This is Scripture Roundtable 48 from The Interpreter Foundation, in which we discuss Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson #44, Being Good Citizens, focusing on scriptures in 58, 98, 134, and Articles of Faith, bringing in various insights to help us better understand the scriptures and church history. These roundtables will generally follow the 2013 Gospel Doctrine schedule of scriptures, a few weeks ahead of time.
“Any nation comprised of responsible and moral citizens is a nation of joy and peace.”
In today’s world of uncertainty and challenge there is great need throughout the world for outstanding citizens.1 What does the Lord have to say about being a citizen of an earthly kingdom? Are there examples we can follow? There are answers to these questions found throughout the revelations in the Doctrine & Covenants and pronounced by modern day prophets. We can also look at the lives of early saints who grappled with the desire to be worthy of God’s eternal kingdom, yet lived in a temporal kingdom. We will first review the Lord’s society and law of Zion and refresh our memory of the experience of those who participated in the founding of Zion. We will end our discussion with a review of statements made by prophets over the last century. Continue reading →
I recognize that this article may have an international readership and that some of these statements may seem to be more particularly aimed towards citizens of the United States of America. Since the Church had its foundations in the United States and because the Church has its headquarters in the United States it is natural that statements have been made from a United States perspective. However, the principles of civility and citizenship apply to all people in all nations under God’s watchful eye. ↩