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LDS Liberty has a long-standing reputation in the LDS-based “liberty community” for organically submitted articles and in-house podcasts that teach, exort, and expand on the principle of liberty in light of and within the parameters of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to maximize our true identity and potentiality as children of God — literal spiritual offspring of God. At the center of the discussion of living true to our identity through studying the gospel of Jesus Christ is the message of the atonement of Christ and of liberty, freedom, and agency of all individual human beings.
While the words and concepts behind liberty, freedom, and agency are more commonly used in terms of political and legal discussions — the principles and realities of what these words define transcend the governments of men and our earthly parameters. Fredric Bastiat once wrote that “Life, liberty, and proper do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” Liberty and freedom existed prior to the governments of men, and their meanings transcend the narrow discussions of politics.
While LDS Liberty has long used these words to discuss individual rights and the proper role of government, the future of LDS Liberty is far broader and embraces a more encompassing use of the eternal understanding of liberty, freedom, agency, and, most important of all, the atonement of Jesus Christ than we have previously used.
It is with this new understanding that we seek for content, articles, and ideas from our subscribers to grow the discussion of liberty and freedom beyond the narrow political world where they have been falsely monopolized throughout history. We need your help!
- Each article must be be associated in some way to promoting and building the positive cause of liberty and freedom in light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. These articles may deal with politics or political philosophy, but we also encourage articles that speak to the message of liberty and freedom outside any political connotation.
- Use scriptures and quotes from the General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There is no absolute requirement on how few/many scriptures or quotes must be used, but the articles must have a grounding and reference in the scriptures and words of Latter-day prophets. We suggest at least three (3) references.
- All articles submitted must promote true liberty and freedom that will necessarily shed a good light on the Church and Church Authorities.
- Articles that endeavor to expose specific political corruption will not be published.
- Articles should seek to promote principles of liberty, freedom, and agency within the gospel of Jesus Christ and should not endorse an individual’s particular or personal belief in application of a particular gospel principle as the singular celestial standard that all other people must necessarily follow. True principle is different than application to those principles, and, while principles never change, application to principles vary immensely.
- Articles involving “conspiracy theories” will not be published.
- No promoting of any “isms”. We are seeking to build the Kingdom of God in every principle, not seeking to endorse one particular “ism” over another.
- While we are interested in critical analysis, we are not interested in articles arguing for or taking an antithetical approach.
- Soft limit of 1,500 words.
Principle: The ultimate standard that we’re looking to promote is this: While true principles are universal and apply at all times and with all people, applications to that principle vary widely from person to person, people to people, culture to culture, etc., — as we all labor with different knowledge in a different portion of the Lord’s vineyard. our primary vision and focus is on finding real and true principles (those axioms of reality that teach us the truth of how things really are), and our secondary purpose is to see how each of us have found certain applications to these principles that aid us in enhancing liberty and freedom in our lives.
- Most word processors, especially Microsoft Word, come with a default “add space after paragraph” option. Turn this off. We need our authors to double-space every paragraph. When this option is “on” and we copy-and-paste the document into WordPress, all the paragraphs run together into one long article. This can literally make a 5 minute job take 30 minutes on this problem alone, as we have to go back through between the article and WordPress to double-space paragraphs and blockquotes.
- Blockquote by using the “increase indent” option. This is to be used when an entire verse of scripture, multiple scripture verses, or other quotes are used. If there is a quote from a general authority who quotes a block of scripture, then you will “increase indent” the general authority’s quote once and double “increase indent” the scripture. In our format, no quotations marks are to be used when blockquoting.
- Please note that when the author uses emphasis in a blockquote, he must emphasize it using something different than italics. WordPress’ blockquotes are already italicized, so any italicized emphasis will not show up online. Use BOLD instead. Underlining emphasis is only to be used in matters of extreme / double emphasis (as it is very busy). I have yet to see this used on any LDS Liberty article, but I’m bringing it up for consistency’s purpose. If underlining is used too much, we reserve the right to alter the emphasis or remove it entirely.
- All quotes must be cited properly from legitimate sources. Citation formatting is generally different in this forum of web-based article writing. Include the work and page number of books. Articles and scripture citations, however, must have a hyperlink the author’s references. To hyperlink in Mircosoft Word, you highlight what you want to hyperlink in the text, press ctrl k, copy and paste the link into the “address” bar that pops up, and press “ok”.
- For every scripture that is referenced, we require it hyperlinked to www.scriptures.lds.org. This greatly legitimizes the article in this kind of format.
- Whenever someone cites a news article or other anything web-based, hyperlink the citation instead of merely copying and pasting the link itself within the text or in any formal citation below (e.g. “In a recent article, Glenn Greenwald wrote that…”).
- If you cite a passage from a book, then include the work and page number at the end of the quote. We will include the hyperlink on our end. When citing books, italicize the name of the book, place a comma, and include the page number (e.g. The Enoch Letters, 96). The main point is that we will be hyperlinking to every citation, instead of providing formal citations below at the end of the article.
- Do not use capital letters to emphasis a word. Italicization is appropriate.
- Do not indent the paragraphs in your original document.
- We will handle finding and publishing a featured image for your article unless there is a specific image or topic of image you would like us to use. If you want to include your own image, make sure it is larger than 800×500 and properly attributed. Otherwise, include the type of image you would like to have and we will do our best to find one that fits. Alternatively, we will find an appropriate image for articles submitted without image preferences.
Some suggested article topics associated to liberty and freedom are, but are not limited to:
Jesus Christ, unity, atonement, obedience, eternal marriage, sisterhood and brotherhood, testimony, service, pre-mortality, persuasion, agency, addiction recovery, missionary work, sacrifice, personal and family budgeting, keeping the faith/enduring to the end, repentance, plan of salvation, war in heaven, forgiveness, self worth, faith, priesthood, applying scriptures to our lives, individual rights, gospel restoration, living the gospel, hope, morality, family history, knowledge and education, fasting, how to approach/study scripture, fall of Adam, charity, families, perfection, the sacrament, pure in heart, redemption, the gift of the Holy Ghost, developing Christlike attributes, home/visiting teaching, parenting, justification, provident living, Sermon on the Mount, prayer, recognizing the Spirit, prophetic guidance, tithing, topics from the primitive church, spiritual/physical preparedness, loving our enemies, motherhood and fatherhood, baptism, joy/happiness, gifts of the Spirit, the law, personal revelation, conversion, covenant making, Zion, meditation, Sabbath Day observance, honesty, discernment, empathy, reliance on the Spirit, the proper role of government, accountability and responsibility, personal management, Kingdom of God, peace, temple worship, causes of warfare and violence in scripture, singing and music, ways of worship, seeking for answers, post-mortality, exaltation, revelation, Word of Wisdom, talents and abilities, virtue, teaching, temple work, social policy, enhancing our humanity, bridge building between the restored gospel and world religions, compassion, patience, and humility.