LDS Quotes That Might Change Who You Vote For

[Note: I’ve updated this article to reflect things (quote attributions, etc.) more accurately since posting it]

How have church leaders counseled us with regard to voting in elections? Here’s a few quotes that provide some great guidance and insight.

Quote about voting by Hyrum Smith

Here is a good quote from an LDS leader in church history (Hyrum Smith, Joseph Smith’s brother):

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“We engage in the election the same as in any other principle; you are to vote for good men, and if you do not do this it is a sin; to vote for wicked men, it would be sin. Choose the good and refuse the evil. Men of false principles have preyed upon us like wolves upon helpless lambs..We want a President of the U.S., not a Party president, but a President of the whole people; for a Party president disfranchises the opposite party. Have a President who will maintain every man in his rights (History of the Church, Vol. 6, Ch. 15, p. 323)

 

Another Similar Quote

When I saw this quote it all the sudden became very clear who I should vote for.

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“If you vote for the lesser of two evils, you are still voting for evil. You should always vote for the best possible candidate, whether they have a chance of winning or not. and then even if the worst possible candidate wins, the Lord will bless our country more because more people were willing top stand up for what’s right.” – Unknown

*Side note: You may have seen this quote floating around Facebook, often being attributed to President Ezra Taft Benson. It was supposedly something he said once in a private conversation, but could have been misquoted or taken out of context, since it was never officially documented or spoken over the pulpit as official church doctrine. Regardless, the principle in here rings true to me and I think this quote still has merit on its own. Hopefully it’ll provide some insight for you this presidential election, as it has for me.

But here’s a conference talk President Benson did give, that goes along the same lines:  Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints.

 

Most importantly, our current prophet has something to say:

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President Thomas S. Monson and his two counselors recently published a letter (dated October 5, 2016) encouraging members to:

1) be active citizens by registering, exercising their right to vote

2) become informed about the issues

and

3) seek candidates who best embody gospel principles.

Click here to read their full statement 🙂

 

 

*I’m not an expert on the lives of every Presidential candidate this 2016 election, but I’d recommend looking into Evan McMullin. I’ve met him on three separate occasions and am impressed by the principles he stands for.

*You might enjoy this article published this morning: Forget #DENY270, Evan McMullin Could Win Outright

*Feel free to leave your respectful comments below!

 

12 thoughts on “LDS Quotes That Might Change Who You Vote For

  • There’s not an actual citation – it was something he said to someone in a private conversation, so it’s just second hand. But here’s a similar quote that IS verified: “We engage in the election the same as in any other principle; you are to vote for good men, and if you do not do this it is a sin; to vote for wicked men, it would be sin. Choose the good and refuse the evil. Men of false principles have preyed upon us like wolves upon helpless lambs. Damn the rod of tyranny; curse it. Let every man use his liberties according to the constitution. Don’t fear man or devil; electioneer with all people, male and female, and exhort them to do the thing that is right. We want a President of the U.S., not a party President, but a President of the whole people; for a party President disfranchises the opposite party. Have a President who will maintain every man in his rights.” (Hyrum Smith, History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.15, p.323)

  • A vote for anyone but Trump is a vote for Hillary. She will destroy the Constitution, the Republican Party will never again have any power to effect policy, the National Debt will continue to rise, she will open the borders to gain more Democrat voters, she will be a lousy Commander in Chief based on the destruction of Lybia, the lousy deal with Iran, the chaos in Iraq. Donald has repented, he said that he wants to be a better man, he has owned up to his mistake. There is no evidence that Trump has done anything illegal, he is not beholden to any special interest groups, unlike Hillary and Bill who have taken money from wealthy interest groups both internationally and domestically. I believe that Trump wants to bring back jobs to America, he wants to stop terrorism and put the safety of Americans first. Saudi Arabia has taken no refugees. Trump will call out the unfairness regarding humanitarian relief and will negotiate a better resolution to the problem. Trump does not need the Presidency to enrich himself, he already has plenty of money. He just cares about the preservation of America for the future.

    • If Christians would all believe in voting for the best most righteous man, Obama would have never been president. If you have no forgiveness in your heart and are so judgmental, then just vote for Hillary. The democratic party sticks together and the rest of us vote for the best man that we believe has our righteous desires at heart. Mitt Romney was that man, and look how far he got. If hillary gets in, I just hope as this great country goes down, that you can all say it was worth it.

  • Wow. Unfairness? What about the unfairness of refugees being forced from their homes and having to flee for their lives? These are real people. What if their story were your story? Did you know that during World War II, there was a boat full of refugees that the United States actually turned away – victims who were simply trying to escape the horrible conditions of the Holocaust. & many of them later died in concentration camps. Let’s not repeat that dark chapter of American history.

  • Is it absolutely a lie that to not vote for one candidate is to vote for another. Especially in this election, as most people I know do not want to vote for either candidate. It would only take 3 mid-western states being taken by non-bipartisan candidates to rob Hillary AND Trump of the possibility of getting 270 electoral college votes. This is a VERY REAL possibility this election. If they don’t get 270, then the choice of who is elected falls to the house of representatives, who may very well choose an alternative candidate, given everything that is coming to light concerning the big two candidates. Please, be aware of our system, and don’t fall for the lie propagated by both the major two parties (one of which I am a member of, but don’t want my party’s candidate to win, or the others), that if you don’t vote for one, the other automatically wins. This is especially not true this election. And please, please don’t spread this lie yourself.
    Don’t vote out of fear. We are not created to act out fear, but are created to be agents unto ourselves, to do good of our own volition. That includes who we vote for.

  • In reply to Judith Henrikson’s comment – I want everyone to read this.

    A vote for anyone other than Trump is a vote for Hillary? No. It is prevention of each from achieving an electoral amount of 270… Donald has repented? He says sorry? That’s what we’re taught of repentance? He repeats the same behavior, with someone else. Repentance? Really? He relies on stupidity so he can sidestep all personal responsibility.

    The Church tells us often to look to the Constitution. There is one 3rd party candidate who does just that. Evan McMullin.

    Follow your conscience. Follow the Priesthood. Follow the Prophet.

  • Don’t listen to the media…they are fully and completely for Hillary and to try to make her look good by smearing Trump with never ending lies. Trump is NOT the “lesser of two evils.” Look at his family…look at the many people he has helped with employment (Hillary looks at what Trump has done and shivers)…I am voting for Trump because he and his party are more in line with the principles of the gospel. The prophets of old and present and in between have admonished us to look for the best possible choice. No one is perfect. We all know that Trump has some rough edges, but Hillary is the choice that would destroy ideals and principles that this country was founded on. Look past the media…they don’t point out the lies and deceptions and the breaking of law all attributed to Hillary. Presidents of the past have not been without flaw. If you want perfection, YOU WILL NOT FIND IT IN HILLARY CLINTON. She is the most flawed candidate ever to run for president of the United State of America. Remember: “A vote for anyone other than Trump is a vote for Hillary.” It is wishful thinking at best to suppose that voting for another candidate would prevent Trump and Hillary from achieving an electoral amount of 270. It is too little too late. This plan of attack should have been put in to action a long time ago. The risk now is to great. VOTE FOR TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. It is the only way to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming our next president. “Follow your conscience. Follow the Priesthood. Follow the Prophet.” VOTE FOR TRUMP

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