By Rod Johnson

Rodric believes Moroni included special instruction for Modern times and wants to share his unique perspective the same way Moroni shared in The Book of Mormon.

Getting Personal With Christianity: I, Donald Trump...

I wasn't going to be public about this, but I changed my mind. When I went to the polls to vote for president, I received a strong impression to vote for Donald Trump. I did not do it. I do not think that I disliked any presidential candidate more than him. I did not like him as a person before he even considered running for president. He, and I must say it honestly, is a Jerk to me. HE IS A JERK!
There is no BUT in this. He is a jerk. I have no idea why I received a prompting to vote for him except I prayed that God would put the right person in office for the job. I agree with his moral stances on marriage and family--issues like abortion. I just don't like HIM!
I could not listen to that prompting. It might have been God trying to tell me not to judge the man for his past. It didn’t occur to me until I read on Facebook under one of my favorite authors views a responder who experienced the same thing I did. She was prompted to vote for Trump. I think she was able to follow through with it.  I am so prejudiced against him because of his behavior. When he is sworn into office, I will do my best to speak honorably of him, but I had to get it out that I hate his behavior. I am ashamed that he will represent me--especially if he does not shelve his bad behavior.
I did not like Trump because I think he is rude, that's it. I do not dislike Bill Clinton, who is also a womanizer. Bill is not rude, though. I say all this because I am going to repent and pray that God helps me to not harbor so much contempt for this man.
I care that he might be racist. I care. I have lived, worked and worshiped with racist people my entire life. I expect people to be that way now. I have behaved that way on occasion. I think I dislike Trump so much because inside I am just like him and not man enough to admit it, even though I might have just done that. We often hate in others the weaknesses that are evident in ourselves.
I do not celebrate such thoughts. If I am a racist, I Know I am working to change through the atonement of Jesus Christ, who will help me. Because I am a Black person, I can get away with writing this or saying it. I know I can because I have in the past. I want to say I DO NOT speak of any race in derision in public or private. I do, though. I joked about being Black in Church on Sunday! In church! I did the same thing about White people—knowing that my categorical statements were just jokes. But there is some truth behind every joke, whether it is my truth or a societal truth. So, I reflect on whether I truly harbor racist feelings toward Whites and others or even other Blacks—it is possible.  
I could not vote for Trump because I am like him, or what I assume him to be—a racist, misogynistic, jerk. If I am really that, then maybe I should cleanse my inner vessel more so that I can see Trump clear enough. I don’t want to dislike myself, so I project on a scapegoat other than THE SCAPEGOAT, Jesus.
Now, I have to give Trump the same love as I give myself. Sometimes it is hard to want to live my life as a Christian. I do not abuse myself for fleeting thoughts or misplaced statements. Why should I abuse Trump for misplaced words? I do my best to keep my opinions hidden from others, so they will not dislike me. I don’t tell people who are ugly, stupid, nasty and such that they are those things because I care about how it makes them feel, even it I think it is true. Wrong.
I do say my thoughts sometimes. I put my foot in my mouth more than I care to admit. That is why I find myself smiling and making jokes so much. I am trying not to be taken seriously so that people will dismiss my words if I slip up.
My heart is still heavy because of what I did almost 20 years ago as a missionary in South Africa to another missionary who showed me a picture of his sister. I told him she was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. It was not true, and there is more to the story, but does that not sound like Donald Trump?
I have repented and begged that person’s forgiveness, but I have still not forgiven myself completely. That is why I cannot stand Donald Trump. He is just like me. Well, maybe not just like.

I am trying to change. Maybe Donald is too.

Minimum Wage Hikes Create the New Slavery: Poverty

In the great state of Arizona Proposition 206 passed which raises the minimum wage and dictates mandatory sick days for workers. I understand the mandatory sick days and agree with that part of the proposition.
This IS wealth redistribution. The Government is trying to get the companies to cut costs in management instead of the little guy, the minimum wage earner. The problem with this is, why? I know as a business owner I would not keep my minimum wage laborers, my LEAST valued employees, at the expense of my income drivers--sellers, managers, supervisors, executives and such. Without them, there is no company! The reason why the minimum wage laborers are expendable is they have no value other than a cog in the machine to a company. Positions with minimum wage compensation are meant as platforms or springboards to higher paying and more important jobs. Move on, people! The minimum wage was not meant to be the end, but the beginning. I can replace minimum wage earners. They are NOT that important because they are easily irreplaceable.
As a Christian, it sounds harsh to admit that a person whose only contribution to the company is to mop floors or bag grocery is less important financially. It does not mean that they are less valuable as people—never. It means that the company values THEIR SERVICE less.
My arm is valuable to me. I would absolutely HATE to lose it under any circumstance because it would hurt and cripple my ability to do physical things. If I had to choose between keeping my arm or securing my life, goodbye arm! I can live with one arm, but I don’t want to do it. My arm is important to me. Employees are valuable to companies not matter their position, but some are more critical than others. I cannot live without my head. I cannot live without my nasal cavity or heart. Sure, there are EXCEPTIONS to the rule. People survive with brain matter missing. People have heart replacements. THE RULE, however, remains. Most will NEVER be exceptions.
As a business owner, which I am hoping to one day be, I would go overseas with my company if I could. I would not blame any business for leaving the States to keep costs down.

I do not believe in forced wealth redistribution. 

I even thought about cutting cost by asking the more valuable employees to take a pay decrease to keep the minimum wage workers who do the least desirable jobs. No. Just because I care about people does not mean I will stop rewarding my employees who merit it. I do NOT agree that people who lack the ambition to rise above their circumstances should get something for nothing. I do support taking a pay decrease to save the company when necessary. The proposition has created necessity by infringing on the efforts of business owners. That is the beginning of communism. Can someone remember the USSR, please!
I started watching undercover boss recently. Many people, good people are working in low paying jobs. They struggle to make ends meet, but they work. These people are stuck because of life circumstances, handicap, or tragedy. In this show, the leaders of the companies decided to improve things for their workers, not by mandate from the government. Now I understand why the Founding Fathers did not trust the American people to vote directly for the president of the United States. Thank God this is a republic and not a real democracy.
If I am not mistaken, South Africa is a true democracy. If they decide to become a kingdom, all they have to do is have a majority vote. Thank heaven we don’t have that here!
I am poor, disabled, and earning beneath my potential. But I will be damned if I want the government to pay me to stay mediocre or less. What message does that send my kids? Rewarding people who do not try to excel does not help them. It creates a people who think only to rise above if someone gives them a handout. People want to help people who help themselves because it shows that the investment in the person they helped will amount to something.

The Principle of Truth

The truth of the matter is a handout is sometimes needed. I know I have received many handouts. But if that is all there is, just a handout, a culture of entitlement rises and fewer people exist to drive the market. I am a Christian man who believes in helping people. A true follower of Christ will provide a shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry, clothes for the naked, and comfort for the weary. HOWEVER, not in perpetuity. Even Jesus requires us to repent to benefit from His sacrifice for us. Just because He has the Grace to give does not mean He will not allow people to go to hell who do not meet his qualifications for heaven.
We have made it harder in Arizona to support ourselves, our poor. All the prices will rise over time, but they don’t have too. We have become accustomed to the idea that inflation has to be! It does not. WE cause it to occur by electing the proposition to support inflation. The system does not have to increase. The dollar does not have to decrease. Unfortunately, I am only one voice.
I want to be wealthy one day. Whether I reach that goal or not, I don’t want the government or voters to infringe on my dreams. Alas, my words are tinkling in people’s ears. We have made the choice. Every person who has earned a pay increase above minimum wage has been slapped in the face whether they realize it or not.
All minimum wage earners are slaves to what the government thinks of them now. Only the government can help them rise up. The government CAN help, but it will destroy so many by hiking up the minimum wage. I believe in government involvement, but this is not good. We need to find a way to overturn this through the courts like same gender marriage propositions. I get to marry any adult human, but I cannot pay his or her worth in skills without the government deciding it for me. Seems unfair. Rant over.

Getting Personal with Christianity: Support Heterosexual Marriage Only

Recently, I wrote to one of my former friends on Facebook about my reason for not supporting Hillary Clinton or any of the candidates for president. I do not support any of them because all of them for some reason or another support something with which I disagree.

When I provided my reason for supporting none of the candidates, my friend deleted me and blocked me. I was surprised. I thought all my friends knew my stances on all issues since I write about them often. Therefore, I am taking this opportunity to address the remainder of my friends on Facebook to let them know with whom they are friends.

It is going to hurt my feelings to lose some of them as friends, but if my beliefs are too offensive for them, it is better that they know before they are surprised and angered like this last former friend.

My Position

I do NOT support gay marriage.

I ACTIVELY am trying to have it repealed. I have never supported it. I have never condoned it. Why? Simply, God commands marriage between one man and one woman.

I believe homosexuality is a sin, and that the people who practice it should repent. The article I wrote about accepting and loving homosexuals as people is correct, however. I continue to stress that. I abhor it when people attack men and women who are my brothers and sisters for their sins. I will never support violence towards a person for being gay.  Love the sinner, not the sin. There should be no discrimination or hatred towards them.

I will not pretend I accept this secular view of marriage to appease family or friends. I will not support it and will speak my opinions when it comes up in conversation.

I also do not agree or support unwedded living together or out of wedlock relations. I hold heterosexual sex out of marriage to the same standard as homosexual sex.  It is a sin. It is also a sin for me to go around berating people for their life choices when I have my own sins to repent of, so I don't judge people in that way. In other words, I don’t condemn them to hell. God is the only person who can do that. I know what God said I must do and what he expects all people to do, have one spouse of the opposite gender.

I am not going to throw it in your face if you practice these things (gay lifestyle, unwedded lifestyle) I disagree with, but I expect the same courtesy when it is apparent that I see those things as wrong. I don't know how often I must say it; I am a Christian. If you don't know what that means, ask me. Comment about it. Tell me what you think. I might not agree, but we can be civil about it.

I am an out loud Christian. 

That means I am not shy to talk about religion or say what I believe. Facebook and the internet give me a forum to express those views respectfully. I write about these things all the time. Being LDS or Mormon since I was 15, I also served a mission and taught about Jesus Christ for two years.

If for some reason I let anybody think I was no longer a practicing Christian because of my behavior in forums or chats, I apologize. I don't walk around with a Jesus t-shirt on, but I hope I live my life close enough to the Savior that I can be accused of Christianity.

Only one Candidate reflects my views, and I could not Vote for Him

Donald Trump is the only candidate that supports my opinion of marriage, which excludes same-sex marriage. All the others, Hillary, Jill, Gary, and Evan all support gay marriage. Evan was supposed to be the alternative to Donald, but he is purposefully unclear on gay marriage. Donald is not. I cannot vote for Donald because I do not like the fact that he has been married so many times and that he has a history of abusive behavior, verbal abuse.

The way I live my faith is personal. No church tells me to believe my position. I do not think I could speak to God and support something that is so selfish as gay marriage or revolving door marriage, or unwedded relationships of a sexual nature.

If I lost another friend, farewell. One day we will meet again. I hope I am still a Christian following God’s commands when I do. I will also hope to be friends again if we can. For those who stay, I hope you know me better now. If I am wrong, I pray to God for help. In fact, I WILL pray to God for help. I will make it public knowledge too. That is how personal I get with Christianity.