January 15, 2021

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tom glassJanuary 13, 2021

PBS,CNN?I think you need some different networks of information!

K. PiersantiJanuary 13, 2021

How can you say the group at the capital dispersed with little or no violence People were killed and many had to go to the hospital. Also, they were rallied on by the president. This was not just a demonstration, it was an attack on our democracy--on my capital! I felt like I was watching a newsreel from South Amermica! It was domestic terrorism and should be dealt with as such!

J. JensenJanuary 12, 2021

"Blessed are the peacemakers" is an injunction straight from the Savior. I pray that we will each examine our own role in the polarization that led to so much disrespect of one citizen to another and to the representative government outlined by the Constitution. It is our country, defined by laws. Let us stand for peace and work to make positive changes through the rule of law as counseled by President Oaks. Thank you for reminding us of the parallel to the destruction of the Jaredites should we continue down this road.

Ed GayhartJanuary 12, 2021

Our leaders tell us violence is not the way. Unfortunately bad guys do not follow our leaders and will do whatever works for them. Satan doesn’t follow rules. We know how this will end but it will be sad to witness the injustice and the downfall of this once great country.

MicheleJanuary 12, 2021

Addenda to my prior comment. In further support of this writer, my limited understanding is the Savior will return when he has a righteous enough people, not when wickedness grows so out of control He has to step in.

MicheleJanuary 12, 2021

I also watched PBS and was surprised later by the cries of violence. I think there were many social media pictures which came later, posted by the people inside the capitol themselves, which demonstrated their intent. It is a crime to simply have gone inside, with no legitimate reason to be there. There were some who indeed intended violence. However, aside from my opinions on the event, I had the same reaction as I read Ether; all that occurred in this book is and will continue to play itself out. The author uses the capitol event for comparison, but the deeper issue he attempts to make us aware of is how we personally will serve the Lord and his purposes by our own actions.

Merilee CummingsJanuary 12, 2021

Thank you, Lynn. Though you didn't exactly spell out how we will let God prevail in our lives, we know how to get personal revelation and that will guide us. Revelation happens in moments of peace, so we should be able to distinguish those moments from times when we are stirred up in turmoil and anger. Cooler heads (not passive, though) make better decisions. That needs to become our mantra.

Pattie SkousenJanuary 12, 2021

The Book of Mormon is a second testament of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ. I testify it is true. Thanks for your article. I, too, know studying the Book of Mormon at this time is inspired from our Prophet.

John PearceJanuary 12, 2021

Trump certainly must bear some responsiblity for what happened. If he hadn't made false claims about the election being rigged this would not have happened. After more than sixty court cases being lost, William Barr saying there was no evidence to change the results of the election, Chris Krebs saying this election was the most secure in US history and many other Republicans such as Chris Christie saying he lost he still continues to say falsely that he won.

Patricia WintersJanuary 12, 2021

I saw a rioter bearing the Title of Liberty! The man with his feet on Nancy Pelosi's desk was a returned missionary! How is this going to affect investigators and those already disillusioned with the Church. None of the members who joined the rioters were following President Nelsons advice of a few weeks back. I am so disappointed!

DJJanuary 12, 2021

A very good article! I think in our comments we need to be careful of who we are condemning of having insatiable desire for power. Both parties have fault here & certainly so does the media, but if this election had not been labeled rigged & stolen, then there probably wouldn't have been anyone protesting.

GBJanuary 12, 2021

I am sad and confused. Many well meaning members of the LDS church read counsel by the church leaders and then interpret it to justify the actions at the capitol on January 6th. How can the words of the church leaders who advocate love, patience, peace and unity be applied this way? To quote Elder Oaks: “This does not mean that we agree with all that is done with the force of law. It means that we obey the current law and use peaceful means to change it. It also means that we peacefully accept the results of elections. We will not participate in the violence threatened by those disappointed with the outcome.” It's called Generous Civic Engagement. Please. Let's try it. .

David PearceJanuary 12, 2021

I think the author stated his position when he began this opinion piece by his description of one news source. It’s possible “slant” could be debated. That opening was completely unnecessary to the point he may have been trying to make. However, the author made a very significant observation that may have been missed by some readers. Trump supporters vs Democrats. Comparing an organization with millions of members from all walks of life and faiths vs one individual as though no one in the Republican Party-also with millions of members from all walks of life and faith-was completely absent. We are down the very wrong path when one individual has so much unaccountable power. Those who committed those terrible act at the nation’s capital should be held accountable for their actions but those also (maybe according to the author one) should be held accountable who created the web of lies and encouragement that led to those actions and for other lawlessness currently being threatened. Yes, we seem to be a nation on the brink and it is time for unity. But that does not absolve the most accountable from the consequences of their actions. With out responsibility we truly do descend into anarchy and eventually destruction as the author points out.

Marcela Riveros StaceyJanuary 12, 2021

Elder Gong in his fireside this last Sunday made reference to a Netflix documentary called “The Social Dilemma.” There’s much information in the documentary that describes one of the most likely drivers behind our political discord and growing polarization. Elder Gong’s fireside and the documentary have added so much more depth to the Book of Ether and its relevance to these latter days. I would encourage everyone to watch both.

Michael GJanuary 12, 2021

Lynn Chapman was my Stake President back in the day. I always appreciated his council. His council and recommendation to "Let God Prevail", "Generous Civic Engagement', and "Remain Hopeful" is also appreciated.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 11, 2021

I think we need to be very careful about defining who this group WAS that erupted into violent actions. They were small in number compared to the VAST peace loving crowd who were present. Neither President Trump, nor anyone else, is responsible for their actions. ONLY the people who committed those actions are responsible. The whole event has been maliciously twisted and manipulated beyond all truth by the media and Democrat officials, attempting to satisfy their own insatiable desire for power.

LARRY KENT ANDERSONJanuary 11, 2021

Wish everyone could read your article. Trump talked about false news and many condemed him for it. He is right there is much false news and secret combinations. Faith will guide us. Thanks for your article.

KJBJanuary 11, 2021

Five people died due to the siege on the Capitol (Six if you count the officer who has committed suicide since.) "Little to no violence"? Really? Armed insurrectionists attempted to overthrow the duly elected government of the United States of America. If that's not domestic terrorism, I don't know what is.

L RasmussenJanuary 11, 2021

So good! Will definitely be sharing this. Thank you!

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