Religious Liberty given in Sacrament Meeting July of 2012.

Now I am truly Honored by this opportunity to speak to you today concerning
freedom, the Constitution, and the correlation that it has to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many
of you know by know that I tend to be a little politically involved, and yes it is an interest of
mine. However I feel that it is much much more than that. I feel that it is part of my faith in
Jesus Christ and his gospel here on earth today. Over the course of this speech I plan to
enlighten you as to the words of our founders themselves. As well as the words of the
prophets dating back to Joesph Smith and the ancient prophets from our own scriptures.
After today I hope and strongly encourage you to seek out even more research on this subject
for there is so much of it to be sought out for.
I would like to first begin with this promised land to which the Lord has set apart for the
cause of liberty so that men might be free to choose right from wrong. Nephi backs me up on
this comment with this prophetic vision for his people as well as future generations in 2
Nephi first chaper fifth verse which reads: “But, said he, notwithstanding our
afflictions, we have obtained a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands;
a land which the Lord God hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of
my seed. Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and to my children forever, and
also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.”
Nephi foresaw the travels of Christopher Colombus to this land for the purpose of religous
liberty in
1 Nephi Ch. 13 Verse 12 which reads:
“And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles,
who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit
of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many
waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land.”
Nephi also foresaw the miraculous events that took place during our just and miraculous
revolution and separation from Great Britain in that same chapter verses 17-19 which reads:
“And I beheld that their mother Gentiles were gathered together upon the waters, and upon
the land also, to battle against them. 18 And I beheld that the power of God was with them,
and also that the wrath of God was upon all those that were gathered together against them
to battle. 19 And I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles that had gone out of captivity were
delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations.”
I will now have the pleasure of talking to you regarding our founding fathers, the very men
that Christ rose up to establish this nation and the Law so that we might be free. In this area
of discussion there are many great and wonderous verses to choose from, but in the interest
of time I would like to share my personal favorites in.
Doc & Cov 98:4-11
4 And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people
should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.
5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in
maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.
6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law
which is the constitutional law of the land;
7 And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.
8 I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free.
9 Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn.
10 Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and
wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of
evil.
11 And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good,
that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God
And D&C 101 verse 77-80 reads this concerning the founders and the US Constitution:
77 According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be
established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to
just and holy principles;
78 That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the
moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own
sins in the day of judgment.
79 Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.
80 And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise
men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.
Here is a well known fact that dispite the fact that the founders died before having a chance
to hear of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that they are in deed members of this very church.
I say this because in the year 1877 the Prophet at that time, President
Wilford Woodruff while sitting in the Saint George Temple had all the signers of the
Declaration of Independence along with John Wesley Columbus and fifty others appear to
him and asked why their by curious work had not been done for them. Here is that quote
from President Woodruff as he shares that experience, which reads:
“These were the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and they waited on me for two
days and two nights. I thought it very singular, that notwithstanding so much work had been
done, and yet nothing had been done for them. The thought never entered my heart, from
the fact, I suppose, that heretofore our minds were reaching after our more immediate
friends and relatives.”I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon Brother
McCallister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other
eminent men, making one hundred in all, including John Wesley, Columbus, and others.” – Elder Wilford Woodruff, in a discourse given Sept. 16, 1877, in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. (Journal of Discourses, 19:229.)”
I find it interesting that in the speach that Elder Glen L. Rudd of the first quorum of the
Seventy in a BYU/Idaho Devotional talk stated this regarding the Angel Moroni.
“The ninth man to see Moroni was a man named Zera Pulsipher. He was a minister of another
church. He had a vision in his barn. While he was out in the barn one day, a light descended
upon him in the middle of this barn, and he looked up and saw Moroni. And Moroni blessed
his life and showed him the plates. He became a Seventy in the Church. He became a high
priest and became a patriarch. He’s the man who converted and baptized Wilford Woodruff
into the Church in 1833.”
While on the subject of Moroni. In the early days of the Church one of the original quorum of
the twelve apostals Elder Orsen Hyde mentioned in a speech in the old Salt Lake Tabinacle in the year 1854. Here is just a small excerp from that speech:
“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. Trammeled 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 the
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. ”
What a great correlation between the gospel of Jesus Christ and the founders that fought and died for our freedoms!
I will cover only two instances of the founder’s spirtual experiences, for the interest of time.
The first experience is George Washington in a letter to his good friend Marquis De Lafayette
on May 28th 1788 as he is talking about the soon to be ratified US Constitution he recognizes
in that letter the finger of God in the process of the drafting of and the ratification of the US
Constitution. Then if you jump a head a few years in a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to
John Adams on Oct. 12th 1813 in this letter Jefferson complained about the current churches
of their day not preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ, seeking for influences and yes even
riches. In the latter part of that same letter he literally says that they must prepare their
generation and the rising generation for the complete restoration of Christ’s gospel, and
regretted that he would not live to see this day when Christ’s true gospel would be restored
upon this earth. I find it interesting to point out that both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
died just 13 years later on July 4 1826. Joesph Smith’s first vision with God the father and his
Son Jesus Christ was seven years later after this letter, and the church was established and
restored 17 years after this letter and only four years after the death of both Thomas
Jefferson and John Adams. Now in closing I want to quickly share four quotes that I
absolutely love from our own prophets and Apostles concerning the US Constitution, our freedoms.
The first one being from Rueban J. Clark in his address to the brethren in the 1942 General Conference.
“I have said to you before, brethren, that to me the Constitution is a part of my religion. In its
place it is just as much a part of my religion as any other part. It is a part of my religion
because it is one of those institutions which God has set up for His own purposes, and, as one
of the brethren said today, set up so that this Church might be established, because under no
other government in the world could the Church have been established as it has been
established under this Government.
“I think I would be safe in saying that my fellowship with you in the Church depends upon
whether or not I accept the revelations and the principles which God has revealed. If I am not
willing to do that, then I am not entitled to fellowship. Anyone else who fails to accept the
revelations and the principles which God has revealed stands in precisely the same situation.
“I suppose you brethren will all know, but I will recall it to your attention, that the
Constitution of the United States is the basic law for all of the Americas, or Zion, as it has
been defined by the Lord.
“So, brethren, I wish you to understand that when we begin to tamper with the Constitution
we begin to tamper with the law of Zion which God Himself set up, and no one may trifle
with the word of God with impunity.” (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Conference Report, October 1942, p.58-59)
The next one I feel is an excellent and glorious endorsement by the Prophet Joesph Smith which reads:
“Hence we say, that the Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard, it is founded
in wisdom, it is a heavenly banner, and is to all those who are privileged with the sweets of
its liberty, like the cooling shade and refreshing water of a great rock in a thirsty and weary
land: it is like a great tree under whose branches, men from every clime, can be shielded
from the burning rays of an inclement sun….
“We say that God is true, that the Constitution of the United States is true, that the Bible is
true, the Book of Mormon is true, that Christ is true.” (Times and Seasons vol. 1, page 134; also, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 147-148)
“I am the greatest advocate of the Constitution of the United States there is on the earth.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Six 1843–44, p.326; also, History of the Church 6:56-57)
In our generation President Gordon B. Hinkley said this:
“A news magazine writer asked me the other day during an interview concerning my belief in
the Constitution of our country. I replied that I felt it was inspired. That both the Declaration
of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were brought forth under the
inspiration of God, to establish and sustain the freedom of the people of this Nation. I told
him that I looked upon the Founding Fathers as men who believed in God, as men who
prayed to God, as men who recognized God, and wished to do His will. What a singular and
remarkable group they were. As I look across the world today I search in vain for such a group
as walked together across the stage of history, when this Nation was born….
“Just think for a moment of George Washington, of Franklin, of Madison, of the Adams, of
Thomas Jefferson and their associates who signed the Declaration of Independence, or
participated in the Constitutional Convention. Where in all the world today can even one or
two such men be found, let alone the great aggregation who participated in the birth of
America? Can anyone deny that they were raised up unto this very purpose? That working
together they brought forth on this continent an independent nation, at the risk of their
lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. It is my conviction that while we’ve had a few
great leaders since then, there has not been before or since so large a group of talented, able
and dedicated men, as those who we call the Founding Fathers of this Nation.” (President
Gordon B. Hinckley, Fireside Address, BYU Marriott Center, 29 June 1997; also Standing for
Something, pg xv)

As well as in talk that he gave in Oct. 2001 he stated this:
“Great are the promises concerning this land of America. We are told unequivocally that it “is
a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from
captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land,
who is Jesus Christ” (Ether 2:12). This is the crux of the entire matter—obedience to the
commandments of God.

“The Constitution under which we live, and which has not only blessed us but has become a
model for other constitutions, is our God-inspired national safeguard ensuring freedom and
liberty, justice and equality before the law.”
As you see my dear brothers and sisters because of the Gospel in my life like our founders
and our Prophets and Apostles of old as well as our Prophets and Apostles currently. To live
the United States Constitution is part of our faith. I strongly encourage all to do your research
concerning these things, because like I have stated before this is only the cream of the 5% of
the knowledge that is out there concerning these principles. I would like also to publicly
thank my dear father in Heaven and his Son Jesus Christ for this dear and charished
opportunity and I say these things in his name our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, Amen.