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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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.
There is a lot of misunderstanding regarding millennial government and the role Jesus Christ says He will play in world government after his 2nd Coming. I believe much of that confusion comes from our regular reference to Jesus Christ as King, especially during the millennium, as well as several verses of scripture. For example: For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver. (D&C 45:59) I’d like to provide some clarification on this. True Theocracy First of all, notice how the Lord says He is
About the Author
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is commonly believed that Adam was literally made from mud, or the dust of the ground. This interpretation is so common that the name Adam literally means "ground" or "made from the earth/dust/clay" in some languages. However, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seems to take a
By the First Presidency of the Church From Improvement Era, Nov. 1909, 75–81; capitalization, punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling standardized. (Emphasis added) Link to the LDS.org version HERE. “God created man in his own image” (Gen. 1:27). Inquiries arise from time to time respecting the attitude of The Church of Jesus
There is a lot of misunderstanding regarding millennial government and the role Jesus Christ says He will play in world government after his 2nd Coming. I believe much of that confusion comes from our regular reference to Jesus Christ as King, especially during the millennium, as well as several verses
Brigham Young University-Idaho Devotional, March 11, 2003 by Elder Glen L. Rudd (Scroll to the horizontal bar to start reading where Moroni is discussed.) The Book of Mormon is a book that you should all be acquainted with. It was published in 1830. Eleven days after the book was printed,
by Ezra Taft Benson. General Conference Talk – April 1965. Not Commanded in All Things. In 1831 the Lord said this to his Church: For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and
I Testify by Ezra Taft Benson by President Ezra Taft Benson. Ensign, Nov. 1988, 86. My beloved brethren and sisters, my heart is full and my feelings tender as we conclude this great general conference of the Church. We have been richly blessed as we have listened to the counsel and