4 For although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.
5 Behold, you have been entrusted with these things, but how strict were your commandments; and remember also the promises which were made to you, if you did not transgress them.
8 Yet you should have been faithful; and he would have extended his arm and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.
9 Behold, thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord, but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall.
10 But remember, God is merciful; therefore, repent of that which thou hast done which is contrary to the commandment which I gave you, and thou art still chosen, and art again called to the work;
11 Except thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men, and have no more gift.
- Doctrine and Covenants 3:3-5, 8-11
All of the signs of the Second Coming are occurring with greater intensity now that the date of 23 September 2017 is nearing. On 21 August 2017 President Trump did destroy the U.S. Government. On 3 September 2017 the Church announced the Exodus to Missouri in the Sunday School lesson. So why am I concerned about whether or not the Man Child shall emerge on 23 September? Knowing of the signs and the earthly events that are to occur I postulate scenarios for how it will pan out. In each event date a different scenario than I anticipated occurred. I expected to be in Missouri now as one such scenario. But Missouri is not desolate yet and the LDS Prophets do not have their lives threatened as is prophesied to occur. So now I have to search for alternate scenarios to be looking for as fulfillments. The above scripture has me worried that my scenarios turn up wrong because of wickedness causing God to arrange a different scenario.
The above scripture is about the loss of the 116 pages of the Book of Lehi. Because of Joseph Smith's wickedness we don't have the Book of Lehi in the Book of Mormon. But God knew of the potential scenario and prepared for when it happened. The Small Plate of Nephi have taken the place of the comparable time frame in the Book of Mormon, thus we've lost more of the Book of Mormon than just the Book of Lehi.
I've seen this principle applied in my life. I was released from my false imprisonment in 2014 right when all the signs began. I was told by the Spirit that that is the date I would be released and sure enough it happened. There was more to this revelation and I saw that things were falling into place for me to fulfill this revelation. I was on the "fast track" to fulfillment. But I constantly ran into obstacles when parts of the revelation involved the actions of others. There have been several times that God's first pick to help me failed. God, I witnessed, altered the scenario by which the revelation was to be fulfilled and even replaced the person with someone else.
So now I wait to see what will happen on 23 September, because the scenario of Missouri is on hold it seems, though it only takes 16 hours to get to Independence from Salt Lake City, such that we do still have time, but I'm aware of alternative scenarios now.