Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 75: August 28, 1913
TO the non Mormon who has been accustomed to see an irreconcilable diversity of opinion frequently manifested in the deliberations of sectarian Christians, the spectacle of a whole congregation of Latter-day Saints - often numbering hundreds and even thousands - voting without a dissenting voice upon questions which are submitted to it. For a decision, as, for instance, in the matter of sustaining the general or local authorities of the Church, presents to his mind a mystery which he can solve best by referring the unanimity of sentiment to an outward appear ance only, and which has been effected by the dominating inﬂuence of priestly powers - exercised to such an extent as to control the liberty of the individual, and make him nothing more than a voting machine.
That people who have always been independent in the expression of their opinions, and who have carried their intractability to such extremes that they refuse to be reconciled to their brethren of other denominations, even on questions which are not regarded as material, that sectarian Christians who can not unite together in an effort to define what are the essentials of salvation, and who can not agree among themselves as to the mode of baptism, etc., etc., should, as soon as they become Mormons, unite with them in sentiment, and vote as one man, except in rare instances, on all questions affecting Church affairs, is, indeed, a remarkable pheno menon, and must have some powerful cause for its manifestation.
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