The Examples our Leaders Set

“We warn that individuals who […] fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God.”

The Family: A Proclamation to the World


As a father, one of my goals has been to make sure my daughters have good role models. Aside from their caring and dutiful mother, I have many amazing examples within my ward. From their Sunday School teachers to the Relief Society President, there are several great examples of great mothers, obedient wives, and wonderful homemakers for my daughters to look up to.

As time goes on, it becomes more and more difficult to find great examples outside the ward and, indeed, outside the church. “Brother Walker,” you might say, “Why would you want to hold up someone outside the church as an example for your children?” Indeed, Ephesians warns us about this:

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness

– Ephesians 4:17-19

While there are indeed many good and honorable people in the world who have not yet heard the gospel, it’s far preferable to use church members as examples for our children – Priesthood holders for our sons, and the wives and mothers of priesthood holders for our daughters.

While we’re reinforcing role models who are faithful members of the church, we must also be watchful to ensure that our daughters don’t become enamored with the negative influences of the world.

Which brings us to Michelle Obama. There are several reasons not to trust the example she sets, not the least of which is her work outside the home, but the contrast between the two women shown above speaks to another reason not to use her as a role model:

40 And again, thou shalt not be proud in thy heart; let all thy garments be plain, and their beauty the beauty of the work of thine own hands;

– D&C 42:40

It’s clear just by looking at the image who the better example is for your daughters. One of these women is clearly a symbol of everything your daughters should aspire to be: an uplifting example of a modest, loving wife to a strong priesthood-holding husband, and a caring mother to her five priesthood-holding sons.

Personally, I can’t wait to call Ann Romney the First Lady, and finally have an example in the White House who I, as well as Heavenly Father, can approve of my daughters emulating.

Elder Romney

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” – Matthew 28:19

Going into next Tuesday, there are two things we know for sure: Brother Romney has been chosen by Heavenly Father to lead this great nation, and He will make sure His chosen one wins this election.

The worldly media will make a lot of noise about the things he does as President. God will surely guide Brother Romney’s hand to great success on things like creating jobs, restoring American strength, and bringing a degree of morality back to the office of the President. Brother Romney will be hailed as the savior of this great nation; the one who turned Obama’s failure into America’s success.

But he has a more important role ahead of him. Brother Romney has and will continue to achieve temporal success, but in all our excitement over this election, we may be losing sight of the spiritual successes Brother Romney may yet achieve.

I’m speaking, of course, about missionary work. Brother Romney will soon have the opportunity to proselytize to some of the most powerful people in the world. Brother Romney sure did good works going door-to-door on his first mission in France, but he’ll soon be in a position to offer a Book of Mormon to France’s president.

This may be Heavenly father’s ultimate purpose in putting Brother Romney into office. If he can convert just one world leader, imagine the good we can achieve. Yes, the nation needs healing after being driven by a leader who led us astray, but the temporal blessings we can achieve with this election pale in comparison to the spiritual blessings millions of others can achieve with the opportunity to be introduced to this great man.

On November 6th, the thought of saying, “President Romney” is appealing. I’m more excited to see him reprise his role as Elder Romney.

Are you doing all that you can for the presidential election?

There are many ways that you can help with the upcoming election. You can make phone calls, you can go door to door, you can talk to your friends. But there is one way that doesn’t take much time, and everybody is equipped to do, and that is fasting and praying.

Are we ready for a Mormon president to lead us into the last days? Some people say that it’s our destiny, that it’s inevitable. But God will not give us blessings that we’re not ready for. Although Mormonism is still on a meteoric rise, and its domination is inevitable, we can still shape our own destinies.

If it’s inevitable, what do we lose if we do nothing to help usher it in? A lot, as it turns out. If we can prove to our Heavenly Father that we’re ready for the responsibility of a Mormon president, it will be by proving our own worth and righteousness, which in turn comes with many blessings. These blessings are not only personal, but they benefit the country as a whole. The benefits of having a President of the United States that is guided by God and our prophet are obvious. God always knows the right thing to do, and relies on us to be ready to receive that information. A Mormon in The White House would be in the best position to receive guidance from God.

So what can we do in order to prove our worthiness? It turns out that most of us already do it all the time. We already fast monthly, so why not bump that up to weekly? Fasting and praying is a proven method for raising your level of spirituality, and God would be moved to accept that we are ready for our country’s politics to be divinely guided.

So while we’re praying, why not include Brother Romney in our prayers? The unified voice of The Lord’s faithful servants is powerful indeed; more powerful than any of the secular efforts that we can muster.

The righteous will always prevail. We can just see to it that we prevail that much sooner.

When Holding a Religious Belief Becomes “Bullying”

Homosexuals are now waging a war against religion. Which side do you stand on?

If you don’t know what’s going on, liberals and other supporters of the homosexual agenda are criticizing religious students for standing up for what they believe in. Our kids are letting homosexuals know how they feel about their immoral choices, and the media is so intent on protecting the so-called “civil rights” of the people who choose this lifestyle, that they’ve now categorized “standing up for what you believe in” as “bullying.”

Could the media use a more inaccurate term? Possibly, though I think it might be tough. Is there actual bullying occurring? Undoubtedly. Bullying is a part of life in school. Is it a good thing? Of course not. But there are reports that kids are being suspended or even expelled simply for correctly informing their classmates that their choices have moral implications. This mis-categorization of intent and action is, of course, fully supported by Obama.

When it comes to religion vs. homosexuality, the Obama administration and the liberal left have always been okay choosing the side of homosexuality. Our children are no longer allowed to stand up for what they believe in, and they have to pretend to accept a form of sin that is unraveling the moral fabric of our society. In forcing our children to accept homosexuality as “normal”, the right for free religious speech is being quashed. Free speech is not only a matter of American freedom, but it is something that was inspired by God, as a pretense to the arrival of the one true church.

You know who else was bullied for his religious views? Jesus. And he wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed in; some money changers can attest to that. (As a side note, I’ve often wondered how ashamed they must feel, up there in spirit prison, knowing that they’ve been called out in front of all of humanity.)

Homosexuality is becoming more and more accepted in this country, with a majority of Americans answering polls that gay marriage should be legal. If we make it clear that we accept this kind of perversion, more and more people will want to make this choice. Given enough time, our landscape will be dominated by dual-male-income homes without the rights or resources to raise a loving, functioning family. God has made it clear that in order to protect our country, we must collectively choose righteousness over sin. The fact that over half of the country supports this moral abomination should be enough to terrify anybody, and preventing our kids the freedom to even do anything about it only hastens our moral decline.

Denying a person’s right to stand up for their religious beliefs is so absolutely counter to what this country stands for. Religious freedom is in the very first amendment, and that should say something about how important it is.

For without the right to believe in God, what do we have that’s worth fighting for?