Early Mormonism and Early Christianity : Some Providential Similarities
Prete, Roy A.
Window of Faith : Latter-day Saint Perspectives on World History
Religious Studies Center, BYU
"God watches over His children, allowing them to act as they will while simultaneously making sure that circumstances are secure enough that His divine purposes can be met at a needed time. God purposefully orchestrates or capitalizes on the confluence of certain conditions that make the achievement of divine purposes possible. In other words, providential history should not be viewed only as a simple matter of isolated divine interventions. God and mankind both act on a world stage with all its necessary props and fixtures." [From author's conclusion]