Monday, August 29, 2011

The War in Heaven Today

President Ezra Taft Benson once said:

“Every person on the earth today chose the right side during the war in heaven. Be on the right side now.” (Assembly Hall, Temple Square, Feb. 1966)

The doctrine of a war in Heaven is not exclusive to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In Revelation 12:7–9, we read:

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Though all Bible believing religions recognize a war in Heaven, the knowledge of what the war was all about is exclusive to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We read in Moses 4:3,

Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down;

Above, we read the words of Ezra Taft Benson explaining the need to be on the right side of that war now. That war is not over. President David O McKay said:

There are “two contending Forces. Those forces are known and have been designated by different terms throughout the ages. “In the beginning” they were known as Satan on the one hand, and Christ on the other… In these days, they are called “domination by the state,” on one hand, “personal liberty,” on the other.”

From the words of the Prophets we see that battle isn’t over, and where the battle lines are drawn today. We see that what Christ has fought for, continues to fight for and asks us to fight for is freedom of the individual, “personal liberty”.

In fact, John Taylor said,

“Besides the preaching of the Gospel, we have another mission, namely, the perpetuation of the free agency of man and the maintenance of liberty, freedom, and the rights of man.” –General Conference April 1882

To magnify this point, the February 2006 Ensign magazine, had an article written by Elder Shirley D Christensen of the Seventy, entitled, “I, the Lord God, Make You Free.” In it he said;

“Are we doing all that we should to preserve freedom wherever we live? …The Lord has placed upon His children the responsibility of preserving their precious freedoms.”

The Lord made us free, and He instituted governments to protect us in our freedoms (See D&C 134). Is there a specific governmental structure that He has created to fulfill his purposes in this regards?

The Lord tells us in D&C 101:77–80

The laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, …

That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment…And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land…

. Reiterating the Constitutions importance, President David O McKay said, and recently, Elder L Tom Perry reiterated:

“Next to being one in worshiping God there is nothing in this world upon which this Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States” (BYU, Sept. 1987)

Unfortunately sometimes we think this is engaging in politics. President Joseph F Smith had something to say in those regards:

“There has been a tendency among some Latter-day Saints, even when the Constitution is mentioned, to say, ‘There he goes talking politics.’ I am not talking politics. I am quoting the words of the Lord.” Joseph F. Smith CR April 1946

The Constitution is the word of the Lord, why would we want to skim by, or ignore such a thing as this?

Why do we need to be united in “upholding and defending the Constitution”? Why does it need defending? No one would want to attack or weaken it… would they?

The prophets have some revealing insight on the matter. In Gen Conf. President J. Reuben Clark Jr. of the First Presidency said. “I say unto you with all the soberness I can, that we stand in danger of losing our liberties, and that once lost, only blood will bring them back; and once lost, we of this Church will, in order to keep the Church going forward, have more sacrifices to make and more persecutions to endure than we have yet known, heavy as our sacrifices and grievous as our persecutions of the past have been.” -Conference Report, April 1944

President Clark taught us here that our freedom is under attack. What is the cause of such a threat to freedom?

President Benson said,

“Concerning the United States, the Lord revealed to his prophets that its greatest threat would be a vast, worldwide “secret combination” which would not only threaten the United States but also seek to “overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations.”- Conference Report, October 1961

Expounding on this, President Benson said:

“Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon was the “keystone of our religion” and the “most correct” book on earth. (DHC, vol. 6, p. 56.) This most correct book on earth states that the downfall of two great American civilizations came as a result of secret conspiracies whose desire was to overthrow the freedom of the people.

Now undoubtedly Moroni could have pointed out many factors that led to the destruction of the people, but notice how he singled out the secret combinations, just as the Church today could point out many threats to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work, but it has singled out as the greatest threat the Godless conspiracy. There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon—it is a conspiracy fact. And along this line I would highly recommend to you a new book entitled, ‘None Dare Call It Conspiracy’.”(Gen. Conf. April, 1972)

The scriptures describe this latter-day conspiracy that seeks to destroy the freedoms of all lands, nations and countries Ether 8:23–25 teaches us that this Latter-Day conspiracy seeks to:
Get Power (Vs. 23)
Get Gain or Money (Vs. 23)
Murder (vs. 24)
Overthrow Freedom in all Lands, Nations, and Countries (vs. 25)
Bring Destruction to all People (vs. 25)

As was shown before, the Lords prophets have admonished us to “do all we can to preserve freedom”. Moroni pleads for the same here as well. He says that when we “awake to our awful situation,” that we must
Repent of Our Sins (vs. 23)
Not Allow This Conspiracy to Get Above You (vs. 23)

If we do allow it, it will prove our destruction just as it did the Jaredites and the Nephites.

We are still involved in this Satan vs. the Lord battle, and Latter-day Saints are Satan’s biggest obstacle to accomplishing his plan, so we are his major focus. Satan tries to trick Latter-day Saints not to “get involved” in the freedom battle.

In General Conference of April 1965, then Elder Benson, exposes those tactics of the evil on;

“We really haven’t received much instruction about freedom,” the devil says.

This is a lie, for we have been warned time and again… Last conference I spoke of a book embodying much of the prophets’ warnings on freedom…which I commend to you. It is entitled Prophets, Principles, and National Survival.

“You’re too involved in other church work,” says the devil.

But freedom is a weighty matter of the law; the lesser principles of the gospel you should keep but not leave this one undone. We may have to balance and manage our time better.

“Don’t worry,” says the devil “the Lord will protect you, and besides the world is so corrupt and heading toward destruction at such a pace that you can’t stop it, so why try.” Well to begin with, the Lord will not protect us unless we do our part. But many of the prophecies referring to America’s preservation are conditional. That is, if we do our duty we can be preserved, and if not then we shall be destroyed. This means that a good deal of the responsibility lies with the priesthood of this Church as to what happens to America and as to how much tragedy can be avoided if we do act now.

“Don’t do anything in the fight for freedom until the Church sets up its own specific program to save the Constitution.”

To those slothful servants who will not do anything until they are “compelled in all things.” Maybe the Lord will never set up a specific church program for the purpose of saving the Constitution.

The Prophet Joseph Smith declared it will be the elders of Israel who will step forward to help save the Constitution, not the Church.

ETB Gen Oct 1966

Just live the gospel; there’s no need to get involved in trying to save freedom and the Constitution (says the devil)….

Of course, this is dangerous reasoning, because in reality you cannot fully live the gospel without working to save freedom and the Constitution…

Now that we understand there are no good excuses and we need to be actively engaged, what are we to do?

In General Conference, October 1987, President Benson, as President of the Church laid out these steps:

First and foremost, we must be righteous

Second, we must learn the principles of the Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers

Third, we must become involved in civic affairs to see that we are properly represented…

Fourth, we must make our influence felt by our vote, our letters, our teaching, and our advice.

Then in the General Conference of October 2003, Elder M Russell Ballard said:

“’The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ We need to raise our voices with other concerned citizensthroughout the world in opposition to current trends.

Elder Christensen, in the February 2006 Ensign, emphasized this as well when he said,

What a sacred privilege and responsibility is ours to participate with other like-minded people to ensure that basic freedoms are preserved wherever we reside.

In addition to certain things we can do on our own, we have a “Responsibility” to join and work with others to reverse current trends and preserve freedom. Elder Christensen recommends working with those of “like-mind”. Those groups of like-minded people should understand the Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers, and that its biggest threat is a conspiracy that seeks to destroy every land and country.

In the June 2007 Ensign President Hinckley said,

“That war (the War in Heaven), so bitter, so intense, has never ceased. It is the war… between agency and compulsion, between the followers of Christ and those who have denied Him. His enemies have used every stratagem in that conflict. They’ve indulged in lying and deceit. They’ve employed money and wealth. They’ve tricked the minds of men. They’ve murdered and destroyed and engaged in every kind of evil practice to thwart the work of Christ.”

Those enemies of Christ have sought to destroy His work, but those efforts are in vain. In the end, the Lord wins! President Benson testified,

The Lord has declared that before the second coming of Christ it will be necessary to “destroy the secret works of darkness” in order to preserve the land of Zion” the Americas. (2 Nephi 10:11–16.) – General Conference, Sept. 1961

Those that seek to destroy freedom in America must be defeated. They will be defeated. The only question that remains is; which side of the fence will we be on?
- by Ezra Taylor

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Tale of Two Busses

A Tale of Two Buses

At top, Sarah Palin's bus. At bottom, Barack Obama's. Each speaks volumes about its riders.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Keep Tahoe Blue

Silver Stock Report

by Jason Hommel, August 17th, 2011

My intellectual curiosity got the best of me, and so, I attended the Lake Tahoe Summit 2011, the 15th Annual event sponsored by CA Senator, Diane Feinstein. 

15th annual Lake Tahoe Summit: Restoration may depend on private dollars, officials say
Governor Jerry Brown also spoke.  What did they say?  Not much other than self-congradulatory absurd nonsense, and that they measured success by the only way they know how, by how much government money they threw at the problem!  What problem?
It's all about keeping Tahoe Blue!  See, the waters of Lake Tahoe are crystal clear, and the depth of the visible clarity has varied over the last 43 years anywhere from about 120 feet to 60 feet, with the lake generally slightly losing slight clarity over this recent time period.
The Federal government has spent $1.5 billion dollars, since 1997, to "help keep Tahoe Blue."  I wonder if they even know why the lake is clear?  See, I asked the question since the lake has probably always been clear for thousands of years.  The truth is that the "keep Tahoe Blue" lady did not know what actually keeps Tahoe waters clear and blue.
She admitted that scientists don't actually know if it's the low winter temperature, or whether it's the depth of the lake waters, or whether it's something in the local mountainous sediment that actually retards algae growth that helps keep the waters clear.

Nevertheless, the $1.5 billion spent to keep Tahoe waters clear have been spent primarily to reduce sediment runoff into the lake, despite the fact that they can only theorize that less sediment might keep the waters clear.  Or not.  Runoff sediment might also kill the algae that cloud the waters, but they don't really know. 

What's really peculiar is that while they boast about all this spending over the last 15 years, that's precisely the time period of a growth of a particular strain of algae that is admittedly responsible for 99% of the clouding of the waters.  Furthermore, this algae was previously present in the lake, and also absent from the lake, prior to this recent 15 year period.  So, it could be that the slight clouding of the waters is a recurring natural phenomenon completely unrelated to recent activity by man, and thus, 100% of the government's efforts could be completely wasted.
Actually, the scientific data show that when the Tahoe waters are more mixed up from the depths, such as from wind and waves, the water clarity increases.  In other words, the lake may well be self cleaning due to the depth of the waters, and the cold, and possibly also by the type of sediment runoff into the lake, but again, they don't really know. 
What's particularly interesting is that about 100 years ago, most of the trees in the Tahoe Basin were clearcut for mining interests in Virgina city, the Comstock silver load.  Even with all those trees gone, and even with all the increased sediment going into the lake at that time, the waters of Tahoe remain crystal clear blue to this day.
Nevertheless, even though history shows that cutting all the trees in Tahoe won't cloud the lake, there is a ban on cutting trees with a diameter of over 30 inches, because it might be an "old growth" tree of over 100 years old, and cutting one tree down might damage the clarity of the lake, due to the theory of increased erosion causing lake clouding.  So, not only is government spending wasteful, but it's actually harmful, as it's preventing people from developing their own properties as they wish.
Here's another hypocritical issue that makes no sense:  This "movement" to "keep Tahoe Blue" so that future generations of people can see the clear waters, is somehow far more important than actually allowing people now to build homes and cabins so that people today can actually have a place to stay so that they can come up to the lake now and enjoy it.   Quite the contradiction I think.  The literature at this "green" event boasts of all the development projects that have been prevented or put on hold due to litigation. 
See, they actually turn around that whole legal maxim, "innocent until proven guilty", and now, if you are a developer, you are guilty of potentially clouding the waters of lake Tahoe, until you can prove yourself innocent.  But they don't have to prove their theories one iota.  Another hypocritical contradiction.
This year, the annual government budget for keeping Tahoe Blue went down from about $300 million down to about $34 million, so private sector donations are expected to help pick up the slack.  They boasted of raising $200,000 from the private sector in the last few days.
But keep the faith!  It seems like a faith, actually.  Isn't this excessive and unscientific environmentalism a lot like "Earth Worship"?  Isn't it a religion then?  If so, then it seems like it's a violation of the "establishment" clause of the first amendment for any government money to be spent at all on this kind of a project, since the first amendment bans the government from establishing a religion.  But that's exactly what they have done.
This faith even has it's own prophecy of doom.  "If nothing is done, the lake waters could turn gray from all the pollution of man in less than ten years, and we must do anything possible to prevent that."   Even $1.5 billion spent, regardless of scientific proof of any merit.  If a man's life is worth $1 million, then they just wasted 1,500 lives over the past 15 years, on nothing.
But they really don't know if they can prevent the lake from clouding over, or not, nor do they really know what they should be doing to prevent that, but they now assume it's mostly likely "road sediment" that is the most important factor to limit. 
Again, hypocritically, their false prophecy does assume that if the lake waters turn gray, they could never reverse the damage, which makes spending as much as possible now, into a "dire emergency". 
There's no evidence at all whether the lake clouding trend of the last 43 years is part of a larger 80 year clouding and clearing cycle!  Based on the current theory that sediment causes lake clouding, I can only assume the lake was more cloudy back 100 years ago when they clear cut all the trees, but there's no evidence of that, either!  But doing "something" seems better than doing nothing.  They have no idea whether they will be adding Tahoe ground sediment into the lake 20 years from now to kill off the algae growth!
Note, there are no plans to "keep the sun yellow" or "keep the skies blue", because it is generally assumed that they will always stay that way.  Well, lake Tahoe has been around for 6000 years or more, with clear waters, so I tend to think that trend will continue, regardless of how much money the government spends.
Perhaps instead of "keep Tahoe Blue", we ought to champion, "keep Politicians poor!"
The point is that the politicians continue to spend the dollar until it will ultimately self-destruct, which it should have done by now, if most people had a clue.
Bonds will pay less than inflation now.
US Bonds that pay 3.6% per year over 30 years have a major downside risk; specifically, they are likely to increase far less than inflation.  Gas prices have increased, over the last ten years, from $1.50 to $3.50 per gallon, which is an annual increase of 8.5%. Currency creation now stands at about $2 trillion annually, which is an increase of about 13%! Your investments must now increase by 13% per year, just to stay ahead of inflation. Thus, bonds have a negative real return!
The solution is silver.  Buy silver.
Silver has gone up, now, from $4.15/oz. in 2003 to $40.87/oz. this week in the fall of 2011.  Silver is going up by 31%, on average, per year, over the last 8.5 years.
Silver will likely continue to go up by 30% per year, or more, for at least the next decade, until silver hits about $500/oz.  Why?
Because if even only 1% of US money were spent on silver, this would be about $180 billion, but only $7 billion is spent on physical silver by investors per year.  That much money, moving into such a tiny market, will push up the price tremendously.  If we assume that such investors could only buy about 300 million oz. annually, as the rest will continue to be consumed by industry, then we can calculate a good price:  $180,000 million divided by 300 million ounces of silver = $600/oz.! 
If you are a "conservationist", you should conserve silver.  You will be well rewarded, and may even be able to buy a home on Lake Tahoe afterwards, to enjoy the crystal clear waters all you want.
It's hard to argue with such rational thoughts, isn't it?  My problem is that most people don't like to admit the irrational beliefs that they cherish.
And "they" think my religion is bad!
If you think I'm full of BS, please consider making a tax free donation from $1 to $1000 to my new "keep the sun yellow" campaign.  Remember, anything you contribute will help me, no matter how small. 
I'm sure you have seen dark orange sunsets.  This could become permanent if we don't do something soon.  My theory is that pollution from the earth is rapidly spinning out of control towards the sun, tinting the color, and if left unchecked, the sun could turn black and kill us all.  We must spend billions of dollars now, to prevent this imminent disaster!  The plan, which all reputable scientists agree with, is to shoot high powered microwaves into the atmosphere to incinerate all particulates that may escape into space and ultimately collide into, pollute, and destroy the sun.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

It's Personal

Back in the early 1800s when Erastus Blackman wanted to keep more of his income than his "owner" allowed, he could have shot his owner in order to obtain his freedom as many of his friends did, but he instead headed west where Mormons were against slavery and would allow him to keep the money he earned. 
As it turned out, the government after much bloodshed decided to uphold the Constitution's declaration that freedom was a God given right and that man did not have the authority to over ride it.
Some people were hesitant to "kill" another human being due to the ten commandments, but became aware that standing up for God's Law of freedom sometimes requires killing the oppressor as it were in self-defense.
Clearly, if someone intended harm to your children whether born or not, most of us would be willing to kill the threat if necessary, regardless of whether or not Johnny Law approved.
The Liberals have made no secret that they intend to enslave not only this generation, but forthcoming generations as yet unborn, in order to fulfil their promise to the Evil One as repayment for election. 
No one with a brain thinks it is right, Christ-like, or even inevitable.  Just as the labor unions hold a gun to the head of business to demand evil and unwanted extortions, so it is that current law makers are enslaving us and our children without our permission.
The evil liberals have a singleness of purpose and are united in their lifelong pledge to perform the work of the devil.  The progressives have been working on this plan for hundreds of years across many generations.  Each one shares equally in the destruction of mankind.  Some people think that the citizens that vote for these Satanic devils are as guilty as the devils themselves. 
So even though Barack Hussein Obama is the human spokesman for the Evil One, each liberal or progressive share equally in the plot to overthrow the Divine Plan as Jesus Christ outlined it to Almighty God. 
Therefore, it is plainly self-defense to eliminate the threat at any cost, even death of the perpetrator at a thousand yards.
At some point we have to realize that the person the liberals intend to inslave is our own child.  It becomes personal.  Because it is to them.  Satan will not quit until God makes him quit and it is our responsibility to protect our families in the meantime.