38) LAW: Are laws an unalienable element of government and the gospel?

Prophetic Statements

Brigham Young

Our religion is nothing more nor less than the true order of heaven–the system of laws by which the gods and the angels are governed.  Are they governed by law?  Certainly.  There is no being in all the eternities but what is governed by law.  Who desires to have liberty and no law?  They who are from beneath.  1

Our religion, in common with everything of which God is the Author, is a system of law and order.  He has instituted laws and ordinances for the government and benefit of the children of men, to see if they would obey them and prove themselves worthy of eternal life by the law of the celestial worlds.  This holy Priesthood that we talk about is a perfect system of government.  By obedience to these laws we expect the enter the celestial kingdom and to be exalted. 2

The Gospel of the Son of God that has been revealed is a plan or system of laws . . . by strict obedience to which the people . . . are assured that they may return again into the presence of the Father. . .  The laws of the Gospel are neither more nor less than a few of the principles of eternity revealed to the people, by which they can return to heaven. . . .  We delight in the heavenly law–in that law that will preserve us to all eternity.  . . .  The laws . . . which the Lord has revealed in these latter days are calculated to save all the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve.  3



  1. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 14:280
  2. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 14:95
  3. Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 1
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