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14 November 2012

1870s Mormon Baptistry Uncovered on Provo City Center Temple Site
November 14, 2012

mormonnewsroom.org

The earliest known baptistry of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah County, located 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, was discovered recently on the new Provo City Center Temple site. The temple is being built from what remains of the 1898 Provo Tabernacle. A fire in 2010 gutted the historical structure.

The baptistry, with its five-by-nine-foot font, was built around 1875 and is a significant discovery, said Dr. Benjamin Pykles, a Church History Department curator. “This one city block spans nearly the entire history of the Church in Utah with the construction of the original meetinghouse in the 1850s and 60s, the baptistry in the 1870s, the tabernacle in the 1890s, and now the temple under construction.”

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/1870s-mormon-baptistry-uncovered-on-provo-city-center-temple-site

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Mormon Volunteers Give More Than 80,000 Hours of Service to Hurricane Sandy Victims
November 14, 2012

mormonnewsroom.org

Volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are continuing efforts to help East Coast residents recover from Hurricane Sandy. Local leaders cancelled or abbreviated worship services to give members more time to serve.

More than 7,700 Church members and missionaries have devoted over 80,000 hours since Hurricane Sandy hit to help residents along the storm’s path. The Church has provided 300,000 pounds of relief supplies including: food, water, blankets, hygiene kits, generators, pumps, tarps, cleaning supplies and fuel.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/sandy-cleanup-update

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Keeping the Faith 3: Cody Anderson-Cultivating the seeds of faith, pt 1
November 14, 2012

FAIR Blog

Cody Anderson was an exemplary young member of the Church. As a teen, he was an Eagle Scout, a quorum president, and had experienced a spiritual conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. But as he began to encounter opposition and sin, he became discouraged and developed a sense of shame and unworthiness. He began to attend church less frequently and he gradually stopped reading the scriptures and praying. Eventually, he encountered anti-Mormon literature and found a rational justification for his disaffection from the Church. For a number of years, he pursued a lifestyle that was simply guided by his base desires. While some people like Cody never return to the Church, he instead returned to full activity, became sealed in the temple, and now volunteers for FAIR. In this interview, he explains what it was that brought him back into the Church and provides some insight into why some people leave the Church, and what friends and family
members can do to help them return.

http://www.fairblog.org/2012/11/14/keeping-the-faith-3-cody-anderson-cultivating-the-seeds-of-faith-pt-1/

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Keeping the Faith 3: Cody Anderson-Cultivating the seeds of faith, pt 2
November 14, 2012

FAIR Blog

This is the second part of a two-part interview.

http://www.fairblog.org/2012/11/14/keeping-the-faith-3-cody-anderson-cultivating-the-seeds-of-faith-pt-2/

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Mormons practice faith from Utah cavern
November 14, 2012

NBC News

The “Rock,” as it is referred to by the approximately 100 people living there in about 15 families, was founded about 35 years ago on a sandstone formation near Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Polygamy was a part of the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was brought to Utah by faithful Mormons in the late 1840s. The mainstream Mormon church abandoned the practice in 1890, but an estimated 37,000 Mormon fundamentalists continue the practice today and believe plural marriage brings exaltation in heaven.

http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/14/15170351-mormons-practice-faith-from-utah-cavern?lite

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BOOK REVIEW: Mormon backdrop murder mystery
November 14, 2012

Mercury News (California)

Author Avraham Azrieli wades into controversial waters with his fifth novel, “The Mormon Candidate.” His main character, Ben Teller, is a photojournalist who, with his dual purpose R1200GS BMW motorcycle has joined the Marine Corps Veterans’ Annual Ride in Washington, D.C. when a terrible accident results in the death of one of the bikers. Teller is on the scene before emergency personnel and takes photos of the final moments in the life of Zachariah Hinckley, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Suspicious by nature and as a bi-product of his profession, he senses that Hinckley’s death was not an accident. His investigation, along with the discovery of the dead man’s journal, leads Teller directly into the political nest of the man running for president of the United States, Joe Morgan, a successful businessman and active LDS member.

http://www.mercurynews.com/milpitas/ci_21996957/book-review-mormon-backdrop-murder-mystery

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BuzzFeed Campaign Scribe McKay Coppins May Wear ‘Strange, Exotic’ Mormon Underpants
November 14, 2012

Media Bistro

Throughout the election it became common knowledge that BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins was the Mormon covering the Mitt Romney campaign. Coppins tweeted about being Mormon several times and Politico called him “the Mormon on Mitt’s trail.”

Even so, it was never an issue extensively covered by Coppins. Today, however, he has a lengthy first-person account about his experience covering Romney headlined “A Mormon Reporter On The Romney Bus.”

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowldc/mckay-coppins-mormon-underwear-buzzfeed-mitt-romney_b89187

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A Mormon Reporter On The Romney Bus
November 14, 2012

Buzz Feed

The exchange prompted giggles from the group — some nervous, others indulgent — as I slid down in my seat and pretended to look at my phone, hoping it wouldn’t occur to any of them I might be wearing the strange, exotic garment they were all gossiping about. It wasn’t that their tone was antagonistic or insensitive; just uncontrollably curious — like virginal adolescents talking about sex during a sleepover. And as a lifelong Mormon, I had grown fairly used to hearing my religion talked about that way.

This was how much of the political class was treating Romney’s religion at the start of 2012: too awkward to discuss in an open forum, yet too tantalizing to ignore altogether. Questions permeated hushed conversations and private e-mail chains: Does Romney really believe he will get his own planet when he dies? Does he baptize dead Jews in his temples?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/a-mormon-reporter-on-the-romney-bus

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Our Views: For Mormons, a proud figure
November 13, 2012

The Advocate (Louisiana)

Who would have thought, not very many years ago, that the two candidates for president of the United States would be a Mormon and a black incumbent?

While it does not need to be belabored, the pairing of President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney underlines the incredible capacity for social improvement in the United States, a place where old barriers of all kinds can be overcome.

http://theadvocate.com/news/opinion/4414984-123/our-views-for-mormons-a

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Love Plus
November 14, 2012

Seven Days (Vermont)

Of course, there are plenty of reasons for progressives to question the notion that polygamy is part of the “new American sexual revolution,” as Bennion puts it. Mormon plural marriage is tied to patriarchy and the official subordination of women who have access to the privileges of “priesthood” only through men (as in mainstream LDS). The practice rests on the assumption that all fertile women should be breeding; it relies on a high female-to-male ratio; and it has led to abuses, from the rape of teenagers to the mass expulsion of young men who threatened the ruling patriarchs’ monopoly on nubile wives.

But, as Bennion points out, monogamy has sheltered abuses, too. Polygamy, she believes, will never be “the prevalent marriage structure.” Yet it seems to work for some, including mainstream LDS women who convert to fundamentalist sects seeking a “good man” they can’t find in the regular dating pool — even if they have to share him.

http://www.7dvt.com/2012love-plus

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End Of The Day
November 14, 2012

Salt Lake City Weekly (Utah)

Q.: Is this the end of the so-called Mormon Moment?

A.: Historians will point to the nomination of Mr. Romney as the apex of the Mormon Moment, with his defeat and subsequent return to a quiet family life of wrestling with his sons and grooming his wife’s horse as the descent to the nadir of Mormon semi-obscurity. Mr. Romney was the best that The Kingdom of God could offer, a savior who comes along just once in a dispensation. We will not see his like again.

http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/article-16750-end-of-the-day.html

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Why Romney Lost
November 14, 2012

Nolan Chart

Most Americans are Anti-Mormon Bigots- That’s right, I said it. A large segment of our population hates Mormons and their religion. In fact, 3 of my relatives even stated that as their reason to vote for Obama over Romney. Apparently, it’s better to vote against a successful Mormon businessman and reelect a failed President who is constitutionally illiterate, economic incompetant, and just a poor administrator. We have people crying out against racism when it comes to blacks and latinos, but when it regards Mormons it’s not an issue. We have a long way to go before America can truly be a free society. As an Episcopalian, a Veteran, and Libertarian, I am appauld and embrassed that we live in a country where we still judge people based on some arbitary criteria that has no bearing on the Office of the President. Hopefully, we will live in a society that embraces people of all colors and creeds.

http://www.nolanchart.com/article9956-why-romney-lost.html

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Opinion: In Some Utah Precincts, Obama Received No Votes
November 14, 2012

NBC Chicago (Illinois)

Or could it be that they back Romney is such large numbers because the candidacy of the first Mormon to run for president is as meaningful to them as Obama’s presidency is to African-Americans. If I were a Mormon, I would have voted for Romney. He may not have won, but he demonstrated that a Mormon can run for national office without suffering religious prejudice. For a sect that was chased out of several states before finally finding a safety zone in the desert, and that has never completely shed its legacy of polygamy and racism, that was a big deal. As Mormon journalist McKay Coppins writes, the only time his fellow Romney reporters mentioned the candidate’s religion was in a few snickering speculations about Mormon underwear.

Chicago’s black community loves Obama. Utah’s Mormon community loves Romney. That, not vote fraud, explains the results in both places.

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/In-Some-Utah-Precincts-Obama-Received-No-Votes-179322261.html

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NICHOLS COLUMN: Things that surprisingly never mattered
November 13, 2012

Juneau County Star Times (Alaska)

Mitt Romney’s religion: At a town hall meeting in Howard last April, a young Wisconsin man told Romney he was concerned about his Mormon faith, tried to quote Mormon verse that some suggest is racist, and went on to ask the candidate if he was against interracial marriage. Romney said, “No,” but also made it clear, “We’re just not going to have a discussion about religion.” Turned out no one else in America wanted to either. Mitt Romney lost for lots of reasons, but not because of his faith.

http://www.wiscnews.com/news/opinion/columnists/article_45e301d2-2e1e-11e2-ab21-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=true

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Divine message or dirty window? Church won’t say
November 15, 2012

Asia One (Singapore)

Christians have reported seeing holy visions for centuries-the shepherd kids in Lourdes who saw the Virgin Mary, the first Mormon who was visited by the angel Moroni, the guy who saw Jesus in his toast. But who knew the Holy Mother would appear on a hospital window in Subang Jaya?

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20121115-383487.html

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Progressive Evangelicals’ Epic Fail
November 14, 2012

Patheos

Throughout Mitt Romney’s candidacy, the media promoted anti-Mormon voices far out of proportion to their actual influence. As an “Evangelical for Mitt,” I can’t tell you the number of times the MSM called to ask for reaction to alleged anti-Mormon sentiment that was sometimes entirely concocted and other times blown far out of proportion to its actual influence. Surveying the years of Mitt Romney’s presidential effort, one would be hard-pressed to find politically significant anti-Mormon commentary from virtually any Evangelical of real influence.

In reality, Evangelicals were largely lukewarm to Romney for a good reason: They were skeptical of his conservative credentials. Once they understood the extent of the contrast with Barack Obama, they came out for the Mormon from Massachusetts by record percentages. In other words, our convictions are far more resistant to scorn than the Left would like, we’re far less bigoted than they hoped, and our voice for the unborn endures.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frenchrevolution/2012/11/14/progressive-evangelicals-epic-fail/

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Billy Graham Responds to Criticism of Becoming Too Political – To Preserve Biblical Values.
November 14, 2012

Gospel Herald (China)

Billy Graham’s support for Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has received a lot of criticisms for being too political.

Romney visited Graham and his son, Franklin Graham, at their home in North Carolina earlier last month, Graham praised the Mormon politician for his strong biblical values. The Billy Graham Evangelical Association also published articles urging Americans to vote based on Biblical values. Unlike Obama, Romney is in favor of preserving traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman and does not support abortion.

Furthermore, an article which labelled Mormons as “cults” was removed from the BGEA website.

http://www.gospelherald.net/article/society/47851/billy-graham-responds-to-criticism-of-becoming-too-political-to-preserve-biblical-values.htm#.UKRnUeQ1krU

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Atheists petition Obama to nix ‘God,’ bible from inauguration
November 14, 2012

The Blaze

Considering their left-of-center views on a plethora of issues, many atheist activists saw President Barack Obama as the lesser of two evils this election season. But their disdain for Mitt Romney wasn’t only limited to policy. When juxtaposed against Obama, the former Massachusetts governor is overwhelmingly more devout in his faith and its practice — something that served as a turnoff to many non-believers. Consider, as one anecdotal example, the anti-Mormon rhetoric that famed non-theist Richard Dawkins recently spewed on Twitter.

http://politics.kfyi.com/cc-common/mainheadlines3.html?feed=104707&article=10572890

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