I would like to wish one and all a hearty and happy Fourth of July! I have often written about those relatives of mine who have and do bear arms but today I feel impressed to place that aside and focus on one of the great fundamental purposes of our country, which is of course the right to religious freedom. Our forefathers fought to live the laws of Christianity to the fullest and we find it our duty to continue that battle today. I know of no greater or more beautiful language in defense of religious freedom than that which arises from the Book of Mormon, so I will sit back and let Mormon do most of the talking today. This excerpt arises from a situation in which an evil man named Amalickiah seeks to destroy the religious freedom of a neighboring nation. The military leader of that nation, a young man named Captain Moroni (not the Moroni on top of LDS temples - that is another guy by the same name), gears up to fight back.
"And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it - In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children - and he fastened it upon the end of a pole. And he fastened on his head plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which hado n the ends thereof his rent coat (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land...And thus he was preparing to support their liberty, their lands, their wives, and their children, and their peace, and that they might live unto the Lord their God, and that they might maintain that which was called by their enemies the cause of Christians. And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery...he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood."
"Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men."
Have a beautiful Independence Day weekend and let's say a prayer for our country!