​By Romrik Joshua Flores, Moroni Channel
Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Philippines
The first presidency of the church sent letters to congregations in Colorado, Arizona, California and Nevada asking members to vote against measures to oppose physician-assisted suicide and recreational marijuana.​

Eric Hawkins, spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed that the letters sent is authentic and signed by the first presidency.

​About the Legalization of Marijuana the first presidency wrote:

​Drug abuse in the United States is at epidemic proportions, and the dangers of marijuana to public health and safety are well documented. Recent studies have shed light particularly on the risks marijuana use poses to brain development in youth. The accessibility of recreational marijuana in the home is also a danger to children.

We urge Church member to let their voices be heard in opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana.

In another letter t​he First Presidency urged Church members to oppose physician-assisted suicide:

The Church maintains a firm belief in the sanctity of human life and opposes deliberately taking the life of a person even when the person may be suffering from an incurable condition or disease (see Handbook 2: Administering the Church [2010], 21.3.3). Life is a sacred gift and should be cherished even in difficult circumstances. . . .

Experience suggests that such legalization [of physician-assisted suicide] can endanger the vulnerable, erode trust in the medical profession, and cheapen human life and dignity. Moreover, the decision to end one’s life carries a lasting impact far beyond the person whose life is ending.

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