America – Land of Promise: Why I Believe the GOP Won in 2016

From the diary of Christopher Columbus:

“From my first youth onward, I was a seaman and have so continued until this day…Wherever on the earth a ship has been, I have been.  I have spoken and treated with, learned men, priests, and laymen, Latins, and Greeks, Jews and Moors, and with many men of other faiths.  The Lord was well disposed to my desire, and He gave me in abundance, of astrology, as much as was needed, and of geometry and astronomy likewise.  Further, He gave me joy and cunning in drawing maps and thereon cities, mountains, rivers, islands, and harbours, each one in its place.  I have seen and truly I have studied all books–cosmographies, histories, chronicles, and philosophies, and other arts, for which our Lord unlocked my mind, sent me upon the sea, and gave me fire for the deed.  Those who heard of my emprise called it foolish, mocked me, and laughed.  But how can doubt but that the Holy Ghost inspired me?”

Latter-Day scriptures identify this man and confirm the influence that fell upon Columbus to   set him “upon the sea.”  “And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land.”

The Prophet Nephi was further told; “And this land shall be a land of Liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles.  An I will fortify this land against all other nations.”

The annals of history have established American to be a land unexcelled in its provision of freedom to the inhabitants.  Nowhere else in the world can a nation be found which allows the people to govern as does America.  Nowhere else in the world can be found an economic system which allows for individual achievement as does America.

Further evidence of the special place America has as a bastian of freedom can be extracted from a close study of events during the revolutionary war.  In a war that found the Colonists outmanned and outclassed, miracle after miracle brought Washington’s men to victory.  One such example is the battle of Cowpens.  The patriots lured the British into a pursuit wherein 400 plus colonists waited to ambush them.  After a brief battle the colonists retreated across the Catawba River.  When the British reached the river a surprise flash flood made the river impassable.  The British waited for the waters to recede then pursued the colonists to the Yankin river.  After the colonists crossed the Yankin the river reached flood stage causing the British to once again wait a day to cross.  For a third time, the oolonists crossed the Dan river with the same result thus preventing the British from pursuing them.  The British commander said “We would have caught the colonists again had the rivers not risen.”  This is just one example of many miracles that demonstrated the hand of divine providence in giving victory to the Americans.

Believing that Columbus, in his own words, was inspired by the Holy Ghost is recognition by those of us who believe his words, of the hand of God in preserving America as a land of promise.

Move to the 2016 American Presidential election.  All polls and reports as late as the night before the election predicted a landslide victory for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for President. It was not until late into the night that shock set in.  Hillary lost the rust belt; the firewall that had, for decades, given democrats victory after victory.  Pundits are, to this day, baffled as to what happened and most explanations are conjecture.  Everything’s from Hillary’s failure to campaign in the rust belt states to James Comey’s email investigation statements.  All conjecture.

I have my opinion.  America has gradually moved away from the promise of freedom to a country where government is our dictator.  More and more we are being told through regulations how we should act and think. It was Ronald Reagan who said; “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not to run their lives.” Uncontrolled spending and a burgeoning national debt have caused the Golden Goose to begin consuming its own eggs.  And the list goes on.

The direction of our government has to change and I believe it did so in a dramatic, if not miraculous fashion on November 8, 2016.  Across the land from governorships, congressional seats all the way to the presidency, the voters asked to have freedom from the bondage of oppressive government removed from their lives.

The polls were wrong because so many voters were tired of the hate and vitriol poured out upon them when they expressed their views.  They therefore, remained silent.  Their views were expressed at the polls.

It is my opinion that the same spirit that guided Christopher Columbus to the land of promise fell upon voters who were tired of government control of their lives.  They voted their conscience and it made the difference.  By so doing all the freedoms we hold dear can be preserved.

I believe strongly in the power of prayer and my prayers to God, the giver of freedom, for the country prior to the November election went something like this:

“Please bless the voters of this great land to select the person who will best preserve the freedoms that we hold so dear.”

Did the same spirit that fell upon Columbus also fall upon the voters in 2016?

 

 

 

We Can Save America – The Power of Prayer

I know not by what methods rare                                                                                         But this I know God answers prayer.                                                                                    I know that he has given his word.                                                                                    That says that prayer is always heard                                                                              And will be answered soon or late.                                                                                    And so I’ll pray and calmly wait.                                                                                            I know not if the thing I sought.                                                                                           Will come in quite the way I thought.                                                                                   But give my prayers to him alone.                                                                                   Whose will is wiser than my own.                                                                                Assured that he will grant my quest.                                                                                 Or send some answer far more blessed.

This nation needs our prayers.  We have a political crisis unlike any this country has faced in its 240 years of existence.  The Republican party has nominated a childish buffoon as its presidential candidate.  The Democrats have nominated an amoral, pathological liar as its presidential candidate.  Only God can help us.  Each night when my wife and I kneel in prayer, in addition to praying for our children and others, as well as the poor and the needy our prayer goes something like this:  “and please bless this great country.  Wilt thou please intervene in our political system and rise up an honest leader who understands the role of government to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear; one who will protect and defend the constitution.  And Heavenly Father please touch the hearts of the voters throughout the land.  Bless them to choose wisely when voting.”

It was through prayer that Columbus was guided to America.  It was through prayer that miracles guided George Washington to victory in the American Revolution.  It will be through prayer that leaders will be chosen who will preserve our freedoms and protect us from the pernicious intrusion of government into our personal lives.

If we, the voters of this nation, will remember Him who has all power to guide and bless the lives of all mankind, will turn to him in humility and plead for his blessings on this great land, we can make a difference.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

On the evening of September 9 the sweet, bright girlfriend of my oldest grandson Trevor, was driving home from school when a drunk driver ran a red light going eighty five miles and hour and T-boned her car.  The truck struck the drivers side of the car, almost completely severing it in half.  This young woman now lies at deaths door on life support.  The shock of this tragedy has reverberated through the school and the community.  Endless prayers spiral heavenward on her behalf from family, friends and countless others who do not know her.

In the midst of our concern for Mia one person has been forgotten.  The driver of the truck.   Forgotten by all of us, perhaps, except Devan, Trevor’s fourteen year old younger brother. So many of us, including me, impulsively cry for the drivers head on the proverbial platter, decrying again and again the destructive effects of drugs and alcohol while demanding our pound of flesh.  Not sweet, kind, compassionate Devan.

Devan asked his mother what was going to happen to the driver.  His mother explained the possible consequences to the driver depending on whether Mia lives or dies.  That evening as Devan offered the family prayer, he paused in the midst of his prayer then asked his Heavenly Father to “bless the driver that he will find his way.”

I cannot imagine the flood of emotions now swirling through the mind of the man who was driving this truck.  In an instant his life has changed forever and he will never be the same. I have to assume that he is now sober, contemplating an uncertain future, fighting turmoil and a fire that cannot be quenched. It has taken a child to remind me of the need for compassion for the “other victim.”

I will pray for Mia’s recovery and I will pray for a nameless, faceless tortured soul who is also a son of a loving Heavenly Father.