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28 April 2012

Buenos Aires Argentina Temple Open House, Cultural Celebration and Rededication Dates Announced

April 27, 2012


The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) has announced the open house, cultural celebration and rededication dates for the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple.

The public is invited to visit the temple during an open house from Saturday, 4 August 2012, through Saturday, 25 August 2012, excluding Sundays. The temple will be formally rededicated on Sunday, 9 September 2012, in three sessions. The rededicatory sessions will be broadcast to all stakes and districts in Argentina.

In conjunction with the rededication of the temple, there will also be a cultural celebration featuring music and dance on Saturday, 8 September 2012.


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Time to shatter Mormon myths

April 28, 2012

South Bent Tribune (Indiana)

You probably see where I am going with this. Mormons have a teachable moment with Mitt Romney the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. A candidate’s religion should neither qualify nor disqualify him for office, but, by all indications, Mormonism remains misunderstood.

Mormons certainly see it that way. In January, a Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey found that 62 percent of Mormons think that Americans know little or nothing about Mormonism.

So here’s the chance to break down the misperceptions, which will benefit our society. Robert Putnam and David Campbell wrote in their 2010 book, “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us,” that understanding competing traditions is the key to keeping tensions in check in a society with such religious variety.


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Story on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism to kick off new journal

April 27, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Max Mueller once went to a Boston LDS Church service with Mitt Romney’s oldest son, and now Mueller believes he has some sense of what the presidential candidate might be like in a familiar Mormon environment.

Tagg Romney has the same chiseled features and graying sideburns as his dad’s, and, like his father, his Mormonism was not Utah-bred.

In that church setting, Mueller says, “we can see how open, thoughtful, emotional and approachable Tagg is — traits he learned from his father.”

Mueller’s analysis of Mitt Romney as a Mormon — and what that means for his campaign — is among the articles in the first issue of Religion & Politics, an online journal scheduled to launch on May 1.


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April 28, 2012


This group will barely glance at Romney’s RINO record because they can’t get past the fact he’s bishop in the Mormon Church, which to them means he’s a polytheistic Bible and Christ-denier following a false prophet named Joseph Smith. The more folks like Joel Osteen blur the lines between Sola Scriptura and Mormonism, and the more evangelical institutions like Liberty University provide Romney a platform, the louder these folk will become in order to maintain the integrity and centrality of the Gospel. Knowing that Mormonism has sought from its inception to replace Biblical orthodoxy, they will push back against Romney being culturally portrayed as a “Jackie Robinson” for the Mormon Church.


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Director’s art leads him away from Mormonism

April 28, 2012

Reading Eagle Press (Pennsylvania)

When Richard Dutcher wrote the screenplay for his dark drama “Falling” in 1999, he hadn’t started shooting his landmark Mormon missionary film “God’s Army,” and he was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

When Dutcher finally filmed the movie in 2007, around the same time he was filming “States of Grace,” the quasi-sequel to “God’s Army,” he wasn’t a Mormon anymore.


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Ron Orozco: Mormons launch service projects

April 27, 2012

Fresno Bee (California)

Hundreds of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are participating in Valley service projects April 28 as part of Mormon Helping Hands Day.

The annual event is a statewide effort providing community service and disaster relief to those in need. About 53,000 volunteers from 170 stakes throughout the state participated in 494 projects last year.

Among Valley projects this year, about 200 volunteers from the Selma Ward will spruce up the grounds at Pioneer Village in Selma — and clean the historic Lutheran church there. The Latter-day Saints and Lutherans have something in common at the Lutheran church — the Christus statue.


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Vote for Romney, go to hell?

April 28, 2012

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel (Indiana)

So what’s the problem? Romney’s religion, pure and simple.

But Christians who fear that a Romney victory might win converts to Mormonism misunderstand more than the presidency. They misunderstand – and show a profound lack of faith in – the very religion they claim to defend.

If there is a Mormon conspiracy to control the government and Americans’ souls, word has not filtered down to Charlyn Cord, facilities manager for Fort Wayne’s Mormon church at 5401 Saint Joe Road. “I would think people will vote based on their consciences and values,” said Cord, who supported former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in the GOP primary before he dropped out.


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Notorious ‘temple mailer’ case is closed

April 26, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

He was the main player behind the mailer, which featured Lee in front of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in Salt Lake City, while Bennett was pictured in front of a black and white U.S. Capitol. The mailer asked: “Which candidate really has Utah’s values?” and on the reverse side featured phrases steeped with meaning for Mormons, such as “Utahans (sic) value the Constitution above all else, but we know it hangs by a thread.”


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Man on a mission

April 29, 2012

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

“Everyone is entitled to their freedom of choice,” he said of the passing parade. “Whether they accept or reject the message is out of our hands, we’re just there to let them choose. We go around to share a message to people about what has blessed not only our own lives but our families, too. We simply want to share this message of hope and love with others.

“Our message centres around Jesus Christ and having Him at the centre of the home and the family is very inspiring and uplifting. We all make mistakes in our life and they can cause feelings of guilt and regret, but through Jesus Christ they can be substituted with feelings of peace and happiness. People are seeking true peace and happiness throughout the world and we know the things we share offer that.”

Hopoate is into the sixth month of his two-year-mission. His decision to put faith ahead of fame, God against the game, made headlines last year and for every person who applauded his commitment, others openly questioned the wisdom of putting his career – and a $1.7 million, two-year deal with Parramatta – on hold.


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Community Service Helpers needed

April 27, 2012

Gridley Herald (California)

Community service is available to those who don’t mind getting their hands dirty, this Saturday, April 28 at these locations. Butte County Fairgrounds, 8 a.m. preparing beds, and planting flowers. Biggs Schools, 8 a.m. painting, clean up, landscaping. Live Oak High School 8 a.m. painting, landscaping. These projects have been organized in co-operation with the state wide effort of Mormon Helping Hands and invite all service oriented people to join in.


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