Inspired by a recent post on Feminist Mormon Housewives, I called the Washington DC temple to put Barack Obama's name on the temple prayer roll.
The prayer roll is a list of names which is prayed over for the next two weeks by people who are in the temple. Usually people who are sick or having a difficult time are put on the list. I think it's a pretty cool idea. It can't hurt, anyway. If Obama loses, he and his supporters will definitely fall into the "otherwise afflicted" category.
I think I was mainly just shocked because if I was going through a session at that temple doing that would inadvertantly make ME pray for him too. Which would kinda choke me - as I'd never make y'all pray for John McCain (did I tell you I have a nephew named after him? I do - he's 9).
But I softened it with a YAY for praying for your leaders. that has to count for something. :P
Hrm... I never thought of it that way. Although, when you do think of it that way, there's all sorts of people on the lists, I'm sure.
That said, I can understand where you're coming from because it'll take me a while to be happy about praying for John McCain if he is elected...
A of F #12 is one I struggled with when I was living in West Africa. One time I visited the ward in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, right after a coup attempt, and the SS lesson was on A of F #12. The teacher was very insistent that members obey this article, even though the government was so corrupt and incompetent.