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25 March 2012

Doctrine in the Mormon Church

March 25, 2012

MormonVoices

Many critics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attempt to discredit the Church by pointing to past statements by prominent Church members and leaders on a variety of topics, and then claiming that these statements represent the Church’s definite doctrine on a particular subject. Some of those critics further allege that the Church is in denial or engaged in some sort of disingenuous “cover-up” by failing to acknowledge responsibility for controversial statements that purportedly reflect the Church’s actual beliefs. These charges are all false.

Virtually from its beginning, the Church has taught that only the prophet–the President of the Church–has the authority to pronounce or change the Church’s doctrine. Subsequent Church practice has established that official doctrine of the Church is: a) revealed through the President; b) in complete harmony with the scriptures and existing doctrinal precepts; c) accepted unanimously by the President’s counselors, Twelve Apostles, and other General Authorities of the church; and d) presented before church membership for their acceptance.

http://mormonvoices.org/1086/doctrine_mormon_church

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Romney and the Mormon Factor

March 25, 2012

New York Times

“This nomination would be in the bag if it weren’t for the Mormon factor,” says John Geer, a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee who works on the intersection of religion and politics.

The exit polls from a plethora of primaries confirm that. Mr. Romney, a deeply devout leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gets clobbered among white evangelicals and those who believe the religious views of a would-be president matter a great deal. This has caused him to lose a few primaries and denied him decisive wins in others.

Sometimes this hostility is openly articulated. Last year, Robert Jeffress, an evangelical leader who is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, called Mormonism a “cult” and suggested that Mr. Romney’s faith wouldn’t get him to heaven. It’s expressed by some rank-and-file conservatives, too. Scott Thomas, a Catholic and Rick Santorum supporter in Broomall, Pennsylvania, wondered whether Mr. Romney, rather than President Barack Obama, “is the Antichrist.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/us/26iht-letter26.html

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‘Mormon Factor’ Won’t Go Away With Nominee Romney

March 25, 2012

Bloomberg

“This nomination would be in the bag if it weren’t for the Mormon factor,” says John Geer, a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University who works on the intersection of religion and politics.

The exit polls from a plethora of primaries confirm that. Romney, a deeply devout leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gets clobbered among white evangelicals and those who believe the religious views of a would-be president matter a great deal. This has caused him to lose a few primaries and denied him decisive wins in others.

Sometimes this hostility is openly articulated. Last year, Robert Jeffress, an evangelical leader who is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, called Mormonism a “cult,” and suggested Romney’s faith wouldn’t get him to heaven. It’s expressed by some rank-and-file conservatives, too. Scott Thomas, a Catholic and Rick Santorum supporter in Broomall, Pennsylvania, wondered if Romney, rather than President Barack Obama, “is the Antichrist.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-25/-mormon-factor-won-t-go-away-with-nominee-romney.html

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Monson encourages Mormon young women to ‘believe, obey and endure’

March 24, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

They’re stories leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told to about 20,000 girls and women who filled the church’s conference center for its annual General Young Women Meeting Saturday evening, an event geared toward girls ages 12-18. It was also broadcast around the world in more than 50 languages by satellite and Internet.

Church President Thomas S. Monson, along with leaders of the Young Women General Presidency, told the female audience how living their lives in harmony with this year’s theme, “Arise and Shine Forth,” would help them live rich, meaningful lives.

Monson encouraged the girls to “believe, obey and endure.”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53785617-78/girls-monson-women-believe.html.csp

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Genesis CEO named regional leader in Mormon church

March 25, 2012

Quad City Times (Iowa)

At a time when the Mormon Church is getting national attention, a religious elder has moved the president and CEO of Genesis Health System into a major church leadership role — the same one Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney held in Boston.
Doug Cropper, 52, is the new Davenport regional leader for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church.

It is a non-paid position, and one that church members don’t volunteer or get elected to do. Rather, they are believed to be “called by revelation” and are chosen by church elders at the headquarters in Salt Lake City, Cropper said.

“I was very surprised and humbled,” he said. “You’re overwhelmed, almost. I’ve known many stake presidents. I have great respect for those men, and I ask myself, ‘Can I measure up to everything they’ve done?’”

http://qctimes.com/news/local/genesis-ceo-named-regional-leader-in-mormon-church/article_8d555ad0-761b-11e1-b41a-0019bb2963f4.html

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Is Mitt Romney underrated?

March 25, 2012

Washington Post

Romney is a Mormon in a party where evangelical voters hold considerable sway. Although no one in Romney world will admit it, it’s clear that the skepticism with which evangelical voters view Mormonism has complicated Romney’s path to the nomination. In any state where evangelicals have composed more than half of the Republican primary or caucus electorate, Romney has lost.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/is-mitt-romney-underrated/2012/03/24/gIQAPhEpZS_story.html?tid=pm_politics_pop

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Romney’s Troubles With Truth

March 24, 2012

Auburn Journal (California)

This is not a normal amount of politicial lying. Romney lies about himself, he lies about the president, he lies about everything, even when he doesn’t have to. Romney lies arguably more than any modern candidate for any major political office. And that includes a heck of a lot of great liars. Yet Mitt Romney distinguishes himself by his utterly unashamed, unprecedented deceit and his absence of remorse when he gets caught. Maybe it’s a Mormon thing, called “Lying for the Lord.” It’s as old as the Mormon church itself.

http://my.auburnjournal.com/detail/203810.html

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BYU students unearth surprises from Provo’s first Tabernacle

March 24, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

The building served as the first meetinghouse in Provo, housing several LDS wards. Members would gather in the basement for Sunday School, women’s Relief Society and male priesthood meetings, while worship services took place upstairs in the auditorium.

It later served as a schoolhouse and community gathering place, just as the second Tabernacle did until it was destroyed by fire in December 2010.

While there are plenty of pictures of the old tabernacle, including some showing it standing next to its successor, there are no pictures of the inside.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53780522-78/tabernacle-students-building-provo.html.csp

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Mitt Romney is viewed as capable of rallying Republican support

March 25, 2012

Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio)

While Romney’s Mormon religion may be a factor among Southern primary voters who supported other candidates, Barbour said, “There are 25,000 Southern Baptist preachers that will vote for a Mormon before they vote for Obama.”

http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2012/03/mitt_romney_is_viewed_as_capab.html

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Judge to hear arguments over suit on liquor laws

March 25, 2012

NECN (Massachusetts)

A trade group for bars and restaurants has asked U.S. District Judge Bruce Jenkins of Salt Lake City to halt the laws and to prohibit Utah lawmakers from taking influence from the Mormon church when writing liquor laws.

The Utah attorney general’s office has asked Jenkins to throw out the suit and defended the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Utah’s liquor laws.

http://www.necn.com/03/25/12/Judge-to-hear-arguments-over-suit-on-liq/landing_politics.html?&apID=676daf8682b34e4da2c10bddbd331d56

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Is valley religious divide a barrier to friendships?

March 25, 2012

Herald Journal (Utah)

Here’s what many will think is a stupid question. I know that in asking it publicly I’m inviting some angry responses, but this is a question I must honestly say I’ve contemplated occasionally, and it’s a topic I think is extremely relevant to life in Cache Valley. So here goes …

Can Mormons and non-Mormons be good friends?

The answer, thankfully, is of course they can. But anyone who says there aren’t some obstacles to overcome along the way is either a remarkably outgoing individual or in denial.

http://news.hjnews.com/opinion/article_a4ef92ac-7628-11e1-85ef-001871e3ce6c.html

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Injury thrusts UNC’s White into spotlight

March 24, 2012

Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas)

“I had a little bit harder time getting recruited because I’m Mormon and I planned on going on an LDS mission after high school,” White said. “A lot of schools were turned off by that.”

http://cjonline.com/sports/2012-03-24/injury-thrusts-uncs-white-spotlight

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Gonzaga’s women’s coach has all the right moves

March 24, 2012

Seattle Times (Washington)

Last week, Graves, 49, bisected an interview by attending a mass at Gonzaga Prep. He was brought up in the Church of Latter Day Saints but he and his wife Mary are raising their three sons Catholic.

“I’m probably the only Mormon hired at three Catholic schools,” he joked.

By 1993, he had hooked on at the University of Portland. Jim Sollars, the coach there, recalled last year how Graves had sold himself by telling Sollars he had out-recruited all his Mormon colleagues on a church mission to Santiago, Chile.

“He recruits with a religious zeal,” Sollars told The Times.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/collegesports/2017833958_zags25.html

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At Start of Mexico Trip, Pope Assails Violence

March 24, 2012

Wall Street Journal

While Mexico remains overwhelmingly Catholic, the country has seen a decline in the percentage of self-declared Catholics, often at the expense of evangelical Protestant churches and the Mormon church. Catholics currently make up 82.7% of Mexico’s population, down from about 88% in 2000 and 96% in 1970.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303812904577299833680715716.html

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Before Marshall injury, North Carolina backup guard always had ‘Jetpack’ prowess

March 24, 2012

Washington Post

The Ohio game is a career milestone for a player North Carolina will be counting on again in the final Sunday against Kansas. White leaves for a two-year Mormon mission after this season, but now he’s an integral piece.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/before-marshall-injury-north-carolina-backup-guard-always-had-jetpack-prowess/2012/03/24/gIQAgHDwYS_story.html

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