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America the Beautiful

I go to a Samoan ward with my sweet husband, so I rarely hear any hymns in English anymore. And yes, I miss them very much. But yesterday we sang America the Beautiful for the opening hymn and it was beautiful. The words struck deeper, carried more meaning, and I actually felt my heart overwhelmed with feelings of deep love and admiration for the founding generation of America.


So many nitpick dates, who should be celebrating what and hwen, etc. However, I really believe the power of America lies in the heart of the American people and our acknowledgement of our God as the provider of this great nation. As the events in Washington, D.C. continue unfold, and not to the benefit of the American people, there are but a few in Congress willing to fight that good fight, I have come to realize that the salvation of America lies with the American people. 

In all honesty, this is what the Buy Back America Radio National Bus Tour is all about, uniting America. Reminding the American people that the fate of our nation lies in our hands. Reminding the American people of the greatness of whence they came, ancestors who fought, bled and died so we could be free. Those who crossed an unforgiving land, thousands of miles, in order to carve out this great nation. America the Beautiful, the brave, the strong ... the free.

I love America and all that she stands for. For me, it is more about that, than who signed what on what date. Here are the lyrics, all of them, to America the Beautiful. You may listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir while reading the words, if you so desire.



America the Beautiful

Words by Katharine Lee Bates,
Melody by Samuel Ward

O beautiful for spacious skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the fruited plain! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea! 

O beautiful for pilgrim feet 
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat 
Across the wilderness! 
America! America! 
God mend thine every flaw, 
Confirm thy soul in self-control, 
Thy liberty in law! 

O beautiful for heroes proved 
In liberating strife. 
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life! 
America! America! 
May God thy gold refine 
Till all success be nobleness 
And every gain divine! 

O beautiful for patriot dream 
That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea! 

O beautiful for halcyon skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the enameled plain! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till souls wax fair as earth and air 
And music-hearted sea! 

O beautiful for pilgrims feet, 
Whose stem impassioned stress 
A thoroughfare for freedom beat 
Across the wilderness! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till paths be wrought through 
wilds of thought 
By pilgrim foot and knee! 

O beautiful for glory-tale 
Of liberating strife 
When once and twice, 
for man's avail 
Men lavished precious life! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till selfish gain no longer stain 
The banner of the free! 

O beautiful for patriot dream 
That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till nobler men keep once again 
Thy whiter jubilee! 

Please remember who and what we are. Cast aside differences in culture, color, and location and remember that a divided America can do nothing but fall. This will not happen. I have faith in the inherent goodness and patriotism of the American people. Remember. Remember who you are and what you represent, and remember America. And remember that the 4th of July is the day we celebrate all of the above.



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