Why I Still Believe in America

I believe in the principles upon which this nation was founded, namely that her people have the right to—

“Assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them…That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…And [that] for the support of [these rights], with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we [may] mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” (The Declaration of Independence.)

I still believe in America, in spite of her flaws. I believe in her people, many of whom are honest and good. I believe in her form of government, even though it is embroiled in conflict and burdened by debt.

I believe that God created this land, the very ground under our feet, and that He has inspired and will inspire honest though imperfect men and women to establish this nation.

We have committed many errors, individually and collectively, morally and politically, but He will still accept us as a nation if we recognize that:

“This is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ…” (Ether 2:12.)

I say “God bless America” but at the same time, I know that God does not and will not bless evil deeds and intentions. I pray that He will plant in our hearts, in both the faithful and the faithless, a desire to do good to all, to turn from pride and conflict, to unite against all forms of tyranny, of mind, body or spirit, but especially the tyranny of false ideals and self-centeredness.

America, I believe in you.

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