Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

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for verily I say unto you, my law shall be kept  on this land.
5 Let no man think he is ruler, but let God  rule him that judgeth, according to the council  of his own will: or in other words, him that  councilleth, or sitteth upon the judgment seat.  Let no man break the laws of the land, for he  that keepeth the laws of God, hath no need to  break the laws of the land: wherefore be sub ject to the powers that be, until He reigns  whose right it is to reign, and subdues all en emies under his feet. Behold the laws which  ye have received from my hand, are the laws  of the church; and in this light ye shall hold  them forth. Behold here is wisdom.
6 And now as I spake concerning my ser vant : this land is the land  of his residence, and those whom he has ap pointed for his councillors. And also the  land of the residence of him whom I have ap pointed to keep my store-house: wherefore  let them bring their families to this land, as  they shall council between themselves and  me: for behold it is not meet that I should  command in all things, for he that is compel led in all things, the same is a slothful and not  a wise servant: wherefore he receiveth no re ward. Verily I say, men should be anxiously  engaged in a good cause, and do many things  of their own free will, and bring to pass much  righteousness: for the power is in them, where in they are agents unto themselves. And in asmuch as men do good they shall in nowise  lose their reward. But he that doeth not any  thing until he is commanded, and receiveth a [p. 196]
for verily I say unto you, my law shall be kept on this land.
5 Let no man think he is ruler, but let God rule him that judgeth, according to the council of his own will: or in other words, him that councilleth, or sitteth upon the judgment seat. Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God, hath no need to break the laws of the land: wherefore be subject to the powers that be, until He reigns whose right it is to reign, and subdues all enemies under his feet. Behold the laws which ye have received from my hand, are the laws of the church; and in this light ye shall hold them forth. Behold here is wisdom.
6 And now as I spake concerning my servant : this land is the land of his residence, and those whom he has appointed for his councillors. And also the land of the residence of him whom I have appointed to keep my store-house: wherefore let them bring their families to this land, as they shall council between themselves and me: for behold it is not meet that I should command in all things, for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant: wherefore he receiveth no reward. Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness: for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward. But he that doeth not any thing until he is commanded, and receiveth a [p. 196]
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