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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 27 2012 6:05 p.m. MST

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West Jordan, UT

Wonderful! I hope people will see this and understand the spirit with which it is intended.

I for one will be participating.

Salt Lake City, UT

The intent is very sweet. Christian values aside; since they are really "people" values. "human" values. Amirite?

A Scientist
Provo, UT

It is contrary to the spirit of the Founders for a political party to call for religious activity of any kind.

Keep religion OUT of politics and the world will be MUCH better off!

Let the Churches call for days of fasting and prayer if they want, but keep it out of political parties while keeping religions out of politics!

Bart Tippetts
Salt Lake City, Utah

As the LDS Church so stated

After a long campaign, this is now a time for Americans to come together. It is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints to pray for our national leaders in our personal prayers and in our congregations. We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to pray for the President, for his administration and the new Congress as they lead us through difficult and turbulent times. May our national leaders reflect the best in wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the American people.

We also commend Governor Romney for engaging at the highest level of our democratic process, which, by its nature, demands so much of those who offer themselves for public service. We wish him and his family every success in their future endeavors.

In Facebook see Latter Day Saints For Civility.

Marlborough, MA

Bi-partisianship and compromise would produce more needed results in this secular republic.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

please refrain from imposing your own beliefs and ideas on the founders.

Washington was opposed to the idea of political parties, which is contrary to your statement.

the 1st amendment proscribes the government from any laws, for or against, concerning the establishment of religion. since your statement requires rules forbidding religion except in certain places, your statement is contrary to the founders' intent.

fast and pray for an end to divisiveness, but make sure the timing is such that it cannot be seen as helping the other side. I guess no one else sees the hypocrisy in this?

It also makes you wonder if they would have issued the same call had their candiate lost following his campaign of divisivenes and distortion?

Brigham City, UT

Can you imagine a group of people, who affiliate themselves with a particular religious belief, as well as holding particular political views, having the unmitigated gall of calling for religious activity in an attempt to resolve the divisiveness that permeates our society?? It's downright heretical.


A good first step in healing the rift in the political spectrum, from an LDS perspective, would be to pray for the removal of the abortion plank in the Democrat Party platform. By removing this plank, there might be some hope of compromise.

Sandy, UT

Praying is good. I am a firm believer in prayer. The question is, what are they going to do afterwards? Are they going to have one day of prayer, so everyone will know how holy they are, and then go do a bunch of shenanigans while the people sit back and think everything is on the up and up because our mostly corrupt politicians had a day of prayer? Come on.

Everett, 00

I'm in!

FYI - Straitpath
8:52 a.m. Nov. 28, 2012

Democrat are not FOR abortion.
They are simply Pro-Choice
as in, between a woman and her Doctor,
as in the Government (and anyone else) Keep out.

If yo have a problem with LDS beliefs, abortion, and politcal platforms --
The Repbulican platform of no abortions, ever, not for any cicumstances is dimetrically opposed and 180 degrees against offical LDS policy which states --

...that in some rare cases, that abortion may be considered an valid option in the case of rape, incest, Health of the Woman or Viability of the fetus --- but the ultimate CHOICE is to remain with the Woman. Along with the help of her Doctor, Family, Clergy and prayer….not the Government, and certainly not a Political Party.

Leesburg, VA

As an observer from afar I'm curious how this will go.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

I am not LDS but I am supportive of LDS Democrats wishing to fast and pray regarding the end of divisiveness:

However after running an election based upon race, gender and class warfare and using Chicago thug tactics as well as the honoring of a college co-ed who spent thousands of dollops on extra tuition (as opposed to tens of dollars on her own contraception) merely to attend a faith based university so that she could feign pass/aggressive victimhood and force those morally opposed to HER choice to pay for HER choice, regardless of THEIR choice; making a mockery of religious freedom and the entire concept of CHOICE

I would seem that prayer and fasting would be worthless without an uncomplaining change in behavior. Until I see that happen; it is easy to merely discount this as little more than another manipulative publicity stunt

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT


been practicing your rationalizations and distortions long? You cannot be pro-choice WITHOUT favoring abortion.

The republican platform states that "the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." It opposes using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or to fund organizations that perform or advocate abortions. It says the party will not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.

and the dem platform of no restrictions whatsoever for abortions is in line with LDS policy? In which alternate reality do you live?

tell me, please, what the following words mean? I'm not familiar with them:

newhall, CA

How about praying that obama unseals all his school records, provides a bonafide, real birth certificate, a real selective service card, a real social security number from Hawaii, and then declares himself ineligible to be president per The Constitution? But then again the socialist/democrat party will never be that transparent. Praying and fasting for what? Obviously not for the truth. It's a waste of a prayer.

Joey D

one old man-

That must be why he left congress divided!


I think it would be great if Democrats and Republicans, among others, would get together and find common ground on legilsation that would, for example, seek to compare proposed legislation to the spirit and letter of the Ten Commandments. That is something, supposedly, that politicians of most stamps could be expected to agree on, given there will always be a few atheists, who would prefer to sit such discussions out.

For example:

Thou shalt not kill: Democrats and Republicans putting an end to aggressive wars, declared and undeclared, usually enthusiastically endorsed by congressmen of either party. Abortion is another form of murder that should be included as anathema to religious politicians of almost any faith.

Thou shalt not steal: let's agree to put an end to coercive taxation based on property, income etc. Limiting the scope of government would do it; we could tax luxuries alone: no one is compelled to buy luxuries.

Maybe well find we have more in common, when we really think about it, than we thought, or we would be forced to face our past incinsistencies and hypocrisies, and live accordig to our consciences.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Lost in DC,

I thought for a minute there I was going to agree with you, then you had to question the intentions of the democrats. Have you ever thought there is more that unites us, than divides us? Every year I hear read from the pulpit in my local LDS ward a statement from the First Presidency saying they do not support one party, and there are good things and good people in all parties, and yet so many Mormons come on hear and bash people simply because they are democrats. I think maybe the democratic members of the church are taking what the First Presidency said after the election to heart, and maybe it is time for republican members of the church to do the same.

We are not Republicans or Democrats we are Americans

Provo, UT

Difficult to believe That so many have not taken the time or else just don't care about the character and background of the man who was just elected to be President of a God fearing nation. We should pray that our standards will be maintained and beliefs will not falter in these difficult times. Past performance is the best indicator of future behavior.

Springville, Ut

Lost in DC,

So I can't be in favor of agency without being in favor of sin? That's exactly what you just implied. And it is absolutely absurd.

Cache county, USA

More like a 4 year fast

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