Sunday, October 18, 2015

Three Prophetic Statements on America

President Ezra Taft Benson
1. President Ezra Taft Benson: A Plea for America

"The facts speak for themselves: No nation on earth eats as well as our nation. No country is so well clothed. No people are so well housed. No individuals on this earth have so many of the conveniences as we do in terms of heating, lighting, plumbing, and other comforts. These are not luxuries enjoyed by the rich alone; these are the comforts of us, the common people—comforts of which mighty monarchs of bygone ages never dreamed." 

- President Ezra Taft Benson

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
2. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: A Promised Land

"It is good that the historical celebration of the United States bicentennial allows us to focus on a land in which God has done so much of his work. It has not always looked the same geographically nor has it always been governed the same politically. But that all seems appropriate since the meaning of America, in its most theological sense, is something more than borders and boundaries, something above nativism and nationalism. It is an ideal, a thing of the spirit. Benjamin Franklin told his colleagues, 'Our cause is the cause of all mankind,' and Patrick Henry spoke much more than he knew when he said America had 'lighted a candle to all the world.'" 

- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

President Gordon B. Hinckley
3. President Gordon B. Hinckley: The Secularization of America

"If we are to continue to have the freedoms that evolved within the structure that was the inspiration of the Almighty to our Founding Fathers, we must return to the God who is their true Author. We need to worship Him in spirit and in truth. We need to acknowledge His all-powerful hand. We need to humble ourselves before Him and seek His guidance. If we would individually and collectively resolve to stand for something, to lift our voices for truth and goodness and offer our supplications to our Eternal Father, those supplications would be heard, and the result would be remarkable." 

- President Gordon B. Hinckley

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