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News Release

Area Presidency encourages Latter-day Saints in Central Europe to Vote

The Church reaffirms its institutional neutrality regarding political parties and candidates

The Europe Central Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following letter on May 14, 2024, to Church members in advance of the upcoming European election on June 6-9, 2024:

Political Participation, Voting, and the Political Neutrality of the Church

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Citizens of the European Union have the privilege and duty of electing office holders and influencing public policy. Participation in the political process affects their communities and nations 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, always demonstrating Christlike love and civility in political discourse. 

We urge you to spend the time needed to become informed about the issues and candidates you will be considering. Some principles compatible with the gospel may be found in various political parties, and members should seek candidates who best embody those principles. Members should also study candidates carefully and vote for those who have demonstrated integrity, compassion, and service to others, regardless of party affiliation.  Merely voting a straight ticket or voting on “tradition” without careful study of candidates and their positions on important issues is a threat to democracy and inconsistent with revealed standards (see Doctrine & Covenants 98:10).  Information on candidates is available through the internet, debates, and other sources. 

While the Church affirms its institutional neutrality regarding political parties and issues, it may occasionally post information about particular issues that directly affect the mission, teachings, or operations of the Church or that Church leaders believe is essential to preserving democracy or the essential functioning of the European Union or its member States.  

Political choices and affiliations should not be the subject of any teaching or advocating in Church settings. Leaders ensure that Church meetings focus on our Heavenly Father, our Savior, and the gospel.  For more information, see newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org and General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 38.8.30. 

Sincerely yours,

The Europe Central Area Presidency

Massimo De Feo

Ruben V. Alliaud

Jack N. Gerard

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