The Eleventh Article of Faith

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,

We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

We believe in the personal freedom of religion. We believe in being able to worship God how ever we feel is right in our life with the same privileges as anyone else may have. In Alma 21:22 we read, “And he also declared unto them that they might have the liberty of worshiping the Lord their God according to their desires, in whatsoever place they were in, if it were in the land which was under the reign of king Lamoni.” As long as the god-given rights of one are not stopping another from worshipping, there should be no interference from anyone else. In Doctrine and Covenants 134:4, a further explanation is given. “We believe that religion is instituted of God; and that men are amenable to him, and to him only, for the exercise of it, unless their religious opinions prompt them to infringe upon the rights and liberties of others; but we do not believe that human law has a right to interfere in prescribing rules of worship to bind the consciences of men, nor dictate forms for public or private devotion; that the civil magistrate should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul.”

We do not believe in any type of force when it comes to how one chooses to worship. Lately there has been a lot of public attempts to stop allowing people to worship freely. Even going so far as not allowing people to say Merry Christmas and such, when it is an outward expression of their beliefs. The way of the world, is to take away the freedoms of worship, so that those who choose not to worship do not have to see that anyone else does worship. This takes away the privileges of those who choose to worship. In effect, these decisions in the public sphere are causing the devout to be forced into hiding their own methods of worshipping God. There is so much good to be found in so many of the religions today, and this comes from a desire to worship God. There is a great need for religious tolerance in our world today. We believe that we are all spiritual sons and daughters of God, and as such, it is our privilege to worship, believe in, communicate with, and praise Him, how we see fit.

I am so grateful to live in a country where religious freedom has been established for so long. I know that there are places in the world where this freedom is not realized by many. I look forward to the day when the oppressions of unrighteous leaders will no longer exist and all people will have the ability to worship God freely.

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