12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
1. High on the mountain top
A banner is unfurled.
Ye nations, now look up;
It waves to all the world.
In Deseret’s sweet, peaceful land,
On Zion’s mount behold it stand!
2. For God remembers still
His promise made of old
That he on Zion’s hill
Truth’s standard would unfold!
Her light should there attract the gaze
Of all the world in latter days.
3. His house shall there be reared,
His glory to display,
And people shall be heard
In distant lands to say:
We’ll now go up and serve the Lord,
Obey his truth, and learn his word.
4. For there we shall be taught
The law that will go forth,
With truth and wisdom fraught,
To govern all the earth.
Forever there his ways we’ll tread,
And save ourselves with all our dead.
We believe in being subject to
kings, presidents, rulers,
and magistrates, in obeying,
honoring, and sustaining the law.
*For Younger Children* Share the following story about Presidents Day and discuss the questions at the end of the story. (Marva Jeanne Pedersen, “Dance of Presidents”, Friend, Feb. 1993, 20)
“Attention, please!” Miss Taylor blew a shrill blast on her whistle as the class gathered in the gymnasium. “The Presidents’ Day program is coming up, and we have been chosen to perform the minuet. That means we’ll be practicing it for the next several weeks.”
Lisa smiled as a moan of protest rose from most of the boys and even some of the girls. Not everyone liked to dance as well as she did.
“What’s the minuet?” whispered Meredith.
“A dance from George Washington’s time,” answered Lisa.
“Oh, no,” said Lisa. “I play minuets on the piano. It’ll be fun. You’ll see.”
“Well, maybe—as long as I don’t get old Two-Left-Feet George for a partner again. I want Zane to be my partner.”
“Every girl in our class wants Zane,” Lisa giggled.
“Boys on my left, girls on my right,” called Miss Taylor. “Line up according to height, beginning with the tallest.”
“Well, that’s that—neither of us will get Zane,” Lisa lamented as she and Meredith lined themselves up with the taller girls near the front. Zane was not one of the tallest boys in the class, but he was the one all the girls liked best because he was fun to talk to and didn’t get all flustered.
Miss Taylor checked the girls’ line and was satisfied with it. Then she walked down the line of boys, moving some of them forward and some back. Oh, no! thought Lisa. I think that puts George right across from me.
She was right. When the boys and girls met and paired off in the center of the gym, George was her partner.
“Too bad,” whispered Meredith, sailing off with David to the spot Miss Taylor had indicated.
Lisa looked after her friend with envy. David’s no Zane, she thought, but at least he can dance, while George … Well, I know he’s going to do his best, but …
The music began. Lisa recognized her favorite minuet, and she almost groaned aloud. She just knew George was going to spoil it for her, and he did. Time after time he made the wrong moves. I might as well be dancing with a dinosaur, she thought. How can anyone be so awkward?
“Sorry,” murmured George.
Lisa started, embarrassed. Had he read her mind? Then she realized that he was apologizing for bumping into her on the last turn. Her relief was so great that it spilled over into a warm smile. George returned it with such pleasure that she couldn’t help encouraging him a little more. “You’re going to learn this dance, George.”
Now, why did I say that? she scolded herself. He’ll never learn this dance … or any dance!
“Why the grumpy look?” asked Stephanie, catching up with Lisa on the playground after school. “Did you flunk a test or something?” The two girls were in different classes, but they were good friends and always walked home together.
“No,” said Lisa with a sigh. “It’s just that I have to dance with George in the Presidents’ Day program, and he has two left feet.”
Stephanie hooted with laughter.
“You wouldn’t think it was funny if you had to dance with him,” said Lisa in a cross voice.
“I’m sorry, Lisa,” said Stephanie, smothering one last chuckle, “but I couldn’t help laughing because there was a time when I thought you had two left feet. Remember when we were learning to clog after third grade a couple of years ago?”
“Oh, yes,” said Lisa, thinking back. “Was I really that bad?” She thought some more, then admitted, “I guess I was before Tammy took over. She walked me through every step of that dance until I had it just right.”
“And now old Two-Left-Feet Lisa can dance,” said Stephanie with a friendly grin.
“As well as you can,” retorted Lisa with her own friendly grin.
“Well, I wouldn’t go that far,” Stephanie teased, still grinning. “But you certainly can dance well enough for the Presidents’ Day program—even if you don’t have a president to dance with.”
Both girls laughed. “Not every president could have been a great dancer, though,” Lisa remarked.
“Maybe Abraham Lincoln was just as awkward as George, and girls didn’t want to dance with him, either.” Stephanie mused. “Think how embarrassing it would be to remember later that you hadn’t wanted to dance with the president!”
By the beginning of the next dance practice, Lisa was determined to help George. “Try to think small, George,” she said. “You won’t bump into me if you keep your steps small. That’s it—slow, stately, dignified.”
“You’re right,” said George, a trace of wonder in his voice as he came full circle without mishap and made his bow.
“Minuet comes from the French word menu, which means small,” Lisa explained. “I guess that’s why small is the secret to a graceful minuet.”
“You’re a great teacher, Lisa,” George told her. “Now you’re even teaching me French.”
“Maybe I’ll grow up to be a teacher,” said Lisa. “Have you ever thought you might grow up to be president? Two of our presidents have been named George, you know.”
George’s smile seemed to fill the gymnasium. “Maybe you’ll grow up to be president, Lisa,” he said. “I’d vote for you any day.”
Discuss the following questions:
Who did all of the girls want to dance with?
Who did Lisa get to dance with?
Lisa’s friend, Stephanie reminded Lisa that she also had two left feet. She had to help her with what dance?
Did Lisa help George learn the dance?
How do you think Lisa felt at the end of the story?
*For Teenagers or Adults* Read the history of Presidents Day. Then discuss the importance of honoring and obeying the law. You may consider sharing some of the points that President Hinkley encouraged us to incorporate into our homes to better our society and nation (Gordon B. Hinckley, “Four Simple Things to Help Our Families and Our Nations”,Ensign, Sept. 1996, 2).
President’s Day or Washington’s Birthday
Presidents Day, celebrated each year on the third Monday in February, is a day when Americans honor the legacies of the U.S. presidents. The holiday was established in 1800, when Congress declared February 22–George Washington’s birthday–a federal holiday. Still legally known as Washington’s Birthday, Presidents Day has become a day to honor not only Washington, but Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president who was born on February 12, and the lives and accomplishments of all U.S. presidents. (Taken from History.com)
Discuss the following questions:
In the 12th Article of Faith, we state that we believe in obeying, honoring and sustaining the law. What are some ways that we can do this?
President Hinkley’s experience and council:
We attended the public schools. My elementary school was named after American statesman Alexander Hamilton. My junior high school was named for United States president Theodore Roosevelt. We learned about these men. On February 12 we had a holiday for President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. On February 22 we had another holiday to honor President George Washington. Just before these holidays we had school programs in which we learned about “Honest Abe” and the boy George who admitted to chopping down his father’s cherry tree. Maybe there was little historical substance to some of those stories, but there was something of substance that came into our lives. We developed an appreciation for the principle of honesty. Today we have Presidents’ Dayin the United States, but for many it has become primarily a play day.
1. Teach One Another Goodness.
2. Work Together.
3. Read Good Books Together.
4. Pray Together.
“In the authority of that priesthood, my brethren and sisters, I bless you, that each of you, each of us, feeble as our efforts may seem to be, may become a factor for good in capturing the spirit of goodness in our homes and in recapturing it for our nations.”
1- Line 18 to 20 cups of a standard muffin tin with bake cups. Combine the filling ingredients in a medium-size bowl and beat them with an electric mixer until evenly blended. The texture should be like whipped peanut butter. If it’s not stiff enough, add a little extra peanut butter.
2- Fill each muffin cup about halfway with brownie batter. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of peanut butter filling into the center, pushing it down slightly into the batter.Cover the filling with another spoonful of batter, making sure that the cups are no more than about two thirds to three quarters full.
3- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, just until well risen and cracked on top. Then transfer the pans to a wire rack and cool for 30 minutes. Remove the brownies from the pan and place them directly on the wire rack to finish cooling (they’ll sink as they do) before serving. Makes 18 to 20 Peanut Butter Cup Brownies.
Pink Banana Smoothie
1 cup apple juice or cider
2 ounces soft silken tofu (about 1/4 cup)
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen very ripe medium banana
1- Blend all ingredients together. Serves 2.
(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)
1- Watch the Presidential Fun Facts video.
2- See how many US Presidents you can name as a family. (List of Presidents)
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.