Topical Guide Tuesday: Constitutional


Constitutional Convention

Alright, so I’m going to cheat a little bit here, some may have noticed that “Constitutional” doesn’t exist in the Topical Guide. It’s really more of a stretch verses a cheat. If you look up  the word Constitution in the Topical Guide, you’ll get referred to “Citizenship; Governments”, I chose Governments and ended up with a list of scriptures, one of which used the word constitutional. So you can see how I came to the word I am using.

Over the weekend, there was some discussion, or arguing depending on which side you were on, about what our prophets have said on the matter and what we’re suppose to be doing.

Why this topic stuck in my mind was due to a comment my father in law said that our Constitution was given to all people, not just America. That struck me, because I had never heard that nor ever really thought about it that way.

The verse that gave me constitutional also, I think answers that question. D&C 98:5 states:

5 And that alaw of the land which is bconstitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.

It’s pretty plain, “belongs to all mankind“, but what does that mean to you or I?

I don’t want to go into a huge diatribe about all the ins and outs of this topic, it could be huge – but suffice it to say there are a number of talks given by our prophets on the subject.

But there is something more I want you to glean out of that of that verse and the one that follows it.

6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the aconstitutional law of the land;

We should be trying to learn as much as we can about our Constitution, our Government and the laws that are being made daily.

When the people shall have torn to shreds the Constitution of the United States, the elders of Israel will be found holding it up to the nations of the earth and proclaiming liberty and equal rights to all men and extending the hand of fellowship to the oppressed of all nations. This is part of the program and as long as we do what is right and fear God He will help us and stand by us under all circumstances. –John Taylor, JD 21:8, August 31, 1879

We have an obligation to learn and teach, and spread the word of this great document. We have been asked by our prophets if we are ready to take up the reigns, and if we are not then we are to be held accountable.

So the question remains, are you ready?

The goals for the week, learn the Constitution, learn about current laws being enacted, learn about our (LDS members) roll in keeping this nation free and what that really means.

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3 Responses so far.

  1. Kellene says:

    Thank you for this enlightened post! I have made a serious study of the Constitution in my scriptures as of late and have never delved into them and gotten so much from reading the Book of Mormon as I have now. On a recent post on my blog (http://womenofcaliber.wordpress.com), the Constitution was discussed: “The men and women of America are not only the sole stewards over their own lives and that of their families – they are also the sole guardians of the Constitution.” You may also want to read Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen by H. Verlan Anderson. Keep up the great work!

    Kellene’s last blog post..Do You Have Enough Ammo to Last You 4 Years?

  2. Helaman says:

    I have another site that sadly gets little attention from me these days, but I try to collect relevant talks from church leaders about the Constitution, Government, and the like at http://aheavenlybanner.com – if the talk you mention fits the bill it’ll go on my list, if you have others to suggest let me know so I can add them to the list.

    Yeah we’re ALL responsible for the Constitution – and I think we as LDS (and that includes world wide members) have a sacred duty to defend it!

  3. Forrest Brown says:

    I am finishing my PhD in Constitutional Law at George Wythe University. My PhD project is to create an online U.S. Constitutional Topical Guide. Part of that is a Constitutional Blog and below is the URL to my blog. Any and all of you are welcome to join my blog as each week I will be posting discussions about current constitutional issues.


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