I sat down to watch the classic movie “The Sound of Music” this past Sunday evening. I had seen it several times before, but I watched it with renewed interest. There was something deeper and more meaningful this time as I was drawn into the significance of the story. The music was incredible, of course, but what impressed me and made the movie so moving, tender and powerful were several things: LOVE: The expression of unselfish sacrificial love, respect and devotion throughout the film was in the spirit of the Christmas season. Love is what turned the hearts of the children from their mischievous ways. Maria and Capt. Von Trapp’s relationship was one of respect, purity, love and devotion. GOD’S CALL: Maria’s Reverend Mother in the movie so beautifully stated that God has given each of us a calling in our life and dreams to fulfill. I believe that calling is different for each of us, but it has the same purpose and that is to bring God glory, which in turn produces peace and contentment. FAITH AND ACTION: Opportunity for fear, retreat and defeat presented itself throughout the movie, but faith and determination was put into action to help overcome. We all have the assurance that we don’t have to face our challenges alone. PATRIOTISM: Capt. Von Trapp’s love and devotion for his home county of Austria was inspiring. The movie doesn’t give us any detail about his service to his country but only speaks of his retirement. He is an example of why we need patriots in service to our state and country. His country’s situation is an example to us in our state of South Dakota and in America; could something like this happen to us? The movie suggests an element of complacency and lack of understanding in judging the times they lived in. We must all be proactive in electing people who will stand up for righteousness to preserve our freedoms. TEAM WORK: We need each other to accomplish the goals that God has given us. The Von Trapp family couldn’t have escaped their uncertain future without the help of their dear friend and the sisters in the convent! There are many parallels in “The Sound of Music” and the goals we have at Family Heritage Alliance. It is our desire to support the family; loving our children and honoring marriage between one man and one woman; a state where God is honored and families flourish. It is FHA’s calling. There is no shortage of opportunities to put our faith into action. Each session bills are introduced in the state legislature which gives all of us opportunity to act. Many of the bills are not favorable to faith, family and freedom, but we won’t give in. We will take a stand for righteousness, and we will keep you informed. We at Family Heritage Alliance also rely on teamwork. We live in uncertain times in that our values of faith, family and freedom are constantly being challenged. We are grateful that we live in one of the most conservative states in America. We must do all we can to protect and promote what God has established. Teamwork may take the form of a call to action, prayer and of course financial resources. Thank you for your past support. We couldn’t do it without you. We know that’s an overused statement but it’s so true. FHA is your voice and your ally in our state legislature and in other areas of government. Would you prayerfully consider a generous gift that will allow us to put your faith and FHA’s faith into action? Both Family Heritage Alliance and FHA Action (our C4 site) need $20,000 to meet our goals. The legislative session will begin early January. WE NEED YOU! Please pray and ask the Lord what He would like you to give. We would be very grateful for a year end gift. Also, would you consider adding a monthly gift to your budget? Your gift is an investment for you, your children, your grandchildren and the generations to come. You and I have the potential to shape history for God’s glory!

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-LaVonne Fosness

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