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I am for this Declaration

A Reminder for the 4th of July of our blessed heritage in America:

Sink or Swim, Live or Die, Survive or Perish

I am for this Declaration

In his book, The Constitution A Heavenly Banner, Ezra Taft Benson quotes the inspiring words of John Adams who was encouraging his fellow delegates at the Continental Congress in July 1776 to sign the Declaration of Independence.

“Our feelings for this marvelous document should be the same as those attributed to John Adams by Daniel Webster. When others were vacillating on whether to adopt the Declaration of Independence, the sentiments of John Adams were these:

“Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote. It is true, indeed, that in the beginning we aimed not at independence. But there’s a Divinity that shapes our ends….Why, then should we defer the Declaration?... You and I, indeed, may rue it. We may not live to see the time when this Declaration shall be made good. We may die; die Colonists, die slave, die, it may be, ignominiously and on the scaffold.

“Be it so. Be it so.

“If it be the pleasure of Heaven that my county shall required the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready….But while I do live, let me have a country, or at least the hope of a county, and that a free country.

“But whatever may be our fate, be assured…that this Declaration will stand. It may cost treasure, and it may cost blood, but it will stand and it will richly compensate for both.

“Through the thick gloom of the present, I see the brightness of the future as the sun in heaven. We shall make this a glorious, an immortal day. When we are in our graves, our children will honor it. They will celebrate it with thanksgiving, with festivity, with bonfires, and illuminations.

“Before God, I believe the hour is come. My judgment approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope, in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it; and I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and Independence forever.” John Adams

“We, the blessed beneficiaries, likewise face difficult days in this beloved land…It may also cost us blood before we are through. It is my conviction, however, that when the Lord comes, the Stars and Stripes will be floating on the breeze over this people. May it be so, and may God give us the faith and the courage exhibited by those patriots who pledged their lives and fortunes that we might be free.” ETB


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