Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

Curious about Mormons? Go to the source and find real people at mormon.org--read what they believe and have live chats if you wish! (an official Church website)

Or, go to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, official web site: lds.org.

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Where is Hope for Refuge in America Anymore?

What a difference a few years make!  Below is a letter I received when I wrote President Obama about my concerns for the people who are constantly at risk for deportation because they are not yet citizens of the U.S., but have children who are citizens. 

I am embarrassed by the new leadership in America.  I, along with other Americans, are saddened, and apologize to all people attempting to come to the United States for refuge or opportunity.  What happened to the concept of welcoming others that is engraven on the Statue of Liberty?  Part of the poem found on the bronze plaque there reads:

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these,
 the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,I lift my lamp 
beside the golden door!”  (taken from the poem, "The New Colossus,"                          by Emma Lazarus)
July 27, 2012

Dear Roberta:

Thank you for writing.  I have heard from many Americans who are rightly frustrated with our Nation’s broken immigration system, and I share that frustration.

I am working every day to address the hardships people across our country are facing, including family separation, job loss, difficulty paying the mortgage or rent, and staggering medical bills.  It took many years to create our Nation’s current challenges, and it will take time to bring about the changes our families need.

As we work together to improve the lives of all Americans, please know that the trials and triumphs of individuals and families across our country motivate my Administration to continue working to overcome the challenges before us.  By creating a 21st-century immigration system that is true to our principles, our Nation will remain a land of opportunity, prosperity, and freedom for all. 

To learn more about my Administration’s efforts regarding immigration, or to read our Blueprint for Immigration Reform, please visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/Issues/Immigration To contact United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or for information about a current USCIS case, visit www.USCIS.govwww.USCIS.gov or call            1-800-375-5283      .  For information on United States Customs and Immigration Enforcement, visit www.ICE.gov or call            1-888-351-4024      .  For information on visa processing, eligibility, waivers, and other inquiries, please visit www.Travel.State.gov/visawww.Travel.State.gov/visa.  Military families may call            1-877-247-4645       to receive assistance with immigration-related questions.  You may find information on jobs, child care, health benefits, housing assistance, and other public resources available to those in need by calling             1-800-FEDINFO       or by visiting www.USA.govwww.USA.gov

Thank you, again, for writing.


Barack Obama

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