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Text Transcript of Sarah Palin's Speech of June 8, 2008 at Master's Commission of Wasilla, Alaska

The following is a text transcript of remarks made by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaking at the Master’s Commission in Wasilla, Alaska on June 8, 2008:

Oh, thank you so much for letting me be here! Thank you, Pastor. It was so cool growing up in this church, and getting saved here, getting baptised by Pastor Reilly, and little [inaudible] camp, freezing cold summer days that we had at camp, my whole family getting baptised when we were little, and, um, I want to tell the Master’s Commission students that, um, uh, just be amazed.

The umbrella of this church here, where God is going to send you from this church. Believe me, I know what I’m saying, where God has sent me from underneath the umbrella of this church throughout the state, and Alaska is all over the world map right now. There’s something going on in Alaska where, you know, we get calls in our office all the time from national media outlets and international media outlets just wondering what’s going on in Alaska. And I think there’s something going on here with where you all are going as Master’s Commission students and now graduates and what’s going on in the state of Alaska.

And a lot of people are looking at the state for our vast wealth that we, uh, are embracing right now. We’re the richest state in the union in terms of natural resources: our oil, our gas, our minerals, the gold that we have under the ground. We’re very very rich. But our most important natural resource of course is our people, and I’m thinking what I need to do is strike a deal with you guys as you go throughout Alaska. I can do my part in doing things like working really really hard to get a natural gas pipeline, about a $30 billion project that’s going to create a lot of jobs for Alaskans, and we’ll have a lot of energy flowing through here. And pray about that also. I think God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that.

But I can do my job there in developing natural resources and doing things like getting the roads paved and making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms and their guns and making sure our public schools are funded, but really all of that stuff doesn’t do any good if the people of Alaska’s heart isn’t right with God. And that’s going to be your job. As I’m doing my job, let’s strike this deal, your job is to going to be to be out there reaching the people, hurting people throughout Alaska, and we can work together to make sure that God’s will be done here. Um, let me go back to growing up here in this church. So many good memories here, Ed. I remember when you first got here too. And here I’m looking at your son Devon going, “You kind of look like him when you first got here.” Ha ha! And who am I to talk though, all those years ago? But

Todd and Christy, this is before they got married and I remember you guys hooked up at the Alaska State Fair, ’cause Christy, she was our, um, she was my nanny when my kids were real little and now my kids are real big. I have a new little one but my oldest, my son Track, he’s a soldier in the United States Army now. He’s an infantryman, and, um, so Track also sends his love to his former nanny Christy. And Track — pray for our military. He’s going to be deployed in September to Iraq. Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.

So bless them with your prayers; your prayers of protection over our soldiers. And speaking of Track also, he just turned 19 and when he turned 18, right before he enlisted, he had to um, get his first tattoo. I was like, “Nah, I don’t think that’s real cool, Son,” until he showed me what it was and then I said we did something right, ’cause on his calf was a big old Jesus fish. So that was OK. And then on his shoulder was, then he had to get another one on his shoulder, a big old map of Alaska with “the Valley” inked in the middle of it. But I was, “that’s enough with the tattoos, son!”

But, um, so, having grown up here, and having little kids growing up here also, this is such a special, special place. The Assembly of God here has been a real center point in the Valley for all these years, and the Valley has been a center point for the state of Alaska. So what comes from this church I think has great destiny. And I say this to the Master’s Commission students who have been here under this umbrella, who are going to be sent out now and bringing people in.

And I just say bless you. And you guys are just a bunch of cool looking Christians also. Ben, I don’t know you well yet, but looking at you I bet people are thinking they’re going to be interested in Jesus Christ through you because of the way you look: this red-headed Sasquatch for Jesus! You look good!

Times are really changing, and with the change looks even change. And that’s something that I noticed about you guys: hip and, uh, uh, uh, creative. I see a lot of creativity in all of you.

I just want to bless you, and oh, because I didn’t know if I was going to get here tonight, I flew in from Juneau last night and I fly again to Juneau tomorrow. So I didn’t prepare anything, thinking my schedule wouldn’t allow me to be here. But I have a word, but really I’m cheating ’cause it’s a, I think it was given to me today but I’m going to give it to the Master’s Commission students because I think it’s so applicable to they are headed. And this word was given to me, bless his heart, by Pastor Ed Kalnins this morning at our big Valley-wide church service.

It was called Ephesians 1:17, and this is what I want to pray over you guys too: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give to you a spirit wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, and that spirit of revelation also including a spirit of prophecy, that God’s going to tell you what is going on and what is going to go on, and you guys are going to have that within you, and it’s just going to bubble up and bubble over and, and it’s going to pour out over the state of Alaska. Again, good good things in store for the state of Alaska. Let us pray for God’s will to be done here, for all of your destinies to be met in this state.

There’s been so many words, Ed, over the state of Alaska, we being the head and not the tail, and, um, I see things now in the works it seems like, things like, that’s coming to fruition. Things are perculating! Things are coming along, and just, you know, uh, praying for an outpouring of God’s spirit here, that revival to be here in Alaska. So all you Master’s Commission students and all of your supporters, all of your friends and family and, um, your friends in this community and, um, throughout the state of Alaska, may you touch them all, and may Alaska be blessed through all of you guys, and I love you guys, and thank you so much for dedicating your lives to Jesus Christ! Thank you!

Transcription by, um, ah, may I say, and, like, um, me, and so any, um, er, things like you know errors are uh, my responsibility and so I just want to say sorry if, you know, like, uh, they happen, you guys.

31 comments to Text Transcript of Sarah Palin's Speech of June 8, 2008 at Master's Commission of Wasilla, Alaska

  • Ralph

    Thank you Jim!

    “There’s something going on in Alaska where, you know, we get calls in our office all the time from national media outlets and international media outlets just wondering what’s going on in Alaska. And I think there’s something going on here…”

    How utterly precious!

  • Jim

    My favorite line is the red-headed Sasquatch for Jesus one, but whooo Nelly, there are a lot to choose from, aren’t there?

  • Gary

    A great new bumper sticker:

    “Red-headed Sasquatches for Jesus!”

  • susan

    Be afraid. Be very afraid. Religious fanatics are scary whether they are Muslim, Mormon, Christian, Scientologists… I thought the “bad guys” were on a task from God???????

  • brandi

    PRAISE GOD!! FINALLY, SOMEONE WITH REAL VALUES, STANDING UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN. I REALLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR ARGUEMENT. THESE ARE ALL GOOD THINGS, NOT BAD.

  • red-headed sasquatch against Palin

    Looks like Brandi has been hitting the crack pipe with Sarah…

  • Fruktata

    I’d like Brandi to explain to me what’s good about the vice presidential candidate telling someone that they’re a “red-headed sasquatch for Jesus”.

  • prescott

    I “listened” to the video…(not just read) and the reason for the breaks in her communication (most of the time) was due to audience participation such as clapping, laughter, etc. The reason for the red-headed sasquatch comment is probably because he had red hair and was tall…look up the definition! AND…Who cares??? She was among people with whom she had previously fellowshipped/socialized and was comfortable. She also didn’t prepare herself to speak because she wasn’t supposed to be available. I am impressed that she made herself available to speak…even when she wasn’t prepared.

    For those of you making the ridiculous, shallow comments…I guess you do so because you have nothing profound to say!

    Susan, I totally agree! Anyone who must continuously tell everyone they are a Christian…or whatever religous background they come from are the people you should be VERY AFRAID of. The Bible says we should be known by the fruit of our spirit: “fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians Chapter 5, verses 22-23)

  • AT

    prescott the wise says:
    “Susan, I totally agree! Anyone who must continuously tell everyone they are a Christian…or whatever religous background they come from are the people you should be VERY AFRAID of. The Bible says we should be known by the fruit of our spirit: “fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians Chapter 5, verses 22-23)”

    DO I EVEN NEED TO POINT OUT THE IRONY HERE??

    Holy crap.

  • prescott

    A-T the wise says:
    “HOLY CRAP”…. DO I EVEN NEED TO POINT OUT THE IRONY HERE??

    YOU SAID….”HOLY”….OMG! SHALL I PERSECUTE AND MOCK YOU???

    Due to the fact that this is a website…we are typing…you don’t know me…I don’t know you…you do not know what I stand for, really! We are sharing opinions and backing them up with what we believe. Get over yourself…Really!

  • AD

    THIS IS TRULY SCARY>>>>>>SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DOUBT SARAH KNOWS THE MEANING OF THAT!

  • "prescott the wise"

    Cool…thanks for the new name A-T

  • AT

    Since you liked that so much, I have a few more for you:
    prescott the self-important
    prescott the pretentious
    prescott the delusional
    prescott-the-guy-who-needs-attention-so-bad-he’ll-take-any-kind-from-anyone-even-if-it’s-from-people-who-think-he’s-a-total-moron…

  • prescott's husband

    Prescott is a woman, wife and mom! She is a hard working person who helps support a family, is kind-hearted and a very loving mother. She would give even someone like you the last dollar she had if she thought you needed it more than her, even if you were an atheist or a democrat. Don’t kid yourself, after reading your last statement it is very clear you are describing yourself! Last comment then we will leave you to this blog because it is a waste of time – PRESCOTT IS VERY WISE!

  • AT

    I must have been wrong about her. You wouldn’t be biased or anything, being her husband and all. Sounds like McCain shoulda picked her for VP instead of Palin. Woulda got my vote.

  • Anarcho

    “Again, good good things in store for the state of Alaska. Let us pray for God’s will to be done here, for all of your destinies to be met in this state.”

    ^That’s a bit creepy, but I think its because I play too many final fantasy games.

  • Can someone explain to me, if God is truly omnipotent, why he needs Sarah Palin and the teenage prophets of the Assemblies of God in Wasilla to pray for his will to be done? It doesn’t make any sense.

  • prescott

    J.Clifford, Thanks for sharing your prior info on the Beluga’s. I need to study more on that subject before speaking emotionally. Regarding your question above…if you are serious about this question I found the information below that should help to explain why God gives free will.

    When God created Adam and Eve, he instilled a free will in their innermost being. God gave them advice, not to mention giving them the opportunity to believe him or to choose their own way. God did not force them to follow his instructions, as they both made conscious decisions-they chose the latter and ate. We can choose to constantly avoid God, or we can choose to be submissive to the Lord. We can take God at his word by placing our faith in everything Christ did for us at Calvary, or we can reject it and suffer the consequences. When the lost unbelieving world stands before God in eternity, they will be there because of their unbelief in God’s word. God presented them with truth, but they scorned it every time. Every person reading this has an opportunity to be cleansed from their sins. I present the only two choices: (1) you can believe and trust entirely in the Grace Gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4: “Christ died for our sins, His blood was shed, He was buried, and He rose again,” or (2) you can do things your own way. Consider what God said in Proverbs 14:12: “There is a way which seems right unto man [like meriting favor and working for salvation], but the end thereof is death [choosing to avoid Heaven].” I cannot force you, so you will have to do it of your own volition. “We are all without excuse,” as we have all heard the truth numerous times (Romans 1:20; Titus 2:11-12).

    Divine Omnipotence and Human Free Will
    Many people misunderstand God’s omnipotence. They think, “If God exists and if He really is all-powerful, then why is there so much sin and suffering in the world?” They somehow think that an all-powerful Creator would not allow such to happen. Yet if the Almighty did create mankind with choice, then the existence of sin and suffering are not a contradiction of His power. Human beings are often shortsighted and tend to take short cuts, without consideration of what is ethical and right. Man says, “If I were divine, I would intervene and get rid of the sinners in the world”, yet such an intervention would often remove the person making the claim (Romans 3:23). Others complain, “If I were God I would put an end to all the suffering in this world”, yet such intervention would automatically result in not only the loss of choice for the critic but would also curtail many of their activities. Most people fail to realize that they are in themselves a cause of sin and suffering in the world, or that many things that they presently like to do are not helping the situation. Man needs to realize that any intervention on God’s part to stop the sin and suffering would equally bring direct intrusion into their own lifestyle and choices. In the past God did intervene and only eight people ended up delivered from His judgment (2 Peter 2:5). People also overlook the obvious truth that sin and suffering can be greatly curtailed if people would only obey the gospel! God sent His Son to die for our sins when we did not deserve such mercy and neither had we requested it (Romans 5:6ff), and He has revealed what we must do to be saved and live in a way that does not bring more suffering into an already sin filled world. The answer to all of man’s problems is within earshot of all men (Romans 10:6-8; Micah 6:8).

  • AT

    Prayer seems to be man’s attempt to change God’s will. Does God ever change his mind because you asked him really really nicely?

  • Anonymous

    “Does God ever change his mind because you asked him really really nicely?”

    Did your father ever change his mind because you asked him really really nicely?

  • AT

    My father is a human, not God. You can’t use one as an example of the other. Try again “anonymous”

  • So, then, anonymous, God isn’t the ruler of the universe, but just a tool for whining people to get their way in defiance of the physical laws of the universe? A supernatural request line?

    How petty. How primitive. No thanks.

  • reader x

    “I think God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that.”

    It’s this kind of selfish materiality that makes me question her misuse of spiritual rhetoric.

    This isn’t about love or kindness. It’s about power and wealth. A truly spiritual person shouldn’t care about these sorts of issues or pretend that God is there to satisfy these desires if you pray hard enough.

    Taking advantage of people’s desire for wealth and security under the guise of divine purpose is one of the worst kinds of sacrilege.

  • ScootCoot

    “God is a concept by which we measure our pain”… John Lennon

  • moomoo

    Quote “Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.

    Stone me (note to muslims this is a figure of speech only) its a holy war now!!!

    I think God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that.
    OMFG where does this bitch get off? god’s going to help them build the pipeline???

  • timmy the dying boy

    At least she didn’t say “doggone it” or “nucular.”

  • Former A/Ger

    Thanks for taking the time to do this. Most people do not realize how ethnocentric the “words” (prophetic messages” of Pentecostal prophets are. So this clearly indicates this. It also reveals that they are false prophecies, since false prophets said things about God being on the side of the nation as it went to war (e.g., 1 Kings 22:12). Too bad “God” has no favorite nations.

  • Elle

    “Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

    there you have it, Iraq is not Bush’s fault at all, god made him do it! I mean, Dubya being a born again christian, he just couldn’t pass up a chance to do god’s will now could he?

    Wow, I am so sorry now for calling him a war criminal and all, I had it all wrong!

    It’s his god that is the war criminal, bush was just “following orders”.

  • -jk

    WOW! I’ve never seen any other religion more hated and misunderstood. This is scary!

  • Wowsers

    No point in talking to Jesus freaks there obviously retarded

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