“The Church’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, not to elect politicians. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neutral in matters of party politics. This applies in all of the many nations in which it is established.”
This is the opening paragraph from an official statement by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on its neutrality in party politics (The full text of the statement can be found here). To help facilitate a correct understanding devoid of confusion about the authors’ intent for creating and maintaining this blog we encourage all to read and understand that official statement. In this same spirit of understanding we want to make the following crystal clear:
- Our political philosophies are rooted in LDS theology and experience
- The LDS Church and its doctrine does not endorse or root itself in political parties or candidates –the Church is completely neutral in these matters
- The LDS Church does not endorse the content of this blog
- Although the Church is politically neutral, the members of said church are not – the church encourages its members to involve themselves in political parties and processes
With this clear understanding one can therefore conclude without any doubt in their mind that we in no way are official representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and thus all that we discuss in this blog about paleo-conservatism from an LDS perspective in no way reflects or represents the political philosophy of church members or of the church as a whole. It is equally true that our religious experiences and knowledge do influence our political views and philosophy. Thus, to share our political philosophy stripped of our religious training, experience, and learning would be sharing only half of the story.