ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
For week ended August 22, 1999 Posted 29 Aug 1999

Site Index Mormon Groups Local News Other Mormon Churches Internet People Business Sports Arts & Entertainment Politics Media Attention Service History & Scripture Finance & Legal Stake & Local CES/BYU/SVC Missions & Temples General Authorities Churchwide News Upcoming Events Home Site Index Archives



Mormon News By E-Mail!
About Mormon News by E-mail


List Rules

List Archives

About Mormon News

Reporting Bad Links

Finding Bad Links
LDS Letter Brings Questions, Even by Members

Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Letter Brings Questions, Even by Members
Salt Lake Tribune 22Aug99 L1
By Patty Henetz: Special to the Tribune

Members of the LDS Church in California are worried, and some offended, at fund-raising letters they have received from local Church leaders requesting funds to support the Knight initiative. The initiative would ban recognition of gay marriages, including those performed outside of California, in the state.

One Los Angeles member says that there has been too much pressure. "I just feel they have pushed it too hard." A July 4 letter the member received implied that they were wealthy and could make a relatively large donation. "They asked us for a recommended amount of $1,200 to $2,500, or if we wanted to do more, as much as $10,000."

Other members say that the mere fact that the letters came from local leaders put pressure on them. "It didn't come from just any old private citizen in the ward. It came from the bishop. We know the church's stand," said a Church member in Sierra Madre, California. "If we want to take part in the campaign, we certainly can. But I don't want to be asked, or made to feel in any way that I have to."

LDS Church spokesman Dan Rascon said that Church members should consider the opposition to same-sex marriage as divinely inspired. LDS officials have also made clear that there will be no repercussions if members do not donate.

Still, members are worried about the campaign. One bishop in southern California says that the overwhelming concern of members is what will happen to them if they don't support the initiative."The question I'm getting is, if they [members] don't support the initiative, what would be the ramifications on their church membership? That is an underlying concern."

Adding to concerns of many members is the fact that someone is keeping track of donations. The southern California bishop says that his ward was expected to raise $7,500, based on demographics. Letters to members were accompanied by a form, which was to be sent to a post office box in Glendale, California with the donation. And the local stake was to then receive information letting local leaders know about results. "Information would be sent back to the stake to see how we are doing," said the bishop.

LDS Church spokesman Mike Otterson declined to comment on the concerns of local members.

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information