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A THOUGHT FROM THE SCRIPTURES

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We believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion; that the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never supress the freedom of the soul. - D&C 134:4

"The continued survival of a free and open society is dependent upon a high degree of divinely inspired values and moral conduct as stated by the Founding Fathers," Elder David B. Haight of the Council of the Twelve said at the October 1987 general conference.