The Constitution ratified 229 years ago today; here are 8 quotes about the Constitution from LDS leaders and magazines

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  • hbeckett Colfax, CA
    June 25, 2017 8:29 p.m.

    it is a divinely inspired doccument when I served in the USMCI took an oath to preserve and defened the Consttution of the USAwith my life if needed and that promise or covenant holds just as true today as then in 1962and yesI vote every election cycle and make an informed decision through prayer and my prayers are answeredthrough devine intervention/insperation just like our prophet and founding fathers who listened and created this wonderful document

    June 25, 2017 5:22 p.m.

    It makes me sad that so many or our LDS politicians dishonor the constitutional ideal of a social contract as embodied in the preamble of he U.S. Constitution:
    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence[sic], promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
    Laws which aid the few and harm the many are completely against the laws of God, yet we send politicians to Washington who ignore the most vulnerable among us, and it seems that all too many of our own members support these actions and attitudes. Scripture tells us that in the last days, even the very elect will be deceived. We are seeing that prophecy fulfilled with every word and deed from selfish and self-absorbed members among us. How I wish our church leaders would be more forthright in warning members to be careful that our political sentiments do not clash with the Gospel of Jesus Christ .

  • ldsironrodder Mt Vernon, OH
    June 23, 2017 11:23 a.m.

    With one exception, I am now clearly able to understand why I do not respond to commentary left by others. Thank You President Ezra Taft Benson and W. Cleon Skousen for enlightening my understanding.

  • ssev Maple Grove, MN
    June 22, 2017 4:42 p.m.

    President Eyring commented appropriately that "the Constitution of the United States of America ... protects the religious freedom that allows us and all Americans to worship God according to the dictates of our own consciences.”

    Joseph Smith wrote, "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may."

    We allow other human beings the privilege of worshiping how, where, or what they may, by not seeking to impose our religious views on others. We are not allowing others this privilege, when we try to preach to others and to warn them to "repent" or in other ways try to impose our religious viewpoint on them.

  • sister GRASS VALLEY, CA
    June 22, 2017 12:25 p.m.

    my poor comment regarding discussion of Constitution.....when I went to England in early 80s it was when famous photo of Ronald Reagan riding with Queen Elizabeth came out...I will not go into detail of the many wonderful experiences I had, will just say I wanted to kiss ground when I returned to U,S. Being an avid learner|studier (sorry) of human history, I know without a doubt how unique and inspired by the Lord our founding documents are.
    The reason they are unique is because in their poor human way the founders drafted and debated how to guarantee freedom - of religion, of speech, of the press, the right of citizens to bear arms (against foreign and domestic enemies), etc. Whatever other countries have done a Constitution, the totality of OUR documents are unique.
    I say every day Thank you Heavenly Father that I was born in this country.

  • Tyler D Prescott, AZ
    June 22, 2017 9:07 a.m.

    @Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney – “Just look at England and Europe and all their problems and you'll see the fruits of both atheism and secularism.”

    Curious that you cite Europe as somehow being a defense (as a cautionary tale) of religion.

    By almost any measure of happiness and prosperity, the most atheistic European countries top the lists of the best places on Earth to live (along with other mostly atheist countries like Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, etc.)

    But you’re right in one sense - Europe has been having some serious problems of late. They started when Europeans made the naÏve decision to invite masses of religious believers into their countries.

    Apparently they didn’t get the memo that according to the same lists I referenced above, the most miserable places on Earth are by and large the most religious.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    June 21, 2017 11:04 p.m.

    Our Constitution is truly a legal "ecosystem." It is perfectly balanced with checks and balances not only horizontally (between the President, Congress & the Courts), but also vertically (between the federal government, state governments and the people). The federal government creates the Supreme Law of the Land, but the people have the right to vote and the right to bear arms. If you eliminate any part of this "ecosystem," by, for example, severely limiting or eliminating the right to bear arms, it upsets the balance of the whole structure. Therefore, the importance of appointing textualist/constitutionalist federal judges. President Trump may have just preserved the Constitution for another 10 years by appointing Justice Gorsuch, a textualist. Hopefully he will be able to appoint two more textualists during his tenure and preserve it for another century.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    June 21, 2017 9:13 p.m.

    "Finally – this idea that the Constitution was “divinely inspired” is just another attempt by religion to hijack the fruits of secularism." Your opinion only, laughable at that...

    Just look at England and Europe and all their problems and you'll see the fruits of both atheism and secularism.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    June 21, 2017 4:44 p.m.

    Our Founding Fathers were certainly inspired when they wrote the Constitution. It is almost as if they foresaw this most recent presidential election when they drafted the Constitution.

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2017 4:20 p.m.

    We need some fiery Ezra Taft Benson quotes! That man was about as staunch a Constitution supporter as can be found!

  • Tyler D Prescott, AZ
    June 21, 2017 1:46 p.m.

    “The United States Constitution was the first written constitution in the world.” said Elder Oaks”

    Let’s at least get our history right…

    Constitutions have been around since at least the ancient Greeks, and “codified law” existed long before that.

    Muhammad wrote the Constitution of Medina. Lots of governments in the middle ages had constitutions. Even the Iroquois had a constitution that many believe inspired our own.

    Our constitution is unique in many ways and certainly became the standard for future government charters, but it built on a long history of movement towards representative government.

    Finally – this idea that the Constitution was “divinely inspired” is just another attempt by religion to hijack the fruits of secularism.

    One way our constitution is unique is that it was the world’s first purely secular charter. It would be strange if the God of Abraham had inspired our Founders to write the first constitution in history not to mention him, and to make the only reference to religion the “no religion test” clause (i.e., atheists have just as much right to hold office as believers).