LDS help rid Guam of poker machines
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After two years of public hearings, lobbying, door-to-door appeals, and media campaigns, legislation was passed outlawing poker machines in the U.S. territory of Guam. The legislation was signed into law on Oct. 17.
Latter-day Saints joined with other religious denominations and civic organizations to spearhead the successful anti-gambling effort.The Church made known its stand against all forms of gambling, and received a lot of positive media attention that helped to publicize the Christian values the Church teaches. The Church video on gambling, "Times and Seasons," was used by many groups on Guam to educate people about the ill effects of such an industry. Church leaders and members were interviewed regularly on television and by the newspapers. Several members served on the central planning committee of the anti-gambling organization.
"It was inspiring to join with the good people of our island in fighting this menace," said Jerry Perez, a member of the Barrigada Branch. "We literally felt the hand of the Lord in our efforts. I have met and become friends with many non-members. Some of them have asked a lot of questions about the Church, so I have had the opportunity to share the gospel."
Media coverage of the Church and its members has been very positive because of their efforts in ridding the island of the poker machines, said Guam District Pres. Jon Fuller.
"There is no doubt in my mind that the counsel for members to get involved more in their communities can do wonders to break down the barriers that lay between us and our non-member friends," Pres. Fuller said. "There has never been a time on Guam when we have been received with such openness because of our involvement with what is truly important to all the people of this beautiful island."