Archive for August, 2009

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Being a Canadian, who once lived in United States, I grew to love certain things about the USA. I loved standing at attention every morning and reciting the pledge of allegiance in High School. I loved the swelling feelings of true patriotism as we sang the songs of liberty at patriotic events, like at Disneyland.

Canada is a wonderful little country. Big land with most of the population hugging close to the 49th parallel. Here we don’t get all patriotic like they do south of the border. They think they are the best country in the world. Maybe we think we’re the worst. Canada has always been at odds with the French. The French are a little Democracy in the middle of a struggling Republic. The Federal Government has always tried to inch its way into our Provincial pockets, stealing from us and trying to give to the welfare state in the east. However, Canada has not allowed herself to be taken over by such corruption as is going on in the USA right now. Shame on you United States. Perhaps you should take a lesson from us. It is not good to be too proud, or arrogant. If you are a true republic you should feel modest and grateful; be protective and pro-active of your liberties, and hold them close and dear.
Some quotes I like:
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. – Thomas Jefferson

“Democracy is the road to Socialism.”- Karl Marx

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” – H.L. Mencken  More Quotes
It is long past time for the masses to educate themselves on government. While we sit by not paying attention our treasury is being robbed, and our country destroyed, for where America goes, Canada follows.

There is no use in fighting unless we have quality replacement options. It is not enough to just be mad, we must also be wise, and turning inward is the beginning of wisdom. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the holy is understanding”.
Or, Confuscious put it best in his classic essay, “The Great Learning”:

The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the
world, first ordered well their own States.
Wishing to order well their States, they first regulated their families.
Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons.
Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts.
Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts.
Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost of their knowledge.
Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.
Things being investigated, knowledge became complete.
Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere.
Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified.
Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated.
Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated.
Their families being regulated, their States were rightly governed.
Their States being rightly governed, the entire world was at peace.
From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must
consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides. (…)
自天子以至於庶人,壹是皆以修身為本 (…)

Not only does turning inward lead to wisdom, but it also leads to power. This is the core message of the Cause of Liberty. Fixing ourselves as individuals is what fixes the world.

“The most influential leaders from Jesus Christ to Gandhi, have taken this approach. They seem to have done a pretty good job of improving the world.” If our education was deep and broad enough we wouldn’t have to ask fruitless questions. We would rather be prepared with the answers.

Where should I file this, and will it fit somewhere on my personal covered wagon that I travel through life in? I’ll add this to my wheels.
This is not about God; it is about me. God in me allows me to think for myself, plan, and carry out the plan. What do I need to keep myself moving? Label your wheels with four self-propelling titles that cover your general well-being. These are mine. I need:

Focus: Motivation & Organization (for education)

Belief: If I think I can change I can change (for education)

Love: Love and Social Support (for education)

Health: Nutrition, Rest, Exercise (for education)

Everyone travels through life in a covered wagon and lives in a tee-pee.  They just don’t know it.


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Margaret Thatcher: “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
That time has come, in fact it’s been happening for many years, but since the government does not want to face the facts, they keep increasing the deficit, as though it is a bottomless pit. But eventually the pit will consume the whole world as it keeps growing bigger and bigger in relation to the debt. Every time they need more money they get their shovel out and dig up some more. But they are digging too big a hole.

I’d like to propose a system. This system was introduced by Jeremiah the Prophet, or by God through Jeremiah the Prophet. God says not until his Gospel is preached and accepted throughout the world will it happen.

I file this under Canopy Rings (BOWS): Goals, Our lofty Goals that reach heaven-ward. Just like bows that expand the space inside the wagon, so do goals expand our capability and accomplishment.

My goal is to help preach this Gospel of Jeremiah to the whole world.

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3 John 14:23—The appearing of the Father and the Son, in that verse, is a personal appearance; and the idea that the Father and the Son dwell in a man’s heart is an old sectarian notion, and is false.

As Joseph Smith was going through the Old and New Testament, in the spirit of revelation, with the intent of clearing up some of the translation errors, as only a true Prophet might do, he undoubtably had many questions. I am grateful for his example, which is borne out in the Doctrine and Covenants in several instances where he obviously takes a pause and asks the Lord a question about something he is working on, then records the answer as it was revealed to him by the Spirit. There is only one tiny teeny little problem with doing that. Once you have a truth revealed to you by God, you are obliged to live accordingly. In other words, be careful what you ask for. Look what happened when he asked about the wives and concubines of the Prophets of old.

I was trying to remember the last time I tried asking, and it would have to be yesterday. I was wondering how it was possible for God to dwell in our heart, or maybe when I heard the answer then I asked the question. Isn’t that usually what happens? It seems all the questions have been asked, and God just has to guide you to His answers in the scriptures. I love daily scriptures. I always hear something I’ve not thought about before. It’s those little perks that wake me up, and jolt me, that let me know where I’m at in the process.

Personally, I am thankful to God for guiding somebody to put all the resources online that I could possibly need to be able to find the answers quickly. I am especially thankful for the audio resources, and for the iTouch. I can listen to Ensigns, lessons, scriptures, speeches, all of high quality. I can carry all the resources to church and read the scriptures, lessons, Ensigns. It is a blessing I am particularly grateful for.

I think Joseph Smith was bold in his statement above when he said “the belief that the Father and the Son can dwell in your heart was an old sectarian notion, and was false”, but why shouldn’t he be? He saw them as they are. He was also bold in other doctrine. But again, why shouldn’t he be? He was the Prophet of the restoration. He was tutored from the age of 14 by God and Angels. He had reason to be bold, confident in the truth he was trying to teach. How much did he have to hold back? Man, I want to know.

Sections 129, 130 & 131 are not revelations from God. They were not included in the original Doctrine and Covenants, but were added later. These sections are instructions given to the people by Joseph Smith. These sections give you a glimpse into what Joseph Smith knew and who he actually was, and I would say, “WOW”.

However, I am grateful for the knowledge I have, and I think I have learned from Joseph Smith to rather be patient and wait until God thinks we are ready for His greater knowledge. There’s the sealed 2/3 of the Book of Mormon, the complete record of the Revelation of John, the books of scripture kept by the lost Tribes of Israel. But as long as I’m hearing things for the first time in the works we have, that tells me I still have study to do with what He has entrusted to our care. I shouldn’t be in a hurry. Wasn’t it Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web who said, “the hurrier I go, the behinder I get”?

This post is definitely one of my spokes:
SPOKES: Where I spend my time defines my values & priorities or what is important to me. Label your 16 spokes accordingly.

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This is the lesson we will be discussing next Sunday in Gospel Doctrine Class.  It is so important to review that I want to include all the study on my blog.  Thanks for doing the research Brother Bill Beardall.

I’ll file it under “canopy” on my personal covered wagon

CANOPY: Our protection:   Our private values & personal Beliefs.  The degree to which we honor our covenants may be the degree to which we will be protected from evil.  When we stumble in life, check the canopy and repair the leaks.

CANOPY RINGS (BOWS)Goals, Our lofty Goals that reach heaven-ward.  Just like  bows that expand the space inside the wagon, so do goals expand our capability and accomplishment.

Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 31
“Sealed … for Time and for All Eternity”

Lesson Highlights

Eternal marriage is essential in Heavenly Father’s plan.

  • Youth should prepare now for eternal marriage.
  • After a husband and wife are sealed in the temple, they must abide in the covenant to receive the promised blessings.

A study of this lesson will help us understand that eternal marriage is an essential part of Heavenly Father’s plan, to help youth prepare for eternal marriage, and to encourage married couples to abide in the marriage covenant.

Scripture references for study:  D&C 131:1–4132:4–33
Lesson 31 Handout (PDF format)
Sections 129, 130 & 131 are not revelations from God. They were not included in the original Doctrine and Covenants, but were added later. These sections are instructions given to the people by Joseph Smith. These sections give you a glimpse into what Joseph Smith knew and who he actually was, and I would say, “WOW”.

Revelations On Marriage

Here’s the rest of the lesson

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How many times have we as parents heard the whining cry, “are we there yet?”  I have said it to my own parents many times.   Along with the words comes a longing to be there soon.  When I reflect upon how I felt back then, it is comparable to how I feel now.  I’ll admit I listen to too much Glenn Beck.  I download his radio show every day, plus watch him on FOX news, and I’m beginning to wonder if we’re almost there.

Symbolically, predictably, I would say and understand it as it relates to myself.  Am I ready yet?  Are my projects done?  Is my family history organized?  Is every room in my own house neat and orderly?  

A few years ago on the very day I completed all my projects, when all 8 were still under our roof,  I went to bed in total peace, and woke up to the sound of gun shots outside my window.  I jumped out of bed and looked out of my door to see fire in the garage.  The only reason I could see it was because I had propped the garage door open before I went to bed, and left the light on to lure all the flies into my trap there.   Flies go toward the light, and I used to set out bait to get rid of them that way.  The flies were the only thing left that I needed to clean out of my house.  I had a housekeeper helping me with my projects, and she knew we had just finished everything.  Walls, cupboards, drawers, all neat and organized.  I was prepared, and then the fire.  

Since 1994, there hasn’t been one moment when I could say my projects are all done.  I have intentionally left something undone (a total mess).   So, if God is waiting for me, I’m not helping things along at all.  How about I pretend that it’s me He’s waiting for?  And, see what happens the day after……….

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