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Monday, February 21, 2011

Reflections on Presidents' Day: Abraham Lincoln

A Mormon Times article entitled, "Abraham Lincoln's life is meaningful to Mormons" resonated with me today. Given this late posting, I just want to extract a quote I found particularly inspiring.
Of Abraham Lincoln, John Wesley Hill concludes, "Perhaps no American, save the prophets only, has put such implicit trust in God as did the Great Emancipator. Out of his personal experiences he testified he was as certain that God acts directly upon human affairs as he was of a fact apparent to the senses, such as that he was in the room where he was then speaking. He said: 'I have had so many evidences of His direction, so many instances when I have been controlled by some other power than my own will, that I cannot doubt that this power comes from above. I frequently see my way clear to a decision when I am conscious that I have not sufficient facts upon which to found it. But I cannot recall one instance in which I have followed my own judgment founded upon such a decision, where the results were unsatisfactory; whereas, in almost every instance where I have yielded to the views of others I have had occasion to regret it.'"

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