4 Liberating Principles That Changed the World (And Can Change Your World)

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Today is the 4th of July and it is independence day for the USA. Below are 4 truths that were believed and lived by the founding fathers of the United States of America. Because of their belief in these principles, the world is a different place. If you apply these in your life, your world will be a different place. Here they are 1:

1. The Principle of Georgics

A georgic is one who knows how to work the land. In the early days of the founding of America, most people were farmers. They knew that they would have to depend on others unless they learned for themselves how to work the land and how to subsist on their own work. Because of this, they were owners. America was built on the back of free and independent owners who knew how to work the land and were entrepreneurs of their own circumstance.

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This is a powerful principle for us. We should have an ownership mentality. To be free and independent owners of our own lives and the things that we do. We should take the time to learn how to be self reliant and not have to depend on others. This isn’t just a principle of the founding fathers of the US, but a godlike attribute.

2. The Principle of Divine Providence

There are two ideals that come from the idea of divine providence:

  1. A belief in a higher Power (or God) that governs all things and all people.
  2. A belief that God has a specific mission or purpose for every individual.

The founding fathers of the US believed in this ideal. So much so that it is stated in capitals on the Declaration of Independence. This is a powerful principle. Not just that God exists, but that God has an individual purpose for each and every one of us. That we are here for a purpose and that this purpose is given by God. Great things have been accomplished because of a firm belief in this principle.

3. The Principle of Liber

The idea of “liber” is the idea of liberation and freedom through learning and education. Liber is the root of both library as well as liberty. The idea that we are capable of learning and of educating ourselves to the point of liberation. Joseph Smith said “A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge, for if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into captivity by some evil power in the other world.” 2 Isaiah also said: “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge.” 3 Knowledge makes us free. We are freed and saved and liberated as we learn more and more.

4. The Principle of Public Virtue

This is a mentality of investment in the future. To voluntarily give of oneself for the benefit of society.

If our founding fathers hadn’t lived by this principle, the United States of America wouldn’t exist. It is the application of the above three principles into action. Those who were free and independent owners believed in God and believed that God had a unique mission for them to accomplish to help their fellow men and they gained knowledge in order to increase their impact and protect future freedom.

 

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These are powerful principles that I believe are publicly and privately attacked in our society today. Those who are called “the founding fathers” of the nation are called this because they lived by these principles. These are principles that we can live by. They are principles that will change your world. If you live by them, you will be the change that you want to see in the world.

 

  1. I have taken the content of this post from a wonderful speech I heard by Dr. Oliver DeMille called “The Four Lost American Ideals.” – To buy his book, click here, to purchase and download the speech, click here.
  2. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.217
  3. Isaiah 5:13

avatar Andy Proctor (42 Posts)

Andy is the creator of T​he Returned Missionary (this blog)​, encouraging the tens of thousands of LDS missionaries who come home every year to continue to be productive, hardworking, faithful, and happy long after their full-time mission has ended. His goal with this blog is to help people know how they can live the gospel while living their dreams. He just launched his first book for RMs, called ​Live Your Mission: 21 Powerful Principles to Discover Your Life Mission after Your Mission, which is the first book in the L​ive My Gospel​ book series. He also owns and manages the LDSmissionaries.com blog. He is a regular contributor to Meridian Magazine and has been featured on the Mormon.org blog as well as LDS Living and Deseret News.


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