Utah People's Party

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Announcement: name change from Home to Introduction
From: Warren T. Rogers (Chairman Pro Tem)

We have renamed the page of this website that was formerly called “Home” to “Introduction” because the first page that a visitor to this site sees is the blog not the page called home. Thus the name “Home” may have confused some visitors.

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Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost

From the Book of Mormon and more specifically from the Book of Third Nephi that is within the Book of Mormon, we learn of the arrival of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to visit the Nephites in Western Hemisphere.

Jesus Christ did show himself unto the people of Nephi, as the multitude were gathered together in the land Bountiful, and did minister unto them; and on this wise did he show himself unto them.
Comprising chapters 11 to 26 inclusive.
Chapter 11 Read the rest of this entry »

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No Need to Fear

When facing the challenges of our time, it is well that we remember the hope inspiring message of a familiar hymn, third verse.

If we do what’s right we have no need to fear, for the Lord, our helper, will ever be near; in the days of trial his saints he will cheer, and prosper the cause of truth. (Let Us All Press On, Hymns 243)

When we consider such disparate issues as unemployment and terrorism, we note a common element. Many of our fellow citizens are afraid. This need not be. Read the rest of this entry »

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Platform

Conventional political parties have a document called a platform that purports to state what the party stands for. Typically, active party members belonging to a platform committee argue among themselves for a time and then present their compromise, proposed platform to a convention. At the convention, the delegates argue more and likely make some changes. Once the convention approves it, the platform then sits on a shelf collecting dust. Read the rest of this entry »

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In All Thy Doings

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day. (Alma 37:37)

When Alma the younger gave this advice, he meant it literally. All our doings includes our civic duties. Counselling with the Lord to help us select the best possible political leaders is well advised.

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Warnings to Rich and Poor

Politicians talk about the fairness, or lack thereof of, of the distribution of wealth. They also offer their so called solutions to the economic concerns of the citizens, but we should all remind ourselves of our Lord’s point of view.

Wo unto you rich men, that will not give your substance to the poor, for your riches will canker your souls; and this shall be your lamentation in the day of visitation, and of judgment, and of indignation: The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!
Wo unto you poor men, whose hearts are not broken, whose spirits are not contrite, and whose bellies are not satisfied, and whose hands are not stayed from laying hold upon other men’s goods, whose eyes are full of greediness, and who will not labor with your own hands! (Doctrine and Covenants 56: 16-17)

The best response to these warnings from heaven is to repent of our own sins. It will not be helpful to ignore these warnings or to point fingers at other people. Those who are relatively well off cannot please God by complaining that the poor are foolish, lazy, or irresponsible. Conversely, those who are relatively deprived can please God by complaining that the rich are selfish. Let us each determined which are his own sins and repent thereof.

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The Gospel

If you feel that the duties of a citizen are too great a burden for you to bear, be comforted for we have good news.  We take all quotes below from the King James Version of the Bible, LDS edition.

“Come unto me, all ye that Labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”(Matthew 11:28 – 30) Read the rest of this entry »

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Reply to Serving, not Ruling part 2

A reply to Cole Ryan, author of the following post
kingcohl.com/2012/08/13
entitled “Serving, not Ruling”

In part 1, the previous post, we explain why we refer to the author of the post on which we comment here as Brother Ryan. We saved a few of Brother Ryan’s words for a separate pose of ours so that we could elaborate on some key points about the duties of citizens and of political leaders. “And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) On which Brother Ryan comments “It is written that we are called to be a servant to all.”(Ryan) He closes his post as follows.

Above all else we are meant to be servants. So rather than using political force to see God’s word come to pass may we serve others, and be an example of God’s love, that is what truly brings people to salvation. Christians are called to be servants, even Christian politicians.(Ryan)

As our Lord said, we should be servants to all. The duty of a citizen is to participate in the self government of his community in order to promote the best interest of all the members of the community. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reply to Serving, not Ruling part 1

A reply to Cole Ryan, author of the following post
kingcohl.com/2012/08/13
entitled “Serving, not Ruling”

“Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited; and he hath created his children that they should possess it.” (1 Nephi 17:36) Since all people of every faith and nation inhabit the Earth, all are the  children of the Lord spoken of.  Since all are the Children of the Lord, all are brothers and sisters. Therefore we refer to the above named author as Brother Ryan. Brother Ryan begins with a quote of John Adams to the effect that

“The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, their duties, and their obligations. The radical change in the principles, opinions, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.” John Adams Read the rest of this entry »

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The Source of All That is Good

God is the source of all that is good. This is a major theme of the Book of Mormon and a major theme of the People’s Party. Among the Nephites, there was a line of prophet-historians that descended from Jacob the younger brother of Nephi. Here are some of the words of the last prophet-historian in that line. Read the rest of this entry »

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