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The Lord has not left us alone
We can seek His counsel today
In truth, His words remains known
Saying “Take heed,” Watch out,” and “Pray”

His teachings keep us on guard
As not all His disciples endured
“Come unto Me” He offers with hands scarred
“Come follow Me” on a path that’s made sure

Then… keenly He asks, “will ye also go away?”
As many of His disciples doubted and left
Understanding not that through Him one prays
And spirituality is not casually kept

“Never, no never” is my heartfelt reply
“With Thee I feel love’s comforting peace”
“Thou art the Lord whom I’ll never deny!”
“I will cling to Thy word and continually feast!”

Elder Neil L. Andersen

Never Leave Him
Ensign, November 29,

“Perfection does not come in this life, but we exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and keep our covenants. President Monson has promised, “Your testimony, when constantly nourished, will keep you safe.” We push our spiritual roots deep, feasting daily on the words of Christ in the scriptures. We trust in the words of living prophets, placed before us to show us the way. We pray and pray and listen to the quiet voice of the Holy Ghost that leads us along and speaks peace to our soul. Whatever challenges arise, we never, never leave Him.”

The Savior asked His Apostles, “Will ye also go away?”John 6:67.
Peter answered: “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
“… We believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.”
John 6:68–69

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The American Culture

The American culture
Values strong families and hard work
Invests in the future
And does not see dependency as a perk

Citizens let’s unite
And labor to curb social ills
Sexual promiscuity- let’s fight
Along with pornography and drug thrills

Of the new and rising generation
May they follow our initiative
And self-promote abstinence education
While seeking opportunities where they live

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The strong family has been, and should continue to be, a source and foundation of American culture.
Couples should get married before they have children. Children benefit greatly from having both a mother and father at home.
Abstinence education should be given to students.
Pornography and sexual promiscuity are great threats to families and our culture.
The United States has always valued hard work, education, and belief in God.
Initiative, risk taking, and opportunity need to continue to be key values of American culture. Dependency is culture killing

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Americans are tolerant
Generous and kind
We oppose bigotry and disparagement
And same-sex marriage, you will find

For 3,000 years unopposed
We’ve had traditional marriage as an institution
For the raising of children first and foremost
And we ought to state so in our constitution

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“Like the vast majority of Americans, I’ve opposed same-sex marriage, but I’ve also opposed unjust discrimination against anyone, for racial or religious reasons, or for sexual preference. Americans are a tolerant, generous, and kind people. We all oppose bigotry and disparagement. But the debate over same-sex marriage is not a debate over tolerance. It is a debate about the purpose of the institution of marriage and it is a debate about activist judges who make up the law rather than interpret the law.” — Mitt Romney 12/14/06 National Review Online

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Let’s work to reverse
Roe vs. Wade first
Then let each state decide
Where its people now side

Being compassionate
Let’s speak to hearts and minds
Being condsiderate
Let’s see what our efforts find

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“Well, I think all of us — I believe almost all of us in the room would say that we’d love to have an America that didn’t have abortion. But the truth of the matter is that — (applause) — that’s not what America is right now. That’s not where the American people are right now, and so I’d like to see Roe v. Wade overturned and allow the states and the elected representatives of the people and the people themselves have the ability to put in place pro-life legislation.

And of course it’s our aspiration that at some point we’ll see a nation that doesn’t have abortion. But until that time, I certainly believe that allowing states and citizens and their representatives to fashion their own laws to protect the sanctity of life is very, very important.

I recognize that for many people, that is considered an act of murder, to have an abortion. It is without question the taking of a human life, and I believe that a civilized society must respect the sanctity of a human life. But we have two lives involved here: A mom and unborn child. We have to have concern for both lives. And so the expression of our compassion and our consideration — and work to change hearts and minds — and that’s the way, in my view, we’ll ultimately have a society without abortion.” — 8/5/07 at Des Moines, IA debate

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Mothers who know
Prepare and then tutor
As through example they show
The way to the future

I am so touched by Sister Beck’s words together with this video showing women who know….

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If you have been abused
Make a vow this day
To face your accused
And then go on your way

Don’t let another moment
Be claimed by someone else
Make use of the atonement
And through inspiration seek for help

Be steadfast and be free
Rescued to move on
Even if your abuser may flee
For good your experience can make you strong

Thank you Elizabeth Smart for your example
Your willingness to tesify
May rich blessings be yours to sample
As victimhood you defy

http://www.ldsmag.com/lds-church-updates/article/6685?ac=1
Monday, November 22 2010
Steadfast in her Faith, Elizabeth Smart Perseveres
By Becky Robinette Wright

also click on below label- afflictions work together for your good
for another poem and scripture references

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Once a year on this day
We raise a flag of truce
And our own needs we give away
For the babe beneath the spruce

May we then more resolve
For the new year to come
To see our enemies with love
Because of the living Son

Christmas comes but once a year
To teach us all one thing
Truly our Savior is so near
When in friendship gifts we bring

First comes Christmas, a time when much of the world pauses to honor the miraculous birth of the Savior. Even the unbelieving tend to mimic in some way the spirit of Christ by giving gifts to one another. It is no wonder why so many people consider it their favorite time of year, despite weather that often is biting and bitter, and days that are dark and short in the northern hemisphere.

President Spencer W. Kimball said Christmas “comes once a year to reveal to us the beautiful and near approach man can make to the divine, to the ideal, to the Christlike life.

“Once a year on this day we raise the flag of truce. All men are friends. We are our ‘brother’s keeper.’ It comes so clearly to us that all mean well, that their greetings are sincere. We lift high the open hand of fellowship. There is no race, no color, no rich or poor, no bond or free. Christmas comes to remind us of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. It comes to show us the real progress we would make, could all our days be unselfish, friendly, helpful, and clear of bitterness and strife” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, Bookcraft, p. 47).

After Christmas, much of the world begins to look forward to a new year, and the opportunities it offers for improvement. Goals can be set at any time, of course. But the calendar offers a unique excuse to change with the changing of the year.

A time for reflection
Published: Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005
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picture is from http://vivrearia.blogspot.com/2009/11/metropolitan-museums-christmas-tree-and.html
THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND NEAPOLITAN BAROQUE CRECHE AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK, A LONG ESTABLISHED YULETIDE TRADITION IN NEW YORK, WILL BE ON VIEW FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON FROM 24.NOVEMBER THROUGH 6.JANUARY.2010. THE BRIGHTLY LIT, 20 FOOT BLUE SPRUCE, WITH A STUNNING COLLECTION OF 18th CENTURY NEAPOLITAN ANGELS AND CHERUBS AND GROUPS OF REALISTIC CRECHE FIGURES FLANKING THE NATIVITY SCENE AT ITS BASE, WILL ONCE AGAIN DELIGHT HOLIDAY VISITORS IN THE MUSEUM’S MEDIEVAL SCULPTURE HALL. SET IN FRONT OF THE 18th CENTURY SPANISH CHOIR SCREEN FROM THE CATHEDRAL OF VALLADOLID, WITH RECORDED CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN THE BACKGROUND AND DAILY LIGHTING CEREMONIES, THE INSTALLATION REFLECTS THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

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