Things that matter to me

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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 11/07/2020)

Featured Content

The Prophesied Healing of America

Last week I gave a presentation to the Restoration Generation called "The Prophesied Healing of America". We had it recorded and posted on the Columbus Center’s "Student Portal". Check it out here: https://learn.columbuscenter.org/courses/the-prophesied-healing-of-america/

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The Belief Window – Hyrum W. Smith

I listened to this talk dozens of times on the mission and I’ve been looking for a digital version of the talk online for years. Here it is! Hyrum W. Smith explains that sin is the result of deep and unmet needs. We sin when we apply incorrect principles of living from our "Belief Window" to meet these needs. Listen to "The Belief Window" (actually called "Self Worth") by Hyrum Smith here: My amazing pianist friend Nathan Schaumann recently shared his transcription of this talk with me! It’s 20 pages long so I’m including it in another post found here.

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The "Rifle Approach" to Healing America

For many years, President Ezra Taft Benson was worried that patriotic Americans were effectively spinning their tires in their current methods of defending the Constitution and attempting to preserve freedom. He voiced concern that we are swinging at the branches by trying to solve all of this nations greatest problems individually, but actually making no lasting progress. The Shotgun Approach President Benson called this the "shotgun approach", saying that we are metaphorically spraying pellets, hoping that some of them will stop these problems. Abortions, outrageous taxation, out of control deficits, $20+ trillion of national debt, civil asset forfeiture, a failing

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About the Author

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Just a simple 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 one of the fathers 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

Biden is President—Now What?

These are my notes for my January 22nd, 2021 Zoom call discussing the long-term impact of Trump’s administration, Biden’s election/administration, the capitol riots, the future of America in general. Intro Thoughts In some ways, we are better off than we were four years ago and in many ways, we are

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Doctrinal Discussion
Jacob Householder

Political Involvement and Rights to the Priesthood

I recently spent several hours trying to track down the source of a quote that made a significant impact on my life. David O. McKay is reported to have said: "If members of the Melchizedek Priesthood allow the U.S. Constitution to be destroyed they not only forfeit their rights to

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Politics
Jacob Householder

A Church Program to Restore the Constitution

After discussing the Political Kingdom of God, millennial government with Christ as King, and the future restoration of the Constitution, I’m often asked, "If this is so important, why don’t the brethren talk about this more?" Or, "If this were really true, why hasn’t the church created a program to

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Benjamin Franklin’s Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion

Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion, 20 November 1728 Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion Autograph ms: Library of Congress; also transcript: Library of Congress Franklin mentioned this private liturgy in his autobiography. Though he had had a conventional religious upbringing and contributed to the support of the Presbyterian

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Orson Hyde Address — Celebration of the Fourth of July 1854

Celebration of the Fourth of July An Address by Elder Orson Hyde, Delivered in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, July 4, 1854. Reported by Unknown. Respected Friends and Fellow Citizens—I am called upon, by the wishes and voice of many persons, to be one of your speakers on this

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