About This Site
In late 2013, I petitioned Governor Terry Branstad to acknowledge Iowa's support for religious freedom by proclaiming religious freedom day in Iowa to fall on the same day as national Religious Freedom Day. Governor Branstad subsequently proclaimed January 16, 2014, to be Religious Freedom Day in Iowa. In late 2014, I requested a renewal of that proclamation, and it was issued for April 13, 2015. I intend to continue to seek this designation from any governor of this state. The date changed from January 16, the national day for religious liberty, to April 13, Thomas Jefferson's birthday, to accommodate Iowa's weather and legislative calendar.
This website and these actions are my own and not those of any official group. However, any reader of this site should know that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My interest in religious freedom comes, in part, from my service in this Church and my desire to live by the tenets of my faith. One of those tenets states: "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may" (Articles of Faith 11).
Latter-day Saints, also called Mormons, have a lay ministry. Nearly everyone has a role to play in their congregation. Those roles change often, and men and women rotate in and out of leadership throughout their lives. No one aspires to a particular position and no one can apply for one. Instead, we are asked to serve in a given capacity until we are released from the assignment. My current assignment is to serve as a public affairs representative. In my public outreach efforts, I seek to connect members of my Church with others in the community on the common ground of faith, service, and support for families.
If you would like to know more about what motivates me, visit www.mormon.org.
To learn more about what Mormons think of religious freedom, start with these essays and news items.
Susan Sims, Cedar Falls, Iowa