VIDEO: The official stance on political neutrality for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

VIDEO: The official stance on political neutrality for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The concept of political neutrality is not new for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An explanation of the Church’s position has been on for several years. This whiteboard animation breaks down why the Church is politically neutral about candidates but also describes when it’s appropriate for religions such as the Church of Jesus Christ to speak up on social issues.

Political Neutrality

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is neutral when it comes to party politics. Simply put, its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, not elect candidates. So just what does political neutrality mean? Let’s take a closer look. Political neutrality means that the church does not engage in party politics, endorse candidates or try to influence them. Also off limits, the use of church buildings for political events and political messages from the pulpit or using membership lists for fundraising and campaigning, that’s without exception, whether they’re members of the church or not, it makes no difference.

Does that mean that Latter day Saints do not vote? Hardly. Members are encouraged to get civically involved. Like other citizens, they vote during elections, are active in the political process, and some may even choose to run for office. Church leader Elder M. Russell Ballard has encouraged members to be involved, but don’t look to the church as how to get involved.

The civic duty of any Latter day Saints, regardless of where they live or including any country they may live in, is to be actively involved in the political process. That meaning that they study the issues, they determine what the needs are as they see it, that they then use their freedom and their agency to vote according to their own conscience. It’s very important that good people everywhere are involved in this process.

What about speaking out on community and moral issues if they’re not about party politics? Of course, that’s OK. It’s a long held right of all religions to have a place in the public square. Like many of those faiths, the church may choose from time to time to join the discussion on moral issues that it believes could impact society. So in a nutshell, political neutrality means that the church does not back candidates, but Latter-Day Saints as individuals are encouraged to fully participate in the political process back to causes and candidates of their choice that inspire good government.

And on Election Day, vote according to their conscience. Learn more at

耶稣基督后期圣徒教会在政党政治方面是中立的。 简单来说,它的使命是传扬耶稣基督的福音,而不是选举候选人。 那么,政治中立到底是什么意思呢? 让我们仔细看看。 政治中立是指教会不参与政党政治,不为候选人背书,也不试图影响候选人。 同时也不允许,利用教会建筑举办政治活动,在讲台上传递政治信息,或者利用会员名单进行筹款和竞选活动,这是毫无例外的,不管他们是不是教会成员,都没有区别

這是否意味著後期聖徒不投票呢? 不,我們鼓勵會員參與公民事務,像其他公民一樣,他們在選舉中投票,積極參與政治過程,有些人甚至可能選擇參加競選。 教會領袖巴拉德長老(M. Russell Ballard)鼓勵會員參與,但不要把參與的方式看成是教會。

任何后期圣徒的公民义务,无论他们居住在哪里,或者包括他们可能居住的任何国家,都是积极参与政治进程。 这意味着他们研究问题,他们确定他们所看到的需求是什么,然后他们利用他们的自由和他们的机构根据自己的良心投票。 各地的好人参与这一进程是非常重要的。

如果不是关于政党政治的问题,那么就社区和道德问题发表意见呢? 当然,这没关系。 这是所有宗教长期以来的权利,在公共广场上有一席之地。 像许多信仰一样,教会可能会不时选择加入讨论它认为可能影响社会的道德问题。 因此,总之,政治中立意味着教会不支持候选人,但作为个人的后期圣徒被鼓励充分参与政治进程,回到他们选择的激励良好政府的事业和候选人。

并在选举日,凭着自己的良心投票。 更多信息请登录

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