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Independent American Party Fulfills 1844 Prophecy
Joseph Smith saw the day when men like Mitt Romney, Orrin Hatch, Joe Cannon, the Eccles family, Marriotts and Jon Huntsman would work to destroy the Mormon Church and faith in Jesus Christ:
"You will live to see men arise in power in the Church who will seek to put down your friends and the friends of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Many will be hoisted because of their money and worldly learning which they seem to be in possession of; and many of the true followers of our Lord and Savior will be cast down because of their poverty. (Source)
These men of wealth and learning would cast down the humble followers of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon explains how this process works:
10 But it came to pass in the twenty and ninth year there began to be some disputings among the people; and some were lifted up unto pride and boastings because of their exceedingly great riches, yea, even unto great persecutions;
11 For there were many merchants in the land, and also many lawyers, and many officers (politicians/bureaucrats).
12 And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances for learning; yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because of their riches.
13 Some were lifted up in pride, and others were exceedingly humble; some did return railing for railing, while others would receive railing and persecution and all manner of afflictions, and would not turn and revile again, but were humble and penitent before God.
14 And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church began to be broken up; yea, insomuch that in the thirtieth year the church was broken up in all the land...
15 Now the cause of this iniquity of the people was this—Satan had great power, unto the stirring up of the people to do all manner of iniquity, and to the puffing them up with pride, tempting them to seek for power, and authority, and riches, and the vain things of the world.
17 And thus, in the commencement of the thirtieth year—the people having been delivered up for the space of a long time to be carried about by the temptations of the devil whithersoever he desired to carry them, and to do whatsoever iniquity he desired they should—and thus in the commencement of this, the thirtieth year, they were in a state of awful wickedness.
18 Now they did not sin ignorantly, for they knew the will of God concerning them, for it had been taught unto them; therefore they did wilfully rebel against God. (Source)
Willful rebellion against God is far more severe than rebellion in ignorance. These men were also murderers.
20 And there began to be men inspired from heaven and sent forth, standing among the people in all the land, preaching and testifying boldly of the sins and iniquities of the people, and testifying unto them concerning the redemption which the Lord would make for his people, or in other words, the resurrection of Christ; and they did testify boldly of his death and sufferings.
21Now there were many of the people who were exceedingly angry because of those who testified of these things; and those who were angry were chiefly the chief judges, and they who had been high priests and lawyers; yea, all those who were lawyers were angry with those who testified of these things. (Ibid)
The Church and State had both become corrupted, so the Lord raised up Prophets from outside their organization to testify against them. They secretly murdered those Prophets, outside of the law. This made those religious and civil leaders Sons of Perdition and placed them outside of the grasp of redemption. They also orgainized a Secret Society to make sure that they were never prosecuted for their crimes:
27 Now it came to pass that those judges had many friends and kindreds; and the remainder, yea, even almost all the lawyers and the high priests, did gather themselves together, and unite with the kindreds of those judges who were to be tried according to the law.
28 And they did enter into a covenant one with another, yea, even into that covenant which was given by them of old, which covenant was given and administered by the devil, to combine against all righteousness.
29 Therefore they did combine against the people of the Lord, and enter into a covenant to destroy them, and to deliver those who were guilty of murder from the grasp of justice, which was about to be administered according to the law.
30 And they did set at defiance the law and the rights of their country; and they did covenant one with another to destroy the governor, and to establish a king over the land, that the land should no more be at liberty but should be subject unto kings... (Ibid)
Evil men want to destroy our Republic and install a Dictator so that they can commit their crimes without fear of retribution. This is why mass murder and mass theft follow the death of any Republic. Joseph Smith also saw the rise of both the Democrat and Republican Party and their ultimate corruption. The Independent American Party would rise as an alternative for all honest men.
"There will be two great political parties in this country. One will be called the Republican, and the other the Democrat party. These two parties will go to war and out of these two parties will spring another party which will be the Independent American Party..." (1844 Prophecy by Joseph Smith)