Quotes by Marion G. Romney:

I pray that the Lord will somehow quicken our understanding of the differences between socialism and the United Order and give us a vivid awareness of the awful portent of those differences.

Conference Report, April 1966, pp. 95­-101. Socialism and the United Order compared.

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!

Conference Report, October 1960, pp. 73–75.

The sweets of liberty about which we usually speak may be classified as (1) political independence, (2) economic freedom, and (3) free agency. I would have us strive for that liberty which comprehends all three of these freedoms, and more. I would have us strive for a freedom of the soul to which they all contribute.

General Conference, October 1981. The Perfect Law of Liberty.

Now, my brothers and sisters, the handwriting is on the wall,* “the interpretation thereof is sure.” (Dan. 2:45). Both history and prophecy—and I may add, common sense—bear witness to the fact that no civilization can long endure which follows the course charted by bemused manipulators and now being implemented as government welfare programs all around the world.

* See Dan. 5:23-27.
Church Welfare Services. Basic Principles, published 1976.

The United Order can never function under socialism or “the welfare state,” for the good and sufficient reason that the principles upon which socialism and the United Order are conceived and operated are inimical.

Socialism and the United Order Compared. Conference Report, April 1966, pp. 95-101.

The tragic and fatal weakness in the posture of the Western world is precisely the same as it is in the world of Communism namely, reliance upon uninspired human wisdom. The difference is in degree, not in essence. The course of Communism and the present course of the Western nations will eventually bring us to slavery, despair, and destruction — the inevitable end of every person, nation, and civilization which persists in refusing to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Prophets, Principles and National Survival, Chapt.: Morality—Spirituality—Religion.

As our modern societies follow the course which led to the fall of Rome and other civilizations which succumbed to the deceptive lure of the welfare state and socialism, I think it not inappropriate for me to emphasize again the Lord’s plan for the temporal salvation of His mortal children .. We must be careful not to adopt the commonly accepted practice of expecting the government or anyone other than ourselves to supply us with the necessities of life. The practice of coveting and receiving unearned benefits has now become so fixed in our society that even men of great wealth, and possessing the means to produce more wealth, are expecting the government to guarantee them a profit. Elections often turn on what the candidates promise to do for voters from government funds. This practice, if universally accepted and implemented in any society, will make slaves of its citizens .. Let us work for what we need. Let us be self-reliant and independent. Salvation can be obtained on no other principle. Salvation is an individual matter, and we must work out our own salvation, in temporal as well as in spiritual things.

General Conference, Oct. 1976. In Mine Own Way.

The free agency of Americans has been greatly abridged. Some argue that we have voluntarily surrendered this power to government. Be this as it may, the fact remains that the loss of freedom with the consent of the enslaved, or even at their request, is nonetheless slavery.

BYU Speeches of the Year, March 1, 1966.

We here in the United States, in converting our government into a social welfare state, have ourselves adopted much of socialism. Specifically, we have to an alarming degree adopted the use of the power of the state in the control and distribution of the fruits of industry. We are on notice, according to the words of the President, that we are going much further, for he is quoted as saying:

“We’re going to take all the money we think is unnecessarily being spent and take it from the ‘haves’ and give it to the ‘have nots.'” {1964 Congressional Record, p. 6142, Remarks of the President to a Group of Leaders of Organizations of Senior Citizens in the Fish Room, March 24, 1964).

General Conference, April 1966, p. 98.

Communism is indeed only socialism pursued by revolutionary means and making its revolutionary method a canon of faith. Communists like other socialists, (1) believe in the collective control and ownership of the vital means of production and (2) seek to achieve through state action the coordinated control of the economic forces of society. They (the Communists) differ from other socialists in believing that this control can be secured, and its use in the interests of the workers ensured, only by revolutionary action leading to the dictatorship of the proletariat and the creation of a new proletarian state as the instrument of change. (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1946 ed., Vol. 20)

Socialism and the United Order Compared. Conference Report, April 1966, pp. 95-101.

Three of the major devices that have led men to reject the truth concerning God have been and still are (1) apostate Christianity, (2) the theory of biological evolution, and (3) communism.

Learning for the Eternities, part I, The Character of Deity.

The United Order exalts the poor and humbles the rich (D&C 104:16). In the process both are sanctified. The poor, released from the bondage and humiliating limitations of poverty, are enabled as free men to rise to their full potential, both temporally and spiritually. The rich, by consecration and by imparting of their surplus for the benefit of the poor, not by constraint but willingly (1 Pet. 5:2) as an act of free will, evidence that charity for their fellowmen characterized by Mormon as “the pure love of Christ” (Moro. 7:47). No, brethren, socialism is not the United Order .. As to the fruits of socialism, we all have our own opinions. I myself have watched its growth in our own country and observed it in operation in many other lands. But I have yet to see or hear of its freeing the hearts of men of selfishness and greed or of its bringing peace, plenty, or freedom. These things it will never bring, nor will it do away with idleness and promote “industry, thrift and self-respect,” for it is founded, in theory and in practice, on force, the principle of the evil one.

Socialism and the United Order Compared. Conference Report, April 1966, pp. 95-101.

If the principles set out in the Constitution of the United States were followed by all men who exercise authority in governments, we would have peace in the earth. This is true because by the inspiration of heaven that Constitution made provision for the best form of political government ever devised for the use of man

Conference Report, October 1947, Principles of Truth, pp. 38-42.

The united order is nonpolitical. It is therefore totally unlike the various forms of socialism, which are political, both in theory and in practice. They are thus exposed to, and riddled by, the corruption which plagues and finally destroys all political governments which undertake to abridge man’s agency.

Den Danske Stjerne, Oktober 1977, s. 99. Formålet med kirkens velfærdstjeneste.

Further implementation of the order must therefore await the redemption of Zion. Here Zion means Jackson County, Missouri. When Zion is redeemed, as it most certainly shall be, it will be redeemed under a government and by a people strictly observing those “just and holy principles” (D&C 101:77) of the Constitution that accord to men their God­given moral agency, including the right to private property. If, in the meantime, socialism takes over in America, it will have to be displaced, if need be, by the power of God, because the United Order can never function under socialism or “the welfare state,” for the good and sufficient reason that the principles upon which socialism and the United Order are conceived and operated are inimical.

* Den forenede orden.
Socialism and the United Order Compared. Conference Report, April 1966, pp. 95-101.

This procedure preserved in every man the right to private ownership and management of his property. At his own option he could alienate it or keep and operate it and pass it on to his heirs .. The United Order is operated upon the principle of private ownership and individual management.Thus in both implementation and ownership and management of property, the United Order preserves to men their God-given agency, while socialism deprives them of it.

Socialism and the United Order Compared, BYU, March 1966.

I suggest we consider what has happened to our agency with respect to contributing to the means used by the bureaucracy in administering government welfare services. In order to obtain these means, one head of state is quoted as saying:

“We’re going to take all the money we think is unnecessarily being spent and take it from the ‘haves’ and give to the ‘have nots’ that need it so much.” (Congressional Record, 1964, p. 6142 – Remarks of the President to a Group of Leaders of Organizations of Senior Citizens in the Fish Room, Mar. 24, 1964).

The difference between having the means with which to administer welfare assistance taken from us and voluntarily contributing it out of our love of God and fellowman is the difference between freedom and slavery.

General Conference, April 1976. Church Welfare Services’ Basic Principles

Liberty and free agency are worth fighting for. Patrick Henry’s cry, ‘Give me liberty or give me death,’ ought to find an echo in the heart of every true Latter-day Saint.

Seek the Lord to Establish His Righteousness, November 10, 1964.

As a youth, I was stirred by Patrick Henry’s famous battle cry, “Give me liberty or give me death!” The meaning of the word liberty is difficult to circumscribe. Abraham Lincoln was of the opinion that “the world has never had a good definition of the term. We all declare for liberty,” he said “but in using the same word we do not mean the same thing. With some, the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself and the product of his labor while with others liberty may mean for some men to do as they please with other men and the product of other men’s labor.” (Address, Apr. 18, 1864. Quoted in John Bartlett, Familiar Quotations, 15th ed., Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1980, p. 523).

General Conference, Oct. 1981. The Perfect Law of Liberty.

Frankly now, are we, as rational beings,—in the light of history, the signs of the times, and the revelations of the restoration and the Bible—realistically justified in putting our hopes and expectations for peace in the United Nations? Doing so, are we not again hoping to “gather grapes of thorns,” and “figs of thistles?” I am not here thinking of the fringe benefits admitted by most everyone, but of lasting peace. It seems to me that from the inception of the U.N., we have had nothing but wars and rumors of wars.

Prophets, Principles and National Survival, Chapter 19, American Foreign Policy.

For six thousand years civilizations have risen, flourished, declined, and passed away pursuant to the same cycle of events. Civilizations rise as their people comply with the laws upon which prosperity, success, and happiness depend. These laws God revealed in the beginning and, through His prophets, He has repeated them in every dispensation since. Civilizations have flourished as long as these laws are obeyed. Civilizations decline to the extent such laws are disobeyed. Civilizations pass away when these laws are completely disregarded. Beginning in the days of Adam, and in every gospel dispensation since, the Lord has warned the inhabitants of the earth that their continued violation of the laws of righteousness, which He has revealed, would bring on their destruction. All history, sacred and profane, testifies to the accuracy of this prediction.

General Conference, Oct. 1977. The Tragic Cycle.