My dad, although not active, worked for the Deseret News. The paper was
established and owned by the Mormon Church. It has never been a secular
newspaper and I doubt it ever will be. It serves the area appropriately. If
you want ads for beer and trash newspaper reporting, you can get it elsewhere.
We like to think there are still some standards in journalism. We live in Utah,
and news about Mormons is interesting to us. If you don't like it,
don't read it!!!!
I ought to follow sentinel's advice and not reply, but I'm addicted!
Great article. I hope he is assigned to serve in our Stake. But wherever in
the mission he will serve under a terrific Mission President and Mission Mom.
I read the Deseret News for LDS news. Otherwise, I would not read it because it
would not be relevant to anything else in my life, especially since I live in
Alabama. Love the story and love the LDS interest stories in Deseret News.
This is intended to be an amiably delivered answer to the 17-18 comments here
posted prior to my own.I converted in 1984 and therefore have had only as much
deep learning about church history as my voracious appetite for knowledge has
prompted me to seek and obtain for self.I live in Florida,not an LDS stronghold
to be sure,and my only sources of church related news is via internet portals
such as DN offers.I think that the reason that this story warranted the
attention that it has garnered is that it occurred during the Pioneer Trek.Prior
to the emergence of the internet only those who subscribed to the DN could have
been aware of this young man's Call letter arriving when it did.And think
about it this is something that he can share with his generations' to help
others to grow their Faith as he ages.Now missionaries can go all over the world
to prosletize,but no one has forgotten Joseph Smith JR's difficulties and
martydom in Talmage...right? I am for one happy that I could be aware of this
young man's news.Why not let's be happy for him.
I loved the light moving through the trees. I think it was a fun video and cool
on so many levels. He was re-enacting a spiritual and literal journey from MO
to SLC. Now he will make his own spiritual and literal journey from MO to SLC
I was the first person in my family to go on mission. I did not
know that the "opening of the call" was an event that we invited friends
and family to witness anymore than opening the gas bill would be. I just
opened my mailbox at my apartment, saw the letter, opened it and read it. Even
if smart phones had been in existence in June 1986 and if there had been someone
around with one to capture the moment, I was excited on the inside, but it
would have not made an interesting video. It was great, but for me, a private
thing.Having said that.....@Sentinal and Sanpaco,
don't keep us hanging!! Tell us the story of how you opened your mission
At first I thought 'poor kid' until I remembered he was from MO!!!
Sentinel,I am a public school teacher. Students don't check
their religions at the door. Educated and tolerant adults are able to hear
expressions of faith (or disbelief) from all cultures without melting down.
@Sentinel"This feels akin to sitting in a Jr. High faculty
meeting, 50% LDS, 50% vehemently NOT LDS, and the newly assigned principal
telling us he prayed every night that he would get the job. I love prayer and
believe in it completely. But, I felt like that was the wrong place to share
that. Maybe something to share in fast and testimony meeting, but not in faculty
meeting. I guess I still believe in separation of state and religion and think
it should be the same with a public newspaper."With all due
respect, there are so many things in this paragraph that I feel are wrong. This
article to you seems akin to sitting in JH? That simply is not reality. A church
owned newspaper is NOTHING like a publicly administered and funded educational
facility, in any way. And make no mistake, public schools have an agenda that
they 'preach.' It just isn't the same agenda you would get from a
pulpit at a private church. I too believe in the separation of church and state.
But how does that extend in any way to a private newspaper? No, The DN is not
My thoughts exactly Sentinel. I "received" my mission call the exact
same way along with a couple other guys in my stake at the time. It was a cool
experience but I'm not sure why this story isn't in the Church News
instead of the Deseret Daily News.
I should have written a "supposed to be secular newspaper". Yes, I am fully aware that the audience who reads the Deseret News is
dominantly LDS. Still, it surprises me (why, I am not exactly sure) why it posts
as a story of news someone who received a mission call while on trek. I do not
remember anyone writing a story about me receiving my mission call the same time
as blah blah blah (also very noteworthy) happened. This feels akin
to sitting in a Jr. High faculty meeting, 50% LDS, 50% vehemently NOT LDS, and
the newly assigned principal telling us he prayed every night that he would get
the job. I love prayer and believe in it completely. But, I felt like that was
the wrong place to share that. Maybe something to share in fast and testimony
meeting, but not in faculty meeting. I guess I still believe in separation of
state and religion and think it should be the same with a public newspaper. I am certain there will be many who will now address my newest comment.
Please do not. Go do something more worthwhile with your time.
I also might point out the other newspaper would love to scoop the Deseret News
with a story like this.
Black, Hispanic, Asian, Catholic, Muslim, and other media routinely carry human
interest stories relating to those respective communities and constituencies.
So, Sentinel, why would it be any different for Mormons?
As a native of Utah Valley living in the Seattle area I read the DN daily for
information and stories I can't get anywhere else.I moved from
Orem to the desert of California when I was eight years old and would still read
the local California newspaper there if they had anyone on staff that could
write (or even spell).Thanks for sharing this story. It is a unique
story for a unique audience. For those who don't like stories like this,
don't read it (and even if you do, it ain't harmful like pron is).
@Sentinel - The Deseret News serves an incredibly geographically diverse
audience. Readers come from all over the nation and the world to view the latest
stories from Utah and/or about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A young man getting his mission call while on a pioneer trek during an
historical and unprecedented increase in missionaries serving the LDS Church
warrants an occasional special interest story.
The better question is this: Exactly how is this a secular newspaper?
Great story. Thanks for including it! We love to get news of church related
events here on Deseretnews. I can't think of anything more newsworthy than
a young many being called of God.
Sentinel... You believe the DesNews to be a "secular newspaper?"
Sentinal: MANY of the Deseret News' readers are LDS, I believe that's
why. The SLTribune is the more secular paper.
Sentinel, you'll notice that it's under the "LDS Church News"
section of the paper. A section of the DesNews which has been reporting LDS
specific news and stories for a very long time.Even if it weren't
though, the DesNews has also had an active "Faith" section that covers
many different faith based topics (not just LDS) for quite some time.I for one loved the story. Reminded me of Trek many, many years ago, and how
inspiring it would have been for this same thing to have happened to someone
while I was on trek back then!
Sentinel,I think the answer to your question has to do with the
time-honored phrase, "know you're audience." A large portion of
the Deseret News' readership is made up of Mormons. Those who aren't
Mormon, might still find it interesting. The reporting on events unique to a
local culture, is considered newsworthy. If newspapers were to limit their
reporting only to events that are of common interest only to all readership, it
might be a very short, homogenous paper.
Sentinel, I hate to be the one to say it, but The Deseret News is not a secular
newspaper anymore, if it ever was one. And I say so be it. Something has to act
as a counterweight for that other newspaper in town that has become so blatantly
anti-religious. The world isn't a neutral place anymore, especially in the
media. Everyone has an agenda.
I love the Church. I love mission calls. I love stories of how they are
received. But, exactly, how is this newsworthy for a secular newspaper?