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Media continues to highlight Mormon moments

Published: Tuesday, July 2 2013 8:55 a.m. MDT

In this Jan. 8, 2013, photo, Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. In October, the LDS Church lowered the minimum age for missionary service.

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

While members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints experienced notable “Mormon moments” in 2012 with Mitt Romney running for president and “The Book of Mormon” musical, news about the religion still appears in mainstream media outlets.

Last week, the Associated Press ran an article about changes within the LDS missionary program.

“Recognizing the world has changed, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced … that missionaries will do less door-to-door proselytizing and, instead, use the Internet to recruit new church members,” wrote Brady McCombs in “Mormons to Use Technology in Missionary Work."

The article also said the iconic image of LDS missionaries may shift as they continue to incorporate online tools into their proselyting efforts.

“The common image of Mormon missionaries has long been two young men wearing white shirts and ties walking through neighborhoods, knocking door-to-door,” McCombs wrote. “But in a few years, that image may be replaced by one of young Mormons sitting with an iPad, typing messages on Facebook.”

On July 1, the Boston Globe also published a piece about the LDS Church, but this one explored a youth pioneer handcart trek re-enactment.

“The Boston Stake youth began their trek at Massabesic Lake, at the edge of Manchester, N.H., and followed fire roads and other trails through the verdant forest to the east,” wrote Lisa Wangsness in the article “Mormon youth group reenacts 1846 journey” in the Boston Globe. “Wyoming it was not, but it was message, not geography, that mattered.”

Wangsness commented on how receptive the Boston-area teenagers were to learn from their three-day pioneer trek.

“If there were an ideal teenage audience for such (spiritual) messages, the earnest young faces trained on (stake first counselor Christopher) Boyce might be it,” Wangsness wrote. “For a group of high schoolers — for any group, actually — the young Mormons seemed remarkably bereft of attitude problems. There was almost no grumbling, sniping, or criticism as they plodded along through a cool drizzle.”

Also within the week, The Foreigner ran a piece about Mormons in Norway. “The Foreigner is an online news and feature publication for critically thinking people who wish to know what is current in Norway,” according to the Foreigner.com.

The article by M. Michael Brady talked about the history of the LDS Church in Norway, as well as its current membership.

Abby Stevens is an intern for the DeseretNews.com Faith and Family sections. She is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University–Idaho. Contact her at astevens@deseretdigital.com.

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