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Appraising Programs, Laws, Leaders or Policies

I cannot add much to this quote and it is what I so firmly believe is a solution, certainly a key solution to our financial, political and moral dilemma today. It is not a bad reason for non-members to investigate and join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or at least pay attention to what the Living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, has to say about things. Former Prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ezra Taft Benson, as an Apostle, made the following statement:

Today I would like to propose four questions which every Latter-day Saint might well ask as he attempts to appraise any program, policy, or idea promoted by any would-be political leader. I mention these because I think they will provide a safeguard in electing to office men who will meet the requirements which the Lord has set forth in the revelations.

Firstly, is the proposal, the policy, or the idea being promoted right as measured by the gospel of Jesus Christ? I assure you it is much easier for one to measure a proposed policy by the gospel of Jesus Christ if he has accepted the gospel and is living it.

Secondly, is it right as measured by the Constitution of this land and the glorious principles embodied in that Constitution? Now that suggests that we must read and study the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights, that we might know what principles are embodied therein.

Thirdly, we might well ask the question: Is it right as measured by the counsel of the living oracles of God? It is my conviction, my brethren and sisters, that these living oracles are not only authorized, but are obligated to give counsel to this people on any subject which is vital to the welfare of this people and the up building of the kingdom of God. So, that measure should be applied. Is it right as measured by the counsel of the living oracles of God?

Fourthly, what will be the effect on the morale and the character of the people if this or that policy is adopted? After all, as a Church we are interested in building men and women, building character, because character is the one thing we make in this world and take with us into the next. It must never be sacrificed for expediency. (“Our Duty as Citizens” Ezra Taft Benson)

Concerning the United Nations, New World Order and other Globalist solutions we need to consider if God is involved in the formula or just a lip service given to fool the believers. I hear our leaders giving this kind of lip service to God, Christianity and all other belief and non belief systems in their speeches designed to convince good intentions as a total take over of freedoms is planned. Those very leaders may truly believe they are on to a better solution, but if they are not getting their inspiration and plans from God, where do those plans come from. This was said in 1945 when the United Nations was being established.

Except the spirit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and principles contained within the Constitution of the United States are inherent in world plans now being formulated, they are but building on sand and the Lord is not in that building. (“Youth and the Church” Harold B. Lee)

Every President of the Church has something to say that is relavant today, and will be untill the Savior returns to be a true Savior both of spiritual and political life. This quote adds a responsibility to all who receive the priesthood of God and would represent Him. I pray that I am repentant and living right all the rest of my days that I might be a worthy Servant of the Lord. The rewards promised make all the billions of dollars, power and other worldly rewards pale in comparison. I pray that many will realize this and follow the Savior back to serving each other, rather than taking advantage of each other.

“As bearers of the priesthood, we have been placed on earth in troubled times. We live in a complex world with currents of conflict everywhere to be found. Political machinations ruin the stability of nations, despots grasp for power, and segments of society seem forever downtrodden, deprived of opportunity, and left with a feeling of failure.

“We who have been ordained to the priesthood of God can make a difference. When we qualify for the help of the Lord, we can build boys, we can mend men, we can accomplish miracles in His holy service. Our opportunities are without limit.

“Ours is the task to be fitting examples. We are strengthened by the truth that the greatest force in the world today is the power of God as it works through man. If we are on the Lord’s errand, brethren, we are entitled to the Lord’s help. Never forget that truth. That divine help, of course, is predicated upon our worthiness. Each must ask: Are my hands clean? Is my heart pure? Am I a worthy servant of the Lord?”(Thomas S. Monson in General Conference, April 2008.)


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