"Every legislator and administrator should test proposed policies for governing men in institutions, by the principles of religion, by the requirements of the gospel. Many present propositions and practices would then drop as putrid flesh from the body politic. Were that done in legislative halls, or managerial offices, the old sores of misunderstanding and political contention would soon heal, never again to open. Were that done, a new world of peace would arise from our blood-sodden, hate-driven world. If legislators would read the Bible publicly in their sessions, new light would guide them to wise decisions."
"An Understandable Religion", p. 184
"A time is coming when the youth of these mountains [and all over the world] will have to take part in governing the nation, and a greater or less knowledge of political history will be absolutely necessary to them.... Viewed in this light politics are worthy of the best endeavors of the brightest minds; and such a system would we wish to see introduced to and studied by our young men [and young women] whose destiny is to uphold and sustain pure government, and be in this direction as the servants of God are in all others--benefactors of the world of mankind."
"Gospel Truth", p. 548 originally quoted in the "Juvenile Instructor", 15 March 1885
"Let the people see to it that they get righteous men to be their leaders, who will labor with their hands and administer to their own necessities, sit in judgment, legislate, and govern in righteousness; and officers that are filled with peace; and see to it that every man that goes forth among the people as a traveling officer is full of the fear of the Lord, and would rather do right at a sacrifice than do wrong for a reward."
"Discourses of Brigham Young", p. 427
"I will teach my firm conviction that the foundation of any righteous government is the law that has been received from the Lord to guide and direct man's efforts. Righteous government receives direction from the Lord."
"For The Time Will Come When They Will Not Endure Sound Doctrine"
General Conference, October 1975
"The Lord deals with individuals; and salvation is an individual affair; but, nevertheless, he deals also with nations. for he is the God of nations, which are set up or put down, are preserved or destroyed, according to their fitness; and all this is done in the Lord's due time and way. 'Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,' sang the psalmist. 'Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people,' declared the author of the book of Proverbs." - James E. Talmage, "Conference Report," October 1923, p. 52
“I believe, my brothers and sisters, that our greatest danger as a people is from within, and I would like to believe that the Latter-day Saints believe in the leaders of this great Church to the point that they are willing to accept their counsel and advice. I think sometimes we almost bind them so that when they have the inspiration of Almighty God and would like to speak to us they hesitate for fear some of us will feel that they are interfering with political affairs. If I had my way I would welcome the day, come it as soon as God may grant, when these men with whom I am associated so intimately and whose very intimate thoughts I know and their desires for the welfare of this people and the welfare of the Kingdom of God, might not only be issuing instructions to this great Church but to this great nation, which we are told is a land choice above all other lands and over which Christ our Lord, as decreed, shall reign, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, because in this land it is decreed that the new Jerusalem of the Lord our God shall be established.” - LeGrand Richards, “Conference Report,” October 1940, Afternoon Meeting, p. 85
“Another large class of men have supposed that war was a great evil, and so it is; and they have striven to introduce peace; and some of the most influential men in Europe have united together to form peace societies, but what do their efforts in this respect amount to? What have they accomplished? Nothing; there is nothing done; iniquity abounds just as much as it did before they tried to prevent it. Temperance societies have tried to make people sober, but people are as much given to intemperance as they were before the temperance societies were introduced. There does not seem to be any difference. Their agents have been sent forth, and their missionaries for years and years have been laboring to ameliorate the condition of mankind and to lead them to the knowledge of God, and what have they done? Let the world answer. What have they done among the heathen nations? What have they done among what are called Christians? The Peace Society—what has it done? Let the United States answer; let the present powers of Europe answer; let the world answer. Notwithstanding human exertions may have been very necessary in many of these moves to try to better the condition of the world, it must be acknowledged that they have signally failed, and that unless something more be done, a more powerful and a better kind of religion introduced, and a better kind of temperance, of philosophy, a better kind of morality, a more wise and liberal kind of government, and a better code of laws instituted, the world has got to go on as it has done, without any amendment; in fact it is getting worse and worse, instead of better and better. The great problem, it is presumed, will have to rest with us and the Almighty in relation to this matter.” – John Taylor, “Journal of Discourses,” 26 vols., 10:52
We are the children of God, literally. That being the case, God's word should be uppermost in our minds in trying to bring about worth-while government. Until we as a people in particular, and the sons and daughters of God in general, realize that our civil governments will be failures so long as they are not based upon divine guidance, so long will we continue to have strife, conflict, and bloodshed. - Joseph F. Smith, Conference Report, October 1943, Evening Meeting, p.77
That government now promotes what it once enforced laws against becomes a sad reflection on the deterioration of public and political morality in the nation. - Gordon B. Hinckley, “Questions and Answers," Ensign (CR), November 1985, p. 49
Other nations might boast of their kings, but the King of America, proclaimed by the patriotic fathers who rounded it and established it, is the great God of heaven. This must continue to be the sentiment of the people of America if these glorious institutions shall be preserved, and in our hands is the sacred keeping of these great and glorious principles. - Melvin J. Ballard, Conference Report, October 1928, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p. 109
The General Constitution of our country is good, and a wholesome government could be framed upon it, for it was dictated by the invisible operations of the Almighty; he moved upon Columbus to launch forth upon the trackless deep to discover the American Continent; he moved upon the signers of the Declaration of Independence; and he moved upon Washington to fight and conquer, in the same way as he moved upon ancient and modern Prophets, each being inspired to accomplish the particular work he was called to perform in the times, seasons, and dispensations of the Almighty. – Brigham Young, “Journal of Discourses,” 26 vols., 7:14
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