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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 14 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

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LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

"Americans not only lack the time to attend church these days, they also lack the time to even think about it."

It's not just lack of time. It's lack of desire of being disillusioned anymore.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

".....Americans not only lack the time to attend church these days, they also lack the time to even think about it."
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That sounds like the bitter conclusion of a cynic. There are a lot of things competing for our time and attention in the modern world but people are as spiritual at heart as their ancestors who once quaked in churches out of fear of the judgement of God, the disapproval of neighbors, or the chastisement of clergy. Religion is only one part of a much larger universe of human understanding.

Southernmiss
kaysville, UT

It is obvious the writer of this article has spent too much time in Utah and not enough in the REAL world. I just moved here 3 weeks ago, and I can tell you that Mr. Romney's religion has been a HUGE topic of discussion throughout the campaign. I have worked on it for the past 2 years and almost every person I have encountered has asked questions about his beliefs & eventually embraced him as a candidate. There were billboards in some of the southern states with a picture of Christ and a picture of Mitt that said, "If You Are A Christian, Then Vote For Mitt!". These were paid for my other denominations..not LDS.

I also went on the campaign bus with about 600 other Utahn's to Vegas to help campaign for 5 days..up until election day. I was ask at almost every door if I was a Mormon, and what my beliefs were. They wanted to know more about Mitt and what he as a man stood for. It WAS an issue, and he was respected for his beliefs. People told me this time, and time again! He was a great example to the nation!

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

May be is time for Mormons to put their paranoia to rest and start accepting that the world is not out to get them.

Would be wonderful if the LDS start looking to people who believe and practice things that are "different" with indifference. May be you should not agree with Same Sex marriage, but let it be for those who think is important for them. Just to give an example.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: LValfre, It's lack of desire of being disillusioned anymore. True, but there is hope from God in history.
Revivals are seen as the restoration of the church itself to a vital and fervent relationship with God after a period of decline. Mass conversions of non-believers are viewed by church leaders as having positive moral effects.

Historians have different numbering and dating systems. There were "Awakenings" around the years 1727, 1792, 1830, 1857, 1882 and 1904. More recent revivals include those of 1906 (Azusa Street Revival), 1930s (Balokole), 1970s (Jesus people) and 1909 Chile Revival which spread in the Americas, Africa, and Asia among Protestants and Catholics.

In the U.S. the Second Great Awakening (1800–30s) was the second great religious revival in U.S. history and consisted of renewed personal salvation experienced in revival meetings. Major leaders included Asahel Nettleton, James Brainerd Taylor, Charles Grandison Finney, Lyman Beecher, Barton Stone, Alexander Campbell, Peter Cartwright and James B. Finley

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Among Christians, denomination doesn't matter as much as it once did. I see that as a positive trend. That they may be one was the prayer of Jesus for his followers.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

I have to concur with Southernmiss. Perhaps it seems like a collective yawn from Utah or from areas that are not particularly religious. In the south, this has not been true - Mitt's religion was a major issue and otherwise reliable Republican voters were unsure if they could support him.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

I disagree with Southernmiss that he was a "great example" to the nation for Mormonism. What can you take away from his example? That it's okay to lie and say ANYTHING in order to win. Not much of an example, imho.

Red
Salt Lake City, UT

While apathy is better than hostile mobs attacking us it still show why America is spiraling downward.

Wake up America. Have some passion in life. Turn off your tv's and get out.

I-am-I
South Jordan, UT

I think what the author is referring to is the idea that "God is dead." It swept through Europe a long time ago. He makes a fair argument in that Mitt was never asked formally in a debate about his beliefs. I think this is probably because it wasn't really pertinent to the debates. It isn't so fair in that Mitt's religion was probably cleared up in a possibly more appropriate environment. As for the people ragging on Mitt Romney's integrity I think you're idea of honesty is a little skewed. You probably voted for Obama who is currently trying sweep a very interesting Benghazi issue under the rug in which anything but honesty has been the underlying principle for dealing with the public at large.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

Indifference is the ideal attitude to have toward religion.

Ignore it and hopefully, it will just disappear without causing anymore strife, suffering, and death.

Stay the Course
Salt Lake City, utah

Scientist you know as you are intelligent guy that more deaths in world history have come from leaders atheist than from conflicts related to religion.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

Mormons need to hope that public opinon will not judge the LDS church by Romeny's example.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Stay the course,

Please provide proof of your claim.

As usual, the faithful spout off assertions with no evidence and no basis in reality.

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