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Prophetic Statements

First Presidency

False Political Isms

We again warn our people in America of the constantly increasing threat against our inspired Constitution and our free institutions set up under it. The same political tenets and philosophies that have brought war and terror in other parts of the world are at work amongst us in America. The proponents thereof are seeking to undermine our own form of government and to set up instead one of the forms of dictatorships now flourishing in other lands. These revolutionists are using a technique that is as old as the human race—a fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery and then enslave them.

They suit their approaches to the particular group they seek to deceive. Among the Latter-day Saints they speak of their philosophy and their plans under it as an ushering in of the United Order. Communism and all other similar isms bear no relationship whatever to the United Order. They are merely the clumsy counterfeits which Satan always devises of the gospel plan. Communism debases the individual and makes him the enslaved tool of the state to whom he must look for sustenance and religion; the United Order exalts the individual, leaves him his property, “according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and needs,” (D&C 51:3) and provides a system by which he helps care for his less fortunate brethren; the United Order leaves every man free to choose his own religion as his conscience directs. Communism destroys man’s God-given free agency; the United Order glorifies it. Latter-day Saints can not be true to their faith and lend aid, encouragement, or sympathy to any of these false philosophies. They will prove snares to their feet. 1

Joseph Smith

I attended a second lecture on Socialism, by Mr. Finch; and after he got through, I made a few remarks… I said I did not believe the doctrine.2

David O. McKay

President David O. McKay, Statement on position of the Church on Communism, 1966, Read in Joseph Smith Forum Docs

First Presidency Message on Communism, 1936 Read in Joseph Smith Forum Docs

Russia enveloped with communism – a new religious freedom must come. God will overrule it, for that people must hear the truth, and truth in simplicity. Truly there is much for the church to do in the coming century.” 3

Howard W. Hunter

“You were given a great message by Elder Marion G. Romney which was inspiring and profound. He compared socialism with the United Order. I encourage you to study carefully that message. He gave much of the basic theory, the principles, the similarities and the differences between these two basically conflicting systems. As I accept his premises, logic, and conclusions, with your permission, at this time, I would like to use his message as a springboard for my own. The basic principle in his message is the same principle in mine, as already discussed – the principle of the Law of the Harvest – As a Man Sows, So Shall He Reap.

“From my own experience in business and as a lawyer and church worker, and from my firsthand observations in this country and other countries of the world, there appears to me to be a trend to shift responsibility for life and its processes from the individual to the state. In this shift there is a basic violation of the law of the harvest, or the law of justice. The attitude of “something for nothing” is encouraged. The government is often looked to as the source of wealth. There is a feeling that the government should step in and take care of one’s needs, one’s emergencies, and one’s future. Just as my friend actually became a slave to his own ignorance and bad habits by refusing to accept the responsibility for his own education and moral growth, so, also, can an entire people be imperceptibly transferred from individuals, families, and communities to the federal government…

“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 last 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.”4

Socialist and Communist Statements

Scriptures

Founders Statements

Supporting Statements

Bruce R. McConkie

Next Moroni turns the key so that all who have ears to hear can understand what the secret combination is and can identify those who build it up. ‘For it cometh to pass,’ he says, ‘that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries.’ This is a worldwide conspiracy. It is now entrenched in many nations, and it seeks dominion over all nations. It is Godless, atheistic, and operates by compulsion. It is communism. 5

J. Reuben Clark, Jr.

I voiced a warning against what we then knew as Bolshevism and Socialism, and what we now know as Communism. I thought I saw it coming, and it came.…And there is nothing that we should not do to preserve this country, and its liberties, and its free institutions.
…if [the conspiracy] comes here it will probably come in its full vigor and there will be a lot of vacant places among those who guide and direct, not only this government, but also this Church of ours. 6

  1. A message from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, Monday, April 6, 1942, during the closing session of the 112th Annual General Conference of the Church. The message was published in Conference Report, Apr. 1942, 88-97.
  2. Joseph Smith, History of the Church 6:33
  3. David O. McKay, At Brigham Young University, reported in Church News, May 28, 1960.
  4. Speeches of the Year 1965-1966, pp. 1-11, “The Law of the Harvest.” Devotional Address, Brigham Young University, 8 March 1966.
  5. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, p. 66
  6. J. Reuben Clark, Conference Report, p. 80. April 1952

One thought to “33) COMMUNISM: What guidance have leaders of the Church given in regard to the threat of Socialism and Communism?”

  • kevan scott

    Please insert the Scriptures regarding “Socialism”,
    Scriptures cover both statements of doctrine (either by The Lord, Angels, Prophets, or chosen Servants);
    OR by situational verses that demonstrate the reality of people & societies that demonstrate the Evil
    of Satan’s Plan (and paths) for Tyranny. And the counterpoint Truth of situations of the people of Liberty (sometimes called ‘Free Men’) who live by The Doctrines of The Christ.
    Here are but two Scriptures (both from our as yet incomplete & damaged version of The Book of The Lamb of God (aka The New Testament)
    Galatians 6:2-5
    2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil The Law of Christ.
    3 For if a man think himself to be something,
    when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
    4 But let every man prove his own work,
    and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone,
    and not in another.
    5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
    SEE TOO
    Matthew 20
    (Herein is the parable of a Free Man (a Conservative- a man of Liberty)
    Christ names the “Goodman of the House”) Read it all (likening it unto the strife of LEFT demanding the myth of Equity / Equality of Outcomes – and the myth & EVIL of Labor Unions) Then perhaps your
    facility to fulfill one of Christ’s Commands (those who have Eyes to See shall finally SEE) relative
    to Just Governance versus the insanity of Satan’s ideas of governance.
    Here is the key verse/Declaration of The Lord
    Matthew 20:15
    15 ” Is it not Lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?

    All who deny, ignore, or battle in any way to destroy personal responsibility, accountability, Agency
    and action – are those either Ignorant, Deceived, or knowingly Seek the Very EVIL that Lucifer
    presented and enacted in The War in Heaven that we who are here rejected when we Chose Jesus as The Christ (The Anointed One). There are only Free Men sent to Earth.
    All standing ‘without’ without The Gospel or the fallen Pretenders and ‘Tares’ amongst the True Saints
    fall prey to the many LIES of Satan to destroy The ORDER of Heaven given in part by The Father
    in the beauty & glory of This Nation on The Promise Land (yea, even The Continent where Eden
    existed and Adam & Eve received The Truth, Promises, Covenants and sacred Mysteries of Godliness.

    Please Arise and Awake – dear brothers and Sisters — and KNOW the truths of Christ on The LAW
    The Father and his beloved Son our Christ do not simply govern The Spirit through the True Faith
    (The Church of Jesus Christ) BUT ALSO are called and have Authority over the Elements
    of Earth (and all the planets with their Adams & peopled earths) under The Infinite and Eternal Atonement – TO GOVERN our Society.
    After the coming Scourge of Kingdom and Earth – The Lord Shall indeed Come a Second Time
    and He shall “Rule” (over His Kingdom/Church in matters of Spirit) and “Reign” over all those
    who shall remain worthy to be refined to be Sanctified and live during The Millennium
    until some ridiculous wicked person open the door of his heart to Satan again and Evil come
    to battle Liberty & Freedom of Spirit and Government and the Final Battle in our long WAR
    began in the Heavens and the End of it comes by Gog & Magog and Satan is defeated
    and The Earth Burned with Fire to become its final glorious Celestial State-
    while its inhabitants and spirits of the Dead are lifted up to stand before The BAR
    and our chosen ETERNAL JUDGE – The Christ begins The ‘Last Day’ of this 2nd Estate
    aka ‘Judgment Day’.
    Then all will come to know undeniably the EVIL of Tyranny (under any of the myriad names or labels)
    and be sent to live under the dimness of God’s Glory of the Telestial ; or the brightness of mirrored glory of living The Gospel of Christ (failing to endure the Fires of Refining and abide in the Fullness)
    to receive but the lesser Reflection of The Fullness in the Terrestrial Kingdom
    Those who seek the highest glory of God and abide in The Fullness of Christ’s Law are the ONLY ones
    who will make of their desires, thoughts, actions and character to be Christ-like in all ways
    with both the Constant Companionship of The Holy Ghost AS WELL AS the companionship of Jesus
    himself– are those who will endure both Chastening, and the Pruning after true fruit is born in their lives from personally seeing The Lord’s Life in Vision and doing The Works of Christ; AND
    are those who face; accept; and bear Refining fire of Refinement of being as ‘silver’
    (aka The House of ‘Israel’ — i.e., the Princes of God)
    they are they who live to become as Gold.
    They are those holy men and true help-meet sisters in The New and Everlasting Covenant
    who will truly live as Adam & Eve (True and faithful in ALL things) who live to be in spirit
    and body as is the full measure of our Creation – with a fullness of JOY in The Celestial Kingdom.
    They are the only ones worthy to have Eternal Increase and Eternal Progression
    For they alone, live the complete Law of Christ ‘with all their hearts’ becoming and bearing ‘the true fruit’ with no aspect of Satan spiritually or temporally (which his Evil Governance of Domination)
    Lest we forget- there shall be those that love Tyranny of Satan (call it Socialism / Communism or any name those on the LEFT side of Christ shall name their poisoned view) who having received of Christ
    purity reject It as Cain, Judas and others did and shall do– and they with Satan and his hosts of evil spirits shall be cast out into Outer Darkness — NEVER — to escape or reek the Havoc of blood and horror – shameful perversions and abominations.
    The END of Tyranny is (or should be) of such a frightening specter – to awaken all but those dead
    to Light and Truth.

    LONG LIVE – the Light and Joy of Christ’s Perfect Plan of Happiness
    in His Church and His Society of Freedom and true Liberty of Godly Government !!
    So will we fulfill the Command & Pattern :
    Our Father in Heaven – Hallowed Be His Name
    His Kingdom Come
    His Will Be Done
    On Earth
    AS IT IS IN HEAVEN !! !!

    Selah !

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