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QUOTES FROM THE PROPHETS ON THE CONTITUTION

     The following quotes are taken from General Conference talks. It is
my opinion that talks given at General Conferences are next to scripture 
if not scripture themselvs, and not just merely council.

     I would strongly suggest that you look these talks up read the whole
thing.  You will be amazed, as I was, at the amount of information we
have been given over the years concerning the Proper Role of Government 
and the Constitution.  Enjoy these quotes and check back as I will be adding
more as time goes on.    

Quotes!

        "The history of the world with all its contentions and strife is 
largely an account of man's effort to free himself from bondage and 
usurpation.
	Man's free agency is an eternal principle of progress, and any
form of government that curtails or inhibits its free exercise is wrong. 
Satan's plan in the beginning was one of coercion, and it was rejected
because he sought to destroy the agency of man which God had given
him.
	When man uses this God-given right to encroach upon the rights
of another, he commits a wrong.  Liberty becomes license, and the man,
a transgressor.  It is the function of the state to curtail the violator 
and to protect the individual.   (President David O. McKay   Oct. 1965)


	"Force rules in the world today.  Individual freedom is threatened
by international rivalries and false political ideals.  Unwise legislation, 
too often prompted by political expediency, if enacted, will seductively
undermine man's right of free agency, rob him of his rightful liberties, 
and make him but a cog in the crushing wheel of regimentation."            
(President David O. McKay   Oct. 1965)


         "Pernicious efforts and sinister schemes are cunningly and 
stealthily being fostered to deprive man of his individual freedom and 
have him revert to the life of the jungle.  With faith in the revealed word 
of God, let all true believers in individual freedom cherish the spiritual 
ideals of the Christ, and ever strive to make real the dream that all men 
shall be free, and that some day many nations will unite, not for war, but
for peace and the establishing of the kingdom of God on earth."  
(President David O. McKay   Oct. 1965)


         "I thought it would not be amiss or out of order to say something 
about the Constitution, to give a little history of it perhaps briefly; 
for I am convinced that the people generally of the United States have not 
studied it.  Many of them have never read it, and some know nothing 
concerning what it is all about."    (Elder Joseph Fielding Smith  
April 1950 General Conference)

         "Now I tell you it is time the people of the United States were 
waking up with the understanding that if they don't save the Constitution 
from the dangers that threaten it, we will have a change of government."
(Elder Joseph Fielding Smith  April 1950 General Conference)


         "One of the most important things that we can do for the Church 
is to stand behind the Constitution of the United States. That does not 
mean, and no reasoning person would suppose that it meant, that the
Constitution may not from time to time be changed as the needs of the
people would seem to require. But it does mean that the Constitution
should be changed only under the urge of great necessity, and then only
in accordance with its great underlying concepts. It does mean that the
great fundamental elements of the Constitution are God-given, for he said
so. It does mean to me as an individual that the Constitution of the United
States and my adherence to it and support of it is a part of my religion."   
(J. Reuben Clark Jr.  April 1935 General Conference)

          "These defamers say that the Constitution, and our government 
under it, are outmoded; not responsive to present-day conditions of life 
and living; not sufficient to meet and solve present-day problems; and 
that we need a modern, up-to-date system of government. They let us know 
what should be done to meet their ideas and plans, which seem always to 
run to despotism.
       	 I have observed that numbers of these defamers take advantage
to the utmost of every liberty and freedom created and protected by the
Constitution in order to destroy it and its guarantees, so to make easy
the setting up of a tyranny that would deprive the common man of his
freedom and liberties under it, so permitting these defamers to set up a
government that would give place, power, and privilege to them in a
despotism to be imposed upon the mass of mankind."   (J. Reuben Clark Jr.  
April 1957 General Conference)

        "The Framers were deeply read in the facts of history; they 
were learned in the forms and practices and systems of the governments 
of the world, past and present; they were, in matters political, equally 
at home in Rome, in Athens, in Paris, and in London; they had a long, 
varied, and intense experience in the work of governing their various 
Colonies; they were among the leaders of a weak and poor people that 
had successfully fought a revolution against one of the great Powers of 
the earth; there were among them some of the ablest, most experienced and
seasoned military leaders of the world."  (J. Reuben Clark Jr. April 1957
General Conference)

        "Furthermore, under our form of government, we the people of the 
United States, as the Preamble to the Constitution declares, formed this
government. We alone are sovereign. We are wholly free to exercise our
sovereign will in the way we prescribe.  The sovereignty is not personal,
as under the Civil Law. The Constitution expressly provides the only way
in which we may change our Constitution.
	We may well repeat again: We the people have all the powers,
we have not delegated away to our government, and the institutions of
government have such powers and those only as we have given to them. 
The total residuum of powers, including all rights and liberties not
given up by us to Federal or State Governments, is still in us, to remain
so till we constitutionally provide otherwise."  (J. Reuben Clark Jr. 
April, 1957)


        "The Constitution will never reach its destiny through force. 
God's principles are taken by men because they are eternal and true and 
touch the divine spirit in men.  This is the only true way to permanent 
world peace, the aspiration of men since the beginning. God never planted
his Spirit, his truth, in the hearts of men from the point of a bayonet." 
(J. Reuben Clark,  April 1957)

        "I bear my testimony that without God's aid, we shall not preserve
our political heritage neither to our own blessing, nor to the blessing 
of our posterity, nor to the blessing of the downtrodden peoples of the 
world.
	In broad outline, the Lord has declared through our Constitution
his form for human government.  Our Own prophets have declared in our
day the responsibility of the Elders of Zion in the preservation of the
Constitution. We cannot, guiltless, escape that responsibility.  We 
cannot be laggards, nor can we be deserters."    (J. Reuben Clark,  
April 1957)

        "Today, as we see hovering over the nations of the earth the
ever-darkening clouds of nuclear war, we are prone to think that
righteousness among men is waning. In our own beloved country, "a land 
choice above all other lands," we are grieved and shocked when the 
Supreme Court renders a decision ruling that it is unconstitutional for 
the Federal Government of any State to require a "belief in the existence
of God" as a qualification for public office; also, we experience 
apprehension when we know that enemies to our republican form of government 
are becoming more blatant when we see political demagogues seemingly more 
successful drunkenness and immorality flauntingly defiant -- seeing these 
conditions we wonder whether mankind is growing better or worse."
(President David O. McKay   Oct. 1961 General Conference)


        "Today, brethren, we are in danger of actually surrendering our
personal and property rights. This development, if it does occur in full
form, will be a sad tragedy for our people. We must recognize that 
property rights are essential to human liberty.
	Former United States Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland,
from our own State [Utah], carefully stated it as follows: "It is not 
the right of property which is protected, but the right to property. 
Property, per se has no rights; but the individual --the man--has three 
great rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference: the right to 
his life, the right to his liberty, and the right to his property. The
three rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To 
give a man his life, but deny him his liberty, is to take from him all 
that makes life worth living. To give him liberty, but take from him 
the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is to still 
leave him a slave." (From George Sutherland's speech before the New York 
State Bar Association, January 21, 1921.)  
(President David O. McKay,  Oct. 1962 General Conference)


	"No, brethren, socialism is not the United Order.  However,
notwithstanding my abhorrence of it, I am persuaded that socialism is 
the wave of the present and of the foreseeable future.  It has already
taken over or is contending for control in most nations.
	We here in the United States, in converting our government 
into a social welfare state, have ourselves adopted much of socialism.
Specifically, we have to an alarming degree adopted the use of the
power of the state in the control and distribution of the fruits of 
industry. We are on notice according to the words of the President, that 
we are going much further, for his is quoted as saying:

	"We're going to take all the money we think is unnecessarily 
being spent and take it from the 'haves' and give it to the 'have 
nots.'"  (1964 Congressional Record, p.6124, Remarks for the President 
to a Group of Leaders of Organizations of Senior Citizens in the Fish
Room, March 24, 1964.)

	Socialism takes:  United Order gives
	That is the spirit of socialism: We're going to take.  The 
spirit of the United Order is:  We're going to give.
	We have also gone a long way on the road to public ownership
and management of the vital means of production.  In both of these areas
the free agency of Americans have been greatly abridged.  Some argue
that we have voluntarily surrendered this power to government.  Be this
as it may, the fact remains that the loss of freedom with the consent of
the enslaved, or even at their request, is nonetheless slavery."
(Elder Marion G. Romney,  April 1966  General Conference)


"(2)  The we will develop the understanding, the desire, and the courage
born of the Spirit, to eschew socialism and to support and sustain, in 
the manner revealed and as interpreted by the Lord, those just and holy
principles embodied in the Constitution of the United States for the
protection of all flesh, in the exercise of their God-given agency."  
(Elder Marion G. Romney,  April 1966 General Conference)


	"As a nation, we've been showered with numerous blessings that
have been a direct result of our Constitution.  Unfortunately, many of 
us have forgotten that with the receipt of such blessings also comes
responsibility.  Probably our most important responsibility is to ensure 
the continuance of freedoms that we have received for our children and 
for our grandchildren.  We cannot do that from the sidelines. Patriotism 
is not a spectator sport.  We must become involved in the process of 
freedom".  
	Further, we need to understand the great principles of the
founding documents.  How can we "befriend . . . that law which is the
constitutional law of the land" if we are not familiar with it and its
genesis? We need to drink deeply at the wellspring of this great document."
( Elder L. Tom Perry  This address was given on 17 September 1987 in a 
special forum held in the Marriott Center.)





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