What a wonderful time to live on this Earth. We are truly blessed to live on Earth now, during this preparatory period for the Lord's second coming, and to live in this free nation. This land was set apart and prepared for many things. Lehi was told, "ye...shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands (1 Nephi 2:20)." His descendants left a great record for us in these latter-days, that of the Book of Mormon. Later, gentiles were brought here that the gospel might be restored. We are told in 1 Nephi, Chapter 13, such events as Columbus coming to America, the bible being brought, and the use of the Bible and Book or Mormon together. to bring back lost truths. Additionally, a blessing was left upon this land, "that whosoever should believe in this gospel in this land might have eternal life; Yeah that it might be free unto all of whatsoever nation kindered, tongue, or people they may be (D&C 10: 49-50)." As you enjoy the 4th and remember freedom claimed by this nation, and the 24th to celebrate those faithful pioneers who laid the foundation for the Lord's world wide church, please don't forget to give thanks for the blessing you are so privileged to enjoy.
You are in our prayers of thankfulness.