My mom forwarded me this message from our Stake Public Affairs guy. He says it all.
Okay...so this will be my final email about Prop 8. With 86% of precincts reporting and a 52-48% lead, I think it's safe to go to bed. Prop 8 prevailed! Two shorts months ago, we trailed by 15% with a small amount of undecided voters. A 20% turnaround -- we were truly part of a miracle. I wanted to thank you for all you did to follow the counsel of the Prophet and the First Presidency. When we were asked in June to devote our best efforts to protecting marriage and supporting Proposition 8, I’m not sure that we envisioned all that we would need to do. Thank you for your best efforts. I was inspired by your faithfulness, especially when I knew that many of you were not comfortable being "politically active". But you did it anyway, because of your faith in and testimony of a living Prophet.
Your sacrifice made the difference -- walking, calling, donating, emailing, letter writing, calling again, blogging, sign waving, poll working, getting out the vote, calling one more time, babysitting, talking with friends, acquaintances and strangers. I'm especially proud of our youth for standing up for truth in the face of peer pressure, intolerance and some hateful exchanges.
Thank you most of all for the way you did this. You were respectful, positive and sincere. That was missing from so many interactions on
this topic. You represented yourselves, your families, our ward and the church very well.
I know that while we are relieved to have this particular challenge over, I suspect there will be something else around the corner. The
chasm between our beliefs and the beliefs of the world will continue to grow wider, and we will be faced with other challenges, with some
likely being much more difficult than Prop 8.
I hope that you gained a stronger testimony of the personal peace and blessing of knowing that you were doing what the Lord asked you to do
through his living Prophet.
I was able to give about 3 hours of my time yesterday. It was not hard, I did it with my mom. We mostly sat in the lobby of a retirement home, waiting for the poll updates. As I watched the hustle and bustle, I KNEW that this is the beginning. I have stepped out of my comfort zone and outwardly Followed our Prophet. It is very humbling. I know the fight is not over, lawsuits have been filed, but I am ready to stand up, again, and do it all over again.