Dare to Stand Alone

Mitt Romney is the new Republican nominee to the upcoming November American Presidential election. He will face the incumbent President, Barak Obama, in an election that many define one of the most important not only in American history but also in that of the whole world. I tend to agree with these statements but there is one things that makes Mitt Romney a bit different from everybody else: he is Mormon. Like John F. Kennedy before, he belongs to a religious organization that most people in America regard as “different” and therefore with suspicion. JFK was Catholic and so he encountered difficulties only in America as there are many Catholic in the world. Romney will have a more difficult problem with his beliefs even outside of his own country.

I am Mormon too and so I wish to begin a series of posts, in addition to my usual ones on leadership and ethics, to share more openly what we believe in an attempt to dissolve the fog that clouds some people’s perception of Mormonism and better understand the values that form the basic of our daily life and behaviour.

Today I wish to post a video capturing an episode of the life of the worldwide president of the church, whose official name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. President Thomas S. Monson shares an experience he had in the Navy in which he had to stand alone and reminds us that “we are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.”

Has there been a time when you have needed to stand alone in doing what you know is right? Share your experience with me. Here’s the video:




About alby59

Alberto has a 25-year plus career in Local Government which began as City Manager in Italy. He currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Lake Country in beautiful Central Okanagan BC. In addition, Alberto is Adjunct Professor to the Political Science Department of the University of Northern British Columbia and teaches a variety of local government related courses. He has developed a series of lectures on Leadership and Ethics and is designing a Project Management course aimed at Local Government and public sector practitioners. Very active in both his professional and academic life, Alberto has served as President of the Local Government Management Association of BC and the Association of Records Management Administrators of BC and Yukon. He also served as member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Tsunami Recovery Committee for the reconstruction of communities and local governments in Sri Lanka and Indonesia hit by the 2004 Tsunami and managed an FCM capacity building program with the City of San Fernando, La Union in the Philippines while with the Township of Langley. Alberto has earned facilitator certifications with Franklin Covey and Cognitive Edge, and continues to foster his interest in personal education and professional development. He is an avid reader, music lover, and science fiction movie aficionado. He plays guitar and piano for fun and sings with his wife and his children. He is also very active in his church and community being a former Rotarian and currently serving as the Second Counselor in the Thompson Okanagan (Vernon Stake) Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, his most important interest is his family: his wife Silvana and their two children Victor and Grace.
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4 Responses to Dare to Stand Alone

  1. konrad pimiskern says:

    You are not alone.

  2. Troy says:

    Great post Alberto! Religious beliefs does not disqualify one from the Presidency. What matters is how you can improve the lives of ordinary Americans. Given that the US is in such an economic funk today largely compounded by a likeable President with poor economic policies, it is time to switch horses. A stronger, more vibrant US economy benefits CAnadians. I’m rooting for Romney!

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