This afternoon to start his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said:
Today, as we start the radio program, America is hanging by a thread. So we have to see what we can do with a thread. At the end of the day, our freedom has been assaulted. This is the kind of change that people did not think they were going to get when they voted for Barack Obama. Freedom must win the day.
Is this the first indication of a supposed prophetic fulfillment? Though the Church denied the validity of the claim, many Mormons have heard the prophecy that the constitution would hang by a thread. Consider the following quotes: (link to article containing these)
Joseph Smith, 10 March 1844:
Even this nation will be on the verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground and when the Constitution is on 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.
Joseph Smith, “Found among loose sermons” (Can’t verify the date)
The time would come when the constitution and government would hang by a brittle thread and would be ready to fall into other hands but this people the latter-day saints will step forth and save it.
Eliza R. Snow:
“I heard the prophet say, ‘The time will come when the government of these United States will be so nearly overthrown through its corruption, that the Constitution will hang as it were by a single hair, and the Latter-day Saints-the Elders of Israel-will step forward to its rescue and save it.’ “
I can’t say whether or not this current possible constitutional crisis is severe enough to spark the fulfillment of this prophecy. However, I do believe that our government (probably on both sides of the aisle) has been so corrupted that it is incumbent on good, honorable, and honest people to uphold the Constitution.
Today in Church, we sang the Hymn “O My Father”, a hymn I have sung many times before. However, I never took the time to read and ponder the lyrics. I did so today and felt the spirit strongly. I think the lyrics could be my favorite of all our Hymns .
Lyrics for “O My Father”, LDS Hymnal #292, Eliza R. Snow
- O my Father, thou that dwellest
- In the high and glorious place,
- When shall I regain thy presence
- And again behold thy face?
- In thy holy habitation,
- Did my spirit once reside?
- In my first primeval childhood
- Was I nurtured near thy side?
- For a wise and glorious purpose
- Thou hast placed me here on earth
- And withheld the recollection
- Of my former friends and birth;
- Yet ofttimes a secret something
- Whispered, “You’re a stranger here,”
- And I felt that I had wandered
- From a more exalted sphere.
- I had learned to call thee Father,
- Thru thy Spirit from on high,
- But, until the key of knowledge
- Was restored, I knew not why.
- In the heav’ns are parents single?
- No, the thought makes reason stare!
- Truth is reason; truth eternal
- Tells me I’ve a mother there.
- When I leave this frail existence,
- When I lay this mortal by,
- Father, Mother, may I meet you
- In your royal courts on high?
- Then, at length, when I’ve completed
- All you sent me forth to do,
- With your mutual approbation
- Let me come and dwell with you.
The personal feeling and conviction in the hymn is inspiring. It also sends me into deep thoughts and ponderings as it is one of the few published works by the LDS Church that refers to a Heavenly Mother, a belief that I whole heartedly subscribe to. Here is the wikipedia entry for this hymn.
Yesterday, seemingly innocent envelopes were delivered to representatives at the LDS temples in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, the two most heavily protest locations since the passage of Proposition 8 in California. These envelopes were filled with a white powder that was apparently harmless, but required hazmat teams to shut down the locations.
So now we are again seeing the true colors of the far-left liberals. They love to preach tolerance and openness, kindness and peace. But they do not believe in these things, they talk like pacifists but act like militant marxists, or dare I say Stalinists. So what did the Mormons do to deserve the treatment they are getting? They actively supported a bill that defined marriage between a man and a woman. Nevermind that this bill only affected what the word “marriage” referred to. The bill does not call for any rights to be taken away or any unequal treatment. It just stipulates that marriage is between a man and a woman. In fact the church supports equal rights under the law for gay couples when entered into civil unions. The church agrees that they should be privy to the same tax benefits and other entitlements that married couples receive. So while gay and lesbian couples really lose no rights whatsoever, those who profess tolerance and openness are threatening the church with anthrax scares, defacing church property, threatening LDS members, etc. What a bunch of hypocrits. Liberals are only keen on freedom of speech and tolerance when it benefits them or people sensitive to their opinions. They need to grow up and act like adults instead of like a bunch of babies. The fact anyone takes those groups seriously is a joke.
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Since starting this blog, I have discussed with many people the various theological differences between the LDS Church and Christendom as a whole. Certainly, the differences are significant and, as has been proven many times, there are many conflicts of belief that seem will never be resolved and we often have to agree to disagree. For the most part, the comments and conversations I have been party to have been civil and respectful. Both sides seem to be careful to only discuss doctrinal differences while avoiding criticism of the other person’s faith as a whole and for this I am grateful. However, there have been many times, both here and on other websites (and, I might add, that I experience just living life in an area where Mormons are few) when people have called the LDS Church the “Church of the Devil” or denigrated our Prophet (more than just question such a reality or the need/doctrinal justification for a Prophet). We are criticized by many as leading our people to hell and blinding folks from the truth.
I thought about these views and comments as I watched the General Conference of the LDS Church this past weekend. It was a weekend of wise and joyous instruction, where we were given the opportunity to hear from those we consider Prophets and other leaders of our faith. It was the first Conference to which President and Prophet Thomas S. Monson was at the helm and leading up to the Conference I was praying for a confirming feeling or impression that he was indeed called and chosen by God himself, but I will get to that later.
The one thing that struck me about all the messages delivered this weekend was the humility, wisdom, and optimism the leaders of the Church have. This was most apparent to me as I attended Priesthood session on Saturday night. The concluding three speakers, taking up all of the last hour, consisted of the First Presidency. They all spoke about staying on course and repentence, yet they all took it from very different perspectives. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf spoke about the need to stay on direct course and how even a one degree deviation off course can lead to us being extremely lost, President Henry B. Eyring spoke about the doctrine of the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood and the need for we Priesthood members to be faithful in fulfilling that covenant, and President Monson spoke on obedience to duty and the need for more faithfulness. In each of these talks we were essentially called to repentance. But it was not a call in vanity or rebuke, but a call in love and encouragement. It was readily apparent that one of the greatest concerns the First Presidency has is the increased prevalence of sexual sin (President Monson had an incredible quote about tolerance, but I don’t have it with me, I will do a post on a few of my favorite quotes later). As I listened to these fine men speak, I realized that the image that critics of the Church try to paint about our Prophet is in no way accurate. These men who lead the Church do not do so in a quest for power or to feed their vanity. One just needs to watch and listen to their speeches to understand this. They lead because they were called by God and out of an unbending faith and dedication to him.
The phrase “By their Fruits ye Shall Know Them” resounded regularly in my mind. Indeed, people may criticize our faith and our leaders all they want, but they do so blindly and in vain. I can understand one choosing not to believe our doctrines or that we are the true Church; I will not criticize one who came to such a conclusion after study and prayer. However the childish and irrational name calling and denigration of the Church is inaccurate and contrary to all evidence readily available to one who takes the time to study and research. Indeed, the fruits of our leaders are good and sweet. I encourage all to take the time to read and consider the words of the Apostles and Prophets, especially if you are not of our faith. Come and see what truths have been restored and know that Christ’s church with the same organization that existed in his time is again restored to the earth.
Now allow me to close with my testimony of President Monson. As I said above, I came into Conference praying for a confirmation of his divine calling. This was the first transfer of authority in the leadership of the Church that I can really remember. President Hinckley was a giant among men and one whom I loved deeply. I also had a great affinity for President Monson, but oddly I found it difficult to hold him up to the same pedastal that I put President Hinckley on. Saturday night was the first talk he delivered in Conference as the head of the Church. As soon as he stood and started speaking I felt that still small voice and confirming feeling that he was called of God and leads this Church through direct revelation.
Interesting, to start General Conference, following the hymn and prayer, President Uchtdorf explained how and why we sustain Church officers and the Church seems to have changed the way in which sustainings occur. They had the First Presidency stand and sustain the President, First Presidency, and Quorum of the Twelve. Once that was conculded they had the Twelve arise and sustain the same, then had the first and second quorum of the Seventy stand and sustain, then had the all area seventies, patriarchs, HP and Elders throughout the world stand and sustain the same, following that they had the Aaronic Priesthood arise and sustain, followed by the Relief Society, then Young Women and all other members of the Church stand and sustain the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve as previously consitituted. It was very interesting and the first time they have done that as I recall. Funny how things change with the changing of a President.
D. Todd Christofferson was called and sustained as the newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve. Elder Christofferson was born on January 24, 1945 in American Fork, Utah. He was called as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy at the April General Conference, 1993 and in August 1998 he was called to the Presidency of the Seventy. His latest assignment was presiding over the North America Northwest and North America West areas of the Church. In his personal life he supported himself and his family as a lawyer.
Here is an interview Reuters did with Elder Christofersson in 2007.
The members of the Church sustained President Thomas S. Monson, Henry B. Eyring, and Dieter F. Uchtdorf as Prophets, Seers and Revelators for the first time