It’s voting day! (–Is it a sin not to vote? Yep.)   1 comment

    We voted today, my husband and I.  We voted for the same people, all except for the Presidential Republican Nominee.  I’ll let you guess which one of us voted for Mitt Romney and which one of us voted for Ron Paul.  🙂

We both voted for Dan Liljenquist because, for all the good Hatch has done, Orrin Hatch has not been fiscally conservative in his voting record.


The Reyes/Swallow question was very hard for us.

    We were torn.  We liked the conservatism, feistiness and passion of Reyes.  We like the anti-pornography legistlation and the anti-violence and pro-educational freedom views of Swallow.  We ended up going with Swallow.

Thank God for voting.  What a great blessing!

Here are some strong (religious) reasons to vote:  (And yes, it is a sin not to vote, if you are able to vote.)

“[B]ut in politics as in everything else we want to know the will of God, and then to do it.” — John Taylor (Journal of Discourses 11:355)

“I testify that wickedness is rapidly  expanding in every segment of our society.   It is more highly organized,  more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before.   Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing.   A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all  lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and  control over America and the entire world.” — Ezra Taft Benson (Conference Report, 1988 Oct)

“And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.  And that law of the land which is constitutional,  supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and  privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.  Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land; And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.  I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free.  Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn.  Wherefore, honest  men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise  men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than  these cometh of evil.” — God (D&C 98:4-10)

“According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles; That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.  Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.  And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.” — God (D&C 101:77-80)

“We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.  We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.  We believe that all governments necessarily require civil officers  and magistrates to enforce the laws of the same; and that such as will  administer the law in equity and justice should be sought for and upheld  by the voice of the people if a republic, or the will of the sovereign.” — The Church (D&C 134:1-3)

“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 6:323)

“All  men are, or ought to be free, possessing unalienable rights, and   the  high and noble qualifications of the laws of nature and of    self-preservation, to think, and act, and say as they please, while they    maintain a due respect to the rights and privileges of all other    creatures, infringing upon none.” — Joseph Smith Jr. (History of the    Church 5:156)

“I teach the people correct principles and they govern themselves.” — Joseph Smith Jr. (Journal of Discourses 10:58)

“I will tell you whom we will vote for: we will vote for the man who will  sustain the principles of civil and religious liberty, the man who  knows the most and who has the best heart and brain for a statesman; and  we do not care a farthing whether he is a whig, a democrat, a  barnburner, a republican, a new light or anything else.  These are our  politics.” — Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses 13:149)

“I want to say to every man,  the Constitution of the United States, as  formed by our fathers, was  dictated, was revealed, was put into their  hearts by the Almighty, who  sits enthroned in the midst of the heavens;  although unknown to them, it  was dictated by the revelations of Jesus  Christ, and I tell you in the  name of Jesus Christ, it is as good as I  could ask for.” — Brigham  Young (public speech, 1850 Jul 14)

“As we have progressed the mist has been removed, and in relation to these matters, 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, and to seek to know and comprehend the social and political interests of man, and to learn and be able to teach that which would be best calculated to promote the interest of the world.” — John Taylor (Journal of Discourses 9:340)

“Do you not think that we need revelations about government as much as anything else?  I think we do.  I think we need God to dictate to us as much in our national and social affairs as in church matters.” — John Taylor (Journal of Discourses 15:175)

Besides the preaching of the Gospel, we have  another mission, namely, the perpetuation of the  free agency of man and the maintenance of liberty, freedom and the  rights of man.” — John Taylor (Journal of Discourses 23:63)

“Taking this nation as an example, all laws that are proper and correct, and all obligations entered into which are not violative of the Constitution should be kept inviolate.  But if they are violative of the Constitution, then the compact between the rulers and the ruled is broken and the obligation ceases to be binding.” — John Taylor (Journal of Discourses 26:350)

“We  believe in honesty, morality and purity, in freedom and loyalty to our  country; but when they enact tyrannical laws, forbidding us the free  exercise of our religion, we cannot submit.   God is greater than the  United States.   And when the Government conflicts with Heaven, we will  be ranged under the banner of heaven and against the government.” —  John Taylor (public speech, 1880 Jan 06)

“The laws of Heaven command us not to uphold and sustain men, except they  are good men, who will sustain the Constitution of our country; and we  are fulfilling the revelations in this respect as in many others, and we  are carrying out the requirements of the Constitution of the United  States.” — Wilford Woodruff (Journal of Discourses 7:104)

“The Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of freedom; the gospel of the Son of God is the gospel of liberty.” — Joseph F. Smith (Deseret News, 1867 Mar 02)

“The Lord Almighty requires this people to observe the laws of the land, to be subject to ‘the powers that be,’ so far as they abide by the fundamental principles of good government,  but he will hold them responsible if they will pass unconstitutional  measures and frame unjust and proscriptive laws, as did Nebuchadnezzar  and Darius, in relation to the three Hebrew children and Daniel.  If  lawmakers have a mind to violate their oath, break their covenants and  their faith with the people, and depart from the provisions of the  constitution, where is the law, human or divine, which binds me, as  an individual, to outwardly and openly proclaim my acceptance of their  acts?” — Joseph F. Smith (Conference Report, 1882 Apr)

“To our Church members we say: Communism is not the United Order, and bears only the most superficial resemblance thereto; Communism is based upon intolerance and force, the United Order upon love and freedom of conscience and action; Communism involves forceful despoliation and confiscation, the United Order voluntary consecration and sacrifice.  Communists cannot establish the United Order, nor will Communism bring it about.  The United Order will be established by the Lord in his own due time and in accordance with the regular prescribed order of the Church.” — First Presidency (Improvement Era, 1936 Aug)

“A man may act as his conscience dictates so long as he does not infringe  upon the rights of others.  That is the spirit of true democracy, and  all government by the Priesthood should be actuated by that same high  motive.” — David O. McKay (Conference Report, 1938 Oct)

“Next to being one in worshipping God, there is nothing in this world  upon which the Church should be more united that in upholding and  defending the Constitution of the United States.” — David O. McKay (Conference Report, 1939 Oct)

“[T]he Church has not found it possible to follow along the lines  of the present general tendency in the matter of property rights, taxes,  the curtailment of rights and liberties of the people, nor in general  the economic policies of what is termed the ‘New Deal.'” — First Presidency (Letter to U.S. Treasury, 1941 Sep 30)

“[W]e do not believe that aggression should be carried on in the name and under the false cloak of defense.” — First Presidency (Letter to U.S. Treasury, 1941 Sep 30)

“[T]his much we feel we can definitely say, that unless the people of America forsake the sins and the errors,  political and otherwise, of which they are now guilty and return to the  practice of the great fundamental principles of Christianity, and of  Constitutional government, there will be no exaltation for them  spiritually, and politically we shall lose our liberty and free  institutions.” — First Presidency (Letter to U.S. Treasury, 1941 Sep 30)

“We again warn our people in America of the constantly increasing threat against our inspired Constitution and our free institutions set up under it.  The same political tenets and philosophies that have brought war and terror in other parts of the world are at work amongst us in America.  The proponents thereof are seeking to undermine our own form of government and to set up instead one of the forms of dictatorships now flourishing in other lands.  These revolutionists are using a technique that is as old as the human race—a fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery and then enslave them.  They suit their approaches to the particular group they seek to deceive.  Among the Latter-day Saints they speak of their philosophy and their plans under it as an ushering in of the United Order.  Communism and all other similar isms bear no relationship whatever to the United Order.  They are merely the clumsy counterfeits which Satan always devises of the gospel plan. Communism debases the individual and makes him the enslaved tool of the state to whom he must look for sustenance and religion; the United Order exalts the individual, leaves him his property, ‘according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and needs,’ and provides a system by which he helps care for his less fortunate brethren; the United Order leaves every man free to choose his own religion as his conscience directs.  Communism destroys man’s God-given free agency; the United Order glorifies it.  Latter-day Saints can not be true to their faith and lend aid, encouragement, or sympathy to any of these false philosophies.  They will prove snares to their feet.” — First Presidency (Conference Report, 1942 Apr)

“I still say there are conditions when entrance into war is justifiable  and when a Christian nation may, without violation of principles, take  up arms against an opposing force.  Such a condition is not however a  real or fancied insult given from one nation to another.  When this  occurs proper reparation may be made by mutual understanding, apology or  by arbitration.  Neither is there justifiable cause found in a desire or  even a need for territorial expansion.  The taking of territory implies  the subjugation of the weak by the strong which is the application of  the jungle law.  Nor is war justified in the enforcement of a new order  of government or even to impel others to a particular form of worship,  however eternally true the principles of the enforced religion may be.   There are however two conditions which may justify a truly Christian man  to enter—mind you I say enter, not begin—a war.  First an attempt to  dominate and deprive another of his free agency.  Second, loyalty to his  government.  Possibly there is a third, namely, defense of a weak nation  that is being unjustly crushed by a strong, ruthless one.” — David O. McKay (Conference Report, 1942 Apr)

“Today, our duty transcends party allegiance; our duty today is  allegiance to the Constitution as it was given to us by the Lord.” — J. Reuben Clark Jr. (Conference Report, 1942 Oct)

“For America has a destiny—a destiny to conquer the world—not by force of arms, not by purchase and favor, for these conquests wash away, but by high purpose, by unselfish effort, by uplifting achievement, by a course of Christian living; a conquest that shall leave every nation free to move out to its own destiny; a conquest that shall bring, through the workings of our own example, the blessings of freedom and liberty to every people, without restraint or imposition or compulsion from us; a conquest that shall weld the whole earth together in one great brotherhood in a reign of mutual patience, forbearance, and charity, in a reign of peace to which we shall lead all others by the persuasion of our own righteous example.” — J. Reuben Clark Jr. (public speech, 1944 Feb 24)

“The Gadianton Robbers from the Book of Mormon are loose among us.   The  King-men, and women, are running our government.   And, worst of all, we  are blindly electing them, or appointing them so they can continue to  destroy the things we cherish most.” — John A. Widtsoe (Conference  Report, 1944 Apr)

“All through the last political campaign they were saying, ‘Why doesn’t   the Church tell us how we should vote?’  If the Church had done that,  we  would have a lot of Democrats or Republicans who would have wanted  to  apostatize. . . . When they would ask me who to vote for in the  coming  election, I would tell them to read Mosiah 29 and Section 134 of  the  Doctrine and Covenants, pray about that, and any Latter-day Saint  could  know who to vote for in any given election.  It is just as simple  as  that.” — Harold B. Lee (BYU speech, 1961 Apr 19)

“No  true Latter-day Saint and no true American can be a socialist or a  communist or support programs leading in that direction.  These evil  philosophies are incompatible with Mormonism, the true gospel of Jesus  Christ.” — Ezra Taft Benson (Conference Report, 1961 Oct)

“Next to the bestowal of life itself, the right to direct that life is  God’s greatest gift to man.” — David O. McKay (Improvement Era, 1962  Feb)

“However, above all else, strive to support good and conscientious  candidates, of either party, who are aware of the great dangers inherent  in Communism, and who are truly dedicated to the Constitution in the  tradition of our Founding Fathers.  They should also pledge their sincere  fealty to our way of liberty—a liberty which aims at the preservation  of both personal and property rights.  Study the issues, analyze the  candidates on these grounds, and then exercise your franchise as free  men and women.  Never be found guilty of exchanging your birthright for a  mess of pottage!” — David O. McKay (Conference Report, 1962 Oct)

“Maybe the Lord will never set up a specific church program for the purpose of saving the Constitution.  Perhaps if he set one up at this time it might split the Church asunder, and perhaps he does not want that to happen yet for not all the wheat and tares are fully ripe.  The Prophet Joseph Smith declared it will be the elders of Israel who will step forward to help save the Constitution, not the Church.  And have we elders been warned?  Yes, we have.  And have we elders been given the guide lines?  Yes indeed, we have.  And besides, if the Church should ever inaugurate a program, who do you think would be in the forefront to get it moving?  It would not be those who were sitting on the sidelines prior to that time or those who were appeasing the enemy.  It would be those choice spirits who, not waiting to be ‘commanded in all things,’ used their own free will, the counsel of the prophets and the Spirit of the Lord as guidelines and who entered the battle ‘in a good cause’ and brought to pass much righteousness in freedom’s cause.” — Ezra Taft Benson (Conference Report, 1965 Apr)

“The position of this Church on the subject of Communism has never changed.  We consider it the greatest satanical threat to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work among men that exists on the face of the earth.” — David O. McKay (Conference Report, 1966 Apr)

“In spite of the scriptural evidence and the counsel of modern-day  prophets during the past more than 100 years, there are still some who  seem to feel we have no responsibility to safeguard and strengthen our  precious God-given freedom.  There are some who apparently feel that the  fight for freedom is separate from the gospel.  They express it in  several ways but it generally boils down to this: Just live the gospel;  there’s no need to get involved in trying to save freedom and the  Constitution or to stop Communism.  Of course, this is dangerous reasoning, because in reality you cannot  fully live the gospel without working to save freedom and the  Constitution, and to stop Communism.” — Ezra Taft Benson (Conference Report, 1966 Oct)

“The function of government is to protect life, liberty, and property, and anything more or less than this is usurpation and oppression.” — Ezra Taft Benson (Conference Report, 1968 Apr)

“There is one and only one legitimate goal of United States foreign  policy.  It is a narrow goal, a nationalistic goal: the preservation of  our national independence.  Nothing in the Constitution grants that the  President shall have the privilege of offering himself as a world  leader.  He’s our executive; he’s on our payroll, in necessary; he’s  supposed to put our best interests in front of those of other nations.   Nothing in the Constitution nor in logic grants to the President of the  United States or to Congress the power to influence the political life  of other countries, to ‘uplift’ their cultures, to bolster their  economies, to feed their peoples or even to defend them against their  enemies.” — Ezra Taft Benson (public speech, 1968 Jun 21)

“Yes, within the Church today there are tares among the wheat and  wolves within the flock.  As President Clark stated, ‘The ravening wolves  are amongst us, from our own membership, and they, more than any  others, are clothed in sheep’s clothing because they wear the  habiliments of the priesthood. . . . We should be careful of them. . .  .’  The wolves amongst our flock are more numerous and devious today than when President Clark made this statement.” — Ezra Taft Benson (Conference Report, 1969 Apr)

“Now undoubtedly Moroni could have pointed out many factors that led to  the destruction of the people, but notice how he singled out the secret  combinations, just as the Church today could point out many threats to  peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work, but it has singled out  the greatest threat as the godless conspiracy.  There is no conspiracy  theory in the Book of Mormon—it is a conspiracy fact.” — Ezra Taft Benson (Conference Report, 1972 Apr)

“Unless we as citizens of this nation forsake our sins, political and  otherwise, and return to the fundamental principles of Christianity and  of constitutional government, we will lose our political liberties, our  free institutions, and will stand in jeopardy before God of losing our  exaltation.” — Ezra Taft Benson (Conference Report, 1976 Apr)

“We  are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of  preparing for the coming of the Lord.   When enemies rise up, we commit  vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel—ships,  planes, missiles, fortifications—and depend on them for protection and  deliverance.   When threatened, we become antienemy instead of  pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and  call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true  patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching: ‘Love your enemies, bless  them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them  which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the  children of your Father which is in heaven.'” —  Spencer W. Kimball (First Presidency Message, 1976 Jun)

“Unfortunately, we as a nation have apostatized in various degrees from  different Constitutional principles as proclaimed by the inspired  founders.  We are fast approaching that moment prophesied by Joseph Smith  when he said: ‘Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling  to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon  the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation  shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very  verge of destruction.’  For  centuries our forefathers suffered and sacrificed that we might be the  recipients of the blessings of freedom.  If they were willing to  sacrifice so much to establish us as a free people, should we not be  willing to do the same to maintain that freedom for ourselves and for  future generations?  Only in  this foreordained land, under its God-inspired Constitution and the  resulting environment of freedom, was it possible to have established  the restored church.  It is our responsibility to see that this freedom  is perpetuated so that the Church may more easily flourish in the  future.” — Ezra Taft Benson (Conference Report, 1987 Oct)

“Wherever it is found and however it is expressed, the Golden Rule  encompasses the moral code of the kingdom of God.  It forbids  interference by one with the rights of another.  It is equally binding  upon nations, associations, and individuals.” — Russell M. Nelson (Conference Report, 2002 Oct)

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