[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.
“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:
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
3) seek candidates who best embody gospel principles.
*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
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