Supportive. First Presidency Counselor DIETER F. UCHTDORF, 72, of a plan that would create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. After an 8 March meeting with Barack Obama and 13 other faith leaders, Pres. Uchtdorf, an immigrant himself (albeit documented), said that Obama’s outline for immigration reform “was totally in line with [the church’s] values.”
Elected. Democratic candidate KYRSTEN SINEMA, 36, to the U.S. Congress. A former Mormon from Arizona, Sinema is the first openly bisexual member of Congress.
Called. PETE M. JOHNSON, as president of the Bessemer Stake in Alabama. A professor of accounting at the University of Alabama, Johnson is the first African American to serve as stake president in the Cotton State.
Elected. RANDALL THACKER, 39, as president of Affirmation, an organization serving gay & lesbian Mormons. A returned missionary and leadership coach from Washington DC, Thacker reorganized the group’s leadership and announced that Affirmation’s annual conference will be held September 12–15 in Salt Lake City.
Political. Stake president MATTHEW DeVISSER, 55, in the closing talk he gave at a stake conference in Sandy, Utah. In his 3 February speech, which received wide attention after being posted online, DeVisser lamented that U.S. voters had chosen “socialism over capitalism, entitlement over free enterprise, [and] redistribution and regulation over self-reliance.” DeVisser explained that he did not intend to be political, but that he had been moved to speak by the Holy Ghost.
Deceased. VICTOR B. CLINE, 87, an LDS psychologist in Utah who studied the effect of media violence on young minds. In addition to his teaching position at the University of Utah, Cline maintained a private practice and treated hundreds of clients addicted to pornography.
Featured. MITT, 65, and ANN ROMNEY, 63, in an interview on Fox News Sunday. After four months out of the spotlight, the former presidential candidate said that “it kills [him] not to be there” (in the White House) and blamed his defeat on “the power of the incumbency” and the fact that people without health insurance “came out in large numbers to vote.” Ann Romney said that the media treated her husband unfairly and that the end of the campaign felt like the end of a church calling, when after serving “in a very high position, . . . you’re released and you’re nobody.”