Being Good Citizens
One of the most distressing paradoxes of being human is that the more important an issue is, the harder it is to consistently care and engage. Politics governs our day to day lives, and supposedly we live in a democracy, right? And yet the prospect of becoming involved in our community, let alone changing it for the better, often feels overwhelming. This episode discusses starting points for becoming a better citizen, which starts with becoming a better person.
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Lesson 44: Being Good Citizens
- “Of Governments and Laws”: This article gives context for the revelation now known as Doctrine and Covenants 134.
- “Housewife in a Foreign War Zone”: This presentation tells the story of Carol Gray’s commitment to working with others to promote peace in her region.
- “Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson: Patriotism and Love of Country”: This one-minute video highlights President Benson’s service to his country.
- John Taylor sermon, October 10, 1852: This sermon’s section “Reflections on War and Power” acknowledges some of the shortcomings of governments even as Church members try to contribute positively to society.
- “Religious Freedom”: This page from the Joseph Smith Papers website contains writings and statements from Joseph Smith on religious freedom and includes links to the original sources.
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