“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.” – Ether 2:12
“Patriotism is more than flag-waving and fireworks. It is how we respond to public issues. If we ask only, ‘What’s in this proposal for me?—What do I get out of it?’—we are not patriotic and we are not good citizens. But if we ask, ‘Is this right?—is it good for the … people?—would it preserve and strengthen our freedom?’—then we deserve to stand in the company of [great patriots]. Patriotism is trying always to give more to the Nation than we receive. It is selfless service.” – Ezra Taft Benson
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.