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28 June 2012

The Religious Experience of Mormonism

June 28, 2012

mormonnewsroom.org

The religious experience of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is based on a spiritual witness from God that inspires both heart and mind, creating an interpersonal relationship directly with the divine. It does not require one to pass a rigorous theological test. Nor does it demand the extreme self-denial and seclusion of asceticism. Rather, this unique individual experience unfolds in the natural course of everyday living. Thus, the beliefs of Latter-day Saints are not rooted in concepts and principles, detached from the realities of life. They are grounded in a much deeper level of experience that motivates individuals to action.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/the-religious-experience-of-mormonism

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Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | June 28

June 28, 2012

mormonnewsroom.org

Today’s edition of “Getting It Right” includes mentions of the Church’s political neutrality, diversity, health practices, youth seminary program and the importance of reporting on the things that motivate Mormons to be good neighbors and citizens.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormonism-news-getting-it-right-june-28

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Will ‘Book of Mormon’ Fly in the Heartland?

June 28, 2012

Wall Street Journal

John Ballard, a Broadway presenter in Salt Lake City, thinks the show will be a hit even in the heart of Mormon country. Mr. Ballard’s company, MagicSpace Entertainment, is in talks to bring “Book of Mormon” to a Salt Lake theater for two weeks in the fall of 2013.

“There is no way of getting around its contents, which to many in the Latter-day Saints community will be horrendous, shocking, profane, blasphemous, and something that they will want nothing to do with,” Mr. Ballard said.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303561504577492864258398708.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 3)

June 28, 2012

Christian Post

The man cannot be pinned down, though, and this is because Mormon doctrine is dangerous territory. It is always a bit–squishy. There is no creed. There are few if any LDS theologians. The clergy isn’t theologically trained. The people are usually only taught what is “faith promoting” so there are huge gaps in what they know. And in Mormonism there is nothing like the Roman Catholic “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”–no official voice, no department clarifying theology and whipping dissidents back into line. So the candidate moves deftly around the icebergs that reporters try to put in his way.

Then there are always conspiracy theories to pose about how much Salt Lake City controls a leading politician or how much money the church spends trying to turn elections their way. But no one knows for sure and there is such a mind meld between the Church and its prominent members that there is hardly need for the Church to even try to exert control. These Mormons all think so alike that nothing ever has to be said.

http://blogs.christianpost.com/bookstop/the-mormonizing-of-america-book-excerpt-pt-3-10581/

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Late LDS leader’s sermons offer clues to speech and aging

June 28, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

By plowing through recordings of Hinckley’s Brigham Young University forum addresses spanning the years 1958 to 2007 (when he was between 48 and 97 years old), researchers could pinpoint exactly when the Mormon leader’s pitch and breathing changed.

The research, a collaboration with several other U. groups, including its Center on Aging, discovered that, like most other American elders, Hinckley’s voice underwent dramatic changes between ages 68 and 74.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54396166-78/hinckley-voice-aging-hunter.html.csp

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Obama, Romney and a Conservative Evangelical Counter-Cult Expert

June 28, 2012

San Francisco Chronicle (California)

If Romney is elected president, it would give Mormonism a platform it has never enjoyed before. That is bad, very bad. However, the president is neither Theologian-in-Chief nor Pastor-in-Chief. He is Commander-in-Chief. Moreover, Mormons have every right the Constitution affords our citizens, and conservative Christians can and should be co-belligerents with Mormons (and others) in political causes. Ecumenism religiously is another matter entirely.

http://blog.sfgate.com/reyeschow/2012/06/28/obama-romney-and-a-conservative-evangelical-counter-cult-expert/

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Docuweeks lineup: magicians, Mormons, migrants and more

June 28, 2012

Los Angeles Times (California)

When ancient writings of Sanskrit and Tibetan texts vanish during the political turmoil of the 1950s and 1960s, the history of a whole society is in danger of disappearing. Digital Dharma chronicles the 50-year journey of E. Gene Smith, a Mormon from Utah, the unlikely leader of an effort to rescue, preserve and share 20,000 volumes of ancient Tibetan text. It’s the story of one man’s mission that became the catalyst for an international movement to provide free access to the story of a people.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-docuweeks-lineup-20120628,0,7796380.story

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Mormons lend a hand at Plumpton Public

June 29, 2012

Mt. Druitt Standard (Australia)

PLUMPTON Public School looks cleaner and tidier after a team of 100 young adults weeded and beautified its gardens.

The four-day young, single adult convention for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was part of the Mormon Helping Hands initiative.

http://mt-druitt-standard.whereilive.com.au/news/story/mormons-lend-a-hand-at-plumpton-public/

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Mormons and their love-hate relationship with America

June 28, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Other Mormons caution against linking political perspectives on American exceptionalism to specific theology or teachings.

LDS views run the gamut — from believing that this nation is distinctive to seeing it as better than others, says Brigham Young University political scientist Quin Monson. “I don’t think the church’s position on the divine origins of the U.S. Constitution and teaching that America is a special place have really clear implications for policy.”

Besides, Mormons aren’t the only ones who see a transcendent mission for the United States. Many other politicians, including Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum, see it much the same way.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/54388347-80/america-says-american-exceptionalism.html.csp

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The Government Is Auctioning Off The Art Collections Of Millionaire Fraudsters

June 28, 2012

Business Insider

The patrons of the arts-turned-criminals include Marc Dreier–convicted of trying to sell $700 million in fraudulent promissory notes–and Shawn Merriman–the former Mormon bishop, not the oft-injured NFL Linebacker “Shawne”–who CNBC calls “The Mormon Madoff” for reportedly stealing $21 million from family, friends, and church members.

http://www.businessinsider.com/criminal-millionaire-art-auction-2012-6

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