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I use this site to share my ideas and insights about things that matter to me. It’s an archive of my favorite content and a place to share great information about politics, religion, and science.

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(updated 12/16/2019)

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What is Liberal? What is Conservative?

I began studying this issue because my heart breaks when I see relationships fall apart because of political beliefs or wild accusations made about people without even knowing who they really are. I am a conservative who has learned to really appreciate the talents and strengths liberals have. Please consider what I have learned. What is liberal? "Liberal" is a term that conservatives throw around loosely to describe anyone who disagrees with or opposes "conservative" ideals. I believe this term is used incorrectly and falls short of truly describing what it means to be liberal. The word liberal comes from

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Rights, Agency, and Free Will

Unalienable Rights vs Vested Rights The concept of human rights is widely misunderstood. Humans have two kinds of rights; unalienable rights come from God and are eternal while vested rights are civil agreements that have no eternal significance (however, our obedience to civil laws do have eternal significance—a topic for another article). Unalienable rights establish the freedom to own weapons, such as guns, for use in defense or sustaining of life, but vested rights allow us to use the guns recreationally in designated ranges or to hunt on land we don’t own.  Vested rights are applications of unalienable rights, meaning

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The Political Kingdom of God

[This essay is not yet finished, but it will likely be an ongoing project for many more weeks. Enjoy what is available so far!] I’m writing this article in an attempt to clear up a prominent misunderstanding regarding the kingdom of God seen in dream by King Nebuchadnezzar and in vision by the young prophet Daniel (see Daniel 2).  Verses 44 and 45 report: 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that

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About the Author

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Just a little guy with a lot of interests.

I’m a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am the Director of Development and Digital Operations for the Madison Liberty Institute, the Director of Outreach for the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies, and a student at BYU-Idaho studying Financial Economics.

I am a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I love sharing doctrinal insights and commentary on topics that matter to me.

My Faith in Practice

I believe the solutions to the world’s greatest problems begins with faith in Jesus Christ and a love for God, self, and others.

Love for God

I believe God is mindful of our lives and challenges, and that the key to a truly happy life is a love for God and a commitment to following his plan for our happiness.

Love for Self

I believe we are best able to help others when we first have a healthy love for self. I believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ help us forgive and love ourselves.

Love for Others

I believe the greatest problems in life come from a failure to truly love and care for those around us. I believe we can change the world by treating others as real people.

Politics

I believe the Constitution was established through the inspiration of God to provide a land where free speech and freedom of religion could flourish. I believe the original Constitution established God’s preferred pattern for all governments. As we learn how to practice the rare gift of freedom provided to us by the U.S. Constitution, we will be prepared to help all other nations protect the unalienable rights granted to us by our common Creator.

Influencers & Mentors

W. Cleon Skousen

W. Cleon Skousen

I consider Cleon Skousen the father of modern conservatism and revere his works as the ultimate authority on Constitutional scholarship from the perspective of the Founding Fathers and their original intent.

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Glenn J. Kimber

For nearly 10 years, I have regarded Glenn Kimber as my greatest mentor. Time and time again I have found his explanations and arguments to be the strongest in all of modern politics, and I believe he is today's leading scholar on the Founders' original intent.

Political Organizations

The Restoration Generation is a student engagement project of the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies. As members of the Restoration Generation, we support and engage in the five educational non-profits directed by Dr. Glenn J. Kimber. Although the Restoration Generation and the 5 non-profits we engage in are multi-denominational, our organizations strive to align our core beliefs with the united voice of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Restoration Generation

Madison Liberty Institute

The Madison Liberty Institute is a 501(c)3 state-based think tank in Rexburg committed to preserving liberty in Idaho. It provides a home to all the student liberty organizations who promote principles of freedom and family prosperity but are unable to meet on campus at BYU due to the school’s political neutrality policy. It seeks to become a "Liberty Training Center."

The Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Restoration is committed to the restoration of the U.S. Constitution within the intent of the Founding Fathers.

Thomas Jefferson Center

Benjamin Franklin Center

The Benjamin Franklin Center for Constitutional Studies is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to teaching how principles of limited government will help save the family.

The Columbus Center for International Outreach is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to teaching constitutional principles around the world.

Columbus Center

Science Research

I spent a year doing a research and operations internship with the Universal Model, a creationist science educational nonprofit, and I love the evidence the team has for the reality of a universal flood and other incredible discoveries.

Recent Posts

Religion
Jacob Householder

The 1739 “Prediction”

Excerpt from "The Crucibles of Eternal Identity" by SALLY H. BARLOW Professor of Psychology June 8, 1999 • BYU Devotional The power of just who we were to become as a people apparently stretched out in a vision toward a priest in Switzerland in 1739. One of my wonderful Laurels

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Moral Legislation
Jacob Householder

"Call to Repentance" by Ezra Taft Benson

My beloved brethren and sisters, humbly and gratefully I approach this sobering responsibility. First, may I say that I welcome and sustain with all my heart, my good friend and brother as a member of the Council of the Twelve. President Howard W. Hunter can look forward to the sweetest

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Jacob Householder

The Star of Bethlehem

Check out this amazing documentary showing that the Star of Bethlehem was an actual astronomical event. It’s a family favorite in the Householder home! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7YTE7WFB6Y

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Favorite Doctrinal Quotes
Jacob Householder

C.S. Lewis on Jesus Christ

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was

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