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14 February 2013

A Mormon’s View on Love
February 14, 2013


Christ’s eternal love is the motivating force in Mormon life. As The Book of Mormon teaches, possessing the “pure love of Christ” is “the greatest of all” the attributes one can develop in this life (see Moroni 7:46-47).

In a Valentine’s Day commentary on the Washington Post’s “On Faith” forum, Kathryn Skaggs, a Mormon in California, shares similar thoughts, noting that an eternal view of love is the “lens through which Mormons view their most personal relationships.”


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A Mormon guide to love
February 14, 2013

Washington Post (DC)

The belief that love is eternal is at the very heart of the meaning of love for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s the lens through which Mormons view their most personal relationships, serve community and extend their outreach in charitable humanitarian efforts globally.

The source of this eternal love emanates from God; whom individual members enter a covenant relationship to follow His Son, Jesus Christ, and emulate his teachings throughout their lives. With this priority firmly in place, Mormons set off with a desire, instinctively knowing that, “When ye have done it unto one of the least of these…” a spouse, child, friend, neighbor, even a stranger… “Ye have done it unto me.”


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‘We’re not making things up again’ Book of Mormon spurs church ad campaign
February 14, 2013

Upstart Business Journal

Say what you will about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is a religion that knows a marketing opportunity when one presents itself.

Rather than run around protesting the rather undignified manner in which the hit musical The Book of Mormon portrays Mormons and the Mormon religion, Mormons are rather cunningly using the Broadway hit to raise awareness of a religion that is not familiar to–or well understood–by millions of Americans.

In Chicago, where The Book of Mormon began an extended run in December, the Mormon church has launched a very visible ad campaign in the pages of Playbill, the free magazine/program handed to audiences at every performance of the musical.


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‘Book of Mormon’ highlights 2013-14 Orlando Broadway season
February 14, 2013

WFTV (Florida)

The sensational 2013-2014 season will be headlined by the Broadway phenomenon BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony AwardsŽ, including Best Musical. The season will also include the heartwarming winner of five Tony AwardsŽ in 2011, WAR HORSE, and the winner of eight 2012 Tony AwardsŽ, including Best Musical, ONCE. Rounding out the 2013-2014 season will be the pop culture phenomenon FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL, the Broadway classic smash hit EVITA, and the acclaimed GHOST The Musical, based on the popular movie.


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‘Book Of Mormon,’ ‘War Horse’ Among Bushnell’s 2013-14 Broadway Season
February 14, 2013

Hartford Courant (Connecticut)

National tours of two Broadway smashes, the musical “Book of Mormon,” and the epic play featuring life-sized puppetry, “War Horse,” highlight the seven-show 2013-14 season at Hartford’s Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.


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Brian Robbins, Mormon scout master, busted for child pornography
February 14, 2013

Westword (Colorado)

After a huge cache of documents about child-sexual abusers went public last year, the Boy Scouts of America are under more scrutiny than ever to make sure adults working with kids don’t have pervy intentions. So the organization can’t be pleased about the arrest of Brian Robbins, a scout master for a troop in Parker, on child-pornography charges.

According to the Parker Police Department, the investigation into Robbins began in January. Cut to around noon on Tuesday, when detectives from the PPD, along with helpers from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County Pattern Crimes Unit, executed a search warrant on Robbins’s home, on the 22000 block of Pensive Court in the Canterberry subdivision.

A neighbor who spoke with CBS4 said Robbins and his wife lived at the address with his parents. She described them as a “Mormon family” and said she saw young men go in and out of the home often.
The Parker cops don’t mention finding such individuals at the residence during their search. However, they did locate a slew of child-pornography images — reportedly hundreds of them. Shortly thereafter, Robbins was booked on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child; his bond was set at $50,000.


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Catholic, Protestant, Jewish tourists not welcomed inside SLC historic Temple site
February 14, 2013

Renew America

This policy of entry for this LDS religious site clearly demonstrates an ‘exclusiveness’ which runs contrary to the message of the Bible. In the book of Matthew (Matt. 11:28-29) Christ beseeched mankind to “Come unto me all of you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me…” This verse clearly shows us that Christ desires to reach out to all non-believers in all places. Christ makes an appeal for people to follow Him. Jesus reaches out to those who don’t know Him and it is not an exclusive offer.

Certainly the policy of exclusivity that I experienced in the LDS church runs contrary to the words of openness I find in the Bible. If we are seeking truth we can find it in the pages of Bible. God’s word has liberated millions of people through the ages. Perhaps that is why I am so thankful that a friend of mine shared Biblical truth with me so many years ago. He opened up the word of God to me by sharing a Campus Crusade for Christ’s 4 Spiritual Laws booklet. This small 18 page booklet contains some key words of truth from the Bible about Salvation and explains how to become a follower of Jesus Christ (www.whoisjesus-really.com). This simple booklet with its golden nuggets of Biblical truth helped to spiritually open my eyes to the reality of God and His love for me. Years later I found out that two of my college friends in addition to a next door neighbor from my childhood home were praying for me. They prayed that God would open my
eyes to His truth and love.


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Ender’s Game, Superman and Anti-Gay Bigotry
February 14, 2013

Huffington Post

A devout Mormon, Card frequently speaks about the “radical redefinition of marriage,” which is of course fairly hypocritical, considering that his own church went through their own “radical redefinition of marriage” not so long ago. In 1990 Card wrote a lengthy essay titled “The Hypocrites of Homosexuality.” Throughout it, he roundly admonishes gay people as nothing more than people who are giving in to sin. He even goes so far as to state that anti-sodomy laws should remain on the books, making homosexuality illegal in the U.S. He points out, of course in an epilogue, that those were his old views, held before those laws were overturned. Now he only says non-inflammatory things like: “There are no laws left standing that discriminate against gay couples. They can visit each other in the hospital. They can benefit from each other’s insurance.”


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Utah band blends American folk music with Chinese instruments
February 14, 2013

Public Radio International

Matteo is made up of four 20-somethings: Eric Chipman, his wife Brinn Bagley-Chipman, Luke Williams and Jordan Riley. Eric, Brinn and Jordan all speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. They were raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and they did Mormon missions in Taiwan.

“You just agree, I’m going to be a missionary and wherever you send me, I’ll go,” Bagley-Chipman said. “You just get a letter and you open it up and you realize you are going to be in Taiwan for a year and a half or two years.”


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King’s Singers return to Utah with prayer
February 14, 2013

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

It’s always special when we’re invited to Utah. We know we’re going to an area [that] is a real choral hotbed, and we’ve been privileged to perform several times in Salt Lake City, both in Abravanel Hall and in the Tabernacle. Outside Salt Lake City we’ve been to St. George several times before, as well as Provo and Ogden during my time in the group. I suppose if I had to pick one standout occasion, it would be the Christmas when we were guests of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for their annual Christmas broadcast. For four nights we sang to 23,000 people, and the feeling of being surrounded by that amazing choir and orchestra, singing some of Mack Wilberg’s wonderful arrangements, is something that will never leave me.


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With Sione Pouha Ailing, the Future of the New York Jets’ Nose Tackle Position is Unclear
February 14, 2013

Rant Sports

A member of the Church of the Latter-day Saints, Pouha entered the league as a project player in part because he was a 26-year-old rookie, due to a two-year Mormon mission he partook in after high school.
Now 34-years-old, it’s very tough for the Jets to know how much longer that the can rely on Pouha to anchor the middle of their defensive line, especially after his alarming back woes in 2012.


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Quadriplegic’s positive outlook inspired others
February 14, 2013

Orange County Register (California)

As a young man, Rushton received a music scholarship to Brigham Young University, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees before getting his Ph.D in education from the University of Southern California. He taught religious classes for Mormon high school and college students for 25 years.

Rushton was very involved with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints both before and after his accident. He served an LDS mission in Central America for two and half years and was a bishop for seven. He also held a number of other leadership positions in the church. He was serving as the Irvine Stake president at the time of his injury.


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A Church Divided: Religion, Morality Never Far From Issue of LGBT Rights
February 14, 2013

KQED (California)

In a brief filed on behalf of several religious groups, including the Mormon Church and the National Association of Evangelicals, attorneys argue “(T)hat Prop. 8 was supported by some religious voters or is in harmony with some religious views is constitutionally irrelevant.”

They continue, “Religious institutions and believers have played pivotal roles in virtually all the great political and social movements in American history – from the colonial settlement and Founding, to the ending of slavery to women’s voting rights, to the civil rights – and they properly have a voice in the great marriage debate in which our Nation is now engaged.”


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Superman contract for anti-gay author causes growing anger
February 14, 2013

The Guardian (United Kingdom)

The swell of opinion against DC Comics’ choice of the anti-gay author Orson Scott Card to write the new Superman comic is growing, with more than 10,000 signatures on a petition calling on the publisher to drop Card, and one retailer already making the decision to boycott the comic.

Card is the bestselling author of the science fiction classic Ender’s Game. He is also a Mormon known for his anti-gay rhetoric (he has said that “the dark secret of homosexual society … is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally”, and that gay marriage is “the end of democracy in America”). DC announced last week that he would be writing the first issue in its new “Adventures of Superman” series, a decision that has been heavily criticised.


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Why Ezekiel Ansah Is the Most Unlikely Success Story in Entire 2013 NFL Draft
February 14, 2013

Bleacher Report

After converting to the Mormon faith as a high school senior, Ansah came to BYU in the fall of 2008 hoping to become a Division I basketball player. According to SI, he tried out for the Cougars’ basketball team in both 2008 and 2009 in an attempt to make his basketball dreams a reality but failed to make the cut both times.

Ansah first found athletic success at BYU in track and field, walking on the team in 2009, according to the Deseret News. Ansah’s fastest time that season in the 200-meter dash was 21.9 seconds–a time not quite fast enough to contend nationally at the NCAA level, but an incredibly fast time for a 6’5″ athlete built more like a discus thrower than a sprinter.


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Orson Scott Card isn’t the right man to write Superman
February 14, 2013

The Guardian (United Kingdom)

In 2008, in an op-ed that’s now missing from the Mormon Times website, Card said that Americans might respond to broader civil rights by changing the government “by whatever means … necessary”. It sounds very strange if you value the American Way.

Card’s principles do not align with Superman’s, though it’s unlikely that Card will write a story about Superman spreading disinformation, robbing people of their rights or overthrowing the government. Yet, if DC Comics knew about Card’s well-publicised views, why risk alienating parts of its audience by hiring him?


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