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Published: Thursday, March 29 2012 11:52 p.m. MDT

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Claudio
Springville, Ut

In other words, DN, people aren't nearly as obsessed with Mormonism as you have continually implied the last 6 months with your articles. The real story is that you are disappointed that no one is going to be citing the DN in any more articles.

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

Romney is no rock star. People know he is Mormon, but don't care. He will never win the Presidency.

Esquire
Springville, UT

My fear is not media attention. My fear is if Romney is elected (and it will be a problem even during the general election), merely going to church will be tinged with partisanship. It's bad enough already.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

My guess is that the country is not interested in what we are like, what our leaders will teach us at conference, but rather, they are looking for scandal; which they won't get at General Conference.

There we will be encouraged to be more Christ-like; To be more frugal; To be more responsible; To strive harder to live the commandments. The nation in general doesn't want to hear that. They want to hear that we are pushing our beliefs on to others. They want hear about the unbalanced member, the rarest of exceptions, who boarded up their family inside of a warehouse to wait out the Second Coming, or some such thing.

We love Conference Weekend and are thrilled that it won't be a media circus.

suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

Mr. Walker, the title your chose for your article came over as one who finds General Conference mundane, same ole thing and we would like to know why you would want to do that. Millions of people read the Desert News because they trust it. I showed your title to my husband and asked him what he thought of it and his response was:what is he trying to say? General Conference has been nothing but uplifting, enlightening and powerfully spiritual and something most of us look forward to. I would like to suggest to you, that if the title is your attitude toward this special time of the year you need to get down on your knees and pray for a change of heart and read it again and you will see why I felt I had to write to you. You have a wonderful smile but it's deceiving after I read the title of your article. Thank you for your time. Kay Remington

Ms.W
South Jordan, UT

"Romney is no rock star. People know he is Mormon, but don't care. He will never win the Presidency."

Since when do we need to elect a "rock star" in order for our country to succeed? Someone boring, but effective will do. I'm curious as to why you think Romney will never win?

SpanishImmersed
Mesa, AZ

Two of the best 4 days of the year are this weekend when we will be taught meaningful and uplifting ways to improve our lives. The only circus will be a few of the perennial protestors out on the street expressing their differences of opinion.

Thinkman
Provo, UT

The truth of all things eventually comes out and that has been the case with the LDS church having to reverse or even deny previous doctrines of the church as stated by former prophets. (see polygamy, blacks and the priesthood, man can become a god doctrine)

The LDS church owes it to its members to be fully transparent and honest on the controversial issues of its past. We are in the internet world and have been for about 20 years now and no longer can you keep the general membership from learning the full truth about the origins, original doctrines and warts of the church's past. Why were blacks denied the priesthood? No, really, why? You mean we don't know? Sure we do. Dead prophets who supposedly spoke for God had to die to end the racist policy.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Oatmeal
"He will never win the Presidency."

Gasoline will be over $4 a gallon this summer and Obama stopped the oil pipe line from Canada forcing them to sell their oil to China. Obama's problems will only get worse when Israel attacks Iran by the end of spring or early April and the costs for fuel go off the chart.

Your prediction isn't anchored in reality.

Vid Walker
Springdale, UT

If this article is an example of the Mormon faith's ability to communicate with the world at large, then perhaps it is a good thing that the "Mormon Moment" is not receiving more wide spread attention. For example, Elder Holland is quoted as saying "...at this time, his or hers it the topic the Lord wishes..." This is just one of the many typographical or editorial errors that is common in this publication. Stepping out on the national stage may not be a grand idea for Utah. It could turn out to be embarrassing for all parties.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Why would we expect it to be anything other than the usual business of general conference this year?

AZRods
Maricopa, AZ

And this is exactly what I love about the church. It does not try to grand stand because of recent attention or attacks. It stays on it's steady course whether people are agreeing or attacking or mocking. (see comments above;)
That's the religion that I choose to belong to.
And I can't wait to soak in the wonderful messages while the grumbles of society flow past.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

"And this is exactly what I love about the church. It does not try to grand stand because of recent attention or attacks. It stays on it's steady course whether people are agreeing or attacking or mocking. (see comments above;)
That's the religion that I choose to belong to."

There's been many times it's veered off course when people are disagreeing, attacking, or mocking it such as Curse of Cain and Polygamy.

Claudio
Springville, Ut

Rifleman, this is an article about General Conference, not views on Obama. Why contribute to the discord?

However, if you're all about informing people of realities, you should know that the Canada's oil wasn't sold to China and no pipeline is in the works to do so. You should also know that this isn't a computer game, so it takes years to build things like a massive pipeline that stretches from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico...thus it is simply ridiculous to think that it would have had any impact on gas prices in the present. Your statements are not anchored in reality.

I hope you have a splendid weekend and get to hear messages of truth.

VocalLocal
Salt Lake, UT

I am an atheist but I enjoy Conference. Being in a Mormon family this is the one time of year when the family gets together without anyone rushing to go anywhere. Of course from my perspective I am not anticipating any prophetic insight but these are the words that all my family and many friends will be living by and so I find it interesting in that it will impact me through their beliefs and actions. I believe this Conference will likely have higher media scrutiny in spite of fewer requests for media passes. In light of this I anticipate the messages will focus on Christian credentials of LDS members, service and other issues which don't arouse controversy. However, I'm always up for a surprise.

Maibraina
WEST JORDAN, UT

I voted for Obama last time, but will vote for Romney this time. That's one vote he's won over Obama. I wonder if there are any others who, like me, feel an upright and humble person with a good understanding of what it takes to be financially healthy would be a good thing for our country.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

Thinkman, your self appointed title belies something less than knowledge and objectivity. The foundation principles of the LDS church are what matters, not past cultural practices, outspoken frontier theologians and church leaders speaking ex cathedra. The LDS people are not obligated to accept them. You'd better get up to date and provide your own transparency.

SLMG
Murtoa Australia, Victoria

Ref:Rifleman

Salt Lake City, Utah

Oatmeal
"He will never win the Presidency."

Gasoline will be over $4 a gallon this summer and Obama stopped the oil pipe line from Canada forcing them to sell their oil to China. Obama's problems will only get worse when Israel attacks Iran by the end of spring or early April and the costs for fuel go off the chart.

Your prediction isn't anchored in reality.

And niether are yours unless either one of you can for see the future which I truly doubt. The reality is there is still a long ways to go before the November general election before we know the out come. My prediction is there will probably plenty of surprises along the way.

OmahaMan
Omaha, NE

So glad I no longer live in Utah. No where else would the "gentiles" use a simple article to attempt to trot out every objection they have to those with Mormon beliefs. Then there are those within the Church who acknowledge such hostility as if it were a "missionary moment."
Bottom line is that I was looking for an article with more substance, and was disappointed. The Church has rarely, if ever, addressed the headlines of the day directly. This is not news. There is only simple truths expressed in conference. That is why there is no media frenzy. This is all that this article is about. Stop trying to make articles like this into something more.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

Why is it that so many continue to live in the past versus the present and future? Does the practice of polygamy, or blacks no holding the priesthood have any effect on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints today? The answer to the second question is that these have no bearing on an individual's eternal progression. Facts are facts, the LDS Church did practice polygamy but well over 100 years has not. Will it again is open to speculation but no hardcore doctrine to support it will. Don't cite Mormon Doctrine as it will because that is not official Church Doctrine. Blacks were not able to hold the Priesthood but today are. So what. This country as a whole allowed slavery, today it doesn't and stands against it where ever it is practiced.

If you want to live in the past then you can never learn to live in the present. As for the God principle, yes we still teach as man is God once was and as God is man may become. This is true today as it was when first taught by Joseph Smith.

The LDS Church is true, what else matters.

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