LDS Church asks its top officials to stay out of politics

The LDS Church is telling its top, full-time leaders that they and their spouses should not participate in political campaigns, including making donations or endorsing candidates.

However, part-time leaders — including area authority seventies, stake presidents and bishops — are still allowed to do that, but are cautioned to make clear they are acting as individuals and do not represent the church. They are also told not to engage in political fundraising or campaigning focused on members of congregations they oversee.

That new, clarified written policy was sent in a letter, dated June 16, from the church’s First Presidency over the past week to church leaders.

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