“Behold, this 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, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.” —Ether 2:12
“In this land we often sing “God Bless America.” Let us continue to do so as a prayer. But why not also sing God bless England, and God bless Scandinavia, God bless Australia and New Zealand, and God bless all other lands? He will bless them—every one—if they will turn to him with full purpose of heart. But there is no other way.” —Mark E. Petersen
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.