LDS church official stance is on their site, including this section: "We
acknowledge that every nation has the right to enforce its laws and secure its
borders. All persons subject to a nations laws are accountable for their acts in
relation to them."Bishop Wester said "the event was not a
time to talk politics or debate the issue." Then he should expressed
compassion, and praying for both sides. He is very much taken sides by his
We are children of GOD, and deserve to be FREE to govern ourselves. I have been
blessed to have friends from many different cultural groups, so my response is
not an anti-anything response. All Americans migrated here from somewhere,even
those we refer to as Native American, or Indian, because they came from
somewhere other than North America. The Declaration of Independence and the
Constitution are both in English, which is the language chosen to be the
official language. Early immigrants learned English a a means of sharing their
ideas. By the grace of GOD, I was born in The United States of America,and I
resent having to pay extra taxes because later immigrants refuse to learn
English, and demand their so called "right" to be able to conduct
official government business in their native language. Their are several
hundred languages spoken in the United States, and if this so called
"right" was carry out to include all those languages we would have to
hundreds of people at every government job to interpret these languages.
I do not appreciate those who come here illegally.
While not always clear, compassion is the foundation principle of virtually
every major religion, both Christian and non-Christian alike.When a
jewish rabbi known for his mastery of Torah was challenged to enunciate the law,
he responded by saying, simply, "That which is hateful to you, do not do to
your fellow." All else, he said, was commentary.To honestly
cite the 12th Article of Faith of the LDS church as divine sanction for the
unconditional purging from our country of 12 million or so undocumented human
beings is to me shocking.If such thinking is truly typical of the
level of LDS theology (and I hope it is not), I would question the value of
having LDS missionaries anywhere.On the other hand, if this kind of
thinking is inconsistent with what LDS church membership should be about, then
why not say so?
"At the same time, States have the right to regulate migration flows and to
defend their own frontiers, always guaranteeing the respect due to the dignity
of each and every human person. Immigrants, moreover, have the duty to integrate
into the host Country, respecting its laws and its national identity."World Day of Peace 2001 Pope John Paul II
It's time American citizens prayed for honest leaders. Those who put their
fellow man first, and not business. Those who enforced the laws fairly for all
men, and did not give preferential treatment to those who break our laws, and
those who profit from it. I call upon the Churches to put God first,
and not their needs. To encourage moral and honest following of God and mans
laws. To cast off the agenda of those who break the laws, and follow Gods
teachings as he has taught us. The manipulation and twisting of
laws, has to stop. We can not condemn those who want the laws followed, while
rewarding those who break our laws. This is not the teaching of God.
From the article: "We repeat our appeal for careful reflection and civil
discourse when addressing immigration issues," spokesman Scott Trotter
said. "Finding a successful resolution will require the best thinking and
goodwill of all across the political spectrum, the highest levels of
statesmanship, and the strongest desire to do what is best for all of Gods
children.My reaction: Huh? That statement is so vague that it
applies to every position imaginable. It reminds me of the Utah Compact. But
it's an improvement over what Mark Tuttle said a couple of years ago, something
about how hard it is to keep all the commandments.
"We repeat our appeal for careful reflection and civil discourse when
addressing immigration issues..."Do tell. What about carefully
reflecting on obeying the laws of the land and punishments for those who don't?
Exactly what are they praying for? Forgiveness of their thoughts?
Maybe it's time for the people of Latin America to stand up and kick out the
corrupt Governments that run there countries too. After all, look at Mexico,
that countries economy has been in a bad way (way worse than the USA) for ever.
Good thing there's a separation of Church and State to identify the best
solution for immigration.
Im tired of bailing out those who make poor, short sighted decisions. Live with
the consequences of your actions. Go back from whence you came and get in line
and go through the immigration process like it should have been done in the
first place. How are people with no legal standing, dictating to US what OUR
policy should be. Our representatives are voted into office by citizens to
represent our interests not the interests of those who do not, and cannot vote.
How about praying for the victims of identity theft, murder, rape, and for those
who lost their jobs to illegals? How about being responsible and accountable for
breaking the law? How about praying for those around the world waiting patiently
for an immigrant visa, and for those who are here legally?
Let's see they are praying they can stay in Utah and 75 percent of the residents
are praying they leave. I wonder whose God will win.
For an official stance of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on
this issue it needs to come threw proper priesthood channels. For a pretty good
outline of this issue and the LDS Church Google my name and "Undocumented
Immigrants and the LDS Church"
Does anyone have an opinion on why the LDS Church did not attend the prayer
service? It seems they are on the same page with all the other churches on this
issue. Just curious.
"We follow Jesus Christ by loving our neighbors. The Savior taught that
the meaning of neighbor includes all of Gods children, in all places, at all
times."The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints response
to the Utah Compact.
Maybe they need to start asking people to follow Gods laws such as stealing,
lying and coveting. Gods word works both ways, we need to ask those to who come
here illegally to "love thy neighbor" by following his rules, not
trespass or use his identity, and not steal his jobs and ability to feed his
family. Poverty and losing jobs can be a major source of breaking up families.
"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of