Notes on a triangle is an amazing choreography that will dazzle the eye and inspire the imagination. It also offers insight into the potential we all are created to become. When looking creatively at a single triangle, a good challenge would be to see how many other shapes can be made. At the on sight, because we only see a triangle, it’s difficult to imagine how much possibility there is to do more with one shape.
This video completely mesmerized me and got me thinking how inconceivable are the possibilities of just three lines. Even more unfathomable is how just three men, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay wrote a series of 85 essays in support of the United States Constitution known as the Federalist Papers. Then, within ten short months, the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified by nine states and was therefore in force for them.
“Have we read The Federalist papers? Are we reading the Constitution and pondering it? Are we aware of its principles? Are we abiding by these principles and teaching them to others? Could we defend the Constitution? Can we recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound? Do we know what the prophets have said about the Constitution and the threats to it?
The years immediately preceding the Constitutional Convention were filled with disappointments and threats to the newly won peace. Washington was offered a kingship, which he adamantly refused. Nephi had prophesied hundreds of years before that “this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land” (2 Ne. 10:11; italics added)
The Doctrine and Covenants states, “We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life” (D&C 134:2). Life, liberty, property—mankind’s three great rights
The delegates were the recipients of heavenly inspiration. James Madison, often referred to as the father of the Constitution, wrote: “It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it a finger of that Almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution” (The Federalist, no. 37, ed. Henry Cabot Lodge, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1983, p. 222
Alexander Hamilton, famous as the originator of The Federalist papers and author of fifty-one of the essays, said: “For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system, which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interest” (Essays on the Constitution of the United States, ed. Paul L. Ford, 1892, pp. 251–5
As Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be” (Letter to Colonel Charles Yancey, 6 Jan. 1816).
“Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction” (19 July 1840, as recorded by Martha Jane Knowlton Coray; ms. in Church Historian’s Office, Salt Lake City) John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (The Works of John Adams, ed. C. F. Adams, Boston: Little, Brown Co., 1851, 4:31).” Our Divine Constitution Ezra Taft Benson
Prophecy has been and continues to be fulfilled.
“Warning about the importance of preserving the U.S. Constitution. To this end, he claimed that “all citizens—whatever their religious or philosophical persuasion” should maintain several responsibilities regarding the Constitution: understand it, support the law, practice civic virtue, maintain civility in political discourse, and promote patriotism Constitution Day Celebration 2010, Elder Dallin H. Oaks
“The day would come when there would be so much of disorder, of secret combinations taking the law into their own hands, tramping upon Constitutional rights and the liberties of the people, that the Constitution would hang as by a thread. Yes, but it will still hang, and there will be enough of good people, many who may not belong to our Church at all, people who have respect for law and for order, and for Constitutional rights, who will rally around with us and save the Constitution.” Charles W. Nibley, 1922
“The prophet Joseph Smith said the time will come when, through secret organizations taking the law into their own hands … the Constitution of the United States would be so torn and rent asunder, and life and property and peace and security would be held of so little value, that the Constitution would, as it were, hang by a thread. This Constitution will be preserved, but it will be preserved very largely in consequence of what the Lord has revealed and what, through listening to the Lord and being obedient, will help to bring about, to stabilize and give permanency and effect to the Constitution itself. That also is our mission.” Melvin J. Ballard, 1928
God is the head of our Triangle and it’s only through him that mesmerizing and marvelous works and diverse shapes are made through we the people. It’s time we get back to one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL! This country was established for God’s stone to roll forth out of her and fill the earth. In God we Trust. Let’s do all we can to remember that piece of the puzzle as we stand up in defense of our Life, Liberty and our Property.
May we always remain independent.
Happy Independence Day!