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Doctrine and CovenantsWeek 23: D&C 98
99, 102, 106, 108, 134
The Political Motto of the Church of Latter-day Saints
The Constitution of our country formed by the Fathers of liberty. Peace and good order insociety. Love to God, and good will to man. All good and wholesome laws, virtue and truthabove all things, and aristarchy,
live for ever! But woe to tyrants, mobs, aristocracy,anarchy, and toryism,
and all those who invent or seek out unrighteous and vexatious lawsuits, under the pretext and color of law, or office, either religious or political. Exalt thestandard of Democracy! Down with that of priestcraft, and let all the people say Amen!that the blood of our fathers may not cry from the ground against us. Sacred is thememory of that blood which bought for us our liberty.
This lesson is on the relationship of the Lord
s people to secular government and its affairs. We
re going to focus primarily on sections 98 and 134.a)
Because this subject crosses into the realm of politics, there is the potential fordisagreement among class members. I would hope that we would all listen respectfully to different points of view, even when they may differ from our own. b)
Dealing with the elephant in the room:i)
Must a person belong to a specific political party in order to be a faithful Latter-day Saint? (
Do all political parties have platforms that support the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ? (
Do all political parties have platforms that are
to the teachings of the gospelof Jesus Christ? (
President Gordon B. Hinckley:
Now, there is much that we can and must do in these perilous times. We can give ouropinions on the merits of the [political] situation as we see it, but never let us becomea party to words or works of evil concerning our brothers and sisters in various nationson one side or the other. Political differences never justify hatred or ill will. I hopethat the Lord
s people may be at peace one with another during times of trouble,regardless of what loyalties they may have to different governments or parties.
The purpose of this lesson is neither to defend nor attack anyone
s political beliefs orpolitical party affiliation. I would like to stick to the principles taught in the scripturesand by the leaders of the Church, and refrain from arguing over politics.
is ―a body of good men in power, or government by excellent men.‖ Noah Webster,
American Dictionary of the English Language
, 1828 ed., s.v. ―Aristarchy‖ (
The Tories were British politicians who favored arbitrary principles in government and supported the rule of kings, whileopposing democratization and reform.
, s.v. ―Tory‖
History of the Church
Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith
117. Thepolitical motto was written by Joseph Smith in March 1838 at Far West, Missouri, and was signed by himself, Thomas B.Marsh, David W. Patten, Brigham Young, Samuel H. Smith, George M. Hinkle, John Corrill, and George W. Robinson.
―Principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties‖
Gordon B. Hinckley, ―War and Peace,‖ General Conference, April 2003 (
). President Hinckley‘s remarks came just two weeks
after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.