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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

Justice, Mercy, and the Atonement: A Judicial Perspective

Taught by Greg Moeller


Day Time Location
Saturday, August 3 1 p.m. Ricks 147
Gregory Moeller

Gregory Moeller


Gregory W. Moeller received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University, 1981-82 and 1984-87; Juris Doctorate, J. Reuben Clark Law School Brigham Young University, 1987-90.

He was a partner in the law firm of Rigby, Andrus & Moeller, Chartered, Rexburg, Idaho (1990-2009). He taught as an adjunct professor for BYU-Idaho (2007-09) teaching Communication 307-Media Law & Ethics. He has been a District Judge for the state of Idaho since 2009, presiding in Madison, Fremont, Teton, and Jefferson counties.

Moeller has been married to Kathy (Keck) of Ashton, Idaho since 1985. They have five children: two are married, one is serving a mission in Argentina, and their two youngest are still at home. They had their third grandchild in July.

Moeller enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, cooking, and making family videos. He has been a member of the BYU Cougar Club since 1990 and possibly has the largest hot sauce collection in Rexburg. He is a member of the Rexburg Rotary Club. His past Church service includes: full-time missionary in Nagoya, Japan (1982-84); scoutmaster; ward executive secretary; bishop's counselor (twice); stake executive secretary; counselor in a stake presidency; and president of the Rexburg, Idaho East Stake (2000-09). He has also served on the Rexburg Temple Committee and was chairman of the Rexburg Temple Youth Cultural Celebration (2007-08). Moeller is currently serving as a Sunday School teacher and a home teacher.

Class Outline

This class will explore how principles of justice and mercy apply in both gospel and legal settings.  By comparing the procedural and substantive workings of ecclesiastical and civil courts, students will better appreciate the vital role of the Atonement in the Lord's plan of salvation.  Class members will also discover the biblical roots of many modern laws and constitutional rights.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will gain a basic understanding of how State courts are structured as they compare them to the familiar organization of units within the Church.  The jurisdictional limits of Church and civil courts will be explained.  The class will also compare and contrast the similar objectives of both systems.  (D&C 134; M. Russell Ballard, "A Chance to Start Over: Church Disciplinary Councils and the Restoration of Blessings," Ensign, September  1990; State v. Toohill, 103 Idaho 565, 650 P.2d 707 (Ct. App. 1982)).
  2. Students will learn to recognize the proper roles and origins of justice and mercy. (Alma 42; D&C 64:12-13; Bruce R. McConkie, The Promised Messiah, p. 245).
  3. At one time Alma served as both a civil and spiritual judge to the Nephites.  Students will gain insight into how ecclesiastical leaders and civil judges apply principles of justice and mercy in reaching decisions.  (Mosiah 29; Alma 1, 4; Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 358).
  4. Students will gain a deeper appreciation of the redeeming and enabling power of the Atonement.  While the Atonement plays an incomparable role in the Lord's plan of salvation, earthly tribunals have no counterpart-there are no vicarious prison sentences. Therefore, perfect justice and mercy are only attainable within the Lord's system of justice through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. (Alma 34:9; Boyd K. Packer, "The Atonement," Ensign, October 2012).
  5. Students will discover how many modern-day laws, rights, and symbols of the legal system have their roots in ancient biblical principles contained in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. (Exodus 20-23; 2 Nephi 5:10-11; Matthew 6:24; Levy v. Gross, 149 P. 237 (Oklahoma. Supr. Crt., 1915).

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