In April 1965, Elder Ezra Taft Benson delivered a landmark talk on the subject of being Anxiously Engaged in the fight for freedom. In that address he quoted President McKay and followed up with his own inspired counsel.
Hear his words: “No greater immediate responsibility rests upon members of the Church, upon all citizens of this Republic and of neighboring Republics than to protect the freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States.” (Cited in Jerreld L. Newquist, Prophets, Principles and National Survival [SLC: Publishers Press, 1964], p. 157.) As important as are all other principles of the gospel, it was the freedom issue which determined whether you received a body. To have been on the wrong side of the freedom issue during the war in heaven meant eternal damnation. How then can Latter-day Saints expect to be on the wrong side in this life and escape the eternal consequences? The war in heaven is raging on earth today. The issues are the same: “Shall men be compelled to do what others claim is for their best welfare” or will they heed the counsel of the prophet and preserve their freedom?
It is a bit surprising to me how many LDS people say they understand the concept of the pre-mortal war in heaven and the choice we made for agency, yet now believe in socialism (Satan’s doctrine) and even say that Joseph Smith taught it. He did not.
From the History of the Church, volume 6, pages 32-33, we read:
Wednesday, 13.—I attended a lecture at the Grove, by Mr. John Finch, a Socialist, from England, and said a few words in reply.
Thursday, 14.—I attended a second lecture on Socialism, by Mr. Finch; and after he got through, I made a few remarks, alluding to Sidney Rigdon and Alexander Campbell getting up a community at Kirtland, and of the big fish there eating up all the little fish. I said I did not believe the doctrine.
Mr. Finch replied in a few minutes, and said—”I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. I am the spiritual Prophet—Mr. Smith the temporal.”
Elder John Taylor replied to the lecture at some length.
As further evidence, Elder Marion G. Romney was specifically asked by the brethren to deliver a talk in General Conference on the subject, Socialism is Not the United Order. I encourage everyone to read that talk to understand the difference if you are confused on the matter. Socialism is incompatible with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please feel free to link to this post anytime someone says the LDS church practiced socialism in the past.