Vision by Elder Tom Beem received early 2001
I had gone out to Lake Jacomo (south of Independence, Missouri) and I was sitting out there and praying about these "last days" and I asked the Lord, "How will these things work? How will this really happen? I have read all these scriptures and prophecies and I would like to know the mechanics of it. How are you going to operationalize this? How are you really going to make it work?"
As I sat there, I was given the closest thing to a vision I've ever had. I saw famine upon this land. It was a famine for food, water, heat, light, warmth, clothing - a want for every needful thing that the people could have. It got so bad that there were riots, race riots, multitudes of Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, warring literally against each other for what few resources were there. People would be killed for the clothes on their backs. There were literally companies of vigilantes that had set themselves up to protect their women and children to protect their neighborhood from others that would come there and steal.
I saw paramilitary troops and there paramilitary troops were the ones who called themselves "survivalists." They were trying to break up the race riots and they were willing to just kill anybody who was not white Anglo-Saxon. As a matter of fact, they were willing to kill any Anglo-Saxon that loved Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Orientals, or anyone else who wasn't an Anglo-Saxon. And if you were willing to defend them, no matter how white Anglo-Saxon I was, they were willing to kill me because I was not one of them.
I saw war and I saw two nations of this world. I saw China and I saw Russia invade the United States. They both came in through Canada on the north and from both coasts and they came in working their way to the center place, Independence, Missouri area. This is similar to the vision of George Washington. I did not know about his vision then, but I could see them coming in and nobody was left alive-NOBODY-not a man, not a woman, not a child, not even animals were left. Every single city was demolished. No human being and very few domestic animals were left alive-literally. The paramilitary were in no condition to stand against them and our own defenses were off somewhere else in the world and no one was home to defend this country and there was no way to bring them back. This whole country was laid to waste. The invading armies of China and Russia moved right toward this center place.
Not only did I see war but I saw disease. I don't know whether it was cholera. There was AIDS and all kinds of other disease. Disease was rampant all over the country and death was coming in on every side by every means. The only way for anyone to escape this invading force was to be gathered in this center place in Zion.
I saw in this vision the city of San Francisco and the west coast. I saw the Big Sur National Park and there was a Reunion Ground there. I don't know if I have ever been to that Reunion Ground. There were a couple of Missionaries there. I don't know whether they were Apostles or Evangelical Ministers of some kind. They had been preaching and teaching the people and sending them to Zion.
Right before the invasion came, they had a vision and the Lord spoke to them and came to them and said, "Gather my people together at this Reunion Grounds." They immediately went out and gathered all the people together that had been remaining there, strengthening the people and preaching the Gospel and gathering them together. They remained in that place in secret.
These warring forces of Chinese and Russian troops that had come in didn't quite make it in to the coast line as quickly as you might have thought or as I would have thought. The people were thus able to gather and God would lead people to them at the Reunion Grounds. I saw a family of five or six, I can't remember, and it was like a whole company of Chinese soldiers were right in front of them standing there. And they were looking at them and they realized all of a sudden that the soldiers could not see them.
There was a father and a mother and her children. They were huddled together and they were looking at these soldiers and the soldiers were looking at them. They realized that the Commander of those soldiers was looking this way and looking that way as though he knew they were there but they could not see them. And finally he told his whole company to go that way and the family just stood there and realized they had not been seen. That company of men left and they (the family) looked over here to the left and there was someone beckoning them and I realized it was an Angel of the Lord. He was beckoning them and guiding them and saying "Come this way" and they would follow in that direction. If they would stumble and they weren't quite sure which way to go, he would beckon and direct them again. The Angel was gathering people to this gathering spot of the Reunion Grounds. When the time came that everyone would be gathered; I'm not talking just about Saints, I'm talking about people who were willing to repent if they heard the Gospel, they were gathered there.
When they had all been gathered before this army came in, these missionaries led them up to Zion ahead of the forces. If ever at any time they were to come under attack, they would pray and a cloud of God would be over them and He would protect them and they would not be destroyed. And then they would move on, going up to Zion. God went before them and God was behind them and God was over the top of them and protected them. That was happening all over this country for those that God was bringing to His Zion. And I saw these things happening. This was the most real experience I have ever had. I saw prophecies taking place.
"Noisome Beasts." What I had seen was a multitude of races warring against each other. Companies of vigilantes and running paramilitary troops. I said, "Lord, those are beasts? Is that what you mean by beasts-what I saw? Is that the noisome beast-noisome-is that wild and deadly-wild and deadly beasts-these companies of vigilantes-multitudes of racial rioters and paramilitary troops running among the people?"
I saw in this vision the border between Kansas and Missouri. This is the Missouri River. This is the North and this is Independence. This invading army came right to here to the banks of the Missouri River. What I noticed and what was completely visible in this was that when this invading force came, some people fled at the noise of the tumult. They were terrified. The reputation of this army and what had gone on before was well known such that the people who had been fleeing here who were not righteous, that when the army came up to the banks of the Missouri River and up against the border of Zion, the people who were not righteous continued to flee. They were fleeing from before the army, these who were not gathered. They had come here and thought they would be safe and that the army would never come this far.
When the army came this far, these people fled to the south where they thought there would be safety. They thought they could go south and there would still be safety but there was not safety. Everyone who fled out of this area was destroyed. (From audience: "I would like to confirm that my wife had an experience, a prophetic dream in which she saw that same thing. The armies were coming in on the borders of the city and the bulk of the people ran into the arms of the invaders.") What I saw was that they just ran south and as they ran south, they were closed in upon.