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, because of this secret combination which shall be among you .. For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries

Ether 8:24-25.

Thomas S. Monson:

As bearers of the priesthood, we have been placed on earth in troubled times. We live in a complex world with currents of conflict everywhere to be found. Political schemes ruin the stability of nations, despots grasp for power, and segments of society seem forever downtrodden, deprived of opportunity and left with a feeling of failure. The sophistries of men ring in our ears, and sin surrounds us.

General Conference, Oct. 2014. Guided Safely Home.

Boyd K. Packer:

We live in dangerously troubled times. The values that steadied mankind in earlier times are being tossed away. We must not ignore Moroni’s words when he saw our day and said, “Ye must awake to a sense of your awful situation” (Ether 8:24).

General Conference, April 2004. Do Not Fear.

J. Reuben Clark:

We are in the midst of the greatest exhibition of propaganda that the world has ever seen. Just do not believe all you read or hear. The elect are being deceived.

Conference Report, Oct. 1941.

George Q. Cannon:

We have known that these combinations would exist, that they would increase in the midst of the people… seeking to destroy government, to overturn existing institutions, and to array class against class, community against community.

Journal of Discourses, March 11, 1894.

Ezra Taft Benson:

Undoubtedly Moroni could have pointed out many factors that led to the destruction of the people, but notice how he singled out the secret combinations, just as the Church today could point out many threats to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work, but it has singled out the greatest threat as the godless conspiracy. There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon —it is a conspiracy fact.

General Conference, April 1972. Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints.

Ezra Taft Benson:

Yes, there is a conspiracy of evil. The source of it all is Satan and his hosts. He has a great power over men to “lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken” to the voice of the Lord (Moses 4:4). His evil influence may be manifest through governments through false educational, political, economic, religious, and social philosophies through secret societies and organizations and through myriads of other forms.

May the Kingdom of God Go Forth, Ensign, vol. 8, no. 5, May 1978, pp. 32-33.

Ezra Taft Benson:

It is time, therefore, that every American, and especially every member of the priesthood, become informed about the aims, tactics, and schemes of socialistic-communism… The whole program of socialistic-communism is essentially a war against God and the plan of salvation – the very plan which we fought to uphold during the in heaven.

General Conference, Oct. 1961, p.70.

Heber J. Grant:

Satan plans to destroy liberty and freedom, economic, political, and religious and to set up in place thereof the greatest, most widespread, and most complete tyranny that has ever oppressed men. He is working under such perfect disguise that many do not recognize either him or his methods.

General Conference, Oct. 1942, p.13.

Joseph Fielding Smith:

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.*

* The welfare state is creeping socialism and socialism leads to communism.
The Progress of Man, p. 397.

Bruce R. McConkie:

Gadianton robbers fill the judgment seats in many nations. An evil power seeks to overthrow the freedom of all nations and countries.

General Conference, April 1980. Greater Evil.

Ezra Taft Benson:

I testify that wickedness is more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before. Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world.

Conference, Oct. 1988, pp. 101-104. I Testify.

Ezra Taft Benson:

The Book of Mormon has a lot to say about America, freedom, and secret combinations .. Section 134, verse 2, states that government should hold inviolate the rights and control of property (D&C 134:2).* This makes important reading in a day when government controls are increasing and people are losing the right to control their own property.

Conference Report, Oct. 1963, p. 15-19. Be Not Deceived.
* Which includes everything we own, incl. our income.

H. Verlan Andersen:

One of the names used by John to describe Satan’s organization was “Mystery,” (Rev. 17:5) perhaps to indicate that its identity would not be known.

The Great and Abominable Church of the Devil.

Ezra Taft Benson:

This greed for goods and power is as old as man and as widespread as the human race. It goes by many names, disguised in many forms, as men think up many excuses for robbing and ruling their fellows.

BYU Speeches of the Year, Dec. 10, 1963.

Ezra Taft Benson:

The aim and purpose .. was then and is now world socialism, which communism seeks to achieve through revolution and which socialists seek to achieve through evolution.

General Conference, Oct. 1961, p.73.