My dear Family and friends, This past week my thoughts have been on this wonderful country we live in. As I hear the rhetoric from both sides of the aisle in Congress and from the current administration even things with the Supreme Court. I am becoming increasingly concerned about where our country is heading. We know in reading the Book of Mormon especially the last few chapters of Helaman and the first few chapters of Nephi. As Pres. Hinkley has stated something to the effect of “reading the Book of Mormon is as current as reading the daily newspaper.” (Paraphrased), So with these thoughts, I have felt the impression to focus a little on our country and our inspired Constitution.
I realize that at this time the "Wokeness" has almost taken over this great nation. History books rarely reflect accurately what our history is. Our youth are being taught that this nation is evil, and has always been so. This is simply not true.
Because of the United States and its fight to abolish slavery, it slowly was abolished throughout the rest of the world. Is this a black mark on our nation? Perhaps. But what is history has been and continues to be corrected. Do we keep making mistakes? Of course, we are human, the government is not perfect, and unless we elect honest and honorable constitution-knowing representatives in our government. We will continue to suffer through more and more unrest. Until if it is not already, "our Constitution will be hanging by a thread."
This first link is a retired marine who shares with us his thoughts about our children and then sings to us the 2nd verse of the Star Bangled Banner. https://www.youtube.com/embed/I0fQd858cRc?start=01&end=133. Then we learn more about the history of that special beloved song. It is being so dspected by so many today. I feel it is truly our Title of Liberty. Liberty is a God-given gift. Unlike freedom which is instituted by man. https://www.youtube.com/embed/YaxGNQE5ZLA?start=01&end=698. Next, we listen to a compilation of talks given by Elder Ezra Taft Benson. He along with David O McKay and J. Ruben Clark talked often and cautioned us so much about our God-given Liberties. All that they have prophesied so many years ago are happening right before our eyes.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/8iDkOLv4X18?start=01&end=1185. And finally, I close with the beloved Hymn “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. https://ww,w.youtube.com/embed/yAqNe-m0a8s?start=01&end=290. I testify to you that The United States of America is the place of the New Jerusalem. It is a special country founded by God through inspired men. It is the place where the Garden of Eden existed. It is the place where Noah boarded the ark to escape the destruction of mankind. It is the only place where the Gospel of Jesus Christ could be restored. It is the place where the Lord Jesus Christ will come to the valley of Adam Ondi Aman to receive back all the Keys that have been held from Adam to the least of the saints throughout time. This is the prophesied promised land of the Latter Day. The Lord asks for us to serve him. If we turn from him then the prophesied destructions and calamities, will surely come to pass. How are we doing? Abortion is out of control but we finally have a decision by the Supreme Court to put this question back to the individual states. Unfortunately, there will still be too many unjustified abortions, and the murdering of innocent babies happening.
Secret Combinations have infiltrated all of our governments from the local to the national. There is much fraud, murder, cheating, and immorality,. The list goes on and on.
I testify that Jesus is the Christ, our Redeemer, and Savior. Even our elder brother. He lives, he worked through His atonement. He allowed himself to be taken up on the cross and through his working His atonement and subsequent allowing himself to be crucified. When at just the right moment he gave up his life. No one took it from Him. But he gave it up for each of us and so great and wonderful the gifts we have received because of His love for you and me.
I humbly attest to these things even in His Holy name Jesus Christ. Amen.
Steve & Debbie Larsen