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Teachings About Law

D&C 134
A declaration of belief regarding governments and laws in general adopted by unanimous vote at a general assembly of the Church held at Kirtland, Ohio, August 17, 1835. (This declaration is considered scripture by the Church.)
Law: An Overview
Three types of laws exist: spiritual or divine laws, laws of nature, and civil laws. Latter-day Saints are deeply and consistently law-oriented, because laws, whether spiritual, physical, or civil, are rules defining existence and guiding action. Through the observance of laws, blessings and rewards are expected, and by the violation of laws, suffering, deprivation, and even punishment will result." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Divine and Eternal Law
"The relation of divine law to other species of law has not been given systematic treatment in Mormon thought as it has in traditional Christian theology (e.g., the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas). But distinctive observations about divine law and eternal law may be drawn from Latter-day scriptures and related sources." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Constitutional Law
"As a people, the Latter-day Saints are committed to sustaining constitutional government as the best instrument for maintaining peace, individual freedom, and community life in modern society." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Constitution of the United States of America
"While LDS scripture reinforces the traditional Christian duty of "respect and deference" to civil laws and governments in general as "instituted of God for the benefit of man" (D&C 134:1, 6), Latter-day Saints attach special significance to the Constitution of the United States of America. They believe that the Lord "established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom [he] raised up unto this very purpose" (D&C 101:80)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
"In LDS doctrine, murder is second in seriousness only to the unpardonable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Capital Punishment
" punishment is viewed in the doctrines of the Church to be an appropriate penalty for murder, but that penalty is proper only after the offender has been found guilty in a lawful public trial by constitutionally authorized civil authorities." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Civil Rights
"An oft-cited 1963 statement by a member of the Church First Presidency, Hugh B. Brown, called for 'full civil equality for all of God's children,' saying 'it is a moral evil…to deny any human being the right to gainful employment, to full educational opportunity, and to every privilege of citizenship, just as it is a moral evil to deny him the right to worship" (p. 1058)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Legal and Judicial History
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has usually relied upon the law for protection and has honored its judgments in principle and practice. The one significant exception was its resistance to antipolygamy laws before plural marriage was discontinued in 1890. Obedience to the law of the land is a tenet of LDS belief (see Politics: Political Teachings)." Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Civil Disobedience
"Generally speaking, the Church does not support its members in exercising civil disobedience." W. John Walsh
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