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Declaration of Belief, circa August 1835 [D&C 134]

them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and  terror: human laws being instituted for the express purpose of  regulating our interests as individuals and nations, between  man and man, and divine laws, given of heaven, prescribing  rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship, both to be  answered by man to his Maker.
7 We believe that Rulers, States and Governments have a  right, and are bound to enact laws for the protection of all  citizens in the free exercise of their religious belief; but we do  not believe that they have a right, in justice, to deprive citizens  of this privilege, or proscribe them in their opinions, so long  as a regard and reverence is shown to the laws, and such re ligious opinions do not justify sedition nor conspiracy.
8 We believe that the commission of crime should be punish ed according to the nature of the offence: that murder, treason,  robbery, theft and the breach of the general peace, in all re spects, should be punished according to their criminality and  their tendency to evil among men, by the laws of that Govern ment in which the offence is committed: and for the public  peace and tranquility, all men should step forward and use  their ability in bringing offenders, against good laws, to pun ishment.
9 We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence  with civil Government, whereby one religious society is foster ed and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the  individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied.
10 We believe that all religious societies have a right to  deal with their members for disorderly conduct according to  the rules and regulations of such societies, provided that such  dealing be for fellowship and good standing; but we do not  believe that any religious society has authority to try men on  the right of property or life, to take from them this world’s  goods, or put them in jeopardy either life or limb, neither to  inflict any physical punishment upon them,—they can only  excommunicate them from their society and withdraw from  their fellowship.
11 We believe that men should appeal to the civil law for re dress of all wrongs and grievances, where personal abuse is  inflicted, or the right of property or character infringed, where  such laws exist as will protect the same; but we believe that  all men are justified in defending themselves, their friends  and property, and the Government, from the unlawful assaults  and encroachments of all persons, in times of exigencies,  where immediate appeal cannot be made to the laws, and re lief afforded.
12 We believe it just to preach the gospel to the nations of [p. 253]
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Declaration of Belief, Kirtland, OH, ca. Aug. 1835; in Doctrine and Covenants, 1835 ed., pp. 252–254.

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