(December 26, 2013)
These are difficult Sections to read in conjunction. On the one hand, Section 134 is firmly directed towards describing the honored place of the law and our responsibility to both give respect to the leaders and to the law. Section 135 shows the inevitable consequence of following the counsel of Section 134 – Joseph Smith accepted the word of the governor, and this trust cost him his life.
Once again, these things make no sense except and unless they are read in the light of the Gospel and the hereafter (so little makes sense in the universe without a hereafter). Joseph Smith followed the direction contained in Section 134, it cost him his life, and yet he entered into his Exaltation.