Okay, my fellow Latter-Day Saints:
Was posted in response to the question: "Can a Mormon get elected President of the U.S."
The author makes many ridiculous, ill-informed statements. It is probable that most of the Mormon doctrine he knows has been given to him third-hand. He makes generalizations that really apply only to HIS experiences, or his "friends."
So why am I concerned? Because, there is NO WAY that ALL of these things are lies/misunderstandings. This man has faced ignorance and PREJUDICE from his Mormon neighbors.
It stinks. But it happens. We never said we were perfect, we just said our doctrine is.
When was the last time you were the only LDS person in a room full of people? How did you feel? What if it was like that all the time? When was the last time you were with someone who was the only person who was NOT LDS in the room? This is rare for some.
Do you remember? Was it difficult? Were you polite? I'm sure you were, but you can still be polite and IGNORANT. Did you use LDS Lingo that left them confused? Did you speak about "The Church" as if it is the only one in existence?
Yes we believe we have the fullness of the Gospel, but do we discount all other religions and the good they teach/do?
Do we remember that other people were not raised like us, that they have different backgrounds, and should not be held accountable to OUR notions?
Is it a sin for someone to drink a glass of wine when they have never been taught not to? Is it our job to make sure they feel uncomfortable doing so, just because we don't agree? (If you have a lasting relationship with such a person, say they're in your family, they should know your feelings on the subject, after all, if they care about you, they don't want to make YOU uncomfortable. A relationship is a two-way street)
We are supposed to view people as who they are, not the choices they make.
So is the author of the blog above wrong for thinking Mitt Romney would make a poor president, merely because he is Mormon? YES.
So is it ALSO wrong for Latter-Day Saints to vote FOR Romney, merely because he is Mormon? YES.
I haven't decided who I will be voting for in upcoming elections. As a political Moderate, it is rather difficult to back one candidate over all others.
So what's my point? Please remember:
1. Be an example of understanding and a promoter of diversity in your speech, actions, and attitudes.
2. Don't judge a book, friend, or candidate by it's cover. Get to know each as an individual. Find out what they stand for, and allow them the privilige to be who they are.
Isn't that what you would want?