Members of various faiths come together on behalf of immigrants at the Cathedral of the Madeleine

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  • SLars Provo, UT
    March 5, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    LDS church official stance is on their site, including this section: "We acknowledge that every nation has the right to enforce its laws and secure its borders. All persons subject to a nations laws are accountable for their acts in relation to them."

    Bishop Wester said "the event was not a time to talk politics or debate the issue." Then he should expressed compassion, and praying for both sides. He is very much taken sides by his actions.

  • donquixote84721 Cedar City, UT
    March 5, 2011 5:40 a.m.

    We are children of GOD, and deserve to be FREE to govern ourselves. I have been blessed to have friends from many different cultural groups, so my response is not an anti-anything response. All Americans migrated here from somewhere,even those we refer to as Native American, or Indian, because they came from somewhere other than North America. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are both in English, which is the language chosen to be the official language. Early immigrants learned English a a means of sharing their ideas. By the grace of GOD, I was born in The United States of America,and I resent having to pay extra taxes because later immigrants refuse to learn English, and demand their so called "right" to be able to conduct official government business in their native language. Their are several hundred languages spoken in the United States, and if this so called "right" was carry out to include all those languages we would have to hundreds of people at every government job to interpret these languages.

    March 4, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    I do not appreciate those who come here illegally.

  • Ajax Mapleton, UT
    March 4, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    While not always clear, compassion is the foundation principle of virtually every major religion, both Christian and non-Christian alike.

    When a jewish rabbi known for his mastery of Torah was challenged to enunciate the law, he responded by saying, simply, "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow." All else, he said, was commentary.

    To honestly cite the 12th Article of Faith of the LDS church as divine sanction for the unconditional purging from our country of 12 million or so undocumented human beings is to me shocking.

    If such thinking is truly typical of the level of LDS theology (and I hope it is not), I would question the value of having LDS missionaries anywhere.

    On the other hand, if this kind of thinking is inconsistent with what LDS church membership should be about, then why not say so?

  • SLars Provo, UT
    March 4, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    "At the same time, States have the right to regulate migration flows and to defend their own frontiers, always guaranteeing the respect due to the dignity of each and every human person. Immigrants, moreover, have the duty to integrate into the host Country, respecting its laws and its national identity."

    World Day of Peace 2001 Pope John Paul II

    March 4, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    It's time American citizens prayed for honest leaders. Those who put their fellow man first, and not business. Those who enforced the laws fairly for all men, and did not give preferential treatment to those who break our laws, and those who profit from it.

    I call upon the Churches to put God first, and not their needs. To encourage moral and honest following of God and mans laws. To cast off the agenda of those who break the laws, and follow Gods teachings as he has taught us.

    The manipulation and twisting of laws, has to stop. We can not condemn those who want the laws followed, while rewarding those who break our laws. This is not the teaching of God.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 4, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    From the article: "We repeat our appeal for careful reflection and civil discourse when addressing immigration issues," spokesman Scott Trotter said. "Finding a successful resolution will require the best thinking and goodwill of all across the political spectrum, the highest levels of statesmanship, and the strongest desire to do what is best for all of Gods children.

    My reaction: Huh? That statement is so vague that it applies to every position imaginable. It reminds me of the Utah Compact. But it's an improvement over what Mark Tuttle said a couple of years ago, something about how hard it is to keep all the commandments.

  • Alfred SLC, Utah
    March 4, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    "We repeat our appeal for careful reflection and civil discourse when addressing immigration issues..."

    Do tell. What about carefully reflecting on obeying the laws of the land and punishments for those who don't?

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    March 4, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    Exactly what are they praying for? Forgiveness of their thoughts?

  • Just Another Guy Washington, Utah
    March 4, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    Maybe it's time for the people of Latin America to stand up and kick out the corrupt Governments that run there countries too. After all, look at Mexico, that countries economy has been in a bad way (way worse than the USA) for ever.

  • AH Orem, UT
    March 4, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    Good thing there's a separation of Church and State to identify the best solution for immigration.

  • AmericaInterwest La Quinta, CA
    March 4, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    Im tired of bailing out those who make poor, short sighted decisions. Live with the consequences of your actions. Go back from whence you came and get in line and go through the immigration process like it should have been done in the first place. How are people with no legal standing, dictating to US what OUR policy should be. Our representatives are voted into office by citizens to represent our interests not the interests of those who do not, and cannot vote.

  • legalimmigrant Springville, Utah
    March 4, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    How about praying for the victims of identity theft, murder, rape, and for those who lost their jobs to illegals? How about being responsible and accountable for breaking the law? How about praying for those around the world waiting patiently for an immigrant visa, and for those who are here legally?

  • tom_e Kaysville, UT
    March 4, 2011 6:49 a.m.

    Let's see they are praying they can stay in Utah and 75 percent of the residents are praying they leave. I wonder whose God will win.

  • Steven Goold Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 4, 2011 5:03 a.m.

    For an official stance of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on this issue it needs to come threw proper priesthood channels. For a pretty good outline of this issue and the LDS Church Google my name and "Undocumented Immigrants and the LDS Church"

  • Hanksboy Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 4, 2011 5:02 a.m.

    Does anyone have an opinion on why the LDS Church did not attend the prayer service? It seems they are on the same page with all the other churches on this issue. Just curious.

  • Steven Goold Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 4, 2011 4:51 a.m.

    "We follow Jesus Christ by loving our neighbors. The Savior taught that the meaning of neighbor includes all of Gods children, in all places, at all times."

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints response to the Utah Compact.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    March 4, 2011 2:11 a.m.

    Maybe they need to start asking people to follow Gods laws such as stealing, lying and coveting. Gods word works both ways, we need to ask those to who come here illegally to "love thy neighbor" by following his rules, not trespass or use his identity, and not steal his jobs and ability to feed his family. Poverty and losing jobs can be a major source of breaking up families.

    "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God"