In concluding, I said: “I love this nation. It is my firm belief that the God of Heaven raised up the founding fathers and inspired them to establish the Constitution of this land. This is part of my religious faith.” To me this is not just another nation. It is a great and glorious nation with a divine mission to perform for liberty-loving people everywhere.

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Ezra Taft Benson, CF 79; from an address given at the 16th Annual National Farm Institute, Des Moines, IA, 21 Feb 1953