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Wednesday February 10th 2016

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Socialism: The Dangerous Remedy of Crafty Agitators – Pope Leo XIII

Socialism: The Dangerous Remedy of Crafty Agitators – Pope Leo XIII

Pope Leo XIII - Photo: 1 Jan. 1898 CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 19TH CENTURY SERMONS 1891 As to proposed remedies to the "misery and wretchedness pressing so unjustly on the majority of the working class" in 19th Century Europe, Pope Leo XIII in his May 15, 1891 Encyclical warned of a false and dangerous remedy being proposed by "crafty [...]

Unclaimed Prizes

Unclaimed Prizes

BY T.F. STERN There was quite a bit of chatter going on this past week about the possibility a $63 Million Dollar lottery prize would go unclaimed.  My daughter in law wondered out loud, “Can you imagine finding out you had the winning ticket only to be told you waited too long to claim your winnings.  That would be awful; just think about [...]

Trump and Evangelicals: Strange Bedfellows

Trump and Evangelicals: Strange Bedfellows

GARY S. SMITH, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES Donald Trump, who has been leading the national polls for the Republican nomination since this past summer, has strong support among evangelicals. Given Trump’s beliefs, lifestyle, crude language, and some of his positions on issues, this is baffling. As Jonathan Merritt argues in “The [...]

Happiness and the False Choice

Happiness and the False Choice

Photo of Elder Quentin L. Cook © 2016 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 21ST CENTURY SERMONS The prophet Lehi declared, “If there be no righteousness there be no happiness.”1 The adversary has been successful in planting a great myth in the minds of many people. He and his emissaries declare that the [...]

Lessons of Faith Radiating from Chernobyl

Lessons of Faith Radiating from Chernobyl

GARY L. WELTON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Described by the Belaruskaya Entsiklopedia as the “largest technological disaster of the 20th century,” the catastrophe at Chernobyl was the equivalent of 350 atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima. To increase your understanding of this tragic event, I highly recommend Svetlana Alexievich’s [...]

J. Reuben Clark Jr.— A Christian Nation

J. Reuben Clark Jr.— A Christian Nation

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20th CENTURY SERMONS, J. REUBEN CLARK JR. 1939 This is a Christian nation. Before the Revolution it was so in accord with law; since the Revolution it has remained so in fact. We, the people of the United States, guarantee full religious freedom to all within our jurisdiction, whether they be non-Christian or Pagan. But [...]

Our Sacred Honor…

Our Sacred Honor…

BY T.F. STERN The words we speak are important, what we hold sacred and what we will defend, even until death if required.  If we raise our arm to the square we are taking a solemn oath, considerably more than just lip service (someone please pass this information along to our elected and appointed representatives).  Our sacred honor is at [...]

Left behind at the Temple

Left behind at the Temple

BY T.F. STERN A couple of years ago while I was working at the Houston Texas Temple in the Baptistery a large youth group came by to do vicarious ordinance work for their kindred dead. One young man, age 12, was attending the temple for his first time and was a bit embarrassed when, during his turn to do baptisms, he got water up his nose [...]

“Beyond the Christmas Story” by Clarence Carson

“Beyond the Christmas Story” by Clarence Carson

THE AMERICANIST, CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Christmas is many things. It is the time of the celebration of the birth of the Christ child. It is a season when many preparations are being made. Gifts must be bought, cards sent, decorations put up, food assembled, trips made, and much work done. It is a vacation time, a time of feasting, a time of the [...]

Overcoming Evil With Good—By Stanley Griswold

Overcoming Evil With Good—By Stanley Griswold

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, STANLEY GRISWOLD, 1801 A Yale graduate in 1786 and Congregational clergyman at New Milford, Connecticut, Griswold led a checkered life and died of a fever at Shawneetown, Illinois Territory. He was expelled from the pulpit in 1797, allegedly because of his disbelief in human depravity and for preaching [...]

Of Virtue and Morality, by Clarence Carson

Of Virtue and Morality, by Clarence Carson

THE AMERICAN TRADITION: CLARENCE CARSON Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date 01 March 1964 Writers in the twentieth century have often entertained them­selves (and presumably their readers) by taking pot shots at their particular betenoire, the despised Puritan. If  Americans are not spontaneous in their sex relations as some [...]

Samuel Adams—On Discovering Our True Happiness

Samuel Adams—On Discovering Our True Happiness

THEY WERE BELIEVERS: SAMUEL ADAMS Boston, October 21, 1772 To Andrew Elton Wells My DEAR SIR I have receivd several Letters from you; and my not having returnd any Answer to them before, is owing by no means to an Inattention to them, but to my misfortune in not hearing of the few Vessells that pass from hence to Georgia being [...]

George Washington: First Inaugural Address

George Washington: First Inaugural Address

THEY WERE BELIEVERS City of New York, Thursday, April 30, 1789 Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives: AMONG the vicissitudes incident to life no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the 14th day of the present [...]

Law Defined—Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Law Defined—Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Noah Webster by Sharples c 1798, 2nd Bank Portrait Gallery, Philadelphia. THEY WERE BELIEVERS, NOAH WEBSTER 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language LAW, noun 1. A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by the supreme power of a state to its subjects, for regulating their actions, particularly [...]

Quiet, Comfortable Christian or True Disciple?—Russell M. Nelson

Quiet, Comfortable Christian or True Disciple?—Russell M. Nelson

Elder Russell M. Nelson CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 21ST CENTURY SERMONS August 2015, Ensign The day is gone when you can be a quiet and comfortable Christian. Your religion is not just about showing up for church on Sunday. It is about showing up as a true disciple from Sunday morning through Saturday night—24/7! There is no such thing as a [...]

Surrender Like a Boy Scout

Surrender Like a Boy Scout

BY SELWYN DUKE There has been much written about the Boy Scouts of America’s recent acceptance of openly homosexual scout masters. The organization has been raked over the coals by the right and accused of offering only a half-measure by the left. But few appreciate what the BSA has actually done — and the BSA has no idea what it has done [...]

Gouverneur Morris: The Only Solid Base of Free Governments

Gouverneur Morris: The Only Solid Base of Free Governments

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, GOUVERNEUR MORRIS For avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy ... the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. Source: United States Founding Father, Signer and Penman of [...]

Jonathan Swift—Essay upon the Art of Political Lying

Jonathan Swift—Essay upon the Art of Political Lying

Commentary In 1710, Jonathan Swift writes an essay for The Examiner. Besides, as the vilest writer has his readers, so the greatest liar has his believers; and it often happens, that if a lie be believed only for an hour, it has done its work, and there is no farther occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and Truth comes limping after it; [...]

Joseph Sewall: Nineveh’s Repentance and Deliverance

Joseph Sewall: Nineveh’s Repentance and Deliverance

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS A SERMON Preach'd before His EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOUR The HONOURABLE COUNCIL AND Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England, on a Day of FASTING and PRAYER in the Council Chamber, Dec. 3. 1740. By Joseph Sewall, D.D. Pastor of a Church of CHRIST in Boston. Jer. [...]

Ezra Taft Benson: Foundation and Function of Government

Ezra Taft Benson: Foundation and Function of Government

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS No people can maintain freedom unless their political institutions are founded upon faith in God and belief in the existence of moral law. God has endowed, men with certain inalienable rights, and no legislature and no majority, however great, may morally limit or destroy these. The function of [...]

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