The Mormon Section
"No true Latter-day Saint and no true American can be a socialist or a communist or support programs leading in that direction. These evil philosophies are incompatible with Mormonism, the true gospel of Jesus Christ." - Ezra Taft Benson, Apostle, 1961
"Can a member be a Democrat and a good Mormon? That one makes me smile, because if the members who ask it could travel to some countries of the world and meet faithful members of the Church who belong to their national communist parties I fear their blood pressure might be permanently damaged." - Michael Otterson, head of public affairs, 2015
Only one of these quotes is a. less than fifty-four years old and b. published on the Church's website (as part of the total speech). Yet this is not the one that gets circulated on libertarian and conservative Facebook pages. Maybe they should stop and ask themselves why no one in church leadership has bothered to denounce socialism in decades, even though it's more pervasive than ever and supported by members overseas in the same proportion as everyone else in their countries. Maybe historical context has something to do with it. Maybe the threat of the Soviet Union specifically, more so than a particular system of economics (though Secretary Benson clearly detested that as well), has something to do with it. Earlier in the talk, for instance, he explained, "The fight against godless communism is a very real part of every man's duty who holds the priesthood. It is the fight against slavery, immorality, atheism, terrorism, cruelty, barbarism, deceit, and the destruction of human life through a kind of tyranny unsurpassed by anything in human history." Not all Communist nations are created equal.
Of course, there's no need parse every word of the talk and pretend it's all correct, when it's a well-documented (if, for some, frequently ignored) fact that many if not most of his fellow Apostles disagreed with his political views and that he was rebuked more than once for using his church position to promote them. I'm not a Communist and I don't believe in communism, though I wouldn't mind some Mormons thinking so if it permanently damages their blood pressure, but I'm just saying that I don't think anyone can make an intellectually honest case that the Church has an official stance against socialism. I do think it's perfectly valid, of course, to point out that socialism and the United Order are still not the same thing.