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13 November 2012

(VIDEO) Filmmaker Shows Why Mormons Help Hurricane Sandy Victims
November 13, 2012


As relief efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are joining forces to assist those affected by the devastation. On Sunday, 11 November, thousands of Mormons shortened or cancelled their worship services and traveled from around the East Coast to give aid in areas of New Jersey and New York.

A Church member in the New York area made a video to document the relief efforts and to encourage more volunteers to help. In the process he caught the essence of why Mormons help their neighbors in times of need, such as in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.


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The 10 Best Stories About the ‘Mormon Moment’
November 12, 2012

Religion News Service

The 2012 presidential campaign put Mormons and their Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under an intense media spotlight. Mormonism was analyzed, criticized, praised, appreciated, and misunderstood in a deluge of articles, blogs, television shows and opinion pieces.

Mormon Voices, a subsidiary of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, kept a steady eye on the voluminous coverage, offering both praise and criticism. As we try to make sense of the “Mormon moment,” Religion News Service asked Mormon Voices to collect examples of the media at its best and worst.


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FAIR’s Front Page app for Android
November 13, 2012


If you would like to read FAIR’s Front Page without using the full FAIR app that was announced yesterday, there is also now an app just for that.

FAIR’s Front Page contains daily news clippings about how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is represented in the media. It is also available by e-mail (you can sign up at http://www.fairlds.org).


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Mitt, Mormons, and the religious test that wasn’t
November 13, 2012

Washington Post

Buried in the mountain of demographic data preoccupying political pundits this week is one historic statistic that may have far-reaching consequences for religious freedom in America:

Seventy-nine percent of white Protestant evangelicals voted for Mitt Romney, a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – popularly known as the Mormon Church.

After a bitter Republican primary season during which many evangelical leaders supported the “anybody but Romney” effort, prominent conservative Christian ministers lined up behind Romney for the general election. A defining moment came on Oct. 11 when America’s Preacher, the Rev. Billy Graham, publicly signaled support for Romney’s candidacy.


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Putting the service in Sunday services — Mormons, Muslims, Methodists team up on Sandy relief
November 13, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

In an unusual move, LDS Church officials in New York City canceled regular Sunday worship services on Nov. 11 so members and missionaries could join the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Wearing yellow jackets emblazoned with the words, Mormon Helping Hands, hundreds of eager Latter-day Saints entered devastated Rockaway, Queens, neighborhoods and got to work dragging muck and debris from flood-damaged homes.

They were joined by volunteers from Muslim relief services and local United Methodist churches, whose denominational Relief Committee (with an office in Utah) had already sent several pallets of supplies to the disaster area.

As the volunteers worked, Mormon videographer Joshua Brown captured many of the interfaith collaborations and grateful neighbors in an eight-minute video, which has now gone viral.


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November 13, 2012

World Net Daily

Mitt Romney’s defeat appears to close out a years-long “Mormon moment,” a period of national fascination with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It has also provoked Mormon disappointment; Romney would have been first Latter-day Saint in the White House, culminating a decades-long process of growing Mormon acceptance and influence.

But prominent Mormons and religion experts say Mormons should be heartened that Romney’s candidacy appeared to help mainstream the relatively young faith, which was founded in 1830 in upstate New York.


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Mormon Helping Hands mobilizes for storm-ravaged Rockaways and Broad Channel
November 13, 2012

New York Daily News

Mormons, better known in New York City for clean-cut young missionaries in pressed white shirts, are now doing God’s work by getting their hands dirty.

Members of Mormon Helping Hands have won rave reviews from Rockaway and Broad Channel residents whose homes were battered by floodwaters.

About 6,000 volunteers from all over the Northeast have helped pump water out of deluged basements and gut homes. The group is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“We take the sheetrock out … because the basements are now going to get mold,” said Kevin Calderwood, who is coordinating the group’s work in Queens. “In a weekend, we can do hundreds and hundreds of work orders.”


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Rolly: Mormons stand off against the narcs
November 13, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

“As we were preparing to say the closing prayer at the conclusion of our visit, we heard someone pounding on the door and yelling, ‘It’s the police! Open the door!’ I thought, ‘Oh, that old joke.’ Then there was more pounding,” Budd wrote.

Before the boyfriend could open the door, it flew open and 10 armed men wearing Kevlar vests bearing the word POLICE swarmed in, ordering everyone to the floor.

Budd wrote: “I thought to myself, ‘This is going to make a great story.’ ”


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Catholics and Mormons: A New Sisterhood in the Struggle for Women’s Ordination
November 13, 2012

Huffington Post

They had never met each other and had little idea beyond fragments of stereotypes of each other’s faith. A panel sponsored by the Claremont Graduate University, “Catholic/Mormon Dialogue on Women’s Ordination,” brought them together. There were seven panelists — Catholic: Victoria Rue (Catholic priest), Christine Haider-Winnet (Women’s Ordination Conference), Jennifer O’Malley (Roman Catholic Woman Deacon); Mormon: Margaret Toscano (Mormon Women’s Forum, Mary Ellen Robertson (Sunstone Education Foundation), Laurie Winder, (Mormon Women’s Forum). Gina Messina Dysert from CGU moderated. It was my task to introduce the topic on the basis of my earlier book “When Women Were Priests and the Scandal of their Subordination in Early Christianity,” since I was familiar with the historical terrain of the struggle for women’s ordination.


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‘Book of Mormon Girl’ disses Mia Love as ‘next Sarah Palin’
November 13, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Author Joanna Brooks, aka “Mormon Girl,” does not mince words about her assessment of thwarted Republican congressional candidate Mia Love.

“Did America Just Dodge the Next Sarah Palin?” asks the headline in an essay Brooks (author of the “Ask Mormon Girl” blog and the memoir “The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith”) wrote for Religious Dispatches magazine.


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The Mormon War in Missouri
November 13, 2012

CBS St. Louis (Missouri)

A 182 year history in Missouri has not always been kind to Mormons, but the Show-Me State elected a Ladder [sic] Day Saint to lead the free world this year.

For 137 years, it was technically legal to kill a Mormon in Missouri. The law was on the books until 1975, when Governor Bond rescinded what was known as the extermination order.

The order was issued in 1838, driving many Mormons out of the state. Mormons once held a stronghold in the state when the prophet Joseph Smith pronounced Independence as the location of Zion in 1831. In the religion, Independence is the New Jerusalem where followers will gather for the second coming of Christ. But Patrick Mason, author of “The Mormon Menace” says conflict broke out on the frontier. Missourians didn’t like the abolitionist views and polygamy practices of the settlers.


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TEXAS FAITH: What did the 2012 election results mean for people of faith?
November 13, 2012

Dallas Morning News (Texas)

What’s more, we had a Mormon heading a ticket for the first time. We had one party in the unusual position of not having a Protestant running for president or vice president. And we had minority voters who once had been on the fringe of society sharply shaping the outcome of a presidential election.

Mercifully, we had little religious skirmishing during the general election. But there were plenty of religious-themed issues in play.


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Mormon youth stepping out to share their faith
November 13, 2012

Brookings Register (South Dakota)

At 6:30 each morning, young Mormon missionaries around the world wipe the sleep away and begin a half-hour of exercise. From 7 to 8, they shower, eat breakfast and generally prepare for the day. From 8 to 10, they study. Then, they head out.

“Sometimes you’ll see us just out on the streets talking to people; sometimes we’ll knock on people’s doors and talk to them,” said Elder Benjamin Lund, 21, who last week completed his two-year mission, the last leg of which he served in Brookings.


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Teenage boy arrested in connection with triple burglary, vandalism at Wasilla Mormon church
November 13, 2012

The Republic (Indiana)

A 15-year-old boy is accused of breaking into a Mormon church in Wasilla three times and vandalizing it each time.

Alaska State Troopers say the teen is charged with burglary and criminal mischief in connection with the burglaries and vandalism at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The teen was arrested Sunday following the third burglary.


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Did America Just Dodge the Next Sarah Palin?
November 13, 2012

Religion Dispatches

Love was supposed to have benefited, according to BYU professor Quin Monson, from a desire among Mormon Republicans in this deeply Mormon Republican district to send a clear message to the nation that the faith had overcome its racist past.

But instead of sending a symbolic message, the voters of Utah’s 4th district ended up sending the state’s only Democratic Congressman back to Washington, D.C.


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2012 Election was a vote for religious tolerance, amid shifting political landscape
November 13, 2012

Grand Rapids Press (Michigan)

It was not just young Democrats like her who saw positives for religious understanding beneath the noise of the presidential and congressional battles. Mormon leaders say Mitt Romney’s run at the presidency indicated a growing acceptance and understanding of their faith.

Even in defeat, Romney’s close race represents a watershed moment for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said Charles Stoddard, a West Michigan Mormon leader.

“If you ask somebody on the street to name a Mormon, a year ago they might have said Donny and Marie Osmond,” said Stoddard, a former Mormon bishop and stake president (a regional leader) in Grand Rapids. “Today they’d say Mitt Romney.”


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Will the real Steve Hofmeyr stand up?
November 13, 2012

The Independent (South Africa)

He Is described on his Wikipedia page as “a South African singer, songwriter and actor” – most of the time.

But thanks to the “edit page” feature on that internet-based depository of all knowledge, Steve Hofmeyr found himself with a revised history yesterday.

For about 30 viral minutes, Hofmeyr was rewritten as “a prominent member of the Mormon Church split group, known as The Morons, who believe members should conceive as many children with as many women as possible”.


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Universities Welcome Muslim Students Through Interfaith Efforts
November 13, 2012

Center for American Progress

Many Muslim students, for instance, are finding common ground with their classmates at Brigham Young University’s Salt Lake City, Utah campus which is “supported, and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” and where 98.5 percent of all students are Mormon. The values promoted in the BYU Honor Code include “shun[ing] alcohol, illicit drugs and pre-marital sex,” and are important in the Muslim faith. These and other similarities have created a sense of solidarity among Muslim and Mormon students, leading Muslim student Sameer Ahmad to conclude that “[Mormons and Muslims] emphasize the same teachings, the same set of beliefs, even though the way of participating [is different].”

In the course of living and studying together, many students at BYU have discovered that their faiths can bring them together instead of pushing them apart. Andrew Moulton, a Mormon who lives with a Muslim classmate, told the Deseret News that, “I didn’t know that our cultures were so similar.”

But it is not just friendships or a sense of belonging that is prompting this increase in Muslim students at non-Muslim religious universities. Brigham Young University is taking concrete steps to create a more welcoming environment for its Muslim students. Each Friday, for example, the university sets aside a room in the student center where its Muslim students can gather for prayers.


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Evangelicals and Romney: I Was Wrong
November 13, 2012

Nashville Scene (Tennessee)

For the Christian right in this election, fervor and turnout were not the problem, many organizers said in interviews. White evangelicals made up 26 percent of the electorate — 3 percent more than in 2004, when they helped to propel President George W. Bush to re-election. During the Republican primaries, some commentators said that Mr. Romney’s Mormon faith would drive away evangelicals, many of whom consider his church a heretical cult.

And yet, in the end, evangelicals voted overwhelmingly for Mr. Romney — even matching the presidential vote of Mormons: 78 percent for Mr. Romney and 21 percent for Mr. Obama, according to exit polls by Edison Research.

So, there you go. I was wrong. Bad for me, but I think good for America. We used to shell Mormons in order to persecute them for their religious beliefs. Now we vote for them for president. That’s a nice change.


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Faith Groups Fast For Charity
November 13, 2012

Harvard Crimson (Massachusetts)

“What does unite all of us is the theme of fasting: In the Jewish religion, the Islamic religion, the Mormon faith, fasting is a part of the religion,” said Muneeb Ahmed ’14, the Harvard Islamic Society’s director of external relations, who initiated the event with the goal of encouraging interfaith dialogue.

Students from the Latter-Day Saints Student Association, Harvard-Radcliffe Christian Fellowship, Harvard College Interfaith Council, and Harvard Hillel also participated in the fast.

By the end of the night, participants had pulled chairs into impromptu discussion circles, eating platefuls of food and asking each other questions about the role of fasting in their faiths.

Brad R. Talk ’13, a former Mormon missionary to India who took part in the fast, said going without food played an important spiritual role in his religion.


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Billy Graham issues response to Obama’s re-election, shares new evangelism campaign
November 14, 2012

Christian Today Australia

Graham faced some criticism after he appeared to put his support behind GOP candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon who some evangelical leaders said should not be supported by mainstream Christians. Graham met Romney last month at his home in North Carolina and praised him for his strong personal values, which he said were aligned with biblical positions – such as Romney’s support for traditional marriage and his pro-life views.

While stopping short of officially endorsing Romney, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association published a number of articles informing Christians that they need to pray and vote based on those biblical values. Furthermore, an article describing Mormonism as a “cult” was removed after the candidate’s visit with Graham and his son, Franklin.


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IRS Receives Complaint Against Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
November 13, 2012

Christian Post

For its part, Americans United has filed a complaint against Church in the Valley in Leakey, Texas, which had a controversial marquee sign message that read “Vote for the Mormon, not the Muslim! The capitalist, not the communist!”
According to Boston, his organization filed the complaint in October and at present he has not heard anything new, but that is likely due to the “strict confidentiality rules” of IRS investigations.


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Ellen Gray: ‘Doomsday Preppers’ get ready for the endtimes
November 13, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania)

What’s not mentioned on the show is that Braxton and Kara Southwick and their six children, who live outside Salt Lake City, are Mormon. “It is a tenet of the Mormon religion that you should be self-reliant and that you should have a year’s supply of food storage,” Kara Southwick told reporters, placing her superbly stocked pantry in a context the show fails to.


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