SALT LAKE CITY — The newly formed LDS Dems caucus of the Utah State Democratic Party will hold its first event on Saturday.

The free breakfast in Murray Park at pavilion No. 3 is scheduled from 8-9:30 a.m., before The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints semiannual general conference begins. 

It kicks off an effort to introduce moderate voters to the Democrats in what the party described as a "comfortable, LDS-based setting." Utahns can join by going to ldsdems.org/join.

The LDS caucus' statement of principles recognizes Utah's "rich heritage." Families, it states, "are the basic units of society, and their success determines the success of our communities." 

The caucus statement also includes references to taking "stewardship over the natural world seriously," striving to make the state "welcoming and safe" to all and recognizing "the hand of divinity" in the U.S. Constitution.

State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis called for more Mormon participation at the party's state convention in July.

"We want your spirit, we want your contributions and we want to earn your vote," Dabakis said then, promising to ensure "our big tent is comfortable to LDS people because it's the right thing to do."

Senate Minority Caucus Manager Ben McAdams, D-Salt Lake, said, "for far too long, too many of my fellow Latter-day Saints say that you must be a Republican in order to be a good Mormon. That's just not true! We're here as LDS Dems to show you that you can be a good Democrat and a good Latter-day Saint."

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