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Latter-day Prophets And The Holy Scriptures Speak Of The Constitution of the United States

The U.S. does not have a king, but rather elected lawmakers from every section of the country who represent the hopes of the people they serve. Photo by Robin Finlinson.

The U.S. does not have a king, but rather elected lawmakers from every section of the country who represent the hopes of the people they serve. Photo by Robin Finlinson.

Family Home Evening can be a time to discover what prophets, scriptures and the Founding Fathers say about the Constitution of the United States of America, and the concepts of freedom and peace.

Joseph Smith: “The Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard—it is founded in the wisdom of God—it is a heavenly banner.”

Elder N. Eldon Tanner (1976): “Only as we accept and live the teachings of the gospel can the destiny which God planned for America be realized and the world united in peace and brotherhood.”

2 Corinthians 3:17: “… and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

Doctrine and Covenants 101:80: “And for this purpose have I [the Lord] established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose…”

Pocket-size copies of the Constitution can be found online and at some bookstores for no more than a few dollars. Photo by Robin Finlinson.

Pocket-size copies of the Constitution can be found online and at some bookstores for no more than a few dollars. Photo by Robin Finlinson.

Benjamin Franklin: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

President Ezra Taft Benson (1986): “Freedom as we know it has been experienced by perhaps less than 1 percent of the human family.”

President Benson (1987): “[W]e 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?”

James Madison: “A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.”

Thomas Jefferson: “Say… whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government, or information to the people.”

Suggestions:

  • Read the Constitution with your family. Parents and capable children could look ahead at each paragraph and ask questions prior to reading them together. Then, delve in to find the answers. For example, “What does the Constitution say about granting titles of nobility?”
  • Assign a family member to look up terms such as “ex post facto,” or race to find definitions first.
  • Read the document on the Sabbath. Discuss it the next evening with another family that has likewise prepared.
  • As you study The Book of Mormon, make note of the many verses about these concepts. Examples: Alma 62: 37-42; Helaman 5:2-3.
  • See entire conference talks on this topic at lds.org.

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