LDS Church officials issue letter encouraging Utahns to participate in political process

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SALT LAKE CITY – The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent out a letter recently and asked that it be read in all LDS congregations in Utah, and the letter encourages people to participate in the political process.

A similar letter was sent out in 2012, and according to a press release from the LDS Church, that letter resulted in a significant increase in caucus participation in the state.

The letter is reproduced in its entirety below:

Caucus meetings will be held this year in preparation for primary and general elections in Utah. These precinct caucus meetings are a grassroots level of political involvement in Utah and are best served by a broad representation of Utah citizens. Those who attend play a critical role in selecting candidates for public office.

The 2014 caucus meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 20, and we encourage our members to participate as an exercise of their civic responsibility and privileges.

We ask that local leaders not schedule meetings on these Tuesday and Thursday evenings so that members may attend a caucus meeting of their choice. The location of these meetings can be found on the websites of the respective political parties.

The Church once again affirms its political neutrality. Platforms and philosophies consistent with gospel principles may be found in most political parties. We remind leaders and members that Church facilities and meetings are not to be used for political purposes or discussions.

24 comments

  • davidmpark

    These politicians don’t listen anyway. They don’t care, either. To them, we’re just money and consent. And if they can’t get both; they inflate and tax us to poverty and assume they have a mandate from a previous election.

  • Todd

    Eric, do you honestly not know your state’s history which would explain the abundance of Mormons (hint: it has something to do with the same bigotry you espouse).

  • Hard Tail

    Eric, the only thing that’s really bothering you is the fact that you can’t live the higher law which is required to get a temple recommend.

  • jenhowe

    The Republican caucus is held on March 18 and 20. Will the “neutral” church be sending out the exact same letter when the Democratic caucus is held?

  • photobunce

    Corporations own the Government what we vote for is immaterial. It will remain so until we take our country out of the hands of Citizens united.

  • sickofutah

    Utah. Where separation of church and state DO NOT exist. This state is like living in some sad time warp where the only people that seem to matter are the religious whacks with a chapel on every corner. I was a good mormon before moving to this pit of despair. Now I can’t stand it and can’t wait to leave. Vote Mormon, vote republican. That’s what the church should just come out and say. Anything else and you’re a “liberal”. Pffffft!!! Utah is a joke.

  • Patrick

    jenhowe, you should check your facts before you try posting. The Democratic caucuses are on March 18, and the Republican caucuses are on March 20. So yes, the “neutral” church is treating both equally.

  • Trish Ramirez

    If the church wants to play politics, it should pay taxes. It’s that simple. The church is not a citizen, it has no business sticking its nose into political affairs. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, they encourage their members to vote as a single organism to sway legislation to mirror church doctrine. It’s disgusting, and I hope one day they pay through the nose for their meddling ways.

    I love the little disclaimer at the bottom of the letter, added for legal and potentially tax purposes.

    Sickening.

    I also love how they spell out only church meetings and facilities, as though mormons don’t get together socially all the time – it’s pretty easy to spread ones opinion through the social grapevine without violating that edict. Not to mention that it doesn’t encourage people to educate themselves or read up on the facts or consider both sides – just to attend caucuses.

    No need to make and informed decision, just go and vote the way the scriptures tell you to.

    • Eric Anderson

      Not surprisingly, Trish, you didn’t bother to READ. Or failed to comprehend.

      They encouraged members to participate in the political process. They didn’t say who to vote for.

      Sorry, but you are on the wrong side of the Constitution, as usual.

      Your hate-fueled obsession with “Mormons” is really weird. Did a Mormon drop you on your head when you were a baby, or what?

      • Trish Ramirez

        Are you really that obtuse? Do you really think that the church intends for its members to vote for laws that oppose church doctrine? Have you ever talked to a mormon? It would be considered sacrilege to so flagrantly defy the church presidency’s dictates, even in the privacy of a voting booth. After all, heavenly father is watching. He knows if you vote for looser liquor laws that corrupt the morality of our children or vote for a democratic representative that supports s ex ed in classrooms. My word! All of that filth! The only way to do away with it is to vote for good little mormon politicians who espouse mormon values and will legislate with faith in mind.

        Do you think people are stupid??

        The church pulled a little act of double speak with their letter, the effectively washed their hands of any ties to political manipulation by including both parties in their decree and by including the little disclaimer at the end, but according to Pew research 74% of mormons classify themselves as leaning toward the Republican party. Do you not think that the church, with their deep pockets and paid research groups and personal relationships with every member knows that??

        This letter was nothing more than a veiled order for all good little mormons to go out there and get their theocratic views made into legislation in whatever way possible. The Republican party is hurting for numbers due to changing demographics, and the church is using its sway to try to negate some of the Republican losses.

        Why in the world do you think the good American people of Illinois wanted the mormons out of Nauvoo so badly?

        It’s because they pulled the same stuff there. They voted as a single block, swaying legislation to reflect their theology.

        Look into the history of this state or mormonism in general and you cannot for a second deny that the mormon church has always had a hand in politics and been looking for a bigger one.

        Who are you trying to kid?

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