The Spirit of America Speaks

Jan 31

The Spirit of America Speaks

Don’t miss the Annual AHS Patriotic Program, The Spirit of America Speaks, next Friday, February 7, matinee at 10 a.m. and evening performance at 7 p.m. This program is one of the most impactful events produced by American Heritage School each year. Admission is free and open to the public; however, you must come early to get a seat. Doors open one half hour prior to performance time. Hundreds of guests visit (and revisit) each year to see this one-of-a-kind production, which traces the epic “line of Christian liberty” through scenes from the Old and New Testament, the Voyage of Columbus, the Reformation, the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Restoration of the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the Civil War. For more details, see the following link: http://www.american-heritage.org/Document/Patriotic_Program. Please enjoy a few photos from The Spirit of America Speaks below:

Moses holding two tablets of stone—when he came down from Mt. Sinai he showed them to his people.  On the tablets were the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God.  Since that time these ten simple rules have become the foundation of all law in the civilized world.

Moses holding two tablets of stone—when he came down from Mt. Sinai he showed them to his people. On the tablets were the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God. Since that time these ten simple rules have become the foundation of all law in the civilized world.

The Barons of King John at Runymede, England, on June 15, 1215, await King John's signature of the Magna Charta.

The Barons of King John at Runymede, England, on June 15, 1215, awaiting King John’s signature of the Magna Charta

King John on June 15, 1215, at Runymede, England, with 25 barons who require him to sign the Magna Charta, which guaranteed the people of England many freedoms, including freedom of religion as the first-listed freedom.

King John at Runymede, England, with 25 barons who require him to sign the Magna Charta, which guaranteed the people of England many freedoms, including foremost the freedom of religion.

"As the Renaissance or ‘rebirth’ spread throughout Europe, I, Johannes Gutenberg, was inspired to prepare the means to publish books.  With the invention of my printing press in the mid-1400’s, the rebirth of learning blossomed into full bloom.  My invention required an enormous sacrifice, demanding vast amounts of time and personal debt.  When I realized that I had mastered the technique of printing, I sensed my first responsibility was to print the Bible.  The development of printing and the work on the Bible together absorbed over twenty years of my life."

Johannes Gutenberg explained, “As the Renaissance or ‘rebirth’ spread throughout Europe, I, Johannes Gutenberg, was inspired to prepare the means to publish books. With the invention of my printing press in the mid-1400’s, the rebirth of learning blossomed into full bloom. My invention required an enormous sacrifice, demanding vast amounts of time and personal debt. When I realized that I had mastered the technique of printing, I sensed my first responsibility was to print the Bible. The development of printing and the work on the Bible together absorbed over twenty years of my life.”

Nephi: “I beheld the Spirit of God, that it wrought upon other Gentiles; and they went forth out of captivity, upon the many waters . . .. And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles and they did prosper and obtain the land for their inheritance . . . and the Gentiles who had gone forth out of captivity did humble themselves before the Lord; and the power of the Lord was with them . . . and they were delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations.” (1 Ne. 13:13, 15, 16, 19)

Nephi says, “I beheld the Spirit of God, that it wrought upon other Gentiles; and they went forth out of captivity, upon the many waters . . .. And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles and they did prosper and obtain the land for their inheritance . . . and the Gentiles who had gone forth out of captivity did humble themselves before the Lord; and the power of the Lord was with them . . . and they were delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations.” (1 Ne. 13:13, 15, 16, 19)

Columbus: "“With a hand that could be felt, The Lord opened my mind to the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies.  This was the fire that burned within me.  Who can doubt that this fire was not merely mine, but also of the Holy Spirit. Our Lord unlocked my mind, set me upon the sea, and gave me fire for the deed.” (Columbus Journal)

Columbus wrote in his journal, “With a hand that could be felt, The Lord opened my mind to the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. This was the fire that burned within me. Who can doubt that this fire was not merely mine, but also of the Holy Spirit. Our Lord unlocked my mind, set me upon the sea, and gave me fire for the deed.”

Queen Isabella reads a record of God's mercy to Christopher Columbus.

Queen Isabella reads a record of God’s mercy to Christopher Columbus.

When asked to recant his writings, Reformer Martin Luther states, “I am bound by the Scriptures I have cited, for my conscience is captive to the word of God. I CANNOT AND WILL NOT RECANT anything, since to act against one’s conscience is neither safe nor right.”

When asked to recant his writings, Reformer Martin Luther states, “I am bound by the Scriptures I have cited, for my conscience is captive to the word of God. I CANNOT AND WILL NOT RECANT anything, since to act against one’s conscience is neither safe nor right.”

The Mayflower Compact, “the first written constitution in North America,” was an inspired document and a foundational piece for the future constitution of The United States.  “It called for obedience to laws enacted by the group rather than decreed by a monarch.” (Preparing for the Restoration, Arnold K. Garr, Ensign, Jun 1999)

The Mayflower Compact, “the first written constitution in North America,” was an inspired document and a foundational piece for the future constitution of The United States. “It called for obedience to laws enacted by the group rather than decreed by a monarch.” (“Preparing for the Restoration,” Arnold K. Garr, Ensign, Jun 1999)

A Founding Father speaks of the importance of liberty.

Thomas Paine wrote, “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.”

While men deliberated on whether to adopt the Declaration of Independence, John Adams arose: “Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote.  It is true, indeed, that in the beginning we aimed not at independence.  But there’s a Divinity which shapes our ends.  The injustice of England has driven us to arms; and blinded to her own interest for our good, she has obstinately persisted, till independence is now within our grasp.  We have but to reach forth to it, and it is ours.”

While men deliberated on whether to adopt the Declaration of Independence, John Adams arose and said: “Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote. It is true, indeed, that in the beginning we aimed not at independence. But there’s a Divinity which shapes our ends. The injustice of England has driven us to arms; and blinded to her own interest for our good, she has obstinately persisted, till independence is now within our grasp. We have but to reach forth to it, and it is ours.”

Founding Mothers—such as Mercy Warren, Abigail Adams, Dorothy Quincy, Catharine Littlefield Green, Lucy Knox, Sarah Livingston Jay, and Mary White Morris—were buffeted by hardships, and their lives were overshadowed by the turmoil of war; yet their loyalty to God, their husbands, and liberty never faltered.

Founding Mothers—such as Mercy Warren, Abigail Adams, Dorothy Quincy, Catharine Littlefield Green, Lucy Knox, Sarah Livingston Jay, and Mary White Morris—were buffeted by hardships, and their lives were overshadowed by the turmoil of war; yet their loyalty to God, their husbands, and liberty never faltered.

Catharine Littlefield Greene declares, "We all know that anything which is evil and harmful when done outside government is equally evil and harmful when done through government."

Catharine Littlefield Greene declares, “We all know that anything which is evil and harmful when done outside government is equally evil and harmful when done through government.”

Benjamin Franklin: "I have lived a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth:  that God governs in the affairs of men.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?"

Benjamin Franklin observes, “I have lived a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”

George Washington warned, "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence—it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

George Washington warned, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence—it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

The US Constitution was established by the hands of wise men whom God "raised up unto this very purpose" (D&C 101:80).

The US Constitution was established by the hands of wise men whom God “raised up unto this very purpose” (D&C 101:80).

The light of Christian liberty grew brighter when the Spirit of America spoke to the world and the Constitution was written and ratified.

The light of Christian liberty grew brighter when the Spirit of America spoke to the world and the Constitution was written and ratified.

It was while reading the Bible that young Joseph Smith felt the inspiration to go before the Lord and ask which church he should join.   The answer he received would not only change his life but the whole world.

It was while reading the Bible that young Joseph Smith felt the inspiration to go before the Lord and ask which church he should join. The answer he received would not only change his life but the whole world.

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in..." (Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address).

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in…” (Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address).

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