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10 Ways Mormons Can Celebrate Independence Day

July 4 is when Americans traditionally celebrate Independence Day (even though the correct date is July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve independence from Britain). The holiday has become synonymous with BBQs and fireworks, but the event we celebrate is too meaningful to let pass by without something more memorable.

In hopes that you’ll commit to make this year’s holiday more substantive, here are 10 ways you, your family, and friends can celebrate Independence Day.

5. Read Doctrine and Covenants 134

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This section of scripture was not a revelation, but rather was approved for inclusion in the first edition of Doctrine and Covenants by a general assembly in Kirtland on August 17, 1835. (Interestingly, Joseph Smith was out of the country, and upon his return he accepted the congregation’s decision.) As explained in the Church’s institute manual, “The article on government was included in that edition of the Doctrine and Covenants as a statement of belief and as a rebuttal to accusations against the Saints.”

On this day celebrating our independence, it’s a great idea to review some of the key concepts in this section, such as verse 2: “We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.”

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