SALT LAKE CITY — George Monsivais, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made the following statement today at a press conference called by the Mexican Consulate:

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wishes to make it clear that it has at no time taken a position on HB 109.  It is not true that the Church is supporting this bill.

The Church is investigating complaints that Utahns For Immigration Reform are citing Church teachings as apparent justification for their political purposes.

The Church repeats its oft-stated caution to members that they should never infer that the Church endorses their personal political positions.”

Statement in Spanish:

“La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días desea dejar en claro que en ningún momento ha tomado una postura en lo que respecta a HB 109. No es cierto que la Iglesia apoya dicho proyecto de ley.

La Iglesia está investigando reclamos que indican que el grupo Utahns For Immigration Reform cita las enseñanzas de la Iglesia como una aparente justificación para sus fines políticos.

La Iglesia repite su muy citada advertencia a los miembros de que no deben nunca inferir que la Iglesia aprueba sus posturas políticas personales.”