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Is The Constitution Worth Protecting?

The following point is made in the Movie “America 2014” quite clearly even if not spoken as an Apostle would declare these truths. It was made more from the perspective of that Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville. This quote is from Elder Quinten L Cook:

“A return to Judeo-Christian moral principles. This was especially necessary for the Restoration of the gospel. A renewed emphasis on morality occurred in both England and the United States. It involved fervent religious awakenings, including those associated with the area of western New York State.”

“The practice of religious beliefs had been a “principal reason for the original settlements in New England, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.” On the eve of the Revolutionary War, religious pamphlets “topped secular pamphlets from all thirteen colonies by four to one.””

In this so-called Mormon Moment, where there is more attention being paid to the Church and its members, we will need to be the best examples we can possibly be. Restoring Morality and Religious Freedom – Ensign Sept. 2012, BYU Idaho Commencement Address from 16 December 2011


Direct quote from Joseph Smith Collection, LDS Church Historical Department. Joseph Smith on July 19, 1840.)

“Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction.” Direct quote from Joseph Smith Collection, LDS Church Historical Department. Joseph Smith on July 19, 1840.)


Harold B. Lee “Faith – An Effective Weapon Against Wickedness in Men and Nations” 912-13 )

“It was Joseph Smith who has been quoted as having said that the time would come when then Constitution would hang as by a thread, and at that time when it was thus in jeopardy, the elders of this Church would step forth and save it from destruction.”

“Why the elders of this Church? Would it be sacrilegious to paraphrase the words of the Apostle Peter, and say that the Constitution of the United States could be saved by the elders of this Church because this Church and this Church alone has the words of eternal life? We alone know by revelation as to how the Constitution came into being, and we, alone, know by revelation the destiny of this nation. The preservation of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” can be guaranteed upon no other basis than upon a sincere faith and testimony of the divinity of these teachings.”


Joseph F. Smith “The Mexican Trouble – Loyalty to the Constitution” 101-02)

” Joseph Smith, the prophet, was inspired to affirm and ratify this truth, and he further predicted that the time would come, when the Constitution of our country would hang as it were by a thread, and that the Latter-day Saints above all other people in the world would come to the rescue of that great and glorious palladium of our liberty. We cannot brook the thought of it being torn into shreds, or destroyed, or trampled under foot and ignored by men. We cannot tolerate the sentiment, at one time expressed, by a man, high in authority in the nation. He said: “The Constitution be damned; the popular sentiment of the people is the Constitution!” That is the sentiment of anarchism that has spread to a certain extent, and is spreading over “the land of liberty and home of the brave.” We do not tolerate it. Latter-day Saints cannot tolerate such a spirit as this. It is anarchy. It means destruction. It is the spirit of mobocracy, and the Lord knows we have suffered enough from mobocracy, and we do not want any more of it. Our people from Mexico are suffering from the effects of that same spirit. We do not want any more of it, and we cannot afford to yield to that spirit or contribute to it in the least degree. We should stand with a front like flint against every spirit or species of contempt or disrespect for the Constitution of our country and the constitutional laws of our land..” 

And the last quote for now on this topic from a Prophet of God, by Ezra Taft Benson:

Will we be prepared? Will we be among those who will “bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction?” If we desire to be numbered among those who will, here are some things we must do:

1. We must be righteous and moral. We must live the gospel principles—all of them. We have no right to expect a higher degree of morality from those who represent us than what we ourselves are. In the final analysis, people generally get the kind of government they deserve. To live a higher law means we will not seek to receive what we have not earned by our own labor. It means we will remember that government owes us nothing. It means we will keep the laws of the land. It means we will look to God as our Lawgiver and the Source of our liberty.

2. We must learn the principles of the Constitution and then abide by its precepts. We have been instructed again and again to reflect more intently on the meaning and importance of the Constitution and to adhere to its principles. What have we done about this instruction? Have we read the Constitution and pondered it? Are we aware of its principles? Could we defend it? Can we recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound? The Church will not tell us how to do this, but we are admonished to do it. I quote Abraham Lincoln: “Let [the Constitution] be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges, let it be written in primers, in spelling books and in almanacs, let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation.”

3. We must become involved in civic affairs. As citizens of this republic, we cannot do our duty and be idle spectators. It is vital that we follow this counsel from the Lord: “I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free. Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn. Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil. And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God” (D&C 98:8–11).

Note the qualities that the Lord demands in those who are to represent us. They must be good, wise, and honest. Some leaders may be honest and good but unwise in legislation they choose to support. Others may possess wisdom but be dishonest and unvirtuous. We must be concerted in our desires and efforts to see men and women represent us who possess all three of these qualities.

4. We must make our influence felt by our vote, our letters, and our advice. We must be wisely informed and let others know how we feel. We must take part in local precinct meetings and select delegates who will truly represent our feelings.

I have faith that the Constitution will be saved as prophesied by Joseph Smith. But it will not be saved in Washington. It will be saved by the citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom. It will be saved by enlightened members of this Church — men and women who will subscribe to and abide the principles of the Constitution.

Here is the page I got these quotes from as Brian Mecham has proven to be thorough in his research and quoting of Church leaders.

The Constitution Hanging by a Thread and the “White Horse Prophecy”
Did Joseph Smith really say the Constitution would be hanging by a thread, the nation would be on the verge of crumbling to pieces and the Elder’s of Israel would save the Constitution?

I would have posted these in a response to people questioning my mixing of religion and politics about this subject. It was in response to this article linked in the friend’s page that inspired me to post there; 

Movie Review: America, Imagine the World Without Her
Dinesh D’Souza’s new documentary, America: Imagine the World Without Her is, let’s admit it, a competently made piece of Tea Party propaganda. I saw it at a matinee at 10:30 in the morning, and th…

“This article is an anti history and angry article, to be simplistic. Thanks for digging up some more anti Constitutional articles; so we know what the restoration, that the Elders of Zion need to be involved in are up against. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we know that the Constitution is an inspired document and will be hanging by a thread when it will need to be saved as the prophets have declared for many of the years of America’s existence. Now may be a time to take that call serious! “

My response above was easy to make fun of. I do think it was true and worth repeating here on my own page. And possibly interpreting my poorly expressed ideas and thoughts which come from 25 years of studying these quotes I included here. I see the goal of this person’s write-up to be angry with the film “America 2014” and a misrepresentation of what was said and shown. It was used as an effective tool to help people make up their minds that the movie was not worth seeing because it was exactly like Michael Moore’s famous and very successful “Fahrenheit 9/11”.

This is not true and is misleading to say a movie made to destroy an inspired form of government is identical to a movie designed and even more effective at protecting that same Constitutional representative republic form of government. I think that people who want to destroy and change fundamental principles of the Constitution are angry and anti Constitution as well as the history of it’s successes. Actually I never saw the Moore movie as I do avoid anti Constitution literature, just as I avoid anti Mormon literature.

Well I stand by my thoughts and do pray for more people to study and pray for guidance in these most important matters as I seek the same needed guidance to build, restore and change for the better while rejecting the counterfeit of good and the destruction of what God has put into place. These times are inflamed with anger against many things and Satan has a central role in attempting the destruction of what is good to be replaced with anything less. I am thankful for the scriptures and how they have truth relating to all of life to draw from. The balance of life is worth the work to accomplish what God called us to do.

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The Bundy Ranch Siege of April 2014

The Bundy Ranch Siege of April 2014.

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The Bundy Ranch Siege of April 2014

I am aware of corruption in government as a reality for a variety of reasons. As a youth and teen and then young adult I heard and saw some unjust actions but was too busy with my own world to really pay much attention. I never liked to see discrimination and mostly it was being eliminated in the 1960’s as I grew to manhood. I remember standing by a young man in Basic Training to help him out, actually I wrote a letter to help him out when I witnessed discrimination against him from the Drill Sergeant. That was mid 1970’s and then the next major event that woke me to others plights of injustice and the need for righteous men in powerful positions was when Evan Mecham was running to clean up Arizona politics. He won a 3 way race to the dismay of some media and criminal elements in the government. They went about in a most organized and effective fashion to vilify and remove a honest and moral man and a good governor from office. They had to at all costs as they were loosing a free ride on Arizona citizens so at 1 time they ran a recall, a criminal trial and an impeachment. They hurried the impeachment thru and broke state laws and open door policies in the process. They lost the court case and never had to finish the recall. I saw then a corrupt situation that shook me up and I followed Evan’s advice to study and learn the US Constitution.  

I write the preceding to introduce readers to my contention that we are dealing with a time in history that has been prophesied about and one that America was assisted in it’s birth and organization by God. Men often have gone thru a cycle with the Lord of being given much, falling into pride, ignoring goodness and God, falling out of God’s favor, losing many blessings and suffering, repentance, salvation and receiving much again from the Lord. We are now in the middle of a time of suffering and loss of liberties and many people are losing possessions as they lose work. A repentance of Biblical proportions needs to come about and the longer it is postponed the worse crime, persecution and troubles will come to all. The “Wheat and the Tares” is a parable about these days that we are living and we can not judge too clearly who is who but some events show a marked corruption as this week at the Bundy Ranch in south east Nevada.

Corruption being an influence as it is in these matters the drug monies and votes available are worth more than following the laws for immigration, so no government in my life has effectively controlled our borders. In regards to the land of the Bundy Ranch where over 200 BLM and other federal agents are holding siege to this one mans ranch it appears this property is worth much more to developers than in it’s current undeveloped state. BLM and politicos do not plan on it being empty much longer I think. The one thing I find beautiful about this tragic event where our federal government is making another power grab of huge proportions against property rights, states rights, freedom of speech; is that many are waking up to the corruption and lies coming at us from people we have trusted.


“Neil Kornze Acting Deputy Director (Operations) is familiar with the area of the Cliven Bundy Ranch. He’s a natural resource manager who grew up in Elko, Nev., and served previously as a senior adviser to Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.” I knew there must be a reasonable explanation why the BLM is so overreaching in this attempt to control the Bundy Ranch. Harry Reid trained this new BLM chief to do things the big government way.


It seems that Harry Reid’s son, a lawyer, is part of a 5 Million dollar solar power deal representing Chinese ENN Energy Holdings Limited. This property is a prime desert location to be offered below market price if the Bundy’s as the last of over 50 ranchers can be eliminated.

“ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million.   

Sen. Reid has been one of ENN’s biggest supporters, having recruited the company during a 2011 trip to China. According to Reuters, last month Sen. Reid tried to “pressure Nevada’s largest power company, NV Energy, to sign up as ENN’s first customer.”

“Both Rory Reid and Harry Reid deny having ever discussed the $5 billion Chinese solar panel plant deal:”

“I have never discussed the project with my father or his staff,” said Rory Reid. Kristen Orthman, a spokeswoman for the senator, said he had not discussed the project with his son.”

“This isn’t the first time the Reids have come under fire for alleged cronyism. In 2003, allegations emerged that Nevada industries frequently lobbied Sen. Reid through his well-connected relatives.” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/04/Harry-Reid-s-Son-Representing-Chinese-Solar-Panel-Plant-In-5-Billion-Nevada-Deal


“Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land (already over 84% of which is owned by the federal government) and pay back special interests,” she added. “BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area.”


“A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher; they want his land,” journalist Dana Loesch wrote. “The tortoise wasn’t of concern when [U.S. Senator] Harry Reid worked with BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore.”



What is fascinating is that the desert tortoises have in part been destroyed since the captured ones were becoming diseased. “So, facing the prospect of shutting their doors, the DTCC began releasing healthier turtles into the wild, and euthanizing some of the sick ones.” http://www.infowars.com/before-nevada-cattle-rancher-dispute-blm-was-euthanizing-endangered-desert-tortoise/

From the AP, August 25, 2013:

“Back at the conservation center, a large refrigerator labeled “carcass freezer” hummed in the desert sun as scientists examined the facility’s 1,400 inhabitants to find those hearty enough to release into the wild. Officials expect to euthanize more than half the animals in the coming months in preparation for closure at the end of 2014.”

“It’s the lesser of two evils, but it’s still evil,” Roy Averill-Murray, tortoise recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service desert, told the AP.”


As Article One, Section 8, Clause 17 states, Congress has the power:


“To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings.”


The Government never bought this land that the Bundy family has used improved and paid fees to County, State and federal agencies for most of the time it was collected since 1870 or so when they homesteaded the area and began farming and ranching there. Bundy tells of a court case that was being lost by BLM and they left court rather than take a loss so BLM lies there. Bundy did stop paying BLM fees when it was obvious they were not managing the land for his benefit but so they could run him out of business. This very week at least to other ranches one in Texas and one in New Mexico are being taken over by these same tactics. When did the federal government ever buy the 85 percent of Nevada they say they own and where on the Bundy Ranch are the “Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings” that are allowed in the Constitution to be owned by federal government?


“Cass Sunstein wrote about this and provided a template, an exact outline, of how to do what they have done in his book “Nudge”. Regulate, mandate, and place laws into effect that control people and will enable agendas to be pushed through. To make laws in order to make what we do illegal, then prosecute when non-compliant. If They can’t do that, then he tells them to make permits or fines so as to make what it is we do so expensive that we can no longer afford to do it. Cass Sunstein is one of the major brains behind progressive movement current. Horrible people. Just like “fast and furious” and their creating of the conditions so they could claim a “gun problem” in the U.S. that supposedly bled over into Mexico. I think that they would have killed every tortoise they could down to the last one in order to keep them endangered so they could do what they are now doing to this guy in Nevada. They secretly create the conditions that allow them to point to the problem they created, as though they care, so that they can then “fix” it. They do this so at the same time they can fulfill whatever secret agenda the whole ordeal is really about… which we won’t know until it’s too late.” from a Facebook post by Blane Holloway where he ties this nicely into the actual tactic used to make Cliven a criminal when he was not before they changed laws and took liberty away without reason or due process. Must be OK as the BLM, Border Patrol, Forestry Service, Parks Service and possibly other official agencies with federal agents armed with regulations and guns, has said so.

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Reason for the Creation

In “Food Not Lawns” by H.C.Flores I find this thought fascinating and true. “I see this attitude as radical only in that it comes from, and returns to, the root of the problem: namely how to live on the earth in peace and perpetuity. Each of us has only herself to be, to blame, and to rely upon, and our own behavior is at the root of any social or environmental change. If we want peace we have to be peaceful. If we want to live in paradise, we have to grow it, now. I see this work as evolution, not revolution, and as the ultimate adventure: a fantastic way to simultaneously enjoy life on this earth and improve it for future generations.”

Yesterday I taught a sunday school class on “Reasons for the Creation”.  I shared the information given that we are responsible for the community we live in, not so much it’s creation but it’s continuation. Adam was given the responsibility to name the animals and to care for the Garden of Eden. That responsibility is continued on generation to generation to us today. “What do you think the Lord meant when he told us to have dominion over his creations on this earth? (See Moses 2:26. We need to respect the earth and care for God’s creations.) How can we better fulfill our responsibility to have dominion over the creations?”

The beauty of a simple stone is amazing, as are the many types of rock. A rock can be appreciated for it’s beauty as a turquoise, emerald or amethyst,; used for what it can make as a tool as flint, obsidian or pumice; or left to do what rocks do as in a garden it aerates and gives minerals to the plants roots. There is so much to know about any part of the creation and God gives us only so much knowledge about any one subject as He sees fit and our studies warrant. The Creation is truly an amazing gift for us and a responsibility for our eternal progression.

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Laws, Good, Bad & Ugly

Do you really think we need more, newer and better rules? There is not a chance anybody will know and understand 10% of these rules let alone follow them. Return to simple common sense and God given laws and most laws would be revoked as not Constitutional, helpful or follow-able. I do believe a wicked and conniving government wants to make laws confusing and even impossible so that an enemy cannot live without breaking some rule and thus selective prosecution gets rid of that “political” enemy.

Behold the photo shared by United States Senator Mike Lee of Utah of the federal laws from just last year. Lawmakers from all levels of government do this every year, submitting laws upon laws some contradictory of others so that there is no rhyme or reason to it. Any well educated teenager having  studied US Constitution can know if laws are constitutional or unnecessary and even illegal. Looking at Arizona state laws proposed currently is an exercise Earl Taylor Jr used in past years of his 12th grade American History class. They usually concluded that only about 10% of the proposed laws were even constitutional and that leaves the question of are they needed or wise.


I love the fact that God gives us constant laws that have reason and are loving and helpful. I do not need to relearn as laws change, the are constant, but just learn and discipline myself to follow those laws that are given. They are not all easy as my nature fights against this but I know from my sins that I need to follow His laws. Sin, not following laws, brings suffering and sorrow to my and others life. My happiness grows as my obedience brings me more inline with God’s laws. 

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Musings on the New Year

Here I am 9:37 Saturday evening 4 January 2014, and wondering what this new year brings my way. I do know I am blessed with many friends and opportunities to serve and help out in my neighborhood. I am retiring to a degree and that has me changing some of the things I do and have collected. I recently returned to work in bicycle shops and realized after 6 months, my wrists, knees and back don’t handle the stress put on them by wrenching and other shop work. So I am now eliminating some of what I have done for many years. I have usually worked at physical jobs and am still looking for a less physical job that works for me.

Part of me is that I am able to do many things and I do work at a lot of things, hobbies and vocations. I find great pleasure and fulfillment in  work and am now making garden and bonsai part of most days. I recently became aware of “Permaculture” and am making my yard a more natural place for plants, chickens, dogs, cats and family. Right now I am listening to the 2013 Crossroads festival the Eric Clapton puts on every 3 years and is so inspiring to me. I also make and play instruments so will include this as part of my work. Music has been a motivating part of my life, though I am no great talent. I am a 90% talent in many areas of my life. I give effort but seem to be about 90% in all testing of all skills and knowledge sets. I wonder if I focused on one thing for longer would that make a difference?

Now is a time of transition for America too. We are faced with many choices and decisions that need serious and honest study. Communication is controlled by partisan interests with their own goals and not the public benefit as a focus. I have decided years ago to not buy what the party system is offering and instead depend on Scripture study, history study and a variety of news sources to form my opinions and plans of voting and letter writing actions. God led Americans to America over and over throughout history and He will not leave a righteous American to flounder. It is up to me and you to choose and do a plan that we believe in.


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What Child is This

Here is a link to a great rendition of one of my favorite folk songs. There is great healing and peace in this version using a recorder as the solo instrument.