Thursday, January 29, 2009

Agency vs. Compulsion

My brother, Sam sent me the link to this video. It is an absolutely brilliant explanation of the age-old struggle between agency and Satan's original plan, as it applies to modern society. I'm going to show it to my kids.

Thanks, Sam.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Latter-day Saint Leaders Attend National Prayer Service

WASHINGTON 21 January 2009 Two Latter-day Saint leaders, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, were among the religious leaders who attended the National Prayer Service today in celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

In speaking with the media following the service, President Uchtdorf said he prays for President Obama’s success in leading the country and that President Obama’s focus on hope and optimism are also important principles in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Elder Ballard said that today’s meeting, at which representatives of many religions came together to pray for President Obama and the Congress, was a testament to the ideals of the United States.

The National Prayer Service is an opportunity for the newly inaugurated president and vice president of the United States to join with dignitaries and Americans of diverse faiths to celebrate the inauguration through prayer, readings and musical performances.

Church Leaders Attend President Obama’s Inauguration

SALT LAKE CITY 20 January 2009 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was represented at inaugural events for President Barack Obama by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, and Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

“Elder M. Russell Ballard and I were very pleased to have been able to attend today’s historic inauguration of the 44th president of the United States of America. In doing so, we represented President Thomas S. Monson and the entire Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” President Uchtdorf said.

“It was inspiring to be an eyewitness to this peaceful, impressive, transfer of power and the swearing-in of the first African American president. We pray for President Barack Obama’s success in these challenging times and join in his expressions of hope and optimism,” he said.

President Uchtdorf and Elder Ballard attended the swearing-in ceremony on January 20 and will attend the National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral on January 21.

“It is always an honor for the Church to be represented at the inauguration of a new president,” said President Thomas S. Monson. “We send our best wishes to President Obama and pray for the blessings of a loving Father in Heaven to be upon him and his administration.”