Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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2 And now verily I say unto you, concern[ing]  the laws of the land, it is my will that my peo ple should observe to do all these things what soever I command them, and that law of the  land, which is constitutional, supporting that  principle of freedom, in maintaining rights  and privileges belongs to all mankind and is  justifiable before me: therefore I the Lord jus tifieth you, and your brethren of my church,  in befriending that law which is the constitu tional law of the land: and as pertaining to  law of man, whatsoever is more or less than  these, cometh of evil. I the Lord God maketh  you free: therefore ye are free indeed: and the  law also maketh you free: nevertheless when  the wicked rule the people mourn: wherefore  honest men and wise men should be sought for,  diligently, and good men and wise men, ye  should observe to uphold; otherwise whatso ever is less than these, cometh of evil.
3 And I give unto you a commandment,  that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto  all good, that ye shall live by every word which  proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God: for  he will give unto the faithful, line upon line,  precept upon precept: and I will try you, and  prove you herewith: and whoso layeth down  his life in my cause, for my name’s sake, shall  find it again; even life eternal: therefore be not  afraid of your enemies; for I have decreed in  my heart, saith the Lord, that I will prove you  in all things, whether you will abide in my  covenant, even unto death, that you may be  found worthy; for if ye will not abide in my  covenant, ye are not worthy of me: therefore [p. 334]
2 And now verily I say unto you, concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all these things whatsoever I command them, and that law of the land, which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom, in maintaining rights and privileges belongs to all mankind and is justifiable before me: therefore I the Lord justifieth you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land: and as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than these, cometh of evil. I the Lord God maketh you free: therefore ye are free indeed: and the law also maketh you free: nevertheless when the wicked rule the people mourn: wherefore honest men and wise men should be sought for, diligently, and good men and wise men, ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these, cometh of evil.
3 And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God: for he will give unto the faithful, line upon line, precept upon precept: and I will try you, and prove you herewith: and whoso layeth down his life in my cause, for my name’s sake, shall find it again; even life eternal: therefore be not afraid of your enemies; for I have decreed in my heart, saith the Lord, that I will prove you in all things, whether you will abide in my covenant, even unto death, that you may be found worthy; for if ye will not abide in my covenant, ye are not worthy of me: therefore [p. 334]
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