Did the LDS Church Publicly Abandon Mentioning the U.S. Constitution?

by Robert John Stevens, August 8, 2016

Searching old LDS Conference Reports for the word constitution, the data shows the LDS Church abandoned mentioning the U.S. constitution in public:

1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
226 155 104 249 57 75 203 202 185 243 139 160 80 42 10 10  

However, search LDS.org for the word constitution and see many search results.


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5 thoughts on “Did the LDS Church Publicly Abandon Mentioning the U.S. Constitution?”

  1. From a friend: Because it’s a worldwide church, and general conference is the time to address a worldwide audience.

    I don’t think we need to counsel the brethren! Just grab a shovel, and jump in and serve. That’s the path to happiness. It’s more about what we do, then what we think or say.

  2. Reviewing the speakers who spoke about the Constitution during General Conference reduces it even further to a select few who really caught the vision.

    The Constitution is for “all flesh” which infers worldwide. D&C 101:77:

    According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;

  3. Events that led to the U.S. Revolution were often discussed in churches, especially after the British banned the colonial government from the House of Burgesses in Williamsburg, Virginia.

    Joseph Smith contemporaries said he spoke frequently about the U.S. Constitution and exercised his right to serve by running for President of the United States in 1844.

  4. Robert,

    Wow, I think that is the best (even if the only) one sentence article I’ve ever read. You just presented the data, didn’t present a theory or pretend to explain the data, but pointed out something that has been entirely overlooked, at least by me. Good job!!

    It reminds me of the PhD dissertation of physicist Louis de Broglie. It was all on one page and contained what is now known as the de Broglie wave equation. Universities in France refused to give him a PhD for a one page dissertation, so he went to Germany with his one page. They agreed it was worth a PhD, so he took their approval back to France and got his PhD there after all.

    I don’t know the answer either but I bet the words “Correlation Committee” will be in the answer when it is known. Statistically, there is no way the count would drop to zero unless it was forced to be zero.

    Thanks,
    John

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