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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - The Twelfth Article of Faith

"Inspiration has prepared the way from the beginning, when the Lord impressed the Prophet Joseph Smith to compose the twelfth article of faith: 'We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.' This inspired statement was surely written for our day. The Prophet knew that the gospel was ultimately to be taken to all nations regardless of their governmental differences. He knew that the ordinances of salvation and exaltation could bless the lives of people regardless of their politics. And he knew that people who were taught correct principles and who were loyal to their civil leaders and observing of their local laws would be most able to enjoy the blessings of the gospel." Russell M. Nelson, "Drama on the European Stage," Ensign, Dec. 1991, p. 7

"In our time, when otherwise honorable men bend the law, twist the law, and wink at violations of the law, when crime goes unpunished, legally imposed sentences go unserved, and irresponsible and illegal conduct soars beyond previously recorded heights, there is a very real need to return to the basic justice that the laws provide when honest men sustain them." Thomas S. Monson, "In Quest of the Abundant Life," Ensign, Mar. 1988, p. 3

"Obedience to law, when that law has been declared constitutional, is incumbent upon the Latter-day Saints and therefore becomes a standard of eligibility to enter the temples of the Church." Gordon B. Hinckley, "Keeping the Temple Holy," Ensign, May 1990, p. 51

"All members of the Church should be committed to obeying and honoring the laws of the land in which they live. We should be exemplary in our obedience to the governments that govern us. The Church, to be of service to the nations of the world, must be a wholesome influence in the lives of individuals who embrace it, in temporal as well as spiritual affairs." L. Tom Perry, "A Meaningful Celebration," Ensign, Nov. 1987, p. 71

"Brothers and sisters, oftentimes we are tempted to compromise with circumstances of the moment, but we must exercise care and live the principles of righteous living at all times so we will know what to do when called upon to make a decision of far greater importance. We must always be examples to the world as members of the Lord's kingdom and keep the laws of the land and the laws of God." Adney Y. Komatsu, "Looking to the Savior," Ensign, May 1987, p. 79

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