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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Patriotism

"Patriotism is more than flag-waving and fireworks. It is how we respond to public issues. If we ask only, 'What is in this proposal for me? What do I get out of it?'—we are not patriotic and we are not very good citizens. But if we ask, 'Is this right? Is it good for the American people? Would it preserve and strengthen our freedom?'—we deserve to stand in the company of Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. Patriotism is trying always to give more to the nation than we receive. It is selfless service." - Ezra Taft Benson, "The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson," p.589

“What a wonderful heritage we could leave to our youth if we could just kindle in them the fires of freedom that our fathers kindled in us. I love this great land; I honor the great founding fathers; I'm proud to be an American. I cannot sing ‘America’ without tears coming to my eyes and without chills running up and down my back. When I stand with my hand over my heart and sing our national anthem, I'm so proud I can hardly stand it. When I think of all the noble men who gave their lives for this land, then I feel a sacred resolve well up within me and I know that we must stand fast.” - Vaughn J. Featherstone, “But Watchman, What of the Night?,” Ensign (CR), November 1975, p. 7

My beloved brethren and sisters, humbly and gratefully I stand before you today. I thank the Lord for the eternal principle of freedom, free agency, the right choice. I cherish patriotism and love of country in all lands. -
Ezra Taft Benson, “The Constitution—A Glorious Standard,” Ensign (CR), May 1976, p.91

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