The Salt Lake Tribune reported today that President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, along with other faith leaders, met with President Obama to discuss immigration reform.
Pres. Uchtdorf is the 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The First Presidency is the highest governing body within the LDS Church. Pres. Uchtdorf is himself an immigrant from Germany.
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
“He just said in this value process we need to stand together and make sure the United States is still a place where people can come and once they come can feel not at fear. And do it, of course, in a lawful way,” Uchtdorf told The Salt Lake Tribune in a brief interview as he left the White House. “He was talking about his principles and what he said was totally in line with our values.”
Follow the above link to find the full article from the Trib.
I re-posted my essay about immigration from a Mormon perspective here at Approaching Justice.
Here is a taste of what I had to say:
Now, I am not looking to propose any law or policy that will solve or even address this issue. However, if we are living up to the ideals of our scripture, Christians should be viewing and treating immigrants in a certain way. We cannot know the intent of the heart of others, but out words are often an indicator of our hearts. No matter our view of policy and law, how do we speak of immigrants when around others. How do we respond to the comments of others when they speak of our brethren with distain.
The Savior set forth a great example to us. At Jacobs Well, Jesus did not care that the woman was a Samaritan. His focus was on his eternal work and not worldly divisions. To say that this is silly and unrealistic in our world, is a response rooted in the pride of the world.