We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. (Articles of Faith 1:12)
This is the twelfth of the thirteen Articles of Faith penned by Joseph Smith, Jr. as a way to explain the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joseph Smith wrote these thirteen statements of faith a few years before his death in a letter to a newspaper editor named Mr. Wentworth, who had inquired about the beliefs of the church. These Articles of Faith were later adopted as scripture in the book known as the Pearl of Great Price. Latter-day Saints still use these statements to help clarify and share their faith.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in being good citizens under whatever government they live. We strive to follow Christ’s teachings when He says we should “Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which be Cæsar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s” (Luke 20:25).
The laws of man will never be perfect, but we do not believe in mixing the influence of church and state, and believe that we should stand for the rule of law wherever we can defend it. We do this looking forward to the day when Christ will return to reign personally upon the earth and we will all be subject to His perfect laws.
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