Kwaku: If you can’t hold a pencil, don’t vote. Shelley: Can you hold a pencil, I just wanna check. Kwaku: If you open this paper, and let me tell you something, and you go, “Oh I’m glad they told me!” You should not be voting on economic policy! Get out! Kwaku: So we vote because it is our duty as Americans to vote and the Prophet of our church has said to vote. Shelley: Said to! Kwaku: So vote! Ian: But if you don’t feel comfortable voting, I’m not going to hurt you. Kwaku: Oh gosh.. Ian: Like I’m not going to get in your face and tell you that that is stupid. Shelley: If you don’t know how to vote, you could comment below and tell me how to vote. Kwaku: Also leave your bank account number, your social security number, your address and uh, the day you were born. Shelley: So the first presidency message about voting says that “we have the privilege and responsibility to vote for office holders and help public policy.” Ian: Participating in the political process will directly affect your community today and tomorrow. So, before you even vote and put a name on the ballot, make sure you understand what that person is going to do and how that will affect your reality now and how it could affect future generations to come. Kwaku: Also, go into candidates websites and look at their policies. Even if it is a candidate you don’t want to vote for, look at their policies and see if they might change your mind because you need to go and look at things your not supposed to agree with or that are on the opposite spectrum to understand what you want. Ian: Yeah, when I do that, I find out that I am wrong all the time. Like I look up and I’m like, “Oh my gosh I kind of agree with what you just said even though my general idea of her was poor but now it’s a little but better cause I actually looked up what she was saying. Shelley: I have never been wrong Kwaku: I never thought….. Ian: *Mocking voice* I’ve never been wrong. Kwaku: So earlier this year a certain candidate advocated perhaps having a ban on Muslims entering the nation until we can get a stronger grasp on what’s happening with terrorism abroad. The Church released a statement in regards to that idea. “The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neutral in regards to party politics and election campaigns. However it is not neutral in relation to religious freedom.” Then quoted the founder of the Church, Joseph Smith. Or the earthly founder I should say. “If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a Mormon I am bold to declare before heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, Baptist, or a good man of any denomination. Shelley: Banning people for coming into our nation just because they worship a certain way technically goes against the 11th Article of Faith, which we believe, and it says, “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God, according to the dictates of our own conscience and allow all men the same privilege. Let them worship how, where or what they may.” Ian: So if their conscience is directly opposite of yours then this does not give you the right to say, “No, you are not American, I cannot allow you to enter this country.” So I feel deep within my soul that that is a value that needs to be emphasized that Americans can be anyone. They can be anyone with a conscience, anyone with a religion, anyone that wants to promote a good community. And those can be Muslims included. Kwaku: So Pew Research had Atheists as the most disliked religion in the nation and then followed by Muslims and then after Latter-day Saints. So if persecution and targeting towards Muslims is okay, if we let that happen and accept these hate crimes rise against them, guess who’s next? We’re next. Shelley: We’re the third disliked? Kwaku: We’re the third disliked. Shelley: K, that’s messed up. We should be the most liked. Kwaku: You know what’s funny? You can call Mormons crazy. We get called bigots, we get called evil… but unfriendly, that is not okay. We are a friendly people. Ian: We get so emotionally charged when someone says we’re not a friendly people. Call me a bigot that’s fine. Unfriendly? Shelley: I bring everyone cookies. That’s friendly. Ian: I have made brownies for everyone in the ward. You call me unfriendly? Shelley: So political candidates often say things about Mormons to try and get us to like them or to say bad things to get other people to like them. But I don’t really believe any of it. Because I think they’re all liars. Until they show up at my door with a plate of friendly cookies, I’m not going to buy anything they say about my religion. Ian: What if they’re even nice things? Shelley: I don’t believe them, I don’t think that’s how they really think. I’m pretty sure some public relations person wrote that for them. Ian: But what if like Shelley: I don’t think it’s their real opinion! Ian: But what if they never say anything bad about Mormons. Shelley: I don’t think it’s their real opinion. If you’re running for office, someone is picking out your shoes and your ties and your outfits and how your hair looks. They are definitely picking out some things you say. Ian: I agree with you that we should research what they do. We shouldn’t just always look at the sound bites that we hear coming out of news stations. We should really look at their actions, how they really interact with people who don’t agree with them. But also if we hold candidates to be infallible, that’s really silly. But also, people can change their minds. Kwaku: People can change their minds. Ian: So if we say, “But he had a different idea 10 years ago.” Maybe he did. Kwaku: I like that, I want my candidates… When the majority of the nation disagreed with gay marriage, that wasn’t that long ago. That was maybe 10 years ago, the majority of the country was still against it, the politicians were like, “Yeah, I don’t like it.” And then when the country started shifting and saying, “I agree with gay marriage.” Politicians were like, “Yeah, okay sure.” Ian: Because they are called to represent the people. Shelley: Because they just want to lie about what they actually think. Kwaku: Okay but Shelley, you change your opinion in life too. Shelley: I change my opinion all the time, but if you’re running for office… but then like, if that was really your… like gay marriage, that’s a big thing that people feel really strongly about. If you believe that and then you switch it, I don’t know, I just don’t believe anything politicians say ever. I’m really skeptical. Ian: I’ve switched several times in my life. I think actually intelligence comes from someone who can admit that they are wrong. Kwaku: Yes, yes, yes, yes. Ian: And so if you admit that you are wrong and say, “Look, I’ve come to a different conclusion now… wow.” Kwaku: That’s great. Shelley: So Ian’s right that when we are able to switch our viewpoints we’re actually gaining knowledge and intelligence and showing that we are really intelligent, but we need to remember that God doesn’t change. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. And we need to make sure that our views on politics and what we’re voting for are lining up and based on the gospel of Jesus Christ ultimately. Ian: Also, a candidate isn’t always going to fit everything you believe. And you have to think, “Okay, what can I do right now in order to fulfill my civic duty? He may do some things that I don’t agree with but I agree with this, so I’m going to go for it.” Shelley: Cast an educated vote. Don’t be ignorant. Kwaku: And cast your vote with love in your heart and not hatred or disdain for a other people. Get the love there. Shelley: Cause otherwise we’ll continue to be the third most hated religion in the world. Kwaku: In the country. Shelley: In the country. Kwaku: How many options are there when you go to vote this year? Shelley: I don’t know. Is this a real ballot? Is this real life? They tell you how to hold a pencil. Ian: K, are you ready for this? Kwaku: No. Noooo! Ian: No those are chopsticks, they tell you how to hold chopsticks. Kwaku: Are we that dumb of a country? Shelley: can you zoom in on this though? I don’t know if you can zoom in but that shows you the correct way to hold a pencil. I know that because I went to a charter school. Kwaku: if you do not know how to hold a pencil, don’t vote actually. Do not. Shelley: I’ll teach you. Kwaku: If you can’t hold a pencil, good grief. Shelley: Go like this. Put it in here. Ian: There are 22 people we could vote for, for the– Shelley: President? Ian: For the president. Shelley: I thought there were like 4 options. Shelley: So anyways, don’t just vote for somebody because don’t just vote for somebody because your best friend posted a funny meme about the other one that was kinda like, “Oh that’s kinda frightening and I don’t want to vote for that person,” you need to know what they’re all about and you should get it from the correct sources and you shouldn’t just get it from word of mouth. You should know for yourself. Learning for yourself is actually a thing we do in the Church. Ian: And if you don’t know what to do fully, you should ask for the Lord’s help on how to direct you on how to research correctly. My mom actually, she got really upset when Barack Obama was elected because people would be so mad at America and she said, “Look, he’s in charge of our nation, I hope he has the power of God to direct him.” We definitely should be praying for him. Because, if he is led astray, we will perish, okay? So we need to pray to help him, to help our leaders to do the right thing. Kwaku: I agree. Ian: Even if we don’t agree with them. Kwaku: Here’s the bottom line guys. No matter who you vote for, that person cannot save the country or destroy it. America was formed by the hand of God and we need to adhere to His principles. Because the blessings of the nation are contingent upon the people. And if we are acting in a way that is not good, or following the adversaries plan of sin or hatred or wickedness, then those blessings will be taken away. Shelley: If you’re allowing yourself to be filled with hate and anger because of somebody’s difference of opinion or because one of the candidates is making you angry and you’re talking about that, you’re part of the problem. If you talk about really important subjects with hostility and ridicule, you’re part of the problem. It doesn’t matter if you’re speaking to another person one on one or if you’re posting online, you’re dealing in contention and that is a sin. And it doesn’t stop being a sin just because it’s election season and everyone is doing it. Ian: Also, stand up for your convictions. Stand up for what is good and true. It’s okay to disagree with one another, but it’s not okay to be mad at other people for their convictions. Kwaku: The Book of Mormon makes it pretty clear. Mosiah 29:27: “And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.” Shelley: Jesus is coming! Kwaku: Drop the book. I probably shouldn’t do that. Shelley: Don’t drop that. Kwaku: One, two, three. Ian: Are we too cheesy in doing this? Comment below. Shelley: Do you not like this? Kwaku: Does it make us seem like a bunch of
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