Doctrine and Covenants 134: Beliefs Regarding Government

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 153


There are many differing opinions throughout the world on how to be good citizens. What has the Lord said about this subject? Are there any revealed truths that can help guide our decisions? As you readDoctrine and Covenants 134, think about what would be different if all nations followed the principles taught in this revelation. Think also about your personal responsibility concerning these principles.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 134

Preamble(section heading)Explanation of purpose at the beginning of a formal written document 
Instituted(vv. 1, 4)Established, started 
Inviolate(v. 2)Sacred, unbreakable 
Magistrates(vv. 3, 6)Public officials who administer the law 
Republic(v. 3)A government given authority by the people, who choose representatives to make and administer the law 
Sovereign(v. 3)King, monarch, ruler 
Amenable(v. 4)Accountable, responsible 
Infringe upon(v. 4)Interfere with, limit, violate 
Prescribing(vv. 4, 6)Establishing 
Dictate forms(v. 4)Determine the exact way it will be done 
Suppress(v. 4)Limit, restrict 
Are bound(v. 5)Have a moral responsibility 
Inherent(v. 5)Inborn 
Inalienable(v. 5)Undeniable, beyond the power of anyone or anything to change or withhold 
Sedition(vv. 5, 7)Disloyalty to the government, action that promotes rebellion 
Deference(v. 6)Compliance, submission 
Supplanted(v. 6)Replaced 
Anarchy(v. 6)Lawlessness, the absence of rules and government 
Regulating(v. 6)Directing, governing 
Proscribe, proscribed(vv. 7, 9)Hinder, forbid 
Conspiracy(v. 7)Secretly working together to do damage to or overthrow the government 
Breach(v. 8)Disturbance, violation of the law 
Redress(v. 11)Set right that which is morally wrong 
Encroachments(v. 11)Unlawful intrusions 
Exigency(v. 11)Emergency, immediate necessity 
Servitude(v. 12)Bondage, slavery 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 134.

Activity A iconApply the Scriptures

  1. 1.

    Doctrine and Covenants 134contains beliefs and principles that can apply to many different situations. Consider the following imaginary incidents and explain a belief or principle fromDoctrine and Covenants 134that would apply to each one:

    1. a.

      A woman stole some money from her employer. She felt bad about what she had done and confessed to her bishop. What restoration should take place to help her repent?

    2. b.

      A man was excommunicated from the Church. He was very upset and told some news reporters that the Church had no right to deny him membership.

    3. c.

      A group of youths thought it would be fun to break windows. You were driving home with a friend when you saw them. Your friend said to ignore it because it was none of your business. What should you do?

  2. 2.

    Write two more situations of your own based on any verse inDoctrine and Covenants 134.