Sunday, June 27, 2010

Preserved Us a Nation

Never before have I publicized a piece of my personal journal on my public blog for the world to see... but I felt I needed to do so today. In light of the Independence Day festivities coming up, I want the world to know what I truly feel about my blessed country.

My apologies to those who do not share my faith, since most of what I feel for my nation is deeply rooted in my beliefs. I refuse to abridge that which I have written, so please, if you have questions or confusion I can do my best to answer them. (Please note that I will respond to nothing that might be hateful towards my faith.) I ask you, please, to still read on and recognize what you have in this nation. I ask you to read on and recognize the lives given to bring you all that you now have.

We had a wonderful lesson today from a member of the stake bishopric – he’s a funny man, a seminary teacher, and an American History scholar. He went into detail today about things relating to the upcoming 4th of July celebrations. He talked about when Wilford Woodruff was approached by the signers of the constitution, and many other significant American heroes (Christopher Columbus, early presidents, etc.) wanting to get their endowments and sealings taken care of. When that occurred, the SL temple was yet under construction, and there was a temporary endowment building set up where the North Visitors Center currently is on Temple Square.

The founders of our country went there, to speak to the prophet. They are all high priests now. They are all sealed to their wives. I wish I had the ability to go into more detail of how strongly I feel about that right now. I want to go there this Saturday… I want to sit in the North Visitor’s Center, and just think about what occurred there.

I’m amazed at what this country has. Most people in the world, even those in wonderful and secure areas, would trade places with me. The home I live in. The education I have access to. The freedom I possess and the opportunities that lie before me.

I adore my country. It is so easy to forget what we have, especially in the turmoil of the modern day. With president Obama, and problems in the economy, and bills and voting on schools and religion and gay marriage, and wars, and rumors of wars… it is so easy to forget what we are blessed with. Even as the country falls just as Rome of old, as I believe it will over time, I hold a respect and awe for this nation. I stand amazed at the constitution of this country. I am humbled and shaken to my core with the number of lives given for the establishment of this choice land.

So often forgotten is the final verse of the Star Spangled Banner, in this nation trying so desperately to renounce their God and His glory:

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

My Savior established this constitution. He raised wise men for its purpose alone, and for the strength of this people. Never in the history of mankind have such men come together, and in relation to the population at that time – an obscure and minute fraction compared to what it is now – it was a truly divine miracle brought forth for the liberty of mankind. Through their work a nation came together in which the true and living gospel could be restored to the earth, even through the artillery and death that followed it, and to this day seeks its destruction.

I pray that I remember, with the following festivities and fireworks, what it symbolizes. It symbolizes the artillery of the enemy in 1814, over which Francis Scott Key saw the tattered but strong majesty of the stars and stripes billowing in the air in the light of the morning. It symbolizes the artillery we face in the modern day, from every angle thundering through this dark night. But just as that banner stood, and just as it still waves over this nation, I know that I will be standing strong and firm in the wind when the sun comes.

When the Son comes.

17 comments:

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

Your passion is so great, you're writing is tremendous. Great work, Miss Lindz!!

tammy said...

This is an amazing post. Thank you for this. That is my favorite part of that song. If it's okay, I want to link to you along with another blog I'm linking to today.

brandy said...

I hopped over from Tammy's blog! Reading this post gave me goosebumps. Thank you for sharing something so close to your heart. I appreciated the reminder that the Savior played a vital part in creating the Constitution. It truly was a an act of God.
Happy Fourth of July!!!

Cheeseboy said...

Lindz - great stuff. Sounds like we need to sign your bishopric dude up for a fireside in our ward. What a great country we live in to be sure.

ReformingGeek said...

Thank you for sharing your beliefs. We do, indeed, have a wonderful country and many reasons to be grateful.

DIAPER DIVA said...

AMAZING! Thank you!!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Love this post!

Jared said...

All of John McNaughton's art is incredible. I already have the one you posted in your blog on my wish list once I get married, because that will be hanging in my home when that time comes.

There's another one he has called "Peace is Coming". That one will also be in my home.

All in all, I have to admit I'm a bit jealous because you jumped the gun by posting this a week before the 4th. I was going to do a post of my own this weekend, but I'm not sure it will be worthwhile since yours already blew anything I could write out of the water. Amen and amen.

Mikki said...

Magnificent post!!! Those last two paragraphs really are so eloquently written. Thank you!
(I'm here via Tammy's blog).

Mr. Stupid said...

This was an amazing post. Your writing is beautiful. Loved the use of words. Have an awesome day...:)

Powdered Toast Man said...

I was a bit lost at parts but you seem to deeply believe in what you write. You have a lot of passion. We do take what we have for granted sometimes.

M-Cat said...

One of my all time favorite posts of yours! I love that painting and saw it over at the Diaper Diva's. Wishing I could get my hands on it for my home.

Our patriotic roots run deep in our home as well, and I am looking forward to this weekend to soak it in, remember, renew and discover what I need to do as an individual to work harder to safeguard our freedoms.

Thanks for the fantastic post

Teachinfourth said...

Stumbled via Tammy. We truly do live in a wonderful place, don't we?

Pedaling said...

sounds like he did great job with the lesson.
ted and I are team teaching the same kind of lesson, this sunday on the 4th for RS...I hope we can do half as good.

brandy said...

I know I already commented but I just wanted to let you know that I linked this post to my Fourth of July Favorites list. I hope you don't mind. But your words were so inspiring to me!

laughingwolf said...

very well said, young lady... your parents must be so proud!

mistieleigh said...

you have a gift for writing. i loved it! Thanks!

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