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Summarized by LDScitizen Becomes First LDS Political and Civic Involvement Web Site

SALT LAKE CITY - Just in time for the millennium's first election, steps on to the political stage. On August 31, 2000 at 11:00 a.m., will take its place as the Internet's first site dedicated to supporting LDS involvement in civic and political affairs. Congressman Chris Cannon and gubernatorial hopeful, Bill Orton, will be on hand at the Utah State Capitol Building to assist in the unveiling of the site.

Arriving in the wake of an LDS Church emphasis on Public Affairs, LDScitizen hopes to educate the United States' 5,113,409 LDS citizens while remaining decidedly nonpartisan. The site will not endorse any position on the issues, except in cases where the LDS Church has taken a clear stand. Instead the site will act as the premier virtual headquarters for a variety of political and civic news, ideas, and opportunities of interest to LDS people.

The founding document for explains, "As people with a common bond of faith, we must do more, collectively, to elect leaders of integrity, support measures that preserve the quality of our lives, and oppose attempts to undermine the family, religious freedom, or the moral climate of our country."

Co-founder Dallin Anderson explains, "Church leaders from Joseph Smith to Gordon B. Hinckley have encouraged involvement in political and civic affairs. provides the education, information, encouragement, and tools to help Latter-day Saints be effectively involved in the democratic process, irrespective of their political ideology."

Founded by a team of LDS young people, members of the LDScitizen team are located across the United States and include three former BYU student body presidents. The organization is non-profit; and all work is done on a volunteer basis.

Source: Becomes First LDS Political and Civic Involvement Web Site
LDS Citizen Press Release 31Aug00 T4


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