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LDS leaders urge Calif. Mormons to spread word on Prop. 8

By Mary Richards | Posted - Oct. 9, 2008 at 7:11 a.m.



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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants its member to call, text and blog for Proposition 8.

Three church leaders spoke in a satellite broadcast last night about the need for California Mormons to get involved. Elder Quinton L. Cook, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, says the church feels obligated to defend traditional marriage.

"There are those who vigorously promote beliefs and practices contrary to our own. They have the right of free speech protected in our constitution. So do we. We can vigorously defend our beliefs and practices. We can do so with great conviction, but also with great love," he said.

They asked Californians, even those living in Utah right now, to use technology and phone calls to support a constitutional amendment.

Last night's broadcast also was aired at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University and several LDS Institutes of Religion where many young Californians are going to school.

Elder M. Russell Ballard, also of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said, "Many of you will text message, blog, make phone calls, walk your neighborhoods, and just talk to friends, associates and neighbors. As you do this, please do so in a sensitive manner. Our approach must always be with respect for others and their positions and opinions."

They said be respectful, but the church has the privilege and obligation to let its voice be heard about preserving marriage as between a man and a woman.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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