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My Love Affair With LDS Church History And BOOKS!


A few years ago, I had the privilege of teaching Doctrine & Covenants/LDS Church History, in both Seminary and adult Institute. It was during that intense year of studying and teaching, that I developed my love affair for this incredible period. As a follow-up to that particular year of teaching Seminary, my husband decided that it was about time that I experienced, first hand - visiting all of the early LDS Church History sites. He signed us up for an incredible two week tour, through BYU - to see all of the most sacred sites, of which I had become well acquainted. Mind you, I'm not an expert, but we sure did give our tour guides, a run for their money!

I have always had an affection for books. However, my love for books became an addiction while teaching Seminary. In particular, my love for antiquarian LDS book - went through the roof. It was almost as though I couldn't get my hands on enough grass-roots information about the Church. I found myself preferring the original works of our early Church leaders, compared to our modern day scholar's approach, through commentaries. (although I have all of those, too)

During that time, my husband had to purchase for me, two large bookshelves to add to my study. I still have books stacked up, everywhere!

Recently, I decided that my love for books could very well take over my life - space wise. I broke down, and purchased the Amazon Kindle2. I LOVE it! If I need to smell a musty old book, or turn the pages of one of these treasures - I can walk into my office, and do so. But, I won't be stacking up books anymore - because the Kindle2 can hold up to 1500 books, on this little 10oz gadget. It's amazing!

Now, I am very careful as to what hard BOOKS, that I am willing to accumulate. It's just not necessary anymore -- except, for when it comes to ILLUSTRATED books, which I adore.

For those of you who also love LDS Church History, and are into beeeeeautiful photography - I have a wonderful book for YOU...

"Illustrated History of the Church" by Brian and Petrea Kelly is a beautiful book and covers the panorama of LDS Church history in a faithful and inspiring way.

The book began as an idea more than 30 years ago. The Kellys wrote scripts about Mormon history for a series of audio tapes that came out 8 years ago. The presentations featured many first-person accounts that were connected with narration. The scripts were later changed to book form. Now they are enhanced with hundreds of photographs and gorgeous graphics. The result is a volume that is at once one of the most readable and one of the most interestingly visual books on LDS Church history that is available."





Make sure and check out the
Amazon Kindle2 -- you won't regret it!

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Kathryn Skaggs

My Husband Is SOOOOO going To Kill Me!








Sometimes, I just can't stop myself, and this was one of those times! For those who do not know anything about my husband, Bob, this could not be further from who he is, or what he can do... and THAT is what makes it soooo hilarious!

Don't go thinking that he is the only one that I would humiliate by putting a picture into a video - I've made one of myself, too. I was the Dancey Pants Nana doll. My grandkids still want one! LOL However, I didn't post it here, on my blog. I did however, share it with a few friends, elsewhere! I suppose, if you were a really good detective, you could tract it down somewhere, on the Internet.

Matisyahu Concert - Bob Skaggs Rockin The House!

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If you want to have a little fun, yourself - head on over to MemeoShare, and make your own ROCKSTAR video -- or whatever!

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Kathryn Skaggs

Information: 179th General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints



Scheduled to speak during the two-day LDS General Conference, April 4th and 5th, will be members of The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints - including President Thomas S. Monson. It is also customary that each member of The Quorum of The Twelve Apostles also address the Church; and other selected general authorities and auxiliary leaders.

The General Conference of the LDS Church convenes twice a year, every six months; and is held at the Conference Center, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is located directly across from Temple Square and the LDS World Headquarters offices.

Faithful members take seriously the words that are spoken, by the leaders of the LDS Church. Again, Mormons believe that these individuals are called of God to lead and guide His Kingdom upon the earth, in these latter-days.




The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints - Broadcast information for the 179th General Conference.


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Kathryn Skaggs

Video: Become A 9/12ER - We The People!


SethAdamSmith... You hit the BALL out of the PARK with this one... I LOVE it!


"The 912 Project is designed to bring us all back to where we were on September 12th, 2001. The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States or political parties. We were united as Americans, standing together to protect the values and principles of the greatest nation ever created."


Glenn Beck - We The People - The912Project



To learn more, visit THE912PROJECT.COM

Glenn Beck: We The People - Our Values and Principles

The 12 Values That Americans Must Embrace
Taking Back America On 9 Principles

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Kathryn Skaggs

Video: The Book of Mormon - Made Simple


I'm not really sure WHO these terrific new instructional videos, by MormonsMadeSimple were actually created for? They claim that they are "simply" informational videos about Mormonism, and that we are encouraged to share these with our non-member friends, co-workers, etc... to help "them" better understand Mormonism. However, I think the simplicity of the videos, are just as informative for active members of the LDS Church.

No doubt these Mormon videos are great missionary tools - but I also feel that they help members learn HOW to be better missionaries, as well. The basic teachings are excellent, and very helpful for anyone.

For instance - check out their latest "made simple" video on The Book of Mormon - Made Simple.



Here are a few of my ideas, for more MADE SIMPLE videos about Mormonism:


What Happens at a Mormon Baptism - Made Simple
What Goes on Inside a Mormon Temple - Made Simple
Why Mormons Build Temples - Made Simple
Why Mormons Pay Tithing - Made Simple
The Word Of Wisdom - Made Simple
Why Mormons Build Temples - Made Simple
The First Vision - Made Simple
Articles of Faith - Made Simple
What Mormons Believe About Jesus Christ - Made Simple
Priesthood Authority - Made Simple
Priesthood Keys - Made Simple
What is a Temple Dedication Ceremony - Made Simple
Prayer - Made Simple
Mormon Missionaries - Made Simple
Mormon Welfare System - Made Simple
Visiting Teaching - Made Simple
Home Teaching - Made Simple
Mormon Vocabulary - Made Simple
A Mormon Bishop - Made Simple
Living Prophets - Made Simple
Mormon Standards - Made Simple
A Mormon Temple Wedding - Made Simple
A Mormon Baby Blessing - Made Simple
The Difference Between a Mormon Meetinghouse and a Temple - Made Simple
The Book of Abraham - Made Simple
Personal Revelation - Made Simple


I asked Doug, over at MormonsMadeSimple, if he could have these to us by, say... next week?

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Kathryn Skaggs


P.S. If you have any more ideas - just email Doug:-)

Mormon Beliefs About Jesus Christ





Neal A. Maxwell delivered this address, entitled "O Divine Redeemer" - General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, in October of 1981. Elder Maxwell's testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ, as Lord of ALL, is deeply moving. There is no doubt, that this beloved Apostle of the Lord, knew His Master...





"Jesus, who is called Christ, is the firstborn of the Father in the spirit and the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is Jehovah, and was foreordained to his great calling in the Grand Councils before the world was.

He was born of Mary at Bethlehem, lived a sinless life, and wrought out a perfect atonement for all mankind by the shedding of his blood and his death on the cross. He rose from the grave and brought to pass the bodily resurrection of every living thing and the salvation and exaltation of the faithful.

He is the greatest Being to be born on this earth--the perfect example--and all religious things should be done in his name. He is Lord of lords, King of kings, the Creator, the Savior, the God of the whole earth, the Captain of our salvation, the Bright and Morning Star. He is in all things, above all things, through all things, and round about all things; he is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last; his name is above every name, and is the only name under heaven by which we can be saved.

He will come again in power and glory to dwell on the earth, and will stand as Judge of all mankind at the last day."




We can listen to Him.
We can love Him.
We can honor Him.
We can worship Him.
We can Keep His commandments.
We can feast upon His Scriptures.


"Yes, we who are so forgetful and even rebellious are never forgotten by Him! We are His “work” and His “glory,” and He is never distracted!" (See Moses 1:39.)

"O Divine Redeemer" by Elder Neal A. Maxwell

What Do Mormons Believe About Jesus Christ?

Thank you, to Seth Adam Smith, for another truly inspiring video.

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Kathryn Skaggs

Attending A Mormon Church Service


Don't you just love the creative and easy ways, that some very talented members of the Church, are helping us to share the Gospel with our friends! One of the first things that we should do, as soon as one of our friends shows a little interest in learning more about the LDS Church (besides sharing a Book of Mormon with them) is invite them to a Mormon Church Service. To you and I, this may not seem like such a big deal.

Here' a great way to invite your friends, who may be a little bit apprehensive about attending a Mormon Church Service, to come with you. In these situations, some of their reservations about going to Church with you, could simply be that they just don't know what to expect! After all, they have most likely heard that we ARE a peculiar people. I'm mean, look at YOU! LOL

Consider sending via email, this simple video Attending a Mormon Church Service. It's really well done, and will explain everything to your investigator in "plain English". After watching this video, your friends will likely be much more positive and comfortable going to Church with you.

The most important part about inviting our friends to come to a Mormon Church Service, is preparation. The more our friends know what to expect when they come with us, the better chances are, that they will have a positive experience when they do come.

The more comfortable they are in our meetinghouses, the more likely the Spirit can touch their hearts.




Find A Mormon Church

If you'd like to learn more about the Mormon faith, please visit Mormon.org

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints


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Kathryn Skaggs

Homefront Videos Remind Families To Slow Down

I wanted to be sure, that if you have not seen the new Homefront Video Series, produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, they are an absolute MUST!

A division of Bonneville Communications, boncomdotcom is currently running these extremely well made LDS t.v. Ads, encouraging families to spend more time together! Because as we all know -- the "family", is about TIME -- right?

"A community is only as strong as its families. And Homefront Public Service Announcements remind families to slow down, spend time with each other, and create stronger bonds. These positive messages are strengthening communities all over the world, but most importantly, they can strengthen families in your community."



Mormon Ad - Homefront - Swashbuckler



"GIVE your family everything, give them your TIME"


In my opinion, this collection of Homefront videos, are of the highest caliber that I have ever seen the Church present. The videos are of such professional quality, that you feel like you are watching an actual motion picture. The only negative thing that I could possibly have to say about the Homefront videos, are that they don't last long enough. Just about the time your microwave popcorn is finished popping, poof - they are over!

I doubt that there is any better group on the planet, than the Mormon people, for forwarding emails to our friends. Whether it's a funny joke, or an inspirational story - we are viral evangelist for a cause.

Can I make a suggestions? Lets all see what we can do, to help the Church promote the Homefront series, via email and posting these videos on our blogs, Facebook, Twitter them, etc... And when you do, make sure you let your friends know, that we are on a mission - and that they need to keep spreading the love.

Mormon Ad - Homefront - Runaway Stage



"IMAGINE what a little time can do for your FAMILY"


How could anyone be offended by a video, encouraging spending more time together as a family? So, send these Homefront videos to your friends, and invite them to share the videos, with their non-member friends.

One last thing, when you visit the boncomdotcom YouTube channel, please take the time to RATE each Homefront video, and perhaps even leave a comment. The Church produces these types of videos for a specific purpose, and they are counting on us, the members - to help with distribution.

Lets DO it!

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Kathryn Skaggs

The 12 Values Americans Must Embrace



Presented in this post, are the 12 Values that our founding fathers established as they crafted The United States Constitution. They firmly believed these emanated from God, and that if adhered to by The People - these specific 12 Values would continue throughout the generations, to uphold the new government.

As we observe society in general, today - it is clear that not only are the original 9 Principles laid out by our forefathers ignored, but so also are these critical 12 Values. We have become a people that lack the ability to STAND FOR SOMETHING! It has also become glaringly evident - that America is losing her way.

Glenn Beck, who is a member of the LDS Church -- whose members understand the importance of living a life based on a strong foundation, built upon these very Eternal Principles and Values, that will maintain the Grace of God, thus sustaining America...

PRESENTS -


The 12 Values That Americans MUST Embrace:

* Honesty
* Reverence
* Hope
* Thrift
* Humility
* Charity
* Sincerity
* Moderation
* Hard Work
* Courage
* Personal Responsibility
* Gratitude





UNITE OR DIE | 9 Principles 12 Values



In this video, Glenn Beck explains the history behind the "snake" LOGO that has been chosen to represent the 9 Principles & 12 Values that IF applied, can help us take back American!

To learn more, visit THE912Project.com


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Kathryn Skaggs

Emma Smith - Revelation Of A Woman


I happen to be a great fan of Emma Hale Smith, wife of the prophet Joseph Smith Jr., and first President of the Female Relief Society in Nauvoo, Ill. The Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints was organized, March 17, 1843. Members of The LDS Church, around the world, celebrate this profound event, in connection to the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, today!

I published a fairly lengthy essay, over on Hubpages, entitled:


Emma Hale Smith, An Elect Lady - First President of The LDS Womens Relief Society.

"Joseph Smith Jr. - prophet of the restoration - was putting forth the imperative understanding of the place of Women- in the Lord's Kingdom here upon the earth, for the final days in preparation to His Second Coming.

The organization of the Mormon Women's Relief Society was in concurrence to the temple endowment, being fully revealed and put in order. Joseph was engaged during these years in Nauvoo, with his final work and finishing touches - to that which he had been held in reserve for Millenia, to accomplish.

Joseph Smith Jr. was and is - the Prophet of "the restoration of all things", for the dispensation of the fullness of times. Joseph had a work to do, and bringing a restoration about, that encompassed all things previously revealed of God, for the salvation of man. Joseph Smith, was to now - in this final dispensation prior to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ - complete that work of restoration, during his brief life." Kathryn Skaggs


Julie Beck
, in a recent address to the Women of The Church, gave some of the most beautiful instruction about the real purpose of the Relief Society...

"It is impossible to understand why we have an organization for women in the Church without having an understanding of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord, knowing about the calamities that would come to pass in these latter days, spoke to His servant Joseph Smith Jr. “and gave him commandments; . . . "

“That faith . . . might increase in the earth;

“That [His] everlasting covenant might be established;

“That the fulness of [His] gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world.”


That the work of the LDS Relief Society, was organized so that the Women of the Church would have something to do, such as quilting, making bread, attending Enrichment nights, etc... could not be further from the TRUTH!

I honor Emma Smith
, and am deeply grateful for her life. She left us with a beautiful legacy. I believe, that we would all do well, to consider re-examining Emma, a little more closely this time - in comparison to how we as sisters, today - are assisting in the great work of the building up of the Kingdom of God.



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Kathryn Skaggs

Taking Back America On 9 Principles


As mentioned in an earlier post, Glenn Beck We The People - Our Values And Principles, we as a People, are being encouraged to refocus our lives on the values and principles that were laid out by the Founding Fathers of this country. I've decided to share those 9 principles here on my blog. I feel so strongly about each and every one of them, that I wanted to make sure they were posted on A Well Behaved Mormon Woman.


9 Principles


1. America Is Good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

God “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the external rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” from George Washington’s first Inaugural address.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

Honesty “I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” George Washington

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

Marriage/Family “It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is know. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family.” Thomas Jefferson

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

Justice “I deem one of the essential principles of our government… equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political.” Thomas Jefferson

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness “Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence.” Thomas Jefferson

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

Charity “It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer.” George Washington

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

On your right to disagree “In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking.” George Washington

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

Who works for whom? “I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation.” Thomas Jefferson


You can also find these posted at The912Project.com

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Kathryn Skaggs

What Do Mormons Do Inside Temples?


This is a beautifully prepared video that has been produced to help those who might be interested in knowing, a little bit more about What Happens Inside A Mormon Temple.

Today, more and more LDS Temples are being built, worldwide. You might even have one in your own city, and wonder exactly what is going on inside of these beautiful buildings that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, have erected?

You may also have heard, that what goes on inside of a Mormon Temple, is not secret - but that it is sacred. That's actually, very true. Members of the LDS Church, who are able to go inside a temple themselves, actually make a promise to leave what happens in the temple, at the door when they leave. However, the affect on individual members of their temple experience, stays with them each and everyday of their lives.

The LDS Temple experience is intended to help us become a better people. Inside of the temple, members are taught more about the blessings that God desires to bestow upon those who are faithful to His commandments. LDS members make sacred covenants inside of the temple, which are solemnly regarded.

The LDS Church teaches, that Families Can Be Together Forever. There is no better place that this is taught, than inside a Mormon Temple...



(note: there are some brief pauses throughout the video...)

Temple Understanding Resources:





Why Are Mormons The Only Ones Allowed Inside A Temple?


History Of Baptism For The Dead


Is There Eternal Marriage?



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Kathryn Skaggs

On Occasion - Our Voices Are Heard


On occasion, our voices are not only heard, but we get to know about it. Apparently, I happen to be among a group of LDS members who commented about a picture that was posted by The Salt Lake Tribune, that I felt was very offensive. I would have expected it by any other major news outlet, but I felt that the Stribe, would have shown some respect, considering their readership.

But no, it seems that they took the opportunity to jump on the sensationalism bandwagon, with the rest of the media.

Although there were already plenty of comments that had been made on the particular story,(which I did not take the time to read) I still felt that I had to say something, about THAT photo! Here's my comment...

"As much as I appreciate the information about the "appalling" episode that HBO will be airing - I am just as offended that YOU have printed a picture that attempts to depict the temple ceremony and clothing -- provided by HBO.

I guess I question your joining in on the sensationalism of this story.

Bad form."


Well, I just caught wind, that there were many more, who felt similar feelings about the use of that same publicity photo, provided my HBO. The Tribune, obviously heard our voices, and in today's paper - they have responded to their readers.


Reader Advocate: 'Big Love' photo draws big criticism - Salt Lake Tribune:


"I talked to many faithful LDS Church members this week after a story about 'Big Love,' HBO's polygamy drama, appeared in The Tribune alongside a photo of one of the characters wearing temple clothing known only to devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Trust me, Pandora's box is ajar and the bad feelings are in the ether.

This comment from a reader politely sums up the storm of comment:

'I am a member of the LDS Church and a daily subscriber to the Salt Lake Tribune . I was very disturbed that the Salt Lake Tribune would publish the image of a woman wearing full LDS Temple robes along with an article about the show 'Big Love.'

'It is the picture that has particularly upset me. Although at times I value the voice I get from the Tribune on various topics, I am discussing the value of our subscription with my wife and will likely be canceling our subscription over this article.

'You have gone too far. You have crossed the line by showing something so sacred to so many of your constituents."



You might be interested to know, that The Salt Lake Tribune, did remove the offensive photo, and replaced it with the one that I have used, here. (above) This is just another simple example, about how important it is, that we as LDS members continue to Stand for what we believe - having confidence that if we do so, our voices will be heard.

Do we really think, that we are EVER - the only one that feels a certain way?

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Kathryn Skaggs

Glenn Beck We The People - Our Values And Principles!


A while back, I was motivated by a particular episode of the Glenn Beck Show, where I actually took action and submitted my personal picture to a website - to make a statement that I CARE about, what is currently going on in the United States!

Apparently, the Glenn Beck Show, took those photographs that were submitted by the multitudes, and used approximately 10% of them, and created a composite photograph that says, "WE THE PEOPLE"! I have no idea if my actual picture is included, but I am there in spirit - no doubt. You can view the actual mosaic here.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, I'm pretty proud (I know, I shouldn't be:-) to know that Glenn Beck, is also a member of the LDS Church. What a great missionary to the world, of faith in God, family values and eternal principles that we MUST cling to as a nation, if we desire to prosper.

I have always felt, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is very practical. The Gospel, is for our DAY! Not only does it provide the path back to our Heavenly Father, through covenants - but it also has the answers to every problem that we face right now -- in this LIFE!

Here are two video clips, from today's Glenn Beck Show - "WE SURROUND THEM"





To find out more about Glenn Beck's 9 Principles and 12 Values - you can visit THE912PROJECT.COM

Glenn Beck Highly Recommended Reading This Book:




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Kathryn Skaggs

Distortion Of Loving Versus Virginia And Same-Sex Marriage




"...There has been a spirited debate going on about the implications of Loving for the status and rights of same-sex couples in our society." David Orgon Coolidge


As society moves forward with an ever increasing momentum for the mainstream normalization of homosexuality - many proponents of same-sex marriage, consider the Supreme Court case of Loving Versus Virginia - their greatest hope for persuading the public to join their cause for "equality".

There are few, if any same-sex marriage proponents, that do not literally cling to their interpretation of equality and equal rights for homosexuals, on the basis of the verdict of Loving versus Virginia. However, that Virginia versus Loving was ever anything more than a racial discrimination case - has been hotly debated for over 40 years.

The very popular "Loving Analogy" and the reference to the gay agenda playing the "Loving card" are rampant among homosexual activist, today. The reason for this - is because that's really all they have. If the proponents of same-sex marriage can convince you, that their cause is one of equal rights - as comparable to Loving versus Virginia - then right there - they have you. Of course, they already believe that they do!

Ever since the Supreme Court decided Loving v. Virginia and declared that laws banning interracial marriage were unconstitutional, same-sex marriage advocates have claimed that laws restricting marriage on the basis of a person’s gender are just as unconstitutional as laws restricting marriage on the basis of a person’s race. Despite overwhelming support for this claim within the academic community, few judges have accepted the argument that same-sex marriage bans constitute sex discrimination or even that they make a gender classification triggering heightened scrutiny. Luiz A. Arroyo


Regardless of what your moral compass, whatever that may be - is telling you about same-sex marriage being just wrong -- you may be forced to concede.

"Whether you like it or not"!


This is exactly the attitude of the gay agenda, when it comes to trying to insist that same-sex marriage is an "equal right"! The push to accept the "Loving Analogy" interpretation, has been so successful, that for many today - it is considered a "self-evident" fact.

Thankfully, it is very easy to see - when studied, that this is just not the case, at all. It has become apparent to this writer, that the "Loving Analogy" has been perpetuated by an extremely liberal agenda, including the help of both social media and academia.

You will find it nearly impossible to find those who will stand up against the current trend, with the help of Virginia versus Loving - and to say, that same-sex marriage is not an equal right. You are much more likely to find those with views, that go so far as to say, that it is because of Virginia versus Loving, that we must approve same-sex marriage - as an equal right!

Fact, in a five year period from 1990-1995, there were 75 law reviews or essays published in legal periodicals, on the Loving versus Virginia case. Of those 75, a whopping 69 were openly supportive of same-sex marriage. Only ONE, supported the traditional definition of marriage - between a man and a woman! You could also surmise, that what has been written since, about the Loving versus Virginia case, has been based on these original reviews and essays.

This evidence reveals, that the information that has been broadcast to the public - no doubt, has been very biased toward the gay agenda, by the liberal media. Most folks, like you and I - don't usually go digging up court documents, etc... to get all the facts. Instead, we generally rely on the "so-called" experts to extract the most important information for our understanding. And, trusting as we tend to be - we accept their interpretations, as fact.

Due to the extreme weight that is being used by the proponents of same-sex marriage, using the "Loving Analogy" to support their plea for equal rights - the time has come, that you and I, must for ourselves understand, how this is just not the case. It's time to educate, so that we can better debate and stand with greater effectiveness - in our ongoing desire to preserve traditional marriage!

Today, I've merely introduced the "Loving Analogy" to you, my readers. In my next post, we will go a bit more into the argument itself, so that we all will understand better, how it is NOT appropriate to compare racial discrimination, to the current debate about same-sex marriage as an equal right - for those who practice homosexuality.

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Kathryn Skaggs

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Prop 8: Are Those 14 Words To Blame?





The wording that The People have legally added to the state constitution in California, by the passing of Proposition 8 is quite simple -

"Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California"


That's it.


Just 14 words are being blamed on taking away the civil rights, of a minority group of individuals. Hogwash! All those 14 words have done, is express how the majority in a free and Democratic society feel about a major social and moral issue.

Those 14 words have been placed in the state constitution to confirm the teachings of most major religions in the world.

Most civilized societies throughout human history, reflect the same social and moral standards, stated in those 14 words.

Following the California Supreme Court hearings, where the validity of Prop 8 was argued - most legal analyst walked away feeling that the courts would ultimately uphold those 14 words - passed last November - by The People.

Proponents of same-sex marriage, continue to warn that if Prop 8 is left to stand - that gays and lesbians will be faced with archaic civil rights abuses.

These advocates continue to insist that the issue of same-sex marriage has everything to do with civil rights and equality. If we look at the possibility of Prop 8 being upheld by the California Supreme Court, then exactly WHAT "rights" could those who practice homosexuality be denied?

Here are the facts...


If we consider the original 10 Bill of Rights - if Prop 8 is upheld, homosexuals have absolutely nothing to worry about. They are still protected, just like you and I.

Okay, so what about BEYOND the "original" Bill of Rights? Are homosexuals free from slavery? Yup - Amendment 13. How about racial suffrage? Affirmative - Amendment 15. And gender suffrage? Uh huh - Amendment 19. Poll taxes? Amendment 24. Right to vote at age 18? No problem - Amendment 26!

A few other concerns that you might be having about the civil rights and equality of homosexuals - if Prop 8 is upheld:

• Yes, they are STILL free to live with whomever they wish and wherever they wish.
• Yes, they are STILL protected against discrimination in housing, employment and education.
• Yes, they can STILL drive!
• Yes, they can STILL enter into same-sex unions!
• Yes, they are STILL able to attend the church and religious service of their choice!
• Yes, they are STILL able to move about freely, and cross-state borders as they desire!


Now that you really KNOW the facts, it should be quite clear that the same-sex marriage debate - is NOT about either civil rights, or equality. It is about whether or not mainstream society ought to be FORCED to accept the morals and values of a minority - as normal.

The majority of society is still opposed to same-sex marriage. However, there is no intention to take away the basic human rights of anyone in this country, regardless of orientation. In the end - don't you think it is a bit underhanded to market and insist that the courts rule against Prop 8 on the basis of "civil rights", when no fundamental rights are even barely at risk?

Those "14 words" are simply not to blame for all the fuss being made about the civil rights and equality issues, of the gay and lesbian community.

Once again, those who desire to preserve traditional marriage, have no intention or desire to take away the "rights" of any other group of people. Personally, it is becoming exhausting to continually be asked to defend, from an equal rights perspective - my position on same-sex marriage. From now on, I am going to direct those who just don't get it - to this post.

It is my personal belief, as a Christian - that to do all that we can to preserve and defend the traditional family, as God has ordained it to be - is worth our very best efforts!


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Kathryn Skaggs

Validity of Proposition 8 - The Argument

Ken Starr, who represented ProtectMarriage.com in defending the validity of Proposition 8, - was adamant throughout the California Supreme Court hearings, that - "People have the right to amend the state constitution". He urged the courts to not interfere with the People's vote against legal recognition of gay marriage.


"That the right of the People is inalienable to control their constitution through the amendment process, and that's been the case and this is where the deputy general attorney agrees since 1911..."


A brief excerpt from the oral arguments to the California Supreme Court, this past week...



The Validity Of Proposition 8 Rest On These Three Important Questions:

• Is It An Amendment Or A Revision To The Constitution

• Does The Majority Have Say In Minority Rights

• Legality of 18,000 Same-Sex Marriages Before November


Glenn Beck
discusses the Proposition 8 arguments heard by the Supreme Court in California & is it constitutional.



So, what do you think?

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Kathryn Skaggs

The Fate of Prop 8 In The Hands Of The California Supreme Court...


The following is an email letter distributed today, in regard to the "fate of Proposition 8". I have found it quite interesting, that the Yes on 8 supporters, have maintained such a low profile, especially considering how hard we all worked to defend traditional marriage, in California.

On the other hand, many opponents to traditional marriage have spent the last few months, since the passing of Prop 8 - being very outspoken in their feelings. We have seen a level of anger expressed in outward protesting , as well as the attempt to boycott those who support traditional marriage, like never before. Financial donors to the Yes on 8 campaign have had their privacy completely exposed, in ways that were unthinkable and even impossible only a year or two ago.

As I read this letter, I felt the quiet power that I, and I am certain many others have been feeling over these past few weeks. Proposition 8 passed legally. We as citizens of California expect the California Supreme Court, to make the right call in this case. Will they do it? Only time will tell. However, in the face of the past weeks of a very loud and public campaign, where the media has been used to promote gay marriage, we are confident that a respectable legal process will occur.

We must...






March 4, 2009

Dear Friend,

All our briefs have been filed. Our attorneys are fully prepared. Our supporters held a Day of Prayer for Proposition 8 last Sunday. Now tomorrow, the fate of Proposition 8 will be in the hands of the California Supreme Court.

We have confidence that the Court will uphold Proposition 8. Why do we believe this? Because the law is clearly on our side. Proposition 8 has become Article 1, Section 7.5 of the California Constitution, and though some justices on the Court may not agree with the decision the people made in adopting Prop 8 and defining marriage as only between a man and a woman, we are very confident that the Court will respect the right of the people to have decided this issue. The people have reserved to themselves the sovereign right to define their constitution. By a 600,000 vote margin, they voted to enshrine the traditional definition of marriage in the constitution. As Dean Kenneth W. Starr has told the court in his brilliantly written briefs, “The constitution has now been amended by the sovereign people who are its creators. That is the beginning and end of this case.”

The legal issues before the Supreme Court tomorrow are primarily procedural and deal with whether Proposition 8 was a properly enacted constitutional amendment. This is a very different legal battle than when the Court decided last year to interpret the constitution to provide a right to marry for same-sex couples. Now, the constitution is plainly clear that only traditional marriage is valid in California. Thus, the main issue before the court is whether the people had the right to enact Prop 8 in the first instance. Our opponents argue that Prop 8 was so sweeping that it constituted a fundamental revision of the constitution. But as we detailed in our legal briefs, the law is clear that the people had the right to enact Prop 8, and properly exercised it. Here are excerpts from our briefs:

“There is no higher legal authority within California to which the judiciary can appeal.”

“Proposition 8’s brevity is matched only by its clarity. There are no conditional clauses, exceptions, exemptions, or exclusions. Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Describing Proposition 8 as a revision to the state constitution, “depends on characterizing Proposition 8 as a radical departure from the fundamental principles of the California Constitution. But that portrayal is wildly wrong. Proposition 8 is limited in nature and effect. It does nothing more than restore the definition of marriage to what it was and always had been under California law before June 16, 2008 – and to what the people had repeatedly willed that it be throughout California’s history. It is now part of the state constitution.”

On the Attorney General’s novel contention that even though Proposition 8 was a validly enacted amendment, it should still be invalidated as violating the right to liberty of same-sex couples, “[This position is] utterly without foundation in this Court’s case law. His theory fails at every level. The Attorney General is inviting this Court to declare a constitutional revolution that would fundamentally alter the role of the judiciary, putting judges in the role of supreme overseer of the people’s constitution-making power, a result patently contrary to popular sovereignty.”

Please keep our attorneys, Ken Starr and Andrew Pugno, and committee representatives in your prayers tomorrow as they represent the majority of California who support traditional marriage. Pray also for wisdom for the justices of the Court to show respect for the people’s decision to enact Proposition 8. Finally, pray that our opponents understand that our support of Proposition 8 is to preserve traditional marriage, not to take rights away from anybody.

The Supreme Court’s hearing will be broadcast live at 9:00am pacific time on the California Channel. Check your local cable system for channel location. It is also available online at www.calchannel.com.

We have all worked so hard to get to this point. ProtectMarriage.com is the only group that will appear before the Supreme Court to uphold the vote of the people enacting Prop 8 and affirm traditional marriage as the law of the land. Pray that our efforts will be rewarded with a just decision from the California Supreme Court.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Ron Prentice
Chairman
ProtectMarriage.com – Yes on 8



I published a post, right before the election. My thoughts about the Passing of Prop 8 then, are still very relevant, now!

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Kathryn Skaggs