“Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when

the Constitution is upon 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, as recorded
by Martha Jane Knowlton Coray; ms. in Church Historian‟s Office, Salt Lake City July 19, 1840.)

“The Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard; it is founded in the wisdom of God. It is a
heavenly banner;” (Joseph Smith, HC, vol. 3, p. 305. March 25, 1839.)

“…he (Joseph Smith Jr.) taught us relating to the Kingdom of God, as it would become organized upon the
earth through „all nations learning war no more,‟ and all adopting the God-given constitution of the
United States as a Palladium of Liberty and Equal Rights.” (The Benjamin F. Johnson Letter to Elder
George F. Gibbs page 14)

“We say that God is true; that the Constitution of the United States is true; that the Bible is true.” (Joseph
Smith, Teaching of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 147-48.)

“Come, all ye lovers of liberty, break the oppressor's rod, loose the iron grasp of mobocracy, and bring to
condign punishment all those who trample under foot the glorious Constitution and the people's rights.
[Drawing his sword, and presenting it to heaven, he said] I call God and angels to witness that I have
unsheathed my sword with a firm and unalterable determination that this people shall have their legal
rights, and be protected from mob violence, or my blood shall be spilt upon the ground like water, and my
body consigned to the silent tomb. While I live, I will never tamely submit to the dominion of cursed
mobocracy. I would welcome death rather than submit to this oppression; and it would be sweet, oh,
sweet, to rest in the grave rather than submit to this oppression, agitation, annoyance, confusion, and
alarm upon alarm, any longer.” (Joseph Smith, the last speech to the Nauvoo Legion History of The
Church, Volume 6, Page 500. June 1844.)

And now, you may write it down, any of you, and I will prophesy it in the name of God. And then will be
fulfilled that prediction to be found in one of the revelations given through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Those who will not take up their sword to fight against their neighbor must needs flee to Zion for safety.
And they will come, saying, we do not know anything of the principles of your religion, but we perceive
that you are an honest community; you administer justice and righteousness, and we want to live with you
and receive the protection of your laws, but as for your religion we will talk about that some other time.
Will we protect such people? Yes, all honorable men. 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, and extending the hand of fellowship to the oppressed
of all nations. This is part of the programme, and as long as we do what is right and fear God, he will help
us and stand by us under all circumstances.” (John Taylor, Journal of Discourses, vol. 21, p. 8. August 31,

“If our Constitution, our laws, and the fundamental principles of our Government are to be trampled
underfoot, it would seem to be high time that all honorable men should stand up in defense of liberty and
the rights of man.” (John Taylor, Ecclesiastical Control in Utah, JT Papers, Volume 2, Page 300.)

“When the day comes in which the Kingdom of God will bear rule, the flag of the United States will
proudly flutter unsullied on the flagstaff of liberty and equal rights, without a spot to sully its fair surface;
the glorious flag our fathers have bequeathed to us will then be unfurled to the breeze by those who have
power to hoist it aloft and defend its sanctity.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 2:317.)

“Will the Constitution be destroyed? No; it will be held inviolate by this people; and, as Joseph Smith said,
„The time will come when the destiny of the nation will hang upon a single thread. At this critical juncture,
this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.‟ It will be so.” (Brigham Young,
Journal of Discourses, 7:15.)

“I want to say to every man, the Constitution of the United States, as formed by our fathers, was dictated,
was revealed, was put into their hearts by the Almighty, who sits enthroned in the midst of the heavens;
although unknown to them, it was dictated by the revelations of Jesus Christ, and I tell you in the name of
Jesus Christ, it is as good as I could ask for.” (Brigham Young, July 14, 1850.)

“The government of heaven, if wickedly administered, would become one of the worst governments upon
the face of the earth. No matter how good a government is, unless it is administered by righteous men, an
evil government will be made of it.” (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 10:177. June 24, 1863.)

These principles that I propose to read to you are the foundation and basic principles of the Constitution
of our country, and are eternal, enduring forevermore, and cannot be changed or ignored with
“And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God which hath brought thee out of the land
of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” . . .
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image of any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or
that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”
“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them.” . . .
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” . . .
“Six days shall thou labor and do all thy work.” . . .
“Honor thy father and thy mother.” . . .
“Thou shalt not kill.” . . .
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” . . .
“Thou shalt not steal.”
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neightbor’s wife, nor his man-
servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s” [Ex 20:1-6].
Now, these are the commandments of God, the principles contained in these commandments of the
great Eternal are the principles that underlie the Constitution of our country and all just laws. (Joseph F.
Smith ”The Mexican Trouble—Loyalty to the Constitution” 98-101)

Joseph Smith, the prophet, was inspired to affirm and ratify this truth, and he further predicted that the
time would come, when the Constitution of our country would hang as it were by a thread, and that the
Latter-day Saints above all other people in the world would come to the rescue of that great and
glorious palladium of our liberty. We cannot brook the thought of it being torn into shreds, or
destroyed, or trampled under foot and ignored by men. We cannot tolerate the sentiment, at one time
expressed, by a man, high in authority in the nation. He said: “The Constitution be damned; the popular
sentiment of the people is the Constitution!” That is the sentiment of anarchism that has spread to a
certain extent, and is spreading over “the land of liberty and home of the brave.” We do not tolerate it.
Latter-day Saints cannot tolerate such a spirit as this. It is anarchy. It means destruction. It is the spirit of
mobocracy, and the Lord knows we have suffered enough from mobocracy, and we do not want any
more of it. Our people from Mexico are suffering from the effects of that same spirit. We do not want
any more of it, and we cannot afford to yield to that spirit or contribute to it in the least degree. We
should stand with a front like flint against every spirit or species of contempt or disrespect for the
Constitution of our country and the constitutional laws of our land. (Joseph F Smith ”The Mexican
Trouble—Loyalty to the Constitution” 101-02)

And again I say unto you, those who have been scattered by their enemies, it is my will that they
should continue to importune for redress, and redemption, by the hands of those who are placed
as rulers and are in authority over you—
According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I [the Lord] have suffered to be
established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just
and holy principles. (D&C 101:76-77)
5. Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the nations of the earth; have mercy upon the rulers of our land;
may those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of
our land, by our fathers, be established forever. (D&C 109:54)
6. Be wise; let prudence dictate all your counsels; preserve peace with all men, if possible; stand
by the Constitution of your country; observe its principles; and above all, show yourselves men
of God, worthy citizens. (Joseph Smith - MFP 1:74-75)
The Constitution of our country [was] formed by the Fathers of liberty. . . . Exalt the standard of
Democracy! Down with that of priestcraft, and let all the people say Amen! that the blood of our
fathers may not cry from the ground against us. Sacred is the memory of that blood which bought
for us our liberty. (Joseph Smith - HC 3:9)
10. Blessed be the memory of those few brethren who contended so strenuously for their
constitutional rights and religious freedom, against such an overwhelming force of desperadoes!
(Joseph Smith - HC 3:59)
Joseph Smith made some remarks upon our condition as a people and upon our future prospects
contrasting our present condition with our past trials and persecutions by the hands of our
enemies. Also upon the constitution and government of the United States stating that the time
would come when the Constitution and Government would hand [sic] by a brittle thread and
would be ready to fall into other hands but this people the Latter-day Saints will step forth and
save it.
General Scott and part of his staff on the American Army was [sic] present on the occasion.
I James Burgess was present and testify to the above. (WJS 279; from James Burgess Notebook,
LDS Church Archives)
If I lose my life in a good cause I am willing to be sacrificed on the altar of virtue, righteousness and
truth, in maintaining the laws and Constitution of the United States, if need be, for the general good of
mankind. (HC 6:211; also in TPJS 332; WJS 320)

Genl. J. Smith . . . briefly explained the object of the mob and showed that they waged a war of
extermination upon us because of our religion. He called upon all the volunteers who felt to support the
constitution from the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean to come with their arms, ammunition &
defend the constitution. (WJS 383-84)

We are friendly to our country, and when we speak of the flag of our Union, we love it, and we love the
rights the Constitution guarantees to every citizen. What did the Prophet Joseph say? When the
Constitution shall be tottering we shall be the people to save it from the hand of the foe. (Tyler 350;
quoted by Jedediah M. Grant)

My sisters, My remarks in conclusion will be brief. I heard the prophet Joseph Smith say if the people
rose up and mobbed us and the authorities countenanced it, they would have mobs to their hearts’
content. I heard him say that the time would come when this nation would so far depart from its original
purity, its glory, and its love for freedom and its protection of civil rights and religious rights, that the
Constitution of our country would hang as it were by a thread. He said, also, that this people, the sons of
Zion, would rise up and save the Constitution and bear it off triumphantly. (Snow, Eliza R. 556)