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Published: Friday, Jan. 13 2012 2:52 p.m. MST

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Leo Femedlers
El Paso, TX

Michael Otterson: "Because 'mainstream' is a modern term, it isn't found in scripture, and the scriptural inference of what God truly values is quite the opposite. God appears to be more interested in using the word 'peculiar' to describe his people It is this sense of distinctiveness that Mormons cherish."

I like that. A lot!

JWB
Kaysville, UT

Even though it is a way of life, it is based on doctrine within the scriptures, including the Old and New Testament that has given Mormons this peculiar difference from the mainstream. When people become more religious or living within the commandments they have more freedom and ability to choose the right way to go.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

I didn't realize Newsweek still exists.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

Personally, I worry about where the "main stream" seems to be heading much of the time. I appreciate Leo Femedlers' comment. Main stream often brings to my mind "going along with the crowd" which seldom set comfortably with me.

We're going to get a lot of attention and not all of the answers are going to be accurate or complimentary, as we hear worldly views of our life style. So be it. My life is riddled with mistakes and imperfections, but I feel that this is the life style I should pursue. And so, I am thankful for a prophet and for the atonement that has place in all of our lives.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

People need to look at what we experience as normal in utah politics before they start thinking mormonism is mainstream. No matter how hard the church has been trying to sell the idea.

Jim Dexter
Taylorsville, UT

It's the Pew study, not the "pew study." Although that is also somewhat appropriate.

cstott
Lehi, UT

It's exciting to see people finally get the truth about Mormons rather than relying on the opinions of those who for no reason feel threatened by them. Hopefully the spirit of Christianity will finally get a fair shake. Love one another!!

first2third
Elmo, UT

To many people the "not being part of the mainstream" is part of the draw of Christianity in general and Mormonism in particular. Christ first, family second and your fellowman third are a great set of priorities and stand in contrast to the Me first, whatever makes Me feel good, pride and selfishness of many in the world today. Happiness comes when we seek to glorify god and others not ourselves.

Sorry Charlie!
SLC, UT

if you want to end the stereotypes then stop posting comments that reinforce those stereotypes on these very public threads. The sad thing is I doubt any of you even realize how your comments are feeding the stereotypes.

t702
Las Vegas, NV

People will judge no matter what we do. Live your life the way you think is right, if others don't like it...big deal

Jeanie b.
Orem, UT

I guess I feel more comfortable if the spotlight was not on my religion. I just want to live it. I don't need the world to understand it or accept it.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

The Lord had charged us with a duty to share the gospel to all the world, this means we have to be in the spotlight and a light upon a hill. Of course on the other hand not all ways of getting notice are of equal value or usefulness.

I actually find it surprising that 51% of the overall population thinks Mormons are Christians. On one level this is a sadly low number, but at least it is a number and we are making progress.

I am still waiting for someone to explain to me how a faith that believes that Jesus Christ's name is the only name whereby Salvation can come and that his death paid the price for our sins can be considered "non-Christian" if we are to use Christian in a way that has any meaning. This is especially true since there is a shrinking Church in the US that has had recent law suits over who owns some of its property that had a bishop in it denounce the belief in Christ's paying for others sins as "barbarism" and maintain his office. No one questions that that group is Christian.

Shushannah
Milnthorpe, Cumbria

Jeanie B, the way I understand it, the whole point of living the Gospel is so that the world will understand and accept it...let your light so shine among men, etc...we are supposed to be bringing people unto Christ, not hiding our light under a bushel...President Hinckley said now was the time for the Church to come out of obscurity...well, I think it is doing just that.

Jeanie b.
Orem, UT

I understand we need to be a light on a hill. I guess if there is a spotlight on us then people we wouldn't otherwise be aware of the church then OK. I get that. It's the "intellectuals" and people who only look at us as if we were this emerging curiosity, a water cooler topic of discussion vs. a set of beliefs to be considered.

I suppose you can't just weed out people who are genuinely interested and those that are just intellectually curious.

If we were truly accepted by "the world" - as defined in the scriptures - that would be a problem. We can't play in both fields - the Lord's and the world's. I think some Mormons have hope now that we can because of this "Mormon Moment".

NightTrader
Nanaimo, BC

I think Michael Otterson is the perfect person for his job! His comments always seem to fit perfectly.

sharrona
layton, UT

@Leo Femedlers,God appears to be more interested in using the word 'peculiar' to describe his people It is this sense of distinctiveness that Mormons cherish."
Context and a modern translation is helpful, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a *peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;(1 Peter 2:9 KJV).

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, Gods special *possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1Peter 2:9-10 NIV) In context, This applies to both Jews and Gentiles that are Gods chosen people.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of one's own [private]interpretation(2 Peter 1:20)

*Greek. Peripoiēsis,4047(Gods) possession.

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

Did anyone see what Bill Maher said about Mormons last night. Nothing new for him, but his disingenuous and disgusting attack is just one more example of a new persecution that will bloom to full flower if Romney gets the Republican nomination. Steel yourselves fellow Mormons. The faith is about to undergo its most serious public scrutiny since its founding. Every wart and blemish, real and imagined, will be shouted from the rooftops. It has already started.

Yorkshire
City, Ut

Recently heard a friend's story: After talking with an Evangelical coworker for a couple of years and having many discussions of God and Jesus together, when she finally informed him she was a Temple attending Mormon, his staggered and dumbfounded reaction was: No you are not! You can't be! I've listened to you--you can NO way be a member of that cult!


Pres. Hinckley told LDS in January seven years ago:
"If we will pursue a steady course in the implementation of our religion in our own lives, we shall advance the cause more effectively than by any other means..."

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