Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Land of the Free

I always ask people what they're watching on Netflix because I usually watch an episode of something when I'm feeding Kimball. Lately I've been fixated on America: The Story of Us. It's basically about how America was founded and the history since the British landed on her soil. I'm amazed at how much it follows the same pride cycle as the Book of Mormon. And still today, centuries later, we follow the same pattern.

Today I heard on the Boise news that a classmate of mine from Jerome died in Afghanistan. "The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed Monday that Brown died as a result of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in the Kandahar province." Dan Brown had 3 month old twins that he was just 23 days away from meeting for the first time. So sad. He was genuine guy, very kind hearted and had an infectious smile. I just feel so sad for his wife and infant twin girls.

It's because of men and women like him all over this great country, who fight for our freedom and liberties. It's the people of America who make America what it is. I'm so thankful for Dan and all of the service men and women. Lately I've been so awe struck at what a great country we live in. (Why didn't I pay attention to this stuff in school?) I don't know why I'm so blessed to live here or why I'm so blessed to raise a family here. I just know how grateful I am to the delegates of congress who declared America independent from Britain 236 years ago. I'm so grateful that as a people we are free from oppression. I'm so grateful to the founding fathers who believed in God.

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