I love news! There, it is out in the open. I have several news sites I visit at least once and sometimes multiple times a day to keep my fix. I was, for example overjoyed when I heard the news of a possible averting of all-out war in Syria. I pray daily for peace and speak to everyone I know to convince them of the futility of conflict and sin. The type of peace I attempt to sow in my corner of the country though is not that of a mere ceasefire or armistice by one or several nations, which lasts only until they find another reason to attempt to “stimulate” their respective economies via war, but the type given by the Master to His disciples in John 14:27:
One sense of this peace with which almost every member of the Latter-Day Saint is familiar is that of spiritual, or the inner-self that comes through the application of the Atonement in their lives and in keeping the Lord’s commandments. Another, lesser-known aspect of the promised peace is that of worldly, or that which makes for peaceful communities and countries. The Lord made this fantastic sounding feat possible through the mechanism of a righteous people supporting a righteous government, or one whose laws and practices are modeled after the gospel—and even provided the outline and mode for such an arrangement! I am speaking of course, about the US Constitution.
To be clear, I know the Constitution of the united States to be a sacred instrument of freedom and liberty, given to and intended for all men (Doctrine and Covenants 98:5) for the protection of their agency, lives and property. Many will attempt to trivialise or outright disregard my words on this subject, but my words are the same as all the prophets concerning the Constitution and its purpose. For the sake of space I will provide but one quote from President Ezra Taft Benson. Said he,
“I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document. To me its words are akin to the revelations of God, for God has placed His stamp of approval upon it. I testify that the God of heaven sent some of His choicest spirits to lay the foundation of this government, and He has now sent other choice spirits to help preserve it.” – Our Divine Constitution, October 1987 General Conference.
Many other modern prophets spoke at length concerning the divine origin and purpose of the Constitution (to pave the way for the restoration of the gospel and foster an environment friendly to the practise of true, organised religion), and I invite all who wish to become familiar with their thoughts on the Constitution to simply type ‘Constitution’ into the search field on lds.org, the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and of course read their words in the scriptures.
And why are the words of the prophets so important? Amos 3:7 provides this answer: Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” The following quote from President Wilford Woodruff sheds additional light on prophets and their integral position in the Lord’s plan for His children. Said he,
“The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as President of this Church to lead you astray. It is not in the programme. It is not in the mind of God. If I were to attempt that, the Lord would remove me out of my place, and so He will any other man who attempts to lead the children of men astray from the oracles of God and from their duty”
It is evident from Amos 3:7 and the quote from President Woodruff that the Lord, in His unerring method and program work for His children through prophets, and their word MUST be truth and the revealed word of God for Him to remain consistent. I implore men everywhere to read and study the words of the prophets, especially as contained in the scriptures, for in them are found not only truth but an unerring course, laid by the Lord, for us to follow. Proverbs 3:5–7 provides like counsel:
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”
This message is of course mirrored in the Book of Mormon and reveals further instruction in 2 Nephi 28:31:
Prophets are indeed led by the Holy Ghost for their maintenance and instruction, and have spoken in no uncertain terms about the Constitution of the United States: It it the revealed plan of this country’s system of government, which government has been instituted for the safekeeping of man’s precious gifts of agency and property (Doctrine and Covenants 134, but especially verses 1 and 2). Follow the prophets’ instruction and counsels in reverencing the Constitution of this land. Petition the Lord to strengthen your faith and guide the direction of your studies and I promise each and every man who reads this that if they do this FIRST, a certain, undeniable knowledge of the importance and purpose of that divine document will light on their minds. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33. Build your foundation on the rock of Christ, His church and His servants the prophets, and peace will be your dwelling place.
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