Letter: The LDS Church should take a stand on Trump’s conduct. Silence could imply approval or indifference to his deeds.

I am writing to express my concerns regarding the silence of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) on the conduct of former President Donald Trump.

As an institution known for its high moral standards and commitment to principles such as honesty, fidelity, and integrity, it is perplexing to see a lack of official stance on an individual whose actions starkly contrast these values.

President Trump’s history of adultery, lascivious behavior, greed, dishonesty and repeated violations of the law are well-documented. These actions seem fundamentally at odds with the teachings of the LDS Church, which emphasizes moral rectitude and ethical conduct. The church has historically taken stands on various social and moral issues, advocating for positions it believes align with its doctrines. Given this background, why has the church not publicly addressed the significant moral discrepancies in Trump’s behavior?

By remaining silent, there is a risk of implying tacit approval or, at the very least, indifference to conduct that many members find troubling and inconsistent with their faith. I believe it is important for the LDS Church to clarify its position on this matter.

Doing so would not only reaffirm its commitment to its core principles but also provide guidance to its members who are grappling with the moral implications of supporting a figure like Trump. Thank you for considering my perspective on this critical issue. I look forward to the church’s response and hope for a reaffirmation of the values that many of us hold dear.

Elana Lewis, Salt Lake City

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