Nathan Osmond: The Next Big Success
By Alan on Feb 25 in Blog tagged Climbing Fences, hot solo career, Nathan Osmond, nathanosmond.com, sampling of his music, the next big success, undeniably strong | Comments Off
Nathan Osmond: The Next Big Success
As the son of Alan Osmond and the nephew of both Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond, Nathan Osmond has been around music his entire life. He has even been a member of a family band called The Osmonds Second Generation. But now he has set out on a road toward his very own smokin’ hot solo career.
You do not even have to listen to an entire song to know that this man has what it takes. His appeal is undeniably strong and he will undoubtedly pick up many more fans in the years to come.
To get a sampling of his music, you can visit nathonosmond.com. You can also catch the video for “The Tailgate Song” below after you read what Nathan has to say about his music.
1. Why have I not heard of you sooner? The more I read about you, the more I see you already have quite a bit of experience world wide and your music is just phenomenal.
First of all, thank you! I have been singing for quite some time, but not so much as a solo artist. For many years I performed with my brothers as part of a group called The Osmonds 2nd Generation. I still sing with my brothers from time to time, but I am 100% focused on my solo career as a country singer. I have been following my dream for probably the last six years. I’ve always said, “It’s amazing how long it takes to become an overnight success!” Nothing good comes easy or fast. I have really been trying to lay a solid foundation for my career as I hope to be in this business for years to come!
2. I hear you are also a motivational speaker. Does that aid you in any way with your career as a singer/songwriter?
Motivational speaking to me is nothing more than another form of entertainment with lasting impact. I’ve shared the stage with people like Tony Robbins, Donald Trump, George Foreman, and many others as a motivational speaker, but one thing I always bring to those stages, which most speakers don’t, is my music. I believe that music has the power to change lives and can’t help to drive my message home. It has given me another avenue to continue to touch lives through spoken word as well as music.
3. Please share the story behind “I Believe in Love.”
I originally went to Nashville to write with Dean Sams of Lonestar, the founding member and keyboard player in the group. I had to prove myself as a writer to Dean before he took me seriously enough to write with me. “I Believe In Love” was the very first song I ever wrote in Nashville. We originally wrote it for Rascal Flatts, but their album was already in the can. Lonestar liked the song so much that they decided to tie it up! I was thrilled when I found out the first song I ever wrote in Nashville had been tied up by one of my favorite country groups! However, it was only a few days later that I received word from Dean that Richie McDonald, Lonestar’s lead singer of 14 years had just announced to the band that he was going to be leaving the band to pursue a solo career. The band was devastated and so was I! I thought to myself, “There goes my song. there goes one of my favorite bands!” So, I had to think fast and I thought, “Free demo!” I told Dean that it had always been my dream to do my own country music album and that we already had the track cut. I asked if they weren’t going to cut the song, could I? He said, “Well, shoot, why don’t you just come out to my house and we’ll do it right!” I took him up on the idea and that is how my whole album got started. Dean produced four of the sides of my album, including “I Believe In Love.” It really should be called “I believe in Miracles” because that is exactly how this song came to be!
4. You said your wife helped you realize you were writing country songs and should be a country singer. How did she do that?
I performed in a musical called Annie Get Your Gun back in the Summer of 2002. It was right after I got married. I played several roles in the show and one of them included me dressing up like a cowboy and juggling. The first time my wife saw me come out on stage in my cowboy gear during a dress rehearsal, she came up to me and said, “You’re supposed to be a country singer.” Maybe it was my stetson and tight jeans that got her all hot and bothered! My wife has always been able to look at things and see them as what they can be, no as they are. . . I guess that is why she married me! Ha! I am still a work in progress!
5. Is there anything else you would like people to know?
I first want to say think you to all my incredible fans for all the love and support they show me! I know a lot of artists say this, but I really DO have the best fans in the world! They are so loyal and keep calling the radio stations to have them play my music. I am thrilled to let them all know that may 1st, 2012 my new DC Climbing Fences will be in Target stores as well as iTunes and nathanosmond.com. It will include eleven songs and two bonus sides, including the hit singles “Sweet” and “The Tailgate Song.” It will also feature the hit single duet I recorded with country legend Jack Green called “There’s a Whole Lot About a Woman.” It will be one of the two bonus songs.
Additionally, I plan on touring a lot this year and hope to come to your town. I will also be at CMA music fest this year and I have been nominated as New Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year as part of the New Music Awards in Los Angeles! I have been invited to open for Chris Young, Lonestar, and Diamond Rio this year. Lastly, I am also in the studio right now working on two new EPs that I plan on releasing for all my European fans. I am working on putting together a European tour as well.
6. What can fans expect from you in the future?
The fans can always expect me to bring 110% to the table. I believe that you’ve got to give before you get. I want to give my very best to my fans and by doing so, I know that they will always be there for me! No artist can have a career in this business without the fans. They keep me going and I am SO excited to share with them my new music. I’ve been doing a TON of co-writing with some amazing songwriters lately! They can expect me to keep creating music for years to come!
By Alan on Feb 25 in Daily Inspiration tagged brotherhood, enthusiastic and affectionate, friends, Justin Osmond, Mormons, not coin-tossing, not cold and calculating, not contemptible, not haughty, not pityin, not scornful or arrogant, not your tolerance, President Spencer W. Kkimball, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, unstinted and beautiful love, your fraternal brotherliness, your understanding, your warm and glowing fellowship | Comments Off
(Justin Osmond and friends)
“I ask not for your tolerance, your cold, calculating tolerance; your haughty, contemptible tolerance; your scornful, arrogant tolerance; your pitying, coin-tossing tolerance. I ask you to give them what they want and need and deserve: opportunity and your fraternal brotherliness and your understanding; your warm and glowing fellowship; your unstinted and beautiful love; your enthusiastic and affectionate brotherhood.”
President Spencer W. Kimball
The 12th President of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Dealing With Multiple Sclerosis
By Alan on Feb 25 in Blog tagged A to Z usage guide, Alan and Suzanne osmond, autoimmune disease, basil, brain, central nervous system, damaged, dealing with Multiple Sclerosis, doterra, Essential Oils, family physician kit, Frankincense, http://doterratory.com, loss of vision, myelin, numbness, optic nerves, paralysis, Primary-Progressive MS, Progressive-Relapsing MS, Relapsin-Remitting MS, Sandalwood, scar tissue (sclerosis), Secondary-Progressive MS, spinal cord, What is Multiple Sclerosis, what you can do | Comments Off
Dealing With Multiple Sclerosis
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
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Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.
MS is Thought to be an Autoimmune Disease
The body’s own defense system attacks myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in the central nervous system. The nerve fibers themselves can also be damaged. The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, producing the variety of symptoms that can occur.
Most people with MS learn to cope with the disease and continue to lead satisfying, productive lives.
The Four Courses of MS
People with MS can typically experience one of four disease courses, each of which might be mild, moderate, or severe.
People with this type of MS experience clearly defined attacks of worsening neurologic function. These attacks—which are called relapses, flare-ups, or exacerbations —are followed by partial or complete recovery periods (remissions), during which no disease progression occurs. Approximately 85% of people are initially diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS.
This disease course is characterized by slowly worsening neurologic function from the beginning—with no distinct relapses or remissions. The rate of progression may vary over time, with occasional plateaus and temporary minor improvements. Approximately 10% of people are diagnosed with primary-progressive MS.
Following an initial period of relapsing-remitting MS, many people develop a secondary-progressive disease course in which the disease worsens more steadily, with or without occasional flare-ups, minor recoveries (remissions), or plateaus. Before the disease-modifying medications became available, approximately 50% of people with relapsing-remitting MS developed this form of the disease within 10 years. Long-term data are not yet available to determine if treatment significantly delays this transition.
In this relatively rare course of MS (5%), people experience steadily worsening disease from the beginning, but with clear attacks of worsening neurologic function along the way. They may or may not experience some recovery following these relapses, but the disease continues to progress without remissions.
Since no two people have exactly the same experience of MS, the disease course may look very different from one person to another. And, it may not always be clear to the physician—at least right away—which course a person is experiencing.
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Dehydration Influences Mood, Cognition
By Alan on Feb 24 in Blog tagged children, cognition, dehydration, energy, influences mood, particularly important for high risk groups, people with diabetes, stay hydrated, the elderly, think clearly, those who work at the computer | 1 Comment
By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on February 20, 2012
Proper hydration is particularly important for high-risk groups, such as the elderly, people with diabetes, and children.
While most understand that dehydration can have medical complications, a new study shows that even mild dehydration can influence mood, energy levels and the ability to think clearly.
Regrettably, we often use thirst as an indicator for when we need to drink — a response that experts say is too late to avoid many of the detrimental effects of dehydration.
In two recent studies, researchers at the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory discovered the mental, mood and cognitive downside of even mild dehydration.
Investigators determined that it didn’t matter if a person had just walked for 40 minutes on a treadmill or was sitting at rest – the adverse effects from mild dehydration were the same.
Mild dehydration is defined as an approximately 1.5 percent loss in normal water volume in the body.
The take home message is that individuals need to stay hydrated at all times, not just during exercise, extreme heat or exertion.
“Our thirst sensation doesn’t really appear until we are 1 [percent] or 2 percent dehydrated. By then dehydration is already setting in and starting to impact how our mind and body perform,” says Lawrence E. Armstrong, one of the studies’ lead scientists and an international expert on hydration.
The importance for everyone to stay hydrated is a message that needs to be promoted.
“Dehydration affects all people, and staying properly hydrated is just as important for those who work all day at a computer as it is for marathon runners, who can lose up to 8 percent of their body weight as water when they compete.”
In the study, separate groups of young women and men were tested. Twenty-five women with an average age of 23 took part in one study. The men’s group consisted of 26 men with an average age of 20.
All of the participants were healthy, active individuals, who were neither high-performance athletes nor sedentary — typically exercising for 30 to 60 minutes per day.
Each participant took part in three evaluations that were separated by 28 days. All of the participants walked on a treadmill to induce dehydration, and all of the subjects were hydrated the evening before the evaluations commenced.
As part of the evaluation, the subjects were put through a battery of cognitive tests that measured vigilance, concentration, reaction time, learning, memory, and reasoning. The results were compared against a separate series of tests when the individuals were not dehydrated.
The young women experienced mild dehydration which caused headaches, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. They also perceived tasks as more difficult when slightly dehydrated, although there was no substantive reduction in their cognitive abilities.
The research findings are published in The Journal of Nutrition.
In the tests involving the young men, mild dehydration caused some difficulty with mental tasks, particularly in the areas of vigilance and working memory, according to the results of the second UConn study.
While the young men also experienced fatigue, tension, and anxietywhen mildly dehydrated, adverse changes in mood and symptoms were “substantially greater in females than in males, both at rest and during exercise,” according to the study. The men’s study was published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
“Even mild dehydration that can occur during the course of our ordinary daily activities can degrade how we are feeling – especially for women, who appear to be more susceptible to the adverse effects of low levels of dehydration than men,” says Harris Lieberman, one of the studies’ co-authors.
“In both sexes these adverse mood changes may limit the motivation required to engage in even moderate aerobic exercise. Mild dehydration may also interfere with other daily activities, even when there is no physical demand component present.”
Investigators are uncertain why women and men are so adversely affected by mild dehydration. One possibility is that neurons in the brain detect dehydration. These neurons may then signal parts of the brain regulating mood.
This process could be part of an ancient warning system protecting humans from more dire consequences, and alerting them to the need for water to survive.
In order to stay properly hydrated, experts like Armstrong recommend that individuals drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day, which is approximately equivalent to about 2 liters of water.
People can check their hydration status by monitoring the color of their urine. Urine should be a very pale yellow in individuals who are properly hydrated.
Urine that is dark yellow or tan in color indicates greater dehydration. Proper hydration is particularly important for high-risk groups, such as the elderly, people with diabetes, and children.
What The Mormons Know About Welfare
By Alan on Feb 24 in Blog tagged bishop's storehouse, clothing, do away with curse of idleness, education, emergency generators, Europe!, fast offerings, fuel vehicles, help the people help themselves, housing, Katrina, LDS, Mitt Romney, Mormons, New Orleans, religion, social safety net, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the way, tithing, utilities, Washington could learn from his church, welfare, welfare system designed by church leaders, what the Mormons know about welfare | Comments Off
What the Mormons Know About Welfare
Mitt Romney has raised the issue of the social safety net. Washington could learn from the lesson of his church.
By NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY
Salt Lake City
Ever since Mitt Romney said he was “not concerned about the very poor” but would fix America’s social safety net “if it needs repair,” conservatives and liberals have been frantically making suggestions. Gov. Romney says he would consider options like restructuring Medicaid. But if he wants to see a welfare system that lets almost no one fall through the cracks while at the same time ensuring that its beneficiaries don’t become lifelong dependents, he could look to his own church.
As I ride in a golf cart through a new 15-acre warehouse on the outskirts of Utah’s capital, I can’t help but wonder: How many Wal-Marts would fit in here? How many burgers can you make from 4,400 industrial pallets of frozen meat? And how do they keep this place cleaner than my kitchen floor?
Dedicated last month, the Bishops Central Storehouse contains a two-year supply of food to support the Mormon church’s welfare system in the U.S. and Canada (primarily for church members in need) and its humanitarian program, which sends food, medical supplies and other necessities to the needy (of all faiths) world-wide.
In addition to goods from canned peaches to emergency generators, the facility also houses the church’s own trucking company, complete with 43 tractors and 98 trailers, as well as a one-year supply of fuel, parts and tires for the vehicles. Just in case.
The storehouse is not only a kind of physical marvel—it has been built to withstand an earthquake with a magnitude as high as 7.5—but also a symbol of strength and self-sufficiency.
Launched during the Great Depression, the Mormon welfare system was designed by church leaders as a way to match the armies of the unemployed faithful with some of the nearby farms that needed temporary labor. As storehouse manager Richard Humpherys explains, goods and services were traded so that if a father needed food for his family he could get some in exchange for, say, repairing the fence of a widow down the road.
Mormons and U.S. Marines carry aid to landslide victims in central Philippines in 2006.
In 1936, Heber Grant, one of the church leaders, reported the reasoning behind this effort: “Our primary purpose was to set up insofar as it might be possible, a system under which the curse of idleness would be done away with, the evils of a dole abolished and independence, industry, thrift and self respect be once more established among our people. The aim of the Church is help the people to help themselves. Work is to be re-enthroned as the ruling principle of the lives of our Church membership.”
Over the ensuing decades, the church acquired farms and ranches of its own. It built grain silos and dairies and canneries to store and process the food. By the end of World War II, church leaders had enough in the way of reserves that they contacted President Truman to ask if they might assist in feeding and clothing the destitute across Europe. The president readily agreed.
Because it has members on the ground around the world, the church continues to be an important force in bringing food and supplies to the impoverished and victims of natural disasters. Local church leaders contact the central headquarters in Salt Lake City to tell them what is needed—gauze pads, school supplies, wheelchairs—and the church does its best to accommodate.
The Department of Defense recently visited the new storehouse to find out how the Mormons are able to mobilize so quickly, and there is an almost military sense of efficiency and strategy to the church’s efforts. When Hurricane Katrina struck, for instance, the church had positioned its fully loaded trucks in a kind of semicircle from South Carolina to Texas because no one knew how the storm was going to move. The church used reserves of fuel that it has placed around the country, and drivers were able to bring full tanker trucks into New Orleans, powering rescue vehicles and even chain saws to remove tree limbs.
Most of the inventory in the central storehouse, though, goes to supply more than 100 smaller storehouses around the country, plus hundreds of soup kitchens and homeless shelters of other religious communities around North America. Members of the Mormon church who find themselves in difficult circumstances can go to their local bishop and ask for aid.
The bishop then fills out an order allowing them to go and receive food from the local storehouse. Seventy percent of the items on the shelves are produced by the church itself and the remainder are purchased at steep wholesale discounts. According to Rick Foster, who oversees a smaller storehouse in Salt Lake City along with the cannery and dairy at Welfare Square (the original site of all the church’s welfare services), people depend on the food at the storehouse for an average of three to six months.
That’s because the church’s goal is to help them get back on their feet as soon as possible. And the storehouse is only one of the tools at the disposal of local bishops, who may also refer members to other church programs, including employment counseling or family services. The bishop may even use money from a fund at his disposal to help pay for education, housing or utilities.
The labor behind the farming, food production, counseling and even cattle ranching is provided almost entirely by volunteers. Some are retired folks who come in every day. Other times an entire ward, or congregation, will come for the day, each of the members standing on an industrial assembly line packaging bread, processing cheese or sealing jars of apple sauce.
Regular tithing by church members helps pay for the facilities, but the primary source of capital support is the Mormons’ monthly fast, as church members are asked to contribute what they would have spent on two meals. Many give much more, says Mr. Foster.
It is safe to assume that Mr. Romney is among them. The tens of millions of dollars he has given the church over the years have raised suspicion in some quarters. What does the church do with all that cash? Wouldn’t that money have been better spent paying a higher income-tax rate? But his donations are supporting the kind of safety net that government can never hope to create. Jesus may have said the poor will always be with you, but he didn’t say Medicaid would.
Ms. Riley, a former Journal editor, writes frequently about religion. Marlon Snow
For The Family
Parenting – The Guardians Of The Hearth
By Alan on Feb 24 in Blog tagged a strong loving home, baptism the gift of the Holy Ghost, be law-abiding citizens, bearers of the children, challenging, duty to rear their children, establish within them the habits of their lives, Faith in Jesus Christ, family home evening, great joy, happiness, happy and productive, Heavenly Father, help children, in love and righteousness, lead righteous lives, light and truth, love Jesus, mealtimes, observe the commandments of God, parenting, provide for their physical and spiritual needs, repentance, teach principles, teach them to love, teaching opportunities, the guardians of the hearth, the Lord will guide parents, they who nurture them, to serve one another | Comments Off
“Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live.”
Good parenting, while very challenging at times, offers great potential for happiness. Parents can experience great joy by building a strong, loving home environment and teaching gospel principles, which can help their children lead righteous, happy, and productive lives. (See 3 John 1:4.)
The Lord has commanded parents to “bring up [their] children in light and truth” (D&C 93:40). This includes teaching them to understand the doctrines of faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost (see D&C 68:25) and to love their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. This teaching should take place primarily in the home, with Church classes and programs supplementing and supporting parents’ efforts.
Parents can teach their children formally during family home evening and other family gatherings, such as daily family prayer and scripture study or at mealtimes. Teaching opportunities also come in unplanned moments as parents and children spend time working and playing together. Whatever the setting, the Lord will guide parents as they prayerfully seek to rear their children in love and righteousness.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22: 6
By Alan on Feb 24 in Daily Inspiration tagged Alan Osmond, Freedom, liberty, Obama, thought for the day, tomorrow's dreams, yesterday's disappointments | Comments Off
Thought for The Day!
“Never let yesterday’s disapointments overshadow tomorrow’s dreams!”
Battles To Defend Marriage Heating Up
By Alan on Feb 24 in Blog tagged battles to defend Marriage, fight around the world, fundamental social institution, heating up, marriage under fire, traditional marriage | Comments Off
Battles to Defend Marriage Heating Up
To The Family,
The battle to defend traditional marriage is heating up in several countries, most notably in the U.S. The following is a summary of where the issue stands in several countries.
Marriage battles in the United States:
California – Recently a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld by 2-1 the ruling of the federal district court that Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only the union of a man and woman that was adopted by voters in 2008, violates the U.S. Constitution. Marriage defenders are asking for a rehearing by a larger, 11-judge panel of the circuit court. There is no deadline for the larger circuit to decide whether to grant this larger “en banc” rehearing. Whether or not the rehearing is granted, it is widely expected that the ultimate decision on marriage in California will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the meantime, no homosexual marriages are being performed in California.
Maine – It is virtually certain that traditional marriage opponents have gathered more than enough signatures to force action on a bill to legalize homosexual marriage that is virtually identical to the one rejected by Maine voters two years ago. If they have sufficient signatures, the proposed law will first go to the GOP-controlled legislature. If the legislature does not pass it without amendments (which is highly unlikely), the proposed law will go directly to a vote of the people in November. Maine, along with Minnesota and the state of Washington, promises to be one of the major showdown states on marriage in the fall.
Maryland – The legislature has passed a bill to legalize homosexual marriage and sent it to the governor who has said he will sign it. But that does not automatically mean that homosexuals in the state will be able to marry. Defenders of traditional marriage have vowed to immediately begin a petition drive to put the bill before the voters in November for the ultimate decision on whether it will actually become law. Supporters have to gather the signatures of only about 56,000 registered voters, so such a referendum vote appears likely. Polls show Marylanders are about equally divided on whether homosexual marriage should be legalized.
Minnesota – This state, along with North Carolina, will be voting on a state constitutional marriage amendment. Both marriage amendment supporters and opponents are raising large sums of money for what promises to be a high profile fight over defending marriage in the fall. Opinion polls in the state suggest that the vote in November will be close.
New Hampshire – A unique showdown in New Hampshire is likely within the next few weeks when the current GOP-dominated legislature is expected to vote on repealing the homosexual marriage law passed by the prior Democratic-controlled legislature. It will be the first serious attempt in any of the six states in which homosexual marriage is now legal to repeal it legislatively. The state’s Democratic governor has vowed to veto any repeal bill, but the Republicans have veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate if all majority members vote together.
New Jersey – Both houses of the legislature recently passed a bill to legalize homosexual marriage and sent it to Governor Chris Christie who promptly vetoed it as he had promised even before the legislature began its deliberations on the bill. The governor’s position is that an issue as significant as radically redefining marriage should only be done by a direct vote of the people, and a poll taken after the veto found that 53 percent of the voters agree. It is unlikely that the legislature can override the governor’s veto, leaving the issue in limbo for the near future.
North Carolina – This is the second U.S. state along with Minnesota that will be voting on a state constitutional marriage amendment in 2012. Polls suggest substantial public support for the amendment, and marriage defenders are hopeful that it will be pass handily when it comes before the voters in May.
Washington State – In recent weeks this U.S. state became the seventh to try to legalize homosexual marriage. But it is far from certain, and actually unlikely, that this law will actually go into effect since Washington is one of several U.S. states that allows voters to have the final say on any bill that passes the legislature and is signed by the governor. If enough signatures of registered voters are gathered on petitions by June 6th, the law will not go into effect until the voters decide its fate in November. Within hours of the governor signing the bill, marriage defenders filed the necessary paperwork to gather the approximately 120,000 signatures to get the bill on the ballot.
The activity on marriage in several key states means it is likely that the issue of marriage will be more prominent in the U.S. presidential campaign than might otherwise have been the case. Three of the GOP presidential candidates are strong defenders of man/woman marriage and strong opponents of legalizing homosexual marriage. President Obama’s stated position is that he also opposes homosexual marriage, but has frequently signaled since he was elected that his position on the issue is “evolving.” Most observers on both sides of the issue agree that this evolution is moving him towards endorsing homosexual marriage, but he does not want to declare support for it because doing so would cost him votes in the upcoming election.
Marriage Battle in France:
Heading into what appears to be a tough national election, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has recently reaffirmed his opposition to homosexual marriage. His opposition is in contrast to his socialist opponent who is energetically supporting same sex marriage, but is in line with recent actions in the National Assembly and the Constitutional Council rejecting legalization of homosexual marriage.
Marriage Battle in Great Britain:
Prime Minister David Cameron, who recently announced he will actively push to legalize homosexual marriage in Britain, is facing a growing political backlash. His action is threatening to create a major rift with more conservative Tory members in his party. His support has also created a growing coalition of churches of all major denominations, dissident Tory MPs, and prominent national personalities to organize opposition to his plan, including gathering names on a national petition to preserve the traditional definition of marriage.
2012 promises to be another critical year in the fight around the world to defend traditional marriage as a fundamental social institution. We will continue to keep you informed of developments and suggest what you might be able to do to help in your country or state.
“God created Adam and Eve to be man and wife” Moses 3: 7, 18, 21-25.
Barrack Obama’s 32 Month Report Card
By Alan on Feb 24 in Blog tagged a nation humbled, barack Obama, casting aside capitalism, first President, humiliated, individual freedoms, Mr. Hope and Change, personal aspiration, personal opportunity, punishes those who strive to succeed, Report Card, We the People are controlled, what has America become | Comments Off
Barack Obama’s 32 Month Report Card
by Rich Carroll
Mr. Hope and Change wants to create a nation humbled; humiliated, casting-aside capitalism and individual freedoms for one where “we the people” are government controlled. This would be a system that genuflects mediocrity, steals personal aspiration and opportunity, and punishes those who strive to succeed.
A gallon of regular gasoline the day Obama was inaugurated was $1.79 on average in the U.S. Today that price is $3.59, a 100.6% increase. The number of food stamp recipients has risen since Obama took office from 31,983,716 to 43,200,878, a 35.1% jump. Long term unemployment soared 146.2% during the same 32 month period from 2,600,000 to 6,400,000. Staggering “hope and change” isn’t it?
American citizens living in poverty have risen 9.5% from 39,800,000 to 43,600,000, and the number of unemployed has jumped almost 25% from 11,616,000 to 14,485,000 as of August 31, 2011. The number of unemployed blacks has risen from 12.6% at the end of George Bush’s term to 15.8% today, a 25.4% increase, and finally, our national debt is up 34.4% from 10.627 trillion to 14,278 trillion *
Keep these figures in mind as we recount the number of “firsts” for this presidency:
First President to refuse to show a valid birth certificate.
First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
First President to preside over a cut to the credit rating of the United States .
First President to violate the War Powers Act.
First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico .
First President to defy a Federal Judges court order to cease implementing the Health Care Reform Law.
First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
First President to spend a trillion dollars on shovel-ready jobs and later admit there was no such thing as shovel-ready jobs.
First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S. , including those with criminal convictions.
First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
First President to terminate Americas ability to put a man in space.
First President to encourage racial discrimination and intimidation at polling places.
First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly speak-out on the reasons for their rate increases.
First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state they are allowed to locate a factory.
First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (Az, WI, OH, IN)
First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
First President to appoint 45 Czars to replace elected officials in his office.
First President to golf 73 separate times in his first two and a half years in office.
First President to hide his medical, educational and travel records.
First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
First President to coddle American enemies while alienating Americas allies.
First President to publicly bow to Americas enemies while refusing to salute the U.S. Flag.
First President to go on multiple global apology tours.
First President to go on 17 lavish vacations, including date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends, paid for by the taxpayer.
First President to refuse to wear the U.S. Flag lapel pin.
First President to have 22 personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000.00 a year at taxpayer expense.
First President to repeat “the Holy Qur’an tells us,” and openly admit “the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.”
Remember that 32 months of Obama White House we the people have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our nation’s entire history, as the Obama’s plan their next extravagant vacation to the Indonesian Island nation of Bali .
Hope and change anyone?
* sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Wall Street Journal, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Dept of Labor, Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller, Federal Reserve, US Treasury, Heritage Foundation.
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God’s House Is A House Of Order
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-the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days;
-those of the canary in 14 days;
-those of the barnyard hen in 21 days;
-The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days;
-those of the mallard in 35 days;
-The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days.
(Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!)
God’s wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant. The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.
The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first. A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!
God’s wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains.
-Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.
-Each orange has an even number of segments.
-Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.
-Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.
-Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.
-The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all Kinds of weather.
All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks, and the Lord Specified thirty fold, sixty fold and a hundredfold – all even numbers.
God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day, so that Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by theflowers that were open and those that were closed!
Thus the Lord in His wonderful grace can arrange the life that is Entrusted to His care in such a way that it will carry out His purposes and plans, and will be fragrant with His presence.
The lives of each of you may be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way for His glory, if you will only entrust Him with your life. If you try to regulate your own life, it will only be a mess and a failure.
Only the One Who made the brain and the heart can successfully guide them to a profitable end.
Only the God-planned safe life is successful.
Only the life given over to the care of the Lord is fulfilled.
Life is present from the moment of conception.
(Dr. Jerome Lejeune, late professor and world renowned geneticist, University of Descarte, Paris.)
In today’s society, abortion has become a common practice, defended by deceptive arguments. Latter-day prophets have denounced abortion, referring to the Lord’s declaration, “Thou shalt not . . . kill, nor do anything like unto it” (D&C 59:6). Their counsel on the matter is clear: Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must not submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for an abortion. Church members who encourage an abortion in any way may be subject to Church discipline.
Church leaders have said that some exceptional circumstances may justify an abortion, such as when pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. But even these circumstances do not automatically justify an abortion. Those who face such circumstances should consider abortion only after consulting with their local Church leaders and receiving a confirmation through earnest prayer.
When a child is conceived out of wedlock, the best option is for the mother and father of the child to marry and work toward establishing an eternal family relationship. If a successful marriage is unlikely, they should place the child for adoption, preferably through LDS Family Services (see “Adoption”).
“Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.” D&C 109: 8