Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Be Positive About America's Future

With all that we see in the news it would be easy to become discouraged about our future and the future of our great nation. However, there is reason to be positive about the future the United States of America.

President Harold B. Lee made this statement about the success of our nation,

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 that the Lord said is favored above all other nations in all the world. This is the place where the Savior will come to His temple. This is the favored land in all the world. Yes, I repeat, men may fail, but this nation won't fail. I have faith in America; you and I must have faith in America, if we understand the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are living in a day when we must pay heed to these challenges. (Harold B. Lee, The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, edited by Clyde J. Williams, p.365)

When President George Albert Smith was dedicating the Idaho Falls Temple, he stated that America and it's form of government were the fulfillment of Isaiah 2:3,

We pray that kings and rulers and the peoples of all nations under heaven may be persuaded of the blessings enjoyed by the people of this land by reason of their freedom under thy guidance and be constrained to adopt similar governmental systems, thus to fulfill the ancient prophecy of Isaiah that "... out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem."
(Improvement Era, October 1945, p. 564.)
(Harold B. Lee, Ye Are the Light of the World: Selected Sermons and Writings of Harold B. Lee )

Elder Orson Hyde gave a talk on the 4th of July, 1854, in which he stated that Moroni was the guardian angel of America and would restore her constitution,

In those early and perilous times, our men were few, and our resources limited. Poverty was among the most potent enemies we had to encounter; yet our arms were successful; and it may not be amiss to ask here, by whose power victory so often perched on our banner? It was by the agency of that same angel of God that appeared unto Joseph Smith, and revealed to him the history of the early inhabitants of this country, whose mounds, bones and remains of towns, cities and fortifications speak from the dust in the ears of the living with the voice of undeniable truth. This same angel presides over the destinies of America, and feels a lively interest in all our doings. He was in the camp of Washington; and, by an invisible hand, led on our fathers to conquest and victory; and all this to open and prepare the way for the Church and kingdom of God to be established on the western hemisphere, for the redemption of Israel and the salvation of the world.

This same angel was with Columbus, and gave him deep impressions, by dreams and by visions, respecting this New World. Trammelled by poverty and by an unpopular cause, yet his persevering and unyielding heart would not allow an obstacle in his way too great for him to overcome; and the angel of God helped him-was with him on the stormy deep, calmed and troubled elements, and guided his frail vessel to the desired haven. Under the guardianship of this same angel, or Prince of America, have the United States grown, increased, and flourished, like the sturdy oak by the rivers of water.

To what point have the American arms been directed since the Declaration of our National Independence, and proven unsuccessful? Not one!

The peculiar respect that high Heaven has for this country, on account of the promises made to the fathers, and on account of its being the land where the mustard seed of truth was planted and destined to grow in the last days, accounts for all this good fortune to our beloved America.
But since the Prophets have been slain, the Saints persecuted, despoiled of their goods, banished from their homes, and no earthly arm to interpose for their rescue, what will be the future destiny of this highly-favoured country? Should I tell the truth as it clearly passes before my mind's eye, my friends might censure me, and I might be regarded as an enemy to my country. If I should not tell the truth, but withhold it to please men, or to avoid giving offence to any, I might be regarded, by the powers celestial, as the enemy of God. What shall I do under these circumstances? Shall I be guilty of the crime of hesitating for a moment? No. Neither time nor place to hesitate now.

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So sure and certain as the great water-courses wend their way to the ocean, and there find their level,-so sure as the passing thunder-cloud hovers around yonder Twin Peaks of the Wahsatch Mountains, and upon their grey and barren rocks pours the fury of its storm, just so sure and certain will the guardian angel of these United States fly to a remote distance from their borders, and the anger of the Almighty wax hot against them in causing them to drink from the cup of bitterness and division, and the very dregs, stirred up by the hands of foreign powers, in a manner more cruel and fierce than the enemies of the Saints in the day of their greatest distress and anguish; and all this because they laid not to heart the martyrdom of the Saints and Prophets, avenged not their blood by punishing the murderers, neither succoured nor aided the Saints after they were despoiled of their goods and homes.

Would to God that we could forget this part of our experience in the land of our fathers! But we cannot forget it. It is incorporated in our being. We shall carry it to our graves, and in the resurrection it will rise with us. Had the United States been as faithful a guardian to the Latter-day Saints as the angel of God has been to them, she would never know dissolution, nor be humbled in dishonour by the decrees of any foreign powers.

I ask no earthly being to indorse this my testimony, or to adopt it as his own sentiment. A little time will prove whether Orson Hyde alone has declared it, or whether the heavenly powers will back up this testimony in the face of all the world.

When Justice is satisfied, and the blood of martyrs atoned for, the guardian angel of America will return to his station, resume his charge, and restore the Constitution of our country to the respect and veneration of the people; for it was given by the inspiration of our God. (Journal of Discourses, 26 vols., 6:, p.368-370)

However, we cannot allow these statements to make us complacent and to feel that we have no responsibilities. We know that the Lord will hold each of us accountable for our role in maintaining our rights and privileges. There are several things that each of us can do to be help our great nation.

1. Read and know what the constitution says and know when national policies and laws violate the spirit of the constitution.

2. Call, write, or email your representatives and senators when you feel that the constitution is being violated. There are several good websites that have legislative watches that draw attention to these violations and give talking points to help the readers express themselves to their political representatives.

3. Vote in every election.

4. As warned in the Book of Mormon, be aware that there are forces that seek the overthrow of our nation and all nations and that they are active in their efforts.

5. Pray for our great nation on a regular basis. The counsel of the Lord to ancient Israel as they lived in their promised land has application to us as we live in our promised land,

2 Chr 7:14
14. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


2 comments:

HannahRawr! <3 said...

So I would read that all but my I dont feel like it.. SO what religion are you- christian? I'm athiest so I really dont feel like PRAYING about ANYTING :/

MARTHA said...

I am inspired! A great patriotic post.