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vv. 1-4 Freedom of religion
vv. 5-8 Men should support good government.
vv. 9-10 Religious societies should not wield civil authority.
v. 11 The right to self-defense
"We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."
Corrupt government and corrupt government officials hurt Israel.
The Lord plans to restore the system of judges.
  • Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 47-49
Joseph Smith touches upon man's responsibility to government in comparison with his responsibility to the laws of heaven. He also compares the benefits derived from obedience to their respective laws.
Statement particularly intended as a response to claims made by the John Birch Society. Political neutrality is affirmed. Communism is denounced. The two-party system is declared to be a system we believe in.
(The best version of this statement I've been able to find is in the form of a comment on a blog. Hence, the citation must necessarily be taken as apocryphal unless a more reliable citation can be found.)
  • Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 117
Political Motto of the Church of Latter-Day Saints
The Constitution of our country formed by the Fathers of liberty. Peace and good order in society. Love to God, and good will to man. All good and wholesome laws, virtue and truth above all things, and aristarchy, live forever! But woe to tyrants, mobs, aristocracy, anarchy, and toryism, and all those who invent or seek out unrighteous law suits, under the pretext and color of law, or office, either religious or political. Exalt the standard of Democracy! Down with that of priestcraft, and let all the people say Amen! that the blood of our fathers may not cry from the ground against us. Sacred is the memory of that blood which bought for us our liberty.
"It remains to be seen whether or not our nation can tame big government. There is, frankly, no precedent for dismantling, even partially, a welfare state, especially in a peaceful and constitutional way. Such a Goliath will not go quietly to surgery."
"Decrease the belief in God, and you increase the numbers of those who wish to play at being God by being 'society’s supervisors.' Such 'supervisors' deny the existence of divine standards, but are very serious about imposing their own standards on society."
Importance of hierarchy to enable goal-oriented group behavior, and some notes on the evolution of hierarchies.