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Latter-day Saint Church Leaders On Saving the Constitution

No matter what your political affiliation be, it is evident that we are coming into troubled waters. Conniving men and women are polluting the delicate infrastructure of freedom, and are slowly, and assuredly, destroying the sacred morals that have been a shinning light upon hill to all nations. However, it is clear by reading the below revelations that Evil will have its day in the sun, but Good will triumph. ~Paul

Joseph Smith Jr.

“We are fast approaching that moment prophesied by Joseph Smith when he said: ‘Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction’ (Church Historian’s Office, Salt Lake City, July 19, 1840) (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 623 – 624).

Words of James Burgess: “In the month of May 1843, several miles east of Nauvoo, the Nauvoo Legion was on parade and review, at the close of which Joseph Smith made some remarks upon our condition as a people and upon our future prospects, contrasting our present condition with our past trials and persecutions by the hands of our enemies; also upon the Constitution and government of the United States, stating that the time would come when the Constitution and government would hang by a brittle thread and would be ready to fall into other hands, but this people, the Latter-day Saints, will step forth and save it. . . .I, James Burgess, was present and testify to the above’ (The Words of Joseph Smith, 279).

Bruce R. McConkie

“It is our firm conviction as a people that the stars and stripes will be waving triumphantly in the breeze, as a symbol of the greatness and stability of the United States of America, when the Lord comes. This nation was established to be the Lord’s base of operations in this final gospel dispensation. From it the gospel is to go to every other nation and people. The greater its influence among the nations of the world, the more rapidly the gospel spreads. But the Lord has told us that all nations, the United States included, shall cease to be when he comes’ (The Millennial Messiah, 491).

Ezra Taft Benson

“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’ (Journal of Discourses, 7:15). 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’ (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 618 – 619).

Harold B. Lee

Men may fail in this country, earthquakes may come, seas may heave beyond their bounds, there may be great drought, disaster, and hardship, but this nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail.

This is the cradle of humanity, where life on this earth began in the Garden of Eden. This is the place of the New Jerusalem. . . . This is the place where the Savior will come to His temple.

We are living in a time of great crisis. The Country is torn with scandal and with criticism, with fault finding and condemnation. There are those who have downgraded the image of this nation as probably never before in the history of the country.

I plead with you not to preach pessimism. Preach that this is the greatest country in all the world. . . . It is the nation that will stand despite whatever trials or crises it may yet have to pass through.

We must be on the optimistic side. This is a great nation; this is a great country; this is the most favored of all lands. While it is true that there are dangers and difficulties that lie ahead of us, we must not assume that we are going to stand by and watch the country go to ruin. We should not be heard to predict ills and calamities for the nation. On the contrary, we should be providing optimistic support for the nation.

You must remember . . . that this church is one of the most powerful agencies for the progress of the world, and we should . . . all sound with one voice. We must tell the world how we feel about this land and this nation and should bear our testimonies about the great mission and destiny that it has.

If we do this, we will help turn the tide of this great country and lessen the influence of the pessimists. We must be careful that we do not say or do anything that will further weaken the country. It is the negative, pessimistic comments about the nation that do as much harm as anything to the country today. We who carry these sacred responsibilities must preach the gospel of peace, and peace can only come by overcoming the things of the world. Now, we must be the dynamic force that will help turn the tide of fear and pessimism.

(Excerpts from a talk given at Ricks College Devotional Assembly, “Have Faith in America,’ October 26, 1973, and printed in two sources: Ye Are the Light of the World: Selected Sermons and Writings of Harold B. Lee, 340, 350-351, and The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, edited by Clyde J. Williams, 365-366.)

Comment(s) on this post:

  1. jason

    I’m a faithful member of the church but for the first time in my life I must confess I am greatly disappointed in the leadership of the church at this current time. “Evil only will triumph, when good men do nothing.” That always sticks in my head cause are leadership is doing nothing chosing to not get involved with saving our constitution and country and won’t even respond to it, but they will quickly respond to gay petitions wanting their point of view on gay matters or liberal progressive issues and their the ones causes the evil problems. My heart breaks cause I see a striking contradiction on the attitude and doctrine of our current leadership as from of old, like Pres. Benson, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, I could go on and on but not only are the boys from the rocky mountains not running in to save the constitution our leaders are chosing simply to stay out of it. We’re taught not to question our authorities but what do you do when you feel some of them are part of the problem??? Confused and heartbroken, by their fruits shall ye know them. 

  2. Paul

    @Jason: Thank you for your heartfelt comment. I strongly believe the brethren are focusing their “political” efforts in the right direction—the family. The reason you see the Church on the frontlines with gay marriage and other similar initiatives is that the moral threads that keep our country strong is found in our homes, not Washington. If we can continue to raise strong and righteous generations that know right from wrong they will do a million times more good for our Constitution than what a few “boys from the rocky mountains” can do on their own. Our “Constitution is upon the brink of ruin” because our families and sense of morality have embraced, no encouraged, the destruction of our freedoms. It will not be until the hearts of our families are healed that we will see a true restoration of our beloved Constitutional values.

  3. Hazen Martin

    I’ve just stumbled across your site. I read with interest your response to Jason’s comment. My thought when I read his comment was, “Well, do something about it then”. And then I read your response to his comment and I couldn’t agree more. I share many of Jason’s frustrations but am trying to do more. I have made a proposal to our stake presidency that we hold a stake wide “Constitution Day” in a small effort to help the Saints in our stake to become more educated on the Constitution. I envision that this event will be conducted much like a women’s conference where there will be an opening general session presentation (hopefully by a non-member) and then breakout into several different presentations and let the attendees decide which one they would like to attend. I envision this will be an all day event (and maybe become an annual event.). Hopefully with many of our nonmember friends and neighbors attending as well. We are in the very beginning stages of putting this all together and fleshing out exactly how this is all going to work. I put together a power point presentation that I made to the stake presidency that takes about 30 to 40 minutes to go through. I’ve titled it “Building Relationships of Trust in Our Communities”. The first part addresses why that refrain is so important and goes on and quotes Joseph Smith’s comment and also other church leaders. Of course a quote from Elder Oaks’ April 2021 general conference talk is also included. Further on, it quotes from a Bro. Stewart article that appeared in the June 1976 Ensign on the subject. And concludes with the conference proposal. I’m not sure why I shared all of this with you, but I thought you might find it interesting.

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