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Title: This is a review of the slides we used while discussing . . . Government Mosiah 129


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This is a review of the slides we used while
discussing . . . Government Mosiah 1-29
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The Book of Mosiah We believe in being subject
to. . . -12th Article of Faith
  • a) Mosiah 1-6 King Benjamin
  • b) Mosiah 7-8 Ammon (A Seer)
  • c) Mosiah 9-22 Kings Zeniff, Noah, Limhi
    (Abinadi Alma)
  • b) Mosiah 23-24 Alma (He would not be King)
  • a) Mosiah 25-29 King Mosiah

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Here, then, is eternal life--to know the only
wise and true God and you have got to learn how
to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and
priests to God (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph
Smith, 346-347).
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  • Hence we say, that the Constitution of the
    United States is a glorious standard it is
    founded in the wisdom of God. It is a heavenly
    banner it is to all those who are privileged
    with the sweets of liberty, like the cooling
    shades and refreshing waters of a great rock in a
    thirsty and weary land. It is like a great tree
    under whose branches men from every clime can be
    shielded from the burning rays of the sun
    (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section
    Three 183839, p.147).

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  • We are fast approaching that moment prophesied
    by Joseph Smith when he said Even this nation
    will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces
    and tumbling to the ground, and when the
    Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this
    people will be the staff upon which the nation
    shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution
    away from the very verge of destruction (19 July
    1840, as recorded by Martha Jane Knowlton Coray
    ms. in Church Historians Office, Salt Lake
    City). (Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report,
    Oct. 1987, 5 or Ensign, Nov. 1987, 6).

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DC 984-11
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DC 984-11
  • 1) Befriend Constitution

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  • Government is not reason, it is not
    eloquence--it is force! Like fire, it is a
    dangerous servant and a fearful master! (George
    Washington as quoted by Ezra Taft Benson, The Red
    Carpet, p. 142).

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We must learn the principles of the
Constitution in the tradition of the Founding
Fathers. Have we read The Federalist papers? Are
we reading the Constitution and pondering it? Are
we aware of its principles? Are we abiding by
these principles and teaching them to others?
Could we defend the Constitution? Can we
recognize when a law is constitutionally unsound?
Do we know what the prophets have said about the
Constitution and the threats to it? As Jefferson
said, If a nation expects to be ignorant and
free, . . . it expects what never was and never
will be (in The Writings of Thomas Jefferson,
ed. Albert Ellery Bergh, 20 vols. 19035,
14384). (Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report,
Oct. 1987, 6 or Ensign, Nov. 1987, 7)
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DC 984-11
  • 1) Befriend Constitution
  • 2) Keep balance with Law of Man

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One of the consequences of shifting from moral
absolutes to moral relativism in public policy is
that this produces a corresponding shift of
emphasis from responsibility to rights.
Responsibility originates in moral absolutes. In
contrast, rights find their origin in legal
principles, which are easily manipulated by moral
relativism. Sooner or later the substance of
rights must depend on either the voluntary
fulfillment of responsibility or the legal
enforcement of duties . . . When our laws or our
public leaders question the existence of absolute
moral values, they undercut the basis for the
voluntary fulfillment of responsibility . . . and
compel our society to rely more and more on the
legal enforcement of rights (Dallin H. Oaks,
Ensign, October 1992, p. 60-64).
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Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy,
such an anarchy that every man will do what is
right in his own eyes and no mans life or
property or reputation or liberty will be secure,
and every one of these will soon mould itself
into a system of subordination of all the moral
virtues and intellectual abilities, all the
powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the
wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the
execrable cruelty of one or a very few (John
Adams, An Essay on Man's Lust for Power, 29
August 1763 Reference Original Intent, Barton
(338) original The Papers of John Adams, Taylor,
ed., vol. 18).
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DC 984-11
  • 1) Befriend Constitution
  • 2) Keep balance with Law of Man
  • 3) Seek honest wise people
  • 4) Uphold good wise people
  • What does if mean to be wise?
  • (Mosiah 2911)

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Improve your community by active participation
and service. Remember in your civic
responsibility that the only thing necessary for
the triumph of evil is for good men to do
nothing (Edmund Burke, in George Seldes, comp.,
The Great Thoughts New York Ballantine Books,
1985, p. 60). Do something meaningful in defense
of your God-given freedom and liberty (Ezra Taft
Benson, Ensign, May 1988, 51).
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DC 984-11
  • 1) Befriend Constitution
  • 2) Keep balance with Law of Man
  • 3) Seek honest wise people
  • 4) Uphold good wise people
  • 5) Be righteous!

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  • First and foremost, we must be righteous.
  • John Adams said, Our Constitution was made only
    for a moral and religious people. It is wholly
    inadequate to the government of any other. (The
    Works of John Adams, ed. C. F. Adams Boston
    Little and Brown, 1851). If the Constitution is
    to have continuance, this American nation, and
    especially the Latter-day Saints, must be
    virtuous (Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Nov. 1987, 6).

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  • The living of one protective principle of the
    gospel is better than a thousand compensatory
    governmental programs-which programs are, so
    often, like straightening deck chairs on the
    Titanic (Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, November 1974,
    p. 12).

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The End. . .
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