Obey the Laws of the Land

Church Responds to Inquiries Regarding Oregon Armed Occupation

SALT LAKE CITY — In response to news media inquiries, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Monday, January 4:

While the disagreement occurring in Oregon about the use of federal lands is not a Church matter, Church leaders strongly condemn the armed seizure of the facility and are deeply troubled by the reports that those who have seized the facility suggest that they are doing so based on scriptural principles. This armed occupation can in no way be justified on a scriptural basis. We are privileged to live in a nation where conflicts with government or private groups can — and should — be settled using peaceful means, according to the laws of the land. #lds #mormon

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