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Published: Sunday, Sept. 23 2012 9:49 p.m. MDT

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no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

One more time with feeling?
Or...... is it Groundhog Day?

Gr8Dane
Tremonton, UT

Wow, I was actually stunned to see a fair and balanced article out of the LA Times. It was actually very fair and accurate in my view. In such stark contrast with other major news outlets which are shills for Obama. We'll see how long it lasts.

Doug Forbes
Greenfield, IN

I don't know about the experience of this person, but when I was on church welfare they did pay my bills and I know the church paid peoples mortgages for many months in some cases. The LDS church spends more on welfare than many states.

Tiger5
Cache county, USA

More lds members in southern California then in the whole state of Utah.

bricha
lehi, ut

Doug: True, sometimes they do pay your bills, but even when they do the focus is on how to get you out of the financial trouble you are in, not keeping you on assistance.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

I wonder how many conservative Mormons are on Social Security and Medicare? Doesn't that fly in the face of this vaunted Mormon idea of independance from Government? To be true to its anti government values would not the Mormon Church and its members have to take care of ALL the needs of their elderly and disabled and who are unable to work to support themselves? Seems to me that modern mormon conservatism wants to eat its cake and have it too.

Also the article fails to point out that Mormon Communitarianism really started with the Founder Joseph Smith, a man who new what being poor was like at a time when the Government provided no social safety net.

bluejean
Farmington, UT

Well said: A hand-up not a handout is the best way to help those in need.

John20000
Cedar Hills, UT

To really understand the Mormon faith, you have to look globally. Yes, it started in the United States, but now has more members outside the US than inside. Romney may represent the views of majority of Mormon citizens in the US, but he certainly doesn't represent the views of the majority of Mormons globally.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

Most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are conservative. If you want to go back a few hundred years you will find that most Latter-Day Saints were democrats. In fact being a republican was as much as a no no then as it is being a democrat now. Things change and the time is coming when the majority of Latter-Day Saints will not belong to either party. The thing is that this new party will be made up of many that are moderates that can't fly with the liberals on the left and the ultra conservatives on the right. This new party will gain prominence through out the United States and will have the a very huge voting block that both of the primary parties will try and cater to. As has been noted in many discussions, members of the LDS Church are expected to be representatives of the major parties and to vote for whom best represents their values. For many for the current election Mitt Romney represents those values, not the republican party. There are many good points about both parties. However, only one defines abortion and marriage correctly.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

john20000
how do you know this? you are now the spokeman for the majority of LDS?

jzwillows
willows, ca

While it is true that Romney's positions are more representative of members of the Church than Reid, his positions are so volatile one never knows when his positions on political and even moral issues will be reversed - in order to get elected.

As for the Mormon church believing the constitution being divinely inspired, according to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, we don't believe it was dictated by God in the same way scripture is but rather that the Lord provided these great minds who developed the document.

Mike in Cedar city - regarding it being hypocritical for Mormons to be on social Security & Medicare - how is it hypocritical for one to accept money into a system they do not believe in but which they & other Mormons were forced to pay into?

Bill in Nebraska: As for,"members of the LDS Church are expected to be representatives of the major parties," the actual position of the Church on political parties is neutrality, although that assumes members would avoid parties intent on destroying freedom, for instance the Communist Party, which in the mid-20th century the Church stated members should not belong to.

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