A 68-year old statement still relevant today…

After I included the following quote in one of my newsletters I received several inquiries regarding the validity of the quote. Thanks to Connor Boyack for doing further research this statement has been verified. You can read the entire letter and more on Connor’s Blog ( click here ). It’s a great blog, I also recommend that you check out his other writings.

…the Church has not found it possible to follow along the lines of the present general tendency in the matter of property rights, taxes, the curtailment of rights and liberties of the people, nor in general the economic policies of what is termed the “New Deal”….unless the people of America forsake the sins and the errors, political and otherwise, of which they are now guilty and return to the practice of the great fundamental principles of Christianity, and of Constitutional government, there will be no exaltation for them spiritually, and politically we shall lose our liberty and free institutions….We believe that our real threat comes from within and not from without, and it comes from the underlying spirit common to Naziism, Fascism, and Communism, namely the spirit which would array class against class, which would set up a socialistic state of some sort, which would rob the people of the liberties which we possess under the Constitution, and would set up such a reign of terror as exists now in many parts of Europe….We confess to you that it has not been possible for us to unify our own people even upon the necessity of such a turning about, and therefore we cannot unfortunately, and we say it regretfully, make any practical suggestion to you as to how the nation can be turned about. (Heber J. Grant, also J. Reuben Clark, Jr. and David O. McKay signed as the First Presidency, written during World War II Letter to the U.S. Treasury, September 30, 1941.)


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2 Responses to “A 68-year old statement still relevant today…”

  • Avatar for Blog amy Says:

    wow, what a great quote. I just read your post Healthcare and the Word of Wisdom: A Principle With a Promise and couldn’t agree more. I’m going to this holistic lds conference in june (in south jordan) and it’ll be so nice to have likemided individuals of our faith coming together to be united. have you heard of this?

  • Avatar for Blog Benjamin Says:

    Not just Communism, but how about crime and drugs? The Opium trade and widespread addiction to the drug ruined Chinese society during the end of the 19th and the early 20th century. With such a division within the nation from vice, tyranny under Communism did not look so bleak. That’s why the Word of Wisdom, the sanctity of marriage, etc. are so important. When these principles fall apart in some way, the society splinters into violence and disorder which demand tyranny as a solution.

    I would also like to mention issues such as digital piracy, which have apparently become rampant within our world, as well as supposedly within our Church as well. How much money was lost from the fact that people did not buy a product? Or even better yet, if someone was desperate enough to break the Lord’s Commandments to get something (Stealing or not obeying the laws of the land), how disunifying is this to our country on a national scale?

    It’s just my two cents, there’s a great deal of ways that people promote plenty of division within this country by not obeying commandments, and there’s probably more to be mentioned.

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