“God will have a free people, and while we have a duty to perform to preach the Gospel, we have another to perform, that is, to stand up in the defense of human rights—in the defense of our own rights, the rights of our children, and in defense of the rights of this nation and of all men, no matter who they may be, and God being our helper to maintain those principles and to lift up a standard for the honorable of this and other nations to flock to, that they may be free from the tyranny and oppression that is sought to be crowded upon them. This is a duty we have to perform, and in the name of Israel’s God we will do it. It is a duty that our families demand of us; it is a duty that the honest in this nation demand of us, and that God demands of us; and we will try and carry it out, God being our helper.”
John Taylor, Journal of Discourses 23:239
“Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—These should then be attended to with great earnestness. Let no man count them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints, which depends upon these things.”
Doctrine and Covenants 123:13-15
Once we understand the principles that have always led to good government, it’s time we understand our responsibility to be actively engaged in its preservation. It has been said that “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” This section is dedicated to helping us to understand what we must be vigilant in.
Why We Need To Take A Stand, Dr. Joe Wolverton
Dr. Wolverton explains why we have tyrants and our job to act upon the principles of liberty.
Our Civic Duty According To The Pilgrims
The final sermon delivered by John Robinson to the Pilgrims before they set sail for the New World. There is so much timely and timeless counsel to be found in Robinson’s words.
Not Commanded in All Things
26 For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.
27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.
29 But he that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned.
Doctrine & Covenants Section 58
And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon
2 Nephi 2:26