Understand "Things Which Have Been"
Dallin H. Oaks
The British North American colonies were originally settled by people who, for the most part, came there for the freedom to practice their religious faith without persecution, and their successors deliberately placed religious freedom first in their nation’s Bill of Rights. The guarantee of religious freedom is also reflected in the constitutions of all 50 states, as well as in the constitutions of most other nations. “Challenges to Religious Freedom,” Address at the Argentina Council for Foreign Relations (CARI) April 23, 2015 (Part II).
Elder Quentin L. Cook
[T]o work with people of other faiths to improve the moral fabric of our communities, nations, and world and to protect religious freedom….we need to understand and comprehend “things which have been” (D&C 88:79), with particular emphasis on events that were precursors to the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that still need to be protected. “Restoring Morality and Religious Freedom,” Ensign, September 2012 (p. 33).
[F]our major “things which have been” [are:]…Tyndale and the King James Bible….English common law and the U.S. Constitution….Scientific achievements, including the Industrial Revolution, the communications revolution, and advancements in medicine….[and] A return to Judeo-Christian moral principles. “Restoring Morality and Religious Freedom,” Ensign, September 2012 (p. 33-35).