Sunday, February 5, 2012

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Freedom and Liberty in America?

*Jon McNaughton is a great artist in the Utah area.

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying your Sabbath day and trying to focus on our Savior, Jesus Christ and all He has done for us. Thank you for stopping by to read my blog!

Today my thoughts are turned to this great land of America. My great, great grandfather came to the United States from Denmark in the late 1800's and my family has been here ever since. I am so grateful for he and his family and sacrifices to come here and settle.
As we study the history both inside and outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it is easy to recognize that all people that live here, in America, have roots that originated in another country. We all have connections (ancestors) of first, second, third, or more generations who immigrated to this nation from another land.

Recently I have been following the Republican GOP candidates campaign and debate throughout the country in different states. It's interesting to watch them claim to be conservative and by the "Constitution." The GOP nominee is hoping to win during the voting and election process this Fall to overturn our current President from the Democratic side. Politics are politics so may the best man to lead our country WIN!

My thoughts are not to support or side with one person over another but rather to discuss the importance of this great nation that was founded by enduring principles and the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers most definitely were inspired of God and led by His guiding hand to establish the laws and governing principles of the United States of America.

This is some of my favorite artwork. The artist lives next to my wife's grandparents.

A companion book of scripture to the Holy Bible also speaks of these latter-days and what to watch for within our society...
The Book of Mormon speaks of the "promised land" and how anyone brought here shall be brought by the hand of the Lord. There is a promise that if we, the people of this land, obey and keep His commandments it shall be a FREE land unto us. Unfortunately there are those who are trying to destroy our freedoms and liberties.

6 Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that there shall anone come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.

7 Wherefore, this aland is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of bliberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound ccursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.

8 And behold, it is wisdom that this land should be akept as yet from the knowledge of other bnations; for behold, many nations would overrun the land, that there would be no place for an inheritance.

9 Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a apromise, that binasmuch as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall cprosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so be that they shall dkeep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their einheritance; and they shall dwell safely forever.

~ 2 Nephi 1:6-9

To view who the people are in these illustrations, simply click on the photo!

I am so grateful for The Book of Mormon that was brought forth in the early 1800's by the young Prophet, Joseph Smith. IT is a guide and road map for all who will read and study from its pages. I have read from it numerous times and am always filled with the spirit of God when I read from it. My life seems more easy to navigate day-by-day and I feel an added strength and protection from our Heavenly Father.
I am also grateful for our Founding Fathers who were inspired to write the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America as a guide for the governing laws and enduring principles to protect the people and our rights and freedoms of this great nation under God.

In 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence declared that all men are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that "among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".

As we move forward in 2012 and will be electing new government officials and a President of the United States, my challenge to you is to vote for the best candidates that will uphold our moral values, freedoms, and liberties of this great country so that God may continue to bless and prosper us as a people. Our country is too great to become corrupted by people of 'power.'

May you have a great Sunday and week ahead of you!

~ C. Poulsen

*The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not have a political agenda and stands neutral on this topic. Each individual member of the church is encouraged to support and vote for those they feel will best represent our country, its people, and our freedoms. The above is my thoughts and opinions. Thanks for reading!

1 comment: said...

For powerful Christopher I wish I knew how to send all those picture's information to all my contact's.Yes I agree we do need to awake up.

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