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23 October 2014

Church Updates Temple Garment Video

October 22, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

We’re pleased with the overwhelmingly positive response to the “Sacred Temple Clothing” video we posted last week. In recent days the video has been shared widely on social media channels and public news media and viewed over a half-million times, helping others better understand the sacred nature of this aspect of our beliefs.

One short clip used in the video came from stock footage filmed several years ago. It has just been brought to our attention that criminal charges had been brought against a Church member shown in the clip. We have therefore replaced that eight-second clip with new footage, but the script, imagery and all other aspects of the video remain unchanged. The updated video can be found here.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-updates-temple-garment-video

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Young Women Leader Shares Message of Faith With Girl Scouts

October 22, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, discussed the impact of faith on the lives of girls with other youth religious leaders during a 90-minute panel discussion at the 2014 Girl Scouts Convention held Thursday, 16 October 2014, in Salt Lake City. The session was titled “Faith in Action: Understand the Impact of Faith on Girls’ Lives and on Their Communities.”

“Faith adds purpose,” said Davia Temin, first vice president of the national board of Girls Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), who explained the Girl Scouts is a nonsectarian organization that has a membership of more than 2 million girls representing every major religion in the country. “We are a big tent committed to diversity and variety.”

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/young-women-leader-shares-message-faith-girl-scouts

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Entertainer Donny Osmond to Speak at RootsTech 2015

October 23, 2014

Mormon Newsroom

Entertainer Donny Osmond will be part of RootsTech 2015, the largest family history conference in the world. The event, hosted by FamilySearch, will be held on 12-14 February 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Event organizers announced that Osmond, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will join RootsTech as a keynote speaker on Saturday, 14 February.

“I’m already looking forward to this exciting event,” said Osmond, who has been singing and entertaining audiences for almost 50 years. “Family and family stories are obviously very important to me. This is a chance to connect to something that is part of who I am.”

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/entertainer-donny-osmond-speak-rootstech-2015

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Mormon Church peels back mystery of sacred undergarments

October 22, 2014

Washington Post (DC)

For years, the Mormon Church’s undergarments have been mocked and misunderstood. Often referred to jokingly as “magic Mormon underwear,” the garb, which resembles a T-shirt and shorts, has been ridiculed on Broadway, referenced in political campaigns and exploited online for profit. That’s why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has come forward to explain one of its most sacred Mormon mysteries.

The church released a four-minute video on its Web site, comparing the white two-piece cotton “temple garments” to the priest’s cassock, nun’s habit, Jewish prayer shawl, Muslim’s skullcap and Buddhist monks’ saffron robes. It rejected the perception that the garments have protective powers. The term “magic underwear” is “not only inaccurate but also offensive,” the video said. “There is nothing magical or mystical about temple garments, and church members ask for the same degree of respect and sensitivity that would be afforded to any other faith by people of goodwill.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/10/22/mormon-church-peels-back-mystery-of-sacred-undergarments/

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Video Released By LDS Church Reveals Secrets Of Mormon Underwear

October 23, 2014

International Business Times

In a historic move, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a YouTube video describing the temple garments many of its faithful members wear, which had been treated as secret until now. Those include undergarments worn every day and robes worn solely in the temple during sacred ceremonies. The mystery has been removed not only for people outside the church, but also for many Mormons themselves.

“Before I had personally gone to the temple, I had never seen the temple robes and had no idea what to expect. Most of my LDS friends have also never seen the robes before going to the temple themselves. That was the portion of the video most exciting to this generation,” Blake Oakey, 22, a lifelong church member and co-founder of the blog Millennial Mormons, told International Business Times. While non-members may be more curious about the undergarments, the temple robes are treated with far more secrecy within Mormon culture.

http://www.ibtimes.com/video-released-lds-church-reveals-secrets-mormon-underwear-1710514

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More transparency from the LDS church; ‘magic Mormon underwear’ explained

October 23, 2014

KPCC (California)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints may be going on a public relations offensive.

It recently came out with an online video about temple garments, asking people to drop the “magic Mormon underwear” label and give the vestments “the same degree of respect and sensitivity that would be afforded to any other faith by people of good will.”

http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2014/10/23/39958/more-transparency-from-the-lds-church-magic-mormon/

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New Mormon essay: Joseph Smith married teens, other men’s wives

October 22, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Mormon founder Joseph Smith took his first “plural wife,” Fanny Alger, in the mid-1830s. He later married many additional women — including young teens and some who already were wed to other men — and introduced the practice of polygamy to select members in the 1840s.

But Smith and his church distinguished between bonds for this life, which included full matrimonial relations, and partnerships that would exist only in eternity — though it was not always clear which type of marriage the LDS prophet was practicing in every case.

http://www.sltrib.com/news/1733664-155/smith-joseph-plural-marriage-lds-polygamy

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Excerpts from Mormon essay about Joseph Smith’s polygamy

October 23, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

“Although the Lord commanded the adoption — and later the cessation — of plural marriage in the latter days, he did not give exact instructions on how to obey the commandment. Significant social and cultural changes often include misunderstandings and difficulties.”

http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/1738500-155/joseph-eternity-sealings-smith-women-marriage

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Sean P. Means: Movies on faith don’t get a free pass

October 23, 2014

Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

For Miller, a devout Mormon and personal friend of Lund, supporting the movie series was more about devotion than turning a profit. But he told me in 2006 that the experience “extinguished” his drive to produce movies.

The problem is that movies don’t work the way his other businesses do. Put a good car on the lot, or a winning team on the court, and people will pay money for it. The movies don’t always work that way.

“There can be some really well-done stuff — cinematography-wise, story-wise, even acting-wise — and not have it do well,” Miller said in 2006.

http://www.sltrib.com/home/1734082-155/movie-movies-critics-faith-percent-miller

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Lesbian mom fighting to keep son in Las Vegas during military deployment

October 22, 2014

Las Vegas Review Journal (Nevada)

Mann said he was so offended that he decided to handle the mother’s appeal for free. He described himself as a “devout Mormon” who is “not a big gay rights lawyer.”

“I was just flabbergasted when I left the courtroom,” he said.

Potter also is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church teaches that sexual activity should occur only between a married man and woman.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/military/lesbian-mom-fighting-keep-son-las-vegas-during-military-deployment

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