The General Constitution of our country is good, and a wholesome government could be framed upon it, for it was dictated by the invisible operations of the Almighty . . . .
God’s purpose, in raising up these men and inspiring them with daring sufficient to surmount every opposing power, was to prepare the way for the formation of a true Republican government. They laid its foundation; but when others came to build upon it, they reared a superstructure far short of their privileges, if they had walked uprightly as they should have done . . . .
The signers of the Declaration of Independence and the framers of the Constitution were inspired from on high to do [p. 75] that work. But was that which was given to them perfect, not admitting of any addition whatever? No; for if men know anything, they must know that the Almighty has never yet found a man in mortality that was capable, at the first intimation, at the first impulse, to receive anything in a state of entire perfection.(6) They laid the foundation, and it was for after generations to rear the superstructure upon it. It is a progressive—a gradual work. If the framers of the Constitution and the inhabitants of the United States had walked humbly before God, who defended them and fought their battles when Washington was on the stage of action, the nation would now have been free from a multitude of place- hunters who live upon its vitals
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Source: Brigham Young, 1854, Journal of Discourses, Volume 7:13-15 Brigham Young (1801-1877) served as second President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was the founder of Salt Lake City, and first governor of Utah Territory.