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"When a moral issue does arise, it is the responsibility of the leaders of the Church to speak out.  Gambling, for instance, certainly is a moral issue.  Life is a moral issue.  When morality is involved, we have both the right and the obligation to raise a warning voice.  We do not as a church speak on political issues unless morality is involved."

Boyd K. Packer
"Ensign," May 1992 (April Conference) page 67

"How our governments need standards of integrity! How our communities need yardsticks to measure decency! How our neighborhoods need models of beauty and cleanliness! How our schools need continued encouragement and assistance to maintain high educational standards! Rather than spend time complaining about the direction in which these institutions are going, we need to exert our influence in shaping the right direction.  A small effort by a few can result in so much good for all of mankind."

L. Tom Perry
"Ensign," May 1988 (April Conference) page 15

"We must become involved in civic affairs. As citizens of this republic, we cannot do our duty and be idle spectators. It is vital that we follow this counsel from the Lord: '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). Note the qualities that the Lord demands in those who are to represent us. They must be good, wise, and honest. We must be concerted in our desires and efforts to see men and women represent us who possess all three of these qualities."

Ezra Taft Benson
"The Constitution--A Heavenly Banner"
"BYU Speeches of the Year," 16 September 1986

"The only way we can keep our freedom is to work at it.  Not some of us. All of us.  Not some of the time, but all of the time.  So if you value your citizenship and want to keep it for yourself and your children and their children, give it your faith, your belief, and give it your active support in civic affairs."

"Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," p. 405

"As we have progressed the mist has been removed, and in relation to these matters, the Elders of Israel begin to understand that they have something to do with the world politically as well as religiously, that it is as much their duty to study correct political principles as well as religious, and to seek to know and comprehend the social and political interests of man, and to learn and be able to teach that which would be best calculated to promote the interests of the world."

John Taylor
"Journal of Discourses," 9:340

"Let us be good citizens of the nations in which we live. Let us be good neighbors in our communities. Let us acknowledge the diversity of our society, recognizing the good in all people. We need not make any surrender of our theology. But we can set aside any element of suspicion, of provincialism, of parochialism." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Our Testimony to the World," General Conference, April 1997

"In every neighborhood and community there is a demand for leadership and faith to dispel perplexity and implant a firmness of purpose which all men need in these troublesome times. An outstanding figure in every circle has the power to influence his associates, and if that individual has a true conception of leadership, he may become a blessing—not only to his immediate circle, but to his community, his Church, his state and nation." - Samuel O. Bennion, "Conference Report," April 1939, First Day—Morning Meeting, p.28

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