Ezra Taft Benson

General Conference October 1961 – http://scriptures.byu.edu/gc-historical/1961-O.pdf

Conspiracy Rising Ref. 11, 39
Fruits of the Shadow Ref. 18, 42
Seeds of Chaos Ref. 17

Eleventh: In connection with attack on the United States, the Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith there would be an attempt to overthrow the country by destroying the Constitution. Joseph Smith predicted that the time would come when the Constitution would hang, as it were, by a thread, and at that time “this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.” (Journal History, Brigham Young’s Speech, July 4, 1854.)

It is my conviction that the elders of Israel, widely spread over the nation, will at that crucial time successfully rally the righteous of our country and provide the necessary balance of strength to save the institutions of constitutional government.

This was the eleventh of fourteen points Elder Ezra Taft Benson gave that day on the Lord’s plan to raise up the first free people in modern times. Here we see one example of someone other than Joseph Smith making reference to the Elders of Israel rising up to save the freedom of this land.

Conspiracy Rising Ref. 14

The prophets, in our day, have continually warned us of these internal threats in our midst—that our greatest threat from socialistic-communism lies within our country. Brethren and sisters, we don’t need a prophet—^we have one—^we need a listening ear. And if we do not listen and heed, then, as the Doctrine and Covenants states, “… the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut oil from among the people.” (D&C 1:14.)

This is further evidence that there are traitors within our government and in the rest of the country who support the ideals of communism/socialism. This talk makes it clear these are two birds of a feather.

The prophets have said that these threats are among us. The Prophet Moroni, viewing our day, said, “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.” (Ether 8:24.)

Unfortunately our nation has not treated the socialistic-communist conspiracy as “treasonable to our free institutions,” as the First Presidency pointed out in a signed 1936 statement. If we continue to uphold communism by not making it treasonable, our land shall be destroyed, for the Lord has said that “… whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold they shall be destroyed; . . .” (Ihid., 8:22.)

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