Ezra Taft Benson

The American Heritage of Freedom—A Plan of God

In the war in heaven the devil advocated absolute eternal security at the sacrifice of our freedom. Although there is nothing more desirable to a Latter-day Saint than eternal security in God’s presence, and although God knew, as did we, that some of us would not achieve this security if we were allowed our freedom—yet the very God of heaven, who has more mercy than us all, still decreed no guaranteed security except by a man’s own freedom of choice and individual initiative.

Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve

Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints

Now undoubtedly Moroni could have pointed out many factors that led to the destruction of the people, but notice how he singled out the secret combinations, just as the Church today could point out many threats to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work, but it has singled out the greatest threat as the godless conspiracy. There is no conspiracy theory in the Book of Mormon —it is a conspiracy fact.

President Ezra Taft Benson speaks in conference, October 1979.

A Witness and a Warning

…unless we as citizens of this nation forsake our sins, political and otherwise, and return to the fundamental principles of Christianity and of constitutional government, we will lose our political liberties, our free institutions, and will stand in jeopardy before God.

President Ezra Taft Benson Speaking.

The Proper Role of Government

It is generally agreed that the most important single function of government is to secure the rights and freedoms of individual citizens. But, what are those rights? And what is their source? Until these questions are answered, there is little likelihood that we can correctly determine how government can best secure them.

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles discusses sustaining the U.S. constitution and its relation to religious freedom.

What is the Civic Duty of Mormons?

“The civic duty of every latter-day saint, regardless of where they live, or including any country they may live in, is to be actively involved in the political process. That meaning that they study the…