Church Doctrine 12, Laws and Governments, Beginner Level 100

October 18, 2021

In Luke 20:22‒25, the chief priests and scribes sought to ensnare the Savior with a question they thought would condemn him either way he answered. “Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Cæsar, or no?” they asked. If he answered yes, then they would condemn him for having loyalty to someone or something other than God. If he answered no, they could inform the Roman authorities that he was a dangerous revolutionary.

“But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?” He asked them to show him a coin and tell him whose picture and inscription were on it.

“They answered and said, Cæsar’s.”

Jesus then replied, “Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which be Cæsar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.”

By Study

The twelfth Article of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints declares: “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law” (The Pearl of Great Price, The Articles of Faith 1:12).


Study the following chapter:

Being Loyal Citizens

By Faith

Read the lesson “Being Good Citizens” and ponder what kind of citizen you are wherever you live.


Read through the Primary lesson “I Will Obey the Law,” which contains ideas on obeying the laws of the land that are so simple a child can put them into action. Ask yourself what one thing you could do to be better at “obeying, honoring, or sustaining the law.” Then put it into action beginning 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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