Quotes by M. Russell Ballard:

Too many people in our country today are developing the attitude that government is obligated to care and provide for them. In many ways, government has fostered this attitude, but the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints know better. Some people who lived through the Great Depression and the period following, when the government bestowed gratuities upon the people, developed a feeling that the world owed them a living. In that climate, the First Presidency said in 1936: “The aim of the Church is to help the people to help themselves. Work is to be re-enthroned as the ruling principle of the lives of our Church membership.” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1936, p. 3). The love of work is an attitude that members of the Church must develop.

General Conference, April 1981. Providing for Our Needs.

There are great lessons to be learned from the past, and you ought to learn them so that you don’t exhaust your spiritual strength repeating past mistakes and bad choices. You don’t have to be a Latter-day Saint—you don’t even have to be religious—to see the repeating pattern of history in the lives of God’s children as recorded in the Old Testament. Time and again we see the cycle of righteousness followed by wickedness. Similarly, the Book of Mormon records that ancient civilizations of this continent followed exactly the same pattern: righteousness followed by prosperity, followed by material comforts, followed by greed, followed by pride, followed by wickedness and a collapse of morality until the people brought calamities upon themselves sufficient to stir them up to humility, repentance, and change.

General Conference, April 2009. Learning the Lessons of the Past..

Although our journeys today are less demanding physically than the trek of our pioneers 150 years ago, they are no less challenging. Certainly it was hard to walk across a continent to establish a new home in a dry western desert. But who can say if that was any more difficult than is the task of living faithful, righteous lives in today’s confusingly sinful world, where the trail is constantly shifting and where divine markers of right and wrong are being replaced by political expediency and diminishing morality.

Ensign, May 1997. You Have Nothing to Fear from the Journey.

It may not always be easy, convenient, or politically correct to stand for truth and right, but it is always the right thing to do. Always..

General Conference, Oct. 1997. Standing for Truth and Right.

The freedom and independence afforded by the Constitution and Bill of Rights are divine rights – sacred, essential, and inalienable.

Religion in a Free Society, Ensign October 1992.

Be involved, but don’t look to the Church as to how to get involved .. The civic duty of any Latter-day Saint, regardless of where they live, or including any county they may live in, is to be actively involved in the political process — meaning that they study the issues, they determine what the needs are as they see it, that they then use their freedom and their agency to vote according to their own conscience. It’s very important that good people everywhere are involved in this process.

LDS Media Library. Video: Political Neutrality.

We as a Church do not get involved in political candidates of any persuasion. The reason we don’t is because we have Republicans and we have Democrats and we have Independents and we have Libertarians and we have on and on and on who are faithful Latter-day Saints. So the Church is politically neutral, but we teach our people that it’s our duty to seek out and find good honest men and women of value, with values and virtue and honestly and integrity and encourage them to run for office and then to use their agency to vote for whomever they choose. The Church does not tell anyone how to use that agency, but as a principle we have an obligation as, as citizens of our countries wherever we happen to live, be it in the United States or in other countries, to do our part to find good honest people to lead us and that’s just part of our doctrine, but we are politically neutral and we are not telling our people to support and to back any candidate.

Transcript of Interview with Elder M. Russell Ballard, Oct. 2007.
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