References

Secular Government Necessary; Divinely RecognizedA photo of the Spanish Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon standing upright together.

God showed Pharaoh what he was about to do-Gen. 41:25-57.

Training schools were established by direction of King Nebuchadnezzar-Dan. 1:3-5.

Public instruction fostered under kingly rule-2 Chron. 17:7-9.

Moses foresaw that the Israelites would establish kings to rule over them, and gave instructions that a copy of the record known as the Law of Moses should be provided for the guidance of the kings-Deut. 17:14-20. When David was crowned King of Israel he entered into a league, somewhat in the nature of a constitutional guaranty-2 Sam. 5:3. Zedekiah, King of Judah, made a covenant with the people, proclaiming liberty unto them-Jer. 34:8; read verses 8-11. See mention of the law of the Medes and Persians “which altereth not”-Dan. 6:8, 12; Esther 1:19.

Christ recognized and observed the payment of taxes-Matt. 22:17-22.

Paul taught obedience to the secular powers and required members of the church to pay their tributes and dues-Rom. 13:1-7.

The Lord requires of his people in this dispensation that if any violate the secular law they be dealt with by the laws of the land-D&C 42:79, 85, 86.

Church organization to be formed according to the laws of man-D&C 44:4.

And thus all things shall be made sure, according to the laws of the land-D&C 51:6.

Let no man break the laws of the land-D&C 58:21. Note that in the 23rd verse the Lord says: 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.

Constitutional law, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, is justifiable before the Lord-D&C 98:5.

According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established-D&C 101:77.

Declaration of Belief regarding Government and Laws in general-D&C, sec. 134.

Summary
Article Name
Submission To Secular Authority References
Description
Mormons believe in being subject to the governments under which they live and in upholding the law.