Friday, July 3, 2009

God Bless America...please!

Latter Day Prophets words on our Country's Beginnings & our Founding Fathers:

"The signers of the Declaration of Independence and the framers of the Constitution were inspired from on high to do that work." ~Brigham Young

"Next to being one in worshipping God, there is nothing in this world upon which this Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States!" ~David O. McKay

"The Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard; it is founded in the wisdom of God. It is a heavenly banner; it is to all those who are privileged with the sweets of its liberty..." ~Joseph Smith

"I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document. To me its words are akin to the revelations of God." ~Ezra Taft Benson

"It is pleasing indeed, to me, that the Lord not only inspired men to prepare the Constitution but that he made record of the fact that he did raise them up for that purpose. In that particular we are peculiar as a people, for we believe that the Constitution was inspired by our Heavenly Father." ~George Albert Smith

"This restoration was preceded by a long period of preparation. The Pilgrims and other Europeans were inspired to find this American haven of refuge and thus people this land with honest and God-fearing citizens. Washington and his fellows were inspired to revolt from England and bring political liberty to this land, along with the more valuable treasure of religious liberty so that the soil might be prepared for the seed of the truth when it should again be sown.
~Spencer W. Kimball

*The Prophesies:

"Even THIS nation will be on the verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground and when the Constitution is on the brink of ruin this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean ad they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction." ~Joseph Smith (1844)

On Independence Day in 1854 President Brigham Young declared: "Will the Constitution be destroyed? No: It will be held inviolate by this people: and, as Joseph Smith said, 'The time will come when the destiny of the nation will hang upon a single thread. AT that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.' It will be so."

(My thoughts: Think about the recent issues affecting our society & government & how members of the church have stepped up. Interesting.)

"And I tell you further, Elders of Israel, that you do not know the day of your visitation,
neither do you understand the signs of the times, for if you did you would be awake to these things. Every organization of our government, the best government of the world is crumbling to pieces. Those who have it in their hands are the ones who are destroying it. How long will it be before the words of the prophet Joseph will be fulfilled? He said if the Constitution of the Untited States were saved at all it must be done by this people." ~Brigham Young (1868)

"We encourage all members, as citizens of the nation, to be actively involved in the political process, and to support those measures which will strengthen the community, state, and nation—morally, economically, and culturally." ~Spencer W. Kimball

(My thoughts: notice the call for members to act as individuals...the Church remains neutral in political issues giving agency to the members to act upon what they believe to be true...sound familiar?)

"I have faith that the Constitution will be saved as prophesied by Joseph Smith. It will be saved by the righteous citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom. It will be saved by enlightened members of this church -among others- men and women who understand and abide the principles of the Constitution." ..."We are fast approaching that moment prophesied by Joseph Smith." ~Ezra Taft Benson (1987)

"I am going to bear my testimony to this assembly, if I never do it again in my life, that those men who laid the foundation of this American government and signed the Declaration of Independence were the best spirits the God of heaven could find on the face of the earth. They were choice spirits, not wicked men. General Washington and all the men that labored for the purpose were inspired of the Lord. Another thing I am going to say here, because I have a right to say it. Every one of those men that signed the Declaration of Independence, with General Washington, called upon me, as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Temple at St. George, two consecutive nights, and demanded at my hands that I should go forth and attend to the ordinances of the House of God for them. Would those spirits have called upon me, as an elder in Israel, to perform that work if they had not been noble spirits before God?" ~Wilford Woodruff (1898)
(Pres. Woodruff performed the founding fathers temple ordinances)

I enjoyed watching this YouTube video. It touched upon the fact that freedom & agency was such an intricate part of our Father's Plan that this new country's freedom was so IMPORTANT that the Father had to make his hand such a part of it.
*May we remember the importance of FREEDOM & do all we can to keep THIS country "free" based off the values it was formed upon.*

*HAPPY Independence Day!*

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks for this:) I had not heard or read these quotes before. We are so blessed:)