Government 13 – The Majesty of God’s Law

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There is not a better subject on which to end our study of government than the studying of God’s Law. It brings us full circle and complements the History 13 Course: The American Covenant.

Both are concerned with the Book of Mormon theme that this land of America is a choice land, and

“…that whoso should possess this land of promise from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath should come upon them.” Ether 2:8

“And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know of the decrees of God – that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done.”

“Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.” Ether 2:11

From the inside cover of the text:

“This book is a study of the history and development of the only system of law which was revealed by God, himself. That I why it is called “God’s Law.”

The Psalmist described the supreme excellence of God’s law when he said:

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” (Psalms 19:7-8)

The entire code of God’s law is carefully enunciated in five chapters of this book. Under this judicial system, there are only about 100 statutes required to govern a community, a state, a nation or the world. But this is only possible when these laws are in the hands of wise and virtuous judges.

In order for this system to work, the people must be taught the law and then they must enter into a solemn covenant to honor and sustain its precepts.

When Moses gave this law to the ancient Israelites, he said it could make them the most peaceful, prosperous and powerful people in the world. However, it was revealed to Moses that the people of that age would violate its percepts. He then learned that it would not be until the latter days that this law would be lived the way it was originally designed.

The American Founding Fathers picked up on that promise because it appeared to them that it would be in this choice land where this great promise would one day be fulfilled. Nevertheless, they recognized that the Constitution was the indispensable foundation for such an inspired system of prosperity, justice and peace. When they saw the Constitution gradually unravel, they knew that this charter of liberty would have to be restored in all its pristine power by some future generation. And they knew this would have to occur before God’s law could be inaugurated.

Someday, God’s law is coming to America. It could come rapidly after a period of cleansing and reform – even in our day. And, since Moses said it would eventually transpire, there needs to be a generation of Americans trained and motivated to put it into effect. Dr. Skousen has prepared this present study in hopes that it might be of assistance.”

Courses Objectives:

1 – To read, ponder and digest the text: The Majesty of God’s Law.

2 – Keeping-up with current affairs through use of the Who’s Who Notebooks; studying issues of special interest to the student at each level of government; forming and expressing his/her opinion to the pertinent official or in an appropriate public forum.

Materials:
1 – The Majesty of God’s Law by W. Cleon Skousen. $24.95 at amazon.
2 – Current Affairs Who’s Who Binders (4)
3 – Brain Box Cards and Repository.

Course Format:
• Weekly lessons in the text.
• Keeping Current on Public Affairs: Ongoing
It is expected that by this point the student is well-acquainted with his pubic officials and their particular interests and persuasions. He should also be keeping tabs on what is going on at all levels of government that affect him, researching issues of interest to him, and making his opinions known. This is simply an ongoing responsibility of citizenship. It is expected that at the end of the Level, he will be able to present his Report on Involvement as a part of his final.

Instructions for Report on Involvement – (35% of Grade)
1 – Typed with nice cover. Turn-in when you have your Final.
2 – Include: A synopsis of each issue researched, at least one issue per level of government, with your research log; a list of current officials; your actions and how effective you were in having your opinion heard and adopted.

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