The Founding Fathers and St. George Temp

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The Founding Fathers and The St. George Utah Temple

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“I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose. . .” Doctrine & Covenants 101:80

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“Our Father in Heaven planned the coming forth of the Founding Fathers and their form of government as the necessary great prologue leading to the restoration of the gospel.” -- President Ezra Taft Benson

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Reflect on the following words of the Founding Fathers. Note their strong testimony of God.

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The St. George Utah Temple

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In 1877, shortly after the dedication of the St. George Temple, the first temple in Utah, the Founding Fathers appeared to Elder Wilford Woodruff, one of the twelve apostles, who was president of the temple. "Before I left St. George, the spirits of the [Founding Fathers] gathered around me, wanting to know why we did not redeem them. Said they, 'You have had the use of the Endowment House for a number of years, and yet nothing has ever been done for us. We laid the foundation of the government you now enjoy, and we never apostatized from it, but we remained true to it and were faithful to God.' …they waited on me for two days and two nights. . . . I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon Brother McCallister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other eminent men, making one hundred in all...”

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At a conference in April 1898, after he became President of the Church, President Woodruff declared: "Those men who laid the foundation of this American government and signed the Declaration of Independence were the best spirits the God of heaven could find on the face of the earth. They were choice spirits, not wicked men. General Washington and all the men that labored for the purpose were inspired of the Lord. . . . Everyone of those men that signed the Declaration of Independence, with General Washington, called upon me, as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the Temple at St. George, two consecutive nights, and demanded at my hands that I should go forth and attend to the ordinances of the House of God for them.”

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That We May be Redeemed by Harold I. Hopkinson This painting of President Woodruff and the Forefathers is displayed on a wall in the St. George Temple

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