Who Would God Vote For?

On the 8th day of August 1839, the Prophet Joseph Smith prophesied:       

         “We ought to have the building of Zion as our greatest object”- 

But, the prophecy did not end there. The revelation in its fulness warned, 

Wars will come and we shall have to flee to Zion, the cry is to make Haste… The time is soon coming when no man will have any peace but in Zion and her Stakes.”  1

Like Nephi of old, a MIGHTY vision of the future filled the mind of the Prophet Joseph Smith.  He cried out to the Saints that they and the world

“will have little peace from henceforth”.  

“I saw men hunting the lives of their own sons, & brother murdering brother, Women killing their own daughters and daughters seeking the lives of their mothers. 

I saw armies arrayed against armies I saw blood, desolation, fires & etc, – The Son of Man has said that the mother shall be against the daughter, & the daughter against Mother- these things are at our doors. They will follow the Saints of God from City to City- Satan will rage. 

The Spirit of the Devil is now enraged, I know not how soon these things will take place, and with a view of them shall I cry peace? NO!

I will lift up my voice and testify of them.” 2

It would be foolish to surmise that the Prophet Joseph Smith was limited by his concept of the expansion of futurity that lay before his eyes. To him, a future era of righteousness was extended, a ‘restitution of all things spoken of by all the holy Prophets since the world was’—’the dispensation of the fulness of times, when God shall gather together all things in one, and a promise of a perfect government in the last days, to purify the hearts of the people and hasten the welcome day of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

The Prophet Joseph Smith likened this kingdom in the last days to         

“a treasure hid in a field” and  proclaimed to the Saints:

“Nothing but (the) Kingdom being restored, can save the world”. 3 

Joseph Smith was privileged to lay the foundation of the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times and establish God’s Kingdom on Earth. It was given to him by revelation the basic political principles and philosophy of the Millennial Government. 

“I intend to lay a foundation that will revolutionize the whole world. It will not be by sword or gun that this kingdom will roll on; the power of truth is such that all nations will be under the necessity of obeying the gospel.”4

The Foundation of The Kingdom of God Rests in The Priesthood

 Joseph Smith explained that the Kingdom of God had been on the earth

“whenever there has been a righteous man on earth unto whom God revealed His word and gave power and authority to administer in His name, and where there is a priest of God—a minister who has power and authority from God to administer in the ordinances of the gospel and officiate in the priesthood of God.”

“As the basis of the kingdom of God, the priesthood was considered as having two functionaries to administer its law and carry out its program in the earth. The first of these organizations is the Church. As an instrument of the priesthood, it is dependent upon the priesthood for its power to officiate in the religious sphere of life. The second organizational tool of the priesthood is the Government of God, which functions in the political sphere of society.” 6

As an instrument of the priesthood, the Church was to play an important role in producing the Government of God.  

Brigham Young stated:

 “The Church of Jesus Christ will produce this government, and cause it to grow and spread, and it will be a shield round about the Church. And under the influence and power of the Kingdom of God, the Church of God will rest secure and dwell in safety, without taking the trouble of governing and controlling the whole earth. The Kingdom of God will do this, it will control the kingdoms of the world.” 7

 Were The Church To Fulfil Its Responsibility In Establishing The Government of God All Things Would Then Be Under The Jurisdiction of The Priesthood.   

  John Taylor viewed matters in this light and declared:

When the will of God is done on earth as it is in heaven, the priesthood will be the only legitimate ruling power under the whole heavens; for every other power and influence will be subject to it. When the millennium . . . is introduced all potentates, powers, and authorities—every man, woman, and child will be in subjection to the Kingdom of God; they will be under the power and dominion of the priesthood of God; then the will of God will be done on the earth as it is done in heaven.” 8

      The perfect government Joseph Smith anxiously sought gave the promise of a political law that would emanate from the Priesthood, and govern the world in righteousness. 

George Q Cannon taught:

“… the kingdom of God is to become a political power, known and recognized by the powers of the earth; and you my brethren may have to be sent forth to represent that power as its accredited agents.” 9

Have we, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, forgot these promises? Our responsibilities? 

Has the Church strayed from its greatest object and destiny? 

Have we sold our birthright to a righteous priestly government for a mess of tyrants and dictators? 

Have we rejected our God? 

The Constitution Leads to the Kingdom of God

Latter-day Saints have always had a unique perspective on the origin and destiny of America. This is a land of promise- an inheritance- prepared by God for the Saints and the Constitution is our “Heavenly Banner”. 

In the Kirtland Temple dedicatory prayer given on 27 March 1836, the Lord directed the Prophet Joseph to say:

 May those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever.” 10

From here,  the Lord is determined to restore the Gospel. From here, the gospel is to be taken abroad, and from here Jesus Christ will reign during that great Millennial Day. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God’s inspired instrument for upholding, defending and preserving the Constitution of the United States. The Elders of Israel have a covenant obligation to waste and wear out their lives in maintaining the rights of the people and the liberty of this nation. 

Joseph Smith wrote a motto for the Church. It proclaimed:

“The Constitution of our country formed by the Fathers of liberty. Peace and good order in society. Love to God, and good will to man. All good and wholesome laws, virtue and truth above all things, and aristarchy, live forever! But woe to tyrants, mobs, aristocracy, anarchy, and toryism, and all those who invent or seek out unrighteous and vexatious law suits, under the pretext and color of law, or office, either religious or political. Exalt the standard of Democracy! Down with that of priestcraft, and let all the people say Amen! that the blood of our fathers may not cry from the ground against us. Sacred is the memory of that blood which bought for us our liberty.” 11

In our modern Era, President Ezra Taft Benson exhaustively pleaded with the Church to get involved in the freedom battle as if our eternal salvation depended upon it. Because it does! 

  In General Conference he  remarked:

“In that sacred volume of scripture, the Book of Mormon, we note the great and prolonged struggle for liberty. We also note the complacency of the people and their frequent willingness to give up their liberty for the promises of a would-be provider.

“The record reveals that a man ‘of cunning device . . . and . . . many flattering words,’ . . . sought . . . ‘to destroy the foundation of liberty which God had granted unto them, . . .’ 

“…This great general, Moroni…’caused the title of liberty to be hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land…. and thus Moroni planted the standard of liberty among the Nephites.’ 

“This is our need today — to plant the standard of liberty among our people throughout the Americas.

“While this incident occurred some seventy years BC, the struggle went on through one thousand years covered by this sacred Book of Mormon record. In fact, the struggle for liberty is a continuing one — it is with us in a very real sense today right here on this choice land of the Americas.” 12

Preserving Our Loyalties 

However, in our present day, there are several political assumptions within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 

  1. Members can vote based on personal preferences.
  2. Each member can decide which issues are most important to him or her at any particular time.
  3. Members can support candidates or political parties or platforms even if said member opposes or does not support all of the candidates’ positions. 
  4. We will not be judged for how we vote or what we support. 

To advance these beliefs is a dangerous delusion.  Upon hearing such arguments, Latter-day Saints should bear firmly in mind that they are hearing the wisdom of men criticizing the wisdom of God. 

Jesus Christ taught an entirely different political doctrine than what is written above, and one can not merely turn away from or reject His instructions for popular political philosophies.  No matter who is teaching them.

 As saints of God we must always be governed by His principles, and not by the principles of the world. In a special conference on January 2, 1831, Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith told the Saints: “I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine“. 

And most importantly we must never support with our money or our donations wicked men, organizations, or groups who oppose the Kingdom of God on earth.  

The Lord sums it up this way: 

 “And I give unto a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out the mouth of God.”13

It is a great privilege to build the Kingdom of God in this last dispensation. We must be united in our desire to flee Babylon and build Zion. We pray that the Lord will stretch His hand toward us and help us each to do our part. 

Footnotes

  1.  The Words of Joseph Smith, p 11
  2.  Ibid. 
  3.  The Words of Joseph Smith p. 13
  4.  History of the Church, VI, 365
  5.  D.H.C., V, 256-9.
  6.  Joseph Smith and World Government, Andrus Hyrum L, p. 6-7
  7.  Ibid.
  8.  Ibid. 
  9. George Q Cannon, Millennial Star, 24:103
  10. Doctrine and Covenants section 109 verse 54
  11. Joseph Smith, Jun., Thomas B. Marsh, David W.Patten, Brigham Young, Samuel H. Smith, George M. Hinkle, John Corrill, George W. Robinson, March 1838
  12.  Conference Report, October 1962, pp.14-15
  13. Doctrine and Covenants section 98 verse 11

15 thoughts on “Who Would God Vote For?”

  1. Wondered as well why we are not as a CHURCH FIGHTING AGAINST THIS TYRANNY ive seen this and it can not continue. I feel we are following the ways of the world mask mandates closing churches and Temples living in fear GOD AWAKEN US TO OUR AWEFUL SITUATION !!

    1. I have been wondering the same. It would be so wonderful if the church would get in the “fight for freedom” since it could be a strong power behind saving the constitution. Satan works through fear. God tells us to not be afraid.

    2. I, too, have wondered this. Our bishop sent a weekly email telling us that if we “can’t or won’t wear a mask, don’t come to Sacrament. Attend online Sacrament.” Don’t attend real church? For women who have no priesthood holders in the house, we cannot partake of the Sacrament? Temples closed? No prayer circles for the sick and needy? It seems like everything we have been taught is suddenly gone. The year has been very trying. I feel like I’ve lost something very dear. Why has no one reminded people of the Word of Wisdom and all the Scriptures which advise us to rely on faith, herbs, and mild food to heal and be healthy?

  2. Totally agree. Church money going to the United Nations and GAVI is not right. Also, glad others listen carefully to General Authority talks and hear what I hear. We should never support evil men and women. All is not right in Zion.

  3. God very definitely would not vote for Biden. Christ and Satan were leaders during our premortal lives. God presented to us His plan of eternal progression. Christ wanted to be upholding of God’s plan and give God the glory He deserved. Satan wanted his own plan of forcing all to do his bidding and he would get the glory. The same plan is on the earth today. Trump is working for the people to have freedom — Biden is working to force the same plan as Satan. God/Christ work through freedom of choice. Satan works through force and tyranny which is obvious during these latter days. Freedom vs. enslavement.

  4. Good article. I’m not disagreeing, but the conclusion is a bit far reaching and doesn’t provide any reasons why the 5 listed assumptions are wrong. Also, are you saying the Church’s donations to UNICEF are bad with the pictures? If so, say it and say why, because I know nothing about that organization. Also, D&C 98:11 is rather vague and you’re not providing specific info on what some members may be supporting “with our money or our donations wicked men, organizations, or groups who oppose the Kingdom of God on earth.” By the title I’m assuming that the author is alluding to Biden haha. But I’m not sure what either Joe or Trump have to do with the Church establishing a political organization. I’d bet they’d both be against it.

    1. Agreed. It feels incomplete on many levels and didn’t lead to any new understanding.

      I’ve always questioned how faithful members who subscribe to gospel principles can be liberal. And I’m questioning why the Church is now donating our tithes to organizations that are not in the best interest of human freedom or liberty. I’ll remain a faithful tithe payer regardless, but I’d like to understand.

  5. Read anything by Ezra Taft Benson on the U.N and its multi-fingered evil monster, including UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and more. Especially good is his book An Enemy Hath Done This. Listen to his 1965 speech entitled America on the Path to Destruction on YouTube. The UN strictly advances the New One-World Order, Socialism, and Communism. Read Prophets, Principles, and National Survival–a compilation of writings and presentations by modern prophets. David O. McKay also has excellent writings on the communists and New World Order. Do not doubt: The U.N. and its various, nefarious organizations are purely satanic!

  6. In a General Conference talk October 1963, Elder Ezra Taft Benson quoted Marion G. Romney, “…We must be careful that we are not led to accept or support in any way any organization, cause or measure which, in its remotest effect, would jeopardize free agency, whether it be in politics, government, religion, employment, education, or any other field. It is not enough for us to be sincere in what we support. We must be right!” That was only 57+ years ago, times have changed!

  7. Yes given the choice between trump and biden, God would vote for biden. Trump tried to overcome the will of the people. He opposes democracy, free choice, and caring for the poor and needy, all of which God is concerned about.

    He has no redeeming qualities.

  8. June 18, 2021 at 7:19 pm
    Yes given the choice between trump and biden, God would vote for biden. Trump tried to overcome the will of the people. He opposes democracy, free choice, and caring for the poor and needy, all of which God is concerned about.

    He has no redeeming qualities.
    GEOFF
    FOR YOUR INFORMATION BIDEN AND HIS INTIRE CRIME FAMILY HAS TAKEN MILLIONS AND MILLIONS FROM EVERY COUNTRY HE HAS VISITED FOR 47 YEARS.HE AND HIS CRIME FAMIL aARE PEDIPHILES AND HAS BEEN FOR HIS 47 YEARS IN POLITICS.HE SON TOOK IT TO A NEW LEVEL YOU CAN READ ABOUT HIS ATROCITIES ANYWHERE NOW (NO LONGER HIDDEN)HE HAS AN ISLAND NEXT TO EPSTEIN’S THAT WAS USED FOR THE HORROR THAT WAS ON EPSTEIN’S ISLAND AND USED SUBMARINES TO TRANSPORT THE CHILDREN AND WOMEN TO ORPHA’S, HIS, AND EPSTEIN’S FOR YEARS AND YEARS._BOTTOM LINE BIDEN HIS SON AND MANY OTHERS HAVE LUCKILY BEEN EXECUTED LONG AGO FOR THEIR TREASON AND MURDER AND PEDIPHILIA.

  9. Geoff and Aloma – you prove how satan is able to control one. Educate yourself on the evils of satan and read the Communist Manifesto. You will see all the “pillars” in the Manifesto are in operation in the United States.

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