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“The Constitution is a glorious standard

Founded in the wisdom of God!”
Said Joseph Smith, though he himself slandered
As he could not get the redress he sought

Not until the end of the Civil War would the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution begin to be extended to the states, Elder Oaks noted. “Therefore, during Joseph’s life, fundamental First Amendment rights like the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech and press only restrained the federal government. During Joseph Smith’s lifetime, individual states had to define and regulate such rights at the local level.”“It was not surprising that when Joseph Smith ran for the U.S. presidency in 1844, one of the planks in his platform was to strengthen the federal government’s ability to ensure justice and redress for all citizens and to ensure that the Constitution was applied equally to the states,” he said. Controversial though his position was at the time, it ultimately became the law of the land “and a critical component in America’s democracy,” he added.  Dallin H. Oaks speaking in Illinois.  

Behind the Extraditions: Joseph Smith, the Man and the Prophet

Where did his genius come from? Divine revelation, Elder Oaks says

slandered   (Rhymnzone.com)

  • noun:   words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
  • noun:   an abusive attack on a person’s character or good name
  • verb:   charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

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Our flag takes the brunt
Of each bad thing we do
As nations then confront
Our constitution, too

The flag that we salute
Has seen us through “it all”
To goodness, now be true
Or with the flag we will fall

This was one of those middle of the night, write it down, poems…

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Founding principles
Made this land great.
Freedom and enterprise-
It is not too late!

Save the Constitution-
Increase the defense.
“The People” not institutions-
Make the true difference!

The will, the heartbeat
Calls us to work hard.
We have a destiny.
We know who we are!

America’s soul
Is worthy of saving.
Of our leading role
The world is more craving.

Liberty, choice
Freedom, religion-
On each make a noise
The vote… the decision.

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Throughout the gospel plan
There lies a golden thread
Giving free agency to man
To choose where one is led
Defend the constitution
And each freedom it provides
Safeguard it from pollution
And strengthen it with your lives
Give of yourself in service
As it is vitally important to activate
Those finer qualities of purpose
That refine us and are a joy to radiate

To summarize our capacity to influence those around us, President McKay said the following half a century ago:

There is one responsibility which no man can evade and that responsibility is personal influence. Man’s unconscious influence, the silent, subtle radiation of his personality. The effect of his words and acts. These are tremendous. Every moment of life he is changing to a degree the life of the whole world.
Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other. Man cannot escape for one moment from this radiation of his character. This constantly weakening or strengthening of others. He cannot evade the responsibility by saying it is an unconscious influence. He can select the qualities he would permit to be radiated. He can cultivate sweetness, calmness, trust, generosity, truth, justice, loyalty, nobility, and make them vitally active in his character. By these qualities he will constantly affect the world. This radiation to which I refer comes from what a person really is, not from what he pretends to be. Every man by his mere living is radiating sympathy, sorrow, or morbidness, cynicism, or happiness or hope, or any other hundred qualities. Life is a state of radiation and absorption. To exist is to radiate. To exist is to be the recipient of radiation.

“To radiate our positive influence in civic affairs, we must become righteous and moral; we must, as Ghandi once said, be the change we wish to see in the world. We need to learn and abide by the principles found in the Constitution, for as President McKay taught: “Next to being one in worshiping God, there is nothing in this world upon which this Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States!” (Instructor Magazine, 1956, 91:34). We must take that knowledge and understanding of the Constitution, and infuse our political system with its disinfecting simplicity and principled restraints; we must become leaders and work diligently to support good people in public office, or seek office ourselves. And finally, we must radiate our influence by exposing ourselves to those who might be impacted and uplifted by our actions, words, and character.”

http://www.connorboyack.com/blog/the-civic-duty-of-the-latter-day-saints

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The writers of the Constitution
Never would have thought
The family institution
We’d turn our own backs on

What could be more stable
Than the family and the home
Where children grow up able
To self govern and raise their own

The family can promote
“The general welfare”
By being home to note
Who is in need of care

As in the day to day
Parents “establish justice”
Reeinforcing always
The light for good within us

Being known to honor
and “pursue happiness”
Each takes their place as patriots
“To provide for the common defense”

The family, being moral
“Secures the blessings of liberty”
Wanting “a more perfect union for all”
Ought we not protect the family?

The generations past
Knew how to sacrifice
Perhaps to them our eyes should cast
For they know freedom’s price

Our country is being torn
In half by divorce,
By entitlements we’ve formed,
And the way our courts discourse

A return to the family
To the bonds we have known
Will help us pursue happily
Liberty- home grown

“We the Family”
Makes a nation strong
Through matrimony
With commitments made lifelong

“We the Families”
by Tom Christensen
United Families International
May 10, 2011

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We the family
Under God above
Represent happily
This nation that we love

We raise up children who-
Have been morally taught
Who- work, serve, and do
And say thank you- a lot

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Our founding fathers
Never would have thought
Their sons and their daughters
Would turn their backs on God

How else did they win
This land that we love
But by enduring the grim
With faith in God above

What else could principle
A constitution of light
That could unite all the people
And define inalienable rights

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