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TEACHING THE CONSTITUTION TO OUR FAMILIES
It has been estimated that the freedom we enjoy has been experienced by less than one percent of humankind since the beginning of time on earth.It was necessary for a land of freedom guaranteed by the Constitution to be established in order for thechurch to be restored.In order for the plan of salvation to work we must have our agency to choose right or wrong. In orderto be able to exercise our agency, a person must be free. In order to be free we must live in a countrywhere laws and rights are established under a Constitution such as we have in this country.Government’s main purpose is to ensure to each person their rights and freedoms.Our basic human rights of life and liberty are a gift form God and not granted by individuals orgovernment.Government itself has no power or authority except that which is given by the people who formed thegovernment. Therefore, individuals are superior to the government they formed and should remain themaster of it, not the reverse.Governments should have limited powers and only those which individuals themselves have. Forinstance, no individual has the right to take another’s life, to steal his wealth or to force him to dogood. Governments should not have this right either.Here are 4 major things we need to understand about the Constitution that make it unique in today’sworld.
Power is retained by the people themselves. The Declaration of Independence says, “Tosecure these rights (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness), governments are institutedamong men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
There are 3 separate branches of government:
ExecutiveEach acts as a check and a balance on the others and has different powers and differentduties. By dispersing powers and duties the founders hoped to prevent a minority of peoplefrom controlling too much.
We are not a democracy. We are a representative form of government. We elect people fromour local area and state to go to Washington and vote in our behalf. If we do not like the waythey vote, we must work to elect some different.
John Adams said: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It iswholly inadequate to the government of any other.” That is because we are really self-governing. If all of us decide to steal, there are no laws against stealing that would do any good.
WE AS A FAMILY CAN DO THINGSTO PRESERVE THE CONSTITUTION AND OUR FREEDOMS
1 Be righteous and moral and keep all the laws of the land (even speed limits).2 Learn more about the Constitution so we understand our government better.3 Be involved in civic affairs by running for office, writing letters to leaders, and not being afraidto make our voices heard.4 Fly a flag.5 VOTE!