Citizenship

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“Since we last met together as women of the Church to address our particular concerns, we have been forced into confrontation with many of the issues of our day.

“It is important to the spread of the gospel message that we approach the current problems with thoughtful analysis and with the spirit of love. As the Prophet Joseph pointed out in Nauvoo to those earliest Relief Society sisters, we do have a responsibility for the moral climate of the communities in which we live. We cannot abdicate our responsibility as citizens.”

Barbara B. Smith. Relief Society General President
Women’s Greatest Challenge” October 1978 General Conference

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“In the early days of the Church here in this valley, the leaders of the Relief Society, other stalwart women of the community, and the presiding Brethren of the Church worked together to establish suffrage for women among the Saints. It was not expedient. It was not even judicious, in the light of the desperate struggle for statehood, and yet the right of women to vote was unanimously agreed upon and written into their constitution by the first legislators of Utah territory because it was a righteous principle.

“Today, Latter-day Saint women with more opportunity for education, with the right of voting, must step forward to be part of the solution of society’s problems. We must exercise responsible citizenship.”

Barbara B. Smith. Relief Society General President
Women’s Greatest Challenge” October 1978 General Conference

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“On political matters President Kimball has encouraged us to study the issues and use our agency. He has counseled us to select leaders and programs consistent with the principles of truth. He has urged us to act independently.”

Barbara B. Smith. Relief Society General President
Women’s Greatest Challenge” October 1978 General Conference

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