Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign released a new video Tuesday morning that features members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the video, titled “We are Mormons for Hillary,” bipartisan LDS Church members read off segments from Clinton’s autobiography “It Takes a Village."
“When we’re reminded of the bounty and protection we enjoy, most of us ... are grateful,” the speakers read. “Our gratitude has its roots in a view of government that dates back to the Pilgrims and to the successive waves of immigrants who came to this country seeking religious and political freedom and economic opportunities. In this view, government is an instrument both to promote individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
The LDS Church as an institution is politically neutral. Members are encouraged to be active in the political process.
The video includes former Utah Republican State Rep. Sheryl Allen; former Utah GOP State Rep. General David Irvine; Democratic candidate for Utah State Senate and mother of two Celina Milner; and members of the group Utah Mormons for Hillary.
Clinton herself previously referenced the book in her op-ed for the Deseret News (she replaced “it takes a village” with “it takes a ward,” a reference to LDS Church congregations). Clinton also mentioned the LDS Church in “It Takes a Village” when she talked about the value in having family activities.
Within the past week, prominent Utah Republicans — including Sen. Mike Lee, Gov. Gary Herbert, Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Rep. Mia Love, among others — have denounced GOP nominee Donald Trump in light of a recently unearthed video of him making lewd comments about women.
However, Utah GOP Chairman James Evans said Monday that he still plans to vote for Trump and hopes Republicans will do the same, according to the Desert News.
Polls taken before the tape became public showed Trump with a 12- to 15-percent lead in Utah.
A Clinton spokesperson said the video will be used to encourage voting across the nation, not just in Utah.
Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.