The Kind of Church I Want to Belong To

I’d like to belong to a church that teaches its youth ethics, honesty, self-mastery, etiquette, charm, table manners, to smile and greet each other and strangers, fundamental principles to raise the bar, forgiveness, the importance of making friends for life, never-ending learning, that life is a fountain of opportunity, critical thinking, original thought and public speaking.

I’d like to belong to a church where members are encouraged to bless the human race, hire, mentor and train youth, volunteer as individuals and with groups outside of church assignments, temple ordinances and chapel cleaning, help those in need, care for the poor and needy, and to share knowledge and truth whenever and wherever one feels inspired to share it.

I’d like to belong to a church where members study original sources instead of materials whitewashed by committees.

I’d like to belong to a church that teaches its members to not support the involuntary redistribution of wealth, how to recognize truth versus error and cover-up, the proper role of government, the falsehoods of evolution and the awe of intelligent creation, righteous vs unrighteous dominion by discussing hundreds of case studies including the lives of religious reformers and heroes outside of religious history who didn’t murder, rape, commit adultery, steal or plunder.

I’d like to belong to a church that promotes tithing, giving and the sacrifice of the widow’s mite or to give when we know we don’t have enough to pay our bills because we know we’ll be blessed, but then rigorously and repeatedly examines their own spending to ensure the widow’s mite isn’t wasted.

I’d like to belong to a church where members become so refined that they jump at opportunities to help each other, especially when not assigned by their religious leaders.

by Robert John Stevens, February 13, 2018

Inalienable Rights, Liberty and Freedom are on VidAngel’s Side

by Robert John Stevens, July 10, 2016

Hollywood studios once promoted the U.S. Constitution, defended liberty, championed individual rights, and elevated the common man with great films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

In 1996 Matt Slovick of The Washington Post wrote:

But this film caused quite a stir in this town in 1939. The Washington Press Club sponsored a premiere at Constitution Hall that was attended by congressmen, Senators and Supreme Court justices. About halfway through the film, people started walking out. At another dinner, Capra was criticized for showing graft in the Senate. The Washington press corps, who didn’t like the way reporters were portrayed, joined in the attacks against Capra.1

But average Americans filled the theaters to see the film that helped make Stewart a star. The movie earned 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture (it lost to “Gone With the Wind”).

One of my favorite movies, Sergeant York (1941), taught Americans that even religious pacifists were justified to defend freedom against aggressors.

The 1965 movie Shenandoah Shenandoah reminded Americans that individual and state rights not delegated to the Federal Government were superior to usurped federal laws, even in a time of war.

But then Hollywood sold out to the globalists and have since been on the warpath to destroy the U.S. Constitution with its Bill of Rights, liberty, freedom and national sovereignty by destroying the moral foundation required to support their super structure.

By 2012, Neal Harmon, one of the smartest and most capable entrepreneurs in America today and now proven hands-on CEO, wanted to show his children some of his favorite Hollywood movies but didn’t want to introduce them to certain vulgar words and scenes in their youth.

Neal could have timed certain scenes and demanded his children close their eyes and ears while he fast-forwarded past them, exercising his moral and constitutional right to do so inside his own home but decided there must be a better way.

Having studied the secrets of YouTube from a programmer’s perspective while working at Orabrush, he realized he could create an overlay or filter on top of Hollywood videos without violating their copyright laws. Hollywood lawyers destroyed similar efforts by CleanFlicks and other companies.

After Orabrush was sold, Neal and his brothers started a company called VidAngel in Provo, Utah to stream videos that moral and ethical people wouldn’t be embarrassed to watch even if Jesus sat next to them.

Knowing the importance of abiding by laws that are constitutionally supported, Neal devised a simple, unique and legal solution: Let customers buy a video, stream it to them and then let them sell it back to VidAngel.

Leveraging crowd sourcing via Amazon Mechanical Turk, the Harmon brothers found hundreds of Americans who would gladly volunteer their time and expertise to create movie filters.

Although Hollywood won the battle declaring it illegal to physical modify movies even after they were purchased (a constitutional violation), VidAngel modifies no movies, buys them legally and stores them in their vault.

At some point in our nation’s history, Hollywood sold out to the globalist whose goal is to demoralize our free society, destroy ethics and usher in world government with them in control.

Because of the constitutional nature of VidAngel’s case, it could and should go to the Supreme Court. Despite Hollywood studio’s cunning arguments, the underlying justifications are unalienable property rights, the rights to acquire, possess and protect property, and the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions.

For VidAngel to win they must spend vast resources virally telling the public that it is their right to enjoy and defend their natural and constitutional freedoms. This is their opportunity to teach by focusing on the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and to arm the public with reaffirmations from all 50 state constitutions.

If Hollywood studios wins and government grants it illegal for the public to filter their own videos then who will enforce it? Who will enforce the right of decent parents to pause videos and fast-forward past dirty scenes? Do we really want Hollywood surveillance in our own homes?

VidAngel won’t win with similar statements used by CleanFlicks and other companies who lost.

Neal Harmon is today’s Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)—the John Doe that represents moral and decent citizens who is being attacked by corrupt, corporate giants backed by unlimited power and money.

There is much more here at stake then just just videos: Inalienable rights, religion, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments and right for parents to protect themselves against state intrusion are all under fire.

1 ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’, By Matt Slovick Staff

The Media Expects Candidates to Know EVERYTHING

March 31, 2016

Dear Mr. Trump,

I’m sick of the nauseating attacks against you by people who think they are prophets and know the future—Mitt Romney being the worst. I’m a Mormon and am embarrassed by his awful behavior. It is not at all justified by our religion, teachings or scriptures.

When asked an unexpected question, or a new question that you haven’t thought much about, it is perfectly okay to say, “That’s a good question. I’d like to think more about that and get back to you with my answer.” Or, “That’s a good question. I’d like to give it the attention it deserves and formulate a worthy response. May I get back to you?”

Best Regards,

Robert John Stevens

How to Get a Strong Recommendation From Your Employer and Colleagues

by Robert John Stevens, October 1, 2015

To get a strong recommendation from your employer and colleagues, may I recommend:

  1. Think long term. Choose the opportunity where you will do the most good for mankind, reach the most people, and make the most money so you can make your family as comfortable as possible and bless the lives of others.
  2. Always work a little harder than the rest. This doesn’t mean you have to work longer hours, it just means you must stay focused, work smarter and faster. Every team knows their top performers.
  3. While employed don’t work anywhere else, especially if it causes your work hours to decrease from your primary employer
  4. Finish the job. There is a story related on by President Nelson:

    “After being called, I said to President Gordon B. Hinckley, a counselor to President Kimball with whom I was conversing, ‘I’m planning to go to China as a visiting heart surgeon in the month of May. What do you want me to do about that?’ He asked, ‘Have you made a commitment?’ I said I had. He said, ‘Be faithful to it.’ So, as an ordained Apostle, I went to China.

  5. Develop with the expectation that someone else will take over your work. Go the extra mile to document everything as you go, not just hastily at departure.
  6. Don’t lose the vision. If you think you’re losing it then discuss it with your employer. If there is something wrong with the vision then they should want to know so they can refine it.
  7. Show up to work on time, take short breaks every 45-50 minutes to keep up your momentum, including a short lunch break, and don’t leave early. People depend on you and your word.
  8. Mentor others every chance you can. When you learn something new, stop and teach others.
  9. Don’t introduce new things into the product without first discussing them and getting approval from others.
  10. Avoid temptation. As your talents improve people will work hard to convince you to work for them. Instead, keep your commitment. Eventually your reputation will define you and you can’t hide from it.
  11. Ensure your employer gets a return on investment. Employers invest heavily in training and employing you, especially before you finish college and probably for the next three years after graduation. Make sure they achieve their goals and make money.
  12. Stay long enough to perfect the product or service. Once released bugs and problems are quickly reported by the masses. You should be there to help refine the product because you know it best and can make changes quickly.