Letter: Mormon support of Trump is a corruption of values — a notion known for eons

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) U.S. President Donald Trump is joined by Senator Orrin Hatch at the Utah Capitol on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, to sign a presidential proclamation to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

Jack Davis (“When will Mormons finally dump Trump,” Opinion, Feb. 4) was spot on. After pointing out the incongruent “fleeing from basic Mormon tenets,” he states, “The first reaction among Mormons is to claim that an approval of certain policies does not imply an approval of personality or actions.”
A historian, 2,000 years ago, made a statement germane to this attitude. “For so it usually happens, that the manners of subjects are corrupted at the same time with those of their governors, which subjects then lay aside their own sober way of living as reproof of their governor’s intemperate courses, and follow their wickedness as if it were virtue; for it is not possible to show that men approve of the actions of their kings, unless they do the same actions with them” (Flavius Josephus).

Whatever has become of, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things”? Well said, Jack Davis!
Boyd A. Hansen, Provo
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