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7 April 2012

First Presidency 2012 Easter Message

April 6, 2012

mormonnewsroom.org

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) joins with the rest of the Christian world this week in celebrating Easter and remembering the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Church’s First Presidency issued this Easter message:

This is the season of the year when the Christian world remembers the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Out of love for His Father and for us, the Savior allowed Himself to suffer beyond the capacity of mortal man. He said, “Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit — and would that I might not drink the bitter cup and shrink — Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:18-19).

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/easter-message-first-presidency-2012

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Gay Mormon students come out in web video

April 7, 2012

Seattle Times (Washington)

Gay students from a strict Mormon college that prohibits sexual activity are coming out in a series of web videos aimed at reassuring other young gay and lesbian students.

The video recently posted to YouTube by several Brigham Young University students features young people discussing the conflict they felt about being gay and Mormon.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2017930307_apusgaymormons.html

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Gay BYU students to Mormon youths: ‘It gets better’

April 6, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

For young people struggling to come to terms with being gay and Mormon, 22 Brigham Young University students have a message: “It gets better.”

On Friday, lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) students at BYU and some of their straight allies released a video on YouTube, adding to some 40,000 video messages that aim to prevent depression and suicide among gay teens as part of the It Gets Better project. Seattle writer Dan Savage and his partner, Terry Miller, launched the effort in September 2010 following a string of youth suicides reported by national media.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53869678-78/gay-students-video-byu.html.csp

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Video: Mormon students make “It Gets Better” video

April 7, 2012

Pink News (United Kingdom)

Twenty-two students at the Brigham Young University in US, owned and run by the Mormon church, have made a video for the It Gets Better project, where they talk about reconciling faith and sexuality.

The campaign was originally launched by the gay-rights campaigner Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller in 2010, following a string of suicides among LGBT teenagers across the US. The project has currently around 40,000 videos on YouTube.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/04/07/video-mormon-students-make-it-gets-better-video/

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‘It Gets Better’ for Gay Mormons, Too

April 7, 2012

Gawker

Brigham Young University has been called one of the least LGBT-friendly campuses in the U.S.: according to the “It Gets Better” video produced by Brigham Young University students, 74 percent of LGBT students at BYU have considered suicide, and 24 percent have attempted suicide. The video was made by campus group Understanding Same-Gender Attraction (USGA), which is not officially recognized by the Mormon university.

The BYU Honor Code only began allowing LGBT students to openly state their sexual orientation in 2007. In 2010, the Honor Code changed again to allow for LGBT advocacy. While the school can hardly be called an ally to LGBT rights, the students in this video do offer a unique perspective on reconciling one’s sexuality with a faith that condemns it.

http://gawker.com/5900025/it-gets-better-for-gay-mormons-too

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Rolly: Hatch and the Mormon card

April 7, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Well, Sen. Orrin Hatch has done it again.

He played the Mormon card during a town hall meeting in Davis County, where he was speaking to a mostly Mormon group, as a way to demonstrate the moral superiority of Republicans over Democrats. And, just like past attempts to impress an LDS crowd, his comments have gone viral.

As reported by Politico, Hatch said that President Barack Obama’s campaign would attack Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s Mormon religion to harm him politically.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/53862134-82/hatch-religion-mormon-lds.html.csp

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During Town Hall Meeting, Annoyed Mitt Romney Refused to Answer Questions about His Religion, but Later Tells Story about His Religious Experience

April 6, 2012

God Discussions

“I guess my question is do you believe it’s a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black?” asked Hatch.

“No,” Romney responded sternly, before turning to face the other side of the room.
After telling Hatch that he would not discuss his religion, Romney tells a story about his experience in the Mormon Church and the characterization that he is “out of touch”. Romney used a story about his time as a pastor of a congregation, which he said he served for ten years. He stated that the reason he is running for president is to help people.

http://www.goddiscussion.com/95159/during-town-hall-meeting-annoyed-mitt-romney-refused-to-answer-questions-about-his-religion-but-later-tells-story-about-his-religious-experience/

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Taking a rare tour of a Mormon temple

April 7, 2012

CNN

Elder William Walker slipped white booties over his black wing-tip shoes and instructed his guests to do the same as he led them into the newest Mormon temple in the world.

This day was the first chance the public had to see inside the sacred space for the area’s 49,000 Mormons, and it was also one of the last.

On May 6, when Thomas S. Monson, the head of the 14 million member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, dedicates this temple, the doors will close forever to the public. The church said it expects as many as 100,000 visitors in Kansas City before the temple will be closed to the public.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/07/taking-a-rare-tour-of-a-mormon-temple/

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A look inside the sacred place of the Latter-day Saints

April 7, 2012

St. Joseph News Press (Missouri)

A multimillion-dollar effort to put a piece of heaven on earth has come to Kansas City in the form of the newest temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The temple will be open to the public through April 28, excluding Sundays, and has already drawn 75,000 reservations for tours. Church leaders anticipate 100,000 visitors will set foot inside the palace-like structure before its dedication May 6, after which it will be open only to members in good standing. Until then, however, outsiders have a rare opportunity to look inside a faith with somewhat of a reputation for secrecy.

http://www.newspressnow.com/community/30849131/detail.html

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New Kansas City Mormon temple offers public tours

April 6, 2012

Wichita Eagle (Kansas)

In their father’s house there are many rooms.

So it is with the new temple built for the 25,000 Kansas City-area members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

The three-story, 32,000-square-foot temple, which opens for public tours on Saturday, contains no single cathedral-like space of worship. Rather, it consists of many smaller rooms devoted to specific ceremonies or ordinances such as baptism or marriage through which, members believe, families are united for eternity.

http://www.kansas.com/2012/04/06/2286189/new-kansas-city-mormon-temple.html

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Living History: Post-Civil War enmity between Southerners and Mormons now erased — mostly

April 7, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

A Mormon missionary in the South in 1879 wrote that, “A person traveling among the Southern people realizes that though they have been whipped by the North, yet there is a feeling of enmity existing in their bosoms, which only needs a little breeze to inflame their passions to deeds of carnage and strife.”

In “Last Letter Home From Elder Joseph Standing” printed in the Deseret News, that same missionary said that “The 4th [of July] is not much cared for in the South.”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/53871772-78/south-mormon-mormons-standing.html.csp

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Rick Warren on Economy, Mormonism and Jesus the Only Way

April 7, 2012

Christian Post

Tapper, who quoted excerpts from the interview on his blog, also asked Warren what he thinks of Mormonism, the religion of Republican front-runner presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “The key sticking point for evangelicals and actually for many is the issue of the Trinity… that’s the historic doctrine of the church that God is three-in-one,” Warren replied. “Not three Gods; one God in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mormonism denies that.”

Mormons also believe Joseph Smith Jr. is the first latter-day prophet who restored the original Christian church in the 19th century in America. They believe the entire structure of Christian orthodoxy affirmed by the post-apostolic church is corrupt and false. Additionally, Latter-day Saints are often criticized for their belief in “divine” books of scripture, aside from the Bible, including the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/rick-warren-on-economy-mormonism-and-jesus-the-only-way-72826/

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Kirby: Attention Mormons: Beware the persecution complex

April 6, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

I’m hearing fellow Mormons speculate that Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency could result in a major social backlash against the church. We might be persecuted again.

For proof that demonic forces are stirring again, they point to an increase in mean-spirited comments about Mormons in newspapers, online anti-LDS diatribes and people who say they’d sooner vote for a Martian than a Mormon.

“The persecution is going to get worse,” a friend said. “We’re in the last days. Won’t be long before there’s another extermination order.”

Really? None of those things really counts as persecution. They’re barely even discriminatory. This is America. People are perfectly entitled to not like us. Hell, I’m Mormon and I don’t always like us either.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/53868373-80/persecution-kirby-mormon-complex.html.csp

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Mormons adherents to ‘The American Religion’

April 7, 2012

Baraboo News Republic (Wisconsin)

Easily overlooked in these discussions is the fact that Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, is also an active, practicing, church attending Mormon. Perhaps since he is a Democrat and supports President Obama, he is immune from such “hit pieces.” Although I appreciate Bill O’Reilly’s “no spin” approach to balance out the playing field, it now becomes necessary for me to say something nice about Joseph Smith. After all, it was a “hit” against the founder of what has been called “The American Religion.”

I was baptized 40 years ago and it changed my life as I dedicated myself to follow Jesus Christ. Now with 14 million worldwide members, over 50,000 full-time missionaries, thousands of chapels and over 100 temples; none of this would be possible were it not for the sterling character of Joseph Smith.

http://www.wiscnews.com/news/opinion/article_787e44d6-7ffe-11e1-a636-0019bb2963f4.html

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Democrats try to reach Mormon voters

April 6, 2012

Park Record (Utah)

Democrats may be a minority in Utah, a state where the Republican Party has nearly 20 percent more registered voters, but an even smaller group are the Democrats who are also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

According to Craig Janis, the Mormon outreach director for the Utah Democratic Party, only seven percent of LDS people in Utah are registered Democrats, but the party plans to change that.

At the Summit County Democratic Convention last week, Janis gave the audience a mission: tell a Mormon person you will go to church with them if they will meet and talk with a Democratic candidate.

http://www.parkrecord.com/ci_20342580/democrats-try-reach-mormon-voters

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Utah Democrats condemn O’Donnell’s anti-Mormon statements

April 6, 2012

KSL (Utah)

On Friday, the Utah State Democratic Party condemned what they call “religious bigotry” from O’Donnell and other groups. Party chairman Jim Dabakis said the political battle should always be fought on political issues.

“As the Utah Democratic Party, we are saying, not just to Democrats but to Republicans and everybody else, ‘Hands off,’” Dabakis said.

Dabakis added that O’Donnell’s remarks are akin to the bigotry from members of groups on the other side of the political aisle, like The Southern Baptist Convention and The Christian Broadcasting Network.

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=19893398

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Why Jewish Voters Might Like Mitt Romney: His Religion

April 7, 2012

Daily Beast

Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith, so often described as an impediment to his political prospects, might work to his advantage with one crucial segment of the electorate: Jewish voters.

The very fact that his Mormonism makes him less popular among evangelical Christians almost certainly makes him more popular among American Jews. Academic analysis of the intersection of religion and politics suggests that Jews maintain a distinctly–and surprisingly–favorable view of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/07/why-jewish-voters-might-like-mitt-romney-his-religion.html

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Breaking: Portland’s not that cool, L.A. not that superficial

April 7, 2012

Salon

Sun-baked idiots who care more about Beemers and boob jobs than culture and current events. That’s how we think of Los Angeles, but it more aptly describes a more God-fearing locale: Salt Lake City, which has the most plastic surgeons per capita, Googles the phrase “breast implants” with alarming frequency, and spends more money on both cars and cosmetic procedures than any other city in the nation.

How the Mormon mecca became a nip-tuck town is a bit of a mystery — one theory is that moms here tend to be younger, which leads to more “mommy makeovers.” And though it’s tempting to assume they spend more on their cars because they need snow-friendly SUVs, cities like Denver and Albany, N.Y., spend far less on theirs.

http://www.salon.com/2012/04/07/breaking_portlands_not_that_cool_l_a_not_that_superficial/singleton/

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David Archuleta Joins Missionary Training Center Choir

April 7, 2012

BSC Kids

David Archuleta has started his two-year Mormon mission and joined the Missionary Training Center Choir. He was filmed singing during their general conference. They sang the song “Praise To the Man”. You will be able to catch a glimpse of David at 4:43, which will show his shorter hair do required for his two year trip. No word on when he cut it, but David has kept his look polished for the most part through out his career anyways. Sadly, we do not know if the choir has any many plans for public concerts as of yet. You will find the video of the post down below this post.

http://www.bsckids.com/2012/04/david-archuleta-joins-missionary-training-center-choir/

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A Story of Courage and Hope

April 8, 2012

Parade Magazine

In the summer of 2008, Stephanie Nielson, 27, was married to the man of her dreams, raising four beautiful children in Mesa, Ariz., and putting out a popular blog devoted to her life as a wife, mother, and Mormon. The NieNie Dialogues attracted millions of followers and–with its tasteful craft projects and decorating ideas–the attention of the editors of marthastewart.com. But all that would come crashing down–literally–on Aug. 16, when the small plane carrying Stephanie, her husband, Christian, and a friend, pilot Doug Kinneard, hurtled to the ground in St. Johns, Ariz., and exploded in a ball of flame. Kinneard died; Christian was burned over 40 percent of his body; and Stephanie, trapped in the backseat, suffered burns over 80 percent of hers.

http://www.parade.com/news/2012/04/08-stephanie-nielson.html

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LDS Church plans unprecedented Easter social media blitz

April 6, 2012

KSL (Utah)

This Easter weekend will kick off with a never before seen social media blitz by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The initiative, sponsored by mormon.org, runs Friday through Sunday and consists mainly of short advertisements posted on YouTube and Facebook aimed at fostering understanding of what church members believe regarding Jesus Christ.

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=19891099&nid=1016

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Wabash student offers sacrifice, prayer after walk to shrine

April 7, 2012

Banner Graphic (Indiana)

Domini committed to the pilgrimage for a friend who has stage-four pancreatic cancer.

“He’s one of those human beings that the world would not be the same place without him,” he said. “He’s a member of the Mormon Church. I had visited him at his church. I know him from town. He’s the kind of guy that, if you’re in need and you need his help, he’ll help. No questions. Nothing.”

http://www.bannergraphic.com/story/1834638.html

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Will Kentucky’s Republican presidential primary matter?

April 6, 2012

Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky)

“It appears many of the evangelical voters in Kentucky like what they hear from Santorum. Many think Santorum is genuine and, the other thing is, Romney is a Mormon.

“It’s sad to say this, but some of the evangelical voters are not happy with that.”

http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/06/2142454/will-kentuckys-republican-presidential.html

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21st century win-win paradigm

April 7, 2012

Malaysia Star

Hailing from the American rocky state of Utah, Covey is a hard-boiled capitalist, and a Mormon. And so there is an element of religiosity in Covey’s work. But his grasp of the fundamentals of economics is vastly superior to the late Libyan dictator’s. That said, it takes a certain amount of chutzpah to call one’s latest book “the 3rd alternative”. However, the book achieves its lofty goals, and is written with the clear-eyed lucidity that Covey’s legions of fans have come to expect.

http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/4/7/business/11042361&sec=business

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Sally Hemings and the Gods Themselves

April 7, 2012

FAIR Blog

The unspoken assumption seems to be that the Church can be “shamed” or at least “public-pressured” into “doing the right thing.” In this case, the right thing would presumably be not performing vicarious sealing of slaves to former masters. (The more hostile want temple work vastly curtailed or stopped altogether, but we’ll leave them to one side–it isn’t going to happen.)

This is not, however, simply one more case of “Mormon institutional insensitivity” to go with performing temple rites for Holocaust victims (despite what some have suggested). LDS policy forbids performing Holocaust victims’ temple rites. The people who did so had to circumvent fairly significant warnings and technological obstacles to do so. (Those obstacles have since been increased even further.)

http://www.fairblog.org/2012/04/07/sally-hemings-and-the-gods-themselves/

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