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Why does the Church speak out on political matters? Church leaders encourage members to be active in politics and to exercise their right to vote. The Church does not, however, specify how members should vote or which political party they ought to belong to. Occasionally, however, the First Presidency issues a letter which is read over the pulpit urging members to act upon some political matter. (Click here for full article)

  • Abortion
    Brief Summary: What is the Church's stance on abortion? Is abortion murder? Members of the Church regard families as the foundation of heaven. Bearing children is thus a source of joy and great responsibility. Prophets of God have taught that abortion is a grave sin, save where the health of the mother is endangered, or where the pregnancy is the product of rape or incest. Even in these exceptional cases, members should seek an abortion only after counseling with the Lord (Click here for full article)
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  • California Proposition 8
    Brief Summary: The passage of California Proposition 8 during the November 2008 election has generated a number of criticisms of the Church regarding a variety of issues including the separation of church and state, the Church's position relative to people who experience same-sex attraction, accusations of bigotry by members, and the rights of a non-profit organization to participate in the democratic process on matters not associated with elections of candidates. (Click here for full article)
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  • Equal Rights Amendment
    Brief Summary: Some assume that because the Church opposed the proposed "Equal Rights" Amendment, that the Church opposed equal rights for women. In fact, the Church did not oppose equal rights for women, but rather was opposed to other potential consequences of the ERA. Church leaders felt that the ERA would have a negative impact on women's rights and families. Furthermore, the Church felt that the Constitution already prohibited sex discrimination and that an amendment was unnecessary. (Click here for full article)
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  • Immigration reform in the U.S.A.
    Brief Summary: What is the Church's stance on immigration reform in the United States? (Click here for full article)
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  • Gay marriage / Same sex marriage
    Brief Summary: What is the Church's stance on same-sex marriage? (Click here for full article)
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FairMormon web site

Political issues in Church history FairMormon articles on-line
  • Ralph Hancock, "Mormonism and the New Liberalism: The Inescapability of Political Apologetics" FairMormon link

External links

Political issues in Church history on-line articles


  • Eric A. Eliason, "Review of: Forgotten Kingdom: The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1847–1896," FARMS Review of Books 12/1 (2000): 95–112. off-site

Council of Fifty

  • Michael D. Quinn, "The Council of Fifty and Its Members, 1844 to 1945," Brigham Young University Studies 20 no. 2 (Winter 1980), 163–97. off-site
  • Andrew F. Ehat, "'It Seems Like Heaven Began on Earth': Joseph Smith and the Constitution of the Kingdom of God," Brigham Young University Studies 20 no. 3 (Spring 1980), 253–79. off-site
  • J. Stapley, "Theodemocracy," (accessed 20 August 2006) off-site
  • Edward G. Thompson, "A Study of the Political Involvements in the Career of Joseph Smith," Master's thesis, Brigham Young University, 1966). off-site

Joseph Smith and politics

  • James B. Allen, "I Have A Question: Was Joseph Smith a Serious Candidate for the Presidency of the United States, or Was He Only Attempting to Publicize Gospel Views on Public Issues," Ensign no. 3 (September 1973), 21–22. off-site
  • Martin B. Hickman, "The Political Legacy of Joseph Smith," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 3 no. 3 (Autumn 1968), 22–27. off-site
  • Richard D. Poll, "Joseph Smith and the Presidency, 1844," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 3 no. 3 (Autumn 1968), 17–21. off-site
  • Margaret C. Robertson, "The Campaign and the Kingdom: The Activities of the Electioneers in Joseph Smith's Presidential Campaign," Brigham Young University Studies 39 no. 3 (2000), 147–180. off-site (Key source)
  • Joseph Smith, General Smith's Views of the Powers and Policy of the Government of the United States (Nauvoo, Illinois: John Taylor, 1844). Republished in Dialogue 3/3 (Autumn 1968): 29–34. off-site

Printed material

Political issues in Church history printed materials

Council of Fifty

  • James R. Clark, "The Kingdom of God, the Council of Fifty, and the Star of Deseret," Utah Historical Quarterly 26 (April 1958): 130–48.
  • G. Homer Durham, Joseph Smith: Prophet-Statesman (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1944).
  • Klaus J. Hansen, Quest for Empire (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1967).

Joseph Smith and politics

  • James B. Allen, Trials of Discipleship: The Story of William Clayton, a Mormon (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987), 101–103.
  • James B. Allen and Glen M. Leonard, Story of the Latter-day Saints, 2nd edition revised and enlarged, (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1992[1976]), 189–190. ISBN 087579565X. GospeLink (requires subscrip.)
  • Ivan J. Barrett, Joseph Smith and the Restoration, revised edition, (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1973), 572–579.
  • G. Homer Durham, Joseph Smith: Prophet-Statesman (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1944).  (Key source)
  • Arnold K. Garr, "Joseph Smith: Candidate for President of the United States," in Regional Studies in the Latter-day Saint Church History: Illinois, edited by H. Dean Garret (Provo, Utah: Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, 1995), 151–168. GospeLink (requires subscrip.)
  • Francis M. Gibbons, Joseph Smith, Martyr, Prophet of God (Salt Lake City: Desert Book, 1977), 315–318.
  • Clark V. Johnson, "Government Responses to Mormon Appeals, 1840–1846," in Regional Studies in the Latter-day Saint Church History: Illinois, edited by H. Dean Garret (Provo, Utah: Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, 1995), 183–198. GospeLink (requires subscrip.)GL direct link
  • Brigham H. (B.H.) Roberts, The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1900), 250–254. GL direct link
  • John A. Widtsoe, Joseph Smith: Seeker after Truth, Prophet of God (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1951), 217–219. GL direct link

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