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Ravell Call, Deseret News
Michael Otterson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Suggesting that references to "the Mormon moment" trivialize the lives of millions of church members and the 182-year history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Public Affairs Director Michael Otterson used his regular Washington Post "On Faith" blog to invite journalists to "get to know us, properly."

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"Drop into our services," Otterson wrote. "Talk to our people, have dinner with a local leader, spend a family home evening with a family … join with us on a service project. And then, when you have scratched the surface in this way … watch those who transition from attitudes of hopelessness to lives of purpose and meaning and learn new ways to follow Jesus Christ."

Few journalists have explored these real-life aspects of LDS living, Otterson said. "The 'Mormon moment' has simply become the clich of choice, and it's time to move past it. It's more than a Mormon moment," he observed. "It's time for a new paradigm."