High on the Mountain Top by Joel H Johnson
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He found himself thinking about the breeze and how it must be making 'Old Glory' ripple. In his mind he pictured how it must look there on the top of the peak under the clear blue sky as it waved and fluttered in the breeze. His mind painted such a wonderful picture. Almost as if written by unseen hands, words began to appear on the paper: Ye nations now look up; It waves to all the world.
Her light should there attract the gaze Of all the world in latter days. 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. 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 and all our dead. Then hail to Deseret! A refuge for the good, And safety for the great, If they but understood.
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That God with plagues will shake the world Till all its thrones shall down be hurled. Joel finished his poem, folded up the paper, put it in his pocket, and went about the task of getting his lumber measured and recorded.
Much later in the day, he went home. Sometime later he showed his poem to John Taylor, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. President Taylor liked the poem so much, he asked if he could keep it. In those days, words only were written down and then sung to familiar folk tunes.
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In just a short time it became one of the favorite songs where ever the Saints gathered This poem was only one of hundreds that Joel H. But it became one of his most recognized ones. His poetry centered around four themes: Mormons still marry younger than most Americans, but most now marry in their early to mids and singles in their 30s and 40s are quickly on the rise -- once unheard of. Singledom isn't just something growing among Mormons. About half of American adults, or million, are single, according to the U.
Among those, 61 percent have never married. For the first time in history, married couples now amount to less than half of American households. Nationally, women marry at age The rates have gone up by one year for men and two years for women sinceand have continually increased since the s. We've seen a rise in a more materialistic viewpoint," says Brian Willoughby, a professor at Brigham Young University who studies family and marriage issues and teaches a course on marriage preparation.
The issue crosses into other faiths, but has stood out more among Mormons, whose faith strictly guides them to buck broader trends like premarital sex and living together before marriage.
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Per 1, people, the rate was Nationwide, it was 8. That said, Utah still has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country. Mormon scholars and independent Mormon groups estimate that up to one-third of the church's adult Americans are single, though church officials won't release their own count.
Nevertheless, from their temple headquarters in Salt Lake City, the church's General Authorities -- considered living prophets -- have begun admonishing Mormons, instructing them to marry quickly.High on the Mountain Top
Mormon leaders have even redrawn the church map, establishing dozens of new age-restricted congregations around the nation, from Arizona to Washington, D. The Making of an American Faith.
Fewer marriages mean fewer children, which means fewer new members in a faith where conversions are high globally but low within the U. Fewer marriages also mean a smaller pool of church leaders to propagate the faith. Congregations are run by unpaid bishops, and only married men are appointed to the roles. Like most religions, single men and women are more likely to drop out of the faith.
But soulmates aren't easy to come across. Trim, broad shouldered, with piercing blue eyes, he's the kind of guy who would stop on the highway to help a stranger with a flat tire, and he's a true believer in the Mormon faith. He carries a white card in his wallet to prove his temple recommend -- a certification that he has followed the rules of the church, received all his sacraments and has tithed, giving 10 percent of his income to the institution.
Rinehart is a homeowner with a knack for earning extra income -- he's converted parts of his 6,square-foot house into separate rental apartments -- and he has an array of interests. He collects sports cars and speedboats, speaks Portuguese, plays piano and has songs from Phantom of the Opera memorized. A devout Mormon, he's never drunk alcohol or had sex and, keeping with tradition, he follows Sunday at church with a meal with his parents in his childhood home.
He hosts a show on local conservative talk radio and, in his spare time, hikes in the mountains. Up until about age 21, his life seemed to be in line with a common Mormon male trajectory. Raised in Utah, he was baptized as a boy, and like the majority of Mormon men, was successively ordained to higher orders of the church's priesthood beginning at age During his college years at BYU, he embarked on a two-year mission to Portugal.
Most men marry either after completing their missions or after college graduation.
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Rinehart, who studied computer science at Brigham Young University and later received a law degree at the University of Utah, has gone on dozens of dates and had a few serious girlfriends since those days, but he has never found himself willing to commit.
When he was younger, it was he who cut off the relationships. These days, it's often the women who end it. His longest relationship lasted four-and-a-half years, until he was He broke up with her when he found out she had started to drink, something that's forbidden to Mormons. Not that Rinehart hasn't had his own faults. When he was in college, he developed a Blackjack habit -- Mormons aren't supposed to gamble -- and suffered breakups as a result.
A more recent girlfriend was too demanding. Another was too jealous. Others were kindhearted and spiritual, but couldn't keep his attention. I don't think there is, but other people do," he says.
Most of his life, though, his mind has just been on other pursuits, such as his career. An overworked lawyer, Rinehart sometimes just can't find time for the dating scene, where up to a dozen singles dances and Mormon socials are organized each night in the Salt Lake Valley. And for all his good traits, Rinehart's confidence has waned over the years, with him worrying about everything from where to take women on a date to his receding hairline.
Rumor has it that there is a problem at the higher church level with singles who date and hang out in groups," Rinehart says. In public speeches, the church's general authorities have started to chastise single Mormons for opting to casually "hang out" with the opposite sex instead of dating with an eye toward marriage.
Monson, said last year at the General Conference, a forum broadcasted from church headquarters in Salt Lake City. Another general authority, Elder Richard G.
Scott, hit at it more directly at the same conference: Don't just coast through this period of life.
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Most were in their 30s. While strong in their own faith, a few were considering dating non-Mormons. The older I am, the less I am judgmental of people who want to live the gospel -- if they are Mormon -- or don't if they are not and continue to be themselves," said Trevor Bruford, a year-old IT administrator and divorcee.
Others shared concerns with dating outside the faith. Katie Winn, a year-old college adviser and ex-girlfriend of Rinehart's, agreed. How many guys could I date who are not LDS who would wait to have sex after marriage?
Do not allow anyone to do that with you.