LDSFreedomPortal logo "...the Elders of Israel begin to understand that they have something to do with the world politically as well as religiously, that it is as much their duty to study correct political principles as well as religious..."

- President John Taylor.


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  Over the years the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have written and spoken much on political matters. In addition, ancient and modern scripture make reference to revealed and inspired governmental laws.

  Yet many Latter-day Saints remain quite unaware of these teachings and thus prone to supporting measures that diminish rather than protect freedom. In consequence of this, I have endeavoured to set out on this site a list of resources that allow the LDS reader to easily gain access to this information.

  I have also provided a page of quotations from Church leaders ordered by topic which you can CLICK HERE to access. The Church's Newsroom (which has a number of statements on current policy regarding political and social issues) can be accessed HERE.

sIf you have any comments or suggestions, then drop me an email.

Darren Andrews, Owner.




SELECTED QUOTATIONS FROM CHURCH LEADERS

If you're in a rush and want to find what Church leaders have said on a particular issue, see if the subject you are interested in is listed in my Selected Quotations. Now listing over 20 subjects.

INSPIRED DOCUMENTS & SCRIPTURES FIRST PRESIDENCY STATEMENTS & ADDRESSES BY CHURCH LEADERS PUBLICATIONS
Freedom documents referred to favourably and/or as "inspired" by Church leaders. "When counsel comes we should not treat it lightly, no matter to what subject it pertains, for if we do it will work evil unto us..."

- Wilford Woodruff.

Publications by Church leaders as well as other publications recommended by them.
The Magna Charta, 1215

"Magna Charta was signed, establishing principles in behalf of the freedom and dignity of man."

~ Gordon B. Hinckley


The Declaration of Independence, 1776

"It was through and by the power of God, that the fathers of this country framed the Declaration of Independence ..."

~ John Taylor


The Constitution of the United States of America, 1787

"I am saying to you that to me the Constitution of the United States of America is just as much from my Heavenly Father as the Ten Commandments."

~ George Albert Smith


The Bill of Rights, 1791

"As a people and a government we are on the high road of apostasy from that inspired Bill of Rights bequeathed to us by the founders of this great republic."

~ Joseph L. Wirthlin


George Washington's Farewell Address, 1796

"[This] address is prophetic. I believe it ranks alongside the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution."

~ Ezra Taft Benson


The Monroe Doctrine, 1823

"[The Monroe Doctrine] was the inspiration of the Almighty which rested upon John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson and other statesmen, and which finally found authoritative expression in the message of James Monroe to Congress in 1823."

~ Joseph Fielding Smith


SCRIPTURES

Sections and chapters of the Standard Works of the Church that specifically mention matters of a political nature...(this list is by no means exhaustive)


Mosiah 29
(the system of the reign of the judges)

Ether 8: 18-24
(secret combinations)

Doctrine & Covenants 98:5-6
(befriend Constitutional law)

Doctrine & Covenants 101:76-80
(The Lord established the Constitution of the United States)

Doctrine & Covenants 134
(a declaration of belief on government and laws in general)

30 Characteristics of Secret Combinations
(Scriptures on the nature, purpose and methods of secret combinations)


FIRST PRESIDENCY

Separation of Church and State
Conference, Apr. 1907

Warning To Church Members
Improvement Era, Aug. 1936

First Presidency Letter to US Treasury
1941

False Political "Isms"
General Conference, April 1942

First Presidency Letter to Utah Congressional Delegation (re Universal Compulsory Military Training)
December 14, 1945

Church Members are Free to Join Anti-Communist Organizations
Church News, March 1963

Support Candidates Aware of the Dangers of Communism
Church News, Oct. 1964

The Church Does Not Endorse Political Parties
Deseret News, Nov. 1964

Statement Concerning the Position of The Church on Communism
Conf., April 1966

Exercise Voting Franchise According To Convictions
Circular Letter, Sept. 1966

First Presidency Message:
America's Promise
Ensign, Sept. 1979

Family Home Evening Lessons for the
Bicentennial of the Constitution (published 1987)

Church and Politics, May 1996


JOSEPH SMITH

Views on the Powers and Policy of
the Government of the United States

CH, Vol. II, Chapt. 31, p. 713


JOHN TAYLOR

On the Incompetency of the
Means Made Use Of by Man to
Regenerate the World

See Ensign, Aug. 1971


DAVID O. MCKAY

The Deadly Challenge of Communism
Conf., 1962

Unity of Purpose Important to the Accomplishment of God's Work
Conf., Sep. 1967


EZRA TAFT BENSON

The American Heritage of Freedom,
A Plan of God

Conf. Oct. 1961

Not Commanded In All Things
Conf., Apr. 1965

The Greatest Work in the World
MIA Conf., June 1966

Protecting Freedom - An Immediate Responsibility
Conf., Oct. 1966

Civil Rights - Tool of Communist Deception
Conf., Sept. 1967

Americans are Destroying America
Conf., Apr. 1968

The Book of Mormon Warns America
BYU, May. 1968

Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints
Conf., Apr. 1972

Watchmen, Warn the Wicked
Ensign, July 1973

The Constitution - A Glorious Standard
Conf., Apr. 1976

Our Priceless Heritage
Conf., Nov. 1976

America at the Crossroads
New Era, July 1978

A Witness and a Warning
Conf., Oct. 1979

Our Divine Constitution
Conf., Oct. 1987

I Testify
Conf., Oct. 1988

See also Conferences: Oct. 1944, Apr. 1948, Oct. 1954, April 1962, Apr. 1963, Oct. 1963, Oct. 1965, Apr. 1967.


MARION G. ROMNEY

Socialism and the United Order Compared
Conf., Apr. 1966

In Mine Own Way
Conf., Oct. 1976

The Purpose of Church Welfare Services
Conf., Apr. 1977

The Perfect Law of Liberty
Conf., Oct. 1981


J. REUBEN CLARK

Let Us Not Sell Our Children Into Slavery
(please view that site for more information and talks)


BRUCE R. McCONKIE

Know Your Constitution
Deseret News, Mar-Apr 1945


JAMES E. FAUST

A New Civil Religion
Ensign, Oct. 1992


DALLIN H. OAKS

Religion in Public Life
Ensign, July 1990

The Divinely Inspired Constitution
Ensign, Feb. 1992

Religious Values and Public Policy
Ensign, Oct. 1992

Religious Freedom
BYU - Idaho, Oct. 2009

The Fundamentals of Our Constitutions
Salt Lake City, Utah, Sep. 2010


M. RUSSELL BALLARD

Religion in a Free Society
Ensign, Oct. 1992

BOOKS BY CHURCH LEADERS

Ezra Taft Benson

The Proper Role of Government
(and H. Verlan Andersen)
Hans V. Andersen, Jr. (compiler)


God, Family, Country: Our Three Great Loyalties
Title of Liberty
The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner
An Enemy Hath Done This
J.R. Newquist (compiler)
Prophets, Principles and National Survival
J.R. Newquist (compiler)(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson in April Conference, 1972)
A Witness And A Warning: A Modern-day Prophet Testifies of the Book of Mormon
The Red Carpet
Title of Liberty
Conspiracy + Complacency = Disaster
Cross Fire : The Eight Years with Eisenhower
This Nation Shall Endure
Farmers at the Crossroads
C. Bargeron (co-author)
Mormonism vs. Communism
J.J. Stewart (co-author)
J. Reuben Clark

Stand Fast By Our Constitution


Donald Q. Cannon

Latter-day Prophets and the United States Constitution


H. Verlan Andersen

The Moral Basis of a Free Society
(free pdf download ~ 950K)
OR
(free zipped pdf download ~ 600K)


The Book of Mormon and The Constitution
(online pdf)
Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson in April Conference, 1972)
(free pdf download ~ 660K)
The Great and Abominable Church of the Devil
(online pdf)
RECOMMENDED LDS WORKS

The Naked Communist
by W. Cleon Skousen
(recommended by David O. McKay, October Conference, 1959)


The Elders of Israel and the Constitution
Jerome Horowitz
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, April Conference, 1972)
CHURCH EDUCATION SYSTEM PUBLICATIONS

The Law of Consecration and Stewardship
(Enrichment Section L, Doctrine & Covenants Institute Student Manual)


RECOMMENDED NON-LDS WORKS
(publications recommended by Church leaders)

Pan-Germany
(recommended by Heber J. Grant, April Conference, 1918)


Masters of Deceit
J. Edgar Hoover
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, BYU Speeches of the Year, 10 Dec 1963)
A Study of Communism
J. Edgar Hoover
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, BYU Speeches of the Year, 10 Dec 1963)
You Can Trust the Communists
(To Be Communists)

Dr. Fred Schwarz
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, BYU Speeches of the Year, 10 Dec 1963)
Economics in One Lesson
(Online Version)
Henry Hazlitt
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, BYU Speeches of the Year, 10 Dec 1963)
The Constitution of the United States
Mussatti
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, BYU Speeches of the Year, 10 Dec 1963)
The Clichés of Socialism
?
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, BYU Speeches of the Year, 10 Dec 1963)
The Admiral's Log
Admiral Ben Moreell
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, BYU Speeches of the Year, 10 Dec 1963)
The Mainspring of Human Progress
(free pdf)
Henry Grady Weaver
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, BYU Speeches of the Year, 10 Dec 1963)
Communist Revolution in the Streets
Gary Allen
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, October Conference 1967)
None Dare Call It Conspiracy
(free pdf download)
Gary Allen
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, April Conference, 1972)
The American Tradition
by Clarence B. Carson
(free pdf download)
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, New Era, May 1975; see also Ensign, July 1972)
The Federalist Papers
(recommended by Ezra Taft Benson, October Conference, 1987)
OTHER WORKS OF NOTE

The Law
Frédéric Bastiat
(oft quoted/drawn upon by Ezra Taft Benson)


Persuasion vs Force
Mark Skousen
(praised by Gordon B. Hinckley)
 
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