Deseret News Archives

Document no. 480 of 1882
Saturday, October 5, 2002
LDS Church News

Edition: All
Page: Z02

Citizens urged to register, vote

    The following letter has been sent to general and local priesthood leaders in the United States with instruction that it is to be read in sacrament meeting:

   Dear Brethren and Sisters:

   In this election year, we urge Church members to register to vote, to study the issues and candidates carefully and prayerfully and then vote for those they believe will most nearly carry out their ideas of good government. Latter-day Saints are under special obligation to seek out and then uphold leaders who will act with integrity and are "wise," "good," and "honest" (see Doctrine and Covenants 98:10).
   We reaffirm the Church's long-standing policy of political neutrality. The Church does not endorse any political party, political platform, or candidate. Church facilities, directories, and mailing lists are not to be used for political purposes.
   Candidates for public office should not imply that their candidacy is endorsed by the Church or its leaders, and Church leaders and members should avoid statements or conduct that may be interpreted as Church endorsements of any political party or candidate. In addition, members who hold public office should not give the impression they represent the Church as they work for solutions to social problems.

   Sincerely yours,


   The First Presidency

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Section: Church News