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Sunday, September 16, 2018
Statement of Principles Announcement
Adoption and canonization of the Lots
Statement of Principles.
The group that began a vote on a Statement of
Principles six months ago at the Phoenix conference has been given 15 minutes
by the upcoming Layton conference to conclude its business by conducting a
sustaining vote for the adoption of the statement.
•In Phoenix the Lots Document received the
most votes as the preferred Statement of Principles.
•In part two of the voting process, many of
those who preferred another Statement of Principles set aside their preference
and agreed to not dispute the majority’s choice. This created a large majority
of 90-95% who agreed to not dispute the choice of the Lots document.
•The third and last part of the vote was
cancelled in Phoenix, out of a desire to avoid contention and we respect the
right of those that made that decision.
•The Layton conference is the first
opportunity to complete a sustaining vote that was interrupted then. The time
slot for the vote in Layton will immediately follow the last talk of the
conference on Sunday, September 30th.
The purpose of the vote will be to sustain
the covenant body’s decision, made in Phoenix, and proceed to print the body’s
chosen statement with the scriptures. This is not a vote on which document to
adopt; that voting was done in Phoenix, and the Lots document received 90-95%
majority. This vote is to complete the assignment with a sustaining vote prior
to printing the scriptures.
After some brief remarks we will conduct the
vote among covenant holders. This is not an opportunity for debate or
consideration of other business outside the purpose of this vote.
First we will ask all those who choose to
dispute the addition of the Lots Statement of Principles to the scriptures to
silently stand and be recognized.
Next we will ask all those in favor of
adoption of the Lots Statement of Principles to be added to the scriptures to
silently stand and be recognized. This group includes those who choose to not
Three witnesses will be asked to oversee the
proceedings and determine the outcome. If you are unable to attend the
conference there will be an opportunity to vote online with details to follow
We are, of course, hoping for unanimity; but
if we reach an obvious majority in favor, it will indicate both that the
Lots Statement of Principles is thereby adopted by this covenant people and that it
is required to be added to the scriptures. We are assured that the requirement
will be complied with.