They built a bowery on Temple Square. They erected a flagpole 104 feet (32 m) tall. They made an enormous national flag 65 feet (20 m) in length and unfurled it at the top of this liberty pole.
It may seem puzzling, incredible almost beyond belief, that for the theme of this first celebration they chose patriotism and loyalty to that same government which had rejected and failed to assist them. What could they have been thinking of? If you can understand why, you will understand the power of the teachings of Christ. (Boyd K. Packer, The Test, Oct 2008 General Conference)
The United States of America has been great because it has been free. It has been free because it has trusted in God and was founded upon the principles of freedom set forth in the word of God. This nation has a spiritual foundation. To me, this land has a prophetic history. (Ezra Taft Benson, Watchman, Warn the Wicked, April 1973 General Conference)
Effort will be made to lull us away into a false security. Proposals will be and are being offered and programs sponsored that have wide appeal. Attractive labels are usually attached to the most dangerous programs, often in the name of public welfare and personal security. Again, let us not be misled.
Freedom can be killed by neglect as well as by direct attack. (Ezra Taft Benson, Watchman, Warn the Wicked, April 1973 General Conference)
As American citizens, as citizens of the nations of the free world, we need to rouse ourselves to the problems which confront us as great Christian nations. We must recognize that these fundamental, basic principles—moral and spiritual—lay at the very foundation of our past achievements. To continue to enjoy present blessings, we must return to these basic and fundamental principles. Economics and morals are both part of one inseparable body of truth. They must be in harmony. We need to square our actions with these eternal verities. (Ezra Taft Benson, Watchman, Warn the Wicked, April 1973 General Conference)
I see copies of a poster series designed to teach of God’s hand in the founding of America. It was distributed and displayed in our chapels throughout the country. ...In homes across America beautiful lessons have been taught on the purpose and destiny of this land. (L. Tom Perry, A Report on the Church’s Participation in America’s Bicentennial Celebration, October 1976)
Every Latter-day Saint should love the inspired Constitution of the United States—a nation with a spiritual foundation and a prophetic history—which nation the Lord has declared to be his base of operations in these latter days. (Ezra Taft Benson, The Constitution - A Glorious Standard, April 1976 General Conference)
Constitutional government, as designed by the framers, will survive only with a righteous people. “Our Constitution,” said John Adams, first vice-president and second president, “was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (John R. Howe, Jr., The Changing Political Thought of John Adams, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1966, p. 189.) (Ezra Taft Benson, The Constitution - A Glorious Standard, April 1976 General Conference)