Quotes by Joseph Smith:
By free government, we do not mean that a man has a right to steal, rob, etc. but free from bondage, taxation, and oppression. Free in everything if he conduct himself honestly and circumspectly with his neighbor. Free in a Spiritual capacity.
I attended a second lecture on Socialism, by Mr. Finch; and after he got through, I made a few remarks.. I said I did not believe the doctrine.
It mattereth not whether the principle is popular or unpopular, I will always maintain a true principle, even if I stand alone in it.
It is a love of liberty which inspires my soul – civil and religious liberty to the whole of the human race.
There is one thing more I wish to speak about, and that is political economy. It is our duty to concentrate all our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is unsound.
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, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.
Thou shalt not take thy brother’s garment property thou shalt pay for that which thou shalt receive of thy brother.
Hence we say, that the Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard it is founded in the wisdom of God. It is a heavenly banner .. We say that God is true that the Constitution of the United States is true that the Bible is true.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the nations of the earth have mercy upon the rulers of our land may those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever.
The government of the Almighty has always been very dissimilar to the governments of men, whether we refer to His religious government, or to the government of nations. The government of God has always tended to promote peace, unity, harmony, strength, and happiness; while that of man has been productive of confusion, disorder, weakness, and misery .. The designs of God, on the other hand, have been to promote the universal good of the universal world; to establish peace and good will among men; to promote the principles of eternal truth; to bring about a state of things that shall unite man to his fellow man; cause the world to “beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks,” make the nations of the earth dwell in peace, and to bring about the millennial glory, when “the earth shall yield its increase, resume its paradisean glory, and become as the garden of the Lord..
Monarchial, aristocratical, and republican governments of their various kinds and grades, have, in their turn, been raised to dignity, and prostrated in the dust. The plans of the greatest politicians, the wisest senators, and most profound statesmen have been exploded; and the proceedings of the greatest chieftains, the bravest generals, and the wisest kings have fallen to the ground. Nation has succeeded nation, and we have inherited nothing but their folly. History records their puerile plans, their short-lived glory, their feeble intellect and their ignoble deeds .. All speak with a voice of thunder, that man is not able to govern himself, to legislate for himself, to protect himself, to promote his own good, nor the good of the world.
It has been the design of Jehovah, from the commencement of the world, and is His purpose now, to regulate the affairs of the world in His own time, to stand as a head of the universe, and take the reins of government in His own hand. When that is done, judgment will be administered in righteousness; anarchy and confusion will be destroyed, and “nations will learn war no more.” .. Other attempts to promote universal peace and happiness in the human family have proved abortive; every effort has failed; every plan and design has fallen to the ground; it needs the wisdom of God, the intelligence of God, and the power of God to accomplish this. The world has had a fair trial for six thousand years; the Lord will try the seventh thousand Himself; “He whose right it is, will possess the kingdom, and reign until He has put all things under His feet.” (1 Corinthian 15:25).