Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Land of liberty, land of promise

What an amazing blessing it is to live in a country full of freedoms, liberties and opportunity.

When I opened my scriptures early this morning to the spot I had finished yesterday, I was overwhelmed by the passage which I read. It wasn't planned, at least not by me. But I felt I was definitely being reminded of the wonderful place where I am priveleged to live.

"...we have obtained a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands;..." 2 Nephi 1:5

and this "...that there shall be none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord." 2 Nephi 1:6

And definitely this "...and if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever." 2 Nephi 1:7

The Unites States of America is an amazing place. It is not perfect, by any means, but I couldn't be prouder of my heritage as an American. I love my country. The national anthem makes me cry. I've cried today, just thinking of all those who have given their lives to preserve the freedoms I enjoy.

I've also cried today over the direction I think our country is headed, but I did do my part. I participated in the election, reading, studying, learning and making the best choices I could for my family and, I believe strongly, for my country.

I am grateful to be a citizen of a free country, allowing me freedom, libery and the pursuit of happiness. And the right to vote!

(Of course I got a picture - I'm a scrapbooker!)