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The United States of America, was willed by Him to be set up as a nation of free people according to the words of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that he spoke to His Nephite flock as recorded in Chapter 21, verse 4 of III Nephi which is included in Today's Theme.
The Resurrected Jesus Christ Instructing the Three Nephites. -by Gary L. Kapp
III Nephi 21:1 AND verily I say unto you, I give unto you a sign, that ye may know the time when these things shall be about to take place—that I shall gather in, from their long dispersion, my people, O house of Israel, and shall establish again among them my Zion;
2 And behold, this is the thing which I will give unto you for a sign—for verily I say unto you that when these things which I declare unto you, and which I shall declare unto you hereafter of myself, and by the power of the Holy Ghost which shall be given unto you of the Father, shall be made known unto the Gentiles that they may know concerning this people who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, and concerning this my people who shall be scattered by them;
3 Verily, verily, I say unto you, when these things shall be made known unto them of the Father, and shall come forth of the Father, from them unto you;
4 For it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land, and be set up as a free people by the power of the Father, that these things might come forth from them unto a remnant of your seed, that the covenant of the Father may be fulfilled which he hath covenanted with his people, O house of Israel;
5 Therefore, when these works and the works which shall be wrought among you hereafter shall come forth from the Gentiles, unto your seed which shall dwindle in unbelief because of iniquity;
6 For thus it behooveth the Father that it (The Book of Mormon) should come forth from the Gentiles, that he may show forth his power unto the Gentiles, for this cause that the Gentiles, if they will not harden their hearts, that they may repent and come unto me and be baptized in my name and know of the true points of my doctrine, that they may be numbered among my people, O house of Israel. (emphasis and clarification added)
On the 20th of January, 2009, just a few days ago, my wife, Melva and I viewed on television the inaugural ceremonies for the 44th president of this nation, Barack H. Obama. The fact that he is the first president of the United States of America to be of African-American descent is further affirmation of this being a nation of free people!
I quote the following from the Deseret News of Jan. 22, 2009: An article entitled: LDS leaders feel deep emotion at inauguration provides us with these keen and helpful insights of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, the second counselor to the President of the LDS Church and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the LDS Quorum of the Twelve. They were representing the church on the invitation received by church president, Thomas S. Monson.
The Deseret News article reports that they attended the inauguration and were seated well up the steps of the U.S. Capitol and joined the new U.S. President and other new national leaders the next morning at a National Prayer Service in the National Cathedral. At that second event they were "seated just a couple of yards away from Obama and his contingent."
President Uchtdorf said, "I left with a feeling that the people of America are going to unite behind this new president and his administration and that we need to pray for him."
Elder Ballard said, "We need to exercise our prayers and help him (President Obama) accomplish the great objectives that he has set."
... At Tuesday's inauguration, the Uchtdorfs found themselves seated next to a black couple. "When the oath (of office of the president of the U.S.) was taken, this lady next to her (Sister Uchtdorf) just embraced her and gave her a kiss with tears running down," President Uchtdorf then said that the emotions he sensed over the two days were not simply the result of the massive numbers witnessing the racially historic moment but rather a sense of graciousness displayed by a free democracy." (emphasis added)
I must add for those who may not know, President Uchtdorf lived as a child with his family in East Germany during very difficult years of World War II. His parents and he and his siblings were converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Here is today's scripture. I would like you to read through it carefully and thoughtfully I suggest you use the Listen function that will be provided you on the scripture page:
III Nephi 21: 1-29
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