Protecting Conscience, Property, and Life

I read this today and thought it fitting during this election season as we decide for whom we will vote.

“No government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life. All governments necessarily require civil officers and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and such as will administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld by the voice of the people if a republic, or the will of the sovereign. Religion is instituted of God; and…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…human law [does not have] a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion;…the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul.” – Joseph Smith

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