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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7 2012 8:00 a.m. MST

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Cache, UT

Definitely pray for him. He needs a conscience, intelligence and common sense. Pray for each of these traits.

Andrew J. Marksen
Deseret, UT

Nope. I realize this is very un-Christian position but praying for a man that believes in abortion, gay marriage, and taking what others have no right to seems wrong at the moment. Pray for the man tearing apart the very liberties, and independence that God inspired seems rather ungrateful to the God that graciously gave us those things. There is no wisdom in the destruction of freedom only oblivion. There is nothing praiseworthy about breaking the backs of ordinary Americans with the power of an oppressive federal government. There is nothing noble in the destruction of the family. How can the right thing be cheering, supporting, and praying for a man who is destroying God's gift of freedom? How is praying for Obama anything more than praying for our own destruction at the hands of God?

Distasteful? Yes, but it is honest.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Andrew J. Marksen
Deseret, UT


Follow the Prophet.

Anything otherwise else considered Apostate.

You're skating on some very VERY thin ice...Brother Marksen.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Jesus taught us to pray for our enemies, pray for the ones who dispitefully use you....I'm guessing that's the point that is being made to pray for bo.

Half the nation still disagrees with the left agenda that bo has embraced and shoved down our throats. We'll just have to wait two years to gain control more of the house and senate. Then elect a real president in 2016 and try to begin to fix the mess.

Until then bo will be a lame duck president, managing the decline of what was the greatest country in the world.

For the first time in my adult life, I'm ashamed to be American

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

We just need to pass a law. Whichever politician you elect. You get to pay the tax increases that they push through.

Now that is fair. That way you always can vote for the programs you want and you can pay for it. That's change we need and change we can believe in.

austin, TX

Brother Marksen,
I can understand your feelings. I can only beg you to read what the savior said in times like these.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Take courage my friend. the problems ahead cannot be solved by a President of a nation, but by the Gospel of Christ. And the Lord in his infinite wisdom is sending more laborers (18 yr old youngmen, 19 year old youngwomen) in his Vineyard, You and I just need to help bring people unto the savior. Love
Your brother in Christ.

Nana Gohn
Grand Junction, CO

We can always pray to our Heavenly Father and ask that he give the opportunity for others to soften their hearts and open their minds. Not just for the leaders of this great country but around the world, as well as for every person on the earth. We are all focused on trying to get to the same place. It might do us well as a nation to pray that our own hearts and minds be opened, and ask Father what we can do to make a difference in the lives of those in need. After all, the very core of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is to follow the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Provo, UT

Thanks to the First Presidency & Apostles for being gracious and reminding us that our leaders need God's help. I hope to follow their counsel.

Thanks to Governor Romney for a gracious concession speech and stating that he too, will pray for the President.

And thank you President Obama for your humble victory speech and acknowleding George and Lenore Romney and how they and their son have dedicated their lives to public service.

We can spend the next four years surfing left-wing blogs or listening to right-wing radio. Or we can pray for our leaders, pull up our bootstraps and get to work like our grandparents did during the Depression and World War II. God Bless America!

salt lake, UT

@liberal ted
Shoved down our throats? He was just reelected by the majority of Americans. the right really needs to find some new rhetoric or better yet drop the rhetoric and join the conversation of trying to find reasonable solutions.

Layton, UT

the greatest thing about being a citizen of this country is that when all the bickering and fighting is over, we come together peaceably for another four years and do our best to make our country great. Without war, without violent conflict, and with a great deal of respect one for another. it's been a hard fought contest, but it is neither the end nor the beginning... it is our country still alive and moving forward. i'm grateful to belong to a church that encourages optimism and respect. my prayers to all my fellow citizens. We have a great country, and we can make it better everyday.

sandy, ut

I just can't help but laugh because it is so akward to hear hateful comments from those who supported Romney. I have heard people call those who voted for Obama "dumb", "uneducated", "rediculous", and many many other things. It is like many on Romney's side have had their inner child come out with the slander, name calling, etc. It is quite sad that these people get upset that others in the country are allowed to have a different opinion. I have seen those who are democratic in mostly repulican families literally brought to tears because their families are so rude to them because of who they are voting for. Voting is individual. Just because your family, faith, school, etc. votes one way should have no infulence on how you choose to vote. Politics have become an embarassing thing to be a part of. If the party that loses has so much hate towards the other party, I would never want to be a part of that party. I was pulling for Romney, but hearing the hateful and childish remarks of many has turned me off entirely. We see the same thing in religion, persecuted if you are different.

West Jordan, UT

@Democrat -

Well said, brother! Amen to everything you said.

And to Marksen, well, good luck. I think you have some soul searching to do now.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

The super patriots of Utah don't seem so patriotic to me. Let's see how they respect the will of the American People...And our amazing President. I'm not expecting much. The vile nature of the comments Deseret News prints from right-wing ranters is really a disgrace. They turn me down routinely for my use of inconvenient truths.

sandy, ut

BTW LDS liberal - you stating that somebody is apostate for not doing everything the prophet suggests is flat out wrong. That statement by the lds church didn't sound like a commandment to me. So quit being holier than thou and let people state their opinion. Whether or not somebody prays for Obama or not will not have any bearing on their eternal salvation. I bet you don't do everything that the prophet says.

Millcreek, UT

I think a lot of LDS people are overlooking the major victory that LDS people all over this country made during this election. Mitt did lose. But he lost because Americans didn't agree with his policies, not because of his religion. Your religion has become accepted and somewhat respected by mainstream America. It was a virtual non issue in this campaign. People learned about your religion and realized your generally nice, normal people, not some sort of weird cult, and I think that is something that LDS people can be grateful for, even though their guy was defeated.

Tooele, UT

I agree that we need to pray for Mr. Obama. He definitely needs more wisdom to lead this country than he seems to have. And for those that say we need to work with the liberals to get this country's problems fixed, I agree too. We definitely need to work together. Now... let's see... we can start with the abortion problem. How can we come to a middle ground there? Will the children only be partially aborted or just "almost" aborted? Oh! I'm sorry! When they say we need to "work" with them, did they mean we need do it their way? Hmmmmm. Prayer is definitely going to be needed to overcome the growing philosophical differences between us.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

Can you say "Sore-Loser"????

Now repeat "I won't be a sore-loser, I won't be a sore-loser, I won't be a sore-loser".....that's it, very good!

Bored to the point of THIS!
Ogden, UT

You people are funny.

Cedar Hills, UT

I understand the First Presidency Message. They had to say it and honestly it was the right thing to say as a general statement but let's be real here for a minute ... how many latter day saints feel that praying for Barack Obama is going to change his heart? It is like praying for Korahor or Gadianton for heaven sake. I guess anything is possible with the Lord but men have their free agency and Obama has shown who he is and what he is and there is no mistaking it. Yes pray for the president and pray for your country but also remember this passage in the Book of Mormon from the prophet Mormon....

“O ye fair ones, how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord! O ye fair ones, how could ye have rejected that Jesus, who stood with open arms to receive you! Behold, if ye had not done this, ye would not have fallen. But behold, ye are fallen, and I mourn your loss.” (Mormon 6:17-20)

It feels alot like we are repeating Nephite history here...

Provo, UT


You ask a good question. Wherease abortion has been at a stalemate since 1973 (regardless of who we vote for), an area where both sides could compromise are the budget and deficit. We have been such a rich country since WWII that those who wanted spending got it, and those who wanted tax cuts got them too. Both sides need to be willing to put some sacred cows on the altar so that our children don't end having most of their tax dollars going to service interest on the national debt.

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