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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26 2014 12:20 p.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 6:24 a.m. MDT

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Pragmatic
Salt Lake City, UT

I know they are trying to be "in", but, I really don't respect these guys for hijacking a serious disease's fundraising efforts into something for themselves. It's actually quite disgusting the more I think about it.

water rocket
Magna, UT

Pragmatic: I find your demeaning comments about these members of a stake presidency bit puzzling, since they are trying to show their support for the cause that benefits from this fund raiser. HOWEVER, I do agree that the dignity of the position of stake president should never be lowered in this, or any other way. They should pay the hundred dollars for NOT getting doused and move on. Incidentally, just how are they "highjacking" these fund raising efforts for themselves?

Pragmatic
Salt Lake City, UT

These gentleman are demeaning their office as a Stake Presidency. It's silly and out of place. They have tried too hard to "relate" and be cute. And it doesn't work. They hijacked another organization's efforts and overlayed them on to their own agenda. That's not cool in my book.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

Lighten up people. Seriously, lighten up. You're really thinking too much.

Peanut butter solution
Salt lake , UT

The "real issue" is that there are too many people who get worked up by small things. I think it's great that these men are doing this. It shows that they are not robots like some stake Leaders.

nantrotts
schaumburg, IL

"just how are they "highjacking" these fund raising efforts for themselves?" They are highjacking it by taking the acronym ALS and tying it to a catch phrase unrelated to the disease. To end that way says "don't forget everything is about us not those other people with that disease."

Open and honest
Manchester, 00

Mormons and boundaries.....

Anti-Nephi-Lehi
Boise, ID

The whole ice bucket thing is so overdone and "played" at this point. It's not about ALS or money for research anymore - its about a fad and social media.

If these men wanted to do this - do it as individuals - not as a Stake Presidency. Not a fan.

Brad James
Manti, UT

all those who are haters, remember this: Joseph Smith was a man of the people. If you know anything of his history, he played with children, he chopped wood and he did that really intriguing stick pull wrestling game. This was all conducted when he was an oracle of the Lord, communing with Jesus Christ Himself on a consistent basis. If it was OK for Joseph Smith to engage in "levity," then I'm certain that it's OK for a stake presidency to do so. Christ Himself, for that matter, was not pedantic in His methodology in any way, He allowed his disciples to eat corn on the holy day because they were hungry, notwithstanding the criticism of the ignominious Pharisees and Saducees. The Saducees were "sad you see" because they didn't honor God or have fun. Nice job Hermosa Vista of Mesa, Ariz. Stake Presidency :)

Dante
Salt Lake City, UT

Brad James, Joseph Smith accomplished much that enormously benefits mankind, but he wasn't perfect. I'm thinking he wouldn't want us to set him up as our standard or model--that position is reserved for Jesus Christ.

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

I watched my Mom die of ALS and I'm so grateful that this (silly) ice bucket is bringing awareness to a disease that kills in about 2 years. No cure, no treatment to prolong life, nothing. So thank you those stake presidents who participated, for brining awareness to your congregation and to the young people in your stake.

anneray
Kosciusko, Mississippi

My husband was in a Stake Presidency years ago that would have done this! They would have had the youth there to see it! Kudos to the Stake Presidency in Mesa, AZ!

Incite Full
Layton, UT

A member in my ward accidentally did the ASL Ice bucket Challenge. I asked her if it meant she was doing it for American Sign Language, and she claimed she was dyslexic. We all had a big laugh about it.

Cheesecake
Salt Lake City, UT

To anyone who says the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is "overdone" or "played out," I would suggest you keep in mind the whole point is to raise awareness and raise money for a good cause. This is probably one of the best fundraisers for cancer research in history. As of yesterday over 88-million dollars has been raised! It also displays one of the best aspects of our tech-obsessed, social-networking-crazed society; the ability to bring people together for a good cause, and in a fun way. I commend these men for their participation. Everyone should participate, and donate!

AZRods
Maricopa, AZ

For many who often criticize us LDS for being too stiff and starchy and for always taking ourselves too seriously, I say lighten up people!
If you have a better way to draw attention to anything that is a worthy cause, then go for it.
But make up your mind over who can be fun and playful and who, according to you can't have a little fun.

Mack2828
Ft Thomas, KY

I don't like this. I'm not sure why. It just doesn't feel right for a stake presidency to do this.

Dennis
Harwich, MA

This is three guys in white shirts dumping water on their heads.
That's it.
Their titles done mean a thing. Sheeshhh.

Nachtmerrie_in_Brugge
Mesa, AZ

I can't comment on the video, since it was taken down before I had a chance to watch it, but I will comment on some of the comments:

Hijacking? As far as I know, the ALS Foundation doesn't own the letters A, L and S or any combination of the 3; nor do they own the concept of dousing ones head with a bucket full of ice water.

Beneath the dignity of a stake presidency? Joseph Smith (maybe not the role model but certainly a role model) responded to such criticism with a well-documented parable about a prophet, a hunter and a bow.

I applaud the efforts of the Hermosa Vista Stake Presidency. Goed gedaan, broederen!

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