Subj: Promise made in the Temple of South Korea
I'm a Korean linguist for the U.S. Air Force. I've been stationed in
Korea for 12 of the last 22 years. I served my mission in Sendai, Japan and then returned home to Idaho and married my wife Lauri. I joined the Air Force in 1982 and was sent to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey California to learn Korean. I was then assigned to Osan Air Base and arrived in Korea in 1984. I am an Intelligence professional.
On December 14, 1985, my wife and I were privileged to attend the dedication of the Seoul Temple. President Gordon B. Hinckley who was a counselor in the First Presidency at the time, was to dedicate the temple. In his remarks before the dedicatory prayer, he made a comment that was so startling, that I committed it to memory. He said, "If you will use this temple, you need not fear an invasion from the north." What a great promise! I also remember the remark, because during my mission, I had the opportunity to work with Elder Kikuchi of the Seventy. He was also at the dedication and afterwards as we were talking, he remarked how neat that promise was.
My family left Korea in 1986 and returned in 1988 for a second tour. We stayed that time until 1991. In 1993, my family and I returned yet again to Korea and at that time, tensions were increasing over the possible North Korean development of nuclear weapons. In 1994, it actually appeared that we might go to war with North Korea over this issue. Even though I had heard a prophet of the Lord declare we would be protected, I began to doubt the promise. I wondered if perhaps I had misunderstood President Hinckley's words that day.
That summer, many of us were invited to Seoul to a training session with Elder Boyd K. Packer and Elder Henry B. Eyring. The chapel in Shindang was filled with church leaders both Korean and American. Elder Eyring spoke first and then Elder Packer stood up to speak. He let us know that "training" was not the only reason that he and Elder Eyring had come to Korea. He told us that President Hinckley was concerned for the safety of the saints in Korea.
He said the day before, President Packer and Elder Eyring had gone up to the Demilitarized Zone, the border between north and south Korea, and had performed a priesthood ordinance which placed guardian angels at that border. He told us that because of our faithfulness in attending the temple, we would be protected.
I don't know if I was more surprised to hear that there were actually guardian angels at the border, or that there was a priesthood ordinance to put them there. One Korean stake president, asked Elder Packer, "How long will they be there?" His answer was, "As long as they are needed, and you are faithful in your temple attendance." Now I knew we were safe for I had heard the promise twice.
In 1996, President Hinckley came to Korea on his way to Hong Kong to dedicate the temple there. He held a regional conference in Seoul which we attended. During his remarks at this conference, he made reference to the temple promise, and said he was going to change it. He told us that we now needed to attend the temple faithfully, and also appreciate it. He told us that we were all being protected by the Lord because we had done as we were told. This was the third time I had heard the promise and the second time from President Hinckley's own mouth.
I know this promise is true. I have seen events happen in conjunction with my job, in which many times the experts have been confused as to why the North Koreans did not attack. I know it is because they cannot. As a member of the U.S. Air Force, part of my job is to help protect the Republic of Korea from attack. I feel as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, I can do more to protect South Korea by attending the temple. As long as the saints in Korea attend the temple they are protected. I have been so blessed to not only witness the prophet of the Lord proclaim this great promise, but also have been here to see the fulfillment of those words.
George H Barnard
535 S 200 E Apt 703
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Monday, December 19, 2016
Damascus and Not Seoul
I enjoyed this years review in Highland, UT. Isaiah 17 seems to indicate that Damascus (Methuselah of cities) is the trigger and not Seoul for WW3. I agree North Korea makes sense except for divine intervention in the temple dedication and the account below.
Why Russia may not wait to strike the West? 1.There may not be a reprieve on divine judgement because we voted for Trump, because we have not repented. Voting for Trump is not repentance. Trump is a social liberal dressed in conservative clothing with an ego big as Putin perfect for prosecuting WW3. They both have been positioned.
2. Trump is pro-oil and pro-coal which will drive down energy prices. Russia needs 50$/barrel. Trump may drill in ANWR and approve Keystone driving down energy prices.
3. Trump is pro-military and nuclear modernization. Will Russia and China let slip this window of opportunity where they may presume a military advantage? They have underground factories and they are ahead of schedule on weapons systems. With sanctions and low oil prices they will be economically crippled going forward to continue military expenditures.
4. Trump is pro-money printing. In the Walmart economy, Walmart dictates the price and not the Chinese manufacturer. Will China continue to accept increasingly devalued USD as we continue to QE?
5. Trump is pro-Israel. Israel has been waiting for the US to take out Syria before they strike Iran. But the US has just extended Iran sanctions for 10 years which are more like Iranian stimulus. Also, the US has made little progress in Syria. So, maybe Israel will get fed up and just go it alone striking Syria and Iran trusting that Trump will support it.
If Israel strikes Damascus, then that may be the provoking straw that breaks the camel's back and gets Putin to react. Unfortunately, we may not have a weeks warning. Isaiah 17 says that in the evening their would be trouble, and by morning it would be all over. (in one hour John says).