Monday, May 7, 2012
VIDEO: Political Neutrality of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Explained
Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints while also participating in politics has been an awkward dual role to acclimate too. Much of the awkwardness has to do with respecting the political neutrality of the Church while at the same time participating in church activities and fellowship.
I can recall many times when members of my congregation would come up to me in a church hallway and say, "Hey, what do you think about [X] issue?". I think people are naturally curious and excited to discuss issues, regardless of the venue, especially when someone they know is involved in the process.
Nevertheless, when spending most of my days at the State Capitol during the General Session and then returning home for weekend worship, I strive to be extra careful in filtering my comments about daily life in a way that avoids discussing political issues. I also ask that people call me "Brother" Peterson rather than "Representative" when at church.
As a reminder for faithful LDS folks and perhaps some new information for those who are not of the faith, here is a video animation that articulates the role of the church and its members in the realm of politics:
As we head toward election season, may our discourse we civil and held in the appropriate venues.