Mormon Leaders First Presidency“We believe in the separation of Church and state. The Church does not endorse any political party or any political candidate, nor does it permit the use of its buildings and facilities for political purposes. We believe that the Church should remain out of politics unless there is a moral question at issue. In the case of a moral issue we would expect to speak out. But, in the matter of everyday political considerations, we try to remain aloof from those as a Church, while at the same time urging our members, as citizens, to exercise their political franchise as individuals. We believe, likewise, that it is in the interest of good government to permit freedom of worship, freedom of religion. Our official statement says, ‘We believe in worshiping God according to the dictates of conscience, and we allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.’”

(Media Luncheon and Press Conference, Tokyo, Japan, May 18, 1996.)

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