From a statement by Ezra Taft Benson, Mormon president, in 1987:
Our Father in Heaven planned the coming forth of the Founding Fathers and their form of government as the necessary great prologue leading to the restoration of the gospel. Recall what our Savior Jesus Christ said nearly two thousand years ago when He visited this promised land: “For it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land, and be set up as a free people by the power of the Father, that these things might come forth” (3 Ne. 21:4).
IMAGE: The rebels of ’76–Or the first announcement of the great declaration (Library of Congress)