Thursday, March 15, 2018

Once again, LDS First Presidency discredits belief that Mormons should be Republicans

Once again, LDS First Presidency discredits belief that Mormons should be Republicans
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Dallin H. Oaks, Russell M. Nelson and Henry B. Eyring at a news conference in the lobby of the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.

by Lee Davison, Salt Lake Tribune

Pssst. Have you heard that to be a good Mormon, you should be a Republican?

The governing First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints again is saying that is not the case — but does say members should be more active in politics, including attending party caucus meetings next week to help elect convention delegates.

“Our Utah communities and our state are best served when Utah citizens fully engage in the political process through caucus meetings, primaries and other political mechanisms,” said a letter read over pulpits in Utah on Sunday from LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson and his two counselors.

“We are concerned that citizen participation rates in Utah are among the lowest in the nation,” they wrote, “and urge greater involvement by members of the church in the 2018 election cycle.”

Their letter ordered members to cancel all church meetings March 20, when most parties are scheduled to hold caucuses, “so that members may participate in a caucus meeting of their choice.”

Their final paragraph — which church leaders have essentially repeated many times in recent years — is a favorite of non-Republican parties in Utah...

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