Rise Up and Bear Off the Constitution Triumphantly


I have faith in the future of this promised land of America and in its institutions of representative government, but more than that, I have faith in you, the youth of America, to build even more securely on the foundations laid by the faith and devotion of your pioneer fathers. That you as the youth of the Church would have an important part to play in preserving the ideals of this great country as quoted by one who was very close to him. I quote the words of Eliza R. Snow: “I heard the Prophet Joseph Smith say ‘that the time would come when this nation would so far depart from its original purity, its glory, and its love of freedom and the protection of civil and religious rights, that the Constitution of our country would hang, as it were, by a thread.’ He also said that this people, the sons of Zion, would rise up and save the Constitution and bear it off triumphantly.”

So today is no time for youth to whimper the refrain of the defeated and retire to the fancied security of the regimented state. Today is the day for youth to gird themselves with the armor of peace, having as their weapons “the shield of faith . . . and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph 6:16–17.)

Source: Harold B. Lee, Decisions for Successful Living, p. 209, as quoted online at the BYU Religious Studies Center at https://rsc.byu.edu/es/archived/latter-day-prophets-and-united-states-constitution/11-harold-b-lee , 11.19. Harold Bingham Lee (1899 – 1973) was eleventh president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from July 1972 until his death in December 1973. He previously served in the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve from 1941 till his ordination as President in 1972.

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Recommended read: Ezra Taft Benson’s: This nation shall endure