Elder Cook said the Church would not leave others to define its beliefs and its people. In some instances, anti-Mormon comments had been allowed to pass without much challenge. “I don’t think we have to accept it when some people deliberately mischaracterize the Church,” he said.
“We have members in the Church of all political persuasions. We encourage our people to get involved, to participate in party politics, to vote. But which party and which candidates are matters for them to decide.”But he acknowledged that the need to avoid being partisan or drawn into political debate had sometimes hampered the Church in responding to criticisms or misrepresentations.