Commentary on Doctrine & Covenants 26

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Casey Paul Griffiths (LDS Scholar)

Doctrine and Covenants 26 is very brief, but it does introduce one of the most important principles in Church government: the Law of Common Consent. Every person who serves in the Church is sustained by the appropriate body of Saints that they seek to serve. President Joseph F. Smith explained, “It is an important duty resting upon the Saints who . . . sustain the authorities of the Church, to do so not only by the lifting of the hand, the mere form, but in deed and in truth” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, 1998, 211).  


Elder George Albert Smith said: “The obligation that we make when we raise our hands . . . is a most sacred one. It does not mean that we will go quietly on our way and be willing that the prophet of the Lord shall direct this work, but it means . . . that we will stand behind him; we will pray for him; we will defend his good name, and we will strive to carry out his instructions as the Lord shall direct” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert Smith, 2011, 64).  


President Russell M. Nelson explained, “When we sustain prophets and other leaders, we invoke the law of common consent… Our sustaining of prophets is a personal commitment that we will do our utmost to uphold their prophetic priorities. Our sustaining is an oath-like indication that we recognize their calling as a prophet to be legitimate and binding upon us” (“Sustaining the Prophets,” October 2014 General Conference).

(Doctrine and Covenants Minute)