Book of Mormon, Civilization, Culture, Teaching, Modern Church
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.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Wardle, Lynn D.
"Dissent: Perspectives from the Book of Mormon,"
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies: Vol. 3
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/jbms/vol3/iss1/5