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>Are Americans Too Soft To Be Free?

>September 25, 2008
Orlando, FL–Sure we want our military men and women to come home. Sure we want them out of harms way. We know it costs America more than $10 Billion per month to keep them in the Middle East.

The question: Is this generation of Americans too soft to be free? I don’t think so, but maybe the liberal politicians are. But if the young people are not soft, why are so many 18-40-something voers so anxious to abandon Iraq? Why are so many heeding the words of an inexperienced three-year senator who, if elected, has promised to bring them all home right away?

Unless you are inspired, you may not understand how other people think–those who are inspired by the Holy Ghost. If you still think you are inspired, then read the following story that is right on line with what is going on in the U.S. regarding Iraq and Afghanstan.

The similarities between when this story was written and now are so vivid and frightening that they jump right out at you. I didn’t make up the following story, it is scripture; but I did paraphrase it, and you don’t have to be a Mormon to understand.

There was once a very religious and brave captain and a good governor of the land. Like America today, the country was at war abroad, but half of those living in the nation’s capital decided they did not like this “unnecessary” war. Nor would they provide foodstuffs and supplies for their troops in far-off lands.

The military men fighting for the freedom of that country did not need bullets and bombs, but seitan (wheat), shoes and boots, cimeters (spears), shields, and swords. Mormons see a direct corollary between today and ancient Book of Mormon times.

This prophetic book contains many wartime stories as well as teachings of Christ with warnings. It was written as scripture, a second testimony of Jesus Christ and the Bible, but also as a history of a people who lived on the American Continent from 600 BCE to about 400 ACE and it was meant to alert us today of what could happen if we turn our backs on God and truth as so many in America are doing. The lives of these ancients seemed to be in almost constant turmoil, excet for some 200 years after the advent of Christ.

I draw a comparison between the U.S. today and those times when dissenters to wars were considered war criminals and jailed or sentenced to death if they fought against the common cause of freedom. Of course, our laws much more favor individual rights than that country’s laws. It is there that we differ somewhat. But both countries were founded on principles of righteousness, fairness, and Christian-Judeo law. In that way, not so much has changed since then.

I am a minor Book of Mormon expert, all Mormons who read and study this book of scripture are experts to some degree. This book is not only a religious work, it teaches and foreshadows our times today. I taught from this book as a minister of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) for 30 months in Finland and since that time I have given numerous talks and lessons, having at one time taught seminary at South High School in Salt Lake City where Book of Mormon was my subject.

I am also an atorney, father of four, writer and author of four books, one currently offered at Amazon.com. covering selling real estate in our difficult times and is called SELLING FAST.

My purpose is to only lightly acquaint you with the concept that if you want true knowledge, lasting and always reliable, you must get on your knees and ask God to bless you with inspiration. I have done so and have come to the conclusion that, yes, we must prepare to get out of Iraq, but only after we have secured the peace and have left a strong, stable Iraq there to defend its freedoms won in battle. Won by the shedding of much American blood.

If you want more information about the Book of Mormon and how it plays an important part in my life and in the lives of almost 14 million members of this church worldwide, please email me: dusanotes@yahoo.com

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>It Takes Faith To Access The Powers of Heaven

>Faith is kind of like the gas in your car, it powers your car as faith powers your life. Hope is faith in things hoped for but not seen.

Ether 12:4 This hope makes an anchor for our souls.
Ether 12:4 “…you receive no witness until after a trial of your faith…”
Faith and hope are working in tandem, so think of them together.

Moroni 10:22 hope comes because of righteousness
Faith and hope are tied together and revelation is the third leg of the stool.

Examples of faith:
Ether 12:19 “There were many other whose faith was so exceedingly strong, …who could not be kept from within the veil.”

Moroni gives us others, Emer, for example
Ether 12:39 He has seen Jesus and he talked to him in “plain humility.” Does anyone know what that means. It’s powerful, when you think about it.

Ether 12:27 Come to Christ and he will show us our weakness().
In other words, in the singular, not plural. But Jared Ludlow beleives the weakness is our mortal condition. Thereby, we receive weaknesses (plural).
The reason for it is so that we can be humble…for if they humble themselves before and have faith in me, I will make weak things strong.

President Benson said, regarding to the significance of the fall. Out of that fall come verious weaknesses, but we don’t fully appreciate the fall of Adam and Eve until we look at the atonement. Benson: Just as a man doesn’t really desire food until he is hungry, so a man does not desire Christ until he knows why he needs Christ. And no one can “need” Christ until he realizes the power of the “fall.”

Ether also acknowledges his weakness in writing, for example. But Chapter 12 is really powerful…

Verse 41 Moroni, “seek Jesus Christ.”