I am completely against when on fast Sunday some "saint" takes it upon him or herself to save us all by announcing from the pulpit some political or ethical view in an attempt to educate us all of the "right way". I have always been a strong advocate of the simple testimony where you get up and say what you think/believe about Jesus, Joseph Smith, The Scriptures, and the Church but it is about bearing witness and not telling stories. You can imagine how I felt when the Bishop called a special meeting during the third hour of church and asked every family to have one adult go. He has called these before and they are usually more of an airing of grievances instead of a gospel based discussion. I was the lucky one in our family and was disappointed when the Bishop spoke for a few minutes and then turned it over to a visiting member to talk about Arizona Proposition 102. I figured it to be a blasphemous waste of my time and a clear violation of separation of church and state then I found out more about it and would like to pass it on to all those out there. This especially has an effect on residents of Arizona, California, and Florida since all of these states are now facing this issue with similar propositions.
Proposition 102 is not an anti-gay piece of legislation. It is simply the definition of what marriage is and that is that marriage is the legal joining of a man and woman in matrimony. What surprised me at first was that they were actually taking a stand on this in church and telling us that we needed to vote a certain way. At first I thought that maybe it was just my crazy bishop doing crazy stuff like he always does but after sitting through the meeting and speaking with a couple people including my dad(former bishop), my primary team teaching companion(son of stake pres.), and a couple other people it seems that this was actually spoken of through several wards and stakes. My team teaching companion also told me that his dad had been part of a conference call with some general authorities and all the stake presidents here in Arizona asking them to not only stress the importance of voting Yes on this proposition but also announcing that the church was joining a group of other religions to spear head the effort on supporting this proposition. They also asked each stake to find members willing to donate at least a lump sum of $10,000 per stake. After thinking about it I understand that the church has already taken a stand on this subject in The Family, A Proclamation to the World where it states,"We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God". When it comes to tax cuts, health care reform, and educational benefits the church is hands off but when the definition of the divine order of marriage comes up in politics and government it is nice to see the church step up and make the stand I feel the Lord would want us to.
The reason that I am writing this post is not to tell everyone to vote yes on the proposition but to send this out there and get every ones opinion on how this was presented to us. Do you think that it is right for them to call a meeting during the regular block to announce this and petition for it? or do you think that there was a better way? Any other comments or questions are more than welcome as well. I have also posted some links below to look up more information if you are interested.