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5 July 2012

Mormon FAIR-Cast 96: The Reality of the Resurrection

July 4, 2012


Can people really come back to life? What evidence is there for the resurrection of Christ? In this episode of Religion Today, which originally aired on KSL Radio on April 8, 2012, Martin Tanner discusses the reality of the resurrection and the hope that lies therein for all of us.


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A Priceless Gift: Loving Our Mormon LGBT Children

July 5, 2012

Huffington Post

I have seen many friends suffer the almost unbearable pain of family rejection because of who they are. I know many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults who have no meaningful relationships with their families because they cannot endure the ever-present belief that they are failures as sons or daughters, or because their mothers and fathers do not want them around. Growing up Mormon in Utah, I had, and still see, many friends who drink too much, play too hard, and ride a road to destruction all because they were ridiculed, rejected, abandoned, or left homeless by their parents once they came out.

Because I have seen the carnage firsthand in so many Mormon families, I nearly cried with relief when I read Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Latter-Day Saint Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Children, a groundbreaking and (trust me) lifesaving publication by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University, and Dr. Bob Rees, a former Mormon Bishop who teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union. I have long admired Caitlin’s work, but this new resource strikes me at the heart. I cannot imagine how much better the world will be for Mormon families and their LGBT kids because of this booklet.


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A minority among Mormons

July 5, 2012

Herald Sun (North Carolina)

African Americans comprise just about 3 percent of Mormons. Last year, a new group formed in the Triangle called Friends of LDS of African-American Descent. They meet about every month at various LDS meetinghouses in the Triangle. The group was co-founded by Christina Stitt, who is African American, and Lee Cook, who is white. They both attend church at the LDS meetinghouse on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Chapel Hill.

Stitt, who prefers to be described as a multi-racial person of color, converted to Mormonism in 2002. Another sister of color (Mormons refer to each other as sisters and brothers) came to Stitt suggesting they do something in the church to show their culture. So for Black History Month, they held a program with art, gospel singing and food. The group has “opened up so many doors with people of color members,” she said.


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Mormons to Use Social Networking and Apps to Set Political Trail Ablaze

July 5, 2012

Business 2 Community

Mormons- members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints- have been increasingly active with technology usage. Utilizing these tools to connect with other members across the US, to bring LDS to homes of people without knocking at their front doors and drawing support for the Mormon presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

According to the church, they forbid members to use LDS owned resources for political crusades and promotion of electoral ideas. But with a Mormon candidate in the running, this policy can be easily forgone and simply justified as one community supporting its member.


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Secrets of the Mormon Church: Are These Mitt Romney’s Beliefs New Book Investigates the Real Mormon Church

July 5, 2012

SB Wire

As Helen D. Newton will attest, most people know very little about the Mormon Church. From the misconception that the Church is Christian to the widely publicised rumours of racism, the Latter Day Saints, one of the largest denominations is steeped with mystery. Now, for the first time ever, the teachings and practices of the Mormon Church are thoroughly investigated in, Secrets of the Mormon Church: Are These Mitt Romney’s Beliefs?

The book exposes the author’s investigation into rumours surrounding race and racism within the Church. When the truth becomes apparent, both conflict and triumph ensue. Readers are taken on a journey into the author’s own travels as she sojourns to find the truth in a spirit of resistance and resilience.


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More Scholars Attracted to Mormon Studies

July 5, 2012

Utah Policy

But now, as Mitt Romney’s candidacy prompts talk of a “Mormon moment,” a growing cadre of young scholars of Mormonism are enjoying their own turn in the sun, and not just on the nation’s op-ed pages. Books relating to Mormon history are appearing in the catalogs of top academic presses, while secular universities are adding courses, graduate fellowships and endowed chairs.


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The Vast Majority Of Mitt Romney’s Charitable Donations In The Past Two Years Have Gone To The Mormon Church

July 5, 2012

Business Insider

What is less well understood is which organizations Mitt Romney has given money to.

And in the last two years, at least, the answer appears to be primarily one organization: The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormon church.

According to tax documents viewed by Business Insider, the vast majority of the money Mitt Romney gave away in 2009 and 2010–80% of it–went to the church.


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Romney Should Invite The Press To Church

July 5, 2012

Salt Lake City Weekly (Utah)

For a nation enthralled by the weird eccentricities of a church that baptizes the dead and once had members flee to Mexico to keep polygamy going, Romney could go a long way toward curbing the nation’s lust for news of Mormon oddities by inviting the press to church and thereby showing that Mormon services are as boring as any other service held by a mainstream religion.


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Romney, the Church of LDS and Social Media

July 5, 2012

Potential Traders

The advent of social networks has undoubtedly changed many of the habits and tendencies of individuals and businesses. Social networking sites Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, MySpace and Twitter have become an example of how social networks can help in this regard. However, it is the first time a religious organization is utilizing socio-space for a political cause as members of Mormon Church have started a head-on social media campaign to draw support from their community for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Romney, a prominent Mormon, who himself is quite active and have strong presence and fan following on all major social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and even some Apple apps has not officially endorsed these measures taken up by his Mormon friends, who are using tools that will help them gather personal information of church members, Romney supporters and others. It is to be noted that the Mormon Church does not allow the use of its name and resources for any purpose other than religion and many members have shown their discontent on this. A senior church member from Nevada said the “Mormon Church has centralized registry which makes is easy for anyone needing information pertaining to its members.”


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Rob Bishop: From Mormon missionary to bridge builder with Germany

July 5, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Bishop exhibited that same curiosity on his Mormon mission in the heart of southern Germany — even if his high-school German classes and missionary training left him a little nervous.

Mission leaders met Bishop when he first flew to the country in 1970 and coached him on a few phrases to get him to his temporary home, then they sent him on his way. But when a German bus driver asked him a follow-up question, he found himself at a loss.


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Brad Pitt’s Mother Writes Anti-Gay Marriage Letter

July 5, 2012

US Weekly

Jane was responding to a previously published letter by a reader who urged voters to shut out Romney’s presidential bid because of his Mormon beliefs. She identified herself as “a Christian [who differs] with the Mormon religion.”

She continued, “Any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.”


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Your morning jolt: Marco Rubio on his brush with Mormonism

July 5, 2012

Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)

Like many other immigrant families before them, the Rubios sampled the American cafeteria, moving from Catholicism to Mormonism to Catholicism to Southern Baptist – and back to Catholicism. Said Rubio earlier this week:

“I went where my parents went. I’ve been raised Roman Catholic the majority of my life. When I was eight years old, we did join a Mormon church for a couple years in Las Vegas. When we moved there, my parents were desperately looking to place us in a family friendly environment. One of my mom’s sisters had joined the LDS church, and my mom saw what a family friendly environment the church created for its members.”


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Hotel Copy Of ‘The Book Of Mormon’ Reveals Secret Authors (PHOTO)

July 5, 2012

Huffington Post

Most hotel rooms contain a copy of the Bible, but occasionally you’ll find more than one “good book” included with your continental breakfast, such as The Book of Mormon. And no, we’re not talking about our favorite Broadway musical.

But at least one person in New York made the connection, as evidenced by a post on Reddit by user Chaseman69 featuring the photo below.

Sure, he probably wrote it in there himself, but consider this: maybe he actually DID find the one copy that reveals the secret authors of the sacred text? Maybe? No? OK, but it’s still pretty funny.


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The Mormonizing of America (BOOK EXCERPT, PT 8)

July 5, 2012

Christian Post

The Smith family’s unending battle with poverty and their fierce spirituality are most of what we know of Joseph Smith’s early life. There is little else available to us but the broad remembrances of later years. We do know that he was a good-looking child, who grew into a handsome man. He had a mystical turn of mind, which is no surprise given the age, the region, and the family in which he was raised. He had little education because of the Smiths’ wanderings and want, but he was bright. He may also have been a bit of a prig. He said later that in his youth, he “fell into many vices and follies.” We might expect tales of drunkenness, prostitutes, and theft. But no. Smith explained that he meant only that he “often had occasion to lament . . . a light, and too often vain mind, exhibiting a foolish and trifling conversation.” We are almost disappointed.


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Cher refuses to back down from anti-Mormon slur

July 4, 2012

ABC 4 (Utah)

Some news agencies reported that LDS leaders were upset over the reference to the garment won by faithful adult members of the church to remind them of sacred temple ordinances.

ABC 4 called a representative for the Church who said no LDS leaders ever issued a response to the tweet, nor would they be expected to.


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Standing up for religious beliefs is a matter of faith

July 6, 2012

The Australian

Now, in November there is a pretty good chance that the former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will become US president. Mr Romney is, of course, a Mormon. Is Mormonism a cult, or is it a bona fide religion? I don’t mean legally, I mean in the sense that most of us understand that term. Is it an eddy in the sea of faith?

Tricky. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is – despite the prescribed underwear – one of the fastest-growing religions in the world. Founded 150-odd years ago, it believes that the prophet Joseph Smith was guided by the angel Moroni to a place in upstate New York, where he found some gold plates buried in a hillside. On them was written, in hieroglyphs, the Book of Mormon. Back home, Smith would use special glasses to read these hieroglyphs from afar, while on the other side of a curtain his wife would take down the dictated scripture. The book tells a complicated story of how Jesus came to America and of various fights between good and evil.

Mormons have been around longer than Scientologists. Some of their original eccentricities, such as polygamy, have been recanted. Other less obviously disruptive ones – such as marrying the dead to each other – persist. But on what basis would we allow that Mormonism is a proper “faith” and Scientology is not?


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Ron Paul Gets His Biggest Endorsement Yet — Straight From God

July 5, 2012

Policy Mic

On Romney, Andrew says: “God warns that Obama and Romney are ‘accursed’ (Galatians 1:9). Christians believe that Jesus is the Second Person of the Godhead. As a Mormon, Romney thinks Jesus is a created being, the spirit brother of Lucifer. Mormons also think men become a God,” he alleges.


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