Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
— Romans 13:1
"Every healthy society needs a common core of values based on the divine law of the Lord," Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve declared during the April 1976 general conference. "This core of values should be a fundamental upon which all laws governing human conduct are based. Societies which have governed themselves by this fundamental set of values have found peace, prosperity, joy, beauty, morality and fulfillment. Societies which have thought themselves beyond these basic principles have literally destroyed themselves."