by Crystal

2013 is nearly here! It may already be here by the time you read this blog. I’m sure you’ve made a personal list and checked it twice, but here are a few political resolutions to add to your list for 2013.

  1. Brush up on your political knowledge. You might check out thinkers like Jim Wallace or Joseph E. Stiglitz.

  2. Brush up on your spiritual knowledge. So many of us say we’re Democrats because of our Mormonism, and not in spite of it, so what better way to boost our political power than with some spiritual power!

  3. Sign up 5 friends for LDS Dems. You never know who among your contacts are among those illusive 17% of American Mormons who are also Democrats! It never hurts to ask.

  4. Follow LDS Dems on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ldsdems and twitter: http://twitter.com/ldsdems

  5. Take a messaging workshop with LDS Dems! Watch our email and social media for details. You’ll learn how to talk to your more conservative friends about your values.

  6. 2013 isn’t a big election year, but every election is important! Commit now to spend at least 5 hours on a campaign. Make some calls, walk for a candidate, help with a mailing or honk-n-wave. No matter your comfort level, there’s something you can do!

  7. Do some service with LDS Dems! We’re providing a great opportunity on January 19th. Mark your calendars now and watch our email for details!

  8. Write a blog/facebook post/twitter series etc. spelling out why you are a Latter-day Saint and a Democrat. Your post could change some minds! Share it with your family and friends. Just don’t be too push or preachy about it. :)

  9. Get engaged in the legislature. Utah’s legislative session is mid January - mid March. We’ll have another LDS Dems day on the hill like we had last year, but stay engaged throughout the rest of the session as well! Write/call your representative. Utah isn’t a huge place, so your contact makes a difference. It can be overwhelming to keep on top of all of the bills that come out in a legislative session. We suggest you follow blogs such as Blue in Red Zion to help you keep track of it all!

  10. Attend an LDS Dems executive committee meeting. You don’t have to make time to attend one of our meetings every month, but you can work with an executive committee member to find a specific job that you can do for LDS Dems that works with your schedule.

And a bonus resolution for our friends outside of Utah: help found a chapter in your state! A number of LDS Democrats have been meeting regularly to launch a national LDS Dems organization. Our next meeting is February 12th, at which we’ll discuss bylaws and some other important items. Email us at [email protected] if you’d like to get involved!

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