Church Doctrine 11, Religious Freedom, Beginner Level 100

October 18, 2021

On August 17, 1835, a general assembly of Latter-day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio, unanimously adopted a statement on government that included the declaration, “We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience” (Doctrine and Covenants 134:2).

By Study

The eleventh Article of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirms: “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may” (The Pearl of Great Price, The Articles of Faith 1:11).


Study the following article:

Religious Freedom

By Faith

Dallin H. Oaks, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said the following in a 2009 speech: “We will continue to teach what our Heavenly Father has commanded us to teach, and trust that the precious free exercise of religion remains strong enough to guarantee our right to exercise this most basic freedom.”


Review the ten ideas contained in the “Religious Freedom” article listed above. Choose one to put into practice this week.

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Author: Richard E. Turley Jr.

Richard E. Turley Jr. served for twenty-two years as managing director of the Historical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and eight years as Assistant Church Historian and Recorder. He also served as managing director of the Family History, Public Affairs, and Church Communication Departments.

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