1 Behold, now it came to pass that soon after Moroni had sent his epistle unto the chief governor, he received an epistle from Pahoran, the chief governor. And these are the words which he received:
2 I, Pahoran, who am the chief governor of this land, do send these words unto Moroni, the chief captain over the army. Behold, I say unto you, Moroni, that I do not joy in your great afflictions, yea, it grieves my soul.
3 But behold, there are those who do joy in your afflictions, yea, insomuch that they have risen up in rebellion against me, and also those of my people who are freemen, yea, and those who have risen up are exceedingly numerous.
4 And it is those who have sought to take away the judgment-seat from me that have been the cause of this great iniquity; for they have used great flattery, and they have led away the hearts of many people, which will be the cause of sore affliction among us; they have withheld our provisions, and have daunted our freemen that they have not come unto you.
I next asked the Lord about Pahoran, the Nephite chief judge I am reading about now in Alma 60-61. Why did he not contact Moroni earlier? I saw him in a vision. He was a stately man, with longer grey hair. His face looked tired and sad. The Lord said that he did not know what to do when he was forced out. He went west to the Land of Gideon and sought protection. Most of the men were older and not capable of raising an insurrection. He wondered whether it was even proper to rise up against the people and shed blood. It seemed as if this was what they desired. The entire series of events culminated over about six months and Pahoran had only recently been pushed out when he received the chastising epistle from Moroni. [personal journal]
5 And behold, they have driven me out before them, and I have fled to the land of Gideon, with as many men as it were possible that I could get. [The land of Gideon was similar to “middle America.” It was a place where more appreciated the tenents of the Title of Liberty.]
6 And behold, I have sent a proclamation throughout this part of the land; and behold, they are flocking to us daily, to their arms, in the defence of their country and their freedom, and to avenge our wrongs. [In today’s society, what Pahoran was doing would be seen as unlawful.]
7 And they have come unto us, insomuch that those who have risen up in rebellion against us are set at defiance, yea, insomuch that they do fear us and durst not come out against us to battle.
8 They have got possession of the land, or the city, of Zarahemla; they have appointed a king over them, [These Nephites had abandoned the Constitution that governed their people.] and he hath written unto the king of the Lamanites, in the which he hath joined an alliance with him;[committed treason] in the which alliance he hath agreed to maintain the city of Zarahemla, which maintenance he supposeth will enable the Lamanites to conquer the remainder of the land, and he shall be placed king over this people when they shall be conquered under the Lamanites.
America has not reached the point of collapse as did the Nephite government at this point. But those who desire to change our Constitution and usurp our freedoms in the name of power are many.
9 And now, in your epistle you have censured me, but it mattereth not; I am not angry, but do rejoice in the greatness of your heart. I, Pahoran, do not seek for power, save only to retain my judgment-seat that I may preserve the rights and the liberty of my people. My soul standeth fast in that liberty in the which God hath made us free. [This phrase is part of the oath that a Nephite official makes to their country. It is used to remind each other of their duty and resolution.]
10 And now, behold, we will resist wickedness even unto bloodshed. We would not shed the blood of the Lamanites if they would stay in their own land.
11 We would not shed the blood of our brethren if they would not rise up in rebellion and take the sword against us.
12 We would subject ourselves to the yoke of bondage if it were requisite with the justice of God, or if he should command us so to do. [These are the prerequisites when God allows a people to take up arms unto bloodshed.]
13 But behold he doth not command us that we shall subject ourselves to our enemies, but that we should put our trust in him, and he will deliver us. [The reminder to “Trust in God.”
14 Therefore, my beloved brother, Moroni, let us resist evil, and whatsoever evil we cannot resist with our words, yea, such as rebellions and dissensions, let us resist them with our swords, that we may retain our freedom, that we may rejoice in the great privilege of our church, and in the cause of our Redeemer and our God.
15 Therefore, come unto me speedily with a few of your men, and leave the remainder in the charge of Lehi and Teancum; give unto them power to conduct the war in that part of the land, according to the Spirit of God, which is also the spirit of freedom which is in them.
16 Behold I have sent a few provisions unto them, that they may not perish until ye can come unto me.
17 Gather together whatsoever force ye can upon your march hither, and we will go speedily against those dissenters, in the strength of our God according to the faith which is in us.
18 And we will take possession of the city of Zarahemla, that we may obtain more food to send forth unto Lehi and Teancum; yea, we will go forth against them in the strength of the Lord, and we will put an end to this great iniquity.
There appears to be a tone of desperation in Pahoran. Had he not contacted Moroni beforehand because he was trying to deal with his recent expulsion from the judgement seat and the gathering of patriots in Gideon I will pray for more knowledge concerning this.
19 And now, Moroni, I do joy in receiving your epistle, for I was somewhat worried concerning what we should do, whether it should be just in us to go against our brethren.
20 But ye have said, except they repent the Lord hath commanded you that ye should go against them.
21 See that ye strengthen Lehi and Teancum in the Lord; tell them to fear not, for God will deliver them, yea, and also all those who stand fast in that liberty wherewith God hath made them free. And now I close mine epistle to my beloved brother, Moroni.
I have been asked, “Will there come a time when me or my children will be required to raise up arms in defense of our lives as the last days approaches? In certain parts of the country and world the answer is “Yes.” However, we are constantly reminded to trust in the Lord. In the last days, when America is fallen it will be the knowledge of many that if you are not willing to take up arms against others you must flee to the Rocky Mountains.
If you are wondering what you should do the best answer is to develop a connection with the Lord. Learn to receive personal revelation. More that any home security, food storage, and exit strategy, this direct communication with the Lord will do more to protect the ones you love than any other course of action.