History of the Church April 22

“When Joseph Smith was incarcerated in Liberty Jail, with no prospect of release, an extermination order had been issued against the Saints. This made it necessary for Brigham Young to organize the Saints to move them from Missouri. The migration from Missouri in February of 1839 caused many to complain that the Lord had forsaken His people. Some of the Church members questioned the wisdom of once again gathering the Saints together in one location.”Crossing the Mississippi and pausing in some of the smaller communities along its banks proved to be a respite necessary for the membership to receive new direction from their leaders. The Prophet Joseph Smith wrote from Liberty Jail, encouraging the Saints not to scatter but to gather together, then build from centers of strength.”In April of that year, Joseph and Hyrum and their fellow prisoners were allowed to escape from the jail in Missouri. They arrived in Quincy, Illinois, on the 22nd day of April of 1839. The Prophet immediately went to work to find a place to gather the Saints. He found a spot on the banks of the Mississippi River that looked like it had promise. He named the city Nauvoo, meaning ‘beautiful,’ but at that time it was anything but beautiful. It was a swampy peninsula that had not been drained. Out of the swamp-infested land rose a city that could truly be called beautiful.”The first homes in Nauvoo were huts, tents, and a few abandoned buildings. Then the Saints started to build log cabins. As time and capital would allow, framed buildings were erected, and, still later, more substantial brick buildings were built.”The Prophet had a design to build a community of Saints. He had three major objectives: first, economic; second, educational; and third, spiritual.”Topic:
L. Tom Perry, “Building a Community of Saints,” Ensign, May 2001, 36

Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail

History of the Church April 14

“Upon my return from my visit to Sanpete County, I felt the desire to learn more about its early pioneers. I decided to spend a few hours in the new Church History Library and read a little about their history.”It was in the year 1849, just two years after they had arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, when Brigham Young, the great colonizer of the West, called a group of Saints to journey south and start building their homes and communities all over again in another desert wasteland. A short time after they had settled in Sanpete, President Heber C. Kimball, a counselor to President Brigham Young, visited the Manti community and promised them that on the hill overlooking the valley, a temple would be built using stone from the mountains to the east. . . .”The cornerstone was laid on April 14, 1879, some 30 years after they had arrived in the Sanpete Valley. There are many stories that could be told about the diligence of the workmen, who put their very best into the construction of this beautiful temple. President Gordon B. Hinckley said several years ago at the rededication of the Manti Temple, ‘I have been in the world’s great buildings, and in none of these have I had the feeling I get in coming to these pioneer houses of God’ (quoted in “Manti Temple Rededicated,” Ensign, Aug. 1985, 73). The Hinckley family has a very special connection with the Manti Temple. Sister Marjorie Hinckley’s grandfather lost his life from an injury sustained in its construction.”

L. Tom Perry, “The Past Way of Facing the Future,” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 74

Stop the FCC change in Explicit Langue and Nudity Standards

Elder M. Russell Ballard said; “Members of the Church need to influence more than we are influenced. We should work to stem the tide of sin and evil instead of passively being swept along by it. We each need to help solve the problem rather than avoid or ignore it.”

Everyday we have an opportunity to stand up for our beliefs, but sometimes the event becomes more than turning down a cup of coffee at the office, or saying, “I’m a Mormon”. I saw one opportunity come by today and now that your reading this, you have too.

On April 1st the FCC proposed to make some changes to the current standards for radio and television:

(I have highlighted the changes)

“We now seek comment on whether the full Commission should make changes to its current broadcast indecency policies or maintain them as they are. For example, should the Commission treat isolated expletives in a manner consistent with our decision in Pacifica Foundation, Inc., Memorandum Opinion and Order, 2 FCC Rcd 2698, 2699 (1987) (“If a complaint focuses solely on the use of expletives, we believe that . . . deliberate and repetitive use in a patently offensive manner is a requisite to a finding of indecency.”)? Should the Commission instead maintain the approach to isolated expletives set forth in its decision in Complaints Against Various Broadcast Licensees Regarding Their Airing of the “Golden Globe Awards” Program, Memorandum Opinion and Order, 19 FCC Rcd 4975 (2004)? As another example, should the Commission treat isolated (non-sexual) nudity the same as or differently than isolated expletives? Commenters are invited to address these issues as well as any other aspect of the Commission’s substantive indecency policies.”

According to the people at the American Family Association, this translates to “Specifically, if enacted, the new FCC policy would allow network television and local radio stations to air the f-word, the s-word and to allow programs to show frontal female nudity, even during hours when they know children will be watching and listening.”

By allowing these words and images into our homes we start even the youngest of children on a path of regret and hardship. By viewing even the simplest form of nudity taken outside natural viewing (i.e. marriage) the addiction centers of the mind get triggered and the connection starts.  In 2005 Elder Dallin H. Oaks stated; “Pornography is also addictive. It impairs decision-making capacities and it “hooks” its users, drawing them back obsessively for more and more. A man who had been addicted to pornography and to hard drugs wrote me this comparison: “In my eyes cocaine doesn’t hold a candle to this. I have done both. … Quitting even the hardest drugs was nothing compared to [trying to quit pornography]” (letter of Mar. 20, 2005).”

This is an opportunity to “hook” you and other’s to the terrible pornography addiction. And to those who say that it is not sexual in nature, read on in the same talk given by Elder Oaks; “Some seek to justify their indulgence by arguing that they are only viewing “soft,” not “hard,” porn. A wise bishop called this refusing to see evil as evil. He quoted men seeking to justify their viewing choices by comparisons such as “not as bad as” or “only one bad scene.” But the test of what is evil is not its degree but its effect. When persons entertain evil thoughts long enough for the Spirit to withdraw, they lose their spiritual protection and they are subject to the power and direction of the evil one. When they use Internet or other pornography for what this bishop described as “arousal on demand” (letter of Mar. 13, 2005), they are deeply soiled by sin.”

A person at this point can throw out their televisions. John Bytheway once said in a talk to youth, starting with a question given to him; “But John, aren’t you throwing out the baby with the bath water. Which he answered, “There seems to be less and less baby.”

You could follow the advice for President Rosemary M. Wixom who suggested turning off electronic devices for an hour. However, that leaves 23 hours left.

I suggest you follow the spirit to do as what is right for you and those who look to your for guidance. Also, here is another tool to pursue while the FCC is still accepting public comment: Send yours to them! Here are the instructions that the American Family Association has given:

1. Go to http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/begin?procName=&filedFrom=X.
2. Enter the code “13-86” in the “Proceeding Number” box and fill out the few remaining required fields.
3. Enter your comment in the text box provided and click “Continue.”
4. From there, review your comment and click “Confirm

At the AFA’s site they give you some  suggestions on what to say if your not great with words.

I urge you to do something about this! Remember the words of Edmund Burke; “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.



History of the Church April 9

David O. McKay was ordained as president of the church on April 9, 1951 (age 77)

David O. McKay

Who do your children belong to?

I saw this video early this morning and thought that is was interesting how it seemed to directly contradict these teachings of Brigham Young:

“We are the guardians of our children; their training and education are committed to our care, and if we do not ourselves pursue a course which will save them from the influence of evil, when we are weighed in the balance we shall be found wanting (LBY, xxiv).

Parents are responsible before the Lord for the way in which they educate and train their children, for “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed [Psalm 127:3–5]” (DNW, 7 Dec. 1864, 2).

Parents, seek to honor your children; bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Teach them truth and not error, teach them to love and serve God [see Deuteronomy 6:5]; teach them to believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God and the Saviour of the world” (DNSW, 8 Aug. 1877, 1).

Read more on parental responsibility from Brigham Young here.

What do you think. Am I missing the point of the video, or is this a way the world is taking small and simple truths from us?

History of the Church April 7

Wilford Woodruff was ordained as president of the Church on April 7, 1889 (age 82)