First Presidency reaffirms political neutrality

The First Presidency on Oct. 19, 1999, sent the following letter to General Authorities and the following priesthood leaders in the United States: Area Authorities, stake, mission and district presidents, bishops and branch presidents. Instructions were given to read the letter, a statement on political neutrality, in sacrament meeting. Following is the text of the letter:

In this election year we reaffirm the policy of strict political neutrality for the Church. The Church does not endorse political candidates or parties in elections nor does it advise its members how to vote. Likewise, Church facilities are not to be used for political purposes.

Church members should study the issues and candidates carefully and prayerfully and then vote for those they believe will act with integrity and will most nearly carry out their ideas of good government. The Lord counseled the Prophet Joseph Smith in a revelation:

"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." (D&C 98:10.)

Members are encouraged to participate as responsible citizens in supporting measures and candidates that strengthen society morally, economically and culturally. They are urged to be actively engaged in worthy causes to improve their communities and make them more wholesome places in which to live and rear families.

Political candidates should not imply that their candidacy is endorsed by the Church or its leaders. Church directories or mailing lists should not be used for political purposes.

Sincerely yours,

The First Presidency