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Dissent: Perspectives from the Book of Mormon
TitleDissent: Perspectives from the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsWardle, Lynn D.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
KeywordsApostasy; Dissension; Dissent; Missionary Work; Temptation; Trials

Most scriptural references to dissent are in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon teaches that dissension is a cause of evil, suffering, and destruction; some dissenters undergo a hardening, while others may be reclaimed; preaching the gospel is the best way to reclaim dissenters; after patient endurance, compulsion may be necessary to stop dissenters from causing severe harm to the innocent, but compulsion should be avoided when possible; both spiritual and civic responses may be used to quell dissent; responding to dissent is not the task of leaders only; dissent is inevitable in our society and the church; and the Lord blesses the faithful who endure the trials and temptations of dissent.