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Clem MuckJanuary 9, 2017

Plenty has already been said about this, perhaps too much, but, I'll still add one more comment. We are constantly told to practice love and forgiveness. Not one of us, Choir members or otherwise, has either the position or right to stand in judgment of Donald Trump. In fact, he has already done more for the welfare and future of this Country than Obama has done in two terms in office, and he has been far more open and has reached out more effectively than the preceding President. Good for him, and super good for the Choir's planned involvement!

Alice ClarkJanuary 8, 2017

We may or may not like the idea of Trump being our next President. But it sure beats Clinton. And as for the choir singing for Trump-- it is one way for those who do not know anything about Mormons to see us in a new light. I think it is a good missionary tool. Trump has been elected & we need to hope for the best & move forward.

MelJanuary 8, 2017

Just follow the Prophet. I put my faith in him not in anyone else on the earth. If you read the scriptures, we know the outcome, we can't change the outcome, we know which team wins in the end. We CAN however change how we will end up according to our choices.

BevJanuary 7, 2017

Wonderful article!! The Choir brings Spirit when they sing! Are we sip caught up in what everyone thinks that we are overlooking the great blessing it will bring to bring more Spirit to our nation! Go, sing and bring your wonderful Spirit of love to this nation!! God doesn't require a person to be perfect to accomplish his work, otherwise none of us would be of any use! He just needs someone he can work with! I like the good people President elect Trump is surrounding himself with! For the first time in how many years we felt safe to say Merry Christmas! His Inauguration is filled with religious leaders. Perhaps like with the rest of us, God isn't finished with President Elect Trump yet! When God touches a mans heart he can do wonders with him...as he did with so many great leaders in the Book of Mormon! Which of us would like our mistakes to be broadcast over national news 24/7? Why do we spend so much time and money in the LDS church if we don't believe hearts can change, people can be forgiven?? Oh, and Mr. Trump didn't say he wanted to deport all Muslim people, just the people who are blowing us up and shooting us! I like the idea of being a safe America again!

Robert SteedJanuary 7, 2017

If I can just say one thing it would be stop it! Reasonable minds can differ but unreasonable minds post their arguments on facebook or here for example. Its time to act in faith, hope and charity and not let this stir you up to contention. Remember, His kingdom is not of this world.

LaniJanuary 7, 2017

I, as a Mormon, feel such honor that our very own Tabernacle Choir will share their incredible talent with all Americans. I also feel impressed that this Choir was invited by our President Elect. Those who choose not to watch - feel offended by Trump are naive to the honor provided. They will be patriotic and uplifting and - as for me - much better than a Bruce Springsteen or any other so called "celebrity" singer! AND... some comments seem contradictory to their supposed high standards - as tho' their effort to teach their children is in vain. IF he, the father, was PERFECT - he'd have a leg to stand on!

SDJanuary 7, 2017

Alec Andrus, ...you spoke about the choir not singing at the Obama inauguration. THEY WERE NOT INVITED. I wonder how many people (LDS and non LDS) who are clammering about Trump's character, find it entertaining to read "R RATED books" or attend R RATED movies or wear bathing suits that are not church standard. Obama's college year misdeeds are ignored or tightly guarded. He wasn't perfect. Kennedy wasn't perfect. Roosevelt wasn't perfect. Their history was not made public. Today we see all and know all. Romney was not elected because he was not the perfect candidate.. GET OVER IT.

MaryanneJanuary 7, 2017

We all have to make moral judgements. Trump's rhetoric during the campaign cannot, and should not, be brushed aside. I realize the Choir and the Church are not endorsing his words and actions by agreeing to attend. But there will probably come a time we will be unable to support some policy he proposes. Are we going to sing at the deportations of the millions of Muslims and Mexicans?

TerryJanuary 7, 2017

I sincerely support both the Choir and the singer who resigned. And I find very distaseful the self-righteous judgements of those who are critical of her. As if refusing to perform for a man who brags about having sex with married women or gropes strangers because he can get away with it is something to be ashamed of. She has taken a very moral stand, one she can forever be proud of. The leaders of the church have chosen to honor another principle, equally valid. Neither has anything to apologize for. We, the people, have elected a seriously mentally ill man to serve as our president. How we will handle his insane tweets, his comments following security briefings that focus only on the effect this information has on him personally, instead of the effect the information has on the country, will determine exactly how much damage he will do in the next four years. Or eight years, as he is now regularly insisting.

Lee WilsonJanuary 7, 2017

I am so tired of comments like, "Jesus spent time with sinners" If this is what we're supposed to do why am I wasting my time trying to teach my 16 year old daughter to stay away from bad influences? Guess I ll tell her to go ahead and go to that R rated movie with friends or hang at the Friday night party with all the drinkers and sexual predictors because she may be a good example for them. Better yet I'll start going to the local bar and hanging out because that's where I can do the most good. You can find a 1000 ways to justify why the Church needs to go, but for me it's a polictical endorsement of a dangerous monster that most Mormons voted for and want to feel validated by their Church that they did the right thing. Next time I hear talks about standing up for our values or standing in Holy Places I'm going to laugh out loud. So the "loving" Christlike members on here telling me to "get over it" Just remember "Pride precedes the fall" Go enjoy your big victory with the most vile, immoral man to ever hold the office. We will unfortunately reap what we sow. I won't be watching.

MaryannJanuary 6, 2017

I am sorry so much time and attention is being given to this subject. It seems that a very small minority are adept at creating a "tempest in a teacup." If there was not so much reporting and rehashing of the issue, most of us wouldn't even know about it. My focus is on those who ARE going to perform, and the gratitude I feel for this opportunity for the nation to feel the Spirit of the Lord.

Atticus McCuneJanuary 6, 2017

When President Jimmy Carter and President John F Kennedy visited SLC, they both were treated to Choir performance in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. Both men were delighted and couldn't say enough about talent and professionalism of the members of the Choir. President Reagan called the organization, "America's Choir."

Beagle Lover + active voterJanuary 6, 2017

Much Ado About Nothing! says Shakespeare. Geez, many of us active LDS people outside of Utah see this as quite ridiculous and petty. Especially the Tab singer gal on national TV disclaiming the Church's decision for the choir to sing and worse comparing Trump to Hitler. Really? So what is the big deal for these members who don't like Trump. Get over it, many of us LDS voters had to do the same thing with Obama. Plainly said - It's the Country stupid, not the man. If you don't like living in the USA, then we can happily show you the door. Plenty of people are waiting to come in, trust me. Such whining over nothing substantial makes us all look like cry babies and idiots. You had your vote, others did too. Or is that too much truth to be printed in your comment section?

Dwight MorrisJanuary 6, 2017

The Prophet and Church leaders said they were to go. That should end the discussion. It does not matter about history or anything else.

John NicholsonJanuary 6, 2017

The mere fact that choir members are advertising their negative feeling to the public has politicized the whole situation! It would have been far better to have had this type article come out as statement to cover the whole choir, than for some of the individual members came personal comments. You are right, of course, it is important to publicize our view of the 12th Article of faith, and then hust leave it! Again, the choir as a whole is honored to be invited to any presidential inauguration, and the proper thing is to accept graciously! Since not every choir member will be able to go, substitutions can be made to form enough choir members who wish to go - without having public dissenting voices spoil the choir's image! We are apolitical. John

Linda WoodsJanuary 6, 2017

Thank you for this article; it reflects my thoughts as well. Please go, MoTab, sing your hearts out for all of us members! We are proud of you and know that you represent our Father and our Savior so well. Thank you, Brother Campbell, for this insightful article.

ResponseJanuary 6, 2017

@Alec Andrus, the choir didn't perform at the Obama inaugurations because they weren't asked to, not because they were asked and refused. Besides, would refusing to perform make Trump a better man? A better president? His character issues won't be solved by having people refuse to cooperate with him on every front and either way he's going to be president. He can go into office hearing the beautiful musical testimonies of the choir or he can have yet more proof that everyone's against him which has only fueled his sense that he's not accountable to anyone.

Alec AndrusJanuary 6, 2017

Oh my. There is a time to skip the inauguration. The Choir did not perform at either of President Obama's inaugurations. To commit to perform now IS making a statement of support for a man who is morally dissolute and has been openly disrespectful of the Church, of womanhood and of righteousness. The Church and people of faith should not be cowed by the Trump regime. I strongly urge the Choir to NOT perform during the event.

SDJanuary 6, 2017

My thoughts exactly. Thank you.

Newell HarwardJanuary 6, 2017

So true, so well said

AbbieJanuary 6, 2017

I had 4 thoughts on the case of a member of the choir quitting rather than "sing for Trump." 1. Had she waited or even inquired, she would have found out that the assignment was voluntary and that not all members would even be able to go. 2. To me this is another indication of what the Book of Mormon states - that it is the members that cause harm to the church and not the antis - the story was picked up by at least CNN and Fox News 3. Why not simply resign quietly through the choir director why the need to paste it on Facebook 4. As this article states the choir is not singing for president Trump, the choir is singing for America and this choir is considered America's choir and has a long tradition of singing at inaugurations and other presidential events. The choir is singing at a presidential inauguration and would have sung for the previous inauguration had they been invited. I learned that the decision to sing was made by the Quorum of the 12.

TL McRaeJanuary 6, 2017

Thank you for an insightful article. We all need to realize that the Church is in the eyes of the entire world and act accordingly, putting aside our personal differences.

Cathy HildebrandJanuary 6, 2017

Thank you for this. Your thoughts echo my own. The negative remarks I have read concerning the inauguration have been very distressing, especially coming from alleged Church members who ought to be more forgiving. I am looking forward to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's performance on the 20th.

Edith SmithJanuary 6, 2017

Thank you so much for verbalizing the feelings of many members of the Church. Like so many of us, my vote was cast with mixed emotions. Now that the election is over, and President-elect Trump will become the 45th president of this nation, it is our responsibility to do everything possible to accept that election. As the 12th Article of Faith states, that is our duty.

Robert WilliamsJanuary 6, 2017

The choir are like missionaries. They go out and represent the Lord and His church. Imagine if a missionary refused to serve or tract in a particular neighborhood because he didn't "approve" of the people living there. Shades of Jonah and Nineveh! Suppose Christ didn't want to visit or labor amongst the publicans and sinners, because He had an "image" to maintain? For shame. When you serve the Lord, it isn't about you

A Happy HubbyJanuary 6, 2017

Joel - you are correct there is a case for the MoTab to sing. But no matter how many articles and blog posts supporting the case, a huge part of the country will see this as an endorsement. The Mormon church continues to proclaim political neutrality, but most members and non-members would agree we are probably about the most "republican" church in the US. That wouldn't change if every week a statement on our political neutrality was read over the pulpit in sacrament meeting. In fact, that would probably make things worse. To put it in terms of a phrase I often remember growing up: "You can make a decision, but you can't change the consequences once you make a decision."

KathrynJanuary 6, 2017

There's another precedent: the Savior. He spent time with "publicans and sinners" and He got criticized too.

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