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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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“All about us there are many who are in need of help and who are deserving of rescue. Our mission in life, as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, must be a mission of saving. There are the homeless, the hungry, the destitute.”
~President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Our Mission of Saving,” Ensign, Nov. 1991, 59

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
~Matthew 25:40
Today I went and worked for the second time in the Humanitarian Service Room over at the Deseret Industries on Craig and Allen. It was really awesome! I just wanted to share my experience with you all, and encourage you to go, if possible.
Today we worked on making quiet books that will be sent out to orphanages. It was a blast. Not only did I get to work on solving some problems they were having with the books, but I got to do a fun and creative activity, have fun, and be spiritually uplifted. Last time I was there, I worked on finishing a baby quilt and worked on making handles for school bags. I thought that would be disastrous, as I was working on a commercial sewing machine, but the Lord must have been with me because it all worked out well. It was good practice, too. I have to tell you that these two experiences have been so rewarding, I can’t wait to go again! It’s just really gratifying to know that what I am doing will help a child somewhere. Sometimes we get so caught up with all that we have, that we forget how truly blessed we all have been. We have so much. It just feels so right to give something, even if it is just my time.
They have a picture on their wall there of a sweet little girl holding a little towel like she would a baby doll. The towel had been wrapped around something that had been sent over there. Since she didn’t have a doll, she just used the towel. That story touched me so much. I want to do whatever I can, in my own small way, to help people like this little girl and her family. There’s just something really right about it.
Both times I’ve gone, I haven’t wanted to leave when I needed to. I would gladly stay there all day and more, if I could. I have had a ton of fun, and been very gratified. I would really encourage anyone who has a spare hour or two to go down there, and help. I think most of us could probably find and hour or two a month. There is so much stuff to do there, and you can kind of pick and choose what you want to work on. They have all the materials, and all they need is the manpower. I believe you can even get stuff to take home and work on and bring back. You can also donate things there to be sent to Salt Lake, like hygiene kits, newborn kits, etc.
They are open right now on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm, but according to their newsletter, they are looking to add Mondays and Fridays soon. You can also schedule an evening if you wish (649-8191 ext 134). They ask that you schedule for big groups, but individuals can just go in whenever. Go and try it. I promise you’ll love it!
For people that are not in Las Vegas, click here to find out how you can help. (And, you do not need to be a member of the Church.)
For more information on the Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, click here.

 

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New First Presidency

We have a new First Presidency. President Thomas S. Monson, 1st Counselor Henry B. Eyring, and 2nd Deiter F. Uchtdorf.
Kind of surprised about President Uchtdorf, but I think this is really great. These are all great men and I’m sure they will lead and guide this Chruch as the Lord wants.

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A friend directed me to this wonderful tribute to President Hinckley. It was done by Glenn Beck, a conservative talk show host who is LDS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPaZ65FDBAA

Very touching!

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