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16 October 2012

Rendering of the Fort Collins Colorado Temple Released

October 16, 2012


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released the rendering of the Fort Collins Colorado Temple.

The temple will be constructed on the southeast corner of the intersection at Trilby Road and Timberline Road, across the street from a Latter-day Saint chapel in Fort Collins.

President Thomas S. Monson announced construction of the temple at the Church’s April 2011 general conference.


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The Mormon Ethic of Community

October 16, 2012


A characteristic commonly attributed to Latter-day Saints is that they take care of their own. Though generally accepted as a compliment, this tells only half the story. Mormons look outward as well. The practice of cooperation among the Mormon people is being extended to larger communities and faith groups.

A community that strengthens itself has much more capacity to help other communities.


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Billy Graham site removes Mormon ‘cult’ reference after Romney meeting

October 16, 2012


Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev. Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at the elder Graham’s mountaintop retreat, a reference to Mormonism as a cult was scrubbed from the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

In a section of the website called Billy Graham’s My Answer there had been the question “What is a cult?”

Answer: “A cult is any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith.”


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Article Calling Mormonism a ‘Cult’ Removed From Billy Graham Website

October 16, 2012

Christian Post

An article describing Mormonism as a “cult” was removed from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s (BGEA) website following Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s visit with Graham last week.

The article described The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly referred to as Mormonism, as a group that “teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith.” Other groups identified as cults in the article include Jehovah’s Witnesses, Unitarians, the Unification Church, Scientologists and Spiritists.


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After Romney meeting, Billy Graham website scrubs Mormon ‘cult’ reference

October 16, 2012

Washington Post

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removed language labeling Mormonism a “cult” from its website after the famed preacher met with Republican nominee Mitt Romney last week and pledged to help his presidential campaign.

The removal came after a gay rights group reported that the “cult” reference remained online even after Graham all but endorsed Romney, a Mormon, last Thursday (Oct. 11).


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Graham Site Scrubs Mormon Cult Ref.

October 16, 2012

Daily Beast

It seems a meeting with Mitt Romney over cookies and soft drinks at his mountaintop retreat has changed Rev. Billy Graham’s views on Mormonism. Shortly after the legendary evangelical preacher’s date with the Republican presidential nominee, the “What is a cult?” section was erased from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s website. “A cult is a group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith,” the page once read. “Some of these groups are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritualists, Scientology, and others.” When asked about the change, the association’s chief of staff told CNN, “we do not wish to participate in a theological debate about something that has become politicized during this campaign.”


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Talking Points

October 16, 2012

Washington Examiner (DC)

Did Mitt Romney convince evangelist Billy Graham that Mormonism isn’t a cult?

Romney, the Republican presidential nominee and a Mormon, met last week with Graham, who promised to “do all I can to help you.” A short time later, Graham’s website removed a statement claiming Mormonism was a cult because its teachings “deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith,” the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times reported. Officials said the site was changed to avoid involvement in “something that has become politicized during this campaign.”


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Franklin Graham sidesteps Christianity-Mormonism debate with CNN’s Piers Morgan, says gay marriage is #1 issue for churches

October 16, 2012

God Discussion

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney met with Billy Graham and his son, Franklin Graham, last week. The Grahams endorsed Romney and have already voted for him.

As the meeting was taking place, however, religious watchdogs noted that references to Mormonism being a cult were scrubbed from the Billy Graham Evangelical Association’s website. The scrubbing may not have been a deep cleanse, as journalist Bruce Wilson at Talk2Action notes that the site’s search engine appears to still correspond Mormonism with an un-Christian cult.


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Billy Graham association responds

October 16, 2012

Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina)

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said today that it removed language from its website calling Mormonism a cult to avoid controversy.

The website article had listed as cults “Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritists, Scientologists, and others.”

Rev. Billy Graham met with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon, at the evangelist’s Montreat home Thursday afternoon. Graham’s son, Franklin, also attended.


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Mormon church hosts open house during fall festival

October 16, 2012

WBIR (Tennessee)

One of the big hurdles for Mitt Romney in the presidential race has been educating voters about his religion. He’s a Mormon– a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and while Utah is known as the headquarters of the church, there are a few congregations here locally.

On Tuesday they hosted a fall festival and open house at the Fountain City church and invited the public to join them and take a tour.

They say they hope it will give people a better perspective of who Mormons are and what they believe.


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Carrying Christianity Beyond Left and Right: Does A Candidates Faith Matter?

October 16, 2012


Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith is an awkward issue for some evangelicals who are uncomfortable with the thought of a Mormon candidate. In response to questions about his involvement in the Mormon Church, Romney famously stated, “I’m not a spokesman for my church.” No doubt the Democrats have been puzzled as the Christian Right offers Romney their full support, despite the evangelical belief that Mormonism is heretical at best, and at worst a religious cult. It has seemed like a savvy political move for Romney to do his best Charles Barkley “I am not a role model” routine, but is it realistic? More importantly, is it desirable?


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Mormon faith negatively impacts Romney

October 15, 2012

The Reflector (Mississippi)

As candidate for president of the United States, is it ideal Mitt Romney is of Mormon faith? Politics aside, I am weary to vote for the former governor in this election based mainly around his faith.

I have tried my hardest to look at this situation from a vantage point not skewed by bias; yet I continuously come to the conclusion his Mormon faith is detrimental in earning my vote in the upcoming election.

I believe in the separation of church and state, and I feel being able to exercise those rights freely should not overflow into the roles, lives and opinions of government.


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A great run for Mormons

October 16, 2012

Wenatchee World (Washington)

The effects of more-positive-than-usual media coverage has been felt locally as well as nationally and worldwide, said Hal Hunsaker, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ 13-congregation Wenatchee administrative district. The district opened a new church last month near Monitor to handle its rapidly growing membership. Hunsaker said another church will likely be added in the next couple of years.


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Crossdressing Rocker Turned Mormon Librarian: New York Doll Giveaway

October 16, 2012


The movie is not about Mormonism, though the faith element of Kane’s life caused many conversations among us at church. In fact, the film doesn’t play up Mormonism, nor does it treat the faith ironically.
A movie that involves Mormonism that isn’t hysterical or preachy? Yeah, that happened.


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Mormon Studies Chair

October 16, 2012

Washington Monthly

Apparently Mormon Studies is a hot new topic in academic circles. More universities (outside of Utah) are beginning to study the faith.

According to an article by Peggy Fletcher Stack in the Salt Lake Tribune:

First came Utah State University, with its Leonard J. Arrington Chair in Mormon History and Culture. Next up was Claremont Graduate University, which has the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies. Meanwhile, the University of Utah offers a Mormon studies research fellowship, Utah Valley University includes the topic in its interdisciplinary religious studies program, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., offers a courses on Mormonism.


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Protestant clerics back Romney by wide margin

October 16, 2012

Washington Times (DC)

Protestant pastors support Mitt Romney for president by more than a 3-to-1 margin over Barack Obama, and the Republican challenger’s Mormonism didn’t affect many of their decisions, a new survey from the Southern Baptist Convention’s research team found.
Only 17 percent of pastors surveyed by LifeWay Research will vote for Mr. Obama in November. Fifty-seven percent support Mr. Romney, the first Mormon to run on a major party presidential ticket, while 22 percent of pastors remain undecided and the remaining 4 percent either named someone else or said they will not vote.


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Mormon Church lowers age for missions

October 15, 2012

Arizona Republic

For her, many of her friends and, the church expects, thousands of other women, the announcement that they were eligible for mission at 19 instead of 21 spares them from two years of waiting, two years of college education that could hinder their enlistment, two years of relationships that might block it.

She said she expects the number of women who volunteer for missions to skyrocket.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints also lowered the age for men, from 19 to 18.


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Local Mormon Church congregation celebrates 30 years

October 16, 2012

Orange County Register (California)

Local congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently commemorated the 30th anniversary of its organization in south Orange County. About 1,000 members and friends attended a western-themed hoedown at the Laguna Hills Community Center. The event included team and individual events for children and adults, including games, dancing and a picnic.

The Laguna Niguel Stake of the LDS Church was organized in 1982 as a division of the then Mission Viejo Stake, which encompassed church membership south of Irvine to San Clemente. By 2004, church membership in the area had increased and the San Clemente Stake was created to encompass the growth of membership in the most southern cities. The Laguna Niguel Stake comprises more than 3,200 members from Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach and Laguna Hills.


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Five disturbing stories that reveal the real Mitt

October 16, 2012


Mormon women have reported “horror stories” about Romney from when he served as a Mormon bishop.

According to investigative reporter Geoffrey Dunn, several Mormon women have reported disturbing stories about how Romney treated them while he was an LDS bishop and “stake president.” (One Mormon woman who’s known Romney since the ’70s called them “horror stories.”) In one story, a woman who was facing a life-threatening medical condition was advised by her doctor to terminate her eight-week pregnancy. Despite receiving the blessing of her local stake president, Romney, then a bishop, reportedly came to her hospital room uninvited to pressure her not to go through with the abortion. “At a time when I would have appreciated nurturing and support from spiritual leaders and friends,” Sheldon has written, “I got judgment, criticism, prejudicial advice, and rejection.”


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Cemetery could revive Mormons’ search for new Greenfield home

October 16, 2012

Greenfield Now (Wisconsin)

A Mormon church group that was denied Greenfield city approval for a church site on 35th Street may have found itself a home in Greenfield after all.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints wants to buy land at the northwest corner of Arlington Cemetery, 4001 S. 27th St., and build a church there. The cemetery has already asked the city to change its land-use plan to enable the church proposal to go through.

A public hearing on the request will likely be held in December.


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Missionary Position: A Swiftly Paced Search for Identity

October 16, 2012

Houston Press (Texas)

Fales had the tradition of his own father, whom he loved, and that of his Church and its elders, staking their claim, reinforced steeply by peer-associates, also Mormons, while his inner spirit screamed for escape. While the telling is amusing and sprightly, the situation so blithely related contains the seeds of this daunting dilemma. Fales was forced to ask himself: “Are you going to believe these towering figures of authority, or your lying gonads?” It took him awhile to find the answer.


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BYU coaches await impact of lowered missionary age

October 16, 2012

CBS Sports

Point guard Cooper Ainge just turned 19, yet if he knew a year ago what he knows now he’d be off on his church mission rather than in his first season as a Brigham Young basketball player.

That’s the situation of many Mormon athletes after a new rule recently went into effect that lowers the age when members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can go on a mission from 19 to 18. It’s already affecting players deciding now whether to come to schools across Utah, and BYU in particular.

Among those could be top high school recruit Jabari Parker, a Mormon who included BYU on his top five list earlier this month. He also plans to make official visits to Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford.


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O Pioneers!

October 16, 2012

Cavalier Daily (Virginia)

Founded in New York, the Mormon religion migrated West in the 19th century; fear of persecution brought it to Utah, where members established a church. The religion has since spread both within and outside of the nation, including potentially to the steps of the White House. Mormon Studies, meanwhile — the academic inquiry into Mormon faith, history and culture — has remained predominantly confined to Utah, with a couple exceptions in the Northwest. That is, until the University announced last week the creation of a Mormon Studies Chair in the Department of Religious Studies.

The chair, which remains tentative until the Board of Visitors approves it in November, would be appointed and teach a course on the subject. The Board should embrace this bold decision that maintains the University’s reputation as a pioneer in the field of religious studies and will attract much needed scholarship into the origin and practice of Mormonism.


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