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25 years ago

President Ezra Taft Benson spoke about patriotism, morality and government during a "Constitution Day" commemoration in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on Sept. 17, 1978, according to the Sept. 23, 1978, Church News.

Then serving as President of the Quorum of the Twelve, President Benson was the featured speaker to an interfaith audience at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium, which was filled to capacity.

He said: "My friends, freedom needs to be cherished and guarded — constantly. It must never be taken for granted.

"At least 20 great civilizations have disappeared. The pattern is shockingly similar. Before their collapse, all showed a decline in spiritual values, in moral stamina and in the freedom and responsibility of their bloated bureaucracy, government paternalism and generally a rather elaborate set of supports, controls, and regulations affecting prices, wages, production and consumption."

He concluded, according to the article, saying: "This is still God's world. The forces of evil, working through some mortals, have made a mess of the good part of it. But it is still God's world.

"Now is the time for us to nail our colors to the mast — to stand up for God and those unequivocal principles of freedom and morality — the very foundations of this blessed land of America."