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Rights, Agency, and Free Will

Unalienable Rights vs Vested Rights The concept of a "right" is widely misunderstood. Humans have two kinds of rights. Unalienable rights come from God and are eternal.  Vested rights are civil agreements that have no eternal significance (however, our obedience to civil laws do have eternal significance–a topic for another article).  Unalienable rights establish the freedom to […]

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Discrimination

I love studying the etymology of common religious and political words. I find it so interesting, and often unfortunate, how the cultural meanings and interpretations of words have changed over time. I am particularly intrigued by the word discrimination and how it is currently being used compared to its original meaning. If you want to […]

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Liberty in Law

I’ve been considering the differences between liberty and freedom recently. By talking with my good friend Carter about this, I was able, with plenty of help from him, to piece together my thoughts and hone my ideas into the visual depiction you see before you. I’ve come to believe that liberty is a really special, […]

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Confidence in Voting

This has been a very interesting election, for all of us I’d imagine.  We can safely say that one theme of this election has been: "Must we vote for ‘the lesser of two evils’?"  Most say "Yes, in order to prevent the worse of the two evils from gaining an office of immeasurable power", and […]

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Getting Started with Politics

First of all, to those of you who are deciding to start caring about politics, or acting on that interest, bravo!  To those who are confident in your understanding of politics and would like to know my reading suggestions, this post is also for you!  For some of you, this is a really big step […]

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"Hanging by a Thread"

It is said by members of the LDS church that in the last days the Constitution would "hang by a thread".  This statement is often used in conjunction with the idea of the government of the United States collapsing. I have read many books regarding "last days prophecy" and know full well what has been […]

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More on "Hanging by a Thread"

Correspondence with the Church History Department – Jan 21, 2016 Over a year ago I wrote to the Church History Department inquiring about the "Hanging by a thread" quote. Here is my inquiry: Church History Department, I am hoping to learn more about what the Joseph Smith Papers effort has revealed about the Prophet’s statement(s) […]

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Vision of Charles D. Evans

Charles D. Evans Vision of The Future Digitized by Glen W. Chapman Dec. 2000 (Taken from the Book Visions of The Latter Days, 6th printing 1998, Pioneer Press, 3332Ft Union Blvd. Salt Lake City Utah, 84121) Can be found on Archive.org. Charles D. Evans was Patriarch to the Church in Springville, Utah and was a school […]

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Vision of George Washington

From http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/washington/vision.html In the National Tribune, 1880, an article appeared giving an account of the "Vision of Washington" at Valley Forge. The account was told by a gentleman named Anthony Sherman, who supposedly was at Valley Forge during the winter of 1777-78. The story has been published several times. Some people will say that it is […]

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Vision of Gen. George McClellan

(According to the National Tribune, December 1880, Anthony Sherman, a close friend of Washington, related this vision to Wesley Bradshaw.) In a strategic moment in the Civil War, General George B. McClellan, who had been called by President Lincoln to take charge of the shattered Union forces, fell asleep at his desk. He had scarcely […]

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