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12 November 2012

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November 12, 2012


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Mormonism’s bright face
November 13, 2012

Arizona Republic

Now that the election is over and the candidate I voted for lost the election, I can now pick the real winner: the Mormon religion.

Mitt Romney demonstrated by his actions that he lived a faith devoted to service to mankind. (I am not a Mormon.)

Had he won, he would have been a superb example of what a true American looks and acts like.


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What’s next for Romney? Become a Mormon apostle? Oversee an LDS mission?
November 12, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Now others are wondering about different Mormon options for the faith’s the most-visible member. Apostle? Mission president? Overseer of the Utah-based church’s vast financial holdings?
None of the above is more likely.

For starters, becoming the Mormon president, considered by the faithful to be a “prophet, seer and revelator,” is out.

It is not an elected or appointed position but, by long-standing practice, goes to the senior member of the church’s Quorum of Twelve Apostles. There are currently no openings in that quorum.

While several politicians have been called to be Mormon mission presidents – the late Utah Congressman Wayne Owens oversaw missionaries in Montreal after losing his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Jake Garn in 1974, and Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, is retiring at the end of this term to serve as an LDS mission president — Romney’s profile could be too high for the church to use him in that way.


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McEntee: Choir gets boot, but still aims for LGBT-Mormon harmony
November 12, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

In the end, the One Voice Choir found a permanent practice space, the LDS Church apologized for the disrupting of a rehearsal at a Salt Lake City Mormon meetinghouse and the troupe’s leader affirmed the love intrinsic to voices raised in sacred music.

It all began about a month ago, when the choir, a mix of LGBT and straight singers, wanted to find a place to practice, explains musical director Bryan Horn. A friend said he had received permission to use the meetinghouse, and the 20 or so singers gathered there.


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Religion: Obama and Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Born again, Mormon votes
November 12, 2012

Bayou Buzz (Louisiana)

BORN-AGAINS: This election, as was the case four years ago, 26 percent of the electorate call themselves born-again Christians. Four years ago, John McCain thumped Barack Obama by a 50-point margin among this constituency. This year, Mormon Mitt Romney beat Obama by an even wider 57 points.

So, yes, born-again Christians will vote for a Mormon, and they will do so in heavy numbers.


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News roundup: SNL spoofs Romney drunk on milk
November 12, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Happy Monday. Saturday Night Live spoofs Mitt Romney’s loss by suggesting he got drunk on milk and started confusing his sons’ names and threw Karl Rove off a balcony. Matt Romney: “Have you been drinking? You smell like a dairy.”


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Commentary: Election results show what never mattered
November 12, 2012

Oshkosh Northwestern (Wisconsin)

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.


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Behind the Lines: Whither the GOP?
November 12, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Bagley: Some Mormons who took the election results hard are posting dire Book of Mormon warnings that America is now ripe for destruction. Personally I think we are only half-baked for destruction. Let’s all take a deep breath and watch cute kittens on the Internet for a day or two. The sun will continue to rise in the east and plans to build bunkers in the mountains will seem less urgent as we get back to managing our 401ks.


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There’s much more to Mormonism than this
November 13, 2012

Japan Times

As a Mormon living in Japan, I would like to take a moment to comment on John Spiri’s article “Against all odds, Mormons in Japan soldier on” (Zeit Gist, Oct. 23).

It is nice to see more written on the church, although I am not sure I appreciate how it was presented. Starting the article with references to Bill Maher, Robert Jeffress and even including the Broadway satire “The Book of Mormon” really set the tone for the author’s take on our religion. It is obvious that we are considered a joke to Mr. Spiri, as he tries to portray us as a deluded “cult.”


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Interview with a Jew-loving Ukrainian Mormon
November 12, 2012

Jewish Journal of Greater L.A. (California)

LDS Seminary and Institute (= Mormon Hillel) coordinators are an oft-overlooked resource for Jewish leaders in Europe who are attempting to conduct outreach to friendly Christian communities. Some of the most philo-Semitic Mormons I have ever met are Institute directors, and one has profoundly changed my life. Marin Iachimov, the Institute coordinator for Romania and several other countries, kindly invited me to speak on LDS-Jewish relations in Romania and Moldova, and I met my lovely wife-to-be in Bucharest. I have already blogged about the former Institute directors in Lund, Sweden, a German couple who organized groups of young Mormons to clean Jewish cemeteries. In this column I’d like to profile the dynamic philo-Semite who serves as the Seminary and Institute coordinator for Ukraine. If you know Jews in Ukraine, by all means forward this interview to them.

Igor Piddubnyi has been an Institute coordinator for 15 years, and writes that he “was always attracted to our brothers, the Jews. I had many Jewish friends during my school years.” Like many Mormons, Igor had this to say about his trip to Israel: “I love them [Jews] with all my heart. I have never heard that I had Jewish roots, but when I went to Israel, I felt home. I almost wept as I stood at the Western wall. There is still something sacred there.” In addition, Igor speaks and reads some Hebrew.


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Boy, 15, Arrested in $40K String of Church Vandalism Break-Ins
November 12, 2012

KTUU (Alaska)

A 15-year-old boy was arrested by Alaska State Troopers Sunday in connection with a series of break-ins at a Mormon church in Wasilla this month that caused an estimated $40,000 in damage.

According to a Monday AST dispatch, troopers were initially called shortly before 8:30 a.m. Nov. 2 to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, at 10865 Horizon Dr., for reports of a fire.

“Troopers and Central Matsu (Fire Department) responded to the church and it was determined that there was not a fire,” troopers wrote. “Investigation determined an unknown person broke into the church and vandalized the building causing several thousand dollars in damage.”


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Illinois prep hoops: What to look for in 2012-13
November 11, 2012

Comcast Sportsnet

Who will win the Jabari Parker recruiting sweepstakes?

“At this point, we’re not sure he will play a second of college basketball,” said longtime recruiting analysts Roy and Harv Schmidt of Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye.

“The Mormon Church has lowered its age limit to 18 for members (Parker is a member of the Mormon Church) to go on a mission. So Parker could opt to fulfill his two-year service as soon as he graduates from Simeon, then could go directly to the NBA.”

The Schmidts argue that might be why the 6-foot-8 senior is wavering over his college decision. Sonny Parker, Jabari’s father, recently said his son won’t sign during the Nov. 14-21 signing period and won’t make an oral commitment until December.


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Election blurring of church, state separation draws complaints
November 12, 2012


Americans United for Separation of Church and State urged the IRS in October to investigate a Texas church that advised on its marquee to “Vote for the Mormon, not the Muslim!” – a reference to Mormon Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Obama, who is not a Muslim.


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Peace and harmony? Healing the polarization of a much-divided postelection America
November 12, 2012

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas)

Brickhill, the lawyer, lives in nearby Lynchburg, home to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University and Thomas Road Baptist Church. Before the election, The Lynchburg Ledger newspaper published a column called “Can a Christian Vote for a Mormon?” — making the case for why those in the local Christian community could vote for Mitt Romney for president, even if a “Mormon would be unacceptable” in any leadership position in a Christian church.


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US elects first bisexual Congress member
November 13, 2012

Sky News (Australia)

The United States will have its first openly bisexual member of Congress, with a Democrat winning a tight race in the increasingly competitive southwestern state of Arizona.

Results show 36-year-old Kyrsten Sinema, who supports President Barack Obama’s health care reform, is ahead by around three percentage points in the November 6 election.

Sinema, who served in the state Senate, was raised in a conservative Mormon family.


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Omaha businessman, son identified in California plane crash
November 12, 2012

Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska)

Patrick Clarke had been a Mormon bishop and was well-known in his church community. “He’ll be missed,” Thompson said.

Scott Clarke was an anesthesiologist and also active in the Mormon faith, Thompson said.


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US elects first bisexual member of Congress
November 12, 2012


Sinema, who served in the state Senate, was raised in a conservative Mormon family. In an interview in August with the gay-oriented Washington Blade, Sinema said she had been out all of her adult life and accused her opponent in the Democratic primary of using her sexual orientation against her.


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Bryce Harper: Rookie of the Year
November 12, 2012

Washington Post

After smashing his seventh home run of the season in Toronto, a 438-foot shot at Rogers Centre, a local reporter asked Harper, shown here in September, if he would be enjoying a celebratory Canadian beer. A Nationals spokesman tried to shut down the question, but Harper, a Mormon whose religion forbids alcohol, quipped the now often-cited, pop culture phrase: “That’s a clown question, bro.”


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