One of the main objectives of the Ezra Taft Benson Society is to educate on the principles of Liberty from a Gospel Perspective. Did you know that multiple prophets and apostles have referred to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the Gospel of Liberty? It truly is.
Here are just a few quotes:
I think the time is not far distant when the light that shines from the lives of the faithful Latter-day Saints will draw many of the honest in heart into the straight and narrow path. This is the gospel of liberty, restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. (Elder German E. Ellsworth. CR April 1907.)
“The gospel that we have received is a gospel of liberty but not of license. There is nobody in bondage in this church. We are at perfect liberty to do that which we desire to do, so far as we have power. But we are not permitted, if we are saints of the living God, to go into corruption and wickedness and into the evils of this world. True, we have the power, but the Lord has given us commandments concerning these things, and He expects us to be a righteous people.” (Elder Charles W. Penrose CR October 1904.)
“We are all searching for happiness; we hope for it, we think we live for it, it is our aim in this life. But do we live so as to enjoy the happiness we so much desire? There is only one way for Latter-day Saints to be happy, which is simply to live their religion, or in other words believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every part, obeying the gospel of liberty with full purpose of heart, which sets us free indeed.” (Brigham Young. 12:168. Discourses of Brigham Young.)
“Ever since the beginning of human existence on earth, the deposed son of the morning and his followers have been compassing the captivity of souls. The plan of salvation is the gospel of liberty. And now, in these the last days, immediately precedent to the return of Christ, who shall come to rule in righteousness on earth, the arch-fiend is making desperate effort to enthrall mankind under the autocracy of hell. The conflict under which the earth has been made to groan was a repetition of the premundane war, whereby the free agency of spirits was vindicated; and the eventual issue of the later struggle was equally assured.” ( Vitality of Mormonism. James E. Talmage)
“”Mormonism” is the Gospel of liberty, for it opens the door of freedom, and throws off the fetters of bondage. I bear my testimony to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed by the Prophet Joseph Smith, and to the correctness of the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; also to the revelations given through the prophets of God both ancient and modern. ” (Elder Ezra Taft Benson. Member of the Council of Twelve from July 16, 1846, to September 3, 1869. “Testimonies of the Divinity of the Church 1830 – 1930 (S. Bennion)”)
As we continue to build up the Ezra Taft Benson Society we will be creating new educational resources to help teach the principles of freedom and the gospel of liberty. For now check out the resources currently available from LatterdayConservative.com: here and here.