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29 June 2012

Church Joins in Prayer with other Utahns in Response to Area Wildfires

June 29, 2012

mormonnewsroom.org

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement today:

As requested by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, the Church is pleased to come together in prayer with other Utahns during this difficult time. We are mindful of those in Utah and neighboring states who have been impacted by wildfires. We encourage individuals, families and congregations to pray for the safety of firefighters, protection of lives and homes and favorable weather conditions to help control the many wildfires currently burning.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/wildfires-prayer-2012

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Mormons and Evangelicals

June 29, 2012

MormonVoices

As part of the “Mormon Moment,” many have analyzed the relationship between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, Mormons) and Evangelical Protestants. Poll data has shown that a large majority of Protestant pastors in the US think that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a cult (this view is false), and that nearly half of Evangelicals think Mormons are not Christian (also false).

http://mormonvoices.org/1444/mormons-and-evangelicals

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Mormon group plans mass weekend resignation from church

June 29, 2012

Chicago Tribune (Illinois)

Troubled by issues ranging from polygamy to gay marriage, several dozen Mormons plan to resign this weekend from the church en masse in an unusual public show of defiance in Salt Lake City.

Organizers say participants in Saturday’s mass resignation will gather in a public park to sign a “Declaration of Independence from Mormonism,” followed by a hike up Ensign Peak, scaled in 1847 by then-church President Brigham Young to survey the spot where his Latter-day Saints would build a city.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-mormons-utahbre85s12i-20120629,0,7789584.story

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Mormons Plan Mass Resignation from Church

June 29, 2012

The Advocate

A group of Mormons is planning a mass resignation from the church this weekend, according to a report from Reuters. And the church’s antigay stance is surely playing a part.

Reuters says “several dozen” Mormons will gather in Salt Lake City Saturday and sign a “Declaration of Independence from Mormonism.” But it also reports that more than 100 people have expressed interest to the organizers, John and Zilpha Larsen.

http://www.advocate.com/politics/religion/2012/06/29/mormons-plan-mass-resignation-church

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Gay Mormons in straight marriages speaking out

June 29, 2012

San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

Now the rest of the world is taking note of Mormon “mixed-orientation marriages,” as they have become known, thanks to a recent blog post in which another couple, Josh and Lolly Weed, spoke out.

Weed, a marriage and family therapist in the Northwest, has known he was gay since his teens. Lolly was the first person he told. They’ve been married 10 years and have three daughters.

Weed’s post went viral, generating more than 3,000 comments, and he was inundated with media requests.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Gay-Mormons-in-straight-marriages-speaking-out-3674406.php

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‘Mormon Trek’ 2012

June 29, 2012

The Leaf Chronicle (Tennessee)

In February of 1846, a group lead by Brigham Young left Illinois on a journey that would eventually take 18 months to complete. In an effort to escape religious persecution, the Mormons relocated to Utah. Eventually, 70,000 people took the journey to Salt Lake, and today the religion flourishes there, with millions of members.

This week, members of the local “stake” (an administrative unit composed of multiple congregations) held a re-enactment to commemorate the historic event that was so pivotal in the history of their church. Seventy local church members between the ages of 14 and 18 set out Wednesday on a 20-mile trek on the trails of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/article/20120629/NEWS01/306290034/-Mormon-Trek-2012?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFrontpage%7Cp

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Moms of Mormon missionaries bond together

June 29, 2012

San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

Each week, Mormon moms of 19-year-old men and 21-year-old women, say goodbye to their children for months on end as they go out to serve the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on their mission.

It’s a time that the women cherish, but also a time of worry.

So a group of them from the Cooley Park Ward in northeast Mesa have joined together, a sisterhood of women who gather about once a month to share the stories of their children and offer each other an arm to lean on.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Moms-of-Mormon-missionaries-bond-together-3672290.php

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Tolleson Mormon Church fire investigation could take weeks

June 29, 2012

Arizona Republic

“We realize that this is not just a loss of a building but a spiritual loss to the LDS community,” Thomas Atteberry, ATF special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Division, said Friday in a written statement.

Church members and residents who live near the church — which sits next to a neighborhood park at the T-intersection of 95th Avenue and Pierce Street — watched as investigators worked and crews put up a fence around the building. Some embraced and comforted each other, while others talked and took photos of the damaged building.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2012/06/29/20120629tolleson-mormon-church-fire-investigation-could-take-weeks.html

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Gay GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger ends campaign; posts ‘Stop the Hate’ video aimed at Mormon Church

June 29, 2012

Miami Herald (Florida)

We closed our Utah Primary campaign with a big bang by airing the hard-hitting commercial “STOP THE HATE!!!” aimed at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church). It was produced and directed by Melanie Marden of MM Films, LLC.

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2012/06/gay-gop-presidential-candidate-fred-karger-ends-campaign-posts-stop-the-hate-video-aimed-at-mormon-church.html

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The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 4)

June 29, 2012

Christian Post

It was the strongest thing she knew to say. Just as the apostle Thomas had put his hands in the scars of Jesus to become certain that the Son of God was raised from the dead, Jenny is certain by the impression of the Spirit that what she has said is true: Joseph Smith was who he said he was. Everything he proclaimed was true. The Book of Mormon, the Church, and the true Prophet living today–Jenny has testimony of it all. And now she has given that testimony among the Saints. It is a holy thing. She isn’t sure what she sees on the faces of the people. Perhaps they are proud of her. She hopes so. But she has affirmed the greatest truth she knows to the people she loves the most: “Joseph Smith is the greatest man who ever lived.”

http://blogs.christianpost.com/bookstop/the-mormonizing-of-america-book-excerpt-pt-4-10613/

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Book outlines questions and answers about Mormons

June 29, 2012

Standard Examiner (Utah)

With Mitt Romney receiving the Republican nomination for the presidential race and people asking questions about the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a new book strives to answer the questions simply.

In “Mormons: An Open Book; What you really want to know” (Ensign Peak, $16.99, paperback), author Anthony Sweat, himself LDS, tackles these questions.

http://www.standard.net/stories/2012/06/29/book-outlines-questions-and-answers-about-mormons

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Cher Accused of Bigotry After ‘Magic Underwear’ Romney Tweet

June 29, 2012

Hollywood Reporter (California)

Friday, the singer posted a tweet expressing the need for President Barack Obama to get “all his ducks in a row.” She wrote: “I Feel if he doesn’t get all his DUCKS IN A ROW we’ll b forced 2 listen 2Uncaring Richy Rich! The whitest man in MAGIC UNDERWEAR in the WH.”

Observant members of the Mormon church, both men and women, always wear what is sometimes called “celestial underwear” or, more formally a “temple garment.” However, the term “magic underwear” is considered offensive and derogatory.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cher-bigotry-anti-romney-magic-underwear-343651

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The Church’s Domain

June 29, 2012

Christianity Today

Spokesmen for the two applicants for .church–LifeChurch.tv, an Oklahoma-based church, and Donuts Inc., a for-profit domain name registry that coordinates domain name use–both said they would make the domain broadly available to faith-based organizations. In contrast, representatives for the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said they intend to closely monitor .catholic, .mormon, and .lds to protect their reputations. Only groups recognized under canonical law will be able to use .catholic, said Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications. The LDS church also plans to restrict its domains to official Mormon entities.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/juneweb-only/new-church-domains.html

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U.S. Marshals Dumping Great Works of Schemers

June 29, 2012

Fox Business

Among the more interesting pieces up for auction are Rembrandt lithographs formerly owned by convicted Ponzi schemer Shawn Merriman, 49 years old, of Aurora, Colo. Though Mr. Merriman only stole about $20 million, he was a big hit on CNBC’s series “American Greed,” which dubbed him, “The Mormon Madoff.” After ripping off his fellow Mormons, he’s serving more than 12 years in a federal prison in South Dakota with little more than bare concrete walls for inspiration.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2012/06/29/us-marshals-dumping-great-works-schemers/

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