On the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Charles A. Boardman regarding the English colonists preached, "the Spirit of the living God, poured out on England, which raised up these men, to free her from the shackles of papal superstition and misrule; to proclaim liberty to her captives; and to lay in the new world the foundations of a free and mighty nation." ... "And I see almost as clearly, in their preservation, the preparation that God was making for the independence of these States, as I see, in the preservation of Israel in the land of Canaan, the preparation which God was making for the coming of the Son of Man."
Regarding America, "[God] selecting a little band of his own followers, and leading them forth with a father's tenderness to the possession of this goodly land; defending them with his own omnipotence as the apple of his eye; by them establishing a church on the gates of which He was written Salvation, ... making the place of their refuge the lot of his inheritance, saying by a thousand tokens of mercy, 'This is my rest forever; here will I dwell; for I have desired it!'" [see 1 Nephi 13, 2 Nephi 10, Ether 2:7-12 and D&C 101:80]
[Grunder, Rick, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source]