Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Tickets on Sale for Convention of Statesmen

The time has FINALLY arrived. The tickets for the Convention of Statesmen are on sale! Whether you intend to attend the convention in person, which I highly recommend, or you wish to watch it via streaming, we have you covered.

Rhetoric. It seems like these days everyone is willing to talk about a problem, but no one’s willing to go out and solve them. In the political arena it’s worse than that. Government problems provide never ending pipelines for graft, kingdom building, vote buying, and a list of insider favors as far as the eye can see. Political operators have no desire to fix these problems, they’ve spent years and sometimes decades building careers on them and lining their own pockets with the spoils.

Aren’t you tired of this? Aren’t you tired of the same old, worn out, unworkable solutions from the same old, worn out, insider politicians? Aren’t you tired of the same blathering, status quo, talking heads on every news program from MSNBC to FOX? Don’t you just want someone to tell the truth for once, and then roll up their sleeves and try to actually solve a problem? Just once?

So do we.

The Time is Now

It’s time for a gathering. Not a gathering of talking heads who all preach the same gospel, think the same way, and pat each other on the back once it’s done.

It’s time for a gathering of Statesmen. A place where the myriad of problems facing America can be taken head on and addressed, without the unstated goal of destroying the Constitution lurking in the background. A gathering where solutions aren’t just proposed, but backed and supported. A gathering where the attendees go away from it plugged in and ready to implement those solutions and, perhaps most important of all, ready and able to hold their political leaders accountable for those solutions.

Announcing the Convention of Statesmen, where truth is acknowledged, harsh realities are faced, ideas flourish, solutions are championed, and accountability is king. Buy your tickets now and reserve your seat. You do not want to miss this amazing convention.

More speakers are being added in the upcoming months. 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Peggy Hubbard Speaks From the Heart

"Their job is to serve and protect, not serve and die." Peggy Hubbard is talking about the police. The language is rough, but oh how this woman speaks to my heart. She is 100% right on every single point. Please God, keep her safe. Watch over her. We need more women like her who will speak the truth.

If every single American doesn't start fighting for family, start fighting for their neighborhoods, we are lost. For All Lives Matter, every single one of them. (It takes a second for the video to load, it's pulling from Facebook.)

From my heart!
Posted by Peggy Hubbard on Thursday, August 20, 2015

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Monday, August 10, 2015

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Presidential Poll Results

If you wish to participate in this presidential poll, you must text SALIMA-P to 801-335-9131 in order to receive the poll. The poll will be open for 48 hours.

"Perhaps you and I have lived with this miracle too long to be properly appreciative. Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again." Ronald Reagan

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Friday, August 7, 2015

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Rocky Mountain Show Choir Expo

Rocky Mountain Show Choir Expo was born in the innovative mind of Evolution director, Rick Lunt. In its inception, RMSCExpo is dedicated to celebrating the excellence of show choirs across the Rocky Mountain West. (Although, all schools who wish to compete are welcome.) We hope to celebrate the best and most innovative talents and artistic achievements; to offer an environment where students may learn techniques, share information, and showcase their unique, creative styles; and to enjoy the respect and camaraderie of their peers in the performing arts.

Our Rocky Mountain Show Choir Expo promises to be a unique experience on many levels. We’ll have an Hollywood production crew filming in order to produce a state-of-the-art DVD and streaming experience for our viewers. We offer a judges’ panel of recognized talents and authorities in their fields of expertise; and a variety of awards, including Grand Champion, Judge’s Choice, Lifetime Achievement, Spirit, and People’s Choice of “Best” Awards. As we strive to recognize extraordinary talents, the Expo will offer solo competition as well as mixed show choir competition.

We hope to foster friendships amongst the show choirs by offering not only an opportunity to participate in a relaxed atmosphere of a dance, but also hosting an exciting riff-off; where each competing show choir may participate and challenge each other in a fun, innovative manner.

Our mission is to produce a top-level, annual show choir invitational that will eventually franchise across the United States in order to reach gifted, talented high school students around the country and expand the exciting world of show choir! Learn more at Rocky Mountain Show Choir Expo.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

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Convention of Statesmen

Convention of Statesmen was born in the fertile minds of Candace E. Salima, W. Daniel Willis and Clark Madsen. Created to not only recognize excellence in the political spectrum, but to also aid in the education of America as to the greatness of the American Dream, and the Republic upon which it was born. This convention will be two days of information, education, interaction as well as fun, and you will walk away armed with the necessary knowledge to help educate your community. And yes, will we show you how to do that too.

May 20-21, 2016 will be the first Convention of Statesmen in Utah. Utah was chosen as the place to house this convention because one of this caliber and category was desperately needed in the West. We will be using the communication suite at CommuniTXT to run the entire convention. You will participate in contests, polls, and become an interactive part of the convention. It was created for the American public.

In fact, aren’t you tired of this? Aren’t you tired of the same old, worn out, unworkable solutions from the same old, worn out, insider politicians? Aren’t you tired of the same blathering, status quo, talking heads on every news program from MSNBC to FOX? Don’t you just want someone to tell the truth for once, and then roll up their sleeves and try to actually solve a problem? Just once?

So do we. And that is precisely why Convention of Statesmen was created. Learn more at Convention of Statesmen. Tickets go on sale 1 September 2015.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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Uniting America Under a Common Cause

I have fought this battle for America for well over a decade now. My battle has been fought with the written and spoken word. I have done all I can to educate America and to awaken her citizens to the awfulness that awaits this path we are currently on.

Imagine, if you can, that you have a debt of $20.00. Recognize that you only make $3.18 and that leaves you a deficit of $16.82. Let us stop to consider America now. Our nation is $18 trillion in debt, but in 2015, total federal revenues in fiscal year 2015 are expected to be $3.18 trillion.

These revenues come from three major sources:
  • Income taxes paid by individuals: $1.48 trillion, or 47% of all tax revenues.
  • Payroll taxes paid jointly by workers and employers: $1.07 trillion, 34% of all tax revenues. 
  • Corporate income taxes paid by businesses: $341.7 billion, or 11% of all tax revenues.
That's it. $3.18 trillion will be brought into America's coffers, but we are $18 trillion in national debt.

There are solutions to this ridiculous amount of overspending we do every year. If you hope to have a future for your children and grandchildren, I ask you to join my political network by texting SALIMA-P to (801) 335-9131. Together we can make a difference and we can pull America back from the brink of financial and constitutional disaster.

You will receive no more than 5 to 7 text messages a month from me, and will be able to opt out by texting the word STOP. I will pass on articles I write, as well as information that I believe is pertinent to the educating of America.

It is time we stop the liberals and start learning from our history.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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America on Fire

We live in a time long prophesied of, but very disconcerting to be living in ... the world is on fire. But more so, America is also on fire due to liberal policies out of control; Barack Obama siding with terrorists and criminals on a consistent basis, and a people easily riled into violence with a few well-placed words by Barack Obama, Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.

As soon as a black thug is shot and ends up dying the activists under the control of Sharpton and Jackson leap into action. They travel to the city where the person died and burn it to the ground. Because Barack Obama refuses to draw a firm line in the sand as to what is right and what is wrong, race issues are much worse in America than they have been in a very long time. And ISIS has his sights firmly fixed on destroying America and Israel.

We have a U.S. Supreme Court violating the 10th Amendment at every turn, rewriting Obamacare so they could declare it a tax, which Obama's Solicitor General vehemently declared wasn't so.

Barack Obama and the liberal left continue to side with terrorists over Americans, illegal aliens over Americans, and are attempting to destroy the Republic and replace it with communism. Really, you can't believe anything else if you've been paying attention at all.

Crime is on the rise in Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles ... all cities under liberal controls. Sanctuary cities have also seen a rise in violent crime, because those sheriffs made the decision to not enforce the law.

Liberal hysteria is at a fever pitch trying to erase all aspects of the South in the Civil War. I am forced to repeat the words of George Santayana: Those who do not learn from history are forced to repeat it. If liberals are successful in erasing our Civil War, then we will certainly, at some point, repeat the problems that led up to it. History is to be learned from, not erased.

But if you can pull back from all the corruption and political machinations it comes down to the American family. There is an all out effort to utterly destroy marriage and the family headed by a mother and a father. Without substantial family units comprised of father, mother and children, America is descending into chaos driven by the liberal agenda.

I refuse to mince words, the liberal agenda believes children belong to the government and not their parents. This is NOT how God intended families to be. Our family units here are patterned after our eternal family unit. We must fight to keep those families strong. Otherwise, we see things beginning to degrade into what is occurring above.

Planned Parenthood, through a series of videos, has thoroughly explained how they "crunch" babies heads so they can protect the organs and tissues to be sold to research facilities. The cavalier way they discuss the wholesale murder of babies is not to be believed, but sadly it is what is happening. How did we come to this in America? I assure you, the breakdown of the family unit produced this and the likes of Josef Mengele are alive and well in Planned Parenthood and abortion doctors.

As you can find on this blog written of so many times, there are four things families can begin doing today to strengthen the family; building family bonds that will be unbreakable and would turn society around within a generation or two. 
  • Families must work together; teaching their children a strong work ethic.
  • Families must learn goodness together; leaving that job to the schools has produced an apathetic, self-entitled generation that is incapable of critical thinking. You must be responsible for teaching your children morals and values.
  • Families must read good books together. In reading together you teach your children to think outside of the box they are put in during school. Their minds, creative abilities and entrepreneurial tendencies are expanded and they are educated in the process.
  • Families must pray together, morning and night. In invoking the blessings of heaven morning and night you call on a protection and strength that cannot be found anywhere else. Pray to keep your family strong and together, and never forget this step.
I have repeated these steps ad nauseum, but I continue to do so because the breakdown of the family is what is causing this unholy mess in America. Nearly fifty percent of babies are now born to single women. In New York City the highest percentage of babies that are aborted, murdered really, are black babies. We simply must fight back by making our families stronger, negating the liberal message completely.

The Proclamation on the Family is an inspired document that gives a blueprint that will produce strong families. It begins:

WE, THE FIRST PRESIDENCY and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. 

ALL HUMAN BEINGS—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose. 

IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. -- Read More

I encourage you to read the rest, whether you are Latter-day Saint (also known as Mormon) or not. The blueprint is astounding and truly repairs the ills of the world, and most certainly America. If all adults would take seriously the condition of our nation and begin building family units once again -- strong family units with a father and mother at the helm -- America would be saved.

If we hope to save America, this is the path we must follow. If we do not and our society is further degraded because of the breakdown of the American family, we will never be able to get America back on solid footing. The life you lived growing up will be denied to your children and grandchildren. The opportunities you enjoyed will be denied to them as well. Is that what you really want?

I can't believe that anyone still ruled by common sense would buy into the liberal agenda without understanding the cost to families and especially children. Why would you willingly hamstring your children, guaranteeing them a less brighter future than the one you enjoyed.

America is a blessed land and our mindset is so unique to the rest of the world. This experiment that began over two centuries ago has flourished and grown into a world power. But when government becomes the answer to everything it is the beginning of the end. Begin in your own homes, strengthen your families, and let us build America back into Ronald Reagan's shining city on a hill. We were created to be a beacon to the world of freedom and liberty, we cannot let liberal progressiveness destroy what was once the greatest country in the world.

Candace E. Salima
2:39 PM, 04 August 2015

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

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The Dangers of the Countering Violent Extremism Act - HR 2899

There is a new bill establishing yet another federal law enforcement agency, Countering Violent Extremism Act (CVE), H.R. 2899 sponsored by Representative Michael T. McCaul. I've read over the bill and am troubled by many aspects of it, specifically the definition, which is entirely too vague: 
"(g) Violent Extremism Defined.—In this section, the term ‘violent extremism’ means ideologically motivated terrorist activities." 
1) What the is the FBI for? 

2) What is the NSA for? 

3) What is DHS for? 

4) What is the CIA for? (Yes, I know they handle all things foreign.) 

Why do we need another agency? We don't. Establishing departments within DHS to deal with the problem is much more efficient. But, on top of that, I am concerned with definitions by Obama's DOJ over the last seven years which have identified Christians (people who read the Bible and go to church regularly) as extremists. Tea Partiers as extremists. Veterans as extremists. Conservatives as extremists. What hasn't been targeted are radical mosques, the New Black Panther Party (which has been promising genocide for years), Mexican drug cartels, and Mexican gangs waltzing back and forth across our extremely porous border.

With an administration like the Obama Administration a law such as this will be used to the detriment of American Society. Point in case, when the ungodly and inhumane videos were released of Planned Parenthood doctors carefully aborting babies so they could sell tissue and organs to researchers, Dr. Josef Mengele anyone, did Obama's DOJ go after Planned Parenthood? It is unlawful, and inhumane, in America to sell tissue and organs from human beings, let alone murdered babies. But did Barack Obama's Department of Justice open investigations into Planned Parenthood? No, they did not. They went after the organization who did the undercover work and released the videos.

In the hands of the Obama Administration you will see the Countering Violent Extremism Act abused with great frequency. It will not be radical Muslims or actual criminals attacked, it will be Christians, conservatives and veterans. Mark my words, we have entered into a dangerous phase in America, and this bill came at the hands of a Texas Republican.

This bill needs to go back to the drawing board and needs to be specifically defined. I suggest everyone call Representative Michael McCaul ((202) 225-2401) and let him know what you think about the bill. It's not long or difficult to understand, you can read it.

The creation of another federal law enforcement agency is unnecessary. This is why we have the Department of Homeland Security. I suggest a department be formed in DHS, appropriately funded, but with very strict guidelines. If this bill is signed into law without more specific language being written into it, we will see abuses unlike anything we have ever seen before.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

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Keeping it All in Perspective

The last week has been cause for much reflection about my life, and frankly, being an American. Everyone knows how fiercely proud I am to be an American, and certainly how privileged I feel to be American. But over the last week it has really been brought home how very blessed we are.

I have had three Chinese girls staying in my home for the last week, with a week yet to go. They come from Chongqing and have come through American Leadership Academy's hosting program. Evolution, ALA's nationally ranked show choir, hosts this Chinese private school every year.

After my husband died and I moved closer to my sister, I ended up moving into a smaller house which has had it's own challenges. But here is where I started to truly realize how different things can be.

When the girls first walked into my house they exclaimed over how big it was. That stopped me in my tracks, because it really is a small house. Then when we washed their clothes that night they were in awe of my clothes dryer. As they have enjoyed truly American experiences over the week, including playing night games with the neighborhood children, it's been interesting to watch them embrace America with everything in them.

My sister has been bringing snacks over nearly every night, uniquely American snacks, for the girls to try. They weren't wild about Root Beer, but they love Coke and Dr. Pepper. We had thought to make them soft-boiled eggs and rice for breakfast, but they wanted American breakfasts, and that is what we have given them. They are particularly fond of Lucky Charms.

The point I am trying to make is simply this: Yes, things are chaotic in America right now. But I've had the privilege of coming to understand how truly blessed we are as a nation. Nemo, Christina and Lin have been a delight to have in my phone. Lin lost a tooth, so we looked up what the tradition in China is, no tooth fairy there.

Chinese kids put their upper teeth at the foot of their beds and put their lower teeth on the roof. It is hoped that this will make their permanent teeth grow in faster. Not nearly as fun as the tooth fairy, but Lin just threw it in the garbage and called it good.

So it boils down to this, I will try every day to thank my Heavenly Father for being an American. I'm grateful to my ancestors who came here in 1500's and equally grateful to the Irish side who came in the mid-1850's. They are the reason we are here and a large part of why I keep up this fight for America. And I have to remember that which is common place to us, is not necessarily common place to others from around the world.

God bless America.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

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George Washington's Farewell Address to the Nation

Friends and Citizens:

The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.

I beg you, at the same time, to do me the justice to be assured that this resolution has not been taken without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation which binds a dutiful citizen to his country; and that in withdrawing the tender of service, which silence in my situation might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest, no deficiency of grateful respect for your past kindness, but am supported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.

The acceptance of, and continuance hitherto in, the office to which your suffrages have twice called me have been a uniform sacrifice of inclination to the opinion of duty and to a deference for what appeared to be your desire. I constantly hoped that it would have been much earlier in my power, consistently with motives which I was not at liberty to disregard, to return to that retirement from which I had been reluctantly drawn. The strength of my inclination to do this, previous to the last election, had even led to the preparation of an address to declare it to you; but mature reflection on the then perplexed and critical posture of our affairs with foreign nations, and the unanimous advice of persons entitled to my confidence, impelled me to abandon the idea.

I rejoice that the state of your concerns, external as well as internal, no longer renders the pursuit of inclination incompatible with the sentiment of duty or propriety, and am persuaded, whatever partiality may be retained for my services, that, in the present circumstances of our country, you will not disapprove my determination to retire.

The impressions with which I first undertook the arduous trust were explained on the proper occasion. In the discharge of this trust, I will only say that I have, with good intentions, contributed towards the organization and administration of the government the best exertions of which a very fallible judgment was capable. Not unconscious in the outset of the inferiority of my qualifications, experience in my own eyes, perhaps still more in the eyes of others, has strengthened the motives to diffidence of myself; and every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome. Satisfied that if any circumstances have given peculiar value to my services, they were temporary, I have the consolation to believe that, while choice and prudence invite me to quit the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it.

In looking forward to the moment which is intended to terminate the career of my public life, my feelings do not permit me to suspend the deep acknowledgment of that debt of gratitude which I owe to my beloved country for the many honors it has conferred upon me; still more for the steadfast confidence with which it has supported me; and for the opportunities I have thence enjoyed of manifesting my inviolable attachment, by services faithful and persevering, though in usefulness unequal to my zeal. If benefits have resulted to our country from these services, let it always be remembered to your praise, and as an instructive example in our annals, that under circumstances in which the passions, agitated in every direction, were liable to mislead, amidst appearances sometimes dubious, vicissitudes of fortune often discouraging, in situations in which not unfrequently want of success has countenanced the spirit of criticism, the constancy of your support was the essential prop of the efforts, and a guarantee of the plans by which they were effected. Profoundly penetrated with this idea, I shall carry it with me to my grave, as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence; that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free Constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it.

Here, perhaps, I ought to stop. But a solicitude for your welfare, which cannot end but with my life, and the apprehension of danger, natural to that solicitude, urge me, on an occasion like the present, to offer to your solemn contemplation, and to recommend to your frequent review, some sentiments which are the result of much reflection, of no inconsiderable observation, and which appear to me all-important to the permanency of your felicity as a people. These will be offered to you with the more freedom, as you can only see in them the disinterested warnings of a parting friend, who can possibly have no personal motive to bias his counsel. Nor can I forget, as an encouragement to it, your indulgent reception of my sentiments on a former and not dissimilar occasion.

Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.

The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.

For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.

But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility, are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the union of the whole.

The North, in an unrestrained intercourse with the South, protected by the equal laws of a common government, finds in the productions of the latter great additional resources of maritime and commercial enterprise and precious materials of manufacturing industry. The South, in the same intercourse, benefiting by the agency of the North, sees its agriculture grow and its commerce expand. Turning partly into its own channels the seamen of the North, it finds its particular navigation invigorated; and, while it contributes, in different ways, to nourish and increase the general mass of the national navigation, it looks forward to the protection of a maritime strength, to which itself is unequally adapted. The East, in a like intercourse with the West, already finds, and in the progressive improvement of interior communications by land and water, will more and more find a valuable vent for the commodities which it brings from abroad, or manufactures at home. The West derives from the East supplies requisite to its growth and comfort, and, what is perhaps of still greater consequence, it must of necessity owe the secure enjoyment of indispensable outlets for its own productions to the weight, influence, and the future maritime strength of the Atlantic side of the Union, directed by an indissoluble community of interest as one nation. Any other tenure by which the West can hold this essential advantage, whether derived from its own separate strength, or from an apostate and unnatural connection with any foreign power, must be intrinsically precarious.

While, then, every part of our country thus feels an immediate and particular interest in union, all the parts combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means and efforts greater strength, greater resource, proportionably greater security from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their peace by foreign nations; and, what is of inestimable value, they must derive from union an exemption from those broils and wars between themselves, which so frequently afflict neighboring countries not tied together by the same governments, which their own rival ships alone would be sufficient to produce, but which opposite foreign alliances, attachments, and intrigues would stimulate and embitter. Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. In this sense it is that your union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.

These considerations speak a persuasive language to every reflecting and virtuous mind, and exhibit the continuance of the Union as a primary object of patriotic desire. Is there a doubt whether a common government can embrace so large a sphere? Let experience solve it. To listen to mere speculation in such a case were criminal. We are authorized to hope that a proper organization of the whole with the auxiliary agency of governments for the respective subdivisions, will afford a happy issue to the experiment. It is well worth a fair and full experiment. With such powerful and obvious motives to union, affecting all parts of our country, while experience shall not have demonstrated its impracticability, there will always be reason to distrust the patriotism of those who in any quarter may endeavor to weaken its bands.

In contemplating the causes which may disturb our Union, it occurs as matter of serious concern that any ground should have been furnished for characterizing parties by geographical discriminations, Northern and Southern, Atlantic and Western; whence designing men may endeavor to excite a belief that there is a real difference of local interests and views. One of the expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection. The inhabitants of our Western country have lately had a useful lesson on this head; they have seen, in the negotiation by the Executive, and in the unanimous ratification by the Senate, of the treaty with Spain, and in the universal satisfaction at that event, throughout the United States, a decisive proof how unfounded were the suspicions propagated among them of a policy in the General Government and in the Atlantic States unfriendly to their interests in regard to the Mississippi; they have been witnesses to the formation of two treaties, that with Great Britain, and that with Spain, which secure to them everything they could desire, in respect to our foreign relations, towards confirming their prosperity. Will it not be their wisdom to rely for the preservation of these advantages on the Union by which they were procured ? Will they not henceforth be deaf to those advisers, if such there are, who would sever them from their brethren and connect them with aliens?

To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, a government for the whole is indispensable. No alliance, however strict, between the parts can be an adequate substitute; they must inevitably experience the infractions and interruptions which all alliances in all times have experienced. Sensible of this momentous truth, you have improved upon your first essay, by the adoption of a constitution of government better calculated than your former for an intimate union, and for the efficacious management of your common concerns. This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support. Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty. The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.

All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.

However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the Constitution, alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown. In all the changes to which you may be invited, remember that time and habit are at least as necessary to fix the true character of governments as of other human institutions; that experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution of a country; that facility in changes, upon the credit of mere hypothesis and opinion, exposes to perpetual change, from the endless variety of hypothesis and opinion; and remember, especially, that for the efficient management of your common interests, in a country so extensive as ours, a government of as much vigor as is consistent with the perfect security of liberty is indispensable. Liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian. It is, indeed, little else than a name, where the government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction, to confine each member of the society within the limits prescribed by the laws, and to maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoyment of the rights of person and property.

I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositaries, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them. If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit, which the use can at any time yield.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.
As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it, avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertion in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear. The execution of these maxims belongs to your representatives, but it is necessary that public opinion should co-operate. To facilitate to them the performance of their duty, it is essential that you should practically bear in mind that towards the payment of debts there must be revenue; that to have revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant; that the intrinsic embarrassment, inseparable from the selection of the proper objects (which is always a choice of difficulties), ought to be a decisive motive for a candid construction of the conduct of the government in making it, and for a spirit of acquiescence in the measures for obtaining revenue, which the public exigencies may at any time dictate.

Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it - It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it ? Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue ? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?

In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations, has been the victim.

So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils. Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.

The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.

Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government. the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.

Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?

It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.

Taking care always to keep ourselves by suitable establishments on a respectable defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies.

Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand; neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing (with powers so disposed, in order to give trade a stable course, to define the rights of our merchants, and to enable the government to support them) conventional rules of intercourse, the best that present circumstances and mutual opinion will permit, but temporary, and liable to be from time to time abandoned or varied, as experience and circumstances shall dictate; constantly keeping in view that it is folly in one nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that, by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favors, and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion, which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.

In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions, or prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations. But, if I may even flatter myself that they may be productive of some partial benefit, some occasional good; that they may now and then recur to moderate the fury of party spirit, to warn against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue, to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; this hope will be a full recompense for the solicitude for your welfare, by which they have been dictated.

How far in the discharge of my official duties I have been guided by the principles which have been delineated, the public records and other evidences of my conduct must witness to you and to the world. To myself, the assurance of my own conscience is, that I have at least believed myself to be guided by them.

In relation to the still subsisting war in Europe, my proclamation of the twenty-second of April, I793, is the index of my plan. Sanctioned by your approving voice, and by that of your representatives in both houses of Congress, the spirit of that measure has continually governed me, uninfluenced by any attempts to deter or divert me from it.

After deliberate examination, with the aid of the best lights I could obtain, I was well satisfied that our country, under all the circumstances of the case, had a right to take, and was bound in duty and interest to take, a neutral position. Having taken it, I determined, as far as should depend upon me, to maintain it, with moderation, perseverance, and firmness.

The considerations which respect the right to hold this conduct, it is not necessary on this occasion to detail. I will only observe that, according to my understanding of the matter, that right, so far from being denied by any of the belligerent powers, has been virtually admitted by all.

The duty of holding a neutral conduct may be inferred, without anything more, from the obligation which justice and humanity impose on every nation, in cases in which it is free to act, to maintain inviolate the relations of peace and amity towards other nations.

The inducements of interest for observing that conduct will best be referred to your own reflections and experience. With me a predominant motive has been to endeavor to gain time to our country to settle and mature its yet recent institutions, and to progress without interruption to that degree of strength and consistency which is necessary to give it, humanly speaking, the command of its own fortunes.

Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend. I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will never cease to view them with indulgence; and that, after forty five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as myself must soon be to the mansions of rest.

Relying on its kindness in this as in other things, and actuated by that fervent love towards it, which is so natural to a man who views in it the native soil of himself and his progenitors for several generations, I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.

President George Washington.

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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.)


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


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.


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

Posted in Arrangement, Art, Business

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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