Illegal Immigrant Mormons - "Lawmakers should show more compassion" - Could your Bishop or Full-Time Missionary be illegally in the USA and still serve in the Church?
Post Date: 6th Sep, 2011 - 7:32pm
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I think you might be confused, thinking that I support illegal immigration. I don't actually. I know how it negatively impacts our country. However I would not be living here or even be alive if my parents had not decided to immigrate (they met here in the states). So I can't say I'm not happy they did, because honestly I am SO happy and grateful that they did. (they are American citizens by the way)
The reason why I would be charitable to such people is because I sympathize with such on their situation. I am curious to know if you know any personally or have any type of friendship with any of them. Let's look at the example of the woman caught in adultery. She broke a spiritual law, as well as a national law. By all justice she should have been stoned. Yet compassion and charity were still shown to her, by our Savior. So I believe charity can still be shown.
This is not a black and white situation. They are not people who woke up one day and decided to cross the border in order to screw things over for the Americans. I don't believe that immigrating and mugging someone are alike. Illegal immigration will only be "wrong" till it is illegal. Yet mugging someone or robbing someone at gun point will always be wrong. Not everyone who comes into the country illegally steals a SS# and such. If illegal immigration was not illegal, will we still have a problem with it? I know if mugging was legal I would still consider it wrong! But that's all "what-if" stuff so I'll stay away from it.
The point about unworthiness.
"The First Presidency has for many years taught that undocumented status should not by itself prevent an otherwise worthy Church member from entering the temple or being ordained to the priesthood.
Bishops are in the best position to make appropriate judgments as to Church privileges. Meanwhile, Church members should avoid making judgments about fellow members in their congregations."
The leaders don't see a problem with it. So then again I state: Why should I? I believe illegal immigrants "should" reconcile themselves with the law though.
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Post Date: 7th Oct, 2011 - 9:23pm
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I didn't get this survey but had I received it my views would have been added.
Church officials have been largely mum on the survey, which was sent out to members via email. However, it was a wide-ranging survey of 66 questions - about six of which tackled the controversial immigration issue.
Scott Trotter, spokesman for the LDS Church, said it regularly asks questions of members on a wide variety of topics.
This was in today's Tribune Source 9