STAND FOR THE FAMILY
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STAND FOR THE FAMILY
My Grandfather Thomas M. Davis and grandmother Vera Ann Davis were educators. Grandpa once told me,
“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything!”
As a young boy, my Father would tell us about the “Good Old Days” . . . you know, when he was taught respect, manners, being courteous, and the way to treat a woman. He shared how he was brought up with a strong religious faith and that Sundays were holy, and prayer was used throughout the week. His Father died when he was 6 weeks old when he got kicked by a horse. He shared how hard that was and how he had to stand up and fight for what he believed in and for what he wanted. He also taught us that the best way to get ahead in life was . . . to go to work!
Well, guess what I did when I was young? You’re right . . . I worked!
My parents raised eight boys and one girl (that’s Marie) in a small town of Ogden, Utah and we all worked hard. We had fun but, when school was over, so were friends. It was time for family. We milked cows, raised gardens, bailed hay, hauled irrigation pipe and hoed sugar beets, … we always had a school room in our home where Mother would teach us and our two deaf brothers. That’s where we also learned to love music, to play instruments and to sing!
My father had been an army sergeant, and when it came to raising eight sons, some people used to accuse him of having too much “Regimentation!” He would simply smile and say, “I like to call it, Organization!” Yes, we were disciplined but mainly taught self-discipline in order to become better people, better at our music, to achieve our goals and meet our opportunities. I truly think that this is what’s missing today in many families and homes. Self discipline and order!
In today world, we try to fit more into less… and do less, to get more. We keep trying to find shortcuts in time and travel, with fast foods, quick start programs and overnight education. We use treadmills instead of going hiking, we make apps to do things quicker and use caffeine to stay awake longer. We don’t cook, but eat out! Kids go to daycare and in business we cut corners and charge more. We have sex before marriage, if we marry at all! If pregnant we just abort, get divorced if we want a change, and tell lies, then just pay the fine. We cheat and say I don’t remember, steal and say it’s entitlement, give our kids a pat on the back and call it spending time and say “ask your Mom” in order to solve the problems!
Is this how we are living today? Is this how we are raising our families?
Then it’s time to take a STAND!
Suzanne and I aren’t perfect, but especially since we had eight sons of our own and now 24 grandchildren, we created TheFamily.com website and the One Heart Foundation for “Strengthening The Family.” We publish various ways to help The Family Physically, Mentally, Socially, Spiritually, and Financially. We reach out to help sick children, deaf children, homeless families and those in need. We stand up against Pornography and Drug abuse and stand for Marriage. We stand for values, morals, and family traditions, and for the Proclamation on The Family . . . recognizing that we are all children of God.
It seems that most of the problems today are because of:
“The Breakdown of The Family”!
In the Past . . .
Most children lived in a home with both their mother and father, who were married.
Life in the womb was valued and considered sacred.
The rights of parents were Respected.
Religious freedom was Protected and Practiced.
We put our trust in God.
How did we let things slip so far?
Life is based upon eternal laws and truths and if you break them, someone usually gets hurt. As we try to make a change for the better, let us remember that there are some things that cannot be changed. We cannot change the laws of God. That’s where life comes in!
We must also NEVER Get discouraged!
When we were kids, an uncle said to my Father, “Why do you want your boys in show business with all those wicked women?” “I know your boys can sing but, they’re not that good.”
After we were on TV with The Andy Williams Shows we wanted to record music that we and our teen age friends and peers liked, and a record producer told us . . . “You’ll never make it in show business because you are too clean cut! Too “Goody-Goody” But we did! We just let those words go in one ear and out the other.
We also made some CAREER decisions that some thought were a bit odd, but we always tried to keep our family values first and worked hard at staying together.
One day when we were looking for that next hit record, we got a call from our record President saying they found a hit record for us and for us to go and meet the writer at the recording studio. So we did!
There was this really a nice black guy with a song he wrote that was incredible, but . . . there were some lyrics in it that we just couldn’t sing. Our record president said if you don’t record it, we’ll lose a hit record! My mother then said, let me go and talk to him. After she explained that we just couldn’t sing those lyrics, the writer said to my mother, “If my Mama were here today, she would slap my face! Now let’s go and change those lyrics!” He did! We recorded it, … and it was a hit record, “Love Me For A Reason”!
I was an Executive Producer for the Donny & Marie Shows in Los Angeles and when ABC President, Fred Silverman, renewed another year for our weekly TV series, I was the one that had to tell him that we would love to renew but that we wanted to move the TV Series to Utah. Fred said, “What’s in Utah?”
You’re right! We build the Osmond Studios in Orem so we could be with all of our family and do it from home.
We all eventually sold our nice homes and everyone moved to Branson, Missouri. Some people thought we had received a call from the Prophet of our Church to “go to Missouri”. We would smile and jokingly say, “Didn’t you get your letter?”
Yes, we all worked together at our new Osmond Family Theater so we could be together and not have to travel so much. Our audiences would do the traveling to see us!
More hit records and traveling started to come and yes, we were missing our wives and families once again. We said to each other, “Is this where our Gold Records got us? So, we quit performing and went home. We didn’t know what we would do to make a living but we said we would do anything to be home, be good husbands and fathers.
That’s when I created ‘Stadium of Fire’ so I could be with my family and work from home.
So you see, “We must NOT fear the future but deal with it!“
It takes – Self Discipline!
How do we counter act the forces of the world that pulls family apart?
We maintain Family Traditions. Here are a few of ours:
Birthdays are each celebrated with a special birthday plate and a personalized cake. Mother would cook their favorite foods.
For Thanksgiving, we cooked the turkey and our kids each bring a side dish.
Christmas Eve – We have Banana Splits. We read the Christmas Story and the children re-enact it. We open new pajamas & presents from Grandma & Grandpa, then they go to their homes before ‘Santa’ comes!
Waffles w/strawberries precedes General Conference.
Eleven Eleven is Suzanne’s families’ Pinegar Day, and there is no working on Sundays and family nights.
We dedicated the cabin in which our Mother Olive May Davis was born. It’s where her parents lived for years. It became a museum in Samaria/Malad, Idaho. A friend Luke Waldron rebuilt and he and the City of Malad maintain it for scheduled tours.
Family Reunions happen with Pictures, Journals, Family History and a serious group photo plus always one funny one!
“We seek higher things.”
You see, these studies were recently published in New York Times stating that: The ones who know a lot about their families, tend to do better when they face challenges. For example:
Do you know where your grandparents grew up?
Do you know where your mom and dad went to high school?
Do you know where your parents met?
How about an illness or something really terrible that happened in your family and how they overcame it?
Do you know the story of your birth?
(This is the original cabin where my Davis Grandparents lived and where my Mother, Olive May Davis was born in Samaria, Idaho.
It was rebuilt and maintained by Luke Waldron and dedicated as a museum in tribute to Olive by The Osmond and Davis Families, Luke Waldron and friends of Samaria.)
It’s now proven that:
The more children know about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control they have over their lives.
The higher their self-esteem, the more succcessful their families functioned.
It’s all about a child’s sense of being part of a larger family.
So if we want a happier family, we must create, refine and retell the story of your family’s positive moments and your ability to bounce back from the difficult ones.
That act alone may increase the odds that your family will thrive for many generations to come.
NOW – IS THE TIME to STAND FOR THE FAMILY!
Stand and Fight Against Evil
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Stand and Fight Against Evil
(Highlights of Alan & Suzanne Osmond’s talks at “Raise the Standard” event in Phoenix, AZ
with Glenn Beck, David Barton and many others. 10/11/13)
When my brothers and I were very young, my Mother and Father had some special sweaters made for us with an insignia embroidered on them which read, “Altiora Petimus“, which in Latin means, “We Seek Higher Things”. We were taught well by a kind, caring and hard working Father and a tender and loving, highly educated Mother. Little did we know that now we would be reminding the world that in order to solve many of life’s problems, one must “Raise The Standard” of Life.
As far as standards go today, wherever you look, “Satan now has control. He is guiding the governments as far as the Lord will permit him. That is why there is so much strife, turmoil, confusion all over the earth. One master mind is governing the nations; it is Satan himself.”
We seem to have thrown out all the good things that God has given us. The Ten Commandments are not looked at as ‘The Ten Suggestions’! Our day of prayer and prayer in school is gone. Did you know that when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, a prayer of thanks to God was offered? But someone decided it should not be broadcasted!!! Hmmm?
Our morals as a people have changed. Just because “Everybody is doing it” . . . DOESN’T mean it is right! We grieve at the sharply declining numbers of births and marriages. The breakdown of the family is the cause of all our problems.
We need to put the family back into solid homes with a mother and a father. We need fathers to be MEN of integrity and to provide and protect their families; “have the guts to be their creation; …everywhere in every nation, be a family. Men need to be men. Love their wives and never leave them. Raise their kids ’cause they conceived them. BE MEN!”
We believe in our origin and destiny as children of God – Where we came from, Why we are here, and Where we are going.
We are respectful of the religious beliefs of all people, even of those increasing numbers who profess no belief in God. We know that through the God-given power of choice, many will hold beliefs contrary to ours, but we are hopeful that others will be equally respectful of our religious beliefs and understand that our beliefs compel us to some different choices and behaviors other than theirs. For example, we believe that sexual relations should occur ONLY between a man and a woman who are married.
We are distressed that 41 percent of all births in the United States are born outside of marriage.
Cohabitation now precedes 60 percent of marriages and about 50 percent of teenagers stating that out-of-wedlock childbearing was a “worthwhile lifestyle.”
There are many political and social pressures for legal and policy changes which have already authorized same-gender marriages in various states and nations.
Our policies are determined by the truths God has identified as unchangeable!
We believe “in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” But, man’s laws cannot make moral . . . what God has declared Immoral!
Some things that we are missing today is in teaching our children how to work, to get a good education, and to show respect for one’s parents. To pray, obey laws and to not cheat. For some, that includes entitlement.
I recently wrote a letter to Bill O’Reilly after watcing his show about “The decline of the American Family. I said, “THANK YOU BILL, for having the guts to tell the truth about The Family and the reasons we are having so many problems today! You hit the nail right on the head when you spoke about the responsibility we have as individuals and parents and in getting down to the bottom line which is … “IF THE FAMILY DISINTEGRATES . . . WE ARE OVER!”
WE ARE ALMOST THERE!
Mr. O’Reilly reported that a young man named Christopher Lane was recently MURDERED by three boys that shot him dead.
The three boys were from chaotic families and this is why violent crimes seem to plague the USA. It is the BREAKDOWN OF THE FAMILY, . . . NOT GUNS,… NOT DERILIC LAW ENFORCEMENT,… NOT ANYTHING ELSE! The violence is largely committed by young men of all colors, often abandoned by fathers, and brought up in squandering chaos, and then they act out in savage ways.
Lets look at who there were:
One teenager was 16 years old and had a history of truancy and school violence. He was living with an aunt and uncle but asked to leave that house because of his chronic marijuana use. His stepfather died of a motorcycle accident, his 25 year old half brother is dead, his father unknown, and his mother not caring for him. He had NO JOB, . . . he just “hung around”.
The 17 year old was charged as a juvenile with an accessory to first degree murder. He drove the getaway car after the killing. He lived with his grandparents with less than two years of schooling before he dropped out. He did not have a job. He impregnated a 16 year old girl and two years after his arrest, he gave birth to a baby boy.
There was a 15 year old boy that lived with his father, his mother was in prison on a drug charge. His father also had a criminal record. He was charged with murder as an adult. He was in a gang that just smoked pot and played violent video games. Note: Jack Thompson says, “In every school shooting, we find that kids who pull the trigger are video gamers.”
Jack Thompson has been trying to raise the standard and heavily criticized a number of video games and campaigned against their producers and distributors. His basic argument is that violent video games have repeatedly been used by teenagers as “murder simulators” to rehearse violent plans. He has pointed to alleged connections between such games and a number of school massacres.
Jack also claims that scientific studies show teenagers process the game environment differently from adults, leading to increased violence and copycat behavior. So be careful what you watch, listen to, and read! You become what you think about!
Largely, unsupervised teen age boys are running wild and it is happening everywhere in America. But rarely do you hear about the social destruction of The Family in the PRESS!
We need to tell the politicians to STOP THE NONSENSE and begin dealing with the real reason why we are a violent country! Out of control young people are NOW living in a time where drug use and legalization is celebrated, and having babies out of wedlock is a prestige item in some places. The powers that be are making ridiculous excuses for violent behavior ignoring the realists and the break down of The Family, perferring to BLAME GUNS and WEALTHY PEOPLE saying the solution to every thing is “WE NEED MORE MONEY”. Even though the USA has among the highest percentage of educational spending per student in the entire world!
Now days we don’t make judgements on personal behavior and the misguided among us who glorify unsocial acts that includes the callous and largely irresponsible ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY which makes billions of dollars from destructive music and film.
The brutal truth is that Christopher Lane was MURDERED FOR NO REASON! It was an evil act and we need to stop the madness, call out those who are responsible for violent behavior and that includes derelict parents who SHOULD BE ASHAMED! You brought children into the world and have CORRUPTED THEM. IT DOESN’T GET MUCH LOWER THAN THAT!
As we “Raise The Standard”, let’s not FORGET to also LOOK UP and give thanks to our God above who is watching over us and is anxiously awaiting our return home.
Alan & Suzanne Osmond
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and will turn from their wicked ways, them I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and head their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Alan & Suzanne Osmond will be speaking at “Stand for The Family Conference” on Movember 15th, 2013, in Sandy, Utah for
“Strengthening the Family”.
Father’s Day – “Like Father, Like Son”
By Alan on Jun 15 in Blog tagged alan, Alan and Suzanne osmond, army lead, as He did, barrack, challenges, church, dedication died, education, eight boys, eternal, example, Family, family life, forever, George, George and Olive Osmond, good meals, help others, impacted, Jesus Christ, knowledge, lare family, Like Father, Like son, live again, love, love at home, loving home, married, memories, nurtured, order, organization, Osmonds, osmonds second generation, parallel, passed away, point the way, prayer, regimentation, respect, righteous, role model, same way, showed me, Sons, spirit, spirit world, Suzanne Pinegar, tender, The Family, traditions, truth, watched him, worked hard | 2 Comments
Father’s Day – “Like Father, Like Son”
“Having been born of goodly parents”, I was blessed to be the third member of a family of eight sons and one daughter of George and Olive Osmond. We grew up in the town of Ogden, Utah with fond memories of a wonderful family life.
My Mother, Olive, was so kind and tender as she nurtured us children. She love to cook and taught us music in a most wonderful and loving home. Her parents were both educators and my mother would have been too, but she fulfilled her first priority and married my father and had a large family. Because she loved education, she asked my father to build a schoolroom in the attic of our home where she used her skills as a teacher and theologian to teach us children many truths.
My Father was my hero and my role model. We called him “Father” out of respect and I wanted to be like him when I grew up. I was by his side when he built, plumbed, wired, and remodeled homes as a great carpenter. I watched him and was by his side when he milked cows, hauled hay, irrigated the orchard and fields, or as we stamped and packaged postal items at the post office that he had. Father also loved to sing. I sat behind him while he was driving the car and as we sang together, he would sing in harmony with Mother. That was how I learned to sing harmony. Learning that skill truly impacted my life. Father taught me how to fish, to hoe sugar beets and how to drive the tractor and haul hay. He always involved my brothers and me in his work projects and led by example. He always stood by us when the going got tough or was challenging. You see, Father had been an army sergeant and knew how to lead men. Several evidences of that training showed up in how he raised our sister Marie and us eight boys.
One example of that was when we got older and our home needed more bedrooms. Father decided to build on to the back of our house and built what he called, a dormitory. Yes, you are right, it was like an army barrack with seven military metal framed army cots and blankets, foot lockers at the end of the beds, and open closets where our clothes needed to be neatly hung and arranged as there where regular inspections that occurred. He knew how to lead and train military men in the army so like them, Father taught us in many of the same ways and how to have order. Some neighbors had asked him if the way he was raising his kids wasn’t ‘regimentation’. He would just smile and respond back saying; “I look at it as organization.”
I remember many times when he helped friends by serving them. My Father and Mother were always doing things to help others. They started the Osmond Foundation to raise money for deaf children, two of which were my older brothers. This was a pattern of my father and I wanted to be like him, “Like Father, Like Son.” He was a hard worker and organizer and gave freely of his time in headed up several fundraising projects within the church and the community.
Like my father, I too, found and married the most wonderful girl in the world, Suzanne Pinegar, and she is my eternal partner. Suzanne has blessed me with eight wonderful
sons. As a father, I tried to raise them the best I knew.
I can look back and see a parallel in many of the same ways and traditions that I learned from my father. Those patterns and traditions of life now exist among us as a family with our sons and their families. Yes, they honor me and call me Father and they have learned to work hard and to never give up. Yes, they also love
music and have excelled in it masterfully. I told them to get “real jobs” and they did get good educations with a love to learn. Yes, they love the out of doors like I did as a son and are all Eagle Scouts. Seven of them so far have served full time missions and have returned and married. Yes, they grew up in a home with respect, order, good cooking, love, and with religious convictions that honors our Lord Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. We learn from Jesus’s example that even what He did, was as His Father has done; “Like Father, like Son”.
This Father’s Day, I reflect back on my father’s life and how much he showed me by example the way to be and to become. He taught us to be positive and to never give up when we were challenged and would say, “You can do it”. He also taught us that “You can be what you want to become, if you become what you want to be.” He was hard working yet a righteous man with a tender “marshmallow” heart”, as my mother would say, as he blessed his family and took us all to church. He served in the bishopric and held several other church callings in which he blessed others. We never had a meal together without first having a word of prayer and giving thanks and blessing the food. We always had family prayer at night and even before every show that my family and I did later when we became entertainers. When major decisions were made, we would counsel with the Lord together in kneeling family prayer seeking inspiration and giving thanks. This was the way we grew up because it was the way he did.
I remember the day my mother passed away and which was a hard thing and then not long after that when my father died. It is not easy to see them go but it is those times when the knowledge of that they had taught us gave us the understanding that we would live again and be with them. When my Father died, I was the first one to be by his side. I saw him lying cold and still on his bed. His body was there but my Father’s spirit wasn’t. I shed some tears and held his hand as I offered a prayer of gratitude to my Heavenly Father. I thanked Him for giving me the greatest earthly father I could ever have and for the good man that he was. It was then that I honestly started to smile as I knew he was now once again with my Mother in the Spirit world. I looked at him and said, “Father, save me a place, up there.”
Some day, I too, will graduate and do as my Father, my Savior, and my God have done, and live on eternally. ”Like Father, Like Son”.
Mothers Who Drug Us
By Alan on Jun 08 in Blog tagged bad report card, disobeyed parents, disrespectful, family prayer, family reunions, for scriptures, mothers, respect, to church, who drug us | 2 Comments
Bless our mothers who drugged us!
The other day, an old friend read that a methamphetamine lab had been found just a few blocks from his home. He asked me a rhetorical question,
“Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?”
I replied: I had a drug problem when I was young.
I was drug to church on Sunday morning then again in the afternoon.
I was drug to church for mutual, weddings and funerals.
I was drug out of bed at 5:30 am every morning for scriptures and family prayer.
I was drug away from playing to have nighttime family prayers.
I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.
I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.
I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profane four-letter word.
I was drug out to pull weeds in Dad’s garden and Mom’s flowerbeds. I was drug from my friend’s house when I hadn’t finished my chores.
I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help our some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood; and if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.
Those drugs are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.
For The Family
Mormon Temples Are Places Apart From The World
By Alan on Apr 04 in Blog tagged 150 Built or under construction, All are welcome, dedicate, for eternity, God's laws, Holiness to the Lord, holy, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Kansas City, Latter-day Saints, maintain sacredness, members, Missouri, Mormon, Mormon Temples Are places apart, ordinances, place of worship, respect, reverence, sacred purposed, set aart, temple, temple-goers, temples are not open to the public, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The House of The Lord, unite families together, Washington Post | 2 Comments
Mormon temples are places apart from the world.
Later this week yet another new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint–this one in Kansas City, Missouri–will open its doors for public tours before being dedicated. After dedication, the building will no longer be open to the public, but only to members of the church “in good standing.”
To some, it seems like a curious thing for a place of worship not to open its doors to all comers. It may be a good time to try to explain.
Mormon temples come in all shapes and sizes. They range from the iconic six-spired granite edifice on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, to the towering white marble structure familiar to Beltway commuters in Washington, D.C., to the smaller temples in unlikely places like Nuku’alofa in Tonga, or Hong Kong.
In all, Latter-day Saint temples now number around 150 built or under construction –more than half of them finished or started within the past dozen years. All of them, no matter what the architecture or location, have one external identifying feature in common. Above or close to the front entrance, etched in capital letters, is the inscription: “Holiness to the Lord. The House of the Lord.”
Bible scholars will recognize the words. In the days of Moses the phrase “holiness to the Lord” was inscribed on a kind of headband or crown worn by the high priest, whose duties and vestments are described in detail in the Old Testament books of Exodus and Leviticus. While the office of high priest has long ceased to exist among the Jews, there is a world of meaning in the same words now inscribed on every Latter-day Saint temple.
The English word “holy” doesn’t entirely capture the intent conveyed by the ancient Hebrew. English usage of “holy” certainly associates objects or people with the sacred, as in worship. But the original Hebrew (kah-dash), Greek (hagios) and Latin (sanctum) each carry the additional sense of something separate or “set apart” for sacred purposes. Latter-day Saints understand the words “Holiness to the Lord” in exactly this way. Temples are places consecrated, dedicated and set apart for sacred purposes, and when temple-goers walk through the doors they have already set themselves apart mentally.
Set apart from what? From the distractions of the world, from the profane and materialistic, and instead–as the apostle Paul urged Jesus’ followers –in order to set their affection “on things above, not on things on the earth.”
A few years ago a leader of my church put it rather well: “Holiness is the strength of the soul. It comes by faith and through obedience to God’s laws and ordinances. God then purifies the heart by faith, and the heart becomes purged from that which is profane and unworthy. When holiness is achieved by conforming to God’s will, one knows intuitively that which is wrong and that which is right before the Lord. Holiness speaks when there is silence, encouraging that which is good or reproving that which is wrong.”
Isn’t this the same reason why we walk through the doors of any church? No, not exactly. There are many thousands of Latter-day Saint chapels, or meetinghouses, around the world, and of course just like other churches they are treated with reverence and respect. Our buildings typically include a chapel for public Sunday services, classrooms, a basketball court and a kitchen to service recreational activities through the week. For Latter-day Saints, these buildings are part house of worship, part community center and all are welcome to join us in worship and communion.
No Latter-day Saint would ever regard the temple as a community center. For a temple-going Latter-day Saint, crossing the threshold of a temple is accompanied by a wholly different feeling than walking through the doors of a chapel for Sunday worship. To begin with, we don’t go to the temple on a particular day of the week. There is no schedule for temple attendance and no expectation of frequency beyond a person’s own motivation. Temple attendance is not a matter of calendar but of a personal desire for a higher commitment to God. In a weekly Sunday service, our taking of the “communion,” or “sacrament” as we call it, is an act of reconciliation, a reminder of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and a symbolic gesture that invites the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives for the coming week. In the temple, however, “Holiness to the Lord” engenders something more – an understanding that we are not simply going to try to live our faith for another week, but that we are about to make personal promises to God to consecrate and dedicate our whole lives to him.
Ultimately we show our loyalty and devotion to God by observing what Jesus described as the second great commandment –by loving our neighbor. Men and women through the ages have sought places of spiritual sanctuary, free from the temptations of the outside world, where they can draw close to God. Monastic orders and convents are one manifestation of this. But Latter-day Saints see the temple not as a place of permanent retreat, but as a place of personal covenants, where for an hour or two they can immerse themselves in communion with God, render ceremonial service for those who have departed this life, and unite families together for eternity through sacred ordinances. Paradoxically, the resultant effect of temple worship is not withdrawal or isolation from the world, but to impel the believer to re-enter the world better prepared to serve members of one’s family, church, neighborhood and beyond.
Former Church President Gordon B. Hinckley described it this way when speaking to a large gathering of men in the church in October of 1995:
“If every man in this church…were to go to the house of the Lord and renew his covenants in solemnity before God and witnesses, we would be a better people. There would be little or no infidelity among us. Divorce would almost entirely disappear. So much of heartache and heartbreak would be avoided. There would be a greater measure of peace and love and happiness in our homes. There would be fewer weeping wives and weeping children. There would be a greater measure of appreciation and of mutual respect among us. And I am confident the Lord would smile with greater favor upon us.”
With all of this in mind, a few moments’ thought should make it obvious why temples are not open to the public. In my whole life I have never heard a church member refer to a temple as “secret.” The term of choice is “sacred,” and Mormons understand the difference. It is important for Latter-day Saints to maintain that sacredness. Large “visitors welcome” signs routinely flank our chapels, but they are not to be found at temples, other than those few that have adjacent visitors’ centers. Rather than places for casual visits from the public, temples are places where we continue a spiritual journey already begun. While we do not invite the public into the temple, we do invite sensitivity, understanding and mutual respect for the sacred – values which are sadly diminishing even in our religiously pluralistic society.
Micheal Otterson is an On Faith panelist for The Washington Post
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I Miss George W. Bush
By Alan on May 12 in Blog tagged class, George W. Bush, honor, humble, I miss George W. Bush, military, President, principles, respect, salute, The Family, theFamily | 1 Comment
There’s a group of ladies in the Dallas area who make and stuff neck pillows for soldiers coming through DFW airport.
They go to the airport and meet the incoming planes every week and greet the soldiers coming back for a few weeks R&R, give them a pillow and tell them they pray for them and thank them for their service.
The lady who took the pictures said everyone was so surprised to see George and Laura Bush recently just standing quietly in the waiting area with others who come to meet the troop planes. She said it was amazing to watch the faces of the soldiers light up in recognition when they spotted them and that many came over to speak and shake hands.
This is what an American-born President does for the troops.
(And he is not running for anything)
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The Christian Case For Mormon Values. – Washington Post.
By Alan on Mar 21 in Blog tagged Americans, Christian, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jon Huntsman, Dallin H. Oaks, Family, Glenn Beck, God, history, inspiration, jews, Joseph Smith, LDS, LDS Church, media, member, Mitt Romney, Mormon Church, Mormonism is solution, politicians, prophet, public opinion, religious liberty, respect, The Christian Case For Mormon Values, truths, values, vote, Washington Post | 4 Comments
Here is an interesting perspective on the Mormon Church by a Washington Post writer…
The Christian Case For Mormon Values.
With former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney both believed to be gearing up for a run for the presidency, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has again found itself answering questions about what these two prominent members believe.
Post reporter Sandhya Somashekhar wrote in a story published Tuesday that Mormon leaders see the ascendancy of these and other Mormons (such as convert Glenn Beck) as a sign “that the community has finally ‘arrived,’” but added “researchers say there remains a deep mistrust of Mormons and that little has changed in public opinion to suggest that voters will be more open this year than they were in 2007.” If conservative Christian and Mormons share a political agenda, why do suspicions still plague Mormon politicians? Do media personalities such as Glenn Beck help or hurt the cause?
God works in mysterious ways to perform his wonders. Old testament prophets complained about the instruments God chose, but God went on being God despite their complaints. 2012 is likely to give Americans two serious candidates for President that are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Many conservative Christians, for good and bad, get inspiration and information from Glenn Beck, who is also a member of the church.
Should Americans be concerned? Bluntly, no, though those of us who are not Mormon should be depressed that such a small group has outworked, out thought, and out hustled us. Mormon success should spur traditional Christians, who outnumber Mormons by tens of millions, to do better.
Sadly ignorance of the LDS Church is widespread in our culture. Despite over a century of faithful citizenship and embracing family values, stupid stereotypes remain. Magically much of the media easily remembers Glenn Beck is Mormon, but keeps forgetting that Harry Reid is as well. Sacred garments on Christians and Jews are normal, but sacred garments on Mormons?
Of course, there is a vocal fringe of Americans who think any religious person is nuts. These equal-opportunity offenders can be ignored as invincibly ignorant. They don’t respect Mormons, because they don’t respect Christians, Jews, Muslims, or anybody who thinks we are more than computers made out of meat.
There is another group, sadly not so tiny, that cannot be friends or co-laborers with anyone who does not share their theology or ideology. This sectarianism is the bane of any movement, but most Americans know we can learn and work with almost anyone if they share our values in some area.
There are no good reasons not to consider voting for a Mormon. Theologically, I disagree with the faith’s teachings. My professional speaking has included pointed academic encounters with LDS professors about our areas of disagreement. Simultaneously, serious disagreements have not prevented our making common cause on many issues.
Studying Mormonism closely did not make me a Mormon, to the contrary, but it did give an abiding respect for certain things the LDS church gets right. They have demonstrated things worth knowing. If this is a Mormon moment in American history, there is a reason for it. Their virtues have particular civic relevance today and their theological vices (from my point of view) do not. The LDS I know love America, urge good behavior on their members, and promote many traditional American values. If that bothers you, vote for somebody else–the LDS will fight and die in the American forces for your right to do so.
TheLDS church made North America sacred space. With native Americans and spanish mission builders in California. They have loved this land and made it part of their story. The Mormon revelation, whatever its origins, is centered in North America .
Part of that epic is actual Mormon history: born, bred, and thriving in the United States of America . Mormonism is old enough by American standards to feel “ancient,” but young enough to make the founding stories easy for Americans to understand. Joseph Smith received his revelations closer than four score years after the American founding. Any literate english speaker can read founding Mormon documents without the need for much translation or scholarly explanation, but knowledge of American history is vital. Most Americans look abroad for ” Holy Land ,” but Mormons look here.
This gives them a passion for this place difficult for anyone else to match. Other religious groups must work harder to match this sense of place that the LDS Church has naturally.
A great weakness of our lives today is isolation and loneliness. Mormonism is one solution to that problem for many. LDS Church services to members and communities are a free market model for private charity. I have personally seen LDS charity help families that were not LDS, but related to a member. The charity gave work-centered help that met needs without sacrificing dignity. The commendable community found in Mormonism should be imitated not attacked.
For good and bad, Mormonism is deeply American. Born on our frontier and nurtured in our wilderness, American values are Mormon values. And yet, no LDS swaggers into the culture assuming he will be accepted. Mormons know the imperfections of American life. An American mob murdered their founder. As a result of their history, Mormons have a thoughtful and subtle take on religion in the public square. This last week Dallin H. Oaks, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, gave an important speech at the Chapman University School of Law in California on religious liberty.
I am sure Glenn Beck would agree that more Americans should read that speech, even if it meant turning off his program. Oaks, a professor and judge, not Beck, represent the best civic face of the LDS Church .
If this is, as the Washington Post suggests, a Mormon moment, it is because Mormons clung to truths now unfashionable and addressed questions others ignore. They suffered exile in their own land, persecution, and the need to change important ideas to be part of the broader culture. This American experience taught them good lessons about America . Being right is powerful and most LDS are right on many of today’s big issues: the nature of family, the protection of life, defense of religious liberty, and republican values.
Traditional christians should learn from their example and patriotic Americans should celebrate their effective service. Mormons like Harry Reid will never get my vote, because his policy ideas do not match with mine, but a Mormon like Mitt Romney could, because I support his good ideas.
Providence works in peculiar ways and it is particularly odd for an evangelical and orthodox Christian to be grateful for this Mormon moment in American history. But if a biblical prophet could celebrate the pagan emperor Cyrus for being God’s man to free his people, surely we can praise our Mormon countrymen for sounding a trumpet call to rally America to life and liberty .
Washington Post article written by John Mark Reynolds | February 9, 2011; 7:29 PM ET
“Vote for the Man and for the Values he stands for, regardless of his religion.”
For The Family
Out Of The Mouths Of Babes. Letters To God.
By Alan on Mar 11 in Blog tagged babes, children, compassion, faith, Family, forgiveness, Jesus Christ, LDS, Letters, Lord, love, out of the mouths, prayer, principles, Proclamation To The World, repentance, respect, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to God, wholesome recreational activities, work | 2 Comments
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“Happiness in family life is most likely to be acheived when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”
(“The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”)
Being part of a family is a great blessing. Yor family can provide you with companiionship and happiness, help you learn correct principles in a loving atmosphere, and help you prepare for eternal life. Not all families are the same, but each is important in Heavenly Father’s plan.
Do your part to build a happy home. Be cheerful, helpful, and considerate of others. Many problems in the home are created because family members speak and act selfishly or unkindly. Concern yourself with the needs of other family members. Seek to be a peacemaker rather than to tease, fight, and quarel. Remember that the family is the most sacred unit of the Church.
Honor your parents by showing love and respect for them and by being obedient. Be willing to help in the home with chores that need to be done. Participate in family activities and traditions, including family prayer, family home evenings, and family scripture reading. These traditions strengthen and unify families. Set a good example for other family members.
Strengthen your relationships with your brothers and sisters. They can become your closest friends. Support them in their interests and help them with problems they may be facing.
For The Strength of Youth
For The Family
Successful Marriages and Families.
By Alan on Nov 19 in Daily Inspiration tagged compassion, faith, Family, forgiveness, love, marriage, prayer, recreation, repentance, respect, work | Comments Off
The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles declare that “successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”