Some of the early Saints were uncertain about the authority of earthly governments. Section 134 was helpful in clarifying the Church’s position on government.
As you read today’s verses, why do you think the protection of the three rights listed in verse 2 are important to God and for governments?
What can you do to become more involved in your own community as President Benson suggested?
1 We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.
2 We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.
[W]e must become involved in civic affairs to see that we are properly represented.
The Lord said that “he holds men accountable for their acts in relation” to governments “both in making laws and administering them” We must follow this counsel from the Lord: “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.”
Note the qualities that the Lord demands of those who are to represent us. They must be good, wise, and honest.
[W]e must make our influence felt by our vote, our letters, our teaching, and our advice.
President Ezra Taft Benson