Promised Land, Choice Land, Land of Liberty, No Kings

Ezra Taft Benson said, “In the last few weeks I have had the glorious privilege of visiting eleven of our Latin American countries […] I found they were very happy to learn that to the Latter-day Saints the Promised Land, the land of Zion, includes all of North and South America.”

Ezra Taft Benson said, “America, North and South, is a choice land, a land reserved for God’s own purposes. This land and its inhabitants are under an everlasting decree. The Lord revealed this decree to the brother of Jared, an American prophet, in [Ether 2:9-10,12]”

Spencer W. Kimball, right after quoting the verse in the Book of Mormon about Liberty, said that, “It tells of the ancestries of those whose spectacular monuments are now observed in South and Central America and in the Mexican jungles.” This shows how he was open to a land of Liberty being in Mexico.

David O. McKay said, “Nations have risen and nations have perished in the Americas—a land on which it is decreed no king shall ever hold sway. To each and all of these nations the land was a blessed land, and today is even more glorious than ever. […] America, and this includes Canada and the Southern Republics, was a choice land when the Jaredites left the land of Shinar approximately four thousand years ago (Nobility of Character Essential to a Great Nation)

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. said, “And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles” 2 Ne. 10:11 The unhappy, short-lived experiences of the Dom Pedros in Brazil and of Maximilian in Mexico seem the exceptions that prove the rule. The Spirit of the Lord was leading. (The Constitution)

George Q Cannon, when talking about kings and liberty, said that, “The Lord has also said that there shall be no kings upon this land. The attempt of Maximillian [a temporary Mexican king] is an evidence of the truth of it. Backed as he was by the power of France and Austria, particularly by France, he was killed for his attempt; for the Lord has said there shall be no kings upon this land, and that it shall be a land of Liberty unto the inhabitants thereof as long as they serve the Lord.”

Ezra Taft Benson “To the peoples who should inhabit this blessed land of the Americas, the Western Hemisphere, an ancient prophet uttered this significant promise and solemn warning: ‘Behold, 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 . . . For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God Ether 2:10,12”

Mark E. Petersen, “If the modern nations of the Americas will repent and serve the Lord, great blessings will be theirs, for the prophet has said: “… 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 am a firm believer that this country, both North and South America, is the choice land of the world, a land choice above all other lands, according to the words of the prophets in the Book of Mormon.” Heber J. Grant

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