What Does It Mean For a Latter-Day Saint To “Sustain The Law”?

I’ve been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1995. I joined the church because I received a testimony from the Holy Ghost that this was God’s kingdom here on earth. Today I still have that testimony, and it is more stronger than ever.

One of the beliefs we hold in the Church is that we are to uphold and sustain the law. This makes sense and is something that has always been supported by scripture. You’ll find examples all the way from the Old Testament through to the Doctrine and Covenants which corroborate this.

Something that does make me ponder is what about laws which have been created by corrupt leaders for evil purposes. Do we have to obey these laws? Does God expect us to obey these laws?

I have been thinking about this because of recent world events where it is obvious that God-given freedoms and inherit rights are being taken away from the people.

As I pondered on this, a scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants really stood out to me:

“And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.

“Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;

“And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.

“I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free.” (Doctrine and Covenants 98:5-8)

Doctrine and Covenants 98:5-8


I have no doubt that the constitutional law is just and is inspired of God. It is interesting to note, however, that there are some laws which the Lord recognises are ‘law of man’ and are evil.

What I am coming to learn is that there is no man-made statute which can have any effect over a man or a woman, unless they consent to it. This means that if there is a statute, or a mandate created which you do not agree with, you can claim your rights of freedom and dominion under the law of your Creator, and not be subject to that mandate, nor that statute.

This means that you can still obey the law, while not violating your conscience.

You can find out more about your inherit rights, and how to stand up for them, at websites such as this one – Solutions Empowerment.

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