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I know that the words of Elder Holland are true!  What a marvelous and glorious truth it is!!

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This was shown at our Stake Enrichment Night last night, and I thought it was very moving and good. 

So, let’s all get out there and CREATE!!!

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I Love This Country!

“Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations uner heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land who is Jesus Christ.”

~Ether 2:12

 

“God bless us, as Latter-day Saints, that we may wield our influence to the very maximum in promoting peace, in promoting spiritually among the people of this great nation, that this great country of which we are a part may be preserved, and may continue to be, though all the days to come, a beacon and an inspiration to liberty-loving people everywhere.” 

~The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson

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This was released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I wanted to post it on here because I feel so strongly about this. 

Dated 13 August 2008: 

The Divine Institution of Marriage

Introduction 

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in California. Recognizing the importance of marriage to society, the Church accepted an invitation to participate in ProtectMarriage, a coalition of churches, organizations, and individuals sponsoring a November ballot measure, Proposition 8, that would amend the California state constitution to ensure that only a marriage between a man and a woman would be legally recognized. (Information about the coalition can be found at http://www.protectmarriage.com/).

On June 20, 2008, the First Presidency of the Church distributed a letter about “Preserving Traditional Marriage and Strengthening Families,” announcing the Church’s participation with the coalition. The letter, which was read in Latter-day Saints’ church services in California, asked that Church members “do all [they] can to support the proposed constitutional amendment.”

Members of the Church in Arizona and Florida will also be voting on constitutional amendments regarding marriage in their states, where coalitions similar to California’s are now being formed.

The focus of the Church’s involvement is specifically same-sex marriage and its consequences. The Church does not object to rights (already established in California) regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the family or the constitutional rights of churches and their adherents to administer and practice their religion free from government interference.

The Church has a single, undeviating standard of sexual morality: intimate relations are proper only between a husband and a wife united in the bonds of matrimony.  

The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility towards homosexual men and women. Protecting marriage between a man and a woman does not affect Church members’ Christian obligations of love, kindness and humanity toward all people.

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I recently had the opportunity to write an article for our ward newsletter about the Fourth of July.  I really wanted to talk about how the Lord established this nation.  My friend Mike recently posted about The Constitution, and I used some of the quotes he had in his because they were so good.  Anyway, here’s what I wrote. 

232 years ago, our forefathers were in a battle that would forever change this world.  Indeed, this battle had been foretold long before by Nephi who in vision saw what would transpire.  (more…)

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I was talking with a friend of mine the other day about how scary it is that two of the Presidential candidates clearly want to take this country in a socialist direction.  Socialism is a scary thing, and not something I’d ever like to experience.  As we were talking I remarked about how I thought Socialism can appear to be pretty good on paper.  No one suffering.  That’s appealing.  I don’t think anyone wants people to suffer and be poor and hungry.  However, when you add people into the equation, things go totally haywire.  See, on paper, socialism appears good.  It looks like something that could help people, and allow everyone to be happy.  Everyone gets an equal part.  In fact, it sounds a lot like the Law of Consecration.  But, in actuality, it’s quite different.  When I told this to my friend, she made the simple, yet profound statement that Socialism is Satan’s version of the Law of Consecration.  This is very true.  Satan can confuse and twist something good and wonderful and make it seem great while it is actually horrible.  The difference between the Socialism and the Law of Consecration is that with Socialism, it is the government taking from you, while the Law of Consecration is you giving willingly.  Satan’s plan was to take away our free agency.  That’s exactly what Socialism does.  You are not given a choice as to whether or not you will contribute, because it’s just taken.  Isn’t amazing how one little difference can cause such a huge change in the overall result. 

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I recently heard a song on the radio that made me stop, and reflect, and smile. In a world so filled with anger and bitterness and anti-religious sentiments, I found this a welcome refuge from the storm. I Saw God Today, by George Straight, is a song about a man who stops to notice all the amazing things around him, and realizes that what he is really seeing is the work of God. It was beautiful.
After listening to that, I began to reflect. Truly, everywhere we look, we can see the wondrous works of the Lord. Indeed, all things testify that there is a God. It is so comforting to know that we have a loving Father in Heaven, and His Son, Jesus Christ, who created this earth. When I really stop to think about it, and observe the little things, my testimony grows.

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