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Principles and Values

Posted by Ammon on April 2, 2011

This will be an ongoing project of mine and I will be adding to / editing / revising / etc. as I experience life and learn more about true principles.

Statement of Principles & Values

Principles vs. Values

  • Principles are true ideas expressed in complete statements — descriptions of the natural laws by which God governs the universe.
  • Values are personal attributes which I consider to have worth


  1. I am, that I might have true and eternal happiness.
  2. God is.
  3. God is the great, eternal, intelligent creator
  4. All individual humans are children of God
  5. As His children, individuals are infinitely valuable to Him
  6. God governs the universe through principles of truth
  7. God’s work and glory (His definite major purpose) is bringing about true and eternal happiness for his children.
  8. Principles of truth, when applied correctly, lead to true and eternal happiness
  9. God is the only sure source for principles of truth
  10. Honest and productive exchange builds relationships
  11. Relationships define true prosperity and wealth
  12. Marriage is the foundational relationship, association, contract, and agreement between two individuals upon which a family is created
  13. Marriage between a man and a woman is the only marriage which leads to true and eternal happiness
  14. Society is formed when two or more individuals form a family
  15. The basic unit of society is the family
  16. The basic unit of the family is the individual.
  17. True Prosperity and wealth is the natural result of acting to achieve God’s work and glory on behalf of all of His children; and is only obtained for one individual or group of individuals by furthering the eternal happiness of other individuals.
  18. Right and wrong, righteousness and wickedness, are defined by truth and virtue, falsehood and vice (not by majority vote, might of resources, physical strength, force of argument, extent of experience, history of tradition, or skill in rationalization).
  19. Wickedness is not happiness.
  20. The privilege of individual freedom comes with the responsibility of stewardship.
  21. Freedom is the result of true faith and trust.
  22. Force is the absence of true faith and trust.
  23. Individual actions reflect individual values
  24. In creating value for (serving) others, we create value for (serve) God.
  25. Contention is counterproductive to virtue.


  1. Honesty and Trust
    • Trust is impossible without Honesty. Trust is essential to building relationships.
  2. Integrity
    • It is essential that other people are able to trust that how you act reflects what you say you value.
  3. Virtue
    • Virtue is directing your thoughts and feelings in such a way that your actionsand and the way you live your life promote God’s work and glory
      • Private Virtue is that which leads to your own eternal salvation
      • Public Virtue is that which leads to the eternal salvation of others
  4. Charity
    • Charity is the pure love of Christ
  5. Courage
    • Courage is being afraid and pursuing virtue anyway
  6. Faith/Hope/Optimism
    • Faith is confidence, leading to action, in the principles by which God governs.
  7. Divine nature and Individual worth
    • You are a child of Heavenly Father who loves you and has a unique mission for you to accomplish
  8. Knowledge/Wisdom/Education
    • The purpose of education is personal improvement
  9. Choice and Accountability
    • You are responsible for what happens to you in your life
  10. Good Works
    • True happiness comes from giving your heart, might, mind, and strength to accomplishing the work of the Lord.
  11. Prosperity

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April 2011, Saturday Morning Session

Posted by Ammon on April 2, 2011

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Federalist 4

Posted by Ammon on April 25, 2009

This one didn’t take me so long. Now that I know what html code to edit out and what to insert for the footnotes, it went a lot smoother.

Federalist 4

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Wealth, wants, needs, … and stewardship.

Posted by Ammon on April 16, 2009

I have recently been reading a bit of Aristotle and find some of his conclusions interesting – though dead wrong.  I really enjoy reading people with whom I disagree.  I have the highest occurrences of epiphanies when I do.  For instance, in Politics, Book I, he talks about Read the rest of this entry »

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Anarchy, the institution of Government, and self-governance.

Posted by Ammon on March 20, 2009

I just recently listened again to a talk on the FEE podcast entitled “Self-Governance.” As I was listening the speaker, who is a self-proclaimed anarcho-capitalist, gave Somalia as an example of how anarchy can sometimes be a better option than Read the rest of this entry »

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Our Greatest Fear and our Great Potential

Posted by Ammon on January 30, 2009

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

From “A Return to Love”
by Marianne Williamson

I love what Marianne Williamson wrote. It is, I think, the perfect explanation of Principle 2: Faith begins with Self interest.

Many people confuse what I mean by self interest with what I mean by selfishness. Though these two terms share the root of self, they are actually polar opposites of the same idea Read the rest of this entry »

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Federlist 3

Posted by Ammon on January 17, 2009

OK, so the amount of time between 1 and 2 was long, but nothing compared to this.  Here’s Federalist 3 with my personal notes added.

On some of the footnotes, just remember that I wrote some of them a while ago and my perspective has changed a bit since I wrote them, so I may not feel the same now.

Federalist 3

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Federlist 2

Posted by Ammon on November 16, 2008

Sorry it’s taken so long.  I’ve had the first few annotated since about a year ago, but getting it into a web friendly format is harder than I thought.

Federalist 2

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Federalist Papers

Posted by Ammon on November 6, 2008

I created a new page that I will be updating as well for those that are interested.

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Posted by Ammon on November 6, 2008

While I’m working on my entry about self-interest, I found a trailer on Youtube that you might enjoy.

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