Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

How to Pick Your Candidate

on October 10, 2012

We have said before that the People’s Party is not merely an organization that learns and then teaches true principles. In addition to doing those things, the Party will offer candidates for the enlightened citizens to support. The Lord provided instructions on how a citizen should decide which candidate to support when the citizen faces any field of possibilities.

   SALT LAKE CITY 22 September 2008 The following letter was issued by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on September 11, 2008, to be read to Church congregations throughout the United States:
Political Participation, Voting, and the Political Neutrality of the Church

Latter-day Saints as citizens are to seek out and then uphold leaders who will act with integrity and are wise, good, and honest. Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in various political parties.

Therefore, in this election year, we urge you to register to vote, to study the issues and candidates carefully and prayerfully, and then to vote for and actively support those you believe will most nearly carry out your ideas of good government.

The Church affirms its neutrality regarding political parties, platforms, and candidates. The Church also affirms its constitutional right of expression on political and social issues.

Sincerely yours,
Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
The First Presidency

What did the Lord urge us citizens to do?
1) study the issues (carefully and prayerfully)
2) study the candidates (carefully and prayerfully)
3) vote for (those you believe will most nearly carry out your ideas of good government)
4) actively support (those you believe will most nearly carry out your ideas of good government)

You first need to decide what your ideas of good government are. Then you should compare the candidates to your ideas to see which candidate comes the nearest. Because having his own ideas of good government is an essential prerequisite for each citizen to carry out the instructions of the First Presidency quoted above, the People’s Party does help citizens discern what the Lord sees as good government and bring their own ideas into conformity with those of the Lord. When you have chosen the nearest candidate, you should give him both passive support (voting for him) and active support (persuading other citizens to vote for him). Because you need time left for other duties than citizenship, do not waste your time deciding which candidate is the farthest from your ideas of good government and trying to campaign against him. Your duty as explained by the Lord’s authorized representatives is positive not negative. Do not waist your time deciding which candidate is most popular, well-funded, or electable. The Lord has told you to vote for and actively support the best candidate. You should do this in each race. The Lord has not told you to oppose the worst candidate. Choose your candidate based on how closely the candidate will carry out your ideas. It is not enough to find the candidate who says the things most pleasant for you to hear. Other than revelation, the most reliable guild to a person’s future behavior is his past behavior. It is more valuable to know what a candidate has done before than it is to know what he says he will do in the future. We invite you to ponder the foregoing and ask your Father in Heaven if these things are true.

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