This article claims that the first quote ("most putts don't drop...") is from Jenkin Lloyd Jones, a Unitarian minister.
It's not. That JLJ died in 1918. When Pres. Hinckley used the quote in 1973, he said it was from "a recent column" It's from a later Jenkin Lloyd Jones (the first's grandson), who was editor of the Tulsa Tribune during the time President Hinckley specified.
Moral of the story: don't just check sources on quotes, also check sources from the debunkers.
One more bit: the fact that we don't have a first hand account does not mean definitely that a particular prophet did not say it, so the article title is misleading. It means we should treat it with caution, and check to see if it is a bonafide quote from someone else.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. –John Quincy Adams
Nickell, Kelly (2005). Pocket Patriot. Writer's Digest Books, Page 81. ISBN 1582973709.
While President Benson may not have said the quote provided, in his April 1972 LDS General Conference talk, “Civic Standards for Faithful Saints” President Benson quoted the Prophet Joseph Smith’s brother Hyrum Smith. The quote from Hyrum, as recorded in Documentary History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 323., states “…to vote for wicked men, it would be sin.”
It’s obvious that was only a partial quote. The full quote from Hyrum Smith is this:
“We engage in the election the same as in any other principle: you are to vote for good men, and if you do not do this it is a sin: to vote for wicked men, it would be sin. Choose the good and refuse the evil. Men of false principles have preyed upon us like wolves upon helpless lambs. Damn the rod of tyranny; curse it. Let every man use his liberties according to the Constitution. Don’t fear man or devil; electioneer with all people, male and female, and exhort them to do the thing that is right. We want a President of the U. S., not a party President, but a President of the whole people; for a party President disfranchises the opposite party. Have a President who will maintain every man in his rights."
Well does this express the thoughts and feelings President Benson tried to engender throughout his life. Well, too, does it express thoughts and feelings that every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should keep in mind in this election year.
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