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3 September 2012

Mormons praise Romney for spotlighting the faith

September 2, 2012

The Item (South Carolina)

Republican Mitt Romney, the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party, sat in the Wolfeboro Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday as, one by one, members of his congregation credited him for bringing the faith more into the public eye.

“There has never been as much positive publicity about the church…thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family,” J.W. “Bill” Marriott, the chairman of Marriott International, said. Marriott was the first in the congregation to take the podium to offer testimony — examples of his own life experience and how it’s affected his faith, a tradition on the first Sunday of every month in the Mormon church.

http://www.theitem.com/news/article_dea40210-f569-11e1-9c4f-001a4bcf887a.html

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Mormon church clarifies stance on caffeinated beverages

September 3, 2012

Register Guard (Oregon)

Mormons are free to down a Coke or Pepsi.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its position on caffeinated soft drinks, noting the news media often incorrectly states that its members are forbidden to drink caffeine.

On Wednesday, the church posted a statement on its website saying it “does not prohibit the use of caffeine,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

A day later, the website wording was changed, saying only that “the church revelation spelling out health practices … does not mention the use of caffeine.”

http://www.registerguard.com/web/newslocalnews/28687510-41/church-drinks-caffeinated-caffeine-drink.html.csp

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Mormon church clarifies stance on caffeine

September 3, 2012

Elko Daily Free Press (Nevada)

Mormons are free to down a Coke or Pepsi.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its position on caffeinated soft drinks, noting the news media often incorrectly states that its members are forbidden to drink caffeine.

On Wednesday, the church posted a statement on its website saying it “does not prohibit the use of caffeine,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

A day later, the website wording was changed, saying only that “the church revelation spelling out health practices … does not mention the use of caffeine.”

http://elkodaily.com/news/mormon-church-clarifies-stance-on-caffeine/article_b1853974-f565-11e1-a8fc-0019bb2963f4.html?comment_form=true

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Mormon Says Romneys Are Leading Church Into Mainstream

September 2, 2012

New York Times

With Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, looking on, a prominent member of the Mormon church, J.W. Marriott Jr., told his congregation on Sunday that the Romneys were helping to lead the church “out of obscurity” and into the mainstream.

“There has never been as much positive attention to the church, thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family,” Mr. Marriott said during services in Wolfeboro, N.H., where the Romneys are spending the Labor Day weekend.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/mormon-says-romneys-are-leading-church-into-mainstream/

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Mormons praise Romney for bringing the faith more into the public eye

September 3, 2012

Lubbock Avalanche Journal (Texas)

Republican Mitt Romney, the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party, sat in the Wolfeboro Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday as, one by one, members of his congregation credited him for bringing the faith more into the public eye.

“There has never been as much positive publicity about the church…thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family,” J.W. “Bill” Marriott, the chairman of Marriott International, said. Marriott was the first in the congregation to take the podium to offer testimony — examples of his own life experience and how it’s affected his faith, a tradition on the first Sunday of every month in the Mormon church.

“Everybody is looking at us and saying, `Are you as good as the Romneys?’” Marriott said. “Today we see the church coming out of obscurity, and we see that 90 percent of what has been written and said … 90 percent of it has been favorable,” he said. “And that’s a great tribute to Mitt and Ann.”

http://m.lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2012-09-02/mormons-praise-romney-bringing-faith-more-public-eye

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Mormons praise Romney’s impact

September 2, 2012

Messenger Gazette (New Jersey)

Mitt Romney’s role in bolstering the public perception of his faith became a central part of the Sunday morning church service he attended here.

“There has never been as much positive attention to the church, thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family,” J.W. Marriott, the chairman of hotel chain Marriott International Inc., said to the congregation.

http://www.nj.com/us-politics/index.ssf/2012/09/mormons_praise_romneys_impact.html

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Mormons praise Romney at church service

September 2, 2012

CBS News

Mitt Romney attended a service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Wolfeboro, N.H., on Sunday morning and drew praise from several of its members for shining a positive light on the Mormon religion, according to a media pool report.

“There has never been as much positive attention to the church, thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family,” J.W. Marriott Jr., the current chairman of the hotel chain Marriott International, Inc., said during a testimony portion of the service.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57505031-503544/mormons-praise-romney-at-church-service/

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Fellow Mormons laud Romney for raising church’s profile

September 3, 2012

Reuters

Mormon churchgoers on Sunday thanked Mitt Romney for raising the church’s profile in his race for the White House and praised the Republican candidate’s acceptance speech at a nominating convention in Tampa, Florida last week.

Romney, who would be the first Mormon president if he wins the November 6 election, sat smiling with his wife, Ann, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, spoke about their faith and lauded the former Massachusetts governor’s performance at the Republican National Convention (RNC).

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/02/us-usa-campaign-romney-mormons-idINBRE88108S20120902

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With Romneys in Their Midst Mormons Cheer Attention to Faith

September 3, 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek

Among Mitt Romney’s advisers and family members, a debate has continued over whether his Mormon faith is a political negative or positive for him. Among members of his church, there’s little dispute: Having Romney as the Republican presidential nominee has been a boon to their religion.

As Romney and his wife, Ann, sat in church yesterday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, congregants giving their monthly testimonials spoke about how his candidacy has helped the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by introducing the U.S. public to role models who reflect well on the religion.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-02/at-church-with-romney-mormons-cheer-attention-to-their-faith

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Fellow Mormons Praise Romney

September 2, 2012

Wall Street Journal

Members of Mitt Romney’s church praised his role in publicizing Mormonism in a positive light as they attended a service with the Republican presidential candidate Sunday.

“There has never been as much positive attention to the church, thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family,” said J.W. “Bill” Marriott, chairman of hotel chain Marriott International Inc. and a member of a prominent Mormon family said at church in Wolfeboro, N.H., Sunday. “Today we see the church coming out of obscurity.”

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/09/02/fellow-mormons-praise-romneys-leadership/

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JW Marriott Thanks Romney for Bringing Attention to Mormonism

September 2, 2012

ABC News

The head of the prominent Marriott hotel chain and fellow Mormon J.W. Marriott thanked Mitt Romney today during a Mormon church service for bringing “positive attention” to the religion, which is often considered to be shrouded in mystery.
“There has never been as much positive attention to the church, thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family,” Marriott said during a service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wolfeboro, N.H., the lakeside town where the Romney family has a home.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/09/jw-marriott-thanks-romney-for-bringing-attention-to-mormonism/

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Fellow Mormons praise Romney’s reception

September 2, 2012

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

Mormons have long viewed Mitt Romney’s political rise with a mix of pride and apprehension, fearing that the spotlight on their church’s most prominent member could lead to misunderstanding or ridicule of their beliefs in the public square.

But there were no signs of that anxiety when Romney attended church Sunday morning, his first time since formally accepting the Republican presidential nomination last week.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/09/02/4225383/fellow-mormons-praise-romneys.html

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Marriott head praises Romney for bringing Mormonism ‘out of obscurity’

September 2, 2012

CNN

The head of the Marriott hotel chain, in deeply personal and reflective remarks at a New Hampshire church Sunday, credited Mitt Romney with changing Americans’ perceptions about Mormonism.

J.W. Marriott Jr., a hotel magnate from one of America’s most prominent Mormon families, spoke during services at the Wolfeboro branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – where Mitt and Ann Romney were also in attendance.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/02/marriott-head-praises-romney-for-bringing-mormonism-out-of-obscurity/

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Fellow Mormons Praise Romney’s Leadership

September 2, 2012

Market Watch

“I think he’s a marvelous ambassador of who we are,” said a member of the Archibald family, another prominent Mormon family. The speaker wasn’t identified in the pool report.

Mr. Romney spoke about his faith openly in his 2008 presidential bid, including delivering a speech on Mormonism. But after he failed to secure the nomination that year, he and his campaign advisers opted for a streamlined 2012 message on the economy.

http://stream.marketwatch.com/story/2012-democratic-national-convention/SS-4-10273/SS-4-10345/

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Marriott: Romneys bringing Mormon Church ‘out of obscurity’

September 2, 2012

Politico

At the Romneys’ weekly church outing, Marriott International Chairman J.W. Marriott sang the praises of the GOP presidential nominee and his family, and said they are helping draw positive attention to the LDS Church. From Ginger Gibson’s pool report:

The next speaker was J.W. Marriott, who is the chairman of Marriott International Inc., the hotel chain. The Marriott family has a large presence in Wolfeboro and at the services. Three Marriotts spoke.

“There has never been as much positive attention to the church, thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family,” Marriott said. …

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/09/marriott-romneys-bringing-mormon-church-out-of-obscurity-134123.html

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J.W. Marriott offers personal tribute to Romneys at church

September 2, 2012

Los Angeles Times (California)

When Romney and his wife, Ann, attended church Sunday in Wolfeboro, N.H., his close friend J.W. Marriott (who is known as “Bill”) offered a bookend to that discussion — testifying during the service about how the spotlight on Romney this week had cast the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a positive light and had drawn welcome attention to good works of the church.

“There has never been as much positive attention to the church, thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family,” Marriott told the congregation during his testimonial, which is a part of the service where church members often speak about what their faith means to them.

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-romney-mormon-jw-marriott-20120902,0,448566.story

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Marriott Head Praises Romney For Mormonism

September 2, 2012

KMGH (Colorado)

The head of the Marriott hotel chain, in deeply personal and reflective remarks at a New Hampshire church Sunday, credited Mitt Romney with changing Americans’ perceptions about Mormonism.

J.W. Marriott Jr., a hotel magnate from one of America’s most prominent Mormon families, spoke during services at the Wolfeboro branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — where Mitt and Ann Romney were also in attendance.
In his testimony, Marriott said he saw the church “coming out of obscurity” thanks to Romney’s prominence as the GOP presidential nominee, and marveled that 90% of the media reports on Romney’s Mormon faith had “been favorable.”

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/politics/31406366/detail.html

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Mormon church blesses soft drinks

September 2, 2012

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada)

Mormons are free to down a Coke or Pepsi.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its position on caffeinated soft drinks, noting the news media often incorrectly states that its members are forbidden to drink caffeine.

On Wednesday, the church posted a statement on its website saying it “does not prohibit the use of caffeine,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

http://www.lvrj.com/news/mormon-church-blesses-soft-drinks-168303356.html

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Marriott: Romney Mainstreaming Mormons

September 2, 2012

Daily Beast

J.W. Marriott used Sunday services at a Mormon temple in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, to praise Republican nominee Mitt Romney for lifting the church “out of obscurity.” “There has never been as much positive attention to the church, thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family,” said Marriott, the son of the founder of the hotel chain–a family friend of the Romneys who Mitt was named after. Prior to Romney’s speech on Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, several Mormons spoke about Romney’s devotion to the church–and the ways Romney has helped them.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/09/02/marriott-romney-mainstreaming-mormons.html

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Romney Brings ‘Positive Attention’ to Mormonism, Marriott Head Says

September 3, 2012

Christian Post

J.W. Marriott, who heads the Marriott hotel chain, praised Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for bringing “positive attention” to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Marriott is a personal friend of Romney and, like Romney, a Mormon.

“Today we see the church coming out of obscurity, and we see that 90 percent of what has been written and said, including an hour on NBC, an hour an half on CNN, two front-page articles in the Washington Post, many articles in the national news about the church, 90 percent of it has been favorable,” Marriott said after a church service Sunday, according to Reuters. “And that’s a great tribute to Mitt and Ann and their family for living such an exemplary life.”

http://www.christianpost.com/news/romney-brings-positive-attention-to-mormonism-marriott-head-says-81016/

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Utah Democrats split on party’s gay-marriage stance

September 3, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Not many Utahns can say they are Democrats and Mormons and they support legalizing gay marriage.

But Craig Janis is one of them, and he’s proud that his political party is poised to adopt a platform Tuesday evening that supports same-sex marriage for the first time in its history.

He also believes his views will become mainstream for Mormons over time and he points to Mitt Romney’s father to back up his point.

As Michigan governor in the 1960s, George Romney bucked his faith and his party to support the civil-rights movement, and in hindsight he was on the right side of history. Janis says future generations of Mormons will look back on the current fight for gay rights in much the same way.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/54795431-90/marriage-gay-party-support.html.csp

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Media, meet the Oparowskis

September 3, 2012

Washington Post

The Oparowskis, an elderly couple, appeared at the convention podium on Thursday to detail just how Romney had touched them. As the world now knows, the Oparowskis’ teenage son was suffering from cancer in the 1970s. Romney took an interest in the boy, visiting him, helping him to draft a will and delivering the eulogy at the child’s funeral. Watch the video above, if you haven’t already; it’s a moving story.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/post/media-meet-the-oparowskis/2012/09/03/ac34618c-f5d5-11e1-8b93-c4f4ab1c8d13_blog.html

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Indie rocker Brandon Flowers builds on his faith

September 4, 2012

The Australian

IT is perhaps inevitable that the world’s most famous Mormon politician, locked in a tight race to become US president, would seek the support of the world’s most famous Mormon pop star to add a fashionable edge to a campaign notable for its dad jeans and sensible khakis.

With the telegenic likes of George Clooney and Sarah Jessica Parker punting for Barack Obama, Mitt Romney is desperately trying to amass some stardust.

Clint Eastwood made his day. Now it emerges that the former governor of Massachusetts is canvassing younger support, starting with Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the Killers.

At the band’s Las Vegas studio, Battle Born (also the title of its fifth album), Flowers reveals that Romney’s team has asked for his support. The 31-year-old Mormon rock star is excited by the prospect of a Mormon president, but adds, with a languorous twang, “I said no. I represent this band. If I supported him that would label the other guys. A couple of them would definitely not be happy with that. We’re staying neutral.”

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/indie-rocker-builds-on-his-faith/story-fnb64oi6-1226464223898

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Romney and Religion at the Republican Convention

September 3, 2012

Huffington Post

Last week’s Republican National Convention provided an interesting window into the current role of religion in the Republican Party. From what I observed last week, almost every platform speaker talked about religion except the nominee himself. It’s as if the convention’s organizers were trying to send a message that the Republican Party is still the party of “real people of faith” despite the fact they nominated a Mormon.

To me, that is a sad commentary on the state of religious respect and inclusion in this country. Mitt Romney does not reference his faith apologetically. He straightforwardly presents himself as a man of deep faith – a statement that I both appreciate and believe to be true. But, let me be clear. I also believe that the Republican presidential nominee is presenting his faith in a carefully orchestrated manner intended to provide a rather general and generic view of faith. Mr. Romney does so hoping to make it palatable to that part of the electorate to whom he is catering rather than identifying himself as the deeply devoted Mormon I understand him to be.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-dr-c-welton-gaddy/romney-and-religion-at-th_b_1852851.html

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