America’s Promise – Who the promised land of America should belong to, by second counselor of the First Presidency, Marion G. Romney. This post explains why people other than those labeled “Lamanites” are promised the land according to Mormonism.
Quotes from the article America’s Promise
“Behold,” says the revelation, “this [America] is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ.” (Ether 2:12)
“The Book of Mormon, quoting Jesus as he spoke here in America, reads:”
- “This land shall be a land of liberty… and there shall be no kings upon [it]…”
- “…For I, the Lord, the king of heaven, will be their king, and I will be a light unto them forever, that hear my words…”
- “…For it is a choice land, saith God… wherefore I will have all men that dwell theron that they shall worship me.” (Book of Mormon 2 Nephi: 10:11-19)
“…whoso should posses this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off…” (Book of Mormon Ether 2:8-9)
Romney speaks about the variety of people who have inhabited the land, and how the people were righteous for a while. They lived in happiness, then fell away from Christ’s teachings. The result Romney clearly states, “…they would bring themselves to certain destruction.”
Marion G. Romney says, “They began turning away from the ways of the God of the land. Finally they rejected him. By the end of the fourth century, as a result of contention, crime, and carnage, their civilization had disintegrated. Having proved unworthy of protection by the “might” of the God of the land, the remnants of these people dwindled in unbelief until they reached the degradation in which Columbus found them. ”
“… there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.” (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 1:6)
“…that whoso should posses [the land] should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off…” (Book of Mormon, Ether 2: 8-9)
“…that ye may know the decrees of God – that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fullness come, that ye may not bring down the fullness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done.” (Book of Mormon, Ether 2:11)
Romney continues, “Jesus Christ, the God of this land, led Columbus to it. He led the Pilgrims to Plymouth. He sustained and gave victory to the colonists.”
Romney, “Now why do I emphasize this theme? I do so as a warning against the ongoing anti-Christ trend in America today.
Romney compares the “anti-Christ trend in America” to the previous inhabitants of the land. He then writes for a bit about communism, atheists, and protecting the First Amendment.
Romney, Marion G., America’s Promise. Ensign, Issue 9, 1979. Web. 30, June 2017.