Patriotism: Mike Pence Convention Speech rallies Americanism

Patriotism:

Mike Pence Convention Speech rallies Americanism

keyGo find Mike Pence’s speech, and that’ll comfort you to know that he’s there if Trump wins, as vice president, believe me, it will help you. ~Rush Limbaugh

Mike Pence is a solid pro-life, pro-family, Constitutional, law and order, freedom loving Christian American  who walks the talk. About the Trump family, he says: “You can’t fake good kids.” ~C.D.

Theme Quotes: American Covenant with God

Theme Quotes:

American Covenant with God

God of our Fathers

 

~Daniel C. Roberts 1841-1907

 

creationhandsGod of our fathers, whose almighty hand

Leads forth in beauty all the starry band

Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,

Our grateful songs before thy throne arise.

 

Thy love divine hath led us in the past;

In this free land by thee our lot is cast.

Be thou our Ruler, Guardian, Guide, and Stay,

Thy word our law, thy paths our chosen way.

 

covenant4-true-faithFrom war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,

Be thy strong arm our ever sure defense.

Thy true religion in our hearts increase.

Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

YouTube Music: Anthem Music, Victory Songs

Dinner Topics for Friday

key“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ~Winston Churchill

flag3YouTube Music: Anthem Music, Victory Songs

 

“Run Free Anthem”

 

 

statueofliberty“New Sound of Victory”

 

 

Listen to more of this inspiring music by Jordan for free at Spotify.com

History Facts: 2nd Amendment Quotes by Founding Fathers

History Facts:

2nd Amendment Quotes by Founding Fathers

keyThe 2nd Amendment was not included in the Bill of Rights to ensure Americans could hunt or defend themselves against criminals, so the argument that we “don’t need” guns with “large capacity clips (sic)” — by the way, the proper word is magazines — is a non sequitur. How do I know this?

Despite what you and those of your ilk seem to believe, it is not the job of Congress or the President to decide what Americans “need” or for what purpose. Americans are quite capable of deciding that for themselves. Nowhere does the Constitution give you the authority to legislate weapons in any way. Nor does the President have this authority, as all laws are to come from the legislative branch, per Article 1, Section 8. — Commentary

 

Here are the words of some of our Founding Fathers:

George Washington  Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence … From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good — George Washington

[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, –who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them… — George Mason, The Virginia Ratifying Convention

Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? It is feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American . . . . [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” — Tench Coxe

patrick-henry-quote2  patrick-henry-quote1  Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense? Where is the difference between having our arms in possession and under our direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands? — Patrick Henry

Gospel Teachings: World War 2 Heroes show Service to God brings Blessings

Gospel Teachings:

Service to God brings Blessings

A Sacred Trust

Thomas S. Monson

This precious gift of priesthood power brings with it not only solemn responsibilities but also special blessings for ourselves and for others.

rescue-downed-pilot-oceanDuring World War II, a friend of mine was serving in the South Pacific when his plane was shot down over the ocean. He and the other crew members successfully parachuted from the burning plane, inflated their life rafts, and clung to those rafts for three days.

On the third day they spotted what they knew to be a rescue vessel. It passed them by. The next morning it passed them by again. They began to despair as they realized that this was the last day the rescue vessel would be in the area.

Then the Holy Spirit spoke to my friend: “You have the priesthood. Command the rescuers to pick you up.”

He did as prompted: “In the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the priesthood, turn about and pick us up.”

Within a few minutes the vessel was beside them, helping them on deck. A faithful and worthy bearer of the priesthood, in his extremity, had exercised that priesthood, blessing his life and the lives of others.

May we determine, here and now, ever to be prepared for our time of need, our time of service, our time of blessing.

As we now conclude this general priesthood session, I say to you that you “are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). May we ever be worthy of these divine accolades.

Patriotism: Build the Border Wall; Sharia Law not compatible with Western Civilization

Patriotism:

Build the Border Wall; Sharia Law not compatible with Western Civilization

Election 2016: GOP Platform—Build the Border Wall!

Ken Klukowski

keyCLEVELAND—The Republican Party Platform approved by the Platform Committee this week in Cleveland adopted Donald Trump’s call for a security wall on America’s southern border as part of the solution to the nation’s broken immigration system, as well as safeguarding national security.

And if they believe in Sharia Law, they should be deported. Sharia is not compatible with Western Civilization. ~Newt Gingrich

Sarah-Palin-trump-wall-borderRepublican Party staffers prepare a first draft of the platform for delegates to use as a starting point for debate, a draft based on the previous convention’s platform (in this case, the 2012 platform), updated to account for current issues. These staffers had already included language in the first draft calling for “construction of a physical barrier” on what it called “our vulnerable borders.”

But some delegates noted that a “physical barrier” could mean all manner of things, from a chain-link fence, to a series three-foot high concrete blocks like Americans typically see on construction sites or around sensitive government buildings. The delegates decided to remove all ambiguity, replacing it with Donald Trump’s words, calling for the construction of a “wall.”

The platform specifies that the security wall should secure “the entirety of the Southern Border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach—a prominent constitutional lawyer and former law professor whom some conservatives in Cleveland this week hope to see considered for U.S. attorney general in a Trump administration—introduced the amendment to explicitly call for an actual wall.

Kobach was one of the elected officials who endorsed Trump early in the primary process, in large part due to Trump’s strong stand on securing the border. “For me, the most important issue in the Republican presidential contest is immigration and its effect on our national security,” Kobach said on February 29, when he announced his endorsement.

“On that issue Mr. Trump stands head and shoulders above the other candidates.”

Don't be offended. This is a joke. ↑

Don’t be offended. This is a joke. ↑

“Our porous borders constitute a huge national security threat,” Kobach’s statement continued, “and our refugee system has been abused by terrorists in the past and is likely to be abused by ISIS terrorists today.”

America’s immigration crisis is also an economic issue, Kobach noted, as “too many Americans are out of work because of illegal immigration.”

This border wall amendment was one of many that Kobach successfully added to the draft platform this week, working with other conservative leaders among the delegates.

Speaking exclusively to Breitbart News today, Kobach explained, “The border wall needs to be a real wall, not a fake ‘wall’ consisting of sensors in the ground.” The time for action has come, he added, because, “The American people have been wanting this for years. If Mr. Trump is elected, it will finally happen.”

The platform will be formally adopted in its final form by the Platform Committee on Monday, and then presented to the full Republican National Convention and the GOP’s presidential nominee.

 

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/13/gop-platform-build-wall/

 

Sharia Law is not compatible with Western Civilization

Newt: ‘If They Believe in Sharia Law, They Should Be Deported’

sharia-no-americaThursday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” following a terror attack that resulted in the deaths of at least 84 and injuries of over 100 in Nice, France, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) attacked Sharia Law and said of those who believe in it in the United States should be “deported.”

“Let me start where I am coming from and let me be as blunt and direct as I can be — western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported,” Gingrich said. “Sharia is incompatible with western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia — glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door. But we need to be fairly relentless about who our enemies are.”

History Facts: Biblical Timeline, Current Events, and Moral Solutions

History Facts:

Biblical Timeline, Current Events, and Moral Solutions

keyoldAsk for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. ~Jeremiah 6:16

 

Nehemiah is sent to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Isaiah and Jeremiah warn against evil and call the people to repentance. Look for parallels in today’s society. Find good advice that will ensure safety and blessings.

 

Nehemiah

Many Jews were in bondage to their brethren. At Nehemiah’s direction they are freed, their lands are restored. Nehemiah is sent to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem. Their enemies seek to prevent Jews from rebuilding walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah arms the laborers and keeps the work going forward. Sanballat engages in intrigue against Nehemiah and the building of the wall. Jews finish construction of the wall.

isaiah3Isaiah

Isaiah warns people who reject God as their maker and do works of darkness.

Isaiah 29:15,16, 21

15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?

isaiah-good-called-evil 16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.

 

Prophet Jeremiah as depicted by Michelangelo on Sistine chapel ceiling

Prophet Jeremiah as depicted by Michelangelo
on Sistine chapel ceiling

Jeremiah

The following chapter headings give an outline of Judah and Israel history. What parallels do you see today?

The sins of Israel and Judah

2

The people of Judah forsook the Lord, the fountain of living waters—They worshipped idols and rejected the prophets.

3

Israel and Judah defiled and polluted the land through wickedness—In the last days, the Lord will gather the people of Israel, one from a city and two from a family, and bring them to Zion.

5

Judgments will be poured out upon the people of Judah because of their sins—Their iniquities cause blessings to be withheld from them.

6

Jerusalem will be destroyed because of her iniquity—She will be overrun by a great and cruel nation.

15

The people of Judah will suffer death, the sword, famine, and captivity—They will be scattered into all the kingdoms of the earth—Jerusalem will be destroyed.

17

The captivity of Judah comes because of sin and forsaking the Lord—Hallow the Sabbath day; doing so will save the people; otherwise they will be destroyed.

Moral Solutions: A Call to Repentance

7

If the people of Judah repent, they will be preserved—

The temple has become a den of robbers—The Lord rejects that generation of the people of Judah for their idolatries—They offer their children as sacrifices.

18

Israel is as potter’s clay in the hands of the Lord—If nations repent, the Lord withholds the evil decreed against them.

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

potter-clay-wheel-stand-center_2 2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;

8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

change-of-heart1 9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;

10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

11 ¶Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.

 

Culture Wars: Solutions for a High School Principal— Moral Courage

Culture Wars:

Solutions for a High School Principal— Moral Courage

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give

By Dennis Prager

To the students and faculty of our high school:

I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.

I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.

integrity4First ,this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American.

This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America , one of its three central values — E pluribus unum, “from many, one.” And this school will be guided by America ‘s values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.

Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.

english-speakSecond , I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America ‘s citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English — but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school. 

modestyouthThird , because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor , everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress  accordingly. Many people in our socity dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward.

Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

Fourth , no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can’t speak without using the f -word, you can’t speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as “Nigger,” even when used by one black student to address another black, or “bitch,” even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

narcissismFifth , we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago — by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.

Sixth , and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue… There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately fortunate — to be alive and to be an American.

pledgeofallegiancechildrenNow, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you..

Christian Story: Plan of Jesus is Liberty

Dinner Topics for Friday

The Cause of Our Redeemer

keyThe tyrants and antichrists of the world will not prevail against God’s plan. But liberty and our salvation are not maintained by default. The War in Heaven is the prototype for our sojourn on earth. The struggle is ongoing, and we must choose sides in the battle.   Will we choose the cause of our Redeemer, led by Jesus Christ— our Great Deliverer, the Giver of Liberty?

 

From the great war saga of ancient America, two prominent, opposing figures emerge. On the one hand is Amalickiah, who is described as “a man of cunning device. . . and. . .of many flattering words” who sought “to destroy the church of God, and to destroy the foundation of liberty which God had granted them.” Amalickiah typified consummate evil, proving the “great wickedness one very wicked man can cause.”(Alma 46:9,10)

Title of Liberty

Epic Hero defends Liberty and Family, by Winborg

“Now it came to pass that while Amalickiah had thus been obtaining power by fraud and deceit, Moroni, on the other hand, had been preparing the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their God.”(Alma 48:7) Moroni told Pahoran, “Behold, I am Moroni, your chief captain. I seek not for power, but to pull it down. I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom and welfare of my country.”(Alma 60:36)

Amalickiah’s insatiable lust for power spawned a massive war machine, bearing down on the Nephites, seeking to crush the last breath of freedom.

But for Moroni, even a small “spark of freedom” was enough to dispel the darkness of tyranny. “Show unto me a true spirit of freedom,” he told Pahoran, “and I will come unto you.” (Alma 60:25,27)

Pahoran assured Moroni that indeed a spark of freedom remained, for the beleaguered freemen had not lost the Spirit of God, which is the spirit of freedom. (Alma 61:15)

Heartened by Moroni’s offer of help, Pahoran continued, “Therefore, my beloved brother, Moroni, let us resist evil, and whatsoever evil we cannot resist with our words, yea, such as rebellions and dissensions, let us resist them with our swords, that we may retain our freedom, that we may rejoice in the great privilege of our church, and in the cause of our Redeemer and our God.”(Alma 61:14)

“At this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians, and the freedom of the land might be favored.” (Alma 46:16) A “cause” is defined as “a principle or movement militantly, aggressively, or with combat; defended or supported.”[1]

war-in-heavenWhy did the cause of the peace-loving Christians have to be defended with combat? The king-men would not listen to words. They intended to impose their desires by force. Therefore the sword was the only thing they would understand.

So, what is our Redeemer’s cause?

When Satan sought to destroy the agency or free will of all mankind, Jesus gathered the souls of the righteous to defend freedom. Jesus set forth the glorious cause of freedom, and Michael was his commander in chief. This led to an all out war in heaven.

 

Temptation of Christ by Carl Bloch

Temptation of Christ by Carl Bloch

Just as Jesus and Satan clashed in heaven, so the forces of Amalickiah precipitated a great war for freedom in the choice land of promise.

Might Mormon have had Jesus and Michael in mind when he laboriously engraved this epic struggle for liberty?

Our Redeemer’s cause is liberty because the Spirit of God is also the spirit of freedom. (2 Cor. 3:17) If we miss the point of the war saga, we miss the very essence of God’s plan of salvation. Without liberty, the gospel could not flourish. Without the gospel of Jesus Christ, mankind would be doomed to spiritual bondage.

“Human liberty is the mainspring of human progress. The one great revolution in the world is the revolution for human liberty.   This was the paramount issue in the great council in heaven before this earth life. It has been the issue throughout the ages. It is the issue today. . . we also note the complacency of the people and their frequent willingness to give up their liberty for the promises of a would-be provider.”[2]

The tyrants and antichrists of the world will not prevail against God’s plan. But liberty and our salvation are not maintained by default. This message from history to us is that the War in Heaven is the prototype for our sojourn on earth. The struggle is ongoing, and we must choose sides in the battle.   Will we choose the cause of our Redeemer, led by Jesus Christ— our Great Deliverer, the Giver of Liberty?

If— like the stripling warriors and other epic heroes— we obey with exactness, endure valiantly in defending our Redeemer’s cause, and trust in God, He will deliver us.

 

Dinner Talk

Topic: In his war chapters, Mormon shows us Christ. * Agency

 

  1. How can we apply Pahoran’s injunction to “resist evil” in our society today?
  2. See 2 Cor. 3:17. Why is the Spirit of God also the Spirit of freedom?
  3. Play Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Andre Previn, conductor) and envision the glorious victory of Michael the Archangel in the War in Heaven.

 

Copyright 2010 © by Christine A. Davidson

            [1]Merriam Webster Dictionary, p.133

            [2]Ezra Taft Benson, Book of Mormon Student Manual, p.98