Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Separation of Church and State

I think Ezra Taft Benson said it perfectly:

"THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE

I support the doctrine of separation of church and state as traditionally interpreted to prohibit the establishment of an official national religion. But I am opposed to the doctrine of separation of church and state as currently interpreted to divorce government from any formal recognition of God. The current trend strikes a potentially fatal blow at the concept of the divine origin of our rights, and unlocks the door for an easy entry of future tyranny. If Americans should ever come to believe that their rights and freedoms are instituted among men by politicians and bureaucrats, then they will no longer carry the proud inheritance of their forefathers, but will grovel before their masters seeking favors and dispensations—a throwback to the Feudal Systems of the Dark Ages. We must ever keep in mind the inspired words of Thomas Jefferson, as found in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. (P.P.N.S., p. 519)

Since God created men with certain unalienable rights, and man, in turn, created government to help secure and safeguard those rights, it follows that man is superior to the creature which he created. Man is superior to government and should remain master over it, not the other way around. Even the non-believer can appreciate the logic of this relationship."



From "The Proper Role of Government" by Ezra Taft Benson, emphasis added.

Ah yes...SNIPER FIRE!! RUN FOR COVER!! oops...

Hillary Clinton's memory seems to be fading. I've always known she lives in her own little world, but this sealed the deal:

Sunday, March 16, 2008

My thoughts on the current state of the world...

If I was really going to answer that question fully, my hands would fall off from typing. But things are getting really scary. I'm sure that they said that when the great depression hit, and when WWII began, when Vietnam was raging, or a myriad of other events. But I truly feel like things have gotten progressively worse. There have been wars since the beginning of time. They are not my concern. There has been starvation and pestilence everywhere since history began. Those things are a tragedy, and are bound to continue.

Now that I have a family, my worries have changed. My main focus is the safety and security of my own wife and children. I am concerned about things going on in the world, but I feel that I have little control or influence over that. What I do feel in urgency right now is the need to make sure that my own family is prepared and taken care of. Personal preparedness, or self-reliance is something that I have really been getting more and more involved in lately, and I think for good reason. We cannot rely on anyone anymore to take care of us. The country's welfare system is fundamentally broken because people rely on it to take care of them. We as a society have lost the drive to work and provide for ourselves. Now, there are many that are doing a good job of preparing for disasters or problems, but the vast majority aren't. I saw first hand while working with, or trying to work with, the Red Cross during the evacuation of New Orleans, that although government agencies will try to help, the greatest preparedness that we can do as a society is prepare to fend for ourselves. One of the greatest things that we can do for ourselves and our families is to become self-reliant.

My wife's parents mailed us a wonderful article reminding us that "perilous times shall come." It reminded us that we will need to be prepared for a "portent of stormy times ahead". Those times have come. It reminded me that we must take it upon ourselves to be prepared in the event of a major emergency. This article, although religious in nature, is something that everyone should read. The entire website is wonderful, but here is something that we should all read:

Why Prepare?

The blog has a lot of really good links. If you think that it is just the thoughts of a religious fanatic, consider these articles:

Why the Era of Cheap Food is Over

Ethanol Policy is Driving Up Food Prices
-This one kills me. In our blind quest to save the planet, we are killing our economy and

Google News Search - MANY good articles

The necessity of having 3 months supply of food and water, a cash reserve, and survival equipment seems more reasonable and sensible than previously thought. A perfect example of how this helped me and my family came about a few weeks ago, when we had a blinding snow storm.

I was at work in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, 30 miles north of our house in Saratoga Springs. That morning, the news reported that we might have a few snow flurries around, so we weren't worried. Most of the time, they are wrong. By about 3pm, I was looking out my office window, watching the snow come down pretty hard. At 4pm, I called the guys in my carpool to see if they wanted to leave. So we left to go home. I called my wife and she said it was snowing quite hard at the house, but the freeway was moving. Or so I thought. We suddenly came to a stop in the blinding snow. To make it short, what usually takes us 45 minutes took us 4 hours. When we got home, we were without power, and it had been out since 4pm (Utah Power does a bang-up job of getting it back on quickly). It was now 8:30 and when I got home, my wife had cooked dinner on the camping stove, we had the propane lantern going with the window slightly open, extra blankets on the kids in bed for extra warmth, and candles going for light. We were completely self-sufficient. We needed food - couldn't go out to the store, so we went to our food storage. We were inconvenienced, but we were prepared. Since that day, I am continually thankful for the advice of wise men to be prepared for any emergency, and be self-reliant. The country could use more advice like this, rather than a government and politicians that attempt to get voted into power, and to retain power, by promising that they'll take care of you, when in reality, they know they can't and frankly, they don't care to. Hey, it got them elected.

If you would like to know more about how you and your family can be prepared for any type of emergency, please go to ProvidentLiving.org to find out how.

"Many in the church believe that those who have stored a year supply will share with those who have not. Though that is a nice thought, this is what Pres. Packer said to dispel that notion: "When people are able but unwilling to take care of themselves we are responsible to employ the dictum of the Lord that the idler shall not eat the bread of the laborer".[v] In other words, do not expect your neighbor to feed you. For if he has obeyed the counsel to store up for his family, and you have had the resources to but instead procrastinated, which one of his children should he let starve in order to feed you? If it is not a priority for you to save yourself and your family, why should another family have to take on that responsibility? The Law of Mercy and Justice also apply to food storage ... Some confuse the commandments of sharing and taking care of the poor and needy with sharing their food with the rebellious. There is a huge difference in sharing with the poor and needy and sharing with the rebellious – those who could afford to get their food storage, but don't because other things, buying big screens, vacations, the latest fashions, take precedence over obeying the commandment to store food."