My Thoughts on Romney’s Speech

In my previous post, Romney to Explain the LDS Church in a Speech, I noted that Mitt Romney will be explaining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a campaign speech. It seems he did very little explaining and touched more on the subject of what this country was founded on: freedom. More importantly, religious freedom. Early on in his speech, Romney makes a great point that no one can deny:

Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone.

I often thought about the commandments we follow, more specifically keeping the Sabbath holy. A president works twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. How can he follow keeping the Sabbath holy?

This is how.

From what I’ve been learning in Gospel Essentials class, our duty, loyalty and faith comes in the following order: God first…then everything else falls into place (family second, and career third, etc.) Think of the story of Abraham and Isaac and how he put the Lord first.

Romney clearly shows what he puts first:

When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God. If I am fortunate to become your president, I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause and no one interest. A president must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States.

He will put God first. He will put his promise to God above everything else.

Like I mentioned earlier, Romney also touched very little on explaining his faith and more about how the country is based on freedom of religion and the important role of religion in the United States. He says:

There are some who would have a presidential candidate describe and explain his church’s distinctive doctrines. To do so would enable the very religious test the founders prohibited in the Constitution. No candidate should become the spokesman for his faith. For if he becomes president he will need the prayers of the people of all faiths.

He is right, no presidential candidate should describe and explain doctrine. That would be missing the entire point of electing someone to the presidential office. He is also right when he says that a president will need the prayers of the people of all faiths.

Mitt Romney also has the same opinion that I have: That most religions are some how derived from one source, which is God.

I believe that every faith I have encountered draws its adherents closer to God. And in every faith I have come to know, there are features I wish were in my own: I love the profound ceremony of the Catholic Mass, the approachability of God in the prayers of the evangelicals, the tenderness of spirit among the Pentecostals, the confident independence of the Lutherans, the ancient traditions of the Jews, unchanged through the ages, and the commitment to frequent prayer of the Muslims. As I travel across the country and see our towns and cities, I am always moved by the many houses of worship with their steeples, all pointing to heaven, reminding us of the source of life’s blessings.

Hearing Romney say these things confirmed to me that this country is built on blessings and faith in the Lord. I’m impressed with Romney – now it’s time to see what he politically stands for and what he can do for our country. 🙂

Click Here for the text of Romney’s Speech.

You can watch the entire speech here:

Mitt Romney’s Speech (part 1 of 4)
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Mitt Romney’s Speech (part 2 of 4)
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Mitt Romney’s Speech (part 3 of 4)
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Mitt Romney Speech (part 4 of 4)
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Romney to Explain the LDS Church in a Speech

It looks like Mitt Romney will be explaining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a campaign speech at 9:30 central time from the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station Texas on Thursday December 6, 2007.  This was reported on Carl Cameron’s Blog.

The issues of Mitt Romney’s being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being paralleled to the issues of John F. Kennedy being a Catholic.

Catholicism was an issue during the United States presidential election back in 1960, former presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed fears that his Catholicism would impact his decision-making, he famously stated:

I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President who also happens to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my Church on public matters — and the Church does not speak for me.

Kennedy also brought up the point of whether one-quarter of Americans were relegated to second-class citizenship just because they were Catholic.  Kennedy later went on to become the 35th President of the United States.

I am excited to hear what Romney will say about the Church and how he will address the fears of the public.  Hopefully America will realize that this situation with Mitt Romney is no different than the situation John F. Kennedy was in.  Mitt Romney is not the Mormon candidate for President.  He is the Republican Party candidate for President who also happens to be Mormon.

The Growth of a True Church

I came across an amazing video on YouTube tonight and thought I’d share it with everyone. The video depicts the growth of the Church as measured by Stakes. Stakes are made up of five to twelve congregations in a geographic area.

There are over 27,000 congregations consisting of almost 13,000,000 (million!) members. Every day at least one convert baptism takes place thanks to the help of over 53,000 missionaries.

As you watch this video, think of how fast the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing and what qualities and attributes a Church would have to have in order to be accepted by so many people in less than 180 years on this Earth.

This is…

…the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth… (D&C 1:30)

LDS Stake Growth 1830-2004

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What would Jesus do?

A few days ago I received a Daily Gem in my email box that got me thinking about what I can do to become more Christ-like.

Emulating Jesus to Become Men

When we consider the admonition to be men, we must think of Jesus Christ. When Pilate brought Jesus forth wearing a crown of thorns, he declared, ‘Behold the man!’ (John 19:4-5). Pilate may not have fully understood the significance of his own words, but the Lord indeed stood before the people then as He stands today–the highest ideal of manhood. Behold the man!

The Lord asked His disciples what manner of men they should be and then answered, ‘Verily I say unto you, even as I am’ (3 Nephi 27:273 Nephi 18:24). That is our ultimate quest.

(D. Todd Christofferson, “Let Us Be Men,” Ensign, Nov. 2006, 48)

So what can I do to be more Christ-like?    Ask “WWJD (What would Jesus Do)?”  I find myself asking this at times.  We’ve all heard this before, but it works!  If we remember Jesus Christ at all times, our eldest brother and perfect example of man, we can strive to become better people.

You can sign up for Daily Gems Here: http://www.lds.org/listservices

Truth Restored on YouTube

I remember visiting mormon.org a few months ago and I believe this is the same woman (Jennifer) that impressed me with what she had to say. Click here to view the video on mormon.org.

More of what she has to say has been posted up on YouTube a few hours ago, here they are:

Jennifer: Return to be with God

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Jennifer: Marriage is Eternal

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The next video is about Oscar, a Mormon who talks about his mother passing away when he was five years old. Even though it was not enough time for them to be together, he knows that families can be eternal and that he will see her again.

Oscar: Families Should Be Eternal

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The final video is Issiah speaking about his observations of life. The monotonousness of life, the tragedies on this world and seeing the misery around him makes him realize that there has to be more to life. And I believe he is right, there is!

More to Life Than This

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These are very good videos about the questions that everyone has in life. I am glad to see the Church putting these up on YouTube to share with everyone.

 

What is a Testimony? Meet Don and Betty.

What is Testimony? You could say a testimony is one’s personal knowledge to the truth that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ lives and that Jesus is our Savior and Son of God.

I believe a testimony is a wonderful gift from Heavenly Father. It is my spiritual witness that was given to my by the Holy Ghost. Because of my testimony, I feel immensely loved by a perfect being, by our God.

Testimony is the foundation of our faith. It is like a muscle which we can use to grow spiritually. The more you use it and fall back on it, the stronger it will get. If you do nothing, it will atrophy.

We can also help others gain our strengthen their own testimonies as well by bearing our testimony just as Don and Betty do.

Don

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Betty

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Elvis… Mormon?

It appears that Elvis Presley was thinking about becoming one! According to this new story, “Movie Shows Spiritual Side of Elvis,” there is a new movie being made called “Tears of a King” which explores the spiritual part of Elvis’ life. Elvis was seeking the truth and receiving missionaries. He had a Book of Mormon with notes written in it.

On various pages throughout the book, are handwritten notes, believed to be written by Presley. He underlined the word “KING” throughout the book. Also on one page there is a note that reads: “My daughter Lisa needs this church. She’s nine. Please help her…”

While reading the comments of the news article, someone named “Candace S.” states:

My stepfather was one of the missionaries that went to visit Elvis on several occasions. The missionairies were always welcomed to visit anytime he was there.

…he said in the past, that Elvis enjoyed and agreed with the discussions, but was unable to give up his (forgive the saying) his wine, women, and song (although I’m sure he wouldn’t have to give up too much of the song part). I think sometimes even when someone knows that the church is true some habits are hard to give up, especially being who he was.

The King of Rock and Roll was on to something with this Church.

Famous Mormons

While browsing around last night I found an interesting website about Famous Mormons.

Here are a few celebrities that I already knew were active Latter-day Saints:

Here are a few celebrities that I didn’t know were Latter-day Saints and are Inactive:

  • A.J. Cook – Actress – Final Destination 2, Tru Calling
  • Eliza Dushku – Actress – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Bring It On, Tru Calling
  • Kelly Packard – Actress – California Dreams, Baywatch
  • Paul Walker – Actress – Varsity Blues, Pleasantville, She’s All That, The Fast and the Furious

Facebook LDS App Acquired by More Good Foundation

While browsing around the Internet tonight, I cam across an interesting post about a Facebook.com Application being sold.  It just so happened to be a “LDS App” written by Jesse Stay.

On another blog, by Thom Allen,  says that the More Good Foundation, a Utah Non-Profit whose mission states “The More Good Foundation helps persons of all faiths find accurate information about the Mormon Church on the Internet.”, appears to be the purchaser.

Thom also states that the application was purchased for $2.00 USD per user, with an estimated 13,000 Facebook users using the application.

Very cool news for Jesse!