Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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terror: human laws being instituted for the  express purpose of regulating our interests as  individuals and nations, between man and  man, and divine laws, given of heaven, pre scribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith  and worship, both to be answered by man to  his Maker.
7 We believe that rulers, states, and gov ernments have a right, and are bound to  enact laws for the protection of all citizens in  the free exercise of their religious belief; but  we do not believe that they have a right, in  justice, to deprive citizens of this privilege, or  proscribe them in their opinions, so long as a  regard and reverence is shown to the laws,  and such religious opinions do not justify se dition nor conspiracy.
8 We believe that the commission of crime  should be punished according to the nature of  the offence: that murder, treason, robbery,  theft and the breach of the general peace, in  all respects, should be punished according to  their criminality and their tendency to evil  among men, by the laws of that government  in which the offence is committed: and for  the public peace and tranquility, all men  should step forward and use their ability in  bringing offenders, against good laws, to pun ishment.
9 We do not believe it just to mingle reli gious influence with civil government, where by one religious society is fostered and anoth er proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and  the individual rights of its members, as citi zens, denied. [p. 442]
terror: human laws being instituted for the express purpose of regulating our interests as individuals and nations, between man and man, and divine laws, given of heaven, prescribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship, both to be answered by man to his Maker.
7 We believe that rulers, states, and governments have a right, and are bound to enact laws for the protection of all citizens in the free exercise of their religious belief; but we do not believe that they have a right, in justice, to deprive citizens of this privilege, or proscribe them in their opinions, so long as a regard and reverence is shown to the laws, and such religious opinions do not justify sedition nor conspiracy.
8 We believe that the commission of crime should be punished according to the nature of the offence: that murder, treason, robbery, theft and the breach of the general peace, in all respects, should be punished according to their criminality and their tendency to evil among men, by the laws of that government in which the offence is committed: and for the public peace and tranquility, all men should step forward and use their ability in bringing offenders, against good laws, to punishment.
9 We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied. [p. 442]
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