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Persuasion (2007)
Persuasion Joseph Smith Foundation

Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot’s daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside country estate, rented by his brother-in-law, admiral Croft, so the financially stressed baronet can afford a fashionable, cheaper residence in trendy Bath. The former lovers […]

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Persuasion (1971)
Persuasion Joseph Smith Foundation

More than seven years prior to the events in the novel, Anne Elliot falls in love with a handsome young naval officer named Frederick Wentworth, who is intelligent and ambitious, but poor. Sir Walter, Anne’s father and lord of the family estate of Kellynch, and her older sister Elizabeth are dissatisfied with her choice, maintaining […]

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Persuasion (Jane Austen)

Associated Locations: Jane Austen’s Home, Chawton, England Associated Dates: 1818, published Author: Jane Austen Type: Audio Book Runtime: 7:52:14 Chapter 1 Download Audio Here Chapter 2 Download Audio Here Chapter 3 Download Audio Here Chapter 4 Download Audio Here Chapter 5 Download Audio Here Chapter 6 Download Audio Here Chapter 7 Download Audio Here Chapter […]

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Foundational Zion Standards Training Modules

Thank you for interest in supporting Raising the Bar and supporting Latter-day Saint families who are striving to live higher standards! We are grateful for your help and excited to work with you more. The modules below have been designed with resources that will equip families of Raising the Bar with a foundation in the […]

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Teen Recommended Book List

I have been requested several times to put together a list of recommended books for teens. I hope the following compilation is helpful for parents and children striving to fill their library with works that are virtuous, lovely, of good report and praiseworthy. Comment below if you have recommendations! YT = for teens 14 and […]

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Questioning the Comma in Verse 13 of the Word of Wisdom

Published with permission from the author, originally published by The Interpreter Foundation and A. Jane Birch Abstract: The 1921 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants included an additional comma, which was inserted after the word “used” in D&C 89:13: “And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of […]

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Autobiography of Mary E. Lightner (1818-1913)

“Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner,” The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine 17 (July 1926):193-205, 250-AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARY E. LIGHTNERI was born in the town of Lima, Livingston County, state of New York, April 9, 1818. My father, John D. Rollins, came from one of the New England States; I think it was Vermont. My mother, Keziah […]

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Joseph Smith Wednesday, 13. I attended a lecture at the Grove, by Mr. John Finch, a Socialist, from England, and said a few words in reply… Thursday, 14. I attended a second lecture on Socialism, by Mr. Finch; and after he got through, I made a few remarks, alluding to Sidney Rigdon and Alexander Campbell […]

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Peter, My Brother

By Elder Spencer W. Kimball Today I wish to talk about my brother, my colleague, my fellow apostle—Simon Barjona or Cephas or Peter the Rock. Some time ago a newspaper in a distant town carried an Easter Sunday religion editorial by a minister who stated that the presiding authority of the early-day church fell because […]

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Building The Machine: The Common Core Documentary
Building The Machine: The Common Core Documentary

The Film Building the Machine introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. The documentary compiles interviews from leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee. Parents, officials, and the American public should be involved in this national decision regardless of their […]

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Martin Luther

Martin Luther Providential Role in History Martin Luther is one of the eminent spirits which appeared to President Wilford Woodruff in the St. George Temple on August 21, 1877. This interesting story is detailed in the Eminent Spirits Appear to Wilford Woodruff wiki. Joseph Smith said of Martin Luther’s German translation, “I have an old edition of the New […]

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Autobiography of Benjamin F. Johnson (1818-1905)

Autobiography (1818-1846) From, Benjamin F. Johnson, My Life’s Review (Independence, Missouri: Zion’s Printing and Publishing Co., 1947), pp. 7-107. Chapter 1 – MY CHILDHOOD I was born July 28, 1818, in the town of Pomfret, Chatauqua County, New York. My father, Ezekiel Johnson, was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, January 12, 1776, and my mother, Julia Hills, […]

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Jane Austen

Associated Locations: Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England Associated Dates: December 16, 1775 – Born Resources Audio Books Pride and Prejudice Emma Sense and Sensibility Persuasion Northanger Abbey Mansfield Park E-books Emma Mansfield Park Northanger Abbey Persuasion Sense and Sensibility Pride and Prejudice Related Articles Eminent Spirits Appear to Wilford Woodruff

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Sir Archibald Johnston of Wariston

Sir Archibald Johnston of Wariston Born c.1611 Baptised 28 March 1611 Died 22 July 1663 Spouse Helen Hay Sir Archibald Johnston, Lord Warriston was a Scottish Covenanter and leading figure during that struggle. The co-authored the National Covenant of 1638. He was arrested in 1663 and endured poisoning and other harsh prison conditions.  So-called “physicians” […]

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin is one of the eminent spirits who appeared to President Wilford Woodruff in the St. George Temple on August 21, 1877. This interesting story is detailed in the Eminent Spirits Appear to Wilford Woodruff wiki. Myths, Rumors and Historical Revisionism Jefferson remarked in a letter to Jonathan Williams in 1796, that he had seen with “extreme […]

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The Improper Role of Government

H. Verlan Andersen Collectivism, The Danger From Within To me, the most basic and important differences which exist between living conditions in one nation and another are largely accounted for by the differences in the laws of those nations and how such laws are executed. I assume that it is the moral, religious, and ethical […]

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01) PRIVATE VS. PUBLIC: Can “Private” morality be separated from public service in political leadership? How do wicked leaders promote iniquity among the people they govern?

Prophetic Statements Ezra Taft Benson Some leaders may be honest and good but unwise in legislation they choose to support. Others may possess wisdom but be dishonest and un-virtuous. We must be concerted in our desires and efforts to see men and women represent us who possess all of these good qualities. (See D&C 98:10) […]

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23) FREEDOM OF WORSHIP: Why must we understand that there are wicked individuals who seek to deprive the righteous of their freedom?

Questions Answered: Why is it essential to understand that the wicked will continually seek to take away the freedom of worship from the righteous? Do the scriptures teach that one of Satan’s most effective methods of oppressing the Saints through time has been oppressive governments? Why do the wicked seek to put down the righteous? […]

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