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Monday, July 06, 2009

Four Powerful Personal Principles

The recent Independence Day weekend stirred my soul to further reflection about the basic principles of our citizenships and lives, so much so that it seemed both prudent and proper to also share these gleanings with all of you gentle readers:

* Power in Persistence

"...There was in a city, a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
And there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, Avenge me of my adversary.
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said unto himself. Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge has saith.
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to him, though he bear long with them?"
(Holy Bible, New Testament, Luke 18: 2-7)

* Power in Prayer

"...for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood....I will liken (you) unto the parable of the woman and the unjust judge, for men ought to pray and not to faint.."
(LDS Church Doctrine & Covenants, Section 101, Verses 80-81)

* Power in Personal Weakness

"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then I will make weak things become strong.."
(Book of Mormon, Ether, Chapter 12, Verse 27)

* Power in Humility

"Be thou humble; and the the Lord God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers."
(LDS Church Doctrine & Covenants, Section 111, Verse 10).


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