(AP) Mormon leader urges tolerance no matter political views

(AP) Mormon leader urges tolerance no matter political views

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leaders called on members to practice tolerance despite political differences, providing the faith’s U.S. members guidance at a church conference Saturday amid a presidential campaign marked by harsh rhetoric and bickering.

Kevin R. Duncan, a member of a second-tier leadership council of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said people should resist resenting others because they belong to another religion, hold opposing political views or even root for a different sports team.

“Let us all remember that God looketh not upon the color of the jersey or the political party,” Duncan said. “In the competitions of life, if we win, let us win with grace. If we lose, let us lose with grace.”

Mormon leaders don’t endorse candidates or parties, but they sometimes weigh in on what they consider crucial moral issues.
This presidential cycle, the church has defended religious liberty after Republican front-runner Donald Trump suggested banning Muslims from entering the U.S. It also renewed calls for an end to culture wars where people stake out extreme positions.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs during the opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Salt Lake City. Mormon leaders are set to deliver guidance to their worldwide membership in a series of speeches this weekend during the religion’s semiannual conference in Salt Lake City.
More than 100,000 Mormons are expected to attend five conference sessions over two days, with millions more watching live broadcasts from their homes. The conference is held twice a year.

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