Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi 26-30

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Gerald (Rameumptom) Smith is a student of the gospel. Joining the Church of Jesus Christ when he was 16, he served a mission in Santa Cruz Bolivia (1978=1980). He is married to Ramona, has 3 stepchildren and 7 grandchildren. Retired Air Force (Aim High!). He has been on the Internet since 1986 when only colleges and military were online. Gerald has defended the gospel since the 1980s, and was on the first Latter-Day Saint email lists, including the late Bill Hamblin's Morm-Ant. Gerald has worked with FairMormon, More Good Foundation, LDS.Net and other pro-LDS online groups. He has blogged on the scriptures for over a decade at his site: Joel's Monastery ( He has the following degrees: AAS Computer Management, BS Resource Mgmt, MA Teaching/History. Gerald was the leader for the Tuskegee Alabama group, prior to it becoming a branch. He opened the door for missionary work to African Americans in Montgomery Alabama in the 1980s. He's served in two bishoprics, stake clerk, high council, HP group leader and several other callings over the years. While on his mission, he served as a counselor in a branch Relief Society presidency.

4 thoughts on “Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi 26-30

  1. It’s worth remembering Jonah, who presumed the people had become so wicked that they would be unwilling to repent. So after proclaiming Gods word, Jonah climbed a hill to await the destruction he expected.

    Though an end has been foretold, I don’t think we can righteously presume that now is the time when that end will occur.

  2. The day and hour, we do not know. But, as Jesus noted, we can observe the signs of the times, and know that destruction is near, and that it is a time to prepare.
    Lehi warned Jerusalem, yet the destruction was still years away. His warning was given as a preparation.
    As for Jonah, repentance saved Nineveh. Had they not repented, destruction would have come. So it is today. However, unlike previous times when the people were humble, our nation rushes with pride toward sin. The embracing of sexual perversity and derangement is being forced upon society. We can’t even agree to ban late term abortions. Women are being forced to compete athletically and share bathrooms with transgenders. Christian bakers are forced to make cakes for gay marriages. American youth, some BYU professors, and others are embracing socialism. Gadianton robbers are spreading.

    These are signs. We just don’t know whether people will repent prior to a destruction.

  3. A destruction, sure. But this week’s post seemed a bit more doom and gloom than a localized destruction.

    I think one of the fabulous things about the Lehighton situation was that the ostensibly righteous side knew that they were going to be doomed. And so their preaching was to forestall the doom of their own. And they reached out to those who were on the other side because they knew that those would survive, and even if they couldn’t hope for the continuation of their own lines, they could hope for the continuation of some aspects of their culture.

    In our day it can be a bit too easy to presume that we are in a position to condemn the other side. Not that there aren’t things worth condemning, but that I get nervous when we are indicating that those who are not us are the cause of the doom and gloom. It just leads to mud flinging on both sides.

  4. Except it isn’t necessarily good Nephites vs bad Lamanites. In the end, it often is about competing evils.
    In 1930s Germany, it was red shirt international communists vs brown shirt nationalist socialists. Neither was a good group. Both ended up destroyed.
    Today we have two major parties that claim to have God on their side, yet both do horrendous things. They aren’t necessarily on God’s side, keeping commandments, being peacemakers and loving their enemies.

    The call to repent is to all of us. By their fruits we may know who is turning to God, and who isn’t.

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