This is going to be a different kind of post. I apologize beforehand if it offends anyone. However, the massive good will and spirit we felt in the Firenzi Second Branch this morning, was thoroughly bludgeoned by reading an article by my favorite columnist, Charles Krauthammer called “Decline is a Choice.” Being “out of the world” these few days has been heady and exciting, however Krauthammer’s words recalled me to the state of things in my own coutry. Decline of power may be inevitable (though Krauthammer says it isn’t, despite our present direction), but what I lament is the moral decline. I am glad most WWII vets are dead or dying so that they don’t know the hell that they trudged through so heroically was “morally wrong.” I hope that anyone who doesn’t believe evil exists, will take a refresher course and read The Last Waltz. Fascism was born in a world where people had given up on morals, largely because of the waste of life that was World War I. Germany’s revenge focused on the Jews and the Slavs as their worst enemies. We know about the wholesale slaughter and the death camps. They were unconscionable.
But what about our own society? What have unborn fetuses ever done to us? Surely, in all the world, they are the most innocent of beings. Yet they are being murdered by the millions. This is not a political choice, it’s a moral choice, and that’s what worries me about America.
The only choice we have really is to change our own hearts to be submissive to Christ, and to preach this unpopular doctrine everywhere we can. We must be courageous. We need not be angry about political misdeeds, and resigned to our own downfall. We must continue to do good, to be righteous, not to be ashamed of our Savior, even if it is “politcally incorrect.”
Those of us who are writers are in a unique position to teach truth. And all truth is centered in Jesus Christ. Let’s not lose our perspective in this climate of rage and fear. Let’s take a leaf from our prophet’s book and “be of good cheer,” spreading that cheer as broadly as we can.
It has been many generations since we, as a Church, have needed the kind of individual relationship with the Lord that we need now. Each of us must internalize guidance from the Spirit to keep us optimistic and headed in the right direction to build the Kingdom. This is a critical time. There is something required of each of us. That something can most often be found as we fight to overcome trials and in doing so forge the faith that the pioneers had. Our true identities do not become clear while we are living a life of ease. They only become clear when our way has become so difficult that we must take the Savior’s hand and follow him through the rocky terrain. The feel of our hand in His, the presence of Him in our lives, will sanctify us. If we stay true to the covenants we have made to sacrifice and consecrate, we will find that we have power for good that we never dreamed of.
Nephi said, speaking of our day: "And I, Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God that it descended upon the saints of the church of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory." (1 Nephi 14:14) Where do we become the "covenant people of the Lord?" In the temples. So as riots rage, and tempests storm upon the wicked, if we are faithful temple-goers, we will not only be spared, but even t in our scattered state we will be armed with righteousness and with the Power of God in great glory."
In the temples. So as riots rage, and tempests storm upon the wicked, if we are faithful temple-goers, we will not only be spared, but even t in our scattered state we will be armed with righteousness and with the Power of God in great glory."
The most important thing I did today was not to fear and tremble. The most important thing I did today was to take the sacrament and remember my covenants.