Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
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10 We believe that all religious societies,  have a right to deal with their members for  disorderly conduct according to the rules and  regulations of such societies, provided that  such dealing be for fellowship and good stand ing; but we do not believe that any religious  society has authority to try men on the right  of property or life, to take from them this  world’s goods, or put them in jeopardy either  life or limb, neither to inflict any physical  punishment upon them,—they can only ex communicate them from their society and  withdraw from their fellowship.
11 We believe that men should appeal to  the civil law for redress of all wrongs and  grievances, where personal abuse is inflicted,  or the right of property or character infring ed, where such laws exist as will protect the  same; but we believe that all men are justifi ed in defending themselves, their friends and  property, and the government, from the un lawful assaults and encroachments of all per sons, in times of exigencies, where immedi ate appeal cannot be made to the laws, and  relief afforded.
12 We believe it just to preach the gospel  to the nations of the earth, and warn the right eous to save themselves from the corruption  of the world; but we do not believe it right  to interfere with bond-servants, neither preach  the gospel to, nor baptize them, contrary to  the will and wish of their masters, nor to med dle with, or influence them in the least to  cause them to be dissatisfied with their situa tions in this life, thereby jeopardizing the [p. 443]
10 We believe that all religious societies, have a right to deal with their members for disorderly conduct according to the rules and regulations of such societies, provided that such dealing be for fellowship and good standing; but we do not believe that any religious society has authority to try men on the right of property or life, to take from them this world’s goods, or put them in jeopardy either life or limb, neither to inflict any physical punishment upon them,—they can only excommunicate them from their society and withdraw from their fellowship.
11 We believe that men should appeal to the civil law for redress of all wrongs and grievances, where personal abuse is inflicted, or the right of property or character infringed, where such laws exist as will protect the same; but we believe that all men are justified in defending themselves, their friends and property, and the government, from the unlawful assaults and encroachments of all persons, in times of exigencies, where immediate appeal cannot be made to the laws, and relief afforded.
12 We believe it just to preach the gospel to the nations of the earth, and warn the righteous to save themselves from the corruption of the world; but we do not believe it right to interfere with bond-servants, neither preach the gospel to, nor baptize them, contrary to the will and wish of their masters, nor to meddle with, or influence them in the least to cause them to be dissatisfied with their situations in this life, thereby jeopardizing the [p. 443]
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