Lesson 44: Being Good Citizens

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class Member Study Guide, (1999), 23


Church leaders have encouraged us to be good citizens and to strengthen our communities and nations. There are many ways to be good citizens. These include participating in government or political processes, obeying the law, and serving in our communities.

  • What are the purposes of civil governments? (See D&C 134:1, 6–8, 11.) What can you do as a citizen to help fulfill these purposes of government?

  • What is our responsibility regarding the laws of the land? (See D&C 58:21–22; 98:4–6; 134:5–6; Articles of Faith 1:12.) How can parents, teachers, and leaders teach children to obey the laws of the land?

  • How should we treat public servants such as law-enforcement officers and other civil officials? (See D&C 134:3, 6.) How can you show your appreciation for their efforts?

  • Read D&C 58:27. How can you become “anxiously engaged” in good causes in the community?

Scripture Chain: Being a Responsible Citizen