective, or in case one method fails.

Method 1: Force

To overthrow freedom on a global scale, it is essential that power be consolidated in a world-government. This can be achieved by creating and empowering an entity like the United Nations, or through multi-national pacts and treaties or both.

Method 2: Propagating False Information

One method of propagating false information is through the media, through the use of news, television programs, the Internet etc. One historical example of this is given by Congressman Oscar Callaway. On the Congressional Record, he notes how in 1915, American international mega-banker J.P. Morgan bought controlling interest in 25 of the countries largest newspapers for the purpose of controlling popular opinion and government policy by controlling the information the public received.

However the most ideal, effective, widespread and far-reaching method of spreading false information would be through the use of public schools. At school, children are away from the influence of their parents for the majority of their waking hours from the age of 5 to 20 or more. Public school is also more-or-less compulsory. Even those who choose home or private school are compelled to support the public/government education program through taxes. This would seem the ideal place to spread false information for any conspirator seeking to reach their goal.

Many books by government and education insiders have come out about the takeover of American public education including John A. Stormer’s None Dare Call It Education, John Taylor Gatto’s Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling and Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt’s The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America. Charlotte’s father incidentally was a member of Skull and Bones who gave his daughter a death-bed confession of what he had done and been a part of.

As both major parties continue the consolidation and centralized control of the education of our youth, we would be wise to investigate this method thoroughly.

False information can be used to prompt others to unwittingly assist secret combinations in their goals without being aware of what they are doing. This may have been what Mormon meant when he said:

“And it came to pass on the other hand, that the Nephites did build them up and support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils…” (Helaman 6:38)

President Ezra Taft Benson warned that we have the same problem the Nephite righteous had:

“Our families may be corrupted by worldly trends and teachings unless we know how to use the [Book of Mormon] to expose and combat the falsehoods in socialism, organic evolution, rationalism, humanism, etc…. And our nation will continue to degenerate unless we read and heed the words of the God of this land, Jesus Christ, and quit building up and upholding the secret combinations which the Book of Mormon tells us proved the downfall of both previous American civilizations.”

This seduction of the righteous is also underlined in a 1941 letter from the First Presidency to the U.S. Treasury

“...the Church has not found it possible to follow along the lines of the present general tendency in the matter of property rights, taxes, the curtailment of rights and liberties of the people, nor in general the economic policies of what is termed the ‘New Deal’....unless the people of America forsake the sins and the errors, political and otherwise, of which they are now guilty and return to the practice of the great fundamental principles of Christianity, and of Constitutional government, there will be no exaltation for them spiritually, and politically we shall lose our liberty and free institutions....We believe that our real threat comes from within and not from without, and it comes from the underlying spirit common to Naziism, Fascism, and Communism, namely the spirit which would array class against class, which would set up a socialistic state of some sort, which would rob the people of the liberties which we possess under the Constitution, and would set up such a reign of terror as exists now in many parts of Europe....We confess to you that it has not been possible for us to unify our own people even upon the necessity of such a turning about, and therefore we cannot unfortunately, and we say it regretfully, make any practical suggestion to you as to how the nation can be turned about.(Heber J. Grant, also J. Ruben Clark, Jr. and David O. McKay signed as the First Presidency, September 30, 1941)

It would be helpful to review the work of Edward Bernays, known as the “father of propaganda”. This is the man that was hired by the Wilson Administration to sell the war to the American people. Others including infamous Nazi spin doctor Joseph Goebbels used Bernay’s work on the German people. This one quote from Bernay’s book Propaganda sufficiently reveals his motivations.

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.… We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.… In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” (Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928.)

Propaganda and public relations are not only good for selling war, but for making evil men to appear good and good men to appear evil. Propaganda is good for ridiculing those who are trying to find the truth, and placing labels, the foremost of which is “conspiracy theorist”.

The Use of War

One of the methods used by secret combinations is to promote war. President Hinckley said the Jaredite and Nephite people

“…succumbed to the wiles of ambitious and scheming leaders who oppressed them with burdensome taxes, who lulled them with hollow promises, who countenanced and even encouraged loose and lascivious living. These evil schemers led the people into terrible wars that resulted in the death of millions and the final and total extinction of two great civilizations in two different eras.

In 1954, the U.S. House of Representatives appointed Norman Dodd as research director to investigate whether the tax-exempt foundations were engaging in “un-American” activities. Part of his report stated:

“[In the minutes of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about 1911] the trustees raised a question. ‘Is there any means known to man more effective than war, assuming you wish to alter the life of an entire people?’ [A]t the end of the year, they came to the conclusion that there was no more effective means to that end known to man. So, then they raised question number two, and the question was, ‘How do we involve the United States in a war?’”

This tells us in part why war is an important tool for secret combinations, to “alter the life of an entire people”. James Madison goes further and tells us how this altering takes place.

“Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few....No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. In war too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honours, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people.” (Political Observations, April 20, 1795)

Alexander Hamilton clarified how people are willing to change during war when he said:

“Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.” (The Federalist Papers, No. 8)

Cleon Skousen explained why central and international bankers have a significant interest in war:

“The record shows that when the managers of a central bank in any particular country are looking around for ways and means to accumulate more wealth, they are often tempted by two things which are inherently evil and totally destructive to the foundation of civilized countries. One is to encourage an involvement in war so the nation will be forced to borrow heavily. Bonds (which are really government IOUs paying substantial interest to the lenders) are considered to be a most valuable form of collateral assets in a central bank.”

It is no wonder that the Lord commanded us to “renounce war and proclaim peace”. (D&C 98:16)

The Place to Look for Secret Combinations

In the Book of Mormon it was not until the secret combinations were exposed to the public at-large that they fled the city and hid in the mountains. Prior to being discovered Mormon told us that they were “…filling the judgment-seats” and “…held in office at the head of government”. (Helaman 7)

Do They Exist Now?

The same Moroni who said “Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing” also assured us that they would exist in our day.

“Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you.” (Ether 8)

He further warned us that it is our duty to identify it, and not let them gain control over us otherwise God would allow them to destroy us.

“Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.(Ether 8)

Gordon B. Hinckley

“That war [in heaven], so bitter, so intense, has never ceased. It is the war between truth and error, between agency and compulsion, between the followers of Christ and those who have denied Him. His enemies have used every stratagem in that conflict. They’ve indulged in lying and deceit. They’ve employed money and wealth. They’ve tricked the minds of men. They’ve murdered and destroyed and engaged in every kind of evil practice to thwart the work of Christ.(Gordon B. Hinckley, An Unending Conflict, a Victory Assured)

Ezra Taft Benson:

“I testify that wickedness is rapidly expanding in every segment of our society. It is more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before. Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world. (Ezra Taft Benson, during the very same time that the world was celebrating the collapse of communism I Testify, Ensign, p. 87. November 1988)