"This is the greatest gift that can be conferred on intelligent beings, to live forever and never be destroyed. It is written that the greatest gift God can bestow upon man is the gift of eternal life. The greatest attainment that we can reach is to preserve our identity to an eternal duration in the midst of the heavenly hosts. We have the words of eternal life given to us through the Gospel, which, if we obey, will secure unto us that precious gift."
"But, behold, in the last days, or in the days of the Gentiles - yea, behold all the nations of the Gentiles and also the Jews, both those who shall come upon this land [America] and those who shall be upon other lands, yea, even upon all the lands of the earth, behold, they will be drunken with iniquity and all manner of abominations- And when that day shall come they shall be visited of the Lord of Hosts, with thunder and with earthquake, and with a great noise, and with storm, and with tempest, and with the flame of devouring fire."
-2 Nephi 27:1-2
"When merely by avoiding false objects of expense, we are able, without a direct tax, without internal taxes and, without borrowing to make large and effectual payments toward the discharge of our public debt and the emancipation of our posterity from that moral canker, it is an encouragement of the highest order, to proceed as we have begun, in substituting economy for taxation, and in pursuing what is useful for a nation placed as we are, rather than what is practiced by others under different circumstances."
"The best government is that which governs least," remarked Thomas Jefferson. There is probably no language simple enough and clear enough to explain this, to make this clear to the American extreme left and to the American liberal. I mean to say that the left is completely, I mean completely, absolutely, utterly, and possibly incurably, ignorant of Jefferson and nearly ignorant of the structure of American government, both de jure and de facto.
They understand nothing of this subject because they have no desire to understand it, and practically all political parties are swallowed up in the desire for mutual ignorance of their reciprocal difference.
"We are in a universal lapse into a state of immaturity, a true indicator that we are in some sort of "era of the child." Hypnotized by computers, TVs, DVDs, CDs, palm pilots, Prozac, Paxil, and pot, the average zombie has left behind the considerations of others, as though "others" were a TV show which one could laugh at and switch off. Zombies rise in the morning, watch the morning TV shows, scan the newspapers and receive new programming, go to work and come home to passively watch more programming. If the zombies have an original thought, it is almost invariably a selfish one. But the absurdity is that even the selfish thought reflects cradle-to-crypt programming from the television, that other Eye of Set."
"Be fruitful and multiply." This command is repeated over again in the Bible (Genesis 9:1; Genesis 35:11). This is a command of God, indeed the first command to a married couple. Birth control obviously involves disobedience to this command, for birth control attempts to prevent being fruitful and multiplying. Birth control is disobedience to the Word of God.
"Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."
"I remember a great man coming into my house, at Waltham, and seeing all my children standing in the order of their age and stature, said, "These are they that make rich men poor." But he straight received this answer, "Nay, my lord, these are they that make a poor man rich; for there is not one of these whom we would part with for all your wealth."
-Joseph Hall, 1574-1656
"Much of the enslavement of evil is proceeding currently under the fashionable banner of liberation. The "Big Lie" is in flower, spawned and spread by the the father of lies, Lucifer. He who did not care a whit for our agency in the beginning now comes to man in the name of freedom. Milking the legitimate aspirations and yearnings for freedom, exploiting the many injustices that need correction, Lucifer plays siren songs upon the harpstrings of our humanity.
Two alternatives are arrayed before us. We see on one side amorality, anarchy, insensate individuality, abortions, violence, and corruption, and on the other side, liberty, love, sensitivity, respect for life, peace, and integrity. When we know what we know about the alternatives, why do we so often choose as we choose? One reason is that today's disciples live in a time of many terrible trends which, bit by bit, can entangle us like Gulliver."
-Neal A. Maxwell
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...read more here
"It was the design of the councils of heaven before the world was, that the principles and laws of the priesthood should be predicated upon the gathering of the people in every age of the world. Jesus did everything to gather the people, and they would not be gathered, and He therefore poured out curses upon them. Ordinances instituted in the heavens before the foundation of the world, in the priesthood, for the salvation of men, are not to be altered or changed. All must be saved on the same principles."
-Joseph Smith, TPJS pg. 308
"We need to know that all things are governed by law. 'Mine house is a house of order saith the Lord God. Not a house of confusion.' The Lord has given priesthood laws that govern everything. ...The Prophet Joseph Smith said, 'The great thing for us to know is to comprehend what God did institute before the foundation of the world.' Now the prophet says that's the great thing to begin to understand. Joseph Smith also said "that ordinances instituted in the heavens before the foundation of the world in the priesthood for the salvation of man are not to be altered or changed. All must be saved on the same principles." Furthermore the Lord has said, that he will not accept on this earth any offerings or ordinances that were not appointed of the Father and the Son before the world was made." D&C 132:10-11
-Robert J. Mathews
"Notwithstanding they shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
-Joseph Smith Translation 1 Timothy 2:15
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"Who is this coming from Edom in red-stained garments? Who is this from Bozrah, arrayed in majesty, pressing forward in the strength of his power?
It is I, who am mighty to save, announcing righteousness!
Why are you clothed in red, your garments like those who tread grapes in the winepress?
Alone I have trodden out a vatful; of the nations no one was with me. I trod them down in my anger; in my wrath I trampled them. Their lifeblood spattered my garments, and I have stained my whole attire.
For I had resolved on a day of vengeance, and the year of my redeemed had come. I glanced around, but none would lend help; I glared, but no one would assist. So my arm brought about salvation for me, and my wrath, it assisted me. I trod nations underfoot in my anger; I made them drunk by my rage when I cast their glory to the ground."
"There have been various social and political movements, aided by philosophy, established among men in various ages of the world; and almost, if not all of these have signally failed.
Among the number of social movements in our day, there is that of Robert Dale Owen, who thought he could ameliorate the condition of mankind by a sort of communism, having a fellowship of goods among them - a sort of common stock principle. Everything pertaining to this speculation, however, has flatted out; and in all his schemes and movements, whether in England or in this country, they have signally failed..
It is so also with Fourierism - a species of French philosophy, established by one Fourier, a Frenchman, and advocated by Greeley of the New York Tribune. They had tried it in France, and then came over to this country; and not far from New York a society of this kind was established. They had a good deal of property, and I am informed they established something of the nature of what is called the free love principle; but within twelve months back, while I was residing in New York, everything they had was sold under the hammer."
"In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law."
"I know that if the plants of sin and death are permitted to grow within me they will prove my utter destruction, unless I tear them up root and branch, and throw them away. The Lord has bestowed upon me and upon every intelligent being on the earth, wisdom sufficient to comprehend this, and I do not want the Lord to come in the storm, the thunder, lightning, or whirlwind to tell it to me. I know that I must uproot the plants of evil that are within me, and in their place engraft plants of truth and virtue, and these will grow up within me to eternal life."
"The Lord's government is patriarchal in nature. The family unit is the center. In preexistence he was the Father of spirits, and all men are literally brothers and sisters in the spirit. With the placing of man on earth, the Lord began by patterning earthly government after that which is heavenly. A perfect theocratic, patriarchal system was set up with Adam at the head. This system prevailed in large measure among righteous men from Adam to the establishment of Israel in her promised land, when the people prevailed upon the Lord to let them be ruled by kings as were the apostate gentile nations."
-Bruce R. McConkie
"I pray that God will bless you, that he will give you his spirit, that you may see and understand your position before him. And I pray that he will open the eyes, ears and hearts of the Gentiles, that they may receive the Gospel of Christ, and be numbered with the House of Israel in the last dispensation of the fullness of times, that they may stand in holy places when the judgments of God pass through the nations, for they will come to both Jew and Gentile, Zion and Babylon. There is no getting away from them, for the Lord has said so, and what he has said will come to pass."
-Wilford Woodruff JD 18:109-122
The electronic media is processing modern man to become subhuman. This process is the result of the imposition of a carefully orchestrated process of human alchemy. Wrought through public events. Which our controllers would like us to believe have nothing to do with mass psychology and everything to do with merely work-a-day buying and selling, civics, politics, political science and money changing.
"A goal is a dream with a deadline. Having a deadline on your dream will take it out of the limbo of 'someday.' The dream will acquire a life of its own, a time frame within which it will be accomplished. Your mind can envision its completion and how you will feel and how life will be different when its purposes have been implemented. The simple act of writing down a goal starts to unleash power and momentum that will help you see it accomplished."
-Hyrum W. Smith
"In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense."
The "command from the Lord with reference to Joseph Smith: 'Thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.' (D&C 21:4-5)
Every prophecy about any of the great and glorious events destined to take place in the dispensation of the fulness of times is in its nature a prophecy about Joseph Smith. If the gospel is to be restored, there must be a living prophet to receive the old yet new message. If Elijah is to come before the great and dreadful day of the Lord, there must be an appointed person to receive his message. If Israel is to be gathered, according to the ancient word, someone must be empowered to identify the chosen people, to name the places of gathering, and to specify when and under what circumstances the children of the prophets shall assemble."
-Bruce R. McConkie
"All well established and properly organized governments have certain fixed and prominent laws for the regulation and management of the same. If man has grown to wisdom and is capable of discerning the propriety of laws to govern nations, what less can be expected from the Ruler and Upholder of the universe? Can we suppose that He has a kingdom without laws? Or do we believe that it is composed of an innumerable company of beings who are entirely beyond all law? Consequently have need of nothing to govern or regulate them? Would not such ideas be a reproach to our Great Parent, and at variance with His glorious intelligence? Would it not be asserting that man had found out a secret beyond Deity? That he had learned that it was good to have laws, while God after existing from eternity and having power to create man, had not found out that it was proper to have laws for His government? We admit that God is the great source and fountain from whence proceeds all good; that He is perfect intelligence, and that His wisdom is alone sufficient to govern and regulate the mighty creations and worlds which shine and blaze with such magnificence and splendor over our heads, as though touched with His finger and moved by His Almighty word. And if so, it is done and regulated by law; for without law all must certainly fall into chaos. If, then, we admit that God is the source of all wisdom and understanding, we must admit that by His direct inspiration He has taught man that law is necessary in order to govern and regulate His own immediate interest and welfare; for this reason, that law is beneficial to promote peace and happiness among man. And as before remarked, God is the source from whence proceeds all good; and if man is benefited by law, then certainly, law is good; and if law is good, then law, or the principle of it emanated from God; for God is the source of all good; consequently, then, he was the first Author of law, or the principle of it, to mankind."