America, Destiny (15)
America, Example (2)
America, Faith in (2)
America, Future (7)
America, Heritage (49)
America, History (40)
America, a Choice Land (4)
Bill of Rights (6)
Book of Mormon (2)
Central Planning (3)
Checks and Balances (3)
Citizenship, Dissent (2)
Civil War (2)
Class Warfare (2)
False Concepts (1)
Federalist Papers (75)
Free Agency (41)
Free Market (5)
Freedom of Speech (1)
Freedom, History (1)
Freedom, Loss of (54)
Freedom, Price of (1)
Freedom, Religious (16)
Freedom, Restoration of (2)
Freedom, Threats to (6)
Government, Benefits of (1)
Government, Dictatorship (2)
Government, Domestic Policy (2)
Government, Downfall (12)
Government, Forms of (8)
Government, Good (11)
Government, Ideal (9)
Government, Limited (12)
Government, Loss of Freedom (16)
Government, Oppression (2)
Government, Power (12)
Government, Purpose (2)
Government, Spending (14)
Government, Threats to (4)
Government, Tyranny (7)
Government, Vertical Separation (7)
Government, Wealth Transfer (11)
Heavenly Interest in
Human Events (33)
Income Tax (2)
Individual, Improvement (4)
Involuntary Servitude (1)
Law, Respect For (15)
Legal Plunder (12)
Mass Media (2)
Politics, International (14)
Private Property (5)
Public Duty (3)
Right to Life (1)
Rights, Self Defense (8)
Secret Combinations (1)
Self Control (3)
Social Programs (2)
Term Limits (1)
US Constitution (32)
US Constitution, Amendments (5)
US Constitution, Defend (11)
US Constitution, Inspired (20)
US Constitution, Threats to (5)
United Nations (1)
United Order (7)
War, Revolutionary War (3)
Topic: America, Destiny, Matches 15 quotes.
Patriotism and loyalty in defense of the Constitution of the United States is constantly enjoined upon us. President McKay again this morning has made reference to the cause of liberty in his remarks. To be effective in such teaching, we must begin by inspiring in each heart the faith that the Constitution of the United States was written by inspired men whom God raised up for that very purpose.
It was Joseph Smith who has been quoted as having said that the time would come when the Constitution would hang as by a thread and at that time when it was thus in jeopardy, the elders of this Church would step forth and save it from destruction.
Why the elders of this Church? Would it be sacrilegious to paraphrase the words of the Apostle Peter, and say that the Constitution of the United States could be saved by the elders of this Church because this Church and this Church alone has the words of eternal life? We alone know by revelation as to how the Constitution came into being, and we, alone, know by revelation the destiny of this nation. The preservation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness can be guaranteed upon no other basis than upon a sincere faith and testimony of the divinity of these teachings.
Source: Elder Harold B. Lee
General Conference, October 1952
Topics: America, Destiny
A Kingdom That Will Never Fall
Our attention has been called, during this conference, to the establishment of the Lords work in the founding of these American institutions, and that God inspired the men who wrote the Constitution. We believe that his hand has been over it. I believe myself that it is part of Gods great work in the building up and establishment of a kingdom for himself when he will come, for come he will, to reign as King of kings. All the kingdoms of the world shall go on, attempting to solve their problems and utterly failing, until, in desperation, after the days of their sorrow, they will turn to him and elect him to be their King. He will reign as Lord of lords in his Churchthis Church builded and established by him, and which shall go forward and never fail. Wonderful, is it not, to think that we are favored above all other men in the world, privileged to live in an age when we are contributing towards the establishment of that order of things that will never perish.
This government, its principles and doctrines, will never perish from the earth. Neither will this Church nor the principles and the doctrines that it announces. They are not competitors, they are handmaidens preparing the way for his coming. It is glorious to know that he has risen, and more glorious to know that he will come again and will live and rule and reign with his saints for a thousand years, and peace shall be here. This is the mission and the destiny of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What then is our duty? My brethren, it is to go to our stakes and wards and rally our forces as watchmen upon the towers of Zion, to see the dangers that threaten, and while they are not disastrous now, being forewarned, forearm ourselves, and induce our brethren and sisters not to be weary in well-doing, but to subscribe their lives to these simple gospel principles, for in abiding by them is all this future glory assured to us. By keeping the commandments of God, we shall never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world shall become the kingdoms of our God and His Christ.
Source: Elder Melvin J. Ballard
General Conference, April 1928
Topics: America, Destiny; Heavenly Interest in Human Events; Responsibility; US Constitution, Inspired
Every government of the world has the seeds of its own destruction in itself. I hope and trust and pray that the government of our country may remain, because it is so good; but if they cut off this, and cast out that, and institute another thing, they may destroy all the good it contains. This, I hope, they will not do; they cannot do it. I expect to see the day when the Elders of Israel will protect and sustain civil and religious liberty and every constitutional right bequeathed to us by our fathers, and spread those rights abroad in connection with the Gospel for the salvation of all nations. I shall see this whether I live or die.
Source: Brigham Young
Journal of Discourses, Vol.11, p.262, August 12, 1866
Topics: America, Destiny; Government, Threats to
Our Country Under Divine Guidance
No nation has been more greatly blessed than has the United States. We live in a land which has been called choice above all other lands by divine pronouncement. The Lord has watched over it with a jealous care and has commanded its people to serve Him lest His wrath be kindled against them and His blessings be withdrawn. Our government came into existence through divine guidance. The inspiration of the Lord rested upon the patriots who established it, and inspired them through the dark days of their struggle for independence and through the critical period which followed that struggle when they framed our glorious Constitution which guarantees to all the self-evident truth proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equal: that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights: that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is to say, it is the right of every soul to have equal and unrestricted justice before the law, equal rights to worshp according to the dictates of conscience and to labor according to the individual inclinations, independently of coercion or compulsion. That this might be, the Lord has said, I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood. (D.&C. 101:80)
The founders of this nation were men of humble faith. Many of them saw in vision a glorious destiny for our government, provided we would faithfully continue in the path of justice and right with contrite spirits and humble hearts, accepting the divine truths which are found in the Holy Scriptures. The appeal of these men has echoed down the passing years with prophetic warning to the succeeding generations, pleading with them to be true to all these standards which lay at the foundation of our government. This country was founded as a Christian nation, with the acceptance of Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of the world. It was predicted by a prophet of old that this land would be a land of liberty and it would be fortified against all other nations as long as its inhabitants would serve Jesus Christ; but should they stray from the Son of God, it would cease to be a land of liberty and His anger be kindled against them.
Source: Elder Joseph Fielding Smith
General Conference, April 1943
Topics: America, Destiny; America, Heritage; America, History; Heavenly Interest in Human Events; Responsibility
I will not believe our labors are lost. I shall not die without a hope that light and liberty are on a steady advance... Should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them. In short, the flames kindled on the 4th of July have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work for them.
Source: A letter written by Thomas Jefferson to John Adams in 1812
Topics: America, Destiny; America, Example
George Washington on The Course of the Future
Toward the preservation of your Government and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect in the forms of the Constitution alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown. In all the changes to which you may be invited remember that time and habit are at least as necessary to fix the true character of governments as of other human institutions; that experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution of a country; that facility in changes upon the credit of mere hypothesis and opinion exposes to perpetual change, from the endless variety of hypothesis and opinion; and remember especially that for the efficient management of your common interests in a country so extensive as ours a government of as much vigor as is consistent with the perfect security of liberty is indispensable.
Source: George Washington
Topics: America, Destiny
I have a feeling in my heart that the United States has a glorious destiny to fulfil, and that part of that glorious destiny is to extend liberty to the oppressed, as far as it is possible to all nations, to all people.
Source: President Joseph F. Smith
General Conference, October 1916
Topics: America, Destiny
When our government shall be sufficiently strong, pure, and honorable, islands, states, and dynasties will seek shelter under its wings; the Canadas, the Central American States, Mexico, . . . . Bolivia, Peru, Chili, Brazil, and all of South America will naturally follow. They will need no coercion. They will seek to be one with us.
Source: John Taylor
The Mormon, October 6, 1855, Vol. 1, No. 33.
Topics: America, Destiny
Of course, we continue to need the dramatic leadership of the likes of Washington, Franklin, Madison, Jefferson, Lincoln, and so many others. But in addition we need to show that it really works all the way down to the grass roots level. We need a real demonstration of leadership in our homes, our neighborhoods, our schools, our communities, and our state.
Mediation is proper between two alternatives that are both right, but compromise is totally unjustified when it is between a right and a wrong course of action. Our founding fathers were inspired to deliver to this nation a conscience, a standard of values, with which we have been richly blessed in over two hundred years of our history.
Though times and seasons do change, foundation principles do not. This season of celebration and commemoration is an ideal time to focus on our glorious history and make firm resolve that we will not be just spectators but also participants in ensuring that the foundation principles are being preserved, safeguarded, and practiced in our own lives, with leadership, enthu siasm, and spirit.
Our faith, our conscience, our integrity, our industry, our hopethese can never be allowed to erode to mediocrity. Literally, the hope of those nations with the newly found freedoms depends on our continued example that this system works even better now than it has over our two hundred years of history.
Source: Elder L. Tom Perry
Address given 23 June 1991 at the Freedom Festival at Provo, UT.
Topics: America, Destiny; America, History; Compromise