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Mormons Say Polygamy Morally Wrong

Mormons Say Polygamy Morally Wrong

By Amy Choate-Nielsen Deseret News Published: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 7:00 p.m. MST David Letterman knows how to get a laugh.Like most comics, he riffs on the day’s news, deadpans the camera and revels in audacity.”Oh, did you hear about this?” the host of CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman asked his audience recently. “A campaign staffer on the Newt Gingrich campaign was fired because he was making negative comments about Mormons. I thought, now, wait a minute — isn’t Newt in favor of multiple wives?” Laughter rumbled from the audience followed by applause. The polygamy punch line is a familiar one when it comes to poking fun at Mormons — as though Mormons and polygamy are synonymous in mainstream media. Ironically, the practice that’s most linked to Mormons is a practice most Mormons oppose, according to a groundbreaking new study of Mormons in America released Thursday by the Pew Research Center‘s Forum on Religion and... Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Beliefs and Attitudes on Immigration

Mormon Beliefs and Attitudes on Immigration

A recent The Pew Research Center‘s Forum on Religion and Public Life conducted an in-depth survey of Mormons in the United States. Mormon is a nickname sometimes used to describe members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The fourth article in a series that appears in Deseret News is evaluating the results of this survey and providing context for the results. Immigration is a controversial topic in the United States. The survey asked one question on this topic. They were asked which of two statements most closely matched their view, even if they didn’t completely agree. They were asked whether immigrants strengthen or burden the nation. No distinction was made between legal and illegal immigration, leaving those polled to decide for themselves what the question meant. In the general U.S. population, 45 percent of Americans feel that immigrants strengthen the country, while 44 percent burden it. 12 percent feel that neither or both are true or they have no opinion... Read the rest of this article »

LDS religious commitment high, Pew survey finds

LDS religious commitment high, Pew survey finds

Of all the numbers in the Pew Research Center’s recently released survey of “Mormons in America,” the highest, most overwhelming numbers are these: 98 percent of respondents said they believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and 97 percent say their church is a Christian religion. This comes on the heels of earlier surveys indicating that 32 percent of non-LDS U.S. adults say the LDS Church is not a Christian religion, and an additional 17 percent are unsure of LDS Christianity. The theological and semantic reasons for this can be complex, but for the 1,019 self-identified Mormons who participated in the Pew survey, their theological position is clear: Mormons believe in Jesus Christ, and they consider themselves to be Christian. “Certainly in Latter-day Saint theology is this idea that if you understand who you are, you understand that there’s a purpose in life, you understand your connection to God, that certainly has an impact on how you live your life... Read the rest of this article »

Mormons’ Focus on Marriage & Family Highlighted in Pew Survey

Mormons’ Focus on Marriage & Family Highlighted in Pew Survey

SMITHFIELD — After dinner, three baths, four bedtime stories and a half-a-dozen goodnight kisses for 2-year-old twins Brock and Isaac and 6-year-old Ellie, Erin and Brian Thompson finally sink into the couch with weary smiles. Being parents is just what they always wanted. And they love it. “Of course we have our crazy moments,” Thompson says, “but for the most part we just try to find the good things in the day and remember that they’re only going to be little for so long.” As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Thompsons believe that maintaining a strong marriage and raising and teaching children are essential keys to happiness and their most important responsibilities on earth. In fact, 81 percent of Mormons say being a good parent is “one of the most important things in life,” according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center‘s Forum on Religion & Public Life — the first survey of Mormons about Mormons,... Read the rest of this article »

Pew Study on Mormons in America

Pew Study on Mormons in America

As the “Mormon moment” extends into 2012, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life today released a groundbreaking new survey, the first ever published by a non-LDS research organization to focus exclusively on members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their beliefs, values, perceptions and political preferences. Entitled “Mormons in America: Certain in Their Beliefs, Uncertain of Their Place in Society,” the survey was conducted between Oct. 25 and Nov. 16, 2011 among a national sample of 1,019 respondents who identified themselves as Mormons. The results validate a number of long-held stereotypes (most American Mormons are white, well-educated, politically conservative and religiously observant) while providing a few interesting surprises (care for the poor and needy is high on the list of LDS priorities, while drinking coffee and watching R-rated movies aren’t as taboo among the rank and file as you might think). “While this survey... Read the rest of this article »

Receiving a Witness

Receiving a Witness

When Mormon missionaries begin to teach a person interested in hearing their message, the missionaries will encourage the person to pray.  For many “investigators” of the LDS Church, prayer is a brand new venture, and at first, they may be very uncomfortable about making the attempt. That was the case for me.  I had never prayed.  My father was a rocket scientist and did not believe in God.  My mother claimed to be Christian, but I never saw her pray, never saw her pick up a Bible, never saw her go to any church.  My first prayer was simply to find out if anyone was “up there.”  Was there a God, as the missionaries claimed?  And if He did, indeed, exist, was He personally interested enough in me to answer my awkward prayer?  I knelt, and didn’t quite know how to begin.  The missionaries had given me some coaching – begin by addressing deity in a respectful way, and use respectful language throughout.  Give thanks.  Then ask for answers to questions and help with challenges. ... Read the rest of this article »

John’s Conversion to Mormonism

John’s Conversion to Mormonism

I was blessed by Heavenly Father to be born in Japan and adopted by an Irish-American  family and have lived in California all my life. I was raised and brought up Roman Catholic and went to catechism.  Even as a child, I wasn’t comfortable as a Catholic.  Religion as it was taught to me made me fearful enough that I would even get sick in church.  My cousin and Aunt were Mormons, but taught me nothing about their faith.  Later in my life, I left Catholicism and went into spiritualism.  But I was very worried in the beginning about leaving Catholicism, afraid to betray the faith of my father.  I didn’t launch out on my religious quest, until he said it was all right.   I had close friends who were Mormon, and they warned me of the dangers of spiritualism.  Instead of investigating their religion more closely, I became a born-again Christian.   I got saved and accepted the Lord as my personal Lord and Savior. I felt the Lord’s spirit come into me, which brought... Read the rest of this article »

Mormon Missionaries Killed In Bike Accident

Mormon Missionaries Killed In Bike Accident

Two missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called by friends of other faiths, the “Mormon Church”) were killed in a tragic hit-and-run accident while riding their bikes in Donna, Texas. Elder Trevor R. Strong, and Elder Derek Jason Walker were killed. Elder Strong had extended his mission and only had about 3 weeks left before he was coming home from his mission. The two missionaries were faithfully serving the Lord and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in the McAllen, Texas Mission . Elder Russel M. Nelson, an apostle of Jesus Christ for the Church, was in attendance at Elder Strong’s funeral. Elder Nelson said that Elder Walker “has been transferred — he is still a missionary.” He spoke words of comfort to the family. Elder Nelson said that Elder Strong “was dutifully and completely on his errand from the Lord. He was a missionary in the loftiest sense of the word.” For Elder Strong, missionary work... Read the rest of this article »

Thoughts on Conversion

Thoughts on Conversion

by Jessica As a person born into a family that is a part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am not familiar with the conversion process. A convert is a person is not born into the Church, but is taught and brought into the Church at a certain time in their life. My mother was converted when she was sixteen years old. My dad was born into the Church. There are certain benefits to being a convert. It can be compared to being a foreigner, moving to a new place. For example, I was living in Utah for so long, I felt like I had nothing to left to learn about the state, even though there is much out there that I don’t know. On the other hand, for a person who is visiting Utah, it’s a vast new experience that they want to learn everything about. So, they travel, they learn, and they study everything about the state to learn more about it. The same goes for the Church. Being born into a family that is LDS, the youth can sometimes feel like they have already learned everything... Read the rest of this article »

President Hinckley’s Address to Mormon Missionaries

President Hinckley’s Address to Mormon Missionaries

On October 25, 2002, late prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley, addressed Mormon missionaries serving in Philadelphia.  A main thrust of President Hinckley’s message was for the missionaries to live and teach by the spirit — the Holy Ghost — which enlightens, edifies and witnesses of the truth.  Short excerpts of his discourse follow: …lift your heads out of the book—instead of just quoting from rote, to speak by the power and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and in so doing to speak into the hearts of the people. In this city of brotherly love, where people are so mean and unfriendly and have dogs that bark at you and all of those things, you just have to rely on the Spirit of the Lord, and you won’t have that Spirit unless you ask for it and work for it. I believe that with all my heart. “And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name” (D&C 42:6). I was... Read the rest of this article »


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