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16 August 2012

Mormons Provide Volunteers and Supplies to USNS Mercy’s Pacific Partnership 2012

August 16, 2012

mormonnewsroom.org

Latter-day Saint Charities provided 96 volunteer doctors, nurses, dental specialists and medical technicians to Pacific Partnership 2012, a four-month long U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian and civic assistance project that brought together U.S. military personnel, host and partner nations, nongovernmental organizations and international agencies. The operation ended on 11 August.

The project, which made stops in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, evaluated and treated more than 49,000 people and performed 887 surgeries. The project also completed 104 community service projects, which included donations of 244 pallets of supplies (139,848 pounds, worth more than $435,000). The Church donated 104 of those pallets (including hygiene kits, newborn kits, blankets, toys and atmit) and 20 wheelchairs.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormons-usns-mercy-2012

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Mormon FAIR-Cast 102: What Can We Learn from The Dead Sea Scrolls

August 16, 2012

FAIR Blog

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? What do they have to say about Christianity? Do they prove that the LDS Church is true? Do they prove that any other church is false? In this episode of Religion Today, which originally aired on KSL Radio on May 27, 2012, Martin Tanner introduces the history behind the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and discusses their importance to the Christian and Jewish faiths.

http://www.fairblog.org/2012/08/16/mormon-fair-cast-102-what-can-we-learn-from-the-dead-sea-scrolls/

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MORMONISM, BORN IN THE U.S.A.

August 16, 2012

New Yorker

In the August 13th & 20th issue of the magazine, Adam Gopnik looks at the history of Mormonism and its place in American life. Here Gopnik talks with Sasha Weiss and Avi Steinberg, who is currently writing a book that explores the Book of Mormon as a work of literature. They discuss, among other things, the history of Mormonism, how the church has managed to move from the fringe to the mainstream, and what Mormonism can tell us about Mitt Romney.

Just as in the nineteen-fifties American Jews and Catholics went from being “safely ethnic” to being “main players” in the country’s affairs, Gopnik says Mormons are currently having a moment, with cultural phenomena like the “Book of Mormon” musical and a clutch of new books about the faith. But Mormonism today, Gopnik says, contains a tension that is typical of many other religious subgroups in America–the competing pulls of assimilation and strong group identification. Some parts of the religion–the belief that ancient Israelites travelled to America, for example, or the prohibition on consuming caffeine–make Mormonism distinct, while other parts, like the religion’s industrious, seize-the-day ethos (exemplified by Brigham Young’s aphorism “We are not going to wait for angels”), neatly dovetail with a broader American ideology.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/08/adam-gopnik-and-avi-steinberg-discuss-mormonism.html

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Mormon Proxy Baptism May Have Been Performed On Paul Ryan Relatives

August 16, 2012

Huffington Post

A researcher who has found documentation that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was performing proxy posthumous baptisms of Holocaust victims, celebrities and other non-Mormons said that relatives of Rep. Paul Ryan, the Roman Catholic running mate of the country’s most prominent Mormon, Mitt Romney, were on a list of future baptisms or had the ritual performed on their behalf.

Helen Radkey told The Huffington Post that despite recent security measures, she found the names of Ryan’s father, grandfather and great-grandfather in a genealogical database open only to Mormons.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/16/mormon-proxy-baptism_n_1778904.html?utm_hp_ref=elections-2012

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Mormons, Catholics Have Had Conflicts

August 16, 2012

Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)

Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential candidate makes 2012 the first time in American history that a major party has run a ticket without a Protestant on it: Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Ryan is a Roman Catholic.

Have Mormons and Catholics always gotten along as well as the Republican running mates appear to?
No. The root of the conflict is doctrinal.

The premise of the Book of Mormon is that the Bible is a corrupt and incomplete account of God’s revelation – an implicit criticism of Catholic doctrine. The Book of Mormon also makes reference to an evil “church which is most abominable above all other churches,” described more colorfully as “the mother of harlots.”

http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/08/16/opinion/mormons-catholics-have-had-conflicts.html

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Cupertino church hosting forum on Mormonism, Christianity

August 16, 2012

San Jose Mercury News (California)

Since the presumptive Republican nominee for president is a Mormon, St. Jude the Apostle Episcopal Church in Cupertino sees that as a hot topic among both liberal and conservative voters this election year.

In an effort to educate the community on the subject, The Rev. Maly Carswell Hughes is hosting a forum on Aug. 26 to discuss Christianity and Mormonism as part of its adult education series. Church organizers already see an intense interest in Mitt Romney’s religion. The interest is drawing comparison to John F. Kennedy, a Roman Catholic, and his election in 1960.

Hughes is looking to talk with church members and guests about Mormonism and discuss the religion’s similarities to, and differences from, Christianity. The forum will not be a critique of either religion nor will it be political, but instead focus on the many similarities and differences between the two faiths.

http://www.mercurynews.com/sunnyvale/ci_21332609/cupertino-church-hosting-forum-mormonism-christianity

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Mormon women seeking middle ground to greater equality

August 16, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

For some Mormon feminists, there can be only one goal on the road to gender equality: priesthood ordination.

After all, every worthy male in the lay-clergy-run Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — starting at age 12 — is ordained in this priesthood. It is seen as a holy power, described as the authority to act in God’s name, yet given exclusively to men.

At the same time, lots of LDS women are perfectly comfortable with the roles they believe God assigned to them, including motherhood and nurturing. They would not want, they say, to “hold the priesthood.”

Now comes a third and, some suggest, growing group of women somewhere between these two poles.

They are not pushing for ordination, but they crave a more engaged and visible role for women in the Utah-based LDS Church. It is a role, they believe, their Mormon foremothers played — and one that could fit easily into the institutional structure without distorting or dismantling doctrine.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/54704413-80/women-mormon-church-lds.html.csp

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Virtual tour inside the new Brigham City Utah Mormon Temple

August 16, 2012

Examiner

Information provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday gave a fuller picture of its soon to be opened new temple in Brigham City Utah. In preparation for the open house, the church released photos of the interior and exterior of the temple providing a virtual tour of the facility.

Brigham City is located approximately 45 minutes north of Mormon Church headquarters in Salt Lake City Utah. Because of the growing demand for temples in the Salt Lake City metro area, this will be the third new temple completed in the past four years. Additionally, the near-by Ogden Temple is in the midst of a total reconstruction and expansion.

http://www.examiner.com/article/virtual-tour-inside-the-new-brigham-city-utah-mormon-temple

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Charles C. Haynes: In presidential race, the religious test that wasn’t

August 16, 2012

Chippewa Herald (Wisconsin)

Remember all the media chatter during the primaries about how the “Mormon factor” could undermine Mitt Romney’s candidacy?

Forget about it.

American voters, it turns out, are mostly unconcerned about Romney’s religious affiliation or have no idea what it is.

http://chippewa.com/news/opinion/columns/charles-c-haynes-in-presidential-race-the-religious-test-that/article_65df8c64-e7bd-11e1-8b38-0019bb2963f4.html?comment_form=true

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Walking in footsteps of their Mormon ancestors – sort of

August 16, 2012

NewHampshire.com

Two hundred forty human figures moved across the field, working, playing, gossiping, preparing their wagons for the next leg of their trek from Manchester to Raymond – over three days, on foot.

“My ancestors actually were pioneers and they crossed the plains,” said Hillary Hughes of Bedford, a teenager who belongs to the Mormon congregation in town.

“I feel like it’s really cool to get a glimpse of what they went through because I don’t think I could ever really do this.”

http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20120816/NEWHAMPSHIRE1408/120819751/-1/newhampshire01

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Mormons are misunderstood

August 15, 2012

Springfield News-Leader (Missouri)

I doubt seriously if Mr. Salveter even read the Book of Mormon, much less knew it was inspired by a serious, spiritually minded 14-year-old who was trying to decide which church in 19th-century New England to join.

He decided to turn to the Bible and read in James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.” And, believe it or not, that inspiration was the beginning step to the Book of Mormon, which is an extension and reaffirmation of the Bible.

I lived in the South my first 21 years, yet I see and hear as much or more prejudice and misunderstanding toward the people who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ — yes, Jesus Christ — of Latter-day Saints, than African-Americans. The people in that church focus on family and service and, of course, God.

http://www.news-leader.com/article/20120816/OPINIONS03/308160034/mormons-misunderstood-religion?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7COpinions

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Gilbert election mailer uses anti-Mormon pitch

August 16, 2012

My Fox Phoenix (Arizona)

A hit mailer sent to voters in Gilbert that connects three Town Council hopefuls by their Mormon faith is being denounced by political leaders on both sides.

The mailer was sent by a corporate group whose backers can largely remain anonymous under the U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United.

It was immediately denounced by both sides of the highly contested Town Council battle.

The mailer is critical of Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, Councilwoman Jenn Daniels and council candidate Jared Taylor. All are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It accuses the trio in a play on the church acronym of LDS of “Loading Da Slate.”

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/19296619/gilbert-election-mailer-uses-anti-mormon-pitch

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Brigham Young and Mitt Romney, Beer and History

August 16, 2012

Patheos

Studying the history of American religion at Notre Dame kindled my interest in Mormonism. For starters, several of my Notre Dame classmates – Patrick Mason, Matt Grow, and Mike DeGruccio – were LDS. They became good friends, and I was intrigued about their faith and their church. I also think it’s impossible to study American religious history without being somewhat curious about the Mormons. Not a lot of religious groups had a new Bible, a martyred prophet, practiced polygamy, trudged across the country as religious refugees, and nearly fought a war against the U.S. Army. Prophets, persecution, polygamy. A pretty good story.

Pageants, too. I persuaded my wife to attend the Hill Cumorah Pageant with me a week or two after our honeymoon. We stayed married. Seriously, I recently got a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s pageant before it opened, and if I were LDS I would definitely apply to participate. If you’ve spent much time in Provo, it’s a strange sight to see so many Mormon men with beards. Of course, male Latter-day Saints had outstanding facial hair in the later-nineteenth century.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2012/08/brigham-young-and-mitt-romney-beer-and-history/

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Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas Urges Christians to Vote for Romney

August 16, 2012

Opposing Views

Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas is called to repent for disobeying Scripture by endorsing Mormon Mitt Romney and to publicly renounce the Mormon cult. “Jesus is the second Person of the Godhead. For Jeffress to lead Christians to Romney who thinks that Jesus is a created being, the spirit brother of Lucifer, means Jeffress is knowingly sinning and leading the USA away from the Biblical Jesus,” believes Pastor Steven Andrew, president of USA Christian Ministries.

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/religion/first-baptist-dallas-dr-robert-jeffress-called-repent-leading-christians-astray

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My Take: GOP’s non-Protestant ticket changes meaning of ‘values’

August 16, 2012

CNN

There has been a lot of conversation in recent years about the rise of racial and ethnic minorities in America. Census figures show that there are more minority births than white births, and the United States is on schedule to become a white-minority country by 2050 or so.

A parallel story is playing itself out in religion, where Protestants, who have traditionally predominated in the United States, now constitute a little more than half of American adults. But the story of the decline of the Protestant establishment is particularly stark in U.S. public life, where Protestant leaders are giving way to Catholics and Jews, Buddhists and Mormons.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/16/my-take-gops-non-protestant-ticket-changes-meaning-of-values/

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Leon Rodriguez: Mitt Romney blurs the lines of church and state

August 16, 2012

Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)

This brings us to Mormon Bishop Mitt Romney. Would America tolerate a Muslim Ayatollah or a Catholic Bishop to be a presidential candidate for the United States of America? Romney is a Bishop of the Mormon Religion.

The Mormon Sect only recently has allowed Blacks, Hispanics, Indians and Asians to join its church. In the not-too-distant past the Mormons stopped their practice of polygamy, abuse of women, outright racism and homophobia.

Is a Mormon Bishop Romney what America wants for president? We need and must be an intelligent civilized nation recognizing our constitutional right of separation of church and state.

http://www.dailycamera.com/letters/ci_21318996/leon-rodriguez-mitt-romney-blurs-lines-church-and

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Analyst says Romney plays religion card

August 16, 2012

Associated Baptist Press

“The Obama administration becomes, in effect, the new ‘evil empire.’ Given many religious voters’ skepticism about Romney’s Mormonism, this is a smart way for him to deflect that skepticism and turn the focus to Obama,” Hogue observed.

“If the voters who cared most about a candidate’s faith were skeptical of Romney’s faith, it’s no surprise that his Mormonism became a big issue in the primaries,” Hogue said. “But Romney won, and given the alternative of Obama, a lot of evangelicals have decided it better to coalesce around a Mormon than a Democrat.”

http://www.abpnews.com/culture/politics/item/7730-analyst-says-romney-plays-religion-card#.UC3OvallSZc

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Did Mitt Romney Kill Leola Anderson in 1968 Car Crash? We Examine the Conspiracy Theories (PHOTOS)

August 16, 2012

Broward Palm Beach New Times (Florida)

Did you hear about that fatal car crash Mitt Romney was in? The incident happened in France in June 1968, when Romney was serving as a Mormon missionary. It made the U.S. papers in 2007, but considering that the man is running for president, it’s surprising that the story has been discussed so little in the current mainstream media.

Now, just following Romney’s swing through Florida, some conspiracy theorists are emerging and making major allegations: that Romney may have been at fault in the car accident that killed Leola Anderson and that reporters have been duped into glossing it over.

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2012/08/did_mitt_romney_kill_leola_anderson_conspiracy_theory.php

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