“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.” – Doctrine & Covenants 101:80
“For centuries our forefathers suffered and sacrificed that we might be the recipients of the blessings of freedom. 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?” – Gordon B. Hinckley
This Day in LDS History
1838: The Saints celebrate the national holiday by laying the cornerstone for the Far West Temple in Far West, Missouri, and participation meetings which include Sidney Rigdon’s fiery speech later known as the “Mormon Declaration of Independence.”
1839: Having been imprisoned since November 1838, Parley P. Pratt and Morris Phelps escape from jail in Columbia, Missouri, while the community is involved in a patriotic celebration.
1975: The Iran Tehran Mission is organized.