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8 June 2012

Beloved Church President’s 85th Birthday to be Celebrated With Gala Event

June 8, 2012

mormonnewsroom.org

“Golden Days: A Celebration of Life” is the theme of the upcoming 85th birthday celebration for President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be held at the Conference Center Friday, 17 August, at 8 p.m.

Beloved Broadway selections and other favorites will be performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and notable guest artists. “We are very pleased that talented solo artists will be joining the choir to honor this great man,” said choir president Mac Christensen. “I happen to know the songs being performed will delight President Monson.” Guest artists will be announced at a later date.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/beloved-church-presidents-85th-birthday-celebrated-gala-event

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Thank Mormons for Genealogy Efforts, Professor Says

June 8, 2012

mormonnewsroom.org

Jerry Park, an associate professor of sociology and an affiliate fellow of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, writes of his interest in the PBS series Finding Your Roots. The show explores the ancestry of well-known Americans.

A recent episode shows that, thanks to the work of Latter-day Saint genealogists at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, researchers were able to discover records that contain information about one celebrity’s family back to the 1200s.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/pbs-series-mormon-genealogy-efforts

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Tracing Your Ancestry? Thank a Mormon!

June 8, 2012

Patheos

In Cho’s case there was another remarkable dimension, the work of Mormon genealogists. As Gates explains, Mormons collect all manner of data that helps track down the ancestry of anyone who wants to baptize their families retroactively. Given the importance of baptism in the Mormon tradition, they take the work of ancestry documentation very seriously. As it turns out, there are records called (in Korean) “jokbo” which is basically a family record that apparently can be traced back to some prime individual (usually male I believe). The Mormon genealogy center has a microfilm copy of Cho’s jokbo! Apparently her family starts in the 1200s as was seen in the jokbo documentation (written in Chinese as is the Korean tradition).

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/blackwhiteandgray/2012/06/tracing-your-ancestry-thank-a-mormon/

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Romney Executive Style Forged in Mormon Faith He Seldom Mentions

June 8, 2012

San Francisco Chronicle (California)

When Mitt Romney was serving as bishop of his church in 1981, one of his two counselors wrote home to his mother with a prediction: This guy could wind up in the White House.

In the then-34-year-old Romney — who would put in long hours at his consulting job at Bain & Company only to spend early mornings, late nights and weekends visiting ward members in need and administering church business — Philip Barlow said he saw the marks of an unusually effective leader, and someone who “epitomized Mormon culture.”

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/06/08/bloomberg_articlesM59CV01A1I4H01-M59V5.DTL

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Another view on Romney and the Mormon church

June 8, 2012

Redlands Daily Facts (California)

“Mormonism is in no way related to historic and traditional Christianity” – a half truth. Yep, Mormonism is very different from traditional Christianity; Christianity developed from the third century to today. Mormonism is very similar to the New Testament Christian church established by Christ in the first century.

A basic teaching of the Mormon church: Article of Faith No. 6, “We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.”

http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/letters/ci_20816587/another-view-romney-and-mormon-church

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Mr. Romney, I Don’t Care What You Believe As A Mormon, But Do You Really Believe This?

June 8, 2012

Chicago Now (Illinois)

I know this is not a trendy thing to say, but Mormonism is one far-out religion. Don’t get me wrong. I know the patriotic drill about religion not being a roadblock to the White House. But I think that the Church of the Latter Day Saints has a few bizarro-world beliefs. I grew up a Roman Catholic so I’m familiar with the usual suspects when it comes to mysteries. But the Mormon mysteries border on the theatre of the absurd.

I really don’t want to be judgmental. But Jesus was the love-child of God’s having actual sex with Mary? Lucifer was Jesus’s brother? The Garden of Eden was in Missouri? The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel also lived here long before the USA, spoke Hebrew (of course) but kept their records in Egyptian script? And the Lost Tribes will one day return and gather in…Missouri? And Christ will be raised in…Missouri?

http://www.chicagonow.com/quark-in-the-road/2012/06/mr-romney-i-dont-care-what-you-believe-as-a-mormon-but-do-you-really-believe-this/

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Some Mormons separate gay marriage rights from church rites

June 8, 2012

Washington Post

This summer, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from around the country will be marching in LGBT pride parades in nine cities, including in D.C.’s Capital Pride parade on June 9. Participants say they are motivated not in spite of Mormon teaching but because Jesus’s message requires them to.

“Jesus didn’t say, ‘Love the person that is really easy to love or that you feel comfortable with.’ He said, ‘Love everybody,’ ” says Erika Munson, founder of the newly formed Mormons Building Bridges, which drove hundreds of church members to turn out June 3 for Salt Lake City’s Utah Pride Parade.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/under-god/post/for-mormons-gay-marriage-rights-vs-marriage-rites/2012/06/08/gJQAuhUAOV_blog.html

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Concert will mark anniversary of Mormon baptisms in Preston

June 8, 2012

BBC (United Kingdom)

About 10,000 people are expected at a celebration concert in Preston to mark the anniversary of the first Mormon missionaries to arrive in the UK.

The missionaries sailed from America to Liverpool before settling by the River Ribble in Preston in 1837.

They claimed to have brought the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and began holding baptisms in the river.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-18366461

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The Architecture of Mormonism: A 2012 Campaign Guidepost

June 7, 2012

Huffington Post

The Salt Lake Tabernacle is one of the architectural masterpieces of the country and perhaps the world — Frank Lloyd Wright

Mr. Romney is a resident bishop of the Mormon Church — one who has given what is estimated as tens of millions of dollars to its core operations and numerous programs of community service and hopeful proselytizing. With the possibility of such a prominent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints becoming the 45th President of the United States, taking stock of its temples and meeting houses emerges as one way to understand the unique cultural contribution this native religion has made across the country.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-gunther/the-architecture-of-mormo_b_1578107.html

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Mormon process of revelation demonstrated in new stake creation

June 8, 2012

Examiner

The purpose of Elder Paul V. Johnson’s visit from Mormon Church Headquarters was to oversee the creation of the 18th Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormon or LDS Church) in the Houston area. Stakes are a Mormon version of a diocese, and are created as a result of growth in the church.

Leaders in the Mormon Church are not employees that are hired, nor are they selected by the vote of a committee. Revelation is the essential key in this process. Said Johnson “We interview local church members to get a sense which one the Lord wants to lead this stake.” The visiting authority will often be assigned to a place that he has never been before, interviewing people he has never met and within six to eight hours identify and install a new Stake President.

http://www.examiner.com/article/mormon-process-of-revelation-demonstrated-new-stake-creation

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Mormons Widely Favor Romney; Jewish Voters Back Obama

June 8, 2012

Gallup

Mormon registered voters overwhelmingly support the candidacy of the first major-party presidential candidate of the Mormon faith, with 84% saying they would vote for Mitt Romney, compared with 13% who prefer Barack Obama. Obama, meanwhile, enjoys solid support from Jewish voters, 64% to 29%.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/155111/Mormons-Widely-Favor-Romney-Jewish-Voters-Back-Obama.aspx

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I’m a Gay Mormon Who’s Been Happily Married for 10 Years

June 8, 2012

Gawker

One of the sad truths about being homosexual is that no matter what you decide for your future, you have to sacrifice something. It’s very sad, but it is true. I think this is true of life in general as well. If you decide to be a doctor, you give up any of the myriad of other things you could have chosen. But with homosexuality, the choices seem to be a little bit more mutually exclusive. If you are Mormon and you choose to live your religion, you are sacrificing the ability to have a romantic relationship with a same-sex partner. If you choose a same-sex partner, you are sacrificing the ability to have a biological family with the one you love. And so on. No matter what path you choose, if you are gay you are giving up something basic, and sometimes various things that are very basic. I chose not to “live the gay lifestyle,” as it were, because I found that what I would have to give up to do so wasn’t worth the sacrifice for me.

http://gawker.com/5917022/im-a-gay-mormon-whos-been-happily-married-for-10-years

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Five Wives Vodka allowed in Idaho, state says

June 8, 2012

Orange County Register (California)

Idaho reversed direction in the face of a lawsuit Wednesday and said it will sell Five Wives Vodka, but the liquor producer whose label makes an unmistakable reference to polygamy would not immediately rule out legal action.
Last week, the Idaho State Liquor Division rejected the product, which features an antiqued sketch of five women hiking up their skirts, saying it was offensive. Idaho is more than 25 percent Mormon and the church at one time allowed polygamy but abandoned the practice in 1890.

http://www.ocregister.com/entertainment/idaho-358055-five-vodka.html

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Local teens on five-day pioneer experience

June 8, 2012

Payson Roundup (Arizona)

Local teenagers gave up modern vehicles and luxuries to experience life as a pioneer this week. From June 5-9, roughly 80 local youth have been pulling handcarts, participating in the 2012 Youth Handcart Trek.

The Payson Arizona Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is sponsoring the event.

http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2012/jun/08/local-teens-five-day-pioneer-experience/

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Chris Rock Lambasts Mormons for History on Race, Defends Obama

June 8, 2012

News Busters

Appearing as a guest on Thursday’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC, comedian Chris Rock alluded to the Mormon Church’s controversial history on race from several decades ago as he asserted that “Mitt Romney’s crew” had “believed black people were the devil until 1978.” Rock:

What’s going on? Okay, I just heard this the other day. The Mormons, Mitt Romney’s crew, they believed black people were the devil until 1978. I’m not making this up. Right, right, right?

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brad-wilmouth/2012/06/08/chris-rock-lambasts-mormons-history-race-defends-obama

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Chris Rock Talks Bath Salts, Romney & Obama On ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

June 8, 2012

Huffington Post

Once the comedian got his intro song figured out with house band The Roots, he sat down in the velvet chair and talked about everything from bath salts to Mormonism’s racial history.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/chris-rock-jimmy-fallon-video_n_1580780.html

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David Archuleta Shares Details of Speaking Spanish on Mormon Mission

June 8, 2012

BSC Kids

David Archuleta is in South America for tow years on a Mormon Mission and he has been tweeting to his manager some of his experiences while on his mission.

The former American Idol runner up only gets a small period to use electronics and devices. But he took to Twitter to let his manager and fans know about his experiences in South America. While he is there he is speaking a lot of Spanish and he is speaking it so much that it is odd for him to speak English. He finds it weird to speak English. His manager posted “From David: My mouth feels funny and brain tingles whenever I speak in English. I still speak English WAY better than I do Spanish.” While fans all know that David will be back and is planning a comeback after two years it is nice that he is keeping his fans up to date on how everything is progressing on his mission.

http://www.bsckids.com/2012/06/david-archuleta-shares-details-of-speaking-spanish-on-mormon-mission/

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Boulder Valley students compete in National History Day

June 8, 2012

Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)

Incoming Fairview High School junior Kayla Tawa is an expert on the history of polygamy in the Mormon church after spending months researching the topic and using the information to create a website.

Tawa’s project won a first-place award at the statewide History Day competition in May, earning her a spot to compete at the national competition this weekend. She said she was surprised to uncover that polygamy was a major issue for the country before it was outlawed in 1890, on par with abolishing slavery — “yet it was left out of the history textbooks.”

http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-schools/ci_20816321/boulder-valley-students-compete-national-history-day

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