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The Latter-day Saints have known for some 170 years that at some point in the history of our nation the Constitution would be in grave danger and that the Elders of the Church, in some unspecified way, would play a seminal role in its preservation. Interest in and vigorous debate over the role of the Constitution in our future has never been higher than it is today. The Constitution was read in its entirety at the beginning of the current session of the House of Representatives because, many believe, the founding documents, and the principles they contain, have been abandoned. The ridicule and mockery of those who would uphold and defend the Constitution has intensified. The combatants, pro and con, are engaged.

 

Into this volatile mix author John C. Greene adds the timely Walking in Darkness at Noonday: The Cunning Plan to Destroy the Agency of Man. "In simple terms," states Greene, "this book is a primer on the agency of man. A correct understanding of the principle of agency is the key to a correct understanding of the 'just and holy' principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution."

 

Drawn from scripture, latter-day prophets, and our nation's founding principles, Walking in Darkness at Noonday makes a compelling case that

   -the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the government they framed are the gift of a loving Father to his children and are intended to protect the agency of man, no more, no less;     

  

 

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   -the Founders were not Deists and the attempt to define them as such is but one calculated step in the march toward the eventual overthrow of the principle of natural rights and the agency of man, which those rights guarantee;

   -with unalienable rights come unalienable duties. This discussion will help to clarify the difference between righteous and unrighteous dominion;

   -the Founders gave us disestablishment of religion, but not separation of church and state. The one promotes the agency of man, the other destroys it;

   -the economic order lived by the disciples of Jesus Christ in all dispensations, what Latter-day Saints call the United Order, is not Socialism. The United Order preserves the agency of man, Socialism destroys it.

 

One of the most important discussions in Walking in Darkness at Noonday is what the Book of Mormon teaches about education. President Ezra Taft Benson taught that "God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time." The discussion of educational concepts as revealed in the Book of Mormon is of particular worth, will no doubt be controversial, but ought to be considered by the Saints. Why? Because to the extent we support the 'false educational...concepts of our time,' we also support the destruction of the agency of our fellow citizens.

Walking in Darkness at Noonday was written to help inform the decisions of all of God's children who, because they love their fellow beings, desire to avoid the stain of unrighteous dominion, and to recognize, respect, and defend the agency of all men, “that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” 

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