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While The Church is politically neutral, Mormons are encouraged to participate in the political process where they live.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages its members to participate in the political process wherever they live. The Church wants its members to be well informed, to vote and otherwise contribute to principles of good citizenship. In all of the nations in which the Church is established, it is neutral in matters of party politics.

In Politics, the Mormon Church Does Not:

• Endorse, promote, or oppose political parties, candidates, or platforms.

• Allow its church buildings, membership lists or other resources to be used for partisan political purposes.

• Attempt to direct its members as to which candidate or party they should give their votes to. This policy applies whether or not a candidate for office is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

• Attempt to direct or dictate to a government leader.

In Politics, the Mormon Church Does:

• Encourage its members to play a role as responsible citizens in their communities, including becoming informed about issues and voting in elections.

• Expect its members to engage in the political process in an informed and civil manner, respecting the fact that members of the Church come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and may have differences of opinion in partisan political matters.

• Request candidates for office not to imply that their candidacy or platforms are endorsed by the Church.

• Reserve the right as an institution to address, in a nonpartisan way, issues that it believes have significant community or moral consequences or that directly affect the interests of the Church.

The Church has made the following public statement on multiple occasions prior to major elections: “Principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties. While the Church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties, members are urged to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs.”

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  • Cheryl
    Cheryl answered...

    Our church encourages us to be involved in our communities. We are encouraged to serve where ever we can do good. With regard to politics our church does not tell us how to vote or which parties to align ourselves with. It is important that good people are aligned with all of the political parties so that good things can happen in politics.

  • Emma
    Emma answered...

    No the Mormon Church does not endorse political parties. I have good friends within the Church that are both Democrats and Republicans. When certain moral issues do come into politics such as abortion or gay marriage the Church leaders will make public statements to be read in every ward or branch of the church so that everyone knows where the Church stands on that issue...

  • Ammon
    Ammon O'Connor answered...

    One thing distinguishes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is that it encourages us to be the best citizens we can in the countries we live in. Although politics and government varies across the world the Church only teaches us the eternal truths and principles in which the Lord would have us live by and obey. We as individuals are then responsible for making our own choices based upon our own judgment. In this sense the Church does not affiliate with or endorse political parties or any political practice for that matter.

    The only time the Church will address politics officially is when a political decision is contrary to the basic human rights and eternal truths we hold dear; when action is necessary as a whole to defend the truths of God. Other than that we are encouraged to be actively engaged in our societies and government as individuals and to seek to continually do good whatever we do and wherever we go.

  • Mindy
    Mindy answered...

    In short: NO. As a Mormon studying politics, this question is of particular importance to me. While the Mormon Church does encourage its members to be politically aware and active, it does not tell them which parties or candidates to support. Mormons can be found in a number of political parties. In the U.S. many people think all Mormons are Republican, but that's not true. Mormons in politics vary from ultra-conservative radio host Glenn Beck to the equally liberal Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. While the church does not endorse any party, it has historically encouraged its members to support specific policies as they arise and affect the church.

  • Karen
    Karen answered...

    No. The church does not endorse any political party. Politics and religion may run together in the minds of some of the members, which can happen with any intersection of strong belief systems. Normally the church does not get involved in politics, but in some debates that the church considers moral issues, they may take a position. Even in this, though, there is plenty of variation in the viewpoints of members of the church. The official church position doesn't necessarily reflect the beliefs of every member. In the recent case of California's proposition 8, for example, there was a wide variety of opinions within the church membership that were not picked up on by or reported in the media.

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