The Hancock Prophecy

by Kent Heiner, 1998

post-Mormon edition, 2015

What Do These Six Men Have in Common?

Joseph Smith, Jr

Abraham Lincoln

John F. Kennedy

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy

George Wallace

The careers of all six men involved a fight over civil rights. All six ran for the United States presidency. All six were felled by assassins' bullets and are thought to have been the victim of conspiracy. Only the last man survived. But why would the first man be credited with foretelling the destiny of all six?


Joseph Smith, the founding "prophet" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, predicted the Civil War decades before its outbreak. He also predicted the formation of the Republican Party which promoted the containment of slavery and whose most famed President was assassinated at the end of the war. The Republican Party's rise and its two-party rivalry with the Democrats was also allegedly predicted by the Prophet just before his own assassination in 1844, which cut short his own campaign for the presidency.

But did Joseph Smith also foretell the partisan political rivalry and knavery which resulted in the assassinations of the Kennedys in 1963 and 1968? Did he foresee the rioting and civil unrest of the 1960s which nearly brought the U.S. into a second Civil War? Did he foretell the third-party movements which gave rise to the 1968 candidacy of Governor George Wallace of Alabama and also twice attempted to place a Latter-day Saint apostle in the White House? So it appeared to this author at one time.

The Hancock Prophecy leads the reader into a radical re-evaluation of the United States' national heritage and destiny. It challenges common assumptions of history and breaks down accepted models of the American socio-political system. With the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as a focal point, the book shows the confluence of financial, political, government, and criminal interests. Those who carefully read The Hancock Prophecywith an open and inquiring mind will experience a profound paradigm shift.



"And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars . . .but the end is not yet."

-The words of Jesus Christ to His ancient apostles, as interpreted by Joseph Smith in 1831.


"Verily, thus saith the Lord concerning the wars that will shortly come to pass, beginning at the rebellion of South Carolina, which will eventually terminate in the death and misery of many souls. . . . the Southern States shall be divided against the Northern States . . .and then war shall be poured out upon all nations."

-Joseph Smith, 1832, "Prophecy on War."


"There will be two great political parties in this country. One will be called the Republican, and the other the Democrat party. These two parties will go to war and out of these two parties will spring another party which will be the Independent American party. . ."

-Joseph Smith, 1844, as recorded in the autobiography of Mosiah Lyman Hancock.



The Hancock Prophecy begins with an examination of the Prophecy on War and its fulfilment in both the Civil War and in the coming of war "upon all nations" during the two World Wars and the Cold War. Next, Latter-day Saint doctrine and prophecy concerning "secret combinations," or criminal conspiracies, is examined, including the emphasis put on the threat of Communism. The way in which the Cold War brought about "wars and rumors of wars" is studied.

In Part Two, it is shown how in the later 20th century, the Republican and Democratic parties interacted in a manner that can only be characterized as warfare. The unrestrained ambition of the Kennedys and the raw power of coalition against them are detailed. The 1963 assassination of President Kennedy is examined in great detail, and the conspiracy which took the President's life is exposed by name.

Part Three takes a look at the United States' entry into and activity in Vietnam, as this is the most poignant example of the U.S. "spending her strength and means warring in foreign lands" as the Prophet said would happen contemporary with the war between the parties. The brief rise of George Wallace's American Independent Party is also mentioned.

The purpose of this 1998 book was not only to inform, but to inspire and motivate a Latter-day Saint audience. Particular effort was made to highlight the prominence of the Latter-day Saints, individually and collectively, in the described events. It was the author's aim to show that United States history and heritage belongs to the Latter-day Saints at least as much as to any other group: "If civil strife is one day to cause the Constitution to 'hang by a thread' and this people are to help rescue it, we must have the facts."


About the author

Kent Heiner lives in northwest Washington state. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 with a degree in international relations. He served in the LDS Church's Virginia Roanoke Mission from 1990 to 1992. He left the LDS church in 2008 and no longer professes a religious faith.


From the 1860s . . .

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