Mormon faith and politics

I just read a very interesting article about the mayor of Honolulu, Mayor Hannemann, who is mormon. You can read the article in its entirety at the following link:

Honolulu mayor bases leadership on Mormon principles

I was pleased to hear this mayor speak of the good he felt he could accomplish, partly as a result of his faith. He readily and openly noted that his faith was the foundation for his action, and that he tried to do everything that he felt was good and right in his position. He stresses open and honest dealings in the city, and has one of the best track records in city audits, and a high bond rating, both indicators of cleanly run government.

In this day and age when public trust in government is waning, it is always nice to hear of situations where trust is restored and people have faith and trust in their leaders. Examples like this one abound, with good and worthy leaders from every faith, around the country.

This article also reminded me that people often have questions about how mormons are involved politically. There are two important things to consider when asking the question, which I’ll outline below.

Political Neutrality of Mormons

The official stand on political matters, from the LDS church itself, is one of political neutrality. The mormon church does not tell its members what to think, how to vote, what party to belong to, or who to support. The church never endorses a political candidate. In addition, church buildings can not be used as a venue for partisan political purposes. Church member contact lists are also not used for political purposes.

The evidence of this is clear when you talk to mormons from around the globe. They will belong to various political parties, and hold various political views on a number of subjects. In the US, we have local, state and federal leaders who are LDS, belonging to every major party. It is my hope that these men and women strive to do their civic duty to the best of their understanding, supporting and upholding the laws and the constitution.

What political involvement is encouraged by the mormon church?

The church encourages its members to be involved in our communities and in our country. We are told to become informed on current political issues, and make our own decisions concerning them. We are asked to act civilly, respecting the views of others while working to support or oppose political actions or candidates that we feel are right for the job. LDS people who run for office are asked by the church to not indicate or even imply that the LDS church enforces their candidacy or platforms.

Perhaps the LDS church is somewhat unique in its political stance of neutrality, but this does allow members of the church to reach their own conclusions, which is at the core of our beliefs. Each person who comes to this earth is endowed with the ability to choose, and it is by the exercise of that ability that we find our path in this life. Mormons regard this as our Father’s greatest gift to His children on earth, and strive to respect and maintain it in every aspect of our faith.

If you have further questions about mormons, or mormon politics, feel free to ask them here!

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