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Church leader says Mormons not tied to any political party

April 4, 2021 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A leading figure in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Sunday that no single political party or individual candidate represents the church’s positions.

Dallin Oaks, a former justice on the Utah Supreme Court, told members during a Sunday conference that they should decide for themselves what issues are most important and be prepared to change which party or candidate they support from election to election, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

A member of a church governing panel of which Oaks is also a member was forced to apologize last month following revelations that political donations were made in his name to Democrats including President Joe Biden.

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The fact that the donation from senior church leader Dieter Uchtdorf went to Democrats was somewhat surprising considering most members of the faith known widely as the Mormon church lean Republican.

“We should never assert that a faithful Latter-day Saint cannot belong to a particular party or vote for a particular candidate,” Oaks said during one of the final sessions of the conference, an annual event that was held virtually this time for the first time in more than 70 years.