Quotes by Joseph Fielding Smith:
The present turmoil and contention in the world is due to the fact that the leaders of nations are getting their inspiration from Satan and not from the Lord. The Lord’s Spirit is withdrawn from them according to his promise.
Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberality and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles, they cannot believe in our government.
Satan has control now. No matter where you look, he is in control, even in our own land. He is guiding the governments as far as the Lord will permit him. That is why there is so much strife, turmoil, and confusion all over the earth. One master mind is governing the nations. It is not the president of the United States it is not Hitler it is not Mussolini it is not the king or government of England or any other land it is Satan himself.
The Lord revealed to Enoch the history of this earth and its inhabitants from the beginning to the end, but only a part of this has come to us because of the hardness of heart and unbelief. If the Lord should reveal to us all that He taught Enoch and other prophets, there would be many members of the church who would rebel and turn away in opposition to it. Enoch saw, after the flood, men forgetting God and rebelling against light and truth, setting up their own governments in defiance of the laws of God.
This is in harmony with the ninth article of faith. The question for us is whether we are willing to receive all the truth that God may reveal or whether we stick with that which we may prefer:
We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
The modern trend of the nations is towards dictatorship. It is taking form in two great camps,* but, nevertheless, the direction is the same, although it is being reached by different routes. On the one side the direction to make an end of all nations, is through communism.**
This country was founded as a Christian nation, with the acceptance of Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of the world. It was predicted by a prophet of old that this land would be a land of liberty and it would be fortified against all other nations as long as its inhabitants would serve Jesus Christ; but should they stray from the Son of God, it would cease to be a land of liberty and His anger be kindled against them.