On this website you will find statements by church leaders and other prominent persons.
I believe in individual freedom and a society in which the government has limited powers. I believe in welfare, but not in the kind of welfare that motivates people to idleness and to get something for nothing. This violates the law of the harvest, which says that we should earn our living in the sweat of our own face, not in the sweat of other people’s faces. (Genesis 3:19 | Exodus 20:17) I don’t sympathize with those who support freedom with the purpose of earning riches to themselves, without sharing their abundance with the poor and needy. I believe that the right to private property and to the fruits of our own labor is an inalienable right that God has given to all people. In God’s plan, nothing happens through coercion. It is his will and intention that we, voluntarily, under the plan of his Gospel, should share of our abundance with the poor and the needy. Heber J. Grant, the seventh president of the Church said that caring for the needy:
Is a Church function … a part of the brotherhood of man which underlies our whole social and religious life … It is essentially a neighbor to neighbor obligation. It is not a function of civil government. This is fundamental.”
Howard W. Hunter who was an apostle and who later became president of the Church said the following:
What is the real cause of this trend toward the welfare state, toward more socialism? In the last analysis, in my judgment, it is personal unrighteousness. When people do not use their freedoms responsibly and righteously, they will gradually lose these freedoms … If man will not recognize the inequalities around him and voluntarily, through the gospel plan, come to the aid of his brother, he will find that through “a democratic process” he will be forced to come to the aid of his brother. The government will take from the “haves” and give to the “have-nots.” Both have lost their freedom. Those who “have,” lost their freedom to give voluntarily of their own free will and in the way they desire. Those who “have not,” lost their freedom because they did not earn what they received. They got “something for nothing,” and they will neither appreciate the gift nor the giver of the gift. Under this climate, people gradually become blind to what has happened and to the vital freedoms which they have lost.
God, not governments, is the source of inalienable rights and governments were instituted by God to protect these rights (L&P 134:2,4,6 | Inalienable God-given Rights). Under the welfare state, the right to private property is violated when welfare is redistributed through the state. The state deprives us of our right to decide how we would like to use and share the fruits of our labor.
The United States Constitution is a Heavenly Banner inspired by God (The Constitution – a Heavenly Banner) and the rights and freedoms of the Constitution apply not only to people of the United States but for all mankind. (The Constitution – For All Mankind | D&C 98:5 | D&C 101:77).
Although there has been relative peace for a number of years, freedom is threatened in all nations. The Book of Mormon does not without reason warn us of a secret combination that “Seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries.” (Ether 8:24-25).
Boyd K. Packer has urged us not to ignore Moroni’s words:
We live in dangerously troubled times. The values that steadied mankind in earlier times are being tossed away. We must not ignore Moroni’s words when he saw our day and said, “Ye must awake to a sense of your awful situation. (Ether 8:24).
Moroni saw our time. He saw that many would not be aware of the dangers that threaten our freedom. When he said that we need to awaken and mentioned a conspiracy that is secret, then it must be because the dangers which threaten our freedom come from places from where we may not expect them to come. That it is something that we are not aware of and see no danger in, and something which we may even feel confident about.
H. Verlan Andersen:
One of the names used by John to describe Satan’s organization was “Mystery,” (Rev. 17:5) perhaps to indicate that its identity would not be known.
On the website you will find many quotes in relation to our freedom and things that threatens it.
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