LDS Church Statement on Immigration,
My Love of Mexico and Hispanic People in General
June 10, 2011
My church issued a statement on immigration.It's straightforward and gospel
centered. The statement, in part, says,
"The history of mass
expulsion or mistreatment of individuals or families is cause for concern
especially where race, culture, or religion are involved. This should give pause
to any policy that contemplates targeting any one group, particularly if that
group comes mostly from one heritage." ...
"The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints supports a balanced and civil approach to a challenging
problem, fully consistent with its tradition of compassion, its reverence for
family, and its commitment to law."
They said they
support an approach where undocumented immigrants can keep working
while getting right with the law and without necessarily becoming
citizens. They suggest laws that break families apart are neither
compassionate nor civil.
A bit of background about me...
My father loved
Hispanic American people. Their heritage predates most known
civilizations. He took me on Mexican vacations 7 times by my 19th birthday. Here are some photos from 1956, our
first trip to Mexico. The great Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan is 4 times the size of the largest pyramid in Egypt.
constructed between 100 B.C. and 250 A.D. That's me on the left with my brother behind.
Here's my dad, uncle, mom, and cousins on another pyramid. My aunt took this photo.In Tamazunchale in eastern
Mexico there were parrots (like the one I'm holding) and macaws in
the heavy jungle. They let me pick
bananas right off the plantation. The parrot spoke only Spanish.In this photo that's me on the left, my brother, my aunt, and two of my cousins. This was taken in Monterrey.
have happy memories of visiting Mexico D.F., Monterrey, San Luis Potosi,
and Acapulco. We bought pure silver trinkets from
street vendors in Taxco and figurines of ebony (Diospyros texana) in Ciudad Victoria. We crossed the Tropic
of Cancer on the Pan American Highway, picked fresh coconut off a
beach near Villahermosa, and toured an American aircraft carrier docked
in Acapulco Bay.
A bit about my familyTwo of my children married Hispanic Americans.
I know their sensitivity to issues concerning immigration.
I also know the plight they've faced during these difficult times
when we're all worried about terrorists, the economy, and other
A Christian approach?I have a relative who says he loves
Jesus but doesn't believe what Christians today are teaching. He explained, "They claim to love Jesus at church
then come home and curse the Mexicans." He asks how we can preach
'love thy neighbor' while hating anyone. It's a
dilema, isn't it? Maybe we should pray about it.
taught us to pray, "Our father, which art in heaven... forgive us our
trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us..."
Paul taught the Corinthians to follow him as he followed Christ,
then said, "But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such
custom, neither the churches of God. (1 Corinthians 11:16)
not advocating that we should roll over and play dead, just a more
Christian approach to our problems. Maybe you should read what my church
suggests. It makes sense to me: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=15912869&pid=1
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