Prophets, Principles and National Survival
by Jerreld L. Newquist
1881 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah
Jerreld L. Newquist
First Printing, June, 1964
Second Printing, July, 1964
Third Printing, October, 1964
Fourth Printing, March, 1965
Lithographed in U.S.A. [p. ii]
And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land [America], that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.
For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off.
And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of Godthat ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done.
Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from cap tivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.
(Prophet Moroni, Book of Mormon, Ether 2:9–12) [p. v]
living and dead,
defenders of liberty,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
who the Prophets have said
would step forth
to help save our inspired Constitution
when its destiny would hang
as if by a thread. [p. vi]
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 this critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction. It will be so.
President Brigham Young, 1854, JD-7:15
In connection with the attack on the United States, the Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith there would be an attempt to overthrow the country by destroying the Constitution. Joseph Smith predicted that the time would come when the Constitution would hang as it were by a thread, and at that time, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction. It is my conviction that the Elders of Israel, widely spread over the nation, will, at that crucial time, successfully rally the righteous of our country and provide the necessary balance of strength to save the institutions of Constitutional government. Now is the time to get ready.
Ezra Taft Benson, CR-10/61:70 [p. vii]