Sunday, July 3, 2011

Scriptures of the Month

From the Doctrine & Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

"And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me." (Doctrine & Covenants 98:5)

"And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I [the Lord] raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood." (Doctrine & Covenants 101:80)

"Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the  nations of the earth; have mercy upon the rulers of our land; may those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever." (Doctrine & Covenants 109:54)


Oh, beautiful for pilgrim feet, whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law.

Oh, beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness, And ev'ry gain divine.

Oh, beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea.

(Text: Katherine Lee Bates)

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