Members are responsible to perpetuate freedom

"For centuries our forefathers suffered and sacrificed that we might be the recipients of the blessings of freedom," said President Ezra Taft Benson at the October 1987 general conference. "If they were willing to sacrifice so much to establish us as a free people, should we not be willing to do the same to maintain that freedom for ourselves and for future generations?

"Only in this foreordained land, under its God-inspired Constitution and the resulting environment of freedom, was it possible to have established the restored Church. It is our responsibility to see that this freedom is perpetuated so that the Church may more easily flourish in the future."The Lord said, `Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land.' " (D&C 98:6).

President Benson asked, "How then can we best befriend the Constitution in this critical hour and secure the blessings of liberty and ensure the protection and guidance of our Father in Heaven?

"First and foremost, we must be righteous. . . .

" And now, warned Moroni,we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.' (Eth. 2:9.)

"Two great American Christian civilizations – the Jaredites and the Nephites – were swept off this land because they did not `serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ.' (Eth. 2:12.) What will become of our civilization?"