The Five Inspired Fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution

Modern Prophets Speak, Volume I, No. 34, Oaks

Excerpt from Elder Dallin H. Oaks February 1992 Ensign article, “The Divinely Inspired Constitution.

Dallin H. Oaks

To summarize, I see divine inspiration in these [five] great fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution:

  • the separation of powers in the three branches of government;
  • the Bill of Rights;
  • the division of powers between the states and the federal government; …
  • the application of popular sovereignty; [and],
  • the rule of law and not of men.

As to the latter Elder Oaks comments:

Further, there is divine inspiration in the fundamental underlying premise of this whole constitutional order. All the blessings enjoyed under the United States Constitution are dependent upon the rule of law. That is why President J. Reuben Clark said, “Our allegiance run[s] to the Constitution and to the principles which it embodies, and not to individuals.”

Dallin H. Oaks is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read the full text of his remarks here.