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Scripture Bashing

In February of 1969 I entered the West Central States Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Back then, I thought the purpose of a Mormon Missionary was to quote Bible scriptures at people until they fell on their knees and asked for baptism. It took about a year before I figured out that the old sayings and quotes of the sages were as true as the words of the Prophets.

 “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.” -Benjamin Franklin

Why, so many years later am I dredging up old memories?  Because today I have three children who have left the faith I taught them. To them this is dedicated.

Let’s take a step back and consider why we are saying what we are saying. Orrin Woodward, 
the guiding light of Life Leadership, is a dedicated Christian and in no way can be accused 
of being a Mormon or Mormon sympathizer. I respect him because he asks everyone, Christian 
and not, this challenge:

“Know why you believe what you believe”.  He has quoted: 1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

In the book “Launching a Leadership Revolution”, co-authored with Chris Brady, who also feels 
the same way about religion as Orrin, they said:

Life should be about purpose and meaning and cause and fulfilling our personal, god-given destinies. Without exception, this is achieved through, with, and for people.

Dale Carnegie in his self help classic, “How To Win Friends and Influence People” said:

Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because is wounds a person’s pride, hurts his sense of importance and arouses resentment.

And from the Bible:

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

If I am thinking about all the “bad” things , am I following Paul’s direction to the Philippians?
Coach Vince Lombardi said: “If you chase perfection, you often catch excellence.”

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That also fits with Matthew 5: 48

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

If  we are commanded to be perfect, and were not, would not the road to perfection lie through the village of excellence?

President Theodore Roosevelt said: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Paul in his letter to the Ephesians 4:11-13 said:

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

What is the fullness of Christ? All Christians agree it is perfection. So, according to Paul, in addition to evangelists, pastors and teachers, we could use some help from Apostles and Prophets.

In 2014, Shortly after I moved to Las Vegas, I met Felipe Odulio. He has some videos on YouTube;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-2iAb7nbWI

To my satisfaction, Brother Odulio proved beyond all doubt that the Bible predicted the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr., The Book of Mormon and the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. So, why aren’t you a believer already? Simple, we have different notions of where truth comes from.  Maybe you do not believe in absolute truth.

What do you believe is true?

Traditions?

Feelings?

Philosophy?

Energy Fields?

Whims?

Wishes?

Nothing?

Do you know Why you believe that? Do you know what that belief is based on? What are the underlying facts that compel the conclusion you hold to as truth? Have you examined the evidence those “facts” rest on?

We send 18 and 19 year old Children into the mission fields of the world, at their 
own expense and without a Divinity Degree. They baptize hundreds every day. We wed 
hundreds of couples in our Temples every day, except Sundays, and the divorce statistics 
bear out that it “sticks” better than any other community or group. Fewer children 
are born out of wedlock. Fewer members are on Government Welfare roles. How do we do it? 
What is the explanation? Why are all those people joining the “Mormon” Church? Are 18 
and 19 year old High School children taught to be so persuasive? Do they learn tricks 
of hypnosis? What is going on here?
This is what’s going on:

Brothers and sisters, pray for the critics of the Church; love your enemies. Keep the faith and stay on the straight and narrow path. Use wisdom and judgment in what you say and do, so that we do not give cause to others to hold the Church or its people in disrepute. Do not be surprised or dismayed if trials and challenges come upon us. This work, which Satan seeks in vain to tear down, is that which God has placed on earth to lift mankind up!

I have lived for more than half the 150 years the restored Church has been upon the earth in this last dispensation. I have witnessed its marvelous growth until it now is established in the four corners of the earth. As the Prophet Joseph said:

“Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland, Australia, the East Indies, and other places, the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (History of the Church, 4:540).

Spencer W. Kimball, April 1980 General Conference

“Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

God bless you in your search for truth.

Coercion, Concorde and Chaos

Reciently, I heard Oliver DeMill speak about the “Science of Freedom”. It has nothing to do with Constitutions, separation of powers or any kind of Legislation. That surprised me. I hope it will inspire you. For the full presentation, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjrmNIAQM9o .

Oliver DeMille, in his book “Freedom Matters” identified seven groups or areas of concern, that must be in balance to avoid coercion or chaos. This is not a theory, it is a fact that every free society in history had all seven elements in balance and it is a fact that when one or more gained ascendancy over the others, freedom was curtailed or lost. It’s a matter of Historical Research. Those groups are; Business, Community, Education, Family, Media, and Religion. The seventh, is a combination of the combinations we call Government. In other books and lectures, Oliver has made the point that if one area gets “too big” then freedom is diminished. Oliver calls this the “Science of Freedom”. Isn’t it exciting to know that there is a provable equation to know what freedom is or is not and when it is being taken away?

Orin Woodward has clearly laid out the Matrix of control in his “Financial Matrix” speech. (It is available at:  http://ms.lifeleadership.com/player.aspx?m=v/123451292 ). He explained that there are three basic factors in all production: Labor, Land (and all it’s resources) and capital. Slavery is the exploitation of labor. It is very politically incorrect and subjects the perpetrators to international censure and or criminal sanctions. Land was used as the basis of the Feudal System of the Middle Ages. Control of Capital carries no censure or sanction and is in fact what Orin called “The Financial Matrix”.

If we take the three matrices of control, and the 7 factors of freedom, we find the balance has been upset, mostly by money. I believe the first area to be “tipped” was media. In the 19th Century several newspapers became very influential. It simply became a matter of assisting those who were friendly to the “powers that be” to take editorial control, and assist the monied interests to take financial control and the nation at large were none the wiser. After all, the advertisers control the revenue of the Paper or Media. If the advertisers say something is unacceptable, it’s not long before the Editorial Staff start saying that thing, whatever it is, is unacceptable. Except for the small minority who read books and founding documents, like the Federalist Papers, Samuel Clemons (Mark Twain) had it right; “Those who don’t read the papers are uninformed. Those who do are misinformed.” The “coincidental” fact is that most, if not all, of the CEO’s of Major Media Corporations are members of the Council on Foreign Relations. What has the CFR to do with anything? They are part of the failure to produce freedom loving leaders. The key individual was Edward Mandel House. In his book “Philip Drew Administrator”, he clearly exposed his “pro coercion” agenda. (See: https://librivox.org/philip-dru-administrator-by-edward-m-house/ )

With the loss of the Media, the misinformed public to allowed the Congress, Supreme Court and Legislators to reestablish a Central Bank (Federal Reserve Act), institute Direct taxation of Incomes (16th Amendment), release US Senators of the burden of answering to State and Local governments (17th Amendment), and redefine “General Welfare” as in “Promote the General Welfare” to mean “Individual welfare” in the Constitution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Butler).

That set up a circumstance whereby the Federal Government could become the supreme power of the nation and able to start disregarding the opinions of the State and County and City governments. The popular saying 100 years ago was “you can’t fight city hall”. If city hall was a challenge, try Washington D.C.!

Conspiracy or not, the Banking Empire and Rothchild Family were and are NOT producing leaders jealous of freedom. Families began producing obedient “sheeple”. The Media taught us to be obedient to Government, especially during The Great Depression then World War II (or we may lose to the Fascist Dictatorships!). Then came the “Cold War”. Local Communities and Schools began to echo the mantra. Don’t be a leader, be obedient. For a time, Universities became the focus of anti Viet Nam war and civil rights protests. Various communities, especially the Black Community, produced remarkable leaders who litigated, marched and protested all the way to full equality. For a time Concord was more secure. Then complacency set in. Chalk off education, communities and most churches!

The score today is; a loss for concord. Coercion is the favorite to win the “World Cup”. Who are the leaders of the families of the not-so-wealthy? With a 50% divorce rate it does not look so good! Who are the Business leaders who speak out against Coercion? Not the CEO’s who plead for Federal Assistance because their company is “too big to let fail”.  Business is rapidly becoming a tool of coercion. Just ask anyone who was fired for expressing a “Politically incorrect” opinion at work or for sharing his or her faith with coworkers!

How about Education? What school, College or University is producing pro-Freedom Leaders? Media? Are you kidding? Religion? This is the one faint glimmer of hope. The churches that are not really businesses in disguise, are producing some leaders. Most churches are catering to the congregation’s desire to have a predictable worship experience with NO CHANGES OR CHALLENGES, EVER!

So, what if individuals decided to create businesses that trained leaders, not Managers, but Leaders, who hate coercion and chaos? What if those successful business leaders created an “underground” university that taught other individuals how to make lots of money, be better “Dads and Moms”, and fostered leadership in their families? What if those businessmen and women, then their children became very creative and made podcasts and videos about the evils of Aristocracy, Chaos and Coercion or the glories of the dreams and visions of freedom, the struggles to implement it, and final victory?

What if other people read the books, listened to the recordings watched the videos and attended community meetings focused on abundance and freedom? And, what if they shared those books and recordings and videos with their neighbors, and those neighbors were able to get out of debt and become leaders in their communities and churches? What if the correct understanding were to spread and grow and fill the earth, what then?

The only way to stop it would be to find a way to track the movements of every man, woman and child with an eye to stopping the spread of “freedom” information. The technology has not only been invented, various businesses are competing for contracts to implement it. (Be sure to watch the videos in #’s 1, 2 & 3 below.)

So, which will happen first? 1984 (read the book by George Orwell) or The Millennial reign of Christ? The Book of Revelation indicates that both will happen together, with the “Saints” going into hiding for a time while the forces of coercion destroy one another in a bid for absolute global power. How can such a thing be possible?

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynKWDSDTLNo
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCEPsWF59mI#t=151
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eob532iEpqk

After you’ve seen these, you tell me!

Do you really want to have your children or descendants to become human robots? Will you be ready to avoid the pressure and coercion to accept the implants? How will you convince your children and grandchildren to avoid the implants? Do you really intend to just “go with the flow“? REALLY? What’s your plan? Do you have any idea how expensive it could get to make yourself invisible to the One World Empire? If you owe anybody or any organization any amount that must be transferred though a bank, you can never become “invisible”. If you “ditch” the debt, what kind of morality is that? How will you not forfeit any kind of heavenly intervention if you break your promise to repay? So, how do you get prepared if you are in debt? How? tell me. I’d like to know.

Now, a word about “The Rapture”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGycyNSOQ8w If you still think you will be spared this choice, I can not describe the horror you will experience when you realize you have been deceived!

The question now comes down to: How do you get completely out of debt before “technology” becomes mandatory? Anyone who knows anything about wealth will tell you that you get to:

  1. Stop taking financial advice from broke people! This includes Professors and “Degree holders” that have not done what they advise. Check the “fruit on the tree”.
  2. Control your spending (no additional debt see: financialfitnessinfo.com
  3. Begin saving and investing. Warren Buffet recommends investing in yourself with books, audio lectures and seminars, not necessarily degree producing classes.
  4. Have a clear vision or “dream” of what you want your future to look like
  5. Practice delayed gratification. (see #2 above)
  6. Acquire people skills, leadership skills and observation skills to identify leverage when you see it.
  7. Find people who already are “living the dream” and find one (or more) that will teach you the secrets of leverage, systems and other skills.

Here’s a hint; if you contact me, I can point you to someone who makes a million dollars a month and gives mentoring for free! If you’ve followed all my links, you’ve already met him!

Best of Luck (Laboring Under Correct Knowledge) in your search for Freedom, Love and Abundance!

Personal Feelings

This is intended to be published as a tri-fold brochure which I will leave with people whom I meet while selling:

I’m giving this pamphlet to you because I can’t talk about my personal feelings while “on the job”.

“What personal feelings?”, you ask.

The two most forbidden topics in the world: POLITICS and RELIGION!

By Politics, I mean freedom, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the very real probability that our children or grandchildren will live in a One World Dictatorship. Not like that of Caesars Augustus or Claudius nor good King Arthur of the Round Table, but more like that of an Evil Empire that will dictate religious beliefs, decide what does and what does not constitute a family, what our children will be taught about the value or lack of value there is in being Married before conceiving children. Ever read “1984” or “Brave New World”?

Do you really like the idea of having your standard of living fixed by others regardless of your goals or vision, your intelligence, your ambition, creativity or even your willingness to be of service or even work hard?

How about living in a society where information about diet, exercise and fitness is dispensed or withheld for political reasons or where the direction of medical research becomes a political “football”? Guess who will decide the quality and quantity of Medical care to be “granted” to the “Elite”, the “Average” and the “others”, and will make decisions about which group YOU fall into?

This Government of the few, by the few, for the few will decide who gets leadership training and who will be punished for being a “natural leader”. The ONLY freedom will be to obey willingly (or suffer the consequences).

“Friends” will be informers and life will be no Fun.

What makes me feel this is probable, and why?

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
-George Santayana

Did you remember that Rome was a Republic BEFORE it became and Empire? Do you remember what caused the transformation?

Do you remember what caused France to change from a Republic to the Napoleonic Empire? What do you know about the Kerensky Republic of Russia? Could you pass a test on the subject of how the the Weimar Republic became the Third Reich? Can you name the rights contained in the Bill of Rights? Do you know what right or rights are protected by the First Amendment? What about the Second? The Third? Can you name the Fourth Amendment protection? The Fifth? The Sixth? Any of them?

Do you know how Republicans and Democrats follow the five laws of decline? Have you even heard of the five laws of decline? If you are at all curious, there is hope!

The hope is that you care enough about Freedom to do some WORK. Freedom is NOT free! It never has  been nor ever will be. “What work?” you ask.

  1. Turn off your TV and read a book! Not just any book, a Freedom book! Start with “Leadershift” by Orren Woodward and Oliver DeMille. The other books to read are given there.
  2. Listen to people who are as concerned about Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Following, Freedom, Friends and Fun as you are. Listen to people who have “fruit on the tree”. Is the “Faith leader” practicing what he preaches, or is he like:  1Corinthians 13:1  “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” ? Is the teacher of “Family values” happily married? What is the Net Worth of the teacher of Finances? What about Fitness and the other 8F’s? Freedom goes beyond the last word screamed by William Wallace in the movie “Brave Heart”. Is the teacher of Freedom financially free? Is he dependent on something or did he create his own wealth? If you don’t know how to create wealth, what makes you think you can create Freedom? Think about it! The criticism of political leaders is that they do not understand how wealth is created. What did Hitler know about business? What did Karl Marks know about building any kind of enterprise? Napoleon? King Arthur? Any King or Dictator in all history? The wisest of them knew to get out of the way and let the businessmen create! Whoever you chose to listen to, beware, because in five to ten years, you’ll be JUST LIKE THEM!!!
  3. Associate with those you wish to emulate. Even the Lone Ranger had a friend! That’s why Friends are one of the 8F’s. There is strength in numbers. How will you know if you want to be like a given community of people if you don’t associate long enough to see what they are all about? Someone may ask: “But what if the nearest active community is miles and hours away?” What if it is? Like paragraph #1 says: Freedom is not free! Why do you think Finances are included in the 8F’s? Part of the measurement of Freedom is in dollars and cents. When you have all your finances in place, what’s the big deal? Travel is just another way to have fun!

So, there it is. Join me at “bobsanders49.wordpress.com” for additional information. I am always available to those who are serious about moving forward and improving their lives.

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Scripture Bashing

In February of 1969 I entered the West Central States Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Where’s that? Perhaps that’s why I was honorably released from the Montana-Wyoming

So, what’s the point? I thought the purpose of a Mormon Missionary was to quote Bible scriptures at people until they fell on their knees and asked for baptism. It took about a year before I figured out that the old sayings and quotes of the sages were as true as the words of the Prophets. “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.” -Benjamin Franklin

Why, so many years later am I dredging up old memories?  Because today I have three of six children who have left the faith I taught them. One keeps sending me Anti-Mormon messages and links to articles and media. To him, this is dedicated.

If you have questions about Church History or doctrine, many questions can be answered by visiting FairMormon.org Answers. Otherwise, you can submit your question to “FairMormon Questions”. These questions are sent to members of the FairMormon Questions email list. You may receive multiple responses to your question. Questions submitted  are confidential.

We can go back and forth forever, so let’s take a step back and consider why we are saying what we are saying. Orrin Woodward, the guiding light of Life Leadership, is a dedicated Christian and in no way can be accused of being a Mormon or Mormon sympathiser. I respect him because he asks everyone, Christian and not, this challenge:

“Know why you believe What you believe”.  He has quoted:

1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

In the book “Launching a Leadership Revolution”, co-authored with Chris Brady, who also feels the same way about religion as Orrin, they said:

Life should be about purpose and meaning and cause and fulfilling our personal, god-given destinies. Without exception, this is achieved through, with, and for people.

How much time did Billy Graham spend “bashing” Mormons? He spent his life testifying of Christ. He didn’t have the time! You don’t need to be re-baptized. Go ahead and study in Moody Bible College. But for heaven sake, quit wasting time listening to people who have no life purpose! Actually everyone has a purpose, but most don’t bother to invest the effort to detect and pursue their life purpose.

Son, the tone of the articles you send is that of criticism condemnation and complaint.  Dale Carnegie in his self help classic, “How To Win Friends and Influence People” said:

Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because is wounds a person’s pride, hurts his sense of importance and arouses resentment.

And from the Bible:

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

If I am thinking about all the “bad” things the Anti-Mormons are saying about my beliefs, am I following Paul’s direction to the Philippians?

Coach Vince Lombardi said: “If you chase perfection, you often catch excellence.”

That also fits with Matthew 5: 48

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

If  we are commanded to be perfect, and were not, would not the road to perfection lie through the village of excellence?

President Theodore Roosevelt said: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Paul in his letter to the Ephesians 4:11-13 said:

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

What is the fullness of Christ? All Christians agree it is perfection. So, according to Paul, in addition to evangelists, pastors and teachers, we could use some help from Apostles and Prophets.

In 2014, Shortly after I moved to Las Vegas, I met Felipe Odulio. He has some videos on YouTube. The one most relevant to this discussion is:

To me, the information and scripture references quoted by Brother Odulio proved to me that the Bible Predicted the ministry of Joseph Smith Jr, the Book of Mormon and the establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So why don’t Bible believing people join the church? Because they feel their interpretation of the Bible is correct and Mormons are wrong. OK, if the “Mormon” Apostles and Prophets are “fake”, where are the “real” ones?

In 1914 the United States was a Christian country. One hundred years later, are we more or less Christian? Are fewer people worshiping idols of gold or power rather than the one true God? Are fewer people committing Murder, Adultery, Theft, Perjury and Covetousness? What about since 1814 or the last Thousand Years?

Dedicated Christians don’t have time to criticize, condemn or complain about those they consider “non-Christians”. But, not all “Anti-Mormons are Christian. I submit that NONE of them are! The true Christian is a prayer warrior. The true Christian is a missionary.  The true Christian is a martyr.  The true Christian is a servant of all.

Finally, consider this:

from Acts 5:34-40

Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

We send 18 and 19 year old Children into the mission fields of the world, at their own expense and without a Divinity Degree. They baptize hundreds every day. We wed hundreds of couples in our Temples every day, except Sundays, and the divorce statistics bear out that it “sticks” better than any other community or group. Fewer children are born out of wedlock. Fewer members are on Government Welfare roles. How do we do it? What is the explanation? Why are all those people joining the “Mormon” Church? Are 18 and 19 year old High School children taught to be so persuasive? Do they learn tricks of hypnosis? What is going on here?

This is what’s going on:

Brothers and sisters, pray for the critics of the Church; love your enemies. Keep the faith and stay on the straight and narrow path. Use wisdom and judgment in what you say and do, so that we do not give cause to others to hold the Church or its people in disrepute. Do not be surprised or dismayed if trials and challenges come upon us. This work, which Satan seeks in vain to tear down, is that which God has placed on earth to lift mankind up!

I have lived for more than half the 150 years the restored Church has been upon the earth in this last dispensation. I have witnessed its marvelous growth until it now is established in the four corners of the earth. As the Prophet Joseph said:

“Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland, Australia, the East Indies, and other places, the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (History of the Church, 4:540).

Spencer W. Kimball, April 1980 General Conference

“Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

God bless you in your search for truth.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

God bless you in your search for truth.

Freedom

I just finished reading “Leader Shift” by Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille.  It stirred up feelings I have not felt in several decades. I strongly recommend you get and read the book now, so you know what I am talking about.

http://www.lifeleadership.com/Shopping/tabid/63/ProdID/2632/Default.aspx#.U_9UHMVdWSo

Or at least,  read some reviews!

Being 63 years old, I hope I have some perspective on the subject. Also, being a lover of history, I tend to list things chronologically, as in: “In the beginning”.

Freedom is a creation of a Supreme Being we call God. Think of it. HE has all power, yet demanded that we be given the power to choose. We have the power to choose to surrender our freedom. What a paradox! Why?

As I see it, Our Heavenly Father wants us to grow up and be like HIM. OK, great! Why not just hand me the power and save everybody a lot of trials and tribulation? That was the “Brainchild” of a fellow we call “The Devil”. I personally feel he knew that freedom is the only way to “sort” those who can handle power from those who can not. On days when I just can’t seem to make myself do what deserves to be done, I completely understand that mindset. After all, wouldn’t all power include the power to make myself do what I should be doing and make myself like it? Unfortunately not. The power to move matter and energy at will is one thing. Handling it for “good” purposes is quite another.

It is much like electricity. If it is not handled correctly, it can cause much damage and waste a tremendous amount of resources. Eventually the source of the power will be “cut” until it can be demonstrated that the “power” can be used in a responsible manner. If you don’t believe me, just ask any power company inspector what happens to people who do not properly contain their electrical hook-ups. If you think electricity is regulated, try Atomic Power! Should not the power to think matter and energy into galaxies be even more tightly regulated?

So, freedom is not freedom to misuse my freedom? Well… yes and no. The key component of freedom is training. The second is Love. Love keeps freedom available as long as there is a possibility of learning something. And even at that, learning just for learning sake is only intellectual. The key component of learning is the learning or better yet, the learned skill of self discipline. He who most tightly binds himself in restraints of self discipline is the most free. How can that be? It goes to trust. Can I be trusted with powers granted to say the Chief Operating Officer of a large Corporation? That also depends on my Leadership abilities.

Leadership has as one of it’s components, self discipline. If I know a dog will be obedient to my commands, I can let the dog “off the leash” and still have an enjoyable walk. Obedience leads to true freedom. “The more we obey revealed truth, the more we become liberated.” James E. Faust

(for the full text see:  http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1999/04/obedience-the-path-to-freedom?lang=eng )

So here we introduce another element into the formula for freedom:  communion with the infinite. If I am not in touch with the “will of God”, how can I be obedient to it? If I am not obedient to it, God has a way of restricting and reducing the number of choices I get to make, until I learn the lesson and acquire the self discipline to apply the lesson. That is exactly why Agnostic and Atheistic societies have never nor can ever be free.

Freedom exists kinda like anti-matter. If it touches either left or right extreme of it’s container, it ceases to exist. On the far left is chaos. In chaos, there is no value of life. There are tons of things that can not be done in Somalia because of the chaos. The opposite extreme is Control, that is, control by a fallible human. God is in control but HIS control actually creates more freedom. So much about God is hard to understand!

So, Freedom is part understanding what direction from God actually is, part choice to voluntarily cooperate and part self control, enough to put the choice into action. Revelation+Understanding+Obedience.

So, why has so much human history been filled with slavery and oppression? First, there was a great apostasy from God’s Prophets.

Moses 5:3   “And Satan came among them, saying: I am also a son of God; and he commanded them, saying:Believe it not; and they believed it not, and they loved Satan more than God. And men began from that time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish.”

What was the “it” Satan said not to believe? Back up to verses 9 and 10:

“And in that day the Holy Ghost fell upon Adam, which beareth record of the Father and the Son, saying: I am the Only Begotten of the Father from the beginning, henceforth and forever, that as thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will.

And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.”

Looks like basic Christianity to me. Does that mean that only Christians can be free Politically? Well, I don’t think the Ancient Greeks or Romans were very Christian, but up until they became subject to an Emperor, they were free. Why? Because they had understanding and enough obedience to correct principles to make it work.

What went wrong? Let’s take a step or two back in time to the Israelite Republic.  Let’s look at Exodus 18:25

“And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.”

They had the Ten Commandments which basically said you can do anything you feel like doing except these 10 things. They had the judges of tens, fifties, hundreds and thousands to prevent chaos. All they needed was the self discipline to keep it going. But what happened?

Look at 1 Samuel 8:

“19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;

20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.”

That ended Israelite Freedom.

Now, back to Rome.

Basically, The Republic created such a magnificent army that it tempted a general by the name of Julius Caesar to use it against the Republic! Had the forces of the Republic been victorious, another general, sooner or later, would have succeeded.  So, why did the Republic maintain such a strong standing army? Because they got “booty” from the conquered territories. Greed! The Senators were acting like administrators of an Empire, so it was just a matter of time before an Emperor took control.

Again I refer you to Orren & Oliver’s new book: “Leader Shift”. They explain it much better than I can.

Are you beginning to get as uneasy about the American Empire as I am? Are we not acting like an Empire, going all over the world acting like a policeman? How committed are the American people to the principles of Freedom? Do they really consider themselves to be subject to any Supreme Being? To talk about American as self disciplined is almost laughable. Actually it is really sad. Pathetic. So what’s keeping us from becoming an Empire with an Emperor? NOT MUCH!

Let’s say, some day in the future, some President decides to “take over”. What must be done first?

  1. Most of the firearms should be registered or be in an identifiable area. This will be difficult because resourceful people can “print” key gun parts and manufacture  weapons outside the legal system. They don’t all need to be confiscated, just enough.
  2. Political dissension must be regulated. This can be done by making opposition TV or Internet sites harder or impossible to maintain. Perhaps an incident like the Boston Marathon Bombing could trigger a “crack down” on domestic terrorists. This could be done by a “black ops” “false flag” operation where the media reports that “right wing extremists” are to blame. Given the anomalies in the reporting of the Sandy Hook School shootings and the Boston Marathon bombings, this is not as far fetched as some may think. The evidence is raising more questions than answers.
  3. With guns and gripers gone, the nation would look very much like Hitler’s Germany in 1933. Who would say “no, that’s unconstitutional!”?

How close are we to getting rid of guns and gripers? The question revolves around this: Who would “raise a fuss” if it actually happened? How many people would it take before the “majority” decided something was wrong? With the ability to “shut down” specific websites and TV new outlets not in keeping with “political correctness”, the number required grows geometrically. Communication is the key. When we loose freedom of speech, we loose it all. What if we don’t totally loose freedom of speech?

To the degree the majority do not believe truth when they hear it, to the degree the majority will not act on the truths they are given, to that degree, we are already enslaved. Economic freedom will be the last to go because the “Emperors and Dictators” know that business is the goose that lays the golden eggs. Why did China and Russia give up Communism? Because it creates poverty! Poverty is not fun! Dictators love their fun. Just ask Kim Jong Il. Oh, that’s right, you can’t. He’s dead. Mostly from living a lavish lifestyle and dissipation! But there aren’t many businesses producing abundance in North Korea. Right! but there are in China, and China continually subsidizes North Korea! Cut off the subsidy and see how fast North Korea loosens up it’s restrictions on business!

Some will say; as long as I have my lifestyle, who cares what the Government is? EXACTLY! That kind of moral bankruptcy is the FIRST sign a nation is about to loose it’s freedom! Has America lost it’s moral fiber? Tell me that and I will tell you how close we are to loosing freedom.

Remember the “black ops” scenario I sketched above? All it would take is a bunch of people more committed to “following orders” than to freedom and constitutional principles and it could be staged. Where are we in that process now? I for one am very nervous about it. I simply do not trust the various “bureaus” to support, protect and defend the Constitution! Rumors about military officers with the rank of Major and above being asked that very question, (“would you shoot American citizens if so ordered?”), do not put me at ease!

Where does that leave me? With a powerful reason to create a business that creates lots of wealth, quickly! Which takes me right back to previous blogs. I actually had one person tell me they were an interesting read! But, start with “Leader Shift”!

Enjoy!

-Bob

Why?

In my first post, I outlined “The Gospel according to Bob”. Obviously It is heavily influenced by my participation and leadership in various 12 Step organizations, as well as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Second post, “Twelve Step Vision – After thoughts” was born from a perceived flaw in the first post. This, the third, is another try at correcting the flaws.

So, what was so bad about the second post? Simply this; I have noticed that several people have read the blog, told me it was an interesting read, but were not interested. Why?

Let’s look at why I feel it is NECESSARY to become wealthy and why I believe LIFE is the best vehicle for creating that wealth. Those who are still not interested will either not be interested in creating that much wealth or, they will not believe I am telling the truth.

  1. The World financial system is unstable. Let’s start with some “common sense”. Show me ONE example in all recorded history where an individual, City, Provence or Nation was able to become peaceful and prosperous after having spent so much money that it was necessary to borrow money just to pay the interest on the loans, all without “pain”. The problem is that in a “democracy” the people will not vote themselves into the level of “pain” required to cut the spending, create the income and pay down the debt. Unfortunately, this kind of collective irresponsibility puts dictatorships and oligarchy’s in a superior position to the world’s democracies. Why? because they can just “decree” the draconian measures required. Worse yet, Americans and the world in general are poor students of history. Can any one dispute that high inflation creates chaos? Have we forgotten that Napoleon and Hitler arose out of chaos? What has all this to do with LIFE and wealth? Simply this: The Jews who really were wealthy, not just “doing ok” middle class, mostly saw the Holocaust coming and were able to leave Germany relatively early on. It was the “middle class” that said “What are they going to do, kill all 6 million of us?”. The Jews who did escape were systematically stripped of all remaining wealth before being allowed out or forced “in” to the gas chambers.  There is a storm coming and I, for one want to be able to survive it. Prevention would be better but, that would require the American voters to “sober up” about spending, taxes and other things we collectively continue to fantasize about. I’m not holding my breath on that one. The other solution would be to create a community of millions of millionaires. More PEOPLE with more MONEY and the FREE TIME that can bring, who are willing to become more INFORMED and more ACTIVE in social and political matters. There are many businesses that have created millionaires and many civic clubs and organizations that create UNDERSTANDING through information, but I know of no other group, business or organization that puts it all together like The LIFE business.   For Example:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bqMEOM0CjI&list=PLNJBhsLMqhr2LqSSQrneOkyWeKujZMezR                                          Watch this then tell me your business is lead by such a Patriot!
  2. Let’s take a longer slower scenario. As the Government continues to grow, tax and spend, the deficit will continue to get bigger and bigger. We will enter a period of prolonged “stagflation” of the kind that propelled Ronald Reagan to the White house, OR the inflation rate will have to accelerate. No one is proposing budget cuts as a third alternative, except Ron Paul supporters and their allies. SO, what does that mean? According to the rule of 72, a 4% inflation rate means that prices double every 18 years. (72/4 = 18) That’s what “The Greatest Generation” grew accustomed to. Now, with the higher inflation rates (8%) coming (some say are already here), prices will double every 9 years. What if they double every 6 years?  Can you grantee that inflation will return to 4% in the foreseeable future? I’m NOT talking about home interest loan rates, I’m talking about the cost of gasoline, electricity and natural gas! Here is the key question: Do you really expect me to believe that your boss, your employer the company you work for, the industry you work in and the whole economy will double your wages to keep up with inflation? WAKE THE %!#* UP! Stop living in a dream world! Rich will be the new AVERAGE, that is, IF we don’t create a dictatorship like in #1 above.
  3. I want to retire. This is very personal, so if that offends you, skip to #4. Frankly, I have no assets. My balance sheet reveals my “net worthless” to be negative. I can live the rest of my life on the “age 62” Social Security or I can become wealthy. I pick wealthy. Now, since my plan is to retire in just 2 more years (from 2013), what would stop you from doing the same thing? Do you have some sort of financial “death wish” that is forcing you to work for 40 years? How old will you be in 2 years? Does the idea of being “job optional” cause that much revulsion? Would sitting on a beach make you break out in hives? What would be to terrible about being FREE? Do you realize that a lot of our freedom is lost on the local level? What would be so bad about going down to the next City Council meeting held at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on a Wednesday, and registering your opinion? Do you even know what the issues are? Do you care? I want to be FREE in EVERY sense of the word. Only money can do that! What about you? Do you have something against FREEDOM?
  4. This is NOT a reason I want to be free, it is a reason I NEED to be free. In order to develop the following required for the kind of wealth I am describing, I get to make some big changes in my personality. This will NOT be fun! I get to practice being more considerate. I get to become more reliable, more diligent, harder working, kinder, gentler, more appreciative, more giving, more accepting and appreciating of even the smallest things. I get to become more competent, more confident, more caring. I get to develop the habit of doing what is right, no matter how painful, inconvenient or problematic it may be. In short, I will be required to do a lot of psychological WORK! Why? because if I don’t, I will “p%@s” people off and they will not follow me. Without a following, I am only out for a walk. Lone people don’t get rich in this business. You see, I am not a genius like Warren Buffett. I am not talented like Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods, nor do I pay violin like Josh Bell. I did not catch the technological wave like Bill Gates. I have no idea what the next one will be. You see, I have no choice, I grow or I die. The good news here is that by making the changes, I will have much less to worry about, at that great final “personal priesthood interview” with the “Prophet, Priest and King of the Universe”. At this writing I have some concerns. I am not ready yet. Becoming more “Christ like” solves many more problems than spiritual ones. Not fun, but necessary.
  5. Lastly, I want to take my Grandchildren to a movie at 1 or 2 O’clock in the middle of the week. I want to watch all the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars or other  movies anytime I feel like it. I want to see New York, Washington DC, London, Paris, Rome, Athens, Jerusalem, Hong Kong, and Hawaii. I want to visit all my cousins. I want to visit all my nephews and nieces and all their children. I’d like to meet my 2nd and 3rd cousins and their grandchildren and children. I want to stroke a check to someone who could really do some good, as a political office holder or the founder of some wonderful charity. I want to buy billboards, radio stations or maybe even whole Television Networks to get the word out. I want to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, teach the ignorant, empower the victims, heal the sick and liberate the unjust captive.Bob Maggy dressed up I want to go on a full time Mission overseas somewhere and not worry about my Real Estate Empire or Construction business or whatever I have, being run into the ground by well meaning children or hirelings. I want to spend a Summer on a mountain top. I want to spend a Winter on a sunny beach. I want a coach like Bob, Dolvet or Jillian (“The Biggest Looser” TV show) screaming in my ear until I finally loose those hundred extra pounds I carry every day. I want to learn to love the “high nutrition” diet so I can keep the pounds off. But most of all, I want to earn the respect of my sons-in-law, the admiration of my daughters in law and the love of my Grandchildren. I want to lunch with the “high and mighty” any time I have the opportunity any day of the week and have them respect my beliefs, even if they violently oppose them. Tell me that can be done on a “we’re do’en all right” income!

Now you know why I want to be rich. The only remaining question is, can the Life Business do it for me? Only if I work at it and acquire the necessary character traits.

If you can read, if you can listen to the right kind of audios, if you will associate with people who have all the above, if you will apply what you learn in a “Plan-Do-Check-Adjust” way, you can do what I plan to do. Can you? Will you?

Twelve Step Vision – After thoughts

In my post “12 Step Vision”, I left the reader with an admonition to seek by following feelings and promptings. I have since come to realize that it is an extremely unusual occurrence for The Lord to say: “Go dial 555-555-1234 and ask for training in the xyz business”. I have heard of rare occasions where someone dialed a wrong number and good came from it, but that is the exception that proves the rule.

So, what am I trying to say? Simply this: please allow me to give you some specific guidance.

Where I and my wife Maggie have chosen to go is in the direction of Living Intentionally For Excellence (LIFE). LIFE is built around the 8F’s of Faith, Family, Finance, Following, Freedom, Friends and Fun.

For Faith, we have chosen The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We will be happy to discuss our choice with anyone who is also committed to living intentionally for excellence.

Families are determined by the “genetic lottery” so no amount of argument or persuasion will make or unmake someone a family member. The point here is to avoid a family member legally changing their name and moving away like someone in witness protection! Hopefully all the family will agree on the other 7 of the F’s.

Finance. This is a big one. Why? Mostly because the education system always lags behind. The industrial age model is: go to college, get a degree, work for a good company, retire on a good pension. 95% of the population still believe that. 5% don’t. Obviously the 5% are wrong, right? Maybe. If the 95% are right, then why do

  • 94% of all 65 year-old’s have less than $35,000 per year to retire on? 

In my own opinion, the United States and other industrialized nations are 95% poor! There is no reason, other than ignorance and apathy, why at least half of us could not have a $50,000 lifestyle working no more than 4 hours per week!

Oh, I hear the Socialists, screaming how wrong I am. Fine. I’m not talking to them. If you are a Socialist, or one of the “compassionate people”, who just happen to agree with much of the Marxist philosophy, I have nothing but opposition for you here. But, If you agree with at least some of the philosophy of Ayn Rand in her book “Atlas Shrugged”, then this may be worth a read.

In the book, the heroes were business owners. Industrial Age to be sure. The problem with creating Industrial Age businesses is that the Industrial Age has passed. It is now the Information Age. Am I advocating you Google “get rich” and take the first offer presented? Absolutely NOT! So, how can half of the 95% retire on more than $50,000 per year after working a whole 5 to 10 years?

It requires a specific combination of attributes, personal and economic. First: Personal.

Only those who are Looking for this kind of income opportunity are likely to find it. Self evident? Maybe. The real problem is in belief. Most of the 95% do not believe that such a thing is possible. Most of those who do believe, feel that it requires some sort of moral or legal perversion to make it happen. Yes GOD created many “honest poor” but I don’t see how that fits in the vision of the Prophets of the Thousand Years of peace and abundance.

 I have come to the conclusion that scarcity is not what The Lord desires for us. For example:
“I, the Lord, am willing, if any among you adesire to ride upon horses, or upon mules, or in chariots, he shall receive this blessing, if he receive it from the hand of the Lord, with a bthankful heart in all things.”  (D&C 62:7)

The key word here is DESIRE. Should you desire wealth?

“And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get awealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”(Detutronomy 8:17)

How is giving you wealth going to establish HIS covenant?
 “And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to ado good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.” (Jacob 2:19)
Are you under any obligation to “seek” wealth?

“He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

And he called his ten servants, and delivered them tenapounds, and said unto them, bOccupy till I come.

But his acitizens hated him, and sent a bmessage after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these aservants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.

And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been afaithful in a very little, have thou bauthority over ten cities.

And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.

And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.

And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:

For I afeared thee, because thou art an baustere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have arequired mine own with busury?

And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

(And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

For I say unto you, That unto every one awhich hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.” (Luke 19:12-26)

Do you have the “Talent” of attracting wealth?
How do you know if you never try?
If you do, and you do not develop it, will that have Eternal implications?
In my prospective, the 95% work just as hard building their Employer’s vision or dream as they would if they built their own dream. To say you do not have “The Talent” to create that 50 to 100 thousand dollar lifestyle is to say you are not talented enough to be valuable to an employer. It has very little to do with talent. It has to do with preference. So I ask again: Could that not have eternal progression implications?
While it is true we are not held accountable for truths that have not been revealed to us, it is true that we have a basic responsibility to “seek and find”, to “knock” in order to get the door to open. If you are not “looking” I have nothing for you.
The Second requirement is Ambition. That is more of a preference. Some people are just not ambitious. Hippocrates classified all humanity into four types of personality: The Aggressive, the Passive, the Playful and the Detailed. He called them: Choleric,  Phlegmatic, Sanguine and Melancholy. Can a passive person be ambitious? Since GOD created him that way, how can he be held accountable for not being ambitious? That is a very good question. So, let me ask another: Should not the passive person be ambitiously seeking his eternal welfare? Should he not be ambitious about raising a righteous generation? It turns on the question: what are you ambitious about? If you are not ambitious about your finances, then the best I can offer is a list of sources for information on whatever you are ambitious about. If you are ambitious about money, keep reading.
The third qualification is to be Teachable. This also has the ring of “obvious” to it. How can an employee who has not been trained in business ownership go into business and hope to succeed? Why am I writing about business? What if you don’t want to run a business? Well, then I must ask: How else will you be able to “clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.”?
I suppose you could marry someone who is wealthy. If you are born into great wealth you may be a “trust fund baby”. And, don’t forget there are always those who think force or fraud are legitimate ways to accumulate money, but I doubt they have any intention of using it for “doing good”. If you believe all wealthy people got their wealth by any of the above methods, you are not teachable. I have nothing for you.
The final requirement is Character. Are you honest? Really? Do you keep appointments you agree to? Do you say things people want to hear, just to avoid “unpleasantness”? That is a very Phlegmatic trait, but no excuse. Honesty is honesty. If you can’t be honest about what you will or will not do, I have nothing for you.
So, now I ask: do I have something for you?
If so, you will be willing set aside 15 minutes to receive the 2 CD’s and the book I will loan you.
Set aside next Thursday at 8pm in Sandy, UT to meet the community.
Listen to both CD’s.
Read the book.
Then decide.
Fitness:
At this point I have but two observations:
1- My physical unfitness is a metaphor for the rest of my life and
2- I will have more to say, in a positive vein, in a later blog.
Following:
This is actually leadership. My opinion is so completely aligned with Orren and Chris, the best I can do is refer you to their book:
Ask yourself: Do I want to be a better leader of my Wife and Children? Do I want to be looked upon as a leader by my larger family? What about my Church Community? Would being a better leader at work pay more? How can I hope to reach ” …the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” (Ephesians 4:13)  if I shy away from leadership?
In my opinion, this does have “eternal progression” implications. For the non-Mormons, that means the Mormons who don’t want to be leaders don’t really want to become “Gods” like they preach is possible. Too strong? Maybe I don’t understand my own doctrine. You tell me: what does it mean:
“Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. Young’s Literal … ye shall therefore be perfect, as your Father who is in the heavens is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
Is The Father not a leader?
Is there nothing more you can learn about leadership?
or how about this:
“Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from aeverlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be bgods, because they have call power, and the angels are subject unto them.” (D&C 132:20)
If that is not leadership, then I know nothing at all about anything.
Freedom:
Are we more or less free as a people that our ancestors were who lived 100 or 200 years ago?
There were 56 signers of the Declaration of  Independence. The US Population was around 3,000,000.  Each signer represented around 53,571 people.  I believe the reason we are loosing our freedom is because we are missing the 5,357,100 leaders like the founding fathers, our current population requires.
If a leader Must be Hungry for change, Caring for those who follow him, Willing to learn how to do better and personally Honorable, then:
Politicians are NOT leaders!
Bureaucrats are NOT leaders!
News anchors are NOT leaders!
University professors are NOT leaders!
Who is leading us to greater FREEDOM?
That is why we are “loosing it”!
Friends:
If you get stuck on the freeway and don’t have the money for a tow truck, are you going to post in Facebook for help?
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)
There is more to friendship than “liking” a Facebook post.
Fun:
How much more fun can you have with a 5-figure monthly income than without it?
Comments are welcome.

12 Step Vision

	I have allowed, called forth, created, generated and visualized a prison of my own making.
 Up to now I have denied my imprisonment. I have denied allowing substances, materials, 
false beliefs, experiences, assumptions and feelings like fear or anxiety to govern my actions. 
I have denied that I created my prison. 

	I blamed my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, children, grandchildren, 
grandparents, neighbors, the city, the state, the nation, the entire universe and 
God himself. I blamed anyone and everyone except myself! I denied that the consequences 
of my actions were generated by my actions. I visualized them as separate and unconnected.

	I saw my cage as a place to come and go as I pleased. I denied the lock on the door. 
I denied that I no longer possessed the key to escape. I denied, I rationalized, 
I demanded, I raged. And then, when all my energy was finally spend, I wept. I found 
myself powerless over my emotions, over substances, over material, audios, videos, places, 
people and everything. I was hopeless.

	From my dark, dank cell, I heard a song. I saw a light. I felt a hope. God has 
send an angel to rescue me!. 
Others turned their backs. Some others are set free, singing and praising, dancing, rejoicing.

	What about me? If they can be free. i should be able to be free too!
	"Hey", I shouted.
	"How did you get out?" I cried.
	“My Father, My Brother, His Son, they paid my debt. They set me free.”
	“My Dad is imprisoned too. How can he help?”
	“No!” the freedman cried, “Not your earthly father, your Heavenly 
Father, His son, our Savior! They can set you free!”

	Hope, do I dare see it? Do I dare touch it? Can I grasp it? 
Can I make myself believe it? Can I see myself as a glorified exalted being? 
Do I dare hope to measure up to the full stature of Christ? 
Is It possible I could have His image in my countenance? Why not? 
Why not hope for freedom? Whats the worst that could happen, become hopeless again? 
I did that and I'm not dead yet. OK, what the heck. I can Hope.

	“Jailer!” I screamed. “I want God or Jesus or somebody to get me out of here!” 
	“So,” he said “You want to be saved do you? I'll tell them you want a 'bail hearing'.”

	Inside the court of my own opinion, I sat in judgement of myself. 
I prosecuted, I plead my case, I sat in all twelve juror seats and passed judgement.
	“How do you plead?” my judge self asked myself.
	“I remember doing the things I am accused of. 
I was just doing what I felt I had to at the time.”
	The courtroom erupted in laughter.
	“Silence!” I shouted from the bench, banging the gavel. 
As the laughter ebbed, I heard the creek of a wooden bench as someone stood.
	“May I address the Court?” He asked. As Judge, I nodded.
	“I love this man. I gave my life for him. 
I already took the punishment for all of his crimes. The debt is paid.
You can ask no more.”

	I sat stunned. If the debt is paid, why was I in prison? What was going on?
	“I will not take your freedom of choice.” he said as he turned to look me in the eye. 
	“I will not alter the natural consequences of your choices. 
That's part of why it is so hard for some to believe I exist or have power. 
However, I can give you just enough power to make better choices and I can give you 
the results naturally flowing from those better choices...if you let me.”
	I sat speechless again, then said: 
	“What, How do I...?”
	“Simple, yet difficult” He said. 
“I want your heart, might, mind and strength. 
I want your body and soul. I want the rest of your whole life.”

	It took some time before I could respond.
	“I want to, but what if I slip?”
	“You have taken three big steps. There are nine more I am asking you to take. 
The last three you must do every day, until you physically or mentally can't. 
Are you willing to keep pressing forward, step by step, 
get up when you fall and move forward again?”

	Speechless, as soon as I could move, I nodded my head.
	“The defendant is remanded to the custody of The Lord, 
and will remain on probation for the rest of his natural life” I said from the bench. 
I glared at me and said:
	“You slip up or backslide and fail to get up and start moving forward again, 
just one time, you'll find yourself back in jail before you can say 'Jack Robinson'! 
You understand me Old Man? One Slip!”

	“ I got it” I murmured.
 	“Bailiff! When the prisoner shows a true change of heart, let him out.”
	“How will I know?” I asked from within my Bailiffs uniform.








“He will list his shortcomings, sins, 
faults, failings on paper, take 
responsibility for each and every 
one by confessing to proper 
Priesthood Authority, and maybe a third party. He will ask the Lord, 
here to take them all away. He will list those he has injured and make 
complete and full restitution. Finally, the Lord will let you know his 
efforts have been accepted, then you can let him go.”
	One final time I sat immobilized, trying to fathom how this was gong to work. 
I was going to need some help.
 
	“I have already prepared all the help you could possibly use.” He said.
	“My words to Moses, Joshua, Isiah, Jeremiah, Malachi, Matthew, Mark, Luke, 
John, Paul and Jude are before you. You also have the words of Amos, Nathan, Zenos, 
Zennock, Esaias, Lehi, Nephi, Jacob, Benjamin, Mosiah, Alma, Helaman, 
Jared and his brother Mahonrimoriancumer, Ether, Mormon, Moroni and many, many others. 

	“I taught Joseph Smith Jr. of the apostasy and directed the restoration of The Priesthood. 
The Hold Ghost has been freely given to al those who have come unto me by the waters of baptism 
and the laying on of hands, by those who are in authority.

	“ I called Apostles, Prophets, Pastors and Teachers, 
caused them to be ordained, consecrated, 
endowed with power and sent forth to proclaim liberty to the captive. 
In my name meetings are held, 
programs are discussed, acts of charity performed, 
congregations assembled to distribute my body and blood 
and individuals are strengthened by my word. 

	“All I am asking you to do is start following the promptings 
you have you have rejected in the past, read my word, Pray in my name, 
Attend Church, give acts of service and 
continually repent and improve, starting at the most grievous sins 
and continuing through the most simple faults or failings.
	“When it is time, the Holy Spirit will focus your mind on the next fault to deal with. 
Be patient, be kind, especially with yourself. Follow your heart, not your carnal mind. 
Seek love, not lust. Seek peace, not gratification. 
Seek the riches of eternity, not the wealth of mammon. Seek my will, not your own. 
Seek and ye shall find.”