Not Affiliated

December 7, 2012


Post by Joseph M –

So I am going to put my own spin on this (mostly because I’m an optimist in all things liberal) and make a guess that “Not Affiliated” is the new code word for “Democrat” in the leadership of the Church.  (Unless, as a friend of mine pointed out, it just means they are Libertarian.)  Regardless, we really find no surprises in this article found in the Salt Lake Tribune.  Many of the leaders of the Church are Republican, (even though I always fancied Elder Scott to be a Democrat.  He does that whole thing in General Conference where he asks us to imagine he’s talking personally to us, and it seems so caring and warm, I’ve always thought: “He has to be a Democrat!”) And we also learn that all 15 voted in this past election, although Church spokesman Trotter points out, “Party affiliation does not necessarily indicate how an individual votes. As an institution, the church is politically neutral. The purpose of the church is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

And also from the Times article: “LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter says party affiliation and voting are personal matters for individuals, even church leaders, and he warned people not to read too much into the voting-registration records.”

Regardless of what many Republican Mormons might say, (i.e., how can we follow the prophet if we don’t vote like the prophet!?!) I’m not swayed in my political leanings.  I am a Democrat.  It is part of my soul.  But I try not to confuse my politics with the gospel.  This can be difficult for me at times because politics is much more provocative and immediate, while a Sunday School lesson might feel more repetitive and uninteresting.  But I do feel strongly that while being a Democrat reflects my belief in the gospel, I know it’s not the same thing as my faith and testimony.  It is much more complex than that – and surely it is much more complex than this graphic might be understood to imply:

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3 Comments on “Not Affiliated”

  1. Tina Intardonato Says:

    I am more apt to think “unaffiliated” might be an Independent rather than Libertarian. Also, it has always been my understanding that the Prophet Joseph Smith was a Democrat, but it’s been awhile since I read any bios on him.

  2. AnnE Says:

    I am “unaffiliated” beause I have problems with both parties’ platforms. There is no libertarian about it. I’m sure not a closet Democrat, though in all honesty, I am leaning that way more than in the past. We are not rich enough to be Republican, and they have no interest in those who are not rich. Independant is what I call myself.

  3. Laura Says:

    I thought the same thing about Elder Perry. He is from New England and he wears blue ties a lot. And what about President Eyring? He seems so clever and skinny (yikes, I’m realizing that I generalize that republicans are stupid and fat). I love the article because it it looks like they were each caught in the act of being a republican. Especially President Monson.

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