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Political, Governmental, and Community Affairs

"We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society." (D & C 134:1)

An Official Statement on Political, Governmental, and Community Affairs
In a letter to General Authorities and local leaders in the United States, the First Presidency encouraged members of the Church to be ``full participants in political, governmental and community affairs.

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.)

The Proper Role of Government
President Ezra Taft Benson defines the proper role of government in the lives of citizens.

Civic Duties
"Latter-day Saint teachings emphasize many aspects of civic duty, including responsible self-government; an informed, public-spirited citizenry; and obedience to law." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Church and State
"Latter-day Saints believe that the separation of church and state is essential in modern societies prior to the Millennium. LDS scriptures teach that civic laws should not interfere with religious practices, nor should religious institutions manipulate governments to their advantage." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Diplomatic Relations
"...the diplomatic contacts of the Church with the governments of the world have been aimed mostly at securing legal recognition for the Church and freedom for its members to preach the gospel to others, meet together for religious worship, and live according to their religious precepts." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Political Teachings
"Concerning the general duties of government and citizen, latter-day scriptures and the prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teach that governments should protect freedoms and provide for the public interest and that citizens should honor and uphold laws and governments." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Political History
A brief overview of LDS political history in the United States.

Political Culture
A discussion of LDS political culture.

Contemporary American Politics
"Latter-day Saints are an integral part of the politics of the intermountain West of the United States." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

The Council of Fifty
"The Council of Fifty, a council formed in Nauvoo in 1844, provided a pattern of political government under priesthood and revelation. It was, to its members, the nucleus or focus of God's latter-day kingdom." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

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