"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
"Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of of the temple."
"And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
Humanism and the gospel of Jesus Christ are not one and the same. Humanism is a philosophy that nullifies the Standard Works and misinterprets the teachings of Jesus Christ. Humanism is a spiritual ailment that has crept into the teachings of Christ's church. Humanism has now become a philosophy of man that is mingled with scripture.
"In Matthew chapter 19 verses 1 thru 9, Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees concerning marriage and divorce. The pharisees allowed divorce for a multitude of stupid reasons. Jesus corrected their view by calling attention to Genesis chapter 1 verse 7 and chapter 2 verse 24. Telling the pharisees that if they wanted to see what God wanted in a marriage, they should get their rules from the way God set up marriage in the beginning. Please note that marriage as invented by God in the beginning, was setup to be fruitful and multiply and not to be sterile."
"Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?"
"He that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven...shall enter into the kingdom of heaven."
"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
"The axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."
Matt. 7:16-21 & 3:10
"The Hebrew prophet was often given names such as the messenger of God or Jehovah, the servant of God or Jehovah, the man of God, or the watchman. Although the prophet spoke the word of God, it does not follow that he acted simply as a mere recording instrument. To be sure, the Lord moved him to say the thoughts desired, but the voice and words were usually those of the prophet. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he learned the desires of God, and these he often repeated in the vocabulary and language at his command. Were that not so, we would not have all the diversities of vocabulary, syntax, figures of speech, and style that are found in the Old Testament. A prophet might impart to his people wisdom learned out of his own worldly experience and be accepted of God in so doing."
-Sidney B. Sperry
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
"When I contemplate the condition of our nation, and see that wickedness and abominations are increasing, so much so that the whole heavens groan and weep over the abominations of this nation and the nations of the earth, I ask myself the question, can the American nation escape? The answer comes, No; its destruction, as well as the destruction of the world, is sure; just as sure as the Lord cut off and destroyed the two great and prosperous nations that once inhabited this continent of North and South America, because of their wickedness, so will he them destroy, and sooner or later they will reap the fruits of their own wicked acts, and be numbered among the past."
-Wilford Woodruff (JD 21:301)
"There are those among us who are recognized as members of this Church who take a vast amount of pains to be favorably known by those around them, but whose real character, or the inwardness so to speak, of such people, is veiled or disguised, being to all outward appearance reputable Latter-day Saints, but whose inward character, the character that is written indelibly upon their own hearts, would, if known, render them unfit for the association and fellowship of the people of God."
"Among the prophecies antedating the birth of Christ the following may be noted. Isaiah beheld in vision the condition of the earth in the era of spiritual darkness, a period in which all classes would be involved in a general condition of unrighteousness, a time when the world of mankind would be in a helpless and practically hopeless condition. He pictures the earth as mourning and languishing in desolation and assigns the reason for the sad condition as follows: "The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant."
-James E. Talmage
"Life needs a chance to happen. And we are preventing life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, when we cut it off at life. We are denying a soul life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There's nothing more disgraceful than that - in preventing another life from having the very three things that we get in this life."
The golden idols of Hollywood given to award the servants of modern Babylon.
"The Lord of Hosts devised it, to make all glorying in excellence a profanity, and the world's celebrities an utter execration."
"...Private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagance. And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. Then begins indeed the bellum omnium in omnia which some philosophers, observing it to be so general in this world, have mistaken...for the natural instead of the abusive state of man. And the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression."
"Taxes are merely the cost of government. Taxes are not too high; government is too big! ...Ever since the progressive income tax was instituted, the American people have been misled into believing that such a system would "soak the rich" and reduce the tax burden of the poor and the middle class. It has never worked out that way. ...The progressive income tax does not reduce the tax burden of those in the lower income tax brackets. What it does accomplish, however, is to weaken the incentives of the wealthy to risk in new business ventures what money they already have. ...The progressive income tax is also an obstacle to private capital formation, the building of personal fortunes that could be used to finance new business enterprises. ...The only way to reduce taxes is to reduce the size and scope of government."
-Ezra Taft Benson
"The natural form therefore, of the art of acquisition is always, and in all cases, acquisition from fruits and animals. That art, as we have said, has two forms: one which is connected with retail trade, and another which is connected with the management of the household. Of these two forms, the latter is necessary and laudable; the former is a method of exchange which is justly censured, because the gain in which it results is not naturally made, but is made at the expense of other men. The trade of the petty usurer is hated most, and with most reason: it makes a profit from currency itself, instead of making it from the process (i.e., of exchange) which currency was meant to serve. Currency came into existence merely as a means of exchange; usury tries to make it increase (as though it were an end in itself). This is the reason why usury is called by the word we commonly use (the word tokos, which in Greek also means breed or offspring); for as the offspring resembles its parent, so the interest bred by money is like the principal which breeds it and it may be called 'currency the son of currency.' Hence we can understand why, of all modes of acquisition, usury is the most unnatural."
"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God, which before was preached by the mouth of the holy prophets; for they testified of me. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
-Jesus Christ (John 3:17-21).
The world thinks that the Latter-day Saints will be destroyed; they think that the Latter-day Saints will be scattered; they think that the time will come when the Latter-day Saints will be disunited and become like the sectarian world, and they have foolishly set to work to accomplish this purpose. Well, now, ...we know better. We understand that this is the kingdom that was spoken of by Daniel, the Prophet, that should be set up in the last days, that should be no more thrown down, nor given to another people.
"Yea, wo be unto the Gentiles except they repent; for it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Father, that I will cut off...thy graven images...and thy standing images out of the midst of thee, and thou shalt no more worship the works of thy hands" (3 Nephi 21:14 & 17).
"Deity manifests wrath as one of his attributes. It is an accompaniment of anger; indignation is its emotional basis; inherent in it is the purpose and intent of meting out a just punishment upon those whose acts have caused it to be aroused. The wrath of God does not fall upon the righteous, but upon the wicked. (D&C 1:9; 59:21.) 'Instead of blessings, ye, by your own works, bring cursings, wrath, indignation, and judgments upon your own heads, by your follies, and by all your abominations, which you practice before me, saith the Lord.' (D&C 124:48.)
"When men are 'ripened in iniquity,' then the fulness of the Lord's wrath comes upon them, and they are destroyed in the flesh. (Ether 2:8-9; 14:25.) Such was the case with the Jaredites, the Nephites, and the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, for instance; such will be the case with the wicked at the Second Coming. The 'fiery indignation of the wrath of God' will continue to be poured out upon the wicked in hell until the day of their resurrection. (Alma 40:14; Rev. 14:10; D&C 19:15; 76:106-107.) Then, to all eternity, those subject to the second death shall be 'vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity.' (D&C 76:33, 38.)"
-Bruce R. McConkie
"I published a portion of a revelation, showing the authority of the First Presidency of the Church, composed at first of Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams. When this revelation was given, the two last-named brethren were Joseph Smith's counselors, and this First Presidency possessed the power and authority of building up the Kingdom of God upon all the earth, and of setting the Church in order in its perfection. You read in the revelation alluded to that when the Twelve were called and ordained, they possessed the same power and authority as the First Presidents; and in reading further you find that there must needs be appendages and helps growing out of this Priesthood."
"In the setting forth of items of doctrine which pertain to the progress and further building up of the Kingdom of God upon the earth, and the revealing of his mind and will, he has but one mouth through which to make known his will to his people. When the Lord wishes to give a revelation to his people, when he wishes to reveal new items of doctrine to them, or administer chastisement, he will do it through the man whom he has appointed to that office and calling."
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God"
1 Cor. 6:9-10
"Many of you have traveled long in a personal quest for that which rings true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sends forth to you an earnest appeal. Open your doors to the missionaries. Open your minds to the word of God. Open your hearts, even your very souls, to the sound of that still, small voice which testifies of truth. As the prophet Isaiah promised: 'Thine ears shall hear a word ...saying, This is the way, walk ye in it.' (Isa. 30:21.) Then, ...you too will, on bended knee, say to your God and mine: 'I'm home!'"
Thomas S. Monson (1927 - 2018)
Pres. Monson you are home now. Thanks for leading the way for so many of us.