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SAINTS SUBJECT TO LAW AND GOVERNMENT

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We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. - 12th Article of Faith

Sections 101 and 134 of the Doctrine and Covenants both include revelation from the Lord instructing the saints regarding government and law."The three significant words used in the 12th Article of Faith express the proper attitude of the membership of the Church toward law," said President David O. McKay in April 1937 General Conference. "These words are - obey, honor, and sustain.

"The Article does not say we believe in submission to the law," Pres. McKay continued. "Obedience implies a higher attitude than mere submission, for obedience has its root in good intent; submission may spring from selfishness or meanness of spirit.

"Though obedience and submission both imply restraint on one's own will, we are obedient only from a sense of right; submissive from a sense of necessity.

"In honoring the law, we look upon it as something which is above selfish desires or indulgences.

"To sustain signifies to hold up; to keep from falling. To sustain the law, therefore, is to refrain from saying or doing anything which will weaken it or make it ineffective.

"We obey law from a sense of right.

"We honor law because of its necessity and strength to society.

"We sustain law by keeping it in good repute."