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     History testifies that the Almighty both protected and guided America's formation, from driving the Pilgrims to Massachusetts, an area outside of the King's charter, to delivering the fledging continental army from sure capture at the Battle of Brooklyn and finally to inspiring the writing of the US Constitution.  America became the land of refuge to which persecuted Christians in the Old World could flee for safety and freedom, especially for the liberty to worship God according to their conscience.  As a result, divine blessings graced the emerging nation as she codified unalienable personal rights in its foundational laws.  The United States became a Christian nation composed primarily of devout citizens who daily tried to serve their God and Savior.
     American freedom created a haven in which the Lord restored His church as it once existed during the lives of the apostles.  Since the Reformation began reforming a corrupt church, devout Christians searched for the pure church of Jesus Christ.  We believe that the Lord restored His church through Joseph Smith in the first half the nineteenth century.  It is the culmination of the Puritan hope, the return of the pristine New Testament church.  Since then, its missionaries have been proclaiming the Savior’s gospel and inviting all people to come into Christ’s kingdom and prepare for the glorious return of Jesus Christ.
     While the restored church grew phenomenally well during the life of Joseph Smith, only a small percentage of Americans, and even a smaller number of Europeans, entered the restored church.  The restored gospel was rejected by most of these people.  In particular, when the church appealed to the Federal Government for the return of its property taken when Missouri forcibly expelled all its members from the state, all three branches of government ignored its’ pleas.
     In the parable of the marriage supper, Jesus predicted that those first invited would ignore the invitation.  The Master gave His response to their rejection: “The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy” (Mat 22:8).  Luke’s gospel gives a more stern response: “None of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper” (Lu 14:24).  His servants were commanded to invite others to attend the joyful celebration.  He said, “Bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind” (Lu 14:21).
     Today, America is a far different place.  Liberty and faith still reside side by side, moral virtues are still espoused, and self-reliance is still admired, but doubt is prevailing, immorality is multiplying, crime is abounding, pagan precepts are exonerated, dependence, especially financial dependence, is increasing.  Meanwhile, America’s denominations are waning and Christian values are fading.
     America’s decline has been accompanied by the rise of the third world.  Christianity is growing in many of those nations.  They are beginning to answer the invitation to prepare for the marriage supper of the Lamb.  For America to fulfill its purpose, its people must also prepare.
     The invitation to prepare for the marriage supper of the Lamb has been continually extended by the church restored under the hand of Joseph Smith.  Latter-day revelation invites the world, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom” (D&C 65:1c).  Elsewhere, it states, “Let the cry go forth among all people: Awake and arise and go forth to meet the Bridegroom.  Behold, and lo, the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him. Prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord” (D&C 108:3c-d). 
     Time is short.  Jesus is about ready to descend, but His kingdom is not ready.  The difficulties in America are God’s way of calling us to repentance.  Our national condition will continue to deteriorate until Americans repent.  Those that refuse will find themselves shut out from the marriage supper and watch believing Christians from the third world take their place.

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