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14 April 2012

Mormon Volunteerism Discussed by Scholars at Pew Forum

April 13, 2012


Mormon volunteerism got the attention of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The research and survey group hosted an event titled “Mormons and Civic Life,” during which University of Pennsylvania professor Ram Canaan presented recent findings about Mormon volunteerism and charitable giving in the United States. The Pew Forum has now made the full transcript of this event available online.

“What did we find?” Canaan asked. “For religious activities, [church-going Mormons] give on average 242 hours; for church-affiliated volunteering to help meet social needs of people in the church, 96 hours; for church-affiliated activities helping people outside the church, 56 hours; and for [volunteer] activities outside of the church totally, 34 hours.


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The New York Times Follows Mormon Missionaries in Uganda

April 13, 2012


The New York Times has published an in-depth piece about Mormon missionaries in Uganda. The article, written by Josh Kron, explains the transformative effect missions have on the young men and women who serve, meticulously follows the active day in the life of missionaries in Uganda and clarifies common misconceptions people have of Mormons.


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Ann Romney ‘stay-at-home mom’ debate: Mormons react

April 13, 2012

Washington Post

The public dust-up over Ann Romney and stay-home mothers played out in a particular way in Romney’s own community of Mormon women, who are twice as likely to be housewives as non-Mormons.

Mormon culture and preaching is strongly protective of distinct gender roles, with church members more likely than Americans of any other faith group to say it’s better for women to stay home and men to work outside the house.

“These are people who have a lover’s quarrel with the church, and were upset to a person that such a comment could be made about a stay-home parent. It seemed to undermine women’s work,” said Jana Reiss, a Mormon writer and religion professor. “Among all Mormons, feminist or not, they identify with the primacy of the family, and this seems like a comment that just dismissed the family as an appropriate calling for anyone.”


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New temple to benefit area Mormons

April 13, 2012

Topeka Capitol-Journal (Kansas)

Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say it is a sign of the times that the denomination’s 137th temple has been built at 7001 Searcy Creek Parkway, about eight miles north of downtown Kansas City, Mo.

The Mormons’ early history in Missouri included Gov. Lilburn Boggs issuing an order in the 1830s that members of the religious group be removed from the state.

Smith was jailed in Liberty, Mo. — a few miles northeast of the new Kansas City temple site — for leading the religion.


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On holy ground

April 13, 2012

Springfield News-Leader (Missouri)

When Elizabeth Kenning walked through the new Mormon temple in Kansas City she forgot about life outside. “Everything’s so white and pure,” the 12-year-old Springfield girl said. “Oh, my gosh, it’s an awesome temple.”

The Kenning family has always made regular monthly visits to the St. Louis temple. Now they will drive north to the temple in Kansas City, shaving off a few minutes of travel time and providing a more welcome scenery. But it is the sacred location of the new temple that has the biggest draw for them.

“The church has such a deep history in that area,” said Elizabeth’s father, Michael.


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An acceptance by Americans

April 13, 2012

San Antonio Express (Texas)

Mormons had it especially bad as they routinely faced mob violence and government-led crackdowns in the 19th century; Joseph Smith, who founded Mormonism in the 1830s, was killed in Illinois just months after he announced a third-party bid for president in 1844.

“I think Mitt Romney’s selection as the Republican nominee means as much for the United States as it does for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” said Richard Bushman, a leading scholar of Mormonism who teaches at Claremont Graduate University. “It demonstrates, once again, the capacity of the nation to expand its limits to include once despised minorities within the fold.”


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Mitt Romney’s Mormon dilemma: To reach voters, should he discuss his faith?

April 14, 2012

Axcess News

This rare discussion of Mormon practice offered a glimpse into Romney the man, and raised an important question: As the presumptive Republican nominee struggles with likability, should he open up more about the role that faith has played in his life?
The Mormon issue is a double-edged sword. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its formal name, is poorly understood and viewed warily by many Americans – including evangelicals, an important part of the Republican base.


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Iowa View: Is the nasty fight really over?

April 14, 2012

Des Moines Register (Iowa)

I cannot for the life of me understand how Mitt Romney does not have “family values.” Have you seen his family? Is he Newt Gingrich the serial divorcer? Is he not conservative? Is he not pro-life? Is he not a businessman who wants to run the country like a business? Is he not deeply religious? He’s a Mormon, and maybe that’s behind this aversion to Romney.


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US election 2012: Mitt Romney must stop pretending to be ‘one of us’ and start winning the election

April 14, 2012

The Telegraph (United Kingdom)

Obama is already walking an electoral tightrope and Romney’s Mormon faith is unlikely to prove a statistically significant negative, except possibly in the few evangelical swing states, like North Carolina.


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David Archuleta at Mormon Missionary Training — as seen by fellow elders and sisters

April 13, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Murray native and “American Idol” finalist David Archuleta began his journey to become a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by entering the Missionary Training Center in late March.

It was thought that once he went inside the doors of the secretive Provo institution, the 21-year-old would be out of the public eye for about two years, spending about 10 weeks at the MTC and then the rest of his time in his assigned mission, reportedly in Chile.


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Rochester resident is Mormon bishop, father of nine

April 14, 2012

South Coast (Massachusetts)

Sean serves as bishop of the SouthCoast Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Born and raised in Norwell, Sean grew up as a Catholic. He converted to Mormonism 15 years ago and was baptized on Father’s Day.

“Brenda joined the church a couple of years before I did,” he said.


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Tragic tale of Provo woman links Utah, Titanic fate

April 12, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Irene Colvin Corbett was an anomaly for a turn-of-the-20th-century Mormon woman, says her grandson, Don Corbett, of Bountiful. She was a former schoolteacher who later trained as a nurse, who was smart and ambitious, with feminist leanings.

“She believed that women had just as many rights as men and developed some connection with the suffragette movement,” Don Corbett says. “That might have been one of the seeds that prompted her desire to grow and develop as a nurse.”


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Green: Religious diversity a boon

April 13, 2012

Amarillo Globe-News (Texas)

White dress shirts, black ties, black pants, dress shoes, plus backpacks and bike helmets. Clearly these two young men were Mormon missionaries, and my heart went out to them.

We exchanged greetings, and I asked where they were from. Southern California, they replied. They’d just arrived in Amarillo earlier that week and were getting started on their door-to-door tour of the town to spread the word about their faith. I knew enough about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — and have had many Mormon friends over the years — to be somewhat familiar with the arduous adventure in evangelism upon which these guys were embarking.

I visited for a while with these delightful young men, received a brand new copy of the Book of Mormon and wished them well in their efforts. I said, “I think you’ll find the people of Amarillo to be the nicest folks in the world, very hospitable.” Maybe I was reading too much into their response, but they seemed genuinely relieved and re-energized to hear that piece of news, which I intentionally delivered to soothe any trepidation they might have about being strangers in a strange land.


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Puppeteer holds up his end

April 14, 2012

Montreal Gazette (Canada)

Ronnie Burkett’s latest adult puppet creation, Penny Plain, begins with chilling news reports on the state of the planet. A pandemic is under way. An unstoppable virus has already killed 300 million people. Food is running out. An entire Mormon family in Alberta has been murdered for their edible supplies. (Mormons encourage food storage.) Russian billionaires fleeing their country get drowned in a shipwreck. Kangaroos in Australia have started attacking humans. Armageddon is at hand.


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Hilary Rosen and the M word

April 13, 2012

Hot Air

I have a different take on this whole business. When Hilary Rosen made her now-famous comment that Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life, I think Rosen was trying to use code words to refer to… the M word.

Mormon, that is.

Here’s what I think Rosen wanted people to think about: Ann Romney is one of those Mormon women, who have been brainwashed since childhood by their extreme cult into thinking that they have to grow up to be baby factories. And she is, too; lookie all them kids she had. Man, she’s a one-woman population bomb. Sixteen grandchildren!!! Little better than a slave, really, to her husband.


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Local resident performs with world-famous choir

April 14, 2012

Coshocton Tribune (Ohio)

Coshocton County resident Jadyn Cline, 13, will be among members of the American Boychoir who will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a performance Sunday.

The performance will be broadcasted live at 11:30 a.m. on Dish Network channel 9403, DirecTV channel 374 or SiriusXM channel 143

The choir is touring the Midwest, and other stops will include Colorado Springs, Colo., Lincoln, Neb. and Grand Rapids, Mich.


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JURUPA VALLEY: Church builds 98,000 square foot storehouse

April 13, 2012

Press-Enterprise (California)

A dedication service set for 7 p.m. Thursday, will mark the official opening of the new Bishops Central Storehouse in the Mira Loma neighborhood of Jurupa Valley.
The storehouse is located in a recently purchased 98,000-square-foot warehouse at 12160 Philadelphia Ave. The facility is part of the Mormon Church’s welfare system in North America, which makes food and other household necessities available without cost to church members in need and provides humanitarian aid in the form of food, medical and emergency supplies, to those of all faiths worldwide.


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Cache County Democrats share visions of hope at annual dinner

April 14, 2012

Herald Journal (Utah)

Some political observers believe the probable nomination of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president could create a huge drag for Utah Democrats. Romney, who would be the first Mormon nominee for president of any party, could bring a large number of LDS members to the polls — and that could help Republicans.

“Democrats understand the popularity of Mormon Mitt Romney, and however Utahns vote for president, we have — particularly in Cache County — a great reputation for being independent,” Dabakis said. “We expect to have voters during the presidential election go carefully down the ticket and then select the best person for the job.”


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