“Does the Church support any political parties or candidates?” New Era, July 2012, 29
No. Though the Church generally encourages members to be informed and engaged politically, it leaves each person to decide for himself or herself which people and ideas best represent his or her views. “The Church is neutral regarding political parties, political platforms, and candidates for political office. The Church does not endorse any political party or candidate. Nor does it advise members how to vote” (Handbook 2: Administering the Church , 21.1.29). The Church does, however, reserve the right to speak out on moral issues or other issues that significantly affect the Church and its members, including matters related to family, marriage, and religious freedom.