Since I have had more than three of you children ask about my political stand, I thought I would share with all of you my mindset, as of now, regarding this very crazy and heated election.
Deep down inside, I have always loved politics and standing and supporting something or someone. I have never taken the process lightly and have done my own bidding, not someone else's, as I have cast my vote.
Several months (long before the famed Trump/Bush lewd commentary appeared) I tried to reason who I would vote for. In the Nev. caucus, I vacillated back and forth with Trump, Cruz, Rubio, And when it was down to just Trump and Clinton for the the R/D Presidential, I vacillated between Trump and Johnson. I never felt good or settled or comfortable in casting that ballot for either one. I would pick a candidate, feel somewhat settled about my choice, pray, and have total stupor of thought, frustration and a lack of clarity about my choice; thus putting me right back at square one.
When McMullin came on the scene, I watched and read everything I could. And if I were to be perfectly honest, yes, the fact that he was LDS played a huge part in me taking interest; not necessarily voting for him, but learning about him. I am okay with that. The more I read and heard, the more I like. I was still in angst regarding the "a vote for Evan is a vote for Hillary" argument and the vacillating continued as a result.
Then came the Trump conversation. Yes, it made me sick and mad and totally defensive towards him. BUT!!!!!! I am not naive enough or so misinformed that I equate his lewd, offensive and even telling statements in that commentary, with the degree of evil that I feel Hillary is. Since that commentary, I have research other disgusting videos and interviews regarding Trump; there is plenty out there.
I made this all a matter of significant prayer. I pondered it over and over as to who I should support. Then the First Presidency sent out 'the' letter that is sent out every election year. I know it well. But I read, and reread and ponder their counsel and statements. I hope you know this about your mom.........I know we have a prophet that leads us today. And he is Pres. Monson. I know he knows the will and the mind of God the Father and Jesus Christ. So I take his words very serious!
It is the following two sentences from the First Presidency letter that have directed my thinking and my stand.