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On Religion Blessing People

Wise men have long spoken of God’s love and support of His people, those people who would serve and obey Him and those Laws of Nature He and all of nature, except for man obey. Man will learn to obey and will be blessed for this. America will be the home of the people most willing and obedient to God’s Law. Here are some scripture and prophets’ words supporting why I believe America is becoming a Zion Nation. What is a Zion Nation? America will ultimately become a nation of Zion People as discussed by Elder David R Stone of The Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:

“Zion in the midst of Babylon.” What a luminous and incandescent phrase, as a light shining in the midst of spiritual darkness. What a concept to hold close to our hearts, as we see Babylon becoming more widespread. We see Babylon in our cities; we see Babylon in our communities; we see Babylon everywhere.

And with the encroachment of Babylon, we have to create Zion in the midst of it. We should not allow ourselves to be engulfed by the culture which surrounds us. We seldom realize the extent to which we are a product of the culture of our place and time.

In Deuteronomy 11 the Israelites are told to live by His Laws and Commandments. They are given a blessing for obedience, and a curse for disobedience. “8)Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;
9)And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.”
“32)And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day.”

I and my Wife have chosen to follow the Lord! Some of my family have chosen so as did my parents before. It will take a lot of families to choose and live obedience to His Law. I believe it is easier to obey than disobey, as the rewards are many with God and nonexistent against God. My words come from my studies and I share quotes from others more influential and eloquent than I.

“Now, some of you may be shy by nature or consider yourselves inadequate to respond affirmatively to the call to serve. Remember that this is the Lord’s work, and when we are on the Lord’s errand, we are entitled to the Lord’s help. The Lord will shape the back to bear the burden placed upon it.”

“Others, though worthy to serve, may feel they have more important priorities. Well do I remember the Lord’s promise: “For them that honour me I will honour” (1 Samuel 2:30). None of us will honor our Heavenly Father and our Savior more than by serving as a devoted, compassionate missionary.” Thomas S. Monson speaking of the need to be a missionary.

Next to being one in worshiping God, there is nothing in this world which this Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the Unite States. If members of the Melchizedek Priesthood allow the U.S. Constitution to be destroyed they not only forfeit their rights to the Priesthood, but to a place in this highest degree of glory as well. (David O. McKay, The Instructor, Feb. 1956, p.34)

“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…. 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 … reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington on religion and morality affecting government

I can not separate religion away from practicing good citizenship. I stand in good company as I have quoted some great men from numerous times and callings. Over 150 years ago French Statesman, Alexis de Tocqueville came to America to discover the source of America’s goodness. It was found in the churches of America, in the goodness of America. That is the source of the greatness and the reason America will become even greater in the future.

America needed to have individual’s liberties at the center of it’s ways. The freedoms allow the exercise of religion, and the need to repete the correct principles generation after generation demands that we always teach aboout the liberties of America and where they come from. “A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“America is great because America is good” is not just some trite slogan. It is a deep and well thought out philosophy that has over 200 years of evidence of its truth. Yet we are being told on every level from our classrooms to our newsrooms that America is not good and never was great. Glenn Beck on America’s need to be good.

“Will the Constitution be destroyed? No. It will be held inviolate by this people; and as Joseph Smith said “the time will come when the destiny of this nation will hang upon a single thread, and at this critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.” It will be so.
I do not know when that day will come or how it will come to pass. I feel sure that when it does come to pass, among those who will step forward from among this people will be men who hold the Holy Priesthood and who carry as credentials a bachelor or doctor of law degree. And women, also, of honor. And there will be judges as well. Others from the world outside the Church will come, as Colonel Thomas Kane did, and bring with them their knowledge of the law to protect this people.
We may one day stand alone, but we will not change or lower our standards or change our course.” (Source: “On the Shoulders of Giants“, Boyd K Packer to Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law Society Devotional, Saturday, 28 February 2004, 6:00 p.m)

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3 comments on “On Religion Blessing People

  1. "Next to being one in worshiping God, there is nothing in this world which this Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States. If members of the Melchizedek Priesthood allow the U.S. Constitution to be destroyed they not only forfeit their rights to the Priesthood, but to a place in this highest degree of glory as well. " David O. McKay, The Instructor, Feb. 1956, p. 34This quote is only half accurate–the portion in bold is not McKay at all but rather H. Verlan Andersen. Some enterprising person lifted Andersen's statement (not even dealing with political matters) and grafted it onto McKay's temperate words. Not cool.

  2. “Peace will come and be maintained only through the triumph of the principles of peace, and by the consequent subjection of the enemies of peace, which are hatred, envy, ill-gotten gain, the exercise of unrighteous dominion of men. Yielding to these evils brings misery to the individual, unhappiness to the home, war among nations.”(Gospel Ideals, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1953, p. 280. President David O. McKay)I stand corrected of poor editing as to the accuracy of who stated what. I did not see a reference to H. Verlan Andersen in my source, but take you at your word that he did write the bold face words of that quote. Former Presidents of the Church Ezra Taft Benson and David O. McKay and former General Authority H. Verlan Andersen are in complete agreement about the need of the Priesthood discening dangers and protecting America and the World from those same dangers; offering solutions provided by God to us in the US Constitution and Gospel.“No greater immediate responsibility rests upon members of the Church, upon all citizens of this Republic and of neighboring Republics than to protect the freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States.”(President David O. McKay, Oct. Conf., 1966)

  3. “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?” [General Conference, April 2008.]http://lds.org/ensign/2008/05/examples-of-righteousness?lang=engRecently Our living Prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Thomas S. Monson seems to be in agreement that we in the priesthood hold a sacred and key position in the political scheme of things. We need to be worthy and ready to support God's ways of freedom.

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