"Say ye not, A confederacy, to all to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
Sanctify the Lord of Hosts himself, and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread."
2 Nephi 18:12-13
One definition of confederacy is conspiracy or combination... which makes me think of secret combinations and conspiracy theories. We know from the scriptures that there are secret combinations out there, and how much damage they can do to a society, but here, God tells us not to spread the rumors or to be afraid of things like that. Instead of spending that kind of obsessive attention on other things, we can use it to reverence God and set him apart as the focus of our attention. Instead of fearing a group of men, let's fear God. I don't think that God is asking us to cringe before him and feel terrorized... it's more like changing our focus from what the world can do to us to what God can do to/for us. ... He can do a lot, lot worse, but he can also do a lot, lot better. Plus, he's our dad and he loves us, so even though he could destroy the world with his little finger I'm sure... he chooses to help us and teach us instead. Kind of like Yoda. Way better to learn from him than to fight him. Unimaginably powerful, yet cuddly. :)
Today, no matter how many conspiracies there seem to be, or how powerful they seem, let's work on looking to God instead of to men. Let's trust in that power, and that love.