SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leaders are urging members to vote against ballot measures that would legalize marijuana in Arizona, California and Nevada and a Colorado proposal to make assisted suicide legal (Proposition 106).

Church President Thomas S. Monson and his two counselors signed the two letters that were sent this week to members in those four states.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tries to maintain political neutrality by refraining from backing one party or endorsing candidates, but leaders sometimes weigh in on what they consider crucial moral issues.

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They say marijuana in homes is a risk for children and that it can cause brain development problems for youth.

Their opposition to assisted suicide is rooted in the faith’s belief in the sanctity of life. The letter says legalizing the practice “cheapens human life and dignity.”

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Comments (3)
  1. Crucial moral issues. Such as leading people to worship a counterfeit Christ, follow a false prophet and believe a false gospel…and leading them to their destruction.

    1. Will says:

      With the pro-suicide lobby spending millions (over 5 million this year in Colorado alone) to turn doctors from healers into killers, it’s important that organizations like the Mormon Church speak out. Thank you.

  2. theoriesroui says:

    is Assisted Suicide not the same as Life
    is it not similar to how we live right now?
    breathing in air that is bound to kill us
    breathing is a bio-hazard

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