There's an interesting matter of interpretation here. Is "while" a conditional
term here, or is it merely setting up the other party's side of the covenant? And
if one party breaks the covenant, is the other party free to break it as well?

"John W. Redelfs" wrote:

> Jim Cobabe favored us with:
> >"Church members who seek to use LDS doctrine as a basis for concluding
> >that government infringements on inalienable rights have excused them
> >from obeying the law seem to have forgotten the principle of following
> >the prophets. Until the prophets invoke this principle, faithful members
> >will also refrain from doing so. We remain committed to uphold our
> >governments and to obey their laws." (Dallin H. Oaks, "Some
> >Responsibilities of Citizenship", BYU Marriott Center, July 3, 1994)
>
> Following this same train of thought, here are questions 7-9 in the
> screening questionnaire I use for my Moroni list:
>
> 7. I believe the Twelfth Article of Faith: "We believe in being subject to
> kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and
> sustaining the law."
> A. Strongly agree
> B. Agree
> C. Don't know
> D. Disagree
> F. Strongly disagree
>
> 8. But I also believe D&C 134:5 which reads: "We believe that all men are
> bound to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they
> reside, WHILE PROTECTED IN THEIR INHERENT AND INALIENABLE
> RIGHTS, by the laws of such governments; and that sedition and rebellion are
> unbecoming every citizen thus protected, and should be punished accordingly;
> and that all governments have a right to enact such laws as in their own
> judgments are best calculated to secure the public interest; at the same time,
> however, holding sacred the freedom of conscience."
> A. Strongly agree
> B. Agree
> C. Don't know
> D. Disagree
> F. Strongly disagree
>
> 9. However, when these two are in apparent contradiction, I believe that it
> is the Priesthood led by the President of the Church, rather than the
> individual that makes the final determination as to which principle is
> supreme at any given moment. A saint does not take the law into his own
> hands.
> A. Strongly agree
> B. Agree
> C. Don't know
> D. Disagree
> F. Strongly disagree
>
> John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> "Atheistic humanism is the opiate of the self-described
> intellectuals" --Uncle Bob
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> All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

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