Recently, in a televised interview, Donald Trump for President campaign manager Corey Lewandowski made the claim that if Mitt Romney were to run for President, that our 2nd Amendment rights would be confiscated by the federal government. The underlying message plays to Trump-supporters’ fears that liberals are attempting to establish or to fortify a new-world-order Socialist government that can control the population via gun-control measures such as those found in the United Nations Small Arms Treaty.
If you do a google search for Condi Rice, you’ll find a lot of buzz surrounding the name that has become one of Mitt Romney’s most likely VP picks. Several recent online news reports claim that Condi Rice would lose Mitt Romney the evangelical vote. Condi Rice would likely increase the religious vote. Here’s why:
Barack Obama and Joe Biden both support homosexual marriage and a woman’s right to choose an abortion for any reason. Barack Obama has ultimately declared war on freedom of religion through his healthcare mandates. When faced with the alternatives, Condi Rice is an absolute saint. Continue reading →
Unemployment was on it’s way up when Barack Obama got in office, it’s true. He’s not responsible for what he inherited as president. Unemployment was at about 7.7, and hasn’t dropped below 8% since he has been president. I’m one of the 45 percent – 45% of graduates from 2009 or later who are either unemployed or are working less than full-time in a job that doesn’t require a degree.
Since my graduation in 2009 from a highly ranked business school, I haven’t been able to find long-term stable employment in my field. I have a wife and three small children (one with type-1 diabetes). To try to make ends meet, I have worked the following ways: Continue reading →
Why is Mitt Romney the best presidential candidate in the 2012 election? Some supporters of other candidates have called Mitt Romney “out of touch”, have claimed that he’s secretly trying to win the White House to hook up his cronies with tons of money while leaving the working class and poor out to dry. Or worse – some have referred to him as a flip-flopper.
For people who say Mitt Romney is somehow out of touch, they have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. He can relate to the rich, the middle-class, and the poor – as where most of his critics can only relate to one of these demographs.
As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon or LDS Church) enters the media spotlight more and more, especially surrounding the 2012 election of Mitt Romney, many questions arise concerning the rumors of polygamy. Did the Mormon church practice polygamy before, and does it practice polygamy now?
The short answer is that, yes, the Mormon church did practice polygamy until 1890. Since that time, the Mormons have not practiced polygamy. In fact, even in countries where polygamy is legal, polygamists cannot join the LDS Church. If a member of the LDS church is caught practicing polygamy, they are excommunicated (are no longer members). Continue reading →
In science, we are made aware of potential realities through discovery; studying; experimenting, testing, and observing; checking and interpreting results; drawing conclusions; and sharing the discoveries with others.
Add God to that process, and you have faith. The scientific method is essentially the secular version of faith.
Discovery: I may have a spiritual principle brought to my attention – usually in the form of directions from my church leaders or through my own observations. I formulate a theory about my observations.
Study: As I am made aware of a potential new truth, I can study the topic in my scriptures, find out what past and present church leaders have said on that topic, and can listen to the testimonies of other people. I can ask questions in Sunday school or can bring up the topic with friends. I begin to compile methods for testing my spiritual principle.
Experimenting, Testing, and Observing: This portion of the process is where faith truly is brought to life. In the Book of Mormon (Alma ch. 32, v.28), an ancient-American prophet explains this concept. I can view the effects of the principle in the lives of others, and I can act on the principles myself and observe my own results. Sometimes, I even write about my experiences in my personal journal.
Checking and Interpreting Results: If I’m trying to learn about a principle like the Word of Wisdom, I can check my results from observing the principle, compare my before-and-after results, and can note outside influences that could affect my results (like having type-1 diabetes, for example). I take my results and compare them with the results that I was told that I could expect from following that principle.
Drawing Conclusions: I often take my thoughts, my data, and my results to the Lord. Sometimes I fast during this process; I nearly always pray and ask my Heavenly Father if I’m right; and, when I get confirmation from multiple sources (like my bishop, the scriptures, my actions and the actions that I observed of others, the prophets, and the Spirit), then I conclude that it must be a true principle.
Sharing Discoveries With Others: In LDS language, when we share our conclusions or knowledge about spiritual principles, we call this bearing testimony. Once per month in church (in a meeting that we call Fast and Testimony meeting), we get to learn about spiritual truths that others have discovered or concluded to be true. Many times, we can know that something is truth when people bear their testimonies, and those testimonies are confirmed by the Holy Ghost.
Through faith and works, I have come to know that God truly does exist, that Jehovah and Lucifer are His diametrically opposed sons, that the Word of Wisdom is true, that the Law of Chastity is true, that keeping the Sabbath day holy truly is a commandment of God, that fasting is a true and helpful principle, that tithing is important and a correct principle, that “The Family: a Proclamation to The World” was a document inspired of God. I found that Joseph Smith truly did see God the Father and Jesus Christ in a vision, that he truly did reestablish Christ’s true church on the earth, and that I belong to that church.
When I was still a teenager, I was told that every worthy young man should serve a mission. It always flew in one ear and out the other… until one day, for some reason, it stuck in my mind. At that moment, my ears magically opened, and I heard and understood a new commandment.
I spoke with my bishop, spoke with some other people who had served missions, and prayed about it. My girlfriend also noted how important it was to her to marry a man who had served a mission for the church. I wanted to fulfill her expectations, be obedient to the commandment that I had been given, and felt that I had been blessed by God and that I owed Him one. I also thought that God loved me with or without me serving a mission, that I could sweet talk my girlfriend into marrying me anyways, and that maybe the mission requirement and associated/promised blessings weren’t for me. Was this a commandment that I needed to follow?
Well, I decided to go ahead and put it to the test. I made it a goal to serve a mission and started preparing for it.
From the sparks of thought that initially touch our minds and imaginations to the completed scholarly articles containing mind-boggling theories in the scientific journals, the process of discovery can benefit everyone: regardless of field of scientific study or a religious affiliation. Seekers of truth research, experiment and test, observe, check and interpret results, then draw conclusions, and share the resulting discoveries with others. Continue reading →
On Flickr.com, I saw a picture of a person holding up a sign that claimed that Mormons (the LDS faith) represented 2 percent of California’s population, but constituted 70 percent of donations to the Prop 8 campaign. It surprised me that 2 percent of California’s population appears to be so wealthy in proportion to the anti-Prop 8 campaigners, so I did some math.
If this claim were correct, every Mormon man, woman, and child would have to donate $41.76 each on average. Large stereotypical Mormon families with an average of five children each would be donating an average of $292.33 per family. These numbers are if every single Mormon family donated. This would constitute amazing participation – 100 percent participation! Continue reading →