When we see a religion, and one which is claimed to be the religion of Christ, and it will not govern men in their politics, it is a very poor religion, it is very feeble, very faint in its effects, hardly perceptible in the life of a person. The religion that the Lord has revealed from heaven unites the hearts of the people, and when they gather together, no matter where they are from, they are of one heart and one mind . . . .
The religion of heaven unites the hearts of the people and makes them one. You may gather a people together, and no [p. 53] matter how widely they differ in politics, the Gospel of Jesus Christ will make them one even if among them were found members of all the political parties in the country. I do not know how many different political parties now exist in the country. . . . If members of all these various organizations were to obey the Gospel and gather together, the religion of heaven would clear their hearts of all political rubbish and make them one in voting for principles and measures, instead of men, and I think that any religion that will not do this is very feeble in its effects.
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Source: Brigham Young, 1854, Journal of Discourses, Volume 14:159 Brigham Young (1801-1877) served as second President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was the founder of Salt Lake City, and first governor of Utah Territory.