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President Grant on Partisanship

Early in his years as President of the Church, Heber J. Grant bemoaned the disrespect over political differences he saw among Church members in the United States: “I regret exceedingly that in political controversies men seem to lack that courtesy and that respect for their opponents that I believe all Latter-day Saints ought to have. . . . From my own personal contact with dear and near friends, Republicans and Democrats, I have not been able to discover the exercise of what you might call charity, if you like, for the opinions of others who oppose them politically, at least not as much charity as should exist among our people. I am a thorough convert myself to the idea that it is not possible for all men to see alike.”

Heber J. Grant, in Conference Report, Oct. 1919, 19