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Murrieta Prop 8 Results

I just got this forwarded to me from bribus09:

Congratulations to you and everyone that helped here in Murrieta! The Registrar just released the final numbers…here is how it breaks down for Murrieta:

36,855 Total votes cast (83.1% Turnout)
25,082 YES votes (68%)
11,328 NO votes (30.7%)


So it looks like I’m back to going to Maui by myself. I guess it will be an interesting week.

Today seemed like it dragged on at work and I even left for lunch. I was ready for lunch at like 10 and the hours after lunch seemed even longer. When 4:45 rolled around I decided I was done and started wrapping things up.

I’m disgusted that this prop 8 battle is continuing. The people have spoken and approved to designate marriage as being between only a man and a woman. The people who have lost need to understand that only 2-5% of the citizens in California are LDS. Our church is not pushing anything on anyone, we simply headed up the campaign on a moral issue. I still maintain that because only a man and a woman can create a family only a man and woman should be entitled to be married. This is discriminatory, I understand, because it is biology. We also discriminate against many other things in life. Birds can fly, people can’t. Can we change the laws of gravity? No. Can we change the laws of marriage? No.

I must take a minute to publicly thank the no on 8 supporters who have made it clear exactly the level of tolerance they would expect from us. Even after the election, the hate continues as well as protests. I think they have actually helped our fight by indicating to the public that they aren’t able to tolerate the public opinion.

I am appalled though at the attacks on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Protests outside of our temples and attempts to take away the tax exempt status of the church are uncalled for.

#YESon8 Victory

It appears that we have emerged victoriously! It was only by a narrow margin though and there are still votes to be counted, but with 100% of precincts reporting and we have a 52.5%, I think we are safe to say we won! I think they still have to count the absentee ballots which I guess could take up to a month.

I totally slept through my alarm this morning and was a little late to work, but it felt so good. We had a 53′ FedEx National LTL truck deliver a 2′ x 2′ x 2′ box to us today. The packing slip says it was sent on a pallet. It gets even better. Inside the box was a 3″ x 3″ x 10″ box without even any packing material! I think they could have sent it US Mail! I have pictures for the fun of it. I’ll have to post them later.

I enjoyed a quiet evening at home tonight. I bought Melissa’s plane ticket, watched some TV and talked on the phone. I really was pretty much just lazy tonight. I was able to talk Melissa into coming with me to Maui. I don’t think she has realized yet that this means she is stuck with me for the bulk of the week. I wonder when she will figure that out! The flight I’m on jumped to $1800 today, it is absurd. I booked her on a flight that was $570 by the time I got it booked, but was $360 or so earlier this afternoon. I guess I still haven’t learned that it pays to book flights early.

I discovered that my website is #4 for yeson8 and #5 for proposition 8 text. I’m sure I’m in the top results for other searches as well. The daily visitors on my site have about doubled over the past month. I’m sure it will die down here again soon.

I’m sure there was something else I wanted to write about tonight, but I need to get some sleep and stop writing. Good night to all and thank you for your support!

May Our Efforts Have Been Enough

Well, it is going to be too close to call tonight. As of 10:25 p.m. we’re looking at 29% of precincts reporting with 52.3% supporting a YES vote on Proposition 8 to protect marriage. I truly hope that our efforts will have been enough. I pray that the difference will be made up for us. I think we made our best efforts on this and I hope we emerge victorious in the morning and the coming days.

The fight has gotten really nasty in the last day. The home invasion video was so absurd. I called most of the Los Angeles and San Diego television stations on my way to the temple at 5 o’clock this morning and left messages for the advertising directors imploring them not to air the video. Since I wasn’t watching TV most of the day, I couldn’t tell you if they played them or not.

I had a good time at the temple this morning and was happy I was there and not somewhere else stressing about this proposition. I got to go through a session and then officiated for one. It was kind of nerve-wracking to officiate, but I heard I was a winner. Of course I have some things to work on, but I’m sure I can get it down shortly. I’m really bummed to be missing my shift next week. Sadly, I’m not looking forward to this vacation, but I’m sure after a few days I’ll be able to enjoy myself. It’s been a while since I’ve had some real time to myself I guess. I even looked at flights again tonight and they are too expensive now to consider bringing someone along. Actually, I guess that is just my flight. There are some other ones with a stop in Honolulu that could work I guess and maybe even some from SAN. I need to figure out that game-plan tomorrow. This may be your last chance, so speak now or forever hold your peace!

I also need to get to sleep. Didn’t I say i was going to get some sleep once this prop 8 thing was over? Well, I guess it isn’t over quite yet, so I haven’t broken any promises.

Steal a Yes on 8 Sign – 1 year in Jail

I totally think I saw some lady this morning going to steal a YES on 8 sign near the San Diego Temple. I should have stopped and taken pictures, but I wasn’t thinking clearly at 6 o’clock on the morning I guess.

So, even though it is over now, something to keep in mind. Steal a sign, get a year in jail or pay $1,000. I wonder if that is per incidence…

YouTube – more arrests for stealing Yes on 8 signs

Mormons’ $22M Backing of Prop. 8 Incites Critics

Clearly not the best article I’ve ever read, but you may find it useful nonetheless.

Mormons’ $22M Backing of Prop. 8 Incites Critics :: EDGE Boston

Here’s some logic for you: If Man and Woman can create a family (i.e. children) then they should be the fundamental unit of the family through marriage.

Most Men & Women can create children. I don’t know of once instance where a man and a man or a woman and a woman were able to create children.

Therefore, it follows logically: Only the combination of a Man and a Woman can create a family and therefore only a man and a woman can be married.

Stoning Mormons for standing up for their values by funding Prop. 8

Here is some more hate from the “no on hate” campaign. I wonder if these guys understand how to practice what they preach. Do you see the Yes on 8 people doing this? No. Have we asked some people to make donations to Yes after they made donations to No? Yes. Is that the same as sitting outside a family home presumably with the intention to intimidate? I think not.

Stoning Mormons for standing up for their values by funding Prop. 8

YouTube – “Home Invasion” Prop 8 #yeson8

This is a total joke. Yes, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have donated money to protect marriage, something we believe in strongly. I also believe that much more money has been donated to the no on 8 campaign. Is there something wrong with Google standing out against Prop 8? How about Apple donating $100,000? Why is it OK for people to donate to and support the no campaign but not the yes campaign?

Truth is, Prop 8 won’t take away any rights. The US govt won’t accept same-sex unions, so the same rights are given in a civil union as in a marriage. This is an attack on religion. I believe this is an example of what is to come if prop 8 fails tomorrow. Those asking for tolerance are not capable of showing any tolerance themselves and have stooped so low to attack a church that is a first responder in almost every emergency and natural disaster. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a huge giver to the community with big involvement in most humanitarian efforts.

YouTube – “Home Invasion”: Prop 8

I implore you to join me and vote YES on Prop 8 tomorrow. If you’re afraid of a small percentage of Mormon’s impacting your government and state, I tremble to think of what the opponents of prop 8 have in store for you. This video just shows a glimpse of the deception they are capable of.

Powerful Sunday

I can’t remember the last time that I had so much time in the morning before church. We set our clocks back an hour today, so I got an extra hour of sleep kind of and then didn’t have any meetings before church. I spent some time working on church things and also was blessed to be able to spend some time just pondering. I felt impressed to review my patriarcharcal blessing this morning and spent some time reminiscing the trip to Punta Cana last year with Tara. I remember how excited I was and how we totally had the time of our lives there. I leave for Maui this week and I am not looking forward to it. I can’t believe that I’m going to go to Hawaii for my first time all alone. I’m sure I will still be able to enjoy myself somewhat, but there is just no way of it comparing to the week that Tara and I had last year.

I’ve found myself really missing Tara this week actually. I’ve been pondering on her a lot. I think Cynthia reminds me a lot of her. They have a similar physical appearance and share many great qualities. I’ve also been feeling guilty about not writing her since before general conference. I did send her the postcard not from Minneapolis, but that doesn’t count much. I was planning on sending her a gift a few weeks ago and haven’t done that yet either, so I’m getting myself down and frustrated with that. Hopefully I can call this week and schedule something for Friday morning. I did write to her this morning which was great. I need to do that more for myself than I think I do for her. There is just something about writing a letter – or even a card – that I can’t seem to capture any other way.

I hadn’t looked at those pictures from the DR for some time now and am so happy that I took the time to make the book. I really need to do that more often. It also made me think of all the great pictures of friends that I need to print and hang.

I cried today when Andrea spoke during fast and testimony meeting and am doing it again now. She said that she had lost friendships over this prop 8 thing, but that she had learned so much and her love for the Lord had grown because of it, at least in my paraphrased version. What a fight this has been. I still can’t get over that 9% of our population is causing so much turmoil for the other 91%. A heavy price has been paid for this – our freedoms – just as it has been done so many times before. Was the war in Heaven something like this? I don’t think I’ve lost any friends over this matter, but that just makes me think that I have been too coward to act. I’ve been too afraid to really stand up for what is needed and need to learn from her. She also shared that her two best friends were her mom and dad and that touched me so much.

I had been thinking this weekend about sharing my testimony. Much like Andrea, I had kind of secretly been wanting to be called up in the last few weeks when people have been called to the stand. I had been thinking about what to say and trying to come up with something to share that could help someone else. I’d even rehearsed things in my head, but when I got to church it was all gone and while I felt that I could get up, I didn’t feel the need to. Maybe I’ll have the opportunity soon. This week really has been very spiritual for me. I feel like I was on the right track a lot of the time and I learned so much. Maybe it was the lack of sleep that brought me closer to my Heavenly Father, maybe it is the election drawing near, I don’t know. What I do know, now especially more than I did before, is that Proposition 8 needs to be passed or this fight is only going to get worse. What I don’t know is what the agenda is from the other side. I discovered last night that all the married rights they say they are getting from being married versus a civil union don’t transfer to other states and aren’t acknowledged by the federal government. They won’t say that they want to teach this in school and many people say that they don’t want anything about marriage taught in schools. So what is their agenda? I don’t know. I know that we can’t let 9% of America take away the rights of the remaining 91%. I know that temple marriage is ordained of God. Families can be sealed there together forever, not just for their mortal time on this earth. If prop 8 fails, this right to marry in God’s temple could be challenged. I know that the gospel is true, that Jesus Christ did atone for our sins, that he does live and reign today. His church is run by His prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. President Monson is supported by his counselors in the first presidency and the twelve apostles of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. These men have spoken as the mouthpiece of the Lord that we need to do all we can to make sure this measure passes. We may not know what is to come if it doesn’t, but I can assure you that they are aware of the dark and dreary place that we will be in if we continue down the slippery slope we are already falling down.

I really wanted to watch the CES fireside tonight. I was ready for the spiritual uplifting from it and was ready to learn even though I knew we were supposed to cancel all activities until after the election. I was fine with watching it by myself and then doing a public performance later. Clearly, my thinking was wrong because for whatever reason I was called in to the Dowden’s for tech support before even leaving the stake center today. They were having problems with their wireless and I was stuck there the entire time supporting people in making calls and getting computers running to do so. I’m sure now that is where I needed to be today; I just had to conform my will to that of the Father’s.

I just turned off about an hour ago in branch prayer. Megan even asked me if I was about to fall asleep and I had to say yes. I am so exhausted. This fight is starting to take it’s toll on me in the final hours and I need to stay strong. I’m anxious to see what this week will bring and looking forward to hopefully being victorious on Tuesday. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

Standing Up for Prop 8: “I Hope You Know We’re Not Haters”

Here is an article from a couple that have been holding signs and promoting prop 8. They discuss why they are doing it and try to explain that prop 8 does not equal hate as many believe. It seems even from those that are against prop 8, they discovered the love of this couple after spending a few minutes together and not passing judgement.

Meridian Magazine :: Articles : Standing Up for Prop 8: “I Hope You Know We’re Not Haters”

What Gay Unions Don’t Guarantee

We came across this article today which was rather informative. I had figured all this time that gay’s would be fighting for marriage so that they could reap the tax benefits and get all the benefits of a true married couple.

Well, according to this article, that won’t actually happen:

But given that the federal government views same-sex married couples as perfect strangers, ineligible for the many federal rights given to opposite-sex married couples, the question for gay couples is this: Is it worth it to tie the knot?

The Legal Advice Even Married Same-Sex Couples Need – NYTimes.com

So, my question comes back to, what do they gain out of this? We’re told they don’t care about teaching it in schools and making it mainstream. It seems that they don’t really get much more in the way of rights. So even if we fail to pass proposition 8, they will still not be truly married. So why do it? Why the fight? What is the real motive and what do they get out of it?