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The leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encouraged all members of the Church to vote in the upcoming Nov. 3 election in a letter sent to Church members.

“Citizens of the United States have the privilege and duty of electing office holders and influencing public policy. Participation in the political process affects their communities and nation today and in the future. We urge Latter-day Saints to be active citizens by registering, exercising their right to vote, and engaging in civic affairs,” members of the Church’s First Presidency wrote.

Voting day flag

Voting day flag

“We also urge you to spend the time needed to become informed about the issues and candidates you will be considering. Along with the options available to you through the Internet, debates, and other sources, the Church occasionally posts information about particular moral issues on which it has taken a position at”

The Church leadership wrote that principles compatible with the gospel “may be found in various political parties, and members should seek candidates who best embody those principles.”

“While the Church affirms its institutional neutrality regarding political parties and candidates, individual members should participate in the political process. Please strive to live the gospel in your own life by demonstrating Christlike love and civility in political discourse.”

The letter was signed by Church President Russell M. Nelson and counselors Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring.