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Constitution Bicentennial

President Ezra Taft Benson set the tone for the Church's participation in the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution in 1987, with stirring addresses delivered at a BYU devotional, at general conference and at Valley Forge, Pa.

"I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document," he said. "To me, its words are akin to the revelations of God, for God has placed His stamp of approval on the Constitution of this land."President Thomas S. Monson, speaking at a musical tribute by some 700 teenagers at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. on Sept. 17, 1987, said: "I think it is the inspiration of Almighty God that at this particular time we have serving as president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Ezra Taft Benson, one of the greatest advocates of freedom, and one of those who loves most the Constitution of this land."

Among the Church's events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the "miracle" in Philadelphia, was a gala Constitutional Ball.