Election day recommended reading

Two scriptures and a quote that bring me peace and perspective . 

Doctrine and Covenants 134:1, 5, 6

We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.  5 We believe that all men are bound to sustain and uphold the respective governments in which they reside, while protected in their inherent and inalienable rights by the laws of such governments... 6 We believe that every man should be honored in his station, rulers and magistrates as such, being placed for the protection of the innocent and the punishment of the guilty; and that to the laws all men owe respect and deference, as without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror; 

2 Timothy 1:7

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:

"No misfortune is so bad that whining about it won't make it worse."


I don't believe God is surprised, afraid, or shaken by current earthly events. We don't need to be surprised, afraid, or shaken either.


Dig deeper:

Ensign Article about Joseph Smith’s presidential campaign. That’s right, Joseph ran for President.  

The Church’s official statement on politics 

Dallin H. Oaks on Religion in Public Life 

Ezra Taft Benson on The LDS Church and Politics 

Jean Bethke lshtain (Scholar of Religion and Political Philosophy at the University of Chicago)  on Democracy at the Century’s End