Modern Prophets Speak, Volume I, No. 35, Benson
Excerpt from President Ezra Taft Benson’s Book, This Nation Shall Endure, p. 69.
There is a God in Heaven who is the sovereign power of the universe, and we are His literal offspring. He has endowed us with inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This He has implanted in the human breast. This is why men cannot be driven indefinitely or led by despotic rulers to intellectual or physical slavery and bondage. Fear and despotism may rule for a generation or two or three, but in time the human spirit rebels, the spirit of liberty manifests itself, and its tyrannous hand is overthrown.
Yes, as the offspring of God, we share a common paternity that makes us literally brothers, and thus a common destiny. When this truth sinks into the human heart, men demand their rights-life, liberty, and happiness. It is as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Ezra Taft Benson served as thirteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and as Secretary of Agriculture for both terms of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency.