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Published: Tuesday, May 22 2012 4:39 p.m. MDT

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Dargo
BOUNTIFUL, UT

I believe the best definition of Christian is one who is or strives to be like Christ. Which probably means, some Mormons are Christian, and some aren't.

deep in thought
Salt Lake, UT

I'm not sure what this article is getting at. The LDS church has like 50,000+ missionaries, TV ads, Temple open houses, an entire PR department and they suggest we improve our outreach...? Um, how?

Instead let's try getting a Mormon presidential nominee out there against a really REALLY awful alternative and let each person in the USA decide if they want their entire country to go up in flames over the next 4 years

or

if Mormonism is really the sinister cult their Evangelical preacher has led them to believe. Maybe they might look into the Mormon church with a reason to WANT to believe good things for the first time in their lives.

How about that for PR in high speed?

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

You have to ask how there are so many religions and denominations out there. None brings any more proof than another to the table, so it stanss to reason that most, or maybe all, are selling snake oil. That's why it's so important to keep religion personal. Pushing it harder, maybe increasing the font size on the front of the building, isn't going to help. When it comes to religion, don't yell louder. Clam up.

eagle651
Chino Valley, AZ

Last week Romney was interviewed by a Christian News Service that is very negative to his Religion.
Romney never said anything about his Mormon Faith or his belief in Jesus.
A golden moment missed.

t702
Las Vegas, NV

wow...so Mitt's secret weapon is for Mormons to reach out? very impressive research guys, NOT! Aren't there more useful topics to research this this? unbelievably a waste of resource, money, and time!

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Probably tough on Romney's conscience to discuss his LDS religion when he repeatedly is getting caught in lies.

OneAmerican
Idaho Falls, ID

Actually, Obama's HHS contraceptive/abortifacient mandate followed by his support for gay marriage has gone A LONG way toward shattering the "stained-glass ceiling." AND of course there is the economy. I promise, while there are some that put religion at the top of their issues list for this election, there are far greater issues this time around and most people aren't going to let Romney's religion keep them from voting AGAINST Obama.

RandomTraveler
Livermore, CA

Quin Monson and his co-authors also need to get their collective heads out of the political sand they breath and also pay attention to all the things the LDS church and members do to reach out to the community. They have been doing that for a number of years, so my recommendation to mister Monson and friends is to wake up and pay attention to what is happening in the communities. They should get out of Utah and see all the good that takes place all over the United States where the "Helping Hands" dig in and help their neighbors and communities. Wake up Monson!!!!!

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

It's an excellent opportunity for us to talk to people since they are more curious than ever. We do tend to be insular and involved/busy with only our own people, so this is a great time to reflect and see what we can improve upon - make new or better friends with non LDS, talk to people when we travel, find new ways to share our message in a positive way (e.g. write blogs that don't insult/offend those who don't agree with us).

We can't change the way Romney talks about his faith or shows it in the way he campaigns, but we can improve how we operate and represent our beliefs. Let our Christian acts of love and service speak louder than our words. What a cool challenge!!

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Really???
Kearns, UT

I think the outreach is done by associating with your neighbors of other faiths. It comes from not condemning them for not being LDS. It happens by allowing your children to play with their children. It starts by including them in your workplace lunch conversations.

We need to be truly interested in others. Can we show that interest without it coming across as a weak attempt to convert them to our faith? We have a lot of work to do in this area.

raybies
Layton, UT

I am grateful for the proof I have that the LDS church is true and is what it claims to be. The crux of that proof came from asking God and personal spiritual experiences. I don't know if that translates well to other people who have preconceived notions about how religion should be, but imo, its really the only reasonable way to run a religion--by individual conscience.

I know there are others in the world who have received strong impressions as to the truths they hold dear. I try to be respectful of those beliefs--no matter how alien they may be to me--because who am I to decide if God hasn't spoken to them in their way of understanding?

I love this country. It affords us all a conscience and the right to pursue whatever religious (or lack of) inclinations we find.

I think Mitt Romney is doing the right thing by not using his religion as a way to prove he's superior to others--because I think that approach is contrary to the nature of deep spiritual respect we need in our nation's top leader who must defend freedom of religion.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

The LDS Church has been all about outreach since it's inception. I'm not sure what else we could do. Decades of lies about us have taken their toll. But, we strive every day to overcome those lies.

Gramajane
OAKLEY, ID

Just a thought but what if Obamas birth place lets the Democrats throw him out of the race choose another runner for their side?

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

I can't help but think of a story in the Book of Mormon of the person Mormon who was chosen to lead the people out of a very bad situation. Now, the people were quite wicked and I am sure they did not appreciate Mormon's stance toward their wickedness but they wanted him anyhow as he was their only chance. I see a bit of a parallel between now and then. I think most people understand that they really don't have another choice and will choose Mitt and I think that they will be pleasantly surprised.

cpafred
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Sorry, but the question shouldn't be whether the Mormon religion can hurt Romney, but rather whether he is hurting the Mormon religion with his campaign behaviors. Unless we want to be known as a people who will sink to the lowest common denominator and do or say whatever we think advantages us at the moment, then I think the answer is a resounding 'yes'.

Hawkyo
SYRACUSE, UT

A study based in part on four year old info? These three guys have to be kidding, right?

JWB
Kaysville, UT

I have lived in Europe, Asia, Central and South America and quite a few states in the U.S.A. I have not seen a religion or people do more for their neighbors, friends and others as the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. People that live by, work with and associate with know what Latter-day Saints are and believe in. There is so much negative press that used to be local but now is worldwide that teaches other things about what LDS people are taught and believe. Example and doing is what is good and the people that directly criticize and show false-doctrine are not going to back down from any positive efforts. They are going to get wrapped up more in their advertising and preaching that the Church is Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in error, which it isn't. Members are as a basic whole are trying to do their best to live like Christ would have them live, even in a world that is head-over-heels trying to do the exact opposite. This United States of America is an ensign to the world. Romney= Ensign also

SC_24
Ephraim, UT

So if I am trying to be an emissary for my Church but don't want Romney elected, what am I supposed to do? I don't like my faith being learned through the lens of "Mitt Romney's" faith.

eastcoastcoug
Danbury, CT

@JWB, I've lived in 4 countries outside the US and have visited dozens of other countries. You and I BOTH KNOW how little is known about our church both inside and especially OUTSIDE the US. There are plenty of other churches doing good for a number of great causes out there. There are more soup kitchens, orphanages, medical missions, etc run by other churches than by ours. I'm not faulting the quality of the work we do or the size or scope. We just have to find ways to involve others, work with others, perhaps join their efforts or invite them to join ours, etc. We don't need to get down on what we're doing, just find ways to do it better and involve others.

Our Stake Presidency issued a challenge to read the Book of Mormon this year and take a hard copy (vs. I-Pad, etc.) with us when we sit in the plane or train, prepared to share a marked copy with our seat mates. I've thought of how many times I've sat next to someone who wanted to discuss family, etc. and never shared my beliefs and values.

JWB
Kaysville, UT

In this world, you have to make choices all the time. There are good, better and best choices. You may not have a perfect choice but there are differences. As I think about this article, President Obama has taken his religion and military dislikes to the forefront of this campaign. He has torn the military spirit down and is now trying it with religion. Religion has always been an issue from the beginning of time. Politics or having kings and queens has always had problems. We have our nation and a Constitution that is special and meant for us to be a stable country. People, Courts and leaders in our government are attempting to take away those principles and letting the media portray everything with religion and the military is wrong. We as a nation would not be anywhere in this world without the freedom of religion and a strong military. George Washington suffered from a poor military but the might of God he trusted in and his men and the women who supported our way of life, lived for now over 200 years and will continue on. We can't let the media and President portray our country wrong

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