Lord Baltimore: George & Cecil Calvert – “Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 5/5)

The foundation of religious freedom in America was laid over 150 years before the Bill of Rights.  The Lords Baltimore were major architects of that foundation. George Calvert, First Lord Baltimore George Calvert (1580-1632) was the first Lord and Baron Baltimore. He was a very successful member of the British cabinet and parliament.  But then, … Continue reading Lord Baltimore: George & Cecil Calvert – “Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 5/5)

Don’t Confuse Heroes with Celebrities

One of the great failures of the modern era is that heroes have been replaced with celebrities. Tienanmen Square Heroes are men and women who inspire us because of their great achievements and/or their exemplary acts of courage and conviction. Heroes have changed the course of history for the better. Heroes have saved lives at … Continue reading Don’t Confuse Heroes with Celebrities

Alma 50:23 – “There Never Was a Happier Time” – Happiness is a Choice

Scripture Gem “But behold there was never a happier time among the people of Nephi, since the days of Nephi, than in the days of [Captain] Moroni, yea, even at this time, in the twenty and first year of the reign of judges.” The first time I read this verse, my heart was touched.  It … Continue reading Alma 50:23 – “There Never Was a Happier Time” – Happiness is a Choice

In Honor of Veteran’s Day: President James Madison and the Little Known War of 1812

(Veterans Day: 11/11/11. 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month - 11:00 am, November 11th, end of World War I) The Buildup to War: Kidnapping Our Sailors In their war with each other, both France and England started interfering with American shipping. Fighting against Napoleon’s navy, Britain suffered a shortage of sailors. The British started boarding American ships … Continue reading In Honor of Veteran’s Day: President James Madison and the Little Known War of 1812

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (22): Politics and Government

Interwoven throughout the Book of Mormon are references to governmental organization and political philosophy. Monarchy Decades after the arrival of Lehi’s family in the promised land, the population grew large enough that it became necessary to establish a formal government. Up until that time, Nephi had been their teacher and leader. The people wanted to make … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (22): Politics and Government

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (7): More Military Strategies and Battles

The Battle to Retake the City of Gid (Alma 55) The Lamanites had captured the fortified Nephite city of Gid. This is where the Lamanites decided to keep the Nephite prisoners of war (POWs). The Lamanites offered to exchange POWs, but Captain Moroni refused. Because there were a lot more Lamanite POWs, such an exchange would … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (7): More Military Strategies and Battles

“The Mother of our Country”– The Unwavering Martha Washington

Most histories of America’s founding were written by men.  So, it is little wonder that the great and vital contributions of the women are often neglected.  The Founding Mothers played a crucial role in the birth of our nation. In her most famous letter to her husband, Abigail Adams pleaded for the Founding Fathers to, … Continue reading “The Mother of our Country”– The Unwavering Martha Washington

Miracle at Saratoga

 The founding fathers and mothers recognized the victory at Saratoga as a turning point in the Revolutionary War. They considered this miraculous victory as further evidence of Divine Providence.  One of the most important victories of the entire war was the famous Battle of Saratoga in October 1777.  This battle was pivotal to the success … Continue reading Miracle at Saratoga

The Colorful Dolley Madison

In 1794, at age 43, the shy, awkward, small and sickly James Madison, “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” was still single. James was friends with Aaron Burr, who introduced Madison to a 26-year-old widow, Dolley Payne Todd.  Dolley’s husband, and one of her two sons, had recently died from yellow fever on … Continue reading The Colorful Dolley Madison

George Washington Spymaster

Most people are unaware that George Washington was a brilliant spymaster. In fact, he was probably a better spymaster than general. He knew the value of information and misinformation. In secret communications, he was identified as “Agent 711.”  Washington supervised several spy networks throughout the colonies. For security reasons, he broke the networks down into small … Continue reading George Washington Spymaster