Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written. Ether 2:12.
During the early days of World War II, I was a student in a small high school in southern Utah. The war news seemed to be getting worse each day. Almost daily I would see or hear of the inhumane treatment and the atrocities of war being committed by the enemy. The newspapers were full of articles of our local soldiers being killed or taken prisoner. The radio news broadcasts, as well as movie theater newsreels, were full of the horrors of modern-day warfare.
As a teenager, I was concerned as to what was to become of our country. My heart was filled with fear as I felt that there was a great possibility that we might be overpowered by these evil men. But I was ashamed to admit to my school classmates that I had such fears.
I was enrolled in seminary, and felt a great desire to discuss these fears with my seminary teacher. A member of my ward, he was a new teacher who had just finished college after returning from a mission. One day I decided to linger behind the other students, to see if I could work up enough courage to speak to him about my problem.
As I confided in him of my deep concerns, he immediately walked over to a nearby student desk, picked up a copy of the Book of Mormon, and flipped the pages open to the above scripture. He slowly read it to me, and then said that he felt certain that there were enough people in this great land who loved and served the Lord that God would not permit this land to be overpowered by our enemies. He went on to say there was no doubt in his mind that the Lord would keep this land free from bondage and captivity, as was promised in this scripture.
This scripture gave me great comfort during the following years, as I graduated from high school and then went into the armed forces myself. There were never again any fears as to what the outcome might be. I knew there were enough righteous people in this land that the Lord would keep His promise. Frank Robison, Kaysville, Utah.