government, human life, American democracy
Thomas Jefferson believed that “the care of human life & happiness, & not their destruction, is the first & only legitimate object of good government.” According to Elder Wilford W. Andersen of the Seventy, one of the ways good government cares for human life and happiness is when it “protects religion and fosters religious freedom. And good religion encourages good citizenship and adherence to the law of the land.” If we are to ensure that human life, happiness, and religious freedom will thrive and be protected in the years ahead, women must be active in government. Women’s participation is essential in political representation (for example, public elected office) and local, state, and federal government workforces, since critical decision making that impacts individuals, families, and communities occurs through all these channels.
Madsen, Susan R.
"Rise and Run Latter-day Saint Women and Good Government,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 61:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol61/iss1/10