Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Church Leaders Counsel Members After Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision

SALT LAKE CITY — The following letter from the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is being read in Church meetings across the United States and Canada beginning Sunday, July 5. (The Church issued this brief public statement immediately after the court's decision on June 26, 2015.)




THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
OFFICE OF THE FIRST PRESIDENCY
47 EAST SOUTH TEMPLE STREET, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH 84150-1200

June 29, 2015


TO: General Authorities; General Auxiliary Presidencies; and the following leaders in the United States and Canada: Area Seventies; Temple, Stake Mission and District Presidencies; Bishops and Branch Presidents

Dear Brethren and Sisters:

Enclosed is a statement by the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve in response to the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States. The statement also pertains to the situation in Canada. Local leaders are asked to meet with all adults, young men, and young women on either July 5 or July 12 in a setting other than sacrament meeting and read to them the entire statement.

Also included is background material which may be helpful in answering questions that arise.

Stake presidents are asked to see that bishops receive copies of this letter and the enclosures.


Sincerely yours,

Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf


RESPONSE TO THE SUPREME COURT DECISION LEGALIZING SAME‐SEX MARRIAGE IN THE UNITED STATES

June 29, 2015

Because of the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court and similar legal proceedings and legislative actions in a number of countries that have given civil recognition to same‐sex marriage relationships, the Council of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints restates and reaffirms the doctrinal foundation of Church teachings on morality, marriage, and the family. As we do, we encourage all to consider these teachings in the context of the Plan of Salvation and our Heavenly Father’s purposes in creating the earth and providing for our mortal birth and experience here as His children.

Marriage between a man and a woman was instituted by God and is central to His plan for His children and for the well‐being of society. “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:27‐28). “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Strong families, guided by a loving mother and father, serve as the fundamental institution for nurturing children, instilling faith, and transmitting to future generations the moral strengths and values that are important to civilization and vital to eternal salvation.

A family built on marriage of a man and a woman is the best setting for God’s plan of happiness to thrive. That is why communities and nations generally have encouraged and protected marriage between a man and a woman, and the family that results from their union, as privileged institutions. Sexual relations outside of such a marriage are contrary to the laws of God pertaining to morality.

Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established. God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society. His law of chastity is clear: sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife. We invite all to review and understand the doctrine contained in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”

Consistent with our fundamental beliefs, Church officers will not employ their ecclesiastical authority to perform marriages between two people of the same sex, and the Church does not permit its meetinghouses or other properties to be used for ceremonies, receptions, or other activities associated with same‐sex marriages. Nevertheless, all visitors are welcome to our chapels and premises so long as they respect our standards of conduct while there.

The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to love and treat all people with kindness and civility—even when we disagree. We affirm that those who avail themselves of laws or court rulings authorizing same‐sex marriage should not be treated disrespectfully. Indeed, the Church has advocated for rights of same‐sex couples in matters of hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment, and probate, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights of churches.

The Church insists on its leaders’ and members’ right to express and advocate religious convictions on marriage, family, and morality free from retaliation or retribution. The Church is also entitled to maintain its standards of moral conduct and good standing for members.

As members of the Church, we are responsible to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to illuminate the great blessings that flow from heeding God’s commandments as well as the inevitable consequences of ignoring them. We invite all to pray that people everywhere will have their hearts softened to the truths God established in the beginning, and that wisdom will be granted to those who are called upon to decide issues critical to society’s future.


THE COUNCIL OF
THE FIRST PRESIDENCY AND
QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER‐DAY SAINTS


Background Material for Bishops and Branch Presidents

On the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Same‐sex Marriage

The Church has provided a statement dated June 29, 2015, prepared by the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same‐sex marriage in the United States. The response reaffirms the divinely‐revealed reasons and proper doctrinal context for the Church’s unequivocal position regarding matters of morality, chastity, marriage, and the family. As the response notes, the Church’s teachings on these subjects are grounded in the scriptural declarations of God’s eternal plan for the salvation and exaltation of His children and are framed in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” While the statement stands on its own, below is additional information that may be helpful to you in responding to questions that may arise.

For much of human history, civil laws have generally been compatible with God’s laws. Unfortunately, there have been notable exceptions to that pattern. For example, it is legal in the United States to perform an abortion on an unborn fetus. However, this practice is not morally acceptable before God. (See Handbook 1, 17.3). The consumption of alcohol, while contrary to God’s law, is legal in most nations of the world, but the physical and social toll for doing so is a painful matter of record. So, too, with issues of unchaste sexual behavior, whether it be heterosexual or homosexual in its orientation. As the First Presidency has previously said and as this current response affirms, “Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established. God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society” (First Presidency letter on “Same‐ Sex Marriage,” January 9, 2014).

What is the Church’s Policy on Homosexual Relations?

“Homosexual behavior violates the commandments of God, is contrary to the purposes of human sexuality, and deprives people of the blessings that can be found in family life and in the saving ordinances of the gospel. Those who persist in such behavior or who influence others to do so are subject to Church discipline. Homosexual behavior can be forgiven through sincere repentance. “If members engage in homosexual behavior, Church leaders should help them have a clear understanding of faith in Jesus Christ, the process of repentance, and the purpose of life on earth.

“While opposing homosexual behavior, the Church reaches out with understanding and respect to individuals who are attracted to those of the same gender. “If members feel same‐gender attraction but do not engage in any homosexual behavior, leaders should support and encourage them in their resolve to live the law of chastity and to control unrighteous thoughts. These members may receive Church callings. If they are worthy and qualified in every other way, they may also hold temple recommends and receive temple ordinances” (Handbook 2, 21.4.6).

Does the authorization of same‐sex marriage affect my right to religious freedom?

Our individual right to religious freedom is protected by the First Amendment to the United States’ Constitution and by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As we exercise that right, we must also exercise tolerance and respect toward others’ rights but do so without condoning behavior that goes contrary to the laws of God. “While we strive for the virtue of tolerance, other commendable qualities need not be lost. Tolerance does not require the surrender of noble purpose or of individual identity. The Lord gave instruction to leaders of His restored Church to establish and maintain institutional integrity—‘that the Church may stand independent’ (D&C 78:14)” (Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Teach Us Tolerance and Love,” April 1994 general conference). How do I respond respectfully to those who consider the Church’s position on this matter unchristian? Our objection to same‐sex marriage is not based on animosity toward anyone, but on our understanding of God’s purposes for His children. For us, the issues are not simply “tolerance” and “equality.” The issues are the nature of marriage and the consequences of redefining a divinely established institution. In addition, redefining marriage in the law can have profound consequences for society, particularly for children. Mothers and fathers matter, and they are not interchangeable. “On the subject of public discourse, we should all follow the gospel teachings to love our neighbor and avoid contention. Followers of Christ should be examples of civility. We should . . . be good listeners and show concern for the sincere belief [of others.] Though we may disagree, we should not be disagreeable. We should be wise in explaining our position and, in doing so, ask that others not be offended by our sincere religious beliefs and the free exercise of our religion” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Loving Others and Living with Differences,” October 2014 general conference).

What if I have reservations of my own regarding the Church’s position on this subject?

“Members who . . . have doctrinal questions should make a diligent effort, including earnest prayer and scripture study, to find solutions and answers themselves. Church members are encouraged to seek guidance from the Holy Ghost to help them in their personal lives and in family and Church responsibilities.

“If members still need help, they should counsel first with their bishop. If necessary, he may refer them to the stake president. “. . . Stake presidents who need clarification about doctrinal or other Church matters may write in behalf of their members to the First Presidency” (Handbook 2, 21.1.24).


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Alex Boye' on America's Got Talent

Alvin and I counted Alex Boye' as a good friend, and I still do. Alex was on America's Got Talent this week and he rocked that stage! I am so stinkin' proud of him, as I know Julie must be. God bless you, Alex and good luck on this journey. You deserve to win this thing hands down.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Marriage: An Eternal Hope

The marriage statistics for America are waning as more and more people exhibit the inability to commit to someone for life. There are many reasons this is happening, but the biggest part is the attack on the traditional family unit. In today's America being married is considered old fashioned; as is believing in God and knowing that marriage is part of an eternal unit.

For me, let me irrevocably state that being married to my sweetheart gave me the greatest nineteen years of my life. Yes, my husband had an extended illness, and yes we were very poor. But we did not let that color our marriage. Instead, we focused on finding joy where we could. It was there when we spent time with family; and it was there when we spent time with each other. Breakfast and a movie every payday was so much fun for the two of us, and no matter how poor we got, Alvin made sure we always had that date.

For the two of us, we not only loved each other immensely, we also know that having been sealed in a temple of God, that our marriage was for time and all eternity. We knew that Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, loved us and had provided a way for us to follow Him back to our heavenly home, but to also be together forever.

From the Proclamation on the Family we find incredible knowledge and promise:

THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.  

WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.

If Americans do not turn back from this deadly path, our nation will crumble and fall. If the family unit completely disintegrates, as liberals fondly wish to happen, we cannot save America.

As I have mentioned on this blog before, President Gordon B. Hinckley gave four things that families can do to help cement the familial relationship and strengthen those bonds. I will lay them out again, because I believe them to be that simple and that important.

President Hinckley promised that if every family did these four things that society would turn around within a generation or two. I don't know that we have that much time left before it is all lost, but we must try. We must never give up on our eternal purpose and do all we can to strengthen the family unit.

President Hinckley outlined the following:

1) Families must learn goodness together. Too often, parents are abdicating their responsibilities to the school. Because of this, children are being taught that marriage isn't necessary, that homosexuality is normal, that they are to rat their parents out if they say anything to the contrary. Parents must take back control of the teaching of morality.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson said,

“Women bring with them into the world a certain virtue, a divine gift that makes them adept at instilling such qualities as faith, courage, empathy, and refinement in relationships and in cultures. …  

“Sisters, of all your associations, it is your relationship with God, your Heavenly Father, who is the source of your moral power, that you must always put first in your life. Remember that Jesus’s power came through His single-minded devotion to the will of the Father. … Strive to be that kind of disciple of the Father and the Son, and your influence will never fade.”

It is critical that parents be the only teachers of morality to their children. Never, ever, should that responsibility be abdicated. Remember, President Hinckley said that families must learn goodness together.

2) Families must work together. Why would President Hinckley suggest this would not only strengthen family bonds but also the foundation of a nation? It is really quite simple, if parents teach a good work ethic by example, it is better instilled in their children. There is no place for a sense of self-entitlement in a healthy family or society. We must learn to work for what we want, and to put in a good day's work for a good day's pay.

Orson Scott Card wrote an article for the Ensign magazine:

“Work has two values,” says President Roy Agle of the Bay City Michigan Branch. “It has a cash value, and the value of a sense of accomplishment. And the children need to learn both.”  

The cash value of work is important for children to learn. If they grow up in a family where the parents provide everything they need, and if the breadwinner works outside the home, they may have no concept that somebody actually labors to earn the money.

A good work ethic is one of the most powerful things you can give to your children.

3) Families should read good books together. This is more important than anyone might think. There are those who have written articles stating that reading to your children is racist because everyone doesn't do it. There is no greater lie than this previous sentence.

Reading to your children strengthens their relationship with you. It provides a foundation for academic excellence. It also improves basic speech skills, increased communication, language mastery, increased logical thinking skills, etc.

This is a step in life you simply must give your children. If you can't afford to buy books, then the public library is a great place to find books to read to your children. My mother read to us nearly every night from James Herriot's books, such as All Creatures Great and Small. His books were hysterical and often reduced my mother to tears because she was laughing so hard. I remember some of the stories, and they were funny, but seeing my mother laugh so hard made us laugh too. I have many great memories of my mother reading to us.

4) Families must pray together. Prayer. There is no more powerful communication than that between God and man. President Ezra Taft Benson stated,

“All through my life the counsel to depend on prayer has been prized above almost any other advice I have ever received. It has become an integral part of me, an anchor, a constant source of strength and the basis of my knowledge of things divine.  

“Our Heavenly Father is always near. … Thank God we can reach out and tap that unseen power, without which no man can do his best.” (Message delivered to temple workers and Church employees at São Paulo, Brazil, 20 November 1982.)

If you really stop to think, when we kneel in prayer to God, we don't end up on a phone tree, or talking to middle management or a CSR, it is you and God. When families pray together, it is a cementing bond that strengthens the family, preparing them for the day and closing it out and asking for protection through the night. As children see their parents kneel in prayer, it teaches them to be humble and to recognize that we have a loving Father in Heaven who really does care how we are feeling, our concerns, as well as our hopes and dreams.

These four things, if implemented in our daily lives, can truly make all the difference in your family, and ultimately in our nation.

Please America, do not buy into the liberal rhetoric. Fathers matter. Mothers matter. Children matter. The very essence of the continuation of the human race rests on the health of the family unit.

And lastly, Because of the liberal teachings in schools for the last twenty or so years we have people who are sorely confused about who and what they are. Part of this is because of the breakdown of the family unit, and part of the blame rests squarely on liberals and Hollywood. Let me straighten it out. Men are men. Women are women. Black people are black. White people are white. Brown people are brown. No one, and I do mean no one, should have guilt over their color. You can lie all you want, but you're still a man, a woman, black, white, brown. You can't change your DNA. You can't change your chromosomes. So get over it, recognize that God doesn't make mistakes and you are who you were born to be. Stop trying to change who you are and try to grow, be strong, and make yourself worthy of God's love.

Families matter. They matter to you, and they matter to the nation.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document



Senator Mike Lee's new book, OUR LOST CONSTITUTION, is being released today. If you'd like to know more about our nation's founding document, the heroes and stories behind it, and what we can do to restore its lost provisions, you will love this book.

The still-unfolding story of America’s Constitution is a history of heroes and villains—the flawed visionaries who inspired and crafted liberty’s safeguards, and the shortsighted opportunists who defied them. Those stories are known by few today.

In Our Lost Constitution, Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories behind six of the Constitution’s most indispensible provisions. He shows their rise. He shows their fall. And he makes vividly clear how nearly every abuse of federal power today is rooted in neglect of this Lost Constitution. For example:
  • The Origination Clause says that all bills to raise taxes must originate in the House of Representatives, but contempt for the clause ensured the passage of Obamacare.
  • The Fourth Amendment protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures, but the NSA now collects our private data without a warrant.
  • The Legislative Powers Clause means that only Congress can pass laws, but unelected agencies now produce ninety-nine out of every one hundred pages of legal rules imposed on the American people.
Lee’s cast of characters includes a former Ku Klux Klansman, who hijacked the Establishment Clause to strangle Catholic schools; the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who called the Second Amendment a fraud; and the revered president who began his first of four terms by threating to shatter the balance of power between Congress and the president, and who began his second term by vowing to do the same to the Supreme Court.

Fortunately, the Constitution has always had its defenders. Senator Lee tells the story of how Andrew Jackson, noted for his courage in duels and politics, stood firm against the unconstitutional expansion of federal powers. He brings to life Ben Franklin’s genius for compromise at a deeply divided constitutional convention. And he tells how in 2008, a couple of unlikely challengers persuaded the Supreme Court to rediscover the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms.

Sections of the Constitution may have been forgotten, but it’s not too late to bring them back—if only we remember why we once demanded them and how we later lost them. Drawing on his experience working in all three branches of government, Senator Lee makes a bold case for resurrecting the Lost Constitution to restore and defend our fundamental liberties.

Purchase your copy of Senator Lee's book today, it is just that important!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Ezra Taft Benson on the Last Days

Ezra Taft Benson, prophet of God and Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, warns us of the Last Days. He has been the most powerful advocate for freedom and liberty, and is a man I love, admire and respect tremendously. He shuffled off the mortal coil on May 30, 1994. And now fights for us on the other side of the veil.

 

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Behold, the Enemy Is Combined

Elder Neal A. Maxwell
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


Years ago, I wondered over the scriptural imagery of angels waiting “day and night” for “the great command” to come down and reap the tares in a wicked and suffering world; it seemed rather eager to me. (See D&C 38:12; D&;C 86:5.) Given such massive, needless human suffering, I don’t wonder anymore!

Even so, the final reaping will occur only when the Father determines that the world is “fully ripe.” (D&C 86:7.) Meanwhile, brothers and sisters, the challenge is surviving spiritually in a deteriorating “wheat and tares” world. (See D&C 86:7.)

Granted, occasionally a few defectors or dissidents may try to vex us as they hyperventilate over their particular concerns, but it is the engulfing effects of that deteriorating world on Church members which is the “clear and present danger.” “Evils and designs” really do operate through “conspiring [individuals] in the last days.” (D&C 89:4.) The Lord has even announced, “Behold, the enemy is combined.” (D&C 38:12.)

Yet we must not be intimidated or lose our composure even though the once morally unacceptable is becoming acceptable, as if frequency somehow conferred respectability!

One of the most subtle forms of intimidation is the gradual normalization of aberration. Alexander Pope so cautioned:

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As, to be hated, needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

Today, lust openly parades as love, license cleverly poses as liberty, and raucous sounds mockingly masquerade as music. Evil even calls itself good and often gets away with it!

While I would not shrink the circumference of freedom, the size of that circle is not the sole measure of social well-being.

Hence, to exult, as some do, over how much decadence is permissible at the edges ignores the erosive effects of such grossness upon all within that circle. Yeats’s descriptive imagery fits:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.

Attributed to historian Will Durant are these relevant words: “If the hunger for liberty destroys order, the hunger for order will destroy liberty.” In this connection, how can there possibly be a disturbing loss of individual impulse control without a corresponding loss of collective freedom?

Violence abounds, often to purchase drugs in order to “tune out” of the world instead of overcoming it. Just as foretold, our days actually are fast resembling the days of Noah, especially notable for their pattern of corruption and violence. (See Matt. 24:37; Gen. 6:11.) No wonder the adversary steadily promotes all the ancient sins, not because he is uninventive but because his harvest is so constant.

Abortion, which has increased enormously, causes one to ask, “Have we strayed so far from God’s second great commandment—love thy neighbor—that a baby in a womb no longer qualifies to be loved—at least as a mother’s neighbor?” Even so, violence to an unborn child does not justify other violence!

What of neighboring? Long ago, Tocqueville anticipated how individualism, unenriched by family and community, could produce the “lonely crowd,” saying:
“Thus not only does democracy make every man forget his ancestors, but it hides his descendants and separates his contemporaries from him; it throws him back forever upon himself alone and threatens in the end to confine him entirely within the solitude of his own heart.” (Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America,” as quoted in Andrew M. Scott, Political Thought in America, New York: Rinehart & Co., Inc., 1959, p. 225.)

In their search for identity and belonging, too many supposedly savvy teens are now confined to the solitude of a lonely gang. What is the lasting advantage of becoming streetwise if one is on a street to nowhere? Gangs mark the failure of both families and communities as well as symbolizing the pervasive revolt against authority.

Instead of being communicating neighbors, we are flooded with talk shows, some of which feature not real conversation but exhibitionism and verbal voyeurism among virtual strangers.

We are lathered with soap operas in need of nothing so much as soap—for the scrubbing of themselves! Some seriously maintain that media violence and sleaze leave consumers untouched. But revenue is received from commercials precisely because of their influence. Either we deserve reforms, or sponsors deserve refunds!

Those who mock the traditional moral values should heed this lesson of history from the Durants:

“A youth boiling with hormones will wonder why he should not give full freedom to his sexual desires; and if he is unchecked by custom, morals, or laws, he may ruin his life before he matures sufficiently to understand that sex is a river of fire that must be banked and cooled by a hundred restraints if it is not to consume both the individual and the group.” (Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968, pp. 35–36.)

Lasciviousness wrongly celebrates the capacity to feel, so that people lose their capacity to feel! Three different prophets in three different dispensations bemoaned those who became “past feeling.” (See 1 Ne. 17:45; Eph. 4:19; Moro. 9:20.) Do we really expect those presently “past feeling” to fashion an acceptable future? Gross sin not only dulls the feelings, it also impairs the intellect. After murdering Abel, Cain ironically boasted, “I am free”! (Moses 5:33.) Did the herd of Gadarene swine similarly console themselves, thinking that they were actually rugged individualists as they raced down the hill to their destruction?

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn lamented recently how those who hold “there is no God, there is no truth, the universe is chaotic, all is relative” constitute a “relentless cult of novelty … [which] conceals an unyielding and long-sustained attempt to undermine, ridicule and uproot all moral precepts.” (“The Relentless Cult of Novelty and How It Wrecked the Century,” The New York Times Book Review, 7 Feb. 1993, p. 17.)

Pornography especially victimizes women and children. Why then the inordinate preoccupation with its protection? Pornography is better protected than citizens on the streets!

Even with its flaws, the family is basic, and since no other institution can compensate fully for failure in the family, why then, instead of enhancing the family, the desperate search for substitutes? Why not require family impact studies before proceeding with this program or that remedy, since of all environmental concerns the family should be first? Hundreds of governmental departments and programs protect various interests, but which one protects the family?

Since democracy depends upon citizens’ “obedience to the unenforceable,” why then the stiff resistance to moral education which could emphasize widely shared and time-tested principles?

Only reform and self-restraint, institutional and individual, can finally rescue society! Only a sufficient number of sin-resistant souls can change the marketplace. As Church members, we should be part of that sin-resistant counterculture. Instead, too many members are sliding down the slope, though perhaps at a slower pace.

In a “wheat and tares” world, how unusually blessed faithful members are to have the precious and constant gift of the Holy Ghost with reminders of what is right and of the covenants we have made. “For behold, … the Holy Ghost … will show unto you all things what ye should do.” (2 Ne. 32:5.) Whatever the decibels of decadence, these need not overwhelm the still, small voice! Some of the best sermons we will ever hear will be thus prompted from the pulpit of memory—to an audience of one!

While living amid the foreseen “distress of nations, with perplexity,” members also have prophetic leadership which provides direction. (Luke 21:25; see also D&C 88:79.) Several times a year, we sustain fifteen Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators. So we know to whom to look, even though there are a few members who “seek not the welfare of Zion” and “set themselves up for a light.” (2 Ne. 26:29.) Furthermore, the Prophet Joseph clearly taught that recipients of that apostleship possess “all the keys that ever were, or that can be conferred upon mortal man.” (Cited by Brigham Young, in Journal of Discourses, 1:137.)

Repetitive experience teaches Church members that we need not be prey to pretenders. Besides, “The day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, … neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off from among the people.” (D&C 1:14.)

Additionally, the very process of Church government also ensures that we do not have secret leaders:

“It shall not be given to any one to go forth to preach my gospel, or to build up my church, except he be ordained by some one who has authority, and it is known to the church that he has authority and has been regularly ordained by the heads of the church.” (D&C 42:11.)

President Wilford Woodruff urged the Church flock to follow the Brethren because, he said, “the very moment that men in this kingdom attempt to run ahead or cross the path of their leaders, … they are in danger of being injured by the wolves. … I have never in my life known it to fail.” (In Journal of Discourses, 5:83.)

Further help comes to us through sermons, the sacrament, the holy temple, prayers, the scriptures, tithing settlements, and admonitions from loved ones. However, when members cut themselves off from all of these, then there is trouble. For instance, it is from estranged and self-justifying lips that some devastated spouses hear those terrible words, “I never loved you!”

With the enemy combined, it is so vital to keep “in the right way.” (Moro. 6:4.) Orthodoxy in thought and behavior brings safety and felicity as the storms come, including “every wind of doctrine.” (See Eph. 4:14.) Happily, amid such winds the Holy Ghost not only helps us to recognize plain truth but also plain nonsense!
Orthodoxy ensures balance between the gospel’s powerful and correct principles. In the body of gospel doctrine, not only are justice and mercy “fitly joined together [for] effectual working,” but so is everything else! (Eph. 4:16.) But the gospel’s principles do require synchronization. When pulled apart from each other or isolated, men’s interpretations and implementations of these doctrines may be wild.

Love, if not checked by the seventh commandment, could become carnal. The fifth commandment’s laudable emphasis upon honoring parents, unless checked by the first commandment, could result in unconditional loyalty to errant parents rather than to God.

Care is even needed in our renderings between God and Caesar. (See Matt. 22:21.) Even patience is balanced by “reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost,” betimes meaning early or soon. (D&C 121:43.) Spiritual poise also includes both taking time to smell the flowers and noticing the leaves on the fig tree to see if “summer is nigh.” (Matt. 24:32.)

Thus, the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ is greater than any of its parts and larger than any of its programs or principles!

Even during these difficult times, members “armed with righteousness” can do so many things. (1 Ne. 14:14.) We can have love at home, even though the love of many waxes cold in the world. (See Matt. 24:12.) We can have inner peace even though peace has been taken from the earth. (See D&C 1:35.)

We can keep the seventh commandment even though others break it and mock it. We can render individualized, humanitarian service even though the mass of human suffering seems so overwhelming.

We can use our tongues to speak the truth in love, while refusing to use them to bear false witness. (See Eph. 4:15; Ex. 20:16.) We can stand fast “in holy places” even though in the world “all things shall be in commotion.” (D&C 45:32; D&C 88:91.)

We can reach for “hands which hang down,” even if some refuse our proffered hands of friendship. (D&C 81:5.) We can hold to the iron rod even if others slip away and a few end up mocking us from “the great and spacious building.” (1 Ne. 8:26–28.)

Like Nephi, we may not always know the meaning of things happening to us or around us. Nevertheless, like Nephi, we can still know that God loves us! (See 1 Ne. 11:17.)

Yes, “the enemy is combined,” but when we are combined with the Lord’s “chariots of fire,” then “they that be with us are more than they that be with them”! (2 Kings. 6:16–17.) Furthermore, the divine promise is that no weapon formed against the Lord’s work shall finally prosper; this “is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.” (Isa. 54:17; D&C 71:9.) I so assure; I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen!


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Friday, March 20, 2015

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“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ― C.S. Lewis


I am recommending CJ Hill's aka Janette Rallison's latest book in the Slayer series: Friends and Traitors

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In C.J. Hill's action-packed sequel to Slayers, the group of teens known as Slayers have been betrayed--but they won't give up without a fight.

Tori's got a problem. She thought she'd have one more summer to train as a dragon Slayer, but time has run out. When Tori hears the horrifying sound of dragon eggs hatching, she knows the Slayers are in trouble. In less than a year, the dragons will be fully grown and completely lethal. The Slayers are well-prepared, but their group is still not complete, and Tori is determined to track down Ryker--the mysterious missing Slayer. 

What Tori doesn't bargain for, however, is the surprising truth about her powers. She isn't just a Slayer, she's part Dragon Lord, too. How can Tori fight to save her friends when half of her is programmed to protect dragons? And with a possible traitor in their midst, the Slayers will be divided in more ways than they ever imagined. Buy Friends and Traitors now.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party Wins

It is a good day for Israel, and America. They wisely overrode the foreign efforts to remove Benjamin Netanyahu and voted for his party once again. The party will now choose who will be prime minister, and it will likely be Netanyahu again.

America was very engaged in this election. Barack Obama sent his crooked election team to Israel to try and defeat Netanyahu. American citizens donated to Netanyahu's campaign, some of them quite large donations.

For me, I listened as Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the U.S. Congress. 


It was a powerful speech condemning Barack Obama's efforts to make a very bad deal with Iran. Netanyahu was right on every single point, and it was a relief to find a world leader finally taking Iran and ISIS seriously. 

While Barack Obama continues to golf, take potshots at Republicans and Benjamin Netanyahu, and generally make a nuisance of himself. Israeli's decided their temporal salvation was safe in Benjamin Netanyahu's hands. Arabs were bussed into the polls to vote, but it didn't work. The Likud Party took 30 seats, and with the coalition building in place, Netanyahu is certain to retain his Prime Minister Seat.


This gives me a small measure of peace. Israel's fate is closely tied with America's, in my opinion. I find it a sacred duty to support them as they fight for their very survival and ancestral homeland.

I know I haven't blogged much lately, but that is going to change. I'm going back to blogging three times weekly and will try to give you uplifting blogs as well as informative.


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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ALA Evolution Show Choir Takes Heart of America Invitational as Grand Champion

ALA Evolution Show Choir is Utah's only competitive Show Choir. Under the direction of Mr. Rick Lunt, they carve out a new niche every year. This year they told the story of Pinocchio, but not necessarily with songs from the Disney movie. They walked away as the Grand Champions of the Heart of America Invitational winning nearly every award.

I am so PROUD of them. They have been invited back to the FAME National Competition in Chicago and need to raise $10,000. These kids have worked SO HARD! Please text EVOLUTION to 801-788-4171 and please donate what you can! It is an exceedingly secure system, so rest assured your data is safe. 

And if you're not in the position to donate, please spread the word far and wide!
 


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Two Hysterical Studio C Skits

I am a recent fan of KBYU's Studio C. My nephews and nieces absolutely love the show and anxiously await each new episode. I saw two very funny skits this morning and wanted to share with my friends in Blogland.

Studio C - International Relations


And then we have:

Studio C - National Relations: Republicans v. Democrats


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

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My Greatest Privilege

It was the greatest joy of my life to be the wife of Alvin Salima. Yes, we suffered all the major stresses that usually break couples up, but it made us stronger.

We weren't rich, couldn't be with the gross amount of medical bills. But we found great joy in going to breakfast and a movie every payday. A simple ice cream cone and walk in the park was so fun. We had fun watching television shows. We had the most fun when we spent time with my sister and her family.

A great light has gone out in America with the passing of my sweetheart. But heaven has gained a powerful missionary and an advocate for Christ, with the biggest capacity to love.

Sweetheart, I will love you to the moon and back forever more.

Goodbye, My Love.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

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Goodbye, My Love

Alvin Lafaele Esene Salima was born in Hawthorne, California on August 20, 1962 to Papali’itele Tumusa Tolupeni Talitua Salima and Fa’ilepou Esene Salima. He attended Birney Elementary School, Stephen M. White Junior High and was a Carson High Colt until the day he shuffled off his mortal coil. After serving a mission in Papeete Tahiti he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he majored in Communications, played football and met his eternal sweetheart, Candace Salima. He is survived by Candace Salima (wife), Alexander Salima (brother), Angieline Tuia (sister), Masame Tito (brother), Salamasina Afalava (sister), Perenise Tuiafaiva (sister), Muamai Salima (sister), Saono Salima (sister), Logomai Vaifanua (Sister), Emmett Tela (brother), Goldie Alapati (sister), Tolupeni Salima. Jr. (brother), Marjorie Sapiga (sister), Brenda Seumalo (sister), Kristian Salima (brother) and Alvin Salima (brother). Alvin was preceded in death by his parents.

Alvin worked with troubled youth throughout his adult life, spending over a decade with the State of Utah Juvenile Justice System. He loved going to work and he loved the people he worked with. The measure of how successful he was as a counselor is in the untold number of times he ran across these youth as adults and they stop him where they find him to say, “thank you.”

Alvin’s life was personified by a great love for all he met, music, football, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People would travel long distances just to get a hug from Alvin Salima. His smile and laugh lit up a room, and the impact he has made on this big old world of ours is immeasurable. He was a devoted husband, brother and uncle. He had a wicked streak of sarcasm woven through his sense of humor and he and “da boys” loved to talk story. He loved almost nothing more than spending time with his beloved nephews and nieces.

Alvin left this mortal realm at 7:23 a.m. on the morning of September 17, 2014. His funeral services will be held on October 3, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1625 South Slate Canyon Drive in Provo, Utah.

Public viewing will be on the same day at 11:00 a.m. to Noon p.m.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Peni Malohifo'ou of Serenity Funeral Home.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Mighty Kacy Catanzaro, American Ninja Warrior


My husband has gotten me addicted to American Ninja Warrior. It is a show that requires the contestants to be in the peak of physical condition, have an immense spirit of competition and perseverance that is seriously second to none. They train all year for one trip through the course and each city has it's own course and particular obstacles. Kacy did what no other woman had ever done, she completed the course in the first stage of competition.

Then came the semi-finals and four more incredibly difficult obstacles were added. But watch this 5' 100 lb. young woman make history, again! She inspires me in so many ways, but most of all to never give up and to always believe you can get the job done. Rock on, #MightyKacy!

Kacy Catanzaro, a former gymnast from Towson University, became the first women ever to successfully complete the finals course on the show American Ninja Warrior.


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Monday, July 14, 2014

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Money Back with your Purchases

I promised to give a report on this company called Lyoness, which is a worldwide rewards program company. I'm deeply, deeply impressed.

Consumer: No cost for becoming a member. No cost for rewards card. No monthly fee. No monthly product requirements. Earn cashback on every purchase you are already making, 2% direct deposited into your bank account, 8% deposited into a Loyalty Program which adds up to units which comes back as cash. Merchants decide how much they give back to the consumer, so it can vary from 2% return to whatever. For instance, Olive Garden and Red Lobster do 9%. I am using a 10% example. Loyalty funds can be used to purchase from Lyoness Merchants. So you shop, earn money. Done. If you want to tell friends and family about the rewards card, it benefits you to do so. If you know businesses who could use this system, that benefits you as well. But it is not required. There are currently 4 million and counting Lyoness consumers. In November, Lyoness is releasing a pre-paid Mastercard credit card that can be used anywhere, but "double" (add the merchant cashback to the Mastercard cashback) the cashback if you use it with a Lyoness merchant.

As the consumer you can also decide to do this as a business. Still no cost up from. You share the news of the rewards card with family, friends and co-workers. As they become consumers, all of us just using the rewards card on money we're already spending anyway, then you earn money. If you decide to do the business, which Alvin and I are doing, it can become very lucrative. If you're interested, we'll hook you up with the guys who talked to us. Easy, straight forward, and loaded with common sense and opportunity.


Merchant: Setup Costs, very affordable. Cost to purchase Lyoness reward cards to hand out to your customers. Should see an uptick in customers as the program spreads and you actively market your rewards program. Lyoness Consumers tend to shop at Lyoness merchants. There are currently 40,000 and counting Lyoness merchants. Personally, I intend to add a lot of merchants to that number. First, I would become a consumer, then after you see how it works, you can become a Lyoness merchant.


“Cash back with every purchase” is the Lyoness motto. With thousands of local, regional and international merchants and millions of members in more than 40 countries, Lyoness has become the premiere global shopping community and loyalty program! Shoppers enjoy four ways to shop and earn cash back – online, in-store with their Lyoness Cashback card, with merchant gift cards and via their smartphones.
The Lyoness loyalty program is built on creating lasting relationships that benefit the merchants and members. As the shopping community grows, the merchants receive more sales, and in turn, they can provide increased rewards. With loyalty, everyone wins!


Alvin and I really looked over the entire company and program and were amazed. We like it. We became a consumer on Friday. I am personally working to get local merchants using the program so I can remain a consumer of local business. So, if you're interested in becoming a consumer, let me know and I'll get you set up. If you're interested in becoming a merchant, let me know and I'll get you set up.

They are in 41 countries including Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Poland, Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Macedonia, Lithuania, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Latvia, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Montenegro, Plus: United Arab Emirates (Lyoness Europe AG – Dubai Branch), North America, South America, Asia.

Sampling of Companies currently part of Lyoness Program: ACME, Affordable Cartridges & Toners, Albertsons, American Airlines, Applebees, Bartek Deli, BP, California Pizza Kitchen, Chevron, Cub, CVS Pharmacy, Bahama Breeze, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Seasons 52, Yardhouse, Doris Market, Exxon Mobile, Farmfresh, Footlocker, Give a Night, Home Depot, Lowes, Hornbacher's, Hotel Voucher, Jewel-Osco, IHOP, K-Mart, Lord & Taylor, Office Depot, otel, Outback Steakhouse, Rotelli Pizza & Pasta, Sears, Shaw's, Shop 'n Save, Shoppers, Subway, The Billiard Club

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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US Daily Review: America Awash in Scandal Edges Toward Apathy


by Candace Salima, Senior Contributor on US Daily Reivew

The Obama Administration is awash in scandals with national security implications, not to mention the nation no longer trusts its government, let alone Barack Obama. It's intriguing to note how completely Obama and his administration have completely ignored his oath of office:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

I do not believe there is any common sense thinking person in the United States of America that will say Barack Obama has lived up to his oath of office, and, in fact, has violated it a number of times. Liberals, of course, are willing to ignore just about everything because they really do want our republic form of government replaced with a socialist democracy.

Barack Obama's administration has been littered with scandals and America has become punch drunk with them, edging toward apathy over the sheer number. Let's just list a few, not in any particular order: Read More on US Daily Review


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Monday, June 9, 2014

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To Fold or Play

It is very difficult when a loved one is ill. My sweetheart was diagnosed with end stage renal failure (kidney failure) thirteen years ago. I think it's thirteen. I believe I can safely write this blog post coming from an area where I have a great deal of experience.

When a loved one is ill we have two choices, to rant and rave against the circumstances -- or -- to educate ourselves, help our loved one as much as possible, and treasure every day you have together.

I have an acquaintance on a social media site who has chosen to be bitter about her husband's illness and the treatment he's being given at the hospital. May I offer some advice?

Just because someone is ill doesn't mean they are not still the same person we fell in love with. My sweetheart, Alvin Salima, and I have been married for nineteen years, and he has been ill for the bulk of those years. The first year was the hardest as we educated ourselves about kidney failure. Alvin's health took some hits because we didn't learn fast enough or completely enough. But by the end of the first year we considered ourselves relatively well educated.

The next four or five years were rough ones for Alvin. He was in and out of the hospital, one visit lasting six weeks. During that six weeks Alvin came closer to death multiple times than he ever had before. At one point I was told he was the sickest man in the hospital and the next 24 hours would be touch and go as to whether Alvin would live or die. 

I'm not going to lie, it was hard. Really hard. I often went into the bathroom to sob my heart out, then I would splash cold water on my face and go back into that room with a smile on my face. Yes, I argued with doctors on occasion, but I learned when to listen and when to dig in.

Through it all, friends and family prayed and fasted for Alvin and I saw the results of that due to the miraculous nature in the events that unfolded in Alvin's life during that time. Our love for one another grew deeper and deeper, and our appreciation for life itself also grew. Our belief in God and His plan of salvation also deepened until it went past belief to pure knowledge.

Instead of becoming bitter over the circumstances we chose to simply live with it and do our best to keep Alvin as healthy as possible. It isn't easy, not by any stretch of the imagination. But we have each other and we do all we can to keep life as normal as possible. It's the very best advice I can give: Trust in God and make the very best of the circumstances in your life. Don't let them drive your life, you drive them. Learn, grow and make a difference by helping others learn to cope with similar situations.

Thirteen years later Alvin does dialysis three times a week, works full time and I pick up whatever contract work I can find. We visit with family often, go to matinees and eat at restaurants that are affordable, once or twice a month. We spend time with friends, and we spend time fighting for America. We go to church, and have nephews and nieces spending the night often. We're happy enough and looking forward to the day when Alvin gets his kidney transplant.

Trust in God and do what you must to keep moving forward.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

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I So Swear

Yesterday, Alvin and I were incredibly privileged to attend the ceremony of a young man we lovely dearly as he swore his citizenship oath to the United States of America. We met Jarel many years ago, and over time came to love him as if he were our own son.

After completing his 2-year mission for the Lord, he went to BYU Hawaii to complete his college education. There he met his sweetheart, Genna, who became his life. Now he has an adorable daughter, and is finally a citizen of the United States of America. We are so very proud of him, and so happy for him and his sweet family. Congratulations, Jarel.

I am of the opinion that every single American, at the age of 18, should take the citizenship oath of the United States of America. And because I believe that, I so swear:

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.



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Friday, May 30, 2014

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Context Missing from Discussion About LDS Women

This is a response from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the current, and ever repeating, issue of women and the priesthood. I stand with the Church on this issue, in every possible way.

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Comments on various blogs over recent months about what Church leaders should or should not think and do about women’s roles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prompt me to provide some context from an insider perspective that may be helpful.

Recently a woman posted this comment on a blog:
Please understand that not [all] women who wish to be seen in all their worth are seeking to be ordained to the priesthood…. What I am finding…. is that most of these women have been demeaned and marginalized by one (and usually many more) of the brothers of our faith. They have been told their ideas won’t work. They have been told they are not important. They have been told they are lesser.
The point is a noteworthy one, namely that LDS women who describe themselves as feminists don’t necessarily seek ordination, but rather to be genuinely valued and given a voice that is respected and welcomed.

There are three specific criticisms that have been raised on various blogs that will be addressed here:


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Monday, May 26, 2014

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Danny Boy by David Osmond

This is a stunning rendition of Danny Boy by David Osmond. Wow. It brought tears to my eyes. Thanks to Doug Osmond for sharing it with me. Happy Memorial Day to all those who have lost loved ones.


DOWNLOAD SONG HERE: www.DavidOsmond.bandcamp.com

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"Danny Boy" is a timeless classic written over one hundred years ago. It's one of my absolute favorite songs!

Most people have heard the first verse. A lot of people may know the second verse. But almost nobody has heard the third verse. It's a powerful song with a powerful message, and we want to give even more power to this song now.

JUST SO YOU KNOW... 100% of all the profits from the sale of this song are going to benefit a charity called, GOLD STAR MOTHERS. This is an organization of mothers who have all lost sons or daughters while they were serving in the military. This is our little way of giving back funds and recognition to those who absolutely deserve it.

It's a fantastic cause, so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for being so generous!!!

God bless!

David Osmond

DANNY BOY:

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling.
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side.
The summer's gone, and all the roses falling.
It's you, it's you must go, and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow,
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow.
'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow.
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.

And should ye come, and all the flowers are dying.
And I am dead, as dead I well may be.
Ye'll come and find the place where I am lying,
And kneel and say an Ave there for me.

And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me.
And all my grave shall warmer sweeter be.
For you will bend and tell me that you love me.
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me.

But should I live, and you should die for Ireland,
Let not your dying thoughts be all of me.
But say a prayer to God for our dearest Ireland.
That he may hear, and help set her free.

And I shall take your pike and sword my dearest.
And strike a blow, though weak that blow may be.
To help the cause to which your heart was nearest
And you shall sleep in peace, until I come to thee.

Oh Danny Boy, Oh, Danny boy
I love you so.

FYI: Almost ALL actors (minus Scott and Cohen are members of the Osmond Family.)

CREDITS:

Vocals and Guitar: David Osmond
Produced by: David Osmond and Aaron Edson
Daniel Sullivan, Jr.: Adam Gregory
Daniel Sullivan, Sr.: Scott Schroeder
Daniel Sullivan, III: Chris Osmond
Wife: Valerie Osmond
Daniel Sullivan, III (child): Dylan Osmond, Cohen Edson, Kate Osmond (baby)
Directed by: Aaron Edson
Co-Directed by: Ryan Little
Director of Photography: Brian Sullivan and Glen Fisk
Hair/Make-up: Valerie Osmond

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American Gold Star Mothers, INC. (501c3 Charity)

American Fallen Warrior Memorial Foundation for helping provide soldier's pictures. All pictures of soldiers (minus Chris Osmond), are of actual fallen soldiers. These are their names:

- Lance Cpl. Nigel Olsen (provided by Kim Olsen)
- SSG Gary Lee Woods, Jr. (provided by Becky L. Johnson - Gold Star Mother)
- PV2 Isaac T. Cortes (provided by Ramona Emily Toro - Gold Star Mother/PGR Member)
- PFC Gifford E. Hurt (provided by Lisa Davis)

Thank you to Bam Bam's BBQ and Bella's Mexican Food for their delicious contribution to the crew!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

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Remember: Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance

Many people have forgotten the power, strength and impact of the American Pledge of Allegiance. Today I am sharing Red Skelton's recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance again. Forget the monotony of it, and remember the meaning of each word:



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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Movie Corner: The Amazing Spiderman 2

Movie: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Fox, Sally Field and Dane DeHaan
Runtime/Rating: 142 min. / PG-13

In a nutshell, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) graduates high school about the same time he starts seeing the ghost of Captain Stacy (Denis Leary), the father of his girlfriend Gwen Stacy. And with these sightings, he is reminded over and over of the promise he made Captain Stacy.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens with Peter's parents; and we finally find out what happened to Peter's parents and it plays into the current story as well.

If you'll remember, Peter promised Captain Stacy as he was dying that he would stay away from Gwen. That didn't last long, although Peter did try. The sequel opens up with Spider-Man taking on the bad guys who have stolen a truck full of plutonium. He's supposed to be at his high school graduation, but turns out he's a little busy.

As the story of Peter and Gwen unfolds, so too does the story of an electrical engineer named Max who becomes Electro. To top it all off, Harry Osborn returns from boarding school with a disease that's killing him. Obsessed with finding the cure, he pleads with Spider-Man for his blood, and then the venom that Oscorp has kept hidden.

All in all, the movie has depth as Peter struggles to do what he promised Gwen's father, fights to keep the city safe, and does so with wit and charm. I very much enjoyed this movie. And as a side note, I much prefer Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man than Tobey Maguire. He's more believable, and he's more engaging.

I'm looking forward to Spider-Man joining The Avengers. My husband says he's supposed to, so we shall see if the big boys will play nice and let that unfold.

I give The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a 4 out of 5 stars. It was that enjoyable.



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Monday, May 5, 2014

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God Bless America

On this day, May 5th in the United States of America, I celebrate the greatness of our nation. The beauty that reaches from shore to shore, and her stunning lands in between. More than that, I celebrate the fierceness of the American spirit. That spirit which founded this great nation, is the same spirit that is fighting to keep the Republic now. May God bless America that her beacon of light and liberty will shine forever more.

This is Madison Rising and their stunning rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.



May people don't know all the verses to our nation's anthem. I'd like to share them with you now:

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light 
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? 
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, 
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? 
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, 
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. 
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave 
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, 
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, 
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, 
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? 
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, 
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: 
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave 
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore 
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion, 
A home and a country should leave us no more! 
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution. 
No refuge could save the hireling and slave 
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: 
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave 
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand 
Between their loved home and the war's desolation! 
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land 
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. 
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, 

And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." 
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave 

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

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Movie Corner: Heaven is for Real



Heaven is for Real is the true story of young Colton who visits heaven, holding the hand of our Savior, while the surgeon and surgical nurses are fighting with everything they have to save his life. It is based on the book with the same name.

The movie opens with Colton's father who is a volunteer fireman, wrestling coach, and pastor at the local church. We see family life unfold in a small Nebraska town until Colton's appendix bursts and his life hangs in the balance.

When Colton recovers he begins to share his experiences with his father, who oddly enough, experiences his own crisis of faith because of these experiences. As the movie goes on, bits and pieces of his experiences unfold and the entire town is shaken in one way or another. 

Are we afraid heaven isn't real, or are we afraid that it is? This is the main question of the film.

It was poignant, powerful, inspiring and incredibly uplifting. It is a true story told in an understated fashion. Knowing what I know of the roles that Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly, I was some startled at the casting. However, it only took 15 to 20 minutes for me to forget their crass television shows and be immersed complete in the story of the Burpo family.

I give Heaven is for Real a solid 5 out of 5 stars. It is a movie worth seeing, and definitely worth adding to the home library, both book and movie. Both Colton, and a young girl (who is a remarkable artist and painted this rendition) who had a similar experience both say this is what Jesus looks like. This is Akiane's Jesus Christ. In fact, young Colton's reaction when he saw this painting of Jesus was startling. He definitively said this is what our Savior looks like.

There are many who doubt these children saw what they saw, but I am not one of them. Remember, Jesus Christ said:

Matthew 18:3: And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

When a four-year-old tells you he visited heaven, then gives specific, and accurate, accounts of who he met and what they said, then the conclusion must be that heaven is, indeed, for real.

The naysayers may say what they will, but God lives. This is I am certain of and I look forward to the day when I will see Him again.

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