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Rep. Tom Loertscher: House Highlights – February 23

February 23rd, 2011 by Halli

By Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone

While I was growing up, it used to drive me crazy to hear some of the older generation talk about how good things used to be in days gone by. It must be my age, but I catch myself looking back to times that seemed to be less complicated. It reminds me a bit of when the phone line was put into Bone. I could tell that the contractor who was laying the cable came from a small town where there was little traffic. Whenever he would stop to check on his employees, he would stop right in the middle of the road with no thought of the heavy traffic that was going by. Since then I have often envied someone who could deal with things in a simple manner.

That doesn’t seem to be the way things are going around the Statehouse these days. The issues seem to be getting tougher and the hearings in the committees are longer and more complicated. Again this week it was necessary in the House State Affairs Committee to continue a hearing for a second day. The issues were concerning union activities and after a long discussion the two bills were sent to the House floor. My hat is off to the good people of Idaho who have been coming to these committee meetings these last weeks in a calm yet passionate manner.

Being busy around this place is a very large understatement. The other day I was trying to catch up on answering some of my e-mail. It seemed like for each one I opened and read and answered two more would pop up on my screen. Floor debate on two bills, one that has been called nullification, and the other having to do with peace officers and Indian tribes each took a full day. The first bill passed the House (I voted yes) and the second failed to pass (I voted no).

There is an old saying, “May you live in interesting times,” that was once thought to be a blessing but actually was given as a curse attributable to the Chinese. I can’t help but think that it does apply to us one way or the other depending on your point of view. We definitely do live in interesting times, and I can’t help but think after seeing some of the things that have happened over the weekend in other parts of the country, that we are fortunate once again to live in Idaho. While we are definitely having our own budget crisis this year, it is not nearly the magnitude it is in other states. I think a lot of legislators are looking for a magic bullet, but there is nothing on the horizon that looks magical at all. As my mother used to say, “The only way out of this, is through it.”

The budget committee hearings are pretty much at an end and that means that once a budget number is reached that the budgets will soon be set by the committee. If all goes well, and no one knows if it will, it gives the signal that there is about a month left for the work of the legislature this year. So keep your fingers crossed. I know I will.

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David Ripley: Passage of a Prophet

February 23rd, 2011 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Dr. Bernard Nathanson died earlier this week after a lengthy battle with cancer. He left this earth repentant for his work in establishing America as a cradle of legalized abortion.

Nathanson was a key architect of the plan to legalize abortion through a carefully crafted public relations effort aimed at persuading America that killing preborn children would prove a blessing to women. After his success in legalizing abortion in New York, Nathanson helped found the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), primarily comprised of abortionists. That organization played a key role in preparing the way for Roe v. Wade.

By 1979, Nathanson confessed that he had performed over 75,000 abortions – including one of his own child.

But the Lord’s mercy knows no bounds. As Nathanson detailed in his book, Hand of God, the overwhelming evil that was his life became intolerable. The Lord reached down and took hold of him, leading Nathanson to convert to Christianity and a pro-Life appreciation for His gifts.

In the years since, Nathanson has worked to educate Americans about the deceptions he helped perpetuate upon our society. He called the Roe v. Wade decision “the greatest mistake this nation has ever conceived”.

In God’s hands, Nathanson became an unanswerable witness to the truth about abortion.

As we remember this courageous man and his profound contributions to the pro-Life movement, it is most important to take encouragement from the Lord’s intervention in Nathanson’s life. It reminds us that there is hope and love available to all men; that the evil of abortion will not stand because it is based upon the lie. A great mountain of lies, in fact.

We give thanks to you, Lord, for the witness of Dr. Bernard Nathanson. May You grant him your peace.

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Richard Larsen: Obama’s Illusory Budget

February 22nd, 2011 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

In 1986, Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil declared President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 Budget “DOA,” or Dead on Arrival because it recommended “draconian cuts” of about 3% off of a $994 billion budget. In a facetious twist, the Office of Management and Budget delivered the budget to Capital Hill in an ambulance on the chest of a supine OMB public affairs assistant, who, when delivered to the House Budget committee room, sat up, Lazarus-like, to prove that the budget was still alive.
Now fast-forward to the 2012 edition of the presidential budget request, and we see numbers which the House Speaker should have delivered to the House, perhaps not in an ambulance with flat-lining EKG monitors, but rather in a hearse. And just for good measure, with a stake driven through the heart of it.

Words cannot accurately describe the staggeringly outrageous figures themselves or the disconnect with economic realities in that massive document. It’s further clear that the president didn’t get the message from the November election.

With proposed spending of $3.7 trillion, and projected revenue of $2.6 trillion, the projected deficit for 2012 is a whopping $1.1 trillion. Based on the president’s own budget figures, the FY 2015 figures are $4.2 trillion in spending, $3.6 trillion in revenue, and a deficit of $768 billion.

The spending figures are astronomically illogical and unsustainable, but even more alarming is the projected increase of 65% in revenue. Where is that mythical 65% increase in revenue coming from that allows Obama to brag that the deficit will be reduced over the next five years? For those of you who subscribe to the notion that we’re “taxed enough already,” brace yourselves, for there’s only one way that revenue can be increased by 65%. And it brings to mind the classic idiom of killing the goose that lays the golden egg.

As incomprehensible as the budget recommendation is, even more disturbing is the way the president represents it. In his press conference when he rolled it out (should’ve been on a morgue gurney), Obama shockingly declared, “On the budget, what my budget does is to put forward some tough choices, some significant spending cuts so that by the middle of this decade our annual spending will match our annual revenues. We will not be adding more to the national debt. It’s — so, to use a — sort of, an analogy that families are familiar with, we’re not going to be running up the credit card anymore. That’s important; and that’s hard to do. But it’s necessary to do, and I think that the American people understand that.”

Such a statement, in light of figures taken directly from his own budget, can only be characterized as an immense detachment from reality. Where are the “spending cuts” if total spending increases from $3.7 to $4.2 trillion? There is no cut in spending, perhaps only a cut in the rate of growth of that spending. And thank heavens for that, since the total government debt has increased by nearly 100% in just four years, having just surpassed the $14 trillion mark.

And yet still he has the audacity to declare, “we’re not going to be running up the credit card anymore,” Remember, this is his own budget. Either he didn’t know what was in it and was just saying what he thought we wanted to hear, or he knew full well what was in it, and still told us what he thought we wanted to hear. I’m convinced the latter is the case, and he just thinks we’re oblivious to the facts or that we’re too illiterate to know that he’s obfuscating the truth. That makes his statement no less than a prevarication, of the bald-faced variety.

It is with regret that I’ve come to the conclusion that there is little connection between reality and what this president says. We saw it through the health care debate, consistently making assertions that we know now were just not so. He gives new meaning to the old quip, “How do you know when a lawyer is lying?” Answer, “When his lips are moving.”

The President’s budget is supposed to be a blueprint of what the executive branch foresees from a spending and revenue standpoint. It is not enacted, unless adopted by Congress. The House of Representatives creates the budget that the government lives by, and we can only pray that our Congressmen are smarter than the president thinks we are.

We make a mistake if we assume that what he says is true and reliable. Don’t accept the sound bites at face value. A new level of scrutiny is required of all of us as citizens to sort out the facts from the propaganda that the president and the still-doting press spin for public consumption.

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David Ripley: Bill of Rights Becomes Property of the Left

February 22nd, 2011 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

There are inalienable rights, and then there are those the Left would grant us in limited circumstances.
An important lawsuit is highlighted in Sunday’s Washington Times. It puts flood lights on the disturbing trend within both academia and the medical professions to deny Christians the right to practice medicine unless they are willing to leave their spiritual and moral values at home.

Julea Ward was dismissed from a graduate program in psychology a couple of years ago because she referred a potential client to another graduate student. The issue? The client was suffering depression related to his/her practice of homosexuality. Ms. Ward is a devout Christian who felt that she could not, in good conscience, affirm the patient’s lifestyle during counseling sessions.

Rather than defend her professionalism in referring the case to a more sympathetic counselor, as well as her Constitutionally-protected right to live her faith – administrators at Eastern Michigan University dismissed her from the program. In doing so, they found her to be an unsuitable candidate for the counseling profession because of the “conflict between [her]values and those behaviors expected of [the counseling] profession”.

It was not good enough that she made a good faith effort to obtain alternative services for the patient. As the author of the article so aptly put it: If you are a conscientious Christian, we don’t want you in our profession.

The young lady sued the school on the grounds of religious discrimination. A federal district judge denied her claims in the summer of 2010. She has appealed to the 6th Circuit.

Those ever-vigilant champions of the Bill of Rights – the American Civil Liberties Union – have now weighed in, against Ms. Ward. The Washington Times reports that the ACLU amicus brief argues that “compelling someone to act against [their] religious beliefs does not violate [their] freedoms of religion or speech”.

[If you can't follow that last bit of logic, you obviously did not go to a prestigious left-coast law school].

One would like to assume that this is an isolated case. The scary truth is that it is not.

The Times article documents several cases of students being tossed from graduate program for similar reasons. And we’ve seen New York City attempt to force all medical students participate in abortions as a “core” requirement of their medical education.

But we need look no further than the Idaho Legislature to see how common this totalitarianism has spread. Liberals in our own Legislature continue to fight the new Conscience Protection Law because they firmly believe that a nurse or doctor or pharmacist who will not participate in abortions or assisted suicide should not be allowed to retain their license to practice medicine.

Interestingly enough, we have also faced this same ACLU in court around pro-Life laws we have worked on over the years. They have vigorously defended abortion doctors from being compelled to share evidence of abortion’s negative effects with would-be victims on the grounds that such informed consent laws violate those doctors’ free speech rights.

It is important to note that this ideologically-restrained view of freedom has now become rather common: Ms. Ward’s own case shows that members of the legal profession are compromised – including the federal judge who denied her claims. And what to say about “academia”, once so proud of its pursuit of intellectual freedom?

The Bill of Rights obviously no longer applies to all Americans.

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Andi Elliott: We the People

February 20th, 2011 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

WE THE PEOPLE sent a resounding message that reverberated across the nation in November…stop the out of control Federal government! My Idaho has stepped up to the plate and become a leader in repealing the abomination of the unConstitutional and overbearing Obamacare bill. Less we forget, this piece of legislation was passed under the cover of darkness with unprecedented “arm twisting and payoffs” conducted by a president who is ruling in direct opposition to the large majority of Americans. We were and are still “fed up”.

This week, the Idaho House representatives did their patriotic duty and overwhelmingly voted to reassert the power of the states granted to them by the United States Constitution. According to our legislative process, the bill now proceeds to the Idaho Senate. Here I have concerns. Some of our Republican Senators are wavering. One would think that in their vote of support for our Constitutional sovereignty that they are being asked to give up their property, their families, and their very lives. Thank God that our forefathers were willing to do just this.

The nation is watching Idaho. We bravely stepped to the forefront as the first state to begin the nullification process to reign in this Federal government. When Idaho proudly gains a place in history as one who was willing to face down an all consuming federal government and force its adherence to the laws of our nation, she will become a leader that will precipitate an unprecedented movement amongst other states who will eagerly move to her side and follow her lead in their own state legislatures.

Idaho Senators…do not let us down. We will not forget that you will have committed a brave and noteworthy act OR will have succumbed to the state of an amorphous jelly-like mass unwilling and unable to stand for Idaho and America. Must we take to the streets against those who would ignore WE THE PEOPLE? We watch as open revolts take place around the world against tyrannical and oppressive governments. WE THE PEOPLE have followed the law through our emails, calls, and faxes, and rallies at Capitols across the country. WE THE PEOPLE expect that our Senators obey our directives. We sent you to Boise to do just that. DO NOT BETRAY US!

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David Ripley: Idaho Senate Committee Approves Assisted Suicide Ban

February 17th, 2011 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Senate State Affairs approved a motion by Sens. McGee and Hill to send SB1070 to the Senate floor with a “do pass” recommendation. The motion passed on a voice vote without dissent.
Testimony was provided by a number of pro-Life groups, including Right to Life of Idaho and Cornerstone Family Council. Attorney Bob Aldridge and representatives of the Idaho Medical Association also spoke in favor of the legislation.

The Assisted Suicide Ban legislation is being carried in the Idaho Senate by Sen. Russ Fulcher and in the House of Representatives by Rep. Cliff Bayer. A number of legislators have signed up to co- sponsor the proposed law: Sens. Steve Vick, Sheryl Nuxoll and Reps. Pete Nielsen, Lynn Luker and Reed DeMordaunt.

The only opposing testimony to the legislation was presented by a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Idaho currently has no law specifically addressing the practice of “aid-in-dying” or assisted suicide, though a number of attorneys believe it would be illegal as a matter of common law. An opinion from the Attorney General’s office last fall found that prosecution in Idaho would be nearly impossible, and recommended that the Legislature address the issue through statute.

Interest in the matter became acute after organizers for “Compassion & Choices” became active in Idaho last spring. This organization, formerly known as the Hemlock Society, has been working to recruit doctors to establish case law in the state.

Supporting testimony by Dr. Sherri Brown of Caldwell confirmed that SB1070 would uphold current standard of care practice in Idaho – while giving doctors clearer protections as they treat patients in difficult situations.

“We are very encouraged by this strong start to our legislative effort,” said ICL Executive Director David Ripley. “We are blessed to have solid pro-Life leadership in Idaho and we have every hope that the Legislature will take action to prevent our state from going the way of Oregon, Washington and Montana.”

Follow coverage of the day’s work in Idaho Reporter.

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Andi Elliott: My Own Mayberry

February 16th, 2011 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

It’s been almost 9 years ago since we moved to Hamer. We left a large metropolitan area in Virginia of about one million people to move out here. No, I’d never heard of Hamer. My daughter had just graduated from VA TECH and a week later, we just “headed West”. It was my “great escape” from the impersonal life of the city along with all the associated problems.

As I recall, at that time Hamer had around 80 people…we were # 81 and # 82, I believe. We knew no one and as we were still unpacking boxes, our new neighbors dropped by with their family…all ten of them. I still remember my surprise for in our family we had two children as did most of my relatives. We scrambled to find enough seats for everyone. They came with a plate of cookies. I remember being told that it was Amelia’s turn to bake them. I marveled when they left…the children were perfectly mannered even though a couple were quite young. This was our first introduction to Hamer.

Since then we have found that Hamer is full of good-hearted folks. My Southern accent afforded a lot of laughs as we explained how things were so different “back East” and folks laughed good naturedly as I pointed out that they too had an “accent”. I learned that when folks commented on my “outfit” that they weren’t talking about my clothes. Neighbors made an effort to show us how an agrarian area lives…lambing and spud harvest are amazing activities to an outsider. Still now I stand on my deck during harvest and watch the lights of the farm equipment crawl across the fields at night. I’ve told them about the 5 mile river I grew up by and that we fed our horses 80# bales…I’d never seen ton bales.

Though we attend church in Rigby, we are still included in the Hamer church activities. A trip to the local post office is like visiting lifelong friends. We can still have a “manger scene” at Christmastime in Hamer. Knowing that we have no family in Idaho, someone never fails to include us at holidays and special events.

There are those that still ask why we moved to here. I can tell that my explanation falls short as they don’t seem to grasp the “feeling of community”. Nor do they understand what they are missing. I’ve thought many times that this is the way life should be…surrounded by folks just trying to be good people. Perhaps it was simply “luck” that brought us here but whatever the reason, I know that I am one of the fortunate ones who have found my “Mayberry”.

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Andi Elliott: Party of Lincoln?

February 16th, 2011 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

I have to take exception to the op ed of Feb 16 in the Post Register titled “No longer the party of Lincoln”. According to my study of history using original sources, it was Lincoln who was found by the United States Supreme Court to have violated the law when he invaded South Carolina as they attempted to succeed from the union. And as stated by our founding documents, it is the duty of citizens to protect the supremacy of states’ rights over that of an encroaching Federal Government. Thankfully, the writer did not also erroneously state that Lincoln started the Civil War to free slaves.

The author states that “Nullification and secession breed anarchy-and anarchy is the doorman for despotism”. What would be the process for states to follow in reigning in an overbearing and Constitutional sidestepping government? I would advocate for the process put forth by those who founded this country.

The editorial continues with a statement regarding “rule by the minority”. May I pose a question? What does the writer think happened when Obamacare was instituted or shall I say “rammed down our throats under the cover of darkness”? Did the majority support this legislation. Evidence points to the contrary.

Personally, I have never completely understood the affiliation of the GOP with Lincoln other than the most basic of issues. I’ve found several aspects of his presidency rather reprehensible. Nonetheless, regarding the comment about Jefferson Davis…I would much rather be affiliated with someone such as Davis who staunchly displayed his loyalty for his homeland rather than a President who travels the world apologizing for the greatest nation on earth.

Furthermore, the twisting of words is a standard protocol of the Left who cherry pick the words of wisdom of our forefathers as they formulated these writings during the heat of battle while trying to form a new nation that would forever place the power in the hands of the people who then, as a matter of course, were expected to guard the freedoms that were grounded in the blood of Patriots. And yes, we must even be defiant and raise the issue of the sovereignty whenever “in the course of human events”, it becomes necessary to reestablish control over a government who is seeking to create absolute power over the very people who have entrusted their country to it. It is our solemn and patriotic duty and at times, the only recourse left to a free people.

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Rep. Tom Loertscher: House Highlights – February 14

February 16th, 2011 by Halli

By Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone

It’s what I call the extension cord dilemma. I think you know what I mean when you throw an extension cord in the back of your pickup, the next time you take it out it is in such a tangle that it takes you half an hour to get it straightened out. There is no way on earth that you could ever tangle a cord up that badly if you did it on purpose. That is sort of what happened around the halls the legislature this last week.

How could it be possible for three committees of the legislature to schedule what will probably go down in at least recent history, as the three largest hearings ever to take place at the capital. I can assure you that it was not orchestrated by any of the committee chairs. The House State Affairs Committee hearing on what has been called the nullification bill lasted for two days, Wednesday and Thursday. The House Judiciary and Rules Committee had a very long hearing Wednesday afternoon that dealt with law enforcement on tribal lands. Also, as you may have heard, on three consecutive days the Senate Education Committee had very long days of hearings on Superintendent Luna’s education reform bills. All in all it proved to be quite a week.

You may be curious as to what my thinking is on House Bill 117 which is the bill that directs our state agencies not to further implement the Affordable Health Care Act. During the last session of the legislature we authorized and directed our Attorney General to file suit in an effort to have the national health care bill declared unconstitutional. Our suit was consolidated with that of twenty-five other states and the case was tried in the state of Florida. With the ruling on our case that declared the law to be unconstitutional, it only makes sense that we should not move forward in implementing it. I think if we moved ahead with implementing the law that we could very well be in contempt of court. At least it seems like it is not reasonable to continue with implementation when the very judge we asked to make the decision told us that we were right, that it is unconstitutional to require every citizen to buy a certain product. House Bill 117 merely says that we are going to follow the judge’s order. We expect floor debate in the House early in the week.

The volume of e-mail coming on education reform has been astonishing. There has been so much going on this past week that it has been impossible to keep up. On top of the two mornings of very long hearings, the afternoon committees have kept me busy as well. I can’t remember a session where there has been so much to do all at once. In talking with some of my colleagues they are finding that the same is true for them.

This education legislation is turning out to be one of the more interesting issues I’ve ever seen around this place. The three days of hearings have convinced the sponsors that there are some changes that need to be made. I am thinking that we should be careful and as always the devil is in the details. I don’t think there is a way that I can support mandatory online classes for kids. I think there’s a better way to accomplish what we’re trying to do in modernizing education in Idaho. Further I think that there has to be buy-in from all concerned, kids, parents, and teachers. No matter what we do in the legislature, if there is no buy-in, the program will face tough sledding. I am also concerned that the more regulating we do in the capital, the less innovation there is in the classroom. Stay tuned for the changes. There are likely to be a bunch.

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Bob Webster: Creation vs Evolution – Chapter Two

February 14th, 2011 by Halli

By Bob Webster

Chapter One available here.

Few topics are argued more bitterly than is THE ORIGIN OF THE EARTH. Yet, many scholars and religious leaders avoid the subject, at least publicly.

Creation supporters, clinging faithfully to the Biblical account in Genesis, find themselves assailed relentlessly with strong-sounding evidences and “logic” from what Apostle Paul called the wisdom of men and science falsely-so-called. With the Bible alone, many Christians have felt hard pressed to defend Creationism in any tangible terms, beyond their own firm faith.

On the Evolution side, the weight of numbers of supporters has been intimidating to non-evolutionists. So complete is the world-wide indoctrination of the theory of evolution into the textbooks, encyclopedias, university dogma, research and scientific literature, political philosophies and social beliefs that the theory is accepted as though it was an established fact – as truth!

Perhaps the favorite “evidence” thrown against Creationists is the “millions-of-years age of the earth,” as determined, supposedly, by the process known as carbon dating. While on one hand the evolutionists talk casually of an earth millions of years old, they gasp in disbelief at a Creationists account of only a few thousand years.

For many Christians, carbon dating and the geologic time table of millions of years are a severe test of their faith. Feeling outnumbered and inadequately armed when challenged to produce “proof of Creation, Christians often struggle to ride the fence, trying to accommodate an awkward marriage of portions of both arguments. Some even suggest that, “maybe God used evolution as His method of Creation.”

Fortunately, the Genesis account no longer stands alone. God has provided additional witnesses in modern scriptures to strengthen and support the Biblical truths about Creation. Both Biblical and modern testaments have been revealed from heaven to man in times when this knowledge was needed. Together, they stand so clear and understandable that the honest truth seeker, both in faith and in science, can accept the evidence.

However, for those who lack a conviction of the reality of these modern testaments, as delicious as they may seem, they cannot use them, without first agreeing that these modern prophets and scriptures are divine, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is actually the true church of Jesus Christ, restored in purity and power on earth.

It is in this very point that the LDS member with testimony has the enormous advantage. Standing firmly on the side of True Religion, the LDS Creationist may experience what Jesus experienced when His doctrine of truth became too hard for the popularly established religion – “and from that day they followed him no more.” Most Biblical Creationists, while welcoming the LDS support, will not accept LDS modern prophets or scriptures, regardless of how true it may sound to them.

False Religion and False Science alike will simply refuse to believe truth, until they become converted by the Holy Spirit to know that Joseph Smith is a true, modern prophet of God. So, to a degree, the unfortunate conflict continues, even between LDS and Biblical Creationists. The LDS believes the Bible’s Genesis account, but the non-LDS Christians oppose the LDS Christians’ modern revelations on Creation.

If, however, we can agree on the divinity of these modern sources, then we can proceed to discuss the age of the earth. These modern evidences from the Creator Himself reveal exciting and clear information about the Creation.

Bible scholars have often had difficulty defending the Biblical concept of one day with God equals one thousand years on earth. This has been a focal point of attack by the supporters of the geologic time table, which assigns millions of years of age to the earth’s sedimentary rock layers. In Genesis Chapters one through five is found a day-by-day account of the Creation sequence of events. In addition, the principle Bible references which mention the 1 day to 1000 years relationship are:
Ps. 90:4; II Pet. 3:8; and Rev. 20:2-4 (See T.G.: THOUSAND, TIME, CREATION)

But now modern revelation provides even more clear explanations to support the Bible account:

Moses Chapters 1 – 7, especially 1:8, 25-39; all of Ch 2; 3:1-7; and 7:30. Compare with the Genesis account. Please read these before continuing.

Ab. 1:31 Moses had the records of the patriarchs since Adam, which contained knowledge of the Creation, of the planets and stars, as God had revealed it all to all ancient prophets.

Ab. 3 Before Abraham went into Egypt to escape a famine, God showed him the organization of the heavens, the stars in space and the earth’s creation.

Ab. 3:4 One rotation of Kolob (star nearest To God’s home star) on its axis equals 1000 years of time on earth. Kolob governs our earth and solar system, besides many other earths like ours, peopled with God’s children.

Ab. 3:5-10 There are SET TIMES to the revolutions, days, months and years of the earth, the sun, moon and all stars.

D&C 88:25 Earth abides celestial law.
:36-38 All space and all kingdoms abide a law.
:42-45 There are FIXED courses, times and seasons of earth and all planets.
121:31 SET times, seasons, revolutions, days, months and years. (See also D&C 121:12 and 130:4-9).

Alma 30:44 “All the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a supreme Creator.”

(These scriptures can be found at http://lds.org/scriptures)

As clear and understandable as these revealed truths are, they should be sufficient for the faith of any Latter-Day Saint. But there is yet another segment, often overlooked, which reveals even more about how God intelligently organizes His creations out in space, for His eternal plan. It is FACSIMILE STONE NUMBER 2 in the Book of Abraham, in the Pearl of Great Price. As explained in the introduction to the Pearl of Great Price, it was translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith from certain Egyptian mummy scrolls which came into his possession..

Joseph’s notes alongside the drawings of FACSIMILE STONES NUMBERS 2 and 3 explain that God has withheld the interpretation of some of the hierogliphics. The characters which Joseph was permitted to understand shed exciting light on the precise timing relationships which govern all of space. As interested as modern men are in the exploration of space, this knowledge is enough to put a True Scientist into orbit!

For background, we see first that FACSIMILE STONE NUMBER 3 shows Abraham, the prophet of God, reasoning in Pharaoh’s court upon the topic of astronomy. Remember that Abraham had received this knowledge by direct revelation from God just prior to entering Egypt. FACSIMILE STONE NUMBER 2 contains that very same knowledge which Abraham was explaining to the Egyptians. The modern world praises the advanced knowledge and understanding of astronomy of ancient Egypt. But they received it from God’s prophet, Abraham.

It may help, to understand the organization of creations in space, to visualize the design of a simple bicycle gear. The large front sprocket is connected by a chain to a smaller rear sprocket. One turn of the large sprocket/gear turns the small gear several times, depending on the gear ratio. Whether linked by a chain or by directly intermeshed teeth, all gear systems are designed on this same principle of gear ratios and an external source of power. They are deliberately made by an intelligent creator for a purpose, on earth as well as in heaven

Just like gears, each planet in space is governed in its movements by an invisible, yet real power linkage from a greater planet, one which moves in a slower order of rotation on its axis. Thus, their revolutions about their axes, rotations in orbits within larger systems, and the reckoning of their times, seasons, years, months days, hours and minutes are PRECISELY SET by their Creator, following eternal laws of order, for eternal purposes.

All space is governed by intelligent laws of order, harmony and good. CONFORMING OBEDIENTLY TO THAT INTELLIGENT SYSTEM IS WHAT CONSTITUTES BEING A GOD. God is a God because He has attained perfect obedience to the orderly laws of truth and good. That is true love. God acts only by perfect love. Because all of His thoughts, intents, and actions are made in perfect love, the elements and powers of eternity obey Him. By His word He creates and sets worlds and solar systems in motion. Because the elements exist in tune with the frequency of perfect love, they respond automatically to His wish, just as a remote-controlled toy car obeys its designed signal. It can’t do otherwise; that’s how it is made and programmed. God is the very personification of love, and when He speaks, the elements willingly obey His energy frequency. They obey the sons of God also, under appropriate conditions.

IS THIS THE ONLY EARTH ?
As long as we’re talking about the “big picture,” as God sees it, it may help to put things into perspective by looking up at the star-filled sky on a clear, dark night. What we can see is only a very, very limited view of space, in breadth or depth. Special telescopes and cameras can reveal more stars than the human eye itself can ever see. If seeing is believing, these instruments can greatly aid our knowledge and our faith.

All of the bodies and powers which man has been able to discover in space is what we call our universe. Our earth’s solar system is a minute part of only one galaxy in our universe. Our Milky Way is shaped much like a giant pinwheel, composed of several million stars. These stars are more densely concentrated near the thicker center, tapering and curving out into less-concentrated arms at the outer edges.

Telescopes have seen other galaxies with this same type of spiral shape. Our solar system, they say is located out near the end of one of those curved arms of stars (the X on the sketch). When we see the Milky Way at night, we are actually looking inward, edgeways toward the cross-section of that starry arm (arrow). Even the several million stars and solar systems of our galaxy are not the end of space. Space is an endless repetition of galaxies, nebulae (star clouds) and stars, separated by vast distances. The farther our instruments can see, the more we discover. It is endless.

For example, by pointing a special telescope out toward space from earth’s Northern Hemisphere, the resulting computerized mosaic pattern of lights shows that there are at least one million galaxies in just that narrow and short distance view of space (* see reproduction next page 2-6). By aiming the earth’s strongest telescopes in that same viewing area, 1.1 billion galaxies can be seen! Then, within only a tiny 6 by 6 degree square of that overall view, one million galaxies can be seen.

In other words space is endless! The nebulae, galaxies and clusters of galaxies go on forever! The number of solar systems in just our own Milky Way Galaxy, which potentially could have an earth situated like ours where life could exist, is realistically numbered in the millions! That’s just our galaxy! And the galaxies are countless . . . and endless.

The awesomeness of our own tinyness amid all that space makes the scriptures just that much more meaningful (TG JESUS CHRIST – CREATOR). But before you let yourself feel like an insignificant nobody, stop and think . . . there has to be an important reason behind all that space and stars. There is. And it is thrilling to know.

The next natural question to arise is, “Why?” Why is all of this enormity of space organized in this way? The prophet Moses asked the same question, and the Creator gave him this explanation, “FOR BEHOLD, THIS IS MY WORK AND MY GLORY – TO BRING TO PASS THE IMMORTALITY AND ETERNAL LIFE OF MAN” (Moses 1:39). Re-read that and think about it.

In other words, God exists to have children, and to help them achieve perfection, as He has, to be like Him, to be with Him, to have all that He has . . . yes, to become Gods themselves, as He is. This is the real purpose of all the creations of space, including this earth. It is all for man, the very children of God! How’s that for mixing science and religion? It is simply and inescapably true. Eventually, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that it is true. As a modern prophet has expressed it, “As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become.” (Lorenzo Snow).

Yes, God was once a mortal man on an earth, who perfected himself in obedience to the same eternal plan which we face, and became a God. God is His title; Elohim is His name. His consuming passion is to rear His beloved children unto perfection, like unto Himself and to His beloved firstborn Son, Jehovah, our brother and Savior, Jesus the Christ. This Father-to-Son process is as endless as space (Moses 1:29-40).

*See the computer mosaic picture of space available at the address below. Each minute bright white square dot represents 10 galaxies. The dullest gray dots are one galaxy. Photocopied from the Co-Evolution Quarterly, 1978-79. A copy of the entire 2 ? x 3-foot mosaic can be obtained by sending $5.00 US to ONE MILLION GALAXIES, Co-Evolution Quarterly, Box 428, Sausalito, California, 94966.

This is what makes this short earth life so eternally important! All we need to do is obey our loving Father’s instructions and we cannot fail. He has provided the way for everything to be accomplished successfully. As a coach trains his team, so our Father’s commandments are his best counsel to bring us, His own beloved children, home to Him again. They are all for our own eternal good. But the coach cannot play our roles for us. Only we can perform, and obey or disobey, making conscious choices for ourselves.

A proper understanding of this overall process helps us not only to explain science and religion, but more importantly, it motivates us to live right for the right reasons. WE ARE GODS IN EMBRYO!

Just as a space craft returning to earth must obey precise laws to safely hit the “re-entry window” of earth’s atmosphere, so also must we follow the straight and narrow path to perfection, back to our heavenly home. It’s exciting! And oh how our heavenly parents love us and want us to come home to them again, where we will continue our progress, providing new earth creations for our own spirit children.

FACSIMILE STONE #2 teaches us that our earth’s branch of God’s creations in space consists of a series of organized planets, interconnected by a precise power linkage, as surely as the two bicycle sprockets are connected by a chain drive. It’s much like a series of gears. At this point we do not know the exact power system, but some day we shall. In fact we must master it, when we begin our own creations in space. It sure beats playing harps!

FACSIMILE STONE #2 reveals more than any other scriptures on this topic, so far, and Latter-Day Saints should be thankful and pray for confirmation of the Holy Spirit. Then they should testify enthusiastically of the truth, against worldly theories. Thanks to this revealed knowledge, we know a little more of the HOW and quite a bit more of the WHY our earth was created. Who could reject this truth from the pure source, in favor of false and unverifiable theories of men?

We are nearly ready to examine some of the details of the true creation story. But one more step first. Let’s check out the Master’s Plan, so we can understand 1) Where did man come from? 2) Why is man on earth? and 3) Where is he going after this life? Answers to these questions help us to understand WHY the Creation took place as it did, HOW LONG will earth last, WHAT WILL HAPPEN to the earth in the end, and if there are OTHER EARTHS inhabited by man. If you are interested, Chapter three is packed with answers.

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