"According to the Book of Mormon, the Lamanites lived in the present-day
American Southwest, traveled south and face years of hardship, and are
prophesized to eventually return to the Promised Land" Where does it say
this. My understanding is all the Americas were the Promised Land.
Just another demophraphic that will not vote for Mitt Romney.
I am from Argentina, a Mormon for 40 years now, living legally in the US on a
temporary basis for professional advancement, and intending to return to
Argentina to continue contributing to the community and serving in the Church
there. As such, I must say that the Church clearly and unequivocally teaches
that the Lord requires obedience to the law of the land, as stated both in the
ancient and modern Scripture, and also as taught by Prophets and Apostles,
including President Monson. Crossing the border illegally, working without a
permit, assuming a stolen or counterfeit identity in order to be allowed to
work, living a secretive life in order to not get caught, are actions absolutely
incompatible with the honesty and truthfulness that are required by the Gospel
of Jesus Christ. Jesus taught that those who hear His word and don't obey it are
building on a sandy foundation, and are unable to resist the evil. The concept
of ecclesiastical leaders that can be deported, of missionaries who cannot
travel in the open for fear of deportation, of members who are exempted of the
honesty requisite when considered for baptism, Priesthood advancement, callings
and Temple ordinances is incomprehensible to me. There is a difference between
right and wrong, between legal and illegal immigration. I have heard all kinds
of excuses for illegal immigration, all blatantly false including those in this
article. The Book of Mormon teaches that only when the Church is based on His
Gospel, God will manifest His works in it. Anything more or less than the truth
is not from God, it is evil.
I share these very personal experiences with you, hoping to impress upon you
that wherever you live, whatever circumstances you live in, whatever your
background or challenges might be, the gospel light has the power and purpose to
bring blessings into your life and into the lives of those placed in your path.
The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to bring blessings to our Heavenly
Fatherâs children. You are planted in your country, your community, your
family to facilitate these blessings. I urge you to bloom where you are
planted!From a Brigham Young University Womenâs Conference
address given April 29, 2005.What you do today will determine how the heavenly
rays of the gospel will light every land in the future.Elder Dieter F.
UchtdorfMaybe if those from Mexico went back to Mexico, they could
make it a decent place to live instead of a place to flee from.
The issue isn't there immigration status but rule of law. No one is against
legal immigrants. Does the Lord tell someone to break the law? Miles Romney
didn't do anything illegal when he went to Mexico.Interesting on
that issue is that some apostles didn't think illegal residents should be
baptized but Spencer Kimball said baptize them. In Ed Kimbals lengthen your
stride. Situations in there country make them want to immigrate. I
worked with a good number of latinos myself. They are encouraged to stay in
there homeland and told if necessary to immigrate legally. Gospel living and
thePEF can make you so they can stay in there countries and not want to
immigrate.As for were the BOM lands were we have much speculation
but no knowledge of were they are.