Monday, October 26, 2009

Standing Up for Freedom

Most people desire to be free from fear or want, and they wish for freedom of speech and belief. To me freedom means a person has the ability to act according to his or her own will. It also suggests that I can stand up for liberty. The fight between good and evil on earth will never end, but here in the United States of America I have the right for freedom.

The war between good and evil started in our pre-existence, our life with God before we were born. The scriptures are full of events concerning noble, righteous deeds. There are also many examples of wicked, malicious men, as well as decent, respectable men. My hero is Moroni, a strong and mighty man in the Book of Mormon, who rallied his people to defend their religion. He sought after the glory of God, and the welfare of his country. Moroni stood up and fought for liberty and the freedom of his country.

In 1626, some of my courageous ancestors boarded the Mayflower and left the old world behind for a new land where they could worship God after the dictates of their own hearts. A hundred-fifty years later, their children fought for freedom in the Revolutionary War. What they did for us was not without cost. Thousands of people gave their lives for this country because they wanted the right to choose. It is my belief that you are only free if you have choices. Those people didn't want a king. Instead, they wanted new laws. Just like Moroni, they wanted liberty.

It makes me angry to see so many people sit back and take what they have for granted. It's almost as though they don't want independence. Maybe they are afraid of liberty, because having freedom means responsibility. Many people fail to vote, and they don't take an interest in their community or the things going on around them. They only live life for what it can do for them, giving little of themselves or their time. I believe that everyone owes it to those in upcoming generations to give back something so that freedom carries on to the next generation.

I'm grateful for the privilege of citizenship in this great country. Here I have the power to make decisions without constraint. Because of my ancestors and millions of other people, I can and do vote for those leaders that I feel will lead our country down the correct path so that everyone living in the United States has the right for freedom.

7 comments:

ali said...

Beautiful Connie.

Is this the entry you won with in Mark's contest? That you will be reading at the launch party for Am I Not a Man?

Connie Hall said...

Thanks Ali. Yes, this is the one I'll be reading at the launch party. I'm a little nervous about this, but I'll still do it. My sister reminded me that a few years ago I judged writing essay's for school children for the Days of '47 (pioneer day). Those students who won had to stand and read them in the tabernacle on July 24th. If they can do it - I can.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Excellent job, Connie!

Cindy Beck said...

Wonderful essay, Connie. Congrats again on winning!

Janice said...

Great essay, Connie!

Janice said...

Great essay, Connie. Congratulations! I'm so proud!

Lyn said...

Connie, I loved how you took each paragraph and took us through different stages of freedom, from the preexistance & Moroni to the Mayflower & Revolutionary War, to today and your choices for liberty and freedom. You did a wonderful job. You should be very proud of yourself, your ability and talent for putting across your beliefs in such a straight forward and concise manner.