Mormon Progressives - Still Here

These last few days have been ones for reflection on the work of MormonPress and Mormon Progressives. What is that work?

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Charity is Voluntary

LDS Dems believe individuals and families become self-reliant through improved education, health, and opportunity.

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The Heart of the Gospel is Love - and we Would Do Well to Remember That

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the new policy adopted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concerning the blessing and baptism of the children of same-sex couples. The pain experienced by LGBT members of the Church is excruciating. It is only made worse by policies that end up dividing families rather than uniting them. Aside from the children of polygamists, the offspring of murderers, adulterers, drug addicts, and others who are not leading lives in accordance with church teachings are allowed to receive a blessing and join the Church at age 8. Why single LGBT families out? It seems hypocritical, to say the very least. Sadness soon turned to disgust when I opened Facebook and came upon a post written by a relative defending the Church's decision. One of the responses really infuriated me. The commenter, also a relative, wrote, "I have had to laugh at all who don't even have a dog In this comment and spread lie after lie. Like why do they even care????" So, basically, unless yourself or someone in your immediate circle of family and friends is personally affected, you shouldn't even care about the countless families that are being/going to be harmed by this policy. You've got to be kidding me! One of the great responsibilities we have in this life is to love and serve others. It is both a privilege and a blessing. Love is, in many ways, the quintessence of the gospel. Let us not forget John 13:34: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." At General Conference in October 1985, Elder Loren C. Dunn of the First Quorum of the Seventy said it best: "We teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a gospel of salvation and exaltation. It is a gospel of love—love of God and love of fellowmen." One of the ways we show love to our fellow brothers and sisters is caring about their welfare. Sometimes it's a sibling. Other times it's a child. Or perhaps it might be a stranger you run into on the street. When others fall, we should be there to help lift them up. As we move forward and try to come to terms with this latest development, let us reach out to LGBT Mormons with love and understanding, not indifference or derision.

LDS DEMS: WE DECLARE THERE IS NO WAR ON RELIGION

We, the LDS Democrats Caucus of Utah and our sister organization, the LDS Democrats of America, declare that the World Congress of Families and organizations like it are perpetuating the so-called war on religion by confusing the free exercise of religion with the establishment thereof. 

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave a landmark speech on religious freedom at the Second Annual Sacramento Court/Clergy Conference last week. We LDS Democrats heartily applaud Elder Oaks’ inspired remarks. We find them moving and powerful.

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LDS Dems Support UtahAccess+....with Edits

The LDS Dems caucus supports full Medicaid expansion. Do the right thing, right now, and bring greater access to healthcare for our most vulnerable Utahns. We support this compassionate, common-sense program. 

We support UtahAccess+. However, we encourage the Task Force to consider a few opportunities for improvement. Edit #1: we are gravely concerned about higher premiums and co-pays for Utahns in the coverage gap. Surely Utah can find a better way to fund its small share of Medicaid expansion without asking a family to choose between milk or a prescription for their child. Edit #2: we recognize that a funding mechanism seems logical, however the current physician assessment is exorbitant and we believe that a smaller fee will provide enough revenue to cover Utah’s 10% share of the expansion bill. Edit #3: physicians and medical facilities are not the only ones who will financially benefit from Medicaid expansion. Insurance companies will too. We encourage adding a funding mechanism with assessments of insurers in order to lower assessments on physicians and medical facilities.

 

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Dr. Lawrence Lessig

 

I have been a long time admirer of Dr. Lawrence Lessig.  I have had the opportunity to listen to him speak in person.  I once even applied for a job working for him(I didn't pass a phone interview this guy). So when I heard that he might run for president I was excited. For those of you who have not heard about Lessig's campaign, it is a single issue campaign, campaign finance reform.

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American Mormons: Where do we stand?

There is something inherently contradictory in Mormon culture that I need help grasping.

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Knowledge and wisdom: education is one of the key principles of the gospel

With school starting for many/most in the U.S., and around the world, including myself, I wanted to speak to the importance of education, and what is stands for in the LDS faith, and in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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The Gift of Tongues in Politics?

Some early members of the church practiced the gift of tongues in an unusual way. The ritual began when one person fell into a trance-like state and spoke in an unintelligible “language,” generated by mysterious impulses within the speaker. Another participant would claim to have felt the spirit give them translation of what was said. Both participants would then confirm the message.

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Americans love Bernie

Americans are as socialist as Bernie Sanders:

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