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Published: Thursday, Jan. 10 2013 11:45 a.m. MST

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

"We send our best wishes to President Obama and pray for the blessings of a loving Father in Heaven to be upon him and his administration."
~ Pres. Thomas S. Monson, President, Prophet Seer and Revelator of the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why can't so many Mormons who SAY they support our Prophet, follow him and his example?

dumprake
Washington, UT

The church should boycott this little Marxist dictator who is hostile to religion, religious freedom, the U.S. Constitution, and most everything else that is good and right in this country.And the church should publish why it is boycotting his inauguration.

Wonder
Provo, UT

@dumprake -- Yes, the General Authorities will get right on that since you told them to do it. Glad you are the inspired one to tell them how they should run things.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

@LDS Liberal

I cannot stand this President, however I do pray for him as I do for our enemies, that they repent and turn to the Holy Ghost for guidance. I know that our loving Father in Heaven will be with him as he seeks to do the right things. But anyone who goes against the heavenly inspired Constitution of the United States will not be too inspired to lead a nation. We should all pray for not only the President, but for the Congress and the Judicial Branch as well. It is all three working together that should lead the nation, not just a President who thinks he can by-pass the Congress to have his will enforced upon everyone.

leonard
Oakley, ID

LDS Liberal

Who says we don't? We don't have to like what he has been doing to pray for him.

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

@ Eddie;
Thomas Jeffersom must have been "inspired" to write about you and others like you:
"By 1816 Jefferson wrote that "[s]ome men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched." But he saw imperfections and imagined that potentially, there could be others, believing as he did that "institutions must advance also".[61]: (Wikipedia on "The American Consitution".

You may like to clarify what parts of the original draft and which if not all ammendments were inspired as well. Because start getting confusing when political documents and their ammenments are considered inspired. Would that mean that the political leaders who wrote them were also prophets and seers. If so, why do we need spiritual leaders?

I must be totally crazy because when I pray for the President of the U.S. and the leaders of all nations (regardless of political affiliation) I ask God to be grant wisdom, health, objectivity and so on. I never thought that I was named judge and decide that somebody had to repent because he/she has a different political ideology than mine.

Laie Girl
Laie, HI

In all of the Cold War there did not seem to be as much misinformation and disinformation as there is about President Obama. I blame the 24-hour broadcast news channels, big money interests, blogs, the Internet, fraudulent e-mails, scam artists... Wait a minute. Who I really blame is a public that does not want to be informed and does no research to find out what is accurate.

What is it really about President Obama that folks hate? He isn't a Marxist, he's not a dictator, he works with Congress, his own party gets upset with him. He not only upholds the Constitution; he's a scholar of it. He works hard, has done as right by the Nation as any president I've seen (and I've seen a lot), and he's maintaining our security. What is with all the bad-mouthing?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has it right. Pray for President Obama. And while you're at it toss in our other leaders, including your local ones.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

Not only does this president think that his will should be law, he despises anyone who disagrees with him. He will go against the majority and is clearly out for his own agenda and does not care about the spirit of the constitution. As far as judging, that is totally subjective! But when you look at The Federalist Papers, you will find that this pres is so far off that the founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves.

Tell us Baccus0902, do you acknowledge that the constitution is inspired? Or are you one of those leftist's who think that we need to do away with it and write a new one. In today's world, who would you like to write it?

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

"The church should boycott this little Marxist dictator ..." I am a Marxist, and I can tell you Obama is no Marxist - not even close. These discussions would be helped if the paricipants knew something about Marx - most don't.

Moracle
Blackshear, GA

If there has ever been an adminstation in need of our Heavenly Father's guidance and blessing in administering the affairs of our nation, this is it.
I pray that God will bless President Obama and his administration, our Congress, and other elected and appointed national and local leaders; to know and do that which is right and best for this nation and for their health and protection to do it.
Praying for one's president in no way implies that one agrees with or supports his agenda, but moreso, perhaps, expresses the hope that he gets it right.

KJB1
Eugene, OR

"He will go against the majority..."

Seeing as he was just reelected by nearly five million votes, I'm not quite sure I'm following you.

Romney lost, guys. Time to get over it.

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

@ Eddie
You wrote: "Tell us Baccus0902, do you acknowledge that the constitution is inspired? Or are you one of those leftist's who think that we need to do away with it and write a new one. In today's world, who would you like to write it?"

No, I don't think the US COnstitution or the Magna Carta or any other political document was inspired by God.
Yes, I'm a leftist and as such I can tell you that President Obama is a Centrist tilted to the right.
Nobody is saying that the Constitution has to be re-written. However, I am of the opinion that we need to realize that the Founding Fathers are dead and lived in a different age and society.The constitution in order to be effective has to be a living document in order to have the ability to change according to the needs of society.

Congress is the institution in charge of changing or ammending the consitution if necessary. That means that you should elect your representative wisely.

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

Why are we wasting time AND $$$ to hold an inauguration for an incumbent POTUS? I've read and listened to the oath of office and nowhere in it does it say anything about a time limit -- works for 4 years or 8 years... so he doesn't need to take the oath again, we don't need another parade, or another ball and any of the other hubris. This country has financial problems and this is no time for a party.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

Baccus0902

"However, I am of the opinion that we need to realize that the Founding Fathers are dead and lived in a different age and society.The constitution in order to be effective has to be a living document in order to have the ability to change according to the needs of society."

Like doctrine, prophecies, and such? I agree. Things need to evolve to survive.

Laie Girl
Laie, HI

Brent T: Even if this were his third election, President Obama would need to take the oath again. He was elected for four years, not eight. All elected officials re-take the oath of office when they are re-elected, even the county sheriff.

As to the celebratory aspects, of course it's time for another party. It isn't like our tax dollars pay for the whole thing. Many of the party funds come from private donors such as you and I. Second inaugurals have been the norm since George Washington, even during wartime, the Great Depression, and threat of nuclear annihilation.

This isn't the first time the country has had financial issues, and it won't be the last. Balanced budgets and excess funds are a rarity.

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

@ LValfre
you wrote: "Like doctrine, prophecies, and such? I agree. Things need to evolve to survive".

We are 100% in agreement, stagnation in anything is not healthy.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

If the Constitution was divinely inspired then why are there so many amendments to it. Is it that god can not get it right one time the first time. Also, it would be better protocol for President Monson too also attend the inauguration.

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

Laie Girl, somewhere in the news there will be a statement about the price tag about what was spent on this inaugural affair which won't take into account the dollars spent flying/other transportation there, hotels, tailoring, lost work time... lots of things. Even assuming these are All private funds and that we should be ecstatic about the DC community getting an influx of tourism cash, would not this money be better spent on things so obvious as Sandy relief? Even in good times this whole affair as well as much of the pompous stuff that goes on in our nation's capitol seems excessive and wasteful... of course it seemed the same way New Year's Eve in times Square -- a city in need of relief is buying confetti to make more mess to clean up. Morale is an excuse? A weak one. Rome is burning and we keep on partying. And yes, I know we keep re-issuing oaths of office; my point was we don't "need" to in a legal or common sense.

ready2change
San Diego, CA

@skeptic: That is like saying that if the Book of Mormon is true, then why do we need General Conference and continued revelation from God? The constitution was divinely inspired, but as our country grew larger and the times changed, we needed those added amendments. If you've ever read or studied the constitution, you would see how beneficial many of them are to our changing world. The church too has several things that it has added to with the changing of the times, such as the for strength of youth. If you read one from the year it first came out to the newest edition you will see many changes. That doesn't mean the For Strength of youth is not divinely inspired, it shows further proof that it is!

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@Baccus0902

"@ LValfre
you wrote: "Like doctrine, prophecies, and such? I agree. Things need to evolve to survive".

We are 100% in agreement, stagnation in anything is not healthy."

Actually we are not in agreement. I don't think truth, doctrine, prophecies, etc. change to fit society if they are divinely inspired. Work of man in my opinion.

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