Latter-day Saint Life

5 LDS Church Leaders That You Didn't Know Were Involved in U.S. Politics


While the Church maintains its stance on political neutrality, members are encouraged to "engage in the political process in an informed and civil manner." Since its establishment, Church leaders have been committed to public service.

Here are five prominent leaders that have also served their country.

J. Reuben Clark established a distinguished legal and civil service career despite having little formal education. Unable to attend high school, he was instead tutored by his mother.

Clark went on to graduate first in his class from the University of Utah and earn a law degree from Columbia University law school.

In 1930 Clark was appointed as the U.S. ambassador to Mexico. In 1933, Clark left the position in order to be the second counselor in the First Presidency under Heber J. Grant. He also served as a counselor to Church presidents George Albert Smith and David O. McKay.

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