5 thoughts on “I’m a Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a Liberal and That’s OK

  1. I really enjoyed this read. I don’t always know what I am politically. I dislike it when I have to put myself in a box or category because they don’t capture who I am. Being a Mormon tho, I know we are all children of our Heavenly Father. Even you, a liberal Democrat!

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  2. A very nice perspective to read, Darrin. Thank you for sharing. Can you help me understand what you meant when you said the government is to “afflict the comfortable”? I’m not tracking on that.

    I can see where you’re coming from when you discuss the ignorance with which many conservatives, both inside the Church and out, speak. I have seen that many times myself, and was the primary reason for giving up my affiliation with the Republican Party. “Vote your Values. Vote Republican” was a big billboard ad I saw In Utah during an election year, and I found it repugnant and severely lacking in perspective. You mentioned in your blog that the “liberals were by far the smartest,” citing them as being well-versed with knowledgeable, thought-out responses. Many times that is true, and most of our nation’s educators tend to lean liberal, but do their musings make them right, no matter how well-thought-out they are? I grew up in Northern California, which is about as liberal as it gets. They are great people, but when I turned 18 I decided to register as a Republican, for precisely the same reasons that you chose to be a Democrat. Those around me were speaking with a lot of emotion, but very little reason. The few Republicans that I met seemed to have more rational, well-thought perspectives and reasoning for why they identified as conservative. In the end, I have chosen to be an Independent, and I’m grateful for it, because I am not limited to the tribalism politics that have become the Democrats and the Republicans. In so doing, I can truly vote my values, which includes being open to ideas and perspectives that I haven’t considered before.

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  3. Thank you Darrin! I too have struggled with these same issues. It is hard sometimes following your heart and the still small voice inside rather than the voices around you. I do know that Christ teaches love, acceptance and honor. So I try to love, accept and honor all those around me even though I attend a conservative church in a conservative town in a conservative state. It has always been nice to see your posts and know we are not the only ones out there. So I thought you should know…..so am I! I’m a liberal Morman too! Keep on spreading the good word. Thanks again!

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