Dear Brother:--In answer to yours of May 4th, concerning the Latter-day Saints forming a temperance society, we would say, as Paul said--"Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers, but contend for the faith once delivered to the Saints";
The saints wanted to join up with non members to form a temperance society. But Joseph Smith told them to follow Paul's advice, because they would find they were unable to pull as they should if they yoked themselves to unbelievers.
I see the wisdom of this counsel in many places. When we join up with non members for a common cause we quickly water down our doctrine to almost nothing. We won't mention God, much less cite scripture, in our efforts to influence society as a whole lest we offend potential allies. We have become embarrassed of God in our politics. We didn't used to be, not even 60 years ago. But now we are ashamed of him in the public square, and how to do we expect that is going to turn out?
Paul had it right, and so did Joseph Smith. Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers, but contend for the faith once delivered to the Saints.