Welcome to MormonVoices. Our volunteers respond to public discussions and comments from public figures that misrepresent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We encourage and direct Mormons to get involved in online discussions and thereby help shape the public understanding and perceptions of the Church. Please join your voice with ours, and become a member of MormonVoices.

MormonVoices is an independent organization that is supportive of, but not
controlled by or affiliated with, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

17 April 2014

The Ruth M. Stephens Article Prize

Interpreter Foundation

The family of the late Ruth M. Stephens has established a prize in her honor to be given for articles submitted by women to Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.

First Prize $500
Second Prize $300

Submissions are due on or before 18 June 2014. They should meet the standards of Interpreter and focus on some aspect of Latter-day Saint scripture (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price) or some reasonably related topic (e.g., the Witnesses to the Book of Mormon, specific Latter-day Saint doctrines, early Christian thought, etc.).

http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-ruth-m-stephens-article-prize/

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Mormon Leader: Resolve Differences With Mutual Understanding

April 16, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

When religious freedom and nondiscrimination interests collide, we should seek “effective ways to resolve differences without anger or contention and with mutual understanding and accommodation.” That was Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s encouragement tonight at Utah Valley University’s Center for Constitutional Studies, where he was named one of the center’s honorary fellows.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormon-leader-resolve-differences-with-mutual-understanding

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Church Provides Furniture to Utah Ronald McDonald House

April 16, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

Humanitarian outreach by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is benefitting many people throughout the country through dozens of non-profit organizations in Utah and surrounding states. Donations range from assistance for the homeless to those in drug treatment programs to families in need of temporary shelter.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-donates-furniture-in-utah

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Church Easter Video Hits 2 Million YouTube Views

April 17, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

A weeklong social media effort by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to share the Easter story and to give hope through Jesus Christ is getting worldwide attention. The initiative, titled “Because of Him,” includes a YouTube video released in 20 languages that has been viewed more than 2 million times since it was posted on Palm Sunday, 13 April 2014.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-easter-video-hits-2-million-youtube-views

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Rethinking Mormons and Porn: Utah 40th in US in New Porn Data

April 17, 2014

FairMormon Blog

n 2009, a study found that Utah had the highest rate of online porn subscriptions of any state in the US. Latter-day Saints, who form a majority of Utah’s population, profess a belief in avoiding pornography.

New data, however, offer a conclusion opposite to the findings of the 2009 study, suggesting that Utah and other states with high Mormon populations have abnormally low rates of porn use.

http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/04/17/rethinking-mormons-and-porn-utah-40th-in-us-in-new-porn-data/

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Church Lawyers Are Pretty Peeved About ‘Mormon Match’ Online Dating Site

April 17, 2014

BetaBeat

Attorneys representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — a.k.a. Mormonism — are arguing that an online dating site called Mormon Match doesn’t have a right use the word “Mormon” or show pictures of church imagery, temples or paraphernalia, the Christian Post reports.

http://betabeat.com/2014/04/church-lawyers-are-pretty-peeved-about-mormon-match-online-dating-site/

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn proud to be gay and Mormon

April 16, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

After years of denials and lyrics that obscure the issue, the Utah County resident declared proudly that he is gay — and still a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I believe and I have faith and I was born with this,” Glenn told The Salt Lake Tribune in one of the first interviews since coming out.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57826807-223/glenn-band-neon-trees.html.csp

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Mormon Students Collect Thousands of Shoes for Haiti

April 17, 2014

News92 FM (Texas)

Some kids from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are wrapping up their “Shoes for Haiti” project.

About 200 Houston high schools have collected 3,000 shoes over the last six weeks to make a difference in another part of the world.

State youth leader Jacob Swanson says it’s an annual effort to move its Mormon youth to action.

http://news92fm.com/429883/mormon-students-collect-thousands-of-shoes-for-haiti/

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Mormon and atheists discussion held in Salt Lake City

April 17, 2014

God Discussion

Salt Lake City, UT will host the atheist convention this coming weekend. So as a “warm-up event,” two Mormon professors from Brigham Young and two atheist experts held a panel to discuss “public perceptions of atheists and Mormons.” The panel was moderated by University of Utah history professor Paul Reeve.

“The panelists will tackle common stereotypes of both groups, dispel myths and answer audience questions.” Once of the panelists was American Atheists President David Silverman. He has been with the group since 1997. He worked his way up to director, national spokesman, vice president, and then became president in 2010.

http://www.goddiscussion.com/115185/mormon-and-atheists-discussion-held-in-salt-lake-city/

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Trolley Extension Project Creates Controversy Along I-5 Corridor

April 17, 2014

7 San Diego (California)

The 11-mile extension would serve two large universities and two of the region’s largest employment areas according to the San Diego Association of Governments Director of Mobility Jim Linthicum.

But the Mid-Coast Transit Project has to cross I-5 to do so and residents of the Cape La Jolla Gardens condo complex and officials with the Mormon Temple disagree on exactly where the bridge should be placed.

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Trolley-Extension-Project-Stirs-Controversy-Along-I-5-Corridor-255645931.html

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Sale of Florida state lands could finance environmental protection

April 17, 2014

Florida Times-Union

A Mormon Church-affiliated firm is in line to purchase 142 acres of vacant land from the state, with the money potentially helping Florida preserve environmentally sensitive land.

The money is expected to become part of a revamped Department of Environmental Protection program that could raise $20 million for Florida Forever land purchases.

http://jacksonville.com/news/politics/2014-04-17/story/sale-state-lands-could-finance-envirnomental-protection

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

NOTE: This is posted for those who are interested in keeping abreast what is being said around the world about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members. MormonVoices cannot and does not guarantee the validity or truthfulness of any information reported. The responsibility for the interpretation and use of this information lies with the reader. As all information comes from other news sources and has not been independently verified, MormonVoices cannot guarantee or be responsible for the security of links in the clipping service. MormonVoices will attempt as much as possible to exclude news articles containing strongly offensive language or which lead to offensive images, but cannot guarantee that some will not slip through.

Don't panic! You are in the right place!

MDL.org is now MormonVoices.org

Mormon Defense League is now “Mormon Voices” and our new URL is www.mormonvoices.org. You have automatically been forwarded to our new website. Our mission is the same, but our emphasis will be to help members become involved in critical conversations online.