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Friday, March 9, 2012

Statements on the US Constitution to "hang by a thread"

The following are direct prophecies given by LDS Church leaders about the fate and destiny of the Constitution of the United States of America.  The Mormon Eagle shall quote prophecies made in public meetings, and shall quote from the speakers' mouths.  Second-hand accounts (such as "I heard so-and-so say such-and-such") will not be used.

The Prophet Joseph Smith
"Even this nation will be on the verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground and when the Constitution is on the brink of ruin this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction” (Joseph Smith Papers, LDS Church Historical Archives, Box 1, March 10, 1844). 

President John Taylor
"When the people shall have torn to shreds the Constitution of the United States the Elders of Israel will be found holding it up to the nations of the earth and proclaiming liberty and equal rights to all men" (Jornal of Discourses 21:8).

President J. Reuben Clark, Jr.
"You and I have heard all our lives that the time may come when the Constitution may hang by a thread.  I do not know whether it is a thread, or a small rope by which it now hangs, but I do know that whether it shall live or die is now in the balance" (Conference Report, October 1942, 58). 

President Brigham Young
"When the Constitution of the United States hangs, as it were, upon a single thread, they [the people of the United States of America] will have to call for the 'Mormon' elders to save it from utter destruction; and they [the Elders] will step forth and do it" (JD 2:182, February  18, 1855). 

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