Friday, July 31, 2015

'So in the world of today: 31 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-A Judge suspended the center for medical progress’s right to release new videos.
-Zimbabwe is seeking to extradite Walter Palmer (the lion hunter) for questioning.
-The Indiana investigation of Planned Parenthood produced nothing out of the ordinary.
-India and Bangladesh FINALLY settled their border dispute.
-A Bin Laden family plane crashed and killed four in the UK.
-Puerto Rico says it can’t pay the 58 million it owes.
-Baltimore killings hit a 43 year high.
-Congress hid the renewal of the export import bank in a highway bill.
-the IRS pledged not to go target Christian schools that oppose gay marriage.
-The state department is limiting the number of Clinton emails released, and censoring the content of some.
-Clinton emails released show the Clinton clearly knew about the Benghazi attacks.

Friday, July 24, 2015

'So in the world of today: 24 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Thailand busted over a hundred people in human trafficking.
-The Pentagon is asking that citizens stop guarding recruitment stations.
-Moroccan journalists are protesting treatment of an editor by their government.
-West Africa is moving an unprecedented amount of Meth.
-Clinton was found to have sent at least four emails with classified information from her personal account according to the Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

'So in the world of today: 23 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Turkey is letting the US use an airbase to attack Isis.
-The US killed a high ranking Al Qaeda operative.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

'So in the world of today: 22 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Protesting Bolivian miners clashed with police.
-a study found that in one decade over 30 million women will have to deal with genital mutilation.
-the white house flew its flag at half-mast after the marine killings.

Monday, July 20, 2015

'So in the world of today: 20 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-The US opened its embassy in Cuba
-Greece reopened its banks.
-The white house has yet to fly flags at half-mast following the marine murders.
-Isis is using chemical weapons.
-Ireland passed bill to allow everyone to decide their own gender.
-Wisconsin Banned abortions after 20 weeks, with the exception of rape.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

'So in the world of today: 16 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-The Colorado theater shooter was found guilty.
-Isis may be having problems internally.
-The UN found that at least 25% of Guatemala’s politicians were funded by organized crime.
-The House is investigating Planned Parenthood.

How should man depend on God?

      This essay is a reflection on the revelations from Brother Peck’s Book of Mormon class from the spring semester of 2015, which covered the second half of the book of scripture. The composer of this essay is Alexander Hicken. There is a theme within the insights written about in this document. It is our dependence on God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. There are four doctrines or principles addressed within this composition in relation to the forgoing mentioned nature of our relationship with God. The first is based on the fall of Adam. Second is a reflection on our weaknesses, comparing it to rebellion. Third is the example of the prophets, who give their will to God, depending on his word for their life’s pursuits. Lastly, our dependence on Christ’s atonement is the concluding topic.
     The first doctrine addressed in this document comes from an article that was written by the composer of this essay, when Brother Peck was in Israel. During this time as Brother Peck was in Israel, his students wrote a short report on their revelations between each scheduled class. The doctrine that Alex wrote about is that man is dependent on God for their salvation. All man lost their innocence because of the fall of Adam. All mankind are dead either physically or spiritually in mortality; however, Christ was foreordained to save humanity from their death. This doctrine means that there was always hope even in the beginning. It is vital that we understand and teach our reliance on the Godhead for life and everything.
     Another principle that is impressive that we understand that falling into sin and transgression can come by weakness or rebellion. God understands this, and he is merciful to those who are weak. One thing that we have to do about our weaknesses is understand that our weaknesses are not permanent. Heavenly Father expects us to overcome them. The atonement alone has enabling power to exalt man to become perfect, receiving grace for grace from him. Man needs to rely on the Gospel of Jesus Christ to overcome the natural man. God is not as merciful, when it comes to rebellion. We need to subject ourselves to godly sorrow and become meek and lowly in heart to receive the mercy of these offenses.
     Prophets are an example of service of God. These man have given themselves to God; thus, the Savior Jesus Christ can lead his work on Earth through them. The Book of Mormon is special because the student of the book reads the perspective of the writers, who are prophets. These people are most selfless, devoting themselves to God. They seem to have his will as the focus of their life because they have the right priorities. They learn to hearken to the Spirit of God. Everything else other than the worship of God is not a prerogative. Men of God depend on the will of the Godhead as revealed by modern revelation for their direction.
     Finally, the topic of the atonement will be addressed. Some people try to apply the atonement too much to themselves. For example, one might believe that their pain is suffering for their own sin. This belief is false because no one can atone for their sins in mortality. Man is like the following scripture: “if [man] have not faith, hope, and charity, [he] can do nothing.” All good things are given to man by God even faith, hope, and charity according to man’s prayers and desire. The only thing that we can do is give our will to God; then, he will give us all things. The meek and lowly in heart seeks to follow God in spirit and truth, for this person will be led to follow the Gospel of Christ, learning that an assurance of truth comes from God, which assurance requires repentance and the endowments of the ordinances of Priesthood. Christ gave his life, suffering death and the will of God unto enduring without reservation the pains of man unto their salvation and exaltation. God has the highest expectations for us not because we can do it, but his expectations for us are based on the doctrine that Christ’s atonement enables man to do the things that God commands.
     In conclusion, let us understand that we all are fallen, and we depend on Christ for our deliverance from death both spiritually and physically. His atonement enables us to overcome our weaknesses unto accomplishing the will of God for us. Prophets lead us to God for they are the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the representative of Jesus Christ and man directed by God, governing the affairs of the Kingdom of God on Earth. They have given their will to God, doing no action on behalf of God without his guidance. Lastly, let us seek to understand the truths within the atonement of Christ. Seek revelation from God to learn them, so we don’t misunderstand the word, mind, and will of God.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

'So in the world of today: 15 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-The Federal government shut down the Darkhode Malware website.
-Obama announced plans to provide free internet to poorer homes.
-according to snopes.com Planned Parenthood may not be guilty of selling the organs of aborted kids.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

'So in the world of today: 14 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Planned Parenthood was busted for selling organs taken in abortions.
-The US agreed to lift sanctions on Iran, in exchange for Iran promising to stop working towards nuclear weapons.
-The Oklahoma republicans compared food stamp recipients to animals.
-a NASA satellite reached Pluto.

Monday, July 13, 2015

'So in the world of today: 13 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Obama commuted the sentence of 46 federal inmates.
-Joaquin Guzman (infamous drug dealer) escaped from a Mexican prison. He threatened to kill Donald Trump.
-China arrested over a hundred human rights lawyers and supporters.
-The pentagon plans to allow transvestites to serve in the military.
-Greece accepted a bailout from Europe.

Friday, July 10, 2015

'So in the world of today: 10 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Thousands in Saskatchewan have fled wildfires.
- Hackers obtained information on 21.5 million people from the federal government.
-Honduras’s opposition parties are calling for outside help investigating judicial corruption.
-The US asked the UN to help find who’s responsible for chemical attacks in Syria.
-the UN warned of violence that could erupt in Burundi.
-a new bill was proposed to remove the words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ from all federal laws.
-The US intercepted Russian bombers off the coast of Alaska and California.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

'So in the world of today: 8 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Greece asked for another bailout.
-China’s stock market crashed and still hasn’t quite recovered.
-The Benghazi house committee chair accused Clinton of holding back emails relating to the event. He stated that she had been subpoenaed at least once.
-The Taliban entered peace talks.
-Boko Harem offered to trade some of the women and girls it’s taken in exchange for militants captured by the Nigerian Government.

'So in the world of today: 7 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Isis’s number two man was killed.
-45 Isis fighters were poisoned.
-a study found that electric cars were just as harmful as regular cars due to emissions from power plants needed to fuel them.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

'So in the world of today: 6 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Greece rejected a possible bailout.
-Boko Harem killed 60 Christians and Muslims.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

'So in the world of today: 4 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-The most recent black church to catch fire was the result of lightning.
-The US has been spying on Brazil.
-Dozens were killed by Boko Haram.
-North Korea is suffering from drought.
-Greece’s finance minister called the nations creditors terrorists.
-Cuba has almost entirely eliminated mother to child HIV transference.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

'So in the world of today: 2 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-Phoenix accidently threw away 70,000$
-a couple in Oregon were fined 135000$ for not baking a cake for a lesbian wedding.
-Isis killed 74 children.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

'So in the world of today: 1 July 2015' by Sam Orr

So in the world of today:
-People caught with marijuana in Miami can get fines instead of jail.
-Greece defaulted on its debt.
-The US and Cuba opened up embassies with one another.
-Pot smoking is legal in Oregon.
-Illinois’ government had to partially shut down due to money problems.
-Puerto Rico managed to pay a fair amount of the cash it owes.
-Isis pulled off attacked in Egypt.
-a record number of migrants have been coming across the Mediterranean to Europe.
-a study found one in five Americans believe that clergy should be required by law to preform same sex weddings.
-a Montana man applied for a license to permit a polygamous union.