"Men may fail in this country, earthquakes may come, seas may heave beyond their bounds, there may be great drought, disaster, and hardship, but this nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail.
This is the cradle of humanity, where life on this earth began in the Garden of Eden. This is the place of the New Jerusalem. . . . This is the place where the Savior will come to His temple.
We are living in a time of great crisis. The Country is torn with scandal and with criticism, with fault-finding and condemnation. There are those who have downgraded the image of this nation as probably never before in the history of the country.
I plead with you not to preach pessimism. Preach that this is the greatest country in all the world. . . . It is the nation that will stand despite whatever trials or crises it may yet have to pass through.
We must be on the optimistic side. This is a great nation; this is a great country; this is the most favored of all lands. While it is true that there are dangers and difficulties that lie ahead of us, we must not assume that we are going to stand by and watch the country go to ruin. We should not be heard to predict ills and calamities for the nation. On the contrary, we should be providing optimistic support for the nation. We must tell the world how we feel about this land and this nation and should bear our testimonies about the great mission and destiny that it has.
If we do this, we will help turn the tide of this great country and lessen the influence of the pessimists. We must be careful that we do not say or do anything that will further weaken the country. It is the negative, pessimistic comments about the nation that do as much harm as anything to the country today. We who carry these sacred responsibilities must preach the gospel of peace, and peace can only come by overcoming the things of the world. Now, we must be the dynamic force that will help turn the tide of fear and pessimism." -Harold B. Lee
I can't even begin to express how grateful I am to live in this great nation and to know that we are one nation under God. I feel so much love for this nation and the huge blessing it is to live here. The opportunity to vote in this presidential election and to take part of the process will be something I will always remember. I am grateful we had two candidates that were willing to run, willing to put themselves out there, and willing to present plans and do what they could to help our country. I think our country is in a hard spot and it is difficult to say whether either candidate would have been the solution to all of our problems. I am disappointed that after the results were announced, people were so hateful on both sides. It made me cry to see people saying things like, "I'm ashamed to be an American" along with MANY rude remarks about both Romney and Obama. I hope that as we move forward, we can all show respect and support for our leaders and this great process of voting we are so privileged to have. I'm grateful for those who have shared this quote from Harold B. Lee. Let us be optimistic about the future and do all that we can to strengthen our great country.