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PARABLE OF THE

NOBLEMAN AND

THE OLIVE TREES, PART I

The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.1

John Philpot Curran, Irish statesman, 1790 2

Some Book of Mormon prophets knew of the final desolate end of their nations, but they still fought on, and they saved some souls including their own by so doing. For, after all, the purpose of life is to prove ourselves, and the final victory will be for freedom.

But many of the prophecies referring to America’s preservation are conditional. That is, if we do our duty we can be preserved, and if not then we shall be destroyed. This means that a good deal of the responsibility lies with the priesthood of this Church as to what happens to America and as to how much tragedy can be avoided if we do act now.

And now as to the last neutralizer that the devil uses most effectively—it is simply this: “Don’t do anything in the fight for freedom until the Church sets up its own specific program to save the Constitution.” This brings us right back to the scripture I opened with today —- to those slothful servants who will not do anything until they are “compelled in all things.” Maybe the Lord will never set up a specific church program for the purpose of saving the Constitution. Perhaps if he set one up at this time it might split the Church asunder, and perhaps he does not want that to happen yet

Footnotes

1

The oft-quoted adage of “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” is possibly erroneously attributed solely to Thomas Jefferson. It does not appear in any of Jefferson’s known writings, but it happened to be a rather frequent sentiment expressed by several sources between 1800 to 1850.

2

Quoted from his speech given when elected as Lord Mayor of Dublin